Series Review: Dash & Lily Duology

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Screen Shot 2018-04-18 at 12.00.11 AMScreen Shot 2018-04-17 at 11.59.59 PMTitle: Dash & Lily Duology

Authors: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release Date: 2010 & 2016

Pages: 260 & 215

My Rating: 3.5 & 3 stars

Synopsis: Dash finds a notebook with a sort of scavenger hunt, that sends him to places, in order to converse in the notebook and pass it back and forth with an unknown girl. Lily’s brothers set up the notebook for her to find a guy that could possibly end up true love. Who knew they’d actually hit it off! Then, a year into their relationship they hit a rocky patch. Lily’s grandfather is having health issues, and she helps take care of him, not matter what it does to her relationships with friends, family, and Dash.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed the first book, the first time I read it, a couple years ago. I think I originally rated it 4 stars. Upon this reread, I moved it down to 3.5. I still enjoyed it, but Lily felt a bit more juvenile than her age of 16. I love the notebook scavenger hunt, it’s so cute the process they go through to get to know each other. I didn’t enjoy the second book of this duology as much. I felt it a little unrealistic. I understand a grandchild may be sad when the prospect of losing their grandparent looms, but once he gets a bit better, I feel like it’s unrealistic that she’d still be so completely upset by that. Most of this book, Lily is depressed, which making the experience of reading the book just that much more not fun. Again, I felt Lily did not “act” her age.

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Book Review: Warm Bodies

WBsTitle: Warm Bodies

Author: Isaac Marion

Genre: Adult Post-apocalyptic

Release Date: October 28, 2010

Pages: 240

My Rating: 3.75 stars

Synopsis: We read from a zombie’s point of view. Unbeknownst to most, zombies still have an active brain, and can converse with others…to the limits of their physical bodies. In a mass feeding of live humans, “R” ends up saving a girl, and they become friends. R starts to remember what it’s like to feel alive, and lament for it, and his memories.

My Thoughts: This is definitely a different perspective in the zombie genre. I have mixed feelings about this one, in particular, because the plot line is good…but almost boring. I’m not really sure…I guess it just didn’t captivate me, but has a very interesting premise.

Book Review: Gone Girl

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Title: Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn

Genre: Adult Mystery

Release Date: January 3, 2013

Pages: 475

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis: A woman and man have a rocky marriage, and then the wife disappears. Of course, the husband is the main suspect of her disappearance. All the evidence found is pointing straight to him. But did he really do it?

My Thoughts: I don’t see all the hype. It definitely took a turn that I wasn’t expecting, which I did enjoy…but it was found out mid-book, and then the kicker, really, was finding out how it all plays out, really. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the ending. I was pretty invested in the story and it kept me enthralled til the plot twist was all figured out, and the last 25 pages were practically boring.

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I wanted her to get what was coming to her! Amy is messed up.

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’d: 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.