I had forgotten how freaking intense this series was and when I picked it up I couldn't stop reading. Hal...moreCheck out Happy Indulgence for more reviews!
I had forgotten how freaking intense this series was and when I picked it up I couldn't stop reading. Halfway through, it occurred to me that there's something bleak and sad about a continuing survival horror series. People are going to die and I am going to get sad. It makes me wonder about how long this series has before it starts to veer downhill.
It also made me think about how epic the baddies are and how Andrea is so much of a better character that met her untimely demise in the TV show. Here we are introduced to Negan, a villain who is unpredictable, brutal and completely off the rails here. He's sickly horrifying to experience and is completely and utterly evil.
In The Walking Dead series, we see stark emotion and pure horror displayed in not only survival, but making the most of your life in the wake of a zombie infested world. Walking Dead Book 9 was completely and utterly depressing, taking away some characters that we have grown attached to.
But, such is life in Kirkman's adaptation of a zombie world. It's cruel, it's harsh and he's not afraid to go all George R.R. Martin on his characters. *tears* (less)
Something Like Normal is about a teenage solder who retu...moreThis review also appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews!
Actual Rating: 2.5
Something Like Normal is about a teenage solder who returns home to visit after serving as a Marine in Afghanistan. After living life constantly on the look out for threats, defending himself against the Taliban, and losing his best friend, Travis finds being at home to be completely surreal. He’s still on edge and gets nightmares every night, and the only solace he finds is in a girl named Harper, who he tormented in middle school.
The story is an incredibly relevant one, as it details the accounts of what soldiers may feel when they leave Afghanistan. Travis has post traumatic stress disorder, as he is coping with the lost of his best friend. He’s incredibly on edge and unable to relax, and isn’t in the right frame of mind as he sleeps with his ex-girlfriend Paige – who is his brother’s current girlfriend. His life is complicated as his family are going through issues, his friends don’t understand what he’s been going through and his brother pretty much stole his girlfriend.
The weird dynamic between Travis, Paige and Ryan really put me off Travis as a character. After he was deployed to Afghanistan, Paige dumped him for his brother Ryan, which wasn’t a surprise because “we cheated on each other all the time“. When he comes home, Paige cheats on Ryan consistently by sneaking in and sleeping with Travis, multiple times. Travis knows how much Ryan likes Paige, but he does it anyway because it’s available, he hasn’t had sex in a while, and she’s there. He doesn’t think about how it would hurt his brother, or even Harper, the girl that he’s been seeing. The worse thing is that it runs in the family, because his dad is having an affair as well.
I can’t really root for a guy who is a cheater, especially when his brother is collateral damage. I know sex happens in high school, but the amount of times Travis and his friends talked about it, they just sounded like those douchebags in school that did it all the time and hurt a lot of people. What Travis did to Harper is really mean as well, he started a rumour that he was a slut after making out with her and now she has a reputation. I think Harper fell for his advances a little too easily, and the poor girl has suffered for years from Travis’s rumours.
At it’s short length and complexity, I think Something Like Normal may have benefited from being a longer book. The author tries to pack a punch in the emotional department as she covers Travis’s PTSD, the beginnings of a romance and recovering from his trauma, but there wasn’t really enough for me to connect with, especially with such an unlikable character. I’m confused by all the positive ratings on Goodreads, as I wouldn’t recommend it to others. It tried to cover too many things at once and was ultimately forgettable.(less)
In her debut, Samantha Shannon blew me away with the highly imaginative setting of The Bone Season, where clairvoyants are hidden away within the city...moreIn her debut, Samantha Shannon blew me away with the highly imaginative setting of The Bone Season, where clairvoyants are hidden away within the city of Scion London and the alien race of the Rephaim holds the government in its evil clutches.
In the riveting world of The Bone Season, there are seven classes of clairvoyants, from necromancers to seers to dreamwalkers and mediums who will immediately be captured by the government should they hint at their magical powers. Paige Mahoney, employed by the Seven Seals in Scion’s criminal underworld, has a unique power of being a dreamwalker. She can leave her body and invade other people’s dreamscapes – where people’s memories are stored – possess them and cause massive spiritual damage to the victim.
The Bone Season is one to watch with its richly detailed, fantastical world of clairvoyants and Rephaims. I highly recommend it to readers who are looking for a unique read that blends magic, dystopia and fantasy. I’m really glad to hear that there are seven more after this because no doubt it will be amazing!