17 Aug 2019

Stacking the Shelves (23): August 17, 2019

17 August 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 at my parent's house this weekend for my grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary! We are getting family portraits done and I am looking forward to seeing everyone since I haven't been home for a while to do so.

I finally hit over 100 books for the year and hopefully can make my goal of 150! I have been reading more consciously this year so I feel good about the books I've given my time and attention to rather than just reading anything and everything (like I did in 2016 when I read almost 350 books!)

Next weekend I'm in Toronto for the #FrenzyPresents event at 11:00 a.m.! Will I see you there? Then the boyf and I are going to Algonquin for the long weekend so expect some nature pictures to populate my Instagram feed.

So much is coming up and I can't wait to experience it all!

How has everyone's 2019 been going so far?

16 Aug 2019

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays: THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin

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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 FIFTH SEASON

Author: N.K. Jemisin
Series: The Broken Earth #1
Source: Audible
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: August 4, 2015


Summary:
This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze -- the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years -- collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She'll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.
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This took a bit to get into and I'm still not 100% sure on the worldbuilding but the characters are fantastic and I loved the writing! I thought that there were a lot of great parallels between the world we live in today and the nation that Jemisin creates, which will really open up people's eyes - if they are paying attention.
This is what you must remember: the ending of one story is just the beginning of another.
This book throws you right into the action, which can be good, but there isn't enough of an explanation for you to really get a good grasp on things. That makes it difficult for readers (like me) to really feel a full connection to the book from the get go. I almost stopped a couple times because I wasn't feeling it, but I'm glad I continued through it because it ended up being amazing.

The characters are so amazing and well-developed. Each of the different story lines kept my attention, but I especially loved reading about Essun and her journey. I love that every main character in this story was powerful and doing what they could to be empowered - even when they were being torn down and enduring hateful people. There were so many beautiful moments and I loved seeing how the characters grew throughout.

I highly recommend this book to everyone as it was incredibly written and an interesting fantasy novel. I can't wait to see where the story goes next!

N(ora). K. Jemisin is an author of speculative fiction short stories and novels who lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY. In 2018, she became the first author to win three Hugos in a row for her Broken Earth novels. She has also won a Nebula Award, two Locus Awards, and a number of other honors.

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14 Aug 2019

#Review: DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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DAISY JONES & THE SIX

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Series: N/A
Source: Purchased from Audible
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: March 9, 2019
Overall Rating:
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Summary:
Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.
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I had heard such good things about Taylor Jenkins Reid and her novel, THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO, so when this was on sale on Audible, I figured I would check it out. It was sorta pitched to me as fictional Fleetwood Mac and I LOVE Fleetwood Mac, so I thought I would give this a go. And honestly, I am a little disappointed.

First, I will say that I would definitely recommend listening to this as an audiobook because it is an oral history (although fictious) and it made the story that much better in my opinion. I am really glad that this will be adapted into television because I wanted more than anything to hear the songs so we will get that opportunity with the television show.

But this just made me hate the characters. None of them were sympathetic or deserved anyone to care about them. And, yeah, people can be shitty, but these people were even worse. I didn't care about any of them and mostly just felt bad for Daisy until she made dumb decision after dumb decision. I also absolutely HATED the ending.

This had some really great moments but it also didn't quite move me the way I wanted to. I thought that it was good, but not great, and definitely didn't make me want to pick up Taylor's other novel. I wish it had been a little different, but that's just the way it goes sometimes.

Have you read this one? What was your favourite part?

12 Aug 2019

ARC #Review: WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE by Tehlor Kay Mejia

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WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE

Author: Tehlor Kay Mejia
Series: We Set The Dark On Fire #1
Source: eARC via Publisher
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: February 26, 2019
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Summary:
At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children, but both are promised a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret—that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme.

On her graduation night, Dani seems to be in the clear, despite the surprises that unfold. But nothing prepares her for all the difficult choices she must make, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or to give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

This was a really interesting story but it didn't quite meet my expectations. I think mostly because of the writing style (which didn't quite jive with me) plus the feeling that it felt like THE SELECTION (which I hated) meets 2016 Political Climate which worked in some ways and didn't in others.


Most of my issue was with the writing style. I just couldn't connect to it or the characters - I don't know what it was about it, quite, just that I know if I hadn't been listening to it, I probably would have DNFed it. It was really slow to start and the way the characters are introduced into the story was off to me for some reason. But the whole concept was also kinda meh to begin with. It isn't until we get into the actual thick of things that I started to enjoy it.

I will say that even though it is addressed on page, I dislike some of the f/f romance aspect because of the bully to lover aspect. I don't really enjoy enemies to lovers to begin with, but I prefer it in a more "Romeo and Juliet" way (i.e. families hate each other and the kids kinda go along with it until they meet, etc.) rather than "you were literally terrible to me and now we're together" because it screams red flags to me. There are also a lot of layers to this romance anyway so it just didn't sit completely right with me.

The idea though is well thought out. I liked the real life parallels and how current politics are tied into this one. It really spoke to me and I liked seeing how the main character slowly became more entrenched in the world of politics. I like seeing characters learn and grow into doing what is right.

I liked a lot of the story and plotline well enough (and the audiobook narrator was really good!), but I thought something was missing from this. Will I check out the next book? Probably. Will I do it immediately upon release? Probably not.

10 Aug 2019

Stacking the Shelves (22): August 10, 2019

10 August 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 always struggle with the week after a long weekend! It's shorter so people want more done?? That's not how life works. I am hoping to finish off another few books this weekend and getting my total reads over 100!

Plus it is Pride here in Windsor, so I will be out and about there! Come say hi at the City of Windsor's LGBTQ+ & Allies Employee Resource Group tent if you see me :)

How has everyone's 2019 been going so far?

9 Aug 2019

#BlogTour: COLOR ME IN by Natasha Diaz

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Hello and welcome to my blog tour post for

COLOR ME IN by Natasha Diaz!

I have information about the book for you today plus a giveaway! Be sure to check that out below. But first, let's learn more about the book...

COLOR ME IN

Author: Natasha Diaz
Series: N/A
Publisher: Delacorte
Publication Date: August 20, 2019

Summary:

Debut YA author Natasha Díaz pulls from her personal experience to inform this powerful coming-of-age novel about the meaning of friendship, the joyful beginnings of romance, and the racism and religious intolerance that can both strain a family to the breaking point and strengthen its bonds.

Who is Nevaeh Levitz?

Growing up in an affluent suburb of New York City, sixteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz never thought much about her biracial roots. When her Black mom and Jewish dad split up, she relocates to her mom's family home in Harlem and is forced to confront her identity for the first time. 

Nevaeh wants to get to know her extended family, but one of her cousins can't stand that Nevaeh, who inadvertently passes as white, is too privileged, pampered, and selfish to relate to the injustices they face on a daily basis as African Americans. In the midst of attempting to blend their families, Nevaeh's dad decides that she should have a belated bat mitzvah instead of a sweet sixteen, which guarantees social humiliation at her posh private school. Even with the push and pull of her two cultures, Nevaeh does what she's always done when life gets complicated: she stays silent.

It's only when Nevaeh stumbles upon a secret from her mom's past, finds herself falling in love, and sees firsthand the prejudice her family faces that she begins to realize she has a voice. And she has choices. Will she continue to let circumstances dictate her path? Or will she find power in herself and decide once and for all who and where she is meant to be?
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Natasha Díaz is a born and raised New Yorker, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY with her tall husband. She spends most of her days writing with no pants on and alternating between E.R. and Grey’s Anatomy binges. Formerly a reality TV producer, Natasha is both an author and screenwriter. Her scripts have placed as a quarterfinalist in the Austin Film Festival and a finalist for both the NALIP Diverse Women in Media Fellowship and the Sundance Episodic Story Lab. Her essays can be found in The Establishment and Huffington Post. Raised by a first generation half-Liberian/half-Brazilian mother and a Jewish-American father, Natasha writes stories about people who don’t fit into the boxes society imposes, and instead, create their own as they search for their places in the world. Her first novel, Color Me In, will be published by Delacorte Press/Random House August, 20 2019.

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