Monday, September 18, 2017

BLOG TOUR and REVIEW: The Siren Chronicles: Book 1 by Douglas J. Sloan

Welcome to my Blog Tour stop for The Siren Chronicles: Book 1 by Douglas J. Sloan! I have a review post for this bright, shiny new book. I was provided with a free e-arc to read and review through NetGalley and Gruh Entertainment, Inc. I would like to thank them for providing me with a review copy and letting me share my thoughts on it. All thoughts and opinions on this book are 100% honest and 100% my own. I wasn't paid for my review, just provided with a free copy to read.
So, with all that introduction/explanation out of the way, here's what I thought of the book!

THE REVIEW:


Title: The Siren Chronicles: Book 1
Author: Douglas J. Sloan
Published by: Gruh Entertainment Inc.
Released: June 19, 2017
Source: NetGalley Review Copy through Gruh Entertainment, Inc.

Summary: Deep in the depths of the ocean lies a hidden land, a hidden people. They exist in myths and legends, where they've been given a sinister reputation. Mermaids, Sirens, whatever you want to call them, they exist!
Three Mermaids have been charged with the task of a Land Quest. Seanne the warrior, Lorilei the artist, and Millisine the thinker are specially chosen. They don't know exactly what they are supposed to do, but will recognize it when they see it.
Catastrophe happens when they swim into an oil spill and get separated. Land is a strange and dangerous place, filled with strange and dangerous creatures.
These three Sirens must find their way back to each other and complete their Quest, so they can save their home.
My Thoughts: I want to thank  NetGalley and Gruh Entertainment, Inc. for providing me with a review copy to read and review. I was drawn in by the cover and the subject matter of mermaids. I love a good mermaid tale.
I'm also excited to be part of the Blog Tour for this book!
Mermaid/Siren books are always fun for me to read. They bring back my childhood memories of watching Disney's The Little Mermaid, which had some similarities to The Siren Chronicles. We've got Mermaids coming to land, not knowing what to do, and trying to navigate human life. We also had some danger and evil, which made for some fun.
This author, Douglas J. Sloan, has written for a lot of TV Shows, a heavy emphasis on kids' shows, which I can see. I think this book would have worked really well as a show. The way it was written was good, but maybe a tad flat. I think being able to see what was happening would have had more impact, more oomph, than just reading it.
I wish the characters would have felt more real to me. They all felt very flat. Maybe it was because there were three Mermaids to follow. Maybe they would have felt more real on screen. I also thought the other Mermaids weren't very fair to Seanne, always making out like she was the bad one, the mean one. In my opinion, Seanne had a harder time then the other two. Did I like Seanne all the time? No, but the other Mermaids should have cut her some slack.
A reason this book didn't grip me was that I didn't feel the intensity of the Quest the three Sirens were sent on. They didn't even know what their Quest was, which was just odd.
I did think the ending was interesting. The villain and his lackeys added a bit of spice. It didn't wrap up at the end, it just raised many more questions, questions that I am curious about.
All in all, I thought this book was all right. I'm happy that I got the chance to review it, and be on a Blog Tour for it. Thanks again to NetGalley and Gruh Entertainment, Inc. I say, if you really like mermaids, give it a shot!
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3/5
Darling it's better Under Da Sea!

Want the book? Go get it here:
THE SIREN CHRONICLES, BOOK 1 is available now in Paperback and for Kindle. Additional eBook formats are coming soon.X


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Douglas J. Sloan has been a world-renowned storyteller for more than 25 years. He has been the writer, director and executive producer of some of the most successful young adult and children’s programs in history. Starting with the multibillion-dollar franchise Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, for which Sloan wrote, directed and/or produced over 200 episodes, for Fox Kids and then again for The Disney Channel.
Over the next several years, Sloan concentrated on long-form TV programs, starting with the beloved Disney Channel Movie, Johnny Tsunami. What followed was a string of highly successful “DCOMs,” including Motocrossed, Minutemen, and The Princess Protection Program starring Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato and the Nickelodeon smash TV movie, The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, starring Victoria Justice. Most recently Sloan has been the executive producer and head writer of the wildly successful Dreamworks Dragons: Riders of Berk, the 119-episode TV series based on the How to Train Your Dragon book series and film franchise.
Throughout his career, Douglas has either won or been nominated for nearly every television award, including the Emmy, The WGA Award, the Humanitas Prize, The Saturn Award, and the Kid Screen Award. He currently lives in Glendale, CA with his wife, Mindy and their three dogs, Cocoa, George and Betty.

Visit Him on Social Media:
Instagram: #thesirenchronicles
Twitter: https://twitter.com/vrdjs143 / #thesirenchronicles

Thanks for stopping by my Blog Stop Tour and checking out my Review!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Reading Right Now! (132)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...


Still this

-- The Siren Chronicles (#1) by Douglas J. Sloan -- I'm still making my way through this. I got it through NetGalley, so I need to read and review it. I thought I was going to be on a blog tour for it, but I haven't heard anything back about that, so I don't think it's going to happen.
I feel like I've been trudging my way through this, and I shouldn't be, because it's not a long book. There are reasons that I haven't knocked this one out yet. First, I just started a full time job! I'm super pumped that I got on full time, I need the insurance, and I like where I work, but Full Time Job means Full Time Hours, which means less time to read, so there's that.
The other reasons are that I'm not finding myself blown away by this book. Looking at the cover, I thought I was going to get a dark, siren tale, but it's really not. It's almost like The Little Mermaid Disney movie where 3 beautiful sirens/mermaids wash up on shore. They meet with beautiful, friendly people who help them on land. These mermaids are supposed to be on some sort of quest to save their home, but we don't know what the quest is, apparently they'll figure it out once they see it. It's also just kind of a bland story, all the characters are kind of flat, I'm not really seeing them as complex characters. I don't know. I don't want to not like it, but it's not blowing me away.
I read that the author has written for a lot of TV shows, and maybe this book would have worked more in the visual sense, like on television. I don't know. I'm almost done with it, so I do think I will finish it this weekend.

What I Want To Read Next!


-- Bzrk (#1) by Michael Grant -- I really like Michael Grant's Gone Series, so I want to read something else by him. I think this should be quick and fun, and I think I'll probably like it.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Review: Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel


Title: Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1)
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Published by: Del Rey
Released: 2016
Source: Library

Summary: A young girl takes a walk in the woods of South Dakota and falls into a mysterious hole. The rescuers discover her laying in a giant, metal hand. No one knows where this hand came from, what it is, or even what it is made of. It's a mystery that lies unsolved for 17 years.
That little girl has now grown up to be a scientist, and she crosses paths with that Giant Hand again. She's determined to figure out the purpose of this hand that had a great impact on her life.
Told in a series of interviews with a mysterious government agent, this novel is exciting and intriguing.
My Thoughts: Well, that was fun. I've been wanting to read this book ever since I heard about it. I was intrigued by the synopsis, and the epistolary style it was written in. I think it's best to go into this book knowing only the vaguest of vague about its inside contents. A little girl falls into a hole and lands on a mysterious, giant hand, that's all you need to know. Then you can have fun discovering everything that happens next.
I'm always excited when books are written in a different format. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, sometimes it can get repetitive. I think the epistolary format worked in the case of this book. The characters switched up, and it was fun to read.
One aspect that made this book fun was all the drama between the characters. Each character had a distinctive voice, distinctive personality, (except maybe one) and I felt like I liked most of them. I was surprised with how real the characters felt, because that can sometimes be hard to do in a novel written in mostly interviews.
I also felt an X-Files vibe while reading this. Our mysterious interviewer/man-with-all-kinds-of-connections reminded me of the Cigarette Man on the show. I think our mysterious interviewer was nicer, and had a soul, unlike Cigarette Man, but he was so mysterious, powerful, and had this influence over all kinds of government agencies. He also knew all kinds of secrets. He's the character that I'm probably most curious about.
This novel did have weird time jumps that I don't know if I was the biggest fan of. At times, it could feel kind of scattered.
I'm also not sure how I feel about Dr. Rose Franklin. She was just kind of an ehh character for me, not the most fun or exciting. Her story could be very interesting in the sequel though.
For all the hype about this book, I think it held its own. It was a very interesting story that I enjoyed reading. I'm excited to see what happens in the sequel. I would recommend giving this book a read. I thought it was fun.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5
Okay, I'm Intrigued.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Books To Read Without Knowing the Synopsis

I'm baaaaack for another Top 5 Wednesday! This week's topic is the Top 5 Books To Read Without Knowing Anything About the Synopsis. So basically, books that you go into blind. It's hard for me to go into a book without at least trying to find out something about it. The books I picked though, I do think they are more fun if you go into them knowing next to nothing, or just the vaguest of vague. I'm just going to list my picks, but I'm not going to tell you anything about them, because that would defeat the purpose!

 
  

-- Shadowlands by Kate Brian -- Read it and Find Out!
-- Night Film by Marisha Pessl -- Read it and Find Out!
-- Vicious by V.E. Schwab -- Read it and Find Out!
-- And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich -- Read it and Find Out!
-- The Merciless by Danielle Vega -- Read it and Find Out!

Those are my picks! There were probably more I could have put. Now I know some of my picks are kind of popular, and you might already know something about them, but I think they would be fun to go into blind. If you want to join in on the Top 5 Wednesday fun, you totally should! Each Wednesday is a new topic to consider and enjoy. Check out all the other Top 5 Wednesday-ers Here!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

#TheReadingQuest Progress Post #2

#TheReadingQuest is over, officially, and I didn't complete my quest...


Even though it's technically over, I'm going to continue on with it anyway. Since it's based on a video game format, I'm going to do my own thing. The way I rationalize it is that it takes me FOREVER to beat a video game. I'm that type that plays for awhile, gets stuck at some point, stops playing for a time, and eventually picks back up where I left of. So, I'm seeing #TheReadingQuest as just a big game. I would love to maybe finish all the Quests. I'm just going to keep making my way across the board.

For my ROGUE QUEST, I managed to finish three books in the allotted time. The Three Challenges I finished were:

A BANNED BOOK:


Gossip Girl (#1) by Cecily von Ziegesar

A BOOK COVER WITH A PARTIALLY OBSCURED FACE:


We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

A BOOK WITH <500 RATINGS ON GOODREADS:


Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

The two challenges that I didn't yet complete were A BOOK PUBLISHED BY A SMALL PRESS and A BOOK WITH A ONE WORD TITLE although I do have ideas of what I'm going to read for those.
So I failed at completing #TheReadingQuest in the time allotted, but I'm going to continue on anyway. I had a lot of fun taking part in it. If I was better at readathons, I might have succeeded and finished it, but I'm not. I might keep doing my progress posts because they are fun. Did you do #TheReadingQuest? If so, did you complete your Quest?

book cover images are from www.goodreads.com and the gif is from https://giphy.com/gifs/swamp-people-troy-tRJJmcOu5EBYk/links

Monday, September 11, 2017

Review: Chew, Volume 6: Space Cakes by John Layman and Rob Guillory


Title: Chew, Volume 6: Space Cakes
Written and Lettered by: John Layman
Drawn and Colored by: Rob Guillory
Published by: Image Comics, Inc.
Released: 2013 (Omnivore Volume 3 Edition)
Source: Library

Summary: The adventures just get tastier in Chew, Volume 6: Space Cakes. Tony is out of commission for a while, in the hospital, so his family and friends have to pick up the slack.
His sister Toni has a lot to do this Volume. As an agent for NASA, she can investigate anything and everything. She also has some secret special skills.
John is getting used to his new partner POYO, who is taking all the glory.
Crime is on the rise, with painters being kidnapped, vampires showing up, and a tragedy to eclipse all tragedies.
My Thoughts: CHEW IS THE BEST!! I have so much fun reading this comic series. The story is wacky and zany, I never know what's going to happen next. The art is fantastic too! Bright and colorful, and a lot of times really disgusting. I also love finding all the little hidden extras in the panels. It adds just that much more fun!
This comic series is an experience, an experience I recommend everyone partaking in.
I enjoyed the story in this Volume, how we got to spend a lot of time with Toni. Her interactions with everybody were just a lot of fun. I loved the back and forth she had with Caesar. I was also kind of sad with how it ended. Tragedy, TRAGEDY!
Can't wait to see where everything goes next. It will be awesome. I can't recommend this series enough. It's a ton of fun!
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4.5/5
Deliciously Disgusting!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Reading Right Now! (131)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...


-- Gossip Girl (#1) by Cecily von Ziegesar -- I picked this one up for a couple of reasons. One, it's been on my shelf forever. Two, I'm taking part in this thing called #TheReadingQuest, which I know I have no hope of actually completing. I'm taking the Rogue's journey, and one of the squares I had to complete was a banned book. The Rogue path was a hard path to take. So I was searching my shelves for a book that I could use that had been banned, and Gossip Girl totally worked for it. It had been banned from some school libraries because of crude, sexual content and a lot of drug use, which is kind of accurate. I mean, I don't agree with banning books, but the lifestyles practiced by the characters in Gossip Girl are not good influences for teens haha.
This book is all about a group of ridiculously wealthy teenagers and their exploits in New York City's Upper East Side. This first book is a lot like the first episode of the CW Show. I am enjoying reading it. It's very addictive and kind of fun. These kids are soooo far from where I was as a teenager, so I can't relate to them at all. I do have almost all the other books in the series, so this #ReadingQuest kind of gives me a great excuse to go through them.
Oh and #TheReadingQuest officially ends on September 10, 2017, but I plan on continuing making my way around the gameboard and just seeing if I can eventually finish it. It's supposed to be in the same vein as a game, and I don't know about you, but it takes me forever to beat a game.

What are my plans for what I'm reading next???

I'm very mixed on what I want to do next. Since I'm almost finished with Gossip Girl, there are so many books I want to pick up and read. Maybe I'll try that reading more than one book at a time thing again, see how I do. Probably not well, but I'll try anyway. So here's what I might dive into next:

  

-- The Siren Chronicles: Book 1 by Douglas J. Sloan -- I need to read this one so I can review it. I thought that I was going to be on a blog tour for it, but I haven't heard anything back about that. It's a short read, so it shouldn't take me too long. I can also use this for my #ReadingQuest as a book published by small press.

-- Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley Doyle -- I just want to read this one. I saw it on my library shelf and snatched it up. It's new, so I imagine that maybe I won't be able to renew it because other people will want to read it. I also really enjoyed this author's first book, The Accident Season.

-- Bzrk (#1) by Michael Grant -- This is coming up due at the library, so I need to read it. I really, really love Michael Grant's Gone Series, and have been meaning to pick up some more of his books. This book would also count towards the #ReadingQuest Rogue path as a One Word Title. If I finished this, and The Siren Chronicles, then I will have completed the Rogue Path for #TheReadingQuest which would be AWESOME!!

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! and my plans for what I would like to read next. What are you Reading??