Search This Blog

Loading...

Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch

Sunday, October 26, 2014

“Strong debut…vivid and compelling.” —Publishers Weekly

Yesterday cannot last forever...

A decade has passed since the city of Pittsburgh was reduced to ash.

While the rest of the world has moved on, losing itself in the noise of a media-glutted future, survivor John Dominic Blaxton remains obsessed with the past. Grieving for his wife and unborn child who perished in the blast, Dominic relives his lost life by immersing in the Archive—a fully interactive digital reconstruction of Pittsburgh, accessible to anyone who wants to visit the places they remember and the people they loved.

Dominic investigates deaths recorded in the Archive to help close cases long since grown cold, but when he discovers glitches in the code surrounding a crime scene—the body of a beautiful woman abandoned in a muddy park that he’s convinced someone tried to delete from the Archive—his cycle of grief is shattered.

With nothing left to lose, Dominic tracks the murder through a web of deceit that takes him from the darkest corners of the Archive to the ruins of the city itself, leading him into the heart of a nightmare more horrific than anything he could have imagined.

Goodreads Summary

I can only imagine the fire that must be sparked in this man's soul because of what he has lost. One day, his pregnant wife is there loving him and being his world, and the next day they are gone, along with an entire city. I don't blame him for still wanting to be there even ten years later and investigate everything that went wrong through the archive of the city. There is definitely a lot to follow from the world being in a post apocalypse phase, to John's grief, plus the crimes that are being investigated. It makes for a full and rich story with a lot going on.

I really liked the whole idea behind the story. It is inconceivable to me to understand the amount of work it would take to archive a whole city. It took a lot for me to even get beyond that being possible, however once I did, I really started to truly enjoy the events that unfolded. I could see it being painfully addicting to be able to go back to a wife that isn't there and live some happiness for a few hours, even if it isn't real. To have lost everything that mattered to you in a split second with no chance of ever getting it back again must be the worst thing a person can experience. The story has so many levels that it dives into that it can get a bit muddled at times but the overall picture is somewhat of a masterpiece. Check it out and it will not disappoint.

3.5 Stars

*Reviewed by Chris*  

This product or book may have been distributed for review, this in no way affects my opinions or reviews. COPYRIGHT © 2014 LIVE TO READ

Blackbird by Anna Carey


This twisty, breathless cat-and-mouse thrill ride, told in the second person, follows a girl with amnesia in present-day Los Angeles who is being pursued by mysterious and terrifying assailants.

A girl wakes up on the train tracks, a subway car barreling down on her. With only minutes to react, she hunches down and the train speeds over her. She doesn’t remember her name, where she is, or how she got there. She has a tattoo on the inside of her right wrist of a blackbird inside a box, letters and numbers printed just below: FNV02198. There is only one thing she knows for sure: people are trying to kill her. 

On the run for her life, she tries to untangle who she is and what happened to the girl she used to be. Nothing and no one are what they appear to be. But the truth is more disturbing than she ever imagined. 

The Maze Runner series meets Code Name Verity, Blackbird is relentless and action-packed, filled with surprising twists.

Goodreads Summary

Memory is a funny thing. Some of us have a picture perfect view of most things that have happened to us down to the first scraped knee that we had as a child. Others have more trouble for one reason or another with getting the details straight and some have deep gaping holes in their memory with no explanation. Unfortunately for the teenage girl in this book, she wakes up one day with no recollection of anything into a world that seems to be completely against her to a point that it wants her dead. As she goes through her day, she is constantly dodging obstacles and dangers and desperately trying to get a grasp on who she is, why she is here, where she is going, and what she is going to do next.

"Blackbird" is a complete scary thrill ride that will keep you hungry for more and more as you get deeper into the story. You feel so bad for this girl as she suffers through the confusion and begins to figure out the "why" for everything that is going on around her. The first part of the book is a little bit slow but if you make it through the details, it helps the second super fast paced half an awesome finish. Its so hard for me to imagine waking up with no memory because I'd imagine that most people are pretty clear in the events that unfolded that lead them to today. That is what makes this book so interesting because the confusion is described pretty well, and it makes you feel like you are in the story confused right along with the girl. This book is definitely worth a read and I cant wait until the second book in this series comes out.

4 Stars

*Reviewed by Chris*

This product or book may have been distributed for review, this in no way affects my opinions or reviews. COPYRIGHT © 2014 LIVE TO READ

Just Girls by Rachel Gold

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Jess Tucker sticks her neck out for a stranger—the buzz is someone in the dorm is a trans girl. So Tucker says it’s her, even though it’s not, to stop the finger pointing. She was an out lesbian in high school, and she figures she can stare down whatever gets thrown her way in college. It can’t be that bad.
Ella Ramsey is making new friends at Freytag University, playing with on-campus gamers and enjoying her first year, but she’s rocked by the sight of a slur painted on someone else’s door. A slur clearly meant for her, if they’d only known.

New rules, old prejudices, personal courage, private fear. In this stunning follow-up to the groundbreaking Being Emily, Rachel Gold explores the brave, changing landscape where young women try to be Just Girls.

Goodreads Summary

If you read Gold's first book, "Being Emily," then this loose continuation will definitely pique your interest and draw you in. In a world where acceptance of all is definitely more prominent, we are still worlds away from seeing eye to eye with every way that everyone is or chooses to be. This book focuses on a girl that takes the "fall" for another girl and claims that she is a trans girl just to pull the attention off of someone else and let them have an easier time in college. Jess is tough and figures that she can handle it, and when Ella, the girl who is actually a trans girl finds out, that is where the story picks up.

The characters are definitely interesting  and draw you in fast in this quickly paced book on issues that always existed but are more known of in today's society. The book is very clearly written and does not dance around the points that are being presented. Being someone who is pretty withdrawn from the LGBT world I found it very interesting to read a book that is right in the middle of the issues that exist being a part of this world. The author takes an honest approach that is not condescending or dancing back and just leaves it as it is, and this was very refreshing. This is definitely worth a read for any reader anywhere looking for a fast paced college aged story.

3.5 Stars

*Reviewed by Chris*  

About the Book - About the Author - Prizes!!!

About the prizes: Who doesn't love prizes? You could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards or an autographed copy of Just Girls! Here's what you need to do...
  1. Enter the Rafflecopter contest
  2. Leave a comment on my blog
That's it! One random commenter during this tour will win the first gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win--the full list of participating bloggers can be found HERE. The other two prizes will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Just Girls tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck! About the book: Jess Tucker sticks her neck out for a stranger—the buzz is someone in the dorm is a trans girl. So Tucker says it’s her, even though it’s not, to stop the finger pointing. She was an out lesbian in high school, and she figures she can stare down whatever gets thrown her way in college. It can’t be that bad. Ella Ramsey is making new friends at Freytag College, playing with on-campus gamers and enjoying her first year, but she’s rocked by the sight of a slur painted on someone else’s door. A slur clearly meant for her, if they’d only known. New rules, old prejudices, personal courage, private fear. In this stunning follow-up to the groundbreaking Being Emily, Rachel Gold explores the brave, changing landscape where young women try to be Just Girls.Get Just Girls through Amazon or Barnes & Noble. About the author: An award-winning marketing strategist and author, Rachel Gold also spent a decade as a reporter in the LGBT community where she learned many of her most important lessons about being a woman from the transgender community. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Religious Studies from Macalester College, and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Hamline University. When she’s not “translating English for English-speaking people” or working on her novels, you can find Rachel online checking out the latest games. Connect with Rachel on her website, Facebook, Twitter,or GoodReads..

GIVEAWAY:



a Rafflecopter giveaway
This product or book may have been distributed for review, this in no way affects my opinions or reviews. COPYRIGHT © 2014 LIVE TO READ

Don't Touch by Rachel M. Wilson

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A powerful story of a girl who is afraid to touch another person’s skin, until the boy auditioning for Hamlet opposite her Ophelia gives her a reason to overcome her fears.

Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good.

Caddie can’t stop thinking that if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, her parents might get back together... which is why she wears full-length gloves to school and covers every inch of her skin.

It seems harmless at first, but Caddie’s obsession soon threatens her ambitions as an actress. She desperately wants to play Ophelia in her school’s production of Hamlet. But that would mean touching Peter, who’s auditioning for the title role—and kissing him. Part of Caddie would love nothing more than to kiss Peter—but the other part isn't sure she's brave enough to let herself fall.

Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson, this debut novel from Rachel M. Wilson is a moving story of a talented girl who's fighting an increasingly severe anxiety disorder, and the friends and family who stand by her.

Goodreads Summary

Have you ever wanted that leading role in the school play so badly that you would do anything to get it? Ophelia has to do that plus more when she has to get over he deepest darkest fears and anxieties to achieve her dreams. She would have to touch and kiss Peter and shoe just doesn't know if she can bring her brain to meet what herself truly wants.

Seeing Ophelia's struggles with her anxiety about touching others makes you really feel for her problems. You can see a girl that really wants to be in her school play, however her past problems hold her back from really being able to do so fully. She is worried that if she touches anyone, that bad things will happen to her family because of her parents separation. Maybe if she would have gotten some help with her problems, things would have been different but this is where she is.  She is doing her best to get by with what she has available to her. The bumps and bruises along the way make for a thrillingly psychological and intriguing. This is a great YA romance with a twist that many of you readers would love.

4 Stars

*Reviewed by Chris*

This product or book may have been distributed for review, this in no way affects my opinions or reviews. COPYRIGHT © 2014 LIVE TO READ