Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Reading Slump

I read these books a few weeks ago...and that's about all I've read since then. I have been in a weird state of mind (AKA depression), so books have fallen off of my radar. Anyone dealing with depression knows that it's so hard to do the things that bring you joy, even something as simple as reading a book. I'm in a better place at the moment though. I hope to get back into the groove of reading every day.

Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes by Jules Moulin
Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes2 STAR RATING

The Damned (Vampire Huntress Legend, #6)The amazing title and cover fooled me. I thought I was getting a hilarious chick lit novel. Instead, I got this...whatever this is supposed to be. Ally had me hooked in the beginning with her first encounter with Jake and meeting him 10 years later as her daughter's date. But after that, this book turned left really quick. I don't know what the hell happened but their were cam girls and club fights and indecipherable flash backs. I just felt lost reading this book.

The Damned by L.A. Banks
The sixth book of the Vampire Huntress Legend series

There were some good scenes in this book, but not enough to make me like it. I was just so over all the personal drama that was happening. And then the fact that a major baddie was killed in the last few pages with no build up to it pissed me off royally. Carlos was too annoying for words this go around. I almost wanted him to die so Damali would end up with Jose and Juanita could go away too.

Sunny, Vol. 1Sunny Vol 1 by Taiyo Matsumoto

I picked up this book randomly at the library. I had no clue what it was about but I was drawn to the title and the cover. And it's a good graphic novel, though I was surprised that it was a slice of life and not fantasy. I won't be reading the other issues in the series though. It didn't grab at my interest enough to make me read more.

Soul Eater Vol 7 by Atsushi Ohkubo
Soul Eater, Vol. 07 (Soul Eater, #7)The rebirth of Arachne was a very cool scene to read. I have a feeling I'm gonna like her a lot as a bad guy. That tease of a fight between the perfect soul body guard dude and Black Star has me hype for the next book. The madness wavelengths are messing everything up and I hope the DWMA students can band together and get the world back in order.

Gangsta., Vol. 2

Gangsta Vol 2 by Kohske

I was worried for a minute about Alex. I was afraid that she was actually being haunted by that asshole. But it was just the drugs. I am falling in love with the Handymen, Worick more than Nic. They are just so likable, even when they're doing bad things.

A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz
A History of Glitter and Blood5 STAR RATING

I can honestly say that this has been the most interesting read I've had in a very long time. I knew nothing about this book before I picked it up. The cover and title grabbed my interest immediately. I hadn't heard anything about it and had no clue what it could be about. And then I read it. And it's fucking amazing. It definitely could have been an adult fantasy novel if not for the characters ages. And even then, this book gets dark. It's not a happy book, by any means. You love and hate what these people are doing and what is happening to them. My only complaint is whether I'll get any sleep after staying up to finish this.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Overdue Notice Part 2

What does it say that my post about not posting on time was late as well? Sometimes, I make my own head ache. Here's the past due blog about being past due.

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
The second book of the Red Queen series

That's it, Maven has to die. The ending completely gutted me. I found myself liking Mare a lot more than I did in the first book. So to see her...humiliated hurt me. And Aveyard was not pulling punches when she decided to kill SPOILER Shade like that. SPOILER If I had been sitting down, I would have jumped out of my seat. I'm glad that this series is still enjoyable to read and I look forward to the next book.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Sadly, I didn't connect to this book at all. It was just interesting enough to keep me reading but I admit that reading included a lot of skimming. I was bored, plain and simple. That is, until this story quickly dissolved into a soap opera. Dead people were coming back to life, dogs were dying because of jealousy, and people feared for their life. It's like this novel didn't know what it wanted to be so it became everything.

Frindle by Andrew Clements

FrindleI now have a new go to recommendation for young readers who need a funny, thought provoking novel. Frindle is both simple and complex with its plot and delivery. It shows you that changes begin with just an idea and the willpower to follow through, no matter how small or silly it seems at the time. Nicholas is a great protagonist and I loved the little flash forward at the end of the book so you can see where he ended up in life. This is also an audio book that I didn't hate. The voice actor was perfect for the story and did a great job. So now I'm more willing to listen to more audio books if they are anything like this one, short and sweet.

Corduroy by Don Freeman

CorduroySo, reading this as an adult is slightly terrifying. All I kept thinking about was being that security guard and seeing a bear in the middle of a bed, not knowing how it got there. For young kids, it's a great book to have for a collection of picture books.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Overdue Notice Part 1

I have been slacking with the blog post but not the reading. I have actually been getting a lot of books under my belt but just haven't found the time to write about them here. So this'll be a two part post, probably with the second post going up tomorrow.

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
The third novel of the Throne of Glass series

Okay, I take back everything I said about how slow this book was. The wait was definitely worth it. The last few chapters were jammed packed with action and crazy revelations. The throne room scene with Dorian, Aedion, and Chaol?! Epic, I was laughing and screaming at the same time. Laughing with pure joy because of the awesomeness and screaming because...well, you know! And if you don't know, you gotta read this book. It has been a while since I had read this series by now I'm back in the game.

Aesop's Fables
Aesop's Fables: illustrations by Michael Hague

Book one of the best children's books of all time has been read. This edition was cute. The art matched the fables' tone and each story even came with a little life lesson at the end. I thought the stories were gonna be longer and more in depth. But this is perfect for a little child to listen to. A parent can get through the whole book in one go.

Attack on Titan, Vol. 18 (Attack on Titan, #18)Attack on Titan 18 by Hajime Isayama

I haven't really been in the mood to read for the past week so I thought Attack on Titan might change my mood. And it succeeded. I feel like the story has finally found its footing and will only get better from here. Obviously the next volume is going to be an epic battle. I will be here waiting patiently for it to be released. But the buildup and beginnings of the fight scene will hold me over for now. Quick side note: the art has improved leaps and bounds from where it started. I can actually tell what's going on now.

The Forbidden (Vampire Huntress Legend, #5)The Forbidden by L.A. Banks
The fifth novel of the Vampire Huntress Legend series

I'm back in love with this series. I haven't been this excited about the books since book one. The original trilogy was too jam packed with info that I lost my initial interest. But now the story is a bit more spread out and I can actually sit and read it page to page. The pacing is still a little off and the novel too long, which is why it took me so long to finish this. But the conflict with Lillith was awesome. She is seriously a worthy adversary for the team. The side plots were good too, especially Yonnie and Tara. They are my new favorite crew members.

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

The Ghosts of HeavenThe Easiest Room in Hell (3)
I start off on the third story and it's a bleak dark one. The relationship between the doctor and poet was genuine but also a little scary. I always felt that Dexter was holding back on having malevolent intentions towards the doctor. He meant well and didn't want to see harm come to anybody but the things he's seen left a mark on him. The ending was rushed and didn't really leave me satisfied. But it definitely had me interested to see how the other stories would tie into this one with the spiral theme.

Whispers in the Dark (1)
Now I'm at the beginning of the book and it jumps so far back in time that the POV is told in prose. It's a nice change to the tone of the novel. This story left me feeling very sad and put out. The "reveal", if it could be called that, is brutal. An entire clan is swiped out seemingly for no purpose. It was a good thing I read this second because this would have put me in a bad mood for the rest of the reading experience. 

The Song of Destiny (4)
This is my favorite one. The suspense, the setting, the ending, it all worked so well together. This is where I start to see a subtle theme of destruction and rebirth. It seems like each character has an end that is hiding a new beginning. This one is literally a new beginning since it goes back to the first book. I loved that twist. I wish now that I had finished with this story in my head and not the second one. Its' truly the best ending to this unique and weird book.

The Witch in the Water (2)
I didn't like this one. At this point in my reading journey, I had been entertained and had a solid finish. So to go from the end to the middle threw me off and the premise for this story pissed me off. I knew how it was going to end and I was still mad. The story is full of cowards and it bothered me. I skimmed this mostly so I could keep quarter four fresh in my head.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Reading Challenge 2016 #5

This is the one I've been dreading to do. I really don't like listening to audio books. The only ones I ever remember enjoying were the harry Potter novels. Other than that, I would find myself drifting off to sleep with boredom. I guess it's because the narrator just didn't do it for me. And the pacing would drag on and on. My friend, on the other hand, does not reject this form of reading as I do. He often listens to books while driving, which is something I don't do. He says it can help with a long drive, helping you zone out on the boredom of being stuck in a car. I'll just take his word for it.

Kiss the Girls by James Patterson (her)

21483866And with that, I'm done with the Alex Cross series. The novels are decently written and the suspense is definitely there. But I just don't connect to the story or characters in any way. I found myself lacking sympathy for the people being tortured, raped, or murdered in this book. That might say something to me being a secret sociopath or Patterson's lack of empathy towards his own characters. Another thing, I cannot get the image of Morgan Freeman as Cross out of my head. So when the romantic scenes play out, it's hilarious to read. The last nail in the coffin was listening to the novel as an audio book. I am not a fan of them so I was already out of my element. The voice actor was okay but didn't fit my auditory image of Alex Cross. It didn't sound like a black man, which isn't a fair comparison because the actor is not black. Either way, listening or reading, I'm done with                                                                                                                          these mysteries/thrillers.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (him)
Ready Player One
I agree with most reviews I have read about Ready Player One. To recap, a near disturbingly large amount of 1980s references creates an obnoxiously slow start. The upside is that when the action finally occurs, it feels like an award for patience and adds another layer of pleasure to the read.

Add to that snippets from your favorite review of this book and you just about have my thoughts.

With that said I will use the rest of this review to share a thought, rather a public statement of appreciation. I was referred to the audio version of Ready Player One as entertainment for a long distance drive. I must admit, I probably would not have picked it up on my own, or if I had, finished it in book form (see obnoxiously slow start). But the resulting pleasure I got from listening to it reminded me of how fortunate I am to have someone who is not only an avid reader but also has the savoir faire to pair books with persons and activity, like wine with food (or she just got lucky). Whatever the case, I appreciate this blogger's enhancement of my literary life and encourage everyone to recognized such a person who you may have the rare fortune to have in your life.