Genre: Fiction

The One Memory of Flora banks by Emily Barr

Posted May 2, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

The One Memory of Flora banks by Emily BarrThe One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr
Published by Philomel Books on May 2nd, 2017
Genres: Fiction, mystery, Contemporary
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora's brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend's boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora's fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.
With little more than the words "be brave" inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must "be brave" if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When I saw that this is billed as Memento meets The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime I was hooked. Memento has long been one of my favorite movies and I definitely wanted to read it. Especially because it seems like it would be difficult to write convincingly. I’ve also heard this book compared to 50 First Dates or Before I Go to Sleep. I would say that any one of those comparisons only gives you part of the story.

Flora has a rare form of memory loss. She can’t form new memories. Her memory ends when she was 10 years old. Every day she reminds herself of who she is and what’s happening using post-it notes and a notebook that she writes to herself in. This is where it reminds me most of Memento, because Leonard used the same techniques that Flora does. Leonard’s memory was a lot shorter though. He could only remember 15 minutes at a time and people took advantage of that. The length of Flora’s working memory seems to be more fluid.

Flora can’t make new memories, until suddenly she does. She kisses a boy on the beach and SHE REMEMBERS. 50 First Dates focuses, not on Lucy and how she deals with her memory loss but on how everyone in the small town compensates for Lucy without her knowing. This always bothered me about this movie because it feels like the town keeps Lucy trapped for her own good. Flora isn’t a victim of circumstances, she is the hero of her story. She recognizes and I can see it compared to the Dog in the Nighttime due to the writing style.

The Narrator of Dog in the Nighttime is a very unique person, as is Flora, and the book is written in a style to reflect that. Where it’s a strength in the Dog in the Nighttime, this is the only area where Flora Banks struggles. The book is repetitive for stylistic reasons but it borders on being monotonous. Flora tends to perseverate on things, which is understandable but sometimes tedious. However, it also is true to the story and to Flora. It illustrates what’s going on in her brain and gives this book it’s unique voice. Ultimately, I didn’t mind it at all.

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#IndieMas 2016 Day Seven

Posted December 9, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie, Events and Features, Giveaway / 2 Comments

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Author S. Usher Evans created #IndieMas as a way to celebrate her favorite Indie authors.

On the seventh day of #IndieMas my author gave to me

Music and Fairy Tales
Three Books Today

Favorite Fantasies

Thrills and Romance,

Pulse Pounding Action,
 Two Adventures,
And Sci Fi and Fantasy

#IndieMas 2016 Day SevenMelophobia by James Morris
on September 22nd 2015
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 252
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Melophobia: fear or hatred of music.
The time—now; the place—America, but in a world where the government controls all forms of art and creativity. Any music sowing the seeds of anarchy is banned—destroyed if found—its creators and listeners harshly punished.
Merrin Pierce works as an undercover Patrol officer assigned to apprehend a fugitive musician who threatens the safe fabric of society, only to confront everything she thought to be true – her values, upbringing, job, and future.
Can love survive in a world without music?
Publisher’s Weekly called it “a convincing alternative history novel and…an accomplished coming-of-age love story that asks big questions about freedom and expressiveness in the face of oppression.”

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#IndieMas 2016 Day SevenZaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest by Keira Gillett
Series: Zaria Fierce #1
Published by Keira Gillett on March 6th 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 224
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"Come here Princess, and let me eat you."
On her birthday, Zaria Fierce finds her usual path to school blocked by an ugly river-troll. At first she's surprised and curious, but then Olaf threatens to eat her, which is an act Zaria could not in good conscience consent to, so Zaria counteroffers. A deal is struck and she goes to school, but Zaria is about to learn the hard way that one does not trick a river-troll and expect to win.

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Review: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Review: Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs Series: Mercy Thompson #9 Published by Ace on March 8th 2016 Genres: paranormal, Fiction, Fantasy Pages: 342 Format: ebook Source: Netgalley Buy on Amazon Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae. Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched? *Library Journal It’s very hard to review long running series. I know some people manage it and I’m always in awe of them. Fire touched is book 9 though. How can I tell you about it without spoiling things that happened in books 1-8. It’s impossible. This series has gotten complicated and intricate and that’s exactly how I like it. I loved that Fire Touched brought the fae back into the limelight. Patricia Briggs has a really interested take on Fairy and I love learning more about it. In her world there are Fae, Vampires, Witches, an entire Werewolf subculture and just a […]

Posted April 12, 2016 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Review: Accident Season

Review: Accident Season

The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle Published by Corgi Childrens on August 18th 2015 Genres: Fiction, Magical Realism, Young Adult Pages: 280 Format: hardcover Source: library Buy on Amazon It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom. The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear. But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free? I had high hopes for this book. The synopsis really drew me in. I love everything about it and I couldn’t wait to find out why this family was more accident prone during a certain month of year. Just the concept is intriguing and interesting and makes me want to know more. The book on the other hand fell a little flat for me. I didn’t feel like it lived up to the awesome description. Yes, it was about accident season but not in the way I wanted it to be. I can’t tell you what I was hoping for, I guess more overt […]

Posted March 9, 2016 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Review: You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

Review: You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 1st 2016 Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Young Adult Pages: 400 Format: ebook Source: Netgalley Buy on Amazon Grief turned Jaycee into a daredevil, but can she dare to deal with her past? On the anniversary of her daredevil brother’s death, Jaycee attempts to break into Jake’s favorite hideout—the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum. Joined by four classmates, each with their own brand of dysfunction, Jaycee discovers a map detailing her brother’s exploration and the unfinished dares he left behind. As a tribute to Jake, Jaycee vows to complete the dares, no matter how terrifying or dangerous. What she doesn’t bargain on is her eccentric band of friends who challenge her to do the unthinkable: reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother. When I read the description of the book, my reaction was “Ugh, why did I request this.” I couldnÂ’t remember why I had wanted to read it and nothing about the description spoke to me. If IÂ’m being honest, the synopsis made me feel actively turned off. I avoided picking this book up until the last possible moment before my review was due because I just didnÂ’t see myself liking it. This isnÂ’t the kind of book I usually pick for myself and I thought that at best I could expect to tolerate this story. With […]

Posted February 29, 2016 by Emily in Review / 3 Comments
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FFBC Review: Bluescreen by Dan Wells

FFBC Review: Bluescreen by Dan Wells

  Barnes & Noble (B&N):  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bluescreen-dan-wells/1121996225?ean=9780062347879 Bookdepository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Bluescreen-Dan-Wells/9780062347879 iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/es/book/bluescreen/id998613086?mt=11 Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/es-es/ebook/bluescreen There are two main types of dystopian novels. In the first, the world is “all used up”. There was some sort of horrible Apocalypse and all the humans that are left are are struggling to survive. In the second kind of dystopian, everything seems really good. The world seems to have all its problems worked out and the population are living happily. However, our main characters know that there is something wrong, underneath everything. Bluescreen is a perfect example of the second type. The best part though, was how much this book scared me. It made me so uncomfortable and challenged the way I think about something as simple and common as my cell phone. In the world of Mirador, cell phones are obsolete. Everyone has something better, a specialized computer is implanted in their brains. Can’t you just imagine that? Everyone carries cells now and claims that they can’t live without them. Implanting something in your head is the next logical step, horrifying though it may be. The best dystopian novels are a reflection of the current times. 1984 makes a statement about unlimited government power and surveillance that is just as true today as it was in 1949.  After reading Bluescreen, I hope that its not just as relevant in 60 years. However, with the direction we are going […]

Posted February 26, 2016 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Chicken by Chase Night

Awesome Indies: Chicken by Chase Night

Chicken by Chase Night Published by Asymmetrical Press on July 28th 2015 Genres: Fiction Pages: 374 Buy on Amazon Casper Quinn has a secret.Brant Mitchell has two. Hickory Ditch, Arkansas – July 2012 Popular fried chicken chain Wings of Glory is under attack from homosexual activists, and Harvest Mission Pentecostal Church is ready to fight back. Caught in the crossfire of a culture war in which they never enlisted, Casper and Brant will each have to find his own answer to the age-old question: Are we really what we eat? CHICKEN is a Southern Gothic YA novel with an infusion of magical realism. It’s a raw, honest, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant look at falling in love in a place where angels and demons are believed in without question, but the human heart is always subject to suspicion. For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page I love everything about this book and I will definitely be reading it in this years’s 12 Months of Indies.  Was this book inspired by something in particular? Yes. It was directly inspired by Mike HuckabeeÂ’s ridiculous Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day. I changed the name of the restaurant to Wings of Glory, but it takes place on the same day—August 1, 2012. I was living in Conway, AR at the time, attending college, and I swung by the local Chick-Fil-A to reassure myself that […]

Posted February 5, 2016 by Emily in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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Buddy Read Review: Ruin and Rising

Buddy Read Review: Ruin and Rising

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo Series: Grisha #3 Published by Henry Holt and Co. on June 17th 2014 Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Young Adult Pages: 422 Format: hardcover Buy on Amazon The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army. Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives. Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future sheÂ’s fighting for. I had the honor of finishing my Buddy Read through the Grishaverse with Ruin and Rising with Jade from Bedtime Bookworm . Then Grishaverse Expert, Brittany, fromBrittanyÂ’s Book Rambles chose our stopping points,  listened in to our twitter […]

Posted January 26, 2016 by Emily in Review, Special Feature / 1 Comment
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Buddy Read Review: Siege and Storm

Buddy Read Review: Siege and Storm

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo Series: Grisha #2 Published by Henry Holt and Co. on June 4th 2013 Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Fiction, Young Adult Pages: 435 Format: hardcover Buy on Amazon Darkness never dies. Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She canÂ’t outrun her past or her destiny for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the DarklingÂ’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. I had the honor of continuing my Buddy read through the Grishaverse with Siege and Storm with Jade from Bedtime Bookworm . Then Grishaverse Expert, Brittany, from BrittanyÂ’s Book Rambles chose our stopping points,  listened in to our twitter conversations and laughed at us good-naturedly. […]

Posted January 20, 2016 by Emily in Review, Special Feature / 1 Comment
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Awesome Indies: Alchemy by Jade Kennedy

Awesome Indies: Alchemy by Jade Kennedy

Alchemy by Jade Kennedy Published by epubli GmbH on July 7th 2015 Genres: Magical Realism, Fiction Pages: 57 Buy on Amazon ‘Alchemy’ is a collection of flash fiction interspersed with poetry which explores a world of surrealism and magical realism. The name alchemy came from my desire to create stories about transformation and are other-worldly. The opening piece ‘A Collection’ tells of a woman who collects borrowed expressions; ‘Eden’ is about a woman who transforms into a lizard while struggling with isolation. The stories themselves range from dark to light. For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page Excerpt from ‘Alchemy’ – ‘Old Perfume’ ‘My angel wears old shoes with thin laces that she ties loosely and a long skirt patched with multi-coloured fabric, rich in cotton. She has long curly hair and a hidden face. Draped in scarves and long sleeves, she is unashamedly and proudly gypsy as songs linger around her like old perfume. Sitting at the edge of the bed, she watched me play games of reality and dreams. Like a game of chess, I dabbled in visions of black and white messages and spoke to the ghosts that still longed to be heard. I decided she was real and watched her fasten her shoes, all the while fading in and out of life. I waved at her and as she waved back, she swore […]

Posted January 8, 2016 by Emily in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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