Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #157


Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Review: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
Review: The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter






Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Meme: Books/Movies/Games That I Want To Read/See/Play # 75

Books: 8/28


Movies: 8/25

Games:  8/31

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm - (I already bought this months ago) 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Review: The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter

32195204 Summary from Goodreads:

In this gripping, atmospheric family drama, a young woman investigates the forty­-year­-old murder that inspired her mother’s bestselling novel, and uncovers devastating truths—and dangerous lies.

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

Digging into the past—and her mother’s cult classic—draws Meg to Bonny Island, Georgia, and an unusual woman said to be the inspiration for the book. At first island life seems idyllic, but as Meg starts to ask tough questions, disturbing revelations come to light…including some about her mother.

Soon Meg’s search leads her to question the facts of a decades-old murder. She’s warned to leave it alone, but as the lies pile up, Meg knows she’s getting close to finding a murderer. When her own life is threatened, Meg realizes the darkness found in her mother’s book is nothing compared to the chilling truth that lurks off the page.

My Review:

What I Liked:

Plot. I'm a fan of originality and this mystery/thriller supplied that. The novel switches from the main characters POV to the classic cult horror novel written by her mother. The whole mystery surrounding the origins of the horror novel made it a compelling plot.

Twist/Ending. I felt that the novel veered away from predictable twist endings and I did not see the big reveal coming. I was completely overwhelmed by the end because the author put a bunch of twists and reveals in a short amount of pages.

Main Character. My favorite character was by far Meg, she is a flawed but compelling main character. I enjoyed the fact that the novel was solely from her point of view, besides the sections from the horror novel.

Side Characters. The side characters were also well crafted and it was difficult figuring out who the killer was. I struggled with unraveling the main mystery because I liked all of the characters and did not want any of them to be the killer. Plus, there was a ton of horses in the novel, so bonus points! :)

What I Disliked:

Pacing/Structure. I'm a fan of short chapters but I felt that some of them went too quickly and it made the story hard to follow. Plus, the horror novel sections before each chapter were choppy and hard to keep up with as well.

Information Overload.
The last half of the novel bombarded the reader with twist after twist and it was a little jarring. It felt like too much was happening in a short amount of time. Besides that aspect and the pacing the novel was a good read.

I recommend checking out this thriller if you enjoy unpredictable endings and interesting plots.

My Rating:

4 Stars Out of 5 Stars

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday # 146 and Wishlist Wednesday # 146

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.
Summary from Goodreads:

Time flies when you're plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. 

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far's very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

In this heart-stopping adventure, Ryan Graudin has created a fast-paced world that defies time and space.

Release Date: October 3rd 2017

My Notes:

I've been meaning to read more by Graudin since The Walled City and this one sounds good. I love the unique plot and the cover.

Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.
Summary from Goodreads:
Althea Bell is still heartbroken by her mother’s tragic, premature death—and tormented by the last, frantic words she whispered into young Althea’s ear: Wait for her. For the honeysuckle girl. She’ll find you, I think, but if she doesn’t, you find her.

Adrift ever since, Althea is now fresh out of rehab and returning to her family home in Mobile, Alabama, determined to reconnect with her estranged, ailing father. While Althea doesn’t expect him, or her politically ambitious brother, to welcome her with open arms, she’s not prepared for the chilling revelation of a grim, long-buried family secret. Fragile and desperate, Althea escapes with an old flame to uncover the truth about her lineage. Drawn deeper into her ancestors’ lives, Althea begins to unearth their disturbing history…and the part she’s meant to play in it.

Gripping and visceral, this unforgettable debut delves straight into the heart of dark family secrets and into one woman’s emotional journey to save herself from a sinister inheritance.

My Notes:

I recently read Carpenters newest release and now I want to check out her first mystery. It sounds pretty interesting. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Teaser Tuesday #9 and Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books for Nancy Drew Fans #142

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker.

Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc

"'That's very sweet of you, Mother,' Hannah hedged. 'Thank you for offering, but that's not it. What I really want is for you to do a little sleuthing.'

'Sleuthing? Does that mean you're going to work with Mike on the case?'

'Not exactly. Mike's going to work on the case. But we're not necessarily going to work together. He was here last night to take our statements and he warned me to stay out of it."'

(Candy Cane Murder (Hannah Swensen #9.5) by Joanne Fluke by Joanne Fluke. Location 5266 out of 19095. 25%)

The Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten Books for Nancy Drew Fans #142

1. Veronica Mars Series by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham
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2. Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon
3. Hotel for the Lost by Suzanne Young
4.  Alexandra Sirowy Novels
5. Caraval (#1)by Stephanie Garber
6. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
7. City of the Lost (Casey Duncan #1) by Kelley Armstrong
8. Trouble is a Friend of Mine (Trouble #1) by Stephanie Tromly
9. A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallar
10. Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family #1) by Tiffany Schmidt 

Review: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Summary from Goodreads:

In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury's classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don't put out fires--they start them in order to burn books. Bradbury's vividly painted society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal--a place where trivial information is good, and knowledge and ideas are bad. Fire Captain Beatty explains it this way, "Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs.... Don't give them slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy."
Guy Montag is a book-burning fireman undergoing a crisis of faith. His wife spends all day with her television "family," imploring Montag to work harder so that they can afford a fourth TV wall. Their dull, empty life sharply contrasts with that of his next-door neighbor Clarisse, a young girl thrilled by the ideas in books, and more interested in what she can see in the world around her than in the mindless chatter of the tube. When Clarisse disappears mysteriously, Montag is moved to make some changes, and starts hiding books in his home. Eventually, his wife turns him in, and he must answer the call to burn his secret cache of books. After fleeing to avoid arrest, Montag winds up joining an outlaw band of scholars who keep the contents of books in their heads, waiting for the time society will once again need the wisdom of literature.

Bradbury--the author of more than 500 short stories, novels, plays, and poems, including The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man--is the winner of many awards, including the Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America. Readers ages 13 to 93 will be swept up in the harrowing suspense of Fahrenheit 451, and no doubt will join the hordes of Bradbury fans worldwide. --Neil Roseman

My Review:

What I Liked:

Main Character. Montag was an interesting main character, the only one in the novel that was relatable. His point of view was one of my favorite aspects of the novel because he was one of few rational characters (besides Faber).  But a lot of the other characters were not really explored or shown in a positive light. 

Writing Style/World Building. The main aspect that stood out was the writing style, I enjoyed the metaphorical imagery that Bradbury uses throughout the novel. He is able to create a world that is frightening but utilizes beautiful language to do so.

Message. The main message of the novel was an important one that our society needs today about the importance of literature and ethics. The world Bradbury made is full of mindless entertainment and because of that (and the lack of learning we receive from literature) it creates a world where people run each other down without a second thought or burn someone alive without a care. Montag is used to show that the world is off because he starts to realized just how wrong everything is.

What I Disliked:

Length/World Building/Ending. It would have been interesting to see the future without books expanded on. The ending to me felt rushed (no spoilers), the novel could have been larger to include more of the violent non literate world that Bradbury created.

Dialogue. Some of the scenes at the firehouse, and with the antagonist (the fire chief) were overly wordy and hard to follow. The dialogue was hard to follow even if I was able to figure out the main point of it.

I recommend checking out this classic, it is an interesting and frightening take on the possible future.

My Rating:

4 Stars out of 5 Stars. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #163


The Meme Comes From The Book Dare.

Books I Read Last Week:

Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella (4 Stars)
The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (4 Stars)
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (4.5 Stars)
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (4 Stars)


Number of Pages: 932

Currently Reading: 

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review: The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

26025580Summary from Goodreads:

A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the "psychic" visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan's terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan's teenage stepson, doesn't help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.

“The Grownup,” originally appeared as “What Do You Do?” in George R. R. Martin’s Rogues anthology.

My Review:

What I Liked:

Characters. I felt that the main character was one of Flynn's better ones because the reader does not hate her but read to find out what she will do next. She fits more into the antihero category because you are rooting for her and also question if she is good or bad at the same time. The story was small so there were not a lot of other characters. However, Miles, who is the main antagonist was the most intriguing/somewhat frightening character, which made the story even more chilling.

Twists. The ending, as on par with Flynn's writing style, was full of twists that the reader (a.k.a me) was not expecting. I did feel that there was some info dumping because it is hard to fit that much within 60 pages but it was still a interesting ending.

Writing/Atmosphere. My favorite aspect of the novel, and other Flynn novels, was the creepy descriptions and atmosphere she was able to craft. The beginning was okay but once we arrive at the "haunted" house the novel really picked up for me.

What I Disliked:

Format. The novella was only around 60ish pages, which was fine, but the main thing I had trouble with was that fact that it did not have any chapters or breaks.

Beginning/Overuse sexual content. I struggled a bit to get into the story with the start because I felt that the sexual content was a bit too strong, at least for as a reader.

Despite some of the negatives (mainly that had more sexual content then necessary and no chapters), it was overall an interesting/twisty read that kept my attention. I think it would have been so much better as a full length mystery novel.

My Rating:

4 Stars Out of 5 Stars.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #156


Review: Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella
Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

The Edge of Forever (The Edge of Forever #1) by Melissa E. Hurst
Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook

by Alice Waters
Desert Flowers by Paul Pen , Simon Bruni (Translator)
Road (Joe Tiplady Thriller #2) by John Sweeney

Once and for All by Sarah Dessen

For Review: 

Nonbook Releated:

Batman Telltale Season 2: The Enemy Within