Review: How to Act Like a Grown-Up

*This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review*

Title: How to Act Like a Grown-Up
Author: Mark Dupré
Publisher: Broadstreet Publishing Group, LLC
Release Date: May 1st 2015

My Rating:

Are you not quite as ready for the adult world as you want to be? Are you a grown-up who doesn't feel like one? Do you know someone else who needs to act like a grown-up? With humor, occasional bite, and a deep desire to be helpful, this book is today's manual for moving into adulthood.

Filled with a mountain of practical advice, it's a treasure trove of grown-up perspectives that many of us never got to hear on our way to twenty-one. In twenty-nine short, easy-to-read chapters, author Mark DuPre takes what he's learned the hard way and lays it all out there to help everyone of any age move closer to acting like a grown-up. Wise and witty, this book is one of the best gifts you could give - to yourself as well as to others.

My Thoughts

I found this book to be quite ok. It didn't really tell me anything I didn't know but it was still nice to see that someone else has the same ideias or principles on how people should behave.

This book isn't really about being a grown-up more like how to be a decent human being. It tells you how to respect other people while still maintaining the respect for yourself.

It does give some advice on driving for instance and how to find if you're mature enough to be driving which I found interesting but other than that it didn't really provide tips on how to keep your house clean or how to keep yourself organized like I have seen in other books about being an adult.

All in all it was an ok book.

Review: Engage

*This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for a honest review*

Title: Engage
Author: Erica Crouch
Series: Ignite
Book #: 2.5
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Release Date: May 5th 2015

My Rating:

Kalaziel is a terrible guardian angel: her temper’s shorter than she is, she swears, she’s missing a wing, and she sees no problem with letting man make their own choices—no matter how questionable. That’s what free will is all about, right? Her overseers disagree. 

After she mishandles an assignment, Heaven strips Kala of her title and throws her back into training, hoping to reinforce the covenant of vows she swore to uphold as a guardian. But the angels’ motives aren’t as pure as they appear: they want to eradicate any opinions that conflict with Heaven’s code.

With a mass cleansing on the horizon, Kala discovers she is not alone in her insubordination; there are other angels who are restless with the stasis of Heaven and ready for change. Progress doesn’t come easily, though, especially when it means uniting ancient enemies to fight for a common cause.

My Thoughts

First things first the writing on this novella was beautiful. Don't get me wrong, Erica Crouch always writes beautifully in her books but this one was particularly beautiful, at least to me. There was something about the way she phrased the conflicts in Heaven's moral that I really enjoyed.

I never thought I would want to read Kala and Ana's story but from the moment this novella started that was all I cared about. I must admit that this does not add to the main story itself, but this is the reason why novellas exist in the first place, so we can know more about some parts of the story.

Kala is incredibly sweet and the way she fell in love with Ana was probably one of the cutest things I have ever read. Ana has a very strong character and because of that I was not expecting her to fall in love so quickly, but I cann se from her perspective how Kala seemed almost as a breath of fresh air in such a restrict environment.

Again I adored the mention of Mulan as being an angel in this novella. And I would like to know more about that bat guy.

Review - Monument 14: Savage Drift

Title: Monument 14: Savage Drift
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Series: Monument 14
Book #: 3
Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: May 6th 2014

My Rating: 

It's over.

Dean, Alex, and the other survivors of the Monument 14 have escaped the disaster zone and made it to the safety of a Canadian refugee camp. Some of the kids have been reunited with their families, and everyone is making tentative plans for the future. And then, Niko learns that his lost love, Josie, has survived!
Or is it?

For Josie, separated from the group and presumed dead, life has gone from bad to worse. Trapped in a terrible prison camp with other exposed O’s and traumatized by her experiences, she has given up all hope of rescue. Meanwhile, scared by the government’s unusual interest in her pregnancy, Astrid—along with her two protectors, Dean and Jake—joins Niko on his desperate quest to be reunited with Josie.

In Monument 14: Savage Drift, the stunningly fierce conclusion to the Monument 14 trilogy, author Emmy Laybourne ups the stakes even higher for a group of kids who have continually survived the unthinkable. Can they do so one last time?

My Thoughts

I love this trilogy so much that I was dreading having to finish it hut I'm super glad I did.

This book was amazing in so many levels. The plot was wonderful, the character development was amazing... Gosh, I don't even know what to say.

Dean was incredibly sweet in this installment but I didn't expect anything else from him. The way he took care of the people he cared about especially Astrid, just made my heart melt like butter. On the other hand Astrid was quite annoying at times always pushing dean away and not telling him how she felt about him. I still liked her though.

Josie... Poor, sweet and strong Josie. I was amazed by her! She was so badass here, she took care of Mario and some other kids even though she didn't have to.

The writing in this book was really good too, easy to understand, there was character development and the scenarios were well described and explored in my opinion.

All in all I absolutely loved it and I can't wait to see the movie!!

April TBR

After a month long reading slump I am finally back with a new will to read some books. So here is my April to be read list.

Miles is the ultimate unreliable narrator—a teen recovering from a schizophrenic breakdown who believes he is getting better . . . when in reality he is growing worse.

 Driven to the point of obsession to find his missing younger brother, Teddy, and wrapped up in a romance that may or may not be the real thing, Miles is forever chasing shadows.

As Miles feels his world closing around him, he struggles to keep it open, but what you think you know about his world is actually a blur of gray, and the sharp focus of reality proves startling.

Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter. With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

Vienna, 1899. Josef Breuer—celebrated psychoanalyst—is about to encounter his strangest case yet. Found by the lunatic asylum, thin, head shaved, she claims to have no name, no feelings—to be, in fact, not even human.

Intrigued, Breuer determines to fathom the roots of her disturbance. Years later, in Germany, we meet Krysta. Krysta’s Papa is busy working in the infirmary with the ‘animal people,’ so little Krysta plays alone, lost in the stories of Hansel and Gretel, the Pied Piper, and more.

And when everything changes and the world around her becomes as frightening as any fairy tale, Krysta finds her imagination holds powers beyond what she could have ever guessed. . . .

It's been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it.

Only pockets of humanity remain. Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night.

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back...

Hopefully I can manage to read all these books without falling into another book slump. I am excited to get into these.