“Cress” by Marissa Meyer

Good morning my loyal readers and fellow Lunar Chronicles lovers. I know it has been awhile since I posted a review but life has been crazy and it took me awhile to finish the book. But finish it I did. I must say though that this book didn’t hold my attention as well as the others did. It was slow going but once it picked up we were smooth going. Cress is depicted as Rapunzel. Locked away in a satellite and doing the evil bidding for the queen. She is rescued by Cinder and her friends, but is soon separated from them. We go along their journey of trying to find each other. Cress is with Thorne, who loses his eye sight while the satellite is crashing. They end up in a desert and try to find their way to some sort of city. I don’t want to give away too much of the book because I want you to read it and let me know how you like it. Even though the book is slow going Meyer’s doesn’t let us down in adventure and surprise. If you have a favorite book that you would like me to try, then drop the title in the comments. As a last note, I want to let my readers know that I am amid going to school. We are just ending fall quarter and will be headed to winter quarter just after the holidays. With that being said, the book reviews will be put aside until Spring quarter is over and I have more time to dedicate to reading books I want to read and that are not required. But no worries, I have a whole list of books I plan on reading in the summer, and since I post every two weeks my goal is to read enough books to last throughout my school year next year. So, hold tight my loyal readers, the book reviews will be back.

“Asylum” by Madeleine Roux

This is a new book and new series that I am trying out. My husband got me the second book in the series for Christmas last year, so I bought the first book with a gift card he got me as well. A year later I am finally getting to read this book. I was not sure what to expect when I started reading. I am not a big fan of mystery novels but I am willing to try books once. Come to find out I enjoyed the book and got it done in 4 days (read it while we were camping over Labor Day weekend). The book is a nice twist between mystery and excitement.

We follow the main character on his journey to a college prep course. The students are housed in the old asylum that is on campus. A lot of the people in town want to tear the building down but it is considered a historical building. Our main characters go on a journey to discover the secrets behind the asylum and how they are connected to it. And just when you think that the book is boring BAM we are hit with death and despair. You are automatically trying to figure out who did it, who is behind it and that we know so and so might be guilty.

It was a great book to read and I can’t wait to read the next one, just as soon as I find the time. If there is a book that you love to read and think I should try out, drop the title in the comments and I will give it a try. Until then… read on!

“The Lost”by James Patterson

This is the end. We have followed Whit and Wisty on their journey to save their world. We have seen them battle and defeat The One Who is The One. We saw them try to rebuild their world just to almost lose it again because of adults and greed. Now we get to see what is in store for the last part of their journey. A group who is called The Family is wreaking havoc on their beloved city. People are beginning to fear people with Magic, and the council is starting to turn on magic folk. Each of our beloved main characters go on their own journey to discover who they are and what their part is in all of this. There is moment where I was sure Wisty was going to go evil, man am I glad she didn’t. But no spoils here, I promise.

I do promise that if you have been following this series that you will be just as shocked as I was in the end. There is a twist that I didn’t see coming. I won’t tell you how the book ends because then there wouldn’t be a point in reading. So pick up the book and read it, you won’t be disappointed. Patterson awes us once again with his skill in storytelling. If there is a book series that you love and want me to try out, then drop the title in the comments. Until then… read on.

“The Kiss” by James Patterson

As we are coming to an end with Whit and Wisty’s journey things get more intense. The One Who is the One is gone and things are starting to get back to normal. Or are they? There is now a new threat on the horizon, siblings are not getting along and someone is taking the children. And a love that feels so great but is actually forbidden. Our hero’s go on an epic battle to fight the new evil and win back freedom. There are a ton of twists and turns, some tears and definitely a WTF moment. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it kept me captive the entire time and I got it finished in just a few days. I couldn’t wait to see what Patterson had in store for our hero’s again. He did not disappoint.

There was equal shock with awe. There was equal good with evil. There was equal sorrow with joy. I have said it once and I will say it again, I love reading books by James Patterson. There is one more book in this series and I am sad to see it finished but excited to see how the journey ends. I hope you can pick this book up and devour it like I did, James Patterson is truly a remarkable writer. If there is a book that you love drop the title in the comments and I will give it a read. Until then… read on!

“Witch & Wizard: The Fire” by James Patterson

Wisty and Whit are at it again, trying to defeat The One Who is the One for good. The resistance has been split and the blood plague has hit hard. People are dying every time they turn around.  But as the book progresses our main characters learn a lot about themselves and how to control their Magic. They are faced with hard choices and a feeling that they might not get out of it alive.

We go through their journey with them as they find their courage to do what is needed to be done. To defeat The One Who is The One. To save the world from this tyrant and the havoc he wreaks wherever he goes.

Patterson does an amazing job at keeping you on the edge of your seat. Just when things are getting good and you are biting your nails he switches gears and characters. Now I don’t want to tell you too much because I am not a spoiler. But man oh man oh man, you don’t want to miss this part of the journey.

There are times where even you will want to throw up your hands and give up. There will be times when you can’t believe that a character would act like that. There are times where even you will want to turn Byron into a weasel. But it is all for the love of the book and the Overworld.

I encourage you to read the Witch & Wizard series, it is entertaining and anyone of any age can read it. My oldest and I are reading it together (I am currently a book ahead). So if you have a book that you love, drop the title in the comments and I will give it a try. Until then… ME!

“Scarlet” by Marissa Meyer

I love starting a new series, especially if it is good and I can’t get enough of it. Aside from Larissa Ione, one of my other favorite authors is Marissa Meyer. I first started reading her books when I saw them that the library. I thought they looked so cool with their Sci-Fi looking covers. But I never started them because I could never find the first book. So I went onto my Kindle Overdrive account (a system that you can use through your local libraries to read eBooks or audiobooks) and looked for them. They weren’t available because someone else had them so I bookmarked them. Then when I started my summer challenge with my oldest I decided to finally give them a try. I am so glad I did. I have already read the first one, Cinder, and couldn’t wait to start the second. So here we are.

The first book was about Cinderella, and I tell you what I LOVED it. I was amazed on how the author was able to incorporate the important parts from the original fairytale into her recreation. So of course coming into this book I had the same thought. How is she going to continue Cinder’s story and tell this one? Scarlet is about Little Red Riding Hood and her journey in finding her grandmother. It is set in the same time period as Cinder, with cyborgs and other Sci-Fi things. But Scarlet is from France and she is on a journey to find her grandmother because she is convinced someone took her. She gets help from a guy named Wolf, no I am not kidding. Together they go and try and find grandma. Along the way they run into some bumps and you never see the twist when it finally comes.

At the same time, we hear a little about Cinder’s story. How she escaped jail and is now on the run, trying to figure out who she is and what her purpose is in all of this. Along with her is a jail mate she ran into, who happens to have a ship. On her journey she finds out who she really is and is now trying to deal with it. Of course we get to hear about her Prince as he struggles with his feelings for her, his new job as Emperor and the looming threat from Lunar.

The author did an amazing job of combining the stories together yet keeping them apart. Her words are so descriptive that when I closed my eyes I felt like I was there. That I was experiencing the story along with her characters. It is going to be interesting to see how she incorporates it all in her third book, which I have put on hold at my library so I can listen to it. I hope you give this series a chance because you won’t be sorry you did. If you have a book that you love and would like to share it, then drop the title in the comments and I will give it a try. Until then… ME!

“Hades” by Larissa Ione

By now you can probably guess that I really like Larissa Ione. In fact, I LOVE her books. And this one did not disappoint. In the last book I read from Ione (Azagoth), we learned about the Grim Reaper and how he came about to be the Reaper. We learned that he could love again and that even though we have an ugly job, it doesn’t mean you have to have an ugly life.

In this next installment we learn a little about Hades, Azagoth’s warden. He runs the Inner Sanctums where evil beings go until they are reincarnated. But of course there has to be a love interest and that is where Cat comes in. She is a fallen angel who has taken a job in Azagoth’s manor to avoid being dragged into Sheoul where she would turn True Fallen and NEVER earn her way back into Heaven.

What starts this story is when Cat accidently lets some evil beings into the Inner Sanctum, and among them is a human who doesn’t belong there. Side Note: it is the Grim Reaper’s job to make sure everyone is cleared before going into Hell, if they aren’t truly evil then they get sent to Heaven. So Cat goes into the Inner Sanctum to try and correct what she did. Of course no one knows she is there and her choices lead into chaos in the Sanctum’s. Once Hades gets involved then that really sets things off. But I can’t tell you anymore without giving the whole story up, and that wouldn’t be any fun because then you won’t read it.

This story is beyond wonderful. It is a roller coaster of emotions. You never know what to expect and you are surprised at every turn. You find yourself wrapped up in the story and before you know it you are feeling what the characters are feeling. Their stories are told nicely and don’t seem out of place when they are told. Ione uses descriptive words that fit the scenes perfectly, like magic.

If you like romance, if you like paranormal, then I highly encourage you to give Larissa Ione a read. She won’t leave you disappointed in her works. If you have a book that you love, then drop the title in the comments and I will give it a read. Until then… ME!