The Martian by Andy Weir

18007564Published February 11th 2014 by Crown

Adult-Fiction, Science-Fiction, Adventure, Thriller, Suspense

Purchased Kindle Book

My Rating 5 Stars

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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?

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ARC Review: The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

22546489Release Date: December 30th 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Series: Don Tillman #2

Genres: Adult Contemporary Fiction/ Humor

Format: eARC

Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

My Rating: 5 Umbrellas

 

temp (1)Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because; surprise! Rosie is pregnant.

Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, getting Gene and Claudia to reconcile, servicing the industrial refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business, and staying on the right side of Lydia the social worker, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him the most.

Graeme Simsion first introduced these unforgettable characters in The Rosie Project, which NPR called, “sparkling entertainment along the lines of Where’d You Go Bernadette and When Harry Met Sally.” The San Francisco Chronicle said, “sometimes you just need a smart love story that will make anyone, man or woman, laugh out loud.” If you were swept away by the book that’s captivated a million readers worldwide, you will love The Rosie Effect.

 

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So, to start, I will say that I still love The Rosie Project more than I do this book. However, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy this; just not as much. I love being inside Don’s head. I laughed so much that I literally had a migraine afterwards. I just can’t explain why Don’s excessive breakdowns make me really just…. GAH! I can’t even put it into words. And if you have read either of these books; is it me or do you also seem smarter after reading them?

We are back with our favorite couple, Don and Rosie. They are now married and living in New York. Without giving too much away about Don and his obsessive research habits, I will try to put this lightly. Don is the dumbest genius ever! He literally can not get past his way of viewing things and it causes all kinds of problems. He has to learn how to go with the flow of traffic and not find a suitable solution to beat rush hour. Sometimes you just have to suck it up and go. Now, I understand he can’t help the way his mind works. He is brilliant and driving; a deadly combination when you are dealing with average thinking people. But, God, I do love him!

With Rosie announcing the news of her pregnancy, Don is having a hard time adjusting to the situation. This is not the way it was planned, and he must find a way to cope with the sudden news. While he is also dealing with his best friend Gene and his situation with Claudia, he is creating stress in his own marriage. That is not good for Rosie and baby! Trouble with the law ensues and it just gets crazier from there.

I just can’t find the right words. I can’t imagine being in the same room with Professor Tillman. He is too intense for me. But this book is equally parts hilarious and touching. If you loved the first book, then this is a must read. If you haven’t even started the series, I highly recommend doing so. You will not stop laughing at these characters, no matter how hard you try.

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ARC Review: Perverse Wonderland by Jennifer Harrison

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Release Date: July 15, 2014

Publisher: Incanto Press

Genre: Adult/Chicklit/Humor/Romance

Format: Paperback Galley (280 pages)

Source: Publicist via Bostick Communications

Rating: 4 stars

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Perverse Wonderland is a playful dark comedy and a romantic adventure tale for anyone who has ever loved and lost, or loved and found again. Jennifer Harrison’s debut novel gives a voice to the type of women who, instead of waiting to be saved, can only rescue themselves. When our American heroine is abandoned by her English “gentleman” in a strange land of Pimm’s and Jack the Ripper slumlords, the fairy tale is turned on its head after kissing Prince Charming turns him into an “arse.” This novel will have you swiftly flipping pages to keep up with the ongoing conflicts between our irreverent redhead’s heart, mind and libido as she interacts with a memorable cast of characters including the romantic Irish poet, the Jewish American Princess, and the bizarre Russian painter. With its appeal to strong women and the men who love them (and sometimes leave them), Perverse Wonderland is for fans of an culture-clashing American Bridget Jones or a modern, bawdy Sex and the City set in Lewis Carroll’s fantastical wonderland of Oxford. If you have ever wondered how to repair your own heart in the aftermath of a break-up… If you have ever struggled with trusting yourself to love… if you have more than once wished your former love might live to regret… Perverse Wonderland will resonate deeply.

MY THOUGHTS

A wonderfully written book that I really enjoyed reading. Perverse Wonderland is one of those books that grasps you by the ears and makes you pay attention to what’s inside it’s pages. I found the main character to be quite daring in the beginning. Here she is moving to another country just to see if she and her Englishman, Grant, are meant to be and live happily ever after. She met Grant while traveling with her friend Nava, who wanted to spend an American Thanksgiving with her British friends. Grant had her the moment he opened his mouth, she was a goner. Nava warned her not to fall for him but, having never kissed a British guy, she was not to be perturbed. I actually swooned myself just imagining his voice. Well, it all goes kaboom after she moves there and therefore she becomes a little bitter, but determined to get over him. Her story just goes on from there and Thomas, an Irish Poet, soon has her affection.

I love how the author gives you the characters’ voices while sub-quoting words that they speak with their accents. As I was reading them, I was sounding them out with my best British and Irish accents (I failed miserably). I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy humorous, romantic chick-lit or, are looking for a beach read, which it definitely is up to par with. Great book and I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future. A great mesh of humor, romance, and whole lot of  sarcasm makes for a great read, and this book is it.

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