Musings of a Book Nerd

My joy is YA/NA fantasy, dystopian, contemporary, and fairy-tale retellings. I will read pretty much anything YA however if the premise interests me. I also write which helps me escape to the world in my head.

Pushing the Limits - Katie McGarry

I give it 4.5 stars. It was a fantastic book. Can't wait to read Dare You To.

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares - Rachel Cohn, David Levithan This book was really cute. I especially loved the ending. :)
Kaleidoscope - Mindy Hayes

I read it multiple times and it still left me excited to see what would come next. I have to say I love Kai and if anyone says otherwise you don't know what you're talking about. The story was fantastic and I couldn't put it down. It left me wanting to be back in the story even after I finished it (which is probably why it got read more than once). It's a book that will stay with you after you've put it down and will leave you longing to know what comes next. I highly recommend it for those that enjoy young adult fantasy or are just in need of a good book.

In Your Dreams - Amy    Martin

So I was so excited that Amy let me review her book for her. The synopsis for the book caught my attention because it was so different from anything I'd ever read. The concept that not only does the main male character have narcolepsy but he can also see the future...I mean that right there is enough to make you go "I so want to know his story."

The way the characters developed and grew throughout the book was amazing. I absolutely love Zip's relationship with her Mom and Grandparents and of course with Kieran and even Kayla. And of course I'm in love Kieran he is just awesome as a character. I think I love everything about him but especially the way that he deals with what is happening to him.

The story progresses in such a way that you want to keep reading. Little hints are dropped here and there about something or something unexpected is thrown in that you really just want to know what happens at the end. I think the book peaks at just the right moment and then you are given a satisfying ending.

Overall this book was very well written and I can't wait to read other works by Amy Martin. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. It was a great read.

The Selection - Kiera Cass So my initial thought was I'm reading an episode of the Bachelor (which I don't watch). As the book progressed it grew on me. I especially like Prince Maxon. I liked that they threw in a little mystery with Marlee and the rebels. I actually would have liked to see more of that, but that is probably just my style.

Overall, the book was okay and I will be reading the second one. It didn't give me warm fuzzies or leave me longing to know what happened next most of the time but it had its moments. It was easy to follow and flowed smoothly. If you like reading YA where the relationships are front and center and there really isn't much adventure or mystery you will like this book. It is definitely focused on America's relationships and trying to figure out what she wants but I really don't feel like it offered more than that.

I'm interested to see what happens in the second book and to see if the minimal mysteries that were thrown in come out more. I would like to see that happen. I guess until then I'll have to wait.
Morningside - Ashley Madau

So I will start off by saying that I don't normally read vampire novels but this one had me intrigued. I actually really enjoyed the vampire story line and some of the character progression. Unfortunately I went through most of the book confused.

The beginning started out slow and I was very confused through most of it. Once I figured out what was actually happening it flowed a little smoother but it would still go off and become confusing to me at times.

I liked the interaction between Ava, Julien, and Liam; especially Ava and Liam. However there were times when I couldn't figure out how the characters actually felt about each other and there were some things said in parts that were left kind of open ended, again I was confused.

I thought the book was okay and I especially liked the part where Liam finally opened up to Ava. That was my favorite part of the book. I do like that some action was thrown in but I just didn't feel the pull of it as I do in some books. I guess I just had trouble putting myself in the book and feeling the emotions that go along with that.

All in all this book was okay. If the flow was less confusing I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more. I definitely liked the story line and the plot and believe this could have been an absolutely fantastic book. But in the end it just left me with a feeling of "Oh, it's over. Well, okay then."

Academy 7 - Anne Osterlund I enjoyed Anne Osterlund's Aurelia and Exile so I decided to try Academy 7. It was definitely different from the other books but it was also really good in its own way. It was a quick read but the story was really interesting. At times I had moments where I just went "Ohhhhh" or "well that was unexpected." If you are looking for a quick read with a good story this is definitely a book I would recommend.
Mockingjay - Suzanne  Collins So I read this book twice. The first time I absolutely loved it! But I think that is because I was on a high from the first two books and managed to finish this book in one day. This time I read it over a couple of days since I didn't have the time to sit down with it as I did the first time.

This is still an incredible book and I really enjoyed it all over again. However, this time the ending struck me as sad instead of happy. It was still a happy ending and ended the way I wanted it to but you could feel the sadness in it this time that I didn't experience the first time I read it.

To keep from putting spoilers in my review I'll say that the character dynamic in the middle of the book hit me stronger the second time I read it because I was able to do a more focused read since I already knew what the outcome of the story would be. I love the way the relationships played out and that Katniss was finally forced to seriously think about her own feelings for once.

If you have not read this series it is highly recommended as each book holds a different emotion in my opinion. You can see the growth of the characters throughout the series so that by the third one you come to understand them. This is a series I will probably pick up and read for a third time in the future because I enjoyed it that much.

Currently reading

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child: Birth to Age 5
American Academy of Pediatrics, Steven P. Shelov, Richard Trubo, Robert E. Hannemann
The Elite
Kiera Cass
Betrayal (The Descendants, #1)
Mayandree Michel