Honestly, I was so looking forward to reading William Golding's Lord of the Flies because I've seen people read and praise it ever since I was in college whicThis review was initially published at The Readdicts Book Blog. For more reviews, go here.
Honestly, I was so looking forward to reading William Golding's Lord of the Flies because I've seen people read and praise it ever since I was in college which was probably six or seven years ago. Some of my classmates read it for their English class and I'd hear them discuss it, as well. When I see many people read and talk about a certain book, it's not necessary that I have to read the book, but if and when I do end up giving it a go, I have expectations.
Unfortunately, whatever few expectations I had from Lord of the Flies were completely shattered and destroyed because the book was boring, the plot was very, very slow and the story was just put in a manner so complicated that I barely understood what was going on. I will still defend the story and say that it is indeed unique and inspiring, but it would have been so much better had it been put in a simple manner.
I did with this book what I used to do with books that I couldn't really get into but still had to read for my literature class, and it's what I call "zombie reading". Now in this type of reading, I really don't care what's going on because 1) I'm not understanding it no matter how hard I try to concentrate, 2) the writing is too boring or the pace of the novel, too slow and 3) nothing seems to work. All three categories applied to Lord of the Flie, but I still continued reading it because I didn't want to give up and I kept hoping that it would get better.
I totally see why this book is called a classic and I bet I would have liked it if I had someone to guide me with it and with whom I could discuss it, which is why I feel that this book is great for literature class. But clearly, it wasn't for me. I do wish I had liked it more and been able to see what thousands others have seen in it, but I didn't. And I hope that's okay....more
After reading Jay Asher's dark and daunting Thirteen Reasons Why, I was pleasantly surprised by What Light, which I thought would be along similar lines, butThis review was initially published at The Readdicts Book Blog. For more reviews, go here.
After reading Jay Asher's dark and daunting Thirteen Reasons Why, I was pleasantly surprised by What Light, which I thought would be along similar lines, but it ended up being a very nice read, which I'm surprised I liked so much because I'm not the biggest fan of romances. But then again, as much as I hate to admit it, I am a sucker for love stories set during Christmas. There's just something warm and welcoming about such stories which always leave me with a smile on my face.
In What Light, Sierra's family, who lives in Oregon, owns a farm where they grow and sell Christmas trees in California, which means every Christmas is spent there. Sierra basically lives two lives and she adores both equally, but this time, when she visits California for Christmas, there is a lovely surprise for her in the form of Caleb. Sierra was an absolutely well developed, sensible and very likeable character who I adored. Just like her, Caleb was a gem too, and their story was so dazzling that I ended up falling in love with it.
This book is so different from Jay Asher's previous book that it almost feels like it's not the same author who has written it. The writing, not very surprisingly, was smooth and clear. I was actually in awe of the slow burn romance that Jay Asher so brilliantly nailed. I really don't have much else to say, other than the fact that I highly, highly recommend this book to fans of Young Adult/ New Adult contemporary romances....more
No matter how many books I read and how much I love experimenting with new genres, I always find myself going back to Young Adult, which is my all time favourite. I just feel that the genre is very pure and raw making it extremely relatable and pleasing. So when I decided to pick up author Leila Sales' This Song Will Save Your Life, I knew I would have a great time reading it, and clearly, I wasn't wrong because this one ended up being just the book that I like to read.
This Song Will Save Your Life is the story of Elise Dembowski, who seems like a normal person on the outside, just like you and I. But only Elise really knows what's going on in her head and she has experienced firsthand how cruel and pathetic the world is even though she's only sixteen. One night, Elise stumbles upon something in a lonely and dark alleyway that turns her life upside down; for better or worse... Well, read the book to find out!
I really liked how Elise's character was portrayed. She did seem very mature for a sixteen year old, but there were many times when her thoughts mimicked mine and I couldn't help but completely agree with her. She was a smart and great person who deserved nothing but happiness. Throughout the book, I was rooting for her. She comes across a couple of people in her life, even though some of the characters were lovely, most of them got on my nerves for the way they were, but Elise's family and friends made for very likeable and pleasant characters.
This was a a very nice coming of age story, but it's also very dark and deep which is why the label of it being for older readers is perfect. Every fan of Young Adult reads will really like this book and will take something back from it. It definitely is like any other YA contemporary, but it is also very unique at the same time because of the way it takes up important issues and shows that no matter what, we win in the end, in our own way....more