I tried something new (book review)

aka who do I think I am, agreeing to things?



A dying planet.

One ship.

Humanity’s last hope is to reach for the stars.

We spared no expense building the only interstellar colonization ship. We plundered the Earth’s barren crust to shape her hull. Stocked her with the harvests of a famished world. We tore apart families. Denied hope to millions. All so an exceptional few, humanity’s greatest minds and purest hearts, could board her durantium hallways.

But not everyone wants us to reach our destination. And Nassas Duval, a hypochondriac off his meds, must stop them.

Star Phase Exodus is the story of humanity’s ultimate journey. Will we reach the stars, or die trying?

Expected publication: September 28, 2018.



The characters

Margaret Evans – Our friendly (?) neighbourhood Android.


We first meet Margaret at the scene of a very traumatic incident, and you can tell right away that she is more than a little strange.  The way her brain worked could only be described as disturbing, and she gave you gems like ‘humans must understand that sometimes one should sacrifice one’s parts for the greater goods’. There was no emotion marring her thought processing in the beginning and towards the end which caused me some pause every time she thought about getting new body parts. But I really liked her and, during the moments that she wasn’t the focus, I found myself looking forward to when we’d see her again.

Despite eventually liking Margaret, I must say that there aren’t any female characters in this book that wasn’t obsessed with men or emotions in one way or another, which was a bit disappointing. I really wished we could have had one strong female character who wasn’t even a little motivated by a male character.


Nassas Duval – Hypochondriac with a badge!


Oi vey, does this man need his meds. Or does he? Turns out some of his paranoia wasn’t really paranoia after all. Above all of that though, what stood out to me about Nassas wasn’t his hypochondria, it was his personal relationships. On one hand, his marriage is utterly sad and could be considered as nothing other than loveless. On the other hand, his relationship with his brother might be the only positive thing in his life, even though the things they bonded over were questionable.

He also battled with Margaret for most odd character, so…that’s a thing.





The plot


There were two major events which caught me off-guard and broke my heart in one fell swoop, one of which I was able to foresee the new outcome and the other ruined the subplot that I had in my head. Both incidents were traumatic for all parties involved, me most of all.

Aside from that, the summary was more than a little misleading. Up until the last few scenes, the book takes place on earth and there’s no evidence of anyone trying to harm the ship or its passengers, just the foreshadowing of it. I can appreciate a good build up, but I wanted more of what I was promised.

It was entertaining enough.







My thoughts



His writing style is a little choppy, which takes some getting used to, but it isn’t at all intolerable and the ending left me reasonably curious as to the outcome. The characters are tolerable and just this side of likable with storylines that played up their unique traits and was enjoyable enough to keep me reading.






TL;DR: I’d read book two because I hate leaving unfinished things and because Margaret is the right kind of odd.


I would recommend to fans of quirky, scifi fans and to anyone looking for a quick, no commitment read. But give it a miss if you want EXACTLY what the summary promises.



Goodreads: 4.59

BN: 5 (with only one review)

Amazon: 4.7

My rating: 3.5 stars.




What I read in August

aka it was a hard month, but it paid off.


I started off August with high hopes and free time, unfortunately, things slowed down towards the last two weeks and thus we have:



To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before




I loved all of the soft, squishy feelings this book gave me. Peter was adorable in both the book and the movie (even though he pretended to be anything but), Lara Jean was adorably pure and gah. So cute.

(If overly cute, juvenile relationship ideals aren’t your thing, this book won’t be for you. Remember, our MC has never been in a relationship before this.)








Victoria is queen. This must be acknowledged. I also need to get Vengeful in my hands immediately. I don’t know why it took me this long to get to this one, but I regret that. Also, who’s really the bad guy here? This one leaves you twisted.

(It can leave you a bit confused with all the time hopping but..stick with it.)



The Lightning Thief




I get why this is a favorite for so many people. Yes, it’s ridiculous to think twelve and thirteen-year-olds are in charge of saving the world. Yes, it’s ridiculous to think that twelve and thirteen-year-olds are mature enough to figure out the intricacies of the plot (i.e the double crossing). The adults are all stupid, but I like the friendship and the mythology. A lot.

(Give it a miss if you hate the chosen one who’s literally a child YA trope.)







This one took a long time for me to warm up to, and I was thisclose to flouncing, but I stuck with it. And boy was it worth it. That last third of the book was intense. And that CLIFFHANGER?! So cruel.

(Have some patience with this one, as it takes a while before anything REAL happens. But when you get to the twist, they keep on coming.)




Goblet of Fire




I mean, duh! Dark, moody, Dark Moody and so. much. action!



I didn’t realize that I had such highly rated reads until writing this post when my mood certainly wasn’t anything close to positive. I guess that is a testimony to how well these books worked as a form of escapism. Good on them.


What have you been reading?


What a month!

It’s been a good month for reading. I managed to read a total of seven books! And I enjoyed them all, which is the biggest miracle here if I’m being honest. Without further adieu, my June reads:



june 2017 wrap up

Gemina4 stars. All I can say is that I NEED book three right now! I need to know how this all ends. This series is addictive and I finally understand all the hype around it.

Heartless5 stars. Honestly, I don’t know when I drank the Kool-Aid, but I’m a happy customer as far as Marissa Meyer goes. It didn’t take much convincing for me to feel for Catherine’s story. She went through so much that her demise to the dark Queen that she becomes is almost understandable. Almost. Her signature ‘off with their heads’ was refreshing, though there were a few more heads I wanted to roll, namely her mother’s and the King’s. Overall, a wonderful story that I wouldn’t mind more of, but would be willing to accept as is.

Homegoing5 stars. I’m not normally one for character based books, needing plot drivers to sustain me. But, Gyasi knew just what to do to keep me entertained. Such rich histories all connected by a single thread. Beautiful.

Hunted3 stars. Not as amazing as I expected, but enjoyable nonetheless. I was definitely interested in hearing more from the Beast than I was to hear from our Main Character (whose name has since evaporated from my mind. Oops?). He was haunting and eerie every time we were graced with his POV.

Illuminae 4 stars. Same as I said for Gemina. As soon as I was finished with this one, I immediately began the next. Addictive.

The Girl Before3.5 stars. Well, this is what it’s like to witness Stockholm syndrome first hand. I wouldn’t mind giving Rena Olsen a second try.

Waking Gods5 stars. BOOK THREE NOW PLEASE! That is all.


Have you read any of these? What did you read this month? I want to know (because I am shamelessly nosey).


Dee ^_^