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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Boys, Break-ups, and Beautiful You

Books over boys, that's what I always say.

Yet, when it comes to boys, I lose my love for books. I cannot share the two. It's one over the other, and sadly one gets swindled in the end.

Usually, it's the boys.

Recently, I had gone through a very hard break-up. Not because my heart was devastated and I could not go on without him by my side. No. It was hard because I lost myself in the process. Not going to sugar coat anything, it was a bad relationship. One that I knew from the beginning, but pushed aside for the sake of the silver-lining.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Review: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
Series: The Great Library #1
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: NAL
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 351
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…
        Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.
        Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.
        When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn…
Think Rick Riordan meets Fahrenheit 451. That's the exact feeling that I had while I was reading Ink and Bone. Basic premise includes the burning of books, young students in training, and a young, white male lead with potential, and diverse, shadowed supporting roles.

So, I've had this book from the library way longer than my expected due date. It's safe to say that I owe my library a couple dollars in late fees. But that didn't help me read this book any faster. I actually read it slower. Because it was dull. Filled with trials and tribulation, Library jargon and countless tests and trips. I would undulate between tirelessly bored, and mildly interested for the whole duration of the book.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Blog Tour Spotlight: The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Publisher: Crown
Pages: 352
Genre: Thriller
True Grit meets The Road in this postapocalyptic psychological thriller--narrated by a young girl who has just learned that her adopted father may be a serial killer, and that she may be his next victim.
     In the remote wilds of a ravaged land, Elka has been raised by a man who isn't her father. Since finding her wandering in the woods when she was seven, he has taught her how to hunt, shoot, set snares and start fires--everything she needs to survive. All she knows of the world outside is gleaned from whispers of a cataclysmic event that turned the clock back on civilization by a hundred and fifty years and reduced governments and technology to shambles, leaving men at the mercy of the elements--and each other. 
     Everything changes when Elka learns that the man she has been calling father is harboring a terrible secret. Armed with nothing but her knife and her wiles, she decides to escape his clutches and sets out on a long journey to the frozen north in the hope of finding her long-lost parents. 
     But as the trail of blood and bodies grows in her path, Elka realizes that daddy won't be letting his little girl go without a fight. If she's going to survive, she'll have to turn and confront not just him, but the truth about what he's turned her into.
Praise for THE WOLF ROAD:
“An unrelenting psychological thriller of wilderness survival wrapped in a terrifying hide-and-seek game of trying to escape an unspeakable past. … Fans of suspense with a touch of horror will be pulled into Elka’s intense struggle to find peace and redemption as the whole truth is finally revealed.”
Booklist on The Wolf Road
“Arresting…[an] odyssey that highlights the striking wilderness landscape and Elka’s grit.”
Publishers Weekly on The Wolf Road
“A white-knuckle trip through a gritty, frightening, and all-too-plausible post-apocalypse. You won’t know whether to root for or be afraid of heroine Elka, and you won’t be able to put the book down.”
Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts