{Bookish Reads} It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 23 April 2018


'It's Monday! What Are You Reading?', hosted by Book Date, is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's a great opportunity to organize yourself, visit, comment, and add to that every growing TBR pile. 
 
What I read last week

Well, it took me ages to finish reading The Book Jumper and I'm not super happy about how it ended. Perhaps you'll like it like some other readers do. My hubby read The Infinet some time ago and he quite liked it. Check out his review. :)

What I am reading at present

So happy that I finally found this in my local library. Can't wait to find time to relax and read it. 

What are you reading now?


{Bookish Review} The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser

The Book Jumper
By: Mechthild Gläser
Published on: January 3rd 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Fantasy (YA)
Source: Library
Rating: 

Amy Lennox doesn't know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother's childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay.

Amy's grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House—but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy's new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts—at whatever cost.
It's the plot that captured my attention and that cover. To be able to interact with the world inside a story is like a dream come true for readers like me. Just imagine all the possibilities and the adventures! How exciting!

Unfortunately, the book fell flat for me. It took me a long while to get into the book. I had to renew my book once because I was stubborn and wanted to read till the end despite how the story dragged on.

The main character of this story is Amy, a book jumper who didn't know she had this ability until she went to her mother's childhood home and her grandmother insisted that she read books there. There were two other book jumpers as well, Betsy and Will, from another clan. Long story short, these two families have been protecting literature since long long time ago and they were enemies of some sort in the past and now, there's someone lurking out there and stealing ideas from stories. The book jumpers have to catch the culprit before it's too late.

The book jumping and what happened in the stories was interesting to read but in terms of finding out the culprit, somehow it fell flat for me. I didn't really feel any connection with any of the characters. Although there was a surprising piece of information in the story, I'm disappointed that the story did not elaborate further on it or made use of it for something special. The final blow for me was how the book ended. I wished it didn't end it that way.

Having mentioned all the points above, the book does have its good points. I like how each chapter ended with some sort of super short paragraph that all links together to form another missing story. It's a refreshing element for me.

If you are interested in reading this book, just remember not to expect too much from the story and you'll be fine. Perhaps it was because it was a book about stories, I have quite a high expectation of it. I'm glad I finished the book!

{Bookish Review} The Infinet by John Akers

The Infinet
By: John Akers
Published on: October 12, 2017
Genres: Sci-Fi
Source: Review copy from Goodreads Group
Rating: 

Imagine, a few short years from now…

...a quantum computer more powerful than all other computers ever created...combined

...a madman seeking to destroy civilization with a computer virus targeting the Internet of Things

...a brilliant but reclusive geneticist determined to solve one of the great mysteries of all time

...and Oreste Pax, inventor of the augmented/virtual reality glasses used all over the world

Pax is now the head of Omnitech, the biggest company in the world. But despite all his success, he is facing a shareholder revolt and could soon lose his job as CEO of the company he founded. His only hope lies with a new project he hopes will transform human cognition and convince his doubters he is still the visionary to lead the company into the future.

However, a massive computer virus that attacks the fragile bonds holding human society together has been launched, and Pax is abruptly torn away from his concerns for his company. Soon he will have to make a decision, one that will affect the future of the human race. The choice of what to do is his, and his alone.

A clever, compelling vision of the future, The Infinet is a speculative fiction thriller that can’t be missed!

I'm normally not a fan of techology driven novels, given that I find myself confused by all the "techno-babble" these authors tend to indulge in. I'm glad to say that The Infinet manage to avoid this particular pithole. You will see techology jargon, but rather than being confused, John Akers simplify it so readers easily visualise (and wish for) all the inventions that he created in the book.

The plot is superb, creating tension and ramping it up especially in the middle of the story. I find myself unable to put it down as i wanted to discover what happens next.

However I feel the ending was a bit rushed and lacked a punch. It felt that the MC blindly stumbled about and was miraculously rewarded for doing nothing.

Having said that, I'm looking forward to the next book and see what's next for our MC.


I received a copy through Goodreads via Shut Up & Read.

Reviewed by Bookish Husband who loves Scifi.

{Bookish Updates} 26 March 2018


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Updates

More time spent on work, less time spent on reading. Marking students' work takes up a lot of my time lately. Besides that, I'm getting quite a few messages on my Fiverr account for my short story writing gig and I'm trying to respond to them soonest possible instead of procrastinating like I used to. Yes, I'm working on my time management as well and hopefully I'll get enough sleep with all those things that I need to do. Plus, I've got an order for a handmade watercolour greeting card which I managed to paint it today. Phew! Lots and lots of things!

Have a great week ahead, everyone!



Last Week On Bookish Michelle

New Books For Bookish Michelle

At The Stroke of Midnight - Found the book on some blog and decided to get it straight away. The plot promises some hilarious time.

The Infinet - Requested it from Goodreads group since the plot sounded interesting. The review will be up by April 12. 






{Bookish Discussion} Book Beginnings on Fridays 23 March 2018

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

Today, on Bookish Michelle, we have The Book Jumper by Mechthild Gläser and we share with you the beginning...

The Beginning

Will ran. He ran and ran.

The island seemed bigger than usual, and he'd been running for so long his chest hurt. Across the moor, through the fields, down to the beach, past the graveyard and Lennox House, into the village, up to the stone circle, through the library, back to his cottage, and in and out of the last wisps of fog that hung over Macalister Castle.
I haven't got that far into the book yet but I think the plot still looks promising to me. Look forward to the book jumping portion of the story!



Summary:

Amy Lennox doesn't know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother's childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay. Amy's grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House-but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy's new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper, Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts-at whatever cost.

{Bookish Finds} Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Hello Stranger (The Ravenels #4)
By: Lisa Kleypas
Published on: February 16th 2016 by Zondervan
Genres: Historical Romance

A woman who defies her time

Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man—why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again.

A man who breaks every rule

As a Ravenel by-blow spurned by his father, Ethan has little interest in polite society, yet he is captivated by the bold and beautiful Garrett. Despite their vow to resist each other after that sublime night, she is soon drawn into his most dangerous assignment yet. When the mission goes wrong, it will take all of Garrett's skill and courage to save him. As they face the menace of a treacherous government plot, Ethan is willing to take any risk for the love of the most extraordinary woman he's ever known.
YESSS to historical romance and especially this book. I have no idea that this is out already. I've previously came across this main character in book 3 of the series and I thought it was really unusual for a lady to be a doctor during that era and I was thinking if there would be a book on her and there it is! Imagine my surprise when I see this book while I was blog hopping! I'm definitely going to get this one and give it some priority read!

{Bookish Review} The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince
By: Holly Black
Published on: January 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy (YA)
Source: Bought
Rating: 


Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Faerie! That was my first excited thought when I read the summary. It promises mystery and excitement as well. Why would the sisters be stolen away to live in the High Court of Faerie? I just had to get this book to find out and so I did!

The prologue was about the murder of their parents which had me cringing. For the girls to have witnessed it... Imagine their horror. Then the story continued into the first chapter. My first thought of it was, "Wow! What a very short first chapter!" Indeed, it is only made up of one line. 11 words to be precise.

The thing I like about this book is the few surprises that it threw at me. Things did not turn up as what I've expected and I like that. I feel that the world building is well done as well as the politics within the High Court about the succession of the throne. The thing that didn't sit well with me was the fact that the human twins managed to live with the man who murdered their parents right in front of their eyes. That's brutal!

Overall, The Cruel Prince is a well-written book which I really enjoyed a lot. A quick check on Goodreads told me book 2 will only be out in 2019 and book 3 in 2020. I don't think I can't wait that long to find out more about the story. That's the down side of reading a book when the series has yet to be completed. I'll try to be patient.