The Nerd Journals

Filling up journals as proof of my meager existence.

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Dots

1/5 stars

Thank you for NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Normally if I don’t like a book so much that I quit reading it I will just privately leave feedback via NetGalley and apologize for wasting their time having not been able to finish it.

However, this book is so awful I feel like I should publicly review it to save people on their previous money and even more precious time. I knew right away when I started reading Dots that I wasn’t enjoying it but I figured hell, it’s a quick read I might as well go ahead and finish reading so I can leave a review on the entire story.

But after 26% I just couldn’t do anymore. This book is poorly written and I don’t just mean the plethora of grammatical errors (this is an ARC after all). The author writes so horribly that I couldn’t even quite figure out what as going on or what the characters were talking about half the time. Speaking of characters, they’re unrealistic and unlikable… or once again, I have no idea what’s going on. Practically every sentence was a sentence fragment.

I hate myself for wasting so much time trying to read this book last night.

This book is listed under women’s fiction on NetGalley but it should be listed under #erotica or #comedy (it’s so bad it’s funny) or maybe even #youngadult because I think it may have been written by a young adult with an inexperienced dirty mind.

Crosstalk

4/5 stars

Thank you to Del Rey Books and NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book for free in exchange for my time to review it. I’ve read a few flops that I received from NetGalley but this book was definitely not one of them.

Crosstalk started off a little slow for me but once I got into it I really couldn’t stand to put it down and read it in huge chunks at a time. I felt like I really bonded with the character C.B. right from the start and I wanted nothing but the best for him, which left the ending rather pleasing. He seemed so nerdy and shy but very interesting- yes, I liked him from the start. I also really liked Briddey but her family were absolute nutcases, so overbearing and over the top that I found them unrealistic (granted I know there are probably families out there like this, I’m just thankful I am not part of them). I liked Briddey because she is a strong and independent woman who didn’t need her family to approve of any decisions she made for herself as a grown woman.

I didn’t like the comical bit about no one being able to get the letters “EED” correct and I was glad when the author stopped using that too long running joke. I felt like the time that C.B. and Briddey spent in the library dragged on a bit too long. I was also disappointed that Trent Worth, who I didn’t like from the first time I met him, didn’t seem to get any sort of comeuppance for his huge lowlife dick move that could have caused even more trouble for Briddey than it ended up causing.

Despite those problems, I had with this book I really and truly enjoyed it! I’m glad the romance aspect was more of a secondary part of the storyline, second to EEDs and Unintended Consequences. This book was so light, so fun to read. It had some witty moments that made me smile as well. I definitely enjoyed this book and I not only would I recommend it to someone, I already have!

Dark Matter

5/5 stars

Thank you, NetGalley for providing me with a copy of Dark Matter in exchange for an honest review.

Dark Matter was excellent. It was fast paced and I found that not a single page was boring. Even when I thought the book was over I was surprised by the amount of action yet to come. Reading about Jason Dessen opening doors in the box, though it sounds uninteresting, was gripping and opened my eyes to the idea of infinity, and gave me a better understanding of the concept of the multiverse. I was emotionally invested in Jason’s journey and I wanted so badly for him to find what he was looking for.

I don’t want to talk too much about the actual storyline of the book because I would hate to spoil anyone on any aspect of Dark Matter, but I will say that this book left me with some questions that will never be answered, and I’m completely okay with that.

Donny Trumpet Goes to the Election

2/5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book.

This book has a funny concept but I feel it was poorly executed. The author shouldn’t have been so worried about rhyming and more focused on telling a cute little story. The artwork, however, is adorable, which is why I gave the book two stars instead of one.

Not So Much, Said The Cat

3/5 stars

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for writing an honest review.

Anthologies are always so difficult to rate and review without going piece by piece, which I refuse to do. But as always I will do my best with this review.

This book started off with a bang- the first story was my favorite in the entire book (“The Man In Gray”). It was so beautifully heartbreaking. I also really enjoyed “3 A.M. in the Mesozoic Bar”- so much, in fact, that I sound myself wishing it was a full length book and not just a short story. Other stories that I liked so much I feel the need to single them out are “Of Finest Scarlet Was Her Gown” and “The Woman Who Shook The World-Tree”.

The entire first half of the book was pretty rock solid, but the more that I read the fewer stories that I truly liked. So the first half I would rate a 4/5, the second half I would rate a 2/5 leading me to my final rating of 3/5 stars. But that’s the problem with rating anthologies- there are a few good stories and then less good stories, and then stories that just taste like filler on my tongue.

Schism

2/5 stars

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for writing an honest review.

The premise of this book is excellent but the author fell short on the execution. None of the characters were particularly likable but worse than that, none were even memorable. I found myself asking over and over “now who was that again? What was their story again?” and it was annoying to spend a month trying to get through this book, hoping it would get better.

I have to admit the last 25% of the book was a lot quicker and more pleasing to read but then when I got to the end I was pissed because it landed on a cliffhanger. I hate when books leave off on a cliffhanger because the author is baiting me to read the next. I doubt I will be reading the next book in this series, because I said already I don’t care about the characters or their cliffhangers.

Last but not least I feel like the author of this book skipped over too many things that would have been very interesting and instead she chose to write about less fascinating storylines. I would have loved to read about the boat trip from Bermuda, for example.

I’m very disappointed in this book, I feel like it could have been much better.

Stim

2/5 stars

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for writing an honest review.

Stim was rather fast paced with not a whole lot going on. I was extremely interested to read a story from the point of view of a person with Autism, though. It helped me understand my brother-in-law a little better who, like Robert, has trouble deciphering emotions, body language, metaphors, and idioms. The story was short and wrapped up quickly and predictably. I think this book could have been better if it were longer with more things actually happening if the character development happened a bit more slowly I think it would have made a bit more sense. The few scenes where something exciting actually happened felt rather stunted. This book is okay but I wouldn’t recommend it.

Journals Have Feelings, Too

1/5 stars

If the fat was trimmed from this book and the remainder was better organized, “Journals Have Feelings Too” would make an excellent series of blog posts. This is more of a wishy washy self help book than a book about journaling. Too much of the book was about the author’s struggles in life, I was put off before I even got to the part about journaling. I really wanted to like it but I didn’t.

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