Monday, April 21, 2014

Read This: Cress

by Marissa Meyer

The Goodreads Summary Says:
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

I Say:
4.5 stars

I really liked this one. Another fun edition to the Lunar Chronicles. I'm less familiar with the story of Rapunzel, other than the whole alone in the tower & long hair bit. So I couldn't identify how Meyer wove in parts of the original fairytale with her story. In fact when my book club talked about this one I learned some things about the original story that I wish I'd known going into it.

But it was still very enjoyable. At 550 pages I worried it would drag, but there were only one or two spots where I lost a bit of interest. (There are so many points of view, and a couple of the Kai chapters weren't that interesting to me) There are a couple things that are resolved conveniently and I guessed most of the twists, but the story is so unique and interesting that it didn't bother me. I would have liked to get to know Cress a bit better or had more time in her POV specifically, but with this many characters it's hard to do.

The Big Three:
Language: not an issue
Sex and Stuff: not an issue
Violence: fighting with fists and weapons, but nothing graphic; a character is tortured

Monday, April 14, 2014

When Do You DNF? TV Edition

I haven't been reading much lately, but we're in the middle of an Amazon Prime trial. Which means lots and lots o'TV. It has Veronica Mars. And Friday Night Lights. And How I Met Your Mother. All for free!

But I'm not trying to be a commercial here. I have a problem. Everyone keeps recommending these shows to me. Now I've watched the first couple episodes. And I'm not in love. (How does anyone want Veronica and Logan together? He's so completely awful!)

So I turn to you, my book loving (and TV loving!) friends. How many episodes do you give a show before you decide it's not for you?

Or for those series specifically, is there a better place to start than the very beginning? Do you have a favorite episode/season I should check out?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wish You Weren't Excerpt & Giveaway

I'm excited to be part of the blog tour for Wish You Weren't, a new middle grade novel by Sherrie Petersen. Today I've got a fun excerpt for you guys!

Marten doesn't believe in the power of wishes. None of
his have ever come true. His parents ignore him, his little brother is a pain and his family
is talking about moving to Texas. Not cool. So when he makes an impulsive wish during
a meteor shower, he doesn't expect it to make any difference.

Until his annoying brother disappears.

With the present uncertain and his brother’s future in limbo, Marten finds himself stuck
in his past. And if he runs out of time, even wishes might not be enough to save the ones
he loves.

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The Excerpt:
     I knew my life was over the day my parents brought my brother home from the

hospital. Dad sat me down on the couch, smiling like he’d just won the lottery. He was

holding a bundle of blankets that smelled like a mixture of powder, poop and rubbing

alcohol. The smell made me nervous. Nobody had warned me about the smell.

Dad settled in beside me then loosened the blankets to give me my first look at the

baby. His puffy, scrunched up face turned red and without even opening his eyes, the

little booger started screaming.

Check out the rest of the excerpt after the jump:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

If You've Wondered Where I've Been

Maybe this will clear it up:

No? I didn't for me, either. That could be my spleen, for all I know. :) But they tell me it's a baby, coming up on 14 weeks now. Mostly I've been up to that. I get really sick when I'm pregnant and don't feel like doing much. So I disappear for awhile.

But I'm still reading (sometimes). I just finished Cress and really liked it! And I'm still writing (sometimes). I'm in the middle of writing a new chapter. Some day I'll finish that book. I even did my taxes.

So that's what's new with me. How are you guys? I feel like it's been forever!

And in case you wanted to see my other two:

He turned 5

We had a super hero party. Even the little guy got in on it