Read-a-Thon's

Fall into Reading TBR

Its fall upon us again, and the wonderful bibliophile sister’s are at it again. They are hosting the “Fall into Reading” Read -a- Thon. This is a week long read-a-thon, full of fun challenges, reading and just interaction with other book tubers and bloggers alike. It will be a busy week for me but, I am excited to read all the books I choice for the read-a-thon, while managing to do all this pesky every day chores we all got to do. Without further or do, here is my Tbr. Let me know what you are reading for the read-a-thon.

Happy Reading,

Marina Roxanne

Standard
Book Review

Review: Prey by Micheal Chrichton

83763Title: Prey

Author: Michael Chrichton

Pages: 504

Paperback

Published: November 11,2003

Publisher: Avon Publishing

Synopsis: In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles — micro-robots — has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour.

Every attempt to destroy it has failed.

And we are the prey. (Goodreads)

Review: I adored this book. I gave it a 5/5 stars. This book was suspenseful  and such a page turner. The man character Jack, a jobless computer programmer turned into a stay at home dad, suspects that there is something off with his wife, she has become hot tempered, absent from her family life and spending lots of time at work. He comes up with theories of what is going on, is she on drugs, having an affair or the long hours at work really wearing her out?

When he gets offered to go out to his wife’s lab to work on a computer code that his old company has been helping her with, he decides that maybe he could find some answers there. But, he is not prepared for what is about to be uncovered. His wife,Julia and her team of scientist have been working on a micro nano camera for the military using nano particles. All was well, until the nano particles began to evolve and think for themselves. Now, the scientist were no longer in control and the nano particles want to reproduce, going on a killing spree. Its up to Jack to figure out how to destroy them before its too late, but it won’t be as easy as he thinks. Because there are those who want to see them live.

This story was so fast- paced and intriguing that I could not put the book down. Micheal Chrichton, has a way of wrapping the reader up in the story even when he is giving background information and nothing is happening. This was a great read, the plot was something that I have never read before, and I was very involved with the characters. I was trying to figure them out and predict what will happen next. I think that was what made the book so much fun,  it had a lot of hints to base predictions on but, it always took a wild turn. Just when you think, you have an idea how things are going to turn out, the novel takes you in a complete different direction. This is a must- read for fans of adult fiction/ science fiction. I defiantly think that this is a great read, for readers trying to get into adult literature as well. The book reads at a fast pace that you are never bored wondering when the action is going to start. It sucks you in, within the first few pages. After I finished reading this novel, I felt myself connecting little movie references or events that happen in my everyday life to the book. I throughly enjoyed it, it had an interesting plot that was very well developed and delivered.

The characters were hard not to either fall in love with or want to smack upside the head. Jack, was a lovable stay at home dad, which I just wanted to help out throughout the book, on the other hand his wife Julia, I couldn’t stand from the very beginning. I felt, that she was very underdeveloped as a character and could have played a bigger part in the novel if her background and what her involvement with nano particles was displayed right of the back. I felt that she was taken out of the main portion of the book way too soon, and didn’t return until the very end and I would have liked to have seen more of her.

The main antagonists were the nano particles themselves, and they were hard not to love. They were just so interesting and it kept me on the edge of my seat learning new information about them. I felt that they were tough, and the more information that was given to the reader about them, the more dangerous the entire plot turned to be and that kept me on the edge of my seat.

The plot was something that I was never exposed to and it was extremely new and exciting. I loved it. Overall, this was a fast paced novel, which kept me gripping to the edge of my seat. I would defiantly have to leave you with saying, if you have not been exposed to the masterpiece that is “Prey”, what are you doing, get up, go to the bookstore or the library and get your hands on it, you will not be disappointed.

Standard
Book Review

Review: Breakable By Tammara Webber

Image

Title: Breakable

Author: Tammara Webber

Pages:  368

E-Book

Published: May 6, 2014

Publisher: Penguin Berkley

Synopsis:  He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.

As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.

All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…

As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.(Goodreads)

Review:

I adored Easy, which was the first installment of Contours of the Heart, where we are first introduced to Lucas a spunky college student, who Jacqueline Wallace falls in love with.  In this sequel, we see the relationship that unfolds between Lucas and Jacqueline, through Lucas’s eyes.

What made this book interesting is that it is told from Lucas’s teenage perspective as Landon, exploring the difficulties and challenges that he had to face as a teen in order to shape his character as Lucas. The book trades of point of views, between Landon and Lucas. You are not just getting the fairy tale love story retold from Lucas’s point of view, but the reader gets the chance to dig deeper inside his brain.

I loved Breakable, I think that it was a perfect continuation to “Easy”. In Easy Jacqueline questioned some of  Lucas’s motives and held her guard up until she got to know him better.  But, seeing the story from Lucas’s pov. the reader gets a glimpse at how protective, he was over her. He was the perfect gentleman that any girl would be lucky to find and every mother wants a boyfriend like this for their daughter. Not, once in the novel did Lucas, push Jacqueline to do anything, instead he would make sure that she was comfortable and okay before progressing their relationship any further. It was refreshing to see that even in a novel chivalry lives. No matter how badly, he wanted Jacqueline he made sure that she was comfortable with her surroundings, him and the intense chemistry/intimacy between them.

You also, get to see a side of Lucas known as Landon. Landon, is his teen self, Landon’s voice creates the background of Lucas. It tells the story of where he comes from, the challenges he has faced in life and the relationships he has built.  I personally adored Landon, he was a frustrated, and terrified teen who had to see too much as a young child. Landon’s story shows how he deals with guilt, isolation and pain. It explores his first love, while trying to make it through high school, barely keeping his head above water. We watch Landon  lose everything that he ever loved and tumble to the bottom, and then you see him make the decision to pick himself up and make a choice to continue and better himself. You explore the relationship’s that he has with his father, who is swallowed by immense anger and pain. You see Landon’s relationship with his grandfather who is accepting and is the rock, that shelters Landon and his father. Landon’s grandfather, easily becomes Landon’s best friend, guide, mom and dad all in one character.

Breakable, was a beautiful story. It made me fall in love with Landon and Lucas all over again. Tammara Webber has a way of making her characters come to life and make you feel for them and want to help them over come their struggles.  I gave this book 5 stars, it was perfect from the beginning until the end. I wouldn’t recommend reading “Breakable,” right after “Easy,”. I would give yourself a little break and go back. I felt that when I read the two quite some time apart from each other, I fell in love with the story and the character’s more. There was just the right balance between the two novels and I couldn’t have asked for anything more perfect.

Standard
Book Review

Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

17383918 Title:   Allegiant

Author: Veronica Roth

Pages: 526

Published: Katherine Tegen Books

Synopsis:

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent

Review:

Let me begin by saying that I have waited such a long time to read this book, a while back I read the first two books in the series and I was completely sucked into the world of Tris and Four. As soon as I was finished I pre-ordered Allegiant on my kindle but didn’t get into it for a while. This past week I have been battling a sinus infection and what better way to be sick in bed but, finish a series that you have loved for such a long time. With that said, you can assume that I had super high expectations for this book, and I am very sad to say that they were not quiet met.

Firstly, I felt like I was thrown into a completely different story from what I had fallen in love with. I loved the faction atmosphere and seeing the conflict that arose between them, as well as how it was dealt with. This time around when our main characters go outside of  the faction limit and get exposed to the world beyond the fence, the world that Veronica Roth built for me in the first two books went out the window. This final installment felt more like a first novel of a series.  I was defiantly not expecting to come face to face with the world beyond the fence. Although, seeing the factions and there life from the outside was very interesting, it made the book drag for me a little. For the first time the characters were not as powerful as they have been throughout the first two books because suddenly they are under leadership of people that had the ultimate power to control them. Lastly, the ending of this trilogy was extremely unexpected and its been days since I have finished reading the book and I still don’t know how to wrap my head around how the story ended.

As always Four, was amazing and his vulnerability and compassion just shone through in this segment of the series. Tris, continued to possess the strength that she has shown within the first two books, as well as selfless that she has battled so hard against when she chose to join dauntless.

Overall, I extremely enjoy the series as a whole. The first two books were simply amazing and I feel like “Allegiant” didn’t do the series justice. I gave this book a 2 out 5 stars, it wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t what I wanted for the conclusion of  a series that I adore and love. It didn’t tie the lose ends, I felt it created new ones for me.  This last book just really messed with my head, I think that the first two books alone complete the series perfectly.

Standard
Book Review

Review: Branded by Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

Series: Sinners

ImageTitle: Branded

Author: Abi Ketner & Missy Kalicicki

Type: Ebook

Pages: 314

Published: February 18, 2014

Synopsis: Fifty years ago the Commander came into power and murdered all who opposed him. In his warped mind, the seven deadly sins were the downfall of society. He created the Hole where sinners are branded according to their sins and might survive a few years. At best.
Now LUST wraps around my neck like blue fingers strangling me. I’ve been accused of a crime I didn’t commit and now the Hole is my new home. Darkness. Death. Violence. Pain.
Now every day is a fight for survival. But I won’t die. I won’t let them win.
The Hole can’t keep me. The Hole can’t break me.
I am more than my brand. I’m a fighter.
My name is Lexi Hamilton, and this is my story.

Review:  Going into this book I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into.  The plot of the novel, really reminded me of Dante’s Inferno, the sinners were separated by the crime that they committed and then branded with the sin upon there neck. For some reason I kept thinking of the 9 circles of hell, in regard to the 7 deadly sins. The sins were divided into pride (purple), wrath (red), greed (yellow), gluttony (orange), envy (green), sloth (black) and lust (blue). Our main character was accused of being lustful and therefore was branded with the blue color. Once inside the “Hole” which I like to connect with hell, Lexi our main protagonist was given a guard to protect her named Cole. From the very beginning of Cole’s and Lexi’s relationship, Cole is always protective and kind towards her. Cole’s job is to keep her in line, make sure she attends her daily duties and protects her from the other prisoners in the Hole. As they spend more and more time together the energy that is brewing between them becomes stronger and stronger, which is very dangerous not only for Lexi but Cole as well. The Commander, the leader of the Hole doesn’t take lightly to any romantic relationships established between sinner and gaurd. While Lexi is trying to survive, the “Hole” there is a war brewing and someone close to her may just be in the middle of it. Will Lexi and Cole be able to fight against the commander and free the sinners once and for all or will they be punished in the most horrible way for allowing themselves to feel?

I gave this book a 3 out 5 stars. I really enjoyed the plot but I felt that there were bits and pieces that weren’t quite fully developed. At times when I was reading I would stop and have to back track to try to make sense of what just happened. Besides from that I thought that the main characters where simply amazing. I loved Cole, he quickly got added onto my book crush list. I felt that the development of Cole’s and Lexi’s relationship was very relatable and was not rushed at all. I really enjoyed this because it really showed them really trying to fight against there emotions while letting parts of them win. Cole, through out the book just always had the right thing to say and was just a huge heartthrob for me. As for Lexi, I always tend to have a problem with main female characters because they are always are portrayed as weak and this defaintly not the case with Lexi. From the very beginning she was strong and powerful, which left the reader feeling prepared for whatever may come next in the book.

If you like suspense, and romance this is a must read holding onto your seat dystopian novel.  Thank you to the lovely authors and net galley for sending me a ARC.

Standard
Uncategorized

Read-a-thon Extravaganza

Image

 The_Fault_in_Our_StarsIsis and Scatty had a read- a-thon going on from May 1st to May 7th. I found out about it on April 30th, and I was excited to read my life away. However, my life said “No, Marina you can not just spend your days reading books.” I was completely unprepared for the busy week that I have found myself in. I didn’t make any goals for the read-a- thon because I knew that I would not have a lot of time to read. Through out the week, I actually forgot that I challenged myself to participate in a read-a-thon. So, without any goals and without any page counts, my progress stands at that I finished “Lola and the Boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins, which left off on a book hang over. I wanted and needed the next book in the series, as I mentioned in a previous posted I hit up my friendly kindle store searching for the last book in the trilogy and was completely disappointed to find out that it doesn’t come out until August 2014. But, do not fear, as most book lovers and bloggers I found myself staring at an enormous to be read pile sitting on my shelf and an equal pile that has accumulated on my kindle. I ended up picking up “The Fault in Our Stars”, by John Green, which I have heard a lot about and wanted to read for quiet some time. Currently, I am bout 48 pages into “The Fault in Our Stars,” and I am absolutely in love with the characters and the world building that John Green provides for the reader. I can not wait for the movie to come out and be able to relive the story again.

Standard
Uncategorized

Waiting on Wednesday: Isla and the Happily Ever After

For those who don’t know what “Waiting on Wednesday,” is, it is a weekly event where book bloggers display there most awaited reads. It is hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine

So, for those who follow my Goodreads, you may be aware that I have been sucked into the whole world of “Stephanie Perkins,” she is the writer of “Anna and the French Kiss,” and “Lola and the Boy Next Door,” the second installment in the addicting series. I found myself reading “Lola and the Boy Next Door,” and was positive that the third and last book in the series was out. So, the plan was finish “Lola and the Boy Next Door,” download “Isla and the Happily Ever After,” and continue to fall in love with the plot and the characters of these books. But, here is were we get to the moment of disappointment. Last night I go on amazon, and I’m looking through the e-books and there were the download button of “Isla and The Happily Ever After” should be there is a large yellow button that says PRE-ORDER!!! I felt like my heart dropped into my stomach and my entire reality had just shattered into a million pieces. Ok, well now I’m being a little dramatic, but it was quite a sad moment.

So, without further or due todays “Waiting on Wednesday,” is “lsla and The Happily Ever After,” by Stephanie Perkins.

ImageFrom te glittering streets of Manhattan to he moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new

Mark your Calendars : August 14, 2014

Standard