|Posted by Dee ^_^ on May 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
Yes, I missed an update on Monday, but there was a reason. Um...there had to be a reason...right?
Aaaaanyway, I'm here to tell you that I have finished the Upside of Unrequited (loved, loved, loved) and I was planning to continue reading Feral (which took second place on my 'what to read' poll) but, I am more in the mood for something a lot less gory. Instead, I'm going to start 'One of Us is Lying' by Karen M. McManus.
One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
I am also working on a review that should be finished and ready to post on Monday, for yet another book that I enjoyed. It was whimsical and just what I needed, even though it also broke my heart at times. I can't wait to share that with you all.
Following that review, and upon finishing One of Us is Lying, I think I have a plan for the books I want to read for the remainder of the month and possibly into June. This isn't an official TBR but, here's what I'm thinking:
1. The Mystic Masseur by V. S. Naipaul.
2. Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index by Julie Israel.
3. The Necromancer by Michael Scott (tentative).
4. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett.
5. A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul
Maybe I'll read them all, maybe I won't. Either way, I'm happy to be reading and I am putting a lot less pressure on myself to wrack up the numbers, but to simply enjoy the written word again.
Here's to pressure free reading. See you all on Monday.
|Posted by Dee ^_^ on May 5, 2017 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
It's finally happened. I woke up feeling ready to get some words in, but, I was faced with a dilemma. I wanted to read EVERYTHING all at once. So, what do you do at that point? Well, I took it to twitter. Because choices are hard and I'm an indecisive person, to my very core.
I gave my followers four options: Feral by James Demonaco (www.goodreads.com/book/show/30689356-feral); The Mystic Masseur by V. S. Naipaul (www.goodreads.com/book/show/54149.The_Mystic_Masseur?ac=1&from_search=true); The Necromancer (Book 4 of the Nicholas Flamel series) by Michael Scott (www.goodreads.com/book/show/6693332-the-necromancer) and The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (www.goodreads.com/book/show/30653853-the-upside-of-unrequited) and stepped away from the app for a while.
Bear in mind that all of these options are books that I felt like I absolutely MUST READ, RIGHT NOW, all for different reasons. So, with a two day limit, I waited for my followers to decide my fate.
~ ONE MILLION YEARS LATER ~
The results were almost unanimous: 75% of the results was in favor of Albertalli's novel, with Feral coming in second. Not a soul was feeling my other choices ( ;), but that's okay. I'm excited to get into this book, even as I know I will be shedding a few tears.
This was one of my highly anticipated books for 2017 and now, I'm finally going to read it! Be still my heart!
-- Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back.
There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. He's a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.
I'll catch you all next time!
|Posted by Dee ^_^ on May 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
Full disclosure: My goal changed a few times throughout this entire process. With that being said, I WON Camp NaNoWriMo.
With the best of intentions, I started the month of April with the hope that I would commit 100 hours towards my current WIP. I set everything aside and planned out my days to ensure that I met the estimated writing hours per day. And, to be fair, I was off to a great start. I was hitting and even bypassing the quota. For once, it seemed that I would win a NaNo. Then, things changed. An ailing relative had taken a turn for the worst and nothing and no one could motivate me to start writing again. I just wanted to hide away from the world and even from myself because I was hurting.
Then, as that relative's birthday came and went I decided that this was not the way I wanted to honor his fight. And so, with determination and vigor renewed, I reduced the goal to 50 hours. And, again, things were looking up. And again, things got worse. He lost his fight and I lost mine. Even as I type this my throat is tight with unshed tears, but still, I persevered. Because he was nothing if he was not a fighter. I miss him, but I was determined to do this in his memory. So the goal went down once more.
30 hous later, here we are. There is still work to be done on this project but, as it is, I am one hour over my goal and feeling happy that I did not give up. In his memory, I am proud to say:
I AM A CAMP NANOWRIMO 2017 WINNER!!!
|Posted by Dee ^_^ on April 3, 2017 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
AKA My February Wrap-up and Current Reads
It has been a minute and a half since I've posted, but life has been more than a little hectic for me. If you don't believe me, I think this wrap-up, and the fact that there will be no March wrap-up, speaks for itself. You can't have a wrap-up if you didn't read anything to begin with. Honestly, the only reason this is so late was because I hoped to combine it with my March reads. Except, March reading never happened. Oh the horreurrrrrr!
1. Final Girls (full review coming soon) - 5 stars. Being a final girl is no fun. This book was twisty and there was no way you could see that ending coming until you get to it. I can't wait to review this one for you all!
2. Black Feathers (full review available: http://ithinkihaveaproblem.webs.com/apps/blog/show/44393258-black-feathers-dark-avian-tales-an-anthology-) - 4 stars for this weird and wonderful anthology about birds.
3. The Sorceress (book 3 of the Nicholas Flamel Series) - 3.5 stars. Hear me now, these kids are going through THE MOST! But, they also make some really stupid decisions that I'll blame on youth and not being given all of the necessary information. Nicholas needs to stop being so shady and tell the children EVERYTHING!
Also, I thought you should know, I'm going to make a conscious effort to read nothing but West Indian books for the next few months (aside from ARCs, maybe). Wish me luck.
I should also, probably, mention the books that I attempted to finish during March:
Geekerella (releasing tomorrow: April 4, 2017) - The very idea of this one speaks to my soul in the most intimate of ways. Cinderella is one of my favorite Disney fairytales, I am a fandom addict and space fantasy calls to me. All in all, I've been enjoying it, albeit very slowly.
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?
Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.
Feral (releasing tomorrow: April 4, 2017) - The concept of this one is very interesting. Dystopian and survival: yes, please. I'm not very far into this one, but I'm not hating it so far.
Allie Hilts was still in high school when a fire at a top-secret research facility released an air-borne pathogen that quickly spread to every male on the planet, killing most. Allie witnessed every man she ever knew be consumed by fearsome symptoms: scorching fevers and internal bleeding, madness and uncontrollable violence. The world crumbled around her. No man was spared, and the few survivors were irrevocably changed. They became disturbingly strong, aggressive, and ferocious. Feral.
Three years later, Allie has joined a group of hardened survivors in an isolated, walled-in encampment. Outside the guarded walls the ferals roam free, and hunt. Allie has been noticing troubling patterns in the ferals' movements, and a disturbing number of new faces in the wild. Something catastrophic is brewing on the horizon, and time is running out. The ferals are coming, and there is no stopping them.
The Necromancer (Nicholas Flamel book 4) - I need Dee and Machiavelli to die already!!! Just, die!
Josh and Sophie Newman are finally home. And they're both more confused than ever about their future. Neither of them has mastered the magics they'll need to protect themselves, they've lost Scatty, and they're still being pursued by Dr. John Dee. Most disturbing of all, however, is that now they must ask themselves, can they trust Nicholas Flamel? Can they trust anyone?
Dr. Dee underestimated Perenelle Flamel's power. Alcatraz could not hold her, Nereus was no match for her, and she was able to align herself with the most unlikely of allies. But she wasn't the only one being held on the island. Behind the prison's bars and protective sigils were a menagerie of monsters, and now Machiavelli has come to Alcatraz to loose them on San Francisco.
Perenelle might be powerful, but each day she weakens, and even with Nicholas back at her side, a battle of this size could be too much for her. Nicholas and Perenelle must fight to protect the city, but the effort will probably kill them both.
Having been unable to regain the two final pages of the Codex, Dee has failed his Elder and is now an outlaw.
But the Magician has a plan. With the Codex and the creatures on Alcatraz, he can control the world. All he needs is the help of the Archons. But for his plan to work, he must raise the Mother of the Gods from the dead. For that, he'll have to train a necromancer.
That's all for now!
|Posted by Dee ^_^ on March 31, 2017 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
Camp NaNoWriMo is almost upon us, and I thought I'd update you on how my Camp Prep is going/has gone.
At the point of writing, I have finally created a world map for my story. Prior to this point, I just had the names of the locations and a vague idea in my mind of what everything looked like in relation to other areas of interest. Now, I have a visual and physical copy of my setting. Mind you, I created this myself, so it isn't overly complex or completey finished, but it's done enough to make my life a bit easier.
I have downloaded a writing software that allows me to keep chapters separate, fully sketch out my characters, add visual stimulation, all without stuffing up the document. As handy as Microsoft Word and One Note are, this software has tripled my productivity. I can track chapter length, character distribution, location distribution etc.
I have revamped my writing playlist, moving away from gaming soundtracks to movie scores (names Harry Potter and the like). There was nothing wrong with the old playlist, but I thought a new soundtrack will help me to breathe more life into my story.
Since the beginning of the year I have penciled in writing time, which I've mostly stuck with, so the main goal is to stick with and build upon that schedule.
I've reevaluated my overall goal, and cut the hours in half. So instead of committing 100 hours to camp, I now hope to dedicate 50. That way, real life won't suffer and neither will my story.
My mind is clear, and my fingers are ready. Come at me, Camp NaNo!
|Posted by Dee ^_^ on March 20, 2017 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
AKA I'm doing Camp NaNoWriMo
It's almost April, and I have done it again. I signed up for another writing challenge that, this time, I am determined to accomplish. The difference this time, is that I'll be working on the same project and, instead of a word goal, I'm doing an accumulated hours challenge.
For anyone who may not be familiar, Camp NaNoWriMo "is a virtual writer’s retreat, designed for maximum flexibility and creativity. We have Camp sessions in both April and July, and we welcome word-count goals between 30 and 1,000,000. In addition, writers can tackle any project they’d like, including new novel drafts, revision, poetry, scripts, and short stories." It is run by the same organization in charge of NaNoWriMo (in November).
My challenge: 100 hours spent on the project during the entire month of April.
Fine tune my original NaNoWriMo novel.
I'm most excited for the cabin assignments, as this is my first camp NaNo, so I don't know what to expect. I hope that I get some good Cabin mates..
Any of you doing Camp NaNo next month?
|Posted by Dee ^_^ on February 24, 2017 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
So I was going through my YouTube subscriptions when I happened upon a video of an unboxing...and I was inspired.
At the very top of that list is Call the Number Box. The fact that it actually ships to the Caribbean and includes literature from the Caribbean has me so overjoyed. We get included in so little, and usually only when food or music is concerned, that it is refreshing to see us so positively reflected. Honestly, if shipping to Trinidad (in general) wasn't so shoddy I'd probably subscibe to this immediately.
Curated by a librarian, this subscription service will help you build your own collection of quality Black literature. Each month, a box will be delivered to your door that contains a newly released book and 4-5 carefully selected bookish and library-related items tied to themes within the book. Ships worldwide.
Quality Black literature
Specially curated items
Build your personal library
-- www.call-number.cratejoy.com/ --
In no particular order, my other desired subscriptions are:
My Lit Box: This box features only POC authors, which is brilliant and refreshing. If only this was not restricted to the U.S....
In addition to a newly released novel, you can expect to receive 1-2 quality book related goodies that will enhance your reading experience whether it's a lovely keepsake to adorn your bookshelf, or something that either smells good, tastes good or makes you feel good! Ships on the 5 of every month. US only
-- www.mylitbox.com/ --
Owlcrate: This box has been on my radar for almost two years now...and I've yet to treat myself. I will...one day. The fact that there's a junior box as well, makes it even more perfect. Start them off early why don't ya!
OwlCrate is a subscription box for people who love Young Adult fiction! Each of our boxes contains a newly published hardcover book, 3-5 other bookish goodies (jewelry, collectible toys, stationery), as well as exclusive items from publishers and authors. Each box has a fun and unique theme too!
Brand new hard cover books
3-5 extra items each month
Unique monthly themes
US, Canadian and International Shipping
-- www.owlcrate.com/ --
Book of the Month: This subscription box has been around a ridiculous amount of years and has the reputation to match. The first time I found out about it was through an unboxing video.
On the first of each month, we announce five monthly selections, carefully chosen by our Judges. By the sixth of the month, choose which books you would like to receive or easily skip the month if you prefer. On the seventh of the month, we ship you your box. Happy reading! US only.
-- www.bookofthemonth.com/ --
Mirror Book Box: Diversity at its core. I'll have that, thanks.
Mirror Book Box is a monthly subscription box dedicated to all the little differences that make us who we are & featuring diverse books that reflect them. Each month subscribers will receive a 'reflective' book and 4-5 items related to the theme of the month. Worldwide shipping.
Hardcover new releases every month
Interesting monthly themes
4 - 5 additional items each month
-- www.mirrorbookbox.cratejoy.com/ --
Which subscription boxes are on your radar?
|Posted by Dee ^_^ on February 20, 2017 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
-- Nearly lost in a fog of grief over the fatal stabbing of her daughter, art historian Grace Neville feels only sorrow as Jordan Dukes is found guilty of murder. Days after the sentencing, Grace receives a visit from Jordan’s father, who claims that his son is innocent and a grave miscarriage of justice has taken place. Jordan’s history of gang-related violence and the fact that he doesn’t have an alibi make his father’s plea hard to believe. But then why does somebody break into Grace’s home and go through her daughter’s belongings? --
If you like thrillers that leave you just enough clues to THINK that you have it figured out, then this might be the book for you. As I was reading, I picked up a few of the clues and I ran headlong into more twists. Most of the times I was right in my assumptions, but others, I was left saying: "Well, I'm an idiot."
We enter the story with a flashback, pre-murder, to the beginning of the end of Grace's world. Her marriage is over. The marriage that she had always assumed was picture perfect and filled with mutual, all-consuming love. Grace believes that this is where Tara's future was altered, inevitably causing her death. Whether that's true or not, is left up to the readers to discover.
Here's the thing, this main character is not one that I liked at first. I found her constant pandering to everyone else irritating. In the first instance, she keeps trying to win back her cheating ex-husband, who had quite clearly moved on. She almost worships him, despite the hurt he has put her through, placing his opinion always at the forefront. But, they were together for more than ten years, so that habit is understandably hard to break. Fair enough.
But then Tara dies, and still, she does not take priority, over any one or anything in her life. YOUR daughter just died, and yet here you are trying to please your ex-husband, your sister, your mother. And the guilt trip that her sister keeps putting her through, that she ALLOWS her sister to put her through. Ugh. I understand that people grieve in different ways but, damn. And these things can easily be overlooked as Grace being nothing more than human, with a possibly unhealthy family dynamic, but I just wanted to shake her. She needed to wake up and take care of herself for once.
“What makes you think anything or anyone can hurt me after what I’ve been through?”
Eventually she redeems herself in my eyes though. I won't say how because *spoilers*...but just know that she won't always be second to everyone.
I wish I’d gone properly insane, not this weird, unpredictable flitting in and out of madness followed by bouts of extreme, unvarnished lucidity. It would have been easier.
There are a few other things that I took issue with in this book:
1. Casual mention of wanting to commit suicide.
2. The constantly negative association between Caribbean parents and child abandonment. One of Grace's stepfathers was a Trinidadian who decided to leave in the middle of raising Grace and her siblings. There was also a Jamaican mother who left to go back to Jamaica, leaving her two children behind. As if, familial ties and personal responsibility meant nothing. As if, underneath their dreadlocks lay a blatant disregard for anyone other than themselves.
Maybe I'm overly sensitive where these topics are concerned, or maybe I'm right to point these things out. Either way, there they are.
I’ve never been good at deception, unless when deceiving myself.
The simplest way to describe this novel is as a UK based suspense about a mother in pain, trying to find justice for her daughter.
TL;DR -: If you’re here for a Thriller/Suspense, and don’t mind sitting through some character growth, then give it a try. This book was released on December 8th, 2016.
Avg. Goodreads rating: 3.43
Avg. Amazon rating: 3.3
My rating: 3.5. Some of the twists caught me off-guard for sure, especially the culprit and why they killed Tara. Overall, I liked the way Gray wrote, I appreciated the suspense and the character growth.
|Posted by Dee ^_^ on February 17, 2017 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
For anyone who wants to know my current mood as I type this post:
Because, sometimes all you need is a dip in the ocean to feel a little better.
Now for the real reason that we're here*:
*I'm a big history nerd so most of these are history books...oops? Also, say yes to Gender Studies. Thanks.
From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean, 1492-1969 by Dr. Eric Williams
From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean is about 30 million people scattered across an arc of islands -- Jamaica, Haiti, Barbados, Antigua, Martinique, Trinidad, among others-separated by the languages and cultures of their colonizers, but joined together, nevertheless, by a common heritage. For whether French, English, Dutch, Spanish, Danish, or-latterly-American, the nationality of their masters has made only a notional difference to the peoples of the Caribbean. The history of the Caribbean is dominated by the history of sugar, which is inseparable from the history of slavery; which was inseparable, until recently, from the systematic degradation of labor in the region. Here, for the first time, is a definitive work about a profoundly important but neglected and misrepresented area of the world.
Capitalism & Slavery by Dr. Eric Williams
Slavery helped finance the Industrial Revolution in England. Plantation owners, shipbuilders, and merchants connected with the slave trade accumulated vast fortunes that established banks and heavy industry in Europe and expanded the reach of capitalism worldwide. Eric Williams advanced these powerful ideas in Capitalism and Slavery, published in 1944. Years ahead of its time, his profound critique became the foundation for studies of imperialism and economic development. Binding an economic view of history with strong moral argument, Williams's study of the role of slavery in financing the Industrial Revolution refuted traditional ideas of economic and moral progress and firmly established the centrality of the African slave trade in European economic development. He also showed that mature industrial capitalism in turn helped destroy the slave system. Establishing the exploitation of commercial capitalism and its link to racial attitudes, Williams employed a historicist vision that set the tone for future studies.
A History of Modern Trinidad, 1783-1962 by Prof. Bridget Brereton - This book taught me things about my country that I found very interesting. It also covered that period in time when we moved from Trinidad to Trinidad and Tobago.
*no synopsis available*
The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution by C. L. R James
A classic and impassioned account of the first revolution in the Third World.
This powerful, intensely dramatic book is the definitive account of the Haitian Revolution of 1794-1803, a revolution that began in the wake of the Bastille but became the model for the Third World liberation movements from Africa to Cuba. It is the story of the French colony of San Domingo, a place where the brutality of master toward slave was commonplace and ingeniously refined. And it is the story of a barely literate slave named Toussaint L'Ouverture, who led the black people of San Domingo in a successful struggle against successive invasions by overwhelming French, Spanish, and English forces and in the process helped form the first independent nation in the Caribbean.
Confronting Power, Theorizing Gender: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in the Caribbean by Prof. Eudine Barriteau
Confronting Power, Theorizing Gender is an anthology of Caribbean feminist scholarship which has several unique features. It exposes gender relations as regimes of power and consolidates and advances indigenous feminist theorizing. A particularly strong section of the collection deconstructs marginality and masculinity in the Caribbean. The major breakthrough is the recognition that this area of research includes both men and women as integral to a more adequate conceptualization of society, polity and economy. The temper of the times suggests that a significant watershed in gender studies has been reached.
On my radar:
Pedagogies of Crossing: Meditations on Feminism, Sexual Politics, Memory, and the Sacred by M. Jacqui Alexander
M. Jacqui Alexander is one of the most important theorists of transnational feminism working today. Pedagogies of Crossing brings together essays she has written over the past decade, uniting her incisive critiques, which have had such a profound impact on feminist, queer, and critical race theories, with some of her more recent work. In this landmark interdisciplinary volume, Alexander points to a number of critical imperatives made all the more urgent by contemporary manifestations of neoimperialism and neocolonialism. Among these are the need for North American feminism and queer studies to take up transnational frameworks that foreground questions of colonialism, political economy, and racial formation; for a thorough re-conceptualization of modernity to account for the heteronormative regulatory practices of modern state formations; and for feminists to wrestle with the spiritual dimensions of experience and the meaning of sacred subjectivity.In these meditations, Alexander deftly unites large, often contradictory, historical processes across time and space. She focuses on the criminalization of queer communities in both the United States and the Caribbean in ways that prompt us to rethink how modernity invents its own traditions; she juxtaposes the political organizing and consciousness of women workers in global factories in Mexico, the Caribbean, and Canada with the pressing need for those in the academic factory to teach for social justice; she reflects on the limits and failures of liberal pluralism; and she presents original and compelling arguments that show how and why transgenerational memory is an indispensable spiritual practice within differently constituted women-of-color communities as it operates as a powerful antidote to oppression. In this multifaceted, visionary book, Alexander maps the terrain of alternative histories and offers new forms of knowledge with which to mold alternative futures.
Writing Rage: Unmasking Violence in Caribbean Discourse by Paula Morgan and Valerie Youssef.
Human interaction has always been marked by the complex, pervasive dynamic of rage and violence. This dynamic and the ubiquitous social problems that are its consequence have long engaged scholars. In Writing Rage: Unmasking Violence through Caribbean Discourse, Paula Morgan and Valerie Youssef apply strategies of linguistic and literary analysis to a range of real-life and fictional discourses on the theme of violence. Their work explores the multifaceted spectrum of violence and its intricate web of cause-and-effect sequences at the macro and micro levels in Caribbean societies. This book will inform the first interdisciplinary course in this area to be taught at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago, and it will also be essential reading for students and teachers of Caribbean cultural studies elsewhere in the region and throughout the diaspora.
I don't know how to qualify these choices...? So, enjoy?
|Posted by Dee ^_^ on February 16, 2017 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
Aka Goodreads Lists suck (sometimes)! Also, my January Wrap-up.
To explain the title, even though these books all existed on lists with 'birthday' tagged in, there was only one that actually contained a birthday. So sad that I wasn't able to truly accomplish what I set out to do, but even so, it wasn't a complete waste. This may be one of the least comprehensive wrap-ups I've done, if so, then I'm sorry.
Let us all take a moment while we appreciate the fact that this post still exists. It took several days of back and forth for me to finally decide that I will, in fact, put this up. Far, far behind schedule, but as the saying goes: better late...
1. The Siren by Kiera Cass - 3 stars. She is the queen of fluff. The concept was interesting amd certainly a theme I might try again. But this is not a series that I shall be continuing. Maybe I should see if she has any stand alones. That might be more up my alley.
2. Happy Birthday Wanda June by Kurt Vonnegut - 3 stars. Kurt Vonnegut does weird like no one else. I went in blind on this one, not having the slightest idea what this book was about until I had started it. The only thing I knew with certainty was that it would be short. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't amazing either. It held my interest.
3. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness - 4 stars. I enjoyed 'A Monster Calls' and the concept of this sounded unique and fun. It delivered exactly what it promised: friends living on the outskirts of the end of the world, trying to get through their every day problems. It was strange seeing the action happening but not having a first hand account of it. Ness knows what he's doing.
In the first and last weeks of January:
1. Don't Tell Anyone by Eleanor Gray (ARC, released December 8, 2016)- I had a lot of thoughts while reading this one. A lot. There will be a full review of this book coming soon. 3.5 stars
"Nearly lost in a fog of grief over the fatal stabbing of her daughter, art historian Grace Neville feels only sorrow as Jordan Dukes is found guilty of murder. Days after the sentencing, Grace receives a visit from Jordan’s father, who claims that his son is innocent and a grave miscarriage of justice has taken place. Jordan’s history of gang-related violence and the fact that he doesn’t have an alibi make his father’s plea hard to believe. But then why does somebody break into Grace’s home and go through her daughter’s belongings?"
2. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell - 4 stars. This book left me desparate to know what happened to Eleanor, and what the last letter she sent to Park actually said. You cannot end a book like that! Whyyyyyy? Her story was tragic, but not far from reality for someone out there. I wanted to save her with everything within me; save her from her mother who couldn't protect her, save her from her father who was too self-involved to realize his children needed saving, but most importantly, save her from her step-father who needed to not exist any more.