I’m stealing this idea in part, from Jolien @ The Fictional Reader, but the concept isn’t too new to this blog. I’ve reviewed opening chapters on some of my ARCs and book hauls in the past, and it usually gets me excited to read the book!
Here I’m just more determining whether I really want to add these books to my TBR. As if adding another book to a 700+ made much of a difference.
Battlestar Suburbia by Chris McCrudden: The premise of this one sounded very “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” but the execution is clunky and somehow boring, and the humor wasn’t really my cup of tea. Are we really saying hair dryers and toasters rule the world? Is that what’s really happening?! Listen, I know I read Science Fiction and Fantasy, but there still has to be some semblance of reason in it. I’m guessing this is supposed to be satirical, but I’ll also be the first to tell you, satire is usually not my thing.
Aftershocks by Marko Kloos: I was seeing this all over the GoodReads advertisements not too long ago, but I was hesitant because I’d never heard of the author before. This was actually a pleasant surprise! On the one hand, I enjoyed Aiden’s character, on the other, the battle scenes were pretty cool. (Reminded me a lot of Halo, or the power suits in Fallout). I think I will go ahead and add this one.
Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You by Scotto Moore: This one sucked me in the most. I love the idea of music being used to transmit secret messages or entrance people or whatever that was. The writing was accessible, and the music blogger aspect of the MC made them instantly relatable (though I still haven’t figured out whether they are male, female, or queer). Either way- definitely adding this.
The Hunger by Alma Katsu: I didn’t even finish the sample of this. I didn’t realize it was a Donner party retelling. I thought it was something more modern where a group of people followed the path the Donner party took. Maybe I just hadn’t gotten to that part yet, but too much of the historical story line was included that I just didn’t want to continue. Nothing otherwise wrong with it, I just don’t want to read about the Donner party. It freaks me out.