Weekly Wrap Up 2

So last week I read a lot of ebooks and I have been trying to read The Lying Game, but I am still getting through it. Plus, I still have the whole rest of the Vampire Academy series to get through so I need to stop ignoring the library books I have and read these books I have just sitting on the floor. I don’t even want to talk about all of the books I keep buying either…

Books read: 9

The Good Girl- Mary Kubica

Adult Thriller

3 Stars

This book started out well. I was really excited to read this book because I had heard some people had loved it so I was all about it when I found it on sale in the Kindle Store.

What happened in this book is this girl named Mia is kidnapped by a man named Colin and kept in a remote cabin in Northern Wisconsin. The story flashes between the before and after so you are seeing the parts of the story and how they connect. It is also told from three POVs. Well, that’s just a short explanation of the book.

I did like some parts of this book. I wanted to know what happened, and I thought it was going to be a little bit more dark than I thought. I had read some reviews that said it was supposed to be some kind of the next Gone Girl, but I did not see this comparison at all. I have read that book, but this wasn’t even close to the same. OK, so I did like how the story went back and forth to show what was going on because I was all about seeing how this had happened. Of course, I was going back and forth to decipher the POVs to see what caused this. I just did end up liking this book as much as I thought. I guess I am really picky because I have read a whole bunch of Karin Slaughter. The twist ending was not great… I was like well, I could have guessed that. So, this is an okay book. It was not memorable by any means. It works if you want to have a quick read, but it isn’t going to blow your mind by any means.

Killman Creek

Rachel Caine

4 Stars

Adult Thriller

Trigger warning for violence, death, and just all around blood and gore. Definitely wouldn’t suggest anyone who’s sensitive and not into true crime or thrillers to try this book out. It isn’t for the faint of heart.

Gwen has a new life after dealing with the fall out of her serial killer husband murdering victims for years in the garage of the family home. She wants to forget about being accused of being his accomplice and just be a mother to her two children. There’s just one problem… her ex husband, Melvin, escaped from prisoner and is currently on the run. He’s trying to find his family… and not to have a happy reunion. So Gwen decides with the help of her friend, Sam, she is going to beat Melvin at his own game. The hunter becomes the hunted… what could go wrong?

Here’s what I liked about this book… it is a thriller that I could not stop reading. I wanted to know more and get answers. I was wondering how the story was going to play out… Gwen wants to protect her children and get her life back… very admirable. But it was also crazy dangerous so I was like, this may not end well. The creepy serial killer factor was accurate… with the stories of what Melvin had done. I write true crime podcasts so this rang pretty true to me. I must admit I’m a sucker for the bloody details so those made me want to keep reading. I also just needed to know what would happen next.

What I liked less… Sam just seemed strange to me. He used to stalk Gwen because his sister was killed by Melvin, but now they’re friends? And maybe more? I just was left with a bad feeling about the relationship. I don’t think Gwen needs to fall in love with anyone. Her family needs therapy and time to heal, not a replacement husband and father. But that’s just my thoughts about him. He wasn’t a bad character, I just couldn’t buy into the validity of the relationship.

I like the mention of the dark web and bitcoins. I don’t think some people realize how bad of a place it can be…

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for placing this book in the read now section. All thoughts and opinions on the book are solely my own.

Kids Like Us -Heidi Rydel

YA Contemporary

4 Stars

This book was an ARC from NetGalley so I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this one much more than I thought. I ended up speeding through this book through the course of one morning, so this is a good book if you want a nice story told rather quickly.

This book is about Martin, a teen boy who is on the Autism Spectrum. He is in France with his mother and sister, and this is where he falls in love. But it is more than that. He is obsessed with an old French book because it connects him to his dad. So he thinks sometimes people he sees are like the characters in his book. So he becomes obsessed with this girl because he thinks she is the female character from the novel. The story is really good because it tells about what it is like for someone to have ASD, but he is not a stereotype. The rep seems to be very well done, and you can find a really good review about it here. I thought the story was very well told, and I hope this book gains the popularity it deserves because we need more diverse books in the YA genre.

I read two Manga Classics from NetGalley. I read the Jane Eyre and the Scarlet Letter. Both of these were pretty good. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books so I loved it. It was very close to the story. But I just did not like how pretty it made Jane and Rochester, taking away one of the main elements of the story. Still, it was pretty loyal to the story. The Scarlet Letter one was a little bit more boring, and I did not love it way too much. I never read it, but I was mostly bored and skimmed a lot of it. Though I got both of these books for free in exchange for a review… I would recommend these to someone who wants a fun way to read classics, along with anyone who enjoys manga.

Lastly, I read a lot of Melanie McFarlane books. I read all of her books I was able to pick up on Kindle. I read

Summoner Rising- 4 Stars

The Revelation of Faithe Eileen- 5 Stars

Into The Woods- 4 Stars

The Missing Guardian.  – 4 Stars

Her latest novel will be coming out soon so I plan to do one post with all of her books and more in depth thoughts. I just have to say, I really do enjoy her writing. She is one of my favorite indie authors now, and I can’t wait to read her book which is coming out tomorrow.

This is everything I read for the last week. I have no idea why I was so into ebooks for the week, but I got a lot done so I am pretty proud of myself.

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Killman Creek Book Review

4 Stars

Adult Thriller

Trigger warning for violence, death, and just all around blood and gore. Definitely wouldn’t suggest anyone who’s sensitive and not into true crime or thrillers to try this book out. It isn’t for the faint of heart.

Gwen has a new life after dealing with the fall out of her serial killer husband murdering victims for years in the garage of the family home. She wants to forget about being accused of being his accomplice and just be a mother to her two children. There’s just one problem… her ex husband, Melvin, escaped from prisoner and is currently on the run. He’s trying to find his family… and not to have a happy reunion. So Gwen decides with the help of her friend, Sam, she is going to beat Melvin at his own game. The hunter becomes the hunted… what could go wrong?

Here’s what I liked about this book… it is a thriller that I could not stop reading. I wanted to know more and get answers. I was wondering how the story was going to play out… Gwen wants to protect her children and get her life back… very admirable. But it was also crazy dangerous so I was like, this may not end well. The creepy serial killer factor was accurate… with the stories of what Melvin had done. I write true crime podcasts so this rang pretty true to me. I must admit I’m a sucker for the bloody details so those made me want to keep reading. I also just needed to know what would happen next.

What I liked less… Sam just seemed strange to me. He used to stalk Gwen because his sister was killed by Melvin, but now they’re friends? And maybe more? I just was left with a bad feeling about the relationship. I don’t think Gwen needs to fall in love with anyone. Her family needs therapy and time to heal, not a replacement husband and father. But that’s just my thoughts about him. He wasn’t a bad character, I just couldn’t buy into the validity of the relationship.

I like the mention of the dark web and bitcoins. I don’t think some people realize how bad of a place it can be…

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for placing this book in the read now section. All thoughts and opinions on the book are solely my own.

Weekly Wrap Up #1

So I’ve been away from blogging for a long time… I’ve kept up on my reading, but I’ve neglected my blog. It was my own fault, but I want to try it again. I figured even if I didn’t keep up my reading and blogging goals, I can post a weekly wrap up so I’d anyone is interested, they can see what I am reading and my thoughts on the book.

This week of the 4-11th of November, I read 7 books. I also participated in a read athon called BorrowAThon, where the goal is to read books from your library and promote the idea of using your library. It’s one of the few readathons I make the effort to participate in… but that’s beside the point… alright, let’s get onto the wrap up since I have a lot to talk about.

Frostbite- Vampire Academy 2. Richelle Mead

3 Stars

I didn’t like the first two books a lot. I gave each only three stars, but this book was part of the give an author a second chance. I wanted to try again with Richelle so I picked up the second book in the series since I read the first about two years ago. I didn’t want to start all the way over… so I tried this one out. This book was just okay… she is going to be a vampire guardian… bad things are happening… someone needs to save the day… her best friend has magic vampire powers… it wasn’t fantastic at all. Yet, I picked up the rest of the series and am going to binge read them so maybe my thoughts will change. Who knows.

Author’s Pet -Deathco Cortorino

3 Stars

I just picked this one up from Libby because I was having a hard time staying focused. I flew through this one. It was pretty cute. I just wanted some adult gay male manga, and this was it. It was not bad, but I wanted more from the story. Also, I will say I am one of those people, and I wish it had been a tad more explicit.

 

Truth or Beard- Penny Reid. Winston Brothers Book One

4 Stars

I ended up thinking this book was so freaking cute. I wasn’t sure at the start, but I was sucked into the story.

It starts out with Jess being kissed by her childhood crush… but then it turns out the crazy kiss was his twin brother. Oh, and the kiss was fantastic. I couldn’t imagine how the book could get even better… and it just happened. This book was just so fluffy and cute. I needed it so badly in my life, and I didn’t even know it until I was sucked in. Don’t get me wrong, I adore romances. I just have a habit of reading a lot of YA so this was nice to read about adults and… you get the idea.

The backdrop of Tennessee and the beards is so cute. I just melted because I love dudes with some nice facial hair and Tennessee is a state I’m so in love with. I feel Jess wanting to see the world…. but I want to see the lovely hills and valleys of Tennessee. It’s my dream to live there someday this book just made me want it so bad… to have a nice bearded dude to kiss in the mountains of Tennessee, what a nice dream.

The only thing I wasn’t a fan of was how they made her cousin Tina look. I just felt like the author kind of made her seem lowly just because she was an adult dancer, which is harmful rep. I get she was a mean person… but her vocation should have nothing to do with that… and sometimes I wasn’t sure if Jess was exactly into being pinned down… I mean, he would do it and I’m just like ummmmm maybe this isn’t okay. She would say oh this is great, but maybe it should be right away so people don’t feel weird.

I ended up buying all of the books in this series and preordering the one which comes out next year. I have a strong feeling I will end up loving this series as a whole. It’s been a bit since an adult romance series really “hooked” me, but I have a good feeling about this one.

Roar- Cara Cormack

4 Stars

First book of BorrowAThon. Accidentally, but I thought it would be okay to include it since it’s already started! So this one covers the 2017 release challenge, I tbut I still have another book to cover the challenge.

This book was talked about on BookTube somewhat, and I was like man. I need to read it. I wanted to read a story about magic and storms. I picked up this book like a month ago, and I couldn’t get into it so I decided to come back to it. The second time I kept putting it off until I got past the beginning, and then the story seemed to capture my attention much more. I haven’t read too many reviews about this novel, but I know I have mixed feelings.

Here is what I like: storm magic, fantasy elements, a strong female lead, and even a handsome leading man. All some of my types of things when I want to lose myself in a book.

Things I like less: I don’t understand the magic system fully… I don’t get what Roar is… so I hope it will be explained more. especially why whatever it was didn’t manifest itself til later? The romance wasn’t as intense as I wanted. First he said she reminded him of his sister and then later on, he was just in love with her.

I like the real name of the main love interest. It just sounds like a handsome YA guy name. I’m a sucker for those. Ha. Also, I did like Cassius even though he turned out to be the bad guy. I just really like the bad guys I guess…

Overall, a solid read. I plan to read the next book and hope it will be even better.

A Great and Terrible Beauty Libra Bray Gemma Doyle Book One

3 Stars

Covers the new to you series for BorrowAThon. It was an okay book. I didn’t love hate it nor did I hate it. I excepted more, but I can’t say what I wanted. It just was a book about some magic… in the Victorian age. I don’t think I’ll be finishing this series. But at least I tried it.

Before She Ignites- Jodi Meadows. fallen isles book one.

4 Stars.

This book is long. There’s a lot of waiting for something to happen, and it flashes back to the last. It takes some time to get used to, but I thought this book was really good. I thought the anxiety rep was on point, and I was excited there are dragons. I wanted more illegal dragon trafficking to be happening, but there are more books to come so I just have to be patient. Mira is strong, and I just loved this book a ton. I understand some people have found it to be problematic so please see Goodreads for those thoughts.

The Ship of the Dead- Rick Riordan. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book Three.

4 Stars.

This book is just perfect and I love this whole series a lot… I’ll be doing a separate post about this book soon since I have so many thoughts. This was ten five words or more challenge for BorrowAThon.

The Library of Souls- Richard Denney

3 Stars

This was the takes place in a library challenge. Also, this book was written by a booktuber I really like so watch this space for a full review.

Please note I don’t normally read this much… I was just on vacation from work. That’s why there are so many books. Please stay with me if you want to see more of what I’ll be reading each week along with possible tags or others posts to come.

Coming Soon

It has been a long time since I posted, and there’s no real reason. I’ve been reading, and I have so many things to say. Some time tomorrow I will be posting my update for what I read this week for BorrowAThon. So it will be a weekly wrap up for that as well as just for the week. I finished 8 books this week so I did well. Stay tuned for more frequent updates from now.

Update I’m bad at blogging

I need to get back to posting one review a week. I’ve been neglectful, but I have been reading. Just a quick break down of my reading stats so far:

I’m currently at 142 books read this year… which includes manga, graphic novels, and audio books. I’m doing a lot better than I expected. I set my reading goal at 175 so I’m excited to see how much I will surpass it.

I have not been able to dwindle down my Goodreads tbr though… I keep adding and removing so that’s a currently faced issue. Maybe I can get it down by the end of the year though….

I still keep buying books and not reading them, guess it’s just a thing that happens…?

I need to start posting at least once a week on here. I read enough so I can easily just post a review, and now that I have a laptop…. I don’t think it will be a problem.

I’ve started to organize my Goodreads shelves so that’s awesome.

I have only reread one book so far this year…. and I haven’t read many classics…. I did read a few own voices books…

Hopefully I can still keep finding a way to meet the goals I set even if just a little bit.

The Seafarers Kiss Book Review

 

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Warning I didn’t like this book at all…

1.5 Stars

YA fantasy

** spoiler alert ** Received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I was hesitant to finish this book, I won’t lie. I started it… then I saw there were some issues with the trans rep in the book. As I am not part of the trans community, I can’t speak to specific parts. It was just brought to my attention so I was concerned.

Also… there’s finally a gender fluid character. Which should make me very happy since I also use they pronouns. But guess what. Loki is made into the villain. Like one of the only gender fluid characters I’ve read about… besides Alex from Magnus Chase… and it’s kind of ruined the experience. Loki was just made into an irredeemable character thus creating the idea gender fluid people are either liars or irredeemable. It sucks this could have been a great character but instead was made into a bad guy who happpens to be non binary. Could’ve left that part out…

Also. The couple in the book punch each other? Like… I don’t get it? The last thing young people need to see in YA is spouse abuse. Literally they punch each other and decide it was a bad idea… just don’t do it in the first place. If abuse is portrayed, it should be like hey leave the situation immediately. Not decide to punch back and then stop all abuse. It’s very unrealistic to show abuse can just stop like that… it’s a harmful rep where teens may stay with an abuser just because the person says oh I’ll stop… no. That doesn’t happen.

Plus… there’s tentacle porn?! It’s PG. But still. Why is there tentacle porn. I wasn’t even sure what I read the first time so I reread and I was like oh no baby what are you doing… so that happens as well.

The book is a quick read… I can say that. I didn’t get the Little Mermaid vibes immensely because I was noticing other issues. I know some people like this book more than I did… and there’s nothing wrong with that. I just have a different perspective than most. I wanted to love this book because it seemed like it was going to be right up my alley. But I didn’t get the mermaid under the sea vibes I was hoping for at all. I mean the book started out so adorable… and then there’s a super negative portrayal of a gender fluid character so all of my good thoughts kind of flew away. A lot. This book may work for other people, but it didn’t jive with me. (less)

In a Order To Live Book Review

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5/5 Stars

Memoir

So I’ve been kind of learning about North Korea the last few years because of a documentary I watched on Netflix. I watched as many as I could on Netflix, and then I knew I wanted to read more books to learn about what is going on in such an isolationist country which holds so many people as prisoners and strikes fear in the world over.

This book showed up as someone I follow on Twitter saying such amazing things about the book I knew I had to read it immediately.

Park tells such a harrowing tale. She doesn’t skimp over the reality of the harshness of her child and the tumult her entire family dealt with during their time in North Korea. She tells stories about starving as a child and staying in a dark cold house, her parents were off trying to care for their family, and it was even worse when there were nights when the family didn’t know if they were going to survive.

The picture Park paints of North Korea is horrific… people are executed for watching movies and the Kim fascist family are made to be the greatest people in the world. It’s disgusting the Kims would tell the people their country was doing well, they were living in a paradise, and the Great Leader would never die. Except both of them did so… I can’t even explain how upset it makes me a country would treat its citizens so appallingly.

Park is such a strong woman. She is an amazing human rights activist who put her mind to bettering her life and did so. She was able to get her mother and herself to freedom and see her sister again. Park even was able to excel in academia when she wasn’t doing well as a child. She is one of the most admirable women I’ve ever had the honor of learning about. Her advocacy for making sure the horrible truths of North Korea are commendable, and I hope she continues being phenomenal. Highly recommend this book for everyone. It’s extremely eye opening and hopeful at the same time.