Wither – By Lauren DeStefano

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Goodreads Synopsis: By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can’t bring herself to hate him as much as she’d like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband’s strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape–before her time runs out?

Together with one of Linden’s servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom? 

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This was a reread, since I had read the book many years ago online, and I wanted to get an actual copy of it this time.

Wither is an interesting story, the writing for the book is absolutely beautiful. The descriptions make every very vivid, and you can see everything that’s happening clearly. I really liked that, I like it when the prose makes up a big part of the book.   Wither is set in a dystopian world, and the writing helps build that in an interesting way. DeStephano gives us enough information about this genetic plague for it to be plausible, but never gives us all the details on how it works.

The story builds slowly, but not too slowly. Which I appreciated. It gave me time to connect with the characters, and with the story in general.  Although at times the story became borderline angsty, I was never bothered by that too much.

The characters themselves were honestly my least favorite part. Rhine is set on leaving, but never has to struggle with leaving anyone or anything behind. Is it bad I wanted her to go through a little Stockholm syndrome?  Besides that I felt like she had a strong character, and I appreciated that. The other girls had their unique characters, I wanted to see Rhine getting to know them more, but she never did.  Gabriel, the romantic interest, was the most boring. His character was flat as a pancake, and I never could tell exactly why she loved him.  I think the romantic subplot was completely unnecessary.  Linden, Rhine’s ”husband” was creepy, but also pathetic. You have some of the same feelings for him, as you would for say Gollum from the Lord of the Rings.

I felt like the end of the story was a little too easy for Rhine. I started to get bored 3/4ths of the way through the story, and that’s the main reason my rating is low. I felt like I should have been more engaged at the climax of the story, but I just wasn’t.

In the end I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads.

 

Max – By Sarah Cohen-Scali

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Goodreads Synopsis: In the Lebensborn program, carefully selected German women are recruited by the Nazis to give birth to new members of the Aryan race. Inside one of these women is Max, Literally counting the minutes until he is born and he can fulfill his destiny as the perfect Aryan specimen.

Max is taken away from his birth mother soon after he enters the world. Raised under the ideology and direction of the Nazi Party, he grows up without any family, without affection or tenderness, and he soon becomes the mascot of the program. That ‘s what it’ s all about. Lukas, a young Jewish boy who knows how to despise. Instead, the friendship that blossoms changes Max’s world forever. That ‘s what it’ s all about. Lukas, a young Jewish boy who knows how to despise. Instead, the friendship that blossoms changes Max’s world forever.

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This book is possibly the strangest thing I’ve read all year.

Max follows the life a young boy, born and breed for the Nazi Party.  To me he was never a character I could sympathize with, though I did pity him a lot.  This book was at times hard to read, because I was so disgusted with how the adults treated Max, and the mothers birthing the babies.  I was also upset by the scenes where the soldiers would steal Polish children from their families in the night. This book does not shy away from any of the horrors that happened at the hands of the Nazis.

I found the book strange because of the way Max narrates the story. He’s a very aggressive narrator for the small boy that he is.  He also fully believes everything he’s been brainwashed to think. Though at times he finds himself confused, even by the end of the book he hasn’t decided that the Nazi’s are completely wrong.  Max is never a character that you like.  If you’re like me and are sensitive to how children are treated in literature, this might not be the book for you.

Unlike the synopsis suggests, the friendship between Max and the Jewish boy is not really a friendship…it’s a mutual need to survive that puts them together, and it does not end well for either one of them.  This is what made me give this book a lower rating.

In the end I gave this book 3 stars.

Reading Wrap-Up July 2017

I read all of 22 books this month.  Which isn’t as much as last month, but I also read more books that I actually enjoyed, which is awesome in my opinion.

1 Star Reads. I’ve already written reviews for most of these, which you can find here.

2 Star Reads. Only 1 book! I’ll be writing a review for this later this week, be sure to check back in when it comes out!

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3 Star Reads. 8 books, there are a lot of books in this pile unfortunately. I was really disappointed for Given to the Sea, I really wanted to love that book. Also Whiskey Words & A Shovel was a somewhat disappointing read.

4 Star Reads. This month was a good one for 4 stars! All of six books. I really enjoyed the next volume of Alex + Ada, as well as Maresi.

5 Star Reads. I love it how all of my five star reads this month were comics. 😀 In case you didn’t know, Saga is the best comic on the planet and you should read it asap.

So what did you read this month? 

June Reading Wrap-Up

Okay so I read a lot of books this month, so bare with me this post is going to be long.  So I had a lot of books due at the library so I ended up reading 33 books. I don’t even know how that happened.

1 star books: 8 total. I had a sad amount of 1 star books this month. I already talked about how disappointed I was in Windwitch. I also read some philosophy/religious books and the were also disappointing, and also boring.

 

2 star books: 2 total. The Essential Tao was supposed to be a “here’s all the info about Tao” and it ended up being just a book of sayings which I found boring.  Over You was cliche, and I hated most of the characters.

2.5 stars: 4 books total.  These were books that didn’t quite make the 3 star cut, but ones that I gave three stars on Goodreads. Golden Son I’ve already reviewed. Post Tramatic Church Syndrome suffered from an egotistical author. Otherbound was confusing as hell, and the ending felt like it came out of nowhere.  When Dimple Met Rishi was a huge disappointment.

3 stars: 10 books total. A lot of these books either just didn’t hold my attention as much as I wanted them too, or I just didn’t fall in love with the characters as much. A couple were hard to read such as, Stoics, Epicureans and Sceptics, and Carl Sagan’s book. I’ll be doing reviews for a lot of these in the next month or so.

4 stars: 7 books total. Yay! I love it when I have a good amount of 4 star books. Eliza and her Monsters was fabulous! Of course George R. R. Martin’s book was great. I was super happy to be able to read the princess saves herself in this one, totally lived up to the hype. Also We Are Okay was heartbreaking in all the right ways.

5 star reads: 2 books total. Saga is always amazing, if you haven’t read the series yet get up right now and do it. No excuses. 😉  And I really loved the poetry of Sylvia Plath.


So what did you read this month?

Top Ten Tuesday – Book Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme started by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week’s theme was series that you want to read but just haven’t managed to get to yet. Boy this was quite the job.  See I only have 2667 books on my Goodreads TBR so you can imagine it was a problem of deciding which ones to include. 😉 So I decided to just start at the beginning of my list (which was started in 2010) and go from there. Here is the list, quite at random.

1.First Kill. Find on Goodreads. 

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2. Inside Out. Find on Goodreads. 

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3. Poison Study. Find on Goodreads. 

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4. Murder At the Vicarage. Find on Goodreads. 

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5. Speaker For the Dead. Find on Goodreads. 

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6. The Witch’s Daughter. Find on Goodreads. 

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7. Shatter Me. Find on Goodreads. 

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8. Hourglass. Find on Goodreads.

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9. The Mysterious Howling. Find on Goodreads. 

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10. Sisters Red. Find on Goodreads. 

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What’s on your list? Post a link to your TTT in the comments so I can read it! 🙂

OwlCrate Unboxing

OwlCrate is a YA book subscription box that I’ve been getting for several months now, and I absolutely love it! So today I’m going to do an unboxing post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The theme of May’s box was Comic Explosion. So everything in the book themed around comics and it was really fun. This box came with all sorts of goodies including coffee candy from Kafe Candy, an exclusive look at Image Comics’ new series AFAR  and more below!

This month came with a zipper pull, which I accidentally put on my key chain first because I didn’t realize what it was.

There was also a cool pen, which you can see featured in the middle of my comic collection (only part of it!) and in the middle of one of AFAR’s pages. Btw I really liked the first chapter of this comic and I plan on eventually buying it.

I also got a Wonder Woman Candle, which was made by Dio Candle Company. Candles are my favorite thing to get and this one smells amazing!

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Also in this box were various different Funko Pops, I got Deadpool. 😀

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And then last but never least, the book with this box was Eliza and her Monsters by  Francesca Zappia.  I’ve already read it and I’ll be posting a review soon!

So what’d you think? Should I do a monthly post about the OwlCrate boxes?