Kindle for Samsung Book Deal, May 2016

Instead of the regular Kindle for Android, I downloaded Kindle for Samsung on my mobile phone because of the Samsung Book Deals, which allows me to get one free Kindle book each month. There are four books to choose from and because I have no idea who these authors are, it’s like a picking blindly from a box of goodies. As with most things free, we usually get what we paid for, but I’m confident that there will be sweet surprises in store for me. Somehow.

Unfortunately, my choice for May, Sweet Tea and Secrets by Nancy Naigle, isn’t a sweet surprise, despite what it says on the title.

When beloved town matriarch Pearl Clemmons dies on a warm June afternoon, the folks of Adams Grove, Virginia, can hardly believe it. Sure, Pearl was eighty-five years old, but everyone—particularly her granddaughter Jill—just assumed she would live forever. Now Jill must return home to settle Pearl’s estate, comfort a town in mourning…and face Garrett Malloy, the man who broke her heart years ago.

Making matters worse, a string of break-ins at the Clemmons place has Jill and the rest of the town on edge. She can’t imagine what Pearl possibly could have had that is worth stealing. But when Jill’s safety is threatened, she and Garrett must join forces to unearth Pearl’s secrets before someone else—someone dangerous—gets there first. Garrett may have been the last man Jill wanted to see, but now, she may not want to let him go.

 

The other titles that I let go of in May were:

Lethal Code (A Lana Elkins Thriller) by Thomas Waite

America’s worst nightmare has come true: a “cyber–Pearl Harbor” attack by unknown terrorists has crippled the nation’s power grid—and brought the land of the free to its knees. As widespread panic and violence ravage the country, its ruthless captors issue their ultimatums…and vow an apocalyptic reckoning.

A defenseless nation scrambles to fight an invisible invasion. Chief among America’s last line of defense is Lana Elkins, head of a major cyber-security company—and former top NSA operative—who returns to her roots to spearhead the Agency’s frantic efforts to combat the enemy’s onslaught on its own terms. While she and her superiors take action to infiltrate a terrorist hotbed overseas, much closer to home ruthless jihadists with a nuclear bomb hijack a busload of schoolchildren—including Lana’s daughter—and race toward a rendezvous with Armageddon in America’s greatest city.

Sweet Tooth: A Memoir by Tim Anderson

What’s a sweets-loving young boy growing up gay in North Carolina in the eighties supposed to think when he’s diagnosed with type 1 diabetes? That God is punishing him, naturally.

This was, after all, when Jesse Helms was his senator, AIDS was still the boogeyman, and no one was saying, “It gets better.” And if stealing a copy of an x-rated magazine from the newsagent was a sin, then surely what the guys inside were doing to one another was much worse.

Sweet Tooth is Tim Anderson’s uproarious memoir of life after his hormones and blood sugar both went berserk at the age of fifteen. With Morrissey and The Smiths as the soundtrack, Anderson self-deprecatingly recalls love affairs with vests and donuts, first crushes, coming out, and inaugural trips to gay bars. What emerges is the story of a young man trying to build a future that won’t involve crippling loneliness or losing a foot to his disease—and maybe even one that, no matter how unpredictable, can still be pretty sweet.

A Land Divided (The Blood of Kings Book 1) by K.M. Ashman

1081. William’s bloody conquest is over and Britain is under Norman rule. But one bastion of resistance remains: Wales. A divided land where brother fights brother and kings battle for power. The English use this to further their own ends, and while one king is tempted by an offer he cannot resist, the others wage war over long-forgotten feuds.

Gruffydd ap Cynan, true heir to the kingdom of Gwynedd, is in exile across the sea. When he hears of the betrayal of the Welsh people by the imposter in his throne, Gruffydd unites with Tewdwr, a monarch deposed by the traitors, and they forge an army from the ashes of their kingdoms. But Tewdwr’s wife and daughter—the source of much of the allies’ strength—are a weakness their enemies will exploit.

Betrayal, treachery and war await, but both men know they must fight to the bitter end, when the sundered lands of Wales are drenched…in the blood of kings.

That time I made my choice, I was looking for some light reading. The other books’ blurbs sound heavy. Turns out, romance is anything but light reading, especially when there’s practically no romance at all. I can’t say for sure that there’s anything else, but there was also an attempt at mystery. I like mysteries, but what if I’m just wasting my time?

I must admit that weeks after having downloaded this book, I’m still only at 23%. However, I feel that that’s enough chance for a book to hook my attention. It’s almost a quarter of the entire book and by this time, whatever needs to be introduced  should already have been introduced, and I should already care about whoever is being sad/whining/having his or her life ruined by someone or something else. That I couldn’t care less about any of the characters means that I’m most likely not going to finish reading this book, and I’m moving on to the book deals for June.

The author spent an awful lot of that first quarter of the book talking about practically everything that happens and everyone who’s in the place where it happens. Even when an event could be limited to one paragraph, it goes on and on until I was thinking, “WTF?” The grandmother’s funeral, for example, is laid down in meaningless detail, leading me to question my character for wanting to just get it over with. (I’m really a compassionate person. Ask my Ego.)

It’s also very obvious whom the author wants her readers to root for. The bad person is amazingly selfish for the entire 23% (and keeps on doing himself in with no indication of humanity at all) and the good person keeps on thinking thoughts that makes you think, “Who’s the narrator here?” I mean, I understand that there’s such a point of view as omniscient, but I expect there to be a smooth transition from one POV to another, not this mess of a thing that takes me from the head of one character to the head of another within the same page. It may not be physical exertion but my brain got dizzy.

I’m probably going to continue reading this one until I’ve made my decision for June 2016, and I’ll update this post if things pick up in the next few pages, wherever my aimless reading takes me.

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