DNF: The Lonely Hearts Hotel

I saw several reviews that compared The Lonely Hearts Hotel with The Night Circus, one of my favorite books.  I couldn’t even make it through the first fifty pages.

The book opens with the matter-of-fact rape of a twelve year old girl by her older cousin and then focuses very strangely on an infant’s penis/erection.  That’s the first two pages.

Then it goes on to describe the systematic abuse of children in an orphanage, the beatings and starvation they endure.  And how they deserve it.

And then an eleven year old boy gets raped by an adult woman, in a scene that felt voyaristic in the same manner Lolita does.

I noped the fuck out of there.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2017

toptentuesdayThis meme is hosted by Broke and the Bookish. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where you choose your top ten picks based on a topic.

This week’s topic: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2017.

(I did more than ten, and that was after limiting myself to standalones and series debutes.  I get really excited about new books.)

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May Book Haul

This month I swore I wasn’t going to buy anymore books until I had read some of the ones on my shelves…. well, we all know how well those sort of promises go.

First, I took my aunt to Goodwill and amused myself by browsing their book section while my fussy great-aunt shopped for shoes.

Ended up buying a few. (Sorry for the blurry photo. This pile refused to focus.)

And then Cait from A Page with a View (follower her on tumblr, view her blog, or friend her on GoodReads, she’s awesome) was selling some of her books for wicked cheap and I scored some nice metallic additions of the His Dark Materials trilogy (which I’m planning a re-read of in October because oh my God he’s writing a new book I’m so excited), and my first owned copy of The Book Thief.  Once again, thank you so much, Cait.

And since I’d already broken the promise I made myself, I decided to go all out.  I got the paperback copies of The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger at Wal-Mart for pretty cheap.  Then I was at Target looking at video games for my fiancee’s birthday next month and found some good deals on some hardcovers, as well as the cutest Harry Potter magnetic bookmarks.

So there’s what I added to my library in May. June is my birthday month, so I won’t buy anything but will hopefully get some good books anyway.

What new books did you guys pick up this month?

BOOK REVIEW: Ida

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Title: Ida
Author: Alison Evans (Website)
Release Date: 01/01/2017
Publisher: Echo
Genre: Science Fiction, LGBTQA+, Suspense
Age Group: 14-24
Pages: 161
Source: NetGalley.com

My Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Buy It On: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want?

Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths.

One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects far beyond what she’s considered.

How can she know, anyway, whether one universe is ultimately better than another? And what if the continual shifting causes her to lose what is most important to her, just as she’s discovering what that is, and she can never find her way back?
(Summary from GoodReads.com)

I recieved a free ebook version of this book from NetGalley.com and the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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BOOK REVIEW: Same Love

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Title:  Same Love
Author:  Tony Correia (Website)
Release Date: 05/01/2017
Publisher: Lorimer
Genre:  Romance, LGBT, Christian
Age Group: 13-17
Pages: 184
Source: NetGalley
My Rating: 2 stars

Buy It On: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

At seventeen, Adam has suspected for a while that he might be gay. His sketchbook has become full of images of good-looking men, and he isn’t attracted to any of the girls he knows. When he reveals his feelings to his devout parents, they send him to a Christian camp, warning him that there will be no room in their lives for a gay son. The last thing Adam expects is to meet someone he is deeply attracted to; unfortunately, Paul is more committed to his Christian faith than Adam is.

Adam tries to bury his attraction to Paul by concentrating on his art and his new friends Rhonda and Martin. When it becomes clear how unhappy Rhonda and Martin are at Camp Revelation, Adam and Paul are both forced to question what the church tells them about love. But with a whole camp full of people trying to get Adam to change who he is, what kind of chance do Adam and Paul have to find love and a life with each other?

(Summary from GoodReads.com)

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BOOK REVIEW: Dreadnought

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Title: Dreadnought
Series: Nemesis #1
Author: April Daniels (Website)
Release Date: 01/24/2017
Publisher: Diversion Books
Genre: LGBTQA+, Science Fiction
Age Group: 14-22
Pages: 276
Source: Amazon Kindle

Rating: 4 stars.

Buy It On: Amazon | Barnes and Noble|Book Depository

Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero.

Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny’s body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl.

It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny’s first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father’s dangerous obsession with “curing” her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in their ranks, Danny feels like she’s in over her head.

She doesn’t have much time to adjust. Dreadnought’s murderer—a cyborg named Utopia—still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can’t sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.
(Summary from GoodReads.com)

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BOOK REVIEW: The Girl from Everywhere

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Title: The Girl from Everywhere
Series: The Girl from Everywhere #1
Author: Heidi Heilig (Website)
Release Date: 02/16/2016
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Group: 16-24
Pages: 464
Source: Public Library
My Rating: 3 1/2 stars

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Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.

As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.

But the end to it all looms closer every day.

Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.

For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.

She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.

Or she could disappear.

(Summary from GoodReads.com)

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