ARC DNF Review: Rook

Rook

It broke my heart to DNF this book. I wanted to love it, I wanted to be one of the many readers that adored this story but it was not in the stars for me.

Rook is a beautifully written novel about Sophia Bellamy and her arranged marriage to Rene’ Hasard, a wealthy man that could save Sophia’s family from ruin. This marriage comes at a time when the country is in a revolution and those who are opposed to the revolution are put to death. Suddenly, there are people disappearing from prison cells without a trace… that is, except for the red-tipped rook feather that is left behind.

Sounds like a great story, right? There is a huge problem: this story is soooooooooooooo slooooooooow that it is almost painful to read. The action scenes are brilliant and full of suspense, but all of that is lost once the author starts talking about the marble over the fire place, or the glass used to decorate the sitting room. I felt the author put too much detail into pointless parts of the story. I kept hoping it was a one time thing but I quickly found myself skimming, then skipping, entire paragraphs that described nothing important. I could not get keep going so I had to put this book down and call it quits.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Love That Split the World

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Love That Split the World

 The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry

Publication Date: January 26, 2016

From Goodreads:

“Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.”

This sounds like a wonderful read and I cannot wait to pick it up!

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Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing my…

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the First Half of 2016

10. The Last Star by Rick Yancey

The Last Star (The 5th Wave, #3)

 

9. A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)

 

8. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

 

7. The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)

 

6. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

 

5. The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn, #2)

 

4. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1)

 

3. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)

 

2. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Passenger (Passenger, #1)

 

1. And I Darken by Kiersten White

And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga, #1)

Do you want to read any of these in 2016? Which ones?
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ARC Review: The Dead House

The Dead House

The Dead House is the story of a two girls, Carly and Kaitlyn, who share the same body but are two unique souls. It is told from diary entries, therapy notes, newspaper accounts, and interviews. Carly gets the Day, while Kaitlyn has the Night. Carly spends time in a mental hospital ward because she is suffering from DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). When she is not in the hospital, Carly is attending classes at Elmbridge High School. Carly is the outgoing, friendly, personable one while Kaitlyn is the dark, unapproachable, stand-offish of the two. Kaitlyn wakes up one night to find Carly gone. Even though these two souls have never actually met or talked verbally to one another, they have left notes for each other. That is because when one soul fades away, the other takes its place.
Kaitlyn wakes one morning to find out that Carly is missing. Nobody knows where Carly is and Kaitlyn cannot get her to come back. Perhaps something more dark and deadly happened during the Halloween party they went to recently? After all, there was a spirit board they were messing with… something evil could have escaped from the board and taken Carly. Kaitlyn soon realizes that if she wants to find her “sister”, she will have to face her own darkness and dive deep into her own mind. Is she prepared for the evil that waits for her?

 

This was an incredibly fascinating story! It is told in the form of diary entries, therapy notes, newspaper accounts, and interviews. All of this together unfolds a story that is truly wicked and not for the close minded individual. Now while this story was not exactly scary in my mind, I felt it was chilling and deeply interesting. There are creepy scenes, and the footage stills used work very well to help set the tone of this disturbing read.

 

I tore through this book as I was invested in what was going on. I wanted to know where Carly was and what Kaitlyn was willing to sacrifice to get her back. If you are looking for a uniquely creepy read, I highly recommend this book.

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Books Left Unread #5

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

 

This post is dedicated to Winger by Andrew Smith.

 

Winger (Winger, #1)

 

I have heard amazing things about this novel and kept an eye out for it each time I visited Half Price Books or BookOutlet. To my incredible surprise I found a practically brand-new  copy for $1 at HPB! I was so excited! I happily took it home and set it on my bookshelf where it has sat there ever since. I see that distinctive spine, gaze at the cover, petting it sometimes, then move on to another shelf. *sigh* One day I plan on reading this but I carry that worry that I won’t understand or won’t like the book. Convenience me that I need to add this to my next TBR and be part of the Andrew Smith fans.

 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! HAPPY WHATEVER YOU CELEBRATE! Whatever you do and whomever you are with, know that someone out there (ME!) is wishing you the BEST day ever!!! Thank you for sticking with me through this crazy year and know that you are just down right awesome. I hope Santa brings you all of the items on your wishlist and that all of your books be great stories.

 

 

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ARC Review: Rules for 50/50 Chances

Rules for 50/50 Chances

Original review posted on Readingteen.net

 

I have not been as conflicted about a book as I am about Rules for 50/50 Chances. My conflict was if I rate this a 1 star or a 2 star read. I think I will go for 2 stars. This book brings to light serious topics of rare genetic diseases that most people might not know about – particularly Huntington’s Disease. While I like that more and more stories like these are being published, I do not feel this author really did what she should have done –make me care about this story.

The protagonist, Rose, is a 17 year old high school student obsessed with being a ballerina and trying to figure out what to do after high school. Rose battles with the emotional challenges of trying to figure out if she goes to the college of her dreams or give that up to stay home to take care of her mother, who has been living with Huntington’s Disease for 5 years. The other big challenge Rose faces is if she wants to be tested for the genetic disease her mother is currently battling. While this all sounds like a brilliant story, I found myself struggling throughout this entire read. I wanted to like it and I tried, but it just did not happen.

This story moved at such a slow pace for me. My mind started to wander when the author chose to spend three pages explaining how Rose cooked chicken noodle soup from scratch, and devote 2.5 pages to the fact that Rose’s mom liked to print pictures of trains from travel websites. Neither of those two topics had anything to do with the overall story but the author felt it was necessary to fill pages with unnecessary fluff. I felt the author spent too much time explaining the mundane details and not enough on developing the characters.

The other big part of the story that bothered me immensely was the author’s need to bring race into the story. Yes, I understand how race can play an important part in a good story but here it did not do any justice. I do not see why Rose had to keep focusing on the fact that she was a white Jewish teenager and the boy she had a crush on was black. She also talked a lot about how her best friend was Asian and used the slur “the Asian” a lot. What difference does that make to the plot of this story? This is supposed to be a novel about rare genetic diseases, not interracial dating or races in general. To me it was pointless and actually really upset me. On top of that, Rose did not come across as an empathetic person at all. She whined a lot and made it seem as if her life is worse than everyone else’s life. She makes her life miserable on her own; nobody is doing that to or for her.

Overall, this was not a horrible book but it is not something I am going to recommend to people, unless they can look past the items above.

 

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