Review/ Midnight at the Electric

Review/ Midnight at the ElectricMidnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Format: Hardcover
Published by HarperTeen on June 13th 2017
Pages: 272
Source: Book Bought
Goodreads

Divided by time. Ignited by a spark.
Kansas, 2065.
Adri has secured a slot as a Colonist—one of the lucky few handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house over a hundred years ago, and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate. While Adri knows she must focus on the mission ahead, she becomes captivated by a life that’s been lost in time…and how it might be inextricably tied to her own.
Oklahoma, 1934. Amidst the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine fantasizes about her family’s farmhand, and longs for the immortality promised by a professor at a traveling show called the Electric. But as her family’s situation becomes more dire—and the suffocating dust threatens her sister’s life—Catherine must find the courage to sacrifice everything she loves in order to save the one person she loves most.
England, 1919. In the recovery following the First World War, Lenore struggles with her grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier, and plans to sail to America in pursuit of a childhood friend. But even if she makes it that far, will her friend be the person she remembers, and the one who can bring her back to herself?
While their stories spans thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined.

This was a book I picked up to read on summer vacation and I actually did read it on vacation. As I was reading this I realized that I have never read anything by Jodi Lynn Anderson before this and I don’t know why considering I have a few of her books sitting on my bookshelf. This will be another author that I will have to make sure I read in 2018.

Midnight at the Electric is told in three perspectives ( Adri, Catherine and Lenore) and three different time periods (Kansas 2065, Oklahoma 1934 and England 1919).

As I was reading this I was always wondering how each of the girls would play a part in the book and how it would all join together at the end and I was happy to see Jodi Lynn managed to connect them all together.

The book begins in the year 2065, and one of our main characters, Adri has been selected to be one of the colonists living on Mars. How neat would that be? Adri is sent to go live with a distant cousin in Kansas that she had no idea she had, while she completes her final training. Its there that  Adri discovers the journal of Catherine, a girl living during the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma, and letters from Lenore, an English girl coming to terms with the loss of her brother in World War I,  hidden away in her closet and curiosity gets the better of her and she starts reading the letters and journal.

With Catherine we discover that she is a young girl growing up in Kansas during the great Dust Bowl, which is something that actually happened and was also known as the Dirty 30s. Something that I never knew actually happened and I have to say that I found Catherine’s chapters interesting and horrifying. She is finding first love who just happens to be someone who is helping taking care of the family land and  she is also watching her farm be buried in dirt and her sister’s cough not going away. How scary would that have been in that time?

It is through Catherine’s story, that we learn about her mom and how she left England during the war and how  her best friend, Lenore stayed behind. Even though the friends were separated they never lost touch and wrote letters to each other.  With Lenore we learn what the war was like and how she struggled with the losses her town had suffered and her need to want to flee England and go to America so that she could be with her friend.

Having not read anything before I wasn’t sure what to expect but I am happy to say that I really enjoyed the book and the roller coaster of emotions that I would feel. Seeing as I was reading this on vacation I didn’t get to read it in one sitting but over a few nights. I would definitely continue to read Jodi Lynn’s previous and future books.

 

October 2017 Books Bought

Since starting my blog back in August of 2008 I always try to share what books I get with you so that you can see what I will be reading and I am always looking for a place to link them so that others can see them so from now on I will be sharing my links on Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. As Marlene has offered to co-host Stacking The Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews. Marlene is a new to be blogger and I look forward to checking out her blog.

Good morning everyone I hope your having a great weekend. By the time this goes up I am hopefully still curled up in bed sleeping but you never now as some mornings it feels like I have been awake half the night and other times I sleep in.

online only, some exclusions apply

Needless to say October didn’t start out the greatest with Chapters having this promotion and you all know I had to take advantage of it because there was a few new books that came out that were on sale that I wanted and this was the time to get them.

  1. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Own King (this will be my first Stephen King book)
  2. The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo
  3. Things I’m Seeing Without you by Peter Bognanni
  4. Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine (book 3 in series) this one was my free book
  5. Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
  6. The Midnight Star by Marie Lu (3rd book in The Young Elites series)

 

Total books bought this month: 6
Total books bought this month (Michael): 0

Total books read from this months haul: 1

Total books bought in 2017:  112

Total books read in 2017: 34

Review/ There’s Someone Inside Your House

Review/ There’s Someone Inside Your HouseThere's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
Format: Hardcover
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on September 26th 2017
Pages: 289
Source: Book Bought
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Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.

One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

I had to admit before getting into my review that I have not read Stephanie Perkins first books and I am not quite sure why because I have them sitting on my tbr but after reading this I really think I want to haul them off and binge read. I know those first books are a completely different genre but still I am now  curious to read them.

I really enjoyed reading this one, I was hooked right away and had a hard time putting the book down at times.

This is completely outside my normal reading genre as you may notice and the reason I don’t read horror is because I have an over active imagination so these kinds of books I don’t usually gravity towards because I am up half the night being paranoid and worried. I do have to say that this isn’t a really horrifying book, I mean yes there was blood and killings but it wasn’t like watching Scream.

I am going to try and be careful with my review because I don’t want to give too much away but if you read the description you get a good feel for what the book is about.

Our main character, Makani, has moved from Hawaii to live with her grandmother in a small Nebraska town. She has no real relationship her parents and I was always wondering why and why did she move to live with her grandmother and that is slowly revealed as you read the book because you know there is a secret there. This secret still haunts her to this day and she has kept in guarded.

We are introduced to quite a few characters such as Alex, Darby, Ollie, Haley, Caleb, Rosemarie and a few others. At first I thought it was going to be too much to keep track of but it was easy to keep track of who was who and the part they play in the story. With the kids that are killed it would have been nice if they had a little more of a story line apart from when they were being killed if that makes sense. It was almost like characters were quickly introduced then killed. I think I might have enjoyed it a lot more had this been the case and they had a stronger storyline.

As for the killer I liked how it was built up because you didn’t really have an idea who it was (I had no idea who it was as there was no introduction of this character before hand) and I wish it would have lasted a bit longer or at least offered a few clues as to who it could be before hand. As for the reason why the killer killed was a bit of a let down. ‘

Over all it was a good book and I had no idea what to expect when I started to read it and I did enjoy reading it and its actually made me think about hauling her other books off my TBR to read.

Have you read this? What did you think?

 

 

September 2017 Books Bought

Since starting my blog back in August of 2008 I always try to share what books I get with you so that you can see what I will be reading and I am always looking for a place to link them so that others can see them so from now on I will be sharing my links on Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. As Marlene has offered to co-host Stacking The Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews. Marlene is a new to be blogger and I look forward to checking out her blog.

Good morning everyone I hope your having a great weekend. By the time this goes up I am hopefully still curled up in bed sleeping.

The first two books were actually bought at the every end of August so they weren’t included in that haul so I thought I would put them in here. As for the rest ya no excuse #sorrynotsorry LOL

  1. The Party by Robyn Harding
  2. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  3. Wonder Woman Warbringer #1 by Leigh Bardugo
  4. It’s A Mystery, Pig Face by Wendy McLeod MacKnight
  5. Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover (book 2 in the Slammed series)
  6. This Girl by Colleen Hoover (book 3 in the Slammed series)
  7. Dating the Undead by Juliet Lyons (book 1 in the series)
  8. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardogu (book 1)
  9. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardogu (book 2)
  10. Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardogu (book 3)
  11. Warcross by Marie Lu (book 1)
  12. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
  13. Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine (book 2)
  14. Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
  15. The Taming of the Shrew (No Fear Shakespeare) [this is for Michael as he needs this for school]

Total books bought this month: 14
Total books bought this month (Michael): 1

Total books read from this months haul: 3

Total books bought in 2017:  105

Total books read in 2017: 33

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha) by [Bardugo, Leigh]Siege and StormRuin and Rising (The Grisha Book 3) by [Bardugo, Leigh]

I finally spotted the newer versions of Leigh’s books so I had to pick them up. Chapters literally only had one copy of each. This has been a series I have been wanting to read since it came out. I will be binge reading them over the thanksgiving weekend.

August 2017 Books Bought

Since starting my blog back in August of 2008 I always try to share what books I get with you so that you can see what I will be reading and I am always looking for a place to link them so that others can see them so from now on I will be sharing my links on Tynga’s Reviewsand Reading Reality. As Marlene has offered to co-host Stacking The Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews. Marlene is a new to be blogger and I look forward to checking out her blog.

As you can see I switched this up and will be posting monthly because  I have to say since doing this instead of posting the books in my weekly haul I am much more aware of the books that I am buying.

I am trying to get better with my book buying and trying to stick to sales, bargain books or reward plum bonus point events. As a book lover its hard not to buy books.

I honestly don’t know how this haul is going to go this month because I am pre-writing this as I get the books. I was on vacation the first week of the month and was in the US so I picked up a few things that I know I couldn’t get here in Canada without having to order online and then Chapters has been having these sales with brand new releases so how could I pass those up? Okay just putting in an update before this is going live and I have to say I went a little over board on the books this month.

Anyways this is what I have bought this month:

  1. Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  2. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
  3. Women’s Murder Club the Medical Examiner by James Patterson with Maxine Paetro (bookshots)
  4. The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond
  5. The Dolls by James Patterson with Kecia Bal (bookshots)
  6. Seal Wolf Undercover by Terry Spear
  7. A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
  8. The Moores are Missing by James Patterson
  9. The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
  10. Frostblood by Elly Blake (#1 Frostblood Saga)
  11. Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide by Rachel Miller Wilkerson
  12. Wicked Like Wildfire (#1 Hibiscus Daughter)
  13. Faithful by Alice Hoffman
  14. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
  15. Dunkirk by Joshua Levine (this was what Michael picked up on vacation)
  16. Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan book 5 in the series
  17. Magnificent Vibrations by Rick Springfield (I got this at dollarama for $3 how could I pass this up?)
  18. All In Pieces by Suzanne Young was another bargain book
  19. Maybe In Paris by Rebecca Christiansen

Total books bought this month: 18
Total books bought this month (Michael): 1 (not included in my total)

Total books read from this months haul: 5

Total books bought in 2017: 91

Total books read in 2017: 28 (updated this)

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July 2017 Books Bought

Since starting my blog back in August of 2008 I always try to share what books I get with you so that you can see what I will be reading and I am always looking for a place to link them so that others can see them so from now on I will be sharing my links on Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. As Marlene has offered to co-host Stacking The Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews. Marlene is a new to be blogger and I look forward to checking out her blog.

As you can see I switched this up and will be posting monthly because  I have to say since doing this instead of posting the books in my weekly haul I am much more aware of the books that I am buying.

I am trying to get better with my book buying and trying to stick to sales, bargain books or reward plum bonus point events. As a book lover its hard not to buy books.

As you can see this month is much calmer in books that I bought and I have to say that I am quite impressed. Most of these are going to be my vacation reads.

  1. The Land of Stories Worlds Collide Book 6 in the series by  Chris Colfer
  2. The Break Down by B.A Paris
  3. The Cage by Megan Shepherd (book 1 in The Cage triology)
  4. The Hunt by Megan Shepherd (book 2 in The Cage triology)
  5. That Night by Chevy Stevens (found this in the bargain section)
  6. The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson (found this in the bargain section)

Total books bought this month: 6
Total books bought this month (Michael): 0

Total books read from this months haul: 0

Total books bought in 2017: 73

Total books read in 2017: 23

June 2017 Books Bought

Since starting my blog back in August of 2008 I always try to share what books I get with you so that you can see what I will be reading and I am always looking for a place to link them so that others can see them so from now on I will be sharing my links on Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. As Marlene has offered to co-host Stacking The Shelves with Tynga’s Reviews. Marlene is a new to be blogger and I look forward to checking out her blog.

As you can see I switched this up and will be posting monthly because  I have to say since doing this instead of posting the books in my weekly haul I am much more aware of the books that I am buying. This year I am making it my top priority to read the ones I am buying before buying new ones. I know its easier said then done but that is my goal.

I am trying to get better with my book buying and trying to stick to sales, bargain books or reward plum bonus point events. As a book lover its hard not to buy books.

As you can see this month is a little calmer and thats a good thing. Here is what I bought this month:

  1. Follow Me Back by A.V Geiger
  2. Love Lies beneath by Ellen Hopkins
  3. A Travel Guide Novel Destinations by Shannon McKenna Schmidt & Joni Rendon
  4. Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica
  5. Under Her Skin by Adriana Anders
  6. By Her Touch by Adriana Anders

Total books bought this month: 6
Total books bought this month (Michael): 0

Total books read from this months haul: 3

Total books bought in 2017: 67

Total books read in 2017: 23