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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Mortality by Kellie Sheridan

 After surviving a deadly plague outbreak, sixteen-year-old Savannah thought she had lived through the very worst of human history. There was no way to know that the miracle vaccine would put everyone at risk for a fate worse than un-death.

Now, two very different kinds of infected walk the Earth, intent on nothing but feeding and destroying what little remains of civilization. When the inoculated are bitten, infection means watching on in silent horror as self-control disappears and the idea of feasting on loved ones becomes increasingly hard to ignore.

Starving and forced to live inside of the abandoned high school, all Savannah wants is the chance to fight back. When a strange boy arrives with a plan to set everything right, she gets her chance. Meeting Cole changes everything. Mere survival will never be enough

This book was mediocre for me.
Perhaps it is the pregnancy, perhaps it was just a bad day to be a reviewer, but I found myself struggling to really get into the book until it came to the last few chapter's, and even then everything seemed so fast paced and as if there was no background to anything.
Events just seemed to happen without any explanation, without any reason, they happened just because the writer wanted it to be so. Relationship's bloomed in the blink of an eye without any real foundation.

My favorite aspect of this book was that it went back and forth between two girls, and kept going back and forth between them even as one was bitten and turned into a super zombie. I loved that they kept going into the minds eye of the super zombie.

3 out of 5 Raven's.

The Sh!t No One Tells You by Dawn Dais

 There comes a time in every new mother’s life when she finds herself staring at her screaming, smelly "bundle of joy" and wishing someone had told her that her house would reek of vomit, or that she shouldn’t buy the cute onesies with a thousand impossible buttons, or that she might cry more than the baby.

Best-selling humor author Dawn Dais, mother to a one-year-old and author of The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women, is convinced that there is a reason for this lack of preparedness. She believes that a vast conspiracy exists to hide the horrific truth about parenting from doe-eyed expectant mothers who might otherwise abandon their babies in hospitals and run for it. In The Sh!t No One Tells You, Dais tells it like it is, revealing what it’s really like to be a new parent and providing helpful insights, humor, and hope for those who feel overwhelmed by the exhausting trials they’re suddenly facing. Eschewing the adorableness that oozes out of other parenting books, Dais offers real advice from real moms—along with hilarious anecdotes, clever tips, and the genuine encouragement every mom needs in order to survive the first year of parenthood.

I think there is only one way to describe this book.
For those of you that don't know, it is Laughing my fucking ass off rolling on the floor laughing.

You wouldn't expect that to come from a baby book, I certainly didn't expect the helpful hints and information to have me laughing outright but this occured many a time through out this book. In fact I found myself reading out passages to my husband as he played on the computer so he could share in a laugh or two with me.

This book actually cheered me up immensely as I read through it in a day, unable to put it down as I absorbed every bit of witty information the woman wrote about. Much of the information was thing's I already knew from my experience raising my sibling's but never before had I come across someone who put it in such a way.

I have actually found myself quoting it to the close friends and family excited for the birth of our daughter in October and telling them that this book is a must have or at least a must read.

It is spunky, full of humor and information.

5 out of 5 Raven's.

Secret for a song by S.K. Falls

 Saylor Grayson makes herself sick. Literally.

She ate her first needle when she was seven. Now, at nineteen, she’s been kicked out of college for poisoning herself with laxatives. The shrinks call it Munchausen Syndrome. All Saylor knows is that when she’s ill, her normally distant mother pays attention and the doctors and nurses make her feel special.

Then she meets Drew Dean, the leader of a local support group for those with terminal diseases. When he mistakes her for a new member, Saylor knows she should correct him. But she can’t bring herself to, not after she’s welcomed into a new circle of friends. Friends who, like Drew, all have illnesses ready to claim their independence or their lives

For the first time, Saylor finds out what it feels like to be in love, to have friends who genuinely care about her. But secrets have a way of revealing themselves. What will happen when Saylor’s is out?

There is always something about a book that draws you into picking it up and contemplating reading the author's story.
For me and this book it was in the synopsis, to be exact this quote from netgalley "She ate her first needle when she was seven."
I know what you are thinking, that is a weird thing to be drawn to, so let me explain, a very good friend of mine suffered with self mutilation, and there was many a time through out high school that he would show me the results of his bored nights or his hurting nights, or he would come to me and whisper in his ear that he had a needle in his stomach. I wouldn't hug him for days until I was sure it was gone.

I was drawn to the book because of that simple sentence of nine words, I was held captive by the masterful way the author wove the web.

This book is very dark, but it is so beautiful in the way that it is exactly how life is. Most books are written under the context that life is happy go lucky, full of fluffy corners, this is not the case and this book can be a testament to it.

This book brings to life the struggles of those suffering with fatal disease's and how judging them, pitying them is the last thing they want. They want to be just like everyone else, and through the struggles you join them in their life of sorrow and pain. This book also brings to life the hard truth of living and the fact that most people live for those rare glimpses of light at the end of the tunnel moments that make every single hard moment worth it.

I fell in love instantly with this book because of how honest it was written, for the ending that makes perfect sense and as it came to be I still found myself stunned that someone would write it that way.

It is a must read but with a word of warning that this is not a happy book. There are happy moments but it is also filled with sad dark ones as well.

5 out of 5 Raven's

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Elite by Kiera Cass

 Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending

To say this was a book I waited for eagerly would probably be an understatement. Given my location, which is in the middle of nowhere, I knew the stores I frequented would not carry it in stock and I knew it would take to long to arrive in the mail. I know, I know, I waited months for this book what is one or two more days, but it simply would not do. 

So as midnight rolls around I am waiting on the Amazon website to purchase the book for the kindle, only to find that it was not in the right time zone and I had to wait longer. It was a disappointing night and bed time lol.

This book was an eye opener for me. Before in the first book I would have been Team Maxon all the way but just as if he were a real person it goes to show you that you never know what is really going on with someone until you really get to know them. 

I think my heart broke with America during each traumatic even that opened her eyes to what life would really be like if she chose him. 

It is hard to write this review because there is so much I want to talk about but I don't want to give anything away, I want you guys to read it and have to deal with the suspense and heart ache the same way I did, without a clue as to what would happen next.

I will say the only thing that I wish could have been improved on is the other girls background. I understood before with so many girls it would have been impossible to do without having an incredibly long and side tracking book but as the choices are narrowed down I would love to know more about the other girls and what makes them tick, particularly Celeste. 

I also would love to understand the rebels more and trying to figure out what they are after and why is a delicious mystery that America seems to be tapping into.

This is a great read, even if it was over before it seemed like it had begun. I finished it within four hours of sitting outside on the porch swing enjoying the day and getting sun burnt since time got away with me as I got lost in the work.

5 out of 5 Ravens!

Explination for my absence.

So, as most of you know I was a pretty dedicated blogger with my reviews. So it might have been a shocker to notice the lack of activity and the sound of crickets chirping away on the site. For that I sincerely apologize. Life got a little crazy and I got a little depressed.

I found that in my depression I didn't want to read, I didn't want to write and alot of that had to do with the biggest news ever in my life. I AM PREGNANT. 16 weeks to be exact as of today actually and I got married. So between working 12 hour shifts and the exhausting first trimester I found it hard to do anything.

Then I get fired for being pregnant. Lol ridiculous I know.
But I have been reading and I do promise that posts shall be resuming ASAP!

Sorry once again for just vanishing and I thank those of you who have stuck by me in this time.
You guys truly are the best!


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