Review: Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen

5973910

Goodreads Summary:

Ruby, where is your mother?

Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she’s been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.

That’s how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn’t seen in ten years, and Cora’s husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it’s a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

Best-selling author Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again.

My Review

This was my first Sarah Dessen book! My friend lent me it and mentioned that it was a quick read! She was definitely right! The story was sweet and emotional all the way through. It touched on all the toughest life subjects you can think of.

Lock & Key follows the point of view of Ruby, a teenage girl who was recently abandoned by her lowlife mom. She thinks she can handle things on her own but soon finds herself in the custody of her older sister whom she believed to have walked out on her and her mom years ago. Now her life has taken on a mind all its own, as she learns to adjust to a completely new world. Fortunately, she finds an unlikely friendship (or more than friendship) in the boy next door. However, she is determined to keep the secrets of her past from him, but she begins to wonder if he’s keeping secrets of his own.

This book was heart wrenching throughout. I felt for Ruby’s situation. She was so determined to be independent and keep herself boxed up, but life just finds a way sometimes to make you learn the most unexpected things about yourself. I loved all the characters too! Each one had their curves and edges all their own. I think Dessen did an excellent job of showing the ways in which you can be a product of your environment, which I am a sound believer of! I admit, I was expecting this book to be more centered around the romance, but that really wasn’t the case. It was more focused on self-discovery, and the ability to accept that you don’t have to be alone, and you can always ask for help.

If you are looking for an emotionally touching read, with a dash of romance, then I would most definitely recommend you read Lock & Key!

Buy it on Amazon!

Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

6482837

Goodreads Summary:

With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today’s foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person’s life can affect so many others.

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.


My Review

I’ll be honest, I had never heard of this book until I saw the preview for the movie. The concept definitely intrigued me. I decided to listen to it on audiobook, and wow, just wow. This story was unexpectedly heart wrenching and real, so so real.

The story centers around the life and death of Samantha Kingston who has climbed her way to the top of the popularity tower and happens to be friends with the top dogs. She’s essentially a bitch and so are her friends. That becomes apparent immediately, however, when she wakes up in the morning after experiencing her death to find that the day she lived yesterday is on repeat, she soon discovers she is stuck in a loop unless she can do something to change her path and the situation around her.

It was so incredibly interesting to see Oliver create the same day in multiple different unique ways. I kept thinking throughout, how is she going to change it this time, how is she going to give this story a happy ending? Well folks, don’t expect a happy ending, but do expect an ending that makes sense and will certainly give you chills. Though I definitely disliked Sam’s character in the beginning, I began to appreciate her and her character evolution as her repeated days continued. She grew so much and developed into a wonderful female lead. And though I so wish the story had ended differently, I understand why it concluded the way it did. And even though it kills me inside, I am content in a certain way with the way things played out.

The message in Before I Fall is absolutely beautiful and makes you appreciate life and humanity. It teaches you to take in every small wonderful detail of your existence, because even the most insignificant aspects of life have a role to play, a role that could be so much more impactful then you ever realized.

I would definitely recommend you read Before I Fall if only to feel all the emotion that this story has to bring and appreciate it’s meaning. I can only hope that the movie brings that emotion to life just as well as the book.

Buy it on Amazon.

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

18692431

Goodreads Summary: 

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

My Review

Everything, Everything was a surprisingly refreshing contemporary romance! I thoroughly enjoyed it from cover to cover!

I had seen this book all over bookstagram for months before I saw the movie trailer for the first time and realized what it was about. It seemed sweet and endearing, although I had a feeling about the direction the story was going to go in.

Everything, Everything follows the life and perspective of Madeline, a girl with a rare disease that requires her to never step outside for fear of it causing her body to shut down and kill her. She is resigned to her fate, that is until the day that Ollie moves in next door. She can’t help but feel drawn to him, and what starts out as a simple fascination grows into a real connection when they begin to speak over the internet. Soon she finds herself falling for him no matter how much she knows it’s doomed to fail.

As circumstances progressed, I couldn’t help but wonder how the author was going to play this out. Obviously the story could go one of two ways. Fortunately, and also unfortunately, the main plot twist is one I predicted from the very beginning. Though I was not a fan of the predictability, that did not stop me from feeling satisfied with the overall turn of events. The story was fast paced, the characters were absolutely lovely, and the style of writing was wholly unique. I listened to it on audiobook which was a little bizarre for the way it was written, but it still worked, and I found myself utterly gripped by the story.

I loved the writing in this book, and the characters stole my heart. I would most definitely recommend reading Everything, Everything. Especially if you are looking for a heartwarming contemporary read! I can’t wait to see the movie now, I just hope it lives up to expectations.

Buy this beautiful tale now!

Release Day Blitz & Review: With These Wings by Wendy Knight

 

Blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Phoenyx was taken by the aliens who were supposed to save humanity. But Phoenyx didn’t die. She escaped.
Changed, different. Terrifying.
Now she protects the people she used to call neighbors and friends, despite the fact that they don’t trust her. She looks like the aliens—beautiful, strong, and winged. And that’s why those she protects want her dead.
She doesn’t blame them.
All the while, she’s searching for Cole, the boy whose arms she was ripped from the night she was taken. When he shows up at their compound with a new love, everything Phoenyx has been fighting for is turned on its head, and she has to figure out what side she’s really on and who she really is before she loses herself completely.
Never trust beautiful things.

 


***I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review***

My Review:

With these Wings snagged my attention from the start! When reading the blurb and seeing the cover, I couldn’t help but wonder, is this really about aliens or is it angels? And there’s romance, and an apocalypse, all things I love to read about! Needless to say, I had to get my hands on it. And boy was I not disappointed!

This unique story starts off right in the thick of things. The end of the world is in full swing and there is absolutely no turning back! When Phoenyx is taken by an alien race from her best friend and the boy she loves, she has no hope of seeing him again. Until the day, much later they suddenly cross paths. Only Phoenyx is not quite human anymore, and Cole whom she loved so wholeheartedly doesn’t react in a way that encourages their love. However, circumstances bring them closer together as their lives are continuously threatened by the alien races among them. And Phoenyx or Nyx as she now goes by is the only person capable of protecting the human race from all that lurks in the night.

Nyx’s character was a total badass throughout, if not a little dangerously stubborn. Her need to rush in to danger was commendable but definitely annoying at times! It was kind of sad to see her as being the only real thing that stood in the way between life and total destruction of what was left of the human race. Her relationship with Cole is nothing short of tumultuous throughout, but don’t fret readers, because there is certainly hope. And their love for one another remained strong regardless of their constant struggles to come to terms with their new unexpected reality.

As the story progressed, I couldn’t help but notice how non-stop the action and suspense was! There wasn’t a single dull moment, and as the ending hit, the events reached a stunning and satisfying peak! I thoroughly enjoyed With these Wings, and look forward to seeing more from these characters in the future! If you are looking for your next sci fi read, I would most definitely recommend this book!


Available on Amazon!
http://amzn.to/2ttPsjP
Snippet:
 Nyx scooted closer to the rocky precipice, and then just a bit further, so she could curl her toes around the edge. The wind howled, jerking at her hair and loose, black dress. She stared down, trying to estimate the drop. It was so far she couldn’t see the bottom in the darkness, but then, the moon wasn’t giving her much light tonight. She spread her arms wide, embracing the emptiness, and tumbled forward.She fell so fast that the mountainside blurred around her and the scream of the wind in her ears almost, almost, drowned out the roar of adrenaline. The ground raced up to meet her, seemingly hungry for her blood, aching for her death.Not today.Her wings shot out, jerking her to a stop mid-air, her feet almost grazing the ground that had moments before been a demon about to devour her alive.
Bio:
Wendy Knight is the award-winning, bestselling author of the young adult series Fate on Fire and Riders of Paradesos. She was born and raised in Utah by a wonderful family who spoiled her rotten because she was the baby. Now she spends her time driving her husband crazy with her many eccentricities (no water after five, terror when faced with a live phone call, no touching the knives…you get the idea). She also enjoys chasing her three adorable kids, playing tennis, watching football, reading, and hiking. Camping is also big—her family is slowly working toward a goal of seeing all the National Parks in the U.S.
You can usually find her with at least one Pepsi nearby, wearing ridiculously high heels for whatever the occasion. And if everything works out just right, she will also be writing.
The award winning author of Feudlings. Check out my newest series, Toil & Trouble! https://goo.gl/tZ2heG
Sign up for my newsletter and get a free ebook! https://goo.gl/5EVAKb

 

Social Media Links:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Review: Defender (Night War Saga #2) by S.T. Bende and Leia Stone

34889478

Goodreads Summary:

Allie Rydell left her life behind to protect the world from the Goddess of Night. But after weeks of training, hunting, and learning to use the life-giving power that inexplicably chose her, saving Midgard seems more impossible than ever. Nott’s followers have eyes across the realms, and they’re determined to collect the bounty on Allie’s soul. And the closer Allie and her protectors get to the pieces of the immortal weapon that could save them all, the more destruction Nott manages to unleash—not only on the world Allie loves, but on the friends she’d give her life to save.
Darkness is coming. And this time, it won’t leave any survivors.


 

My Review

Defender swoops in with another suspense filled Norse ride! After reading and enjoying Protector, I couldn’t wait to read Defender and see where Allie would go next on her quest to find the pieces of her weapon! And of course now that her relationship with Tore is in full swing, I was more than ready to see their relationship unfold!

Defender picks up around where Protector left off, with Allie still in the middle of her training after healing from her almost near death experience. However, now that she knows she has a real chance of healing her mom and being at last reunited with her, she is more determined than ever to kill Knott and bring the pieces of her weapon back together at last.

This second installment was full of development after development with all new worlds. Characters you’ve been waiting to meet are revealed, and the suspense was a constant! Tore and Allie’s relationship was absolutely adorable throughout! And of course there’s the rest of the gang of protectors charged with ensuring the safety of Allie. What I would give to have myself a group of hot men at my beck and call 24/7! Sounds like a sweet deal right? And of course all of them are such gentlemen! Defender brings with it more growth of these beloved characters, and new relationships are formed that are most certainly surprising.

This book was over before I knew it, the pace was swift and left me wanting more! And that ending?! I have so many questions! So.Many. And my heart is breaking for certain characters that I won’t name. But I most definitely look forward to reading the continuation of this adventure. And I would for sure recommend you read Defender! Pick it up on Amazon on July 16th! 

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

23766634

Goodreads Summary:

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.


 

FOREWARNING: PREPARE FOR LOTS OF RANTS AND READ NO FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS!!!!


 

My Review

Oh. My. Goodness. I don’t even know where to begin with this review!!! My heart and my mind are completely WRECKED! WRECKED I SAY!!! This book took me on the most incredible and heart wrenching ride! I am so blown away by how amazing it was!! It literally left me shook! I haven’t felt this way about a series/book in too long!!

Ok ok let me get started now. Or try to…

Oh wait, before I really begin, let me also add that my experience with this book was all the more involved and real because I made sure I reread the first two books before this one. So everything was crystal clear this time, and made this third book all the more enthralling!

Ok ok, trying again. (***Clears metaphorical throat***)

Alright! We all know after reading book two that Rhysand is EVERYTHING. And Tamlin is a big giant pile of poo poo. And wasn’t that just the most insane turn around you ever did read in a book? (***bows to Sarah J Maas***) Check out my review for A Court of Mist and Fury to see more of what I’m talking about!  However, my perspective on Tamlin and that entire destructive love triangle, Love battle? Love fiasco?  completely became altered after reading ACOWR. Of course I still have some animosity toward him, but his character development allows the reader to open their eyes more in regards to the reality of his situation.

After book two ended, the reader was left with watching Feyre literally walk into the arms of the enemy, and though it was heart breaking, she was on a mission to destroy Tamlin and his hold on his kingdom, and boy does she do that and then some!! As if we didn’t already know Feyre was an eternal badass, she takes things up a notch now that she is a full blown High Lady! The measures she takes to ensure the safety of her family are astronomical, she goes to any lengths, even if it means facing her true nightmares in order to see those she loves succeed. And of course Rhysand is there for her through it all being all dashing and wonderful as always! Their romance was as sweet and fierce as ever, making me fall even more in love with their relationship.

Moving on. The character development in this book was INSANE!! Something new about every main character is revealed that adds further depth each time I turned the page.  Maas dangles Cassian and Nesta’s tumultuous relationship in front you the entire time, and its so killer yet so fantastic! Also, I didn’t think I could enjoy Mor, Amren, and Azriel even more, but I was oh so wrong! It’s so rare when an author can create characters who are so wholly different and unique that they cause you to love each one individually for their own ways. I can’t wait to see more from these side characters in future books, because it’s sure to be mind blowing!

And lastly, so much happened in this book, it was easily the most fast paced of the three thus far. The action and suspense was nonstop, I could not put it down, and when I had to for stupid things like work and studying for the GRE, I was super sad to see it go. By the time I finished this book, I was a complete emotional wreck, but I was also bursting with so much love and hope for the story. From what I understand, I believe this is a mini conclusion for Feyre and Rhys’s story. The next three books in the series  will focus more on the other characters, which I’m ecstatic to delve into, but damn I hope Maas includes those two throughout! Either way, the ending of ACOWR was phenomenal, I couldn’t have asked for a better book! I don’t think there’s one thing I would change! And Maas certainly dropped multiple easter eggs about certain events to come!

I would most definitely, 100% recommend you read this book, it is so worth the experience! Go buy it right now!! Right here!And if you did read it already, please comment, I would love to discuss! Unfortunately, I’ve been trying to convince a lot of my book friends to read this so I haven’t been able to really talk about it with anyone yet!

 

Review: The Death Cure (Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner

7864437

Goodreads Summary

It’s the end of the line.

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.
l anyone survive?
What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.
The truth will be terrifying.
Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.


My Review

Before I get started, let me just say that I was not aware I was reading (or listening in this case) to the last book in the series until I was about 3/4 of the way through it. My bad. But honestly, I think I might have self sabotaged this series by listening to it on audiobook instead of just reading it. I just couldn’t really get into this book, I found myself indifferent through about 50% of it.

The Death Cure picks up with Thomas back in a cell in the hands of WICKED yet again. I mean come on it’s the constant cat and mouse situation with these books. The plot line is just so darn redundant. Before ya know it, Thomas and the gang are fighting back against their captors and escaping once more into a world that is still foreign to them, having not yet gained their memories back in their entirety.  As their lives become increasingly threatened, new secrets are revealed that change the game entirely.

This third and final book had so much potential to be amazing, and don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of plot reveals, some of which were emotionally heart wrenching, and others were just flat out predictable. I really wish I could have become more invested in the story and the characters, but I just wasn’t. I expected the ending to be a lot more spectacular and it was certainly intense, but it was also over before I knew it. The story ended and it wasn’t really a resolution, it was kind of a half assed conclusion if I’m being honest.

The Maze Runner was a thoroughly okay series, I loved the first book, but I couldn’t help but feel that as the series continued it fell into an endless loop of the same plot developments disguised as a new additions to the story.

If you’re looking for your typical apocalyptic series with a satisfying enough ending, then I would recommend you read The Death Cure. Buy it on Amazon here.