Friday, September 30, 2016

Night School Resistance

Night School: Resistance

This one starts off with a bang- literally. After fleeing the academy in the last book Allie and Rachel are in the south of France, at Sylvain's estate. They are taking shelter there, having moved between safe houses, but trouble soon catches up. Judging that she can no longer be protected on the run, the decision is made to send Allie back to Cimmeria academy, where security has been greatly increased. Her and Rachel have enjoyed their time in France and Allie feels closer to Sylvain, but once they get back to Cimmeria things change again.

The identity of the spy has still not been revealed but Isabelle and Lucinda have taken steps to not only increase security but to mislead the spy as well. The rest of the book concerns itself with the changes at the academy, including the reduced student population, and the upcoming final struggle with Nathaniel. One thing I liked was the relationship between Allie and Katie- they're finally getting along now that everything is so dangerous. Katie is actually part of the group in this one, and along with Zoe and Nicole forms a pretty good support structure. And of course Allie is unsure of her feelings and still struggling to discover who she loves- Sylvain or Carter.

The good news is by the end we get some resolution of that. It's not all wrapped up but you can see where it's going, and I liked the direction it took. There's a confrontation that takes place, a few surprises, and then just when you think maybe everything will shake out- the cliffhanger. And it's a doozy. Things look bad at this point and I'm very curious to see how things play out in the final book. If I have any complaints about this one, it's that the book- like the previous three- hits a lot of the same beats. Nathaniel is a threat, there's a spy, who can you trust, who does Allie love. This book is more of the same, and at times I wondered about some of the decisions made. Not everything entirely adds up plot wise, but it's still an enjoyable read. At this point Cimmeria feels comfortable, the characters are compelling and it's just a fun place to read about.

 And more good news. The spy is finally revealed. You can see the building blocks for the conclusion of the series, and while I think this could have been three tighter books instead of five, I'm enjoying it and will miss it when the books are finished. The spy is exactly who I thought it was, which I thought obvious after the hint given in the first book, but it's nice to get that out of the way and see the ramifications. We get a little more insight also into the family issues at play here between Allie, Lucinda and Nathaniel. And Zoe and Nicole are a lot of fun here also.

So on balance I think a lot of this could have been skipped if the series had been shorter, a lot of angst- and Allie does go through a lot here, coming to terms with her grief over someone she lost and her conflicting feelings- but this is a fun story and I'll miss these books when I'm done. 

Bookcover Spotlight #68



This one's not bad... and I like that tagline.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Nerve

Nerve


Nerve is a game of dares. The bigger the dare, the greater the reward. Vee is a theater geek who decides to play after some fallout between her and her best friend Sydney. The dares start out fairly harmless, although embarassing, but as you would expect they quickly morph into something else altogether. I like the idea of this in general and have read similar books such as Need by Joelle Charbonneau and Panic by Lauren Oliver. So I guess I'm predisposed to like this sort of thing. The problem with Nerve was that I just didn't feel a connection with the story. 

Nerve is also a movie and that's frankly how I know about the book. I thought the movie looked good and I always like to read the book first if I can. Plus again the premise. Vee's not bad, other than the fact that she feels like she's in the shadow of Sydney, who is of course hotter and more popular. Why did she pick me to be her friend, Vee wonders at one point. Seen that before? But other than that Vee is not a bad character, and I felt for her a bit. Something happened in her past that has everyone really cautious around her, and it's basically a misunderstanding. That was an intriguing angle, but the decisions Vee made I just couldn't wrap my head around. 

Her reasons for playing are pretty selfish and even though I know this is a teen protagonist, I just couldn't get behind her choices. And when everything goes wrong over and over she keeps thinking why did I do this, what a bad decision. Then shortly thereafter she goes for it again. So that lost me. I also had a hard time suspending disbelief- which was not a problem for me with Need or Panic. For some reason this one just didn't seem as compelling to me, I don't even know why.And this is not to say Nerve is a bad book- I think the writing is fine and plenty of people will probably love it, it just wasn't for me. 

The supporting players were pretty good. We have Tommy the geeky guy who has a thing for Vee (and she's totally oblivious), and then Ian the hot guy who she gets paired with (are uber- prominent cheekbones that much of a thing???) and I felt genuinely nervous for the characters as they went about their dares- so in that sense the writing is effective. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday #32

Weregirl

This one looks intriguing, and I like a good lycanthrope story. Bonus points: it's set in Michigan and the setting is a small town stripped of resources by a company called Dutch Chem. I couldn't help but wonder if this is a veiled reference to Dow Chemical in mid- Michigan. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR



 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new Top Ten list will be posted. Everyone is welcome to join. Link back to The Broke and the Bookish so everyone can check out other bloggers' lists. It's a fun way to get to know fellow bloggers.

NerveThe Wanderers (The Wanderers, #1)Starflight (Starflight, #1)Replica (Replica, #1)Dead Girls SocietyFear the Drowning DeepGemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)  

Nerve

The Wanderers (The Wanderers, #1)

Why do I never seem to get to this book? Oh yeah I've bought it TWICE and both times got the wrong book- Amazon had another book with the same title. So I got burned twice, and haven't ordered a physical copy yet... 

Starflight (Starflight, #1)

Replica (Replica, #1)

Dead Girls Society

Fear the Drowning Deep

Tuesday Tagline

Radio Silence

This tagline along with that cover image of a road at night has a melancholy air to it or a sense of desperation. I definitely want to know more. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Cover Characteristics CYOA


Cover Characteristics is a meme by Sugar and Snark- every week a characteristic is selected and we post 5 books with that week's theme.  


This week's pick- Choose Your Own Adventure 


This week is another rogue topic as the official topics are on hiatus. So I decided to go with the Choose Your Own Adventure books. I was actually doing last weeks post and used a few of the CYOA books, and it got me thinking- why not highlight some of the best covers? Best being subjective of course- here are my picks for favorite CYOA covers. Enjoy! 


Image result for choose your own adventure booksImage result for choose your own adventure booksImage result for choose your own adventure booksImage result for space and beyond choose your own adventureImage result for choose your own adventure books Image result for underground kingdom choose your own adventure imageImage result for choose your own adventure books Image result for choose your own adventure booksImage result for lost on the amazonThe Phantom Submarine (Choose Your Own Adventure, #26)Image result for choose your own adventure books


Image result for choose your own adventure books

Time travel right off the bat and I wish I had some fun anecdotes to share but I hardly remember it... 

Image result for choose your own adventure books

I recently bought this one as I don't have any of these anymore. I wondered if it would still be fun. It was, um, interesting. Fun? Well, kinda. But hey these are kids books. The one I got has a new cover as it's been re- released. 

Image result for choose your own adventure books

I never read this one. 

Image result for space and beyond choose your own adventure


Image result for choose your own adventure books

Image result for underground kingdom choose your own adventure image

Image result for choose your own adventure books

Image result for choose your own adventure books



Image result for lost on the amazon

This one could be fun. 

The Phantom Submarine (Choose Your Own Adventure, #26)

I like this cover a lot, it may even be my favorite.  

Image result for choose your own adventure books

I don't think I ever read this one either, but it looks fun. 

BONUS

This post over at Quirk books from a couple years ago had some great suggestions for books that would make a great CYOA. Here are a few.