I really liked this book and I was surprised that not many people have read it or rated it on Good Reads. This book is about a deck of cards and a certain game that is played to wager things: possessions, memories, things, etc for absolutely anything. It has to be at least equal value or the cards don’t work. So the story is told from the point of view of a woman who is the designer of a video game and how she meets her neighbor who owns this magical deck of cards. They fall in love as she tries to get over an ex. I don’t think there is anything that I really disliked about this book other than the main character. Her personality was all over the place and she didn’t really have a set way of thinking. The man she fell in love with was unrealistic even though this book revolves around magic and rules. I still really enjoyed this book. I also had an issue with the format of this book (I shouldn’t complain because I was given this copy for free for this review) but I was given a copy that wasn’t exactly compatible with my Nook and I wasn’t able to change the font size or the format of how many word were on a page. I think it was stuck in an Adobe format and I wasn’t allowed to fix it. It was a little frustrating trying to zoom in all the time and it not working correctly. I recommend this book for a mature audience only. There is a lot of sex and it can get in depth and some language. Other than that I would recommend it to most people. 4/5 I received this copy from NetGalley for review.
This was an interesting read and not in a good way. I didn’t really love this book. I read the synopsis and saw that it was set in the future and followed two different women in their quests to seek out a better life than what they left behind. I also read the back of the book that had the explanation on what was involved in going into this book and yet I still feel really disappointed. One of the main things that I had an issue with was the way this book was written. For some parts of the book, the speech is in quotes but for the majority of this book there are no quotation marks when the characters are speaking. I thought this wouldn’t be a problem, but this slowly got on my nerves. For most books, when a character starts talking they just start talking without having to use “I said” “She said” “he said” etc. For this book, because there are no quotation marks, the narrator starts with “he said” “she said” whatever and it was a bit frustrating. This book is pretty short but I had to take quite a few breaks while reading this to finish it. The quotes just got on my nerves. Speaking about getting on my nerves, I didn’t like the way Mariama described the ‘kreen’ in her stomach. Basically this was something that the author actually felt in her life and named it kreen and then used it for this little girl. For the author, this kreen was present whenever she was under great stress or feeling particularly anxious. I understand it was meant to symbolize something in her life but (to me) it never connected in the end. (Spoiler). Mariama felt this kreen fer whole life. From when she was a little girl and ate a snake to when she was an adult and about to murder her ex-lover. She then takes the kreen out of her which ends up being her daughter Meena. She abandons her daughter to “haunt” the ex-lovers girlfriend. What? Maybe this is just something that I wasn’t supposed to understand? Maybe someone cold explain this to me? Honestly I just didn’t get it. (End spoiler) There were a lot of things that didn’t connect or make much sense when I finally finished this book. Meena spends almost the entire book out on The Trail and has weird hallucinations and things that just don’t make sense. I can understand almost all of that. What I didn’t understand was how some of that could have been real. (spoiler) Meena finally meets her mom on The Trail and her mom tells her her whole story on what happened to her before and after Yemaya left her. Mariama is old but she thinks Meena is Yemaya so she explains her life and then dies. Mariama was supposedly on that trail for years just waiting for Yemaya and doesn’t die? Was she a ghost? It’s not like Meena knew this whole time who Mariama was. She only found out when she was on the trail. So was she real? Was it a hallucination? was Meena really dead? I have no idea. Which brings up more questions. If Meena really did find Mariama on The Trail then did everyone else she meet also exist? And if that was so, how did they survive for so long out on that trail without many provisions? Stealing from other random walkers? Too many unanswered questions and I prefer a book that answers all my questions (End spoiler) I also had a big issue with the characters. I want to feel connected to a character to the point where I feel bad when they feel bad or mad when they are mad. I didn’t feel anything for these characters other than disgust. I didn’t like these characters. They were realistic but they made me more annoyed at their actions than anything else. Their short tempers or stupidity or whatever was not endearing it was frustrating and sad. There were some pretty great parts of this book. There was a lot of information on this futuristic world and what it might be like and the different alternatives for energy. The futuristic world was something that I would want to see. A gloti that is something like a translator, having books, media, internet in a scroll which I guess was either in your head or in a phone or something (it wasn’t very specific about that) but interesting. The ending was also a twist I wasn’t expecting. Overall, this is not a book I would pick up again. It was way too confusing because of the amount of information in it with not enough information behind it and the unanswered questions in the end. FTC Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for review