The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Synopsis from Goodreads: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Author: Rick Yancey

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books

Number of Pages: 457

Genre: Apocalyptic/ Science Fiction

Where I acquired this book: Sam’s Club

When I read this book: October ?-18

Ratings on a Scale of 1-10

Quality of writing: 9

Pace: 5

Plot Development: 7

Characters: 6

Enjoyability: 5

Ease of Reading: 10

I hate to say this, because I know many people enjoyed this book, and maybe this is because it was so hyped up, but I didn’t like this one. I thought that it dragged for a lot of it, and the main character was annoying. Also, whenever I started to like where it was headed, it switched the point of view. Half of the point of view characters I didn’t even like, so it was hard for me to get into. I think the only reason I finished it is because I kept hoping it would get better, but it sadly did not. I have heard so many people raving about this book, so if you wanted to read it, don’t let me stop you, but it just didn’t do it for me.

OVERALL RATING (out of 5): 3 stars

Let me know what you thought below. Are you excited for the movie? Did you enjoy it?

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The White Rose by Amy Ewing

Synopsis from Goodreads: Violet is on the run. After the Duchess of the Lake catches Violet with Ash, the hired companion at the Palace of the Lake, Violet has no choice but to escape the Jewel or face certain death. So along with Ash and her best friend, Raven, Violet runs away from her unbearable life of servitude.

But no one said leaving the Jewel would be easy. As they make their way through the circles of the Lone City, Regimentals track their every move, and the trio barely manages to make it out unscathed and into the safe haven they were promised—a mysterious house in the Farm.

But there’s a rebellion brewing, and Violet has found herself in the middle of it. Alongside a new ally, Violet discovers her Auguries are much more powerful than she ever imagined. But is she strong enough to rise up against the Jewel and everything she has ever known?

The White Rose is a raw, captivating sequel to The Jewel that fans won’t be able to put down until the final shocking moments.

Author: Amy Ewing

Publisher: Harper Teen

Number of Pages: 320

Genre: Fantasy

Where I acquired this book: Amazon

When I read this book: October ?-21

Ratings on a Scale of 1-10

Quality of writing: 10

Pace: 7

Plot Development: 8

Characters: 8

Enjoyability: 8

Ease of Reading: 10

After that massive cliff hanger from The Jewel, I was eager to finally get my hands on the sequel; however, I felt like she skimmed over the beginning a little too much and made everything they had to do in that part seem too easy. This doesn’t mean I didn’t like the book, because I loved it, but I do think that a lot of things they did were too easy to be realistic, even for a fantasy novel. But one thing I did enjoy was that we found a little more about the history of the island they are on and why things are the way they are there. There are many secrets revealed in this book that give an insight into some of the characters and the world around them. I don’t think this one was as good as the first one, but it is still amazing. Also, WARNING!!! ANOTHER BIG CLIFF HANGER AT THE END!! REFRAIN FROM READING UNTIL THE NEXT ONE IS OUT! Or not and you can suffer right along with me. 😉

OVERALL RATING (out of 5): 4 stars

Let me know what you thought about this one or the first one below. What would you do if you were a surrogate who had to face the auction?

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Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass

Synopsis from Goodreads: The contents of Happily Ever After are as follows:

-The Prince (with the two bonus chapters), Maxon’s novella
-The Guard, Aspen’s novella
-The Queen, Amberly’s novella
-The Favorite, Marlee’s novella
-Three scenes from Celeste’s POV
-Lucy’s scene (bonus scene from The One)
-The bonus epilogue
-Where are they now?
-A map
-Various illustrations

Author: Kiera Cass

Publisher: Harper Teen

Number of Pages: 416

Genre: Dystopian Novella

Where I acquired this book: Amazon

When I read this book: October ?-30

Ratings on a Scale of 1-10

Quality of writing: 10

Pace: 8

Plot Development: 7

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

I was ecstatic when they released the selection novellas in a bind up, because I was reluctant to buy them in ebook form. I thoroughly enjoyed the stories in here and thought they offered an interesting insight into the different characters in the selection. I don’t have much else to say about it, other than if you read the selection, I would definitely pick this one up, because it lets you in on the reasons why certain characters were the way they were, and it made me start to care about characters that I hated in the actual series.

OVERALL RATING (out of 5): 5 stars

Have you read the Selection series? Let me know down below what you thought about them.

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Confessions: The Murder of an Angel by James Patterson

Synopsis from Goodreads: In the dramatic conclusion of the bestselling Confessions series, Tandy Angel’s next murder case could be her own!

Tandy Angel is losing her mind–or so she thinks. Even as she’s forced to fight for the family company, she’s imagining new dangers in every shadow. And as her detective prowess is called into question and her paranoia builds, she has to face the very real possibility that the stalker she’s convinced will take her life could be all in her head–or the very real danger that finally brings her down.

Author: James Patterson

Publisher: Little Brown

Number of Pages: 304

Genre: Mystery

Where I acquired this book: Amazon

When I read this book: November ?-19

Ratings on a Scale of 1-10

Quality of writing: 10

Pace: 9

Plot Development: 9

Characters: 9

Enjoyability: 9

Ease of Reading: 10

I genuinely love James Patterson’s young adult series, and while he has a tendency to write more books in a series than he should, I don’t think he did with this series. He never really said how many books were going to be in the series, and when I read this one, I didn’t realize that it was the last one in the series. As I read the last line, I figured out that this was the last young adult book by James Patterson I hadn’t read yet (not including the newest Maximum Ride book, because I am still debating on reading it). It was a bittersweet ending, because, while I felt that he ended it at a good place, I am going to miss reading about Tandy’s new adventures every year. All of the characters are so much fun, although there definitely are characters you are waiting to die. There were so many freaking plot twists throughout the entire series, but especially in this book. You don’t know who Tandy can trust anymore, so you are on the emotional roller coaster right along with her. While I will mourn the ending of this series, it really was the perfect ending, and you really should give the series a go.

OVERALL RATING (out of 5): 5 stars

Have you read any of James Patterson’s books? Do you have any books you would recommend?

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Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

I’m the daughter of murdered parents.
I’m the friend of a dead girl.
I’m the lover of my enemy.
And I will have my revenge.

In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yachtPersephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process.

Sharp and incisive, Daughter of Deep Silence by bestselling author Carrie Ryan is a deliciously smart revenge thriller that examines perceptions of identity, love, and the lengths to which one girl is willing to go when she thinks she has nothing to lose.

AuthorCarrie Ryan

PublisherDutton Books

Number of Pages375

GenreMystery Thriller

Where I acquired this bookYA Fandom Frenzy

When I read this bookNovember ?-30

Ratings on a Scale of 1-10

Quality of writing: 8

Pace: 7

Plot Development: 8

Characters7

Enjoyability7

Ease of Reading: 10

When I met the author, she described it as Arrow (the show on the CW) meets Revenge (the show on, I think, CBS). I just caught up on Arrow a little while ago, and the rest of my family was obsessed with Revenge (and by obsessed I mean that it was playing 24/7 for months, especially because everyone was at a different spot in the series). The premise itself sounds fantastic and I did find it interesting; however, it felt like it dragged a little bit in some parts and other parts were skimmed over when I felt there could have been more there. The ending was also a little disappointing to me because it felt anticlimactic. The story had small things throughout that gave me hope for the ending, but I felt it was wrapped up a little too quickly. The way I am describing it right now makes it sound like a horrible book, and it really is a good book, it just wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be. It is still an enjoyable read, and I would recommend it as a quick read, because it is a stand alone.

OVERALL RATING (out of 5): 4 stars

Let me know if you have read this in the comments below. What did you think about it?

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Oblivion by Jennifer L Armentrout

Synopsis from Goodreads: Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

AuthorJennifer L Armentrout

PublisherEntangled Teen

Number of Pages1005

GenreScience Fiction

Where I acquired this book: Kindle

When I read this bookDecember ?-16

Ratings on a Scale of 1-10

Quality of writing: 10

Pace: 10

Plot Development: 10

Characters: 10

Enjoyability: 10

Ease of Reading: 10

Now my review may seem overly generous, and maybe it is because I am a huge fan of the Lux series, and this is the first three books told from Daemon’s perspective. Daemon is one of my favorite characters because he is snarky and always cracks a joke, even when he probably shouldn’t, but at the same time he is vulnerable and kind. I loved his and Katy’s relationship, even when they were arguing with each other all the time. I think that is one of my favorite things about their relationship, because it makes it believable. They don’t instantly fall in love with each other. They bicker over little things and tease each other incessantly. They don’t always agree on everything, but at the same time, they work really well together, because they understand that they can’t agree on every little thing, so they agree to disagree and move past it like normal couples do. This book completely lived up to my expectations (which were set pretty high from all of the other books). I loved finding out why Daemon did some of the things he did (especially in the first book) and also learning some more about his past that we didn’t completely get to see from Katy’s perspective. If you loved the Lux series and were hesitant to read this book, I am telling you now that it is a must read. On the other hand, if you haven’t read the Lux series, then I would suggest reading those before picking this one up, though I guess you could probably read them in any order.

OVERALL RATING (out of 5): 5 stars

Let me know what you thought about any of the Lux books below (No spoilers for those who haven’t read them!!).

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2016 Reading Challenges

Wow, it’s weird writing 2016. It feels like just yesterday it was 2015… Oh wait! Anyways, the new year is a time to set goals for yourself, and these are the goals I have set for myself this year.

First off, I want to read 50 books this year. I am starting my senior year of high school soon, which means I am looking at and applying to colleges this year, so my life may be a little hectic, but I think this is a fair goal, especially since I came so close last year.

Another challenge I was interested in trying out this coming year is the Once Upon a Book Challenge created by Books for Thought. The challenge is to read as many retellings as you can. There are more details on points in her post on it, which is linked in the name, but I think it will be fun. Also it is nice to have a challenge where I can’t really fail. Plus I want to get more into retellings since I have loved the ones I have read so far.

I also want to try and write more reviews on here. I have finally caught up on the books I read last year, so those should be coming up soon, but I want to try and post a review within about a week of reading it if at all possible.

What are your goals for 2016? Anything new, fun, or exciting?

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