Saturday, February 6, 2016

After Impact by Nicole Stark

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Rating:
3.5

Synopsis:
   At first, HOPE (Humanity's One Plan for Escape) habitat appears to be a well-oiled machine, preparing 5,000 carefully chosen inhabitants for a new Earth. However, a medical assistant named Ilium reveals that certain members of the habitat have been falling ill from a mysterious virus they were inoculated against. Soon, the tranquil illusion of HOPE habitat is shattered as Avalon plays a perplexing message left by her father. If Avalon is to survive this dangerous new environment, she will have to find the strength to navigate a habitat enveloped in secrets. 

Links to Buy:
Amazon

Review:
   I am so happy an author gave me a science-fiction book to review, because I've been missing that from my life and I'm so happy it's back! When Nicole asked me to review her book for her, I actually didn't expect to finish it so quickly because I had two other books to review. But what do you know? I opened it up and I couldn't stop reading.
   After Impact is a great book for those in need of some suspense thriller. There's a lot that goes on in this book, it's just one crazy, thrilling ride.
   Avalon, the protagonist in the book, is the daughter of the man who came up with the HOPE habitat. She, herself, is brilliant with computers and me wanting to be in computer forensics... well I hope I'm as cool as her ;) Anyway, Avalon goes through this journey of unexpectedly waking up already with doubts about everyone. Her father made her doubt the people in the habitat (for good reason), but it makes everything so much harder for her. Which sucks. I like Avalon, I really do. But when I read, she just seemed to be yelling a lot and it kind of made reading a tad bit annoying. Everyone can hear you, Avalon. No need to scream, haha.
   I did love her curiosity to find the truth and uncover the secrets. She's one determined girl, and I wish I could say that if I was in her situation, I'd do the same. You never know until you're in the situation if you'd do the predictable or the unthinkable.
   Ilium is AWESOME. He's definitely not the hottest guy, but he's the most caring and he's definitely smart. I just love him and how he's not the typical "dark and mysterious" guy. And after what happens to him at the end of the book? WHAT'S GONNA HAPPEN?!?! Nicole, I need this sequel now!!
   The only think about this book that I didn't particularly favor is the fact that I didn't really feel any chemistry between Kael and Ilium with Avalon until the end of the book. Though I was always rooting for Ilium, I didn't feel anything until about 60% of the way into the book. I wish I felt more chemistry and the build-up towards their relationship more. I'm glad though, that at the end I did feel it more because now it makes me want to get my hands on the second installment ;)
   I love the huge science-fiction part of the book. You may not totally see it while you read, but at the end, it's like you figure out this entire time that it had a major part in the book. It's just like *mind blown*
   AND THE FREAKIN' ENDING. WHAT. WHATTT?! Major plot twist guys, I can't even explain. All I can say is that you guys need to get the book and read it!!
  Thank you Nicole for letting me review! Do let me know when you have the sequel ;)

Braineater Jones by Stephen Kozeniewski

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Rating:
3.7

Synopsis:
   Braineater Jones wakes up face down in a swimming pool with no memory of his former life, how he died, or why he's now a zombie. With a smart-aleck severed head as a partner, Jones descends into the undead ghetto so solve his own murder. 
   But Jone's investigation is complicated by his crippling addiction to human flesh. Like all walking corpses, he discovers that only a stiff drink can soothe his cravings. Unfortunately, finding liquor during Prohibition is costly and dangerous. From his mason jar, the cantankerous Old Man rules the only speakeasy in the city that caters to the postmortem crowd. 
   As the booze, blood, and clues coagulate, Jones gets closer to discovering the identity of his killer and the secrets behind the city's stranglehold on liquid spirits. Death couldn't stop him, but if the liquor dries up, the entire city will be plunged into an orgy of cannibalism. 
   Cracking this case is a tall order. Brainier Jones won't get out alive, but if he plays his cards right, he might manage to salvage the last scraps of his humanity. 

Links to Buy:
Amazon
Books-A-Million
Barnes & Noble

Review:
   Stephen Kozeniewski is so awesome because I never feel like I need to rush through his books to meet the deadline of a review post... because he never gives me one. He's always like "yeah, whenever you have time. No rush." And I'm always like "hell yeah!" behind the computer as I type a nice "thank you".

   Also, his books are always packed with jokes and laughter and Braineater Jones isn't an exception. Jones' humor, along with everyone else's in the book, is what kept everything light and fun compared to the very... unfortunate happenings they all went through...
    I will tell you, with humor comes the goriness... I don't even know who to feel about it. Reading the book, there were a lot of... explicit detail in how gross everyone and everything looked. I guess it'd be a good thing, though, since that just shows how good of a writer Stephen is. Still, not something one should read if sensitive to these kinds of things. I mean it's a zombie book, so one should be ready for some blood and bones.
   Over lots of pondering, I think in a weird way I liked how different this book was compared to anything else, goriness and all. It's like reading Stephen's other book, Billy and the Cloneasaurus. That book also opened up my eyes to other types of books that I've never even really considered before.
   What's also great is how intriguing the story was. It was amusing to see how terrible Jones was as a P.I. on some cases and how resourceful he was on others. What did confuse me sometimes were to nicknames to certain people. There were so many characters and doubling the names if you add in nicknames is a just a confused Caitlin waiting to come out. Eventually though, I got the names down for sure. So it's all good ;)
   Braineater Jones is a great book for people many people. Zombie-lovers, mystery-lovers, and also people who want to try out something out of their comfort zone. I was definitely in that category and it turned out great for me! It makes me want to consider other books about the undead, though I'm not so sure it'll be as cool as this one ;)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Accused by Wendy Byrne

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book for an honest review*
Rating:
4

Synopsis:
   Spawned from the depths of every parent's worst nightmare, Jillian Beckett's 16 year old troubled son is charged with murder. He's unable to remember what happened and swears he's off drugs, but should she believe him? Her ex-husband doesn't. The high-priced lawyer she hired doesn't. Where does motherly instinct intersect with reality?
   Afraid and alone, she reluctantly enlists the help of her son's football coach to find the truth of what happened. As they battle to uncover the guilty party, confidences are shattered, lives are on the line, while her son is one step closer to spending his life behind bars. 

Links to Buy:
Amazon

Review:
   It's been a while since I read this book but I haven't had a time to write a review, so I am deeply sorry, Wendy! Believe it or not, I still remember this amazing story.
   Accused is an amazing suspense/mystery that makes you want to just keep turning the page. It's in the POV of the mother and son and switches POV's to other people from time to time, which I think is super awesome because I love when I get to see into multiple people's mind.
   The best thing about this book is the mystery of it. There is so many characters and so many things at play that you just keep suspecting everyone as a possible suspect for framing her son. Sometimes you even think the son is just faking everything and is really behind the murder. YOU NEVER KNOW. All you know and that this mother and hot football coach are automatically shipped together and you're crossing your fingers that he isn't the bad guy.
   I can say... I didn't even know who the evil mastermind was until I was five pages from knowing the truth.
   It's so great because this book has stuck with me after all this time. I still remember the deck in the back of their house. When the football coach and mother had dinner out there and had a good time. One of her only happy moments throughout the whole book. I remember The boy and the girl he was involved with. When the mom finally figured out who was behind it when she went into the office to find evidence. The football coach's mom and how optimistic she was about the whole situation.
   I really remember it all and it just proves how this book will just stick to you for a very long time.
   It's amazing to read a book about such a supportive mom. No matter what crap her son has been through, she's been there to help him get out of it. And though she had no reason to believe her son this time, she did and she worked her ass off to find proof that he wasn't the murderer. It's not everyday that a mother would do that. She really cares for her son and she blames everything on herself, not others. Mother's are always so underestimated and it's nice to read this book and see the power a mother actually does have.
   So thank you, Wendy, for letting me read this and I'm so sorry it's been delayed. I can promise you it will not happen again!

Burning Bright by Chanda Stafford

*The author gave me an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Rating:
4

Synopsis:
   Three years ago, Samantha Gray killed her parents.
   Haunted by their deaths, she hides her scars behind sarcasm and vintage t-shirts, counting the days until she can escape her foster home is Alegria, Arizona. The she meets Ben, a California boy whose filmmaker parents constructed a big cat sanctuary outside of town. She's hesitant to get close, terrified he'll learn her secret. 
   When Ben introduces Sam so Solomon, a Bangal tiger on borrowed time whose gruesome history eerily mirrors her own, she must decide whether she's strong enough to overcome her past and save not only Solomon's life, but her own. And to do that, she'll need to tell Ben the truth.

Links to Buy:
Amazon

Review:
   Hey everyone! Today is basically my review day. I have so many book reviews to type up, so you guys will see just a mad rush of posts coming up from me! Today's Friday, but I'm off of school because it's a teacher work day where they put in last minute grades before the next quarter starts. Yay for an extended weekend :)
   Burning Bright is a story you'll never forget. I never will, at least. It's about a girl, Sam, who is haunted by her past and now lives with crappy foster parents (I mean, you read the synopsis, right?) They foster parents are so bad that she decided to live in a tent outside of the house... yeah.
   I love this book because until others, it really shows you from the protagonist's present POV the physical and mental abuse a person is going through. Most other books tell it from a past-tense "this happened to me" but this book is in present tense "this is happening to me" and it just really hits you how terrible some people can be. How this could be happening to someone right now. And that's sad to think about.
   I also really like the tiger idea. It's so different from what I've read and I liked how she had someone (something..?) she could relate to, because then she didn't feels so alone.
   What I didn't like was Ben's... hesitancy. Argh it's so arduous to try to explain something without giving it away. Anyway, I'm always against disloyalty and I just felt like he if he wanted to go towards another... path, he should make it clear the other path is no longer going to be taken... I feel like Chanda is reading this right now, laughing at my struggle to explain this xP
   I also wish there was more of a suspense with finding out Sam's past. You don't know until the end, but during my reading, I sometimes forgot about her past because at times, there wasn't anything to remind me of what she's been through. I wanted more hints here and there to keep me guessing.
   Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It really sticks with you.
   So thank you so much Chanda for letting me review this book! Hope you hear from you soon about other books on the way ;)