So we have been having wonderful weather in our neck of the woods… or town w/e, lately, and so I have been running train on some audio’s that fit our Goodreads group challenge “Gimme a V” for this month, all the while I knock out my seemingly never ending honey “do this or else” list. I’ve become aware of multiple things…
1. My beloved huskies Jake and Jax are sick and tired of winter, it being too cold to get in our “long” walks, as evidenced by the multiple holes dug in the back yard and the several successful escape attempts over the past week or two.
2. The search for audios on KU when I need a quick fix is getting harder and harder.
Therefor in light of these discoveries, I have started a list of KU audio’s that I super enjoyed and hope that I can con some of you guys to into pointing me in the direction of more, and also we over the last couple days have gotten in some good long walks with the boys, and I got pictures…
I also got some pictures of my husband and his idea of “walking the dogs.” I can see now why one of the wagon wheels are bent….
Either way with the walks and the chores I got in some audio and snuck in some reading time (hiding in the bathroom). Here are a couple new reviews:
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Really I’m thinking 3.5 for this continuation because I was on the cusp of loving it, honestly, I’m just ready for some end game here. I’m a little discouraged at the end of this book, we need something good for morale. I will say that the addition of certain quirky, sarcastic and charming princely characters really was necessary for some intermittent humor and the occasional pick me up. Though it did turn a little darker, I don’t necessarily agree with others that it was all Alina, honestly I feel like we take a turn after the first book and we are left with almost no hope for a while. Alina spends a lot of this book coming to grips with herself basically, she is still on that “I want a normal life” train for a lot of this book. Despite the Darkling and Nikolai and so many other people really needing her to step up she is clinging to Mal and her old life so hard it gave the book kind of a depressing feel as she battles through that.
In this second book of the GrishaVerse series. Alina and Mal don’t last long on their own. Alina suppressing her power once again begins to turn her back into the sickly wafe she was before she discovered it, and Alina is having a really hard time dealing with some self inflicted guilt over the occurrences in the last book. Recaptured by the Darkling, they soon discover that he has plans to make Alina even more powerful, maybe even into something else, and he has a whole new bag of intimidating tricks. While fighting for the next amplifier, they escape with the help of my new favorite character in this series. The dashing, clever, charming, and entirely ridiculous privateer Sturmhond and his crew of misfits turn the tide on the darkling and help Alina escape, to be taken to his “client.” Agreeing to head back to the kingdom in order to save Ravka, Alina and Mal are shocked and dismayed to find out the Privateers actual identity, Nikolai Lantsov, yadda yadda, etc etc. AKA big fat lying sack of…. ahem. Alina and Nikolai ally up, and the king agrees to let Alina command what is left of the Grisha.. which is a whole lotta headache in itself. They await the Darkling’s next move, while they uncover the identity of a third amplifier and come closer and closer to Alina’s true purpose… albeit maybe too late…..
Though I can’t say we are left on a cliffhanger, truthfully we are left with some shocking information from Alina, and a super uncertain future. Who knows where this adventure is headed next. I do hope Alina comes into some self confidence before the next book and goes ape crap all over some Darkling…. but we shall see…
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The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I need to start off by saying I listened to the audio, which was available on KU, while knocking things off my honey do list. I thought the narrator Rachel Vivette did a great job. She has one of those voices where I spent most of the book trying to figure out what other books I’ve listened to her narrate but couldn’t figure it out lol. I’m not sure if its the story line itself that kept me from loving this or the intense unfairness of this whole situation. I liked the book, it was interesting, had a kind of syfy feel, and was unique, I just couldn’t seem to reconcile the fact that there was some genetic tampering to increase defiance in our FMC, and yet we are just being played like a pawn.
FMC, Ember, discovered at puberty that she is different from everyone else. As soon as she goes to sleep for brief intervals she teleports somewhere else. Starting off in the story, this was a tad confusing and a little jarring because there really isn’t alot of information about this or any backstory really but we slowly get more and more answers as well as uncover all kinds secrets as the plot progresses. Lately during her teleportation episodes she has wound up in strange places with strange and sometimes disturbing written instructions on her person. During one of her more strange episodes she breaks into a safe, and just knows she is going to be busted for it. However, the next day to her astonishment just when she thinks she is going to jail, her mother breaks down and tells her she has been apart of a government program since conception, in fact this program is what caused her conception to even be possible, and now she has to pay for it via military service. Immediately she thinks to run but has no shot against this caliber of military and she finds herself in a group home, military school, type setting with almost no hope of escape, but she has finally found others with abilities like hers. Apparently she has been genetically engineered to be a weapon and now its time to do her thing. As she becomes more oriented to her tasks, she slowly discovers more and more about this program and the people who run it and becomes horrified by some of the things she finds, while at the same time she becomes closer and closer to her “pair” Caden…/sigh. Ember begins playing a dangerous game of discover and expose all the while trying to keep her and Caden from becoming one more file in a growing list of teleporters dead due to “splicing,” and each mission gets more and more dangerous but maybe not as dangerous as home base….
Character wise, though Ember did start to grown on me, I really wasn’t a huge fan of her for a lot of the story. She’s very hostile and negative for most of the story and it comes across as immature at times. Caden on the other hand… comes across as almost too perfect with his super human everything and soft sensitive side… Give the dude some flaws already… geez. Secrets and reveals come a little slow here which had me at the “omg I’mma pull my hair out” stage frequently lol. The story line also didn’t give very much time to really know and develop the characters and relationships due to missions and sleuthing etc. I think I personally, would have been more invested if maybe I had more of that.
All in all, I felt it was an interesting, and pretty entertaining read but it was just missing a little something that really captivated my heart so, to speak. I would, however, like to see where its headed so I’ll probably eventually pick up book 2… but I’m not beating down the book store door.. yet.
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