A lot of people have been talking about this one lately! #books #currentlyreading #bookstagram #yalit #youngadult #yareads #bookmark #keepcalm #lucychristopher
Conversion by Katherine Howe
This was nothing like what I was expecting.
I went into this one without having read the synopsis, because I’ve learned that this is the best way to enter a book. I did have some vague recollection, however, of what the story might be about because of what I’d seen on YouTube. What I saw on the web was about how this would be a slightly creepy read with a touch of the paranormal. What I DIDN’T know was that this would also be one of those stories where the narrative is split into two different voices, one from the past and the other from 2012.
Did I enjoy this story? To be honest, it was a bit bland for me. I enjoyed it in the sense that it was an intriguing topic and slightly different in its approach to a genre that the young adult age group has basically wrung dry. The storyline, however, felt like something that was being dragged out. There were times where I found it so hard to get back into the story, simply because it just didn’t quite grip me.
Some of the major issues that I had with this one were the editing (it seems that the editor was afraid of commas), the protagonist and her friends—there’s a particular part where the protagonist, Colleen, gets told off by a friend for how she treats another friend, which is such a load of bull crap once the road knows what really happened—, the interludes (I know, it IS interesting to see what happened back during the Salem Witch trials, but honestly, it was frustrating having to go back and forth), and the last few chapters, which were just brutal to get through.
I DID enjoy the mild romance that plays out in the novel and how it doesn’t overtake the storyline. I also enjoyed how the mystery just keeps you guessing all the way through. For all of my complaining and nitpicking, I will say that Katherine Howe knows how to create a good mystery.
Will I read something like this again? I don’t really know. I think it’s just a case of reading the wrong book at the wrong time.
I recommend this one to anyone who likes a good mystery that has a solution you might not see coming. If you enjoy the Salem With trials, then you might like this unique take on history.
You can check it out on Goodreads here.
it can either start like this:
Or, like this:
When you’re reading said book, it could either be like this:
And finally, if you liked what you read you’ll probably be like:
And if not, then:
But, it’s okay because you read a book, found out if you liked it or not (for yourself), and either found your next favourite read, or something that you will never read again.
As the year progresses, more 2015 YA titles are getting their covers. Some of these are gorgeous! Which one is your favourite?
So, this happened. That awkward moment when an #author comments on my #tumblr post about the pilot of her never released tv show (erm…almost none of the comments by my other followers were good, oops!)
Did you watch the Delirium pilot? If so, what are your thoughts?
On my way to work and enjoy this one. By the way, I bought this #tfios #bookmark at #indigo—so, either check out a store or order online!
BOOK TOUR: REVIEW!
Wanted: Dead Or In Love by Kym Brunner
Release Date: June 30, 2014
Author Info: Kym Brunner
Age Group: Young Adult
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Paranormal
Format: Finished Copy
Publisher: Merit Press
Goodreads: Wanted: Dead Or In Love
You can read the description here (I don’t want to spoil it for you by accident!)
Merit Press very kindly sent this my way and I’m so grateful! My best and immediate advice to you is to avoid reading the synopsis of Kym Brunner’s novel, Wanted: Dead Or In Love immediately before reading the book. Why? Because you’re going to want to go into this one blind, trust me, it makes it SO much better!
I absolutely adored Brunner’s novel because of how unassuming it is. When you look at the cover you might think, ugh, another teen-face cover. Or, if you’re like me, you might think that this is a collection of short stories if you look at the cover from far away (yes, I use glasses.) But trust me when I say this: Brunner’s young adult contemporary/paranormal novel has enough sass, dangerous and unconventional romance, and unusual paranormal circumstances to keep you craving more, plus it also has a road trip from hell. I love me some road trip fun!
Anyone familiar with the Bonnie and Clyde story may rejoice in seeing a young adult adaptation of the two lovers that doesn’t go as predicted. I love the fact that Brunner, while technically writing from the first narrative point of view of two of the characters, introduces us to four characters. Whereas some authors might find it difficult to create and develop one character, she successfully creates four very different personalities (a couple even have accents!)
Honestly, when I went into this I thought I was also going to get a twenties-style historical fiction. I was so happy that it was contemporary because it made the story all the more appealing and approachable to me. I’ve always found historical fiction a bit intimidating, hence my initial wariness.
The pacing was great, since we are immediately brought into the main issue of the novel and then follow one of the protagonists, Monroe (which, by the way, plays so well into the theme of the novel), down what promises to be a destructive road.
I’m not going to discuss the second narrator because I don’t want to give anything away, but I’m just going to say that I did NOT see it coming. Monroe, however, is actually perfect for her opposite narrator because they both beg to be redeemed by the end of the novel. Even though the redemption comes in a less than conventional manner, it does happen (just not in the ways that you might expect.)
At the end of the day, this is a tale of love, adventure, and redemption. Pretty strong trio, in my opinion.
One of the reasons why I think this novel is so popular is because it offers something different. The female and male protagonists are far from perfect, it takes two of the most romantic (and most vilified) couples in history and offers them a second chance, whether they receive it or not, and it is just the right amount of sass without any arrogance.
Overall, as you can obviously tell, I loved this book. Believe me when I tell you that I honestly wasn’t expecting to like this one. I think that what helped me was that I went in without any expectations (and without reading the synopsis), and enjoyed the heck out of it.
I recommend this to readers who like contemporary reads with a touch of the paranormal. If you like unlikely romances, imperfect characters, and creative scenarios, then you might like this. Also, just to throw a hint out there: if you enjoyed What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang, then give this one a go—not because of the dystopian quality, but because of the unique situation that certain characters are in.
Looks like I’ve found my next read. Okay? Okay. #books #bookstagram #katherinehowe #okay #tfios #bookmarks #yalit #yareads #youngadult
The Merciless by Danielle Vega
What can I say about The Merciless?
Well, for starters, it is indeed very VERY creepy. The characters are almost all anti-heroes with a false sense of purpose. While there may or may not be paranormal forces in this novel (must…not…spoil…this…book), the fact that HUMANS are capable of such horrendous things, is terrifying in itself. We’re constantly asking which character is the bad guy and if they’re all bad guys in their own twisted way.
The pacing is very quick once it gets into the heart of the novel (young girl, tied up, and covered in blood—it’s in the synopsis!), and it’s very hard to put it down.
The concept is terrifying because it plays on such a huge societal (and controversial) theme: religion. I’m not much of a religious person, but even I can see how terrifying the quote on the back of the novel is: “Forgive us, Father, for WE have sinned.” It forces the reader to question if humans are as bad as demons, or if demons are a creation of negative human mentality. When all else fails in our world, why not say that the person we see as slighting us is possessed? Atheists may have a field day with this one, while other religious readers might feel terrified because of the idea that the very thing they fear may be coming to life within these pages.
The ending is definitely one of those endings that doesn’t sugarcoat everything, which is perfect. If the rest of the novel is a dark and chaotic tale of sins and damnation, why does the ending have to be happy and peaceful?
While I wouldn’t exactly call this a horror novel, I would definitely label it as a psychological thriller, or suspense. This is only horror to those who allow it to be terrifying, and this is suspenseful for those who see that humanity might just be as dark as demons.
The minor issues I had with this were editing, some small issues with continuity, and missed opportunities with some of the characters. At the beginning of the novel, it felt like things were being rushed, just so we could get through the whole introductory part of the novel. If the characters were drawn out a bit more, then this story could have been truly horrifying.
I recommend this to anyone who’s into young adult novels with a darker theme. If you’re looking for that next gory, heart-pounding, stomach turning story you’ve been craving, then check this one out.
Check it out on Goodreads here.
Merit Press has been so good to me! If you haven’t checked out this young adult publisher yet, then I suggest you do!
What happens when I’m looking for a specific book in my “read books” boxes… #books #bookstagram #bookstack
This is where my read books go until I have room again :) #books #bookstagram