August 24, 2016

Dancing With The Tiger By: Lili Wright Review

I won a free copy of Dancing With The Tiger By: Lili Wright in a Goodreads giveaway, so thank you to Goodreads and Putnam Books! 

When I first saw the summary for Dancing With The Tiger I was immediately intrigued by the Mexico setting and the colorful cover. I haven't read very many books set in Mexico. I am so glad that the setting was done well in this one. The writing throughout is so vivid and beautiful.  I really enjoyed the writing style in general. 

The characters are also well done and they are pretty fleshed out. I liked Anna and I had to keep reading to see what would happen next with her. In general I love the whole literal/metaphorical mask thing this book has going on as well. The plot just really hooked me with the masks and art angles.

Dancing With The Tiger is such a stunning debut, but I did have one issue. It's really slow paced at times. Some parts seemed to really drag on and on with too many descriptions. I really do wish that this was faster paced, but pushing through the slower parts is worth it. Thankfully it's not all slow and the ending is action packed. I like how everything turned out too.

Overall Dancing With The Tiger is an enjoyable read! I love how it has a little bit of everything. Adventure, crime, art, history, and more! It's an amazing novel, despite a few parts that were bogged down a bit. I would love to read more by this author in the future!

I recommend Dancing With The Tiger for mystery/thriller fans looking for an intricate plot. 

August 23, 2016

This Lullaby By: Sarah Dessen Review (#QuickToThePoolBeforeSummerIsOver!)

To be honest This Lullaby took me a bit of time to read. To start off I really haven't been in the mood for this genre. I decided to make it my pool read for a while and so I read it pretty slowly. Even though I read it slowly and I wasn't really in the mood for it, I still enjoyed it a lot once I got into it. 

I love how Remy and Dexter are so different, but they fit together really well. I love their romance and also I can relate to Remy in some ways. She's a bit of a hard ass on the outside and a little bit anal, but she's secretly a softie!! Dexter is very flawed, but he's super sweet and I love that accepts Remy for who she is. I just really enjoyed reading a book about a guy that can see through a girl's bitchy facade and into her heart. I love how Dexter could see that Remy has gone through things in her life and she's just trying to protect herself. It reminded me a little bit of my hubby and myself when we first got together actually. I'm sure that's part of why I like the romance so much. 

Overall I really like This Lullaby quite a bit. It's not my favorite book ever, but that's okay they all can't be favorites. Plus it was a struggle to get through at times because I wasn't in the mood the genre. However, I found it to be very relatable and I love when I can connect to the characters. Also, the romance is top notch! This is the second Sarah Dessen book that I've read and it certainly won't be the last! 

I recommend This Lullaby for YA Romance fans looking for a great pool/beach read!!

August 22, 2016

Firstlife By: Gena Showalter Review

So far I have loved all of the Gena Showalter books that I've read. So when I saw Firstlife I knew I would have to give it a shot. Even though the summary sounds...strange. Maybe a little too strange for me, but I knew that if Gena wrote it then it must be good. Right?

Well it is good!! The whole idea of Firstlife and Everlife is very intriguing. I think after reading this one I still want more information about Troika, Myriad, and Everlife in general. I'm hoping in the next book there will be even more details!! I'm sure there will be. 

One thing that I really liked is the poems here and there in the novel that can be read down and up. I know that is random and such a small detail, but I really think that is such a cool tidbit. Something I did not think was a cool tidbit though is Ten's number OCD. That really started to grate on my nerves. In general Ten started to get on my nerves as the book went on. Which is ultimately what led this to be a 4 star book instead of a 5 star book for me. I will say that I really like both Archer and Killian. That was a major plus!

Overall I am not sure what I expected from Firstlife, but it is better than what I thought it would be. I don't think it's for everyone though, because it is a little out there. Gena Showalter is such a talented writer and I'm curious where she will take this story in book two.

I recommend Firstlife for Gena Showalter fans and for anyone remotely curious. I don't think the summary (or review) can accurately sum this one up without spoilers. You'll just have to try it for yourself!

August 20, 2016

Milk and Honey By: Rupi Kaur Review- I love finding new books through other bloggers!

Thank you to Tori and her review of Milk and Honey on her blog http://www.intorilex.com/. I was not sold on reading this book, until I read her amazing review and then I just had to read it for myself. Also, thank you to my amazing friend that bought me the book for my birthday. 

I'm so glad I saw Tori's review because Milk and Honey is a new favorite book for me! This small book of poetry really packs a big punch. There is so much emotion, heartache, and hope in here. It's unbelievable. I love everything about this book. The honesty. The pain. The openness. The femininity. The healing. The hope. Wow, just wow. Milk and Honey accurately portrays what it FEELS like to be a woman. I hope Rupi Kaur comes out with another book similar to this and SOON. 

I fully believe that this is a book every woman needs to read. If my autistic daughter were a typical child I would give her this book to read. I would give her this book and tell her that she is beautiful, be true to herself, support other women, and to never accept anything less than she deserves. This is something that all women need to be told anyway, but these poems really hit the mark. 

This little book of poetry really moved me and I like the simplistic drawings that go along with them as well. They fit so perfectly with the poetry. 

Overall Milk and Honey is a heartbreaking and beautiful book of poetry and similar in style to e.e. cummings, as far as format goes. I don't think that I can accurately describe just how much these poems resonated with me. I read this in one sitting and I already can't wait to read it again. This is a breathtaking book that I will cherish and read often. 

I recommend Milk and Honey to every living, breathing female on the planet. Well maybe only for ages 12+, depends on the parent. 

August 18, 2016

Kids Of Appetite By:David Arnold DNF Mini Review

Thank you to the Penguin First to Read program for providing a free ebook copy of Kids of Appetite By: David Arnold in exchange for an honest review. 

Kids of Appetite is just not for me. I DNF'd at about 10%. I could not get into this one and I'm not sure why. It's not bad, but I was just bored. I've never read anything by this author before and the writing wasn't terrible. Basically, it's just not for me and I really don't have anything else to say about it.