With Christmas around the corner, I was given a wonderful, early Christmas gift: I was given the privilege to participate in a cover reveal. If you guys know my blog, I don’t often partake in these events because, for me, my book blog is more personal than it is an avenue for promotion and marketing (maybe one day though!). Nonetheless, I couldn’t say no when Brett (@BrettMichaelOrr) asked me to take part in the cover reveal for his debut, The Bureau of Time. Continue reading
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
It seems like Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is one of those hit-or-miss sort of books. Its beginning showed a lot of promise with its creepy atmosphere, psychological-horror elements, and a mystery. There was also an inkling of familial love and I was almost certain that I would love it, especially since Miss Peregrine’s was the kind of book I don’t often read but wished I read more of. Continue reading
Two weeks ago, I posted a discussion about Why Dystopia Matters. Some of my biggest points were that dystopia and its portrayals are a way of engaging readers to think about sociopolitical issues, how they can be located in dystopian societies, and how this may relate to real life. Similarly to dystopia, it was the same class, ‘Social Futures’, that inspired my love for utopia. I learned that utopia was more than the not-so-perfect society and that utopia is an important idea in itself. Unexpectedly, learning about utopia inspired me to be passionate about social issues.
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven has its heart in the right place, as evidenced by Niven’s incredibly heartfelt Author’s Note. Therein, she details her inspiration behind the novel, and articulates her passion for raising awareness of mental health and all its facets. Although I have some criticisms of the book, which I will duly outline, to summarize why I don’t love this book: I did not feel emotionally connected to the story and its characters. Continue reading
Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.
Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.
Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there’s more than one way to find a happy ending.
(Trigger warning: death)
Heart-wrenching, poignant, powerful, and absolutely wonderful.
I loved Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Maybe in Another Life; it found its way into my heart and made a home within. There’s something about Reid’s writing that captures the splendors and afflictions of life and living, something about her prose that gives life a luminous quality. Loving Reid’s prose, I knew I would love Forever, Interrupted too – and I was right.