Book Review: Angelfall

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Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)Angelfall by Susan Ee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

HOLY SCHNIKES! Wow.

Penryn isn’t some seventeen year old with problems, like: who is going to take her to the prom, and why doesn’t she have an iPhone. She’s got problems along the lines of: did my schizophrenic mother take her meds today, and I could really use my dad’s help with my wheelchair-bound little sister in this third story apartment-but he’s abandoned us. And that’s BEFORE the angel apocalypse.

Even after all that, Penryn sees the humanity in her enemy, the one that was cut down by other enemies, the angels. Not at first, no, but once she decides to use his severed wings as bait to find the ‘nest’ of angels that took her little sister. Then, she begins to see what the angels have taken from him as well, and together they work their way towards the aerie. Guarded feelings do emerge, and since the story is told from Penryn’s POV, we never fully learn Raffe’s misgivings.

Disclaimer: I don’t read strictly horror, same as I don’t read strictly romance.

Of course, you can’t really have an apocalypse without some horrific things going on, but wow. The author flashes horrific scenes throughout the first two-thirds of the book, but that still doesn’t prepare you for the last third.

Someone needs to talk to goodreads about half-stars, because this one would certainly get 4.5. I rarely read books quickly, but this one was DEVOURED. I’m glad I have the next one already and will begin reading it ASAP.

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Book Review: Red Rising

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Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1)Red Rising by Pierce Brown

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wanted to like this book. Maybe I read what I wanted in the summary, but this wasn’t what I expected at all. Nor what I wanted to read… at all. I wasn’t disappointed in the storytelling, it just wasn’t the story I prefer to read.

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Book Review: The Martian

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The Martian
The Martian by Andy Weir
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I first described this book to someone, I said it was Don Cheadle’s character from the Mission to Mars movie. Without aliens. But it’s more like MacGuyver in the Castaway movie. On Mars.

This book is SMART. Meaning, this author is a NERD. And not your self-proclaimed fandom-type nerd, we’re talking astrophysics AS A HOBBY nerd. Mark Watney (character) is a SMARTASS. So, the author (Andy Weir) is probably a smartass too, which is all good.

I have absolutely no complaints about this book (I literally just typed “movie” and had to replace it with “book”). Okay, just one complaint. Everyone was too awesome. Even the country of China was awesome. Only one time did someone voice their hesitation about risking the lives of the other astronauts to go back and save Watney and he got called names and overruled. When everyone is a Maverick, is it called a Maverii?

Back to the movie thought… I know it’s been optioned already. Just found out that Matt Damon is going to play Watney. Where does the line start?

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Book Review: The Cowboy’s Sexy Songbird

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The Cowboy's Sexy Songbird
The Cowboy’s Sexy Songbird by Christy Hammond
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As a South Dakota publisher, I am committed to reading local authors, no matter the genre. I am not a fan of romance novels, but this was a charming book. I was expecting something a little more contemporary based on the cover, but it didn’t take much to switch gears to a wilder Colorado. The first of a series, I’m sure Rose and Daisy will get themselves into even more precarious situations the next go-round.

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Book Review: Eating Sarah

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Eating Sarah
Eating Sarah by Jaret Martens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received an ARC from Immortal Ink for a review of Eating Sarah. I did not meet their deadline, however, so I bought a copy. 1) out of guilt, and 2) because I have a difficult time reading pdfs on the Kindle.

Firstly… LOVED the concept of this book. A cannibal has a change of heart? Doesn’t want to eat her prey anymore? Maybe even likes the person she’s supposed to eat? WOW.

But the titular character is a little too wishy-washy to root for. Her resolve lasts the length of a page (or a click of the button, as the case may be). During her greatest moments of peril, I hoped. I wanted her misery to end, but I also wanted mine to end as well.

The writing was very good. Jaret will certainly be one to watch. The epilogue of Eating Sarah hinted at a sequel, but I’d like to see him explore that world from a different angle.

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Book Review: Write Every Day: How to Write Faster, and Write More

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Write Every Day: How to Write Faster, and Write More
Write Every Day: How to Write Faster, and Write More by Cathy Yardley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The audiobook had some good tips, but I think I would’ve been better served with a print copy. Cathy has a website, rockyourwriting.com, that I think would be a great resource to refer to.

This is good tool for when I need to coach a writer.

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Book Review: The Cuckoo’s Calling

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The Cuckoo's Calling
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really wish that I could have an unbiased opinion about this book, rather, the book written by THIS author. It’s impossible. I would’ve liked to discover and read Robert Galbraith’s book, but I read JK Rowling’s book, so my glasses are naturally rose-colored.

I loved it. I loved the cursing. I loved that Cormoran was chubby. I loved that Robin loved working for Cormoran despite her fiancĂ©e’s wishes because she was GOOD at it and she LOVED it, not because the money was good or there was any opportunity for advancement. I loved the whole story and how Lula’s family paralleled Cormoran’s in a way. I loved the whodunit, and had no idea until the very end when it all fell into place perfectly.

I guessed, of course. I thought they were perfect guesses, too, the one where the author thinks they’ve pulled one over on you but you saw right through it. Then again, I started to guess that everyone had done it, just so I could guess right. Wrong.

Perfect. I’m probably going to listen to The Silkworm next.

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