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review 2018-12-31 21:15
This Body Won't Break: Part 1 (The O-Negative Series) by Lea McKee
This Body Won't Break: Part 1 (The O-Neg... This Body Won't Break: Part 1 (The O-Negative Series) - Lea McKee

This Body Won't Break: Part 1 (The O-Negative Series) by Lea McKee is a poignant story about an orphan, Joanna who is almost turning eighteen and ready to leave Zone Three. I gave it four stars because it was easy to read and kept my attention.

 

"The clock above my door has traded in its hands for knives. They cut and slice, shatter the minutes and seconds from existence. Countless days have led me to this point, this day."

 

She and the others who have turned eighteen have been transported to a new location.

 

 

"The entire roof is glass, the pieces angled, allowing the remnants of sunset to soak the room in a glow of fragmented amber light. Like being underwater if the water was on fire."

 

I received a Kindle copy in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073YK24MW

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review 2018-12-29 02:12
Catching Fire - Audiobook
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins,Carolyn McCormick

Audience: Young Adult

Format: Audiobook

Library Copy

I clasp the flask between my hands even though the warmth from the tea has long since leached into the frozen air.

- first sentence

 

I decided to continue my re-read with the audiobook for book two. While I enjoyed listening to the book, I was disappointed with the narrator (Carolyn McCormick). She totally missed the character, and after listening to Tatiana Maslany narrate the special edition of The Hunger Games, it was even worse. McCormick's narration was irritating and didn't fit Katniss's character at all. Her voice is breathy, whiny, overdramatic, and grating. I think she would be good in a different book, like maybe a historical drama.

 

I knocked off one star for the narration, but I loved the story and would have given it 5 stars.

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review 2018-12-29 01:59
The Hunger Games (Special Edition) - audiobook
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins,Tatiana Maslany

Audience: Young Adult

Format: Audiobook

Library Copy

 

 

When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.

- first sentence

 

This is a re-read for me. I watched the movies during a marathon over the holiday break and was inspired to read the books again. This time I decided to go with the audiobook.

 

I chose the new "Special Edition" and am so glad I did. The narrator is Tatiana Maslany and she did a fantastic job.

 

There isn't much I can say that hasn't been said about this book except I loved it. I will mention that this series, Harry Potter, and Twilight are the books that got me back into reading after a very long slump approximately 10 years ago. To say these books changed my life is not an understatement. :)

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review 2018-12-12 03:22
The Last Star
The Last Star (The 5th Wave) - Rick Yancey

 

 

Audience: Young Adult

 

This is my body.

- first sentence

 

 

It's been a long time since I read the first book of the 5th Wave series. So long in fact, that I had to re-read the second book. But it was sooo worth it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book; it was a fitting and heartbreaking conclusion to the series.

 

Throughout the series, the characters have never been sure who the enemy is. In the end, it's about who you can trust, who you are willing to sacrifice for, and how much you are willing to sacrifice. Cassie stays true to herself until the very end; she is strong and never gives up trying to protect her family. It was fun to see Cassie and Ringer (who are complete opposites) working together to save someone and to finally get their revenge. 

 

There are some twists here that I didn't see coming and some I did. I'm enamored with Yancey's writing and storytelling ability. I will happily read anything else he writes. I noticed that this book is to be made into a movie (or maybe it already was). It is perfect movie material if they do a good job.

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review 2018-09-05 07:52
Zero Hour Part 4: Survivors by Eamon Ambrose
Zero Hour Part 4: Survivors - Eamon Ambrose

Zero Hour Part 4: Survivors by Eamon Ambrose is a futuristic, dystopian short story which starts where Part 3 stopped. It is action-packed and a crazy post-apocalyptic world. I gave it five stars.

 

"Halfway there, I realize I'm too late. Murphy looks up, frozen in terror, and covers his head with his arms hopelessly to shield himself as a huge Nemesis drone the size of a car falls from the sky, crushing him. The sound he makes as it hits him will never leave me. I can't even describe it. Never in all the years of fighting have I seen someone die like this."

 

The survivors think that Captain Sarah Ford was killed in action. The unnamed narrator is disrespected by Davis who has a few supporters. At a meeting, the narrator finally decks Davis with one solid punch. His cronies pick up his limp body and drag him outside. Then they steal the truck with all the supplies and disable the other truck. The group had just voted unanimously to kill Davis when he and the others escaped.

 

I can hardly wait to read Part 5, Countdown.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Zero-Hour-Part-4-Survivors-ebook/dp/B01CN52DYU

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