Book Review: This Savage Song

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Title: This Savage Song
Author: Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Published: July 5th, 2016
Genre: Fantasy | YA | Paranormal

synopsis
This Savage Song is about a world where monsters are real. August Flynn is a monster who tries to be human, but is constantly reminded by his brother that he is nothing but a monster. He wants to be like his father, good and kind, and human. Kate Harker wants nothing more than to be recognized by her father, but to do that she has to prove that she is as ruthless as he is.

August and Kate end up at the same school together and life is never the same again.

review
I put off reading this book for a little while, mainly because of the hype. Most books with a lot of hype around them tend to fall flat for me. I have heard a lot of amazing things about Victoria Schwab’s writing and I broke down and read This Savage Song. I am so glad that I did because this is one of the best books I have read in a long time.

What I liked about this book is that the world is so different from our own. Monsters are created by crimes of a human and I love that concept so much. The idea that a monster created by evil and this monsters strength is determined by the severity of the crime is a genius idea! What I don’t like about the idea is the fact that the humans of this story didn’t take into consideration, or didn’t seem to fear, the monsters they created by their crimes. On one side of the city you have a man who lets the monsters run free and makes humans pay for protection. He probably pays some humans to do evil things just to create new monsters. On the other side, one little notion of evil and someone is sent to take care of the trouble. I just feel like in a world like this humans would be a little more wary about their crimes when something far more worse can come of those crimes.

One thing that I did love about this story is that there was no underlying love story. Kate and August end up on the run together, but they do not fall in love. Kate can’t help August if his monster side takes over. August does resist his monster side more when Kate is around, but that is because he is more human than any human. He doesn’t want to hurt anyone. I love that we can have a YA novel without some instant love story. Kate and August were friends at the end, both headed in new directions in their life.

In the end, I enjoyed reading this story. I love that the ending was a well rounded ending, but left me super excited about the next book. I was so excited about the next book that I almost cried when I realized it wasn’t out yet. Can we please hurry and get the next book?

rating5starsI would re-read this again before reading the next book.


Have you read this book? What were your thoughts?

Book Review: The Bad Beginning

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5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Lemony Snicket
Release Date: September 30th 1999
Series: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Genre: YA | Middle Grade | Children | Fiction
Pages: 176
Publisher: Scholastic
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.

Read the Blurb at Goodreads

Review

Violet, Klaus, and Sunny had loving parents at one point. Until a fire destroyed their beautiful home along with their wonderful parents. Now, they have become the responsibility of a distant relative, Count Olaf. From the moment the children were put into his custody, life has been a complete opposite of what the Baudelaire children once had. Now they are forced to do chores, cook, and they are forced to live in a small bedroom with one rickety bed.

Things only get worse at the children find out what Klaus is really after and the plans he has to obtain his goal.

I have watched the Series of Unfortunate Events movie and I loved it. But it has been a while since I have seen it, so I don’t know what has changed from the books to the movies. I am actually grateful for this. The first book was such a fantastic, but sad story. At moments I wanted to reach into the book and pull these poor kids out of the mess they had found themselves in. There are all kinds of warnings in the book that it’s not a happy story, and it is far from a happy story. There are moments where the children have a second of happiness but something always comes to take that away from them.

What I loved most about this book is how the children stay together through it all and try so hard to comfort one another. Their parents have been ripped away from them, as well as the only life they have ever known, but they still have one another. It’s wonderful to read a story about siblings who actually get along and don’t let the stress of a horrible situation break them apart. They never seem to lose hope and while it is a sad book, the message is beautiful.

I can’t wait to start reading the next book.

Aside from the story itself, I want to say how beautiful the book itself is. From the gorgeous cover art, to the wonderful illustrations throughout the book. It has been a while since I have read a book with illustrations in the book, and it brings the magic to a new level when reading as an adult.

Book Review: Yellow Brick War

Yellow Brick War

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Author: Danielle Paige
Release Date: March 15th 2016
Series: Dorothy Must Die
Genre: YA | Retellings
Pages: 270
Publisher: HarperCollins
Buy it : Amazon

First Line:

The Witches were waiting. (This has got to be the most boring first line ever. Lucky it’s a second book in a series. Quick question for writers out there… If it’s the second or third (or so on) book in a series, does the first line matter as much?)

Read the Blurb at Goodreads

 

Cover:

For the series, I love that all the books match. The covers are grungy, beautiful, and eye catching.

Review:

 To be clear, I honestly thought this was the last book in the series. I just started reading the series this year and for some reason I thought it was just a trilogy. After reading the last page and getting angry that I was wrong, I found out on Goodreads that there is another book. It was a bittersweet moment. I wanted to know the ending, but I have enjoyed the story so much I am glad there is another book to wait on. Of course…I hate waiting on books!!

This book starts off with Amy and the witches back in Kansas. A quick brawl with Dorothy ends when Dorothy finds just enough magic to send herself back to Oz, leaving Amy, the Wicked witches, and Nox, stuck in Kansas. The dull lifeless place “where dreams go to die.”

Suddenly Nox is part of the Wicked and Amy is forced to go back to school to find the original magic shoes that brought Dorothy back to Kansas the first time. On top of it all, she also finds that, while she can finally admit she has feelings for Nox, because of his new status as the Wicked, he cannot have a relationship with her, not matter how he really feels.

This book was so frustrating. Not in a bad way, but in a way where I couldn’t stop reading in hopes of finding something good happening. And by good, I mean Amy and Nox finally admitting to one another that they were in love and finding some way to be together. Not that I really had any real hopes that it would happen.

I can’t help it, I am a sucker for romance!

Another thing that I found frustrating is how she is towards her mother. I understand that her mom was a completely different person before Amy was swept away to Oz. And let’s all be honest, if our home town was as dead as Amy’s, we wouldn’t even give it a second thought to stay. What bothered me is that Amy didn’t even give her mom a chance to redeem herself. I felt like it was a bunch of hogwash that she claimed she didn’t want to get close so it wouldn’t hurt her mother when she went back to Oz. Obviously, it’s going to kill her mother again, because her baby has disappeared once again.

But whatever. That was probably the only things that really bothered me about the story.

I thought this book was really fantastic. I loved every minute of it, even the parts that bothered me were enjoyable. Some answers were revealed and the story brings you that much closer to coming to a conclusion.

The ending was a little confusing. And the addition of a new character, I’m curious to see what happens in the next book. Hopefully with the next book the story will end and I can have some semblance of a happy ending. Please let me have a happy ending!

This is slowly becoming one of my favorite series I have ever read. I have always loved the Wizard of Oz story and seeing it in a new light has only made me love it more. Then again, maybe I just like the idea of being picked up by a tornado and land in a new and magical world.

Book Review: Ice Like Fire

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Rating
5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Sara Raasch
Release Date: October 13th 2015
Series: Snow Like Ashes
Genre: High Fantasy | YA
Pages: 479
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Buy it : Amazon

 

First Line:

Five Enemies. Five dented helmets sit lopsided over five equally dented breastplates; five black suns shine, scratched yet distinct, on the silver metal.

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Cover:

I don’t have much to say about the cover. It’s beautiful and it really catches the eye.

Review

Meira has taken her place as Winters Queen. While the Winterians celebrate their new found freedom, Meira worries about keeping her people free. She fears that Angra was not defeated, but she also worries about Cordell’s presence in Winter. She feels the ever growing fear that the Winterians have not seen their last battle and she isn’t sure what she is supposed to do next. All she can do is keep her people busy, rebuilding their home and looking for the magic chasm that the King of Cordell demands be found.

Meira and Theron, go on a quest to find the keys to open the newly found chasm and both have their own reasons for looking for the keys. Meira wants to destroy all magic but Theron wants everyone to have magic.

As they start on their journey, Meira discovers that nothing is what she thought it was, and there is deception underfoot.

This book was just as wonderful as the first. It was fast paced, filled with action, and I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Meira and all that she has been through.

I love that we get a new perspective in the story, falling into the mind of Mather. Mather gives us a new look into the world that Meira doesn’t see. I felt like seeing things from Mather’s perspective we got a deeper idea as to what was going on. I was able to see the things going on that Meira had no clue about. I feel like if Meira had known what was going on she would have figured things out a little sooner.

The beginning of this book moved quickly into things, but gave a glimpse of what life for Winter could have been if Angra had not enslaved them all those years ago. It was a glimpse of a happy life, but Meira didn’t fall for it, which makes me love her character even more. At first she seemed like a whiney teenager, wanting to be the hero of the story. Now she is seeing the errors of her ways, but finding that who she had been was exactly what Winter needed. She becomes the queen of Winter and is suddenly having to care more about the people who look to her for guidance then she cares about herself. It’s a wonderful transition from who she was in the first book.

I love that Meira struggles to find a balance between being the queen her kingdom needs and the wild and reckless girl she used to be.

As for Mather, he is a bit of a jerk at the beginning, but in the end he finds himself again. Of course, he was once told he was a king, and now he suddenly has a mother a father and no crown. But what makes Mather so wonderful is he is not mad that he is not a king, and he does not envy Meira for her position. He only wishes it was still his burden to carry, because it is a heavy burden and he hates that it has fallen to the girl he has loved for so long.

Overall, this has become a beautiful story and I can’t wait to see where the next book takes me.

Book Review: The Wicked Will Rise

THe Wicked Will Rise by Danielle PaigeRating5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Danielle Paige
Release Date: March 31st 2015
Series: Dorothy Must Die
Genre: Fantasy | YA | Retelling
Pages: 29
Publisher: HarperCollins
Buy it : Amazon

First Line:

The Emerald City was burning.

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Cover

I absolutely love the covers of this entire series. What I love even more is that if you remove the dust cover from these books, the naked cover is just as awesome, if not just a little more so.

 

Review

Amy has been swept away by wingless flying monkey’s that can now fly with paper wings. What? Nothing is impossible in Oz.

Amy has failed her mission. Her mission was to kill Dorothy for the Wicked so that Oz could become the beautiful place it once was. But Amy failed. Not only did she fail, but she doesn’t know where any of the Wicked are and she has Oz’s broken Queen, Ozma, tagging along with her as she escapes the burning city.

Now Dorothy is sent on a mission to figure out how to fix Ozma, reunite the Wicked, figure out how to kill Dorothy, and try to decide who she can actually trust in Oz. Though, as far as she has seen, no one in this place is trust worthy.

I have always loved the Wizard of Oz and the magical world that Dorothy finds herself in. What I hate about this book is that it has taken a beautiful story and turned it into something dark and sour. But we wouldn’t have stories without something dark and sour, now would we.

I will admit, I still struggle with the idea of Dorothy being a bad guy and I keep hoping Amy comes across something that proves Dorothy was corrupted by something she had no control over and instead of killing Dorothy, she just has to save her.

Of course we don’t get that in this book. *sigh* This book is just more destruction of Oz. We learn of new places, and wonderful places saved from Dorothy’s darkness, only to see it all go up in flames as her reign of terror spreads.

In all honesty, Danielle Paige is a brilliant story teller and I have loved everything about this book. What is amazing about this book is that I thought it was going in a totally different direction then where it actually ended up going. I love a story that keeps me from figuring out the ending. Even as one of “those readers” That will read the last few pages of any book before reading the rest, I still didn’t see what was coming! That alone convinces me to rate this book 5 stars.

The beginning picked up right where the first book ended and I love that. Sometimes I hate when a next book in a series starts months or even years after the first one ended. But this one literally picks up the exact moment that the first one ended. You are thrown right back into the middle of the war within Oz and there is no resting.

The ending was just as amazing as the rest of the book. An ending that satisfies the reader, yet has you coming back for more. Where would I be without the next book? Possibly curled up in the floor crying about how much I need the next book. Or maybe trying to find a way to stalker the author or the publisher and convince them that I need an advanced copy or I would go mental. (I will keep this in mind when I finish the third book.)

Overall, this is quickly becoming one of my favorite series. Possibly my favorite series I have read this year and It will go on my special shelf of favorites…as soon as I get a new shelf that can house all my favorite series books.

I think this whole series deserves the time it takes to read and I am so sorry I let the negative reviews hold me back this long!

Book Review: The Wrath & the Dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee AhdiehRating5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

Author: Renee Ahdieh
Release Date: May 12th 2015
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn
Genre: YA | Fantasy | Retelling
Pages: 388
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Buy it : Amazon
Read the Blurb at Goodreads

First Line:

It would not be a welcome dawn.

 

Cover:

This cover is so gorgeous. I would have bought this book on the cover alone. The blurb just made that much more desirable.

Review:

 Shahrzad is 16 years old, and she is out for revenge. The King, Khalid, has been marrying young girls of his kingdom and bringing them to their end before dawn. His recent victim was Shahrzad’s best friend. Now, she has volunteered to be the kings next bride and she doesn’t plan to come to the same fate as his last victims, in fact, she plans to make him see his own end before the dawn.

But things sometimes change. Shahrzad tells the king a story and keeps herself alive to see the dawn again, but fails to end Khalid’s life. Even more amazing, she makes it through the next night and the next by continuing the story, before Khalid himself guarantees her safety, but now she has a new mystery. She plans to find out why Khalid has killed so many of his wives, and she is determined to do it without falling in love with the murderous king, except, it might be too late.

Despite her best efforts Shahrzad has fallen in love with the young king who has killed so many before her and she sees that he is not the evil monster she thought him to be. There is something more to the story, and she plans to see this story to an end of any sort.

This story had me on edge. With every turn of the page I was afraid that Shahrzad would meet her end, that Khalid’s secrets would be his burden and only his. Of course, we know there is another book after this one, so obviously something happens to keep Shahrzad alive.

This story is a world of twist and turns, dark secrets and whispered rumors. Just when you think you know what is going on, you are taken down a different path and become completely lost in the story again. Just when you figure something out, you find out it maybe wasn’t exactly how things were going down.

There seems to be so many secrets and the one I became most afraid of in the story was the fact that Shahrzad had come, not to win the heart of Khalid as he thinks, but to kill him. The chemistry between the two was not instant. They didn’t not fall in love with each other at first sight. It was a slow process and neither one of them really knew what was happening until it was too late. But that is only part of the story in this book. That is only the thin top layer. There is so much more going on and love could be the one thing that saves the day, or destroys the world. 

I usually don’t give a favorite quote or passage, but this passage hit me right in the heart and tore it to pieces and made me melt into a puddle of dreamy eyes and butterflies.

Favorite passage:

“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.

“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”

 

DESTROY ME! Favorite quote of any book ever! Okay, you have to add the context to it to get it, but I can not tell you how many times I re-read this bit of the book. It was something unexpected and amazing. I have never had a dialogue hit me so hard before. In that moment there is a power given to Shahrzad and I don’t think she even knows what power she holds in her hands with those words.

 

I would read this book again and again. Maybe I am a sucker for romance, but the story behind the love story is just as powerful. I don’t think there was a single thing I didn’t like about this book.

Book Review: Dorothy Must Die

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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Author: Danielle Paige
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Series: Dorothy Must Die
Genre: YA | Retelling
Pages: 452
Publisher: HarperCollins
Buy it : Amazon | B&N 

 

 

 

First Line: I first discovered I was trash three days before my ninth birthday—one year after my father lost his job and moved to Secaucus to live with a woman named Crystal and four years before my mother had the car accident, started taking pills, and began exclusively wearing bedroom slippers instead of normal shoes.

 

Blurb: I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, do you?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. TO be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road—but even that’s crumbling

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.

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I picked up this book in 2014 right after it was published simply based on its cover and title. I have loved Wizard of Oz and every remaking of it since I was a child. There is no denying my love for the strange and unusual. So when you throw a book at me titled “Dorothy Must Die” I am intrigued.

After buying the book I made the same mistake I always make. I read reviews about it. Let me tell you, not all the reviews are nice. Actually a good many that I read, or half read, were not so great. Not too many people enjoyed this book. So, this book sat on my shelf until this past month.

I hadn’t even read the first line of the book (or rather the first paragraph) before I decided I would wait until last minute to pick it up. I am so mad at myself for waiting this long to read it.

I read the first line and I was instantly hooked. I was mad at Amy’s life and the fact that she felt like she was trash. And I hated so much that there was a bully, picking on this poor girl who didn’t have the greatest home life. Not to mention the bully was a high school girl already pregnant.

I was captivated from the beginning. And then there was a tornado that sweeps Amy away and brings her to Oz, just as it had done Dorothy, only this time Oz is not the wondrous place it once was.

When Dorothy left Oz, she didn’t stay gone. She came back and she basically destroyed Oz and the beauty it was known for. Sure, she killed the wicked witches, but she replaced those witches with something much worse. A nobody farm girl trying to be more.

Now that Amy has found herself in Oz and just happens to also be from Kansas, everyone expects her to be the one to save them from the horror that Dorothy has become.

Amy is such a lovely character. She may complain a little about where she is and claim she isn’t qualified to save all of Oz, but she eventually sucks it up and does only what she can, she tries. And even through the heartbreak and torture she has suffered in her life, she still has a heart of gold and a need to save the people she can.

I may have had some issues, believing that Dorothy could become the great evil she has become, but the book explains pretty well how a good little farm girl like Dorothy could become a power hungry villain and I am somewhat okay with it.

Danielle Paige is a brilliant author and I love what she has done with this book. I am only sad that I don’t have the next book on hand to continue the story right now.

I don’t understand the negative reviews that this book has received, or maybe it was just the early reviews. I loved every second of this book and it helped me get out of my reading slump.

Have you read Dorothy Must Die?? What did you think?

Book Review: Treasures, Demons, and Other Black Magic

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5 Nerd Girl RatingPlus Mustache

 

Author: Meghan Ciana Doidge
Release Date: December 18th 2014
Series: The Dowser
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 350
Publisher: Old Man in the Crosswalk Productions
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: With One hand on the invisible knife at my hip and one hand twined through the wedding ring charms on my necklace, I stepped out from the golden magic of the portal onto the shores of Lock More.

Blurb from Goodreads: I hadn’t set foot in the human world for more than a few hours in over three and a half months. Sure, I was stronger and faster than I’d ever been before, and I had a shiny new sword, but I was seriously chocolate deprived. I don’t recommend quitting cold turkey. And the new sword was a problem — to my mind, anyway. It represented all the expectations of a powerful father and a new otherworldly life. A life that wasn’t the one I’d worked so hard to build. It also represented the responsibility I had to bring my foster sister Sienna to … what? Justice? I didn’t know if that was even possible. What I did know was that Sienna wouldn’t stop, and that I couldn’t just leave everything up to fate and destiny … or maybe I was. Maybe I was doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing. If you believed in that sort of thing.
I just hoped that before the chaos and mayhem renewed, I’d manage to get my hands on some chocolate. It didn’t even have to be single-origin Madagascar. I was utterly prepared to lower my standards.

 

Cover: Another cover that just…it’s so simple and intriguing. Seriously, these books would look good on any bookshelf.

Review

This book is another three months after the second book. The last book ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, with Jade stuck in the Nexus, learning who her father was, and leaving her friends and family behind having no idea what had happened to them. During the three months she has been able to call home, but she hides in the Nexus to avoid a prediction a Seer showed her.

She has left the Nexus because she is on a mission. The last time she saw her sister, Sienna, she had gone full black witch, summoning demons and sacrificing whoever she needed to accomplish her feat.

As she comes out of the Nexus she finds that a young Dragon, Drake, has followed her and refuses to go back. She also finds her best friend, Kandy, and the vampire Kett. They gather to start tracking down Sienna and stop whatever it is she is trying to do. Which soon they find that she is trying to summon demons with more sacrificing.

Jade now knows that there is no saving her sister, she has been lost to the darkness. Jade feels it is her fault and her job to destroy the evil her sister has become.

There are many close calls and Jade finds herself being dragged deeper and deeper into a sadness that has consumed her soul.

Here is what I just don’t understand. How does Jade even begin to think that all of this is her fault? If anything, it’s her grandmothers fault from keeping Jade and Sienna away from the magic they could have and learn. Of course, I feel like Sienna would still turn out to be a black witch because she would still want the power that Jade has.

**WARNING: SPOILERS!**

The ending…let us talk about the ending.

I am still a little…emotional at the ending. Jade has defeated the black witch. She has done what she set out to do, with the help of many, many supporters, but she finds she cannot kill the person who she used to be so close to. Then Desmond takes it upon himself and takes care of it for her. And Jade gets mad at him!! In all honesty, killing Sienna was doing her a favor because the pain she was going to suffer for what she had done would had been a fate worse than death. And did Jade not ask Kett to do it for her if she couldn’t? Would she had been mad at the vampire if he had done it? Every person in the final battle had right to want the black witch dead, no matter if she still had her magic or not! So really, Jade should have been thanking Desmond for doing something she couldn’t bring herself to.

Then, when Jade pushed Desmond away…I about flipped!!

Okay, let me get something straight right now. I will NEVER stop being a supporter of Jade and Desmond! There was just so much chemistry and passion between those two.

**SPOILERS OVER**

 

Aside from the disappointment in some things with the ending, I am happy with this novel. It was fantastic and another book that kept me reading from beginning to end. I jumped right into the 4th book after this one. I just can’t stop myself!

 

Book Review: Mr. Mercedes

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

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Book Review: Mr. Mercedes
Author: Stephen King
Release Date: June 3rd 2014
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy
Genre: Horror/Fiction/Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 436
Publisher: Scribner
Buy it : Amazon

First Line: Augie Odenkirk had a 1997 Datsun that still ran well in spite of high milage, but gas was expensive, especially for a man with no job, and City Center was on the far side of town, so he decided to take the last bus of the night.

Blurb from Goodreads: In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again.

Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

Review

There is a lot going on in this book. Starting with amazingly goretastic cover. The cover is so simple and spine tingling all at the same time.

There are several characters, two main and several side characters, and yet, Stephen King somehow makes it work and keeps it from being too confusing. I listened to this book on audible and it wasn’t even hard to figure out which POV I was listening to when it changed around. The writing was fantastic as always. I never expect less from King.

The beginning throws you right into the story. The very first chapter you get to know a character, a little of his back story, and you find out what kind of person he is. By the end of the first chapter, that one character is no longer alive. It’s not a spoiler because it’s the first chapter. It’s a rollercoaster after that point.

The main character, Bill Hodges is a retired detective with only one major regret and that regret calls him out one day with a letter. The Mercedes killer tries to mess with Hodges, trying to push him over the edge and ends up giving Bill one more mystery to solve.

What I loved about this book is how Brady is trying to get into Bills head, trying to cause him to kill himself, and in the end it only gives Bill something to live for. Brady gives Bill a new lease on life, a purpose to continue on.

Another thing that I loved so much about his story is that Brady is such a real character. I mean, all of them are very realistic, but Brady is the scariest of them all. He is the crazy person who has killed just to kill. He may have had a strange life growing up, but at some point, a switch was flipped and this guy lost his mind. And as the reader, you get to enter that mind and see how it works and how twisted it is. There is a reason that Stephen King is the master of horror. Somehow he knows how the mind of a psycho works.

This whole story has made me so cautious of things and people around me. Brady Hartfield is a computer repair tech and an ice cream truck man. These are the people that are in our lives every day. The next ice cream you buy could be from a mass murderer. Then again, we have had plenty of serial kills that were average Joes that no one would suspect.

This book made me uncomfortable, fearful, and in the end slightly satisfied with several things. I may have laughed at inappropriate times. I would suggest this to all my friends, but I haven’t come across a Stephen King book I didn’t like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Armada

Armada by Ernest Cline

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Author: Ernest Cline

Release Date: July 14th 2015

Genre: Science Fiction/Fiction/Young Adult

Pages: 349

Publisher: Crown Publishing

Buy it : Amazon

First Line: I was staring out the classroom window and daydreaming of adventure when I spotted the flying saucer.

Blurb from Goodreads:
Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer.

Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.

No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.

It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?

At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.

ReviewYES!! I loved this book. We are Zack Lightman, always staring off wishing something amazing would come sweep us away. We also keep in mind that our parents have always told us “Be careful what you wish for.” Of course, this book is probably one of the greatest examples as to why we should be careful what we wish for.

I was worried that Ready Player One was just beginners luck and that this book was going to be boring and just a job to hurry and finish so that I could review it. But I was also terribly excited to finally have my hands on this book because of the awesomeness that was (is) Ready Player One. Tell you what, it was just as good. Maybe it is my love for the 80’s and all the amazing reverences to all things that I love. I forgot to note it, but there was a reference to something that made my little nerd heart sing in joy at the mention of it. Don’t hate, the only reason I can’t remember exactly is because there was so much in this book.

I am not a gamer, so I did not go into this book thinking like a gamer, but it did make me question the truth behind gaming and the people who put in countless hours playing games. But as someone who lets her imagination run away with her, this book is everything I could ever want in life.

The only thing that I can say may be concerning is how much this book did put me in the mind of Ender’s Game, but really, I didn’t care. Ender’s Game was mentioned in the book…so I’m completely okay with it.

Honestly, I am glad that I didn’t read the reviews on this book before I read it. There seems to be a lot of hate towards the book and I for one loved it. Would I read it again? YES! Will I recommend this to my friends? YES! Actually, I will letting my brother borrow it.

I won’t lie, there were a few boring places, but what book doesn’t have a boring moment?