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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!

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The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

Growing up, I was never that big into the Disney fairytales. I knew the stories of course, but they never really interested me. I never had a favorite princess or a favorite fairytale. If I had to choose, I would choose Ariel with The Little Mermaid, or Belle with Beauty and the Beast.

Lately, I have become more and more interested in the fairytales, both Disney and non-Disney, both traditional and reimagined. When I saw The Isle of the Lost, I knew I had to give it a try.

Even though this book is written for a younger audience, I loved it. With the stress of day-to-day life, it is the perfect getaway book where your mind can wander and a new reality takes over. The descriptions were great and I could see the way the book developed in my mind.

Or maybe it helped that I was reading it at night before sleeping. Either way, I loved it.

While I don’t like that all the villains were banished and basically trapped under a dome, I do like the way that the children are starting to choose a different path than their parents. Even though they desperately want to please their parents, that does not mean that they will blindly follow their paths and make the same mistakes.

So far I am very intrigued by Mal and Jay and love the friendship that has developed between the two. Evie and Carlos are adorable and I find myself thinking of them as the younger siblings to Mal and Jay, even though they definitely are not.

And Ben and his mystery dream woman….Mal perhaps? That’s my theory anyways. Let’s see what book 2 brings.

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The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

I was browsing the bookstore when the cover of The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding caught my eye. Once I read summary on the back of the book, I was hooked.

From the first page, I was completely engaged with this book. Reading as Prosper became Ethan, as he grew to know and understand Alastor better, as he realized who his true family is, I couldn’t put this book down.

At the beginning of the book, to be honest, Prosper is annoying. While reading, it is easy to get annoyed with Prosper and wish that he would become more mature. As the book continues, the annoyance gets less and less as Prosper matures and does what he needs to do in order to take care of himself and his family.

The twists and turns in the book were both subtle and a surprise. As they occurred, I found myself thinking that I should have seen them coming, but I didn’t. With that being said, the ending definitely did not surprise me. I was not expecting it to occur the way it did, but I did expect it to happen.

As soon as I put the book down, I logged into the library website to check out book 2…and sadly realized that it won’t be out until February 2019. Needless to say, I marked it on my Google Calendar to remember to check it out!

I am intrigued to read more by Alexandra Bracken and see how they compare to this series….Stay tuned!

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Journey to Jershon: Scars of the Dark Sorcerer by Joel Heath

A quick and easy read, this book was very engaging and difficult to put down. I loved watching Gabe gain the courage and strength he needed to go on his journey. His story is easy to resonate with as everyone has doubts about themselves throughout their lives. Gabe shows how you can overcome those doubts to be able to do what you need to do.

I would have loved more details and explanations as I was a little confused on some of the story transitions but this book did leave me wanting more. I’m looking forward to the next one!

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

I decided to try this as an audiobook as I really love Mindy Kaling. I love the character that she plays in the Office and I was curious to see how Mindy Kaling really was compared to the character that she plays.

I enjoyed listening to this very much. Mindy came across so well in this audiobook. She made me laugh and not want to stop playing the audio. This is the perfect audiobook if you have any kind of long commute as it will leave you wanting more and will make your drive go by so much quicker.

I loved hearing about Mindy’s life prior to the Office. I also had no idea that in addition to acting on the Office, she was also a writer for the show. This makes me want to rewatch the Office to be able to see the episodes from a new perspective.

Her life story took me surprise. While I didn’t really have any preconceived notions about her, I found that I was judging her more on her character in the Office which is definitely not who she is as a person.

I highly highly recommend this audiobook. I also went to get it as an ebook to see what the difference is like.

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Divine One

So after book 1, The Summoning, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue this series. While it was a good book, it didn’t leave me yearning for more. However, I do not like leaving series unfinished which is the main reason I continued this one.

As in my original review of The Summoning, this series is great for pre-teens/teens/very young adults. It is a quick read and very easy to understand. However, it is lacking for me. I want to know more of the mythology behind everything and I find the plot to be underdeveloped.

The characters and the story line have great potential and for their age group, they are great. It is a light read and is a great series to read to rest and relax after a long day. It does not require a lot of concentration and I greatly enjoyed reading it before bed.

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The Summoning

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When I was younger, I fell in love with the Daughters of the Moon series by Lynne Ewing. And despite the cliche saying “don’t judge a book by it’s cover”, that was exactly why I picked up the series in the first place. I loved the hardback, black cover but with glittery girls on it. I was immediately drawn to the series merely from the cover.

When I saw this sister series, I knew I had to give it a chance.

I think I would have enjoyed it more when I was younger to be honest. While the characters and story line were great, it felt underdeveloped and simplistic. I would have loved more details during different parts, including the mythology of everything.

This was a great book for pre-teens and younger adults. It is a quick and engaging read that makes you want more. Hopefully the story will develop further!