In a Dark, Dark Wood

In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware  is a psychological thriller based around a girl named Leonora Shaw. Leonora, Nora (Lee also), is a Crime writer who lives in London. She gets invited to her old high school friend’s Hen, which is apparently like a bachelorette party. She has not talked to Clare in ten years and cannot fathom why Clare would invite her the Hen but not to the wedding. Her and her other high school friend, Nina, agree to go together. The book starts off with Nora being woken up in the hospital. She has a head injury, everything hurts. She’s asking herself what she has done. She doesn’t remember how she got to the hospital and why. The rest of the book goes between her remembering the moments before the got hurt and her being in the hospital, wondering what exactly happened. And you, as the reader will be wondering (for a while) ‘who the hell is James?’.

As far as psychological thrillers go, this one wasn’t as shocking as Girl on the Train. I was not blindsided by the truth, but I still had questions and doubts until the end about who was the bad person. I found this book easy to read and easy to get sucked into. I didn’t want to put it down. I had to know how it ended. So, I’d definitely call it a success.

It’s hard to review psychological thrillers without giving anything away, but I will say, if you like the genre, you’ll like this book.

 

Happy reading!

 

Moriah

 

The Raven Boys

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater  was one of those books I decided to read because it was a scribd select, and I was out of audiobook credits for the month (I do this a lot). It is an urban fantasy  novel that focuses around the life of Blue Sargent, the only non-psychic in her family.

Blue and her mother, Maura Sargent, live in a house with other psychic women, notably, Persephone, Calla, her cousin Orla, and her aunt Neeve. Things get weird for Blue when she visits an old church that lay on a ley line with her aunt Neeve. They go every year on St. Mark’s Eve to watch the spirits of the people who will die within the coming year walk past. Blue, who can’t usually see the spirits, sees one and he tells her his name is Gansy.

Blue meets the other main characters, Richard Gansy III, Adam Parrish, Ronan Lynch, and Noah, at the resturant where she works, when Gansy tells her Adam is interested in her.

Gansy is interested in finding Owyn Glyndower, a sleeping Welsh king, and believes he is somewhere around the town they are living in, Henrietta, Virginia. Blue becomes a part of the search because she reads Gansy’s journal he left at the resturant, and because the boys come to have a reading done at her house. Largely, though, she becomes even more involved because her and Adam start unofficially dating.

I can’t say much more without giving away anything. However, I will say this is a book that will captivate you. Not only is the plot amazing and the characters so likeable (I seriously want to be friends with Blue Sargent), the way Maggie Stiefvater writes is utterly beautiful. Her description of things in the book, such as Cabeswater (a forest in the book where the trees speak Latin), make this book worth reading.

Also, if you listen to the Audiobook, which I suggest for these books, Maggie Stiefvater writes a lot of the music that is played during parts of the recording. The music fits perfectly and, in my opinion, adds even more to the books charm and character.

If you love magic, mystery, and fantasy all wrapped into one, I highly suggest reading this book!

 

Happy Reading!

Moriah

Glass Sword- Victoria Aveyard

Rating:4.5/5

I have been reading this book for since February and FINALLY finished it last night. I tend to have trouble finishing a book if I know I’ll have to wait 6 months plus for the sequel, and seeing as the third book is set to come out some time in 2017, thus was the case with this book. It got to a point, however, where I just had to know what was going to happen next.

Note: For those of you who haven’t read Red Queen, the first book in this series, stop reading this immediately, and go find the book, a comfortable place, and about six to eight solid hours for reading. I ended up listening to this book when I had a terrible job that required me for drive for five hours straight, four days a week. I fell in love with the characters.

Glass Sword is the continuation of the story of a red girl from Norta who discovers she has special powers like the Silvers. She and Cal have been rescued from the Bowl of Bones. They end up on a submarine and then, eventually on an Island controlled by the Scarlet Guard. Things go bad there for Mare and Cal. They, Farley, Kilorn, and Shade end up leaving the island to find more Newbloods (reds with silver powers). They find more Newbloods, but so does Maven, who got the list of names from Mare in the first book (anyone can betray anyone). In the end, Mare ends up working with the Colonel.

The beginning and the end are fast paced. In the middle is where you learn the most about the Newblood powers and personal information on the characters, but it is slower paced. I loved learning about all the Newblood powers and abilities, however. I also loved learning more personal things about Kilorn, Farley, Shade, and even Cal.

I hated how Mare sometimes chooses to use her power. Not only that, but how she sometimes THINKS about her power. It’s easy to see why “normal” reds fear the Newbloods. They could easily become like Silvers. I didn’t want to see Mare choosing to use her power in the wrong way, but I do understand it serves a purpose for the entire story. I just hope Mare learns from her mistakes and doesn’t abuse her power.

At the end of the book, Mare’s heart and spirit are definitely broken (my heart was pretty broken as well), so maybe that will cause her to do some attitude adjusting.

About the heartbreak, prepare for it, because I don’t think you’ll expect it. I know I didn’t.

The thing I like the most about this book, is that I have no idea where the story is heading next. It left off on quite the cliffhanger. All I can say for sure is people are dead, and someone will have to pay for those deaths.

Happy reading!

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles Book 1)

My rating: 5/5

Cinder is a book written by Marissa Meyer about a cyborg living in New Beijing. She lives with her step mother and two step sisters and an android named Iko. Cinder works as a mechanic and all her money goes to support of step mother and two step sisters. Sound a little familiar?

It is a retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella. Which is why I have been hesitant to read it for so long. I know what happens in Cinderella, so why would I read a retelling. It was the book chosen for my book club’s monthly read in April, so I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. There are many elements that are different from the original Cinderella story (aside from the futuristic city and the whole cyborg thing).

Cinder is a likable, witty character, who despite her circumstances, is a nice, loving person. She may be a second class citizen because she is a cyborg, but she acts way more human than her monster of a stepmother.

The fact that this is a story loosely based off of a well-known fairytale, there will be parts that readers find predictable. However, this book is part of a series in which three more fairy-tales will be brought into the story. Therefore, I feel like the overall story will be different enough to keep readers interested. Even in this first book there is enough differentiations to keep readers interested. The mystery of Cinder’s past is sure to keep readers interested.

I have ordered the second book, Scarlet, and will be reading it as soon as it is delivered.

Happy Reading!

A People’s History of the United States

Rate: 5/5

This is a history book by Howard Zinn. I read this book, or rather listened to it, because it was a Scribd select audiobook in March. I was surprised by how much I liked the book.

In this book Zinn discusses the history of the United States from the view point of the common people, the minorities, the ones being oppressed by the government. It could probably be names an East Coast People’s history of the United States, because that’s where the main focus is, and at the end of the book, Zinn admits this and gives the names of books that go into more detail on the things he left out or didn’t cover throughly.

Surprisingly, I enjoyed this book. It was interesting to learn than what was taught to me in high school and even college. I feel like I know more about the civil rights movements, Vietnam protests, and even the Native American’s protests. I wish he had covered the Woman’s and LGBT movements better, but he does suggest books that go into more detail about these topics.

Is this book biased? Absolutely. But so are most other historical books you read. I would recommend reading this book and other books about the same time periods to gain a better “whole-picture” understanding.

Overall, it’s a good read, and I recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about American History.