Sundown Rundown – May 2018

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Hello, bookworms! It’s dusk. The fireflies are peeking out. The sky is on fire. And here we are.

I hope you all are doing well. It’s the end of May and this is the Sundown Rundown.

This month has been a busy work month. With summer finally rearing its gorgeous head, I’m getting loaded with the work others don’t want. Blah. The way of the world. The show I’ve been binging this month, well actually, I’ve binged two shows this month. STAR and West Wing. I’m excited that STAR has been renewed and jus to incur the wrath of many who watch the show, I’m glad Star got her shot at stardom. The woman has some serious talent.

STAR

Now with West Wing, I don’t like politics. They make me super cranky. There’s always an argument about who’s right when all just want a semblance of peace and safety. When I started this show-it’s on Netflix right now-I was bored out of my skull. I didn’t expect to enjoy this show, but now I’m season three. While being a serious show, humor lines it through and through. I don’t know why I haven’t taken the time to watch it before now. It touches on real issues, shows depth about them and also lightens it to show that nobody is perfect, even the crew running the country.

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Aside from my binges, life has mostly just been filled with writing and working. I know! I’m not super exciting! I can’t help it. BUT! I have been punched by a number of inanimate objects this month-gotten my finger smashed, hit my head, ran into things. A little sky-high compared to my usual klutz activity.

Anywho…

Relax. Catch up on some reviews. Maybe discover you want to read one of these. Or, you just love seeing me ramble on and on in excitable tones about my obsession with books. In any case, this is me wrapping up this month’s reading.

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If There Be Thorns

Author: V. C. Andrews

The Dollangangers now under the last name of Sheffield with two sons and an adopted daughter thought they’d left their dark past behind. It just followed them. The 3rd book in The Dollanganger series, delve even deeper into this twisted family from the POV of their sons. Both are having their own childhood issues that can revel The Dolls. Up for history possibly repeating itself, but on a worse scale? Even more secrets are discovered and created in this installment.

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Seeds of Yesterday

Author: V.C. Andrews

Bart Sheffield, son of Chris and Cathy Dollanganger, invites his family to helpm him celebrate his twenty-fifth birthday. Of course it doesn’t go as planned. A whole new set of troubles from The Dolls, with more secrets and tragedy…and an ending that will forever change the family? Up for gut twisting and the feeling of outrage? Read this series.

Ink and Bone

Ink and Bone

Author: Rachel Caine

Smart and clever. I was hooked from page one and couldn’t put this down. Librarians are more than just the people who find your books. They are the ones who help guide to knowledge. That’s the case here and MORE. In training for The Great Library of Alexandria, Jess Brightwell gets more than he bargained for. There’s danger, secrets. and twisty twists! Caine has outdone herself again. *queue my geeky fangirl*

Paper and Fire

Paper and Fire

Author: Rachel Caine

More dangerous before, there’s a friend in need of rescuing and this band of scholars will do whatever it takes, even take on The Great Library of Alexandria and its automata that will hunt down anyone who goes against the institution. *GASP* Sounds like a rebellion! I love rebellions, do you? If so, READ THIS. So much detail that you’ll feel like you ‘re in the book.

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Ash and Quill

Author: Rachel Caine

This one is on fire! Green, greek fire, actually. But seriously, more dangerous before if that possible! I’m totally addicted. Jess and his friends are in the burner capital of the world, yet another place that wants them dead. They must bargain with their secrets and information in hopes of surviving. The secrets they’re guarding can’t stay hidden forever anyway, and these people may just help start the revolution that’s been hanging in the air.

Smoke and Iron

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Author: Rachel Caine

I know this isn’t out yet-and I will be reposting the review closer to release-but holy crap! What do I say that won’t give away the epicness of this installation to the The Great Library series. Certainly unforgettable for me. Smart people doing dangerous things! Playing with fire, playing with criminals and all for the greater good of books!

Forever

Forever…

Author: Judy Blume

That first love and all of the first that come with it. Truly a true romance. The kind that leaves you unsure and realizing that not everything is what you thought it would be.

Me Before You

Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

A romantic story that will certainly break your heart and mend it and break it again. The relationship between Lou and Will is subtle and humorous and will make you fill a lake with tears.

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Garden of Shadows

Author: V. C. Andrews

Unimaginably dark. Couldn’t forget it if I wanted to. Yet, I couldn’t put it down. This will take you back to the very beginning before Flowers in the Attic was born. This is the story of Olivia Winfield and Malcom Foxworth. Where the secrets started and love wilted to nothing but death.

All in all, I accomplished some series this month. I just finished Lemony Snicket’s All The Wrong Questions series and can’t wait to get the reviews up. They were so much fun.

Favorite book this month:Smoke and Iron

I realize that my choice book is an ARC, which means you haven’t yet read it nor can you until July, but so what? It was so good! Heart pounding and heartbreaking. My emotions were all over the place and I was just amazed from start to finished. This book—this series—was a double whammy. Both action packed and incredibly smart. I’ve never seen the two so spectacularly balanced.

Least favorite book this month:Me Before You

Maybe this makes me appear heartless. This was such a hit and so many people loved this book. I was just one of the few who didn’t. It wasn’t terrible, but enough of it didn’t capture my attention. I’m selfish, I need more than just moments every couple of chapters. The love between the main characters was so subtle, but it was too slow for me.

So that’s May! Done! Finite! But here comes June and I’m quite excited for that. I have one of my closest friends coming up for our yearly get-together and I am in desperate need for it.

My summer reads so far have only The Great Library series and Forever… but there are more on the way.

More to comes soon…

-K.

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(Extra)ordinarily in Love (Me Before You – a Book Review)

Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Published: 2016

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Me Before You

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9/25

 

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living and exceedingly ordinary life…

Everything in Louisa ‘Lou’ Clark’s life is routine and normal and nothing more than normal. That’s okay with her. More than okay. She doesn’t need an exciting life. But when she’s laid off of her job at the café, which she’s had for six years, she must quickly jump back into the job force. With little skills, she doesn’t have many choices. When a high paying temporary position opens up for taking care of wheelchair-bound Will Traynor. He’s moody and bossy and sarcastic, but Lou isn’t having it. Unexpectedly, her feelings for him change. Before she knows it, she’s fighting the clock to make him happy. She’s determined to show him that life is worth living.

What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking you heart?

 

This book marks 8 out of 25 authors, from my New Year’s resolution, that I’ve never read from before. I’ve heard that Jojo Moyes is such a subtle and tender heartbreaker with her books and I’m glad to have gotten a chance to read on. I must confess though, I watched the movie first.

 

Lou and Will came together to create a love that not only lasts forever, but is also so short-lived in this book. These two clashed and yet, the saying ‘opposites attract’ came to me when I read this. It wasn’t a major bickering fest between them where tension was already obvious. This was one that sprouted from a seed. It grew and developed into something treasurable.

Me Before You

This wasn’t only my favorite scene in the movie, but in the book as well. The excitement is so sky high. Don’t tell me that you’ve never felt this excited about something. Life is indeed too short not to feel this way and more than once.

I felt many different things as I read this book. But most prominently, I’m not entirely feeling it. It is sweet and tender and raw and awkward. It’s so many things, and everything that makes it feel real. Lou leads an incredibly ordinary life. Like seriously. Following her every move, it is just that. Since I do the basics of everything she does: house chores, go to work, hobby around, bicker with the family and then repeat the same thing over and over and over and oh my god this is my life. I don’t have a particular interest in my own life on such a small scale, so I don’t enjoy reading about it. BUT! The story has great depth and meaningfulness that I can’t begin to describe. It’s the little parts, the parts of humor and love between Lou and Will that had me staying. We humans live for those bits in real life. They’re warming and fulfilling.

And as this book also points out, they also end. On top of feeling slightly bored, I felt heartbroken. Lou is fighting, for the first time it seems, for something she desperately wanted and that was Will. Her job became the excitement she needed. She hopes that Will will decide against going to Dignitas, a place that a person can go to die legally. I blanched at hearing about that place.

There were a few characters that really rubbed me wrong. The major one was Patrick. I was gritting teeth with that man every time he opened his mouth! I felt incredibly confused as to how Lou came to date him. He’s so self-absorbed. I couldn’t stand him, and Lou’s been with him for years!

Me Before You

Slow-going and bit by bit, Lou’s life became less ordinary and more extraordinary. Patience is greatly needed. If you can break through then definitely read this. It’s not bad, but it just wasn’t for me. The pull wasn’t strong to garner my attention, which upsets me because I’d heard so many wonderful things about this book.

 

Quotables:

“You probably wouldn’t look at me twice. An ordinary girl, leading an ordinary life. It actually suited me fine.” (Lou, p. 18)

“I couldn’t tell anyone. That was almost the worst bit. I was now complicit in the Traynors’ secrets.” (Lou, p. 113)

“I just…want to be a man who has been to a concert with a girl in a red dress. Just for a few minutes more.” (Will to Lou, p. 166)

 

Side Note: I am SUPER sorry for the wait. I know I usually try to get something up every other day, but this week has been ridiculously busy. I’ve been getting swamped at work. I do have reviews coming still.

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Forever’s an Awfully Long Time…(Forever… – A Book Review)

Forever…
Author: Judy Blume
Published: 1975

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Forever

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8/25

 

There’s a first time for everything…

Katherine and Michael can’t get enough of each other. They’re pretty sure it’s true love. After meeting at a small New Year’s get-together, they are inseparable. A second apart and it’s like the end of the world even though they haven’t been together for very long.

While it’s their senior year in high school, their relationship is tested in many ways. While there are many firsts for both of them, life-changing firsts, they will find out if this love is forever or just fleeting.

 

This book marks 8 out of 25 authors, from my New Year’s resolution, that I’ve never read from before. Even though this is the first time I’ve read Judy Blume, I can see why she’s such an icon. She’s got a way of approaching topics head on.

 

Though the story came as pretty straight forward, somehow managing to both wear and not wear those rose-colored glasses, this story held something quite special. I really wasn’t sure how I’d feel about it when I started, but by the end I really liked it. While realistic in its actions, it was also romantic for its characters’ feelings.

The story was raw and intense. I imagine all first loves are like that. You only see the person in front of you and it doesn’t matter who tells you to be careful because you are pretty sure it’s forever. That’s how it is for Katherine. From her POV, she’s more than head-over-heels for Michael. She dead sure he’s the one. They understand and have a deep hunger for each other. It’s something I’ve seen happen before and it’s like seeing and alien take over a person. While sweet and interesting, also gross and weird. Don’t tell my friends I said that…

When you build up something in your mind-really imagine is, wish for it, sometimes, when it actually happens, it doesn’t live up to your expectations.

I really like how real this story came across. The situations and results weren’t fluffed up or exaggerated at all. From understanding the importance of protected sex to understanding one’s feelings, it’s all relatable for people who have experienced their time of firsts. It’s clumsy, and half the time, awkward. It’s not like in the movies, and I really like that Blume addressed that. That’s really what kept me attached to the story. Otherwise, I might not have stuck with it. The tone had been a bit bland at some parts and I had to push through because I wasn’t getting a full grasp on it. There was a lack in emotional understanding, but I guess that’s teenagers. They’re like bipolar jumping beans. Uncontrollable.

I honestly think everyone should read this as a part of a health class curriculum. Before you start on me,

  • No, I’m not a teacher.
  • No, I’m not a parent.
  • Yes, I am curious about experience and find this to be extremely beneficial.
  • There are many subjects addressed in a way that I think teens will understand without feeling berated.

It’s not some sugarcoated book made for a fantasy that young humans will get a rise out of and then toss away. While the story is enjoyable, it gives you life lessons that you can carry with you and keep in mind as your own sexuality begins to bloom. From understanding your limits to understanding your feelings and more, I found this book to be enlightening, yet not pushy. The relationship between Katherine and Michael was realistic in that way. A true high school romance.

 

While this book didn’t reach out to me on a level of enjoyment, it did reach out to my need for knowledge on humans. You can easily sit down and read this in a few hours. I did. I’m glad, too. It may not have been the most exciting book, but it was sweet, and tender, and certainly a must-read.

 

Quotables:

“Oh wow…your generation is so hung up on sex.” (Jamie to Katherine, p. 39)

“You probably never took a chance in your life.” (Michael to Katherine, p. 87)

“So they’ll find out that separating us won’t change anything…and then maybe they’ll leave us alone.” (Michael to Katherine, p. 146)

“I think forever’s one hell of a long time for a kid like you.” (Theo to Katherine, p. 172)

“Have you thought about how the relationship will end?” (p. 189)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Less Alone in the World (we all looked up – A Book Review)

we all looked up
Author: Tommy Wallach
Published: 2015

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We All Looked Up

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

 

The best thing we can give people is a moment of true connection before the end.

Before Ardor, the world kept spinning. People kept on living their lives as if there’d be a tomorrow. Now there are only two months to live…maybe. A 66.6% chance of Ardor, an asteroid, hitting earth. Rules are broken. Laws become irrelevant. There is no longer enough time to do everything that you had a lifetime to do. The only thing that matters is what you do with the time that’s left-the time that could be left.

Follow four teenagers as their lives crisscross each other and they leave their mark on one another and the world in eight weeks. They’ll fall in love. Face tragedy. Most importantly, they’ll leave behind what everybody else labeled them and find their most true selves. There’s no time for labels at the end of the world.

 

There aren’t enough words, and I’m sure I can never find the right words to truly describe how amazing book was. I cried more than once. From beginning to end I was anchored in. There was no putting this down. Thanks for the Trouble made me smile and laugh and seek out the good things no matter how big or small. Now, end of the world books normally don’t attract me because they all end virtually the same way, with the end of the world. YET! This book was so much more than that. It split me wide open with the way it showed just how much other people can sway you knowingly and unknowingly. And in this short time to do everything you ever wanted in it, they got a chance to turn it all around, get rid of it, and have what they wanted. I was so overwhelmed and in a good way! This book truly made me feel not so alone.

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Peter, Eliza, Anita, and Andy all have these depths that truly reach to depth of people at heart. The part of us we wish would come to the surface, but just can’t because of internal fear. This is the end of the world Breakfast Club. They’re the jock, the slut, the overachiever, and the stoner, but together they’re just four friends looking for the right way to spend their time before Ardor comes down on them. They’ve all got these parts of them that struck my vulnerable spots. Other people dictated these kids’ lives because these people had gotten into their minds and hearts, the most powerful and vulnerable places within us. These four characters were deep and were the more immense and non-whiney side of teenagers. Their problems are relatable and powerful. I was a complete mess. I can’t say I relate to any of them, but I know people who do. I was just sucked in to their stories. Each have their own story and each story intertwines with each other.

  • Eliza is just trying to show the world the end of the world because hopefully she won’t feel as alone as she does.
  • Peter just wants to do something good and finally admit his feelings for Eliza. Feelings that he’s been hiding for a very long time.
  • Andy just wants to find himself and he’s afraid that it means being a coward.
  • Anita wants to be herself, not what her parents want her to be. She’s done hiding and living a life that’s not her own.

The minor characters like Misery, Bobo, Chad, and others were also very interesting.

The way this book broke down into sections based on a countdown until Ardor could hit earth, which made me increasingly anxious. In each section was a chapter by each character from their POV. And GRRRR on that! Each chapter left me wanting so much more. They were incredibly written. I was superglued to them. Eliza was my favorite, which brings me to tell you, I lied a tid-bit. I relate to her, but not in the sense of what she does or how people label her. I relate to her in how she feels and thinks about the world. She expressed everything she felt through her photography and through writing. Also, she love Mazzy Star and SO DO I! Her tastes are equivalent to mine as are her worries and emotions.

Anyway…back on track because I ramble more than Bugs Bunny. Each character was surprisingly personal with each chapter. Granted two guys chasing one girl–not good. But both for different reasons. All four characters were chasing something. The somethings just tend to be out there. Thank goodness the end of the world makes those kind of things seem not so out there.

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The twists and turns were gut-wrenching, not because they took me by surprise. My heart was just taking so many emotions! This is not a Nicholas Sparks kind of feel This is its own special kind of feeling. I told you, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be able to find the perfect words. I’m struggling hardcore. When something stuns you, surprises you, makes you feel unlike anything you’ve ever felt then it happens. And it did happen with this book. It’s going up on my special bookshelf with all of my major favorite books.

 

If you’re wondering whether or not I recommend this book, I do. TOTALLY. It does more than pull heartstrings. It reaches out to your weak spots and pushes you. Makes you think about the right now. So, I hope I convinced you to go pick it up and read it because I’m so glad I did. Wallach is so amazing! ALSO, there is a soundtrack that goes with this book! That’s freaking exciting. It’s not every day that a book gets a soundtrack. It’s also been optioned for a movie. I can’t wait to see how it goes.

We All Looked Up, the album – iTunes

 

Quotables:

“The best books, they don’t talk about things you never thought about before. They talk about things you’d always thought about, but that you didn’t think anyone else had thought about. You read them, and suddenly you’re a little bit less alone in the world.” (Mr. McArthur to Peter, p. 11)

“The prospect of rescuing someone from death itself—what was more compelling than that?” (Peter, p. 92)

“Sometimes I forget that death existed before Ardor.” (Anita to Doug, p. 264)

“Do you ever wish you didn’t look the way you did?” (Anita, p. 333)

“Your mind could tell you who to hate or respect or envy, but only your body—your nostrils and your mouth and the wide, blank canvas of your skin—could tell you who to love.” (Anita, p. 358)

 

more to come soon…

-K.

 

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So Much For Normal… (Paranormalcy – A Book Review)

Paranormacly
Author: Kiersten White
Published: 2010

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Paranormalcy

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull bolt

 

I see things you can’t see.

I find things that hunt you.

I am your protector.

But even I can’t protect you now.

Evie works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA) and her job is to bag and tag paranormals so that they don’t hurt humans. Easy enough. She’s been doing it since her time in the foster system. Her norm is being friends with a mermaid and having a faerie ex-boyfriend.

Life gets a little complicated after capturing an unknown shapeshifter named Lend while paranormals begin turning up dead. Thought told to ignore this case, she is determined to figure out what’s happening, especially since she’s having strange dreams. With Lend’s help she will find the one responsible for this, but what scares her is that she’s connected to it all.

 

So much diversity. YAY! There were so many different supernaturals across this book. Each of them were unique and incredible. There were even a couple I’d not heard of. One of my favorites things about this book was how the supernaturals didn’t feel like monsters, like they tend to in other supernatural novels. They were just like humans, trying to survive life. In some cases, it was really funny.

One thing I will say is, there is a decent amount of mention about the world’s elements that supernaturals belong to, but I wish I knew more about them. I wanted to know more about these elements and which supernaturals belonged to which.

Evie is whimsical and really reminds me of Elle Woods. Her and the trusty taser: Tasey were hard at work bringing in those feisty supernaturals. She really brings out the soap opera aspect of this book. She’s the butter of seeking the normal life. I was giggling at how ecstatic she was over the simple things, but only because there are a few simple things that get my eyes glittering, too.

Evie, Lend, and Reth—an unknown, shapeshifter, and a faerie. One intriguing and whimsical triangle. Evie’s romantic life is complicated and it shouldn’t be as a teenager. While getting stalked by her ex, Reth, she’s falling for Lend, one of her bag-and-tags. Lend is my favorite. I admire a sense of authority, like Reth has, that you can screw with, but Lend was a sweetheart unlike him. He’s manipulative and reckless with Evie. Freaking faeries…so damn mischievous! And granted, Lend’s guarded, but his heart is in the right place, caring for Evie. He’s the good guy and after all of the tough times that Evie’s been through, she deserves a good guy that treats her right, like this guy…

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or this guy…

Paranormalcy

 

This book wasn’t all that for me. It was fun, but in regard to the story itself, I just wasn’t that interested. While I enjoyed the strive Evie had for a normal life, I didn’t get a strong feel for her emotions. Teens are whiney boogers, but they do have feelings and I just wasn’t getting those. There were a lot of areas that just didn’t feel quite finished. Again, this was fun, so don’t count that out, and there was a bit of tension. The plot twist wasn’t much of a twist, but I did think it was pretty cool! It just didn’t move me.

 

Quotables:

“Eyes like streams of melting snow…Cold with the things she doesn’t know.” (Evie to Lend, p. 109)

“What a lovely balance. Lend shows whatever he was the world to see and you see through whatever the world wants to show you.” (Cresseda to Evie, p. 215)

 

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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The Worst Disasters Can Have Wonderful Consequences (Thanks for the Trouble – A Book Review)

Thanks for the Trouble
Author: Tommy Wallach
Published: 2016

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Thanks for the Trouble

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

7/25

I’ve got some questions for you. Was this story written about me?

Parker Sante doesn’t speak, hasn’t since the car accident he and his father were in five years ago. He hangs out in Hotels while his classmates plan for their futures. It’s his favorite thing to do. Then he meets Zelda Toth who has silver hair and claims to be a little over 200 years old and decides being with her is much better. She tells him that she’s waiting for a special phone call that’ll tell her to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge, which is completely crazy. So Parker is determined to change her mind by finding things she hasn’t yet experienced in all her life, which proves more difficult than he thought. He didn’t expect to fall for her and he didn’t expect this to show him

This book marks 7 out of 25 authors, from my New Year’s resolution, that I’ve never read from before. I’ve heard so many great and amazeballs things about this author, that he springs some real shit on you. Oh man, yes. I’m so glad I read this.

I fell in love with this book right from the get-go. Five bolts across the board from me. I couldn’t put it down and ended up finishing it in five hours. I was laughing and crumbling and feeling way too many emotions. This is the kind of book that leaves you fulfilled. It really is. There are many parts that make you laugh because it feels brutally honest in a way that isn’t offensive at all. That humor also serves to help guide our main character Parker through his tough times as he grows closer to Zelda. To put this to a cheesy metaphor? This is like watching a cherry blossom bloom and wake up in the world…except it doesn’t wilt away later. It flourishes as does e everything around it. LOL.

Parker meets Zelda in a Hotel and while he’s straightforward and sarcastic, she is wispy and wise. Such a clash of opposites, yet not, was very interesting and just drew me in. And personally? Parker’s level of thinking is pretty dead on with mine. Check out some of the quotes below! I guarantee, and ask my friends, this is how I sound half the time. Parker is so refreshing and raw. Parker doesn’t speak, so when I started this I was nervous. How was he going to sound in my head if he didn’t speak? But, that nervousness vanished so quick. He was easy to latch onto and I didn’t want to let go of him. And Zelda, oh sweet Zelda, she was so beautiful. The further I read, the more I noticed the light she carried in her. It’s the kind of light that draws people in.

Thanks for the Trouble

I’ve always wanted to see San Fransisco, and Wallach did a wonderful job in setting the story there. The imagery wasn’t heavy, but flowed with the characters. I saw what Parker saw and the way he saw it. This story is done from his POV as if he’s writing this story, which he is technically. The way he sees the city and where he grew up isn’t from some wondrous perspective as if the place is shiny and magical. It’s just the feeling of meh you get when you’ve lived in the same spot your whole life. You know what I’m talking about. The lack of specialness and that’s so relatable because it’s just your hometown. I really liked that because it was so natural and real.

And speaking of stories, the addition of small short stories written by Parker was so awesome. It truly added to who Parker is and was so personal. And I get super giddy when the structure of the story is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It truly adds style and originality. Here, it made this book so unique! I’m not going to tell you what these stories were about because he does break that wall, but I will say that they’re fun and fantastical. Each chapter led up to the inevitable end, which still caught me by surprise.

Thanks for the Trouble

So, I’ve shared a couple of the tidbits I loved about this book, but no serious spoilers. I’m not cruel. I didn’t expect to love the book as much as I did. My emotions were put through the ringer. So much happiness with a dash of sadness. This book will do something to you. It’ll make you look at the world from another angle, one you never thought about.

I must say, too, I’m beyond excited to start We All Looked Up soon, so be on the look out for a review on it soon.

Quotables:

“Fuck me. This is turning into a disaster, isn’t it?” (Parker, p. 2)

“They say God gave us two ears and one mouth because listening is twice as important as talking. That makes a lot of sense to me. Of course, God also gave us two nostrils, one butthole, thirty-two teeth, and ten toes. So I’m not sure where that leaves us.” (Parker, p. 28)

“Coke without rum is like toast without butter—utterly pointless.” (Zelda, p. 44)

“Thinking of your parents being young is like is like thinking of Winnie-the-Pooh going to the bathroom: just fucking weird.” (Parker, p. 62)

“Why is it that the bad shit in our lives always seems to take up so much more mental space than the good stuff? Is that part of being a person or just part of being me?” (Parker to Zelda, p. 123)

“Live fast, die young, eat pepperoni. That’s my motto.” (Tom, p. 228)

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? Break Free by Ariana Grande feat. Zedd.

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