Category: What I read

What I read 5/17 – 5/23

Posted May 24, 2015 by Emily in What I read / 0 Comments

 

So this week, I read 4.75 books. I’m not 100% done with the last one yet, so I’m cheating a little. I did read it this week though, so I think it counts. It’s my blog, I’ll do what I want!
The Boys of Fire and Ash by Meghan McIsaacTitle: The Boys of Fire and Ash

Author: Meaghan McIsaac

Genre: YA

Format: Paperback, 336 pages

Publishing Information: 5/12/15 Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Source: ARC for Review

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This book was like Lord of the Flies meets a fantasy novel. A bunch of boys grow up completely unsupervised in a hostile environment and then leave for parts unknown. Then one day a boy returns. I absolutely loved the religion in this book though. Very interesting back story and the way the history was affecting current events was well thought out.

 

Control by Lydia Kang

Title: Control

Author: Lydia Kang

Genre: YA

Format: Paperback, 400 pages

Publishing Information: 12/26/13 by Dial Books

Source: Free from TLA

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This novel really reminded me of the X-Men. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. People with differences in their genes (mutants?) are unwanted in the general populace and hidden by one of two groups. The main characters discover this when they are in an accident that kills their father. One girl Dylia is kidnapped by rough men and drug out of the hospital. Her sister, Zelia, is then rescued and taken to a safe house for people with special abilities. Everyone had funny names. I’m definitely going to read the sequel, but I’m not sure how I felt about this book.

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Title: Sanctum

Author: Madeleine Roux

Genre: YA

Format: ebook

Publishing Information: 8/29/14 by HarperCollins

Source: Purchased

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This was a sequel to Asylum (which was my first review).  I was only lukewarm on Asylum and that thread continued. It was ok. The three friends return to the college because they are still bothered by the events in the first book and trouble ensues. It seemed kind of contrived. I wasn’t thrilled by it.

Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

Title: Day Shift

Author: Charlaine Harris

Genre: Paranormal, Mystery

Format: ebook

Publishing Information: 5/5/15 by Ace

Source: Purchased

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This is the second book in a new series, Midnight, Texas, set in the same world as the Sookie Stackhouse novels. It takes place in a very small town where everyone has secrets. In this book, Manfred Bernardo, the resident psychic, is accused of theft by the son of one his clients. The town then works to clear his name, if only to get rid of all the reporters that are snooping around. This book reveals a little more about some of the characters but not enough that I felt satisfied. The theft story came second to the characters of the town, and that’s what I really wanted to read about.

Haven Lost by Josh De Lioncourt

Title: Haven Lost

Author: Josh De Lioncourt

Genre: Fantasy

Format: ebook

Publishing Information: 6/16/14 by Bookbaby

Source: Free for review

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I’m about 70% done with this book. I’m already wanting to read a sequel. As soon as I finish it I will write a full review for the blog.

The best book I read this week was definitely Haven.  Nothing else really wowed me. I may need to make better choices next week.

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What I read 5/11-5/17

Posted May 17, 2015 by Emily in Uncategorized, What I read / 0 Comments

So this was a slow week. I only read 5 books. However, I really enjoyed all of them. 3 were ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) that I received at TLA.

So you've been publicly shamed by Jon Ronson

Title: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

Author: Jon Ronson

Genre: Nonfiction

Format: ebook

Publishing Information: 4/30/15 by Riverhead books

Source: purchased

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I love Jon Ronson. He writes nonfiction about odd or interesting topics. This book explores the new trend of internet retribution; the way people’s lives can be destroyed with one stupid comment on social media. I also recommend The Psychopath Test.

The Master by Kresley Cole

Title: The Master

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Romance

Format: ebook

Publishing Information: 2/17/15 by Gallery Books

Source: purchased

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This is number 2 in a series. Its about a Russian mobster who finds love in the least likely place. The Heroine is running from her past and runs straight into Maxsim’s arms.  The story and the characters were very detailed. I like a good story with my romance. Read this if you like Nora Roberts.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Genre: YA

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

Publishing Information: 9/1/15 by Delacourte Books

Source: received free ARC at TLA

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I’m going to do a more detailed review of Everything,  Everything in a few days. The theme really reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars. It was about young love and living every day as if it’s your last. I highly recommend it! It comes out in September.

 

Steve Jobs: Insanely Great by  Jessie HartlandTitle: Steve Jobs: Insanely Great

Author:Jessie Hartland

Genre: YA

Format: Paperback, 320 Pages

Publishing Information:7/21/15 by Gallery Books

Source: received free ARC at TLA

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I read this because it was a graphic novel, not because it was about Steve Jobs. I wouldn’t have touched it if it wasn’t. That being said, it wasn’t bad. However, I thought this book was really contradictory. I explained things like how big a byte is in great detail but glossed over things like using cards to program computers or what going public means. Sometimes it felt like a middle grade book and sometimes it felt much higher.

The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

Title: The Stars Never Rise

Author: Rachel Vincent

Genre: YA, Paranormal, Dystopia

Format: Paperback, 368 Pages

Publishing Information: 6/9/15 by Delacourte Press

Source: received free ARC at TLA

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This is another book I LOVED and I will be doing a more in-depth review in the coming week. I’ve been a huge fan of Rachel Vincent’s since a friend brought me back an ARC of the first Soul Screamer book in 2010. It has a really interesting Dystopian theme that I haven’t seen before. I guessed the twist early, but it was ok because it still kept my attention til the end.

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