Book Review- The Darkest Minds

Title- The Darkest Minds10576365
Author- Alexandra Bracken
Pages- 488
Rating-  4 out of 5
Companion/Sequel/Other- Book 1

Okay so this is the last book that I read in 2015, and I’m happy to say that it was a good one! I tried reading this book about two years ago and I just couldn’t finish it. Here we are two later, and not only did I give it another go and finished it, I ended up really enjoying it. I don’t know what it was this time, but I passed the part where I stopped the first time, and I honestly couldn’t remember why I didn’t finish it before.

I really did enjoy the idea of this story- the camps, the different colors and powers. However, and this is what made me give it a four stars. Even though they talked about the powers, I honestly didn’t feel like they gave us enough explanation about them. By the end of this book, I still didn’t know much about the powers. I mean we got the basics, but that was really it. I just wanted more from that.

I absolutely adoredtumblr_m5xf3iAIYn1rv4pd3o1_250 the characters- Ruby, Liam, Chubs, and Zu. Seriously, they work so well together and are just an all around great team. I couldn’t wait to find out more about these characters, especially Ruby.

Ruby’s story, even though it took awhile to get to it, was heartbreaking. I felt so bad for what happened to her as a kid, and it really makes you see how strong her powers are. I want to say that even though I can see why people say that she can be an unlikable character, I personally loved her. I thought she was fun, strong, and sweet. However, that’s not to say that she’s not flawed because she definitely is.

This book was crazy and it felt like these kids were being chased by EVERYONE! The PSFs agents, skip tracers,bounty hunters, the League. Pretty much everyone and anyone were after them. Especially Ruby and Liam, for what Ruby was, and for what Liam did. Liam was worth a lot of money to people!

I want to talk about the romance for a second. I noticed that atumblr_inline_ntv9pbR6o01sivqgw_500 lot of people seem to love or dislike the romance. Me? I’m on the love side. I absolutely adore Liam and Ruby and definitely think they make a great couple. You can see the connection from the beginning, and it definitely took some time to develop but I loved it. Liam is absolutely amazing and one of my favorite lines from this book came from him:

“Give me one reason why we can’t be together, and I’ll give you a hundred why we can.”

Last but not least, the ending. Oh god, the last few chapters were extremely heartbreaking and it left us on such a cliffhanger. I can’t wait to find out what the heck will happen next.give_it_to_me

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Best Books of 2015

So I read quite a few books this year, and I thought it would be fun to share my Best Books of 2015! Now these books weren’t published in 2015, just ones that I read. I will start with number 6 and work my way down to my FAVORITE for the year!

Number Six: The Silence of Six by E.C. Myers23203542

This book was different from anything I’ve read this year, and I was surprised by how I much I really enjoyed it. It follows a boy named Max whose best friend Evan hacks into the live stream of the presidential debate being hosted at there school. He ends up killing himself, but not before sending Max a final message. From there he’s brought back into a life he thought he left behind!

12294652Number Five: My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

I won’t say much about this one because I did a review which you can check out HERE. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and found myself loving all the characters in this story. I absolutely adore Jase and his family!

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Number Four: Under the Never Sky trilogy by Veronica Rossi

This serious is seriously so addicting. I was hooked from the beginning, and I read the trilogy in about a week. I fell in love with characters individually and together. Not only that, but the world that Veronica Rossi created is great!

Number Three: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout13644052

I won’t say much about this one either because I did a full review as well, HERE. Also this is the fourth book in the LUX series and I don’t want to ruin in. Keep in mind that my review does have spoilers. I will say that I couldn’t stop reading this and I loved the ending so much!

Number Two: Article 5 trilogy by Kristen Simmonsarticle-5-series-banner

This trilogy was a complete and total surprise! From the first chapter I was hooked by the world and the characters! I absolutely loved the relationships and the characters and couldn’t put these books down!

and coming in at Number One is an author: Tillie Cole!

I 118discovered Tillie Cole this summer and have read six of her books so far. I absolutely adore her stories and definitely have to say that all of her books I’ve read have been my favorite this year.

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Book Review- Sweet Fall

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Author- Tillie Cole
Pages- 273 (ebook)
Rating-  4 out of 5
Companion/Sequel/Other- Book 2 in Sweet Home, Book 1 in Carillo Brothers

I’m telling you Tillie Cole is truly an amazing author. Everything she writes draws you in. I’ve never read anything that has made me feel the way that Tillie Cole stories do. They’re addicting, raw, emotionally draining and just simply beautiful! Of course, before you continue on there will be SPOILERS, MAJOR SPOILERS, for this book!

This book follows the characters of Lexi and Austin who we meet in Sweet Home and Sweet Rome by Tillie Cole. This book was so different from the first two. I enjoyed the first two books, but I honestly didn’t feel as emotionally drained reading those as I did with this book. This book is tough to get through, but it’s so worth it.

Lexi. Lexi is the girl who puts on a fake, happy, cheery persona, but underneath it all she is in so much pain. She has an eating disorder, specifically she’s anorexic. Has been since she was 16 years old. Now I’ve never dealt with this type of situation before, nor have I known anyone who is anorexic so I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. This book was really tough to read because of what both the characters went through. Reading the thoughts going through her mind about how she looked was extremely hard. She never thought she looked good, she always thought she could lose a few more pounds. Just a few more pounds and she’ll be perfect. Then after losing those few pounds, just a few more pounds. It was truly heartbreaking to read. I even found myself saying “you’re perfect” a few times.

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Austin. Austins situation was just as hard to read. Austin’s childhood was a shitty one. He was introduced to the gang at a young age, and figured that was what his life would be. Until football of course. He managed to get his way out of the gang(thanks to his older brother Axel. I honestly don’t know how I feel about him. I want to hug him, and  punch him in the face at the same time.) Anyway, Austin is now part of the Tides and the wide receiver and he’s damn good. The NFL and a better life for him and his family is right around the corner. That is until his past comes back. Austin’s mother is very, very sick, and because of that Austin has to choose what he wants in life. He ends up going back to his old life, the gang, and selling drugs to get the money needed to care for his mother. It’s understandable, but truly heartbreaking to read. Austin worked so hard to get out and make a better life for himself, and he gets brought back in to help his family.

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I really felt as though Austin and Lexi wouldn’t work well together. Especially with everything that was going on with them, with how damaged they both were, you would think they would never work. Strange this is, because of how damaged and messed up they both are, they end up being quite perfect for one another. They help each other out when it’s needed the most, and they bring each other back from the darkest moments.

The only negative thing(and honestly it’s not even a negative, more of a personal preference of mine), I really wish there was a bit more humor in this book. I understand that this dealt with such serious topics, which is why I wish there was a bit more humor. I felt so emotionally drained by the end of it.10353790

This book is though to read, but absolutely worth it. I would highly, highly recommend this book, or any of Tillie Cole’s books(I’ve read 6 so far, and each have been amazing!)

“Why the war paint, Pix?
Because I can’t stand the girl underneath….
“Why the tattoos ?”
Because I can’t bear seeing the scars of my past.”

“It’s funny. I used to look up at the stars and feel so small and unimportant. But I’ve come to realize that the only thing that can ever make you feel alive and important is the one person who takes you for you.”

Musing Mondays [1]

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Of course, IMHO, any  time is a great time to read — but, if you were forced to choose the best season for reading (in your own opinion), what would it be? Why?

This is my first Musing Monday, and I thought it would be fun to do. So here we go! I haven’t read anything in Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000447_00008]awhile because I’ve been in a weird not-wanting-to-read mood and I absolutely hate it. However, lately I’ve been wanting to get back into reading. So I think I’m going to pick up Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole.

This is the 2nd book in the Sweet Home series, and the first book in the Carillo Brothers series. I’m pretty excited about this because 1) Tillie Cole is a GENIUS! I’ve read 5 of her other books, and I always get so invested in her stories. 2) The newest book in the Carillo Brothers series is coming this month and it sounds so good, so I want to be able to read it!

Random Question- If I had to choose, I guess Summer would be the best season for reading. Mainly because I’m not a fan of the heat so I really love to stay in where the air conditioner and fans are!

My Reading Mood

So lately I’ve been in the “I-don’t-know-what-is-wrong-with-me-but-I-can’t-get-into-any-book-that-I-pick-up-mood.” It sucks. Every book that I’ve started, I just can’t seem to get into to. It’s not that they’re bad books, it’s just that I’m not in the mood, so I don’t give it my full attention.giphyHave you been in this mood before? What do you do? What books brought you out of it? What books would you recommend for me to read?

Book Review- Something Like Normal

Title- Something Like Normal9403947
Author- Trish Doller
Pages- 224
Rating- 4 out of 5
Companion/Sequel/Other- Stand Alone

This book honestly surprised me. When I picked this up I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did! There will be SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS in this review!

This book follows 19 year old Travis Stephnson when he returns home from a tour in Afghanistan. He’s been gone for about a year and a half and he doesn’t even want to return home. The only person that is there when he gets back is his mother. She is hugging him and so excited that he’s safe and home. She lets him know that he’s father wanted to be there but he had an important meeting and his bother had work. Seriously? You’re son and brother(who you haven’t heard from or seen in a year and a half) is returning home and you can’t reschedule a meeting or get a few hours off from work? Right then I didn’t like his dad or brother.

Throughout the book we find out that Travis’s dad and brother are even worse than we thought. His dad is a no good asshole who just so happens to be cheating on his mom, his brother Ryan is a class A douche who doesn’t seem to care about him, and his ex girlfriend Paige is a bitch, who just so happens to now be with his brother Ryan. Yeah, when Travis was over in Afghanistan, Paige was sleeping with his brother. Talk about class. And she Ughwhatisitassholedaysends him a letter letting him now that before he comes home she’s with Ryan. UGHHH!! Although Travis really doesn’t seem to care at all which I loved! He has bigger problems to worry about than her and his brother! Although that doesn’t seem to stop Paige from sneaking into his room now that’s his back. That’s what put me off from this giving this book a 5 stars. Travis is so much better than to go back to sleeping with his ex, especially when she’s with his brother. I know that his brother basically did the same thing to him, but come on, Travis is a lot better than that!

Anyway moving on from that rant. Travis is back home and nothing is the same, especially with him. He just lost his best friend Charlie over in Afghanistan and he is now seeing him wherever his goes, talking to him, and having these horrific nightmares. He doesn’t really want to get help, so he tries to ignore them, but it doesn’t really work. Everything seems to change for him though when he meets Harper Gray.

Harper Gray is a girl that Travis has known since middle school. She also is the girl who isn’t the biggest fan of Travis and punches him the face when she sees him in the bar. Although we find out that she has a good reason for that. However, they end up spending quite a bit of time together and things start to change.

What I loved about this story was that yes it has a romance(one that I lovedtumblr_inline_n5g63xpBxj1qa43er) but it was so much more than that. It was dealing with loss, guilt, learning to let go, move on, and not let the guilt destroy you. And I just have to mention that when we were finding out about what happened with Charlie, it was so sad! Harper was there for Travis when he needed someone the most.

I really enjoyed this story, and I think anyone who picks it up will enjoy it as well. If you’re looking for a great story, an addicting read, and something that you can read in one sitting than this is the book for you!

Book Review- The Hurricane

Title- The Hurricane23354073
Author- R J Prescott
Pages- 300
Rating- 3.8 out of 5
Companion/Sequel/Other- First book

This book, I’m not sure where to even start with this review. I guess I’ll start with our two main characters, Emily and O’Connell. Emily is a scared, quiet girl who works at a diner, and studies math at the university. She keeps to herself and doesn’t want to draw any attention. O’Connell is a fighter who doesn’t do relationships, and has his problems with his mother.

This story follows them and there relationship. I guess I’ll just start by admitting that I’m very torn about this relationship. I both love and hate it. To me the relationship felt very fast, and at times unrealistic, and during some scenes O’Connell was a bit too possessive. However, I didn’t hold that over him, because in the beginning he admitted that he was possessive, especially when it came to her. So, yes I had my problems with the relationship, but at the same time I found myself so invested in it. I wanted them to work out, to have a happy ending because with all the problems that they have, they deserve happiness.

What I loved the most about this story where all the other characters. Setumblr_m5xf3iAIYn1rv4pd3o1_250riously, I don’t think I’ve read a story, where I wanted every character to get there own story as well. I would absolutely LOVE to read a story from Danny, Kieran, Tommy, Mac, or Nikki.

Danny is such an AMAZING guy who all the guys at the gym look up to and respect. It’s not just the guys though, Emily adores Danny, and considers him to be a father type. Danny is always there for the ones he cares about and will do anything to help you.

I adore Kieran and well. He is such a fun loving guy, and I so think he and Nikki would be PERFECT together. Can we get a love story between them please?

SPOILERS AHEAD!!! The roma93ebc13ed80016aaa07861018512b3e1nce aside, both O’Connell and Emily had a pretty rough life, with O’Connell pretty much raising himself since he was a kid because his mother was always passed out drunk in her own vomit, and with Emily dealing with her very abusive step father. I’m honestly surprised these two wereKHart-Die-bitch able to find love.

And by the way Frank is a sick son of a bitch and I hate him so much! And Syliva is nothing more than a money grubbing bitch and I hate her.

Overall, it a was both a sweet, intense, and great read. I can honestly say that I’m excited to see what happens next!