29 October 2015

The Heir by Kiera Cass REVIEW

The Selection series: Book Four
My Thoughts:

This book was pretty good. I didn't think that there would be another book after the previous book, so it was a surprise.
America's daughter is the next in line for the throne. The country is still recovering from the dissolving of the castes, so she is forced to do a Selection.
Eadlyn doesn't want to get married at all and is very independent. Which is cool, since it's supposed to be a romance.
But why did the author come up with another story to prolong the series?

My Rating: 4 stars

The One by Kiera Cass REVIEW

The Selection series: Book Three
My Thoughts:

This book was better than the previous book, but still not that great.
Now is the time for Prince Maxon to choose from the few girls left to be his bride.
America still doesn't know who she wants.
Maxon wants her.
The near-the-end part was strange. Maxon sees America with Aspen after things got inappropriate with him and America.
But she still gets Maxon at the end, which was good, because otherwise, I would have started a protest.

My Rating: 3 stars

The Elite by Kiera Cass REVIEW

The Selection series: Book Two
My Thoughts:

This book was definitely not as good as the first book in the series.
America is struggling to choose who to be with. Does she want to be with Maxon or Aspen?
Life at the palace is difficult with her competitors jealous of her.
Her only friend there is kicked out because she loves another.
This book was kind of boring.
It's a terrible sequel.

My Rating: 1 star

The Selection by Kiera Cass REVIEW

The Selection series: Book One
My Thoughts:

America Singer is a part of one of the poorer castes. She has a secret boyfriend named Aspen. And then the Selection happens. She doesn't want to go . . . But gives in after Aspen told her she should go. She realizes she actually likes the prince . . . But then Aspen shows up again, and she doesn't know what to do. . .
I love this book. The story is awesome, even though it is a romance.
I hate Aspen. Prince Maxon is the one for America.

My Rating: 5 stars

28 October 2015

Cold Fury by T. M. Goeglein REVIEW


Sara Jane Rispoli is a normal sixteen-year-old coping with school and a budding romance--until her parents and brother are kidnapped and she discovers her family is deeply embedded in the Chicago Outfit (aka the mob). 

Now on the run from a masked assassin, rogue cops and her turncoat uncle, Sara Jane is chased and attacked at every turn, fighting back with cold fury as she searches for her family. It's a quest that takes her through concealed doors and forgotten speakeasies--a city hiding in plain sight. Though armed with a .45 and 96K in cash, an old tattered notebook might be her best defense--hidden in its pages the secret to "ultimate power." It's why she's being pursued, why her family was taken, and could be the key to saving all of their lives. 

My Thoughts:

This book was not as good as it sounded.
The action only picked up at the middle--there was a lot of unnecessary backstory and explanations.
Sara is a normal unpopular girl whose family, on her sixteenth birthday, is kidnapped by someone looking for the notebook . . .
This book was ok. But it wasn't the best.

My Rating: 2 stars

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler REVIEW

Four Riders of the Apocalypse series: Book One

“Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.”

Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons?

My Thoughts:

This book was really good but also very confusing.
And the end was strange.
Lisa gives up her power as Famine at the end, which is strange and surprising.
Overall, this book was pretty good, but not amazing.
*I met the author at TeenReaderCon*

My Rating: 3.5 stars
The author's website is here: www.jackiemorsekessler.com

27 October 2015

The Raft by S. A. Bodeen REVIEW


Robie is an experienced traveler. She's taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there's a new copilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie, doesn't panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket and she sees him stuggle with a raft.
And then . . . she's in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that's when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there's no sign of help on the way.

My Thoughts:

This book was really good.
It wasn't that exciting, but it was interesting.
It was also pretty confusing about how Max died.
It was also a little boring.
Overall, this book was good. 
But it wasn't the best.

My Rating: 4 stars

Rivulet by Jamie Magee REVIEW

My Thoughts:

This book was pretty good, but not as good as I hoped it would be.
The main character has the ability to create ice and touch any object and see her/her family's past. She sees a man named Sebastian and is drawn to him.
Rasure, her aunt (?) hates her and wants the estate for herself.
It turns out that she is a sort of demon.
The main character "dies" at about the middle of the book.
She finds out that her sister also wanted her dead.
She finds Sebastian and he helps her get revenge on her sister and Rasure. And she comes back to life and is now immortal.
This book was boring at times and sometimes dragged on.
But for the most part, it was good.

My Rating: 3 stars

**I received this as an ebook from NETGALLEY for my honest review. Thank you!**

25 October 2015

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy REVIEW

My Thoughts:

This book is realistic fiction--and I don't normally read realistic fiction because I almost never like it.
This book was really strange.
Jaycee (the main character) is barely ok. She isn't dealing well with her brother's death (he died five years ago). So she goes to his secret hideouts and does the dares he did--even the one that got him killed. Her best friend abandoned her after his death, and she only has one "friend" that she sees once a year on the anniversary of her brother's death--Mik.
A number of people join her: her ex-best friend, her former friend's boyfriend, a new person in town, and Mik.
And Jaycee finally realizes that it might be better to not be depressed about her brother's death all the time.
This book was ok.
But there was way too much swearing and inappropriate stuff.
Also, I feel as if the end was strange.

My Rating: 1 star

**I received this as an ebook from NETGALLEY for my honest review. Thank you!**

24 October 2015

Dragon Marked by Jaymin Eve REVIEW

My Thoughts:

When I saw this book, I thought, this looks like an awesome fantasy! 
But it wasn't.
There was a lot of swearing.
The book didn't have much action in in until about halfway through.
Some of it didn't make sense.
There were very few good plot twists.
There is some inappropriate stuff in it.
But, with that said, I did like some of it.

My Rating: 2 stars

**I received this as an ebook from NETGALLEY for my honest review. Thank you!**

21 October 2015

Deep Time by Trevor Baxendale REVIEW


"I do hope you're all ready to be terrified!"

The Phaeron travelled among the stars using roads made from time and space, but left only relics behind when they disappeared over a million years ago. But what actually happened to the Phaeron?
In the far future, humans discover the last Phaeron road--and the Doctor and Clara join the mission to see where it leads. Each member of the team knows exactly what they're looking for--but only the Doctor knows exactly what they'll find.
Because only the Doctor knows the true secret of the Phaeron: a secret so terrible and powerful that it must be buried in the deepest grave imaginable . . .

My Thoughts:

This book was really good. In fact, it was even better than  Royal Blood and Big Bang Generation.
What the crew really finds is the Glamour--which can make you think that anything is possible and can take over you. These Doctor Who novels (Royal Blood, Big Bang Generation, Deep Time) all have something about the Glamour in them, and I just happened to read them in the right order . . . But they can be read as stand-alone books, too. This book was very interesting and better written than the previous books.
-But there was some swearing.
-Some of it was pretty repetitive.

My Rating: 4.5 stars

**I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review. Thank you!!!**

20 October 2015

By Divine Right by Patrick W. Carr REVIEW

My Thoughts:

This novella was very confusing. I don't know if it is just me or that there is something else I should have read first.
The characters would talk about "Aer" and another, which sound as if they are gods they worship. There was nothing that explained it.
Also, they would talk about "gifts" and the gifts going free after a death and someone taking it. And someone trying to steal people's gifts so that they might have a chance to become king.
Nothing in this novella was explained at all.
There was some romance forced into the story.

My Rating: 2 stars

**I received this ebook novella from Bethany House Publishers Thank you!!!**

19 October 2015

Time Eaters by Jay Wilburn REVIEW


Following his father's suicide, Al and his best friend, Nick, devote their lives to building a time machine. When future versions of themselves begin popping up, they find it safe in concluding they've succeeded. However, when an endless army of time-traveling cannibals make an entrance, all the Als and Nicks of the myriad timelines in the universe must do everything they can to reverse the apocalypse they may have accidentally started.

My Thoughts:

Ummmmmmm . . .
Let's just say that I didn't like this book as much as I thought I would.
The story was told in a very confusing way, which made it hard to understand.
The characters were not very likable, and neither was the story.
I didn't like this book very much.

My Rating: 1 star

***I received this book from NETGALLEY as an ebook for my honest review***

18 October 2015

The Fallout by S. A. Bodeen REVIEW

**Sequel to The Compound**

Eli and his family lived in an underground shelter they called the Compound for six years. Now, the family must readjust to the real world. Their ordeal has made them so famous, they must stay in hiding--everyone from doomsday preppers to the tabloid media wants a piece of them. Even worse, their father's former adviser continues to control the company Eli and his brother inherited.
As Eli tries to determine who the family can trust, he learns the nightmare of the Compound--and his father's experiments--might not be over.

My Thoughts:

This book was amazing!!! I didn't know that there was going to be a sequel, but I read it anyway and loved it!
His father is still alive.
He discovered the secret to being young forever.
He stole the research to do it.
He gave it to Phil, who became younger looking.
He wants his family to live with him.
Eli must try to stop him.

My Rating: 5 stars
*I met the author at TeenReaderCon*

17 October 2015

The Bar Code Prophecy by Suzanne Weyn REVIEW

Bar Code Tattoo Trilogy: Book Three

Grace lives a normal life. She goes to school during the day and works part-time at the multinational corporation Global-1. She has a crush on a boy named Eric and wonders if he feels the same way. And when she turns seventeen, she's going to get a bar code tattoo.
Her world seems very peaceful and predictable.
But then it explodes.
As soon as Grace gets the bar code tattoo, she comes home to find her family gone and Global-1 police swarming all over the place. In a split second, her life changes. Now she's on the run, part of a dark conspiracy and an extraordinary prophecy that will change the world forever.

We have doomed ourselves.
We have deluded ourselves.
We must save ourselves.

My Thoughts:

When I first started this book, I thought, this is way better than the previous books in this series.
But I was wrong.
It started out good, but a lot of things weren't explained. 
The ending was weird.
Why didn't the members of Decode want her to know the Bar Code Prophecy at first??

My Rating: 3 stars

The Compound by S. A. Bodeen REVIEW


Eli and his family have lived in the Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone. Eli's father built the Compound to keep them safe. Now, they can't get out. He won't let them.

"Dad asked me if I wanted to see more of the Compound.
I didn't. We would have to wait fifteen years before it would be safe to go outside. Which left more than enough time to see the rest of the Compound.
Our new world.

A world I would soon hate."

My Thoughts:

I had heard of the author going to an event. I had never heard of her books, so I picked this one up because it sounded interesting, and because I wanted to read at least one book by an author who would be at that event.
This book was good.
But it was also confusing.
Eli's father was lying about the world ending (or whatever his excuse was for building the Compound).
So this book was kind of pointless.
But it was still good.

My Rating: 4 stars
The author's website is here.

16 October 2015

The Bar Code Rebellion by Suzanne Weyn REVIEW

Bar Code Tattoo Trilogy: Book Two

Kayla has resisted getting the bar code tattoo, even though it's meant forfeiting a "normal" life. Without the tattoo, she's in exile. But she can't stay in exile for long . . .
For reasons she doesn't completely understand--but will soon discover--Kayla is at the center of a lethal conspiracy that will soon threaten the very notion of freedom. Kayla can either give in to the bar code or she can join the resistance and fight it. The choice, to her, is clear: It's time to fight.

They want your identity.
They want your freedom.
They can't have them.

My Thoughts:

This book was a lot more interesting than the previous book. Kayla is a clone of the person she thought was her grandmother. There are also five other clones that are spread out across the country in hiding so that they won't be experimented on any more.
But it swore a few times and was sometimes boring.

My Rating: 4 stars

Divided by Elsie Chapman REVIEW

**Sequel to Dualed**

West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she's worthy of a future. She's ready to move on with her life.
The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she's in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future.
How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves?

My Thoughts:

When I read Dualed, I didn't expect there to be a sequel. But there is. It was really good, but there was some information that was talked about that didn't get explained, and I don't think that there will be a third book. There was also some swearing. 
But overall, I enjoyed this book.

My Rating: 4 stars

The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn REVIEW

Bar Code Tattoo Trilogy: Book One

The bar code tattoo. Everybody's getting it. It will make your life easier, they say. It will hook you in. It will become your identity.
But what if you say no? What if you don't want to become a code? For Kayla, this one choice changes everything. She becomes an outcast in her high school. Dangerous things happen to her family. There's no option but to run . . . for her life.

Individuality vs. conformity.
Identity vs. access.
Freedom vs. control.

My Thoughts:

I was disappointed in this book. It sounded amazing, but my expectations were too high. It was pretty boring. The romance was forced into the story and leaves you wondering if you missed a part of the book. There was some swearing. This book just wasn't as good as I expected it to be.
It was only interesting enough to finish.

My Rating: 1 star

15 October 2015

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas REVIEW

Throne of Glass series: Book Four

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire - for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorius kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

My Thoughts:

This book was pretty good--in some ways it was better than the previous book, Heir of Fire.

-But it swore a lot.
-And it seems as if Celaena/Aelin likes someone else in every book except for Heir of Fire. She liked Dorian in the first book, Chaol in the second book, and Rowan in the fourth book (this one).

The chapters about Manon and Elide are interesting and help you to see how the prince and others have a demon trying to control them.

My Rating: 4.5 stars

11 October 2015

Big Bang Generation by Gary Russel REVIEW


"I'm an archaeologist, but probably not the one you were expecting."

Imagine everyone's surprise when a time portal opens up in Sydney Cove. Imagine their shock as a massive pyramid now sits beside the Harbour Bridge, glowing with energy. Imagine their fear as Cyrrus, "the mobster" Globb, Professor Horace Haanson, and alien assassin Kik arrive. Finally, imagine everyone's dismay when a bunch of con artists turn up to spring their greatest grift yet.
This gang consists of Legs, Dog Boy, Shortie, Da Trowel, and their leader, Doc, who is busy making sure the universe isn't destroyed.
And when someone accidentally reawakens the Ancients of Time - which, Doc reckons, wasn't the wisest or best-judged of actions - things get a whole lot more complicated . . .

My Thoughts:

The book starts out with the Doctor meeting a character he knows but we don't know on Legion. Most of the book is about the gang trying to put the pyramid back where it is supposed to be, but there is talk about something inside it, which they don't find out or explain. The book doesn't mention a lot of the stuff in the summary until very late in the book. The characters in the "gang" don't actually have the names mentioned in the summary, they used them once to not tell someone their actual names.
And near the end, it seems like they can't make things right . . . until the Ancients show up.

Negative Content:
-There was some swearing.

My Rating: 3 stars

**I received this book from Blogging for Books for my honest review. Thank you!!!**

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas REVIEW

Throne of Glass series: Book Three

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak - but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life - and her future - forever.
Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength not only to fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

My Thoughts:

This book was boring at first but got better later on. Celaena is actually the true Fae queen, Aelin Ashryver Galathynius. She has to learn about how to use her powers before doing anything else. But it takes a while to be able to control her powers and summon them at any time. Then where she is staying is attacked by things sent by the king of Adarlan, who also kills the rebels from the country Nehemia was from and the slaves in Endovier, which makes Celaena/Aelin really mad.

-But there was a lot of swearing.

My Rating: 4 stars

06 October 2015

Love Everlasting by Tracie Peterson REVIEW


Growing up in a Seattle bridal finishing school never prepared Abrianna Cunningham to become one of the brides, but now Wade Ackerman, who has always been the reliable boy next door, is indicating he wants to be more than friends. And even the people closest to Abrianna believe Wade is the man she should marry. So why is she having such a hard time choosing between Wade Ackerman and Priam Welby?
Watching Welby's relentless pursuit of Abrianna is making Wade's blood boil. Welby can offer her wealth and security, but what about character and integrity? Surely Abrianna can see past Welby's smooth tongue and fine clothes. Can't she?
Caught between the devil and the boy next door, either choice she makes will change Abrianna's life forever.

My Thoughts:

I don't normally read romance novels, but the list I got of books to choose from to get for free for an honest review had only romance novels. So I just chose the one with the prettiest cover.

The plot sounds interesting, but it isn't interesting at all. There is no competition between Wade and Welby for Abrianna, Welby just wants Abrianna even though she hates him and she doesn't like him at all. Welby decides to get people to falsely accuse Abrianna's father and Wade Ackerman of murder, and it gets him Abrianna for a short time until she gets a plan to get her father and Wade out of jail and Welby into jail.
The book was also pretty boring.

But it was good enough to not to stop reading. 

My Rating: 1 star
The author's website is here.

**I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. Thank you!!!**

04 October 2015

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas REVIEW

Throne of Glass series: Book Two

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiance - not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then, one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie . . . and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

My Thoughts:

I expected this book to be just as good as the first book. Sadly, my expectations must have been too high. The book was well written, but the plot wasn't very interesting. The book kept adding unneeded twists like Dorian finding that he has magic and Celaena isn't human, she is Fae. Celaena seems to like Chaol, not Dorian, who she liked in the first book???
-The romance gets kind of inappropriate
-It swore a few times

My Rating: 2 stars

02 October 2015


Just in case you didn't know, I recently started a blog about fandoms. DON'T WORRY I'M NOT LEAVING YOU!!!! I probably won't post much about fandoms on this blog, so please check out The Alliance of Evil Geeks. (the blog button for it is also on the side of this blog after "Popular Posts".)
May the Force be with you all.

01 October 2015

The Diamond Secret by Suzanne Weyn REVIEW


Nadya is a mischievous kitchen girl in a Russian tavern. Having nearly drowned in the Iset River during the turmoil of the Revolution, she has no memory of her past and longs for the life she cannot remember.
Then two young men arrive at the tavern and announce that Nadya's long-lost grandmother has sent them to find her. Yearning for family and friendship, she agrees to accompany them to Paris for the joyful reunion. Nadya eagerly embarks on her journey, never dreaming it will be one of laughter, love - and betrayal.

My Thoughts: 

This book was good, but not as good as I expected it to be. It's a retelling of Anastasia - but it doesn't really talk about her life before she survived the killing of her family, except for the first one or two chapters and Nadya's dreams.

The romance seemed kind of forced into the story.

I like the story of Anastasia, but I didn't really like this one.

My Rating: 2 stars