The Chaos of Stars

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The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

Publisher: HarperTeen

Published: September 10, 2013

Rating: 5/5

Isadora is the daughter or the Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris, but she is a human. She is tired of feeling unimportant and so she goes to San Diego to live with her brother. Her stay is not without its problems and she learns that you can’t always escape family drama. 

I loved this book! I’ve read Kiersten’s And I Darken book and I enjoyed that writing; and while it’s different to Chaos, I find myself hooked on her writing. And I Darken is definitely much darker than this book, which has a lighter feel to it. I am a huge fan of mythology and I love reading books based on gods and goddesses like this. I haven’t read a Rick Riordan yet but I hope to eventually since I know his books are all about mythology like this. 

As the story went on, you got to meet interesting characters. I personally really liked Isadora as a main character, as well as Ry, and Tyler! I personally felt bad for Isadora because she so badly wanted to matter to her family and she really just felt like she didn’t. And they really didn’t go out of their way to make her feel better, which was sad. Ry was interesting, especially with his Greek background, and I enjoyed Tyler’s personality. She was really sweet and lively and it brought up the feeling of the book.

I think I worded that wrong. 

I’m trying to say Tyler brought a livelier atmosphere to the story which I loved. 

Overall the mystery of the story was fun, the dream moments were cool, the characters were different, and the plot was something I haven’t read much of personally. I definitely would recommend this. It’s a cute story and a quick read by an amazing author! 

I hope to read more of Kiersten’s writing in the future. I’m torn on which one I want to read next from her. Let me know in the comments your suggestions! 

Also let me know in the comments your thoughts on this novel, as I would love to know!

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Chaos 

Chaos by Patricia Cornwell

Publisher: William Morrow 

Published: November 15, 2016

Rating: 4.5/5

I was sent an ARC to read and review for an honest review. 

Being the 24th book in the Kay Scarpetta series, you follow the main protagonist Kay following the murder of Elise Vandersteel. She faces false 911 calls, a stalker, and a sadistic killer. 

I loved this book! It made me want to read more by this author, and I may just check out the rest of the series in the future. I really enjoyed Kay’s character, her relationship with her husband is interesting to read about. They had moments where they were cold to each other, since she’s a medical examiner and he’s FBI. But they also had moments where they were so sweet and caring to each other! I loved reading about their relationship and it makes me wonder if that’s how they are all the time. It reminds me of Eve Dallas and Roarke from the In Death series by JD Robb, because while those two can be crazy at times, the tender moments are so sweet. 

I think though that while this book can be read as a standalone it might be more helpful to start at book 1. I had never read the books previous to this and I was a little confused about people who were mentioned in it as well as some events that had happened that I didn’t know about. Things got explained a little later on but it would be helpful to read the previous books to see how it all happened. I didn’t mark down the book for that because it didn’t ruin it for me, I just was confused about certain aspects. 

I did mark the book down half a star because during the scene of the crimes, it kind of dragged a bit. When they got to the crime scene, they took a while to even start investigating and I just wanted it to move on. I’m glad I kept going but at the same time I felt things dragged on too long. 

But overall I really enjoyed this book, highly recommend the book, and I hope to read the previous, and future books in the future. 

Let me know in the comments your thoughts on the book, as well as the series, as I would love to know! 

Reading Party Day 

So my friend and I had a reading party for a couple hours yesterday! Was pretty fun! I texted her at 2 and she came over and we just read for like 4-5 hours. 

I didn’t finish the book I was currently reading but I got close! I was reading Chaos but I finished it yesterday! My review will be live this weekend hopefully! 

I have another reading party planned for later this week so I may do a small post about it but we shall see! 

Let me know in the comments what you’re reading, as well as your own stories of your reading parties as I would love to know! 

Chaos Release Day

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Hi everyone! I’m here to briefly talk about a new release titled Chaos by bestseller Patricia Cornwell! This novel just released today in stores, and is part of the Scarpetta series following Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta!

This book can be considered part of a series but can still be read as a standalone, so if you’a fan of crime novels or TV shows I highly recommend checking this out! I am currently almost done with it and I am enjoying it so far, and my review will be posted as soon as I finish with it! I’ve sadly been feeling really sick so I haven’t been reading anything.

Down below I’ll be leaving some a synopsis of the book, an excerpt, buying links, as well as  a short excerpt of the novel! Hope you all enjoy!

Let me know in the comments your thoughts and if you’ve read this book or series as I would love to know!

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Synopsis: 

#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns with the remarkable twenty-fourth thriller in her popular high-stakes series starring medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.
In the quiet of twilight, on an early autumn day, twenty-six-year-old Elisa Vandersteel is killed while riding her bicycle along the Charles River. It appears she was struck by lightning—except the weather is perfectly clear with not a cloud in sight. Dr. Kay Scarpetta, the Cambridge Forensic Center’s director and chief, decides at the scene that this is no accidental Act of God.
Her investigation becomes complicated when she begins receiving a flurry of bizarre poems from an anonymous cyberbully who calls himself Tailend Charlie. Though subsequent lab results support Scarpetta’s conclusions, the threatening messages don’t stop. When the tenth poem arrives exactly twenty-four hours after Elisa’s death, Scarpetta begins to suspect the harasser is involved, and sounds the alarm to her investigative partner Pete Marino and her husband, FBI analyst Benton Wesley.
She also enlists the help of her niece, Lucy. But to Scarpetta’s surprise, tracking the slippery Tailend Charlie is nearly impossible, even for someone as brilliant as her niece. Also, Lucy can’t explain how this anonymous nemesis could have access to private information. To make matters worse, a venomous media is whipping the public into a frenzy, questioning the seasoned forensics chief’s judgment and “a quack cause of death on a par with spontaneous combustion.”
About Patricia Cornwell: 
In 1990, Patricia Cornwell sold her first novel, Postmortem, while working at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond, Virginia. An auspicious debut, it went on to win the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards as well as the French Prix du Roman d’Aventure prize – the first book ever to claim all these distinctions in a single year.
Today, Cornwell’s novels and now iconic characters, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, her niece Lucy and fellow investigator Pete Marino, are known all over the world. Fox 2000 is actively developing a feature film about Kay Scarpetta. Beyond the Scarpetta series, Patricia has written a definitive account of Jack the Ripper’s identity, cookbooks, a children’s book, a biography of Ruth Graham, and two other fiction series based on the characters Win Garano and Andy Brazil.

Cornwell was born in Miami, grew up in Montreat, North Carolina, and now lives and works in Boston.

Visit the author’s website at: www.patriciacornwell.com or follow her on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/patricia.cornwell/ 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/1pcornwell
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/1pcornwell
Buying links: 
Barnes and Nobles: bit.ly/ChaosBN

The Wicked Will Rise

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The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

Publisher: Harper Collins

Published: March 31st, 2015

Rating: 4.5/5

Continuing where Dorothy Must Die left off, we find Amy on a mission to find the other members of the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I don’t want to get too much into the book plot because it would spoil what happened in the first, but wow! This book really picks up and just takes off running!

Once again I listened to it on Audible and again the narrator was just perfect! I really enjoyed what was going on and how the plot just took off!

You pick up literally right after the events in the first book, with Amy and Olly going into hiding. She is then given a mission to find the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked members as they are scattered around.

You are introduced to new characters and are given insight into older characters, such as Ozma. You really learn about her, as well as Pete, and Mombi.

I did knock the book half a star because it sort of felt like a filler at some points. Mainly when she was on her journey but towards the end is where the action all happened, which was awesome! But I did enjoy Amy’s journey, you sort of went into her head when she went into The Fog of Doubt. That was intense, and my heart really broke for her.

But wow….after you meet Polychrome…things go crazy till the ending! I loved it but wow! Didn’t expect that! I know I’m being super vague but it’s hard to talk about the book without spoiling both this book and the previous one! But overall I really felt it was a good sequel to the first book. It got you interested and still had some action. 

I’ll be posting my review for the most recent book in the next few days! 

Highly recommend this series! You’ll fall in love!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments and if you’re excited for the fourth book to come out! I sure am! 

Dorothy Must Die

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Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Publisher:Harper Collins

Published: April 1st, 2014

Rating: 5/5

The Wizard of Oz isn’t really my favorite movie or anything, but I like it well enough. But man this book really has me itching to read the books! I even bought the 1st book with the 1st five books in it! I loved this retelling of The Wizard of Oz, I loved the characters, the plot, the world, just everything! Amy Gumm is just a kick butt girl and I adore her. And let me tell you…Nox is just killing me!

I listened to this book on audio book and I loved it! The narrator was amazing, she really just captured me and nailed so many different voices. I enjoyed listening to her for all three books. I powered through them quickly once I got into the book.

For those that don’t know the synopsis, Dorothy Must Die is a story about a girl named Amy Gumm who is swept into a tornado and is taken to Oz. She knows the story, and the movie, and is shocked to find out things aren’t what she thought they were. Good Witches are evil, Wicked Witches are good, and now Amy Gumm must kill Dorothy.

I thought this was such a unique take on this story, she incorporated everything from the books to the movies, and I really enjoyed reading up on the characters in terms of the book and finding out who they are. Like Nox is Nox the Royal Ox!

Again as I mentioned Amy Gumm is such a fantastic character. She goes from being someone terrified and wondering how to survive in this new Oz, to a girl who is an all around butt kicker. She learned, is still learning and is doing what she thinks is right. I love that sense of right and wrong, her urges to help those who need it like Ollie and his sister. I liked her attitude and just her willingness to do what she had to do for the Order.

Mentioning the Order just makes me think of Nox, and oh man! I love Nox! At first I didn’t really like him because of his bad attitude but after you start seeing under his tough exterior you start to enjoy his character more. The little glimpses you got just made you want to know more about him. He was another bad ass character, being a skilled fighter.

You also meet another character, Pete. He’s a mysterious character who both you and Amy are just itching to discover more about. I like him, his kindness is such a lift up from everyone else. It was nice for her to have that friend that was really there for her in times where she needed it, but also being mysterious!

Overall I enjoyed this story! I love Danielle’s writing, and since I’ve read the other two books before posting this review, I can only tell you this story gets better and better as it goes on! Highly recommend this series!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and your thoughts as I would love to know!

The Shadow of All Things

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The Shadow of All Things by Allen Houston

Published: June 9, 2016

Rating: 4/5

I was sent a copy by the author for a honest review.

This book was a bit vague for me but the gist of it is a college student Evelyn Cheng is warned that evil is coming from a guy on a subway. Before she really writes him off as a crazy loon, the subway stops and the lights flicker and the creatures appear. She finds out she is a seer and the battle between her people, and the Elyuum.

When I first read it I was a bit confused, because everything was jumping all over the place so I didn’t know what was going on at first honestly. I think that was one issue for me was that there were a few different jumps between characters when I would want to read more of the the characters I was on. Overall it wasn’t too confusing once you start to remember who is who in the story. I enjoyed that the different POV’s felt like they had the same concept! They didn’t feel so completely different that you wondered what happened.

I loved the Urban fantasy aspects of this book, I liked the New York City backdrop for this story. The creatures and beings were super interesting and different! It also has excellent world building, and you really feel apart of the big city and the action. There wasn’t a whole lot of action but there was enough that the pace of the story really picked up and took you on a journey! I think one thing that I didn’t enjoy too much was that after all that was going on the ending felt a bit slow, and it ended a little weirdly. I just wish we would have had a better resolution for the ending, it felt like it was just hanging. The plot you were given at the beginning just wasn’t resolved, but I was glad that the book wasn’t ending in the middle of everything.

Overall I really liked the spooky and creepy vibes this book gave me, it added to my experience reading it and I loved it. I don’t really read creepy books but this was a fun book to read. Again the flow of the novel, the world building, the characters, and the plot were fun and interesting so I highly recommend this book! I can’t wait to get to the next books in the series in the future.

Let me know if you’ve read this book and what your thoughts are down below as I would love to know!