Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware


The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware

Title: The Woman in Cabin 10

Author: Ruth Ware

Release Date: June 30, 2016

Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press

Format: Audiobook

Page Number: 340

Source: Library

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.

3 out of 5 stars


My first audiobook is now under my belt! I have to say, I really enjoyed listening to an audiobook. I hope to do so again in the future.

Let’s see. I don’t know exactly how I felt about this book because it’s not something I would typically reach for. I like mysteries, but this had a crime fiction vibe to it, I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t think it was anything spectacular.

This novel is about a woman, Lo Blacklock, who finds herself reporting for her job on a fancy-schmancy cruise ship. She is supposed to make connections with people as this is her first real breakthrough. She is a little shaken as she boards the cruise ship because just days before her house is robbed while she’s there. This was my first disappointment with the story. The burglary was never talked about again! There was no point of having it in the first place. Anyway, she goes onto this cruise ship and has to try and get ahold of herself again. Things start happening and she hears a scream and a large splash one evening. Hmm. Sounds a little sketchy. She starts investigating and ends up getting in trouble.

This is pretty much the whole book, and because I listened to it on audio it went by much slower than it would have had I physically read it. I thought that Lo was an irritating main character to follow. She didn’t really have anything special about her, and she was so whiny.

I loved the suspense of this book, and that is what saved it for me. The whole time I was listening to it I was on the edge of my seat. I did predict who the bad guys were, but I think it was because I had time to think while listening to it. I think the whole thing was fairly predictable, but there was quite a bit of suspense tied up around it.

There were so many loose ends at the end of the book, though. I don’t know who wrote on her mirror. Or who took the mascara. Or how she got caught. Or who the burglar really was at the beginning… ugh. I think that this could have been developed a little more and it would have been greatly improved.

Overall, I think this was a good book. It was suspenseful, but a little predictable. The whole plot could have been fixed if there was some communication and trust, but it wouldn’t have been as suspenseful. I did LOVE the narrator of this though. She was British, so it was fun to listen to. More elegant than an American accent!

Tea of Choice: (I’m thinking of making this a new part of my reviews because I almost always am drinking tea while writing a blog post. I will just mention the tea I am drinking at the moment, or one I enjoy!)

Hyvee 100% Natural Green Tea

I’m not a huge green tea drinker, but I’m trying desperately to enjoy it. It’s my goal to be able to drink all my tea with no sugar so then you can actually taste the tea… Because I don’t drink a lot of green tea I don’t know how it compares to others of better quality. This is probably fairly lower tier as it is cheap and from a grocery store, but I am *trying to* enjoy it.

Pre-orders


Pre-ordering books. Great, or a waste of time?

I personally am torn between the two, because sometimes a pre-order can cost more than the book at a store, but you can also have it delivered the day it comes out, which is always fun.

The one book I have pre-ordered right now is Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I have always been a huge Cassandra Clare fan, and have read and reviewed all the Shadowhunter books, so whenever she has a new release I just want to read it right away. I hope that I can get my copy the day it comes out so I can read it right then. I’m currently rereading Lady Midnight and loving it even more the second time.

I never pre-order first books in series unless it’s from an author I love. I don’t just randomly pre-order books because I still have so many TBR books to read at home… I think the idea of pre-ordering is fun because you get the book right away after it’s released, but I also think it can be quite expensive.

Let me know how you feel about pre-ordering books down below!

Review: Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #3) – Iain Reading


Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #3) – Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #3)

Title: Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #3)

Author: Iain Reading

Release Date: April 19, 2013

Publisher: Createspace

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 220

Source: Author

Following in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart, Kitty Hawk sets off on an epic flight around the world and arrives in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik where she finds herself immersed in a beautiful alien world of volcanoes, Vikings, elves and trolls. Before she knows it Kitty is plunged head first into an amazing adventure that sweeps her across a rugged landscape where humans and nature exist in side-by-side in an uneasy truce and magical realms seem to lie just out of sight beneath the surface. Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue is the dazzling third installment of the Flying Detective Agency series featuring Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenaged seaplane pilot with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into – and out of – all kinds of precarious situations. This is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of readers of all ages – armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike. From dangerous criminals and corrupt government officials to mystical beings and clashes with the elemental forces of nature, this book has it all. Come and join Kitty Hawk as she experiences the strange and extraordinary world of the Icelanders, and unravels the Icelandic Intrigue.

3 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to Iain Reading for sending me this book! I have enjoyed this series so far and am excited to finish the series!

Kitty Hawk flies to Iceland and encounters strange names, paper airplanes, and a car chase. Kitty finds herself in adventures she didn’t think she would come across, but loves the new experiences.

This is the third book in the Kitty Hawk series, and I took so long to read it! I started it on a trip I took and got about halfway through, then school got very busy and I kind of forgot about it. I finished it on a bus ride to a music event for my school’s concert band on Friday and am getting around to writing the review right now. Overall this book was kind of slow. I take part of the blame for it since I took so long to read it, though.

These books are more companion novels than in a series, because each book chronicles a new adventure in a new place for Kitty Hawk. She takes her bright red plane and flies across the world. It’s quite fun because I love traveling and love adventure books, so it’s a nice change from your typical read.

I enjoyed learning about the naming rules in Iceland. She traveled to Iceland and stayed with friends, and while she was there she learned that in Iceland the child takes the first name of either parent and adds son or daughter to the end, and then that is their last name. There aren’t family names, which I think it quite interesting. I thought it was cool that Iain Reading put this short piece of information in the book, it added a unique twist.

Overall, I think this book series would be good for a younger audience. I would consider this more middle grade. I think I would have liked it a lot more had I read it during early middle school.

Again, thanks to Iain for sending me a copy of this book!

April Wrapup + May TBR


Read:

  1. Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #2) – Iain Reading *review*
  2. Oedipus Rex (The Theban Plays #1) – Sophocles
  3. Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) – Sarah J. Maas *review*
  4. Redwall (Redwall #1) – Brian Jacques *review*
  5. Antigone (The Theban Plays #3) – Sophocles
  6. Othello – William Shakespeare
  7. Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller

TBR:

  1. Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency #3) – Iain Reading
  2. Hannah’s Moon (American Journey #5) – John A. Heldt
  3. July Thunder (Bad Bloods #3) – Shannon A. Thompson
  4. July Lighting (Bad Bloods #4) – Shannon A. Thompson
  5. The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware

Exciting Upcoming Releases – May 2017


There are so many exciting upcoming releases in May of this year, and I just wanted to talk about a few of them! I want to start doing more non-review related posts because I don’t want my blog to be as structured as it has been for awhile.

Dreamfall (Dreamfall #1) – Amy PlumDreamfall (Dreamfall #1)

Cata Cordova suffers from such debilitating insomnia that she agreed to take part in an experimental new procedure. She thought things couldn’t get any worse…but she was terribly wrong.

Soon after the experiment begins, there’s a malfunction with the lab equipment, and Cata and six other teen patients are plunged into a shared dreamworld with no memory of how they got there. Even worse, they come to the chilling realization that they are trapped in a place where their worst nightmares have come to life. Hunted by creatures from their darkest imaginations and tormented by secrets they’d rather keep buried, Cata and the others will be forced to band together to face their biggest fears. And if they can’t find a way to defeat their dreams, they will never wake up.

Release Date: May 2, 2017

This book sounds like such an interesting paranormal book! I love books that slip into the dream world, and think this would be an interesting option because it’s about a group of people getting tested on, but still is in a paranormal feeling world. I think this would be fun to read, especially because it is the first in a new series. I would love to start some brand new series because I only ever read older series, and get stuck behind on everything…. Anyway, I hope to give this book a try when it comes out.


You Were Here – Gian SardarYou Were Here

What if the past is never buried?
Death, accidental and early, has always been Abby Walters’s preoccupation. Now thirty-three and eager to settle down with her commitment-shy boyfriend, a recurring dream from her past returns: a paralyzing nightmare of being buried alive, the taste of dirt in her mouth cloying and real. But this time the dream reveals a name from her family’s past. Looking for answers, Abby returns home to small-town Minnesota for the first time in fourteen years, where she reconnects with her high school crush, now a police detective on the trail of a violent criminal. When Abby tries on her grandmother’s mesmerizing diamond ring, a ring she always dreamed would be hers, she discovers a cryptic note long hidden beneath the box’s velvet lining. What secret was her grandmother hiding? And could this be the key to what’s haunting Abby? As she begins to uncover the traces of a love triangle gone shockingly wrong nearly seventy years before, we, too, see that the layers of our lives may echo a past we’ve never known. With mesmerizing twists and a long-buried secret that may finally rise to light, You Were Here weaves together two worlds separated by decades, asking if the mistakes made in past lives can ever be corrected in the future, and if some souls are meant to find one another time and time again.

Release Date: May 16, 2017

I have been getting more interested in mysteries lately, and I hope to read more this year. I am currently reading The Woman in Cabin 10, and am really enjoying it thus far. I think mysteries are a great way to add some suspense to your life. It’s always good to get a little freaked out sometimes. I think this book sounds interesting because it’s about a woman going back to her hometown and finding a high school crush, but then something goes wrong. There will obviously be some romance, but I feel like it will mainly focus on the mystery/thriller aspect of the story.


Juan Pablo and the ButterfliesJuan Pablo and the Butterflies – J. J. Flowers

After facing problems with a local drug cartel in Mexico, a man and his best friend must flee to California for their freedom and a chance for survival.

In the small town of El Rosario, Mexico’s butterfly sanctuary, drug traffickers begin to take over and disrupt the life of the community. As Juan Pablo’s grandmother, the medicine woman of the town, lies on her deathbed, she tells her grandson that he must follow the migration of butterflies to Pacific Grove, California—to another butterfly sanctuary—where someone will be waiting for him. When Juan Pablo uses one of his grandmother’s poisons on members of the cartel, he and his best friend Rocio must leave for California as soon as they can and follow the butterflies. But is he following the wings of freedom? Or death?

Release Date: May 9, 2017

I haven’t read very many books about people from Mexico, and I believe that this would be an interesting read because it would be so different for me. I think the premise of this book sounds quite interesting because it’s about leaving something scary and bad, and coming to try and make a new life. I think that this book will actually be twisted and creepy in a way. Just in the synopsis it talks about the main character killing some people then moving away to try and make a better life for himself. I don’t know, it sounds interesting because it’s unlike what I normally read.


I hope these were some decent recommendations from a reader who hasn’t read them yet… I think these books will be interesting, and I hope I get to them this year, or at least buy one or two of them. I think the one I’m most excited for is Juan Pablo and the Butterflies. I think reading diversely is important, and for me this would be a diverse read.

Best of luck in your endeavors for finding new releases in May!

Review: Redwall (Redwall #1) – Brian Jacques


Redwall (Redwall #1) – Brian Jacques

Redwall (Redwall, #1)

Title: Redwall (Redwall #1)

Author: Brian Jacques

Release Date: June 10, 1986

Publisher: Red Fox

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 352

Source: School Library

Redwall Abbey, tranquil home to a community of peace-loving mice is threatened by Cluny the Scourge – the evil-one-eyed rat warlord – and his battle-hardened horde of predators. Cluny is certain that Redwall will fall easily to his fearsome army but he hasn’t bargained for the courage and strength of the combined forces of the Redwall mice and their loyal woodland friends. . . . .

1 out of 5 stars


This book was soooooooooooooooooooooo slow it was painful to read. I liked the premise of the book and Matthias as a character was fun to read about. Other than Matthias as a character, there weren’t may redeeming qualities for this book.

The only reason I picked up this book was because I went to a local Little Free Library and found two books of this series. I was intrigued because it was a young adult fantasy series, and fantasy is one of my favorite genres, so naturally I decided to pick them up. I later found out that they were book numbers nine and eleven, so….

I picked up the first book from the library and it was so slow.

This book followed Matthias and his adventures to obtain the great sword of Martin. This was all that happened and I struggled to get through it. I don’t understand how this book has an average rating of 4.1 on Goodreads. IT WAS SO BORING.

I honestly don’t have anything else to say about this. I will not be continuing on with this series.

Also, 22 books in this series. No way is that even possible for me to read that much about small woodland creatures who don’t fight but end up killing the bad guys.

Review: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) – Sarah J. Maas


Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) – Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Title: Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: August 2, 2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 404

Source: TBR Pile

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

5 out of 5 stars


Celaena Sardothien, the coolest sassiest assassin you will ever meet.

Throne of Glass stars out with talking about Celaena and her imprisonment in Endovier, the worst death camp. It goes through why she was sent to Endovier, and you find out that she is an 18 year old assassin who is being chosen to participate in the competition to be the King’s Champion. The Crown Prince, Dorian, chooses her to be his Champion in the competition, and brings her to train at the castle with the other Champions.

This book chronicles her training, Tests, and difficult life at the castle during this competition. Love interests are introduced. Friendships are made. Celaena is put to the ultimate test…

You guys. This book. It. Was. So. Amazing. I. Can’t. Even. Explain.

So a lot goes down in this book and it’s hard to talk about it without spoiling anything, but Sarah J. Maas is one of my new favorite authors for sure. The way this book is written is so fast-paced, easy to understand but is actually a quite complex world, and so unbelievably well written. It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book and enjoyed every single part of it, but holy hot dang this book is so fricking good.

I didn’t want to give into the hype surrounding this series because I didn’t want to be disappointed, but I’m so glad I read it. I may or may not have already ordered books 2, 3, and 4… Anyway. I can’t wait to see where the rest of this series goes.

I loved the friendship Celaena had with Nehemia. I love reading about friendships, and it was cool to see the two different personalities mesh together so well. I loved this aspect of this book. The friendship is put to the test, but they are still besties by the end *kind of not a spoiler at all.*

This love triangle is perfect. First of all, I HATE love triangles. With a burning passion. I’m all for the idea of “if you fall in love with another person after you’re already ‘in love,’ just choose the second person because you’re obviously not in love with them,” but this book didn’t have that. She is introduced to both of them at the same time. So if you didn’t know, the love triangle is between Celaena, Dorian, and Chaol. Throughout the entire book I’ve been team Dorian because I think he’s perfect, but right at the end. Wow. If you’ve read this you know what I mean. Dorian has some little issues that he shouldn’t have to burden Celaena with, but he loves her so much and she loves him. Ugh oh my gosh. But Chaol is also perfect. He just has a harder outer shell to break through. He’s also more shy, and has always been in the shadows of Dorian because you know, he’s not the Crown Prince. But he’s such an awesome guy. Both Chaol and Dorian love Celaena, but Celaena doesn’t even know the half of it yet. It’s a hard life when the love triangle is so well written that you don’t even know who you like better. Right now I’m leaning towards Chaol, but I still have 5 books…

The magic in this book is super edgy and cool to read about, too. I like that it’s banned, but not completely gone. I cannot wait to see where the rest of this series goes. I’m surprised I’ve dodged all of the spoilers up until now. It’s kind of hard to believe considering I’ve heard so many people rave about this book.

PLEASE READ THIS BOOK! The fantasy aspects aren’t super difficult to pick up, so if you’re new to fantasy, try this one out. Everyone needs to read this. It’s so good it hurts me physically.