Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Review - Chasing Impossible

Chasing Impossible by Katie McGarry

5 gnomes out of 5 gnomes

Katie McGarry is definitely an auto-buy author for me. This story like all her others is hard to pull yourself away from because you just have to know what happens next. I knew I needed this book as soon as I found out it would tell Abby's story.

I’m so happy she decided to tell Abby’s story because wow is it intense and great all at once. Logan is also one of the guys that I was curious about too (his secret was a surprise too though you’ll probably wonder why he keeps it a secret so long.)

It’s great seeing a lot of characters from the other books. All the characters are distinct yet awesome. They all know how to rally around each other too.

There is some serious trouble in this book that will make it so you don’t want to stop reading. There are some big secrets about Abby that the readers gets to learn about. Her final solution to everything was really surprising. I also loved how everything turned out.

I know I for one will continue to look forward to whatever McGarry writes next.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sentence Sneak Peek - Chasing Impossible

Chasing Impossible by Katie McGarry

The first sentence from each chapter of Chasing Impossible, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.

*Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

“Traitor.”

“Rule number one from my father: never let them know you’re scared.”

“Do it,” I say.”

“I’m going to kiss him tonight.”

“On the crowded sidewalk next to Isaiah’s car, Rachel and I stare at each other.”

“My grandmother’s first piece of advice to counteract Dad’s list: the devil dances with those who walk alone on the edge.”

“I lay my hand over the strings to stop the reverberating and the crowd goes insane.”

“His lips are hot and soft and tasting him is like standing outside during an electrical storm.”

“Seriously, I didn’t know you played guitar.”

“I’m against the wall, near the entrance and I’m doing my best Navy SEAL as I count the game pieces in the room.”

“I’m running and it’s not fast enough.”

“I’m drowning.”

“There’s blood on my hands.”

“It’s quiet yet not.”

“Why did you drive all the way back to Bullitt County?”

“Abby!”

“We play.”

“Sleep is restless, and I have a hard time deciphering what’s real and what’s not.”

“Rachel: How is Abby?”

“I lost one week of my life in the hospital.”

“Practicing with a band is nowhere close to the high of being onstage.”

“If horses were easy to get back on, then cars would have never been invented and we’d all have a huge family pet that lived in the garage.”

“I enter through the back door then lock it behind me, thinking of how Abby was barricading herself in when she walked in earlier.”

“I turn away from Logan and my face automatically falls.”

“I do what Abby asks, flipping off the light, and then do something she doesn’t expect.”

“My heart is drumming so loudly Logan has to hear it, has to feel it, but then a part of me is wondering if this is another dream, another moment where my mind has wandered into areas of fantasy....”

Just pretend to be real...

“Denny slides a Styrofoam container in my direction and I smile when I spot pancakes.”

“Isaiah: Off to be smart?”

“Harvard,”

“The elevator doors open.”

“Rule number four: there’s no such thing as downtimejust another opportunity to make money.

“Isaiah’s in the driver’s seat of his Mustang.”

“It’s only eleven and I’m calling it a night.”

“The sound of a cell buzzing causes me to stir out of a dream.”

“My grandmother took me to church once.”

“Sun’s high in the sky, baking every single one of us.”

“Working as a team, the boys hand off bale of hay after bale of hay to the next guy in line until it reaches Chris and he neatly stacks it in the barn.”

Green corn stalks fly at us and Abby squeals in a combination of delight and horror.”

“I can’t breathe.”

“The alarm on my cell goes off and I’m so dead to the world that my eyes won’t open and my muscles that I swear were filled with concrete overnight won’t budge.”

“I think it was Tommy who shot me.”

“Abby bolts out of the diner like someone yelled fire.”

“Logan and Isaiah stand with me as I wait for my number to pop up on the screen.”

“I unlock the front door to Abby’s grandmother’s house and walk in before Abby does to check out the place.”

Grams has been asleep a lot longer than I’d care to admit and I close the book.”

“The hunger pangs roll over me like waves and I don’t need to test my blood to know that my blood sugar is low.”

“Abby.”

“Outside crickets chirp and a half-moon smiles down at us as I hug Mom goodbye.”

“I love you.”

“Abby opens the front door and immediately grabs the bag from my hands.”

“Dressed and feeling so full that I might explode, I finish the queso as Logan tests.”

“Abby’s on fire tonight.”

“What do you think?”

“We have dinner together as a family every Friday,” Mrs. Young says as if I’m not already aware of this.”

“That’s just sick, Abby.”

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Finding New Authors to Read - K.K. Hendin

I am so happy when I find new authors to read. Someone made a comment on twitter about a book they were reading and it sounded good so I checked it out. I don’t read a ton of NA (New Adult) books but I’m always happy when an author finds a way to make them new or interesting.

K.K. Hendin just drew me right into the Twelve Beats In A Bar series. I read the first book over the course of about two days, then the next day I managed to finish the 1.5 sequel in probably two hours. The characters and their story just catch you right away and you’ll just have to know what happened next. Of course now I plan to read book two ASAP.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Stone Rider

Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr

* Provided by the publisher for review

“What’s comin is comin, Not a damn thing in the world you can do about that.”

“You can see it in the eyes. Eyes don’t lie. Not ever.”

“And may you live to see the sky.”

Monday, July 27, 2015

Review - Stone Rider

Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr

* Provided by the publisher for review

3 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes


This is a crazy ride of a book, with the characters and the actual race they partake in. These characters live in a brutal world on an earth that’s pretty much a wasteland except for one thing voddenite which gets mined and used for a bunch of cool stuff. The haves all live on Sky-Base and the have nots are stuck on earth either racing or mining.

It’s pretty great how the first chapter at first doesn’t make a lot of sense but later it loops back to where it does.

The race and bykes they use are fascinating. The bykes actually have an echo of all the Riders who have ridden it that the current Rider can access. The whole culture of bykes and the different gangs that form around them show how insane the world can be.

The romance was more than a little hurried and seemed to come up out of left field. I guess it could work because of the whole crazy atmosphere they’re in but it could have used a lot more context (I kind of thought he was dreaming about it at first.)

Sky-Base does sound great but like any futuristic dystopia/apocalyptic world you get the feeling things might be more than a little weird up there too.

There are a plethora of mysteries to solve about the characters and things that they’ve seen. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next from this world.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sentence Sneak Peek - Stone Rider

Stone Rider by David Hofmeyr
The first sentence from each chapter of Stone Rider, it's a mini summary of what you can expect to read.
* Provided by the publisher for review
* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

“Here for blood.”

“Adam Stone empties the bucket of rotting vegetables into the trough and then he stands back to watch.”

“How long can someone hold their breath?”

“There’s no escape.”

“On the western shore of the lake, the water is dark and deep.”

“It’s cold on the starting line.”

“Steep cliffs rise behind the farmhouse, maroon against the dark sky.”

“He glides through a desert, infinite in all directions.”

“Adam feels his legs carry him to the porch.”

“He rides wild and fast.”

“Will it hurt?”

“Twilight.”

“Drums throb and the morning sun slants down on the grim procession.”

“The pistol report is loud as a clap of thunder.”

“He knows he should take it slow at first, conserve his energy, save his strength for the end.”

“Weightless.”

“The first thing he hears is the snapping of a fire.”

“They sleep on their rolled-out mats, taking turns to stoke the fire.”

“The two Riders on their metal horses tremble in the heat.”

“Sadie Blood?”

“He wakes with a start.”

“The desert bakes.”

“He sits bolt upright.”

“Adam looks at the medicine woman.

“They are back on the road, taking a track worn smooth by the Nakoda.”

“This camp is different from the first one.”

“Sadie grips Adam’s elbow, digs her fingers into him.”

“He sails high above the desert, looking down at the corrugated sand, the rock sentinels, boulders riven with deep cracks, ragged and crumbling mountains.”

“Adam lies on his back.”

“The bad weather keeps Riders another day in the muddied camp, holed up in their drenched tents, waiting and watching.”

“Kane’s Drifter.”

“He rides into the night, watched by a gathering of indifferent airships.”

You!

“Adam looks at Red, to the left of Levi.”

“Levi’s expression doesn’t change, but a flush comes to his cheeks.”

“Adam worries a stone in his pocket with his right hand, looking at Levi, thinking about Kane’s words.”

“They blaze west across a blighted earth.”

“Adam and Sadie arrive at a ruined shell of a home.”

Friday, July 24, 2015

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchmen by Harper Lee

* Spoilers are highlighted like so: :)

“...but when she went to bed the night before, she succeeded in folding herself up into the wall because she had ignored an injunction to PULL THIS LEVER DOWN OVER BRACKETS, a situation remedied by the porter to her embarrassment, as her habit was to sleep only in pajama tops.”

“If you did not want much, there was plenty.”

“He never knew two pairs of eyes like his own were watching him from the balcony.”

“The one human being she had ever fully and wholeheartedly trusted had failed her; the only man she had ever known to whom she could point and say with expert knowledge, “He is a gentleman, in his heart his is a gentleman,” had betrayed her, publicly, grossly, and shamelessly.”

“With all your book learnin’, you are the most ignorant child I ever did see...” Her voice trailed off.” ...but I don’t reckon you really ever had a chance.”