Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis


Synopsis:
Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.

(Synopsis from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
It's been quite a while since I've read a dystopian novel. I kind of got out dystopian novels once they were everywhere, and the genre became too over populated. However, I had heard a lot of hype surrounding Not a Drop to Drink, so I decided to pick it up. I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed it. It was unlike any dystopian novel that I've ever read.

Not a Drop to Drink had some of the cliches from your typical dystopian novel, but most of it was an original premise, which was refreshing to see. The idea of a futuristic society without water was interesting. It's not something that I've seen a lot of. Typically dystopian novels are about a zombie apocalypse, or a natural disaster. It was nice to see something different. The plot itself had a lot of different twists and turns that kept the reader guessing until the very end. Speaking of, the ending was heartbreaking. I wasn't expecting it at all, and it left me sobbing.

While I didn't agree with all of the characters actions, I did like all of the characters. Other than Lucy, Stubbs was my favorite character. I really liked how he balanced Lynn out, and made her softer and more caring. I also like how he took care of Lucy, and those around him.

The book ended in a way where it will be hard to create a sequel. It should be interesting to see what Mindy McGinnis does with the next book in the series. I can't wait to read it. I recommend this book for anyone who wants a refreshing take on dystopian.


I give Not a Drop to Drink: 3.5/5.

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I received this ebook from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Facial by Jeff Strand


Synopsis:
Greg has just killed the man he hired to kill one of his wife’s many lovers. He’s now got a dead body in his office. 

Carlton, Greg’s brother, desperately needs a dead body. It’s kind of related to the lion corpse that he found in his basement. 

This is the normal part of the story. 

From Jeff Strand, the author of Benjamin’s Parasite, The Sinister Mr. Corpse, and Fangboy, comes a tale that’s weird even by his standards. 

Facial. It’s not about what you’re thinking. Well, okay, part of it is...
(Synopsis from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
I love Jeff Strand's books. I've read his YA, and adult books, and enjoy both genres. Facial was what I've come to know from Jeff Strand. It wasn't necessarily the classic horror that most people are used to. Instead, it's a weird psychological horror that makes you think. Facial is my favorite Jeff Strand book that I've read so far, just because it is so weird and messed up.

I have to admit, I typically go into books without reading the synopsis. That way I don't get spoiled for anything. Due to that, when I started Facial, I was in for a surprise. I don't even know how to begin to describe what happened without giving away spoilers. It was one of the weirdest things I have ever read, but it was so good. It had a lot of dark, cynical humor, which I always love. It also makes the reader wonder about life. Where do you draw the line between what is right and wrong? Or what is moral or immoral? When do.the means justify the cause, and how do you know you've gone too far?

Facial is definitely one of my favorite Jeff Strand books of all time. I've only read a few of his books, but I plan on reading all of his backlog at some point. I recommend this book for anyone who likes an original, slightly creepy, out of the box story.

I give Facial: 5/5.

Want to know more about the author?
Website: https://jeffstrand.wordpress.com/
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/207708.Jeff_Strand

I received this ebook from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Edgar Allan Poe: An Adult Coloring Book by Odessa Begay


Synopsis:
Dive into the macabre, mysterious world of Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling tales with popular coloring book artist Odessa Begay (Little Birds). Inspired by Poe’s beloved stories, Begay has created images that reference settings, motifs, and details that fans will recognize.
(Synopsis taken from Amazon).

My Thoughts:

If you've been in a bookstore, grocery store, or anywhere that sells books/magazines, you've probably seen an adult coloring book. They are everywhere you turn. Everyone around the world is obsessed with them, including me. When Sterling publishing asked me to review the Edgar Allan Poe adult coloring book, I jumped at the chance. It has become one of my favorite adult coloring books.

I have always loved Edgar Allan Poe's short stories and poems. I read The Raven as a kid, and ever since I have been hooked. I think I have read everything he's written. Having the power to bring his works to life through the adult coloring book was a dream come true. The coloring book used quotes from some of his books, including my favorites, Black Cat, and The Raven, with beautiful pictures that bring the story to life.

Most of the pictures are really intricate, and take quite some time to color, which I like. It makes the book last longer. As for the pages themselves, they are thick, high quality pages. I wouldn't hesitate to color them with fine line markers. In fact, I recommend it because colored pencils leave a weird texture from being so light. I tried colored pencils, markers, and watercolor. I enjoyed the fine line markers the best. I almost wish it would have said that on the book before I started coloring, because the first picture I colored didn't look professional.

I greatly enjoyed the Edgar Allan Pie coloring book. It was high quality, and will last a while, which is important to me when buying adult coloring books. I hope Sterling Publishing makes more adult coloring books featuring other authors. I think a Jane Austen, or Charles Dickens coloring book would be an amazing idea. I definitely recommend this book to everyone and anyone interested in trying out an adult coloring book.

I give Edgar Allan Poe: An Adult Coloring Book: 5/5.


Want to know know more about the author?

Website: http://www.odessabegay.com/
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I received this adult coloring book from the publisher, Sterling Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas


Synopsis:
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

(Synopsis taken from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
Throne of Glass was one of my favorite books that I read this year. As soon as I finished it, I had to start the second book in the series, Crown of Midnight, immediately. I became very anxious to read it, even though I hadn't heard positive things about it. After reading it, I have to say that I don't know what everyone was giving it a negative review for. I loved it just as much as Throne of Glass, if not more so. 

Crown of Midnight starts off as an action packed thrill ride, and only gets more exciting from there. As the book went on, I found myself wanting to read more and more, and getting upset when I had to put it down. There are so many things that happened in it that I wasn't expecting. Most of the book took me by surprise, especially a main character death that had me sobbing like nothing would ever be okay again. It made me feel like the death happened to one of my friends, instead of a fictional character that didn't even exist. That's how you can tell that a book is good. It leaves you gasping, crying, laughing, cheering, and just generally freaking out and wanting more. When Celeana was in the tomb, I was literally having a panic attack and yelling and screaming at my Kindle. It was one of those things where I wanted to look away because I knew what was going to happen, and it filled me with anxiety, but at the same time, I needed to know if I was right. 

If I thought I liked the characters in the first book, I fell in love with them in the second book. I got to see so many new sides to all of my favorite characters, and meet some new characters. I have to admit, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the new characters. Even though they were introduced, the reader doesn't get to know them very well, because they don't show up a lot. I hope that changes in the future books. I want to know more about them, especially Roland. There's a mystery that surrounds him that intrigues me. 

I loved Crown of Midnight so much. I would say that its my favorite book of 2016, but I think at this point, I should just label the whole series as my favorite books of 2016 because I have a feeling my favorite book while switch as I continue on with the series. The ending left off on a crazy cliffhanger, so I'll be picking up the next book in the series immediately, Heir of Fire, to find out what happens. I recommend this book to everyone who loved Throne of Glass. You should definitely ignore all of the negative reviews, and check it out for yourself.


I give Crown of Midnight: 5/5.

Want to know more about the author?
Website: http://sarahjmaas.com/
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I received this ebook from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Fugitive X by Gregg Rosenblum


Synopsis:
Their fight for freedom is humanity's last hope for survival. The chilling Revolution 19 trilogy continues in Fugitive X.

A war between humans and robots is on the horizon, and only one side will survive.

Siblings Nick, Kevin, and Cass are struggling to survive in a world where deadly, sophisticated robots have turned on their creators and enslaved mankind. Fugitives from one of the bot-controlled Cities, the siblings venture into the woods, but when they are attacked by bot foot soldiers, the siblings are separated...and for the first time, they are on their own.
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
I read an ARC of Revolution 19 quite some time ago. It was one of my favorite books of 2013. Even though it's been several years since I've read Revolution 19, I wanted to continue with the series, so I picked up Fugitive X. I didn't enjoy it as much as Revolution 19, but it was still good. I didn't find this book as action packed as the first one, which made it boring at times. There was a lot of dialogue and politics going on, which I didn't enjoy nearly as much.

It had been quite a long time since I read Revolution 19, but I didn't find Fugitive X confusing at all. Fugitive X gives the reader reminders of what happened all throughout the book, which I found very helpful. It made my reading time a lot easier, and more enjoyable. 

That being said, the book did have it's good points. I got to revisit some of my favorite characters, and continue their story lines. Cass turned into a complete bad ass, which I loved. I think throughout this book, she became my favorite character in the series.

While I didn't like everything in Fugitive X, I did think that it was a good sequel. I love the scifi/dystopian world that Gregg Rosenblum had created. I'm excited to read City 1, the final book in the trilogy, to see how everything wraps up.

I give Fugitive X: 3.5/5.

Want to know more about the author?
Website: http://alloyentertainment.com/authors/gregg-rosenblum/
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5838087.Gregg_Rosenblum

I received this book from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

The Last Good Knight III: The Games Destiny Plays by Tiffany Reisz


Synopsis:
Shocked to see Nora's bruises, Lance is furious that she put herself in danger and demands to know where she got them. As Nora confesses her true nature, she's equally shocked to learn that Lance has some secrets of his own, drawing them together despite Kingsley's orders…. 
(Synopsis taken from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:

I just found out about Tiffany Reisz's books last year when I started The Last Good Knight series. I'm kind of ashamed to admit that it's taken me this long, due to my crazy busy schedule, but I finally finished the third book in the series, The Games Destiny Plays. I think it might be my favorite book in the series. I regret not reading it sooner, since I've had it for a while. I think Tiffany Reisz is becoming one of my favorite authors. I've only read the first three books in this series by her, but based on that, she's definitely in my top ten.

This book in the series was fantastic, yet infuriating at the same time. It answered a lot of my questions, but left a whole heck of a lot more unanswered. It also gave me new questions to ponder over. I really did enjoy that we got to see more of Nora and Soren's relationship. I really hope that the other books in the series delve into that more because I'd enjoy watching it evolve (The Siren might show it too. Not sure, I haven't read it). 

Tiffany Reisz writes short stories in such a compelling way that just draws the reader in. I can't wait to finish the rest of The Last Good Knight series, which I plan on doing tonight. I recommend this for any fans of the Original Sinners series, although it's not required to read that first.

I give The Games Destiny Plays: 4/5.

Want to know more about the author?

Website: http://www.tiffanyreisz.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/littleredridingcrop/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/tiffanyreisz
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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/8thcirclepress/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4480131.Tiffany_Reisz

I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas


Synopsis:
In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
 

(Synopsis taken from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:

I've tried to read Throne of Glass several times, and just couldn't get into it. I've heard all of the hype, but never really understood it. Recently, one of my close friends in the book community read it, and was ranting and racing about how good it was. She practically begged me to read it all the way through, and finish it. I'm glad she did. After finishing the book, I am slightly obsessed with it.

I have to admit, when I was reading it this time, I was tempted to put it down again. The first twenty percent or so of the book is really slow. Nothing happens, except setting up some world building, which was boring. My friend kept telling me that I needed to push past that point, and I'm so glad I listened to her. After that point, the book becomes action packed. I can't even find words that properly describe how much I loved it. It was suspenseful. I kept wracking my brain, trying to figure out who was killing the champions, and I still got it wrong in the end. The book also had a great combination of funny, yet it knew when to be serious, and could switch between the two easily. It's hard to find a book that can do that well. 

I am very hard pressed to find a character that I didn't like. I even liked all of the antagonists, which isn't usually something that happens for me in books I read. Even though I didn't like their actions, it was easy to see why they made the choices they did. Although I was very happy to see the female antagonist get what was coming to her in the end, so to speak. As far as the main character, Celaena, goes, I want to be her when I grow up. She is so badass, yet she has a certain class, and grace about her. She can be really girly, yet she can kill someone without blinking an eye. I love that about her. By the end of Throne of Glass, she's in a love triangle with two guys. Usually that type of thing annoys me, but I didn't mind it in this book. I know which guy I really want her to pick. We'll see if it happens.

Despite the show start, I really loved Throne of Glass. After reading the book, I've become so obsessed with it that I spend most of my time searching the hashtag on Instagram. As soon as I finished Throne of Glass, I started Crown of Midnight immediately, and an almost halfway through that book. I just can't get enough of this series. I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy, or is just looking for something to read that's intriguing, and unlike anything else out there.

I give Throne of Glass: 4/5.

Want to know more about the author?

Website: http://sarahjmaas.com/
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3433047.Sarah_J_Maas

I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.