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The Death Cure (Maze Runner, #3) - James Dashner What a disappointing series.

Book one was pretty good not fantastic but okay, but two and three were torturous to get through. I never did learn to like the glader's grammer. Thomas was annoying and couldn't seem to stay awake. He was either passed out, knocked out or just had to sleep. And how many times did we have to read about his "instincts" telling him to do this or that.

So much was repeated over and over again, the author just didn't seem to know where to go with his story. I won't waste my time reading [b:The Kill Order|13089710|The Kill Order (Maze Runner, #0.5)|James Dashner|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1330636153s/13089710.jpg|18261314].

Bor-ring...... :(
Out of The Easy - Ruta Sepetys I went back and forth with this one on how much I really liked it. I thought the characters were great and I would have to say that Josie is my all time favorite ya heroine. She's strong and smart not whiney and overly obsessed with the opposite sex like most ya protagonists seem to be. I loved the setting of the south in the 1950's and the way the whole community of the French Quarter felt like family to each other. What I didnt like was the story seemed a little slow and you have to wait till almost to the end before it starts to pick up the pace. It did wrap-up nicely, maybe a little too nicely. I felt like giving it 3 stars but I'm going to go ahead and give it 4 just because I enjoyed the characters and the setting so much.
The Slither Sisters - Charles Gilman Fun book with a fantastic cover.
Agenda 21 - Glenn Beck, Harriet Parke When I put this audio book on hold at the library I had absolutely no idea that [a:Glenn Beck|188932|Glenn Beck|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1290612231p2/188932.jpg] the political radio talk show host was affiliated with this novel. I just enjoy good dystopian stories and I don't really care who writes them. After listening to the epilogue by Mr. Beck at the end of the book looks like the credit goes to Harriet Parke for writing this novel and it appears it was written to help further her political views of the real life UN Agenda 21. Because I am one those American's who is not much into politics my opinion of this book is based solely on the entertainment value I experienced from it.

Well, I didn't care much for the protagonist Emmeline, she seemed childish and much to naive and I found her character to be quite unbelievable. There is a feeling of paranoia that runs through the novel and I can live with that after all this is a dystopia. But the bad writing is hard to ignore. I would say this book compares more to [b:The Handmaid's Tale|38447|The Handmaid's Tale|Margaret Atwood|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1294702760s/38447.jpg|1119185] then to [b:The Hunger Games|2767052|The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)|Suzanne Collins|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1358275334s/2767052.jpg|2792775] and that being said I enjoyed [a:Margaret Atwood|3472|Margaret Atwood|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1282859073p2/3472.jpg]'s story much, much more. There is no real conclusion at the end and the reader is just left hanging and I detest endings like that. I'm giving it two stars.

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1) - James Dashner Pretty good for YA, not packed with all the usual teen drama and romance this genre usually is. But part two may change all that, I'm hoping that's not the case. Lots of twists and turns, a real page turner. My only complaint is the slang the kids used, "shuck for F***" or at least that's what kept popping up in my mind. Also what about "that good"? Otherwise an enjoyable read, I will definitely continue on with this series.
The Wedding Dress - Rachel Hauck Yes, it's true I don't like romances, yes the story is a little preachy and yes it was all very predictable and at times way to sweet. But you know what, I still liked it anyway and sometimes it's nice to read a book that makes you feel good.
Shades of Grey: A Novel - Jasper Fforde What an unusual story and I mean that in the most positive way. As a dystopian fan I thought that pretty much all futuristic societies had been covered, but heck no. Mr. Fforde goes and dreams one up that is built on the color spectrum. I listened to this one in audio and it was extremely fun to hear the characters speak with a British accent. And speaking of the characters I just loved them! Unfortunately this bock is part of a series and it doesn't look like part two is coming out any time soon. (rats!) I will definitely be reading more from this author.
The Painted Veil - W. Somerset Maugham I was surprised at how much I liked the movie.
The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck [a:Pearl S. Buck|704|Pearl S. Buck|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1344969427p2/704.jpg] is such a wonderful writer. Her stories have such a timelessness to them. She creates such strong, believable and relatable characters, and even though this book was first published in 1931, its message still feels very modern for today.
Heart Shaped Box - Joe Hill, Stephen Lang I breezed through this one in audio, in one afternoon. I tried listening to it in the dark thought it might help with the fear factor, nope didn't work. Just not scary or creepy enough for me.

The Tea Rose  - Jennifer Donnelly This was one of those books I had to push myself through. It's not a bad read, as a matter of fact I think it's very good. The writing is wonderful and I absolutely loved the setting. There is all kinds of drama going on and only the first 150 pages were a little slow. I also thought the characters were pretty well developed and likable, but what I didn't like:

I didn't like Fiona's age I felt like her character was much to young to be taken seriously and she spent way to much time crying.
I don't like reading about some ones eye color repeatedly, I get it there blue.
How is it every time Fiona has a problem it always gets conveniently solved, made me want to roll my eyes over and over again, and think to myself not in a million years could this possibly happen.
There wasn't enough history just name dropping of famous people. And because romance is not my favorite genre, I was not all that interested in Fiona and Joes complicated love struggle, which runs through the entire book (that part I can't really blame on the book, I think that has more to do with personal taste.)

I felt like I was in the middle of a soap opera, and a lot of it was to predictable. I believe the words another reviewer said, " It takes a big stretch of the imagination to enjoy this story." I'm in total agreement.

The Blood of Flowers - Anita Amirrezvani, Shohreh Aghdashloo I believe this maybe the first novel I've ever read where the protagonist is not given a name, at the end of the audio book was an interview with the author and she explains why she did it and I totally agree with her reasoning.

Our story follows a young girl born in 17th century Persia (Iran) who's father has died. Broke and penniless, her and her mother are forced to move in with relatives to survive. Longing to escape her world of poverty she cultivates her gift of Persian Carpet weaving in hopes of someday becoming financially free. Because she is poor and has no dowry for a traditional marriage she is forced into what is known as a "sigheh," a temporary marriage contract which is renewed if the man continues to want her. As to be expected this causes her problems emotionally and physically.

Author [a:Anita Amirrezvani|200033|Anita Amirrezvani|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1331843758p2/200033.jpg] shows us what life was like in the city of Isfahan. She takes us into the Iranian culture and gives us a glimpse of it through the eyes of the various characters. This is wonderful historical fiction!

Robopocalypse: A Novel - Mike Chamberlain (Narrator) Daniel H. Wilson (Author) I hate giving up on books, I really do, but I'm tired of wasting my precious time on story's that just don't grab me. This one, the premise sounded interesting, but the writing is just not that good.
Good Omens - Martin Jarvis, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman First of all I am a fan of British humor. I also blame myself more then the book, during the periods when I could keep alert I did enjoy some of the funny moments of the story, but I didn't find them fall off the bed and on to the floor funny.

Footnote: No more laying down while listening to audio books, must sit up and be doing something to keep awake.

Still I don't want this to be my last experience with these two authors, so I will give them another try in the future.

Zorro - Margaret Sayers Peden, Isabel Allende I absolutely loved Allende's style of writing but sadly I didn't care much for her version of Zorro. The character of Diego de la Vega, I just didn't find all that interesting. He spent way too much time obsessing over Juliana through most of the book and to be honest I got rather tired of it. There was some witty dialogue here and there and I could see this author's ability as a great writer who knows her craft, but for some reason the story was just to bland. It was fun learning about Zorro's background and who would have thought that one of the reasons he wears a mask is to hide his big ears. :)
But I wanted more swashbuckling, more humor and a lot less whining about love. I do plan to read more from this author as other reviewers have remarked that this is not her best work.
I, Robot - Isaac Asimov Mr. Asimov, I liked your stories but I totally disliked your writing style. That being said I don't want to give up on you yet, considering you wrote over 500 books there has to be something in your works that I could find entertaining and not bore me to sleep.