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Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Glass Forest

So I was lucky enough to win a contest through PageHabit (in January/February, whoops).
I chose the mystery box which included The Glass Forest!
 
The story begins with the suicide and disappearance of Ruby's parents. When her Uncle Paul gets the news that his brother is dead and his niece is now an orphan, he knows he has to drop everything and go help her. So he packs up his wife and kid and treks from Wisconsin to New York at the drop of a hat. Paul's wife, Angie, isn't much older than Ruby herself. But she knows that Ruby needs a mother and she's more than prepared to step into that role. 
 
The book is told through a variety a viewpoints: Ruby, Angie, and my favorite, Silja. Silja is Ruby's missing mothers but what I find most interesting about her perspective is that it's told over the course of 16+ years. The alternating views and time frames really help shape the story. With all the information given by these women, it's not hard to see where the story is going. I caught on fairly early on in the book, but there were a few twists that I wasn't expecting. 
I fear that if I keep writing, I may start giving things away.
But overall this was a fairly decent read that I'd definitely recommend to my friends! 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Fates Divide

Okay, it took me W A Y too long to read this book.

My review for Carve the Mark was mostly opinion. Actually, I don't think I even gave you guys a plot, just what the planets were called and the main gist of the premise. So I kind of think I'm going to write another review like that for The Fates Divide.

It's not that I don't love being in this little galaxy that Veronica Roth has created, because I absolutely love it and she definitely develops the planets even more in this book. It's just not a series I would sit down and devour. I mean, it is only a duology and I think that's good for this type of book. However, I wish that the soujourn was the basis of the books instead of the currentgifts. Sure the currentgifts are super interesting and when you tie them in with the fated families, it makes for some interesting reading. But I think the soujourn would be more interesting. We'd get to see the main characters visiting all the planets and finding a way to combine or trade resources (kind of like in Divergent where each faction is responsible for one aspect). 

Now that being said, there's not near as much action in this book as there was in the first, BUT the scenes with action are written so much better. Not to mention character development!! Oh boy, in Carve the Mark we only got to read from Cyra and Akos point of view, whereas in The Fates Divide we get to read from Cyra, Akos, Cisi, A N D Eijah! The dynamic of switching from each character made the story so well rounded and honestly may be the only reason I kept reading. 

All in all, this book wasn't great but it also wasn't terrible.
If you made it through the first one, you'll like this one better.

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

GIVEAWAY ALERT!!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Wisdom of Psychopaths

I know what you're thinking.
"The Wisdom of Psychopaths, how does that make sense?"
Well let me tell you, it makes SO MUCH sense.

So my senior year I took a Social Psycho-Physiology class.
Reading this book made me reminisce about all the things I learned in that class and how grateful I am to have been able to follow along with books like this without being weighed down by the technicality of it all.

The Wisdom of Psychopaths is based on the idea that maybe we are all capable of having psychopathic traits, it's just a matter of context. How we use these traits are a definitive aspect of our personality. Dr. Kevin Dutton write about how many people of power have the same traits as many career criminals. The idea is that their endgame is the same, but how they carry themselves and get to that point is what truly differentiates a psychopathic inmate from a successful CEO.
The way I learned to think of these traits is by imagining it as a switchboard. We have ability to either flip the switch on or off depending on the situation and Dr. Dutton discusses that immensely in this book. He also uses image of a mixing board to describe psychopathic traits. He explains it as psychopathy being turned up louder than other traits, such as empathy. By using this description, he allows us to see psychopathy in a new way, one that shows how these traits can be beneficial in some careers. 

Overall, this was an incredibly interesting read. 
Huge shout out to my friend Tommy for loaning me his copy of The Wisdom of Psychopaths!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Rage (The Bachman Books)

For those of you who don't follow my bookstagram page (a_readers_diary), I have been DYING to read Rage, the only problem is I could only find copies for $400. Luckily enough, the library had an older copy of The Bachman Books, meaning Rage was included!! So needless to say, I'm not planning on reading all four books, just Rage.
 
Now, Richard Bachman, aka Stephen King, pulled Rage off the shelves and out of publication in the late 1990's because it was associated with several school shootings. Since the book was about a teenager holding his class hostage after shooting two teachers, King decided enough was enough and pulled it.

So, lets meet Charlie Decker.
Honestly, I liked him.
He had a hard time growing up. He was always picked on for one reason or another, whether it be at school, the playground, or at home. That's right, parents can be bullies too. But one day, he snapped and by snapped I mean, assaulted a teacher with a wrench. When he finds out he's set for expulsion, he knows now is the time. It's now or never. He sets his locker on fire, shoots the teacher, and begins taking over the class. Another teacher gets in the way?
*bang*
Not anymore.
Charlie's in charge now and he wants everyone to know it.
Once his classmates realize what's going on, they're unsure of what to do.
Take him down?
Fear for their lives?
Or maybe just go along with his plan?

When the class begins chatting, they learn just how many secrets their little town has.
They find ways to hurt each other without Charlie having to pull he trigger again.
It's not hard to lay everything out in the open, but what's going to happen after this?

I think that's why I enjoyed this book so much.
It's not heart in your throat traumatic.
It's not graphic at all.
It's almost as if you're a bystander just taking it all in.
Which is how I imagined Charlie felt, I think the idea was he didn't realize what was happening until it happened. He didn't want to do these things, but something inside of him wanted that power. He wanted people to know he was just along for the ride, whatever happened was truly up to the class. He even says at one point that he knows he's lost control over them. I think that's when the fog cleared and he realized he was hurting. 

I also feel obligated to say that I wanted to read this book 30,000 times more once I realized it was out of print. Something about telling me I can't have a book just makes me want it even more.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

I Don't Want to Kill You

It's been a very, very long time since a book has made me mad, but I loved every second of it.

Read at your own risk, spoilers ahead.
 
We met John Cleaver, demon hunter, two books ago.
Book three, I Don't Want to Kill You, takes place because John called a demon. I mean, he literally picked up a phone and called a demon.The problem with his plan? He doesn't know what she's going to look like, what she's capable of, or how he's going to find her. 
After his last run in with a demon, his relationship with Brooke is nearly nonexistent. But suddenly her friend Marci is interested in him.
What could a popular girl like Marci want to do with a sociopath like John?
Their dynamic is FANTASTIC, by the way.
Their budding relationship almost gives John a type of hope; hope that maybe he can be himself with Marci. She understands him, helps him, and honestly she's flirting with him.

But anyway, let's get back to the darker side of things.
John has almost abandoned his rules entirely. He knows a demon is coming, so he's investigating everyone who makes a drastic life change. He starts to borderline stalk members of his community to try to find "Nobody". He has to find her before she starts killing, but he knows the only way he can actually find her is waiting for the first death. That's when a suicide epidemic washes over the teenage girls in his class AND a string of murders that resemble The Handyman begin. Could his new demon the the Handyman? 
 
Now he has to get into the killer's mindset, but his time he has help. His mother has finally accepted that the demons are real, he's confided in Marci, and he's employed the help of a Catholic priest. All of these people are vital to the story and honestly it's brilliant.
I love where author, Dan Wells, takes us in I Don't Want to Kill You.
He pulled out all the stops and quite literally ruined my day. 
If you are anything like me, you'll want to read the ending first.
I'M TELLING YOU RIGHT NOW, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES READ THE ENDING UNTIL YOU ACTUALLY GET TO THE END.

But seriously, go get this book, best in the series.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

We Were Liars

The other day, I found an advanced copy of We Were Liars and finally decided to read it.
There was so much hype for this book and everyone I've talked with LOVED IT.
But honestly, I wasn't all that into it. You know, it wasn't bad but it wasn't great either.

So there's a group of teens, who have somehow earned the title of "The Liars" (we never actually find out what they did to earn that title). The group is made up of cousins, Cady, Mirren, Johnny, and family friend, Gat. They spend every summer together on the Sinclair family island. The island is shrouded in family drama. The three incredibly spoiled mothers often try using their children to get what they want from their father. When the oldest granddaughter, Cady has an accident, the family begins unraveling. 

The whole novel is told through Cady's amnesia. She's trying to remember the summer of her accident and hopes that going back to the island might help refresh her mind. But, my God, does she have a knack for the theatrics. Everything that comes out of her mouth is either incredibly angsty or deeply philosophical, which gets annoying fast. She wants to spend time with the Liars, to fill the gaps in her memory. But no one wants to talk with her about the incident. 

I wish there was more to say about the book, but that little paragraph is the basically the gist of the book. But just remember, if anyone asks you about the ending, just lie.