Book Review: Don’t Look Back

don't look backTitle: Don’t Look Back

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: YA Mystery

Release Date: April 15, 2014

Pages: 369

My Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: A teenage girl has shown up after disappearing for 4 days, but can’t remember anything about what happened to her, or anything from her past either. She learns about herself from her parents, brother, boyfriend and friends from school, and she’s finding she may not like her old self. Not only that, but her best friend is missing, who disappeared along with her, and only she holds the key to where she could be, or what happened to her, inside her locked mind.

My Thoughts: I really liked this!! I have a hard time dishing out the 5 stars, but I’m trying not to be so stingy with them, if a book warrants it. I was going to give this 4.5 stars, but I’m always holding out for something better, which never seems to come…and this was pretty darn good! JLA has captivated me once again. She has a very easy and engaging writing style that hooks you in from the start. We are dropped right into this mystery, with a girl waking up from the start, with absolutely no idea who she is, or what’s happened, and a serious case of amnesia. It’s immediately pulling at our heart strings…to imagine being in this kind of situation must be incredibly scary! Not only not knowing anyone or anything, but then for friends and family to tell you about yourself, and you can even imagine being that way! The main character is slightly naive, but pretty acceptable in how a teenager may accept what others tell her to believe, when they come from people who are supposedly close to her. There was one small instance in the middle where I felt like, it was the same deal, a memory, but still not getting anywhere in the mystery, but other wise it was fast paced enough to keep the intrigue, giving in clue by clue. Lots of options for the culprit to keep us guessing.


DNF Review: Long Black Veil

33916137Title: Long Black Veil

Author: Jennifer Finney Boylen

Release Date: April 11, 2017

Pages: 320 pages

My Rating: n/a (DNF)

Synopsis: This is supposed to be about a group of kids who spent the night in an old abandoned prison, while one of them go missing, and how they are dealing with the affects, years later, after the missing one is finally found.

My Thoughts: I only got to page 48. I found myself skimming words to get to the action. It flip flops between the time periods, and I really just wanted to find out what happened in the penitentiary….which the story seemed to be dragging with lots of words, and talk of things that didn’t seem relevant. I do not think the writing style was for me, at all. I ended up reading reviews and found out who the missing person was, but didn’t care enough to even find out what happened from it. Sadly DNFing this book. I was looking forward to more of a thriller, which this book is not.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Book Review: Wires & Nerve GN Series

Wires and NerveTitle: Wires and Nerve series

Author: Marissa Meyer

Release Date: 2017 & 2018

Pages: 238 & 324

My Rating: 4 & 5 stars

Synopsis: From the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder’s android, Iko, continues the story from after the last book of the novel series. She is tracking down the last of Levana’s rogue wolf-hybrid soldiers, either destroying them or sending them back to Luna. Of course, everything doesn’t always go as planned.

My Thoughts: Loved these! I am not a graphic novel fan, so loving them is saying something. It helps that I love the Lunar Chronicles already of course. I wish the schematic was a bit more colorful, but otherwise I very much enjoyed the rest of story, and aftermath of the Lunar Chronicles. The 2nd volume I like much more, there was a lot more action, and more tugging of our heart strings. Made me go “Awwww!” at the end. 🙂

Series Review: Shatter Me Series

Shatter Me (Series Recap)Titles: Shatter Me series: Shatter Me, Destroy Me, Unravel Me, Fracture Me, and Ignite Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Release Dates: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2013, 2014

Pages: 338, 109, 461, 72, and 408

My Rating: 4.5, 2.5, 3.5, 3 and 4.5 stars

Synopsis: Juliette is living in a dying world, one that has been taken over by a strict, cruel commander. She, among others, have special powers…but hers is lethal. Her very skin kills anyone that she dares to touch. Her family had her put away because of it, and she is only released to the commander’s son to be used as a weapon against those just like her, in order to help keep their reign. War breaks out, the people rebel…but Juliette has to either learn to live with and accept her power, or succumb to being an empty shell that is controlled by someone else.

My Thoughts: I read Shatter Me and the Destroy Me novella over a year ago, and then just recently finished the last 2 novels and Fracture Me novella. First book was good, hooked me in. I did not like Destroy Me very well, as that comes from the perspective of Warner (the commander’s son). Having read these so long ago, it was hard for me to get into Unravel Me, and I felt like not too much really happened, and it dragged a bit. Took a long time for me to get through it. By the end, it finally hooked me in, so I could get through the last novella and book of the series. I think the last book is the best of the series. Lots of action of course! The best part though is a side character, Kenji. My high rating for the last book is definitely due to his comic relief. I’d have rated it a bit lower, 3.5-4 otherwise. Overall, good series, glad I finally completed it.

2018 TBR … kind of

I am inspired by a couple booktubers to read books from my old book hauls! They are more cutthroat though… BooksandLala started it, with her Closet Unhauls, and others have taken after her, where they find books from old book hauls, and either read them, or unhaul them!

I don’t think I can be that determined. I do want to read the books I have, though I may still unhaul some…but I hauled 80 books in just the first 6 months of booktube (July-December 2014) and I don’t even read that many a year!

But, I do need to start reading these books that have been on my shelves for YEARS, so I’m starting from the beginning, but taking a bit at a time. So starting with this list of 10 books:

– Destined (Wings #4), by Aprilynne Pike
– Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chboski
– Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
– Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli
– The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling
– Hush, Hush, by Becca Fitzpatrick
– Warm Bodies, by Isaac Marion
– Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
– Vampire Academy, by Richelle Mead
– The Photograph, by Penelope Lively

I don’t know if I have the guts to simply unhaul if I don’t complete them, though. LOL Cause like I said, I do want to read the books that are currently on my shelves. I did a lot of unhauling before we moved. And I still have TONS of books, way more than I’ll be able to read in a year, per year bought. It’s kind of bad. haha I’ll link to my book haul analysis video, where I talk about all the books I bought over 3 years of booktube. Even I was shocked.

But hopefully choosing some specific books, posting this list, and pulling them out available and where I can see them will help motivate me to get some things read!

Book Review: The Lauras

32969152Title: The Lauras

Author: Sara Taylor

Release Date: August 1, 2017

Pages: 304

My Rating: 2.5 stars

Synopsis: A teenager is woken by a mother in the middle of the night, and they set off on a trek across the country. Alex’s mother takes them to places across the States from her past seeing old friends, finishing old business, and fulfilling old promises.

My thoughts: Meh. I liked the road trip aspect of this story, but I don’t like the not knowing anything…the who, the where, the why. I don’t really understand why the title is The Lauras. I feel like the story is about most everything else, with just mentions of multiple people who all happen to be named Laura, or even not. Some were important, some not as much…still not any really mentioned enough to warrant the title of the book, I don’t think. *shrugs* I don’t know, wasn’t thrilled with it anyways, I’m not sure why. I don’t like the non-gender thing…you’re a boy or a girl, pretty simple. But the writing was a very easy flow and engaging to read.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

My New Library!

So, I happened to get a hankering yesterday to start working on my library!

We moved into this house about 6 months ago, and as we unpacked I had tons of boxes and stuff in my library/craft room that didn’t belong. I also had unpacked books and just threw them on the shelves whichever way they landed. If you saw my goals post for 2018, organizing the room and the books is one of my goals. I got all the boxes out, yesterday, that didn’t belong, and started working on the books!

This is the cleaned up room, library / craft room. You can see how many of the shelves are double layered with books, as well as some in the black shelving unit. I started by taking off all the books, and moving the actual shelf pieces around, and sorting the books into read and unread piles. (Harry Potter gets its own section, hence them already starting off the shelves.)

I then had to decide how to organize the books onto the shelves. I started with a classics shelf, and then a couple favorites shelves, below the HP shelf. I’ve always just kept my books sorted into read and unread. But I decided to break that down a bit more. So from the top left down, and across, I went with standalones I’ve read, then full series that I’ve read, then series that I have all the books, but have only partially read, then standalones that I have not read. Those books filled the shelves!

So now, I have about…oh I don’t know, 80(?) books left that are all parts of series, that I haven’t read yet. These series are ones that either I know there’s more books coming out, still, or I just do not own all the books of the series.

I am not quite sure what to do with them!! I know they will not all fit into the open spaces of the black shelving unit. And right now, I can’t remove the craft stuff either, as I have nowhere else to put it. I may be having my husband build a shelf, maybe 2, above the black unit, to hold more books.

But I am looovving these shelves!!!!