Monthly Archives: August 2014

Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh

Shovel Ready by Adam Sternbergh

Spademan takes care of people’s problems. With a set of box-cutters. He doesn’t have many rules.
I kill men. I kill women because I don’t discriminate. I don’t kill children because that’s a different kind of psycho.

The book is set in the future New York after dirty bombs have wiped out most of the population. Then he starts talking about the rich plugging into these stupid tables and living in some kind of cyber world.
The shit.
I never did figure that part of the book out.

Well back to the story. Spademan is contracted to kill a high profile preacher’s run a way daughter. Things take a turn there.
Pretty predictable outcome on that side.

Then there is the writing style. Some parts of the book are interesting. I just had trouble with the way it was written.
Example:
I’m still rubbing my hand
That’s very convincing.
That it is.
So what’s the secret?
Just that. A secret.

It continues. I just got bored typing this.

I think the idea behind this book was pretty decent..but the book itself. Not.

Here you go Spademan. You can have your box-cutters back.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for books in exchange for an honest review

Far as the Eye Can See by Robert Bausch

Far As the Eye Can See by Robert Bausch

Bobby Hale. Who would have thought a character with no real plan would sneak up and capture my attention so very much?

Bobby has deserted the army several times. It’s just not his cup of tea. He decides to head out west. He plans on a destination of California but Bobby tends to ramble around. He takes up with a wagon train for awhile and then when they decide to stay he goes off with a Native American friend for several years of trapping. That sounds boring doesn’t it?
It’s not.

This author does an amazing job of bringing this time to life. I was fully prepared to not like this book. My mind was changed very quickly once I got into the book. The descriptions of the land, the people and even the food sweep you into this book.
Bobby becomes a favorite character of mine as this book goes along. I hate to give too much of the book away, because I want people to read it.


This period in our history is one that always breaks my heart when I think about it. The book handles the conflict well between the whites and Native Americans. It shows the good and bad on both sides. However, this book doesn’t fit in the typical western book genre. So if you are like me and don’t really care much for that type of book you can give this one a go and still be very happy.

I received an arc copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan

If you plan on picking up this book, go ahead and prepare yourself.

When I first started the book it took me over 30% to figure out what the heck was going on. Once I did I kept thinking no way..this can’t be right.
Anais is a character I can’t decide if I love or hate. She has been placed in the Panopticon after spending her life in care. Not a good life has it been either.

More of this:

Then I get attached to the other kids in there with her.

She does some really bad stuff which is why I can’t love the girl. I do love the girl.
Damn it..I’m gonna go do this now.

Oh I forgot..these kids cuss more than I do, so be warned.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest reviw.

How to Survive a Sharknado and other Natural Disasters by Andrew Shaffer

How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters by Andrew Shaffer

My friend Kelly did the bestest ever review on this book so I had to grab it up.

You think Cody Lundin, Les Stroud or Bear Grylls are going to help you when you are facing down a Basilisk? NOT..you better grab your copy of this book up.
Hint you can’t blow it up! You can, however distract it with the Eye of Medusa.

My child and I had a ball last night reading through this book. He of course has been watching all the movies/tv shows that he needs to fight some of these creatures. Sharknado, Hunting Bigfoot and he watches others but his mom’s eyes glaze over so I can’t remember all of them.

This is what I get subjected too after the boy child gets into monster fighting mode:

The hubby gets involved too..

Next they will take notes from How to Wield a chainsaw like a boss….Umm Thanks Andrew Shaffer. I’m sure those trips to the ER will be fun for me.

I think I’m getting a head start to the mayhem by fixing the Apocalyptic drinks on page 95 for myself…right now.

I received a copy of this book from blogging for books in exchange for an honest review.

Fractured Dream by KM Randall

 

Fractured Dream by K.M. Randall

This book was so much fun.

It starts off in regular world. Story has come home from college to spend time with her mom and best childhood friend Adam. Her other best friend Elliot (who I loved) is a stylish gay man with a sixth sense who shows up when he feels that Story is in danger.

They go on a hike and end up at a lake that her mom hates. The lake sucks them into another world. They then find out that Story is the legendary Dreamer and the fairy tale world is relying on her to save both worlds.
There is a lot of world building in this book, but it is needed because it’s a big part of the story.

As the adventure begins you get introduced to more frigging awesome characters..including my favorite Jess (A Red riding hood) who kicks Big Bads asses for breakfast.

The characters in this book are some of the best I think I’ve ever read in a re-told fairy tale.
You have:
Thumbelinas
Trolls
Fairy tales come to life (not necessarily the Disney versions)
Morgana and Guinevere..(2 lesbian characters) Morgana looks like one of my heroes!!

and so much more.
This is a thick book..and I’m sorry that I finished it. I wanted to stay in this world a little while longer.

If you love fairy tales..this book is just flipping awesome. If you are expecting Disney versions..you might as well go somewhere else.

I received an ARC copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Treat Yourself by Jennifer Steinhauer

Treat Yourself by Jennifer Steinhauer

I like the “how to” books on our favorite childhood foods. They make me have fond memories of the foods I ate up when I was a chubby little kidlet.
I’m one of those moms now though that looks through the ingredient label with a fine tooth comb…so I like the idea of this book.
There are several of the recipes that I’m dying to try. First up is going to be these Lemon Coolers.

Then If my pants aren’t tight enough I’ll throw in some of these Twix bars.

There are several of the recipes in this book that I think are way out of my league of laziness though..thus the 3 stars.

And then this:

Homemade cheetos..they look like little orange dog turds..I think I’ll pass and let the kids have the real chemically orange ones. Just cause mom is not going there.

I received a copy of this book from blogging for books in exchange for an honest review. Thanks

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy by Gabriella Coleman

The blurb for this book says it’s beautifully written. Yep..I’m calling bullshit.

I have been fascinated by the culture that is Anonymous for some time now. I was so excited to get this book. Then I started reading it. I have gone to sleep twice while reading it.
That’s enough. I give up.

Anonymous. You rule. This book does not.

I received an ARC copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Best Friend Death by Michael Anthony

My Best Friend Death by Michael   Anthony

I usually don’t get mad at books. I either like them or I don’t. I’m so pissed off at this book that I can’t even put into words what I feel.

Damien dies. Death steps in and gives him another year to live. He must change his name (King Far) and never have anything to do with the family he left behind. His younger brother Joey is such a broken teenager…but he can’t contact him.
The first half of this book was just wonderful. The story built up to the point where I felt for all the characters and was just enthralled.
Then the fucking second half happened. I don’t know what the hell the author was thinking. You take everything bad in life and cram it into a book in just a few chapters?? HELL NO!
That was just too much.
I’m giving it a 3 star. The first half was a 4 star read and then the last was a 1 star. I’m averaging it high because it did cause me to feel so much.

Fuck you book..just fuck you.

I received a ARC copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Deadout by Jon McGoran

Deadout by Jon McGoran

Doyle Carrick and his girlfriend Nola’s relationship has gotten somewhat stale. They take a weekend trip to Martha’s Vineyard. She ends up working for a bigger farm there for a jack ass rich boy.

Pure entertainment is what this book is.

Stuff I didn’t like about this book
Sometimes it seemed over the top with what was going on with the bees. I know we need them. I’m a granola girlie myself. It just seemed extreme at times in this story.

Sometimes…well it was cheesy. Entertaining but still had that cheese factor.

What I like about it
Frigging Doyle Carrick…

I crushed bad on him. Part asshole..part hero..frigging rocked.

Letting people know how bad Monsanto Stoma is. GMO’s, genetically modifying pisses me off. I hate they have so much control and this book does an good job of making you very scared on just how far they will go.

I have to pick up the first in this series now. Doyle takes on GMO’s in that book too. I think Captain Planet might just get a run for his money with this guy.

I received an arc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.