09 December 2017

Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows REVIEW



Summary:

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she's been told she's special. Important. Perfect. She's known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty but for the peace treaty named after her, an agreement that united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.
But Mira never felt perfect. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she's far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.
Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she has spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit--the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she'd die to protect.
No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth scorching truths about the Fallen Isles--and herself--before her very world collapses.

My Thoughts:

This book was a very good read, and hard to put down. It starts off with what's happening presently, and then in between chapters shows flashbacks from before she was betrayed. This kind of reminded me of the first book in the Throne of Glass series, but I'm not complaining.
I think it's very interesting how things are revealed to us in small bits and pieces, so we don't know everything until (almost) the end.
I would definitely recommend this book and will be on the lookout for the next books when they come out.

My Rating: 4 stars

25 October 2017

The Illuminati by Larry Burkett REVIEW


Summary:

The year is 2001 and the world is on the brink of economic collapse as the Illuminati, a deadly secret organization, succeeds in placing one of their people in the office of the presidency of the United States, gaining control of world events.
With their plan set in motion, they move closer to complete success--controlling the world's finances--and the Data-Net system is born. Not only does Data-Net give Illuminati power to single out a group of people and cut off their money, fuel, and food supplies, but it enables them to track a person's every move through the attempted use of their Data-Net card--placing the public at the mercy of this secret society.
Have John Elder and Randy Cross read the "signs of the times" soon enough to expose the Illuminati and thwart their diabolical plan? Or will this organization and its leaders be hailed as the world's political saviors?

My Thoughts:

This book captured my attention right away with the title--and then with the description, which led to me reading it.
What ends up happening is the members of the Illuminati convinced citizens that the people of different groups (Christianity, and later, the Jews) are terrorists , with just videos of the police attacking them, claiming that they started the fight. But when the non-Illuminati president finds out about this, he tries to tell the people of it--only to get assassinated.
The genius behind Data-Net realized why the government wanted to use the system, and joined a group of Christians that were in hiding, waiting for the moment to expose the Illuminati.
This book was a pretty good read. It was interesting.

My Rating: 3 stars

17 September 2017

The Proving by Beverly Lewis REVIEW


Summary:

After five years as an Englisher, Amanda Dienner is shocked to learn her mother has passed away and left her Lancaster County's most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. What's more, the inn will only truly be hers if Mandy can successfully run it for twelve months. Reluctantly, Mandy accepts the challenge, no matter that it means facing the family she left behind--or that the inn's clientele expect an Amish hostess! Can Mandy fulfill the terms of her inheritance? Or will this prove a dreadful mistake?

My Thoughts:

At first this book was a bit confusing since it switched narratives without warning. However, I truly enjoyed reading this novel.
It's very understandable why Mandy left the Amish life--the boy she was courting and her sister were seeing each other in secret. It's quite astonishing how her mother scolded her for being upset rather than her sister for doing something she shouldn't have done. These things made her leave her home, never wanting to go back.
She returns only to run the inn until she could sell it, but she ends up mending her relationship with her sister and deciding to stay and join the Amish community.

My Rating: 5 stars

03 August 2017

All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry REVIEW


Summary:

Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years later, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family.
Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who's owned her heart as long as she can remember--even if he doesn't know it--her childhood friend, Lucas.
But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.

My Thoughts:

I was, at first, concerned about reading this because of the mixed reviews: many positive but a lot of negative ones, too. However, I'm glad I read it anyway.
The book is written in second person, so it can be hard to follow the story at first. It's also written as letters or a journal from Judith to Lucas. It also seems like it's set in the past? But I'm not really sure, since no dates are mentioned.
First thing that stood out to me: only about half of Judith's tongue was cut out, so she could learn to speak again. She eventually does speak again, but not early on because her mother doesn't want her to.
To be totally honest, I really dislike Judith's mother. I can understand being shocked/unsure of what to do, but eventually she should have accepted Judith as she is, but that doesn't happen.
The way this book is written is that you get bits and pieces of info on what happened before and during Judith's disappearance, but you don't get the whole thing until the end of the book, when she finally speaks up about what really happened.

I really, really enjoyed reading this book despite the fact that there were lots of depressing parts of it.

My Rating: 4.5 stars

30 July 2017

The Enemy by Charlie Higson REVIEW


Summary:

When the sickness came, every parent, police officer, politician--every adult--fell ill.Only children under fourteen remain, and they're fighting to survive.
Now there are rumors of a safe place to hide. And so a gang of children begin their quest across London, where all through the city--down alleyways, in deserted homes, underground--the grown ups lie in wait. But can they make it there--alive?

My Thoughts:

You probably noticed I read The Dead (book two) before this, not knowing it was a part of a series. And although it could work as a stand-alone, this book kind of clears up the backround story of what happened before then.
It was a very well written book. In my mind, I could see everything happening. There were enough details for you to picture the story without using too much. Also, it was interesting how adults could stay human if they stayed inside--and became cannibals (fattened up and ate children) so they could have meat. Not to mention the author's willingness to kill off a very beloved character--several, actually.
The story was pretty captivating, too. I don't usually read zombie books, but these are some of the best I've ever read.
I'll most likely check out the other books in this series, too, at somepoint.

My Rating: 5 stars