Monday, October 24, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (10/24/16)

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Someone pinch me, because I can't believe that the end of October is already upon us. I hadn't even realized that the last time I participated in these meme was last month, and now I feel like so much reading time has gotten away from me! Alas! Why can't bookworms just be paid to read? On the bright side, staying home with a recuperating puppy has actually allowed me a fair bit of reading time. So there is much to report! Here we go!

I sadly had to abandon my Halloween bingo plans, because BookLikes decided to have a fit these last few weeks. I did keep some of the books I had in mind though, simply because I really wanted to read them. Thus, Practical Magic. This book is like an old friend, and I'm never sad to re-read it! Kubrick's Game was pretty amazing. You can see my review in the post before this. Then, continuing with my comfort reads, I started a re-read of the Fables series by Bill Willingham. I still love these SO MUCH. They are great graphic novels!

When Candlewick Press sent me Evil Librarian for review, I snatched it up and started reading it. It's honestly really great so far. Just enough horror, with just enough humor, to make it a really fun read. I only have 10 pages left to read, so expect a review very soon! 

My current audio book is Magic Binds and, guys, you have NO IDEA how much I missed Kate! I've been waiting for this all year and I am SO EXCITED. I know it's going to rip my heart out, and I don't even care.

This beautiful, BEAUTIFUL book is my next read. I was approved to read an ARC of Caraval and I swear to you, I did the biggest happy dance of all happy dances. This book already has amazing buzz, and I can't wait to review it for all of you!

That's it for me! What are YOU reading this week? Don't forget to leave a link so I can go and visit you too!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Book Review: Kubrick's Game by Derek Taylor Kent

Media Type: Ebook
Title: Kubrick's Game
Author: Derek Taylor Kent
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Pages: Paperback; 363
Release Date: September 26, 2016
Source: Author
Content Screening: Mild Violence

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who are fans of puzzles, and definitely fans of Stanley Kubrick's movies.

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Shawn Hagan, a college film student obsessed with legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, discovers hidden clues in his movies which lead him on a harrowing quest toward a mysterious treasure that Kubrick left behind. Endangered by sinister groups on the same quest, Shawn has no choice but to claim the prize first because in the wrong hands … "It has the power to change the course of history."

Do you ever read a book, and end up feeling slightly jealous at how much smarter the characters are than you? Well, prepare to feel that way when you pick up Kubrick's Game. Derek Taylor Kent has woven a story that is full to the brim with puzzles. Shawn and his friends are lead through twists, and turns, all tying into this insane game that focuses solely around Stanley Kubrick's movies. If you're a fan of books that make you ponder, then this one is definitely for you.

First off, I need to point out the fact that Kent obviously knows a lot about Kubrick and his cinematic legacy. Each and every part of this story is like a love letter to that creator, and his works. As Shawn delves deeper into the mystery surrounding this game, more and more love is given to the puzzle itself. There are so many clues, expertly created to lead right into the next. My head was spinning after the first few had been uncovered. As a person who has definitely seen Kubrick's movies, but isn't a raving fan, I can say that this book definitely prompted me to want to watch them again. I keep wondering if I can pinpoint all the clues myself.

Which of course, means that this book picks up speed and then won't let you slow down. Shawn was put in some fairly terrifying situations, all in the name of solving the mystery. I'll be honest, I didn't like him much at first. His blunt personality, and inability to understand relationships annoyed me a bit. Following him through this puzzle though soon made me appreciate his particular brand of focus. He was able to pull himself away from situations, and really see into what he needed to do next.

The absolute only reason that I rated this four stars, rather than five, was the fact that the ending felt rushed to me. After so much build up, so many puzzles cracked, and so much time with Shawn, I couldn't help but feel like the ending came and went without a big finish. There are strong ties to all manner of conspiracy theories here, and I would have loved to see some more of those really coming life. The villains here just felt flat, and I wanted more.

Overall though? This book was fairly fantastic. As I said, it's a testament to how well written this puzzle is that I was always five steps behind Shawn. He is a brilliant mind. I'll just step away, and let him do his thing.

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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