Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Best Books I Read In 2015

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Once again I am back for another Top Ten Tuesday! For today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic it’s the Top Ten Best Books I Read Overall in 2015. If you haven’t read any of these books in 2015 you should make sure they’re on your 2016 TBR list!

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1.The Good Girls by Sara Shepard

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2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay

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3. Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling

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4. The Death Cure by James Dashner

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5. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

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6. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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7. Ali’s Pretty Little Lies by Sara Shepard

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8. Paper Towns  by John Green

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9. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han

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10. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

 

Book Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Vengeance-Road-315x471Title/Author: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Genre: Western, Young Adult
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 318
Rating: ★★★★

This new and refreshing standalone western novel brings light into the YA world. When I first heard about this book I was quite hesitant with western being in YA literature. Over time I started to think more and more about this book, and once the cover was released I was sold. The cover is even more stunning in real life and the hardback resembles a leather book (which makes a reference in the book). Once I picked this book up and began reading it, I fell in love with it. In the beginning it’s basically Mulan meets a Western world which was pretty darn interesting. I also loved all the gunslinging action packed in this book along with the language making it seem as if they’re back in 1877.

Even though I highly enjoyed this novel, there were a few negatives. At times I felt the novel was a bit predictable and there was a tad bit of romance that this novel and I could have lived without.

Overall I rate this novel 4/5 stars. This book was beyond refreshing and it was very nice to see something new in the YA world. If you haven’t picked this book up, then you’re missing out. I highly recommend this novel if you would like to try something new and to go above and beyond your comfort zone.

 

 

Book Review: Vicious by Sara Shepard

After finishing the last and final book in the Pretty Little Liars series I’ve decided I need an award. I’ve put up with all fifteen books to finally reach this last novel. Let’s just say I had very high hopes going into this installment, but I became quickly disappointed. I’ve broken down my review into two parts; pros and cons. Here are my thoughts about Vicious by Sara Shepard.  Also if you haven’t read this book, this book review is full of spoilers just to warn you!

Pros

  • I call sticking around for the final installment a pro. Seriously who puts up with all this crap and drama this series gave out and still reads it?
  • I also loved how all the girls came together once more and all became friends. Much deserved happy ending.

Cons

  • My first con has to be the pacing of this novel. While Toxic dragged on, I felt as if this novel lacked the speed and action it deserved. The beginning of the novel felt like it took forever to read, but once I moved past that, things were still quite slow. The only really plot twist we had was a huge predictable flop. I thought this novel would have tons of mystery, suspense, and a few big plot twists. Maybe my expectations got in the way, but I was very disappointed with this aspect.
  • Prediction. I had many theories set up after Emily went “missing”. From that point on in the novel I made many predictions, and almost all of them came true. I was upset with this point hoping that this novel would have a more wow factor.
  • How Ali got caught was another huge con of mine. This really let me down. I was hoping all the girls would catch her and not only serve her a taste of her own medicine, but get caught in an awesome way. It really upset me  that the only one to find her was Emily. Not only that, but it took two seconds to take down Ali. I wished Ali and Emily had a bigger and greater fight against themselves rather than just a small fight in the lawn.
  • And last but not least the ending. The last sentence to be exact. “Soon enough, I’m coming to get you all” WHAT THE HECK. WHY. JUST WHY. I was so mad it ended with this sentence. Like what the hell Sara Shepard. You can’t keep doing that and dragging out the series even longer than it needs to be. I get you want Ali to come back and get the girls. Whatever. I got that part. But this series could have ended at book eight and just been fine, but with stalling it out to be twice as long with nothing really happens between books seven and fifteen is just infuriating. Whatever. I’m just glad I’m done with this series now. Sorry about this short rant as well.

It’s safe to say that I’m glad this series is finally complete and that I finally finished it. I don’t think I will be picking up any other books by Sara Shepard for a long while. I wished this novel had a bit  more action, mystery, suspense, or even a huge awesome plot twist. With being disappointed I decided to rate this book 2/5 stars. It would have been a one point five star rating, but since I’ve stuck along this far I’ve decided to bump it up to another star. My only advice about this novel and this series is either stop at book eight and save your time and money, or read till book eight and just skip to this book.

A to Z Bookish Survey Tag

Author you’ve read the most books from:

Sara Shepard

Best Sequel Ever:

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Currently Reading:

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Apple cider, hot chocolate, tea, or anything Starbucks.

E-reader or Physical Book?

Physical book. I can’t keep focus with an e-reader and I hate looking at a screen too long.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:

Toss up between William Herondale or Tobias Eaton

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Hidden Gem Book:

How to Avoid Being and Other Paths to Triumph by Jane VanVooren Rogers

Important Moment in your Reading Life:

Choosing to read the Harry Potter series.

Just Finished:

The Geek’s Guide to Dating by Eric Smith

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

Anything Adult, or YA Sci-Fi. I’m not a huge fan of YA Fantasy either.

Longest Book You’ve Read:

I would have to say Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix which is 870 pages.

Major book hangover because of:

I can’t live without or get over the characters

Number of Bookcases You Own:

2 Bookcases. One black Target one and the other a nice wooden bookcase.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:

Harry Potter and Divergent

Preferred Place To Read:

In my bed room either on the floor or my bed. Once it becomes nice outside (spring and summer) I tend to read outside.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures.

No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh.” -Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Reading Regret:

That I don’t read enough.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

The Pretty Little Liars series!

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by: J.K. Rowling, Divergent by: Veronica Roth, and Twilight by: Stephenie Meyer.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Harry Potter, Divergent, and Fangirl

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by: Editor Stephanie Perkins, along with Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Matt de la Pena, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White.

Worst Bookish Habit:

Buying a lot of books

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Your latest book purchase:

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

The Maze Runner by: James Dashner. That novel was a constant page turner and I could not put that book down! That hasn’t happened in a LONG time.

Summer 2014 Reading Challenge

Summer 2014 Reading Challenge

My 6 Genre Challenge

The other day I came across a bookmark when I was cleaning my room. I looked it over and I thought this would be a perfect little challenge for my summer reading. I took six genres and thought of a book I would like to read at some point and time this summer. My list includes:

Choose a book from the following Genres:

-Mystery: Twisted by: Sara Shepard

-Sci-Fi: Shatter Me by: Tahereh Mafi

-Fantasy: Clockwork Princess by: Cassandra Clare

-Contemporary: My Life Next Door by: Huntley Fitzpatrick

-Adventure: The Maze Runner by: James Dashner

-Historical Fiction: Seeking Signs by: Staci Angelina Mercado
With those books in mind, hopefully I will get through all of them this summer. As of last night I decided to pick up Shatter Me. Now let the start of my genre challenge begin! You can also check out my video below of myself sharing some other reading challenges that I’m taking part of this summer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxZzJO4EAh8