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Beau & Bett by Kathryn Berla

IMG_3500I received a free copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book! I thought it was a super cute retelling of Beauty and the Beast! I loved that the “Beast” was actually a girl in this book. While I, of course, did not like the reason that Bettina was a “beast”, I’m glad that the author did not focus much on it.

I loved that Beau gave Bett a real chance and that he grew to know and like her without anyone else’s input. He even ignored the input of others and went with what he knew to be true. I would love to see more on their life together.

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Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

So I’ll be honest, I never knew that the original Grimm fairytale of Cinderella involved the stepsisters cutting off part of their feet in order to make the glass slipper fit. So when this book started off that way, it was quite a bit of a shock.

I started off hesitant while reading this book. I had a hard time reconciling it with the Disney version of Cinderella that everyone knows. But I’m glad I kept going. Watching Isabell grow into the woman that she was meant to be and not the woman that her mother wanted her to be, which is inspiring. It was incredible to watch her rise up against her circumstances and turn her life around into the future that she had always wanted and had buried so deep inside for so long.

I truly hope this author has more books that are similar to this one!

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The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy

“…being brave doesn’t mean that you aren’t afraid of anything. Just that the fear doesn’t stop you from fighting for something you believe in.”

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review: 🌟🌟🌟 Thank you, NetGalley!

When the book started, I immediately thought…okay, another dystopian end-of-world type of book. And while, yes this is a good way to classify it, it was also different than others that I have read. I loved the way the Gifted’s Gifts worked and how their gifts could vary from person to person, even within the skill they had.

I would have loved to have more descriptions of the action scenes. There would be fantastic build up and then all of a sudden, it was over. I was very underwhelmed by the climaxes of the book, I would have loved more action and more descriptions of the action scenes rather than a couple paragraphs.

The book left me with a lot of questions on what actually happened because of this. I’m hoping the author will write more books that clarify some of these events more.

The book was an engaging and quick read and overall, I enjoyed it.

 

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Almost Interesting by David Spade

“FYI, this book is not that serious. This is meant to be read when super bored, then forgotten fifteen minutes later. It could be read cover-to-cover during one medium-to-severe case of diarrhea.”

Well one thing is for sure, David Spade was right, this book was not that serious…this audiobook was hilarious! And it was not forgotten 15 minutes later.

I knew of David Spade only from his role in Rules of Engagement where I thought he was hilarious. I saw this book on Audible, and when I saw Spade was the narrator…I had to try it. And I’m so glad I did!

First off, I had no idea that he is the brother in law of Kate Spade! Or that he had been in so many different shows and movies. I only knew him from Rules of Engagement. Now, I definitely want to watch the shows and movies that he talked about in this book, especially Tommy Boy and SNL.

I thought this book was hilarious and with him as the narrator….you will be laughing the entire time. I love how honest he is about himself and how he never tries to make himself seem better than he is. If anything, he should be giving himself more praise than he does! His stories are hilarious and his self-deprecating humor makes you laugh as well. 

I highly highly recommend this audiobook. Unless you get offended by cursing or some mild crude humor…..then definitely don’t listen to it.

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The Imposters by Scott Westerfeld

I loved reading Scott Westerfeld’s series Uglies and the Midnighters when I was younger. When I saw The Imposters at Target, I knew I had to give it a try. Especially when I saw it was an autographed copy!

I had no idea this was going to be set in a time after Tally Underwood from the Uglies series. The dynamics between Frey and Rafia, Rafia and their father, Frey and their father, Frey and Col, and Frey and the world are incredible. The way that Scott Westerfeld set the twins up and the depth he used for Frey was amazing. With each chapter, you learned more and more about the way she thinks and functions. Her character was constantly growing and becoming more and more real.

The further I got into the book, the less I wanted to put it down and the later the time became. Rather than sleeping, I kept reading into the night. The ending was both predictable and a surprise at the same time. I had a feeling it would end the way it did, but I kept hoping that it wouldn’t. I cannot wait for book 2 in September!

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The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

“Wicked is Good”. Concluding book 2, Teresa makes this simple announcement that she has actually made before. “WICKED is good” Are they though? So far, I would definitely say the organization is not good by any means, although they seem to have good intentions, going by the philosophy of “the ends justify the means”. After seeing so many of their friends die, and the trials and hazards they have had to go through, why is Teresa so convinced of this?

As with The Maze Runner I read, actually, listened to The Scorch Trials by audiobook during my commute. While at times I found myself zoning out and missing sections, overall I prefer listening to this series rather than reading it. I found myself wanting the narration to go quicker so that I would know what was happening. Which is a good thing that I was listening instead of reading so that I could not skip ahead on sections.

So far, Minho and Thomas are still my favorite characters with Teresa still being my least favorite. While I do not think she is evil, I still don’t have a high opinion regarding her. I would rather see Thomas be with Brenda personally. Although one of the things I do love about this story is that James Dashner barely focuses on any relationship and prefers to keep things platonic which is ideal for me.

The real question for this book is…..do they really have the Flare or is it another trick? They were able to survive the Scorch so what is next for them? Is it really over?

I enjoyed this book very much. While at times I wish there was more detail, and at times I wish there was less, I enjoyed the story and am ready for book 3!