My Top 10 Reads of 2017

2017 was a fabulous year for me in my reading and I finished off the year with 99 books and 27,077 pages read and I know it is going to be almost impossible to narrow it down to 10 reads.

Here they are in no particular order:

1. Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

This is the only book I will say IS in a particular order, because without a doubt this is the book that spoke to me and became my favorite of the year. Starfish is important to me because it tells a story of emotional abuse (similar to my own story) that was beautiful and vivid and more real and true to me then anything else I have ever read. Stories like my own are ones I pretty much NEVER come across and this is the first book that has ever portrayed emotional abuse from a parent that didn’t also include physical or sexual abuse, but also showed how emotional abuse could be just as impactful (in a very different way). I LOVE this book and I know I will reread it again and again in the future.

2. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Bitterblue is home to the most beautiful pieces of writing I have ever read and was the brilliant conclusion to the Graceling Trilogy. Kristin Cashore is one of my all time favorite authors and I know her works will always be a part of my favorites as long as I live.

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

2017 was my introduction into Sarah J. Mass’s work and I was so happy that I started with the ACOTAR series! I could gush about these books and how they made me feel for hours on end (especially about how much I love Rhysand) book 1 and book 2 twisted from each other and caused me both pain and happiness and I can’t help but love this series. (Someday soon I will read ACOWAR… soon!)

4. Silence is Golden by Robert Thier

My happiness is continuously connected each week to reading a new chapter of this series as it is uploaded on Wattpad. Silence is Golden is the most recently complete book out of Robert’s Storm and Silence series and I live for it!!! These books make me laugh out loud and smile and make my heart beat faster and keep me on edge. I will always and forever be reading these books. They are BRILLIANT! Plus this one was set in the jungle and their was a woman tribe leader and chases and guns being fired and spicy romance and so much ice that you could feel the cold heat from every corner of the world and ahhhh!!! I love this series!!!

5. And I Darken and Now I Rise by Kiersten White

My HEART!!! These books fulfilled my need to have a character be unapologetically immoral in the best of ways. Lada is so badass and she will conquer the world one day. This historical fiction does not read like a historical fiction. There is so much action and intensity and tension and breaking familial bonds that I just had no reason to not love this book. It is written to perfection and I will love it forever!

6. Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula

These two have a special place in my heart. With the love interest I wish to have in my life and the interesting morbid charm these two have these two books will always be some of my favorites. This series is just too good!!!!

7. Berserker by Emmy Laybourne

A western horror that felt so raw and epic that I could not put it down this book has earned its spot as one of my all time favorite novels. It was bloody fantastic and everything about it made me fall deeper and deeper in love with it. I highly recommend reading this for an amazing good time!

8. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

This memoir/graphic novel was so beautiful and so needed in today’s times. I am so glad I got to read it and have a better understanding of Vietnam and what happened there as well as of immigration and motherhood. It’s so topical and beautifully written.

9. The Ship by Antonia Honeywell

The writing in this book was GORGEOUS! It made me think about so many things in such a deep and curious way and it made me feel lost yet full of hope in the most curious of ways.

10. The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

A diverse horror novel that was beautifully written and full of heart. I ADORE The Hollow Girl. Everything about it was just so GOOD!

Honorable mentions (that I loved just as much as the rest on this list):

11. A Messy, Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan

Improve, love, mixed in with Heartbreak, and friendship and you get this funny and delectable gem of a novel! A Messy, Beautiful life was amazing and I adored it!

12. This Impossible Light by Lily Myers

This Impossible Light was delightful and beautifully rendered. What can I say? I am a sucker for prose poetry!

13. The Bone Season and The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

These two were a bright light of happiness and fun for me to read. I devoured these books (just like I will devour the rest of the series as it is released). All I have to say is one name Warden, as one of the biggest reasons my heart races as these stories progress. I’m so in love and I can’t help myself!

14. The Diviners by Libba Bray

These was the PERFECT 1920’s novel. I felt like I was living and breathing in this era while reading, but terrified because of all the paranormal horrors prowling the streets. This novel was all kinds of cool and fun and amazing! I loved it!

15. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

What a gorgeous thing of beauty this novel was. The writing alone made my jaw drop. I wish I could write with an ounce of the beauty that Leslye does! Utter PERFECTION!

16. The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

So relevant. So beautifully written. So true. And so incredibly feminist! I adore this novel, but I am also awed by it. Everything about it was incredible!

17. Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Labyrinth meets music meets my heart and I end up in LOVE! Wintersong was magical and a ethereal experience. I can’t wait to read book 2!

18. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I wasn’t sure I was going to love this book, but after a few pages I was hooked! So funny, sad, and unique. If you haven’t read this book then you should so you can experience just why this book has taken the world by storm!

19. Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert

This book has everything you could ever want in a contemporary. The romance is there, the friendships, but also the family ties. I love how critical family was to this storyline and the way everything flowed brilliantly together. Such an incredible novel!

20. Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten

Bad by Michael Jackson comes to mind when thinking about this book. It was terrifying because it could have easily happened in real life and everyone was so humanely flawed in the most awful yet real of ways. An incredible thriller.

So You all came for a top 10 and ended up with a top 20, but I could not bring myself to leave out any of these amazing (and 5 star) reads. However, before I go I must say how proud I am of this list, mostly because it is a testament to how widely I read from historical fiction to poetry to horror, fantasy, contemporary, and even dystopian there is so much genre diversity in this list. I am so happy with the books I read in 2017!

-Till next time!

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Bad Call: A Review

Bad Call by Stephen Wallenfels

My Rating: 4 Stars!

Publisher: Disney Book Group

Publish Date: December 19th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

During a late-night poker game, tennis teammates Colin, Ceo, Grahame, and Rhody make a pact to go on a camping trip in Yosemite National Park. And poker vows can’t be broken.

So the first sign that they should ditch the plan is when Rhody backs out. The next is when Ceo replaces him with Ellie, a girl Grahame and Colin have never even heard of. And then there’s the forest fire at their intended campsite.

But instead of bailing, they decide to take the treacherous Snow Creek Falls Trail to the top of Yosemite Valley. From there, the bad decisions really pile up.

A freak storm is threatening snow, their Craigslist tent is a piece of junk, and Grahame is pretty sure there’s a bear on the prowl. On top of that, the guys have some serious baggage (and that’s not including the ridiculously heavy ax that Grahame insisted on packing) and Ellie can’t figure out what their deal is.

And then one of them doesn’t make it back to the tent.

Desperate to survive while piecing together what happened, the remaining hikers must decide who to trust in this riveting, witty, and truly unforgettable psychological thriller that reveals how one small mistake can have chilling consequences.

Opening Sentence: “They walk side by side through shin-deep snow, dragging branches for their shelter behind them.”

Musings:

Bad Call is harsh, oddly funny, a bit cynical, and totally unsettling. What made it feel really creepy was the little things leading up to the action. It was a slow pace that built suspense with little things that felt off.

“Tell me you’re not seriously thinking about hauling a freaking fifteen-pound ax on a twenty-mile hike?” Grahame grins into the rearview, says, “I wasn’t.” … this was the line where I knew that Bad Call was going to be more unsettling then I ever thought it would be. For a long time while reading, lines like this kept me wondering at what exactly was waiting for them on this camping trip. There were a lot of things kept behind closed doors revealed slowly as the story progressed and things began to take on a messier and messier form.

In the end, what was to be a fun trip with friends evolved into something sinister. Sometimes rivalries and good intentions make for a grotesque mess. Mistakes and tensions build to a horrible crescendo in Bad Call. All you have to wonder is who in the end will survive?

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below. If you love a thriller full of suspense you will love Bad Call!

-Till next time!

Reading a Book A Day: My Most Recent Streak

Something that has become both a challenge and something fun for me has been to read a book every day for as long as I can. Most of my streaks haven’t been all that long, but I keep trying at it because I really enjoy it and I get to read so much more.

My last Streak lasted from Christmas Day to January 7th starting with Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco and ending with Gilded Cage by Vic James.

In those 14 days I began to start getting caught up on my Netgalley Reads, but also to read some books that I’ve been wanting to read for a very long time.

My favorites of those two weeks were:

1. Hunting Prince Dracula

Book 2 to the Stalking Jack the Ripper series Hunting Prince Dracula was top-notch and I absolutely loved it!

2. Wintersong

A Labyrinth retelling that was everything I never knew I wanted in a book I am in love with Wintersong! The musicality of it made my heart sing.

3. Where I Found You

Such a fun an unique storyline filled with such compassion and beautiful romance. I can’t wait to see where this story goes next!

4. Throne of Glass

As different as this book was from what I was expecting, I loved so many things about it. I can’t wait to continue on with this awesome series!

5. Breaking the Ice

This book was pure golden FUN. I loved how spicy this was and how free. I loved the characters and enjoyed the storyline. I highly recommend this book!

The experience:

Reading a book a day starts to become easier and easier over time, but at the same time these weeks were when my family and I were starting to get sick with the flu and after a while continuing with my reading each day got harder and harder.

Oddly though, I have found that the weekend has been the toughest time for me to finish a book because I overestimate the time I have to read and get lost in other things. When I have a limit of time to read I tend to read more in smaller intervals so it makes everything easier.

For the most part, even with being sick, I was so happy with my reading because I got to read several books that have been on my tbr for a long time. Especially Throne of Glass and Gilded Cage. I had been reading Gilded Cage on and off for several months and could never put my mind to finishing it for some reason, but I am so happy I finally did!

Now:

I am ready to start up my next Streak (which admittedly has been going on for 4 Days now) and to continue reading some amazing books (and finally get back up to date on my Netgalley Reads).

Thanks for reading! Would you read a book a day for a period of time? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.

-Till next time!

The Sweetheart Sham: A Review

The Sweetheart Sham by Danielle Ellison

My Rating: 4 Stars!

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Publish Date: December 4th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

In a small town like Culler, South Carolina, you guard your secrets like you guard your cobbler recipe: with your life. Georgia Ann Monroe knows a thing or two about secrets: she’s been guarding the truth that her best friend Will is gay for years now. But what happens when a little white lie to protect him gets her into a fake relationship…and then the boy of her dreams shows up?

Enter Beau Montgomery: Georgie’s first love, hotter than ever, and much too much of a southern gentleman to ever pursue someone else’s girl. There’s no way to come clean to Beau while still protecting Will. But bless their hearts, they live in Culler—where secrets always have a way of revealing themselves.

Opening Sentence: “Only three people in Culler, South Carolina, know that Will Montgomery is gay: Will Montgomery, God Almighty, and me.”

Musings:

The Sweetheart Sham was full of fun, bad timing, and a whole lot of love. Secrets were kept creating often times awkward and strained situations. But in the end The Sweetheart Sham had a whole lot of love and heart.

The friendship between Georgia and Will made this story amazing for me. The sacrifice Georgia made for Will by entering into a fakeship not knowing what turmoil it would later cause her and sticking to it was admirable. The fact that she stuck with Will until whenever he felt comfortable coming out to his family and the rest of his friends was beautiful and I loved it. I also really loved that she was a person who didn’t judge Will in any way for his sexuality and that their friendship was unaffected by his confession. I’m glad to see that sort of reaction portrayed in a book.

Now let’s talk about Beau, our gorgeous southern gentleman. A childhood friend to both Georgia and Will, with a little bit spicer past with miss Georgia, Beau was a lot of fun to read about (especially because of his past mistakes). Beau coming back into Georgia’s life was something of a rocky time for both of them, but it sure was fun to read about on the sidelines. With secrets and the past keeping them apart, but a love forged in the happiness of childhood, the back and forth the ensued was both fun and agonizing.

The Sweetheart Sham is a read that you don’t want to miss. I enjoyed it with all my heart and had a smile on my face till the very end.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below. Check out more of Entangled’s Crush books here!

-Till next time!

Why I Have Been AWOL These Past Few Days

This past week has been something of a disaster for me. My Mom, my Dad, and my Sister have all been sick since Christmas and it seemed that no one was going to get any better anytime soon.

I had also been sick on and off and finally starting this last week I began to really come down. So for a while my life has simply been, work then rest, then work and ready again. I haven’t really been able to focus much on reading or blogging.

However, now I’m back and I’m almost making a full recovery and my family seems to be feeling a lot better so hopefully things will settle down completely in the next week. I’m happy to say that the worst is over for now and I’m excited to get back to blogging and reading again!

Thanks for reading! I’m so sorry for the inconsistency in my uploads recently, but hopefully I should be back to posting more regularly once more.

-Till next time!

Throne of Glass: My Thoughts on a Long-Awaited Read

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

My Rating: 4.5/5 Stars!

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

Publish Date: August 2nd, 2012

Received: Christmas Present!!!!

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

“Nothing is a coincidence. Everything has a purpose. You were meant to come to this castle, just as you were meant to be an assassin.”

When magic has gone from the world, and a vicious king rules from his throne of glass, an assassin comes to the castle. She does not come to kill, but to win her freedom. If she can defeat twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition to find the greatest assassin in the land, she will become the King’s Champion and be released from prison.

Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her.

And a princess from a foreign land will become the one thing Celaena never thought she’d have again: a friend.

But something evil dwells in the castle—and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying, horribly, one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival—and a desperate quest to root out the source of the evil before it destroys her world.

Opening Sentence: “After a year of slavery in the Salt Mines of Endovier, Celaena Sardothien was accustomed to being escorted everywhere in shackles and at sword-point.”

Musings:

Throne of Glass was nothing like I expected it to be, but also just as good as I had hoped. Waiting so long to get to read this series has put a lot of expectations in my head both good and sometimes not as good. Reading A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury adding the most to these expectations. I thought that Throne of Glass was going to be kick ass, full of that spicy romance that ACOMAF had, and brewing with intensity and plot tension. What I got was more subdued, yet still kick ass and fun, with a lot more ambiguous love relations, and it made me love reading Throne of Glass all the more.

In ACOTAR and ACOMAF, the ships are clear, you got Tamlin and you got Rhysand and we all know that things are clear in how those relationships are meant to go. However, in Throne of Glass you have The Crown Prince and The Captain of The Guard and at some point you realize you don’t know if you ship Celaena with either of them. The thing is, at least for me, I know I don’t ship Celaena with The Crown Prince in any way and I feel like he doesn’t match her fire or her person in any real way. With the Captain of the Guard I see way more potential and I kinda like them together, but I need to read more about them for it to feel right (Plus, I get an overwhelming feeling that their may be another or several others potentially in Celaena’s future that have yet to be seen). Honestly, it feels so odd to me that I feel so indecisive about shipping someone and that usually doesn’t happen. However, I am happy to say that this book has shaken things up for me in that way.

One thing that I do LOVE however, is the fact that we have a girl who cares as much about a gorgeous dress as she does being an assassin. I felt so powerful reading this book because of that cool balance between amazing fights and just wanting to get dressed to go to a ball or for no real reason at all. As well as Celaena’s love of books which is a treat I really liked having with someone so outwardly harsh and strong.

Something I’m looking forward to is the magic stuff that I believe will be happening later on. We get some cool magicish stuff in TOG, but I’m sensing some hints for some more magic to come in future books and I’m so excited for it!

Throne of Glass for me was fun, addictive, oddly both slower and faster paced then I thought, and ultimately an amazing good time. I know I am in it for the long haul with this series and as of right now Crown of Midnight is calling my name and I think it’s time to see where Celaena’s story goes from here!

Thanks so much for reading! All of you TOG readers out there shout down in the comments below. What are your thoughts on this phenomenon of a series?

-Till next time!

The Heartbreak Cure: A Mini Review

The Heartbreak Cure by Amanda Ashby

My Rating: 4 Stars!

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Publish Date: December 4th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

How to get over a heartbreak:

Step one: Eat your body weight in brownies.

Step two: Throw yourself into your dreams of becoming a famous writer.

Step three: Beg your (hottie) ex-neighbor to act as your fake boyfriend.

Step four: Skip step three unless you’re ready for some serious fallout.

After being dumped and humiliated over the summer, Cat Turner does what any sane girl would do. She asks bad boy Alex Locke to be her fake boyfriend and show the world (and her editor at the school newspaper) that she’s fine. Problem is, the more time she spends with Alex, the more she risks getting her heart broken. For real this time.

Opening Sentence: “Bennet Miller lay on the ground, blood pouring out of the gashing wound in his skull.”

Musings:

“The Heartbreak Cure” reminds me why I love Entangles Crush stories. Cat Turner a girl who looses herself in her Writing and when a guy dates her for a week over the summer and puts a YouTube video about it saying it was for a “challenge” series he was doing her World gets turned upside down. In her humiliation to turns to her friend and the town bad boy Alex and asks him to be her fake boyfriend for a short time to get some of the talking away from the video and he agrees (the fact that Alex always wanted to be a bit closer to her then she was definitely aided his agreement).

This adorable novel is filled with sweet moments and awkward situations as Alex and Cat find that love may have always been an arms length away from them both.

I really enjoyed this short and sweet read. This kind of book where characters slowly find their ways together through fun little circumstances make me really happy. It’s always nice to see two characters who are friends finding themselves realizing they want so much more. It gives me all the warm and fuzzy feelings and I absolutely love it!

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below. What’s an adorable read you got to recently?

-Till next time!

New Years Resolutions: 2018 (Let’s do this Thing!)

When 2018 began I was determined not to do this post because every time I declare my goals out into the universe they never succeed (almost as a rule). Pretty much all of my goals for 2017 were not successful and the fact that I wasn’t surprised about that fact is a problem in itself. However, as someone who has mentioned a lot of the issues and restarts in my blogging life (as well as my personal life) in 2017, I have decided I might as well explain my goals for this new year.. even if it is really to explain that I don’t have any real ones.

The thing is I have found that the problem with setting these huge goals to be healthier, do more reading, write more stuff, dedicate time to learning another language..etc. Etc. Is that when they pile on top of one another they become overbearingly unrealistic and even if you only fail one or two of your goals it feels like you failed and in 2018 I’m devoting myself to celebrate my wins, especially since 2017 was such a difficult year for me.

However I can’t help but hope that I do accomplish a few things this year if only to validate for myself that I can follow through:

FINISH A NOVEL: technically I have already authored a complete novel in my when I was 17. However, as someone who wants to be a published author in the future that one (not even fiction) novel isn’t going to cut it. I have so many ideas for novels in my head. Some of them ideas that I would be dying to read if I saw them in a bookstore off the premise alone. Right now I have one book in the works that I hope to put on Wattpad that will be a book that I write for myself for so many reasons. But the point is… I have started writing many a book I need this year to be the year I finish something.

Read a book a Day: this is something that I don’t want to declare because it is probably one of the most time consuming worst things I could want for myself, but I started before the end of 2017 and have kept it up for the past 11 Days And I just don’t want to give it up. It means that this blog will be mainly reviews for a long long time, but I will do my best to remain posting varying contents as much as I can.

One thing is for sure, I will NOT be doing any reading Challenges this year. Or any definitive challenges at all. Challenges tend to break my resolve when I don’t complete them and it does more harm then good. I need to read books as I feel like reading them, even if I am reading a book everyday. If I’m not happy with the books I’m reading I eventually give out and having something extra having me read certain books is another added weight that makes reading unenjoyable.

But most importantly, I’m going to let myself be. I’m not going to get angry at myself when I don’t accomplish everything I want to in a day. I’m not going to let myself be lost in wanting too many things. I am going to do instead of say and stop loosing myself in any planning.

If I complete any of these goals I will have good reason to be accomplished, but if I complete none of them the important thing is to celebrate the things I did do. I hope I never loose sight of that in the new year.

Thanks for reading! What are your New Years resolutions? What are your hopes for 2018?

-Till next time!

Where I Found You: A Heartwarming Contemporary

Where I Found You by Heidi R. Kling

My Rating: 5 Stars!

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Publish Date: December 4th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

After her mother’s plane went missing over the Indian Ocean, seventeen-year-old Sienna Jones gave up everything she loved about living in California. No more surfing. No more swimming. No more ocean, period. Playing it safe, hiding from the world, is the best call.

Until her dad throws down the challenge of a lifetime: spend a week with his humanitarian team in Indonesia, working with orphans who lost everything in a massive tsunami.

The day they arrive, Sienna meets a mysterious boy named Deni, whose dark, intense eyes make her heart race. Their stolen nights force her to open up and live in a way she thought she couldn’t anymore. When she’s with Deni, she remembers the girl she used to be…and starts to feel like the woman he sees in her.

A woman he wants for his own.

Gulp.

But when Deni’s past comes looking for him, Sienna’s faced with losing another person she loves. She can’t do it. Not again.

Fortunately, this time, she has a plan.

Opening Sentence: Four Weeks After “I’m alone on the other side of the world talking to a sea turtle that might be the reincarnation of my mom.”

Musings:

“Where I Found You” is an adorable, surprisingly heavy, but also light and fun read. Following Sienna Jones a girl with PTSD whose mother was lost to the sea many years ago. Here mother Hope was a humanitarian and traveled with her husband helping others in various countries by setting up programs and providing medical aide both in the mental and the physical aspects. With the loss of her mother Sienna spirals from being a confident surfer and boogie border of the sea, to never setting foot there again.

Her father’s challenge to go to Indonesia on a two week trip to help Orphans who have experienced something quite similar to what Sienna herself has (and they might just be the right ones to be able to heal each other). Since I have never read a book that centered around humanitarian efforts this book was a really wonderful new point of view for me. I loved reading about Sienna’s interactions with the children affected by a tsunami. In so many ways, this book inspires a special kind of compassion that comes from understanding that the ways you have been hurt can give you a passage to be able to help those who have hurt similarly.

When Sienna meets Deni, it is a special bond of kindred souls that forms from their shared hardship. However, there bond runs a bit deeper then that and the moments that they share together over such a short period of time changes them both in beautiful ways.

“Where I Found You” has a lot of soul. It is a novel that has the ability to capture your heart and make you fall in love with its characters and everything they stand for.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below. Will you commit a random act of kindness today?

-Till next time!

Plague Land: A Book of Horror that could easily Come True

Plague Land by Alex Scarrow

My Rating: 4/5 Stars!

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Publish Date: December 1st, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

In this thrilling young adult horror novel from the author of the TimeRiders series the only thing worse than a virus that can kill is a virus that can think.

The reports start slowly at first: an outbreak in Africa at the end of the evening news, as a headline at the bottom of a website. They’re easy to ignore, and most people do just that. Except for Leon. His mom shakes off the concerns , sure that they shouldn’t be worried about some illness on a distant continent. Until one week later, the virus hits England and chaos ensues, dotting the English countryside with the haunting remains of liquefied victims.

But what scares Leon the most is the way the virus moves- like it’s adapting. Like it has an agenda. If Leon’s going to fight back, he’ll need a plan. But first, he needs to stay alive.

Opening Sentence:

West Africa

“The girl was only ten.”

Musings:

The most horrific thing about Plague Land is that the atrocities it discusses could easily actually happen. Super-viruses, The plague, Black Death, Ebola, all these things have at one time or another caused thousands of deaths and it’s more then fair share of panic.

The Plague of this book deemed Super-Ebola is a monster (pretty much literally). The many instances of grotesque imagery attest to its destructive power. Plague Land is filled with death. A sickness knows no boundaries no matter age, country, species, or any other societal border this thing will kill you. Alex Scarrow does an excellent job of painting that dark and hopeless picture.

As horrific as it is I really enjoyed this book. It made me think about the world and my place in it and how leaving things to the wayside is a great way for things to never happen at all. Honestly, the hopelessness and futility that Plague land made me think about helped me shape my motto for 2018 (along with one other ya novel that I read at the end of the year) to stop saying I’m going to do things and just do them (and so far 1 day in counting it’s been good).

For anyone who loves horror, current day dystopians, conspiracies, or books that shock you at every turn, Plague Land will make you think and wonder some of the most sorrowful “What if’s?” Of all. Fast paced and non-stop fun Plague Land will be there to terrify you during your worst waking nightmares.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below.

-Till next time!