Review: 23:27


Title: 23:27
Author: H.L. Roberts
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: CaDaVa Publishing
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Release Date: September 2, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Fame.

Money.

Glory.

These were all the things that you would expect from being famous. The bait that the producers of the industry would tempt you with to get you on their side.

What they don’t tell you though are all the inner tragedies that come along just as quickly. They don’t tell you about the heartache that occurs when you realize that this wasn’t what you wanted at all.

They don’t tell you about the pressure that’s always on the verge of crushing you when you’re forced to do everything that the public demands for and not what you truly desire.

They don’t tell you about the self hatred that would soon take over your entire being at the thought that you will never be good enough.

No – they don’t tell you these things at all.

But, Lilith Rose will.

When Lilith Rose, lead singer to one of the most famous rock bands around gets tired of all the lies and secrets that comes with being famous.

She decides that it’s time for all of it to stop and ends up revealing everything on a Facebook live stream.

The result…

“Part of me wants to die tonight, part of me wants it to be an accident, and part of me wants someone to notice and save me.” – Lilith Rose.

Review:

This book jumps right into the action, which I liked. The writing got better as the story progressed. 

I was missing a lot of the background information in the beginning. I knew these characters were facing a lot of difficulties but I wasn’t convinced that I should root for them yet. 

Eventually, I got really into the story. There were some dramatic points where I had no idea what was going to happen next. That was exciting. 

I didn’t like that race was part of the reason that Alec and Lilith couldn’t be together. Up until that point, I didn’t even realize they were racially different. And their races were never mentioned again, so I think it was unnecessary. 

I was unsure of the setting throughout the whole book. I think it may be set in the U.K., because they mention that their album was released there but I’m not 100% sure. Sometimes they used British terms, but sometimes they used American terms. 

The story is alternately narrated by Lilith and Alec. I would have liked to see Lilith’s point of view more throughout the story. Alec tells most of it through the middle. It’s a bit of a secret how Lilith is feeling during that point so I can see why she has less parts, but I liked hearing her side of the story too. 

Overall, this was a pretty good story. 

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #4

It's Monday! What Are You Reading

This blog meme is hosted by Book Date. It is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

What I just finished:

Yesterday I finished 23:37. You can check out my review for it today!

What I’m currently reading:

Today I am reading Friend Request. The concept is so creepy. I hope it lives up to my expectations.

What I’m reading next:



Next I will be reading New Boy.

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books? Let me know in the comments!

Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Title: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum
Genre: Children’s
Publisher: Sweet Cherry Publishing
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: January 12, 2016 (Originally May 17, 1900)
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Follow the yellow brick road!

Dorothy thinks she’s lost forever when a tornado whirls her and her dog, Toto, into a magical world. To get home, she must find the wonderful wizard in the Emerald City of Oz. On the way she meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion. But the Wicked Witch of the West has her own plans for the new arrival – will Dorothy ever see Kansas again?

Review:

This is my first time reading this book. I saw it on NetGalley, so I thought why not?

Well I was so surprised while reading this to find that it is so different from the movie! I assumed they would be more similar. Almost everything that I associate with The Wizard of Oz is just in the movie, not the book. At least Dorothy still had Toto and her blue gingham dress.

My first shock was that her shoes are silver! Silver! Not ruby slippers! Silver shoes. I guess the ruby was chosen for the movie because it stands out more in film. But the ruby slippers are such an iconic image from the Wizard of Oz that I assumed that’s what they were in the book.

This story is an easy read. It moves at a good pace, with lots happening. Some parts were kind of violent for a children’s novel, but that’s just because it was written over a hundred years ago when children’s books weren’t as innocent as they are today.

Now I will have to rewatch the movie to see what other differences there are!

Weekly Wrap Up #4

Here’s my weekly wrap up!

I didn’t have as much time for reading this week. I had a migraine Monday so I missed my reading then. I had to rearrange my blogging schedule because of that.

I read 7 books this week, and reviewed all of them:

It’s hard to pick a favourite because these books were very good, and also very different. I loved She, Myself, and I, Shadow and Bone, and One Day in December.

I also did a weekly book meme everyday:

On Monday, I met Becky Albertalli, Angie Thomas, and Julie Murphy. My post about that is here:

What did you read this week? Have you read any of these books?

Stacking the Shelves #3

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This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I was approved for one ARCs on NetGalley:

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman



I bought four books from Indigo:

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

 

Harley Quinn & the Suicide Squad: An Adult Coloring Book

 

Harley Quinn Vol. 1: Hot in the City by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti

Suicide Squad, Vol. 1: The Black Vault by Rob Williams



There’s a bit of a trend happening… I’m obsessed with Harley Quinn right now. I can’t get enough of her. So get ready for some more reviews featuring Harley!

Did you get any fun books this week?

Review: One Day in December


Title: One Day in December
Author: Shari Low
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Aria
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: September 1, 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

One morning in December…

Caro set off on a quest to find out if her relationship with her father had been based on a lifetime of lies.

Lila decided today would be the day that she told her lover’s wife of their secret affair.

Cammy was on the way to pick up the ring for the surprise proposal to the woman he loved.

And Bernadette vowed that this was the day she would walk away from her controlling husband of 30 years and never look back.

One day, four lives on a collision course with destiny…

Review:

I enjoyed this story. 

It was equal parts romance and thriller. I was actually surprised at how much drama there was. There were many parts where I held my breath, anticipating what would happen next. The last third of the book was especially thrilling, when everything unraveled. 

I was sympathetic with Caro, Cammy, and Bernadette. They faced hardships that were unavoidable. Lila was definitely an unlikeable character, but I found her realistic too. Her life was broadcast over social media, like so many people these days. But what she posted wasn’t necessarily true. 

Sometimes I got the older characters mixed up. Bernadette and Kenneth, and Lila’s parents led similar lives. But by the end, their lives head in separate directions. 

I really liked this book. I’m going to keep my eyes open for more Shari Low novels!