BOOK REVIEW: Finding Audrey


Author: Sophie Kinsella

Standalone

Format: Kindle/audible

Page Count: 288/6hr. 36mins

Rating: 3/5

Summary: An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family. -Goodreads

 

FAV:

I loved the family for how dysfunction they were. I get it mom not working taking care of her daughter so she goes a little crazy. Obsession over things that are petty and not a big deal. A father who keeps his head down and just agrees with his wife. Then we have Frank the older brother who loves his live action games to the pains of his mother. He is also a teen so rebelling is a must. Then we got the baby of the family Felix who was there to help with tension.

 

I liked the friendship between Linus and Audrey. The way he helped her get the courage to talk to strangers was some of the best parts. How it started with a note to daring each other to have some pointless conversations with people. Plus, with him being a bit geeky helped in my enjoyment of his character.

 

Love the siblings and how they reacted to each other. Of course, they fought like all siblings do but when Audrey needs them they lead a helping hand.

 

DISLIKE:

The romance wasn’t my cup of tea. Like I said I enjoyed the friendship between Linus and Audrey was good but when it went into the romance it dropped the ball. It was rushed and just went ridicules even if there was some cuteness in the relationship itself.

 

Then we have the whole fact that we don’t know how Audrey got ill. It was nothing but how crazy her family was. Also, I don’t like how Audrey handled everything when she was getting better.

She thought it was just a done thing but it doesn’t work like that as she quickly discovers.

 

THE AUDIO VERSION:

To tell the truth I may not have read this if it wasn’t told to me. I have plenty of issues with contemporaries which is the reason I don’t read them often. So, when picking this up for my Around the Year in 52 Books I was hesitant. So, I enjoyed the narration and how it brought the story more enjoyable to get through. The narrator just brought more to this crazy family then what I may have gotten by reading so I enjoyed it more. Plus, it was a six hour listen so it didn’t take me that long.

 

THE ENDING:

Like most contemporaries, it wrapped up where everyone has grown somewhat for the better. Even though I never did find out what happened to Audrey I say this is still a good quick book to get into. This was my first completed read from this author and I’ll try more of her books in the future.

BOOK REVIEW: Big Rock


Author: Lauren Blakley

Format: kindle

Page Count: 235

Rating: 5/5

Its officially I really liked this author and will be collecting her books slowly but surly. Onto this first book….
SUMMARY:

Spenser Holiday is the main speaker. Spenser is a ladies man but also a gentlemen who loves his family. Loves them so much in fact that he opened his big mouth and tells a lie that he is engaged to his best friend/ business partner Charlotte. Just so that his dad has the chance at a  business deal to sale his business and retire. It was only supposed to be a week long fake engagement that soon became more.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book as a whole I liked very much and for many reasons. One being Spenser himself. He may have been a ladies man and opened his mouth to lots of lying to his family. However I can’t fault him for doing it. His heart was in the right place and wasn’t just a selfish act for his benefit.
Then we have Charlotte the best friend/business partner who sucks at keeping secrets yet she agrees. Also Charlotte has a problem of her own dealing with a ex boyfriend who is pretty much stalking her. So agreeing to this fake engagement has some benefits other then the sexual ones.
and of boy is there sexy times. It doesn’t come off right away because Spenser doesn’t want to go there however as things heat up they both take what the other can give. Plus being best friends since college has helped make the relationship seem more real. They have great humor along with great chemistry which brings a great read.
Plus the side characters including siblings, best friends, and family members make me smile so much. Another plus being that the end conflict was minor to how some blowouts happen. I was happy that it didn’t follow the usual format that made me love this book more. Last plus there is two more books out on some of the side characters which am more than happy to spend my money on and read them as soon as possible.

Okay done rambling for now other than to say please read and let me know what you think.

Audible Review: WONDER


author: R.J. Palacio

Format: audible (8h 6m)

Narrated: Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, and Kate Rudd

Rating: 5/5

Summary: August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that has prevent his from school. Until 5th grade and his parents sign him up to Beecher Prep. Now August has to convince his classmate that he is just an ordinary kid with an extraordinary face.

My Thoughts

This book was such realistic books that people should read to learn how to be nice to others. Also August (Auggie) though he has plenty going against him he has such a positive view point. He may not look like everyone else, but he’s nice, smart, and pretty much a little dork.

This is told not only in August POV but others around him. At first I didn’t know how to feel about that, but understand why it was important. It was to see the point of views of those around August.
It was also told by different voices (thanks to audible) which was a fun time to hear them with the other characters.
  LOVED:
Like I said the realistic elements in these book. Like how August reacted to another school. Or the way people react to him, along with the bullying. Sure August had his ups and downs which is expected however he grew up to the challenge which was wonderful.

                                          The friendships

(mostly Jack and Summer) are the best. Yes they started off as his not so sure of him to being his best friends. August grew a friend base slowly with the other students with his humor and charm. That ending shows how much August touched the other kids at Beecher Prep School. Well except one but that’s not to bad in the whole picture.

                                             The grownups

where written very well in how they treat August. His parents are like the most supportive and fun parents. The Pullmans have there inside jokes and such a close bound. Then we have the grownups that August school who didn’t treat August differently which was nice. Also they didn’t let bullying happen. There was also those who weren’t so nice however it was good to see the other side of it.
                            The Audible Version

I liked the different voices and thought they did really good for making the characters have different voices. I will say though August voice wasn’t my favorite. Other than that this was a really good book to listen to. Now though I want to own and read it in physical format.

The only thing that I didn’t like is that these is the only book. There are also novellas of some of the side characters. I still would love to continue with all these characters. Other than that am glad I’ve read this and excited to read the novellas to this story, but also what ever else the author writes.

Let me know if other has read this book and tell me your favorite part.

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 🙂

Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn


Page Count: 365

format: paperback

Publisher: speck

Rating: 4/5

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Violet is thrilled when her father’s new painting commission means a summer trip to Japan. But what starts as an exotic vacation quickly turns sour when a priceless sketch by van Gogh is stolen from her father’s client and held ransom for a painting by the artist. The problem is that nobody knows where the painting is hidden, and until they find it, all their lives are in danger.

Joined by her friend Reika, Violet searches for the missing van Gogh in a quest that takes her from the Seattle Art Museum to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the mystery deepens, Violet’s not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to find the painting and the criminals–before it’s too late.

There is so much to enjoy about this book. It has a art heist, travel to another country and learn about there culture. It has friendship, small amount of romance, and some character growth.

Points that I loved was:

  • I love my heist book and the mystery behind the whole who, what, where, and why.
  • I loved that Violet traveled to Tokyo and learned about the traditions, and the culture.
  • I loved the way Violet’s thought process works. How being artist helped her see clues and drawing out what’s happening helped.
  • I love the Yamada’s they where the grandparents in the book.
  • I loved that they didn’t just push Violets ideas aside they listened and let her help. Being young has its advantages to seeing something that most adults look over.
  • All the art stuff. Its not only about the drawing or painting but the different art jobs. It was fun to see how the different areas where helpful to solving the case.

I wanted more though…

I would love if there was more moments between Violet and her dad. There is plenty of scenes where he messes up that I want to throw my book. However there is just snippets and one good talk toward the end and that’s it. Also her mother was never present. Sure she was away in her own country however no contact I don’t get.

Also the romance was a beginning and end thing since the whole middle was mystery. I didn’t mind this however I just wanted more conversation instead of it just being based on long time chemistry.

Other than that I really loved this book. It has a lot going for it  so if you like art heist where its based in another country this is your book. With a teen detective with her best friend. So if you like Heist Society by Ally Carter you will love this one. And if you’ve read this book and want another book similar read Heist Society.

Pokémon Go Book Tag


Creator: Read At Midnight

So to celebrate the fact that the #READTHEMALLTHON starts tomorrow here’s a tag that goes along with the Pokemon theme. Here we go:

STARTER: the book that started your love of reading. I’ve always had a love of books since I was a kid. So trying to pick one book is super hard and makes my head hurt.

PIKACHU: and ironic classic that you’ll always love. While most people will say Harry Potter my is Little Women. I remember this being one of the first book I’ve read by myself so I could watch the movie.

ZUBAT: a book you lost interest in because its literally everywhere. Ever book every. Throne of Glass, and The Red Queen are to of my top choices.

DITTO: a book that reminds you of other books (tropes) but you still love anyway. Passenger and Ruby Red they have similar time traveling storylines.

SNORLAX: a book/series you have not started because of sheer size. the Bone Season is just a big book and through I’ve heard good things about it the size turns me off.

GENGAR: a book that kept you up at night. The Ask and the Answer and The Queen of the Tearling was two current reads that this happened to me.

NIDOKING/QUEEN: your bookish OTP. I love my OTPs my top one is Clara and Tucker from Unearthly.

RAPIDASH: a fire-hot, fast paced read. All Souls series by Deborah Harkness I finished those books right after the other.

EEVEE: series you’ll never get tired of seeing spin-offs for. I just want a series where my favorite side character’s  get there own stories.

MAGIKARP: a book/series that was surprisingly awesome. The Lunar Chronicles even though I haven’t finished the last book. I didn’t like Cinder and wasn’t sure I wanted to continue but so glad I did.

LEGENDARY: an overhyped series you’re still excited to read. I want to give a Court of Throne and Roses a chance since I love my retellings.

MEW & MEWTWO: a collectors edition you wish you owned. I want the Six of Crow box set because of the color pages.

POKE-EGG: a debut novel you’re excited for. Heartless because its a retelling and Marissa Meyer. Yes please.

LURE MODULE: an auto-buy author. Morgan Matson I have read all her books and can’t wait to see what else she writes.

SERVER’S DOWN: a book release you’ve been waiting on forever. Its funny I couldn’t wait for Forever Doon even though I haven’t finished second book yet. I just wanted them all together.

A Read-a-Thon that Span 3 Weeks…


READATHON

Pokémon Indigo League is a read-a-thon that goes from August 14th-Sept. 4th. Its Pokémon theme and you don’t have to know anything about Pokémon to join. For more information go to host site of Read At Midnight and to sign up.

Okay the jest of the read-a-thon there are 8 gyms (challenges) that you can compete in to get there badge. Also you get to choose a Pokémon and power them up by different ways that will help them evolve. Am going for all 8 gyms and so that means a TBR has to be made. Which could change at anytime since I have plenty of books that goes in each challenge.

First the Gyms:

pewter city

TBR: The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson. This might change because I have lots of first books in a series on my TBR pile.

Page Count: 486

cerulean city

TBR: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. I had to look on Goodreads to see if I had any books on my TBR to fit this challenge. A thing about me is I don’t cry reading books so this should be a fun experience.

Page Count: 434

vermillion city

TBR: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. This series has so much hype behind it and there is only two books out. Should be interesting to see if I enjoy it as so many people seem to.

Page Count: 416

celadon city

TBR: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. These is funny because I’ve been meaning to read this for a good while but haven’t gotten to. So well see.

Page Count:320

fuschia city

FUSCHIA GYM: Prefect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. I have been wanting to read this book forever and so now is the time to read it once and for all.

Page Count: 359

saffron city

TBR: The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan. This has gargoyles in it and set in France so sign me up. I love the concept and haven’t read a gargoyle book since switched so am excited.

Page Count: 341

cinnabar island

TBR: Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. I’ve been needing to read this so bad and am going to try and get it done. Should be a fun experience since I love retellings.

Page Count:388

viridian city

TBR: Blood Red Road by Moira Young. This has southern writing to it which I haven’t read before.

Page Count:459

CHOSEN POKEMON: Eevee CP: 10 EVOLUTION: 3 stages

So yeah am excited for this and getting through some of my TBR pile. All but A Court of Thorn and Roses is not part of my physical TBR so am hype for this. Plus I have Bout of Books coming so this could help with that.

Readathon: Bout of Books 17


Its that time of year again for Bout of Books 17 here’s some information below.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Now when it comes to TBRs I suck at them so I don’t go through the trouble of doing those. I may do the daily challenges that sometime happens and

PROGRESS:

M-August 22 

Books: Infinite by Jodi Medows (book 3)

page count: 74

page total: 74

book finished: 0

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  1. book: infinite by Jodi Meadows 

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Okay now that all the prep work is done is anyone else going to sign up. This is a  fun way to get gets some books read, do some challenge, and interact with other people. Let me know if your joining in until then keep reading.

 

 

Audible Mini Reviews on Helena Hunting Books


I went on a bit of a marathon of Helena Hunting books. It’s in the order that they were read and have a short summary and what I thought. All these where audible listens and all pretty quick story wise.

1.PUCKED (Nathan Everett & Muffy Newton) 10hrs. and 48 mins

Alex and Violet had an attraction since they first laid eyes on each other at one of his hockey games and it’s been intense ever since. I love Violet and her no filter personality that you don’t know what’s about to come out of her mouth. Then there’s Alex who’s a hockey player with a cute accident. The humor and drama made me continue on the series for I really enjoyed all the characters.

PUCKED UP (Joe Arden) 11hrs and 18mins

Miller (Buck) and Sunshine (Sunny). Buck has been known to sleep around however that changed when he meets his team mates little sister Sunny. Then Buck had a whole new relationship to try on. Sunny has to learn if she can trust Buck and not the pictures she sees on the internet about him.This one was weird because it was never put in Sunny’s POV. The rest of the series is in duel POV and yet this one was left out. I enjoyed Sunny for she’s a total a hippy who says things that would make people uncomfortable. Then there is Buck who is trying to change for Sunny but that isn’t always that easy. It was plenty of ups and downs in their relationships with totally unnecessary drama and making up. It was one roller-coaster that I probably shouldn’t have enjoyed but did.

PUCKED OVER (Rose Dioro & Jacob Morgan) 10hrs 37mins

Randy and Lily. They ended with a misunderstanding that had them stop talking. Until they meet back up at one of his games and decided to go the sex with no strings attached. Living in two countries and trying to make time to hook up. Makes the no string harder than they both thought. I love Randy he is such a big kid that makes me just want to cuddle him. While Lily is someone that just been in a long relationship that she knew wasn’t going anywhere. When they came together Randy became horny dog while being protective over Lily. It was a pain while also really sweet.

FOREVER PUCKED (Emily C. Michaels & Jeremy York) 10hrs and 10mins

Alex and Violet have been engaged for a while and though Violet wants to marry Alex with both their mother planning their big day gives her hives. Violet has been keep putting everything off until an accident with Alex makes Violet rethink putting it off.

(I liked how Helena had written about my favorite sport Hockey, had some really interesting characters. Plus, she played off some other words then pucked. Now all I need is a Lance and Tasha because even though Lance is noticed as a player he’s loyal and needs Tasha in his life. That’s all I ask.)

THE LIBRARIAN PRINCIPLE (Maxine Mitchell) 10hrs and 52 mins

I have a very meh view on this book. The characters where okay but I didn’t really get behind nor really cared. I was pretty much seeing if anything would happen if they were found out. However, nothing really happened. Not if you count the stalker which didn’t go anywhere. Some humor but wasn’t enough and though I finished it it was my least favorite out of this marathon.

CLIPPED WINGS (Elizabeth Louise & Jason Carpenter) 12hrs and 29mins INKED ARMOR 11hrs and 10 mins

Hayden and Tenley both broken people who are trying to find peace with the stuff they’ve been through. This duology was interesting in the friendship between the main and secondary characters. This wasn’t just about the romance it was more about closer, finding peace, and have good friends that are supportive. This duology was a good wrap up to Helena Hunting marathon I had while I was road tripping.

So the only book I didn’t like is THE LIBRARIAN PRINCIPLE which out of seven books isn’t bad at all. If you want to try her books out start with either Pucked or Clipped Wings both where really good and I recommend them.

June Reading Wrap Up


Cupcakes and Ink by Helena Hunting (e-book)

Novella that splits between both Tenley Page and Hayden Stryker. It show how Tenley is starting to adapt to a new city. While Hayden a tattoo artist from across the street wondering who the new girl working for his aunt. Throughout this short story it shows the attraction between the two and then a cat and mouse game afterward. Gave this book a 3/5.

The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness (audible + paperback)

I still haven’t gotten a review up for this book, but I will say that I loved this sequel. It was a duel POV between Viola and Todd that shows both side of the war. From the first page to the last had me engaged the whole time and I need to get to Monster of Men in July. Even if it kills me. 5/5 

The BFG by Roald Dahl (audible)

This was a cute children’s book that I read because of the movie. If you read this you can’t take anything serious because it was written for kids. However I don’t overly recommended the audible. Only because there is sound effects like eating and other disturbing sounds related to it. But if you okay with that then its a quick way to get through it. 3/5 

HP: and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (audible)

Listened to in one sitting and learned somethings about the story that I didn’t know before this. 4/5

HP: and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (audible)

same as the first book. 4/5

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (paperback + audible)

I heard about this book via twitter and wanted to give it a try since I haven’t read a paranormal book in a good while. And let me just say I simple loved this book as if you follow my twitter would know. There are really strong characters and lots of elements in these book that kept me intrigued until the end. 5/5

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (audible)

I ordered Shadow of Night and Book of Life when I was halfway done with A Discovery of Witches because I knew I wanted to continue on. I couldn’t wait for them to come so brought the audible of the last two books.  And I have to say this sequel didn’t disappoint. Again with action and this time in a different place. I finished this book in 3 days and just want to continue. 5/5

I read three books over 500 pages which am really happy about since big books always scared me. However I’ve learned that audible helps with that a lot along with other formats. Also I’ve started 2 series continued 1, read a novella, and a children book. Next month I’ll be getting to more series/trilogies. Fingers crossed.

ON MY LIST FOR JULY:

Monster of Men by Patrick Ness

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness