The plot of this book was pretty bad, not gonna lie. It felt like the villain was thrown in half-heartedly to add pizzaz but failed at doing that sincThe plot of this book was pretty bad, not gonna lie. It felt like the villain was thrown in half-heartedly to add pizzaz but failed at doing that since his actions were so unbelievable.
And, it didn't help that the heroine was THE WORST. She lied the entire novel and then got mad when she was found out. I had trouble understanding why the hero would stay with her through all that happened...he was almost too nice.
I read a Meredith Duran book last year and enjoyed it so I figurered I would branch out in this genre. I may be rethinking that....more
I can't anymore. This books is dry and slow. It also has the honor of being the second least sexy book I've ever read right after Dinner witDNF at 22%
I can't anymore. This books is dry and slow. It also has the honor of being the second least sexy book I've ever read right after Dinner with a Vampire. It's just not my thing. The writing in-between the awful "sexy" stuff was alright but not enough to keep me reading. ...more
This wasn't very good. The sample size of interviewees for this book was too small. I also felt qualitative data was relied on too heavily. This is suThis wasn't very good. The sample size of interviewees for this book was too small. I also felt qualitative data was relied on too heavily. This is such an interesting time in North Korean history and this ended up being boring and dry.
I know it's fiction/memoir but Every Falling Star is set during this same time period and is a much better read if you're looking to learn more about the NK famine....more
This series has been my guilty pleasure for so long. I eagerly await each installment even though the last two books haven't progressed the plot at alThis series has been my guilty pleasure for so long. I eagerly await each installment even though the last two books haven't progressed the plot at all. I really don't have a reason for loving it...it's not good. I like it though and I'm going to be reading this series until the bitter end (which is hopefully next book).
The majority of this book revolved around the love triangle between Jack- Evie-Death. After the Emperor attacked at the end of last novel Evie believed Jack was dead. She tries to find a way to bring him back but when that fails she returns to Death's door. I'll allay your fears right now with a spoiler that will come as no surprise, Jack isn't dead. Chapters in Arcana Rising alternate between Jack and Evies perspective.
You know what bothers me the most about this love triangle? Evie can't just pick. There is so much inner monologue that I felt like I was drowning in her thoughts. I am solidly team Death. He's the better choice. So much better. But after listening to Evie I'm starting to feel like Death can do better. Evie has become a more well rounded character since the first novel but she still acts like a flippant teen when it comes to her personal relationships. I'd like to see her grow up in this respect next novel.
The premise of this story is still really interesting to me. I love the idea of a big battle played out over time with real people representing the Arcana. I wish there had been more of that in this novel. Arcana Rising was a fairly short novel and in that time we barely got any fighting. It was all love triangle, no action.
Overall, Arcana Rising wasn't my favorite installment in this series. It didn't have nearly enough action and Evie's inner thoughts were suffocating but I'm somehow still looking forward to the next book? Call me a sucker but this is still my guilty pleasure and I will definitely be reading the finale. Even if I'm afraid this series is taking a turn for Twilight #4: Breaking Dawn. ...more
This was well written, but the main characters only motivation was revenge. I never feel like revenge is a strong enough motivation to drive an entireThis was well written, but the main characters only motivation was revenge. I never feel like revenge is a strong enough motivation to drive an entire plot. Doubtful I'll continue this....more
Reading this book I realized that I know way more about circus life then I thought I did. Since Water For Elephants I have noticed a lot of books areReading this book I realized that I know way more about circus life then I thought I did. Since Water For Elephants I have noticed a lot of books are using the circus as a whimsical setting for their novels and this knowledge seems to be rubbing off on me. I think that’s one of the reasons that, although I enjoyed this book, I found myself comparing it to a lot of other stories and it ended up losing some its magic.
Jules Maroni is a high-wire walker just like her father. She’s been performing for as long as she could stand on the wire and Jules wants to be just like her high-wire walking hero, Bird Millman. Early in the novel Jules convinces her family to join the Cirque American despite the presence of the Maroni’s rival family, The Flying Garcia’s.
I liked this old family rivalry and all the secrets that it held. It gave the story a fantastical feel. I’m also a total sucker for curses, tarot cards, and other sorts of magi. Initially the mystery and the secrets behind the rivalry of the Marioni’s and Garcia’s drew me in. But I was able to figure out everything around 60% in to the story. So the ending felt very drawn out and I found myself getting a little bored.
Luckily, the relationship between Remy and Jules kept me reading. I liked their late night training rendezvous’. It was a sort of forbidden love, although the only characters that really cared were grandparents so it didn’t feel all that forbidden. Still, I liked both of these characters and it was the slow-burn kind of romance you can’t help but root for.
Overall, Girl on a Wire was a fun, although rather predictable novel. I enjoyed the setting and characters and plan on reading more of Gwenda Bond’s writing. I’ve heard good things about her other novel Blackwood....more
I had no idea what fracking was before moving to South Dakota. It turns out North Dakota is a fracking state and once I learned what fracking was I waI had no idea what fracking was before moving to South Dakota. It turns out North Dakota is a fracking state and once I learned what fracking was I was understandably concerned.
Here is the quick overview from my understanding. Fracking is removing natural gas from the earth. Frackers dig a really deep hole, pump water and other fracking fluids in to said hole and miraculously natural gas comes out. The problem is this contaminated water can leach in to underground waterways and then make the water in your house flammable. Then fracking companies have the audacity to tell you it isn’t dangerous. Well, now that that lecture is over, The Fracking King is set at the intersection of fracking, Scrabble and a boys boarding school.
Winston Crwth (it rhymes with truth) is a competitive scrabble player who just got a prestigious Dark Oil & Gas Scholarship to attend Hale boarding school in rural Pennsylvania. At the boarding school Winston makes friends, plays scrabble, chats with the states poet laureate, and plots to get a meeting with Pennsylvania governor Linda King LaRue to talk about the fact that Hale kids are getting sick and the water in his room caught on fire.
I liked this novel. But I have a soft spot for novels that make little sense and then wrap up in impressive ways. The problem with The Fracking King was that things never really made a lot of sense and then the book ended without the satisfying wrapped up feeling. With the short length of this book there was plenty of space for the author to expand on ideas and wrap things up more thoroughly. So, while I liked it, mostly because I was interested in the subject matter, I didn’t love it.
Overall, The Fracking King was about two things I’m really interested in, Scrabble and fracking but the disjointed storyline and the lackluster ending made this only an okay read for me rather then something I could thoroughly enjoy. ...more