Thursday, August 25, 2016

Criminal by K.B. Hoyle - Blog Tour! #amreading #giveaway

K.B. Hoyle is a fantastic author. I adored her Gateway Chronicles fantasy series geared toward young adults, and I also loved her first foray into the New Adult genre titled Breeder. You can take a look back at my review of Breeder here

I was recently blessed with an advanced review copy of Breeder's sequel, Criminal, in exchange for a fair and honest review. Criminal picks up right where Breeder leaves off so if it has been awhile since you've read Breeder you may want to reread to catch up again.

K.B. is also offering YOU a chance to win a print copy of both Breeder and Criminal! Just scroll down and enter the rafflecopter below - and best of luck to you. I hope you win!

My review of Criminal: Pria is still extremely naive due to her isolated upbringing but she's learning. I didn't reread Breeder before I started Criminal, and wish I had because it took me a little while to catch back up. I love the new friendships/loyalties being formed here, the action, the danger, and the character development.

Friday, May 6, 2016

What if you could record your dreams? The Experiment of Dreams by Brandon Zenner #amreading #dreams

As all of you probably have figured out by now, I am fascinated by how the mind works. This book caught my attention because it is about a machine that can record your dreams. On a fairly regular basis I remember at least part of my last dream on waking, but who wouldn't want to be able to record their dreams? I know I would. I've written songs, written stories, had dreams that could make a great movie and all kinds of great things in my dreams - that I can only remember a sliver of upon waking. Just think of all the creativity locked inside your dreams!

This book starts out pretty slow and I wasn't a huge fan in the beginning. I swear if the author had typed the name Ben one more time in the first few pages I was about to throw my Kindle across the room! Ben did this. Ben did that. Ben, Ben, Ben, Ben, Ben! We KNOW it's Ben. He's the only one in the damn room. To be fair that really only happened in the beginning and one more time near the end. It wasn't carried on throughout the whole book so it is a minor annoyance.

Friday, April 29, 2016

What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan #bookreview #amreading

I've always had kind of a morbid fascination with child abduction. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy, but I just really wonder about what has happened to those children that are never found. I think I've said on here before that the case of the Beaumont children which happened in Adelaide in the 60s is of particular interest to me, probably because it was multiple childen (three) and remains unsolved to this day.

So with that in mind, occasionally I like to see how an author perceives an abduction case might go - the who, why, and what happens. This is what drew me to What She Knew.

I felt this book started a little slow, and maybe that is because it took me a little while to get used to the format. The book is basically written from three points of view which are interspersed with emails, news reports and info on abduction. The points of view include the mother of the victim, the officer who was in charge of the search for the victim, and the therapist of that officer. It's a bit odd, but overall it does work.

What She Knew is set in England, but is written in such a way it could have occurred anywhere.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A frozen future? Iced (Chronicles of White World Book 1) by M. Terry Green #amreading #mondayblogs

I don't generally judge a book by it's cover, which is a good thing because I hate this one.

Iced is a dystopian novel - the first in a triology - about a woman named Thirteen. It's not her real name - but she can't remember her real name. In Green's version of the future, the oceans are frozen over and the world is covered in ice. Slavery is real again, and only the elite are free. 

Thirteeen has somehow escaped from slavery (her past is not explained in this book) and spends her life sailing the ice searching for her sister, who has not. But Thirteen isn't just any ordinary woman. She's different. She has two sets of eyelids, and her hair has no color. It is completely clear, but reflects light giviing it the illusion of the color of her surroundings. She also doesn't feel the cold the way everyone else does.