Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Book Review: Through the Ever Night - Veronica Rossi

It's been months since Aria last saw Perry.  Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission.  Now, finally, they are about to be reunited.  But their reunion is far form perfect.  The Tides don't take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller.  And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe's precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, can their love survive through the ever night?

3/5 stars (liked it)
Poor Aria really doesn't fit in anywhere.  After the end of the last book she has gone back to the Dwellers only to find it's not her home anymore.  But when she gets to the Tides, she's not really welcome there either.  Her relationship is kept a secret because of the way people feel about her and the fact that Perry is the new Blood Lord.  Roar and Aria have quite an adventure in this book and it's sad why the person that dies at the end.  Can't wait to see what happens next.

Book Review: Roar and Liv - Veronica Rossi

Before Perry and Aria, there was Roar and Liv.

After a childhood spent wandering the borderlands, Roar finally feels like he has a home with the Tides.  His best friend Perry is like a brother to him, and Perry's sister, Liv, is the love of his life.  But Perry and Liv's unpredictable older brother, Vale, is the Blood Lord of the Tides, and he has never looked kindly on Roar and Liv's union.  Normally, Roar couldn't care less about Vale's opinion.  But with food running low and conditions worsening every day, Vale's leadership is more vital--and more brutal--than ever.  Desperate to protect his tribe, Vale makes a decision that will shatter the life Roar knew and change the fate of the Tides forever.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I loved reading about how the love story of Roar and Liv was.  This book explains how their romance started and what happened when Vale promised Liv to someone else in order to feed his tribe.  I was so sad for Roar.  We also see what Perry is like before he meets Aria.

Book Review: Son - Lois Lowry

Son (The Giver, #4)
They called her Water Claire.  When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn't exist.  That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen.  That it had been stolen from her body.  Claire had a son.  But what became of him she never knew.  What was his name?  Was he even alive?  She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible.  Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice.

Son thrusts readers once again into the chilling world of the Newbery Medal winning book, The Giver, as well as Gathering Blue and Messenger where a new hero emerges.  In this thrilling series finale, the startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowry's epic tale culminates in a final class between good and evil.

3/5 starts (liked it)
I thought this was a great conclusion to the series.  We find out more about Jonas and where he is.  Also Kira and what life became of her after the end of Messenger.  As well as other characters that we got to know throughout the series.  We also find thing out from Claire's perspective since she was around when Jonas became the Receiver in the town they lived in.  Claire goes through a lot in the book to get to her son.  I thought it ended well and explained everything.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Book Review: Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with.  She's funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one.  Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beach side community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline's youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it off, Madeline's teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline's ex-husband over her.  (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare.  While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn't be, with those rambunctious twin boys?  Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school's parent body.  But loyalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny.  Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son.  But why?  While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I really hated Madeline and I really loved Madeline.  Even though she comes off as being harsh and mean, she is actually a very caring person.  She befriends Jane right away.  Jane is mysterious and you find out why she is the way she is throughout the book  Celeste seems perfect but what happens behind closed doors is not what you would imagine.  It was a great story, told through the perspective of these three women.  As well as little snipets of a death that occurs at the Trivia Night.  We know someone dies, we don't exactly know how but it was great to see how the events unfolded to that night.  I saw so much change in each of the characters, especially Jane.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Book Review: Messenger - Lois Lowry

Messenger (The Giver, #3)
Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man known for his special sight.  Village once welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to outsiders.  Matty has been invaluable as a messenger.  Now he must risk everything to make one last journey through the treacherous forest with is only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.

3/5 stars (liked it)
This was a very short book and very good.  This book takes place a few years after Gathering Blue.  In this book we get a glimpse into what has happened to Kira and where she lived.  We also get a glimpse into Jonas and Gabe.  This book focuses on Matty and what his life is like.  Overall a great book and I can't wait to read the next one to see how all the previous three stories are tied together.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Review: Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry

In her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world.  It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak.  Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future.  Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever.

As she did in The Giver, Lowry challenges readers to imagine what our world could become, and what will be considered valuable.  Every reader will be taken by Kira's plight and will long to ponder her haunting world and the hope for the future.

3/5 stars (liked it)
Similar but the same as The Giver, the first book in the series.  Kira lives in a village where those that get injured or are deemed weak are put out in the field to die.  Kira was luckily saved by her mother at birth even though she was born with a twisted leg.  All her life Kira has had to work very hard to show that she is of value.  When her mother dies, she is taken in by the Council and is praised for her valuable sewing skills.  As was expected, things aren't always as great as they seem.  I enjoyed seeing Kira grow in this book.  I liked the new characters introduced, Matt and his dog, Thomas the Carver and little Jo.  I can't wait to see what happens next.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book Review: Midnight Hour - C.C. Hunter

Being a dyslexic witch is a curse in itself, but Miranda Kane's time at Shadow Falls has helped her harness her magical powers.  Now, just as she's finally mastered them and is preparing to graduate with her friends, a near-death experience threatens to ruin it all.

Miranda awakens in the hospital with a mysterious tattoo that no one can explain.  As she struggles to make sense of it--and questions her feelings for a certain irresistible shape-shifter and a hot new guy--the strange markings begin to spread all over her body, leaving her desperate to find answers.  But before she can solve that problem, a new one arises: her sister is missing.

Has her sister been kidnapped?  Miranda will risk her life to find out.  Will she live to share the day she's worked so hard for with her friends?  When the clock strikes midnight, will Miranda make it to her graduation at Shadow Falls?

3/5 stars (like it)
This was a great conclusion to Miranda's story.  I love that C.C. Hunter focused a trilogy on each of the main characters.  First we had Kylie and her struggles with finding out who she was.  Then Dellla and oh how much I love Della.  Her struggles with love and her new powers.  Now Miranda with a love triangle, her new sister and possible new powers.  I love all the characters in the series.  I loved the ending.  I feel though that even though graduation happened we haven't seen the last of these characters.  I would love to see what life is like for them as they enter the workforce beyond college.

Book Review: Through the Ever Night - Veronica Rossi

Through the Ever Night - Veronica Rossi It's been months since Aria last saw Perry.  Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the...