Friday, April 29, 2016

Book Review: The Revolution of Ivy (bk2) Amy Engle

Goodreads Summary: Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty--forced marriages and murder plots--for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall's borders.

But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy's life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she's fought for.

This is the second installment of the Book of Ivy duology. I liked this one a whole lot more than the first one. Especially after that awful cliffhanger from the first one. In a way I am happy that I was able to read this back to back because I don't know if I would have survived waiting so long to get my hands on the second book. Thank you Jesus!

Ivy is outside of the fence now. Everything is lost. Her family, Bishop, and the life that she once knew. She has to survive and the only way she can do that is to get a grip and face reality. She didn't know how to survive outside the fence because it was never a possibility that she would be put out. She is afraid, hurt, and scared. That is until she meets Ash and Caleb.

Ash and Caleb are great! They suffered and lost but are survivors. They take Ivy under their wings. Caleb was reluctant at first because he didn't trust her right off hand. They taught Ivy how to survive and make a life outside the fence and what she thought she would not be able to handle she does. She is slowly letting down her defenses but her lies still linger among them. 

Then....Bishop arrives and everything that Ivy tried to forget is thrown back up and once again she is left to make decisions based on her heart. Again, I love Bishop. He was so patient and even tempered with her. I wanted to strangle Ivy at some parts of the book but I understood where she was coming from.

I can't fathom Ivy's feelings because the one thing that she wanted she felt she didn't deserve and losing her family with the betrayal. She grew so much from the last book. She wasn't weak and timid. She became fierce.

I listened to this one as well and I loved it. The writing was good. It was evenly paced. The only problem that I had was the ending before the epilogue. I felt that it ended to promptly. I wish that there could have been more. Other than that I loved the book

Rating 4.5 stars
Recommend? Yes

Book Review: The Book of Ivy (bk1) by Amy Engle

Goodreads Summary: After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual. 

This year, it is my turn. 

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power. 

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

I don't know why in the world did I ever over look reading this book. Sometimes I am very guilty of judging a book by its cover and I literally thought that this book would not be this good. I always find that when I overlook a book it turns out to be really good. 

This story is about a girl named Ivy who instead of her sister has to marry Bishop Lattimer. He is the president's son of the winning side that won the battle between the Westfalls and Lattimers. Although Ivy's grandfather founded Westfall the Lattimers took control after the war. Ivy is the key to her family gaining the power once more but she has to kill Bishop in order to do that.

I loved Ivy. She was meek and small but her heart was big. All her life her hatred for the Lattimers was fueled by her father and sister. Her mother was played into her feelings as well. Decisions were made for her and her voice alone was dully noted. Until she met Bishop she realized that she did have a voice and he was helping her to discover that. She was slowly coming out of her shell that her family created but the whole time she was torn between loyalty and her heart. 

Bishop was definitely different from what Ivy thought. He was patient, kind, helped support Ivy in whatever she wanted. He always made her make the choice  first because to him it was her right. 

The writing of this story was so good. I listened to it and the narrator did a good job narrating the book. This was definitely a story of following your heart and what is right. I loved all of it.

Rating 4 Stars
Recommend? Yes

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Snagged @ The Library Reading Challenge 2016

This challenge is hosted by Geeky Blogger's Book Blog . This one is my favorite challenge so far because not only do I work at a library I get the majority of the books I read from the library as well. 

Anyone can join in on this challenge.
Starts: January 1, 2016
Ends: December 31, 2016
Eligible Books: Books from my libraries  

 Runs January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016. You can join any time.
• The goal is to read at least twelve (12) books from the library. Twelve should be easy, that’s one a month. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you.
• Any format will work for this challenge (print, ebook or audio) as long as you checked it out from the library it counts.
• Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).
• Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, including re-reads. The goal is to support your local library and save money.

Here are the Levels
  1. Dewey Decimal: read 12 books
  2. Thrifty Reader: read 24 books
  3. Overdrive Junkie: read 36 books
  4. Stalking the Bookstacks: read 50+ books
My goal is Stalking the Bookstacks and try to read at least 50 for the year. If I make 50 before the year is out I will continue to add.

June Library Books
An Ember in the Ashes
The wrath of Dawn

Audiobook Challenge 2016

Hosted by  The Book Nympho and Hot Listens
I am just now getting into Audio Books. I usually only listen to audiobooks if the audio version comes out first and it is a book that I absolutely cannot wait to read. Although I prefer to have the book in my hands Audio Books are life savers as well. I have apps on my phone and tablet. I also listen while in the car driving. So I decided to do this challenge with listening to at least one book a month. 

  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30-50
  • Marathoner (Look Ma no hands) 50+
My goal for 2016 is 
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
Good Luck to everyone participating! 

April's AudioBook

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engle      finished  4/26/16
The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engle  finished 4/2/8/16
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater 
Mrs. Peregrines Home for peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
May Audio Books
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page
June Audio Books
The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Bad Boys of Romance Reading Challenge 2016

Another challenge that I am excited about is the Bad Boys of Romance Challenge. Romances are one of my favorite genres to read especially PNR. This challenge will be great for me and I'm going to push myself to level three.  Again, I know I'm late with starting off on the challenges but I can't wait to start this one. I've already read some but the ones that I update will be since starting the challenge.

Level One – 5-9 books – Capturing the Bad BoyLevel Two – 10-15 books – Engaged to the Bad BoyLevel Three – 15 books or more – Taking the Bad Boy to the Alter

* The minimum goal is 5 books.
* The books have to feature a bad boy hero:
Rock stars, MC members, streetfighters, assassins, mafia, loners, geeks, etc. 

* Only romance series are accepted. Any sub-genre of romance accepted.
* Sign up ends December 31, 2016.

I will keep you guys updated with monthly post and stats. Good Luck everyone!!

Read the Books You Buy Challenge 2016

I know that I am a little late joining the wagon with this one but I wanted to challenge myself. I have a huge TBR pile of books that are collecting dusk because lets face it....TBR pile never goes away. I need to get it down some so I decided to take part in the Read the books You Buy Challenge. 

This challenge is hosted by The Book Date. I want to challenge myself to read about 75-80% of the books that I have bought and buy this year. 

Here are the rules
  • Books have been bought in 2016.
  • Can be ebook, print book or audiobook
  • You can decide whether you include books bought in 2016 second hand or in book fairs etc.
  • You may adjust your level if needs be during the year.
  • Books for this challenge can also be included in other challenges.
  • Runs from 1st January to 31st of December 2016

These are the percentages that you can make to meet your goal
20% or less      Money Sitting on the Shelf.

20 - 40%          Making Inroads.

40 - 60 %         Moderately Successful

60 - 80 %        Maximizing  Returns
80 - 100%       Mission Accomplished

I will keep monthly stats and updates to show you guys where I'm at with the challenge. Good Luck to everyone participating!!!

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy (Kindle)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Book Review: Light the Way (Bk2) by Joe Kipling

I received this free book by the author in exchange for an honest review. 
Goodreads summary: In the near future, when the world's population has been decimated by disease, the fortunate few live inside the Boundary, while the unlucky ones are left to die on the Outside. 
MaryAnn Hunter has crossed over to become a fugitive on the Outside. Hiding out in the Union headquarters MaryAnn is slowly coming to terms with the lies she has been brought up with.
But when a friend asks for help MaryAnny finds herself on a dangerous rescue mission that takes her on a terrifying journey back into the desperate clutches of the Director and the Light. MaryAnn faces a fight for survival. It's a fight she must win against insurmountable odds - but is it one she is willing to win at any cost? 

Light the Way is the second book in The Union Trilogy. Set in a dystopian future The Union Trilogy is about death and coming to terms with loss, the abuse of power, discrimination and the fear of the unknown.

This is one of my favorite series. I love that the author contacted me again to read and review Light the way. If you have not read my review for Blinded by the light you can check that out here.

I loved reading this book. The dystopian setting for this story was written well. I was happy to see that MaryAnn has grown some from the first book. It still is a lot for her take and to understand but she does try. This story is written from two POVs but it does not take away from the main character. 

Peter is still the fun witty guy that I loved from the first one.  He and Daryl are great together and are more like brothers. The relationship that Peter has with MaryAnn is sweet. She is like his little sister. There was one part in the book between Peter, MaryAnn, and the Watch.I don't want to spoil it but you can see the influence that MaryAnn has on him. There were a tons of others but that was my favorite one. 

The journey for the characters was a big risk. The consequences were understood but for what they all believed in it was worth it to them.  The plot in this story was good and it had me guessing the whole way. I could really see this trilogy becoming a movie. 

Overall I love this series and I can't wait for the next one to come out.

Rating 4.5 Stars
Recommend? Yes