Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Book Review: Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell

Book Review:  Expiration Day by William Campbell PowellExpiration Day by William Campbell Powell

eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

It is the year 2049, and humanity is on the brink of extinction….

Tania Deeley has always been told that she’s a rarity: a human child in a world where most children are sophisticated androids manufactured by Oxted Corporation. When a decline in global fertility ensued, it was the creation of these near-perfect human copies called teknoids that helped to prevent the utter collapse of society.

Told in diary format, Expiration Day is the powerful and poignant story of a young girl coming of age and discovering what it means to be truly human by a talented debut novelist. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

Really enjoyed this story, and I liked the idea of couples adopting robot children because of infertility. The children go in for periodic upgrades to give the illusion that they're growing up, which is both fascinating and more than a little creepy. Even creepier is the fact that the teknoids don't know that they're robots!

Through Tania's journal entries, we discover just had bad the infertility crisis has become. We also learn how creativity is also being affected, as there are no new paintings, music, or books being produced.That aspect of the future scared me more than anything else, as who wants to live in a world of cover bands and recycled novels?

As Tania gets older, she picks up new hobbies and even discovers boys. But in a world where you're not sure who is or isn't human, dating can be a little tricky. Tania matures from a precocious brat child to a likable teen, although she does have her moments.

This is an awesome debut novel by a very talented writer, as he's come up with a unique premise with interesting characters! Even though it's in diary form, it reads like a regular story and isn't gimmicky in any way. I really enjoyed the ending and was pleased that I had guessed correctly. Still had a surprise twist though, and I had to read it a second time as I hadn't seen that part coming!

Left wondering if life without creativity would really happen or if that's just a plot point? Wouldn't the remaining humans still create art? Even if a large majority of children were teknoids, there still has to be the urge to create and appreciate new art, right? Food for thought...

Monday, April 21, 2014

Write On Review-a-Thon

Write On Review-a-Thon
The Write On review-a-thon is a monthly event created and hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen. It’s 2 days dedicated to getting reviews done, whether you have one review to write or 30+. This edition of the review-a-thon takes place all day Friday, April 25th and Saturday, April 26th. Let’s get those reviews done!

I'm so glad that Brianna is hosting a review-a-thon every month, as I really need something to keep me on track! Here are the reviews I want to work on this month:
  1. Poison Promise
  2. Don't Even Think About It
  3. What Nora Knew
  4. The Doll
  5. Uninvited
I know I probably won't get to them all, but will do my best!

Are you taking part in the review-a-thon this month? Curious what it's about? Find out more details at The Book Vixen!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all who celebrate!

Remember everyone - big candy sale tomorrow!!!

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

My Book Haul (50)

My Book Haul

In need of a new way to showcase titles, I decided that My Book Haul seems like a good fit. I like giving books a little special attention as sometimes it can be awhile before I'm able to review them. Sad to say, but some get put on the shelf and gather a little dust before I'm able to give them the love they deserve. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information on the books.

For Review:

Simon R. Green is always a good read for me, so when I saw that he was coming out with a collection of short stories, how could I resist? Very pleased that I was able to get a review copy via NetGalley!

Tales of the Hidden World
Tales of the Hidden World by Simon R. Green

Seventeen delightfully unexpected stories from Simon R. Green - including a brand-new adventure of the Droods - take us deep into the Darkside, embroil us in the Secret Histories, and lead us into the shadowy places where monsters and demons roam. Welcome to the worlds of Simon R. Green. (Goodreads)

Cecelia Ahern is a talented writer and I've enjoyed all of her previous books, so was happy to accept a review offer from William Morrow Paperbacks. The synopsis sounds intriguing, and I know that Cecelia will pull me into the story immediately!

One Hundred Names
One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern

Journalist Kitty Logan's career is being destroyed by scandal - and now she faces losing the woman who guided and taught her everything she knew. At her terminally ill friend's bedside, Kitty asks - what is the one story she always wanted to write? The answer lies in a file buried in Constance's office: a list of one hundred names. There is no synopsis, nothing to explain what the story is or who these people are. The list is simply a mystery. (Goodreads)

This is one of the titles that caught my eye in Buzz Books 2014, so I was very happy to accept a review request from the publisher! If the rest of the book lives up to the sample I read, this should be a fun read!

How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love
How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love by Ken Baker

"Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty." To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big "F" word - "fat." Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight. (Goodreads)

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