Cori McCarthy Took My Heart Again, AKA: Now A Major Motion Picture, Book Review

Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cori McCarthy, I love you! Just about 2 years ago I was writing about how I wanted to read everything you’ve written (Post You Were Here being added to my favorites list with a 5 star rating), and you’re pretty much making me squee and cry all over again. I am so very very glad that I was able to receive an ARC of this from the publisher via Edelweiss.

Fans of Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell) and even Morgan Matson – read this! You’ll get characters with actual feelings and problems, a super cute romance, nerdy stuff, and a love of escaping into fantasies and books and movies. I laughed, smiled, and had to hold back tears multiple times – they would probably have been streaming if I hadn’t been reading in a public setting, haha. I’m almost 30, and the coming of age/growth stuff still hits me in the feels. I look back at my review for You Were Here and find myself saying the same thing: “I loved all the characters and wish that Cori McCarthy would give us novels about each character by themselves.” She does a great job of the setting of Ireland too — I was able to visit for my honeymoon, and you truly do get lost in it, as is mentioned a few times. And again – the romance is truly “squee” worthy, though of course it’s just never enough. It was definitely on the lighter side, as the plot truly did revolve around other things. This is not a book that’s only focus is the love story between two people. You could say that it’s a love story in a whole lot of other ways, though.

My only qualms: the absent mother. She truly might as well not exist, for she meant absolutely nothing to this book except as some other stressor in Iris’ life. This is the only character that I either wish was removed or more details were given.

Some are wishing for Cori McCarthy to pull a Rainbow Rowell and publish the book form of the story – I want this 50x more than I wanted Carry On, because it doesn’t just seem like Fanfiction. Carry On really was like Harry Potter hybrid – Elementia seems more of a fantasy — it has more potential. But more so than an Elementia book do I want a 2nd Now A Major Motion Picture book, because I feel like maybe there’s more mystery to the grandmother (and maybe the mother?) … and you could also throw in some of Iris next step in life? And Eamon being successful? And…and… well. Maybe there doesn’t need to be another; I just want more!

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Zenn Diagram

Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Man, I really love stand-alones because you’re less likely to get a cliffhanger of an ending, but I’m quite sad that this one is over! Eva is a math genius with a quirk – if she touches people (or certain things) she can “see” them. She gets “fractals” and can essentially learn lots about someone which has essentially caused her to stop touching people and objects unless she has to. When you can’t touch people or things, you’re going to come off to be somewhat odd – and Eva’s oddness has had her avoid guys pretty much her entire life. And then Zenn comes along.

There were a lot of interesting story arcs of this book that I wasn’t really expecting. I liked the tension and dramatic parts, but I also loved the fact that unlike many other romance books, there’s always something that causes an intense break up halfway through the novel, so you just spend hundreds of pages wanting that to happen. Thankfully, it doesn’t happen exactly like this in Zenn Diagram.

I’m surprised to look around and see lower reviews, because I sped through this and liked every minute. There is a hell of a lot of cheese, but I mean, who doesn’t like some swoony lit? I felt that it wasn’t overly predictable – some of the things that I thought were going to happen did not. I honestly thought there was going to be more drama with the best friend and her boytoy but no. It was simple and sweet with the drama in the background that’s really out of everyone’s control. I’m trying to come up with things I didn’t like, but I can truly get past them all to give this a 5 star rating. It made me squee just a little (and quite possibly yell that the ending was semi-abrupt).

Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Artemis – Just As “Sciency” As The Martian!

Artemis by Andy Weir
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Available in November 2017

Andy Weir does a great job at making SO MUCH SCIENCE so very, very entertaining. And believable! I read that much of what was in The Martian is actual feasible, so I wouldn’t think twice about it being the same for Artemis.

I was very glad that I was able to get an ARC of this from Netgalley. I absolutely loved The Martian, and even though it was on a slightly different subject, the way that Andy Weir writes is right up my alley. Artemis is about a “petty thief” living on Artemis, the only city on the moon. She gets an offer she can’t refuse and it ends up being a little bit more than she expected. If you like books about space, science, snark, and a little thievery, this may be for you.

The main character in Artemis is a 26 year old Saudi Arabian girl named Jazz. And, just like Mark Watney, she’s got a lot of extra commentary that can be pretty entertaining at times. I won’t say she’s quite as likable as Mark Watney (she’s a little too sure of herself), but she does the job. You’ve got a lot of other likable characters who are from all around the world, because that’s the thing – Artemis was “created” by Kenya, and it’s definitely a city with all types of people (and seemingly no discrimination by race). I wouldn’t say there’s too much visual description on characters – I really have no idea what anyone looks like in this book, but that’s fine with me, I guess.

You get a lot of world building – there’s a map of the city included in the book, and Jazz goes throughout the different city bubbles, so you get to learn what kind of futuristic moon-city there may be one day. Of course she’s not wealthy or anything, but you get to see some of that too. It all definitely makes me want to live on the moon.

Overall, I’m taking off the 1 star for some of the “funny comments”/snark by Jazz and others being a little overdone at times. With Mark Watney in the Martian, you could kind of expect it because he’s by himself and essentially trying to talk his way out of dying alone. But Jazz is surrounded by a lot of people who know that she’s “this way” and it still just seems a little overdone at times. Either way, it’s fast paced and definitely worth a read!

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The Beautiful Ones

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The one thing I can say about this book is that I definitely rushed through it pretty quickly – I finished it the second night I was reading it, in a epic binge-reading session. So I definitely at least “liked” it.

Some things that didn’t quite make sense to me or I didn’t quite like:

  • The Title: Though “the beautiful ones” are mentioned occasionally, they really aren’t a huge part of this book. They aren’t described, and you would think that maybe they’d have a purpose or the plot would be related to them but I just didn’t get that.
  • Nina being fond of insects: Is it just me or is this becoming a common theme in books that are set in this victorian-esque time period? I feel like I keep reading about female characters who are into bugs or butterflies or beetles.
  • This is supposed to be Sci/Fi?: The only thing included in this book that is science fiction is that two of the characters are telekinetics in a world where people know it exists, but that is literally it. They don’t really do anything with it (I mean there are bits, but it’s not a focal point by any means.) The publisher claims this to be Romance and Science Fiction, but they really should just take the Science Fiction out.
  • Slow Pace: I felt like I read 500 pages of Nina pining over Hector when the book wasn’t even 500 pages.
  • Nina’s age: They say Nina is 19 and turns 20, but she is truly treated as a child throughout the book. What’s this about? We’ve got all these other kids running about saving the world and this kid can’t even tell when her cousin’s messing around with her?

One thing the book definitely has going for it is character development, at least with one character in particular. I rarely dislike characters so quickly, but man did I want to rip Valerie’s face off. Also, the book does a great job at making you move with the ebb and flow of the the plot. And I definitely still wanted to see some matchmaking made toward the end.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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