Thursday, February 25, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Shadowland (Mediator #1) by Meg Cabot

Shadowland Shadowland by Meg Cabot
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fast and enjoyable read. I definitely need to read more books by Meg Cabot.

The story explained Suze's gift well and provided a great set-up for the series in my opinion. I love Suze's sass and how her ways of doing her job raises a brow in her new environment but she just does it anyway because it's the most effective way she knows. Also loved that she nicknamed her step-brothers after dwarfs from Snow White, though after finishing this book, I only remember one of the step-brother's real names.

I listened to some of this story on audiobook and thought the narrator did a good job. Will definitely be continuing the series.

Spoiler follows. Highlight to view: I was kind of hoping to see Father Dom in action, but maybe in the next installment. I think it will be very interesting for Suze to be able to learn new techniques from someone and also collaborate and bounce ideas off others since she's been alone in this for so long. I also really enjoy watching her relationship grow with the youngest of the step-brothers and how she's letting him in on a part of her life that she hasn't even shared with her mother.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Books:My Thoughs on Hidden Wings (Hidden Wings #1) by Cameo Renae

Hidden Wings Hidden Wings by Cameo Renae
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was hesitant to start another series about angels since I've had such a rough time with the Fallen series by Lauren Kate. I have had this book on my Kindle Unlimited shelf since Benjaminoftomes had talked about it for his online book club and thought I should finally read it to make room for other borrows. I'm so glad I did.

This was a very enjoyable read! Sure things were pretty predictable and it is pretty fluffy, but for me it was super entertaining. Just what I needed after not loving the rest of the books I read this month. I was starting to get a bit slumpy but this brought me right out of that. Will definitely be continuing on with the series.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Meltdown (Sevens #4) by Scott Wallens

Meltdown Meltdown by Scott Wallens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book a little more than the previous. I could connect a bit more with Jane on a personal level than I have been with the other characters. That is usually the case for me though when band is involved, as it is something that was a large part of my life for many years. Still having issues with the parents, however I am glad that it seems Jane is actually doing something to make her parents understand what she's feeling rather than just lashing out.

A solid three star read for me though the story still hasn't wowed me.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Timeline by Michael Crichton

Timeline Timeline by Michael Crichton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Actually

This book came up on my radar years ago when I first saw it's movie adaptation on SyFy Channel. Turns out that I actually started reading it a while ago, because when I went to pull it off my shelf, there was a book mark in it already. I really enjoy the movie and was excited to pick this up again since I've had such great luck with the other Michael Crichton books I've read recently. Unfortunately, this one didn't wow me as much as Jurassic Park or Pirate Latitudes.

The book starts out with a lot of scientific jargon and explanations that just bogged down the story for me. It did finally start to pick up for me once we got to meet our historians, though getting to that point was a bit of a struggle. Though I did own a copy of this book, I ended up listening to about 90% of it on audiobook instead.

This is one of those books that I could not just sit down and tuck into. I could only take a little section at a time before it got to be too much to absorb. I also think the movie adaptation was done very well and cut out all of the things that bogged this journey down for me, though there were several differences. I have seen the movie about four times, which tells you how much I enjoy watching it.

Knowing how much I enjoyed the movie, I expected to enjoy this book as much if not more. Though I liked the book, I think my disappointment is reflected in my rating. I felt disconnected from the characters, which is a shame because Marek's story is one that I enjoyed watching in the film. I am glad that I did finally read this book, but it is definitely one of those books that I will not be looking to re-read in the future. I think I'll stick to the movie version instead.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Pushed (Sevens #3) by Scott Wallens

Pushed Pushed by Scott Wallens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5 Actually.

Even though we get bits and pieces of the other character's stories in this one as in previous installments, a good portion of this book was focused on Danny. I'm finding that I am more interested in particular character's stories than I am in others. This was one of those that I wasn't as interested in.

I think I should also mention that I'm pretty disappointed in the parents of these kids. I haven't found one that tries to get through the walls their kids put up. Each one of these kids has issues and the parents may ask if anything is wrong, but that's as far as the conversation goes. I think this is a factor into why I'm not enjoying this series very much.

Read as part of the #Rainbowthon 2.0 read-a-thon

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on Exposed (Sevens #2) by Scott Wallens

Exposed Exposed by Scott Wallens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was a bit better than the first, plus this one only took me a little over my lunch break to read. I'm still having a little trouble remembering who is who, but not as much as I was having with the first book. I believe that being able to read this in one sitting really helped with this.

This book focuses Jeremy, but still continues stories of other characters we met in book one. I think I also enjoyed it more due to the different character focus as Meena's problems and how she was dealing with them were emotionally draining for me personally. I was a little surprised that the end of this book ended in a similar fashion as book one, and it makes me wonder if this will be how all the books end.

Curious to see who I become more acquainted with in the next book. Read as part of #Rainbowthon 2.0 read-a-thon

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Books: My Thoughts on Shattered (Sevens #1) by Scott Wallens

Shattered Shattered by Scott Wallens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Actually a 2.5 I think.

As this is the first book in the series, there are a lot of character introductions. Though the cover leads you to believe that this book is focused on Meena, it isn't. I would say about half of this book does focus on this one character though. Also, I should mention that the summary on the cover is a bit misleading.

Already in this first installment, we see a lot of issues being raised. Each of the characters seem to be going through something serious in the present, but are all linked by something that happened in the past. There isn't a lot of backstory though and I think unraveling that is part of unlocking the mystery of what happened to them seven years ago.

In the end, this book was just ok for me. I will be continuing with the series because I have all installments, though I hope that as I unlock the mystery the series gets more entertaining for me. Read as part of the #Rainbowthon 2.0 read-a-thon.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Books: My Thoughts on The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia #1 by C.S. Lewis)

The Magician's Nephew The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For a 200 page book, this really took me way to long to finish. I am glad that we decided to read the series in chronological order as opposed to publication order. This book would've felt out of place for me if we had done the latter.

This story was very slow going for me and I kept questioning what importance it had in regards to the series as a whole. The vocabulary was confusing at times and the story itself was very choppy for me. It did have its moments though, especially in regards to what happens to Uncle Andrew.

After Aslan appeared, the story picked up for me and everything started to piece itself together in my mind. Though this wasn't as enjoyable as I expected it would be, I'm glad to have finally started this series and to get to the next book soon.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Books: February TBR including #Rainbowthon 2.0

TBRs are not going to be a regular thing for me, but I do have one for you this month. I've got a buddy read, a couple group reads, and another read-a-thon in February! Linkys after the break:

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Books: January Wrap-Up

9 things read, 3 buddy reads, and a read-a-thon in January! Linkys after the break: