01 August 2014

Hey, I Read Your Book! Moonless & Broken Branch Falls

Ok, I'm cheating a little. My original plan was to have this mini book review segment on the last Monday of every month. But then for several reasons (procrastination...) I thought it would be better suited for the last Friday of every month. Except today isn't the last Friday, it's the first. But I didn't really want to put this off for another month, so here it is! The first segment of Hey, I Read Your Book!

Ugh, this is going to be just horrible, I know it. I'm terrible at reviews. Especially when I like a book. I find it's easier to have lots to say when you're constantly coming across things you don't like about a book. But I'm going to try anyway. So I guess until I get into a groove with this thing, the reviews will be short and sweet. I'm calling them mini-reviews because I'm not going to really go into too much summary or reveal any spoilers, just tell you what I liked about the book (and why you should read it, too!).  My goal is to have two books to review each month, so hopefully I can keep up!

First up!

Moonless by Crystal Collier

Let me just say--I loved this book. I've always had a soft spot for paranormal romance, but have sort of lost touch with it in the past years due to the temporary abandonment of my own book series, as well as the overkill in the genre. But Moonless was unlike all the other books I've read in the genre. It should also be considered historical fiction, which was a refreshing element. This book frustrated the hell out of me--but in a good way. I was hooked from the very beginning and it never lost my attention. I was right there with Alexia, dying to know the truth about who she is and what is happening. You get little tidbits of the truth, which not only had me flying through the pages, but had me gasping at some moments and saying "Aha, I knew it!" at others. At times it was romantic and swoon-worthy, other times suspenseful and downright scary. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

Next up is...

Broken Branch Falls by Tara Tyler

This was a fun read. Gabe was a quirky character and it was fun to get inside his head. When the story begins, he's just like any other awkward teenager (even though he's a goblin), but as the story progresses, it takes a different turn and Gabe and his friends go on a quest to save their town from being torn apart. I just loved the descriptions of all of the beasts Gabe lives with and the ones he encounters during his quest. The idea of the different species wanting to coexist sends a great message, especially to the younger readers of this book. Gabe and his friends not only fight to save their town, but for the right to be friends with (and date) whoever they choose, regardless of the laws that keep species apart. Something is revealed near the end of the book that will leave your jaw hanging. Overall, this was a quick, fun read with great characters and a great message.

Woo, so there it is! My first attempt. I'll probably post these reviews on Goodreads, as well. Be sure to check out these books and give them a read. You won't be disappointed.

Side note! I forgot to tell you guys, but if you read last Friday's post, you know I was trying to figure out what my 1000th movie should be. The general consensus was that I should watch a classic, so after doing some searching, I watched Gone with the Wind last Saturday for my (drum roll please) 1000th movie! Once I remember that I had never seen it, I knew it had to be the one. It was looooooooong, of course, but I loved it! So now I can get back to watching more movies, and maybe someday make it to 2000.


  1. I think you did great with the reviews. This is the third one I've read today for Tara's book.
    I've seen snippets of Gone With the Wind but never the whole film.

  2. I, too, think you did a great job with the reviews. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed them. They're both on my TBR list.

    And I'm not sure I've ever seen Gone With The Wind from beginning to end. I read the book, though. Does that count?

  3. Great reviews! You know, I don't think I've seen 'Gone with the Wind' all the way through. 1000 movies that quite an achievement.

    Have a lovely weekend, Sarah.

  4. Both of these are on my TBR list! I really need to read Moonless soon. I feel like I'm the last person who hasn't read it. Ah!

    I'm surprised you had never seen Gone with the Wind before then. It's one of my all-time favorites. :D

    P.S. your reviews are great! :)

  5. LOL! I think this is a case of under-promise & over-deliver. You rock the review scene, Sarah! (And I'm not just saying that because you liked my book...but I have to admit that sort of made my day. Thank you!)

    I'm looking forward to your new meme and all the awesomeness to come.

  6. I haven't seen Gone with the Wind or read it either. I'm actually bad w/the classics- movie and book wise, I've read very few. Nice job on the reviews, will be looking forward to reading more of them!

  7. I love the title of this review series, and I hope you keep it up. And I beg to differ-- you did an excellent job, because you told how you responded to the book rather than just summarized the plot.

  8. thank you sooooo much! you did a fantastic job (am i biast? maybe!) but you still did wonderfully! intriguing Moonless is on my tbr list too - and your review of BBF made me teary with joy!
    so glad you saw GWTW! yes, long, but so worth it - now you're ready for Elizabeth Seckman's BELLA'S POINT! ha! it's in that time period...
    i hope you get back into your own writing groove too!
    thanks again! happy movie watching! (and reading and writing!)

  9. Loved the reviews - I find it hard to write more than a sentence or two, even when I really loved the book, so you did a good job :-)