Books that Ignite

We all know I have struggled with reading in recent years. I’ve begun seeking refuse in mindless television instead of books like I used to. Today I want to talk about books that reignite that fire in me. That piece of me that loves reading and has been pushed to the background for the last few years. It’s longing to be set free and these are the books that helped me do that.

If you are in a reading slump and don’t know what books to read to attempt to get you out of that pit I recommend these.

 

This book was a surprising love for me. I requested it from Netgalley not really expecting to love it as much as I did. It’s a contemporary which is not usually my thing, but somehow Sara Biren kicked off a reading blitz after so long of nothing. This book was simple and straightforward yet complicated and twisting at the same time. It shows how teens deal with grief in different ways and how death can change your life in ways you never thought possible. It was such a moving read and I finished it so quickly. Even if you are not a fan of contemporary I would recommend this one, because man, was it good.

I pretty much love everything that Sharon Cameron writes. This one was amazing and it had perfect twists that even I didn’t see coming. Fun fact with this one was years ago Sharon and I had lunch and she told me she was writing a book and “insert The Forgetting twist here” and she hid it so well in this book that I didn’t even realize this was the book we had talked about until the twist actually happened. I feel like that is so skillful of her lol because I knew the book was coming, but I had no idea I was actually reading it. The story with this is amazing and the world building and descriptions are on point. I knew exactly what this world looked like and there were so many clues regarding the twist ( minus the fact I already knew what it was) that when it was revealed I couldn’t believe how I didn’t catch it. Love, love, love this book!

 

I am putting both of these on here because they go together. Not just because they are in a series but because I read them both after the entire series as published so I had to immediately buy The Mirror King because Orphan Queen was that amazing. I should have known I would fall in love with this series because I have loved every single on of Jodi Meadows books, but these ones blew me away. It’s unfair to compare this series with the Incarnate series because they are both so amazing in different ways. I loved the characters, the world, the enemy, the conflict, everything about this book was pieced together so amazingly and I do not know how Meadows is able to create such amazing worlds.

 

This book came into my life at a perfect time. I had tried to get over my reading slump by checking out some adult books and some other random books and it wasn’t working. I was missing that perfect YA world to immerse myself into. There is just something about YA and the problems the characters go through that even at 26 I still relate to so much. This Savage Song was one of the first YA books I had read in months and I was so there for this world! Victoria Schwab is another one of my favorite authors and her books usually pull in so I was so grateful to have this book in my life!

What are some of the books you guys use to get you through some reading slumps?

Waiting on Wednesday March 29, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

 

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where I get to talk about a book that I can’t wait to come out!

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron was one of those books I instantly fell in love with, as if I could ever not love something written by this talented writer. I had no idea there was going to be another book and when I ventured onto Twitter one day I saw the announcement days after it had been made and I was shocked. I loved the idea that we would get to peak in on the world of Canaan again and this time we get to see new stories in this world.  I am beyond excited for this book to come out! And you guys, what another gorgeous cover! So pretty!

THE KNOWING

October 10, 2017

Sharon Cameron returns to the rich world of The Forgettingwith a companion novel as thrilling and intricately crafted as the first.

Samara doesn’t forget. And she isn’t the only one. Safe underground in the city of New Canaan, she lives in a privileged world free from the Forgetting. Yet she wonders if she really is free, with the memories that plague her and secrets that surround her. Samara is determined to unearth the answers, even if she must escape to the old, cursed city of Canaan to find them.

Someone else is on their way to Canaan too . . . a spaceship from Earth is heading toward the planet, like a figment of the city’s forgotten past. Beck is traveling with his parents, researchers tasked with finding the abandoned settlement effort. When Beck is stranded without communication, he will find more in Canaan than he was ever trained for. What will happen when worlds and memories, beliefs — and truths — collide?

This pulse-pounding, evocative companion to Cameron’s highly acclaimed The Forgetting explores the truth and loss that lie within human memory, and the bonds that hold us together.

You Before Anyone Else

You Before Anyone Else was an unexpectedly entertaining and attention grabbing book. This is definitely not a book that I normally tend to read, but the description was enough to get me to check it out. While I don’t think this book will change lives, it’s definitely worth reading. I finished the book in a matter of hours because I couldn’t put it down.
The lives of struggling models in NYC is not a world I am familiar with, but it’s the world both Finley and Eddie live in. Their worlds collide one evening at a party and fate keeps pushing them back together. Sometimes while I was reading I felt like everything was moving too fast, but when you put into perspective that each of these characters has already graduated high school and they both are living as independent adults, it’s really don’t feel that quick at all.
The story definitely brought up some great topics. Finley struggles with who she thinks she wants to be and what she can actually do that will fill her with passion every day. Eddie struggles with a secret for most of the book (that I will not give away here because SPOILERS) as he too tries to figure out the difference between who he thinks he should be and what he should actually be.
I really liked these characters and I enjoyed reading their story. I would definitely read more books by these two authors in the future. I feel like all of the characters in the story were well rounded. There wasn’t anyone in there who wasn’t there for a purpose or who I felt like wasn’t a real person. It feels like they were all given the same amount of detail as the two main characters and that was something I really liked.
The end of the story was great. I love that the best outcome possible happened for all of these characters. This is a book I would read again. Four stars!

Review: The Memory Jar

Title: The Memory Jar
Author: Elissa Janine Hoole
Publisher: Flux
Publication Date: April 8, 2016

From Goodreads

Since the accident, Taylor’s memory has been fuzzy. But at least she’s awake. Who knows what her boyfriend, Scott, will remember when he comes out of the coma. Will he remember that Taylor was driving the snowmobile when it crashed? Will he remember the engagement ring? Her pregnancy?

Will he remember that she tried to break up with him?

Taylor doesn’t know. And she doesn’t know if she wants him to remember. Plenty of things happened that night and before—secrets wrapped in secrets—that she’d prefer be forgotten.

Facing choices she’d rather ignore, Taylor searches for something more solid than whispers and something bigger than blame to face the future and forgive herself.

The Memory Jar certainly has an interesting premise. Girl gets into an accident that she can’t remember that lands boyfriend in a coma. The summary had me interested enough to read it, but within the first few lines I was turned off. This book is definitely not a book for everyone and unfortunately it was not for me.
It was a strange experience reading this book. I disliked the narrator’s voice a lot and didn’t care for the story because of it, but at the same time I wanted to know what actually happened during the accident. The only reason I kept reading even when I felt so done at times was because I needed to know where this was going.
The story itself switches between “Now” scenes and “Then” scenes. I don’t necessarily dislike that kind of set up in general, but in this particular novel each of the scenes were so short I felt like I kept disconnecting to the story every single time it switched. It’s hard to connect to a character if they feel unreliable and Taylor felt unreliable. This felt like one of those books where the ending was going to be something completely off the wall and I would wonder why I wasted my time with it. That feeling came in large part because of the switching between then and now.
I also felt like there were several things that contradicted other things in the novel. I read the novel in almost one sitting so I didn’t have time to forget the details that I read. Maybe it was because of this that some things seemed off to me. The timeline was a major thing. I don’t feel like there is a clearly defined timeline for this novel.
I know that the character is pregnant, but at one point she talks about needing to have an abortion before the first trimester is over. She says that is eight weeks away. Then she says its ten weeks away. Then she says that she was 6 weeks pregnant at the time she told her boyfriend, Scott, the same one that is in a coma. This was something that was very confusing to me and I feel like should have been more defined. Why are there so many references to time using her pregnancy that don’t add up?
The character of Taylor speaks in a voice I am not familiar with in teenagers. Possibly I just hadn’t read or interacted with a teenager like this in real life (neither when I was one nor now). This girl sounded like a jaded 27 year old woman. She was not someone I connect with now and certainly not someone who I would have connected with as a teenager. The author tried to make her more relatable by referencing Harry Potter and Doctor Who (two things that I LOVE) and I STILL could not form a connection with Taylor. She also goes back and forth so much about her true feelings for Scott. Every time she tried to say she wasn’t in love with him or that she was in love with him or when some other character commented about how they were never really meant for each other I got annoyed. Why are you telling me this and not showing me this. It did not feel authentic and so once again it was hard to believe what was happening. I understand that everyone is able to change their mind, but it felt like she should have been a little clearer over her feelings and not flip as much as she did.
The character of Kendall was an odd addition to the book. I have no idea what purpose she served. She came in causing conflict when there was already enough conflict in the book. It seemed to distract from the main story that the author was trying to weave aka what happened during the accident and what is Taylor going to do about this baby? This did not need to be in the book. It irks me to have a “random” sub plot thrown in that didn’t really need to be included. I don’t feel like it advanced the overall plot at all.
Taylor’s mother also seemed odd to me. It was mentioned in there that Scott definitely felt as though Taylor was being abused by her mother, or at least that there were abusive tendencies. Taylor makes it clear that her mother and she do not get along. She even wonders why her mother didn’t have an abortion because her mother has made comments about how much Taylor altered her life (and not for the better it seems). Her mother’s reply that it was because she loved Taylor’s father (who then left them) doesn’t seem to help the mother/daughter relationship at all. Then at the end of the novel there is a complete turn in the mother and suddenly she is on her daughter’s side no matter what. This was a strange moment for me. Was the author trying to show readers that they shouldn’t always assume that others will react a certain way because they could surprise you? If this was the case however then why go to the other lengths to show that the mother had abusive tendencies and that she and Taylor don’t get along? What? I am missing a point here and I am not even sure what it was.
I also want to know why Understanding Emily wasn’t fleshed out more. She is shown in quite a few scenes, but she has basically no character or personality besides being understanding. Her parents and the guy from the news are the same way. They kind of felt like fillers. Even the nurse who was filled with compassion felt like they had more depth than those other characters. Why did that happen?