Monday, April 30, 2018

Rubbing Stones

Rubbing StonesRubbing Stones by Nancy Burkey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rubbing Stones is one of those books that seems to start off slow, but them picks up speed as you go along. By the time you get to the end, you really have no clue how everything is going to turn out.

There are some dark moments that I was not expecting. Not that I thought the book was going to be sunshine and rainbows, but I wasn't expecting it to be what it is. It added to the suspense, so those moments were well placed.

Katura is a great example of a strong female character in literature. Even though she is young, she is knows something is not right, and does everything in her power to try and find a way to fix it, even if her life is endangered along the way. She is a good example of doing what you feel is right, even if those around you, including your family are doing something different.

While the ending was satisfying, I still have some questions that were not answered. I really wish I knew what the big plan had been. There seemed to be something brewing, but it was never revealed what that was. The plan may have failed, but I still want to know what it was.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Author: Nancy Burkey
Publication Date: 2016

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018


OSIRIS: a novelOSIRIS: a novel by Eric C. Anderson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I'm torn about this book. On the one hand, it was completely enthralling. It held my attention and made me hope that every thing would work out in the end. On the other hand, I was so confused. There is no main character. The chapters keep swapping the view point, making it hard for me to keep track of what side the events were playing out from. It was a little disorienting.

I think this book would be a good read for someone that has been in a war torn area, they would probably relate to things a lot more than I did. There are a lot of technical terms that I did not understand. I realize that there is a glossary at the back of the book, but by the time I realized that, I had already finished it, and wasn't going to go back and try to figure out what everything was in hindsight.

For me, this was a one time read. It was with out a doubt, a specialty book, you have to be a certain kind of reader to really appreciate it.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Author: Eric C Anderson
Publisher: Dunn Books
Publication Date: 12 Sept 2017

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Monday, April 2, 2018

The Mystery of Ura Senke

The Mystery of Ura Senke (Choose Your Own Adventure, #44)The Mystery of Ura Senke by Shannon Gilligan
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I think this is the first Choose Your Own Adventure book that really left me frustrated. It was like I was only making partial decisions for my person. Because of the partial decisions, my character was caught before they had even had the chance to do anything.

I would recommend many other Choose Your Own Adventure books before this one.

Author: Shannon Gilligan
Publisher: Chooseco
Publication Date: 1985

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The Martian

The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book was okay, but it's not one that I would read again. I found it to be close to the movie Gravity, which had great reviews, but I struggled to get through. I think I really just need a lot more interaction between characters than was present. There are some funny moments, and I highly enjoyed those, but there was too much time with once character hanging out by himself for me.

This is one of those novels that will be a huge hit or miss depending on what you like. It's kind of like pineapple on pizza, either you will like it, or you won't.

Author: Andy Weir
Publisher: Crown
Publication Date: 2012

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Zom-B Goddess

Zom-B GoddessZom-B Goddess by Darren Shan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Can I just say that Holy Moly is the best character created possibly in the history of ever? Can we have a series that is just the adventures of Holy Moly? I would read that in one sitting. Who needs sleep?

The thing with this series, there is not a clear cut distinction between good and evil. As more information is given, knowledge about each of the characters changes the way the reader views them, which may move them over to being good, when before they were the devil in the flesh, or evil, when they were an angel without wings.

Like real life, these characters do not fit into a clear cut mold, they are complicated, which makes the series unpredictable, and a joy to read.

Author: Darren Shan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2015

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