Saturday, November 23, 2013

Landry Park

Landry Park

by Bethany Hagen

The words might as well be branded on seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry herself. Here in the future United States, ruled by the lavish gentry, very little is left to choice--and even less is left to Madeline. Gentry decorum and Madeline's domineering father insist that she must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But as she steps outside the decadent walls of her world, Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned. In her desperation, she turns to the only person who seems to understand: handsome, beguiling avid Dana.

Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between her duty--the family and estate she loves dearly--and her desire. 

This book had me all over the place to be honest. At first I outright hated it. I could not get past the entire premise for the book, the fact that in the future we decided to go back and repeat the past. Rebuilding society as something straight out of a historic fiction novel, balls, debuts, caste system, gentry, girls not going to university but instead being expected to marry and carry on the family line and all that crap. It is so illogical to go back to an entirely different way of life from an entirely different period of time from so long ago. That just doesn't make sense. And that drove me absolutely bonkers until I realized reading this book was going to be torture and I would never finish it if I didn't find a way to just look past that and accept it even though I didn't agree with it. So I pushed that to the side and kept reading and somehow I fell in love. The characters and setting a vivid and the book was filled with all this crazy powerful emotion. The main characters were appropriately balanced with enough flaws to make them realistic but enough good characteristics to make them lovable. I felt that the character development was handled fairly well. However, the plot on the other hand was far far far from being handled well and that was truly disappointing. There was all this rising action and it just kept rising and rising and rising and yeah it helped flesh out and build the relationships but it was way too much rising action for the amount of falling and plot twists and climaxes ect. that there was. It didn't hit the climax until the very last second and then it was all happily ever after the end. The end was no grand cliff hanger, there was pretty much no falling action. mini climaxes that could have been thrown in weren't really there and it took forever for anything big to happen then it was like revolution had begun and was over in a nano-second. So as lovely as the characters were and the whole idea behind the story was, the terrible plot just threw all that in the trash. The writers voice and syntax, diction, tone, imagery, and all that stuff was decent enough but that plot issue overwhelmed that too. So, while it was still an enjoyable read if you could let the plot issue and the illogical parts of it go, it was not so great as a whole when you take all that stuff into account. It is still a decent read though and I have read worse books so I wouldn't let any of this stop you from reading it because, like I said before, it can still be an entertaining read if you don't let those technicalities stop you. I give it a solid 2.5 stars. You can add it on Goodreads here and buy it through Liberty Bay Books by clicking on the Hyper-linked title. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

 Today is my third Teaser Tuesday and the teasers will be once again from The Hit by Melvin Burgess! I hope you enjoy and feel free to join in on the fun! Comment below with a link to your Teaser Tuesday post or even if you don't post Teaser Tuesdays on your blog share what you would post in the comments below!

"She threw her back her head and laughed, then gazed sadly at Adam. He knew--he thought he knew-- what she was thinking: that he wasn't going to get over anything."-pg.196 The Hit by Melvin Burgess

*Quotes were taken from an uncorrected proof and may be subject to change*

Add it on Goodreads and buy it from Liberty Bay Books by clicking the title:The Hit.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Stacking The Shelves #4

It's Saturday! Time for yet another Stacking the Shelves, magic number 4! I am changing up the formatting a little but this time and I'm sorry to say it will be very short and sweet and a whole lot like last week's but never the less I hope you enjoy!

Amber House: Neverwas
by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed and Larkin Reed

Things are very different--better--for Sarah and her family: her Aunt Maggie grew up; her parents are happily married; her grandmother died after a long, productive and respected life. But other things are different too, and not for the better. Sarah must figure out what has changed, and why, and how she can fix it--how she can find her way to another otherwhen.

I got this as an ARC from Liberty Bay Books again not realizing it was the 2nd book in a sequence.  So here I am again all enticed by this synopsis only to find that I have to read the first book first. Never the less I am excited to get a start on this book and can't wait to tell you all about what I thought. 

Add it on Goodreads and buy it through Liberty Bay Books by clicking on the hyper-linked title.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

It is already yet another teaser tuesday! Crazy, I know. Well here goes! Enjoy another teaser from The Hit by Melvin Burgess.
" ' Will I see you again? Let me see you again.' " -p.243 The Hit by Melvin Burgess
*Quotes are from an uncorrected proof and may be subject to change*

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Stacking The Shelves #3

Yay! It's that time of the week again! Time for my third Stacking The Shelves! Enjoy!

Through the Zombie Glass
I got this ARC through Liberty Bay Books without realizing it was the second book in a series. However, it looks so good I still am greatly excited to read this, but only after finishing the first of course! 

Add it on Goodreads and buy it through Liberty Bay Books by clicking on the hyperlink-ed tittle.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

Before we get this Teaser Tuesday ball rolling here I wan't to apologize for not getting a Stacking the Shelves out last week as I promised. Life was more than a smidge chaotic and I just had no time to put a post together. So I am sorry guys!



"Feeling as it I were leaving something more dangerous than an expired charge unattended, I left. Please stay hidden, Charlie, I willed him." -P.273 Landry Park by Bethany Hagen

*These quotes are from an ARC and may be subject to change*

Expected Publication: February 4th, 2014

Buy it through Liberty Bay Books here: Landry Park

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