Return to the Sky by J.W. Lynne (Above the Sky #2)

5 Stars!

Return to the Sky is the followup to Above the Sky and IT DOES NOT DISAPPOINT! I read Above the Sky in less than 24 hours and Return to the Sky received the same treatment. I once again couldn’t put it down and when I unexpectedly had to go on a 4 hour car ride mid-book, I was cursing the fact that there is no audio version yet. I would have purchased it in a heartbeat, because this is a series I am positive I will be re-reading.

This book had twists and turns that I never expected and its hard to talk about any of the book without spoiling something. Everything I was so sure of in the 1st book is turned on its head, and you learn that everything is not as it seems. When I finished this book I had that “soul-satisfied-perfect-book-bliss” going on and had a hard time wanting to start another book. This is a trilogy, so there is a third book…. I’m dying to read it but also want to put it off so I don’t have to see this series end.

If you love YA Dystopian Fiction then you NEED to start this series. You can read my original review for Above the Sky here.

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Above the Sky by J.W. Lynne (Above the Sky #1)

 5 Stars!!!!!!

Unputdownable!!

I was supposed to be Adulting yesterday…

I still have so many things to do since we’ve moved here (namely upacking the 5 billion boxes still stacked in the garage). I started this book during what was supposed to be a short break and then had to tear myself away from the book an indeterminate amount of time later when I realized that I do, in fact, have kids… AND they require feedings. Above the Sky has an Ender’s Game mixed with Divergent feel to it and I couldn’t. stop. reading.

I hate trumpeting so loudly for a book in a trilogy that I haven’t finished yet, but I can’t believe that I had never heard of this book before now. My review schedule is running a bit behind right now because of the move but I may have to push a few things aside so that I can satisfy my need to finish this trilogy. It is THAT good.

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I received an advance reader copy of this book that I have chosen to review.

All Our Wrong Todays RELEASE DAY!

Today is release day for All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai. An awesome fact I didn’t know about this book before I read it is: it has already been sold to Paramount Pictures for a movie deal and Elan Mastai is writing the screenplay (that’s his day job). I had such mixed feelings on this book, but ultimately enjoyed it. I will definitely be checking out the movie whenever it finally gets here. You can read my original review here.

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All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

4 Stars

It’s hard to put into words how I felt about this book. There are so many things and so many feelings that I’m not sure exactly where to start. Overall, I enjoyed this book, it was convoluted, but in the best way possible. I was constantly wanting to know what happened next and simultaneously rooting for and hating the main characters.

All Our Wrong Todays is a bit longwinded in some areas, a bit compressed in others, a bit too “literary” for my tastes and a bit too sad.  Writing all that stuff down, even I wonder if I really enjoyed this book but the truth is I did. Usually after reading a book I can tell if it will appeal to the people I usually share books with. I can’t on this one. Part of me thinks that everyone will love the fantastical time traveling elements but the emotions of this book might turn those same people off. The main character’s life is sad for pretty much the first 40% of the book. Then, his sadness turns to guilt for another large portion. The author/narrator/whatever goes on various lofty tangents about various things using big smart people words, that I honestly had to skim over because if I had read the whole thing then my eyes would have fallen out of my head and rolled across the floor and its hard to find eyeballs in dark. But I still liked it.

For me, this felt like a blend between science and literary fiction. It had enough science-y, mind bending adventure elements that I enjoyed the story but not enough that it felt like true science fiction. This would probably appeal more to readers that enjoy literary fiction but can also suspend their sense of reality for a bit while they read a story. Not my normal cuppa tea but enjoyable all the same.

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai will be released February 7th.

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Shadow Fall By Audrey Grey

5 STARS!!!!!!!!!

This is definitely YA Dystopian at its best. Shadow Fall by Audrey Grey is the 1st book in the Shadow Fall series. I finished this late last night, and I am so ready for the next book. It definitely reminds me of The Hunger Games, but completely different at the same time. There are some basic similarities, but this is its own story. I’ve heard comparisons to other YA Dystopian series, but I haven’t read them, so I can’t speak for that. I will say that Shadow Fall is one of the best books I’ve read this year.

There are many characters at play in Shadow Fall and I found they each had their own very unique voice. The beginning of a love triangle comes into play and while Caspian makes me feel more “comfortable”, Riser has a very compelling rawness to him. I know so many of you will hate this comparison, but in Twilight terms Caspian is Jacob and Riser is Edward. My two favorite characters are actually “supporting” characters. Teagan is completely awesome and I hope we see much more of this Subversive character in the following book(s). Then there’s Flame and much like her name, she is a definite fireball.

This is one of those books that I picked because of the cover and it turned out to be an amazing read. Shadow Fall isn’t even out yet, and I already can’t wait for its sequel Shadow Rise. Release day for Shadow Fall is November 22, 2016.

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Audrey Grey, Author

I received an advance review copy of Shadow Fall that I have chosen to review.

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

4 Stars!

This book was unexpected and unique. I thought I knew where this book was going based on the blurb, but I found myself in a completely different area wrestling with the question of what “being human” means.

I don’t enjoy cruelty at all and it will easily turn me off. I found it a bit more acceptable in this case because cruelty is pretty much the basis of the story. But Reader beware there is both animal and people cruelty in this book.

The problems I had with the story line, can’t be discussed because MAJOR SPOILERS! I didn’t really enjoy the ending, but not necessarily because of what happened. It was more about how it played out and how long it took. This book could have easily been expanded into 2 or 3 books. It is a rich world with lots of room for exploration. I found The Diabolic to be very compact for a 400 page book.

Disappointments aside, I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be a real page turner and it had some complete twists that I never saw coming. If there was a sequel, I would definitely read it.

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The Delphi Effect RELEASE DAY!

Today is release day for The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker, the first book in The Delphi Trilogy. I am so excited about the start of this trilogy. This is going to be one of those series that I stalk, because I just finished reading this book yesterday and I am so ready for the next two. You can read my original review here.

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