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text 2017-05-02 18:25
New May Releases That Are On My TBR
Salt Houses - Hala Alyan
Mr. Rochester - Sarah Shoemaker
The Book of Summer: A Novel - Michelle Gable
House of Names: A Novel - Colm Tóibín
A Stranger at Fellsworth (A Treasures of Surrey Novel) - Sarah E. Ladd
Lilli de Jong - Janet Benton
Before the Rain Falls: A Novel - Camille Di Maio
The Prada Plan 5 - Ashley Antoinette
Rich People Problems: A Novel - Kevin Kwan

May's a fantastic month for new releases! I'm truly excited for all of these reads. There are three books by favorite authors this month; The Prada Plan 5 by Ashley Antoinette, A Stranger At Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd and Rich Peoples Problems by Kevin Kwan. The Salt Houses, The Book of Summer and House of Names all have received lots of praise by early readers and critics. I'm hoping to enjoy them as much as others or more.

 

Here's the release dates;

 

May 2

 

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan

 

 

May 9

 

Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker

 

The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable

 

House of Names by Colm Tóibín

 

 

May 16

 

The Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

 

Lilli de Jong by Janet Benton

 

Before the Rain Falls by Camille Di Maio

 

The Prada Plan 5 by Ashley Antoinette

 

 

May 23

 

Rich Peoples Problems by Kevin Kwan

 

 

Happy Reading Friends!

 

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text 2016-05-03 23:55
Reading progress update: I've read 6%.
Sugarland: A Jazz Age Mystery - Martha Conway

I started The Girl From The Savoy last night, but received an email reminding me that Sugarland release date Is May 12. I said that I'd start it and if it captured me quickly I'd give it a go. Well, I will continue on with it and go back to TGFTS. So much has happened already!

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text 2016-04-25 19:29
May 2016 Releases TBR
Dawn at Emberwilde (A Treasures of Surrey Novel) - Sarah E. Ladd
Mercer Girls - Libbie Hawker
Love for Lydia - H.E. Bates
The Beautiful Pretender (A Medieval Fairy Tale) - Melanie Dickerson
Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets - Svetlana Alexievich,Bela Shayevich
Sister of Mine: A Novel - Sabra Waldfogel
The Book of Harlan - Bernice L. McFadden
The Girl from The Savoy: A Novel - Hazel Gaynor
Sugarland: A Jazz Age Mystery - Martha Conway

I'm excited for these reads. There's a classic, a couple WW2 reads, historical, historical romance and a book I read in April, that I loved, about two black jazz musicians in Paris who were captured and taken to a nazi concentration camp. I'm hoping that this lineup of awesome authors will ensure some fantastic reads this month.

 

What are you reading in May?

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review 2015-05-12 02:20
Illusionarium
Illusionarium - Heather Dixon

          Arc provided by Greenwillow Books through Edelweiss

 

                 Release Date: May 19 th

 

For once a synopsis that doesn't lie: this is in fact, a richly developed fantasy novel featuring parallel worlds, with non stop adventure, humour and a dash of romance.

 

And yes, it did remind me of the Night Circus with his fantastical images _ or in this case the illusions the characters make happen, not with the help of magic but something completely different _ but while NC mainly lives on the account of the beautiful images it creates, Illusionarium ends up being more complete.

 

It does however have some issues.

The Reason ( yes, capital R) why the adventure starts: a mysterious disease that only affects the female population.

Why?

_____

No idea. Its as if with so many other knots to tie the author forgot about that. Yes, I know where it comes from, but why only women are targeted?

And the strange thing, is that the author really tied every other subject perfectly, there my four star rating despite that "flaw".

And Jonathan is a scientist ( well a future one) so wouldn't he want to know that?

 

The writing made sure I was really watching the action in both "our world" as in the parallel that Jonathan ends up finding in his quest for an antidote for Venen. So yes, I loved the writing _ even with its occasional "strange" phrasing.

 

The side-notes were funny as hell!

Normally I hate this type of thing: it breaks the narrative pace and so on, but not in this book. Mostly they drew a laugh out of me.

 

Now, lets talk about the main character:

Jonathan despite having a very glaring Gary Stu characteristic _ he's immediately a prodigy at illusions _ ends up making a lot of glaring mistakes which ends helping getting him away from that dreadful role.

So yay, for him mostly being a sixteen year old idiot! :)

(really guys I am being sincere here. No sarcasm on sight...)

 

Then we are given front role seats to how guys become friends _ some of them, lol _ and yes, and involves fists and fighting.

They're actually cute :) in their bonding.

 

I also have to mention that I liked how family ends up having a very important role in the story without it being preachy.

Jonathan has a sister who he loves. A very intelligent sister _ he uses the expression "absolute" type of person to describe her _ that he's not threatened by. This is how he sees himself:

 

"Unlike me, of course. I could only be described as sort of. "

 

The boy is still trying to find who he is, and what he's capable of, so when the adventure begins he couldn't be farther away from the typical hero type... which by the way ends up being great.

 

I already mentioned that he's prone to idiotic behaviour, right?

He means well, but most of the time the boy makes the worst decisions ever. *head desk*

(of course that's the only way for the action to start happening -_- so, I'll let it pass ;)

 

Steampunk

Well, luckily for me it doesn't have too much of it, you know? lol

Too much of: "I haven't the slightest idea of what you're talking about!"  


In this story I was actually able of seeing what was going on, and what they were doing, unlike what ends up happening with most steampunk novels with their gibberish talks.

 

So, maybe the story drags a little at times, however I have to give credit to all the imagination that is behind it and the way the author was able to tie some really troublesome knots.

Bottom line and despite that "thing" that I already mentioned, this ends up being a really clever book.

Recommended.

 

p.s- Oh, and the cover is gorgeous :D

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review 2013-06-02 00:00
Heart-racing, action packed, and had me begging for more
Reboot - Amy Tintera

My first thought after finishing this book (in one sitting): WHAT JUST HAPPENED?

Unlike anything I’ve read in the past few months, Reboot was so gripping and thrilling that I was unable to put it down until it was done. I found myself flying through the pages, racing to the end and at the same time, not wanting it to end. I mean, just – WOW.

In post-apocalyptic Texas (every other state in America was destroyed due to a virus), reboots are teenagers who come back to life after dying and are then given to the government as bounty hunters except the reboots don’t actually get anything out of it. Ugh, can you imagine following every single order, always listening to someone else, never getting what you want to do – especially as a teenager? Yuck!

What I thought most about during this book (and what frustrated me) was how these reboots are treated so..inhumanly – not only by the government, but by their [former] families. Not an ounce of pity or kindness was given to these teens. Supposedly these reboots don’t feel any emotion, but do you think they act emotionless because of their situation or because that’s how they really are? I mean, if I was treated poorly and like an animal, I would probably just act emotionless out of a survival/defense mechanism.

Which brings me to Callum, sweet Callum. A 22, and such a endearing boy. From the very first scene, I was drawn to his sweet disposition. Every scene with him is filled with this tension – you want to protect him, you want him to grow, you want him to kick butt even though you know he’s a 22. For some reason, he reminded me a lot of Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth. I think it was their kind hearts and adoration they held for their girls.

Reboot is one that fans of Divergent by Veronica Roth are going to want to pick up for sure. It’s heart-racing, action packed, and had me begging for more.

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