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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 (review pending)

Finish Date:  06/23/17

4.7/5 Stars

 

(Audiobook) Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (review pending)

Finish Date:  06/26/17

4/5 Stars

 

(Kindle eBook) Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine (review pending)

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 2017-06-24 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 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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review 2015-09-08 17:59
Mankind on Self-Destruct
Gods of Anthem - Logan Keys

I received an ARC from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Logan Keys’ Gods of Anthem is an amazing book—Marvel Comics meets “The Walking Dead”!

 

I’m not normally a fan of zombie themes, but this book is so much more. Zombies do play an integral role in Gods of Anthem, but the story isn’t really about them. It’s a tale about man’s obsession with power and control. This time, the power struggle is to create. More specifically, it’s the desire to recreate God’s work—designing bigger, more powerful humans.

 

The story begins with a staunch symbol of mankind’s self-destruction—the world we know has been transformed through an epic world war. And, the fall out of the war? Sickness. Not just any sickness, though. We’re talking cancer. And, the government’s answer is to isolate these individuals treating them until their bodies can’t take any more.

 

Enter our protagonist, Liza Randusky, a child prodigy. I loved this character. In the midst of hell, she fights to live another day. She evolves from being just another patient to a strong, capable survivor with ideas of a better way of life. I also loved Tommy. He’s the super hero thrown in with a cast of characters who have paranormal elements. He didn’t choose his fate, but he’s coping with it the best he can. Another favorite character was Jeremy. I loved him until I learned he altered things to create a different life path for himself. Then, I sympathized with him. And, Ms. Keys if you’re reading this, please fix him! I didn’t like what his father did to him. Bring back the Jeremy that Liza loves.

 

The villains are surprising in Gods of Anthem. Your jaw will drop, but you’ll recover. You’ll hate them just like any other villain hell-bent on a power trip.

 

I loved this book! It offered intrigue, action and some interesting plot twists. Reading about the cancer and its victims was difficult, I admit. But, stick with it. You’ll be rewarded greatly. Keys crafted a post-apocalyptic tale which could have been on the silver screen! The cliffhanger alone was worthy of a Hollywood hit.

 

I can’t wait to read the next installment.

Source: thewordsmithe.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/mankind-on-self-destruct-a-review-of-logan-keys-gods-of-anthem
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review 2015-06-03 00:00
Gods of Anthem
Gods of Anthem - Logan Keys SUPPORT IT ON THE IF LIST http://www.iflist.com/stories/godsofanthem
I love this book! I read it strait thorough to the end, seriously you won't be able to put it down once you start. What words could I use to describe this book? Remarkable, Amazing, Marvelous, Intense, Brilliant, Excellent, Mysterious, and Extraordinary just to name a few. The best way I can explain it is to say, if The Hunger Games, Divergent, X-men, Avengers and The Walking Dead had a baby, you would get Gods Of Anthem. I don't want to give away any spoilers or anything, but dammit all to hell on how the romance part went. Then the ending OMG...yeah, I am totally dying over that!
I WAS LIKE
mindblown
So anyways I highly recommend this book to THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!!!

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