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Book Review – The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (@RickYancey)

January 2, 2015 Leave a comment

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Book Description:

An Amazon Best Teen Book of the Month, May 2013 Spotlight Pick
The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

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Rick Yancey is the author of the excellent Monstrumologist series which I love, but I staved off reading this new series, mostly due to my ‘post-apocalyptic / dystopian books’ fatigue. But the sequel has been released (The Infinite Sea: The Second Book of the 5th Wave), so it was time for me to dive in!

The 5th Wave is about a hostile alien invasion of earth, and it starts out really creepy, with a ‘being’ visiting a sleeping pregnant woman and ‘inserting’ an alien consciousness within the fetus. Then, the countdown begins. (cue the music).

The book starts up again after the so-called ‘4th wave’ of the invasion, and is told mostly from the point of view of shell-shocked teenager Cassie (who fears she is the last person on earth). To my surprise, I found that I liked Cassie (I usually don’t like the YA heroines I’ve read so far). She had all the irritating teenage girl qualities (especially her tendency to moon over good-looking boys), but I don’t know – Rick Yancey managed to wrap her up in teflon or something – I was really rooting for her. I liked her sarcasm, guts and never-say-die attitude. I suspect though that part of why she didn’t wear out her welcome was that Rick Yancey, (wisely) chose not to tell the entire story from her POV.

The 5th Wave is also told from the POV of a teenage boy nicknamed Zombie, who has been conscripted into a ‘child army’ – whipped into fighting shape ostensibly to defeat the elements of the ‘4th wave’ – the ‘alien-infested’ humans who are busily wiping out what’s left of humanity after the previous ‘waves’.  Zombie is the leader of a rag-tag squadron, whose littlest member is (coincidentally) Sammy – Cassie’s little brother.

And more coincidence (!), Zombie happens to be Ben Parish – Cassie’s unrequited crush back in her previous life. But the requisite teen romance (because there has to be one – it’s like written in law or something) in The 5th Wave isn’t between Cassie and Zombie. Mysterious good (or bad?) guy Evan rescues a wounded Cassie, and they quickly fall in love while Cassie is recuperating under Evan’s care. Personally, I found Evan to be stalker-ish (even Cassie commented on this), but apparently, all that laser-beam intensity is an irresistible quality in a man. (Example – My girl friends who have read the book are in love with Evan – insert eye-roll here).

The 5th Wave ends strong with good action sequences AND on emotional cliff-hangers (the fate of one main character up in the air, other characters may be mortally wounded), so I’m darn glad that I already own book two!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Putnam Juvenile/Penguin Group) is available on Amazon and other bookstores.

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In His Shadow by Tiffany Snow @TiffanyASnow for $1.99! #Kindle Romance Daily Deal!

April 1, 2015 Leave a comment

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In His Shadow (Tangled Ivy Book 1) by Tiffany Snow

In His Shadow (Tangled Ivy Book 1)‘ by Tiffany Snow (Montlake Romance) is now available at the specially discounted price of $1.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

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Book Description

Ivy Mason is hiding—from her past, from herself, and from anyone who could love her. The only kind of love she’s ever known hurts, leaving scars on her body and soul. Now, her world may be boring and predictable, but that’s exactly what she wants. Until Devon Clay walks into her life.

A lonely man in a deadly profession, Devon works as an agent for an underground British agency known only as the Shadow. Nothing about him is safe or ordinary. The danger that consumes his life turns into an addiction Ivy can’t resist…even if it proves fatal.

As Ivy’s past begins to catch up with her, she wonders if love really is the twisted thing she’s always thought it was. Maybe it could be more with this man, who’s shown her that she doesn’t need to protect herself from everyone. Is what she feels for Devon worth the risk? He may save her heart or break it, if she manages to stay alive.

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The Lucy Stone Mystery Series by Leslie Meier @lsmeierbooks for $1.99 Each! #Kindle Daily Deal!

April 1, 2015 Leave a comment

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20 Books in the Lucy Stone Mystery Series by Leslie Meier

20 Books in the Lucy Stone Mystery Series by Leslie Meier (Kensington) for $1.99 Each today only on the US Kindle site.

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Book Description

Today only, 20 Books in the ‘Lucy Stone Mystery’ Series by Leslie Meier are $1.99 Each.

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Home by Morning by Alexis Harrington @AlexisHarringtn for £0.99! #KindleUK Daily Deal!

April 1, 2015 Leave a comment

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Home by Morning (A Powell Springs Novel) by Alexis Harrington

Home by Morning (A Powell Springs Novel)‘ by Alexis Harrington (Montlake Romance) is available today at the specially discounted price of £0.99 on the UK Kindle site. The US Kindle edition is priced at $3.99 (Montlake Romance).

Book Description

October 1918: En route from New York to Seattle, Jessica Layton stops for a visit in her hometown of Powell Springs, Oregon, and comes face-to-face with Cole Braddock, her first and only love from years ago.

Now Jessica is a highly accomplished clinical physician preparing for an exciting new job in Washington, and Cole is a successful horse breeder who is courting her sister Amy. Both are convinced they have moved beyond their youthful passion and the heartbreak it produced; nonetheless, they are grateful that Jessica’s brief visit will leave little opportunity to rehash old wounds.

But before Dr. Layton can leave town, Powell Springs is hit hard by the influenza epidemic ravaging the country. With no other doctors available, Jessica must remain in Oregon and tend to her friends and former neighbors. Her work brings her in constant contact with Cole, and with each passing day he finds it harder to convince himself that mild-tempered Amy can fill his heart as Jessica once did.

Set against the gritty backdrop of World War I and the epidemic of 1918, Home by Morning is a raw, compelling story of betrayal, heartbreak, and redemption.

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Eden’s Garden by Juliet Greenwood @julietgreenwood for £0.99! @honno #KindleUK Daily Deal!

April 1, 2015 Leave a comment

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Eden's Garden by Juliet Greenwood

Eden’s Garden‘ by Juliet Greenwood (Honno Press) is available today at the specially discounted price of £0.99 on the UK Kindle site. The US Kindle edition is priced at $7.89 (Honno Press).

Book Description

Two women struggle with love, family duty, long-buried secrets and their own creative ambitions. But more than a hundred years ago Ann left a trail through London, Cornwall and Wales that leads Carys on a tantalising and increasingly shocking search for the truth.

What is the connection of the dilapidated north Wales estate, Plas Eden with her childhood sweetheart and her own family history, and what are the secrets of the statues in the garden?

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An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant for £1.09! @canongatebooks #KindleUK Daily Deal!

April 1, 2015 Leave a comment

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An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant

An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington‘ by Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant (Canongate Books) is available today at the specially discounted price of £1.09 on the UK Kindle site. The US Kindle edition is priced at $8.99 (Canongate Books).

Book Description

Presenting the Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington: Adventurer. Philosopher. Knob head.

Karl Pilkington isn’t keen on travelling. Given the choice, he’ll go on holiday to Devon or Wales or, at a push, eat English food on a package holiday in Majorca. Which isn’t exactly Michael Palin, is it?

So what happened when he was convinced by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant to go on an epic adventure to see the Seven Wonders of the World? Travel broadens the mind, right? You’d think so…

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Storm Song by Nancy Viau @NancyViau1 for $1.99! #Kindle Kids Daily Deal!

March 31, 2015 Leave a comment

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Storm Song by Nancy Viau

Storm Song‘ by Nancy Viau (Two Lions) is now available at the specially discounted price of $1.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

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Book Description

Age Level: 3 and up | Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3

As thunder and lightning approach, a family gathers inside to play, sing, eat, and snuggle together until the weather clears. This sweet story captures both the excitement of a thunderstorm and the reassurance children need during a storm. The lively, rhythmic text mimics the storm sounds while the bold, playful art conveys this special family time.

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How Dogs Love Us by Gregory Berns @gberns for $1.99! #Kindle Pets Daily Deal!

March 31, 2015 Leave a comment

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How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns

How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain‘ by Gregory Berns (Amazon) is available at the specially discounted price of $1.99 on the US Kindle site. Also on Amazon CA.

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Book Description

The powerful bond between humans and dogs is one that’s uniquely cherished. Loyal, obedient, and affectionate, they are truly “man’s best friend.” But do dogs love us the way we love them? Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns had spent decades using MRI imaging technology to study how the human brain works, but a different question still nagged at him: What is my dog thinking?

After his family adopted Callie, a shy, skinny terrier mix, Berns decided that there was only one way to answer that question—use an MRI machine to scan the dog’s brain. His colleagues dismissed the idea. Everyone knew that dogs needed to be restrained or sedated for MRI scans. But if the military could train dogs to operate calmly in some of the most challenging environments, surely there must be a way to train dogs to sit in an MRI scanner.

With this radical conviction, Berns and his dog would embark on a remarkable journey and be the first to glimpse the inner workings of the canine brain. Painstakingly, the two worked together to overcome the many technical, legal, and behavioral hurdles. Berns’s research offers surprising results on how dogs empathize with human emotions, how they love us, and why dogs and humans share one of the most remarkable friendships in the animal kingdom.

How Dogs Love Us answers the age-old question of dog lovers everywhere and offers profound new evidence that dogs should be treated as we would treat our best human friends: with love, respect, and appreciation for their social and emotional intelligence.

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