Cleaning out My NOOK

Reading is a thing that happens. Sometimes life gets in the way of that thing, but that’s okay. Life is the reason I have reading apps on my phone, one of which is the Barnes and Noble NOOK. Just like in Kindle, some books are offered for free by the publisher or indie author. Sometimes there are promos where prices are reduced drastically for a limited time. In any case, I’ve been going through the books I’ve been hoarding in my NOOK account (and a couple of other places).

I read Soul Meaning (Seventeen #1) by A. D. Starrling

Soul Meaning (Seventeen #1)

Lucas Soul has just died for the 14th time. Born of a union between members of the two rival, immortal clans, Lucas is shunned by both sides of his lineage. Forced to watch his parents die at the hands of Hunters, he managed to escape and live a mostly quiet life through the ages. A couple hundred years later, in America, Lucas runs a private detective agency with a human, ex-cop partner named Reid. A mere handful of hours after accepting a case, Lucas Soul has died again – twice – and his final, 17th death is approaching. He and Reid sprint off on an international chase involving family, ex-friends, traitors, and a shocking plot that could end the world as they it. “Soul Meaning” is a full-throttle, fasten your seatbelt action flick, but with words. 3 stars for actual plot, 4 stars for sword fights, gunplay and excessive explosions.

I read Trash by Elizabeth Camali (which I obtained under a free promotion eons ago).

Alem “the Asshole” Reed is running out of chances. Raised by a single father, he pushes through his 17th year with the promise he made to his mother – to graduate from high school – heavy on his conscience. When he is expelled from his 5th school for fighting, his future looks bleak. Offered the chance of a lifetime in the form of a full scholarship to an unknown private school, Alem packs his bags and jumps feet first into a world he did not existed. He learns the truth: monster are real, and they’re coming for him. Short book, easy readability. Alem is as asshole, but i think that’s more a defense mechanism than his actual personality. Because the book is so short, the world-building feels rushed. A cliffhanger ending begs for the sequel to be read, but only if the reader has a healthy curiosity about what happens next. 3 stars.

I got a chance to read an ARC of The Private Eye Cloudburst Edition (The Private Eye #1-10) by Brian K. Vaughan& Marcos Martin. (The link points the “deluxe” edition and I honestly don’t know the difference. Maybe you do.)

Private Eye (Deluxe Edition)

The internet is dead, the cops and the press are one unit, and everyone has a secret identity. When a simple background check turns into murder, P.I. gets sucked into a complicated plot full of deep, dark secrets. He and a former-turned-new-again client end up on the run, trying in vain to stay one step ahead of the bad guys while stopping their plans in their tracks. Set 60 years in the future in what Los Angeles has become, “The Private Eye” forces us to consider what our secrets really are. 4 stars for readability, great art with lots of colors, and a bit of emotional investment in the MC.
I took a turn down the novella aisle and stumbled across Snowmancer by Olivia Helling.
Lumi, a kingdom of snow and ice, is slowing starving to death. To save them, Jem kidnaps Ilyas, a prince of the warm and bountiful Nuriya, to offer as a sacrifice to the coming Dark God. Ilyas does not plan to go quietly. As each of the men awaits their fats, they learn secrets of each other and how to save Lumi once and for all. Novella, quick read, Ilyas is a pampered brat and Jem is much too accepting of his supposed fate and the depth of their relationship progresses much too fast to be believable, but decently enjoyable. 3 stars for imagination.
Of course, once I fnished that novella, I remembered I’d bought another and was waiting to read it. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor.
Binti Ekeopara Zuzu Dambu Kaipka is the first of her people to be accepted into a prestigious, off-world university. She secretly runs away in the middle of the night, against her family’s wishes to attend. On the ship, after the initial shock of being alone, she begins to make friends. Tragedy strikes, however, with the arrival of the Meduse, a warrior race. Binti must decide her place in the history of the universe and what to do if and when she finally arrivals at Oozma University with the Meduse. A story of change, tradition, and the clash of cultures. My only regret is that there isn’t more of the story to read.
That’s all for this time. As always, go read something…because Sumayyah Said So.



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