The Thought Readers

The Thought Readers

Author: Dima Zalen

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Goodreads Summary:

Everyone thinks I’m a genius.

Everyone is wrong.

Sure, I finished Harvard at eighteen and now make crazy money at a hedge fund. But that’s not because I’m unusually smart or hard-working.

It’s because I cheat.

You see, I have a unique ability. I can go outside time into my own personal version of reality—the place I call “the Quiet”—where I can explore my surroundings while the rest of the world stands still.

I thought I was the only one who could do this—until I met her.

My name is Darren, and this is how I became entangled with all the Russians and learned that I’m a Reader.

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Spoiler free Summary:

This book was free on the kindle and out had an interesting sounding plot, so I decided to download it to read while on vacation. It sounded similar to the typical free book plot of someone being a mind reader and then finding someone else who could also do this. Though it turned about to be a very interesting plot that was extremely different to the other books that I have read in the past.

The book started out with the author explaining how the power that the main character has works. I was super into the authors take on mind reads. I kept waiting for it to get better and then it just seemed to get really repetitive and going in circles. I mean I liked the overarching theme and plot that the author laid out, but it just wasn’t executed as well as it could have been.The character development was rushed. I felt like I couldn’t really understand these characters with the short backstory provided.

I mean this wasnt a bad book, it just wasnt a super good one either. Though this is to be expected from a free book on the kindle. It was a good book for being free, but I wouldn’t read it again.

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Starstruck

Author: Brenda Hiatt

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

 

Goodreads Summary:

Nerdy astronomy geek Marsha, M to her few friends, has never been anybody special. Orphaned as an infant and reluctantly raised by an overly-strict “aunt,” she’s not even sure who she is. M’s dream of someday escaping tiny Jewel, Indiana and making her mark in the world seems impossibly distant until hot new quarterback Rigel inexplicably befriends her. As Rigel turns his back on fawning cheerleaders to spend time with M, strange things start to happen: her acne clears up, her eyesight improves to the point she can ditch her thick glasses, and when they touch, sparks fly—literally! When M digs for a reason, she discovers deep secrets that will change her formerly humdrum life forever . . . and expose her to perils she never dreamed of. Yes, the middle of nowhere just got a lot more interesting!

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Spoiler free Summary:

Like I always do about once a month I began browsing kindle for some free books. I always do this so that I have some books to read when I am in bed. I am going try to release a couple free ones every month that I have read.

Starstruck is unlike any book that I have ever read before and I loved it! It is so refreshing to come across a free book that I genuinely enjoy. Typically when I read the free books there are typically plot lines that repeat themselves, or the writing isn’t as edited as I like it to be.

The book started off with your average dorky girl who is the opposite of popular. Though there is a quirk with her, she has been known to fry the electronics near her. Then enter the new kid. He’s attractive, popular, and the new star quarterback. Of course she is instantly attracted to him and he seems to start taking an interest. She starts noticing some changes, such as no longer needing glasses and her acne disappearing. Then when they touch they both notice a electric spark. Then things start to get a little weird when they are together…

I really enjoyed that the author incorporated astronomy into the book, especially being someone who really enjoyed the subject in school. It is always very apparent if an author did the research or not when writing the book. If I notice that certain facts are missing, it really turns me off from reading the book.

I would definitely suggest this to anoyone looking for a free read. I am planning on getting the second one to read on my kindle!

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Goodwill Book Haul!

So the other day I went to the downtown Seattle goodwill, which is the best one in Washington. I headed straight for the book section and was able to find 7 awesome books! Many of these are books that I had been wanting for awhile anyways. So here we go.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Surprisingly I have never read this book. I saw the movie last year and ever since I have been wanting, no needing to read this book. When I saw it I immediately snatched it! I am so excited to finally read this book and talk to everyone about it!

2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

This book was made into a movie about a year or two ago. I have never read or seen it. It seems like a book that is going to make me cry like The Fault in Our Stars. So I feel like I have to wait for the perfect cry worthy day to read this one.

3. Looking for Alaska by John Green

If you guys haven’t guessed I read more fantasy and sci fi than contemporary. I mean I will pick up a contemporary read every once in awhile if I have heard good things about the book. I have read both TFIOS and Paper Towns. I have heard many people say Looking for Alaska is one of his best books, so I feel like I should probably read it.

4. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I have actually never read anything by Marie Lu, but have heard tremendous things about her writing from other book bloggers and booktubers. I also have heard recently by many people that they really liked this book. Since this was the case when I saw it I felt that I should pick it up for my TBR pile.

5. Legend by Marie Lu

This is a book that my parents and sister listened to on an audio book when we were in the car. I didn’t listen to it though because I prefer regular books over audio books. Though they told me how much they enjoyed it, so I have been wanting to read it for awhile. When I saw it I knew the time has come to grown my TBR even more!

6. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton 

I am an avid lover of the movie, have been since was a kid. I even own a Jurassic park shirt, bonus points if you know which youtube video I was caught wearing it in.Many people have told me that I should read this since I love the movies. I have heard that the book is supposed to be even better. When I saw it I was so excited!

7. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan 

If you don’t know me, I love Rick Riordan! I have read all of the Percy Jackson books, half of the Heroes of Olympus (own all of them), own the first Magnus Chase, and own the first book in his most recent series. I also have been wanting to read this one because I love learning about Egyptians and their gods. I find it so interesting. I was very excited to find this book.

That is all the books that I found. Goodwill is one of my favorite places to look because they usually have some pretty good books and awesome prices! All of these books were $2.99 or under! If you have a Goodwill near you I would definitely suggest going and looking.

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Free Kindle Books!

So as many of you know one of the most popular ways to read books, besides the traditional way, is to get an e-book version. Most people tend to sway towards kindles to read their electronic books, like I personally do. One of my favorite things about getting kindle books is that so many small or debut authors will put their first book on the kindle for free.

I typically get free books on there to read before bed or if I am in a reading slump. Don’t get me wrong, you will most likely have to through a ton of horribly written books. Though you can always find some really good books in there. I always love going through and picking books. I mean I even get enjoyment out of the horribly written and cheesy novels that you can find under the free section.

So for this post I am going to share with you some of my favorites that I have read in the past! I will provide the links for all of them down below. Though I can’t guarantee that they are still free because I got these 3-7 years ago.

  1. Wings by Aprilynne Pike

My sister got this book a very long time ago, if I had to guess I would say it was 7 or 8 years ago. She read it then convinced me to read it because it seemed right up my alley. This was at the beginning of my kindle days, back when I actually paid kindle books. So I assumed because it was free that it probably wouldn’t be very good. But was I wrong!

This book is about a girl named Laurel who up until now (I think she is going into 10th grade) had been home schooled. She gets to the high school, which is a totally new experience for her, and right away meets a boy named David that befriends her. Her and David pretty much become best friends that spend all their time together. Just when she though life couldn’t get any better the horrible happens! She feels on her back what appears to be her first zit. Can I just say I wish I could have been 16 not having any acne, that’s the dream. Though everyday it seems to keep growing and starts to freak her out, she begins to think maybe she has a tumor or an abnormal growth. Then she wakes up to find that the ball is no longer her biggest problem, she now has giant flower petals growing out of her!

I though that this book had such an interesting take on fairies and I would definitely give it a read if you love fantasy like I do. I mean it is no Sarah J Maas book, but I thought that it was good enough that I have reread it a couple times.

  1. Dark Promise by Talia Jager and Julia Crane

I got this book a couple of years ago when I was hunting through the top 100 free section of the kindle books. I knew from the cover that it would be about fairies because the girl on the cover had wings. That was enough to pull me in!

This book is about Rylie, who is your average teenage girl who is dating the baseball player and has a best friend. She is just ready to be turning 16, until a stranger comes knocking at her door. The blonde at the door tells her that she is her birth mother. Rylie thinks she is crazy because she was not adopted. This lady goes on to tell her that she switch her at birth with her parents real child, that actually died. She reveals that Rylie is going to be turning into a fairy in the morning and that the reason she switched her is that the Dark fae king wants her.

This book really surprised me. By the description and cover art I was expecting it to not be a very good book. I enjoyed reading the series. The only one that really disappointed me was the last book, I just didn’t like it as much as the others. I would suggest this for anyone who likes books on fairies or changelings.

  1. How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

I know what you’re thinking, what the heck kind of book is this girl suggesting for us? Fret not! I have your best interests in mind 🙂 I found this book and thought that the cover and name sounded funny and thought why not!

This book is about a vampire named Roman Draganesti who sinks his fangs into a science project and gets one of his fangs taken out. He needs to get to a dentist immediately to get it reattached. He gets to the only available and close night dentist. This is where he find Shannon, who little to his knowledge is in the witness protection program for witnessing a Russian mob murder and testifying. While trying to work on Roman, the Russians find Shannon. Luckily Roman is a very skilled vampire and he is able to get her out without getting injured. Roman brings Shannon to his home so that she can be under his protection until the Russian situation is under control. While she is staying there they both begin to develop feelings for each other.

By the cover and the name I was expecting this to be a horrible book to just read at night. I was pleasantly surprised that was a real plot. Another thing I enjoyed was that Roman was a scientist and there were certain science facts that were throughout the book. If you are like me and love anything vampire then I would suggest reading this book!

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Wings: https://www.amazon.com/Wings-Aprilynne-Pike-ebook/dp/B0027KRRI4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1504492978&sr=8-1&keywords=wings+aprilynne+pike

Dark Promise: https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Promise-Between-Worlds-Book-ebook/dp/B008QI80MS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1504493008&sr=1-1&keywords=dark+promise+talia+Jager

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire:https://www.amazon.com/Marry-Millionaire-Vampire-Love-Stake-ebook/dp/B001TKD4ZI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1504493032&sr=1-1&keywords=how+to+marry+a+millionaire+vampire+love+at+stake+1

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