20 Jul 2019

Stacking the Shelves (19): July 20, 2019

20 July 2 Comments
Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!
I am very proud of myself for getting a lot of blogging and reading done lately. I hope I can keep it up once things start to get hectic in the Fall again. I am really enjoying the whole audiobook scene and I feel like things are finally lining up for me. So here's to hoping it stays this way!

How has everyone's 2019 been going so far?

19 Jul 2019

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays: VOX by Christina Dalcher // #Review

19 July 1 Comments

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays

introduces readers who are unfamiliar with the Adult SF/F genre to books, authors, and discussions all about the vast expanse of the world of Adult SF/F!

VOX

Author: Christina Dalcher
Series: N/A
Source: Audible
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: August 21, 2018


Summary:
Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed to speak more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial—this can't happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning.

Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.

But this is not the end.

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.
Purchase:
Amazon | Chapters | TBD
I think I would have liked this book more if it had been in the perspective of Sharon. Jean was The Worst™ and I did not care if she could live or die. I think one of my first thoughts was "if she can only speak 100 words a day, then why do I have to listen to this forever."

I am so over people who believe that because they didn't vote for a "bad candidate" that they are Absolved Of Their Sins™. That's bullshit. If you aren't expressing your democratic rights, then you are Not Absolved Of Sins™ when bad shit happens. You are part of the problem. And Jean and her brand of white feminism was definitely part of the problem.

But the premise? The how they got there? Completely enthralling. I loved the dystopian aspects of it but not so much the characters we had to follow. So this was a meh book for me.


Christina Dalcher earned her doctorate in theoretical linguistics from Georgetown University. She specializes in the phonetics of sound change in Italian and British dialects and has taught at universities in the United States, England, and the United Arab Emirates.

Her short stories and flash fiction appear in over one hundred journals worldwide. Recognitions include the Bath Flash Award’s Short List; nominations for The Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best Small Fictions; and multiple other awards. She teaches flash fiction as a member of the faculty at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, Virginia. Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency represents Dalcher’s novels.

After spending several years abroad, most recently in Sri Lanka, Dalcher and her husband now split their time between the American South and Naples, Italy.

Her debut novel, VOX, will be published in August 2018 by Berkley (an imprint of Penguin Random House).

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17 Jul 2019

Upcoming Event: Margaret Atwood In Conversation about The Testaments live! #atwoodlive

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Margaret Atwood In Conversation about The Testaments live!

I am so excited to share about an upcoming event with you today: Margaret Atwood In Conversation about The Testaments live! On September 10th across North America and the UK, you can watch Margaret Atwood discussing her newest release, THE TESTAMENTS. Join the conversation online using #atwoodlive

I absolutely loved THE HANDMAID'S TALE and cannot wait to see how the next installment is going to continue the story and explore our current political climate.

Learn more below and check to see if it is playing at your cinema here: https://www.margaretatwoodlive.com/ 

Fane Productions presents Margaret Atwood live on stage and in cinemas on Tuesday, September 10th in celebration of the global publication of The Testaments, Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to her seminal work, The Handmaid’s Tale.

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas will be broadcast to over 1,000 cinemas across the globe, including cinemas throughout the US, UK and Canada, with delayed screenings planned in Australia and New Zealand. Filmed live from the National Theatre in London, BBC journalist and New York Times best-selling author Samira Ahmed will interview Atwood about her remarkable career, her diverse range of works and why she has returned to her handmaid story, 34 years later. The event, presented in partnership with Equality Now, will include a number of special guests to be announced later this year.

Margaret Atwood: Live in Cinemas will be broadcast to Cineplex cinemas across Canada. Cinema tickets go on sale Friday, March 8 at 10AM ET at www.margaretatwoodlive.com.

I am delighted that the launch of THE TESTAMENTS will take place not only in London on September 10th, but also by live-streaming to over 1000 cinemas around the world. I can't be in all placed at once in my analogue body, but I look forward to being with so many readers via the big screen.

The publication of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985 and the current, Emmy Award-winning television series have created a cultural phenomenon, as handmaids have become a symbol of women’s rights and a protest of misogyny and oppression. In this brilliant sequel, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades. When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what  lay ahead. Margaret Atwood’s sequel The Testaments picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. 

THE TESTAMENTS

Author: Margaret Atwood
Series: The Handmaid's Tale #2
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Publication Date: September 10, 2019

Summary
:
In this brilliant sequel to The Handmaid's Tale, acclaimed author Margaret Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades.



When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison or death. 



With The Testaments, the wait is over. 



Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. 



"Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in." —Margaret Atwood
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Are you excited about the next installment to THE HANDMAID'S TALE? Are you going to check this out?

15 Jul 2019

#Discussion: ARC August 2019 Sign-Up + TBR!

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ARC August 2019 Sign-Up + TBR

I am always behind on ARCs because that's my life so I love when ARC August rolls around! I hope to be able to finish 20 books during the month but I'm also just hoping to finish one at the same time. One of my 2019 Reading Goals was to read my NetGalley ARCs so I should probably get to those at some point!

I am putting below the options that I am going to choose from and I will say this is in no way an exhaustive list. Click on the picture to go to Goodreads and add it to your TBR!

ARC August is hosted by the amazing bloggers over at Read.Sleep.Repeat.

Are you going to participate in ARC August?

13 Jul 2019

Stacking the Shelves (18): July 13, 2019

13 July 5 Comments
Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!
I have been reading and working hard to get my blog under control for the next few weeks so I am excited to share all the posts with you! Is there anything you want to see? I will do my best to make it for you!

How has everyone's 2019 been going so far?

12 Jul 2019

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays: THE BRIDGE KINGDOM by Danielle L. Jensen

12 July 1 Comments

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays

introduces readers who are unfamiliar with the Adult SF/F genre to books, authors, and discussions all about the vast expanse of the world of Adult SF/F!

THE BRIDGE KINGDOM

Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Series: The Bridge Kingdom #1
Source: Audible
Publisher: Context Literary Agency, LLC
Publication Date: October 16, 2018


Summary:
What if you fell in love with the one person you'd sworn to destroy? 

Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil - and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara's homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom. 

But as she infiltrates her new home - a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas - and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore. 

Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?
Purchase:
Amazon | Chapters | TBD

This is ADULT Fantasy just so everyone is aware. But I definitely really enjoyed it. The audiobook probably helped that fact because you got the emotions and tone of the voice for the characters which I really enjoyed. I thought that this was a really good novel and I am looking forward to the next!

I think there was a lot of really good political action in this one. I liked learning more about the different countries, their boundaries, and how they interacted with one another. I think the alliances and breaking of them were great and I look forward to seeing how it plays out in the future.

I loved the setting and the worldbuilding of this one too. The details were astounding and I felt like I was there the entire time. I loved traversing the world with Lara and Aren. I felt immersed in the world the entire time and look forward to learning more about it in the future!

Honestly there was a lot of goodness in this one. I really enjoyed reading it, learning about the characters, and seeing how it played out in real time. However, I know if I had been reading it in physical or ebook format, I would have stopped at about 30% because I was a little bored. The narrators definitely made this one.

I will say though this is a super slow burn romance and every time I wanted them to get it on, they did not get it on. So be prepared for that!

What are some of your favourite Adult SFF books?