The Fold by Peter Clines

September 21, 2015
The Fold By Peter Clines, BloggingforBooks, Book Review, InToriLex
FOUR STARS
The Fold

SYNOPSIS:

STEP INTO THE FOLD.
IT’S PERFECTLY SAFE.
The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn’t much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he’s content with his quiet and peaceful existence.

That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve: far out in the California desert, a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device they affectionately call the Albuquerque Door. Using a cryptic computer equation and magnetic fields to “fold” dimensions, it shrinks distances so that a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step.

The invention promises to make mankind’s dreams of teleportation a reality. And, the scientists insist, traveling through the Door is completely safe.

Yet evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn’t quite what it seems—and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret.

As his investigations draw him deeper into the puzzle, Mike begins to fear there’s only one answer that makes sense. And if he’s right, it may only be a matter of time before the project destroys…everything.

A cunningly inventive mystery featuring a hero worthy of Sherlock Holmes and a terrifying final twist you’ll never see coming, The Fold is that rarest of things: a genuinely page-turning science-fiction thriller. Step inside its pages and learn why author Peter Clines has already won legions of loyal fans.

REVIEW:

  This was a imaginative page turner. The first part of the book was a slow stewing thriller, then towards the end it became a fast action paced sc-fi exploration. Mike was a very like-able know it all, who's modesty put other characters at ease. His super-hero like abilities help to drive the story and draw in the reader. The story unfolds to Mike and the reader simultaneously, so the environment and realizations are a shock and explained well through Mike. The characters secrecy along with short chapters kept me reading faster and more en-grossed then usual.

The sc-fi in the book while complicated, was explained well. The author does not back down from any complicated quantum theory, but does so in a way so it didn't become skim-able background. I would definitely recommend this to people who may not enjoy sci-fi because this was more of a thriller then anything else.  The impact that teleportation would have on the world, definitely got my imagination going as well. Hopefully the future technology in this book will one day become a reality.
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 I definitely didn't see the twist coming, which was a shock to me. I thought I had figured everything out, but Mr. Cline set up the ending well. The only thing keeping this from being a five star book, was that I wasn't emotionally moved, but that may not be a bad thing for others. Everything comes together nicely and the quirks of the characters involved keeps things from being overly serious despite the subject matter. This was a great read, parts of the book encourage self reflection. Definitely pick this up if your a fan of sci-fi (or not) and looking for a book to get you excited about reading and invested in a good mystery. 

I received this book from BloggingforBooks in exchange for a honest review.
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Ash by Melinda Lo

September 14, 2015
Ash by Melinda Lo, InToriLex
TWO POINT FIVE STARS
Ash

SYNOPSIS:

Cinderella retold
In the wake of her father's death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. In her dreams, someday the fairies will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her wish may be granted.

The day that Ash meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing fairies, Ash learns to hunt with Kaisa. Though their friendship is as delicate as a new bloom, it reawakens Ash's capacity for love-and her desire to live. But Sidhean has already claimed Ash for his own, and she must make a choice between fairy tale dreams and true love.

Entrancing, empowering, and romantic, Ash is about the connection between life and love, and solitude and death, where transformation can come from even the deepest grief.

REVIEW: 

Over It, Book Review, InToriLex
This was a book club read, shout out to the Boston Radical Women of Color Book Club. I recently joined this book club and this was my first read with the group. I wanted to like and enjoy this book much more then I did. This is a Cinderella retelling where the protagonist falls for a Huntress and not a Prince. But it is in no way too risque or racy. In fact I expected a lot more from this controversial retelling.  In the book Ash becomes friends with Kaisa and eventually starts to feel something more. Other reviews have objected to the story off the premise alone, but its actually more about the friendship and bond that develops rather than romance.

"She asked 'Will I die?' He replied 'Only a little.' "
The fairy tale mythology and world building was not done well. So I found myself filling in gaps and trying to make connections to things that just weren't  there. I specifically read this book hoping to imagine non-white characters and explore some lgbqt issues, but everything was too subtle with little explanation in between. The writing was decent but the pacing was slow, so I kept reading more but even the final build up to the end was dissapointing. 

I enjoy re-tellings when they are done well, but this one didn't take advantage of the concept or connect the original storyline in a very unique way. I did enjoy the strong female characters and that the step-mother and sisters were three dimensional characters instead of evil caricatures. This wasn't a bad book, if you enjoy a cute fantasy you could find this enjoyable. Unfortunately it wasn't something I would recommend.
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Teaching My Mother To Give Birth by Warsan Shire

September 7, 2015
Teaching My Mother To Give Birth by Warsan Shire, InToriLex, Book Review
FIVE STARS + ALL THE STARS
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth
~Amazon~
What elevates 'teaching my mother how to give birth', what gives the poems their disturbing brilliance, is Warsan Shire's ability to give simple, beautiful eloquence to the veiled world where sensuality lives in the dominant narrative of Islam; reclaiming the more nuanced truths of earlier times - as in Tayeb Salih's work - and translating to the realm of lyric the work of the likes of Nawal El Saadawi. As Rumi said, "Love will find its way through all languages on its own"; in 'teaching my mother how to give birth', Warsan's debut pamphlet, we witness the unearthing of a poet who finds her way through all preconceptions to strike the heart directly. Warsan Shire is a Kenyan-born Somali poet and writer who is based in London. Born in 1988, she is an artist and activist who uses her work to document narratives of journey and trauma. Warsan has read her work internationally, including recent readings in South Africa, Italy and Germany, and her poetry has been translated into Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

REVIEW: 

"I have my mother's mouth and my fathers eyes, on my face they are still together." 

I don't get a chance to read a lot of poetry, but when I do it pulls at my soul. I stared at the cover of this slim but powerful book for a while. The imaginative and powerful image of a gun going through a woman is enough to think on how my own voice is muzzled by myself but also the environment I'm in. I love this poet and she conveys deep and powerful emotion through her writing. I first discovered her through a short youtube video, where images are added to her words.


Poetry has an amazing ability to reach you in ways nothing else does. Her poetry brings her pro-feminist views un-apologetically forward. If you would like to read more poetry or are intrigued by the words, definitely check Warsan Shire out, she's amazing and I'm in awe of her talent. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Warsan Shire is a 27 year old Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer and educator based in London. Born in 1988, Warsan has read her work extensively all over Britain and internationally - including recent readings in South Africa, Italy, Germany, Canada, North America and Kenya- and her début book, 'TEACHING MY MOTHER HOW TO GIVE BIRTH' (flipped eye), was published in 2011. Her poems have been published in Wasafiri, Magma and Poetry Review and in the anthology 'The Salt Book of Younger Poets' (Salt, 2011). She is the current poetry editor at SPOOK magazine. In 2012 she represented Somalia at the Poetry Parnassus, the festival of the world poets at the Southbank, London. She is a Complete Works II poet. Her poetry has been translated into Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Warsan is also the unanimous winner of the 2013 Inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize.
 
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Until the Beginning (After the End #2) by Amy Plum

Until the Beginning (After the End #2) by Amy Plum. InToriLex, Book Review
FOUR STARS
Until the Beginning (After the End, #2)
~Amazon~

SYNOPSIS:

Juneau has been searching for her people and for answers . . . and she is about to find both in the exhilarating sequel to After the End, which Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of the Legend series and The Young Elites, called "Wonderfully riveting."

When Juneau's clan disappeared, she lost so much more than her friends and family. She soon discovered everything she thought she knew about her life was a lie. Her people's gifts were actually secret abilities that others wanted, desperately enough to kidnap an entire village.

Juneau and her new companion Miles's cross-country journey to find her clan has led them to a game preserve in New Mexico. Now Juneau's people are finally within reach, and she will stop at nothing to save them. But she has a target on her back too, because unbeknownst to her she is the key to unlocking everything. To rescue her people—and herself—Juneau must discover what she, and her abilities, are truly capable of.

REVIEW:

"When your in a group, you offer your skills for the use and survival of the group. You don't pretend you don't have them. It's not only disingenuous. It's withholding your donation to the common good." 

I'm a big fan of authors who are able to convey meaning into characters without it coming off as unnatural or disrupting the story's flow. Juneau is still grappling with who she is, and how she's going to handle the world now that it's no longer confined to her clan. She's trying to trust herself, while realizing the people she trusted most have lied and kept things from her, her whole life. On the run Miles and Juneau have to deal with the trauma in their lives so that they can learn from it. Miles while still a skeptic at heart starts to learn and respect Gaia and the power of the Yara.

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These two teenagers have to hold it together so that they can do the right thing. The changing perspectives in the book, like in After the End made the pacing of the book fast, and also never seemed to have any awkward transitioning.The supernatural elements of the book, and the way that Juneau continues to use nature and animals as tools give this book really interesting moments, that wouldn't work well without Ms. Plum's awesome finesse. Animals play a big role and in ways that I definitely wasn't expecting in the end.

Although I really enjoyed the book, it was not without flaws, Things were explained, but nothing was resolved in terms of where these characters will end up long term. The Yara could also have been fleshed out more, its lazy to just call it deep nature connection=awesome super powers. Definitely read this if your a fan of the first, just prepare for a more introspective book. There were still some awesome and creative action scenes, and well described new characters definitely keep the story alive, This a well paced action thriller, with unique ideas about how nature rewards it's loyal followers. 
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Book Scoop August 28-September 4 2015

September 4, 2015
Book Industry News and Links to Sift Through When Your Face Isn't buried in a Book

HEADLINES

HOOPLA adds Image Comics to Lending Library-This is an awesome App you can use if you have a valid library card (&Pin)  to access ebooks, music, movies and comics for the low cost of a library card

For me, Idris Elba is a bit too rough to play the part. It’s not a colour issue. I think he is probably a bit too “street” for Bond. Is it a question of being suave? Yeah.
Oliver Sacks Dies at Age 82- Awesome Author and Neurologist, I have read one of his most famous works, you can add it to goodreads below. 
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks, InToriLex, Book Scoop
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

Lena Dunham Launches Newsletter Lenny- I have mixed feelings about Ms. Dunham, but enjoyed Girls sometimes. Check it out if your a fan

Amandla Stenberg's new comic character: Niobe, InToriLex, BookScoop


LINKS TO CLICK




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