Review: In the End


My Thoughts: 4.5/5

I didn’t want to share the summary for fear that someone may not have read the first book, In the After and would get spoilers. That said, I think I may have already posted the summary awhile back as a Mindset Monday post.


This was an excellent finale to In the After! I was glad to see Amy’s growth and determination in getting done what she needed to. Plus, I loved the addition of Jacks. He was such a great character that I forgot about Rice for awhile. In the End added a huge depth to the story that was set up in the first book and I was excited that it grew and expanded as far as the beginnings of the Florae. When we left Amy in the last book, she was alone and going to find Fort Black and Kay’s brother Ken. Her journey inside Fort Black was never boring and always had new excitement luring just around the corner.

I highly suggest reading In the After if you haven’t already and then reading this one. Great duo! I’m on board for whatever Demitria writes in the future for sure.


The Book Thief

I’ve been wanting to read and see the movie The Book Thief for awhile, so I’m glad to see someone do a comparison review!

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Genre: YA/Historical Fiction
Star Rating: ****
Content Rating: PG-13 for some language and war violence


Synopsis: It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.


When I first started this book and saw it had 80 chapters plus a four-part Prologue and five-part Epilogue I figured this would be a book that would take awhile to read. Thankfully, the chapters aren’t super long, so it wasn’t as long as it seemed…

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Exciting new things!

I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but I got into audiobooks this past school year because of my 2 hours in the car driving to and from work each day. I reviewed a few already (Paper Towns and 1 or 2 of the Mortal Instruments books that I can recall…), but I recently got connected into reviewing audiobooks. Obviously, I’m not working for the next month, but you can expect to start seeing more audiobooks come August. 

With that in mind, I’m wondering what the most popular audiobook options are. I honestly don’t have a preference and swap between cds and streaming audible through my phone via my FM transmitter. I do kind of prefer mp3 or and app just because then I don’t have to change cds out as I’m driving down the road. 

Anywho, I already have one book coming my way in August, so I’m excited about this change and getting to review for others like myself who tend to rely on audiobooks!


Currently Reading: UnForgotten by Jessica Brody


Book Summary:

 February 25, 2014
Some memories are better left forgotten After a daring escape from the Diotech scientists who created her, Seraphina and Zen believe they are finally safe from the horrors of her past. But new threats await them at every turn as Zen falls prey to a mysterious illness and Sera’s extraordinary abilities make it more and more difficult to stay hidden. Meanwhile, Diotech has developed a dangerous new weapon designed to apprehend Sera. A weapon that even Sera will be powerless to stop. Her only hope of saving Zen’s life and defeating the company that made her is a secret buried deep within her mind. A secret that Diotech will kill to protect. And it won’t stay forgotten for long. Packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, Unforgotten is the riveting second installment of Jessica Brody’s Unremembered trilogy, and delivers more heart-pounding action as loyalties are tested, love becomes a weapon, and no one’s memories are safe.



I hope this is as great as the first book, UnRemembered, was. Look for the review in a day or two.


Book Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver


My thoughts: 4/5 stars


I bought Delirium months ago when it was, I think, a daily deal on Kindle. I can’t pass up $1.99 on a book I’ve been wanting to read. Just can’t. 

Anywho, at the time I was pretty much burnt out on all things dystopia. I still am actually, but the hype over the tv pilot being on Hulu got me interested, if only so I could watch the pilot.

I’m SO glad I took a chance on it! Delirium was refreshing and different from other dystopias I’ve read. I love the idea of love being outlawed and considered a disease. Very different!

It did start out slightly slow for me, but it quickly picked up and then I couldn’t put it down. However, I think my favorite thing might have been the pieces of history and laws at the beginning of each chapter. I just like when books do things like that to open each chapter, especially if it gives hints of things to come. 

I will say too that I gave the pilot a go and I think that it had potential, but I can’t see it being on Fox–which I THINK it was it was made for. It would’ve survived on CW or even Mtv for sure though. Plus, there were so many changes! I expect that, but it just seems like a tv show has so much more that it could do in terms of sticking to the story.

…I say that, but I’m hopelessly addicted to Pretty Little Liars and the TV show essentially has NOTHING to do with the books. 

All in all, I’ve already bought book two, so I’m hoping to make it to it before work starts back in August because that ending…THAT ENDING. SO GOOD.

Check it out if you haven’t already!

Currently Reading: Delirium by Lauren Oliver


Book Summary:

 August 2, 2011

Lauren Oliver’s powerful New York Times bestselling novel Delirium—the first in a dystopian trilogy—presents a world as terrifying as George Orwell’s 1984 and a romance as true asRomeo & Juliet.

In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistakes.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the Wilds who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

Delirium received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, and was named a Best Book of the Year by USA TodayKirkus,, YALSA, and the Chicago Public Library and was selected as one of NPR’s Top 100 Best Ever Teen Novels.

Supports the Common Core State Standards,

Other Info:

  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (August 2, 2011)

Initial Thoughts:

I bought Delirium months ago on my Kindle and am just now getting to it. I said I was done with Dystopia for awhile, but Hulu is putting the unaired tv pilot up for a couple of weeks and I wanted to watch it, so…I’m following true to my usual style and reading the book first.

I find it interesting to air the pilot. If people like it then won’t that make the network that turned it down feel like they wasted their chance? I don’t know when the pilot was made, but it isn’t like they can immediately pick it back up with the same cast, I’m sure.

Regardless, I’m not far in, but we’ll see where this goes. Hopefully it surprises  me because I’m really tired of dystopia right now.


Book Review: Love Letters To The Dead


My Thoughts:

If you need the summary, then flip back two posts to my “currently reading” post.

I’d give LLttD 3.5 stars if I had to think on it. I liked the book as a whole, but I wasn’t surprised by anything and I did find myself making myself turn the page every now and then. Granted, it is still a great book, but it just didn’t live up to the hype I gave it in my head before hand. I think that it mostly just due to the fact that I was so excited over the ideas of letters telling the story.

This is short mostly because I really don’t have much to say about it.

I still recommend Love Letters, just don’t have the extremely high hopes that I did. It is still an amazing first novel and I can only imagine how much the author can improve from this!


Book Review: Flat Out Love


Book Summary:

 September 11, 2012
He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy.

So, that was Matt.  Who Julie Seagle likes. A lot.  But there is also Finn.  Who she flat out loves.

Complicated? Awkward?  Completely.

But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.  Julie wasn’t supposed to be important to the Watkins family, or to fall in love with one of the brothers.  Especially the one she’s never quite met. But what does that really matter?  Finn gets her, like no one ever has before. They have connection.

But here’s the thing about love, in all its twisty, bumpy permutations—it always throws you a few curves.  And no one ever escapes unscathed.

Extra Info:
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape (September 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.


My Thoughts:

5/5…more like 10/5??

Flat Out Love is a product of Amazon’s self publishing route. I do not judge anyone who chooses to go the non-traditional route because, honestly, a lot of self-published works end up being miles better than anything that a top publishing company could put out. This is one of those cases.

I assumed for awhile that maybe Celeste is autistic or something like that.

I assumed that Julie would fall for Matt while living there.

I assumed Finn would show up and surprise Julie and the family.

I assumed that the parents were fighting.

All of my assumptions were wrong. Well….sort of.

There are so many layers to this book that I can’t even really process into words what I feel about it without just “flat out” spoiling the story. The development with Julie helping Celeste come out of her shell blew me away. In fact, she helps the entire family really. I couldn’t put my Kindle down because I HAD to know what happened to Celeste and I had to know what the family’s “deal” was. At midnight, I got to a point where I literally said “holy crap” and just stared at my Kindle. I couldn’t believe what was going on. I was stunned. I was in awe of where the story went from that split moment.

All I can say is, GO READ THIS if you haven’t already. Everyone needs that moment that I had with this book. I got it from the Prime lending library, so that is even an option if you don’t have the extra $ to drop for a book. I’m hoping to start the other books ASAP and I hope that they are just as stunning as this one.


Currently Reading: Love Letters to the Dead


Book Summary:

 April 1, 2014
It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more — though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was — lovely and amazing and deeply flawed — can she begin to discover her own path in this stunning debut from Ava Dellaira, Love Letters to the Dead
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0374346674
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (April 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Macmillan


Initial Thoughts:

Huge thanks to Fierce Reads for doing a twitter chat for the release of this book as that is how I won my copy. It is signed by Ava Dellaira AND Stephen Chobosky! That’s exciting because I also love Perks of being a Wallflower. Anyways, I’m about halfway in and am loving LLthD so far. I’m anxious to find out what exactly happened to her sister and why Laurel is a part of why it happened. Great, quick read so far! Will share more when I finish!

Monday Mindset: Fairest

This is completely new.

As in…the news just dropped maybe an hour ago.


If you follow my reads, then you know that I love this series. The Lunar Chronicles mixes two of my favorite things: SciFi and Fairy Tales.

This new book will come out just before Winter, the last book in the Lunar series, and will focus on Queen Levana.  Winter deals with Princess Winter, Levana’s stepdaughter, so it will tie into the book and have needed information.

I’m pumped and this makes the wait for Winter both easier and harder.

How long is it until January 27?


Here’s a link to the original article on USA Today that broke the news: