These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan SpoonerThese Broken Stars (Starbound, #1) by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Published by Disney Hyperion on December 10th 2013
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 378
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Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.
The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

Literally, for this entire book, I almost gave a fuck, but almost doesn’t count. And now I’ll never get those hours of my life back.

Perdition by Ann Aguirre

Perdition by Ann AguirrePerdition (Dred Chronicles, #1) by Ann Aguirre
Published by Ace on August 27th 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Pages: 337
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WELCOME TO HELL.
The prison ship Perdition, a floating city where the Conglomerate’s most dangerous criminals are confined for life, orbits endlessly around a barren asteroid.
Life inside is even more bleak. Hailed as the Dread Queen, inmate Dresdemona “Dred” Devos controls one of Perdition’s six territories, bordered on both sides by would-be kings eager to challenge her claim. Keeping them at bay requires constant vigilance, as well as a steady influx of new recruits to replace the fallen. Survival is a constant battle, and death is the only escape.
Of the newest convicts, only one is worth Dred’s attention. The mercenary Jael, with his deadly gaze and attitude, may be the most dangerous criminal onboard. His combat skill could give her the edge she needs, if he doesn’t betray her first.
Unfortunately, that’s what he does best. Winning Jael’s allegiance will be a challenge, but failure could be worse than death…

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.

Ms. Aguirre, your writing slays me. It always has.

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Upcoming Titles We're Excited About – December 2015

December already. What the heck? For me, it’s just Foodvember Part Deux, but whatever December means for you, I hope it’s grand. Now on to the titles, of which there are few this month. Sigh.
 
 

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And that’s it for December 2015. If there any December titles you can’t wait for, tell us in the comments below. Until next year, dolls. Read and be merry. ^_^
 

Planetfall by Emma Newman

Planetfall by Emma NewmanPlanetfall by Emma Newman
Published by Roc on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Colonization, Science Fiction, Space Exploration
Pages: 336
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From Emma Newman, the award-nominated author of Between Two Thorns, comes a novel of how one secret withheld to protect humanity’s future might be its undoing…
Renata Ghali believed in Lee Suh-Mi’s vision of a world far beyond Earth, calling to humanity. A planet promising to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos, untainted by overpopulation, pollution, and war. Ren believed in that vision enough to give up everything to follow Suh-Mi into the unknown.
More than twenty-two years have passed since Ren and the rest of the faithful braved the starry abyss and established a colony at the base of an enigmatic alien structure where Suh-Mi has since resided, alone. All that time, Ren has worked hard as the colony's 3-D printer engineer, creating the tools necessary for human survival in an alien environment, and harboring a devastating secret.
Ren continues to perpetuate the lie forming the foundation of the colony for the good of her fellow colonists, despite the personal cost. Then a stranger appears, far too young to have been part of the first planetfall, a man who bears a remarkable resemblance to Suh-Mi.
The truth Ren has concealed since planetfall can no longer be hidden. And its revelation might tear the colony apart…

Planetfall is what I would call “Soft Core Sci-fi.” Regular folk would just call it Soft Sci-fi. This is the type of story that would appeal to all kinds of readers, rather than just sci-fi readers. It doesn’t focus only on the usual sci-fi elements. Yes, there is a story here that involves 3-D printing, engineering, biology, and the colonization of a new planet, but the strength of the story lies with the very human characters.

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah ReminiTroublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology by Leah Remini, Rebecca Paley
Published by Ballantine Books on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Memoir
Pages: 256
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The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.
Leah Remini has never been the type to hold her tongue. That willingness to speak her mind, stand her ground, and rattle the occasional cage has enabled this tough-talking girl from Brooklyn to forge an enduring and successful career in Hollywood. But being a troublemaker has come at a cost.
That was never more evident than in 2013, when Remini loudly and publicly broke with the Church of Scientology. Now, in this frank, funny, poignant memoir, the former King of Queens star opens up about that experience for the first time, revealing the in-depth details of her painful split with the church and its controversial practices.
Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. As an adult, she found the success she’d worked so hard for, and with it a prominent place in the hierarchy of celebrity Scientologists alongside people such as Tom Cruise, Scientology’s most high-profile adherent. Remini spent time directly with Cruise and was included among the guests at his 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes.
But when she began to raise questions about some of the church’s actions, she found herself a target. In the end, she was declared by the church to be a threat to their organization and therefore a “Suppressive Person,” and as a result, all of her fellow parishioners—including members of her own family—were told to disconnect from her. Forever.
Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family. This is a memoir designed to reveal the hard-won truths of a life lived honestly—from an author unafraid of the consequences.

I’ve always felt a bit of a kinship with Leah Remini. Likely because, like me, she’s a New York girl with a bad attitude and a big mouth. Yep. We are kind of kindred spirits. At least, in that respect.

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Upcoming Titles We're Excited About – November 2015

Holy moly. It’s November. O____O
 


 
No, but really. Food babies, food babies everywhere for the next couple of months. ♫ It’s the most wonderful time of the year. ♫
 
Okay, I’m focusing now. I’m focused. Books!
 
 

Jenny’s Picks

 

 

Emily’s Picks

 

 

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If there any November titles you can’t believe we didn’t include, tell us in the comments below. Until next time, when I’ll be wearing my fat pants and accommodating 2 food babies. Stay hungry, friends.
 

Upcoming Titles We're Excited About – September 2015

You’re probably thinking, “Good heavens. She’s 5 days late with this post.” Well, I’m thinking that you don’t know my life! It’s hard! I suffer!
 
 


 
 
And frankly:
 
 

 
 
And furthermore:
 
 

 
 
The important thing we need to focus on is that:
 
 

 
 
We shouldn’t dwell on the past. =)
 
 
 

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So, I am of the “larger” persuasion, which is to say that I’m fat. I’ve only read a couple of books with overweight MC’s and I’ve yet to feel like my demographic has been fairly and accurately portrayed. Give it to me, Murphy. My people are ready.
 
 

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Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter is fantaaaaastic. 4 – 4.5 stars from me. Check out Brandi’s 5 star review here.
 
 

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That’s all she wrote, folks. Halloween is coming. I am so excite. O_O
Oh, and I solemnly swear that I shall do better regarding “things” and “time” and “schedules.” -_-

Unveiled by Courtney Milan

Unveiled by Courtney MilanUnveiled (Turner, #1) by Courtney Milan
Published by HQN Books on January 25th 2011
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Pages: 384
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He was her bitterest enemy...Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family, and at last the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom, and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But when he arrives, he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance.And her dearest love.Lady Margaret knows she should despise the man who’s stolen her fortune and her father’s legacy—the man she’s been ordered to spy on in the guise of a nurse. Yet the more she learns about the new duke, the less she can resist his smoldering appeal. Soon Margaret and Ash find themselves torn between old loyalties—and the tantalizing promise of passion...

Welcome to The Book Geek’s monthly feature, affectionately called The Genre Spotlight. It’s where we explore and choose one of the myriad genres. We’ll showcase it by having each Book Geek read and review at least one, but possibly a few books belonging to that month’s chosen genre.
We’re hoping to expand our reading horizons to genre’s we haven’t or have barely read, and, hopefully, usher in gems our lives have been missing out on.
For sizzling August, our spotlight is on Romance (aka my nemesis).
Let me start off with this: I don’t want to hate romance, but dammit if romance doesn’t make it so darn easy. I want to love it. I want to find romance that’s worth reading. I truly don’t set out to shit on it, but then I read things like this:

He’d known he wanted her in his bed. But he was beginning to realize that he wanted more. He wanted to rid her of those lines around her eyes. He wanted to soothe the clench of her fists. He wanted to draw her to him, as gently as he could. And once he had her there…

Unveiled by Courtney Milan
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Moth by Daniel Arenson

Moth by Daniel ArensonMoth (The Moth Saga #1) by Daniel Arenson
Published by Moonclipse on October 22nd 2013
Genres: Epic Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 352
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They say the world used to turn. They say that night would follow day in an endless dance. They say that dawn rose, dusk fell, and we worshiped both sun and stars.
That was a long time ago.
The dance has died. The world has fallen still. We float through the heavens, one half always in light, one half always in shadow. Like the moth of our forests, one wing white and the other black, we are torn.
My people are the fortunate. We live in daylight, blessed in the warmth of the sun. Yet across the line, the others lurk in eternal night, afraid... and alone in the dark.
I was born in the light. I was sent into darkness. This is my story.

This is a good book. I wasn’t sure what to expect of Moth, but with that kickass synopsis (seriously, did you read that frikkin thing?), I had an inkling that I would like it. And I did.

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Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Magic Shifts by Ilona AndrewsMagic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8) by Ilona Andrews
Published by Ace on August 4th 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 400
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After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters. So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate.
Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected. An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…

Jenny: Because the Book Geek has two Ilona Andrews fangirls, Brandi and I decided to review this one together. It was a lot easier to do that than to cat-fight over it.
Brandi: It’s interesting we ended up rating this the same. That’s unusual.
Jenny: Very unusual, on account of your bad taste. I’m pretty sure I influenced you, because you’re usually overly generous and then go back and change your rating.
Brandi: I go back and change it once reason sets in. I’m an emotional reviewer.
Jenny: And overly generous. I expect better from IA at this point, though. There were too many negatives to ignore. =/

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