Blood Rights (Book 2) – Kyle Andrews

Blood RightsI received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of this book.

This is the second book in the Freedom/Hate series and it picks up from where the first book left off. I am going to try and give this review without giving away to many spoilers from this book, or from the first book, Freedom/Hate, but I give no promises sorry. So to be on the safe side, I am going to provide the description from Goodreads:

“It’s in our blood.”
The last words spoken by Uly Jacobs, seconds before his death was televised across the nation.

Since that day, the authorities have been hunting Libby Jacobs. She doesn’t know why they want her, or why they killed her cousin. Desperation has forced her into hiding with a group of people that she once thought of as terrorists. Living among them, she soon comes to realize that everything she once believed in was a lie.

Justin Becker was Uly’s best friend. He grew up with Libby. Once upon a time, he even loved her. Now, Justin has taken on the task of picking up the pieces of Libby’s shattered life. The first step will be finding Libby’s mother. She is critically ill, alone and lost in the broken system. Finding her will be difficult. Saving her may be impossible.

The city is changing. Collin Powers was nobody until the authorities turned him into a symbol. Now his ideas have taken root. His words are forcing people to question their beliefs. His sacrifice will push Freedom out of the shadows and give them the courage to start living up to their name.”

I loved this book!! How much simpler can I put it? I had been waiting for this book ever since I first read the first book, which I received and read in advance, so you can only imagine the wait. Again, thank you to Kyle Andrews, for sending me this sequel in advance and let me tell you, I was not disappointed! I thought that I enjoyed the first book, but then after reading this one, it not only reminded me why I loved the first book, but it also added so much more, to my enjoyment, my excitement, and to the development of the story and to the characters. Freedom/Hate left off with an ending that left me desperately wanting more! Literally. I remember emailing the author back screaming NOOOOOO!! You can’t end it like that! So you can understand my excitement to finally be sent and asked to read and review the eARC sequel of that book 😀

Blood Rights picks up exactly where it left off in Freedom/Hate, so yes, you definitely have to read the first book in order to understand and fully grasp everything that happens within this book. You wouldn’t be able to get away with skipping the first book, Freedom/Hate and starting with this book, hoping to grasp everything and picking everything up from what’s being mentioned. But that is the fun part. You get to enjoy the full extent of the series by actually reading the whole series. Oh, by the way, this is a Dystopian themed series, in case you hadn’t guessed.

You get to know more about other characters  in this book, while still keeping the main ones from the original. We still have Libby Jacobs, Collin Powers, and Justin has our three main characters, but now we get to see some extra characters through their interactions. We get to see more of Libby’s boyfriend Sim and her mother Amanda, but now we get to see them with the aftermath from previous events and see if and how that’s might have affected them. We also get to see more of Freedom this time round, the actual Freedom and not just the Hate that everyone has been lead into believing is the truth. We also get to see another side of HAND that we haven’t got to see yet, the inside and vicious side that nobody wants to see.

He did it again!! The author knows how to leave you wanting more because that’s how I’m left right now. I finished reading, what I thought was the end of a chapter and turned a page to find out it was the end of the book! NOOOOOOO!!! I need more. I just finished reading a book that was just under 500 pages, my copy, (Goodreads says 352 pages), in almost no time and I could’ve gladly and easily have read more. But OMG that ending!! How could he do that again. I love this series and really do enjoy reading it, which shocked me at first at how much, because this type of book, and this whole dystopian theme and type, which isn’t really my usual type. But it’s really well written, has some strong characters, and the story and plot is what makes me beg for another book to arrive sooner.

I definitely recommend you read both books in this series, and I mean BOTH books in this series, with one of my highest recommendations I can and have given so far! Prepare for the cliff-hanger ending, needing the next book immediately, but knowing you’ll have to wait, which is the only disappointment I faced. However, the third book is out now so, lets see how it can compare. 😀 😀 Super Excited!!! I give this book a MASSIVE 5 out of 5 stars!!!

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts? Have you read a book or series where the ending made you need the next book in series right away? Or if it was a stand alone book, what stand alone book do you think just needs to have a sequel? Comment below 😀

5-stars

A Little Weird Book Club

There is only one person I know in my real life who loves reading as much as I do and thankfully, we have been together for over three and half years. He is a much faster reader than me, ( I am and will be always jealous of this magical super power of his), and we rarely read the same kinds of books. This means that we don’t often get to discuss the same type, author, books and etc, although, there are some we do get to talk about to great length. So to rectify this and to bring together something that we both love, we have set up our own little version of a book club, which simply started by chance.

What happened was, we both wanted to read Watership Down by Richard Adams. First time read for me and reread for him. Luckily we each had a copy and were going to start reading it around the same time anyways, so we thought this would be the perfect choice to start this little experiment on. As he is such a fast reader and I’m a slower reader, plus we both wanted to also carry on reading other books at the same time, so we set up our rules.

Rules:

  1. You can only read one chapter a night. (You can do this, while reading other books, while working. One chapter isn’t a massive strain.)
  2. If you miss a chapter/s, then you have to catch up. (You may be too busy, ill, or some other reason why you may have missed or simply forgotten to read the chapters. But you have to catch up.)
  3. You can’t finish before the end date. (It’s easy to work out how many chapters there are so when the end date is going to be, you are not allowed to finish the book ahead of time before that date.)
  4. Discuss the chapters and what you think as you’re going along. (That’s the whole point)
  5. Discuss the book as a whole at the end. (Again! That’s the point)
  6. Take it in turns on who picks the next book. (Makes it fair and get a wide range of books and get to see what books each other likes and may widen our own choices.)

We are now on our second book Goodnight Mister Tom and I’m really enjoying doing this. There isn’t loads of pressure doing it this way to read a massive amount in a short period of time, as I simply read a chapter before bed each night and have now gotten into that routine. It’s actually a nicer way for me to relax before bed each night. We did have some problems getting into this routine, especially because he “accidently” finished reading Watership Down almost two week early because he was so into the book and was behind, so he didn’t realise he had finished until it was too late. But this is a new book and hopefully this time will be more successful.

What book should we read next? Would you like to join in this weird little book club?

 

Freedom/Hate (Book 1) – Kyle Andrews

FreedomHateI was sent a free eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review of the book.

This book tells the story of Collin Powers on the run from the police and even worse, HAND, who have convinced the world that he’s a murderer and terrorist, involved with the terrorist organisation known to the country as HATE, who have been blamed for countless more deaths and destruction. Collin, in fact, belongs to the group known as Freedom, whose incentive is trying to get theirs and everybody’s else’s freedom back to them. This is why they are all being targeted and why even their groups name has been changed in the media to the HATE, making out that they are the bad guys. This book also tells the story of Libby, a school girl who has problems of her own, at home, at school, family problems, boyfriend problems, food problems and so much more. When it comes to Libby we get to see the side of the story of the people who are living under the lack of freedom. The lives of people who have no choice of what days they are allowed to go shopping, allowed to picked what food they pick or put on their shopping list, what extracurricular subjects they take in school, as everything is picked and allocated for and to them. No freedom. Then one day everything changes….

There is no question in my mind that I am going to be giving this book a great review, as I finished this book in two days and stayed up reading until 3 am because I couldn’t put this book down!!. This book was amazing and now I really can’t wait to read the next book in the series so I can find out what happens next. I’m really invested in the characters, even the secondary characters had some great development and has me rooting and hoping that they’re going to be okay, especially because there is death and violence in this book so you’re afraid that you’re favourite characters may actually die next.

There were some editing issues, but that’s a very small issue, which can be expected with an arc, and the main aspect takes a long time to get discovered, which annoyed me a little because it was pretty obvious. This book is set in a dystopian world, which I will admit always takes me longer to get into, because the logical side of my brain always kicks in and asks a million questions. That’s when I have to try and just sit back and escape to the place where I’m reading, but once I’m there and connected, it’s like I’m there.

This book was so exciting, with so much packed in, that it flew by so quickly, getting to the end before I realised that I had read 435 pages by the time I had reached the end of the book. This was made worse by the fact it was an eARC which meant that when I went to slide for another page, the book had ended. I need to read Book 2 fast! This is definitely a series that I see myself becoming hooked into.

I definitely and highly recommend this book!! Enjoy and get ready to get hooked to this brand new series. Massive 5 stars.

5-stars

Lets Get Back To Book Blogging :)

I haven’t posted anything on this site in such a long time and for that I would like to apologise. Not just to you but also to myself. I enjoyed writing reviews on the books that I had recently finished reading, coming up with different ideas so that this site wasn’t just a book review site, with tags and other daily books memes that go hand in hand within the book blogging community. I was enjoying doing all of this so much that I purchased this domain name, to match my twitter and Instagram name.

I had one goal when I took out this website, which was to post more. Not just book reviews, but everything book related that I could possibly come up with. This was going to be my way of staying in touch with other readers, as I live in a reality where I am surrounded by non-readers, except for one person. So when it comes to talking about books, it can be something of a struggle to do. My lack of posting hasn’t had anything to do with any lack of reading and therefore having nothing to post, because believe it or not, I have read so much more than I’ve read in a while. I have been in a bit of a slump, not a reading slump but a slump in general and I want to turn it all around. All of the books that I have been reading, I have read and left reviews of every single one of them on Goodreads.

I want to get back to posting reviews, creating idea and get back to all of this, back onto this site and doing it within the Book Blogging Community. Thank you all 🙂

Completing a Long-Term Reading Goal

For as far back as I can remember, as I had this own little personal reading goal of mine. I say little, but it’s big in size and big in my own achievement. I have always wanted to read IT by Stephen King.

This doesn’t seem like that much of a big deal, but for me it has been. The copy I have own for countless many years, contains roughly 1120 pages, with tiny writing, which would be the biggest book I would ever have read. So that alone is intimidating. So why IT? 

Have you heard or seen the mini series/movie of IT, with Tim Curry as Pennywise? That film creeper the life out of me and is the reason, to this day, why I am petrified of clowns. I don’t remember at what age I watched that, but I remember that I was young. Like still in single figures young, so you can understand how this would have some negative affects on me. Not mentioning how the following day, I saw a clown in real life. That sealed my fear. So again, why would I want to read the book that inspired the film that caused so much fear?

I can’t really remember the full film except for certain things, plus I love horror films. I have never read a book that has scared me. Really scared me. And maybe this book always called to be because it resonated with that part of my childhood. But to be honest, I’m not 100% sure myself why, it’s just always called to me to read it.

So I finally put by I entire month to read this book, so that’s what June was spent doing. I neglected every other book and every bit of free time I had and picked up IT whenever I could. Because of its sheer size and because I wanted to finish it and really get into it, I even purchased the audiobook so that I was still able to carry on while I was doing some other tasks, such as cleaning, dishes and so on. 

And YES I completed my goal!!! I have finally read the whole of IT by Stephen King and it is such a great feeling to be able to say that I have read this book after such a long time of wanting to. It is the biggest book I have ever read and its making other books, not seem so that intimidating. I would actually reread this book again, that’s how much I enjoyed it. 

After reading the book, I even went back and watched the original film that made me scared and it seemed to tame compared to the book. It made me wonder why was I so scared? But on saying that, I was a young, young child and I still don’t like, trust or want to go near any clowns. I thought that doing this now was perfect timing with the remake coming out soon and now, I think I may actually go and see it. It looks more like certain elements stick with the book, even if the clown looks way too creepy. 

So there we go, what are some of your reading goals? 😃

My June Goal

I am doing something I have always wanted to do during the month of June. A reading goal of mine that I have had for a while now. So, I have dedicated the entirety of June to do it, which give me some time and hopefully I will be able to accomplish this little goal. So what is it? I am going to be finally reading IT by Stephen King. 
I am so excited about doing this and I so excited about what I am going to uncover and discover in this mad world. This is the book that inspired the two part film adaptation that created my fear of clowns. So how is the book going to stand up. Is it going to be scarier? Because of the size, there is definitely going to be more in the book, more details, more descriptions of everything that gives me the impression and the hope for so much creepiness and hope for such amazingness. For not only a fantastic horror story but for a great story in general. But because the book is so huge, is it going to be too much? Too much to take away from everything. From the main story, from the plot. Too much for you to remember and you get distracted and you just give up reading it. And because there’s too much, will it take away from the horror? 

As this is a book with over 1100 pages, depending on certain editions, I have also bought and downloaded the audio book of IT from audible for times when I want a little break fro, reading but I don’t want a break from the story. Because the writing in my edition is also really tiny and I suffer with migraines, I did this as a precaution. So wish me luck ☺ and hopefully this will be the month I will finally read and finish this book! 

What book/s have you always wanted to read that may have always intimidated you? 

Book Review: Replica – Lauren Oliver 

(4.5 stars)

This book took me completely by surprise and that is one of my ultimate, favourite things when it comes to reading a book. If I’m being completely honest, I picked this book up without reading the description or knowing what this book this book was about at all. I simply picked this book up because I was enthrilled by the whole layout and presentation of this book. Look at it and tell me that it doesn’t appeal to you because of how different it is from the majority of books?. I’d never seen a book like this one and with this beautiful cover, it just screamed out to me. So, I didn’t know what I was actually expecting from the storyline when I purchased this book, just that it was told from two peoples persepective, I would have to flip it upside down and that their stories, or perspectives, met in the centre of this book. 

But on saying that, I actually really enjoyed this book!! The way it works and is presented, with the storyline and how it is all written, blending together but yet having their own individuality, it was so clever. Each characters perspective is written slightly different to emulate each characters different personality and I loved that fact. There are a couple of ways that you can read this book, choosing one person’s first, Reading it in its full then continuing on by reading the other person’s story, or visa versa. However, I chose to read it a different way. I read a couple of chapters at a time and then flip it over to switch to the other characters perspective, so that it wouldn’t feel like I was reading the same book twice and I am glad I did it that way. They each select and include different things and have their own thoughts and moments to include, that when brought together make this story complete as a whole, so when reading it the way I did, I felt like I wasn’t missing anything. You do get some duplicate reading surrounding the same events, however as they are told from different perspectives, they feel like and are in themselves, different stories and need to be duplicated and I’m glad they were. 

There was so much hype that surrounded this book, even before it came out and based on my opinion, it was definitely worth all the hype that surrounded this book, even if most of the hype was about the way this book presented the two characters stories. I would’ve like a little bit more at the end, a conclusion or something, where they reached where they were heading and got to see all of the reactions and a bit more because I was looking forward to that, but we didn’t. Instead, we had to settle for a phone call, which wasn’t as dramatic as the ending I was looking forward to and a bit of a let down and I don’t want to say why as I don’t want to give away spoilers. I have found out that there is a second book coming out, so maybe that’s why this book ended the way it did, but I still had to remove half a star because of it. Edit

Discussion: Rereading Books

Hello fellow book lovers 😃👋

I have recently taken to rereading the Harry Potter series for a couple of reasons. No. 1 because they are awesome books so why not, and No. 2 because the first time I read the series, I didn’t read it in the correct order and now that I own them (finally) I wanted to do it correctly for the first time and see if it makes a difference.

I am not usually somebody who chooses to reread a book when there are so many books on my tbr and bookshelves I have to read, so why reread something I have already read? But I have been wanting to do this with Harry Potter for so long, so I went against my original presumption and voila. I have been loving this series even more the second time around, and I don’t know if it’s because I’m reading them in the correct order so the stories are following each other correctly, because I am older and am understanding the books, the characters so much more and am in a different place in my life now. The fact I have hindsight, so I have so much more emotion that’s connecting me with the, again the stories and the characters and I know what’s to come. Or maybe it’s all of it mixed together. 

Because of how much I have been enjoying rereading the Harry Potter series, it has been making me want to reread some more of my favourite books, or books I didn’t enjoy so much when I was younger. Will my opinion have changed? Will I enjoy it more or less? How will I now look, think, feel, connect and so much more, now with this book? 

I was shocked when I then reread Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck because of how much more I connected and emphasized with characters I previously didn’t like as much. I realised how innocent I was when I first read it and how much more I appreciate this book. How emotional I got about this short little book and how much more grateful I was for the teacher who introduced me to this book. How I picked up on certain little things that popped out this time around, either because I’m older and more mature, or because I know the story and know what’s coming and am able to pick up on things I didn’t see before. I took so much more away from the book the second time around and again, it’s giving me that want to go and reread some of my other books I’ve previously read. 

Would you rather take the time you could spend on reading a brand new book, and spend it reread through a book you have already read before? There are only so many books you are going to be able to read in your life, so do you want to spend it rereading the same book, especially if it was one you didn’t like or understand, to see if you have changed and maybe you like it now? But if like me, you can rewatch the same film again and again and you do that because you enjoy it, then why not reread a book you love/d? 

What are you’re thoughts on rereading books?