Monday, November 20, 2017

BLOG TOUR and REVIEW: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

I'm super excited to be a part of The Wife Between Us Blog Tour! Thank you St. Martin's Griffin for having me. Check out my review below.

Title: The Wife Between Us
Authors: Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Released: January 9th, 2018
Source: NetGalley Review Copy from St. Martin's Press

Summary: Here's how the story seems at first glance, a jealous ex-wife, her replacement, and the husband between them. That's how it seems, but what if it's not? What if there is more hiding beneath the surface? To find out just what this story really is can't be assumed, the only way to know is to unravel the strings that tie this knot together.
My Thoughts: Well, that was a thing that certainly kept me reading! It was very addictive, twisty, and fun! I'd like to thank St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with a review copy, and inviting me to be on the Blog Tour for The Wife Between Us. My review and opinions are 100% honest and 100% my own.
I really enjoyed this. It was very addictive, fast-paced reading. The narrator was unreliable. As a reader, I never knew just what was what. The story was super twisty too. There were so many twists and turns that I wasn't sure what to expect next. It was definitely a twisty, unexpected thriller.
The Wife Between Us subject matter wasn't exactly groundbreaking. It's a subject that has been told many different times in many different ways. What made The Wife Between Us different was the way it was told. It was surprising.
Vanessa is an unreliable narrator in the deepest sense. I felt like she dragged out her story just to keep her audience on edge and really wanting to know just what it was that happened. She could have laid it all out on the table pretty quickly and succinctly, but the way she told it made it maybe longer than it should have been. In the end, I also still had questions that Vanessa never really answered. I don't think she was 100% sure of some of the details herself. Vanessa was a narrator I couldn't really trust, and I think she worked really well for this story.
One of the twists definitely shocked me. I wasn't expecting it. The other twists were fun too. That first twist held the most punch for me though.
The Wife Between Us was a fun time to read. I'd definitely recommend it. I see it becoming a best-seller when it comes out easily. It's a great twisty, turny thriller, with a narrator who isn't giving the full story. Thank you St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for letting me read an early copy, and also for letting me be on the Blog Tour! I definitely enjoyed it.
Twisty, Turny, and Shocking!

PURCHASE HERE!! But remember, it doesn't come out until January 9th, 2018.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Reading Right Now! (140)

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


-- The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen -- I signed up for a blog tour for this one and got it for review from NetGalley. I'm really enjoying it. It's one of those unreliable narrators, twisty, domestic thriller type of things. It's really enjoyable. I keep wanting to pick it up and read it. I don't know who's telling the truth. I don't know who to trust. It's had some twists that I didn't see coming. I'd definitely recommend this one so far. I'm almost finished with it, about 80% of the way through, and I'm really curious to see how everything is going to end.  Look out for my full review blog tour. This comes out in January 2018. I'd definitely say add it to your list.

-- Ones and Zeroes (Mirador #2) by Dan Wells -- My poor Ones and Zeroes got pushed to the side so I could read The Wife Between Us. I'm sorry Ones and Zeroes. As soon as I finish The Wife Between Us, I'm going to finish this one. I've made really no progress on it since last week. I am over halfway through it and enjoying it a lot. I love Dan Wells' stuff. This, so far, has been a really fun heist story. Definitely going to do my best to finish it. This one is recommended too.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you Reading?
I'm also sorry that I haven't been posting so much this week. I got a little lazy.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Published by: CROWN
Released: 2016
Source: Library

Summary: Jason Dessen is happy with his life. He is married to the love of his life, has a 14 year old son, and works as a Physics Professor at a local college. Most people would consider his life average, but he's happy with it. Jason has kind of taken his life for granted.
On the way back home from a get together at a bar, Jason is ambushed. Knocked out and drugged, he wakes up in a strange place, in a strange world. In this place, Jason finds out that he never married, never had his son, instead he focused on science, and ended up inventing something fantastic.
Jason must figure out how to get home. How to find his family again. There's also a bunch of people after him, so he has to figure out how to survive that too.
My Thoughts: What a fun ride! This book is definitely worth the hype. It plays out like a great movie, which I think it might be one day.
I felt like I sped through this book. It was such a fast read, and I was always curious to see what was going to happen next.
I thought the concept was really cool. And that's all I'll say about that, because I think it's the most fun to go into this book not knowing much about it. I did feel like the end got bogged down with too many adversaries. It was easier for me when there was just one ultimate foe. And because of all the adversaries, it really made me question who I should be rooting for. When you read it, you'll understand. It just left me conflicted, confused, and wondering who deserved to win in the end.
I really enjoyed this read. It was fun, it was quick, and I had a good time reading it. I definitely recommend picking this up!
One Fun Ride.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Reading Right Now! (139)

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

-- Ones and Zeroes (Mirador #2) by Dan Wells -- This is the sequel to Bluescreen. Can I just say that I'm a Dan Wells fan! Everything I've read by him, I like. Now granted, I've only read the first three books in his John Wayne Cleaver series, and the first book in the Mirador series, but they've all been really good. I'm enjoying Ones and Zeroes a lot. It's set in 2050 Los Angeles, and it's full of tech and danger. Our main character Marisa lives her life in the virtual world, but that technology comes with a price. The city she lives in is poor. Robots have taken over so many human jobs that it's hard for people to find work. Internet connection is a necessity for businesses and the prices keep going up. Marisa is trying to help her family stay afloat. She's also a pretty good hacker.
This is the sequel, so I can't tell you everything because I'll spoil stuff. I'll say this, Marisa is trying to find Grendel. Her Overworld team has been selected to compete in a pretty big deal tournament. (Overworld is a snazzy online team game), and she's met a mysterious individual called Alain who has ideas.
This has been really fun so far. I'm on page 200, so getting towards that half way mark. So far it's been full of action. It's really fun reading. Hopefully I'll finish this soon, then I'll just have to do that wait for the third book.

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

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Review: A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir

Title: A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Published by: Razorbill
Released: 2016
Source: Library

Summary: Laia and Elias are on the run, trying to escape the city while a Scholar Rebellion rages. Their new mission is to rescue Laia's brother from the dreaded Kauf prison. Obstacles will stand in their way, enemies will slow them down, and some characters will have to separate honor from loyalty.
In a world of darkness, Laia and Elias hope to bring light.
My Thoughts: I thought this book was fun, fast, and entertaining. I enjoyed reading it. I wasn't blown away by it though. It was fun, a nice distraction, but I don't think it will be making its way onto my favorites list. No shade. I kind of felt the same way about the first book, An Ember in the Ashes, which received massive hype when it came out, but just underwhelmed me. I'm interested in the series, but I'm not blown away by it.
One of my problems with this book is that I'm not the biggest fan of the world. It's just too dark for me, too violent. I don't like reading about torture, and I just don't like the hopelessness that permeates it. I think the author did a good job of creating it, but it's just not a world I like being in.
I also don't like the main villain, The Commandant. I like villains where you can sort of understand how they got there. Kerris just doesn't seem to have a heart, like she's never had a heart. I don't understand the hatred she has for her son. And her hatred for the Scholars in this book was excessive. She was like Hitler. I don't understand her. I think if I could understand the why, I would be able to buy into and believe in her evilness more.
I'm also not a fan of any of the love triangle/love square things going on here. It just feels unnecessary. I'm not really rooting for any of the couples.
I'm also not really sure how to feel about Helene. I get that she's conflicted, but it's hard to wrap my head around her job and her duty. I would want her to be more loyal to her friends then an Emperor who hates her. I also really wanted to slap the Commandant for stealing her special Trial Run Vest and take it right back.
There were some interesting twists and surprises that I didn't see coming. I'm interested to see what happens next.
I thought this book was fine, entertaining. but not worth all the hype. Just my opinion. If you love this book, that's awesome! That's what makes reading fun.
So Much Death... and Violence.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

October 2017 Wrap-Up!

Here's everything I read and watched in October 2017!



-- Better Days And Other Stories (Serenity #2) by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, Will Conrad, Zack Whedon, Patton Oswalt, Chris Smanee, Jim Krueger, and Patric Reynolds -- I love Firefly and Serenity! This graphic novel was great! I loved the artwork and just getting the chance to be back in the Verse. This Volume was made up of more short stories then a beginning to end plot based one. I liked it a lot and am already continuing on with the series. If you haven't watched Firefly, do it NOW! But then be prepared to be heartbroken because it was canceled after one season. BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 5/5!

-- iZombie, Volume 3: Six Feet Under and Rising by Chris Roberson, Gilbert Hernandez, Mike Allred -- This Volume was fun. It had a storyline where a lot was happening in it. I really like the art style and color, it reminds me a lot of Scooby-Doo, which might very well be what they are going for because this Volume contained a Scooby-Doo reference. I need to get my hands on the next Volume to find out what happens. Maybe I should try to watch the CW show too. I know they are very different, but I could like it since I like the comics.

-- Ten by Gretchen McNeil -- I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It was perfect Halloween reading. It's about these kids who get invited to a party on this out-of-the-way island. There's a bad storm, the power goes out, and bad stuff starts happening. There's a killer in their midst, and he/she is picking them off one by one. It really plays out like a teen slasher movie, and I loved it. So much fun. I was tricked a little bit with who the killer was, but I feel like I was on the right track.

-- Dead Letters: An Anthology of the Undelivered, the Missing, the Returned... edited by Conrad Williams -- I'd been reading this Anthology for a while and finally got around to finishing it in October. I enjoyed it. Not all the stories were the greatest, but I was interested. I really liked the premise for this Anthology. It's pretty much weird stuff showing up in your mailbox. Packages that might or might not be intended for you, and some of them are dangerous. I thought it was a good Anthology, I enjoyed it.

-- Death Note, Volume 8: Target by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata -- After the ending of Volume 7, I waited quite awhile to read Volume 8. The ending of Volume 7 kind of broke me, and I didn't know just how the story would continue. The first little chunk of Volume 8 was kind of confusing, probably because I waited so long between volumes, but I quickly got into it. It's just craziness. Light has some new adversaries and he has to think, think, think like he always does to outsmart them and stay on top. I'm interested to see where it all goes, and I'm slowly but surely getting to the end of this manga series. Then I can maybe watch the anime series and then the movies, although I've head the Netflix Original one is not good for fans.

-- The Scarecrow Princess by Federico Rossi Edrighi -- I got this for review from NetGalley and I didn't like it. The story felt kind of rushed, I didn't like the art work, and I was generally confused for most of it. The main character was also a teenage brat, which I'm never really a fan of. Happy I got the chance to read and review it though.

-- The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike translated by Deborah Boliver Boehm -- This book was interesting, but very, very slow. I started it during #Spookathon and I thought it did make for a perfect Halloween read. I don't know if it's because it was a translated work, but I just felt like this was very wordy. When the scares came, they were good, but there was just a lot of filler the rest of the time. It's a story about a family who buys an apartment in the middle of a graveyard, and creepy things start happening. The ending was kind of crazy though. I wouldn't say don't read it, just go in knowing it's not going to be a fast read.


-- Blacklist Season 4 -- Watched on Netflix -- I won't say I'm addicted to this show, but I find it very interesting. I like the criminal of Raymond Reddington. Sometimes you forget he's a bad guy, but then he does things that make you remember he is. James Spader is pretty much what makes this show. The character of Elizabeth Keen is just meh. Meh Meh Meh. I mean, I really do want the truth of whether Raymond is her father, but that's pretty much all I care about when it comes to her. I enjoy her husband's character a lot more. And I have a question. Does anyone know if Blacklist: Redemption is coming to Netflix? Because I'd love to watch that and I know it was canceled after one season.

-- Stranger Things 2 -- Binged on Netflix -- I, like the rest of the world, binged this as soon as it came out. It was good! I really liked it. There was only one real episode that messed up the flow of the season and that was Episode 7. To those that have seen it, I'm talking about the one with Eight. This Season was a lot of fun, and now comes the long wait for Season 3. It's sad that I watched this thing in 5 days, it makes the waiting soooo much looooonger!!!

So that was my October 2017. How was yours? Did you read anything good? Watch anything good? Let me know!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Review: Arata: The Legend, Volume 4 by Yuu Watase

Title: Arata: The Legend, Volume 4
Author: Yuu Watase
Published by: VIZ Media, LLC
Released: 2009
Source: Library

Summary: Two Aratas separated by time and space, having to live each other's lives. One Arata has discovered his destiny to wield a powerful, legendary weapon to save the world.
The other Arata has to survive high school, family time, and some pretty antagonistic kids. Their adventures keep getting more and more interesting.
My Thoughts: Hmmm... I'm mixed. I found some parts confusing, but some parts I liked. I don't think this is my favorite Yuu Watase series, but I'm still enjoying reading it.
My favorite Arata to read about is the one stuck in the present day. He's funny, and I like how he interacts with all the present day people.
The other Arata, the one stuck in the past, his storyline can kind of be chaotic and confusing. I don't always know what's going on. I like the characters and everything, but the plot doesn't always grab me.
I do like how it brings up the issue of bullying. I can sense Arata's misery and hopelessness of having no escape from the torment. It's been one of the best illustrators of that that I've read.
As always, I enjoy the art. Yuu Watase has one of my favorite art styles.
As for this Volume, it was okay. Some of it was confusing, some of it was fun, and the ending was really heartbreaking. It got sad. I won't say it was my favorite Volume, but I'm interested to see where it goes next.
Wasn't Expecting That Ending!