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Currently Reading:

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I am currently reading Beauty by Robin McKinley.  This is an old favorite that I reread about once a year.  Last night, I pulled it out and got about halfway through.  It’s a comfort read and I love, love, love Beauty and the Beast retellings.  I’m always on the lookout for new ones, and I’m always going back to old favorites.

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Recently Finished: I just finished Backwards to Oregon by Jae.  It’s about Luke Hamilton, a woman who has been living as a man since she was twelve, and her marriage of convenience to Nora Macauley, a former prostitute looking for a better life for herself and her daughter.  They meet, marry, and begin the rough journey to Oregon while Nora remains ignorant of Luke’s secret.  It was really good.  I love stories where women disguised themselves as men, and I like it even more when it’s less of a disguise and more of their identity.  The romance was sweet and natural and the ending very satisfying.

Reading Next: I’ll probably read Hidden Truths by Jae next.  It’s the sequel to Backwards to Oregon.  However, I’ve fallen behind on my book reading goal for this year and am only one book behind.  I may read something short first just to catch up.  We’ll see.

Two Quotes

I haven’t done quotes for awhile, so here are two.  I haven’t quote checked them, but I know the second one is accurate because I said them in the play version.

One lives in the hope of becoming a memory. -Antonio Porchia

We don’t exist until we leave record of ourselves on the lives of others. -John Steinbeck/Octavio Solis, Pastures of Heaven

 

 

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What did I just finish?

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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?

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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?

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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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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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Quotation of the Week

I love quotes.  I’ve been collecting them since I was in high school, and I decided this year, I would share some of my favorites.  So, once a week, I’ll post one of my favorite quotes.

ImaginationImagination is the highest kite one can fly.   – Lauren Bacall

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Book Review – The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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Aliens are invading Earth in waves that are wiping out humans. Cassie is a survivor with one purpose: to save her brother. She wanders the countryside alone, hiding from the Others who are hunting her and any human they come across. She believes the only way to survive is to stay on her own, until she meets the mysterious Evan Walker, a boy who says he wants to help her, but whose story doesn’t quite add up.

I really enjoyed this book. Despite its length, it was a fast read and kept a good pace. It’s a split narrative where some is told from Cassie’s point of view and the other from the POV of Zombie, a teenage boy who is recruited to fight the aliens by the army… or so he thinks. His section of the book was a lot more brutal than I was expecting. All in all, it’s a book about survival and loyalty and was an exciting read.  I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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What I’m reading I am currently reading The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy.  It is about an alien invasion that devastates the world and one girl’s fight to survive.  Well, so far it’s just one girl.  I’m only on page 101; I’m assuming other characters will show up.  I’m really enjoying it so far, even though some of it popped up unpleasantly in my dreams last night.

 

What I just finished Terms of Use by Scott Allan Morrison.  There’s a conspiracy and action and a lot of unpleasant people.  It was all right.  I got it as a free book though Amazon Prime.

 

What I’m reading next I have no idea.  I’m having trouble thinking ahead on books or even being motivated to find them.  Any suggestions?

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Book Review – Winter

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Princess Winter, the stepdaughter of the evil Lunar queen, Levana, is beautiful, kind, and gentle.  She’s also insane due to her refusal to use her “Lunar gift”, which gives her the ability to manipulate others’ biochemistry into believing whatever she wants.  However, despite her insanity, Winter is determined to help her long lost friend, Princess Selene, better known as Cinder, the rogue cyborg from Earth, regain her throne and defeat Levana for good.

Winter, by Marissa Meyer, is the last book in the Lunar Chronicles.  It wraps up what began in Cinder and continued in Scarlet and Cress.  The story of four very different women, Winter does a good job of furthering their characters and wrapping up the plot in a satisfying way.  It’s a huge book, coming in just over 800 pages. n

 

I liked how terrifying the Lunar society is.  It was also satisfyingly difficult for Cinder and her friends to accomplish their task and each woman was pushed to their limits.  While each romance was satisfactorily concluded, I do wish that Cress and Thorne could have had more time devoted to them.  I found myself not as interested in Winter herself, and while it was necessary to spend time on her in the story, I got to the end wishing their had been more of Cress and sort of resenting Winter for it.  Poor Winter.

 

I really love this series and highly recommend it to others.  It’s an exciting reimagining of four beloved fairy tails and the characters are strong, well developed women who were a pleasure to know.

 

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Teaser Tuesday – Timeline by Michael Crichton

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• 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!

timeline1My teaser is from Timeline by Michael Crichton.

Kate didn’t hesitate.  Taking her quiver from beneath her robes she notched the first arrow, and drew her bow. (pg. 375)

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Book review: Bood and Ice by Robert Masello

blood and iceThis review contains slight spoilers.

Trying to put his life together after a tragedy, journalist Michael Wilde journeys to the South Pole.  At the bottom of the world, he hopes to find a story and begin his life again.  Then, on a routine dive, he discovers makes an amazing discovery: a man and woman, bound together by chains, frozen in a block of ice.  He expects nothing more than a fantastic story from the discovery; perhaps some fame.  But nothing could prepare him for what would happen once the bodies were free.

This book is about vampires, which is why I read it.  I thought the idea was incredibly interesting: vampires frozen in ice, thawed out hundreds of years later in a place with a limited food supply.  I wasn’t sure if it was going to be straight up horror or more paranormal (which is what it turned out to be), but I was interested in how it would play out.

The set up to the book is very well written.  The characters are well drawn, the journey to the pole compelling, and then descriptions of life in Antarctica were fascinating.  However, I felt the book never really paid off.  It had a long, detailed set up, but nothing ever seemed to go anywhere.  I also found the ending disappointing.  However, I might give the book another chance just because I did like the characters and world building so much.  Maybe on a second read through, it will be more satisfying.

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Teaser Tuesday – Plague Town by Dana Fredsti

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• 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!plague townMy teaser is from Plague Town by Dana Fredsti (pg. 238).


I adjusted my gear, making sure my weapons were in place, my M-4 at the ready, and my hear still beneath my helmet.  The rest of the wild cards were all doing the same–including Kaitlyn, who was unusually tense, even for her.

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