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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 Maze Runner by James Dashner

I originally read The Maze Runner a few years ago and really enjoyed it. This time around, I decided to try it as an audiobook which I definitely enjoyed!

While I vaguely remembered what happened in the book, it was more of vague feelings rather than real recollections. While listening to the book, I found myself remembering events as they happened, but I was happy to find that I could not remember what happened next beyond a few exceptions. I enjoyed hearing it again as if it was almost new.

The characters are easily relatable and I found myself very much enjoying the interactions between all the characters, but especially Thomas and Minho. I enjoyed listening to Thomas grow into who he truly is as a person despite adversity from a couple of the boys. I very much liked hearing Chuck mature and become braver as a result of his friendship with Thomas.

The only character that I did not enjoy hearing was Teresa even though I remember enjoying her the last time I read this book. I enjoyed the interactions between the boys better when they did not involve her.

As the ending of the book came closer and closer, I found myself not recollecting the story line. Once they exited the maze, I didn’t remember anything. I am excited to listen to book 2 as though I’m hearing/reading it for the first time.

Mark Deakins was very enjoyable to listen to and I hope he is the narrator for book 2 as well.

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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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Black Widow: Forever Red

I love Marvel movies. Every one I have seen, I have loved. Now, I have only read a couple of the comics, they just aren’t really my thing. I enjoy them, but I have to be in the right mood and that isn’t often. Plus I tend to read on my phone/iPad which isn’t always conducive to comics. But when I randomly saw Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl, I knew that I had to give it a try.

Now, from my understanding, there is not a Black Widow movie as of yet. So needless to say, I don’t know how this book will compare.

I loved this book. I know some of the reviews say that it is simplistic (and it is), but it was also easy to get into and hard to put down. I wanted to read it all in one sitting but unfortunately, I had to go to work (curse you responsibilities!).

I’m not a huge fan of romances in books. At least not right now. It’s pretty rare that I am to be honest. So that’s one reason I love this book. The romance that occurs is cute, young, and innocent. It’s adorable, and the storyline doesn’t fixate around it which is fantastic!

I enjoyed seeing Natasha try to avoid forming commitments and attachments, and at the end, doing so anyways. Watching Ava grow into her own person, and accept both herself and her past, was inspiring. She accepted what her past contains but didn’t let it dictate her present and future. Instead, she became her own person and did what she needed to do to move on.

I am really excited for book 2 and to see how the Black Widow movie turns out!

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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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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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Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys

Kate Brian wrote a wonderful story in this book. Here is Amazon’s descripton


When she was nine, Megan Meade met a group of terrible, mean, Popsicle-goo-covered boys, the sons of her father’s friend — the McGowan boys. Now, seven years later, Megan’s army doctor parents are shipping off to Korea and Megan is being sent to live with the little monsters, who are older now and quite different than she remembered them.
Living in a house with seven boys will give Megan, who has never even been kissed, the perfect opportunity to learn everything there is to know about boys. And she’ll send all her notes to her best friend, Tracy, in…
Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys
Observation #1: Being an army brat sucks. Except that this is definitely a better alternative to moving to Korea.
Observation #2: Forget evil, laughing, little monsters. These guys have been touched by the Abercrombie gods. They are a blur of toned, suntanned perfection.
Observation #3: I need a lock on my door. STAT.
Observation #4: Three words: six-pack abs.
Observation #5: Do not even get me started on the state of the bathroom. I’m thinking of calling in a hazmat team. Seriously.
Observation #6: These boys know how to make enemies. Big time.
Megan Meade will have to juggle a new school, a new family, a new crush — on the boy next door, as in next bedroom door — and a new life. Will she survive the McGowan boys?


This book was a very quick and hilarious read. For a girl who claims to be very inexperienced, and can barely talk to boys, Megan learns very quickly. She is able to draw Miller out of his shell, learns how to stand up to the boys, and is even able to dethrone the queen of the soccer team. She does all of this just by being herself and without being mean.

I love that her and Finn kissed. I would have been very disappointed if she had ended up with Evan, and I am very glad that it ended up being Finn. I also love that she connected with Sean over the motorcycles.

She even went out of her way to save Doug from being suspended, or expelled, even though he had never said one nice word to her.

My issues with the book:

  • How was she able to convince her parents to let her stay with the McGowan’s after she told them she wanted to go to Korea. Most parents would at least want an explanation and there was no mention of any in this book.
  • Does she end up with Finn? Do they kiss again? Do his parents let them date?
  • What happens next?! The ending was way too vague.