Review: September Sky (American Journey #1) – John A. Heldt


September Sky (American Journey #1) – John A. Heldt

September Sky (American Journey, #1)

Title: September Sky (American Journey #1)

Author: John A. Heldt

Release Date: January 1, 2015

Publisher: John A. Heldt

Format: eBook

Page Number: 412

Source: Author

When unemployed San Francisco reporter Chuck Townsend and his college-dropout son, Justin, take a cruise to Mexico in 2016, each hopes to rebuild a relationship after years of estrangement. But they find more than common ground aboard the ship. They meet a mysterious lecturer who touts the possibilities of time travel. Within days, Chuck and Justin find themselves in 1900, riding a train to Texas, intent on preventing a distant uncle from being hanged for a crime he did not commit. Their quick trip to Galveston, however, becomes long and complicated when they wrangle with business rivals and fall for two beautiful librarians on the eve of a hurricane that will destroy the city. Filled with humor, history, romance, and heartbreak, SEPTEMBER SKY follows two directionless souls on the adventure of a lifetime as they try to make peace with the past, find new purpose, and grapple with the knowledge of things to come.


4 out of 5 stars

Huge thank you to John A. Heldt for sending me this book!

The first thing I want to say is that if you’re in a book slump, you should pick something up by Mr. Heldt. This book was so fast paced and fun to read. I love the idea of time travel and definitely think it is/it will be possible in the near future, so when John asked me to read this book I was thrilled to! It was so well written and very entertaining throughout the whole book. Chuck and Justin go on a cruise in 2016 and meet a man giving a lecture about time travel. While they’re on the cruise they just think that it could be fun to just listen to him talk, so they go and listen to his lecture. Afterwards, the man hands out cards asking some general questions about how they feel about time traveling. A couple days later, the man calls the guys and asks them to go time traveling and gives them a few options of dates to go to, and they choose 1900. Chuck wants to prevent a distant relative from being hanged for a crime he didn’t commit; they choose to go to a small town in Texas and figure it out.

Of course when they’re there they meet some lovely ladies from 1900. Chuck meets a woman named Charlotte, and Justin finds a girl named Emily. The love stories unfold with the rest of the story, and the plot thickens as time goes on. The reason why they are so at odds is because they have to get back to 2016 by a specific date if they don’t want to be trapped in 1900 forever; they have to figure everything out in a matter of months.

This book was really wonderful and super fun to read. I highly recommend it. It’s on $4.99 guys. Go buy it!

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June Wrapup + July TBR


Read:

  1. Fallout (Crank #3) – Ellen Hopkins *review*
  2. Sword of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #2) – Christopher Mannino *review*
  3. Homecoming (The 100 #3) – Kass Morgan *review*
  4. Never Mind My Thigh Gap – Sarah Newton *review*
  5. Just One Night (Just One Day #2.5) – Gayle Forman *review*
  6. The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) – Rick Riordan *review*

TBR:

  1. September Sky (American Journey #1) – John A. Heldt
  2. Mercer Street (American Journey #2) – John A. Heldt
  3. Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt
  4. November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) – Shannon A. Thompson
  5. November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) – Shannon A. Thompson

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Review: Just One Night (Just One Day #2.5) – Gayle Forman


Just One Night (Just One Day #2.5) – Gayle Forman

Just One Night (Just One Day, #2.5)

Title: Just One Night (Just One Day #2.5)

Author: Gayle Forman

Release Date: May 29, 2014

Publisher: Viking Children’s Books

Format: eBook

Page Number: 40

Source: Barnes and Noble eBook

After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace. Just One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective. Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final chapter.


4 out of 5 stars

I think that this was a pretty decent ending to this duology. I didn’t love the second book, so I didn’t really mind not knowing what happened, but I am glad I read this. It didn’t take me long because it was only 40 pages, so I would recommend this because of the length and the closure it gave. I don’t think that this story is realistic because you don’t really fall in love in one day, but it was a cute idea. The main plot behind this novella was Allyson and Willem meeting again and talking for a while then deciding they need to have sex like right that second.

I just think it’s funny that relationships in books are so physical. Just love the person for who they are, not how they are in bed. It’s whatever.

The ending was super cliche, but it was actually kinda cute. I recommend this book to people that have read the duology and enjoyed them.

Series:

Just One Day (Just One Day #1)

Just One Year (Just One Day #2)

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Review: The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) – Rick Riordan


The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) – Rick Riordan

The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3)

Title: The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3)

Author: Rick Riordan

Release Date: May 5, 2007

Publisher: Puffin Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 320

Source: TBR Pile

IT’S NOT EVERYDAY YOU FIND YOURSELF IN COMBAT WITH A HALF-LION, HALF-HUMAN.

But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster.

Oh, and guess what? The Oracle has predicted that not all of us will survive…


5 out of 5 stars

This has been my favorite book from this series so far. I really enjoyed reading it! Rick Riordan has a very easy-to-read writing style, and I sped through this book. If you look at my goodreads you’ll see that I started this on June 17 and finished it today. That is ten days, but you have to understand that for most of those days I didn’t even read from this book. I had to read my book for book club during that time and wow it took like 12 years. Anyway, I was actually reading this book for between 2 and 4 days. Ish.

I really loved this book. It was fun, fast paced, filled with great characters. Woo. Look at that alliteration I just unintentionally used. Anyway, this has been my favorite. I think I’m finally starting to connect with the characters and I’m starting to love them. I’m anxious to see what happens with Nico in the next book. The end left it with a cliff hanger about him. Excited to see that :)

I literally want Percy and Annabeth to be together forever and ever and ever. Seriously they are the best ship ever. They’re perfect for each other and I love themmmmmmmm. I know that they’re like 14, but it could happen. I’m still dating my boyfriend from when I was 14 and now I’m 17. It’s possible, people! They’re honestly destined to be together.

My favorite scene from this book was when they were at the Hoover Dam and everyone was like:

“I want to go to the dam snack bar.”

“Where’s the dam bathroom.”

“I need to find the dam drinking fountain.”

It honestly made me laugh more than it should have, but whatever. I enjoyed it.

I think that middle grade like this is the way to go. The books are usually quite short, they’re fast paced, there is the slightest amount of romance, there are some pretty epic action scenes. It’s great. Highly recommend. If you’ve not picked up this series, get it together.

Series:

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)

Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #2)

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Review: Never Mind My Thigh Gap – Sarah Newton and Miss Bronte Huskinson


Never Mind My Thigh Gap – Sarah Newton and Miss Bronte Huskinson

Never Mind My Thigh Gap

Title: Never Mind My Thigh Gap

Author: Sarah Newton and Bronte Huskinson

Release Date: January 21, 2016

Publisher: Createspace

Format: eBook

Page Number: 198

Source: Shannon A. Thompson

“One ordinary girl, one extraordinary moment” There are three things everyone notices about Alice. 1. Her super-hot rugby boyfriend. 2. Her sophisticated, totally gorgeous best friend. 3. Her very noticeable 38-inch long legs.

Alice is tall – just under six feet to be exact – but her self-esteem couldn’t be smaller. When her relationship starts wavering, Alice’s perfectly beautiful best friend somehow convinces her to join a modelling competition, “for a confidence boost.” But Alice is just a normal girl; she loves ice cream too much, has an unhealthy addiction to American TV and lusts after the elusive thigh gap. She can’t even walk in heels, let alone in a bikini, but she finds herself joining Runway Models anyway.

The finale is only a few months away.

Will Alice catwalk her way to self-confidence or fail, proving everyone right? People can surprise you.


2 out of 5 stars

Shannon A. Thompson sent me this book because she thought I would enjoy reading it, so huge thank you! I have to say, though, that I really didn’t like this book that much. The specific thing that made me not like it was the unrealistic friendships and relationships. Alice is a pretty sweet girl who has some self-esteem issues, but that’s only because she has a bitchy friend and an awful boyfriend. Her friend wanted her to do this catwalk show thing and the only reason she did it was because her boyfriend didn’t want her to. He was rude and didn’t help her with her self-esteem. He was always tearing her down and making fun of her for wanting to do things because they were things she “wouldn’t normally do

Alice meets some new friends whom she becomes close with after everyone at school makes fun of her for trying out for this modeling gig. Oscar and Maddie become her best friends, and eventually she falls for Oscar. A lot of this book is misinterpretation and miscommunication. Oscar freaked out in the end because he saw Alice hugging her ex. Ugh.

The only way the “thigh gap” ties into this book is at the beginning when Alice wants a thigh gap. It talked about how much she ate, but she was still super skinny. Um. So the whole thigh gap idea that the book was named after didn’t even play a part in the story. I don’t understand why there was even mention of it in the title.

Overall, I don’t really understand the plot of this story. There wasn’t much of an actual story beside the fact that she broke up with her boyfriend and best friend and found some real friends.

Thank you for sending me this book, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea!

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Review: Homecoming (The 100 #3) – Kass Morgan


Homecoming (The 100 #3) – Kass Morgan

 

Homecoming (The 100, #3)

Title: Homecoming (The 100 #3)

Author: Kass Morgan

Release Date: February 24, 2015

Publisher: Little Brown Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 340

Source: TBR Pile

Weeks after landing on Earth, the Hundred have managed to create a sense of order amidst their wild, chaotic surroundings. But their delicate balance comes crashing down with the arrival of new dropships from space.

These new arrivals are the lucky ones—back on the Colony, the oxygen is almost gone—but after making it safely to Earth, GLASS’s luck seems to be running out. CLARKE leads a rescue party to the crash site, ready to treat the wounded, but she can’t stop thinking about her parents, who may still be alive. Meanwhile, WELLS struggles to maintain his authority despite the presence of the Vice Chancellor and his armed guards, and BELLAMY must decide whether to face or flee the crimes he thought he’d left behind.

It’s time for the Hundred to come together and fight for the freedom they’ve found on Earth, or risk losing everything—and everyone—they love.


3 out of 5 stars

Have to admit, a kind of sucky end to a trilogy. I really enjoyed the first two, the first especially because I loved the dystopian/sci-fi elements, but this one fell so short. I got so angry at this book because I wanted to shoot the Vice Chancellor in the face for trying to take over everything on earth. The original hundred knew things about earth that no one else did. Let them lead you. Oh my gosh I literally wanted to push Rhodes off a cliff because of it. Also, I hated that the adults hated Bellamy. Yes he kind of got the Chancellor shot, but he did it out of love for his sister. He wanted to help her and make sure she didn’t get hurt. He wanted to protect Octavia because she was in trouble for being born. ugh ugh ugh.

Clarke still remains my favorite character from the series. She’s so strong and really sets her mind to things. The only thing I didn’t like about Clarke was her relationship with Bellamy. I promise that I like romance just as much as the next girl, but it was soooooo unrealistic. Like seriously, come on. They have so many other things to worry about than dating each other. They just landed on earth and they’re still trying to figure their lives out and how things work. Like stop focusing on one another and make the most of what you’re doing.

Glass was my least favorite character from the whole series because she was a whiny baby. “I just wanna run off with my boyfriend. By ourselves. Into the unknown. We’ve only been here for a week, but we know how things work. No one will attack us. We’ll be fine. We’ll forage for food even though we’ve lived in a spaceship our whole lives. Don’t worry about us… Well shit now bad stuff is happening better go run back to camp!”

Figure. Things. Out. First. Run. Away. Later.

All in all, I think the series would have made a great duology with a little added to the second to wrap things up. I didn’t love this book, but I loved being back with these characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes dystopian or sci-fi!

Series:

The 100 (The 100 #1)

Day 21 (The 100 #2)

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Review: Sword of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #2) – Christopher Mannino


Sword of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #2) – Christopher Mannino

Sword of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder's Secret, #2)

Title: Sword of Deaths (Scythe Wielder’s Secret #2)

Author: Christopher Mannino

Release Date: January 20, 2015

Publisher: Muse It Up Publishing

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 268

Source: Author

THE SCYTHE WIELDER’S SECRET CONTINUES

Susan Sarnio made a choice, and will spend the rest of her life as the only female Death. Last year she was bullied and ostracized. Now, to her complete bewilderment, four Deaths vie for her affection. Yet, something is terribly wrong at the College of Deaths. When a ship carrying scythe metal is attacked, many blame the newly-freed Elementals, but Susan knows the Elementals are innocent.

Shadows from the distant past come to light. Dragons circle the horizon, blood spills, and nothing is what it seems. Susan and her friends struggle to stop a war. They search for the fabled First Scythe, hoping to sway the balance, but who is the true enemy?


3 out of 5 stars

Huge thank you to Christopher Mannino for sending me this book!

This being the second in the series, I don’t want to give too much away, but I enjoyed this book. This more a 3.5/5 stars, but I don’t usually do half stars. Anyway, I love the idea behind this series. It’s unique and unlike anything I’ve read before. Suzie gets thrust into this world of male deaths in her early teenage years, and she doesn’t know what to do, but takes it day by day. In the first book Suzie becomes friends with Billy and Frank, and their friendship continues throughout the second book. Suzie, being the first female in a very long time, of course has to find a boyfriend, and she chooses Billy, so I’m happy with that. I kind of knew they were going to be a thing since the beginning of the first book, but it was nice to see them together.

This book was a transition book, so it was just leading to the big point in the next story. We did get to learn a little more about Boskery in this book; Boskery is the soccer/football-esque sport in the world of Deaths. Suzie, or Susan, also finds a bracelet in her special library that holds secrets from the past. She is intrigued by the bracelet, so she holds onto it and mysterious things begin to happen.

Near the end, Susan and Billy, or Will, get taken on a trek to find more material that the weapons are made of. Things go down, and years are taken, dragons appear, and people are taken. This book ends in a nice cliffhanger, so I’m anxious to read the next one!

Series:

School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #1)

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