The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones

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Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a chance to read this book early and submit my review.
The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones is set to release September 5th 2017

I was really excited to get my hands on The Salt Line, if you haven’t guessed by now I love a good dystopian novel. And I have to give this one credit for being such an orignal end of world scenario. The Salt Line takes place sometime in the future after the world’s population has retreated to different zones, protected from the wild behind chemically burned lines. Everyone is frightened of ticks, which I get I live in a highly populated tick zone myself. I will spare you the details of why these ticks are so horrible. The story is about a group of rich individuals who pay to take a risky trip outside of the salt line to see nature and get a thrill. From there they run into a group of people who live outside the zone and drama takes place.  If I give you much more detail it runs the risk of spoilers. While I enjoyed the originality of this novel I really wish the story was told a little different. The world building and character development left a lot of room to be desired. The first part of the book was amazing, I really wished it was expanded upon and told on its own. The 2 & 3 part of the book were good but I felt rushed and could have also been expanded into another book or two. Lastly I see another one or at least a need for a sequel. I was left wanting to know more about this world she built and I hope I get to. With that all being said The Salt Line is a good read for when you want a little drama and adventure.

Saving Marty by Paul Griffin

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I received an advanced copy of this book to enjoy and review. Saving Marty by Paul Griffin is an adorable and witty book about a boy who saves a runt pig and a runt pig who brings together a family trough his hijinks. Renzo is a pre-teen growing up in Pennsylvania on a farm. His best friend Paloma and him bonded as children who have lost a parent. They spend their days on the farm making music and dreaming of making it big in hollywood. As a child, I lost a parent quite similarly to the way Renzo lost his father. This book though for pre-teens struck home for me. When Renzo finds Marty (the pig) in with the litter of puppies his dog just had, he almost instantly has a connection with him. Marty who grows up thinking he is a dog is comical and sweet. He comes into Renzo’s life when he needs him most. Their friendship is sweet and I was constantly shocked by how draw-in I was to reading. Saving Marty had me laughing and crying, sometimes both at once. I loved this coming of age tale and can not wait for my son to be old enough to read it.All the characters in Saving Marty are all well-built, I especially love Double, though the areas to which they are in are lacking in detail. I was able though to be able to build it up with my imagination, and that is never a bad thing for kids to work on.

Reading it with your pre-teen might also help open up the floor for various degrees of topics to talk about. Spoilers ahead!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Topics will include losing homes, war, PTSD, suicide, friends moving away, losing a pet, and handling bullies.

Saving Marty is intended for ages 10-14 but is a good tale for anyone.

Saving Marty is set to be released 9/19/17

 

 

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

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I enjoy sci-fi I really do and I was able to appreciate this book for what it was. A sci-fi action story, but it is complicated. To give a short description of the story without giving anything important away will be difficult. The story which takes place sometime in the future after Red Rising, begins with Darrow our heroine finishing up at the academy and being ruined by his darn ego as always. Darrow isn’t the type of hero I route for, his whining and ego consistently had me upset with him. I can though forgive him for doing the right things in the end. After finishing at the academy I cannot even mention anything else without giving away some kind of plot twist or another. This book is full of plot twist it will keep you on your toes or completely confused. There was a few times while reading I just had to stop and try to work it out in my head. I would like to recommend this book to anyone who had read Red Rising and loved it as much as I did. Golden Son while pack full of story is still a good follow-up to it predecessor and still left me wanting to read the next book in the series.

Golden Son is book two in the Red Rising trilogy*.

*I mention it as a series because I believe while it was intended as a trilogy to begin with there is a fourth book coming out.

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King

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Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King is not your average horror novel, by our wonderful master of horror, but a detective novel. Though the book starts off with a horrific event (I don’t want to spoil for those who don’t know it.) the story continues down the path of a retired detective who has the one case that just haunts him. Bill Hodges is drawn back in to the hunt for Mr. Mercedes after receiving a letter from the supposed psychopath. Through-out his investigation he meets an array of lively characters that add a wonderful angle to the story. While I enjoyed the book I did find myself constantly annoyed with Hodges. He continually refuses help and constantly just by-passes a huge clue. I can not say why this annoyed me, really it made the character all the more realistic. The other reason is I could have been frustrated was because we also got the story from the antagonist point of view, so I kind of knew what was going on. These chapters are something that could only be made real through the mind of Stephen King. So if you are a fan of Stephen King’s, a fan of detective novel, or a fan of both check this book out. I enjoyed it and instantly downloaded the next book in the series.

Mr. Mercedes is this first book in the Bill Hodges trilogy.

Mr. Mercedes is being made in to a tv series on the Audience Network.

I listened to Mr. Mercedes on audio book.

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore

 

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I received an e-copy of this book from First to Read in exchange of my review.

Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore is about a man Milo who has lived 9,995 lives and only has 5 more to get it right. It is also about his love story with death also know as Suzie. This book while funny and lighthearted at times is about everyone’s struggle with living a perfect life and making it the great beyond. Below is my review as posted to First to Read.

I literally just finished reading Reincarnation Blues and had to log right on to write my rave review. The book starts off as a lighthearted and quirky book about a man and his lives. Though the beginning of the story there is a touch of love story going on in the background as well. Slowly the story becomes about so much more and the love story becomes one of my favorites. One that survives all space, time and lives. I enjoyed all the different short stories scattered through-out the book. Many of them could hold up on their own as full told stories, some of them left me craving more. Not in the way that they weren’t complete, but just that I wanted to know more of the time and place the story was told in. Milo is an extremely relatable character, who is really just all of us trying to make out way through life in an honorable way. Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore is the perfect book to read during some downtime, but be careful it may encroach into your life until nothing is finished until you finish the book! I can’t wait until I can add a physical copy of this book to my library!

Reincarnation Blues is set to release August 22, 2017

The Circle by Dave Eggers

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I started this blog a few days ago and I kind of feel like I am Mae just beginning to work for The Circle. For those of you who don’t have a blog and don’t know, and for those of you who do and can relate; there is an endless amount of promotion that goes on across multiple social media platforms. There is tweeting, and re-tweeting, likes and hearts, reading, commenting and following . It can be a bit overwhelming, but in the times we live, it is what must be done. When Mae first starts at The Circle, a giant technology company, she is super thrilled. Slowly though she is consumed with the everyday task and lack of privacy it takes to keep up with the ever-growing company. From an outside prospective I find The Circle to be almost a horror novel. It makes me want to run away to the woods and hide with no technology in sight. If you can’t take a hard look at yourself and the world as it relates to technology this book might not be for you. I did give this book a good rating though because I really did enjoy it. I enjoyed following Mae’s thought processes, meeting her family, and learning her new job. Eggers does a great job of helping you become engrossed in his dystopian future. I recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t think we could end up this way and to the people who are afraid we will. Have some fun and join Mae at The Circle.

“SECRETS ARE LIES SHARING IS CARING PRIVACY IS THEFT”
― Dave EggersThe Circle

The Circle was adapted into a movie featuring Emma Watson

 

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

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Still Alice was a book different from the kind I normally read. Told from the point of view of Alice Howland, who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, Still Alice gives you an inside look at what it might be like to lose yourself. Alice is a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned linguistics expert, she is proud of her achievements and when diagnosed at 50 struggles with what losing her mind will be like. Genova writes a book that is perfect to read with family or friends to help open up the conversation of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects those involved. The story is well written and often makes you feel sad as you start to notice the main character has just again forgotten something important. Still Alice is an easy to read book and only took me about two days to complete, it is a must read for any book club.

“In the ladies’ room, Alice studied her image in the mirror. The reflected older woman’s face didn’t quite match the picture that she had of herself in her mind’s eye.”
― Lisa GenovaStill Alice

For book club questions visit: http://www.litlovers.com/reading-guides/fiction/987-still-alice-genova?start=3

Still Alice was made into a movie starring Julianne Moore. (The book is better, 😉 )