Sunday, May 31, 2015

Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover


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Summary from Goodreads:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.
  

My Review:

I was not a fan of Maybe Someday, because of the cheating aspect, however, Ugly Love does not have that element so I enjoyed it ten times more.

Both Tate and Miles are great characters, I loved that Tate was a hard worker and she did not let Miles totally walk all over her. The side characters, Corbin, Ian, and Rachel were great and I would love to see novels involving them.

I'm not a fan of duel POVS, but I loved Mile's POV from 6 years ago because it was written in verse and nearly had me in tears.

I recommend checking out this novel from Hoover, she is an amazing writer and comes up with the best plots.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Review: Serena by Ron Rash


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Summary from Goodreads:

The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. Although George has already lived in the camp long enough to father an illegitimate child, Serena is new to the mountains—but she soon shows herself to be the equal of any man, overseeing crews, hunting rattle-snakes, even saving her husband's life in the wilderness. Together this lord and lady of the woodlands ruthlessly kill or vanquish all who fall out of favor. Yet when Serena learns that she will never bear a child, she sets out to murder the son George fathered without her. Mother and child begin a struggle for their lives, and when Serena suspects George is protecting his illegitimate family, the Pembertons' intense, passionate marriage starts to unravel as the story moves toward its shocking reckoning.
Rash's masterful balance of violence and beauty yields a riveting novel that, at its core, tells of love both honored and betrayed.

My Review:

I mainly checked this out because of the film, I always like to read the novel first. I was not a fan of the way it was written, I enjoyed some parts, but it seemed to drag.
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It was hard for me to get into this novel because I did not care for the characters, expect for Rachel and her son Jacob. The Serena character was horrible, which is the point, but her husband was not much better. There was a lot of needless killing, it came off cold on the page, I hoping that the film will be different.

I recommend watching the film first, or if you enjoy this type of writing.

My Rating:

Three Stars out of Five.

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #56



Reviews:

The Cure for Dreaming: Review
Persephone: Review
All the Rage: Review
Mr. Mercedes: Review
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids: Review

Library:

Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry
Kissing in America by Margo Rabb
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings
Denton Little's Death Date by Lance Rubin

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Meme: Books/Movies/Games Coming Out Next Week That I Want To Read/See/Play # 15

Books:
Finders Keepers


Finders Keepers (#2) by Stephen King

Summary from Goodreads:

A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.

“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.


My Notes:

I just finished the first novel in this crime series and this one sounds amazing, can't wait to read it.


TV Shows:

Hannibal - Season 3 - June 4th



My Notes:

I'm excited about the new season because the second half of it follows the novel, Red Dragon, and I'm hoping they will be bringing in Sterling this season.

Films:

Spy (2015) - June 5th

My Notes:

I love Melissa McCarthy.

Review: The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters


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Summary from Goodreads:

Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl—a suffragist—in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.

My Review:

I loved In the Shadow of Blackbirds, so of course I had to check out Cat Winter's next novel (and get excited for her next one).

Winter does an amazing job coming up with interesting plots that no one has seen before, this time the main character gets hypnotized because her father wants to make her obedient. I was not a huge fan of the romance element with Henry, but I did like the fact that it did not focus solely on romance. The photos and quotes of the time really fit with the novel and I love when authors add little touches like that.

The side characters were interesting, but none really stood out expect Frannie and Henry's sister.

I recommend checking out her gothic fiction novels because there are not enough of them in YA.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review: Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis


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Summary from Goodreads:

Daughters of Zeus, Book One

One day Persephone is an ordinary high school senior working at her mom’s flower shop in Athens, Georgia. The next she’s fighting off Boreas, the brutal god of Winter, and learning that she’s a bonafide goddess—a rare daughter of the now-dead Zeus. Her goddess mom whisks her off to the Underworld to hide until Spring.

There she finds herself under the protection of handsome Hades, the god of the dead, and she’s automatically married to him. It’s the only way he can keep her safe. Older, wiser, and far more powerful than she, Hades isn’t interested in becoming her lover, at least not anytime soon. But every time he rescues her from another of Zeus’s schemes, they fall in love a little more. Will Hades ever admit his feelings for her?

Can she escape the grasp of her powerful dad’s minions? The Underworld is a very cool place, but is it worth giving up her life in the realm of the living? Her goddess powers are developing some serious, kick-butt potential. She’s going to fight back.
  

My Review:

I randomly picked up this book because of the title, I really like novels about Persephone and Hades and this one was a lot of fun to read. It was under 200 pages and action packed, I'm glad that I gave it shot even with the horrible cover, lol.

The plot was a little hard to follow in the beginning, it just pushed everything at you really fast, but as you read on  it got better. Plus, the main character, Persephone, made the novel ten times better, and the side characters, Hades, Cassandra and others were great.

I will be checking out the other novels in this series, I'm glad that I read this one first before I dove into the other books.

I recommend checking this out if you like Greek Mythology.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer #57

 
 
1. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
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2. Killer Instinct by S. E Green.
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3. The Shattered Court by M. J Scott
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4. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
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5. Ten Tiny Breaths by K. A Tucker
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6. Four Seconds to Lose by K.A Tucker
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7. After Hours by Claire Kennedy.
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8. Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius
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9. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon.
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10. The Lord of the Rings by Jrr Tolkien.
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Waiting on Wednesday # 55



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.


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Even When You Lie to Me By Jessica Alcott

Release Date: June 9th

Summary from Goodreads:

Fans of John Green's Looking for Alaska as well as Lauren Oliver and Sarah Dessen will embrace this provocative debut novel, an exploration of taboo love set against the backdrop of a suburban high school.

Charlie, a senior, isn't looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favorite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her perfectionist mom.

But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart. Irreverent. Funny. Hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he's the only one who gets her.

She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush.

In this stunning debut, Jessica Alcott explores relationships-and their boundaries-in a way that is both searingly honest and sympathetic.


My Notes:

This sounds pretty interesting.

Wishlist Wednesday # 55



Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.



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Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon.

Summary from Goodreads:

With her now-classic novel Outlander, Diana Gabaldon introduced two unforgettable characters — Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser—delighting readers with a story of adventure and love that spanned two centuries. Now Gabaldon returns to that extraordinary time and place in this vivid, powerful follow-up to Outlander....

For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones ... about a love that transcends the boundaries of time ... and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his....

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart ... in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising ... and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves....
  

My Notes:

I bought this last year and need to finally read it!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #55


This meme comes from Book Journey, and it is where you show what books you read last week and what you will be reading this week.


The Books I Read Last Week:

No Parking At The End Times by Bryan Bliss (4 Stars)
Legend: Graphic Novel by Marie Lu (4 Stars)
This Side of Home by Renee Watson (4 Stars)
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (4 Stars)
Persephone by Kaitlin Bevis (3 Stars)
There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake (4 Stars)
All The Rage by Courtney Summers
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Total number of Pages I've read Last week: 2184
What I Want to Read Next:
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Monday, May 25, 2015

Review: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

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Summary from Goodreads:

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear. 

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?


My Review:



I managed to read this in one day, thanks to a 4 hour car ride, and it reminded me why I enjoy Summer's writing style.

I connected with the main character, Romy, and it horrifying to watch how she was treated by her community because she dared to tell the truth about what the Sheriff's son did to her. It is frightening how, she the victim, was turned on for speaking out.

The one thing I was disappointed about was the ending, it was confusing, and nothing was really concluded. It makes you wonder if it just a bad ending or an opening for a second novel.

I recommend checking this out if you enjoy Summer's work but it does deal with a touchy subject.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Review: Mr. Mercedes (#1) by Stephen King

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Summary from Goodreads:

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the "perk" and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again.

Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.
  

My Review:

It took a few months but I managed to get this from the library, mainly because the second novel in the series is coming out this summer.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was solely a crime novel, and there was no supernatural elements in it. I usually don't read crime novels, some are really messed up (this one was very creepy) but the fact that it is King's writing made it one of my favorite crime novels.

My favorite character in the novel, besides Holly and Jerome (who help the retired cop), is the main one, Bill Hodges, he was an amazing lead. I wish that his was the only POV, but you also get the killer's POV, and I was not a fan, ugh, he was super creepy and had a lot of family issues.

I can't wait to get my hands on the next novel in the series because a majority of characters that I loved from the first one are back. But thankfully it is about a new crime, and we won't have to hear from the Mercedes killer again.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five.

Review: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

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Summary from Goodreads:

Sometimes, there are no words…

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them .


My Review:

I got an early copy of this YA contemporary back at the beginning of the year and I wasn't totally thrilled about it. The reason why I was weary was the fact that I'm not a huge fan of Ockler's other YA novels (I've tried to love them because so many people do) but I'm glad I decided to read her new novel.

I connected with the main character, Elyse, right away, and I felt for her and what she had been through (and she wasn't whiney about it like a lot of female main characters tend to be). Because of that I flew through this book because it was in Elyse's POV, and I loved her so much. I was rooting for her throughout the entire novel.

Plus the side characters, like the love interest Christian and his brother Sebastain (who is so darn cute), were great and loved their side stories.

I recommend checking out this heart-warming and fun YA contemporary. :)


My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #55



Reviews:

No Parking At The End Times: Review
Orange is the New Black: Review

Won:
The Last Moriarty by Charles Veley
Circling The Sun by Paula McLain
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Library:

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Empire of the Night (#2) by Kelley Armstrong.

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For Review: