Review: End of Days

Review: End of Days

I’m sad to report that End of Days underwhelmed me. Angelfall was such a fantastic departure from the traditional dystopian genre, and while World After had some faults, it was still true to the first book’s adventure and sass. The series started so high with Angelfall — it had felt so unique and refreshing when I read it. The mixture of horror and fantasy was highly engaging and it captured my whole attention. The series was supposed to be at least five books long, and then that changed suddenly between books two and three. I can’t help but wonder what was supposed to be, what did Ee cut out in order to wrap up her world two books early. End of Days feels like a rushed closure story. Perhaps that is what is going on here, the background pressure of the industry bearing down on the creativity, and that’s just… Read more »

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TTT: Ten characters we didn’t click with

TTT: Ten characters we didn’t click with

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 the characters we just didn’t click with. I thought this would be a cinch, but then I realized I either have a list of characters I love or hate. I guess I don’t put too much stock in to characters I found so-so or lacking. In any case, I colored a little outside the lines on this one.  1) Tris from Divergent It’s no great secret than Anne and I didn’t really care for Divergent. I was really hoping this series would quench my Hunger Games thirst, but sadly it disappointed. I knew almost immediately that this book wasn’t for me. I can’t really put my finger on why, but the first big problem is my non-connection to… Read more »

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Review: Angelfall

Review: Angelfall

I recently read End of Days (review to come this week), and realized I never properly reviewed Angelfall on the blog! I read it at an awkward time where I was just starting Lovely Literature, so there is a review of World After here, but nothing for Angelfall. Sad! I mean to remedy this, so excuse the awkward timing of these posts. Luckily, I did write a review on Goodreads, so I already have my thoughts collected. Reason I loved Angelfall #1: Penryn is better than Katniss. There, I said it — you have to admit there is a strong comparison between the two. I mean, kick-ass teen with a crazy non-dependable mom and no father, motivated to go to great lengths for her younger, sweet-as-pie sister in a dystopian world? Seems a little similar, no? But the similarities notwithstanding, I still loved Penryn. Other than her ability to kick serious butt,… Read more »

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Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2015

Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2015

    It is almost fall! As much as I hate to say goodbye to summer, I’m really excited to be writing a wrap-up because I love the fall. Sweater season! Tights, leggings, boots, huzzah! Despite this celebration, August wasn’t that bad. I didn’t do a ton besides working and camping and hosting my 10-year-old nephew for a week. We played a ton of video games, and oh man did this kid love Elder Scrolls Online. He tried playing Dragon Age 2 while I started a new character on EOS and HATED it. Ha, I wouldn’t let him try Dragon Age: Inquisition because it is my baby and he would just ruin it. Is that being a selfish aunt? Oh well. His main focus in gaming is stealing finding new loot and hoarding items that are relatively worthless. We also went to the Renaissance Festival, which is good for testing… Read more »

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When do you use the library?

When do you use the library?

  I’ll let you in on a little secret. I love the library, but it isn’t my first go-to for obtaining books. Okay, realistically that wasn’t a surprise for anyone. As much as I care about libraries and the miraculous nature of borrowing books, I also can’t resist the temptations that are Netgalley, Kindle deals and buying shiny new books. Honestly, the library is usually the last place I turn for reading material, which is sad. There are times though when I have an almost immediate knee-jerk reaction to a book that leads to looking it up on my library’s app. This happened to me recently with a few books, which made me curious about why I sometimes borrow books. Why did I borrow instead of buy? The following books are ones I read from the library so far this year. There’s not many. >.<               Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride None of… Read more »

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TTT: Authors we will automatically buy or read

TTT: Authors we will automatically buy or read

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 the authors we auto-buy, however we are tweaking to talk about authors we also auto-read, because libraries. 1. Jacqueline Carey    I’m sure there is no surprise here if you have been following along at all. I do have a lot of her books unread, but own almost all of them due to generosity and library sales. I seriously need more time to read. I have read the entire Kushiel’s Universe series now though (nine books). 2. Rainbow Rowell     I’m also obsessed with Rainbow Rowell’s writing. I own all of the above, however I haven’t made time to read Landline yet. Shame on me! 3. Leila Sales   I really loved the characters and… Read more »

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Review: The Corridor

Review: The Corridor

I feel like it has been some time since I read a proper dystopian and The Corridor is what you’d expect from the genre. It adds up to a interesting story with a break-neck pace, a girl with a secret that could change her world and a rather light portrayal of science. It was good, and I had fun with it. So what happens in The Corridor? Stel is a teenager who has lived her entire life next to a strange portal to another version of Earth, which is called Second Earth (genius!). Her father is a scientist who used to run the compound around the portal, but was replaced after being found ineffectual (I can’t remember exactly why). The corridor isn’t exactly dangerous nor is it completely stable. A power surge blasts through the area one day and Stel finds herself with the ability to open up portals on… Read more »

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Review: Rebel Mechanics

Review: Rebel Mechanics

It is hard for me to believe this, but Rebel Mechanics is my very first Steampunk story! Somehow with my mission to try out different genres, I’ve always managed to miss this one. The closest I’ve come is the New Weird genre with the excellent Unwrapped Sky, which had some Steampunk elements to it, but overall was nothing in comparison to Rebel Mechanics. So this was a very fresh experience! First off, I connected with Verity [whose name always made me think of Code Name Verity, a very fabulous story I insist you read] who pretty much stood for what she believed in and was generally very thoughtful about her choices. It was refreshing to read a story about a young woman new to the big city that also didn’t completely lose herself when she arrives. Soon after getting her position as a governess for a magister and his family,… Read more »

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Review: Mother of Eden

Review: Mother of Eden

Mother of Eden is the follow-up to the acclaimed novel Dark Eden. I actually didn’t know that there was going to be a second novel, as Dark Eden really does fine as a stand alone, but this book was a welcome addition to the world Beckett created. Whereas Dark Eden eased you into the failings of humans, Mother of Eden absolutely slams it in your face. It was particularly painful to read as a feminist and humanist, and I often found myself with a pinched expression, glaring at the screen. But that doesn’t make the book bad, I could just feel the impending doom sitting in the pit of my stomach. Mother of Eden takes place generations after John Redlantern revolutionized his small society. The ripple from this change are absolutely massive, and dividing. Thousands of humans now live in Eden in villages all over the planet, and they all have… Read more »

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Dear blog, I’m sorry

Dear blog, I’m sorry

Dearest blog of mine, I’m sorry I’ve neglected you, with your green theme and neat sans font. At the very least, I did give you some love, updating your widgets so they were fresh and complete. And right now I’m clearing up your insides, from the mess I never properly fixed when we brought you to your new home. I’m also sorry that I’ve been a bit more active on the tumblr clone of you. It’s just so much easier to “blog” there. Yes, I hear you scoffing at that, but really, I’m so so lazy. To try and make up for it, I will give you one of your favorites. Please be appeased. I do promise to update you soon, and with better content than this. I know you’re disappointed in me, blog, but I won’t always let you down. I promise. Oh, did you guys hear that? So… Read more »

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