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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.

Anna and the Swallow Man Book Review

Anna and the Swallow Man - Gavriel Savit

I dunno, this is just not my kind of book. I read it and gave up on it a few months ago then I decided to do it on audio and I did finish it I just don't like the storyline. I found the plot very strange and am still not sure what the point of the book is.

 

Its one of those books that may be well written but is hard to sell, middle schoolers will most likely be bored (though the character is their age) and I think teens won't be interested. I'm 27 and found it confusing. There didn't seem to be a clear ending to it either.

 

That being said, it has very good reviews so you may feel the complete opposite as I do about this one. Its just not my style.

Every Last Word Book Review

Every Last Word - Tamara Ireland Stone

I enjoyed this, and really liked the aspect of having a main character with OCD. I thought the author portrayed this character very well as I could really feel her anxiety and stress over keeping her disability a secret from her friends.

 

Samantha has been a part of the popular kids for some time, but they don't really know who she is. They have no idea she suffers from OCD. So when she befriends Caroline she gets into Poet's Corner and it changes everything, from who she is to who her friends might be.

 

This is one of the better books dealing with mental illness in YA and something I would recommend to others looking for those type of books. Three stars mainly because its not something totally memorable or my overall genre.

The Girl Before Book Review

The Girl Before: A Novel - JP Delaney

Probably more of a 2.5 start reviewed than a 3 star. I will give it credit, it kept me interested until the end, I wanted to know just how Emma died. But this book, these characters and the relationship are all so messed up I don't really know what to think. It was hard to like any of them, Edward is a control freak, Jane made me want to slap her on several occasions, Emma was a psychopath and Simon was probably the most likeable but for obvious reasons...

 

Jane can't afford rent so when she finds the house on Folgate street she knows she has to take it. But there are rules, no kids being just one of them. The house has all the latest gadgets and then there's Edward, the creator. But what they didn't tell Jane before she decided to live there was that Emma, a girl who lived there before was killed in the house, possibly murdered.

 

This book goes back and forth from Jane (now) and Emma (then). It was interesting to see the differences in how each woman lived in the house. But really, this book is like Smart House meets Fifty Shades. And its all kinds of messed up.

 

Kinda spoilery:

 

There were parts that made me really angry, for instance (and I may be getting political here), if you are having unprotected sex and aren't able to handle having a child with autism you SHOULDN'T be having sex. A child with autism is not an excuse to go running and have an abortion. Jane made me so mad here I almost stopped listening it.

 

It's a book you are either going to love or hate depending on your reading style.

The Silent Songbird Book Review

The Silent Songbird - Melanie Dickerson

This is my first Melanie Dickerson book and I really want to read more by her. I don't read a lot of historical fiction but this in all honesty felt more like a romance that happened to take place years ago. I really enjoyed the characters and the plot. Not once was I bored and it took me about three hours to read. 

 

Evangaline has been set to marry a cruel man thanks to King Richard. Instead of doing what he wants she decides to run away. When she's successful she ends in a village with a boy named Westley le Wyse. Problem is, she's pretending to be someone else and a mute. They have no idea just how important of a person she really is. 

 

So I do feel a bit bad because I didn't even realize this was a retelling of the little mermaid until reading other reviews (oops) but that didn't deter me from liking the book. I guess I just didn't spot the similarities and without knowing ahead of reading had no idea to look out for them. Other than that its a fun read!

Soar Book Review

Soar - Tracy Edward Wymer

A quick read and definitely one I'll keep in my back pocket to recommend to middle grade students. Soar deals with a young boy named Eddie who is dealing with his fathers death, his father who was obsessed with birds and claimed he saw a Golden Eagle. Problem is, no one believed him. Now its up to Eddie to find the truth. 

 

I liked this for many reasons, it deals with loss and death in the family, has a student from another country trying to learn English AND has a boy who has turrets (though it would have been nice if he wasn't the bully) 

 

A lot of different middle school student's can easily relate to Soar. 

It's a Doggy Dog World (Crimebiters #2) - Tommy Greenwald, Adam Stower

I actually didn't realize this was a sequel and it definitely does not affect the book or understanding of it without reading the first one. The characters are quirky and fun. Anyone who loves a good children's mystery will enjoy this one. Its great for dog lovers too!