These Shallow Graves – Review

These Shallow Graves | Available for Purchase: Amazon.com « Barnes & Noble « Book Depository
Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Publisher: Random House Delacorte
Release Date: October 27, 2015
Pages: 488, hardcover
Received Copy: Paperback, ARC

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.

Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort accidentally shot himself while cleaning his revolver. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun.

The more Jo uncovers about her father’s death, the more her suspicions grow. There are too many secrets. And they all seem to be buried in plain sight. Then she meets Eddie—a young, brash, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. Only now it might be too late to stop.

The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and the truth is the dirtiest part of all.

 

Definitely enjoyed this much more than I had expected. I’ve been in a serious reading slump so it was so refreshing to read a book that was a bit fast paced–it included action, intrigue, drama, mystery–so a bit of everything that kept my attention. I think I enjoyed the book more knowing the time period; I’m obsessed with Hamilton the musical which takes place in a growing Manhattan and social class and women’s status which are similar issues as to what takes place in These Shallow Graves so it was a nice parallel to read. The chemistry was fairly good too, especially when locked in some broom closets, between main character Jo and reporter Eddie. I loved how headstrong Jo’s character was–as a female who thinks that women should amount to so much more besides caregiver and procreator, I liked that because I could fully relate to it.

Some parts were a bit predictable, I had a notion of wondering which page I’d flip to that would finally give up the big reveal but overall thoroughly liked this novel a lot. My favorite aspect was the supporting cast of characters within Eddie’s wrong-side-of-town culture. When Jo lives her life as she’s grown up things can just be dreadfully boring–everyone cares about how much is in your bank account and who you’ll be matched up with. Jo was in danger several times, made friends with those who looked out for her rather than not shun her because of a reputation. Fay and Oscar were my favorite side characters (besides Eddie) because they added a really colorful aspect to the story.

Definitely recommend this novel–I only have an ARC copy but I’ve seen the final copy and it’s got an old map of Manhattan which can be helpful as to where Jo travels throughout the book. A map is always a nice touch to add for readers👍

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Sorry it’s been forever since I’ve posted, I’ve been either lacking in my reading and/or posting and coming up with new ideas for my other blog on bionicfangirl.wordpress.com so I’m new at dividing time between the two. Never fear, I always come back 🙂

 

Mini Review Roundup Time – November Reads

This year I’m just in an overall struggle to keep focused and read. I have ample time but something’s just not there, but I’m trying I promise. Recently I checked how behind I was on my Goodreads challenge annnnnnnd, well it’s kinda bad considering it’s like a little over a month until Christmas…which is basically the end of the year which means I need to read 15 books in the meantime. HA! No big for someone who hasn’t been frustrated finding novels to keep my interest.

In the meantime, I posted an Instagram photo where I focused on three reads I wanted to push through so I could add them to my challenge total and I did it! WOOHOO! Let’s forget one was a comic volume, two comics, but one WAS a novel! And I started another novel, but I just can’t read fast enough. Anyway, here’s my progress and some mini reviews:

  • Earlier in the month I finished the YA horror anthology, Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, which you can read my review and breakdown of the stories in the link: here.

Mini Review #1:
Paper Girls #2
Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (Illustrator), Matt Wilson (Illustrator)


The comic series is so new that there’s not much to tell but it’s definitely interesting and I’m absolutely in love with the artwork. I’m familiar and love Matt Wilson’s work on my fav The Wicked + The Divine so it’s a no-brainer that I still am drawn to it (no pun intended). This issue ends on a cliffhanger but I expect good things from it. Lots of mystery surrounding who these alien creatures are and where people in their town have disappeared to. Looking forward to seeing who else is still around and what the newspaper gals will do next.


Mini Review #2:
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed (Ms. Marvel (Marvel NOW!) #3)
G. Willow Wilson


Once again I love the direction this storyline is going. Kamala’s religion and growing up are on the forefront as opposed to just straight up superhero and superpowers that are typically shown in comics. Kamala has a boy in her life, one that seems too good to be true…enough she might want to spill the beans for. Her BFF, Bruno, continues to pine for Kamala and it’s so cute…friendzones suck, dude. And another appearance by a Marvel favorite, this time it’s Loki! Wish he had showed up to my high school when I was fighting crime back in the day 😉 The end of this volume had an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. issue and I was a bit confused because I hadn’t remembered in the previous volume if they had included something like this. Threw me for a loop but overall loving the storyline and where things are going.

Mini Review #3:
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1)
Sabaa Tahir


Like I’ve stated earlier, I’m in such a slump when it comes to reading these days but somehow after I picked this one up I was sucked right in. The novel is a dual-POV with alternating chapters, between main characters Laia and Elias. Laia is a Scholar that is fighting to save her brother–the last bit of family she has from the Empire which has terrorized their land, by going undercover as a slave for the Resistance. Elias is the bastard son of the Commandant who raises the soldiers to help run and dominate the Empire. He is ready to desert but legends become real and Elias is faced to compete with friends and enemies to become the new Emperor and defeat one another in a series of trials as Aspirants. There’s some hardcore themes in this book for a YA level such as slave abuse, talk of raping, etc. which can set up a gruesome fantasy storyline like Game of Thrones-esque. Good backstory for each Elias and Laia, Elias already had a good set of morals on his shoulders so I didn’t feel there was a lot of development there but Laia really came through right up until the very last page.

Definitely worth checking out–so happy to learn there will be a book 2! I also wanted to leave my favorite quote from the novel that really hit home for what’s going on with me and my life:


Mini Review #4:
The Wicked + The Divine #16 (The Wicked + The Divine)
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrator), Matthew Wilson


Once more the WicDiv team brings it, getting some backstory on the Morrigan, and looking at what Baal decides to do. The Morrigan has such different sides of her that come out, such as split personality, which are beautifully drawn. Every issue I gobble up and can’t wait for the next. I think soon I’m going to re-read them all so I can go back and relive and refresh everyone.

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As someone who’s looking for a confidence boost not only as a female but also as a working professional, I’m 20% in to this book and really enjoying it. I understood some of these ideas and practices before because I’m very in-tune with reading headline stories about how as women, we think we’ve gotten so far, but it’s still just not enough. It’s definitely interesting and gives good insight to Sheryl’s life and struggles within the corporate world, getting herself to be successful not only with going up against females but the males who dominate it all.

Mini Review Roundup Time – September Reads

Sometimes I tend to read consecutive novels and I don’t get time to do a thorough review but I still want to share my overall thoughts with you whether I liked the book or not!

Mini Review #1:
The Assassin’s Blade (The Throne of Glass novellas)
Sarah J. Maas


I enjoyed this a lot! I actually am out of the norm when it comes to the Throne of Glass series whereas I love the first novels more so than her her newest additions to the series. I can’t help it but, there just something about learning Celaena’s past and her training and what shaped her into becoming who she was destined to be is fun and Sarah does an excellent job with that. Plus…Sam…<3 sigh. The book contains five novellas that easily can be considered a whole novel in itself! They all flow perfectly and they are very close together time-wise, even bringing you up to speed when one starts Throne of Glass book 1. Interestingly enough, either I just picked up on more details because I read it close to Queen of Shadows or it’s just there, but there was a lot mentioned in TAB that helped piece together things in Queen of Shadows. I didn’t do that (read TAB) on purpose close to the release but it was helpful. Definitely loved this!

Mini Review #2: SEMI-SPOILER-ISH . . . . . YOU’VE BEEN WARNED
Queen of Shadows (A Throne of Glass novel #4)
Sarah J. Maas


Well overall I did like it. I didn’t love it, but I liked it enough that I will most definitely continue the series but I just wasn’t head over heels in love. Aelin, aka Celaena, is really coming into her own and embracing her birthright. She faces many challenges as the kingdom is living in constant fear and there is death and destruction all around them. I wasn’t happy that Rowan came into the picture as soon as he did in this novel, I thought the audience would wait a while since Aelin had just returned to Adarlan and some of the actions and big reveals felt a bit rushed for my taste. Some of my favorite key characters stayed strong, a few surprised me, and some took a turn, not for the better ,and that was disappointing character development. I do really love the series but I’ve put this one up on a pedestal which is why my expectations aren’t matching what I’m reading.

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Mini Review #3:
Saga, Volume 1
Brian K. Vaughan | Fiona Staples


This is…I’m not sure what exactly it is, but I loved reading it and I’m annoyed that I haven’t bought volumes 2-5 yet! Now I’m still super new to the comic and graphic novel world but I’m continuing to branch myself out and have heard nothing but great things about Saga. It captivated me from page 1, literally the main characters are getting ready for their baby to be born and the father helps deliver, I can’t stress how this comic went right there from the beginning, LOL! But it’s so refreshing and really well done. Two soldiers from opposing planets, planets that are in a galactic war with one another, have fallen in love. After soldiers Alana and Marko get married and give birth to their child, they’re on a race to stay alive for each other and for their baby but all sides wants to have them taken out. I can’t wait to continue and see where the story goes next!

Mini Review #4:
Everything, Everything
Nicola Yoon


LOVED THIS BOOK! I flew through this! Maddy is a seventeen year old who has a rare disease that basically leaves her allergic to everything. She hasn’t left the house since she was an infant and until a cute and mysterious guy named Olly moves in with his family next door does Maddy feel like she’s really missing out on life. She’s had to make do, lived a mostly content life with her mother and nurse who watch over her. Olly rolls into town and Maddy can finally breathe for the first time, becoming this risk-taker, a girl who loves, a girl who decides it’s about time she finds herself. Olly and Maddy’s connection and friendship built into a relationship leaving you with smiles, those hearts in your eyes a la Snapchat lenses! A page turner that had fun anecdotes from Maddy as well as all sorts of drawings and chats, giving the book a more interactive look into Maddy’s life. LOVE!

Mini Review #5:
Last Will and Testament (Radleigh University #1)
Dahila Adler


According to Goodreads, I started this book back in April of this year. I know I hit a reading slump in June-July, and I think I read like five books in a row in March into April but this was one book I punked out on. I remember picking up so many titles I had on my highly anticipated list that nothing was sticking. It was time to crack open my Kindle again because LWaT was my book club’s pick and am SOOOO glad I finally got back into it! (when I started the book I was only 1% in, so I wasn’t far at all)

I almost read this in an entire sitting! This NA was engrossing and interesting read because MC Lizzie Brandt has just learned that her parents were killed in an accident and now she’s got sole custody of her two younger brothers until a decision is made further down the line. Literally when Lizzie finds out the news of her parents she’s in quite the awkward position as she was in the middle of extra curricular activities. Such activities as a side piece in a frat boy’s quest to cheat which later comes back to bite her…and not in the way you’re thinking. Frat boy’s ex is Regina George x10,000 and several times I wanted to punch my Kindle I was so furious at this mean girl behavior. Throughout all this we have Lizzie going from college girl to inexperienced parent overnight and things get overwhelming and tough on her. Lizzie’s inner monologue is so fun and especially her thoughts about TA Connor Lawson who might be more than just her TA later on 😉 The story really flowed and I was able to keep up with all the character developments. I couldn’t be more excited to read the next novel in the Radleigh University series! Seriously tho, Connor is swoony…get on board reading this, great NA pick!

 

Top Ten FREEBIE – My September Reads List

September 15: Top Ten FREEBIE week, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

Right before September started I made a list of all of the things I wanted to accomplish for the whole month! Interestingly enough, I had 10 novels on my list that I was hoping I’d get time to read. Some are new releases, some are ARCs, a book club pick, and other books I definitely should have been reading forever ago. Behold my list:

    

    

And as of today, I’ve already marked these three off my list!
     

Have you read any of these titles?? Am I gonna love them? Mostly YA, some serious, some creepy, some a continuation–so far I’m off to a pretty decent start 🙂

xx Linz aka The Kid

Pointe by Brandy Colbert | Review

Pointe | Available for Purchase: Amazon « Barnes & Noble « Book Depository
Author: Brandy Colbert
Publisher: Speak – Penguin Books USA
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Pages: 333, paperback
Received Copy: Personal copy (Amazon had a really great deal for my tight-unemployed budget)

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

Speak meets Black Swan in this stunningly dramatic debut novel

All that drama, plus pointe shoes? Yes, please: this is one book that’s bound to make a splash

Theo is better now.

She’s eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction—and his abduct or. 

Donovan isn’t talking about what happened, and even though Theo knows she didn’t do anything wrong, telling the truth would put everything she’s been living for at risk. But keeping quiet might be worse.

Right away I can tell you that I was super thrilled to find a book with a diverse set of characters, races and genders, different backgrounds, this is what I was really happy about when reading the story! When stories tend to give cookie cutter characters, it’s easy to read the monotony so this story, given it’s synopsis and characters, breaks this mold which is refreshing. Main character

Theo is now at the point (no pun intended) where she can grow into an elite ballet dancer if she works hard and puts forth the dedication to possibly take her hobby of ballet life and turn it into a career. While this is happening, mysterious Hosea from school who, is the go-to-guy for certain illegal substances, turns out to be a faux-prodigy piano player now filling in at Theo’s ballet school. This begins a spark between the two, friendship and ultimately a relationship that is hush hush but it gives something to occupy Theo’s brain when she isn’t worrying about ballet or the return of her best friend Donovan. Donovan returning stirs up Theo’s memories of who she used to be and who she used to be with which sets off a chain of events and semi self-destructive state for her.

Theo has a dark past that she’s usually kept hidden mainly because she didn’t know any better and towards the end she comes to terms with how wrong and vulnerable she was when it all happened. Saying something now could change her future and give her unwanted attention having her weigh her decisions daily. Brandy Colbert’s novel brings up some really tough issues that her characters go through: eating disorders, growing up, sexual assault, post-traumatic stress disorder, drug use, Stockholm Syndrome, just to name a few. I never felt like there was too much or too little that Colbert’s novel didn’t cover which was great to read.

YAY Diversity…
WOOHOO! So happy and excited the novel had a diverse cast of characters: black, latino, white…all present which was so refreshing to read! As reader, half the time I usually insert myself as the main character (well the female character anyway haha!) but in my head I don’t always assign a race, even if things are described, but this was still great to see in a YA novel.

Typical Teen Drama…
I liked the fact that there was a real rawness to the characters, they acted like typical teens. Drug use, promiscuous teens–it’s probably not even a drop in the big teen pond of what goes on these days, but certain themes that were a little more on the adult-side were present and I liked that the author didn’t beat around the bush, especially with the sexual aspect. Theo has a vulnerable side just like we all do and you saw that with her timidness towards Hosea in the beginning, hiding her dark secrets, trying to survive high school in one piece. Sometimes YA novels paint sex as this precious, put-up-on-a-pedestal thing, but not every teen experiences this. Some don’t wait. Some don’t want that special moment. Some are confident. Some can’t hold that responsibility, but that’s what makes it real.

Trigger-warning…
To go along with the teen drama, I liked that the issues Colbert explored with Theo’s character were tough and very touchy-subject. Eating disorders. Sexual assault. Sex. These topics can be no-no’s in the young adult world but there are ratios of teens that experience these sorts of traumas/instances which makes the story and characters even more relatable. I think the exposure was good and handled fairly well–Theo had a lot on her plate and at that age, most usually do.

 


Inner monologue…
Sometimes I just wanted to shake Theo and be like, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING THEO! You need serious help and need to get it now!, but that’s how you know a book is good–it can get inside you and you development a relationship with the character. In regards to her adult relationship that she had when she was barely a teen left a mark on her and it shows through this inner dialogue. It tended to drive me insane though because while being young and vulnerable sometimes I wanted to just be like, you need to realize how messed up this was and you need to examine this–no more secrets, spill it. Again, for the situation, it was probably pretty accurate, as a reader I just wanted to shake the character.

Final point[e]…
Throughout the whole book the reader has been built up on Donovan’s return and Theo realizing she needs to confess knowledge that will not only help Donovan but her in the process and it’s discovery felt rushed. I kept realizing how the pages remaining were less and less and thinking that there is so much there has left to be discussed and the audience gets a brief summary. This felt disappointing because I wanted to know a little  more about the case, what Donovan was doing, how Theo and her family were coping but Theo is thrown into a new setting and we get a few pages and the official ending. I just had hoped for more.

 

Really did enjoy this novel. The themed weren’t your typical YA and with the diverse characters I really liked it. Also to be cliche, I couldn’t stop thinking about popping in my Black Swan/Center Stage DVDs to finally get my ballet visual fix. (YES I HAVE SEEN CENTER STAGE AS A GUILTY PLEASURE, DEAL WITH IT!)


 

Ta ta Linz aka The Kid

Something Real by Heather Demetrios – Review


Something Real
 | Available for Purchase: Amazon « Barnes & Noble « Book Depository
Author: Heather Demetrios
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Pages: 406, Hardback Edition
Received Copy: Personal library

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

There’s nothing real about reality TV.

Seventeen-year-old Bonnie™ Baker has grown up on TV—she and her twelve siblings are the stars of one-time hit reality show Baker’s Dozen. Since the show’s cancellation and the scandal surrounding it, Bonnie™ has tried to live a normal life, under the radar and out of the spotlight. But it’s about to fall apart…because Baker’s Dozen is going back on the air. Bonnie™’s mom and the show’s producers won’t let her quit and soon the life she has so carefully built for herself, with real friends (and maybe even a real boyfriend), is in danger of being destroyed by the show. Bonnie™ needs to do something drastic if her life is ever going to be her own—even if it means being more exposed than ever before.

Yep! I haven’t featured this (A Book Club Pick) in a while, but I really enjoyed this book so much I wanted to make sure I gave it a review! What’s peculiar about this novel is that I’m pretty anti-“reality” tv, but Something Real held my interest right from the very beginning. I got on Chloe/Bonnie™’s level right away as soon as I started her story. And to preface, like I do with like 90% of the books I read, most of the time I just know either a brief overview or I see others recommendations. I barely read any back of/jacket covers, not entirely sure, but I haven’t experienced many “DNF” books so I’m somewhat successful at this. So again, I knew it had something to do with tv or movies, that’s about it. But the struggle Bonnie™ has to find herself just when she’s starting to come into her own was emotional to read. I don’t remember being that vulnerable, and DUH I was never on tv, but I feel like I’m where Bonnie™ is now at my 28 years of age. I’m sorta lost in adulthood so I could definitely see Bonnie™’s fragile viewpoints of feeling so much pressure.


Best Friends…
The relationship between Benny and Bonnie™ was probably my favorite! (don’t worry I was all swoony for Patrick, we’ll get there) I only have one brother-in-law and we’re not very affectionate but we do have each other’s backs. And I have one sister who’s five years older than me so I don’t have someone who’s super close in age and can understand most of my feelings, but Benny could. I loved how serious yet carefree he could be. He’s a strong character and has confidence which I seriously lack in my real life, so a great treat to read! But their bond is special and it was nice to see them stick together.

Swoon 101…
Oh hai Patrick. Yes you were delightful to read. Patrick literally did pretty much everything a girl hopes for to find in a relationship when she’s moody and growing up. He was also my perfect mix of understand, non-judgy, smart, funny, romantic…okay you get the point. HE GIVES YOU THE SWOONS! Although I will admit, I was waiting much of the book for the other shoe to drop! I was waiting to find out about his stalker issues or games he played to screw Bonnie™ over but that ended up being avoidable.

Behind-the-scenes…
I liked that this was about a normal, yet diverse and loving family. Today there’s all the fake, too tanned & too plastic look to the “glamorous” people who get roped into reality tv. Then you have the people who are…I don’t know, they’re–they’ve got social issues: mega religious, mega trashy, just out of touch with some sanity. I’m doing a terrible job of explaining it, but I did see a lot of Bonnie™’s mom as Kris Jenner, someone who preys on their children’s success. Kris Jenner (in my opinion, as an example) doesn’t do it as much now but she paved the way after sex tapes and celebrity were established. Bonnie™’s mother got me so heated in the fact that she never put her children first. The major reason for many of the pivotal points in the story.

Expanding plot…
These examples aren’t really things I didn’t like, but I would’ve liked to have seen a little more to her and Lexie rebuilding their relationship as sisters. I would’ve liked to know about what MetaReal (i.e. E! network/TLC) put Bonnie™ and Benton™ legally. Lastly, I really wanted to know more of what happened with her mom. That character infuriated me and I know all-too-well what a volatile relationship with a mother can be and that was an easy connection to make while reading. And in the end I would’ve liked to hear a little more in maybe an epilogue where things went.

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I’ve heard TONS about Heather’s I’ll Meet Your There which isn’t down too far on my TBR list so hopefully I can get that soon and read. Seriously I can’t tell you how many people are all over this. Heather released this book LAST year right around this time, sooooo I might have to wait a little longer to get my hands on IMYT to read and review 😉

Until next time, The Kid xx

The Here and Now Review

Hi guys,

Long time no see and I am mostly, definitely at fault for that.

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You see, I had a book hangover, a bad one. I finished Open Road Summer (which if you haven’t already purchased yet you need it on your shelf, GO!) and I just…couldn’t get focused to read. I tried three books before I said to myself, “Book club is soon, I cannot slack!” So here it goes:

The Here and Now
Author: Ann Brashares
Publisher: Random House Kids – Delacorte Press
Release Date: April 8, 2014
Pages: 288, Hardcover
Received Copy: ARC at ALAMW

I was able to receive an ARC of The Here and Now at ALA Mid-winter and since all of book club went and picked it up as well we came to the decision to make this our monthly choice!

Now I haven’t read or seen the Sisterhood of Traveling Pants, I know–shame on me, so I hadn’t read any of Ann’s famed novels. I also can honestly say I went into this book not knowing anything. I didn’t know it featured time travel or anything with the future, just that it most likely had a semi-love plot going on, haha! I usually see my feed on Twitter/Instagram/Goodreads on what’s up and coming to look out for and I just mark it down.

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth.

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves.
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The book was pretty intriguing and I saw some mixed reviews on Goodreads from fellow readers but I didn’t want to let that sway my opinion–I can be terrible for falling for that.

Things I liked…

the Plot:
I thought it was pretty interesting, especially since I didn’t know much about the book. I went into reading this with a fresh attitude which was great! I found the book suspenseful at times and I always forget that that’s a genre I should read more of. It’s an easy way for me to read faster because I just NEED TO KNOW!

the Questions posed:
Upon reading the book I did a bunch of thinking. I probably got too involved in getting hooked into the plot–not that this is a terrible thing–but I started thinking on a huge spectrum of everything in life. A range of things crossed my mind: what will the future be like? Will the things predicted in the book be a possibility? Is time travel possible? Will things like money and paper have a lesser value in time when we’re clearly living in a digital age? What’s in store for technology? …which then lead into REALLY deep questions… What’s going to happen to my future? What happens when I die? If I found out the day I die, would I want to know? How long will I live for? What does my future hold and how can I make the most of my time here?

See? I went WAY. TOO. DEEP! But the important thing is, as much as those questions completely freak me out, it wasn’t possible to think about this until I made time to read–the questions weren’t on the forefront on my mind, I mean. I kind of loved and hated this idea haha!

the Characters:
Never once did I doubt any of the characters motives or actions. They were pretty genuine and interesting to follow. Ethan is by far my absolute favorite! He’s smart–so, so smart, and the nicest. He cares for Prenna and has this ability to be everything for her and more and I really loved that. And even the despicable characters were always so despisable.

the POV:
One of my favorites! If you know me by now, or have been reading enough of the reviews, you’ll know I’m not always keen on alternating points of view. Singular first person or third are usually what I’m fond of the most. The book starts off in Ethan’s POV and the rest is in Prenna’s. It’s actually crucial to know from his view and helps you have some insight the main character doesn’t have. Nice twist. I would like to see more authors do this.

the Book Length:
Just around perfect. It might’ve been cool to see an epilogue…I think a sequel is risky but a few years into how things had changed would be interesting.

the Cover:
It’s just so pretty and really captivating–an eye-catcher for sure! While reading I tended to glance back at the cover and some mysteries are revealed while reading. So just a pointer, if you’re reading it, take a look at the cover and figure out what you notice. That’s always something fun to help while reading.

Things I Didn’t Like….

That I decided to put off reading this book for so long!  😉

 

I would definitely recommend this book–it’s a good buy or kindle deal for sure! It’s got mystery, suspense, love, a bit of sci-fi, drama all wrapped up into one! You won’t be disappointed.

If you’ve read it I’d love to hear your thoughts….haven’t seen a ton of buzz for this one, so comment if you’ve read it.

Until next time…

Linz xx