Wednesday, March 30, 2016

"What I'm Reading" Wednesday #16

           After a brief break to read a book and write a review I'm back to my favorite alien series with... 

Origin (Lux #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he's facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive. 

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don't seem entirely crazy, but the group's goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything. 

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?

Why I Chose This Book / What I Think So Far:
Obviously, you already know I love this series. The ending of Opal left me wanting to rip my hair out and I so want to kick Blake's ass.. kind of like Katy is wanting to do at the spot I left off at. Will Daemon be able to get Katy out of the Daedelus compound? Or will he be trapped there too? So far I'm feeling all the feels for Katy's character. Seriously... Daedelus and Blake are trying to tell her they aren't the bad guys? As if! 

I took a quick break from the Lux series to read and review Jordan Elizabeth's latest novel...

The Goat Children by Jordan Elizabeth
When Keziah’s grandmother, Oma, is diagnosed with dementia, Keziah faces two choices: leave her family and move to New Winchester to care for Oma, or stay in New York City and allow her grandmother to live in a nursing home miles away. 

The dementia causes Oma to be rude and paranoid, nothing like the woman Keziah remembers. Each day becomes a greater weight and love a harsher burden. Keziah must keep Oma from wandering off or falling, and try to convince her grandmother to see a doctor as her eyesight and hearing fail, but Oma refuses to believe anything is wrong. Resentful of her hardships in New Winchester, Keziah finds herself drawn to Oma’s ramblings about the Goat Children, a mythical warrior class. These fighters ride winged horses, locating people in need, while attempting to destroy evil in the world. Oma sees the Goat Children everywhere, and as Keziah reads the stories Oma wrote about them, she begins to question if they really exist.

What I Thought of This Book:
I received a free copy of The Goat Children in exchange for an honest review.

Seventeen-year-old Keziah decides to leave New York City and move in with her grandmother after her grandmother is diagnosed with dementia. Gone is the woman that was Keziah's best friend as a child and in her place is the often cranky and confused new version of "Oma." Keziah tries her best to care for her grandmother while her parents and younger sister remain in the city. Her uncle Jan and his wife live nearby but Uncle Jan's wife wouldn't allow Keziah's grandmother to come live with them. Keziah tries balance returning to public school after many years of homeschooling, trying to make friends, and keeping up with Oma, who keeps mentioning a group called "the goat children." Who are the Goat Children? And why does Oma want to rejoin them? As Keziah tries to unravel the truth behind her grandmother's crazy stories she learns shocking things about her family, and herself.

This book touched me in a serious way. I was raised by my grandmother and homeschooled for the majority of high school. Now my grandmother has some health problems (physical, not memory-wise thankfully) and I can definitely relate to Keziah taking care of her grandmother without a supportive family to back her up. This story sucked me in, I couldn't put it down, and I really enjoyed learning about the goat children. The ending was a bit sad and reminded me of another one of Jordan Elizabeth's novels, Escape from Witchwood Hollow. Jordan Elizabeth is a fantastic storyteller and all of the books I've read by her so far are great. The Goat Children is a wonderful story that I think readers of any age, not just young adults, will really enjoy.
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

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