June Reads

Somehow I got all the books from May finished! I didn’t think I was going to, so yay!For June I have some more books on my list. The first batch of books I will be reading consists of catch up books, review books from Netgalley, and review requests from authors. Check them out below!

In Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust

After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands—but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat.

Meanwhile, Hephaestion, cast aside by Alexander for killing the wrong man, must conceal the devastating secret of a divine prophecy from Katerina even as the two of them are thrust together on a dangerous mission to Egypt.

The warrior, Jacob, determined to forget his first love, vows to eradicate the ancient Blood Magics and believes that royal prisoner Cynane holds the key to Macedon’s undoing.

And in chains, the Persian princess Zofia still longs to find the Spirit Eaters, but first must grapple with the secrets of her handsome—and deadly—captor.

New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman entwines the real scandals of history with epic fantasy to reimagine the world’s most brilliant ruler, Alexander the Great, in the second book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

Kate Parker, is a 17 year old senior living in Texas. She’s on the swim team, has two incredible best friends, and a passion for saving animals. She falls hard when she meets a mysterious and fascinating guy named Lucas. He has a sexy accent and a killer smile. However, she sees unexplained pain and anger in his dark brown eyes. He claims he’s a foreign exchange student from Spain who is attending the local University—Kate knows there’s more to his story than that. She works hard to discover who he is—what he is.

She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

If anyone had told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

Dry, sarcastic, sixteen-year-old Cam Cooper has spent the last seven years in and out hospitals. The last thing she wants to do in the short life she has left is move 1,500 miles away to Promise, Maine – a place known for the miraculous events that occur there. But it’s undeniable that strange things happen in Promise: everlasting sunsets; purple dandelions; flamingoes in the frigid Atlantic; an elusive boy named Asher; and finally, a mysterious envelope containing a list of things for Cam to do before she dies. As Cam checks each item off the list, she finally learns to believe – in love, in herself, and even in miracles.

A debut novel from an immensely talented new writer, The Probability of Miracles crackles with wit, romance and humor and will leave readers laughing and crying with each turn of the page

This is not the time for the fight to end. Now is when the fight will begin. This is the time to regain what has been lost.Alera

Queen of a fallen kingdom, secretly in love with the enemy.

Shaselle

Daughter of a murdered father, rebel with a cause.

One lives behind the former Hytanican palace walls and walks the razor’s edge to keep the fragile peace in her beloved homeland. The other slips through the war-torn streets, seeking retribution for her family’s tragedy, following whispers of insurgency.

Both face choices that will separate them from those they cannot help but love. As their stories intertwine, a conspiracy ignites that may end in slavery or death—or lead to freedom anew, if only each can face what must be sacrificed.

In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier’s parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life–and memories–behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate’s guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he’s a revenant–an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

Once I finish reading all of these I will post my new list of to-reads!


Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather Reid

 

I am taking part in a new meme hosted by What's Beyond Forks? where we take a book that’s been on our TBR list and we review it! I’ve had this book for quite sometime but I’ve never had a chance to read it. I had the pleasure of working with Heather Reid during my internship a few years ago so I am so excited to finally read her booK!


Title: Pretty Dark Nothing (Pretty Dark Nothing #1)
Author: Heather Reid
Publisher: Month9Books
Publication Date: April 23, 2013
Source:Publisher/Netgalley

From Goodreads

It’s been twenty three days since Quinn has slept for more than minutes at a time. Demons have invaded her dreams, stalking her, and whispering of her death. The lack of sleep and crippling fear are ruining her life. Energy drinks and caffeine pills don’t make a dent. When Quinn dozes off in the school hallway, Aaron, an amnesiac with a psychic ability, accidentally enters her nightmare. The demons are determined to keep them apart, and Aaron from discovering the secret locked away in his memory. Together, they could banish the darkness back to the underworld for good. That is, unless the demons kill them first.

The story opens with Quinn being tormented by demons of unknown nature. It wasn’t clear to me at the start whether or not these were actual evil forces attacking her or if she was dealing with some pretty serious mental illness. It wasn’t until we meet Aaron and his peculiar sense for always knowing when Quinn is in trouble that I realized there were real demons. The way the story played out though had me questioning it all at times. Were the demons actually there? Or was Aaron only sensing her distress and not the actual demons? And if he was only sensing her distress does that mean that the demons really could be all in her head. It was difficult to gage all of this until the very end.
The plot involved Quinn dealing with her father abandoning the family to start a new one hundreds of miles away, her absent mother who works more than she sees her daughter, the pain of watching her ex-boyfriend flaunt his relationship with resident nemesis, a boy at school showing up whenever she needs him to, and of course the demons. There’s a lot going on in Quinn’s life. There’s a lot to follow. It could seem like all of this would be too much for the story, but Reid was able to keep everything in check and make it play into the larger story quite well. It all really fit together like a puzzle.
We also got to see Aaron’s point of view as he struggled to figure out why he kept being pulled towards Quinn. Of course he starts to fall in love with her, but is only confused by the way that she reacts. (He obviously doesn’t know that her erratic behavior is caused by the demons) What I liked about all of that was it was natural. The tug of war of love is something that is natural and if he wasn’t confused at any point then it all would have been too easy.
The authenticity of their relationship was enough to make up for the sometimes over the top and awkward speech patterns by the characters. Reid sometimes uses way too many words to have her characters say something and it doesn’t come off as easy to read as she would have hoped. The best character in terms of authentic speech patterns is Marcus. I felt like all of the things that he says were things that could come out of a teenage boy’s mouth.
The ending of the book made up for any errors at the end. The end of the book came up suddenly for me. One second I was ¾ ways done with the book and next thing I knew there was no more. Up until the ending this may not have been a series I would have continued with which is unfortunate. If Reid had introduced this plot point maybe in the middle of the book instead of the end, I would have been more interested in it from the beginning. There’s a lot that she could have added to the book by changing the pace and switching where this point came into play. I really think the book could have been a lot stronger that way.
Overall this wasn’t a terrible book; it sits solidly at the three stars. If I came across the second book and had time to read it, it’s something that I would read.


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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows out June 7, 2016 by HarperTeen

From Goodreads

For fans of The Princess Bride comes the comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey.

Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a total stranger—and caught up in an insidious plot to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. She’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong.


Ophelia Adrift by Helen Goltz

Title: Ophelia Adrift
Author: Helen Goltz
Publisher: Atlas Productions
Publication Date: July 1, 2016

From Goodreads

In her wildest dreams, Ophelia Montague never imagined she would leave the city, her friends, her school and move to a seaside village. But when her parents die in an accident, that’s just where she finds herself – ensconced in a rambling house on the beach, with her uncle Sebastian, his boarder – nineteen-year-old Adam Ferrier, and two Great Dane dogs named after shipwrecks. By the ocean’s edge she meets Jack Denham who seems to command the sea and the moon—and if he has his way—Ophelia, too

There are many feelings I have about Ophelia Adrift and unfortunately none of them are good. I was 33% into this book when I realized I didn’t like it. I was 40% into this book when I wanted to put it down. I was 50% into this book when I stopped and was going to DNF the book. At this point I set it down for a few minutes and thought about what I wanted to do. I had recently written a DNF review and I really didn’t want to do another one so close to the last so I sat down and forced myself to read this book.
There were a lot of things I really disliked about this novel, but in order to appear semi organized I will focus on the following points:

• Characters
• Story
• Writing

Characters
It’s hard to say who the main characters were in this novel. We got to see the story through the eyes of Ophelia, Adam, Jack, and Holly. Four characters. That’s a really high bar to set for this novel. Two different points of view are hard to pull off successfully and Ophelia Adrift tries to show us four.
Jack’s narration was weird and creepy the entire time. He is definitely a stalker and from the beginning you get the feeling he is also some sort of predator and murderer even if we don’t know why yet. Ophelia’s narration was lackluster and lifeless. I could not relate to her at all. Adam’s point of view was okay, but didn’t do anything to strengthen or add to his character. The only point of view that I didn’t mind reading was Holly. Holly was the only one that seemed really grounded in reality and who was relatable.
Outside of the point of view issues, I did enjoy uncle Seb, but we didn’t really get to know too much about him besides surface facts. None of the characters, even the ones that we got to see into the minds of, were fully fleshed out and developed. All of them were flat and dull and definitely forgettable.
Story
What in the world was this?!? Seriously. This was not a good story at all. Stalking was oddly romanticized and normalized in this novel. Ophelia sees someone outside her window in the middle of the night in a brand new town who is staring right at her and instead of closing the drapes she decides to go down to the sea to meet him. What? In what world is that normal? Even if you did just lose your parents and were in the middle of a huge life transition that is not normal. What’s even more not normal is the fact that she is thrilled to see him when he shows up at her high school. He shows up at her high school in the middle of the day and she isn’t in the least bit worried, in fact it’s the opposite. He loves the fact that he is there and that he found her. No! She falls in love with this guy she doesn’t even know super-fast. Seriously, even when he tells her his life story she doesn’t actually get to know him. She also just follows him into the water because she wants to see the room he built for her?!? No!
Goltz does try to write in there that each of them has a power over each other and that’s why their “romance” blossomed so quickly, but she fails to do anything other than tell us. Maybe it’s because this was an incredibly short YA novel (214 pages) but that section was just not executed well at all. There was no suspension of disbelief in this and everything felt incredibly rushed.
Writing
The speech patterns of the characters were terrible. Goltz mentioned in the book that uncle Seb talks a lot. Okay, good, that’s fine if it were just him and it was just part of his quirky personality, but it wasn’t. All of the characters in the book talk way too much and the way they speak isn’t natural. Ophelia mentioned that Jack has either an accent or his speaks very formally. If that were the case then you need to SHOW us how this is, not TELL us. That was a huge issue with this book, way too much telling and not showing.

Overall this book was really disappointing, so much so that I would say it’s one of the worst books I’ve ever read. Normally I like to encourage everyone to read my review and if you still want to read the book and form your own opinion, but this book is not worth the time. One star.