Month: November 2015


Posted November 23, 2015 by Ashley in B.E.A., Book Review, Young Adult / 3 Comments

IlluminaeIlluminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Format: ARC
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
on October 20th 2015
Pages: 599
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers Source: Publisher

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.
This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.
Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

This is the most unique book I have ever read, seriously. It took me a while to get into the book because it’s quite different and I got distracted, but once it grabbed me, I finished it in one sitting. It’s better to show you what I mean, rather than try to stumble through descriptions.

The Cover: One of my favorite things about a hardcover book is discovering what is under the dust jacket. This one is fitting and fun.

The cover is see through and what is underneath is a teaser to what is about to come!

The Pages: Not only does this book tell an amazing story, it is full of pages that look like these…

And these…

A lot of them will look similar to these…

I think you can tell how unique this book is just by looking at it. The story is just as amazing. From start to finish this book will never cease to surprise, taunt, anger and amaze you. Oh, and you might not want to start it unless you can devote an entire day to it!

Check out this book trailer.

So all in all, I loved this book. I was really excited to read it and it’s just been announced it’s been optioned for a movie!


Have you read Illuminae? If so let’s chat!



Above the Waterfall

Posted November 9, 2015 by Ashley in Adult, Book Review / 0 Comments

Above the WaterfallAbove the Waterfall by Ron Rash
Format: ARC
Genres: Fiction
on September 8th 2015
Pages: 252
Published by Ecco Source: Publisher

Les, a long-time sheriff nearing retirement, contends with the ravages of poverty and crystal meth in his small Appalachian town. Nestled in a beautiful hollow of the Appalachians, his is a tight-knit community rife with secrets and suspicious of outsiders.
Becky, a park ranger, arrives in this remote patch of North Carolina hoping to ease the anguish of a harrowing past. Searching for tranquility amid the verdant stillness, she finds solace in poetry and the splendor of the land.
A vicious crime will plunge both sheriff and ranger into deep and murky waters, forging an unexpected bond between them. Caught in a vortex of duplicity, lies, and betrayal, they must navigate the dangerous currents of a tragedy that turns neighbor against neighbor—and threatens to sweep them all over the edge.

Les is in his last three weeks as Sheriff of the town he grew up in and he is more than ready to retire to his newly built cabin in the woods. His past is haunted by a failed marriage and he still carries a lot of regret. Before he can retire, one more case comes across his desk and it’s a doozy! Becky is a nature enthusiast who works as a park ranger. She arrived in North Carolina to escape her past that is full of tragedy. Les and Becky’s relationship is complicated and it only gets more so during the case.Told in alternating chapters, Les and Becky work the case and begin piecing together the disturbing truth, what they discover will not only test their relationship but Les must decide where to draw the line between the law and his morals.

This is the first book I’ve read by Ron Rash so I didn’t really know what to expect. It was a quick easy read and I enjoyed reading it and I think I’ll try another one of his books soon.


Have you ready Above the Waterfall or anything else by Ron Rash? If so, let’s chat!


Playing With Fire

Posted November 3, 2015 by Ashley in Adult, B.E.A., Book Review / 2 Comments

Playing With FirePlaying with Fire by Tess Gerritsen
Format: ARC
Genres: Mystery
on October 27th 2015
Pages: 250
Published by Ballantine Books Source: Publisher

A beautiful violinist is haunted by a very old piece of music she finds in a strange antique shop in Rome.
The first time Julia Ansdell picks up The Incendio Waltz, she knows it’s a strikingly unusual composition. But while playing the piece, Julia blacks out and awakens to find her young daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence. And when she travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music, she uncovers a dark secret that involves dangerously powerful people—a family who would stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light.

It’s no secret that I love Tess Gerritsen, I’ve fallen in love with her Mystery books about vivid characters, murder and medicine. I love the Rizzoli and Isles series but when I heard she had a new stand alone, I was overly excited to get my hands on it. Though the ending wasn’t what I expected, I found myself completely engrossed until the end. 

I’m not musically inclined so when words like musical bars, measures, accidentals and arpeggios showed up in the first chapter, I was a worried they would keep me from truly understanding the musical aspect of the book. Thankfully I was able to comprehend without having to Google (too) many terms Gerristen used to describe the haunting music. 

Present day takes place in Boston with Julia, her husband Rob and daughter Lily. Julia is a professional violinist and is Rome for work when she finds a piece of music called the Incendio waltz. Julia becomes awestruck with the music and its mysterious composer and purchases it from a local shop keep. Once she gets the music home and starts to play it, something in her daughter shifts-she is no longer Julia’s sweet innocent little girl. After two particularly bloody incidents with Lily, Julia decides to go back to Rome and find out as much information about the composer of the waltz as she can, even if it might kill her.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read that really captured my attention from the beginning. I devoured it in just a few hours and recommend it to any mystery fan.


Did you read Playing with Fire? If so let’s chat!