Monday, January 15, 2018

ARC Review: Peach by Emma Glass

Release Date: January 23, 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Format: ebook
Pages:  112 pages
Genre: Fiction
Buy: Kindle | Hardcover 

Synopsis: 

Something has happened to Peach. Staggering around the town streets in the aftermath of an assault, Peach feels a trickle of blood down her legs, a lingering smell of her anonymous attacker on her skin. It hurts to walk, but she manages to make her way to her home, where she stumbles into another oddly nightmarish reality: Her parents can't seem to comprehend that anything has happened to their daughter.

The next morning, Peach tries to return to the routines of her ordinary life, going to classes, spending time with her boyfriend, Green, trying to find comfort in the thought of her upcoming departure for college. And yet, as Peach struggles through the next few days, she is stalked by the memories of her unacknowledged trauma. Sleeping is hard when she is haunted by the glimpses of that stranger's gaping mouth. Working is hard when her assailant's rancid smell still fills her nostrils. Eating is impossible when her stomach is swollen tight as a drum. Though she tries to close her eyes to what has happened, Peach at last begins to understand the drastic, gruesome action she must take.

Review: 


The synopsis of this book is much better than the actual book.  Filled with surreal and disjointed prose this is like a runaway poem that wasn't quite sure of its direction. I spent half of the book trying to figure out what the hell I was reading and why.

Babies made of Jelly, teachers made from pudding, the world has people who don't have skin, and Peach is stumbling through the dark trying to recover from what I'm assuming was a rape, although the description was difficult to figure out. Her parents are very odd and the whole book just left me wanting to shower and wash my brain.

There are graphic scenes that may turn a lot of people away (I'm not that squeamish) but I was left confused and not grasping the praise this book has received.  I may be in the minority but I found this book to be truly terrible. There are so many other books out there about rape and the turmoil and trauma it causes that this was just not a necessary read.


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. 



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Friday, January 12, 2018

Book Review: Run Fast, Eat Slow: Nourishing Recipes for Athletes by Shalane Flannagan & Else Kopecky

Release Date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: Rodale Books
Format: Hardcover
Pages:  256 pages
Genre: Cookbook
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Synopsis:

Packed with more than 100 recipes for every part of your day, mind-blowing nutritional wisdom, and inspiring stories from two fitness-crazed women that became fast friends more than 15 years ago, Run Fast. Eat Slow. has all the bases covered. You'll find no shortage of delicious meals, satisfying snacks, thirst-quenching drinks, and wholesome treats--all made without refined sugar and flour.

Review: 


I made a deal with myself toward the end of the year to eat healthier.  I started seeking out cookbooks that are healthy and anti-inflammation.  This book has a lot of really good information on nutrition. I have made many recipes from this book and all of them have been really good and are good for you.   The portions are bigger than you imagine and even recipes I was a little leery of like the Omega Sardine Salad turned out to be good and something I would definitely eat again. So dig in and get cooking!


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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Audio Book Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

Release Date: November 14, 2017
Publisher: Audible Studios
Format: Audio
Length: 8 hours 59 minutes
Narrator: Rosario Dawson
Genre: Sci/fi
Buy: Audible | Kindle | Paperback

Synopsis:

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself - and that now her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

Review:

I had mixed feelings about The Martian (I like the movie better) and I feel the same way about this book.  Weir had a real opportunity having his main character be a Muslim woman but instead he basically turns her into a criminal terrorist...not the best idea in this day and age.  I liked that the Moon is ruled by Kenyan's and that the welders are mostly Arab etc...at least the characters were other than your average white people. So this book's makeup really gave it a different twist and while I don't want to give away too much lets just say there is some redemption but Weir really could have though that through a bit better.

Jazz is interesting and at first seemed one dimensional but she does have some depth.  Her humor is more in line with a 17 year old boy than a 26 year old woman which can get annoying but the story carried me along past it although I did have a hard time remembering she was 26. The supporting characters were interesting and there was a lot more to this story than what I first thought.  The twists really left me listening more and more.

Weir likes his science and will take any moment to go into detail of many different things that flew over my head and seemed to drag on a bit too long (I don't think I will be welding on the moon anytime soon but now I know how).

Overall this is a pretty interesting book.  While Jazz's personality needed some work I think the story was well done and the world Weir built is interesting.  Rosario Dawson was a great choice as a narrator.  Her reading really brought Jazz to life and helped me connect to her despite her juvenile personality.




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Monday, January 8, 2018

Book Review: The Hideaway by Laura K. Denton

Release Date: April 11, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: ebook
Pages:  352 pages
Genre: Fiction
Buy: Kindle | Paperback |

Synopsis: 

After her last remaining family member dies, Sara Jenkins goes home to The Hideaway, her grandmother Mags’s ramshackle B&B in Sweet Bay, Alabama. She intends to quickly tie up loose ends then return to her busy life and thriving antique shop in New Orleans. Instead, she learns Mags has willed The Hideaway to her and charged her with renovating it—no small task considering her grandmother’s best friends, a motley crew of senior citizens, still live there.

Rather than hurrying back to New Orleans, Sara stays in Sweet Bay and begins the biggest house-rehabbing project of her career. Amid drywall dust, old memories, and a charming contractor, she discovers that slipping back into life at The Hideaway is easier than she expected.

Then she discovers a box Mags left in the attic with clues to a life Sara never imagined for her grandmother. With help from Mags’s friends, Sara begins to piece together the mysterious life of bravery, passion, and choices that changed her grandmother’s destiny in both marvelous and devastating ways.

When an opportunistic land developer threatens to seize The Hideaway, Sara is forced to make a choice—stay in Sweet Bay and fight for the house and the people she’s grown to love or leave again and return to her successful but solitary life in New Orleans.

Review:

Family secrets, missed opportunities, a love of the South and a beautiful setting all serve to create a nice story with interesting characters, a few plot twists and a B & B you will wish is real. This book was a great way to start the year! Denton has written a beautifully atmospheric book that makes you want to rock on a big porch with a glass of sweet tea and watch the Spanish moss swaying from the trees.

Mags was an eccentric woman who wore outlandish clothes and lived in a big run down B & B called the Hideaway with a few other senior citizens and her granddaughter, Sara. When Sara grows up she moves to New Orleans, starts a business restoring antique furniture and other vintage odds and ends. She rarely ever goes back to Sweet Bay which holds too many painful memories. When her grandmother, Mags dies Sara is forced back to Sweet Bay where she learns to see the beauty of the small town, and learns more about her grandmother and what made her the woman she came to be. It also allows her to forgive, heal and find a life that she had been running  from for so long.







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