Review: Animorphs #2-5

So, anyone who has read my review on the first animorph book, or has been follwoing me on goodreads probably will have caught on to the fact that i’ve been reading a lot of the animorph books lately, but because they are quite slim books I think it’s easier to bunch a couple of them together per review. FYI, there will be some spoilers because these books just keep building off of each other and it would be very hard to keep talking about things without discussing some of the big storylines.

Here that goes!

 The Visitor (Animorphs, #2)

# 2:The visitor

The story in 50 words or less:

The animorphs find out that who another human-controller is, and it just so happens to be the father of a friend. Rachel takes it upon herself to investigate her friend’s situation.

The Encounter (Animorphs, #3)

# 3: The encounter

the story in 50 words or less:

Tobias has a bit of an identity-crisis after getting stuck in his hawk-morph. Meanwhile he also finds out about yeerk-supply runs the animorphs will try and sabotage.

The Message (Animorphs, #4)

#4: The message

the story in 50 words or less:

Cassie is getting some really weird dreams that turn out to be more than just dreams. Will she understand the message in time?

The Predator (Animorphs, #5)

#5: The predator

the story in 50 words or less:

The animorphs are now one member up from their original start-up and they now have knowledge about alien technology. Can they use that to help them in their fight againts the yeerks? Marco never wanted to be an animorph and is on the verge of quitting, can he find a reason to stay in the fight?

My take on the books:

 

I have to say I love these books, they are just such a quick read, things happen  at a quick pace though it doesn’t feel hugely overwhelming. That’s why I think it’s some real solid middle grade reading material. I also really enjoy how every book switches between the characters, it keeps things a bit fresher. Every character is very well-defined which is very fun. They all have such a different mindset and you can really read that too which is great. I strongly dislike different POV’s that all just feel extensions of each other, but that’s definitely not the case here. Everyone brings a different aspect to the story as a whole which really gives the whole thing another layer.

The morphing is a lot of fun, not only the description of the act, but also how the mind of the animal they are morphing into takes hold of the animorphs. I definitely love the seagul morph, it just cracks me up. And just like the POV’s feeling different everytime, the morphs also feel different which helps keep the story fresh (imagine all of the morphs being the same, how boring would that be!)

I am starting to dislike the beginning part where the story so far is recapped, though I will admit it’s done pretty well. I just read the first chapter diagonally now because of this though.

The stakes are definitely getting bigger, or maybe it’s more that they realise more and more that there is a lot more danger than they realised in this fight against the yeerks. There is also a lot of danger attached to just the morphing alone, even besides what happened to Tobias, and that’s something that is really becoming clear to these kids.

My rating:

3 stars ~ Entertaining middle grade books about an alien invasion!

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Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight– Jennifer E. Smith

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Jennifer E. Smith

My rating:

3 star

Goodreads summary:

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.
A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?
Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

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I had a lot of fun reading this very cute contemporary romance novel. I really enjoyed the storyline and I was a big fan of the main characters. But somehow the writing kind of got in the way at times. Though just didn’t really bother me overall, I did notice it every now and then. There was just a weird blend between third person point of view and Hadley’s thoughts which kind of pulled me out of the story in certain scenes (or is it just me noticing weird things now?). But this really wasn’t always the case, so don’t worry about it too much. In general I really liked this book and recommend it to any fan of contemporary romance. But even if you are not such a great fan of this genre, perhaps you should give this book shot anyway, especially seeing as there are other topics at hand besides a romance.

Hadley was a very fun character to get to know. She was very complex but in a real way, especially pertaining to her parents’ relationship. Oliver is just the same, there isn’t one aspect of hint that this needlessly enlarged to make him more interesting. He was just a regular, nice guy with his own troubles. I really loved how well we got to know them throughout the book; they almost began to feel as friends by the time the ending rolled around. The one thing that kind of made me love Hadley less is that she was so quick to forgive, especially seeing as how upset she was with the situation only a couple of hours before. In a way this anger that she was holding in seemed a bit out of proportion with the situation, but that might just be my perspective. But there’s nothing to love less about Oliver, because he’s just the cutest guy one could ever meet in the airport. I would have liked to see so much more of him; it would have been a lot of fun.

The story idea was very cute and interesting, but I would have liked more of it(how short can a book be without becoming a novella?). The book could have gone deeper, further. But alas, it didn’t and we were just left hanging, wanting more. In a way I liked that this book was about more than just the love aspect of things, but on the other hand it sort of diverged from the title by being less romance-centered. But in my eyes the love-aspect was done very well, no insta-love here, but a naturally feeling love vibe going. But once again this doesn’t completely stay in line with the title. Not that this really bothered me, it’s just something that I noticed.

Overall not a bad read at all, but nothing to really write home about either. But if you’re looking for a fun, fluffy book to pick up next, this might just be what you need.

Review: You belong to me – Karen rose

You Belong to Me (Romantic Suspense, #12) (Baltimore Series, #1)

You Belong to Me

(Romantic Suspense, #12)

Karen Rose

My rating:

3 star

Goodreads summary:

YEARS AGO A YOUNG WOMAN WAS BEATEN AND RAPED WHILE ONLOOKERS DID NOTHING. NOW THOSE WITNESSES ARE BECOMING VICTIMS THEMSELVES…
Baltimore homicide detective J.D. Fitzpatrick has seen a lot of horrific violence both as a cop and during his deployment in Afghanistan, but nothing like the trail of tortured bodies turning up throughout the city. He’s up against a brutal killer with a very personal vendetta, and J.D. is beginning to suspect that his medical examiner may be shielding some crucial evidence linked to the case.
Medical examiner Dr. Lucy Trask is intrigue by J.D.’s compassion, but she isn’t about to mix work with pleasure. Not while there’s a ruthless killer on the loose. And definitely not while she’s keeping a dark secret that could connect her to these vicious killings – and put her next on the killer’s hit list…

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I have read a couple of Karen Rose’s books before this, these were also part of the romantic suspense series. However this is the first in the Baltimore sub-series that I’m reading. I really enjoyed the previous books that I’ve read by Karen Rose and had high hopes for this one. But it had been a while since I’ve read the others, and perhaps that led me to have higher expectations? Or maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood for this book. Because there’s nothing that I really strongly disliked about this book, especially not more so in comparison to the other Karen Rose books, but it just didn’t pull me in enough.

Fitzpatrick and Lucy really match each other in how little they try to share about their personal life without being forced to. But for me the most interesting person by far was the killer. In this book we get to see things from his point of view without knowing who he is. And that’s just really nice because you are continuously guessing who it might be. I did enjoy the variety of people that we were following in this book, but the spotlights were really on Fitzpatrick and Lucy. And perhaps it would have made things feel more full if the focus was a bit more widespread.

This books follows the same “standard” storyline as the other books in the romantic suspense books. This is really due to the romance part of the book, because the thriller component really is different every time (right until the thriller part starts to overlap with the romance part). Perhaps I’m being a bit too cryptic with that last part, but I just don’t want to spoil people on the events in the book. If you’ve read the book, or any other Karen Rose books you will probably know what I mean. Though this formula might not be very new it is very enjoyable, especially if this is something you like. And while I usually like romance and suspense, this would seem like a great combo now, just like it has been for me in the past. But it just didn’t float my boat enough for me to rave about this book. Neither did it bother me enough to make this a rant. It was right in the middle of those two. I liked it but I’m really not crazy about it.

Due to this very non-outspoken way I feel about this book I’m having a hard time talking about this book. For me personally I’m not even sure why I feel this way about this book. Is it because I just didn’t happen to be in the mood for these books? Or are they no longer what I want? Did I get too used to a different kind of thriller( without the romance)? I’m actually pretty disappointed with my lack of reaction to this book. I think that most times I finish reading a book with even a slightly more outspoken yay or nay feeling. But now there’s nothing there. And that’s why I was even thinking about giving this book 2 stars. Because feeling nothing about a book isn’t really good is it?

Review: The Moment Before- Suzy Vitello

The Moment Before

The Moment Before

Suzy Vitello

My rating:

3 star

Goodreads summary:

“Don’t get me wrong. I loved my sister. I never, not once, wished her dead.”
Brady and Sabine Wilson are sisters born eleven months apart, but they couldn’t be more different. Popular Sabine, the head cheerleader dating the high school hunk, seems to have all the luck, while her younger, artsy sister “Brady Brooder” is a loner who prefers the sidelines to the limelight.
After Sabine dies in a horrific cheerleading accident, grief unravels Brady and her family. Once recognized for her artistic talent, 17-year-old Brady finds herself questioning the value of everything she once held dear. Her best friend betrays her. Her parents’ marriage is crumbling. And the boy everyone blames for the accident seems to be her only ally in the search for answers in the wake of her sister’s death. As an unlikely friendship emerges, Brady learns more about Sabine – and love – than she bargained for.

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The overall feeling that I had about this book was along the lines of Meh. I know that’s a very inarticulate way to put it, but it just didn’t make me have any intense feelings about the book. It wasn’t as if the book was bad or boring, it just didn’t wow me in any way. The storyline didn’t compel me, I really didn’t care about it. And this makes me very sad because isn’t that the best part of reading books? Feeling that connection with the story or the people. Don’t get me wrong, there really wasn’t anything bad about it. I did finish it pretty fast so that’s something that can be said for the book.

Brady seemed like an okay girl but she didn’t have a very distinct voice. Especially since a boy came into play. She’s definitely one of the girls who sees a broad chest and swoons endlessly. Apparently most of her personality goes out the window as soon as there’s a guy to like. And we don’t even really get to know this guy, he’s so hollow that it’s hard to feel a connection or even understand why Brady feels that click with him. Martha was a weird character in this book. I don’t really know why Brady kept turning back to her, because she sounded like a horrible friend. And I think that at certain times Brady realized that, and yet she kept letting herself be roped in again. But I liked the family, mostly because it was already dysfunctional before Sabine’s death. It sounds weird when I say it like that but it really helps to make the story feel more true to life in that aspect. How many families do you know that are just a big happy family without anything going wrong? There’s bound to be some tension between the parents and the kids or perhaps amongst the children or parents themselves.

As I try to look at the story from far it just doesn’t make a lot of sense. There’s a lot of stuff that’s happening throughout the book that is not really bad, but it’s just never really situated in the whole of the story. Some things are never really clear as to why they had to happen or what their importance to the story was. Certain events or subjects were brought up and they didn’t lead to anything, no revelation, no big story arc, no nothing. And this was just a let down. because the writing was very promising, just like the synopsis. At times the writing was very poignant and it had a very distinct look on things, and this was great, but then it would just fade away again.

I’m torn between giving this book a two star or a three star rating. Because this book could have been a lot better if Suzy had just given Brady a stronger voice, gotten that poignant writing into more parts of the book. And most of all, if she had just connected certain themes and events more to the story. But I’m a pretty generous rater, and I really didn’t dislike this book either. It just didn’t do much for me either way.

Double review: Lyrics of my reality & book lovers

Lyrics of My Reality

Jacqueline Walker

My rating:

3 star

Goodreads summary:

Lyrics of My Reality: Reflections & Inspirations is a compelling collection of essays and complementary poetry which utilizes teachings, experiences, personal interactions, failures and triumphs to inspire and uplift readers.  This book celebrates our dependence on and support for each other,  gives thanks to our teachers, guides and mentors while reminding us to “look back and give back” to help forge successes from generation to generation.

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This poetry collection was special because every poem was preceded by a bit of background story which served as a window through which we could see the poem. I really enjoyed this concept because it helps you to see the poetry in the light in which it was written. Though perhaps in this case it was slightly redundant in my opinion. This was just because the poems were not very abstract ad that made it “easier” to understand how to see the poem. But it was a nice thought and these bits of background information were beautifully written. At times these introductions were even more touching than the poems themselves. The poetry, while nice, just didn’t inspire much emotion in me. There was never really a time when something struck a chord with me (which did happen during the reading of certain introductory bits). As a fan of a more abstract line of poetry I just didn’t connect as much with these more “obvious” poems, they just didn’t leave enough leeway to be accessible from many different points of view. Also not all the subjects really hit home with me. But in general it was a nice collection of poems, written in an interesting concept.

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Book Lovers: Sexy Stories from Under the Covers

Book lovers

Shawna Kenney

My rating:

3 star

Goodreads summary:

Forget poorly written prose and clichéd love scenes: Book Lovers answers the call for sexy literature with substance. This collection of toe-curling tales written by and for word-worshippers offers well-crafted fiction and creative nonfiction that connects literature to libido. From a Vonnegut-inspired tryst to an imaginary ménage à trois with Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin, the book encompasses a veritable buffet of literary fantasies.
Whether they’re conjuring Junot Díaz between the sheets or dreaming of a modern-day enactment of Wuthering Heights—this time refusing Edgar in favor of lusty, bodice-ripping nights with Heathcliff—the stories in Book Lovers are designed for readers’ brains and bodies.
Includes contributions from Izabella St. James, Slash Coleman, Trina Calderón, Cara Bruce, and Stephanie Auteri.

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This was a really diverse bunch of stories. And this diversity is what made this collection so beautiful and I’m betting there’s something for everyone in this book. Some stories obviously were more up my alley than others, which is usually the case when all of the stories are written by different authors. There were definitely certain stories in the collection that were a bit too out there for me to enjoy, but I guess that this is a really personal matter. But the synopsis is truthful in saying that this is far better written than certain other erotic books and it was just a nice change to read well-written stories in this genre. I also liked the idea that this book was centered around, namely the books. But I have to say that in certain stories it was a bit more apparent than in others. Though at times the connection to the books was pretty flimsy, but as long as the story was good it didn’t really bother me all that much.

It’s pretty obvious but I don’t have a lot to say about this book, it didn’t really give me any sort of powerful emotion. I didn’t love it and didn’t hate it. It was just sort of in the middle of that (hence the three stars)