Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday – January 31, 2017

Teaser-Tuesdays-PurpleTeaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Purple Booker. Here are the rules if you want to play along:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“Regiments of black crows are flying over all the land between the Mountains and the Grayflood,” he said, “and they have passed over Hollin. They are not natives here; they are crebain out of Fangorn and Dunland. I do not know what they are about: possibly there is some trouble away south from which they are fleeing; but I think they are spying out the land. I have also glimpsed many hawks flying high in the sky. I think we ought to move again this evening. Hollin is no longer wholesome for us: it is being watched.”

~ The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

It’s been a really long time since I’ve read The Lord of the Rings. I am very much enjoying it.

Please leave your teasers in comments!

Drabbles

Back and ready to blog!

Greetings everyone! I am back after my week off. Sometimes you really need to detox from all the craziness that is the Internet and social media. I wasn’t completely offline, but I kept away from the negativity as much as I could. Unfortunately, there is a LOT of negativity out there right now.

I will try to keep the negativity off the blog though. Because I need somewhere that is tension free.

So here’s the plan. There are several things I’ve been wanting to do here for a while. I want to keep up with book reviews, naturally, but I also want to incorporate some short stories as well. There will also be the usual community memes, because they’re fun. Another thing that I’ve wanted to do, have tried to do in the past, but not been able to get it together, is do chapter-by-chapter analysis reviews. I’ve been trying to decide what books I want to do this with. At first, I wanted to go back and re-read Harry Potter, since there is a lot of material there to go through, but I also wanted to do something a bit more recent. So I came up with a compromise. The first book I will do will be Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This is the script from the play that was produced in London, which is a sequel to the original series. After that, I’ll do the original series. I also have the script for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a movie I actually didn’t see (I’m such a bad HP nerd!!). I have heard that the script adds even more to the experience, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

In any case, check out the blog going forward for every kind of bookish nerdiness I can think of throwing at you. Enjoy!

Blog Every Day January · Drabbles

Taking a break . . .

Staying off social media for a while, at least the next few days, to try and avoid some of the nastiness that is sure to be going around in regards to the presidential inauguration. I’m not going to get political here, mostly because both sides of the argument are spewing a bunch of garbage and hatred and I really can’t deal with it right now. My social anxiety has been going through the roof lately, and that is caused by social media as well, not just with dealing with people face to face.

In any case, I know I had said that I would blog every day in January, and I’ve done pretty well so far – I only missed one day. I’m going to change that goal in light of all this and come back to the blog on January 30th with some new things I have planned.

See you then!

Books I've Read

Book Review: The Plantation

the-plantationTitle: The Plantation

Author: Stella Samiotou-Fitzsimons

Series: The Plantation #1

Edition: ebook

Seasonal Reading Challenge Task: 25.1 Book #1 – Read a book written by a single author in which the First letter of the author’s First name is the same as the Last letter of his/her Last name. Examples : Michael Cunningham (M) or Alex Kava (A).

Blurb: A century has passed since they arrived. Human history has been erased. Children are enslaved on Alien plantations. Some have heard whispers of the existence of a rebel band of humans who roam free in the forests. Most slaves dare not speak of the rebels for fear the mutant guards will grab and make an example of them.

Seventeen-year-old Freya is pulled away in the night not by the mutants, but by her old friend Finn, to join the Saviors, the mythic band of rebel teens. Her bliss fades when she discovers she is the only Savior without a special ability. She is the odd one out, slowly pushing Finn away, defying Damian, the leader of the Saviors, and antagonizing the fierce and beautiful Daphne. In her despair Freya reaches deep within to discover a dark destiny, a truth so heavy it threatens to destroy her.

Review: I got this book for free off of BookBub (have you never signed up for BookBub? you need to – right now!). I’ll admit, I was originally attracted to the cover art – so pretty! – but also because the premise sounded interesting and, hey, free book. Overall, the book was okay. Not over-the-top great, but it kept my interest.

A few mild spoilers ahead, just to warn you. Nothing super major, but just be prepared.

Freya is a pretty run of the mill YA heroine. Not saying that this is a bad thing necessarily, but after a while they get a bit tired if not done right. She’s the girl who’s a bit of an outcast, who is almost obnoxiously not-special – in this case it’s because all the others who have escaped the Plantations have genetically enhanced abilities and Freya doesn’t seem to. She, of course, discovers her powers later and they are different from everyone else and she is super special in ways she doesn’t even understand – as I said, that was pretty predictable. It’s been done millions of times. Not that she isn’t a likeable character – she is. I just felt like she could have been developed a bit more.

The other characters are interesting enough, but with a few exceptions, they are pretty one dimensional. I had a hard time really connecting with any of them.

My main complaint about the book was this – for a book titled The Plantation, we never actually saw one. There were a few brief descriptions from Freya about how things were like before she was rescued by the Saviors, but I think it would have been better to have at least a chapter or two showing her life in the Plantation, and then actually have her rescue happen in the story proper instead of way before the book even starts. We get an idea of what they are running from and fighting for, but actually being able to experience it would have given the story some much needed depth.

On to the good stuff, because there was some good stuff, I promise! I really liked the premise of a future Earth that has been taken over by aliens. I liked the structure of the story world, which is part of why I wanted to see more of it. There was a really good flow to the story, and some really good suspense and action. I liked the idea of aliens, and only wish they had been in the story more – we don’t actually meet any until the end.

So the big question is . . . will I continue reading the series. I probably will at some point. There are five books total at the moment, plus a short novella that takes place between books 2 and 3. There is also a book scheduled to come out this year called Plantation Origins which is not part of the series proper, according to the author. It sounds like maybe it will fill in that missing piece? Possibly?

GoodReads rating: 3 stars. Not a super stellar book, but I’ve definitely read worse.

Blog Every Day January · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday – January 18, 2017

WWW NewWWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. Three questions, three answers. Go!

What are you currently reading?

Um.

Well.

Actually.

*whispers* I’m not currently reading anything.

I know, I know, that’s weird, right? But I actually finished the book I was reading last night and I haven’t even picked out a new one, let alone started it. I used to read several books at a time, but lately it’s so much easier to read just one. My brain can only handle so much these days.

What have you recently finished reading?

Several things! Since last Wednesday’s post, I finished reading The Hobbit (review can be found here). I also read and finished The Plantation by Stella Samiotou-Fitzsimons. It was pretty good. I’m a little on the fence about continuing with the series though. Hard to explain why. The book that I just finished last night was The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. Yes, I know that book wasn’t listed anywhere on my last WWW post. I ended up reading it because A). it had been sitting on my shelf for a while, and B). I needed it to help complete a Seasonal Reading Challenge task.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Oh boy, not sure at this point, and of course, it might change by next week. I have been reading along with the reviews over at Mark Reads, going back to when he started his own website. I love his reviews and didn’t realize how many books I had missed reading with him. He’s the reason I read The Hobbit this time around. He is taking a break before continuing into The Lord of the Rings by reading Looking for Alaska by John Green, which is a book that I adore. So I might do that. I might go ahead and read the next book after The Plantation if I can track it down; it’s called The Dark Legion. I also still want to read The Handmaid’s Tale, as I said last week, so it’s pretty much a toss up. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Please leave your WWW posts in comments!

Blog Every Day January · Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday – January 17, 2017

Teaser-Tuesdays-PurpleTeaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Purple Booker. Here are the rules if you would like to play along!

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“You should stay here,” Cornelia persists, looking almost wretched. Nella turns to breathe the air of the outdoors, away from the smoky scent of the candles, her watchful face. “Wherever it is, you shouldn’t go alone,” the maid murmurs, more gently this time, putting a hand on Nella’s arm. “I’m only -”

“Unlike you, Cornelia, I can go wherever I want.”

~ The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

So this quote is from my current read. Yes, I know, it was nowhere on my WWW post last week. These things happen sometimes. I picked this one up at Barnes & Noble knowing absolutely nothing about it, but loving the cover art. I like doing that sometimes at bookstores – finding a book that just speaks to me for some reason, even if I’ve never heard of the book or the author. This one is really interesting so far and the writing is beautiful. I’ll let y’all know how it is when I finish it.

Please leave your teasers in comments!