Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenbalm
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
This is a post-apocalyptic story about a world where robots have taken over the world to save humans from themselves, supposedly. It stars 3 teen siblings fighting to rescue their parents, who were taken by robots. The premise is decent and action interesting. I actually really loved the re-education portion of the book where the robots talk about humans as their creators and gods but ultimately flawed and pitiful. I wish there had been more of this philosophical argument and less of the kids being idiots. The oldest brother does all these ridiculous, stupid things which propels the plot forward but made me wish he’d just die already. In the end, there’s actually no resolution, which surprised me after all that time. The book reads like the first in a trilogy though so no doubt the author is dragging out the drama. However, I’m not sure I’ll continue with the series. The writing is decent but the characters didn’t grab me. I appreciated the lack of romance though.
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This is set in the future US where love has been diagnosed as a disease and all people must be “cured” on their 18th birthday. The book never explicitly explains the cure but it sounds like a lobotomy. The main narrator, Lena, is all for the cure until she falls in love in the months before her 18th birthday. She discovers why love is so powerful and worth dying for. The premise is interesting even though the descriptions are pretty classic dictator-run military state. There’s not much deviation in the set up but enough to keep it interesting. I like the writing a lot as it’s smooth and engaging from the beginning. The dramatic touch at the ending also had me excited to read the next books. My only caveat is that Lena is insufferable most of the time. She’s afraid of absolutely everything, she reacts in the worst possible way every single time – in this she is extremely predictable and annoying – and everyone accommodates her instead of slapping her when she deserves it. It’s a real credit to the story that the writing overcomes such an unlikable main chick. Im curious to see where this series goes.
Why is it a recurring theme in YA books that the main characters are total idiots? Is this because teens are supposed to be stupid and make mistakes? I don’t mind the immaturity and ridiculous decision making (to be expected to some extent), but sometimes I really think these characters are TSTL. Yet, they’re ubiquitous in these books so it has to be a conscious choice. I find the most creativity in post-apoc settings in the YA genre but the main characters would never have survived truthfully.
Love the Sinner by Avril Ashton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
In my quest to experience new authors, Avril Ashton is my pick from Ellora’s Cave. While there are numerous good reasons why EC is not a publisher I go to when choosing books (esp m/m books) this particular choice wasn’t horrific. As that’s not a ringing endorsement, I found the writing to be standard if unimaginative, the characters to be stereotypical and predictable, the story littered with clichés, and a plot that didn’t always make much sense. Yet I found the book ok and finished it without having to force myself. I like the concept of the characters and the plot more than the actual execution. I know there are 2 more books in the series that tempt me because I like the potential of the characters and the situations. I’m just not entirely sure the writing can execute them. Continue reading
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Having recently finished The Casual Vacancy on audio book, I’m left wondering at the point of the entire story and why I wasted so much time on this book. I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily a bad book, but I think it’s over written with a wandering plot and abrupt ending, but it’s definitely not a great, wonderful, read over and over again book (like the Harry Potter series). The prose often feels as though it’s trying entirely too hard to be clever and unique while the plot never has a cohesive trajectory. The vast cast of characters is certainly multifaceted and nuanced but entirely reprehensible with not a single likeable character in the entire book. I don’t really know what point the author was trying to convey with this book, nor what the book is actually about. Continue reading
Freedom by Jay Kirkpatrick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I chose Freedom based on a suggestion. I didn’t read the blurb but went in with high expectations. I quite liked the book for most of it, though once the group broke out of the hospital and were on the run, things started to fall apart. The ending is nicely wrapped up but I was left with a lot of questions. Most of all I couldn’t buy into the chemistry between the two lead characters and I found one of the lead men to be weak and uninteresting. These two issues definitely killed some of the reading enjoyment for me. At the same time the writing and creativity are high and I’d cautiously recommend this one. I’m on the fence whether I’d read this author again. Continue reading
Dark Space by Lisa Henry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I quite enjoyed reading Dark Space. I’ll be honest and say I read this one on a recommendation from Rain on the Roof. It has some decent world building, a pseudo interesting plot, a well-developed narrator, and a happy ending. That’s not to say it was without problems, as there were numerous issues, but on the whole I enjoyed reading this more than I thought. So much so I’ll be checking out the author’s other books. I think the whole of the story elevates the enjoyment and makes up for the individual problems. For a reader who is not as engaged with the writing, this story could be frustrating. Continue reading
The Heracian Affair by Liv Olteano
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
For my second choice I went with a BDSM choice from Dreamspinner. There’s a slight improvement with the cover, which again I didn’t see, but a huge improvement in the writing. DSP is hit or miss but I’m extremely pleased I seem to have hit with this choice. The writing is smooth, engaging, and interesting while there is a considerable amount of hot sex, almost too much. I’m not complaining as this is smutty good fun with some solid writing and decent, if sketchy, world building. As far as sci-fi/erotica offerings go, I quite enjoyed this quick novella and would definitely go back for more from this author. Continue reading
Star Crossed by Astrid Cooper
My Rating: 1 of 5 stars
So my first foray was not an auspicious start and it wasn’t because the aliens were men with clits. I didn’t mind that, but what I disliked was kind of everything else. I chose this one because I liked the name, I’ve read several good books with the same title, which invoked a positive association, and I thought the blurb sounded light but fun, sexy times in space with some built in cross species tension. If only I’d looked at the cover because really, has any book ever been good with a cover like that? I hate to be superficial but I can’t think of a single book I loved with such a bad cover. It’s like no one cares about the aesthetics because the content must be crap too. Even though I had a bad feeling about this once I saw the cover, I tried to go in with a more open mind. Perhaps it’s not great literature but maybe it’ll be smutty fun. I already had the book after all. Continue reading
So as the title suggests…I’m alive! I wasn’t sure how my first half marathon run would go. I was pretty sure I’d come out in one piece but yanno with 15,000 other runners, mostly women btw, that’s highly questionable.
I’m happy to say I survived! I’m beyond pleased with my time. My garmin watch had a lot of trouble keeping a GPS signal so I didn’t really know how fast I was running. I just figured if I didn’t know I should probably be running faster. In the end I shattered both the goal I had when training and the secret unspoken one that you really, really want but don’t want to tell anyone because you figure it’s impossible. I managed to impress both my brother and sister in law, who do triathlons, which is amazing. They are such motivation to me so now I have even more inspiration.
And of course the sweet Tiffany’s bling at the end for finishing.
I know most people don’t care about running (believe me, I know! My family and friends are sick of it) so I’m sorry for interrupting the reviews and such with this. Back to our regularly scheduled program of books and reviews. Thanks for listening to my babble.
My recent post about author burn out got me thinking. I want to shake up my m/m reading a bit.
My current reading rotation involves reading 4 books of different genres at any given time. Surprisingly this isn’t confusing or frustrating since they are all very different genres and books that I read at different times. I used to never do this but I’m pretty pleased with how it’s been working out. Continue reading