New Galleys Coming Soon!

I was approved for a few new galleys this morning. This is what you have to look forward to this month!

Accession by Terah Edun
Contaminated 2: Mercy Mode by Em Garner
Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin
BZRK: Apocalypse by Michael Grant

Big thanks to All Nights Reads, Egmont USA and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review these titles!

Tuesday Quote

I loooove book quotes. I mean love them. I’ve decided to start sharing a few on my blog. I haven’t decided if it will be a weekly thing yet, or of it will just be a when I feel like it sorta thing. I have some sort of quote saved from almost every book I read. I have been sharing them on instagram for a while now. Sometimes they are about the bool itself and sometimes it’s a quote of a quote. If it pertains to a certain book I’ll be sure to list the title and author. Anyways, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Here’s number 1!

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Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood 1) by Victoria Scott

Fire & Flood (Fire & Flood, #1)

From Goodreads

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything.
Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.
The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?
Victoria Scott’s breathtaking novel grabs readers by the throat and doesn’t let go.

So… Pokemon meets the Hunger Games.. ok I’ll bite. This book has a lot of bad reviews. A LOT. I found this out after I purchased it. Reminder to read reviews before buying books! I have to say though, it’s not as awful as everyone is making it out to be. I actually kinda half way enjoyed it, and I will purchase book 2. What can I say, I’m intrigued. I will go as far as saying, this is not an original idea. The author probably thought she had an original idea, but come on. The similarities to The Hunger Games are way to close for comfort. (Yes I do know that The Hunger Games is not the first book of it’s kind, but for this review it pertains exactly to it.)

This is a quick (I read it in like 3 hours), somewhat bland YA novel. Let us not forget that it is written perfectly for it’s target audience. Older teens/adults, yeah, not so much. It has action (think of the different zones in Catching Fire, oh wait..), it has a weird romance/friendship thing (think The Hunger Games, shit), and it has… wait for it… wait for it… ONLY ONE CAN MAKE IT OUT ALIVE AND WIN!

Ok, so I gave it a little hell, but it’s almost impossible not to. Give it a shot.

Be prepared, it is only a matter of time before this book makes it to screen.

The Reckoning by Rennie Airth

I really wanted to super love this book because it is the first I have been given from First to Read. This just wasn’t the case this time. It may be because I haven’t read the other books in the series, although I felt this book was fine on it’s own. There is enough backtracking to other “cases” that make me feel as though I’ve already read those as well. This was a mystery/thriller type book and I felt like I’ve read this same plot 100 times before. I loved the way the author described London, making you feel as though you could actually see it.. but the set up for the whole story made it so predictable. I knew the outcome before I was half way through and it left me lacking. I didn’t even want to finish the book. This probably won’t be one I recommend to just anyone. More suited for fans of James Patterson and Agatha Christie. I wish I could write more, but I just didn’ t feel this one.   I received a copy of this book from First to Read in exchange for my review.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska

 

I refused to jump onto the John Green bandwagon. REFUSED. My book club, however, had other thoughts… and I am soooo glad they did. I’m an addict. I am in love with fictional characters. I can’t stop. I went out and bought everything John Green I could get my hands on the day after I finished Looking for Alaska.

From Goodreads:

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

I don’t even know where to start on explaining how fucking wonderful this book was. The characters were great. The plot was great. OMG the feels were great. Each character reminded me of someone I know of have known. I cried. I cried like a baby. If you can read this book and NOT feel something, well, then you are an emotional robot, my friend.

Above just being awesome all the way around, this book made me question death. What does it mean? Why does it happen? I pondered answers that aren’t really answers. It made me realize we never really know anyone as well as we think we do. We all have lives we hide even from those we choose to surround ourselves with.

Please, go buy this book. You won’t regret it.

Horns by Joe Hill review

Please take note, this is not one of my raving and gushing reviews.

HornsI wanted to love this book so much. I hyped it up in my head and dove straight in. Partly because I’m a huge, and I mean HUGE, Stephen King fan. Joe had a lot of hype to live up to, and unfortunately, he failed.

I hated this book. It was hard to get through. The first 1/3 of the book I was hooked and I was loving it and then it all fell apart. The story isn’t well thought out, lacks good description, lacks decent characters and basically everything else you look for in a good book. It’s rushed and it’s horrible. I’m hoping Joe can redeem himself in the other two books I’ve already purchased.

Who wouldn’t want to read a book about a man who randomly wakes up with horns growing out of his head? Sounds super interesting, right? Nope! He tries, I’ll give him that. The plot would have been good if he had taken the time to explain things further. Everyone I’ve talked to that loved it tells me that I just don’t understand the book.. and well, I understand it perfectly. I just didn’t like it. It’s a story of revenge, plain and simple. We never really find out why the main character gets horns! Every single time the story seems to get somewhat interesting it’s like a bad joke. Hey the horns let me hear thoughts.. but you’ll never find out why. Hey the horns help me make people do things… but you never find out why… Hey I have horns, but guess what, you never find out why I was chosen to get them! The same descriptions for the scenes and characters are used for every single scene and character. I don’t think there was one really original thought anywhere in this book. It gets so cliche that I wanted to punch the book. If I had read the word devil one more time I think I may have burned the damn thing.

I can’t for the life of me say go out and buy this book. Save your money. Go see the movie. I think this will be one time in which I say the movie was better than the book.