Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Book Review- Dreamology

I finished Dreamology by Lucy Keating on Sunday night for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

Whimsical, romantic and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel will win readers’ hearts.

The idea of this story really intrigued me.  I wasn't sure how the Dream versions of themselves related to the real world.  And I liked the idea of someone's "dream guy" actually being a reality.

It was interesting to find out why Max and Alice dreamed about each other.  It makes me wonder to what extent that could really happen (not really the idea of them having the same dreams and being in them together, but that if a scientist could really create why it happened.  I know it's vague, but I don't want to give too much away).

I liked Alice.  But her dreams were really weird.  Even the ones that didn't have Max in them.  Maybe it's just me, but I rarely have dreams that weird and fantasy-like.  Max--ehh, he was okay.  I didn't think he was all that great.  And I think Alice would have matched up better with another character.

Overall, a light fluffy read, if you're looking for that.

I gave it a review of 3/5.

Dreamology will be released on April 12, 2016

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

In My Mailbox- February 8, 2016

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

Dreamology- Lucy Keating--review for an Around the World ARC Tour

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Sunday Salon- January 31, 2016

The Sunday Salon

I finished and reviewed the following book last week:

Up next is Dreamology by Lucy Keating and then it will be The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White.

Book Review- Outside In

I just finished reading Outside In (Inside Out #2) by Maria V. Snyder.

From Goodreads:

Me? A Leader? Okay, I did prove that there's more to Inside than we knew. That a whole world exists beyond this cube we live in. And finding that led to a major rebellion - between worker scrubs like me and the snobby uppers who rule our world. Make that ruled. Because of me, we're free. I thought that meant I was off the hook, and could go off on my own again - while still touching base with Riley, of course. He's the one upper I think I can trust. But then we learned that there's outside and then there is Outside. And something from Outside wants In.

Well, we get to find out a little bit more about the Outside as well as the Outsiders in this sequel.  And it was definitely interesting.

The characters got a little confusing for me.  There were so many secondary ones that sometimes they got mixed up.  But once again I loved the main ones, especially Trella and Riley.  And of course Sheepy :)

There was lots of action in this book between the rebuilding of their society and dealing with the Outsiders.  I never really knew who to trust.  Even at the end, I didn't really trust anyone.

The book left off quite nicely.  It wrapped up enough to end the series but I think it could have gone on longer too if the author had wanted.

I gave this book a rating of 3/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I traded this book with a friend.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Sunday Salon- January 24, 2016

The Sunday Salon

I finished and reviewed the following books last week:

I am currently reading Outside In (Inside Out #2) by Maria V. Snyder and up next is The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Book Review- Inside Out

I finished reading Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder last night.

From Goodreads:

Keep Your Head Down.
Don't Get Noticed.
Or Else.

I'm Trella. I'm a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I've got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.

The idea of this world Inside a building...with uppers and lowers was interesting.  I liked reading about the differences between the worlds and trying to figure out just how it happened. 

I liked Trella.  She was strong but still had just this little hint of vulnerability to her.  And I liked how Riley brought that out in her.  I did tend to get lost in the details and descriptions of the inside world with the Gaps and different levels and pipes and stuff.  And the ending seemed a little too quick and easy for me to really accept.  But all the of twists and turns kept me hanging on.

Once of the twists I saw coming.  But the other, about the Outside---not what I thought it was going to be at all.  I really want to know about how that became the outside.  I'm hoping we get more insight about how this came to be in the next book.  And I'm hoping we get more of Riley and Trella together.

I gave this book a rating of 3/5.

*FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher for a review. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Book Review- Light

Last night I finished reading Light (Gone #6) by Michael Grant.

From Goodreads:

It's been over a year since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

In the time since every person over the age of fourteen disappeared from the town of Perdido Beach, California, countless battles have been fought: battles against hunger and lies and plague, and epic battles of good against evil. Light, Michael Grant's sixth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Gone series creates a masterful, arresting conclusion to life in the FAYZ.

And now, the gaiaphage has been reborn as Diana's malicious mutant daughter, Gaia. Gaia is endlessly hungry for destruction. She yearns to conquer her nemesis, Little Pete, and then bend the entire world to her warped will. As long-standing enemies become allies, secrets are revealed and unexpected sacrifices are made. Will their attempts to save themselves and one another matter in the end, or will the kids of Perdido Beach perish in this final power struggle?

I have to say, I'm glad the series is over.  It was getting a little stale to me.  Although the grossness factor was definitely back in this one.

Definitely a lot of senseless violence thanks to Gaia.  But to me it seemed like she killed a lot more kids than she did (we're given numbers that make it out towards the end).  The final "battle" was interesting.  And satisfying in a way.  Redemption and all that.  

I liked reading about the aftermath although one thing bugged me--it said that Sam's mom emancipate him.  I didn't really get why.  I mean, we get more details about him and Caine from her, but I don't see why she would leave him.

I didn't like the whole view of what the outside world thought of the kids of the inside of FAYZ.  I'm pretty sure people would rally around those kids and try to understand what they went through.  

Overall, it was an interesting series but it went on too long for me.  I think I could have been done after 3 books.

I gave this book a rating o 3/5.

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

Monday, January 18, 2016

In My Mailbox- January 18, 2016

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

The Peach Keeper- Sarah Addison Allen--PaperbackSwap

Reign of Shadows- Sophie Jordan--Review for an Around the World ARC Tour

The Kill Order (The Maze Runne #0.5)- James Dashner--PaperbackSwap

Burn (Four Sisters #2)- Elissa Sussman--received from friend

What You Always Wanted (If Only #8)- Kristin Rae--received from friend

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3)-Tahereh Mafi--received from friend

Light (Gone #6)- Michael Grant--received from friend

The Sunday Salon- January 17, 2016

The Sunday Salon

I finished and reviewed the following books in the past 2 weeks:

I am currently reading Light (Gone #6) by Michael Grant and up next is Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder (if I don't get a tour book).

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Book Review- Relativity

I finished reading Relativity by Cristin Bishara last night for an Around the World ARC Tour.

From Goodreads:

There are so many moments Ruby Wright wishes she could change. The moment her dad uprooted her from California to live in backwoods Ohio with their new stepfamily. The moment she moved away without telling her best friend George she loved him. The moment a car accident ended her mother's life.

But no one can rewrite time. At least, that's what physics-obsessed Ruby believes.

Then she stumbles upon a lightning-powered tree—a doorway to a series of parallel universes. How many possible worlds will Ruby have to explore to find the one with the perfect combination of people, relationships, and experiences? And is she willing to risk everything she has to get back what she has lost?

With a deft blend of science and heart, Cristin Bishara's thought-provoking debut novel explored the laws of time and space...and the even more mysterious nature of love and loss.

The premise of this story was definitely interesting.  Or at least the part about being able to go into a tree, turning a wheel, and coming out in a parallel universe.  I loved reading about the differences in each universe (well, most of them--the native american one was weird).  I liked reading how  just one little difference could change so much.

But the whole scientific part of the story just lost me.  String theory and all that just doesn't really interest me that much.  As for Ruby, I liked her and didn't like her.  I liked that she was different, mostly.  But once again, some of the science parts bored me.

I felt like the book kind of wrapped up too quickly.  It was pretty short so I think that more could have been added towards the end.

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.