Sunday, September 30, 2018

ARC Review: Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
Format: Bound, advance reader's edition
Source: HarperCollins*
My Rating: 


Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD



It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. 

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it. 

On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Murder, abuse, animal abuse, pedophilia, self harm, fat-shaming and violence

First of all, as you can see from my trigger warnings above, this book is messed up and it deals with a lot of uncomfortable topics. If any of these are things that you can't stomach in a book or are just something you are not comfortable reading about I highly advise you consider passing on this one. The book does deal with a murder of child and it goes into graphic details right in the first chapter. I'm not really squeamish and even I thought, "HOLY CRAP!" I found myself more bothered by the graphic animal abuse, and it did make me have to put the book down for a little bit. I also wasn't a big fan of all the fat-shaming when it came to the character of Abby. I liked Abby a lot, and it was really problematic how she was shamed in this book. These things made me rate this book a little lower than I think I normally would have. 

Friday, September 28, 2018

This or That Book Tag


ERK from Musings of a Confuzzled Reader tagged me in this a few weeks ago, but I am just getting to this tag now. Tags always take me a long time to get to, but if you want to tag me in anything feel free to do so!

Series or Standalone?

I do like Standalones but...I also eat up series, so I'm going to say Series!

Magic earned or Magic Born?

This is a real tough one! I think I am going to go with Magic Born.

Enemies to Lovers or Friends to Lovers?

ENEMIES TO LOVERS ALL THE WAY! Although, I do have some issues when there is abuse with this enemy relationship. Looking at you The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. I'm not a fan off the Jude/Carden relationship.

Hilarious Banter or Emotional Ruin?

Banter, duh!

Love Triangle or Insta-love?

I hate both, but maybe insta-love because at least it's only one person.

Keyboard smash names or all the names start with the same letter?

Keyboard smash! All starting with the same letter would make me confused.

Mean Parents or Dead Parents?

Dead parents. I mean it seems to work out for all those Disney movies. LOL!

Supermodel good looks or constantly saying how "plain" they are?

Ugh, the plain thing. Like, WE GET IT, stop talking about it.

Face on cover or typography?

Typography.

Villain turning a little good or hero turning a little bad?

Hmm...this is is a tough one, but I do like a good redemption arc, so I'm saying a Villain turning a little good.

Best friend dies or love interest dies?

This one was hard! I think best friend??

Awesome writing with dull plot or amazing plot with murderously bad writing?

Amazing plot with bad writing. If a plot is boring I DO NOT care.

Cliffhanger or heart-breaking ending?

Uhh...Cliffhanger, but only if the next book is already out. LOL!

Breaking the spine or dog-earing the pages?

Dog-earing isn't that bad! I bought this book myself, I'll do what I want!

Bad boy trope or perfect golden boy trope?

Hm...bad boy!

Feel free to tags yourselves!

Happy Reads Everyone!
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Audiobook Review: Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
Format: Audiobook narrated by Lauren Ezzo
Source: Narrator*
My Rating: 


Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD



Sawkill Girls is a frightening stand-alone contemporary teen horror novel about three girls who take on an insidious monster that preys upon young women. 

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: The newbie. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: The pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: The queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives; a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires. Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight…until now.
I luckily got an advanced copy of the audiobook from the narrator, which my dear friends from Audioshelf got me in contact with. Thanks you guys! Lauren was looking for audiobook reviewers and she supplied a ton of different options, but I decided to go with this one because it seemed like the "right" time of the year to digest a story like this. So huge thanks to Lauren for providing me a copy of the audio in exchange for my review!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Audiobook Review: Star Wars: Most Wanted by Rae Carson

Star Wars: Most Wanted by Rae Carson
Publisher: Audible Audio
Release Date: May 25th, 2018
Format: Audiobook narrated by Saskia Maarleveld
Source: Audible
My Rating: 


Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD



Set before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story! Han and Qi'ra don't have a lot in common other than not having a lot. They're street kids on the industrial planet Corellia, doing whatever it takes to get by, dreaming of something more. They each jump at a chance to prove themselves in the perilous world of Corellia's criminal underbelly, only to discover they are on the same mission for the same unscrupulous boss. When the job goes disastrously wrong, Han and Qi'ra are on the run--from pirates, a droid crime syndicate, the Empire, and their boss--and will have to learn to trust each other if they are going to survive.
To be fully honest, when the Solo movie came out I wasn't that interested in it. I don't really have a reason why, but I saw it and it was better than I expected but I came out of it with a lot more questions. I wanted to know more about Han's childhood friend Qi'ra and the Crimson Dawn, but I didn't get those answers. I didn't really pay attention to the summary of this book, because I definitely went into it thinking I would get more answers about Qi'ra, and we mostly just get her and Han's backstory. Which is fine, but I just wasn't that into it.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books by my Favorite Authors that I STILL Haven't Read

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week's topic is books by your favorite authors that you still haven't read. I feel kind of personally attacked by this topic! Because you know there is going to be some overlap from last week, because I am so bad at reading books when I say I am going to.


Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray

Maybe one day I will actually get to this. To be fair, I AM currently reading one of her books. 


Saint Anything By Sarah Dessen

Come to think of it, I'm pretty behind on all of Dessen's books. I think I haven't read her last three books that have come out.


Clariel By Garth Nix

I'm kinda still undecided if I want to read this prequel by Garth Nix. I also really don't remember what happened in the other books, so maybe it would still be good?


The Impossible Knife of Memory By Laurie Halse Anderson

Anderson is one of my absolute favorite authors, so I have to hang my head in shame that I still haven't read this one from her!


The Darkest Part of the Forest By Holly Black

Holly came to my local indie when she was promoting this book, like two years ago. I have this signed and everything...but still haven't read it. 


From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess By Meg Cabot

This is one that I'm not sure I'll ever read. Not that I think I won't like, I just have a hard time with middle grade, because I am so far away from it. Starting to also have that feeling with YA lately. 


Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

I swore I had this book...but I can't find it on my shelves. I am the actual worst.


Magnus Chase: The Ship of the Dead By Rick Riordan

I will get to this...eventually! I do love the Magnus Chase books a lot. I love a good quest story, I just need the motivation to finish it.


Rogue By Julie Kagawa

Maybe one day I will actually finish a Julie Kagawa series. Today is not that day.


Truly Devious By Maureen Johnson

Okay, I was super hyped about this one, but put it off when I found it it was a series. Johnson has had me wait YEARS between series, so I think I'm just holding off on this one.

What books are on your list today?


Happy Reads Everyone!
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Saturday, September 22, 2018

ARC Review: Super Chill: A Year of Living Anxiously By Adam Ellis

Super Chill: A Year of Living Anxiously By Adam Ellis
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release Date: October 23rd, 2018
Format: Egalley,
Source: Netgalley*
My Rating: 


Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD



From former Buzzfeed illustrator Adam Ellis comes a collection of autobiographical comics that follows a year in the artist’s life.

Adam’s comics deal with weightier topics like seasonal affective disorder and struggles with self-esteem, while also touching on the silly and absurd—like his brief, but intense obsession with crystals. With a bright, positive outlook and a sense of humor, Super Chill tells a story that is both highly relatable and intensely personal.
Okay, here's the thing, I totally was tricked by the title of this graphic novel, and thought it was going to have a more succinct story. Had I not been dumb, and read the summary I would have realized that it's a collection of comics from the author. Comics that don't really transition that well from page to page.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Audiobook Review: Crazy Rich Asians By Kevin Kwan

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Publisher: Books on Tape
Release Date: June 10th, 2013
Format: Audiobook Narrated by Lynn Chen
Source: Audible
My Rating: 
★ 1/2

Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.
When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia's most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick's formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should--and should not--marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider's look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazilyrich.
I am pretty conflicted about this book. On the one hand, it's super entertaining in a soap opera kind of way, but on the other hand there are way too many characters and most of them are insufferable. I will be the first to admit, that I don't necessarily think this book was my cup of tea. That's totally okay, because I definitely see why so many other people enjoy this book so much.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Deanna Plays: Bye Book Blog, Shadow of the Tomb Raider owns my life now!


Deanna Plays is a monthly feature on this blog where every third Thursday of the month I talk about something related to video games. Sometimes these are reviews of the games themselves, sometimes it's a list of books to read if you play X, and anything in between!

Okay, so I literally took off the rest of this week from work because 1.) I have a lot of time and take your days where you can & 2.) The new tomb raider game came out so why not. Unfortunately I've come down with some sort of cold so I basically slept for 11 hours last night, but I plan on doing nothing but playing video games with my days off!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Fall TBR


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week's topic is Books on my fall TBR. More like books I keep on telling you guys I'm going to read, but then I don't get around to them. I'm TRYING!


Leia, Princess of Alderaan By Claudia Gray

I've been wanting to read this for awhile, and I finally started it! I'm liking it so far, but it feels like Gray's writing is written almost simpler than her other books. It's not bad, it just seems weird compared to her other books.


Canto Bight

I'm on the fence about this book because I wasn't blow away by the short story analogy, but I still want to give this a shot. 


The Last Star by Rick Yancey

I totally thought I finished this by now?? But apparently I didn't. I really need to finish this one, so the series is complete.


Ten Thousand Skies Above You & A Million Worlds With You

I want to finally finish the Firebird Trilogy! So I am cheating by putting both book two and book three on the list as one. 


Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Okay...you have probably noticed a pattern with the list this week. 1, I really like Claudia Gray, & 2, I am preparing for Scifi Month (in November) so I'm trying to read as much Scifi as possible.


Thrawn Alliances By Timothy Zahn

ANNNNNND some more Star Wars books! I can't wait to read how Thrawn and Vader deal with each other. I bet it will take Thrawn like 3.5 seconds to figure out who Vader is. 


Doctor Aphra, Vol.1

Comixology was having a BOGO marvel sale, so I decided to dive into the Doctor Aphra comics. I love her already, she is a sarcastic asshole. 


Always and Forever Lara Jean By Jenny Han

I'm going to be done with this one soon. I have mixed feelings about it, but I hope I'm happier with this ending than the second book.


Sawhill Girls by Claire Legrand

The narrator hooked me up with an early download of this audiobook. (Thanks, Lauren!!) This book is so creepy! 


Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Speaking of creepy, I'm going to try to listen to the audiobook I got of Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill. 

What books are on your TBR for fall?


Happy Reads Everyone!
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Friday, September 14, 2018

Audiobook Review: P.S. I Still Love You By Jenny Han

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc
Release Date: July 1st, 2015
Format: Audiobook Narrated by Laura Knight Keating
Source: Audible
My Rating: 


Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Timesbestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.
Okay, I had a lot of trouble with the second book in the To All The Boys I've Loved Before series. For one, I LOVED the first one mostly because it uses the fake relationship trope. It's one of my favorites. The second one was just very different. I still enjoyed reading about Lara Jean's boy drama, but a lot of it was just very "high school drama" and it was annoying me how much she just didn't trust Peter.

BUT!!!!

I sometimes think I need to step back when I am reading YA books, because I am definitely not the prime audience. I am a 28 year-old woman in the stable relationship, so I have to kind of remember what I was like in high school and how things felt like the end of the world to me. I think by doing that and remembering that these type of books are for teens and not people my age, I was able to come around more to why everything in Lara Jean's life is so dramatic. I think if I was Lara Jean's age, I probably would have similar issues about my boyfriend still talking to his ex-girlfriend. I would have some seriously insecurities about that. 

I think another thing that made me not like this one quite as much as the first book is because there is kind of a love triangle. I am really not a fan of love triangles, like at ALL. Sometimes I don't mind it, but here it just added extra drama that I didn't think it needed. I actually got spoiled about who Lara Jean ends up with because I thought I had the second book in hardback and read the summary, oops HUGE spoilers for the second book in the summary of the final book. To be honest, I think the guy she doesn't end up with might be a little better suited for her. It makes me so conflicted! On the one hand the guy she ends up has proven that he can be sweet, while a little insecure, but on the other hand I think she clicked better with the other dude. VERY CONFLICTED. I honestly would have been happy with whomever she chose. Which I guess is good, but I still don't like love triangles, let's stop writing those.

Okay, so even thought it seems like I am majorly complaining about this book, I just couldn't stop listening to it! I had to keep on listening to Laura Knight Keating narrating Lara Jean's story. I just HAD to know what was going to happen. So maybe all that teen drama was a good thing. I liked Keating's narration, I think she did a good job with all the different characters. I don't really have a lot of specifics to say about her performance. It was good, just nothing really jumped out at me to say that she is an amazing narrator. I would definitely listen to another book narrated by her.

I did enjoy this one, but just not as much as the first book. I'm reading the final book now, which I like, but I don't really know how I feel about it until I finish it.

Have you read this sequel? What do you think?

Happy Reads Everyone!
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week's topic is Hidden Gems! So today I am going to gush about books I think you all should have read already. Some of these might actually be more my opinion and are books I think a lot of people haven't really talked about all that much. 



Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

If you have been following my blog for awhile and you haven't read a SMG book yet, get on my level! I know I talk about her a lot, but I think she is a great author. This one is one of her bests. 


Startup By Doree Shafrir

I don't remember anyone I follow in the blogging world talking about this book! I really enjoyed it, especially since I am kind of on the hunt of some good adult contemporary books. 


Arena By Holly Jennings

I think I saw this make the rounds on just a few blogs. I LOVED this one. If you are a gamer, I recommend it.


The Scorpio Races By Maggie Stievater

Okay, I know what you are thinking, "Deanna, Maggie Stiefvater is not a hidden gem." And yes that might be true, but I feel like The Scorpio Races doesn't get as much credit as her other books. I prefer it, so I think everyone else should read it too.


In the Shadow of the Dragon King By J. Keller Ford

I talk about J. Keller Ford's series a lot on this blog, but I don't see other bloggers talking about it that much. I love it, and really recommend you read it.


Devilish By Maureen Johnson

Okay, this book is a little dated, but I loved reading it at the time. It just so freaking weird!


I Heart Robot By Suzanne Van Rooyen

I read this book a few years ago, but I don't remember anyone else talking about it. It was pretty predictable, but I enjoyed it.


Man Made Boy By Jon Skovron

I found out about this book because the author came with Stephanie Perkins when she came to my local indie. I immediately bought this book because it sounded so cool! 


Billie's Ghost By Chad Hautmann

This was a little indie book I found at a random grocery store. I enjoyed it a lot, and it's a great book that I don't think anyone was really talking about.


The Secret Life of Sparrow Delaney by Suzanne Harper

This middle-grade book reads a lot like Meg Cabot's Mediator series. I adored it, and wished it became a series. You should all read it.

What hidden gems do you have on your list this week?

Happy Reads Everyone!
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Review: Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: April 6th, 2017
Format: Hardback, 427 pages
Source: Barnes & Noble
My Rating: 


Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD



One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.

After Thrawn is rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers, his deadly ingenuity and keen tactical abilities swiftly capture the attention of Emperor Palpatine. And just as quickly, Thrawn proves to be as indispensable to the Empire as he is ambitious; as devoted as its most loyal servant, Darth Vader; and a brilliant warrior never to be underestimated. On missions to rout smugglers, snare spies, and defeat pirates, he triumphs time and again—even as his renegade methods infuriate superiors while inspiring ever greater admiration from the Empire. As one promotion follows another in his rapid ascension to greater power, he schools his trusted aide, Ensign Eli Vanto, in the arts of combat and leadership, and the secrets of claiming victory. But even though Thrawn dominates the battlefield, he has much to learn in the arena of politics, where ruthless administrator Arihnda Pryce holds the power to be a potent ally or a brutal enemy.

All these lessons will be put to the ultimate test when Thrawn rises to admiral and must pit all the knowledge, instincts, and battle forces at his command against an insurgent uprising that threatens not only innocent lives but also the Empire’s grip on the galaxy—and his own carefully laid plans for future ascendancy.
Timothy Zahn is one of my favorite Star Wars authors, so I was pretty bummed when all the old Expanded Universe books got put into "legends" and deemed "non-canon". He introduced me to my favorite Star Wars character, Mara Jade, so I was really bummed that she no longer existed in the canon timeline. However, I was really glad that they decided to let Thrawn be brought back into the canon. There is no one else that can write about Thrawn, so I was really pumped when I saw that Timothy Zahn got to write about him again. It took me a really long time to actually get to this book, but I am glad I finally got to read another book about this blue-skinned, red-eyed Chiss.

Thrawn is straight up diabolical! And it's why he is one of my favorite villains in Star Wars. I think he actually is one of the villains that doesn't really care about The Empire's true goals (see also Phasma) but is really more interested in being in power. Those are the villains that I like the most, because I don't think they set out to be inherently evil, it's just that they are more selfish. I feel like I can understand Thrawn's motivations way better than a strictly "evil" villain like Palpatine. I don't think Thrawn cares that much about The Empire's goals, but instead he goes to the most powerful source in the galaxy and just basically exploits it for his own gains. He's an alien which a lot of the Imperials hate, but since they don't know a lot about his species The Chiss, he is able to out maneuver everyone around him. He's always three steps ahead of everyone, and it was just a treasure to read about how he doesn't care about politics and rises through the ranks because his plans are just so solid that the Empire just can't court-martial him.

Although the book is about Thrawn, we also get to see what was happening on the political spectrum by also getting Arihnda Pryce's perspective. I thought this was a nice touch, because even though Thrawn doesn't get politics, she does and we saw that a lot of her scheming affects Thrawn. There are parts about the military strategy that I really could have done without, and I definitely think there are some things that could have been cut out of this book. Sometimes the military stuff got to be too much, so I was glad that we got a break to see what Pryce was doing. It's interesting to me because I feel like Thrawn at the end was starting to have doubts about The Empire, but Pryce in the end felt very strongly about The Empire being the right path. I kind of liked her in the beginning, but I think she got really knocked down by the corrupt politics. The shady politics is what got me really heated because literally nothing has changed! Palpatine claimed he wanted to have peace and to get rid of corruption, but it seems like getting rid of The Republic just made everything worse! We know that that was not what he really was doing, but I think most of the people that believe in The Empire really wanted that to be true.

While Thrawn rises through the ranks in the Imperial military he does so with an Aide by his side whom barely gets recognized (because of the politics of the military). Eli Vanto didn't intend to be by Thrawn's side, but since he's the only one that can speak the same language he gets assigned as a translator and just continues to follow him to every assignment. I really liked Eli, he seemed like the everyman, and I felt just as frustrated as him when he was not getting the recognition he deserved. I think that Eli is probably one of the Imperials that went into the service because he truly thought The Empire was bringing peace to the galaxy. There's an instance where they discover that the Empire uses slaves, and he has a really hard time with this (has he should). I think had he not been under Thrawn's tutelage he might have eventually defected to the Rebellion. I'm not sure if we are going to see any of him in the next book, but I am definitely interested in where his story ends up.

I think if you are interested in understanding the inner workings of the Imperial military, or are interested in the politics behind it, this would be a good star wars books for you to try. Also if you are a fan of Zahn, this a great way to step into his Star Wars novels.

Have you read Thrawn? What did you think?


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Friday, September 7, 2018

Audiobook Review: Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) By Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Release Date: April 26th, 2016
Format: Audiobook narrated by a Full Cast
Source: Audible
My Rating: 


Goodreads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ TBD

An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian, told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by a quest for truth—and a fight for control of earthshaking power.

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?
I love a good audiobook that employs a full cast of narrators, rather that just one or two narrators. It's quite a different experience, and there aren't a lot of audiobook produced like this, but Sleeping Giants is one of the few. This book was actually recommended to me to listen on audio. Since the book is told in a series of interviews, I think it actually make more sense to listen to it on audio rather than to just read it. It looks like a lot of people that just read it had some issues with the format, so I highly recommend trying the audio version instead.

This book was so interesting. Like, I don't even know how to write this review without just spilling all the spoilers about this book, but I will try. As I listened to it I just kept thinking, "But WHAT are they building? WHAT is it??" The whole plot of this group seeking out and finding pieces of this statue was cool. I also like that we see the real world repercussions, and the political aspects of how it complicates everything.

There's a little bit of a romantic love triangle that ends horribly for a couple of the characters. This was my least favorite part about the book. It just felt like it was completely unnecessary to the plot of the story. I just really could have done without that part. Well, I guess the aftermath means they can try something else to get the machine to work, but still I just didn't like how that whole romantic entanglement panned out.

A lot of crazy stuff happens in this book, and something happens about midway through that really made me upset. Like so much, I almost stopped listening, but I was invested so I had to finish this. Then the epilogue is so batshit insane that I pretty much gasped out loud when I realized what was happening. I know I am being super vague about it, but I don't want to spoil anything. This story is so action-packed the entire time that I could not stop listening to it. I just had to know what was going to happen next.

I still have a lot of questions about this story. Like, who is the un-named guy that interviews and sets up this operation? What are his motivations? Why is he doing this? I feel like we don't know anything about him, and that makes me really suspicious of him. I am glad this is a series, and I am hoping I will get more answers in the next book (or the final one).

If you want to enjoy a cool sci-fi book that is a lot about discovering ancient artifacts and makes you ask a lot of questions, I recommend this one.

Have you read this one? What did you think? I'm curious, if you didn't like it do you think it has to do with the medium you did it through (audio vs print/digital) Do any of my questions get answered in the later books?

Happy Reads Everyone!
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