Review: A Million Suns (Across the Universe #2)

A Million Suns (Across the Universe, #2)

 

I’m terrible with posting some of my reviews. Forgive me! I quickly read A Million Suns immediately after Across The Universe. I could not wait to continue this story.

Short recap: Amy and Elder are still on the ship. Elder is now in command but dark secrets that were never meant to be discovered have surfaced. Together they must decipher these secrets if they want any chance of saving Godspeed and the people aboard.

I’ll be the first to admit – I liked this story a lot more than the first one. I felt there was so much more tension and sense of urgency. Who wouldn’t love that? If Revis can do anything, it is write suspense and anticipation into her stories. The world building is still on point and mind blowing. The plot and pacing never slow down for a moment and that was brilliant. ALTHOUGH… there are a few plot snafus… inconsistencies, if you will. At one point the people aboard the ship complain and riot about not having enough food, yet towards the end everyone is happily fed and nobody is complaining. Uh… how? What? They burned the food down. That’s right. POOF Gone in flames. I don’t see how an editor could have missed a gaping plot hole like that.

The one thing I could not stand was Amy. That girl needed to sit the hell down and shut up. Yes, the life she knew before was over but she needed to put on her big girl panties and deal with it. Did she? NO. Not at all. She was a petulant child throughout nearly the entire story. She became insufferable towards the end when it was revealed that the villain (no names mentioned here) left clues for only her to find. Insert eye roll here. Why her? I won’t spoil that either but it will make you groan and say, “Seriously?” I still enjoyed Elder’s character but he still felt stiff and lifeless, like a robot. I did enjoy seeing him develop as the story went but I was furious that it was not at a faster rate. It felt like he was dragging his feet for some reason. Plus his mad obsession with Amy was uncomfortable at times.

No matter my complaints, I did enjoy this book and I enjoyed it more than the first. Will the third be as good? One can hope. I hope the ending of book 3 is better than the ending of book 2, that’s for sure.

 

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DNF Review: Stranger than Fanfiction

Stranger Than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer

 

How did this offensive and insensitive pile of crap get published? Oh my goodness this book has me triggered.

Short recap: Childhood celebrity crashes four teens summer road trip for a good time.

This book triggered me in ways I didn’t know could be done. I DNFd at 60% because that was my limit. Let me list the things that stood out, offended, and triggered me the most:

  • A lot of verbal bullying by the childhood celebrity
  • Heavy references to drug use
  • Heavy references to casual sex with multiple people
  •  POC are poorly represented, as are trans and gay people
  • People of fandoms and convention goers are also poorly represented
  • Slightly offended by references to my home state of Oklahoma

In short, almost everything about this book set me off. First, the plot. The plot itself had potential but it was executed and delivered very poorly. The way Colfer referenced historical landmarks and states made it seem like anyone that either visited or wanted to visit these places is a loser. Why is that even necessary to make this story move forward? Answer: It isn’t. It does not make you a cooler author, it does more damage to those people who have visited those landmarks or live in those states. No cool.

 

The characters. This has to be the worst portrayal of a childhood celebrity I have ever come across. Granted, I’m sure not all childhood celebrities had a great up bringing and some did not handle their status well, but was it necessary to make this character such a dbag?! Cash Carter (apparently his real name is Tom Hanks, but whatever) is nothing but a narcissistic bully and jerk. Everything has to be about him and crushing the dreams of “normal” people around him. He openly uses drugs, pushes said drugs on others, openly has hook up sex with multiple random people in strange cities and brushes it all off like it’s no big deal. He is such a bully and manipulator that I wanted to punch him. Hard. Why these four recent high school graduates let him continue to tag along on their last hoorah road trip before they go to college is beyond me. He let his true self be known from the moment he came into the chapter yet they all just put up with it. He guilted them into going to an underage show by using fake IDs, bullied them into feeling bad about the places they wanted to visit on their trip, bullied them into breaking & entering (highly illegal), and bullied them into using drugs. He also makes fun of them for not drinking underage. Are you serious right now? How did this book get published. HOW. He also makes offensive remarks to the other characters (one is transgender, one is gay, and the other two are POC) and it all gets glanced over or ignored. WHAT IN THE ACTUAL.

There was nothing redeeming about this story or the characters. I could not care less what happened to anyone so I stopped listening. I can’t believe I listened as long as I did. I know some people really enjoy this story but it is obvious I am not one of them. I am still baffled about how this story was given the thumbs up by editors and published into YA. I was not impressed by Colfer’s writing style as it comes across very juvenile. Maybe he wrote this in high school and finally submitted to publishers. Whatever the case, it was terrible and I’m so upset this book is on shelves right now.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Alex, Approximately

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:

 

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Alex, Approximately

 

 

From Goodreads:

“In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.”

I cannot wait to read this contemp! Is it already on your TBR?

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Hear The Wolves: Book Tour and Excerpt

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About the Book

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Title: HEAR THE WOLVES

Author: Victoria Scott

Pub. Date: March 28, 2017

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Pages: 240

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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It’s survival of the strongest in a contemporary, girl-versus-wild middle-grade debut from Fire & Flood author Victoria Scott!

Sloan is a hunter.

So she shouldn’t be afraid of anything. But ever since her mom left the family and she lost hearing in one ear in a blizzard, it’s been hard to talk to people, and near-impossible to go anywhere or do anything without her dad or big sister within eyesight — it makes her too scared to be on her own.

When they leave her home alone for what should only be two nights, she’s already panicked. Then the snow starts falling and doesn’t stop. One of her neighbors is hurt in an accident. And the few people still left in Rusic need to make it to the river and the boat that’s tied there — their only way to get to a doctor from their isolated Alaska town.

But the woods are icy cold, and the wolves are hungry. Sloan and her group are running out of food, out of energy, and out of time. That’s when the wolves start hunting them . . .

 

Excerpt

Fear explodes in my belly as I tear across the cabin floors, checking absurd places for my father and sister. My fingers and toes grow numb, and my breathing comes faster until the walls of our home bow inward. Though my lungs heave in and out, I’m suffocating.

“Dad?” I say, voice wobbly.

Tears sting my eyes as my footsteps grow frantic. “Maren?” I say, as if declaring my sister’s name will force her to appear. “Dad!”

When I hear a sound that must be them, I race to the front of the house. The knob is cold in my palm as I throw open the door. Icy air slaps me in the face, reddening my cheeks. My brain buzzes as I search the world outside. I see snow falling, snow whirling, snow covering everything in sight, but I do not see Dad.

I slam the door as a fresh bolt of anxiety shoots through me, my heart pounding against my rib cage. He couldn’t have left me behind. Not after my mother took that honor first. After everyone left me for five days to fend for myself.

Sloan, you know where we keep the extra ammo?

I drop my head into my hands and pull in three shaky breaths. My mind replays my sister’s frown, my father saying he had packing left to do, not us.

So he got tired of my neediness, did he? Decided it was time to cast his broken bird from the nest?

I grab our radio and hurl it across the room. It crashes against the wall and clatters to the floor. I open my mouth to scream, but a whimper comes out instead. I hate the both of them. Hate them for leaving me. Hate myself for needing their presence.

It’s only after I bend down to grab the radio that I see the note on top of the kitchen table. He must have slipped it underneath the radio so the wind from the door wouldn’t take it.

I lift it up and read—

Sloan,

We’ll be back tomorrow. I knew you didn’t want to go, and thought this could be a good chance for you to remember that you’re perfectly capable without your sister or me nearby. This will be good for you. You’re braver than you think.

The words are perfectly legible in my dad’s handwriting, but I can scarcely read them for the tears in my eyes. He really did it. He really left me.

 

 

About Victoria

unnamed (2)Victoria Scott is the author of eight novels including Titans, Fire & Flood, Salt & Stone, the Dante Walker trilogy, Hear the Wolves (March 2017), and Violet Grenade (May 2017). She is published by Scholastic and Entangled Teen, and is represented by Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties.

Victoria’s latest novel, Titans, received two starred reviews, and Fire & Flood has been selected as a 2017 Spirit of Texas Reading Program book. Victoria’s novels have been bought and translated in fourteen foreign markets. The author currently resides in Philadelphia, and loves hearing from her readers.

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3 winners will receive a finished copy of HEAR THE WOLVES, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

 

Week One:

3/20/2017- YA Books Central Interview

3/21/2017- Just Commonly– Review

3/22/2017- Falling For YA– Guest Post

3/23/2017- MEREADALOT– Review

3/24/2017- BookHounds YA– Interview

Week Two:

3/27/2017- A Backwards Story– Review

3/28/2017- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt

3/29/2017- Book Briefs– Review

3/30/2017- Mundie Moms– Interview

3/31/2017- Library of a Book Witch– Review

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I Cannot Believe I Have Met

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…

Top Ten Authors I Cannot Believe I Have Met

 

Marie Lu (sorry for the blurry picture!)

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MAGGIE

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Stephanie Garber

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Stephanie Perkins

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Marissa Meyer (!!)

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Leigh Bardugo (!!!)

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Kasie West

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Susan Ee

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Lynne Matson ❤

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Ransom & Tahereh – this one still blows my mind

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One thing I noticed from looking at these pictures – my hair was out of control. I also feel very grateful to have met so many amazing people – book lovers and authors alike. What authors have you met? Or who would you like to meet?

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Review: The Valiant

The Valiant (The Valiant, #1)

 

I had such high hopes for this book. Female gladiators? How could that not be an awesome book?! I’ll tell you – slow pacing and a boring plot.

Super short recap: Fallon, the daughter of a King and Queen, is stolen from Rome and fights as a slave.

I feel I have started to appreciate historical fiction books, as this felt like it had a lot of history to it, but it was just so painfully boring. The pacing was off, everything was slow moving, and there was no action until the very end of the book. That being said – do not fall for the cover. It gives you the impression that there will be a lot of fighting in arenas, swords clashing, blood being shed, and cheers erupting from the crowds. I’m here to tell you that is not the case. I would have appreciated reading some sort of action but it was nowhere to be found in this book.

I had a lot of problems with the overall plot. I found it incredibly difficult to believe that even though Fallon was the daughter of a King, nobody knew who she was and they still kept her as a slave being prepped to sell at auction? Are you mad? In what universe does that even make sense? On top of that, Fallon’s own sister knew what happened to her and still did nothing about it. Yet her sister claimed to have fought to find her and buy her freedom. Pfft. Ok. She bought Fallon but it certainly wasn’t for her freedom. There is supposed to be a sister relationship theme throughout the story but I just was not feeling it. It, as like much of the rest of the story, was underdeveloped.

Speaking of Fallon, her character could have used a lot more development. She started out pretty badass but quickly fizzled out. She lost that kick butt attitude and edge and became, well, an idiot. She turned into a very stubborn character that, for whatever reason, stopped using all of the years of logical training she had with the best teachers. Not sure I want to talk too much about the fact that she also became boy crazy for a boy she barely knew. It wasn’t instalove but it was close. Fallon spent the rest of this book pining over him. Sigh. There was no chemistry. No burning passion between them. It was underwhelming to say the least.

This book let me down in every way possible. I do not like how there was one epic battle at the end and then roll credits. Boom – done. On to book 2. I don’t feel this story deserved to be made into a series. If it had been developed and delivered really well, it could have been a great stand alone. I know that I am not interested enough in finding out what happens next so I will not be picking up the next book.

 

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Once Upon A Mattress: My Guide To The Perfect Day In

It is that in between time of year in Texas when everyone is over the chilly winter months and ready for warmer Spring days, but Mother Nature hasn’t quite gotten that memo yet. That means the nights are still chilly and most days are as well. As an avid book lover, it makes me want to snuggle up with a good book and read the day away, especially a Saturday after a long work week. I was asked by Leesa, an online mattress company, to describe my perfect day in,. Here are a few things that would make a book girl like me happy.

 

A warm (possibly heated?) blanket to snuggle under. I know this is usually a given but something about a warm blanket makes the experience that much better.

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Possibly a cozy couch to snuggle on?

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Or the bed?

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Perhaps a chair?

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I normally won’t know exactly where I want to read until I’m ready to settle down.

 

My drink and snack next to me on the table. That way I won’t have to get up as often. 😉

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The book I am ready to spend my day reading. It could be my Harry Potter books or the latest book that I cannot stop thinking about.

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Not to mention my headphones for an audiobook in case I need something different.

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To round out the day, my husband would either be out of the house with his friends or quietly playing video games in his “man cave”. That would leave me in peace to read without as many interruptions. 😉 This sounds like a day of bliss to me.

Now everyone has a different idea of what their perfect day in would be so I challenge every one of you to let me know what your perfect day in (or night!) would be! Either type it in the comments or create your own blog post. I really would love to know everyone’s take on this idea. Many huge thanks to Leesa Mattress for reaching out to me about this wonderful idea! Want to learn more about Leesa? Check out The Sweet Home’s review on on why Leesa is the best foam mattress around!

 

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