Apocalyptic, Book Review, Dystopia, dystopian, Zombies

Prescient by DS Murphy

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary via Amazon: “What if I told you you’d be dead in a year? That a food corporation would experiment with genetic modification, and nearly destroy the human race. Would you believe me? Sounds crazy, right? Because nobody can see the future. Nobody but me. And what I see isn’t pretty. A dystopian wasteland. Bodies rotting to nothing in the streets. Humans on the brink of survival. The wilderness eating away at what used to be my hometown. A shadow organization rounding up children. Bands of warring tribes. And let’s not forget the modifieds – the zombie-like remains of what used to be the human race…

My Review: I loved everything about this story except the ending. It was perfect; the pace was great, keeping me engaged up until the mini-cliffhanger. I despise cliffhangers, even if it is trying to pull you into a second book. I suppose the overall conflict of this first book was wrapped up by the end, so that makes up for it. But, I felt it ended too abruptly for me to feel satisfied. I’m left with this urge to keep reading, but the irritation of how the first ended… it’s all very conflicting. 

That being said, the world building was great, the backstory and explanations didn’t get in the way of the action or dialogue. 

The beginning was a bit too slow. Starting the story with the teens sitting around the room smoking might have been a better way to go. There was a lack of build-up to this moment, and it didn’t keep me engaged as much as the rest of the book did. Throwing me right into the tension, conflict, and then suddenly–woah, something strange is happening–would have hooked me in quicker. 

I’m not sure what I feel about the protagonist. There are so many questions left unanswered in this book, I’m kind of frustrated with her by the end. She’s been told exactly what she needs to do to stop the apocalypse from happening, but is in denial or scared and won’t do it–even though she’s consistently looking for a way to fix the future. It’s in front of her, handed to her. So, she’s whining to/about, and frustrated with, her side characters, her sister, and herself, looking for a way to fix things, but refuses to do the one thing that will. This drags on, and it’s maddening. It makes her a little weak, in my opinion. I know she’s just a kid still, but she doesn’t have a choice at this point. 

Time traveling books are really irritating sometimes, especially if things are on a loop–a paradox. I’ve never been a huge fan of time travel (this excludes historical fiction), but this book made it a little more intriguing and unique. The reason behind the apocalypse was also unique–at least, I’ve never read anything like this before, so overall, I enjoyed it. 

Book Review, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

And I Darken by Kiersten White

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Short Summary: A fictional retelling of Vlad the Impaler, with a gender flip. Lada is a brutal princess. She bides her time in the Ottoman Empire with her brother, Radu, until she can return home to claim her throne. 

My Review: Pleasantly surprised, though not at all what I was expecting it to be. I’ll be honest, I preordered this one for its beautiful cover and was hooked by the first few pages of the sample. 

I love the idea of gender swapping Vlad for Lada. She’s ruthless as a child. However, as she gets older there’s a bit of a lull where her character starts to change because of a potential romance building. I think this tenderness takes away from the unlovable Lada, who the readers are hooked by in the beginning. I’m hoping book two brings back her fiery passion, the unrelenting princess–since, in the end, she’s decided to sacrifice the one thing that might have tamed her. 

I didn’t enjoy Radu nearly as much as Lada, though I did appreciate the feelings he develops for a man close to him. I thought this conflict added great tension to the story and pushed Radu to be braver and stronger. 

There’s nothing I didn’t like about the author’s writing style. However, there were times the pacing slows, and I skipped full paragraphs of drawn-out explanations or backstory, which I would have cut out completely. 

Overall, the writing is fantastic, the story is unique, the title is badass and so is the main character. I’ll be purchasing the second book (and repurchasing this one since it’s full of sand and salt water from the beach). 

Book Review, Fairytale, Fiction, Magic, Uncategorized, Young Adult

Lost Boy by Christina Henry

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Short Summary: A retelling of how Peter’s favorite and first lost boy became his enemy, Hook. 

My Review: I read this book in a day. I couldn’t put it down. The pacing and excitement of Neverland mischief and battles doesn’t slow down. 

Getting into Jamie’s head, seeing his compassion for the boys Peter doesn’t care about, and feeling his anger over Peter’s betrayal was emotionally provoking. I was cheering on Jamie the whole time, routing for Peter to fail. 

The story is dark, like Barrie’s original Peter Pan, since it leads up to Pan and Hook’s rivalry. If you didn’t like Peter’s character in the original, you probably won’t like him in this book. Though, I have to say, I enjoyed this story ten times more than I did the original. If you’re like me, and Hook is your favorite character of the two and you like the dark twist of Peter Pan, then this is the perfect book for you! 

Overall, this is one of my new favorites I’m adding to my bookshelf. I bought the paperback from Amazon for my own enjoyment. 

Book Review, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Time Travel, Uncategorized

North by Lizzy Ford

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My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary via Goodreads: “Josie Jackson is whisked further into the past, to the era of Vikings and the (almost) eternal winters of Norway. Carter, the mastermind behind her foray through time, reveals that she’ll be remaining there for six years – assuming she survives the first winter. To complicate matters, Josie has an unexpected health condition, one that threatens her life more than the frigid cold, Viking raids and wild animals.”

My Review: Lizzy Ford’s done it again! β™₯ I sat down to read this book last night and couldn’t put it down until I finished it.

The pace, tension, and nonstop action kept me glued to the page and huddled under my covers (I was worried my cat might come attack my foot at the worst possible moment, and was terrified with no tall tree to hide in. lol). 

The biggest difference between this book and the others is Josie’s character change. She’s changing to adapt to her surroundings to protect those who are precious to her, instead of relying on a man/husband to protect her. 

Carter, the evil genius who’s been throwing her around in time, is as infuriating as ever. However, this is the first time I made a prediction about his characterand I’m excited to say, “I KNEW IT!” Love the kink Lizzy threw in at the end, adding to the tension. Readers are going to flip out over this, especially since she leaves you you hanging. 

Even with the mini cliff-hanger at the end, the conflict of this particular story in the series is met by the ending. The book is well written and characters are well developed. Lizzy Ford’s writing style is one of my all-time favorites, and the book covers for all three of the History Interrupted series are beautiful.

This has become a series I impatiently anticipate release dates of. Grab a copy of these three books immediately and get on the Lizzy Ford crazy, fan-train with me! I’m obsessed with all her books. She’s fantastic.

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You can see all three of my reviews of West, East, and North HERE.

Book Review, Childrens

Peter Pan by J.M.Berrie

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My Rating: 3/5 stars

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Short Summary via Goodreads: “Peter Pan, the book based on J.M. Barrie’s famous play, is filled with unforgettable characters: Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up; the fairy, Tinker Bell; the evil pirate, Captain Hook; and the three children–Wendy, John, and Michael–who fly off with Peter Pan to Neverland, where they meet Indians and pirates and a crocodile that ticks.”

My Review: Peter Pan is such a weird story. This is the first time I’ve read it all the way through, after watching the play, Disney movie, and remakes. I prefer the remakes.

Knowing it’s a play, the writing style and interjecting narrative didn’t bug me too much, and the pace is consistent enough to keep my attention.

There’s nothing I like about the Darlings, Wendy, Jon, or Michael. Peter is an arrogant brat, who forgets everything all the time. Tinker Bell, who is my favorite, is a very minor character. Hook, I actually like the description of, but he’s a bit of a bore.

While I like the idea of a dark, violent Neverland and characters, for a children’s story I still prefer the Disney version, and even then I have some complaints. We won’t even go into my opinion of Barrie’s, or Disney’s, take on the Indians.

There are so many things wrong with this book, but the idea behind it is what I think draws you in. I couldn’t put it down, even though I was cringing during parts of it. Overall, I’ll continue to re-watch the remakes, which are way more kid friendly than this book and less offensive. I’m crossing my fingers Disney will remake it one day, keeping in line with the Disney Fairy stories they’ve been producing–I love the Tinker Bell movies.