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!


GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY |

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: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

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Rating:5star

*ARC received from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review*

Frances only had one thing on her mind –  study and make it into one of the UK’s elite schools. But when she finds out her friend Aled is the mysterious voice behind her all-time favourite podcast she find a new sort of friendship in Aled and Universe City. But when it goes viral everything comes crashing down and Frances has to confront her past.

I really enjoyed Radio Silence. Although I do tend to stray away from YA novels that attempt to mix in fandom into its plot because I often find it doesn’t use fandom as well as it could. But I really enjoyed how Alice used fandom to show the beauty and danger of the internet while creating a solid novel about choices, and whichever path you take doesn’t matter, so long as you decide the course of your future. Frances’ experiences felt so true to me, as someone who is currently in the position she’s in- the transition from college to university is scary. Frances has such a great character development- from a quiet girl who doesn’t feel comfortable about talking what she likes to openly enjoying all the strange things she thought people would judge her for.

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Book Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

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To be honest, I gave an extra star because I had a soft spot for Baz.
Carry On follows the life of the worst chosen one ever, Simon Snow, as he struggles to survive his final year at school. His girlfriend broke up with him and his roommate/nemesis goes missing while the evil Humdrum continues to make his life a living hell. This standalone is based on the characters who feature in snippets in Rainbow Rowell’s bestselling Fangirl.

I’m probably in the minority here, but… I didn’t like Fangirl. People kept parading that book like it was the damn Dummies Guide to Fandom. But I didn’t feel that way at all. However, I was mildly interested in the snippets that were in Fangirl. But this book was really boring, at first. Nothing really happens until Baz turns up 30-ish% in the book. There were moments when I felt like I was reading angsty Darry fanfiction.

Looking back on it, this whole book was messy. I know it’s supposed to be Rowell’s take on the story, not Gemma’s (the author of the SS stories in Fangirl) or Cath’s fanfiction version. But the book is set up so it’s like the final story in Simon’s adventure, so there’s a lack of world building and the book leans on using the premises from Harry Potter so much that it wouldn’t have worked on its own. We’re just thrown straight in, having missed seven books worth of characterisation- it was probably Rowell’s intention to so but it was a bit tiring listening to them refer to their past adventures but we weren’t there.

Characterisation wise, I didn’t like anyone, at first, but they grew on me. Simon was so uninteresting and I still feel like I don’t understand him at all. Penny was smart and I liked her. I don’t even remember Agatha. The chapters with Lucy was interesting but I didn’t like how Simon doesn’t learn the truth behind his parentage? It would’ve made a better plot to seem him react to that news, even though I saw it a mile away. Baz was my favourite. Watching him struggle with his dilemma as a vampire was interesting but He was good but could’ve been way better.

Overall, I’m in the middle with this book. While in terms of diversity, Carry On has Harry Potter beat. I was hoping it would be more original.

Kindle Edition, 529 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin
ASIN: B00V35U13W

Book Review: Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Parker Grant lives by her own set of die-hard rules which she developed over the years, after losing her mother and sight at age 7, and refuses to let anyone treat her differently because of that. But when Scott, otherwise known as Parker Enemy Number One for breaking the most important rule, reappears into her life, Parker is forced to wonder if she was too quick to judge Scott while attempting to handle her new way of life after the death of her father three months prior.

I’m not going to lie, I was going into this book expecting it to be bad but, honestly, I thought it was pretty good.

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Book Review: The Fifth Wave (The Fith Wave #1) by Rick Yancey

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Rating:★★★☆☆

“If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”Stephen Hawking

Set in a  world where a gigantic mothership appears in our sky, it sparks off wonder and fear. But then the first wave hits, an electromagnetic pulse affecting all transport,  and infrastructure we all take for granted in seconds. Half a million people die. The second wave is flooding taking out millions more living near coastlines in a day. This continues until the last one; the fifth wave. No one knows when it will happen, but it’s coming.

I’m actually quite glad I managed to finish this book. I’ve putting it on and off for two years now. I don’t understand why, I think it maybe be due to the fact the first half was really confusing, along with the changing POVs without telling you who was speaking. I would’ve stopped reading it, had it not been the hype and, then later, the movie with this book.  The story is narrated by a few survivors; Cassie, a young girl; Ben, who finds himself inducted into the military, and a couple of others (no spoilers). The action is this book is fast-paced, and just as you think you’ve got the plot there were a few surprises which threw me off completely. This was thrilling to read and I liked Yancey gave a more fuller reason as to why the world became what it is. It’s common for YA novels to simply write off the past as something ~bad~ without never telling us why.

However, the romance elements were, as always for me, annoying. I’m not sure about anyone else but I never pay attention to the romance portions unless I find the couple really cute and want them to get together. Especially in YA, romance rarely appear interesting to me. Here I didn’t find it realistic. I’m not going to name anyone because it’s a huge spoiler but I felt like it happened waay too fast and, in this instance, it could’ve gone without. Also, as much as I liked Sammy, he didn’t need his chapters.

Overall, it was an intense read, full of excitement and danger, and a smidge of romance. Although the POVs confused me at first, it does add to the action and I have high hope that the sequel will raise the tension more, and show us more aliens because I’m genuinely intrigued by them. 

Paperback, 460 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Penguin Books
ISBN: 0141345837

Book Review: Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

In an attempt to escape her music royalty family, Grace Wilde transfers into a Korean boarding school and finds herself falling for a K-Pop star.

If you want a novel with proper representation of Korean culture mixed with likeable characters, I suggest you don’t even bother putting this book on your TBR list. Why? Because this has none of that.
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