Monday, November 30, 2015

Fortunately, The Milk By Neil Gaiman and Illustrated By Skottie Young.

Fortunately The Milk
By Neil Gaiman and Illustrated By Skottie Young.

Synopsis from goodreads:

"I bought the milk," said my father. "I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: T h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road."

"Hullo," I said to myself. That's not something you see every day." And then something odd happened.

Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal

My review
5/5 Stars

A change of pace! Family friendly book that my boys and I LOVED.

I’ve been wanting to read this book to my boys ( They are 8 and 6) for awhile. They enjoyed when I read The Graveyard Book to them and I enjoy Neil Gaimen’s books so it was a win/win situation. 

We loved it. I’d read it to them before bed time and we laughed and made predictions and just had a blast reading it. Even went over my half hour reading time and into their bed time just to keep reading it. It was odd and just perfectly entertaining.The illustrations were wonderful and the boys loved looking at the pictures that went along with the story. The both said it is in their top 5 favorite books. 

My 8 year old ( 3rd grader) had no problem reading it and found it easy but fun to read. My 6 year old (1st grader )struggled with a few words but with a little help he was able to read it too. 

I feel I’ll be reading this again with them.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Shelly Frasier (Narrator), Mary Roach (Goodreads Author)

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
by Shelly Frasier (Narrator), Mary Roach (Goodreads Author)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A contagiously cheerful exploration of the cruel diligences executed on some of our bodies when, after death, we abandon them on the threshold of their graves, this book shows us cadavers turned into carcasses and scientific experiments, the deceased who contribute to the progress of medicine with perforated genitals and extracted eyes, flesh flung from airplanes or shot with bullets to verify the efficiency of new weapons, and discards crucified like Jesus or devoured by maggots. Mary Roach has written a book that explores the great beyond in order to show us the more visible and deplorable side of the next life.

My Review:
5/5 Stars

So I loved this audiobook. It was gross ,funny, intriguing and the narrator was perfect.

We get a look into cadavers the importance of them and their jobs through the years till now. The story is told with humor and so in depth about different aspects of the body after it passes on that I switch from laughing to gagging at points. There is such an interesting history about cadavers and what they were used for and how those who used them would get them. And then all the things that they are used for today. 

I’m not sure if the book had pictures but I’m glad I opted for the audio version because I don’t think I could handle the pictures.

Interesting read, made the history of cadavers intriguing and something I wanted to listen to even with the cringe worthy/ gagging moments. I’m defiantly going to be grabbing some more books/audiobooks by this author.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Beautiful Oblivion ( Beautiful Oblivion #1) by Addison Moore

Beautiful Oblivion
By Addison Moore


From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Addison Moore:

Some people just don’t belong together, or at least that’s what the world would have them believe.

It was supposed to be just for the summer…

Reese Westfield comes from a world of old money, country clubs, cotillions, and expensive cars. She’s tired of dating Warren McCarthy just to make her father happy. Reese has long since had her eye on someone else, and this summer she’s determined to make it happen.

Growing up in Lake Loveless there has always been a strict monetary divide—there was the rest of the Lake and then there were the Waterman’s. Ace Waterman has worked for everything he has, and he doesn’t have a lot. He breaks his back doing grunt work while putting himself through college. He’s used to life passing him by.

Reese has loved Ace from afar for as long as she can remember. The summer of her freshman year she comes home with plans to land Ace in her bed at least for a few short weeks, and, if she’s lucky, forever.

Ace has loved Reese for as long as he can remember, but their friendship has never graduated beyond platonic, so when Reese comes home from her first year away and proposes the two of them have a summer fling, Ace is quick to comply. The rules: no strings, no expectations, just something hotter than the sun to set the sheets on fire.

But when their worlds collide, and neither of them is willing to admit to having true feelings, it becomes clear to Ace he’s nothing more than a dirty little secret—that the summer fling was just something meaningless to pass the time.

Reese wonders if she can ever stop trying to please her father, and it’s only through her mother’s letters that she finds the answers she truly seeks, but will they be the ones she wants to hear?

As summer draws to a close, Ace and Reese are still very much enraptured even though the time has come to douse the flame and move on—but neither one of them is prepared to leave this BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION

My Review
3/5  Stars

Been in the mood for romance books lately. So I started reading some that were just sitting on my kindle. 

This one was a quick read. I read it in one night. 

Reese was the rich girl who’s best friend was the typical not rich guy down the road. She’s been in love with Ace since they were young and she was best friends with his sister. 

Reese is sweet but I just wasn’t impressed with her. I was getting annoyed that she couldn’t see that she obviously was stringing Warren along ( Warren is the guy her dad thinks she’s going to marry because he comes from money and has also grown up with her) and Ace. She should have grown the balls and just let him go so she could be with the dude she loved and not the dbag a hole Warren. 

I adored Ace. thats it to that. He was way too perfect, sweet, funny and patient. He also didn’t feel he deserved someone like Reese.

Anyway cute friends to lovers book. lots of steamy scenes another book where the girl is a virgin and she just wants the right guy to teach her the ropes. semi-interesting other characters and I’d probably pick up the rest of the series next time I’m interested in a quick easy to read romance with some humor. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Chasing Shadows (The Star Hunters #1) by K.N Salustro

Chasing Shadows

(The Star Hunters #1)

by K.N Salustro

Goodreads Synopsis:

"Stand and Protect." 

These are the words Star Federation soldiers live by as they work to uphold peace across the galaxy. Founded at the start of the Andromedan War, the Star Federation obliterated its opponents and now stands as the guardian of the galaxy. Its power has gone largely unchallenged in the wake of the war, and its officers now busy themselves with minor troubles. Once in a while, however, a powerful force surfaces and demands more attention, be it a drug lord, pirate crew, or a bounty hunter worthy of the Alpha Classification. 

Following the assassination of one of the Star Federation's officers, Fleet Commander Lance Ashburn goes on the hunt for the Alpha Class bounty hunter known as the Shadow. One of the best officers the Star Federation has ever seen, Commander Ashburn comes closer than anyone ever has to eliminating the Shadow, but upon meeting her, he discovers that much larger and more dangerous enemies roam the stars. Enemies that even hunters fear. 

Determined to do his duty as a Star Federation officer, Commander Ashburn fights for the galaxy, but the price of enduring peace may be one that the Shadow is not willing to pay. 

Tethered to her own demons, bounty hunter Lissa aka the Shadow has seen the harsher side of the Star Federation, and her priorities do not include carrying out the agenda of a fleet commander. When her past catches up with her, however, Lissa must either surrender herself, or make a stand. Working with and against Commander Ashburn, Lissa could push the galaxy into war... or save it

My Review

4/5 Stars

Its wonderful once in awhile to get a book that isn’t weighed down with romance or those steamy scenes. Plus I’ve been wanting to read a good Sci-fi/ Space Opera.

Lissa is a genetically enhanced humanoid and bounty hunter. She is also on top of the Star Federation’s list of most wanted.  

Lance Ashbury is one of the best in the Star Federation and is set on bringing Lissa ( The Shadow) in. 

I loved the world building in this book! Different planets! The ships! not to mention the different character species(?) and the cool arkins (cat like creatures with wings, I kept getting He-Mans tiger stuck in my head when I pictured them). The author goes into wonderful detail and paints the world and its characters vividly. 

The story was a wonderfully fast paced, page turning, action packed exciting chase through the stars. We have Lissa who is a pretty kick butt bounty hunter but she is doing it for a good reason. She is an unawakened NeoAndromedan and she would like to remain that way. But the Seventh Sun is hunting her down as well as the Star Federation. They want to try and make her into a blood thirsty soldier. Lance Ashbury a Commander in the Star Federation has to figure how to get Lissa and determine if she is indeed as big as a threat that the Star Fed’s think she is. Along with possibly trying to help stop the Seventh Sun. 

I’m trying not to give anything away, so lets just say I thought this was a wonderful action pack space opera filled with one heck of a cliffhanger ending. I’m ready for the second book in this series!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fear University ( Fear University #1) By Meg Collett

Fear University
Fear University #1
by Meg Collett

Synopsis from Goodreads:

I’ve always known I was a monster, and I don’t mean some teenage vampire shit either.

My mother abandoned me when I was ten years old because I have a freakish mutant disease that makes me incapable of feeling pain. I bounced from one foster family to another because too many people like to test my medical condition in a game of “Try To Make Ollie Scream.” At sixteen, I killed a man for taking that game too far.

Two years later, I’m still on the run in Kodiak, Alaska. Here, I’m the most dangerous person around, until I come face to face with a creature that should only exist in folklore. The monster is an aswang, and I, with my medical anomaly, am uniquely qualified to hunt the beast that haunts the night. At least, that’s what the two scarred, mostly crazy ‘swang hunters tell me when they kidnap me and take me to Fear University, a school where young students learn to hunt and kill aswangs.

I arrive at the university a prisoner, but I stay because I finally find my freedom. 

For once in my life, I belong. I’m needed. I make a home for myself inside the university masquerading as an old Alaskan prison. Something close to happiness warms my icy heart when I’m with my scarred, still mostly crazy tutor, Luke Aultstriver. For a murdering runaway like me, Fear University is a haven where I can put my skills to good use hunting monsters in the night.

But when certain truths come to light and even more lies are exposed, I fear that I, Ollie Andrews, am the worst kind of monster of all. And, maybe, they should be hunting me.

My Review:
5/5 Stars

* I got this for my honest review*

Loved this book. It has an interesting take on the whole “werewolves”/“vampire” fantasy using a different mythological creature. 

Ollie has an interesting issue that her foster families had taken advantage of. She has fought them and fought a lot in her life. When Ollie comes in contact with a monster that feeds on fear she being herself fights that and finds her self in contact with some hunters from Fear University and the Dean of the university wants her, but for what reason? And is Ollies ability a medical condition or is it something else. 

This book has an interesting story, light romance, a kick butt humorous female, Some awesome dudes, plenty of action scenes, moments when some heart wrenching stuff comes forward,wonderful suspense and a cliffhanger that’ll make you excited for the next book. 

I picked it up and couldn't put it down until I finished it. It had me turning the pages until the early morning.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Let's Pretend This Never Happened ( Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened ( Mostly True Memoir) Audible version
by Jenny Lawson

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Audie Award Nominee, Humor, 2013

For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. 

Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes listeners on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor. 

Chapters include: "Stanley the Magical, Talking Squirrel", "A Series of Angry Post-It Notes to My Husband", "My Vagina Is Fine. Thanks for Asking", and "And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane".

My Review:
5/5 Stars

I usually listen to audiobooks about Linguistics or History of Human Language or something that I can’t see myself actually reading continuously but something I can put my brain in lecture mode and listen to while cleaning or driving. 

I chose this book for a lecture mode break. I loved it.. I loved it so much I wish I would have read the book but then I wouldn’t have been able to listen to Jenny Lawson read it and listen to her go on her tangents ( I hope those are in the book but if not grab the audio its worth it)

The author makes the most grandiose stories out of something simple that happened and I love it! I enjoyed listening about her social awkwardness and all the crazy stuff that comes out of her mouth. I enjoyed it so much that I would rewind it and make my husband listen to a chapter I just finished. But it wasn’t just the crazy it was also the deep sentimental parts that I enjoyed. 

I can’t tell you how many times I laughed out loud ( most embarrassing is when I was laughing out loud at the gym and had to look around to make sure people were not looking at me crazy. That happened a lot). How many times I just sat in my car after getting home just to keep listening. When it got to the end I was upset that it was over. 

I think the best part was not only the funny stuff that made me laugh but she was so darn relatable. Some things she talked about I was like “ Oh my gosh she gets me!” or “ We might have came from the same town.” . When she talked about her and Victor I could see some aspects of my husband and I. 

Funny, crazy, relatable, honest and sometimes heartbreaking. Excellent audible book. One I will recommend to anyone.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Omega By Lizzy Ford

by Lizzy Ford

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In a modern world ruled by territorial Greek gods, the human race has been oppressed, exploited and now, nearly destroyed by the constant infighting of gods. 

However, a human girl with the power of a goddess is coming of age. Alessandra is the Oracle of Delphi – the last prophesized – and bears the mark of the double omega. Soon after she turns eighteen, Alessandra is told her destiny: to step between the warring gods and the human race and save her world from certain ruin. 

For the gods, her appearance marks the beginning of the end – their end. They and the Triumvirate – leaders of the human elite – who serve them will stop at nothing to preserve their power. 

Alessandra emerges from the forest where she spent her life hidden from gods and men and immediately plummets into a race against time, gods, and herself to discover who and what she is in a world where everyone she meets has a hidden agenda, and those pulling the strings remain in the shadows.

Before she can determine exactly what kind of savior her world needs, she must first master her power by completing three trials devised by the Triumvirate to enslave her. 

One lone girl stands between warring gods and the people she’s destined to protect, but it’s the battle to understand who she is that she must win first

My Review:
5/5 Stars

*Got an ARC in exchange for my honest review*

I was so super excited for this book. And I enjoy almost all books Lizzy Ford writes so I might be a wee bit biased on my review.

Anyway, I loved this book. Alessandra is awesome yet a little naive seeing how she was raised it was kind of expected. The action satisfied my action craving for the week. Reading about the characters background in the miniseries ( which I still have to finish, It didn’t take from the story but there was some spoilers I guess you could say.). Seeing how everyone plays into Alessandra’s life as she’s older and how she goes about discovering who she is and what her future could hold. There is some romance which is completely sweet and I enjoyed how its being played out.

Like I said I LOVED this book. I think everything is coming together wonderfully from the miniseries. All the characters are entertaining wether they be “bad” or “ good”. I stayed up all night reading it and was extremely upset when I got to the end. Its an awesome cliffhanger! When I hit the last page I kept turning the pages looking for more. ( There is a part of the miniseries in the back) Super Excited for the next in the series.

Action packed, Wonderful characters, great story, I love the take on the greek gods and the human world.