Sunday, 17 June 2018

They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End - Silvera, Adam
they both die at the end

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera     

      It is not too far into the future and the government's new department, Death-Cast, knows when everyone will die. You don't know exactly when or how, but when your phone rings and it's Death-Cast calling, you know you have only got your end day to live. 

      Rufus and Mateo, both 18 years old, get the dreaded call on the same day. Rufus spends the first few hours tidying up the apartment he shares with his dad, who is in a coma in hospital. Rufus wants his dad to know that Rufus was ok when he returns home, after Rufus is gone. He spends the next few hours trying to convince himself to leave the apartment and live his end day to the fullest.

      Mateo on the other hand, gets the call when he is beating up his ex-girlfriend’s current boyfriend, and spends the beginning of his end day in denial, then on the run when his victim calls the police, during Mateo’s family funeral.

     These two unlikely friends find each other on the Last Friend App, a place where people who have received the Death-Cast call connect with each other or with people who are just willing to share your last day with you, whether they are dying or not. 

     As their time ticks down, Mateo and Rufus share each other's secrets and try to make the day the best it can be.

     This story makes you think about living, about dying, about family, about memories, about choices, so many thoughts and so little time. 

      What would you do on your last day?

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Genuine Fraud

Image result for genuine fraudGenuine Fraud by e. Lockhart is a psychological thriller following the life of Jule, a self-proclaimed vigilante super hero on the run from unlawful incarceration. The reader first encounters Jule in a five star hotel where she is being tracked down by the police. From here, the story works its way backwards through a crazy story leading back to why Jule is running from the police and how she came to be at the hotel. 

In the first flash back, the apparent suicide of Jule’s good friend Imogen quickly takes an even darker turn as we start to meet the people involved in Jule and Imogen’s lives. What follows is a crazy story of friendship, betrayal, delusions, and murder! 

The writing in this book is incredibly vivid and really sucks you in; however, if you don’t like a jumping time line, reading this book might be a bit of a struggle. Added to this, Jule is not exactly a reliable narrator. As you get further into the book, you start to realize that Jule might not be recounting things as they actually happened. Is Jule a vigilante, working on the side of justice to avenge her friend, is she a misunderstood underdog running from wrongful persecution, is she a criminal genius executing the greatest identity theft of all time, or is she just plain crazy? This book is interesting, creative, and not to be trusted!

Warning: Murder and Gore, Foul Language, and Implied Sexual Assault.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Tell Me Three things

Tell Me Three Things
  Tell Me Three Things by Julie Bauxbaum 

       Just as 16 year old Jessie begins to feel like her life is returning to normal after her mom's death, her father announces he has remarried and sweeps her off to California to live with his new wife!  

     Jessie's new school is a prestigious prep school where all the girls are tall, skinny, blonde haired and blue eyed - everything Jessie is not.  Needless to say, as Jessie finds it difficult to make new friends, with even her new step brother ignoring her, she feels isolated and alone. 

   One night, she receives an email from someone who identifies himself as a school mate who knows who she is and understands the difficulty she is having making friends and fitting in. He offers to help her with some insider tips. Jessie is skeptical at first, wondering if this is a prank and turns down the help. However, after some time passes and she really feels like she is out of options, Jessie decides to take this mysterious friend up on his  offer. 

     Through their emails, chats and texts, their relationship grows, sharing their insecurities and things they haven's hared with anyone else. Jessie begins to feel at home in her new school and eventually she really wants to know who this person is. 

     This is a great story of finding friendship where you least expect it and learning to fit into a new environment while being true to yourself.



Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Eleanor and Park

Eleanor & Park
Eleanor and Park

By Rainbow Rowell

Everyone sits on the bus, one person to a seat and nobody changes seats, nobody moves to let someone else sit down. That's the unspoken rules of the bus. 

Eleanor gets on the bus that first day at her new school and knows the rules, but she also knows she has to sit somewhere, the bus driver keeps telling her to. 

Park sits on the bus, he knows the rules, he is a pro at keeping his head down so Steve doesn't target him in his put downs. Just ignore her, Park thinks. But he can't ignore Eleanor. 

Thus begins their friendship that spans one school year.  Park sees something in Eleanor that she doesn't see in herself. Living in an abusive situation, Eleanor doesn't believe she is worthy of much, and just tries to make it through the day. Park begins sharing his comics with Eleanor and then mix tapes of music they both like. They begin to hang out more and more and their friendship blossoms into first love. 

Park protects Eleanor, but in his quiet unassuming manner, well, except for that time he martial arts kicked Steve at the bus! As Eleanor's home life becomes dangerous to the point that Eleanor needs to escape, Park devises a plan to get her to safety. 

Throughout this book, I was hoping things could change for Eleanor, that she could escape her home situation or someone would see her struggles and at least buy her a toothbrush. I am glad she had Park for a friend and loved the hopeful ending.

There are many themes in this book, friendship (sometimes found in unexpected places), domestic violence, bullying, and body image, all of which are written about so well. It reminds you of what it is like to be young and in love, a must read for the young adult and adult seeker of realistic fiction.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Ten Thousand Skies Above You

Ten Thousand Skies Above You
Ten Thousand Skies Above You
by Claudia Gray

In book 2 of the Firebird Series, Claudia Gray continues the cross-dimensional adventures of Marguerite Caine as she tries to save Paul from the person she now knows to be the real enemy. 

Marguerite and her family are coming to terms with all that has happened in A Thousand Pieces of You, and are learning to deal with the consequences, especially for Theo. In order to help Theo recover, Paul heads off to the multiverse to look for a cure. When he doesn't return as expected, Marguerite is forced to make a deal with Conley to try and save him, one piece at a time. His soul has been splintered and lies scattered across multiple universes leaving him with no memory of Marguerite's Paul, or of Marguerite.

As Margeurite and Theo travel into the multiple dimensions they encounter new, alternate worlds and within them, alternate versions of themselves. As they gather the pieces of Paul, while trying to keep Triad at bay, Marguerite begins to question her belief in destiny and fate as she sees how things aren't as she always believed they would be - no matter what.

This book is as fast paced and action packed as book 1, and leaves you hanging and desperate for book 3 (A Million Worlds With You). Fortunately, all three books are out now, so you don't have to wait!

Monday, 19 March 2018

Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines
By Philip Reeve

Tom Natsworthy is a Third Class Apprentice in the Guild of Historians in a futuristic London.  But this London is like nothing you’ve ever imagined.  It’s one of the great Traction Cities – a city on wheels – that moves about feeding on smaller towns in the Great Hunting Grounds.  No longer does the “civilized world” stay in one place – 1000 years in the future, “Municipal Darwinism” dominates in a “town-eat-town world”. (p.58)

Despite being considered a low-class citizen, Tom believes that London is the greatest city in the world.  But when he is betrayed by his hero, Thaddeus Valentine, Head Historian of London, Tom begins to see the world differently.

Dumped into the Great Hunting Grounds, Tom gets stuck with fellow survivor, Hester Shaw.  As the two of them try to make their way back to London, they are swept up in an all-out war between the Traction Cities and static settlements.

London, it seems, has revived a weapon of mass destruction from ancient times.  With the help of Anna Fang, aviatrix, Hester, and a number of other surprise allies, Tom must battle the city he loves.

Full of dashing heroes, striking landscapes, fierce battles, suspense and tragedy, Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines doesn’t disappoint.  This is the first book in the Mortal Engines quartet.  Make sure you read it before you see the movie!