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.


2017 Review / 2018 Projection

Heeeeeeey. Long time, no blog! And no read…hence, the no blog.

I don’t think I mentioned it, but we moved…like, about 6 months ago. I have read very little since then. I think I’ve read 3.5 books since mid June….meaning, I read half of a book before we moved, the rest after we moved, plus 3 more. I’m certain they only happened because I was *SO CLOSE* to my Goodreads goal of 50 books, and I couldn’t just not make it. I read 51 books…the extra one only because it’s a book I’d read to my kids for school! haha

Anyways, thought I’d tell how my goals went this year (*spoiler* not so well), and what I plan to TRY and do for 2018.

My 2017 Goal Page ended up looking like this:

– Read 50 books | 51/50 *COMPLETED 7/28* 

– Complete 8 series (I actually completed a goal!!)
1 – Girl Online (1/3)
2 – Giver Quartet (4/4)
3 – Locke & Key (6/6)
4 – Just One Day (3/3)
5 – Lara Jean/To All the Boys (3/3)
6 – Double S Ranch (2/3)

– Book-to-Movie Challenge: Read 1 book/movie adaptation per month | 4/12
January     A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
ebruary     The Giver, by Lois Lowry
June     13 Reasons Why, Jay Asher
October     Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard Atwater

– Read from my TBR Jar, at least 6 books: Draw 3 titles and do poll for which title to read that month:     One     Two     Three     Four     Five     Six    (…crash and burned…)

– Read new releases as they come out. One a month, “Newly Released” within the last 3 months.  (I did good…until close to moving time. Once I packed up my books, I didn’t buy new books, anymore.)
January    Home On the Range, by Ruth Logan Herne / Collapse, by RJ Infantino
February     Girl Online Going Solo, by Zoey Sugg
March      Caraval, by Stephanie Garber
April     The Roanoke Girls, by Amy Engel
May     Always and Forever Lara Jean, by Jenny Han / Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire / Peace in the Valley, by Ruth Logan Herne / Geekerella, by Ashley Poston

– Do not buy more than 5 books per month. (FAILED the first 5 months…but I think I’ve only bought about 6-8 books, total, since moving, so it may actually have averaged out. But I don’t have a count at the  moment.)
– Unhaul 35 books by August (initial goal, may be changed to 20 by end of April) (??? No idea if this evenpanned out or not…)

– Host the Big Winner Challenge
– Participate in 6 buddy reads. (Another crash and burn…)

So let’s see…I did complete 2 of 9 challenges I set for myself in 2017. For sure, failed 5, and I don’t know the results of the last 2, which isn’t a win, necessarily. haha

NEXT YEAR, for 2018, I’m gonna keep it simple. Gonna continue sticking with my Goodreads goal of 50 books (I may not reach it this year…). I’m not sure I’m going to add any other challenges…I think simply just reading is going to be a challenge in itself. I have an almost 2 year old, very independent and demanding toddler, and this is our first year homeschooling 4 older kids, which takes up a lot of my time, nowadays. I don’t even know if I’ll continue my Booktube channel right now (I haven’t posted anything there, either, since we moved…). So my only other goal is going to be keeping up here. I will be posting something over on my goal’s page to help keep me accountable. Maybe I’ll try making a *short* list of specific books I’d like to read this year, like I did in 2016.

If you’re still around, and still reading, I appreciate it!


Book Review: Peace in the Valley

SS3Title: Peace in the Valley

Author: Ruth Logan Herne

Release Date: May 2, 2017

Book in Series: 3 of 3

Pages: 337

My Rating: 3 stars

Trey Walker is a famous country musician. He seems to have everything he could want, but yet, he is somehow still not completely satisfied. When his adopted father falls seriously ill, he is willing to sacrifice everything to help him, by giving him a life worth living, the same way his father did for him as a child. Being back home on the ranch and in his small hometown settles his discontent a little bit, but what he doesn’t realize is that this whole situation may only be a stepping stone, that chance meetings, brought from this situation, may actually fulfill all his dreams.

My Thoughts:
First off, I am disappointed that the publisher only released this book as a mass market sized paperback, versus a trade paperback, which the first 2 books in the series were published with. Maybe a bit petty, but now my 3 books do not match in size! 😦

This last one was just okay. I felt it dragged on a bit. It was the longest book in the series, but I felt it had the least going on. Lots of details about the workings of fixing up a house/property, more than anything else. I understand that’s part of the love story, but it took up most of the book, before we get to the climax…which didn’t happen until the last quarter, and then quickly resolved.

Even in the resolving of the climax, there was a small twist, but with very little details. It simply resolved itself in order to complete the book.

There was a lot of talk about what was to happen in the climax, and talk about the characters feelings regarding that. So I felt is slightly repetitive, as they were discussed multiple times with generally the same ideas. So this book was a bit slower going for me, and lower rated.

I still enjoyed the book, especially that the romance wasn’t quickly rushed, as it slightly seemed in the first 2 books.

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