Saturday, February 6, 2016

Serial Posting

So, it's been a while, and there have been a lot of books that have been finished. I'm pretty consistent about reviewing them on Goodreads, but I haven't posted them here. Until now. Now I'm going to serial post all of those reviews here so that my blog starts to look back to normal.

Also coming today are pages with the reviews in alphabetical order by book title and by author last name. These posts will take some time, but in the end, everything will be up to date.

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Maze Runner

This book was a little weird, but it quickly sucked me in, even being an audiobook.

Thomas wakes up in a box - an elevator - and has no memories other than his name. He enters the Glade, in the middle of a giant maze, and has no idea why he's there or what's happening.

What do they have to do? Solve the maze. Sounds simple. Except it's not. The boys have been there for two years, running in the maze everyday, and the maze remained unsolved.

It's a dystopia where you spend almost the entire book not really knowing what happened on Earth that resulted in the creation of the maze.

The end of the book explains what happened, why they'e in the maze, and leaves you with a desire to know what happens next.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mr. Maybe

This was a fluffy little book. Libby is looking for her Mr. Right. She has a list of what she wants in a dream man - rich, great sex, someone that she finds attractive, someone who wants to get married.

Unfortunately, she can't seem to find all of those properties in one man. One the one hand, she has Nick. Great in bed and attractive, but broke and not ready for commitment. Libby falls for him so hard that she get almost frustrated. She hates his friends, she hates that he has no money, but she wants to be with him.

He dumps her.

She's heartbroken until she meets Ed. He's stinking rich and wants to get married. Unfortunately he has an unattractive mustache, he's ridiculously boring, and terrible in bed.

She ends up having to make a choice between the fairy tale life as a rich man's wife and being happy and in love no matter what the bank account balance is.

Just a fluffy read after some rather deep reads that I've had lately.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Dark Magick

I hate when I find my fears for fictional characters are true.

Morgan's life is not getting any better. She's convinced that she's killed someone. Cal is being rather, well, borderline abusive. I spent so long wanting to yell at her that he can't be trusted. I could not have told you why (although, now I can), but I did not trust Cal anymore.

Morgan is definitely powerful, but her life in turmoil and not knowing really who she can trust to help her figure out her power has made everything rather volatile.

I hope that she's going to be ok in the next book. I have been more worried about Morgan as a character than I can remember being in any other novel/series.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Eragon

I always feel at home with epic fantasies. Eragon, book one of the Inheritance Cycle, makes me feel like I'm returning to that genre which I can generally lose myself in.

Eragon is just a poor country boy until a mysterious blue stone comes into his life. Everything changes after that, especially when that mysterious blue stone hatches to reveal a beautiful dragon. Now, Eragon and his dragon Saphira have to run from the little village in the middle of nowhere to save both of their lives.

He is kind of thrust into an adventure that he never expected, with risks he never knew existed. Everyting in his life changes because Saphira chose to hatch for him, making him the first of a new generation of Dragon Riders.

It is an intriguing novel and I hope that the rest of the series is just as fascinating.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Insurgent

Tris is my spirit animal.

Granted, she's definitely a little broken, especially after the events that happened in the end of Divergent. She had to shoot a friend - that couldn't have been easy.

Now she has Four - Tobias - and her life is crazy. Dauntless is separated, only a handful of Abnegation are left, and Eriudite are trying to completely mind control everyone. The factions are severely broken at this point.

But there's also a secret that the Abnegation leaders knew that the leader of Eriudite is trying to hide.

This was definitely an enthralling book, but I did want to smack different characters for different reasons throughout the course of the book. Four in particular got on my nerves with some insecurity things that he went through. Tris frequently for being utterly reckless.

But overall, I was impressed with how Tris evolved over the course of this book.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Year, New Start

Welcome to 2016! We're one week in and I've already finished a book. What a start to the year! I'm excited to enjoy some great books this year. I don't know what I'll read yet, but I hope that by the end of the year I can look back on everything that I read in 2016 and have more good reads than bad ones.

That being said, it's 2016 and I'm looking to direct this blog into a bit of a new direction. I'll still have book reviews, but I'm also planning to throw some personal challenges out there each month. I don't expect anyone else to join me in my personal challenges, but I'd like to present them for myself so that I can reach my yearly goal.

What is my yearly goal? Well, this year I plan to read 60 books. I'm really hoping that I'll read more than that, but considering I only read 45 books in 2015, I figured I'd set a conservative goal for myself.

I'll definitely read one new release each month, so as to keep up with what's being released into the world this year.

So, here's to a great new year and a new focus on my books.