Defects by Sarah Noffke
Rating: 5/5 stars
-I was given an eCopy of this book in exchange for an honest review-
Em Fuller is a teenager living among a royal generation of Dream Travelers– The Reverians. The Reverians don’t concern themselves with matters of the Middlings, those who cannot dream travel, and hold restrictions on their population’s dream traveling adventures. Em is labeled as a “Defect” when her gift does not arise after puberty. She spends her days receiving injections that are meant to help her find her gift and farming alongside the Middlings. Em discovers, with the help of a closer friend thought to be dead for 4 years, that The Reverians have been lying about their society for years. It’s up to Em to save herself and, ultimately, the other Defects.
Yay! Another dream traveler series! I loved Awoken by Sarah Noffke so I had high expectations for this book as well. This book definitely did not let me down and I finished it in 2 sittings.
I really loved Em Fuller. She was a fantastic protagonist, very relatable, and easy to laugh with. I get annoyed when YA female protagonists have that classic “I’m not like other girls” attitude, but Em definitely has a unique voice of her own. She is strong-minded and determined. She is definitely someone that I would want to be friends with, which made the book very enjoyable.
Sarah Noffke certainly has a way of grabbing your attention with a fast-paced plot. I raced through so many of the pages because I just couldn’t get enough of the Dream Traveler’s world. I wanted to finish the book and get answers to my many questions, but at the same time I never wanted the novel to end. I’m so glad that this is going to be a trilogy because I could read about Em’s world for ages!
Honestly, the only thing I would have changed about this book is its length. I wish it was longer! There were a few storylines (Rogue, for example) that I wish had more backstory. I think a few chapters about him would have been helpful. Also, I’m just greedy and wish there was more for me to read. I’m so excited for the world to get their hands on Defects and love it as much as I did.
Fishbowl by Bradley Somer
Rating: 3/5 stars
-I received a an eCopy of this book thanks to NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.-
A cheating hunk, a woman in the midst of childbirth, and an agoraphobic, professional phone-sex employee are all seen through the eyes of a goldfish. This goldfish is named Ian and he is falling from his bowl on the 27th floor of an apartment complex. He often forgets that he’s airborne, as goldfish have very short memories. Nonetheless, he gets a glimpse of an eclectic bunch of events and people living in the homes beneath him. Before Ian hits the ground below him, he sees many people who have lived very isolated lives come together as one apartment complex.
This book was okay. I ended up skimming about a quarter of the pages. Despite this, I liked the writing and storylines enough to keep reading and finish the novel. At first, it was a bit confusing to keep track of the very unique and different characters, but about halfway through the novel ,I was immersed in their interwoven lives. I loved seeing the formerly disconnected residents of the apartment complex come together in quite fascinating ways.
I wish I liked this book more. I feel like it had a lot of potential but fell short of the mark. I do give Somer credit for writing a handful of interesting plots in one novel. The execution wasn’t my favorite, but I’m glad I didn’t put this book down. I rarely give books a 3 star rating– I usually either love a book or absolutely hate it. This is definitely an exception to that rule. This book was just okay; that’s the best description I can give it.
For those of you looking to read this book– my favorite storyline was definitely between the building maintenance worker and the ever mysterious Garth. (spoiler alert?) I’m sure Garth looked beautiful in his gown and the two men dancing together made me smile.
I apologize for not having a picture of all the books I’ve read in the past 3 months. I’m in the process of moving so most of my books are packed away in boxes. I’m excited for them to have a new home on my shelves in about a week or so! Here’s the breakdown of what I’ve been reading (7 physical books, 2 eBooks):
The Star Side of Bird Hill (fiction) – 5/5 stars
A New Orchid Myth (science fiction) – 4.5/5 stars
Ready Player One (science fiction) – 4.5/5 stars
All Inclusive (fiction) – 2/5 stars
The Sirens of Titan (science fiction) – 5/5 stars
The Goldfinch (fiction) – 4.5/5 stars
Defects (YA Fantasy) – 5/5 stars
Do Not Disturb (thriller/erotica) – 4/5 stars
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (YA LGBTQ) – 5/5 stars