Noir (The Illumination Paradox #2) by Jacqueline Garlick

Noir (The Illumination Paradox, #2)Noir by Jacqueline Garlick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Noir is the second book in the Illumination Paradox series that started with Lumiere. Since this is the middle of a series I won’t give a rundown on what this one is about so as to not spoil it for anyone not having read Lumiere yet. The story picks up right where Lumiere left off with Urlick and Eyelet on their adventures.

I actually believe I enjoyed Noir just a tad bit more than Lumiere. I found Eyelet a bit irritating at the start of Lumiere but she was much better in this story. If I could give half stars this would probably rate a 4.5 but it’s just not quite a 5 star yet for me.

This book added in a few more points of view in the story which really worked wonderfully. It was nice to expand a bit and also get to know a few of the other characters better. The adventures continued at a fast pace which is fun to read since there is always something new being thrown in or something to deal with. I do find it a bit odd though that the author tends to toss things in when needed without much logic to them being there. For instance they have a dilemma, discuss what to do, then oh look a big factory in the middle of nowhere. Of course it’s fantasy though so I suppose anything can happen.

Some really funny moments in this one. Some new villains and new friends to help our heroes. A great fast paced adventure story that I’ll be looking forward to seeing how it all turns out in the next book after another cliffhanger ending in this one.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers

Alienated (Alienated, #1)Alienated by Melissa Landers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cara Sweeney is a teenage overachiever that gets picked to participate in a new L’eihr exchange student program. Her family will host one of the first L’eihr’s to visit earth and then she will visit their planet.

Once Aelyx moves in with the Sweeney’s the story becomes a lot of teen drama with a little bit of Alien tossed in. There is a group opposed to the aliens and a bit going on with Aelyx and his friends but overall it’s easy to even forget that it is an alien story.

Overall just found it an average YA story, would’ve liked a bit more about the Leihr’s and their planet. Perhaps it will be expanded on in the 2nd book.

To Thee Is This World Given by Khel Milam

To Thee Is This World GivenTo Thee Is This World Given by Khel Milam
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

To Thee Is This World Given is a rather interesting story set in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. The entire novella takes place over the course of one night about a chance encounter with two survivors. A rather philosophical conversation takes place on the ways to survive and what it means to survive.

A thought provoking story as one of the survivor’s has the stereotypical “me” behavior of doing whatever it takes to stay alive and the other questions that way of living. The book really could’ve been set in any disaster situation as it’s more focused on survival and living in the aftermath.

A well written short read that is worth checking out.

Wish I Might (Three Wishes #1) by Jennifer Malin

Wish I Might (Three Wishes, Book 1)Wish I Might by Jennifer Malin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I won this book from Goodreads First Reads.

Wish I Might is a historical romance novella about Phoebe who at 26 has a crush on David who is only 21 and not only a bit immature but thinks of Phoebe as a sister. Phoebe after having a bit of alcohol makes a wish in a fountain for a more mature version of David that she could marry. Little does she realize that the stranger that appears to her that seems to be her wish come true is actually David’s father Harold whom David despises.

This book is one that once I started on I just couldn’t put down until I finished. A most awkward love triangle to say the least kept the pages turning to find out how this all played out. Definitely a quick fun read.

Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!: My Adventures in The Alice Cooper Group by Dennis Dunaway, Chris Hodenfield

Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!: My Adventures in The Alice Cooper GroupSnakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs!: My Adventures in The Alice Cooper Group by Dennis Dunaway
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I won this book through Goodreads First Reads.

As someone who wasn’t even born yet when the group Alice Cooper was coming about but have heard the hits all my life this book was quite an interesting read. I have to admit I’d always known Alice Cooper to be the man and not the band so it was nice to learn of how it all came about and the early days of the band that were known for the Shock Rock music scene and just how Vince became Alice.

The book starts off with the guys being just a bunch of regular high schoolers (if you can really picture Alice Cooper in high school) and takes you through all the early days. There’s mention of the sex and drugs etc through the years but it’s not overly covered. More of the shows, the struggles, and then onto the fame and the split of the group. Interesting reading how some of the most famous props and shows came about and then what happened to all the original members since those days.

There’s also a lot of mention of other bands and artists that the group met and were popular or upcoming in the same time frame. A good read for rock fans.

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