Review: Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

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Title: Burying Water 
Author: K.A. Tucker 
Series: Burying Water #1 
Genre: Contemporary, NA  
Publication date: October 7, 2014 
Rating: ★★★★ 

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him? Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried. The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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Title: The Rosie Project 
Author: Graeme Simsion 
Series: Don Tillman #1 
Genre: Contemporary, Adult Fiction 
Publication date: October 1, 2012 
Rating: ★★★★ 

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don's Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

October Wrap Up

Sorry, guys. I know my wrap up is coming a little late, but I've barely had time to breathe this last week. I haven't read a single page either (which is almost an equivalent of breathing). But things will be better now that we've had performance nights of the play I was in. There's still NaNoWriMo as well (and I'm CRUSHING my word counts, it's going really, really well), but at least I'll have some time now to catch up on tv shows and finish the book I'm reading. October on the other hand was a really great month. So many new books to read and buy.

Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

Title: The Martian 
Author: Andy Weir 
Series: Stand-alone 
Genre: Science Fiction, Adult Fiction 
Publication date: February 11, 2014 
Rating: ★★★★★ 

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?

Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 - YA

It's time for the annual goodreads choice awards and needless to say, I always get a bit too invested in those. I like voting because it feels like I'm finally given the chance to reward the authors I love for the masterpieces they've given us. 

But the struggle is real. The adult categories are pretty easy to vote in as I usually only know one or two of the books/authors. But when it comes to Young Adult I've become too much of an expert. I know every single book that's nominated and I've probably read half of them. It's not fair of them to ask me to choose just one. Especially this early on. There are so many authors that deserve to win.

Best Young Adult fiction for example, featured Everything, Everything, All The Bright Places, P.S. I Still Love You, My Heart And Other Black Holes, I Was Here etc. How to choose? I want to read all of them! After deliberating rather long, I eventually settled on All The Bright Places - a book I haven't even read yet. But I feel like it deserves the win, based on my own expectations and countless reviews I've read. It seems unfair to just choose between the books I've actually read when I'm in fact a lot more excited about this one.

But then. Oh-My-God. Young Adult Fantasy. I almost fainted when I saw the nominees. HOW COULD I EVER CHOOSE BETWEEN THOSE? Yes yes, I'm biased because YA Fantasy might be my favourite genre, but what the actual f-? Queen Of Shadows! Six Of Crows! A Court Of Thorns And Roses! Carry On! Red Queen! An Ember In The Ashes! And that's not even the end of the list. I cried
out in frustration so hard my brother came in to ask what on earth was going on. But honestly, guys. I don't know. Should I just randomly pick one? Eenie, meenie, miny, mo? Sigh. It's unfair to ask me to choose. It feels like choosing between your mom and your dad. I considered not voting, but that seemed stupid because then I wouldn't be rewarding any of them. Red Queen was easily ruled out, because I voted for Victoria Aveyard in the best Debut Author category. And I didn't like The Heir all that much so not that one either. Okay, two down, thirteen to go. *Closes eyes and clicks vote*  In the end I decided to go for the one book that I had been dying to read for months. The one I had been endlessly fangirling about. Queen Of Shadows, of course. It was everything I wanted it to be and rose up to every expectation I had.  Sarah J. Maas has easily become one of my favourite authors. And yet I feel bad, because I thought Six Of Crows was just as good. I want to give Leigh Bardugo a thumbs up too. Or show Rainbow Rowell how much I loved Carry On.

Am I the only one struggling with this? Which books did you end up voting for?

Upcoming Releases: November 2015

Upcoming Releases November 2015
Another month, another list of really exciting books to discover. I won’t have a lot of time for reading due to over-investment in NaNoWriMo, but there are some potential beauties here that I just can’t miss out on. December it is!

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