Thursday, February 11, 2016

Review - The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend



* Received from NetGalley for review.

5/5 gnomes

Dear The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. Look at you, just look at you. You my grand book are just so flipping charming. Your settings, characters, the way the story unfolds, are all just so darn entertaining. I didn’t expect to get drawn into this book like I did but I just couldn’t stop reading.

The setting is so well done. It really feels like this town could exist. Broken Wheel really does feel like a character in the story. The book would have been a completely different beast without this town.

I like how the book is set up too. It has multiple points of view and you only meet one character through the letters she wrote before she died and the people she knew. This structure makes it so you really care about all of these characters and makes you book feel more alive.

Sara is like the ultimate bookworm. She goes from Sweden all the way to Iowa just to meet her pen pal. When she gets there though things are definitely not what she expected.

Getting to know the people and the town is a lot of fun. I love how important Sara and her books become to the town.

If you love reading/books and an in depth look at some truly unique characters,  then this might just be the perfect story for you.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Question of the Week - What author have you recently discovered and can't read enough of?

I heard about this series when it first came out but just recently read the first two and am eagerly awaiting the final book now. It’s just such a great series, the characters, the world, the writing. I love it all because the unexpected is always happening.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Golden Son

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

“They say a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. They made no mention of the heart.”

“How could so frail a girl have such a spirit, such a dream as freedom, when so many strong souls toiled and kept their heads down for fear of looking up?”

“You stop being such a little bitch.”

“How cruel a life, that the sight of my dead wife means hope.”

“I do what I need to do. No more. No less. And I need a warlord. I’ll be Odysseus. You be Achilles.” “Achilles dies in the end.” “Then learn from his mistakes.”

“I thought there was a plan, a long, large reason for all my toil. But there was nothing. I know that now. Even Dancer was just waiting to see what happened. Hoping.”

“I am a child of hell, and I’ve spent too long in their heaven.”

“There is no greater plague to an introvert than the extroverted.”

“As she puts it, ‘Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.’”

““In a world of killers, it takes more to be kind than to be wicked. But men like you and me, we’re just passing time before death reaches down for us.”

“Never tell me the odds, just do it,” I command.”

“To me you are not expendable. So what I ask of you is this: choose me as your commander and overwhelm those Golds who think you expendable.”

“Someone knows. He knows and he’s here.”

“I forgot you can blush!”

“He says gnomes steal ear wax from him at night.”

“I say he just lives in a more entertaining world than we do.”

“I would not have raised you to be a great man. There is no peace for great men. I would have had you be a decent one. I would have given you the quiet strength to grow old with the woman you love. Now all I can give you is a chance.”

“Sevro held tryouts.”

“Don’t worry. You’re not senile. They’re just odd.”

“Collecting the set, hopefully.”

“I’m Gold, bitch. What’d you expect? Warm milk and cookies just because I’m pocket-sized?”

“Chance put us in our families. But we choose our friends. Victra chose me. I chose her, like I chose all of you. And if we cannot trust our friends”— I look to Roque plaintively, seeking absolution in his eyes—“ then what’s the point in breathing?”

“It’s like everyone forgets I only missed one question on the Institute’s slangsmarts test.”

“She’s too smart to lie to.”

“Yet it takes only one truth to bring a kingdom of lies crashing down.”

“But I think it weakness, not strength, to abandon decency for that strange darker spirit.”

“All the love I’ve earned and lost and still wish to live for, I let burn in me.”

“Goryhell. You’re so tender sometimes.”

“I’m a man, and she’s the woman I want.”

“And what is the bloodydamn point of surviving in this cold world if I run from the only warmth it has to offer?”

“It’s like the giants have little ridiculous elves inside them just waiting to spring out and cackle. Just takes a lot of provocation.”

“One word shatters a thousand lies.”

“Death begets death begets death.”

Friday, February 5, 2016

Review - Golden Son

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

5/5 Bloodydamn brilliant

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! (aka the sound I made when I finished reading.) that ending... What a real kick to the head/twist of the knife right to the heart.

The story picks up two years or so later then the last book and shows you just how far Darrow has come. He’s great at infiltrating the Gold society. He is firmly immersed into the world of the Golds and you see what craziness he goes through.

Intrigue, spies, mystery, allegiances, there is plenty to go around. Twists and turns abound. Plus if you’re like me and love spaceships and battle scenes, then this is definitely the book for you.

The characters I already loved continue to be intriguing and there are new characters too that really shine. The Telemanuses are my new favorite characters, especially Kavax Telamanus.

These characters are so conflicted and their world is in need of change desperately. This sequel shows the horrors of war and that some people will do anything not to change.

This story goes all out into warfare. There are even more deaths than I thought there would be. It shows that just because you have a plan does not mean that it’s going to work out.

For a lot of the book you’ll feel really bad for Darrow and well pretty much everyone he knows. The scheming is this story gets turned way past eleven. The key seems to be that you have to figure out who to trust and it’s not as easy as you’d think it would be.

You have to truly wonder which side is going to win and even if a revolution is going to be possible.

I truly have no idea what to expect from the final book, I just know that I want to read it ASAP

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sentence Sneak Peek - Golden Son

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

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

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)
“My silence thunders.”

“On the tactical readout, the six nimble destroyers move around my remaining man-of-war.”

“Eight hundred and thirty-three men and women.”

“I stand before my master, but he does not care.”

“I will soon die.

“We land near the Citadel.”

“On Luna, there is no dark.”

“I go cold inside.”

“The energy blossoms outward from the Stained liquid to the eye, evaporating his body and spreading over the floor like spilled mercury before darkening, slipping back to the origin, sucking men and chairs and bottles toward it like a black hole before detonating with a deep, nightmare roar.”

“I break.”

“Tonight, I kill two thousand of humanity’s great.”

“I stalk back into the gala.”

“We flee the top of the spire.”

““Once upon a time, there was a family of strong wills,” she says, voice slow and measured as a pendulum.”

“It takes everything I am not to flee.”

“Fitchner’s razor buzzes, and he chops away the tail faster than a bee beats its wings.”

“The Obsidians escort me to new quarters, Fitchner trailing along behind, pacing jovially on the marble floors.”

“Father once told me that a Helldiver can never stop.”

“They know I am rash.”

“I should have known what Tactus would do.”

“I explode through the bridge like a ball of lead shot into a store of china and glass.”

“My body trembles in the aftermath of the giant’s departure.”

“I find him in a communal washroom.”

“I slide across from her.”

““We are undone, that is what the ArchGovernor of Callisto has said.”

“Pliny glances worriedly at Augustus.”

“The Telemanuses wait for me in the hall.”

“You come to me at the head of a storm,” my friend says, gray beard blowing sideways in the wind as he looks at the waves far beneath.”

“I prepared the trap before I even left the fleet.”

“How long till we reach the rendezvous?”

Father is captured,” she says to me as she storms down the ramp from her smoking ship.”

“Mustang insisted on seeing Tactus before the meeting.”

“I sleep with a dream of the past.”

Lorn’s scouts capture the camel vessel as it brings foodstuffs to Pliny’s fleet gathered around Hildas Station, a star-shaped hub of trade and communications on the fringes of the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.”

Our disguise in the camel ship holds as we approach the fleet around Hildas Station, aiming for what was once Augustus’s flagship, now Pliny’s.”

““Power is the crown that eats the head,” the Jackal said to me as we planned the invasion.”

“The forward hangar bay is massive.”

“All I see is metal.”

“He doesn’t ask how I knew.”

“The EMP detonates.”

“There’s no time to mourn.”

“Six Praetorians in full armor watch me.”

“I wake to the smells of the sea.”

“I walk slowly down the stone hall with Mustang.”

“My ship lands in the early morning snowfall of Attica, a southern mountain city set on seven peaks.”

“I hug Dancer so hard his back cracks.”

“The Pot is a piece of shit— a three-hundred-meter-deep nest of metal and concrete humid with the stink of swill and cleaning agent.”

“MineMagistrate Timony cu Podginus waits for me flanked with a coterie of Gray mine guards, now wearing their best and brightest uniforms.”

“I’ve never felt fear like this.”

“Mustang is gone.”

“Today is my Triumph.”

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Red Rising

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

***May be kind of Spoilerish so only read if you've read the book :)

“I would have lived in peace.”

“I was forged in the bowels of this hard world. Sharpened by hate. Strengthened by love.”

“I just watched and thought it a shame that he died dancing but without his dancing shoes.”

“Old enough to screw, old enough to crew.”

“But she’s got the passion for ideas, while I’ve got no extra passion for anything but her.”

“Rather a drink be my master than a man. These chains taste sweet.”

“Did it make any of our lives any better? Dying for a cause doesn’t do a bloodydamn thing. It just robbed us of his laughter.”

““Break the chains, my love.”

“Live for more,” she mouths to me.”

“Told him words and dance mean as much as dust.”

“My people sing, we dance, we love. That is our strength.”

““We must take a different path. An empire cannot be destroyed from without till it is destroyed from within. Remember that. We’re empire-breakers, not terrorists.”

“If violence is the Gold sport, manipulation is their art form.”

“Darrow is like a stallion, one of the old stallions of Earth. Beautiful beasts that will run as hard as you push them. They will run. And run. And run. Until they don’t. Until their hearts explode.”

“This is not Lykos. There is no love, no family or trust. This place is sick.”
“Life’s ironies are not charming.”

“They didn’t create me. She did.”

““Men are not created equal; we all know this. There are averages. There are outliers. There are the ugly. There are the beautiful.”

“Martyrs, you see, are like bees. Their only power comes in death. How many of you would sacrifice yourself to not kill, but merely hurt your enemy? Not one of you, I wager.”

“Freedom costs too much.”

“The Peerless Scarred know that dark deeds are carried through life. They cannot be outrun. They must be worn if one is to rule. This is their first lesson. Or was it that the weak do not deserve life?”

“I’m a sheep wearing wolves’ clothing in a pack of wolves.”

“Always negotiate with food. I make a note.”

“Her words strike my heart. They echo through time from another’s lips. Live for more. More than power. More than vengeance. More than what we’re given.”

“I can give my people a future. That is what Eo wanted.”

“Mustang’s strategy is Eo’s dream.”

“Man cannot be freed by the same injustice that enslaved it.”

“If someone cuts you, I rip them apart. So, will you join our army?”

“Pax won’t stop laughing like a girl.”

“PAX AU TELEMANUS! PAX AU TELEMANUS!”

“The measure of a man is what he does when he has power,” I say loudly.”

“Every time any of you commit a crime like this, something gratuitous and perverse, you will own it and I will own it with you, because when you do something wicked, it hurts all of us.”

“They don’t understand. Golds don’t do this. Golds don’t sacrifice for one another.”

“You do not follow me because I am the strongest. Pax is. You do not follow me because I am the brightest. Mustang is. You follow me because you do not know where you are going. I do.”

“The best shall rise. Or is it the best connected?”

“Such a soft heart in such a hard form.”

“The fools. Alexander was a child when he ruined his first nation.”

“Perhaps one day I’ll have two hearts to give.”

“Reaper has come home.”

“No matter his confidence, I am right. He is wrong. I am the spark that will set the worlds afire. I am the hammer”

“It is not funny at all. Steel is power. Money is power. But of all the things in all the worlds, words are power.”

“I come from a people of song and dance. I don’t need him to tell me the power of words. But I smile nonetheless.”

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Review - Red Rising

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

5 out of 5 gnomes

Wow, this book is crazy intense (I love it.) Now this, this is a truly great dystopian story. It’s like if the Hunger Games and the Percy Jackson had a baby, a very violent baby.

This story takes place on Mars in a unique color coded society. The different facets of the society and world are built up very well. Darrow is a Red which is the lowest of the colors. He’s a miner and very good at what he does. He seems happy or at least content but then you find out piece by piece that everything is not all hunky dory. He doesn’t seem the rebellious type but then things go horribly wrong.

Darrow's not looking to start a revolution but events drastically lead him to it. You can really feel his pain and the hard decisions he has to make. Lets just say the beginning was very surprising.

He becomes part of the revolution in a very unique way. When he is among the Golds is when the true face behind the society starts to be seen.

Most of the story takes place at the Institute where the elite of the Golds are trained. This training is the most brutal game of capture the flag ever. It involves a lot of real life warfare and more than one death/murder.

The people he meets are surprising and have real depth. I really loved Sevro, Roque and Pax's characters. Then there’s Mustang, she and Darrow have quite an interesting relationship.

Darrow continues to do things his way and sees how he can change the world. After more than a couple of mistakes of course. His way of looking at the world leads to some interesting choices and consequences.

Can't wait to see what happens and if he can follow through on his part of the revolution plan.