Monday, September 25, 2017

The Town Built On Sorrow by David Oppegaad ARC #BookReview

The Town Built on SorrowTitle: The Town Built On Sorrow  
Author: David Oppegaad
Publisher: Flux
Published Date: September 26th 2017 by
Genre: YA, Mystery
Format: Kindle

My Rating: 

Goodreads Summary: 
Welcome to the strange mountain foothills town of Hawthorn, where sixteen-year-old Harper Spurling finds herself increasingly obsessed with the diary of a local 1860s pioneer girl while a serial killer runs unchecked through the area, dumping his victims into the town's dark river. As Harper's curiosity leads her closer and closer to the killer, she'll have to think fast or join the killer's growing list of victims. Because in Hawthorn, a town built on sorrow, the barrier between life and death is as fragile as an old, forgotten skull.   


 My Review:
Book has mentions of sex, underage drinking, talking skull, & drug use.


This was a book that a should have loved. It has mystery, history, and it seemed like a little bit of thriller mixed in. But oh how wrong I was. This has been one of the most disappointing reads this year.

We have three/four different perspectives in this book; Hawthorn, Harper, A Skull, & Olav. Now your probably thinking okay. That's more than expected, but we can work with it. That's what I thought to, in fact I thought Hawthorn and Olav would solve the mystery together once I realized he was a part of the story as well. But oh how wrong I was..
Olav finds a skull in the woods when he goes to bury the neighbors cat he accidentally runs over. Now I know what your thinking, okay... should he call the cops or at least tell someone? Apparently not, instead the skull starts talking to him and telling him to do things that he shouldn't be doing ever!
Then we have naive Hawthorn who is obsessed with Harper's diary and wants to know what happened to her once the book ends. So she starts investigating and along the way her and Olav become sort of friends.
That is until Olav starts doing things that Hawthorn doesn't like, but of course he draws her back in with the fact that he has found something about Harper. This was when I was so ready to shake Hawthorn and tell her don't go, he's lying. Thank fully she had started to get some brains by this point and had brought a friend along, but it still ends up going horribly wrong.

Overall would not recommend this book, I didn't enjoy any of it by the end and honestly wished I had stopped reading it after 50% and stopped hoping that it would get better.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Gemina (Illuminae Files #2) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman #Bookreview

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)Title: Gemina
Series: Illuminae Files #2
Author: Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers    
Published Date: October 18th, 2016
Genre: YA, science-fiction, space
Page Count:608
Format: Library Binding

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ .5

Goodreads Summary: 
The highly-anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.


 My Review:

Read my review for Illuminae the first book in this trilogy first.

I listened to this book on audio while following along with the physical book. Still highly recommend doing it this way, so you can get the full effect and truly feel like you are a part of the story.

When we first meet Hanna Donnely it seems like she's just going to be like any other military brat. But once the action starts happening we see her true colors underneath the life she has made for herself. We see the training her father has given her since she was little actually proving to be useful and we see her make tough/scary decisions that will affect everyone on multiple ships.

Nik seems like he is going to be your typical badboy just in space. But he's got secrets of his own, and his bad-boy act is just that for the most part. Yes, he's done some questionable things, but nothing as bad as everyone thinks. He's done things to protect his family and continues to do so when it comes to Hanna and his cousin Ella who is also on board.

My favorite out of all the new character is Ella. She is a computer hacking genius who is paralyzed but doesn't let that stop her from helping Hanna and Nik save the ship.

For most of this book, I wasn't really sure how it and the first one we're going to connect, but towards the end we see how. Katy is still using the information she found out at the end of the first, and it appears that the third and final book will be where she is able to show everything she has found out and use it take down BeiTech.

I'm still loving this series, and how it incorporates so many different things and truly feels like a movie. I can't wait to see what ends up happening next and I hope some of my theories are correct!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Waiting on Thursday #6

Originally Waiting on Wednesday created by Jill @ BREAKING THE SPINE. I've decided to move it to Thursdays.

Time for another realistic fiction book!


Carry Me HomeCARRY ME HOME is a fictional novel inspired by the true story of a teenage girl’s involvement in several Mexican gangs in San Jose and Los Angeles. The members of her crew call her, Guera, Spanish for “white girl” and it doesn’t take long for her to get lost in their world of guns and drugs.

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Lucy and Ruth are country girls from a broken home. When they move to the city with their mother, leaving behind their family ranch and dead-beat father, Lucy unravels.

They run to their grandparents’ place, a trailer park mobile home in the barrio of San Jose. Lucy’s barrio friends have changed since her last visit. They’ve joined a gang called VC. They teach her to fight, to shank, to beat a person unconscious and play with guns. When things get too heavy, and lives are at stake, the three girls head for LA seeking a better life.

But trouble always follows Lucy. She befriends the wrong people, members of another gang, and every bad choice she makes drags the family into her dangerous world. 

Told from three points of view, the story follows Lucy down the rabbit hole, along with her mother and sister as they sacrifice dreams and happiness, friendships and futures. Love is waiting for all of them in LA, but pursuing a life without Lucy could mean losing her forever.

Ultimately it’s their bond with each other that holds them together, in a true test of love, loss and survival.

Why I'm Waiting

Books based off of real life scenarios, yes, please. I struggle to read a lot of nonfiction, but when it's turned into fiction with real life elements I fly through them. 


  • Format: Paperback/Hardcover
  • Publisher:  Acorn Publishing
  • Expected Publication:  September 26th 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo #Bookreview

Private PeacefulTitle: Private Peaceful
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Published Date: October 1st 2004
Genre: Historical Fiction, WWI, MG
Page Count:208
Format: Hardcover

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ .5

Goodreads Summary: 
From the Children's Laureate of England, a stunning novel of the First World War, a boy who is on its front lines, and a childhood remembered.

"They've gone now, and I'm alone at last. I have the whole night ahead of me, and I won't waste a single moment of it . . . I want tonight to be long, as long as my life . . ." For young Private Peaceful, looking back over his childhood while he is on night watch in the battlefields of the First World War, his memories are full of family life deep in the countryside: his mother, Charlie, Big Joe, and Molly, the love of his life. Too young to be enlisted, Thomas has followed his brother to war and now, every moment he spends thinking about his life, means another moment closer to danger.


 My Review:

"The more we sing the more cheery we become, and that's  in spite of all we see - the shell shattered villes we march through, the field hospitals we pass, the empty coffins waiting."
Tommy Peaceful is a young man who has gone off to war with his big brother Charlie and is now trying to survive nights in the trenches by remembering his childhood.

During his childhood, his family always struggled after his father died in a tree cutting accident, that Tommy has always felt guilty for. He tends to follow around his big brother Charlie and Molly who is his best friends, but as time goes on Charlie and Molly start spending more time together and leaving out Tommy in small ways.

Add in a brother who needs help, a rich man who tries to control the whole town, and a mean aunt. The boys are left with only two options, move to a different town, or go to war. Not wanting to make their mother and brother move they join the war.

The war isn't what they expected it to be, and Tommy struggles with it and without Charlies by his side I'm not sure he would have made it.

Overall I did enjoy this story. I don't know much about WWI in general besides the basics. So to learn some of the things that the men had to deal with and how they were treated is just awful. Tommy manages to make it through with letters from home and remembering his childhood. This at first was a little confusing to me, but as it got closer to his present it was easier to understand.

I would highly recommend this book if you're wanting to know a little about WWI.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Down The TBR Hole #6

Down the TBR Hole was created by Lia from LOSTINASTORY.
This weekly meme is to help you get your tbr down to a more manageable number, by going through 10 books from your shelves and deciding if you will really read the book or not, and getting rid of the ones you no longer want to read.

LAST WEEK I was able to get rid of 3 books! Taking my Goodreads TBR down to 2,500. 

The Town Built On Sorrow by David Oppegaad ARC #BookReview

Title:  The Town Built On Sorrow   Author:  David Oppegaad Publisher:  Flux Published Date:  September 26th 2017 by Genre: YA, ...