Sunday, 7 January 2018

Chuckles Goes Sampling


Seeing Kermit surrounded and almost buried in leaves kind of reminds me of my relationship with books. I'm pretty much buried in them too! I have no more space in my house for the books I buy and piles are sitting on the floor which isn't good and I can't read them quick enough because I keep buying!!! I've battled to reduce the tbr without success this year but now Kermit and I are embarking on a new plan to reduce the book buying and give me a chance to reduce the tbr at last. The Plan? Download samples and read them and only go on to buy those I liked instead of grabbing everything!

Here is what I read last week! 

1) Melanie Karsak-Scorched
Reyes watched as her sister Ash led a group from their safe compound on a journey across radiation scarred wastelands to a nearby trading post. That was 8 days ago and Reyes is finally being allowed to go on a limited fact finding expedition with her friend Ronan and watch leader Enrique. They find little and once back at the compound, Reyes is determined to find a way to conduct a full search even if it means sneaking out and breaking the rules, and braving the Wailers, monsters that roam out there at night.

I admit that these post apocalyptic wasteland plots are not my favourites in the apocalypse genre and the only reason I looked at this was because I liked previous work by the author. It was well written as I expected it to be and if you like wasteland stories then this might well suit you. I was right though when I thought that it wasn't going to be my kind of thing. That is a personal taste and no reflection on the work of the author, but I wouldn't read on.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36061547-scorched  

2) Jack Hunt-Darkest Hour
In Utah a group of base jumpers hear a sonic boom and witness a fireball in the sky. Flying to the scene, they find a flaming crater and when one of them handles the rock, he becomes suddenly ill. 5 days later Logan, his mother and brother Zac move to the area for a fresh start to live with conspiracy theory and survivalist grandfather. As the boys watch the news, talk turns to the fireball and solar storms.

The sample was interesting enough, setting the scenes for a possible alien illness spreading. It does say that it leads to an apocalypse and that all sounds quite interesting. It was nicely written as well so no complaints there. I do have reservations about these new kid in town starts to books in case we get chapters of mean kids and hot girl at school fancies him tropes. I'm a bit concerned that in amongst the survivors we might get one of those dumb teenage romance themes that can overshadow the apocalypse plot. I'll need much more information on this book before I make a decision on reading further.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36321173-darkest-hour 

3) Brian P White-The Death Doll 
I do like a good zombie book but I just had reservations about this with the MC being previously involved in the porn industry. I was right to be concerned about my reaction to the book but ironically, it wasn't her past that was the issue. It was the fact that I didn't like any of the MCs in the sample!

Sean, Paula, Pepe and Isaac are on the run from zombies and are surrounded in a field when rescue comes in the form of Didi and her friends. She destroys the zombies and offers sanctuary to the survivors, taking them to her base and putting them into quarantine for a few days to see if any of them turn. Paula is a whiny bitch who is ungrateful about the rescue and has a weapon ready to break her way out. Sean is a spineless idiot with no personality. Isaac is a rude and obnoxious gangster wannabe who talks trash and has an attitude that winds me up. Pepe is the only one that had any potential. When they are released from quarantine, cleaned up, rested and fed, they are still ungrateful and whiny. I pretty much lost interest in this by the end of the sample.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32328330-the-death-doll 

10 comments:

  1. Too bad about the zombie book. I’m always looking for good ones, but most of them sound pretty awful.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Others may like it but I can never see past characters I hate! I'd suggest maybe looking at the sample and deciding based on that.

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  2. I wish I had your control on not picking up everything I see. These do sound pretty good! Happy reading.

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    1. I only gained that control during last year! Downloading free samples does let you see the author's style, the pacing and the characters and most have helped me make a decision on buying. I did buy fewer books based on the samples so that's a success! And fewer DNFs and low star ratings...

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  3. I'm not sure I have ever read a sample. I do like your idea, though! I might need to do that in the future as well! Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

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    1. It's good for trying new authors and series and gives an idea of what the book might be like. I wish I'd done it sooner and saved myself some money!

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  4. I had a feeling Death Doll wouldn't be your cuppa tea. LOL I enjoy Melanie's books and plan to try Scorched. And Hunt is on my list to try too.

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    1. You did warn me of that and you were right! Anyone who likes the wastelands book might like Scorched. I have Jack Hunt's Phobia which looks good but I need more info on this one before I decide. I'm intrigued by Logan's grandfather!

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  5. I always wanted to write about the many books I sample so I love this feature! ugh YA tropes and annoying characters. I'll have to go with the first one. I do post apocalyptic wastelands after all :)

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    1. I thought that one would interest you! I don't see any reason why it wouldn't suit you and she is a good author...she writes good UF zombie/vampire books!

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