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text 2017-05-31 17:54
May Re-Cap
Death and the Girl Next Door - Darynda Jones
Nil on Fire (Nil Series Book 3) - Lynne Matson
Of Metal and Wishes - Sarah Fine
A Million Worlds with You - Claudia Gray
The Clockwork Dynasty: A Novel - Daniel H. Wilson
Fairest - Marissa Meyer
Unrest (Unknown Trilogy Book 2) - Wendy Higgins
Hunted - Meagan Spooner
The Weight of Lies - Clara Emily Carpenter
Jackaby - William Ritter

While I'm seriously behind on my reviews, my reading and listening did not suffer too much this month.  (I've been preparing an Open House for this weekend)  The titles with links have reviews, the ones without are still pending.

 

(Audiobook) Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones
Finish Date: 05/04
2.8/5 STARS

(eBook) Nil on Fire by Lynne Matson
Finish Date: 05/09
4/5 STARS

(Audiobook) Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine
Finish Date: 05/10
4/5 STARS

(Audiobook) A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray
Finish Date: 05/17
4.2/5 STARS

(netgalley arc) The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson
Finish Date: 05/19
3.8/5 STARS

(Audiobook) Fairest by Marissa Meyer 
Finish Date: 05/21
4.3/5 STARS

(eBook) Unrest by Wendy Higgins
Finish Date: 05/24
5/5 STARS


(Audiobook) Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Finish Date: 05/26
3.7/5 STARS

 

(netgalley arc) The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter

Finish Date:  05/29

4.8/5 STARS

 

(Audiobook) Jackaby by William Ritter

Finish Date:  05/31

2.8/5 STARS

 

10 Books Total for May (3,428 Pages Read)

6 Audiobooks, 2 eBooks, and 2 Netgalley ARC's

and 1 DNF.  (Of Beast and Beauty, (that one I still might try again, just ebook form instead, the hoopla audio for it was terrible.)

 

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review 2017-05-15 22:49
Nil on Fire (Nil Series Book 3) - Lynne Matson

 

 

 

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

SAVED (Charlie's Song) from LOST w Lyrics The Bangkok Five  --Yeah, that Charlie from the TV show Lost…because I loved that show and this book brings back my memories of loving that show.  Honestly, the mystery, the existential feelings it evokes, remind me so much of that show.♫

 

Although, I was more obsessed with Jack...

 

 

 

 

 

Book Title:  Nil On Fire

Author:  Lynne Matson

Series:  Nil #3

Genre:  YA, Mystery Thriller

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

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OVERALL RATING:  4/5 STARS

GRADE=B+

 

My Thoughts

 

This book took almost two weeks for me to finish, which wasn't entirely the books fault, it was mostly RL.  That being said, while I was reading this, I was constantly distracted, and it was mostly thoughts of life and existence and the ending of it.  Freaky thoughts that kind of spooked me, and it's essentially what made reading this such an arduous undertaking for me.

 

Overall, this is a fitting end to this series, despite my not liking the main character, Skye, as much as I did in the second book…she's was just...annoying, smackably so.  It's told from three POV's, which includes Skye, Rives and Nil…yeah the island has a voice.  At first I was annoyed by that, but eventually it makes sense why the Author did it this way.  There's a lot of new characters introduced in this book, and it's kind of hard to keep them all straight at first.  Although, I did especially like Molly and Davey...oh yeah, and Hafthor too.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4.3/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.2/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope!

 

Will I continue this series?  It turns out there is a another book, which is actually Skye's Uncle Scott's Journal.  It's also free on Amazon!

 

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review 2016-09-23 22:59
This is one of those instances where the second book far surpasses the first…
Nil Unlocked (Nil Series) - Lynne Matson

Book Title:  Nil Unlocked

Author:  Lynne Matson

Series:  Nil #2

Genre:  YA, Sci-Fi, Action & Adventure

Source:  Kindle E-Book (Library)

 

✾Goodreads Synopsis✾ 

 

 

Give Me A Sign by Breaking Benjamin  --Definitely Rives Song…♫

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  5/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5+/5

Ending:   5/5. Cliffhanger:  This one feels like it has more closure at the end than book 1 did…such a good ending.

 

Will I continue this series?  Yes, so looking forward to working it into my hectic reading schedule.

 

4.8/5 STARS

 

My Thoughts

 

I'm trying to figure out what it is about this book that makes it so much better than the first…I think it's just that Nil (book #1) introduces us to the island of Nil and all it's mystery, but doesn't really delve into the mystery of it like Nil Unlocked does, it's very aptly titled, btw.  There's also the characters of Rives and Skye, I loved them, connected with them so much more than I did Charlie and Thad.  Thirdly, the pacing is much improved.  I was so bored with reading book #1.

 

You kind of just keep waiting for the smoke monster to show up, though...

Overall, this second book has moved this series up on my reading schedule.  If you were feeling mediocre about continuing this series, and didn't know if the second book seemed worth it, I think you should take a chance…and just do it.  Plus, how can you resist that cover?

Sex Factor:  No actual sex, it has a pretty clean rating.

 

 

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review 2016-05-20 11:02
Nil
Nil - Lynne Matson

I like repetitive dystopian YA novels as much as the next person. Scratch that, I like them even better, however, when I'm promised a Battle Royale meets Lost I get to say I'm somewhat disappointed with what I got.

 

Let's start with the good thing: I found it to be an incredibly fast read, and therefore it didn't feel like a punishment to read it. On the other hand though, it had me facepalming in public, usually not a good sign.

 

So, since I'm always in for some bloodthirsty island survivor books I couldn't wait to read Nil, where teenagers for some reason are teleported to an island naked and they will have to find a way of within a year or face the ultimate penalty: death. Sounds good, doesn't it? Wait till I come at the point of them making soap. That's as much excitement as you'll get.

 

What bothered me most in the end was not the insta-love, and not the gigantic disproportional amount of time spent on the stupid relationship between the two main characters, and not even the alternating POVs between the two, although admitted, it annoyed me a lot. No, it had to do with the completely unexplained event of Nil. What is going on? 

 

I do expect some answers at the end of a book! Nil is being talked about as if it is a person/god all the time, so why does it do what it does? Why are these children teleported? (Is it broadcast on television perhaps?) Why do the people on the island don't try harder to get of the island? Why do they after a year? How come no one notices a bunch of disorientated naked teenagers? Why did the ending have to be such a cliché?

 

If you would like to have an answer to any of these questions, I suppose you'll have to keep looking, because Nil isn't offering them. Besides all this, somehow I do want to know how it is ending and I'm willing to read the sequel to try and find answers to the questions I still have, hence the 2.5 stars.

 

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2016-02-15 00:00
Nil Unlocked
Nil Unlocked - Lynne Matson

This review was originally posted on One Curvy Blogger

Warning: If you have not read Nil, I do not recommend reading Nil Unlocked until you have. While the story would work okay as a stand alone, its best to experience this story as a sequel as some of the important aspects of the setting will probably be lost to you.

Boy, what an emotional roller coaster! Lynne Matson took me on a nail-biting, action-packed adventure that I could never have dreamed up in a million years. Nil Unlocked was the perfect sequel to Nil, and I regret that I put off reading it for so long!

"The ground shook like Hadies had lost his temper.
Or his favorite toy. Or both."

Nil Unlocked began on Nil in the exact place we left off in the previous book, with a stunned Rives and an angry grizzly bear. It was wonderful to be back on the island, but it soon became clear that Nil has changed in scary, unpredictable ways. As exciting as it was for me to be back, with Rives as Leader of Nil City, fear and anxiety soon warred with my excitement as my concern for the characters grew. Nil is no longer what it used to be and all the rules that the teenagers learn to survive by seem to be changing drastically. While I was overjoyed by the happy ending of the first book, it brought about some irreversible changes to Nil that the teenagers have to survive, along with Nil's unexpected and seemingly deadly reaction to Skye's sudden presence.

While Nil Unlocked is very similar to its predecessor, it's very different in the best of ways.

For one, the island felt like a completely different place. The havoc Nil wrecks in this book made Nil island of book one look like cake compared to this one. It was like coming home one night to finding your house changed into a huge ass mansion, and you have to learn how to navigate it all over again. It's not a bad change, but its a hell of a surprise that makes you wonder if you're really just going insane.

Unsurprisingly, the edge-of-your-seat danger sky rocketed (no pun intended) and the complex and impossible mission Skye an Rives faced made for a slower building romance than the first book offered, which I totally understood. They had a few more concerns that were more important than playing kissy face. It gave me more time to get to know Skye and Rives as separate main characters and I began to question who really was the bigger bad ass; the new Leader of the city that is determined to make sure every one of his charges survive or the newest addition to the group who seems to have more skill, bravery, and self-awareness than any teenager in her place would?

Not only is there more danger and romance, but a new group of Nil inhabitants are revealed to the survivors that adds more complexity to the mysterious existence of Nil (as if it weren't complex enough to have a random island that doesn't show up on a map that magically kidnaps teenagers) and with the new inhabitants, came new questions about the origins of Nil. So much happened in Nil Unlocked that I would have felt lost and confused with a less talented author, but Matson managed to reveal answers, new challenges, and more questions in crazy complex world-building, but easy to follow writing. It couldn't have been an easy feat and I'm mightily impressed!

Also, I'm more than slightly book hung over and worried that this review makes absolutely zero sense. (Oh, well. What's new?)

This is the second novel I've read from Matson and its becoming clear that she enjoys creating heroines that are bad-ass but down to earth enough to enjoy. Skye recently moved in with her astrophysicist father after her mom left for a new dig in Africa. Her father is also a survivalist obsessed with the weird and unexplained, which so happens to help Skye adapt to living on a nonexistent island where your days are literally numbered fairly quickly. She understands Nil and it was nice to have a main character who knows what she wants and has a no-nonsense attitude about going after it.

"I'd now spent 241 consequative days in this deadly arena, more conseqative days than I'd spent in any place ever. Staying in one place so long implied roots, at least to me. But I damn sure wouldn't call Nil home."

Rives has been a fast favorite of mine since I met him in Nil. He's a handsome devil who has a wicked sense of humor that is unfortunately dampened a bit in Nil Unlocked. I wasn't disappointed, because who wouldn't find face a personality change in a new and intense responsibility. Oh and don't forget that impossible new mission that he's supposed to help with - before his 365 days are up. He is dealing with a painful loss and a new, and fierce attraction to someone who seems to have more secrets than Nil. This boy does not have it easy, I'm afraid.

As you can tell, I really loved this book. I loved the crazy new changes that I didn't see coming, the character development, the world building and most of all, I loved how personified Nil became as the story developed. I learned a lot about the characters and the island and I'm impatient (and terrified) of what Matson has planned for the characters in Nil on Fire. This book was fantastic and I recommend it to any and all readers who love adventure, danger, romance, and adversity.The year has just started but I can already tell Nil Unlocked is making it on my 2016 Top Ten Favorites list!
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