4/27/16

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


26252859Title: The Hidden Oracle
Author: Rick Riordan
Release Date: May3rd, 2016
How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus's favour.

But Apollo has many enemies - gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.
So, I might not be up to date with all of Riordan's books, but I loved the PJ series and this one sounds amazing. I am hoping to get to this one sooner rather than later.


4/25/16

When Review


20338342Title:When
Author: Victoria Laurie
Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father’s premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

Forced by her alcoholic mother to use her ability to make extra money, Maddie identifies the quickly approaching death date of one client's young son, but because her ability only allows her to see the when and not the how, she’s unable to offer any more insight. When the boy goes missing on that exact date, law enforcement turns to Maddie.

Soon, Maddie is entangled in a homicide investigation, and more young people disappear and are later found murdered. A suspect for the investigation, a target for the murderer, and attracting the attentions of a mysterious young admirer who may be connected to it all, Maddie's whole existence is about to be turned upside down. Can she right things before it's too late?



Maddie has had a speical gift since she was born. She could see everyone's deathdate. Her parents didn't know until her father died on the date she had told them. Her mother, now an alcoholic, used Maddie's gift to make money. Charging people in exchange for a date. When a mother comes in asking about her sick son, Maddie gives her good news. It is only when she sees another one and tells the mother that her other son will die in three days, does the mother flip out. When it does happen, Maddie is high on the suspect list. So, with the help of her bestfriend, Stubs, they have to clear her name and keep her out of prison.

This book had an interesting concept. It brought up the question "who would you to know?" Personally, I wouldn't. My anxiety is way too bad for something like that. This book was a fairly quick read, the plot moving at a good pace.

The rest was a bit of a miss for me, though. The characters needed to be rounded out a little bit more. Even Maddie, the main character, seemed to only have one emotion through the entire book. I felt very disconnected to her. I also wish she would have taken the time to get to know Aiden, the love interest. Because it felt like she just threw him in there and said "there. love him." without us knowing anything about him. Because I wasn't attached to the characters enough to care about them, I didn't really feel the suspense you are supposed to when reading this.









Overall I am giving this book a 3/5 stars. The story was interesting enough to keep me reading until the last page, I just didn't care much once I got there.



Victoria Laurie

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4/24/16

The Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It’s a chance to share news.

Last Week:

The Finn Factor by Rachel Bailey Review
Top Ten Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Boys of Summer by Jessica Bordy Review




Next Week:

Top Ten Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
 Stacking the Shelves

I know it doesn't look like a lot coming up next week. I will have a review up for Monday and Thursday, I just haven't had time to plan them yet. And I didn't have a Stacking the Shelves this last week, because I only got one book ad I will be adding that one to next weeks.  

4/21/16

Boys of Summer Review


25505917Title: Boys of Summer
Author: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Best friends since they were kids, Grayson, Mike, and Ian were hoping for another epic summer on “The Locks”, filled with clam bakes, bonfires, and late-night swims in the ocean.

But that was before Ian’s dad never returned home from his last deployment. Before Mike had to take on more responsibility in order to help provide for his family. Before Grayson’s accident left him with an injured throwing arm and an uncertain future.

It’s clear this summer on the island is shaping up to be very different from those Grayson, Mike, and Ian have come to rely on. And when the sacred code of dating a friend’s sister or ex is broken, it will push their friendship to the absolute limit, testing their loyalties in a way that could either break them—or save them.




Mike, Ian, and Grayson have been friends since they were children. Grayson and Mike's family came to "The Locks" for vacation during the summer, whereas Mike was a local. Every other summer have been filled with girls, drinking, and Crusade of Kings. This summer will be a bit different. Because this summer each boy is dealing with inner turmoil. Ian just lost his father, Mike has to help his family pay the bills by taking on two jobs, and Grayson is hiding an injury that can ruin his entire future. We follow each boy this summer as they deal with each problem. Grayson begins to date Mike's on again and off again girlfriend, Harper while Mike is still planning on moving to New York with her. Their friendship will be put through some grueling tests.

This book was nothing like I was expecting. I expected there to be a rape somewhere in here and maybe a "shocking" death. I am happy to say, the surprises in here were actually surprises and not expected. Brody didn't follow the pattern and it was a refreshing read. I also liked that there was an African- American lead. I don't see that much in YA contemp and it was nice. Also, though we do see a teen dealing with some kind of death in these books, I feel like this book nailed it. I lost my mother when I was sixteen and this book hit home with Ian for me. All that he was feeling, I remember feeling that way. His actions, his words, his thoughts. He was by far my favorite character in this book, but they were all very well rounded. And the twins! OMG, I loved the twins! You felt as if they were actually real and you could actually know them. With that said, it helped the story flow.

As for my dislikes, I can't say I have many. I do feel like she could have shown the realtionship with Mike and his father a bit more. I really did enjoy those moments in the book. I would have also liked an epilogue, too. Maybe like a year later, just so I could know that they turned out all right or didn't for that matter. Just needed a bit more closure.



Overall, I am giving this book a 4/5 stars. I would recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a good beach read, or for a good read at all.



Jessica Brody

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4/20/16

Waiting on Wedneday

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


23203977Title: The Art Of Not Breathing
Author: Sarah Alexander
Release Date: April 26th, 2016
Since her twin brother, Eddie, drowned five years ago, sixteen-year-old Elsie Main has tried to remember what really happened that fateful day on the beach. One minute Eddie was there, and the next he was gone. Seventeen-year-old Tay McKenzie is a cute and mysterious boy that Elsie meets in her favorite boathouse hangout. When Tay introduces Elsie to the world of freediving, she vows to find the answers she seeks at the bottom of the sea.
I think it was the Bookables channel that I saw this on, I am not sure, but she had gotten an ARC and had talked about it a bit. From that it sounds really good. I am all about "summery" reads right now. And this book gives off that summer feel, but also give off that something deeper feel, which is probably for the best. Light and fluffy tends to irritate me if given too much of it.