Review: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

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Title: Water for Elephants

Author: Sara Gruen

Pages: 335

Genre: Fiction with a dash of romance

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Summary: Orphaned, penniless, Jacob Jankowski jumps a freight train in the dark, and in that instant, transforms his future.

By morning, he’s landed a job with the Flying Squadron of the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. By nightfall, he’s in love.

In an America made colourless by prohibition and the Depression, the circus is a refuge of sequins and sensuality. But behind the glamour lies a darker world, where both animals and men are dispensable. Where falling in love is the most dangerous act of all…

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There is a slew of bad reviews for this book out there, but I actually quite enjoyed this read. I can see how the pace would turn a lot of people off. Maybe I’m biased because I think the circus is awesome, but come on! It was nice to get a feel for the old timey circus and a behind the scenes look from the point of view of someone who is already well into old age and struggling to not only retain his memory but also his sense of self.

August…charismatic, outgoing, big personality. Everything that is attractive in the circus and in a man so it’s no wonder Marlena would gravitate towards him, especially at a young age. Little did she know what she was getting into, but I’ll leave that for you to find out.

One of my favorite characters in the book, though not a huge part was definitely Kinko/Walter. What he lacks in stature he makes up for in character. Of course, him walking around with a pup named Queenie also sold him to me, haha.
I think the descriptions were top notch, as I said I really got a feel for the era and the landscape. I actually gave a shit about characters so that’s always a plus. 

To wrap it up, I would say at least pick it up and try to read it, you may like it or you may not. It will not be everyone’s cup of tea, but then again what book is? As Shia Labeouf would say “JUST DO IT!” Nike said it first, but that is neither here nor there, lol.

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Small bump in the road.

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Hey all! My laptop just died on me tonight(RIP, buddy) and I won’t be getting my new one for about a week and a half to two weeks so hang in there with me. I absolutely hate the WordPress app but I’ll make due until I can get us back to our regularly scheduled programming. If you come to the blog and notice it’s a little wonky and such, please do not panic and think I wrote a review drunkenly and/or decided to throw all fucks out the window. Pardon the language. I will still be doing reviews and obviously reading more than ever now so huzzah! I have secretly been video gaming a bit, but don’t tell anyone. 😰

The next books on the chopping block…err, review board are Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and Vector (Weaver series, book #3) by Vaun Murphrey. You’re not gonna wanna miss what I have to say! Stay tuned!

Review: Changeling by Vaun Murphrey

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changelingTitle: Changeling (Weaver Series, book #2)

Author: Vaun Murphrey

Pages: 468

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy

Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary: When the girls are forced to flee Earth to escape being the next target of a deranged Axsian fugitive, they end up getting much more than they bargained for. Their guardian, Kal, couldn’t possibly have prepared them for the chaos and intrigue of his home world. Can Silver and Cassandra put aside their differences and work together to make it through alive?

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Review: Eden by Kate Wrath

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Title: Eden (E series, book #3)

Author: Kate Wrath

Pages: 281

Genre: Dystopian

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary:Both friends and enemies are keen to get their hands on the information inside Eden’s head—information that could take down the Sentries and change the world. But there are costs that no one realized, and Eden’s not so sure she’s willing to pay them. Refusing to do so could create dangerous problems within the tribe she’s only just come back to.

Eden has her own agenda for learning Lily’s secrets. With hope refusing to die, she’s spurred forward by memories of Oscar and thoughts of finding him again. But Lily’s hold on her is greater than she knows, compelling her to chase after strange clues and confusing visions. With love and longing weighing on her, Eden must determine the reality of her fractured identity in order to decide which path to take. The choices she makes could tear her away from Jonas and Apollon, from everything she’s ever known.

Eden’s future will not be determined solely by choices. Fate has her own cards to play, and they just might take the game.

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Review: Chimera by Vaun Murphrey

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Title: Chimera (The Weaver Series, book 1)

Author: Vaun Murphrey

Pages: 487

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4/5 stars

Summary: If you witnessed your parents killed at age five for reasons unknown only to endure eight years of isolation in captivity, what would you do with your life when you were suddenly rescued by family you never knew you had? What if you yourself were even more than you seemed? The universe can be both a terrible and wonderful place to live if you have the courage to explore it. Enter an alternate reality of civil war, secrets, murders and betrayals that transcends space and time with CHIMERA, Book One of the Weaver Series.

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Review: Slaughter-House Five by Kurt Vonnegut

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slaughterhouseTitle: Slaughter-House Five

Author: Kurt Vonnegut

Pages: 215

Genre: Science Fiction, War

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Summary: Kurt Vonnegut’s absurdist classic Slaughterhouse-Five introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut’s) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

Don’t let the ease of reading fool you – Vonnegut’s isn’t a conventional, or simple, novel. He writes, “There are almost no characters in this story, and almost no dramatic confrontations, because most of the people in it are so sick, and so much the listless playthings of enormous forces. One of the main effects of war, after all, is that people are discouraged from being characters.”

Slaughterhouse-Five is not only Vonnegut’s most powerful book, it is also as important as any written since 1945. Like Catch- 22, it fashions the author’s experiences in the Second World War into an eloquent and deeply funny plea against butchery in the service of authority. Slaughterhouse-Five boasts the same imagination, humanity, and gleeful appreciation of the absurd found in Vonnegut’s other works, but the book’s basis in rock-hard, tragic fact gives it a unique poignancy – and humor. 

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Review: Evolution(Book 2 of E series) by Kate Wrath

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Title: Evolution

Author: Kate Wrath

Pages: 316 pages

Genre: Dystopian

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary:Outpost Three is still standing… barely. But the deadliest threat it has ever faced is on its way– a violent force that will annihilate every man, woman, and child.

With the Sentries under his control and Grey’s army defeated, Matt is more powerful than ever. Eden is little more than his prisoner, but that line is blurring as her affection for him grows. Now, as the Outpost faces total destruction, Matt must sacrifice the possibility of attaining Eden’s love in the vague hope that her past might hold the key to saving them all.

Eden’s journey will begin to unravel the mysteries of her previous life, reveal dangerous new questions, and change not only the future of Outpost Three, but shape the course of history.

This eagerly anticipated sequel to Kate Wrath’s E begins an epic quest into the dark, dystopian landscape of Eden’s world.

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