The Only Boy by Jordan Locke

The Only BoyBlurb: Mary is stuck in Section One, living with three hundred women in a crumbling hospital. She wonders what life was like two centuries ago, before the Cleansing wiped out all the men. But the rules—the Matriarch’s senseless rules—prevent her from exploring the vacant city to find out.

1 starRead Via: Paperback (own it … for now)

My Thoughts: I had really high hopes for this book. It sounded interesting and I liked the concept. I had to force myself to finish the book. The consistent switch from character perspectives (both in the first person) was really confusing. A lot of the actions did not make sense. Character development was extremely poor. Even though the perspective was in the first person, the true feelings of the characters was not clear.

Read September 12, 2014 — September 24, 2014

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

Through the Ever NightBlurb: It’s been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don’t take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe’s precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both. Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

4 stars

Listened to Via: Audiobook (library)

My Thoughts: So much action! I am loving this trilogy more and more! I think all the events are tying together nicely. The emotions and connects with the characters is stronger. I simply cannot wait to start the final book.

Read September 10, 2014 — September 22, 2014

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Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska'Blurb: Miles “Pudge” Halter is abandoning his safe-okay, boring-life. Fascinated by the last words of famous people, Pudge leaves for boarding school to seek what a dying Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.”

Pudge becomes encircled by friends whose lives are everything but safe and boring. Their nucleus is razor-sharp, sexy, and self-destructive Alaska, who has perfected the arts of pranking and evading school rules. Pudge falls impossibly in love. When tragedy strikes the close-knit group, it is only in coming face-to-face with death that Pudge discovers the value of living and loving unconditionally.

3 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (own it)

My Thoughts: In all honesty, I have mixed feelings about this book. They are not feelings of dislike. I am just not sure how I can take this book.

I think my problem is that I do not feel connected to the story. I never really did any crazy things in high school (or college for that matter). I cannot say too much more because I don’t want to spoil it.

It almost seems like I am missing something. Like the ending dwindled down, and I missed the main point. Maybe I already understood the message John Green was trying to say. I don’t know.

This was recommended by mahraalhosani.

Read September 4, 2014 — September 11, 2014

 

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Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never SkyBlurb: Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive.

5 stars

Read Via: Audiobook (library)

My Thoughts: I really like this book! I love the plot, characters, pacing, and the action. It was really hard for me to just listen to this in my car, or leave my car because I wanted to know what was going to happen! I think Perry is going to be one of my favorite characters and fictional crush.

Each chapter switch perspective, which I think was done very well. I really got a good understanding of what each character was feeling and thinking. However, it was not always spoon feed. Also, I liked how not everything was made into a big deal.

At first, as always, I was not sure if I was going to like the narrator (Bernadetta Dunne Flagler). That quickly passed. I really like how she read the novel. Some parts were annoying, but overall I enjoyed her reading.

Read August 25, 2014 — September 9, 2014

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One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

One Man Guy

Blurb: One Man Guy is a romantic, moving, laugh-out-loud-funny story about what happens when one person creaks open your world and helps you see everything — and, most of all, yourself — like you never have before.

3 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (own it)

My Thoughts: I liked how this book was about people of different cultures. I am not sure if all the information given was true, but it was still interesting to read about. However, I had a hard time with the different foods and stuff because I had to look up a bunch of the stuff. That was just so I could get an idea of how things looked in the story.

I might have enjoyed it more if the characters were closer to my age, but it was nice reading about kids going through a awkward time in their life. I feel like this could have been longer. I liked both of the main characters.

August 30, 2014 — September 3, 2014

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Blurb: Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

4 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (library)

My Thoughts: This was a really interesting story. I do not think I mentioned before, but I used to write fanfictions when I was 15-18 or so. They were anime fanfictions, but I read countless others (like Harry Potter!). I loved it, and I still enjoy reading them.

I felt like I really connected with Cath. The way in reacts to things and how she feels is similar to myself. I think I am not as attached to Harry Potter as the other people who may have read this novel. Yeah, I read it as it was coming out and I liked it …. but I dunno.

This book was super adorable. I really like how their relationship evolved. I feel like their story could have continued. There were some parts that I did not like, but they were far and few in between. I will be look into her other books!

Read August 22, 2014 —  August 29, 2014

 

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa

The Forever SongBlurb: Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, Allie and her companions – her creator Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost – the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has on final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

 

4 starsRead Via: Kindle (own it)

My Thoughts: I am not sure what to say without spoiling. I really liked how everything turned out, even though I was shocked and sad. I saw some parts coming, but not all. There was just a little too much fighting for my taste and this book seemed a little dragged out. There parts that made up for it. I ended up liking characters I was sure I would loathe.Overall, I would say I really enjoyed this trilogy. I am sad to see it end.

Funny story. I was trying so hard to finish this book Wednesday (yesterday). I started at 55% and made it to 94% before I had to leave for work. I planned to finish it on my breaks, but it ended up only being like three pages left of the story! So, I technically finished it after midnight … today.

Read August 11, 2014 — August 22, 2014

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Dawn of Eden by Julie Kagawa

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Blurb: Before The Immortal Rules, there was Red Lung, a relentless virus determined to take out all in its path. For Kylie, the miracle of her survival is also her burden — as a doctor at one of the clinics for the infected, she is forced to witness endless suffering. What’s worse, strange things are happening to the remains of the dead, and by the time she befriends Ben Archer, she’s beginning to wonder if a global pandemic is the least of her problems …

4 stars

Read Via: Paperback book (library)

My Thoughts: I was not paying too much attention with this series, I guess. I read this in a book that was a collection of novellas by various people titled ‘Til the World Ends.

Anyway, I really enjoyed this novella because it is set in the time when normal life is about to completely disappear. It makes me feel more connected to the series, because this is more relate-able than the point in time in the main books. I also loved the main characters.

I would recommend reading the main books before the novella, because it would take some of suspense and wonder out of the series and that’s no fun.

Read Aug 7, 2014 — Aug 9, 2014

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The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Eternity Cure

Blurb: She has done the unthinkable: died so she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie’s birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will charge the world forever – and possibly end human and vampire existence.

4 stars

Read Via: Hardback (library)

My Thoughts: I am having mixed feels about whether I like this series or not. I am liking certain parts, but I also feel that is kind of dragged out. It is not boring or anything, and I can’t really describe it without spoiling. Anyway, I will say I almost threw the book across the room a couple times. I am anxious to finish the trilogy, but I will have to read the novella first because it is dangerously close to being overdue — tomorrow!

Read July 22, 2014 – August 7, 2014

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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal RulesBlurb: Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, anyone of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred for them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked – and give the ultimate choice. Die … or become one of the monsters.

4 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (library)

My Thoughts: At first, I had a hard time getting over how much this book reminded me of the world from the Darkness Before Dawn trilogy. However, the similarities quickly faded away. I like the structure of the story line, as well as the characters. I feel that Allie should be more conflicted, but maybe I am too critical sometimes. I enjoyed the ending of this book (suspense!) and am excited to read the next.

Oh! I have noticed something since I have the first two books already from the library. The covers do not match. I have found out that the hardback cover looks different in the first book only. The paperbacks seem like they would look nice together. That upsets me. I like the cover for the paperback edition.

Read July 11, 2014 – July 21, 2014

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