Friday, May 23, 2014

ARC Envy #19 - Company Town by Madeline Ashby



Every week several of my favorite bloggers post vlogs or whatever of all the great book hauls they've received for the week. Since I'm a tiny little fish in the huge book blogging pond, my mailbox isn't stuffed with all the great ARCs that they get. Dana's ARC Envy is my way of highlighting an ARC that I *wish* had been sent to me too. 




Title: Company Town
Author: Madeline Ashby
Publisher: Angry Robot
Expected Publication Date: September, 2014

Judging a book by its cover:  Love this cover to pieces. 

Know anything about the author?  No, nothing.

Why do I want it?  Love the cover and the plot sounds quite interesting!

Summary from Goodreads:


Meet Hwa. One of the few in her community to forego bio-engineered enhancements, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig. But she’s an expert in the arts of self-defence, and she’s been charged with training the Family’s youngest, who has been receiving death threats – seemingly from another timeline. 

Meanwhile, a series of interconnected murders threatens the city’s stability – serial killer? Or something much, much worse...?

What ARC are you envying this week?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Dualed by Elsie Chapman {Thoughts On}



Title: Dualed (Dualed #1)
Author: Elsie Chapman
Rating: 2 of 5
Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

In the city of Kersh, everyone must eliminate their genetic Alternate twin, raised by another family, before their twentieth birthday. West Grayer, 15, has trained as a fighter, and has one month to hunt and kill her Alt. A tragic misstep shakes her confidence. Guilty, grieving, she feels unworthy, runs from her Alt and from love - both can destroy her.

Dualed was one of my most anticipated debuts of 2013 but after less than stellar reviews started streaming in, it got pushed way down the list. When I saw that the sequel, Divided, was being released, I decided I should probably try it. I'm disappointed to say that I was...disappointed. 

It just didn't make sense. The fact that there are Alts at all doesn't make sense. The "romance" didn't really make sense. West's initial rejection of the "romance" didn't make sense. Do you sense a theme? No sense making. In spades.

The good:

It grabbed me from the first sentence and it was pretty action packed throughout. West wasn't a hugely dislikable character. Chord sounded cute.

Other than those things I spent most of the book scratching my head wondering if I was missing something. I have Divided on my Kindle so at some point I'll continue with the series but sadly, I'm in no rush.     

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Bout of Books Update #3

I switched from The House Girl to Dualed by Elsie Chapman. It seems to be sticking. Yay for reading slump busters! I read about 100 pages last night and hope to finish it tonight. I know that it's gotten mixed reviews but I was caught up in it from the first line. It was one of my most anticipated books of 2013 but I'm just now getting around to reading it. 


Updated #2:

Yesterday I read a bit of Kevin O'Leary's Cold Hard Truth. This is an interlibrary loan and a re-read for me. So far I like it just as much as the first time. 


And I got happy mail from Epic ReadsDodger by Terry Pratchett and Deception (Defiance #2) by C.J. Redwine. I haven't read Defiance so if anyone wants Deception let me know. 

I think I'll be switching to Dodger today. It looks super cute! 


Update #1

It's day four of the read-a-thon and this one has been an epic fail for me. I've not been in the mood to read so I've not read much. Started The House Girl by Tara Conklin yesterday but it hasn't grabbed me so far. Not sure what is causing this particular reading slump. Hoping that this weekend will be better. The boys will be at their father's and I'll have the house to myself.





My Goals:

Bout of Books


Bout of Books is just days away and this is my official goals post. Going easy on myself this time because I'm not sure how my eyes are going to be. If they are good, I'll get more done, but if they are bad, then oh well. La la la life goes on. I love this bookish event because it is so laid back.

Goals are:

Read at least 500 pages total.
Visit at least 15 blogs on the list of participating bloggers.
Do one of the Twitter chats.
Don't stress if this is an epic fail and I don't read a single page :-)

I don't have a list of books that I'd like to get read...will just go with what I'm in the mood for. Anyone else participating?

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bout of Books Update #2

Yesterday I read a bit of Kevin O'Leary's Cold Hard Truth. This is an interlibrary loan and a re-read for me. So far I like it just as much as the first time. 


And I got happy mail from Epic Reads. Dodger by Terry Pratchett and Deception (Defiance #2) by C.J. Redwine. I haven't read Defiance so if anyone wants Deception let me know. 

I think I'll be switching to Dodger today. It looks super cute! 



Update #1

It's day four of the read-a-thon and this one has been an epic fail for me. I've not been in the mood to read so I've not read much. Started The House Girl by Tara Conklin yesterday but it hasn't grabbed me so far. Not sure what is causing this particular reading slump. Hoping that this weekend will be better. The boys will be at their father's and I'll have the house to myself.





My Goals:

Bout of Books


Bout of Books is just days away and this is my official goals post. Going easy on myself this time because I'm not sure how my eyes are going to be. If they are good, I'll get more done, but if they are bad, then oh well. La la la life goes on. I love this bookish event because it is so laid back.

Goals are:

Read at least 500 pages total.
Visit at least 15 blogs on the list of participating bloggers.
Do one of the Twitter chats.
Don't stress if this is an epic fail and I don't read a single page :-)

I don't have a list of books that I'd like to get read...will just go with what I'm in the mood for. Anyone else participating?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bout of Books Update Post - The One with the Epic Fail

It's day four of the read-a-thon and this one has been an epic fail for me. I've not been in the mood to read so I've not read much. Started The House Girl by Tara Conklin yesterday but it hasn't grabbed me so far. Not sure what is causing this particular reading slump. Hoping that this weekend will be better. The boys will be at their father's and I'll have the house to myself.





My Goals:

Bout of Books


Bout of Books is just days away and this is my official goals post. Going easy on myself this time because I'm not sure how my eyes are going to be. If they are good, I'll get more done, but if they are bad, then oh well. La la la life goes on. I love this bookish event because it is so laid back.

Goals are:

Read at least 500 pages total.
Visit at least 15 blogs on the list of participating bloggers.
Do one of the Twitter chats.
Don't stress if this is an epic fail and I don't read a single page :-)

I don't have a list of books that I'd like to get read...will just go with what I'm in the mood for. Anyone else participating?


Monday, May 12, 2014

The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor

 
 



Title: The Girl Who Came Home
Author: Hazel Gaynor (Facebook)
Pages: 359
Source: received a copy from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review
Rating: really good

Summary from Goodreads:

 A voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman. . . .

Ireland, 1912 . . .

Fourteen members of a small village set sail on RMS Titanic, hoping to find a better life in America. For seventeen-year-old Maggie Murphy, the journey is bittersweet. Though her future lies in an unknown new place, her heart remains in Ireland with Séamus, the sweetheart she left behind. When disaster strikes, Maggie is one of the few passengers in steerage to survive. Waking up alone in a New York hospital, she vows never to speak of the terror and panic of that fateful night again.

Chicago, 1982 . . .

Adrift after the death of her father, Grace Butler struggles to decide what comes next. When her great-grandmother Maggie shares the painful secret about Titanic that she's harbored for almost a lifetime, the revelation gives Grace new direction—and leads both her and Maggie to unexpected reunions with those they thought lost long ago.

Inspired by true events, The Girl Who Came Home poignantly blends fact and fiction to explore the Titanic tragedy's impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.



The story of the Titanic has always fascinated me. The tragedy on that ship is almost more than I can imagine. This novel was based on true events and it was interesting to see how the author made it work. Both Grace and Maggie were interesting, likeable characters but Maggie's story was more interesting to me. I loved her transition from Ireland to the ship. The fears and struggles that she had were so real. It wasn't a big portion of the book but it was so emotionally powerful.

I enjoyed the way the stories were told and felt it was well thought out and easy to follow. I have found that some books that switch from the past to the present and vice versa are too jumpy and don't feel quite as seamless a story. 

The ending and epilogue were satisfying. I was a bit worried that it would end not to my liking knowing the history of the ship but it was good.

I think that anyone with a love of historical events and especially the Titanic, of course, will enjoy this story. I am unsure specifically what was not actual events but I enjoyed the story.
 


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Bout of Books Goals Post

Bout of Books


Bout of Books is just days away and this is my official goals post. Going easy on myself this time because I'm not sure how my eyes are going to be. If they are good, I'll get more done, but if they are bad, then oh well. La la la life goes on. I love this bookish event because it is so laid back.

Goals are:

Read at least 500 pages total.
Visit at least 15 blogs on the list of particiapting bloggers.
Do one of the Twitter chats.
Don't stress if this is an epic fail and I don't read a single page :-)

I don't have a list of books that I'd like to get read...will just go with what I'm in the mood for. Anyone else participating?



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