Monday, August 7, 2017

An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen book thoughts

Title: An Uncertain Grace
Series: N/A
Author: Krissy Kneen
Published Date: August 31st, 2017
Publisher: Text Publishing
Source: Netgalley
# of Pages: 174
Format: Ebook
Genre: General Fiction/Adult/Erotica
Days to Read: 5
Rating: 4.5
Would I recommend it?: Yes
Would I read more books by this Author?: Yes
My Social Media: Goodreads/My Booktube Channel/Twitter

Goodreads Synopsis

Some time in the near future, university lecturer Caspar receives a gift from a former student called Liv: a memory stick containing a virtual narrative. Hooked up to a virtual reality bodysuit, he becomes immersed in the experience of their past sexual relationship. But this time it is her experience. What was for him an erotic interlude, resonant with the thrill of seduction, was very different for her—and when he has lived it, he will understand how.


A convicted paedophile recruited to Liv’s experiment in collective consciousness discovers a way to escape from his own desolation.

A synthetic boy, designed by Liv’s team to ‘love’ men who desire adolescents, begins to question the terms of his existence.

L, in transition to a state beyond gender, befriends Liv, in transition to a state beyond age.

Liv herself has finally transcended the corporeal—but there is still the problem of love.

An Uncertain Grace is a novel in five parts by one of Australia’s most inventive and provocative writers. Moving, thoughtful, sometimes playful, it is about who we are—our best and worst selves, our innermost selves—and who we might become.

I know him. I recognise him from the other world, the real world. It is me of course, this man. In the other world I see him smiling at me in the mirror, catch glimpses of him as I walk past shop windows, see him in photographs.

Me. Of course it is me.

And I am her. I am Liv. And this is my room and it is his room and he, I, put my hand up my, her, skirt. I push the cotton aside with his finger and it hurts.

My Thoughts

Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me the chance to read this.

This story has 5 parts, all connected. In the first part I was very uncomfortable (TW: Rape), in the second I was just confused but then as I read parts 3-5 the story and points to it became clearer. This is a story that I am still processing and thinking about. It's very thought-provoking. It takes on gender, sexuality, body image, sex, aging, and a future with how technology might alter our relationships with ourselves.

The content of this book is sometimes uncomfortable, but for a good reason. It forces us readers to take a look at ourselves, to ask questions we probably don't want to but need to. It makes you think, confront your own demons, biases, feelings, and how you approach and deal with these subjects.

The severity of sexual crimes are not treated in a light-hearted away or condoned in any way. This novel manages to open your mind to difficult areas of discourse, think about futuristic ideas and promoting compassion for people different from ourselves.

It started off slow and confusing for me, but slowly my mind was opened and I began to really think on all the topics and discussions explored within. While I highly recommend this book, I also recommend taking it slow and taking the time to process it all. I think i'm going to need a re-read of this sometime in the future.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

July 2017 Wrap up, Book Haul #3, and August Want to Read

July 2017 Wrap Up

This month's ratings from highest to lowest

Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan 5 stars
I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young 5 stars
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera 4.5 stars
Since you've been gone by Morgan Matson 4.5 stars
Cinnamon & Cigarettes by Samantha Kate 4.25 stars
The Lonely Merman by Kay Berrisford 4.25 stars
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton 4 stars
Walking on knives by Maya Chhabra 2 stars

Other Posts

June Book Haul #3
July 2017 Book Haul #1
July 2017 Book Haul #2

July 2017 Book Haul #3 (All Kindle)

All the kindle books were free. I was surprised to learn the Frankenstein most people not the original one. Seems Mary was made to make it "more conservative", how i'm not exactly sure. This kindle version (on Amazon, still free right now at least in the US, not sure of anything else) is the original uncensored version. I have read Frankenstein but then I took a look and it's the 1831 more "conservative" version, the more commonly read one. I liked Frankenstein but I am so curious as to what it was really ment to be! Thank you Amazon!

August Want to Read

As usual, will see what I end up getting to. Here is what is currently on my radar for one reason or another.

I also want to pick up 2 graphic novels but I have more than just 2 options and i'm not sure which ones i'll be picking up, but hopefully 2 of them. I got Aaru from the author as I had also got his previous book "The Reflections of Queen Snow White" and reviewed it. "My Life as a White Trash Zombie" is for Candybook Land (surprised i'm still doing that on track, one a month). The Martian is a Top 15 books to read this year pick. "Lustmord" and "An Uncertain Grace" are a couple books from Netgalley (though I do also have plenty of other Netgalley books).

Month: August
Place#: 19 Red
Task: Read a Paranormal/Urban Fantasy book
Book: My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland

What did you read in July, get in July or hope to read in August? Read any of these books and have thoughts? (No spoilers please)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan book thoughts

Title: Saga Volume 1
Series: Yes Saga #1
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Published Date: October 10th, 2012
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: I bought it
# of Pages: 160
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fantasy/Sci-fi/Comic
Days to Read: 3
Rating: 5 stars
Would I recommend it?: Yes
Would I read more books by this Author?: Yes
My Social Media: Goodreads/Instagram/Twitter

Goodreads Synopsis

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

Collecting: Saga 1-6

My Thoughts

I read this in 3 days but really I could have read it in one. Summer seems to be reading slump time for me. However that isn’t against the book, i’ve just been doing other things. I had heard so much hype for this book, and now i’m adding to it because this book was amazing and imo truly deserves the hype!

It’s one weird world with crazy different alien species. Yes, this book can be strange, but it’s still so impactful. It’s moving, full of emotion, thought-provoking and made me feel like it was clenching my heart and yes, made me cry, on more than one occasion, and all that in a fast-paced graphic novel!

Alana and Marko are from 2 different worlds, well sort of. Alana is from landfall, a large planet, while Marko is from Wreath, it’s moon thing. Their worlds have been at war for as long as anyone can remember, but because the destruction of one would cause the other to spin out of orbit they’ve brought the war to the entire galaxy.

Alana and Marko end up having a little girl, and as you can imagine that does not sit well with people! They just want to keep their little girl safe, and trying to do that is no easy task when people want them dead!

It manages to hit on so many different themes, I really should have been taking notes. It hits on so many important messages, even ones you wouldn’t think of for this story. I don’t want to spoil anything anyway, this is a book you just have to experience for yourself!

I fell in love with the characters. They have their own stories, their own opinions based on how they were raised and what they believe in, their own personalities and flaws. I can't wait to get the rest of the volumes to see where this story goes!

Friday, July 28, 2017

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young book thoughts

Title: I Hate Fairyland, Vol 1: Madly Ever After
Series: Yes I Hate Fairyland #1
Author: Skottie Young
Published Date: April 20th, 2016
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: I bought it
# of Pages: 128
Format: Paperback
Genre: Comic/Fantasy/Humor
Days to Read: 1
Rating: 5 stars
Would I recommend it?: Yes
Would I read more books by this Author?: Yes
My Social Media: Goodreads/Instagram/Twitter

Goodreads Synopsis

From superstar writer and artist Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon, Wizard of OZ, Fortunately, The Milk), comes the first volume of an all-new series of adventure and mayhem.

An Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes its cute little face against grown-up, Tank Girl/Deadpool-esque violent madness. Follow Gert, a forty year old woman stuck in a six year old's body who has been trapped in the magical world of Fairyland for nearly thirty years. Join her and her giant battle-axe on a delightfully blood-soaked journey to see who will survive the girl who HATES FAIRYLAND.

Collecting: I Hate Fairyland 1-5

My Thoughts

Poor Gertrude was just a little girl wanting some fun when she fell into fairyland...and she needs to find a key in order to get back home..and 27 years later she still can't find it and she is not a happy camper! She's a woman in her 30s stuck in a child's body in fairyland, a place she's grown to hate. The Queen of fairyland just wants her out as she wrecks havoc, but can you blame her? I'd be angry too in her situation!

The Queen sends all kinds of stuff Gert's way, but it just doesn't work. I loved Gert! And her sarcastic sidekick/guide Larry!

It's quirky, violent, gory, and hilarious! It's quite the contrast too. A happy vibrant fairyland, with one mad as fluff Gert! And that ending, omg yes! I must get volume 2 now! Oh, and this comic is definitely not for kids!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Since you've been gone by Morgan Matson book thoughts

Title: Since you've been gone
Series: N/A
Author: Morgan Matson
Published Date: May 6th, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's
Source: I bought it
# of Pages: 449
Format: Paperback
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary
Days to Read: 5
Rating: 4.5 stars
Would I recommend it?: Yes
Would I read more books by this Author?: Yes
My Social Media: Goodreads/Instagram/Twitter

Goodreads Synopsis

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um...

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait...what?

My Thoughts

I've heard so many good things about this and it sounded interesting enough, so I picked it up. And i'm so glad I did! I related to Emily so much with how shy she is. Painfully shy and just everything about her, except the running part. Basically I went "Emily is me, I am Emily, we are one". I really didn't like Sloane at first, but I loved getting flashbacks and learning more about her as time went on and this book, for both Emily and Sloane, screams character development! And I loved every bit of it! Anytime I got worried about something, it did end up being addressed! The pacing was steady, it was readable and still made me think. It made me laugh out loud as well cry and even hug the book!

I don't want to spoil anything and this book is already very hyped, and now I understand why! If you like contemporaries i'd highly recommend checking this book out!

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Lonely Merman by Kay Berrisford book thoughts

Title: The Lonely Merman
Series: Yes (Landlocked Heart #1)
Author: Kay Berrisford
Published Date: July 5th, 2017
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Source: Netgalley
# of Pages: 99 pages
Format: Ebook
Genre: Fantasy/Romance/Queer
Days to Read: 1
Rating: 4.25
Would I recommend it?: Yes
Would I read more books by this Author?: Yes
My Social Media: Goodreads/Instagram/Twitter

Goodreads Synopsis

It's Friday afternoon, and the last thing Ben wants to be doing is trudging through a wet forest in search of a public hazard. But duty calls, and turns out more exciting than Ben imagined when he encounters a magical ruin, an enchanted pool, and Lyle—a merman who's cursed to be landlocked many miles from the sea.

Lyle is flamboyant and exciting—he's got tentacles, for goodness sake!—and Ben falls hard. But Lyle's been hurt before and finds trust difficult, refusing even to reveal how to break the curse that imprisons him. Ben's just an ordinary guy, and can't help wondering if he can ever be the hero Lyle needs.

My Thoughts

I wanted to read this book because it involves a queer merman, and it involves a romance between said gay merman and a gay male human. And I got so much more than that and in a short book to boot! Kindle doesn't tell me how many pages it is nor does Goodreads but I read it in one day, not sure how long I actually spent reading it though, my guess is a few hours total.

I really enjoyed the plot. It's a light fantasy read. Lyle is a trapped merman, landlocked in the woods as part of a curse and he longs to return to the ocean. Due to his experiences he finds it hard to trust. Lyle is an interesting character who, while at first I found annoying, I grew to love and really felt for him. He's a bit of a drama llama but he's been hurt. Ben is an ordinary guy who is a bit bored with his uneventful life. I ultimately found Lyle relate-able too. Lyle is an undine and I loved the part about how undines can choose their gender during their formative years.

I wish I had more to say but it is a short story. Still it's a fun quick read with interesting characters, a nice plot, magic, gay romance including a merman, and also managed to make me think and question some things while still being a light short read. It even made me teary and talk out loud to the book (which isn't exactly hard for me but that's never happened with a short story before). I loved the romance and fell in love with the characters. It ties up nicely but I am looking forward to more time with the characters in book 2!

Edit: Amazon says it's 99 pages

Thursday, July 20, 2017

July 2017 Book Haul #2

Physical books

Kindle Books

All the kindle book were free (bookbub, netgalley, instafreebie, from author etc.)

I got Antisocial from Netgalley but only because I saw a tweet saying "Antisocial is on netgalley" and thought "I'm antisocial! What is this book about?" as I hadn't heard of it and clicked the link, only for it to be auto-added to my shelf and I didn't want it. I went back and looked (I've seen many tweets about books on netgalley and they had never auto-added the book before, just shown you the book page so you could click "request" or "read now" if you wanted to after checking it out) and saw the link had the word "redeem" in it but I didn't notice before because I didn't know that was a thing and like I said, had seen many tweets about netgalley books before that didn't do that (So I assumed and you know what they say about assuming). So who knows when i'll get to it since now I kinda of have to read a book I didn't want in the first place....however I saw I had another book by the same author checked as want to read on Goodreads and Antisocial sounds like I might like it, so I mean I can see if I like it or the author...

Other Netgalley books I did get on purpose are: The Lonely Merman, Savage Woods, Halloween Carnival, Dark Goddess Craft, and The Last Savanna.

What books have you gotten recently? :)