Review – Fire Country by David Estes

Title: Fire Country
Author: David Estes
Series: The Country Saga #1
Previous (Related) Series: The Dwellers Series
Next Book: Ice Country
Source: Personal Purchase

Description from Goodreads:

In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer’s even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely. 

Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn sixteen and every three years thereafter. It is their duty as Bearers.

Fifteen-year-old Siena is a Youngling, soon to be a Bearer, when she starts hearing rumors of another tribe of all women, called the Wild Ones. They are known to kidnap Youngling girls before the Call, the ceremony in which Bearers are given a husband with whom to bear children with. 

As the desert sands run out on her life’s hourglass, Siena must uncover the truth about the Wild Ones while untangling the web of lies and deceit her father has masterfully spun.

Review

I was very excited to read the Country Saga after reading the first three books in the Dwellers series. I had heard that each of David’s books get better. Unfortunately, I didn’t find that to be the case.

Honestly, I didn’t dislike Fire Country, but it took me a really long time to get into it. I had a hard time connecting with Siena, and I think the writing style was to blame. Fire Country is written in first-person narrative, told from Siena’s point-of-view. David goes all out with phonetic spellings, contractions, and made-up curse words. It may have just been a case of my state-of-mind at the time of reading, but it actually rubbed me the wrong way for a while.

However, I love David and his books that I’ve read so far, so I powered through. I did eventually get past the writing and was able to get lost in the story. By the last third or so, I was completely hooked and had to see what was going to happen next.

Overall, I’d say that I liked Fire Country, but it was definitely not one of my favorite David Estes books so far.

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WWW Wednesday #70

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am currently listening to The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead and reading City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare.

What did you recently finish?

 

In the last three weeks, I have finished Panic by Lauren Oliver, Moonless by Crystal Collier (review), and City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m not really sure what I’m going to read next. It should probably be Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel, but it might be Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare.

Leave me a link to your WWW in the comments, and I’ll be sure to check it out!

Top Ten Characters Who Make Me Wish I Was Also Fictional

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Characters Who X, and I chose Top Ten Characters Who Make Me Wish I was Also Fictional. This is going to be book boyfriends that I wish could really be mine, girls who I wish could be my BFF, or someone whose powers I want.

1.) Jacob Black (Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga): I fell in love with Jacob Black when I read Twilight. So much so that I had a hard time enjoying parts of the story on rereads because I felt so bad for him. I wanted to punch Bella and make Jacob feel better. lol Even if he is a little young for me…

2.) Hermione Granger (J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series): Oh, come on. The Harry Potter world is probably my favorite magical world ever, and I would absolutely love to be able to perform some of the spells that Hermione does. And if Hermione was my BFF, she could teach me any of the ones I had trouble with! lol

3.) Jace Wayland (Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series): Jace is just yummy. Yes, he’s arrogant and sarcastic, but there is just something about him. Honestly, he’s probably 90% of the reason I read this series! lol

4.) Kaylee Cavanaugh and Tod (Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series): It’s too hard to pick just one. Tod is one of my favorite book boyfriends of all time, and Kaylee is just so cool. I would want to be friends with Kaylee and date Tod, even if he’s dead. lol I’d want powers, though. Kaylee’s in a little too much danger for my liking, but powers are cool.

5.) Adrian Ivashkov (Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy & Bloodlines series): Oh my goodness. I LOVE him. Another series where I fell for the underdog. lol He is the primary reason I started reading Bloodlines when I did!

6.) Warner (Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series): Okay, so Tahereh Mafi’s world’s a little scary, but there’s something so sexy about Warner that I would love to be a fictional character just to be with him. Added bonus? Kenji is hilarious!

7.) Annabeth Chase (Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series): I love Greek Mythology, I love powers, and Athena would probably be my goddess of choice, so I’d love to be Annabeth.

8.) Marina Marchetti (Cristin Terrill’s All Our Yesterdays): Another world that’s a little creepy, but time travel is super cool, and I’d love to be able to do it! Don’t think I’d really want the rest of her story, but if we could be friends, and I could time travel, that would be cool.

9.) Tris and Four (Veronica Roth’s Divergent series): I think these are two of the coolest characters EVER! I would definitely want to be friends with them. And as a tiny person who’s afraid of just about everything, maybe being Dauntless would help with that!

10.) Isaiah Walker (Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series): I fell in love with him in Pushing the Limits, my heart broke for him in Dare You To, and I fell for him even more in Crash into You. I LOVE Isaiah, and I can’t believe I almost forgot him!

Mini-Review – The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Title: The Compound Effect
Author: Darren Hardy
Source: Personal Purchase

 Description from Goodreads:

Do you want success? 
More success than you have now? 
And even more success than you ever imagined possible?
That is what this book is about. 
Achieving it. 

No gimmicks. No hyperbole. Finally, just the truth on what it takes to earn success. 

As publisher of SUCCESS magazine, author Darren Hardy has heard it all, seen it all, and tried most of it. This book reveals the core principles that drive success. The Compound Effect contains the essence of what every superachiever needs to know, practice, and master to obtain extraordinary success. Inside you will find strategies on: 

How to win—every time! The No. 1 strategy to achieve any goal and triumph over any competitor, even if they’re smarter, more talented or more experienced.

Eradicating your bad habits (some you might be unaware of!) that are derailing your progress. 

Painlessly installing the few key disciplines required for major breakthroughs. 

The real, lasting keys to motivation—how to get yourself to do things you don’t feel like doing. 

Capturing the elusive, awesome force of momentum. Catch this, and you’ll be unstoppable. 

The acceleration secrets of superachievers. Do they have an unfair advantage? Yes they do, and now you can too! 

If you’re serious about living an extraordinary life, use the power of The Compound Effect to create the success you desire. Begin your journey today!

Review

I recently signed up as a Beachbody Coach, and one of the recommendations for building a thriving business is reading/listening to personal development, and The Compound Effect was the first book recommended.

I thought it was really interesting and had some great thoughts on how small, consistent actions can lead to big results after time.

I haven’t completely put the suggestions into action, but I definitely got some great ideas for the future. I think this is a great book for people to read because it can be applied to normal things, like getting out of debt or getting fit, as easily as it can be applied to business.

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