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review 2016-03-09 00:00
Not a Drop to Drink
Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis This is it. Best book of 2016 so far, and it's going to be hard to beat.
It's been a long time since I've struggled to hold back tears (and I did because I knew if I started bawling I wouldn't stop). This book... This book has broken me.
Read it in a few hours, but I know this hangover will last a couple of days. I will read anything this author writes.
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text 2016-02-01 14:59
January Wrap Up!
Tempt the Stars - Karen Chance
Updating Pritkin - Karen Chance
The Finisher - David Baldacci
Magic Rises - Ilona Andrews
Magic Breaks - Ilona Andrews
Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis
Alanna: The First Adventure - Tamora Pierce
In the Hand of the Goddess - Tamora Pierce
Pimpernelles 01: The Pale Assassin - Patricia Elliott

January has been a good month for me reading wise. I read 9 books!! (NOT including my re-reads - more on that later). Otherwise it has been pretty much like this:


Hot

 

Technically its storm season in QLD and we continuously get storm warnings, for the last two weeks they have been warning us today is the day! and yet nothing..... we might get a shower for 20 minutes, some lighting and thunder but no actual storm.... and because there hasn't been a sufficient amount of rain its HUMID AS FUCK. When I say humid I mean we can sit of our asses and be soaking wet -_- not something I particularly enjoy. Its currently midnight and still 26C with 89% Humidity (which according to my phone makes it feel more like 28C, at MIDNIGHT!!!) This time last year we had hail storms and floods << not something I'm hoping for but I just want this miserable weather to be over with, then we have these crazy people who actually enjoy this heat!!!

 


Anyways onto more important things. I read a surprisingly large amount of books this month, I can't even recall the last time i managed to fit in this many books! (looks like being jobless isn't all bad).

 

Top 3 books of January
This month I had quite a few exceptional reading experiences. Starting off with...

In the Hand of the Goddess

In the Hand of the Goddess

✮✮✮✮ 1/2
This book was fantastic and beyond anything i could have hoped for. I can't thank Shera enough more for pushing my to read this series. Tamora and this series in particular has been something I've been meaning to read for years, and I'm so glad I finally have. Alanna is such an exceptional MC, and a fantastic role model for the younger generations (though I would choose someone else *cough cough, George*  for her romantic interest instead, lol)

Updating Pritkin

Updating Pritkin

✮✮✮✮✮
This is a short story based in the Cassie Palmer world (book 5.5)
UP was an excellent example of why I love Cassie so much! Even though under the circumstances she should have been crazy with grief and fear, instead she was having the time of her life kicking demon ass while waiting for the rest of the 'badass' to catch up!! On top of that its a free short story - oh how Chance spoils us so!! gotta love it! (^_*)

Magic Breaks
✮✮✮✮✮
Have I ever told you how much I love Kate Daniels and this series!? No?
Amazing!!
To help you understand it is ^^that^^ good and made me do things like this
OMG
So good I wont even sum it up in words, just show off handy Gifs. Really what you need to do is run out and go check it out for yourself. Then we can have our minds blown together.
And this book was no less exceptional than all the rest, it has intense action/fighting scene's, some very serious life and death scene's where i constantly found myself holding my breath due to all the anticipation and drama, good laughs and some cute touching scenes. It had it all trust me.

Enjoyable Reads

Magic Rises

✮✮✮✮
Tempt The Stars
✮✮✮✮

Alanna: The First Adventure
✮✮✮ .5

Not a Drop to Drink
✮✮✮ .5

The Finisher
✮✮✮.5

 

Re-Reads

Cause they are AMAZING!!

Touch the DarkClaimed by shadowEmbrace the nightCurse the Dawna family affairshadowlandhunt the moon

magic bitesmagic burnsmagic strikesmagic bleedsmagic slaysshort storyCurran POV

 

Worst Book

The Pale Assassin
Why is this even a book? it was truly atrocious. It had no redeeming characters, the name makes zero sense in connection with the actual story, and the story line was just blah and don't even get me started on the writing!. It could have been so good, the bases it there!! but it just goes so wrong

DNF

What doesnt kill you

 

Nope. Just no.



Currently Reading

Obernewtyn

Fields Of Glory

Blood Sisters
The First two of which I am contemplating DNFing. -_- sigh.
Besides my current reads overall a very successful reading month. I am quite happy with it!!

Well Goodbye January Hello February and hopefully cooler weather!!

Highly anticipating Deadpool
deadpool

 

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review 2016-01-29 14:06
Not a Drop to Drink.
Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis

Not a bad book. It did take me a while to get into the flow of the writing style, I don't know if the author was trying to make a strange accent for the characters (redneck?) or she just has an unusual style, but once i finally got the hang of it I started enjoying Not A Drop To Drink a lot more.
Also the cover is rather misleading, yea there's a house and a pond but otherwise based of the authors descriptions the scene looks quite a bit different. For one there should be a lot more tree's around.

Spoilers Ahead
So I'm a bit to tired to pinpoint quite why I didn't like this book as much as others, maybe it wasn't as well written, or the characters weren't as likable or maybe just because the topic has been done to death (though i find if the other two things are done well enough the topic doesn't matter) the back story and time frame left much to be desired, the author was rather vague about it all. I had only a fuzzy idea of how old Lynn was, no idea how long the story went on for except for some hints because of weather change, and the Epilogue just said a 'few years had past' like that's bloody helpful. Either way there was some draw backs, so I'm only rating this book 3 stars. It would have been 2 except I started enjoying Lynn's POV quite a bit around the second half of the book. She had a sly humour that was similar enough to my own that i caught myself occasionally laughing. Her growth in personality was also fun to watch, I much preferred Lynn after her mum died and Stebbs came into the picture (Stebbs was awesome) though when her mother first died I wanted to bash Lynn upside the head for being so stupid, but one can't force people to be rational in their grief I suppose.
Afterwards Lynn started to shine as a character, she was a rather cold-hearted bitch (always makes for a great MC) but somehow gathered a few tag alongs. Lynn's relationship with Lucy was superbly done, I don't think I've read a similar relationship before in this genre, it was really wonderful to watch.

Lucy was a young malnourished girl that Lynn really didn't want to be responsible for, but in the end couldn't say no to leaving the little girl behind to die. Though had it been up to her and not Stebbs she would have left the others, he was kind of her moral compass. After some time they started bonding really well together, Lucy was pretty adorable and one tough little kid.

(spoiler show)

Lynn had some nice moral struggles that helped make her interesting plus her lack of knowledge about he modern world and a good mix of faults and strengths Helped. Lynn had a love interest who perished in a rather spectacular way (not that uncommon in dyspotia, but i was still impressed) then at the end she shot her father in the face!! it was a pretty spectacular scene - really i would recommend reading the book just for this one scene.
Otherwise not bad. Not sure I'll go out of my way to hunt down more McGinnis books, but i won't turn them down if I randomly come across some.

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text 2016-01-29 14:03
Reading progress update: I've read 239 out of 320 pages.
Not a Drop to Drink - Mindy McGinnis

Oh Yes. Lets send everyone outside to surrender except for the crazy lady and the dying child. That's intelligent!
Oh look, now the crazy lady has run out as well and only the dying kid is inside by herself.
What didn't want to be dishonest? couldn't keep even one person in the house with a gun?!

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text 2015-09-29 16:24
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More Happy Than Not – Adam Silvera – 5 Stars

I’m not sure what I was expecting with this one. It was something I bought on a whim. I think I was expecting something light and snarky. What I got was one amazing emotional gutwrencher of a novel. It was gritty, stark and realistic. The MC is struggling with a sucky living situation, his sexuality and his father’s recent suicide. He has a girlfriend who he likes a lot, but then a new guy comes into the picture making him question himself when he starts to realise just how much he likes this dude. The writing packs a punch, its very blunt yet provocative in the emotions the story brings out in its characters. There’s also a storyline involving some sort of medical procedure that makes you forget all the horrible things in your life. (There may be some side effects). It’s an emotional rollercoaster that made me cry at the end. I loved it.

 

Darkness Before Dawn  - JA London – 4 stars

This was a something I snagged a few years ago when it was a freebie on a Kindle daily deal. Something I stared at random a few weeks ago when looking for something to capture my attention. A bit of coverlust, I went into this one not really knowing anything about it. And found myself surprisingly impressed. Vampire dystopia! Great world building, even managing to be down right creepy in parts. Likeable heroine – always a plus. There was a love triangle that was totally obvious to where it was going from the second it started. Only thing I didn’t get with this one was the main character was supposed to be special somehow. I didn’t see much elaborating on that. She’s supposed to be a delegate between the humans and the ruling vampire party. I saw nothing particular special about her. Maybe something elaborated in the next book? Unique vampire lore. Fantastic twist at the end. Definitely a series I’d like to read more of.

 

The Night We Said Yes – Lauren Gibaldi – 4 stars

Oh this was an emotional roller coaster. Tells the then and now story of Ella and Matt, and their best friends Jake and Meg.  Told from how Ella and Matt met, from their breakup to Matt’s reappearance a year later and how Ella handles it was well as a few other dramas in between. Brilliant character driven novel with deep emotional connection. Manages to go from fun to heartwrenching and back again with some great character growth. I loved this one.

 

The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West. 3.1/2 stars

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Fall Out (Lois Lane) Gwenda Bond – 4 Stars

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Legacy of Kings (Blood of Gods & Royals #1) Eleanor Herman – 5 Stars

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Not a Drop To Drink – Mindy McGuinnis – 3 stars

Survival stories are really not my thing. I ummed and aahed over this one for a while. I like dystopia, but not that much of a survival story fan. It was a review from Christina Reads YA blog that convinced me I needed to read this one. Took me a while to get to it, but I’m glad I finally did. One of the most brutal world buildings in a dystopia that I’ve come across in a while. Bleak and certainly uncomfortable in parts. The hardships over come by the main character showed tremendous strength, both physical and mental. But even throughout the hardships, I did like seeing how she could soften her heart without being weak as she learned to survive for herself but rely on and help others as well.  Little to no romance and a surprising twist at the end. I’m not sure I’m that interested in a second book in this series, but I would definitely read something else by this author.

 

Unspoken (The Lyburn Legacy #1) Sarah Rees Brennan – 5 Stars

This one was recommended to me when I was looking for gothic romance a few years ago. Another one I’d heard of for a while but never got around to reading. I loved it. Loved it from start to finish. Loved the magic, loved the characters, the world building, the setting, the writing. The brilliant bantery snark just made it all the more entertaining.

 

Rook – Sharon Cameron – ½ star. DNF at 25%.

Didn’t work for me. Dystopia. Very slow and boring. World building made little to no sense. No connection to any of the characters. Also didn’t like how they randomly spoke French in parts with no translation. It wasn’t mysterious or clever, it was irritating. Not for me.

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