Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo

Book 77 of 100

Man, this series was sooooo good.  This is the final installment of the Grisha trilogy, and it was amazing!  I’ve heard some people say that they felt this one was a let down or anti-climactic and I could not disagree more.  I thought it was the best one! I read it really fast (for me) and I just couldn’t put it down (I was sneaking pages at work). But now I’m sad because it’s over. Bardugo has a duology set in the same universe with different characters, Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, that I will be checking out very soon! Hopefully that will satisfy my need for more Grisha books.  If you like fantasy novels, then this series is a must read.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Summary from Goodreads:

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The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction–and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.

Ruin and Rising is the thrilling final installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.

Up Next:

The Huntress: Sea – Sarah Driver

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I Remember You – Cathleen Davitt Bell

Book 76 of 100

I loved this one.  It was romantic in a sweet way with some really sad undertones. It really gave me the feels. I think this was a really interesting idea for a book, and it was executed pretty well.  If I had to compare it to something, I would say it would be similar to The Time Traveller’s Wife if it were a YA novel.  It’s not entirely the same, but it does have similar elements.  This one is definitely worth checking out!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary from Goodreads:

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For fans of THE FUTURE OF US comes an engrossing story of two teens, whose love for each other is tested by time and fate.

Lucas and Juliet couldn’t be more different from each other. But from the moment Lucas sees Juliet, he swears he remembers their first kiss. Their first dance. Their first fight. He even knows what’s going to happen between them—not because he can predict the future, but because he claims to have already lived it.

Juliet doesn’t know whether to be afraid for herself or for Lucas. As Lucas’s memories occur more frequently, they also grow more ominous. All Juliet wants is to keep Lucas safe with her. But how do you hold on to someone you love in the present when they’ve begun slipping away from you in the future?

Up Next:

I’m reading a few things right now, so I’m not sure what I’ll finish first.

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Watchmen – Alan Moore

Book 75 of 100

My husband was insistent that I read this one.  He loved it, and thought that I would enjoy it too and I did end up liking this a lot.  It’s pretty dark; it’s set in a gritty alternate universe (which is why my husband likes it.  He wishes he could visit New York City in the 70’s and 80’s if that gives you any idea of his tastes) but it works well for the story. I like that it’s split between 12 chapters. I did think that it dragged a little bit in places, and after each chapter there were some supplemental materials worked in to give you background on the characters, and I found some of that to be VERY tedious to get through. But overall, it had a cohesive story that really makes you think.  Check this out if you like graphic novels and dark superhero stories.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary from Goodreads:

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This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.

One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial best-seller, Watchmen has been studied on college campuses across the nation and is considered a gateway title, leading readers to other graphic novels such as V for VendettaBatman: The Dark Knight Returns and The Sandman series.

Up Next:

I Remember You – Cathleen Davitt Bell

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The Love Interest – Cale Dietrich

Book 74 of 100

I got this as a Book of the Month selection a couple of months ago, and just now got around to reading it.  There seems to be a lot of low reviews of this on Goodreads, and I’m not really sure why.  It wasn’t a deep novel that makes you think, but it was a light, fun read that was very entertaining!  Just a few minor complaints: I thought some of the dialogue was a little wooden, and the fact that this is set in high school instead of college bothered me.  I just felt like it might have improved some of the small issues in the book if the characters were a little bit older.  Other than that, I really enjoyed this one!

Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary from Goodreads:

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There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: the boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: the brooding, dark-souled guy who is dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose the Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be—whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

Up Next:

Watchmen – Alan Moore

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True Colors – Kristin Hannah

Book 73 of 100

This is the third Kristin Hannah novel that I’ve read (The Nightingale and Night Road were the first two). I just picked it up at Half Price Books because I’d liked her writing style. I really think she could make just about any subject interesting.  This is set on a horse ranch in Washington; I don’t really care that much about horses and rodeos and cowboys but I still found the story really interesting.  Underneath all of that stuff it’s just a story about a family and how they try to survive when the one person holding them together dies, and I found it extremely compelling. It’s definitely worth checking out.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary from Goodreads:

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True Colors is New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah’s most provocative, compelling, and heart-wrenching story yet. With the luminous writing and unforgettable characters that are her trademarks, she tells the story of three sisters whose once-solid world is broken apart by jealousy, betrayal, and the kind of passion that rarely comes along.

The Grey sisters have always been close. After their mother’s death, the girls banded together, becoming best friends. Their stern, disapproving father cares less about his children than about his reputation. To Henry Grey, appearances are everything, and years later, he still demands that his daughters reflect his standing in the community.

Winona, the oldest, needs her father’s approval most of all. An overweight bookworm who never felt at home on the sprawling horse ranch that has been in her family for three generations, she knows that she doesn’t have the qualities her father values. But as the best lawyer in town, she’s determined to someday find a way to prove her worth to him.

Aurora, the middle sister, is the family peacemaker. She brokers every dispute and tries to keep them all happy, even as she hides her own secret pain.

Vivi Ann is the undisputed star of the family. A stunningly beautiful dreamer with a heart as big as the ocean in front of her house, she is adored by all who know her. Everything comes easily for Vivi Ann, until a stranger comes to town. . . .

In a matter of moments, everything will change. The Grey sisters will be pitted against one another in ways that none could have imagined. Loyalties will be tested and secrets revealed, and a terrible, shocking crime will shatter both their family and their beloved town.

With breathtaking pace and penetrating emotional insight, True Colors is an unforgettable novel about sisters, rivalry, forgiveness, redemption–and ultimately, what it means to be a family.

Up Next:

The Love Interest or Watchmen. I’ve finished both of them, just not sure which to review first.

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