#5Books: Book recs! And Jurassic World

#5Books book recs for the week ending 1 july 2018

It’s been a long week, with a dash of being sick in the middle and sitting at home and trying to get some rest. Which helped, and I am thankful for that because flu season has taken people out for weeks at work.

This weekend I finally got around to seeing Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and here a couple of things that I expected and did not expect:

  • That ending. What.The. Hell. There’s a little girl that needs a good talking to in that movie.
  • BD Wong does evil like no-one’s business, and will never die in this series (no matter how much you may want him to) bc he is what makes this keep going.
  • Jeff Goldblum.
  • The theme of endangered animals (or dinosaurs in this case) was a powerful one, and there were more than a couple of times, humanity made me want to cry. 
  • For me at least, the movie reminded me of — and made me feel like I was watching —  a horror movie in some spots. I gasped out loud a couple of times. It was less chomp-chomp and running and more, the danger that lurked everywhere in the particular setting of this movie. Ingenious I thought.
  • Children in this movie series tend to like Owen a whole lot with no explanation.
  • Claire wears heels and boots, and (always) kicks ass in both (and also has a pre-equal novel: The Evolution of Claire)

I can’t imagine what the next one is going to look like. Except maybe with a lot of blood and chomp-chomp on a much bigger scale.

Have you watched it yet? Is it on your radar? Here are a couple of other things that should be on your radar:

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings. These are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries.

Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.

Compiled by We Need Diverse Books’s Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, the authors included in this exquisite collection are: Renee Ahdieh, Sona Charaipotra, Preeti Chhibber, Roshani Chokshi, Aliette de Bodard, Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Kagawa, Rahul Kanakia, Lori M. Lee, E. C. Myers, Cindy Pon, Aisha Saeed, Shveta Thakrar, and Alyssa Wong.

A mountain loses her heart. Two sisters transform into birds to escape captivity. A young man learns the true meaning of sacrifice. A young woman takes up her mother’s mantle and leads the dead to their final resting place. From fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge, these stories will beguile readers from start to finish. For fans of Neil Gaiman’s Unnatural Creatures and Ameriie’s New York Times–bestselling Because You Love to Hate Me.

Reimagined folklore and mythology is all the rages these days and rightly so — and in this case, I am entirely ready for reimaginngs that take on East and south Asia tales!

Before We Were Strangers

Something happened to her mother that night. Something no one wants to talk about. But she’s determined to uncover her family’s dark secrets, even if they bury her.

Five-year-old Sloane McBride couldn’t sleep that night. Her parents were arguing again, their harsh words heating the cool autumn air. And then there was that other sound–the ominous thump before all went quiet.

In the morning, her mother was gone.The official story was that she left. Her loving, devoted mother! That hadn’t sat any better at the time than it did when Sloane moved out at eighteen, anxious to leave her small Texas hometown in search of anywhere else. But not even a fresh start working as a model in New York could keep the nightmares at bay. Or her fears that the domineering father she grew up with wasn’t just difficult–he was deadly.

Now another traumatic loss forces Sloane to realize she owes it to her mother to find out the truth, even if it means returning to a small town full of secrets and lies, a jilted ex-boyfriend and a father and brother who’d rather see her silenced. But as Sloane starts digging into the past, the question isn’t whether she can uncover what really happened that night…it’s what will remain of her family if she does?

I can’t decide with this one: it’s easy to believe her father killed her mother, and that’s why the blurb ends as it does BUT I also think this does sound like a great character examination of a family. Hm.

The Anomaly

Not all secrets are meant to be found.

If Indiana Jones lived in the X-Files era, he might bear at least a passing resemblance to Nolan Moore — a rogue archaeologist hosting a documentary series derisively dismissed by the “real” experts, but beloved of conspiracy theorists.

Nolan sets out to retrace the steps of an explorer from 1909 who claimed to have discovered a mysterious cavern high up in the ancient rock of the Grand Canyon. And, for once, he may have actually found what he seeks. Then the trip takes a nasty turn, and the cave begins turning against them in mysterious ways.

Nolan’s story becomes one of survival against seemingly impossible odds. The only way out is to answer a series of intriguing questions: What is this strange cave? How has it remained hidden for so long? And what secret does it conceal that made its last visitors attempt to seal it forever?

This had me at X-Files and Indiana Jones (and I totally blocked out that it’s classified as horror on Goodreads) … and the cave *shudders* But I like everything else in this blurb, so I am bracing myself… and hoping the cave isn’t too bad.

The Antiquities Hunter (A Gina Myoko Mystery #1)

Gina “Tinkerbell” Miyoko is not your typical private eye. Armed with a baby blue Magnum, a Harley blessed with Holy Water by her dramatically disposed mother, and a Japanese mingei tucked in her pocket (a good luck charm from her Sherlock Holmes-obsessed father) Tink spends her time sniffing out delinquent dads in the San Francisco Bay area and honing her detective skills.

But when her best friend Rose, an undercover agent, discovers there’s a stalker on her tail, she hires Tink as a bodyguard. Someone must be trying to intimidate Rose and scare her out of testifying in an upcoming case on looted Anasazi artifacts.  But when Tink tries to flush-out the stalker, things take a far more dangerous turn.

Now, with a dead black-market dealer and an injured Rose on her hands, Tink must take her best friend’s place and follow the looters’ trail towards a powerful and lucrative antiquities collector in Cancun, Mexico. Equipped with an ingenious disguise and a teasingly coy persona to match, Tink is determined to find out who is behind the attack on Rose and the illegal trafficking of these priceless artifacts. Along the way, she will find help in the most unlikely of partners…

Deep in the jungle and far from civilization, Tink must decide who she can trust as she tries to unearth the ones responsible behind the pilfering and bloodshed-and still make it out alive.

I feel like this book is a little bit Lara Croft, and a little bit Jaya Jones but it’s one of those ones that is nothing close to your usual reads, but you find yourself interested nonetheless.

All we ever wanted

In the riveting new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love and Something Borrowed, three very different people must choose between their family and their values.

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was.

Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school.

Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenage girl, happy and thriving.

Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.

At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.

I never would have looked twice at this had Suzanne at The Bookish Libra not reviewed it, and after reading her review, I RAGED at the stupid cover of this book that looks like it’s a romance and not a story about families dealing with the aftermath of a social media post that never should have happened — that’s the stuff I wanted to see on the cover, not a generic sparkly thing that doesn’t hint at all at the emotion and intensity of this book. 

You know the whole don’t judge a book by it’s cover thing? I judge, I TOTALLY judge bc I am busy and I want a cover to tell me something about the book inside. Sighs. To think I could have almost missed this! Have you ever had a book like that and then discovered OMG it’s exactly what you would usually read?

15 Comments

  • Jen Mullen says:

    Wow, this is an interesting and eclectic selection. I’m interested in a couple of these. Haven’t seen the latest Jurassic, but hopefully, will this week!

  • I really want to go see Jurassic World! Man, all these movies the past couple months have been killing my wallet. lol

    • Verushka says:

      LOL, it’s the school holidays right now, so all I wanted to see was this one. For now at least my wallet is doing ok!

  • So I’ve not seen The Antiquity Hunters before and now I must read it. The MC sounds like someone I’ll love. I also think it’s cool that Claire is getting her own book. That might be fun as well. Have a wonderful week!

  • I’m going to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on Thursday with my little brother. Is it bad I’m most excited about Jeff Goldblum? xD

  • Angela says:

    Emily Giffin is one of my favorite authors, so glad to see her book in your recs this week! I just got my copy in the mail.

    That was pretty fun to see BD Wong show up again. I thought this movie was a little ridiculous, but I don’t even care!

  • Haha! You really hate that Giffin book cover, don’t you? I do too and hope they redo it at some point.

    • Verushka says:

      With the fiery passion of a thousand suns, Suzanne. Why on earth did someone think this was a good cover for *this* book?!?!

  • Sorry you were sick – that’s never fun. I hope you are feeling better now though. I still need to see the new Jurassic World movie. I’m glad you liked it. 🙂

  • Jeff Goldblum makes everything better. lol. I plan to see it at the drive-in this week when they play it with the new Purge movie.

  • I’m so looking forward to Jurassic World! I’m a dino fanatic!

  • Well that’s weird. I clearly remember reading this and writing a response and yet I’m not there! Errr… I guess I never finished my comment?

    ANYWAY!!! I went and saw Jurassic World the other week with my hubby and we loved it. I was exactly in the mood for it when we went to see it too so that was AWESOME.
    So yeah, that little girl… Yeesh.
    I also loved the feel of this one – I was hanging off my hubby’s arm throughout the movie and I’m almost positive he lost some circulation there. Ha ha.
    I will never complain about Chris Pratt… Just saying. I like him a whole lot with no explanation too! 😀

    Hope you’re at 100% health and enjoying your July so far!

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