Heart of the Storm by Michael Buckley

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Publisher Synopsis

“There’s something out in that water. Be ready to take the people you love and leave when it comes onshore.”

For three months, Lyric Walker has been trapped in the hunting grounds, the Alpha city at the bottom of the ocean. But Lyric Walker, Brooklyn girl, is not going down without a fight. She makes an unlikely alliance with her jailer, a Rusalka named Husk. Husk reveals the truth about what actually resides in the Great Abyss. The Great Abyss is not some Alpha god but belongs to an unknown clan of monsters, ones who think in a hive mentality and believe anyone who cannot hear their voice is broken and must be destroyed. And Lyric has just woken them.
After a death-defying escape, Lyric makes her journey back to the mainland to prepare humanity for another monster invasion. Once reunited with her parents, Bex, and hot-nerd-with-potential Riley, Lyric has to break the terrible truth.

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**SPOILER ALERT**

This book gave me a major case of the feels!!!! First going into this book I wasn’t as into it as I was for the first two books in this trilogy (Undertow & Raging Sea), however, by the end I was exploding with emotions! It took me a while to get through Heart of the Storm. It was written differently than the first two books…we are reading a chapter each through a flash back and present time…and I have NEVER been a fan of that. However, whenever I sat down with this book and just committed to reading it I couldn’t stop and got trapped in the Coney Island world! By the end of this book I was totally satisfied with the ending even when I thought I wouldn’t be.

Let me just say that the fight scenes in Buckley’s books are so well written, it’s like I am there. My heat starts racing and I feel all the emotions that his characters feel.

Sadness…

Anger…

Pain…

Panic…

Happiness…

Surprise…

Love…

I can smell the ocean and feel the breeze

That’s what I call a fantastic writer!

I sort of ruined it for myself in a way because I read a little bit ahead and just happened to pick the chapter where Lyric finds out she is pregnant with Fathom’s baby (yeah that totally threw me for a loop!!!) and then once I read that I needed to know how it all went down and skipped ahead to the part when she tells Fathom…and then I read a little bit of the epilogue; DON’T DO WHAT I DID! Because of this I jumped to all sorts of conclusions about what happened with Riley and why he was with Bex and then why Lyric and Fathom weren’t together…I mean they love each other and have a son! I started putting off reading this book because I am such a sap for love and it seemed like Lyric wasn’t going to get it with Riley or Fathom…it seriously broke my heart a little bit…like there was pain and everything. But I continued on and I was totally wrong and the ending was one of the most satisfying things I have read in a long time. I am used to the main characters getting the love interest at the end, or ending up with someone they love and someone that makes them happy. But for once the author made it about what was empowering for the protagonist, and in this case is was Lyric deciding to choose herself.

‘I pick me,’ I say.

He’s confused again. This time, I take his hands in mine.

“I had a choice to make,” I say. He doesn’t need to know he’s been one corner of a love triangle. He doesn’t need to know that I was flipping Riley and him over in my head, trying to see them from every side, so I could decide which one to buy. He doesn’t need to know that Riley helped me understand something that right now makes sense. “And I picked me.”

I tell him that I love him and that I probably always will, and then  I tell him all the reasons why it’s not a good enough reason for us to be together. He doesn’t argue or try to manipulate me. He doesn’t go on and on about how if we want it, we can have it. He just sits and listens. For the first time since he came into my life, he is exactly what I needed him to be.”

I absolutely love this because I feel like it portrays a different side of not only the heroin but reveals that we all have a choice and that choice doesn’t always have to be what other people expect it to be.

The epilogue starts of three years later when Lyric, Riley, Bex and Lyric’s three old son, Max, return to Coney Island to meet up with Fathom and Husk so that Max can meet his dad. And while it kind of rubbed me the wrong way that Max and Fathom were just meeting for the first time in three years I got through it and totally fell in love with this scene. Fathom is a little more human and is great with Max. Buckley ends this book perfectly because it’s the cutest scene in the history of books, it ends with Fathom and Max doing the Wild Things dance and Fathom is the one to initiate it! My heart seriously melted. Not to mention that Buckley hints at Fathom and Lyric still feeling things for each other and possibly starting over in the future…that might just be my imagination but a girl can dream! Over all I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would and it was such a satisfying ending! Thank you Michael Buckley for capturing my heart in the Undertow world!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

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My Most Anticipated Books of 2017

Hello Readers! Today’s blog post is going to be about my most anticipated books of 2017 in order, 1 being my most anticipated and 10 being my lesser anticipated!! I don’t have as many this year as I usually do and I think that’s mostly because I have been so busy with class and planning a wedding that I have not been able to scroll through bookish media! Don’t despair though because I still have A LOT of amazing books that are being released that I want to devour. Lately I have been really into post apocalyptic books, usually about the world ending in some way…why I am not sure! I have also really been enjoying books that take place in space or on other planets, love love love!! Here is a list of the books that I am dying to get my hands on! If you have read any of these or if you are also impatiently waiting for them like I am let me know in the comments down below!

P.S. Some of these I have already read this year and I was a little bit disappointed in some of them. However, I am going to rate them how I would have rated their anticipation before reading them!

  1. Untitled Chaol Novel by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard
  3. Starfall by Melissa Landers
  4. We All Looked Up by Tommy Walach
  5. The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
  6. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
  7. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  8. The Last Place on Earth by Carol Snow
  9. North of Happy by Adi Alsaid
  10. Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey

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Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Blue Tickle Monster by A.M. Shah, Melissa Arias Shah

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This story is about a little girl named Susie Sue who teaches Blue Tickle Monster how to laugh before bedtime.
A great story for parents, children, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach kids about facing fears, creating friendships, and laughing. Ages 4 and Up.

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**THANK YOU TO THE AUTHORS FOR SENDING ME AN ARC IN THE MAIL**

So this is my first children’s book that I am reviewing! I have found that when children’s books rhyme they are not only easier for kids to read, but also more fun to read for the child. This book had no rhyme to it whatsoever, which was sort of disappointing. My niece really loved all the colors in this book, it is definitely fun to look at! Not sure if I would recommend this book, but it was fun to look at the illustrations.

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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Publisher Synopsis

The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world. Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream–a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie, struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes such as the friendship of a shared vision, and giving voice to America’s lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men has proved one of Steinbeck’s most popular works, achieving success as a novel, a Broadway play and three acclaimed films.

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I have a love hate relationship with this book. Why? Because I am not sure whether or not I enjoyed this book or found it to be depressing. Of Mice and Men is a book that made me realize the ugly in the world and the way people with disabilities are treated. I would go so far as to say that this book made me grow up a little after that realization. I would definitely recommend that every person read Of Mice and Men at least once in their life! John Steinbeck has some amazing books and his writing style is easy to understand and imagine up in your head. He is a “classic” writer to me!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Books I Hated

Hello readers and bloggers! Anyone ever just absolutely hate a book? I know I have, it doesn’t happen often, but when it does I remember it for awhile because I usually enjoy every book I read! Today’s blog post is about the books that I have come across and really didn’t enjoy. I am only going to do a couple that I just really couldn’t finish and/or regretted finishing! If you hated any of these books, or loved them, let me know why in the comments down below!

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

This book was SO LAME! I hated the story and I couldn’t stand any of the characters, the main character, Emy was so whinny and pathetic. She drove me nuts and I couldn’t finish this book because it is. Now keep in mind that I am not a fan of Nina LaCour’s writing at all, so I probably should have never picked this book up in the first place.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I know, this book is a “classic”, however, I could not keep my eyes or mind open for this book. I read this book for the first time in my freshman year of high school and it was so brutal. I didn’t care about the characters or story at all; after I started reading this book, the only reason that kept me going was that I had a midterm project due on it. I am not sure why people loved this book so much, I would love to have been on the band wagon but I just couldn’t! If you really loved this book, please explain why in the comments down below!!

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Okay, this book was just really weird. I finished the book, however, I would not recommend it or pick it up again. I didn’t mine the beginning, but once it got to the part of how the main character got pregnant, and then WHY she got pregnant, just turned me off and made me feel super uncomfortable!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah