Friday, June 23, 2017

Reading Right Now! (121)

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

-- Nemesis (#1) by Anna Banks-- I'm pretty much just started this one, so I don't have a lot to say about it yet. The very beginning was a little rough for me to get into. It's a fantasy book, and sometimes fantasy books throw a lot of words at me that I don't always understand. I can have a mixed relationship with fantasy sometimes. If it takes too much effort for me to figure out the world and people, then I can be a little bored/confused/critical of them. 
I think I might be passed the rocky start on this one. I'm getting more into the story. It's told from two perspectives Tarik and Sepora (which in my head always turns into Sephora, because I'm a bit of a makeup junkie/hoarder at heart). Sepora is on the run from her home kingdom, where she's a princess. She has this rare ability to make this stuff (?), which her father wants to use as a weapon. She doesn't want her special ability thing to be used as a weapon, so she runs away. She's traveling to the kingdom Tarik has now just become the king of, to hide. I think she ends up getting captured or somehow running into Tarik, and they must work together to save kingdoms or people. I'm sorry for my description skills, but that's all I really know at this point.
I'm hopeful that I enjoy this one. I picked it up based 99% on the cover. The silver skin just drew me in, even though I know being covered with that kind of paint could be verrrry unhealthy. I think certain kinds can stop oxygen from getting to the skin. Didn't the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz have problems being covered with all that silver paint? I don't know, I'm just rambling. But I'm not even sure why the girl on the cover is silver? I don't know if that's really what color her skin is. I don't know if that's supposed to be a reflection of her ability. It's just an eye-catching cover, and it got me. Especially when you look into the details of it, and notice that her eyes are grey and her hair has this grayish tint to it. So, now you know that I do have a great tendency to pick books because of their covers.

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: The Hunt (The Cage #2) by Megan Shepherd

Title: The Hunt (The Cage #2)
Author: Megan Shepherd
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Released: 2015
Source: Library

Summary: The exciting sequel to The Cage, The Hunt picks up immediately after those events. If you haven't read The Cage, some of these summary details might contain SPOILERS!
The escape attempt was a fail. Cora is put in a new enclosure, a menagerie called The Hunt. It's a fantasy world for the Kindred to visit. They are entertained in the lobby by singing and drinks, and entertained on the Savannah by going on big game hunts. Cora must find a way to escape this place too.
Nok and Rolf have been placed in a dollhouse, where their activity is constantly monitored. If they don't do what the Kindred say, their baby could be taken away.
Leon is the only one who had a successful escape from the enclosure, but he's not safe yet. He had to make a deal with a blackmarket trader whose loyalties could change at any second.
How will they escape? Who can they trust? And will they ever get back home to Earth?
My Thoughts: This was definitely a ride. I was never sure what was going to happen next, how things would go down. There were a lot of shocks that surprised me, and one huge cliffhanger that makes me wonder just how all of this is going to end. I'm nervous for everyone. Nothing is as it seems in this world.
I love the imagination and weirdness in this series. The menagerie Cora, Lucky, and Mali found themselves in was depressing, as well as interesting. It made me realize how good they had it in their first enclosure, and how many humans are having to suffer for being "lesser" species. It's a side of alien abduction that hasn't really been explored.
I was pretty much just along for the ride in this. I had no idea what was going to happen, where it was going to go. It definitely kept me reading.
I'm still not the biggest fan of this weird attraction Cora and Cassian have for each other. I'm much more Team Lucky.
I am a fan of Megan Shepherd's stories. They are always interesting, sometimes shocking, and fun! I have to know what happens next. How this all ends. I'm also still in denial over what happened near the end of this. It can't be real! I don't know what to do after reading this. I'm going to be in that strange lurch waiting for the next book.
One Wild Ride!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Around The Year In 52 Books: Week 36

WEEK 36:
A Hugo Award Winner or Nominee

--What are you reading this week? I'm reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

--Did you read a winner or a nominee? I'm reading a winner.

--In what category was your selection nominated? I think it was nominated for best novel, because that's what it won for in 2002.

--Do you pay attention to whether your book is an award winner when you choose what to read next? No. I'll only pay attention to that fact if the book has a big award sticker on the cover, or mentions being a winner somewhere on the book. I don't want to be that kind of reader that only reads something that other people have deemed worthy. I mean, it's great that it won an award, but I don't want that to be the only reason I read it. I like picking up all kinds of different books, I don't limit myself to just reading winners or nominees.

Want to join in on the Around The Year In 52 Books Challenge? Check it out HERE!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: Nameless: A Tale of Beauty and Madness (#1) by Lili St. Crow

Title: Nameless: A Tale of Beauty and Madness (#1)
Author: Lili St. Crow
Published by: RAZORBILL
Released: 2013
Source: Library

Summary: On Mithrus Eve Night, 10 years ago, Cami became an adopted member of the Family. She arrived a little girl, covered in cuts and bruises and old scars. She didn't remember where she came from, or even her name. 
In the present, awful dreams plague Cami's sleep and fade away before she can remember. Her stutter makes it hard for her to communicate. She also feels like she doesn't really belong with the Family, she's a fake. The Prince of the Family, Nico, tells her that's nonsense. Nico has always had a special place in her heart.
Then a garden boy named Tor shows up. He looks familiar, but Cami can't place him. What is he to her? Who is she? Will this Snow White find out where she really belongs?
My Thoughts: mmmmm.... hmmmm.... Uhhh....
I wanted this to be better. There, I said it. This story was kind of disappointing. It had the potential to be really cool, but didn't make it there. And then, even though I was disappointed by it, there was something eerie and oddly compelling about it too.
My biggest pet peeve with this book was my inability to understand the world presented. There wasn't a lot of effort put in to the world making sense. Words and creature names were thrown out with no explanations. There was all this talk of magic and potential, but nothing about how it all worked. If I could have understood the world I was thrown into better, I definitely would have liked it more. It seemed like an odd, cool, magical place, but it just wasn't explained well.
I also felt like most of Cami's problems came from her poor-little-old-me attitude, and not talking things out. She was constantly fixated on how she wasn't "Real Family," but that was only in her own mind. I got tired of her mopey attitude. I also got a little frustrated with some of the decisions she made. Cami could be really reckless and stupid.
Maybe this book could have made a better movie. It would definitely be a dark and twisted tale. There was just something about it that didn't quite work in book form.
I wanted this to be more! It had the potential to be really good, but the lazy world building just stifled it. I liked the eerie take on Snow White, and do plan on reading the rest in the series. I didn't hate it, but it definitely wasn't a favorite.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Reading Right Now! (120)

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

--American Gods by Neil Gaiman-- After months and months of saying I'd read this, I'm finally reading this! I'm about 200 pages in, and I'm enjoying it. It is a very intimidating book though. I feel like I spend a good chunk of time reading it and find I don't make much progress. I feel like this is going to take me awhile to finish. I am liking it though.
It's about this man named Shadow Moon, who upon his release from prison is offered a job by the mysterious Mister Wednesday. Shadow discovers that the world is more than he thought it was.

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Review: Gotham Academy, Volume 1: Welcome To Gotham Academy by Cloonan, Fletcher, and Kerschl

Title: Gotham Academy, Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy (Issues #1-6)
Written by: Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher
Art by: Karl Kerschl
Published by: DC Comics
Released: 2015
Source: Library

Summary: Welcome to a new school year at Gotham Academy, located in the scenic Gotham City. Olive Silverlock has been assigned to show Maps Mizoguchi around the school, a school teeming with secrets.
The North Hall is supposed to be haunted, and Olive's room mate swears she's seen the ghost. There's also a mysterious new student that keeps popping up. Olive teams up with a ragtag group of students to uncover the secrets of the school, and she learns a little about herself along the way.
My Thoughts: What a fun surprise! I really enjoyed this. I tend to be a little iffy when it comes to very established superhero comics and their spin-offs, just because I like to read things in order, and feel there's no earthly way I can start from the beginning in this universe.
Gotham Academy offered up a full story. I didn't feel lost, and while I might not have gotten all the Easter Eggs or references, I was able to enjoy the whole story.
I liked the vibe this comic had. It was kind of dark and spooky. The school kind of reminded me of Hogwarts, and I loved our little ragtag group. The art style was also just really nice, dark while still being colorful.
Olive was an interesting main character. She's got some secrets that I can't wait to discover. Maps is super cute too.
This was a great first volume, and I can't wait to read more of this series!
So Fun!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Review: Y: The Last Man, Volume 6: Girl on Girl by Vaughan, Guerra, Sudzuka, and Marzan

Title: Y: The Last Man, Volume 6: Girl On Girl
Written by: Brian K. Vaughan
Pencillers: Pia Guerra and Goran Sudzuka
Inker: Jose Marzan, Jr.
Published by: DC Comics
Released: 2005

Summary: Yorick, Agent 355, and Dr. Mann are off to save one very special monkey. They find themselves on a "cruise," which turns into something much more. Pirates come into play!! Beth is also spotted.
The journey for Yorick continues to get more dangerous and more fun.
My Thoughts: This was a good volume. It was solid, it was fun, and it just reinforced why I like the Y: The Last Man series.
The art is nice, the panels are easy to follow, and the story is really interesting and entertaining. My favorite part about this series is the humor! Yorick has this ability to crack jokes during the most stressful or worst times. Agent 355 is awesome as well.
The only character who I question her motives, and am on the fence about, is Dr. Mann. I guess I just don't really like her. She doesn't strike me as pleasant.
Loved the pirate vibe of this Volume, and am also excited that things with Beth seem to be picking up.
Great addition to the series. Can't wait to see where things go next. I also hope they find Ampersand soon.
Danger At Sea!