Friday, May 26, 2017

Black Ice by: Becca Fitzpatrick

Black Ice by: Becca Fitzpatrick

Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 392
Published: October 7th, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Synopsis: Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

Purchase: Amazon | Bookdepository

My Thoughts:

Black Ice is a book that I've heard so many people become excited for when it first released so I put it on my tbr in hopes that I would get around to it soon.  Once people started to read it and give it somewhat bad reviews, it definetly made me think twice about reading it.  That is until I seen it in my library.  I decided to just see what this book was about for myself, and I'm actually glad that I did.

The beginning of this book was somewhat enjoyable, but I started to lose interest quickly because of the two main female characters, Britt and Korbie.  Korbie gave me a complete headache and Britt was just annoying to the point where I can't really pinpoint an exact moment that annoyed me the most.  Even then I kept reading on, and took a few days break when I got to the middle of the book when the two girls where in the mountains.  This portion dragged on for so long with hardly anything happening and I was so tempted to just not finish the book because there was nothing exciting happening.  But I guess the break I took from this book gave me the drive to complete it since I was more than half way through, and I'm glad that I did!

The ending of this book took such a wonderful turn that I was shocked and excited to see how everything ended, although I did have a theory of who the murderer was.  I do think that people should give Black Ice a shot and see how they feel, because even though I pratically despised this book in the beginning, my feelings compeletly changed all because of the last 100 or so pages.

Final Verdict: 3 Stars

Friday, May 19, 2017

Never Never by: Colleen Hoover

Never Never by: Colleen Hoover

Edition: Kindle
Pages: 159
Published: January 7th, 2015
Publisher: Hoover Ink

Goodreads Synopsis: Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.

Complete strangers since this morning.

He'll do anything to remember. She'll do anything to forget.

Purchase: Amazon | Bookdepository

My Thoughts:

This is a book that I noticed so many people reading in the book community as well as adding it to there Goodreads and mentioning how amazing it was, so like always I got extremely curious and ordered this book on my Nook (it was only $2.99 so I couldn't pass it up).

Like you can see from the synopsis there wasn't much of a description to give me an idea of what this book was about so I went into it with really high expectations since so many people thoroughly enjoyed it.  This story basically follows Charlie and Silas who can't remember anything about their lives or really who they are, so they set out to find clues that could hopefully spark their memory.  This is basically what the whole book is about in a nut shell.  And for this fact I can't quite say that I enjoyed reading this book.  Its almost as if I am lost for words because although some details about Charlie and Silas's lives are uncovered it is still not enough to even know what is going on.

As far as the characters Charlie was super annoying, especially how she would act towards Silas when he was only trying to make her feel better, in my opinion.  With that being said my favorite character thus far is Silas! I love the way he interacts with other people and how we get to see how he feels about Charlie.

The best part for me was the ending and that is what truly has me excited for the next book!  Also, the way these authors added in Avril's character was perfect, I definitely didn't expect that at all.  Although, this wasn't the best book I have read, it kept my interested enough that I will definitely keep reading the rest of the series because I need to know what Silas and Charlie did to get in the situation that they are in now.

Final Verdict:
3.5 Stars

Sunday, May 14, 2017

To-Be-Read | May 2017

 Today I want to bring to you my May TBR. For those of you who don't know what that is, it literally stands for To Be Read. So the books listed below are those that I foresee myself reading in the month of May.

This year I have a reading goal of 30 books, and I am terribly behind (7books behind exactly). With that being said, hopefully in the months to come I can surpass that goal or at the very least meet my goal of 30 books.

All books that I happen to not read this month will spill over into June.

My May TBR:
  1. Torn by: Amanda Hocking
  2. Illuminae by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  3. The Minaturist by: Jessie Burton
  4. Lover Awakened by: J.R. Ward
  5. Do Not Disturb by: A.R. Torre
  6. Requiem by: Lauren Oliver
I'm really excited for this reading month because all of the books that are on my TBR are either from a series I need to finish or one that has received rave reviews. Stay tuned for my wrap up in June!

What are you reading this month?
Have you read any of the books mentioned above?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Switched by: Amanda Hocking

Switched by: Amanda Hocking

Edition: Paperback
Pages: 318
Published: January 3rd, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Goodreads Synopsis: When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might've been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - and it's one she's not sure if she wants to be a part of.

Purchases: Amazon | Bookdepository

My Thoughts:
Switched follows a girl named Wendy who never seems to
fit in at any school that she attends. This causes issues with her family resulting in the constant school hopping that she experiences. As the story develops we see that Wendy isn't exactly living the life that was intended for her. The shock from these secrets unraveling makes her rethink everything that she has ever knew, including the family that she had called her own. Getting into the swing of dealing with her new life, the weight of her new title and the constant emotional ups and downs for her potential love interest you see the struggles of a girl that really just wants life to go back to normal. The problem is they don't!

This book has been on my want list for quite sometime, and when I finally found the omnibus version of the whole series at the bookstore I took the plunge and bought it. I'm so glad that I did because I really enjoyed everything about it. This book is about changelings and trolls. and to be honest I don't think I have ever read a book about trolls but it sure does make them sound interesting. Especially because they are actually pretty and have an array of different powers that I myself wouldn't mind having.

I put Amanda Hocking on a pedestal for simply creating great books like no other. Also, for being such a success in the Self-Publishing world when she first put out her books.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants something different to read. Or just needs a lighter book to read in between a huge series/fantasy novel.

Final verdict: 4 stars