I had high hopes for this book. I'm counting this as my New York Times bestseller on my 2016 challenge. Fortune Hunter promised to be great for fans of Downton Abbey, and the description made it sound like it was a drama filled love triangle. TOTALLY WRONG. This books was super boring. The characters had no depth to them and I really didn't care what happened or how it ended. I kept trying to read hoping something would happen. After three hundred pages of nothing, I felt like I had spent to much time not to finish it. Save yourself the time and the money. Skip this one.
Okay so, I officially have a check out problem. I have four book checked out at home, and I haven't read any of them. I'm also in the middle of three other books. How is a girl supposed to keep up?
Many students begged me to read Throne of Glass, so here it is. I finished it a few weeks ago. This book has some serious girl power. It kinda reminds me of Graceling. Celaena is totally a cool character. I love how powerful she is. The book starts off kinda slow, but as you get into it a mystery begins to occur. The Champions begin to die off one by one. I was on the edge of my seat once I really got into the book. Now if I could only find the time to read the rest of the series. I'm off for now. Maybe I'll finish my other three books soon. Who knows. We do have a three day weekend :)
So over the holiday I planned on reading 6 books. However, I only got around to reading two. Ugh now I have a serious back log on books. Here are the two I read.
1. Black Hole: How an idea Abandoned by Newtonians, Hated by Einstein, and Gambled on by Hawking became Loved by Marcia Bartusiak: Okay so one of my goals is to read more non-fiction. I actually do enjoy reading about non-fiction and learning new things. It just seems like fiction always calls my name. Anyway, I'm really into astrophysics. The idea behind it all just blows my mind. The universe is so complex. This book told the history behind our concept of black holes. I find it crazy to think at one point in time we didn't know what gravity was. Even know, we don't fully understand gravity. Anyway, this book was pretty short, but in depth. The author did a great job writing it. I felt like I was reading a story rather than a bunch of random facts. I will warn you. You need some knowledge of physics to understand many of the complex concepts discussed in this book. I found myself google physicists and theories that are written about in the book. I highly suggest it to anyone interested in learning more about our universe. The theories behind the black hole are so complex and intricate.
2. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson: So, this isn't that happiest book in the world, but it's an addicting read. Lia and Cassie are two best friends who made a bet to see who could be the skinniest. The book begins with Lia finding out that Cassie has just died alone in a hotel room and no one knows why. Wintergirls is a book that exposed the thoughts and feelings of someone battling anorexia. It takes a real look into the brain of Lia and how she struggles with the disease. The entire time you read this, you will be fighting for her to overcome it, and all the while you are dying to know what exactly happened to Cassie.
Okay, so after my many creepy reads, I thought I would mix up my reading.
Me, and Earl, and the Dying Girl: This book has been on my reading list for a while. It's nice to read a book from a guy's persepective. This book is more of a book for dude's rather than chicks. I loved this. Going in, I thought this would be like Fault in Our Stars. However, it was TOTALLY different. I loved how real this book was. It's snarky, sarcastic, and I even had a few true laugh out loud moments. I know this is always listed a an ugly cry book, but no tears were shed while reading it. It was for sure a quick read. This would be great for finals week. This book shows how high school truly is and is a great coming of age story.
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Over break, I got to enjoy some down time which included reading. Woohoo! Okay so I read Unbound and Fiendish. I'm kinda into creepy book lately. Not sure why.
Unbound by Victoria Schwab: This book was just as haunting as the first. Mackenzie is now having flashbacks to what happened at the end of the last book. No spoilers here. :) She feels she is starting to go crazy and must hide it from the Archive. This book is a mystery, combined with action and suspense, and adds a whole kind of creep factors to it. It's a great book for anyone that wants a fast paced read with an original plot. as great as dystopian novels are, I personally and getting kind of sick of them. #bookworm problems. Anyway, I am now dying to read the third book in this series. It doesn't even have a release date yet! Are you kidding me?! I spent probably an hour trying to figure out how to get my hands on the next book. Oh well.
Fiendish by Beanna Yovanoff: Again, you can tell I've been into creeptastic books lately. This book had an old New Orleans vibe to it. It would be a great book for anyone who read and loved Beautiful Creatures. It starts out with a young girl named Clementine. She is buried in a cellar during a fire. Then she is discovered ten years later by a boy. Her eyes are sewn shut and she is found with a magic trick bag around her neck. Apparently before she was buried away, strange occurrences happened around the town. Now we the reader are trying to figure out Clementine's role in it all. This is a story weaved with old magic and a tale of small town occurrences. I highly recommend it.
You are going to get a bunch here. Sorry, I've been off my posting game. It's been a crazy month.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer-
This book was recommended by a student. When I started reading this, I thought ugh another Cinderella redo. Really? However, as I read, I found out that this book was much more original. Though it's a bit predictable, I really liked this book. It was a fun quick read. I don't know that I'll finish the rest of the series, but I did enjoy the book. It was fast paced and intriguing enough for me to get hooked and keep me reading.
A Death Struck Year by Mikiia Lucier -
This book is a historically accurate depiction of the Spanish Influenza Outbreak. Maybe it is because I just read Shadow of The Blackbirds, but I was unimpressed with the Georgia Peach Nominee. This book has a great start, but it seems like the plot never develops or goes anywhere.
The Archived by Victoria Schwab-
Loved this book. It had an interesting plot. I felt like this book was very original with a strong female character. It is a kinda creepy book that sucked me almost immediately.
Everyone must read I'll Give You The Sun. Did I say you had to read it? Cause you totally do! This book follows the story of two twins Noah and Jude, who grow apart after their mother's death. This book is artsy, romantic, heart breaking, and heart warming all at the same time. The awards this title has been given are well deserved.
Over labor day weekend, I read our second most checked out book. It's called In the Shadow of the Blackbirds. The book starts out slow, but picks up around page 100. Give it a chance. The book gets seriously creepy when the main character, Mary Shelley (yep named after the author of Frankenstein), begins to see vision of her dead man friend. This book quickly turns into a super creepy murder mystery. It's also a plus for history buffs because it set during WWI when Spanish Influenza was at its heights.
I just finished reading The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. This book has been added to my top five favorites list. It is a wonderful story about family and love. Ava is a normal girl born with wings. This book feels the extraordinary tale of the women in her family. I highly suggest it!