Month: October 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Breakwater by Catherine Jones Payne

Posted October 31, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Broken Tides, Catherine Jones Payne / 0 Comments

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

BOOK REVIEW: Breakwater by Catherine Jones PayneBreakwater by Catherine Jones Payne
Published by Fathom Ink Press on May 30th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, General, Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 240
Source: NetGalley
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A red tide is rising.

As the daughter of one of the mer-king's trusted advisors, seventeen-year-old Jade has great responsibilities. When her fiancE murders a naiad, plunging the underwater city of Thessalonike into uproar, tensions surge between the mer and the naiads. Jade learns too late that the choices she makes ripple further than she'd ever imagined. And as she fights against the tide of anger in a city that lives for scandal, she discovers danger lurking in every canal, imperiling her family and shattering the ocean's fragile peace.

Can the city's divisions be mended before the upwelling of hate rips apart everything Jade loves?

Let’s chat shall we?  I want to talk about this book before I actually talk about this book.  Honestly, I’ve never really thought about mermaids.  Yes as a teen or early adult I watched ‘The Little Mermaid’.  Yes, if I wasn’t older than a couple of decades I might remember a fascination or wonderment about them as a child.  Obviously if there was it was short lived because I have no memory of such.  If you know me at all, I’m not besties with the fantasy genre.  Yarp, I’ve had my nerd card threatened to be revoked over this.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ve read fantasy and even enjoyed fantasy, it’s just not my go to genre.  It’s honestly been more than a minute since I spent some time with the genre.  I dipped my toe with this book mostly thanks to the ever increasing insistence of Kristin.  Have you yet realized that when I get tossed into something new/different/weird/quirky/chaotic/so on and so forth, it’s almost always her fault?  Yup, I’ve noticed it too!

That being said let’s actually talk about ‘Breakwater’.  Obviously I have it 4 stars which means I actually really liked it.  Many of the the things I enjoyed are tempered with things that were off for me.  One thing I really think this book needed is more back story.  The story gave me some of what I wanted but not enough.  What was the deal with Jade’s father?  How was it the naiads were pushed into the corner they were in?  They were obviously welcomed into the city at some point but when and how did it start going so sideways?  I get it, the naiads and the mer were in a racial clash that was extremely reminiscent of current news with the refugees in Africa and the Middle East.  It reminded me of racial issues of the 1950’s and 60’s.  It reminded me how of things started with the Jews in Germany leading up to WWII.  It reminded me of a lot of issues throughout human history where one race or class or gender even felt they were superior to another and found ways to invoke that superiority onto the other and push the other down and keep them down in what ends up as an attempt to eradicate them.  That’s probably a little too deep for a young adult book review isn’t it?  This is what I thought of as I read this book.  It was entirely more political (without politics if that makes sense) than I expected from a book about mermaids.  But, I’m not complaining.

The characters throughout the story were relate-able and bond-able.  Sometimes, however,  they lacked depth.  I don’t mean like how shallow her friends were when the engagement was broken but in how they came to be in the situations they were in with the outlooks they had.  It’s known that Jade’s father was killed by the naiads, which had to in some way color her views.  While she was ready to stand up for them and embrace them I feel like there is more to Dad’s story than the dusting we were given to provide her this outlook.  I respected her.  I have a desire, no a need, to see where her story is going to lead.  And for the love of gravy the cliff hanger at the end is enough to leave me checking for a release date on the next book already!

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About Catherine Jones Payne

Catherine Jones Payne

Catherine Jones Payne is a Seattle native who loves the written word, international travel, crashing waves, and good coffee. Her earliest memory involves pulling up a rolling chair to her parents’ old DOS computer—while wearing a tiara, naturally—and tapping out a story of kidnapped princesses. By day she’s the managing editor of Quill Pen Editorial and the editor of Splickety Magazine, and she regularly speaks at writers’ conferences around the country. She lives in Waco, TX with her historian husband and their cats, Mildred and Minerva.

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Goodreads Monday

Goodreads Monday

Posted October 30, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Goodreads Monday / 0 Comments

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To take part, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners. I picked this book up a few years back at a library book sale.  And it has patiently sat waiting it’s turn to move to the reading pile.  I don’t foresee that transition for a wee bit but I need to more it front and center.A time to fear…. Grace Hart seemed to have it all: a bright, beautiful daughter, a successful career as a judge, and a lovely home in an Ohio suburb. But beneath the placid veneer, darker truths lie waiting. Her fifteen-year-old, Jessica, is teetering on the cusp of drugs and delinquency. And someone is stalking the troubled teenager. Someone who has already violated their home […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Gift for Anne Marie by Kathleen Fuller

BOOK REVIEW: A Gift for Anne Marie by Kathleen Fuller

Posted October 28, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Kathleen Fuller / 0 Comments

You know how I always, well OK sometimes, complain that a novella tries to be too much?  I’ve been really lucky here lately with novellas understanding their amazing role in literature and stepping up to the plate in amazing ways.  ‘A Gift for Anne Marie’ by Kathleen Fuller takes one for the team but almost, sorta, OK a little bit tilts to the opposite direction of my chief novella complaint.  I feel like there was a tidbit too little history of some the characters in their given moment to fully grasp them.  Not Anne Marie or Nathaniel but more her mother and the mysterious thing going on there.  Like how long was she a widow?  Who are her brother’s and how does her relationship with them play into her life?  That kind of thing.  My almost perfect snapshot of time had some blurry edges.  Trust me, if I had to […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Pockets of Joy by Roxane Battle

SPOTLIGHT: Pockets of Joy by Roxane Battle

Posted October 26, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Blog Tour, Giveaway / 0 Comments

About the Book: Name of book: Pockets of Joy Author: Roxane Battle Genre: Non-fiction, inspirational Release Date: September 5, 2017 Click here to purchase your copy. ”No matter your situation, you have a choice. I chose joy.” Roxane Battle was on television for much of her adult life. As a news reporter and anchor, she traveled the world and met notable people from Jay Leno to Mariah Carey to Prince. But shortly after landing her dream job in her hometown of Minneapolis, Roxane’s marriage fell apart. Every day was a battle to keep it together on camera while piecing her life back together at home as the single mom of eleven-month-old Jarod. At one point, broke and alone, dinner was a single chicken McNugget. With wit, dignity, and gripping detail, Roxane shares her story of intentionally looking for joy during this challenging chapter of her life. Her faith was the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Storekeeper’s Daughter by Wanda E. Brunstetter

BOOK REVIEW: The Storekeeper’s Daughter by Wanda E. Brunstetter

I really enjoyed this book.  No, I’m not biased because it’s Wanda, who happens to be one of my favorite Amish authors.  Seriously, I’m not biased, it’s just that good.  Take a typical Amish family with a kid or two at an age where they start thinking about branching out and starting their own family (throw in a couple more down the age line for good measure), add the tragedy of losing Ma unexpectedly, a toss of Dad who can’t seem to express himself in such a way that doesn’t hurt his oldest child and a few other twists and turns.  How’s that for a bizarre run on sentence?  For good measure toss in another family, English, on the opposite side of the country and have their lives intersect in one of those twists or turns.  What you come out with is this amazing start to the Daughter’s of Lancaster […]

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