Me Before you by Jojo Moyes (as always, beware of spoilers!)

hello again!

Todays review is about a book I read a few months ago, and I just realized I never wrote a review for it, though I really wanted to.

Me Before you is about a young woman named Louisa aka ‘Lou’ Clark. she has been hired to be a caretaker, despite having no previous experience, for Will Traynor, a man who was an executive who lived a thrill-seeking, exciting life until an accident left him depressed and a quadriplegic. when she learns the he has a limited amount of time to live, she sets about to make his last few months so good that it convinces him that life is still worth living.

I loved this book. it brought out so many emotions, some that sort of hit me on a bit of a personal level. it was very well written, and had some great quotes such as ““You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

 

thats just one example, but if you read the book, you’ll see what I mean. the book also focuses not only on Will and Louisa’s relationship, but it deals with the topic of assisted suicide. Will wants to die, and pushes his parents to let him die. they stike a bargain of 6 months and if he still is set to do it, they will help him. when Louisa learns about this thats when she tries hard to get him to change his mind. the topic of assisted suicide is a sticky one, but I think Moyes handled it well

if I had one complaint about this book, it would be of how Louisa’s family treated her. its minor, but it really bugged me; they made fun of her alot, and often made her out to be lazy and all sorts of negative things. and she never said anything, she just took it.  in the end, that changed but it still bothered me.

Overall, I highly recommend this book. its one that has become quite memorable.

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The Splintered series by A.G. Howard

So far there are two books in this series; Splintered and Unhinged. the story is a sort of re-imagining of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. It is about a girl named Alyssa who is a descendent of The Alice. all the women in her family have gone crazy because of this supposed “wonderland curse”. her mother is in an asylum because of it and Alyssa has begun to hear bugs talking to her so she fears she is going crazy too. she discovers that her mother and all the others may actually not be crazy so she decides to search for the truth about the curse. 

I notice I’m not so good at describing plots. I think it’s mostly because I don’t want to spoil things for people too much. but anyway…

I really, really like this series. the charatcers are interesting, the story is interesting and everything you thought you knew about wonderland, well It’s going to surprise you. Be warned though, it is darker than one imagined it would be. A.G. Howard does a good job at re-imagining wonderland. A third book is coming and I for one can not wait to read it.

If your looking for a good twist on the Alice in Wonderland story, then I recommend this series.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Novel two; Hollow City

Book two of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children continues right where we left off in the first book. For those that don’t know anything about these books, its about a boy named Jacob who is told about these “Peculiar” children by his grandfather. his grandfather tells him stories about these kids but Jacob, due to some unfortunate events in the first book, learns that these aren’t made up stories, or made up people; they are real. these children all have what I consider to be special abilities. so book one is mostly about Jacobs adventure in finding out about these kids. then book two, Jacob and the kids all go on this adventure to save the childrens’ guardian; Miss Peregrine. 

I enjoyed this book as much as the first one. there’s a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming, so I was pretty surprised. the book is a little dark, but it’s also got some humor in it too, which is good. If there is one thing I don’t really like, it might actually be some of the kids. now i realize that the protagonist is a kid, and many of the side characters are children too, but I feel like some of the kids are annoying. two of them in particular. one is such a negative child; he’s always got something unhelpful, or mean to say. he comes off as really insensitive. the other child, she is the youngest of them all and I guess her portrayal in the book does do a good job at showing that. she just comes off as an annoying little girl. I think my biggest issue with many of the kids is that they come off as pretty insensitive. I don’t know, I guess I just have a hard time with child protagonists sometimes.

overall I did like the book; good balance of humor and seriousness to it. the characters are fun, and the story is pretty striaghtorward. I’m guessing based on how it ended, that there will be another. So i look forward to reading that one when it comes out. 

The Hollows Series

Hi all!

sorry for not posting anything in a while; been busy and didn’t want you all to think I’ve abandoned this blog, because I have not. unfortunately I haven’t really read anything new lately; I’m still reading The Hollows Series. I’m on book 9 or 10. I really don’t know what to say about this series to be honest. It’s good, if you’re into vampires, witches, elves, pixies, werewolves, etc. I like mostly all the characters, though there are some I like less than others. I feel also that the further I’ve gotten into the series, the more we get to know about our cast of characters, and the more plot twists we have. 

anyhow, that’s all I’ve really got to say about this right now. Once I catch up to the most recent book in the series, I’ll be moving on to read other things. 

The Hollow’s Series by Kim Harrison

Thanks to a book my dad got me for christmas, I have found a new series to read. It’s called The Hollows. There are about 11 or 12 books in the series so far. I’m into books that deal with the supernatural, such as vampires, witches, vampire hunters, etc. I’m a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake books and Charlaine Harris’s True Blood novels, so this series is perfect for me. That being said, I do have a few issues with the books right now (I’m almost done with the 2nd.)

-At times I have problems following the plot. I’m not sure if it’s because I zone out or because it gets too involved for me, or whatever, but I get lost sometimes. 

-I feel like I can’t relate to the characters. There is something about these characters that make it hard for me to love them. but as i’m only on book two, maybe that will change.

-I don’t know what I think of Rachael, the main character. She is a bounty hunter type person, and is also a witch. She’s not a badly written character, and she does seem to have depth to her character, but there’s something about her that bothers me. I love Anita Blake, Laurell K. Hamiltons protagonist, and I really liked Sookie Stackhouse, so I’m hoping I grow to like Rachael too.

So, if you like the Anita Blake Series and the True Blood books, then you just might enjoy this series too. Give it a try and please, feel free to share your thoughts on it.

Forrest Gump by Winston Groom

I’m a fan of the movie Forrest Gump; I like everything about it. So when I discovered that it was originally a book I decided I had to check it out. Yes, the book is a little different from the movie; most books are. In the book, Forrest has many more adventures than he did in the movie; but I realize they couldn’t include all his adventures. many of the characters that we see in the movie appear in the book as well. and as a character, and the narrator, Forrest is a bit different than the one in the movie. Forrest really likes using curse words. but like the movie version, he’s pretty harmless. and quite funny too. he’s honest, and calls himself an idiot, a lot. he’s really very smart though, especially with math; book Forrest is great with complex math equations. Forrest also plays harmonica well, and is a master chessman. he pretty much does it all and in some ways, he’s good at it but as luck would have it, things always get messed up for him. 

The author of the book writes exactly like how Forrest were to talk. Forrest is our narrator, and everything written is written and said as if well, Forrest himself were writing the book. I heard his voice as I read. I enjoyed this book. It’s funny and sometimes kind of sad; just like the movie. even if you have seen the movie, I recommend reading the book, just to see how things are different. it’s easy to read, and goes by pretty fast. 

The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made

The Disaster Artist was written by Greg Sestero, the guy who played Mark in Tommy Wiseau’s movie The Room. Now for those who don’t know what the room is about, I honestly don’t quite know how to describe it. but I’m not lying when I tell you it is one of those movies that is so bad its good. it’s become this cult classic type of film, like Rocky Horror. Greg wrote this book recently about his experience in this movie, and of course his relationship with Tommy. everyone who is a fan of the room eagerly anticipated this book. the movie makes you ask so many questions and makes people want to know more about Tommy. this book does not disappoint. it answers many questions about Tommy and the movie. but it also makes us want to know even more about Tommy now. Tommy is, based on everything I’ve seen and read,  probably one of THE weirdest people you will ever meet. and Tommy is also, as we learn in the book, a very very private person. he shares so little about himself. everyone tries to guess where he’s from when they hear him speak. no one can place his accent. 

I really enjoyed this book. it was funny, sometimes sad, and really gave alot of insight into this film and the man behind it all. I would really recommend this book. but I feel it would help if you watched the Room first. I promise you will be entertained and will think as I did when I first saw it “What the hell did I just watch?”

So read this book, and see the movie 🙂