Review Thursday: Firstlife by Gena Showalter

You know a book is unmemorable when you can’t even remember the name of it or some important plot point. Or maybe it’s my fault since I didn’t write up this blog post as soon as I finished read the book.

I first got introduced to this book thanks to Epic Read summary video on it. I thought the idea behind the book, sounded like a pretty good idea: basically, the life that you are living in is your first life. In the afterlife or Everlife, as it’s called in the book, there are three worlds: Myriad, Troika and The World of Many Ends. In order to end up in either Myriad or Troika, you must pledge, or make a covenant with them. If you don’t, you’re unsigned, and the unsigned go to The World of Many Ends.

It is essential that you sign your Everlife, so that you don’t end up in The World of  Many Ends.Unlike Troika and Myriad, no one knows if the The World of Many Ends really exists or of it’s just a scary story to tell children to get them to sign with with Myriad or Troika.It is presented as a kind of hell- where nightmares come to life.

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Review Thursday: Blackbird by Anna Carey

So wow I’ve got some thoughts about this book. They range from wow to huh.The premise of the book is that this girl wakes up stuffed inside subway tracks, memory lost, with a train heading towards her. I don’t want to spoil it bu the main problem she faces in this book is that she is amnesiac, she’s being framed for theft and that she’s being hunted in this elaborate game by the rich and wealthy.

The story was told in a second person “you,” which is a bit jarring as I wasn’t used to it however, as “Sunny” lost her memory, it was fitting and I got accustomed to it. I thought the ending was too sudden and made no sense but finding out that it’s a duology,it made sense.

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Review Thursday: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Talk about fallen expectations!

( get it? *wink wink*) Okay moving on.

I first heard of this book a few years ago. I think I saw it in Barns and Nobles or something like that, all I knew was that the cover was gorgeous. And it is.

I feel like  don’t have a lot to say for this review.

I liked the plot of the book. It was a very interesting idea with the fallen angels and the reincarnation of Lucinda but other than that I felt this book didn’t live up to my expectations. on of the reasons why I didn’t read this book earlier, is because a lot of people said that the sequels were terrible. I only decided to read the book because I saw the movie trailer and it looked great an in cases like this, I like to read the book first.

Again the plot is very interesting and I like Lauren’s writing: it’s simple, straightforward and I like her descriptions. However it was her characters that brought down the book.

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My Book To- Be-Read List (of fun)

Over the summer, thanks to the booklr side of Tumblr and the library, I’ve come across a whole bunch of books for me to read. Some I’ve heard about, others not so much. As an English major, I am required to read sometimes up to six books per course, and I take about five courses a semester. Because of this, I don’t have much time to read books for relaxation so I made a list. A list of all the books I’ve heard about or saw over the summer that I think would be interesting: ( After making this list I realize it’s mostly YA books. I do read adult books but I didn’t realize my list was so YA)

By Author Last Name Alphabetically.

Books in Bold: I have read

Books with an asterisk * : I have a review for

 

              A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y

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THE STRAND : WHAT IS IT??

 

The strand as I have begun to associate it, is a maze of books: confusing but satisfying.

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of stumbling across the Strand. I’ve heard people (on YouTube mostly)mention The Stand but I’ve never had the opportunity/ or thought of going to visit. I was fine with Barnes and Nobles.

Then, I came across these carts of books on sale and I was in awe. So despite my common sense, and fear of having an overweight suitcase later on I looked at the shelves. There were books on sale from $1-$5, how could I not?

I found two books for $1 each: The Five Gates of Hell by Rupert Thompson and The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima. ( Plus I got a bookmark!)

The Five Gates of Hell was published in 1991 and The Warrior Heir published in 2007.From the descriptions , they’re both fantasy books so hopefully I’ll enjoy them.

 

Ashlee

 

 

 

Non-Fiction ( and why it’s so hard to read and write)

There’s something about literature that I’ve enjoyed since I was a child. Books? Words? Reading them?!! It just connected for me. When I was younger, I started writing poetry and as I got older, I started writing (and reading)fiction . One thing I was never able to get behind was non-fiction writing and reading.

Now don’t get me wrong, non-fiction is a great category and a good writer is able to pen a story that is as personal and real as it is a story.

It’s truth, but with the elements of writing, it transcends truth into experience.

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