I mostly blame the audiobook: A Darker Shade of Magic Review

I mostly blame the audiobook: A Darker Shade of Magic Review

First, a big thanks to Ford Audiobook Club for a free audiobook! Everyone loves A Darker Shade of Magic. Go look at the reviews on Goodreads — people are out of their minds for this book. And here I am, sitting at the end thinking that’s it? Hello world, this is me: I say meeeeehhhhhhh  This is one of those situations where I wonder if the audiobook is to blame. Most of my issues were with the characters, and while Crossley’s narrative voice is cozy, his character voices are CRAZY. Here’s how I would summarize: Kell — Monotone chain-smoker, at least 50 years old Lila — Harpy & shrill cockney woman, how men picture their mother-in-law (I know, not all men) Holland — BANE. You’ve seen The Dark Night Rises, right? This is a very Dutch Bane. Rhy — A stupid, stupid boy And then there were times where the dialogue tag said… Read more »

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Slamming Sci-Fi Reads before Sci-Fi November

Slamming Sci-Fi Reads before Sci-Fi November

I’ve been inspired by Rinn’s recently self-imposed challenge to read her Sci-Fi eARCs before Sci-Fi November begins. This is super clever, and since I’ve signed up to participate again this year, I would like to actually be a good participant. Plus, I will be doing NaNoWriMo yet again too, and that means I need to get a head’s start on content for the month because I’ll be busy scribbling storied nonsense. Here’s what I’m planing to read before November (I just have to finish The Mime Order first!):   The Body Electric by Beth Revis This was a gift from Ashley as part of our Beer & Book Exchange (kick-off post soon to come!) I love Sci-Fi stories that involve memories and memory control.  It is a component of my favorite current work in progress, and I need a dose of inspiration so I’m ready to read! *Rubs hands together* The Three Body… Read more »

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Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger

Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger

First, I must get this out of the way. While I never traveled the Oregon Trail, this book feels like pure nostalgia for me. Why, you ask? OREGON TRAIL WAS MY JAM. If you were in elementary/middle school in the late 80’s/early 90’s, you likely encountered this message a time or two playing the Trail. (Okay I never called it that, but it feels right) I secretly judged everyone who was off playing Carmen San Diego instead of OREGON TRAIL. In Walk on Earth a Stranger, Lee takes the trail across the country, and while her final destination was California, it was straight out of the game for me. I LOVED this story for it. There are other reasons why I found this story to be utterly delightful. Let me count the ways. Lee Westfall is no lady What an awesome character Carson created in Lee Westfall. After some seriously disturbing… Read more »

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What’s that character’s name again?

What’s that character’s name again?

  I just wrote a semi-cranky review of Armada, and while it wasn’t my finest moment of writing I did have a sudden moment of intense questioning. If you can’t remember the characters’ names, was it that good of a book? I couldn’t remember any of the names of the characters, except for Zack. And maybe that was a cheat because I did put the synopsis in the review, and his name is kind of right there. I couldn’t remember the female character, Lex. I knew she had a name that wasn’t typical, but all I could remember about her was that she was great at the hacking/programming and was kind of a manic pixie. Was the reason I couldn’t remember her name because the book wasn’t my thing or just because the character wasn’t satisfactory to me? Because I am curious-minded and love to waste time, I decided to test myself on… Read more »

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TTT: Characters we wish would be turned into Funko Pops

TTT: Characters we wish would be turned into Funko Pops

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is a freebie! Earlier this year I came up with a list of topics I want to do, and that just is wonderful for time like these. From that list I picked Characters I wish were turned into Funko Pops. I may be a little obsessed with the cute figurines. I have had to display a lot of restraint in order to not buy them all. [Though I will be purchasing most of the Fifth Element ones when they come out. Soon!] Here’s my current collection: Anne’s Picks: I may have been a little spoiled since I started this post before Ashley, which means I get to pick first. Eee! I also do have materials to make… Read more »

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Review: Tonight The Streets Are Ours

Review: Tonight The Streets Are Ours

This was my most desired grab from BEA earlier this year. I saw Leila Sales and the blurb and I was in, plus that cover is so my style (it matches my blog identity tag!). This Song Will Save Your Life really surprised me, and in a supremely good way so I figured that Tonight The Streets Are Ours would equally impress me. And after reading, I might actually prefer TTSAO! They both have the same charms. Arden is a good girl, devoted to her family and her friends, and loyal at all costs. When her mom flakes out on her family and her best friend Lindsey lets her take the blame for an incident at school, Arden realizes no one really loves her like she loves them. Driven to the internet for comfort (who hasn’t these days), Arden discovers the blog Tonight the Streets Are Ours. She feels connected… Read more »

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Anne’s Mini Reviews: July & August 2015

Anne’s Mini Reviews: July & August 2015

Mini reviews are back! I love writing these little buggers, but the months seem to creep up on me. There’s a whole slew of books that I read recently that deserve at least a little plug on the blog! I generally find that the books I don’t have to review are more enjoyable than the ones I do get for review through Netgalley. Which is disappointing because I do love to review good books [and really phenomenally bad books], but not so much meh books. To make up for it, here’s a bunch of good books I read in the last two months that came to be straight from 1)my wallet or 2)the library! Besides getting Kelly Clarkson stuck in my head every time I think about this book, Since You’ve Been Gone is a fantastic summer story. It is adorable and awesome! My favorite part isn’t even the romance, but that Emily… Read more »

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Review: Everything, Everything

Review: Everything, Everything

There are so many mixed reviews on this story and it is mostly because of two main reasons: an incredible twist and a lack of details/inaccuracy about SCID, the disease somewhat portrayed here. I can see how people’s opinions have differed so much on Everything, Everything. However, I ended up enjoying it despite everything that could bring it down. ;) Things I liked:  Maddy & Olly are ADORABLE. Their interactions with one another, even without words, were really entertaining. Maddy is pretty well adjusted for being isolated, and Olly is so respectful of her and her disease. Plus, their IM convos are gold. Pure gold. “What colour are your eyes? Olly (O): blue Madeline (M): Be more specific please O: jesus. girls. ocean blue M: Atlantic or Pacific O: atlantic. What colour are yours? M: Chocolate brown. O: More specific please M: 75% cacao butter, dark chocolate brown O: hehe. nice”  … Read more »

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Review: Armada

Review: Armada

It is with profound disappointment that I proclaim, Armada was just an okay story. Since I was familiar with the author’s previous book I knew what to expect: many pop-culture references (some of which would undoubtedly fly over my head), a young, nerdy protagonist and a save-the-world plot line. I don’t mean this disrespectfully — I really did adore Ready Player One, despite being born late in the eighties. Armada was missing something however, in comparison to its cousin RPO. I know many people are refraining from comparing the two, but really, they are books by the same author, in the same vein and I think it is silly not to. The formula worked brilliantly the first time, so why did it flounder for me with Armada? I should clarify at this point, Armada was not a bad book. It was an okay one, perfectly fine and predictable fun. It… Read more »

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TTT: Ten finished series we have yet to finish

TTT: Ten finished series we have yet to finish

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is series we have yet to finish, but are already completed. I have every intention of finishing these series, but other books, interests, time, or availability have gotten in the way. To the best of my knowledge, these series have been completed by the author, but please correct me if I’m wrong!        1) Phèdre’s – Imriel’s – Moirin’s Trilogies from Kushiel’s Universe by Jacqueline Carey Technically, Kushiel’s Dart is just tied to Phèdre. But, after reading the first installment (around 1,000 pages) I wasn’t sure I wanted to dive into the other two trilogies which comprise the nine part series. I will definitely finish Phèdre’s trilogy! I need to see what happens between Phèdre and Joscelin… Read more »

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