I want to try something new with this edition of Books I Forgot to Review and talk a little about random things since I haven’t been as active on the blog as of late. Reviewing has been so hard to squeeze into Real Life these days mainly due to me going back to work part-time (and maybe even full-time soon). I don’t know how my fellow bloggers with full-time jobs (and who have families!) do it! You guys are serious rock stars. I bow to your time management and balancing skills. Since at my current job I’m doing a lot of writing, blogging and social media stuff, the last thing I want to do is come home and do it all over again. And that totally sucks because I love this blog so much!
The good news is that I’ve still been reading and getting in some relaxation here and there. I’ve been enjoying my reading time and listing to more audiobooks (OMGOSH OUTLANDER, YOU GUYS!), watching Game of Thrones, swooning over the actor who plays Jamie in Outlander and enjoying life! This past month, I had an awesome opportunity to visit New York Comic Con and meet some really cool peeps. I hung out with Hannah from The Irish Banana, Nicole from Paperback Princess and Julie from Bloggers Heart Books and had a super awesome time. We ran into Jon from Bookish Antics and Mel, author of The Girl at Midnight, who has awesome purple hair. There were probably some other people too, but I think it’s already been established that I’m the worst. Here are some pics:
Oh and these dancing guys was pretty awesome too:
To All the Books I forgot to Review is a segment that I do when I get really lazy about reviewing books. This time I’ve managed to include 31 books into this one post like a total BALLA. #HipsterBlogger
If you love Fantasy…
1. Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
DNF’d at 52%
Abusive Love Interest:
I really tried to love this, but when it was apparent that it was impossible, I would have settled for “like” instead. Unfortunately, none of the 52% that I read convinced me to stick it out until the end. Instead, I was given Malek, the abusive asshole, who I’m told later, is a part of the love triangle. It’s possible that this could be a bit of Stockholm going one, but I couldn’t care less at this point because I’ve lost interest. He throws her against a wall hard enough to cause a knot to form on her head and bruises her arms. Nalia makes excuses for his behavior, Malek feels guilt and I’m sitting here fuming. The way the novel was going, it conveniently had a reasoning for his behavior (he just can’t help he’s a violent View Spoiler »half-Ifrit « Hide Spoiler! ) and I just could not.
NOTHING happens in the first half. Nalia goes shopping, talks about her past life, goes dancing, talks about her past life, goes to a party, and talks about her past life. There was just way too much set up and not enough action.
The World-Building Didn’t Feel Organic:
The characters would be in the middle of dialogue and all of the sudden we have to have a 3 page flashback or history lesson. It felt out of place and disrupted the scenes. They also felt forced, and for this to feel like it was upper YA, I was constantly underwhelmed. It’s like Demetrios spent so much time trying to build an atmosphere, describing so many things at once that they ended up conflicting with the story she was trying to tell.
From her fingertips to her elbows, the henna-like tattoos of her race crawled over her cinnamon skin.
I really, really hate when a non-white character’s skin is described with food. I was excited that this book featured diverse characters, but disappointed with how they were described.
As much as I was looking forward to this book, it’s just not be for me.
2. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
I’m proud of myself for finishing this The Queen of the Tearling even though it’s turned out to be one of my most disappointing reads this year. HarperCollins was really pushing this title marking-wise, and while it’s not considered YA, they did offer it to quite a few YA bloggers for consideration for review. I had to be the special person to request it. I wish I hadn’t have done that.
The Queen of the Tearling tried to do a lot of things and that’s its biggest problem. You can’t have a high fantasy, historic society set in the future and NOT do any type of world building. You can’t have set rules up in your world only to break it because MAGIC. It’s not nice to tease the reader from the very beginning of SECRETS and have you supporting cast dangle it in from of us like a carrot for the entirety of the novel and NEVER TELL US by the end. Because that’s exactly what happened. It really made me question what the point of the novel was considering I learned nothing new about the plot or characters by the end.
I’m also surprised this was marketed as Adult to YA readers when it really is just a poorly plotted MG fantasy. For all this book had going for it — and it had a lot, including a movie deal with Emma Watson attached to star! — I expected so much more. I expected to be blown away, and maybe that was part of the problem, but really the level of SUCK contained in The Queen of the Tearling is baffling. I don’t recommend it at all.
3. Hunting Monsters by S.L. Huang
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book for free from The Book Smugglers, the publishing duo behind this title. I don’t usually do short stories and I’ve frequently find myself saying that every time I read a short story I actually like. But it’s true, I don’t. In this case, Huang’s story immediately hooked me and by the time it was over, I was wishing for more. The pacing was perfect for its length and never felt rushed like some novellas may feel. What I really loved was reading a story that featured diverse characters that felt natural to the setting and plot. I’ll probably be interested in checking out the author’s other work in the future.
4. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
OH THIS SERIES WHY DID IT HAVE TO END? The Grisha series is one of my favorite series and I’m so sad to see it end. Shadow and Bone still remains my favorite of the trilogy, but I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. I know this ending had some a little miffed (I’m trying not to spoil anything for those who still haven’t read it), but I didn’t mind it too much. I had quite a few SHIPS in this series and I can’t say I’m disappointed with who Alina ended up with because I always knew deep down that it would always be that way.
As for the writing… it’s everything you’d want and more from Leigh Bardugo. The wit, humor and banter is there with an awesome cast of characters like STRUMHOND LOTS OF HIM YES. I’ll definitely be checking out the spin-off series.
5. Winterspell by Claire Legrand DNF at 25%
I feel really bad that I only read a quarter of Winterspell before giving up. I was really excited for it, but had a hard time with the beginning. I kept putting it down over and over to the point where I just had to stop.
Things that bothered me:
– The main character, Clara, is sexually harassed by an older guy frequently in addition to others that are alluded to. That was hard for me to read, though, I’m not saying it’s a deal breaker for a book to show this. I don’t know if this was relevant to the plot or if it was a plot device since I didn’t read far enough to find out. So don’t let this point alone turn you away.
– Clara seems to develop a strange relationship with a statue. This caused some major eyebrow raising from me. I guess he was a real guy deep inside the statue, but it was just really weird.
Things I liked:
– I love Legrand’s imagination. She’s always impressed me with how she can create something that looks nothing like what’s on my current bookshelf. I haven’t read The Nutcracker, but I know the general gist behind the plot. Winterspell is a retelling, but it definitely stands on its own.
– The descriptions and setting was very great and the best part of Legrand’s writing.
Eh, I guess this just wasn’t a Stephanie book.
If you’re partial to Sci-Fi…
1. Control by Lydia Kang
DNF at 57%. This is one of those times where I legitimately think I’ve read a different book that my friends. In theory, Control should have worked for me. I really loved the idea of a conspiracy and the secret being in Zel’s genes. I really thought these were great ideas and I was completely looking forward to reading about it. Then I started reading and my happy cat died.
Zel, our main protagonist, is constantly slut-shamming another girl named Vera, who is very shapely and has no issues with flaunting it. From the first time they met, Kang used a the common “slutty, mean girl” trope as Vera’s characteristic. I didn’t see this as anything else as a plot device to make Zel seem more spechul and spark sympathy from the reader. I already felt bad that Zel lost her dad and sister in the car crash (this isn’t a spoiler since it happens in the very first chapter), but when she constantly went around and said things like this, I was less and less inclined to root for her:
I’m not shocked by the fact that she’s wearing the latest fashion from Hookers-R-Us.
Insta-love with a terrible love interest
Zel almost immediately falls in love with the resident bad boy. I wouldn’t have had too much of a problem with that if he also wasn’t a dick to her. Like a HUGE dick. He’s rude to her and she continues to pine over him and make excuses for his behavior. Then later, he just happened to really care about her too, because of reasons.
I don’t know if things improved from there, but I was too disgusted to care.
2. Starbreak by Phoebe North
I was really impressed with Starglass last year, so I was very eager to read Starbreak. I didn’t quite like it as much as Starglass mainly due to the romance. I just don’t see me shipping an alien plant with a human. That was really hard and my brain rejected that idea. I was hooked for the first half of the book, but the second half became all about the romance, something that I couldn’t care less about. Otherwise, the writing was beautiful and the plot very solid. I also loved how things ended and that this is not a trilogy!
If you like Contemporary…
1. Random by Tom Leveen
I read Random early because it was right after I’d finished Fault Line and I was hoping for a book to give me similar feels. I was drawn in by the original cover, which featured a cell phone cord in the shape of a noose. Since I’ve been on this contemporary kick, I thought this would be right up my alley. It wasn’t. So much potential wasted! The sad part is that I was hooked right until the final reveal. I’m shocked that the author dropped the ball so late in the book, though, it’s only 200 pages, so a relatively quick read.View Spoiler »WHAT IN THE HELL: The whole point of this book was to show the main character that her actions had led to the suicide of one of her classmates. But the way this was done… ugh. It’s the night before her trial and her brother, best friend and the boy friend of the dead teen decide to trick her into staying up all night. How do they do this? By making the boyfriend call her and pretend he’s going to jump off a cliff if she doesn’t try to help him. HUH? « Hide Spoiler
The worst part is that the main character learns nothing by the end and I was left wondering what the point of the book even was.
2. On the Fence by Kasie West
On the Fence was one of my most highly anticipated books of 2014. I love everything about Kasie West. Her books are usually ridiculously cute, have snarky characters and just speak to my soul. But not this one. This one was pretty un-Kasie West. The romance felt very unrealistic in a sense that it took the main character forever to figure out the love interest liked her. There’s only so much of that I can tolerate when it’s so completely obvious. However, One the Fence‘s biggest issue was its predictability. I knew how the book would end right from the beginning and had long before figure out the SECRET everyone was keeping from the main character. This novel just fell really flat for me.
3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Okay, so don’t pull out your torches and pitch forks, but I just thought this one was OK. It had its really cute moments, especially the ending, but this is another case where I feel the romance was drawn out way too much. Anna could have easily been 70-100 pages less to make the point it was trying to make. I enjoyed seeing the romance blossom, don’t get me wrong, but there was something about St. Claire that just rubbed me the wrong way. OH YEAH, HE’S A DICK. There would times when my SHIP was set to sail and he’d just fuck it all up. UGH!!!
Honestly, looking back, it wasn’t a very memorable book for me anyway, so whatever. I *might* continue on with the series, but I hear so many people say that Anna is their favorite out of the three, so that doesn’t leave me very hopeful, especially since I hear Isla has insta-love. Maybe I should just stop while I’m ahead.
4. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
True facts: I almost DNF’d this book because of the writing style alone. There’s just no other way to say this, but it was just so damn purple. Some of it was really nice, like so:
“This is what I want: I want to grab my brother’s hand and run back through time, losing years like coats falling from our shoulders.”
Other times I felt like I was stuck in paintball war of words:
“My heart leaves, hitchhikes right out of my body, heads north, catches a ferry across the Bering Sea and plants itself in Siberia with the polar bears and ibex and long-horned goats until it turns into a teeny-tiny glacier.
Because I imagined it.”
Then some of the time, it made me laugh:
“For the record, I’m in the midst of a penis panic attack.”
Only to feel like I was drowning in a rainbow ocean:
“He floated into the air high above the sleeping forest, his green hat spinning a few feet above his head. In his hand was the open suitcase and out of it spilled a whole sky of stars.”
WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN? I think I’m way too much of a cynic to jive with this kind of writing. It was like Shatter Me went on an acid trip and threw up all over my pages. Still, I’m impressed with Jandy because both Noah and Jude’s chapters were VERY different from each other, containing two different narration styles. Honestly, she pulled it off well. I never had trouble figuring out whose chapter I was reading: Noah liked to abuse metaphors and Jude talked in fragments to her dead grandmother. How Jandy managed to do this so flawlessly is beyond me, but clearly it’s the mark of a very talented writer.
Your love for I’ll Give You the Sun will depend entirely on how you feel about the writing style. It’s can be VERY jarring in the beginning, but the story itself is good. I loved how it wasn’t necessarily a love story — though, there is the cutest romance between Noah and the boy next door that I wanted so much more from — but a story about second chances and the relationship between siblings.
But I really have to talk about the scene between Noah and Brian where they are in Noah’s room together… figuring things out… and wow. I did not see it going there and was rather pleased Jandy didn’t shy away from such a powerful moment for those boys.
5. Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
This is the book I wish received more attention than The Fault in Our Stars. Unlike the aforementioned novel, it doesn’t glamorize a terminal illness and try in any way to make light of the situation. In case that offends anyone, keep in mind that I did enjoy TFIOS, but I just think Me, Earl and the Dying Girl had a more powerful message.
This isn’t going to be a book for everyone. The protagonist is an anti-hero who will anger the reader and make you wish he were a real person just so you could slap some sense into him. He is flawed in every possible way, but he was so realistic, that I couldn’t help but to kinda like him. Maybe. In a strange turn of events, Greg finds himself hanging out with Rachel, a girl in his class that was recently diagnosed with cancer. And he hates it. In the beginning he feels a sense of obligation to spend time with her because she’s dying. He gets that she’s dying, but he doesn’t understand how to handle it, and as a result, says some pretty offensive stuff to her and is just a general jerk. But he keeps trying to do better, visits her in the hospital and tries very hard to make her laugh until her last day.
“There was just something about her dying that I had understood but not really understood, if you know what I mean. I mean, you can know someone is dying on an intellectual level, but emotionally it hasn’t really hit you, and then when it does, that’s when you feel like shit.”
Greg showed a lot of growth in the end from going from a character who didn’t seem like he gave a shit to one who became obsessed with helping a friend, who didn’t realize how much her dying was affecting him.
“And the point of Rachel the Film should really have been to express how awful and shitty that loss was, that she would have become a person with a long awesome life if she had been allowed to continue living, and that this was just a stupid meaningless loss, a motherfucking loss, a loss loss loss fucking loss, there was no fucking meaning to it, there was nothing that could come out of it…”
What I loved the most was how Me, Earl and the Dying Girl showed a teen who didn’t know how to deal with losing a friend, something I’m sure many teens don’t understand. Death sucks. Seeing it happens just multiplies that times 1,000. There are no heroes in a story like that. I appreciate that Andrews showed that side.
Also, bonus points for completely getting Earl’s character and family right! POC that actually sound and act like POC!
6. Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn
I really don’t know how to review this book, guys. It was such a mindfuck that I’m not sure the right words even exist to describe this, but I’ll try. It’s dark, twisted and strange. On some level, I knew what the twist was — which is my only criticism — but the final one at the very, very end? WHOA. What the fuck did I just read?
Unfortunately, I can’t really talk about any aspects of this novel without completely giving it away, so you’ll just have to read it for yourself. If you enjoy psychological thrillers, unreliable narrators, weird characters, this book is for you.
7. Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir
I had every intention of writing a full review for Bleed Like Me, but life got in the way and, well, here I am.
The other day I found myself in a conversation with a few people who thought YA was mostly made up of love triangles, teen angst and paranormal creatures that run around with their shirt off. To be fair, there are a good amount of these kinds of books in YA just as there are in Adult Urban Fantasy or PNR, and there is nothing wrong with these novels.
My issue always stems from the fact that some make blanket statements about YA when they don’t even read YA. YA has too much romance. YA is full of girls and their inability to choose which Totally Hot Guy they want to spend the rest of their life with. YA has too much sex; we must protect the children! YA is too dark. Most of these I brush off as ignorance, but the last one usually gives me pause. It’s rather ironic that some would want to limit stories that portray harsher lives of teens. It’s almost as if they worry it’ll rub off on kids, and it’s an absurd notion.
Bleed Like Me would fall under the “Dark YA” umbrella — though, I prefer to refer to it as an Issue Book since “dark” is subjective — and like Fault Line, I would be hesitant to recommend it to a younger teen (read: under 13 years of age) unless they are reading it with their parent or guardian. It does contain a few mature themes: drugs, cutting, suicide, etc., however, nothing is glamorized and it would be a great book to open discussion.
This novel shows what happens when two teens so deeply tangled in a bad romance, go from bad to worse. Nothing good happens in this book, so if you are looking for something light, this won’t “Git R Done” for you. Still, it’s an important read and I hope more people consider picking it up and giving it a chance.
8. Breakable by Tammara Webber
This is an example of when a companion novel doesn’t build on the awesome of an already existing story. Easy is one of my favorite books of all time. I loved every page, but Breakable? I barely remember what happened. Landon’s POV isn’t as interesting as Jacqueline’s and was a chore to read at times. Other times, when he does have some interaction with Jacqueline, he comes over very stalkish, which I was disappointed to see. Still, I did relatively enjoy it more than Kat did.
If you love Dystopian…
1. Meridian by Josin L. McQuein
SO DISAPPOINTED! I loved Arclight and couldn’t wait to read this, but it let me down big time. Biggest issue: it wasn’t very exciting for me. I don’t know if I was just in one of those reading slump moods, or if it was Meridian, but something wasn’t working out. Everything moved so slowly and I found myself losing interest as the book went on. Quite a few times, I almost DNF’d just to spare myself, but I was really curious about the ending and if Marina would end up with the guy I shipped her with. NOPE. T_T
2. The Jewel by Amy Ewing
I think on some level I should probably have disliked this book, but I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. It’s a light read and I sped through pretty fast and none of the characters irritated me too much. This might have something to do with the fact that books that explore a Reproductive Dystopian world fasciate me. I didn’t really love the romance because it is on the “quick” side of things, but somehow that did not seem to bother me much. The plot seemed to more than make up for that, and The Jewel had good pacing and even better anticipation. One thing you might want to consider is that this book does have a terrible cliffhanger. It’s the worst. I know I’ll end up reading book two just for that alone. I only hope that book two either expounds on the romance or gets rid of it completely.
I can’t compare this to The Selection because I haven’t read it, so if you are looking for me to do that, I’m not the best person to ask.
3. The Giver by Lois Lowry
I really wonder if I would have liked this book more if I had read it with the rest of the world years ago. I can’t help but compare it to dystopian novels that are out now, which isn’t very fair because those authors have had many, many examples to get theirs right. So it’s really hard for me to review this without completely ripping the book’s throat out for its lack of world building and terrible pacing. On the surface, it’s a great story, but I didn’t feel any of the strong emotional connections others mention when they talk fondly of this classic.
Also, the ending was ridiculous. There is no way a young boy and a baby would have survived in the wild alone. I do not buy that.
If you seek Graphic Novels…
1. The Isobel Journal by Isobel Harrop
Well, this was just strange. The Isobel Journal doesn’t really tell a story, but rather is collection of random thoughts from an 18-year old girl. Some of these are personal drawings from the author, photographs and magazine clippings. It’s an interesting book if you’re looking for something different and it did make me laugh out loud at inappropriate times, so there’s that.
2. The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Neil Gaiman
So this was rather awesome. Just check out the first page:
The artwork is breathtaking and I just couldn’t look away from it. What’s even cooler is that a different artist illustrates for each new chapter. Highly recommended, especially if you are a fan of the original book.
If you dig the Audio Books…
1. Cruel Beauty by Rosamound Hodge
I have to give the narrator, Elizabeth Knowelden, some credit here. She tried. She really, really tried to salvage this book by giving the main character tons of personality, but not even she could change the source material. The fact is that Cruel Beauty made absolutely no damn sense.
How does the magic work? I dunno.
Who are the real bad guys? I dunno.
Wait, what’s the SECRET. Well, I dunno because Nyx learns it and then FORGETS it on the next page to conveniently keep the plot rolling. Awesome.
HUH? There’s time travel? ….Maybe, but not really. It’s a SECRET that you’ll never find out and/or stop caring about.
Cruel Beauty was like a mixing pot of great ideas that didn’t get mixed very well. The oil rose to the top and the cake fell flat. Also, I have no idea what the hell I’m talking about, kinda like this book. But the narrator’s voice was nice.
2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Why do they keep hiring Rebecca Lowman to narrate Rainbow Rowell’s books? She sounds like her mouth is super dry and it makes weird sounds in my ear. Make her stop.
On the surface, Landline would appear to be a romance novel with science fictional elements added thanks to the magical phone, but it’s really way more than that, but also none of that at the same time. It takes a deeper look at the age old saying: Sometimes love just isn’t enough. In essence, that’s what Georgie relied on to keep her marriage together for so long until she realized it was falling apart. Can love really endure all things?
“We’re not broken up.”
“I know, but we’re still broken.”
If there is one thing I could complain about with Landline, is the “magical fucking phone.” I really wanted more from it. I expected Rowell to explore the reasons behind the time traveling, but there wasn’t any. By the end of the novel, the focus remained on Georgie and Neal’s relationship and it left behind more questions than answers. While the phone does play a large part in the book, it’s always just a passing thought for Georgie. She does think about the mechanics behind it a few times, but it’s brief and didn’t satisfy my curiosity. How did it work? What were the consequences of the space time continuum for using this phone? Did Neal really know about the phone? Does Georgie’s family home hold any other super powered 80s magical devices? Did the Doctor create the magical phone?! Am I thinking about this too hard?!
Overall, Landline is a solid novel about what happens to a relationship when you are well past the infatuation, past the first years of marriage and into a barren territory you never thought you’d be in. How do you find your way back to the oasis and why can’t love save you? If you were hoping this was Rowell mixing her quirky contemporary with a bit of science fiction, you may be underwhelmed on that notion. However, I wouldn’t discount it because of that. It’s not what I was expecting, that’s for sure, but I wasn’t disappointed with what I found in its place.
Check out my full review at Tor.com.
3. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern
REBECCA FUCKING LOWMAN. I had to get that off my chest.
Say What You Will and I were getting along great for the most part — yes, even despite my dislike of this narrator — until the main character, Amy, decided she didn’t give two shits about anyone but herself. Matthew goes out his way for Amy and cares for her, helps her when no one else does. And what does Amy do to repay him time and time again? She insults him, cheats on him and still expects him to show up when she is at her lowest. I just hated seeing a character used so much. It bothered me to no end. Make no mistake, Amy was a Mary Sue with a walker. Her only flaw besides just being a shitty person was her cerebral palsy, which she uses to her advantage. When she’s called out on this by Matthew, she brushes him off. View Spoiler »Also, she just happens to have sex and get pregnant from her first time. >_> « Hide Spoiler I do not understand what the point of this book was.
1. When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds
If you are looking for an audiobook that features a diverse group of characters and awesome narrator, this is it! When I Was the Greatest was a pleasant surprise for me. It was real and honest and made me remember my own childhood. It’s always nice to be able to see yourself in literature, and since it doesn’t happen that often for me, reading this book was like drinking a big cup of nostalgia. I totally cracked the biggest grin when Ali mentioned that he had to have a fresh pair of kicks before going to the party. I loved how the entire neighborhood looked out for Needles, who has Tourette Syndrome. There was just so many feel good moments in When I Was the Greatest and the narrator’s voice fit the bill perfectly. Loved it!
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
I don’t think I need to go over this. It’s pretty basic, people.
3. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Only Neil Gaiman could get a FULL NARRATION CAST. O.O Does that ever happen in life? I’ve never seen it done except in this case. But wow, this is one of the best audiobooks I’ve ever listened to. Each character has its own narrator and Gaiman himself narrators the Coming to American sections (which seemed completely random, but, whatever, Neil Gaiman’s voice tho).
I hadn’t read the book before listening so, I was a little taken back at how Shadow seemed to be a really apathetic protagonist. Oh, his wife just died the day before he’s due to get out of jail? He’s not bothered. Someone wants to kill him? He’s not bothered. Weird shit is afoot? He’s really, really not bothered. I didn’t get that about him and would have loved to see more emotion from him. To be fair, he does open up later near the end, and I guess that’s the point (kind of?), but that’s my gripe.
I was really impressed by the plotting and ending. Wouldn’t it be cool to crawl up into Neil Gaiman’s head?
4. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
I’ve been following The Bloggess on Twitter for quite some time. I have a bit of a girl crush. Her snark and sarcasm is a thing of beauty and I had been meaning to check her book out. This is probably the funniest book I have ever read/listened to. Jenny Lawson, AKA The Bloggess, has compiled some of the strangest life experiences together and wrote a book. Nothing could be more true and awesome.
“…and whenever I had menstral cramps, I could just pretend that Voldemort was close.”
Thank you, Meg, so much for this audiobook. You know me well.
5. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The narrator is amazing. She easily is able to flip back and forth from female voices to male. She also has not probably doing the really howt scenes. Also, also, don’t listen the real howt scenes while driving. This audiobook should come with a warning.
Reasons why I liked it:
– Very well researched. The author did a great job bringing the time period to life.
– Developed and interesting characters. They feel real and all leave me with conflicted emotions. They’re created with such a complexity that at times I either loved them or hated them.
– Detailed writing made for a great audiobook. It’s possible I could have gotten bored of I had read the print instead.
– Excellent plot. I’m eager to find out more about the stones and how the time traveling works. Also, I’m wondering how Claire’s involvement will alter history.
– Solid romance. Though I had a few reservations about Claire and Jamie’s relationship, I quite liked them together in the end.
Things I didn’t like:
– The spanking scene. It’s not because it happened, but Jamie’s reaction to enjoying it. No matter how much I think of it, it bothers me. However, I’m thinking that may be authorial intent: For us to question societal influences of different time periods and its effect on human behavior.
– Too detailed at times, so much so, that it detracted from the scene.
– I don’t buy Jamie’s overnight transformation from Virgin Boy to Super Freak.
Bottom line: I really enjoyed it and will be continuing the series. If you are interested in tackling this book, I highly suggest the audio version (the narrator is excellent) as it can drag a bit on the less interesting scenes.
Books I’ve read early that you should totally pre-order or acquire an ARC of:
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1. Little Peach by Peggy Kern
200 page powerful story that with knee your feels right where it counts, make you curl into a ball and cry. (Recommended for fans of Ellen Hopkins and Christa Desir’s Fault Line and Bleed Like Me.)
2. Red Queen by Vitoria Aveyard
It’s like an X-Men dystopia stuck in a high fantasy world on crack.
3. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
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- When the winners are chosen, it will be announced here and the winners will be emailed.
- Please enter your email address in the Rafflecopter form and not the comments.