Book Review: Undertow by Michael Buckley

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Summary

Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity’s best chance for survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it’s more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.

Review

This is the first book of the Undertow Series.  Can I just start off by saying that I hate reading brand new book series or trilogies because  when they are super good you have to wait a long time to get your hands on the second book.  Don’t get me wrong I love book series I just hate the long wait.  In this case the next book won’t be out until  February of 2016.   This is the only criticism I had of the book other then that I thought it was Amazing!  I first heard about this book on the book Riot Youtube channel.  It was one of the books they advertise before they get onto the topic of the video they are discussing. I found the summary intriguing and went ahead and got it at the library.  I am glad that I did.   It was about this girl whose family has secrets from their past. Which they are trying to hide from. Lyric ends up getting in the spotlight when she stands up For Fathom, who is one of the Alpha, who is being picked on.  Turns out Fathom is the Prince of the Alpha.  Lyric soon is ordered  by the Principal to make friends with Fathom.   She doesn’t want to at first, because the whole situation with her family, and anyone who hangs out with the Alpha are automatically in the spotlight.  Lyric starts teaching Fathom how to read.  Soon she starts to develop feelings for him,  but it torn due to the fact that no one would accept their relationship.  I am not sure if its Sci-fi or fantasy ?  But its a mixture that and retelling of  Romeo and Juliet.  Please pick this up you won’t regret it.   http://www.amazon.com/Undertow-Michael-Buckley/dp/0544348257/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1443203816&sr=1-8

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Book Review : Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

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Summary

Life has never been easy for the three Campbell sisters. Jess, Courtney, and Dani live on a remote ranch in Western Canada where they work hard and try to stay out of the way of their father’s temper. One night, a fight gets out of hand and the sisters are forced to go on the run, only to get caught in an even worse nightmare when their truck breaks down in a small town. As events spiral out of control they find themselves in a horrifying situation and are left with no choice but to change their names and create new lives.

Eighteen years later, they are still trying to forget what happened that summer. But when one of the sisters goes missing, followed closely by her niece, they are pulled back into the past. And this time there’s nowhere left to run.

With Those Girls Chevy Stevens presents her most visceral thriller yet: an unforgettable portrait of desperation, loyalty, and evil. A story of survival…and revenge.

 

Review

I can honestly say that Chevy  Stevens is one of my top favorite authors.  I have yet to read any book that I have not liked of hers, and I have read all but one.  This latest book didn’t disappoint me at all.  I thought it was Amazing.  I love all the twist and turns to the story.

.    At first I thought that the story was going to be just about the events that led to their fathers death  but I was wrong.  I think that the father’s death was a starting point to what happens next.  I couldn’t help but feel sorry Jess, Courtney and Dani it seemed like they couldn’t catch a break.  The story dealt with a lot of heavy topics, like rape, child abuse, and addiction issues ( Drugs & Alcohol).

I think that Chevy Stevens did a great job tying everything together. It kind of reminded of the domino affect.  Plus,  I like that the ending message to the story.  Even though bad things happened to them, there are good things that can come from it.  Like  Jess( Jamie)  her daughter Skylar.

I highly recommend this book.  I think if you read one Chevy Stevens you will easily become addicted to her writing.

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About Me

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Hi, my name is Rachel.  I am currently on a break from school,  but I want to get my Bachelor’s in history,  I hope that one day to work in a library as an archivist.  I also want to become a professional book reviewer as well. The reason I started this blog is because I enjoy reading and I wanted to share some of the books I am reading and get other people to read as well , and get people excited and in love with books as much as I am.  I am not picky when it comes to books I read,  so you will probably being seeing all types of different book genre’s on here as well.   So far I am just doing books reviews on my blog but I hope to branch out.  Though I have had this blog for over a year I am still relatively new at this. So I am going to do some research and see what other people are doing on their blogs and go from there.  I welcome any suggestions.  This is also an author happy free zone.  I am open to promoting book tours on here, and open to any publisher or author who would like me to review their book for an honest review.

Book Review: The Storied life of A.J. Fikry

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Summary

A.J. Firky’s life is not all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possessions, a rare collection of Poe poems has been stolen, but when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore its unexpected arrival gives A.J. the chance to make his life over and see everything anew.

Review

I have seen this book around the library but never picked it up. The Book Club that I am part of at the library chose this as their May book pick of the month. Overall I thought that it was pretty good. I thought that the writing was good. I liked how at the beginning of each chapter we get a letter from A.J. where he discusses different things . I have to admit that by the end of chapter three I was hooked in the story I couldn’t put it down the only time I put it down was when I went to work. One of my favorite characters in the book was A.J. himself. At the beginning of the book of the book I thought he was a jerk especially after his meeting Amelia. I loved his character growth throughout the story. I think that his character started to grow once he found Maya. And even more after he fell in love with Amelia and married her.

My least favorite character in his was Ismay, I just found the character annoying. I just hate it when people constantly complain about their life, but then they do nothing to change their situation. She finally does something but what she does I would not recommend at all. Plus I just found her to be a negative person in general. Granted her husband was cheating on her, and she did have several miscarriages, but a lot of people have had bad things happen in their life and manage to persevere, A.J. for example. Another issue I had was that Zevin would introduce plot lines but then just drop them. Like it was hinted that Daniel (Ismay’s husband, A.J. brother) was the father of Maya. That was never resolved, Daniel died unexpectedly and Ismay never told A.J. or Maya of her suspicions. At that point I felt cheated out of a potentially good storyline. Top it off the ending felt that the ending of the book felt rushed. Just to add, I didn’t see why A.J. needed to die? what was the point? The ending and how it was written is the reason I didn’t give this five stars all the way, I felt that it could been written better then it was. There was a lot of good themes in this book.

Like death, you have the death of A.J. first wife, and then there was the death of Maya biological mom. This not only connects the characters, but you see there struggles over this particular issue as well. Another major theme was your never to old to find happiness. Of course A.J. and Amelia, then you have the storyline with the author who wrote ” Late Bloomers” which was a central theme throughout the book.

I think that this book can fit in with any age group, from teens to the elderly. Just to add I was reading an interview with the Gabrielle Zevin which was very interesting. Even though I read the book, you can always learn new things. I knew that Maya was biracial, but A.J. was from South East Asia. She was inspired by her own parents, which I thought was awesome. If I could ask the Gabrielle one thing, I would ask her what A.J. stands for? My book club was discussing this, it never says in the book and I haven’t read anything where she discusses it. I am currently reading “Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir that will be my next review. I am going to try to get that review out for next Friday, but if I don’t it will come out sometimes that upcoming week. Hope you enjoy my review, love to hear your thoughts on the review, and has anyone read “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, what are your thought’s on it?

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Quotes

“Remember, Maya: the things we respond to at twenty are not necessarily the same things we will respond to at forty and vice versa. This is true in books and also in life.”

― Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

“It is the secret fear that we are unlovable that isolates us,” the passage goes, “but it is only because we are isolated that we think we are unlovable. Someday, you do not know when, you will be driving down a road. And someday, you do not know when, he, or indeed she, will be there. You will be loved because for the first time in your life, you will truly not be alone. You will have chosen to not be alone.”

― Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

“When I read a book, I want you to be reading it at the same time. I want to know what would Amelia think of it. I want you to be mine. I can promise you books and conversation and all my heart, Amy.” ― Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel

Do you like Moby Dick?” he asks.

“I hate it,” she says. “And I don’t say that about many things. Teachers assign it, and parents are happy because their kids are reading something of ‘quality.’ But it’s forcing kids to read books like that that make them think they hate reading.”

― Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

“Maya knows that her mother left her in Island Books. But maybe that’s what happens to all children at a certain age. Some children are left in shoe stores. And some children are left in toy stores. And some children are left in sandwich shops. And your whole life is determined by what store you get left in. She does not want to live in the sandwich shop.”

― Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel

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