0

Book Review – Saint Anything

saint anything

Title: Saint Anything

Author: Sarah Dessen

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 417

Rating: 3 Star rounded down from 3.5

BuyFrom_Grey_160x30

Description/Synopsis:

Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I was sent this book from by the wonderful people over at Penguin. Thank you so so much! This is another book I probably would not have picked up if not for you guys. You are always making me expand my reading base and I love you for it.

Contemporary books are a huge thing right now and each of them seem to be taking on their own little twist in telling their stories. This books little twist is that is is on the more normal side of lifes drama. Yes, it has a character in there that goes to jail, but each family has its own drama that is just as much an issue as something else is to another family. You cannot compare dramas if you haven’t experienced it. But its more the after effect, how the little things function from there on out.

I really liked this book. I did. I found the writing style to be super easy and quick to get through, and I the characters to me were all really well developed. I connected with Sydney and her conflicted emotions on all the situations she was going through. I completely understood all her feelings and every action she did. I also completely agreed with everyone else in their thoughts and actions too except her parents. I can understand her mother, and think her dad was a bit useless right up until the end, but I still think her mum was just crazy. An understandable crazy and a needed drive for the overall plot but still. I loved every member of the Chathams family. Layla is an awesome friend.

The plot though nice was where this story lost me a bit. It was slow and for me, just too mellow. Remember that comment I made about not being able to compare situations unless you have had them yourself? I am in that wonderful situation where I can. A member of my family, one in the inner circle, went to jail for six months for use, making and selling of drugs. The before, during and after of my life were greatly affected by this as well as for people outside my family. This person took someone who was pretty much a stable clean person, put them onto drugs which then destroyed their life, which they then ended. Something they had to do twice because the first time just left them in a wheelchair. Unlike Sydney though, this wasn’t something I felt much guilt over.

So as you can see, the plot for me was just a tame reflection of some of the things I have gone through so to me the plot just wasn’t gripping enough. I can fully see this book being more interesting to others though so I suggest it to anyone who likes a bit of contemporary.

 

Till Next Time…

0

Book Review – The Death Cure

the death cure

Title: The Death Cure [The Maze Runner 3]

Author: James Dashner

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Length: 329

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 0.5, 1, 2, 3

BuyFrom_Grey_160x30

Description/Synopsis:

It’s the end of the line.

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.

Will anyone survive?

What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.

The truth will be terrifying.

Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I was right. The overall experience of this series was a dud for me. I just found the whole thing just a tad dumb. The time investment to read this series isn’t worth it to me so I advise people just skip this series and watch the movies instead. There are very few times I suggest that, but here we are. Since this is the case I will not be warning about spoilers in this review. If you care about maybe reading something that happens in the movies stop reading. If you don’t care and don’t plan on reading the books (you shouldn’t) read on.

The plot for this book didn’t grab me at all. I was just kind of zoning in and out while read/listening to it and my brain has glossed over a great chunk of stuff that happened. I couldn’t tell you what happened in those chunks. Some potentially sad moments happened. One I really cared about and the other happened so quickly I didn’t get a chance to care about it much. Tom should have cared about it, but again, he seemed accept it and keep running. Parts of it did feel rushed and not very thought through. We had a new character name dropped a few times in the start because they have a ten second roll at the end. I think this person really should have had more of a roll in this book, if not the last one as well.

Now character development. Tom did none. He is one of the most boring and just stupid people I have ever read about really. He is also just a horrible friend. Newt had some development, but this is mostly because he caught the flare and goes crazy. Its a pretty easy way to develop a character. This was a good place for Tom to develop too but he completely missed the mark. Newt left him a note and said to open is when the time was right, a note that asked him to kill him. Throughout the series Tom has had this stupid and completely unrealistic ability to just KNOW things. Well, of course this is one of the only times he apparently doesn’t posses this gift and it takes him forever to actually kill Newt and by then he has suffered all the things he didn’t want to.

I also feel that he should have gotten over his bloody Teresa issues. We got in shoved in our faces how connected they were for nearly two whole books and the only bad thing he did to him was make him think that she was going to kill him, something that saved his life, and he couldn’t get over it. I would be all over the forgiving. Well Teresa since you didn’t kill me and have therefore saved my life we can go back to being chummy, just don’t jump out and scream book for awhile encase my I try to kill you back. Instead he lets all that ‘connection’ and ‘love’ just go and then when she dies saving his butt again he seems to get over it pretty damn quickly.

There was some action dealing with crazies in this book, and a bit of political dealings with WICKED, so these things kept the story interesting enough to make me read till the end. However, the huge gaping flaw that was this book is just unforgivable. You know that big question I have been pondering with the other two reviews? How sticking some kids in a maze with no memories, making them walk across a desert, face death daily, and test their emotions at every turn can stop people from going crazy pants? Well, that bloody question never gets answered. Not at any point in the book. We just get fed the same “It will help” line. Yes, but HOW?! I don’t know. Can’t tell you. Didn’t get an answer and it really doesn’t make any sense that it would help. They were supposed to chop open Tom and look at his brain at some point, so maybe there could have been an answer there, but there really should have been an idea as to how before they got the mind wiping, maze building, killing and brain playing part of the experiments.

There you have it. My very ranting book reviews are hopefully over now. I was going to read the prequel to the Maze Runner, but I think I should take my own advice and just drop the series here. If you liked this series, or found the answer to the big question, please let me know. Perhaps I missed something in one of those big chunks that are missing from my brain.

 

Till Next Time…

0

2015 Resolution Mid-Year Update

P1030987-Recovered

I think I need to do some things differently this year! So lets get this list of things I want to do started shall we?

Reading

 

 

 

 

  • I will complete my Goodreads challenge of reading 90 books this year.
  • Completely the reading goals I didn’t finish last year, then add more if I get more time.
  • Read at least 5 classics.
  • Read at least 5 different mangas/graphic novels.
  • Read at least 10 books that have been on my TBR shelf for more than a year.
  • Debut Author Challenge: Reading at least 6 books by a debut author.
  • Read things I feel I will enjoy rather than feel might be ok. Yeppers!
  • Only read one NetGalley book at a time. I haven’t read any books off of NetGalley because I am having issues getting through a book I got last year. I might have to give up.
  • Be better at reading the books which are apart of my bookclubs. Nope nope nope. None so far this year.

Blogging

 

 

 

 

  • Have the courage to finally start my booktube channel. I’m seriously freaking out about it! Not yet….
  • Participate in more challenges/memes/tags. Kinda..
  • Be more active in our book blogging/vlogging community. Kinda…
  • From this day forth, I will put up a post every three days! Yes! Mostly. 

Goodreads: 38/90 – According to goodreadsthis puts me 11 books behind schedule D: I need to hurry up.

Classics: 4/5 Woooo go me.

  1. The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  2. The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit
  3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Manga/Graphic Novel: 4/5 I see a theme

  1. Blue Spring Ride by Io Sakisaka. Pretty much all of it.
  2. Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino. Vol 19
  3. The Sandman: The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman.
  4. Pet Shop of Horrors by Matsuri Akino. Vol 1&2

TBR Shelf: 9/10 So I think the part that made this so hard last year was that I didn’t use anything twice, but I am going to let myself do that this year. Its a bonus if I kill two or more challenges with the one book. Go me for having things that fit.

  1. The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit.
  2. Vampire Knight: Ice Blue Sin by Ayuna Fujisaki.
  3. Pet Shop of Horrors by Matsuri Akino. Vol 1&2
  4. The Sandman: The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman.
  5. The Quicksand Pony by Alison Lester.
  6. The Faerie Queen by Jeanie Lang.
  7. Losing You by Nicci French.
  8. Newes From The Dead by Mary Hooper.
  9. Midnight Embrace by Amanda Ashley.

Debut Author: FAIL 3/12 – I COMPLETELY forgot to even remotely think about this challenge…. Maybe I can do better next year.

  1. Dreamfire by Kit Alloway.
  2. Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

So I am pretty damn happy about what I have done so fare this year. All but one (not including goodreads) of my challenges I am just one off of each of them from completion! Yay me. So I am going to add back on one I completed last year but I think is still something I need to work on; Read 10 Adult novels.

Till Next Time…

 

12

Top Ten Tuesday – Books Celebrating Diversity

topten

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters

Wow ok this list was way harder than I thought it was going to be. Apparently I don’t read many books that are diverse. Sorry for the shortness of this list.

1. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. About a boy coming out.

2.  The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. About children with cancer.

SimonVS_quote_NEW 9781742535203

 

 

 

 

3. If I Stay by Gayle Forman. From the perspective of someone in a coma. Thats pretty diverse.

4. Where You’ll Find Me by Erin Fletcher. About a homeless boy.Can you see im scraping for anything?

5. Newes From The Dead by Mary Hooper. From the perspective of a supposedly dead person.

if I stay 814+0mA-SvL._SL1500_ newesfromthedead

 

 

 

 

 

And thats all I have folks. Everything else I think I could have put on this list had a fantasy element to it so I chose to leave it off. I need to read more diverse books. Good thing you have all created lists for me to look through!

Be sure to share your lists!

If you want any of the books listed please click on the thingyami below.

BuyFrom_Grey_160x30

 

Till Next Time…

0

Book Review – The Scorch Trials

the scorch trials

Title: The ScorchTrials [The Maze Runner 2]

Author: James Dashner

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Length: 359

Rating: 3.5 rounded up to 4 Star

Series Review: 0.5, 1, 2, 3

BuyFrom_Grey_160x30

Description/Synopsis:

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Firs off, thank god. I was so not prepared to read another book that was just as down right painful at the first one, but I think the second book was leaps and bounds ahead of he first. While there were some serious things I still had issues with I overall really enjoyed this book.

Lets do the negatives first shall we? I still think the quality of writing could have been improved. The indecision or suspense in this book is still just as forced as in the first book. These things are not ones we should feel like we are being forced to care about. At one point in the book Tom goes through some… lets call it issues with another character and from then on he is pretty much going on and on about how he can’t forgive them. This would be fine if we were not also getting moments of togetherness just pages after the event, and then back to but I cannot forgive them! Things like this should not be treated like an indecisive person would treat ordering off a new menu. I’ll take the steak. No the salad. Yes. No. Yes. *Internal screams*

This was a pivotal in plot, character development and plot progression, a point I should have cared about but instead I wished Tom would just shut up about it.

Plot wise this book was far far better. Things happened! And it wasn’t just pretend things happening, it was real things. I don’t remember many moments in this book where plot progression wasn’t happening. The character are always going through something. I think the only plot issue I had with the book were the fact a love triangle was introduced (a very boring one I might add) and the overall question of how all of this will help stop people from getting a mysterious illness. There is always the next book for that one though.

I found this book to be far more dark and serious than the first one and I think this was one of the main reasons I liked it more than the first. I did panic about a few things that happened, and the overall feel is a lot more haunting and disturbing. I think this is because we finally get to see how the people outside of the maze are living and suffering and we are not in this one little place of relative peacefulness. If you know, forget that some random put them there are took away their memories.

We got some new characters in this book but I really feel no different about any of them. Newt and Minho are still my favourites and everyone is just bland and bare and I have issues finding any depth to them. They all seem to just float through the book. Its a struggling kind of floating, but floating none the less because I didn’t feel anything for them.

In conclusion the plot of this book made it far more enjoyable to the first for me. However, it was still nothing totally amazing and because I didn’t like the first at all really I will not be suggesting that anyone start this series. If it ends on a wow I shall let you know, but with just these two books I don’t think its worth the time investment.

 

Till Next Time…

32

Top Ten Tuesday – Last Books In My Possession

topten

 

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

The Last Ten Books To Come Into My Possession

Well this weeks list is a bit of a spoiler for my July book haul but never the less, I shall just have to get more so that some will be a surprise :P

1. The Sandman Omnibus Vol 1 by Neil Gaiman. So so pretty. I cannot wait to start.

2. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I have yet to read one of his books but I think this is a perfect place to start.

3. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Another author I have yet to read.

4. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee.

sandman vol 1 the final empire knife of never letting go to kill a mocking bird

 

 

 

 

5. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.

6. Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid.

7. Nana Vol 5 by Ai Yazawa. Given to me by the boyfriend <3

an abundance of katherines lets get lost nana5

 

 

 

 

8. Nana Vol 7 by Ai Yazawa. Given to me by the boyfriend <3 I know this may seem like a cheat, but it would be thinking too far back to pick a different book.

9. What She Left by T.R. Richmond. Sent to me by Penguin!

10. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. Sent to me by Penguin!

nana7 what she left saint anything

 

 

 

 

Be sure to share your lists!

If you want any of the books listed please click on the thingyami below.

BuyFrom_Grey_160x30

 

Till Next Time…

3

Book Review – Ashes of Life

ashes of life

Title: Ashes of Life

Author: Erica Lucke Dean & Laura M. Kolar

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 268

Rating: 4 Star

BuyFrom_Grey_160x30

Description/Synopsis:

Married for just three months, Alex Barrett is stunned when her husband, David, dies in a tragic accident. And the absolute last thing the pregnant young widow wants is to take on responsibility for his teenage daughter, Maddie. Reeling from loss, Alex struggles to deal with her grief and her troubled stepdaughter, but one question haunts her: why was David with his ex-wife when he died?

All Maddie Barrett wanted was for her parents to get back together, but an icy road took that dream away. Afterward, Maddie is riddled with guilt that she can’t share with anyone. Feeling angry and alone, she lays all the blame on Alex.

Alex and Maddie must find a way to move past their pain—shared, yet separate. Thrown together in an untenable arrangement, they fight through a frozen landscape of sorrow and redemption while redefining love, forgiveness, and family.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This blog is partly brought to you by the good folks over at Red Adept Publishing. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to take part in this wonderful blog tour!

When I went into this book I had literally no expectations. I was going through a slump and I really had zero interest in reading anything, but my day on the tour was not far away and I just had to get it over and done with. Wow. Just, awesome. While this book was not enough to completely shake the slump it was enough to actually make me angry that I am experiencing one. I flew through this book and didn’t want to put it down at any point.

The plot of the story itself was pretty simple, but I think that is just what I needed from a book. Something that wasn’t too complicated but something that many people can relate to. In this book we are taken on a journey of two women, one who has lost her new husband and now has to deal with raising his daughter, someone who has never given her a kind look let alone a kind word, and a teenager that has just lost both her parents and is forced to live with someone she blames for them not getting back together. The plot of loss is something that everyone can relate to and it is always in these times of loss that we seem to be faced with changes we never thought we would have to deal with. I really liked the writing style in the overall story. It was really engaging.

My favourite scenes in this book would have to be the moments, specially early on, where things seem to be going well for a change for our two main characters, one such example is when they are both going through David’s (husband and father) belongings. They finally seem to be connecting but then something simple breaks the reprieve and they are forced right back to the beginning. These little moments of moving on and actually happiness/acceptance are the parts I liked best.

Its the characters themselves are what really left this book at a four star rating for me. Yes I understand they are going through grief and I guess its completely realistic that they may do/act/say the way they do at points. But I still didn’t like those parts. I didn’t get this ‘guilt’ Maddie was feeling. She was just being an immature brat. I know most kids would probably want their parents back together, but divorce is a super common thing now-a-days and I think she could of handled it way better. I also thought that Alex made some SUPER bad choices. I wont go into one of them, but the other is that she moved on way too quickly. I know she thought her husband was going to leave her and go back to his ex but she got over that super quickly.

Other than that I really enjoyed this book and I am glad I get to be apart of its tour. I would suggest this book to anyone who is in the mood for a contemporary read. I would not suggest it to someone who has just gone through a loss recently or is not in a place where they are ok with it, because the subject matter might be a bit too close to home.

 

Till Next Time…

7

Top Ten Tuesday – Never Read Hyped Books

topten

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Hyped Books I Have Never Read

This list is pretty easy because there have been so many I have not read. I hope one day I can get to all of them! Lets get started:

1. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling.

2. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.

3. Paper Towns by John Green.

4. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

Harry Potter1 an ember in the ashes papertowns_pb_FINAL.indd daughter of smoke and bone

 

 

 

 

5. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan.

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

7. The Red Queen Trilogy by Victoria Aveyard.

saga1 FANGIRL_CoverDec2012 red_queen_book_cover_a_p

 

 

 

 

8. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins.

9. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.

10.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

rebel belle Anna and the french kiss GONE_GIRL

 

 

 

 

Be sure to share your lists!

If you want any of the books listed please click on the thingyami below.

BuyFrom_Grey_160x30

 

Till Next Time…

0

Book Haul – June

Book Haul

Now since I am moving I am trying not to buy so many books. Also, steam had a sale this month so my money went to games instead :P But the two books I did buy were from when I was walking past a book store and just could not help myself. So this is a pitifully small list but hey, I should be moved by August and that happens to be my birthday month so hopefully I can just go crazy with the buying then!

an abundance of katherines lets get lost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Till Next Time…

1

June Wrap Up + July TBR

wrapup

So I fell into a huge slump this month. I did my read-a-thon and then nothing. I just wanted to watch TV and play games so thats what I did. I became bored quickly but still didn’t feel like reading. As I write this post however I have picked a book up so hopefully that means the slump is over.

the scorch trials half_wild_1st_cvr Ruby Circle the death cure

 

 

 

 

I don’t plan on doing AYearAThon this month since I don’t want to read the theme and pushing myself to do so will just make my slump worst. But since I didn’t read very much last month, my TBR is pretty much the same so sorry for the repeat guys!

ashes of life saint anything what she left looking-for-alaska

 

 

 

 

an abundance of katherines

 

 

 

 

 

Till Next Time…