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Because I’m Glutton for Punishment…

One of the benefits (or drawbacks) of working in a library is I can peruse the shelves at my leisure.  As I work in a school library, I usually stock up on books to take with me over the summer.  And here you see that I can GUARANTEE you my house will be unsuitable for guests this summer being this is what I plan on taking home…

Summer Books

 

And this is what is on my nook from the public library…

Checkouts

And the ebooks I have on hold from the public library….

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As well as the ones I have pre-ordered and am HOTLY anticipating…

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The hardback copies I currently have checked out of the public library…

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And the ones I am DYING to get my hands on in the fall…

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Yep.  Serious issues…What do y’all have lined up for the summer?

 

 

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

ImageOk, So I was really interested in reading Morgan Matson’s new book, Since You’ve Been Gone.  I’ve seen it on a number of lists and it intrigued me.  Alas, it just came out and my library had not processed it as of yet and I was unsure about this author so I went and checked out her other two books.  Just finished Amy and Roger and I am HOOKED.  So Amy is in California, her father has died three months before (which has left her in a very precarious state), her twin brother is in rehab in North Carolina and her mom is moving the family across the country to Connecticut.  Having been living in the family home by herself until her junior year has finished, Amy is to ride with Roger, a family friend whom she hasn’t seen since childhood harboring problems of his own, across country, with a VERY detailed itinerary created by her mother.  But what if they don’t follow that itinerary and create a road trip of their own?  I am in LOVE with Morgan Matson as a writer.  I loved the scrap booking and playlists included!  Such a great story!  I highly recommend it!  4 stars

Lux Series by Jennifer Armentrout

 

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I don’t remember where I read about this series (quite frankly, I can’t remember where I find most of the books I read!) but I am very glad I did.  The basic premise of the series is there are aliens living among us.  These aliens, made up completely of light in their true form, are called Luxen.  The Luxen can change into human form, and those that choose to live in human communities, adopt their human form the majority of the time.  The setting is West Virginia.  In the first book in the series, Obsidian 16-year old Katy (Kat for short) Schwartz has just moved from Florida with her mom, her father having passed away from cancer.  They move onto a deserted street, with only their neighbor’s house being occupied.  Being new in town, Kat’s mom encourages her to make nice with their new neighbors, twins Dee and Daemon Black.  Dee is very eager to befriend Katy, Daemon, not so much.  Katy can’t deny that Daemon is drop dead gorgeous, but his prickly attitude makes their interactions laced with snarkiness-and a WHOLE lot of chemistry.  I enjoyed the first two books, Obsidian and Onyx, but I will say, Katy, at times got on my nerves.  I always liked her, but she was prone to make stupid decisions blinded by her absolute insistence that she was not interested in Daemon.  That being said, the story was enough to make me want to read more.  Yeah, the premise that the Department of Defense was aware of the Luxen and were monitoring sometimes felt a bit farfetched.  Occasionally as I read the series, there were some things that based on what Armentrout had said previously regarding the Luxen, their abilities and the DOD, didn’t ring true.  But it wasn’t enough for me not to like the overall arc of the series and Daemon and Kat together work really well.  The last two books, Opal and Origins, were my favorite and have me dying to find out the conclusion to the series in Opposition, due out in August.  Armentrout has great ideas, but maybe not always play out well.  Definitely not, Sarah Maas, but entertaining and I am eagerly waiting for the last book.

A few extras, she is re-releasing the first four books in anticipation of the release of Opposition.  The first four will be released in two volumes,Lux: Beginnings (Obsidian and Onyx) and Lux: Consequences (Opal and Origin).  These will be released with special bonus material that will not be anywhere else.  On her website, she does have some scenes from the books told from the guys POV deleted scenes from all of her series (she has at least 2 other series)

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

 

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Alice Love is 29 years old, pregnant with her first child and madly in love with her husband, Nick-at least that’s what she thinks when she wakes up after a fall at the gym (GYM!! Why is she at the gym??) When she comes to, she is actually a 39 year old housewife with 3 kids and in the middle of a nasty divorce.  She barely talks to her sister and who is this Gina everyone keeps going on about? Ten years of her life she has no memory of whatsoever.

I really enjoyed this book and if you are up for a fun read pick this one up.  There were several times when I was laughing out loud, grateful that I was alone so no one could see the tears running down my face.  And what an interesting   concept!  How would you react if you had woken up after a bump on the head and remembered nothing of your life, the last thing you remembered was being pregnant for your first child and then only to wake up to the complete chaos that life with young kids brings.  And the husband you were so madly in love with now speaks to you with such disdain and condescension.   The story goes back and forth between Alice’s story, her sister’s journal writing and her grandmother’s letter s to a man who will never read them but Alice and her story is the center of these threads and her actions affect those around her in a very positive way.  If you are looking for something more adult and not so heavy, give this one a try.  4 stars.

The Selection and The Elite by Kierra Cass

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I was hesitant to pick this one up.  I kept seeing it described as The Bachelor meets The Hunger Games, and being that I DETEST the entire CONCEPT of The Bachelor, I didn’t think it was for me.  I was pleasantly surprised but still irritated at the same time.  The concept is this: It is 80 years after World War IV, the continent of North America has now become the country of Illea which is divided into an eight tier caste system, the ones being the wealthiest most influential and the eights being the homeless, the lowest of the lows.  The country is ruled by a monarchy and when the prince of the country comes of age, a process known as The Selection begins.  This process is to find a princess from the caste system, the theory being that it will form more of a bond with the people.  The girls of the kingdom who are at least 16 years old and who would like to may place their application in to be the new princess. Thirty-five girls are selected and are sent to live at the palace, basically going through a series of tests in which they will slowly be eliminated until The One is selected and she will become the princess. 16 year old America Singer belongs to the fives, the caste of artists and musicians, and has had a difficult life at times.  Reluctantly, she places her application in (after much cajoling and from her boyfriend) and is surprised when she is selected as one of the thirty-five.  America is a strong, likeable character.  She obviously doesn’t like this system, neither the class system of Illea nor the process of The Selection.  She does get along with Maxon, the prince and they become quite close.  I tore through this book!  I am now almost through with The Elite, the sequel, and while I am enjoying it, it is also greatly pissing me off.  America needs to make a choice.  The love triangle that is going on if tiresome and her inability to make a decision to save her life is grating on my nerves…won’t stop me from jumping into the conclusion!  Man, I am such a sucker!!

4 stars for The Selection

3 stars for The Elite

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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Since Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction Monday, I feel I need to post a review on her award winning book, The Goldfinch.  I first want to say, I didn’t hate it. But I also didn’t love it.  It’s not something that I will read again; although I’m glad I read it.

 

The story centers on Theo Decker.  When it begins, he is a man in his mid-twenties relating an incident in his childhood that will determine the path he takes and the choices he makes for the next ten years; the path of drugs and the art underworld.  Theo is a likeable enough character, but Lord does he make STUPID decisions, one after another.  After his constant poor decision making, I empathized with him but wanted to throttle him yelling, “YOU ARE AN IDIOT!”  The story itself was decent enough but it took forever to get to the point.  I actually started this book around New Years and didn’t finish it until close to Valentine’s Day.  That is not good for me.  A book must speak to me or pull forth some sort of strong emotion, a book where I want to be in the world; that is the type of book that CONSUMES me.  This book did not do that.  I had to take it in small bites.  Five pages here, ten there until I was FINALLY done!  I think I was trying more just to get to the end than to see HOW it actually ended.  At a certain point, Theo’s decisions had deadened me so much that I could care less what happened to him but I had invested enough of my time that I HAD to finish it!   Maybe I am clueless, who knows.  I bought this book because it was on EVERY best of book last year.  Then again, so was Life After Life and I could NOT finish that one.  That was painful on a very visceral level!  I have reached a point in my life where I am tired of basing my reading on what others deem worthy.  If it gets you reading go for it.  If not, find something that grabs your attention!

 

So if you are looking for…I am not even sure how to categorize this book. There is romance, dysfunctional relationships, criminal activity, mystery, suspense, but it was not a page turner.  If you like to slowly watch a story unfold, this is the one for you!  It was not, however, my cup of tea.  3 stars