Apr 17, 2014

Blog Tour: She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick + Giveaway


Welcome to the She is Not Invisible blog tour! I have a review, a Q&A with the author, and a giveaway for our readers!

Laureth Peak's father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers--a skill at which she's remarkably talented. Her secret: She is blind. But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness. She Is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other.





What’s that? Another 5-star book from Marcus Sedgwick?  Are we at all surprised?  Every time I pick up another one of his titles, I know that I can expect something amazing.  Every book I’ve read by Sedgwick so far – White CrowRevolver and Midwinterblood - have all been 5-star reads from me, and She Is Not Invisible is no exception to this rule.

She Is Not Invisible is told from the perspective of Laureth, a blind teenager who pretty much has her world figured out, but is totally overcome with the idea of venturing out into the real world.  But she feels that she must when she receives an email that her famous author father’s notebook has turned up in America, even though he was supposed to be in Sweden.  Panicked and angry, Laureth just knows that something horrible has happened to her father, so unbeknownst to her mother, she takes her 7 year old brother and drags him from London, England, to New York City.  Of course, you do have to suspend your disbelief quite a bit when imagining a blind teen girl and a young boy traveling across the globe on their own in a post-9/11 world and getting by with a typed letter of permission from their parents.  But Sedgwick was able to take that strange situation and fill it with remarkably believable characters.  Laureth’s perspective was especially realistic.  The way the author was able to convey her experience in New York and with her blindness was mind-blowing.  It was so convincing and so utterly real that even though I knew I was reading words from the pages, I still could feel the stifling claustrophobia of losing my own sight.  It was the strangest sensation, but when a book is able to convince you that you have entirely changed, you know it’s got to be amazing.

I have to be honest: this book kind of fried my brain.  Though not long, Invisible deals with some out there theories about coincidences and their perceived meaningfulness and their causes.  Throughout the narrative, there were small snippets of Laureth’s father’s journal.  Her dad, Jack, had been totally obsessed with a book idea for nearly a decade.  It took over his entire life, or so it seemed, if you asked his wife.  The journal entries were really, really fascinating: they told of Jung, Einstein and a slew of other scientists and their studies on coincidences.  Jack detailed all the strange occurrences that linked these men together.  He was bent on finding meaning in all of these coincidences – just the same as they were.   Some of it was hard to wrap my mind around, tying together psychology and physics, but I loved that the author never talked down to his readers.

There is a lot of build up to the end, and I think that it might actually disappoint quite a lot of readers.  But I thought it was perfect.  The book set out to send a message, and it came to the same conclusions as Jack did.  At the same time, though, Laureth isn’t totally convinced by her father’s findings.  In all, it was a lot of fun connecting the dots and trying to find hidden meaning within every word.

Marcus Sedgwick’s books aren’t exactly for everyone.  He does not write to trend; instead, he tells powerful and timeless stories that oftentimes defy classification and genre.  Sometimes, his writing is totally ‘out there.’  But I believe that She Is Not Invisible, with its familiar setting, contemporary world, and approachable main character will be able to bridge the gap between his normal weirdness and those readers who are reluctant to pick up his work.  She Is Not Invisible was at times powerful, poignant, and edge-of-your-seat intense.

  
I can't even begin to explain to you guys how excited I am to have Marcus Sedgwick on the blog today. 

1.  When did you start writing?  Did you always know you wanted to be a published author?

No, I didn't know that. I always liked writing but never thought I could be one of those people who actually writes books. So it took me until I was around 26 to start in a serious way.

2.  What kind of research went into creating and writing Laureth's character?
Having decided to take on the challenge of writing with a blind-from-birth protagonist in the first person, I knew I needed to do some serious research. I read a lot of auto biographies by blind people, but the main thing I did was spend a year or so making visits to a unique school in England: New College, where every student is blind or visually impaired in of some way. It was only with the incredible help I received there. The staff and students were all so willing to be open and honest and generous and without that assistance I could never have come close to creating Laureth properly.

3.  Do you think you have anything in common with your characters?

Yes and no. Yes, in the sense that a writer is close to all their characters in some ways, but no, not in the sense that any of them are exactly me. Even the character of Laureth's dad in She Is Not Invisible, who is a writer, and a writer obsessed with coincidence at that, is not me. Elements of him are things that have happened to me as a writer, but he is still very different from who I am.

4.  What is the best part about writing for a young audience?  What is the hardest part?

The freedom is the best thing. There is no hardest part, I love it all. It's a pleasure and a privilege to be able to write. The only bit that feels like work is rewrites, and even then, not always. I'm very very lucky.

5.  Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Write what excites you and obsesses you. Write it free and honestly. Don't over think things. Give yourself a break once in a while. And never ever give up.

6.  What's next?


Lots of things: I have a new YA novel coming out next year, called a The Ghosts of Heaven. And then I have the first book specifically for adults coming out sometime after that. It's called A Love Like Blood and is a dark, but old fashioned thriller.

The publisher was generous enough to set us up with one copy of She is Not Invisible to give away to our US/CA readers!


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Apr 16, 2014

BEA with Great Imaginations - Part One: Preparing for the Conference

BEA is coming, guys!  All three of us will be attending this year and words cannot express how excited we are about this.  Since we know a lot of those who are going will be first-timers, we thought we'd pool our collective resources and give as much info on the conference as we can!

BEA with Great Imaginations will be in two parts.  Today we're going to talk about preparation for the conference, from what to pack to what to bring with you on the floor.  Next Wednesday we will cover navigating the floor and how to get your books home.


What to pack

Clothes and shoes:
I'm going to be up front about this:  your feet are going to hurt no matter what you wear.  People preach about comfy shoes, but you will be on your feet for ten hours a day, three days in a row.  They will hurt.  However, that doesn't mean you should just go all out and wear those stilettos.  No.  We recommend wearing shoes that you are most comfortable in during your day to day life.  For me, that means flip-flops.  But Kara will be wearing flats and slip on sneakers.  Lyn will be wearing tennis shoes.

BEA is supposed to be business casual, but Kara actually felt a bit overdressed last year.  My advice is to wear something comfortable but a little dressier.  Capris and a blouse, or a simple dress.  Pants are fine, too, just be aware that New York City is oppressively hot and humid at the end of May. 

Tech:

You're going to want to bring a camera, either a camera phone, or a little point and shoot camera.  Not only will there be opportunities to meet authors and fellow bloggers, but you'll be in one of the most amazing cities in the world, and you will definitely want to capture that.  

An e-reader.  They're not very useful at the conference, but if you are traveling long distances, an e-reader is easier to read from than a book, plus it takes up less space when packing to go home.

Whether or not you want to bring your laptop is totally up to you.  When I went a couple years ago, I had plenty of downtime in the evenings and used that time to blog.  Kara, however, left the computer at home and just opted to check her email at the business center in her hotel.  Now, sometimes a publisher will hand out flash drives or other digital content that you can only view on the computer, so keep that in mind.  As for me, I will be packing my Nook, which doubles as a tablet.  That way, I can keep myself connected, but without lugging around an entire computer.

This probably comes without saying, but don't forget your chargers!  And if you have backup chargers, bring those too. Your phone will most likely die while you're walking the floor, so you want to be prepared. 

What to bring to the Javits

Business cards!  Don't be like me - I completely forgot mine when I went and it was the worst decision!  You'll be meeting publicists, authors, and bloggers, and the easiest way to exchange information (and remember it) is with a business card. Your business card should include:
  • Your name
  • Your blog's name and url
  • Your email address
  • Your twitter @
  • Other social media contact information 
  • You may choose to include your mailing address.  This could be helpful for publicists to have on hand, but do remember that you'll be handing these out to everyone, so you may not want Average Joe Blogger to have your address
  • Finally, I recommend choosing a stand-out design that not many other people will have.  You will have tons and tons of cards by the end of the week, so you want something that will stick in your recipients' minds
First aid kit, or at the very least, band-aids.  I know Kara wishes she brought some bandages with her to help with her blistered feet.  You'll never know what might come up.

We also recommend bringing hand lotion because constant book-touching will quickly dry out your skin.  I would also bring hand sanitizer, just because you might be shaking a lot of hands and touching a lot of public surfaces.

Mints or gum, just something to freshen up your breath. You'll be talking and talking and that will definitely dry out your mouth. You want to make a good impression, so have some mints on hand!

A suitcase to store your books in.  They do not allow backpacks or rolling suitcases on the floor, but there is an area where you can check your bag.  Then, as you amass books, just run over to the suitcase area, stash your loot, and go back out there.  As for carrying your books around with you, there are tons of tote bags available all over the floor.  Seriously, I left with a mountain of tote bags!

Water and snacks.  Please, remember to drink water!  Kara got very dehydrated while she was there because she forgot to drink her water.  It's hot, humid, and sticky, and we don't want anyone collapsing.  Also, if you're prone to blood sugar drops especially, have a protein bar on hand to snack on in between meals.  As for meals, there is usually a hot dog truck outside the Javits center, but there is also a (slightly overpriced) food court.  You may also choose to go off-site for lunch.  That all depends on your schedule and how well you feel you could navigate the city.


We hope this helps you feel a little more prepared for BEA.  Do not hesitate to ask questions in the comments section, and if you have anything to add, feel free!  And don't forget to stop by next Wednesday when we will discuss navigating the conference floor and getting your books home.

Apr 15, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Bookish Things that Aren't Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's theme:  Bookish Things (That Aren't Books) That We'd Like to Own


The literacy world is developing a whole new culture.  We don't simply read books, we live them. We breathe them. We throw open the door to our very essence and invite books right in. Books are our souls. Our masters. And we worship them.

So how to we show our allegiance to books? We make them a part of our every day lives! This week, Bekka and Lyn share their top ten non-book bookish things they want to own.

Bekka's Picks

Umm, this is kind of a list of Harry Potter things I'd like to own, but oh well, just go with it!
 Wizard's Monopoly

 Super Fancy Harry Potter Booksmarks

 Ravenclaw Sweatpants

 Marvel Comics Scarf

 Bookish Laptop Case


Lyn's Picks

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Bookish Jewelry - Because two of my favorite things combine together! 

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Book Bookcase - I a going to make one some day. I swear it.

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Bookish Tattoo - When I get the guts, I get the tattoo. I have some quotes that I want.

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Book paperweight - I need this. Seriously.

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ALA Posters - Orlando Bloom and the Read DC trio (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman) are my top picks.


What is on your list this week! Until next Tuesday!


Apr 14, 2014

Book Review: We Were Liars by E Lockhart

Publisher:  Delacorte Press
Release Date:  May 13th, 2014
Pages:  240
Genre:  Young Adult Thriller
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Oooooooookay.  This book wasn't on my radar until Jamie from The Perpetual Page-turner absolutely raved about it on Twitter.  Then the positive reviews came flooding in, all boasting of a mind-blowing thriller with an ending the reader will never see coming.

So of course I needed to read it. I love a twist ending.  But you know what?  I was disappointed.

I liked the first 60% of this novel, albeit it was a little hard to care about the characters.  We Were Liars centers around the influential and well-off Sinclair family.  They're your typical rich, white New England liberals so steeped in privilege it's practically oozing from their ears.  I'm not saying that people like this have invariably easy lives or that they live with no hardships - I just mean that it's kind of hard to care about them when the adults are fighting over the family patriarch's estate and the grandmother buys illegal ivory. 

The writing was also kind of vague and distant.  It was hard to get a read on any emotions from any character except for the main character, Cady, since it was a first-person narrative.  I'm sure that some of this had to do with the way the Sinclairs are taught to always be "normal," to hide their feelings, and to never cause a scene.  And I get that.  But a lot of this detachment was also because of the simplistic sentences and dreamlike structure of the entire thing.

Now, around the 2/3 mark, I figured out what the twist ending was.  I don't know if that's because it was simply written or if it was because I've read a TON of books with this particular device. But the clues were there, sprinkled within the text the entire time and I thought it was kind of obvious.  However, this is definitely worth a reread and will be interesting to see how everything pans out, knowing how it ends.

So I wasn't all that impressed with We Were Liars.  That's somewhat because I've seen all this before just because of the books I like to read (i.e., psychological thrillers.)  It could also be because of the hype surrounding this.  Seriously, I can only think of one person who actually disliked it.  I recommend giving it a read though - it's definitely worth it, and it's just short enough to not be a total time-waster even if you don't like it.  I'm not sure what I should rate this; my feelings about it were all over the place.  So I'm just going to go with a neutral rating.  I didn't dislike it, but it wasn't everything I hoped it would be.


 

Apr 13, 2014

Graphic Novel Review: Sailor Twain by Mark Siegel

Publisher: First Second
Release Date: March 4th, 2014
Pages: 400
Genre: Graphic Novel-Mythology
Source: I received a finished copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.





Synopsis: One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular—and notoriously reclusive—author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens.

A mysterious and beguiling love story with elements of Poe, Twain, Hemingway, and Greek mythology, drawn in moody black-and-white charcoal, this new paperback edition of the New York Times Best-Selling graphic novel by author/illustrator Mark Siegel is a study in romance, atmosphere, and suspense. Don't miss Sailor Twain.


First things first. This book was totally not what I expected to be, and I mean that in a good way. There was just so much going on here. There were so many different plot threads, and I feel they came together--for the most part--incredibly well. It's not a perfect book, but stories about mermaids usually do not work out well for me personally. But then this is not a traditional mermaid story either.

Before the old myths got watered down by time and media, mermaids were killer sirens and women who accidentally killed their husbands. They were not your typical red-headed mermaid in love with a human named Eric. Basically, the mermaid myth is pretty freaking tragic, and Sailor Twain takes us back to a time that was just that. This is not your cutesy love story. It's not just a love story either. It's about curses, riverboats, murder, and all manner of spooky river tales.

The artwork was pretty remarkable. It's cartoonish and yet there is so much depth. It's all done in black and white, and though most of the graphic novels I have read have had panels in color, I actually found this more compelling. Sometimes simplicity really IS better.



My only issue with the book was the ending. It wasn't bad, by any means, but I did find it rushed and was a bit unclear. I had to backtrack through the pages to figure out the meaning in a couple things, and even then I was still not sure. I just feel like a few more pages could have been used to iron out the clarity issues. But it really was a magical and compelling story.








This review checks off the "New to You Author" square for Bookish Bingo.

Apr 12, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #84


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Last week I didn't do a haul. Honestly, I could probably skip this week too because I just haven't gotten that many books. Most people would be sad. But not me! I am so far behind that the little hauls are the ones I appreciate best. I got one book for an upcoming blog tour, and I picked up a couple of e-galleys that I REALLY had to have. I also got a candle shipment in and a new gold filter for my coffee pot. It's the little things, man!


For Review:

The Heiresses by Sara Shepherd

I have never read either of her series but I know they are huge. This book kicks off a new series, this time adult. So I thought I would give it a chance since I love New York City! This is for an upcoming TLC book tour.

Thank you to HarperCollins!

E-Books:

For Review:

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The Name of the Blade by Zoe Marriott
Born Confused by Tanuja Desai Hidier

Thank you to Doubleday, Candlewick Press, and Scholastic.

Purchased:

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Going Bovine by Libba Bray 
(Already Read-DNF-This book was just not for me at all.)

Killing Ruby Rose by Jessica Humphries
(Got this as part of Kindle First for Amazon Prime, so it was free.)



Bekka here!  I don't really have too much to say - it's been a pretty uneventful week over here.  The only thing to really report on is that I got my dresses for BEA and they are AMAZING.  One may not be the most 'flattering' but seriously, fuck 'flattering,' I love my dress.  Anyway... books!



For Review

No One Needs to Know by Amanda Grace - I didn't realize who the author was before I requested this one, but oh well! I haven't had much luck with Amanda Grace/Mandy Hubbard in the past, but I'll give this one a try anyway.
We Are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt - I don't know what it is about teacher-student romances, but they're like crack for me.

Purchased

Far From You by Tess Sharpe - I've only been waiting for this FOREVER! So excited!
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor - So, I guess it's time to read Blood and Starlight, huh.
Dare Me by Megan Abbott - I've wanted to read this one for ages and so I finally just broke down and bought it.  


On the blog this week:

On Sunday, a review of the Grim anthology by Christine Johnson and various authors.

Lyn rants and reviews Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas on Monday.

Bekka and Lyn share their most unique reads for this week's Top Ten Tuesday.

Kara discusses why she is envious of writers on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Bekka has a review for Tease by Amanda Maciel.

Forgotten Fridays covers Going Bovine by Libba Bray with Lyn and Kara.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK!
 

Apr 11, 2014

Forgotten Fridays: Going Bovine by Libba Bray


Welcome to Forgotten Fridays. This mission of this feature is, twice a month, to review books that are more than a year old. And we review them TOGETHER! Most reviews have minor spoilers because it is hard to block them out in a back and forth dialogue about a book. So keep that in mind when reading, though we do try to not mention anything that would ruin a book for anyone.

This week, we have Kara and Lyn reviewing Going Bovine by Libba Bray. Kara DNFed the title, and Lyn awarded 3 stars to the book. The discussion of the material, however, delves deep into some personal thoughts and habits of the two bloggers.


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All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.









Lyn: So, you said you had to DNF the book?


Kara: Yeah. I tried really hard to. I even pushed myself past the point of where I normally would stop because I REAAAAALLLLLYY wanted to do it for you, but I ended up quitting at around 64%. Basically, my main issue was that I just could NOT get into the story at all, due to the fact that I was pretty sure everything was all a dream because of his illness. And why would I want to read a book that is all a dream? What is the point? I figured I would just let YOU tell me. Also, I really didn’t connect with the protagonist either.


Lyn: So what would have helped you keep your interest?


Kara: If it was not a dream. Honestly, I just have never been a fan of that plot thread. I had no idea if any of the stuff that was going on was real or not, but I was like 99% sure it wasn’t. And then I thought about how I didn’t think there was any way he was going to actually cure his illness like he was trying to do, and I just didn’t want to read a book with an unhappy (albeit realistic) ending like that. It was just too depressing. Obviously diseases aren’t cured by magic. So what would have kept me reading? I guess if I was reading another book. >.<


Lyn: Ha! Touche! I am going to give the book a 3 star rating, because I loved the symbolism and I ended up liking some of the secondary characters.  One of the biggest issues I faced was the pacing. Sometimes, things took way too long to resolve, or some parts seemed to drag on forever. This is also going to sound so snotty of me, but I just do not seem to enjoy teenage boy humor (drug use, fart jokes, boners, etc etc). I don’t connect well with that level at all.


Kara: Yeah, I did like the drag queen. That’s about it. And I SO agree about the pacing. It was ALL over the place. I felt like I was reading different vignettes that never seemed to have any resolution. It’s so funny that you mention the crude humor, but I didn’t even seem to notice it that much. I’ve spent a major portion of my life spending time with men (friends, my husband, my dad) who never hid that kind of humor from me, so I actually usually find it hilarious, but I didn’t even notice much of it here! So weird. I know you mentioned to me earlier in the week about the CESSNAB part of the book and I am curious to see what your thoughts were there.


Lyn: That was my favorite part of the book, even with the Viking/Norse portions.  That section could have been a book on its own, and I would have loved the ever living hell out of it. Anything that takes an honest yet harsh jab at organized religion is okay in my book.  It was welcoming to see an author write about the pros of feelings negative emotions. What was your take on it?


Kara: I read that part because I wanted to at least get to that so we could discuss it. I quit not long after that. I actually really thought it was interesting. You are right, I loved the jabs at organized religion and just how stupid it is (I am not attacking spirituality, just the need to go to church every Sunday), and I really liked the characters and their actions during that section of the book. One thing that sort of bothered me though was the mention of being happy all the time as a bad thing. I know it was sort of resolved but it still resonated with me. As someone that faces depression and anxiety daily, I would give my right arm to be happy all the time. And I really think that something like that should never be taken for granted. If you are a person that truly IS happy all the time, that is so NOT a bad thing. Other than that, I really did enjoy it though. I loved how ridiculous the bowling alley and the milk shakes were. The symbolism was great in that chapter.


Lyn: I never looked at that angle before. I found that part one of the best, because I like how it pointed out that being happy all of the time is a lie.  As someone who fights depression, it irritates me when people (who are clueless about depression) tell me to just “be happy”.  You can’t simply overcome the negative feelings without going through them.  Ignoring hurtful or sad feelings doesn’t cause happiness.


Kara: You are absolutely right. I think it delved deeper than what I am saying, and I sort of remember reading that this author deals with depression herself, I just think there are different ways to interpret that chapter. I see what you are saying, definitely. Maybe I just was so beyond caring at that point that I just started to see everything as an offense to my sensibilities. Hey, at least I am being honest. I definitely think you have a valid interpretation and probably more along the lines with what the author was aiming for.


Lyn: I’m glad you also brought up the bowling.  I think I get so worn down fighting every day battles that I forget that these struggles define who I am.  I almost felt uncomfortable reading about the bowling because I have wished time and time again for things to simply get “easier” or to abandon any opportunity to make a decision. Our brains are wired to constantly solve issues.  Having an easy life isn’t the best solution. I keep thinking about the boy in the bowling alley (I can’t recall his name).  He didn’t want to feel like a winner to overcome his sadness, he wanted someone to validate what he was feeling, and he wanted some support.  I like that richness in that metaphor. Simplicity does solve the problem, support and care is medicine that is often overlooked.


Kara: Yeah, the bowling did definitely make me uncomfortable. I love how you mentioned brains being wired to solve issues, and I think that’s absolutely where my problem lies. I have the inability to let things go. When something is wrong (which is almost ALWAYS), I feel this immediate need to solve it, and I obsess about it until I am as unhappy as I possibly can be. As far as the boy in the bowling alley goes, sometimes just having someone be there for you is all it takes. People don’t know how to solve our problems. Even our nearest and dearest family members are at a loss as to how to help us. The simple fact is that they can’t. The best thing a family member can do is to be a great listener, a support system, and willing to spend time with you even when you are at your most miserable. In the long run that is what will really raise you up. Well, that and medication. That helps a lot too. :P


Lyn: Sometimes, there is no solution.  Agreed - sometimes, we just need for someone to LISTEN.  I tend to wrap my worries and my irritation in a blanket of anger or a wad of tearful emotions, and it takes people around me, or even myself, to get to the center of it all to find out what the real issue is at hand.  The whole CESSNAB was like reverse “thoughtcrimes”. Still just as damning, as well.  


Oh, how I wish that section was in a separate book! There were some GREAT parts of the story, but the whole novel was so bogged down. I think that this book should have been a series, or multiple parts. It was very dense and very overwhelming, but it was so brilliant!


Kara: I am with you. I think I would have enjoyed it a ton if it was a separate book. Almost everything leading up to that point was just utterly boring for me. When I got to that part, there was a glimmer of interest. By then I was too far gone to enjoy the book or keep going, but I really did connect to that part.


The one thing I feel I must mention is that even though I disliked this book and it was not for me, I do enjoy Libba Bray’s writing. I mean, The Diviners is one of my favorite paranormal books and probably will always be. I am DYING to get my hands on a copy of the sequel. So my dislike only has to do with the plot and subject matter and not the actual components of the book. It all comes back to me strongly disliking books that are all a dream. Meh.


Lyn: Oh, note to our readers; SAD AS HELL BOOK!!  Don’t come here looking for rainbows and unicorn dreams.


This one would have rated higher if it wasn’t like running through molasses in December. But I can’t give it anything lower because of VIKINGS! Kudos for Viking justice in the book!


Kara:: Hahaha! Agreed. I know this book one the Printz award, and there goes another strike-out for me. I have had zero luck with Printz winners so far. Both have been DNFs. O_O And yeah, this book is really freaking depressing.


Lyn: Printz = We hate happiness.


Kara: Yeah. I am beginning to think that myself. Wah wahhhh.


Lyn: Will our next read be a fun one? I haven’t even looked at the description. I just auto buy what you tell me to buy.


Kara: I hope so! It’s a dystopian set in a flooded New Orleans. I have heard good things.

Lyn: DUDE!





Kara: DNF
Lyn: 3 Stars

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Coming up next Friday:

Orleans by Sherri L. Smith
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