Review – Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Synopsis
Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

My Review:
3.5 out of 5 stars
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Batman is my favorite DC Superhero, so I was really looking forward to reading this book. I’m not really sure what I was expecting, but this book just fell a little flat for me in some areas. I enjoyed the second half of this book way more than I did the first half. I kept putting the book down because I was losing interest in the story. However, once the action and suspense started building about halfway through the book, I was hooked and finished the book pretty quickly after that.

I was able to correctly guess a couple of the twists, but there were other twists that I didn’t see coming. Once everything started happening, I couldn’t get through the book fast enough! My heart was racing and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.

I like that some familiar characters were included like Harvey Dent, Alfred, and Lucius Fox. I also got a little squeal out of seeing Gordon towards the end of the book. I wish he’d had a bigger part in the story though, as well as the other side characters.

I may be in the minority on this, but I don’t feel like the “romance” with Madeleine was necessary. I appreciated her as a character though. Madeleine seriously creeped me out a few times with how intensely she observed people and how she always seemed to know everything that was going on even though she was locked up in Arkham.

Overall, this was a pretty good book and I am glad that I read it. This was my first book by Marie Lu, so I will definitely be checking out some of her other books since I loved her writing style so much in this one.

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Tag: You Are Not Enough – Harry Potter Edition

I was tagged to do this by Musings of a Confuzzled Reader. This sounded like so much fun, so I just had to participate!

Rules

  • Write 30 character names on pieces of paper.
  • Put them in a jar/mug/cup.
  • Randomly choose two pieces of paper for every question. In each of the 15 questions, you have to decide which of the two characters fits the question and which one is not good enough.

 


 

The Questions!

  1. You only have one more spot on your spelling bee team. Who would you pick to complete your team?
    Cedric Diggory vs Luna Lovegood

    I would go with Luna for this one. I’m not really sure why. She just seems like a good fit for this.

  2. Both characters want to kill you. Who would you kill first so that you have a better chance of surviving?
    Dolores Umbridge vs Dobby

I would definitely kill Umbridge. First of all, she is the bigger threat out of the two of them. And I wouldn’t ever kill Dobby anyway.

3. You’re on the bachelor/bachelorette and are down to these two characters. Who would you give your rose to?
Mundungus Fletcher vs Molly Weasley

Mmm, yeah. Mundungus isn’t getting a rose from me. No thank you. I’m going with Molly on this one.

4. You’ve been chosen for the Hunger Games. Who would most likely volunteer in your place? 
Hagrid vs Peter Pettigrew

HA! There is no way Peter would volunteer to take my place. I’m going with Hagrid for this one.

5. You’re stranded on an island with an active volcano. Which character would you throw into the volcano as a sacrifice? 
Ron Weasley vs Cho Chang

Oh no, I really like both of them. Out of the two of them though, I would have to sacrifice Cho.

6. You’re the next DC/Marvel superhero with your own tv show, of course! Who is your sidekick?
Fred Weasley vs Ginny Weasley

This is really hard since I love both of them. They would both make amazing sidekicks honestly. I think I’m going to go with Fred though.

7. You’re the manager of an avocado admiring company. Who would you fire for lack of communication skills?
Hermione Granger vs Neville Longbottom

Poor Neville is so forgetful. I can totally see him getting fired for this. Sorry Neville. 😦

8. You’ve just finished a book in which your favorite character dies. Which character is most likely to comfort you?
Remus Lupin vs Crabbe 

I am definitely going with Lupin on this one. He’s so compassionate and kind. I honestly don’t see Crabbe comforting anyone for anything.

9. Ugh, it’s high school. Who would most likely be part of the popular clique?
Seamus Finnigan vs Lucius Malfoy

I’m going with Seamus on this one.

10. The day has finally arrived – you are finally a year older! Who would have the nerve to forget your birthday?
Alastor (Mad-Eye) Moody vs Draco Malfoy

Honestly, I don’t really see Draco being very concerned about other people’s birthdays. I’m going with him for this one.

11. You’ve just found an upcoming booktube star! Who would it most likely be?
Narcissa Malfoy vs Sirius Black

I honestly can’t see either of them being a booktube star. I’m leaning more towards Sirius for this one though.

12. Sleepover time! Unfortunately, you can only invite one person. Who would you invite?
Albus Dumbledore vs Bellatrix Lestrange

Having a sleepover with Dumbledore just has me feeling all kinds of awkward, so I’m going with Bellatrix. She would make things interesting, that’s for sure. If she didn’t kill me first!

13. Bam, you’re pregnant! Who is the father?
Voldemort vs Harry Potter

Seriously? This isn’t even a contest. Harry is the father!

14. You’ve just written a super important text. Who would see it, but not reply?
Nymphadora Tonks vs Buckbeak

hehe, I think this one is kind of obvious. It’d be really difficult for Buckbeak to text me back, wouldn’t it?

15. You’ve just woken and it’s time for breakfast! Your mom has been replaced by….
George Weasley vs Goyle

George is my new mom!


 

This was so much fun to do! I’m not going to tag anyone since I’m sure just about everyone has done this one already. If you haven’t though and want to give it a try, go for it!

Did you agree with any of my answers? I’d love to know who you would pick for some of these. Leave me a comment and let me know! 🙂 

 

Review – The Rule of One by Ashley & Leslie Saunders

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Synopsis:
In their world, telling the truth has become the most dangerous crime of all.

In the near-future United States, a one-child policy is ruthlessly enforced. Everyone follows the Rule of One. But Ava Goodwin, daughter of the head of the Texas Family Planning Division, has a secret—one her mother died to keep and her father has helped to hide for her entire life.

She has an identical twin sister, Mira.

For eighteen years Ava and Mira have lived as one, trading places day after day, maintaining an interchangeable existence down to the most telling detail. But when their charade is exposed, their worst nightmare begins. Now they must leave behind the father they love and fight for their lives.

Branded as traitors, hunted as fugitives, and pushed to discover just how far they’ll go in order to stay alive, Ava and Mira rush headlong into a terrifying unknown.

My Review:
3 out of 5 stars
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The premise of a One Child Policy and the twins, Ava and Mira, living as one person is what grabbed my interest in this book.

I won’t go into a lot of detail to avoid spoilers, but this was a pretty good read. The story switches POVs between Ava and Mira. However, there were times that I wasn’t able to distinguish between them. I had to recheck to see whose POV I was reading. The pacing was slow at times and then moved quickly at others. There was enough action and suspense to keep me interested in the story though. As Ava and Mira try to make it to their destination, there are threats all over the place, so they are always on edge and alert. This made me alert as well, wondering what was going to happen next.

There were a few twists in the story that I wasn’t expecting. As the book continued I flew threw the story. I guess I must not have been paying close enough attention, because I wasn’t aware that this book was going to be part of a series. This book ends in a major cliffhanger, so that threw me off and left me a little disappointed.

I’m looking forward to seeing where the story goes next though.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Monthly Wrap-Up – September 2018

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Yeah. That title is not a typo. Again. This is another late wrap-up post. To be honest, life hasn’t been very good to me lately and I’ve been struggling a lot with different things.

I’m not going to get into all of that though. I want my posts to be as positive as possible.

So, here is my wrap up for September. Better late than never, right? 🙂

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Here are some of my posts from September in case you missed them.

Book Haul

Paperback/Hardback
Private London by James Patterson – bought
Count to Ten by James Patterson – bought
If I Stay by Gayle Forman – bought
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J Mass – bought
Read and Gone by Allison Brook – publisher
The Rule of One by Ashley and Leslie Saunders – publisher
Fractured Truth by Susan Furlong – author
Murder, She Barked by Krista Davis – bought
Lost Rider by Harper Sloan – bought
The Pickled Piper by Mary Ellen Hughes – bought
Shards of Murder by Cheryl Hollon – bought
Murder, Plain and Simple by Isabella Alan – bought
The Iced Princess by Christine Husom – bought
Mayhem at the Orient Express by Kylie Logan – bought
Boiled Over by Barbara Ross – bought

Kindle
Taming Him by Kennedy Fox – freebie
Manic Monday by Piper Rayne – bought
Flirting with Fire by Piper Rayne – bought
My Best Friend’s Ex by Meghan Quinn – freebie
Death Crashes the Party by Vickie Fee – bought
A Plain Death by Amanda Flower – bought
Hearse and Buggy by Laura Bradford – bought
Take My Breath Away by Faith Andrews – ARC
Crave by Adriana Locke – ARC

*Huge thanks to the authors and publishers for the ARC/review copies.

Monthly Funny

 

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Every single time!


 

What books did you receive in September? What books did you read? Let me know! I’d love to talk about them with you. 🙂 

 

Group Read Review – The Fourth Monkey by J.D Barker

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Synopsis:
For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive.

As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.

With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer’s identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller.

 

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars
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I finished this book quickly because I just couldn’t put it down. This is by far THE most disturbing and disgusting book I’ve ever read in my life. I loved this book though. It was a really interesting feeling to be both disgusted and fascinated at the same time. Twisted doesn’t even begin to cover some of the characters in this book.

There were parts of the book that I cringed through, but I chugged along. JD Barker has an amazing ability to create a visual with the reader. I was able to perfectly picture everything that was being described in this book, which made for a very disturbing read. The suspense will grip you and hold onto you until the very last page. There were so many shocking twists and turns throughout this book that my head was practically left spinning when it was all over.

I think the diary chapters proved to be the most shocking, where we get to be inside the head of the 4MK (Four Monkey Killer). They were also the most interesting. Getting to see how the 4MK started out, what his life was like, what he went through as a child, and seeing him through to adulthood was an interesting journey.

My heart was racing as tensions built in the story as I was approaching the ending. It didn’t turn out like I thought it would at all. This book kept me guessing and wondering the entire time. I can’t wait to start reading the next book!

*I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Review – Christmas on Mistletoe Lane by Annie Rains

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Synopsis:
Christmas is coming to the North Carolina mountains, and the air is fresh and crisp and filled with promise. After the devastating loss of her job in the big city, the small town of Sweetwater Springs feels like heaven to Kaitlyn Russo. She’s inherited her grandparents’ charming (if a little rundown) bed and breakfast, and it’s just the new lease on life she needs. Only “heaven” comes with a catch-and a handsome and completely infuriating one at that.

After what he hopes will be a quick trip, Mitch Hargrove wants nothing more than to put his hometown in the rear-view mirror. But his plans get derailed when he learns he’s now half-owner of the Sweetwater B&B. The fact that he’s given only two months to make the inn a success is a huge problem, but it’s his pretty-and incredibly headstrong-partner who’s the real challenge. With the holiday fast approaching and a grand re-opening looming, will Mitch keep running from the ghosts of Christmas past . . . or will he realize the true gift he’s been given?

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars
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This was my first book by Annie Rains but it most definitely will not be my last. I absolutely loved this book! This was the perfect book to get me in the mood for the holidays. The Christmas season is my favorite time of year and this book did a wonderful job of making me remember everything I love about that time of year.

I would love to live in a place like Sweetwater Springs! I love the feeling that the town gave me. Sweetwater Springs is a small, close-knit town where the residents truly care about each other and would do just about anything to help a person that is in need. I enjoyed meeting some of the residents there, like Alex and Dawanda. Gina was another favorite of mine.

The main characters Kaitlyn and Mitch were both so lovable. I thought it was really brave of Kaitlyn to move away and start over fresh in a new place. Running the Bed and Breakfast was the perfect opportunity for her. It allowed her to truly be herself and allowed her to express her creativity that she wasn’t able to do at her previous job. My heart broke for Mitch at the guilt that he had carried with him for all of those years. Being forced to work with Kaitlyn ended up being one of the best things that could have happened to him. They were both what the other one needed. They made the perfect team also when it came to running the Bed and Breakfast together.

I liked that Kaitlyn and Mitch both had a close friend that they could count on and lean on when they needed it. Josie is the perfect best friend for Kaitlyn. Anyone would be lucky to have a friend like her. Alex and Tuck were the same thing for Mitch.

One of my favorite things about this book is that it was told in dual third-person POV so we got insight into both Kaitlyn and Mitch. This provided me with a good sense of how each of them was feeling and what they were going through.

This was a sweet, heartwarming romance story that didn’t have a lot of unnecessary drama that you sometimes get with other books. There is a recipe at the back of the book for Grandma Mable’s Gingerbread Cheesecake that I will most definitely be trying! It sounds delicious.

I’m already looking forward to the next book. I can’t wait until it comes out!

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Forever Romance, in exchange for an honest review.

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BOOkish Blog Hop: Next Book on Your TBR?

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I recently joined a group on Facebook where book bloggers come together to support each other. There is a monthly blog hop where a blogger hosts a question each day and other bloggers chime in with their answers as well.

I’m excited to say that I’m participating this month and am hosting another question today.

Today’s blog hop question is: Next book on your TBR?

My answer: The next book on my TBR is Natural Thorn Killer by Kate Dyer-Seeley

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A lot of my friends that read cozy mysteries really enjoy Kate’s books, so I thought I would give this one a try. I’m excited to get into it!

Synopsis:
Cut down among the flowers . . .

Britta Johnston might be a late bloomer, but after leaving her deadbeat husband and dead-end job, she’s finally pursuing her artistic passion at her aunt Elin’s floral boutique, Blooma, in Portland, Oregon. It’s on the banks of the Willamette, in a quaint district of cobblestone paths and cherry trees. The wine bar featuring Pacific Northwest vintages is a tasty bonus, offering another kind of bouquet to enjoy. But things aren’t as peaceful as they look.

For one thing, someone’s been leaving dead roses around–and a sleazy real estate developer who wants the waterfront property has put a big-money offer on the table. Then, after a contentious meeting of local business owners, he’s found on the floor of the shop, with Elin’s garden shears planted in his chest. And before the police decide to pin the crime on her beloved aunt, Britta will have to find out who arranged this murder . . .

 


Check out what some of my fellow bloggers are going to be reading next:

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Casia Schreyer: www.casiaschreyer.wordpress.com

Once I’m finished all 3 volumes of Ghost in the Shell I plan on cracking open The Call of the White Moose by Alex McGilvery. This is the second book in his Northern Canada thriller series. Book 1 was called Wendigo Whispers and it is one of my favourites.

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Leslie Conzatti www.upstreamwriter.blogspot.com

Once I finish A Sliver of Stardust by Marissa Burt, it’s on to Curio by Elizabeth Denmark! As far as my indie ebook TBR list goes, I’m making my way through Painter Place by Pamela Poole, and then it’s actually returning to a book I started just before that, Oblivion’s Forge by Simon Williams. I had started it a few months ago, but I had trouble getting into it because the story was so unfamiliar (at least as far as “strange place and character names, and too many to remember”) and high fantasy that it struck me as similar to the book I’d just finished, so reading it felt redundant. I set it aside and moved on to the next book, Painter Place, and now I’ll be returning to it with fresher eyes!

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Brandy Potter www.brandypotterbooks.com

So it’s fall. Every fall I re-read The Middle Earth books from Silmarillion to The Return of the King in order. So that’s the “old” TBR for me. The “new” tbr for me is Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts. It’s her newest release, that’s not part of a series. I tend not to like her series, I don’t know why. I think Shelter in Place could bring some relevant points of view from today’s events.

The synopsis on Amazon is: It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tending to customers. Then the shooters arrived.

The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever. In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career. Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies’ room, hopelessly clutching her cell phone–until she finally found a way to pour her emotions into her art.

But one person wasn’t satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait–and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

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Jo Linsdell www.JoLinsdell.com

Next up on my TBR is Dark Rivers of the Heart by Dean Koontz. I’m a huge Dean Koontz fan and so I’m really looking forward to reading this one (that has been sat on my shelves for far too long).

About the book:

Do you dare step through the red door? Spencer Grant had no idea what drew him to the bar with the red door. He thought he would just sit down, have a slow beer or two, and talk to a stranger. He couldn’t know that it would lead to a narrow escape from a bungalow targeted by a SWAT team. Or that it would leave him a wanted man.

But now Spencer is on the run from mysterious and ruthless men. He is in love with a woman he knows next to nothing about. And he is hiding from a past he can’t fully remember. On his trail is a shadowy security agency that answers to no one—including the U.S. government—and a man who considers himself a compassionate Angel of Death. But worst of all, Spencer Grant is on a collision course with inner demons he thought he’d buried years ago—inner demons that could destroy him if his enemies don’t first.

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Tania Richardson – The Bookworm Mummy  Tania-richardson.com

Next on my TBR list is To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo, and I. CANNOT. WAIT. I love fairytale retellings and this one promises to be a pretty good one. Murderous mermaids? YES PLEASE! It’s been on my TBR since release day, but I think I’ve been putting it off because I’ve hyped it up so much in my head I’m afraid I’ll be disappointed!

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Laura Morningstar – Loving Life Everyday http://lauramorningstar.com

Next on my TBR is What Does This Button Do? By Bruce Dickinson. Technically it isn’t next as I have a pretty large pile of books to review, but it is what is next on my personal TBR. Next to books music is my other love, and I am a metal/hard rock chick at heart. From the blurb for Bruce Dickinsons autobiography you can just tell this is going to be afascinating read.

About the Book:

Bruce Dickinson – Iron Maiden’s legendary front man – is one of the world’s most iconic singers and songwriters. But there are many strings to Bruce’s bow, of which larger-than-life lead vocalist is just one. He is also an airline captain, aviation entrepreneur, motivational speaker, beer brewer, novelist, radio presenter, film scriptwriter and an international fencer: truly one of the most unique and interesting men in the world.

In What Does this Button Do? Bruce contemplates the rollercoaster of life. He recounts – in his uniquely anarchic voice – the explosive exploits of his eccentric British childhood, the meteoric rise of Maiden, summoning the powers of darkness, the philosophy of fencing, brutishly beautiful Boeings and firmly dismissing cancer like an uninvited guest.

Bold, honest, intelligent and funny, this long-awaited memoir captures the life, heart and mind of a true rock icon, and is guaranteed to inspire curious souls and hard-core fans alike.


So, what’s next on your TBR? I’d love to know!