Thursday, July 28, 2016

Review: Resurrecting Sunshine by Lisa A. Koosis


Goodreads Description:
At seventeen, Adam Rhodes is famous, living on his own, and in a downward spiral since he lost the girl he loved. Marybeth stage name Sunshine was his best friend from the days they were foster kids; then she was his girlfriend and his band mate. But since her accidental death, he's been drinking to deal with the memories. Until one day, an unexpected visitor, Dr. Elloran, presents Adam with a proposition that just might save him from himself. Using breakthrough cloning and memory-implantation techniques, Dr. Elloran and the scientists at Project Orpheus want to resurrect Marybeth, and they need Adam to "donate" intimate memories of his life with her. The memory retrieval process forces Adam to relive his life with Marybeth and the devastating path that brought them both to fame. Along the way, he must confront not only the circumstances of her death but also his growing relationship with the mysterious Genevieve, daughter of Project Orpheus's founder. As the process sweeps Adam and Marybeth ever closer to reliving the tragedy that destroyed them, Adam must decide how far he'll go to save her.

It is all too easy for me to give this book a 5 out of 5 rating but let me tell you why.
I thought this book would include an element of magic which is how they would be bringing Sunshine (Real name Marybeth) back but I was wrong. The book is set a bit forward in the future and the way they plan on bringing her back is through science
Through clonning and memory planting to be specific.
The main character, Adam starts off a year after Marybeths death and how he is struggling with her death and had issues with alcohol and such when he is contacted by a Doctor to bring her back.
He skeptically agrees to help, they need his memories as well, and leaves to a hidden location where Sunshine is being regrown
The book from the middle to the end starts making you question and realize if it is the right thing to do or if you would allow it to happen. There is a particular quote in the book that was kind of the changing moment, where the author starts to point out something else.
Marybeth is being clonned but she is still dead. There is still a dead girl on the ground.
In the book Adam meets Gen, who helps him cope with the whole process by being his friend
We also learn the truth of Marybeths death and again, brings the question to mind of, is it right and would you do it and allow it whether you would allow that to be done to yourself or someone you love.
This is a bitter sweet read that really submerges you into this whole idea, this whole world of things that other books simply fail to do.
And that, is why it is so easy for me to give a good rate to this book without a second thought.

Recommend it?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Review: I draw on cats by A. r Coffelt


Goodreads Description:
Since the dawn of time, humans have looked into the enigmatic faces of cats and wondered who are you? In this collection of connect-the-dots adventures, expert illustrator and cat motive decoder A. R. Coffelt takes us into the secret worlds of our feline friends— complete the puzzles and solve the mystery of what each adorable cat is really up to! 


This was so cute! I just loved how the pages are able to be ripped out, you know; to hang it around or give them out to your fellow cat lovers xD

The paper is very thick paper, not paper that will be easily damaged or that ink will go through when you connect the dots. The images are adorable and of course very high quality. Of course keep in mind there arent many dots in this book and the main focus is the end product and the cuteness of it all

Recommend it? 
Of course! All cat lovers, this is for you

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Goodreads Description:

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Timesbestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.” 

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminae continues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

So I did like it a bit better than I liked Illuminae, it was a bit more intense throughout the whole book rather than like fluctuating like Illuminae felt for me.
I feel like the main characters are very similar to each other but at the same time have their own flow to them, do I make any sort of sense here?
The drama in this book for me was more enjoyable and the plot twist was like oh shit!
They warned us in the beggining of the book to beware of that certain page that contained the plot twist and it was hard for me not to keep going back to it but when it did get to that I was just like OH LORD JESUS!
Another thing though, there is a character that, without saying what it was, does something, but I just called it from the very beginning
It doesn't mean that I still wasnt surprised when it happened
It's hard to know who to trust
What the character needs to do to move forward
The ending for this book was seriously out of this universe
Youll see what I mean
I was flipping pages so fast at the end I was barely able to actually finish each page before I moved onto the next one
I seriously can NOT wait for the next book
I need it
It's not over

Recommend it?

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Review: The Gentleman by Forrest Leo

Rate: 5/5

Goodreads Description:

A funny, fantastically entertaining debut novel, in the spirit of Wodehouse and Monty Python, about a famous poet who inadvertently sells his wife to the devil--then recruits a band of adventurers to rescue her.

When Lionel Savage, a popular poet in Victorian London, learns from his butler that they're broke, he marries the beautiful Vivien Lancaster for her money, only to find that his muse has abandoned him.

Distraught and contemplating suicide, Savage accidentally conjures the Devil -- the polite "Gentleman" of the title -- who appears at one of the society parties Savage abhors. The two hit it off: the Devil talks about his home, where he employs Dante as a gardener; Savage lends him a volume of Tennyson. But when the party's over and Vivien has disappeared, the poet concludes in horror that he must have inadvertently sold his wife to the dark lord.

Newly in love with Vivian, Savage plans a rescue mission to Hell that includes Simmons, the butler; Tompkins, the bookseller; Ashley Lancaster, swashbuckling Buddhist; Will Kensington, inventor of a flying machine; and Savage's spirited kid sister, Lizzie, freshly booted from boarding school for a "dalliance." Throughout, his cousin's quibbling footnotes to the text push the story into comedy nirvana.

Lionel and his friends encounter trapdoors, duels, anarchist-fearing bobbies, the social pressure of not knowing enough about art history, and the poisonous wit of his poetical archenemy. Fresh, action-packed and very, very funny, The Gentleman is a giddy farce that recalls the masterful confections of P.G. Wodehouse and Hergé's beautifully detailed Tintin adventures.

    Forrest Leo’s debut novel The Gentleman revolves around Lionel Savage, a Victorian London poet who marries for money and inadvertently sells his wife to the Devil. 
          The Gentleman lacks any serious drama. Don’t get me wrong, although it may seem like the protagonists are in grave danger, the author plays it for laughs favoring facetious wit and levity instead. Not only does the book accept ridiculousness, it encourages it. The further the characters delve into the plot the more chaotic everything becomes in a story that feels more like a cartoon than a book.
          This cartoonish charm is more apparent in the protagonists. Each character protrudes with quirky personality, my favorites been the selfish but hilarious Lionel Savage whose ego is so gigantic, it overshadows his mediocre poesy. And his brother-in-law, the adventurer Ashley Lancaster who seems more thrilled to the idea of facing grave peril than he is concerned over his sister’s life.

          It’s obvious that the book’s biggest strength is its humor. I have no doubt that anyone reading this will laugh and fall in love with these characters as much as I did. My only complaint is the author’s colloquial diction which took me a while to get used to. But once I did, it became a great part of The Gentleman’s charm. 

Recommend it?
I am sure everyone will enjoy reading this hilarious novel.