Posted in Book Review, Dystopian, Young Adult

Not a Drop to Drink

Review:

Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis

 

Lynn was nine the first time she killed to protect the pond, the sweet smell of water luring the man to be picked off like the barn swallows that dared to swoop in for a drink.

– first sentence

I couldn’t wait to see how this one would end. It is the story of a young girl raised in the wilderness by her mother. In this world, water is more than scarce. The only water Lynn and her mother have comes from their pond and they will do anything to defend it. Her mother taught her not to trust anyone and to be entirely self-reliant. But how long can they survive this way?

I enjoyed the wild west feel of this one. I loved Lynn and enjoyed watching her mature and adapt emotionally as the book progressed. Her life is full of struggles and the constant threat of death, but Lynn is strong and she doesn’t give up. There was a devastating event towards the end that I totally didn’t see coming – it was tough.

Apparently, there is a “companion book”,  In a Handful of Dust, that I look forward to reading after Halloween Bingo concludes.

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Posted in Audiobook, Book Review, Sci-Fi

Invictus – audiobook

Review:

Invictus - Ryan Graudin

Audience: Young Adult

Farway is part of a crack team that travels back in time to liberate priceless artifacts before they are destroyed or lost to disaster. On an expedition to the Titanic, another time traveler (Eliot) takes the piece they were there to retrieve. Eliot says all she wants is to be part of their team, but can they trust her?

I loved this book. The characters are likable and relatable, including typical human flaws. The world-building is fantastic, both the future time and the pasts they travel to. The twist at the end is surprising, but not completely unexpected.

The narration is very well done. I never wanted to stop listening.

Recommended to: Fans of sci-fi stories with non-stop action and snarky humor.

 

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Posted in Adventure, Book Review, Sci-Fi, Young Adult

Defy the Stars

Review:

Defy the Stars - Claudia Gray

Audience: Young Adult

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true.

– Amazon

Noemi is a soldier of Genesis. Abel is a mech prototype. Noemi is filled with hatred and prejudice for Earth and mechs. Abel is designed to be more than just a mech. They come from opposite worlds with opposite points of view. They will learn from each other and together become more than they ever were apart.

The is an epic story with rebels, space battles, prison breaks, and last-minute rescues. The themes include loyalty, love, environmental destruction, and what it means to be alive.

I was captivated by the story and the narration was excellent. I often listened late into the night because I couldn’t put it down.

Recommended to: Fans of The Lunar Chronicles and epic sci-fi adventure stories.

 

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Posted in Book Review, Young Adult

The Family

Review:

The Family - Marissa Kennerson

Audience: Young Adult

Individualism: the very evil that infected the world outside the Family.

– Chapter 7

He made up a disease so he could be the cure, our savior. So we would be completely dependent on him, and never leave him.

– Chapter 16

The Family is a cult with one man in charge – Adam. The people on the compound have no contact with the outside world. Adam tells the members of the Family that the people outside are infected and if they have contact with anyone, they will be infected as well. That is only one of the many lies Adam tells in order to control them. To an outsider, the lies are ridiculous and the rules & punishments are extreme. Twig is a teenager and has been living in the Family since she was a little girl and doesn’t know any better… until she has an accident and must go to the hospital. There she meets a young man who changes her perspective and possibly her life.

This was a quick read and not terrible, but the resolution was a bit too quick and simple. It was an interesting look inside a cult and I was rooting for Twig even as I wondered how her mother could possibly think it was ok to bring her there in the first place. Overall, interesting but unrealistic and not enough substance.

 

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Posted in Book Review, Fantasy, Young Adult

Court of Mist & Fury – Audiobook

Review:

A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas, Jennifer Ikeda

Audience – Young Adult

Maybe I’d always been broken and dark inside.

– first sentence

Feyre is now High Fae, but she still has her human heart and she cannot forget all she did to save Tamlin and his court. She is depressed, but Tamlin is too busy trying to protect and save her to notice. She still has the deal with Rhysand, new powers that she doesn’t understand, and Prythian is still in danger.

I loved this book for so many reasons. Mass takes us on an emotional journey as Feyre learns to control and develop her powers and to respect herself and understand what she needs to be happy. She leaves a controlling relationship for herself, not for another guy.  She is an amazing character and so strong.

Again Mass makes us love the characters, despite or maybe because of their flaws. So many characters turned out to be different than I expected. The story is emotional, sexy, serious, sad sometimes and funny at others. I loved Rhys’s team and the way he respects and loves them. I loved Feyre’s strength and her gradual acceptance that she is worthwhile and deserving of happiness.

And then, the end. WOW – what a twist. I was so angry along with Feyre and so sad at what happened. And then after that crazy, unfortunate twist, Feyre made a decision that broke my heart…

And I’m immediately on to the next book.

P.S. This book was 23 hours, the next is 25 hours.

 

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Posted in Book Review, Fantasy, Young Adult

Court of Thorns & Roses – audio

AGE: Young Adult

Review:

A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas, Jennifer Ikeda

The forest had become a labrynith of snow and ice.

first sentence

Feyre is a nineteen-year-old girl who supports her family by hunting. When she kills a wolf, she violates a centuries-old treaty. As punishment, she must live with Tamlin, a powerful, immortal faerie in the land of Prythian. Feyre goes from hating Tamlin to falling in love with him, but there is a darkness over the land and Feyre may be their only hope.

This is a robust story with unexpected twists and turns. Feyre taught herself how to hunt in order to keep her family alive. She is a powerful girl and definitely not a typical fairy tale heroine – who needs a strong male to save her. I loved Feyre, Tamlin, Lucien, and even Rhys and I hated Amarantha and her evil court. I loved the derisive tone the narrator gave to Feyre’s thoughts about certain characters and the emotion she infused into the story.

The end of this book was fabulous and I immediately started listening to book 2 (thank goodness for audible credits). The narrator did an excellent job, and I hope she continues with the next two books.

 

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Posted in Audiobook, Book Review, Horror

I Know What You Did Last Summer – audiobook

Review:

I wasn’t a fan of this book at all. I didn’t expect much to start with, I was just curious because I’ve seen the movie. Anyway, the voices the narrator did for certain characters were annoying. The characters themselves were flat and shallow and I didn’t like any of them or care if (when) they died. There was very little to the plot and it ended too suddenly.

My suggestion – watch the movie instead (but don’t expect more than a teenage slasher movie). 🍿

 

 

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The Darkest Corners – audiobook

Review:

At nine years old, Tessa and Callie were the prime witnesses in the trial of a serial killer (the Ohio River Monster). Now a teenager, Tessa returns to her hometown to confront her past and find out the truth.

This book was just okay for me. I didn’t care for any of the characters and I didn’t enjoy the narration. The main plot was okay, but the end felt contrived and unbelievable. The subplot involving Tessa’s mother and sister was unnecessary and distracting.

Bottom line: Take out the subplot, make the characters a bit likable or relatable, and this story would be better. As it is, there are better thrillers to spend your time on.

 

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Posted in Book Review, Fantasy, Young Adult

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Review:

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This is book 3 in the Young Elites series. Beware of spoilers if you haven’t read The Young Elites and The Rose Society.

Is being Queen worth losing everything and everyone you ever loved?

Adelina supposedly now has everything she wanted. She is Queen and she’s as ruthless and as cruel as ever. Even though she is now queen, she can never have enough power. Her darkness feeds on the power and it’s taking over. Adelina has lost so much, but now it seems the whole world is at risk. Her Rose Society must join with the Daggers and make an unforgettable journey to the realm of the gods. If they can’t work together, there is no hope.

This was an amazing series and Marie Lu is an impressive and talented writer. I also loved the Legend series. Adelina’s journey is heartbreaking and difficult, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

 

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