Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Book Review: The Martian

Title: The Martian
Author: Andy Weir
Publisher: Crown
Rating: DNF

Synopsis (via Goodreads): 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 and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars' surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive — and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years 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's not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills — and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength – he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth. As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive – but Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet. Grounded in real, present-day science from the first page to the last, yet propelled by a brilliantly ingenious plot that surprises the reader again and again, The Martian is a truly remarkable thriller: an impossible-to-put-down suspense novel that manages to read like a real-life survival tale.

Review: To all you Sci-Fi fans out there - I'm deeply sorry.  I didn't finish reading this book.  In fact, I stopped reading on page 146... 
1.  I don't read science fiction to begin with.  I was assigned this book for Battle of the Books, otherwise I never would've picked it up in the first place. 
2.  I hate diary style writing.  Totally understand that astronauts have to record everything they do in space in journals, but I got tired of hearing about Mark's poo potato garden.
3.  I like Star Wars, but that doesn't make me a sci-fi nerd.  It just makes me a nerd.  And that's not a bad thing.

I couldn't get into this book for the life of me.  I looked up a handful of reviews one day and those readers loved it, which made me question if something was wrong with me.  Also, this book was made into A MOVIE. 
I've heard the movie (for once) is better than the book, but I don't know if I'll be checking it out anytime soon.  I need to keep myself as far away from Mark Watney as possible. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (16)

Waiting on Wednesday is a daily meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  It highlights what newly released books us bloggers are most excited to read. 
Title: Girl Against the Universe
Author: Paula Stokes
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Maguire is bad luck. No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the rollercoaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch. It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid meeting new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away is harder than she thought. From author Paula Stokes comes a funny and poignant novel about accepting the past, embracing the future, and learning to make your own luck.
My Thoughts: This book just looks super cute.  I love how the girl on the cover isn't an actual model, but a drawing!  It took me a second to figure that one out... I'm hoping to get my hands on an eARC soon!

What are you waiting on this week?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Cover Reveal: Adorkable

Thanks to YA Bound Book Tours, I am able to reveal the cover of Cookie O'Gorman's novel, Adorkable, available March 31st, 2016!
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz. Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she's done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There's only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take. Her solution: she needs a fake boyfriend. And fast. Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around-hottie, and Sally's best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He'd do anything for Sal--even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she's "more than pretty," and expertly kissing her at parties. The problem: Sally's been in love with Becks all her life--and he's completely clueless. This book features two best friends, one special edition Yoda snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses and begs the question: Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun?
My Thoughts: Okay, yes please!  I love the cover - it's cute, it's simple and the sun radiance effect would probably catch my eye in a bookstore, beckoning me to buy it.  The synopsis reminds me a little bit of The DUFF, but from a male's POV and awesome nonetheless.  

About the Author: Cookie O'Gorman writes YA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her debut novel ADORKABLE will be released in 2016. 

Author Links: Author WebsiteTwitter and Facebook

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Teaser Tuesday (3)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm.
""Wave to Daddy!" Marissa said, waving David's hand at the camera.  "Wave to Daddy!"
"He's too young to know what's going on," Martinez said. 
"Just think of the playground cred he'll have later in life," she said.  "'My dad went to Mars.  What's your dad do?'"" (pg. 249)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (15)

Waiting on Wednesday is a daily meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  It highlights what newly released books us bloggers are most excited to read. 
Title: The Star-Touched Queen
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds friendship and warmth. But Akaran has its own secrets - thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran's magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar's plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk - it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly. Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves. The Star-Touched Queen is a lush, beautifully written and vividly imagined fantasy inspired by Indian mythology.
My Thoughts: I really need to start expanding my library to more genres than young adult, and more topics than contemporary and dystopian.  This might be a good book to start with since it's an Indian fantasy!

What are you waiting on this week?