Saturday, March 10, 2018

Review: Unearthed

Authors: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Series: Unearthed, Book 1
Release date: January 9 , 2018
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Earth isn't doing the greatest with overpopulation and all of its environmental damages. This is why they decide to band together and try to send a group to Gaia when they decipher a message from a long gone group of aliens, the Undying. They do find amazing technology to send back that saves in the West coast of what we know as the United States, but not without huge consequences for the team who goes there. 

Jump forward and Mia is smuggled onto the planet Gaia to try to find more technology to sell to buy her sister back from some very bad people. Jules is part of a scientific team trying to discover more about the Undying that will help unlock Earth's future...but when the two slam into each other everything changes. When they team up built on lies they both tell each other, will they be able to ever really trust each other? What if their lives depend on it? 

My thoughts: This was full of action, mystery and that interactive turmoil between 2 people who need either but do not trust each other. I didn't know a lot about this one before I read it except that it was science fiction and had been optioned as a movie. As far as the movie goes, still only has it listed as "in development" which means a whole lot of nothing for the general public. Who knows....anyway...

The relationship between the two main characters, Jules and Mia, is both frustrating and addictive throughout the book. At times I was tempted to just be done with them and then I felt so addicted to them and knowing what happened next that I couldn't possibly set it down. It felt rather like a psychological thriller then a science fiction book to be honest. The real drama came at the end, which you will have to find out when you read it! 

The premise was a cool one for the science fiction genre I thought. A planet far, far away that was inhabited by beings similar to us with a habitat similar to us thousands of years ago who also had incredible technology that could potentially help save Earth from its destructive self. There was a mysterious message intercepted from the far away planet which only a few figured out how to interpret and that's how the entire race to get to the loot begins. 

The looters and scientific teams were fascinating and very believable as far as their needs, wants, and actions. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book because this was an EPIC ending! 

What did YOU think of this one? 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2017 In Review...Now What?

Confession time: I was thinking about last year and was really getting hard on myself about how little I read and blogged. Life seemed so sad from the inauguration, to getting used to my new dog after losing mine, to the girls being busier with things like plays, musicals, 4-H, dance, etc. and helping more and more at the family farm now that my folks are older. Summer was really busy with work, 4-H, and then we bought a camper at the last second before our annual camping adventure. When we got to the fall life just seemed to explode into action and that momentum never slowed down. My aunt was diagnosed and pass away from an incredibly aggressive lung cancer in less then 2 months, my little Reaghan had an emergency appendectomy, and on and on it went. 

I decided to take a look at what Goodreads had to tell me about my data from books in 2017:

So not too terrible really. My reading challenge didn't go so well that's for sure. I did read books though which is good. I really didn't blog much at all and that needs a serious kick in the butt! Reaghan and I have been talking about ways to get back in the flow of things but then we just get distracted by a very addictive puzzle app, or busy, or sleepy :P These all sound like sad excuses now that I'm writing them. Ugh! 

Ok, 2018...
My reading is already going better this year having just started my 4th book already of 2018. 
I seem to be more excited about writing reviews again and just need to get into the habit of it again. I also think I will let Reaghan start doing video reviews if she wants. She has been asking to do other videos, and I am just not that confident about being on screen. As a mom I want her to be confident though so I guess I need to put my actions where my mouth is and just do it! 

How was 2017 for you? Do have goals for 2018, or things you'd like to better this year? 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

REVIEW: The Battlemage

The Battlemage 
Author: Taran Matharu
Series: Summoner, Book 3
Published by: Feiwel & Friends/MacKids 
Date published: May 2, 2017 

Holy crap this was good! I loved this series SO MUCH. I can't wait to read the prequel about Arcturus coming next. 

This series that started with a broken boy who had nothing has ended with a strong, accomplished young man who has so much. This is exactly the type of series I love to read. It had everything: magic, magical creatures, a main character who was at the bottom and rises to the top, a group of friends who have each other's back no matter what, and epic good vs. evil encounters and battles throughout. LOVED IT! 

What got me the most is that there have only been two new series that have come anywhere near how I felt reading the Harry Potter books as they came out. This was the 1st one, and the 2nd one is the Magisterium series by Black and Clare. Both of them have that great hard luck group of kids who come together to form an unbreakable bond of friendship that sees them through anything and everything that comes their way. 

VERDICT: If you like any of the things I mentioned above, then you have GOT to try this series! 

Check out my reviews of...
Book 1 - The Novice  
Book 2 - The Inquisitor 

Have you tried these? What did you think? 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

SERIES REVIEW: Women of the Otherworld

Author: Kelley Armstrong 

It all started when Clay bit Elena...

I had gotten a few of these free years ago, put them  on the shelf and there they sat. I watched the first season of Bitten on the Syfy channel in 2014 and thought it was fantastic. This summer I was looking for something fun that was lighter then some of the heavy stuff I'd been reading but also about something supernatural because that's what I love. This series was perfect for that! 

The series begins with Bitten and Elena Michaels. She is the only female werewolf in existence. The person closet to her in her life is the one who turned her which means that she has some SERIOUS baggage. She's trying to keep herself separated from the pack, but they keep pulling her back in. As you move through the books you meet other supernatural women who then each have their own books. Then the women show up in the other books here and there. It's so darn fun to see the development of the characters throughout the books along with their friendships. 

Verdict: If you are looking for something a bit different and fun, then this series is for you. (Keep in mind that technically these are Adult books so they do have some sexy, sexy from time to time throughout them.) 

Have you read these? What did you think? 

Monday, May 1, 2017

5 things...

1 - I CAN'T WAIT for Battlemage to be out tomorrow. I checked this weekend while I was wandering B&N on my Adoption Day buying myself presents but it wasn't there yet. Boo! 

2 - Saturday was my Adoption Day and it is one of my absolute favorite days each year. It's more special then my birthday by far in my opinion. April 29 is the day that I legally as a court process received a birth certificate as Angela Sutter. Best day of my life! (I was 5 weeks when they picked me up, so I was only about 9 months old at that point.) 
At my baptism.
3 - I found a book at B&N I am SOOOO excited about! Rebel of the Sands was one of the best reads I had of last year. I cannot wait to continue with Amani's story! If you haven't read book 1 yet, get to it! 

4 - Right now I'm reading our book club book - I See You by Clare Mackintosh. Interesting so far. We'll see what I think after I get into it farther. Have any of you read a book by her? 

5 - There are only 6 weeks left of the school-year for us. That means more free time for reading by all of us! YAY! 

What's new with you? 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Top 10 Most Unique Books...

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the team over at Broke and the Bookish! Leave a link to your Top 10 below!

Top 10 Most Unique Books I've Read...

1. The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey 
The creatures in this book were incredibly original I thought. Very cool series! 

2. Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross 
This is an alternating POV between twin sisters. One is alive and the other is a ghost. They can see each other and interact in the coolest/creepiest ways. Love this series! 

3. Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheier
This book is from the POV of a girl who's boyfriend develops schizophrenia. I've never seen a book from this POV in the YA world. I thought it was very well done and needed. 

4. The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller 
One of the main topics in this book is plant hunting. It was fascinating to read about and I've never seen this done in fiction for YA/MG before. I even read a nonfiction book about 10 plants that changed the world afterwards. 

5. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
I've never read a twist on Dante's Inferno and that's exactly what this is. Loved it! 

6. Missing Jack by Rebecca Elliott
The only book that's sort of like this is an old one from the 80's which is Mr.Roger's talking about loss. This one is told from the POV of a child going through the loss of a pet. It's perfect and a MUCH needed book for children. 

7. This Is My Home, This Is My School by Jonathan Bean
This is about homeschooling and it's done SO well! I've honestly never seen one written before for children and it's told perfectly through the POV of a child living it. Loved this. 

8. Replica by Lauren Oliver 
This book was alternating POVs but put together in a different completely different way then I've read before. You literally have to flip the book back and forth to read each chapter OR read 1 POV and then the other POV. Cool idea. 

9. Unmentionables: the Victorian lady's guide to sex, marriage and manners by Therese Oneill 
SOOO funny and well written. The historical research was incredible and coming from someone who really doesn't care for nonfiction - this was great! 

10. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings 
This was so darn brutal. Very different from anything I've read before. 

What's on your Top 10 this week?