November 2017 | Wrap Up

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Books I Read

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Yes, I know we are more than half way through December. Ignore that. I actually have most of my September wrap up drafted… but I decided nobody would want to see my reviews from that long ago!

November 2017 | Wrap Up'Salem's Lot by Stephen King
Published by Doubleday on October 17th 1975
Genres: Adult, Horror, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 653
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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2.5 Stars

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem’s Lot in hopes that exploring the history of the Marsten House, an old mansion long the subject of rumor and speculation, will help him cast out his personal devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods, and only one returns alive, Mears begins to realize that something sinister is at work—in fact, his hometown is under siege from forces of darkness far beyond his imagination. And only he, with a small group of allies, can hope to contain the evil that is growing within the borders of this small New England town.

With this, his second novel, Stephen King established himself as an indisputable master of American horror, able to transform the old conceits of the genre into something fresh and all the more frightening for taking place in a familiar, idyllic locale.

Man guys, I had such high hopes for this book and was sadly disappointed. My main complaint is that this book was super slow! I felt like the plot really didn’t get going until about half way through it. The resolution to the plot was underwhelming, but I thought the book was well written. There are many characters and their POVs are woven together in a way that really created the atmosphere of a tiny town where everyone knows each other. I expected more from my first Stephen King book, but I’m looking forward to trying some of his more recent stuff.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

November 2017 | Wrap UpThis Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
Series: This Mortal Coil #1
Published by Simon Pulse on November 7th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Pages: 425
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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5 Stars

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?

This book is one of my favorite reads of 2017! I even did a video review (my first ever) of it on my channel. I was really weary going into this book because I was worried my knowledge of genetics would interfere with my enjoyment of this book. I’m so relieved to say that was not the case! I loved this book not only for the good science, but also because it’s a creative and wild ride. The virus that has taken over the world in this book is the most creative virus I’ve ever seen or read! It kind of turns the zombie trope on its head. In addition to that, its fast paced and full of plot twists. This book was such a page turner! If you like fast paced dystopian stories you really have to check this one out.

November 2017 | Wrap UpThe Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan
Published by Macmillan Audio on September 15th 1992
Genres: Adult, Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 1007
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
Source: I Own This
Length: 41 hours 21 minutes
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5 Stars

The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out. The Shadow is rising to cover humankind.

In Tar Valon, Min sees portents of hideous doom. Will the White Tower itself be broken?

In the Two Rivers, the Whitecloaks ride in pursuit of a man with golden eyes, and in pursuit of the Dragon Reborn.

In Cantorin, among the Sea Folk, High Lady Suroth plans the return of the Seanchan armies to the mainland.

In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve.

Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.....

This was an audiobook reread for me. This is my all time favorite series and this particular book is my favorite so far in my reread. This book has an epic battle at the end that I have remembered through all the years, and it’s one that has come up in conversation with other WoT lovers. Also, in this book we travel to a part of the world and start a story line that is one of my favorites out of the whole series (Perrin going back to the Two Rivers for those of you who have read the series!). There are some big reveals about the world that happen in too. This book is just chalked full of fun stuff. I was so happy to be spending time with these characters again! I’m itching to read the next book soon, but I’m trying to wait a few months since I’m co-hosting a readalong of the series starting in Jan 2018.

November 2017 | Wrap UpEnd of Days by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #3
Published by Skyscape on May 12th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Dystopian
Pages: 331
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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3.5 Stars

End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

I finally finished this series! I had meant to read this book in October but that just didn’t end up happening. I have mixed feelings about this book. Overall, I think this book was a bit of a disappointment. It wasn’t quite as good as the two preceding books. I mainly had problems with some of the plot points and found some things really hard to believe or get on board with. However, I really liked how everything concluded in the end. I still love Penryn and admire her toughness and love for her family!! I’m glad I finished the series and I hope Susan Ee writes more books one day – I would definitely read them!

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