Contagious Reads Book Report

December 21, 2014 Book Report, Lindsay's reviews 0

CR Book ReportWelcome to the Contagious Reads Book Report (please say in your head like the Colbert Report)! We’ll be recapping all the books we read this week that didn’t get the full review treatment

Lindsay’s Reviews

golden sonGolden Son
The Red Rising Trilogy #2
by Pierce Brown
To be published on January 6th 2015
5 (million) STARS!

Goodreads | Amazon

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within. A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Songuarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

This won’t be a review so much as it is a homage. I had kept my hopes low, thinking that there was no possible way that I could enjoy this as much as I had Red Rising. I mean, Red Rising was THE top book that I read last year, making Golden Son THE most anticipated book of this year. How can it possibly live up to the hype?

Ohhhhhhhh it did more than live up to it. It surpassed it! Whereas Red Rising spent a lot of time building up this new world, it was still fairly narrow, keeping most of the story within a closed environment. But now, training is over. Golden Son expands on the world in the broadest meaning of the word. It takes the reader beyond Mars and has a whole solar system to work with.

I never could have guessed that I would enjoy a war story, but I did. Be prepared for violence and destruction, because war can’t possibly exist without these things. Be prepared for it, but don’t close your eyes to it. There is a lot that can be learned from this series.

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

LastMissionLast Mission of the Living
The Last Bastion #2
by Rhiannon Frater
published on August 28th, 2014

Goodreads | Amazon

Humanity teeters on the brink of extinction…

Vanguard Lindsay Rooney has faced the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge and lived to tell the tale, but she has also suffered horrible losses. Like millions of other civilians, she had hoped that The Bastion would recover after a team of modified soldiers eradicated the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge that infested their valley. Yet the city still crumbles around them, along with any chance of survival.

Lindsey’s growing friendship with Torran MacDonald, an officer with the Science Warfare division, is her only solace as the decline of the city continues. When food riots fill the streets, martial law is enacted, and the upper echelons of government battle for control of the city, Lindsey is conscripted by her superiors to embark on a dangerous mission into the dead world beyond The Bastion. To add even more complications, Torran and the SWD join the squad.

Soon, Lindsey realizes that her mission is more than what it seems, and there are secrets that could both destroy The Bastion and take her life.

Coming up to the end of the year, I figured I still had room to fit in one more epic book. I have loved every single book of Rhiannon’s, but there are definitely ones that stand out in my mind, that stick with me through the nights. Last Bastion was definitely one of those books. I had given up all hope of a sequel, but when she came out with Last Mission I knew that it would be one of my favorites.

Lindsey (besides having a great name) kicks so much ass! I never really felt like I had enough time with her during book one, so it was nice to finally have some quality time with her. Torran is equally awesome, and the two of them fight their way through impossible situations with flair. The level of intensity in this book was off the charts! There were a few times when I had to just take a break. Close the book. Take a breath. Consider putting it down, but reject that idea. Pick the book back up and dive right back in.

You need to read this book. Need. You will live and breath this book. Be sure to pick up Last Bastion first –> HERE

A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

johnnyJohnny and the Vampires of Versailles
Vampires of the Tower #2
by Cody Young
published on ?? (Goodreads claims 2013, Amazon says 2012… one or both are wrong)

Amazon | Goodreads

Meet Johnny and the Vampires of Versailles. In this fast-paced time-travel adventure, Madison Lambourne goes back to 1789 and sees the outbreak of the French Revolution. She’s on a mission to help Johnny protect the River of Time. She knows she’s in love and she knows she can do this. But what she doesn’t know is that she and Johnny have been framed. Can they unravel the mystery before it’s too late?

Two years is a long time to wait for a sequel, but that is exactly what I have been doing. Waiting. So many books are good, but forgettable, but Johnny Doesn’t Drink Champagne kept me wondering for over two years. What happens next?

It was worth the wait. The story picks up where book one left off, with Madison and Johnny returning to the present day, having to face the fallout for everything that has happened in the past. I know that vampire stories are falling out of favor, but this is NOT a vampire story. It is a love story, where one of the characters just happens to be a vampire. Madison and Johnny travel back and forth through time, trying to be faithful to what Time asks of them.

Editing did need a small amount of work, and I had to stop my inner compulsive from breaking out the red pen to mark each time “your” and “you’re” were mixed up.

The Vampires of the Tower series is perfectly clean teen romance. It’s an exciting story with addictive characters, and a writing style that is easy to read. I hope I don’t have to wait too long for the third one!

I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway, in exchange for an honest review.

walls around usThe Walls Around Us
by Nova Ren Suma
Expected publication: March 24th 2015

Goodreads | Amazon

“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

The author’s writing style gets a solid 5 stars. It’s beautiful and poetic. It flows smoothly. Think, calm stream, not rushing river. There were no scenes that set my heart pumping, but the whole book had a current, pulling me forward, with no fear of drowning in it.

The characters were absolutely flawless, or more accurately, believably flawed. The story is told from two POVs. The first, Violet, is a ballerina, perfect in every visible way. And yet, I hated her so much. Right from the beginning, I found that her voice was bitter. Her only qualities that I can relate to are the kinds of qualities that I tend to turn away from; jealousy, spite, pride. Violet seems to be completely ignorant of her own faults. The second POV is Amber. She is an inmate in a women’s correctional facility. Even though she has been convicted of a crime, I found her more likeable than Violet. Between the two, we get Ori’s story. There are times when I wish I could have a chapter from Ori’s head, to see what’s going on in there, but I guess I’m just going to have to guess.

The story itself is not quite as much of a mind f*ck as I was expecting. There were so many interesting twists and turns, and I felt like it was building up to something epic! In the end, I was actually a little let down. It felt a little anticlimactic.

This was my first book by Nova Ren Suma, but I will most definitely be reading more of her books!

A copy of this book was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3
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