Sunday, December 18, 2016

Update & Recent Reads!

Hello! I hope December is treating you well! Between making up all the work I put off during NaNoWriMo and the big push right before the holidays, the beginning of this month was crazy. I'm going to try to blog a couple more times this month, but it looks like December is going to be pretty slim on the blog posts.

Today I read two fabulous books, and I thought that I would briefly review them. Both books were quite sad and not your typical holiday fare, but I highly recommend both of them.

The first book I read today is A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness.

A MONSTER CALLS is an incredibly powerful book told from the third person limited perspective of a boy who is visited by a monster. Pretty much anything I say about the plot with spoil it, but believe me when I say that this book is excellent. It's short, clocking in at around 200 pages, and features beautiful illustrations. Even though it is solidly in the MG camp, adults and teenagers will get a lot out of it. It would be a crime for me to give it fewer than five stars, but they are five crying-because-it's-so-sad stars. 

The second book I read today is THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, a book by Marieke Nijkamp.

I've read some angry reviews about this book and quite a few gushing reviews about THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, and at the end of the day, all I can do is add my two cents. I agree that this book is intense. And harrowing. It chronicles fifty-four minutes of a school shooting from multiple perspectives, which allows the reader to see the shooting from quite a few angles. I have to say that I feel like some perspectives are missing. I would have loved a peek into the shooter's head or seen the story unfold from Fareed's point of view. 

While some reviews say that the shooter comes across as pure evil, I didn't feel that way. Whether that was because of A MONSTER CALLS (which drives home the point that people are neither good nor evil) or how I interpreted the story, I don't know. 

THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS is a book for teenagers and young adult readers, and I would recommend it for teenagers in high school because of some advance/mature themes.

Anyway, thanks for reading! I'm off to read a fluffy romance. And eat cookies. I need a happy book after these two!

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