Friday, October 20, 2017

Anti-haul #1: Fall 2017


A few times a year I share the releases I'm most excited about in a Top Ten Tuesday post, but I feel like I never get to share the books I DON'T want to buy. When I saw this concept on Novel Ink a couple weeks ago I knew I had to get in on the fun that originally started on Booktube. The idea of an anti-haul is to share the books you absolutely will not be adding to your shelves and it sounds like the best idea ever! Without further ado, here is my very first anti-haul featuring Fall 2017 books I will not be purchasing.




This one is surprising even to me because it was featured on a most-anticipated top ten list earlier this year. The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis sounds right up my alley! However, the reviews are in and I don't think I've heard a single good thing from anyone I trust. From what I've gathered the characters aren't very easy to connect and the pace is extremely slow. Better luck next time, I guess.


While every other human on the planet is dying to get their hands on Godsgrave, I couldn't care less. I loved Illuminae so I was quick to grab a copy of Nevernight, but quickly found myself having to put it down. The format absolutely did not work for me. Although I've heard great things about this series, I don't think I'll be reading it any time soon. 


Here is another one that has quickly fallen on my priority scale as another that went from most anticipated to anti-haul. Although the cover and concept (again) are both amazing, the reviews from my trusted friends are just not good. I love alternate history but it's hard for me to get excited about a book that everyone dislikes for seemingly great reasons. Again, this book seems to be extremely slow paced with iffy characters, something I'm just not interested in getting into.


I have never met a Tahereh Mafi book I like, which is so disappointing because every single one of her books is gorgeous! Even though it seems like everyone else loves her, I find myself completely unable to enjoy her unique style. I did give Furthermore a chance, but quickly gave up, although MC loved it (and you can find her review on her blog). I definitely won't be reading it, but you can probably expect a review since I can't imagine MC not reading this one!



Which books are you not excited for?
Let me know in the comments!
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Graphic Novel Mini Review: ApocalyptiGirl by Andrew MacLean

Title: ApocalyptiGirl
Author: Andrew MacLean
Publication Date: June 16, 2015
Publisher: Dark Horse Originals
Pages: 96
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The premiere graphic novel from underground sensation Andrew MacLean (Head Lopper), ApocalyptiGirl is an action-packed sci-fi epic!

Alone at the end of the world, Aria is woman with a mission! Traipsing through an overgrown city with her only companion, a cat named Jelly Beans, Aria's search for an ancient relic with immeasurable power has been fruitless so far. But when a run in with a creepy savage sets her on a path to complete her quest, she'll face death head on in the hopes of claiming her prize and, if all goes according to plan, finally returning home.

I typically start my reviews with a synopsis of the book, but, to be honest, I am not entirely sure what the plot of ApocalyptiGirl actually was. The main character of Aria is on a mission to find a lost relic that will give her and her people immeasurable power. Her only companion is a cat named Jelly Beans. Aria has been navigating the desolate earth for years, avoiding various groups of people in order to keep herself alive.

When I quickly flipped through ApocalyptiGirl, I wasn't immediately drawn in by the artwork. It isn't bad by any means, but it's not a style that is very appealing to me. Ultimately, however, the art ended up being the best part of the book for me. There is so little plot in this book that it is really difficult to review.

As I said, I was very confused about the story that ApocalyptiGirl was trying to tell. There were giant holes in the plot that left me confused and wondering if I had missed something. For about the first half of the book, I was enjoying diving into the post-apocalyptic world and learning how everything worked. But when Aria's mission was introduced, I felt like a lot of information was missing. There were supposedly two main groups living in the wilderness, but we barely got to see them or learn anything about them. And then when Aria's backstory was finally revealed in the twist at the end, I was so completely confused. I still can't figure out exactly how everything tied together.

Ultimately, ApocalyptiGirl tried to accomplish too much of a story with too few pages. The plot could have been interesting and made for a fun adventure, but there were giant plot holes that were too large for the reader to fill in with their imagination. It takes a lot for me to really dislike a graphic novel, but I was very disappointed in ApocalyptiGirl.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Can't-Wait Wednesday #14: The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin


Happy Wednesday, fellow book lovers! This week's "can't wait to read" is:

by Michelle Hodkin 
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.

I know everyone alive has already posted this book, but I can't wait! I loved the Mara Dyer series so much and, while I never expected another book in the series, I am SO excited to read this one! Noah Shaw was such an incredible character that I can't imagine a book all about him being anything but amazing!


Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Wishful Endings.
This meme is based on Waiting-on Wednesday, which went inactive last year.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

DNF Audiobook Review: Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

Title: Jane, Unlimited
Author: Kristin Cashore
Publication Date: September 19. 2017
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Pages: 464
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If you could change your story, would you?

Jane has lived a mostly ordinary life, raised by her recently deceased aunt Magnolia, whom she counted on to turn life into an adventure. Without Aunt Magnolia, Jane is directionless. Then an old acquaintance, the glamorous and capricious Kiran Thrash, blows back into Jane’s life and invites her to a gala at the Thrashes’ extravagant island mansion called Tu Reviens. Jane remembers her aunt telling her: “If anyone ever invites you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.”

What Jane doesn’t know is that at Tu Reviens her story will change; the house will offer her five choices that could ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But every choice comes with a price. She might fall in love, she might lose her life, she might come face-to-face with herself. At Tu Reviens, anything is possible. 

Oh, Jane. I wanted to love you, I really did. I actually started reading this book twice before I got the audiobook. Each time there was just something that stopped me from getting into it. Still, I knew I would LOVE a story about a weird house and the multiverse. Imagine my surprise when I suddenly realized I had absolutely no idea what was going on and finally just gave up.

Obviously, this is Jane's story. Jane has lived with her aunt since her parents died, but now her aunt is gone too. Upon the invitation of her friend Kiran (and remembering a promise she made to her aunt), Jane heads to Tu Reviens, a mansion on an island where a gala is being held. Once there, Jane... makes umbrellas.

Jane is a super weird character and I can't quite decide how I feel about her. I didn't hate her, but I was also mildly annoyed for reasons I can't quite put my finger on. She was almost too quirky to enjoy. She made a LOT of umbrellas and she talked about them non-stop. I DNFd this at 55% and I'm not quite sure where the romance was, but it seems like it could've gone one of two ways. Unfortunately I reached the end (yes, at 55%) and I really wish it had been delved into at least a little.

Something I did enjoy was the atmosphere Kristin Cashore created in Jane, Unlimited. From the first page things felt just a little bit off. There was never any one thing specifically that made me feel a little uneasy, but I definitely felt an overall sense of something being not quite right. Although, maybe that was unintentional?

So what did I hate about Jane, Unlimited? Remember two paragraphs ago when I said I reached the end at 55%? I reached the first of several endings. See, this book was first conceived of as a Choose Your Own Adventure story. For whatever reason, Cashore chose not to do that and instead this is a book with five endings. To read this book, you have to read five endings. I can only speak for the first one, but it did not feel complete at all. In fact, I didn't even realize it was the ending until I realized I was reading the same thing that had already happened earlier in the book. From what I've read in other reviews, the endings get weirder as they go, including aliens and talking dinosaurs? Maybe that last one was an exaggeration.

This really felt like half a book. The complete story was only about 200 pages long and absolutely nothing in this book was fully fleshed out. The characters never had a chance to develop, the story never had a chance to reach a satisfactory conclusion. I cannot imagine that with five more endings crammed in the last 200 pages, anything would have changed. I know that some people have really enjoyed Jane, Unlimited, but I honestly wouldn't recommend it. It definitely would have been better as a Choose Your Own Adventure, and who doesn't want to read one of those as an adult?


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Weekly Recap: 10/8 - 10/14


TRACY'S HAPPENINGS OFF THE BLOG

Hello everyone! Once again I have had a difficult dog week. My oldest puppy started a new (expensive) allergy medication and... she's allergic to it! We ended up at the vet after she ended up with a puffy face and hives all over. She's now back to normal and we're back to square one with the allergies. Other than that, I've spent the week rewatching Marvel movies. I have my ticket purchased for Thor and I'm planning to watch all of the Marvel movies in chronological order before November 2nd!


NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK



THIS WEEK I READ




MC'S HAPPENINGS OFF THE BLOG

Hi, everyone. It's been another whirlwind of a week. I have had a lot going on and I have a lot left to do, but I am mostly just going through the motions. I unexpectedly lost someone very important to me the other day, and that has been all I can think about. Apologies for the short recap, but I don't have much else to say this week. I hope you all have a great week. Give your loved ones a hug for me.


NEW BOOKS THIS WEEK



THIS WEEK I READ




IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

On Monday I shared the update & link-up for the Dystopia challenge
The topic was fall book covers for Top Ten Tuesday
Thursday audiobook review of Vengeance Road
Friday audiobook review of Flame in the Mist
I shared this week in movies in Saturday Screen Time


UPCOMING REVIEWS



We're linking up to Stacking the Shelves & The Sunday Post!
Friday, October 13, 2017

Saturday Screen Time #2: Pumpkins & Sociopaths


Happy Saturday, everyone! This week was not as slow as it seems in the film world, but I'm saving several movies for a couple weeks from now when I plan to share the Great Marvel Rewatch of 2017. even amidst the never ending Marvel films out there, I still found time to get in a couple older titles I've been meaning to watch for awhile now. 


THIS WEEK IN FILM


Trick 'r Treat - I decided to watch this movie because Krampus is one of my absolute favorites! If you haven't seen that one, I highly recommend it! Trick 'r Treat felt similar in mood, but didn't have quite the same cohesion that Krampus does. I still really enjoyed this story about about a creature/demon/pumpkin guy who enforces the rules of Halloween. It's definitely going on my list of yearly Halloween movies!

We Need To Talk About Kevin - Holy crap, what an unsettling movie. I had a vague idea of what it was about, but I had no idea it was going to be so hard to watch. We Need To Talk About Kevin is about a woman whose child is a sociopath and grows up to commit horrific acts, leaving her to deal with the repercussions. It's a movie I'm glad I watched, but I'll never watch it again.



Have you seen either of these? What did you think?
What movies have you watched lately?
Let me know in the comments!