Book Review: “Octopus! The Most Mysterious Creature in the Sea” by Katherine Harmon Courage

Hi guys!

I had gotten this book last year while at the National Aquarium in Baltimore and I only just finished reading it (I know…took long enough).

Synopsis from GoodReads:

No one understands the octopus. With eight arms, three hearts, camouflaging skin, and a disarmingly sentient look behind its highly evolved eyes, how could it appear anything but utterly alien? Octopuses have been captivating humans for as long as we have been catching them. Many cultures have octopus-centric creation myths, art, and, of course, cuisine. For all of our ancient fascination and millions of dollars’ worth of modern research, however, we still have not been able to get a firm grasp on these enigmatic creatures. Now, Katherine Harmon Courage, a veteran journalist and contributing editor for Scientific American, dives into the mystifying underwater world of the octopus. She reports from around the globe of her adventures in Spain, Greece, and even Brooklyn, inviting us to experience the scientific discoveries and deep cultural ties that connect us to the octopus. You’ll discover: The oldest known fossilized octopus is estimated to have lived 296 million years ago—even before the first dinosaurs emerged. Government agencies are funding research labs around the world to re-create the octopus’s naturally occurring camouflage techniques. About two thirds of an octopus’s brain capacity is spread throughout its eight arms, meaning each one literally has a mind of its own. Octopuses have aced numerous intelligence tests, including opening childproof bottles, solving mazes, and even recognizing individual people. The octopus can change colors and textures within milliseconds to vanish against its background—yet we have no evidence that it can see in color. Courage deftly interweaves personal narrative with interviews with leading octopus experts. The result is an entertaining yet scientifically grounded exploration of the octopus and its infinitely complex world.

 

I found this book to be very insightful of the octopus. There were some parts that I had to skip because of reasons, but I do highly recommend this book.

 

Until my next post,

Stephanie

Book Review: “It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover

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“It Ends With Us” by Colleen Hoover was the Monthly Book Discussion book for the month of June for the group I am in on GoodReads. I had bought this book back when it had come out and I was so excited that I had gotten to read it so soon – it was definitely one of my most anticipated reads for this year.

Synopsis:

Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most. Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place. As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

I cried a lot while reading this book. The amount of pain I felt for Lily was unbearable. This book shows a side of domestic violence that most people don’t have the heart to share. This book is definitely a must read for EVERYONE!

This book does have sexual content in it and, even though it does teach a valuable lesson for everybody of all ages, I do not recommend this book for anyone under the age of 18.

Until my next post,

Stephanie

ARC Book Review: “Apollo’s 11” by Anna Collins

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I received a free copy of “Apollo’s 11” by Anna Collins straight from the author herself in exchange for an honest review.

Overview from GoodReads:

The moment I saw Calista Cohen, I knew I was screwed. She looked so much like the girl on the painting. I had to find out more. I was so intrigued to meet the woman who had the nerve to say exactly what she thought of my manuscript that I had to see her in person. Her review was so insightful, as if she already knew me. It almost felt like a window to my soul. She should definitely be worth checking. Suddenly I find myself in her house and I am mesmerized by her sight. She looks divine and sexy as hell. And at that moment, I already know. I have to have her. Calista Cohen is going to be mine and there is no way around it. I am Apollo Irons and I always get what I want. But I have to be careful. No one must find out my most precious secret.  No one must find out about my son. I can’t risk losing him over anything.

At first glance, I thought this was going to be a normal Anna Collins book – sex scenes galore. But, it wasn’t. There weren’t very many sex scenes……and IT WAS SO GOOD!!!! I don’t know what possessed the author, but she did such an amazing job with this novel! The plot was excellent and well drawn out, the characters were completely developed, and the content was to die for. I seriously loved this book so much!

Book Review: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling

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I FINALLY got around to reading this book – I mainly listened to it on audiobook (thanks YouTube!!) on my drives to and from places since I can’t exactly read while I’m driving.

Here is the synopsis from GoodReads:

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a cloak of invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years. But all that is about change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him…if Harry can survive the encounter.

I, honestly, liked the movie better than the book. But the book was also really good!

Until my next post,

Stephanie

ARC Review: “Pierce Me” by Simone Sowood

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I received an ARC copy of “Pierce Me” by Simone Sowood from the author herself in exchange for an honest review.

Here is the synopsis from GoodReads:

She’s never had an O. I’m going to make up for that. When Eloise walks into my tattoo parlor, she thinks she knows what she’s after – a piercing to help take her where no man can. But I don’t want to help her the way she thinks. I had a crush on her all the way through grade school. The last time I saw her was seventh grade, when my life was falling apart. Now she has the same cute pony tail as always but the rest of her grown up body makes me hard just looking at it. I’ll give her a piercing alright, and it will be the deepest one of her life. Never had an O, welcome to Oh My God!

I enjoyed reading this book. I kind of skipped past a few sex scenes, but overall, I liked it. I really liked the main characters of Gabe and Eloise.

I do not recommend anyone under the age of 18 to read this book….as it is an erotica novel.

Until my next post,

Stephanie

Book Review: “Th1rteen R3asons Why” by Jay Asher

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I am back with another book review! A couple weeks ago, I had finished “Thirteen Reasons Why” by Jay Asher. I always had wondered what the hype was about this book and now I know why.

Synopsis from GoodReads:

Clay Jensen doesn’t want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her. Then Hannah’s voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes– and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death. All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his small town. . .. . .and what he discovers changes his life forever.

I had so many feels while reading this book. This book, basically, made me depressed every single time I picked it up, but I could never put it down. The ending almost made me cry – I just felt so helpless. I wish that someone had helped Hannah through all of this and I wish that Hannah had accepted the help Clay was willing to give her.

Book Review: “Billionaire Obsession” by Anna Collins

Hey guys!

I finished reading this short novella by Anna Collins. I got this novella from the author.

Overview from Goodreads:

Nothing is ever as it seems in Wendy De Luca’s life. She thought she’d finally met a good man after crossing paths with billionaire Dane Marshall. Breaking all her own rules, she flew to his private, Caribbean island for a weekend of pleasure, adventure, and excitement with the man who had, only a few short weeks earlier, passionately taken her in the boardroom. Yet as fate would have it, they hadn’t counted on a few unexpected twists that could change everything- for instance, his wife Lauren, her own boy toy, and a dark secret that threatens to come to light. 
I kind of liked this book, but at the same time, I didn’t like this book. There was a MAJOR plot twist at the end that I didn’t expect. I almost started crying at this twist.

This book is rated M for Mature and should only be read by people 18 and over.

Until my next post,

Stephanie