Wednesday, March 13, 2013

What I Read in the Past Week

Whoo, hoo! Two books read this week.

Mar 6: "Unravel Me" by Tahareh Mafi. This is a YA dystopian fantasy/paranormal/what-have-you and is the second in an apparent series. Blurb: Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her – people with gifts – and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance. She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch. Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible. Haunted by her past and terrified of her future, Juliette knows that in her present, she will have to make some life-changing choices. Choices that may involve choosing between her heart – and Adam's life. This is her second book, and it apparently will be an on-going series. I only hope that's the case, because while I loved this story, I hated the ending - it left too much stuff hanging. This story was heart-wrenching and emotional and gripped me from the beginning. I just wish the ending satisfied me. I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads, but really thought I would have given it 5, until I reached the end. Will I read the next? Most likely. But if it ends (or non-ends) like this one, then I will most likely wait until I see a series finale before I pick up the next one. One of the reasons I despise most series.

Mar 12: "Hangar 18: Legacy" by Jennette MariePowell. This is labeled a sci-fi romance, but it's not the techy kind of sci-fi (yay!). Blurb: In July, 1947, a craft of indeterminate origin crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. The United States Army transported the wreckage and the bodies of several extraterrestrial beings to Wright Field near Dayton, Ohio, where they were examined, placed in storage, and forgotten. But these beings weren't dead. Now one has awoken, and he's angrier than hell… Psychic Air Force officer and researcher Adam Keller is used to sensing the thoughts and emotions of others, so he keeps people at a distance. But when a desperate, telepathic voice demands rescue, dark thoughts of death threaten to overwhelm Adam. Then he meets a woman whose attraction to him – and his to her – quiets, if not silences, the voice. All he has to do is risk his heart and experience the emotions he's long denied himself. Skeptical programmer Lisa Stark wants nothing more than to finish the subliminal messaging software she's worked on for over a year, a project someone wants badly enough to kill for. Then Adam discovers the voice plaguing him is an imprisoned extraterrestrial thought dead for decades. Lisa's software is key to freeing the being and silencing the voice…if she lives to finish it. I enjoyed the story and loved the main characters. I also loved the fact I knew the area this is set in (ha ha!). If it weren't for my editing, I would have finished this book long before now. As it was, I played hooky on Tuesday to finish it! I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads.

I was a bad girl on Tuesday. I watched a movie ("Premium Rush," pretty good!) because it was due back to the library, and then I finished reading a book. To top it off, I went to see the musical "American Idiot" with my daughter (I enjoyed it, by the way). Yep, not much writing got done, but I'll make it up today.

Unless I decide to watch "Aliens." I've never seen it and it's sitting there waiting to be watched! We'll see how good I am…

Have a good day!



Jennette Marie Powell said...

So glad you enjoyed Hangar 18!! I stayed up late last night to finish a very good vampire romance. :) I have a writing workshop assignment that is due tonight, but after that I am going to make notes on the vampire romance. Now get back to your editing!! LOL!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Jennette - I'm going, I'm going! Honest! See you on Saturday!

David P. King said...

A good couple of reads you found there. Haven't picked up Tahareh's first yet, but there's always time. :)

LD Masterson said...

It's not always easy to wrap up a book so the reader feels satisfied while leaving it open enough to continue a series. Hopefully Tahareh Mafi will get better at it.

Let me know what you think of Aliens. One of my favorite sci fi's

Stacy McKitrick said...

David - Yep, plenty of time. Where are the books going to go anyway??

Linda - I enjoyed Aliens (yep, watched it after all!). In fact, I believe I've seen the ending before (don't know how or why, though). Lots of suspense and action!!

The Happy Whisk said...

You never saw Alien? Oh my gosh, it's so good. Well, to me it is.

A co-worker gave me two books today. One is about couponing.

Snowing here today.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Ivy - I saw Alien back in 1980 (in the theatre!), but never Aliens. Until today, that is.

We got some snow this morning. I'm sick of it! Enjoy your books. :)

The Happy Whisk said...

My bad. I forgot the s.