In Eight Full Lives I couldn't read every book my heart desires


REVIEW: Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Page Count: 460 Release Date: March 1, 2011 My Rating:  5 Stars Every life has a soundtrack. All you have to do is listen. Music has set the tone for most of Zoe Baxter’s life. There’s the melody that reminds her of the summer she spent rubbing […]

REVIEW: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Page Count: 533 Release Date: June 27, 2017 My Rating: 4 Stars A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi Lee—Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens […]

REVIEW: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

  • Page Count: 306
  • Release Date: June 2, 2015
  • My Rating: 3.5 Stars

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

I really needed a distraction from my life right now so I intentionally did not read the blurb about this book before reading it and it was kind of fun to go into it blind. Another great one by Adam Silvera, I am a huge fan so I knew that this would not be a disappointment. This book is pretty emotional and while it wasn’t quite as amazing as They Both Die at the End, I still really enjoyed it.

This particular quote really hit me in the feelings right now.

“We can’t ever be together,” he finished. “But I always want to know you, even if we are in the same room and you’re just saying hi to me over and over again, I’ll be perfectly happy. I’ll always want to be sitting across from you.”

This book is so much about love, much of it unrequited and complicated. It felt so real and the emotions were so well written that it was almost painful at times. I wasn’t expecting it to go where it went and I did find the end to be sort of anti-climactic, as an overall it was a good quick read.

REVIEW: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

Page Count: 368 Release Date: September 5, 2017 My Rating: 3.5 Stars “I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness .”   Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied […]

REVIEW: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Series: Red Rising Trilogy Page Count: 401 Release Date: January 28, 2014 My Rating: 3.5 Stars “I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.” “I […]

November Wrap Up

Well……November has been a major bust. I read one book (a reread) and am about 75% of the way done with a 2nd book.  I need to figure out how to get back into the groove. Our daily routine has changed quite significantly in November so it is just a matter of finding the time. I am determined to figure it out though!

Late October Wrap Up

So far November has been a bust for me. I don’t know if I am in a reading slump or what but I haven’t read anything in over 2 weeks. My husband started a new job which has dramatically changed our daily routine and I […]

REVIEW: The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Page Count: 523 Release Date: November 8, 2016 My Rating: 4 Stars She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have […]

REVIEW: Legend by Marie Lu

  • Series: Legend Trilogy
  • Page Count: 318
  • Release Date: November 29, 2011
  • My Rating: 4 Stars

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

I really enjoyed this book even though I found a lot of it to be pretty predictable. Marie Lu is a talented writer, she is able to paint rich and enjoyable stories that have an air of realism. The characters are likable and genuine, and the romantic element doesn’t feel overly forced.

I will likely continue this series even though it doesn’t end with much of a cliff hanger to motivate me to do it soon.

REVIEW: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Series:  Arc of a Scythe Page Count: 449 Release Date: November 22, 2016 My Rating: 5 Star A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end […]

This Month at a Glance

Quick August Wrap Up & September TBR

Again I failed to read Truthwitch! Why can’t I make myself pick that book up?I think I am going to let it go for now and maybe I will decide to read it if the pressure to choose it is gone.

Well, I managed to read 4 books for the month of August which isn’t to bad considering it was a busy month for us. Now that most of my children are in school, I am hoping to read more in September and I have already finished one book so far!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I have already finished this one and will be reviewing it today. Read my full review here!

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

I received a digital copy of this book courtesy of the publisher through Netgalley and I am looking forward to reading it! This story idea made me really curious so I can’t wait to pick it up.

Eliza and her monsters by Francesca Zappia

This has been on my overall TBR list for quite awhile and so many people have been talking about how great it is. I think this will be a fun read.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

The synopsis of this book sounds amazing. I am extremely excited to dig into this one.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Another one that I have seen a lot of people talking about so it has piqued my interest. It also helps that one of my all time favorite authors (Tamora Pierce) thought it was great too.