January 1, 2018

Top 5 Books I've Read in 2018

  1. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
  2. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  3. A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
  4. The Lost Girls by Heather Young
  5. Brightside by Kim Holden

Books I Didn't Finish in 2018

Below will be any books I started and didn't finish and the reason why.

  1. I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson 
    • The story started off interesting enough but jumped ahead too quickly and I lost interest really fast. I stopped about 1/4th into the book.
  2. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
    • There were just too many things going on at once and I felt that Hawkins was trying too hard at building the suspense. 
  3. Devil Said Bang by Richard Kadrey
    • I think it's time to throw in the towel on this series. I kept going on the last couple but just keep loosing interest with each one. Sorry, Sandman Slim.

Books Read in 2018

  1. Witch is When All Was Revealed by Adele Abbott
  2. Witch is Why Time Stood Still by Adele Abbott
  3. Witch is Why The Laughter Stopped by Adele Abbott
  4. Naughty & Nice by Kevin J. Anderson
  1. Witch is Why Another Door Opened by Adele Abbott
  2. It's. Nice. Outside. by Jim Kokoris

Audio Books
  1. The Valley of the Horses by Jean M. Auel
  2. Monument 14 by Emily Laybourne
  3. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  4. The Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel
  5. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
  1. Brightside by Kim Holden
  2. Everyday by David Levithan
  3. Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
  4. Sky on Fire by Emily Laybourne
  1. The Good Neighbor by A. J. Banner
  2. The Lost Girls by Heather Young
  3. Whoops Our New Flatmate is a Human by Adele Abbott
  4. Naked Greed by Stuart Woods
  5. A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

Grand Total: 20

Here's what I read in previous years:

November 26, 2017

Review: River Rising (Carson Chronicles Book 1) by John A. Heldt

Product Description:
Weeks after his parents disappear on a hike, engineer Adam Carson, 27, searches for answers. Then he discovers a secret web site and learns his mom and dad are time travelers stuck in the past. Armed with the information he needs to find them, Adam convinces his younger siblings to join him on a rescue mission to the 1880s.

While Greg, the adventurous middle brother, follows leads in the Wild West, Adam, journalist Natalie, and high school seniors Cody and Caitlin do the same in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Like the residents of the bustling steel community, all are unaware of a flood that will destroy the city on May 31, 1889.

In RIVER RISING, the first novel in the Carson Chronicles series, five young adults find love, danger, and adventure as they experience America in the age of bustle dresses, gunslingers, and robber barons.

My Thoughts:
I am a huge John A. Heldt fan. His time travel books are always fun and even educational. This was was no exception however I will start off by saying that the transition from Adam finding out his parents were time travelers to the decision for him and his siblings to set off on their own time traveling adventure isn't as believable as the rest of the book. 

Traveling past that (pun intended) the rest of the book is great and makes sense that it would play out the way it did. As the adventure begins the siblings have to make the transition from 2017 to 1889 and I had a good chuckle over the times that something modern slipped out when they were talking to their new friends. The rest of the story pulled me in quickly and I ended up zooming through the read. Each sibling has a story line of their own so the book switches back and forth between characters and I ended up growing to love them all. 

Again I learned about an event in history that I hadn't heard of before and once again I was intrigued enough to read of up the real life event. If I felt heartbroken for the book characters I can't even begin to imagine the emotions and pain that the real event brought on. Heldt captured it so perfectly that I could actually see it play out in my mind.  Below is an image from Wikipedia of the real event which is exactly how I pictured it while reading.

My Recommendation:
Overall this a great book for anyone who loves historical fiction with a time traveling twist.This was the first in the new Carson Chronicles series and the cliff hanger ending makes me look forward to book two. 

September 4, 2017

Review: An American Cage by Ted Galdi

Product Description:
Three inmates break out of a maximum-security prison in Texas, one of them Danny Marsh, a suburban kid in his twenties who landed in jail because of a crime he never intended to commit. 
An American Cage follows Danny and his two escape partners over a twenty-four-hour period as they struggle to cross Texas to freedom in Mexico. On this dangerous journey, Danny has to evade the rabid Texas authorities, and even worse, the schemes of one of his closest allies, who isn't who he seems.
My Thoughts:
Overall this was a pretty good book but it feels weird rooting for the criminal. Danny is very likable and you can't help but feel sorry for his circumstances so you hope the inevitable doesn't happen and me can make it to Mexico despite the actions of his fellow escapee,  Professor Zorn. 

All the characters are well developed and make the story believable as a whole but some of the actions don't flow well. The author seemed to put the characters in situations that didn't make sense the way they played out.  

My Recommendation:
I recommend this for anyone who likes suspense thrillers and unconventional heroes.