March & April 2018 – Reading Wrap-up

Woops, I forgot to do a March wrap up! So here is March and April for you!

 

MARCH
Date Title Author Format Rating
5-Mar The Curse of Tenth Grave Darynda Jones E-book 3
12-Mar Eleventh Grave in Moonlight Darynda Jones E-book 3
14-Mar Finding Audrey Sophie Kinsella E-book 4
18-Mar House of Leaves Mark Z. Danielewski Paperback 4
23-Mar Illuminae Amie Kaufman E-book 2
23-Mar Ready Player One Ernest Cline E-book 5
25-Mar Every Day David Levithan E-book 2
1-Apr All Our Wrong Todays Elan Mastai Audo 1
Books Completed: 8 Average Rating: 3
APRIL
Date Title Author Format Rating
3-Apr Eragon Christopher Paolini E-Book 5
4-Apr The Mountain Between Us Charles Martin E-Book 4
15-Apr Moon Called Patricia Briggs Audio 5
21-Apr Blood Bound Patricia Briggs Audio 4
25-Apr The Trouble with Twelfth Grave Darynda Jones Audio 3
30-Apr My Lucky Life Dick Van Dyke E-Book 3
30-Apr The Princess Bride William Goldman Audio 4
Books Completed: 7 Average Rating: 4 4

 

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Moon Called & Blood Bound – Book(s) Review(s)

I’ll be back to update this soon.

Title: Moon Called / Blood Bound

Author: Patricia Briggs

Finished:  4/15, 4/21

Format: Audio Book

Source: Library

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar

Quotes:

REVIEW COMING SOON:

If you liked Moon Called then you might also like: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones.

Eragon – Book Review

Eragon

Title: Eragon

Author: Christopher Paolini

Read: 4/3/18

Format: E-book

Source: Library

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar

Quotes:

“Keep in mind that many people have died for their beliefs; it’s actually quite common. The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe.”

“It’s amazing that a man who is dead can talk to people through these pages. As long as this books survives, his ideas live.”

“I believe, Eragon, that you are full of love and that you are looking for one who will reciprocate your affection. No shame exists in that.”

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REVIEW:

This is a spectacular YA fantasy that doesn’t read like YA. I love the characters in this book and the world building is great. Eragon is 14/15 years old, I think in this story, but there are many times throughout the book I forget he’s just a kid – he’s not the kind of whiney or self indulgent that so many YA protagonists are. I appreciated that SO much as an adult reader! I put off reading this for so long because I thought it would be childish – it’s SO not! I love a good journey in a book. I remember part of this book Eragon was putt off at the idea of the trip taking 2 weeks & my inner book worm was like YASSSSS! I love the part of stories where we learn more about the characters and the world and, in this case, the magic system.  This is an absolute must-read if you like fantasy, dragons or magic.

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If you like Eragon, you might also like : The Dragonlance Chronicles

All Our Wrong Todays – Book Review

All Our Wrong Todays

Title: All Our Wrong Todays

Author: Elan Mastai

Read: April 1 (counting this for March)

Format: Audio Book

Source: Library

Rating: Star

Quotes:

“The problem with knowing people too well is that their words stop meaning anything and their silences start meaning everything.”

“Most of life is defined by how you handle failure.”

 

REVIEW :I couldn’t get into this for some reason. It took me about 4 weeks to get through the audio book because I just didn’t find myself reaching for it. It was fine. That’s it. Fine. I found myself waiting for our protagonist, Tom, to do something interesting – something that was going to make me give half a rat’s booty about the outcome of his story. That never happened for me. This was 10 hours of my life not give two poop emojis about a single one of these characters. Now that I think about it enough to write it down, this book wasn’t fine. It was boring. The plot didn’t matter, the time travel wasn’t interesting, and, as I said, these characters were lack luster. I want to say I’d like to go back in time to unread this book, but the way the time travel was described (both times) was excruciatingly draggy and I don’t want to put myself through that. I think the audio book helped. If I was reading this I probably would have dnf’d it. Honestly, I’m writing this with about 40 minutes left of the book and I’m not sure I can push through. I started this review thinking I’d rate it 3 stars, demoted it to 2 somewhere in the middle, and I’m finally settling on 1.

 

Every Day – Book Review

Every Day

Title: Every Day

Author: David Leviathan

Read: 3/25

Format: E-book

Source: Library

Rating:  StarStar

Read the synopsis here.

Quotes:

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.”

“I want love to conquer all. But love can’t conquer anything. It can’t do anything on it’s own.
It relies on us to do the conquering on its behalf.”

“It’s one thing to fall in love. It’s another to feel someone else fall in love with you, and to feel a responsibility toward that love.”

REVIEW: Yes, I read this book because I saw the movie preview, and it looked really adorable. I think a lot of people are reading this for the same reason which is why it was on hold for so long with my library. This is a cutesy story about young love conquering all… only, apparently, love can’t conquer if someone is fat? Okay, hear me out. So Rhiannon has a lot to deal with … our main character, A, comes to her as male, female, black, white, straight, trans … and that’s all bearable in the name of love. But the one day A shows up fat Rhiannon can’t handle it?  I was enjoying this book – not loving it, but enjoying it – right up until then. I know that Rhiannon can’t be perfect – that would be too much to ask for and make for a hell of a boring character. But she’s downright cruel. I wish I had written down some quotes before I returned the book, but when I was done reading this, I was done reading this, and returned it right away. And the ending!? Whyyyyy on earth did Rhiannon agree to …

***spoiler?***

… fall asleep with A, at a strange boys house, knowing that A would be gone in the morning and she’d be waking up with a complete stranger? How does this make sense?

I’m slightly intrigued on hos this particular scenario plays out, but not enough so to continue with this series.

Note: I am not the intended audience for this series. I’ve always enjoyed YA, but I find myself enjoying it less and less as time goes on. If I was 17, I might have fallen in love with A, too.

 

 

 

Scythe – DNF

Scythe

 

Scythe

Neal Shusterman

I’ll add more to this later, but I started this book yesterday and dnf at 22%. This story line was very upsetting to me and severely triggered my anxiety. I’m still anxious halfway through the day today and I absolutely wish I could unread this.

May contain spoilers**

So Scythes kill people because the world is perfect and there’s no natural death so they kill people to keep the population “under control”. They’re not supposed to like killing people, but the scene on the plane leads me to believe that some of them do. Anyway, we follow a Scythe as he takes two apprentices (who are 16 year old children!!) and he teaches them about weapons and poisons and how to choose who dies and who gets immunity. Scythes – clearly! – make people nervous and upset and yet they continue to pretend that this is just a normal part of society and they just go around freaking people out while they’re at the grocery store. The Scythe we follow feels so caloused about what he’s doing, like it’s just a job that needs done, which is disturbing. But he also cares enough to give the person he’s about to kill a chance to write a letter to loved ones, which is also disturbing! I finally dnf’d after the boy … a 16 yo kid … was FORCED against his will! … to choose who was going to die next. He had to choose someone who was a hero & who was a good swimmer and after his search narrowed it down to 4 people he chose one at random – because the Sythe was YELLING at him to choose – and then when they go to do it the Sythe was just cool about it like “I choose to drown you, will you please accompany me down to the river?”

Excuse me!?

Nope.

Screw this book.

Illuminae – Book Review

Illuminae

Title: Illuminae

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Cristoff

Read: 3/19/18

Format: E-book

Source: Library

Rating: StarStar

Quotes:

“You have me. Until every last star in the galaxy dies. You have me.”

“She is catalyst.
She is chaos.
I can see why he loves her.”

“Miracles are statistical improbabilities. And fate is an illusion humanity uses to comfort itself in the dark. There are no absolutes in life, save death.”

 

REVIEW:

I read this as part of a rereadathon being put on by Booktuber Merphy Napier. One of the challenges is to reread a book that you want to give a second chance. Goodreads says I read this book in 2016, but I honestly had no recollection of reading it – good or bad and I hadn’t left a review. So, I thought I’d give it another whirl for the rereadathon. I do not like this book. I have seen nothing but rave reviews for this and I have no idea why. The format is intriguing, being written in e-mails and IMS and reports. But there’s nothing beyond that that is remotely interesting. There’s nothing about these characters that I found myself rooting for them. The writing feels ammeter. The romance is cringy. There’s just so much nope in this book for me. I almost DNF’d, but as it was a challenge for the rereadathon, I pushed thru, and then gave it a two star rating based solely on format.

Read the synopsis on Goodreads.com