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.


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.


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.”


Book Review: Nora & Kettle

NKTitle: Nora & Kettle

Author: Lauren Nicholle Taylor

Release Date: February 29, 2016

Book in Series: 1 of 2

Pages: 355

My Rating: 2 stars

A teenage girl fights for life against an abusive father. A teenage boy fights for his life on the streets. What they do not realize is that they are more alike than they think.

My Thoughts:
I didn’t really care for this, and I am slightly disappointed by that. I felt the first quarter/third was a bit slow, I felt it lingered in the same spot, showing us the same things, telling us the same ideas. Until the 2 characters finally met, and things finally continued. I wish we had had just a little bit more, at the end, to confirm the outcome of one more character. I did like how all these characters unknowingly intermingled before their paths finally converged, it kept me reading to find out how they would finally come together.

I will not be reading the 2nd book of this series.


Book Review: The Roanoke Girls

raonokegirlsTitle: The Roanoke Girls

Author: Amy Engel

Release Date: March 7th, 2017

Pages: 279

My Rating: 4 stars

A teenage girl is sent to live with family she has never met before, after her mother commits suicide. She knows nothing of this family, or why her mother kept her from them…until she learns the secret and runs away, herself. But 11 years later, she’s called back when her cousin goes missing. The story flip flops between the 2 time periods, revealing secrets, and giving possible second chances.

My Thoughts:
This is one messed up book. But it sinks it’s hooks in and makes you want to finish it!

I had heard that the twist is revealed early on, but I do not think that as true. The synopsis does not elude to the themes running through, and that *is* presented early, but the possible answer to the mystery (ie. what I consider the twist?) is not really discovered until closer to the end. Though maybe I have my terminology confused as to what is considered a twist.

The running theme throughout the book though is pretty disturbing and I just do NOT understand it. I can’t explain without getting into spoiler-y discussions. Maybe I might do a book talk on it if anyone happens to be interested in my thoughts.

I did like the flashing back and forth to different time periods to tell the story, I think it worked really well. And the characters were gripping and rich, the plot not too slow, fast enough to grip you in, but not quite fast enough to rush through the book. It hits kinda home for me, as I grew up in a small town, and to imagine something like this happening…it’s completely foreseeable, but at the same time, I wonder how not everyone knows. Growing up, everyone knew everything about everything it seemed!

I don’t know whether to like or dislike this book, I didn’t like the end, cause I just can’t fathom it. I can’t decide to rate this 3.5 stars or 4, I have it listed at 4 for now.

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