Thursday, May 26, 2016

30 Days of Books: Day 8 & 9

I'm doing two days today!
Day 8: Most overrated book

Red Rising was popping up all over the blogoshpere when I was getting back into blogging so I snatched it up as a Kindle Daily Deal...and couldn't even finish it. It started out with promise and then just turned into a Hunger Games without the story line. The MC didn't even believe in what he was doing so why should I? Ugh! I really don't get the love for this one. 

Day 9: A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

So many people had negative things to say about this one and if it weren't a retelling of Beauty and the Beast I might not have read it. There was talk of another Edward like love interest. But I decided to give it a go and Oh. My. Gosh! I loved this book! It was the most beautiful blend of fantasy and mythology with sacrifice and and and! I just can't say enough! 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Review: Black-Eyed Susans

Title Black-Eyed Susans
By Julia Heaberlin
Genre Adult mystery/suspense
Rating ⭐️⭐️

Tessa, is the sole survivor of a serial killer. Left for dead with several other victims in a shallow grave surrounded by black-eyed susan flowers, the victims become know as the Black-Eyes Susans. Years later the killer is on death row, his execution just months away, when someone starts planting black-eyed susans outside Tessa's house. Is the man on death row really the killer? Is the real killer still out there? Is Tessa and her daughter safe?

First Sentence
For better or worse, I am walking the crooked path to my childhood.   

I saw this book being talked about on Susan's blog awhile back. She hadn't read it but was mentioning she thought it looked good. Well, I concurred. It sounded very good. So, my radar for this book was on but I wasn't finding it for a price I liked. Enter my new foray into Overdrive and online library rentals. I placed this one on hold and a day or two later it was ready for me. I stopped everything I was doing and proceeded to read.

This book is more of a quiet suspense than a mystery. And by quiet I mean it was slower than I had anticipated. I read it in two days but wasn't nearly as riveted as I'd hoped. The story jumps back and forth from right after Tessa was found alive in the shallow grave to the present where she's helping a law firm try to save the man on death row for the murders. There's a lot of doubt that he's the actual killer and Tessa is quite sure it's not him.

But Tessa remembered nothing about what happened and she felt like a very unreliable narrator. I didn't know if she really didn't remember or was lying and it drove me a bit crazy. There was a lot of forensic details that, quite frankly, bored me to tears. The "romance" was unbelievable and unnecessary. The mystery, while it kept me guessing, was completely unbelievable as well. There's just no way! I can't say more. I don't want to ruin it but I was raising a skeptical eyebrow through the roof.

Still, I stayed up late into the night to finish it and I thought the writing was lovely. While I didn't outright hate the book I didn't love it either. Normally I'd chalk it up to my expectations being too high but, no, the story just didn't do it for me.

 Should you read it? 
I feel like I'm the last person who should decide that. If you're a fan of the TV show Bones you might find it fascinating enough but I still couldn't say if you'd like it.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

30 Days of Books Day 7

Day 7: Most Underrated Book You've Read. Oh boy. I really had to think about this. I could choose a lot of books for the answer to this prompt but I think I'll go with...

Say What?! (sorry, 90's flashback) Yes, I Am The Messenger and let me tell you why. Sit down and hold on! A lot of book lovers out there have read one, only one, Markus Zusak book: The book Thief. Now while that's a great book, and don't get me wrong, I love it, it's a great book, it's not the best book ever or even the best book Zusak has written. Sure, sure, it's about WWII and is narrated by death. So what?! Yeah, I said it. So What?! I Am The Messenger is pure brilliance! It's about a normal Joe Shmoe like you and me who's called upon to do extraordinary things. And does he shrug them off? Does he look at one situation that seems less important than another and pick and choose what to do? Which task is worthy of him? No! He does each and every one to the best of his abilities and it's beautiful to watch. And the ending? People, if I hear one more person bash it I'm going to scream! Don't you get it? Don't you see the genius? Ugh! I could analyze the beauty of it but I guess if you don't get it, you don't deserve to get it.

Sorry, that was harsh. I just love this book so much and hate to see people call it mediocre next to The Book Thief. I even have this theory that the reason Markus has yet to grace us with another book is because even he has fallen victim to the greatness of The Book Thief. He thinks he can never top it. Honey, It wasn't even your best book. Let it go and give us more of your real books!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Review: Spirit Bound

Title Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy 5)
By Richelle Mead
Genre YA paranormal/supernatural
Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Back from her failed attempt at taking Dimitri's life in Russia, Rose is graduating Vampire Academy as a Guardian. That is if she can stay out of trouble. Breaking a cunning criminal out of prison while being hunted by Dimitri who is determined to kill her isn't the best move she can make as a new Guardian but love has no boundaries and Rose will do anything if it means saving Dimitri.

First Sentence
There's a big difference between death threats and love letters-even if the person writing death threats still claims to actually love you.

I love this series! I'm a sucker for flawless world building and Mead knows how to build a world. I'm glad I finally decided to finish this series already! The fourth book left a sour taste in my mouth. I liked it well enough but it was slow and didn't leave me itching for the next book.

This book, people, this book! It was all over the place. And not in a bad way. For a second to last book in the series it sure opened up a ton more issues that need resolved! I was blown away by the cliffhanger ending! I had intended to pick up the last book right away but after that ending I had no choice! Wow! I can't wait to see how it all wraps up.

What more can I say? The world in these books is top notch! The plot is one hell of a ride and the characters are all so great!

Should you read it? 
I'm pretty sure a lot of you already have read this series. If not, yes! I'd highly recommend it. It's so much fun!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

30 Days of Books Day 6

Day 7: Book That Makes You Sad. Hmm, what kind of sad? Good sad or bad?

Good Sad

This one is a sad book about a sad kid. I'm not even sure there's a lot of hope in it but it makes me feel sad in a good way. Not hopeless or anything.

Bad Sad

Oh my hell! This book! I loathed it but for some reason (probably the inexplicable impossibility of the MC tasks) it made me just sob in frustration at life and horrible people...It was a dark time reading this book and I would NEVER read it again...or recommend it to anyone!