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Insanity Review - 3.5 Stars

Insanity - Lauren Hammond

My thoughts on this book are still a little jumbled. Insanity is a fast read with a storyline that makes it easy to keep readers guessing and turning the pages.  During the entire book I was dying to know what the truth was, we are given small clues to point us towards the truth but yet there were things that had me second guessing what I thought was reality.  It is really easy to connect with the main character and I instantly feel defensive of her when she has flashbacks involving her abusive dad.

 

As for romance, I really didn't get attached to Damien and Adelaide's relationship.  We never really get to see them interact or connect.  We just know that they love each other because Adelaide tells us so.  Also in the middle of the book it seems like the author decided she was going to make this for mature audiences and threw half a dozen sex scenes into the mix.  Now don't get me wrong, they weren't done in bad taste, I just felt by that point that it wasn't necessary for the story.  The book felt like it wasn't even going in that direction when BAM sex scenes, pretty much one after another.

 

There were a few instances where the plot didn't meet up correctly and there were quite a few grammatical issues, BUT my biggest problem with the book is that it is being stretched into a series.  I really feel like it would have been better for the author to make it a bigger book and finish the story off at the end, it just doesn't seem like series material.  Though I will probably read the next books because I am left curious about what Adelaide's true story is.

 

Overall I enjoyed Insanity but I am left with a LOT of questions.

Review-4 Stars

The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken

So this book was all sorts of awesome!  From page one I was sucked into the mystery behind the whole Psi organization and rehabilitation camps.  The idea of kids either dying at the age of ten or mutating with abilities is crazy! 

 

I really loved Ruby as a MC, while she has the power inside of her to take a lot of people down yet she hesitates to accept it as a part of her, afraid that it will make her into a monster.  I'm pretty pleased with how Ruby grows over the timespan of the book.  She becomes stronger and more sure of herself But she still has a long way to go.  I seriously love the little group that Ruby, Chubs, Liam, and Zum make.  They are perfect for each other and I really grew attached to them as a whole, especially as we learn more about their pasts.  And can I just say that I am SO Team Liam!  He is just the nicest guy and the most perfect fit for Ruby!

 

The whole book was one twist after another after exciting event after gut wrenching suspense.  But the end!  Ugh the end!  It has me left dying to know what is going to happen, I seriously can't take it!  I really thank the author for leaving me a tiny sliver of hope though!

 

The Darkest Minds is an excellent dystopian set in a realistic future world. It was a thrill ride that I didn't dare step off of until the end.  I highly recommend!

Reading progress update: I've read 488 out of 488 pages.

The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken

Gah!  Good thing I have the next book on my shelf!

Reading progress update: I've read 472 out of 488 pages.

The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken

Ruby you stupid girl!! Ugh!

Reading progress update: I've read 408 out of 488 pages.

The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken

That's right Clancy, be a dick, you're showing your true colors now.  Keep it that way.

Reading progress update: I've read 373 out of 488 pages.

The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken

Ugh nooo!  I don't want Clancy to become anything more than a friend to Ruby but the way things are going it's making me nervous...

Reading progress update: I've read 47 out of 488 pages.

The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken

Sometimes you just know a book is going to be good, even if you're only a couple of chapters into it.  This is going to be one of those books.

Darker Days Review - 2 Stars

Darker Days (The Darker Agency, #1) - Jus Accardo

Jus Accardo you have disappointed me!  

 

I LOVE the Denazen series so when I heard about this book I was sooo excited for another awesomely snarky female lead.  Unfortunately it fell flat.  Don't get me wrong it's an okay book but my expectations were so high going in that I can't get over my disappointment.  Jessie Darker was snarky but not in a good way and it was hard to get over her obvious lust/insta love for Lukas.  More than anything Jessie just flat out annoyed me.

 

I also had a hard time going along with the story.  At times it seemed like the story was moving unrealistically fast and other times it drug on.  There was plenty going on and a lot of unexpected realizations but I just wanted it to be so much more.  The ending was the only time I got really into the book but I still don't think I will read the next one.

 

My advice to you is if you are familiar with Accardo don't go in expecting anything, rather have an open mind so that maybe you will have a better chance of enjoying the book.

Books! Books! Books!
Books! Books! Books!
Darker Days (The Darker Agency, #1) - Jus Accardo

Ok, i get it, you think he's hot.  You can stop mentioning it now!

Eden - Keary Taylor

Oh my goodness this book! I was so confused when searching for this book on Goodreads because it's actually under the name "Eden" evidently it's been revamped into a series since everyone loved it. I don't know if that means the author wrote more or if it was originally longer and she just split it up. Also I love the cover of this edition better, very badass!

 

The MC, Eve, is so badass and tough and all "I can take care of myself", I really love a strong female lead. The only problem I had with her was her confusion over who she loved and really the only reason it bugged me was because I was sure she would choose the wrong one! I also loved the idea behind the story. That in our quest for immortality humans built something that ended up taking us over and destroying our world. This is actually a real fear of mine or really any dystopian setting. I need to stop reading dystopians...or start doomsday prepping. The story is told from Eve's POV so we follow her along as she struggles to keep the small community of people who she considers family alive. Not long after the start of the book three new people stumble upon Eden (the name of the community) one of them being West who has his own secrets, one of which will make Eve rethink her entire being.

 

The book is full of action, never feeling dull or slow and as I've already stated the romantic tension of "whose she going to choose" really had me turning the pages. Overall I feel this book was good both for it's action and for it's romance though I feel that it's a little on the heavier side of Romance but I'm okay with that. I'm pretty excited to pick up the next book!

Where You'll Find Me - Erin Fletcher
**I received this as an eARC throught Netgalley from the publisher.  In no way does that effect the thoughts and opinions expressed here.  I did not receive compensation in any way for this review.**
 
 
 
REVIEW
 
I feel like most of the good books I have read recently have been full of deep feels and have been mostly contemporary stories. This book was no different, it gave me sooo many feels!  There were moments of sadness but the happiness outshines them! 
 
I loved Hanley.  I loved how sarcastic she was, a lot of her witty retorts had me snickering, even if it was a self defense mechanism for her. I felt for her and wished she could come to terms with her grief and that her parents would realize what they were doing to her. Then she finds Nate, or is it he that finds her, either way I love him.  I loved them together!  Nate became Hanley's leaning post, the person she could trust with her sadness.  While I kept hoping for her to find the strength in herself to overcome things I was really glad she had him.  But Nate has his own secret and unfortunately Nate wasn't ready to share his secrets. I felt for Hanley because of it, I mean she opened up and made herself vulnerable but Nate won't do the same in return.  Of course when he does it's a bombshell!
 
There were also some rock solid supporting characters, I kind of wish we had more time to see their interactions, they were just the type of friends Hanley needed and I'm left wishing we could have seen them grow and develop more, it read like they each have their own story to tell.
 
The pacing was excellent and when I wasn't swooning I was dying of suspense over what Nate's secret was and how it would effect his and Hanley's fragile relationship.
 
Coming off my happy buzz I have to say that the ending left me with a few questions and you could say I'm now secretly hoping for a follow up book so those questions are answered.
 
In short: Where You'll Find Me is a quick, cute but at times serious read that I loved and know I will read again. I highly recommend!
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Don't end up like the dinosaurs...

Tuna Bagel?

Darker Days (The Darker Agency, #1) - Jus Accardo

She's worried about puking because of the zombie smell when she willingly ate a tuna bagel earlier?? A TUNA bagel? Yuck..

Fates (Fates, #1)

Fates  - Lanie Bross Review to come.

Make Me a Match

Make Me A Match (The Matchmaker) - Lori Brighton Ugh, I just can't. I have officially given up at page 50. Review of my thoughts up to this point to come.