Unfortunately, I have decided to close down this blog. I just don’t have time anymore.
If you want to see reviews I write, you can find me on Goodreads.
I will also be making new individual sites for my writing. I will post those here as I do it.
Here is my Tumblr for my YA writing.
That was not as bad around here as most other places in New York. The central part of the storm passed us by, thankfully. Did cause some issues this morning, though. At least we still have all of our trees intact and the creek out back didn’t try to drown us.
NaNoWriMo starts on Thursday! Yay! I’m still struggling to come up with a title for mine… I am once again using November to finish something I started over the summer, like last year with MtbB. I think I’ll do this every year. Yay for being a rebel! They should make NaNo Rebel tee-shirts… By the way, feel free to be my buddy!
And it’s that time of year… voting! And by that, I mean for the Goodreads Choice Awards (though election voting is also a very good idea).
After I get a day off from classes tomorrow. I really do not want to commute 40 miles in this weather. I just want to stay home in a nest of blankets with some hot chocolate (if we lose power I will make a fire in the fireplace and boil water the real old school way), and the books I want to finish reading. Goal is to stay home as much as possible. Staying safe and dry so far. Hoping if we lose power it comes back before NaNo starts. Yay NaNo!
Title: Fish & Chips
Author: Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban
Published: December 2010, Dreamspinner
Source: bought from Dreamspinner
Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett are back on the job, settled into a personal and professional relationship built on fierce protectiveness and blistering passion. Now they’re assigned to impersonate two members of an international smuggling ring-an out-and-proud married couple-on a Christmas cruise in the Caribbean. As their boss says, surely they’d rather kiss each other than be shot at, and he has no idea how right he is. Portraying the wealthy criminals requires a particular change in attitude from Ty and Zane while dealing with the frustrating waiting game of their assignment. As it begins to affect how they treat each other in private, Ty and Zane realize there’s more to being partners than watching each other’s backs, and when the case takes an unexpected turn and threatens Ty’s life, Ty and Zane will have to navigate seas of white lies and stormy secrets, including some of their own.
Lovelovelove this series. I truly adore these characters and I cannot wait to get ahold of the next book. I love how their roles basically became less acting and more expressing their own feelings. I’m a little sad that Zane isn’t ready to admit he’s in love yet, even though he clearly is. That being said, despite Ty’s “I have a problem, I’m in love with you” speech, my favorite scene remains the one where he deals with Zane being drunk. Zane deserved that – worse even – for almost getting Ty killed, but it’s great to see Ty actually doing something to help instead of just letting him deal on his own. And when Zane finally realized Ty almost died, I wanted to hug him ’cause he was so sad. I’m getting this whole series in paperback so I can reread it easier. So, Amazon better hurry up and ship them to me! I need these guys forever!
Negative review/rant-y thingy. **SPOILERS**
Title: The Warded Man
Author: Peter V. Brett
Published: March 2010, Del Rey
As darkness falls after sunset, the corelings rise—demons who possess supernatural powers and burn with a consuming hatred of humanity. For hundreds of years the demons have terrorized the night, slowly culling the human herd that shelters behind magical wards—symbols of power whose origins are lost in myth and whose protection is terrifyingly fragile. It was not always this way. Once, men and women battled the corelings on equal terms, but those days are gone. Night by night the demons grow stronger, while human numbers dwindle under their relentless assault. Now, with hope for the future fading, three young survivors of vicious demon attacks will dare the impossible, stepping beyond the crumbling safety of the wards to risk everything in a desperate quest to regain the secrets of the past. Together, they will stand against the night.
This started pretty good, then went downhill fast. I just stopped reading after Leesha decided to have sex with Arlen. Yep, you just got raped and you’re okay with that. And you just don’t care about your own values anymore. Really? You were the only strong female character in the entire book. All the others were not good to their men, controlling, and had no independent bones in their body. I’m so angry with this that I just can’t finish the last 50 pages. Women do not get over rape that fast, and do not start having sex with men they hardly know so soon after it. I’m just so frustrated with the terrible portrayal of women in this book that I will never read anything else by this author. This had so much potential, if only he actually thought well enough of women to make them more than sex-craving, totally dependent pieces of flesh. They were all exactly the same and very flat characters. The author’s sexism ruined the book.
Sorry for the unplanned hiatus – AGAIN. I had a death in the family, so I’ve had a very busy, stressful, and emotional couple of weeks. I haven’t really been up to posting anything.
Now I’m off to update things and schedule some posts.
I have been getting a lot of emails lately from people who want me to review their works. This is great, I really want to help promote other writers’ books. But I’m busy with school and work and my own writing. I have one simple request:
Sell your book to me. Tell me why I should read your book. Have I read a book similar to yours? With similar themes and characters? Draw on that.
Say something like this: “I saw you enjoyed Book by Author. If you liked that book, you’ll like mine too.” And then tell me all about it.
I just don’t have time to respond to everyone who just sends me a generic email, because I don’t have time to read every book set in front of me. If you want me to read and review your work, tell me why I should.
Please please please, this will make my life so much easier. Thank you.
So yeah, this thing called school. I’m still reading. All the time. Amazingly. But for some reason I just can’t write thoughtful reviews right now. It’s like, my mind won’t let me actually THINK about what I just read, deeper than just a surface feeling. Like my mind is too tired after thinking all the time for school that anything else is just… meh. So I think I’ll be sticking with short reviews about my general feelings for a while. Unless I read something that makes me just have to write more than that. So here we go, one book I didn’t like so much and one book that I really loved:
Title: The Strain
Author: Guillermo del Torro and Chuck Hogan
Published: June 2010, Harper
In one week, Manhattan will be gone.
In one month, the country. In two months . . . the world.
At New York’s JFK Airport an arriving Boeing 777 taxiing along a runway suddenly stops dead. All the shades have been drawn, all communication channels have mysteriously gone quiet. Dr. Eph Goodweather, head of a CDC rapid-response team investigating biological threats, boards the darkened plane . . . and what he finds makes his blood run cold.
A terrifying contagion has come to the unsuspecting city, an unstoppable plague that will spread like an all-consuming wildfire–lethal, merciless, hungry . . . “vampiric.”
And in a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem an aged Holocaust survivor knows that the war he has been dreading his entire life is finally here . . .
I honestly don’t know how I feel about this book. Calling it a vampire story doesn’t sit well with me. The creatures are more of a cross between vampire and zombie. It just felt completely weird to me. I don’t really understand how someone possessed by a virus can end up intelligent like the Master, but the others just seem like droids. I don’t even know how to describe how weird I felt about this book. Probably not my cup of tea.
Title: Campus Visit
Author: Stella Huerto
Published: August 2012, Dreamspinner
Damian Garza and Alex Murphy became best friends in their closed-minded small town, remained inseparable through Alex’s coming out, and have stayed close while studying at different colleges. They’re close enough that Damian dares a shocking e-mail confession: he’s bisexual and wants to experiment with men. With Alex.
It’s supposed to be a simple friends-with-benefits arrangement, one weekend only. That one weekend turns into two, then three, then a whole season of unexpected passion. But life after graduation can’t be ignored: soon Damian will be obliged to return to his family’s orange orchard, and Alex will fly off to his dream job in Europe. Unless they can admit their feelings to each other—and the world—their time as best friends may be over.
I honestly could not stop reading this once I got to the second half. I thought the first half was fun, seeing one friend helping another know what he really wants. It was something I had ever read about before. I don’t know how realistic it was, but definitely fun. Once they started obviously falling for each other, I just couldn’t wait to see them actually admit to it. I almost cried when Alex left, seeing how much pain they were both in, but seeing Damian finally come to terms with himself and what he was feeling was great. Definitely a very sweet story. I would read it again.