These are also people and these are also their real names and OMG I can't focus on anything else! What is in the water in this town! Why!?
Distracting as all hell.
There was a mystery, sort of, and a romance or 2 or 3 - I lost count after Finn, Della and Tonisha gathered with Guillermo, Sung and The Yellows...or maybe that was before Midnight talked about Alabama and Talley and France (the country -- and oh my, the fact that I needed to say 'the country' so you knew it wasn't another character? yeah...)
I so wanted to like this book. The setting is strange and the relationships are off the wall and the characters are insane! So, it should have been a total win.
But seriously...I just couldn't get past the names! There were more traditionally named folks in here too, don't get me wrong. But when a character is mentioned in literally 1 sentence, and they are just there to be there because the scene needs people and their name is Sung...it's going to be one of the only things that stick.
Seriously though? Names aside...I didn't love the story. The plot was all over the place and Wink was just so weird, and Poppy was just so bitchy and Midnight was just so awkward teenage boy...except they weren't. Everyone is put into these neat boxes - just so they could break out of them and that's where the deep, hidden meanings and reasons for everything come out and ok, maybe I'm just too shallow but it didn't resonate with me at all.
So, would I recommend Wink Poppy Midnight? Yeah, I think I would. Reviews are all over the map and some people really loved the weirdness and some really loved the romance and most people aren't as fixated on oh! oh! shinny thing! shinny thing! as I am and totally wouldn't be bothered by the name thing.
Wink Poppy Midnight is a very unique book and if you're looking for something a little different, I think you'll enjoy it. Just because it didn't work for me, doesn't mean it won't work for you!...more
Adult contemporary rom-coms are very much not my thing. When this one showed up in my mail box I was thinking - thOriginally posted at Red House Books
Adult contemporary rom-coms are very much not my thing. When this one showed up in my mail box I was thinking - thank you so much Dey Street Books for thinking of me but oh man, what am I going to do with this now!
It sat near my computer for a bit then one day I went to move it to a more convenient location and flipped through it a little.
The format of emails and text messages was intriguing and then I read the Author's Note and saw how it was written basically in real time - with each author in the dark about a lot of what the other was writing.
Color me more intrigued!
I read the first page, then the second and before I knew it was throwing my bias to the wind and I finished it in pretty much one sitting.
Read Bottom Up was a really fun. The dual perspective, the realistic relationships, the unexpected but welcomed outcome - all of it fit so well together.
Starts out with a lot of mystery right off the bat. The eclipse, Luna's seclusioOriginally posted at Red House Books
Lots of love for Reign of Shadows!
Starts out with a lot of mystery right off the bat. The eclipse, Luna's seclusion, the curse of the Black Woods - it's all shrouded in intrigue and it's all fabulous.
Everyone has secrets and it's this perfect combo of discovery and adventure that drives the story forward.
I pretty much couldn't put it down.
Luna is an awesome character. She is very sure of herself and very confident and I loved the fact that when she does waiver, it's realistically. At some many points she could have broken down and played the role of damsel needing rescue - but this doesn't happen.
Oh, and Fowler? Loved! He's very unique and you can tell his secrets are eating him up but even though he pushes his aloofness in your face, you can tell there is so much more going on in his head.
And that ending!
Cliffhanger light? Yeah, let's go with that.
Something is revealed and wow - I didn't see it coming!
When I think of aliens coming to earth I totally see it the way things went down in Dark Energy. No secret, long con infiltration. It's a crash landing.
No aliens today. Boom! Aliens fall from the sky. Crap - what now?
It's not neat and clean and there aren't nice little boxes you can draw around, well, anything. Not the reason for the aliens coming to earth, or the state of their ship, or what they really are, or where they come from, or what the people of earth will or can do now -- no boxes!
And speaking of that spaceship? The scenes where Alice and her friends help explore the interior (oh yeah, that happens) -- it's some of the best pages of sci-fi I've ever read. It's realistic and nothing is glossed over and OMG I wish it were actually a real thing and I could be there with her! (ok, maybe not, cause...well...reasons. But yeah, it's awesome).
I can't recommend Dark Energy enough. It's not long and it's not complicated but it's so full.
It's a book I think all types of readers could enjoy - reluctant, hard core sci-fi fans, YA fans, Non YA fans, people who like words in paragraph form -- yeah, pretty much everyone.
Seriously, even if sci-fi isn't your go-to read, I would give Dark Energy a try. At its core, it's a fabulous story by a fabulous author and you won't be disappointed....more
This one was weird! Sort of a Stephen King's Misery meets...angsty teen after school special.
So...I really shouldn't have liked it. I mean, I'm all for a good, scary, strange King like read but I tend to stay far away from whiny teenage angst.
Oh, and Livvy is a whiner! And she's obnoxious and conceited and a bit ridiculous. But, that's kinda the point - we aren't suppose to like her. So, when she hits that detour and gets kidnapped - I didn't really care what happened to her.
Except, I did! I really really wanted to know what was up with this crazy women and her crazy daughter. I wanted to know why Livvy was the way she was and how everything fit together.
In a world, this book really was thrilling -- a true thriller from start to end.
It's a quick read too, and pretty realistic - disturbing sure, but realistically so.
If anything I wish Livvy didn't....yeah - not gonna spoil it for you ;)