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Review: Dark Matter

Title: Dark Matter

Author: Blake Crouch

Date of Publication: July 26th, 2017

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Review: The Replacement

Title: The Replacement

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Date of Publication: September 21st, 2010

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Goodreads Summary:

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

My Review:

So, I had no idea that this book even existed. There was a sale at our local library, and I had a coupon for a free book, so I picked it up on a whim. The cover is ultimately creepy, and I was intrigued!

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The book itself wasn’t as dark as I expected it to be, but it still had some creepy aspects. I normally don’t read a lot of books where it is a guy narrative the whole time, but I did like Mackie. Sometimes he did seem a bit emo, though. Tate got on my nerves at times, and I am still not completely sure if I even liked her.

Overall, it was a quick and easy read, and the idea of children being swapped out by a different creature was interesting, but I just wanted more from this!

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Book Buzz Spring 2017

So, I went to this Book Buzz for Penguin/Random house that they had going on at the local library. There was talk about some of the books releasing in Spring of 2017. The first book the guy talked about was The Roanoke Girls. This was the only book I had read already, and I have previously put up a review for that book which was all kinds of hard times.

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Gorgeous cover, though….

Now, the main book that sounded pretty awesome is called Eggshells by: Caitriona Lally

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Goodreads Summary:

Vivian doesn’t feel like she fits in – never has. She lives alone in a house in north Dublin that her great-aunt left to her. She has no friends, no job and few social skills. She knows she is different. Before they died, her parents used to tell her she was a ‘changeling’ who belonged to another world. Each day, she walks the streets of Dublin, looking for a way to get there. ‘I need a big wind that could turn into a cyclone because today I’m going to visit Yellow Road and Emerald Street. In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the cyclone carried Dorothy to Oz, and she followed the Yellowbrick Road to the Emerald Palace to find her way home.’ It doesn’t work. After all, Dublin has a certain charm, but no actual magic.

And so Vivian sets off on a new quest: to find a friend. A very specific kind of friend. ‘WANTED: Friend Called Penelope. Must Enjoy Talking Because I Don’t Have Much to Say. Good Sense of Humour Not Required Because My Laugh Is A Work in Progress. Must Answer to Penelope: Pennies Need Not Apply.’ A Penelope replies, but will the two women become friends? Will she make a connection with another person in this world so she can stop searching for a portal to another one? She sets off for their first meeting. ‘I huddle and tighten myself against the wind and think up ways to describe it to Penelope. Is a “rape” of a wind too strong for the first sentence of a first meeting?’ Rooted in Dublin’s Northside, Eggshells is a whimsical, touching story about loneliness and friendship and hope.

 

Has anyone read this? All I saw was that it was compared to Amelie, and I was like I am in!

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Review: Given to the Sea

Title: Given to the Sea

Author: Mindy McGinnis

Date of Publication: April 11th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

My Review:

This is the first book I have read by Mindy, so I don’t know how her writing normally is. I was anticipating this book so much, but I am not sure what the heck happened??? This book just felt really odd.

The characters! There were four view points here, and I could only tolerate Vincent. I still couldn’t connect with him, though. Khosa just felt really bland. I just didn’t feel anything for anyone! This book had me feeling robotic.

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Then all of these books have to make up their own phrases (Example: Tides), we get it, but just because of the whole sea thing, there could be a more clever phrase. Even though I didn’t connect with the story itself, I feel that others might since the story did seem original. So, the book does have that.

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Review: The Illustrated Book of Sayings

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ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATED BOOK OF SAYINGS

From the New York Times bestselling author of Lost in Translationcomes this charming illustrated collection of more than fifty expressions from around the globe that explore the nuances of language. From the hilarious and romantic to the philosophical and literal, the idioms, proverbs, and adages in The Illustrated Book of Sayings reveal the remarkable diversity, humor, and poignancy of the world’s languages and cultures.

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My Review:

First off the illustrations really made this book cool. They are well done and are perfect artistic descriptions of the sayings from the country of origin. I wanted to read this book after I had a guest poster do a review of this book on my blog, and I am glad I chose to check it out.

I really liked the diversity within these pages because pretty much all of the sayings from these countries I had never heard before. The author describes each saying in a paragraph and writes about exactly what it means.

The one thing that bothered me was having to look at the right page first to see what the saying was and then going back to the left page to read the paragraph about it. I think it would have just been easier on the reader to have the picture and saying first and then the description on the other page.

This is just an awesome book that is pretty much for anyone even if you aren’t a big time reader.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ELLA FRANCES SANDERS is a writer out of necessity and an illustrator by accident. She currently lives and works in the city of Bath, UK, without a cat. Her first book, Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World, was a New York Timesbestseller and is now, perhaps ironically, being translated into many other languages. She still doesn’t know exactly how it all happened, but things seem to be going OK.
She can be found at ellafrancessanders.com and various other social media places.
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Review: The Bear and the Nightingale

Title: The Bear and the Nightingale

Author: Katherine Arden

Date of Publication: January 10th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A young woman’s family is threatened by forces both real and fantastical in this debut novel inspired by Russian fairy tales.

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift – a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.

My Review:

This book is multiple point of views, but sometimes it felt like narrator style since the way it bounces back and forth between characters. It actually didn’t bother me the way I thought that it was going to.

The pacing is a slow and beautiful build. The beginning is just developing the characters and getting to know them. Not a lot actually happens in the beginning, but it is still interesting getting to learn about the characters.

One of the main characters, Vasya, is my favorite. She can see different creatures, and she bounces to her own drum beat. Her brother, Alyosha, I loved as well, and I loved the bond between him and Vasya.

When the priest comes into the picture things started to slow down for me, and I wasn’t exactly sure what the purpose of him was, but when the book hit 65% on my Kindle, things began to really pick up. I don’t know what to say about him except he was just out of his mind most of the time!

I was disappointed that there wasn’t more of the frost demon. His character was the most interesting, and I wanted to see more of him. What I did see of him, I loved! The writing, I thought was really good. I did get confused a lot at the beginning with all the characters multiple names for one character, and I wanted a little more to the ending, but overall I really liked it!

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Review: The Tea Planter’s Wife

Title: The Tea Planter’s Wife

Author: Dinah Jefferies

Date of Publication: August 27th, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper is newly married to a rich and charming widower, eager to join him on his tea plantation, determined to be the perfect wife and mother. But life in Ceylon is not what Gwen expected. The plantation workers are resentful, the neighbours treacherous. And there are clues to the past – a dusty trunk of dresses, an overgrown gravestone in the grounds – that her husband refuses to discuss. Just as Gwen finds her feet, disaster strikes. She faces a terrible choice, hiding the truth from almost everyone, but a secret this big can’t stay buried forever . . .

My Review:

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What drew me into reviewing this book was first the cover, and second I love anything tea, so drawing me in with that title worked.

The book started off with Gwen who leaves her home to go off and live with her husband who she has just married. Thinks don’t start off as great as she thought they would in this new place, and eventually there is a discovery and Gwen makes one of the hardest choices of her life.

Throughout the book the writing was really well done, but for me there was just too much description. Sometimes it feels better just to get straight to the point. Gwen and Lawrence could have both made better choices throughout the book. I did however like Lawrence though. Gwen, I am still angry with.

There were some interesting twists and turns throughout the book that held my interest, but the book was just an okay read for me.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dinah Jefferies was born in Malaysia and moved to England at the age of nine. She worked in education, lived in a commune and exhibited work as an artist before deciding to follow her dream of becoming a writer after losing her retirement fund in the financial crash; to motivate herself, Dinah stuck Post-its around her house saying ‘you will write a bestseller!’ Dinah Jefferies is the author of three novels, The Separation, The Tea Planter’s Wife – a Number One Sunday Times bestseller – and The Silk Merchant’s Daughter. She lives in Gloucestershire.

 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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