ARC Review: 27 Hours

27 Hours (The Nightside Saga, #1)

 

I have had this book on my TBR from the moment it was announced. I’m sad to say that it took me far longer than it should have to finish it because … well… it was a struggle.

Short recap: Five teenagers fight against rebel gargoyles who are trying to take back the planet that humans “stole” from them.

You read that correctly. GARGOYLES. That’s the big take away, right? That’s the part I was hung up on. Gar. Goyles. Even though there is a very diverse cast of characters, I couldn’t get past the mythical creatures from folktales that sit upon rooftops and steal children in the night. This book was entertaining yet bad at the same time. There was so much potential but I feel the story fell short of what it could have been.

First, the characters. When I say there is a diverse cast of characters, I mean diverse. Almost to the point that it felt like too much. There were several bisexual teens, a pansexual, an asexual, a deaf character, and probably more that I missed. In a way, it felt like Wright was going above and beyond to include as much diversity as she could, like she was checking boxes on a list. These teen characters also told the story, meaning there were four different points of view – three boys and a girl. It was hard to connect with any of them as they were driven by their hormones more than anything. The three boys, Rumor, Jude, and Breadon, were the voices. Rumor was bi, Jude was gay, and Braedon was asexual. They all made it a big deal to discuss several times what their sexual preferences were. I still fail to see how that added to the overall story. I didn’t care who was trying to get it on with who in a dark alley between battles. Let’s not forget the females – Nyx and Dahlia. Nyx was the deaf pansexual and Dahlia was the bi. Nyx was the female POV throughout the story. She would not stop going on about her instalove with Dahlia. That took away from the story in my eyes. I was in this for the dystopia battle for a planet, not hormonal teenagers. OH! Did I fail to mention that within this band of merry characters, three of which possessed special gifts? That’s right! I won’t ruin what they are but know on top of everything else, you had to keep straight who could do what. Confused yet? I know I still am. The way each of these characters were written and the way the POV switched so quickly and so often made me not connect with anyone. Plus, they felt flat and underdeveloped for me. Soon I couldn’t tell who was narrating the story.

The world building. Now when it comes to a sci-fi dystopian action story, world building is key. This is the foundation in which a story is made or broken. In this case, broken27 Hours is set about 200 years-ish in the future and everyone lives on “a moon”. On this moon there are 27 hours of light, and 27 hours of day. Not that far of a stretch but ok. Humans colonized this “moon” many centuries ago while it was already inhabited by a race of gargoyles. Still with me? The humans simply took over the planet and killed a huge chunk of the gargoyle population. Hence the battle that takes place. While the humans continue to thrive it is noted several times that there is no race, no discrimination, one common language, and everyone works in harmony. What did not jive with me is that even though this group of humans is only two or three generations removed from living on Earth, they suddenly all forget their heritage? They all forget where their ancestors came from? You want me to believe that they all forgot their entire  family history while living on Earth? Get out of here with that noise. Instead of these teens knowing where they come from, they are noted as being “Half Nigerian and Half Portuguese”. Well, isn’t that convenient. How can they still be “half and half” when their parents were clearly born on “the moon”? I’m so lost.

On top of that, Wright expects me to just buy into the fact that this race of humans that took over a planet just overlooked the cruelty they inflicted on another race? The humans blocked a river to created a giant lake which caused several tunnels to flood and killed countless gargoyles. You can’t really expect me to believe the humans didn’t know what they were doing. The gargoyle population was on that moon eons before humans showed up so why not try to make peace with them instead of teaching kids “shoot gargoyles on sight”?

The last thing that I had issue with was pacing. Holy moly was the pacing off. The big massive battle that starts the war within the story starts within the first five pages of the book. No lie. I don’t mind action starting early but not that quickly. I would have prefered some lead up or character/story explanation before jumping right into battle. All I knew was that Rumor was forced to fight a gargoyle to save his life and the life of his dad. I didn’t know anything about the history of the planet, the characters, the weapons being used nothing. BAM! Fight scenes, blood, death, and destruction. Books that start with action right out of the gate usually cannot keep that pace going and that is what happened. There was so much hurry up and wait. All of the back and forth with the pacing caused me to lose whatever connection I had with the story. I will also admit to you, my lovely readers, that I skimmed a good majority of this story. If it was a descriptive or internal monologue paragraph (or five), I skimmed until I found dialogue. Let me tell you this – it worked. I didn’t miss anything by skimming/skipping those paragraphs. It’s the only thing that got me to the end.

Overall, I wanted so much more from this story. It did set up for book 2 but it didn’t set it up in a way that I will be foaming at the mouth to read. If it comes available from the library then I may give it a chance. I will not actively seek this series out. It had so much potential but it was just too much. Too many things were going on and it became overly crowded. I couldn’t figure out where I needed to give my attention: the hormonal teenagers without adult supervision, GARGOYLES, humans living on the moon, what? I get how some readers consider it an important and necessary book because of the diversity of the characters. Know that I am not dismissing this book on that basis alone, I’m saying do not base your entire want of reading this story on that notion alone. Borrow the book from a friend or the library before spending your money on this one.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Otherworld

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:

 

Otherworld by Jason Segel

Otherworld (Otherworld, #1)

 

 

From Goodreads:

The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive—that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true.

Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted.

And it’s about to change humanity forever.
Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming.

 

This sounds so interesting. I’m anxious to get my hands on the book.

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Traitor’s Hope Blog Tour: Book Review and Giveaway

TRAITOR'S HOPE

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About the Book:

New CoverTitle: TRAITOR’S HOPE (Blade’s Edge #2)

Author: Virginia McClain

Pub. Date: October 14, 2017

Publisher: Artemis Dingo Productions

Pages: 284

Formats: Paperback eBook

Find it: AmazonBuy The Paperback, Goodreads

 

Traitors lurk around every bend. Mishi’s mind is betraying her, and she fears her kisō and katana will betray her next. Taka’s heart abandons her for a person she cannot possibly trust. Now that the two friends are obliged to help re-establish peace in the land of Gensokai, the only question is where the next betrayal will come from and if Mishi and Taka will have the strength to survive it.

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Review:

This book was such an enjoyable read! It is the second in a series so don’t go into it thinking this is a standalone or first of a new series. I had not read the first but that did not stop me from really liking what I read. It was easy to follow and figure out as I kept reading. The overall story itself was very intriguing, thoughtful, and action packed. It really does not read like a second book so it doesn’t have that second-book syndrome. The characters were so thought out and well developed that it was easy to connect with them. I felt like I was on the journey with them and I couldn’t wait to see how everything ended. I was in this for the long haul.

There are only two small grievances: some character’s names were too closely spelled the same and as a result I sometimes got them confused. AND some of the POV chapters were so short – only a page or two – that it left me wondering why it was included. But please know this did not take away from the overall story. I still kept reading and I still liked this in the end.

Please, give this a try and you won’t be disappointed!

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About Virginia:

V and ArtemisVirginia thinks dangling from the tops of hundred foot cliffs is a good time. She also enjoys hauling a fifty pound backpack all over the Grand Canyon and sleeping under the stars. Sometimes she likes running for miles through the desert, mountains, or wooded flatlands, and she always loves getting lost in new places where she may or may not speak the language.

From surviving earthquakes in Japan, to putting out a small forest fire in Montana, Virginia has been collecting stories from a very young age. She works hard to make her fiction as adventurous as her life and her life as adventurous as her fiction. Both take a lot of imagination.

She recently moved to Winnipeg with her husband (a Manitoba native) and their dog.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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Giveaway Details:

 

1 winner will receive a signed paperback set of BLADE’S EDGE & TRAITOR’S HOPE, US Only.

3 winners will receive eBook sets of BLADE’S EDGE & TRAITOR’S HOPE, International.

 

Rafflecopter link:

 

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2646/?

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Tour Schedule:

 

Week One:

10/9/2017- Two Chicks on Books Interview

10/9/2017- Blushing Bibliophile– Review

 

10/10/2017- Arvenig.it– Guest Post

10/10/2017- Bibliobakes– Review

 

10/11/2017- Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews– Excerpt

10/11/2017- Ashley M. Delgado– Review

 

10/12/2017- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

10/12/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Spotlight

 

10/13/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

10/13/2017- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

 

Week Two:

10/16/2017- Novel Novice– Excerpt

10/16/2017- Nick Bryan Dot Com– Review

 

10/17/2017- Books at Dawn– Guest Post

10/17/2017- YA and Wine– Excerpt

 

10/18/2017- Fire and Ice– Spotlight

10/18/2017- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

10/19/2017- My Nook, Books & More– Excerpt

10/19/2017- Jena Brown Writes– Review

 

10/20/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland– Interview

10/20/2017- Ramblings From An Alternate Reality– Review

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Food on the Cover

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…

Books with Food on the Cover

 

 

IT COUNTS!

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

 

 

Sweethearts

 

 

The Art of Lainey (The Art of Lainey, #1)

 

 

Love & Gelato

 

 

The Unlikelies

 

 

What I Lost

 

 

When Dimple Met Rishi

 

 

You Wish

 

 

Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies

 

 

Bittersweet

 

This TTT was not as easy as it sounded! There are not that many books with food on the cover so let me know if you can think of one I didn’t include here. 🙂

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ARC Review: Dear Martin

Dear Martin

 

This. Story.

THIS. STORY.

This is needed. This is current. This is relevant. This is NEEDED.

Short recap: Justyce McAllister has not had an easy life but he is brilliant. His mom has sacrificed a lot to put him in the best school that will give him the best opportunity to make it far in life. The one problem? Justyce is a black teenager. He is constantly profiled by the police and faces racism on a daily basis. Justyce writes letters to Dr. King Jr as he has started a project – Be more like Martin. Can Justyce do that? Can he be the bigger person when so many people still judge him based completely on the color of his skin?

This debut novel left me speechless. I read it in one day and I wish I could read it again for the first time. DAMN. This was raw, emotional, needed, and masterfully done. Nic Stone is an author that everyone needs to remember because she will do great things, has already done great things.

Reading this book, I felt a wide range of emotions: anger, hatred, disgust, fear, sorrow, and hope. I was screaming, shaking, and sobbing as well. It takes a powerful story to do that and that was exactly what I found between the covers of this book. Stone hit it out of the park. This felt real. I felt as if I was standing right beside Justyce the entire time he was going through everything. I knew there were a lot… a lot of injustices out in the world but this story felt like Stone plucked me out of my cozy suburbia home and put me right in the middle of Justyce’s story. She broke my heart and opened my eyes at the same time. I don’t know a lot of authors that have that much control with their words. Stone must have some hidden magic she isn’t tell anyone about.

I feel she captured the teenage experience, struggle, and daily battles with grace. Justyce was a brilliant teenager trying to get into the best college possible so he can overcome his upbringing. He was fully submerged in his studies and after school activities. He was also surrounded by a wonderful circle of friends. I think that made a big difference. Justyce had a great support group that he could always reach out to for help. Hands down he was my favorite character because he stayed true to himself no matter what.

I feel like I’m tripping over my words here. I don’t want to give too much of the story away but I want everyone to read it. Know that a major life changing event happens that throws Justyce’s world on its head and it will shatter your heart. It will make you scream in anger, cry in sorrow, and weep with hope. Please, add this to your TBR if you have not already. Read this story and come back to tell me your thoughts.

 

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Books Left Unread #98

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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:

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Such a Rush

 

I don’t remember how I got a copy of this book but I see it every time I browse my shelves. I have no clue why I haven’t read it other than I know nothing about it or the author. Have you read this one?

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Review: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, #1)

 

I recently featured this book on my weekly meme “Books Left Unread”. I stated I had been putting it off because of the “Based on the YouTube web series phenomenon”. I am not a fan of watching YouTube series so I didn’t know anything about this other than it was supposed to be about a haunting. This, my dear readers, was anything but a scary book. It will not haunt you, nor will it keep you awake at night.

Short recap: Sunshine (yes, that’s her name) moves with her mom to Washington State. The house they move into gives Sunshine the creeps and soon, weird things start happening. A ghost starts playing games with Sunshine but her mom doesn’t believe her. Can Sunshine help the ghost and figure out what is going on?

Well, that’s the book in a nutshell. I will state again – this is not scary, creepy, or even eerie. It felt too fluffy and light-hearted to be a true horror-type story. I found myself quicking wishing I would DNF this story but I was stubborn and stayed with it. Oh what a fool I was. It got worse the more it continued. Everything was just all over the charts and not in a good way.

Apparently Sunshine’s character was supposed to be “adorkable” and to that I laugh. AHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA! HA! She was not “adorkable”, she was a struggle. The girl felt like a type of manic pixie dream girl and that means I instantly cannot stand her. She was the dutiful daughter that did whatever her mother wanted in order to make her happy. She never caused trouble, never snuck out of the house, never argued with her mother, and she never cussed. That’s right! She said phrases like, “gosh dang it” and “Jeezus Loueezus” and “Good golly!”. *sigh* I wanted to slug her. She was also that character that was trying too hard, like a special snowflake. She dressed different, in vintage clothes she found at a thrift shop, she was a book nerd. she had specially different eyes, and collected unicorns of every color. WHO. CARES. That did not make me like her, that made her into a female trope. Give me a break.

Her character never developed or got better as the weak story continued. She did catch the eye of the super cute edgy guy (Nolan) at school that no girl has gotten close to before. gag See, girl trope. Even her mom was forgettable. She was in the story for an obvious reason if you read it but she didn’t add anything as a character. Neither did Nolan. He brooded around in his grandfather’s original leather jacket and drove his grandfather’s car. Whooptie freaking doo. Get over yourself already.

The overall story was grossly underwhelming. If this was such a huge sensation on YouTube then why wasn’t this… better? It was not flushed out, developed, thought through, or hashed out. This didn’t even read like a YA book, it read like a MG book.  As for the ghost within the story? Weak. Sauce. Again, do not go into this expecting or even hoping that you will be scared because it won’t happen. The ghost is supposed to tie to this spooky overall mystic plan that is tied to Sunshine but it doesn’t make a lot of sense. The way it was presented was odd because it was done by an alternate POV male voice (according to the audio) that gives zero information as to what is going on. It did nothing but confuse me further. It was not a huge surprised when the mystery announced who they were, I saw it from the first time he was introduced.

Not hard to realize that I did not like this book. I am a fool for thinking this would be better than what it was. It felt more like a Scooby-Doo episode rather than a scary story. I wanted to like this more than I did because I really like the author and think she is a marvelous person, but this story just was not. I won’t be reading the rest of the series or even checking this out on YouTube. I don’t care enough for that.

 

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