Review: Shroud of Sorrow by Tommy Donbavand

17162397Doctor Who: Shroud of Sorrow by Tommy Donbavand

Details: Paperback, 256 pages
Publication: April 2nd 2013 by Broadway Books
Source: I got it for Christmas
Buy it: Book Depository
My Rating: 4 Stars

Summary: It is the day after John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the faces of the dead are everywhere. PC Reg Cranfield sees his recently deceased father in the mists along Totter’s Lane. Reporter Mae Callon sees her late grandmother in a coffee stain on her desk. FBI Special Agent Warren Skeet finds his long-dead partner staring back at him from raindrops on a window pane. Then the faces begin to talk, and scream… and push through into our world. As the alien Shroud begins to feast on the grief of a world in mourning, can the Doctor dig deep enough into his own sorrow to save mankind?

Review: Even though I haven’t read that many Doctor Who books, out of the four or five that I have read, I think this one might be my favorite.

I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. There were just so many funny moments. Out of the few Doctor Who books I’ve read, the Doctor always seems a little off to me, but in this book, to me at least, he seemed to be a lot like he was on the show.

The only reason I didn’t give this one five stars, was the fact that at times when the American characters were talking or thinking, they would say or think things that just didn’t seem right. At least I didn’t think they sounded right. I mean I don’t live in America, I live in Canada and I wasn’t alive in the 60’s so maybe I’m wrong. Like at one point Warren is backing up and it says that “He felt the back of his legs bump against something hard. The front bumper of the ambulance. He reached back to feel around on the vehicle’s bonnet with his fingertips, trying to work out which door he was closet to.” Bonnet? Am I wrong about this? Do some Americans say bonnet? Maybe I just read it all wrong. Maybe I’m completely clueless.

Overall it was a great read. However, I am now out of Doctor Who books. I must get more. 🙂

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Posted Last Week:

Review: Spiral Hunt (Evie Scelan #1) by Margaret Ronald
Waiting on Wednesday: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett
Wishlist Wednesday: Bad Blood (Crimson Moon #1) by L.A. Banks
Review: Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant
Review: Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell
Stacking the Shelves: The Crazy Week Edition

Read Last Week:

It wasn’t the greatest reading week. Between going into the city with my mom on Monday, having a headache on Tuesday and spending most of Wednesday in the hospital I didn’t get much reading done. Here is what I did manage to read:

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Currently Reading:

23530204Indiscretion by Hannah Fielding

A young woman’s journey of discovery takes her to a world of forbidden passion, savage beauty, and revenge.

Spring, 1950. Alexandra de Falla, a half-English, half-Spanish young writer abandons her privileged but suffocating life in London and travels to Spain to be reunited with her long-estranged family.

Instead of providing the sense of belonging she yearns for, the de Fallas are driven by seething emotions, and in the grip of the wild customs and traditions of Andalucia, all of which are alien to Alexandra.

Among the strange characters and sultry heat of this country, she meets the man who awakens emotions she hardly knew existed. But their path is strewn with obstacles: dangerous rivals, unpredictable events, and inevitable indiscretions. What does Alexandra’s destiny hold for her in this flamboyant land of drama and all-consuming passions, where blood is ritually poured on to the sands of sun-drenched bullfighting arenas, mysterious gypsies are embroiled in magic and revenge, and beautiful dark-eyed dancers hide their secrets behind elegant lacy fans?

“Indiscretion”is a story of love and identity, and the clash of ideals in the pursuit of happiness. But can love survive in a world where scandal and danger are never far away?

Stacking The Shelves

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

On Monday my mom had to go into the city to pick up her pills but she needed some help since she had my cousins kids. I went with her and you guys know I had to buy books. However, I was super good and only bought three (until Wednesday happened…). Here is what I got:

12600138Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt — among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life — and love — in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

20829029The Martian by Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

23731881Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, Very Good Lives offers J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life, asking the profound and provocative questions: How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?

Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world-famous author addresses some of life’s most important issues with acuity and emotional force.


So if you guys read my post on Wednesday about needing to take a break from blogging for health reasons (which luckily shouldn’t be for awhile), you will know that I went to the hospital. Well, after we finally left the hospital my mom and I were hungry so we decided to go to the mall and grab something to eat. After eating we may have stopped off at the bookstore. We were just going to go take a look. We weren’t going to buy anything…

Here is what I got on Wednesday:

16131077The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

THE GIRL WHO WOULDN’T DIE HUNTS THE KILLER WHO SHOULDN’T EXIST.

The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own.”

Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future.

Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.

At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He’s the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-until one of his victims survives.

Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth . . .

THE SHINING GIRLS is a masterful twist on the serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing heroine in pursuit of a deadly criminal.

106Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicles #2) by Frank Herbert

Dune Messiah continues the story of the man Muad’dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to completion the centuries-old scheme to create a super-being.”Brilliant…It is all that Dune was, and maybe a little bit more.”–Galaxy Magazine

Review: Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell

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Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos by Gary Russell

Publication Date: December 26th 2008
Details: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: BBC Books
ISBN: 9781846075636
Source: Library

Gary Russell: 
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Buy Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos:
Amazon | Book Depository

Summary: Donna Noble is back home in London, catching up with her family and generally giving them all the gossip about her journeys. Her grandfather is especially overjoyed – he’s discovered a new star and had it named after him. He takes the Doctor, as his special guest, to the naming ceremony.

But the Doctor is suspicious about some of the other changes he can see in Earth’s heavens. Particularly that bright star, right there. No not that one, that one, there, on the left…

The world’s population is slowly being converted to a new path, a new way of thinking. Something is coming to Earth, an ancient force from the Dark Times. Something powerful, angry, and all-consuming…

The Doctor and Donna battle an ancient force from the Dark Times – the latest in the bestselling Doctor Who fiction range from BBC Books.

Review

I love Doctor Who and was super excited when I found this book at the library. Unfortunately I ended up being completely disappointed in it. It didn’t take me very long to read, but I couldn’t wait to finish it. It was pretty boring. There were a few time it made me smile but other than that I just thought it was okay. If it wasn’t for those few times, I may have actually given it only one star. I never thought I would ever rate a Doctor Who book under three stars.

If you are like me and want to read every single Doctor Who book, than give this one a go. If that isn’t something you want to do, you might want to just skip this one.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read Beautiful Chaos and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.

2 out of 5 stars

 

Review: Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant

7094569Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant

Details: Mass Market Paperback, 599 pages
Publication: May 1st 2010 by Orbit
Source: I bought it
Buy it: Book Depository | or you can buy the whole trilogy 😉
My Rating: 5 Stars

Summary: The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop.

The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives – the dark conspiracy behind the infected.

The truth will get out, even if it kills them.

Review: I have been wanting to read Feed for a very long time. I heard that it was really good but for some strange reason I just didn’t have high expectations going into it. I thought it would just be an okay read. I’m not exactly sure why I thought that, but I did.

I think it might have something to do with the plot. Which is crazy because it was great. Being a blogger you would think I would have loved the idea right away. I’m not sure why I didn’t think I would like it. However, once I started reading, it didn’t take me long to love it.

The characters were probably the biggest reason why I loved this book as much as I did. I loved Shaun. I thought he was hilarious and I wanted to be in the book just so I could be friends with him. Georgia on the other hand wasn’t my favorite. There were times I really liked her, and then there were other times I just felt meh about her. As for Buffy, I just couldn’t get behind her. There was just something about her I didn’t like from the very beginning. I couldn’t bring myself to care about her. The only other character that I’m even going to mention is Steve. He was a pretty awesome guy too. I loved when Steve and Shaun were together.

To wrap this all up, I’m just going to say read it. It is amazing. The next time I buy books I will not only be getting book two, but I will also go right ahead and pick up book three while I’m at it.

Feed by Mira Grant deserves the five Stars I’m giving it. I loved it. Please pick it up if you haven’t yet. You wont regret it.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked and disliked about it. Maybe someday I will re-read Feed and do another review. Better reviews (hopefully) in the future.

Also, I did buy the other two books the next time I bought books. I have also read them and they are amazing. This was such a great trilogy. One of the best I’ve ever read.

I May Be Taking A Blogging Break….Later.

UPDATE: Hey guys! Looks like I’m not taking that break right now. I did go to the hospital today and luckily I was able to come home. However I do think that break will happen sometime soon. I just wanted to let you know that I am home and I will continue to read and post reviews and such until the time comes when I need that break.

-Raye


Before I get into why I might be taking a break I just want to say I’m sorry to any authors who have sent me a book for review. I promise I will get to your book as soon as I possibly can. I don’t plan on be gone too long.

The reason I am most likely taking a break is because I am having some health problems. I was told that I probably need surgery and I have been putting this off for three years. You might be asking why I would put something like this off for so long and the reason is I have anxiety. Really bad anxiety. To be completely honest, I might not even get the courage to go to the hospital today even though I had a weird feeling in my chest, right around where my heart is, and got dizzy and almost passed out.

If I do manage to go to the hospital today, there is a chance that I will finally be having that surgery. That is why I might be taking a break from blogging. I just don’t think I will feel up to writing reviews, posting, even reading. If I do feel up to reading, I will probably want books that aren’t too heavy, because I might be weak. I will want something that is a fast read and something that wont trigger my anxiety. I also don’t want to pick up any books that I’m supposed to be reviewing. I will probably be on something for the pain and something about reading a book I’m supposed to review while on some kind of drug just doesn’t seem right.

I do have posts already scheduled for the rest of the week and one or two random ones for next week. I wont have time to do anymore than that. I hope everyone understands and sticks with me. I will try not to be gone too long. If I leave at all.

Oh, I’m also sorry if this post isn’t too great. My chest is bothering me and so is my anxiety so I don’t feel like re-reading and re-writing it a thousand times before posting it. Sorry if there are typos and stuff.

-Raye

Wishlist Wednesday: Bad Blood (Crimson Moon #1)

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper.

538381Bad Blood (Crimson Moon #1) by L.A. Banks

Details: Paperback, 352 pages
Published: April 1st 2008 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
Buy it: Book Depository

Synopsis: Sasha Trudeau knows all about working beneath the shadows, back-alley deals, and things that go bump in the night. She also knows that the world is unaware of the existence of the paranormal—and that the government would like to keep it that way.

As a highly trained Special Ops soldier, Sasha and her team are an elite group of individuals who are survivors of werewolf attacks, now trained to be loyal to only to each other and their government. But when she returns from a solo mission, she finds that her team has mysteriously gone missing. Shocking government conspiracies, double-dealing vampires, and a host of stunning revelations about who—and what—she really is are only just the beginning…