Thank you to NetGalley and Simon Schuster for providing me with a free advanced copy of The School for Psychics in exchange for an honest review.
This is a paranormal book about Teddy Cannon, a Sanford drop out gambling addicted young woman who never knew her birth parents. A lot of this story walks side by side with Harry Potter and I found it difficult not to think of Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone several times throughout this book.
Both are raised by parents who are not theirs under the impression that their birth parents died in car accidents, both Harry and Teddy were collected to go to boarding school by someone in the field, whisked away to learn about their true powers. Neither Teddy nor Harry are particularly gifted an have to rely on friends to for backup.
Teddy is a lot less likable than Harry though and for several reasons. Firstly she’s a grown adult that acts like a child. At least Harry had the fact that he was eleven keeping him from harsher judgments on his choice of actions. She’s careless and she squanders opportunities. She’s a shit to her friends. The only thing redeeming about Teddy Cannon is that she makes the right decision in the end. And Teddy is just the main characters, let alone mentioning all the other characters that were either one dimensional or unlikeable or both.
School for Psychics is a fast-paced government conspiracy theory book wasn’t the worst fictional story I’ve ever read but it certainly wasn’t the best, either. This is an okay introduction to what I believe will be a series of books in the Whitfield Institute universe but I will not be reading the next.
To read my old book reviews please visit here until they have been migrated to TheNerdJournals.com
This is my second time reading The Time Traveler’s Wife; my first time reading it was when I was a young woman in the early aughts. A couple of days ago I decided that it was time for a reread, which I don’t normally do these days. (Why read old books when there are so many books I’ve never read before?)
So I picked up this book, a little skeptically- was it just a young woman newly in love who enjoyed this magical realism love story or was it truly a good book? I enjoyed the book again, of course, as told by the 4-star rating, but I can say that I didn’t like it AS MUCH as I did when I was young.
Sometimes I got a little confused on when things happened chronologically and I had to flip back a couple of pages and check (and recheck) the date. Sometimes I was appalled by the language and graphic sex scenes and I, by no means, consider myself a prude. But I still really enjoyed this story, even more than a decade after my first read.
The foreshadowing in this book was very well done, which of course I appreciated more on my second read than I did on my first; it was enough to cause me emotional goosebumps up and down my arms. I loved the art, the punk, the architecture, the clearing, everything. I loved it all. The high highs and the low lows of this love story that transcends time and death is still a beautiful love story.
I enjoy dystopian books that take a small nugget of current society like copyright durations being extended indefinitely (thanks, Walt Disney) and frivolous lawsuits and turn them to a chilling story about what could happen if taken to the extreme.
Speth, a fifteen-year-old girl makes a snap decision that rather than pay for her words she speaks, she will remain silent. Her only power in the system set up for failure is to not participate. This causes problems for not only herself but her family as well.
I was hooked on this book from start to finish, the only problem I had is that Spleth seemed to lack any strong emotion one way or another, which seems a little counter-intuitive for a girl so disillusioned by the world that she refuses to speak.
You know what? Nuts to you guys, I love Dan Brown books and I am unashamed to announce that. They’re not thought-provoking but they’re not supposed to be prose that changes your view on life, the universe, and everything. They’re fun and exciting stories that keep me turning the pages until I have devoured them all; which I’ve now done after completing Origin.
This book was an exciting art history inspired romp around Spain with none other than Robert Langdon and the beautiful chick he got to hang out with this time, Princess Consort Ambra Vidal. As they race against time to release a presentation by futurist Edmond Kirsch who was murdered in cold blood, Langdon and Vidal (with the help of Winston!) have to unravel clues that will help them discover Kirch’s password.
Releasing this presentation will answer two questions that humans have pined over: Where do we come from? Where are we going? Read this book to find out who exactly would want to stop this pertinent information from being released and enjoy a lot of excitement along the way.
This is one of the few, maybe even the first, book I’ve read on mindfulness. I’ve been intrigued by the topic for quite a while but I’ve only done some light research on the Internet. When The Easy Way to Mindfulness became available on NetGalley I was very excited to give it a try, however, after finishing it I think I am more disappointed in this book despite it’s few nuggets of wisdom and exercises it offers. I feel this way because the book was mostly aimed at heavy addictions. Despite this, there was some information that I can still use and implement in my life.
More than anything this book felt like an advertisement for Allen Carr and The Easyway to Stop Smoking. While how to quit smoking mindfully sounds like it may help some people with the mental part of their addiction, there is still a physical aspect to their addiction (nicotine, sugar, booze) that needs to be overcome. I think that needs to be acknowledged more in the book.
Also, even though I don’t have an addiction I do consider Carr referring to addictions as “little crutches”. I found it offensive and I don’t even have a “little crutch”. Methinks Carr should rethink how he speaks to people.
I have to start out by saying I am so happy that even though this book is a part of a trilogy, it doesn’t rely on me reading the next book to get closure of the story. I would feel perfectly comfortably stopping here if I decide to never read another book from The Last Policeman, but I enjoyed the story and the characters enough that I may return to the story again someday.
I love the concept of this story- the idea of a pre-apocalyptic murder mystery gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. This book combined the best elements from these types of books- humanity, fear, a collapse of society, not knowing whodunnit at the end and getting to read about the good guy as he finally puts the pieces together and springs into action. This book even fueled my fire of enjoyment of conspiracy stories.
But I’ve got to say I didn’t really like the main character, Hank Palace. In this first-person narrative, I found myself getting so frustrated with him and decisions. I feel like his heart was in the right place, desperately trying to solve a murder case, but the way he went about it was horrible and did some unredeemable damage to mostly innocent people. His character was well written, though, and that’s why I still enjoyed reading his story.
(I had rated this book three stars until I wrote the second paragraph and the tingles told me to give this book 4 stars instead of just 3.)
Thank you to NetGalley and Del Rey Books for an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Reincarnation Blues was a pleasure to read. It’s about a man living the last of his 10,000 lives; trying to live a perfect life. This book allows you have a look at some of the lives that Milo lives in between romantic trysts with Death (Suzie).
Milo at the end of the world (before the meteor strikes Earth) is my favorite Milo, and I would love to read an entire book about him, his wife and his daughter. It was also fun to read about Suzie having somewhat of an existential crisis in regards to her job.
This book was a bit longer than it needed to be to get the point of the story and the philosophy across to the reader, but I liked it.
Thank you to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. Admittedly, though, my review may be a little skewed because I went through a tumultuous time in my life while reading this novel- the first half, anyway. By the time I got to the second half my messy life had calmed down a bit and coincidentally I enjoyed the book much more than I had previously.
This book is fun and modern in its story- I love the sci-fi tech and the city on the moon. I love that the main character is a female Muslim who is sex-positive and is doing less than legal things that I would more likely picture a male character doing. Jazz Bashara is an awesome character and she’s strong and independent with morals and values when they matter. She’s also looking out for numero uno (herself!) first and foremost. I really like Jazz, she seems mostly good natured and the type of woman I could throw a few drinks back with.
To make a million slugs (slugs = moon money), Jazz makes a deal with a billionaire to do some destruction to help him make even more money by taking over a contract. It’s a lucrative proposition that Jazz can’t resist. This story is about her destruction and what comes next.
If you liked The Martian I definitely recommend Artemis as well. I just wish it didn’t take me so long to find interest in this book. Halfway is just too long to have to read before a book gets exciting. Once again, however, that might just be because of my own things happening.
As a side note, I love the cover of this book.
I went in thinking this book would be like The Long Walk by Stephen King (which I also really enjoyed) but I was pleasantly surprised that the books don’t have much in common at all, so don’t start reading this book expecting The Long Walk.
The country is in economic despair with the poor not being able to afford food or medicine and are controlled by “FreeVee” the mandatory to own (but not mandatory to watch… yet) television that airs game shows 24/7 to entertain the masses and keep their attention away from what’s happening outside their own windows- pollution so bad that it’s causing young children to die of lung cancer.
To afford his daughter’s medicine, Ben Richards tries out to be on a game show on FreeVee to win cash. Richards is run through several tests and put into a game show called The Running Man where the objective is to run from the Hunters who are out to kill him. He earns $100 for every hour he survives and a bonus for every officer or Hunter he kills along the way. Meanwhile, viewers can earn money by capturing Richards on video or giving a tip that results in his capture. It’s not an easy game; it’s rigged and no one has ever survived thirty days resulting in the prize of one billion dollars.
The Running Man is a very good book, fast pace and I couldn’t put it down. If I didn’t have to sleep between readings, I would have read the entire book in one sitting.
Thank you to NetGalley and Walter Foster Publishing for an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
This book is a very detailed guide for rock painting. The author tells you the tools you need, where to find rocks and how to prepare them, and how to finish them with varnish. The author is also very informative with step by step directions on how to paint designs ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert. Using this book you will learn how to paint beautiful mandalas and other artwork on smooth rocks of any shape. Art on the Rocks is filled with gorgeous photography of inspiring artwork.