Sunday, February 22, 2015

Book Review: The Ruby Circle - Richelle Mead

The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires.  They protect vampire secrets--and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead's New York Times best selling Bloodlines series.  When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis.  Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

4/5 stars (really like it)
I LOVE Adrian and Sydney together, they are absolutely cute.  They are both living in at court with Adrian's mother.  It was so sad to see this series come to an end.  It was great to see some old characters from the Vampire Academy series such as Rose and Dmitri.  Of course the shocking thing that happens between Adrian and Dmitri is great.  Also love how Sydney kicked butt and used her magic skills.  I really liked the ending and it was even more great to see the epilogue that happened months later.

Book Review: Reached - Ally Condie

Reached (Matched, #3)
After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again.  Cassia is assigned undercover in Central City, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie.  Xander is a medic, with a secret.  All too soon, everything shifts again.

3/5 stars (like it)
It was a great conclusion to the trilogy.  There is a Plague that is causing people to get sick and although The Rising has a cure, it mutates and kills many people.  Xander is right in the middle of all this since he is a medic and is seeing all this first hand.  Ky is separated from Cassia and they are desperately trying to get back to eachother.

Book Review: Crossed - Ally Condie

Crossed (Matched, #2)
In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.  Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border.  But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again.  Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

3/5 stars (liked it)
This book starts off right where the last one left off.  Cassia is working in a camp and her family is safe.  She takes that job in order to find out where Ky has gone.  Also Ky is in a dangerous place and he escapes.  I loved how Ky left clues for Cassia to follow and how she was able to decipher them to get to him.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Book Review: Matched - Ally Condie

Matched (Matched, #1)
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe.  So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate...until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander.  But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

3/5 stars (liked it)
It is a perfect society in which people are matched in order to achieve children that are genetically strong.  People live to be 80 years old, choices in what they read, what they watch and what they do are no longer an issue since these are decided for them.  No one is overweight because meals are catered to each individual as well as physical activity.  Although it sound like a perfect society it really isn't and Cassia begins to see the flaws in it.  When she starts spending more time with Ky and learns that there is more out there beyond the Society.


Book Review: The Kill Order - James Dashner

The Kill Order - James Dashner
The Kill Order (Maze Runner, #0.5)
The prequel to the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner Series.

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth mankind fell to disease.

Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived.  But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next.  Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there's something suspicious about its origin.  Worse yet, it's mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

Mark and Trina are convinced there's a way to save those left living from descending into madness.  And they're determined to find it--if they can stay alive.  Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price.  And to some, you're worth more dead than alive.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I am glad that I waited until I had read the trilogy before this one.  Although it was interesting to see where the disease came from and how it mutated and spread I did not really like the main characters in it.  I wish there had been more of Theresa and Thomas and how they came up with the maze and what happened at WICKED.  Overall though it was a good prequel.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Book Review: Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness - Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
An award-winning memoir and instant New York Times bestseller that goes far beyond its riveting medical mystery, Brain on Fire, is the powerful account of one woman's struggle to recapture her identity.
When twenty-four-year old Susannah Cahalan woke up alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak, she has no memory of how she'd gotten there.  Days earlier, she had been on the threshold of a new life: at the beginning of her first serious relationship and promising career at a major New York newspaper.  Now she was labeled violent, psychotic, a flight risk.  What happened?
In a swift and breathtaking narrative, Susannah tells the astonishing true story of her descent into madness, her family's inspiring faith in her, and the lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn't happen.  "A fascinating look at the disease that could have cost this vibrant, vital young woman her life" (People), Brain on Fire is an unforgettable exploration of memory and identity, faith and love, and a profoundly compelling tale of survival and perseverance that is destined to become a classic.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I thought this story was great and a little scary.  I could not imagine going through something like that and not being able to remember and seeing and hearing about all the crazy things you did.  Susannah has great parents that never gave up on her and always knew she was inside herself.  Also a great boyfriend and friends who stood by her and helped her.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Book Review: Dead But not Forgotten - Various Authors

Dead But Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse
Charlaine Harris' smash-hit Sookie Stackhouse series may have reached its conclusion, but the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, lives on in this all-new collection of 15 stories.  Written by a killer lineup of authors including New York Times best-sellers Rachel Caine, MaryJanice Davidson, Jonathan Maberry and Seanan McGuire, and with introductions read by Charlaine herself, Dead but Not Forgotten puts your favorite characters center stage.

2/5 stars (it was OK)
It is a very interesting idea to have other authors write about these characters.  Although I actually did not like most of the stories.  My favorite stories were "The Real Santa Claus" by Leigh Perry and "Love Story" by Jeanne C. Stein.  The first being about Diantha and takes place several years after the series ends.  It was nice to see where Sookie and Sam were.  Then the second story was about the love affair that Adele had and how she had her children.

Book Review: Rooms - Lauren Oliver

Rooms
Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime.  His estranged family--bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna--have arrived for their inheritance.

But the Walkers are not alone.  Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls.  Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives.  Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself--in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb.

The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force.  When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human world collide--with cataclysmic results.

Elegantly constructed and brilliantly paced, Rooms is an enticing and imaginary ghost story and a searing family drama that is as haunting as it is resonant.

2/5 stars (it was OK)
So I was very excited to read this since it was written by Lauren Oliver.  I was a little disappointed with the story.  I think she could have done so much more.  I just feel like not much really happens in the book and stories were not completely told.  Also seems like everything was left until the end to come to light.