Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books On My Fall TBR List

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How is it autumn already in my part of the world? It feels like summer evaporated in the blink of an eye! I read some great books, so that’s something, but I’m being totally honest here: I hate summer. It’s too hot and there are BUGS. Blech. However, it is (apparently) autumn now and that means all the things I like.

Hot chocolate. Knitting weather. Cool breezes bringing me the scent of apples (I live across the street from a farm). It’s my most wonderful time of the year and boy do I have a TBR to fill all that glorious time.

 


 

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Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee

Release date: 5 October 2017

Bells Broussard thought he had it made when his superpowers manifested early. Being a shapeshifter is awesome. He can change his hair whenever he wants, and if putting on a binder for the day is too much, he’s got it covered. But that was before he became the country’s most-wanted villain.

After discovering a massive cover-up by the Heroes’ League of Heroes, Bells and his friends Jess, Emma, and Abby set off on a secret mission to find the Resistance. Meanwhile, power-hungry former hero Captain Orion is on the loose with a dangerous serum that renders meta-humans powerless, and a new militarized robotic threat emerges. Everyone is in danger. Between college applications and crushing on his best friend, will Bells have time to take down a corrupt government?

Sometimes, to do a hero’s job, you need to be a villain.

C.B. Lee wrote a fantastic book that I reviewed on my old blog. Not Your Hero was a diverse, fun, exciting read that kicked out the Sidekick series. This book, Not Your Villain, sounds like it might even top its predecessor. The main character is genderfluid (THANK YOU!) and is a the country’s most wanted villain.

Are all villains bad, though? That’s debatable. I mean, the Dregs from Six of Crows are technically criminals and loads of people love them. I’m curious to see what Bells will be like in this book.

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Protected by Claire Zorn

Release date: 3 October 2017

I have three months left to call Katie my older sister. Then the gap will close and I will pass her. I will get older. But Katie will always be fifteen, eleven months and twenty-one days old.

Hannah’s world is in pieces and she doesn’t need the school counsellor to tell her she has deep-seated psychological issues. With a seriously depressed mum, an injured dad and a dead sister, who wouldn’t have problems?

Hannah should feel terrible but for the first time in ages, she feels a glimmer of hope and isn’t afraid anymore. Is it because the elusive Josh is taking an interest in her? Or does it run deeper than that?

In a family torn apart by grief and guilt, one girl’s struggle to come to terms with years of torment shows just how long old wounds can take to heal.

This is going to be a heart breaker from the sound of things. Protected deals with grief, loss, and Hannah’s future after years of dealing with both and a family that seems too broken to ever put back together. I’m usually pretty good with painful books, so we’ll see how this goes. ;_;

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Slider by Pete Hautman

Release date: 12 September 2017

Competitive eating vies with family expectations in a funny, heartfelt novel for middle-grade readers by National Book Award winner Pete Hautman.

David can eat an entire sixteen-inch pepperoni pizza in four minutes and thirty-six seconds. Not bad. But he knows he can do better. In fact, he’ll have to do better: he’s going to compete in the Super Pigorino Bowl, the world’s greatest pizza-eating contest, and he has to win it, because he borrowed his mom’s credit card and accidentally spent $2,000 on it. So he really needs that prize money. Like, yesterday. As if training to be a competitive eater weren’t enough, he’s also got to keep an eye on his little brother, Mal (who, if the family believed in labels, would be labeled autistic, but they don’t, so they just label him Mal). And don’t even get started on the new weirdness going on between his two best friends, Cyn and HeyMan. Master talent Pete Hautman has cooked up a rich narrative shot through with equal parts humor and tenderness, and the result is a middle-grade novel too delicious to put down.

I have to admit, the premise of a kid training for an eating contest sounds hilarious and is probably why I picked this up in the first place. There are hints of deeper meaning though, especially in regards to the main character’s brother who is autistic, but his family doesn’t believe he is? Or they don’t use that label? I’m not sure what that’s going to be like; here’s hoping the rep will be good.

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Greetings From Witness Protection by Jake Burt

Release date: 3 October 2017

Nicki Demere is an orphan and a pickpocket. She also happens to be the U.S. Marshals’ best bet to keep a family alive. . . .

The marshals are looking for the perfect girl to join a mother, father, and son on the run from the nation’s most notorious criminals. After all, the bad guys are searching for a family with one kid, not two, and adding a streetwise girl who knows a little something about hiding things may be just what the marshals need.

Nicki swears she can keep the Trevor family safe, but to do so she’ll have to dodge hitmen, cyberbullies, and the specter of standardized testing, all while maintaining her marshal-mandated B-minus average. As she barely balances the responsibilities of her new identity, Nicki learns that the biggest threats to her family’s security might not lurk on the road from New York to North Carolina, but rather in her own past.

From the look of the cover this looks like it will be fairly comedic. I have so many questions, though, that are going to have to be answered! How did Nicki get a job with US Marshals? What did this family do to require witness protection? Who exactly is Nicki?

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Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Release date: 3 October 2017

Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

Anna-Maria McLemore has written some beautiful books and her premise for this one sounds like something out of a fairy tale. Not all fairy tales are good, though, and it sounds like some tears and hard decisions will make an appearance. Family curses are always such an interesting plot point. Can they be lifted? Should they be lifted? What will happen when the main characters are faced with that decision? So many facets to this story. 😀

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Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood from Famous Writers by David Stabler

Release date: 10 October 2017

The series that includes Kid Presidents, Kid Artists, and Kid Athletes now chronicles the lives of Kid Authors! Here are true tales of famous writers, from long before they were famous–or even old enough to drive. Did you know:
– Sam Clemens (aka Mark Twain) loved to skip school and make mischief, with his best friend Tom, of course!
– A young J. R. R. Tolkien was bitten by a huge tarantula–or as he called it, -a spider as big as a dragon.-
– Toddler Zora Neale Hurston took her first steps when a wild hog entered her house and started chasing her!
The diverse and inclusive cast includes Roald Dahl, Beverly Cleary, J. K. Rowling, Langston Hughes, Jules Verne, Lewis Carroll, Stan Lee, and many more.

I’m most curious to learn about these authors because all I usually read about is what they were like when they started writing, which is usually as adults. What kind of past brought writing to them? Were there stories in their past that influenced their works? It helps that more than a few of the featured authors are some of my favorites.

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The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

Release date: 17 October 2017

When the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

There have been a lot of dancing books on my TBR lately. That, and the fact that the synopsis for this put me in the mind of The Phantom of the Opera, makes The Midnight Dance a tantalizing story.

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Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore

Release date: 22 August 2017

A magically inspiring tale of a man who is reincarnated through many lifetimes so that he can be with his one true love: Death herself.

What if you could live forever—but without your one true love? Reincarnation Blues is the story of a man who has been reincarnated nearly 10,000 times, in search of the secret to immortality so that he can be with his beloved, the incarnation of Death. Neil Gaiman meets Kurt Vonnegut in this darkly whimsical, hilariously profound, and wildly imaginative comedy of the secrets of life and love. Transporting us from ancient India to outer space to Renaissance Italy to the present day, is a journey through time, space, and the human heart.

I’ve heard of people going to extreme lengths to be with their true love, but this book takes it to another level! Reincarnation is one thing to be with your love (Fallen, The Fountain), but the main character here is in love with Death! Does she love him back? Is immortality a possibility so they can be together? What kind of consequences will there be for such a journey? And how does he remember all of his lives?!

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A Thousand Rooms by Helen Jones

Release date: 20 October 2016

You don’t wake up expecting to die…

Katie is thirty-two, single, and used to work in advertising. She’s also dead. A lost soul hitching rides with the dying, trying to find her way to… wherever she’s supposed to be.

And whoever she’s supposed to be with.

Heaven, it seems, has a thousand rooms. What will it take to find hers?

I went through a chick-lit phase earlier this year and came into possession of a lot of titles to read, this being one of them. It sounds like it’ll be fun. I don’t expect an in-depth search of afterlife theories or anything. How many rooms is Katie going to get through and are they anything like the ones in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey? Those were weird. O.O

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My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff

Release date: 31 October 2017

Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan knows what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He’s a star athlete, in the National Honor Society, invited to every party, and contributes to the school paper (where Charlie is co-editor). Basically, he’s exactly the type of guy Charlie’s looking for. The only problem—he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie has a plan: Rig the paper’s Secret Santa and win his heart with five perfect gifts. Enter J.D. Ortiz—Teo’s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy going, laid back, unorganized, and spontaneous—the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he knows what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.

Yet the more time Charlie spends with J.D. the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

Christmas movies and books are usually a surefire comfort read. This one sounds kind of funny in a semi-hate-to-love sort of way.

 


 

Are any of these books on your autumn tbr? Which one do you think you might add if it isn’t already on your radar?

 

 

 

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Review: We Now Return to Regular Life by Martin Wilson

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Published: 1 August 2017

Publisher: Dial Books

Category: Young Adult/Contemporary

A ripped-from-the-headlines novel that explores the power of being an ally—and a friend—when a kidnapped boy returns to his hometown.

Sam Walsh had been missing for three years. His older sister, Beth, thought he was dead. His childhood friend Josh thought it was all his fault. They were the last two people to see him alive.

Until now. Because Sam has been found, and he’s coming home. Beth desperately wants to understand what happened to her brother, but her family refuses to talk about it—even though Sam is clearly still affected by the abuse he faced at the hands of his captor.

And as Sam starts to confide in Josh about his past, Josh can’t admit the truths he’s hidden deep within himself: that he’s gay, and developing feelings for Sam. And, even bigger: that he never told the police everything he saw the day Sam disappeared.

As Beth and Josh struggle with their own issues, their friends and neighbors slowly turn on Sam, until one night when everything explodes. Beth can’t live in silence. Josh can’t live with his secrets. And Sam can’t continue on until the whole truth of what happened to him is out in the open.

For fans of thought-provoking stories like The Face on the Milk Carton, this is a book about learning to be an ally—even when the community around you doesn’t want you to be.

Rating: 4 Stars

Books about missing kids returning home are terrifying. There are so many questions in a case like that and it’s never certain that the child that went missing is really the one that comes home. Then again, there are cases where the kidnapping isn’t what it seems and the abductor isn’t what/who you’re being led to believe. I’ve read similar books in the past, such as Emmy & Oliver which I did not care for, but the comparison to The Face on the Milk Carton was something that made me curious about We Now Return to Regular Life.

Told through multiple perspectives, including those of Sam’s sister Beth and his friend Josh, the story of Sam’s disappearance and reemergence three years later comes to light. There is a range of feelings from those affected by this initial loss and return, from guilt to confusion to anxiety and, I felt, an underlying bit of terror when confronted with all these feelings. There’s even grief from one character, which was fascinating because that I did not expect.

The pace of the book was a good one in that it didn’t drag like I feared it might. Paired with a character intense narrative, We Now Return to Regular Life was a good book for a weekend read it was that fast. It’s difficult to find books that can stand up under the intensity of burrowing into a book for a limited time read, but while it has some sad/tense moments it was still enjoyable. Be warned that you might have some heart-aching moments while seeing Sam come back different from before and how those around him come to terms with what happened and their part in it and the things that came after Sam’s return.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Street Team Review & Giveaway: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

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Published: 29 August 2017

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Category: Fantasy/Young Adult/LGBT+

Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling genderfluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.

Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But genderfluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.

When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.

But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

Rating: 4 Stars

The first thing that drew my attention to this novel was the fact that the main character, Sal, is genderfluid. I’ve been trying to find more books with such characters and while I wish there were more, this was a decent example and I appreciated Miller’s attempt at including a genderfluid person. Something of note: the book isn’t about Sal’s coming to understand their genderfluidity. They exist as a genderfluid person and that’s how it is. A lot of books focus on coming out as a plot point and it gets frustrating after awhile because not every book about a genderfluid, a gay, a trans person has to be about their coming out.

Mask of Shadows begins in a very similar manner to a lot of relative books. There’s more than a bit of info dumping and the events of the book felt a bit slow to get into as a result. An assassin competition is not exactly a new concept, but I was intrigued with the master of the assassins, the Queen. She was different than your usual intended bad person in that she has done some questionable things, but she’s legitimately trying to do the right thing as opposed to a wicked person pretending to be good when they want to watch the world burn.

Elise, the love interest, was interesting because while she “looks” like a traditional fairy tale/fantasy princess, she had more gumption than one of those cutouts. Maud, Sal’s assigned servant, was one of my favorite secondary characters. She had ambition, smarts, and she did not take crap from the person she was serving. I liked hearing her ideas, watching her maneuver through the insanity that was the competition where, if Sal wins, Maud gets paid.

I kind of got confused sometimes with the code names the auditioners used. They were numbered and with so many of them, I had to pay stricter attention than usual. The sinister deeds, the quest for vengeance, the competition to become Opal made for some twisty portions to contend with along with a large cast of assassins.

Overall, Mask of Shadows has a lot in common with other fantasy books but it also has enough assets of its own to make for a good read. Things aren’t over yet, either, so more Sal adventures in the future may well prove even more interesting than this first book.

 

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A wayward biology student from Arkansas, Linsey has previously worked as a crime lab intern, lab assistant, and pharmacy technician. Her debut novel MASK OF SHADOWS is the first in a fantasy duology coming in August 2017 from Sourcebooks Fire. She can be found writing about science and magic anywhere there is coffee.

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Review: The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

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Published: 28 February 2017

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Category: Romance/New Adult/Contemporary

“Where you are is home…”

At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change…

Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime.

Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness.

The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever.

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Rating:  3.5 Stars

An emotionally intense novel, the story of a graphic novel artist and an ex-con, their interaction, and the past encroaching on the present made for a somewhat sad, definitely tense New Adult novel.

The pacing was a bit slow for my liking, though I don’t think it would put off a lot of people. Fans of slow burn romances might even find a favorite book in this. As it was my first of this author’s books, I can’t verify whether the rest would be as nice as this one, but The Butterfly Project would have me entertaining the thought of reading more of her work.

If I had to choose which of the main characters I preferred, I would say Beckett. While Zelda had her graphic novel artistry going for her, something I admire because manga and comic books have been a big part of my life for a long time, Beckett’s voice and his perspective chapters felt more real to me. I looked forward to the camera lens coming from his eyes, even when it was something as simple as looking at his neighborhood in Brooklyn, his walk-up apartment, the other people in his building.

Roy, Beckett’s parole officer, was an awesome character that really warmed my heart. Usually in books I wouldn’t have seen his character as someone to like, but Emma Scott crafted a caring individual who trusts and does his job in an effective manner.

The location of this story was something I liked in The Butterfly Project. I live close enough to NYC to visit a few times a year and while I’m not intimately familiar with all of its landscape, the way Emma Scott described it made it feel like I was right there on the street with Zelda and Beckett. It was easy to picture the hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant where they first meet, the streets they walked to get Zelda back to her hostel early on in the book. It wasn’t a sanitized version of the city and I liked the atmosphere that was created.

The relationships formed, the ones that were broken and offered to the reader as insight into Zelda and Beckett’s character, these all came together and formed an interesting story that had dips and turns, pain and attachment, as in life. New Adult needs more books at the forefront and this could be one of them.

 

 

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: In Her Skin by Kim Savage

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In Her Skin by Kim Savage

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Published: 27 March 2018

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Category: Contemporary/Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain is about to take on the biggest heist of her life: impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and Jo is hoping to cash in on a little safety, a little security. She finds her opportunity in the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family with ties to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine.

When Jo takes on Vivi’s identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecrafts welcome her back with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. As hidden crimes come to the surface, and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold onto an illusion of safety, or escape the danger around her before it’s too late.

Con artist stories are really fun to watch on television (hello Leverage fans!) and to read about. Jo, the main character in this book, is trying to con a wealthy family into believing she’s their long lost daughter. Of course there are shenanigans afoot in the family, which would make it interesting enough, but the family is named Lovecraft. I have to wonder if that will mean some kind of supernatural element to the story, like a call back to one of H.P. Lovecraft’s stories or something.

I never get tired of trying to figure out how characters like this pull off their cons, either. Are the people they’re working on really that simple or are they really that good at lying? How do they even do that so convincingly? I have a hard time lying because I can’t keep a straight face, never mind that a con is a high pressure situation. I’d have a tell, I’m sure.

I can’t wait to see what secrets Jo uncovers next March. (No Little Women pun intended there. *lol*)

 

 

 

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Review: Odd & True by Cat Winters

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Published: 12 September 2017

Publisher: Amulet Books

Category: Historical/Young Adult/Fantasy

Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

Rating: 4 Stars

Cat Winters has a way with words and in Odd & Tru she uses her skill to weave a story of loyalty, protection, and what the truth is depending upon the person telling the story.

The book is told in alternating chapters and time periods. The current day ones are told by Tru, the more reserved and younger of two sisters.

Tru was a brilliant character. While she started out a little dull, I think a lot of that had to do with her Aunt Vik trying to stuff as much “reality” and mundanity into her as possible as a methof protection against what Vik saw as familial madness. There was also the matter of Tru’s disability and chronic pain: her right leg is two inches shorter than the left, causing constant pain and rendering her paralyzed for many years before allowing for limited mobility. For a long time she saw herself as a cripple, a word here she used to describe herself, but a word she begins to move beyond with the encouragement of her sister Od.

The other point of view is told from the past in voice of the elder sister, Od.

Od was fascinating and mysterious, easily that cool aunt type character that I’d have looked forward to seeing as a child with her wild stories. She’s fearless and she doesn’t let anyone or anything, especially the expectations of society and her Aunt Vik, get in the way of following the path she sees as the right one. Her determined selfworth is matched only by the enormous amount of energy she puts into making sure Tru doesn’t languish away on a family in Oregon, similar to how their mother suffered for years on their father’s California estate.

Of the two, I preferred the stories in Od’s chapters, but I really liked seeing them come through in Tru’s current life, such as when she begs for the story of her birth, which we hear in the present only to later hear a tidbit which reveals the truth about where Od got the information to weave the tale.

For the longest time it’s difficult to say who is telling the truth and who is not lying, exactly, but perhaps coloring the truth rather more than one might expect in the every day. Are the monsters real as Od and the girls’ Uncle Magnus say? Or are there members of this German immigrant family that dabble in debauchery far too often and are on their own, as Aunt Vik vehemently states when Od shows up at the Oregon farm?

To reveal the answer would be to ruin the journey and the adventures that Od & Tru have. Suffice it to say that I think you may find yourself questioning more than one person before the end. The answers come slowly, but worth the experience of the slow burn read.

 

 

 

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DNF Review: White Fur by Jardine Libaire

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Published: 30 May 2017

Publisher: Hogarth Press

Category: Fiction/Romance/Contemporary

When Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde on a desolate winter afternoon, fate implodes, and neither of their lives will ever be the same. Although they are next-door neighbors in New Haven, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in a housing project without a father and didn’t graduate from high school. Jamey is a junior at Yale, heir to a private investment bank fortune and beholden to high family expectations. The attraction is instant, and what starts out as sexual obsession turns into something greater, stranger, and impossible to ignore.

The unlikely couple moves to Manhattan in hopes of forging an adult life together, but Jamey’s family intervenes in desperation, and the consequences of staying together are suddenly severe. And when a night out with old friends takes a shocking turn, Jamey and Elise find themselves fighting not just for their love but also for their lives.

Rating: 1 Star

It was difficult to like this book because I had a hard time connecting or even liking the characters. Elise and Jamey were next to dull and I think their position was made worse by a writing style I didn’t care for. It felt overburdened with details, every movement or embellishment explained in detail, not to mention the telling feel of the story. While I got a lot of details, it felt like these were being thrown at me in a lecture rather than discovering them in a good book.

The way the narrative was split up also made it difficult for me to sink into the story. A single chapter would have dozens of cuts between action, like in a movie where the camera bounces back and forth between two or more people too fast to keep track. There wasn’t time to enjoy anything; this style highlighted what I already didn’t like and saved nothing.

Why did I keep reading this? I’m not sure, but I think I was hoping it would get better, that someone would do something or a new character would make an appearance that would give me a reason to care, to look behind the butchered mini-chapters.

As you can tell because this was a DNF, there came a point when it wasn’t worth it anymore. I don’t think White Fur has anything to offer in the way of entertainment or a thoughtful reading experience, so at 29% I finally gave it up as a bad job and moved on.

 

 

 

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