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Day One by Nate Kenyon

I’m a huge fan of books with slightly psychotic characters and weird endings. So I definitely enjoyed this one! It had my eyeballs glued to the page (like to the point where it was SUPER LATE AND MY EYES WERE BURNING but I couldn’t stop reading) and I wanted answers dangit. Aaaall the answers.

Likes:
• A kind of apocalyptic city vibe, where I was 99% sure NO ONE COULD BE TRUSTED.
• John was a really SAD person and I felt for him a lot. His life just got worse and WORSE as the book went on. (as his history unraveled anyways)
• THE ENDING WAS PRETTY MUCH WOAH and there were still several elements that were totally shocking!
• The writing was really easy and comfortable to read and I gobbled the book up super fast.
• It features loads of unreliable technology that keeps you paranoid.

Dislikes
• Some of the technical aspects about computer hacking bored me to death and there were at times where paragraph after paragraphs centered around it.
• Some side characters majorly annoyed me with some of their life choices during this whole scenario..
• Possibly a little farfetched? I get it. A computer that can completely think for itself and control THE WORLD. That’s right, the whole damn world but nothing else in this world seems to be that advanced.
• Oh, and another thing, there are like 8 million people who live in New York and they quite literally disappear in this book and our characters encounter maybe 40 people total.

All in all: it’s definitely a good, creepy and solid apocalyptic mystery! It has a good ending and very sketchy characters (LIKE SERIOUSLY DON’T TRUST ANYONE!)

3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS

Thank you Nate for sending me a copy to review.

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Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum

“Good things do not happen to boys who lie.”

This book was DARK and I mean REALLY DARK.

James Hook is a young boy living in London with his mother and father. Though he is young, he has always dreamed of becoming a man. To sail the seas and to smell like the salty ocean air just like his father. One night he decides to venture into Kensington Park and there he meets Pan. Peter Pan. And he has an amazing offer that James can’t refuse. A trip to Neverland.

What he thought would only be a nice short holiday vacation to Neverland with an easy going, fun and strange boy his age. Ends up being a nightmare he has never dreamed before.

Peter Pan is a complete asshole.. Sorry for my language but it’s true as that’s all it really comes down to. He immediately changes personality after taking James to his faraway land. He murders. He lies. He’s cocky and extremely controlling and there’s one thing you CANNOT cross when it comes to Peter, you cannot break his rules and that’s unfortunate for James.

Rule #1: You’re not allowed to know things Peter doesn’t know.
Rule #2: You’re not aloud to be taller than him.
Rule #3 (the most important rule): Absolutely no growing up

“Peter’s mood became blacker and blacker until every fairy had wisely disappeared from the party, and the air smelled vaguely like smoke and sulfur.”

He’s the freaking devil I tell ya..

This book is separated into several parts and we get to see the span of years that James spends in Neverland. I found the first part to be very slow and boring. It was hard to get into but the story became much more interesting and action packed as James became more independent and well.. grown up.

The book actually reminds me of a cartoon. Starring James as the Wildly Coyote who keeps trying different ways to kill Peter Pan, the Roadrunner but keeps failing because Pan is too quick and speedy. Yup. Definitely..

If you want to read a book that is just hopeless, depressing, full of despair and where nothing remotely heart warming happens, this book is for you.

3 out of 5 stars

Thank you Brianna for a copy to review.

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Button Hill by Michael Bradford

When I pick up a middle grade book, I expect a lot of adventure and a ton of humor and this book is packed full of that!

Button Hill is about a two siblings, Dekker and Riley, who are forced to live with there super creepy and cryptic speaking great aunt Primrose for the summer. Little do they know that aunt Primrose is keeping secrets about a strange old grandfather clock with a skull on it in the cellar. When Dekker decides to play a trick on Riley and leave her locked in the cellar for just only moments, (stupid older brothers..) he soon regrets it when he realizes Riley has disappeared. Along with himself soon after investigating.

Michael Bradford has created a world with strange creatures and even stranger customs. The tale is suspenseful and just scary enough to engage the older readers as well. There were many points in the story that I even felt to be very squeamish and almost brutal in a way. I loved the rich, atmospheric setting.

I feel like the end didn’t wrap up as tightly as I would have liked but it was still a very strong and fleshed out story! I can see this book being a gem for the right reader.

4 out of 5 stars

Thank you for sending me a copy to review.

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Dreamology by Lucy Keating

“I MADE HIM up. At least that’s what I always told myself. The combination of all my childhood adoration’s, combined into one perfect guy. The trouble is, I was wrong.”

Alice is a new student at Bennet Academy, having moved from New York. Unfortunately, she hasn’t been able to focus lately because of what she has been dreaming of at night. A completely made up boy named Max. Made up? Nope. That’s not the case when on the first day of school, she walks into Psych 201 and the boy of her dreams coincidentally named “Max” is sitting there in the classroom. Not only that but more of her dreams begin to seep into her reality.

I was really pleasantly surprised how the author flawlessly crafted many different characters and their perspectives, breaking apart high school cliques and stereotypes. I can’t stand when authors have to make every other character a bully toward the protagonist. We are lucky enough to not have that in this book! Celeste, who would normally end up being our main characters arch enemy, ended up being one of my favorite characters! Who woulda thunk?

Honestly, I loved these characters and the dynamic between them. I think Alice and Max are all the more powerful because it feels so real and honest. The only thing I didn’t understand was there whole reason for not being able to be together. They apparently missed too much of each others lives?

“Max experienced a whole life without me”

They’re only 16. Trust me kids, you haven’t missed a thing. Other than that, the people in this book feel both unique and universal at the same time.

Alice is a very quirky character full of metaphors about life that make you laugh. She’s super cool and you can’t help but relate to her. Especially the part about her bedroom being eggshell white with twinkling lights.. My bedroom. Also the part where they go to the alpaca farm.. My favorite animal is a llama. ❤

I’m really excited for any future releases by Lucy Keating. I’ll be keeping an eye out!

4 out of 5 stars

Release date: April 12th 2016

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Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz

“At 2:46 on Friday, March 11, 2016, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Tohoku region of Honshu, Japan. It was the strongest temblor ever to hit that quake-prone country, and the fourth largest in the world. It lasted six minutes. After the quake struck, a massive tsunami followed. Waves reaching up to 133 feet.”

11,106 aftershocks
Approximately 15,889 deaths
6,152 injured
2,601 still missing
127,290 buildings destroyed

This is Up From the Sea. We follow a young boy by the name of Kai living in a coastal village in Japan. We relive his whole devastating experience while he loses everyone he loves.

“At 2:46 p.m., when I’m sitting in Math, waiting for the bell to ring, and the earth starts to shake.”

Throughout the story we do get glimpses of Kai’s normal life before the tragic event which adds a blend of light and dark, happiness and not-happiness, and it’s incredibly effective.

I wasn’t planning on reading this book for another few days. I simply grabbed it from my shelf just to read the first sentence. A normal routine I do with every new book I receive. I read that one sentence. Sit down and found myself completely immersed and changing it from TBR to Currently Reading almost immediately. Which lead to me finishing the entire thing in one sitting.

The entirety of this book is written in verse and I thought “is that going to take the emotion away from this tragic eventful story?” NO. In all honesty, I wouldn’t want this book written any other way.

It’s heartbreaking, terrifying, disturbing, and oh so very important.

4 out of 5 stars

Thank you Leza for sending me a copy to review.

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson

Odette is a beautiful young maiden who is the niece of a respectable merchant but she has a secret that needs to be kept hidden for the sake of the poor and starving residents of Thornbeck. She is poaching deer at night.

Unfortunately for her, someone is catching on. That someone is Jorgen, the local forester, who’s job it is to catch poachers and punish them.

These two are joined together when Odette is searching for a wealthy man to take her hand in marriage.

I have been eyeing this book on my shelf for so long now. Melanie Dickersons book covers are so beautiful and super intriguing!

With that said, the book starts pretty slow and not a whole lot happens so it’s very uneventful. It just really lacks a hook unless you consider the two main characters going back and forth for 200 pages about this poaching secret. It was very difficult to care about where this weakly-plotted novel was heading. There is no action, and the characters don’t have much personality. They all talk the same, they all react the same.. It’s a VERY laid back book but I do love the authors eye for detail when it comes to setting up the scenes. The dances and balls sounded beautiful, as well as anytime clothing was described.

I feel like I may have hyped this book too much in my head that when I finally picked it up to read, I was really disappointed.

2.5 out of 5 stars

Thank you Melanie for sending me a copy to review.

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Wolf’s Red by Ashlyn Mathews

Synopsis:

Red Little has a bone to pick with the big, bad wolf for stealing her mechanical heart. When she storms to his cabin and demands he returns it, she soon realizes he’s after more than just her heart.

Axel Wolfe wants answers only Red can provide. She was there when half of his pack perished at sea. The one that can shed light on why his surviving men recall nothing, yet Axel remembers every detail of that nightmarish day. He suspects the truth has to do with the sea nymph’s miraculous ability to walk on land.

When Axel shows her a different side of him that she likes too much, Red begins to question whether her freedom came at too high of a price for the wolf—banishment from his pack. As the passion between them heats up, Red must make a decision. Return to the ocean, or remain on land and get the answer to the question that’s crossed her mind since Axel stole her heart.

Can an ill-tempered and sexy Alpha wolf fall hard for a fish out of water?

My Review:

I requested this book to review because a Little Red Riding Hood retelling sounded like something I was in the mood for but unfortunately it’s not what I got.

Firstly, there is no world-building. Occasionally, I can forgive this when the scope of the novel is small which this book is but I couldn’t get over the fact that this book mostly just takes place in the woods with a horny wolf man and a girl getting it on.

This book kind of reads like a fanfic. So the whole half of this book is Axel (the wolf) I guess ‘punishing’ Red by sexually pleasuring her while she’s practically dying because he stole her mechanical heart.. wait.. What?!

“Instinct told him she neared her descent into unconsciousness. Axel nipped then sucked on her bottom lip

WTF?! Call the police!! The wolf police? Okay, I don’t know. Just get this Axel guy away, please. All of this sexual punishment is happening also while she’s telling him about a pack of wolves that defiled her.. Yup.

“Is there a reason we’re not going forward?” She asked, surprised at how annoyed she was that the big, bad wolf wasn’t good on his word of punishing her with his body.

In all honestly, this book was just a really bad porno, called Wolf’s Red.. Rocket..

What kills me the most is that this author has such great potential! When the sex scenes were finished, the book was great! The words read well together and the writing was pretty but then the characters would make sexual remarks even around children and things got weird. I didn’t hate this book but I wouldn’t rush to recommend it either.

2 out of 5 stars

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