Saturday, April 25, 2015

“A Book with more than 500 Pages” 2015 Challenge; ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth

This book was a no brainer.  It was going to be read and going to be involved in this challenge.  First came Divergent, then Insurgent (which was fantastic), so of course it had to be read.  What category to put it in though? Originally, it was going to be for the section “Book with a One Word Title”, but as I’m reading I see that it is 526 pages.  Jackpot!  I still needed one over 500 pages, and this book was perfect.

ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth
Book 3 in the Divergent Trilogy




The faction based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal.  So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready.  Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind.  Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless.  Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves.  And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
Told from a riveting dual perspective, ALLEGIANT, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the DIVERGENT series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in DIVERGENT and INSURGENT.



3 out of 5 *Stars*


To be able to give a proper review of this book, I had to do it in two parts.  The book brought forth such strong emotions that I want you to read what I thought right after I finished it.  Then after that, is my actual review, once I had time to think it over properly.
The day I finished the book…
What in the ever-loving HELL!!  How can you even end a series like that?  Not just a book, but a SERIES!! That means that there is no fixing the epic screw up that was the end of this book.  I want to cry!  I want to scream!  I want to blow the f@%king book up so I can pretend that it doesn’t exist. 

The worst part… I’m doing my best to keep this a spoiler free review, so I can’t even discuss what’s made me so irate.  The Allegiant book that I got from the library has a broken spine, and I bet I know what happened to it.  Someone got to the end, and the book got up-close and personal... with a wall.  Ugh!  This sucks!
The next day…
Still mad!
Another day later…
Ok, yeah, so I’ve cooled down.  I still can’t stand how the book ended, but I’m thinking rationally enough to give an objective review. 
Once I read Insurgent, I wanted to jump right in to this book.  The last book kept me captivated throughout the whole thing, so I was a little disappointed when this one started off so slow.  I get it, I do.  Allegiant involves a whole new place and community, so therefore it has to take some time getting the reader engrossed in the story.
Then there was the double POV.  Yes!  We finally get to see what is going on inside that gorgeous head of Four, or Tobias as he prefers to be called.  Too bad it wasn’t too much different than Tris’.  There were so many times I forgot whose POV I was reading and I had to readjust my thinking when I found out I was picturing the wrong person.  It made the story somewhat jumbled.  As it turns out, they are the perfect couple because the exact same insecurities, likes, and feelings go through both of their heads. 
Now, on to the story.  As I mentioned before, it started off slow, but a little before it reached the halfway point, I was hooked.  I couldn’t stop flipping the pages, and ended up reading a little under 300 pages in half a day.  I got nothing done around the house.  Of course it was kind of fun telling my husband that I was doing research for my blog instead of the dishes.  HeHe! 
Anyways, the concept was completely different from the first two books.  Everyone is thrust into a world full of discrimination that judges people based solely on their genetics.  Completely out in left field, but not necessarily because it ties into everything you had read in the previous books.  Then there was the practically tangible love between Tris and Tobias.  It was great being intertwined with them, so you could feel everything they were going through.  I loved it.  It was a phenomenal story line, up until “the part”.  I could barely finish it afterward.  Roth did an okay job of trying to smooth over what happened and wrap up the entire story, but to me it was already ruined.
Every book has to have a bigger meaning or purpose, and this one couldn’t have put its any better…
“Sometimes life really sucks,” she says. “But you know what I’m holding on for?”
“The moments that don’t suck.  The trick is to know them when they come around.”
Never quite seen it put like that before, but I guess it can be true if you think about it. 
I don’t know.  This was one of my favorite book series.  The books were being made into movies, and everything seemed right with the literary world.  I would have recommended it to anyone.  Now, I’m gonna have to take it all back.  It was a good series, the love story was solid, the action was there, but then you get to the last pages of the LAST book and you get a stomach full of disappointment.  I’m sorry for being so vague, but I don’t want to “spoil” the ending for anyone that has yet to read it. 
If you HAVE read it, comment below to let me know if I’m alone in said opinion. Till next time…
19 books down, 33 to go!!
Happy Reading, Everyone!                  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

“A Book Set in the Future” 2015 Challenge; THE SCORCH TRIALS by James Dashner

It’s The Maze Runner sequel!! This is going to be shucking amazing!  We’ll finally get to learn what the shuck is happening to them, and who the shuck is behind everything!  Can’t wait… Can’t wait…
Yeah, that was wishful thinking, but hey, I got to witness how an author can cuss like a shucking sailor in a young adult book.  That was a little entertaining.  Not only that… It’s based in a time around 2020 after the world was riddled with sun flares and a dilapidating disease that makes people go crazy.  In other words, it’s perfect for the “A book set in the future” section of my 2015 reading challenge.

THE SCORCH TRIALS by James Dashner
Book 2 of The Maze Runner Series


Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.



3 out of 5 *Stars*


“Rose took my nose, I suppose.  And it really blows.”
Alright, I’m just going to go and say it.  I am so confused.  I know that’s probably meant to be the point, but you would think something would be cleared up by now.  Nope!  Not only that, I’m more confused than when I started reading this book.  There’s more questions than answers.  You think it would make the next book more appealing to read.  Not in this case.  I’m worried that there will be even more questions at the end of that one too.  Talk about a brain overload.  Reading is supposed to be enjoyable and sometimes relaxing.  I get that every story needs plot twists and a few holes to keep the reader guessing, but with this one, I can’t get lost in the story, because there are TOO MANY variables to figure out.
It took me reading almost half this book to get into it.  I know why too.  To quote my “Maze Runner” review, There’s nothing like being taken into a whole new world, whether it be futuristic, a different plane, or even the center of the earth where no one has ever or will ever see.  There’s only one downfall to these types of books.  Since the reader is being introduced into something they’ve never personally seen, a lot of time is spent describing aspects of the story, that sometimes the plot can get put on the backburner.  That was the case with this book.”  Once again… same problem. 
The place the boys were put was a desert of sorts.  “Scorch”ing heat, barren wastelands, no water, no food… and in only two weeks they have to travel a hundred miles on foot to their safe haven.  Why you ask… Yeah, still not clear on that yet, but the words “patterns” and “killzone” were repeated constantly.  Then there was what was going on with Teresa that has me completely out in left field.  Whenever something happened with her, I would ask, “Why?  Now what does THAT have to do with anything?”
Here’s my overall… Do I recommend this book?  That’s a tricky one, since there is no way it could stand alone, the real question is, do I recommend the series?  Kind of.  For its faults and many plot holes, I do have to admit that it’s an interesting concept.  Am I going to read the next book?  Yes, but I’m not in any big rush to get to it.  It will be one of those books that I read when I hear that the movie’s coming out soon.  Speaking of movies…  The Scorch Trials comes to the big screen September 18th, 2015.  You better believe I’ll see it, and of course I’ll tell you what I think.  Hopefully it will be as good as the first.  We can only wait and see.  Till next time… 
18 books down, 34 to go!!
Happy Reading, Everyone!


Friday, April 3, 2015

FRACTURED by Sydney Landon

FRACTURED by Sydney Landon


Desire brought them together; tragedy may tear them apart...

Lucian and Lia attempt to deal with the aftermath of the violent attack on her by her stepfather. As events unfold in their lives, Lia finds that she can no longer be patient with the man that she loves, because his secrets are tearing them apart.

Lucian cannot deny the fact that he's fallen in love with the brave and beautiful woman who has lived a life of horror. He wants nothing more than to protect her, but soon realizes that he may be the person who will hurt her the most.

To be together, they'll have to fight demons from their pasts that threaten to tear them apart.

2.5 out of 5 *Stars*

“Fighting the things you can’t see or touch are sometimes the battles that wound you the most.”

First and foremost, I have to refer back to my review on Pierced, Book1 in this trilogy. Yes, I jumped right back in and came out the other side, completely unscathed.  I know that probably makes no sense to anyone except for me, but it’s exactly how I felt.  I started reading this book while holding my breath and sitting at the edge of my seat, waiting to see what actually happened to Lia.  What a good start to a great book, the suspense…  That’s what I thought anyway.  By the end of the book, my feelings had done a complete 180. 
It was still written in an appealing manner, the love scenes were still hot, and we got to finally get a few scraps of information into Luc’s past.  Unfortunately, this book suffered from what I call “Middle Book Syndrome”.  I’ve said it before in these situations, and I’ll say it again.  FILLER.  FILLER.  FILLER.  That’s all that it was for me; something to occupy the great void in between Book1 and Book3. 
Not much happen here.  It was just the couple doing their best to overcome obstacles in their lives.  Nothing was solved.  Nothing was finished.  The whole debacle with her step-father might have been solved, but it still didn’t feel as if there was any closure.  That’s why I’m not sure if that aspect is really done yet.  Other things got in their way, and I found myself actually becoming bored and disinterested in the series. 
Another thing…  I love sex scenes and lustful thoughts as much as anyone, but I found myself rolling my eyes more than anything in this regard.  Yes, you are a young couple that is devastatingly in love.  However, when you’re sad… “Let’s have sex.”  When you’re happy… “Let’s have sex.”  When you are emotionally scared and can’t think how to get over the crushing weight always pressing down on you… “Oh Hell, let’s have sex.”  In between sexcapades, and you’re feeling scared of the world around you… “Here, put your hand on my junk so you can see how much I want to have sex with you.”  UGH!
“When she looks up at me and starts tugging my shorts down, I fight the urge to fist pump.”
Okay yeah, that one was a little funny to imagine. 

Here’s the ultimate question… Do I continue on and read Book3, Mended?  *another big sigh* Yes.  I’m never one to leave things unfinished, and with the first book being SO good, I can’t help but think that the ending to this story could be even better.  It has the potential, but it still remains to be seen if that will be the case.  It’s a great love story in the modern day world!

“I’m in no way worthy of you, but I lay my heart at your feet because you own me, baby.” 

See? It almost makes your heart melt.  I need to see how everything plays out.  Even if Book2 fell a little flat, I’m still too far invested. 
I do need to say, it’s a good thing that Book1 one WAS so good, because if this was the first book in the series, I wouldn’t recommend it, and I wouldn’t even finish the series.  Hopefully, when Mended comes out in May, my feelings will have turned around once again.


Happy Reading, Everyone!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

$.99 EASTER SALE!! ; 4/3/15 - 4/6/15

HUGE $.99 SALE!!

Its Easter and everyone’s preparing for that pesky bunny to hop in and deliver tasty treats.   Tis the Season for eggs, baskets,
chocolate, and… good deeds for people in need?
Starting Friday and going through Monday, Celestial Beginnings and The Divine Whisper are going to be only $0.99 each!  All proceeds from this MEGA SALE are being donated for a worthy cause. 
Karen Wartner, a woman that has always been there for everyone else, has had a rough year in regards to her health.  She needs all the help she can get, and then some.  To read her story and see where the donated money will be going click here.
Tell a friend, tell a neighbor, tell a stranger!!
Two full length novels, each only $0.99! Grab a good book, and know that the money you spend is being put to good use. 
Click on the link below to get your copy today!  
Happy Reading, Everyone!!
Rebekah Daniels