I Am The Traitor by Allen Zadoff

2015-07-26 19.30.08

Title: I Am the Traitor
Author: Allen Zadoff
Genre: Young adult mystery
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary (from Amazon):

The Program has sent Boy Nobody on countless missions, instructed to kill whichever target he was given. But now, after going rogue, he is on his own mission to rescue his friend Howard, who was captured by The Program.

Boy Nobody manages to free Howard as well as Tanya, a mysterious girl who was being held with him. Putting their skills to the test, Howard and Tanya help Boy Nobody collect information about his father, eventually revealing a dangerous secret that teaches Boy Nobody a valuable lesson — he can’t trust anyone.

On the run from The Program, Boy Nobody must face his past, as he’s forced to decide where his loyalties lie.

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

I have to say that this was a satisfying ending to the trilogy. I want more, but then the series would just be dragging on.

Zach saves his friend Howard from The Program and also an unexpected prisoner: Tanya. Zach doesn’t know what to make of her, but he allows her to tag along anyway.

Judging how the first two novels went, I wasn’t sure what to make of Tanya. Was she good? Was she bad? Was she going to live?

I was happy with the way things turned out; especially since I liked Tanya.

Point one for Zadoff; he created some strong female characters who could hold their own. I was impressed with that. You don’t see that too much these days.

This final installment was action-packed from start to finish as it picked up right where book two ended. The ending was not certainly something I expected. I felt like I should have seen it coming, but I didn’t; which is a good thing.

The ending was sort of a cliff-hanger, but not in a suspenseful way. It was more left as an imaginative way. You have a feeling where the characters will go from there, but it’s left to your imagination. You just know that they all got a happy ending.

I Am the Traitor by Allen Zadoff gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“Women. There’s not a lot of information about them in the training manual.” –Allen Zadoff, I Am the Traitor

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Would You Rather: Reader Edition

Remember the Writer Edition of Would You Rather I posted a few days ago? Well, this is the Reader Edition, which was also taken from Herminia‘s blog.

Thank you Herminia for all the great blog post ideas!

Would you rather only read trilogies or only read standalones?

Standalones even though I mostly read series. I think standalones are easier and less complex; especially when writing book reviews.

Would you rather only read male or female authors?

I don’t understand this question. I don’t think it matters what gender the author is. Though, I will say that it’s probably easier to read a male protagonist when the author is a male and easier to read a female protagonist when the author is female.

Would you rather shop at Barnes and Noble or Amazon?

Barnes and Noble. I can feel, smell, and thumb through the pages before I buy. Plus, I don’t have to wait for it to ship and deliver and I’m at Barnes and Noble every week.

Would you rather books were made into TV shows or movies?

Movies. I think TV shows end up getting dragged on too long because of the multiple seasons.

Would you rather read only 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

Five books a week, hands down.

Would you rather be a professional author or reviewer?

Author. I love reading and reviewing, but I have too many stories to tell.

Would you rather be a librarian or a bookseller?

Bookseller. I think a lot more happens in bookstores than libraries.

Would you rather read only your favorite genre, or every other genre but your favorite?

This is tough. I guess I would go with every other genre, only because I like variety.

Would you rather only read ebooks or physical books?

I would rather physical books, but I do love both.

Again, feel free to answer these questions on your own blog and maybe come up with some new ones!

Memory Man by David Baldacci


Title: Memory Man
Author: David Baldacci
Genre: Mystery
How I got the book: Borrowed from my mom’s bookshelf

Summary (from Amazon):

Amos Decker’s life changed forever–twice.
The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good, and left him with an improbable side effect–he can never forget anything.
The second time was at home nearly two decades later. Now a police detective, Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare–his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered.
His family destroyed, their killer’s identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the street, taking piecemeal jobs as a private investigator when he can.
But over a year later, a man turns himself in to the police and confesses to the murders. At the same time a horrific event nearly brings Burlington to its knees, and Decker is called back in to help with this investigation. Decker also seizes his chance to learn what really happened to his family that night. To uncover the stunning truth, he must use his remarkable gifts and confront the burdens that go along with them. He must endure the memories he would much rather forget. And he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

This novel was interesting until the very end.

It follows Amos Decker, a man who can’t forget anything due to a brain trauma that caused him to have an exceptional memory. Decker used to be a cop and then detective before his family–his brother, wife, and child–were murdered.

The killer was never caught until one day, years later, someone confesses. At that time a shooting occurs at the local high school killing several students as well as a couple teachers.

Decker is brought onto the case as a consultant as they realize both the shooting and the death of his family are connected.

The novel follows Decker as he tries to follow the killer’s clues, which are directed at him. The case is a lot more personal than anyone ever thought.

Overall, this was a great mystery to read. It was heavy, but all questions were answered by the end, the characters were well developed throughout the book, and the plot was complex enough that it wasn’t predictable but you were able to slowly figure it out along with the characters. Which, in my opinion, are the best types of mysteries.

Memory Man by David Baldacci gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“Damaged minds, even turned exceptional in some ways, are capable of many things. Some good, some bad.” –David Baldacci, Memory Man

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The Boy On The Wooden Box by Leon Leyson

2015-07-09 19.29.21

Title: The Boy on the Wooden Box
Author: Leon Leyson
Genre: Autobiography
How I got the book: I borrowed it from my mom’s bookshelf

Summary (from Amazon):

Leon Leyson (born Leib Lezjon) was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. With incredible luck, perseverance, and grit, Leyson was able to survive the sadism of the Nazis, including that of the demonic Amon Goeth, commandant of Plaszow, the concentration camp outside Krakow. Ultimately, it was the generosity and cunning of one man, a man named Oskar Schindler, who saved Leon Leyson’s life, and the lives of his mother, his father, and two of his four siblings, by adding their names to his list of workers in his factory—a list that became world renowned: Schindler’s List.

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

Inspiring.

Breathtaking.

This book is an autobiography written by Leon Leyson, a Jewish boy who survived the Holocaust. He was only ten-years-old when the Nazis took over.

Leon survived because of Oskar Schindler as well as the strength of his family.

It’s a quick, easy read and has more than enough information. The first chapter explains background on Leon, his family, and his life before the Nazis. The rest of the novel–up until the last chapter–is his experiences being held captive by the Nazis and working for them as well as trying to stick with his family as they keep getting split up.

There’s an afterward of letters written by Leon’s children as well as pictures.

It’s a sad tale, but has a happy ending. I think this is a story that everyone should read.

The Boy on the Wooden Box gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“A hero is an ordinary human being who does the best of things in the worst of times.” –Leon Leyson, The Boy on the Wooden Box

Warriors: Power Of Three Books 4-6

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Title: Warriors: Power of Three: Eclipse (book 4)
Author:
Erin Hunter
How did I get the book: 
I bought it.
Genre: Juvenile fantasy

Summary (from Amazon):

Firestar’s three grandchildren have learned of the powerful prophecy that foretells their destinies, and the responsibility of deciding the Clans’ future weighs heavily on the three apprentices. But each secretly yearns for power: Lionpaw dreams of being undefeatable in battle, while Hollypaw longs to be a great leader and Jaypaw knows only he can see the true past and future for them all. Their strengths are tested when ThunderClan is suddenly attacked—and all four Clans are thrown into a battle unlike any the cats have ever seen.

Then a dark shadow falls across the forest, and a mysterious stranger warns the Clans of more trouble to come. For the first time, it appears that StarClan does not hold the answers the cats need.

All of a sudden, the warrior code is being tested. A crisis of faith threatens to tear the four Clans apart and destroy what the cats have built their lives upon. . . .

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

This book held so much tension. It was great.

WindClan sneak attack and RiverClan are with them to fight against ThunderClan. ThunderClan asks ShadowClan for help and before you know it, the four Clans were battling it out all over ThunderClan’s territory, two versus two.

There have been plenty of battles throughout this series, but not a battle as big as this one. It was amazing how the four Clans feuded with each other for so long.

This battle lasted three chapters. Most battles last one chapter, sometimes less. This set the tension and mood for the next two books; that’s how much of an impact it left.

Everything that led up to the battle was great and when the battle was over, a new character was brought in (even though he was technically introduced before the battle) making the Clans question absolutely everything–and I really mean everything.

Warriors: Eclipse by Erin Hunter gets 5 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“Truth is a powerful weapon… We must be careful how we use it.” — Erin Hunter, Eclipse

2015-07-02 20.23.53

Title: Warriors: Power of Three: Long Shadows (book 5)
Author: Erin Hunter
How I got the book: I bought it
Genre: Juvenile fantasy

Summary (from Amazon):

The Clans are in turmoil. ShadowClan has turned its back on StarClan and pledged to follow the dark predictions of Sol, the strange cat who foretold the solar eclipse. But not all the cats have lost faith in their warrior ancestors. . . .

Jaypaw is convinced that StarClan still holds an important place in the warrior code, and his search for answers leads him far back into the past, farther back than even StarClan can remember. Lionblaze, tortured by violent dreams and bloody visions, wishes he had never been prophesied to be one of the three but to turn his back on his littermates would be the ultimate betrayal. And Hollyleaf is terrified that once the Clans lose their faith, the warrior code will fall apart. She’s willing to fight tooth and nail to preserve it—whatever the cost.

And when murder stalks into the heart of ThunderClan, the cats realize that the darkest shadows don’t always lie outside the territory.

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

This book didn’t get good until the ending.

A new character, Sol, was introduced in the previous novel. He was a pretty big character to the plot of this series and yet he was barely in this book. He took over ShadowClan for a bit, but even that sub-plot didn’t last too long.

The book really picked up when one of favorite characters turned out to mentally unstable and ends up getting murdered.

This character, Ashfur, was barely in the book as well. You didn’t get to see him progressively turn evil and lose his mind. So it was a huge shock to find out what he had been planning all along. Not to mention it’s a pretty dumb reason as to why he went crazy; it was all because of a girl. Like we haven’t seen that one before….

We find out the three main characters’ parents are not actually their real parents creating tension between the cats; especially as they try to figure out who their real parents are. Which is kind of obvious to the reader, but we don’t officially find out until the end of the following book, Sunrise.

With that being said, the whole book felt kind of pointless up until the end. And I think that was only because they wanted to create a decent cliffhanger for the next book. Which they succeeded at; just ask my sister about how I barged into her room ranting about the ending and mixed emotions I felt.

Warriors: Long Shadows by Erin Hunter gets 4 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“Then we could pelt Blackfoot with acorns and he’d think they came from StarClan.” –Erin Hunter, Long Shadows

2015-07-02 20.23.38

Title: Warriors: Power of Three: Sunrise (book 6)
Author: Erin Hunter
How I got the book: I bought it
Genre: Juvenile fantasy

Summary (from Amazon):

A mysterious murder in the ranks has ripped ThunderClan apart. But more secrets still remain to be discovered.

Jayfeather is determined to find out who his real parents are. But he’ll have to trample through a forest of lies in order to uncover the truth. Hollyleaf is shocked by her Clan’s disobedience of the warrior code, and distraught enough to strike out at someone she’s always admired. And Lionblaze must bear horrified witness to events that will change everything he believes.

In the harshest days of leaf-bare Clanmate turns upon Clanmate, danger lurks behind familiar faces, and one more warrior may be lost forever. . . .

My Review (may contain spoilers!):

This book got to the point that I was unable to put it down towards the end. But that was it–towards the end.

Being the last book in the Power of Three series, I have to say that I expected more. The book took place right where Long Shadows took off, but that ended up being pretty much the entire book.

ThunderClan is on the hunt for clues as to who killed Ashfur. I’m not saying they should let it go, but I didn’t think it needed to drag out through the whole book.

All secrets are revealed (plus another shocking death) about 40 pages before the end of the novel. The whole book was so slow and then all of a sudden everything happened at once.

Plus, the shocking death was abrupt and kind of swept under the rug, which I didn’t like because it was a major character.

That death did however put a twist on the prophecy that I didn’t see coming and it makes sense. So, that was a good thing.

Warriors: Sunrise by Erin Hunter gets 4 out of 5 stars.

Favorite Quote:

“His words are nothing more than mist and sunshine, impossible to hold down.” –Erin Hunter, Sunrise

 

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