Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Book Review- Unleashed

I finished reading Unleashed (Uninvited #2) by Sophie Jordan tonight.

From Goodreads:

Unleashed, the romantic, high-stakes sequel to New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's Uninvited, is perfect for fans of James Patterson's Confessions of a Murder Suspect.

Davy has spent the last few months trying to come to terms with the fact that she tested positive for the kill gene HTS (also known as Homicidal Tendency Syndrome). She swore she would not let it change her, and that her DNA did not define her . . . but then she killed a man.

Now on the run, Davy must decide whether she'll be ruled by the kill gene or if she'll follow her heart and fight for her right to live free. But with her own potential for violence lying right beneath the surface, Davy doesn't even know if she can trust herself.

I really enjoyed the first book, Uninvited, so I was eager to read this next book.  And while it interested me, I didn't like it as much as the first one.

I don't feel that Davy was a kick-butt in this one as she was in the first one.  And that's okay I guess.  I still liked her.  And I liked her new love interest, Caden.  I thought he was a pretty stand-up guy, especially when we find out his secret.  But I'm not sure I buy their relationship.  I feel like her feelings for Caden came on pretty quickly.  Then again, I think I felt that way about Sean in the first book.  So maybe that's just her personality. :)

I still had some questions though.  Just how did this gene come about?  And how did they discover it?  I also feel that the ending that deals with this kill gene wrapped up too quickly.  I don't want to give too much away, but I didn't really buy that either.

Overall I enjoyed it, just not with the intrigue and interest that I had with the first one.

I gave this book a rating of 3/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review..

In My Mailbox- March 2, 2015

In My Mailbox: Here's what I got in my mailbox in the last few weeks:

Burning Kingdoms (Internment Chronicles #2)- Lauren DeStefano--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

We Can Work It Out- Elizabeth Eulberg--from publisher for review

Ignite (Defy #2)- Sara B. Larson--from publisher for review

All Fall Down- Ally Carter--from publisher for review

Lying Out Loud- Kody Keplinger--from publisher for review

Salt & Stone (Fire & Flood #2)- Victoria Scott--from publisher for review

Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold (Broken Hearts & Revenge #2)- Katie Finn--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

The Sunday Salon- March 1, 2015

The Sunday Salon

It's been another month since I've done these...geez!

I finished and reviewed the following book in the last month:
City Love by Susane Colasanti

Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally 

I am currently reading Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold (Broken Hearts & Revenge #2) by Katie Finn and if I don't get another tour book in time, then up next is Endlessly (Paranormalcy #3) by Kiersten White.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Review--Jesse's Girl

A few days ago, I started AND finished Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally all in one day!

From Goodreads:

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?

said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.

It's been a long time since I've sat down and finished a book in one sitting.  I thought I liked Miranda Kenneally's books because of the sports aspect, but this one didn't have anything to do with sports so it's gotta be her writing style.

I loved Maya.  I loved that she had a rock star side, which I don't normally like, but with a girly touch.  And I liked Jesse, once you got past his tough guy front.  They were an unlikely pair but it worked.

I found myself just as intrigued in this music world as I was in the sports world of Hundred Oaks.  And I love how all of the characters in this series (well, it's not a series but a set of books with related characters) and related back to one another just slightly.  I can't wait to see what the next books will be about!

I gave this book a rating of 4.5/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from a friend.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Book Review- City Love

I finished reading City Love by Susane Colasanti for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna are living together in New York City the summer before their freshman
year of college begins. With no parents, no rules, and an entire city to explore, these three girls are on the verge of the best summer of their lives.

Sadie is a native New Yorker. She is hopeful, romantic, and an eternal optimist who is ready to find her soul mate. Then she meets her dream boy: cute, funny, and quirky in all the right ways. The chemistry between them is unreal. Could he be the one?

Darcy is a free spirit from SoCal with rebellious tendencies and unlimited financial resources. Moving to New York City is just another adventure for her. Darcy wants this summer to be all about boy adventures—nothing serious. But how much fun is too much?

Rosanna leaves Chicago for NYC so she can put her past behind her and reinvent herself. The only thing standing in her way is the grand total of seventy-three cents she has saved. Then she meets a guy who wants to show her the glamorous side of New York—a side that she would never get to experience on her own. If Rosanna doesn't resist, she may find herself in city love.

Told from alternating points of view, City Love captures the moments in each girl's life when everything is thrilling, amazing, and terrifying all at once . . . in a way it will never be again.

I hate when my feelings about a book differ from everyone else's on Goodreads.  Makes me feel like I'm missing something.  But it is what it is.  And this book just didn't do it for me.  It made me roll my eyes so many times, I lost count.  Everything was butterflies and rainbows and spreading positive energy.  Even when secrets came out that were terrible, I never got the sense that they were really that bad since everything around it was still puppies and kittens.

I felt that the book seemed really immature.  The characters were about to go into college but for some reason, to me it read like younger girls (although what they were doing wasn't young).  It just wasn't real.

The one thing I did like was the portrayal of New York City.  I've always loved everything NYC and I loved reading that aspect of the book.

I gave this book a rating of 2.5/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.

Monday, February 9, 2015

In My Mailbox- February 9, 2015

In My Mailbox: Here's what I got in my mailbox last week:

All That Burns- Ryan Graudin--from publisher for review

Better Than Perfect- Melissa Kantor--from publisher for review

No Parking at the End Times- Bryan Bliss--from publisher for review 

City Love- Susane Colasanti--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

The Last Time We Say Goodbye- Cynthia Hand--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

A Wicked Thing- Rhiannon Thomas--review for an Around the World ARC Tour 

Wild Hearts (If Only #4)- Jessica Burkhart--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1)- Robin LaFevers---received from friend

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

In My Mailbox- February 3, 2015

In My Mailbox: Here's what I got in my mailbox in the last few weeks:

Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society #3)- Ally Carter--received from a friend

The Bane Chronicles- Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson--received from a friend

A Court of Thorns and Roses- Sarah J. Maas--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

Positively Beautiful- Wendy Mills--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

The Replaced (The Taking #2)- Kimberly  Derting--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

New Uses for Old Boyfriends- Beth Kendrick--from publisher for review

Lies I Told- Michelle Zink--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

Nobody- Jennifer Lynn Barnes--from PaperbackSwap

99 Days- Katie Cotugno--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

City 1- Gregg Rosenblum--from publisher for review

Playlist for the Dead- Michelle Falkoff--from publisher for review

Geek Girl- Holly Smale--from publisher for review

The Prey- Tom Isbell--from publisher for review

Unleashed (Uninvited #2)- Sophie Jordan--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

The Sunday Salon- February 1, 2015

The Sunday Salon

It's been a month since I've done one of these.  And honestly, I'm having to force myself to do one now.  I mean, it's quick and simple but I'm just really not into it anymore. :/

I finished and reviewed the following book in the last week:
The Taking by Kimberly Derting

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan 

The Replaced (The Taking #2) by Kimberly Derting 

I am currently reading New Uses for Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick and if I don't get a tour book, up next will be Unleashed by Sophie Jordan.

Book Review-- The Replaced

I finished reading The Replaced (The Taking #2) by Kimberly Derting for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

Romantic and action-packed, The Replaced is the gripping second installment in the Taking trilogy.

Kyra hasn't been the same since she returned from her mysterious five-year disappearance. Now, on the run from the NSA, Kyra is forced to hide out with others who, like her, have been Returned. Yet she is determined to find Tyler, the boy she loves who was also abducted—all because of her. When her group intercepts a message that Tyler might still be alive but is in the hands of a shadowy government organization that experiments on the Returned, Kyra knows it's a risk to go after him. What if it's a trap? And worse, what if the returned Tyler isn't the same boy she lost?

Perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and the Body Finder series, The Replaced is both chilling and explosive, with creepy, otherworldly elements and twisty, psychological thrills that will have you questioning what exactly it means to be human.

I got really into the first book in the series, The Taking when I read it a few weeks ago.  Teens being abducted by aliens and then returned--not normally my thing but it intrigued me.  So I was interested to see what was going to happen next.

Unfortunately, I didn't like it as much as I did the first one. I felt that it was slower and not as much character development.  I never really got into it.

We are introduced to some new characters now that Kyra is on the run and new settings.   There are also a few twists but nothing overly shocking.  I'm not sure I believe  whatever is going on with Kyra and Simon.  Tyler was only gone 3 weeks.  Not really that long.

The ending did grab me though.  I want to know what Tyler meant with what he said and what's going to come from it.

I gave this book a rating of 3/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Book Review- Uninvited

I finished reading Uninvited by Sophie Jordan yesterday.

From Goodreads:

The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan's chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she's destined to become a murderer.

When Davy Hamilton's tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn't feel any different, but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone.

Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he's not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.

A gifted, perfect teenager who tests positive for a kill gene?  Interesting!  And a new concept too (to me anyways)!

I really liked Davy.  I liked the way she was both before and after she came back positive for HTS.  She changed and adapted, yes, but at heart she stayed the same.  And Sean--hot, bad boy Sean.  Or is he?  We never find out why he got imprinted.  I'm curious to know if he truly is a bad guy and did something horrible, or if it was for a silly incident like Davy's was.  

The idea of a kill gene kind of makes you think.  What if all these mass murderers really did have something in common (or even murderers in general)?  I'm not so sure testing would be the solution.  I found the treatment of people with HTS disturbing.  Kind of like racism in a way.  And it's like some of violence was because of the way these people were treated.  

The ending definitely leaves you hanging on.  It's not a huge cliffhanger but it's just enough to know that there's more to come and makes you want to know what's going to happen.

I gave this book a rating of 4/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.