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This time the read-a-thon kinda crept up on me! I’ve been so busy lately and I almost forgot it was time for it to start. But as usual I’m signing up and I hope you do too! It’s a lot of fun, no matter how much you read. I’ve participated in every one so far and I’m excited to do it again.
As usual my goals and books and progress will be posted just before the read-a-thon starts.
Author: Amy Spalding Publisher/Release Date: April 5th 2016 by Poppy Pages: 320-ARC Paperback-Given during a blogging event Finished: November 3rd 2016 Goodreads My Rating: 3/5
The budding romance at the beginning of the book was super cute! I was starting to really get into it, and then something happened to do with the newspaper she works on with other students, and then it dipped down a bit from there. I know she needed struggles to overcome but it was a bit much.
Jules kind of bugged me throughout parts of the book. Mainly for the way she treated other people, especially her best friend. I also didn’t like how she was treating Alex in the second half. She was trying to get into the college she wanted, but she was over the top and overreacting for so many things in this book. Ans the one thing she was trying so hard to do most of the book, we never find out if she gets it or not.
It had some points that bugged me, but I did still enjoy this book to a point.
Random, but the cover I had for my ARC was different than the one above. The one above doesn’t really fit the book very much.
The Unexpected Everything
Author: Morgan Matson Publisher/Release Date: May 3rd 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Pages: 519-ARC Paperback-Given during a blogging event Finished: November 10th 2016 Goodreads My Rating:5/5
Loved this! Andie was such a planner for everything, and it was so nice to see her relax as the book went on. And the romance was great! Not only was Clark geeky and adorable with an awesome job, but the two of them were so good together.
I also loved that she was walking dogs! I’ve never had a dog, mostly because of allergies and I’m a cat person, but I loved reading about her encounters with different ones. I totally predicted one thing that would happen near the end but it was good.
Her group of friends were so great, and their group was so supportive during the whole book. Even though stuff happened, I wished I still had friends that would be there for me like that.
Another great book by this author. I’ve read Since You’ve Been Gone, and both were good so I now totally love this author. I’ll be reading her others soon hopefully!
Author: Patrick Ness Publisher/Release Date: October 6th 2015 by HarperTeen Pages: 336-Paperback ARC-Borrowed Finished: October 23rd 2016 Goodreads My Rating: 5/5
This is my first book by this author but now I definitely need to check his other stuff out! I really liked this book. I had a hard time putting it down and I finished it the day after I started it.
I originally had an eBook ARC of this, but after trying to read it last year I couldn’t get into it. This paperback copy was borrowed from a blogger, and I’m glad I finally read it.
The idea of showing the side of the normal people in a world of “the chosen ones” was a great idea. They’re having to deal with illness, love, betrayal and all other kinds of things, and I really enjoyed how the author showed everything.
Ruined (Ruined #1)
Author: Amy Tintera Publisher/Release Date: May 3rd 2016 by HarperTeen Pages: 368-ARC Paperback-Given for review Finished: November 1st 2016 Goodreads My Rating: 3/5
I received this back at the beginning of May at a blogger event. It took me this long to read it because I was never in the mood. I thought the description sounded pretty common and I had a feeling I could predict a lot of things.
I did end up enjoying it though! A few things I did predict. I felt like some parts didn’t have as big an impact as I thought they would. Like the romance was cute but not swoon worthy. The action and battles were the best part of this book honestly.
I also liked the kinda of powers I saw the ruined use. There wasn’t a whole lot of their pasts explained and I would have liked to see that. A little more world building too.
A good start to a series that I definitely will continue to read, even though it was lacking a few things.
Title: What Light Author: Jay Asher Release Date/Publisher: October 18th 2016 by Razorbill Finished: October 25th 2016 Pages: 256-ARC Paperback-Given for review
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon. It’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.
Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.
By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. But as disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra can’t help but wonder if love really is enough to overcome every obstacle…
What I Thought:
I was given an advanced copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Author: James Dashner Publisher/Release Date: September 13th 2011 by Delacorte Press Pages: 361-Paperback-Owned Finished: October 15th 2016 Goodreads My Rating: 4.5/5
First I have to do a movie comparison. This was WAY better than the movie! Technically it’s completely different, hardly anything was the same. The book delivered while the movie didn’t.
There was a lot of action and fighting to survive in this crazy wilderness called the Scorch. It’s pretty intense, especially some of the weather.
They’re being tested yet again in this book, but the stakes are higher and the challenges tougher. More people unfortunately die, but we start to figure out a little bit more about WICKED and what’s happening and what happened before this all.
This was a really good book and a solid follow-up to The Maze Runner. I don’t think fans will be disappointed.
The Death Cure (The Maze Runner #3)
Author: James Dashner Publisher/Release Date: January 8th 2013 by Delacorte Press Pages: 325-Paperback-Owned Finished: October 22nd 2016 Goodreads My Rating:5/5
We figure out so much about WICKED and everything!! I was so glad for that. I couldn’t read another book after finishing the second one, I had to get right to this because I needed to know what happened. And luckily I wasn’t left hanging.
There’s so much that goes on. As always you’re left doubting, like Thomas, who’s telling the truth and what’s really happening. And you get to see some of the outer world like it really is, which I know I’d been wondering about since the first book.
This was such a good series, and I can’t wait to read the two companion books! I own one and will be getting the newest soon.