Thursday, August 31, 2017

Nevernight

Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)Author:  Jay Kristoff
Info: Thomas Dunne Books, copyright 2016, 429 pages

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life.  Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father's former comrades.  But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic - the Red Church.  If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she'll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires.  But a killer is loose within the Church's halls, the bloody secrets of Mia's past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let along have her revenge?

~Goodreads Description

A struggle at the beginning, but halfway through the book, Mia grew on me, and Kristoff's world kept me very entertained.






For a full review, check out our latest episode of #GPLtalk!
 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

We Are Okay

We Are OkayAuthor: Nina LaCour
Info: Dutton Books for Young Readers, copyright 2017, 234 pages


You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

~Goodreads Description

Marin is in mourning - she's mourning the loss of her grandfather, and she's mourning the loss of her old life.  Instead of dealing with her loss, she runs away, across country, looking for an out.  Thanks to the most understanding stranger of a roommate ever, Marin finds a home for herself in New York City.  But now her old life is coming for a visit, and everything she ran away from is catching up with her at last.

I couldn't put my finger on my feelings about this book for a very long while.  That's not why it took me so long to write the review, that was just life being life, but it has come into my mind several times since I finished, driving me a little crazy.  And then I read a Goodreads review by Cait (Paper Fury), and in one sentence she summed it up perfectly for me - "This was simultaneously really beautifully written and also....really boring."  (Thanks, Cait, for the little bit of clarity.)

And I realized that this happens to me a lot, especially with books that get a lot of early press.  There is an expectation of quality and popularity with each review.  Sometimes I agree.  Most of the times I don't.  But this one fell in that murky in-between.  LaCour is weaver of beautiful words.

"We were miraculous.  We were beach creatures.  We had treasures in our pockets and each other on our skin."

So pretty and heartfelt.  But this was a character driven story that needed just a little more plot.  I wanted to like LaCour's characters - she spent a lot of time working on them, but they didn't do anything.  There was nothing that really helped me truly understand who they are and what motivated them.  There was just a lot of talking and...feeling.

The time spent thinking about this book made me realize it's just not my kind of book.  There is an audience, and that audience will have the pleasure of reading a story very well written.  And I will be trying out another Nina LaCour eventually (I have just a few titles on my to-be-read list).

I'd love to hear your thoughts on We Are Okay!


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Top 10 Favorite Book Covers

Top Ten Favorite Book Covers

So I discovered one of life's not-so-important questions...do I like the cover because I like the cover?  Or do I like the cover because I like the book?  I couldn't figure that out, so I decided to just stay away from favorites titles if at all possible.  This led to a realization that I have been tricked by many a pretty cover into thinking I was going to like the book.  Shame on you shiny cover.

I'm not sure if these are my FAVORITE covers, but they are definitely a few I like a whole lot.  Sometimes it's the artwork.  Sometimes it's a feeling it exudes.  Sometimes it the use of quotes and text.  Sometimes it's quirkiness.  It takes a little something to attract my attention and there was just something about these particular titles that led to me checking them out and reading them.

What are some of your favorite book covers?

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)
1) The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Dust of 100 Dogs
2) The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King

Mothership (Ever-Expanding Universe, #1)
3) Mothership by Martin Leicht

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

4) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)
5) Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carrier

Avalon (Avalon, #1)
6) Avalon by Mindee Arnett

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin Stars
7) Descender Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire

The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1)
8) The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heeling

Moon Over Manifest
9) Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

My Lady Jane (The Lady Janies, #1)
10) My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton
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