A Beautiful Wedding – By: Jamie McGuire

This is the novella that goes with the Beautiful Disaster series. I first read Beautiful Disaster about a year ago. I really enjoyed it although it had several flaws. This book obviously follows what happens between the last chapter of Beautiful Disaster and the Epilogue then a little beyond that. In a way I felt the reasons behind Abby’s decision to do what she does in this book are a little flimsy. I don’t know that it was something I would have even thought about at that moment. Overall though it was an enjoyable read. Quick and relatively painless 🙂

3/5

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The Hero Series – By: Moira Moore

I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone talk about this book series. This is the Hero series by Moira J. Moore. This series consists of 7 books. “Resenting the Hero,” “The Hero Strikes Back,” “Heroes Adrift,” “Heroes at Risk,” “Heroes Return,” “Heroes at Odds,” and finally “Heroes’ Reward”. In this world there are terrible natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunami etc that destroy towns and ruin trade. There are also people born who can channel away the energy of the disaster to prevent them from happening (Sources)  however the power it takes to do this will lead to the death of the Source therefore Sources are bonded to Shield who can protect the Source while they are channeling. The process of bonding occurs spontaneously and once a Pair is bonded they are bonded for life. It also means that after that the Shield cannot shield another Source except the one they are bonded with. Sources and Shield are under the jurisdiction of the The Triple S an independent group who assigns Pairs to different areas where they are needed.

This story follows Shield Dunleavy Mallorough. She is a serious, no nonsense Shield who is just looking for a simple life and hopes to be bonded to a serious Source and do her job. She really hates being the center of attention and really has no interests other than her job. When she goes to her bonding ceremony where Sources and Shields are bonded and looks at the options she thinks she would be alright with any of the Sources except Source Shintaro Karish. He is known to be a womanizing gambler who although he is very talented, is extremely full of himself and a major partier (think all the crazy celebrities of today). Well guess who she ends up bonded to. 🙂 It then follows their adventures as the navigate being a newly bonded Pair and trying to get along.

I really enjoyed this series. I have a thing for a certain type of female character. The snarky, no nonsense but at the same time completely clueless and emotional kind of girl. This is what gives books like the “Earth Girl” series by Janet Edwards or “The Assassin’s Curse” by Cassandra Rose Clark their unique mood and tone. Dunleavy definitely has the same kind of thing going for her. She is super fun to read as a character. As for Shintaro well, he definitely wasn’t one dimensional but I feel like I didn’t really get to know him as well as I would have liked over the 7 books. Which, is really weird because you spend almost as much time with him as you spend time getting to know Dunleavy.

The plot of the series was very episodic. Once you know the basic premise you could practically jump into any of books 2-6 without really missing a beat. Books 7 “Heroes’ Reward” kind of ties everything together. There was an issue with the publishing of the 7th book where the author’s publishing company refused to publish it so the author self published it. Although it did feeling a bit different from the other 6 books it wasn’t bad or anything.

Overall this series was fun and an enjoyable read. You should definitely read it if you were a fan of Jarra from Earth Girl or Annana from The Assassin’s Curse!

3.5/5

Saga Vol. 1

So I’m waaaaayyyyyy behind on reviews. I finished this book July 31st sooo yeah…

I really liked it. It was a little different from the manga/ graphic novels I usually read. But! I really liked to feel of it. In a way it reminded me of Guardians of the Galaxy. It had that kind of vibe. I really really enjoy scifi. Everyone talks about how “Adult” it is and that is definitely true but it wasn’t as much as I thought it would be. It is kind of confusing. They really throw up into the universe without too much information. I really like having the narrator be the little girl from the future. I really want to see her in the present. I really want to find out what made her tell the story of her parents. If there was a reason or if she is just telling the story just because. All in all I enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see more of this series.

4/5

Fangirl – By: Rainbow Rowell

This book was super cute! I definitely broke my promise not to read any book in July for this one. I know I’m like really late to the game for this book but I don’t like to read a book when it is in the midst of all the hype. I think it kind of ruins the experience. In a way that kind of still ruined the experience for this book. I definitely liked the book but I think if I would have gone into it without all the hype I would have been so much more excited and well fangirly for this book. In a way I want to read Simon Snow now. 🙂 Since I’m such a fantasy fan the concept of that book really intrigued me. I liked the characters a lot. They seemed very real. Cather’s reactions to other people in the book seemed like something real people would do. Levi sometime seemed a little too good to be true. I would have liked to get more of Reagan. She seemed like an interesting character but we really didn’t get anything of her back story and I would have liked to. In fact a whole spin off book for her would be interesting. As far as the plot, the pacing was good and the plot definitely held my attention and made me want to keep reading. Overall, solid read!

4/5

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Haul …

This will be my last book haul for awhile as I am going on a book buying ban.So…. Yeah!

  • The Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #1)   The Warrior Heir – By: CInda Williams Chima
  • X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story   X vs. Y: A Cultural War, A Love Story – By: Eve and Leonora Epstein
  • The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two (Fairyland, #3)   The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two – By:Catherynne M. Valente
  • Museum of Thieves (The Keepers, #1)   Museum of Thieves By: Liam Tanner
  • Team Human   Team Human – By: Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
  • City of a Thousand Dolls (Bhinian Empire, #1)   City of a Thousand Dolls – By: Miriam Forster
  • The Iron Thorn (Iron Codex, #1)   The Iron Thorn – By: Caitlin Kittredge
  • Mothership (Ever-Expanding Universe, #1)   Mothership – By: Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
  • Hunger (Gone, #2)   Hunger – By: Michael Grant
  • Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)   Easy – By: Tammara Webber
  • The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy, #1)  The Nightmare Affair – By: Mindee Arnett
  • Eleanor and Park   Eleanor and Park – By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Boxers & Saints Boxed Set   Boxers and Saints – By: Gene Leun Yang
  • Hidden (Firelight, #3)   HIdden – : By Sophia Jordan
  • Romeo Redeemed (Juliet Immortal, #2)   Romeo Redeemed – By: Stacey Jay
  • Shutdown (Glitch, #3)  Shutdown – By: Heather Anastasiu
  • Legacy of the Clockwork Key (The Secret Order, #1)   Legacy of the Clockwork Key – By: Kristen Bailey

 

Book Haul!

I just can’t help myself can I…

  • Since You've Been Gone    Since You’ve Been Gone – By: Morgan Matson
  • The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)    Kiss of Deception – By: Mary E. Pearson
  • Starglass (Starglass, #1)    Starglass – By: Pheobe North
  • The Saints (Quarantine, #2)     Quarantine: The Saints – By: LEx Thomas
  • William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return    William Shakespeare’s: THe Jedi Doth Return – By: Ian Doescher
  • The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)   The Queen of the Tearling – By: Erika Johansen
  • Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)   Ruin and Rising – By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Resenting the Hero (Hero, #1)   The whole Hero Series on e-book – By: Moira J. Moore

Book Haul

I had to go to Barnes and Nobel for some book for work so of course I had to get some books for myself as well 🙂

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)      The Lies of Locke Lamora – By: Scott Lynch
  • This is What Happy Looks Like      This is What Happy Looks Like – By: Jennifer E. Smith
  •  Sky on Fire (Monument 14, #2)       Monument 14: Sky of Fire – By: Emmy Laybourne
  • The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms, #2)        The Exiled Queen – By: Cinda Williams Chima
  • Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2)       Dark Triumph – By: Robin LaFavers
  • Siege and Storm (The Grisha, #2)      Siege and Storm – By: Leigh Bardugo
  •  Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2)      Days of Blood and Starlight – By: Laini Taylor

Of Neptune By: Anna Banks

I really liked this one! This is the conclusion to the Seryna Legacy series by Anna Banks. This series is about Mermaids (Syrena) and Emma who gets mixed up in all their adventures. I thought this book was really sweet! There were several times especially near the end where I was laughing out loud. Some spoilers ahead you are warned!

I really liked the thought process Emma and Galen both had when they were apart. It made sense (albeit maybe a bit slower than it should be) but the whole time I thought “yeah that’s probably how a teen would react to the situation.” Normal the whole “misunderstanding leads to huge problems” story line gets on my nerves but it was done nice here.

I also liked that Emma never really gave into Reed. This could have turned love triangle-y really fast but it didn’t. I liked that even though he was all over her she was all “yeah… no.” 🙂

All in all very cute and perfect for the summer!

4.5/5

Book Haul!

I just couldn’t help myself. Book outlet is so cheap!