Books Left Unread #111

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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 week’s post is dedicated to:

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1)

 

Since I am a sucker for a dystopian book/series, I had to have this in my collection. WELL, I have it but I haven’t read yet. 😦 Have you read this? If so, what did you think?

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Pinnacle – Review & Giveaway!

PINNACLE

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About The Book:

Pinnacle500x750Title: PINNACLE (The Core Series Book #1)

Author: Lynn Veevers

Pub. Date: February 6, 2018

Publisher: Clean Reads

Pages: 298

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N,

 

Identifying her parents was the hardest thing ever, until Kaya learned she was the killer’s next target. Moving had thrown the ancient predator off her trail temporarily but with magical abilities manifesting, Kaya’s scent grows stronger and the attempts on her life become constant. Narrowly surviving each encounter, Kaya is desperate to stop her potential assassin, but it’s hard to kill a creature that changes its appearance and disappears without a trace. Kaya finds the support she needs to succeed in her small group of friends and her boyfriend Kenneth. Like so many things, they’re more than what they seem and with the killer having unsettling similarities to Kenneth and his family…Kaya can’t help but wonder if there’s a connection.

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Review:

First and foremost: WHOA. I knew this story was about magic, survival, and some killing but I was not prepared for what I read. This was far more intense than I was ready for. It is a quick read, no doubt about that. It is also a story full of mixed culture and diversity. I really enjoyed that aspect of the story. (I’m trying to write a review without giving anything away!)

This did have a bit of a Twilight feel at times but it did not constantly remind me of that series. There were characters that reminded me of Edward and Jacob (vampire and werewolf) but I was able to always remember that these characters were not those characters and pull myself back from the constant comparison. This was so much more than a vampire and werewolf story. It was also about family. That is what I keep thinking of after I finished this story. It felt like a good book that made me want to read it. Can I say “good old fashion reading time” and it make sense? Like I wanted to sit and read and actually enjoy reading. That may not happen a lot with books but this one was just like that.

While this is an intense story that throws a lot of punches, it was a really good story. If you have read, let me know! If not, please add to your TBR and give it a chance.

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About Lynn:

LynnHello from Oklahoma, but I am originally from the Great Northwest, Washington State. I have been writing since I was in late elementary, early middle school. I have always had a passion for the fantasy genre and as a result I most certainly do write what I like to read. I am a traditionally published YA Author with Clean Reads. My first book Pinnacle is coming out February 6th 2018 and it’s sequel Eximius will be out next summer. I also have various other novels and series in construction or being looked at by agents. My hope for this blog is to help other Authors who are aspiring to be published with advise and knowledge about the industry as well as to supply my readers with exclusive pre- published excerpts you will only find here!

Happy reading and remember…

Don’t just read, insert yourself into the story and experience the journey as if you were written into it!

-Lynn Veevers

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

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Giveaway Details: International

1 winner will receive a $25 Gift Card to the book retailer of their choice, International.

Ends on February 13th at Midnight EST!

Rafflecopter Link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2685/?

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/29/2018- Books at Dawn– Deleted Scene

1/29/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader– Review

 

1/30/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

1/30/2018- Am Kinda Busy Reading– Review

 

1/31/2018- Lattes & Paperbacks– Review

1/31/2018- Book Sniffers Anonymous– Deleted Scene

 

2/1/2018- Infinite Lives, Infinite Stories– Review

2/1/2018- Wishful Endings– Excerpt

 

2/2/2018- Twinning for Books– Review

2/2/2018- Wonder Struck– Review

 

Week Two:

2/5/2018- Captivated Reading– Excerpt

2/5/2018- Flyleaf Chronicles– Review

 

2/6/2018- The Book Recluse Review– Excerpt

2/6/2018- Arkham Reviews– Review

 

2/7/2018- The Desert Bibliophie– Review

2/7/2018- The Cover Contessa– Deleted Scene

 

2/8/2018- Jrsbookreviews– Review

2/8/2018- Daily Waffle– Deleted Scene

 

2/9/2018- CINDY’S LOVE OF BOOKS– Review

2/9/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

Your One & Only – Review and Giveaway

YOUR ONE AND ONLY

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About The Book:

Your One & Only CoverTitle: YOUR ONE AND ONLY

Author: Adrianne Finlay

Pub. Date: January 9, 2018

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 320

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD

Jack is a walking fossil. The only human among a sea of clones. It’s been hundreds of years since humanity died off in the slow plague, leaving the clones behind to carry on human existence. Over time they’ve perfected their genes, moving further away from the imperfections of humanity. But if they really are perfect, why did they create Jack?
While Jack longs for acceptance, Althea-310 struggles with the feeling that she’s different from her sisters. Her fascination with Jack doesn’t help. As Althea and Jack’s connection grows stronger, so does the threat to their lives. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

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Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book… but it took me a while to really get into it. I don’t know what it was other than the start was very slow. Once it finally started moving, HOLY CROW it was amazing!

While this is a story about one human left alive, I still found parts to be a little confusing. When things like clone origins were first introduced, they were not explained right now. That left me puzzled as to what was going on or if I missed the explanation. I’m here to say that everything was explained in due time and it all clicked.

This is Finlay’s debut and yet she writes as if she is a very seasoned writer. It was masterfully done. The only thing that kept me from giving a full five stars was the ending. While Finlay has a firm grasp of story telling, the ending did not really answer anything. WHAT HAPPENS?! It was certainly left open for a sequel but no story should be left that open ended. It almost felt as if there was no ending… that the story just stopped. Even an epilogue would have been nice but that didn’t happen.

Do I recommend? YES, absolutely. What I will stress is that you give the story a chance. It does have a slow start but it does pick up and it does get damn good. Please add to your TBR if you not have done so already. Give this one a chance.

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About Adrianne:

AdrianneI received my PhD in literature and creative writing from Binghamton University. Originally from Ithaca, New York, I now live in Cedar Falls, Iowa with my husband, the poet J. D. Schraffenberger, and our two young daughters. I’m an associate professor of English at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa and the Program Director of Creative Writing. I teach creative writing, composition, and literature classes. One of the really fun classes I teach is Adolescent Lit, where we read some of my favorite authors: Lois Lowry, S.E. Hinton, Robert Cormier, Laurie Halse Anderson, Walter Dean Myers. I change this list up a lot by adding new releases and various titles just to keep things interesting. Because I don’t have enough to do (ha ha), I also make soap, lotion, and lip balm with my partner Rachel under the name Semisweet Soaps. We sell our products locally, raising money for Type 1 diabetes research.

​Editor: Lily Kessinger, HMH

Represented by: Adam Schear, Defiore & Co.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

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Giveaway Details: International

3 winners will receive a finished copy of YOUR ONE AND ONLY, US Only.

Ends on February 13th at Midnight EST!

Rafflecopter Link:

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/29/2018- YA Books Central– Interview

1/30/2018- Angelic Book Reviews– Review

1/31/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

2/1/2018- LILbooKlovers– Review

2/2/2018- Savings in Seconds– Review

Week Two:

2/5/2018- Books and Ladders– Guest Post

2/6/2018- Read. Eat. Love.– Review

2/7/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

2/8/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

2/9/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

Review: The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily

 

 

When I borrowed this from my library, I was rather excited to start as most reviews I’d seen were glowing. How could someone not want to read a book like that? Shortly after I started I realized that this probably wasn’t going to be my cup o’ tea. ADHD books are hard for me to connect with so I found myself at arm’s length with everything.

Short recap: Lily is a brilliant young lady who has ADHD. She has chosen to take herself off of her medication and things don’t exactly go the way she hoped or planned. Along the way she runs into Abelard, a boy she had interactions with many years ago. Abelard has Asperger’s Syndrome and immediately forms a bond with Lily. These two form the most unique couple.

I know that blurb above sounds like of choppy and rough, but it was the best way I could think to describe the story. I did not connect to any part of this other than the fact that Lily was raised on classic literature. That was rather cool in my mind. Her father, who was a raging drunk, would read scholar-worthy classics to his daughters. This is were Lily obtained her love for literature and her ability to reference said text. Throughout this story, she refers to her relationship with Abelard as that found in The Love Letters of Abelard and Heloise, which was a published work of letters written between two star crossed lovers. Since Lily had ADHD and Abelard has Asperger’s, it is difficult for the two to communicate the way, say, you and I would communicate. They texted alot by using only quotes from this particular story. That is sweet but how many teens know this historical book? Not many, that’s for sure. The more they referenced it, the more interest I lost in the story. They constantly referred to themselves as “boyfriend and girlfriend” but I never read where they officially started dating. Should that matter? Eh, to me it did. It was simply assumed that they would become exclusive without it being said. Sorry, but I’m not the type of reader that assumes anything. There was just no build up of emotions, no budding romance, nothing! It was sort of an understated instalove by both parties and BOOM! relationship city, population Lily and Abelard. The way it was thrust into the story made me feel like I skipped some chapters. It didn’t feel….  natural.

Please don’t hate me or come at me with pitchforks but I had a harder time understanding Lily’s character. Her ADHD made furious, especially when she would talk a mile a minute about something that was said to her years ago that nobody else remembers. Plus, I was constantly confused when sentences like, “Sclur your blashes” and “Don’t come in – you haven’t inspreefed ayftey procols” were used because I had zero idea what was going on. Not at any point in time was it explained that this is how Lily’s brain understood things as a dyslexic and off of her ADHD meds. Oh, did I not mention that she was dyslexic? She is. Again, this was something that must be assumed by the reader. I’m not that smart of a person so sometimes I still need things explained to me. It took me far too long to figure out what was going on and I wasn’t a fan of that.

I think what was really missing from this story was Creedle explaining the basic knowledge of someone that suffers from ADHD. I do not have ADHD, nor do any of my friends, family, or coworkers. I know nothing of the symptoms, causes, or severity of this diagnosis. I really would have appreciated being given some type of explanation but it was not found in this story.

I’m a little unsure of what the overall plot of the story was supposed to be. I know that Lily wanted nothing more than to graduate high school and spend the summer with her father who was a farmer/goat herder. (She later finds out that he is, in fact, not doing that any more and she inherited her ADHD from him.) She ends up having brain surgery instead? I was utterly and totally confused. The ending was not what I expected, nor did it give me any resolution whatsoever. The entire story was nothing short of confusing. I was bored most of the book and found myself skimming just to get through it.

I know there are readers that loved this story and I truly wish I could have read it through their eyes. I never connected to the story nor did I understand the plot. Maybe I’m just not the right reader for ADHD stories… either way, this was not what I was expecting or hoping for.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Obsidio

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:

 

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)

 

 

From Goodreads:

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

 

*I NEED THIS BOOK YESTERDAY!* I have to know how this story continues!!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been On My TBR The Longest

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…

Books That Have Been On My TBR The Longest

 

The Archived

The Archived (The Archived, #1)

 

 

Pivot Point

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1)

 

 

Sabriel

Sabriel (Abhorsen,  #1)

 

 

Scarlet

Scarlet (Scarlet, #1)

 

 

Second Chance Summer

Second Chance Summer

 

 

Written in the Stars

Written in the Stars

 

 

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

 

 

Made You Up

Made You Up

 

 

Something Strange and Deadly

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)

 

 

Wither

Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)

 

It was not easy for me to narrow this down to just 10 books… I have a lot of books that have been on my shelves for years! Either I met the authors and got the books signed, they are just too pretty to get rid of, or I still have an interest in reading them… either way, I have to do something about my ever growing TBR! Maybe do better at reading what I have? Sure… when authors and publishers stop putting out amazing new books. 😉

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DNF Review: The Authentics

The Authentics

 

**CAUTION! SPOILERS AHEAD!**

 

Welcome to my first DNF review of 2018! Now please remember that I don’t like DNFing books, nor do I like writing DNF reviews. But, what I do like is the ability to express myself and voice my concerns or reasons why I felt the strong urge to stop reading a book. I did DNF at the 35% mark of the audio and I’ll explain why.

Short recap: Daria is Iranian-American and very proud of her heritage and always being real. So much so that she and her friends have started calling themselves The Authentics. Things change for Daria after she does a school project and learns some very disturbing information about her past. Maybe she isn’t as “authentic” as she thought she was. How will everyone handle the news?

Here’s the thing… I wanted to love this story, I really did. This quickly turned out to be not a story for me. I realized, accepted, and moved on. I did like Daria’s heritage and how she was always so proud of where she came from. She had a great relationship with her family, parents, and friends. But I did not like how the actual plot of the story was revealed and laid out, along with some other issues.

I did not like how immature Daria’s voice sounded. She and her friends were teenagers, yes, but the way they came across made them sound like they were 12 or 13. Every time Daria did not get her way, she whined like a spoiled entitled child. I have little to no patience for those characters. She was very well taken care of by her parents and wanted for nothing (these girls were carrying Prada bags, for Pete’s sake) so when Daria’s mom talked about her upcoming birthday, Daria threw a tantrum about how she didn’t want a party. Excuse me, missy, but some people (LIKE ME) did not have the luxury of being thrown birthday parties when they were your age – or any age – so how about you be a little grateful that your parents still want to celebrate your milestones?

I also did not enjoy reading how Daria and her group of friends gave themselves the pretentious name “The Authentics” and would only refer to themselves that way. OUT LOUD. IN PUBLIC. They were all so quick to judge other girls in their school and label them things like “Nose Jobs”. Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle black? No need to be so petty. I was thrilled that they always “kept it real” but being so petty to others outside of their circle of friends was not so awesome to read about.

Now here is where I stopped the story: After paying a 3rd party company to genetically map her DNA, she discovers that she is adopted. That’s when Daria lost it. I can understand being upset by not being told this information by her parents but she found out – not only by having her DNA tested without talking to her parents – she illegally snooped in a lawyer’s office to find the paperwork. She found the paperwork confirming that her parents are not her parents and her culture is not really her culture. If the book had focused on that and that alone – this would have been a great story. But it didn’t. I didn’t read any of that. What I read about was this:

Daria’s real mother had a stepson, Enrique, who Daria had instalove with and started to date.

That above sentence is why I DNFd the story. I felt the forced, unnecessary instalove/romance did not need to be in this story. This should have focused on Daria, her adoption, and possibly finding out about her true culture/heritage. Did it? NOPE. It was all about how hot Daria thought Enrique was and how much she wanted to see him shirtless… or some other pointless teenage hormone related thing. I lost all connection to the story, cut my losses and moved on.

Did I like this story? Obviously not since I DNFd. I didn’t like how it was fully of women bashing and judging. (Don’t judge someone because they carry a specific brand of bag or have their nails painted. Judge not lest ye be judged. Always remember that.) I didn’t like how the overall topic was lost in a sea of teenage hormones. This had so much potential but for me fell incredibly short.

 

 

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