Monthly Archives:: October 2015

Oct 26

Review * Missing Dixie by Caisey Quinn

Reviews 2 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Missing Dixie by Caisey QuinnMissing Dixie by Caisey Quinn
Series: Neon Dreams #3
Published by William Morrow on October 27, 2015
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Also in this series: Loving Dallas
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five-stars
Fighting for redemption…

I've lived most of my life in darkness, beneath the shadows of secrets and addictions. The last thing I ever wanted to do was hurt the only girl I'd ever loved-the one who brought me into the light. In my entire life I'd made one promise-a promise I'd intended to keep. I've broken that promise and now I have to live with the fallout. Dixie Lark hates me, and I have to tell her that I love her. I also have to tell her a truth that might destroy us forever.

Can she love me even if she can't forgive me?

Learning to move on…

Gavin Garrison broke his promise to my brother and he broke my heart in the process. I may never love anyone the way I've loved him, but at least I won't spend my life wondering what if. We had our one night and he walked away. I'm finally beginning to move on when my brother's wedding and a battle of the bands brings us back together.

Our band is getting a second chance, but I don't know if I can give him one. How do you hand your heart back to the person who set it on fire once already?

If you haven’t read the first book in the series, Leaving Amarillo, there are spoilers for that book.

What I Thought…

• Oh. My. God. Missing Dixie was one hell of an emotional roller coaster.

• While Gavin and Dixie start their relationship in Leaving Amarillo, it ends with them being apart, and that completely broke my heart because you know they belong together.

• Missing Dixie is dual narrated by Gavin and Dixie, which gives you so much more insight into Gavin and his childhood and how he became the person that he is. This is the part that wrecked me the most. There are just no words to describe this.

• Dixie is stronger in Missing Dixie. She knows what she wants and she isn’t tolerating Gavin or Dallas’s crap.

• Seriously it is really hard for me to articulate how I feel about Missing Dixie. It’s more than just a romance, it’s about life and change and it produced a lot of feels.

• I really enjoyed the epilogue. Sometimes they can be overly cheesy, but this one was perfect.

Overall this is one of the best books I’ve read in 2015 and I highly recommend this series to all the people!

Kimberly


Oct 15

Review * Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Reviews 2 ★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via Borrowed in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay KristoffIlluminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Series: Illuminae Files #1
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 608
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
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three-stars
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

What I Thought…

• Illuminae was all over the place for me. Overall I liked it.

Pro: The cover. I would not have been drawn to this book if it wasn’t for the cover. Check it out, it’s awesome. The inside is pretty awesome too.

Con: The writing style. I’m not hugely surprised but the unique writing style was a struggle for me. It is told through multiple viewpoints as a report so there are many different styles. This made it easy for me to be pulled out of the story, especially in the beginning. Once I got used to it, things rolled a little smoother.

Pro: Kady. She is pretty badass. Her lovey/dovey stuff with Ezra sometimes got on my nerves but her determination to save peoples lives more than made up for it.

Con: The middle third. It took me a long, long time to go through the middle third of the book. It seemed to drag on and not much was happening.

Pro: The last third. Lots of action and badassery and twists and turns and a big &$*# you at the end. I cannot even express how much I loved the ending and how it worked out.

Pro & Con: Phobos, the deadly plague. This is a pro because it is a pretty terrifying plague that made things interesting. It’s a con because it is a pretty terrifying plague and people died. And went crazy.

Overall I enjoyed Illuminae and I do plan on reading the next book, though I hope it’s a wee bit shorter. If you like space and unique writing styles then you will probably love Illuminae more than I did.

Kimberly