Oct 24, 2018

The Darkest Minds

I've known about The Darkest Minds for a little while now. For some reason I never picked up a copy despite wanting to read it. Oh, boy am I happy to have finally read this book. It was so, so good.

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Children are dying and those who aren't are now harboring abilities. Ruby survives and very quickly her life flips upside down. I loved Ruby. She is such a well written character and it took no time for me to fall into her voice as her story unfolded on the pages. Ruby is timid in the beginning, terrified of what she can do, or rather can't do: control her ability. There was so much character growth through out this book. Each page I felt like she was changing and becoming stronger in every aspect.

Alexandra Bracken's story telling is amazing. Being a reader who can typically struggle with Dystopian type books I found myself eating up every word on the page. She crafted everything so well that there was never a moment where I couldn't picture something clearly. In fact I could picture everything perfectly and feel the emotion coming off of the page. There was plenty of emotion toward the end of this book let me tell you.

Liam Stewart a southern boy who embodies sweetness. I loved Liam. I couldn't get enough of him whether it be when he's singing along to the radio, bantering with Chubs, or simply caring for Zu.  There is so much I could say about Liam but he is one of those characters that words can't really explain how great he is. You have to read it for yourself and swoon your little heart out.

Chubs brought so much good to this book. Forever sassy, always cranky but so god damn caring. The banter between Chubs and Liam made me chuckle so many times. Especially the banter about good ole Betty.

One of my favorite things about this book was the relationships between the four Liam, Ruby, Zu, and Chubs. The way it was written was so good. They all had such a great dynamic. 

To say I adored this book would be an understatement. I'll definitely be starting the second book soon. The Darkest Minds is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me. I would recommend this book to anyone. Alexandra Bracken is a new favorite of mine and I can not wait to read more from her.


Oct 15, 2018

Dead Until Dark

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris is a book, or rather book series, I have known about for quiet awhile. It was a series I first found out about because of the release of the TV show years ago. I honestly wasn't sure if it was a book I ever had any intention of reading. That is until recently I got hooked on the show and knew I had to read the books to see how similar they were to each other.

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out.... Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn't such a bright idea.

Having watched the show first I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I am pleasantly surprised by the similarities to the show and the differences. Sookie Stackhouse is a great character who I found to like more and more as each page went on. I found her to be strong, witty and an all around interesting character.

Bill the vampire, I hate to say it but I'm not a fan of him. I thought he was very selfish in the book compared to the TV show. I should say though in general on the show I'm not really a huge fan of him either. Less of a fan of him on the page. He has his moments but I can't quite pinpoint what it is about his character that just makes me think, meh go away Bill.

There isn't a whole lot of Eric in this book but enough for me to be excited to see how his character develops and appears in future books. I really am a sucker for Eric in the show and can't wait to read more about him.

Charlaine Harris's writing style is very to the point. She doesn't really put unnecessary fluff into the story everything moves quick over the course of twelve chapters. I liked that but sometimes would have liked a little bit more detail on certain things. Overall though her writing was easy to fall into and get caught up in Sookie's story.

Dead Until Dark is getting 3.5 out of 5 birds from me. I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to someone looking for a quick vampire read with interesting characters. I'm definitely going to be reading the second book once I get my hands on a copy!

Oct 13, 2018

Saturday Songs

Saturday's seem like the perfect day to share new music I've discovered this week. October seems to be the month of great, great music. Here are a few songs I've been listening to like crazy this week.

Chemicals by Gregory Alan Isakov

I have liked Gregory Alan Isakov for a while now. There is something really soothing about his music. This song in particular is a favorite of mine off of his new album. I could listen to it all day.

Didya Think by Arlie

It's impossible not to sing along to this song. I'm really liking this bands sound and am curious to see what other music they come out with.

Without U by Beach Goons

I'm not a huge fan of the rest of this bands music but this one song in particular I really like. There's something about the singers voice that just sucks me in and makes me want to listen.

Oct 8, 2018

Sometimes It Happens

Sometimes It Happens is a book I've wanted to read for a while. I really loved Lauren Barnholdt's book Two Way Street so naturally I'm going to want to read all of her books. After finally getting my hands on a copy I started reading it right away because it just sounded like a good, quick read.

This novel opens on the first day of Hannah's senior year, but the story really starts on the last day of her junior year. That's when Hannah not only gets dumped by her boyfriend, Sebastian, but she also finds out her best friend, Ava, is going to be gone for the entire summer. But Ava's boyfriend, Noah, is definitely around--and such a good guy that he snags Hannah a job at the diner where he works. Hannah and Noah move from coworkers, to friends....and one night, to something more.

It's the first day of senior year and all hell is going to break loose because of what happened over the summer between Hannah and her best friends boyfriend, Noah. I really loved how this book went from the first day of senior year to the events that took place over the summer leading up to senior year. It was a really cool way to tell Hannah's story and it was really well written in that aspect.

Hannah was not what I was expecting. To be honest I'm not really sure what I was expecting but she was a character who I had a very hard time connecting with. I thought maybe toward the middle of the book, closer to the end that would change but it really didn't. She was a bit immature in my eyes, said like way to much and just overall didn't have much character growth. I must say though I feel like Hannah is the way she is because of Ava her best friend.

Ava was the worst best friend. She was selfish, manipulative and just down right annoying. Many times I wanted to just yell at Hannah for putting up with Ava's bullshit.

I must say that it wasn't until the hundred page mark when I really felt myself enjoying this book. And I think that has everything to do with Lacey and Noah. They in my opinion were the saving graces of this book.

Sometimes It Happens is getting 3 out of 5 birds from me. I enjoyed the way the story was told with dueling chapters and certain characters but overall it wasn't what I was expecting. I would recommend this book to those who don't mind when characters don't have much growth and if they want a book with a really fantastic boy and a great new friendship between characters.

Oct 6, 2018

Saturday Songs

If there is one thing I love as much as books it is music. There is nothing better than discovering new music, adding a new song you can't get enough of to your playlist. These past few days I've found a few songs that I can't stop listening to. Songs I want to share in hopes that the lyrics, the melody, something about it sticks with you the way it does with me. I'm thinking I may make this a regular Saturday thing of sharing current or past favorites.

Hey Mama by Great Caesar

This song I discovered while watching a show on Netflix called Quantico. It fit so perfectly in the scene and the moment that scene ended I wanted to rewind to listen to the song again. Shazam came to my rescue and once I knew the name of this I looked it up. Haven't stopped listening to this song since. So so good!

Everything Looks Better (In Hindsight) by The Wild Reeds

This song I came across looking up other songs by Great Caesar. What made me click on this particular video was the bands name, The Wild Reeds. It was an intriguing name to me. The moment this song started, I knew I liked it. The lyrics are something that hit me. Such a good sound from this band.

High Five by Sigrid

I came across this song from someone talking about it on Instagram. I of course had to look into it to see what the song sounded like. It's a song that is so catchy and fun. There is something unique about the singers voice that I really like.

What are some of your current favorite songs? Let me know in the comments would love to discover some new bands!