Saturday, November 22, 2014

Earth and Sky by Megan Crewe


Published: October 28th
Publisher: Razorbill Canada
Pages: 336
Copy: Netgalley
Summary: Goodreads

Seventeen-year-old Skylar has been haunted for as long as she can remember by fleeting yet powerful sensations that something is horribly wrong. But despite the panic attacks tormenting her, nothing ever happens, and Sky’s beginning to think she’s crazy. Then she meets a mysterious, otherworldly boy named Win and discovers the shocking truth her premonitions have tapped into: our world no longer belongs to us. For thousands of years, Earth has been at the mercy of alien scientists who care nothing for its inhabitants and are using us as the unwitting subjects of their time-manipulating experiments. Win belongs to a rebel faction seeking to put a stop to it, and he needs Skylar’s help--but with each shift in the past, the very fabric of reality is unraveling, and soon there may be no Earth left to save.

Skylar is a fascinating character.  She has managed to conquer a severely debilitating tendency to panic attacks and for that I admired her.  It also made it easier to understand why she didn't go screaming to the authorities when she meets Win.  When you've been coping by yourself for so long, I guess it makes sense to keep going alone.

Time travel is a very sticky subject and Ms Crewe has managed it very well.  Same place, same time conundrum, characters here are 'doxed' (sorry if that is the wrong term.  I couldn't find the exact spot in the book) which means that they are whisked out of the way to avoid meeting themselves.  Changing the future by changing the past - it happens, and Skylar's reaction to it was interesting.

In fact the whole idea of earth being an alien science experiment is totally fascinating.  Come on - don't tell me that thought has never crossed your mind? I particularly loved that there are far reaching consequences to all of these so called 'minor' time changes, and our world is basically unraveling.

Ms Crewe has written a fantastic and believable world, populated with interesting characters.   There is a sense of urgency throughout the whole story, which keeps things moving  and I am looking forward to seeing what is next in store for Skylar and Win. Oh, and where can I find one of those time travel tents? It sounds mighty useful.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Follow



Friday Follow is a blog hop that was started by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  Each week a different question is posted by our hosts and we will answer!  This is a great opportunity for bloggers to network and interact. 
This week’s question –
 
Create an ad listing all the qualities and qualifications of your perfect co-blogger. via Girl of 1000 Wonders
 
WANTED:  BOOK BLOGGER WHO LIKES TO READ YOUNG ADULT BOOKS
Need not be a young adult.  In fact, older adults with a good sense of humor and youth qualify.
Must be able to use auto-correct.  We don't care about your spelling.
Must be literate.  Sorry, reading is a requirement.
  Must have good time management. Someone needs to keep Christinabean and Curlypow on track.
Feel free to submit resumes with any kind of book, monetary or perishable bribe to the email listed below  -
 
too much?
- Christinabean
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Revenge of Seven by Pittacus Lore



Published: August 27th, 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 371
Copy: Library
Summary: Goodreads

The worst was supposed to be over. We were reunited after a decade apart. We were discovering the truth of our past. We were training and getting stronger every day. We were even happy...

We never imagined the Mogodorians could turn one of our own against us. We were fools for trusting Five. And now Eight is lost forever. I would do anything to bring him back, but that's impossible. Instead, I will do whatever it takes to destroy every last one of them.

I've spent my entire life hiding from them, and they've stolen everything away from me. But that stops now. We're going to take the battle to them. We have a new ally who knows their weaknesses. And I finally have the power to fight back.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.

Number Two in England.

Number Three in Kenya.

And Number Eight in Florida.

They killed them all.

I am Number Seven.

I will make them pay.


Review

I have been enjoying this series since its inception with 'I am Number Four' and I'm always happy to see a new volume come out.  Of course, so are many others, which is why it always takes a couple of months or so to get it from the library.  This time around 4, 6, 7, 9, Ella and 5 are coming to terms with death and betrayal and are really starting to fight back.  They find unexpected allies and start taking the fight to the Mogadorians.

Unfortunately, the books continue to irritate me because of the constantly changing POV's  with no immediate indication as to who the narrator is.  Yes! I know the typeface changes with each POV, but I'm reading, NOT looking at the typeface. (You do understand what I mean, right?)  Each chapter takes me at least a page to reorient myself.  Does anyone else find this irritating? Adding a simple number, or character name at the top of each chapter would make it so much easier to follow.  Also, this time around, I didn't quite see where the title came in.  Unless I seriously missed a chunk of text (which, let's admit, is entirely possible) , I didn't see 7 getting revenge on anyone!  Did I miss something? Please let me know.

However, 7's revenge or not, I still enjoyed the story.  What's not to love about aliens running all over the world trying to save our planet from the nasty Mogs?  In short, there's lots more fun and hi-jinx for our helpful alien crusaders and it's nice to see them getting the upper hand for a bit and managing to blow a few things up.  As always, I look forward to seeing the next episode.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Stolen (Heart of Dread #2)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is



Summary (by Goodreads)

Who is Eliza Wesson?

Months after Nat and Wes said good-bye on the shores of the Blue, Nat is learning how to control and use her new power. She and her drakon are the last of their kind—and she’s risked her life for their reunion. When she receives a mysterious distress call, she races to help, soliciting the guidance of her new friend, the beautiful and aloof Faix Lazaved of the Blue.

Still heartbroken over losing Nat, Wes is racing cars on a New Vegas racetrack while his team is scattered and lost. When he finds out that his sister, Eliza, is being held in the golden domes of El Dorado, he does what he’s best at—running to her side—and gambles on luck to see him through one more time.

Magic, romance, and danger collide as Nat and Wes become entangled in a dark new adventure that leads right to the heart of the mystery of their frozen, broken world. They soon discover that the answer to both their quests lies in the same question: Who is Eliza Wesson—what is she capable of, and why was she stolen from her family so long ago?
 

Augh!  I might have to re-read Frozen to catch up to Stolen.  I vaguely remember the story but I DO remember thinking - how long do I have to wait until book #2??  Does anyone else seem to encounter plot amnesia?  I hate it when this happens?  Too much time has passed between titles and the storyline is muddled in my brain.....
- Christinabean

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Outlet Black Friday Savings - $5 for you...share and get $10 off!



Thanks to Book Nerd, I came across a posting for $5 off at Book Outlet!  Share the deal and get up to $10 off on Black Friday weekend!  Just click on the link below and then fill out your email address so they can send you the coupon!


Thanks Book Nerd and Book Outlet!  :)





Fantastic Fairytales - Stray by Elissa Sussman


Published: October 7th
Publisher: GreenWillow
Pages: 384
Copy: Edelweiss
Summay: Goodreads

“I am grateful for my father, who keeps me good and sweet. I am grateful for my mother, who keeps her own heart guarded and safe. I am grateful for my adviser, who keeps me protected. I am grateful for the Path, which keeps me pure. Ever after.”

Princess Aislynn has long dreamed about attending her Introduction Ball, about dancing with the handsome suitors her adviser has chosen for her, about meeting her true love and starting her happily ever after.

When the night of the ball finally arrives and Nerine Academy is awash with roses and royalty, Aislynn wants nothing more than to dance the night away, dutifully following the Path that has been laid out for her. She does not intend to stray.

But try as she might, Aislynn has never quite managed to control the magic that burns within her-magic brought on by wicked, terrible desires that threaten the Path she has vowed to take.

After all, it is wrong to want what you do not need. Isn’t it?

STRAY is the first in a collection of intertwined stories, all set in a world where magic is a curse that only women bear and society is dictated by a strict doctrine called The Path. A cross between The Handmaid’s Tale and Wicked, with a dash of Grimm and Disney thrown in, this original fairy tale will be released October 7th, 2014 from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins.


Review

An original fairy tale that has all the best parts of the traditional tales and yet manages to poke fun at them at the same time.  Princess Aislynn is everything a fairy princess should be, yet she is being trained to suppress her magic and only to follow the Path as it is laid out for her. Not quite as easy as it sounds however.

Aislynn is 'redirected' to  become a fairy godmother, and that brought a laugh or three.  I enjoyed the premise of the story, but there were times when I found myself wanting a little more.  There's not a whole lot of action going on and this book I felt was setting the stage for what is to come next. To be honest, writing this review several weeks after finishing the book, I'm having a hard time remembering any of the details.  I remember enjoying the book, but not why in particular.  

So, should you read it?  Yes, if you're a fairy tale fan, but I doubt it will appeal to non-fans of the genre.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Stacking the Shelves


Stacking the Shelves allows us to share the books we have added to our collections - physical, virtual, borrowed, bought or received

This week I got: 


Summary (by Goodreads)

730. That's how many days I've been trapped.
18. That's how many days I have left to find a way out.

DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible....

JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister....

MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She's about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window.....

In this innovative and adrenaline-fueled novel, they all come together in a desperate attempt to escape a lawless labyrinth before the clock runs out.

A big thank you to NetGalley for this one!
 -Christinabean

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