Thursday, September 22, 2016

Book Review: Flirting With Felicity - Gerri Russell

Flirting With Felicity - Gerri Russell
Felicity Wright never expected to inherit the hotel where she works as head chef.  But now, she'll do anything to keep the Bancroft Hotel operating--even if that means mixing it up with the late owner's handsome nephew, Blake Bancroft.  He's here to challenge her unexpected inheritance of the Bancroft Hotel, and there's no way either of them are walking away without a fight.

When his uncle wills away his family's oldest property, Blake Bancroft cooks up a plan to get it back.  To check out his competition, he'll need to check in.  Too bad his first encounter with Felicity proves to be anything but smooth.  As their battle over ownership begins, things begin to heat up between them--and not jut in the kitchen.  Their attraction may be a recipe for disaster.  Yet with the right ingredients, it could turn into a recipe for love...

3/5 stars (liked it)
I liked Felicity's character and grew to like Blake's character.  I knew where the book was heading from the beginning and guessed the ending.  But I liked it and was wondering how the author would wrap everything up in the end.  I think this could potentially have a sequel and would definitely read one if there was.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Book Review: A World Without You - Beth Revis

A World Without You
What if finding her means losing himself?

Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time.  When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him.  So when his worried parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth: that he's actually attending Berkshire Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have "superpowers."

At Berkshire, Bo falls in love with Sofia, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility.  Sofia helps Bo open up in a way he never has before.  In turn, Bo provides comfort for Sofia, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young age.

But even the strength of their love isn't enough to help Sofia escape her deep depression.  After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she's not actually dead.  He believes that she's stuck somewhere in time--that he somehow left her in the past, and that now it's his job to save her.  And as Bo becomes more and more determined to save Sofia, he must decide to face his demons head-on or succumb to a psychosis that will let him be with the girl he loves.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I didn't care too much for this book when I started reading it.  Bo has delusions that he can travel through time.  It's such a sad book to see how convinced he is that he can.  Then when he is faced with the truth that no one has powers he thinks someone with powers is manipulating what he is seeing.  It's so sad and I not only felt bad for Bo but for Phoebe his sister.  It also made me wonder if Bo and Sofia were really together of if their relationship was another delusion.  I do like the ending though and even at the end it left me wondering if maybe, just maybe Bo really did have a power.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Book Review: Firefight - Brandon Sanderson

Firefight (Reckoners, #2)
They told David it was impossible--that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic.  Yet, Steelheart--invincible, immortal, unconquerable--is dead.  And he died by David's hand.

Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple.  Instead, it only made David realize he has questions.  Big ones.  And there's no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.

Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.  Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find.  And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David's willing to risk it.  Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David's heart.  A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived.  Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic--Firefight.  And he's willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
This book picks up a few months after Steelheart.  With the Reckoners in Newcago taking care of people.  They finally decide to go to Babylon to take care of the High Epic, Regalia that keeps sending epics after the Reckoners.  Prof has David come with and he is eager since Megan (aka Firefight) is there too.  David is torn between his hatred of Epics and his love for Megan.  While in Babylon he learns many things about Epics and the team he works with.  I thought the ending and all the twists were great and I can't wait to read the conclusion to this trilogy!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Book Review: The Sixth Idea - P.J. Tracy

The Sixth Idea (Monkeewrench, #7)
The peaceful Christmas season in Minneapolis is shattered when two friends, Chuck Spencer and Wally Luntz, scheduled to meet in person for the first time, are murdered on the same night, two hours and several miles apart, dramatically concluding winter vacation for homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth.

An hour north of Minneapolis, Lydia Ascher comes home to find two dead men in her basement.  When Leo and Gino discover her connection to their current cases, they suspect that she is a target, too.  The same day, an elderly, terminally ill man is kidnapped from his home, an Alzheimer's patient goes missing from his care facility, and a baffling link among all the crimes emerges.

This series of inexplicable events sends the detectives sixty years into the past to search for answers--and straight to Grace MacBride's Monkeewrench, a group of eccentric computer geniuses who devote their time and resources to helping the cops solve the unsolvable.  What they find is an unimaginable horror--a dormant Armageddon that might be activated at any moment unless Grace and her partners Annie, Roadrunner, and Harley Davidson, along with Leo and Gino, can find a way to stop it.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I've read this series since the beginning.  It had been 4 years since the last book was published and was pleasantly surprised to find this one.  I love the relationship between Grace and Leo and how she is opening up more and he is there no matter what.  I love the dog too.  Not much of Annie and Roadrunner in this book since they are out of town on business.  I also really liked the character of Lydia.  I was a little disappointed with how the story ended with the murders.  This seemed to me like the conclusion to the series, which had an ending I am happy with.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Book Review: Mitosis - Brandon Sanderson

Mitosis (Reckoners, #1.5)
Steelheart may be dead, but Epics still plague Newcago and David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
Short story that takes place after Steelheart.  The Reckoners are helping to rebuild the city after the events of the first book.  In this story Mitosis, an Epic comes to try to take over Newcago.  But of course David and the Reckoners are on it.  A great story to lead to the second book.

Book Review: Steelheart - Brandon Sanderson

Steelheart (Reckoners, #1)
Ten years ago, Calamity came.  It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers.  The awed public started calling them Epics.  But Epics are no friend of man.  With incredible gifts came the desire to rule.  And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners.  A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in.  He wants Steelheart--the Epic who is said to be invincible.  The Epic who killed David's father.  For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning--and he has something they need.  Not an object, but an experience.  

He's seen Steelheart bleed.  And he wants revenge.

4/5 stars (really liked it)
I finally started reading some Brandon Sanderson books and love them.  He keeps me on the edge of my seat.  This book series is aimed at older teens.  There are innuendos and violence.  That did not stop me from reading this book, my husband and my 12 year old son.  All of us loved this book.  I kind of guessed something about one of the characters.  Also I had many theories on Steelheart's weakness.  I can't wait to finish the series.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Book Review: Paper and Fire - Rachel Caine

Paper and Fire (The Great Library, #2)
Ink and Bone introduced a world where knowledge is power, and power corrupts absolutely.  Now, the story of those who dare defy the Great Library--and rewrite history--continues...

With an iron fist, The Great Library controls the knowledge of the world, ruthlessly stamping out all rebellion, forbidding the personal ownership of books in the name of the greater good.

Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned.  His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever.  His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.

Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library's deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

But Jess's home isn't safe anymore.  The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, and his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control...

3/5 stars (liked it)
I enjoyed this book much more than the first one.  The books picks up right where we left off.  Jess, has been learning as much as he can to find out what really happened to Thomas, his friend and how to free him.  Also there is Morgan who is much more powerful than she seems.  I can't wait to read the next one because the way this ended it really left me wanting more.

Book Review: Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories - Various Authors

Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories
Maybe it's the long, lazy days, or maybe it's the heat making everyone a little bit crazy.  Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom.  Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake.  So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses.  You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.

Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block. Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.

2/5 stars (it was ok)
I mainly read this book because it contained stories from Cassandra Clare and Veronica Roth.  I enjoy both of these along with a few others.  The stories by Leigh Bardugo and Nina LaCour I really enjoyed as well.  The story by Libba Bary was okay, not really a love story to me.  I really liked the Stephanie Perkins story as well.  Overall I enjoy reading anthology books because I get to read new authors.