Friday, April 28, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
I am completely fascinated with retellings especially Alice in Wonderland. Some have been well done while others have not. This novel was very well done and had an American McGee's Alice in Wonderland feel to it, and I love that feel. I couldn't get enough of this book once i began to read it. Some parts did seem a little bit slower than others but i still flew through it in about a day. I did not want to put it down, I have read a lot of different Alice in Wonderland retellings, but honestly nothing come close to this one. This may be my favorite retelling thus far, and I know there is more to the series.
I highly recommend it for those who enjoy retellings or want something a bit different from the normal or thise who enjoy a horrorish (not really horror but grotesque if that makes sense) either way i recommend it. Rating I would give is a large 5 out of 5. I cannot wait to pick up Red Queen, the next book in the series and see where Henry decides to take this story.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
SOmetimes you just need a little fuzzy reading partner to snuggle with...but sometimes that little partner attacks when you try to turn the pages. Little miss Harley loves to snuggle up with books, instilling the love of books at a young age....how cute is she!
Friday, April 21, 2017
**This is another book I have received through Netgalley for an honest review. Seriously if you haven't tried it yet..do so soon.**
I have really gotten back into fairy-tale retellings lately and this one is fantastic! I could not put my kindle down until I finished it. I wasn't sure how I would feel about it when I began because I am not really one for stories with AI units, but I loved this one. I loved the Lor has little monkey AI's and that they could communicate or that the tower itself was an AI unit. Very interesting and different from others. What I was a little confused on was what did her father do to get himself into this predicament, there were different things mentioned like fraud, gambling, booze. Were those what got him into such trouble that he could have gone to prison for it?
I have seen shows and things about people falling in love with AI units, such as Ex-Machina movie or the anime Chobits, so this didn't faze me too much. What I did question a few times was how did Lor not question a lot of things including romantic things. Regardless, this was a great retelling. It still had the feel of Beauty and the Beast, but it was it's own story. It almost had the same feel as Melissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles, but different as well. Aliann is an interesting character, its a little uncertain of what she wants in life or even what she expects. We get little snippets of her past that play a small role in the story, but it isn't heavy like we don't have whole chapters devoted to flashbacks and memories, which I liked. The novel kept to the story and didn't deviate into something else.
The descriptions were interesting, I could picture the scar on Lor's face or the feel of the computerized windows. Something I found very interesting and plausible was the use of 3d printing, it seems this is something that is making headway now and I enjoyed seeing the ideas that Rita took with this concept. She used a lot of things in her book that I have not seen used before. The novel is well written, it didn't feel slow or forced, everything flowed well together.
For those who enjoy fairy tales, retellings, Beauty and the Beast, then I highly suggest this novel. I also suggest it if you like sci-fi, and romance because those elements play a large role in this story. As for a rating I would give this a 4 because there were still some questions left unanswered. I look forward to reading more from Rita, maybe a retelling of Aladdin or even Thumbelina *hint hint Rita!**
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
This is some interesting stuff. I see why the human is always reading. She said she used to read these as a kid (like 10 I fink she said), and wanted to fall in love with Koko and Yumyum all over again. Why would she need two more cats to love she has me, and my brodders. Anyway this was an easy book for youngster like me to read. It was perfect because it wasn't scary or had bloody scenes in it like some of the other stuff she reads. It is great to begin someone on reading and mysteries.
This is a series that could easily be a classic book for people to read, a great transition from chap books to longer chapter books. This series is known as cozy mystery and it definitely lives up to that. What I love about this book is that it could be read within a few hours on a lazy weekend afternoon and a cup of coffee. If you are looking for something suspenseful, this is not it. It is very easy-going, but that doesn't mean it is slow. I love how Koko does little things like typing letters on a typewriter or knocking books of the shelf to help Qwill think of things. I also love when readers get to see them be cats like being afraid of a bearskin rug or dragging yarn across the apartment (I love playing with the human's yarn but she gets mad when I do).
Such a fun book and it brought back a lot of childhood memories. I highly recommend this series for anyone who has fledgling readers and seasoned readers a like. It is a great book to just relax to and clear your mind. I give it a 5 out of 5 and look forward to rekindling a love for the Cat Who Series.
Monday, April 17, 2017
In the mid-1980's Lily goes missing, something she has done before, but never for long periods of time. Her daughter knows her mother wanders off and suffers from dissociation and memory lapses. The police reluctantly take the case and Rita feels they are not taking things seriously, so she takes matters into her own hands and begins her own investigation. Rita quickly discovers various family secrets including her family's internment at a camp in the California desert during the Second World War, and the father she has never known. Through her search Rita learns more about her family, her mother, and herself than she imagined.
** I will start this review off by saying I received this book for net galley for an honest review. If you review books and haven't signed up for Netgalley, then you are missing out on some great opportunities.**
I have gotten more and more into books like this and I am loving the things that I am learning and they way it is changing my views as a reader and woman. There are aspect of our history that we don't know about because we don't do much research anymore. In this novel a woman begins a search for her mother and gains so much more understanding of her mom, family, and begins to understand herself in the process. I love how these books make me look at myself, even sometimes look at my mom and wonder what are some things she experienced that I don't know about, how has her life shaped her into the woman she is.
This is a book that touches your hear and makes you long for something more. It does have suspenseful moments, but not in the edge of your seat kind of suspense, but the anticipation that builds and grows until you cannot hold it in any longer. It is very well written and easy to get lost within. While this isn't my normal genre I go to, I did enjoy reading Leslie Shimotakahara's novel. I will be looking for more from her and give this a 5 out of 5.