Book Review: They Both Die At The End

Book Review: They Both Die At The End

Rating: ★★★★★

Just minutes after midnight, Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio receive their Death-Cast calls: they are going to die today. Despite being total strangers, they find themselves meeting each other and having one final adventure on their last day ever.

Can you believe he spoils the ending with the title and I still found myself a total wreck by the end? I have not read any single Adam Silvera book before reading this, but if they’re all as gut-wrenching and amazing as this: count me in.

The concept is so fantastic and Silvera has created such an inventive, alternate world.  It’s very character-driven as the book encompasses a whole day in the life of two teens as they go around whatever they want. Mateo’s introverted, while Rufus is more outgoing, but both use this day to truly be themselves without the fear of judgement because, hey, they’re dying today.

They visit their favourite food places, close friends and visiting Mateo’s dad in the hospital. It’s packed with moments of emotions and first experiences. The plot was very sweet and sentimental. They’re very empathetic characters which such different personalities but somehow connect and spend the day working together to have a fulfilling ‘Last Day’. At its core, it’s basically a message of carpe diem but it plays out in such an interesting way

One of my favourite parts was the inclusion of other character’s perspective. When I first saw it, I wasn’t too sure of it since most of the time, it never works. But here it did. In between the main story, we get a brief glimpse into the lives of many other characters. Even though they aren’t central to the main story, it shows how the actions of other people are connected to plot in some way.

To be honest, I don’t have many criticisms aside from the technicality of Death-cast and the one-day love story. I would ignore this if I was you guys, I’m just being technical. You’re called on your mobile that you’re doing to die that day but what if you don’t have a phone? Does some scary man knock on your door at midnight and be like ‘so ya, you’re gonna die today?’ Or maybe the universe is set up in a way that everyone has one but just doesn’t seem plausible. Also, I’m just very sceptical of one-day love stories, maybe it was all for plot’s sake, though, but I loved their story, nonetheless.

Overall, it’s easily one of my favourite books this year. It’s so great and I definitely need to bump Silvera’s books up my reading list. I would recommend this one to anyone!


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tw: death of LGBTQIA+ characters, anxiety, mentions of suicide (if you’ve read the book and feel like I’ve missed something out, please tell me!)

 

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Book Review: The Good Immigrant

Book Review: The Good Immigrant

Rating: ★★★★★

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.


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Book Review: The Fever Code (The Maze Runner #5)

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Rating: ★★★★★

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.

GOODREADS | AMAZON | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | BARNES & NOBLE

Book Review: A Boy Made of Blocks

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Rating:  ★★★★★

~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
ASIN:B010QDG9RI

Book Review: Wonder Women by Sam Maggs

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Rating:  ★★★★★

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

The King’s Men (All for the Game #3) by Nora Sakavic

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my review:
Rating:★★★★★

“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.

Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published December 2nd 2014
ASIN: B00QHMU0PU