The Wolf

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The Wolf is about Vincent Marelli, a crime boss who seeks revenge after his wife and daughters were killed in a terrorists attack. Pretty straightforward, right? I picked up this book because based off the synopsis this sounded like an action-filled ganster read. I was somewhat right.

There wasn’t really a lot of action. There was a lot of explanation and background that I thought was somewhat unnecessary and honestly I got a little bored with the book after a few chapters but I kept reading. Each chapter was only about 5-7 pages long so the book is actually something you could finish in a day or two. It did pick up towards the end of the book but it was very anticlimactic. Also Vincent found out the name of the person who ordered the attack on his family which surprised me and didn’t surprise me. As far as I know there isn’t another book and hopefully the author doesn’t intend to leave The Wolf with that cliffhanger.

Overall, I give it a 2 out of 5.

Until next time!

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Private Down Under

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I saw this book in Barnes and Nobles a couple of months ago and with me being a fan of James Patterson novels I had to read it.

Private is an investigation company composed of top notch detectives and cutting edge technology with multiple offices around the world. The company is now launching it’s next office in Australia when a deaf, Asian man, bloodied and hurt crashes the launch party. As the team investigates his case bodies of murdered Suburban housewives litter the streets. The members of Private certainly have their hands full with horrendous crimes.

Let me start off by saying that I was salty as hell! Meaning I thought this was a stand alone book but it turns out this is the seventh book in a series. Seventh! But honestly, you don’t really miss much. As I said before, I am a fan of James Patterson and I believe this is the first adult book I have ever read by him. And….I was not impressed. The synopsis of this book gave the impression that there was a lot of action and intrigue going one especially since it sounded like a murder mystery but that’s not the vibe I was getting. The book read more like one of Patterson’s adolescent novels instead of an adult one. Also, there were two many cases the detectives were trying to solve. I thought the book was mainly about the botched kidnapping of the Asian man but it turns out the crew were also investigated two more crimes at the same time. As I was reading the premise of the story reminded me of a book series I read last year called the FI series or Forensic Instincts series (read book review here).

Maybe I need to read the other six book of the series to really feel something but I think Patterson (along with co-author Michael White) could’ve done a better job.

Overall, I give it a 2/5.

Until next time.

Stars Above (Lunar Chronicles collection)

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I can never get enough of the Lunar Chronicles. It is now my favorite book series ever! And now here I sit, after reading a collection of stories that describe the life of each crew member of the beloved Rampion ship.

Stars Above is a collection of short stories that; explains how Wolf became a lunar operative, how Michelle Benoit came to take care of Cinder in the first place and it also tells the story of Kai and Cinder’s first meeting though Kai’s eye. Not only did I laugh constantly like with the other installments, but I couldn’t help but “ohh” and “ahh” at certain parts. Especially the last story. It was so cute and romantic and I sincerly almost cried! This read didn’t really introduced anything new that someone who has read The Lunar Chronicles doesn’t already know (except for that one bit about an android) so I’m not going to give this book a rating. It was fairly quick read as well.

For those of you who have yet to read this series…….what the hell are you waiting for?!

Until next time!

 

Mirrored

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Mirrored is the latest book written by the very talented Alex Flinn

Violet wants nothing more than to be beautiful. So when she meets Kendra, a witch, who helps Violet tap into her own powers, she creates a whole new persona that sets her on a path of revenge.

Celine is Violet’s stepdaughter who has been beautiful since birth but Celine things her beauty is an annoyance. Regardless, that doesn’t stop Violet from feeling threatened by her and taking drastic measures to make sure she is the fairest of them all.

I absolutely love fairy tale retellings. It’s cool to see how different authors are able to retell each story differently. This book is the retelling of Snow White. The witch of the story, Kendra, has actually made multiple appearances in previous Alex Flinn books, such as Beastly and Bewitching. Like a few of Flinn’s book this one started off in a different era as to give us background on a few characters. This book started off in the 80s when Violet was a teenager and it gave us insight as to why she became who she was in the first place. I did think it got a bit cheesy at the end but I wasn’t surprised. I was surprised at how Goose’s family was so willing to accept that witchcraft and magic exists but it helped moved the story along. I do like Goose’s character: he’s funny, quirky, outspoken and oh so very sweet. I also like how the author didn’t make him the typically high school dreamboat but then again I think that was the point. At some point you do feel a little sorry for Violet. She was bullied because of her looks and she harbored so much anger and pain she took it out on anybody. Which goes to show you, you can be pretty on the outside but ugly on the inside. But with that aside, I think Flinn did another creative job with a classic fairy tale.

Overall, I give it 4/5.

Until next time!

The Asylum Book Tag

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Thank you to ThriceRead for another book tag.

1. A book couple that drove you nuts?

Book and Hope from The Capture. Their relationship was on again off again and so on. It was just so annoying.

2. You’re going off the rails fast: name a book series that will pull you out of the dark place?

FanGirl.

3. Name a book that messed with your head and left you shaking?

Either Gone Girl or We Need to Talk About Kevin. Both books are similar in context but none the less creepy.

4. You are going into solitary confinement for one year and you can only bring one book series. What would it be?

Ugh! If I had to bring one book and one book only it would Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles. Love that series!

5. BREAK OUT! Name one character that would help you escape the asylum?

Cinder from the Lunar Chronicles. She broke out of a prison once why not an asylum?

6.You are stuck in an asylum: name one character you would chose as a cellmate?

I may be cheating at this point. Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles. He was locked in a prison cell before and I believe he would make me laugh all day.

7. Name a character that you would be terrified to be locked up with?

Hatch from the Michael Very series. He’d get inside my head and start messing with me psychologically.

The Raven King

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This is the fourth book to a series called the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. I started reading this series back in high school and to perfectly honest……70-80% of the series I do not remember, HOWEVER, I will do my best to catch you up to speed.

The Raven Cycle is about a group of teenagers who spend their time looking for a deceased Welsh king. It is said that whoever wakes the king will be granted a favor. One of the main characters, Blue Sargent, couldn’t fathom the idea of hanging out with the privileged Aglionby boys, Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah but finds herself compelled to befriend them anyway. The catch? Blue comes from a family of psychics who inform her that she’ll kill her true love with a kiss. And her true love is none other than Gansey himself. In addition, Ronan is a dream thief who can bring items back from his dreams, Adam is connected to a magical forest and Noah is a ghost. These band of teenagers are in for an adventure that they will never forget.

Now that you all are up to speed (sort of) let’s get into the review of The Raven King.

It is the year that Gansey is said to die and the gang has not yet stopped looking for the Welsh King Glendower. But something is wrong with Cabeswater, the magical forest that Adam is connected to. It’s being destroyed and these four teens must figure out why.

As I said before it’s been a while since I started reading The Raven Cycle so it took me a while to get up to speed. I even had to read the plot on Wikipedia for a memory jog. But anyway, the addition of Henry Cheng was a nice touch. To me he added humor to the book in a different way that Ronan does. There was also a bit of romance between two other characters that I did not see coming, nor will I get into in order to keep this review spoiler free but I thought that was a nice addition to the plot as well. I will say that for a bunch of teenegers they have very profound and deep ways of thinking as well as an impressive vocabulary. To be quite honest, I got about halfway though the book before I realized that I had little to know clue what the hell was going on. Not that Maggie Stiefvater is a bad author (I’ve read other books by her and I’ve enjoyed them), its just that there was a lot going on and it confused me.

Overall, I give it a 2.5-3/5.

The Capture (The Prey #2)

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Today I finished reading The Capture which is the second book to Tom Isbell’s, The Prey.

In this next installment Book, Hope and others teens who escaped their prison camps head back from their safe haven in the New Territory in order to save the friends they left behind. In my last review of this series I said The Prey had an adolescent feel to it and I’m not surprised that this book had the same feel to it. I also said that I was happy to learn that the main characters were people of color and to honest I’m started to doubt that. But anyway, I can relate to the character of Book; he loves to read (obviously), he’s shy and he’s not really a natural-born leader but people listen to him when it matters. Honestly, there were times I wanted Book to tell off the character Dozer in the book but that didn’t happen. What also got on my nerves was his relationship with Hope. They’re not really boyfriend and girlfriend considering the dire situation of it all but they have this on again off again thing going on. First Hope wants to ignore Book, then she wants to hold his hand, then she hates him, then she loves him. It was annoying! But they’re teenagers so……whatever. But I enjoyed the book just like the last one; it had humor, action and emotion.

Overall, I give it a 3/5.

Until next time!

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles)

So…….in my last book review about The Lunar Chronicles I said that Winter was the fourth and final book. And it is. However, Fairest. is techinally the fourth book. It’s the story of Queen Levana’s life before she became Queen of Luna; about her sister’s abuse, her crooked sense of love and how she staged Princess Selene’s death many years ago. This book actually came out before Winter back in 2015 but honestly you don’t miss anything if you read these two books out of order. In a way you feel bad for Levana despite her despicable ways. Her parents never loved her, her sister tourtered her and even her husband claims he never really love even after 10 years of marriage. I pitied Levana. Just like the book Four from the Divergent series they was nothing particularly exciting about this read because you get a sense of the story already from the previous installments. But I’ll still give it a rating.

Overall, a 3/5.