Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Audiobook Review: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Book: Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy #1)

By: Pierce Brown
Published: January 28, 2014
Published by: Random House

My Thoughts: Red Rising is compared to the Hunger Games, and to Enders Game, and though I could see similarities when I looked for them, it is in a class all its own.
Red Rising follows Darrow, a “Red.” They’re the miners of Mars, and their job is to collect elements from below the surface of mars to make the surface inhabitable for humans and the “weaker” colors like the Golds, the Blues, and the other colors. Each of the colors has a job, and the Reds are told that they are humanity’s last hope, that they are the pioneers. Only everything he has been told is a complete lie.

He learns that The Golds have been using them as slaves. One day though, Darrow’s life changes and he disguises himself as a Gold and joins their command school, to compete in the battle to be the best of the Golds. What ensues is a battle unlike any I have ever read before.
I don’t often read books from male POV’s, but this book makes me rethink that. Sure there were no references to hard packed abs, but there were also thankfully no references to swelling breasts despite there being a hint of romance. This was all action and internal thought, and awesomeness. I also usually don’t like books with their own slang terms, but this one didn’t overdo it, and they added a bit of something to the book instead of taking away from it. I can’t even do this book justice.

The Narration of this book was awesome. The Narrator had just the right tones to adequately portray all the varying characters and completely brought the book to life for me.
I give this book 5 huge stars. I would recommend it to fans of dystopian novels and science fiction. If you liked the Hunger Games or Enders Game, or even Poison Princess by Kresley Cole, then you would also probably like this one too. Its full of action, and backstabbing and secrets and lies and tells you that despite all the dividing lines between classes, everyone has good and bad inside them. 


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: Amazon Burning by Victoria Griffith

Book: Amazon Burning
By: Victoria Griffith
Published: October 1, 2014
Published By: Astor & Blue Editions

See the synopsis here.

[I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review]

My Thoughts: Amazon Burning was a fast paced book filled with Amazonian adventures, new adult lust, and intriguing characters. It was certainly a wild ride.

Our main character is Emma, a 22 year old, wannabe journalist with somewhat uncontrollable sexual tension and a need to keep that tension under control. She's running from a sexual harassment/rape case against her college professor in New York where she's been perceived as the one to blame, and thus, she must become the definition of innocence. Her mind though, doesn't quite want to cooperate, especially when she runs into Jimmy, a photographer, while out researching with her father in the Amazon. Jimmy speaks to something within Emma, and she must work to ignore her desires around him.

Beyond her inner tension, and the hope to clear her name in the court case, Emma is working to help her Father uncover a murder, and catch those in charge of a big poaching operation in the Amazon. Soon, she's swept up in the mystery, and fighting not only for answers, but for her own life.

Amazon Burning was an interesting book that delved into the effects of poaching, and those who choose to fight against it, as well as the criminals that control the trade. Though I feel the story could have been fleshed out a bit more, and some areas felt too short, or unnecessary all together, it was interesting to read about the amazon and the indigenous peoples therein and to follow Emma on her adventures. In addition, I never quite bought in to the romance between Emma and Jimmy. It never actually made sense, and the fact that she was lusting after him from practically the moment she saw him made me feel like this was more romance than mystery/thriller.

I would suggest this book for those of you over the age of 18 (there is some *sexy time*) who like indie new adult romance thrillers set in exotic locales. It was certainly a fast paced easy read. I give it 2.5 stars!
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Victoria Griffith is the author of the award winning non-fiction picture book The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont (Abrams, 2011), which won numerous awards, including the prestigious Parents’ Choice. The book was recently translated into Portuguese for the Brazilian market and was also released in audio book version.

Before becoming a full-time author, Victoria spent twenty years as an international journalist, fifteen of those years as foreign correspondent for the UK’s Financial Times. During that time, she had fun writing on a wide range of topics, including Brazil’s Yanomami Indians, architecture, space exploration, the human genome, and the growth of the Internet. She even managed to fit in some children’s book reviews. Her most terrifying assignment was preparing lunch for Julia Child, who praised the Brazilian fish stew but refused to touch the blackberry dessert. Victoria lives in Boston with her husband and three daughters.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2015 Audiobook Challenge Sign Up!

The Book Nympho
I never thought in a million years that I would listen to audiobooks. I mean seriously, the way I figured it, audiobooks were things that old ladies listened to while taking the kids out, and they were always self hel books, or books to help teach languages, or something equally boring. It would include drab, boring narrators that put one to sleep, and stupid sounding voices when the narrator planned to try a particularly tricky voice. Though both can be true with some books, it's not often the case with most. Now, I'm practically pissed at all the time I spent griping about audiobooks and the impurity of "reading" them vs reading regular books, when I could have spent that time listening to more audiobooks.

The audio format of books has practically blown up in the recent years (or so I've been told) and the narrators are better than ever. Most are engaging, exciting, and embody the MC or storyline so that you feel like you're actually standing right inside or next to your favorite characters.

In 2014, I signed up for the audiobook challenge, and stuck with it the entire year, ending with 84 audiobooks listened to. Check out my post here. This year, I'm hoping to listen to even more.  I won't bore you with all the rules, but you can check them out and/or sign up here.

My chosen level is: Marathoner (Look Ma no hands) 50+

I'm hoping to listen to more than the 84 books I listened to in 2014. You can expect updates on the following dates:

Update Schedule:

  • March 27th: 1st Quarter Update
  • June 19th: 2nd Quarter Update – Giveaway included
  • September 25th: 3rd Quarter Update
  • December 18th: 4th Quarter Update and Wrap – Giveaway included
If you wish, however to see my progress when there isn't a formal post, I've created a lovely goodreads shelf just for this year's challenge. I think It will help me keep track even of my rereads more efficiently.

It would be great if you would join with me.For those of you who havent even tried Audiobooks, there's even a Newbie level of books (1-5 books), so there's no excuse for you not to give it a try. You may find that it makes chores a lot more fun.