‘The A.I. Who Loved Me’ by Alyssa Cole/A Review

The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole
Format: Audiobook
Publisher: Audible Audio
Genre: Romance/Science Fiction
Length: 5 hours and 18 minutes
Release Date: December 3, 2019

Synopsis:
Trinity Jordan leads a quiet, normal life: working from home for the Hive, a multifunctional government research center, and recovering from the incident that sent her into a tailspin. But the life she’s trying to rebuild is plagued by mishaps when Li Wei, her neighbor’s super sexy and super strange nephew, moves in and turns things upside down. Li Wei’s behavior is downright odd—and the attraction building between them is even more so. When an emergency pulls his aunt away from the apartment complex, Trinity decides to keep an eye on him…and slowly discovers that nothing is what it seems.

For one thing, Li Wei isn’t just the hot guy next door—he’s the hot A.I. next door. In fact, he’s so advanced that he blurs the line between man and machine. It’s up to Trinity to help him achieve his objective of learning to be human, but danger is mounting as they figure out whether he’s capable of the most illogical human behavior of all…falling in love.

My Thoughts:
I’ve been turning to audiobooks quite often this year! They’re super helpful in the evening when I’m too exhausted to read a book, yet still want to enjoy a good story! The A.I. Who Loved Me was one of these books that kept me interested, especially when I wanted to have something entertaining to listen to before bed!

The A.I. Who Loved Me follows Trinity as she’s making every attempt to recover from her injuries, while tending to her neighbor’s nephew who has an interesting back story himself! The chemistry between Trinity and Li Wei was pretty vibrant, as Trinity’s fight to control her risings feelings paired with Li Wei’s struggle to understand human nature kept me interested! I also loved the diverse cast of characters in the story. Being someone with a Hispanic background, I love reading books with characters having different ethnic backgrounds!

This story was also heavy on the romance, and while Romance books are usually not my ‘go-to’ genre, I loved listening to the relationship evolve into an exciting love story. And the romantic buildup kept me listening!

The story is set in a futuristic timeline, where A.I. (artificial intelligence) is a part of everyone’s work, home, and social existence. Artificial intelligence as a mode for therapy and friendship is pretty common in this world, and both Trinity and Li Wei discover many details about their healing journeys through this system.

I recommend The A.I. Who Loved Me for those who enjoy ‘hate-to-love’ romance stories. If you love a quick, romantic audiobook with diverse characters, you will love this story!

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Anticipated Reads for April

Although 2020 has brought on many unexpected complications for everyone, I still take comfort in knowing that there are lots of people who turn to books for some escape. I know I’ve turned to reading during these chaotic times!

Here are some books that are being released this month:

April 7:

Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan

Ruthless Gods is the sequel to Duncan’s Wicked Saints. This continues Nadya’s journey to collaborate with the gods to conquer evil. I was fortunate to read an eARC of Ruthless Gods via Netgalley, and I loved the sudden turns the story takes!

Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushness & Katie Cotugno

Bushnell and Cotugno bring us a story of a young woman fighting to change the unwritten rule that girls are forced to abide by in life.

Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth

The bestselling author of the Divergent series is back with a new tale about five individuals struggling to redefine themselves from their daredevil indetities as teens.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, by Grady Hendrix

This is a Southern supernatural thriller, set in the 90’s. Goodreads describes this as a blend of Steel Magnolias and Dracula. It so happens that I love both, so I’m excited!

April 28

If It Bleeds, by Stephen King

Stephen King brings us four new scary novellas for our enjoyment. He never runs out of exciting new material!

The Compton Cowboys: The New Generation of Cowboys in America’s Urban Heartland, by Walter Thompson-Hernandez

This story brings to light the history of black cowboys in this semi-rural area of L.A., providing African-American youth with a outlet to getting connected with the natural world.

‘The Two Lives of Lydia Bird’ by Josie Silver/A Review

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Length: 369 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Hardcover (purchased through Book of the Month)
Release Date: March 3, 2020

Synopsis:
Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They’d been together for more than a decade, and Lydia thought their love was indestructible.

But she was wrong. On her twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident.

So now it’s just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob until her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to try to live fully, happily, even without him. So, enlisting the help of his best friend, Jonah, and her sister, Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world, open to life–and perhaps even love–again.

But then something inexplicable happens that gives her another chance at her old life with Freddie. A life where none of the tragic events of the past few months have happened.

Lydia is pulled again and again across the doorway of her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. But there’s an emotional toll to returning to a world where Freddie, alive, still owns her heart. Because there’s someone in her new life, her real life, who wants her to stay.

My Thoughts:
When Josie Silver’s new book The Two Lives of Lydia Bird became available for purchase, I immediately picked it up! I loved reading her debut novel One Day in December, and I was ready to enjoy another tale revolving around friendship and romance while enduring life experiences!

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird begins with loss–Lydia Bird is struggling to live without her fiance Freddie Hunter, who was killed in a car accident. One evening, Lydia discovers that she can enter a world in which Freddie still exists. The story then takes us through Lydia’s life as she lives between these two worlds. The grieving process of losing a loved on can be extremely difficult and painful, yet Lydia’s grieving is placed on pause as she continues (in a sense) to have a life with Freddie. Both worlds are vastly different, and Lydia struggles to gain a sense of who she is as an individual throughout the experience.

Lydia is also struggling to repair her friendship with Jonah Jones. Jonah is both Lydia’s lifelong friend and Freddie’s closest companion. Since Jonah was with Freddie at the time of his death, he is also enduring his own grief as he continues life without him. Both Lydia and Freddie are also grieving the loss of the bond they shared throughout their lives. They make attempts to repair the bond they previously shared, yet the personal tie to Freddie makes things doubly complicated!

There is also a delightful cast of characters in this story, as Lydia’s family and co-workers ensure that she is not alone while navigating the grieving process. There are some unexpected turns in this tale, and Lydia faces some difficult lessons while learning to discover what she truly wants for herself!

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is a wonderful story of a woman seeking to find her true self while navigating the stages of grief. It is a great depiction of Lydia’s desire of wanting her fiance to be remembered, while rediscovering the meaning of life. I highly recommend it!

Rating: 5/5 Stars



Friday Reads: March 27

I’m starting two books this weekend. I purchased book stories through Book of the Month!

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

This story is the April selection for the Literally Dead Book Club. I’m very excited to read this one!

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Since Take a Hint, Dani Brown is coming out soon, I need to get started on the first installment!

WWW Wednesday: March 25

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and now maintained by Taking on a World of Words.

There are three prompts for WWW Wednesday:
–What are you currently reading?
–What did you finish recently reading?
–What do you think you’ll read next?

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver
So far I like reading about Lydia’s ‘dual’ life, so to speak! I’m halfway into the novel, so I suspect things are going to get pretty complicated!

Berried in the Past (Cranberry Cove Mystery #5) by Peg Cochran
Thank you NetGalley for this wonderful eARC! I enjoyed this lovely mystery novel set in small town Michigan! It was filled with an eclectic cast of characters and delicious recipes!

Out of the Embers by Amanda Cabot
Thank you Revell for the complimentary copy! I really loved reading this historical romance set in 1850s Texas. It was a heartwarming tale!

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
This book is the April selection of the Literally Dead Book Club! I’m glad that Book of the Month offered this story as one of their choices to purchase!

WWW Wednesday: March 18

WWW Wednesday was originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and now maintained by Taking on a World of Words.

There are three prompts for WWW Wednesday:
–What are you currently reading?
–What did you finish recently reading?
–What do you think you’ll read next?

Out of the Embers by Amanda Cabot
Thank you Revell Reads for giving me a copy of Out of the Embers! It’s a Historical Romance tale set in Texas, during the 1800s.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
I wasn’t completely blown away with the story as a whole, but I enjoyed the story of Kya discovering her humanity in the marshlands of North Carolina. I’m glad my local library suggested this book for their March Book Club pick! Although the meeting is postponed, I look forward to discussing it with group members in the future.

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
You Are Not Alone is April’s pick for the Literally Dead Book Club. I received this story through Book of the Month, and I can’t wait to start it!

A New Story, and Addressing Fears

Today I began reading ‘Out of the Embers’ by Amanda Cabot. I received the book through Revell Reads blogger program. It’s a Historical Fiction/Romance novel, and I always take a liking towards the HF genre.

In ‘social distancing news’, Andy worked from home, and I alternated my time between reading and taking care of chores. I also signed up for a webinar for my school. The topic involves how to communicate with students about COVID-19. While my school is closed for at least two weeks, many families are understandably stressed about this sudden change in routine. I’m looking forward in hearing what this webinar entails.

Sunday Sentence: March 15

I’m participating in David Abrams’s ‘Sunday Sentence‘ project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, ‘out of context and without commentary’.

‘This sounds extreme because it is’.

Source: ‘Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Dayby Asaf Bitton

February 2020 Book Haul

We are truly living in such a crazy time! Next week I begin 2 weeks of staying home, my school shut down due to the corona virus. It’s unbelievable how fast it’s spread around the world. I hope that everyone is staying safe!

Today I’m ready to share my bookish findings. Sometimes stress places a pause in my creativity, which is very stifling.

I’m posting my book haul from February! I purchased 6 books last month, and I’m so excited to share them with you:

The Stationary Shop by Marjan Kamali

Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi

Springtime Books for Children

Here in New Jersey, it’s been feeling like Spring has arrived early! In the past, the onset of warmer weather brought out many Read Aloud sessions for my toddler class, centered around Spring!

Here are some books I’ve used in my Seasons curriculum when sharing with young learners about Spring:

Little Yellow Bee by Ginger Swift
This adorable book is perfect for toddlers to enjoy! This book is extra chunky and durable for young readers, and the images are lovely!

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
This story shows the beauty of life blooming at the onset of spring! The rich images display life above and below the soil!

Spring Is Here by Taro Gomi
The first time I read Spring Is Here to my classroom, the children were immediately drawn to the rich images of the outside world as the seasons change. This book is a big favorite of mine!

One Bean by Anne Rockwell
This story focuses more on the gardening aspect of spring, yet it provides rich images for children in learning how to care for plants in the warmer weather.

When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
This beautiful story holds rich images of the process our surroundings goes through when the barren fields of winter explode in color!

Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson
Bear Wants More is such an endearing story about a bear coming out of winter’s hibernation phase with a huge appetite!
(I also recommend Bear Snores On, which features Bear in his long hibernation period during the winter, while his friends try to socialize with him!)

Of course, there are sooo many more books I love to read to children, but these titles are some of my faves!