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text 2018-05-31 14:55
May Re-Cap
LIFEL1K3 - Jay Kristoff
Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin - Mariana Zapata
Honor Among Thieves - Ann Aguirre,Rachel Caine
With Malice - Eileen Cook
To Kill a Kingdom - Alexandra Christo
Midnight at the Electric - Jodi Lynn Anderson
Atheists Who Kneel and Pray - Tarryn Fisher
White Trash Zombie Unchained - Diana Rowland
Just A Little Junk - Stylo Fantome
Red Rising - Pierce Brown

 

Another good reading month for me...13 books total.  I could have probably finished a couple more, except I've been doing some major cleaning because we're having another Open House this year for my youngest Daughter.  Thank goodness, I don't have worry about another Graduation until 2021, that sounds so futuristic, but it's only like 3 years away.  This one for my Step-Son.  

 

I had a quite a few books with three-ish to four-ish star ratings and one book that is definitely a favorite of 2018.  I loved Lifel1k3.  I'm obsessively stalking Jay Kristoff on Instagram, so I know when the second book is coming out.  Plus 1 dud...Rhythm, Chord and Malykhin, that one had me rolling my eyes way too much.  I also finished a much-loved Series (White Trash Zombie)...at least I think it's the last one.

 

 

 

(Netgalley e-ARC) Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

Finish Date:  05/02

☆5+☆STARS - GRADE=A++

 

(Audiobook) Rhythm, Chord & Malykhin by Mariana Zapata

Finish Date:  05/2/03

☆1.5☆STARS - GRADE=D

 

(Audiobook) Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre

Finish Date:  05/07

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) With Malice by Eileen Cook

Finish Date:  05/09

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

Finish Date:  05/12

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Finish Date:  05/14

☆4☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

(eBook) Atheists Who Kneel and Pray by Tarryn Fisher

Finish Date:  05/15

☆4.3☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(Audiobook) White Trash Zombie Unchained by Diana Rowland

Finish Date:  05/18

☆4.5☆STARS - GRADE=A-

 

(eBook) Just A Little Junk by Stylo Fantome

Finish Date:  05/20

☆3.3☆STARS - GRADE=B-

 

(Audiobook/eBook) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Finish Date:  05/22

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Finish Date:  05/23

☆3☆STARS - GRADE=C

 

(Audiobook) Zer0es by Chuck Wendig

Finish Date:  05/28

☆3.8☆STARS - GRADE=B

 

(eBook) The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons

Finish Date:  05/29

☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE=B+

 

I also had one DNF, which unfortunately was a Netgalley eARC with

 

 

May's Reading consisted of 13 books. 

Broken down to 9 Audiobooks, 2 Netgalley eARC's, and 3 eBooks.

For a total of 4,747 pages (including Audio).

 

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review 2018-05-14 18:48
Honor Among Thieves / Rachel Caine, Ann Aguirre
Honor Among Thieves - Ann Aguirre,Rachel Caine

Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead of moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.

 

What a treat! I could barely put this book down and was almost late for the family Mothers Day celebration as a result.

The beginning was quite transparent—you have an Earth that has been contacted by aliens known as the Leviathan. Enormous whale-like interplanetary travelers, they can create spaces for humans inside their bodies and a small number of humans are chosen each year to go travel the stars with them. These people are known as the Honors and they are (by and large) star mathematicians and musicians. Into this mix, introduce Zara, someone who hasn’t really adjusted to the new situation on Earth, who is a petty criminal trying to stay one step ahead of the law and her enemies. Of course she’s going to be chosen as one of the new crop of Honors, confounding her and her contemporaries.

The story plays on our notion of what whales are all about—gentle giants, intelligent, worthy of our regard and our love. But are the Leviathan the universe’s equivalent? They’ve rescued Earth from environmental and political disaster, but it that rescue a freebie? It takes a con-woman to ask the questions and to deal with the answers! And of course, I came to love Zara because she wasn’t a bad person, but someone pushed into a bad life by her circumstances. She gets to be the skeptic, who is reluctantly won over by contact with Nadim, the Leviathan that she is matched with.

There are many twists and turns to the story, including a sequence that reminded me of Dave & the computer Hal in 2001, where Zara dons what is called a skinsuit to go make necessary but risky repairs! The tension was fabulous!

I’d be really interested to know about the process of the two authors, who contributed what and how they shared the manuscript! But mostly I’m glad that book two is in the works and I have a chance to see how Zara, her co-pilot Bea, and Nadim progress from here.

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review 2018-05-14 03:24
Killman Creek by Rachel Caine
Killman Creek - Rachel Caine

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was really good. I didn't like it quite as much as the first book in the series but I still liked it better than most books I pick up. After the events of the previous books, I was really eager to read more of Gwen's story. Once I started listening to this audiobook, I found myself totally immersed in the story because if I wasn't listening to it, I was thinking about it. I really ended up enjoying this installment in the series.

The biggest difference between this book and the previous one is that this book is told from several points of view. The first book was told entirely from Gwen's perspective so I kind of expected this to do the same. I ended up really liking the fact that the author decided to mix things up a bit in this book by using not only Gwen's point of view but also including each of her children and Sam in the mix. This was really a different kind of story and I think that having the other perspectives made the doubts between the characters feel much more realistic.

I found much of this book frightening to think about. Of course, the thought of being married to someone that turns out to be a serial killer is scary but this book went beyond that. I haven't really considered how technology could be used against an individual and how helpless anyone is to stop it from happening. I know that a lot of bad things happen online so the descriptions of the dark web in this story were hard to think about.

I was happy to see all of the key players from the first book back for this installment. It was nice to get to spend a little bit of time in the heads of Lanny, Connor, and Sam. Lanny and Connor have been through a lot and have been changed by things outside of their control. I would expect them to have mixed feelings about a lot of things so it was nice to get to really see what they were thinking. There were times in this book that I didn't care for some of the things Sam was doing or thinking but I understood his doubt.

I liked that this book used four different narrators to tell the story. Each narrator handled all of the chapters told from their character's point of view and I think that they all did a great job representing their character. I thought that they each brought a lot of emotion to the story and each had a very pleasant speaking voice. I wouldn't hesitate to listen to more from any of the four narrators that worked on this book.

I would recommend this book to others. This is the second book in the Stillhouse Lake series which I think is best read in order. This book did come to a very satisfying conclusion and I am looking forward to reading more in the series as soon as it is available.

Initial Thoughts
This was good. There were a few things in the story that were rather scary to think about. I was a little surprised to get different points of view in this book since the first book was told entirely from Gwen's perspective. I do wonder if there will be more books in the series since the end of this book felt rather final. I kind of think that this family needs to live a peaceful life after all that has happened to them.

Book source: Audible purchase

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text 2018-05-10 21:34
TBR Thursday
The Country Girls - Edna O'Brien
Beneath the Sugar Sky - Seanan McGuire
The Borrower - Rebecca Makkai
Honor Among Thieves - Ann Aguirre,Rachel Caine
The State of the Art - Iain M. Banks
A Curious Beginning - Deanna Raybourn

Such a good selection of books from my library!

 

I will finish A Plague of Giants this evening and I'll continue to have Robots Vs. Fairies as my coffee break book.  Then its time to get started on this selection.

 

I have tomorrow off work--tomorrow is also the beginning of the Calgary Reads Big Book Sale.  I plan to be there when the doors open at 9 a.m. with my wishlist in hand to have first pick.  Photos for Monday!!

 

Also planning to see a performance of Julius Caesar with my Shakespeare buddy on Saturday evening.

 

Have a wonderful weekend, my BL friends.

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review 2018-05-08 18:10
3 Out of 5 mostly indifferent STARS
Honor Among Thieves - Ann Aguirre,Rachel Caine,Adam Lazerre-White,Adenrele Ojo

 

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~BOOK BLURB~

Honor Among Thieves

Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

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Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead of moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

 

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead, Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

 

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Full disclosure:  In the beginning, I was totally into this but once she (Zara) started "bonding" with the spaceship (Alien Life-form), I became more interested in winning the games of Free-Cell I was playing (while listening to audio) than in actually comprehending what was going on in this story.  The "bonding" threw me off, it was like an odd sexual experience reminiscent of the 80's movie Cocoon

 

 

Freaky! 

 

From there, I'm not fully sure what went on in this…I believe there was a lot of action and more freaky bonding.  I just didn't connect with this, but clearly, there are many who have.

 

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~MY RATING~

3STARS - GRADE=C

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.5/5

Main Characters~ 3.7/5

Secondary Characters~ 3/5

The Feels~ 2/5

Pacing~ 3/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 2/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 3/5 Cliffhanger~ ???

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Book Cover~ It's decent

Narration~4  -Adenrele Ojo…she was little too soothing. 3.7 -Adam Lazarre-White…was a little too easy to tune out.

Series~ The Honors #1

Setting~ New Detroit and Deep Space

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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