Book Reviews: February 2015 (Part 1)

Thursday, December 17, 2015

After a less than stellar start to my reading year, I became a reading machine in February.  I really enjoyed most of the books I read this month which definitely made up for January!

It's really hard for me to review this book.  I liked learning about Chris and his life and once I was done reading and reflected back on it, I really did like it.  I liked that the author included his opinions about Chris's life and thoughts, mostly because he was telling the truth - Chris was naive and unprepared.  But I don't think the author was tactless about it.  The author also clearly educated himself about Chris and about the Alaskan Wilderness.  My issue while reading this book was that I have a hard time with non-fiction.  This book read more like a text book than a story which is hard for me.  As hard is it could be to get through, I'm really glad I read it.  It was very educational and insightful.  This is definitely a book I'd recommend to anyone.  
I gave this book a 4/5 on my GoodReads

Love, Love Love!  I'm not a religious person and don't usually read books that involve religion, but I made an exception for this book because I really liked the movie.  Luckily for me, the religious aspect was very subtle and I really enjoyed the book.  I loved all of the characters and found myself cheering Elizabeth on, laughing at her mishaps, and loving what a Gentleman Wynn is.  This was a sweet, light, and easy read - I read most of it in one sitting.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction or an adorable romance.   I really want to read the rest of the series but they're really hard to find :(
I gave this book a 5/5 on my GoodReads.

  I'm not going to lie, I was really reluctant to read this book because I liked the way the first one ended - but my curiosity won.  I ended up really liking this book and being really glad that Ginny's journey continued.  I really loved the travel aspect of this book as well as all of the colorful characters that Ginny meets throughout her travels. I was worried that this book would take away from or over-complicate the plot from the first book (because lets face it, a lot of sequels do) but I don't feel like it did.  Now, if there were to be a third book, I probably wouldn't read it because I was completely satisfied with the ending of this book. This book was fun and quirky and I would definitely recommend it (and the first book) to anyone, especially if you love travel.
I gave this book a 4/5 on my GoodReads

 I'm going to start this by saying that I am not a huge fan of James Patterson, like at all.  However, my Mom loves his books and told me I would really like this one.  She knows my taste so I trusted her and I'm glad I did.  Although at times I felt like I was re-reading The Fault in Our Stars, I still really enjoyed the story and the adventures that Axi and Robinson went on.  This is by no means a masterpiece but it was a quick and easy read; I read it in one evening.  It is definitely a tear jerker but if you're OK with that then I would definitely recommend this book.
I gave this book a 3/5 on my GoodReads.

 Wow, this book sure made me feel glad high school is over.  Luckily my high school wasn't like this and we never had anything like this go on, but still.   I really liked how she broke the book up into chapters by person so that we could see the reactions and effects of the list as they were felt by each person.  I also liked that when we find out who made the list, she gives her reasons for choosing each person - and they sort of make sense.  By having so many different voices, it really broke the book  up well - my only issue was that there were some characters I really wanted to know more about.  Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I'd recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind reading about high school.
I gave this book a 4/5 on my GoodReads.

I picked up this book randomly at Barnes and Noble; I'd never heard of the book or the author.  Major win for my randomness because I loved this book.  I loved the main characters and I loved that Sam and Jase were fairly mature for their age so there was really no stupid teenage drama.  I also liked that they were both very realistic characters and that we slowly got to know them and the rest of the characters; it felt very natural.  Another thing I really liked that I find lacking in a lot of books was the emphasis on family, especially in the Garrett household.  I really loved everything about this book and could not recommend it enough. 
I gave this book a 4/5 on my GoodReads.

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