Monthly Archives: January 2016

Wrap Up

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2016 started out great!  Here are my stats:

Books Read/Listened to: 12

Books I DNF’ed: 1

5 crown reads: 5

4.5 crown reads: 1

4 crown reads: 4

3 crown reads: 1

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: 5

This was a very successful reading month for me!  I read 5 of my own books and the rest were review books and audiobooks.  I did not purchase ANY books this month and I have put $1 in a jar for every book that I have read or listened to.

Can’t wait to see what February brings!

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I forgot that I signed up to participate in the Backlist Books Challenge.  Here is the link for that Challenge: http://www.prettydeadlyblog.com/announcement-the-backlist-books-reading-challenge/

For this challenge I read 6 books.

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No One Knows by: J.T. Ellison

No One Knows

Publication date: March 22, 2016

Description- from Netgalley

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Identical by: Ellen Hopkins

Identical

If you follow me on Goodreads, you will know that I have been reading a lot of Ellen Hopkins’ books.  This is the first one that I have included on my blog because my intention is to do an author study after reading them all.  I had to post this however, because it is book #5 in #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

I will not be going into my full review for this book now.  Just know that I give this book 5 crowns.

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Curio by: Evangeline Denmark

Curio

Book Description

In this steampunk-flavored YA novel by Evangeline Denmark, Grey has a secret the Chemists who rule her town can never know. But when her best friend is taken for punishment, Grey risks everything—and finds herself in a world hidden within a curio cabinet, where porcelain and clockwork people are real, and her secret has far-reaching consequences.

My Review

In all fairness, I did not finish this book.  I didn’t get far into it.  I tried but I didn’t get past the first chapter.  The world building was all of the place and the details were lacking.  This was not a book for me but may be ok for someone else.

With that said, the cover is Beautiful!

I received this book from BookLookBloggers for an honest review.

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Sisterhood Everlasting by: Ann Brashares

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Book #4 in #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

I never read the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series and this is technically book #5 but I have watched the movies more than a few times.  This book takes place 10 years after the last book and as long as you have seen the movies, you are ok to pick this up.  However, I definitely do want to read the series.

This is such a beautiful book.  It tells the story of 4 friends who were more like sisters and what happens to them and their friendship as they grow up.  These girls have not seen each other in a while and a surprise trip is a reunion in the works.  I do not give spoilers in my reviews so I can’t go into too much detail, but know that this is a tear-jerker of a story.

It is a story about love that surpasses all bounds.  There are so many twists and turns that you can’t help but read until it is over, even though you may not want it to end.  This is a great end to the series although I personally wish it wasn’t the end.

I give this book 5 crowns.

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Eleanor by: Jason Gurley

Eleanor

About Eleanor- from Penguinrandomhouse.com

Eleanor and Esmerelda are identical twins with a secret language all their own, inseparable until a terrible accident claims Esme’s life. Eleanor’s family is left in tatters: her mother retreats inward, seeking comfort in bottles; her father reluctantly abandons ship. Eleanor is forced to grow up more quickly than a child should, and becomes the target of her mother’s growing rage.

Years pass, and Eleanor’s painful reality begins to unravel in strange ways. The first time it happens, she walks through a school doorway, and finds herself in a cornfield, beneath wide blue skies. When she stumbles back into her own world, time has flown by without her. Again and again, against her will, she falls out of her world and into other, stranger ones, leaving behind empty rooms and worried loved ones.

One fateful day, Eleanor leaps from a cliff and is torn from her world altogether. She meets a mysterious stranger, Mea, who reveals to Eleanor the weight of her family’s loss. To save her broken parents, and rescue herself, Eleanor must learn how deep the well of her mother’s grief and her father’s heartbreak truly goes. Esmerelda’s death was not the only tragic loss in her family’s fragmented history, and unless Eleanor can master her strange new abilities, it may not be the last.

About the Author- from Penguinrandomhouse.com

JASON GURLEY is the author of Greatfall, The Man Who Ended the World, and the fiction collection Deep Breath Hold Tight, among other works. His stories have appeared in the anthologies Loosed Upon the World and Help Fund My Robot Army!!! He was raised in Alaska and Texas, and now lives and writes in Portland, Oregon.

I didn’t know too much about this book going in and that made this read very interesting.  I knew it was about the life of one twin whose sister had died.  That was about it.  I do not normally read fantasy and when this novel introduced some fantasy elements, I found them intriguing but slightly confusing.

Aesthetically, the book is beautiful.  The cover image is simple but tells a story.  It depicts the story perfectly.  The pages are soft to the touch and I love that in books.  The book itself, is a bit heavy to hold while reading in bed but not too bad.

I love it when a male writes a book from the female perspective and does it well.  The narrator is several different characters in the story but each time the characters switches, it is noted.  Eleanor is the main character in this story and she is dealing with taking care of her alcoholic mother who has gone into a tailspin after the death of her daughter.  Eleanor is trying to balance her grief and her life when she suddenly and inexplicably vanishes from her world and materializes in various other worlds.  Needless to say, when she rematerializes in her world, she can not explain what has happened, where she went or why she wakes up bruised and battered.

Without giving away spoilers, this story is about family, friendship, love and what would happen if you were given the opportunity to go back and reset your life.

Although this genre was not necessarily in my wheelhouse, I enjoyed it and the writing was very well constructed.  I give this book 4 crowns and a wand.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

 

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The History Major: A Novella by: Michael Phillip Cash

The History Major

If you know anything about me, you know that I do not like history nor do I like to read Historical Fiction.  This is really neither of those things so I agreed to read this when I was given the opportunity to in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:

After a vicious fight with her boyfriend followed by a night of heavy partying, college freshman Amanda Greene wakes up in her dorm room to find things are not the same as they were yesterday. She can’t quite put her finger on it. She’s sharing her room with a peculiar stranger.

Amanda discovers she’s registered for classes she would never choose with people that are oddly familiar. An ominous shadow is stalking her.

Uncomfortable memories are bubbling dangerously close to her fracturing world, propelling her to an inevitable collision between fantasy and reality. Is this the mother of all hangovers or is something bigger happening?

My Review:

I thought that the synopsis for this novella sounded interesting so I picked it up last night and finished it this morning.  In all fairness, as a physical copy, it is a mere 120 pages.  I have never read anything by this author before but I know that he has an average of 4 stars for all of his books that are listed on Goodreads.  He is an author from Long Island, New York and I love to read books that are written by fellow New Yorkers.

I loved the writing style of this book and found it intriguing.  It was a thriller but not really in a serial killer kind of way.  It was intense and thought provoking.  It was a bit philosophical and I really enjoyed that.  Even though the main character is a college student, I think that anyone who reads it can learn from it.

I gave this novella 4 crowns.

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