Shades of Earth Review (Spoiler Free)

While this review does not contain spoilers for said book, it does contain spoilers for the first and second books in this series.  Please read both of the other books before you read this review.

In the third and final book of the Across the Universe series, we find Amy, Elder and many of the Godspeed’s inhabitants plummeting towards Centauri-Earth.  While excitement runs high, their new planet isn’t at all like the paradise they’d imagined.  There are many things luring in the shadows waiting to attack the group of new settlers.  Soon they discover that they are not the only ones on this new planet, and if they want to stay they need to fight back.  Elder and Amy must race against time to discover who is attacking them if they have any hope of saving their little settlement.  To prevent risking everything they gave up to leave the Godspeed they need to figure out Centauri-Earth’s secrets, and fast.

I didn’t particularly like this book as much as the first two.  And it didn’t have anything to do with the cover change (I’m still a bit bitter over it though).  I feel like Amy was even more whiney than she was in the previous books.  It aggravated me when just about every other page she was whining to her parents or to Elder.  It was nice to see Elder and Amy’s relationship grow as they finally decide to be together officially even if her father doesn’t like them being together.

Then ending also felt a bit thrown together and rushed.  There was one part in the ending that I almost cried, but you guys will just have to read the book to find out why.

I also am missing my Harley even more so 😥

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.

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July Wrap Up (2016)

I’m pretty proud of myself this month for finishing as many books as I did.  I’m not going to go into too much detail with these books as I am going to post reviews for some of them.

1) Unite Me by: Tahereh Mafi 5/5 Stars

  • This little collection of stories from the Shatter Me series was my first read of July.  I ended up liking it a lot and loved that we got to see a bit more through Adam and Warner’s perspective.

2-6) Saga Volumes 1-5 by: Brian K. Vaughan 5/5 Stars

  • This graphic novel series is amazing! I literally flew through these books in about 2 days.  Stay tuned for a full review on them as i need to get all my thoughts out about them.  If you like Sci-fi and heart pounding reads then this series is for you.  I would also recommend that only an older audience read thus as there is a bunch of mature content.

7) The 100 by: Kass Morgan 4/5 Stars

  • I was recommended the TV show based on these books by a friend.  I watched the first few episodes, but when I found out that there was a book series I stopped watching the show to read the books first.  I loved getting to read from many of the character’s perspectives.  Most books only have 1-2 perspectives, but this book had 4!  Sci-fi fans of Beth Revis’s Across the Universe trilogy would love this series.  I do have to say, just from reading this one book, the books are way better than the TV show.  I’m not bashing the TV show, but i find the books to be way more detailed and pretty much everything in the first book is covered in the first episode making me feel that the TV show is probably a lot of stuff directors added later on.

8) Day 21 by: Kass Morgan 4/5 Stars

  • This is the second book in The 100 series.  Things really start picking up in this book as the 100 find that they are not the only ones on Earth.  I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to give away the series for those of you that have not read it yet.

9) Homecoming by: Kass Morgan 4/5 Stars

  • This is the third book in The 100 series.  Again, this is another action packed book with lots of heart-pounding moments.  I recently found out that Kass Morgan is writing another book in this series that comes out later this year, so this is not the official conclusion.  I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book and see what happens next for these characters.

10) Zenith by: Sasha Alsberg, Lindsay Cummings 4/5 Stars

  • Sasha Alsberg is one of the many Youtubers that I follow on a daily basis.  I love watching her videos and getting book recommendations from her.  When I found out she was writing a book I knew I had to read it.  Even though this was just a small portion of the book, I loved how much action and character development was already in play.  I haven’t yet read anything of Lindsay Cummings, but after reading this I definitely want to give her books a try.

11) Nerve by: Jeanne Ryan 3.5/5 Stars

  • With the release of the movie Nerve, I decided to read the book before I went to see it.  I was kind of disappointed in the book.  I didn’t really much care for the storyline.  I’ll leave the rest of my thoughts to my review, but I do hope the movie was better.

So that wraps up all the books that I read in July.  I’m really hoping that I can read a lot more next month as I have a long vacation and a bit more time on my hands.

What did you guys read in the month of July?

July Book Haul (2016)

This month I got quite a few books.  But it’s actually a bit less than I have gotten in previous months. I’m not going to give a complete synopsis for each of these book as this post would be miles long :p. Anyways, let’s get to the new books I got….

1) The Unexpected Everything by: Morgan Matson

  • This book was all over my Instagram this past month.  Now I’m not normally one for contemporary novels, but a lot of people who I follow on Instagram and YouTube loved this book.  I hope I like this book also and don’t find it cheesy like some of the contemporary novels I’ve read in the past.  With all the dogs on the cover I don’t think I could go wrong with this book.

2) Saga Vol.1-5 by: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

  • These have to be some of the greatest graphic novels I have ever read.  This series follows two soldiers from opposing sides of a galactic war that fall in love and have a baby.  Both fighting side do not want news of this baby to get out, and so ensues the race to find the deserters and their child and dispose of them.  I literally read all five of these books in one sitting, and I can’t wait to put up my review of them for you guys.  There is some mature content in these graphic novels so please read at your own discretion

3) Obsidian by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

  • This is the first ever Jennifer L. Armentrout book that I own.  I see her books everywhere and decided that I would give her a try.  Obsidian has been recommended by a lot of people, but the only things I know about it are there are alien and something about light.  Hopefully I can get to this series rather quickly.

4) Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

  • After surviving and F-5 tornado that killed his parents, Vane can only remember a beautiful, dark haired girl.  She now haunts his dreams, and he desperately wants her to be real.  Audra is real and she is Vane’s guardian and she must protect Vane as they both run from those who killed their parents.  When I first heard this premisis I knew I had to have this book, and now I do 🙂

5) Let the Storm Break by: Shannon Messenger

  • This is the second book in the Sky Fall series.  I have not yet read anything of the premisis because I dont want to spoil the first one.

6) Blue Exorcist Vol. 1 by: Kazue Kato

  • Barnes and Noble had a sale on Manga a few weeks back, and I decided to get this one.  I’ve heard a tiny bit about it, but my brother watched the anime and really liked it.  So hears hoping that this manga is great!

7) The Black Prism by: Brent Weeks

  • If you guys follow Regan or PeruseProject on YouTube, then you have probably heard how much she fawns over this book and series.  I had been looking for a new chunky high fantasy read and picked this one up due to her recommendation.  I’m super excited to read this and see how the magic system works in this book.

8) This Savage Song by: Victoria Schwab

  • This book was one of my most anticipated reads of this year.  I have not yet read anything by Victoria Schwab, but just about everyone I know loves her writing and recommends her a lot.  This book will definitely be interesting because it is a YA book that does not contain any romance whatsoever.

9) And I Darken by: Kiersten White

  • I absolutely love Target as they have a pretty great selection of YA books, but they also get a bunch of signed copies.  One day I had a bit of time to spare and I browsed to books and found the last signed copy that Target had left.  Of course I couldn’t pass it up!  I don’t know much about this book other than it is a Vlad the Impailer retelling that is gender flipped.

10) The Demon King by: Cinda Williams Chima

  • This is yet another book the Regan at PeruseProject recommended.  Again, I wanted more high fantasy books to read and figured I’d give this one a go too.

11) A World Without You by: Beth Revis

  • I read Beth Revis’ Across the Universe series in June and loved them.  When I found out she was coming out with a new book and really soon, I just had to get it.  There have been some mixed reviews on this book, and I’d really like to read it and make my own opinions on the book.  I’m hoping to get to this one rather soon and quench my craving for some more of her writing.

Well these are all the books that I got in the month of July.  Let me know if you guys have read any of these books and if there are any more that you would recommend I read in the comments.  I’d love to hear from you!

A Million Suns Review (Spoiler Free)

While this review does not contain spoilers for said book, it will spoil the first book if you have not read it.  Please read the first book before you read this review.  You won’t regret it 🙂

 

Yet another book with an amazingly beautiful cover!  I honestly cannot get enough of this!

 

As we jump back into the world of the Godspeed, Elder has now officially taken over as ruler of the ship.  He also plans to lead all his people without the help of the mind altering drug, Phydus.  When some shocking news about the ship is presented, Elder and Amy must race against the clock to uncover the real history of the Godspeed and the people aboard the ship.  With the lives of 2,298 people at stake, will they be able to decipher the clues or will the Godspeed’s metal walls become everyone’s coffin?

Just like as in the first book, this book is filled with mystery and suspense.  Amy and Elder just can’t catch a break.  There is so much stress on their relationship as Elder is trying to lead a ship full of unruly people AND be there for Amy.  I think this can be a bit typical in a YA trilogy, but I still love reading and rooting for the characters and their possible relationships.

I think the only thing I didn’t really like about this book is the fact that Amy could get rather annoying.  Yes, I knew she missed her parents, but it seemed like she risked their lives just so she could see them.  It always seemed like she was constantly nagging Elder about waking them up every other sentence that came out of her mouth.  I get that she misses her parent’s, but she doesn’t have to constantly whine about it all the time.  I’m just not a big fan of whiny characters

While I am sad that Harley is not in this book, I still found it rather enjoyable.  Another fast-paced suspenseful read.  I definitely recommend reading this book if you have not already.

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads.