Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pocket Book Reviews {June 2015}

I didn't read as many books this month as I did last month, but four is pretty good considering I was busy. I read an eclectic assortment of books (self-help, sci-fi, murder mystery) and three of them were amazing and one was a complete dud. 

Another Day*
★★★ (5 out of 5)

Written by David Levithan, this companion story to Every Day is from the point of view of Rhiannon who's life is normal and who has a distant, temperamental boyfriend until one day her boyfriend sees her and they share a perfect day. Then one day a stranger tells her that it wasn't Justin that day at all. 

Fantastic book! I've never read the first one, Every Day, which is from the point of view of A, but I think it was interesting seeing their story from her side and how confusing it is to experience. The characters are very real and flawed and at times Rhiannon's lack of confidence really started to annoy me, but it felt true to her character. Now I want to read the first book! 

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The Crossroads of Should and Must
★★★ (5 out of 5)

Written by Elle Luna, she helps take you on a personal journey to figure out what your "Shoulds" and "Musts" are in life. “Should” is what we feel we ought to be doing, or what is expected of us. “Must” is the thing we dream of doing, our heart’s desire. She wants us all to take that leap towards "Must," our true callings. 

I heard Elle Luna speak while at BookCon and was instantly mesmerized. She speaks so eloquently and presented the idea of "Shoulds" and "Musts" in a raw way that makes you realize how badly you want to go after your own "Must." This book is beautiful to read, it's thought-provoking, and a little scary because it forces you to take a good, hard look at your life and what you want need to be doing. I would recommend this book to everyone. 

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★★★ (4 out of 5)

Written by Scott Sigler, this gripping novel is about a young woman who wakes up in an enclosed space and has no idea where she is, who put her there, or her own name. Things don't get better when she breaks herself free. Determined to get herself and others to safety, they begin a journey in a long corridor with unspeakable horrors and the reality of their situation is worse than they could ever imagine. 

This book kept me on the edge of my seat and had me asking all these questions: Why were they in these boxes? What happened to all of those bodies? What is this place? And most importantly: How do they get out? This story is best if you don't know much. It's like The Maze Runner, but much creepier. 

Add this book to your Goodreads (Release Date: July 14)

Death by Coffee**
★★ (2 out of 5)

Written by Alex Erickson, this novel is about Krissy, a woman who moves to a small town to open a coffee shop with her friend, Vicky. The day the story opens, a man comes in, orders coffee, and leaves. Not ten minutes later, he's dead from an allergic reaction to peanuts. Since her father is a murder mystery writer and she loves puzzles, Krissy decides to investigate. 

Let's begin the rant to why this book is so stupid: Just because someone possibly dies from the coffee Krissy made him doesn't mean she has a right to investigate his death. And the fact that her father is a murder mystery writer and that she like puzzles also is not a good enough reason to investigate. She is not the police, she should keep her butt out of it. She doesn't slyly investigate either; she literally goes up to people and asks them questions and they answer! Why are they giving her information if she's not the police? She's new to town. She's a complete stranger! WTF! The one scene that really made me laugh (because it's so stupid) is how on her first date with Officer Dalton she convinces him to let her see the crime scene. Because that's a good idea. This woman could be crazy and he lets her look at the crime scene? Are you insane? Save yourself some trouble and skip this. 

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*Free from BookCon.
**I received this for free via NetGalley. All opinions are my own. 

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  1. OMG Death By Coffee sounds so ridiculous! hahaha!

  2. 4 books a month is not good, its amazing

    keep in touch

  3. Man, Death by Coffee could have been a cute title with a good premise if ONLY there was an actual reason for her to investigate. Ugh.

  4. Hey two books rated 5 out of 5 out of four books for the month is amazing! I am so picky with my book ratings that 5 star books have to be my top favorites. I entered to win the book--it looks so interesting!

  5. I'm glad to see that you really liked Alive! It's one that I really want to check out because it seems like something I love. I adored The Maze Runner, so now I'm super pumped! Great reviews!
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  6. MAC Russian Red lipstick has been my best friend for years.

  7. At least most of your books were enjoyable this month! Also, I think four books is great! I was pretty happy to read only three for June! :D

  8. Woah, if four is only "pretty good" then I have some work to do, hahah! My fav drink from Starbucks is the Mocha Cookie Crumble, but it didn't come back this summer :(

  9. I love a nice Vanilla Latte.

  10. Love to find another diverse reader :) Alive sort of in a weird way sound like The Raw Shark Texts for some reason? Have you read it? You would probably enjoy it if you are into that sort of on the edge of your seat in an odd way book :)

  11. An iced mocha! Or just a hot chocolate in the wintertime :)
    This book looks seriously intriguing and definitely want to get my hands on it!

    Penn&Quill || Robin

  12. Ohhh looks like you had a few really good ones! I read A TON this past month but I think it's because of all the rain. I have been stuff in the house more often than usual. lol! I have been addicted to Starbucks Shaken Black Tea. sooo good!

  13. Adding Crosswords of Should and Must to be reading list! Thanks for the reviews... seems like some great picks!

  14. The Crossroads of Should and Must sounds amazing, also the cover and whole layout is very artsy and right up my alley :)


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