LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff

(Spoilers)

To fellow readers,

On an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap.

Seventeen-year-old Eve isn’t looking for trouble, she’s too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she’s on the local gangster’s wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she’s discovered she can somehow destroy machines with the power of her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size because of it. If she’s ever had a worse day, Eve can’t remember it.

The problem is, Eve has had a worse day, one that lingers in her nightmares and the cybernetic implant where her memories used to be. Her discovery of a handsome android named Ezekiel, called a ‘Likelike’ because they so closely resemble humans, will bring her world crashing down and make her question whether her entire life is a lie.

With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic sidekick Cricket in tow, Eve will trek across deserts of glass, battle unkillable bots, and infiltrate towering megacities to save the ones she loves… and finally learn the truth about the bloody secrets of her past.”

(Non-Spoilers)

I’ve been writing and rewriting this review for the past week because I haven’t been able to fully explain how devastatingly beautiful this post apocalyptic princess warrior young adult novel is. The only nonspoilery comment I can make, is on the incredible writing style. The use of words that he manipulates into sentences that bloom into gorgeous poetry, easily conveys the atmosphere of the book. The only other style of writing I can compare it to is Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices, due to her whimsical words.

Interesting themes were scattered throughout LIFEL1K3 including:

• What makes us human? How do we define humanity?

• Can we control what we create? What are out moral responsibilities to our creations?

• What are the effects of humans playing God?

Another wonderful part was the characters. I find that it’s rare for me to like ALL of the main characters in a book, so reading about Eve, Ezekiel, Lemon Fresh and Cricket was brilliant. Also, totally not being bias because of her red hair or anything but Lemon was definitely my favourite. Nevertheless, here are my thoughts on LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff and be warned, there will be full spoilers ahead.

(Spoilers)

I take back what I said in my last review (They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera) about never wanting to throw a book across the room more. I reread the last page twice, closed the book and then, miraculously, it was on the other side of the room. But before I do start, I’d like to make note that each chapter up until half way, would begin with Eve’s nightmare recounts and one person killed by a Lifelike. It wasn’t until after her implant had been bashed up a tad and Ezekiel finally decided to tell the truth, that you were meant to connect the dots on, “oh so they were all murdered by the Lifelikes who had been moulded after each family members own personality.” Which, truth be told, was very unsettling but also perplexing as I went back to each chapter and reread those little moments in a new intriguing light.

During the middleish part of the book Ezekiel, Eve, Lemon and Cricket were trapped inside the Kracken with those freaky people, one of them mentioned how they didn’t want Eve, only Lemon, as she was “polluted” and “unnatural.” I assumed that it was due to her bionic eye but then with the whole Eve, Lifelike, Ana battle at the end with crazy Gabriel, it just exploded in my mind how talented Kristoff is in his writing.

There are two points that made me all the more flabbergasted at the end, both being foreshadowing. Firstly, Eve not being the one with powers but Lemon Fresh. After that whole paragraph where Eve pulled apart all of the scenes where “she had used her powers” in dangerous situations, it all made sense. Eve realising how every time, they had activated AFTER Lemon Fresh noticed the happenings and when she was unconscious during the battle with the Preacher while in The Glass. It was mind boggling. *waves hands excitedly through the air* Secondly, EVE BEING A LIFELIKE FOR ANA AFTER THE MASSIVE EXPLOSION (you know the one I’m talking about in the book). Throughout the whole book you were positioned to think and feel a certain way towards the “heros” and “villains” but then BAM PLOT TWIST EVERYTHING IS FLIPPED ON ITS HEAD! I think my mind broke at the point, so I took a ‘holy shoot’ moment to comprehend what the actual heck was going on and then returned to the best madness ever.

Fun Fact: I read this 400 page amazingness in two days during finals. It was that good.

I am now going to read another of Jay Kristoff’s books, Obsidio with Amie Kaufman, the final book in the Illuminae Files trilogy to mask my pain for one set of characters to another.

Extra Notes:

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆/5

Recommend Songs:

1. Fractured and Dazed by The Kooks

2. Hysteria by Steve Aoki

3. Broken Machine by Nothing But Thieves

4. All For Nothing by Linkin Park

5. Uprising by Muse

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Demon Road by Derrick Landry

Enter the universe made by the best-selling author known as Derrick Landy who is very well known for his Skulduggery Pleasant series. If you have enjoyed the previous books, you will be sure to love this new series, the Demon Road Trilogy. This is not recommended for the faint of heart or for people of a young age.

The story revolves around the world of demons, monsters, serial killers and other horrors. The main character Amber, a teenage girl with school issues, discovers that her parents are demons and wish to eat her alive in order to refresh their power given to them and complete the deal made with the devil.

The story creates a lot of tension and thrill while revolving around scary horror and violent themes. Made to chill your spine and give you nightmares. This is not your classic happily ever after story. The story itself is filled with plot twists and events that you will surely not predict. Definitely a recommended read for those who can handle it.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway

To fellow readers,

Every year, famous writer Jeff Kinney releases the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. This book was released on 7th November 2017, being the latest and the greatest of Kinney’s work. Instead of focusing Greg’s average high school life, the book takes a turn and focuses on a holiday getaway during Christmas. The Heffleys decide to stay at the resort where Greg’s parents had stayed for their honeymoon. The book takes a hilarious turn when the reality of the resort turns out different from what they imagined.

*Spoilers*: When Greg’s family lands at the island and takes the bus to the resort, the video playing showcases many fun activities including playing with dolphins, staying at the beach, and MUCH more. The family imagine themselves doing those activities, however, the excitement quickly dies when they realise that the resort had since been divided into two sections, one where adults stay, and one where families with children stay. The latter being the one where the Heffleys stay. Kinney embedded lots of humour within the book and thoroughly engages the reader. Many interesting events lead the Heffleys to be kicked out of the resort, only to come back there for their family photos. Greg’s parents especially show behaviours never seen before in previous Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, which adds to the overall thrill experienced when reading the book.

Overall Rating: ✅✅✅✅✅

Humor:✅✅✅✅✅

Thrill:✅✅✅

Recommended: Yes.

Cards on The Table by Agatha Christie

This story is from the ever so popular Agatha Christie is famous for her detective mysteries with its twists and turns and unsuspecting ending. This story is just the same but also has its own unique qualities.

Although the story does take quite some time to get developed into its complication, towards the end, you will find that you can’t leave the book’s engaging words. From when the complication presents yourself, the story keeps you on your toes. Providing little clues to hint at the end. From the beginning, you try to make a judgement on who you think the murderer is, but with every clue, your view changes. Towards the end, you will find tons of twists and turns, the next one always being more unsuspecting then its previous.

What separates this story from the rest of the murder mysteries is that the clues could only be drawn through a psychological manner. Instead of fingerprints and files, one has to test one’s mind, interpret every action of each suspect.

What makes it even more of a classic is that it is a Poirot tale, which automatically makes it an exciting murder mystery with the familiar and eccentric detective, Hercule Poirot.

As said before, the only downsides are that it takes a long time to get the story developed. Another downside is that the language is very formal and specialised and some people may find it a bit too complex. But otherwise it is a great book to recommend and I urge you to check it out!

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

(Spoilers)

To fellow readers,

“On September 5th, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: they’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: there’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last adventure – to live a lifetime in a single day.”

(Non-Spoilers)

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera was a breathtaking book and I cannot fully describe how beautiful this reading experience was for myself. I truly felt as though I was right there with Mateo and Rufus, as they tumbled about the ups and downs during their End Day. I enjoyed that throughout the book, small points of views from supporting characters were shown and how they were interwoven into the larger story. Seeing hints of Rufus and Mateo in others perspectives was entertaining, especially when you had to connect the dots to find the little cameos they had in others lives.

The topics written, made me question many things about how our world functions and much about my own life. What if there was such a service that could notify us on our End Day? How would we live our final day? Would we try to live an adventure, out in a single day like Mateo and Rufus? Would we spend our last day with loved ones or try to meet new friends? Would we make a massive deal out of it or live the day like any other? There are endless opportunities in our lives and this stand-alone, contemporary is the the call to action.

(Spoilers)

*Major spoilers, you have been warned*

Never have I wanted to throw a book across the room more than I did while reading Mateo’s and Rufus’s death. I obviously knew it would eventually come but I was dreading it nonetheless. Here is a little snippet of when the waterworks began:

Book:Talking about how Mateo leaves the Safe Island (aka the bed) and Rufus to make tea on the kitchen stove.

Me:*Red flags raising* You know you’re going to die in the next three hours and ten minutes, yet you still go to make TEA on the kitchen stove, which mind you, has been repeatedly mentioned throughout the book that it’s faulty. Yeah no please, don’t do that.

Book:“When I switch on the burner, my chest sinks with regret.”

Me: Nope no nopity no *denial denial denial”

Book: Rufus wakes up to smoke chocking him.

Me: *Instant tears*

I had to close the book for a few moments to prepare myself for what was to occur next. Again at the end of the book, I knew the inevitable but that wouldn’t stop me from crying when it happened. I loved the way the final page was written, with Rufus heading towards Althea Park, while watching the video of Mateo singing and stepping out onto the road to “cross the street without an arm to hold me back.” Then all fades to black. No seriously, the final page is solid black.

The last line hit me like, I assume, the car that hit Rufus. It was a refreshing point of view, with the character dying and that’s that. No pedestrian or driver describing the events that followed. When you die, you’ll never know what happens afterward. There is no ‘this happened in the aftermath’. The topic was dark but how Adam Silvera conveyed the story was well executed and I definitely plan to read his other novels. They Both Die At The End is absolutely in my Top Ten Reads Of 2018.

Extra Notes:

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Recommended Song/s:

1. Fallingforyou by The 1975

2. Two Ghosts by Harry Styles

3. Dog Days Are Over by Florence + The Machine

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chboskyl

(No Spoilers)

To fellow readers,

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is an inspiring coming of age novel, and short enough for anyone to read. Charlie writes letters to the reader about his experiences in life, these cover a wide range of topics that vary from school, friendship, to death. When the book first starts, Charlie is going to his first day of Freshman Year (Grade 9) and to put it simply, he’s a loner.

During the beginning when Charlie doesn’t have any anyone, he finds friendship with his Advanced English Teacher. His teacher, who later tells Charlie to call him Bill, shares book recommendations (which are actually very interesting, and I highly recommend taking a look at them) with him. After weeks of just Charlie and his thoughts, he eventually finds Sam and Patrick. This leads to an intense whirlwind of a year between the three of them exploring life, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and driving while listening to that perfect song, feeling infinite.

This is definitely a story that I will reread multiple times, never growing tired. The love, heartbreak and adventures that Charlie faces, will keep me coming back time and time again. When I first read this story, I had recently finished Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Mass and was in need of something short and simple. Eight hours later, tears were in my eyes and I had gained a new perspective on how to view the struggles that we face in everyday life. Reading The Perks Of Being A Wallflower while listening to The Smiths and drinking a nice cup of steaming tea, is a perfect way to spend time relaxing on any occasion.

Extra Notes:

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆

Recommended Soundtrack: Louder Than Bombs by The Smiths

Film: Perks Of Being A Wallflower produced in 2012. Logan Lerman as Charlie, Emma Watson as Sam & Ezra Miller as Patrick.