One Liner Book Review: Summer Edition

Even with the insanity that was SRP 2015, I managed to read a few things this summer.  Here are some of the highlights:

The Sin Eater's Daughter (The Sin Eater's Daughter, #1)

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

LOVED IT!  WHERE IS THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES?!?!?!

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

Great historical read.  I didn’t realize quite everything that led up to the fall of the Romanovs.

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

Ms. Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson (author) and Adrian Alphonsa (artist)

This…just…wow.  I need the rest of these, please.

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillebrand

One of the books EVERYONE should read.  Inspiring.

Note: I read the edition of Unbroken that is geared toward Young Adults.

The Girl on the Train

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Meh.  Don’t really get all of the hype behind this book.

Greenglass House

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous mystery for middle grades.  I really want to read this with my tween book club.

Muckers

Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace

I really enjoyed this, considering sports books are not my thing.  Inspired by a true story.

Midnight Crossroad (Midnight, Texas #1)

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

Another great series by Charlaine Harris with quirky characters.  Good stuff!

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My Dirty Little Secret (Or At Least One of the Ones I’ll Share in Public)

We’re all friends here, right?

We can share secrets, right?

Here’s mine:

I HATED WE WERE LIARS!!!  THERE I’VE SAID IT.

I feel better now.

I love E. Lockhart.  Her Ruby Oliver books are some of my favorites.  Dramarama was fun times.  But this book…I didn’t read all of it.  I couldn’t read all of it.  I made it about halfway through, skipped to the plot twist, read the last few pages, and returned it to my local library.

I kept hoping it would draw me in.  I kept hoping I would grow to like something about the main character.  Alas, no.

Then I see practically everyone raving about this book!  What did I miss?  Did we really read the same book?

Do you have a book others love that you hate?

 

Bring on the Books: There Will Be Lies

There WIll be Lies

*Galley provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Shelby Cooper has always been warned about dangerous situations.  To say her mother is overprotective of the nearly 18 year old is an understatement.  But even an overprotective mother can’t keep Shelby from being hit by a car.

When they leave the hospital, Shelby’s mother explains that they are in danger and are now on the run.  As their journey takes  them closer to the Grand Canyon, Shelby begins to question why they are on the run and who is after them.  A mysteriou stranger named Mark and a coyote only add to Shelby’s confusion.  She soon realizes that not everything in her past is the truth and that there will only be more lies along the way to finding out what is going on.

Ok, it is REALLY hard to talk about this AWESOME book without giving everything away.  This book features, and relies, upon 502 different twists (give or take a few).  Some, you will see coming from a mile away; others will smack you upside the head.  Nick Lake has given us a tale that is suspenseful and action-packed.

My only slight issue with the book was the switch from Shelby’s present world to the world of The Dreaming (again, I really can’t say much more or I’ll give stuff away).  Most of the transitions between the two worlds were easy to follow and flowed well with the rhythm of the story.  There were a few moments where it felt forced and was hard to follow.  If you can get through those few little hiccups, you will be well rewarded.

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake is scheduled to be published on January 6, 2015.

Bring on the Books: Evil Librarian

Evil Librarian

First of all, Librarians are NOT evil.

Just this guy.  Who happens to be a demon disguised as a librarian.  Therefore, he is not really a librarian and my first statement remains true.

In Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen, Mr. Gabriel, the new high school librarian, is young and GORGEOUS.  Cyn can totally see why her best friend, Annie, is totally head over heels for him…until Cyn realizes that Mr. Gabriel is not what he seems.  With a rare gift that makes her immune to his charms, Cyn sees Mr. Gabriel for what he really is- a demon who is slowly sucking the life force of all the teens in her school.

Oh, and he wants her best friend to be his demon bride for all eternity.

With the help of her crush, Cyn must find a way to defeat Mr. Gabriel, save Annie, and build an awesome barber chair for the Sweeney Todd production.  No big deal.

I LOVED this book.  It appealed to the teen I was in high school and my inner theater nerd.  Then seeing that it was by Michelle Knudsen who wrote my beloved Library Lion was an added bonus.

And librarians are not evil.  Just wanted to say that again.

VACATION!!!

Normally, I take a vacation near the end of August, as my reward for surviving Summer Reading.  This year, a whole bunch of things pushed vacation back a few weeks…and pushed it back a few weeks more….

But now I’m officially on vacation!  A week and a few extra days of rest and relaxation!

I already have reader’s cramp (that ache in the back of your neck after hours of reading).  It’s been worth it.

So far on this vacation, I’ve read the following:
Cress by Marissa Meyer (WHEN DOES WINTER COME OUT?!?!)
Prized by Caragh M. O’Brien
Losing It by Melvin Burgews, et al

I’m almost halfway through Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen.  Will definitely be doing a full review of this!

Now if I can only talk The Tiny Human into letting me sleep in this week….

Bring on the Books: The Jewel

Ok, just drop whatever it is you’re doing and read The Jewel by Amy Ewing.

The Jewel

I first learned about The Jewel when I was poking around for the release date of The One (Book 3 of The Selection series by Kiera Cass, which you should also read). I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for it and I was not disappointed.

For many, life in The Jewel is a glittering world of wealth, royalty, and power. For Violet and other girls like her, life in The Jewel means servitude. Violet, now known as 197, is auctioned off to be a Surrogate. Purchased by the powerful (and sometimes cruel) Duchess of the Lake, Violet is expected to carry a child for the Duchess.  Within hours of her arrival to The Jewel, Violet quickly learns that the women of the city will stop at nothing to be in total control.  As Violet waits for her inevitable pregnancy, she is presented with an unheard of opportunity  for a Surrogate- freedom.  Violet clutches to this dream, while pretending to be the perfect Surrogate, when another unusual possibility comes her way- love.  Violet may now be in over her head because in The Jewel, everything comes with a price.

For the record, it has taken all of my willpower to not just tell you everything that happens in the book.  When I got to the last page, I had to go back and reread because, Holy-Cliffhanger-And-That-Came-Out-of-Left-Field-Batman was I surprised.

When is Book 2 coming out?!?!?!