Friday, January 19, 2018

Reading Right Now! (149)

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

--Four Summoner's Tales by Kelley Armstrong, Christopher Golden, David Liss, and Jonathan Maberry -- This is a collection of four novellas, were all four writers were given the same premise: A strange visitor comes to town, offering to raise the townsfolk's dearly departed from the dead -- for a price... dum dum duuuuummmm. Each story is about 80 to 90 pages long, so they aren't too short, but they are not long either. I think it's really cool how they all have the same premise, but they've all gone in different directions. So far, no story has sounded like the other. I've read 3 out of the 4 stories, and so far, I've really been enjoying it. Kelley Armstrong's story was probably my favorite (so far), Christopher Golden's was very good with some twists I wasn't expecting. David Liss took a more fun approach, where the owner of the book is a thief, con man who uses his power as leverage to make some money. The only one I have left to read is Jonathan Maberry's story, and I'm already a Jonathan Maberry fan. His story is set in his Joe Ledger world, I think.
So far, I'm pretty pleased with this book. I've enjoyed each story that I've read, which can be really rare when it comes to short story, anthology kind of things. As of right now, I'd definitely recommend it. I think I will have it finished early into my weekend.

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

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review: Y: The Last Man, Volume 10: Whys and Wherefores (Issues #55-60) by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, and Jose Marzan, Jr.

Title: Y: The Last Man, Volume 10: Whys and Wherefores (Issues #55-60)
Written by: Brian K. Vaughan
Penciller: Pia Guerra
Inker: Jose Marzan, Jr.
Published by: DC Comics
Released: 2008
Source: Library

Summary: Five years after the death of all males, except for two lone survivors, Yorick, the last man alive, is closer to finding his love Beth. Yorick and Agent 355 are on their way to Paris!
Hero is also on a trip, looking for her brother.
Some old enemies are still looking for Yorick too.
In this last Volume of Y: The Last Man, we see how Yorick's journey ends.
My Thoughts: I can't believe I'm finished with this series. Finishing a series feels so rare to me, most times because I'm always stuck in the middle of them. Y: The Last Man has been a comic series I've enjoyed. I don't think it's the best ever, but I've always been interested in the story. I've also formed attachments to some of the characters.
I was excited for this finale. I thought I'd get all the answers I wanted, and just feel a sense of satisfaction at the end. Unfortunately, this conclusion just left me unsatisfied, and wanting.
This conclusion just left me sad. It wasn't a happy ending, which is what I wanted for Yorick and the gang.
There were some shocking scenes that I didn't expect, wasn't ready for, and didn't like. I still feel really confused about what caused the whole plague and what the cure was. If you asked me, I couldn't tell you. Maybe they explained it somewhere along the series and I just forgot, or I didn't get it, but if that happened, it definitely wasn't a moment that stuck with me enough to remember.
This whole Volume just felt very sad. I don't think it's the ending that I wanted for these characters. It was also very unsatisfying. Not really what I wanted in the Final Volume. I don't regret reading this series, I just wish it had a better ending.
An unsatisfying end.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cover Reveal!! The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James

I'm excited to be able to take part in the Cover Reveal for The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James! Thank you to Rachel's Random Resources for letting me be a part of it.

Are you ready for it?

Here it comes!!

Here it is! I think it's really cute. I'm going to include the synopsis from GoodReads 

'Britain's answer to the best Marigold Hotel'
Let the shenanigans begin at the Best Boomerville Hotel...
Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision -- a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of 'a certain age' wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!
Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than its fair share of eccentric clientele: there's fun-loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn't found 'the One' herself.
With such an array of colorful individuals there's bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?

It sounds like a cute, fun read.
It comes out March 13, 2018 from Ruby Press.

Caroline James

And that's the Cover Reveal for The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James. I'm happy I got to take part.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

Title: The Leaving
Author: Tara Altebrando
Published by: Bloomsbury
Released: 2016
Source: Library

Summary: Six kindergartners disappeared one day, and for eleven years, their families sat with that mystery. Now, eleven years later, they suddenly reappear. They have no memories of their time away and one of them is still missing.
What happened to these kids? Where'd they go? Why have they returned? And what happened to Max?
My Thoughts: This was kind of a messy thriller for me. I have mixed feelings about it. I feel like things could have been done better.
I'll start with the positive, a pro of the story. I found it to be very interesting throughout. I wanted to see what was going to happen next. It was also a pretty fast read. I would sit down to read, and end up consuming big chunks of it. So, it did keep my attention, and was interesting.
I thought the beginning of the book could have been stronger, provided more of a punch. The events that happened in the beginning could have been told in a stronger, more exciting way.
I also didn't understand why we only got perspectives from two of the returned kids. If five came back, why not give me chapters from all fives' points of view. I ended up forgetting who some the the kids were. They just felt like throw away characters.
I thought all the romances in this book were stupid. They didn't add anything. Some just felt annoying. And one, near the end, was out-of-left-field aggravating. I also didn't really love the characters of Scarlett and Avery. I didn't like Scarlett's chapters because they were told in this irritating, style over substance way. I also didn't like her because of her attitude towards her mom, and her dismissive, I'm smarter than you, attitude. Avery was just kind of childish. And she could be very rude as well.
The reveal of the why the kids were taken was disappointing. All this build-up, and then the ending just fell flat. I was expecting something bigger, and more exciting.
This book ended up being a mixed bag. It kept me interested, but I was meh about it at the same time. I think with different choices, it could have been a lot better.
I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Reading Right Now! (148)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is the same thing I was Reading Right Now! last week. So it's not exciting, but I'll tell you anyway.

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley-Doyle So my reading week hasn't been the best, oh well. I am almost done with this book though, so that's good. I'm definitely enjoying it. There's just something about Moira Fowley-Doyle's writing style that I really enjoy. It's got a magical or whimsical quality to it. It can take a story that might not be the most exciting, and turn it into something really interesting to read. It was the same when I read The Accident Season. There's this possibility of some kind of strange/magical element that turns out to be more mundane. I'm enjoying Spellbook of the Lost and Found even though I won't say it has the most page turning plot. I don't really know how to explain it. I just like it.

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

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Review: My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

Title: My Sister Rosa
Author: Justine Larbalestier
Published by: Soho Teen
Released: 2016
Source: Library

Summary: Che is pretty sure his little sister is a psychopath. He's studied up on the subject, he wants to be a neurologist. Rosa exhibits all the classic signs of psychopathy; no empathy, fearlessness, no inhibition. Che feels a real responsibility to protect the world from Rosa. As his family moves to New York, that pledge to watch Rosa becomes a lot harder. It doesn't help that his parents don't believe him. How could sweet, cute, little Rosa be a danger to anyone?
My Thoughts: I found this book to be very addicting, and I liked it. There was this tension running through it. I was just waiting for something really bad to happen. I did feel like I ended up waiting for a very long time though. There was this weird compulsion to it, where I was just hooked, I can't really explain why though
I don't think this book was perfect, and I don't think this book is for everyone. Not a whole lot happened in it. It kind of had this slow pace to it. I could have used a little more excitement and some more intense events. Rosa is billed as a psychopath, which makes one think super evil little kid! And she was very unsettling, but she wasn't a murder everybody psycho. Don't get me wrong, she's definitely messed up, I just thought she'd do more bad things.
I felt bad for Che because of his family situation. Being moved place to place, being a kind of father to his little sister, and then not even really having a stable education. His parents struck me as kind of selfish. They were so into each other and their businesses, that the kids were just kind of an afterthought. They sounded like very hippy parents to me, which I'm always a little bit disapproving of. I think it's weird when kids call their parents by their first names, when the parents have trained them to do that. And it was also weird how the parents were living off the generosity of others, and not paying for really anything. It was just a very weird situation all the way through.
I just found the story to be very addicting though. I think I like how Justine Larbalestier writes. Even though it was slow going, and I was waiting for the crazy to really take off, I was never bored by the book. I'd put it down, but was always excited to pick it up again. It was a compelling read. I do feel like there was no gasp-worthy conclusion at the end. I feel like Rosa will grow up to do worse things, and I'm curious how her story will continue.
This book took me on an odd little journey. I was never bored. It surprised me at turns, shocked me at others. There is this sense of bad things are going to happen as I was reading through. I liked this book. Rosa is scary manipulative, but interesting to read about.
Oddly Addicting

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Books I Didn't Get To In 2017

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday!! This week's topic is the Top 5 Books I Didn't Get To In 2017. There are soooo many, but I'm just going to pick out a few.


Just a bit of a random sampling here. There are soooo many books that I wanted to read in 2017 that just didn't happen. I just picked a few of them that were floating around in my mind.

-- Gemina (Illuminae #2) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff -- There's been a couple years of me letting this one sit on the sidelines. I want to read it. I will admit that while I liked Illuminae, I didn't think it was the best thing ever. I'm hesitant, yet excited, to go into the sequel. I hope I really enjoy it.

-- Rebel of the Sands (#1) by Alwyn Hamilton -- I've heard so many good things about this book and series! I'm a little miffed at the cover change. Why? This cover style was sooo pretty. I hope to read this in 2018.

-- Monster (Gone #7) by Michael Grant -- I was soooo excited when I learned that my beloved Gone series was getting a spin-off continuation. I snatched it, but I still haven't read it yet!!! I need to rectify this immediately.

-- A Darker Shade of Magic (#1) by V.E. Schwab -- Fun Fact: The only V.E. Schwab book I've read is Vicious and you all know how much I loved that. I need to read more V.E. Schwab.  Let's hope this gets read this year.

-- Shutter by Courtney Alameda -- I just want to read this one. The cover gets me. I keep telling myself, I'm gonna read it, I'm gonna read it, and it just manages to slip through the cracks. Hopefully 2018 will be the year! I love a good, scary, paranormal book.

So that's it. That's my Top 5 Wednesday. What are the books that you didn't get to in 2017 and are kicking yourself about? Want to join in on the Top 5 Wednesday fun? Then do it!! Check out all the other Top 5 Wednesday-ers HERE!