Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Billy and the Cloneasaurus by Stephen Kozeniewski

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book for an honest review*
   Hello everyone! I am so much more busier than I thought I would be this summer! I have to organize my book and write it, do book reviews, work on my AP Psych summer assignment, do SAT Prep classes, work out at the gym, and fit in some time to read! Hopefully some of the stuff will fly by quickly :) I try to read and write as much as possible, so for those of you waiting for me to update Wattpad or Goodreads, I'm doing one of those things I listed above ;)
   Okay, this book was given to me in the beginning of March... it's nearly July... I am deeply sorry Stephen! During the spring, I had to study for finals and now I am stuck with all of this other stuff :/ But I am done with your book! And I have to say, it wasn't what I expected.
   If any of you would like to get this book on Amazon, click here.
   As I said, this book isn't what I expected. I looked at the cover and didn't think I liked it. I know, people always say never to judge a book by it's cover, but we all do. That's why we have covers, to draw attention to the book so more people will be likely to pick it up. There's this 40 year old man with a dinosaur. I have nothing against middle-aged men or dinosaurs, but that's not really the type of books I normally read. But, Stephen asked me to read it and the summary didn't sound so bad, so I went and accepted his request.
   First opening this book, the numbers really threw me off. I knew going in that the people were all named 'Will' and they were differentiated by numbers, but it was hard to get used to. I think I did start to get used to it around halfway through. It was confusing, but I am glad that Kozeniewski didn't put too many numbers in, or I would never know who they were talking about.
   Other than that, everything else was very well put together. The writing flowed together, the story line was original. Of course, I can't really judge the originality of the story since I've never read a book about cloning. The plot flowed together... and the ending omg.
   No spoilers but I actually liked the ending ;) haha.
   Another thing I liked about this book is the message behind it. I don't know if it was Kozeniewski meant for it to be a message, but it really made me think about how different we all are today. We all have different skin color, size, shape, and belief, but people all try to fit in with the crowd and that's not good. Imagine what our life would be like if we lived in a world like this book? I'd not want to be the same as everyone else.
   Anyway, to those of you who like the cloning books and books about how our world might be like in the future, you should really get on this book! Not really action-packed, but it does give you something to think about. And it does make you appreciate how different we all are today instead of all trying to be the same.
   I know this is one of my shorter reviews, but I really do need to get on with my other work. I'll see y'all soon with another review! 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

ATTENTION AUTHORS

   Hello Authors :)
   I haven't been accepting or asking for e-copies of books for me to review for you all. The cause of that was because I had a lot of school work and finals, I needed to be focused on that. I also had a huge book slump, probably because I was reading too many books at the same time haha.
   But today, I am pleased to tell you that I only have two more books to finish for authors that have asked me to review their books (to those two authors, I know it's been a long time, but don't worry, I'll be done soon)! That means that I will be accepting copies of books to review for you again!
   I review in chronological order from who asks first so I'll let you know if my review won't come as fast as I normally do. If you would like me to review a story of yours or promote it on my blog here, Amazon, Twitter, or Goodreads, please don't hesitate to ask! You can email me at tothebooksandback@gmail.com :)
   Can't wait to see what you all have! :D

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

   Hello everyone! Look, there are three posts in one week and it's only Tuesday! Haha I really need to work out a schedule to manage my work outs, studying, reading, writing, and blogging. Dang, I really don't get a lazy summer. But that's okay because you all and books are all worth it and I really need to get a work out going... I really need to start liking the idea of running hahahaha.
   Anyway, on the this AMAZING book <3 Seriously, I don't know why I've waited this long to read this book. I think that there was so much hype about it that I was afraid it wouldn't live to my high expectations. Like TFIOS by John Green? Everyone was raving about it and, though I did love it, it wasn't as great as everyone said. Don't get me wrong, I did cry in the book and movie and I did like it, but it wasn't the "ohmygawsh you have to read this omgomgomg shhhhhh John Green!" for me. Before you start yelling at me, yessss I do love John Green as much as the next reader. There was just so much talk and talk about it that I thought it'd be more and it kinda ruined it for me.
   So, back on track, I didn't want the Red Queen to be like that for me. Because I know it was good even before I read it. Just like I know TFIOS is amazing. I just didn't want to be disappointed when everyone on Twitter is getting the feels that I didn't feel.
   But to my deepest pleasure, this book did NOT disappoint and it did more than just please me. This book, the Red Queen, was everything I hoped it would be and more <3 So before I begin my review, if you would like to get this book on Amazon, GO NOW AND CLICK HERE.
   This book... I really don't even know where to start. From the beginning I guess. As I said before, I was going in thinking- but hoping it wouldn't happen- that this would be a disappointment. It really wasn't. I don't know what to expect with the story line but I know it wasn't what I got. The synopsis does not give it justice. From the very beginning of the book to the end, it always had something happening. I know, technically there's always something happening. But Red Queen left me at the edge of my seat through the whole thing. One minute, it's morning and I just finished breakfast, wanting to read and the next, it's almost dinner time.
   The writing was phenomenal. Every detail was written smoothly and strategically. I knew exactly what every room looked like (or how I saw is given the description), and knew exactly how every character behaved. I think it was the writing that got me interested in the book on page one than the actual story. Not that the story was bad, but it was so amazing how someone can write so well. I say that with a lot of authors, but it is so true. How do authors write with so much awesomeness that I can see everything they write? Yeah yeah, imagery. But it's still awesome.
   Another thing I loved about this book is how realistic it was. Aside from the super-powers. The way Mare thought was really realistic. Like how she went off and on about the brothers. She was taught to be tough from where she lived and she didn't trust anyone. So you would understand that one wrong move from one of them will send her on edge and make her hate him, even if she doesn't want to.
   With Cal, he loved Mare, but he would always do what a sign would do. He wasn't someone that would do everything in his power to save a girl if it meant his kingdom would burn. I liked that too. Don't get me wrong, I am totally on Team Cal, but life isn't always about love. There's barriers in between them and they just need space to find out a way to break them.
   Their relationship isn't perfect by a long shot. Emphasis on long. BUT I STILL BELIVE IN THEM. And guys. MAVEN. No spoilers, but damn. That's really all I can say without giving everything away. But damn. Hahahaha.
   This book was so good. I'm glad I got to enjoy it <3 Seriously, male or female, I would highly recommend this book. Especially if you like reading about super powers xD Really great and fast-paced. 5/5 stars for me, Victoria! Cannot wait to see the cover of the sequel, Glass Sword, and then get my hands on it. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Tesla by Mark Lingane

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book for an honest review*
   Double post?! You betcha ;) I want to get all my reviews in so I can start to review other authors again :) I haven't been accepting a lot and when I do, I mention that it might take a while. But I want to start again and promote this blog so one day, I can start doing giveaways and cool stuff for you guys <3
   I totally like this cover better, even though I don't see how it relates to the book xD
   Anyway, this book is good. I want to put that out there before I start my review so you guys don't forget that. I liked Mark's idea about video games and technology. I really like his writing style and the flowiness of it (yes, I'm aware that flowiness isn't a word, but let's make it one today). I actually think a lot of you will like it- apparently, a lot of you did since theres that huge one on the top right corner of the over- but this book wasn't for me. If you want to get this book on Amazon, click here.
   Though I like the idea, I didn't think that the whole 'video game' thing fit right with the story. It would've been just as great without it, and maybe more. It felt off to me. This world is in the age of technology and video games and stuff, but I don't think it needs to be portrayed in a book. Maybe it can, but with the write story line. Also, with the usernames? That just felt so pointless to me. Why did that need to be put in there? Nothing good or bad came out of it. It was just... there.
   Another thing are the characters. Gosh, they were so annoying. When I met Sebastian, I liked him. Cool kid, had guts. Basically a twelve year-old with the manners and thoughts of a sixteen year-old. But as the story progressed, he became whinny and complained so much. I get how he's only twelve. I know, but I think that he should've been older. Like Percy Jackson, he was only in middle school when he first started! Both Percy and Sebastian much too young to have that sort of weight put on them. He was brave at times and such a kid at others. When he complained about Gavin, I get how someone would be annoyed at that, but you don't need to disrespect a teacher in the middle of class because of it. And it didn't get him anywhere anyway. And what was with the 'when I become king'? 'when' not 'if'? When did he become such an arrogant little boy?
   Melanie. I had so much respect for her. She was dying but lived in a cave and hunted for food. She wasn't happy but she was surviving. Yeah, she was depressed and mean and said too many curse words, but that was her being tough and hiding her feelings. When she met Gavin? Man, she turned right into a girly-girl who loved shoes and shopping and dresses. Such a quick change. And she swooned over him and hung over his shoulder every second. She forgot about Sebastian. During the final battle, she didn't even ask if he was hurt, she asked if he was 'too scared' and then went right to describing about amazing Gavin is when Seb is obviously the more advanced Tesla. I don't think this is a real issue in the book. I normally go for the independent girls who don't let other guys be what their life is revolved around. I think this just my preference on the type of characters.
   What was the point of the witch in that house when they group was trying to rescue Seb's mother? She said some stuff- that I will not spoil- but her thing had no truth to them. I felt that that was also a useless part of the book. Was she trying to check her loyalty? And if so, why?
   Another thing is that, I really liked how Mark used science into how everything works. That must've taken a lot of research if you didn't know about that stuff before. But I always started getting confused with the concepts once he started using jargon I didn't understand. I also got confused with what was happening in the book when there was a fight happening? I think there were just a lot of things going on at once that I couldn't really picture what was happening and I ended up having to reread the scene a couple of times.
   What I do really really love about this book is the major battle. Or the mini battles that, put together, was the major battle. I liked how it wasn't this one big thing, but little ones. Because in real like, there isn't always this huge battle that happens and everything just settles. It takes a lot of mini battles to end everything out. I didn't get confused at all during the end and I really liked that.
   Overall, this book wasn't the best, but it definitely wasn't the worst. I can see this huge potential in this book. And there is a lot of skill there, but it just wasn't a book for me. All of my critique is basically a preference opinion other than facts. Mark's writing and story line was top-notch. If he wrote a different, action-packed story, I would definitely give it a read. I hope you guys liked this review, sorry for all the critique, but you should definitely give this book a shot if you like the technology/action/cyborg kinds of books :)

The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

   Good evening everyone. SUMMER! My brain is finally free of studying! Well, not really because I have SAT Prep... but that won't be too bad... hopefully. I hope the tutor that comes to my house is geeky with glasses and stuff, because if it's a cute guy, I'd be too focused on him and not my work. Haha, girl problems. If you guys wanted to know, chapters 1-4 are up on my Wattpad for Dream Catcher! If you guys wanted to check it out, click here. 
   Anyway, can I just say how awesome Kristen Simmons is? I met her at the NOVA Teen Book Festival (click here to read my NOVA Teen experience) and Kristen was so nice and down to earth. When she talked on the stage, it was so relaxed and funny at points, but she also got her point across. All of the authors I met there were awesome <3 I just love authors in general haha.
   Of course, before we start, if you would like to get this book on Amazon, click here
   Okay, finally to the review part. I didn't think I'd enjoy this one too much, that's why I got the book in the winter and didn't start it 'till a couple of days ago. I don't really know exactly what I was thinking, but reading the synopsis (which doesn't do this book justice) made me feel really mad already. Seriously, girls getting sold to make children? How sexist could this get? I know, I know, the protagonist is different. But still. I thought I would be annoyed the whole time I would be reading (and I was annoyed at how the other girls wanted to be sold. Like wth?). But I was surprised to find myself giving this a 5/5 stars on Goodreads! 
   It actually took me a few chapters to get into it. I don't know if it was the book or if it was because I was still wary of the sexist thing or if I was too busy with my finals, but I didn't get into it until about chapter four. But damn. Once I did start liking it? Whew, what a ride this book was! Overall, this book was full of adventure and the love for a wolf (and family, of course). 
   Aya is what you would call a true protecter of her family. Ever since she got caught, even before that, she fought tooth and nail to try and help her family. Whether it's to train them to hide or to get them out of the city, she was there for them. When she wasn't, when she was trapped, Aya fought every second of the way not to get sold so she can go back to her family. That's what I really admire about Aya, she would do anything for her family, even if someone doesn't value it. I also like that she's smart. She thinks and strategizes or at least, tries. She doesn't get in over her head about anything.
   Kiran and Aya are... Ugh they're such a good match. They're both so strong and think the same. Kiran doesn't try to keep Aya safe because he knows that it would be a lost cause, knows that she can take care of herself.
   THE ENDING THOUGH. GUYS I CRIED. Gosh, that was so amazing, Kristen. I'm wondering if there is going to be another book? No spoilers, but it was... so brave. And AH. Haha, I'm at a loss for words on how to describe it. All I can say without giving it away is that I REALLY hope that there's a sequel. Or at least a novella to keep it going. 
   I really don't have anything else to say other than that I recommend this book to all <3 Those who like tough girls who stand up for themselves and action and this cute cute little love story <3 
   Love you Kristen! Thanks for making such an awesome book :D Hope to see you again soon! 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Imposter by Chanda Stafford

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book for an honest review*
   Hello again :) Okay, only 1.5 more weeks of school left! So I had to wait a few hours to write this because I was so mad that I don't think I could've written a review with my mind on a goal to kill a certain someone xD If you want to get this book on Amazon, click here. If you would like to see my review for the first book, First, click here.
   First I want to thank Chanda for sending me another one of her books for me to review! I love talking to you on Twitter while I read through your story xD I hope you don't mind my venting about what happens haha.
   Okay, I really think that this book was much better than the first one in the series. I guess because Chanda didn't have to go into much detail behind how everything works so she could focus more on the action instead of the explaining. I also liked the different POV's. I love reading different POV's on the books that need it. I like seeing how different people think. I, myself, can't write in two POV's, so hard. Anyway, I feel like Chanda's writing was much better than in First. I think that it flowed better, like she got in the groove of this story more.
   Man... can I just sucker punch Will? Maybe throw him across the room and maybe kick him down there? I really hate that guy... but at the same time, I really want him and Mira to make up and be together. Argh. What he did to Mira and Evie is not cool, it don't believe in that and for him to do that just... Just... you shouldn't be doing that, okay? I don't want to give anything away, but argh. I hate that. And then at the end of the book when the Mira needed help? NO. JUST NO. Bastard. Sorry, excuse me for my language. But seriously? You promised Mira you'd help him and what do you do? Walk away. I mean I don't care if you hate him, you keep you're promise and that's the end of that! Even if you didn't promise, you don't just leave him there! JEEZ.
   I feel so bad for Will, I really do. But he just acts like a freaking child throughout the book. I don't blame that on Chanda (okay, well maybe just a little haha) but OMG GROW UP. Gosh. Ugh.
  Okay, I should stop before I spill the beans and you all get mad at me for giving away what happens. Don't let what I just said keep you from reading this book, it's really good! And I'm glad that it makes me feels this much annoyance. It just shows how awesome the writing it to make me so mad from a screen full of words.
   Mira. I don't know how anyone can be that strong. I mean how do you hide the fact that you're you and pretend to be someone you just met for a few months? It's incredible but not really realistic. I mean yeah, people doubted it being Socrates, but those were really just people trying to start something. Will didn't even know and him out of all people should have. I guess since he was stuck in his own anger and sadness that he didn't notice, but still.
   What Mira did throughout this book is beyond bravery, really. It's... You really can't explain it. She's a warrior in her own way. She doesn't kick people's asses, but she goes against everyone to fight for what she wants. Whether she had to hide her identity or get strangled by a crazy man, she still doesn't give up. I really admire that in her. Today, people like to go with the status quo; the people that don't are called 'weird' or 'geeks'. Which is so so stupid. But Mira doesn't care. The way she carries herself doesn't make her 'weird', it makes her a fighter.
   I really loved this book. It made me want to cry and laugh and scream all at once. I swear I think my mom thinks I'm Bipolar now xD Seriously though, there was something so intriguing at every page that I couldn't stop until I finished the book. And even then, I wasn't satisfied in the way that I wanted more. I always want more with this book. I'm going to be really sad when the series ends :( I think I would rate this a 4.7 stars out of 5! Truly amazing <3 it was just that little detail on the realistic-ness of it. I know these books aren't realistic in the fact that people can't use other people to live forever, but I think the way people act and how they behave should be realistic.
   Thank you Chanda again, for being so kind :) I hope to hear from you on the third book! I can't wait to read more of Mira and I hope Will gets his act together haha.
   That's it for now, everyone. I should go and get some studying done for tomorrow. Night guys! 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

My Soul Immortal by Jen Printy

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book for an honest review*
   What? I'm back already? Yes I am and I have my Dairy Queen next to me, so I should be set! I really wanted to write this review today for two reasons: I need a break from school work- it's so bad I'm listening to Bach... Not that Bach is bad but it helps my migraine- and this book is SO FREAKING FANTASTIC that I just needed to let everything out before I forget everything I want to say xD If you would like to buy this book on Amazon, click here.
   Picking up this book, I was pleasantly surprised on how well it was written. I think that's the first thing I fell in love with with this book; the writing. It is so poised and amazing. I want to say it's close to Sarah J Maas or Cassandra Clare. I could feel how Jack was feeling and see everything he was seeing just by the way Jen worded everything. It's amazing how much a writing style could really change how you feel about a book. If it was a more laid back style, I'm not sure I'd give this so much credit!
   When I first learned about the story line and what happened to him back then, I thought that this book was like the Fallen series by Lauren Kate (Torment really did almost kill me with so much repetition), but it's nothing like that series. The general story line may be similar, but all the little things are so different. An amazing masterpiece. And this didn't make me want to throw my phone across the room in annoyance, so that's a plus ;) Jack's story is something I want to read about every day. Too bad I have to wait for book two :'(
   Anyway, on to the characters. Jack has this calm demeanor to him only someone born in the nineteenth century could possess. It's like he's been through life for so long that he understands every facial expression, every action, every reason. And yet, he still has a youthful quality of a young man. Not naïve, I know he's not that from his arguments with Leah about hope. But I can't explain it. It's like he's has the thought process of a one hundred and seventy year old, but a soul of a twenty year old. He's thoughtful of everyone else, knows how to behave with chivalry but still able to blend in (not that chivalry is lost, but rare), but he puts his heart and soul into everything he loves. Lydia, Leah, his memories.
   God, his memories alone has my heart going out for him. To just have random flashbacks of a time you can never go back to? The pain in your chest never going away would just be too much for me.
   What I really loved reading throughout this book is how funny he is when it comes to Leah. He's so 'old' per say but he acts like she's the first girl he's ever liked and it's just so adorable. I love reading his thoughts when he's like 'come on, pull it together' and he's trying to act calm and natural. SO ADORABLE. He makes me believe that there is someone out there that's that cute.
   Speaking of Leah, she's awesome. She is also naïve. But she just turned eighteen so... That's an exception. Leah and Grady's relationship is amazing. It's rare to find a sibling relationship that's as good as theirs. No matter what, they stick with each other, trust each other. That's what I loved about her and Grady.
   But I wish there was more conflict between her and Jack. Not that I like the fighting and drama, but in real life, how many people would just accept what Jack is without having time alone to process everything? Well, in real life, there probably aren't many people from the nineteenth century... but you know what I mean? I feel like she was too accepting. But I still love her <3 She's been really strong through everything and has a little independent side that I like.
   Okay... Artagan. Whoa, dude. Just calm down.

   Not him. Me. He's made me flip-flop through liking him and wanting to punch him in the face. Everytime I don't like him, he gives me a reason to like him again... it should be the opposite, but he's such an awesome guy. Really laid back, but on the inside, thinking of ways to help any way he can to save his family from harm. Artagan is one of those people that smiles on the outside (sometimes in the devilish way... sometimes in the flirty way ;) ) but on the inside, he's still thinking about his loved one. OMG that story about him, the true one, was soooo sad! He shouldn't have done what he did but I just can't help but feel for him. Tears may or may not have been present. I don't really have anything else to say about him... I just keep feeling so sad for him but so like 'YOU GOT THIS, I GOTCHU' kinda thing.
   Okay, I have to say, when I was reading chapter twenty-seven, All I Want For Christmas by Mariah Carey come on and when the 'thing' happened, it was just sooooooo perfect! Ahh I literally squealed in front of my whole class. Perfect song for the perfect scene <3
   And then came the epilogue... man... what's Jack going to do now? Argh. I want to talk about it so much but I can't! I don't want to spoil anything for you all. All I can say is that it was a perfect, but annoying ending. Very cliff-hanger-y. JEN I WANT THE SEQUEL! haha.
   The only critique that I have with the book is that I wish there was more action stuff. I know that this book is a romantic paranormal, but when they see Vita at the church, I wanted some small battle or something. Hopefully I see that in the next book ;)
   Other than that, I really loved it. I'm giving this book a 5/5 stars even with my critique because everything else that was really amazing just over shadows it. I hope you guys liked this review and you go pick up the book! I really loved it and I hope you guys do, too.
   That's all I have for today, got to get back to work *sigh* good night everyone (or good morning, depending on where you live). 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Michael Hanson and the Desolate Woods by E. L. Ervin

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book for an honest review*
   Hello everyone! Happy first day of June! Only sixteen more days until school ends :) Omg guys its like raining cats and dogs where I live right now.
   HAHA I don't know why I find that picture so funny xD Seriously though, it's raining super hard here, the umbrella on my deck is about to tip over. I have gym tomorrow, so hopefully I won't have to go out in the heat. Really hoping to just work out in the weight room. That'd be the best class ever.
   Anyway, on to my review. I'm so sorry, E. L.! As I've said to Eric Andreas, I'm apologize for a late review! I have had major reading slumps and have been really busy doing school work. But I've read your book in about three days :) Which means I like it ;) And thank you for giving me an e-copy of this book! It means so much to me :D
   I really liked the story. How Michael came to his powers and how loyal the people around him were, it was awesome. It was refreshing to me to read a book where the protagonist isn't second guessing his friends. The loyalty that Michael had with his friends (what, like seven of them now?) is really rare to find. Especially having that respect with so many of them. I honestly have only one true friend at school (key word: school. I love you all too <3 ). Everyone else are friends but not someone I can talk to about everything.
   I also liked the adventure. Everything was surprisingly fast-paced. There wasn't any waiting and standing around. It was to the point. Do it or don't. Which I loved! In most adventure books, I tend to yell at the book like "Come on. There no time to argue! Just do it!" and it would take like fifty pages until something actually happened (a little exaggerated there, but you know what I mean).
   Another thing, they actually got somewhere in this book! There are some books where a lot of stuff happens but, in the end, they're still at square one. But this book got to like square five hundred!
Haha. They found out so much and they all when through so much in just thirty short days.
   Although I enjoyed reading this book, there were a few minor things that kind of turned me off when reading. When I first read this book, there were a lot of unnecessary exclamation marks. Or what I felt like they were. When I saw one, I just kept thinking, "It wasn't that exciting". It made reading not worth the exclamation marks.
   Another thing was that I didn't feel like E. L. went through a lot of detail in the story. Well, I guess she did... I wouldn't know how to say it, but I felt like everything was so rushed. I definitely liked the fastness of the story. Like the scene in the woods? That was so fast, nothing really happened, action-wise. And the scene in the dungeon with Celeste, Chaz, Chase, and everyone else? When they're all fighting? I felt like that was really brief. I wanted to have more fighting, more injuries, more conflict.
   That's actually another thing. I felt like Michael trusted so easily in the beginning. It's a good thing that they were actually good people. But realistically, if I went to a new world with two strangers, I would not be trusting so much, even if they did know about my parents. I'm glad that he wasn't too trusting with Chase or Adonis so easily.
   All of those are minor things that I didn't like. Other than that, I really enjoyed reading about Michael and how be came to be all powerful :) To be honest, the cover doesn't do it justice. I thought it was going to be a cheesy book, but I was glad to be wrong :)
   I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5 :D I really hope to hear from E. L. Ervin to see when the release of the next book is! I really hope I like the sequel better. I cannot wait to read more of Michael and his adventures.