Thursday, November 2, 2017

Review: New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson


Rate:
3/5

Goodreads Description:

It is 2140. 


The waters rose, submerging New York City. 


But the residents adapted and it remained the bustling, vibrant metropolis it had always been. Though changed forever.


Every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island.


Through the eyes of the varied inhabitants of one building, Kim Stanley Robinson shows us how one of our great cities will change with the rising tides.


And how we too will change.

Review: 
The imagery of a large portion of the city underwater is a good one that at first maintained me very entertained. And that is it for this review, the imagery was great, I literally have nothing else to say about the plot. 
Just kidding, I have very little to say to be honest, out of all the days that this book took me to get through and all that jazz the plot was incredibly boring. I was fascinated by the whole idea of new work underwater in a highly futuristic work but the plot was just ... eh. The characters themselves just failed to impress me, as clear as it was that they were actually made to impress readers but maybe that was what just didn't do it for me. All these characters are loaded with a good background but in the end their background was better than the story being told in the present time. Whats the point of being in a futuristic timeline when all you want to hear about is the past.

Recommend it?
Maybe wait for the movie. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Review: I see London, I see France by Sarah Mlynowski


Rate:
3/5

Goodreads Description:
I see London, I see France, I see Sydney’s underpants.

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and half weeks traveling through Europe with her childhood best friend, Leela. Their plans include Eiffel-Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très hot strangers. Her plans do not include Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend showing up on the flight to London, falling for the cheating ex-boyfriend’s très hot friend, monitoring her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug-of-war.

As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera…wearing only her polka-dot underpants.
 

Review:
The cover made me read it and holy shit what did I read.
I found myself asking, wait, this is a Young Adult book more times than I could count. Sure. It is shit that young adults would do, at least the wild ones and non hermits like me. But I was simply shocked at the things that were going on in this book. It had it all. The book was funny but I honestly couldn't get over some parts. I felt like Aunt Patty in Gone with the Wind, I needed my smelling salts as Scarlett danced with Rhett after becoming a widow. Damn I have to watch that movie again. Anyways, my poor little heart couldn't take it. That also doesn't mean that the book was bad. Travel book have always been fun for me, I enjoy seeing authors describe over seas places that I have never visited in the own way which is the main thing that made me somewhat enjoy this book. 

Recommend i?
No clue, maybe call that shot based on reviews?

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Review: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


Rate:
4/5

Goodreads Description:
Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Review: 
If you are in the book universe you know that this was a highly anticipated read for which I had so many high hopes. Now the book didn't disappoint buuuuut it also wasn't the world's best book like everyone was dishing. The ending really made the book the best part for me. It was incredibly fucking cute and gave me all sorts of feels, making me forget any sort of complaint that I had over this book. Now there are things that some might cringe at, myself included but to be honest I think that the author handled the way that people were back in the day without being OVERLY offensive and created a love story that didn't seemed forced but rather flowed naturally. And I say forced because I will come out and say it. To me I have read some LGBTQ+ stories out there that are written by authors almost in a way that seemed like they forced themselves to write a love aspect to their characters. Like
if you aint feeling it, neither will you characters or readers.
Lee on the other hand is as in love with the characters as they are with each other and therefore. I ship them.

Recommend it?
Yup