Thirteen Reasons Why is a book that I highly recommend to everyone. It has been sitting on the Mad Scientist's Nook for farther...moreConcoction of a Review
Thirteen Reasons Why is a book that I highly recommend to everyone. It has been sitting on the Mad Scientist's Nook for farther longer then it should have! Shame on the Mad Scientist! If you have also left this book hanging I suggest you do not leave it too much longer. Get to this one. I don't think you will regret it!
Thirteen Reasons Why...
I'm unsure of where to start & with that thought I believe it will be hard to write this review in the manner it deserves. Bare with me.
Let us begin in with the package. Who doesn't enjoy receiving mail, as long as it is not a hospital bill? One Clay Jensen gets a box of tapes. Of course, curiosity and the happiness of getting mail lead to a change he was not expecting. Perhaps even closure.
The mysterious tapes hold a record of Hanna Baker's last words before she killed herself. Each side of the tapes tells a story of who and why they were apart of her decision of suicide. Nobody wants to know they had to do with the death of someone. Yet, Clay received these tapes. Why? Oh, why?
Some of the stories really had me agape with the horror of how cruel life can be in high school. (If you are there.... please know that life gets better!) The story through the tapes that Clay was listening to had me angry, frustrated, and wanting Hanna to fight. Except... you realize that she was already gone and saddened by knowing that these thirteen stories were her last words.
Yes, Thirteen Reasons Why was a sad book but the writing and story had me flipping those electronic pages in a hurry. It was unbelievable straight forward writing for an issue that needs to addressed. Jay Asher's debut novel did not let me down and I will be looking forward to more of his books.(less)
Concoction of a review: Oh, where do I begin with this one? Die For Me opens the story with a young girl so racked with grief over the loss of her pare...moreConcoction of a review: Oh, where do I begin with this one? Die For Me opens the story with a young girl so racked with grief over the loss of her parents that you could not help but to feel empathy for the dear. Her sister moves them both over to Paris to their grandparents to change the scenery and hopefully the Parisian air will help them heal.
I love how Plum has a mysterious dark stranger swoop into Kate's life. She may have noticed him but I was delighted at the fact that their first few encounters were less then wonderful, just awkward. Beyond that she believes he is not very virtuous assuming that this handsome soul is a criminal of all things. Unexplainable events unfolds around mystery boy and soon she finds out that Vincent is hardly normal, much less even alive.
We slowly learn about Vincent's supernatural state and that of his "family". Revenants are not exactly Zombies but they are walking dead. They pasted away saving others and are now chosen to reanimate so they can continue saving people, often by loosing their lives once again. Although, they do are unable to go to their afterlife destination due to regenerating in three days time. How interesting does this concept sound?! I was profoundly intrigued.
Now, so far this sound like a interesting but bland story. The Mad Scientist loves a good twist and Amy Plum does this by adding in the Numa. The offical bad boys of the Undead! Unlike the Revenants who died saving lives the Numa murdered and pilaged in the former life and they continue on this path. The war between Vincent and his kindred are at constant odds with the Numa, casualties are to be had.
The sweet romance between Kate and Vincent was lovely, there was no part where I felt it was forced. There was a connection between the two but I need to reinforce the fact that she does not jump into his arms immediately and fall so far in love that she races to him. Kate knows that her heart is not healed from her parents death. Due to this, she is a guarded soul who ends up leaving Vincent. The best part of Vincent that will make you swoon over him is when he decides to be a valiant and fight for their relationship. A true old soul.
Charlotte, a revenant, was a strong female who was about to do some series damage by kicking Numa butt but she was also a lone female in the house until Kate came along. Kate also bonded with most of Vincent's other kindred as well. However, there is one who did not approve of having a human of all things amongst them. It is chilling and spins the book in different directs when this character is in the scene.
Dislikes, of course I have a few minor issues. There are some elements that just make you want to sigh but then you realize it is found in nearly all YA. Melodramatic drama & a love that sounds like it will stand the test of time. Her grandparents are in the picture although, I was a tad upset that they let the girls do which ever they pleased. A bit more rules would of been more believable.
Overall, The Mad Scientist found this book to be a light reading with a few editing problems (it is an ARC afterall). It is not a profound piece of YA literature but it is a very entertaining story that does not completely follow closely down the same path as others.
I do believe that this book has laid out the groundwork and background for the idea of Revenants and the Numa. The next in the series has so much potenial to be amazing. The Mad Scientist is already waiting for it!(less)
Concoction of a review: Lauren Oliver wrote this book in such away that it makes you think about your life and how you should cherish life. You may just never know when the plague will come through and take you away.
Samantha Kingston is an high school girl who has everything she could want, besides a parasol. She is popular, has friends, a boyfriend whom she liked for years. On cupid day, February 12th, everything changes for her.
She wakes up and finds herself repeating the day. Odd is what the Mad Scientist was thinking, intriguing even. Sam was thinking Deja Vu. However, throughout the book she slowly learns that the repeat of the day is not just fate playing a twisted game with her. After some time, the purpose of it all becomes more clear to her.
In the beginning Sam Kingston was not a very likable character and the Mad Scientist did not connect with her. This would draw many people away just for that. Except in this case, as Sam goes through the repeat of the day we get to watch her change and grow into a person we all enjoy seeing at that beginning of our books. Throughout these repeat days she learns how a girl was tortured by her & a friend, kisses a teacher, ditches school, spends time with a sibling, watches a friend die, dumps her boyfriend and many other things.
The story was bold, the emotion was powerful, & above all the character's development was impressive. Oliver creates a teenager that attaches to you because you do watch her grow so wonderfully while adding in a shocking end. More traumatic and startling then the beginning. Emotions are piled up at the end and you cannot help but shed a tear or too into your handkerchief.
Dislikes? The Mad Scientist was completely caught off guard on this one. Here is a time that I wish I would of known a bit more about the book. I think I would of read this book at a different time that better fit my mood. I also think that I was getting a bit tired of reading about the same day throughout the whole book. Yes, there were changes, yes she changed, yes it was an emotional ride... Just a day or two less would of been perfect.
Overall, Before I Fall did not have me falling in love.
3.1 Blasts I enjoyed the bold contemporary story of a young girl and how she grows throughout several repeats of the day she died ending in a bought of emotion.(less)
First Lines: I wait. They keep us in the dark for so long that we lose sense of our eyelids.
Concoction of a Review:
A dystopian novel like nothing the...moreFirst Lines: I wait. They keep us in the dark for so long that we lose sense of our eyelids.
Concoction of a Review:
A dystopian novel like nothing the Mad Scientist has encountered. Admittedly, I had to think about this book for a bit before I could sit down and write about it. Ok... I started the review and forgot about it. So.... now I finish in a vain attempt at reviewing such a wonderful book.
Rhine lives in a world where genetic engineering has made the offspring of the "first generation" live until 25 for males and 20 for females. It is a scary time to be alive and for such a short period of time. Not only were smart enough to make a perfect being they managed to blow up the whole world. Of course, excluding North America. How original? Blah. America is so much better and humans are stupid. Not a seller for me as you can tell.
In this world young girls look over their shoulder in fear of being abducted for prostiution or to be sold off as a bride. Any reader should shiver at this idea. I did.
Rhine is a spirited soul who was tricked and captured. Waking up states away from her brother she starts to search for a way to free herself. She did not want her last four years to go by being stuck as one of a series of wives to Linden. Yes, polygamy! She is even willing to risk everything to be free. To be with her twin once again.
What would you risk to save yourself???
"Eventually I realize that I am holding him just as tight as he holds on to me. And here we are: two small dying things, as the world ends around us like falling autumn leaves."
*Free ARC from NetGalley which did not impede on my Mad Review. It is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book. *
4 Blasts ---> Most Desirable A novel that makes you think and fear what the future may bring. (less)
I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It is not a literary masterpiece or a Halloween masterpiece for that fact. It is a fun, facetious take on the young adult genre. Selzer takes teen trends, pop culture and the vampire craze that swept the nation as of late and twisted it together with irony and funny prose. As a person who is intertwined with a different age, I do not see the cleverness behind the pop culture reference standing up to the test of time.
Algonquin, otherwise known as Alley or Ice Queen of the Vicious Circle, spends her days coming up with witty one liners and working on the high school newspaper (blog). She is a very negative goose when it comes to courting and love. The Ice Queen does not want to get emotionally tangled with anyone. To temper the loneliness she uses and tosses poor boys aside. *tsk tsk* She also has the pessimistic side to life, everything will be better once I move out of this forsaken city. *sigh* These young wiper snappers do not realize that the grass is hardly greener elsewhere.
Her eyes open up and take a new brightness when she meets Doug, a goth who makes an appearance singing for the towns crappiest band, the Sorry Marios. Ice Alley starts to melt along with her reputation, from the first note she hears come out of Doug's mouth. Everything who she is becomes insignificant. She soon becomes one of those doe eyed girls who changes their skeptical outlook a the sight of good man Zombie. Now she needs to figure out about interspecies dating. *Gasps*
There were a few parts where Alley was torn over the things she wanted in life and Doug. I found it rather interesting to watch her make tough decision about her love life. This book brought me back a few centuries to when I was young lady in waiting. We did not have these types of problems to face but those are the days that shape us into the people we will become.
Ah, the ending. *Holds hand to chest* Ladies and Gentleman... the ending was a bit surprising. Even though I was shocked, Selzer did some great tinkering and wrapped up the story beautifully. This book was a sweetly spun first love romance threaded with a number of paranormal allusions.
3.1 Blasts While being mildly fun, this was a quick book to read on a different Zombie spin. Can Zombies fall in love? Now that is the Question!(less)