17.1.17

ARC #Review: HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME by Adam Silvera

HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME

Author: Adam Silvera
Series: N/A
Source: ARC via B&N
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication Date: January 17, 2017
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Summary:
When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

I feel like this is one of those books that is hard to not like but at the same time I wasn't over the moon about it? I liked the plot, the pacing, the way the story was told via flashbacks, but I wasn't a fan of the characters at all. I'm definitely in the minority even though I definitely enjoyed it because I don't think this is one that I would recommend to everyone like I do with some other books. It does make me more interested in reading MORE HAPPY THAN NOT because I liked the writing style and the overall storytelling which I hope will translate into every book that Silvera writes.

15.1.17

#52wks52bks: Week Three Recommendations!

You may or may not know, but this year I am hosting a 2017 reading challenge! Every week for the whole year there are different themes and the idea is to read a book that fits the theme within that week! It will help you keep on track for your Goodreads Challenge as you will be at least thinking about a book for a whole week even if you don't quite get to it. 

But don't worry, if you don't finish a book or skip a week or start late, that's okay! This is just to make you think more about the types of books you are reading and to broaden your horizons.

If you didn't see the original post with all the challenges, click HERE.
If you are participating (or want to without checking, that's cool too), you can keep track of your reads with my Handy Dandy Charts.


This week's theme is...

ADULT SFF BOOK



I have included some books that I want to read but haven't yet read. I also am linking to a couple lists on Goodreads for where to find these books because there are SO many to choose from!


13.1.17

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays (2): Guest #Review of OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon

This instalment of Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays is a review of OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon courtesy of Shannon from Shannon Reads! Check out her thoughts on the book and then check out her blog for other great reviews!

Breakdown for the month...


January's Theme: YA to Adult Crossover
January 6: 2016 Release Roundup
January 13: Review of OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon from Shannon @ Shannon Reads
January 20: YA to Adult SFF Recommendations
January 27: Review of THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM by Elise Kova

OUTLANDER

Author: Diana Gabaldon
Series: Outlander #1
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
Publication Date: July 26, 2005
Rating: 2/5 stars

Summary:
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.


Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
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When I first read this back in April/May time last year, I ended up giving it 3.75 stars but after giving it months and months of thought - and after trying to watch the tv show -I have now dropped it down to two stars.

For me this book was not interesting at all, there was many times were I wanted to just put down the book and forget I ever read it but I some how pushed myself to the very end. Why I did that, I have no clue!

9.1.17

#Review: FLYING LESSONS AND OTHER STORIES edited by Ellen Oh

FLYING LESSONS AND OTHER STORIES

Author: edited by Ellen Oh
Series: N/A
Source: Purchased from Amazon
Publisher: Crown Books For Young Readers
Publication Date: January 3, 2017
Rating: 3.75/5 stars

Summary:
Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascos, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology—written by the best children’s authors—celebrates the uniqueness and universality in all of us.

In a partnership with We Need Diverse Books, industry giants Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, and Jacqueline Woodson join newcomer Kelly J. Baptist in a story collection that is as humorous as it is heartfelt. This impressive group of authors has earned among them every major award in children’s publishing and popularity as New York Times bestsellers.


From these distinguished authors come ten distinct and vibrant stories. 
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This was such a good anthology of stories and they were all diverse which makes them that much better. I have a love-hate relationship with anthologies in general because I feel like short stories sometimes try to do too much with the little bit of room they have and some of the stories fell prey to that. But I think this anthology is great and has some really fantastic short stories that everyone should read in it. I highly recommend it and am glad that I started my reading year off with this!