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Precious Stone trilogy

I finished the Precious Stone trilogy. I had no idea it was called that until two seconds ago but I wrote about book one, Ruby Red, last week and I finished books two and three this week! I actually read Ruby Red in 2011 but went back to read it recently because all 3 books are out now. They weren’t back then and I don’t like waiting.

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Aren’t these covers divine? I adore them. Sapphire Blue is book 2 and Emerald Green is book 3. I read them both within a few days so I can’t remember what happens in each individually but basically, Gwyneth has found out she’s a time traveler in book 1. In book 2 she starts traveling with her cohort, Gideon, the male time traveler with the gene. Their alliance is run by a man named Count Saint-German, someone Gwyn has been told not to trust. She soon finds out why, with the help of her time traveling cousin (or is she) and her best friend. I won’t get into specifics of what their goal is because it’s too complicated to explain but eventually Gideon and Gwyneth work together to sabotage the Count’s plan, and they also fall in love. Of course. Because it’s a YA novel. Thankfully, there is not a love triangle. I highly recommend these books to anyone who likes YA and wants a good time travel / historical feel. I listened to them on audio, one from Audible and the others from Libby / Overdrive / Hoopla. The reader is great.

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : the next book in a series you started (Sapphire Blue)

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book about time travel (Emerald Green)

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Pines by Blake Crouch

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This was another book from Audible’s first book in a series sale. I bought Ruby Red from that sale and decided to try out Pines because a lot of people in my Facebook Book Club have raved about it. I read Dark Matter last year and liked most of it (except the ending), it’s the same author, so I figured it buying it to see if I like it wouldn’t be a shot in the dark.

Pines is actually very similar to Dark Matter. Ethan, a secret service agent, is sent to find out where / how his old partner disappeared. He gets into a car accident, the other agent who was driving dies in this accident, and ends up in a small weird town called Wayward Pines in Idaho. Turns out this town is super weird and everyone is happy and cagey. They eat real food, not processed, and their money is from the 50s. Ethan meets someone who tries to help him, her name is Brenda, and after they talk everything gets much weirder. Is it the past? Future? Why won’t the let Ethan leave the town or call his family?

This is a trilogy but I think the end of book one ties up nicely and since I wasn’t in love with it I won’t read it. I also heard that book 3 is very violent / graphic and I’m not about that. So I don’t see the need to finish. It was also made into a show on Fox titled Wayward Pines. I checked it out and hated it within the first 5 minutes. I do not recommend the show at all.

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Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

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I just finished Ruby Red, again. It was on sale on Audible for $4.99 a few weeks ago when they were having a sale for first books in a series. I had previously read it in 2011 (post here about how I was excited for book 2) and I received the advanced reader copy at ALA that year so I even own book 2!

Ruby Red is a German translation about Gwyneth, a sixteen year old in London who finds out she’s a time traveler! Her cousin, Charlotte, was the supposed ‘chosen one’ for the time traveling gene in her family but it turns out that was a mistake. Gwyneth knows nothing about time travel or the circle of time travelers she’s meant to meet in the past with the help of her traveling companion, Gideon. Everything in this story happens within the span of 2-5 days and book 2, Sapphire Blue, picks up exactly where book 1 ends, which I like. Because it’s so quick in time it also reads very quickly. I’m shoving on to book 2 right now, immediately so I don’t stall and crash like I did in 2011. I’m listening and have the print book at my house as a back up if I become enthralled. On a positive note, book 3, Emerald Green, has already been released whereas if I read them in 2011 I would have had to wait.

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge : a in translation

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book with alliteration in the title

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Lit Chat 5

More Lit Chat! This is a good one. I had to go deep into my Goodreads shelves but I think I found my answers.

What book would you recommend for a broken heart? What book would you recommend to someone falling in love?

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Okay. I couldn’t decide between these two. I feel like Me Before You isn’t quite right because it could also be considered a falling in love book. Spoiler alert : I picked it because of the ending. Whatever happened to you in your break up can NOT be worse than what happens to Louisa. It has to make you feel better about your own break up. But leading up to the ending might make you feel worse. So then I thought maybe A Little Life would be a good choice because that whole book will make you feel better about your life. Everything in A Little Life is horrible. More horrible than any break up. THE WORST! It has to make you feel better about yourself. HAS TO.

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One Day is such a falling in love book. It is not easy, it is not quick. It is real love spanning decades, fights, good and bad. I loved this book and the characters. I loved how real it was. It was made into a movie with Anne Hathaway! I never saw it, but if you have an enjoyed it let me know and I’ll check it out. Books you should not read when falling in love are true romance books. Do not read those. Because that is not how love works and you will just be sorely disappointed.

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Lit Chat 4

I’ve been slacking on my Lit Chat posts. Apparently once a week is too much for me. So maybe the prompts will last two years instead of one! 🙂

What book would you love to see as a movie or TV series? Pick your dream cast.

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The Night Circus. I absolutely want The Night Circus to be a movie. Immediately. Or a TV series. I don’t care which. The movie rights were bought in 2011 by Summit Entertainment so it is possible, but it’s been over 7 years so… It is SO magical and there are so many scenes that are begging to be visualized on the screen. The tents alone could have their own episodes. I’m not so good with celebrities, I don’t watch many movies actually, so I can’t say who should be cast.

I could have also picked Discovery of Witches but that IS becoming a TV show. In fact, the wrapped this week I think. Here’s a quick 20 second trailer.

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The End We Start From

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I grabbed this book because it was short and would easily fit in my carry on. I did not take it with me, I read it on my couch in about 1.5 hours. I was sick and only had enough attention span for 137 pages. I was worried I would fall asleep if I read something that needed me to focus. After finishing, I saw someone describe this book as beautiful and frustratingly sparse. I agree. It was so quick and lacked so much but didn’t seem that way at the same time. Read it so you can pretend you know what I’m talking about. Typical prose in an end of the world Great Britain.

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge : a book you can read in a day

BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge : a one-sitting book

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Alternate Side by Anna Quindlen

You guys, I have been deathly ill. No, I did not have the flu. I had a head cold that required the assistance of steroids. STEROIDS! How do those two things even relate?

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Somehow, I finished a book during this. I love Anna Quindlen (previous book review here) and when I saw her new book on Netgalley I scooped it up. Alternate Side is all about a dead end street in New York City and the families that live there. Specifically Nora and Charlie and their fraternal twins, Rachel and Oliver. I guess I was so excited to read this that I didn’t look at the summary when I requested it because I was shocked at the turning point on the block. Something bad happens and the ripples from that event change Nora, her home, her family, her job and her marriage. Basically everything. Through all of this though Nora and Quindlen are writing a love letter to New York City. After the event, and even before, Charlie wants to leave the city. Nora refuses. It is her city. She can’t fathom leaving and being herself somewhere else. This is what I loved most. I loved the characters and the story but because I love NYC so much I basically loved all the praise towards it. So beautifully written.

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book with characters who are twins

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge : a book by a favorite author

BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge : a book with a cover you hate – I do hate this cover. The whole location of the book revolves around Nora living on a dead end street in New York City. A lot of the plot surrounds this. And yet the cover, what I assume to be a street diagram, does not display a dead end street anywhere. It could be a road map to anything. I do not like it. One bit.

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