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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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Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye

You know the saying “don’t judge a book by its’ cover”? Well, I definitely do. For better or worse, if a cover catches my eye, I want to give it a try.

I was browsing Audible one day when this cover caught my eye along with the title: Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye. Now, lately I’ve been in a biography/memoir mood for my  audiobooks. Especially when they are read by the author. I’ve tried different fiction works but they simply haven’t been keeping my attention lately. Until now.

Elizabeth Michaels did a great job at making Victoria Laurie’s first installment of the Psychic Eye Mystery series come alive. She kept my attention throughout the entire book and kept me so entertained that I didn’t even switch to Pandora radio during my commute. Not an easy feat lately to be honest.

This book took a new look on psychics/intuitives. I loved the way Abby stayed true to herself and I found her and Dutch to be incredibly amusing. Probably not the way their relationship was intended to come across, but I was amused all the same.

I am definitely interested to see more of the sisterly dynamic between Abby and Kat as well as to see the relationship between Abby and Dutch develop. I’m sure Abby’s next adventures will be just as captivating as this one. And I will definitely be continuing this in audiobooks.

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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!

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The A-List

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This week I have been wanting short, fun, easy books to read. I remembered reading the A-List series by Zoey Dean a few years ago and enjoying them so I thought, why not reread?

The first book of the series, The A-List, was exactly what I have been in the mood for. A quick, easy, but still enjoyable read.

Of course there are many points that I roll my eyes at. As do many of the fiction books about the privileged and wealthy. Nothing wrong with that lifestyle, it just seems very over-the-top.

In this book, I love that even though Anna comes from money, she is also intelligent and driven. She doesn’t expect things to be handed to her.

The dynamics between the characters so far are hilarious to me. Maybe it is because I am reading it from the perspective of a 26 year old. It’s difficult to see their problems as true hardships. But at that age, they are. It’s interesting to remember reading it when I was younger and able to semi-relate, and to read it now and not be able to relate at all.

All in all, a great book that fills the current literary need I have.

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First Test

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The Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce was recommended to me by one of my close friends, Nicole. Since we have similar taste in books, I was immediately excited to read it. And once again, Nicole did not disappoint!

First and foremost, I love that while reading this book, you forget how old the main character is. From her attitude, skills, and manner, you think she is quite a bit older than she is. I love that she never gives up despite adverse situations and that she always stays true to herself. Keladry always perseveres and proves that she is just as tough, if not tougher, than the guys.

This book is a deceptively quick read. It is easy to get sucked in to the story and to not want to put it down! But, this is a book where you definitely catch more if you force yourself to slow down and not read as quickly as you are tempted to.

The character development is huge in this book. The focus on Keladry and the guys maturing and becoming friends is wonderful to see. It is easy to picture the story in your mind as you read.

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Chosen

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Where to start. This book did not live up to the standards that the first two provided. For most of it, I felt that I was reading a teen romance novel. And not a good one at that.

My fears from the last book proved to be true, the majority of this installment focused on Zoey and her three love interests. The first, most annoying part that I will focus on: she sleeps with her teacher. And Imprints with him. Ugh, seriously? She knows how bad it is but she does anyways. And then her boyfriend catches her and is rightly pissed off. Now, she did not deserve to be treated the way he then treated her, but Erik was understandable mad at both her and the teacher. After all, the teacher used and manipulated her in many ways. At this point, I hope she gets back with her human boyfriend, Heath. At least he isn’t trying to control her and does truly love her.

Okay, enough about that.

Stevie Rae is alive! Well, she’s undead. Same thing? Maybe, possibly. I love that Stevie Rae ends up being restored to her old self, with a couple minor changes. I think Stevie Rae is going to play a very important role from now on and I am excited to see what that is.

I am definitely enjoying the changes in Aphrodite and Zoey’s relationship. I am glad that they seem to have buried their past and are working on establishing trust and friendship. I also like the character development of Aphrodite. She is showing that she isn’t simply the shallow vapid character that was originally portrayed. She truly regrets her past actions and wants to atone for what she has done wrong.

Even though Zoey has been distanced from her friends due to her actions, I have faith that they are still there for her and that they won’t actually abandon her.

Guess we will see what book 4 brings! Hopefully less relationship woes!

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Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves 1)

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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book. I kept hoping “not another stereotypical paranormal adventure”, and I definitely got my wish! From beginning to end, I could hardly put the book down. I stayed up until 2am reading and picked it back up at 8am after a few hours sleep. I haven’t done that in quite some time.

The writing was at a simple level to understand but the plot line was what kept me turning the pages. The characters grew into their roles as the book progressed which made the story more “believable” (obviously the story is fiction).

While most paranormal books end up boring me, this book kept me engaged from page one to the end. I can’t wait to read the second book.

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Oasis (The Last Humans 1)

Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review

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When I first started reading this book, my immediate thought was, “oh great, another post-apocalyptic world book”. I was wrong.

This was a fantastic, engaging, suspenseful read. I dived into it very quickly and could not stop reading it until the end. I finished it in less than 2 hours because I could not put it down.

The plot is full of twists and turns, the characters are very well developed, and the story line is unique. I do not want to give away spoilers in this book so I won’t go into much detail. Suffice it to say, I can’t wait to read book 2.