Sunday, January 8, 2012

W1-2k12 Wrap Up

That title looks like a whole lot of stinky nonsense, doesn't it? Let me break it down for you folks that have a case of the Sundays, and the brain is on sleep mode until Monday.

W1 = Week One
2k12 = Two thousand and twelve AD, CE, or The Years The Mayans Chose For Us To Die
Wrap Up = Yeah, I think you have this one. If not, you can still party with me.

So, this is a new thing (obviously) since the blog is still new. Please, disregard the echo. Unless you like that sort of thing. I suppose this is somewhat like being isolated in the mountains. ::ponders:: Anyways, I need to stay on subject. I'm going to share with you what I read last week, as well as what released that I have read. Don't let that confuse you if you're not a blogger - that just means that I'm a lucky duck that gets a hold of some materials before they come out. Let's do this.

My Week in Review

Is this really in review? Yeah, I guess since I'm reviewing what I read with you. Okay, we'll keep this section title for now. (Don't you just love working through the kinks with me?) Anywho, let's go through what I've read.

This book was on a lot of "Best of 2011" lists, so I decided to see what everyone was raving about. When I wrote my review, I did not go into that much detail. This book would be difficult for me not to spoil. Let me explain my version of "spoil" to you folks who think I don't put very much in my reviews - I don't want to know much about what I read. I just want to know the general idea of what the book is about. I don't even really care if people think it's good or not. I don't need to know that, I have quirky taste. I like having a really fresh perspective going in, and I want to be surprised. Hell, if the book's story revolves on someone dying in the first ten pages, I don't even want to know that much. I am perfectly happy with someone handing me a book, telling me it's about aliens, and walking away. I got this. I'm sure you are already tired of my ranting and want to hear about the book. ::sigh:: Okay.

I really respected Rhine. She was taken from her poverty-stricken home and thrust right into the lap of luxury. However, instead of making the best of a better situation (financially), she wants to go home to her twin brother. Let me say this much - I would stay where I was. Yes, it would suck to share your husband with two other women, but Rhine's brother sounded like a complete asshole. I guess DeStefano did this to fully-flesh the characters and make shades of gray (oh boy, she did), but I would have taken the restrictions on my movements in my mansion over the restrictions of some crappy brother while living in the ghetto. Am I a sell-out? You bet. If I'm going to die in four years, I want to be comfortable, and I want to know that my babies are going to be well taken care of. Think what you will, but I can't imagine preferring being hungry, sleeping with rats, and needing a male relative to walk me to my shitty job over being the lady of the manor. But that's just me, and no one has written any stories about me. Rhine, however, has a trilogy and is fun to read about. I gave this book 4.5/5 stars. Maybe you liked it or will like it, too. Let me know.

I was lucky enough to get this book from NetGalley (I suppose I should do a disclaimer about not getting paid for reviews or whatever, but I would have a nice blog and quit my day job if I did), and I, of course, reviewed it over on Goodreads. I wrote a glowing review of this because it is an absolutely breathtaking book. That being said, it's not for me. The writing was beautiful, the story was good, and I read it in a day. I could not put it down. I want to read the sequel, but it's just not my favorite book. Honestly, I can't tell you why. To be honest, I am half terrified to say anything against it. ::looks over shoulder for angry authors:: I'm not going to beat this in the ground, but I'm sure a few of you know what I'm talking about. 

This book releases on January 24, 2012.

Yes, I am well aware this is not a book. It is a short story prequel to Cinder, Meyer's book that was released last week (and can be found below). Since I read it, I wrote a little review of it, but I didn't say much. It was a nice companion story, and it would have served its purpose of drawing me straight to Cinder if I had not read already. If you've read neither Cinder or Glitches, I recommend them both. And read them in whatever order you would like - I don't feel like I lost anything by reading Glitches second.

Umm, so, can I have Scarlet yet?

As a history major, I love historical fiction. I have absolutely no hesitation in calling Gregory's The Cousins' War series that. Yes, she is well known for writing historical romance, but her later work really doesn't have the sex and naughty bits that her books about the Tudors are known for. Anyways, this was my splurge read that was not on my "to be reviewed" list, but had been sitting on my other TBR list.

It was a fantastic adult read for me. I have been reading so much young adult stuff lately, so it was refreshing to hit one of my favorite genres. It took me a little longer to read than what I had budgeted for myself (yeah, maybe I savored it a little), but I can start fresh on my other stuff today.

Oh, here is my review.

Week One Releases (January 1-7, 2012)

These are the books that I've read previous to this week, but were not released until this week. If you click on the titles under the picture, it should take you to my reviews of that particular work. I don't think it's going to be my policy to give additional information or snark on these because hopefully they'll be on my Week in Review before coming to the Releases section. So, without any further adieu —

January 2, 2012

Skyfall (Troll Hunters) by Michael Dahl

This book was supposed to be released January 2nd, but the publisher moved the release date. Anyways, I read it and it was a fabulous example of juvenile fiction. I'll link you to my review when I'm sure of when it's coming out. Some things are saying September, so I'd hate to have my stuff up too early.

January 3, 2012

So that was my week in reading. I'm amazed that you made it down far enough to read this sentence. Thanks for stopping by!

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