Relativity — Book Review

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The Deets

author: Cristin Bishara

released: September 10, 2013

format: e-book

pages: 288 pages

publisher: Walker Childrens

Read: September 8, 2013

Acquired: Netgalley

Book Pages: Amazon.com • Goodreads.com •  Author’s Website  

Book Type: YA, science fiction, parallel universes

The Down-low

If Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have met and married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can’t come true; some things just can’t be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities.

Suddenly, Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing variations of her life—if things had gone differently at key moments. The windshield wiper missing her mother’s throat…her big brother surviving his ill-fated birth…her father never having met Willow. Her ideal world—one with everything and everyone she wants most—could be within reach. But is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out? (From Goodreads.com)

Why You Should Buy It

This thought-provoking science fiction novel will have you on the edge of your seat.  You’ll learn a little about science within the realm of one teenage girl’s life and her discovery of the perfect world.

My Thoughts

*I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review via the author/publisher.*

I LOVE SMART BOOKS.  I am a nerd.  I took AP Chemistry for fun.  Yes, I repeat, I AM A NERD.  We’re talking circa 2000 when nerds weren’t cool.  If there is one thing I love it is reading a book that isn’t afraid to push the limits of the reader’s mind while not ‘dumbing down’ the ideas.  If I’m confused and the science is legit, I’m perfect okay with being confused.  I’m SUPPOSED to be confused.  But, I’m also learning about something useful and important in the world in a fun way.  This is one of my favorite things about YA.  I’ve used so many concepts I’ve read in ya books in my graduate level college courses.  There is no one saying that a book for teens has to be a lower standard of concepts and ideas.

SO, that is why I was completely engrossed and enamored by Relativity.  Sure I’ve learned the basics of what string theory is and I’ve read gobs of parallel universe books, but this one brought everything to fruition.  I suddenly understood just a little bit better what it is Sheldon Cooper spends his days doing.

Beyond the science, the writing was superb flowed well.  The story itself was unique and refreshing: it was so different from other parallel universe books.  I loved that Ruby kept her chart in her notebook of the details of each world.

Ruby was really a dynamic character in my eyes.  I can SEE people thinking she is flat and one-dimensional.  However, I understood her way of thinking and her interactions with all the different people she met.  When Ruby wasn’t comfortable with a situation, she brought something of comfort in — and to her the most comforting thing is science and knowledge.

My one critique is just how blind and oblivious the parents in the story seemed to be.  Here we have troubled teens, especially Kandy, and no one seems to be doing anything or saying anything.  It is obvious that she had some deep rooted issues, and maybe for sake of time they weren’t addressed, but I just found it sad.

The interweaving of the history of the scientist and the town and how the tree came to be was also so well done.  It had this creepy, historical vibes (like the journal and the cemetery) and brought some new elements in that gave the book an extra oomph beyond just the science fiction.

This book was hands down my favorite in terms of parallel universes.  A great standalone novel that I HIGHLY recommend!

Rating

4_5stars

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Chaos (Kardia Chronicles) — Book Review

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The Deets

author: Christine O’Neil

released: August 26, 2013

format: e-book

pages: 292 pages

publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC

Read: September 7, 2013

Acquired: Author

Book Pages: Amazon.com • Goodreads.com •  Author’s Website  

Book Type: YA, mythology, fantasy

The Down-low

My name is Maggie Raynard. After sixteen years being just plain me, suddenly, when I lose my temper, my fingers become weapons of mass destruction. Turns out I’m a semi-god, descended from Aphrodite. Sounds cool in theory, but when I accidentally put my ex-boyfriend in a coma, things go downhill pretty fast.

Now some new guy named Mac Finnegan has made it his mission in life to continually piss me off. I’m stuck learning how to use my new powers while also dealing with regular high school problems, and with this annoying—and super-hot—guy all up in my business, I’m about to flip out.

But it gets worse. I just learned there’s this watchdog council of semis who keeps an eye out for any bad apples. They think I’m the baddest of the bunch and want to take me out before I do any more damage. My nemesis Mac might turn out to be my salvation, only he’s got secrets of his own…and they may just kill us both.(From Goodreads.com)

Why You Should Buy It

A fresh twist on an ancient story, Chaos will make you laugh, tear up, and fall in love with this descendant of the goddess of love herself.

My Thoughts

*I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review via the author/publisher.*

I may sound like a broken record, but I will say it again — I.LOVE.GREEK.MYTHOLOGY. I especially love when they are folded into a contemporary story. I’m pretty big on the Persephone/Hades love quandary, so this one was a bit different for me.  Maggie is a descendant of Aphrodite, a semi-god.  The closest I’ve read to this is the Starcrossed series.  In a lot of ways Helen and Maggie are the same — they unexpectedly find out they have these powers when they are in their teens, no one really is there to teach them about who they are, and they are both threats in some ways.  However, Chaos goes in a much different direction as far as mythology is concerned.  And it does draw back into that contemporary/teen setting, where we are experiencing a lot of day-to-day with Maggie, Mac, and the other characters.

Right off the bat, I could tell I was going to love this book. Maggie is HILARIOUS and had such a genuine personality. I could tell O’Neil poured her heart into the character. She made me laugh, but deeper than that, she made me care about her.  She had a no-nonsense attitude that I respected and was just the right touch of goddess and human.

The writing was natural and will connect well with teens. There was a lot of reference to pop-culture, which I loved, because it really grounded the story (again) in the day-to-day.  The writing also was just witty and conversational — I felt like I was looking into a friend tell me a story.  The drama in the story is a great blend of greek goddess major issues and normal teenage drama. It really made the book seem more genuine. Of course the back and forth of Mac and Maggie was a bit eyerolly, because of course we could FEEL the tension between the two. That, however, is normal in teen romance. Everyone else sees what the ‘couple’ doesn’t.

I SHOULD have seen the end coming, it is one that happens a lot in these types of books. I hope, much like some other series, there will be a good resolution in future books.

To me, the cover wasn’t really getting the essence of Maggie.  Maggie was sexy in a non-descript way — with her tshirts, jeans, and vans.  I know they like to sex it up for covers, but I don’t think we really got “Maggie” from that.  I do like how she isn’t wearing make-up.

Did I like it? YES. Will I be sticking with the series? SO MUCH YES! The series brought something fresh to the Greek myth retelling and I’m really excited to have had the opportunity to read and review the book.

Rating

4stars

Stacking the Shelves (1)

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Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

From Netgalley/Edelweiss

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes | Silent Echo: A Siren’s Tale by Elisa Freilich

From Book Tours

Moon Child by Tracy Banghart | Landlocked by Tiffany Daune

 

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