Saturday, October 4, 2014

I'm sick of apologizing profusely, but I can't help it. I'm sure none of you care, but I do. I hate letting this slip. I don't want to let it slip.

But I'm out of solutions. I tried co-bloggers, but they're as busy as I am. Somehow the timing isn't working out. And I'm lost.

Here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to disappear, but this is a planned absence now. I'm going to disappear until December. In December, I will return with posts. 30 posts for December. I'm giving myself all of October and November to work on that.

I'm also going to get through NaNoWriMo. I will not succeed, but I'm okay with that. I just need to get these words out.

I'm going to start posting my stories on Figment. The ones I came up with all by myself. My current WIPs are just for me to finally be done with my past. But I'm going to finish them and move on. I will finish both of them. My goal will be by the end of the year.

Until then, I'll still be stalking my usual blogs. I'll comment and won't get replies. I'll be on Twitter and no one will care.

My blog will sit here, waiting patiently for my return. Hopefully.

I'm gone so much, I don't see why anybody would ever check back here.

But just in case.


                                                                                       Until December,

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Goodreads Summary

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...











Review

This was part of my required reading this summer. I was actually really excited to read it. I recognized it the second I saw the list. I've actually had it on my TBR list on Goodreads for a while now. So I finally had a legitimate excuse to buy myself a copy.

I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT.

Here's why.

First off, it's a dystopian. I really love dystopians. But more than that, I love those books that present worlds that make me think. And this one just had my mind racing. It was deep, and beautiful, and heartbreaking, and frustrating. I wanted to know more than Offred could ever tell us. I was in agony over everything she did tell us. I wanted to somehow fix everything, but it's a book, Wolfie, stop being crazy.

Offred's world is about as controversial as it gets. Women are for procreating. Except for those that are servants (the Marthas), the leaders (the Aunts), or the slaves (women sent to the Colonies to clean up, well, the pollution or toxic waste or something equally deadly). There's no polygamy, but the Handmaids are pretty much legal ways to sleep with other women. It's okay because there's no passion and it's just to create children *insert cringe here*.

But it gets you thinking. Or, it got me thinking.

Not too long ago I had this discussion with my best friend. I was pretty freakin frustrated a tad annoyed. I can't remember why exactly, but I was ranting about, well, girls. And how absolutely immodest some can be. And women want health care to cover birth control. And they don't want to be judged for sleeping with guys. They want to have abortions when they get pregnant. And this all makes me cringe and I get very upset. Because I'm all for strong women, really. Some women are just incredibly strong and independent. But why can't women also realize the very basic principle that sleeping with guys leads to children. If you don't want them, don't sleep with guys. I promise it's not that hard. Being a little responsible goes a long way... I'm going to stop there because I'm sure I'm already being labeled.

But this book brings up a lot of those woman issues. Love, freedom, independence, children. Offred had an incredible love (although he was cheating on his wife for her - I'm sure that's significant somehow). She had a gorgeous little daughter. She lost them both. She has to conceive or she'll be sent to the Colonies. She wants love, she wants her child, she's so utterly trapped and there's no one she can trust.

There's so much going on, I love it. The backstories were so insightful, brief as they were. They tied everything together. Offred's monologue were just beautiful. I connected with her so much. I felt like I understood her. I wish I knew how she turned out.

Worst. Ending. Ever.

The Historical Notes at the end were awesome, but I wanted a real ending. Instead I'm left with speculations and it hurts. I want to know.

I want to know her name.

I have a lead on that name, but I want to know. You know?

Overall, this book was just amazing. It was fast-paced, interesting. You're always on the edge of your seat because it's just so intense. The world was portrayed very well. The characters were set up nicely. Loved loved loved it.

(The only reason it's not a five is because that ending upsets me.)

 

Rating: 4.5 stars



Recommendation: for those who love dystopians and books that make you think



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Friday, September 19, 2014

Goodreads Summary

Cabaret meets Cassandra Clare-a haunting magical thriller set in a riveting 1930s-esque world.

Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder's mother is cursed with a spell that's driving her mad, and whenever they touch, Thea is chilled by the magic, too. With no one else to contribute, Thea must make a living for both of them in a sinister city, where danger lurks and greed rules.
Thea spends her nights waitressing at the decadent Telephone Club attending to the glitzy clientele. But when her best friend, Nan, vanishes, Thea is compelled to find her. She meets Freddy, a young, magnetic patron at the club, and he agrees to help her uncover the city's secrets-even while he hides secrets of his own.

Together, they find a whole new side of the city. Unrest is brewing behind closed doors as whispers of a gruesome magic spread. And if they're not careful, the heartless masterminds behind the growing disappearances will be after them, too.

Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, this is a chilling thriller with a touch of magic where the dead don't always seem to stay that way. 



Review


I guess I see where the Cassandra Clare comment comes from. But I must say that I can't compare the two. I see Cassandra Clare in two different lights. The one who wrote TMI and the one who wrote ID. I loved ID. TMI was okay (but I have yet to read the last book so the jury's still out on that one). As it so happens, this one reminds me more of TMI which is why I see where the comment comes from. BUT I WOULDN'T COMPARE THEM LIKE THAT.

First off, the simple fact the Cassandra Clare writes huge books. I think the shortest is a TMI just shy of 400 pages? I'm not exactly sure, but I feel like 400 pages is a good average of all her books. Dark Metropolis might have been 302 pages, but it sure as hell didn't feel like it. Rephrase: it took forever for me to get through the book. But holding it in my hands, it didn't feel like 302 pages. Yeah, it was an ARC but still. Still.

It did keep me going, even though it took forever. I was interested in finding out more about the bringing-people-to-life thing. And I was curious to see if Thea would find her father. The romance(s) did very little for me. One even less than the other. I won't say anything more because if you've read it or heard about it, you'll have enough words for me. I don't need to add more fuel.

Third person has been an issue with me lately. So that's probably why I didn't connect to these characters. I don't know, really. I tried to like them, but I couldn't. Not enough, anyways. So I was glad when I finally finished it, but just because it was finally over. I'm not sure I'm curious enough to look into the series-

I just did. The next one is Glittering Shadows and it release June 16.

In case you're interested. I think I'll just let it slide, though.

Rating: 3 stars



Recommendation: for those who want fantasy


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Goodreads Summary


Witness the Birth of Fear.

There has always been something wrong with the sinister and secluded town of Lakefield View. For one, people get murdered on the streets and nobody does anything about it. Even if they hear their screams curse the night skies, the number of saints has diminished. But it isn't the sick and twisted residents of Lakefield View that are the ones who you should avoid... it's the killers, the psychopaths, the witches and the monsters you should watch out for.

Five unsuspecting workers of a picturesque café get the shock of their lives when a family member is killed before their eyes. A chain of events ensue and they are all catapulted down a spiraling road of mystery and magic, each struggling to overcome constant obstacles that threaten their lives and the safety of their families. As the mystery progresses and the secrets get darker, the friends find it harder and harder to keep their heads above water.

The only thing worse than being alone in the dark, is finding out you're not!
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A prism of genres, Remnants of the Damned promises to be a truly different approach of a series of novels with one of the main characters being gay – a rare occurrence in a mainstream piece of literature in this kind of genre.


Review


So I just read the summary. I hate this book even more now.

I feel like I might be a little harsh here, but I was expecting so much out of this book. I haven't read a horror since... Needful Things by Stephen King. That was about a year ago? I don't even know, but when I read this back in May, I was utterly disappointed. And the fact that I still feel it now says a lot.

  1. This book tried a little too hard. It took pretty much every scary thing you could possibly imagine and crammed it into this little town. There were ghosts, monsters, witches, cannibals, killer clowns, masked murderers, and so on. I'd be fine with any of those singularly. Even a few of those combined. But all of them? Was it necessary? And that's just the characters. The settings were cliche, too. There was an abandoned amusement park and a house in the woods.
  2. It wasn't scary. I wanted to be scared. I got a little bit paranoid, I guess. But I was never genuinely surprised or even concerned. I did not like any of the characters. I shook my head constantly because these people live in a town with killers and they're pretty much begging these killers to come after them.
  3. The ending. The entire book was going for a mysterious thing. (Who's the killer? What's with the clown? Where did so-and-so go? And I know they revealed a story that explained why the ghost appeared, but I'm not sure it ever said who the ghost was?) But the ending was just - no. No no no. If I had liked the book at all, I guess I'd be enticed to read the next one. But I was just annoyed. I knew it was a series, but there was no closure. None.

So I had issues with this book. I don't know, maybe you'll be more attached to the characters. Maybe you'll actually see the connections between the clown and the cannibals. Give it a shot and let me know if I'm missing anything. I'd be open to reading the next one.

Maybe...

Rating: 1 star



Recommendation: you actually can recommend a book you don't like. So I still recommend this to people who like horror. Maybe you'll like it more than I did.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Goodreads Summary


DEUCE is the epic conclusion to The Vortex Series where we learn the fates of tennis star, Cassie Moore, and time-traveling musician, Trent Astor.


At the end of Double Fault, we discover that everything will change for seventeen-year-old Cassie after she disappears into thin air. Together, she and Trent must figure out why she's jumping time and if she will be sent on further missions to the past, all while keeping it hidden from Cassie's family and friends.


However, all this secrecy causes Cassie's parents to suspect Trent is a bad influence on their daughter. They do everything in their power to keep them apart, making Cassie’s new circumstances nearly impossible to manage.


Meanwhile, it seems Trent and his sister, Lorelai, will never be safe from the greedy world and its hunger for Trent's power. A new force threatens to destroy the anonymity Trent has fought his entire life for unless he can stop this new opposition first. But every choice has a consequence, and Trent must face the most difficult choice of his life.


Set in contemporary Northern California, The Vortex Series is a teen romance for those who also enjoy a bit of science fiction and fantasy. Told in dual perspectives, we get an intimate view of both Cassie and Trent’s worlds. Family relationships, how they interconnect and drive our personalities, is the heart and soul of this YA time traveling novel.


Review


Okay, so I liked the first two enough to read this one. And I finished this a few months ago. And I'm still not sure how to take it. It was exciting. I was hooked.

And then I was utterly pissed off and heartbroken.

Oh, I won't say what happened. But why did it have to happen? Why why why?

Ignoring the (horribly huge) thing that happened, it was good. It tied up all those loose ends. The ending was a real ending.

I have nothing else to say.

I'm still upset.

Rating: 3 stars



Recommendation:I'd definitely recommend it to those who love time travel

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