My Great Escape

When the literary world is better than the "real" world...

Lady Audley's Secret - Mary Elizabeth Braddon, David Skilton

I would have liked this better if the author hadn't felt the need to contrive a happily ever after ending.

Good fun!

Emerald Green (The Ruby Red Trilogy, #3) - Kerstin Gier,  Anthea Bell

This series was a good quick read. Nothing too special or difficult. I enjoyed most of the characters although I wish that there wasn't as much stereotyping and cliches. There was some inconsistencies in the time travel universe (paradoxes) and not enough world building but for once I was okay with that. The book was light and fun and I decided to go along with it. 

Bah humbug

Breaking Point - Kristen Simmons

I couldn't be bothered to finish this. Maybe I'll pick it up later but I doubt it. I just didn't like the characters and didn't feel like the it was going anywhere.

Everbound - Brodi Ashton

Just as good as the first!

Untold  - Sarah Rees Brennan

This was a very entertaining read with a few flaws. Unfortunately, the series lost a lot of its novelty and originality in the second book. Also, we didn't learn very much information about what was going on. I feel like a lot of the plot was sacrificed for the relationship drama. Despite all that, I still enjoyed the characters, setting and dialogue. I really like Kami and Jared's unconventional relationship. I liked the insight into Jared's character with his POV chapters. I'm also very interested to see how Rusty will develop. A solid 4 stars.

Tiger Lily - Jodi Lynn Anderson

As much as I wanted to like this book, I felt like all the magic was sucked out of the original story. Much of the original conflicts are gone and I felt like most of the characters were caricatures of themselves. This bothered me the most with Wendy and Hook. There was a good story in here but I feel that the story would have been better served if told on its own and not as a re-imagining of a fairy tale.

Rootless - Chris   Howard I just can't bring myself to care about this book. There's not enough character development for any of the characters. I don't understand why anybody did anything.

I also had a really hard time believing in a world where humans can survive with out any plant life except genetically modified corn that only grows in certain places. How is there still soil on the ground? How is there enough oxygen without plants to produce it?

The pacing was too quick as well. I'm not entirely sure what happened because too many things happened really quickly. For example, the main characters get attacked by three groups of people and two groups of locusts in a span of 22 pages. I also can't explain the fate of Zee. How on earth did she survive?

A solid 2 out of 5 stars.

Different, intense and creepy

Starers - Nathan Robinson

Wow. This was a very intense book. Once the plot got going I really couldn't put it down. I liked how no character was perfect. They all had there own flaws and surprisingly realized that they had flaws. I do wish there had been more development of the characters. In the beginning I felt like I barely knew any of them. They were just one sentence descriptions. For example, the daughter was the slut. Dylan Keen is the overworked husband and so on and so forth. Luckily as the book went on, I was shown more of their personalities rather than told who they were.

The plot itself was very creepy. I did like how the book got into all the ramifications of the plot. People dying from the plane crash and the power turning off are a few examples of this. Unfortunately due to the shortness of the story, a lot of things are left unexplained. Who is the man that is coming? Why is everyone staring? Despite the loose ends, I did enjoy the book.

A final word. This is an adult horror story. I would not recommend this to anyone younger. There are some graphic descriptions and a pretty intense rape scene. Also, I just got the feeling overall that this was meant for an adult audience.

All in all, a pretty solid 4 stars on the entertainment scale. Thanks to Nathan Robinson for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! :)

Starers - Nathan Robinson Wow. This was a very intense book. Once the plot got going I really couldn't put it down. I liked how no character was perfect. They all had there own flaws and surprisingly realized that they had flaws. I do wish there had been more development of the characters. In the beginning I felt like I barely knew any of them. They were just one sentence descriptions. For example, the daughter was the slut. Dylan Keen is the overworked husband and so on and so forth. Luckily as the book went on, I was shown more of their personalities rather than told who they were.

The plot itself was very creepy. I did like how the book got into all the ramifications of the plot. People dying from the plane crash and the power turning off are a few examples of this. Unfortunately due to the shortness of the story, a lot of things are left unexplained. Who is the man that is coming? Why is everyone staring? Despite the loose ends, I did enjoy the book.

A final word. This is an adult horror story. I would not recommend this to anyone younger. There are some graphic descriptions and a pretty intense rape scene. Also, I just got the feeling overall that this was meant for an adult audience.

All in all, a pretty solid 4 stars on the entertainment scale. Thanks to Nathan Robinson for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! :)
The Rising - Kelley Armstrong For as long as this book was, it didn't feel like very much happened. The angle the romance took seemed to come out of left field too.
Falling Kingdoms - Morgan Rhodes, Michelle Rowen A somewhat simplistic book. I didn't really care about any of the characters but I am interested enough to read what happens next. A solid 3 stars.
Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare Wow... That was amazing. The story, the plot... couldn't be better.
Homecoming (Avalon High Coronation) - Meg Cabot I feel like this would have been better if all three books in this series were combined. A lot of time is spent recapping and there's not much room left for plot development.
The White Queen - Philippa Gregory I'm not sure how accurate this book is. That is because most of the history that is portrayed here is legend. However, in spite of that, this is a very believable book. I somehow managed to feel sympathy for these power hungry characters. I understood their motivations. The side stories and back stories really helped to fill in the gaps that history books often have. The novel was also suspenseful even though I knew how the story was going to end. In short, this is a well written book that definitely appealed to the historian in me.
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar - Kady Cross First I must say, I love the cover. I really like who was on it and the overall design. This book was a nice addition to the first. The change in scenery was nice although the plot was a little predictable. The characters definitely grew and developed which made them easier to relate to. I think Jasper is my favorite so far. Over all this is a pretty easy read with no major complaints.
The Siege of Macindaw - John Flanagan Overall, this book was better than I expected. The writing is definitely meant for younger kids so bear that in mind. This book also is mainly an extension of the last book and is not meant to be read separately. I did think that the ricochet arrows was a little far fetched but most of the other action scenes were believable. The fast forward in time does leave a lot of questions needing to be answered. I can see why many people didn't like it. There was almost no back story explaining what had gone on in between books 4 and 5. It was nice seeing a lighter side of Will. Also, the banter between Will and Horace provided some much needed humor. Overall, I really enjoyed this light read.

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