Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge Update

So far I have read:

29 of 45 books.

That’s 64%.

I know..you wish you could be me.

Do you have a reading goal for this year? If so, leave me a comment!

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Eve by Anna Carey (Eve series)

About

Where do you go when nowhere is safe?

Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose—and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

In this epic new series, Anna Carey imagines a future that is both beautiful and terrifying. Readers will revel in Eve’s timeless story of forbidden love and extraordinary adventure.

My Thoughts
This is a good book! Eve is a good character who has a fast development. At first, I didn’t know if I could like her- she’s so naive and clueless about the world, men, and everything. It’s sad really. She quickly learns that the school she’s been has all been to prepare her to be a ‘sow’ as the rebels call women who go through the school. Women who ‘graduate’ and then go across the lake to become what they want only to find out they were bred to be sows- women whose life is spent making babies for ‘the new world’. All valedictorians are promised to the King so he can have an heir, then they are only used to make more babies. Eve escapes this fate- as one chosen for the King- with help from an unlikely source, one of the teachers. It’s only then that you know how serious this is. You are so happy that Eve escapes this because the description makes you sick. Can you imagine? A world where women are only used to make babies for the ‘new world’. Where women are taught to fear everything, especially men? It’s crazy. When Eve sees in the windows of the chambers where all the women are held, together, chained to beds, she knows that her whole life has been a lie.
She runs. Far, and fast. She eventually runs into Caleb who is a rebel- a boy who escaped the prison camps for boys. He helps her and brings her to the camp where he and other young men are. One night the leader takes advantage of Eve and Caleb is led to believe that she wanted it to happen. Let me tell you, that girl couldn’t of wanted anything. She just had her first kiss with Caleb only hours before. She didn’t know what balls are when he told her a story about the camps. I mean..come on…But it added dramatic effect. Poor Eve. If I could’ve helped her I would’ve…but I’m just a reader.

You know an author is a great writer when she makes you feel the pain of the character. I wanted to help Eve so bad. She is so naive and helpless that she couldn’t help herself. And not just against the leader, but against everything and everyone. She didn’t know how to get food on her own, defend herself, find shelter. She would have died if not for Caleb and Arden. It’s a really good book. A horrible fate for humans if the world did end up like the world in the book- but great, nonetheless.

4 out of 5 stars!

Blood Magick by Nora Roberts (book 3 of The Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy)

About

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a trilogy about the land we’re drawn to, the family we learn to cherish, and the people we long to love…

Book Three of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy
Blood Magick

County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna’s special touch.

Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family—along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love…

She had it once—for a moment—with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood. Which is why Fin has spent his life traveling the world to fill the abyss left in him by Branna, focusing on work rather than passion.

Branna and Fin’s relationship offers them both comfort and torment. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin’s power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries.

My Thoughts

I had to wait forever it seems to finally get this from the library. But it was worth it. In trilogies, you can sometimes guess what’s going to happen. I love Nora Roberts but most of her series are ones that you know what’s going to happen: love, mystery, and good wins. This sums up this trilogy very well. BUT, that said, it’s a good trilogy to read. You fall in love with the characters and you despise the evil, Cabhan. You can tell it’s the 3rd book, because you get the sense that it is sort of rushed and Roberts wanted to wrap it up.

I liked it because it was an Irish setting, magical, beautiful telling of family and friends coming together to defeat dark magic. It was sweet, funny, and very lovely. The love you feel between Branna and Finbar is so wonderful. You want to slap Branna for being so stubborn sometimes but she eventually just lets go and lets the forces that be lead her. I mean, do you know ahead of time that she and Fin will end up together, absolutely- no need to be a genius to figure out that- but it is always so enchanting to see how a love story plays out.

The story is much of the same as the first two books in the trilogy. They are trying to kill Cabhan. And since it’s the 3rd book in a trilogy, I don’t need to tell you how it ends: and if I do- well, they succeed! Yay for spoilers lol

It’s a good trilogy. I would suggest it for anyone who has never read Nora Roberts before and anyone who loves fantasy, magic, good vs evil. I would recommend it for anyone who likes Irish based tellings also.

3 out of 5 stars!

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you …”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say …?

My Thoughts

I really loved this book. Lincoln is a lovable guy who clearly has no idea how handsome or amazing he is. He definitely lacks confidence. The description of him made me swoon. I mean…big and handsome…give me that! I found it very endearing that he was jealous when Beth was describing him to Jennifer. Then when he realized it was him that she was talking about, he was ‘her cute guy’ he couldn’t believe it. He just is so adorable it hurts.
Yes, this is a tad bit creepy how they meet and how he is reading the emails and all. BUT, it works. It’s a modern day love story. Lincoln is a bit of a nerd but he’s a cute nerd. He’s still hung up on his high school love- that was 10 years ago. He refuels this ‘finding true love’ area of his life when he ‘meets’ Beth and Jennifer via email. It’s a book about understanding who you are, realizing that your past is your past and you must move on to be happy, and accepting yourself. You have to be happy from the inside out. Lincoln had to accept himself, better himself, before he could meet Beth in person.

I’m always raving about Rainbow Rowell but really, if you don’t read any of her books (you’re crazy) at least read this one. Love stories are the best, especially with a modern twist.

5 out of 5 stars!

Book Club

So last month we didn’t meet cause people don’t want to participate. Which really confuses me. Why join a club and not participate?!! How does that make sense to anyone? To me, if you join a club it’s for a reason…you either have that interest and you want to explore and foster it more or you want to try something new.

It’s book club. The hardest part is reading the book. Cause you have to 1. Find the time, 2. Be interested enough to read it, 3. Care to participate.

I know you’re probably reading this thinking, ‘why not just give up on it already?’ Well, I could and trust me I have wanted to many, many times. But, I can’t. Book Club is great. Getting to experience new world’s, meet new people, and explore a new book that you might not have otherwise, that’s amazing and fun and so relaxing.

You don’t even have to read the book to come to book club. Come and drink some wine, meet some nerdy cool people, and relax. We can tell you all about what you missed in the book. We literally discuss the book for maybe 30 minutes then talk about whatever else we want. It’s to hang out, be nerdy, drink wine, and relax. Need to make new friends? Hello! Book. Club. You cannot make better friends than people who read. After all, we read and make imaginary ones on a regular basis.

I get being shy. But if you don’t come out at least once, you’ll never meet that one person who could be your new best friend. Just try it once.

I instituted a ‘if you don’t participat, then you’re booted from group’ policy. Bitch move. I know. But, something had to be done. It was turning into the Margaret and Pals Nerd Gathering. Not that I mind, but I want to meet people and bond over reading and other nerdy things.

Read. Don’t read. Whatever gets you out. Just come out once. You know when we meet. 

I promise I don’t bite. Well, not at first.

M