Tuesday, August 4, 2015

All We Have Is Now

All We Have Is Now

All We Have Is Now is the story of two kids- Emerson and Vince- who have just over 24 hours before an asteroid strikes North America. Emerson has been living on the streets with Vince for some time, since she was kicked out by her mother. The two of them have survived, relying on each other, and have slowly started to have feelings for each other. Vince loves Emerson, and she is still sorting out her feelings for him, but they are also good friends and have helped each other survive. When they encounter a man who does them a kindness, they decide to follow his example and pay it forward- and so they spend the next day helping others, as best they can.

This is an interesting book and I liked how the impending apocalypse was treated. The rioting and violence happened off screen and in the past, and as the day approaches most people have hunkered down (those that haven't left, anyway) and are waiting for the end with family or whatever. Sure it's still dangerous, but this isn't a tale of surviving a gauntlet of craxies. Rather it's an exploration of what's important, how people choose to spend their last moments, and how it can be to forgive or go back and face regrets. I thought it was mostly effective in doing that, and it's touching at times to see the difference one can make, when all seems lost.

The characters are compelling for the most part, although I thought Vince was a little one note, maybe too good to be true. Other than not wanting to talk about his past, he was so nice and kind of a goody- goody, which seemed a little unrealistic. Not to say he can't be nice because he lives on the streets, but I just didn't feel a connection to him- it seemed like he was there mainly to be Emerson's foil, the one who makes her think and inspires her to face her feelings. Emerson, on the other hand, is well drawn and we really get a sense of how hard it can be in a broken family, especially for a teen girl.

As the story progresses we revisit Carl, the man in the beginning who gave them another chance, so to speak, and we get to see how his story develops as the end nears, along with Emerson and Vince. The chapters count down towards the end, which I liked, and some chapters have peoms as well by the author, that add a bit to the story. By the end I was really anxious to see what would happen. The author has noted that she had some trepidation about how the ending would be received, but I think it ended well. This was a fine read, thought provoking- maybe a bit lightweight given the subject matter- and a quick read too, worth a read if you find the premise intriguing.

Teaser Tuesday #45


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB at A Daily RhythmTo participate you grab your current read, open to a random page and share (2) teaser sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INLUDE SPOILERS (Make sure what you share doesn't give too much away. You don't want to ruin the book for others). Share the title and author. 

"Everyone was drunk. It was actually a great night until it all went to shit."

Big Little Lies

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sunday Post #102

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

This week was another great week weather- wise. Sun every day, but it's hot now. We're in the home stretch of summer and it's flying by- hard to believe we're in August now. This week I reviewed Caught Read Handed (fun cozy), did a couple of memes and another Bookcover Spotlight. I'm still binging on The 100 and am thinking of trying AMC's show Humans. Is anyone watching it?

Next week I have reviews in the wings for All We Have Is Now and The Husband's Secret.

Here are some more "up north" pics.

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 Not a lot of bookish news this week again, but some "up north" links. 

Here's another view of the Suttons Bay Flotilla I mentioned last week. 

MyNorth.com has a piece (and a nice video ) of the Sleeping Bear Dune climb and trail. And a nice video of a kayaking trip as well.

This week's recipe from Brys Vineyard is Grilled Chicken with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Goat Cheese and Basil Butter Sauce. Yum. 


Murder in the Paperback Parlor  A Sliver of Stardust (A Sliver of Stardust, #1)  Hello From the Gillespies The Adventuress (Lady Emily, #10)


You, Me And A Cup Of Tea is hosting an Emma read- along. Here is Part 3.

Ciao Amalfi shares the ruins of a church from the 12th century, high above Amalfi. check it out!

Candace's Book Blog talks non- toxic products.

Want to see the differences between the original Star Wars and the revisions? Check this out. Kinda cool.

I saw these over at Joyfully Retired. They are set in the 30's... and they're noirish... sign me up! I'll be adding these to my short list very soon...

Wings in the Dark: A Jake & Laura Mystery (A Jake & Laura Mystery #3) All That Glitters: A Jake & Laura Mystery The Yankee Club

Check out this GIF/ pixel art of the cars of Fury Road.

Do you listen to Welcome to Nightvale? If not, it's deliciously weird. If you'd rather read transcripts of the podcast, go here.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Bookcover Spotlight #7

The Hobbit

This is the version of The Hobbit I read as a kid, and is still my favorite version of the book. This image shows Bilbo and the dwarves floating away from captivity. There's something serene and relaxing about this one- the gently flowing river and the tranquil nature of it.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Caught Read Handed

Caught Read-Handed

Caught Read Handed is a fun cozy and the second in the Read 'Em and Eat mysteries. The setting is Fort Myers Beach in Florida, and the main characters are Sassy and Bridgy the owners of the Read 'Em and Eat cafe. The cafe doubles as a book haven, with paperbacks and regular book club meetings. When Sassy meets a high strung lady who ends up murdered, and the prime suspect is the relative of a friend, Sassy determines to find the true killer.

Sassy is a lot of fun, she has a bit of snark and her and Bridgy make a good team. Half the fun of this is the sun- drenched Ft. Myers setting- the palms, the mangroves along the water, the egrets and wildlife. A lot of the story takes place at the cafe, with people coming and going- and Miguel, the irrepressible cook, adds a lot of flavor to the place. Like a lot of cozies, there is food, and pretty good food by the sounds of it- and the supporting characters are nice, especially Ophelia, who is Bridgy's aunt and quite the character. The story lightly touches on issues such as animal rights and PTSD, as the suspect is a veteran suffering from post- traumatic stress disorder.

I had an easy time getting to know all the characters, especially as this is a second in a series, and while it started slow for me it picked up and got better as I went. The mystery was nothing special but again part of the fun is the setting. The author seems to love the area and it shows. The cafe is neat too, with tables named after famous literary figures, and the menu reflects that as well. After serving a few Swiss Family Robinson cheeseburgers, I started wanting one! This is a fun, breezy read with great characters and I would definitely be interested in reading more.

From Goodreads:

From the national bestselling author of Well Read, Then Deadcomes the second mystery featuring Sassy Cabot and Bridgy Mayfield, who bring Fort Myers Beach, Florida, residents plenty of sinful treats and killer reads at their bookstore cafĂ©, Read ’Em and Eat.

Happy to help her fellow bibliophiles, Sassy visits the local library with book donations for their annual fundraising sale. Unfortunately, the welcoming readers’ haven is in turmoil as an argument erupts between an ornery patron and new staff member, Tanya Lipscombe—also known as “Tanya Trouble.” She may lack people skills, but everyone is shocked when she’s later found murdered in her own hot tub.

The man last seen arguing with Tanya is soon arrested. But Alan Mersky, a veteran with PTSD, happens to be the brother of Sassy’s former boss—and he’s no murderer. Now it’s up to Sassy and Bridgy to clear Alan’s name and make sure the real killer gets booked.

Includes a recipe for Miss Marple scones!
Paperback304 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Berkley

Teaser Tuesday #44


Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB at A Daily RhythmTo participate you grab your current read, open to a random page and share (2) teaser sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INLUDE SPOILERS (Make sure what you share doesn't give too much away. You don't want to ruin the book for others). Share the title and author. 

"Coincidence is when other people don't tell you their plans." 
I paused mid- sweep. "That's brilliant."

Butter Off Dead (Food Lovers' Village mysteries #3)