Neverworld Wake

I read Marisha Pessl’s book, Night Film, in 2014. It was weird. Review here. I remember thinking I liked it though. Or at least I liked the ending, according to my review. So when I saw this one come up and my co-worker endorsed it, I decided to read it.

It was also weird. Shocking, I know. I was trying to explain it to someone and even saying what it was about out loud sounded weird. One of those books where you keep reading just because you need to know what’s happening. Constantly in a state of, what the hell is going on. Sometimes I like this so it caught me at just the right time. If you like weird unexplained supernatural things and unlikable characters, I suggest this book. Or if you liked Everything I Never Told You and that kind of back and forth, you’ll probably like this.

“A mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers… and at life. And so begins the Neverworld Wake.”

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book you borrowed or that was give to you as a gift (borrowed from YA librarian who received it at ALA)

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge : a book recommended by a librarian or indie bookseller (recommended by previously mentioned YA librarian)

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The Perfect Couple

I liked this book a lot. I received a copy from Netgalley. I love Hilderbrand and have read most of her books (here’s a review of one). She tends to release one every summer, great beach reading considering the locale she uses (Nantucket). I’ve also read her Winter Street series and loved it.

This book has a different tone for sure. It starts with a murder. That’s not a spoiler. It happens in the first chapter. She did a good job bringing it together, however I would say that there were a LOT of twists and indiscretions. Too many to be normal. At least I hope normal people don’t have that many affairs. Needless to say, some might find that a bit irritating, the lack of realistic plot twists. But I thought it was entertaining and I would recommend it. Perfect for summer! Goodreads summary below.. Well actually. I was going to post the summary but ironically the summary is wrong. It says the death is the bride-to-be and it’s not. So.. we’ll skip that. Get it together Goodreads.

Happy 4th!

 

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Lit Chat 10

I haven’t Lit Chatted in awhile! So here we go.

If you could be in a literary relationship who / where / what book?

I LOVE the All Souls trilogy. The first book is Discovery of Witches. I would most definitely be in a relationship in that book. I would be friends with Diana or BE Diana and be with Matthew. I love it. He’s possessive, yes, but it’s okay. I’d deal. It’s also a book I re-read every year in October for a real time reading i.e. the day the events are happening in the book is the day you read that chapter(s). This book is also a book I would love to see turned into a movie and IT IS! It’s becoming a tv series in England, hopefully coming to the US next year. So many feels towards this book.

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The Ensemble

   

I can’t stop looking at this cover. It is so beautiful. The best. I received this book from Netgalley and had to check out the real copy because I wanted to see the cover in person. I should find the artist and see if I can buy a print..

Well anyway. The book is just as good as the cover y’all. SO great! I loved it. I finished it in a day. I loved the characters and the slow burn of their lives in the quartet. (I like books with a slow burn and minimal climaxes). I can’t say that I understand a lot about chamber music but the writing felt very lyrical when she was talking about their music. If you know anything about violins or cellos, you might get more out of those parts and enjoy it even more. Such a great book. Multiple POVs. Fast read! I also LOVED this section about love.

“Love is inexact, Henry said. It is not a science. It is barely a noun. It means one thing to one person, and one thing to another. It means one thing to one person at one point and then something else at another point. It doesn’t make sense… I love you, it’s a mystery. Because it’s a mystery, we have to take care of it. Feed it. It can’t go missing, but we can’t tie it up. We can only tie it to someone else. Other people. The the world is like this : full of the geometry of my rope tied to you, and to you, and yours tied to him, and to her, and hers to someone else. I love you, it’s a mystery.”

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Sleeping Giants

Finished! I liked it. A girl falls into a giant crater with and lands in a huge iron hand. Twenty years later she’s working to figure out what this hand is, what it connects to and how Earth can use it. It’s written in interviews, notes and paperwork which makes reading quick. I like how Neuvel still figures out a way to have you get inside the characters heads even though its not first person. It was very interesting. I would definitely finish the other two (if I didn’t have so many other things to read) and I may still. I have books two and three, because the whole trilogy has been released, so maybe I’ll go back and finish.

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Reading now..

I’m reading so many things right now. I wish I had a photo of my TBR pile. You’d faint. Most of them I haven’t even opened. But, the ones I’m currently 100+ pages into are..

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. I thought I was going to use this book for BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge science fiction book by a female author with a female lead but alas, Sylvain is a man. Damn him! It is a trilogy, and the third book just came out so I feel good about starting it. I hate starting trilogies that aren’t complete and then having to wait. Like Scythe. WHY?!

My Lady Jane is written by lots of people. I’m listening to this on audio and it is hi-lar-ious. The reader is so funny and really goes all out with her dramatic reading. I think I would like this less if I wasn’t listening to it, it needs the voices. I find the story to be hilarious and I can’t wait to read more about Jane Grey afterwards to see what’s really true. Because (shocker) I’m not aware of this part of England’s history. I picked this up because I want to read the second in this series, although not really a series because they stories don’t continue with the same characters. I have a feeling I’ll like the second one even more, My Plain Jane, because it’s about Jane Eyre. And I actually know that story. Very well actually.

  

These last two I haven’t started yet. But I heard about them on Tuesday’s All the Books. They came out this past Tuesday. And they sound great. Visible Empire is about a real historical event in Georgia where 100 prominent individuals died and that aftermath. We are Gathered is about a wedding from the perspective of the guests. I love weddings and multiple POVs so I think that’s a guaranteed win.

Last, I have The President is Missing. I’m not sure there’s ever been a James Patterson book where the second author’s name is the same size as his. That’s all I’m saying.

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Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

I requested Clock Dance from Netgalley *bows thanks to Netgalley*

I confuse Anne Tyler and Ann Patchett sometimes. Is that weird? Not because their writing is similar, but because their names get mixed up in my head. And then half way through I’m like, this is not like her. And then I realize I’m thinking of the wrong author.

Anyway. The beginning of this book felt like Some Luck by Jane Smiley, which I love! You are following a character quickly through time and jumping decades. She’s just a slow burn, moving through the decades without dramatic plots or events.  So at first I was thinking, this is going to be great. But then, there was a semi-dramatic plot event. And that’s where the book focused. I didn’t even like the plot twist. It seemed so unusual. However, I like how Willa grew as a character and that she ended up finding herself and what she wanted without other’s influence. Along with Jane Smiley, I’d say it’s also similar to Stewart O’Nan or Kent Haruf.

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