Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Around The Year in 52 Books: Week 6



What are you reading for this category?

I'm reading Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Are you planning on seeing the movie?
I don't think I'll go out of my way to see it, but if I come across it, sure. I'd probably pick it up from my library to watch once it comes out on DVD.

What is your favorite book-to-movie adaptation?
Hmm... I think my favorite book-to-movie adaptation is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but I haven't read the book yet, so that might be cheating. That was a goooood movie though.

So that's what I'm reading for this week. What are you reading? Check out the challenge here!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: After Eden (#1) by Helen Douglas

Title: After Eden (#1)
Author: Helen Douglas
Published by: Bloomsbury
Released: 2013
Source: Library

Summary: There's something mysterious about the new boy at school, Ryan. He's got an accent nobody can place, has never heard of Hitler, and doesn't know anything about pizza or nachos. Ryan is also very interested in Eden's best friend Connor. He wants to know what he's like, what clubs he's involved in, and wants to form some sort of connection with him.
Eden is falling for Ryan, and she becomes an integral part in why Ryan moved to town.
My Thoughts: I'm going to try to keep the first part of my review spoiler free. I think that this book is more fun when you go into it blind, when you don't know what to expect. I requested the second book on Netgalley to review, without knowing it was the second book, like you do, so I needed to read the first book first.
I enjoyed this book. I thought it had an interesting premise. It was a pretty quick read too.
The only downside I would give it was that the teen romance kind of took over everything. Eden falls fast and hard for this boy she's just met. I'm not always the biggest fan of insta-love, and a boy becoming the sole thing in a girl's world. So that was a downside for me, but might not be a downside for everybody.
***SPOILER TIME I really enjoyed the time travel aspect. I liked how Ryan's mission had some real weight to it. I also liked how the aspect of fate came into play with it. That was probably my favorite part. SPOILER OVER***
After Eden was an enjoyable read. I'm excited to see where the sequel goes. This was a quick, fun read, and I'd say go ahead and check it out!
Not Bad.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Reading Right Now! (107)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...


-- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon-- Was curious about this one because of all the hype and the fact that it's being made into a movie. This book is about a girl who is allergic to everything and spends all her time locked in her house, so she doesn't die. A new boy moves next door and romance ensues.
I mean... what can I say. It's kind of what I expected so far. It's cute, a very quick read, but I think it's just something I'm going to be meh over. I'm about 80 ish pages in, and it just has a very insta-love vibe to me. Suddenly she's in love with the neighbor boy. It's probably just me. I'm not always the biggest fan of YA contemporary.

-- The New Dead An Anthology Edited by Christopher Golden-- Thought I'd mix a little light, with a little dark, and add some ZOMBIESSS into the list. I love my zombie stories. This is an anthology of short stories, and I've only read two so far. The first one was interesting because it talked about the first "zombie" Lazarus, which is an interesting way to go. The second story was just bleeehhh eeech, and the main character totally got what he deserved. I mean, the writing in the second story was pretty good, just the things that were happening were not things I'd ever want to imagine.
For reference, the first story was Lazarus by John Connolly. The second story was What Maisie Knew by David Liss.
I like reading anthologies because they are brief forays into different worlds, and you get samples of different authors. And I love zombie stories!

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review: The Girl At Midnight (#1) by Melissa Grey

Title: The Girl At Midnight (#1)
Author: Melissa Grey
Published by: Delacorte Press
Released: 2015
Source: Library

Summary: The Avicen and the Drakharin have been at war for as long as anybody can remember. Fighting just to fight, hating just to hate. The Avicen are a people of magic, who live deep beneath the streets of Manhattan, and have feathers for hair. The Drakharin carry the scales of their Dragon ancestors.
Echo is just a human girl, who stumbles across the world of the Avicen. She's adopted by them, but not everyone accepts her.
There are rumors of a mythical Firebird. Foretold to help whoever has it end the war. Echo is on a quest to find the Firebird, and bring peace to her home in order to save those she loves.
My Thoughts: Reading the description, I wasn't sure if I'd be really into this book. With Dragon People and Bird People, I thought it might be just too fantasy and weird for me. I thought I'd have problems getting into it. Boy was I wrong! This was so much fun, so exciting, so addicting! I flew through it because I just couldn't seem to put it down. I loved the characters. I loved the humor. I loved the heist action. This book was a win for me!
I really liked the main character of Echo. She's a thief, which was really fun, and she's sassy! I also loved all the beautiful people. I always like imagining how attractive these characters are in my head. Does anyone else do that? Of course you do, because I'd be stupid to think I was the only one that did it. Some of the characters reminded me of Final Fantasy/Kingdom Heart characters.
I also thought the world was pretty interesting. I loved all the magic, and just the exoticness of it.
I wasn't too sure how to feel about the love story/attraction that was taking place here. I sometimes have problems with much older characters (I'm talking about characters that have been alive for centuries) being paired up with like 16, 17, 18 year olds. It sometimes feels weird to me. I'm weirdly okay with immortal vampires being paired up with younger people, don't ask me why, I'm just not bothered by that one. I also was kind of hesitant because they had both been involved with other people. There were definitely some steamy moments, but I'm just not sure if I root for their relationship.
I did kind of suspect what would happen to the main character, but that didn't make it any less fun for me.
I really enjoyed this book! I sped through it, pretty much devoured it. It was just really addictive and fun. I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for the sequel. This pretty cover contained a really good book!
Soooo Good!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Random Tuesday: The 100 Renewed for a Season 5!

You all know of my addiction/obsession with the CW Network show called The 100. I love it, I love it, I love it. I was so worried that Season 4 was going to be the last, with all the controversy that happened with Season 3 and Lexa. There were people, I'm not going to call them fans, because they aren't, who were going out of their way to create as much negative press and backlash as they could. They wanted to kill The 100 because they were mad about how a certain storyline played out, and what happened to a side character. So, I was worried.
But happiness of happiness! They renewed The 100 for a Season 5. I can't wait to see what happens during the rest of Season 4. I can't wait to see what happens in Season 5. I hope all my precious characters stay alive, to fight another day. Thank you CW Network for believing in The 100, ignoring the haters, and giving me another Season to watch!

Thank you for tuning in to this Random Tuesday! Are there any other The 100 fans out there? Let me know. Also, I know I said I was going to try and review The 100: Season 4 Episodes as they aired. I have obviously failed. I might try to catch up and get back to it, we'll see.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Review: No One Else Can Have You (#1) by Kathleen Hale

Title: No One Else Can Have You (#1)
Author: Kathleen Hale
Published by: Harper TEEN
Released: 2014
Source: Library

Summary: Murder doesn't happen in rural Wisconsin very often. In a town where everybody knows everybody, a death can be shocking. That's how Kippy Bushman feels, shocked, when her best (and only) friend Ruth Fried ends up dead in a cornfield. Ruth's boyfriend is arrested, mainly on the premise that he's a town nuisance and man whore.
Kippy is at a loss. Ruth was pretty much her only friend. In order to feel some sense of closure, Kippy starts reading Ruth's diary. It's a surprising read, and Kippy finds out more about Ruth than she ever wanted to. Kippy doesn't think Ruth's boyfriend did it, so she decides to investigate on her own, with a little help from Ruth's brother Davey. There's a killer in Friendship, Wisconsin, and they need to be caught.
My Thoughts: Meh Meh Meh and Meh. That's what I'm thinking of this one. Now, when I started reading this, I was already aware of the controversy surrounding the author. How she essentially stalked a reviewer over a negative review. That's messed up! But, I was determined to separate author from work, and judge the book on its own merit. Did I succeed? I don't know. In the back of my mind, I kept remembering the crazy, and that could have led to me not having as open of a mind.
Honestly, I just thought this book was average. Not the best thing ever, not the worst. I didn't really like any of the characters. Most of them felt like stereotypes. The crazy Christian girl. The over-enthusiastic therapist. The crazies. I don't know. I just felt a lot of judgement, like, look how ridiculous these people are, they are so much lower than me.
I also felt a lot of judgement to small town life. It felt like all the good things about living in a small town were ignored. There was just this sense of haughtiness, like I can't wait to get out of here. Now, I don't know if this was just based on my opinion of the author, but that's what I got from it.
I also got tired of the overly Wisconsinite speech. Went a little overboard. All the You Betcha's and Ooofs. I wasn't a fan.
There were also a whole lot of ridiculous situations in here. Some were funny, but most made me question Just Why?
I kind of spoiled myself on the reveal of the murderer by reading ahead. It's a problem I have. I can't really explain why I do it, but I do. And I just kind of felt meh about it. The reasoning for why they did what they did was again just based on stereotypes, which I didn't enjoy.
As for Kippy Bushman, I'm just meh on her too. I didn't think she was particularly clever, or funny, or skilled at being an investigator. And I didn't even really like the murder victim. I mean, I should at least feel something about her. The only one I halfway liked was Davey, and he got turned into a bit of a stereotype too.
Just a meh, average read for me. Nothing special, nothing extraordinary. I've got the sequel handy, so I'll probably give that a read. Just so you guys don't think I'm just a Negative Nancy, I really like the cover. That's all I've got.
One Big Meh.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Reading Right Now! (106)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...

--Dark Matter by Blake Crouch-- I literally just started this one, so I have no real opinions at the moment. I've heard the hype about this, so I'm excited and nervous. I hope I like it like everyone else does. I've read about 6 pages, and so far, it seems like it's going to be a very fast-paced read. I hope hope hope I like it! I'm tired of being disappointed by overhyped books.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?