Okay, after reading two totally awesome thrillers last week, I thought I'd give this one a go... But when you're 40 pages in and hate the main charactOkay, after reading two totally awesome thrillers last week, I thought I'd give this one a go... But when you're 40 pages in and hate the main character as much as I despised Paul Morris, there's just no way I could continue.
He's a loser. He's sexist. He's entitled. He's a liar. Man, he's just a total asshole and I didn't care about him. So, I decided to skim my way to the end, and as I suspected... no, I'm not going to post spoilers. I'm just going to say that this book is so meh, I'm not going to bother rating it.
It's a shame, really, because I loved Remember Me This Way. I usually enjoy reading anti-heroes and unreliable narrators, but this guy was just a jerk.
Oh well. I had an awesome run during September so I'm not too cut up about a DNF/skim this close to the end of the month....more
This month, I've read some really awesome Hachette books and wanted to keep the momentum going. So when I noticed this one on my bookshelf, I picked iThis month, I've read some really awesome Hachette books and wanted to keep the momentum going. So when I noticed this one on my bookshelf, I picked it up. This title happened to be one of those surprise books that I received but knew nothing about. So, I started reading it yesterday afternoon, you know, to try it out... an hour later I was still reading.
Yep. Hooked is the word I'm looking for.
Nanette O'Hare outwardly appears to be an average teenager. She's a good student, doesn't skip school, is a good daughter and happens to be one of the best players on the girl's soccer team. But she's really nothing like her peers.
She loves to read, doesn't relate to the other kids, feels disconnected from her parents even though she spends time with them, and doesn't like soccer. Oh, and she happens to have lunch with a teacher! Yep. She's definitely not like other kids, but has managed to cruise through eighteen years by living her life according to what others expect from her.
Well, until her favourite teacher gives her a copy of an out-of-print cult classic he claims changed his life when he was her age. The Bubblegum Reaper (I love this title!) is a thought provoking story that's often shared by teachers with their 'weird' students. And when that happens, their lives are never the same. They develop theories and so many questions, along with the need to rebel.
So when her teacher organises a meeting with the reclusive author, Nigel Booker, she jumps at the chance.
The real story behind the elusive book is stranger than fiction, and introduces Nanette to a new circle of friends she feels more connected to than anyone else. But when the passion of fiction and reality collide, there's no way of turning back...
Wow. This book totally took me by surprise.
The story starts out mainstream enough, but soon unfolds in the strangest, most wonderful and unexpected way possible.
I love how Nanette, Alex and Oliver become friends even though they go to different schools and one of them is only twelve. I also thought that it was so cool that they all considered an old man to be their friend. Age was no barrier for any of these characters because they had a book in common. They also had their weirdness to share.
Another thing I really liked is how it deals with loners. So often, people who enjoy and choose to be alone are labelled as lonely or lost in loneliness. Almost as if they're this way because others have left them, when in fact that's not always the case. Sometimes, people are actually comfortable enough being on their own to do their own thing. But somehow, they get judged quite harshly because this is seen as challenging convention.
But as any good work of fiction does, this book takes the above concept and spins it on its axis. It introduces us to a bunch of memorable characters, and others who become collateral damage during Nanette's search for herself. They are all different, yet alike. Nanette is determined to learn how to become her own person without conforming. Alex is determined to use brawn in order to make things right and then writes a poem about it. Oliver is determined to be a good kid even though he gets bullied. Booker just wants to connect like minds and make people think.
No matter what each one wants or looks for, the reader is swept up along the way. There are moments of sheer joy, others that fill you with devastating sadness. There are even cringe-worthy moments, like Nanette's disastrous social experiment and the expectations placed on her from all angles.
Every Exquisite Thing is a total gem. It's odd, yet familiar. It's sad, yet full of heartfelt passion. I fell in love with this book almost instantly. It's an unconventional story that challenges the many conventions we all face every single day of our lives. Especially those of us who dare to be different and choose to travel our own path no matter what.
There's so much to love about this incredible book. SO MUCH. And that includes the adorable cover!
Yep. Thanks to Hachette Australia, I've found myself another keeper!
P.S. I also identify with Unproductive Ted. :P...more
The other day, I received my beloved Horror Block--which is always full of awesome, creepy horror collectibles--and this was one of the items.
I mightThe other day, I received my beloved Horror Block--which is always full of awesome, creepy horror collectibles--and this was one of the items.
I might have fallen behind on Supernatural, but I love my Winchester Boys and will eventually catch up. LOL.
Anyway, about the colouring book... What can I say? There wasn't much actual reading required, but I did enjoy flicking through the pages. The art is nice. The subject matter is cool. And I really like it! BUT, I doubt I'll be adding colour to any of the pages. It's probably going to go on my urban fantasy Keeper Shelf, because I think it'll fit right in.
This is definitely a collector's edition. And if you're a fan of Supernatural, you should probably grab one....more
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this beautiful colouring book from Bloomsbury Australia--thank you so much--with a copy of Empire of Storms.
WI was lucky enough to receive a copy of this beautiful colouring book from Bloomsbury Australia--thank you so much--with a copy of Empire of Storms.
While I can't bring myself to start the fifth Throne of Glass book just yet, because I need to be mentally prepared for what I'm expecting to be an emotional onslaught, I did read this.
Well, you know, reading might be stretching it a bit. LOL. But every colouring page does have a really cool quote to accompany the impressive illustrations, which brought back memories from each book. I also got a kick out of seeing the way the different artists portrayed each character. It really is very cool.
The Throne of Glass Colouring Book is a beautiful addition for the collection of all devoted Throne of Glass fans. It really is stunning, which is probably why I just can't bring myself to colour anything in. I'm going to add it to my Keeper Shelf.
It's no secret that the words demonic possession and/or exorcism are guaranteed to grab my attention. So, as soon as I fO.M.F.G. This book is amazing!
It's no secret that the words demonic possession and/or exorcism are guaranteed to grab my attention. So, as soon as I found out about this book, I wanted to read it. And I was lucky enough to get a copy from Hachette Australia!
Jack Sparks is a journalist and writer known for being erratic and taking the whole 'research' thing a bit too far. I mean, when he wrote Jack Sparks on a Pogo Stick he actually traveled less-used roads on an actual Pogo stick. Then he went underground while writing Jack Sparks on Gangs, and actually became a drug addict when he wrote Jack Sparks on Drugs. Plus he loves to talk about himself and is constantly updating his social media.
Did I mention that he's also an ego-maniac? Yep, he is.
After his stint in rehab, he decides to write a new book. This time he's going to tackle the occult by writing Jack Sparks on the Supernatural.
That's how he ends up inside a small, remote church in Italy. Where he's about to witness the exorcism of a thirteen-year-old girl. But being the skeptic that he is, during the exorcism he makes a stupid mistake that affects the rest of his life. Everyone knows you're not supposed to get the Devil's attention, but when you don't believe, why would you care? When someone posts a video on his YouTube channel, he's determined to figure out what the hell is going on.
What follows is an insane journey across the world. As Jack tries to outrun the problem he created, he puts a bunch of people in the direct line of danger. And doesn't give a crap...
Jesus! This book is something else. Yikes. What an adventure. The narrative is so addictive that I didn't want to put the book down. But, I took my time reading it, which is great because I enjoyed every single bleak moment.
Jack isn't a very nice person. Actually, the more I read, the less I liked him. He's totally self-absorbed, doesn't care about anyone, and is downright mean. He rides a roller-coaster of emotions and crazy, mean thoughts that inevitably become paranoia. Not to mention that he's totally unreliable and continually withholds important information. On purpose! And when he is honest, there are still lies woven in. But you know what? In spite of him being such a dick, when everything finally unravels, I felt bad for him. Especially when I read the completely opposite way other people's interactions with him were portrayed.
I guess that's the difference between most people and Jack--whether an asshole or not--we actually care about what happens to others.
Also, I have to mention how much I liked Sherilyn Chastain and Bex Lawson. They are two strong women with so much heart and attitude that I loved every time they were on the page. It's always awesome when a male author writes female characters who are actual people. And I have to mention the super creepy Maria Corvi, too. Because damn, was she super trippy and scary. Yikes!
The Last Days of Jack Sparks is one unstable, super freaky ride into darkness that kept me guessing all the way through. It's a thriller wrapped around a demented mystery, with some serious horror at its core. It's also creepy, intense, fun and filled with exciting aha! moments. And that ending was both, Wow and God no! If Jack's heinous story doesn't haunt you, the way everything comes together most certainly will.
No matter what I say, it just won't do this book justice. This is a story that needs to be experienced in order to truly understand the power of Mimi. So go, read it now!