The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

the-wicked-will-riseI have a feeling this will end up being my least favorite out of all of the books. Just because I’ve found that the second book in a series like this is usually just filler. In a way, this book meets that assumption. That’s just because by the time it ends, nothing has truly been accomplished. That doesn’t mean it isn’t good! It’s great!!

I did love this book because it answered almost all of my questions from the first book. Forty pages in and I was bragging to my friends how I was, “finally getting answers!!” Of course, after finishing, I have more questions that will – HOPEFULLY – by answered in book three. Also, *possible spoiler alert* but Pete is a friggin’ punk and a half. Never trust a man with big, beautiful, green eyes. -_-

I so desperately wanted Amy to be able to help him. I was trying to think of ways myself! And although I understand his feelings behind what he did, that doesn’t make it okay. Part of me is saying screw him, save Ozma, sayonara Pete . . . but more of me is still saying save both of them, then just never talk to Pete again – that will probably be the better option for Amy. I could have called her “battle with the darkness” from a hundred billion miles away, blindfolded, but I am enjoying how it’s playing out. Every time you think, “Oh. She’s done with it. She knows better now, she’s fine.” Then she’s turning into a – literal – monster right in front of you! These books are great! I’m enjoying them so much. Pick up The Wicked Will Rise by clicking this link!

 

About the Author:danielle-paige

Danielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die seriesand the upcoming  Stealing Snow series (Bloomsbury, 2016). In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she’s received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominate d for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City. You can find her on twitter and instagram.

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

girl-in-piecesI received this book for free as an advanced reader’s copy.

When I started it, I figured it was going to be just another book about a teenage girl who’s suicidal and is stuck in a hospital the entire story, but I was sorely mistaken. Each character in this book is written so beautifully. Even if we only meet someone for a second, there is so much detail put into who that person is, we feel like we’re really meeting them in person. Charlie is so relatable as a main character, it was easy to read as if I was her, to put myself in her shoes. Her relationships with other characters are extremely real. The people she meets and befriends aren’t perfect. Each one has a unique personality with problems of their own. As far as “romantic” relationships go, there’s no studly man who saves the day. Charlie makes her life her own, but she learns to accept help when necessary. The story doesn’t move slowly or too fast.

Girl in Pieces is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. It shows that no matter how bad things get, people can always change or redeem themselves, but it also shows the other side of that, what happens when someone can’t fix what’s broken inside them. That may be why I love it so much. Not to mention the countless references to Van Morrison and Bob Dylan and the two paragraphs near the end that I will never be able to get out of my mind. This book spoke to me and pulled me into a book hangover. “Fucking angelic,” as Ellis would say. 😉

 

About the Author:kathleen-glasgow1

Kathleen Glasgow is the author of the New York Times best-selling novel, Girl in Pieces.

She lives in Tucson, Arizona and is a researcher for The Writer’s Almanac. Girl in Pieces has been named to “best of lists by Goop, TeenVogue, BN Teen, Refinery29, EW.com, TeenReads, and more.

Val Shapiro’s 10 Tips For Living With a Hellhound by Parker Blue

  1. Val FaceSet boundaries right away—you are not your hellhound’s servant (no matter how much he treats you like one).
  1. Never, ever feed him dog food. Keep a good pizza delivery place on speed dial—it’s the best way to shut him up and keep him occupied. Besides, with his constitution, he can eat anything.
  1. Get used to having your every thought listened to and commented on. If you can’t take it, move out, ’cause he’s not going to. There are benefits, though—he can read other demons’ thoughts and clue you in.
  1. If you own a motorcycle, get him his own seat and a pair of goggles—he’ll want to go everywhere with you, so you both might as well be comfortable.
  1. Don’t lie to yourself or him, even a little bit—he’ll definitely call you on it. Repeatedly.
  1. Find him a hellhound girlfriend—it’s the only way to get him out of your hair for a bit so you might be able to have a normal relationship with a guy. It helps if the hellhound girlfriend is a self-involved diva, so she’ll keep him hopping.
  1. Teach him how to use the remote. TV is a great babysitter when you’re too busy to entertain him.
  1. Buy lots of lint rollers—the shedding is a pain!
  1. Praise him constantly—his ego needs it. Plus, he usually deserves it.
  1. Keep him happy, ’cause he’s the best friend you’ll ever have. Sometimes he even offers good advice.

BITE ME is on sale for FREE til January!! I know I’m picking it up, are you?

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And the best part is that it’s a series! Grab the rest of The Demon Underground novels at the links below! I’m totally fan-girling right now. ;D

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About the Author:

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Parker Blue lives in Colorado Springs with three rescue dogs, one of whom resembles her favorite character, Fang, the snarky hellhound.

 

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

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Jenna Fox is a seventeen year old coma patient/car accident survivor who has just woken up….without her memories. As Jenna works to remember who she is, she realizes that her family is keeping secrets from her. Secrets about Jenna’s accident, her recovery, and what these things may mean for her future. Can Jenna depend on her new friends and her suddenly distant Grandmother for the truth? Even if she can, will it be too much to take? 

This was my third time reading this book and it was just as good as the times before. Mary E. Pearson has created a story that will draw you in and keep you there. You just have to figure out what is going on with Jenna! Why are her parents acting so strange? Where are her friends who were in the accident with her? Was she responsible? This book is amazing that it brings up so many questions and answers them all by the end. And the characters all have their own life that shines through. Even though you’re constantly on Jenna’s side, it’s easy to see what other characters are thinking and feeling and why certain ones made the decisions they did. A great book for any aged reader. Absolutely amazing.

Make sure you pick up THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX today! Also, I recently found out it is the first of a series! Review on the second book to come! 🙂

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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Hey everyone! So this week I read Allegiant by Veronica Roth. It’s the third and final book in the Divergent Series. BIG BIG things happened and overall it was a great book. I’m going to attempt to write a spoiler free review, so here we go. 🙂

In Allegiant, Tris and the gang embark to the outside world after watching the video of Edith Prior at the end of Insurgent. They enter a place that is completely different from what they know and are used to. They soon meet with the people responsible for their lifestyles and, once there, find connections to the past as well as loved ones who were believed to be dead. As with the last book in every series, relationships are tested, betrayals are made, the amazing conflict we’ve been waiting for since the first book happens, and – of course – people die. I can’t say too much about the plot without giving things away, but let me tell you….IT GETS GOOD. haha.

I have to say, my feelings are slightly conflicted. I wanted to leave a review as soon as I finished, but I felt that would be irresponsible considering I was slightly upset with the ending. **SPOILER: There are people who die and you absolutely do not see it coming. And honestly I did not realize how attached I was to these characters. Like I said, overall it’s a great book and I understand why the people (person) died and what the author’s intent was, but I feel like it could have been written better. END SPOILER**

If you have read the book and you would like to discuss it with me further, don’t be afraid to email me! That goes for any book I post about. I love talking about books I’ve read and I’ll happily discuss one with you! Just email me at nikiflowers@rocketmail.com and we’ll chat! Talk to you soon, loves!! ❤

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Now to be honest, it took me a few months to read this book. Not because it’s a bad book – in fact it’s a WONDERFUL book, I was just so busy!

In this book by Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket!! A Series of Unfortunate Events, anyone??) Min is a 17 year old girl riding in a truck and writing a letter to her ex boyfriend explaining to him (yup, you guessed it) why they broke up. As she’s writing the letter, she’s adding special items from their relationship into a box that she plans to leave on his doorstep. Just a few of these many items include a cookbook, a trench coat, and about a million rose petals.

WHY WE BROKE UP is incredibly witty. I totally identified with Min’s dry sense of humor and her interests. I even kind of liked Ed up to a point. (Ed is the ex boyfriend) Throughout the book, I found myself kind of hoping they would work out, but by the end, I was so glad they did not. By the middle of the novel, there is a lot of foreshadowing about the incident that causes Min and Ed to break up, I’ll be honest, I saw it coming a mile away. But as they always say, “It’s not about the end of the journey, it’s how you get there.”

If you’re looking for a funny, sad, smart book that will help you get over a breakup/ex, this book is for you. 🙂

DEAD (A LOT) by Howard Odentz

ImageHey guys! Sorry it’s been so long!! I’m six months pregnant and in my fourth semester of college, so things have been pretty busy lately. 🙂

Anyway, I just finished reading Howard Odentz’s debut novel from last summer – DEAD (A LOT) – and it was to die for (no pun intended!)

On a Friday night, twins, Tripp and Trina Light, are enjoying a night like any other Friday night. With their parents away for the weekend, Trina is canoodling with her boyfriend, and Tripp is just trying to find something to munch on. However, everything changes when, after going out to check on a problem with his car, Trina’s boyfriend transforms into a zombie….and he’s not the only one.

All around Tripp and Trina are zombies (or Poxers, as they end up calling them) and as far as they know, they’re the only survivors, that is, until they meet up with a girl from their school, Prianka, her autistic brother, Sanjay, a handicapped radio DJ, Jimmy, and a crow named Andrew.

Together, the team fights their way to get to Tripp and Trina’s parents, but the journey is far from easy. With Poxers trying to eat anything that moves, rogue survivors trying to protect themselves from EVERYTHING (living or dead), and an even more sinister force at work, it’ll be a wonder if Tripp and Trina survive the weekend.

 

I really loved this book. It’s a suspenseful, funny YA novel and even though they’re dealing with zombies (something I’ve never dealt with and *knock on wood* never will), their zombie issues parallel some “normal” issues that everyone deals with – death, relationships, mental/emotional/physical health, survival skills, and just plain crazy people.

I think Trina and Sanjay were my favorite characters. Trina was so kick-ass/won’t take anything from anyone and I love that attitude. She was totally independent and probably could have survived completely on her own. Sanjay is probably the smartest kid in the world. I wish I could just look at a page of text or an internet article and just remember every detail. I gotta say, I am pretty jealous of him.

Howard Odentz does an impeccable job writing about this world turned dead. Not only does he write a fantastic novel, but he enables you to connect with the characters and to care about them as if they’re good friends of yours. Plus, Tripp has some pretty great one-liners.

Overall, great book and I can’t wait to read more of Howard’s work. 😀