A New Day in America Review

I received this copy from NetGalley for review,

This book is about a post apocalyptic America and takes place in New York a year after it was bombed by an unknown place.  A man named Nos is the main character and he and his youngest child and daughter Naomi survived both the blast and a plague or virus that occurred shortly after the blast that wiped out most of the survivors.  This story follows them on their journey to find a cure and remaining family.

I was reminded of a hardcore The Road when I was reading this book.  Yes, there are HUGE differences between the main characters and the characters were pretty much nothing alike, but I still had that The Road vibe.  This book reminded of a Jason Bourne novel (almost) mixed in with The Road.  (Sorry that was kind of repetitive).

The only big issue I had with this book was it dragged in some places and in others it was just not enough information.  Most of this book was action packed.  In the first 10 pages there was a major fight and conflict and from then on, it wouldn’t go further than a short chapter without some type of action sequence.  I think if they made this into a movie it would be pretty popular.  However, because there was so much action, the pages that had no action seemed dull and too long.

I loved the fact that this book was not predictable.  I thought that things would turn out one way and it would not or it would take an unexpected route to get there.  The ending was kind of left open to your own interpretation and that was alright.  (Similar to Inception).

Overall, I thought this book was okay but a little too long. I would recommend this to mature readers (there is a lot of violence and unpleasantness and swearing) 4/5

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As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust Review

I received this copy from NetGalley for Review.

I haven’t read any other Flavia De Luce novels.  This was the first of the series that I read and I believe it is the 7th in the series.  That being said I was slightly confused as to who all these people were.  I had a hard time keeping up with all the characters which probably wouldn’t have been a problem if I had read the series in order. (Kind of like how there are a lot of characters in Harry Potter but if you’ve read the series from the beginning it is easier to tell who is who.)

Other than that one problem, I really enjoyed this book.  It was clever and fairly short for the amount of information packed into it but it seemed like the perfect amount of info.  It wasn’t ridiculously long and it wasn’t painfully short either.  I think the author did a fantastic job.  I wasn’t able to figure out who did it until the end where everything was revealed.  Most books, I can predict some parts of the book but with this book, that wasn’t the case.

I have now found a new favorite series and I plan on going back to the first book and reading it all the way up until the current one.  This book had me hooked from the beginning until the end and it introduced me to a new favorite.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery and a strong female main character.  5/5

Candy From a Stranger Review

I received this copy from NetGalley for review

I started reading this book knowing almost nothing about it, and boy was it great from the start.  This book is from the point of view of a father, a psychology teacher, and how he is coping with the kidnapping of his son.  Coping may be a bit of stretch.  This guy was a wreck (the biggest irony of all was him being a teacher in psychology) and he wasn’t able to function.  Knowing that his son was probably dead, this man went from a father, husband, teacher to an alcoholic, separated, and driven crazy with grief.  This man wanted revenge and that was what this book was about.

This book had some really great points.  It was interesting watching this man try to figure out who kidnapped and possibly murdered his son as well as watching him go crazy.  His actions were rash to say the least and to think that this man was the only one who was really searching for his son was a bit sad.  His anguish could be felt and his frustrations felt so real.  I’ve never had or known anyone who was kidnapped, but this book made me connect and feel for this man quite a bit.  This story dragged me in and I was hooked from the beginning.

This book only had one flaw: predictability.  Towards the middle, a little before the main character figures out who did it, I saw who it was.  I definitely saw a part of the end coming but not all of it.  And even though it was slightly predictable, it was still a great read.

The epilogue was by far the only part of the book that gave me goosebumps.  It was so creepy and well written even though it didn’t say too much.  I definitely recommend this book to teens and adults, but I would skip this for young children.

4/5

Keep the Ends Loose Review

I received this copy from NetGalley for review.

I really liked this book.  It’s about a girl whose family goes through a crisis and how they get out of it.  This story is told from the point of view of a 15 year old girl about to enter high school.  She has a “gorgeous” best friend who she claims to know is a lot prettier than her and she knows it and doesn’t care.

What I liked: I really liked her point of view. She had a really scatter brained way of thinking and she would break up what she was thinking, occasionally, to put her life into a movie script perspective.  She had issues with grammar that was funny and she seemed to be pretty much what an everyday teenager these days is.

What I didn’t like: She seemed to have this idea in her head that she HAD to act more girly and she HAD to dress more girly because her best friend, her mom, and her dad all told her that she had to.  I don’t like that.  I don’t think that ANY person should feel like they HAVE to be someone they are not.  As much as I loved this book, I hated that that is how our society is and that that is what people think they have to do.  I don’t like that our society is putting this idea into peoples heads that they have to act or dress or think a certain way.  I also did not like when she felt she had to lose her virginity because everyone expects you to in high school.  Uh I know that a lot of people do end up losing their virginity in high school but that doesn’t mean that everyone does.  These ideas were upsetting to say the least.

Overall, I thought that this book was pretty good.  I liked how, even though there was a lot of drama, there was a lot of comic relief and the story was pretty well written. Id give it a 3/5

The Experiment of Dreams Review

I received a copy from NetGalley for review This book is about a guy who is a tester for a machine that can read and record your dreams.  This book was alright.  I was interested in what other people had to say about this book, so I read a few reviews about it and for the most part I agree with what the other reviews have said In my opinion, I thought that the first half of the book was good but the second part was lacking.

I was able to get through the first half of the book being fairly interested and I enjoyed the idea of it.  I have never read anything like it before and I am open to new ideas and seeing how they run.  Right around the “twist” it started to seem like the author had no idea where he was going with the book.  It started reading like he was just writing his ideas as he was going with the story.  For the most part, it was okay.  I thought that the end needed a lot of work.  I had so many questions at the end of the story and I felt like it was a let down from what I had been reading.

Unfortunately, I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would.  It started out really well.  I really liked it and I really thought it would end with a bang.  But I thought it was a huge let down.  It had so much potential to be a great read, but it was more of a let down than I liked.