Daily Deals

There are some great Kindle Daily Deals today (April 23rd)! Who doesn’t love a good book deal? If you wanted to read any of these books, now is  a good time to grab them!

  • The Martian by Andy Weir – $4.99
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – $4.99
  • Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, Book 1) by Pierce Brown – $1.99
  • Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert – $4.99
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – $2.99

Happy reading, friends!

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A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

A Spool of Blue Thread is about a middle-class American family living in Baltimore, Maryland. It all starts with Abby and Red Whitshank, who fall in love in July of 1959. The reader is taken through three generations of Whitshanks; and experiences their stories and secrets. 

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The book is wonderfully written, with an interesting story. The book was:

  • Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2015
  • Nominated for the 2015 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A National Bestseller

However, for me, it was just okay. I wasn’t wowed or amazed. While reading it, I could not relate to any of the characters. I found the story a little dull. But, it did open my eyes to the lives of a middle-class White family in the 60s. I finished it with a shrug and moved on to the next book on my TBR list.

Overall, I gave it 3 stars.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is about a web designer who loses his job. He applies to be the overnight clerk at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore. After a few days on the job, he discovers the store is not what it appears to be. The customers who visit make strange requests and never buy anything. Clay, the main character, uses his tech skills to figure out what the purpose of the bookstore is and what he finds does not disappoint!

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His sleuthing leads him to Google and to underground societies! I won’t say more because it will ruin the magic of the book.

This book is great as an audiobook because the narrator is excellent! I really enjoyed listening to it because there were some fun plot twists. The end was a bit tame for me. I was hoping for a more exciting ending. Overall, it’s a fun and light read. I rated it 4 stars.

 

The 5th Wave Series by Rick Yancey

Two book reviews in one post! I recently finished reading The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea, books 1 and 2 in Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave series.

The 5th Wave (Book 1)
“How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.” 

  • The First Wave: Lights Out – an EMP wave takes out all electronics / lights / technology and kills half a million people.
  • The Second Wave: Surf’s Up – tsunamis kill over three billion people.
  • The Third Wave: Pestilence – using birds as carriers, the Others unleash a virus that kills 97 percent of the remaining survivors.
  • The Fourth Wave: Silencers – the remaining survivors try to survive and no one can tell who is human and who is not.
  • The Fifth Wave: The survivors wait for the fifth wave, unsure of what it will be or even if it will come.

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We meet Cassie Sullivan, who is all alone and running from the Others. Cassie is running from Silencers, which are Others who look human. They roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Cassie is determined to stay alone and search for her brother, who was taken by the Others. She thinks her best bet is stay alone, until she meets Evan Walker.

The book is told from several points of view. I liked the multiple perspectives because it gave me a better scope of the invasion. The book leaves you in suspense the entire time. I could not put this book down. You keep wondering who the Others are? Where do they come from? What do they want? So many questions.

The one complaint I have about the book is the romance. I was not interested at all, probably because it was so poorly done. Cassie’s character is weak and super annoying toward the end of the book. Just leave the romance out OR make it more interesting.

I haven’t seen the movie, but I really want to because it looks pretty good. Cassie is a redhead in the book, but they cast Chloe Grace Moretz for her part, which was disappointing. I always hope for diverse casting. If you’ve seen the movie, let me know if you liked it. If not, check out the trailer below:

The Infinite Sea (Book 2)
“Vincit qui patitur.”

Because I loved The 5th Wave so much, I picked up The Infinite Sea and read it right away. The Infinite Sea picks up shortly after the end of the first book. I won’t go into the summary because it will ruin the first book for you!

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It has the same format with multiple perspectives. The second book has a slow start, but steadily picks up and gives the reader an excellent cliffhanger. There are a lot of plot twists, which made the whole series that much more interesting. My annoyance with Cassie picked up in this book, but thankfully she is not as prominent in this book. However, she does get more annoying. I didn’t think it was possible.

The third book, The Last Star is slated for release in May. Ugh. I don’t want to wait! If you like sci-fi and fantasy, I would highly recommend this series.

There are plans to make the last two books in the series into movies. But, the first movie didn’t perform as well as they liked. We shall see!

 

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

On Amazon’s site, The Girl From Everywhere is listed as a best seller in Teen & Young Adult Pirate Action & Adventure. Yes. Pirates. This book is about time traveling pirates!

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Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. While her father is away at sea, Nix’s mother dies during childbirth. When her father returns, he takes Nix aboard The Temptation. As long as her father has a map, he can sail his ship to any place, at any time. They travel to many places, both real and imagined — nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa.

Her father uncovers a map to 1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother dies during childbirth. He intends to sail the ship to that time, which means Nix’s life is at stake. No one knows what will happen if they change the past. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

The Girl From Everywhere is a well crafted book with excellent character development.  At the very heart of the story is the relationship between Nix and her father. Their relationship is so complicated and heart-breaking. I really loved all of the characters, especially Kash. From Nix, to her father, to Kash, to the rest of the crew. The characters are developed perfectly for a series.

Heilig also does a wonderful job describing the setting. The whole time I was reading the book, I wished I was aboard The Temptation with Nix. The book was a perfect mix of history and fantasy. I really enjoyed this book, and cannot wait for the second one.

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The author does not include “amira” in the list of words used in the book (pictured above). It is Arabic for princess/rich. #TEAMKASH