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text 2017-06-30 20:07
June Re-Cap...A seriously crazy month.
The Deal - Elle Kennedy
One of Us Is Lying - Karen M. McManus
If I Fix You - Abigail Johnson Dodge
The Girl from Everywhere - Heidi Heilig
Dragon Teeth: A Novel - Michael Crichton
Gods of Anthem - Logan Keys
Underwater - Marisa Reichardt
Siege and Storm - Leigh Bardugo
Of Dreams and Rust - Sarah Fine

This year, June has been a month from hell...It started out with my birthday/Open House for my daughter, then a few days later her graduation ceremony, that all went okay...just very hectic.  Two days after my oldest daughter graduated high school, my youngest daughter and I went up the road a mile to Subway and came home and a car had driven into our house.  Like, seriously, drove through the front porch and the garage...then proceeded to go through the wall of the garage into the woods behind the house, where he hit a tree.  

 

 

 

 

 

This photo is the aftermath of what happened...apparently the guy driving had a seizure. It's pretty scary, to pull into your driveway and see that...insane.  But, hey...now we get to do some remodeling.  The month closed out with some serious medical stuff for me, that I'm unfortunately, still dealing with.  :(

 

Anyway, my reading hit a bit of slump (as in I found it hard to concentrate on reading and listening at all), with everything going on lately.  

 

(Kindle eBook) The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Finish Date:  06/06/17

5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus

Finish Date:  06/07/17

5 Stars

 

(Kindle eBook) If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson

Finish Date:  06/11/17

4.3/5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Finish Date:  06/13/17

2/5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Finish Date:  06/19/17

4/5 Stars

 

(Netgalley Arc) The Last City by Logan Keys

Previously titled Gods of Anthem (booklikes won't update)

Finish Date:  06/20/17

3.8/5 Stars

 

(Kindle eBook) Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

Finish Date:  06/23/17

4.7/5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Finish Date:  06/26/17

4/5 Stars

 

(Kindle eBook) Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine

Finish Date:  06/30/17

4.5/5 Stars

 

9 Books Total (3,074 Pages Read)

4 Audiobooks, 4 eBooks, and 1 Netgalley Arc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-06-26 00:00
The Last City
The Last City - Logan Keys The Last City - Logan Keys Here's an idea. Let's write a book that has the potential to be really good. We'll pull in a bunch of different elements, including mutants + zombies, a post-apocalyptic world, and a dystopian city setting. We'll also make sure to fill it with at least a few interesting characters that readers can really root for. ......and then we'll blow it all to hades by injecting an entirely unnecessary and vaguely disturbing romantic element on the female protagonist's part. Because, y'know, we just can't write a young adult novel without having thoughts of true love and passionate kisses involved.

And wa-la! You have The Last City!

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Okay, so maybe that was a little over-dramatic because even if you'd taken the hormones out, I still don't think I'd have liked The Last City all that much. While I genuinely do like how the author brought a few different elements together, it's not really anything that stands out. Peter Clines' Ex-Heroes book does the mutants versus zombies premise in a more interesting fashion. All the other elements have been done, and done, and done again. Even zombies aren't quite enough to save it. It took me three attempts to be able to finish the book.

Alright, that's not quite fair. Here's where it really is, and I just figured this out whilst writing up the review. I would have liked this whole book a lot more if we just cut out all the sections with Liza. At least Tommy's story was interesting, and his relationship with Joelle was one I definitely wanted to read more of.
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Ooh, there's an idea! Can we have a few more young adult books where there's affection without attraction? Can we acknowledge that not all young adults are boiling stews of hormonal juices and deliver stories that don't at least partially rely on all the mushy feels? Pleeease?

Logan Keys can write. Not even going to pretend otherwise. There was some serious talent involved in writing The Last City. She had so many good quotable lines in here!

"What kind of monster would bash my brains in for being out at night? I know what kind. One who thinks he protects us by stripping away our rights. ... To endure the worst things 'for our own good'."


or even simply:

"It's never too expensive to be a good human being."

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Can we just have that one plastered everywhere? We, in America, need to get that through our collective heads. It's NEVER too expensive to be a good human being!!

That's what makes it even more frustrating. That she has this novel that has so many awesome aspects to it, and then she has this ...this...relationship shoved into it. One that really legitimately is vaguely disturbing in the beginning.

The Last City was almost awesome! But..almost doesn't count. However, I do think Logan Keys is an author to keep an eye on. I think she's got the potential to blow us away. Just...not with this book.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from Netgalley for review consideration.
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review 2017-06-24 21:03
Zombies, Vampires, Shapeshifters, Conspiracy, and A fight for the people...you could say this has it all.
Gods of Anthem - Logan Keys

 

 

 

Book Title:  The Last City

Author:  Logan Keys

Series:  The Last City #1

Genre:  Dystopian, Zombie, YA

Publisher:  Le Chat Publishing

Setting:  Florida (I think) and Sweden

SourceI received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Heroes by Generdyn Music ft. Zayde Wølf  -- I seriously don't know how I came across this, nor have I ever heard of this Generdyn or Zayde Wolf...but really this goes with the book really well has all the feels for it.  It's very inspiring and quite intriguing.♫

 

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

3.8/5 STARS

B

 

My Thoughts

 

The Last City formerly known as Gods of Anthem reads like two separate stories.  One is Liza's and the other is Tommy's.  Alternating between the two every so often, not necessarily at chapter breaks.  Which maybe made the story more confusing for me, at least for first 2/3rd of the book.  Although, I did prefer Liza's story over Tommy's because it was a little less complicated. 

 

Oh yeah…there's zombies in this as well…which I'm usually freaked out by them, because they give me nightmares.  These zombies, though, are sorta kept behind the walls so to speak, at least most of the time.  The zombie theme is not overly prevalent, which I did like, because, I didn't have any sleepless nights while reading this.

 

 

Ultimately, though, The Last City feels more like a prequel because of it's rather anti-climatic ending.  I felt like the story only became engaging within the last few pages.  I think the series has the potential to be exceptional, I just don't know if the Author can pull it off, at least for me.

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.5/5

Addictiveness:  3/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3.3/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5 My Cover is the one that says The Last City

Ending:  3.8/5 Cliffhanger:  Yes, pretty much

 

Will I continue this series?  I already have the arc of La La Land, and I feel like theirs potential for this to be a great story…so…yeah.

 

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review 2017-02-10 00:00
La La Land: A Zombie Dystopian Novel (The Last City Series Book 2)
La La Land: A Zombie Dystopian Novel (Th... La La Land: A Zombie Dystopian Novel (The Last City Series Book 2) - Logan Keys Book: La La Land (The Last City #2)
Author: Logan Keys
Publication Date:2/1/2017
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 5 Stars

Review:

First and foremost I suggest you read book one. As this one picks us up where the first book left us. With Tommy and Liza basically waking to a whole new world yet again.

Things have changed so much and now the battle is even more intense and no one knows who can be trusted. Throw in some new characters and weird creatures and we get one hell of a story.

If you like zombies, and other creatures, YA grab your copy and get reading. Oh yea have tissues.

I borrowed this book from Kindle Unlimited.

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review 2016-04-18 19:48
Gods of Anthem - Logan Keys

Gods of Anthem is a YA Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic novel.

 

A city of ash. An island of sick. A country filled with zombies. A girl that comes back from the dead. A boy that carries a monster deep inside him. A group that wants to start a revolution.

 

Liza was sent to an island for the sick when she was a child. She was sick with cancer and always knew she would die there. After being attacked she is told she died. She has memories of a man she calls 'Pretend Man' but no one knows of him. When Liza shows to be clean of cancer she is released back to Anthem. There she aims to survive while trying to understand the world around her. She chances upon the supposed leader, Jeremy, of a group the calls themselves the Skulls. The two work together to open the eyes and minds of those around them all while Liza learns of a secret Jeremy has keep from her. During an uprising Liza is taken by the Authority.

 

Tommy is a Special that has been made into a soldier. Along with an army of Specials he trains for the day they return to take back what was once their's. The day comes for them to make their way back to the home they left long ago. They are forced to fight their way to land but once there they are faced with zombies set with bombs. To save a friend Tommy uses himself as bait.

 

Liza and Tommy start oceans apart but their journey sends them on a course that will bring them together.

 

You won't be able to set this story down until THE END. This story is a major page turner. I can't wait for the story to continue.

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