Book Hunt: The Hunt

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Stacey Kade

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★★★★★!!!

Summary:

Ariane Tucker has finally escaped GTX, the research facility that created her. While on the run, Zane Bradshaw is the only person she can trust. He knows who-and what-she is and still wants to be part of her life.

But accepting Zane’s help means putting him in danger.

Dr. Jacobs, head of GTX, is not the only one hunting for Ariane. Two rival corporations have their sights set on taking down their competition. Permanently. To protect Zane and herself, Ariane needs allies. She needs the other hybrids. The hybrids who are way more alien and a lot less human. Can Ariane win them over before they turn on her? Or will she be forced to choose sides, to decide who lives and who dies?

Review:

First, I am so sorry about the title, I just think I am so clever.

This was one of those books that I do not even remember starting because I flew right from the ending of The Rules into The Hunt. I was so impatient to start it that I downloaded this book right onto my iPhone to read on the 8 hour drive home from my cruise.

Seriously, start this series and be prepared for non-stop reading until it is over. Kade does a wonderful job at sucking the reader in, and keeping them hostage, until her last word is written. Not that it is a bad thing in any way, I literally could not stop reading.

The characters, Ariane and Zane, are so well developed. The chapters alternated between the two characters views really enhancing the overall plot. You get to delve into the minds of both Ariane and Zane to experience their feelings and thinking patterns. It is especially great when an event may overlap in both chapters because it allows for the reader to see two different points of views and emotions.

The misunderstandings in this book are heart piercing. I kept saying “gahhh no, don’t do it you do not understand” but they could not hear me. I was so into the book that I felt like I was there and the decisions they made would affect me.

I have so many thoughts I can’t seem to get them all down. The romance in this book might have fallen short for those of you out there who are romance genre people. But personally, I like romance in little dashes so this book was perfect. Not to mention that it was pretty strained; the romance was at an ‘I don’t know what to do: to act or not to act on my feelings because I am an alien’ kind of point. So it made for an awkward situation that was like nails on a chalk board. They both want it but would not act. I pretty much loved it, like when you catch someone who tripped.

So I pretty much need a third book, like now. Stacey Kade needs to get a move on in the most polite way possible. I mean, who could live without a book that stars an fragile, butt-kicking alien who also happens to have weird clone like siblings and a hot almost boyfriend-ish thing? Certainly not I.

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Late Night Review: Monkey Talk

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T. Lucas Earle

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Summary:

Monkey Talk is loosely based on the Chinese myth, the Monkey King, a timeless story about who belongs, and who doesn’t. In a future in which Chimps can give lectures on cybernetics, Mr. Towry is a Chimp with an attitude. Unfortunately, the rules are still “No shirt, no shoes, no service.”

Review:

I know I shouldn’t have been caught off guard by the fact that the main character was a personified monkey, but I was. The title could have led to so many different scenarios, and I find that reading the summary ruins plots for me. So going in blind, the monkey main character was a shock, but a pleasant surprise at that.

The take on the United States, and specifically the Boston area, that T. Lucas Earle takes is entirely entertaining and comical. Not so say it is not true. I think the truth in it is the quality that I liked most. The Boston area is described as an area of judging people. I can hardly disagree with this. People in this area care more about what a speaker looks like and how they carry themselves than the content of what they are saying.

It is hard for my to grab the actual concept of Monkey Talk because there are so many meanings I can assume. The entire story may be Mr. Towry realizing his animal nature, given away by the last thing we read, the fact that the cell is not what smells, but himself.  But maybe it was meant to expose the similarities we have with monkeys, besides evolution, and show the audience that we are not above other animals.

Monkey Talk is an interesting short story that is thought provoking for any audience. I actually think that maybe this story wasn’t intended for scholastic purposes, but a class could benefit greatly from reading this story. It reminded be of ones I had read in high school and even in some college classes.

 

 

 

 

Review: Tattered Innocence

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Ann Lee Miller

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★★★★★

Summary:

A tale of passions indulged, denied, and ultimately forgive. On the verge of bagging the two things he wants most—a sailing charter business and marrying old money—Jake Murray’s fiancée/sole crew member dumps him. Salvation comes in the form of dyslexic, basketball toting Rachel Martin, the only one to apply for the first mate position he slapped on craigslist. On a dead run from an affair with a married man, Rachel’s salvation is shoving ocean between her and temptation.

Rapid fire dialogue and romantic tension sail Jake’s biker-chick of a boat through hurricanes, real and figurative. A cast of wannabe sailors, Rachel’s ex, Jake’s, a baby—go along for the ride.
The many-layered story weaves together disparate strands into a seamless cord. Mother and daughter look eerily alike—down to their lusts. Their symbiotic bond, forged in the blood of childbirth on the kitchen floor and cemented by their secrets, must be cracked open. A son must go home. Sin must be expunged. Tattered Innocence is for anyone who’s ever woken up sealed in a fifty-gallon drum of their guilt.

 

Review:

As a big fan of Ann Lee Miller’s books, I was excited to pick up another one. Tattered Innocence is unlike the other novels I have read by her in so many ways, but it still holds the core concepts that she stands for. I was slightly intimidated when first setting out to read because of the sailing terms glossary. It is extremely helpful, but it looks more haunting than it actually is.

Different from other book by Miller, Tattered Innocence focused on two characters instead of a group. I enjoyed this approach a little more because we got to see the characters more in depth and experience their emotions and thoughts on a different level. We see the journey that Rachel takes and the immense guilt that she carries as weighted baggage. Jake, also carrying bags of his own, travels on an emotional rollercoaster and eventually understands who he is meant to be with.

Tattered Innocence does have religious elements weaved throughout the story, but they are muted compared to other books in this series. Religion did not play as big of a part as it does in other characters’ lives. Rachel shows Jake that he needs to reencounter his religious spirit, but even with these elements the main focus of the story was the growing romance between the two main characters.

The dynamic of the families within the novel are contrasting, and it shows the different background that Rachel and Jake grew up within, as well as showing why they mix so perfectly. I completely fell in love with Jake’s family. Call me crazy, but I want to start giving out Christmas gifts like his family. It is hard to make me cry during a book, and even harder to make me laugh. Written words don’t usually evoke laughter even when I can see the humor, but I was laughing so hard throughout the time they spent with Jake’s family.

I loved this book, there were so many surprises and twists and turns that the readers does not expect. I love expecting one thing and then something else happens. If you are reading The New Smyrna Beach series, you will be pleasantly surprised to discover that some other characters snuck their way into this novel as well. As usual, this was a great book written by Ann.

Late Night Review: Last Sacrifice Vampire Academy 6

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Title: Last Sacrifice
Author: Richelle Mead
Purchased: Amazon Kindle Fire
Finished Reading: February 17
★★★★★
They come first.
My vision was growing dimmer, the blackness and ghosts closing in. I swore it was like I could hear Robert whispering in my ear: The world of the dead won’t give you up a second time. Just before the light completely vanished, I saw Dimitri’s face join Lissa’s. I wanted to smile. I decided then that if the two people I loved most were safe, I could leave this world.
The dead could finally have me.
Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.
Now the law has finally caught up with Rose – for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.
But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back…and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is, when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?
Join Rose, Dimitri, Adrian, and Lissa in Last Sacrifice, the epic, unforgettable finale to Richelle Mead’s international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series.

I still cannot decide if I like the ending. The entire book was just, phenomenal. I could not have asked or dreamt up anything better even in my wildest dreams. The plot really thickens in this book, it was probably one of the most action filled ones, not to mention one of the best plots with the most secrets. There were so many twists and turns, I had no idea what was going to come next.
Now the ending is my main concern, the rest was fabulous. And I can agree I am…content with the ending. That seems to be the consensus. But ugh. It has me so frustrated. I wanted more. Now, I understand it was a long book, but for an avid reader like me it lasted a day and a half tops. I wanted the ending elaborated more and more loose ends tied up. Like where dah hell is Adrian and why was he not mentioned?? I actually liked Adrian as a character, probably more than Rose does, and I want to know his fate. 
The only thing keeping me going is the parallel series mead released which is about everyone’s favorite alchemist! I am adding them to my ‘to read asap’ list as we speak!!
xox Cat 

The Switch Up

Hopefully you can tell that the blog has gotten an update, new name, new URL, and new template! The Bookly Scoop came to me while reading and it just sounds so much more professional, I am in love with it and I hope you are too! A new name a URL just screamed, ‘Change my template’ to me, so I did. I find this one super clean and professional, but at the same time cute. Hopefully in the future I will have a chance to get a custom made one, but for now this is perfect! Let me know if you have any feedback 🙂

Review: The Academy Drop of Doubt

Title: The Academy Drop of Doubt
Author: C.L. Stone
Purchased: Amazon Kindle Fire
Date Read: February 22

★★★★

Sang Sorenson and the Academy boys return to Ashley Waters High School but before they get a chance to even settle in, Sang’s life is threatened by an anonymous caller.

They retreat to the protective walls of the Morgan estate, a safe house for when the boys are under fire. But when new threats can break through those barriers that once kept them secure, it leaves Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North rushing to figure out who is hunting them. 
But when you’re fighting a ghost who seems to know all your secrets, retreating is no longer an option.
The Academy, Deceptively Strategic


So don’t be thrown off by only the four star rating when all the previous besides the first have gotten five stars. I have my reasons I can assure you.

Let me start with what I did not like, I thought this book was pretty unnecessary in a way. It dragged out and even at the end, which reveals a secret, I was still annoyed. I wanted and expected the relationships to progress but they are at  a standstill. All of them are stopped, mostly due to the orders of the group in general. I just can’t get over the fact that the group, or the people in the know, are okay with the idea of all of them loving Sang. It makes me feel so uncomfortable. Like how can they all be okay with sharing her.

The idea is just wrong, even if it seems right in the circumstances. I feel as if Sang should not be in a relationship with any of them, I find them to be brotherly to her and a relationship would complicate the group. Most of the four star rating came from the fact that there is a plan for sharing her between them all. 

Another thing that I found quite irritating is that I as a reader still do not know what the Academy is. I am unsure of their purpose and missions and I am frustrated to no end. I am annoyed that it is book five and we still do not know so much that is so important. What is Stone planning? I don’t know how many more books I can handle, I want to know what happens but there are only so many more books I can handle.




xox Cat

Review: Torment (Fallen Series Two)

             
Title: Torment (Fallen Two)
Author: Lauren Kate
Purchased: Used Book Store Paperback
Date Read: April 6


That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel.

It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts – immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans.
At Shoreline, Luce learns what the Shadows are, and how she can use them as windows to her previous lives. Yet the more Luce learns, the more she suspects that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something – something dangerous.
What if Daniel’s version of the past isn’t actually true? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?
The second novel in the addictive FALLEN series…where love never dies.

 So while I have given both Fallen and Torment the same rating, I loved reading torment significantly more than Fallen. Torment was a more action packed book, one that kept me on my toes the entire time but unlike Fallen, I was not annoyed by the lack of information. Torment provided just enough information that I was not angry at being left out of the loop, but it made me more compassionate to Luce because I knew what she knew. How frustrating to barely know anything about your life?! And here I am complaining that I don’t know enough about Luce’s life when I probably know more than she does.
Luce was forced away, tucked into a small private school where many of the students had angel blood. It was interesting to see others who were varying degrees of angels, besides the brooding ones from her last private school. I have a love hate relationship with the development of Luce and Daniels relationship as well as Luce and Miles. Like, I get it. The author needs to prove to the reader that Luce lives Daniel now, not just in past lives. And Miles is just adorable. Like little brother, pinch his cheeks, date one of her friends adorable. They do not seem compatible to me in a romantic relationship. They are both too, soft and well nice. I would see their relationship as friendship, not romantic, which I think Luce will end up realizing.
Luce and Daniel though. How do I even put into words their relationship? It is so strained in this book that I physically felt strained and sad for them. He, out of necessity, stays away from her as much as he can. While this kept her safe it really tested their relationship. At the moment, one specific moment (that I do not want to spoil but if you have read Torment you know what I am talking about) I wanted to crawl under a rock, cry, laugh and hug Daniel and Luce all at the same time because I felt as confused as they were.

Overall, I loved this book and I am even more in love with the series and ready to read the next two. I can’t wait to see how this unique tale ends.