October DNF Pile

Let’s talk about my Did Not Finish pile. Oh, boy. I’ve mentioned before about how I was going to turn my TBR pile around and ONLY add books that I know I would love. Well that didn’t work. There are some books that you think you will love only to find you can’t get very far into the book without groaning every time you open it. Then there are those books for blog tours you were shocked to get invited on so of course you have to read those! And last but not least, there are those ones from newer unknown authors whose review request was just so nice! That you felt obligated to read it.

Most of these books I started to read months ago and today I decided to DNF them. That’s not to say that you guys wouldn’t LOVE them, it’s just that I couldn’t do it. You may find that you enjoy them so if it’s something you’re interested in then go ahead and check them out!

 

 Start Date: April 7, 2017

How far did I make it: 13%

Oh this book. You guys I wanted to love it so bad! I originally thought it took place in a similar time period as the original Alice in Wonderland and I was really looking forward to some Pride and Prejudice and Zombies vibes and I did not get that. Maybe this book was really good? I don’t know, but months later I’ve got to put it down.

 

 

 

Start Date: July 12, 2017

How far did I make it: 15%

My last status update on Goodreads was, “There’s been quite a bit of info dumping so far and it’s just making me want to skip full pages :/” I really wanted to like this one too. It doesn’t have too many review on Goodreads and I wanted to write a good one for the author, but I just can’t. The opening chapter was really good, but then it kind of went downhill from there. It has a great plot set up and I felt like it could go far, but some of the characters got on my nerves and I just couldn’t get over some writing hiccups.

 

 

Start Date: June 26, 2017

How far did I make it: 20%

 

Okay, okay so this one was going to be a DNF…but….you guys I want to love this one so much that I want to give it like a tenth shot. I really do love the writing in this and I love the story, but it’s a bit too complicated for my liking. I am hoping that maybe if I give it another chance and can just get passed this opening it won’t be so bad!

 

 

Book Birthday: The Knowing by Sharon Cameron

Happy happy book birthday to THE KNOWING by Sharon Cameron. I loved The Forgetting  so much and I know I will love this book too! Sharon Cameron is one of my favorite authors and I know I can count on her to write a book I will love! Cannot wait to read it!

 

 

 

Scholastic Press

October 10, 2017

Zodiac Read-a-Long Spotlight

Today I’ve got a spotlight for Zodiac by Romina Russell as part of the Read-a-Thon by Penguin Teen.  I started reading this book, but I haven’t finished yet so there are no spoilers today because I don’t have any!
Just to start I can tell you that I love what I have read so far! This is a true science fiction/fantasy and I feel like we don’t get very many of those in YA! At least not that I have read! So if you are looking for a really cool YA book that takes place in space on other planets then this book is for you! Once of the coolest visual scenes that I’ve read so far in the opening chapters was the concert that Rho and her friends put on for the other students at her school. Both the concert with the students bouncing outside in the different gravity and the immediate aftermath was so well written and described that I could see every exciting and horrifying detail in my head. If there are more descriptions like this throughout the book then this is going to be a very visually appealing read.
Today I want to spotlight the world building that Romina Russell has done with this story. Now, again I have not finished Zodiac yet, but already I feel like I have such a rich understanding of the world she is creating.
The world is made up by groups of people who identify with one of the twelve zodiacs in groups known as Houses. Our central character, Rho is from House Cancer. What I love is that each of the Houses has different characteristics, whether that be looks or personalities or things they excel at.
So far I’ve seen a lot of description of House Cancer and for good reason since Rho comes from there. We learned that it’s a beautiful blue ocean planet and we also learn that of the four members of her family she had when she was younger, only her dad is left on the planet. Her mother vanished, her brother left, and she left to go to school. It’s interesting to my because the planet seems to idyllic in her mind and yet three of four people in her immediate family vanished.
One thing I haven’t gotten too much into yet is how each of the Houses fit together so I am anxious to see if they can bring all of their strengths together to fight whatever this big bad that’s coming is. It seems to me like everyone would bring something new to the table and a different viewpoint.
Now that Rho is the Guardian of House Cancer I want to know if she will bring all of these elements together to fight Big Bad. I also am interested to see how her relationship with her friends with change now that she is a Guardian. I can see it strengthening or falling to pieces, but I do not see it staying the same with all of this huge changes in their lives.

 

 

 

 

 

Authors Notes: There’s a giveaway but for some reason I can’t get the link to work in here so I am going to link to another website where you can access it!

http://www.papertrailya.com/news/zodiacbooks-readathon-rereadgiveaway

 

Isolation (Partials Sequence 0.5) by Dan Wells

Okay you guys I have now done something I never have before! I bought one of those add on novella’s that authors write! In case you aren’t familiar, but really unless you’re under the rock I just came out I am sure you are aware, but over the last maybe half decade authors have really started to write little novella’s that go along with their novels. These are things that I always thought were really fun, but I couldn’t see shelling out money for a 50 page story before.

 

 

A few days ago I did it though! I bought Isolation which is part of the Partials Sequence by Dan Wells. If you don’t know already, I love those books! It had one of the best conclusions to a series that I have ever read. I really wanted to have this story off of my “To Read” list on Goodreads so I figured, hey why not? lol It was going to be a short read anyway and if I can shell out a few dollars a paycheck for some music, why not get a short story?

 

As many of you will know by now I don’t like to read any information about a book before I read it and this was no different. Just the fact that it was part of the Partials Sequence was enough for me so I didn’t realize this story was going to be set in the Isolation Wars! It was an amazing, pleasant surprise. It was more perfect than what I originally thought which was that it would take place between books one and two.

 

For those who haven’t read the series yet, the Isolation War was this massive war that pretty much ended world as humankind knew it at the time. It’s talked about a lot in the series, but I never expected that we would get to see it or really to see the rise of the Partials. This story brought us all of that.

 

In Isolation we get to follow Heron and learn more about her backstory which was so awesome! The only terrible thing for me was that since I read the books so long ago I remember Heron but not too much about her. More specifically I cannot for the life of me remember what happened to her in the 3rd book :/ but…it was still really cool to see her origin story because her origin story is actually part of the origin of this whole new world we get to see in the actual series.

 

It was just as well written as the series was and as always I feel like Dan Wells just crafts the most perfect characters and settings. Another thing I loved was that he crafts strategies like I could never have done! Heron is a spy and her brain works differently than the others and it was so cool to see her figuring out and calculating things in her mind as if it were all a puzzle that was easy to her!

 

Overall this was a really fun way to add depth to an already amazing story. This novella fits perfectly with the story, but it can also be read just by itself which is pretty cool!