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I think this book will appeal to those who enjoy the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. In this world other creatures exist like mermaids and werewolves and other creatures. Delilah ends up going to a menagerie which is a traveling show where the monsters are put on display for humans to gawk at. She has a Buffy birthday and ends up finding out that she isn't like other humans.
In the blink of an eye Delilah's world is turned upside down. This world totally sucks if you aren't a human. This book does have disturbing parts to it and just in case you weren't aware this is an adult book. There were some characters in this book that I totally hated. Yes I did some yelling at this book and cheered when something happened that I was hoping happened. I am eager to read the next book. I guess I'm glad that I delayed reading this so I can just dive into the next book right away instead of being stuck waiting for it to come out.
Got ARC from Net Galley.
I started reading this book a few times. I would read a few pages and go totally blank. That happened twice but I decided to pick it up a third time and I did get farther along. I decided to stop at fifty percent in because it just wasn't working for me. Nothing really makes sense. The second I read about a giant bronze penis I knew what was going to happen with it.
Two guys randomly meet. The older man offers the out of work reporter a job. He wants him to find his daughter Maya. I'd take the job too because Nick was offering Dexter ten grand. That should have been a red flag. Something happens. After that something happens another thing happens that should have been a red flag that something is wonky but did Dexter notice this? No he was too busy trying to get busy with some chick. Dude has other things to worry about. I just had to stop because I don't care where the story goes. I don't care about who did it and why. It fell very flat for me. Can't there be a mystery without sex? Sex doesn't automatically make a book good since it can actually make it extremely boring especially when it doesn't make sense in the circumstances of the story.
Yes I'll confess that Fear Street is crack for me. I discovered this series when I was taking a class that required me to spend part of my time in a bookstore. Sadly I think that bookstore is no more. I rescued the poor books after they had the covers ripped off. One year when I read 180 books it was because I was binging on Fear Street because they are totally ridiculous.
Usually I finish one of these books in like a day which is super fast for me but this one took a bit longer. I think this series may have run its course since it has gone on for quite some time now. I could totally be wrong but I'm thinking this is probably one of the longest series out there if not the longest series. The books are short and they are ridiculous. Now that I think about it this was probably my second exposure to Young Adult. I came to a crazy conclusion today. Aside from a few odds and ends it wasn't really until like ten years ago that I actually regularly read young adult books. I just couldn't get into his Goosebumps series although I did watch the show.
I did yell at this book because it was ridiculous but I just felt that something was off while I was reading this book. Lisa moves to Shadyside with her parents and spoiler alert her father gets killed. After that she starts hallucinating or does she? At first you're not sure about that but later on it later gets revealed that the kid she's been babysitting is a freaking demon that kills and eats people. I was able to finish because like I said Fear Street is my crack but that's just insane and that's saying something compared to the other books. I also didn't like how it was implied that the so called crazy girl of course is going to be the killer. Having depression, anxiety etc doesn't make you a psychotic killer. Last night on Criminal Minds a guy that was abused by his evil father was out killing people while he was sleepwalking. What the fuck?
I yelled at this book because Lisa was so stupid. Bitch take a picture of the creatures in the basement. Also it probably helps you learn that if you're offered a job that's paying a hella lot that something funky might be afoot. Sure three hundred bucks a week to watch a kid sounds appealing but not so much when there's a Gremlins situation where the kid rips apart and eats people that happen to be in the wrong place at the same time. I don't blame Lisa for taking the job. That's my food and necessities for the month that she's getting paid each week. The other sitter clearly was driven mad so she was locked up but it was seriously fucked up for Brenda to be more than willing to kill the babysitter that found out the truth about her son. Bitch your son kills and eats people and you want to kill the girl who found out about it? In what world does that make sense? So of course Harry shows up at Lisa's new job because this world is all shades of fucked up. I liked it but I didn't get as much enjoyment as I have from other books by this guy. Come on Evil Cheerleaders are hilarious but this was a little flat.
Got ARC from Net Galley.
My response to the end was what the hell? I did like this book but the ending just confused me. Apparently there are extra chapters on Watttpad but it sounds like I'd just be more confused. The concept is interesting. You have Eric who happens to be a pop star and a girl that's agoraphobic. The story is told from both of their perspectives but the ending is just so very up in the air. Maybe there's going to be another book since I seem to be the girl that can't find a stand alone if you put me in a room full of books because 99.9% of the time a book is part of a series.
I'm not really crazy about books that go back and forth but I do get why this story was told this way. It wasn't like watching an episode of Pretty Little Liars where you're just all kinds of lost and confused and angry. It starts off with a police interview. It goes back and forth between Eric and Tessa. After a part of the interview two chapters follow with each of their perspectives and it just goes on throughout the book. There's some mysterious thing that happened months before that causes Tessa to be afraid to go outside. I can relate to that a bit because I don't get out much.
Eric is feeling trapped because he doesn't like the way his manager and others treat him. Could Maury be a bigger asshole? Yes I did yell at this book. He just randomly finds Tessa's Twitter account because her account blew up after she wrote some fanfic about Eric. Am I the only one that finds it strange and kinda creepy to be writing fanfic about real people? He decides to start another Twitter account and starts talking to Tessa. I do like how the author worked social media into this relationship since so many of us are on social media every day. I did like Eric and Tessa but the others were all pretty much assholes. Tessa had a boyfriend that was a total douchebag. I totally think he was cheating. Tessa's mom was just awful. I wouldn't want someone like that trying to help me be able to reach a point where I could leave my home and the therapist was just awful.
Got ARC from Net Galley.
I needed a break from another book I'm reading so I thought I'd dive into this book. Sadly I was disappointed by it and didn't bother to finish it. I stopped at 23% because I was bored. There's a kid who loses his head. He gets this strange stone and wackiness ensues but in a very dull sort of way.
I suppose it could appeal to a younger audience since I'm not the intended audience but I've enjoyed books that weren't technically written with me in mind as an audience. I could see the potential in it because I do like magic and the whole Narthex stone thing that allows you to travel from place to place is kinda cool but I was just bored and had no desire to find out if the story gets better.
Got ARC from Net Galley.
Sadly the title was better than the actual book. I guess I was expecting something else. I found this book incredibly boring. She was taking a journey down memory lane with how the internet evolved but I just wasn't interested in what she was saying. I thought this would be a funny book about how the internet started and where it ended up but I couldn't get past thirty percent of the way in. I just had to put it down.
I'm sure the book is better with the pictures but I don't think that would help me get through this book. I just wasn't interested in anything and I have to wonder if she really met Tom Hanks. Did she really meet him? Do I really care? The answer to that would be no. It was just very disappointing that I didn't get what I was expecting. Going by the title I thought it would be funny moments of the evolution of the internet but the writing just didn't mesh with me.
I really enjoyed this book and now I'm annoyed that I don't have the other book with me. I did win it but it isn't living with me right now. I won't go into that because that would lead to a rant. I was able to check this out from the library and I confess that I did some yelling at this book hence me wanting to read another book by this author. I guess I could see if the book is available at the library. Be warned that this is going to be spoilery so if you don't mind that read on or just pass and give a girl a retweet.
Anyhoo my insanity might be showing but I couldn't help but relate to and enjoy Alex even though she was a burgeoning serial killing vigilante. I understand why she's all messed up. That has to be horrible dealing with the murder of your sister and no one paying for it. She went out and took care of it herself. I was a little confused at the start but that could be because I'm dumb. She was stalking the killer but at the same time I thought it was after high school but this book takes place during high school.
I did like the friendship between Claire and Alex. Claire was able to see a side of Alex that the world didn't get to see since she was pretty much cut off from the world. It is kinda creepy to be watching a show on Investigation Discovery or whatever and hear them talking about someone that is very much like me which makes me sound like I'm inches away from just going bat shit crazy and start killing. The only killing I do is bugs and lucky for me I don't see them often but my battle cry could be mistaken for a scream. I really liked that Alex was protective of the ones she cared about even though she crossed the line big time. She even used Claire's name instead of falling in line with the nickname Peekay.
I found it hard to feel bad for Branley since she was just a bitch. Okay you get a gold star for helping Claire when she was on the verge of getting gang raped at the party but she is also the same girl that probably started screwing Claire's boyfriend before they broke up. I just didn't like that she thought she was such hot shit that everyone with a penis would want to stick it in her vagina. I also don't understand why Branley and Jack weren't a couple instead of being longtime fuck buddies. The way she acted when Jack was dating Claire was just disgusting. Okay you like sex. Fuck all you want and slut it up but bitch don't steal other girls boyfriends and assume everyone wants to do you. Sure she didn't deserve to get raped but bitch the way you act makes it very hard to feel bad for you. Alex ends up killing a guy that was going to rape Branley and she got killed by the other guy. She also set a child molester on fire in his own home which sounds kinda awesome. Come on I can't be the only one that thought that was great. There are just some things that can't be fixed.
High school sucks big time. When I was in high school there was this "gang" of guys that rated the girls they screwed. I'm just glad that a certain thing wasn't revealed to be at this time because I know it would have made me a challenge because some guys are just utterly repulsive. I definitely want to read more books by this author because it was very easy for me to get into this book. Sure it was ridiculous but that didn't mean I didn't enjoy it and it did show just how horrible people can be and how they don't think about what they're saying and joking about. There are just some things that shouldn't be joked about. Even though Alex was the bad guy I couldn't help but root for her which probably shows that I'm a wee bit twisted.
Sice I'm not cool enough to be tagged I decided to tag myself which is how this always works. Anyhoo on to the questions.
1. Name a cartoon(s) that you love?
Scooby Doo, The Smurfs, Jem And The Holograms
2. What is your favorite song right now?
I don't really have one. Thanks to the super fun depression I literally forget that I enjoy music so I can go years without listening to it. Asshole neighbor doesn't count but as far as bands go I've rediscovered my love of Korn who I fell in love with after hearing just one song.
3. What could you do for hours (that isn't reading)?
Watching TV. If I had money I'd probably say shopping but I don't think I take hours when I'm bargain shopping although it is possible because there are times when it takes quite a while to find that fabulous deal. For some reason lately I haven't really kept up with shows except for Supernatural and Criminal Minds. I'll just binge whatever and yes that includes YouTube because I watch a lot of that.
4. What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?
This question makes me feel like a cult leader. Do I have followers? Why are they following me? I don't know. I watch a lot of shows about killers and weirdly seem to be just inches away from being one. I guess books and TV help keep me toe the line between only killing bugs and spilling over into serial killer land. It also helps that me and the sight of blood don't mix.
5. What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about (this can do with books, I guess)?
I'm not sure I understand the question. See reading a lot doesn't automatically make you smart. Oh goody some geese are outside quacking. I wonder if any of these guys are in Canada since they are Canadian Geese. I also see the random seagull which is really weird because there's no ocean here. I guess they get confused and decide to hang out in the parking lot near Dollar Tree. Where was I? It isn't a favorite but it is random and probably odd. I'm guilty of reading in genres without knowing the genre so I find out later that I've read a genre I never heard of. Before I heard of steampunk book. I think Gail Carriger was my first. She's fabulous. I love her series. They all connect together because they are in the same world but take place in different times. I also read The
6. What is something unusual you know how to do?
I don't really have any skills. The only thing I can do that I do all the time is read walking and I don't really know how unusual that is since mail people do it except I do it while reading books.
7. Name something you’ve made in the last year (and show us, if you can)
I'm going to try to do it again but I did make a Lalaloopsy bracelet but it fell apart because the string elastic whatever just plain sucks so I'm waiting on a roll of elastic band to see how that works. I also am going to dive into the world of polymer clay charms but first I have to see if I can translate my bizarre oven into actual temperatures. There are no numbers on it which is just strange.
8. What is your most recent personal project?
I guess that would be my Skreened Shop. Check it out.
9. Tell us something you think about often (maybe while staring out of windows)
I have the blinds closed all the time. I just feel like I'm on display with them open. I do sometimes stare at the one window and wonder why the blinds are moving when the window isn't open and I'm nowhere near it. Is it a ghost? Is it a hallucination? I have no idea but I am tempted to do a little video of it.
10. Give us something that's your favorite, but make it something oddly specific, not like your favorite food, but like your favorite food when you’ve been studying for hours and forgot to eat. Or, you know, something like that
I don't really have one of those. Even when I was in school I didn't exactly study for hours. I guess there have been a few times when I was in the writing zone and just kept writing without thinking of anything else but I don't think I did anything out of the ordinary. I guess reaching for a cold Dr Pepper and just enjoying the coolness as it pours down my throat and into my tummy and thinking about how utterly heavenly that is. Did that answer the question?
Lastly, say the first thing that pops into your head
Lalaloopsy which I seem to be obsessed with. This is a recent thing. I'd seen them before and thought oh cute but didn't give it another thought and now here I am going nuts and thinking about making jewelry and wearing jewelry because plastic jewelry rocks. I'm still trying to figure out what kind of eye hook whatever thing to use on the Lalaloopsy tinies because the hook thingies I got were much too small.
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Got ARC from Net Galley.
I loved this book. Did I yell at this book? Yes I did. Stepmonster was just horrible and so was that bitch Chloe. This is an adorable modern day Cinderella about a fan girl stuck in a family where she doesn't quite fit but soon she has one awesome best friend. I love Sage. Can I have more about Sage? Did I mention that she's totally awesome?
My favorite character is Sage who also happens to be a lesbian. I just adore her. She's a fun quirky characters marches on to the beat of her own drum. Also she has awesome hair and just thinking about her driving the truck is just hilarious. I really want there to be another book that's about Sage and who she starts dating because I want more of this world especially with this character.
Danielle is stuck living with her stepmonster and her two stepsisters. I'm so dumb that the whole Cinderella thing didn't hit me until today. I never claimed to be smart or quick to pick up on things. She has a blog and just by random chance she starts texting a guy so yes there's some romance. This is such a cute book. I really must read more books by Ashley because I love her writing style and it isn't just anyone that gets me to yell at a book. I tried to tell Danielle to get herself a lawyer to protect herself from the stepmonster but of course she didn't listen because she's fictional. I was easily sucked into this world and enjoyed it from beginning to end. I also cried during this one scene in the bathroom. It wasn't ugly crying but I did get teary and that doesn't happen all the time either since it isn't every day I yell at a book and cry.
Got ARC from Net Galley. It was lost in the nether realm until I randomly found it when I downloaded the Kindle App on my phone for the millionth time. This damn app thinks I'm A with multiple phones but no I'm the idiot that keeps installing and uninstalling in the hopes that it will work properly. I'm literally the definition of insanity.
This book came out a while ago but I do know that the title got my attention and yes I'll admit that I thought the cover was pretty cool too. Since it has been a while I had forgotten what the book was about but I thought it was screaming some kind of magic. Two teenagers who aren't alike other teens are tied together by the past and a curse that comes along with a prophecy that doesn't bode well for the world.
Taylor is the type of student that I wasn't. She was randomly asked to tutor a French guy in English. Do they do that over there? I thought it was odd that a girl in England would be asked to contact a boy in France about schoolwork. Of course there was an underlying reason for it but how the two came together was just odd but they had to get together somehow and this was how it was done. The two connect and wackiness ensues big time.
Taylor eventually grew on me but I have to admit that I kind of found her annoying I guess because she was the perfect student and oh color me not surprised that her best friend Georgie sucks. I liked Sacha more and I guess that's probably because I would have done the same thing in his situation. If I could make money off a special talent that no one else had I'd totally do it. I do want to read the next book in this series which is out because I'm doing a review on this super late but hey better late than never so I'm glad I found this because I did enjoy it. I am also curious about checking out both authors with their solo books. I haven't read a ton of books with multiple authors but I have discovered one of my favorite fantasy authors that way.
I've always loved reading books so it was inevitable that I'd end up writing about books again. Over the years with the many blogs I have had I would end up talking about books. Thanks to a bit of frustration and a case of the writing blahs I decided to dive in again.
1 Donut: It is a miracle that I finished this book. This rating is also for the times when I can't finish a book.
2 Donuts: The book was okay. It might not be my cup of tea or I'm confused.
3 Donuts: I liked this book. Chances are good that I'll check out another book by this author.
4 Donuts: I am definitely going to read more books by this author. Going off to find out what other books this author wrote.
5 Donuts: I loved this book. I need all the books by this author right now.