Okay, Bout of Books 22 starts on Monday!! I’ve been debating my TBR, but here’s what I’ve ended up with.
This is one of the 3 books I had my FB friends help me pick out. I’m really looking forward to this, I’ve heard great reviews, and I *believe* there is a Deaf character in this book?? Which I want to read more books with Deaf characters! I had a friend all growing up who was Deaf, and I then went onto college and got a BA in ASL Interpreting.
I picked this one up (among like, 6 others?! *sigh*) from the library on a whim. I love survival, adventure, and post-apocalyptic genres…they all give me the same sort of feels. I’ve had this one on my TBR for awhile!
I also have some ARCs that I can read, if I somehow get through both of these in the week. I doubt I will, but I’ve been doing good at reading, lately, so we will see!
Title: Summer Constellations
Author: Alisha Sevigny
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: May 1, 2018
My Rating: 4.25 stars
Synopsis: A teenage girl growing up in a campground, with her single mom and little brother, is heartbroken when she finds out that they may have to sell their property due to hospital debt. Her little brother is now recovering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a very serious nerve disorder. She befriends the possible-future-developer’s son, who conspires against his father in order to try and help her save the campground. She’s not sure she can trust that his intentions are sincere, both with his opposition to his father, and her heart.
My Thoughts: This was so sweet. I really loved the setting of this story! It takes place in a campground, up in the mountains and forests. The story is a bit unlikely, as there is definitely instalove, and the whole, possible future-developer’s-son falling for the teenager (especially so quickly) thing is a bit unbelievable.
Also, his actions and behavior and being-able-to-do-everthing-ness at only, what, age 21? Nah. But it’s not in your face either…I still enjoyed the story!
I loved most of the plot, there’s a lot of facets that come together well in the end! Only starting at the second-to-last chapter did it get a bit cheesy. All lovey-dovey perfectness and everything came together just a *tad* too easily at the very end. Without spoiling: the whole helicopter thing? For real?! Like, why would his cousin even do that, at THAT moment. Cheese factor! Still debating on if it’s a 4 or 4.5…4.25 would be great, really.
I received this ebook for free, in exchange for a review, from NetGalley.
Title: The Wicked Deep
Author: Shea Ernshaw
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: March 6, 2018
My Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: The town of Sparrow is cursed. 200 years ago, a trio of sisters were drowned, punished for being witches. Every year since, the sisters return and lure boys into the water and drown them in revenge. No one knows how to stop them. And only 17 year old Penny sees what others may not: how the sisters keep their clutches in the town, and how to end the curse.
My Thoughts: OMG. Soooo good!!! This story is completely captivating. It’s a slow release of information throughout the entire storyline, steadily connecting the pieces of the plot to fill in the missing holes. I love how there’s the main perspective, with shorter, usually single, perspectives of other characters dispersed throughout the book, to give us just a tad of info from the past. Instalove? Maybe so, but not distateful ( but I’m not usually a hater of it). I think, with how the story ends out, it makes sense, really. I just loved this all around. For once, in a looong time, I have absolutely no hesitation at giving a 5 star rating!
I recently joined NetGalley. I’m not sure why I waited so long, but decided to join last week.
Then, since I wasn’t sure how things worked…like, how long it took to get the books, or if I’d even be accepted of my requests…I went and requested about, 6 or 7 books? A few already released, and some E-ARCs. So, now I have 4 books to read from NetGalley! At least, 2 of them have a few months til their release, 2 of them have already been released.
AND, unrelated, but I went and grabbed like, 5 books from the library. WHY? I don’t know. It’s not like I don’t have a bajillion books on my shelves to read!! I even had my FB friends pick out 3 (from my shelves) for me to read, plus bought at least 3 new releases so far THIS MONTH. I do not need library books! But I take the kids, and these books just jump out at me from the shelves. *sigh* And now I added ARCs with reading deadlines.
HEY. I’M SMART! haha
Soooo, anyways. Any tips/tricks/things I should know about requesting/receiving E-ARCs from NetGalley for review? Please let me know!
Bout of Books 22 is coming!!
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
I haven’t participated in Bout of Book for a good, long time….I am gonna TRY this time. lol
Title: The List
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release Date: April 1, 2012
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Synopsis: In a normal high school, a list is posted anonymously, at the start of each year, listing the prettiest and ugliest girl in each class. Of course, there are repercussions, and no one to blame. Each of the girls respond differently, and this is their story, from each of their perspectives.
My Thoughts: I had tried to listen to this as an audio book a couple years ago, but I’d DNF’d it (and since found, I’m really just NOT an audio reader!). I then happened across it at the library and picked it up. Fast read, and interesting despite the teenage angst and drama. I very much liked seeing the different perspectives. I might be getting old, but I don’t feel like EVERYONE would have been so enthralled with this list, but maybe I’m forgetting what high school was like. lol It was good though, captivating til the last chapter but I feel like it just ended abruptly. I wish it’d have finished out the result of what happens between the girls, given us a final ending.
Title: Strange the Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: March 28, 2017
DNF at page: 41
Synopsis: An orphan boy is being raised by monks. They do not allow stories, but one old and senile monk tells him about an ancient town named Weep. He ends up running away and then living, and growing up and working, in a library.
My Thoughts: Slow going in the first 40 pages. It was interesting, but hadn’t hooked me in yet…when I wasn’t reading, I couldn’t remember about what I’d read, and I couldn’t get through it too quickly. I’m not one to read deeper fantasy, and had already, previously, DNF’d Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone as well. I picked this one up to read with an online book club, but it’s just not for me, when I seem to enjoy and get through other books faster.