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WWW Wednesday – 09/25/2019

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of WordsIt’s open to everyone to participate! Why not join in and let me know what’s on your reading list this week…

To join in, just answer the following three questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

The Last of August – Brittany Cavallaro

LOVING it so far!!

Synopsis:

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter-break reprieve after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But Charlotte isn’t the only Holmes with secrets, and the mood at her family’s Sussex estate is palpably tense. On top of everything else, Holmes and Watson could be becoming more than friends—but still, the darkness in Charlotte’s past is a wall between them.

A distraction arises soon enough, because Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring. The game is afoot once again, and Charlotte is single-minded in her pursuit.

Their first stop? Berlin. Their first contact? August Moriarty (formerly Charlotte’s obsession, currently believed by most to be dead), whose powerful family has been ripping off famous paintings for the last hundred years. But as they follow the gritty underground scene in Berlin to glittering art houses in Prague, Holmes and Watson begin to realize that this is a much more complicated case than a disappearance. Much more dangerous, too.

What they learn might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.

Recently Finished

The Turn of the Key – Ruth Ware

** Check out my review

Synopsis:

When she stumbles across the ad, she’s looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss—a live-in nannying post, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten—by the luxurious “smart” home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family.

What she doesn’t know is that she’s stepping into a nightmare—one that will end with a child dead and herself in prison awaiting trial for murder.

Writing to her lawyer from prison, she struggles to explain the unravelling events that led to her incarceration. It wasn’t just the constant surveillance from the cameras installed around the house, or the malfunctioning technology that woke the household with booming music, or turned the lights off at the worst possible time. It wasn’t just the girls, who turned out to be a far cry from the immaculately behaved model children she met at her interview. It wasn’t even the way she was left alone for weeks at a time, with no adults around apart from the enigmatic handyman, Jack Grant.

It was everything.

She knows she’s made mistakes. She admits that she lied to obtain the post, and that her behavior toward the children wasn’t always ideal. She’s not innocent, by any means. But, she maintains, she’s not guilty—at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.

What I’ll Read Next

Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

Synopsis:

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.


Well that’s all for today folks! Let me know what you are currently reading!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Author Mention

Hello all! 🙂

Today I am going to talk about an Author that I really like, Madeline Roux.

I have seen many other bloggers do Author Spotlights and Author Interviews and whatnot. I love that idea, however, I don’t have any authors to interview (haha) and I honestly don’t think I need to interview an author in order to showcase them! I want to do this “Author Mention” when I have an author I really love and want to talk about them, or just when I come across someone new that I want to share with the world (even if others know them already – sometimes I can be late to the game haha)!

My goal is to open your eyes to some great reads and great authors! Maybe even add some new favorites to your TBR list!


So, Madeline Roux – I have been a fan of her since I read the Asylum series. If you haven’t read them you absolutely should, they were awesome! I found all of them to be easy reads that were captivating. I hardly put the books down. I enjoyed the plot and the characters. I tend to enjoy books, movies, TV shows that are scary or spooky. While I didn’t find the series scary, it did have times that were creepy which I liked. Anyways, read these books, they were great!

She has a few other series and some books that will be published later this year. I love her stories and am really looking forward to reading more of her books. I have many of them on my TBR

About

MADELEINE ROUX received her BA in Creative Writing and Acting from Beloit College in 2008. In the spring of 2009, Madeleine completed an Honors Term at Beloit College, proposing, writing and presenting a full-length historical fiction novel. Shortly after, she began the experimental fiction blog Allison Hewitt Is Trapped. Allison Hewitt Is Trapped quickly spread throughout the blogosphere, bringing a unique serial fiction experience to readers.

** From Goodreads

Books

Asylum (Asylum Series #1)

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it’s a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it’s no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried

Escape from Asylum (Asylum Series #0) – published 2016

The Scarlets (Asylum Series #1.5) – published 2014

Sanctum (Asylum Series #2) – published 2014

The Bone Artists (Asylum Series #2.5) – published 2015

Catacomb (Asylum Series #3) – published 2015

The Warden (Asylum Series #3.5) – published 2016


Allison Hewitt Is Trapped (Zombie, #1)

Allison Hewitt and her five colleagues at the Brooks and Peabody Bookstore are trapped together when the zombie outbreak hits. Allison reaches out for help through her blog, writing on her laptop and utilizing the military’s emergency wireless network (SNET). It may also be her only chance to reach her mother. But as the reality of their situation sinks in, Allison’s blog becomes a harrowing account of her edge-of-the-seat adventures (with some witty sarcasm thrown in) as she and her companions fight their way through ravenous zombies and sometimes even more dangerous humans.

Sadie Walker is Stranded (Zombie, #2) – published 2012


House of Furies (House of Furies, #1)

After escaping a harsh school where punishment was the lesson of the day, seventeen-year-old Louisa Ditton is thrilled to find employment as a maid at a boarding house. But soon after her arrival at Coldthistle House, Louisa begins to realize that the house’s mysterious owner, Mr. Morningside, is providing much more than lodging for his guests. Far from a place of rest, the house is a place of judgment, and Mr. Morningside and his unusual staff are meant to execute their own justice on those who are past being saved.

Louisa begins to fear for a young man named Lee who is not like the other guests. He is charismatic and kind, and Louisa knows that it may be up to her to save him from an untimely judgment. But in this house of distortions and lies, how can Louisa be sure whom to trust?

Court of Shadows (House of Furies, #2) – published 2018

Tomb of Ancients (House of Furies, #3) – published 2019


Salvaged – publication expected Oct 15, 2019

A WOMAN ON THE RUN. A CAPTAIN ADRIFT IN SPACE. ONE OF THEM IS INFECTED WITH AN ALIEN PARASITE.

In this dark science fiction thriller, a young woman must confront her past so the human race will have a future.

Rosalyn Devar is on the run from her famous family, the bioengineering job she’s come to hate, and her messed-up life. She’s run all the way to outer space, where she’s taken a position as a “space janitor,” cleaning up ill-fated research expeditions. But no matter how far she goes, Rosalyn can’t escape herself. After too many mistakes on the job, she’s given one last chance: take care of salvaging the Brigantine, a research vessel that has gone dark, with all crew aboard thought dead.

But the Brigantine’s crew are very much alive–if not entirely human. Now Rosalyn is trapped on board, alone with a crew infected by a mysterious parasitic alien. The captain, Edison Aries, seems to still maintain some control over himself and the crew, but he won’t be able to keep fighting much longer. Rosalyn and Edison must find a way to stop the parasite’s onslaught…or it may take over the entire human race


So many of these books are on my TBR and honestly who knows how long it will be until I get to them hahaha!

I am looking forward to her book “Salvaged” so I will be keeping my eye on that!

Any books by Madeline Roux on your TBR? Let me know in the comments!!

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Book Review: Reboot – Amy Tintera

Hi there everyone!

I am posting my review for Reboot by Amy Tintera today! Super fun book. Read my review below 🙂


~ Synopsis ~

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders

~ My Thoughts ~

I actually really liked this book. I was initially very interested by the idea of the “reboots” being named by number and that the higher the number means the more robotic and deadly they are.

This idea was very cool to me. Due to a disease in this dystopian world, the dead are able to come back into something much much stronger than the regular humans. What exactly are they though? Zombies? Robots? Superhumans? The only thing I was sure of was that these “reboots” were different. They were not liked by the rest of society and were persecuted for being reboots. I knew right there that this would be like similar stories; they were going to somehow take over the humans that are running them.

The HARC reminded me of the Divergent factions in a lot of ways. They were trained to fight and kill. They were given numbers which was to describe how long they were dead before coming back. These numbers are how they were identified. The numbers were their names at that point. They were essentially living in an underground world. They worked as killing machines for the humans that ran them. They were expected to act as obedient soldiers or else they would be eliminated.  Pretty crazy stuff!!

I loved Wrens character. I actually liked her more than I thought I was going to. I don’t usually like the cold, emotionless, hard characters. I, myself am so emotional and find it difficult to connect with characters like that. I tend to get bored and annoyed when they are just so robotic and heartless. However, Wren surprised me.

As the story progresses she has to train a new reboot. His name is Callum and he was basically a regular human because he was not dead for long before he woke up. He had feelings, he had his own thoughts, and he didn’t like to kill (he was actually a horrible fighter). Wren has to train him and make him a better reboot or she is going to have to eliminate him. At first, Wren has no problem with this because she doesn’t have any feelings and it’s just a job. After all, she is the toughest reboot who has killed many people. Killing Callum wouldn’t be a big deal! But, as the story goes on and she gets to know Callum more and more, she starts to have a difficult time with the thought of killing him.

Wren starts to change as she begins to develop feelings for Callum. As much as I love romance and honestly always want a happy ending and the couple to be together, it didn’t feel totally right. Wren wasn’t supposed to just gain feelings. It felt like it happened too quickly. Again, I’m not totally complaining because I love a romance and if the heart knows, it knows. However, it just felt like it should have been over a longer time frame or something.

I enjoyed the action of the book. There was a lot of fighting, killing, running, and plotting. Again, it gave me some similar feelings to other books like The Maze Runner series when the reboots were plotting to escape the HARC. I honestly really enjoy books like this. They allow me to just completely immerse myself and be somewhere else. Somewhere I don’t have to think too much or concentrate a lot. Just escape into another world.

I found over all it was easy to follow and easy to read. I read this book quickly. I also read the sequel to this book and enjoyed it. However, I must say I enjoyed the first one more! I would recommend this book if you enjoy books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner… etc.

My Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

5 Book Covers that Intrigued me

Hello there!

Today I came across a few book covers when I was scrolling through my Instagram and I thought “WOW!” I am ready to read this book based 100% on the book cover. Has anyone else judged a book by its cover? I think it’s kind of hard not to… as humans we are interested in things that are visually appealing to us.

Anyways, I looked into the books to see if they would be something I would like to read and found that, YES I would like to read them! Maybe I can just sense the story through the cover? Maybe its a special power of mine? Maybe not… but I did hit the head on the nail with these particular books.

Thought I’d share the books with you all! I know someone will enjoy them just as much as I do!!


1. The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter – Theodora Goss

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

** This is the first book of a series!

2. The Sound of Stars – Alechia Dow

Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world’s population.

Seventeen-year-old Janelle “Ellie” Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. Deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, humanity’s emotional transgressions are now grounds for execution. All art, books and creative expression are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. When a book goes missing, Ellie is terrified that the Ilori will track it back to her and kill her.

Born in a lab, M0Rr1S (Morris) was raised to be emotionless. When he finds Ellie’s illegal library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more. They’re both breaking the rules for love of art—and Ellie inspires the same feelings in him that music does.

Ellie’s—and humanity’s—fate rests in the hands of an alien she should fear. M0Rr1S has a lot of secrets, but also a potential solution—thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous road trip with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while making a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.

** I am so interested in this book and I absolutely loved the cover… I liked the different colors, it really popped out to me. I also found in the background – the factories with all the smoke – it seemed to me like behind the bright and fun colors that there was something wrong or bad happening… I liked the mystery aspect to it.

3. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe – Lauren James

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

4. Glass Shatters – Michelle Meyers

A man wakes up in a living room he doesn’t recognize, unable to remember anything about himself. All he has are the few remnants of his identity scattered throughout the house clues to his past. He soon learns that he is Charles Lang, a brilliant scientist whose wife, Julie, and daughter, Jess, mysteriously disappeared several years ago. Soon, he begins to recover memories memories that may or may not be his own and as he does, he realizes that only by uncovering the details of his former life will he have any hope of being reunited with Julie and Jess. A haunting tale of love and longing, fate and free will, and the easily blurred lines between fiction and reality, Glass Shatters explores the risks of trying to reinvent oneself, and the dangers of pushing science to its limits.”

5. The Lantern’s Ember – Colleen Houck

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.

Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.

** As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I became quite excited and I added it to my reading list right away! I hope I can grab a copy of this and read it ASAP. Something about “nightmarish creatures” really intrigued me and I love that one of the main characters is a witch!


Well that’s it for now! I hope you all find something you like from this short list and maybe even added a book to your TBR list.

To see more books I’m interested in – check out my Goodreads account…

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/101899358-deanna