Sunset Rising

I am on a roll with reading my books! 🙂 I finally have the time and the motivation to read some new things. I again received this book from Netgalley and this is my honest review.

5/5 stars

sunset rising

Past: February 2024

Desperate to find refuge from the nuclear storm, a group of civilians discover a secret government bio-dome. Greeted by a hail of bullets and told to turn back, the frantic refugees stand their ground and are grudgingly permitted entry. But the price of admission is high.

Present: 283 years later….

 Life as a slave in the Pit had never been easy, but for seventeen-year-old Sunny O’Donnell it was quickly careening out of control. Her mother was killed in the annual spring Cull, leaving her alone with a father who decided to give up on life. It’s not that she blamed him for grieving, but if they didn’t earn enough credits to keep their place inside the Pit, they would be kicked out into a world still teeming with radiation. That left her to earn the credits for both of them. It didn’t help that her boyfriend, Reyes Crowe, was pressuring her to get married and abandon her father. Sunny didn’t think life could get any worse, until she was forced upstairs to the Dome to serve and entertain the elite at a bachelor party. That’s where she met Leisel Holt, the president’s daughter, and her fiancĂ©, Jack Kenner. Now Sunny and Jack Kenner are wanted for treason. If they catch them, they’ll be executed. She thought Leisel’s betrayal was the end…but it turns out it was just the beginning.

Look at that COVER!!! It is beyond beautiful and just grabs your attention! That’s one of the reasons I picked it up. This has definitely become one of my favorite dystopian novels that I have read in a REALLY long time! Now I am still in love with Uglies and The Selection is pretty good, but this book was great! Sunset O’Donnell known to her friends as Sunny has bright red hair in a world of darkness where most people living in the Pit have dark hair. So she sorta stands out and because of that she uses coal to cover her red hair and hide. Her best friend, Summer and her work in the kitchens but were late to work and in order to keep their jobs they are required to “work” at a bachelor party (basically she will become a sex toy to the elite). This was a much darker turn then Uglies or even the Selection especially for being a YA book. I liked that it has a darker tone to it, makes it not as cheery. So Summer and Sunny are at this party and Summer steals a piece of food which is FORBIDDEN and Leisel who is the president’s daughter catches them. To not get beaten to death, Sunny makes a deal with Leisel and then it just goes downhill from there. Sunny does seem to be naive at times which for being 17 and a slave for her whole life you think that she wouldn’t be that would most likely be my only problem with the story. It does get annoying at times because she has been through so much you think she will be a stronger character without a man around but alas she relies on one. THOUGH the “insta-love” that happens in most dystopian novels DID not happen here, it reminded me of The Selection, but unlike Uglies and The Selection, THERE IS NO LOVE TRIANGLE!!! Or at least it doesn’t take over the story..there is one but it doesn’t play a HUGE part in the plot and that I am soooo thankful for! But other than that it basically follows the setup for a revolt of the people living in the Pit against the people living in the Dome. I ended on a huge cliffhanger like most trilogies and I look forward to reading more about Sunny.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has read The Hunger Games, The Selection, Uglies and such. Also who is looking to read something new and has a darker tone than other dystopian novels. You can purchase these books from Amazon and I have listed the links below. Just click on the title and it should bring you to the website.

Sunset Rising: Book One

Worlds Collide: Book Two

New World Order: Book Three


The Martian

Apollo 13 meets Cast Away in this grippingly detailed, brilliantly ingenious man-vs-nature survival thriller, set on the surface of Mars.

the martian

5/5 stars!!!

I didn’t know what to expect out of this book when I picked it up. I saw that it won a Goodreads award and it was on sale on Amazon for a short time. Forget exactly for how much. But when I started it I was blown away. The novel follows Mark Watney who set in the future is on Mars with his crew collecting samples. A dust storm blows in and BAM! He is left for dead, his crewmates couldn’t find him and the data from his spacesuit had no readings so they left Mars. Mark wakes up and realizes that he is still alive but very much alone. He travels to the Hab which is basically a canvas tent with supplies but not enough supplies to keep him alive for four years which is when the next crew is suppose to land on Mars. This is his survival story and how he copes with surviving on Mars.

The story is pretty heavy with scientific jargon but most of it is explained fairly well. I learned a lot from this book that I probably wouldn’t have looked up myself. Though it does get heavy at times and I glimpsed over the jargon as the book went on it was still interesting. I was laughing throughout the whole book though, Mark has a funny wit and humor and you can just picture him in his Hab cussing up a storm(which by the way the f-bomb is used VERY frequently, which I don’t care but FYI). I did have to put the book down for 2 months to catch up on other books and tv shows but when I did pick it back up, I got sucked right back into the story and didn’t put it down until I finished. It was nerve-racking reading some chapters because you didn’t know if he survived or not or if he was hurt badly! I just couldn’t put it down!!! The book does kinda end with no real ending but I feel like that the author left it up to the reader to decide his fate which for this book, I think it works best.

I would definitely recommend this book to any geeks, nerds, scientists, anyone who is interested in space and what not. I really liked it and I’m SUPER glad I picked it up! You can find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and I’m sure there is a waitlist at your public library but GET ON THAT LIST!!!

The Broken Sword

Again, I am behind on my reading and so I am sorry Open Roads for posting this so late. I picked up this book from Netgalley because the cover was just awesome! Also because it sounded like a really cool adventure book. This is actually a really old book and is just being republished. This was published around the same time as Lord of the Rings so it’s pretty old. broken swordI have four other books to read, three for Netgalley and one for a book club which I just joined in town. I look forward to getting together and discussing it. I will be reading, “Rules of Civility” by Amor Towles.

3.5/5 stars

The son of a Norse warlord, kidnapped at birth and raised by elves, and the bitter changeling who replaced him clash in a monumental war of trolls, elves, and man in this acclaimed classic of fantasy fiction.

The story starts off good with a human baby being switched with a goblin/elf baby which was disgusting to read on how it was born. (Yuck). It speeds up their childhood and goes straight into their adulthood and what has transpired since then. It does slow down once the boys reach adulthood and are men. The goblin/elf baby, Valgard learns of his true parentage and basically goes berserk. Obviously someone has daddy issues and doesn’t understand why he had to grow up in the human world when he should have had all the rights of the elves. Very bitter goblin/elf man.  While the human child has grown up in the elf world and became known as Skafloc. Though human he has learned the elf ways and their traditions and cultures. He has no idea of his parentage though he knows that he is human he doesn’t know that he was switched at birth. Valgard basically goes on a killing spree and wants to kill Skafloc for taking away his life. He teams up with the trolls and starts a war between the elves. Skafloc falls in love with a mortal young girl but there is a story behind that one! (wink wink) So Skafloc goes on a journey to fix a broken sword to take back what the trolls took but the sword is a demon sword and will kill the user once it’s purpose is done.

It does get a little slow after awhile and I had to put the book down. It took me awhile to pick up the book again but once I did I got sucked back into the world. The fight scenes are done really well and were descriptive and made me root for Skafloc! I don’t know if I would recommend this book to any of my friends due to them not being interested in fantasy but anyone who has read The Hobbit/LOTR or interested in Norse mythology, this would be the book for them.