Written by: Andy Weir
Rating: 4 / 5 stars
Summary: 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.
Written by: Blake Crouch
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Summary: “Are you happy with your life?”
Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”
In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.
Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.
Hey all! Today, I’ve decided to do the I Spy Book Challenge (originally created by Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books). I have far too many books on my bookshelves that have gone unread, that this was almost a little too easy to do haha – but still so much fun!
Instructions: Find a book that contains (either on the cover or in the title) an example for each category. You must have a separate book for all 20, get as creative as you want and do it within five minutes*! (For myself, I also chose all books I haven’t read yet, to make it a little more challenging!)
Written by: Victoria Aveyard
Book # 3 / 4 of the Red Queen series
Review: 3 / 5 stars
*Please do not read for risk of spoilers unless you already have finished Red Queen (#1) and Glass Sword (Red Queen #2).*
Summary: Following her surrender to the Nortan king Maven Calore, Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Despite his mother’s death, Maven Calore continues weaving her web in an attempt to maintain control over his country, and his prisoner. As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone, and the absence of her power, in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Red rebels continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back – even if it means attacking the brother who betrayed him.
When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.
Hey, y’all! I wanted to ease back into the blogging by starting with one of my favorite memes. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where I have to answer three simple questions: what am I currently reading, what I have recently read, and what I want to read soon. I am always reading multiple books at once and queueing my next choices right on my nightstand. So, here we go!
Written by: Hanya Yanagihara
Review: 5 / 5 stars
Summary: When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.
Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.
!Reader warning!: This book contains scenes of sexual abuse, self harm, suicide, drug addiction, and other potentially triggering themes. If you want to know if this book is safe for you to read, please feel free to reach out to me.
Hey, all! Saw this fun little tag bouncing around the sites and decided to do my own version of it! To challenge myself a little bit, I told myself I had two rules: to feature only books that had not been on my site before, and to choose books that didn’t belong to a series, as a lot of series (like Throne of Glass) tend to have one book per color of the rainbow – and that was an easy way out. I also mixed it up a little bit between books on my “read” and “to-read” shelf, so I went into a little more detail than what the original tag requires. Hope y’all enjoy!