Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
Published May 17, 2016
Summary on Goodreads
I can’t decide if this was a cute book or not.  It definitely touched on some cute topics like the romance between Marshall and Waverly but it also delved into a lot of more sensitive topics like drugs, depression, etc.  However, the ending was nice and cute so I guess that’s always a good thing.

Honestly, for the characters, I wasn’t particularly a fan for either Marshall or Waverly.  They both had a lot of faults, more so with Waverly than Marshall.  Waverly was such a robot at times and refused to let others see the real her but she never really gave any reasoning behind it.  Her “best friend”, Maribeth or whatever, was never treated as her best friend nor did Maribeth treat her as a best friend but then they had a weird best friend blow out at the end so that was really odd.  I didn’t really understand her issues but she certainly had a lot of them.  Her issues seemed to be stemmed from her as a person and it also seemed that it was self-inflicted so I couldn’t really connect nor could I sympathize with her. 

With Marshall, his problems tended to be around his family which, in turn, affected him.  It wasn’t something that he wanted but as a kid, he also couldn’t do much about it.  So, for me, it was a lot easier to understand where he was coming from and why he had the problems that he did.  Also, at the end of the day, he had a good and sweet side to him.  Honestly, I thought he was too good for Waverly – I just don’t see what he saw in her.

Another thing I didn’t really understand was the whole fantasy behind it.  I mean, Waverly goes to sleep and ends up with Marshall and somehow he is the only one who can see/touch/hear her.  It’s pretty cool but I feel like the author completely overlooked this aspect and didn’t answer any questions.  How did this happen?  Why did this happen?  Why is there randomly a magical element in this book that is seemingly otherwise considered as a realistic contemporary YA fiction?  So, what is the purpose of this part?  And it was weird how Waverly/Marshall didn’t really wonder about it too much.  It was as if they just took it for granted and continued on their every day life during the day.  Honestly, it was quite bizarre.

Even though the plot itself was kinda cute but overall with the characters, it was just okay.  I can’t decide if I would recommend it because there are certainly better books out there that’s more worth your time but this wasn’t too bad.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Video Review: Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson

Perfect Little World by Kevin Wilson
Published January 24, 2017
Summary on Goodreads

Check out our new Video Book Review that I did on our new YouTube channel, Shut Up & Read.  You will see that we have already published a few videos that are all book related from book reviews to compare & contrast and more!


Friday, April 21, 2017

Video Review: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Published June 26, 2014
Summary on Goodreads

Very psyched to showcase another Video Book Review that I did on our new YouTube channel, Shut Up & Read.  You will see that we have already published a few videos that are all book related from book reviews to compare & contrast and more!


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Published January 5, 2016
Summary on Goodreads

This was a book that I actually stayed up for mainly because I finally got to the point where things started to get interesting (about halfway) and then I just had to finish it.  In a way, I understand where Mercedes was coming from – the whole teaching thing and letting the guys give their girlfriends that special first time.  I mean, everyone knows that the first time certainly isn’t the best so I guess Mercedes took it upon herself to teach them so it could really be special.  However, there was also a lot of things that I was quite concerned about.

I do believe that Mercedes (or Mercy) truly tried to do her best and offer up her services whether or not it was tutoring for chemistry or sex but she definitely gave it her all.  However, I do think that she started to lose sight of herself especially in the sex area.  Plus, she even realized it herself and started to have that quasi-mental breakdown.  There was a reason why she had those rules and once she started to forget the rules or break them, that’s when things started to go south.  She should have stuck by them or just stopped completely.  But I think, at that point, she wasn’t doing it to help anyone but herself.

Honestly though, I’m pretty sure the reason why Mercy was so messed up was because of her mom.  I have literally never read or heard of a mom who was quite like Kim.  She basically encouraged her teenage daughter to have sex and would ask her why she’s not bringing any guys over.  Also, there was that one scene where she clearly knew this guy and Mercy was in her bedroom and she pretty much just left, giving them ample time to continue.  She was, by far, the worst mom in YA literature ever.  Actually, the worst mom in any account ever.  Not only did she encourage her to have sex, she never did anything motherly for her and barely cared about where she was at any given time.  And with rules so lax and a LOT of sexual encouragements, no wonder Mercy had sex with almost 20 guys and was only 17 years old.  Maybe I’m just super sheltered but that’s just shocking to me. 

And with the lack of parental affection, it’s also a no brainer why Mercy herself had trouble trusting and relying on anyone.  She wanted full control hence the whole teaching the virgin guys and why she kept turning a certain someone down.  She couldn’t deal with the emotions that came with relationships because she herself was never taught how to deal with it properly. 

Even though there were a few concepts in this book that I questioned; however, I still found it really interesting.  I’m also not at all surprised when everything literally fell apart because with that kind of thing going on, someone is bound to make a mistake and spill the beans to the wrong person.  Or that someone else will overhear it.  Mercy really should have capped it at a smaller number because everyone knows that the more people know, the less likely it’ll be a secret.  And as the saying goes “the only way to really keep is a secret is if everyone else is dead”. 

Overall, fabulous books.  The beginning was a little slow in the uptake but once the going started going, it was hard to put it down.  The characters were all very well written with actual personalities – not at all cliché, in my opinion.  I also thought the Bible aspect was an interesting take on things.  I would definitely recommend this one.


Monday, April 17, 2017

Blog Tour: Tears of Glass by David Lake + GIVEAWAY

Author: David Lake
Narrator: Fred Filbrich
Release date: Jan. 6, 2017
A failed quarterback, failed husband and failed human being, finds redemption through the music of a failed songwriter. This darkly humorous thriller is based on real events, including the ' Accidental ' deaths of twenty two UK scientists all working on US missile systems. Morgan, a drinking, smoking, womaniser, is drawn to the iconic music of the seventies - Dylan, Carole King, Neil Young, Led Zep - but when he acquires a rejected demo tape by a bluesy pianist, his friends start to meet with bizarre, ' Accidental ' deaths. It eventually dawns that HE is the target . Running to the Californian desert, picking up the inevitable girl en-route, he has no idea that he has stumbled. literally, upon the biggest conspiracy the Intelligence Services have tried to hide since The Wall came down. The contrast between those who rule our lives and those who try to live by the rules, is brought into sharp focus through a collection of disparate characters, all having their own agenda. The underlying darkness of the message is almost totally masked by the nature of the ' Ripping Yarn.' The reader rides a wave of action, humour, pathos, passion, violence and even enlightenment.
Author Bio
David Lake has a background in Science and the Record Industry. Both facets are represented in Tears Of Glass which was first published in 1994 and re-published as an eBook in 2015 "The World's First Interactive Book" according to Publishing News as this is the first book ever to have its own soundtrack as part of the narrative. A number of other 'Firsts 'include the promotion of rock music in English Cathedrals and of launching Vangelis at the Royal Albert Hall. He lives with his family near London. 

Narrator Bio
Fred is a freelance voice talent located in Rochester, New York. With over 25 years experience in broadcasting and 12 years as an independent voice artist, Fred brings a professional touch to clients' productions locally and worldwide. His voice is compelling and highly listenable, and can hold a listener's interest for narrations long and short.
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