Saturday, February 24, 2018

Week 8 Review: Break Us

From Goodreads:
Nikki Kill doesn't see the world in black and white. Her synesthesia shades everything in view, transforming numbers, words, and emotions into colorful clues. Which means she's a dangerous commodity to anyone with something to hide.

Nikki has already taken on the Hollises—one of L.A.'s most powerful families—for murdering her half sister, Peyton. However, Nikki's next steps are clouded by the gray of uncertainty. Before she knows it, Nikki is on the trail of a cold case that couldn't be any more personal—the death of her mother.

But when the web of lies and secrets she uncovers leads back to the people who have tried to silence her, Nikki must pursue the sunbeam gold of justice, or everything—including her life—will be lost. 

My Review:

Author: Jennifer Brown
Series: Nikki Kill #3
Read: February 23rd, 2018
Reason Why: Love this series, and it's a End of Series 2018 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Published: February 13th 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 8 Review: Beyond Reach

From Goodreads:
Sara Linton—resident medical examiner/pediatrician in Grant County, Georgia — has plenty of hardship to deal with, including defending herself in a heartbreaking malpractice suit. So when her husband, Police chief Jeffery Tolliver, learns that his friend and coworker detective Lena Adams has been arrested for murder and needs Sara's help, she is not sure she can handle the pressure of it all. But soon Sara an Jeffery are sitting through evidence, peeling back the layers of a mystery that grows darker by the day — until an intricate web of betrayal and vengeance begins to unravel. And suddenly the lives of Sara, Lena, and Jeffery are hanging by the slenderest of threads.

My Review:
Reading this book was just so fantastic, even if it was hard at parts, because I knew how it would end! I loved the back and forth between Lena starting 3 days ago, and of Sara and Jeffery in the now. It came together so well, and it was so great to read!

There's two things that make this series realistic. The depiction of violence and it's aftereffects, and how the crimes aren't neatly solved and the bad guys arrested. This book is no exception, from the autopsies, to the fact that almost none of the Nazi group people are arrested, and that we don't find out who "Harley" is, besides that he's pretty high up, given that they were willing to make a deal to not kill Lena in exchange for not showing the pictures of him and all.

There was some justice, like that the bad guy we knew about, ferret teeth, was arrested and then Ethan got to him. And the bad guy that we didn't know about, well, I just have to write it, got exploded. He was trapped in a house that he was going to blow up, but ferret teeth turned on him. Poetic!

This is the last book in the Grant County series, though it's not the last time we'll visit the county or the characters, especially Sara, in the Will Trent series. And even knowing how it was going to end, oh, man, that just hurt so badly! Poor Sara, poor Jeffery, and poor child that they could've adopted!

I just loved reading this book, it was just so incredible, and I need to continue to read the Will Trent series again now!

Author: Karin Slaughter
Series: Grant County #6
Read: February 23rd, 2018
Source: Own
Reason Why: Rereading! And it's a End of Series 2018 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book!
Publisher: Dell
Published: July 31st 2007
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 8 Review: Tess of the Road

From Goodreads:
In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can't make a scene at your sister's wedding and break a relative's nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it's a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl--a subspecies of dragon--who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she's tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one. 

My Review:
This book was so freaking great to read! It was also so hard to read, because Tess has had a pretty horrible time in life. An over-religious mom, a dad that just wasn't there, and two sisters who cover all the roles except the problem child. Add in that between the way she was raised and a few mistakes she made (which in no way means that she deserved what happened to her) well, she had this big pit of doom and misery that talked to her in her mom's voice and was overwhelmingly harsh. Not fun!

First off, this is in the same world as Seraphina, and only a few years later after Shadow Scale. So we do have some updates on the royal family, and we also get to see so much more of this world! Like the fact that there's and uncle and grandmother Dombegh. And I'm glad that I read the 2.5 books of the Seraphina series because there's one or two obscure familiar faces!

Tess's story was told in alternating chapters of the present when she's on the road and the adventures she gets into along the way, and the past, telling the story of why it was planned that she was to be sent to a nunnery. Those past parts were the hardest to read, because we know they're a downward spiral, and it'll take a lot of effort to heal.

Some of the adventures that she gets into are pretty benign, like theft and creating a persona and rolling with it. Others, not so much, like the main reason she's going where she's going-the World Serpents. And that one priest guy. He was awful!

One thing about this book, is that there's hardly any dragons, and it's more like everyday life in this world without a war going on. Well, there's some minor political stuff, but nowhere near the scale of Shadow Scale. It's the smaller things, but they're important too.

In the preface, Rachel Hartman writes that this is a duology, even if Goodreads doesn't have it as such yet. I really hope this is true, because Tess is on the verge of a new adventure, and there's so much that could happen, and I just want more of her story!

Yeah, I really enjoyed reading this book, and it was just so fantastic! 

Author: Rachel Hartman
Series: Untitled Duology #1
Read: November 22nd, 2018
Source: NetGalley
Reason Why: Love her writing and the first series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Expected Publication: February 27th 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 8 Reviews: The Audition, Seraphina, Shadow Scale

From Goodreads:
The Audition is a free prequel to Seraphina available online. It takes place a few weeks prior to Seraphina, covering Seraphina Dombegh's audition to become Viridius's assistant and thus Glisselda's music tutor.

From Goodreads:
Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page.

From Goodreads:
Seraphina took the literary world by storm with 8 starred reviews and numerous "Best of" lists. At last, her eagerly awaited sequel has arrived—and with it comes an epic battle between humans and dragons.

The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways. 

As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people's minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she's held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?

My first review of Seraphina, Shadow Scale
My second review of Seraphina
My Review

Author: Rachel Hartman
Series: Seraphina #0.5, 1, 2
First Read: July 11th, 2012, April 29th, 2012, February 11th, 2015
Second Read: January 11th, 2013
Read: January 21st, 21st, 22nd, 2018
Source: Free, Own
Reason Why: Rereading! And they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Books, and Shadow Scale is a End of Series 2018 Book!
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Published: June 19th 2012, July 10th 2012, March 10th 2015

The Audition:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Shadow Scale:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 8 Review: Heartsong

From Goodreads:
A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen's beloved Pride and Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms

They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to slay—and Merybourne Manor has plenty of monsters. 

Passionate, headstrong Aliza Bentaine knows this all too well; she's already lost one sister to the invading gryphons. So when Lord Merybourne hires a band of Riders to hunt down the horde, Aliza is relieved her home will soon be safe again.

Her relief is short-lived. With the arrival of the haughty and handsome dragonrider, Alastair Daired, Aliza expects a battle; what she doesn't expect is a romantic clash of wills, pitting words and wit against the pride of an ancient house. Nor does she anticipate the mystery that follows them from Merybourne Manor, its roots running deep as the foundations of the kingdom itself, where something old and dreadful slumbers . . . something far more sinister than gryphons.

It's a war Aliza is ill-prepared to wage, on a battlefield she's never known before: one spanning kingdoms, class lines, and the curious nature of her own heart. 

Elle Katharine White infuses elements of Austen's beloved novel with her own brand of magic, crafting a modern epic fantasy that conjures a familiar yet wondrously unique new world. 

My first review of Heartsong
My Review:

Author: Elle Katherine White
Series: Heartsong #1
First Read: January 23rd, 2017
Read: February 20th, 2018
Source: Copy from Review Tour
Reason Why: Rereading, and it's a 2018 Retelling Reading Challenge Book, Historical Fiction 2018 Book, and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018!
Publisher: Harper Voyage
Published: January 17th 2017
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 8 Review: Crave

From Goodreads:
What doesn't kill you ... 

seriously messes with your love life.

Nava is happily settling into her new relationship and life is all giddy joy and stolen kisses. 

Except when it's assassins. Talk about a mood killer. 

She and Rohan are tracking the unlikely partnership between the Brotherhood and a witch who can bind demons, but every new piece of the puzzle is leaving them with more questions than answers. 

And someone doesn't appreciate them getting close to the truth. 

Go figure.

On top of that, a demon known only as Candyman has unleashed a drug that’s harming users in extremely disturbing ways. 

Nava vows to take this demon down. But will life as she knows it survive this mission, or will this be the one time she should have looked before she leapt? 

Happily-ever-after? Barring death, she’s got a real shot at it.

My Review:

Author: Deborah Wilde
Series: Nava Katz #4
Read: February 20th, 2018
Reason Why: Love this series, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Ta Da Media
Published: February 20th 2018
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 8 Review: The Wolves of Winter

From Goodreads:
Station Eleven meets The Hunger Games in this ruthless, captivating story of a young woman's survival in the frozen wilderness of the Yukon after the rest of the world has collapsed.

As the old world dies, we all must choose to become predators. Or become prey.

The old world has been ravaged by war and disease, and as far as Lynn McBride is concerned, her family could be the last one left on earth. For seven years, the McBrides have eked out a meagre existence in the still, white wilderness of the Yukon. But this is not living. This is survival on the brink.

Into this fragile community walk new threats, including the enigmatic fugitive, Jax, who holds secrets about the past and, possibly, keys to a better future. And then there's Immunity, the pre‑war organization that was supposed to save humankind from the flu. They’re still out there, enforcing order and conducting experiments—but is their work for the good of humankind or is something much more sinister at play? In the face of almost certain extinction, Lynn and her family must learn to hunt as a pack or die alone in the cold.

Breakout debut novelist Tyrell Johnson weaves a captivating tale of humanity stretched far beyond its breaking point, of family and the bonds of love forged when everything else is lost. Reminiscent of Station Eleven and The Hunger Games, this is a classic and enthralling post‑apocalyptic adventure and a celebration of the human spirit.

My Review:
I really enjoyed this book, it was different with the details of the world ending. Lynn was a pretty awesome character, she'd lived through this pretty horrible world-ending event, but she was young, and that they were surviving, now wanted to live and see what was out there.

Honestly, I meant to read this book sooner, before it published, but I thought it was being published in later January, and then it fell behind and under my bed without me noticing it, and without something to remind me of a book, it's less likely I'll read it. Opps!

Author: Tyrell Johnson
Read: February 21st, 2018
Source: Publisher for Review
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a 2017 Dystopia Book and a SAC 2017 Book!
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Published: January 2nd 2018
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars

Week 8 Review: Deadly Décisions

From Goodreads:
Nine-year-old Emily Anne Toussaint is fatally shot on a Montreal street. A North Carolina teenager disappears from her home, and parts of her skeleton are found hundreds of miles away. The shocking deaths propel Tempe Brennan from north to south, and deep into a shattering investigation inside the bizarre culture of outlaw motorcycle gangs -- where one misstep could bring disaster for herself or someone she loves.

My Review:

Author: Kathy Reichs
Series: Temperance Brennan #3
Read: February 18th, 2018
Source: Own
Reason Why: Rereading! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book!
Publisher: Pocket
Published: July 25th 2000
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 8 Reviews: Soldier, Legion

From Goodreads:
From the limitless imagination of Julie Kagawa comes the next thrilling novel in THE TALON SAGA

Forced to choose between becoming an assassin for the dragon organization Talon and being hunted forever as an outcast, Ember Hill now stands with Riley and his band of rogue dragons. She's lost contact with her twin brother, Dante, a Talon devotee, as well as Garret, the former enemy soldier who challenged her beliefs about her human side.

As Ember and Riley hide and regroup to fight another day, Garret journeys alone to the United Kingdom, birthplace of the ancient and secret Order of St. George, to spy on his former brothers and uncover deadly and shocking secrets--secrets that will shake the foundations of dragons and dragonslayers alike and place them all in imminent danger as Talon's new order rises. 

From Goodreads:
The legions are about to be unleashed, and no human, rogue dragon or former dragon slayer can stand against the coming horde.

Dragon hatchling Ember Hill was never prepared to find love at all--dragons do not suffer human emotions--let alone the love of a human and a former dragonslayer, at that. With ex-soldier Garret dying at her feet after sacrificing his freedom and his life to expose the deepest of betrayals, Ember knows only that nothing she was taught by dragon organization Talon is true. About humans, about rogue dragons, about herself and what she's capable of doing and feeling.

In the face of great loss, Ember vows to stand with rogue dragon Riley against the dragon-slaying Order of St. George and her own twin brother Dante--the heir apparent to all of Talon, and the boy who will soon unleash the greatest threat and terror dragonkind has ever known.

Talon is poised to take over the world, and the abominations they have created will soon take to the skies, darkening the world with the promise of blood and death to those who refuse to yield.

My Review:

Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: Talon #3, 4
Read: February 17th, 17th, 2018
Source: Bought,
Reason Why: Love her writing and this series, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Books! And Legion is a WoW Book and a WTC Book!
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Published: April 26th 2016, April 25th 2017

5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Friday, February 23, 2018

2018 Reviews

Book Blogger Hop #20, February 23rd

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer's permission, I relaunched the meme on February 15, 2013. Check out the hop here

Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end on Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

The Question of the week is: Do you read hardcovers with the dust jacket on or off? Why or why not? submitted by (submitted by Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books)

On, because it don't really see the point in taking it off. What about you guys? Happy reading! 

The Reward Challenge Update #336, February 23rd

The Reward Challenge is almost the complete opposite to a book buying ban as you'll end up buying lots of new books throughout the challenge but only after you've completed a certain amount of reading. It was hosted by Good Golly Miss Holly, so thanks to her for starting it!

OK, so I read Soldier which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, Legion which counts 4 times as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, WoW Book and a WTC Book, Deadly Décisions which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, The Wolves of Winter which counts 4 times as a 2017 Dystopia Book, Review Book and a SAC 2017 Book, Crave which counts 3 times as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book, Heartstone which counts 4 times as a 2018 Retelling Reading Challenge Book, Historical Fiction 2018 Book, and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018, The Audition which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, Seraphina which counts twice as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, Shadow Scale which counts 3 times as a End of Series 2018 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, Tess of the Road which counts 3 times as a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book, Beyond Reach which counts 3 times as a End of Series 2018 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, Break Us which counts 4 times as a End of Series 2018 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book and a WoW Book

So I have 36 counts which translates to $18 this week! I'll use it to buy books!

First Lines Friday #354, February 23rd

First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. We encourage all of our fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.

-Grab your current read(s)
-Share the first line(s)
-Include the title and author so that other FLF participants can add the book to their TBR Lists!

"What had they given her? What had the needle brought into her veins? She could barely keep her eyes open, but her ears were working almost too well. Under a sharp, piercing ring, she could hear a skip in the car's engine, the thump-thump as the tires rolled over uneven terrain. The man sitting beside her in the backseat spoke softly, almost like a lullaby you would sing to a child." -Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter

Yeah, that's just a little bit terrifying, because it's kinda non-threatening, but there's an undercurrent of fear! Need to read more! What about you guys? Happy reading!