The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey

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The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave #1)

Rick Yancey

Rate: 4

First of all, the 5th wave is the first audiobook I’ve ever listened to. I don’t think I could have picked a better first book. Phoebe Strole and Brandon Espinoza did an amazing job narrating and bringing the story to life. I liked and enjoyed the telling of the 5th wave more than I liked the movie.

I also enjoyed the multiple perspectives. I don’t think all of them were necessary, but I did like Cassie’s and Ben’s POVs. Through Cassie’s POV, I was able to learn about both the physical and emotional devastation of each wave. Each wave killed millions to billions of people, but each time it also took away a bit of emotional stability and safety. Cassie had to go through life questioning who she could trust, and if life was worth living, if she was all alone, and if keeping a promise was worth all the physical and emotional obstacles she had to face. Through Ben’s POV, I was able to see what it was like to be molded and manipulated by the others and slowly come to the realization that you aren’t on the side of the war you thought you were on. Ben tried his hardest to be Zombie, but he couldn’t kill off all of his Ben mannerisms. I think this is what made it so hard for Ben to accept he had been manipulated by the others: Zombie was an obedient soldier who didn’t want to see fault in his commanding officers, Ben was a teenager who couldn’t deny that things didn’t add up – the technology, the base, the kids – unless they were being controlled by the others.

I could have done without the Cassie-Evan romance. Yes, I fell for parts of it, but I couldn’t get past the predator-prey dynamic of the relationship. You have to be a special type of woman to swoon at being compared to and called a mayfly. Sorry, but I prefer guys to view me as an equal, as human, not some bug to be crushed. But I guess if a woman can fall for and marry a guy who admits to being addicted to her blood and wanting to kill her, a gal can enjoy being the bug to his boot. I guess I’m just weird for wanting something different.

All in all, I enjoyed the 5th wave. However, I think this is, in part, due to the narration; it really brought the story to life. I don’t know if I’d have liked the book as much in my own mental voice. I don’t know if I would have appreciated the different perspectives if I had read the text. Though I can say this experience has made me more open to trying more audiobooks. They won’t replace the pleasure of reading, but I won’t actively avoid them either.

My Adult Life in Comics (Review)

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Adulthood is a Myth

Sarah Andersen

Rate: 5

I loved these comics. I laughed from the first one to the last one. They were so relatable. Yes, all my clothes have a use limit except my bras. And yes, I hate everyone at school. And yes, my conditioner always runs out faster than my shampoo. And these statements only hint at the very relatable comics in this book.

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The only con to this book is that not everyone can relate to it, which is OK. I’m the introverted, awkward, trying to adult but failing, young adult woman this book is targeting so everything feels like finally meeting a kindred spirit to me. But this book of comics won’t appeal to men and it won’t appeal to women who have their shit together or aren’t as awkward or are extroverted and love people.  And that’s OK. Andersen couldn’t possibly include everyone’s adult experiences in one book. But it was still a hilarious, quick read for me.

End of the Year Shout Out (2016)

End of the Year Shout Out!!!

I know this post is late, but I’m trying to make time to go through my folder and finally publish the unpublished posts that are just sitting there.

The following are some of the great books I read this year. They were so good and there for me when I needed them most that they deserve a shout out. These are by no means all the books I read this year just the ones I rated 4 or more (fabulous) stars.

♦Books with hyperlinked titles go to reviews I wrote for them.

Book

My Rating

Average Rating

 

 

The 5th Wave

4

4.12

Goodreads

Amazon

Existence

(Existence Trilogy #1)

4

3.95

Goodreads

Amazon*

F*ck Love

4

4.15

Goodreads

Amazon

It Ends with Us

4

4.53

Goodreads

Amazon

The Jock and the Fat Chick

4

3.46

Goodreads

Amazon

Predestined

(Existence Trilogy #2)

4

4.10

Goodreads

Amazon

Proposal

(The Mediator #6.5)

4

3.99

Goodreads

Amazon

Queen Song

(Red Queen #0.1)

4

3.71

Goodreads

Amazon

Starstruck

(Starstruck
#1)

4

3.84

Goodreads

Amazon*

Starbound

(Starstruck
#3)

4

4.25

Goodreads

Amazon

Vex

(Celestra
#5)

4

4.09

Goodreads

Amazon

You Are Mine

(Mine #1)

4

3.73

Goodreads

Amazon

I can’t wait for the wonderful books I’ll get to meet this year! What are some the best books you read in 2016? Maybe they’ll end up on my TBR.

Happy New Year!

*Denotes Kindle books that were free as of 1/7/2017

I Thought I Would Be More Emotional: It Ends With Us By Colleen Hoover

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It Ends With Us

Colleen Hoover

Rate: 4.5

It Ends With Us was good, borderline great, but it wasn’t fantastic. I’m not going to analyze the book or the characters; there are probably many reviews that already do that. I’m just going to (briefly) talk about how It Ends With Us made me feel.

It Ends With Us left me with a heavy heart. It wasn’t dark, but it went through so much. Both the good times and the bad times began piling one atop the other until I felt physically weighted and emotionally unsure of my exact feelings. I just knew that I felt heavy and full (and extremely book hungover), but I couldn’t confidently identify if I was also feeling happy or sad or drained. I was in a gray space of emotion, neither here nor there.

But It Ends With Us isn’t Confess. It wasn’t trying to be Confess, but it didn’t cause me to react like I did with Confess.

It Ends With Us didn’t make me laugh out loud like Confess did.

It didn’t make me cry like Confess did.

And I (probably) won’t read it over and over like I do with Confess.

It Ends With Us is a good read and has a great message (so you should read it), but it didn’t touch me the way I was expecting it to.

End of the Year Shout Out!!!

The following are some of the great books I read this year. They were so good and there for me when I needed them most that they deserve a shout out. These are by no means all the books I read this year just the ones I rated 4 or more (fabulous) stars.

*Books with hyperlinked titles go to reviews I posted for them.

Book My Rating Average Rating
The Hurricane
(The Hurricane #1)
4 4.12 Goodreads Amazon
The Aftermath
(The Hurricane #2)
4 4.30 Goodreads Amazon
The Sparrow
(The Sparrow #1)
4 4.17 Goodreads Amazon
Shadowboxer
(Tapped Out #1)
4 3.89 Goodreads Amazon
Maybe Someday
(Maybe #1)
4 4.38 Goodreads Amazon
Sweet Temptation
(The Sweet Trilogy #4)
4 4.28 Goodreads Amazon
The One Thing 4 4.18 Goodreads Amazon
The Fill-In Boyfriend 4 3.91 Goodreads Amazon
Two Across 4 3.44 Goodreads Amazon
The Festival of the Moon 4 4.14 Goodreads Amazon
Confess 5 4.31 Goodreads Amazon
Every Last Word 4 4.15 Goodreads Amazon
Significance
(Significance #1)
5 4.15 Goodreads Amazon
Defiance
(Significance #3)
5 4.32 Goodreads Amazon
Reverence
(Significance #3.5)
4 4.28 Goodreads Amazon
Independence
(Significance #4)
5 4.33 Goodreads Amazon
Cress
(The Lunar Chronicles #3)
4 4.48 Goodreads Amazon
A Little Something Different 4 3.68 Goodreads Amazon
Red Queen 5 4.12 Goodreads Amazon
Alternity 4.5 3.74 Goodreads Amazon
The Calling
(Endgame #1)
5 3.76 Goodreads Amazon
On the Edge 4 3.75 Goodreads Amazon

I can’t wait for the wonderful books I’ll get to meet next year! What are some the best books you read this year? Maybe they’ll end up on my TBR.

Happy New Year!

Reading Update

Recently, due to a heavy schoolwork load, I haven’t had time to read for pleasure and I haven’t had the energy to write reviews. However, in the past week, at a cost to how well my work has been completed and my sanity, I’ve scarfed down two stories. I’m still too busy and mentally exhausted to write full reviews, but I thought at the very least I could shout out the books.

The Hurricane (The Hurricane #1) by R.J. Prescott

Rate: 4

Shadowboxer (Tapped Out #1) by Cari Quinn

Rate: 4

Both The Hurricane and Shadowboxer share a theme. I was in the mood to read a story in which a super protective yet sensitive boxer/MMA fighter falls for a girl with a traumatic past and the girl finds the strength within herself. I got this from these two stories. They were both great stories.

Sadly, as passionate as the romance is in these books, they aren’t for everyone. The books contain sexual content, rape, and abuse. The latter two can be triggers for some people.

Anyway, even though this isn’t the full review these two books deserve, I decided to acknowledge them because they gave me exactly what I was looking for in a quick(-ish) manner and didn’t disappoint. Hopefully, some time and energy opens up in my schedule soon so I can read and review books carefully.

Sweet Let Down (Sweet Temptation By Wendy Higgins)

Sweet Temptation (The Sweet Trilogy #4)

Wendy Higgins

Rate: 4

You may be thinking “A trilogy is three books why are there four?” Well, Sweet Temptation is like a companion novel to The Sweet Trilogy where the trilogy is retold in Kaidan’s (the love interest) POV. Yes, you need to read the main story first for Sweet Temptation to make sense.

Unfortunately, Sweet Temptation was a bit of a disappointment. I expected to learn more about what makes Kaidan tick like I did with Four in my Fun With Four series. I learned that Kai is mostly controlled by his lust (like I couldn’t already guess) and he didn’t have a favorable upbringing (obviously, based on his relationship with his father), but I don’t feel like I learned much about Kai. For the most part, I just got to see Kai fall in love with/ develop a love addiction for Anna and I got to see him battle his insecurities. I knew there weren’t going to be many scenes different from the main story, but I had wanted to learn more about Kai. I had wanted to learn secrets about Kai, but instead I got Anna this, Anna that, Anna, Anna, Anna. I would be cute if I wanted a story that was only romance.

Anyway, Sweet Temptation is a nice read, especially since Higgins give us fans exactly what we wanted. Who am I to ask for more? It’s just saddens me that Kai in Sweet Temptation didn’t make me swoon the way Kai in the other three books did. If anything, this book has caused Kaidan to move down on my book boyfriend list because he isn’t as interesting. *Sigh*  I guess I just have to find a book whose boyfriend makes up for what this Kai lacked.

Two Across By Jeff Bartsch

Two Across

Jeff Bartsch

Rate: 4

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed Two Across more than I expected. I became wary of the story when I first started reading and realized it was historical fiction – I don’t like historical fiction – but history doesn’t play a large role in the story so I was able to keep going. To me, it seemed like the few historical events that were mentioned were only meant to be points where the reader could center his-/herself to the date since so much was going on. The story focuses on Stanley and Vera’s relationship not their opinion of current events so historical events don’t play a factor in the progression of the story. For the most part, the story could have taken place in current times except the existence of the internet would have made it easier for Stanley and Vera to track each other down and would have made the theme of the crossword obsolete.

What I liked most about Two Across was that it was unlike any other new adult novel I’ve read. Though I haven’t read many so that’s not saying much. What stood out to me though was the fact that the story revolves around Stanley and Vera’s relationship and yet there’s barely any romance. Vera and Stanley are both geniuses, but they are also both emotionally inept so, to a degree, it makes sense that they would be unable to express their feelings and fully understand how they feel for each other. Sure, parts of the story feels like a stereotypical rom-com with Vera repeatedly running away from Stanley, but for two people who were taught to know and not taught to feel it makes sense. Yet even without Vera and Stanley being all lovey-dovey like a typical YA or new adult novel, I could still sense how much they cared for each other, which made the story a good read.

Overall, Two Across was a good read. Even though I had to consult a dictionary a couple of times – I’m neither a genius nor a crossword solver – I liked how the story unfolded, especially since it was different from what I’ve gotten used to.

Just the Book I Needed: Confess By Colleen Hoover

Confess

Colleen Hoover

Rate: 5

In a previous post, I included a side note where I mentioned that I was becoming tired of YA tropes and I wasn’t sure how that was going to affect my content and my posting schedule. Not long after writing that post I got the urge to read. My options were a young adult novel I had received from Netgalley and a new adult novel I had borrowed from the library. I chose the latter and it was the best decision I could have made. While reading Confess, I felt it begin to pull me out of the reading slump I was falling into. Confess was definitely the book I needed to improve my mood.

Why Confess Was So Awesome

Dual Perspective: Often times, when a story is told in dual perspectives, some aspect of the story is not fully developed since it is such a difficult technique to use. Either you can’t distinguish the two voices, the story is over-saturated with details, or secondary and tertiary characters come across as flat. However, Hoover beats the odds in Confess and creates a story with two distinct voices that  aren’t rambly and has fleshed out secondary characters. My favorite part of the dual perspective is the last part. I loved seeing characters like Linda and Trey from both Auburn’s and Owen’s POV because I got to see how those characters behaved with different people; how they could be sweet and concern one moment and threatening the next.

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Every Last Word By Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Last Word

Tamara Ireland Stone

Rate: 4

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sam: I loved Sam’s character. Even though she’s going through a lot, most of it internal, I still got to see her developing as a person and figuring out she was and wanted to be, even if that meant giving up her mean-girl friends. Sam’s narrative offers great insight into what someone with Pure-O OCD might be going through. Sam is an admirable character.

Poetry: Not every poem in Every Last Word was a good poem, but some were amazing. I don’t why I didn’t think poetry would be included in the story when the premise said that Sam joined a secret poetry club, but I’m glad I didn’t expectation anything because I was able to enjoy the poems for what they were instead of what I wanted them to be.

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