Monday, April 20, 2015

The Artful by Wilbert Stanton (review)

The Artful (Shadows of the City, #1)
Shadows of the City:  
The Artful (1)

by Wilbert Stanton

Genre(s): Dystopian
Pages: 218
Published: May 2014
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press


Official Summary: "New York City, 2025: Everything is changed. The city that never sleeps is now a land of death and decay. A rampant virus has taken over and the survivors have become carriers, quarantined from the rest of the world.

Twist and Dodger grew up in the streets, the sewers and underground tunnels - their playground. They aren't heroes. They just like attention; and stealing meds from the rich and giving them to the poor is their golden ticket.

On their latest raid, they unknowingly steal a cure that puts them square between the ailing Emperor of Manhattan and the war hungry Governor of Brooklyn and forces them on a quest into the darkest shadows of their putrefying world"


 Review:  An odd, yet unique blending of Oliver Twist and Robin Hood meets the movie Doomsday (which, in itself is a clash of other stories).  While I know the Oliver Twist and the Robin Hood parts are intentional (and even referred to in the book), the Doomsday feel is just what it personally reminded me heavily of while reading this.  Combine all this to a post-apocalyptic New York (just a short 11 years from when this book is written) and you get The Artful.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Stacking the Shelves 79-The graphic Novel edition

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, every Weekend. This is to share books I have acquired from various sources. Physical books & ebooks both are welcome. If its something being sent to me by mail, I will not mention it until I actually receive it.
This is the manga edition!  Not that the only thing I have recieved is manga, just that I am way behind sharing what is there.  It is easy to forget to remember to catch up on sharing the titles I have on loan on Adobe.  So lets get this list started!  
While I have normally been trying to share summaries of each book, for this week I just have the cover pictures.  But if you click on the picture it will link you to Goodreads where you can learn more.  There are a few non-graphic novels here, but not many.
  Lots coming as I am still catching up on some March titles, did not post last week and have all the following manga I should have shared long before now!  Also as a heads up, I will not be posting next weekend.  My focus will be on Dewey's 24 hour Readathon.  The largest and best readathon there is!!
So lets go!
Assassination Classroom, Vol. 3 Assassination Classroom, Vol. 4 Daomu Deadman Wonderland, Vol. 8 Deadman Wonderland, Vol. 9 Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown (Edward Scissorhands, #1) Food Wars!, Vol. 5 Food Wars!, Vol. 6 Fragments of Horror Give to the Heart Volume 1 Give to the Heart Volume 2 Jojo's Bizarre Adventure - Part I: Phantom Blood 02: Will A. Zeppeli (Phantom's Blood Deluxe, #2)

Red Rising by Pierce Brown (review)-

Red Rising (Red Rising Trilogy, #1) 
Red Rising (1)

by Pierce Brown
  
Genre(s): Sci-Fi, Dystopian
Pages: 382
Published: Jan 2014
Publisher: Del Rey 





Summary:  "The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity's last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it's all a lie. That Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda."




Review: What an amazing read! This is the best book I have read in several months. Pierce Brown has done an amazing job with the world-building for this series and Red Rising here is packed with well-drafted characters, situations and caste system.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April 2015 New Release Giveaway Hop

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ENTER TO WIN

Any book published in April 2015 could be yours.  Well, any book up to $14 that is. You can get a print book from The Book Depository OR 1 ebook via Amazon or B&N
Fiction, nonfiction, Y.A, Adult, childrens, graphic novels...you name it, you can pick it!  It is not limited to the image about although there are some great titles there!

Giveaway in International as long as The Book Depository can ship to you or you pick an ebook.   Up to $18 in value.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Sleeping Tom by E.V. Fairfall (review)

Sleeping Tom 
Sleeping Tom (1)
by E.V. Fairfall
Genre(s): Romance, New Adult/Young Adult
 Pages: 343
Published: Feb 2015
Publisher: R. Mind






Official Summary:  Hitchhiking is a bad idea but Caden is desperate.
When she accepts a ride from the first car to come by she meets Gabriel. He's her age, hot, and the closest thing she has to a savior. Problem is, he is a total jerk. With nowhere to go, Caden convinces Gabriel to let her stay with him for one night. He reluctantly lends a couch.

That night Caden wakes up to strange noises. Concerned, she rushes into Gabriel’s room, already anticipating his bad temper. Instead, he’s kind, sweet, and suspiciously harmless—nothing like the man who gave her a ride. He seems like a different person altogether, and claims he is. By night he is Tom, and by day he is Gabriel. Caden finds herself drawn to the mysteries hidden in his eyes.

For Gabriel, Caden is an annoying mistake. One night turns into many, and despite all his anger towards her, she stays. She even seems to accept him and his flaws, but he still doesn’t trust her—is she staying for him, or has she already discovered more than he's willing to share?




Review:  An intriguing story that really keeps the reader guessing. While not quite a mystery we get a peculiar situation that demands answers from us as spectators.

Rebecca is a teen girl recently abandoned by her abusive boyfriend. So, starting in the first chapter, she decides to call herself Caden. Hitching a ride with a boy named Gabriel, she goes to his condo and starts to live with him in return for cooking/cleaning.