October 22, 2014

Review: In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

Title: In a Handful of Dust (Not a Drop to Drink #2)
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: September 23rd 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 3/5

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You can read my review of Not a Drop to Drink - here
The only thing bigger than the world is fear.

Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.

When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.

In this companion to Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis thrillingly combines the heart-swelling hope of a journey, the challenges of establishing your own place in the world, and the gripping physical danger of nature in a futuristic frontier.

In a Handful of Dust begins about ten years after the events of the first book, and we see a sixteen years old Lucy and twenty-six years old Lynn facing a new threat to their peaceful life, as their community gets a disease which they weren´t prepared and for some event, Lynn and Lucy are forced to leave their home and family for the first time in their life, with the intention of going to California in search of a town where there is supposedly a desalinization plant and the town has clean water.

So this book is mostly about the journey they undertake from Ohio with the intention of going to California and all obstacles that they get on the way, the people they meet, the places they know and what they need to do to survive in the world in which they lived and the Lucy´s dreams of something different, of something more.

This book is told from the point of view of Lucy, now a teenager, she has been sheltered and to some extent have had an easy life since she came to live with Lynn ten years ago, she´s kind and has no malice and she doesn´t know how the world is outside of her community, which is a dangerous and bigger than she thought it would. She´s totally dependent of Lynn, she need her protection, need her to feed her and to get her water for most of the trip. Lynn meanwhile is a hard, strong, intelligent woman, she distrusts everyone, is willing to do anything to gets her "daughter" Lucy to California healthy and in one piece.

What I liked about the story is that we get to see Lynn (she was the main character of the first book) and how her life has been in the last ten years and despite living a quiet life so far, she remains tough, showing only her good side to her people and isn´t afraid to use violence when the situation needs it ... she still a good heroine (with her flaws, but very good).

What I didn´t like was that in parts of the trip felt monotonous and like nothing was happening. Besides there is a part in the story that I could not believe the way Lucy react toward Lynn, I felt it a bit excessive.

And what can I say about the ending ... like the previous book is not a completely happy ending, but full of hope for a better future. Overall I enjoyed In a Handful of Dust but I didn´t love it.

Waiting On Wednesday (144): Crimson Bound

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The book I´m waiting this week is

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Release date: May 5th 2015
When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

(This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe).

Why I'm Waiting?
Because I enjoyed Cruel Beauty, like retellings and the story sounds interesting.

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October 21, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday (50): New Series I Want To Start

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created bThe Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten New Series I Want To Start
(New..let's say within the last year or two)
(in no particular order)
The Grisha trilogy by  Leigh Bardugo
I already own the first two books of this trilogy, so I might read it soon-ish.

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey 
I own the first book, but I haven´t read it yet.

The Lynburn Legacy trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan 
I´ve read some great reviews of this trilogy, but I don´t own any of them.

The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski
I´ve read some reviews of this book and I just order the first one.

 The Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins
I just found out that this trilogy is going to have at least one more book - Sweet Temptation.

The Dispossessed by Page Morgan
I recently bought the first book but I haven´t received it yet.

Penryn & the End of Days series by Susan Ee 
I own both books but I haven´t read it yet.

Cainsville series by Kelley Armstrong
I own the first book in the series but I haven´t read it yet.

 Jessica McClain series by Amanda Carlson
I need to read Full Blooded soon, it had been on my TBR for a while.

The Others series by Anne Bishop 
I recently discovered this series, it has great reviews on goodreads and the story sounds really really good.

Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima 
I own the four books, so I just need time to read this series.

Have you read some of these series? Which one do you recommend me?
What new series you want to start soon-ish?

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October 20, 2014

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey.
Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.

Click on the image to look description in Goodreads.

Finished reading

Currently reading

What I´m going to read next?

What are you reading today? 
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Have a great week!

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October 16, 2014

Review: Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander

Title: Love and Other Unknown Variables
Author: Shannon Lee Alexander
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Release date: October 7th 2014
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC

Rating: 3.5/5

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Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswered questions. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s neck.

The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she’s counting on the present. She’s not impressed by the strange boy at the donut shop—until she learns he’s a student at Brighton where her sister has just taken a job as the English teacher. With her encouragement, Charlie orchestrates the most effective prank campaign in Brighton history. But, in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy.

By the time he learns she's ill—and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms. Finch from Charlotte’s illness—Charlotte’s gravitational pull is too great to overcome. Soon he must choose between the familiar formulas he’s always relied on or the girl he’s falling for (at far more than 32 feet per second squared).

Although Love and Other Unknown Variables wasn´t what I expected, I enjoyed it and what I liked the most was the main character - Charlie mainly because he reminded me of Sheldon Cooper mixed a bit with Leonard (The Big Bang Theory - TV series).

Charlie is a senior at Brighton school math and science, which is a school for very smart kids and he´s is among the top in his class. He´s very intelligent and his specialty is mathematics, so when he´s bored he spends doing mental exercises or counting things, he´s very literal, direct and not very good with sarcasm and lack of social skills except for his best friend Greta and her boyfriend James with whom he spends most of the time. He has his whole future planned, that is until he meets Charlotte.

Charlotte meanwhile is Charlie´s sister best friend, new in town and attends another high school and becomes very interested in Charlie when she discovers that he attends the same school where her sister teaches English, a class not very popular in Brighton and where students usually make pranks to the teacher, that´s why she ask for Charlies help because she wants her big sister - Ms Finch distracted and not always aware of everything she does, Charlie decides help her and do the pranks, just to help her but this gets him in some trouble.

The story is told from the point of view of Charlie, so we're always inside of his head and see the attraction he feels towards Charlotte, but I never felt the attraction of her to him, I felt more like acquaintances-friends, than a romance.

When its revealed that Charlotte is ill, I felt bad for her, but I didn´t connect with her. What I enjoyed most of the story, it was Charlie's friendship with Greta and James, their interactions at school and some of the jokes/pranks and I liked the character of James and it amused me to be in Charlie's head.

October 15, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday (143): An Ember in the Ashes

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The book I´m waiting this week is

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 
Release date: April 28th 2015
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier— and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Vow your blood and body to the empire.
Keep your heart for yourself.

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October 14, 2014

October New Release Giveaway Hop - Intl

October New Release Giveaway Hop
Hosted by Book Nerd
October 15 - 30, 2014

The giveaway is International.
Win a book of your choice from the new releases below or one October New Release book of your choice up to 20 Dlls from TBD.
Clariel (Abhorsen #4) by Garth Nix 

Even in Paradise by Chelsey Philpot
Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander

Sublime by Christina Lauren
Talon (Talon #1) by Julie Kagawa
  • There will be one winner.
  • Win one October New Release book of your choice up to 20 US Dlls from TBD (must have been published in Oct. 2014).
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  • You must be 18 or older to enter for the NA or Adult book.
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  • Giveaway ends on October 31.
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