Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fabulous Fiction Thursday: LINK by SUMMER WIER

My latest and greatest read, as well as my next book club selection. LINK by Summer Wier. Here's the synopsis: 

For seventeen-year-old Kira, there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by friends and huddled beside a campfire deep in the woods. And with a birthday in the peak of summer, that includes late night swims under the stars. 

Or at least, it used to. 

Kira’s relaxing contemplation of the universe is interrupted when a piece of it falls, colliding with her and starting a chain of events that could unexpectedly lead to the one thing in her life that’s missing—her father. 

Tossed into a pieced-together world of carnivals and gypsies, an old-fashioned farmhouse, and the alluring presence of a boy from another planet, Kira discovers she’s been transported to the center of a black hole, and there’s more to the story than science can explain. She’s now linked by starlight to the world inside the darkness. And her star is dying. 

If she doesn’t return home before the star’s light disappears and her link breaks, she’ll be trapped forever. But she’s not the only one ensnared, and with time running out, she’ll have to find a way to save a part of her past and a part of her future, or risk losing everything she loves. 

Dreamy, fluid, and beautiful, Link pairs the mystery of science fiction with the minor-key melody of a dark fantasy, creating a tale that is as human as it is out of this world.

I pre-ordered the Kindle edition and waited patiently for release day to arrive. I had read a very early version of the book but knew that several thousands words had been added since. I couldn't wait to get my grubby little hands on the final cut and see how the story had developed. I was not disappointed. Across 48 hours I read LINK "cover-to-cover." Not since reading the Hunger Games years ago, have I so highly enjoyed reading YA Fiction. I read it in the park swinging from a hammock. I read it from my front porch the fall leaves rustling around me. I brought the book to the dinner table.  (I read it on the toilet but let's keep that between us, ok?) I had to force myself to lock my Kindle away during work hours. Then I finished the book. SHOOT!!! When does the next book come out? How can I Summer leave me hanging like this? I feel like the MC, Kira, was just getting the hang of things, ready to be the Savior of the Universe and I have to wait until next year for the next book. *Sigh.* I'll just have to bear it. Until then here is my short and sweet official review of the book:

LINK is the perfect blend of fantasy and sci-fi, without being too “sciencey.” (READ: it doesn’t go into laborious detail like The Martian does.) And of course there is just the right touch of romance.

Wier’s description of the “other world” makes you wish it was a reality. The writing and the premise made my imagination run wild with the endless possibilities of the universe. I was hooked by the story line, and honestly could not put the book down.

I want to say more but I don’t want to spoil any of the twists and turns in the story (there are many). You really must read the book!!

You can buy the Kindle or paperback version HERE. And if you need more convincing, there are dozens of reviews of LINK on GoodReads.

Reina G signing off. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

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I wrote and performed the song on this commercial....possible the worst commercial ever...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Some A-hole spit on my car today

So every once in a while my car blocks the sidewalk....sorry folks....3 cars park at my house and there's a one lane driveway. Anyway there was a big hocker on my driver side window, just sliding down the window leaving a big ol slobbery streak.

I know it was the stupid ADULT male who rides his little foot peddled scooter to work...think skateboard with a vertical pole coming out of the front with handle bars....yeah one of those. Jackass.

I'll be looking for you. I'm going to cover the entire sidewalk in front of our house with sticks and rocks. I hope you eat pavement.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hiking Adventures

As some of you may know I had a lovely hike on Saturday up in the Bridger Mountains. Here is a gorgeous picture of Fairy Lake. It's the only shot I took that really captured the color of the lake.

Fairy Lake

Loren and I hiked all the way around the lake. We found this little rope swing about half way around. The rope didn't extend far enough to be safe to jump off of so we wondered why it was even there. We both took turns swinging on it though.

Rope swing action shot

This shot is about half way around the lake looking back towards Sacajawea Peak. This is the mountain Loren and I started hiking once we finished our lake walk-about.

Fairy lake and Sac. Peak

This is a view from our hike. I believe the Crazy Mountains are the range that can be seen in the distance. We didn't get up to the ridge of the mountain due to some crazy wind and ominous looking clouds. It was a great hike!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

(I don't need your handouts) ... I'm an Adult

It's been quite some time since I posted last and the thought of posting an update about the last 8 months of my life seems a little daunting. So I'm going to start fresh but going forward I will be doing more frequent, short posts about only the most important and exciting events that occur in my life.

For some time now, I have felt like I have been caught in a life-stage limbo... something best described by Brittney Spear's classic hit: "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman."

However, today it is all changing. Today, I am an adult. Today, I am at the cusp of womanhood. I am charging forward with new maturity and sophistication that can only be achieved by becoming a card carrying Costco Club member. Today I have the refinement, nay I say the sophistication, to pay Costco to allow me to buy stuff from them. If that isn't the sign of a fully developed red-blooded american adult, I don't know what it.

I wonder if you can get a good deal on a Shrink from Costco. I'll need one to help me with my wholesale store membership commitment phobia.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Gobble Gobble

Well it’s about time I blogged again. Here we go:

Last week I went to Little Rock, AR for a Product Innovation Engineering Leadership program. On the 2nd day I got to talk about Cleanwaste (where I work) and do a product demonstration to be used as a case study for the session. I cracked a couple good poop jokes: Cleanwaste is #1 in the #2 business. When you work in the human waste industry business is always crappy. Budumdumching. Ironically, the hotel we were staying at smelled like sewer the entire time I was there. It was a really nice hotel to so I’m not sure what was going on with that. I definitely ate catfish while I was there, probably the first time since Grandma Tucker made it last. It was great. (okay so I ate catfish twice while I was there, with hush puppies.) I liked Little Rock, well, what part I saw of it anyway. Seemed decent enough. Turns out no one I know lives there but one of my favorite friends, Aubrey, grew up 30 minutes north in a town called Toad Suck. (Yes, I just wanted to but that hillbilly named town in my entry.)

The program I attended is run by Doug Hall of American Inventor fame… see the clip here For the record this is NOT a Cleanwaste product. Simon Cowell (of American Idol) has called Doug hall the most annoying man in America. Doug is the guy in the clip that puts his head down on his desk and says no like 10 times in response to the product that is being presented. Doug is actually enthusiastic about some of the products Cleanwaste is coming out with.

It’s actually turned into winter here in Bozeman. I think it’s about 2 degrees today..still snowing with 40mph winds expected all afternoon. Driving home last night was a bit scary. Visibility was low and I had a hard time seeing my exit. I’m just glad my car is starting. I must admit I miss having a SUV.

JJ, Cody, Dean and I went and saw Harry Potter last night. I didn’t get it. Seemed like a bunch of people and events shoved into a 2 hr movie with no resolution…who ends a movie with a elf dying? Really. I know there’s a part 2 coming out but you can still end part 1 so it can feel somewhat complete. If you haven’t seen it wait for the 2nd part to come out, rent part 1 on DVD and then see part 2 in theaters. Then it will be like seeing one entirely completed film.

Tielle is flying here today. She will be spending Thanksgiving with us. So exciting! I bought a 22lb turkey and we will probably eat turkey all week and on into December. I am looking forward to making turkey curry with the leftovers. Thankfully Dean has volunteered to take out all the turkey guts. I probably would have just gotten a ham had I known that you had to clean out the turkey innards. I think on Thursday we will eat all day and have a Tetris tournament using Cody’s projector. I think Thanksgiving is going to feel a lot like Christmas because we already have a tree up, lights around the windows, fireplace (that works and we use daily) and we’re making mom’s wassail. The only thing that will be missing is gifts…

By the way you will all be getting the Pee Wee Unisex Urine bag from me for Christmas. Your gift to me can be using the bags and rating it on ease of use and functionality. HO HO HO!