Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Review and My Favorite Quotes/Lines

Aliens Abroad by Gini Koch

5  out of 5 gnomes

Kitty in Spaaaaaaccccceeee!!!!

Feelings After Reading: OMG scared than very surprised by that ending, love for all the characters, those KIDS!!!

This series continues to be my happy place. It's just comforting and fun to see what these characters get up to. I also love space and shows like Star Trek, so this book was definitely for me and it boldly goes to many new places.

This book takes pretty much every character we've ever met along for a wild ride. Just when you think you know what's going on you're in for a surprise.

The ending too, wow, it seems to be taking the next book in a very intriguing direction.

Overall, if you haven't started this series yet, check it out ASAP.

My Favorite Quotes/Lines:

* Spoilers are highlighted like so :)

“That’s right. These are my continuing missions. To be forced to explore strange, new worlds. To meet new civilizations, usually in the middle of some kind of battle. To accidently and sarcastically go where no one has willingly gone before.”

“Sorry about your groin.”

“It was nice that my work put me around great looking people all the time—it was one of the few perks that sort of balanced the Crap Is Always Getting Weird thing a bit.”

“Joy. Subterfuge on top of everything else. Truly, I cannot wait.”

“Yes, and not just your children. All the children. Well, all the talented ones.”

“No, I don’t. I know most things, but not everything. And there’s quite a lot going on. More than normal.”

“Uh, why are all of you, other than Serene, acting like you’re about to offer to marry that rabbit?” Jeff asked.”

“This is the best cat in the galaxy, right here.”

“It’s my gift, my talent. Presumably, at any rate. Beyond that, no clue.”

“He can be tough to get to like at first, but he’s really a great guy when you get to know him.”

“Um . . . Santa?”

“Yeah? I thought about it. Then I decided that I wasn’t going to let your kids grow up as orphans, even though I’d be raising them as my own. Call me a reluctant foster father.”

“He chuckled. “How many others embrace that which terrifies them, merely because they know it to be the proper thing to do?”

“Sarcasm is such a fun trait. I’m glad you enjoy it so.”

“I’m not surprised at all because, in the grand scheme of things, that totally and completely figures.”

“I’ve never even imagined anything like this,” Siler said softly.”

“THIS COULD BE YOUR craziest idea yet,” Reader said. “And I say that with the full knowledge of all your other crazy ideas.”

“Poop for the win, I guess.”

“And everything had a name. And what doesn’t have a name needs one. Names matter. The name is the thing and the name affects the thing.”

“And the good of the many outweigh the good of the few.”

“It’s a freaking awesome galaxy, isn’t it?” “It is. Which is why we’re doing this—so it continues to be so.”

 “Better slow than never, that was my motto.”

“That’s our job, in case you weren’t clear—to save people. It always has been. And, as far as I can tell, it always will be. So, we go, and we go now.”

 “That was me, taking feminism to the stars.”

“Baby, I hear you’ve been using your own special form of diplomacy.”

“That’s why we did it,” Jeff said, sarcasm knob at eleven and threatening to go to twelve. “For the accolades.”

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Review/My Favorite Quotes and Lines - Every Day

Every Day by David Levithan


3 gnomes out of 5 gnomes

Feelings after reading: Surprised and a little bummed that the story was over.

This is another one of those books that I’ve known about forever but never got around to reading it, until I saw the preview for the movie based on this book. The preview looked pretty good so I knew I wanted to read this book ASAP.

It is intriguing seeing A’s point of view on this plethora of different lives. I kind of wish the book had started in the earlier years and then did a time jump to being 16 years old. The lives we do see really shape A into an interesting character.

Meeting Rhiannon changes everything for this character. It was almost a little too instalove but I just went with it and got drawn into the story.

The only real misstep/part I didn’t like was how harsh A was when they were in the body of someone that wore a 3XXXL. I myself am not exactly a small person but the way A describes the body is pretty darn insulting and makes the person sound horrible/like they have a hard time even existing. I mean A was two rather large football player dudes in the book, I imagine them close to 300 pounds too and rocking larger than a 3X shirt. After so much other diversity and openness in the book it was a little jarring that A was so upset by waking up fat.

The ending was a twist I wasn’t expecting. (I was expecting an ending kind of like the one in The Host by Stephanie Meyer.) So I really was surprised by how everything ended up and wish there had been just a little more of what exactly happens next.

My Favorite Quotes/Lines

“After a while, you have to be at peace with the fact that you simply are.”

“We all contain mysteries, especially when seen from the inside.”

“We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.”

“Happiness is so rarely a part of my vocabulary, because for me it’s so fleeting.”

“Once you experience enormity, it lingers everywhere you look, and wants to be every word you say.”

“Kindness connects to who you are, while niceness connects to how you want to be seen.”

“In my experience, desire is desire, love is love. I have never fallen in love with a gender. I have fallen for individuals. I know this is hard for people to do, but I don’t understand why it’s so hard, when it’s so obvious.”

“If your beauty is unquestioned, so many other things can go unquestioned as well.”

“If smart people are parodying it, that’s a sure sign that some less smart people are believing it.”

“As if when someone close to us dies, we momentarily trade places with them, in the moment right before. And as we get over it, we’re really living their life in reverse, from death to life, from sickness to health.”

Thursday, February 8, 2018

My Favorite Quotes/Lines - Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

“But a few rounds had the same effect as a trip to Pinocchio’s Pleasure Island: anyone could turn into an ass.”

“Fuck. That. Shit.”

“She straightened, a distinct, uncomfortable pride burgeoning in her chest. She was no show-off, but when she did a good job, she wanted her A+, dammit. And if she literally and figuratively kicked ass at bartending, she wanted them to know it.”

“And so, at two that same night—or the next morning, depending—Bailey set off for Nero’s Griddle on Belmont for what Zane had promised would be “an indoctrination session, but with pancakes.”

“Chivalry is dumb,” she said. “But so’s being cold.”

“He was a grown-up, and Bailey was just a teenager who’d gotten old.”

“The mean streets of Ravenswood were hardly mean, but Bailey had never felt more wary of them.”

“She much preferred to reserve hugging for the people who really mattered, but in the last few years society had decided that brief embraces were the best way to greet everyone everywhere.”

“And if you’re gonna color outside the lines again, make sure you pick the lines that’re really fucking asking for it.”

“The grown-up who says they know what they’re doing is a grown-up who’s lying.”

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Lively Libations aka My Review of Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

4 gnomes and a gnome hat out of 5 gnomes

Feelings after reading - pumped up and thirsty (gotta try some of the drinks that were mentioned. :) )

This book was one wild ride. I adore the whole magic system that’s in play here. Cocktails for magic and a surprising other drink that heals makes for a truly fun read.

All the drink recipes and history are great additions that make the book shine too.

Bailey and the other characters are well done and have great chemistry. My favorite characters (besides the awesome Bailey) have to be Vincent and Bucket. I like that these characters definitely aren’t perfect but find their way as they go along.

Also great is the surprising big bad and just how far they will go to get what they want.

Overall, fighting evil with booze leads to plenty of surprises/twists/and a surprising amount of heart.