Sunday, October 14, 2018

Vengeful (Villains #2) by V. E. Schwab

Vengeful (Villains, #2)Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG I listened to this 2nd book in the Villains series by V.E. Schwab and Jeremy Arthur's narration was superb! The voices he used for Victor & Eli were monotone, gravelly, but oh so powerful and Sydney's voice was so innocent. This book was so much more dark, I hade to put it down with Dr Haverty & his "research" on Eli----torture was more like it and it was definitely too much. I could not stop listening to this book as it leaped and bounded in time and characters - Eli was back, Sydney, Mitch, and Victor kept bouncing around from place to place as Victor becomes sicker and can't find a cure (all the while not telling Sydney) and June (new character we don't know her back story) is fixated on Sydney and leaning on her loneliness, June begins texting Syd keeping in touch over the years. I loved Dominic as he worked at EON and kept in touch with Victor. I so did not like Marcella but she was definitely vengeful and I was not happy with EON director, Stell - but there stories were integral and I just can't wait until the next book in the series!!!

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The Prince (A Wicked 3.5 novella) 1001 Dark Nights by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Prince (A Wicked Trilogy, #3.5; 1001 Dark Nights, #85)The Prince by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved prickly, tough Brighton who has mastered fighting the fae after her mother was murdered and she was tortured (Brighton keeps thinking if 0nly she had fought back then, could she have saved her mother) and now is part of The Order, a human who keeps an eye on the summer and winter fae. But behind all of this, Brighton is getting rid of all who attacked her and her mother, one by one. But when the Prince seems to be everywhere she is and trying to keep her from her task, things get really tense. What will happen as she and the Prince begin to work together to uncover the disappearance of foundlings? I can't wait for The King! I just wish I did not have to wait so long, a great series!

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Pride by Ibi Zoboi

PridePride by Ibi Zoboi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is getting slot of hype and oh did I love the way Ibi Zoboi took Pride & Prejudice and remixed it - Zuri has always lived in Bushwick, a suburb of Brooklyn with her Afro-Latino roots, she is fiercely protective of her family and neighborhood. Then across the street where an abandoned house has been turned into a mini mansion, which Zuri cannot condone---rich people moving into the hood, changes neighborhoods and not for the best. When the Darcy family moves in with 2 handsome boys, Zuri takes an instant dislike to Darius while her sister, Janae falls hard for Ainsley. I just loved the way Zoboi saw Zuri's neighborhood, family, friends, and her description of food, clothes, and places mixed culture, love , family, and changing neighborhoods to produce a MUST READ for all teens, adults, and anyone who loves retellings of classic fairytales will not be able to put down this real, humorous, culturally diverse must read! I loved the cover and even better ---the inside cover with Zuri and Darius facing off - awesome.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

You Won't Know I'm Gone (The Black Angels Chronciles #2) by Kristen Orlando

You Won't Know I'm Gone (The Black Angel Chronicles)You Won't Know I'm Gone by Kristen Orlando
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really did not like the way Reagan vacillated throughout this book; I got tired of her inner anger raging always about getting Ramos, missing her mom (in the first book, Reagan wasn't always a fan of her mom, did her murder change Reagan?) and denying her feelings for Luke (I really like him, Reagan does too but she won't allow herself to give in to her true feelings- remember she has to kill Ramos herself) but I did really enjoy the drama, the endurance she got back in order to try to win a spot in the Black Angels she was once guaranteed and lost due to her behavior in Columbia. I liked her friendship with Anusha and Cam, her instructor Michael, hated Lexie) and hoped to see her relationship with Luke grow... The story was suspenseful, so much action, I am really looking forward to the 3rd book.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

City of Saints & ThievesCity of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I listened to and loved narrator, Pascale Armand's many voices in Anderson's oh so compelling thriller of lies, murder, gangs, African mining, and family ties. Tina has been nursing her hatred for Mr Greyhill for over 5 years; he killed her mother and she was going to ruin him. With best friend & tech wizard Boy-Boy Tina is determined to infiltrate Mr Greyhill's home, access his computer and finding the truth- destroy him financially & personally. But in his office at his computer she is startled to find a gun aimed at her and Michael Greyhill, her long time friend (who is supposed to be at boarding school) is aiming a gun at her. As she tries to figure out how to fool Michael, he proposes how he will help her find her mother's murderer (of course he does not think it is his father). Tina was so filled with hatred, anger, and the urge for revenge, you can't help but want this solitary girl to triumph in every way possible. But as the odds mount against her, Tina will find out who her true friends are, but will she be able to accept, survive the truth? Such a spine tingling story about family, the awfulness that is Congo, horrid business practices, militias goondas, killing and survival. Highly recommended, teens will love the spine tingling, break neck speed of this book!!!

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Love by Matt de la Pena

LoveLove by Matt de la Pena
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I saw Matt de la Pena speak this August at the Ocean City Public Library; not only did he read this perfectly wonderful book, but he talked about his life, past and present; his parents and how they influenced him to become a writer. I have read Matt's children's books and his YA books and they are all must reads. His heritage is compelling and now I see it in all his books. This book, Love can be read and enjoyed by all age groups and the illustrations by Loren Long are beautiful, sad, happy and truly a joy.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely

The Sexy One (One Love, #1)The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was really in the mood for this light, perfect romance! Abby is a nanny to 5 year old Hayden but she is also a teacher of languages (French, Spanish, German, etc) and very very attracted to her Dad, Simon (he is also into Abby too). What I liked about both characters is that they were strong, real about what they wanted in life and love, but also no drama. The build-up of their attraction was a slow burn and once they began kissing, they were both honest that they wanted each other---just how to make it work. A great, quick read--I will be reading the next book about Simon's friend, Tyler too!

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