Sunday, May 29, 2016

{Book Review} Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien

Birthmarked by Caragh M. O’Brien
Published: March 30, 2010 by Roaring Brook Press
Series: Birthmarked #1
Source: Bought
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Romance
Pages: 361

In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother's footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a quota over to be "advanced" into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve. Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.

This book was always on my radar, but when I saw the whole series on Book Outlet, I knew it was the time to pick it up.  I am really glad that I picked up this book.  I thought it was a unique plot with great characters and a budding romance.  Although I really enjoyed reading it, it was easily forgettable.  I think this book would be great for teens and adults alike.

This is the first book that I have ever read from O’Brien and I really want to pick up some of her other books.  I thought the writing was good and the pacing was steady, although the start was pretty slow.  I liked how intricate and detailed the world building and plot was.  This dystopian world was one of the most devastating and sad worlds that I have read about so far.  As a mother, I could not imagine having to give up my child to some stranger on the other side of a wall.  I felt like this was a darker, deeper YA dystopian story.

The characters where great in this book.  I really like Gaia and how her character began innocent, but had to grow to adapt to her changing environment.  Gaia’s growth was some of the best character development that I have ever read.  It took awhile for Leon to grow on me…he was the strong and silent type, which was refreshing from the typical love interests I read.

I thought the romance in this book was good.  I liked how it was a slow progression and was not insta-love, but I do wish that there would have been a little bit more.  I found it annoying that Leon would be willing to risk everything for her when it didn’t feel like their relationship was that evolved.  There were some other factors that might have triggered his actions, but they were not flushed out enough.

Overall, I enjoyed this book while I was reading it and it almost felt like it was playing out as a movie in my mind.  However, this book was forgettable.  After finishing it, I had a hard time recalling details and some of the plot.  I still would recommend this to readers who think it sounds interesting, but I would suggest buying the first book and reading it before jumping into this series with both feet.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

{Waiting on Wednesday} Frayed by Kara Terzis

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking theSpine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

Frayed by Kara Terzis
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Genre: YA, Mystery
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 304

About The Book
Dear Kesley,

My therapist tells me I should write you a letter. Like flushing all my thoughts and feelings out of my system and onto paper. I tell her it's a stupid idea.

But here I am, writing a letter to a dead girl. Where do I start? Where did our story begin? From the moment you were born...or died?

I'll start with the moment I found out the truth about you. Your lies and my pain. Because it always begins and ends with you.
And that end began when Rafe Lawrence came back to town...

Ava Hale will do anything to find her sister's killer...although she'll wish she hadn't. Because the harder Ava looks, the more secrets she uncovers about Kesley, and the more she begins to think that the girl she called sister was a liar. A sneak. A stranger.

And Kesley's murderer could be much closer than she thought...

Why I Want To Read This Book
I love adult mystery books, but have not had much luck when it comes to reading YA mystery books.  BUT…I always hold out hope that I will come across one that will blow me away.  Here is hoping that this one is the winner.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

{Book Review} Finding London by Ellie Wade

Finding London by Ellie Wade
Published: April 25th, 2016
Series: Flawed Heart #1
Source: Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 307

London Wright thought she’d been in love before, but she hadn’t—not even close.

Then she met him.

Rugged and gorgeous, Loïc Berkeley, a special forces soldier is everything she’s ever wanted. Getting him to notice her was a challenge, but keeping his love is proving to be more difficult.

London’s used to getting what she wants so loving someone like Loïc is a humbling and somewhat terrifying experience. For everything she has in her life, he’s the one thing she can’t bear to lose.

Loïc Berkeley never wanted love. He views it as an unneeded distraction that causes nothing but pain. Love, for Loïc, always ends in disappointment.

Then he met her.

Spoiled, witty, and breathtakingly beautiful London Wright is his undoing. From the moment he laid eyes on her, he knew his life would never be the same. Though he tries to fight it, he finds himself falling for her.

Having lived a life full of sorrow, finding London brought Loïc rare happiness. Though his feelings for her are strong, is what they have powerful enough to break the cycle of his past?

When one is destined for heartbreak and loss, can love really change anything?

This book cover is absolutely beautiful, but unfortunately, I didn’t fell the same about the story.  Lately, I have been reading a lot of NA romance books, which has defiantly made me raise the bar when it comes to rating these types of books and this one fell short.  I constantly found myself becoming bored and not connecting with the characters or romance.  I actually ended up skimming the last half of the book, but didn’t feel like I missed out on anything because the story felt very superficial. 

I thought the writing was average, but there were quite a few sentences that stood out for being written beautifully.  I had high expectations for this book when I began reading because it seemed deep and interesting, but soon I became bored with the plot.  It seemed like nothing actually happened in the book.  The internal thoughts of the characters were extremely repetitive…rehashing the same problem over and over and over again.  I will say that there was a pretty surprising plot twist near the end of the book that did peak my interest, but overall, I thought the story line was easily forgettable.

I really did not like the characters from this book.  I absolutely did not like London.  She was not relatable and had absolutely no character growth.  I wish that there would have been more of a back story on London to make her feel more dimensional, instead of a cardboard cutout from a typical NA novel.  I also was not impressed with the side characters.  Instead of driving the plot forward, it felt like they were just thrown in the story.  I do have to say that I did enjoy Loïc.  I really enjoyed reading the chapters that were from Loïc’s past.  It made him feel more dynamic and helped explain his actions to the reader.

I might have forgiven some of the character flaws, but it was the romance that really made me dislike this book.  The romance felt very generic and superficial.  I did not feel any connection between London and Loïc.  It felt like their romance bloomed out of nothing and I am not fond of insta-love.  I am somewhat intrigued about where the second book's plot is going to go with the way things left off, but it is not enough to push me to pick it up.

Overall, I did not enjoy this book, however, it does seem to have goo reviews on Goodreads.  I do not plan on picking up the second book in this series, but may see if there are other books from Wade that I may like.


“You are my London, my safe place.  You rescued me, made me happy.  You are so much more than the women I love.  You are my entire destination.  Where ever you are is where I’m meant to be.  I was never meant to make it to some fantastical place overseas, made up from a little boy’s imagination.  My entire journey has been steering me toward you.  It has always been you.” -82%

Also check out Wade’s other books below.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

{Waiting on Wednesday} The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L Armentrout

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.

The Problem with Forever
 by Jennifer l Armentrout
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 480

About The Book
For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

Why I Want To Read This Book
This is a little late because this has just recently been release, but I had to add this to Waiting on Wednesday, even if it is late.  I LOVE Jennifer L Armentrout and I will read anything that she writes.  Plus, this cover is AMAZING!!!!!
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