Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Books on Books on Books!!!

I finally got my act together for the Show Us Your Books link up!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Here's the Goodreads Synopsis:
"After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up."
The reviews on this book were really good so I was excited to read it.
The idea of the story was really unique and cool. You hear about post apocalyptic world stories all the time, but never with aliens invading so I thought that would be fun. 
I only liked this book...and I barely liked it. The story goes back and forth between a few of the characters which can be kind of confusing during parts. And then as the story unfolded, I just wanted it to be over. It felt like it dragged.
I'd give this book 2-3 stars. So, we'll go with 2.5 stars. I probably wont be reading the rest of the books in this series.

The Fall Up by Aly Martinez
Here's the Goodreads Synopsis:
"I wanted to jump. 
He made me fall.
As a celebrity, I lived in the public eye, but somewhere along the way, I’d lost myself in the spotlight.
Until he found me.
Sam Rivers was a gorgeous, tattooed stranger who saved my life with nothing more than a simple conversation.
But we were both standing on that bridge for a reason the night we met. The secrets of our pasts brought us together—and then tore us apart.
Could we find a reason to hold on as life constantly pulled us down?
Or maybe there’s only one direction to go when two people fall in love at rock bottom—up."

This book also had good ratings and I think it was pretty cheap through Amazon so I figured I'd give it a shot. I liked certain parts of the book--the characters were fine, and the love scenes were steamy, and I did like how the end tied up. There were times throughout the book that I thought "this isn't real life" but then at the end the author made it seem more realistic so I would give it 3 stars. Definitely a beach read.

Loyalty by Ingrid Thoft
This one I heard about from Stephanie the last time she posted book reviews and I really liked it.
Here's the Goodreads synopsis:
"The Ludlows are a hard-charging family, and patriarch Carl Ludlow treats his offspring like employees—which they are. But his daughter, Fina, is a bit of a black sheep. A law school dropout, her father keeps her in the fold as the firm’s private investigator, working alongside her brothers.

Juggling her family of high-powered (and highly dysfunctional) attorneys, the cops and Boston’s criminal element is usually something Fina does without breaking a sweat. But when her sister-in-law disappears, she’s caught up in a case unlike any she’s encountered before."

I enjoyed the main character, Fina, and all of her antics. The story kept me interested. It wasn't super fast paced where I couldn't put it down, but it definitely made me want to keep reading and figure out what was happening, and who the killer was. I'll be reading more books in this series for sure.
4 stars for this one!

That's it for me! Hopefully I'll have a few more for you the next time this link up rolls around!


  1. I've been so bad about reading "actual" books lately but Loyalty sounds great and since it got the most stars from you that's where I'll start! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. Aw so sad The 5th Wave wasn't your favorite!!! At least you made it through it :) I started a book Saturday and made it through half before I couldn't take anymore of it--I skipped to the end and now I'm giving it away haha!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  3. Steph raves about the Fina Ludlow series and it seems like you concur. I feel like I put it on my TBR but I probably should check.

    Thanks for joining us this month!

  4. Glad you read a few good books lately, I may add the fall up to my list.

  5. I love Fina. I can't wait for the next one to come out.

  6. i am currently listening to the 2nd book in the 5th wave series because curiosity got the better of me, and seriously? nothing else has happened! i am like halfway through and it is so boring. i hate that i am curious but if this one doesn't hurry up and get better, i am not reading the third one. ugh, i hate that i probably will! lol.
    i'm glad you liked/didn't hate the fall up as it is on my list and i am looking forward to a light read.

  7. I saw the movie trailer for the 5th wave, never having heard of the book, and had never been less interested in a movie. Maybe not that bad, but it didn't seem like they had anything good to go on!

  8. I couldn't finish the 5th Wave. It wasn't that it was horrible but it didn't capture my attention. I got busy and forgot about it and didn't feel compelled to recheck it out. Loyalty is already on my TBR list. It sounds intriguing and I enjoy a good mystery.

  9. Always love reading your reviews!


  10. Loyalty is going on my "to read" list. Thanks for the reviews!

  11. Always love book recommendations- thanks for sharing!!

  12. That's such a bummer that you didn't like The 5th Wave! I thought that the movie previews looked so good and I really wanted to try out the book! Loyalty sounds like a really interesting read though! I love a good thriller/mystery!

  13. I'm guessing The 5th Wave is the same as the movie that came out recently? Which looked kind of scary to me, haha. Loyalty sounds like it would be a good one!

  14. Loyalty sounds really good! I've been curious about the 5th Wave, so it's a bummer you didn't like it!

  15. The Fall Up sounds slightly interesting, does sound like a beachy read!

  16. I think The 5th Wave sounds so interesting, but I've seen way too many bad reviews to even want to read it. How can authors come up with such cool, creative ideas and then write a book that's barely worth reading?

  17. I added the Fina Ludlow books to my "to read" list based on Steph's recommendations as well, only to discover that my library hasn't jumped on this train yet. No books by this author are listed :(

  18. I haven't finished The 5th Wave, and I started it a couple of years ago. I just can't get into it...


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