Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Audio Review: Some boys - Patty Blount

Some boys go too far. Some boys will break your heart. But one boy can make you whole.

When Grace meets Ian she's afraid. Afraid he'll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses the town golden boy of rape, everyone turns against Grace. They call her a slut and a liar. But...Ian doesn't. He's funny and kind with secrets of his own.

But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you believe in love?

A gut-wrenching, powerful love story told from alternating points of view by the acclaimed author of Send. 

Audio CD, 8 pages
Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by Tantor Audio (first published August 5th 2014)
YA Fiction
For review

My thoughts:
Another  book with rape culture and slut shaming. Why do everyone always believe the boy! Ugh, i want to hit so many people in the face.
She was drinking
She was wearing revealing clothes.
They had dated before
Was she a stripper? Ehm, no, why even ask her that! 

It is a month later and Grace has lost all her friends and people call slut and liar after her. The boy who raped her is the school hero and no one believes he could do anything like that. While she has to be afraid, alone, deal with panic attacks and wish someone would take her side.

The book is told from two POVS. Hers and Ian's. The boy she has to spend time with, the boy who is Zach's bestie. And yes obviously this is a romance too. That is actually something I could have been without. It felt like she fell too fast, yes she had been in love with him, but after something like that I just feel it should take more time to even think about kissing a boy. But then I changed my mind, we need happiness too! This is a book after all. In real life no one would have believed her and that boy would have had a happy ending while she would have gone to therapy. Instead she will get a happy ending and hey, I needed that. We all need that.

But there was still the issue with Ian. But, there is the but again, he is a teen. Why would he believe that of the friend who he has known for years, who has helped him, who is awesome? To believe the word of a girl who does like, but....he is a teen, so yes he is a coward, yes even spineless at time, but no one else was there. There is no evidence after all. I did want to kick him at times, but do not worry he gets it in the end and I liked him for it.

Conclusion:
'A tough emotional book.

Narrators.
Em Elridge  and Joe Hempel
I liked that they had Em doing Grace's POV and Joe Ian's. They both did a good job, I do think Joe was the better one though cos he had a good range. While women do not always make men sound that manly...or too manly ;)
It was great listening too and it sure made me want to go there and scream at people.


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

TMST: Thankful


Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.

 November 21st: What are you thankful for?

I am thankful this year for my beautiful baby girl. She is six months now :)


I am thankful for a speedy recovery, always a good thing.

I am thankful for books (duh), I am thankful for my audiobooks. They have been awesome these last 6 months.

I am thankful for all of you. You all make blogging great :D Blogging would not be fun without all of you!


Monday, 20 November 2017

Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection - Brandon Sanderson

An all-new 40,000-word Stormlight Archive novella, “Edgedancer,” will be the crown jewel of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection, the first book of short fiction by #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. A must read for fans of the series.

These wonderful works, originally published on Tor.com and elsewhere individually, convey the expanse of the Cosmere and tell exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect, including the Hugo Award-winning novella, “The Emperor’s Soul” and an excerpt from the graphic novel “White Sand.”

Finally, this collection includes essays and illustrations for the various planetary systems in which the stories are set. 


Hardcover, 672 pages
Published November 10th 2016 by Gollancz
Stormlight Archive #2.5, The Cosmere
Fantasy
Own

My thoughts:
“The Emperor’s Soul” (Elantris)
I did not read it as I have read it before. Check my thoughts there.

“The Hope of Elantris” (Elantris)
I guess ok. Nothing special. A short story. I did feel like I should have read Elantris before and no years before.

“The Eleventh Metal” (Mistborn)
Eh, nothing special here either. Kelsier training...yup

“Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania, Episodes 28 through 30” (Mistborn)
I do not seem to be a fan of his short stories. They just feel ok all of them. Though this one would have worked as a graphic novel.

"A secret history" Mistborn
A long one, and I thought it would be meh, but it seems shorts one are eh, but long ones are better. Kelsier's story behind the scenes.

“White Sand” (excerpt; Taldain)
Ohhh a graphic novel. Very cool.

“Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell” (Threnody)
I have read this one before. Check it there.

“Sixth of Dusk” (First of the Sun)
This was an interesting world, I would like to see more from it.

Edgedancer
I liked this story and I reeeeeally makes me want to read Oathbringer

Conclusion:
As they got longer they got better. Sanderson needs to write long ones cos he needs his world. He excels there.


Sunday, 19 November 2017

Joint Discussion: Juliet in August


Happy November ya'lls!

This month Carole and I read and discussed "Juliet in August". I am in black and C is in black. 

Author: Dianne Warren
Title: Juliet in August
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 336
First Published: 2010 
Where I Got It: My Shelf (Dollar Tree)

Juliet, Saskatchewan, is a blink-and-you-miss-it kind of town dusty oasis on the edge of the Little Snake sand hills. It’s easy to believe that nothing of consequence takes place there. But the hills vibrate with life, and the town’s heart beats in the rich and overlapping stories of its people: the rancher afraid to accept responsibility for the land his adoptive parents left him; the bank manager grappling with a sudden understanding of his own inadequacy; a shy couple, well beyond middle age, struggling with the recognition of their feelings for each other. And somewhere, lost in the sand, a camel named Antoinette.



Damn girl, this was pretty boring.

I knooooooooooow! Gah. It sounded SO good.

It did have promise. I did feel her writing was good, but aghhhh, the story itself was sooooo dull.

Really? I feel like her writing was just meh. The story was okay. I feel like she should’ve stuck with one or two families/people.

I felt like I could roll with her writing, there was something there. And yes one of 2 families would have been excellent. And for something to actually HAPPEN in that dang book.

It did feel like there was ALL this build-up like Antoinette was going to save a small child or something. There was all this tense and build-up and then it just….ended.

Yes! Why even mention Antoinette, when nothing happened? It was just so boring. That town sounded boring. The people sounded boring. Take a story and make something of it. Like Lee’s real parents. Who? I wanted to know. Now I got nothing. And make him find love or something too. And that woman who bought the horse...what? Make a story from it.

I wanted to like this book SO much, but...sighs...I could barely get through it! The people were boring, but they had potential. I felt like I was just waiting and waiting. Honestly...I felt like I was at the airport just waiting and then I was miserable.

Lol. That is a good way of putting it. I’d say waiting at the Bank. Nothing happens. They are late as always. Your phone is dying. And the people around are all grandmas who look sleepy.

Yess. The phone is dying and you just want it to be over and go home. LOL

And you are hungry! And too cold, or too warm. Nothing is quite right. Might throw in a headache there too.

So much misery but you have to do it. I had to finish the book because I kept thinking that SOMETHING has to happen. I also wanted to see if the camel came back. But then it was just over.

Or at least find the camel’s corpse! Like the Lee story, I thought something would happen, but he just rode that horse.

Yesss! I did like Lee a lot, but he was boring too. He was an interesting boring though...if that makes sense

He was pretty boring, but he had the story with potential. But like with everything, nothing happened.

Nope. I wanted Lee to be a hero or something. Save a little kid or save Antoinette...or something. But again...nothing.

And that sums up the book. You keep waiting for something to happen and it never does.

Oo! I was intrigued by Hank and his wife (*blanking on name*). He had cheated on her in their youth and now she thinks he is cheating again. I wanted to find out more about them. See...I really think she should’ve stuck with a couple of people to follow. There was a lot of stuff happening, but nothing happening at the same time. I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone.

You know what I do not even remember them. Was that the couple with too many kids? They all melt together in my head now.

No - he was the rodeo guy and now they are old and he doesn’t do it anymore, but she suspects he is cheating.

Lol, still nothing. Wait the couple with the preggo daughter?

I think their daughter is preggo. I can’t remember. LOL! We are bad people. xD

Because we do not care….

Valid, valid.

I do not have a lot more to say. I skimmed towards the end so the book would END.

Neither do I. All I can say is that I am sorry! LOL! And do not read this book unless you want to sleep. I nodded off 4 times. It is a small book and it took 5 days for me to read it. Too long. Anything else for you?

Lol, nodded off. I struggle all week. The first day went fine then it went slooow and slooower. So yes do not read this book.

Unless you need a nap. ;) LOL Well….your book is next! Hopefully it will be a good one!

Nope, it is that book from NG. That is your book next then ;)

Oh noes! I am excited to read the next one though! It should be good….*fingers crossed*
The end?

The end


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Carole and Blodeuedd have been blogging a long while now. The last couple of years the epic duo have been discussing books, watching movies, and even wetting the pen and sharing their stories with the worldwide web. They both love cats, chocolate, and a good story.



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