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El Paso Under Attack - Michael Clary

I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. First off, it's a zombie book, but unlike one I've ever read. In some sense, that is alright with me, but I went into this just wanting a really predictable zombie book. There were lots of qualities about this book that I loved, however. 

The way this book was written was not something I liked. The interviews of each character did give some insight to what they thought and felt during the outbreak in El Paso, but some of it got repetitive. Especially during the end, the first half of Skye's interview was somewhat repetitive, as it told a lot about Jax (the general) that we already knew. The interruptions from the interviewer really bothered me and broke up the flow of the book in my opinion, and I think I would have personally liked it much more if it was just written in third person, or had perspective changes. 

The characters, for the most part, I really liked. The strange fantasy elements that were thrown in really didn't make sense to me, however. If it was a zombie book, make it a zombie book. If you wanted to make something with different elements (I can't really say because it would technically be a spoiler), then write a book like that. I'm not sure what the author was trying to do, but it was really strange in some aspects. 

About half-way throughout the book, I really just wanted to put it down and quit. For some reason I had just lost all interest, and quite frankly didn't care enough about the characters to continue on. I did, however, and it finally picked up a couple of interviews later. Then it dived back down and the book ended rather suddenly but without any loose ends, and for that I was grateful. Overall, just because of how it was written and I don't know what would actually be in the next book because everything was tied off rather nicely (except for a few points which I don't even care about for the most part) I don't think I'd continue on with the series.

Watch Over Me

Watch Over Me - Tara Sivec Okay, let me start by saying this is not generally the type of book I read. For the new year I've been trying to branch out just a little more, and I couldn't have started in a better place than with this book.

Addison Snow is a teen just out of high school, and is looking forward to going to college to pursue her dreams of becoming a writer. Just before she ends school, however, her mother dies. Throwing her into a new world in which her father is becoming a drunk, she deals with it by working all the time. While running her mother's bakery, she keeps getting these notes from a customer who seems to be taking an interest to her, despite her attitude toward life and obvious distaste for opening up to anyone.

I love this book. The characters are well fleshed out, and the romance between the characters is more than adorable. While some characters in other books in YA/NA I can't connect to, everything in this book just made me want to cry. I really felt for this character, and loved Zander and how sweet he was throughout the entire book.

I really have no complaints about this book. There are a lot of flashbacks, and that at times did break everything up, but not too much. I'm just a stickler for this, but overall I think it worked out pretty well. There are also the sessions with her therapist at the beginning of each chapter are easy to spot and after the first chapter you get the hang of how the book is written. Nothing drug out too much either, and everything flowed wonderfully.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants an emotional read, with great characters and plot. This book wasn't too long (250 pages, so I suppose it depends on what you call long) and I finished it in a day easily, partly because I couldn't put it down. I loved this enough to check out other books by the author and will hopefully read some more of her in the future.

In The moment (#1 Moments) ;; Olivia Jake

In The Moment (Moments) - Olivia Jake

In The Moment is a tale of forbidden love. It's not unlike the majority of romance books floating around; rich business man, strong willed business partner. In some places the book fell where other's were greater, and then this one was better in different places.

Samantha, who generally goes by Sam, is a strong woman who runs her own business. When powerful, and very French, Laurent is looking for another agency to help him with a launch of a next big thing in the TV world, he hires Sam to help. Soon their business relationship slowly turns into more, and Sam fears that falling for one of her clients will be a big mistake.

There are some odd things about this book. For one, they spoke French (just simple things, mind you, but enough to annoy me) very often. I didn't mind the pet names and such, but there were whole starts of conversations in French. Not so much that you would miss something important, but since I don't speak French, I found it annoying at times and skimmed a lot of dialogue. 

Typos and word errors were another big thing that annoyed me. There were just places that if you spell checked it would go right by, but in a sentence made no sense. There were a few words missing, incorrectly used, and punctuation doubled or other small things. Not enough to really halt ease of reading, but it just made the book look like it hadn't been looked over a lot. Some more time could really have made this book so much greater.

I did like the characters, for the most part. Samantha was strong when need be for the longest, and it seemed to actually fit her. The ages of them both fit well. Finally, characters who aren't twenty! The BDSM in this book really threw me off though. Honestly Laurent was constantly being called gentle, and caring, which really worked for him it seemed to me. Then all of a sudden he'd be domineering in a sudden mood swing, and his gentle but strong character was ruined, and he borderlines lots of qualities we don't want to see in a gentle character. 

Overall though, I have to say this book was pretty good. Aside from the errors throughout the book, and the strangeness of Laurent's character, everything else was really good (the little annoying things I just disliked but weren't wrong took down a star for me though). Not sure if I would pick up another of Olivia Jake's books for a while, but I might give it a shot later on.

In The Moment

In the Moment - Olivia Jake In The Moment is a tale of forbidden love. It's not unlike the majority of romance books floating around; rich business man, strong willed business partner. In some places the book fell where other's were greater, and then this one was better in different places.

Samantha, who generally goes by Sam, is a strong woman who runs her own business. When powerful, and very French, Laurent is looking for another agency to help him with a launch of a next big thing in the TV world, he hires Sam to help. Soon their business relationship slowly turns into more, and Sam fears that falling for one of her clients will be a big mistake.

There are some odd things about this book. For one, they spoke French (just simple things, mind you, but enough to annoy me) very often. I didn't mind the pet names and such, but there were whole starts of conversations in French. Not so much that you would miss something important, but since I don't speak French, I found it annoying at times and skimmed a lot of dialogue.

Typos and word errors were another big thing that annoyed me. There were just places that if you spell checked it would go right by, but in a sentence made no sense. There were a few words missing, incorrectly used, and punctuation doubled or other small things. Not enough to really halt ease of reading, but it just made the book look like it hadn't been looked over a lot. Some more time could really have made this book so much greater.

I did like the characters, for the most part. Samantha was strong when need be for the longest, and it seemed to actually fit her. The ages of them both fit well. Finally, characters who aren't twenty! The BDSM in this book really threw me off though. Honestly Laurent was constantly being called gentle, and caring, which really worked for him it seemed to me. Then all of a sudden he'd be domineering in a sudden mood swing, and his gentle but strong character was ruined, and he borderlines lots of qualities we don't want to see in a gentle character.

Overall though, I have to say this book was pretty good. Aside from the errors throughout the book, and the strangeness of Laurent's character, everything else was really good (the little annoying things I just disliked but weren't wrong took down a star for me though). Not sure if I would pick up another of Olivia Jake's books for a while, but I might give it a shot later on.

Gerard's Beauty (Kingdom #2) ; Marie Hall

Gerard's Beauty - Marie Hall

I have to say I am really liking this series. It isn't anything just blow-your-socks-off amazing, but it's short, simple, and cute. Just to say after reading the first book and it's weirdness, this one was really great. The words no longer seemed all weird in places, though there were still a few bumps in the road. 

 

A classic spin on Beauty and the Beast, Gerard, known for sleeping around with many women, has finally done it. He slept with the wrong person; the king's daughter. The only way he could get out of death is to go to earth, find his mate, and make her fall in love with him. He, however, does not have to fall in love with her, and has only one month to do so. Betty, the single librarian just coming out of a horrible breakup, and is not looking for any relationships, especially not with a playboy who is guaranteed to break her heart. Does she take the chance, to love someone that could be such a beast, and if she does, will he stay once he no longer has to?

 

Gerard was easy to love, and while he comes from the story Beauty and the Beast, I'm pretty sure he is not actually in the fairy tale. It's been a while though, so don't take my word for it. (At first I thought he was the guy constantly after Bell, and hunted the beast, who I forgot the name of, but I'm pretty sure that's not the case.) Betty is a little silly at times, but she does in a strange was remind me of Bell, though not strongly. As it should be, I suppose.

 

I didn't have many dislikes with this book, but there was nothing that really just stood out that made it great. Seemed a little long and repetitive at times, but their love didn't feel rushed, despite the small size of the book. With a little hint that another side character, who seemed to me be more interesting then the last ones read, will be in the upcoming books, it wants to make me read more. Though, once again, aside from two other characters it seemed like Gerard and Betty were the main focus almost too much so. We never really learned much more about her ex, other then she couldn't stand him. We knew little about Betty's brother, but did know a little bit more about his son. Eh, can't complain much though.

 

Overall, this book is a quick (though at times it seems slow) read, and pretty enjoyable. With hope, I will read more of Marie Hall's books in the future, and recommend this series to anyone who wants something small, but cute, including fairy tale characters/plots. 

Her Mad Hatter (Kingdom #1) ; Marie Hall

Her Mad Hatter - Marie Hall

This book... I was to run around in circles with happiness, loving the Mad Hatter, his strange ways, and the weirdness of Alice (which is totally out of character...) and then I hit a wall that's so huge I fall down and can't get back up for ten paragraphs. Why must the writing be so awkward and almost unreadable at times? I love the plot, the twist on the classic Alice in Wonderland, I tolerate some of the characters and love others, and yet here I sit trying to comprehend something that's not possible to because it makes absolutely no sense!

 

Alright, mini rant over so lemme get this back on track. Danika is a fairy godmother, who watches over certain people and creatures, all of them somehow related to a well known fairy tail. Soon she comes to realize five are her "bad boys" are in desperate need of saving, which can only be done by their mate. She sets out to find each one of them a mate within a year, starting with the Mad Hatter. Who else better to fit him than one of the many Alices?

 

From there you are thrown into a crazy world of quotes placed in all the right places, talking flowers, stunning men, and and all over crazy perfect world. While a lot of the writing really didn't make sense to me, (mainly just really strange choice of descriptive words, but at times punctuation was off or entirely missing in some of the most obvious spots) so it made for a rather aggravating read. Once I got past that, I really enjoyed this book.

 

[spoiler]I mean, when she went back to earth her cancer was back, but it was just explained as a "blackout" and really didn't make sense to me. She just disappears, to Wonderland, comes back with a full out dying cancer (which she did have previously, and it was mentioned, but still). 

 

"And Hatter drowned in eyes that sparkled with shades of bitter beer."

 

"His knuckled her cheeks, brushed against the corner of her lips."

 

"And seeing that was like pouring salt on snow; it killed her laughter cold."

 

Sure, I mean I guess it passes as an okay sentence, but it broke the flow of the book and I had to stop and reread a few times just to understand what was going on. These aren't the only ones.

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I think the author had interesting characters, and they were all done really well, except for Alice. She wasn't supposed to be crazy and moody, like the Mad Hatter, but the more I read the more she seemed like him; happy one moment, angry the next, and it goes on quite a bit. Other than Danika, though, not very many other characters were really touched upon. Which, was alright in the end.

Source: http://akrasiareading.blogspot.com/2013/10/rating-35-this-book.html

Reaper's Property (Reapers MC, #1)

Reaper's Property (Reapers MC, #1) - Joanna Wylde Also posted on my blog, Akrasia Reading.

So, Marie has just left her abusive husband, and with no where to go turns to her brother for a place to stay. At first everything is great; even though Jeff, her brother, is doing drugs and is getting seemingly weirder by the day. Marie got a new job, and is working to get her life back. Which is all going perfect, until the bikers show up.

Jeff is a computer genius, and helps the Reapers with all their computer needs. What it is Marie never actually knows, as you don't ask about club business. Which suits her just fine, considering all the bikers scare her, including Horse, who she is greatly attracted to.

Marie starts to get comfortable around them, especially Horse. Before you know it, she walks in one day seeing all the Reapers around Jeff, with a gun to his head. She had already messed up with Horse and hasn't seen him for a while, just the other bikers. Yet when he proposes an offer, she had to take it, for her brother's life was on the line. Stay with Horse, and Jeff lives.

Which, we find out, generally not what they do, but since Horse likes Marie so much they've come to an agreement in the club. At this point all the love I had for Horse slightly dimmed, but he makes up for it quite a bit later on, I promise.

Everything about this book was absolutely amazing. The characters, (even the side ones who we knew a little about) were all amazing. The little moments of humor thrown in was great, and they happened pretty often. The second half of the book was a little more, er, heavy? Lots more action, and a rather shocking, but satisfying, ending.

Joanna Wylde knew what she wanted to do, and she did it well. Easy to read, fun, and I couldn't put it down. While there were a few moments in the book that I found a little strange, everything else really made up for it, and in the grand scheme of things made sense. Pick it up; you won't be disappointed.
Release Me - J. Kenner Also posted on my blog, Akrasia Reading.

Under any other circumstances, I wouldn't ever pick up a book that was similar to Fifty Shades of Grey. This one I made an exception, out of hope, and it was the Stark trilogy. I'm an Iron Man fan, and this book just seemed to fit, just because of the name. Unfortunately, the name was the only thing that was as great as I'd hoped it would be.

This is just another billionaire and your average sexy, genius, strong, and overall perfect average person. Her only fault was something that I personally didn't mind to much, I could understand it and it wasn't something just absolutely crazy. However, to the end of this book, we still know next to nothing about the man we're all dying to know more about; Damien Stark. Which, is perfectly fine, to an extent, considering it is a trilogy. Yet it seems like we know as much as there is to know about Nikki, and her character can go no where else.

The plot was boring, if you could consider the one in the book a plot. Nikki, new to the area and just got her job straight out of college, and is rooming with a highschool buddy. She attends an art showing with her boss, Carl, who is attempting to score a meeting with the ever so famous Damien Stark, who is rich, and devilishly handsome. A former tennis player, all we really know about him (besides the depth of his pockets and the fact that he owns just about everything mentioned in the book, and his looks) is that he is rather cold, and distant, never revealing much. He is also a control freak, which is discussed more later on in the book.

Nikki knew Damien from before (which is mentioned rather quickly in the first chapter), as he judged a beauty competition six years ago. She is immediately attracted to him, and ends up tipsy and spending the rest of her time with Damien for the duration of her stay at the art showing. After that, I can't reveal more due to spoilers, but let me just say I didn't like Nikki at all from that moment on. She was supposed to be strong and speak her mind, but apart from her apparent genius the only thing she does is go back and forth with Damien. It gets worse and worse along the book, because she just gets weaker and weaker to the point that there is no way you can say she is strong willed.

This book just annoyed me. It was instant attraction, and while that is alright if done correctly, it just seemed rushed. I don't see how the author will be able to continue much of anything except Damien's history. Their mutual like is already to it's limit more or less, but I suppose it leaves room for a dramatic breakup and the sort. No cliffhanger at the end of the book though, which is really, really good. I didn't like any of the side characters either, so no interest there. I also don't want to deal with Nikki anymore. Or Damien, for that matter. The stalker and controlling nature he has and the was Nikki thinks it's perfectly acceptable is not okay. The entire time, I'm screaming "STALKER" in my head, over and over.

Other then a few laughs I had in moments that I probably wasn't supposed to laugh at, this book doesn't have much going for it. Sure, if you liked Fifty Shades, you will probably enjoy this. I personally didn't enjoy either this, or Fifty Shades, and therefore this book was not for me. At all. Even if his last name is Stark and that last name is incredibly epic.
Hollowland - Amanda Hocking Well, I realized the last thing that I read was Wasteland, and now I'm reading Hollowland. I'm really into the whole "land" things now. Unfortunately as great as this book is, it's another Zombieland book.

So, I'll just let you guess; rag-tag bunch of misfits going around, killing zombies, the little girl, the kick-ass heroine, and the sexy guy she falls in love with? Add in a doctor in training and you've got the characters down. But of course, Remy, even though she is an awesome zombie slayer, has a goal in mind; saving her brother from the government, her parents killed by zombies. That'll just have to count as her troubled back story.

Oh, did I mention the lion? Yeah, a lion. My goodness I love and hate that thing all at the same time. It is immune to zombies and such, so it's like the ultimate zombie eating machine, but it's tame and was found on the side of the road. Which Remy, and the little girl, Harlow found chained to an overturned truck on the side of the road, out in the desert. Perfectly normal.

The names in this book kill me almost as much as the stereotypical characters. Blue, the doctor? Lazlo, the ex-rockstar? Harlow, the thirteen year old, who is always screaming and getting herself into some mess? Remy, while I love her, has a strange name (though not as bad as Lazlo, I mean really now) and her character development doesn't go any further than she misses her parents and wants to protect her little brother. Who's name is Max. Why something so normal among these other names?

The plot is rather weak and cliche, though no big surprise there. As far as zombie novels go, I suppose it's acceptable, but really it's nothing new. The last part of the book killed me, so much. At first it was all action packed, which made my liking for this book so up quite a bit. Then it just slowed down so dramatically. Of course, a little did happen between two characters who I don't particularly like seeing together, (it's rather easy to guess) but they did need something to fill in. Happy to see the characters progressed somewhat, if you can call it that.

The worst things about this book: my favorite side character was killed off, and a pairing I never would support was shipped. Best things about this book: Bon Jovi was mentioned, and there were zombies. Oh, and it was free, on Amazon, so that was a plus. It left in a cliffhanger though, which really saddened me.

Probably not going to continue this series, I really don't want to hear Remy's whining about her brother anymore, and the love thing she's got going on for a weird person. I still don't believe the whole lion thing, and the whole reason why she was there (and quite a few more tigers hanging around...). Was a nice, fast read though.

Review also posted on my blog, Akrasia Reading
Wasteland - Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan Well if this wasn't a weird one. Honestly, this is one of those books I saw somewhere from someone I followed from Goodreads. All I saw was the cover, and I thought that it looked promising enough, and upon getting the book I saw the first two sentences of the description: "Welcome to the Wasteland. Where all adults are long gone, and now no one lives past the age of nineteen." This is where I got sort of weary, because generally I knew most kids would act like kids, if the characters were portrayed right, and if not then we had unrealistically mature teenagers on our hands. Add in the hermaphroditic outcasts, and you've got more or less a mess.



You know those books that you can't remember disliking or liking, forget the characters names within a week or so, and overall just have a faint memory that you read it? Yeah, this was one of those books. The characters weren't anything great, the world was falling into pieces (literally too, actually) and the plot was hardly even there. The point of view was always jumping, trying to do sort of the third person thing, but be inside the mind of the characters and such. It works with very few authors, and for these two, it did not, rather just confused me.

I can't say this book was entirely boring. It did have it's good points, some of the plot twists in there were alright. They weren't necessarily easy to spot until they were upon you, but they were ones we've all seen before numerous times, so in the end I didn't really care on a few of them. Strange little not-so-shocking moments that filled up this dying world.

Oh goodness the world. Where do I start. For one, we don't know why the world is like it is; you can't drink the water at all, rainwater and other. Food is sparse, and the looming of all things: No one lives past nineteen, and for some reason there are little people running around who are neither male or female. The later of the two things is later explained in a way, but it still left me questioning why, and how.

One of the main characters, Caleb, came from no where, and was supposed to be amazing and mysterious, when in fact his entire past was explained in a paragraph with the other main character, Esther, who he barely knew. I found Esther to be very annoying, and while she was fifteen, and was supposed to be more mature then the majority, she sounded more like a whiny spoiled child. All the characters, everyone from the ten year olds, to the sixteen year olds, seemed the same to me. They all talked and acted the same. There were no really just amazing side characters, which is not much of a surprise, considering the main characters needed so much more fleshing out.



The plot, was not even there. I'm not sure what the authors were trying to do with this story, but really if there was a point to it I didn't understand what it was. It was mainly relying on the characters to run the story, but in fact, the characters were not all that interesting in the first place, so it just turned into a big ball of nothingness.

On the bright side, it was a fast read, and other then the POV changes (which annoyed the hell out of me) was rather easy to read as well. I didn't have any hopes or anything going into the book, which really probably saved it for me. Just going to put it on the list and go onto the next one.

Also posted on my blog, Akrasia Reading.
Beautiful Stranger - Christina Lauren Let me just say after reading the last book, I was really, really weary of picking up this one. Thankfully, this one was somewhere between slightly better and just the same. I don't really regret it, but then again it wasn't anything just amazing. Also, some of the stuff in this book really wasn't what I was into, so that probably also affected my overall view of this book.

Bennett was a pantie ripper. Max is a picture taker. Throughout these two books you see that both of them have sort of a fetish, though Max and Sara's (in my opinion) was much more obvious. Beautiful Stranger had the same sort of vibe as the last one, but I can say I enjoyed it more, mainly because of the characters. I wasn't much into the picture taking and the fact that they were turned on by doing it in public, but that really wasn't my real issue.

Once again, the main female character, Sara, drove me insane. She had just broke up with her husband, and moved to New York to start fresh. She meets Max, her beautiful stranger, in a bar. Later she finds out he is in the same line of work she is in, and Bennett and Max actually know each other quite well, and Sara knows Sara. Honestly I didn't connect her with the last book until much later on in the series, as I never really paid much attention to Sara in the past.

Sara was afraid of being caught with Max by the paparazzi, yet they made certain agreements to meet, but never once did they actually go to their own homes. So, they were out in public, for the most part, where anyone could see them together. Then, Sara has this weird distrust thing going on throughout the entire book, because of her past husband, Andy. About half was through I think we all understood (as it was stated in the first chapter, and so many more times in the book it was ridiculous) that her husband was a cheat and she left him after six years because of it. We all get that she can't trust for a while, but gosh; it's not all about you, Sara! Max is in this picture too.

All in all, it was a pretty good book. Weird, yes. Character annoyance, yes. After reading the description of the second book, I honestly thought we were going to learn more about Julia, but instead Will? Slightly confused here, as I don't remember caring much about Will either. Eh, I might not even read the third book, might just to it to try and finish the series/trilogy.
Beautiful Bastard - Christina Lauren I think even I should have known better, after reading the description above. Published fan-fiction never goes over well for me (Fifty Shades of Grey is a recurring nightmare). Being the crazy person I was though, I read it in it’s entirety. Honestly, I’m still not sure how I feel about it, but I’ll do the best I can.

Chloe. She’s not really tough, yet she’s not like the majority of the girls in romance novels these days. Bennett, the male in this equation, is always portrayed as a total bastard, but honestly I never felt that way. It seemed like all the times it was on his point of view, he admitted to himself way too many times for my liking, that he was as bastard. Maybe trying too hard? All in all, I didn't find any of the characters to be very in-depth, couldn't even like them in the slightest bit.

The plot, I’m afraid, didn't fare much better. In the beginning chapter, the only thing that we knew about anything was this: Chloe Mills was a secretary, in college, and had worked for the Ryan Media Company for the past six years, and was located in Chicago. Bennett Ryan, however, had only been working there for nine months. Other then that, we get the fact that he is a cruel bastard, and he’s the boss.

Next thing you know, their alone in the conference room, and (not surprisingly) they do it. However, really, really strangely, he has this weird pantie ripping and hoarding obsession. It’s mentioned a lot of times in the book, and throughout the entire book there was about 7 pairs of panties and three shirts that either were shredded or damaged in some way. Creepy, no?

Then they do it in the stairwell, in the elevator, and all this time the only thing that progresses is my annoyance. No more plot is hardly ever introduced, and the only thing that we learn more about with the characters is a) they hate each other, and have really, really weird dialogue during their sessions, and b) they are seriously attracted to each other, and it’s disrupting their entire lives.

Then all of a sudden their gone on a business trip together, and their in love. Whoah, anyone? Yeah, me too. All this time they've just been banging, (in which they usually state their extreme dislike for each other afterwards) and now Bennett is professing his love? Wants a relationship outside of work? Hope this wasn't a spoiler for anyone, I mean, I’m pretty sure you've guessed it by now.

in the end, after lots of laughing at the seriously messed up relationship(?) they have, and the lack of anything else, I’m just sitting there wondering what I just read. Maybe I will pick up the sequel, but at this point I’m wondering quite a bit if it’s worth it. All in all, expecting more, got way less then what I had originally hoped for.
Divergent - Veronica Roth Okay, so if you’ve been anywhere in the book world, or even stepped into WalMart, chances are you have seen this book at least once, somewhere. The hype is strong, and so are the ratings. It’s one of those books I almost didn’t read just because I was afraid of being let down from a book that has such great reviews from some, making my expectations high. Thankfully, that didn’t happen with this book.

Beatrice is a teen, in a dystopian world in which all people at the age of 16 choose a faction, in which they will spend the rest of their life in. She was born an Abnegation, the faction that is completely selfless. When her time rolls around to choose which faction she’ll be in for the rest of her life, she is surprised by both her brother’s choice, and her own.

Of course, the main character can never just be like all the other characters, and not be special, but she is. I won’t say how or why, but she just isn’t normal. The first book just followers her through her time attempting to now fit in with the faction she choose, and trying to stay in it for good. She also meets her friends, and you get to know them, and the person she inevitably falls for.

For a 500 page book, this gets rather tedious, looking back on it now. Some of the things in the book I just sat back and had to think, what? Not sure if I actually like Tris, or if she just really, really annoys me. The amount of characters around were nice, but we never learned much about them, aside from a select few.

The ending. It makes up for the slowness and weirdness of the entire first half and then some of the book. The last fifty or so pages, I would say, were just packed with all the action that was lacking in the rest of the book. Shocked me quite a bit, I will have to say. There were other small points in the book that kept things moving, but it still was a little slow for me anyways. Cliffhanger, though, I will warn you.

Overall I think it was pretty good, with some things were different, but hey, what can you do? I might pick up the second book, but I do have other things that I would like to read first, so while there was a cliffhanger and the book was rather good, I’ll probably only pick it up because I want to finish the trilogy and need something to read, not because it was amazing.
Fifty Shades of Pink: A Parody - Faythe America Oh. My. Gosh. If I could forget this, believe me I would. No, this will remained imprinted in my brain, forever. This is one of those books that you will remember for years to come, just from the sheer insanity of it all.

Okay, Fifty Shades of Grey was bad. This, this was beyond bad. It was hilarious, (especially at two in the morning, sleep deprived me was laughing up a storm) but the next morning when I finished the last twenty or so pages, I just had to sit back and think to myself, “what the hell did I just read.”

Between pink, unicorns, pink, sparkles, pink, and ponies, I was read to run away screaming. I will never, ever look at Nutella or Snuggies the same again. Mr. Pink is just weird, the ending was just insane, I don’t know. I just don’t know. If your looking for a short read, maybe get in a few laughs, and be disturbed for the rest of your life, this book is for you. If not, run away as fast as you possibly can.
Shooting the Moon - Frances O'Roark Dowell This will be a rather small review, and my first, but I'll just say that it was a smaller book.

First off, it started off good. Twelve year old girl, Jamie, and her older brother, TJ, who I think is about five years older. Jamie's dad is the Cornell in the army, and her mother is a stay at home mom.

TJ decides to go off to war, and then the whole book kind of slows down. After this point, it's all about Jamie and the emotional journey she's put through because of it. Which is great, and for a while it really worked. It did get sort of boring up until she got a roll of film in which TJ had only taken pictures of the moon.

More emotional turmoil, and she starts to figure out her father out more. Then something almost happens to one of her friends (who is, by the way, an adult) and it just shoots right to the end. It was too rushed I think, and I re-read the last few pages to try and fully comprehend the ending.

Overall it was really good, but I'll have to say this book could have been better, at some points. It kept you hooked for a chapter, then it slows down to the point to where your almost bored. Overall though, it was a fairly good book.