Ahh another ginger zee book that was on tap for me. When was able to get this arc I was jumping and down like crazy reason being is when I’m not reading one of my other passions is weather and have had that passion since a young age. So when you see this book you think tornado and weather plus in the title is helicity which means to spin. Which it def is. And this book is about 13 year old helicity who is about to thru a major change. Where at start of the book helicity is frustrated with her family since helicity in high school wants to get into honors classes but her parents don’t so she gets frustrated and takes her horse for a ride. Along the ride she starts to see a storm go up and watches it till suddenly see’s the storm getting violent. As she rushes home a tornado forms and thru her eyes watches as her town gets destroyed. Rest of the book picks where her town is leveled and suffering slightly what most victims go thru with ptsd and see’s how her life’s changed. All this was amazingly displayed and loved it as weather nerd and storm chasers. After this though book goes down hill. I’m going go do *spoilers now* I usually don’t but I need to get it out their and just preying its the arc and just not finished. But after town is destroyed. Her dad is blaming helicity for her star studded football player getting hurt. But after the hospital he is home complaining of pain takes meds doctor gave. Then it seems not a week later or 2 he is out of pills and dad gets more and sayes that the brother gets guilty look when helicity looks at him or thoughts but doesn’t think much more. I get it’s middle grade and saw the hints what brother was doing but doesn’t go into details. Another thing that happens is later bring a crush for helicity. He is 17 year old guy has the excitement for weather and young and immature like a lot of young storm chasers but way he acts it has sooo many vibes of some famous chaser or chasers, one I know ginger zee dated. Aka reed timmer. Who was on the show storm chasers on discovery channel. The guy in this book still seems cool but then later wants the photo so bad that helicity took of the tornado and he later sells it and gives most of money to helicity. She is mad that he did it with no thought to ask. And ginger trying to show that helicity doing stuff just for love of weather and not sell and the guy gets absolutely no repercussion from it at all. Forgot to add with the brother is at one point helicity hanging with brother and goes pick something up and is with brother and sayes gets up again and brother is looking odd. Later on the trip she is missing some money from her purse. Again this hints at things but then just left open ended. Last very last part of the book she is able to go on a storm chase with a meterlogist/ storm chaser and her guy crush. And it’s been raining hard in city their in for days. The guy and helicity find a time where with out asking takes the car to chase a storm and the kid is driving aggressive and fast and just being dangerous with helicity wanting to get out. Well he puts it through a flood. He gets hurt but she doesn’t. But as she is being rescued by emergency and stuff. Out comes to rescue as well is her chaser friend the meterlogist. Well let’s say one survives while other doesn’t “technically she does but in coma” but it’s left next page after that like I’m helicity I made bad decisions but I’m a survivor. 1 as a middle grade book I feel that might discourage people to not like weather or want to read books. And 2 I felt would of flowed better for storm chase she had actually gotten her tornado in a field that’s it and show she over came tornado fear while still taking the beauty of Mother Nature…. sorry I’m just so annoyed at all the things left open that are touched on then not.
3/5 stars this book could of been higher and loved it but so many flaws.
~~~~JUSTIN 3/5 stars
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”
Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.
“When Alice was born, her eyes were black from end to end, and the midwife didn’t stay long enough to wash her.”
Don’t let this beautiful, dark, and shimmery cover fool you. I was almost fooled into preordering this book and I’m glad I wasn’t persuaded.
We all know my infatuation with Alice in Wonderland. I even have it tattooed on my body, but I wish authors would leave Alice in Wonderland alone! 🙄🙄
With the hints of Alice and her crazy adventures in Wonderland, it reminded me a little bit of Furthermore. And we all know how much I enjoyed that book. (Heavy sarcasm) (Maybe an eye roll) It left me with a lot of questions of why!?
Deep into the story, we come to find out about a deeply horrorish fairytale that may hold the clues to Alice’s life or one she never knew about. But I wish that maybe this book was just that disturbing fairytale. The more quotes from the fairytale shared between the characters, the more you would rather read that instead of this.
The main character, Alice was a bit ostentatious. She was flawed from the beginning and didn’t grow as other characters would have. At times you just wanted to slap some sense into her for being so vapid. She was too trusting of others at times where she should have been the most terrified.
What irritated me the most was the big name/company drops. The author seemed to love to drop names of things that were already highly adored. Like other books, songs, and stores. And the most gagging of all was her mentions of Alice in Wonderland. No thanks, name dropper! Just stop trying to be something you’re not!!!
My favorite part of this book was the cover. With its shimmery captivating creepiness. Those tricky bastards!
Do you dare enter The Hazel Wood?
Ahh yes that’s right it’s another fifty shades book ;). 50/50 split for people a lot are saying nooooo my eyes. Take example my friend jennifer and her doggie blogger Bella from a Bella faerie tale she will be like my eyes noooo!! While I’m here yes yes yes. But going in I waited 2.5 years for this book that’s a life time in book years atleast though not GOT author who takes almost 5-10 years. But this is book 2 from christians pov. The first book left a tad later than Anastasia’s pov which I find oddly interesting. One thing going for book one was big gaps between Anastasia and Christians so was like reading a whole new book, unlike where I will say not going into much detail it is his pov for second but but to the extreme sounded like reading book 2 over again like i was Anastasia than Christian. Also like most shade books the writing is not very good but gotta love it for what it is I think if still are reading you knew this already. But some of the things I still loved is when Christian is not with Ana can see what he does he compassionate, besides so demanding. But get to see the scenes that we didn’t froms Ana’s like the fight with mrs Lincoln at christians party to Leila. But yea over all 4/5 stars since I can’t get enough but hoping last book isn’t 3 years away like book 1 to 2 was.
4/5 stars ~~~~ JUSTIN
Here we are in another new month and here is the stack I would like to tackle in November.
The Ones Who Got Away- Roni Loren
Lost Crow Conspiracy- Rosalyn Eves
Too Late- C. Hoover
The Immortalist- Chloe Benjamin
Reign of the Fallen- Sarah Glenn Marsh
The Pope of Palm Beach- Tim Dorsey
Batman: Nightwalker- Marie Lu
Noir- Christopher Moore
I have received a lot of great reads from publishers and I can’t wait to dig in.
Which books are on your TBR this month?
So it’s Wednesday again so for the 3 w’s which are what are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish?
And what do you think you’ll read next.
1. What I’m currently reading is the devil wears Prada. I’m doing this since I love the movie and found the book for a dollar I’m hoping it’s just as good as the movie.
2. What I recently finished is all of vampire academy which was 6 books in a week or week and a half.
3. What I plan to read next is? I’m very bad at this but after TDWP I plan to start bloodlines and that series.
The books I’ll try to read which I’m bad about following. On my personal quest to 100 books I’m at 84 now so 2 months shouldn’t be to hard.
1. I just literally 3 mins ago before making my new cup of java finished vampire academy it had been years to say I actually had truely read the series so I’m glad I did and every book is a 5 star ⭐️
2. Just today bought at the thrift store which I forget if tried to read before or not is the devil wears Prada and about to hop into that after this post and to say the movie oh dear do I love the movie so much it’s like confessions of a shopaholic. That book and movie I like the movie better.
3. Artemis by Andy weir
Can’t wait to read that book since surprising I really enjoyed the mars book which Iv completely stomped on the name but look forward to that.
After these I have no clue what I’ll read but maybe the darkest minds??? Comeback to find out.