Posted in Book Review, netgalley, Thriller, YA

And Then the Sky Exploded by David A. Poulsen

 

Publisher: Dundurn
Pages: 208
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Teens & YA
Rating: 4 stars

Plot:

When Christian learns his great-grandfather helped build the A-bombs dropped on Japan, he wants to make amends somehow.

While attending the funeral of his great-grandfather, ninth-grader Christian Larkin learns that the man he loved and respected was a member of the Manhattan Project, the team that designed and created the atomic bombs dropped on Japan during the Second World War.

On a school trip to Japan, Chris meets eighty-one-year-old Yuko, who was eleven when the first bomb exploded over Hiroshima, horribly injuring her. Christian is determined to do something to make up for what his great-grandfather did. But after all this time, what can one teenager really do? His friends tell him it s a stupid idea, that there s nothing he can do. And maybe they re right.

But maybe, just maybe they re wrong.”

My Experience:

 

A young man finds out that his hero, his grandfather, might not have been the person he thought he was. This needs some investigation. He will not rest until he has done something to wrong the damage of the past. He might just be one person and might not be able to do anything but if there is something he can do, he will do it. Even if it means going to Japan.

This book surprised me. I wasn’t sure what I was going to get or if it would be able to keep my attention but it exceeded my expectations.

The story is cuddly. It runs smoothly like you are on a sailboat, drifting through the pages.

Metaphor:

Honestly, I think I developed a little crush on this book. I just keep thinking how sweet and nice it was. The book was not pushy but not distant it was engaged and focused. It was just nice. I want to go on another date. It was memorable and honestly just delightful.

 

A delightful read.

 

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Quotes I enjoyed:

It’s almost like the words on the pages are wanting people not just to see the words but to hear them, feel them, smell them.

 

Your people did bad things. My people did bad things. It does not mean they are all bad people.  War is war. And war makes people be something it is not intended they should be.

What I liked:

Everything. The characters were so lovely. They were thought out well and the character development was clear and steady. It was just such a stable read with excitement sewn into the right places.

What I did not like:

It’s not that I didn’t like it but it’s something I would have preferred. There are some sentences directly translated to English from Japanese. I would have preferred the Japanese words first and then translated into English especially in the flashback of what happened in Japan.

 

Rating:

4 delightful snowflakes

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Sincerely Snow

 

Posted in 5 stars, Book Review, interview, netgalley

INTERVIEW: The Delphi effect by Rysa Walker

First

If you have not read my review of The Delphi Effect have no fear because the link is here.

Click to read my review of The Delphi Effect.

Now that that’s over let’s jump right in. Ladies and gentleman , Fawkes and unicorns please welcome the author of The Delphi Effect, Rysa Walker!

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Interview with Rysa Walker

Rysa Walker: Hi, Snow! First, thanks so much for inviting me to chat on your blog. I love interacting with readers :)

Happy to have you here! Let’s jump right into it.

1.       What is your favourite Young adult novel righdarkness savage.jpgt now?

Aside from my all-time favorite books that I’ve loved forever, like the Harry Potter series, my favorite book is usually the one I’m reading now. Currently, that book is Darkness Savage, the last installment in the wonderful Dark Cycle by Rachel A. Marks.  Readers who enjoy urban fantasy should definitely check this series out. I’m almost finished and loving the way the story wraps up. I was lucky to get a sneak peek, since the book releases on October 11th, the very same day as The Delphi Effect.  

2. What inspired the story?

I started writing The Delphi Effect back in spring of 2013, but then my debut book, Timebound, won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award in June of that year. My new publisher, Skyscape, wanted the sequels ASAP, so I shelved Delphi for a while to focus on finishing up the CHRONOS books.

The book itself was strongly inspired by music.  My kids and I had a playlist that we always put on in the mornings on our ungodly-early drive to school.  I was on the way back from dropping them off when two songs came on back to back.  One was “42,” from my youngest son’s then-favorite album by Coldplay.  The other was “Oh, Lately It’s So Quiet,” by a group that my oldest son introduced me to a few years back, OK Go.  Both songs are about being haunted, but in very different ways.  Later that day, I sat down and wrote the first chapter of The Delphi Effect. And while I was writing it, Tegan & Sara’s 30439157“Walking with a Ghost” came on my Pandora station.

3.       Who is your inspiration?

I’m not sure that Iinspire.png could really pick just one.  Some of the people who inspire me are people I don’t even know personally, like the Dalai Lama and people who work to protect human rights like Malala Yousafzai and Myanmar leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.  I’m also inspired by people who struggle every day to work and raise their families, often as single parents. I’ve been there and I know it’s not easy.  If you’re talking literary inspiration, however, I’d have to say writers like Stephen King and Margaret Atwood rank near the top of the list.

4. What helps you to stay loyal to your characters?

I don’t have a choice.  If I fail to stay loyal to them, they stop talking to me, and then I’m in big, big trouble. I’m a little like Anna in that many of my characters are voices in my head.  I don’t plot things out so much as put those characters into the situation and see what happens.  If I try to make my characters do something that’s not organic, that doesn’t come naturally, they will go (and actually have gone) on strike. I then have to backtrack to the point where I got too bossy and rip it all
out. Then I feed them lots of chocolate as an apology and promise not be such a dictator in the future. 🙂

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5.       Which character’s voice was the hardest for you to write?

In terms of getting the voice right, Taylor was the hardest.  It was difficult to walk that fine line between her bblock.pngeing justifiably angry about the past few years and being such a whiny brat that readers couldn’t empathize with her position and would just want to smack her. 😉

But I also struggled a bit in terms of getting Anna’s voices right, strictly from a writing perspective.

There’s a lot going on in Anna’s head, especially by the end of the book, and finding a way to convey that to the readers without constantly saying “Molly thought,” “Jaden thought,” etc., was a bit of a challenge.

 

Thanks for your time!

Make sure to get your copy of The Delphi Effect and follow Rysa Walker on all the social media realms.

 

Social media links:

Twitter:  @RysaWalker

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Timebound

Website: http://www.rysa.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/walker

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/RysaWalker

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Posted in 5 stars, Book Review, interview, netgalley, YA

ARC Review: The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker

I would like to thank NetGalley and Skyscape for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Author: Rysa Walker
Series: Book #1
Pages: 379
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy, Teens & YA
Rating: 5 stars
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Plot

It’s never wise to talk to strangers…and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.

When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.

My Experience:

I was hooked immediately. Nothing like hearing more than one voice inside a character’s mind to get me obsessed.

The book kicks off with Anna shivering in the cold. Freezing from a too small jacket and clutching onto the heat of a bad cup of coffee in her hand. She has a message. A message for Mr. Porter from a girl named Molly, his granddaughter. Only problem? Molly is dead.

The characters are so real. I immediately fell in love with Anna. She has such a sweet voice but at the same time, she doesn’t take nonsense. She has been getting stuck with ghosts,”Hitchers” as she calls them since she was a baby and as you can imagine this has given her a very tough skin. She can pick Hitchers up at any time since ghosts hang out by places that have their last happy memory. She will help where she can but she is not a pushover.

Metaphor for explaining how I feel about this book:

I would like you to refer to the next clip to understand my metaphor.

The yellow adorable creature is called Cheese. Cheese really likes chocolate milk and you guessed it, cereal. I will be like Cheese this month. I will jump out of people’s closets and yell:

“I like the Delphi Effect!”

I will walk into a silent library and whisper

“I like the Delphi Effect”

I will write on my exam paper

“I like the Delphi Effect”

I will stand on a mountain and yell, “I like the Delphi Effect!” and the words will echo through the mountains.

The story is fast paced and from the first page, it’s a race to get to the finish line. Be swept up by a gripping investigation story, be filled with awe by all the special abilities you find yourself surrounded with. But mostly be prepared to be offended when the book ends because you will not be ready to let go yet.

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Lucky for us we have two more books to go.

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What I liked:

I loved the element of super powers in the story. And the unique way they were hosted and used.

What I did not like:

One of the villains in the story immediately has an intense hatred for Anna. It was never explained why. That is one thing I would like to be explored further in the series.

Recommendations:

I predict big things for this book. I believe this book can be nominated for one of the best Young Adult novels of 2016. It is the Divergent of 2016. If you have any fond feelings towards the young adult genre this book can not be missed. Grab a blanket and get comfortable this is the kind of book that gets finished in one sitting.

Rating:

5 hitching snowflakes

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I was lucky enough to score an interview with the author! Keep an eye out on my page the interview will be posted soon.

Sincerely

Snow

Posted in Book Review, YA

ARC: M.I.N.D by Elissa Harris

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Title: M.I.N.D. (mental invasive neurological disorder)
Author: Elissa Harris
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Pages: 272
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 2.5

Plot:

Imagine skydiving or bungee-jumping or snowboarding down a glacier and you never have to leave your room. Imagine being sixteen and hooking up with the crush-of-your-life, and you never have to put on lip gloss. Meet Cassie Stewart, who can project her mind into other people at will. She sees what they see, feels what they feel, but she can’t read their thoughts. It s a wild ride, but harmless. Or so she thinks. Until a fatal hit-and-run makes Cassie realize she is in a unique position to help solve the crime. It s exhilarating to use your talent to help others, and, yeah, an enormous power trip as well. But what if something goes wrong and you can’t get back? What if the body you’re trapped in is committing a murder and the person he’s murdering is you?

I wanted to read this simply because reading minds is a hobby. After I read that our main character can sky jump without actually having the sky or the jump involved I was hooked.

Experience

I don’t know… I guess I liked it?

I liked the first half more than the second half.

I was annoyed by the characters. It was a bit unrealistic. The characters were not alive to me. The fights were annoying

The book was a bit unremarkable for me.

I enjoyed the concept and the originality of being able to experience life through the eyes of another. However I feel the characters were weak the fights were petty.

The relationship of the overprotective mother was too overbearing and the plot overall confusing.

I neither liked or disliked the book I simply read the book.

 

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Posted in Snow ramblings

Now before you yell at me…

Snow: Now before you yell at me…

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Reader: Why would I be yelling at you.

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Snow:  Wait you didn’t notice?

Reader: Notice what?

Snow: Okay well then let’s continue! So rec..

Reader: Oh you mean the fact that you have not posted anything in 3 weeks.

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Snow:  … aah so you did notice.

Reader:

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Snow: What are you doing?

Reader: Don’t ask questions!

Snow: Okay I’m sorry I ..

Reader:

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Snow:

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Reader:

You left me alone:

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Snow:

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Reader and Snow:

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So the reason why I have not been posting is because well, I’ve been reading.

No seriously. I kinda overbooked myself for October. I have 9 books due this month. I am at 4 /9.

I will not give up. I will get this done. So you have many reviews that will come soon I just need to get through the books.

While also ruling a network for a group of trolls. Trolls are not the easiest creatures to work on a network let me tell you. Sure they are smart and they know where to go or what to do. They just won’t tell you cause it’s more fun to make you think they don’t know.

Anyway that’s the only time I had to break away. I will see you soon readers of the human realm and others. Snow will prevail. Don’t you fear.

Snow will prevail. Don’t you fear.

Sincerely

Snow