Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Freak of Nature by Julia Crane

                This is another ARC thanks to NetGalley and Indie Inked.  Freak of Nature came out back in January but I just found it and got approved so here are my thoughts.   This book one in the IFICS series about Kaitlyn, a girl who checked a box to donate her body to science, though she never expected things to turn out quite the way they did. 

               Freak of Nature, follows the story of Kaitlyn, a girl who was once human.  Now she isn’t sure what she is.  She is part machine, but she is still there, secretly still alive in a sense that she has feelings and her own thoughts.  She has human emotions.  She is forced to hide this, sure if the scientists who made her found out they would erase what remained of her life.  Though she finds and unlikely ally in Lucas, one of the main geniuses of the project, who still has guilt over knowing what a vibrant and beautiful woman she had been and taking that away.  Though he never suspected in a million years that the spark of life he saw in her through research was still hidden within.  Together they work to figure out the best course of action. 

                The story was good and easy to follow.  I found myself liking Kaitlyn.  She wasn’t entirely human anymore, she had no memories of anything accept what she was programmed with and things she had learned during her training.  She took everything very literal.  She had a wealth of knowledge of everything, but at the same time nothing they gave her seemed to explain the feelings she was having, especially for Lucas. Let’s face it they don’t make an app that can explain how we feel half the time, especially not if we start to fall in love.  It’s an exciting and unnerving thing for the regular girl, so it was even more so for Kaitlyn who can only assume something is wrong with her. 

                She isn’t the only one though.  You also get to see things from Lucas’ point of view which I enjoyed.  I think it could have been lacking in the chemistry department or even a bit weird if it hadn’t been.  His back story was brief but it was quick and stayed in the moment.  I look forward to learning more about him and his rich employer at IFICS as the series continues.  He starts out thinking he will be working on a science project, but one has never affected him like this.  Then again Kaitlyn is unique.  A strong and capable weapon, but also a confused girl who is just trying to figure out her place in the world. 
                As I was reading, the book did make me think of an older movie, one I couldn’t remember the name of and after a couple hours of not being able and it driving me crazy I looked it up.  The movie is you are wondering was, Bicentennial Man with Robin Williams as the robot with a soul and feelings.  Obviously not the same, but I realized how long it had been since I saw it and I have yet to find it at my local stores or on Netflix to re-watch it.

                I give this book 4 stars, I really liked it.  I became invested in the characters and I wanted to know what was going to happen next.  Could they find a way to make this work, for Kaitlyn to be who she is and not fear being erased completely.  Again this book came out back in January so check it out!  Already read it, want to read it, thoughts on human/robot with feelings, souls, etc, share below.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Sia by Josh Grayson

                This is another ARC I received from NetGalley and Josh Grayson .  Sia by Josh Grayson is set to come out November 20, 2013.  Yep I am back to being ahead of this.  This is going to be short because I don’t want to ramble and give too much away.  The following is my review of this book.

                Sia is an uplifting and sweet story.  It’s about a girl, Sia, who wakes up on a park bench with no recollection of who she is or how she ended up there.  Her name is on the MP3 player strapped to her arm and not much else.  After a week of being homeless she is reunited with her family.  She starts to realize the person she was, popular, rich, and a totally shallow and cruel witch.  Everything seems perfect from the outside but looks can be deceiving she finds out. 

                Embarrassed by her past, with who she is and how she feels now, she starts on a quest to be a better person, one that she is proud of.  The journey of redemption isn’t easy when those who surround you, want the old cruel version back.  Can you start fresh and preserver, or cave into the pressure.  What happens if your memories do return, will they turn you back into the person you were?  Then on the flip side if someone who was always cruel to you seemed to have changed completely and care for you, could you accept them.  Wipe away the slate and start over?
                This was a quick read for me.  It was simple and heartwarming, as promised.  It did make me realize that I need to spend more time living my life and making it one I am proud of, not that I’m unhappy with my life just that I wish and know I can do more.  It made me think of one of my favorite quotes I hear used in movies, shows, movies, books, but have never really looked up to see who first said it, until now.  “Those who stand for nothing, fall for anything,” by Alexander Hamilton. 

                The story of Sia is as it promised a sweet and uplifting story.  It was worth it and I recommend it.  I’m giving it 4 stars, and I hope you will give it a chance to raise your spirits and make you question your own life.  If you lost your memory and had to learn who you are from those around you, how would you feel?  Tell me how you feel below I really believe this topic deserves some discussion.