The Girl’s Guide to the Apocalypse by Daphne Lamb – Review

The Girl's Guide to the ApocalypsePublication Date:

September 1st 2015

Publisher:

Booktrope

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Welcome to the Apocalypse. Your forecast includes acid rain, roving gangs and misplaced priorities, in this comedic take on the end of the world as we know it, from debut author Daphne Lamb.

As a self-entitled, self-involved, and ill equipped millennial, Verdell probably wouldn’t have ranked very high on the list of those most likely to survive the end of the world, but here she is anyway. Add in travelling with her work addicted boss, her boyfriend who she has “meh” feelings for, and a handful of others who had no businesses surviving as long as they have, and things aren’t exactly going as planned. But despite threats of cannibalism, infected water supplies, and possibly even mutants, Verdell is willing to put in as little effort as she can get away with to survive.

Review:

*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I don’t know what to say about this book. I was expecting a funny book that it would show how to survive the Apocalypse. Unfortunately the jokes in this book weren’t for me. I just didn’t understand the humor and I had a hard time to finish this book.

This was a book with a big potential and the blurb looked interesting but I just didn’t enjoy to read it. There were a few chapters were the situations were funny and that’s the only reason why the rating for this book isn’t going to be lower. My main problem in this book were the characters. I understand that the author probably didn’t want to have a hero/heroine in this book and wanted them to have flaws but the characters were just a bunch of whiners and idiots who care a lot more about things that anyone should care about instead of caring about their friends and family. The main character made some bad decisions but it’s impressive how she was one of the smartest people on this book and still everyone tried to get rid of her.

Overall, this book had a lot of potential with some weird situations. However, I think that this type of comedy it’s not for me and it’s the main reason why I had problems with this book.

Rating:

2.5 stars

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Beyond Reach (True Calling #2) by Siobhan Davis – Review (SPOILERS)

Publication Date:

April 30th 2015

Publisher:

Independent

Goodreads Synopsis: 

SOME SECRETS ARE WORTH FIGHTING FOR

Back on Earth, Ariana is caught in a dangerous crossfire between clandestine rebel organization Clementia and the power-hungry government. Refusing to divulge the location of the secret information entrusted to her by her late father, she desperately tries to bargain for her Mom, Lily, and Cal’s rescue. She’s fighting a losing battle, and the clock is ticking.

Presented with evidence of her fiancé Cal’s apparent betrayal, she loyally defends him despite her concerns. With her emotions in turmoil, matters become even more complicated as she grows closer to her ex-boyfriend Zane.

When the stakes are raised, a succession of shocking revelations rocks her world, setting her on a path that will not only change her destiny but the fate of humanity.

Confronted by a memory so abhorrent comes a truth she would do anything to forget.

But some things just can’t be undone.

Review:

First I would like to thank Siobhan Davis and NetGalley for giving me an ARC of this book for an honest review.

I have to say to you… I liked True Calling but this one was even better. This book starts where True Calling finished and with Ariana back to earth without her family and without Cal. Throughout the book you can see her development as a character and her struggle about who she should trust and how she feels about Cal and Zane. So yeah, it was great to see her growth in this book. However, there were sometimes that I wanted to scream at her for some bad decisions. If you read my True Calling you might know that I didn’t trust Cal but meanwhile I’ve read the novella Lovestruck and I actually thought that I was wrong and I was happy about that. But then I’ve read this book and I wasn’t totally wrong about not trusting Cal. He did some stupid things but I now understand why he did it. And then there’s Zane. I love his bond with Ariana and how we can see how much he loves her with his actions. Also, after the cliffhanger that this book had I’m really excited to see the story is going take Ariana, Zane and Cal and I’m mostly excited to know what Ariana remembered. I’m pretty sure that it’s going to be a big part of the next book. Another thing is that there is so much happening in this book that there isn’t a boring part in this book because there is always something that happens that changes the direction of the story and I really liked it. My only problem with that was that sometimes it was a little bit rushed but overall I was really happy with this book. There were moments that I couldn’t leave my book because something would happen and I needed to know what was coming next. I’m talking to you Chapter 11 last sentence… I was thinking that this thing could happen but I really thought that I was wrong so that wasn’t expected at all.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I’m really excited to see how it’s going to end. The plot was amazing and the author’s writing was pretty good. I actually think that Siobhan Davis writing improved in this book. If you like this type of books and if you like to be surprised read this book.

Rating:

4 stars_new

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True Calling by Siobhan Davis – Review

True CallingPublication Date:

July 28th 2014

Publisher:

Independent

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17-year-old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.

As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.

Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, ‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.

Review:

First of all I would like to thank Siobhan Davis for providing me a digital copy of this book for an honest review.

The book follows Ariana, a 17 year-old girl who was relocated in another planet with her family two years ago. Everything is fine until she starts dreaming about a guy named Zane that she doesn’t recognize. To complicate her life even more the “Calling”, a pageant where everyone under a certain age is going to be placed with the best match to marry and have kids, is announced. I had already heard about this book and I was really interested in reading it but this plot accentuated my interest in reading it even more and didn’t disappoint me. Not only I liked the plot but I also liked the characters even though I never completely trusted Cal (and believe me, I wanted) especially towards the end of the book when he started to be violent towards everyone. Another thing that I liked in this book was the fact that the author included a few chapters in Zane’s POV. This was really interesting because we only knew Zane from Ariana’s dreams so it was cool that we could see what was happening with him and who really was.

Overall I really liked this book and I’m excited to read the remaining of Ariana’s story (I also need to know if I can trust Cal because I really want to but I don’t know if I can). Although this book is similar to other YA books you can see that in some ways it is also unique. So, if you like type of books you should give it a try.

Rating:

4 stars_new

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Red Rising by Pierce Brown – Review

Publication Date:

January 28th 2014

Publisher:

Del Rey

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power.  He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies . . . even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

Review:

In the beginning of this book I had mixed feelings about it. First off all I was in a terrible reading slump when I read it and also, this is a book that as a lot of world building. Because of that it was hard to get into it and it was a little bit confusing. But then I got into it because I was already used to the world that Pierce Brown created and I really enjoyed it. This book might be in a dystopian world but it’s not like all the other dystopian books. If you think that this is the next The Hunger Games you are completely wrong. Yes, there are teens left «alone» in the wild where they have to survive but this even darker and ruthless than The Hunger Games.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and I’m excited to read the remainig books to see what’s coming up in this story.

Rating:

4 stars_new

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