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So it’s 4/20…

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Being 4/20, I thought I would try something new today. You might not be aware, but I work for a wonderful little place called Goodreads. I know right… dream job!

About a year ago, we started sending out a daily email that would make any book lover broke. You know what I’m talking about — the Daily Deals email. And every now and then, we have special big deals days. Of course, being the awesome company that we are, we have another big deals day for today 😀

I realize that not everyone might actually be signed up for Goodreads though, so I thought I’d share the love here. Check out some of these awesome deals:

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These are by no means all the deals for today, so go ahead and check out the Deals page on Goodreads. But beware though, I bet you’ll find something that you just can’t NOT get!

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Monthly Wrap-up

Hey guys. I don’t know about you, but March was not a great reading month for me. I spent more time catching up on series and gaming than reading in the beginning of the month, and that kind of threw my reading plans completely out of the window. I still did relatively good though, and I finished 7 books for the month.

The total amount of pages read is 2 625, which is significantly less than I read in January and February, but even so I’m happy with it. I mean I finished Drums of Autumn, which I was dreading just because I couldn’t get my mind around the length! 880 pages is a bit excessive! I listened to Mr. Mercedes on audiobook, which was narrated by Will Patton… you can read my review to hear what I thought of that particular experience…

I didn’t have any 5 Star books this month, which isn’t that strange as I like to reserve my 5 star reviews for special reads that I feel really deserve it. Having said that I’d have to say Drums of Autumn and The Promise Girls were my stand-out reads for the month. Even though the length of her books are insane, Diana Gabaldon just knows how to weave a story! Marie Bostwick is a new-to-me author, and I’m so glad to have discovered her. I actually got my copy of The Promise Girls from Netgalley, so I have them to thank! She’s got a series centered around Quilting that I’m super interested in checking out.

You might notice that there’s a Stephen King up there that didn’t make my top reads. I know… SHOCKER! As I mentioned in my review though, while I’m a huge SK fan, I’m not blind to his faults and Bill Hodges just didn’t do it for me. However! I saw the trailer for the new IT remake and my insides are squirming with excitement! He also has a collaboration with his son, Owen King, being released later this year which I can’t wait to get my hands on!

In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep; they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place… The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously absorbing father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King

I mean come on! That sound like an amazing story! It’s only out in September though, so there’s still a long wait. It is also only coming out in September, so I guess I’ve got that month booked up already.

My Goodreads Challenge is looking good though. I’m 5 books ahead of schedule so far, so if I keep it up, I’m hoping that I can clear another couple of books from my neverending to-read list.

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And that’s it! Here’s to hoping April will be a bit better than this one. I’ve got a couple of Netgalley books that needs reviewing, and I also want to finish the Bill Hodges trilogy. I’ve got a couple of series that I want to read this year though, so I might decide to start another series instead… although I have enough faith in SK to give Hodges another chance to grow on me…

Happy Reading!

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Review: Charm

Charm
Charm by Cat Hellisen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this book, but for the first half I struggled to get into it. Everything was just so bleak and dark and depressing. I hated the negativity and couldn’t stand the characters. I also felt like nothing particularly happened the first half, except that we got front row seats to Irene’s obsession with Rain… because I’m sorry but whatever she feels for him is not pure love… but I’m not going to get into their relationship psychology right now.

So there I was at 50%, hating that I was about to DNF a book that I really wanted to like going in… when suddenly it just got incredibly good! I don’t even know what changed, because I still don’t like the characters (I guess it’s more realistic when you have characters that are not the normal trope?) ! I don’t know, but I went from about to give it up to being riveted! Suddenly the plot had me hooked and I enjoyed the originality and the grittiness and the familiarity of the customs and location (even though I’ve never been to Joburg… and after this I really don’t want to go either).

There were still parts that I think could have been elaborated on… like Irene’s whole family and their vibe and backstory. I would especially have loved to learn more about her mother and the (view spoiler). And it could definitely have done a better job of drawing me in from the start. If I had rated it simply on the last part of the book it would have been an easy 4… Maybe even a 5! I’m still rating it a 4 (simply because I can’t bring myself to go any lower… it really got good man!), but for overall experience it’s probably closer to 3 1/2

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Review: V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This has been one of my favorite movies of all time. I watched it before I even knew there was such a thing as graphic novels (I lived a very cloistered life before). I watched it even before I really understood the meanings and the feelings and the underlying messages. It was like something just resonated with me for no apparent reason.

The GN story is slightly different from the movie, but not so much that it changes anything I think. Also, I didn’t spend as much time on the artwork as I usually do to really take it in and appreciate it. It’s not that I didn’t like it… it’s just not the best I’ve seen and I was more interested in the story. To be fair the medium I used to read it isn’t the best for that, but I’ll be getting the proper copy soon, and then I’ll spend some more time with it… I did get confused a lot by the characters, and I find that some characters’ features changed during the course of the novel… irritating, but ultimately not a train smash 😉

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Review: Deadpool: Paws

Deadpool: Paws
Deadpool: Paws by Stefan Petrucha
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was so awesome! I absolutely adored the Deadpool movie and didn’t think anything could top it but oh my gosh… I’d have to say this production came sooo close…
At first I was so thrown by the premise of the book… monster puppies just seems somehow… wrong! But it turned into such a fun ride! The voice actors were all awesome and the dude voicing Deadpool was spot-on!
I would definitely recommend this to any Marvel fans

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Review: Fellside

Fellside
Fellside by M.R. Carey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really shouldn’t have too high expectations of authors when I’ve loved something by them before… Even so, this book was really good, just not really something that I ever would have read.
I started reading blind, without even bothering to read the description, because I absolutely loved The Girl With all the Gifts. I was lost for a good long time, not able to figure out what the hell was going on, just knowing that it was completely different than what I expected… but not bad, so I kept reading.
A lot of the things that happened in this book didn’t make sense, and the procedures followed etc I’m sure is not correct… but hey, there’s something called creative licence so I try not to get too stuck up on it.
One thing that did bug me is all the characters. There were just too many of them! Carey also took the time to flesh out some characters, going into their backstory and psychology, just to kinda leave them behind… only mentioned again in passing.
Basically, the beginning of the book had me lost, the middle had me reading just because I was already invested and wanted to see where it would go, the climax was exciting but insane and nonsensical, and the ending was kind of disappointing… but also not really…
M.R. Carey really knows how to write though and at the end of the day, this was fantasy, so even though it’s nonsensical and definitely not something I’d usually read or that I’d ever read again, I’m still rating it 4 stars.

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Review: The Only Child

The Only Child
The Only Child by Guojing
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The artwork is beautiful and even with no words the story is clear and heart-wrenching.
I grew up with 4 sisters and in my memory it was horrible, but now I have one child of my own and this book just really made me realize how important peer companionship is when you’re growing up… oh well, I guess creche will have to make up for a lack of brothers and sisters.

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Review: White Sand, Volume 1

White Sand, Volume 1
White Sand, Volume 1 by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the first time I got a Graphic Novel from Netgalley, so I don’t know if it’s normal that the quality of the art is this horrible or if it’s just this particular novel. Honestly, the art was so blurry that I had to completely ignored it for most of the book and I just read the story, which was pretty decent and I’d be interested to read the next installment.
This was my very first Brandon Sanderson, and I must say that I quite enjoy the story and the style, although there’s a lot of explanation which I’m not used to in a graphic novel, but which in this case was welcome.
The story of the sand mastrells and Kenton’s part in it is very intriguing and I really want to find out what happens in the future, although (view spoiler).
There were also other story branches – The Duchess from Darkside looking for closure and Ais the Trackt (which I’m assuming is some kind of mercenary) – that didn’t really interest me as much as that of the sand masters and the diem, but which I assume is vital to the story and everything will come together in the end.
I’d say it’s a decent start to a series and if it wasn’t for the bad art I’d probably have rated it much better.

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Review: Room

Room
Room by Emma Donoghue
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So the first time around I dnf’d this book because I couldn’t stand the pov and reading from the 5yo boy’s perspective was just no fun.
This time around I tried audio, and while it was easier for me to get into and I actually finished it, I don’t really see what all the fuss is about. Yeah it’s a horrible tragedy and I’m sad that this is actually something that has happened in the world, but the best part of the book was (view spoiler). The rest of the time it read like a really boring diary of what they did during the day… if I wanted to read a diary, I have some of my own left over from high school…

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Review: Iced

Iced
Iced by Karen Marie Moning
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I am so disappointed in KMM… I was really enjoying this series and then this book happened. At first I hated it because Dani is such an egotistical brat and I couldn’t believe I had to deal with another irritating main character… even though Mac’s character arc eventually endeared her to me…

But then the paedophilia vibes started and I just felt so uncomfortable the whole time while reading this book. I think the plot would have been so much better if they could just have left out the pervy old dudes that lust after a 14 year old girl and treats her like property.

That’s when I actually found myself liking Dani more, because she’s the only fucking voice of reason here! She was maybe not sufficiently freaked out by Christian or Ryodan, but at least she didn’t encourage their attention even though it looks like she might have a bit of a crush on Ryodan… which I guess is normal for teenage hormones? I can’t really remember now and honestly I think I’m grasping at straws here looking for redeeming qualities in this book…

I know in my last review I said I wanted more of Christian, but this is definitely not what I meant, and I’m so sad that KMM so completely fucked up this character. I guess it happens though, and not everyone can have a happily ever after… but wow, this was just a horrible character arc. (view spoiler)

Ryodan is completely hateful and I just couldn’t find any redeeming qualities in him. I’m not sure how I feel about his relationship with Jo, because like Dani I think that’s just going to end in heartache, and most definitely not for him, but I find the romantic in myself hoping that Jo can bring out his gentler side… unlikely though, so I guess that’s another character that’s not getting a happily ever after…

Dancer is the bright star here and the only reason I gave the book 2 stars. I hope to God KMM comes to her senses and if Dani has to choose a romantic partner (which I don’t see why that has to be an issue), please let it be Dancer! He’s smart and doesn’t cower in front of Ryodan and Christian, and he also doesn’t treat woman like they’re property and only there for men’s amusement, so he get’s 10 stars all the way!

Even though too much of this book was dedicated to some really screwed up relationships, the plot was pretty decent and once I managed to look past the uncomfortableness I felt I was able to enjoy the rest of the story. I actually look forward to getting back to the series and seeing what comes next. I just hope that we can stick to Mac and Barrons now… please!

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