Sunday, November 22, 2015

Review : I Don't Want To Kill You

I Don't Want To Kill You
Dan Wells
Tor Books
From Goodreads: John Cleaver has called a demon—literally called it, on the phone, and challenged it to a fight. He’s faced two of the monsters already, barely escaping with his life, and now he’s done running; he’s taking the fight to them. But as he wades through his town’s darkest secrets, searching for any sign of who the demon might be, one thing becomes all too clear: in a game of cat and mouse with a supernatural killer, the human is always the mouse.

In I Am Not a Serial Killer we watched a budding sociopath break every rule he had to save his town from evil. In Mr. Monster we held our breath as he fought madly with himself, struggling to stay in control. Now John Cleaver has mastered his twisted talents and embraced his role as a killer of killers. I Don’t Want to Kill You brings his story to a thundering climax of suspicion, mayhem, and death.

It’s time to punish the guilty.

And in a town full of secrets, everyone is guilty of something.
My Review: To say I loved this book is putting it mildly. This book was amazing and I am happy to see that it is continuing. Mr. Wells has a life long fan now and I hope that's what he wanted . The third book is better than the previous two and I gushed over them. So continue to write Mr. Wells and I will continue to buy and read.
       The character in this book really grip you and pull you in, as a series it is my favorite one I have read in 2015 and I hope it goes on for another five years at least. I usually read series when all the books are out because, I hate waiting years to continue the series. Forgetting everything I have read in the books before because I am not much of a re-reader, but these characters have been burned into my memory and I will not forget them . When the series is completed I will re-read them just for fun in October in time for Halloween of that year. 

Review: Zombie Blondes

Zombie Blondes
Brian James
Feiwel & Friends

From Goodreads: From the moment Hannah Sanders arrived in town, she felt there was something wrong.
     A lot of houses were for sale, and the town seemed infected by an unearthly quiet. And then, on Hannah’s first day of classes, she ran into a group of cheerleaders—the most popular girls in school.
     The odd thing was that they were nearly identical in appearance: blonde, beautiful, and deathly pale.
     But Hannah wants desperately to fit in—regardless of what her friend Lukas is telling her: if she doesn’t watch her back, she’s going to be blonde and popular and dead—just like all the other zombies in this town. . . .
My Review: Okay, the cover pulled me in and I did read the synopsis. I was looking for some great zombie action in this book and that is not what happened. This book was Okay for me. I read this book and at first I was drawn in. It was set up pretty well and kept me reading and then I started to wonder when it was going to pick up and at points it did but then it fell off again. I trudged on because I do not "DNF" books. I will put the book down and try again later or give it a few days then pick it up again . I knew I would not pick this book up again so I finished this book. The felt the author could have done more with the premise of this book but sorry he didn't

Review: The Espressologist

The Espressologist
Kristina Springer
Square Fish

From Goodreads: What's your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you're lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Or perhaps it's a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie. Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it's not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane's Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee. Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She's the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right?
My Review: I saw this book and must admit I loved the cover. So, as usual I picked it up without reading the synopsis. If I had read it I don't know if I would have picked it up. I am glad I did. This was a short ,quick, quirky, and cute read. The character development was lacking but what we do learn about Jane was quite interesting and her relationship with Cam could have been explored more, but for a change of pace I did enjoy this book and thought it was a sweet story


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Review : Gone Girl

Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn
Broadway Books
From Goodreads: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
My Review: All I can say about this book is Wow. What a rollercoaster ride of events and emotions. The love - hate relationship I had with these characters was amazing. Really helped me get out of a reading slump I was in, because the story just kept calling me. Both Nick and Amy are great characters well written and well developed. Amy thought is mind blowing. Strong and powerful not someone you will forget easily . I do not re-read many books but this one is going to be re-read by me  loved this book if I could give it more than 5 stars I would


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Review: Second Star

Second Star
Alyssa B. Sheinmel
 Farrar, Straus and Giroux
From Goodreads: A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary ocean side adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete's nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she's falling hard for Pete.
My Review: I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for this book in exchange for my honest review.

      I have been reading fairy tale retellings for a while and when I saw this one I said Yes. Peter Pan is one I have not seen before and I was drawn to it. I liked this book and the plot was good. Wendy looking for her twin brothers, surfers who are missing and assumed dead. Wendy not believing in their demise goes on a journey to find them. Then she meets Pete, Belle and Jas. I did squeal with joy every time I saw a reference to the old tale of Peter Pan and read on excitedly, but it was good enough and different enough that at moments you forget it is a retelling. Surfing instead of flying, biker bar and drugs. This was a radical retelling and I think the touch of new and old mixed well in this book . This was about to get a four star rating until the end. I was disappointed in the ending because the book just seemed to be begging for a sequel, but at last  it was not meant to be.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Review: Paranoia

J.R Johansson
From Goodreads: In the aftermath of the events that nearly killed him, Parker Chipp is trying to learn to cope better with life as a Watcher. And it seems to be working...until he wakes up in jail with a hangover and 12 hours of missing time. Darkness has somehow taken control and Parker doesn't have a clue how to stop him. He finds an unlikely ally in Jack, the mysterious guy in the motorcycle jacket who offers to help Parker master his abilities as a Watcher. But even as they practice, the darkness inside Parker is getting more and more powerful, taking over Parker’s body and doing everything he can to destroy Parker's life.

When Jack reveals that there is another kind of Night Walker, known as a Taker, Parker starts to wonder if the strange things happening in Oakville are more than just a coincidence. After all, people are more than just sleepwalking. They're emptying their savings accounts with no memory of doing so, wandering into strange parts of town and disappearing, they're even killing other people--all in their sleep. If Parker wants to find out what's happening or have any hope of seeing his father again, he’ll have to defy Jack and put his own life in danger...because the more he learns about these other Night Walkers, the more certain he becomes that his life isn't the only one that could be lost.


My Review:   I received this book from Netgalley and Flux for my honest review

This book was just as good as the first one. Jack is a new and amazing character, but to be honest I like all the characters in this series and I look forward to the third book too. I wonder how much more knowledge of what he is Parker can take,

Review : The Tyrant's Daughter

The Tyrant's Daughter
J.C Carleson
 Knopf Books for Young Readers

From Goodreads:When her father is killed in a coup, 15-year-old Laila flees from the war-torn middle east to a life of exile and anonymity in the U.S. Gradually she adjusts to a new school, new friends, and a new culture, but while Laila sees opportunity in her new life, her mother is focused on the past. She’s conspiring with CIA operatives and rebel factions to regain the throne their family lost. Laila can’t bear to stand still as an international crisis takes shape around her, but how can one girl stop a conflict that spans generations?
My Review: I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review.

     I was quite surprised that I liked this book as much as I did. I think the author did a wonderful job with the story, Laila struggle to adapt to American Culture while still trying to true to herself and her belief was interesting and I could understand her conflict. I would have like to see more about her coming to terms with who she knew as her father and how the world saw him, but  readers will understand how different her father was. Laila is a wonderful character who is strong, intelligent and interesting girl, a great quick and thought provoking read.