Showing posts from February, 2016

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

"What Twirly nugget are you from?" Good morning everyone and I hope you all had a relaxing weekend. This week I got back into using my phone to read books because I couldn't make a trip out to the bookstore to resupply myself. This book was recommended to my by a few people so I thought I would give it a try. First impressions were pretty good. The main character is funny as hell, constantly cracking jokes and taking everything, good and bad, in the best way possible. I knew going into the book that it would be funny but I wasn't prepared for how much I truly enjoyed it. So let me tell you a bit about it: Charley Davidson is a Private Investigator with a few tricks up her sleeve. Since she was born she has been able to see ghosts and help them move on. Technically she is a grim reaper. With the help of a few spirit companions she helps her uncle, the chief of police, solve murders that occur within the city. But she can't do much for three dead lawyers wh

RIP Harper Lee

As many of you book lovers may have heard Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman, recently passed away. I'm not going to pretend that I was an active fan of her, following everything she did. I loved her books but I knew very little about the author herself until after her death and i'm sure many of you can relate to that. What I will say is that, though I didn't know a lot about the woman, she will always be an inspiration for readers like me. Growing up I was forced to read many books for my English class and To Kill a Mockingbird was one of my favourites. I thought the story was thoughtful and provoked great debates. We are lucky that she published Go Set a Watchman as we now are able to read one last little piece of her. As a reader it always pains me when an author passes away because it means one less great mind to read in the future. And when someone as influencial as Harper Lee leaves us it is truly heart breaking. I hope her work

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all having a wonderful morning. Spring is coming, which means the weather is finally starting to warm up a bit here in the frozen north. Nothing gets me into the reading mood more than a little spring fever. Now this book has been on my shelf quite literally since last year and still smells like the bathroom floor in my old dorm room. Since I have run out of books to read I decided it was time to stop being picky about what I was reading and get through the books I started a year ago. I had no expectations for this book because in the year since I bought it I had forgotten what it was about. I long since lost the paper cover for it so unless I wanted to look online for the description (which I didn't) I was reading blind. In the end that was probably a good thing. Alina lives in a post apocalyptic world where unless you are born a powerful Grisha, a warrior with magical abilities, you are nobody. With her childhood friend Mal she is read

Keeping Posts Clean

Some of you may have noticed that a couple of weeks ago I did a review for the Martian in which there was some vulgar language. In reality I am a very vulgar person despite the tone I try to keep on the blog. The reason I do this is because I know that there may be a younger audience tuning into this blog and I would like to keep it clean for them. I don't know if you prefer it when I use mature language every now and then, let me know if you do, but for now I would like to try to keep a blog about literature at a level worthy of the books I am reading. From now on if I am going to use any harsh language, probably to do a review to suit the book I read, I will put a warning above the description to let you all know that it is coming. I wanted to that everyone who has been reading my blog for a while now and those of you who just stop by every once and a while. 7000 views may not seem like a lot to people out there but to me it means the world. I am hoping that by the end of the

The Hunter's Moon by O. R. Melling

Hey everyone I hope you are well. This week I read a bunch of books at once since I had a bit of spare time. Although, to be completely honest, I wish I didn't read this book. It wasn't that it was a really bad book but it was just such a waste of my time to finish that it would have been better if I had just left it for another week or two. I always find it hard to get into a Faerie story because there are just so many of them out there and they all have the same sort of feel to them. This one just might have been too different in culture for me to really enjoy it. Let me tell you about it: Gwen and her cousin have planned to go backpacking in Ireland for the summer without telling their parents so they can see the world. What Gwen doesn't know is that a man has come to her cousin before she arrived and set in motion a series of events that will change both of their lives forever. While camping illegally one night her cousin is swept away by the King of faeries to

Kobo Mobile Discovery

Hey everyone. Last week I decided, since I am flat out of books on my shelf, that I would pull up my Kobo app on my phone and get a book. This book I am reading, First Grave on the Right, was hilarious so I thought I would try to copy and paste a line to text to my friends when I discovered something amazing! On the Kobo app for your phone you can highlight a phrase and it will format it for you, put the information in a background of your choice, and then you can share it any way you want. Needless to say my friends were relentlessly spammed with quotes for the rest of the day once I figured this out. This isn't supposed to be a long post but I just wanted everyone to know that this was a possibility. From now on if you are reading on your phone give this a try and see if it works for you. It's fun. Have a great day everyone. - K

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all doing well. I am on a path it seems writing reviews for books that have become and/or are becoming movies. I never really watch the movies so I can't give a proper comparison for both but I can  give you a proper review for the book. I literally knew nothing of this book going into it so I didn't have hopes for it to be anything besides another teen book. I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed the first half of the book. Let me tell you a bit about it: Cassie lives an awful life as far as she is concerned. An alien race she calls the 'Others' have come to Earth and killed off almost all of humanity in a series of 4 waves. The 1st wave knocked out all electronic devices including cars, killing only a few hundred thousand people world wide. The 2nd wave sent a tsunami that killed everyone living in coastal cities. The 3rd wave was a disease that wiped out 90% of Earth's population leaving only those who were na

The Feeling of a Book

The first thing you do when you are buying a book (or at least you should do) is read the description of the book. By doing this you are giving yourself a 'feeling' of what the book will feel like to read in your hands. Anyone who reads a lot, or even a little, will tell you that every book has a different feel to it. From the way the story is spun to the voice of the author there is a feelings in the atmosphere of the story that you can't help but feel. Often times reading the back of the book will give you a completely different feeling than what you get from actually reading the book itself. Even when you think about a book you have read it is the feeling of the story that you are remembering as well as the characters and theme. That is why most people like a specific genre of books because they are used to and comfortable reading those types of stories. The best part of your favourite book is the feeling you get when you think about it. Are you sick of me using the

The Martian by Andy Weir (As Recommended by Anna)

Good morning everyone. I hope you are having a good day. My old roommate recommended this book to me and since it recently became a movie (which I haven't seen) I figured I would give it a read. As always the biggest mistake I made going into this book was getting my hopes up. I partially blame Anna for this since she gave it a 5 star rating and said it was amazing. I think she just likes messing with me. I'm sure many of you have either seen the movie or read the book but I will tell you about it anyway: WARNING, THIS BOOK AND THIS DESCRIPTION FEATURE VULGAR LANGUAGE! Mark is fucked. Don't freak out, he tells you this in the first sentence. How messed up is he? Well, he is stuck on Mars and no one knows he is alive. So yeah he's pretty fucked up. But fucked as he is he isn't out of the game... not by a long shot. With his experience in engineering and botany (plant science in case I spell it wrong) he will try to stay alive for about 4 years until the next