Stacking The Shelves [18] June 17th

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


This week I have been good and requested only a couple of books on Edelweiss.
I got one of the two so I am very happy. It should be quite different from the books I have read in the past, so I am excited.


Edelweiss

The Genius Plague
by David Walton

What if the pandemic you thought would kill you made you more intelligent instead? In the Amazon jungle, a disease is spreading. To those who survive, it grants enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. But the miracle may be the sinister survival mechanism of a fungal organism, manipulating the infected into serving it.
Paul Johns, a mycologist, is convinced the fungal host is the next stage of human evolution, while his brother Neil, an analyst at the NSA, is committed to its destruction. Is the human race the master in this symbiotic relationship, or are we becoming the pawns of a subtly dominating and utterly alien intelligence?

This sounds like a completely different take on apocalyptic literature and I am very curious about how the author approached this idea.


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read this book or do you plan to?

Are you excited about reading any particular books you got this week?

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Stacking The Shelves [17] June 10th

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


Well, this week was a lot more productive in terms of piling up e-books!
It started with the author gifting me the fourth book in the Lake of Sins series, which I highly recommend as it is amongst my top YA books (and I am so picky with that genre) and then I managed to grab a couple more gems from Netgalley.


Author

Betrayal (Lake of Sins, #4)

Betrayal (Lake of Sins, #4)
by L.S. O’Dea

Not only does Hugh have to figure out how to win this war when there are dangers everywhere—the River-Men, the Protective Services, the Brush-Men, Cold Creepers, etc—but he also has to fight his growing attraction to Trinity because soon he’s going to have to break his word to either Meesus or her – or maybe both of them.

Trinity is confused. She likes Hugh—a lot—but even though she shouldn’t she still has feelings for Jethro. She refuses to believe that the boy she loved is gone, replaced by the man fighting against them.

Jethro is struggling with his new life. He is an Almighty. He shouldn’t be attracted to Trinity but he is, searching the bars for look-a-likes. He loves the forest but he’s tired of killing although part of him seems born to it. As the call of the wild in his blood grows stronger where will his loyalties fall?

The author was kind enough to send me the ARC of her most recent addition to the Lake of Sins series, due to be published in July 10th. I am quite looking forward to it, I have enjoyed the other books quite a lot.


Netgalley ARC

An Uncertain Grace

An Uncertain Grace
by Krissy Kneen

Some time in the near future, university lecturer Caspar receives a gift from a former student called Liv: a memory stick containing a virtual narrative. Hooked up to a virtual reality bodysuit, he becomes immersed in the experience of their past sexual relationship. But this time it is her experience. What was for him an erotic interlude, resonant with the thrill of seduction, was very different for her – and when he has lived it, he will understand how.

Later…

A convicted paedophile recruited to Liv’s experiment in collective consciousness discovers a way to escape from his own desolation.

A synthetic boy, designed by Liv’s team to ‘love’ men who desire adolescents, begins to question the terms of his existence.

L, in transition to a state beyond gender, befriends Liv, in transition to a state beyond age.

Liv herself has finally transcended the corporeal – but there is still the problem of love.

An Uncertain Grace is a novel in five parts by one of Australia’s most inventive and provocative writers. Moving, thoughtful, sometimes playful, it is about who we are – our best and worst selves, our innermost selves – and who we might become.

This sounds really thought-provoking and at the same time quite imaginative. I am looking forward to seeing what this blend has produced.


The Curing Begins... (Condition, #2)

The Curing Begins… (Condition, #2)
by Alec Birri

The second in a dystopian trilogy based on the author’s command of a top secret government unit.

If Orwell’s 1984 was a warning, we’re not listening.

What if all brain disorders were treatable? Few would lament the passing of dementia or autism, but what if the twisted mind of a sex-offender or murderer could be cured too? Or how about a terrorist or maybe a political extremist? What if we could all be ‘corrected’?

Discovering an infamous Nazi doctor conducted abortions in Argentina after the Second World War may not come as a surprise, but why was the twisted eugenicist not only allowed to continue his evil experiments, but encouraged to do so? And what has that got to do with a respected neurologist in 2027? Surely the invention of a cure for nearly all the world’s ailments can’t possibly have its roots buried in the horrors of Auschwitz?

The unacceptable is about to become the disturbingly bizarre. What has the treatment’s ‘correction’ of pedophiles got to do with the President of the United States, the Pope and even the UK’s Green Party?

As if the CONDITION trilogy wasn’t unsettling enough…

I had requested book 1 and was afraid it would end in a cliffhanger so I am glad I got to snatch book 2. With any luck I will complete the trilogy from Netgalley. While I am wary I will not like the first book, I do prefer to read all books in a trilogy to form a complete opinion.


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read this book or do you plan to?

Are you excited about reading any particular books you got this week?

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Movies I Really Want to Watch [3]

Greetings, everyone!

I didn’t not go to the movies as often as I wanted but I still managed to watch four in this last month and a half (sorry for the late post, guys):

Get Out
The Circle
Viral

Alien: Covenant

And here are only two films I am looking forward to the most during the next month-ish.


Black Butterfly

Black Butterfly

Outside a mountain town grappling with a series of abductions and murders, Paul (Antonio Banderas), a reclusive writer, struggles to start what he hopes will be a career-saving screenplay.

I miss watching a good thriller and this one seems to have all the right ingredients!
These two seem to perform so well in their roles as well, very excited to see it.


3 Generations

3 Generations

After Ray decides to transition from female to male, Ray’s mother, Maggie, must come to terms with the decision while tracking down Ray’s biological father to get his legal consent.

Check out that cast! Elle Fanning has been blowing me away with her performance lately and I am looking forward to seeing Susan Sarandon Again, not to mention Naomi Watts.
This is not an easy subject and I am a bit wary as to how well Fanning will perform in particular, as well as whether the comedy aspect will be stretched a bit far, but we’ll see.

 


Please let me know if you watched any of these and let me know what you thought – no spoilers, though!

Stacking The Shelves [16] June 3rd

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


Perhaps you noticed I didn’t post STS last week; that’s because I actually did not any books to my shelves during that entire week. Work has kept me busy so I was not been able to browse for books which had the upside of slowly but steadily building my Netgalley feedback rate.

This week I managed to get only one new book so I’d say I am on a good path to get closer to the elusive 80% rate!


Netgalley ARC

The Child by Fiona Barton

The Child
by Fiona Barton

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn house by house into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women and torn between what she can and cannot tell.


And that’s it for this week!

Have you read this book or do you plan to?

Are you excited about reading any particular books you got this week?

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Tackling the TBR [5]: June 2017

Note: The covers link to GR book page.

Click the image to go to The Obsessive Bookseller

Click to go to The Obsessive Bookseller


However you put together your TBR for the next month, the goal is to reduce the amount of obligation in reading and increase the fun.

Here’s a look at how the system works:

1. Identify the titles that take top priority in your TBR.
2. Combine them all in your own Tackling the TBR post.
3. Throughout the month pick from that pile as the mood strikes you.


Luckily I did not add too many books to my pile last month so I am slowly gaining control over my TBR pile.

I need to catch up on my paperbacks, which I plan to do this week since I will be away from work, yay!

Looking forward to some quality reading time and lots of peace and quiet.


June 2017 TBR Tackler Shelf:

The Things We Thought We Knew by Mahsuda Snaith

The Things We Thought We Knew
by Mahsuda Snaith

Lying to Children by Alex Shahla

Lying to Children
by Alex Shahla

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer

Borne
by Jeff VanderMeer

CONDITION - Book One: A Medical Miracle? by Alec Birri

CONDITION – Book One: A Medical Miracle?
by Alec Birri

Narcissism for Beginners - A Novel by Martine McDonagh

Narcissism for Beginners – A Novel
by Martine McDonagh

Quinsey Wolfe's Glass Vault (Glass Vault #1) by Candace Robinson

Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault (Glass Vault #1)
by Candace Robinson


Tackler Carry-overs:

Girl Last Seen by Nina Laurin

Girl Last Seen
by Nina Laurin

The Ghost of Robert Brown: A Mystery Novel by P. Wish

The Ghost of Robert Brown: A Mystery Novel
by P. Wish

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays
by Elan Mastai

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (

Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica

Every Last Lie
by Mary Kubica

Red Ribbons (Dr. Kate Pearson #1) by Louise Phillips

Red Ribbons (Dr. Kate Pearson #1)
by Louise Phillips

 The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern

 The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
by Claire North

Seven Suspects by Renee James

Seven Suspects
by Renee James

Elle by Philippe Djian

Elle
by Philippe Djians

The Fear by Rae Louise

The Fear
by Rae Louise

When I Wake Up by Jessica Jarlvi

When I Wake Up
by Jessica Jarlvi

Don't Wake Up by Liz Lawler

Don’t Wake Up
by Liz Lawler

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2)
by Ransom Riggs

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3)

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3)
by Ransom Riggs

Holding: A Novel by Graham Norton

Holding: A Novel
by Graham Norton

May 2017 Wrap-Up

May was such a full month. Maybe because of that I was beginning to wonder if it would ever end!

A lot of responsibilities at work but also chances to unwind and relax so overall a good one.

They were all pretty long books, most over 400 pages, and the last one dragged on, so even though I had hoped to squeeze in one more read I think I did pretty well regardless, considering how crazy it has been at work.

AND I reached my Netgalley & Edelweiss challenge goal, woohoo!

May was pretty darn awesome.


Summary:

Total Books Read: 7

Longest Read: The Follower and The Teacher’s Secret (432 pages)

Shortest Read: Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) (320 pages)

Book of the Month: Waking Gods (Themis Files #2)

Favourite Cover:

Challenges Progress:

GoodReads: 40/52

British Books Challenge: 22/12

2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss: 35/35


May Books:

 

I began the month with The Marsh King’s Daughter, by Karen Dionne and boy, what a start.

Reading about a woman who spent her childhood growing up in the marsh with a man who abducted her mother at 14 was never going to be easy but I really appreciate what the author managed to accomplish with this book. It is quite profound and I recommend it if you are able to deal with some pretty heavy stuff.

I rated it 4.25/5 stars.

 

Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig was such a tender and emotional story about an autistic teenager with a huge heart who never ever lies with her mouth. It’s amazing what difference a few nods will do in her life.

I think this novel accurately addressed the stress dealing with such a person can be and also the amazing potential they have to love and be loved.

I rated it 4.25/5 stars.

 

I moved on to The Follower, by Koethi Zan.

I found it dragged on and I could not take to any of the characters. I did not find them interesting nor was invested in finding out what happened to them. There were a few engaging snippets but overall I don’t really recommend it.

I rated it 2/5 stars.

 

The Darkest Lies by Barbara Copperthwaite had the potential to be an amazing, heartbreaking story but I feel it tried to be too much in one book and that it dragged on, so I didn’t much enjoy it…

I rated it 2.75/5 stars.

 

Waking Gods (Themis Files #2), by Sylvain Neuvel was SO good, even better than the first book.

I was not keen on a couple of things but it didn’t put much of a dent on my overwhelmed enjoyment. I highly recommend this series.

I rated it 4.5/5 stars.

 

My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood was interesting enough but I was annoyed by the main character and tired due to the twist and turns the book would constantly take. I actually found the reveal interesting, though partly expected, so that I finished the book more intrigued than during the first half or so.

I rated it 3.5/5 stars.

 

I struggled with The Teacher’s Secret, by Suzanne Leal because there were too many characters and the pace was slow.

Still the book was well written, and if you can keep up with the pace it will be an enjoyable read, just don’t expect major twists.

I rated it 2.5/5 stars.

 

 


Where I got the books:

Edelweiss

  • The Marsh King’s Daughter

 

Netgalley

  • The Original Ginny Moon
  • The Follower
  • The Darkest Lies
  • Waking Gods (Themis Files #2)
  • My Sister’s Bones
  • The Teacher’s Secret

 

Movie Reviews:

 

Features:

 

Reblogs:

  • International Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway
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    Other Posts in May:

     


    How was May for you?
    Do you have a Wrap-up post? Please link it below!

    Stacking The Shelves [15] May 20th

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    Stacking The Shelves is hosted at Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


    Oh wow, where the heck did last week go??
    I didn’t even manage to get on my home computer until 5 minutes ago. That means I didn’t even browsed Netgalley catalogue, let alone Eldeweiss’. Therefore, the only book I added to my shelf wasn’t even one I had requested, the publisher gave me access to it out of the blue. Quite a pleasant surprise, ey?

    Hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!


    Netgalley ARC

    Here and Gone by Haylen Beck

    Here and Gone
    by Haylen Beck

    Here and Gone is a gripping, wonderfully tense suspense thriller about a mother’s desperate fight to recover her stolen children from corrupt authorities.. It begins with a woman fleeing through Arizona with her kids in tow, trying to escape an abusive marriage. When she’s pulled over by an unsettling local sheriff, things soon go awry and she is taken into custody. Only when she gets to the station, her kids are gone. And then the cops start saying they never saw any kids with her, that if they’re gone than she must have done something with them… Meanwhile, halfway across the country a man hears the frenzied news reports about the missing kids, which are eerily similar to events in his own past. As the clock ticks down on the search for the lost children, he too is drawn into the desperate fight for their return.

    As I mentioned I didn’t actually request this one, I was invited by the publisher to read it and since it adds to my Netgalley pile I intend to read it but it is not a priority right now. I will save it to when I am not so tired of these sorts of thrillers.


    And that’s it for this week!

    Have you read this book or do you plan to?

    Are you excited about reading any particular books you got this week?

    Please comment below and if you have a STS post please post it in comments.