Feel Me Fall by James Morris

I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I promise that even though I’ve been super inactive on my blog, I’m still reading books! I’m on vacation right now and I really don’t get good wifi so having the connection necessary to write and post has been quite a challenge. I finally found a stable wifi connection so get ready for a deluge of posts!

After a plane crash that stranded her and her teenage friends in the jungles of the Amazon, these high schoolers must band together to struggle against the elements. With their familiar pecking order no longer in place, a new hierarchy arises, filled with power struggles, betrayals, and revenge. When Emily emerges as the lone survivor, she must explain why she is the only one alive. But can she carry the burden of the past?

There were quite a few things that I enjoyed about this novel. I liked that the author skipped back and forth in time for certain portions of this story. It may have been a bit confusing at first, but it really added to the intrigue and mystery of the story. This novel was really action-packed and it was very easy to get caught up in the story. The one thing I didn’t really like was Emily’s character. She wasn’t a character I felt very interested in and her personality was a little blah for me. The ending was a cliffhanger, which I both liked and didn’t like; it was a unique twist but I generally just like to have a completely finished story. Overall, this was a strong YA novel that was action-packed and gripping, and I think many teens would enjoy reading this book!

Happy reading ~

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Black Order by James Rollins – Sigma Force series #3

You know that feeling when you’ve been waiting to read the next book in a series but you have to wait to get to it because of other commitments? And then when you can FINALLY let yourself curl up with the novel and enjoy the series and the characters you have grown to love? That is literally what happened to me with this book. I’ve been holding off on reading this novel until I got a chance to really savor the action and I finally got the opportunity to do so. Anyways, let me not prattle on… here is my review:

When reports of madness in a remote monastery high in Nepal reaches Lisa Cummings, she doesn’t hesitate twice to investigate what is happening. But when she discovers the Buddhist monks turning to cannibalism and torture, she realizes that this may be more than she can handle. Now she is a target of a brutal assassin working for a clandestine group that wants to hide what is happening at all cost. Lisa has only one ally – Painter Crowe, director of SIGMA Force, who is hiding as a pilgrim in the very same monastery.. and who is now showing signs of the baffling malady that was infecting the minds of the monks.

Meanwhile, Grayson Pierce is scouring bookshops for rare books that have started to gain a great deal of international attention from the wrong sort of people. When he discovers Charles Darwin’s Bible, he thinks it is only an interesting artifact. Apparently, it is worth more than that, as assassins commit arson and murder in order to get their hands on this book.

With the SIGMA force under attack on two different continents, it will be up to Commander Gray Pierce to piece together the connection between the Bible and the monks in Nepal so that he can save Painter Crowe and Lisa…. before he is too late.

In truth, this novel was not as great for me as the other two books. I was glad to see the characters of Pierce and Crowe emerge and I liked that there were two separate events happening that would eventually meet. But I didn’t really like HOW they met. I know it is science fiction and meant to be far-fetched but at some point, it becomes a bit TOO far-fetched. I wish the story had been a little tighter in terms of the connection of the Bible with the events of the monastery. But maybe I’m asking for a lot… maybe it was perfectly cohesive after all! One thing I enjoyed about this novel was its mix of physics and biology; although I am well versed in biology, my knowledge of physics is embarrassing so I definitely felt like I learned a lot! I also enjoyed the chemistry and bonds between the different characters and how it painted them as more than just members of an elite task force – it gave them substance, depth, a LIFE! I’m most likely going to continue reading the rest of the books in the series because this novel was still quite good … but hopefully, the next one is a bit more tight!

Have you read anything from this series? If you’ve read this novel, what did you think? Did it flow well? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Happy reading ~

Outlander by Diane Gabaldon

So at first I saw the trailers for the TV show and really wanted to watch it. When I found out it was based on a book series, then I knew I had to read it! After being on the wait list for a couple of months, I’ve finally managed to get myself a copy and have read it. Here is my review:

Claire and her husband are finally spending time together. The year is 1945 and the war is over, giving them the opportunity they need to really grow together. While visiting Inverness, they hear of some rituals practiced by the local women near a Stonehenge-like stone circle. But when Claire touches the stones, she is transported back in time to 1743. The first person she meets is a Jack Randall who bears an uncanny physical resemblance to her husband and is in fact Frank’s six-times-great-grandfather. However, he turns out to be quite twisted and perverted. When Claire tries to escape from him, she is caught by a group of Highland Scots who have their own reason to avoid Jack Randall and his English men.  One of these Scots happens to be Jamie Fraser, a handsome and kind man who has some secrets of his own. As Claire tries to navigate in this new (or rather, old) world, she finds herself having to make important decision. Should she help the Scots in their fight with the English? Should she go back to Frank, her devoted husband, or should she let herself fall for the sweet and charming Jamie Fraser?

I have mixed feelings on this book. It has something for everyone and I loved the intrigue and the historical parts and the fighting scenes. I even liked the philosophical and religious aspects. What I did not enjoy so much was the sexual part. To some degree, I know it is necessary. And I’ve read a lot more explicit books in the past. But it felt overly dramatic and at times unnecessary. Sometimes it read almost like one of those tabloids about sex scandals. And the emotional sex parts seemed very very immature and unbelievable. However, the story line was worth it and I pushed through. I don’t know if I plan on reading any more books in the series. I am tempted to but I also don’t know if it is worth it. If someone does end up reading this book and continuing on with the next one, do let me know what you thought about the second one!

Happy reading ~