Sunday, July 31, 2016

{Book Review} The Infinate Sea by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Published: September 16, 2014 by Putnam Juvenile
Series: The 5th Wave #2
Source: Library
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Apocalyptic
Pages: 320

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

I waited a long time before I picked up this book, maybe a little too long.  I had heard numerous reviews stating that this second book was not as good as the first.  I was really scared of not loving this book as much as the first, and unfortunately, I didn’t.  I am not exactly sure why, other than it did not feel like a lot happened in it, although there were a lot of twists I did not see coming.

Yancey’s writing was just as great as in the first book, however, this book did go a lot slower than the first.  I felt like the first book grabbed readers at page one and never let go.  I found this book slow until about the last 25% of the book.  I thought that the twists in this book were really great and were really unexpected.

I think that I had a hard time re-connecting with these characters because of the lapse in reading time.  I think that if I would have picked this book up straight after finishing The 5th Wave, I would have enjoyed it better.  I had forgotten some of the characters and it took me a long time to get attached to them again.  I loved Cassie in the first book, but was not too fond of her in this one.  I did really enjoy Ringer in this book and liked seeing things from her perspective.  After I got back into the groove of the story, I did fall back into liking the characters and all of their back stories.

I think that the romance in this book is defiantly toned down more than it was in the first.  I felt like it was a more central part of the first book, but this one focused more on the plot and alien invasion.  I do wish that it would have had more romance because that was one of my favorite parts of the first one.  Yancey was better at balancing the plot and romance in the first book.

I did really like this book, but it was not as strong as the first.  I wish this book would have been longer and had more content than it did.  I think what made this book not a total flop was the ending.  The twist was amazing and blew my mind!  I am really hoping that the last book is just as amazing as the first and I am really anticipating its release.  


Sunday, July 24, 2016

{Book Review} Unseen Messages by Pepper Winters

Unseen Messages by Pepper Winters
Published: March 30th, 2016 by CreateSpace
Series: Standalone
Source: Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 587

"Instincts are what keep us safe from fate. Ignoring them can change your life forever."

Fame and fortune arrived overnight and after months on the road with her singing tour, all Estelle craves is peace. Tired and ready for paradise, she travels to Fiji to recuperate.

Stubborn and surly, Galloway is avoided by most--which is exactly the way he likes it. However, he's done spending his life in regret and hopes to find redemption in the tropical wilderness.

Together, they board the flight that changes their fate forever. Crash landing on a deserted island, they not only have to figure out how to survive with no skills and daily dangers--learning how to fish, find water, and build shelter--but also inherit two children who look to them to keep them alive.

However, staying alive might be the least of Galloway and Estelle's problems. As days creep to months and rescue doesn't find them, their desire for each other ignites.

They started as strangers.
They grew to be friends.
They fought the desire to be lovers.

Lust can be the most beautiful thing. Love the most rewarding. But not on an island where life hangs by a thread and giving into temptation can kill you.

Can they survive being forgotten or will love be their ultimate undoing?

This book shattered my soul!  It was deep, emotional, heart-wrenching and inspiring…needless to say, I loved it!  Unseen Messages is the type of book that stays with you long after you finished it.  Even today, I continue to think about what I experienced while reading this book.  However, I am glad that it was a standalone because I don’t know how much more my heart could take if there was a sequel (but I would still read it!). 

I didn’t really know what to expect when going into this book, but I was pleasantly surprised.  This book was a true survival story.  I know that in some “survival” stories, things just fall into place and the survivors don’t struggle too much to survive.  Unseen Messages is most defiantly not like that!  If I was in these characters place, I don’t think that I could have survived!  They had to find inventive ways to find water, food and shelter…nothing was just handed to them.  The struggled, but they never gave up.

Winter’s writing was beautiful!  It was detailed, flowery and poetic, but was still very easy to read.  I liked that the story alternates points of view between Estelle and Galloway.  I don’t think this book would have been successful any other way.  Experiencing these characters most inner thoughts when they were in such turmoil helped to explain their actions and create a deep connection between the characters and the reader.  I also really enjoyed the songwriting at the beginning of Estelle’s chapters.  It gave the book something unique and beautiful. 

I LOVED the plot of this story!  It was long, but amazingly perfect!  I have to warn some readers that this book is slow.  It shows the day to day life of these characters while they are trying to survive.  It shows them making water, finding food and building shelter.  However, it also has amazing character development, love, friendship and deep connections.  It explores what extreme stress and situations will do to hope and love.  But don’t think that this book is not exciting either!  It does have some fast-paced action and a mystery weaved through out the story.

The characters in this book are some of my favorite.  I thought Estelle was very relatable and down to Earth.  I liked that she was able to pull herself together in a very stressful situation to help take care of others in need.  I liked that Galloway was very complex, but I did find he was hard to connect to.  By the end of the book, I did really like him, but he never passed the threshold of being swoon worthy to me.  I don’t really want to comment on the other characters in this book because I feel like it is spoilers, but know that I thought they added an extra element to the story that I really enjoyed.

The romance was slow burning and angsty at first, but then grows to become something deeper.  I really felt like these characters loved one another.  There were a lot of miscommunications that were frustrating at times, but were able to be forgiven because of the extreme situations that they were in.  I also liked that all these characters were connected with love and knitted themselves into a small family unit to lean on each other.

Overall, I LOVED this book, but I don’t think that it is for everyone.  Know that this book is not just full of romance, but survival too.  I would urge readers who are interested in this book to give it a shot because it is amazing once you read it.  However, be prepared with tissues because I cried multiple times while reading this and there are only a handful of books that have done that to me.  I look forward to reading more books by Pepper Winters (I have already bought two of her other books!) and will add this book on my favorites list!


Love doesn’t live in first glances. Life doesn’t dwell in second chances. Our path exists in unseen messages.

Also check out Winters’s other books below.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

{Book Review} The Deal by Elle Kennedy

The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Published: February 24, 2015 by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #1
Source: Bought
Genre: NA, Romance, Contemporary  
Pages: 342

She's about to make a deal with the college bad boy...

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she's carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush's attention, she'll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice...even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

...and it's going to be oh so good

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he's worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he's all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn't take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn't going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

This book was AMAZING!  It has most defiantly gained a spot on my top 5 favorite NA books…it was that good!  I was a little skeptical when I picked up this book because that cover is pretty bad, but the glowing reviews on Goodreads made me give it a shot and I am so glad I did.  This book had it all, characters with depth, a beautiful story, amazing love, great friendships, and so many feels!

I really liked the writing in this book.  It was strong, funny and addictive.  I felt like I was watch a movie in my head while reading this.  Everything was described so well.  The pacing of the story was great too.  I never once found myself bored while reading this, even in the quiet moments of the book.  I will have to say that it was a little shocking when I first started reading this book because the sexual scenarios start out right away.  There is a lot of cursing and sexual references and scenes.  I would not recommend this book for new NA readers because it throws readers right into the deep end.

What really made this book special were all the characters.  I felt like they were really relatable, funny and lovable.  I am so excited that there are other books in this series focusing on Garrett’s friends!  I really liked Hannah as the main protagonist.  She was spunky and really relatable.  I also really liked the decisions Hannah made.  I feel like that in contemporary romance books there is a specific formula that revolves around miscommunication and bad decisions driving the plot forward.  There were so many times I thought that this book was going to fall into that stereotype, but thankfully it didn’t.  I never felt like Hannah made decisions that were unbelievable or annoying.  I also LOVED Garrett!  He was a little abrasive at first, but then he just grew on me.  He is sweet, kind, protective, smart, genuine, swoon-worthy…and that is only naming a few!  All of the secondary characters were great and added a lot of heart to the story.

The romance in this book was perfect.  Hannah and Garrett started out as friends and then slowly feelings started to come in.  It was sweet to see Garrett protect and break Hannah’s walls down.  I also really liked that Hannah was able to get Garrett to open up about his past and help him past it.  There banter was superb and I found myself laughing out loud all the time while reading this.  This book most defiantly brought on all of the feels!  I laughed, I cried and I fell in love with these two characters!

Overall, I LOVED THIS BOOK!  I am planning on picking up the rest of the series because I cannot wait to read Logan’s story.  All of the summary’s of the other books sound so good, but the covers are all hideous so I will be buying these on my kindle.  I would recommend this book to readers that have read and enjoyed the NA genre before because of the detailed sexual situations and the abundance of cursing.   


Check out the other books in the Off-Campus series! 

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