Sunday, November 19, 2017

Music Monday: Demi Lovoto

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Music Monday! This weekly meme was created by Lauren @Always Me. Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately! If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up

I've been listening to her new album, and I am really enjoying it.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Review: Shattered Stars by Theresa Kay

Title: Shattered Stars
Author: Theresa Kay
Series: Broken Skies #3
Genre: Sci-fi/Romance/YA
Publication Date: October 24th, 2017
Edition: Kindle Edition, 365 pages
Source: Received for review
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Unexpected allies. Unexpected betrayals. Unexpected abilities.
     The last thing Jax Mitchell ever wanted was to be a weapon. Her abilities are unpredictable at best, but with her twin lost, there’s no one else with enough power to take on Jastren and his mental manipulations. She doesn’t have to do it alone, though. Not only can she rely on the unwavering support of Lir, Rym, and her human friends, she also ends up with help from a surprising source. 
     Meanwhile, her twin brother Jace—his body controlled by Jastren, and the shattered pieces of his mind locked inside—has become a monster. The struggle to hold on to what’s left of his humanity has left him weak and more confused than ever before. Every thought, every impulse, and every memory has the potential to destroy him—and everyone else around him. 
     The futures of both the humans and the E’rikon are on the line, but as ulterior motives and political machinations are revealed, it becomes clear that the betrayals aren’t restricted to only one species. Can Jax and Lir get everyone to work together in time to prevent the two species from destroying each other? Can Jace find some measure of redemption for all he has done? And will Jax be able to harness her powers… without losing herself?

This series, for me, has gotten slightly less interesting as each book goes on. I start to care a little less about the characters and what they are going through. Which is kind of the opposite reaction you want when reading a book. 

I don't really remember if I ever cared for Jax as a character, and I'm not sure I really cared about any of the other characters either. None of the characters in this book are particularly likable. And jumping between Jax and her twin brother Jace, just didn't do it for me. It has also been a couple of years since I read the last book, and I didn't retain any connection to the characters or the story that I might have had from when I read it.

Everybody in this book is pretty selfish in their own right. Yes, Jastren is a terrible person who has murdered innocent people, and brainwashed his grandson. But all the other collective groups are only looking after themselves. But since Jax and Lir are kind of ostracised from both the human and the E’rikon, they appear to be looking after the equal safety of each group. But I never really got the impression that either really cared about the other. There were attempts at humor through the book, but most just fell really flat for me.

I just felt a huge disconnection from the characters. I think if I had read these books one right after the other, no year/2-year gap, I would have kept the connection I had with the characters.  2 years is a long time to wait for a sequel.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Want My Child to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.

Since I have a child, who loves being read to, this list might be pretty easy. Though I will never disparage any book he wants to read. Even if it's books I didn't enjoy. I also feel like there is more variety of kids books these days than there was for me growing up. But that might also have to do with going to a small school that didn't have that great of a collection. I also don't remember all the books I read as a kid, grade school was a long time ago. 

1. Harry Potter - This one is a given. He's not quite old enough for me to read it to him, as there aren't any pictures and it might not hold his attention. But I really want him to read the books. 

2. Percy Jackson -  Now, I personally didn't like these books. I also read them as a 26-year-old, I was obsessed with Greek mythology as a kid and books like this didn't exist so I read many of the actual myths instead. But, I think these are a good introduction to Greek mythology. As the actual myths are a little dark, and many are bizarre.

3. Animorphs - I read a few of these books as a kid. Not many and they were always checked out in my school's library. But the ones I did read, I really enjoyed.

4. R.L Stine -  Any of his books really. I mostly read the Feat Street series, because as a 9-10 year old I thought the Goosebumps books weren't scary enough. 

5. Shel Silverstein - He has some great children's poetry. And while I have lost my enjoyment of poetry, thankyou sophomore English class, I loved his poetry books as a child.

6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -  I remember reading this as a kid and liking it. My class also did a play of this, I was one of the Grandmothers.

7. The Chronicles of Narnia - These are classics, so it's a given that I would want him to read this series. 

8. Charlotte's Web -  Another classic that I think every kid should read. 

9. The Hobbit -  Maybe a little advanced for him to read as a kid, but when he's old enough, whatever age that may be, I would love him to read this book. This is the book that got me back into reading for fun. I kind of stopped reading for fun around middle school, and I read this book in high school and refound my love for reading.

10. Oz Series -  Most only know about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but there is a whole series of books, 14 books. I don't expect him to read all of these books, but I would love for him to read some, at least the first book in the series.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Music Monday: Evanescence

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to Music Monday! This weekly meme was created by Lauren @Always Me. Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately! If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up

They have been a favorite band of mine since the early 2000's with their first album. Amy Lee has a beautiful voice. Anyway, they have a new album that I have been listening to all weekend.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Friday 56 and Book Beginning: Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman || Friday 50/50: Favorite/Least Favorite Movie Tie-In Cover

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

     In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can't make a scene at your sister's wedding and break a relative's nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.
     Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it's a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl--a subspecies of dragon--who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she's tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.

(Sidenote, I am skipping to Chapter one with my Book Beginning, the prologue starts weird, and I would have to add like 3 paragraphs for it not to be too weird. I don't want to add that much.)

Book Beginning:
The twins had taken their morning stitchery to the Tapestry Salon, one of the less fashionable sitting rooms in the palace.

My 56:
The sisters specialized in palliative care, but they knew their way around the surgery.

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50/50 Friday is a new weekly link-up hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts' blogs.

Oh... Um, I hate movie covers for books. They bother me, I don't want to see the actors faces on my books. One of my favorite things in the world is that the Harry Potter books never had movie covers.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
To take part, just pick your top ten, and add the link here.

I struggled with this list. Most of the characters that I think would make a good leader, already are in their books. So I don't know if it's because of that I think they'd make a good leader or what. Either way here's my list in the order that I thought of the character. Book cover linked to my review of the book.

Paige Mahoney. She's smart, and knows how to handle a situation in crisis. She doesn't panic, she doesn't wait for someone else to figure it out. I'm still reading Mime Order, not even halfway through it, so I don't know if she ever becomes the leader she already seems to be. But I can see her being a great leader.

Laia, she has compassion for others, and a fierce will to survive. It's been a while since I've read this book, but I remember that both that compassion and her will to survive and to help others made her a fantastic character.

Arin. He is smart, and has patience. He is also not ruthless. That is something that is often given to male characters, or really any character when the author wants to show how "strong" they are. Arin and his people have been slaves for a long time, and he harbors hatred towards the people that did it. But he doesn't take that out on civilians, he gives it to the actual people that enslaved them, the military.

Simon Lewis. He kind of got ignored a little early in the series, and I still think he's a somewhat under valued character. He was the sidekick but once he stopped being just the sidekick, we get to see how good he actually is at strategy and how he's more than just a nerd. 

Nikolai, he just has those natural leader qualities. As a privateer, and as a King, he was born to lead.

Tessa Gray. She is just an all-around great character. She cares deeply for everybody, she even cared about her brother after he betrayed her. She didn't wish him any harm, she was just hurt and sad.

It's really hard to pick between Day and June. They are actually really similar characters, but when I read the series I never had a hard time telling them apart. But they are both smart, and very capable characters. 

There are a lot of characters in this book that would be great leaders, but I have to give it to Karou. She has been through to much, and the things she has to do to succeed in this final book is amazing. I really need to re-read this series. 

Jax is an interesting character. In this first book, she may not seem like a person that can lead, she's a little broken, a little lost, but she pulls through by the end of the book and her leadership skills start to surface.

Again, another book full of characters that would be great leaders, but, I have to go with Cinder. She defeated a tyrant, and restored the honor of her people in doing so. She also saved the Earth and possibly even gained the respect from her Step-mother. Maybe not forgiveness, but respect.