#BookReview: Endgame by C.J. Daugherty (last in Night School Series) 4/5 Stars

Overview: Carter West, Allie’s true love, has been kidnapped and her grandmother shot by the evil Nathanial. With no clue as to where Carter has been taken, Allie regroups at the school with her friends and teaching staff. During this time, the search is on for him and funeral preparations for Lucinda have begun. Under her demand, Allie has regular school resume to keep the students and herself from going nuts. She is also trying to steer clear of Sylvain, her jilted boyfriend. Carter’s situation and loss of her grandmother have left her feeling numb, until the funeral where she breaks down and bonds closer to Isabelle, basically her stepaunt and the headmistress of the school. While on patrol, Allie’s brother shows up to help find Carter and get back in her good graces. Dom, American technology whiz, finds Carter’s location at an old farmhouse and they create a plan for rescue, involving turning of Nathaniel’s own guards. By a close call, everyone makes it home safely and move on to the next task, saving the school from Nathanial. Coming up with a wild idea, Allie and Isabel present their deal and force him into it. Bringing the fight, and series to a close.

Opinion: Though she didn’t quite end up with whom I thought she should, it was a good ending. It seems to wrapup everything, but the ties are a bit loose. There could be more to the storey as Nathanial has promised to make Allie’s life hell, but oh well. All good series’ must come to an end and this is the best ending we could hope for.

Recommend: Yes!

#BookReview: Pines by Blake Crouch (book 2 Wayward Pines) 3/5 Stars

Overview: after discovering the horrible truth about the town and the outside world, Ethan Burke joins the dark side and becomes sheriff. Tasked with keeping everyone safe and being a good soldier, he is still uneasy about the whole mess. He becomes angry after a citizen commits suicide in front of him, and crashes his barely used jeep. The cause of the wreck was partly because of his mood, and partly because of the woman stabbed and exsanguinated  laying in the middle of the road. The search is on for her murder and the rabbit hole goes deeper than ever as Ethan finds the original suspects are red herrings to the murder. Resolving to resolve all matters in one night, he sets up an elaborate party and begins to dismantle everything about the town. The man in charge gives in and signs everyone’s death certificate using a single door.

Opinion: I didn’t realize it until now, but this series has a very big “1984” by George Orwell, feeling to it. The cameras, public manipulations and evil government in a dystopyian like world. Unlike the first one, this book was a little more predictable but still exciting to find the motives behind the madness. Even then there was nothing too shocking except for finding out the identification of the murder victim. It is still fast paced and a great follow up to the first book, I think the series is just starting to lose it’s edge. The third holds big promises as the town is falling apart and Ethan might get the surprise of his life.

#Musical Monday Review #14: Oklahoma!

Overview: Life in Oklahoma territory is simple, and the biggest enjoyment are parties called box socials. Everyone in town is going and Curly has come to ask his reluctant sweetheart to go with him. She refuses, and ends up going with Jud her hired hand. As everything is spread out, everyone stops at Laurey and Aunt Eller’s place for a little rest and clean up before going on to the box social. The girls go inside to change into their dancing dresses and gossip, while the boys feed and water their horses. Jealously appears as another woman starts hanging on to Curly, but Laurey puts on a brave face, saying it’s no big deal. At the dance there is an auction to raise money to build a school house, the items for sale are basket dinners the girls put together. Jud and Curly get into a war over Laurey’s basket causing Curly to sell everything he has in order to win. Curly succeeded, but Jud was still bound and determined to take Laurey no matter what. After confronting Laurey, Jud is fired and vows revenge. She runs to Curly, who proposes marriage. After the wedding, Jud sets fire to some hay bales and tries to start a knife fight but ends up dying. They ride off in the morning sun on a train for their honeymoon.

Opinion: These two are the most stubborn people ever! Laurey seems to push him away because she enjoys it, but deep down loves him. She also acts a little childish and selfish. Curly’s only mean to her, because that’s how she treats him and has him all confused. Aunt Eller is awesome! She is a tough cookie and don’t cross her at a party.

Ado Annie. Aside from being a bit ditzy, anybody notice she’s a bit of a hussie. It is implied that she sleeps around because she can’t say no to men. She is a bit of an unconventional character, because usually you don’t see a character like that in shows from back in the day. It wasn’t that she was a complete slut, but she certainly wasn’t the prim and proper girl you would expect.

Kind of creepy that Curly tries to lure Jud into committing suicide. Jud may have been a little crazy but serenading him into thinking it would be better for him to die is a bit drastic.

One scene I have yet to understand, is the Saloon dream sequence. She seems to age a bit and is happy with Curly but then he disappears and she is stuck with Jud. We know Jud is a scoundrel but it almost implies if she doesn’t choose Jud she will become a saloon girl. Then it seems if she chooses him, he’ll cheat on her. When Curly reappears, if Laurey doesn’t pick Jud, he’ll kill Curly and take her by force. I’m just not sure what exactly is going on there.

Favorite song would have to be “Kansas City.” The choreography is light and playful, the lyrics talk about how far they have come and find it amazing. Makes us think about everything we have now compared to then. Plus I’m a little bias, Will had just come from my home state.

#BookReview: Night School: Resistance 5/5 Stars

Overview: Allie and Rachel are on the run, being moved every couple of weeks to stay away from Nathanial. After being found and shot at while staying in France, Allie’s grandmother decides to bring the girls back to school. Finally home, everything is changed martial law has been instituted and Rachel has decided to join Night School. Through all of this, Allie is once more confused about her feelings for Sylvain and Carter. When it comes time to choose who will go with her to a not so secret meeting, she chooses Sylvain. Unfortunately Sylvain is whisked away to his father’s bedside after a carbomb almost killed him. Leaving Carter to go to the meeting. Things go wrong at the late night meeting, putting Allie on the run again. This time with Carter. Just as the calvary appears to get them, Nathaniel’s people show up and cause a fight sending Allie speeding away to school leaving everyone else behind.

Review: The suspense is great. Poor Allie just can’t get out of the fire without moving into an even hotter one. She’s torn between two boys as well as being a pawn in a game between her grandmother and someone who could be considered an uncle. What is she to do? She has to side with with her grandmother, because Nathanial has shown he is crazy but while she has the appearance of choice her grandmother is maneuvering her  without her knowledge. Every time she tries to move on her own, everything blows up. Her world is falling apart but she is still hanging in there. I can’t wait to see how she handles everything in the next book. For her boy troubles, she needs to make up her mind. I know she seems to make a decision in this book, but she also made a different decision in the beginning. Unless this final move really is the FINAL decision, I like the idea that she is still undecided.

Recommend: Yes.

#BookReview: Night School: Legacy 5/5 Stars

Overview: Summer term has ended and Allie is home for a little while. One week into break, she goes out to meet up with friends at the park and is forced to cut her time short as she is attacked. Her new best friend’s dad rescues her and takes her to his home fortress, but after a few days the adults believe she would be safer back at the school. Cimmera is still undergoing renovations from the fire and she is put to work with her friends. Once the school term starts she finds herself enrolled in Night school so she can be taught self-defense and be kept in the loop of what is going on. Fighting wit her new boyfriend, she turns to her ex for help when she is contacted by an unlikely enemy. After this second attack, everyone is on pins and needles for the upcoming dance. There are going to world leaders and politicians present and Allie just knows there enemies are going to try something. When the ball comes and goes without incident, the Night School students and staff seam to ease up a bit…just in time for the enemies to strike. Allie then has to save herself and hopefully the life of a friend’s as well.

Review: This book seemed a little lighter than the last action wise, but it is still packed full of it. Plus we are getting more answers. The stakes are raised as Allie is changing more and more. The words just fly off the pages, making it hard for you to put down!

Camp NaNoWriMo 2015

Last year I did my first NaNoWriMo and failed. Lol I was totally not prepared, but this year I know what to expect and am getting ready. Part of my preparation is doing Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m using a work in progress, that was previously titled “Drug Deal,” but I gave it its official name this morning as I finished the working cover.

“Love and Drugs” Synopsis:

Magdalene is a senior in college, preparing for a trip to Europe and finally got the girl of her dreams. She has a perfect job working for a flower shop (that isn’t your typical flower shop) and not a care in the world. But Magdalene has a couple of pretty big secrets, that she wants to keep. However, the most dangerous of secrets walks in on the first day of school. Her ex-boyfriend is back in town and ready to violate his restraining order, as well as mess with her job. So she calls in her favor to The Family, and all hell ensues. In the end only one will survive, but who is going down?