The Cat’s Pajamas weren’t really that cool…

WOOOOOW.  So I started this book two years ago thinking that, “Hey this book is actually kind of short. I’ll be able to finish it really quickly.”  BOY WAS I WRONG.  Here we are two years later and I am only just starting my review….

So (excuse time), I got the book and I was so amped to read it (I really wasn’t…. but that has nothing to do with the book or the author and everything to do with what was going on in my life at the time).  I got distracted by a lot of drama and ended up setting it down somewhere and losing it.  A couple months later, I found it and tried picking it up again only to have more of life’s drama hit me and lose it again.  I was in the middle of a divorce process and moving process and I was looking at what I should get rid of and I found the book again.  I put it in the “ship” pile and off it went to another state.  Several months later (and a divorce and state move later), I found my boxes and started unpacking.  I eventually found the book again, only for it to end up in another box because I didn’t have a book shelf (so it got lost again). AT THIS POINT, I seriously debated just picking up a copy from the library and sitting down and finishing it in a night or two (I mean come on…).  EVENTUALLY, I got a book shelf and I was able to find the book again and pick it up again (only to lose it every time I set it down).

After all that, I was expecting this book to be amazing and wonderful and something that I would have been able to recommend to anyone saying “Oh my goodness, this book was amazing, it went through hell and back with me”, but in reality it was kind of a let down. This book follows three different story lines (though honestly it feels like more from the different points of view that aren’t always coming from the three/four main characters) and their day and how they all end up at the Cat’s Pajamas at 2.A.M.

Not only was the book on the confusing side, it wasn’t the ending I wanted it to have.  Maybe the ending was supposed to be a metaphor for something that I just didn’t understand, but it didn’t match the story that proceeded it. The ending for all three characters were all really sad and disappointing.  I was hoping that through all the misfortune they were going through, they would at least have some happy endings, but I was wrong.  It was a bit of a downer and I read to escape reality, not be forced to read about harsh reality.

I would give this book a two out of five, simply because it wasn’t for me.  I’m sure for someone else it would have been a great read, but for me it was a little too close to reality for my liking.

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Sanguine Moon Review

I want to start off with saying thank you to Jennifer Foxcroft for the copy of Sanguine Moon in the beautiful packaging and giving me the opportunity to read and review this book on my time.  I really appreciate it and it was a fantastic read that I always recommend when anyone comes to me for book requests.

I received this book sometime back in March and I had started it almost right away and then put it down for a while because life happens.  I was in the middle of my divorce proceedings and in the process of getting rid of a lot of my possessions in the process of moving states.  It was quite the time for me and I really had a lot on my mind.  When I finally moved back to California, I had a lot going on as well.  I had to figure out who I was and find a way to be myself again.  I eventually picked it up again and at a perfect time.

Although I didn’t have quite the same experience as Connie, I did go through something very similar.  While I wouldn’t necessarily call it a break up, I did lose a very close friend who I have loved and cared about for many years.  I happened to get to the point where Connie was forced to make a powerful decision of self love and to stand by her morals as well as listening to her feelings.  The crushing ache of losing someone you care about because it isn’t something you believe in was too familiar.  The horrible reality of wanting contact that you know isn’t good for you was too familiar.  To say that this book hit home for all the right reasons is an understatement.

I love reading books with strong female characters who know their minds and hearts and won’t fall for the guy and put those wants and morals at risk.  Connie was one of the stronger women that I love reading about.  Not only did she end her relationship with Rocks because she would not stand for her morals being put on the side, she did not involve him in her personal life more than she thought was necessary, on top of telling him that she needed some time to heal.  Talk about a strong high schooler.  I struggle every day with not talking to my now-not-friend and I always want to tell my not-friend what’s going on with me and my life and it’s always a battle I fear I’m going to lose.  I’ve picked up this book on more than one occasion and thought that I need to be strong like Connie and that is what gets me through my day.

My one major complaint with this book is the ending.  A cliffhanger? Really? Why you gotta be like that??? I hate cliffhangers, literally, only because I want to be able to know how it ends.  You’d think by now I would have known not to start a series that I know doesn’t have an end, but I can’t help myself. This is one of those series that I will always love and recommend to anyone getting started in reading.

The Camazotz Trilogy is an amazing trilogy written by the amazing Indie author, Jennifer Foxcroft.  You should definitely pick up the first copy if you have never heard of it before and find out yourself exactly how great this series is.

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Illuminae Review. Too lazy to come up with a better title

So I read this one for a book club and didn’t realize there was a lot of hype surrounding the book until after I read all the reviews for it online.  I didn’t really participate in the group discussion for the chapters (BIG SURPRISE THERE RIGHT???) though I did agree with some people, I feel like this was either a book that you loved or you hated and there was no in between unless you really had no opinion one way or another.

I fall into the I didn’t hate it, I didn’t adore it, I’d read the next one, but I don’t know if I’d buy it for it to take a place on my shelf.  A book has to be pretty special to make it on to my shelf i.e. The Deanna Madden Series.

Totally went off on a tangent, but anyway… there was a lot of hype surrounding the book and although I loved the idea of the book and I loved the way the book was written, I wouldn’t go as far to say that it was the best book I’ve read all year.  I think the writing style was one of the main issues that people had with this book.  For one, if you are not used to reading books that are entirely composed of emails, IM’s, etc, you probably won’t like this book because there is very little character development and the main character is a very suspicious person who does not want to be found or figured out.  So ya there is little character development for her.  She doesn’t want you to know who she is and I think she did a pretty good job with that.  Her boyfriend on the other hand was an open book which is why everyone seemed to love him.

I think if I had never read a book that was composed entirely of emails before I wouldn’t have known how to read this or how it would turn out.  Unless there is a “paper trail” of what was said and done behind the scenes of whatever you are reading there will be little to no way to know what happened when the character steps away from the computer screen.  That being said, I have read a book that was similar to this one and I actually really enjoyed the way that was written, which is probably one of the many reasons why I liked this book

WOW I really need to start writing reviews again.. my thoughts are all over the place…

ANYWAY… I think the only thing that did not thrill me about this book was the execution.  There was a lot of potential and a lot of new elements and styles of writing that could have been executed a little better.  I think there could have been more focus on plot and less focus on an attempt at character development.

Overall I think that the book was pretty good and I will probably read the second one when it come out…

Recommended for anyone that enjoys a little bit of young adult, romance, mild language, and text conversations.  Ages 13+

Do Not Disturb. No really. Trust me. You don’t want to do it.

In the lovely second installment of the Deanna Madden series comes DO NOT DISTURB and I was not disappointed.  For those of you who read the first one and weren’t sure what to expect with the second one, you get a closer look at Deanna’s life and all the secrets and lies that she tries to deal with  now that she’s had a taste of the outside world.

Following The Girl in 6E, Deanna tries to test her limits of control and her growing relationship with Jeremy.  Personally, I loved this one just as much as the first one and I loved how Deanna is still being tested on her control.  I figured that the idea of Deanna would not go further than that of the first book, but I was wrong.  I also figured that there wouldn’t be more sides to Deanna than that of a psychopathic bad ass, but there are actually more layers that are added to Deanna’s character in this book than there was in the first.

I saw a few reviews out there that complained about a slow start, and while I don’t share that particular opinion, I can see why they wold say that.  Compared to the first book, the second is lacking in the door busting start and focusing more on character development and setting up a plot line that is different from the first.  You get a closer look at Deanna’s life and how she was able to set herself up where she is and being able to do the things that she does and how she is able to survive in the conditions she does.

I think my only issue with this one was the way that she kept Jeremy at such an arms length with the lack of information that he actually got swept up in a way that could have been avoided.  Communication is everything when it comes to relationships and this one is going to be in for a really bumpy ride if it continues that way it’s going.  I would hate to see them apart considering how much I like Jeremy.  Hopefully things turn out for the better?

Would I recommend? Yes but only to those who don’t mind a little bit of raunchy mixed in with a bit of violence.  There’s also some issue with mild language and there are some rape mentions which could trigger some people. Other than that go for it.  I would recommend reading the first one though to see if you like this style of book before getting into this one.

Overall opinion. Loved it. Loved Deanna. Loved the story line.  Loved the characters and the differences between the first and the second.  Can’t wait to see more of Deanna in the next book 5/5

The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall

Access to my account?!?!?!?! That’s  right bitches I’m back!  I somewhat figured out what was wrong with my computer… Not really… That is a lie… BUT it did turn on and now I get to go back to writing!!!! Yay!!!

Anyway, I read this one back in December for some book club ( I honestly don’t remember which one. In fact I may have read this one in November and not December…) and knowing that this was a YA book, I held my breath.  It actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be.

The beginning pages were… Annoying?  But a manageable annoying.  And it was a little more bearable the longer the story went on because I was able to understand the character more (and I didn’t have high hopes to begin with).  I think that this one was alright and something that I would recommend to someone who is interested in YA because they would like it more.  I think if you are not a fan of YA, set your expectations low and you might end up not hating this one.

 

A Tale for the Time Being. A Moment in Time

I finally have access to my account and to a working computer!  I haven’t been posting anything because I forgot my password for a while and my computer decided to stop working.  Anyway…  a while ago I finished A Tale for the Time Being and I loved it.

This book was written from two different points of views and although it was a little confusing at first, it worked.  There are many books with multiple view points and there are many that don’t really work in terms of clarity.  But this one was able to pull it off nicely and actually kept me hanging on until the end.  The characters were all great and I was able to relate to them all even if it was only a little bit.

Ruth’s character was probably the most developed character in the book.  Even though the book is mostly about Nao and her life and how she wants to do right by her grandma by writing down her grandma’s life story, RUth was the only one who we really got to get into.  Nao’s life was pretty awful and I am amazed that she was able to do the things that she did with the strength and will that she had.  Definitely not for the faint of heart though.

I think what has stayed with me the most was the ending.  I loved how it was left a little open so that there is room for the imagination to figure out what happened.  You can kinda make up your own ending on what happened.  I want to say that they finally met each other and they had their own friendship from it, but who knows.

I recommend this one to anyone who can handle some disturbing scenes.  Like I said, Nao has a really rough life and she goes into detail about her father’s attempted suicide and what she went through for school.  Not exactly the easiest thing to read for everyone.  So if you can stomach some pretty gnarly scenes then I would recommend it to you.  I thought it was a great read.

Deer Mr. Es-aye RIghter Guy!

I finished this lovely book the other day and I have to say it was pretty funny.  I loved the examples he used to “write good” and some of his explanations really hit home.  I love that he used examples from his own life.  The one where he was in Madrid was particularly eye opening.  I think my favorite section had to be “Four Essential Tips for Telling the Truth in Memoir and Securing That Blockbuster Book Deal.”  Not only were there hilarious grammar mistakes (which were made on purpose to make a point) but the overall idea to not take things too seriously was just a great thing to read.

This was written almost like an advice column with some of his own works put after he answered a letter.  I thought this style of book was pretty unique and I haven’t read anything like it yet.  If you love humor and not taking things too seriously, this is a book I would recommend to you.  Definitely check it out if you plan on writing non fiction and need a break from writing.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review