The Alien Within

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

The Alien Within was written by Robin Martin and published by Bennet Lane Press in 2017.

The sequel to My Alien, a book I also reviewed on this site, is every bit as good as the first book. Archimedes reappears as Rion’s guardian and immediately turns Rion’s world upside down. He begins by taking all memory of Rion away from Zoe, so that Rion won’t get involved with her again, and forces Rion to go back to school. Zoe is trying to move on with her life but she can’t really because she feels like she has forgotten something extremely important. Both of them have to adjust to their new lives, his as a human, and hers without memory of him.

I really liked this book. I felt that it was every bit as good as the first one and then some. It was well-written and the plot seemed completely thought-out. This is one of the better YA books.


A Song Unheard

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

A Song Unheard was written by Roseanna M. White and published by Bethany House in 2018.

Willa Forsythe, professional thief, has been hired by V to steal a cypher from famous violinist/ playboy Lukas DeWilde. The cypher is said to be the first step in finding a code breaking machine that Lukas DeWilde’s father made before he was killed. She has to find it before the Germans get their hands on it or World War 2 is lost. She manages to get Lukas DeWilde to trust her but she doesn’t count on falling for him in return.

This book was okay. Like every book it had its good moments but they were few and far between. The plot was good but I felt like it needed more fleshing out. Another fifty pages that focused on the main plot would have made all the difference. I would recommend this book as a break between heavier books.

The Twelve Days of Books Challenge! Day 4: 9 TBR Books

For anyone who’s wondering TBR means To Be Read

9. Warcross by Marie Lu

8. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

5. The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

4. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

3. Legend by Marie Lu

2. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

1. First King of Shannara by Terry Brooks

The Twelve Days of Books Challenge! Day 2: 11 Intriguing Worlds

Ok so I know that some of these are not strictly worlds but I could not think of eleven worlds so I counted them.

11. Mirror World (if you read the book you would understand I just don’t remember what or if they called it anything specific) created by Brandon Mull

10. Redwall created by Brian Jacques

9. Fablehaven created by Brandon Mull

8. Hogwarts created by J. K. Rowling

7. Sambria created by Brandon Mull

6. Leah created by Terry Brooks

5. Wonderland created by Lewis Carrol

4. Neverland created by J. M. Barrie

3. Lyrian created by Brandon Mull

2. Narnia created by C. S. Lewis

1. Middle-Earth created by J. R. R. Tolkien 

( note: I will not be doing Day 3: 10 Thoughtful Quotes because I’m not much of a quotes person)


The Rule of St. Benedict

The Rule of St. Benedict was written by said, St. Benedict as a kind of rulebook for how to run a monastery. It gives detailed instructions on how to act in every situation from how monks sleeping arrangements are to be to what to do if a priest wants to join your abbey. Every respectable Abbot had a copy of this book to look to for help when he wasn’t sure what to do.

This book may seem like a waste of time to read as none of us are probably planning on becoming the Abbot of a monastery in the near future but I am here to tell you that you couldn’t be farther from the truth. This book is still relevant even today. Maybe not as a handbook to live your life, but everyone can learn something from the meager way that monks led their lives. Would recommend.