6 Followers
15 Following
Selan

Selan

Hi! I'm Selan. I love anime, sci-fi & fantasy, Kirby and 90s JRPGs. Right now I'm trying to expand my collection of books.

 

MyAnimeList: http://myanimelist.net/animelist/adrian_and_sela

LiveJournal: http://adrian-and-sela.livejournal.com/

 

The Hit - Melvin Burgess

This book is trash.

(TW: Rape mention.)

 

I was really disappointed by this. It had a great setting, a great storyline to start off with. The synopsis was pretty thrilling to start off with. Basically, there's a drug called "Death". It costs thousands to buy, and once you take it, you will experience the greatest high of your life. For an entire week, you'll be over the moon, you feel as if you can do everything you want, you'll be living life for the fullest...

 

Why is it just a week, may you ask? Oh, because after a week you're dead. The drug kills you. Taking Death means you get a week of absolute euphoria and then die.

 

And this book is set in a kind of...well, a kind of society where there are riots and people are getting fed up and angry at the corporations taking their money, and so young people are taking Death and experiencing life like that.

 

I didn't really follow that part, to be honest. The society didn't seem much different than now and you don't see teenagers taking this drug which will inevitably kill them. But whatever.

 

It started out great, it really did. Our protagonist - wait, let me just look up his name again - oh I remember now. Adam. 

 

Adam is a bit of a fuckboy to be honest. He's an ass. He's our main protagonist. He goes with his girlfriend to a party, pressurises her for sex at the end of the night. Of course, she's not impressed and throws it back in his face. He also gets beaten up by a gangster at the party, takes too much of a certain alcoholic substance and has a panic attack (or at least as close to it as our author can muster).

 

Basically, he's had a shit night and hates himself. So when he gets hold of a load of free Death pills...he takes one.

 

Pretty bad decision. Pretty stupid. Because for the next week he's on top of the world! He also knows he's going to die after the end of the week.

 

So he makes a bucket list. Which includes....ah, having sex with multiple women, getting his girlfriend pregnant (because, according to him, he "wants to leave something of himself behind"), killing someone who deserves to die, all these other items...

 

His girlfriend Lizzie isn't that pleased when she finds him climbing up to her bedroom in Romeo and Juliet style, all suddenly full of energy and confessing that he wants to do all these things. Especially not that he wants to fuck all these other random women. Or get her pregnant.

 

And she goes along with it anyway.

 

Christ. I don't know why she does. The whole time, Adam is constantly saying "I love you, Lizzie, I love you" like some kind of mantra. No, really. He never shuts up about it. He says it about 12 times per chapter. (Okay I'm exaggerating here but he says it a hell of a lot.)

 

Various events unfold throughout the story, including how Adam and Lizzie rob a shop for booze, get drunk (apparently if you're on Death, you need TRIPLE THE NORMAL AMOUNT to get drunk) do some other stupid shit, get arrested, sneak out again, go to another party...

 

Right, here's the main flaw with the book here. There's a lot of damn sexism going on here.

 

I'm not talking about the "if a guy's on Death he's automatically going to want to have sex with a load of women". I'm talking more about all the violence directed solely at women throughout the book. One chapter starts with a woman being beaten up. Another chapter has a woman being stabbed on the news live on camera, for the sole purpose of shocking Lizzie. The only female character who doesn't get beaten up, tortured or killed, is his own mother.

 

Later on, Lizzie is resolved to find the antidote for Death, to cure Adam (even though no sure cure exists). The gangster she met at the party tells on the phone he'll give her an antidote - on the condition that she has sex with him.

 

She agrees to this without much thought about it at all.

 

What. 

 

It should be worth mentioning that Adam doesn't even want an antidote at this point - nor is he even WORTH saving, he's such a terrible character - and she's going to allow this gangster to rape her to get an antidote? Which doesn't exist? Seriously?

 

I'm going to quote from the book here:

 

"What sort of a bitch would she be to let Adam die, just because of sex? It was the old story. Boys went to the rescue with a gun in their hands, girls with their knickers in their pockets. So which was worse? This way, she thought, at least no one was going to get hurt."

 

Oh sure, the gangster is just going to rape you and possibly kill you too, no one's going to get hurt. Fucking hell.

 

Actually, it turns out that he keeps her prisoner and beats her to a pulp - he tries to rape her but can't manage it because he can't get himself up. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be funny or something?

 

The thing is...the villains in this book are actually pretty comical. They have these running gags and I was sympathetic towards them at first. One of them is insane and has to make medication. Oh, and they kill a guy in a wheelchair too. And beat up women. And may be serial rapists. So I guess they're no longer funny now.

 

Seriously, don't try to make your villains comic relief - and THEN show that they're mass-murderers, women-beaters and potential rapists. Do one or the other. It doesn't mix!

 

...Boy, I really started hating the book after that. I skimmed the rest.

 

If you're wondering about the end, it turns out that the Death pill that Adam took was a fake, and so he's not going to die after all. And some shitty message about how life is precious to you. (Another female character blows herself up, too btw. Because they can't get through one chapter of this damn book without torturing another woman.)

 

The violence wasn't even very realistic, to be honest. Another gangster comes round to Lizzie's cousin's house and beats her up. Like, breaks all her ribs along one side. Breaks her nose. She should be screaming in agony by this point.

 

Except she isn't screaming, she's still talking normally as if he only slapped her or something. It's just...badly done. It's like the author wants to see these characters tortured, but can't quite handle the definition of what happens AFTERWARDS.

 

There's a scene where the gangsters have forced Lizzie to urinate in a potty in front of them, whilst chaining one hand to the bed after they've smashed her face in.

 

I'll be honest with you here - that just sounds like the author's kink or fetish or something. I mean come on.

 

Oh, and by the way, Adam still never stops saying "I love you" to her - even AFTER he's had sex with another woman (which he does, the same woman who blows herself up a few chapters later). He also makes it clear to the reader that he fully intends to screw around with more girls behind her back.

 

This book just makes me angry. It doesn't make sense, the main character is the one who should be tortured for all his shitty actions (not his girlfriend, who almost gets raped), the villains are either highly comical or highly violent against women when the plot needs them to be, the remaining characters aren't great...

 

And really, what disappoints me is that the premise of this book sounded good at first. It was just executed so poorly. Avoid this please.

Martyn Pig - Kevin Brooks

A short but moderately interesting read. Martyn Pig is the main character (what a name) and being a Kevin Brooks book, it's a bit like his other titles. Dysfunctional family once again, his father's a drunk, life's not great, no friends, just accidentally killed his dad - 

 

Wait what he accidentally killed his dad?

And in a similar way to a character death from the last book I just read, too.

 

Yes, his father is drunk and he loses his temper and tries to hit his son and Martyn has had enough of this and pushes his dad and his dad falls drunkenly against the fireplace...and bam he's dead.

 

And he doesn't tell the police immediately. He's scared, and the only other relatives are his auntie (who tried to gain custody of him years ago, and who is apparently worse than his dad was).

 

Oh, and the cheque for £30,000 that he finds in his dad's post, delivered the next day. More incentive not to tell the police what happened.

 

Overall it did keep me reading, it had a great twist at the end (no, the twist is not that the dad is suddenly alive the whole time, he really is dead lol) what with trying to hide the dad's body and all sorts of thing. It wasn't amazing or anything but it was rather good.

Prince of Shadows - Rachel Caine

Imagine Romeo and Juliet being written using language that is understandable (as in, not Shakespearean, so that it's easier to read) without losing the classic edge that makes it Shakespeare.

Imagine that it's being written slightly different, expanding Rosalind's character and giving us a greater insight into the lives of the Capulets and the Montagues.

Imagine that Mercutio's character is explored in much greater detail, including themes of homosexuality.

 

And finally, imagine that the main character is now Benvolio. 

And that he's the Robin Hood of Shakespeare.

 

This book is what you get if you put all those things together. I was quite impressed with how this author managed it. It incorporates all of the crucial themes from the original play, but also develops all of the otherwise overlooked parts of Romeo and Juliet.

 

For example, remember Rosalind? Romeo's first "love" before he meets Juliet? In the original play, she's given virtually no character at all - she's just there as a stepping stone to Juliet.

 

In this book...she's one of the main characters and has a distinct chemistry with Benvolio. She has conflicting responsibilities, an abusive brother, and is a strong female character in her own right. I really enjoyed how she was written.

 

Here's the extra bits you now get in this book:

- Main character is Benvolio and he's Robin Hood. Literally. He steals from the rich and gives to the poor. He's the "Prince of Shadows" that the book is named after! That wasn't in the play...

- Romeo is a side character for about half the freaking book. Juliet has barely any lines, but then again Benvolio never really interacts with her.

- Benvolio has the hots for Rosalind. Bet you didn't see that coming.

- Mercutio is now gay and this has real consequences.

- Tybalt is abusive, a woman-beater and a rapist. Actually, many of the men in this book are also rapists - to servant girls mostly. The sexual assault is not explicit, mind you. But it is mentioned.

- Remember how many people die in the original play? Triple that number. This book just ups the ante.

 

There's a twist near the end, quite cleverly done. Even though it does stick to the play - there's quite a nice surprise which wraps everything together.

 

Several times in the book, the author actually quotes directly from the play. Such as certain lines spoken by Romeo and Mercutio...and this here I felt was done a bit awkwardly. The author quotes the Shakespearean lines word for word and it doesn't really fit in with the rest of the book. I can see why she would put it in though.

 

The amount of characters who die is also ridiculous (way more than the original play). As is the ending. I mean, sure, I guess it makes sense in a way?...But everyone just decides "Oh, it's fine, let's go home now" is a bit much.

 

It's very enjoyable for anyone who's read Romeo and Juliet.

 

As an added bonus, if you're one of those who was like "Romeo and Juliet wasn't real love! They just had an infatuation!" (which I'm not critciising, btw, it's quite a valid opinion) - then you're in for a treat near the end of the book. It's quite interesting like that.

Prom Nights from Hell - Michele Jaffe, Lauren Myracle, Stephenie Meyer

I found this an interesting read. Prom Nights From Hell is actually a collection of shorts stories, each written by a different author. Basically, horror, supernatural, high school stuff, vampires and demons, that kind of stuff.

 

Yes, I am aware that Stephanie Meyer is one of the authors on this list. So what. I've actually never read Twilight or a single book by her so this was interesting for me. I've written a separate review for each story.

 

The Exterminator's Daughter by Meg Cabot

 

This felt like a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanfic. Mary is a vampire hunter, and her best friend has fallen into the hypnotic clutches of a vampire. A vampire who also happens to be Dracula's son. Um yes, you read that right: this teenage girl is a vampire hunter who has to take down Dracula's son. It's really silly. But I thought it pretty funny and it's not supposed to be serious. A bit of romance along the way too and it was rather enjoyable.

 

The Corsage by Lauren Myracle

 

Ever heard of The Monkey's Paw? Yeah, it's in a similar vein: be careful what you wish for. Unlike the other stories, this one was rather serious and had consequences happen and a bit of tragedy. Still...I didn't feel like it was done very well. It kinda ended a bit awkwardly, too. I just ended up feeling sorry for the character which did die because he meant well.

 

Madison Avery And The Dim Reaper by Kim Harrison

 

Oh, I really liked this one!! Madison is at prom, being ditched by her date, and meets the boy of her dreams who happens to be a GRIM REAPER who promptly kills her. And she dies. And then...it's a bit complicated to explain, but there are Black Reapers and White Reapers as well as Grim Reapers, and they have to save her from being annihilated. Oh, and she gains some magical powers or something...and gets a guardian angel. I liked it, it had a great sense of adventure. My only problem was that it was a short story so it was rather open-ended but otherwise I liked the atmosphere.

 

Kiss And Tell by Michelle Jaffe

 

This story begins with the main character dying. Then it goes back in time. Actually, this story is quite unique, though a little bit weird. The main character has superpowers. I don't freaking know how or why. Neither does she because she can't remember the last 10 years or some shit. But she has to use her powers to save this little girl (a girl who won't stop kissing as many boys as possible! see what I mean? It's so weird) who is apparently a prophet...or something...which is never confirmed. She apologises everytime she knocks out a bad guy. Lots of action and I really enjoyed it!! Felt a bit awkward sometimes but the protagonist was written pretty well.

 

Hell On Earth by Stephanie Meyer

 

Oho, I'm reading my first Stephanie Meyer novel!!...and it's not half bad. Basically, unpleasant things are happening at prom - not dead people or anything, just jealousy and dates cheating on other dates, people getting into fights, LOTS of drama. Yup. Turns out that a couple of demons are mixing things up to cause as much misery as possible because they benefit from that. I found it sketchy at first but I really enjoyed how this one ended. Maybe because I'm a sucked for the angel x demon pairing. But yeah it felt a little different.

 

And that's that. I didn't really dislike any of the stories, they were all pretty great and good fun to read. If you like vampires or demons, a supernatural atmosphere, possible female protagonists kicking ass and a generous dose of comedy then I'm sure this would be enjoyable.

iBoy - Kevin Brooks

TRIGGER WARNING: Rape mention.

(More details below, but the plot of this book does revolve around a rape of one of the main characters. It's not explicit, thankfully, dealing mostly with the aftermath but it is quite evocative.)

 

When I first saw the premise of this book, I thought it was crazy. Tom is a teenager who was hit on the head by an iPhone. The iPhone hit him from 30 floors up, cracked his skull, and bits of the iPhone were embedded in his brain. He was in a coma for about a fortnight and the surgeons couldn't remove all the pieces of the phone.

 

The remaining fragments of the iPhone fused with his brain and turned him into a walking iPhone. As in...he can access all the information  by himself. Take pictures. Save them. Use the internet. Anonymously, even. Just by WILLING HIMSELF to do it.

 

Does that sound absurd? Does it? Because it does to me. He's using his brain as a freaking iPhone? He can just google anything by THINKING it?

 

That sounds like one of the most amazing things I've ever heard.

 

Yup, it is in no ways realistic. But wow. What an idea for a book! Definitely a superhero-kind of book.

 

Now, um...the actual plot of the book. Which is actually very serious and not as funny as a guy who acquired superpowers because he has a phone in his brain...

 

One of his best friends got gang-raped in her flat, some real nasty stuff. Because this is a Kevin Bowler book, there are gangs in this story. Like lots of them wearing hoods and stuff, not very pleasant people.

 

So our protagonist decides to use his new-found powers to take revenge, or at least bring them to justice. He can send anonymous phone calls and texts to the police just by THINKING it, he has access to the entire internet, he spends hours at night just staying awake mentally browsing everything and watching all the horrible stuff that goes on online, trying to stop it...

 

I mean it really does sound incredible.

 

Oh, by the way - he can take it one step further by electrocuting people with his fingertips. Seriously. Tom can also use the iPhone's enhanced power to zap people!

 

He also has a force field. Which he can turn on and off at will.

 

Unfortunately, he only has this power if he's got a decent reception. If he's got no wireless signal, he's just a normal kid. Can you believe this?

 

The rape in this book was uncomfortable for me. It wasn't even explicit or descriptive - but Tom talks to the victim at length, you see how people treat her, and it's quite sickening. After reading a few chapters of that I wanted to chop off my own genitals. Jesus. I don't have any experience of sexual assault but it did feel realistically written from her point of view.

 

Was the superpowered-iPhone-boy absolutely ridiculous? Yes. Does it make the book bad? No. I LOVED it. It really hooked me, seriously. I ended up reading it one day. Hence the high rating.

 

The ending was satisfactory to me too and it was a great book overall. Just the iPhone superpower thing. So silly, lol.

 

 

 

Chasing the Stars - Malorie Blackman

I was conflicted about whether to read this book at first. Is this Malorie Blackman's newest book? I mean, it was on display under new books in the library and it was even in hardback. Plus, it was sci-fi and I remember what her last sci-fi book was like.

 

So I was presently surprised when I started enjoying it a lot. The characters were great, I really enjoyed the setting (set aboard a spacecraft trying to survive to get some fugitives to safety) and for once, the plot was actually decent.

 

You know what wasn't? The romance. Insta-romance. 

 

Our two main characters, Vee and Nathan, literally fall in love with each other at first sight. Despite not knowing a thing about each other, immediately pulse rate going up at first contact, temperature going up, all that shit.

 

Oh boy, the love-making scenes in this book are ridiculous. There's SO MANY of them. Never mind that Vee decides to kiss Nathan full on the mouth in front of his friends just to prove a point to them. Oh, I'm sure it wasn't for any romantic reason whatsoever.

 

Before the book gets halfway they're both making out in the navigation room. Like getting all sweaty, covering each other with kisses, steamy stuff.

 

Or at least, as steamy as you can get for a YA book. It does become sex. No, seriously, they start screwing all the time. It isn't vivid or explicit but bloody hell. You know, I started skimming the love scenes because there were SO MANY. There were like several chapters devoted to this. I mean why can't these characters just be friends?

 

Sure, Vee has spent 3 years with no human contact at all. They're like, 18 or 19 years old maybe even though they start getting butterflies in their tummy just by looking at each other and...well, this is more like how 15 or 16-year olds act (no offence to anyone of that age group). Aside from all the constant sex.

 

Now, the shitty romance aside, I was a bit bored until maybe just after halfway. Because people start dying and there's a murderer aboard the ship and that starts getting exciting.

 

And then more love triangles (yes, it's Malorie Blackman, what did you expect?), more people dying, more drama, and it does get pretty good. I was actually pretty hooked onto it in the last part and it ended rather satisfactorily.

 

There were quite a few decent plot twists. I felt it was mediocre at first but after some unnecessarily frequent sex scenes, all of which I skipped in disgust, the plot picked up again and it kept me reading. So I'll give it 4.5 stars for that.

 

 

All right...I've tried to find this book. Again. And I've failed.

I can't find it on this site (except the audiobook). I even put in the ISBN code and Booklikes gave me a completely different book.

 

Well, I can't find this book. Even though it came out in 2016?

I searched by the author and went through 9 pages of all her books. Still no luck.

 

Chasing the Stars, by Malorie Blackman.

 

If anyone can find it on this website then please let me know. Just finished it and have a review to put up.

 

My Smoky Bacon Crisp Obsession - J. A. Buckle

Okay, so this is the book. I couldn't find it at first - thanks very much to BookStooge's Review On The Road for finding it on this site for me! I'll just copy and paste my review from before.

Now I really enjoyed this book. It was hilarious, it was written a bit like Adrian Mole's Diary (in that there are no chapter, just dates). It's basically about a bunch of teenage guys and their lives. It makes a change actually. You know, considering all the thousands of YA books about teenage girls and their lives. This is like the first one I've seen focusing on guys.

I found myself relating to the main character. I don't get that often. Maybe because he keeps talking about Children of Bodom, a melodeath metal band which I absolutely love I mean where was this book when I was a teenager?? I love it!

It's quite diverse, too. One of the main characters is gay. Another has anxiety and is open about how he deals with it (although the main character doesn't know how to deal with it at all). Another has anger issues. Actually, scratch that, there's two gay characters, but they're not gay for the sake of it which is great.

So yeah, I really enjoyed this book. Wish there was a sequel. There were a few slight flaws, like I'm not sure why the main character's sister was jokingly referred to as a "sexual predator" when she doesn't seem like that at all. She hits on maybe two guys and that's it.

Overall I liked the jokes and it was great.

 

 

Okay, so I've read another book but I can't actually find it on BookLikes. (God, Booklikes' search function is awful. You can't find half the books on here at all!)

 

I guess I could click "Add New Book" but it seems an awful lot of trouble. I'll just do a very brief review though.

 

My Smoky Bacon Crisp Addiction by J.A. Buckle.

 

Now I really enjoyed this book. It was hilarious, it was written a bit like Adrian Mole's Diary (in that there are no chapter, just dates). It's basically about a bunch of teenage guys and their lives. It makes a change actually. You know, considering all the thousands of YA books about teenage girls and their lives. This is like the first one I've seen focusing on guys.

 

I found myself relating to the main character. I don't get that often. Maybe because he keeps talking about Children of Bodom, a melodeath metal band which I absolutely love I mean where was this book when I was a teenager?? I love it!

 

It's quite diverse, too. One of the main characters is gay. Another has anxiety and is open about how he deals with it (although the main character doesn't know how to deal with it at all). Another has anger issues. Actually, scratch that, there's two gay characters, but they're not gay for the sake of it which is great.

 

So yeah, I really enjoyed this book. Wish there was a sequel. There were a few slight flaws, like I'm not sure why the main character's sister was jokingly referred to as a "sexual predator" when she doesn't seem like that at all. She hits on maybe two guys and that's it.

 

Overall I liked the jokes and it was great.

Spooked: The Haunting of Kit Connelly - Paul Bryers

This book was pretty enjoyable, although the way the plot develops is a bit strange. It's only one of the few books I've recently read with an 11-year old protagonist who actually acts like they're 11 year old. And not, you know, like a woman in her mid 20s who's trying to write a teenage character.

 

So our main character is Kit, and she sees her ghost. Yup. That's what she thinks it is. When she almost gets run over by a bus, this ghost girl comes out of nowhere and saves her. 

 

In the protagonist's own words, not mine, the ghost girl is dressed like an emo girl a few years above her, has attitude problems, and insults her when she gets near. Bit different from the last ghost I read about.

 

I like how it's written. Kit's parents are a bit at odds with each other (relationship problems which are explained later) but it doesn't go too overboard with the family stuff. I absolutely love Kit's friend, Nina, who is pretty batshit crazy. Love her. I don't know how to explain it. Like Kit has an idea, a really stupid idea, and then Nina comes along and makes it INSANE by involving the mass media...just crazy.

 

What's strange is that even though the book is supposed to be about Kit working out who the ghost girl is...halfway through, the plot stops being about the ghost at all. It's about this other guy called Leo Lyall (who is ALSO crazy, except more so. for some reason he reminded me of Johnny Depp).

 

And like, for a while they forget about the ghost and it gets a bit weird. but I don't care because I like how they do it.

 

Also, Boris Johnson turns up in this book.

 

I'm not kidding. He's in there. I couldn't believe it. He doesn't say anything silly unfortunately.

 

The ghost girl isn't fully explained until the very last minute - literally, two pages until the end of the book. For an instant I thought they'd REALLY forgotten about her. It was a bit sudden. And even then it isn't given much thought.

 

Definitely room for improvement but I enjoyed it overall and good for younger readers.

Lucas - Kevin Brooks

This book seems very similar to one I just read recently. Nevertheless I enjoyed it a lot. It's set on an island where our female protagonist meets Lucas, a unique boy who is a newcomer to the island and lives by himself away from anyone. 

 

The plot kept me on edge, there were a number of unsavoury characters who threaten violence and want nothing better than to see Lucas discredited and exiled (for no other reason than because he's different from them). I found it quite realistic how close-minded their attitudes were.

 

Cait (the main protagonist) and her family were very well-written, I felt. Especially her dad. Her brother and best friend are mixed in with a bad crowd and there's mention of drugs, drink, smoking, sex...

 

Hell, even her dad smokes pot and he's probably one of the few good people in the book! (I wonder if this is a recurring thin with Kevin Brooks' books? His other books were filled with drugs and smoking as well)

 

The inevitable conclusion is really powerfully-written too. You can see it coming, but it was done very well and it kept me on edge nonetheless.

 

Also, I should probably mention that this is a book where the main character's dad is a police officer. It's relevant to the plot and I don't see that very often, especially in YA books.

The Game of Love and Death - Martha Brockenbrough

DNF. It was an interesting book, but I couldn't continue more than halfway. A certain kind of romance, where Love and Death have chosen two human beings in...well, their game of Love and Death.

 

I thought it was a very interesting concept in that these two people - Henry and Flora - were chosen from birth and Love and Death would conspire to make them fall in love with each other. (Or not, as in the case of Death.) I like the mythological aspect too, you know like Hades and Persephone.

 

I enjoyed Henry's character very much, he seems like someone with a great character. Flora...felt a bit bland to me? I didn't feel much character out of her at all. She got a bit better as time progressed, but for a while I just didn't care about her.

 

Now, Love and Death are these two spirits who are seeking to make these two teenagers fall in love - or prevent them from doing so. And they're not allowed to interfere directly.

 

Except that they DO interfere. The spirit of Death goes around killing people. I'm not even kidding. She (Death is female in this reincarnation) goes and destroys an aircraft and 35 people on there are killed. The way it's written makes it seem like an accident, but they later confirm that she was responsible.

 

As for Love (who is male in this reincarnation) - he shapeshifts into another character and makes sweet gay love with one of the other male characters who is close to Henry.

 

And then he later tries to kill a man who is close to Flora - just because he's "in the way" of Henry and Flora's potential relationship. Because his power is to do with Love, he does this by causing another man to be obsessed with a girl, to the point that the man will want to murder this other guy and...

 

And because of that three people are dead. I swear I'm not even making this up.

 

Like what the hell?? If you're not going to interfere with the relationship then don't bloody interfere. This just makes it feel for awkward reading. Have Love and Time been killing people for centuries, for no other reason because they like having a betting game with each other?

 

When Death actually decided to suck away another girl's life-force and impersonate her...just to try and get close to Henry...I mean what. If you're going to do that, do some kind of brainwashing trick maybe? It wouldn't be so awkward then...

 

Well anyway. I thought Henry and Flora's relationship (so far) is pretty shitty. It doesn't feel realistic, what if Henry feeling immediately drawn to Flora for...no reason. And then he comes to listen to her sing every night. It might have worked if she was written a little better, but it didn't seem to fit at all.

 

For a while, I thought this book was set in present day. Then they started talking about being caned at school and getting married young, and I thought okay it's set in the 50s.

 

Turns out it's set in the 30s? Around the time of the war? It honestly didn't feel like it at all. Henry talked like a boy in the 50s (which I can forgive) but Flora talked like a girl in present day. It's like she time-travelled or something. Maybe it's just the dialect or something, I don't know. I just didn't feel it.

 

Well, I made it about halfway before deciding it was practically useless to continue. I'm sure someone else will like it. I cared about Henry (before he went non-sensically gaga for Flora) and more about Ethan really and that's about it.

 

 

Anthem for Jackson Dawes - Celia Bryce

So, a story about a girl who is a cancer patient, meets another guy her age in the cancer ward, falls in love with him, recovers from her cancer, family drama, etc. You know, this sounds pretty familiar and I haven't even read a single John Green book in my life.

 

I'm tempted to say that the romance was a bit crap. Which it was. But the protagonist is a 14-year old girl who is suffering from cancer and Jackson (the boy in her ward) is a source of optimism for her, someone to help her get through the hard times.

 

Yes, I enjoyed that part and there's no reason why they had to kiss each other really. I mean, he appears in like the first chapter. It's barely been explained fully about her cancer treatment and already the love interest pops up.

 

Despite a deep and serious topic, I just feel that this wasn't very realistic. It wasn't very descriptive, it was a bit simplistic, and also very short. The main character was very vague about what type of cancer she had. Barely anything was explained about her symptoms? She throws up and gets very tired but that could easily be attributed to the chemo treatment.

 

Oh, and she's recovered from cancer barely halfway through the book. Goes back to school and everything. The rest of the book is about her thinking about the boy she met and how she feels they never got to say goodbye. Her recovery from that aspect, so to speak.

 

I mean...it is touching, their relationship, but it didn't really impress me. I don't feel there was much knowledge of cancer applied here beyond the obvious. And that's coming from me, someone who knows nothing about cancer - after reading this book, I still knew nothing about cancer really except that you can lose your hair and go bald and get sick from the chemo treatment. Didn't help really.

 

So overall I can't really give this a high rating. The ending is quite bittersweet but ultimately it's about recovery again, which is something I've read in about 30 books so far.

Black Rabbit Summer - Kevin Brooks

I enjoyed this book. Great style of writing, the characters were very relatable and you cared about what's going on. At first I thought it was a boy-meets-girl kind of thing, but it's more like a missing-person's murder mystery. Very intriguing and had me hooked very early on.

 

It's interesting because one of the characters is a thug-type who goes around with a knife threatening people, and turns out he didn't have anything to do with it, lol. What I don't understand is Raymond?

 

Basically, Raymond (possibly my favourite character in this book, he's very different) goes missing. He's not the main person to go missing. Stella's the one who goes missing that everyone's looking for. But the protagonist really cares more about Raymond and apparently his disappearance is completely unrelated...to anything at all.

 

And we get to the end, having solved the mystery of the murder of one missing person. Nothing is said about what happened to Raymond. He just disappeared for no reason.

 

So it's a pretty unsatisfying end because throughout the book the main character is all like "Where's Raymond?? I HAVE to find Raymond!" and he never turns up, there's no explanation.

 

Apart from that it was very well written so I can give it a marginally good rating.

Untold - Sarah Rees Brennan

Holy crap oh my god just finished this book and blown away by that ending.

 

This is the sequel to Unspoken. I was really happy to see it in my library - I so rarely see sequels to books that I've actually read! And after that cliffhanger in that first book? How can you not read more.

 

I was excited to see Kami and the gang back. I love their characters, I really do. The plot became more developed, and then you realise why Jared was acting the way he was, Lillian actually does some decent stuff for once and helps out against the sorcerers...

 

And kissing. A LOT of kissing. So many kissing scenes between Kami and Jared. I might have preferred they remain as friends really.

 

Though I was rooting for Kami x Ash at one point...but I also feel sorry for Ash for not getting the person he really wants. And I was heartbroken at what happened in that last couple of chapters!! I KNEW that would happen to Jared.

 

Just oh my gosh emotional rollercoaster in the last ten minutes.

 

Of course it's not over. Ends on another cliffhanger. Though for some reason I'm more concerned about the link between Kami and Ash! Ash was just a more decent person than Jared most of the time and I started to like him more. And then...and then Jared starts to come back to reality again. After he finishes whining about his life.

 

I just loved this book and can't wait to read the next one, if I ever get to see it.

 

 

So I don't know if this is to do with my recent Firefox update, but I can't rate my reviews on Booklikes anymore. The stars refuse to show up. Well, I guess I'll just write the reviews without actually rating it. It's a bit annoying. Maybe I'll put the rating in words in the actual review instead.