Monday, June 11, 2018

Zero Repeat Forever - G.S. Prendergast - 5 stars

Wow I don't really read a lot of Alien books. I really enjoyed The Host, about 6 years ago, so I thought it was about time for another one. So I decided to give this one a shot. This has got to be my favorite book for the year. It definitely captured my attention from the start. It is such fluid story telling, and I loved that! I absolutely loved the story here and I am so excited for the next book to be released.

This setting is a post apocalyptic, alien invaded world right here on earth. I loved the action so much. It is such an engaging story. If we were to be invaded by aliens, this is how I would see it happening. The aliens themselves are created very uniquely. Quite different from most aliens we read about.

And wow the characters!! I found that the characters were just, simply put, amazing, and they are developed so very well! I enjoyed them all so much. And for a book like this, with aliens, I thought that the characters were so believable and relatable. All of them really made me believe in aliens living among us.

There is a super great twist in the end of this book which has me biting at the bit for the next installment, which is not out yet, but I certainly hope that is comes out soon. Don't leave me hanging for too long Gabrielle!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Shatter Me - Tahereh Mafi - 3 stars

My husband got me this series for my birthday. I thought it would be interesting to read, and now that all the hype is gone, I figured now would be the perfect time to pick it up and give it a try. For the most part I thought it was decent.

I enjoyed the story that was being told in this book, but I was hoping for more adventure and a bit more drama than I got. So that was a bit disappointing, but even so, it was still pretty engaging, making it a pretty quick read. I am impressed with the writing as well since this was the authors debut novel. Nicely done.

The characters were pretty well developed, some more realistic than others. I do hope, that as I move along through the series, these characters will continue to develop even more and become really strong characters.

Monday, May 28, 2018

The Broken Girls - Simone St. James - 3 stars

I received this book from Book of the month club. I really did enjoyed the mystery there was in this story, but I was hoping maybe for a just little more. I did find that book flowed well and that is always a plus. There are two different stories that are being told here. I was hoping though, that the two stories would have somehow come together more than they did.

I really liked the characters in the story, both past and present. I think they were the best part of the story, and gave this book what it needed. All of them so different and unique and I thought that they were very well developed. I think my favorite was probably Katie. She really stood up for herself and did not take crap from anyone, but still managed to have some pretty good friendships.

Although I don't feel like the paranormal aspects of the story hurt it in anyway, I do kind of think that is was unnecessary, although some readers will probably enjoy that part of it. I really don't feel like it affected the story all that much in regards to how it progressed. I felt like it was just kind of there to maybe add a little flair to the story.

Monday, April 30, 2018

But Then I Came back - Estelle Laure - 3 stars

I was pretty excited to read this book, but I ended up being a little disappointed. The writing in this book flows really well, and the writer is very poetic. I just think I expected a little more after reading that synopsis, 'dragging something back from the afterlife'. I expected there to be a little more drama with Eden, Jasmine and the afterlife and I don't feel like I got that at all. I feel like this is just more about Eden dealing with what she went through.

I did enjoy Eden's character a lot. She was very likable. I also found her to be pretty relatable and believable as well. She did not portray a spoiled teenager, which I was a little worried about, so that was great. I can't handle that kind of character who is all about herself and everyone else can kiss her hind end. The romance that blossomed between her and Joe was not rushed, which was also great, and it was definitely not overdone.

For a YA Romance I guess this is pretty good. Like I said, I expected it to be much different, maybe more like a YA paranormal thriller or something along those lines.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Gemina - Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff - 5 stars

This is book 2 of the Illuminae Files. I enjoyed this one just as much as the first. It took a little bit to get into this one at the start because there were all new characters since this one did not take place on the Hypatia like Illuminae did.

The setting for this one is on the Space Station Heimdall, in which the Hypatia is heading for. These new characters have to face the next round of assault from BeiTech. A lot of energy and excitement in this one. It seems like much more goes on in this one too, since these are humans verses humans rather than humans verses machine. So it does get pretty intense. It seemed liked the action was non stop in this installment and there is a pretty good twist in this one too.

I was a little disappointed that Kady and Ezra were not in this one and I did not think I would like the characters in this because of that. But the characters in this story really came shining through and I thought that they were just as well developed as the former cast. I really enjoyed each one of them a lot and their individual personalities. They did remind me a bit of Kady and Ezra though. I found that Nik was a bit more of a wild child than Ezra was, but I really liked that too. I would love to see all of them come together in the third and final installment.

This is a great YA Science Fiction. If you like Sci-fi and YA, then I am thinking y'all will love this one. This is a great action packed trilogy! Looking forward to getting into the last book Obsidio Soon.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Then She Was Gone - Lisa Jewell - 5 stars

I got this book through Book of the Month and I am so glad that I chose this one. This is a first time read for me of this author. I love her writing style so much, it is so poetic. A lot of great quotes to remember in this one. It was very engaging from the first page all the way to the last.

This story has a great setting, one of those settings that gives you that small town feel. I love stories like that. The book flows well from start to finish and it was pretty hard for me to put down. It has some good plot twists to keep readers on their toes, and enough excitement to keep readers up at night. I also loved all the mystery leading up to the great reveal. I was always thinking and trying to figure out what was going on. Great storytelling!

There are some pretty good characters in this story. Well defines, well created, some very relatable and others you just was to punch in the face because they are either bad people or just annoying. She gives a wide array of personalities in this book. There was one character though, Theo, that I really did not see the significance of his role in the story until maybe way at the end, but even then he seemed kind of insignificant. He felt more like a filler, even though I did not think the story needed that at all.

I look forward to reading more from this author in the future. I find her writing style very poetic and engaging. If you like thrillers check this one out.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Illuminae - re-read - April 11, 2018

(Re-read for April 2018, and still loved it! So glad that I have re-read this book, now I can move onto Gemina, and finish up with Obsidio.)
Wow what an experience this book was. This book is a book that was picked for me for the Pick 5 challenge. And WOW is all I can say. This is a Science fiction which is completely out of my comfort zone and I absolutely loved this book! Right now, I can't imagine not reading it. So glad I was given the opportunity to do so.

Ok so at first I thought, great a science fiction, and then I picked up the book and turned to the first page and was glued to it till I finished it. This is the great escape into the universe! This is truly my favorite book for February. The plot draws readers in right from the start, you can't help yourself because you can feel the excitement building from that first page and you know you are in for one wild ride. The world that has been built here is built with such great imagery, that it makes you forget that any other places even exists. There are great twists to the story that add so much more to the story. Readers will feel every single emotion possible while reading this book.

The Characters are just stunning. They are so well developed, so relatable, and so believable. You have strong characters, weak characters, evil and good characters, characters that are off the charts in all areas. Readers will love every one of them for what they are or who they become. A nice mix of protagonists and antagonists. The ones you love and the ones you love to hate. Of course as far as characters goes it is hard to choose one favorite out of all of them, but I have to say Kady probably is my favorite. She grows so well throughout this story. She is strong and smart, but she also has her own issues and flaws that make her very relatable.