Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis [Joint Review!][

4.5 out of 5 Robots!
Not a Drop to Drink By Mindy McGinnis 
Series: Not a Drop to Drink #1
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Release: September 24, 2013
Paperback:  309 Pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
My Copy: Library
Reviewer: Julia & Shannon

Book Summary:
Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it…
(Courtesy of Goodreads)

Julia & Shannon - Review! 

1. What are your immediate feelings after reading NOT A DROP TO DRINK?
Shannon:  "Dang, she went there!"  Finally a post-apocalyptic story that is harsh and unrelenting, in what I think is realistic.  I tore through this book! 
Julia: NOT A DROP TO DRINK is frighteningly realistic, and that ending... bad ass!
2. Could you relate to or at least get along with the main character, Lynn?
Shannon:  Lynn is very much a product of her environment and upbringing.  So, I completely understood her on that level.  I liked that she was willing to do the hard thing and she had a clear conscience over some of her decisions.  But I also enjoyed watching her sharp edges smooth out once Lucy and Eli come into the picture. 
Julia: I think Lynn is cold and unrelenting in her resolve. It is easy to understand why she is this way - and it is brilliant. Her character makes sense to her surroundings and once new people are introduced to her world, she evolves. It is fascinating watching her character grow and adapt.
3. What about the plot? There isn't much romance, good thing?
Shannon:  I would say this is very much a character driven novel, so there isn't a big, explosive plot.  But it still was tense, unsettling, and even scary at parts.  As I mentioned, I tore through this book!  I also appreciated the minimal romance, even if I wouldn't have minded more.  But the focus remains very much on survival and I liked the author's choice in that matter.
Julia: There isn't much romance, but the characters and plot are so intriguing that it isn't something you will miss.

4. How about all those characters?
Shannon:  I loved them, I really did.  Lucy is adorable, although I thought she was remarkable adaptable for someone who loses both her parents in a short amount of time.  I especially like Stebbs because he truly truly gets Lynn.  And I loved when they finally team up together.  I got less out of Eli and Neva because they just aren't involved as much, but I liked how they served the story.  
Julia: They feel real, pragmatic. I felt like I was trying to survive with them, rooting for them to make it. My favorite character is Stebbs, he is kind and reliable and teaches Lynn things that her mother could not. He gets her better than anyone. Their dynamic is my favorite part of everything!

5. That ending! Yay or nay!
Shannon:  Lynn does not mess around.  Damn.  I liked the ending a lot.  And I liked that Lynn stayed true to who she was the whole way through.
Julia: I loved the ending. People die that you don't expect to die. People live that you don't expect to live. And Lynn is a cold and ruthless! Her character is true through to the last page. Thank you for this ending!!! It's my favorite kind. Endings shouldn't always be wrapped up neatly, especially in a post-apocalyptic world.

6. Did you like it! Rate it! Will we continue the series?
Shannon:  I loved it!  4.5 stars!  I am excited to continue the story, which takes place 10 years in the future and focuses on teenage Lucy.
Julia: I LOVED it. 4.5 Stars for me too. Can't wait to start the sequel asap. Thankful that there is another, because after the ending in this one, a second wasn't necessary. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Shannon's August Reading Challenge Wrap-up

Goodreads challenge: 119/200

My goal is to read 15+ series enders and reach Level 4.  I will update here as I read them.

Only one this month.  

1. Unleashed by Sophie Jordan 
2. Fire Fall by Bethany Frenette
3. A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd
4. Dearest by Alethea Kontis
5. End of Days by Susan Ee
6. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
7. Death Sworn by Leah Cypress


This year Novel Heartbeat is co-hosting with Writer Grrrl Reads and they are assigning a point system based on whether you read a novella, a sequel or finish a whole series.  Here are some sequels I am hoping to get to this year.  I will update too as I discover new series or decide not to finish a series.

Just one this month, for a total of 20 sequels.

The Sweetest Dark Trilogy by Shana Abe - Untitled (#3)
Arkwell Academy Series by Mindee Arnett - Nightmare Charade (#3)
The Midnight Thief Series by Livia Blackburne -  Daughter of Dusk (#2)
Goddess War Series by Kendare Blake - Ungodly (#2)
Prisoner of Night and Fog series by Anne Blankman -  Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (#2)
Born of Illusion Series by Teri Brown -  Born of Deception (#2)
The Selection Series by Kiera Cass - JUNE: The Heir (#4)
Dualed Series by Elsie Chapman -  Divided (#2)
Nightshade Prequels by Andrea Cremer -  Rift (#1), Rise (#2)
Breath Series by Sarah Crossan - Resist (#2)
Death Sworn Series by Leah Cypress -  JUL: Death Marked (#2)
The Clann Series by Melissa Darnell -  Covet (#2), Consume (#3)
The Dark Divine Series by Bree Despain -  Lost Saint (#2), Savage Grace (#3)
The Chemical Garden by Lauren DeStephano -  Wither (#2), Sever (#3)
MILA 2.0 Series by Debra Driza - Renegade (#2)
Penryn and the End of Days Series by Susan Ee -  MAY: End of Days (#3)
Dark Star Series by Bethany Frenette - MAR: Firefall (#3)
To All the Boys I've Loved Before Series by Jenny Han -  JUN: PS I Still Love You (#2)
Seraphina Series by Rachel Hartman -  MAY: Shadowscale (#2)
Rebel Belle Series by Rachel Hawkins  - APR: Miss Mayhem (#2)
Magic Most Foul Series by Leanna Hieber - The Twisted Tragedy of Natalie Stewart (#2), The Double Life of Incorporate Things (#3)
Shades of London Series by Maureen Johnson - MAR: The Shadow Cabinet (#3)
Uninvited Series by Sophie Jordan -  MAR: Unleashed (#2) 
The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten by Julie Kagawa - The Forgotten Crown (#3)
Talon Series by Julie Kagawa - JUN: Rogue (#2)
The Starbound Series by Amy Kaufman: JAN: This Shattered World (#2), Untitled (#3)
Enchanted Series by Alethea Kontis: JAN: Hero (#2), MAR: Dearest (#3)
Gates of Thread and Stone Series by Lori Lee - MAR: The Infinite (#2)
In the After Series by Demitria Lunetta - In the End (#2)
Throne of Glass Series by Sarah Maas - Untitled (#4)
Not a Drop to Drink series by Mindy McGinnis -  In a Handful of Dust (#2)
Dont Get Mad series by Gretchen McNeil - Get Dirty (#2)
Arclight Series by Josin McQuein - Meridian (#2)
Age of X by Richelle Mead - Immortal Crown (#2)
Lunar Chronicles Series by Melissa Meyer - FEB: Fairest (#0.5)Winter (#4)
Ruined Series by Paula Morris - Unbroken (#2)
Starglass Series by Phoebe North - Starbreak (#2)
The Dragon King Series by Ellen Oh - Warrior (#2), King (#3)
Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson  - AUG:Heart of Betrayal (#2)
Snow Like Ashes Series by Sarah Raasch - Ice Like Fire (#2)
The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski - MAR: The Winner's Crime (#2)
The Bone Season Series by Samatha Shannon - MAR: Mime Order (#2)
The Mad Man's Daughter Series by Megan Shephard - FEB: Her Dark Curiosity (#2), MAR: A Cold Legacy (#3)
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater - Untitled (#4)
Reboot Series by Amy Tintera - Rebel (#2)
The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas - Untitled (#3)
The 5th Wave Series by Rick Yancy - Untitled (#3)
The Program Series by Suzanne Young - The Treatment (#2)
Bookish is running a TBR Pile Challenge to help clear out your pre-2015 books.  As you can see, I have a lot of books in my possession!  I won't get through all of these, but I'd like to make the highest level at least:
1-10 A Firm Handshake
11-20 A Friendly Hug
21-30 First Kiss
31-40 Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 Could This Be Love?
50+ Married with Children

Three this month.  Total: 28/179 (New reviews are in blue)

  1. The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfarer by MG Buehrlen 
  2. After the End by Amy Plum (REVIEW HERE)
  3. Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
  4. Another Little Piece by Kate Quinn
  5. Arclight by Josin McQuein
  6. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  7. The Bees by Laline Paul
  8. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
  9. Between Two Thorns by Emily Newman
  10. Between Two Worlds by Katherine Kirkpatrick (REVIEW HERE)
  11. Beware the Wild by Natalie Parker
  12. Blackbird by Anna Carey
  13. Blackbird by Chuck Wendig
  14. Blacksad by Jose Canales
  15. The Body Electric by Beth Revis (REVIEW HERE)
  16. Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
  17. Born of Deception by Teri Brown
  18. Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
  19. Breath by Sarah Crossan
  20. Carnival of Soul by Melissa Marr
  21. Clariel by Garth Nix
  22. Cold Legacy by Megan Shephard (REVIEW HERE)
  23. Constable and Toop by Gareth Jones
  24. Consume by Melissa Darnell
  25. Cormorant by Chuck Wendig
  26. Covet by Melissa Darnell
  27. Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan
  28. Crave by Melissa Darnell
  29. Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey
  30. Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas (REVIEW HERE)
  31. Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott
  32. Dark Divine by Bree Despain
  33. Darker Still by Leanna Hieber
  34. Death Sworn by Leah Cypress (REVIEW HERE)
  35. Dissonance by Erika O'Rouke
  36. Divided by Elsie Chapman 
  37. Dodger by Terry Pratchett
  38. Don't Touch by Rachel Wilson
  39. Don't You Forget of Me by Kate Quinn
  40. Double Life of Incorporate Things by Leanna Hieber
  41. Dualed by Elsie Chapman
  42. Elemental: The First by Alexandra May
  43. Enna Burning by Shannon Hale
  44. Entwined by Heather Dixon
  45. Even in Paradise by Chelsea Philpot
  46. Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  47. Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
  48. Fairy Tales from the Brother Grimm by Philip Pullman
  49. Faking It by Cara Carmack
  50. Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens (REVIEW HERE)
  51. The Falconer by Elizabeth May (REVIEW HERE)
  52. Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
  53. Fan Art by Sarah Tregay
  54. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  55. Finding it by Cara Carmack
  56. Frostbite by Richelle Mead
  57. Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead 
  58. Garden of Stones by Sophie Littlefield
  59. Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori Lee
  60. Get Even by Gretchen McNeil
  61. Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco (REVIEW HERE)
  62. Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  63. Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper
  64. Green Rider by Kristen Britain
  65. Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno
  66. Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey
  67. Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shephard (REVIEW HERE)
  68. History of the World in 12 Maps by Jerry Brotton
  69. House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple 
  70. How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky by Lydia Netzger 
  71. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  72. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
  73. Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
  74. Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead
  75. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larsen
  76. In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis
  77. In the After by Demitiria Lunetta
  78. In the End by Demitiria Lunetta
  79. In the Woods by Tana French
  80. The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
  81. Intangible by J. Meyer
  82. Jewel of the Thames by Angela Misiri
  83. Kill Kiss Vanish by Jessica Martinez 
  84. Kingdom of Rarities by Eric Dinerstein 
  85. Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke
  86. Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
  87. Let's Get Lost by Ali Alsaid 
  88. Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker
  89. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
  90. Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
  91. Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman
  92. Lost Saint by Bree Despain
  93. Madman's Daughter by Megan Shephard (REVIEW HERE)
  94. Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke
  95. Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch
  96. Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor (REVIEW HERE)
  97. Meridian by Josin McQuein
  98. MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza
  99. Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig
  100. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  101. Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
  102. More Than This by Patrick Ness
  103. Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
  104. A New Darkness by Joseph Delancy
  105. Night School by CJ Daugherty
  106. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
  107. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  108. The One I Left Behind by Jennifer McMahon
  109. One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington (REVIEW HERE
  110. The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
  111. Orphange of Miracles by Amy Neftzger
  112. Parallel by Lauren Miller
  113. Past Perfect by Leila Sales (REVIEW HERE)
  114. Paw and Order by Spencer Quinn (REVIEW HERE)
  115. Pretties by Scott Westerfield
  116. Pretty Girl 13 by Liz Coley
  117. Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay (REVIEW HERE)
  118. Prophecy by Ellen Oh
  119. Rebel by Amy Tintera
  120. Reboot by Amy Tintera
  121. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (REVIEW HERE)
  122. Renegade by Debra Driza
  123. Resist by Sarah Crossan
  124. Revived by Cat Patrick
  125. Rift by Andrea Cremer
  126. Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt
  127. Rise by Andrea Cremer
  128. Ruined by Paula Morris
  129. Salvage by Alexandra Duncan
  130. Saving Lucas Briggs by Maria de los Santos
  131. Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong (REVIEW HERE)
  132. The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis
  133. The Secrets of Lily Grave by Sarah Strohmeyer (REVIEW HERE
  134. The Secrets of Tree Taylor by Dandi Daely Mackall
  135. Sever by Lauren DeStephano 
  136. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
  137. Shadow Prince by Bree Despain (REVIEW HERE)
  138. Shakespeare on Toast by Ben Crystal
  139. Ship of Brides by Jojo Meyers
  140. Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James (REVIEW HERE)
  141. Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike
  142. Snakeroot by Andrea Cremer
  143. Speechless by Hannah Harrington
  144. Starbreak by Phoebe North
  145. Starglass by Phoebe North
  146. Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (REVIEW HERE)
  147. Struck by Jennifer Bosworth 
  148. Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
  149. Survive by Alex Morel
  150. Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner (REVIEW HERE)
  151. The Templeton Twins Make a Scene by Ellis Weiner (REVIEW HERE)
  152. Ten by Gretchen McNeil
  153. Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor 
  154. A Thousand Perfect Things by Kay Kenyon
  155. Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (REVIEW HERE)
  156. The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart
  157. Transparent by Natalie Whipple (REVIEW HERE) 
  158. The Treatment by Suzanne Young
  159. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
  160. The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart by Leanna Hieber
  161. The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LeZebnick
  162. Uglies by Scott Westerfield
  163. Unbroken by Paula Morris
  164. Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig
  165. Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin
  166. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  167. Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  168. Wait for Me by Elizabeth Naughton
  169. The Ward by Jordana Frankel 
  170. Warrior by Ellen Oh
  171. The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian
  172. Wild by Alex Mallory
  173. The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
  174. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
  175. The Winterling by Sarah Prineas
  176. Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb
  177. Woodcutter by Kate Danley
  178. You Had Me at Hello by Mahairi McFarlane
  179. You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle

Popsugar Reading Challenge:
This has been making the rounds and thought it sounded so fun. Some of these will definitely push me out of my comfort zone.  Plus, I love Popsugar! (Especially their subscription boxes!!  Check them out here!)

  • Book with more than 500 pages Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (527 pages)
  • A classic romance Enchanted by Althea Kontis (Fairytales are classic romances, right?)
  • A book that became a movie Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (it's being made into a movie at least)
  • A book published this year Fairest by Marissa Meyers
  • A book with a number in the title One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington
  • A book written by someone under 30 Past Perfect by Leila Sales (she was 27 at the time she wrote it
  • A book with nonhuman characters The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd
  • A funny book Yes Please by Amy Poehler
  • A book written by a female author A Thousand Perfect Things by Kay Kenyon
  • A mystery or thriller Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas
  • A book with a one word title Hero by Althea Kontis
  • A book of short stories My True Love Gave to Me
  • A book set in a different country A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (UK)
  • A nonfiction book
  • A popular author's first book
  • A book from an author you love but haven't read yet
  • A book a friend recommended
  • A Pulitzer Prize winner
  • A book based on a true story Between Two Worlds by Karen Kirkpartrick
  • A book at the bottom to your to read list 
  • A book your mom loves
  • A book that scares you
  • A book that is more than 100 years old
  • A book based entirely on its cover A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  • A book you were supposed to read in high school but didn't
  • A memoir As You Wish by Cary Elwes
  • A book you can finish in one day The Statistical Probability of Love by Jennifer E. Smith
  • A book with antonyms in the title
  • A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupecho (Japan)
  • A book that came out the year you were born
  • A book with bad reviews
  • A trilogy The Madman's Daughter series by Megan Shepherd
  • A book from your childhood Bunnicula by James Howe
  • A book with a love triangle Rogue by Julia Kagawa
  • A book set in the future This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meaghan Spooner
  • A book set in high school Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens
  • A book with a color in the title The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • A book that made you cry All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • A book with magic Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  • A graphic novel
  • A book by an author you've never read before All Fall Down by Ally Carter
  • A book you own, but never read
  • A book that takes place in your hometown A List of Things That Didn't Kill Me by Jason Schmidt
  • A book originally written in a different language
  • A book set during Christmas
  • A book written by an author with your same initials
  • A play
  • A banned book
  • A book based on or turned into a TV show
  • A book you started by never finished



Tell me Tuesday #28

Tell me Tuesday is a weekly feature that where you talk about what you are currently reading and what you have on deck!  Let's begin, shall we?


Julia and I are reading this one.  We just finished Not a Drop to Drink, so we dived into the companion novel right away.

In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink, #2)

Kaylee (age 5) and I are just starting the sixth book in the "Jewel Fairy" series.  They are really short and kind of cute.  Kaylee likes anything with fairies.
Sophie the Sapphire Fairy (Rainbow Magic: Jewel Fairies, #6)

I'm still working on this audiobook.  Not much has really happened, but I like it so far.  I'm almost half way through.
Bog Child

This one!!!  I'm practically hyperventilating over it.
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)



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