2015 Wishlist

There are more books coming out next year than I can possibly remember. Two books are my standout books. I haven’t pre-ordered a book since Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It was 2003 and my parents had ordered me the UK version of the book. I waited all day for this book watched as the delivery struck drove by all day and never came to my house. Finally around 7pm a frantic delivery boy pulled up in front of our house and dropped it off. I ran to the front door, tore open the box, and was met with a letter stating they couldn’t get the UK version to me on time so here’s the American version for free to tide you over.
Needless to say, I have some special memories of the last time I pre-ordered a book. Eleven years later and these are the two books I am going to pre-order:

1) The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Everything that I’ve heard about this says it’s better than the Incarnate Trilogy. This is kind of hard for me to understand because I LOVE the Incarnate trilogy and I cannot imagine falling in love with anyone as much as I did with Ana and Sam. How can Meadows top her debut series? I have no idea. But everyone that has gotten to read it so far says that it blows Incarnate out of the water.
This also makes me really nervous because the last time I was this excited for a book, I put it so highly on a pedestal that even if the book was amazing it would never have lived up to what I wanted it to be. I was not disappointed with Infinite though and considering I normally despise final books because they never live up to expectations that is saying something. Every book that Meadows writes just keeps getting better and better and I cannot imagine what she has in store for us with The Orphan Queen!

2) Rook by Sharon Cameron

My love of Sharon Cameron is no surprised. I’ve had the honor of helping her with the blog tours for her other two books and from what I’ve heard about this book she is going to continue to enchant me. Rook is a world without Katharine and Lane, a fact that makes me sad because we can seriously never get enough Lane! The tagline is amazing, “What will be has already been…” Holy crap! Isn’t that amazing! I know that there is a kick-butt girl in this and there are swords and prisoners and just all around amazingness!
The Dark Unwinding and A Spark Unseen were such great books and I have a feeling that Rook will take Cameron to the next level.

Both of these authors are already stars in my eyes and superstars they will become!

Netflix Has Sucked Me In!


It’s been a long while since I’ve had any time to read. This semester is by far my most difficult that I’ve ever had. I graduate in August 2015 (but I get to walk in May! yay!) and so this is my final year. I don’t really know if that has anything to do with it, but I have definitely had moments of feeling overwhelmed and like I am failing at everything.
The thing about reading for me is that unless I am invested in something and really in love with a book it is painful for me to finish it. At this point in my life (aka with school) I just don’t have the time to sit down and read a book that doesn’t suck me in. Instead I’ve taken to watching television. I never used to watch as much TV as I do now and it’s all because of Netflix. If I’m having a bad day I can sit down and watch entire seasons of shows until I feel less stressed out. To be completely honest that is probably where all my reading time is going.
There are some fantastic shows on there. I’ve watched all of the Grey’s Anatomy episodes, it’s how I got into Doctor Who, I was able to rewatch all the Call the Midwife seasons, Netflix introduced me to Sherlock (really that was Shalena grabbing my Netflix remote). I watched How I Met Your Mother on there. I loved the show The 4400 when I was younger and was so upset when it was canceled. I was able to watch the show on Netflix and now I can pinpoint the exact moment where viewers were probably lost.
Right now I am watching Once Upon a Time. For some reason I get in my head that I will boycott some shows. Why? I have no idea. Once Upon a Time was one of those shows. I never watched it even though the rest of my family did. Two weeks ago I sat down and watched the first episode. I’m now in the middle of season two and I can say I think this show is genius!
I love how it effortlessly blends all of these fairytale characters together, how they stick with what their traditional background was but then they also twist it. I love how the show is set up between the “now” in the real world and the “then” in the fairytale world. If anyone is on the fence about this show and has Netflix then I would definitely take to watching it.
I really did sit down that first time and think, “I’ll probably quit after twenty minutes” and then a few hours later I had watched an embarrassing amount of episodes and was hooked from that moment. If anyone loves fairytales and loves twisty stories then check this show out!
As for the blog, I can’t guarantee when another post will come. School, my internship, and my job are kind of overwhelming at the moment. I can pretty much guarantee you will probably have to wait awhile for another book review, but I will try my hardest and get other types of posts, like this one, up so you all know I’m alive…and that my brain is still intact from the insane amount of TV I am watching.
Also important to note that I am not taking any requests at the moment and if I am sent one I will not respond. I will post when I am taking requests again.
Till next time!

Review: The Good Sister by Jamie Kain

 

Title: The Good Sister

Author: Jamie Kain

Release Date: October 7, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

 

 

From: Goodreads

 

The Kinsey sisters live in an unconventional world. Their parents are former flower-children who still don’t believe in rules. Their small, Northern California town is filled with free spirits and damaged souls seeking refuge from the real world. Without the anchor of authority, the three girls are adrift and have only each other to rely on.

Rachel is wild. Asha is lost. Sarah, the good sister, is the glue that holds them together. But the forces of a mysterious fate have taken Sarah’s life in a sudden and puzzling accident, sending her already fractured family into a tailspin of grief and confusion. Asha has questions. Rachel has secrets. And Sarah, waking up in the afterlife, must piece together how she got there

 

Set in three different points of views, The Good Sister is certainly an interesting read. This is the story of a family torn apart by several factors over the course of three young girls lives. There are so many things that have gone wrong in these girl’s lives that it’s impossible for me to pinpoint just one, but it feels like the author wants us to think that the shift happened when Sarah was diagnosed with cancer.

What I liked:Normally I am not one for narrators changing within the story, but Kain does an exceptional job with this. Each of the girls had such a different voice that I was able to tell without having to look at the name who was narrating each chapter. I also liked that there was a little bit of unreliability. We get to discover that some of the girls are holding back dangerous secrets. It’s interesting to see this unfold and have them revealed.

What I Didn’t Like:There was a lot of stuff happening in this book and yet somehow it was so slow. It took me about a month to finish this book because the pacing was so slow. The opening was really nice and the ending was really nice, but the middle chunk of the book just lagged behind and was very boring. There were a lot of secrets that were revealed at the end of the book and I feel like those mysteries could have been expanded. If there was a mystery element to this book before the last few chapters I think it could have been a lot better.
There was a lot of stuff. There were just a lot of things happening and I totally understand that this was because there were three different narrations, but…sometimes it didn’t work for me. There were a lot of things that got the girls to where they were, living on and leaving the commune, Sarah’s cancer, parents’ divorce, and there was the bit about the aunt. The biggest cause that Kain seems to stick with in deciding how the family got to the way it was is Sarah’s cancer. Asha became the match for Sarah and so Rachel was pushed out of the way and the stress was too much for the parents and so they split. I just don’t find this enough of a reason and the sad thing is that sometimes families just fall apart for no reason at all, but I feel like there was a lot of time spent on blaming it on Sarah and the cancer.
Sarah and Brandon…together. I do not understand her obsession with being with him. Almost from the start she wonders what it would have been like if they were together. I don’t understand this at all. Besides making me rethink what I know about Sarah, as told to me by Asha and Rachel and even Sarah herself, this doesn’t really fit very well into the story.
Krishna. Where did he go? I mentioned that she has a large cast of characters and for the most part it’s okay…but this was one of the occasions where I feel like she forgot what was happening with her own characters.

The Desolation of Books

Hey guys! I’ve been super busy and haven’t been able to do much of anything recently besides school and my internship, but I wanted to throw something up here. Remember that totally awesome notebook my parents bought my for my birthday? I loved that notebook…well apparently so did my dog because she ate it. Yup. She tore up the leather on the cover and shredded the paper. I was very angry with her, but she is the best example of puppy dog eyes and I couldn’t stay long at her for very long.
Then a week or two after that I sat down one Saturday afternoon finally having gotten a moment to actually read! I picked up Fragments by Dan Wells and I was so excited to dive into this book. I get about 50 pages into the book, set it on the couch to get something to drink, come back and the book is missing. Where did my awesome book go? Well my dog had dragged it off the couch and into the other room and had proceeded to eat that book as well. The funny and kind of creepy thing is that somehow she took off the jacket first and didn’t harm it. So if I put the jacket onto it you can hardly tell that she ate it (with the exception of ruined pages). I wonder if she thought she was going to be clever and put the jacket back on and sneak it back onto the couch while I was looking lol.
Needless to say, I haven’t been able to do much reading at all and I miss it! I miss being able to get lost in these awesome world and go on a journey with these characters. I am about 1/3 of the way through my internship and I am hoping that by the time I am halfway done it will calm down. I also think once I am finished with my summer course I’ll have more time to read as well. From what I actually got to read of Fragments it was amazing. Dan Wells is such a terrific writer and Partials was amazing so I am super excited for this. I got a $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble for my birthday that might just be spend buying me a new copy of the book so I don’t have to carry around a half torn one with dog slobber all over it.
Anyone else have dogs that have decided to destroy your books?

Did anyone else see this???


If you guys haven’t read the book go out and get it now!