When the Bees are Long Gone (Stung – A Book Review)

Stung (Stung #1)
Author: Bethany Wiggins
Published: 2013

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There is no cure for being stung.

One minute Fiona is thirteen and being put to sleep for her safety and the safety of everyone else, the next she wakes up older and confused. There’s a strange tattoo on her hand, but these tattoos marked the infected, mindless, violent beasts.

Worse, she’s on the wrong side of the wall. She doesn’t know why or how, except that she’ll have to conceal her tattoo by any means necessary, especially after she’s caught by the militia. Now she’ll have an old friend and a new, shaky ally to stay alive as it becomes more obvious that she isn’t like the other tattooed beasts.

In this world, where a bee sting was more dangerous than anything else, Fiona may just help save it. That is, if she doesn’t end up dead first.

 

Fiona reawakens in a world that has completely crumbled because of the extinction of bees. People have to self-pollinate their fields. Women are scarce. Violent being that were once people roam the desolate world, destroying any living thing that crosses its paths.

 

How was this book? It is straight down the middle for me. It was good, but it wasn’t great. Call me psycho or morbid or anything, but I’ve always wondered about a world without the bees. It’s a real possibility. They’re going extinct and it sucks. I love bees. They help gives all kinds of things we need from food to beauty to life. So, I was pretty amped up. BUT. Yep, a but. Everyone has them and we all like to shake them. So, here’s a little shake-shake. There were pros and cons to this book.

Fiona was an interesting character. She struggled with her new reality because in her head she still felt like she was thirteen. I found that to be one of the COOLEST things in this book. It was so unique and incredibly realistic. Fiona had to play catch-up really fast and she had some help from her old neighbor/slash friend, Bowen, who’s no longer thirteen either, but seventeen, nearly eighteen. While there’s a spark between them, the progression between them went from subtle and gentle to suddenly macho speed and was very weird. He was so guarded against her and by the end of the book it was as if he couldn’t live without her. Just the way it came about was too rushed for my liking.

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The plot of the story was predictable and reminded me of The Maze Runner, but I loved it anyway. The way it came about was unique and bleak. I was thriving to see more of it. Wiggins did such a great job creating this dead world. I could imagine the dead and barren, grey wasteland and the vibrant, tech city behind a great wall. The law and lack thereof in this universe were horrifying. You don’t want to be a girl here. Although, not going to lie, I wouldn’t mind reading a book where men are the rare ones alive. Just saying.

Some parts of the book came off as ridiculous and filler. Not good filler either, sadly. The flashbacks on Fiona’s life really added to her backstory, but it was some of the interaction between her and Bowen that felt like too far of a stretch. Like, it was forced. However, there were some lines that were so good they took my breath away.

As I said, this book was right down the middle.

 

Overall

I like and didn’t like this. It’s really a 50/50. I may read the sequel just to see how it goes for Fiona and see if she and Bowen could have a life together. This wasn’t a mind-blower, just a decent read to pass the time.

 

Quotables:

“I don’t remember going to sleep. All I remember is waking up here—a place as familiar as my own face.” (Fiona, p. 1)

“I will not die without fighting for a life I am not yet done living.” (Fiona, p. 253)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Summer Reads – Fiction Edition

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Happy summer, booknerds!

Hope you are all doing well and that the weather is beautiful. I told you I had a few extra lists this month. I’ve done the YA list already – which you can find here. This is the Summer Read Fiction Edition. I wanted to pick up a variety to attract a variety of you lovely readers as well as pique some new interests.

 

Circe
Author: Madeline Miller

Circe

This NY Times bestseller brings to life a new and more in depth tale about the daughter of the Titan, Helios: Circe, and how she became one of the most powerful witches in history. That she isn’t as evil as she’s made out to be and just wants to protect those she cares about. With the power to transform rivals into beasts and more, she’ll go against the gods and humans. I’m a big lover of Greek mythology, so this one is definitely on my to-read list. This also comes from the same author who wrote The Song of Achilles.

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The Outsider
Author: Stephen King

Outsider

If you’ve got horror in your bones and love a good paranormal-y twist then pick this up. On the NY Times Bestseller list, this story circles around the murder of a kid. While the authorities are sure they know who it is, the coach of the kid’s little league team, he has an alibi, and a good one, plus more people turn up dead. But, the killer looked like him? How? Get addicted to this brand new story by the King-man.

Amazon

 

Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

On and off the bestseller’s list, this action packed ride will have you hanging on. This is currently up on my reading queue and I can’t wait to read it. For gamers and anybody that loves clinging on to an adventure with a BIG endgame, read this. Exciting and fulfilling…so I hear. Also, a movie that’s recently come out this year.

Amazon

 

Noir
Author: Christopher Moore

Noir

If you love noir, dicks (private dicks…damn it, detectives, people), and hella good comedy then this is for you. I love Christopher Moore and I was really excited to hear about this novel. Love at first sight, a UFO, a plane crash, and the kidnapping of Cheese after a scheme gone bad. Sammy Tiffin, the bartender of a hopping gin joint, has his work cut out for him.

Amazon

 

Sinless
Author: Sarah Tarkoff

Sinless

Calling all dystopian lovers! Those who are good are graced with beauty while those who are considered bad suffer from disfigurement or death. When important information is stumbled upon battle breaks out and it becomes hard to distinguish the good from the evil.

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These are only a couple spanning the many genres to choose from as well as a few of the most popular I’ve heard about.

 

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Sundown Rundown – April 2018

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Good twilight, book nerds! Hope you had a great April!

It’s been a surprisingly long month. Anybody else feel like that?

It’s evening time. The sun has set on the month and I’m here to wrap it all up for you with the Sundown Rundown.

This month has been pretty busy. TV show binge this month was One Tree Hill. It’s my third time watching it. I still get sappy about Jake Jagieski and if you don’t know who that is then you’ll just have to go watch the show.  Him and Julian Baker are serious prince charmings. Now, it’s time to catch up on all the other shows I’ve been behind on, like Riverdale and Lucifer.

I also have to say-I’M SUPER EXCITED TO SEE AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR!!! One of the biggest movies of the year. Lots of squeeeing here.

Anywho,,,

Grab a glass of wine (or a can of soda if you’re not 21 lol) and kick back. Enjoy the sunshine. Summer is finally creeping around in my neck of the woods. I can’t wait until the fireflies and crickets start coming out. Here’s a list of everything I’ve been reading during April, so if you’ve missed a review you can find it here.

 

Tidal

Tidal – here

Author: Amanda Hocking

Sirens, not mermaids. Both may have fishy tails, but one is basically a sociopath and the other just wants to be a part of your world. Okay, bad joke. Funny, but terrible. I know. But hey, if you love dangerous sirens that want nothing more than to suck you dry, this is for you. One siren never wished to be like that and will do anything to protect her friends and family.

 

JTCE

Journey to the Center of the Earth – here

Author: Jules Verne

A great and adventurous classic, filled with so much probability and things one can only dream of. Certainly better than the movie. Sorry, Brendan Fraiser and Josh Hutchinson.

 

Alchemy of Forever

The Alchemy of Forever – here

Author: Avery Williams

Girl is dying. Girl is given elixir. Girl lives. Forever. Every couple decades Sera get a new body and after doing it for hundreds of years, under the control of her boyfriend, she’s done. This next body is her last. After saving a girl from a fatal crash, she works to fit into the girl’s life, but didn’t count on falling in love with the boy next door. Love paranormal drama? This is for you.

 

Thanks for the Trouble

Thanks for the Trouble – here

Author: Tommy Wallach

Parker can’t talk. Zelda has been alive for over 200 years. Both are searching for ways to feel alive and didn’t expect to find in each other. Touching, wonderful and eye-opening. Also, funny. Make your gut hurt funny and sweet.

 

Possession

Possession – here

Author: Elana Johnson

A dystopian world where baddies get sent to the Badlands. The smallest infraction will turn you into a baddie. Funny and strange. Definitely unique. I’ve never read anything like it.

 

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1984 – here

Author: George Orwell

This book actually scared me. Slow build so it took me a little while to get into it, but when I did I couldn’t pull my eyes away. It’s one of those books where you don’t realize what’s happening until it’s too far too late.

 

Paranormalcy

Paranormalcy – here

Author: Kiersten White

A girl that can see the true face of paranormals which makes her good at her job: bagging and tagging. But with a fae ex-boyfriend and strange dreams and then sudden deaths of paranormals, life takes a turn down a dark road. Witty and legally blonde fun with a side of sarcasm and trouble.

 

20,000 Leagues

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – here

Author: Jules Verne

Held hostage in a submarine that sinks ships, three men are taken on adventures that they can hardly believe. Dark and cold and dangerous. The world int eh water is one to behold. Completely fascinating.

 

We All Looked Up

we all looked up – here

Author: Tommy Wallach

An asteroid named Ardor is coming in two months. What would you do? This book made me laugh and cry. It was life expanding. It’s a book that makes you realize you never know what you’re capable until the world is ending. Heavy hearts. Beautiful art. A book that says everything you need to say when there’s not enough time. Truly moving.

 

FITA

Flowers in the Attic – here

Author: V.C. Andrews

The Dollangangers are trapped up in the attic of Foxworth Hall until their mother can get her father’s fortune. Dark, twisted and seriously effed the eff up. This book will make you really uncomfortable. I really enjoyed it though. It was unlike anything that I’ve ever read.

 

POTW

Petals on the Wind – here

Author: V.C. Andrews

Following Flowers in the Attic, the Dollangangers have escaped the attic and are grown-up and revenge is on their mind after everything that happened to them at Foxworth. The lasting effects of tragedy echo and stain the Dollangangers. Thrilling and twisted, this book was chilling.

 

So there’s been a bit of reading there.

 

Favorite book this month: we all looked up.

This book hit me really hard. I didn’t expect it to be THIS good, but it was. I was thinking about the world in a completely different light and from a whole different angle. I guess that’s likely when the world is ending. My heart ached and yearned and broke and melted and there’s was just so much. I need to reread it sometime. It was so beautiful. I actually cried about it just the other day when I thought about the book.

 

Least favorite book this month: The Alchemy of Forever.

I could get into this book to save my life. The idea seemed pretty good, but when I started reading it I was immediately put off. There was just not enough depth to pull me in and I the flow wasn’t strong enough to pull me in.

 

That’s for April and on to May! I know that there’ll be some Rachel Caine and Judy Blume coming up. I’ll also be starting my summer read books!

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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The Future is Dead (1984 – A Book Review)

1984
Author: George Orwell
Published: 1949

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

WAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

The year is 1984 and during this time, three continents: Oceania, Eastasia, and Eurasia, have been at war for a long time. Technology is at its utmost heights. It’s the ideal utopia…but it’s not. Language is constantly changing, turning lies into the truth. Television watches you wherever you go. Even love is distorted.

This utopia where a simple crime or immoral wrongdoing could get you vaporized and your every thought and emotion is monitored by the Thought Police, you are not you. War is constant and seemingly never ending. Following Winston, get a firsthand look at this new future where your everything is controlled and the future isn’t as bright and shiny as it appears. You are watched to make sure you follow the leader, though Winston begins to search for individuality in whatever way he can in secrecy.

Big Brother Is Watching You

This book scared the ever-loving crap out of me. It felt realistic and left me shook.

The story was really slow at first, but then little by little everything was being revealed and the more that was revealed the more frightening it was! And by the time I got too far it was too late. The jeering hatred spread across the pages that was encouraged throughout the book by The Party was jarring. How dark this book is, is quite unnerving for me. The idea that an all-powerful ‘Big Brother’ is watching everything and everyone is just too creepy.

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The tone was mechanical and automated feeling and then started changing little by little as Winston’s world changed. I really enjoyed how it shifted along with the character. It’s unique and intriguing, emphasizing him changing throughout the novel. The ending made my blood run cold. Since I try to keep my reviews as spoiler free as possible, I can’t tell you anything more except that I felt utterly stripped and drained and heartbrokenly horrified. The book is really in depth, too. There’s not a single moment where I felt lost. Everything is so well thought out, increasing how intense it is.

Winston felt like such a plain person at the beginning, but grew more and more as I kept reading. He was utterly simple and ordinary, but so is everyone in the book. That’s how The Party liked their people. Compliant. Blind. Mindless. To have thoughts or any true emotions was a death sentence.

I crumbled a few times during the book. There were no holds on what went on around Winston. It was like he lived in a grey world and slowly began to see color. (Pleasantville, anyone? Only much worse.). In such a world like this one, I wanted to protect him and warn him of all the dangers he was in.

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The Party, the great antagonist, was mysterious, but the kind you didn’t want to figure out. This government held all of the power and didn’t hesitate to use it to put people in slavery without them even realizing it. Imagine if every step you took or every breath or thought was being watched? Feeling like that one song by The Police? Well, that’s The Party AKA totalitarianism. Total control to the point that they could make it possible that you never existed.

Following along with Winston, he was slowly coming to see what the world was really like and how dangerous The Party was. The entire city he lived in felt so plain and dark and generic, just the way The Party wanted it. The technology was scarily advanced just so that it could invade every aspect of people’s lives. It heavily reminded me of what happened with the FCC just months ago. There was nowhere that felt safe.

1984

Do I recommend this? Certainly. The writing is spectacular and truly brought this whole twisted, futuristic world to life to feel real and possible. From the eyes of a man that lives day to day in this dark utopia. My brain just took off at the speed of light with so many contemplative questions. It’s deep and crazy and had my heart racing with dread. READ THIS!

Quotables:

“Until they become conscious they will never rebel and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.” (p. 70)

“Sanity is not Statistical.” (Winston, p. 218)

“But the whole universe is outside us. Look at the stars! Some of them are a million light-years us. They are out of our reach forever.” (Winston, p. 265)

More to come soon…

–K.

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Controlled By No One (Possession – A Book Review)

Possession
Author: Elana Johnson
Published: 2011

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Possession

My Rating: Full bolt Half bolt

In a world of control or be controlled, never trust the one you love.

In this world, there are rules. You must follow the rules or be deemed a baddie and put in the Badlands. That’s the best-case scenario. Worst case? You end up as the Thinkers’ play toys.

Vi isn’t having any of that. She doesn’t truly follow the rules and she blames that on Zenn, or the way he makes her feel anyway. How much trouble can one girl get into for touching a boy…or kissing him? Then the Thinkers brainwash him and she’s locked up. In comes egotistical Jag, the only person who might be able to help her. In lock-up for selling illegal tech, he and Vi break free and save Zenn before he’s taken over and controlled by the Thinkers.

This is a game of control of be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

  

Voices haunt Vi’s mind and she’s stuck with Jag, her cellmate. He’s not all bad, just strange. He’s agreed to helping her escape lock-up after a couple of bogus rules being broken. Though, rules are what keeps this society going, she doesn’t care. They’re busting out of their jail cell and heading to the Badlands-a shot at freedom. Vi won’t do it without Zenn, though, her match. Not all is as it seems and all is upside down.

I’m so sorry, but this book just wasn’t for me. Nope. Nope NOPE.

Vi, Jag, and Zenn make and intriguing triangle. They do. Buuuuut, I don’t know what they look like and how they’re portrayed really throws me off in to strange territory. I like strange, unique and creative. They can really amp a story. Here, I didn’t get that at all. I couldn’t get a full glimpse of what they looked like and I didn’t understand them that well either. From Jag having an uncontrollable infatuation with Vi’s hair and Vi’s ‘Vi speak’ (which I didn’t understand because there was no real intro to Vi Speak), I was a lost puppy. Their actions felt incredibly awkward and random for me. The romantic triangle between the three of them felt forced, but I also couldn’t envision Vi with either of them. She was witty and honest, but incredibly erratic and easily annoyed. Jag was too easily offended and slightly creepy. Zenn…this guy, though in love with Vi, didn’t appear to be in love.

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With all of the regions that make up this dystopian landscape, from the Fire region to the Water region to the outlands of the Badlands, I was amazed. That’s a whole world and it sounded so cool! Sounded…There wasn’t much in the way of imagery, so I’m not entirely sure what it all looked like. The Badlands was just about the only place I got a good look at and it was wicked! Mad Max meets The Bad Batch. And if you aren’t familiar with either then go and watch them. I’m serious. GO!

Possession

The flow was really great. I enjoyed how fast the pace of the story was. It really embraced how it feels to be on the run. There wasn’t a chance to take a breath and that made everything that much more intense. My attention was totally captured. I couldn’t peel away.

The way that the characters were interconnected was very nifty, too. From time to time, people can drop into other people’s dreams. It was freaky! And incredibly personal. I would feel violated if that happened to me. LOL. However, when it came to these part or others, I just wish the transition had been easier.

I wish I enjoyed this book more. My problem was that there wasn’t enough. Yep, I’m being greedy, bookworms. I just couldn’t enjoy it that much. Everything felt half built from the character to the world they lived in. I was so into getting into the Dystopian scene. There are more books in the series, but I don’t think I’m going to read them. No sense since I wasn’t very fulfilled.

Quotables:

“People don’t return from the Badlands.” (Vi, p. 2)

“I don’t dream. At least I didn’t used to.” (Vi, p. 42)

“A lost future with Zenn. A possibility of finding my dad in the Badlands. And the excitement of a different future. With Jag.” (Vi, p. 96)

“Apparently in the Badlands, you can blow things up and then get a coffee.” (Vi, p. 125)

More to come soon…

-K.

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Midnight Tease

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My bookclan! Good to see you! I mean good to…no, not that either. It’s great of you to visit. I love it when you visit. That’s better.

It’s midnight and this is the Midnight Tease because I never sleep. Just kidding. I sleep….sort of.

I hope the holiday was good and the spring rains are upon you. It’s April!!!! That means flowers and birds and crazy squirrels dive-bombing the ground. (Is that only me who ever sees that?)

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Currently, Star Wars: Empire Strikes back is on TV and I’m chowing down on a Nerd Rope. Why not. Jules Verne is waiting on me so at some point I need to get on with that adventure. I’m in a volcano at the moment and traveling to the center of the earth.

I have a lot of reading coming up, some reviews too. Here, I have the list of what is going on this month so that you know what’s coming up and who knows, you may pick up one of these too, or you might’ve already read them.

Also, to keep up with my New Year’s resolution, I’ve got 6 out of 25 authors I’ve read from so far. Many more to go.

So with that said I have a question. Would you guys be interested in a book tag? It would be short, monthly book tags.

As you know, I leave a song at the end of every book review because as much of a bookaholic as I am, I’m also a music junkie. Love listening to tunes. One of the best daydream inducers. Where I’m going with this is, I would put up a self-made book tag based on a certain song. The tag would be three or four books worth. What do you think? I would love feedback. That’s what’s going to encourage or put this idea to rest. I’d love to spruce up this blog with a little extra.

 

Coming soon…

Coming Soon

 

Thanks for the Trouble
Author: Thomas Wallach

Thanks for the Trouble

 

Possession
Author: Elana Johnson

Possession

 

From the Earth to the Moon & Around the Moon
Author: Jules Verne
From the Earth to the Moon

 

we all looked up
Author: Thomas Wallach
We All Looked Up

 

Paranormalcy
Author: Kiersten White

Paranormalcy

 

Flowers in the Attic
Petals on the Wind
If There be Thorns
Seeds of Yesterday
Author: V.C. Andrews

VC pt 1

If you’ve kept up with me then you might’ve read my reviews on The Mirror Sisters trilogy. If not then here they are:

The Mirror Sisters

Broken Glass

Shattered Memories

The Mirror Sisters comes from Andrews notes not the woman herself. I’ve been told and told and TOLD to read from the master herself and I’m finally getting to. Took me a little bit to get the whole set but get ready. Andrews is storming the blog. I’m very excited which then makes me a wee bit nervous because I don’t want this to suck. I really don’t I’ve heard how twisted this series gets and I saw the Lifetime movies. (And yes, I’m a sucker for them. They were pretty good in my opinion…for Lifetime anyway.) So I’m a bundle of different jittery emotions. And over books!

 

 

 

Currently…

Currently

 

Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Author: Jules Verne

JTCE

I’ve been telling myself to read a couple of Verne’s books and I’m glad I’m doing so. There’s such a different style what I’ve read.

 

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Author: Jules Verne

20,000 Leagues

 

The Alchemy of Forever (an Incarnation novel)
Author: Avery Williams
Alchemy of Forever

 

1984
Author: George Orwell

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Halfway through pt. 2 right now.

 

Hellraiser: The Dark Watch
Author: Cliver Barker

Hellraiser

I’m a super fan of Clive Barker and I had no clue that Hellraiser had a graphic novel! Two exciting things! I love this series and I’m very surprised it’s had such a downturn in its movie series. It’s such a classic. I believe it’s overdue for a rebirth. Pinhead deserves better.

 

 

Up for review…

Up for Review

 

Tidal
Author: Amanda Hocking

Tidal

 

Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Author: Jules Verne
JTCE

 

Alchemey of Forever (an Incarnation novel)
Author: Avery Williams
Alchemy of Forever
1984
Author: George Orwell
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So there we go! Lots happening.

I just want to take a moment and say thank you to all of you fantastic book nerds and others! I’ve reached 100 followers and I know, that doesn’t seem like a lot, but it means quite a bit to me. I enjoy sharing what I read. I started this blog because I enjoy that. Well, that and because I think my mom was getting tired of me geeking out at her, and I was wondering why I wasn’t doing this sooner. So, thank you. I do my best to make this enjoyable and fun and something that gets people interested in all kinds of books.

I know I do older books along with newer releases. I’m always up for reading all kinds of books and want you to be as well. Though, I’m not going to lie, I LOVE Young Adult. Mysteries and Thrillers make me sleepy. Classics take me a lot longer to read. ARCs are always exciting because it’s like getting Christmas presents. But all books are worth a shot.

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All in all, what I’m saying is, I love you book nerds. Keep on page turning. And find me here whenever you’re looking for an adventure. I may be able to spitfire a book or two.

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Wilting in an Ashen Wonderland (Fever – A Book Review)

Fever (The Chemical Gardens Trilogy #2)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Published: 2012

Fever

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltHalf bolt

 

Escaping the mansion was just the beginning.

Getting as far as their legs can take them, Rhine and Gabriel are finally free. More dangers lurk as they make their way to Manhattan, Rhine’s home, to find her brother. With Gabriel at her side, she’s more determined than ever. It’s never felt so close. She has to be strong, both for herself and everyone else.

With Gatherers close to recapturing her and other people willing to sell her to the highest bidder, she has to do things she never though she was capable of. But when she’s struck with an ill fever, she has to rely on others to help take care of her and soon enough she isn’t sure she’ll live long enough to see her brother again or to see freedom.

The start of life is always brutal, isn’t it? We’re born fighting.

 

This book really kept up well with its predecessor: Wither. The story expanded into something even more horrifyingly beautiful. DeStefano is still using that talent she has with description to pull me in. She brings so much realism with its phenomenal detail to her characters surroundings and how she incorporates the five senses.

While on the run, something much more sinister than the virus is digging into Rhine’s bones. She doesn’t like to be weak, but can’t stop this illness that has her breaking out into a fever. Gabriel, at her side, helps her as best as he can, but wonders if they should just return to the mansion so she can receive the top medical care in the country. Rhine refuses, though secretly she shares the same thought. How can she find her twin brother in this state? Somehow. She’s giving everything she’s got.

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Finally, we are out of the mansion and into the ashy world. Rhine and Gabriel end up in a lot of new places as they get farther and farther away, but the places that are focused on the most is a carnival where Rhine and Gabriel are forced into yet another form of slavery and an orphanage that becomes a kind of home. Each place is a wonder, but they’re also trapping prisons just like the mansion. I was so taken with the facade of lights and splendor in the carnival and the orphanage really showed just how hard the world is outside of wealth. It’s dark and dismal and much like a graveyard. Very reminiscent of Silent Hill in my opinion; all ashy. Each new place shows how disconnected from the wealth that Rhine had been kidnapped into and Gabriel had become accustomed to.Fever

There was so much growth for Rhine and Gabriel. Rhine really pushed her limits to new places. Even when she broke down with an indescribable illness she strives to figure out how to help her friends and worries about them, that she’s possibly destroyed their lives in the process of trying to save herself. She is no pampered princess. Meanwhile, Gabriel, who escaped the mansion with her, has totally stepped up! I’m so surprised. He still so sweet and his faith in her is never faltering, but there were moments when he threw a damn good punch. As Rhine is protective of him so is he over her. More so, if you recall me making a curious wonder about love being introduced, I was right. It’s so gradual and subtle, which I really REALLY love. These two are making me melt.

Fever

Other characters? Not so much. Linden and Cecily do make their return which made me squirm in my seat, but so does Vaughn. Then there’s the slimy Madame who sells her girls for whatever she can get. A real high class woman there. Not. There are no shortage of villains. There’s also no shortage of heroes for Rhine and Gabriel. There are a few people who help them on their journey and it renews that hope for Rhine that not everyone is an evil Judge Doom (Watch Who Framed Roger Rabbit if you haven’t. Judge Doom is super fucking creepy.).

Still on this ride from Rhine’s up close and personal POV, this book took me much further into Rhine’s head and everything she reflected back on in order to make future decisions. Seeing the gears twist and grind in her head was really heavy. This was beyond simple survival. Even more was when she hallucinated and dreamed while ill. It was horrifying and I felt so much for her. She is one strong cookie.

 

With all of that in mind, would I recommend this book? Yes. It’s horrifyingly haunting and an utter fantasy of a dark world with only a single twinkle of hope that lies within on sixteen year old girl. I was immersed more and more as I read. And I will say that there are plot twists and cliffhangers. They will whip you good.

 

Quotables:

“Ah, love. That’s what the world has lost. There’s no more love, only the illusion of it.” (Madame to Rhine, p.15)

“There are so many of us, so many girls. The world wants us for our wombs or our bodies, or it doesn’t want us at all.” (Rhine, p. 39)

“What does it feel like to know exactly when you’ll die?” (Greg to Rhine, p. 163)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

P.S. Song today? On Your Side by Thriving Ivory.

 

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