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Prelude to Mayhem (Mayhem Wave #1) by Edward Aubry

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Series: Book 1
Author: Edward Aubry
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Pages: 342
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Sci Fi & Fantasy
Rating: 4 stars

 

 

On May 30, 2004, the world transformed. Nearly all signs of civilization vanished, leaving in their wake a bizarre landscape of wilderness, advanced technology and magic, and leaving Harrison Cody very much alone. After weeks of surviving in solitude, he hears a voice on the radio, beckoning him to cross a thousand miles of terrifyingly random terrain to meet her, and any other survivors, in Chicago. Eager to find any remnants of humanity, he sets forth, joined by an unexpected—and inhuman—companion.

For Dorothy O’Neill, the end of the world means she will never finish ninth grade. On her own, she builds a home in the ruins of a strip mall, relying on her ingenuity and hard work to maintain some semblance of creature comforts. When another survivor arrives, he brings futuristic technology and stories of monsters he has encountered. Armed with this information, she takes a new interest in exploring her world, but she is not prepared for what awaits her, and the new arrival has brought his own set of problems.

On their separate journeys, Harrison and Dorothy begin to piece together what has happened to their world. Their questions have answers to be found in what remains of Chicago, and from the mysterious voice on the radio offering the hope that civilization can be rebuilt.

My Experience

Welcome to the maze runner meets the gone series. A delightful combination of horror thriller makes it one to watch out for. I hope this book becomes such a hit that it get its own movie, it deserves a movie.

It’s set in a post-apocalyptic scene. The one day everything is fine for Cody and Dorothy, the next they have been stranded alone in a world that regressed to a primitive state of jungles, dinosaurs and technology hundred years before its time.

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Their only hope is to follow the voice of a mysterious girl on the radio calling all survivors to meet up in Chicago.

Metaphor

I’m going to use a train to describe this book since it occurs in the story. It was like being on a train that starts moving faster and faster that you have to grab onto something to make sure you don’t lift off the ground and get slammed into a window. Just as the train starts reaching a terrifyingly beautiful speed you are thrown off with an alarming crash.

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Don’t be alarmed for you will get back on again in book 2 which I am beyond eager for.

 

What I liked:

I loved the genre and how I have found a new author that writes similar to Michael Grant.

What I didn’t like:

I don’t like that I have to wait for the next book.

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Recommendations:

A young adult book that I definitely recommend to fans of divergent, The maze runner and the Gone series. It’s a great story with hints of darkness in the background sprinkled with horror.

 

Rating

4 magical snowflakes

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Sincerely,

Snow

 

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POPO GIGI: the earlier years – London to Bollywood

I recommend this book to those who love chaotic shoulder shaking stomach howling laughter.

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Title: POPO GIGI: the earlier years – London to Bollywood
Author: Samuel G. Sterling
Publisher: Jolliwood Books
Pages: 586
Source: Provided by Jolliwood Entertainment
Genre:  Adult Fiction, Comedy
Rating: 4 stars

Samuel G. Sterling:

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I would like to thank Jolliwood Entertainment  for sending me a hardcopy of this book for an honest review.

For your pleasure, only.

 The plot:

Popo Gigi, graduating from Oxbridge, continues his quest for DNA closure in search of his biological father. A father, who wilfully abandoned his Indian teenage mother—shipping her to London—single, shameful, alone and heavily pregnant.

Popo’s relentless pursuit lands him in Bombay, India, where ‘Indian Fixer’ unmasks his super-patriotic English father … a ‘True-Brit-with-Grit’ in aristocratic guise; crowned ‘Top Bollywood Film Producer’—boasting ‘n’ hosting Kama Sutra masterclasses: smacking his ‘entertaining empire’ into orbit. Latching onto his belligerent, eel-like father exposes Popo to the ‘unsavouries of life’ – suckling Bollywood’s underbelly. Indian Fixer’s untimely death exasperates their animosity: fingers of suspicion all point in one direction.

Popo is saddled with dilemmas galore: antipathetic father; Bollywood-Diva-Stepmother; troubled twin brother; scorned Russian girlfriend, and his multinational ‘drama therapy’ group: now reformed, but still needing supervision. Nothing but nothing, is going to thwart Popo’s lifelong ambition—to lead and stage a Bollywoodesque Romeo and Juliet in London-

Popo Gigi: Shakespeare Goes Bollywood …

My experience:

Meet Popo Gigi. Life is hard for a boy named Popo Gigi. Popo Gigi has a twin brother Ramyou and they grew up without a father. Their caring mother provided for them and they had a humble life. However, Popo never felt truly whole for he reasoned that he will only feel complete when he meets his biological father. Now we go on a journey often dangerous and often so hilarious you are in awe of the pure ridiculousness of the situation. We go on this journey with Popo so that he might one day reunite with Bio-Dad.

The section in my blog where I compare the book in a metaphor or simile:

I will compare this book to a meal. How to describe this dish.

It’s like they took all the ingredients of what makes a good joke and a bad joke and threw it into one book and placed it into the oven. Add my love for anything and everyone that is Indian and you get one happy reader (The reader being me). If this story was written by a different author it’s possible it could have been an absolute disaster. The story truly fell all over the place but it made it that much more charming.

My experience continues

While reading this book it felt like I was getting a workout because of how much I was laughing. There was one chapter that included an airplane, childbirth and it is funnier than anything I have read this year.

This book had me in constant stitches (of laughter only). The dialect in which it was written made it so much more honest and I felt like I was in the middle of India rushing around the people and trying to avoid pigeon blessings.

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What I did not like

So there were a few chapters where the descriptions of what the spoken words meant were more than the story itself. That made it complicated to keep track of the story and had me often confused about what exactly had just happened. So that was one thing I did not like, the constant explanation of what something meant when I was more interested in the story than the explanation of the lingo.

As much as I enjoyed the book the ending of the book was a bit disappointing. I would split this book into two parts. Part 1 of the book I rate 4 stars. Then the second part of the story I rate 3 stars.

The reason I disliked the ending is it was suddenly written in third person and no more in the first person and it was very confusing for me. I also couldn’t figure out what exactly was happening in the ending.

What I liked

Life is hard for a girl that loves a boy with the name of Popo Gigi. Oh, the romance of Romeo and Juliet was such a sweet treat for my secret romantic heart. I adored their cute encounters. The detail of their relationship wasn’t dominating the story.  It was like a little butterfly that was fluttering in the background barely making its presence known.

I loved the subtlety that was used for the more explicit scenes. There is nothing I like more than hiding the explicit in plain sight.

There is one thing about this book that I truly loved and that was the geniality of it all. It was written so open and truthfully. I felt myself developing a deep protective bond for the book.

Recommendations

I recommend this book to those who love chaotic shoulder shaking stomach howling laughter. That is essentially what you will get. Constant laughter with no idea exactly what you are finding so hilarious, but going with it anyway because why question a good thing.

Rating

After writing this review I realise I have no choice but to give this book the 4 stars I was going to withhold. Because this book made me laugh and made me smile and I won’t forget it.

Four OK Snowflakes

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Sincerely

Snow

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The Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Lindsey Lee Johnson

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Pages: 288
Source: NetGalley
Genre:  Teens & YA,Literary Fiction
Rating: 3 stars

I would like to say thank you to Random house publishing group for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Plot:

In an idyllic community of wealthy California families, new teacher Molly Nicoll becomes intrigued by the hidden lives of her privileged students. Unknown to Molly, a middle school tragedy in which they were all complicit continues to reverberate for her kids: Nick, the brilliant scam artist; Emma, the gifted dancer and party girl; Dave, the B student who strives to meet his parents expectations; Calista, the hippie outcast who hides her intelligence for reasons of her own. Theirs is a world in which every action may become public postable, shareable, indelible. With the rare talent that transforms teenage dramas into compelling and urgent fiction, Lindsey Lee Johnson makes vivid a modern adolescence lived in the gleam of the virtual, but rich with the sorrow, passion, and beauty of life in any time, and at any age.

 

My experience:

The story is told through different perspectives of different people. These are people you are most likely to walk into at a school. The prom queen, the bully, the outcast, and the teacher. You walk through all the different footsteps and take a look through the different pairs of eyes but it tells one story. At first it looks as if it is just short stories taken from each character but as you continue you realise how all the different walks leads to one path.

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A metaphor for this book:

I compare this book to flash cards. I remember as a kid the teacher would take new words and have one word on a white flash card. The whole class would read the word in a chorus. Even though it was one word it meant something different to everybody in that moment. When read out loud it was being pronounced differently by each child and it was being processed by the brain in a unique way. That’s what I feel this book achieved. It shows you everyday lives but shows different shadows in each character. It shows you the importance of how life is processed differently by everybody. Somebody isn’t just a bully and then that’s all they are. There is always something more and deeper to someone then what the first glance tells you.

What I liked about this book:

I loved how it was able to make each character truly different. When the chapter changes, it didn’t have to tell me I was being introduced to a new character. I knew it. I knew by the new tone and dialect.

What I didn’t like about this book:

I didn’t like the ending. It seemed rather unremarkable as if the book could still be secretly continuing somewhere and the real ending was hidden. Maybe that’s just because it’s a Literacy fiction and not a young adult novel? I wonder…

 

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Quotes I loved in this book:

“But the beauty was foreign to her.  She wore it like expensive jewelry she knew was dangerous to own”

 

“Her face was a question she considered daily, widening her eyes in the mirror on the inside of her locker, sucking the flesh of her cheeks between her.”

 

Rating:

3 dangerous snowflakes.

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Sincerely,

Snow.

 

Posted in Book Review, mystery, netgalley, Thriller, YA

Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

It’s one of those books you pick up and only put down 3 hours later after being utterly consumed by the story.

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Title: Lost Girls
Author: Merrie Destefano
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Pages: 360
Source: NetGalley
Genre:  Teens & YA, Thriller
Rating: 4 stars

 

Plot

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.

 

My experience

Imagine waking up in a ditch. You remember last night you were listening to Taylor Swift, you had a test for school. Obviously waking up in a ditch is already quite concerning but what if what you thought was last night was last year?

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I gobbled this book up in one sitting I loved it. It teased you with suspense and added just enough romance in there to make it the perfect young adult novel.

This book deserves a movie.

Metaphor for the story

I compare this story to a dancing ballerina. She dances in the light happily but then all of a sudden the lights are shut down and the darkness strips the light. With only the spotlight on her she has to move to discover her surroundings. When she moves so does the spotlight, so only by moving all over the stage can she illuminate the mysteries around her. She dances faster and faster so the spotlight can move over all the unknown spots on the stage. Her fate starts to rest on illuminating the whole stage. And as the story progresses the dancing becomes so enchantingly violent you are left breathless when the truth finally is revealed in the spotlight.

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What I liked

I loved the originality of it all. Such a fresh new story that I didn’t know I was in desperate need of.

What I did not like

The ending was a bit too clean. I wanted it to start messy and end with a note of that same mistrust.

Recommendations

Thriller fans and young adult fanatics this book is a necessity for 2017.

 

Rating

4 forgetful snowflakes.

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Sincerely Snow