An Echo in the Bone. CBR Review #4.

Cannonball Read Book #4! It’s taken me almost a week to write this because honestly, what is there to say? Here’s my honest review: 

“It’s Outlander. If you’ve read the first six? Keep going. If you haven’t? Don’t start here.” 

Hard to stretch that out over 250 words though, so here’s some random… 

My review reminds me of Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. (Stay with me…) My husband and I used to listen religiously to Doug Loves Movies. (We still listen sometimes on road trips, but it became less of a “must listen” once the Leonard Maltin app was no longer being updated. Because he stopped playing the Leonard Maltin Game™). My husband and I see a movie a week, if not more. We love movies (both together and individually – we’re not one person and I don’t mean to indicate that we only collectively love movies) and so DLM and the Leonard Maltin Game are right up our alley. Regardless, back to Leonard Maltin and the game. See here and here for the rules of the Leonard Maltin Game, which are slightly complicated to just explain without seeing it in action and I don’t have time for that. (Sidenote: Doug Loves Movies has its own wiki? Who knew? Second sidenote: The wiki is pretty underwhelming and apparently you can start a wiki for anything?) The only important point to know is that part of the game involves reading part of the short review of a movie on the app to give clues to help the players guess. The review for Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleased presented a problem when it came up, however. Why? Because the entire review is “It is what it is.” Not super helpful in the way of getting someone to figure out the movie, huh? But now Scooby-Doo 2 has become shorthand in our house.  

So yes, Echo in the Bone – it is what it is. 

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My Sweet Audrina. CBR Review #2.

Cannonball Read book #2 down for the count! A friend and I decided to do the Murderino Reading Challenge 2018 that My Favorite Murder shared on their Instagram recently and settled on My Sweet Audrina since that was what Karen and Georgia decided to read together recently.

Here’s a quick summary care of Amazon: “The idea of her sister hovered above them all. Audrina fiercely desired to be as good as her sister. She knew her father could not love her as he loved that other girl, for her sister was so special, so perfect—and dead. Upstairs in a locked room awaited her sister’s clothes and dolls, her animals and games—and her sacred rocking chair. Now Audrina will rock and rock and rock to reclaim all of her gone sister’s special gifts. And then finally she’ll learn the secrets everyone else knows but her.”

That description really gives no real indication of what this book is actually about and I just do not know what to think or what to say here. This book was a chore to get through, for sure. The story was engaging (batshit crazy?) enough that I wanted to finish it to figure out what the hell was going on. But it was such a slog. I read pretty quickly generally and I felt like I was sprinting through this one to finish it so I could know the resolution and be done with this forever.

I never got into V.C. Andrews as a kid/teenager like a lot of people I know and reading this book reminded me why… Honestly, there are a lot of people who love the works of V.C. Andrews generally and this book specifically – if you’re one of those people, definitely go for it. If you are an adult picking up any V.C. Andrews for the first time? I would probably tell you to steer clear unless you have a strong affinity for gothic melodramas dealing with hypnosis, suicide, rape, insider trading and embezzlement, comas, and murder (maybe?), incorporating messed up gender roles and sexuality.

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Mortal Engines. CBR Review #1.

Well, here we are... My first review for my first Cannonball Read. I've read (and loved) Pajiba for years, but never thought to actually do a CBR. But the time has come. Fingers crossed that I can actually read 52 books this year... And write and post reviews for all of them. Being an adult is hard...

My first book this year is Mortal Engines, the first book in The Hungry Cities series by Philip Reeve. Mortal Engines is a dystopian, steampunk YA novel set in a post-apocalyptic world where most cities have become movable and travel the earth "eating" each other to gain resources to support their populations and keep moving in a system referred to as Municipal Darwinism where the movable cities are referred to as Traction Cities. In this book, London is the principal Traction City we see, however, there are a number of other locations that are well-described and do a great job when it comes to world-building.

I decided to read this book after seeing the teaser trailer for Peter Jackson's upcoming adaptation. The trailer piqued my interest and I'm glad that it brought this book to my attention... 

"It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea."

I mean, with an opening sentence like that, it's hard to not be immediately engaged. What follows is an interesting story with memorable characters and enough twists and turns that it doesn't feel completely cliched and "typical YA." 

Basically, if you like dystopian YA novels, this is a good one to try. Plus, the movie looks like it's going to be pretty great. Hopefully... I'm looking forward to continuing the book series as well. 

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