I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
As a Mom of a Toddler, I can completely relate to this book! My 2-year-old son is obsessed withI received this book in exchange for my honest review.
As a Mom of a Toddler, I can completely relate to this book! My 2-year-old son is obsessed with my phone and has become very good at taking selfies. Sometimes he even tries to pry the phone out of my pocket! So yes, a perfect book for us to read together - if he ever chooses to sit still long enough to read a book with me again! I got the paperback version, but this would be much better as a board book due to the age of the child it is intended for (wouldn't want him to accidentally tear it!) so it allows for a lesson in "be gentle" and "soft hands," and of course, "mommy's phone is not for stealing." I was kind of expecting a little more time spent on the "don't steal mommy's phone" lesson in the book, especially after the phone is *gasp* dropped! The book keeps the atmosphere and mood light and positive and is more playful than showing discipline, but opens the conversation so us parents reading the book to our children can include any necessary commentary to help get the point across to our child.
The book is a cute story about the daily life of a toddler - full of activities and fun with mommy. And of course, stealing mommy's phone and running off with it. I loved the bright and vibrant illustrations and how the photo inside the phone reflected just a small piece of what was going on around in the bigger frame of the pages. That was such a great way to represent saving memories in photos but also remembering to look up and see what else is going on around. Technology has made it possible to capture everyday moments easily, and those are really the best memories we want to keep! And once the moment is snapped and captured, we can go back to enjoying and living in it.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Xela Culletto. TheI received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Xela Culletto. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Understanding the Stars is a sci-fi YA adventure, where our main character is literally on the run from aliens. Due to circumstances beyond her control and because an alien species selected her as one of their test subjects, another alien species wants to snatch her and cut some tech out of her head. Fun times. Not.
Alex is a spunky teen who's about to graduate high school when her life gets super scary super fast. Her life isn't all happy sunshine and rainbows with a father dying of the big C and her in danger of having her head cut open. But she doesn't hide from her troubles and looks danger right in the face (er, tentacles?) and stands up for herself and others around her. That's what makes Alex a character you can really get behind and root for.
The plot is fast-paced and there is even a bit of a romance, though not super developed in light of all the running from aliens. I kind of liked our male character, but the focus was definitely on Alex so I can't say I got to know Ronan that well.
The audio narration was excellent. I really appreciated all the creepy sounding voices for the aliens, which really upped their scary and grossness factor. I liked the intonations and how Alex really did sound like a teenage girl with the sentences that sound like a question and abrupt replies. This really helped the story be more believable and the character easier to connect with while the crazy plot was happening to her.
Overall a good read for alien abduction and sci-fi fans....more
The Glitch is a pretty exciting first book in a new series that definitely gets me curious to see how humanity will defeat AI. That's the bas3.5 stars
The Glitch is a pretty exciting first book in a new series that definitely gets me curious to see how humanity will defeat AI. That's the basic premise - our protag Lib wakes with no memories and saves another girl's life, then follows her to her rogue clan. These clans survive and scavenge in this cyberpunk universe (which is cool, I don't read a lot of cyberpunk, but it is a fun subgenre) connecting to ports when they can get away with it to "steal" resources from the AI and hiding from the drones out to eliminate their existence.
Lib has a purpose, though she doesn't understand it yet. She needs to find the Glitches, but she is one, right? During her time with the Tracker clan, she learns and grows as a human, rather than as a failed "tech" project she believes she is. The book is short, so we don't get too much character development, but we do get some quickly established friendships and even a romance.
I liked the writing style and the turn of phrase the author uses. The descriptions of emotions and attraction between characters were especially lovely for such a short novel. It made the quick pacing, and short timeframe feel believable. I also really liked that Lib used humanity against the AI - emotions, fears, love - to fight back. I'm curious to see how this will be used in the coming fights.
I enjoyed the audiobook narration. The voice and cadence are both pleasant and great for listening in the car on my drive. I especially liked how she made the times when the characters yelled out at each other from a distance sound as if she was yelling through a tunnel. That was a good touch. The different character voices didn't sound too different though, but I still knew who was talking from context and narration, so that didn't matter. I do enjoy when a narrator can do very different voices for all characters, but that wasn't needed in this book.
Overall, a good read. Quick, fast-paced, and left me curious enough to be interested in future books.
I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook for my review.
My quick-fire thoughts: This book won an award?
And now for more detail, I suppose.
LookI received a complimentary copy of this audiobook for my review.
My quick-fire thoughts: This book won an award?
And now for more detail, I suppose.
Look, I'm a huge fan of shows like Supernatural and Buffy - these are perfection in my mind of paranormal awesome. So I like to read books in the genre because of this. But not all books quite live up to my expectations. Like this one.
The premise was interesting, a girl who is destined to be a warrior against evil as the evil ones want to consecrate her to the Devil. Ok, good start. I'm intrigued. But the plot itself really didn't show how this girl is to be a warrior. She spent most of the time almost getting killed, and then just sitting around. Not much actually happened as far as Jordan becoming something awesome as I was expecting her to do.
Let's talk about the general cast of characters - Jordan's mom is the main warrior, yet she also didn't quite do much to protect her daughter. Who really protected this girl? Angels. YES! A book with angels. But, and this is spoilery, but the actual victory over evil dude part? An accident. Or, it sure sounded like one. Ooh let me run away and oops trip and die. Not quite the epic battle of bravery and warrior girl proving her worth, is it? And our new frienemy witch girl who appears to play for both good and evil? I was hoping for some character development on her end, but she pretty much was mean girl with witchy powers and isn't redeemable.
Now, moving on to the audio portion of our discussion. I liked the audio. The narrator did a good job with the voices and the pacing and was pleasant to listen to. I did find myself zoning out and needing to back up a few times, but I think that might be more due to the plot not gripping me than the narration.
Overall, I don't have much to say huh? General 3 stars, good effort, maybe a good start to a series that might end up awesome, who knows.
This book was an awesome Amazon freebie so I snatched it up and gave it a read. An actual book, not an audiobook. Can you believe it? Sure, it took aThis book was an awesome Amazon freebie so I snatched it up and gave it a read. An actual book, not an audiobook. Can you believe it? Sure, it took a while with a chapter before bed but I did it. Goal of reading an actual book achieved this month.
At first, this was kind of a joke to me. Kind of seemed like a tongue-in-cheek silly magic story. The protag accidentally becomes a witch because she feels guilty for surviving when her not even friend but guy she likes kind of drowns. So she tries to bring him back. But what does she bring back? A ton of guys. Seriously, several different dead guys. Sometimes all at once!
Now there's the funny/silly/joke part to me. The body that everyone sees is someones? Same body each time, but the guy inside that keeps coming back (temporarily) can only be seen by our protag, and in a reflection. I forget how many but I think there were 5 guys she brought back over time by accident? New guys kept "showing up" when the other had to return to the river.
But after a while, it got serious, and actually quite meaningful. Each guy had something he still needed to accomplish, and he was given an opportunity to help someone, get closure, etc. By the end of the book I was getting quite attached to some of these great characters who were trying to do some good despite their accidental death circumstances.
I can't say it was written super advancedly (totally a word) but it was entertaining, and now I'm super curious about the next book after reading the blurb....more