The Reckoning of Noah Shaw Blog Tour: ARC Review!

Author Bio

Hodkin Author PhotoMichelle Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan. She is the author of the Mara Dyer trilogy, including The Unbecoming of Mara DyerThe Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer. Visit her online at MichelleHodkin.com.

 

 

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Book Synopsis

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In this sequel to The Becoming of Noah Shaw, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, legacies are revealed, lies are unraveled, and old alliances are forged. Noah’s reckoning is here.

Noah Shaw wants nothing more than to escape the consequences of his choices.

He can’t. 

He’s sure the memories that haunt him are merely proof of a broken heart.

They aren’t. 

He thinks he can move forward without first confronting his past.

He’s wrong.

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Book Review

I read the Mara Dyer series because a good friend strongly recommend it. She was right. That series was fantastic! But it made me want a story from Noah’s POV. BOOM! Hodkin delivered! Now while I had some hiccups with the first book, I gave the second a try and I devoured it.

Book two picks up right where the first book left off. The way the story played out had me confused at first because it didn’t seem to fit the storyline of the first book, but everything did come together. Plus, more information was given and more questions were answered. I was absolutely on board for that!

This felt like a great growth and development for Noah, which was deeply needed. While I did tear through this book, it helped bring an added depth to his character. More of his past is discovered, uncovered, and explored. It was fascinating. I could not get enough of him and his adventures.

Are you hooked enough to want to read this? I HOPE SO! Please add it to your TBR or start reading now. Noah is one of those characters that deserves to shine and this trilogy is allowing him to do just that.

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Blog Tour Schedule

November 5 – The Lovely Books

November 6 – Too Fond of Books

November 7 – Downright Dystopian

November 8 – Pure Imagination

November 9 – The Book Loving Nut

November 10 – a GREAT Read

November 11 – The Eater of Books!

November 12 – My Guilty Obsession

November 13 – Arctic Books

November 14 – A Gingerly Review

November 15 – Ex Libris Kate

November 16 – Girl in the Pages

 

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Five Feet Apart Blog Tour – ARC Review!

 

Author Bio

Version 9Rachael Lippincott was born in Philadelphia and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, splitting her time between writing and running a food truck with her partner.

 

 

 

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Book Synopsis

Five Feet Apart CoverSoon to be a major motion picture starring Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson in March 2019!

Click this link to see the trailer! Have a box of tissues handy… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cJ7MT1RTqs

In this moving story that’s perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, two teens fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within a few feet of each other without risking their lives.

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

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Book Review

How can I begin to write the review this book deserves? I had no idea I was going to fall so hard for Stella and Will and end up fighting for them. They really do rank up there with Hazel and Gus. I hope you trust me enough to know that I would not ever say that unless it was warranted.

Stella has CF and has been fighting every day for her lungs to work. She follows her regime and knows she cannot give up hope that she will get a new pair of lungs. When she goes back into the hospital for a fever that won’t go away, she finds a new resident on the floor – Will. The chances of a teenage boy with CF being on the floor are slim to none but there he is even though he doesn’t want to be. He has a very horrific and aggressive form of CF that will be deadly if he comes into contact with other people with CF. That means he has to be kept a steady and consistent six feet away from other patients. Something stirs within Stella and she wants to help him get better. She wants to help him beat his diagnosis. Can she and still keep her health?

This was a very quick read but it was one that I won’t soon forget. Sure, I had moments when I did not like Stella’s reactions to situations but I gave her a lot of leeway since I cannot begin to imagine what she was going through. Her parents divorced and her sister is not in the picture. Stella put so much pressure on herself to keep what was left of her family together. She knew she had to fight to save her parents. Talk about too much pressure!! I did admire how mature she was about her disease. I know that may sound crazy but hear me out. She knew what she had, she knew how to protect herself from catching bacteria that may harm her, she knew that a fever could mean more than just a fever. The girl was smart and did whatever she could within her power to try to get better. Will, on the other hand, was a defiant hard-headed teenage boy that came from a wealthy family. He never wanted for anything and resented his mother for throwing money around. I cannot blame him for that either. He only wanted to be loved by his parents, not thrown in hospital after hospital. His battle was endearing to read. I found myself quickly cheering for him.

I won’t tell you everything that happens but HOLY COW. That ending tore part of my soul out. I really expected it to take a different turn but I am still in awe of what I read. This was one story that I am forever glad I read and was given the opportunity to read. I strongly recommend it to everyone and hope they give it a chance.

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Blog Tour Schedule

November 12 – That Artsy Reader Girl

November 13 – Vivacious Bibliophile

November 14 – A Gingerly Review

November 15 – Life of a Simple Reader

November 16 – A Glass of Wine

November 17 – Book is Glee

November 19 – Bumbles and Fairytales

November 20 – Adventures of a Book Junkie

November 21 – Jen Ryland Reviews

November 22 – Joyous Reads

November 23 – Chasing Faerytales

November 24 – Folded Pages Distillery

November 26 – Oh, Hey! Books

November 27 – Book Briefs

November 28 – Novel Knight Book Reviews

November 29 – A Dream within a Dream

November 30 – My Guilty Obsession

 

 

 

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ARC Review: After The Fire

After the Fire

 

Do not let the cover of this book fool you. This is a powerhouse of a story, one that will stay with you for a very long time. This is a novel that I wish everyone would give a chance because it deserves the attention.

Short recap: Moonbeam is struggling to process what happened and accepting the fact that she was in a cult. She and the other kids are in a hospital/care facility after the fire. They are closely monitored and question by trained physicians and even law enforcement about what took place in the compound, but most are tight lipped. Moonbeam finds the courage to speak the truth about the events leading up to the fire. Does she have the strength to admit her part in everything? Can she confess to what she really did?

Once I started this book, it never left my mind. When I wasn’t reading it, I wanted to be because I had to know what happened. Everything about this story was masterfully done. The pacing, the plot, the character development, the arcs, all of it. Reading Moonbeam’s POV constantly gave me chills as her take on events was eye-opening. She was only a small child when her mom brought her into the cult so she grew up thinking their way of life was normal. Only after being there a few years did her mom realize what a mistake that was. In an effort to save her Moonbeam, her mom left to try to find help. Only, she never came back. Moonbeam spent most of her teenage years as a promised wife to the leader. That didn’t mean Moonbeam had it easy. The things she and the other kids had to go through was nothing short of pure torture. The way Moonbeam told the events of what happened had me transfixed. I quickly became obsessed with the story and the need to know what happened. At the same time, I almost did not want to know what happened because some scenes were horrific and terrifying.

While I could continue to go on about how utterly amazing this story is, I really want to give you enough of a tease to make you want to read it. There are parts of the story that made my skin crawl and made me want to do harm to adults, but the entire story made me want to fight for Moonbeam. I wanted to hug this girl and let her know everything would be ok. She was subjected to a level of hell that nobody should witness. But she came out on the other side so much stronger than she realized she could be.

I don’t want to give much more away. I’ll say it again though – everything about this story is magnificent. The characters were deeply flawed and wonderfully complex, the story had so many twists and turns that I never knew what was going to happen, the pacing was perfect and it made the story fly by. I finished this in a matter of a day or two. I just could not put this one down. I still cannot get over how much this story affected me and I mean that in a good way. This will say with me for a while. I do hope you will check it out.

 

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Review: The Bird and the Blade

The Bird and the Blade

 

I finished this book a while ago and have been struggling with my thoughts since. I loved this story so much that I believe I am now ruined. This was so much more than I could have imagined… it was masterfully done. I wish all YA fantasy stories could be written this way because it was pure magic. Be warned that this review will be a struggle for me to write so it may be a little scattered. I loved this story so much so that means I will have a difficult time properly expressing everything I enjoyed about this outstanding novel.

While this is labeled a “fantasy” story, it did not feel like every other fantasy story out there. This felt original, engaging, absorbing, and enchantingly amazing. I have not really been a big fan of high fantasy and I’m happy to say this was not that type of fantasy. This was just enough of everything to be perfect. The author did a wonderful job of keeping this historical side of this story entertaining and engaging. I did not feel overwhelmed with infodumps of unnecessary details. The Asian influence of the story was beautifully expressed.

The characters felt flawed and complex while still being believable. From the very beginning, I connected with these characters and simply had to know how the story ended. Let me tell you right now – that ending shattered me. I mean, absolutely gutted me. I was speechless for a while after I put this book down because it just would not stop playing in my mind. I was shook (in a good way).

What I am trying and failing to say is that I highly recommend this book to everyone. I was trying to give a review that did not give too much away, other than saying this was a brilliantly written story with deeply flawed and complex characters that will steal your heart. You want to move this up your TBR if you have not already. You need to read this.

 

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Review: A Very Large Expanse Of The Sea

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

 

 

This may be a short review as I do not share the same thoughts on this book as many other readers do. I did not connect to it nor was I blown away by it. Maybe I’m just not the right reader for Mafi books.

I know this is an important book and I am not disputing that at all. I know that my thoughts and reactions to the book differ greatly from other readers. I liked the MC enough and I get why she was defensive and angry all of the time, but those two things made it hard for me to want to like her. She was constantly lashing out at people before getting to know their true intentions. I have been guilty of that myself and have worked hard to not do that, but sometimes old habits die hard.

Perhaps one of the big reasons I did not enjoy this story as much was because of the forced romance. I did not find that believable at all. Every time she talked about having almost instalove feelings for the boy, I found myself rolling my eyes. It felt awkward, forced, and out of place in this story. I don’t believe it was necessary in this story.

The other thing that I had a hard time with was the writing style. Mafi’s delivery felt broken, choppy, and jagged. Chapters could be one page or less and that was frustrating for me. It felt like complete thoughts or events or even points could not be properly expressed in the very short amount of page space they were given. I felt that way about her other books so maybe that is just me as a reader. It also felt super rushed, as if everything was wrapped up in a pretty bow in the last few pages. I am not ever a fan of books ending that way. Don’t take the entire book laying out the story and then BAM end it in two pages.

I know this is an important story and it will resonate with a lot of readers, sadly it was just not for me. I could not connect to any part of this. I know it will still be a beloved story for many people.

 

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ARC Review: The Chaos of Now

The Chaos of Now

 

**I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. My thoughts are my own.**

 

 

I have been struggling with my review for this book. I wanted to like it so much but it never clicked with me. A book about coding and hacking should be right up my alley but this story failed to prove to me it was about coding and hacking. What I read was a mash-up of several different stories… bullying, suicide, coming of age and broken families. It was almost like this story didn’t know what it wanted to be when it grew up.

I won’t do a short recap because as I stated above, this was a confusing story to read. I really expected the main focus of the story to be coding and hacking but it wasn’t. It seemed to center more around bullying and suicide – both very serious and relevant topics. However, I do not believe they were handled well in this story. I feel strongly that the message the author was trying to get across about these two topics was lost in the mess that was just too many topics crammed into one story.

The MC was a very unlikable character. I could not find one redeeming quality about him. He claimed to be this self-learned master coder/hacker but he walked around most of the story talking about how sexually frustrated he was, how much he hated his new step-mom, how upset he was at his dad, and how he was basically full of teenage angst. Pick ONE topic and stick with it. All of these elements combined made for a poorly developed story that caused me to never connect with any character or the story.

As mentioned, I felt the topics of bullying and suicide were almost skirted over. There were times the characters talked about their classmate’s suicide as a selfish act. I’m sorry, what? How about the author use this platform as a way to really talk about the subjects and make a statement. Instead, it felt like it was thrown into the story as an afterthought and a way to move the story along. I was appalled by this.

I’m sure there is an audience for this story, one that will really enjoy it, but sadly it was not me. I’m not upset that I read it but I am disappointed by what I read.

 

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Review: Dry

Dry

 

I’m going to start this review by saying I am going to struggle to properly express how I feel about this book. I liked it but at the same time I felt it was lacking something … I don’t know exactly what that is but I hope to pinpoint by the end of the review.

Short recap: The residents of California did not take the warnings to ration water seriously… until one day it was gone. Alyssa, along with her brother and parents, struggle to figure out what to do. Very little news is given, nor is help. Outright panic takes the state over. Alyssa’s next door neighbor, Kelton, is the son of a man who is prepared for the next apocalypse. They team up in hopes of surviving the chaos of the drought. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive?

I know my recap is a little sketchy but you get the gist, I hope. Alyssa and Kelton were an unlikely pair to team up because Kelton has had the biggest crush on Alyssa, but he and his family have a stock-pile of supplies to last through nearly everything. They end up being enjoyable characters but I never felt I truly got to know Alyssa. I knew that she trusted nearly everyone (probably a bad trait in the long run) and she had an innocent side to her that really got on my nerves. I want to be more positive and I wish I could be as trusting as she was, but at some point in time even I have to realize that not everyone is good. Alyssa was not that way. Example: in the early part of the story, the family goes to Costco for water (like everyone else in the state). She gets the idea to go for ice instead of water bottles. People are out of their mind crazed trying to find water when a strange older man offers to pull her cart of ice to the register. That’s when he tried to claim the cart was his and she nearly put up no fight at all… not until her uncle showed up. Why couldn’t this girl understand that in a time of crisis, people are in survival mode, not help mode. She nearly gave up and gave into the strange man simply shrugging it off. Her character stayed like that the entire story. It was frustrating to read. Kelton was good but too much in puppy-love with Alyssa to think/act clearly.

There are a slew of other characters that are given POV chapters but they are introduced at odd times in the story. It felt like they were added simply to keep the story moving. There was a chapter from the uncle’s POV – one chapter only. There was another POV introduced more than halfway through of a young kid that was a smooth talker. I don’t believe his voice was necessary to the overall story. Jacqui is another character that was introduced that was given a voice. If it wasn’t for the the audio and knowing the voices changed, I might have become confused reading the actual book. It felt like too many characters in a short period of time.

The premise of the story was a good one. I love dystopians so this felt like home to me. I would love to believe I could survive for a little bit in a world like this but who knows. I may wuss out and sit crying in a corner somewhere. While I loved the concept of the story, the ending felt incomplete. It was not stated why these events happened or why they were limited to the one state. The rest of the US was fine and dandy but people in the one state were dying of dehydrating. Holy unanswered questions, Batman! I like to know the WHYS of a story but this did not provide that.

Am I sorry I read it? Not at all. I enjoyed the overall story but it was not something that absolutely blew my hair back. I would recommend but urge caution that not all of the answers will be given so don’t ask to begin with. Shusterman and Shusterman did an excellent job of rekindling my love for dystopians and the want of this genre to come back.

 

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