Desperately need book recommendations!

I really need a book or an audiobook that you just can’t put down.

I have plenty to read on my Kindle and a few ARCs and R4Rs that I should be doing but I’m just not in the mood.

I really want something that is going to keep me up all night reading. I need a book to fall in love with instantly.

Please post your recommendations here, via Twitter or recommend directly through Goodreads.

Please help!

Happy reading 🙂

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Dream Student (Dream, #1)Dream Student by J.J. DiBenedetto

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Only the brave should listen to this book before bed and risk Sarah’s nightmares meeting your own.

The premise of this novel is interesting. Sarah is able to view other people’s dreams. However, as we all know, not all dreams are happy ones.

This is where the story turns into a mystery. Sarah and her friends must uncover the identity of the dreamer in order to try and stop him perpetrating again. The mystery was a real let down for me. I really enjoy trying to work out the mystery and love a few red herrings. However, I worked this one out really quickly. If you like to be able to follow the clues and unlock the mystery then you might enjoy Dream Student.

In my opinion, Dream Student could have been 15-20% shorter. I found that there was a lot of repetition and some scenes that did not seem to propel the narrative or drive character development. I also found that the audio narration was quite slow. This is the first time I have ever listened to a book on a faster speed. I found it worked quite well at 1.25x without sounding robotic.

I really wanted to like this book more but it was a lot slower paced from what I am used to reading.

Dream Student would make a good book for an occasional read. I’m sure many of you are like me and have multiple books on the go at once. The print version would be suitable for that book that you pick up every now and then to read a chapter or two. It is suitable for this casual reading because there are only a few characters, one main plot line rather than a series of intertwining subplots, repetition and a patterning of events.

 

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Audio withdrawal

I’m really missing my audiobooks!

I didn’t get my Audible subscription for my birthday (here’s hoping for Christmas!) so I’m running low on audiobooks.

I have one that I should be listening to for a review but I still haven’t written my review for the first one (it wasn’t what I suspected) so I’m trying not to get too far into it yet.

My local library hasn’t updated their collection with anything I really want to listen to at the moment. The titles on my Audible shelf just aren’t grabbing me at the moment. I think I’m having a Feast for Crows hangover. 37 hours later I was left disappointed and frustrated.

What are your picks for great audiobooks? What should I splurge on?

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Touch by Melissa Haag

TouchTouch by Melissa Haag

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book more than I anticipated. I think it is mostly because I was able to respect the characters. Far too often the characters in YA paranormal romances invoke a feeling of envy in the reader because of their romance/appearance/powers/wealth/circumstances etc. This was not the case. The teenagers were sensible and the adults were both loving and flawed.

Touch is about Tessa, a 16 year old who is trapped by a 200 year old family curse. While I call Touch a paranormal romance it is different from most stories in the genre. While the ‘love interest’ propels the plot, there isn’t a ‘fall in love at first sight’ overwhelming romance. I really respect Melissa Haag for this as I think it makes the novel. The complication is that Tessa, as all the women before her, must choose a partner before her 17th birthday. To assist her choice, she catches a glimpse of the future with each potential mate with just a touch. The main catch is that whomever she chooses is cursed to die young.

I want to quickly comment on the cover. While looking at the covers of all the editions, this cover is the most appealing to me. However, after reading the novel this cover is really misleading 😦

What I liked most about Touch is that I was often conflicted about what I wanted for Tessa, the protagonist. I was able to share her indecision as she battled with making decisions that would rule her future and change the lives of her family.

I am really looking forward to reading some of Melissa Haag’s other work.

Touch reminds us that the basis for the strongest relationships is friendship rather than passion.

Happy reading 🙂

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Update

I am really behind with my reviews, posts and reading.

We finally moved back into our house last weekend after being away for ten months. I haven’t been able to find my laptop and my husband can’t find his charger so we are dependant on the iPad for connectivity.

I’m not a fan of using the iPad to post because I can’t format it well or paste from Goodreads.

It is a sort of long weekend here in Melbourne with the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday. This means that I am unlikely to catch up or finish unpacking for at least another week.

Coming soon will be reviews for:
Touch – a great YA novel about family, friendships and family curses.
BZRK reloaded
A Feast for Crows – most frustrating George R R Martin novel so far!
Magic Bites and Magic Burns – I need to review these properly
Dream Student – an audiobook
The Reckless Engineer – I’m about half way through this mystery. I’m eager to see if any of my predictions are right. I’d forgotten how much a love mysteries!

I think that is all I have been reading that I haven’t reviewed.

Happy reading 🙂

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Holiday reading – didn’t happen

This has been a holiday unlike any other.

To start with I lost my phone somewhere en route to our holiday. So I’ve had a week of no phone and no Internet.

Secondly, I seriously underestimated the challenges of traveling with a 9 month old. It hasn’t so much been a holiday as a relocation of duties.

This has meant for the first time ever – I haven’t finished a single book while on holiday.

There has been been:
* no reading at the airport
* no reading on the plane
* no reading on the balcony
* no reading by the pool
* no reading on the beach
* not even any reading in the car!

At night I have managed to fall into bed with my audiobook but I’m not even making it through a chapter.

I need to go home for a rest!

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All Our Yesterdays

All Our YesterdaysAll Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

All Our Yesterdays is one of the best time travel stories that I have read. There are a few twists and turns in the plot and at times I wasn’t sure who I wanted to succeed. This is a well written and satisfying story. The resolution is really well done and leaves you feeling contented when you finally turn that last page.

Usually, I really don’t like time travel stories but All Our Yesterdays isn’t your typical time travel story. It really appealed to me and often after I had put the book down, I wondered what I would do if I had the technology to go back in time.

The characterisation was well portrayed. The chapters were written from different character perspectives and Cristin Terrill was able to successfully differentiate between the characters by giving them their own authentic voice. This isn’t easy to achieve so it is a huge kudos from me to any author who is able to pull it off.

This story is about choices, responsibilities, relationships and consequences. It stays with you and challenges you to think about your own choices and your impact on the future of our planet. So many times it provokes you to think about “What would you do?”

Even if you are not a fan of Science Fiction, if you are a lover of Young Adult fiction – read All Our Yesterdays.

Happy reading 🙂 

 

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