The Marketing on Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten was the only reason I picked up this book. I'm not usually a reader of YA Mystery, which is usually angsty and shallow. I expected something different when I read it though. I highly enjoyed Gone Girl and Thirteen Reasons Why - but when you stop to think about it - the whole book seems quite obvious now when you add the first line of the synopsis to the title of the book and suddenly the plot twist is quite evident.
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson was one of those middle of the road books that is so hard to review. I enjoyed it but found enough wrong with it that I can’t give it a glowing review. I did find the premise interesting and the characters compelling, but I also found that it was rather immature at times and repetitive. I also found that a lot of the plot was not explained which was a bit of a frustration, because it did have a lot of potential and Sanderson’s writing style is...well epic.
Royally Screwed was one of those guilty pleasure romance that I so enjoy. Sure, it's a romance involving a royal and a commoner, something that's been done a few times, but Emma Chase made it funny, sexy, and added a few twists and turns that made it fresh. The narration by Andi Arndt and Shane East was a pleasure to listen to, making this a MUST LISTEN audiobook.
DEAD SOULS by J. Lincoln Fenn is a novel that took me by surprise. It’s one of those novels where you can’t stand the heroine, but you like the book anyway. Fenn’s complex plot and abject ability to capture logic in evil makes this story great and also horrifying. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any more intense, things got crazy. I enjoyed listening to this book. If it wouldn’t have been a gore fest at the end, I might have enjoyed it more, giving it a 5-star - but really it was worth the listen and I’m sure you’ll find it quite entertaining.
If the world needed another Young Adult novel “written” by a celeb, what better YA novel to produce than a dystopian? Make that dystopian with a generic “people suck”...
The Fifth Wave series starts out strong with the first book. In fact, The Fifth Wave, is one of my all-time favorite YA Apocalypse novels. In the first book the non-stop action, the intense...
The audiobook omnibus of The Dwellers series was a great way to experience the dystopian series by David Estes. Narrated by Julia Whelan and Will Damron and over 29 hours of content, you get a powerhouse performance for one audible credit. I enjoyed the story and the world that Estes creates, but at times found the bad guy in the story a little cartoonish and over the top. The story and plotting of the novels have a very political tone, it's a plot to overthrow a dictator and free groups of oppressed people. Yet, the main evil guy, the dictator's motivations were very childish. If a complexity to his behavior would have been added to the plot this story would be amazing.
A must read novel! Mordacious is the first in a new series, but an addition to Sarah Fleming's Until the End of the World series. Mordacious, takes us back to New York city and focuses on what "real life" survivors might have to deal with. In Mordacious you meet some new characters and some characters that were mentioned in the Until the End of the World series. I have high hopes for this new series and hope the culmination will be a huge plot arc that comes back to the original series.
The debut novel from Jaymin Eve and Leia Stone titled, simply, Ash, was an entertaining paranormal romance read. I purchased this book via audiobook, looking for something different, and think that having it on audiobook was the only reason I made it to the end. It was entertaining, yes, but original, it was not.
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