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This is a weekly reading meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words.

What did you recently finish?

I always do this one first because I always seem to be in the middle of a series, and it makes the most sense for me.  This week is no different.

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I just finished Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi.  The second in the Under the Never Sky trilogy, this one picks up where the first left off.  Aria has been given the mission to obtain the location of the Still Blue from Tribal Lord Sable.  In exchange for the information, Hess, a Dweller in charge of Reverie, will make sure Perry’s nephew Talon is safe.  Meanwhile, Perry is struggling with the reality of being leader of this people.

It was a good read, but, again, I have no strong opinions of it either way.  It was diverting, but not very deep or exciting.

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Into the Still Blue, the last of the Never Sky trilogy.  I’m enjoying it, and I was thrilled the other night at once scene.  Basically, Aria has to deal with a difficult Dweller, Soren, who is acting like a total ass to the Tides, Perry’s tribe.  Instead of taking the opportunity to showcase her acerbic wit or deliver a cutting monologue as to Soren’s new reality, as I’ve come to expect with YA (actually, most genre lit), Aria completely derailed the situation using diplomacy and tact.  It was amazing.  It made me like the book better than the others in the trilgoy based on that one scene.

I just want to clarify that I don’t mind acerbic wit or cutting monologue’s, it was just nice to see something else.  Actually, the  moment really reminded me of a teacher handling a difficult student, and I love seeing examples of good classroom management.

What do you think you’ll read next?

last girl

I’m going to read The Last Girl by Joe Hart.  It’s a Kindle First read about one of the last women on Earth after a mysterious epidemic causes the female population to plummet.  I’ve already read Y: The Last Man and Children of Men; this looks to be along a similar vein.  I hope it’s good.

 

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

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• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

Today’s teaser comes from Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi.  It’s the third in the Under the Never Sky trilogy.

They’d left the Aether storm behind at the coast, and the Aether flowed more calmly here, rolling in waves instead of turning into whirlpools.  He didn’t see the red sparks, but he had a feeing he would soon.

 

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Quote of the Week

A few years ago, my brother said something about quotes that I think about every time I write down a quote from a book.  He said that, really, Shakespeare didn’t say “To thine own self be true,” Polonius did.  Just like Shakespeare didn’t say, “I hate the Moore,” Iago did.

Obviously, sometimes authors use characters as their mouthpiece and, other times, they don’t.  Depiction doesn’t equal endorsement, so it’s important to consider the context of the quote.  I’m trying to get into the habit of writing down the character that says the quote for context. I didn’t originally for this one, but I will now.

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience. Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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(Not that I think this was a sentiment that Harper Lee didn’t agree with.  But character and context is still important.)

 

 

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What did I just finish?

under the never sky

I just finished reading Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.  As I said in my post yesterday, I never reviewed it because I don’t have much to say.  Full disclosure: I’m also having a hard time summarizing it.  There’s just so much to explain, that by the time I get through it, I’ve run out of words.  And that never happens to me.

But, just to try:

This book takes place on the future of our world, where solar flares caused something called Aether to corrupt the atmosphere.  Some of the population, like Aria, have retreated into Pods where they live out their lives in virtual worlds called the Realm.  Others, like Perry, live on the outside in tribes and struggle to food and shelter themselves from the storms caused by the Aether.  When a tragic accident forces Aria to the outside, she and Perry must work together to get Aria to her mother and help reunite Perry with his missing nephew.

And, now that I’ve said all that, I can tell you the book is fine.  It’s not brilliant, it’s not terrible.  It’s pretty typical of YA where the boy and girl work together and eventually fall for each other.  I like the characters (I like Aria more than Perry) and it was interesting enough for me to decide to read the next one.  Which leads me to…

What are you currently reading?

ever night

I am reading Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi.  In order to ensure the safety of Perry’s nephew, Talon, Aria must search for the fabled “still blue,” a place where there is no Aether.  Along the way, she is reunited with Perry, who is now the leader of his tribe.

And finally…

What do you think you’ll read next?

into still blue

Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi.  The final book in the trilogy.  After that, I have no idea.  I am always looking for suggestions.  I might read an adult mystery.  Or maybe I’ll reread Rainbow Boys, since I haven’t read it in years.

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

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• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s teaser comes from Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi.

She’d been here before in search of information about her mother.  Soren had attacked her not far from where she now stood.

I’m enjoying the book, as I did the first, but have a feeling, like the first, I won’t review it.  It’s strange, but I don’t really feel like I have anything to say about these books.  They’re like cotton candy: yummy, but not very substantive.  I like it because I liked it.

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Quote of the Week

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter – ’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning. Mark Twain

I’m finding that a lot of the quotes I have are written down wrong.  I had this one written differently.  I must have copied it from the internet.  There are so many quotes online that are mis-attributed or wrong in some way.  I guess I should stick to quote books (although, at this point, I have so many written down that it’d be silly to ignore what I have).  I’ll just have to keep checking before I post them.
Goodreads, man.  Greater spreader of misquotes.

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Book Review: Career of Evil

career of evil

Robin Ellacott, assistant and maybe-partner to private detective, Cormoran Strike, signs for a package outside the office one day.  To her immense shock, instead of items for her impending wedding, inside is a woman’s leg.  Strike can think of four men who might send him a leg.  Together, he and Robin begin narrowing the list down, investigating the men from Strike’s past, each with their own motive for murdering and dismembering a woman as revenge on Strike.  They must race against the clock as the murderer draws closer, this time, his knives intent on Robin.

I really enjoyed this book.  It was a slow paced and took its time to explore the suspects and their pasts.  I liked seeing Robin’s increasing competence in the world of detecting and appreciated getting more backstory on her.  I don’t remember if it was revealed in previous books that she’d always been drawn to police work, but the reminder (or, in my case, revelation) helped me understand more about her character and her interests.  I like the way she and Cormoran work together and their easy camaraderie.

I had some dislikes about the novel, too.  I know all the books have had scenes from the side of the villain, but they really didn’t work for me in this book.  I get why they were included, but it dragged down the pace and frustrated instead of intrigued me.  I am also so, so tired of the drama with Matthew.  I hope, but don’t think, that it will end with this book.  To me, it really puts a damper on the story overall.  I wish Robin would just dump him and be done with it.

Overall, it was a great read and a really solid book.  I look forward to reading more adventures of Robin and Strike.

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Quote of the Week and Teaser Tuesday

No picture with my quote today because, wel, I didn’t draw one.

“Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.” Franklin P. Jones

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

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• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s teaser is from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.  It’s a reread in preparation for (maybe) reading the next in the series.

From chapter 22 (57% through)

The bells rang everywhere.  Perry couldn’t tell where the sound was closest.

 

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Quote of the Week

This week’s quote comes from Ellen Burstyn and it’s really lovely.  All of these are my favorites, but I think this is a favorite of my favorites.

 

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What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.

 

(I tried taking a picture of my doodle this time instead of scanning it; it didn’t work very well.  Also, once again, I wrote the quote wrong, at least according to Brainy Quotes.  Ah well.)

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WWW Wednesday

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What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling).  It’s good so far.  I really like Robin and Comoran and their interplay a lot.  I always forget how much I enjoy mysteries when I’m not reading them.

 

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy.  It’s the sequel to The Fifth Wave.  These books really pull no punches.   They feel even more brutal than the Hunger Games, although I’m not exactly sure why.  Hunger Games was no walk in the park for anyone, especially Mockingjay, but these fell rougher than they did.  I really enjoyed both (although I preferred Fifth Wave).  I can’t wait for the last one to come out.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I honestly have no idea.  I’ve had Career of Evil on my to-read list for awhile, but nothing beyond that.  I’ll have to poke around and get some ideas.

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