Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday is Game Day #2

The Friday Game Plan

I missed last Friday as I was out of town with family. In the last two weeks I have had a chance to finish a few novels and I stuck to the list if not in any particular order :) I finished: A Shiver of Light, Into the Still Blue, and Reflected in You. I am still working on City of Heavenly Fire. So heres the new game plan.

6. Eve and Adam
5. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters
4. Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)
3.  Avow
2. Entwined with You
1. City of Heavenly Fire

Every Friday I will modify the game plan to adjust for audibles ;) Feel free to comment with your Game Plan or Link to post on your blog so I can check you out :) Happy Friday and Happy Halloween!!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: The Death Cure

The Death Cure by: James Dashner

Title: The Death Cure
Author: James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner #3

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. 

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


My Review:

I cant figure out how I feel about this novel. I even gave myself 24 hours to think about it. The ending was kinda predictable, or maybe its just what I wanted to happen. Once again I felt like there were more events then were necessary to tell the story. Many parts that fluffed the book. I may feel like this as I was so anxious to get to the truth and the resolution. I spent most of the book thinking it must be another trial and then believing that it wasn't. I liked this book more than the others though but I cant quite put my fingers on why.

All in all I enjoyed the book but this is one series that I am glad is at its completion. Onto new books!!

Side note:

There is a prequel called The Kill Order. I am not jumping straight into it as I have so much else I would rather read and this series has kinda bummed me out a bit. I may come back to it at a later date.

Happy Reading!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review: The Scorched Trials

The Scorched Trials by: James Dashner

Title: The Scorched Trials
Author: James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner #2
10 hours 22 Minutes

Solving the maze was supposed to be the end. Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn't done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.
The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch-the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers destruction-and they're determined to survive.


Quick Summary: After escaping the maze, the gliders are put through yet another series of obstacles with the promise of a light at the end of the tunnel.

Can anyone explain how I can be so bored and yet so intrigued that I must see this to completion? I listened to this one hoping it would be easier for me to get through than The Maze Runner. The reader was had a voice that almost put me to sleep, sorry to say. It still did not stop me from needing to know what is going to happen. If there is anything I can say about this series is it is unpredictable. I don't know what is coming, who is bad and who is good! I love Thomas's character more as the series progresses.

I will be starting The Death Cure immediately!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WWW Wednesday #1

WWW Wednesday (Oct. 22)

This is a weekly meme hosted by MizB @ Shouldbereading

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?
Audiobook - Shiver of Light by: Laurell K. Hamilton
E-book - Reflected in you by: Sylvia Day

What did you recently finish reading?
E-book - Into the Still Blue by: Veronica Rossi

What do you think you will read next?
Audiobook - City of Heavenly Fire by: Cassandra Clare

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday is Game Day!!

The Friday Game Plan

So I was sitting here thinking about what I want to read next, what I want to look on audible for, etc. Then I thought I should make a game plan, and since I recently moved to a small town where football is a big deal it made me think of that too. Friday is game day for the high school football team. While I wish my mighty badgers good luck tonight I want to make a game plan for a touchdown myself. I am going to list the next 6 books I want to read to help keep myself on track.

6. A Shiver of Light - I have been looking forward to a new Merry book for too long!!
5. City of Heavenly Fire - I guess I lost my fire for this series when I had to wait a year and a half for this to come out, but its about time to wrap this thing up :)
4. Eve and Adam - I have wanted to read this one for a while.
3. Into the Still Blue - I have read most of this one but my house burned down and took this one with it so I will get it back soon and finish her up!
2. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters - Everyone raves about this series but I have only gotten to enjoy the first book.
1. Reflected in you - I really enjoyed the first book and would like to continue the series.

Every friday I will modify the game plan to adjust for audibles ;) Feel free to comment with your Game Plan or link to post on your blog so I can check you out :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Review: The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner by: James Dashner

Title: The Maze Runner
Author: James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner #1
Pgs. 890
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He is surrounded by strangers-boys whose memories are also gone.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out-and no one's ever made it through alive.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.


My Review:

I will be honest here. There is two reasons I read this novel. Reason one, the movie came out and I must read the book before I can see the movie. Reason two, my sister loved it and insisted I read it. Now my sister and I are like day and night but we do tend to agree on books. However this of course will not happen 100% of the time. Like now. I thought The Maze Runner was just okay. That being said there could be several reasons for my disinterest here such as, my interest in books being away from dystopian at the present and leaning more toward romance, or my life being too busy to really give this book the concentration it deserves. None the less I read it when I did so here is how I feel about it now.

I was slightly bored with the way it played out. It felt very drawn out to me without enough action. The story was intriguing though and it kept me from putting the book down permanently. I keep trying to guess what is going to happen without enough evidence to support my conclusion. I like the main character but don't have a lot of feelings toward any of the others.

Future Novels:
There are three more books in this series. Well two sequels and a prequel already published. I am going to listen to the The Scorched Trials and hope that it keeps my attention better than reading The Maze Runner did.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Review: Dark Lover

Dark Lover by: J. R. Ward

Title: Dark Lover
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood #1
Pgs. 1128

The only purebred vampire left on the planet and the leader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who killed his parents centuries ago. But when his most trusted fighter is killed-orphaning a half-breed daughter unaware of her heritage or her fate-Wrath must put down his dagger and usher the beautiful female into another world.
Racked by a restlessness in her body that wasn't there before, Beth Randall is helpless against the dangerously sexy man who comes to her at night with shadows in his eyes. His tales of the Brotherhood and blood frighten her. Yet his touch ignites a dawning new hunger-one that threatens to consume them both.


Quick Summary:  A vampire bent on being alone vows to protect a young women after her father is killed. While trying to avenge his death he finds himself falling for her.

My Review:

Dark Lover had a hard start. It took me several chapters before I got hooked. Honestly if my sister hadn't begged me to read it, telling me how amazing she thought the story was I probably would have set it down after the first few chapters. I am so very glad I didn't!! It was an amazing story and refreshingly different then other vampire novels I have read. The take on vampires is different and the growth of several of the characters in the book had me falling in love.
The book has different chapters in different perspectives. I enjoyed most of them but when I cam on a Mr.X part I found myself skimming or would put down the book for the night. After finishing the book I understand the need for the various points of view but it did make the book a bit harder for me to get through.

Future Novels:
YES!! There are more books in this series!! The next one is lover eternal. However each book in the series, at least for the next several, is about a different brother. I think this will be exciting but I hope we still see where Wrath and Beth's relationship goes too!! I guess we shall see!!

Happy Reading

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Review: Bared to you

Bared to You by: Sylvia Day

Title: Bared to You
Author: Sylvia Day
Series: Crossfire #1
Pgs. 352

Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness.

He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I'd never been to anyone or anything in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily.

Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other's most private wounds and desires. 


My Quick Summary: A woman set on building her career and uninterested in a relationship get swept up in a friends with benefits gone awry relationship with the local business mogul.

My Review:
My sister in law suggested this book to me recently. Should I say she bugged me until I finally picked up the darn thing. Once I had picked it up I had great difficulty putting it back down again. I found the story very intriguing and interesting. I will not that this book does have quite a few erotic scenes so may not be for all readers. I personally do not have an issue with such things and prefer to get the whole story rather than "and then he took me to bed. The next morning..." type scenario. I admit in this book I skimmed those scenes more so then read every word as I was not in the mood to be hearing all the details. All in all a really good romance that isn't just another harlequin novel.

A Comparison:
I hear lots of comparison of this book to the Fifty Shades of Grey series. While reading I did notice similarities and I might recommend this book to those readers that liked the Fifty Shades trilogy. I did not feel as though it was a type of fan fiction or purposely written to play off the success of E.L. James novels. In some ways I enjoyed Bared to You more then Fifty Shades of Grey (the first novel). I say this only because I felt like a lot of the deeper storyline (beyond the sexual encounters) came more in the second two novels after their bedroom relationship had been established. I understand exactly why that is but I liked that this one did not have to delve so deep in that subject and was able to keep the storyline progressing.

Future Novels:
There are other books in this series that are already published and they will remain on my TBR!! She also has several other novels that I will take a chance on as well.