Sunday, September 27, 2015

Alive by Scott Sigler

Alive by Scott Sigler
Published: July 14th, 2015 by Del Rey
Series: The Generations Trilogy #1
Source: Library
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Pages: 368

A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes her own confinement—and finds she’s not alone. She frees the others in the room and leads them into a corridor filled with the remains of a war long past. The farther these survivors travel, the worse are the horrors they confront. And as they slowly come to understand what this prison is, they realize that the worst and strangest possibilities they could have imagined don’t even come close to the truth.

When I read the synopsis from this book, I knew that I had to read it!  I did think that this book was going to be a stand alone, which is one of the reasons I wanted to read it so soon, however I am kind of intrigued where the next books are going to lead.  I don’t want to say too much in this review because I do not want to give any of the twists away.

I thought the writing of this book was good, but average.  I thought it was an easy and fast read.  The beginning was kind of slow, but it was the time where the readers were discovering things along with the characters in the book.  I was very intrigued from the very beginning and kept trying to figure things out.  I do have to say that I did not see a lot of the reveals coming, but I was not really shocked at the twists.  I guess that I was just taking it all in and I really wanted to be knocked off of my seat from the reveals. 

I like the characters in this book.  I don’t want to say too much, but I really like the psychological aspects of the characters and plot.  It was interesting trying to put the puzzle pieces together along with the characters.  I also liked delving into the social chemistry between characters and seeing the dynamics between them.

After reading this book, I didn’t really know how I felt about it. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t dislike it either.  I feel like I built it up in my head and then was a little disappointed that it was not what I thought it was going to be.  I also am a little disappointed that it is a trilogy rather than a stand alone.  I don’t like ready mystery books that drag out over multiple books, unless I wait for the entire series to come out and then binge read them.  I feel like there will be a lot of things I will forget before then next book comes out.   

Overall, I am on the fence about whether I will read the next book.  There were a lot of loose ends, but I don’t know if I will continue on with the trilogy.  I think this book will be liked from individuals who like The Maze Runner series.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: August 5th, 2014 by Entangled Teen
Series: Lux #5
Source: Purchased
Genre: YA, Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 352

Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can't believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

Talk about bitter sweet! I bought this book the week it was released and held off reading if because I did not want this series to end.  However, lucky for me, Jennifer L. Armentrout is a writing machine and I have plenty of books of hers to become obsessed with. 

This book was amazing!  The writing was great and the dialogue was funny.  I liked the dual perspective between Katy and Daemon because it made me feel how strong their relationship was.  I thought this book was fast-paced and full of action.  I was really sad that this was the last book, but after reading this book, the series did feel complete.

The characters in this book were just as good as they are in all the other books.  I wish we would have seen more of Luc and I felt like his story line was a little incomplete.  I am somewhat wondering if we will see a spin off series focusing on Luc?  I guess time will tell.  I really like Dee and Archer and their romance.  Beth and Dawson were not in this book very much and I wish they would have been in it more.  I did like that the characters from her spin-off series, Obsession, made appearances. I feel like it might have been good to read Obsession before this book so I would have been more familiar with these characters. 

I thought that Katy and Daemon’s romance was taken to the next level.  I always knew that they loved each other, but it was so much deeper in this book.  I like that there relationship was strong and not full of any teenager angst.  They made decisions together and were unselfish with their choices.  This book has a few steamy scenes considering it was YA, but I did not feel like they were inappropriate.   

Overall, this book was a great ending to the series.  The only negatives I have are that I wish it would have been longer and although loose ends were tied up, I wish they would have been flushed out more.  I kind of felt like there were puzzle pieces that were missing that should have been included, but were taken out for whatever reason. This series is the series that I recommend to readers the most.  It is addicting, and because Armentrout writes so many books, there will always be something else to read from her.   

Check out some other books written by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
Published: February 12th, 2013 by Gallery Books
Series: Beautiful Bastard #1
Source: Purchased
Genre: NA, Romance, Contemporary, Chick-Lit
Pages: 320

An ambitious intern. A perfectionist executive. And a whole lot of name calling.

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He's exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.

Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family's massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who'd been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative—completely infuriating—creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he's never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe's so tempting he's willing to bend the rules—or outright smash them—if it means he can have her. All over the office.

As their appetites for one another increase to a breaking point, Bennett and Chloe must decide exactly what they're willing to lose in order to win each other.

I really, REALLY wanted to like this book.  It seemed like it was a recipe that could not go wrong, but sadly I did not like it. 

The plot of this book was the biggest problem I had with this book…because there really wasn’t one.  The whole plot consisted of TONS of sex scenes.  I mean, I was expecting this book to be steamy (it is NA after all), but they were doing the nasty within the first couple of pages! The scenes were long, drawn out, and repetitive. These scenes are suppose to add to the plot and make the romance seem more real, this just made me dislike both the main characters.

I have to admit that I did like Chloe because some of her inner dialogue was hilarious.  She was strong willed and feisty, but also annoying.  I have no idea why she would be attracted to Bennett at all.  Bennett was a complete ass…I mean the book’s title is Beautiful Bastard, but for this to work, he eventually needs to evolve and become likable, which he did not.  I felt like he was using Chloe and that is it.  There was no romance really; it was sex and then arguing.  Bennett never had a huge revelation where it is revealed why he is an ass and that deep down, he is really a good guy.  And I just have to add, Bennett ripping off Chloe’s underwear and keeping them was creepy, not sexy.  I would assume anyone in real life would be wondering if Bennett was a stalker if the guy they were “seeing” would rip off her underwear and keep it…just sayin’.

There are a couple positives about this book.  I liked the dual points of view.  It was interesting seeing what was going on in Bennett’s head.  I think that if we could not see what he was thinking, he would come off as an even bigger creeper.  I also liked the writing style.  It was not groundbreaking or anything, but it was light and funny.

I gave this book three stars rather than two because I do think some people would like this book.  It has good ratings on Goodreads and there are quite a few in the series, but it was not for me.  I think that there are two kinds of NA books: the ones that focus on a plot and use sexual encounters to cement the relationship and then the ones that focus on sex and have a small, unsubstantial plot.  Both are fine, but I prefer the first kind.  I am possibly going to try the second book in this series because I bought the next two books (thinking that I was going to love this series).


Check out more of Christina Lauren's books in the Beautiful Bastard series.  Below are only a few in this series...there are quite a few books.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Most Anticipated Book Releases {September}

These are my most anticipated book releases for the month of September.
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