Monday, March 27, 2017

It's Monday - What are Reading?

Book Date now hosts It's Monday What Are Your Reading?  The meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week.  It's a great way to see what others are reading and add to your own To Be Read List.

I haven't had much time for blogging and networking and even reading at night, eyes were closing fast.  I have a week off before starting my new job next Monday.  I am a HR Specialist and left my last company of 9 years.  I'm very excited about my new career endeavour but the transition has been long.  Apologies for not being around.

I'm currently reading, from a favourite author, I highly recommend Unravel and Unhinge.

I just reviewed and will watch the movie this week.  My Review

I need to review my book club's choice.

Next up will be my book club read for April.

I also watched Fifty Shades of Grey,  it made me remember how much I loved the first in the series.  It was well done, I was a huge fan of the 1st.

My Review

Have an awesome week.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Review - The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey

Book Summary

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius."

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh.

The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.

My Review - 3 1/2

I saw the trailer for the movie and had to read the book first, it looked intense, totally me so I went for it.  Amazing characters which kept me reading.  A very strong intro where we meet all the characters, get a little understanding of what is going on and then all hell breaks loose.  Some escape and begin the journey of survival.  I thought I was in for a 5 star read.

This is where the book changed for me.  This journey went on forever, I think it could have been shorter, I lost my interest but continued through it because I had to know how it ended.  Melanie is a fascinating girl and you want to know what will happen and if they find a cure and safety.  She really is a gifted child. The science part did nothing for me, it felt like a filter instead of to bring more understanding.  This is my first zombie book, they are called hungries in The Girl with all the Gifts.  I would read another zombie book only if recommended to me, this wasn't a turn off to me.

"That's Pandora,"  Miss Justineau said.  "She was a really amazing woman.  All the gods had blessed her and given her gifts.  That's what her name means - 'the girl with all the gifts'.  So she was clever, and brave, and beautiful, and funny, and everything else you'd want to be.  But she just had the one tiny fault, which was that she was very-and I mean very - curious."  Kindle 3%

The best part of this book was the characters and relationships built.  What changes people when in survival mode?  Do you have moral and integrity issues when fighting for what is right?

But this is how you square the circle.  Can't go back.  Can't go forward.  Can't stay put.  So you pick another direction and you get out from under.  Kindle 72%

I thought the ending was great, circular but it threw me a little.  If I had loved the story I would have reread the ending.  There was a part that Melanie witnessed that I knew would mean something and I was intrigued again, it made the book worth reading but the middle lacked something.  Melanie is the glue to this story, worth reading to know this character.  I look forward to watching the movie.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Review - The Butterfly Garden

Book Summary

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.
In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.
When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.
As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviors, and horrific tales of a man who’d go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she’s still hiding.

My Review - 3

I think Butterfly Garden would be a good horror on screen.  It is labeled an adult thriller but I can't say I was thrilled or sitting on the edge of my seat for this one.  I thought this was going to be a quick read at less then 300 pages but it took me forever because it didn't say pick me up.

I enjoyed the beginning, we meet Maya telling the detectives about her time in the garden.  Immediately you know somehow she escaped or the police found them so no suspense there.  We are told the story through Maya reliving the life of being captured with 20 plus young women.  We get to know some of the women and had a sense of life in the garden.  A mix between a prison, science lab and gorgeous gardens.  All very weird and I can't really say believable.

Who can create these kind of places without anyone anonymously letting the police know. Beautiful garden, greenhouse, high tech walls that come down and shut everything out, waterfalls, weird concept to believe.

....when I fell asleep, the nightmare would still be there.  When I woke up, the nightmare would still e there.  Every day for three and a half years, the nightmare would always, always be there, and there was no comfort against that.  Kindle 63%

We have a father and two sons.  The father is known as the Gardner, he captures the ladies, tattoos their backs with wings to create a butterfly, sometimes tattooing their faces.  He is the ultimate sociopath and serial killer which sees nothing wrong with what he does.  Just like butterflies they have a short life and the women know that at 21 there time comes to an end.  He abducts the women and takes care of them but he also murders them.

We then first meet the eldest son, Avery, he had anger issues and abused the women, this was the only parts that felt like abuse and that something was wrong.  As you are reading there are times you forget these women are captured and freedom is not an option.  The sexual acts do not feel like rape until Avery comes along reminded the women they are in a dangerous zone.

Most of the girls did better pretending the sky wasn't so close, pretending that our world was bigger than it was and that nothing waited Outside.  If it helped them, I wasn't going to argue with them.  But I love it up there.  Some days I'd even climb the trees and stretch out and press my hand against the glass.  I liked reminding myself that there was a world beyond my cage, even if I'd never see it again.  Kindle 28%

Then we meet Desmond, he finds his way into the Garden to see what he father is hiding.  He is so naive he doesn't understand  or believe the concept that his father can be taken young women against their will.  During his visits to the garden he falls in love with Maya, the butterfly that takes care of all the butterflies.  How does this relationship end?

We get good cop versus bad cop during the interviews but I really couldn't wait for them to be over.  You read looking forward to the end, how were they found, the suspense has you engaged and then they are captured and when you hear the end of the story from Maya......... well it just ends.  I don't think I can let my mind go that far left to believe.  I think the ending will be a love it or hate it choice.  Overall a very weird book, some parts where magical, if you can call it that.

This was the 1st book in a trilogy or series, I have no interest in reading on.  Even though there were some hard topics in this book they were written with ease and class.