Review of Save Yourself: A Novel by Kelly Braffet

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I received this book from the Blogging For Books program in exchange for this review.

Save Yourself is a novel about a guy named Patrick who’s a depressed social outcast.  The book starts off with some background on him, his family and their living situation. Then it introduces the other two main characters: Caro (Patrick’s brother’s girlfriend) and Verna Elshere (Layla’s sister). One night Patrick is leaving work and a goth girl named Layla Elshere is waiting by his car. She’s decided that they should be friends simply because Patrick’s dad “killed that Czerpak kid.” Everything goes downhill from there.

Throughout the book I had times where I was happy and sad for each character, though I was sad for Patrick most of the time. The guy had just given up. He didn’t care about himself, his job or much else. When he starts fooling around with Layla I just wanted to shake him and ask what he was doing. With Verna, I could see that she just wanted to fit in, but I felt bad for her because of the mess that Layla got her into. Caro is just a mess in general.

The author did a really good job on the characters, plot and setting. The POV switches were done flawlessly and I was never confused about who’s pov I was reading. We (the readers) are able to see different perspectives of the same situation through each characters’ eyes. This is used a lot in the climax of the book, which was sad and crazy. I’m happy that Patrick got his happy ending, but I really wish it had been in an easier way. That wasn’t going to happen in this book though.

I’d recommend this to anyone who likes character driven novels that are a little, or a lot, dark.  The book has a lot of violence near the end, so you might not like this if that’s not your thing.

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Review of Broken (Women of the Otherworld #6) by Kelley Armstrong

I found this book at a thrift store, liked the cover, thought the story sounded neat and added it to my pile. I’m very happy that I did! Broken is the 6th book in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of he Otherworld series, but it can be read as a “stand alone.” There are a few sex scenes in the book, but they’re not super detailed. I just skimmed past them.

The book is about a woman named Elena who is a pregnant werewolf, which is very rare. (In the book’s universe, all of the werewolves are usually men.) Her, her mate, Clay, and their pack’s alpha, Jeremy, steal the infamous “From Hell” letter and inadvertently open a portal in Toronto, unleashing Jack the Ripper and two zombies. Can they fix everything before it’s too late?

The book moves along quickly and never dragged. Each character is unique and has an actual personality, whether they’re an evil rat or a friendly necromancer. There are a lot of different magical/supernatural beings in the book, which I thought made the story even more interesting. I really like Elena as a main character. I also like Zoe.

I was able to figure a few of the plot twists before they happened, but that didn’t make the story any less enjoyable for me. I really wanted to find out what would happen to everyone. The last few chapters of the book were full of action and the ending was sweet. I might check out the rest of the series.

I’d recommend this to fans of supernatural mysteries with action in them and fans of werewolves in general.

Review of Postcards From Route 66: The Ultimate Collection From America’s Main Street by Joe Sonderman

I won this book in a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads.com. The book is pretty neat. It’s full of images that appeared on post cards of the places along Route 66 in the 1950’s and 60’s. Each chapter focuses on a state that Route 66 runs through and starts off with an introduction.

I liked learning about the different places and would like to visit them someday.  It’s sad that some of the places are gone now.  I thought the hotel postcards were the best. I like that they had so many different places with different ideas. There’s one called The Wigwam Motel and you can sleep in a wigwam shaped room. That would be neat!

I recommend this book to anyone who likes reading about historic sites, the 50’s, western stuff and Route 66.