How to be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman

How to be a Good Wife by Emma ChapmanHardcover, 288 pages
Published October 15th 2013

One day, my friend asked me for my address because she wanted to send me something. I gave it to her and a week or so later, I received a package. This package contained one item. A book, titled “How to be a Good Wife.” At first, I laughed. My friend is married and she’s probably ‘hinting;’ that I should get hitched too. Then I was kind of offended. Normally, people just ask you, “Hey, when are you getting married.” Or “Are you thinking of settling down.” Or, if you’re mom, you ask “When are you going to start giving me grandkids.” All of those are fine, but they wouldn’t send you a book called, “How to be a Good Wife.”

I wasn’t really sure how to approach my friend after this, so I did the only logical thing at this point. I turned the book over and read the synopsis to see if the book was good. Turns out, this wasn’t from my friend at all. It was from a giveaway I won at Goodreads. And it’s not really a manual on how to be a good wife; it’s a psychological thriller, which sounds so much better.

But is it?

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But I Love Him by Amanda Grace

But I love Him by Amanda GracePaperback, 245 pages
Published May 8th 2011

‘But I Love Him’ by Amanda Grace tells the story of Ann, an eighteen year old straight A student who loves her boyfriend, Conner, even though he hurts her physically and emotionally. She goes from being an outgoing normal teenager to someone who is empty and constantly on edge. Despite the many times she’s hurt, she still goes back to Conner because she loves him and knows that she has the power to erase his wounds and make him better.

I want to start off by saying despite how this review may sound, I did like the story. It’s a fast-paced engaging novel that compels you to keep reading, even though you know Ann is only going to get herself hurt.

Instead of telling us how Ann ended up like this, Grace goes a different route. Told in reverse order, we first meet Ann as she lies on the floor after Conner’s latest attack on her. Once that’s established, we’re shown what happened during their relationship and finally, at the end, we’re shown how they met.

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WWW Wednesdays (pt. 1)

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Should Be Reading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

  • What are you currently reading?

But I love Him by Amanda Grace

But I love Him by Amanda Grace – I’ve heard mixed reviews, but I have faith it will be good

  • What did you recently finish reading?

Champion by Marie Lu

Champion by Marie Lu – you can read the review by click on the book cover

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Parasite by Mira Grant

Parasite by Mira Grant – what’s scarier than a parasite?

Or

Broken by CJ Lyons

Broken by CJ Lyons – I’m hoping this is good, because I love mysteries and thrillers

I haven’t really decided which one yet.

If you have a WWW Wednesday, please share your link in the comments.

Champion by Marie Lu

Champion by Marie LuHardcover, 384 pages
Published November 5th 2013

The final book of the much hyped and much loved Legend series is officially out and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Now that I’m finished, did it live up to my expectations? Or did it crash and burn?

It’s been over eight months since the end of Prodigy. Day, who is now dying, has finally been reunited with his brother and moved to Frisco where they’re both getting treatments. While June has taken her place by Anden’s side and is officially training to be the Princeps Elect. Anden’s right hand (wo)man and leader to all of the Senates. The two still think about each other often, but after Day broke things off they haven’t really had a chance to speak since then.

All that changes, when the Colonies decide to end their peace treaty and attack the Republic. It turns out that the plague has hit them and they feel like the Republic is responsible. The Republic could fight back, and they will, but the Colonies has a strong ally with Africa and if the two join forces then the Republic will be destroyed. The only chance to stop this from happening is to find the cure. Only then, will the Colonies stop attacking. And only then, will there be peace again.

But the cure lies in Eden’s blood and after everything Day’s been through, he’s not about to let his brother be taken in for more experiments. The last time Eden was experimented on, he lost his sight and almost died and Day’s not about to let the same thing happen again. So, in order to be a champion to the people, will you sacrifice a loved one to save an entire country? Or do you turn your back to a nation that has done nothing but caused you pain?

Decisions, decisions….

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Champion or Cold Spell?

ImageBoth are coming out tomorrow and both are series that I’ve enjoyed. I wonder which one I should read first.

Actually, I already know the answer. I’m reading Champion first. It’s the final book in the trilogy, plus the story is still fresh in my head since I’ve only started reading the series last week. I’m still excited to read Cold Spell and I do want to know what happens next and to see how this story ties in with the other novels, but I think I’ll have to look back at my old reviews on them for a refresher.

 

NaNoWriMo

Once upon a time, I did this and failed. I have a problem with editing while writing and it just killed me. Even though three days have already passed, I’m thinking of taking up the challenge. I’ve always wanted to write a book and I do have many ideas swimming around in my head.

So why not? The worse thing that could happen is failing and even if I fail, I still would have accomplished writing a lot.

 

All I need to do now is start working on my outline and I’m good to go!

Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy by Marie LuHardcover, 371 pages
Published January 29th 2013

After reading a lot of dystopia and being disappointed in some of them, Legend was a breath of fresh air. It was action packed, had a great plot, and the romance between June and Day never took over the story. I really enjoyed it.

So much so that I went and picked up Prodigy. So was it as good as Legend. Short answer: No. Long answer: It wasn’t better than Legend, but it was still enjoyable. I think some of the things I overlooked in the first novel, really manifested itself here. It was still a fun read though, just not as good as Legend.

Prodigy picks up right where Legend ends. June has just betrayed the Republic and helped free Day. In order to move forward, they’ll need the help of the Patriots, a group of rebels who want to bring change in the Republic. After a trip to Vegas, June and Day meet up with the Patriots and agree to work with them. The mission is simple. June will go back to the Republic and lead the new Elector to a certain spot and Day, who will be with the Patriots, will kill him. This will spark a revolution and the people will finally be free from their oppressive state. Both June and Day have their own reasons to destroy the Republic, but are they willing to kill someone for this change and are they even sure that change will even happen?

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