DNF: “The Fifth Season” by N.K. Jemisin

Hey everybody!

This is sort of a book review, but also not. It is just a post to say that I did not finish “The Fifth Season” by N.K. Jemisin.

The Prologue

  • Too confusing
  • It was a flashback
  • -If it were a sequel to another book, I wouldn’t mind the flashback; but, because it’s not, it just makes it seem……..strange
  • She puts in terminology from the world, but we haven’t seen the actual world yet

The Chapters

  • Switches between second-person and third-person
  • Just. Too. Confusing.

I may go back to this book later on, but for right now, I’m DNF-ing it (and I NEVER DNF books).

July 2016 Book Haul

I am putting this Book Haul up early because I know I won’t be buying anymore books within the next few days.

I try to not buy books, but I don’t seem to succeed. I’m going to put the synopsis of each book and you guys can decide if you want to read them or not :).

I went on a little book shopping spree at Walmart and I got these:

“The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy (the summer I turned pretty, it’s not summer without you, and we’ll always have summer)” by Jenny Han: Belly has always lived for the summertime because it means all her favorite things-swimming, the beach, and the Fisher boys: Conrad and Jeremiah. She has spent every summer of her life with them at Cousins Beach. All the while Belly has loved Conrad from afar, until finally, one fateful summer, it seems like he might feel something for her, too. But as it turns out, so does Jeremiah. As the summers go on, Belly must choose between the two brothers and face the inevitable: She will have to break one of their hearts.

“Red Queen” by Victoria Aveyard: Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood-those with red and those with silver. Mars and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but a twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself where, in front of the King and all his nobles, she discovers an ability she didn’t know she had. Except…her blood is Red. To hide this impossibly, the kind forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart. Loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

“The Museum of Heartbreak” by Meg Leder: Welcome to the Museum of Heartbreak. Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face-to-face with the devastating, lonely-making, butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak. Heartbreak comes in all forms: There’s Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy who couldn’t be more perfect for her. There’s possibly the worst person in the world, Cherisse, whose mission in life is to make Penelope miserable. There’s Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend Audrey. And then there’s Penelope’s other best friend, the equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing Eph, who has been all kinds of confusing lately. But sometimes the biggest heartbreak of all is learning to let go of the wondrous time before you even knew things could be broken…

“Happily Ever After” by Kiera Cass: Before they found their happily ever afters, Amberly, Maxon, Aspen, and Marlee had other stories to tell.

I also bought volume 2 of “Keep Calm and Trust God”.

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At Shore Leave this year, I bought 4 books (and got them all signed!).

“Every Kingdom Divided” by Stephen Kozeniewski: Jack Pasternak, a laid-back California doctor, receives a garbled distress call from his fiancรฉe in Maryland before her transmissions stop altogether. Unfortunately for Jack, citizens of the Blue States are no longer allowed to cross Red America. He is faced with an impossible choice: ignore his lover’s peril or risk his own life and sanity by venturing into the dark heart of The Red States. When the armies of the Mexican Reconquista come marching into Los Angeles, Jack’s hand is forced and he heads east in an old-fashioned gas guzzling car.

“Artificial Absolutes” by Mary Fan: Deception spares no part of the Galaxy. Jane Colt is just another recent college grad working as an Interstellar Confederation office drone – until the day she witnesses her best friend, Adam, kidnapped by a mysterious criminal. An extensive cover-up thwarts her efforts to report the crime, shaking her trust in the authorities. Only her older brother, Devin, believes her account. Devin hopes to leave behind his violent past and find peace in a marriage to the woman he loves. That hope shatters when he discovers a shocking secret that causes him to be framed for murder. With little more than a cocky attitude, Jane leaves everything she know to flee with Devin, racing through the most lawless corners of the Galaxy as she searches for Adam and proof of her bothers innocence. Her journey uncovers truths about both of them, leading her to wonder just how much she’s doesn’t know about the people she loves.

“Synthetic Illusions” by Mary Fan: Illusion is the only reality. Jane’s new career as a composer is a dream come true, but her blossoming relationship with Adam is marred by his terrifying nightmares. When Jane receives a warning that a shadowy agency is targeting Adam’s seminary school, she rescues him in the nick of time, but the only way she can protect him from such a powerful enemy is to run. In a shocking betrayal, her brother wasn’t the one who warned her about the attack on Adam. Instead, Devin was leading it. As Jane struggles to keep one step ahead of Devin, Adam’s exhaustion gives way to horror: His nightmares have begun to touch the real world. Jane can’t abandon Adam to a fate worse than death, and far more than Adam’s life hangs in the balance. As Jane pushes further into the dark unknown, she must challenge everything she once believed in, and she faces the most wrenching decision of her life: choosing between the two people she loves most.

“Virtual Shadows” by Mary Fan: Betrayal is the deadliest weapon. Life on the galaxy’s lawless Fringe isn’t easy. Nevertheless, Jane doesn’t regret sacrificing her comfortable life to protect the young man she loves. But the very place she took him for safety is slowly killing him, and her world is shaken again when her brother, Devin, renters her life. Determined to discover the identity of those behind a vicious bombing near his agency’s secret base, Devin defies her superiors and ventures into the dark corners of the universe. When he learns that the att jets have their crosshairs in the mysterious woman who saved his life, the mission becomes personal. Unable to remain in hiding and unwilling to stand by while danger looms, Jane joins her brother on his quest and battles a chilling adversary hell-bent on destroying her homeworld. Entangled in a web of interstellar intrigue, virtual deception, and murderous agendas, she races to find answers – before the enemy wreaks devastation upon all she once knew.

Update, 5SOS, and Shore Leave 38

Hey guys!

I know I haven’t updated in a while and I apologize for that. It’s been a hectic last few weeks. I know I posted a book review since the beginning of this month, but let me update everybody on what’s been happening since the beginning.

July 2-3, 2016

I had updated on July 2 about finding my flash drive and how I was taking a trip to Pennsylvania. Well, that “trip” was to see 5 Seconds of Summer on their Sounds Live Feels Live tour at Hershey Park Stadium. IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!! We sat in the 14th row on the floor and it was just the best! (I inserted a picture below). On July 3, my best friend and I went to Hershey’s Chocolate World. When we got home that afternoon, we went to a gender-reveal party for a friend of ours……….she’s having a baby girl!!


July 8, 2016

On this day, it was the 2-year anniversary of my brother’s death (I’m not going to dive into any details…..sorry).  I didn’t feel like doing much of anything on that day and, so, nothing got done.
July 14, 2016

On the 14th, I got my first tattoo! It’s a book tattoo and I completely love it! (I inserted another picture below).

July 15-17, 2016

  • On July 15, Shore Leave began. I know that I’ve updated about Shore Leave in my July TBR update, so I’m not going to elaborate on it. There wasn’t much to do until later that day since everybody was still setting up. I worked security detail for the Art Show most of the day. I had “Meet the Pros” from 10pm until midnight. “Meet the Pros” was a meet-and-greet (I guess you could say) with a few (close to 50, actually, give or take) Sci-Fi/Fantasy authors. However…I was working it, not participating in it.
  • On July 16, I spent most of my day in Writers workshops and seminars. After that was finished for the day, I worked a few hours for security before going home for the night. I also got a few signed copies of books by Stephen Kozeniewski and Mary Fan.
  • On July 17, I spent the better part of the day in Writers workshops and seminars. I actually got one-on-one time with Glenn Hauman and Robert Greenberger. T.J. Perkins stopped by for a little chat, as well. After the workshops were finished for the day, I worked security for a few hours while everybody was taking everything apart. All in all, it was an amazing weekend and I SO can’t wait for next year’s!!

I also signed up for my classes for next semester, so I’m all set for school! I will be back later for more updates!

-Stephanie

    Book Review: “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins

    Hi everybody!

    I finished reading “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins a few days ago (it’s been a long weekend).

    This book is about an alcoholic woman who witnesses a crime and when she goes to the police, nobody takes her seriously. To them, she’s just the girl on the train. They don’t take her seriously until she solves the case herself. This book is about her journey solving the case.

    It took me a while to finish this book. For me, it was boring up until the last hundred pages or so. I didn’t really enjoy this book because the main character, Rachel: is whiny, a drunk who sometimes drinks until she blacks out, harasses her ex-husband all the time, and puts her nose into other people’s business even when she is told to stay away by the person who’s business she is in. However, she goes above and beyond to solve the crime because she feels like she owes it to the woman and the woman’s husband……..and I like that about Rachel.

    Until next time,

    Stephanie

    Novel update

    Hi guys!

    I have some exciting news……..

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    I FOUND MY FLASH DRIVE!!!!!!!!

    Ya see….I’m finishing up packing for my trip to Pennsylvania later today and I was going through the pockets in my suitcase and I found my flash drive!! I guess I forgot to take it out after my last “weekend” trip (it was a Thursday and Friday). I’m so happy I found it!!

    Anyway, I need to finish packing. I’m leaving in about an hour and a half.

    Until next time,

    Stephanie

    July 2016 Book TBR

    Hello everyone!

    Last month was not exactly a big reading month for me. This month, however, I plan on reading a lot, but I don’t know if I’ll have the time.

    This month, I have a lot of events going on:

    July 2&3 – I’m going to Hershey Park, Pennsylvania (I live in Maryland) to go see 5 Seconds of Summer in concert

    July 9 – I possibly (I might have to work) will be going to my best friend’s house for a surprise birthday party her Mom has set up (ssshhhh….don’t tell her)

    July 15,16&17 – I’m going up to Hunt Valley, Maryland for Shore Leave 38. Shore Leave is an annual sci-fi convention. People travel from all over the nation to come to this convention; they have actors, authors, prizes, writing workshops, seminars, lectures, pictures with actors, book/t-shirt sellers, game rooms, etc. It’s an amazing experience! The last 2 years, I helped out with security for the event and this year, I’m doing security and working with the authors, plus going to the writing workshops (and seeing Robbie Amell in person!!!)

    July 18 – My sister has to get another wisdom tooth removed (this outta be fun)

    The books I plan on reading this month are: “City of Heavenly Fire” by Cassandra Clare, “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins, “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, and “The Fifth Season” by N.K. Jemisin.

    I want to stick to my plans for this month. I have a lot of books to be read, so I need to focus. I’m trying to convince myself and it’s not working. Oh well.

    Until next time,

    Stephanie