OCT. Wrap Up


So the month is done, and in that time I read 12 books which helped me complete my goodreads goal of 100 books. Here are the books I’ve read via kindle/audible.

 

Big Rock by Lauren Blakely 5/5

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West 4.5/5

Mister O by Lauren Blakely 5/5

Caught Up in Us by Lauren Blakely 2/5

Illuminae by Jay Krisoff & Amie Kaufman 5/5

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith 4/5

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith 4/5

Coraline by Neil Gaiman 3/5

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith 4.5/5

Taken in Death by J.D. Robb 4/5

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 5/5

George by Alex Gino 4/5

FAVORITES: the Outsiders (reread),The Cormoran Strike series (need the next book), Big Rock & Mister O by Lauren Blakely (fun romance with less drama)

KINDLE BUYS:

Blackheath by Gabriella Lepore

Catching Cassidy by Melissa Foster

The Night Watch by Sarah Waters

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

Immortals by Ednah Walters

Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas

One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank

Breaking the Bachelor by Maggie Kelley

Sleeping with the Boss by Marissa Clarke

Neighbors with Benefits

Chance of a Lifetime

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

Caught Up in Us by Lauren Blakely

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Well Hung by Lauren Blakely

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

Coming in From the Cold by Sarina Bowen

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

The Merciless by Danielle Vega

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

School of Deaths by Christopher Mannino

Paper Princess by Erin Watt

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff

Unexpected Mine by Stephanie Rowe

The Trill of it by Lauren Blakely

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

Hexed by Michelle Krys

Charmed by Michelle Krys

With Malice by Ellen Cook

The Blemished by Sarah Dalton

The Gifting by K.E. Ganshert

the Waiting Booth by Brinda Berry

Ignited by Desni Dantone

The Last Orphans by N.W. Harris

The Thrill of It by Lauren Blakely

 

KINDLE & AUDIBLE

The Long Way Down by Craig Schaefer

Heartless by Kelly Martin

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

Mister O by Lauren Blakely

I didn’t think I collected that many books but apparently. Also I only brought four audible books. My other audible listens was thanks to overdrive. Almost all  my books I’ve read these month have a October feeling.

That’s it how did everyone do this month? Hope you read what you wanted an enjoyed them. Until next time guys 🙂

2 Mini Reviews: Alcatraz (book 2) & Infinite (book 3)


Since these are later on books and I don’t want to spoil I decided to put them together in one easy review.

ALCATRAZ VENUS THE SCRIVENER’S BONES by Brandon Sanderson (Alcatraz-2)

5/5

I highly enjoyed this second book. I missed Grandpa Smedry since it was missing for majorly of the book. Which is why Alcatraz along with some new family members, along with Bastille with her mother. Along with that we have more Smedry talents which just seem more and more ridicules. But I love meeting these Oculator’s and seeing what there talent really is.

Am also glad to learn that Alcatraz is not as dumb as he seemed at first. He does have his momens were he says stupid things where Bastille loves to point out to him. However in this book there was plenty of puzzle like situation that he figured out. Along with that we get introduced to a new character that I don’t think I’ll like much.
excited for the next book and ready to see Smedry’s home base. Something I can look for to is finding more oculator’s, along with some hire dark Oculator hit man, and great humor. From Alcatraz cutting in with side commentary to the characters.

INFINITE by Jodi Meadows (book 3 Newsouls)

I give the whole series a 5 stars.

The whole trilogy makes me smile. The character growth especially Ana. I love how she went from a person who didn’t trust people thanks to her upbringing. To following in love  and making friends. Another great thing about this book is that there isn’t a love triangle. It has mystery, adventure, along with mystic creatures. This book was more dark then the other two books with heartbreaking deaths. It hurts because you’ve had two books ahead of this one to fall in love with them then gone. Also there was a lot of ups and downs in Sam and Ana’s relationship. However they just grown from that and I really really want a Sam in my life.

The ending was really satisfying, and glad that I finally got to the end. It ended where I wanted to and excited for other books by Jodi Meadows.

I loved both books and recommended to read both series. Until next time book friends happy reading.

Book Review: The Kiss of Deception 


By: Mary E. Pearson

Series: the remnant chronicles #1

Page Count: 486

Format: hardback/audible 

Publisher: Henry Holt

Summary: “Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.” Is a good summary for the book. 

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love. 

5/5 

(Spoiler Free)

Thoughts:

 I enjoyed this book a lot. I loved how strong Lia was leaving, breaking tradition. Even if it had a prince and assassin chasing after her without her knowledge. The whole trying to figure out who’s who drove me crazy. Trying to tell by the what they said or how they acted didn’t tell me anything. Which I give Pearson mad props for and think she did it beautiful. 

Arabella or Lia herself is strong character. Who knows what she wants and doesn’t care if it goes with tradition. She doesn’t take things laying down which is super cool. I think it helps that she has older brothers. Lia goes on a unexpected journey that made her see things and learn more about herself. 

The friendships in these book is also done very well. How loyal Paulina is to Lia because she didn’t have to come along however chose to stick with Lia. Then we have Berdi and Gwyneth that soon formed a sisterhood of sorts between the women. They weren’t some weaklings either they were all strong in there own right. 

Then we have the boys Kaden and Rafe which in the beginning didn’t have a rival really. I call it healthy male competition. They both was ready to hate Lia and stay that way. However she charmed them to think differently of her.

Then we have the romance which was really nice actual. For it was a love triangle however it wasn’t. Lia figured who she wanted pretty quickly and even though some things did happen with the other one she kept to her original. My fear is though it will change in the second book because it’s happened before and it’ll probably bum me out. 

The different places like Terravan the sleepy fishing town that is Paulina’s hometown, and a safe haven for the girls. To the Vagabound who are gypsies who travel and help those who need it. Then at the end we get to see Kaden’s hometown of Venda which is also has Komizar which is one bad S.O.B. 

Some things did bug me in this book like when she finds out who Kaden is she blows up on him. However when Rafe comes out in the end she didn’t seem to react. Pretty much just glad that he came for her. The whole gift thing bugged me as well. Why can’t she just be a regular girl who can do amazing things. But know we have the whole mother helped her repress it, and a prophecy about her as well. Also I don’t like the fact that Lia lied to Paulina I understand but I don’t like it. Because it will come back and bite her in the butt i just can feel it. Lastly I don’t like the customs that are placed on girls in royal families. That’s why I love she rebellious nature.

The pacing was in the middle of being to slow or quick especially in the beginning. Now am really excited to see what happens in the second book. I’ve heard it’s even better than this first book which I’ll just have to wait and see. 

Have anyone else read this if so let me know what you thought in the comments. 

T5W:Favorite First Liners


First liners are important because it can make or break if a person wants to read it or not. For people like me who only glimpse at that summary then open the book to see if its something that you want to read. If not then it goes right back on the shelf. So here are some first liners that kept me interest to keep reading.

“My name is Lizzy Tucker, and I used to think I was normal.”

-from Wicked by Janet Evanovich

“When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home”

-from The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

“Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.”

-The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

“A stabbing pain jolts me awake.”

-from Alive by Scott Sigler

“I’m pretty much fucked”

-from The Martin by Andy Weir

So these are some of my favorite book first liners that I have come across in my reading life. Of course there more, because there will always be more to read them from. So my fellow book lovers have any favorite first liners let me know which ones they are. Until next time 🙂

Top Five Wednesday 


TOPIC: Authors You Are Waiting on Another Book From

deborah harknessDeborah Harkness

The book of Life came out in 2014. So I need a new something from her.

michelle hodkinsMichelle Hodkins

I loved the mara dyer trilogy and I know there is supposed to be a spin off but who knows when that will be.

robin laFeversRobin LaFevers

His Fair Assassin is a really good historical young adult that I really can’t wait to see what is next.

stephanie perkinsStephaine Perkins

She has written short  stories for two books that she’s edited and I just want a full length book.

markus zusakMarkus Zusak

The way he writes books he should have more books out.

I need more books from these authors though I don’t really need them on my shelves. So this was a short post but don’t worry tomorrow is a longer review. What 5 authors would you like to write more books? Let me know in the comments below.

 

BOOK REVIEW: The Queen of Tearling


Author: Erika Johansen

Series: The Queen of the Tearling-1

Format: kindle/audible

Page Count:643

Publisher: Harper

Rating: 5/5

Summary: On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.
Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

My Thoughts:

Though Kelsea was not exactly ready for becoming queen I think she transitioned really well. She deals with a lot and have plenty of people to be there to give her advice, however ever she always listen to her voice first. I loved all the scheming, and whose actual on Kelsea’s side. The Tearling itself is poor and the people are hopeless before Kelsea came to be take her place. There is also a mystery to this book on a few points. One being who is Kelsea’s father. Then we have the backstabbing, blackmailing, and so many scares on Kelsea from her beginning of her queening that it just made me want to read on. One thing for certain this first book had nothing to do with romance just a little crush. It is more on the ups and downs of Kelsea’s journey from leaving her foster parents onward. For such a long book there is so much happening that you get through it pretty quick.

Also the characters. Kelsea is only 19 but she is tougher than everyone thought she would be. She kept proving herself and you can clearly see that she wants to do right by her people and gain there trust. Plus she made to be plain looking which is new to the girl being beauty like other books would show.

Now on to the side characters who I should never have fallen in love with. Just because none of them passed in the first book just makes me scared that they will be leaving me in the next book. I just can’t.

First and foremost I love Mace he is Kelsea right hand man, and most trusted advisor. He is rough around the edges for being a kings guard when Kelsea’s mother ruled, and tells her things straight out. He’ll tell Kelsea when he thinks she has a bad idea, but lets her do what she thinks is right, and I love him for that. Then there is Pen the 24-7 body guard of Kelsea’s. He’s such a sweetheart whose loyal as a puppy, and protective as a pit-bull. Then my feeling for Fetch he’s such a mystery, and he total should be the love interest. However  Erika Johansen’s force is on Kelsea’s ruling with little snippets of them together.

One character I can’t for his death is Throne. He is a business man who has his hands in a lot of things, and looking for profit. He blackmail when needed or use other sources to get his way in the end which can lead pour heartbroken gate watchers, and queens guards to his mercy.

Now to say that I can’t to read the next book because I have so many questions. Like are the necklaces around Kelsea’s neck going to do more harm then good. Even if the jewels saved her life and helped get her point across sometimes. I don’t trust it to be fully good. Also who the heck is Fetch? There is a part with Kelsea’s uncle and Fetch and Tomas looked surprised at Fetch’s appearance. Also there is something weird about Queen Mortmesne she in parts remind me of Levana from the Lunar Chronicles. Except Levana was more a conquer while Queen Mortmesne rather just make profit while things stay the same. She does has some evil doings, but in my book Levana is worse. Well in the first book anyway. I don’t think she has magic but I guess I will have to wait and see.

I need to read The Invasion of the Tearling because I need to know these answer. Plus I just want to see if the fast pace, and action keeps up in the second book. Because let me tell you I raved plenty and had to put down this book because my feelings where all over the place. I need that same feeling when I read the Invasion. Which will be soon as possible.

 

Anyone read this book? Or where you like me and was hesitant about this series? Let me know in the comments. 🙂

Bookoutlet Book Haul 


This haul  happened because of two reasons. One I found an unused 5 dollar off coupon from there. And second reason is for a book itself.

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Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch. It was there and I’ve been really wanted to read it so it’s why’s started the buying of the next 5 books. 

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Alice Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. This was a total cover buy plus it has illusions. Didn’t know though that it would be this small. 

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Dust City by Robert Paul Weston. I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile, but kind of forgot about it. However now I have it in these pretty cover. Plus back cover and spine

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Clipped Wings and Inked Armor by  Helena Hunting. I’ve been wanting this after hearing it by one of my favorite booktubers. However both books where never there together or in different formats. My waiting paid off. 

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Song of the Fireflies by J.A. Redmerski. I’ve actual read one of Redmerski’s before hand and really enjoyed it so I thought to get another of her books while shopping. 

So I’ve stepped up my new adult game and am excited for all these books. Now just need to choose what to read first.

Any suggestions?

Chaos/Wonderment in Death


Author: J.D. Robb

Series: in death #33.5/41.5

Chaos in Death:

Its a Jackal and Mr. Hyde type of story. Some green skinned, red eyed thing is going around killing people. Though Eve Dallas doesn’t believe in such a thing eye witness and a video of these creature is hard to not believe it.

Wonderment in Death:

Alice and Wonderland themed story. Thanks to good friends of Eve Dallas she has to look at the death of the Fitzwilliams siblings. All evident shows that the sister killed her brother then herself. But as Eve digs deeper she finds out that not all is what it appears.

My thoughts:

the novellas to me are always to short compared to full books, but I do enjoy them. Out of the two I think Wonderment was my favorite because of two things. More of my favorite characters where present. Plus the whole delusions of Wonderland is a drug cocktail that both Peabody and Eve had a whiff of. Its always funny to see both girls drugged out. In Chaos when the whole Jackal and Mr. Hyde came around to listen to the transformation was cool. And as a bonus Roarke got to punch it out.

All in all I listened to these for a read a thon because who has book less than three hundred pages (not me). Also I miss the series and want the next book sooner than later.

REVIEW: Unexpected Everything


Author: Morgan Matson

Page Count: 519

Format: Hardback

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Rating: 4/5

Summary:

Andie Walker is a planner and has rules set thats shes followed forever. However the summer before her senior year everything changed. From her intership getting taken at the last minute. To her politician  dad being home more often and taking an interest in her life. To her summer job walking dogs. To Clark who becomes a exception to all the rules she’s every made for herself. This is a summer that will change everything.

  My First Thoughts:

 I loved this book even if it didn’t get full rating like her other books. However there is a reason but first. This story has many parts one being about the relationship between the Walkers. Andie and her father had a close relationship once upon a time but since he’s always gone doing political things not so much. However when a scandal against Mr. Walker comes up in the beginning that keeps him around for the summer. Then there is the romance which was one of the cutest things. Andie have so many rules when it comes to guys that when it came to Clark it was different from the beginning. I loved Clark he was awkward and sometimes said things that he should have thought through. However he was a nerdy boy who writes books yes please. And lastly and the biggest part of the book is the friendships. There is four best friends (which am including Tom) who’ve known each other for year.They all have a unique personality and all are skilled at something. Plus I love how they welcome Clark in and him and Tom grow a bromance. It was fun watching them interact and that know it each other so well. However we learn in these book that even friendships that’s been built forever can go through some unexpected changes. Andie wasn’t my favorite main character though she did have her moments.

Let’s get the painful part done.

I didn’t overly like Andie mostly because she is in her head to much. Andie is such a little planner that when things go ‘unexpectly’ she has mini freak outs. Also it doesn’t help her make the wisest decisions. However I will say for her that she bounces back pretty will. Like how she got a job dog walking when she really didn’t want to. Instead fell in love with it and changed her future plans because of it. So by the end Andie learn to deal with things even when thrown curve balls. Also something I didn’t overly like was the whole Wyatt and Tobi thing. You’re telling me that Wyatt didn’t know that Tobi was crushing on him hard. She pretty much threw herself at him. Because if everyone else around them can see it and he can that just makes Wyatt a not so nice word. Also Peter is a bad omen to me. When he came back into the picture I knew it was going to downhill from there and I was right.

And back to the good parts.

Other than those things I really loved this book. I have tabbed the crap out of it of some of my favorite things. For example:

The bet between Tobi and Palmer.

The dogs with their many personality especially Bertie.

                     The group text messages.

                     Seeing old faces from Morgan Matson’s other books.

                     To Mr. Walkers sense of humor was on point. (and that’s to name a few)

This book is based in the same place as Since You’ve Been Gone which I didn’t connect to until the mention of the Orchids came up. I made a happy sound at this. I know that I gave some hate to this book however I love Morgan Matson books and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

Mid- April Wrap Up


I don’t know how but I have read so far this month 13 books. So am doing a mid April wrap along with short reviews on each. Didn’t even realize I listened to so much but am excited to see how the rest works out for me.

Delusion in Death by J.D. Robb (5/5)

in death #35

New Yorkers never knew what hit them when one minute there hanging out at there favorite diner then a killing spree the next. And to them its the images of there worse nightmares instead of friends or family.

 Calculated in Death by J.D. Rob (5/5)

in death #36

An accountant that gets killed for no reason other than doing her job and covering for friends. Which leads to a domino effect means cleanup time for those involved and Eve to be quick to find it. FLYING TOODLERS.

Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb (5/5)

in death #37

A boy that doesn’t want to grow up or be told what to do goes on a killing spree before Thanksgiving. The more he kills the more he gets into it, all while collecting there money and having tons of good luck. Plus the favorite family from Ireland come to visit.

Concealed in Death by J.D. Robb (5/5)

in death #38

Inside an old building live the remains of 12 young girls that have been there for 15 years. And was found thanks to Roarke  having to buy everything. So he of course calls up his wife and a new old case. This was hard since they had to look to the bones to find each girl who some had good to not good lives before. We also meet a new bone scientist who Eve doesn’t full trust, and butt heads on more than one occasion.

Festive in Death by J.D. Robb (5/5)

in death #39

Its Christmas and someone didn’t want womanizer personal trainer to have a joyful holiday. So while finishing up her Christmas shopping, planning a party and going through cheating spouses. A typically Christmas season for Eve Dallas. This was more a character love. For Eve had to make a deal with Summerset which we may never see again. Party time and gift giving plus the pink continues.

Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb (5/5)

in death #40

Eve has a stalker and is killing those who every gave her problems before, and leaving messages at the crimes saying her true friend. Now Eve has to go through old stalkers and pin this person done before they hurt someone she loves. Am surprised we haven’t had more stalker books. I mean we had the one where its killers from her past or killers asking her to catch them. But a fan from her work is a new one especially how far she went with it. Lets just say that’s one way to start to the New Year.

Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb (5/5)

in death #41

This is a total Bonny and Clyde twist because instead robbing these two like to kill. So while driving to New York they have a pile of bodies left on the trip. Haven’t been caught however there in New York and now have to deal with Eve Dallas. This was a lot of back tracking since they have to follow there path to New York to find who these people are. We meet a new character who came to help out with the case and it was fun to watch the country boy coming to the big city.

Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb (5/5)

in death #42

College friends who is having karma coming back as there being picked off one by one. This one was hard for not only one of my favorite characters gets hurts. However the killers are mostly the victims and just trying to find peace with the past.

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton (5/5)

cocktail #1

Moving into a new apartment and the last thing  Caroline expected was to be kept awake from wild sex at the apartment next door. And when she meets Simon at a mutal friends party they come up with a deal so that she can sleep. Which turns into a friendship to a little more. This book took me by surprise in the  way that I highly enjoyed this book since I thought it would be more sexy times. However between the friendship to the double meaning to every converstation they had. And that doesn’t even beginning with them trying to get the right friends together and Clive. Clive the cat has so much personality, and gosh I loved how him and Simon bounded.

Rusty Nailed by Alice Clayton (5/5)

Cocktail #2

Book two of the Wallbanger series. Simon and Caroline coming into there relationship a bit more and learning about each other and being together. It was a little more drama in these book from buying a house to going to the past. Plus being brought into their friends relationship troubles which ends up boys against girls. Still love this book and the couples even though I think a lot could be explained if talking out loud instead of in your head was a thing.

Last Call by Alice Clayton  (5/5)

cocktail #4.5

I don’t know what to say about this without spoilers so all I’ll say is Simon gets hurt out of the country. Which makes Caroline  fly out to him and something really sweet moments in between. This is a novella which is why its so short.

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren (3/5)

beautiful bastard #1

The sexy times I excepted in Wallbanger made up in these book. It had a weird how fast they went into sex when a moment before they were talking about how much they didn’t like each other. Plus the point of views got confusing since I listened to this and there was just one person doing both Bennett and Chloe. The parts I really enjoyed was Bennett’s family they were so nice and family related.

Beautiful Bitch by Christina Lauren (3.5/5)

beautiful bastard #1.5

Bennett and Chloe are moving to New York for a new branch so before that they wanted to take a vacation. Thanks to some flashbacks we learn pretty fast that they have the worse luck with them and this one is the same. However in the end we get a sweet moment which give it a bump to 3.5.

 

Am totally  on a contemporary thing and my audible have plenty to keep me enterained while getting through them pretty quick. So hopefully my reading keep going good and not slow down or stop all together.