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

I am thinking about Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

I have been neglecting my blog to an extent that makes me wonder why I still have a blog in the first place…

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I finished this the other day and I am still wondering what I am feeling about this book.  When I first saw it on The Book Club of Instagram’s page (I scrolled all the way down to see what some of the first books were and this was one of them since the owner of the page is taking a break from Instagram) I thought it would be better than the other book that I also requested from the library (which was also on The Book Club of Instagram’s page) A Tale for the Time Being.  I was waiting for the book anxiously and I actually ended up getting A Tale for the Time Being first.  Eventually I did get the book and the first thing the librarian said to me was, “I just finished this one. It’s…. Interesting. I’m not sure how I feel about it.”  Uh-oh that’s not something that I want to hear when I am checking out a book.  So I took it home and cracked it open.  I must say there are not too many books that I’ve read that are in present and future tense.  It definitely threw me off.  And wait it just gets weirder.

This book is about a strange bookstore in San Fransisco that is both a bookstore and a weird book club.  And I do mean a weird book club.  The members all have a card and are part of something called The Unbroken Spine and they bring in one book and request another book in a part of the store that isn’t meant for other customers.  This store, like most of the members of the book club, are outdated and old.  I don’t think many of the people have ever used technology after the 1980’s.  Which makes the main character’s girlfriend an interesting twist in the story.  She works for Google and wants to take the book club books and figure out what they are and what they mean.  Confused?  Don’t worry it’s probably just the way I summarize things.  Though the book itself was slightly confusing.

I think I liked this one?  The characters didn’t have the same arc as most books I’ve read.  For the most part they stay kind of the same throughout the whole story.  They also weren’t really relatable in any way to me, which didn’t detract from the writing, but I didn’t care for any of the characters the way I thought I would. The story line, to me, was pretty original and was interesting enough to read it all the way to the end.  The future and present tense was really off-putting however and I don’t think that I really enjoyed this point of view.  I know that writing in present tense is supposed to be a more “refined” way of writing, but it didn’t work for me for this one.  I know that for some people this book will be amazing, but for me, a book about a bookstore, I thought I would be able to connect to the characters better than I did.

So, like the librarian who handed me this book, I am also at a loss as to how I feel.  It was short and sweet and left no questions unanswered, but it was also weird.  If I could describe this book in one word it would be this: Interesting…

Armada!!!! The cake is a lie. Or is it? Apparently, for most, it is.

Armada is a great sci-fi novel that I enjoyed immensely.  I loved all the references to movies, songs, pop culture.  I didn’t think it was rammed down my throat, but then again, I really enjoyed Ready Player One which also had a lot of 80s references.  This book was almost your typical alien invasion book, movie, short story etc and I thought it was great.

Although I wasn’t able to connect with the characters, I was able to enjoy the story none the less.  I cried at certain parts and I was almost glad that I flipped ahead and saw a slight spoiler because it saved me from a few more tears.  There were some parts that were predictable and there were some parts that were not.  I think my only main complaint about it was there was no really focused “bad guy” first it was one guy then it was the aliens and then it was someone else and it just jumped around too much for me to enjoy it.

I wasn’t left with feelings of an unfinished story line, and although there were some things that weren’t wrapped up in the end, I thought it was a solid ending.  That being said, I saw so many disappointed reviews on GoodReads claiming that it was such a bad book and that it was a disappointment and I really didn’t agree.  To me, this book was either hit or miss.  You either loved it like I did or you hated it like so many other people.  I think Ernest Cline is just an author that is a specific taste.  You’ll either love his writing style with all the pop culture references, or you won’t.  I think it really just depends on the reader.

Check it out if you have time and let me know your thoughts whether you agree or disagree.

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for review.