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Fiend

Posted: December 1, 2016 in Fiction
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4-stars

Fiend by Peter Stenson

Synopsis:

When Chase Daniels first sees the little girl in umbrella socks tearing open the Rottweiler, he’s not too concerned. As a longtime meth addict, he’s no stranger to horrifying, drug-fueled hallucinations.
But as he and his fellow junkies soon discover, the little girl is no illusion. The end of the world really has arrived.
The funny thing is, Chase’s life was over long before the apocalypse got here, his existence already reduced to a stinking basement apartment and a filthy mattress and an endless grind of buying and selling and using. He’s lied and cheated and stolen and broken his parents’ hearts a thousand times. And he threw away his only shot at sobriety a long time ago, when he chose the embrace of the drug over the woman he still loves.
And if your life’s already shattered beyond any normal hopes of redemption…well, maybe the end of the world is an opportunity. Maybe it’s a last chance for Chase to hit restart and become the man he once dreamed of being. Soon he’s fighting to reconnect with his lost love and dreaming of becoming her hero among civilization’s ruins.
But is salvation just another pipe dream?

Review:

This book is a gritty Breaking Bad meets Walking Dead.

It is extremely well written and very dark and dirty.

The story can be slow in some parts and a little depressing but it is very original.  I believe I read this one within 2 days.  Who knew a taboo drug would be a life saver.

It’s not that the meth has been glamorized in this book but it definitely feels like it is it’s own character.  It has a place in this world and with these characters.

I am not quiet sure how I feel about the ending.  On one hand, I didn’t see it coming and that is always a good surprise and on the other, how could he do that?!

There’s a 50 % chance that I’d re-read this book but probably not until years later.

There is quiet a bit of language and sex.  I would definitely recommend this to adults!

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3 stars

Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1)

Synopsis:

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2)

Synopsis:

Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.

Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.

There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.

The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.

Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.

There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive

Death Cure (Maze Runner #3)

Synopsis:

It’s the end of the line.

WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.

Will anyone survive?

What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.

The truth will be terrifying.

Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.

The time for lies is over.

Review:

Ok. I know a lot of people will probably feed me to the wolves for this but…

These books were just okay.  Don’t get me wrong, the storyline was great…it was the execution that left a lot to be desired.

The characters were very flat to me.  I didn’t fall in love with any of them.  If I had to pick one though I would have to say I liked Newt the most.  I felt really bad for him.

The pace of the book was slow and drawn out to me.  Dashner is very long winded.  It took me forever to get through them.  I would put them down for days on end and not be motivated to pick them back up.  I kinda had to force myself to read them.  It was disappointing to say the least.

I wanted it to be like the Hunger Games but it just wasn’t fleshed out enough to get it there.

The made-up-word-profanity drove me insane.  They were silly words.  They didn’t convey the emotion of the words AT ALL.  When I read the words I automatically replaced them in my head with the real word.  I mean, come on, “Shuck-face?!” who says that???

I think the thing that bothers me the most was the ending…Jesus, WTF.  I didn’t get it at all!  It left so many questions lingering.

Overall, it was just okay. It’s not something I would ever pick-up again and re-read.

I can’t believe I’m gonna say this but….the movies were better.

I don’t remember any real bad language, just the silly made up words.  I would recommend this for pre-teen and teens.

Delirium (Delirium #1)

Posted: February 13, 2014 in 4 Stars, Fiction

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4-stars

Delirium (Delirium #1) – Lauren Oliver

Synopsis:

Ninety-five days, and then I’ll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It’s hard to be patient. It’s hard not to be afraid while I’m still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn’t touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.

Review:

I was sketchy about reading this because the last real dystopian I read was Matched and that really didn’t do it for me.  I was pleasantly surprised by this book.  There were some slow or repetitious parts to the story but it didn’t put me off.  I still had to know what was going to happen.  It closely resembles the series “Matched” in that the government controls everything, they are paired to their partners and there is a resistance but I must say I enjoyed this 1st book better than I did “Matched”, actually by a lot more!

The main character “Lena” can be a little timid and weak which can get annoying but I understand her fear. I also wish that there would have been more passion between “Lena” and “Alex” when they were together.  It kind of felt like a first date every time they were together, which didn’t make for great sexual tension especially the more they got to know each other.  There should have been more build up the more they fell for each other.

This story is not just about love as an emotion…it’s about how relationships do not function correctly without it.  The people who have been “cured” seem to be “step-ford wives”, there is no real emotion there much less love.

Oliver has created great character growth.  You can absolutely see the growth “Lena’s” character goes through in this book.  She goes from being a “lemming” to being strong, brave and independent.  It is quite a journey for her in the limited amount of time she has before being “cured”.

I don’t quite understand the why of curing the people and maybe I missed it but I don’t know what the point was in history or the cause that made them say “love is a disease, we must be cured of it” or maybe it’s explain later, I don’t know yet.

I am very glad I picked up this book at the library and I can’t wait until whoever has the 2nd book brings it back LOL (which is already overdue uuugghhh).

Also, from what I have been reading, this series is being developed for a TV show on Fox…you can read about it on Lauren Oliver’s site here.

I would recommend this for teens and up…there is minor language but no sex.

List of Books in Order:

Annabel (#0.5 novella)

Delirium

Hana (#1.5 novella)

Pandemonium

Raven (#2.5 novella)

Requiem

Alex (#3.5 novella)

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5 stars

Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga #1) – Orson Scott Card

Synopsis:

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
Ender’s Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Review:

Let me first start off by saying that I originally thought this was going to be some kind of Stephen Spielberg type of book like E.T or Super 8 but I was wrong!

This is a fantastic book.  It is superbly written.  It is not necessarily fast paced but the story is extremely engaging.  I was hooked from the start.  I read it in one day!  It is a somewhat dark story because “Ender” is a very sad child/genius/creation who does not want to hurt anyone but it’s in him and he gives into it, not always unnecessarily, but he lets that helpless feeling rule him.  He is constantly bullied and tormented yet he goes on.  “Ender’s” character is very easy to have empathy and sympathy for whether you are a child or adult.  I think we all have a little bit of “Ender” in us.

It is an easy to follow storyline with only one exception: there are times when military personnel are discussing “Ender’s” progress and it was hard for me to tell who was speaking to who and when it occurred.  That was about the only complaint I had, well that and the fact that I was given this book for my birthday in June and my brother “conveniently” forgot to tell me that this book is apart of a quadrology so I do not have the rest of the books yet, BUT I WILL!

Think of it as a cross between, War Games, Hunger Games and Battlestar Galactica…the first book at least 🙂

There is a little bit of language but nothing too over the top and some of the fighting can get a little rough but it’s not too bad either.  I would recommend for pre-teen and up.

List of Books in Order:

First Meetings in Ender’s Universe (Ender’s Saga #.05)…Novella on Ender’s father

Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga #1)

War of Gifts (Ender’s Saga # 1.5)…Novella on forbidden religious holidays at Battle School

Speaker For The Dead (Ender’s Saga #2)

Ender in Exile (Ender’s Saga #2.5)…Novella on the lost years of Ender between the ages 12-35

Xenocide (Ender’s Saga #3)

Children of the Mind (Ender’s Saga #4)

Major motion picture to be release in 2013!

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4-stars

The Time Keeper – Mitch Albom

Synopsis:

In this fable, the first man on earth to count the hours becomes Father Time. The inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world–now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began–and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book.  It is a very easy and short read with only 224 pages.  I found it very inspiring.  Anyone who lets time rule their world should read this.  Some of it can be a little confusing because it starts off thousands of years ago in “Dor’s” time and later he’s in the present but he remembers or is told things of the past.  It is not distracting though.

The theme of the book is seems very simple but Mitch Albom turns it into something that every single one of us has molded our lives around.  The story has 3 different characters lives that intertwine with each other and each character learns something from the others, even “Dor” who is Father Time has a lesson to learn.

Can you imagine if there was no such thing as time, if there were no counting minutes, hours or days.  How would you live if you had no measurement or concept of time passing?

I would recommend this to any age.

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4-stars

Torrent (River of Time #3) – Lisa T. Bergren

Synopsis:

Gabi and Lia Betarrini have learned to control their time travel, and they return from medieval Italy to save their father from his tragic death in modern times.
 
But love calls across the centuries, and the girls are determined to return forever—even though they know the Black Plague is advancing across Europe, claiming the lives of one-third of the population. In the suspenseful conclusion of the River of Time series, every decision is about life … and death.
Review:
I am in love with this series.  I would recommend this to ANYONE.  There is action, romance, betrayal.  The way the author meshed the present with the past in the form of the words they use and the actions they portray was perfect.
The love story between “Gabi” and “Marcello” made me wish for the days of chivalry.  I am not a touchy feely/ PDA type person but the interaction between makes you dream of that kind of relationship.
I think this book probably had the fastest pace of the 3.  I got through this one in half a day.  I just could not put it down.
I got all three books from the library but I can promise you that I WILL own these and re-read them from time to time.
There was no language, a little sex (after marriage) but it’s not graphic just implied. Some of the battle scenes can be graphic but it’s not too bad.
List of Books in Order:
Waterfall
Cascade
Torrent
Bourne (#3.1 Novella)
Tributary (#3.2 Novella)
Deluge (Fall Release 2013)