Sunday, September 30, 2012

Bones Wires by: Michael Shean Excerpt Book Tour



Title: Bone Wires
Author: Michael Shean
Genre: Dark, Mystery, Science Fiction, 
Publisher: Curiosity Quills/Whampa, LLC
Paperback/Ebook
Pages: 380 (paperback)

Excerpt:

The scene of the crime was an alleyway behind an abandoned Roziara Deli. Crowding the street outside the deli were a pair of patrol cars, white wedges of steel with ribbon lights that stained the nearby buildings red and blue. Street officers clustered around the mouth, black body armor over blue uniform fatigues; unlike the sidearms that Gray and Carter carried, the streeties carried the blunt, brutal shapes of submachine guns close to their plated chests. A cordon had been set up; the narrow yellow band of holographic tape that stretched across the alley mouth glowed as it cycled through baleful warning messages.
“They used to have good subs here,” said Carter as they pulled up in front of the moldering delicatessen. “Slabs of capicola as thick as Annie Cruz’s ass. Just incredible.”
“Don’t know that name,” said Gray.
“Porn star,” said Carter, who produced his badge and flashed it at a streeter who was approaching them. “Way before your time. Put on your war face, here comes the Pacifier.”
Carter’s Amber Shield glowed like the very words of God Almighty in the low light. “Carter and Gray,” said Carter, keeping his identification held up so that the streeter could see it. “Homicide Solutions.”
“Lem Martin,” replied the streeter. “Pacification Officer, patrol region 927.”
“This is your beat then,” said Gray, who produced from the inside pocket of his suit coat a slim Sony microcomp and engaged its holographic display. Data from the Nexus sprang to life above the palm-sized slab. “What do you have for us, Martin?”
Martin winced a bit at the lack of ‘Officer’ before his surname – you got a lot of that with Pacification Services, of which street patrol was the biggest group. They didn’t like being talked down to. Gray outranked him, however, and didn’t give a shit besides. “Nasty stuff,” Martin said, jerking his head toward the alley mouth. “Victim’s name is Anderson, Ronald P.. Administration. His panic implant was set off about an hour ago and flatlined soon after; me and my partner were in the area, and when we found him…well. Real horror show back there, is all I can say. I called for backup. Dunno what they used, but…well. You’ll see.”
Carter and Gray looked at each other – streeters saw all sorts of things. If they said it was a nasty scene, they’d probably do well to get smocks and rain boots. “All right, Officer,” Carter said, at which Martin seemed to relax a bit. “Were there any witnesses, security footage, anything like that?”
“Nothing we could find,” said Martin. “This area’s been abandoned for years. Anyone who lives here cleared out as soon as they heard us coming. You know how it is.”
“Yeah,” said Gray. Don’t want to get arrested for just being around. “All right, thanks, Officer. If you and…”
“Conklin and Peavey,” Martin replied. “In the other car. Patel’s with me.”
“…Right,” Carter replied with a nod. “If you fellas can keep up the cordon on either side of the alley, we’ll have a look. Call the coroner while you’re at it.”
“On it,” barked Martin, who stepped away from the alley mouth while touching the side of his throat where a subvocal mic, standard issue for street patrol, had been implanted. Carter waited until Martin had backed up a few steps and was well into conversation before he gestured for Gray to follow him. The two men passed through the holographic cordon, the barrier no more solid than the air around it, and took a few steps into the feebly-lit alleyway. The space behind the deli was dark and thick with shadows, lit only by the dying bulb of a lamp set over the shop’s sealed back door. A figure slumped or lay in the cone of dim light that spilled across the building’s crumbling facade. The air was faintly tinged with the smell of ozone and cooked meat. The two men approached; Gray held his computer in one hand while Carter fished the flat, card-sized shape of a palm lamp from a coat pocket. Cupping the lamp in his hand, Carter threw a beam of bright blue- white light across the alleyway and clearly illuminated the corpse.
Lean and muscular in life, that which had been Ronald Anderson half-crouched, half-sprawled across the alleyway, his handsome face pointing down toward the filthy concrete. The corpse’s posture reminded Gray of an old girlfriend; she was a yoga fanatic and used to do something similar called the Child’s Pose. Anderson’s formerly clean white dress shirt had been cut open, straight down the back from collar to waist, and his belted slacks had also been cut down to the base of the pelvis. His back had been tattooed with a medieval Japanese wave scene.
Anderson’s flesh had been laid open. Arching upward and away in a v-shaped furrow, a deep channel now butterflied the man’s back half from the base of his skull to the top of his pelvis. Where his spine should have been there was only a bloodless, grayish-red channel. The red and ivory of cleanly clipped bone and cooked organs were clearly visible in its absence, his heart a gray and veined lump. It was as if the tattooed sea had somehow come alive, restless and roaring, and attempted to rise away from its host who could never have survived its rebellion.
Without the slightest drop of blood, Ronald Anderson had been boned like a fish.
“Damn,” muttered Carter, stepping forward so he could track with his light the awful wound. “Never seen that before. What do you make of it, Dan?” For Gray, who had only experienced the more pedestrian horrors of stranglings, stabbings and gunshot wounds in his brief career, there was no clean reply. “That’s the strangest thing I’ve ever seen,” he breathed instead, staring down at the carved gutter. Gray had said ‘strangest’ – however, what he had truly wanted to say was ‘most horrible’. Looking down at the murdered man, Gray knew that his ‘sexy’ case had arrived, just as he had wished for it, but the only thing he could wish for now was to be anywhere else.
As if sensing the truth behind Gray’s words, Carter snorted softly. “Lucky you, kid,” he replied in a wry and vaguely weary tone. “Lucky you.”

About the Author:

Michael Shean was born amongst the sleepy hills and coal mines of southern West Virginia in 1978. Taught to read by his parents at a very early age, he has had a great love of the written word since the very beginning of his life. Growing up, he was often plagued with feelings of isolation and loneliness; he began writing off and on to help deflect this, though these themes are often explored in his work as a consequence. At the age of 16, Michael began to experience a chain of vivid nightmares that has continued to this day; it is from these aberrant dreams that he draws inspiration.

In 2001 Michael left West Virginia to pursue a career in the tech industry, and he settled in the Washington, DC area as a web designer and graphic artist. As a result his writing was put aside and not revisited until five years later. In 2006 he met his current fiancee, who urged him to pick up his writing once more. Several years of work and experimentation yielded the core of what would become his first novel, Shadow of a Dead Star (2011). Michael is currently signed with Curiosity Quills Press, who has overtaken publication of Shadow of a Dead Star and the other books of his Wonderland Cycle.




Saturday, September 29, 2012

New Girl by: Paige Harbison

Title: New Girl
Author: Paige Harbison
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Format: Kindle
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 320

Description:

"Welcome to Manderley Academy"I hadn't wanted to go, but my parents were so excited.... So here I am, the new girl at Manderley, a true fish out of water. But mine's not the name on everyone's lips. Oh, no.

It's Becca Normandy they can't stop talking about. Perfect, beautiful Becca. She went missing at the end of last year, leaving a spot open at Manderley--the spot that I got. And everyone acts like it's my fault that infallible, beloved Becca is gone and has been replaced by "not" perfect, completely fallible, unknown Me.

Then, there's the name on "my" lips--Max Holloway. Becca's ex. The one boy I should avoid, but can't. Thing is, it seems like he wants me, too. But the memory of Becca is always between us. And as much as I'm starting to like it at Manderley, I can't help but think she's out there, somewhere, watching me take her place.

Waiting to take it back.

My thoughts:


In the beginning, what sold me on this book is seeing "Manderley." Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca is one of my favorite books, and when I hear Manderley, I instantly think, Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again... What I didn't realize was that New Girl IS actually a retelling of Rebecca, which is very exciting...

Lately I've been very careful about choosing Young Adult titles because I feel most of them are a repetition of one another. This, however, did not disappoint me; it was different, and it did a very good job of paying tribute to one of the much-loved classics of all time. The main character is a pretty regular teenage girl from Florida who ends up at Manderley Academy, a boarding school far, far from her home. This isn't a troubling situation as you think because apparently she dreamed of going to boarding school when she was younger, and her parents made it happen when there was an opening at the school.

For those of you who haven't read Maurier's Rebecca, I don't know how you might picture Manderley, but the image I head in my head the entire time was what Du Maurier had created. And, I must say, it worked very well with the story. The main character's name isn't mentioned toward the end of the story, so I'm not going to tell you what it is. She (the main character) finds out when she arrives at the school that she's a replacement for a girl who had disappeared. Her name was Becca, she dated the most popular, unattainable boy at school, and she was loved by everybody. Becca's friends, some cruel, some alright, very much treat her as a replacement, which doesn't help her "new girl" status at all.

We get the present story from the New Girl's point of view, and Becca tells us what's happening when she was around. This I enjoyed a great deal because it gives great insight to the story itself. It's interesting to see how very different yet the same the two girls are. Apart from being attracted to the same boys, sharing the same room, bed and roommate, they're both insecure in their own skin. New Girl, however, stands up for herself and tries to find reasoning behind people's behavior against her. She doesn't lash out right away, until she's very much fed up, and that I quite appreciated. Let's face it, who likes a "Me! Me! Me!" type, whiny and self absorbed teen, right? 

Right, but that's exactly the type of teenager Becca is. She wants to be adored, wants to be the most popular, date the hottest guy in school because he's unattainable while she sleeps around with his best friend... I must admit I also appreciated the author not trying to hide the fact that teenagers DO have sex whether is right or not. I'm not going to name names, but some YA authors go out of their way to keep the sex out of the picture. This is very unrealistic when we know and THEY know what's actually going on.

Other than that, New Girl is a story about the relationship between these kids, and what certain kinds of situations will do to people's lives. I think Harbison did a great job with the flow of the story, and I very much enjoyed the suspense and the complications. You're gonna want to read this till the end even if just to find out what New Girl's name is.

On a different note, the one thing that really bugged me about the story was how and why New Girl ended up at Manderley Academy. I've mentioned before that she had wanted to go to boarding school at one point. But her reasoning for it was that she watched Harry Potter, and boarding school looked cool. Well, I'm sorry, but I don't think Harry Potter makes anyone yearn for boarding school unless one's absolutely sure it's a school of witchcraft and wizardry. 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Above The Universe Promo by: Elias Barton & Giveaway



Title: Above the Universe Below
Author: Elias Barton
Genre: Fantasy, Dark,
Publisher: Iron Glass Press
Ebook/Paperback
Pages: 332

Purchase:


Book Description:

For two years running (2011 & 2012) Above the Universe Below was was a semi-finalist in Amazon.com's Breakthrough Novel Award and Publishers Weekly:

"Brilliant writing carries this pleasantly odd tale of an agoraphobic artist, Carder Quevedo... Carder's road is not an easy one, but readers will be rooting for him in this unusual and beautifully written book."

An agoraphobic artist in our world but a grim reaper in another, Carder Quevedo hides at home, immersing himself in the paintings which commemorate the strange deaths he's witnessed. He ventures into public only when necessary, scrambling to his hospital job to extract corneas from deceased donors or darting to the diner to share a meal with Darren, his only friend. That's Carder's existence - and he's content.

Until...

Haika changes that. As the bored, beautiful owner of an art gallery - who also happens to be married - she stumbles into Carder in a chance encounter and soon becomes obsessed with his art. As they forge a quirky, electric relationship, Carder is reluctantly pulled into Haika's social world of wealth, status and the peculiar characters that come with it. Carder is pushed further to the edge when his teenage niece visits, rebelling against her ultra-conservative upbringing. All the while, Carder's hidden history threatens to ruin his developing chance at normalcy, and on the opening night of his art gallery show, his past finally catches up to his present and wreaks havoc upon them all.

Excerpt:

Haika’s mouth is obscured behind an empty Styrofoam cup riddled with repeating arches of gentle teeth-marks she’s bitten into it like colorless rainbows perforating white sky. She meets Carder’s gaze with a mischievous smile, enjoying the role of spectator and anthropologist. She’s relaxed, as if sitting in a bubble bath with a goblet of wine in hand, reading this all in a novel someone lent her.

Love.

That’s what Haika is: love. Not just love for Mike or art or New York. Haika is love in every moment. She’s loving to Carder, to his relatives, to the Carlisle boys. But she’s more. She’s love in the cloudless sky above, in the honey she brought for tea, in the music she tries to soundtrack Carder’s life with, in the thrift-store clothes she’s wearing, in the ascot knotted at her chin, in her bare feet sliding through what would once have been war-torn grass, in the sadness sometimes hiding in the corners of her lips. She brings love to every moment… something Carder has never seen in another person. Ever. He obsesses over every detail, and gulps down the harrowing thought that he’ll one day lose her. He tries to be love like Haika is, to laze on the hammock of friendship hanging from her eyes right now. He fills with gratitude. This has actually happened. She had actually been in his life, and no one can take that away. Carder could live off it for decades and fully plans to.

About the Author:
Elias Barton has lived on the edge of an active volcano, worked in a Bible factory and is the author of the novel "Above the Universe Below." He was a semifinalist in both 2011 and 2012 for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. He currently resides in Washington DC where he befriends gargoyles, feeds unicorns and combats two cats who try to smother him in his sleep. 

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Huber Hill and The Brotherhood of Cornado by: B.K. Bostick Tour


Title: Huber Hill and the Brotherhood of Cornado
Author: B. K. Bostick
Publisher: Cedar Fort Publishing
Pages: 288
Format: ebook ARC
Source: Cedar Fort Book Tour

Description:

The Dead Man’s Treasure has been stolen! Now it’s up to Huber and his gang to find it. Convincing their parents they’re part of a special study-abroad program, Huber, Scott, and Hannah travel across the globe to Salamanca, Spain—an old city full of even older secrets.

But they’re not the only ones looking for this treasure. And in a city full of strangers, you can’t trust anyone. Packed with action, comedy, and a plot that keeps you guessing, this is a can’t-miss adventure that pulls you in from the very first page.

My Thoughts:

It was great to get back to Huber and Hannah Hill and their friend Scott they find themselves going to Spain to retrive the Dead Man's Treasure that has been stolen and brought to Spain.  There they meet up with Yesenia aka Jessie, Alejandro and their grandfather.  The brotherhood of Corando is out to get all the gold including the Dead Man's Treasure.  The kids find themselves dealing with depict, trickery,  evil and trying to do the right thing.  What turns out as a nice trip to Spain ends up out of control real quickly.  I really enjoyed this book reading about their adventures and what they will do next! And what an ending oh my gosh can't wait for the next book!

Bloggiesta Starting Post

Here's my starting post and what I'm hoping to work on these couple of days.


  • Clean Up My Reviews for 2012 and previous years
  • See about getting a new button for the blog
  • Add some reviews that I'm missing
  • Work on promoting site for more traffic
  • Make sure all my scheduled posts are ready
  • Clean Up My Email
  • Work on Social Sites for blog
  • Make sure RSS feeds work properly
We'll see how it goes and how much I get done.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Fountainhead by: Ayn Rand

Title: The Fountainhead
Author: Ayn Rand
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Format: Paperback, Centennial Edition
Pages: 704

Description:
When The Fountainhead was first published, Ayn Rand's daringly original literary vision and her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivism, won immediate worldwide interest and acclaim. This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This edition contains a special afterword by Rand’s literary executor, Leonard Peikoff, which includes excerpts from Ayn Rand’s own notes on the making of The Fountainhead. As fresh today as it was then, here is a novel about a hero—and about those who try to destroy him.

My thoughts: 


Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead was one of my book club's choices from last year. Even though it's been on my to-read list forever, I found an excuse not to read it whenever I picked it up. Some of these excuses were along the lines of "oh, this book's too big" or "man, the text is way too small" or "I just can't handle this right now." Then, when I was getting ready for my vacation at the beginning of June this year, it caught my eye, and I kind of just threw it in my suitcase.

I'm not sure what kind of journey it takes the reader onto, and I probably won't try and find out, yet in my situation it took me to very weird places. I read it on the beach, and, let's say, as Howard Roark was about to do something outrageous, the sun would blow in my face from behind the book. I would picture Roark's red hair, which would burn and burn under the sun... I think this might be one of the reasons why my sister calls me "a little psycho" at times, but I'm not complaining.

First of all, I couldn't help being biased toward this book. Even if one hasn't read any of her works, one has definitely heard of her philosophy, objectivism. Also, I've always seen characters in movies or TV shows who give this book to the other and say, "you have to read this," as if it holds the answer to all of world's questions or something. I was always going crazy thinking, "why this book?"

I hated all the characters. I hated them so much that I could strangle them to death if they popped up in front of me all of a sudden. And the events made me go "whoaaaa" most of the time. I found both the characters and their actions ridiculous most of the time. They all act like they've created the world, and they're all trying to take one another down. When they're mad at someone and want to punish them, or  even if they're madly in love with someone, they won't stop at any length to torture the other party. These are things I seriously cannot put up with whether in fiction or in real life.

However, what I hated most about the book was that it was very black and white. I'm the kind of person who likes to dabble in the greys, and there was none of that in The Fountainhead. The book was worth praising for managing to get me this annoyed, though, and I'll admit it was a good read-- easy to read even though it's on the longer side. I think everyone should read this for themselves and decide if it's worth all the hype it's still getting.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Seeds of Discovery by: Breeana Puttroff

Title: Seeds of Discovery
Author: Breeana Puttroff
Publisher: Smashwords
Format: ebook
Source: Lightning Book Promotions
Series: Dust Gate Chronicles #1

Description:


Quinn Robbins' life was everything she thought a teenager's should be. She has good friends, a family that she loves, good grades, and an after-school job she enjoys. And, she's just been asked out by Zander Cunningham, a popular football player and great guy. But one day when driving home after picking up her little sister from the baby-sitter's, she nearly hits a boy who, after running blindly into the street, mysteriously disappears.


The mystery only deepens as she figures out who the boy is; William Rose, a reclusive, awkward boy from school who always has his nose in a pile of books.


As she becomes more aware of his behavior it becomes more obvious how out of the ordinary William is and how hard he deliberately tries to blend into the background. This only intrigues her more and she finds herself working to find out more about him, and exactly where he keeps disappearing to.


On a whim one night she follows him and suddenly finds herself in a new world. One where William is a prince, literally, and she is treated like a princess. She also discovers that she is stuck; the gate back to her own world isn't always open.


Quinn finds herself smack in the middle of a modern-day fairy tale, on a course that will change her life forever.

My Thoughts: 

This was given to me by Stormi of Lightning Book Promotions for the book tour coming up of Roots of Insight.  This book follows Quinn Robbins.  She lives with her mom, stepfather, and siblings.  While picking up Annie her younger sister Quinn nearly misses hitting a boy and it sends shock through her system.  Quinn finds herself fixated on William Rose the boy she almost hit.  She tries to learn more about him but only finds herself with more questions.

Quinn is also in the beginning stages of a relationship with Zander Cunningham a long time friend of hers, with their mother's as best friends the nudges have been planted.  Zander has tried a few times to pick up Quinn asking for dates and she is slowly opening up to this idea when William Rose presents more of an interesting option for her to explore.  She ends up following him, and finding herself in a whole new world.

She finds herself in a place where William has a family of 12 siblings, each with a gift of some sort.  William is a healer or medicine man, trying to cure people manly kids of a disease that is making them feverish, blistered and rashed. 

William and his brother Thomas are fixing Quinn's leg when she passes out and they bring her home.  There is much to explain to Quinn and at the end returning to her world seemed bittersweet like she wanted to stay in their world instead of returning to her own.  On the plus side time held difference in William's home 10 days equals sunset of the next day Quinn left.  

I enjoyed learning about all the siblings of Williams and his parents.  I felt sad when Quinn went home.  This author is up there for me like Julie Kagawa and her Iron Fey Series.  Definitely a great new YA author!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Totally Random






I have to gush on my 9 year old who made student of the month for September.  Natalie is in the purple shirt!  So enjoy checking out the pictures:





Winner of Wake


The Winner of a copy of Wake is:


#17: Cayce

You should have been contacted by Holly at Full Moon Bites Enjoy!

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Legend of Rachel Petersen by: J.T. Baroni

Title: The Legend of Rachel Petersen
Author: J.T. Baroni
Publisher: Damnation Books
Pages: 144
Format: Kindle
Source: Author Requested Review

Description:

Did his book raise the dead? Outraged when The Post Gazette overlooks him for a promotion, thirty-nine year old sports writer, Christian Kane quits and moves to the country to write fiction. Inspiration flows from a grave he stumbles upon in the woods. He compiles The Legend of Rachel Petersen, a fascinating story revolving around the dead twelve year old girl lying beneath the weathered tombstone. His book becomes a Best Seller; then Hollywood makes it in to a blockbuster movie. Kane becomes rich and famous, but only to have Rachel rise from the grave to seek revenge on him for slandering her name.


My Thoughts: 

I was contacted by J.T. to read this and I was glad I did.  In this story we find Christian Kane a spots writer who thinks he's getting a promotion and finds out he's been passed over because he hasn't adapted with the times and become a techie *technical savy.  He doesn't have a laptop, a cell phone only cause his job requires ones. 

After finding out he's been passed over, he quits in a unique way.  He decides he's going to move to a country setting to write.  He tries his hand at Vampires which doesn't exactly work out well.  While out on a walk with his wife he stumbles upon a grave sight of Rachel Petersen and decides he has to tell her story, whatever that maybe.

This is where the Yoker boys step in the story goes back to when boys went hunting in the woods, and stumble upon Rachel's grave sight, and curiosity gets one of them and decides to see what he can get out of her casket.  Then the two boys find themselves having "Rachel" sightings.  They end up talking to a hundred year old man named Sam who knew of Rachel and what happened to her.  This is bitter sweet as back then in Rachel's time wars were happening between Yankees and the South and people were deserting war when enough became enough.  We learn about Rachel, her family how she wound up in the the care of her Aunt and her Aunt's family.  The connection Sam has with her.

When the story is told Christian fights to get it published trying all sorts of avenues, eventually one of them pans out and he's been published and becomes famous.  But at what price?  The ending of this was amazing I can't even leak any of it without spilling it all out.  I just have one word A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  Total edge of your seat oh my god did that just happen!

J.T. is my breakout writer for 2012-2013 This book was awesome and he is an incredible author who weaved paranormal, thriller, mystery and suspense all into one great read!  If you are looking for a great book this year this is it.  Also proceeds to this book are going to:


J.T. and His Wonderful Brother Gene and his faithful eye dog Valor!
I am donating a portion of my book’s proceeds to The Leader Dogs for the Blind, located in Rochester Hills, Michigan. This organization has been training Leader Dogs and sponsoring them to blind people, free of charge, since 1939, and they have achieved this amazing feat all from donations. The reason I want to donate to Leader Dogs is because my older brother, Gene, was born blind and is currently on his third canine companion. 


Giveaway: The Legend of Rachel Petersen

Giveaway Time: 

I have two kindle copies of The Legend of Rachel Petersen by author J. T. Baroni.  I have read this book and OMG it's that amazing.

Description:

Did his book raise the dead? Outraged when The Post Gazette overlooks him for a promotion, thirty-nine year old sports writer, Christian Kane quits and moves to the country to write fiction. Inspiration flows from a grave he stumbles upon in the woods. He compiles The Legend of Rachel Petersen, a fascinating story revolving around the dead twelve year old girl lying beneath the weathered tombstone. His book becomes a Best Seller; then Hollywood makes it in to a blockbuster movie. Kane becomes rich and famous, but only to have Rachel rise from the grave to seek revenge on him for slandering her name.

What I think makes this book extra special to me is the proceeds are going too.  Here's what J.T. is donating the proceeds to: 

J.T. and His Wonderful Brother Gene and his faithful eye dog Valor!
I am donating a portion of my book’s proceeds to The Leader Dogs for the Blind, located in Rochester Hills, Michigan. This organization has been training Leader Dogs and sponsoring them to blind people, free of charge, since 1939, and they have achieved this amazing feat all from donations. The reason I want to donate to Leader Dogs is because my older brother, Gene, was born blind and is currently on his third canine companion. 

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The Weird Sisters by: Eleanor Brown

Title: The Weird Sisters
Author: Eleanor Brown
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
Pages: 320
Format: Kindle


Description:

A major new talent tackles the complicated terrain of sisters, the power of books, and the places we decide to call home. 

There is no problem that a library card can't solve. 

The Andreas family is one of readers. Their father, a renowned Shakespeare professor who speaks almost entirely in verse, has named his three daughters after famous Shakespearean women. When the sisters return to their childhood home, ostensibly to care for their ailing mother, but really to lick their wounds and bury their secrets, they are horrified to find the others there. See, we love each other. We just don't happen to like each other very much. But the sisters soon discover that everything they've been running from-one another, their small hometown, and themselves-might offer more than they ever expected.

My thoughts:
There is no problem that a library card can't solve. The Andreas family is one of readers. 
I'm one of those people who jumps on a book and has to read it if its characters are people who love to read. And "Weird Sisters" is a catchy name... However, the book itself is not so much. When the word "weird" and Shakespeare are in the same story, I'd expected something more different and surprising, but I wasn't able to find it.

Weird Sisters' father is a Shakespeare professor at a university in Barnwell, Ohio. Shakespeare is so much in the Andreas family's life that they even quote him frequently in their daily conversations. Take the girls' names, for example: Bianca, Cordelia and Roselyn. Cordelia is a mathematics teacher at a university, having never left Barnwell. Bianca and Cordelia, on the other hand, have left as soon as they got the chance to. When they find out their mother has breast cancer, they all get together at home in Barnwell whether they like it or not. Of course, they all bring their baggage with them.

What we read throughout the story is the girls rediscovering one another and trying to get their lives in some sort of order. What they live through isn't anything too interesting, really. The book was bearable only because it feels close to real life, emotional and easy to read.

The most interesting part of the book was the narration. I'm not even sure I understood who was really telling the story. It was going back and forth between the three sisters, referring to them as "we" most of the time. But then, when all three of them were in the picture, and the narrator said "we," I was lost. In the end, I just continued reading ignoring who was telling the story.

If you're looking for a feel-good book, then you can give this a shot. If you don't care for Shakespeare, I suggest you stay away from it.

It's Monday What Are you Reading?


It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @One Person's Journey through a World of Books

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Up Next To Read: 
Check back next week to see what I'm reading and what I get accomplished.


Wildthorn by: Jane Eagland

Title: Wildthorn
Author: Jane Eagland
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Pages: 359
Format: Kindle
Source: NetGalley

Description:

Seventeen-year-old Louisa Cosgrove longs to break free from her respectable life as a Victorian doctor's daughter. But her dreams become a nightmare when Louisa is sent to Wildthorn Hall: labeled a lunatic, deprived of her liberty and even her real name. As she unravels the betrayals that led to her incarceration, she realizes there are many kinds of prison. She must be honest with herself - and others - in order to be set free. And love may be the key...

My thoughts: 


I'm sure by now most of you are aware of my love-hate relationship with the YA genre. My biggest problem with YA is that most of the stories are disturbingly alike, and the writing is way too simple for my taste. In addition, after the Twilightblowout, YA books about vampires and werewolves and angels are rapidly increasing. Even though I'm a huge fan of the supernatural, it does get boring after a while.

Wildthorn had attracted my attention with its subject matter. It takes place during Victorian times. 17-year-old Louisa Cosgrove hits the road thinking she's going away to work for a family, but she finds herself at the Wildthorn mental hospital. In the first part, the book goes back to the previous years of Louisa's life where we get to know more about her and her family. We see whether she's really crazy and why she found herself at a mental institution.

What I enjoyed most about this book was that unlike most YA books, it doesn't only focus on teen problems and love stories. It's a striking story about how the society viewed/views women. There are many women who've been institutionalized because they didn't behave the way society wanted them to. Wildthorn is a story about a girl's story of how she ended up there, the ignorance of the people who put her there, the torture she had to go through while there and how she manages to escape. Writer Jane England, too, was inspired by a true story she read in the book called Against Therapy.


If you enjoy YA books and the subject interests you, I definitely suggest you read Wildthorn. If you're interested in reading true stories, I strongly recommend the book you see on the left, Women of the Asylum: Voices from Behind the Walls, 1840-1945.