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Defy the Stars Book Review

Defy the Stars - Claudia Gray

This reminds me a bit of Illuminae with the space setting. Except Illuminae does it soooo much better. I never fully got into Defy the Stars. The audiobook was tough to get into as I hate when they have two narrators but don't use it for the character all the way through. 


There are robots, an interstellar wars and of course a romance brewing. The ending didn't do too much to hold me over so not sure if I will read the next one. 

The Porcupine of Truth Book Review

The Porcupine of Truth - Bill Konigsberg

Not for me. I didn't enjoy the characters. I thought it was obnoxious how the author constantly complained about religion. I get that its supposed to be a coming of age story and about finding yourself, especially in the LGBTQ community. It just didn't do it for me. 

Vigilante Book Review

Vigilante - Kady Cross

I seem to be on a losing streak with books lately. This was just full of ich factor for me. It felt very squeamish most of the time. A book about a girl making revenge on her dead best friends rapists. Yea, it goes there. I didn't love the main character. I get it, rapists go free and something needs to be done about it. But nothing in this book was okay. I couldn't get past the idea. It got very far fetched in the end as well. 


If anything, I'll give credit it where its due, I probably won't forget this one anytime soon. 

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.