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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Illuminae ~Review

“You have me. Until ever last star in the galaxy dies. 

You have me.” 

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

This book is definitely on my all time favorite list and one of my favorite books of 2017. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK WAS PURE PERFECTION. When I started this, I was skeptical. I'm not a big sci-fi reader.... I have too hard of a time comprehending all the spaceiness. (Yep, this is now a word). Not only is this Sci-fi but it is told through emails, IM's, surveillance footage and audio file...... how could you get a 600 ish page book out of that?!

BUT OH MY GOODNESS. Not only did I get a complete story, but I loved every second of it. I was on the edge of my seat and unable to put this book down. I flew through it and before I knew it, I was finished. I have no idea how Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman did it but they sure did.

This is Star Trek meets Zombies meets IRobot. OH MY GOODNESS! 

I didn't realize I could gather so much information and develop character so extremely well without an actual traditional story. But you gain so much about the character, Kady and Ezra. You even learn to love the crazy ADIAN. 

OH MY GOSH GUYS!!!! You all have to read this book. It was phenomenal and words don't do it justice! It's beautiful and creative and addictive! I want more! MORE MORE MORE! 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Paper Princess ~Review

“You may have lost your family, but you’re not alone anymore, Ella. You’re a Royal now.” 

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. 

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees. 

I adored this book. I thought it was dramatic, cute, flirty, sexy, fun, and a serious page turner. What I thought was really interesting was that the author; Erin Watt, is actually two different authors, Elle Kennedy (author of the Off Campus series) and Jen Frederick (author of the Woodlands series). These two incredibly talents, in their own right, author's joined together and created an amazing series. What I'm most grateful for was that I had all three books in the beginning, because Kennedy and Frederick are a big fan of cliff hangers. I would recommend having all three of The Royals books before you even start. It's such a fast paced story that you literally fly through it. 

My favorite trope in a book is the hate to love romance, if you haven't noticed yet. There's just something about that chemistry that both characters try to deny, that get to me. I kinda love it. Haha. 

Paper Princes was such a fun read. Ella moves in with her late father's best friend, whom she hasn't ever met, best friend nor father. Surprise, Callum Royal (father's best friend) has five sons and OMG I loved them all. I thought the boys relationships with each other were hilarious and so true. When a book incorporates family and the dynamics within the household, it just makes it 10 times better. It's not something we see much in novels, so this was refreshing. 

I adored the friction between Ella and Reed, the hate/love relationship was perfect in tension and intensity. ADORED IT! I also loved how throughout the book, the boys started taking care of Ella more and more, protecting her from the credulity of high school and prep school. 

I would definitely recommend this book! However, there are some rather steamy scenes that may not be suitable for some ages. Read at your own comfort. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Bad Romeo ~Review

“Sometimes people put up walls, not only to keep people out, but also to see who cares enough to tear them down. Understand?” 

When Cassie Taylor met Ethan Holt at acting school, sparks flew. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy about campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing, Cassie and Ethan's romance seemed destined. Until he broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Now the A-list heartthrob is back in her life and turning her world around. One touch at a time.

Cast as romantic leads once again, they're forced to confront raw memories of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret college affair. But they'll also discover that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks

Bad Romeo..... where do I begin with this one? I have mixed feelings. It took me sooooooo long to get through this one and the sequel, Broken Juliet. I don't know why I had such a hard time reading this, but it really did take me for forever. 

I like Ethan and Cassie as characters. It was interesting the way Leisa Rayven formatted the story. She had the chapters switching between past and present time, which was a really cool concept. There was also a ton of drama..... no not that dram... well yes that drama, but I mean theater. 

I really like theater, so I was so excited for this story. The theatric did not disappoint and over all I did enjoy this story. There were times where the excitement lulled and, I think that's where I got lost at times. It was very much me just wishing the characters would get over their crap and suck it up. 

Eventually that did happen and things got better, but it was still slow. Ethan was so broken and damaged that we spent most of the story reading about how to fix him..... or rather, how not to fix him. While I like broken characters and feel like they can bring a lot to a plot, Ethan was too much at times. 

Though I'm leaning more towards liking this story.... it was really just ehh to me. It had it's ups, but it had it's downs too... maybe even more downs than ups.