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Second Chance Summer Book Review

Second Chance Season (The Grand Valley Series Book 2) - Liora Blake

This was just bad. I didn't read the first one but that didn't even matter (actually didn't realize until this was book 2 until I went to Booklikes. The romance was dull and the characters weren't very original. There are usually fun things I like to see in a romance, this just didn't have it. 

I see London I see France Book Review

I See London, I See France - Sarah Mlynowski

Cute and fun. Not my favorite travel book but I enjoyed it. There were certainly parts I disliked, I found the main character a bit obnoxious as well as the best friend and found it out there that these two teens could afford an entire trip like this by themselves. A bit too much casual sex and pot smoking for my liking.

 

But the notion of traveling to Europe made it a great summer read. Not sure what age group I would recommend this too. 

Once and For All Book Review

Once and for All - Sarah Dessen

This was cute. Not my favorite Dessen novel. I felt a little let down by the end. Could have used more back story with the main character and the school shooting scenes. Enjoyed the fact that she worked with her mother with weddings. 

 

Dessen fans will probably like this one. Its her usual cute and fluffy summer read. 

Kept - Maya Banks

Oh man, I thought this was terrible. I've enjoyed a lot of Maya Banks' books. Especially her KGI series. But this one, just dumb. Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl on the first sight. Therefore he must own her and from there on....typical love story I guess. Just not my favorite from this author. 

Strange the Dreamer book review...

Strange the Dreamer - Laini Taylor

I think I'm in the minority here with not exactly loving this one. I listened to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and thoroughly enjoyed that one. While the writing in Strange the Dreamer is quite gorgeous I found myself somewhat bored. Maybe listening to the audio would have helped? I'm not sure. It took me several weeks to read, partly because I've been busy and partly because it just put me in a reading slump. I still love this author and am looking forward to more by her but I probably won't read the next one in this series. 

Cilla Jenkins Book Review

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire - Susan Tan, Dana Wulfekotte

This was cute. I really enjoyed the illustrations and the overall theme. I think children will enjoy a character that loves to write especially since this is done in a journal type format. Definitely one of those books I'll keep in the back of my head for reader's advisory.

Valiant Book Review

The Valiant - Lesley Livingston

EHHH. Not a fan of this one. For the most part I was bored and didn't really get into the characters. I can see a lot of people enjoying this action packed adventure with a pretty bad ass female character. I just wasn't all that into the kidnapping/slavery storyline as well as the added romance. Not for me, but it might be for you. 

The Girl with all the Gifts

The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey

I enjoyed this. Its a bit of a different take of what would happen if zombies take over. Its odd and quirky and somewhat similar to Warm Bodies (which I've only seen the movie). 

A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas

So I really enjoyed the new one here, its my most anticipated read of the year for sure. However, I don't think it had as much of a bang as book two did. A Court of WIngs and Ruin picks up right where Feyre, Rhys and the sisters left off. I was a bit let down by the beginning to be honest. 

 

My biggest problem with Sarah J Maas is that she lets these series go on forever and ever. The books easily don't need to be 700 plus pages long, like this one is. Throne of Glass series is the same. I got bored with that one. I hope that doesn't happen here. 

 

What I am most confused about is how is there going to be another book? This ended it perfectly and it really should it but there's that, the series continues thing..sigh. 

 

But I love these characters, I love this world and I really did enjoy this one, the writing is fun and there are some badass lines from these characters (the sex scenes made me roll my eyes a bit, too much growling and the use of the word breast). 

 

But definitely still one of my favorite series, I'm just nervous about what is more to come. I think overall, fans will be very pleased with ACOWR. 

We Are Okay Book Review

We Are Okay - Nina LaCour

Meh. This has a lot of potential. It's certainly well written and very lyrical. But the plot felt a little meaningless. It's already been a week or so since I listened to the audio book and I feel like I barely remember what happened. I remember feeling very let down in the end and thinking, that's it? 

Empress of a Thousand Skies - Rhoda Belleza

This is a super fun science fiction story in space. I read a lot of science fiction/fantasy but this felt very different from most of them. It's much more Star Wars then Lunar Chronicles or Illuminae was. I like them all about the same. But I really enjoyed the very little romance in this one. Highly recommend it to science fiction lovers. Can't wait to see where the next one takes us. 

Yours Sincerely, Giraffe

Yours Sincerely, Giraffe - Megumi Iwasa

Eh, I was expecting a lot more. Giraffe writes letters to Penguin because he's bored and lonely and wants a friend. The format is cute and I love that it is actually written in letters I can see teachers easily using this book for an assignment. I'm just not sure how much children will love the storyline. 

Relic Book Review

Relic - Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child

This was fun and not my normal genre. I had these audiobooks recommended by a friend and they are definitely well worth listening too. Though I have to say, if I didn't listen to it I'm not sure I would have finished reading it. The plot didn't totally grab me. The narration did. 

 

The museum is under attack but they don't know by what. After two kids die an investigation is under way. They quickly find out that what's in the museum may actually not even be human? What is attacking these people? It's up to Moriarty and his team to find out. 

 

A good book for a family car ride as it has lots of action and will keep your attention. 

Till Death Book Review

Till Death - Jennifer L. Armentrout

I really enjoyed this one, as I usually do with Armentrout. This felt much more mature and very different from her usual paranormal romance series. Its one of my favorites by her and I want her to write some thrillers. Yes there was romance, but I loved the kidnapping story line and felt hooked from page one. 

 

Sasha has returned home for the first time in years. Her mom is happy she's home as is her best friend. But everyone still remember's her as the survivor. The one who got away from the groom. And now someone is terrorizing her, a women goes missing in Frederick and Sasha can't help but wonder if coming home was the right thing to do. But seeing Cole makes it all worth it. 

 

I love the relationship of these two characters. Another reason I really enjoy Armentrout's books is because she's local and I know all the locations in her books (at least when they aren't in paranormal scenes. 

 

Super fun and super hot. A quick read but just what I needed to get out of a reading slump. 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Book Review

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay - J.K. Rowling

This is written so much better than Cursed Child (which was obvious that Rowling didn't write). I hated that one and like to pretend it doesn't exist. But Fantastic Beasts has all of Rowling's humor and writing style. I don't really like this whole screenplay thing, I'd much rather her take the time to write another book but I did enjoy reading the scenes of the movie, which I also enjoyed very much. 

 

Enjoyable, but I want a full book by Rowling (Marauder's series please????). 

Moo Book Review

Moo - Sharon Creech

Okay. so this is very engaging and a quick read. I loved the story, I loved the characters and felt we really got to feel what the main character and family was going through in their move to Maine.

 

Told in verse, Reena and her family have to move to Maine when her parents lose their jobs. They are moving from a city to a country farm in the middle of nowhere and her life is going to change. Then they have to "work" for grumpy old, Mrs. Falala where they meet the eccentric Zora, the cow.

 

My biggest complaint is to what poetry and verse is becoming today. This could easily have been written as a regular book.

 

Breaking up

sentences like

this does not

make it poetry.

 

And that's really all the "verses" were in this book. But otherwise, I did really enjoy the book. And will absolutely recommend it.