Honestly, there’s little to say about The Good Immigrant that hasn’t already been said. I’m not a huge non-fiction reader, but I can say this book was so worth reading.
It’s an interesting and fascinating collection of essays, from authors who are BAME individuals and sharing their stories of their lives and what makes someone a ‘good immigrant’, each one bringing a different aspect of their own lives. They all touch on different topics: why they/or their families move to the UK, their own culture, and the situations they had to deal with. That’s what I loved about this collection, how everyone had a completely different story to tell, each compelling and interesting as the one before it. Its contributors range from people whose families immigrated here, those who were born here, and to ones who had decided to leave.
I think the only flaw I could really point out is that most of the contributors are mainly in media/entertainment which means it excludes people from other fields of work where immigrants have greatly contributed. But, overall, this is a great collection of essays which were all thought-provoking and most importantly, honest. Highly recommended.
Can I just say this is so much more memorable one than The Kill Order. Here we see the actual origins of Thomas, Teresa and the other Gladers. From the very moment, they meet WICKED until the very first pages of The Maze Runner. You might think James Dashner is beating a dead horse here but, to me, this is the Maze Runner prequel I’ve wanted for so long.
The Fever Code ties up everything we didn’t know – what Thomas didn’t remember, what the other Gladers remembered, what Thomas and Teresa went through. The prologue begins with Newt scene and it is heartbreaking. (I’m not gonna lie Newt’s history is SO SAD and one of my favourite parts of this book)
And as the book went on, we return to the humour and amazing personalities of characters that we meet and lose within the first three books. We learn new secrets about the identity of well-loved ones. And, my favourite, we get to learn some of their real names. But I kinda love calling Frypan by the name Frypan so that won’t be changing any time soon.
I think the ending was a shocker. And while the majority of the book’s supposed plot twist didn’t really come as a shock to me, the ending had me changing my perspective of the entire series. I will definitely need to re-read now that we know what happened at the end.
On the UK hardback, there’s a secret code that leads you to a website (Ishuckingfoundit.com) and there you answer three questions using the decoder which gives you a short story of a very popular Gladers. Definitely do that after reading the book because the questions are huge spoilers and so is the short story.
Overall, I really enjoyed this, mainly because of the backstories we get from certain characters, and some new revelations are shocking, exciting and amazing. If you loved the Maze Runner series, you’re sure to love it. I really did.
~ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review~
Thirtysomething Alex is struggling. Struggling to have a close relationship with his autistic son Sam. Struggling to hold onto his failing marriage. Struggling to come to terms with a childhood tragedy. During a trial separation, Alex moves in with his best friend Dan, wondering if his family could ever come back together.
I loved this. It was so good. I don’t know how many ways I can say how amazing this was. Sad, happy, heart-warming and heart-breaking. A BOY MADE OF BLOCKS is incredibly humorous and moving. It may sound gloomy, but it’s far from it. At the beginning, you sit there wondering if Alex will ever learn but he does. He learns from his mistakes. He changes his approach in handling Sam’s tantrums and understands his son’s fears. There were so many moving scenes in this. (Tears were streaming heavily when a certain thing was destroyed but my heart was warmed when it was fixed.) There were certain moments where Alex knows he shouldn’t yell at Sam but continues to do so and that really irked me. I guess it was for the sake of the plot, but I just didn’t like it.
The incorporation of Minecraft is one of the best parts of this book. People often unfairly associate Video Games with negative things. How it’s destroying this generation of people blah blah durr hburr techonology is bad kind of thing. But A BOY MADE OF BLOCKS shows one of the many positive things about video games and games like Minecraft. Minecraft provides an environment that encourages social interaction and helps people learn to communicate within the game’s well-defined rules.
Inspired by the author’s experiences with his own son, A BOY MADE OF BLOCKS is a heartfelt story of love and family.
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: September 1st 2016 by Sphere
In WONDER WOMEN, Sam Maggs introduces us to an array of female scientists, engineers, adventurers, and inventors—with portraits by Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino— and interviews with present-day woman working in STEM fields.
The worst thing about this entire thing was that I only knew five of these women. I felt so guilty with every page turn, and not knowing who any of these women were. And that’s why I enjoyed this. I love what Maggs did with this book. So many amazing women overcame such huge boundaries and obstacles to accomplish great things but yet remain virtually unknown to the general population. And most of what these women achieved, I knew the names of the men that took credit for their work.
But now I’ve learnt of so many amazing women from this great book. WONDER WOMEN has some great tales about some great women through history. I liked how Maggs managed to research all of these women. Written in a conversational style, with modern slang, (think Tumblr) I enjoyed how easy it was to read this. This is aimed mainly towards a younger audience but can still be read by all ages.
This is an important book that highlight women’s achievement throughout history. Like most, compulsory education tends to leave out knowledge of female scientists, poets, and politicians. So it was great to find material that not only doesn’t push them aside but highlight their greatness and place in history.
Expected publication: October 4th 2016 by Quirk Books ASIN: B01AEPR4WW
“Pull out all the stops and lay it all on the line. Fight because you don’t know how to die quietly. Win because you don’t know how to lose. This king’s ruled long enough—it’s time to tear his castle down.”
I can’t believe it was only fifteen days ago where I didn’t even know what the hell The Foxcourt Hole was. And it’s been almost a week since I finished The King’s Men and I’ve just been scouring Nora’s tumblr, reading everyone she’s written about post-TKM.
I genuinely thought I was never going to make it to the final book. Because I’m a realistic reader and there were times in this series where it’s so bizarrely unrealistic and none of their behaviour would be acceptable in real life. (for example, in book 1, I don’t think the NCAA would ever permit Andrew to play Exy on the condition he would be on drugs, and allow him to play with knives hidden under his clothing). You don’t understand how hard it was to read this without wanting to yell ‘HOW WOULD THAT EVEN BE PERMITTED???’
But putting that aside, The King’s Men was a really gripping read and I think it’s my favourite out of the trilogy. The action of the story keeps you on the edge with every turn of a page. It’s been a week since finishing this and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Nora takes the story and makes it even more brutal and heart breaking than its predecessors.
I’m just going make a small mention about the relationships within this- small because I know I’ll never shut up about them. The interactions between the characters are so cute, and I loved each and every single one of them, especially Neil, Dan, Renee, Alison, and, never forget my ultimate fave, Nicky. And despite the description heavily emphasising this book is about romance, it was subtle and doesn’t overpower the main plot of the team. I loved way the Foxes went from this dysfunctional team that had no hopes of even scratching the list for the championship to working together and growing together as a group. And this tumblr post sums up everything that is pure and good about the USC Trojans,but has huge spoilers, just to warn you. (Yeah, small mention she said, well done Zaheerah.)
Overall, I might not have had the best beginnings with this series but the ending swept me away and I know I’ll most definitely be reading more from Nora Sakavic in the future.
Set in an alternative world where the Great Library of Alexandria survived the fire that resulted in the destruction of the accumulated knowledge of the ancient world. The Great Library is now a separate country, protected by its own standing army, grown with vast power, with it’s own unquestioned and unrivalled supremacy. Jess Brightwell has been sent into the Great Library as a spy for his criminal family.
~ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review~
You Were Here is a surprisingly enjoyable novel and authentic. Told in alternating chapters from each of the five main character in a variety of ways. The main protagonist Jaycee’s are told in first person, while Zach and Natalie’s are in third. Bishop’s chapters are graffiti art, while Mik’s are graphic novel panels. The result is five clear and differentiated voices and a really refreshing way of reading a book.
Jaycee’s brother died five years ago when he snapped his neck doing a backflip off the top of a playground swing in front of Jaycee and others. Five years later, time hasn’t changed the Jake-sized hole she has in her life. Every year, on the anniversary of Jake’s death, Jaycee breaks into the ruins of an insane asylum, and meets up with Mik, Jake’s friend. But this year, Jaycee is joined by her ex-best friend Natalie, Natalie’s boyfriend Zach, and their friend Bishop. This was the beginning of a series of adventures when Jaycee finds Jake’s map of old buildings and hidden dares.
Hannah Fâtier is a thirty-two-year-old physician fresh out of residency training. She’s just started her first job as an anesthesiologist at Deaconess Hospital in San Francisco, she’s bought a new home, and she’s engaged to be married.
In short, life is good for Hannah–until, one day, tragedy strikes. A patient under her care dies unexpectedly during a routine operation. An investigation into the case reveals the cause of death to be a basic medical error committed by Hannah. […] She begins to suspect someone has framed her for a fatal medical mistake she didn’t make. But who would do such a thing and why? And, more importantly, why did her patient really die that day on the operating table?
Where Death Is a Hunter is a medical mystery dealing with hospital death, a dark enigma, one doctor’s self-doubt, and the search for redemption.
~E-copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review~
Hannah Fâtier is a anesthesiologist with a brand new job at Deaconess Hospital in San Francisco. Her life seems ordinary until a patient under her care dies before the routine operation had properly begun. Hannah is blamed due to a basic medical error, yet Hannah knows she isn’t to blame. Research into the paitent Hannah discovers many inconsistencies. And learns that someone has framed her for a fatal medical mistake she knows she didn’t make.
A sweeping, emotional journey of two childhood friends—one struggling to survive the human slave trade and the other on a mission to save her—two girls whose lives converge only to change one fateful night in 1993.
“The truth remains quiet inside us,floundering like a battered bird,desperately wanting to spread its wings and fly away.
~ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review~
The Colour of our Sky is a profound story about the concept of the caste system in India, of how much that system decides the road people’s lives take.
Mukta was born into a lower caste, one in which the women dedicate their lives to becoming prostitutes for their goddess. When Tara’s father rescues her, the two girls become more closely intertwined than either could ever have guessed.
Until Mukta is kidnapped in the middle of the night, and Tara just watches.
Within each character is complexity, no one is just ‘good’ or ‘bad’, there is deep shame, determination, and love. Tara grew up in a middle-class home in India, is constantly reflecting the different ideologies she grew up with. Tara, in a moment of emotional difficulty, makes a decision that will haunt her well into adulthood–until she realizes she can’t rest until she makes things right.
It’s beautiful and terrifying at the same time. A novel that will continue to make you think for a long, long time.
When sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick is sent to live with her older sister, Ivy, she has no idea that the infamous Ivy Kendrick is Washington D.C.’s #1 “fixer,” known for making politicians’ scandals go away for a price. No sooner does Tess enroll at Hardwicke Academy than she unwittingly follows in her sister’s footsteps and becomes D.C.’s premier high school fixer, solving problems for elite teens.
Secrets pile up as each sister lives a double life. . . . until their worlds come crashing together and Tess finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy with one of her classmates and a client of Ivy’s. Suddenly, there is much more on the line than good grades, money, or politics, and the price for this fix might be more than Tess is willing to pay.
A review describes it as a cross between Veronica Mars and Scandal and it is being completely accurate. I have watched both shows (well, a couple of episodes of Scandal), and I can definitely see the inspiration. The high school life of VM and the Scandal theme, though aimed for a younger crowd.
Tess Kendrick is a very independent individual. She never intended to become her high school’s Fixer, in fact she tries to escape. The more she tries to escape it the more she gets trapped in the political lives of DC’s most important people and their children. Reading about her solving issues and thinking through puzzling problems gives you quite the ride of a read.
I am looking forward to seeing Tess’ sister’s character get more developed, the big plot twist towards the end gives us new insight in her character that I certainly wasn’t expecting. I loved Tess’ little gang. Asher is sweet and I loved him from the very first time he appeared on page, who then ends up becoming Tess’ main confidant and partner in crime. Vivvie started off as this very cute, bubbly character who stuck by Tess’ side because she didn’t have anyone else to hang out with, but soon enough the bonds of trust build and they become fast friends. I think she might be my favourite character out of the gang, Henry on the other hand, he ended up that character the was way too mysterious, and became too bland for me to be interested. However, I did feel sympathetic towards him due to the circumstances. There is no romance in this title as it mostly focuses on the political issues,but I’m glad it didn’t for the first because romance in these situation tend to be over the top and too much.
The Fixer is one of my favorite reads so far this year, it keeps you engaged whether it be through problem solving, kick ass main character who takes matters into her own hands, or through the decent dialogue. Some of the secrets of the book are maybe a little easy to decipher if you pay attention to the right things, but that doesn’t detract from the overall enjoyment.