Friday, April 22, 2016

books i ready in february

hello, there! so sorry my content has been a bit absent on this blog. i wanted to post my february books last month, but naturally i juuust didn't feel like it. but TODAY i'm ready to share with you all the good books i read during february and hopefully give you some suggestions to add to your must read lists.

i ready SIX books in the month of february. and i have officially read 21 books this year. 

read about books 1-5 HERE
february's books:

synopsis: riley mcpherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister, lisa commited suicide as a teenager. it was a belief that helped shape her own childhood and that of her brother. it shaped her view of her family and their dynamics. it influenced her entire life. now, more than twenty years later, her father has passed away and she is in new bern, north carolina, cleaning out his house when she finds evidence that what she has always believed is not the truth. lisa is alive! alive and living under a new identity. but why exactly was she on the run all those years ago? what secrets are being kept now, and what will happen if they are revealed? as riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family. riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do for her new found reality.   

my thoughts: i love a good fast paced novel and this is one of them. there's so many juicy secrets hidden away in this family's life that you can't help but to just keep reading. i was constantly trying to guess how this story would end. and the secrets that are revealed will shock you. there are so many different suspicious characters and crazy well-kept secrets that i just could not put this one down. an easy, must read in my opinion.

synopsis: a canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. on a rainy april morning she is reading auras at spiritual palms when susan burke walks in. a keen observer of human behavior our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. however, when the "psychic" visits the eerie victorian home that has been the source of susan's terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to believe in ghosts anymore. miles, susan's teenage stepson doesn't help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. the three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks, and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

my thoughts: do not waste your time and money on this worthless little book. i read the whole thing in 1 hour. the synopsis for the book is better than the actual book. i'm not even sure why this book was published. it just ended with no conclusion and the whole time i kept wondering when i would get to the good part. i never did, because there is not a "good part" in this book. it was totally lame.

synopsis: mare barrow's world is divided by blood-those with common, red blood serve the silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with super human abilities. mare is a red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of faith throws her in front of the silver court. before the king, princes and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own. to cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. as mare is drawn further into the silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the scarlet guard (a growing red rebellion) even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. one wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

my thoughts: if you aren't intrigued with this book after reading that above summary than you and i do not like the same books. this one is action packed all the way through-which is exactly what i love in a book. it's like a twist between the divergent series-hunger games with a touch of twilight. i liked mare, the main character, right away. she has grown up poor, like district 12 poor, but worse. when the author describes the slums mare barrow and her family live in, it reminded me so much of this book. the author is so good at describing this different world to us readers. if it's set in a whole different world, then i am all for it. mare barrow is special, you know a lot like katniss and tris but she has a very special ability-she can create electricity. when the silvers find this out they make mare leave her family and come live in the castle so nobody will know about her secret. the authors imagination when creating the palace setting and all the royals rules and traditions is just so creative and interesting. there mare meets the king, queen and the two princes, but one of these princes she has met before in her own village in a disguise a lot like this girl did. as mare learns more about the silvers she learns more about the scarlet guard, the rebellion against the silvers....there's so many juicy secrets, creative characters and lots of action-you do not want to miss out on this one. 

synopsis: "Lily?"
my stomach dropped as a tall, dark-haired man stepped into view. had he been hiding between the trees?
"no, sorry." gulping, i took a step back. "i'm not lily"
he shook his head, a satisfied grin on his face. "no. you are lily."
"i'm summer. you have the wrong person." you utter freak!
i could hear my pulse crashing in my ears. how stupid to give him my real name. he continued to stare at me, smiling. it made me feel sick.
"you are lily," he repeated. 
before i could blink, he threw his arms forward and grabbed me. i tried to shout, but he clasped his hand over my mouth, muffling my screams. my heart raced. i'm going to die. 
for months, summer is trapped in a cellar with the man who took her and three other girls: rose, poppy and violet. his perfect, pure flowers. his family. but flowers cannot survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out...

my thoughts: as you probably guessed, this book grabbed me and pulled me into this story on the very first page. i could not put this one down, which is probably why i read it in 24 hours. summer is determined to escape the cage and horrible events that are now her life, but the other three girls who have been trapped for way longer than her have given up. clover, the sick bastard who has these four girls imprisoned is a story all of his own. his sick twisted secrets will shock you. this was a very interesting train wreck of a novel. i've read some very intense novels and this is up there with them. thankfully she didn't get too gruesome with the details but still you cannot stop reading. amazon says this books is for 7th graders and nope. it's more like 11th graders and up. maybe 12th grade just to be on the safe side. anyways, if you are looking for a quick read, gone-head and pick this one up.

synopsis: whitley johnson's dream summer with her divorced father has turned into a nightmare. she just met his new fiancee and her kids. the fiancee's son? whitley's one night stand from graduation night. worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country club family. so whitley acts out. she parties. hard. so hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking hot guy who isn't her least not yet. it will take all three of them to help whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

my thoughts: whitley, oh whitley. sometimes i was loving this girl, other times i wanted to slap her in the face. she's your typical drama queen, even though she would never admit that. this book isn't really what i typically read because there's no action just drama. if you have read this book then you pretty much know the setting already because they are based on the same high school but just different characters. it was a little boring at times. it's definitely not one i would recommend, but if your looking for a good, quick girly story then this is for you.

synopsis: six days ago, mark watney became one of the first people to walk on mars.
now he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.
after a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking he is dead, mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal earth that he is alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. chances are though, he won't have time to starve to death. the damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. but mark isn't ready to give up yet. drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the odds that are against him?

my thoughts: i personally saw the movie first before i read the book and i'm glad i did because it helped piece together the scientificy things he does in order to survive on a planet that has never had life on it before. sooo..what did i think of the book then? I LOVED IT!!! if you are a reader then you cannot go without reading this book. it is very interesting and andy, the author, describes every little detail with a witty bit of humor mixed with science that helps his readers understand everything mark does while being stranded in space.
here is a quote from the end of the book full of raw emotions that i couldn't help but tear up:
"the cost of my survival must have been hundreds of millions of dollars. all to save one dorky botanist. why bother? well, okay, i know the answer to that. part of it might be what i represent: progress, science and the interplanetary future we have dreamed of for centuries. but really, they did it because every human being has a basic instinct to help each other out. it might not seem that way sometimes, but it's true. 
if a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people will coordinate a search. if a train crashes, people will line up to give blood. if an earthquake levels a city, people all over the world will send emergency supplies. this is so fundamentally human that it's found in every culture without exception. yes, there are assholes who just don't care, but they're massively outnumbered by the people who do. and because of that, i had billions of people on my side. 
how amazing is that? i am already waiting on andy weir to write new book.

and those we all the books i read in february.
man, i cannot tell you how glad i am that it is friday. yes, i have to clean a small rent house today but it gets me out of this stuffy office and it's a beautiful day here in arkansas. this week went by incredibly fast. thank goodness, because last week was hell that felt like it went on for three extra days. i'm not sure what i am getting into this weekend but hopefully something fun outside. i'm so sick of being cold and cooped up in the house every weekend.
let's make today a good one, shall we?
till next time.
"no, no. the other one. what's-her-face? she asked me, or rather "axed me," for more personal days. just like that. i told her, maybe if she fills out her time-sheets correctly, i will give her more personal days. don't worry. she will never fill out her time-sheets correctly."

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