March 13, 2018

Sky in the Deep By: Adrienne Young ARC DNF Mini Review

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free ebook copy of Sky in the Deep By: Adrienne Young in exchange for an honest review. 

Awe, man. I was so ecstatic for Sky in the Deep. The summary sounded right up my alley and I do love YA fantasy. The very beginning of the book started off wonderfully and I was highly intrigued. However, as I read a little further I started to lose interest. Here's a list of the reasons why:

1. Everything was extremely cliche. 
2. I could not connect to any of the characters.
3. I could not connect to the story.
4. I could not imagine the world or picture anything in it. 

With all of these reasons combined I got bored rather quickly. I had to DNF at 20%. I have a feeling that I will be in the minority on this book. For me though, a lack of connection and a lack of imagery makes it impossible for me to finish a book. 

March 9, 2018

Somebody's Daughter By: David Bell ARC Mini Review

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free ebook copy of Somebody's Daughter By: David Bell in exchange for an honest review. 

It's thrillers like Somebody's Daughter that are the reason I have so many trust issues. Whew, so many of the characters in this book are hiding secrets! I really didn't like any of the characters (in a good way), except Michael's wife, Angela. I loved her character, but with some of the things that happened I wanted her to get a little more feisty. I won't give spoilers, but let me just say a few of the things that involved Michael and his ex-wife Erica would have made me very irritated. Then again maybe Angela doesn't read as many thrillers as I do and so she doesn't have as many trust issues? Ha!

The story is a bit of a slow burn at first, but then the pace picks up and the plot gets very INTENSE. I had to stop myself from racing through the book to get to the end. I desperately wanted to know what happened to Felicity and who her biological dad was. There are some very well done twists and turns in Somebody's Daughter. When I finally got to the end I wasn't disappointed. The ending was unexpected, even though looking back there are a few clues woven into the story. I love when that happens! That shows excellent writing skills in my opinion. Overall Somebody's Daughter is a fantastic thriller and I would recommend it for sure. 

March 8, 2018

Bring Me Back By: B.A. Paris ARC Mini Review

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free ebook copy of Bring Me Back By: B.A. Paris in exchange for an honest review. 

I'm really confused on how I feel about books by B.A. Paris. Behind Closed Doors was beyond fantastic and I gave it 5 stars, but I disliked The Breakdown and I gave that book only 2 stars. When I saw that she had a third book coming out I really wanted to give it a try with the hope that it would be as good as Behind Closed Doors. I hate to say it, but Bring Me Back was a bit of a disappointment for me. I feel very in the middle about it. 

The book is a fast-paced and enjoyable read, however the ending is too predictable and it seemed quite abrupt and rushed to me. Bring Me Back had such great tension, but it all led up to an ending that I didn't care for. Also, I thought that all of the theories the MC Finn came up with throughout the novel were just weird and not plausible. The idea that I had from early on in the book turned out to be the case. That left me feeling dissatisfied. Perhaps I've read too many thrillers lately? Overall Bring Me Back was okay for me. I think that somebody who doesn't read a ton of thrillers (or likes the enjoyable ride more than the twist) would like this one a lot more than I did. 

March 6, 2018

Children of Blood and Bone By: Tomi Adeyemi Release Day ARC Review!

I won a copy of Children of Blood and Bone By: Tomi Adeyemi on Goodreads. Thank you to Goodreads and the publisher! 

Look at that #GorgeousCover!

You've seen the #HYPE for Children of Blood and Bone...

Does the book live up to all of the #Expectations?! 

Yes, Children of Blood and Bone lives up to all of the hype and all of the expectations that is inevitable with a book that has THAT much hype around it. It's so difficult when a book has this much hype because even though I think that a ton of buzz can be an amazing thing, it also can create disappointment easily. That is NOT the case with this book. At all. 

The writing is extremely vivid and beautiful. Tomi Adeyemi's world building is superbly done and this book is so full of emotion that it really comes to life. I didn't want to stop reading it and I was sad when I did finish reading the book. I fell in love with the fantastic cast of diverse characters. Zelie, Amari, Tzain, and Inan are so well fleshed out that they did not feel like characters in a book to me. This is a new favorite book for sure. Also, Zelie and Amari have become two of my all time favorite female characters. 

Children of Blood and Bone is an exciting and adventurous fantasy novel. There's magic, action, bloodshed, romance, a lot of emotion, and some parts are pretty brutal. This novel is not lacking in any area. It has everything I could ask for in a book and I don't have any complaints. Even though the book is a bit lengthy, there weren't any slow parts and it didn't feel like a long book. It's a quick read, because it's that good, and I could have finished it in a day. If only I had that kind of time! Oh, and what about the ending? I had GOOSEBUMPS and it left me highly anticipating the next book. I need book two as soon as possible. 

I highly recommend Children of Blood and Bone to everyone. This book and Reign of the Fallen are my favorite books of 2018 so far. Do yourself a favor, go buy it (or borrow it from the library) and read it immediately. 



March 1, 2018

I'll Meet You There By: Heather Demetrios Mini Review

Let me start off this review by saying that I'll Meet You There is going on a very short list. A list of books that have made me cry. I REALLY loved this one, but to be honest it also destroyed me a bit too. Here's a tip if you are a sensitive reader, (by that I mean too empathetic, even with fictional characters lol), like me: Be careful when you read this one, it's that emotional. I enjoyed Sky and Josh's characters and their interactions with each other. Even though they both could be so frustrating! I can't recall ever reading a book that went this in depth about PTSD and I think it did a wonderful/accurate job on that tough subject. It's an emotional book you guys, but it's also now one of my favorite books. I can't put into words all of the things that I want to say about it (without spoilers), you'll just have to read this one if you haven't. I highly recommend it for sure!

February 28, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday- The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted here at Wishful Endings.  The idea behind it is to share upcoming releases that we can't wait to get our hands on! 

My pick for this week is The Death of Mrs. Westaway By: Ruth Ware. I have devoured all three of Ruth Ware's previous books, so of course I want to read her upcoming fourth novel! The synopsis sounds very intriguing. I am desperate to know what strange things are going on around this funeral and inheritance. This book just sounds UP MY ALLEY for sure and look at that gorgeous cover! I absolutely will not be able to wait until June for this one. 

Expected Publication Date: June 28, 2018 

Have you read any of Ruth Ware's books? Are you looking forward to The Death of Mrs. Westaway as well? What are you waiting on this Wednesday?