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review 2016-07-13 19:36
Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies Book Review
Rocks Fall Everyone Dies - Lindsay Ribar

This book is so unique and different that I have to give it four stars. Its not my favorite book out there. But its literally unlike anything I have read yet and that makes it that much more compelling. 

 

Aspen Quick has secret powers. He's no super hero though. His powers are that he can take things from people, emotions, feelings, etc. A family ritual that keeps the town and everyone safe. But not everything is quite as it seems.

 

This is a gritty and fairly dark magical realism story. Aspen isn't exactly a protagonist you'll like. He's every bit arrogant as he is snarky.  Luckily, he does grow a bit throughout the book. 

 

I have a feeling this will be a popular book throughout the year and in the future. Magical realism isn't something I haven't read before and I think everyone will be hooked on it because of how unique it is. 

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review 2016-07-07 21:07
Mystery, Suspense and Complicated Families
Rocks Fall Everyone Dies - Lindsay Ribar

***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Isn’t the title of this book just great? It’s even awesomer when the author drops it into some of the conversations in the book. But really, this book is amazing. It seems like it would either be full of dark humor or fluff and while it has both, Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies is surprisingly dark and wonderfully mysterious. I had to take several breaks throughout because there was so much tension and so much build-up to a really fucking great climax.

Aspen is a great main character and completely unlikeable when you are first introduced to him, but as we find out more about him and his family, we learn more about why he is this way and what made him this way. And of course, not all hope is lost even though Aspen makes some really bad decisions over the course of the novel.

There are some notable secondary characters present but it is Aspen’s relationship with his family members that is most interesting to me. We already know that this family really isn’t normal but as Aspen finds out more about their ritual, we find that nothing is what it seems and that there are even more hidden depths to this family than we first thought.

Ribar also really spends a lot of time making the Quick family truly unique instead of just magical. They aren’t just a family with a secret and magical powers, they have sob stories, differences amongst each other, and significant others who are scared of these powers. Magic does not always equal rainbows and unicorns but also, their magic is actually really cool and interesting and not at all generic.

Lies, secrets and all that fun stuff obviously makes the plot all the more exciting--to the point where there is no coming back. I mean, I put down the book during some really stressful moments but all I could think about was the book and how much I needed to know what would happen next and how this story would unravel.

And it really does unravel. There is nothing easy or clean about how this book concludes and it becomes clear towards the end that there really isn’t an easy solution to all the problems and perhaps a happy ending might not even be possible (but you’ll have to read to find out more about that ;).) I will say that the ending is fitting for the book and not at all disappointing. I would definitely not mind a sequel though.

Basically, if you love mystery and suspense with a dash of complicated families and magic, this book is for YOU. So go forth and devour.

Note that I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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review 2016-05-25 04:43
Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies (Let's face it, I picked this one up because I liked the title.)
Rocks Fall Everyone Dies - Lindsay Ribar

Without any substantial spoilers, I've got some things I need to say right off the bat. I'll admit it: this book made me super nervous for the first half. When the main character, Aspen, kicks off the story by using his powers to manipulate a girl into a relationship with him I felt all sorts of queasy. (Not really a spoiler as this happens in the first couple pages.) Aspen's behavior kept edging into territory I found really gross, and as I've never read Ribar before I wasn't certain I could trust where she was going. I'm happy to say that in the end she proved herself, at least to me.

 

You could read this book in a lot of different ways. I believe at its core it is about how different people go about coping with difficult emotions, how we manipulate the people around us (especially those we care about), and how the ways we teach children/teens to deal with their emotions and problems can twist them into unhealthy adults. I also think you could throw in a "Smash toxic masculinity!" reading, but that might just be me.

 

There are a few mysteries to be solved, but they take a backseat to Aspen and his internal struggles. He's not often a likable character (at least not to me), but he is often a relatable one, as well as at times an amusing one. The magic system is interesting, and makes for some fertile moral grounds, which are explored. The small town feels familiar and strange all at once. The plot moves forward at a good pace, and reaches a satisfying conclusion. And, most satisfying of all, the lessons learned are excellent ones.

 

All in all this made for a fast read, with some decent meat on the bones to chew on. I'd read Ribar again, and I'm looking forward to putting this in the hands of any teenage boys (or girls really, though to a lesser degree) I find roaming my bookstore.

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review 2014-11-26 18:48
Gut, aber nicht überzeugend!
Wunderbare Wünsche: Roman - Lindsay Ribar,Andreas Decker

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<< ... Den längsten Teil meiner 18. Lebensjahre war ich der Ansicht gewesen, dass Magie nichts anderes war als Kartentricks, Harry Potter - Romane und fragwürdige Vampirfilme - und hier schien es plötzlich real zu sein... >>

 

Mit dieser Realität wird Margo konfrontiert als sie auf der Mädchentoilette den Ring ihrer Mitschülerin findet. Was sie nicht ahnt ist, dass dieser Ring schlagartig ihre Ansicht und auch ihr Leben verändert. Durch den Besitz dieses Ringes stehen ihr 3 Wünsche offen, die ihr der charmante und gut aussehende Dschinn Oliver erfüllen möchte. Jedoch birgt dieses magische Wunder auch eine weitaus andere Gefahr, denn der Erzfeind von Oliver hat die  Jagd auf ihn begonnen und für Margo steht eine riesen Entscheidung im Raum - überlässt sie Oliver seinem Schicksal oder kämpft sie für die grenzenlose Magie der ersten Liebe...!?

 

Meine Meinung:

 

Durch den Klapptext und das wundervolle Cover bin ich auf dieses Buch aufmerksam machen, dennoch war meine Vorstellung die durch den Klapptext entstanden ist, eine völlig andere als die der Roman für mich parat hielt. 

 

Von Anfang an tat ich mir wirklich schwer in die Handlung herein zu finden und der Funke wollte bis Mitte des Buches auch nicht wirklich überspringen. 

Der Plot des Buches hat wirklich tolle Ansätze und auch Potential für einen hervorragenden und magischen Verlauf, hat es nicht wirklich ganz gereicht um mich in einen Bann zu ziehen und mich zu begeistern.

 

Der Schreibstil von Lindsay Ribar ist wirklich himmlisch und durch seine flüssige und leichte Art kommt man sehr schnell voran mit dem Lesen.

 

Ihre Charaktere sind ganz speziell und man kann auch eine Bindung zu ihnen aufbauen und ihre Beweggründe und Handlungen nachvollziehen.

 

Jedoch reichte das Komplett-Paket nicht aus um mich zu begeistern und der WOW-Effekt blieb leider aus.

 

Fazit:

 

Ein netter Roman für zwischendurch, den man lesen kann aber nicht unbedingt muss. Bei mir konnte leider die Magie nicht 100% überspringen.

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review 2014-08-20 03:11
Great But Not That Great
The Fourth Wish - Lindsay Ribar

 

As for the sequel any other book and I would’ve said success…but this one was sort of a disappointment.

 

 

 

 

Don’t get me wrong.  The Fourth Wish had a lot going for it.  I liked the look that Ribar took on serious issues-like sexuality, slavery, and free choice.  But compared to the first book. Well, I didn’t get the chemistry between teh two characters.

 

Yeah, the fluffy kitties were gone.

 

 

It’s still a good book.  And even though I wasn’t having a purr worthy moment reading about Margo and Oliver, there were some cute moments.

 

 

One thing I did like about this book (and the previous book) was how all the characters-save for Oliver-were teens.  Undeniably teens.  A lot of YA protagonists just don’t act like high school kids.  But Margo, she actually has parents, classes that she’s passionate about, and a social life other than the love of her life.

 

 

So, the fact that Ribar kept most of that up in the sequel gets a plus from me.

 

 

 

 

Probably the best thing about this book was the way it handled such sensitive and deep subjects.  I never felt like Ribar was trying to force anything down my throat.  And I thought all the characters reactions were natural.

 

 

That being said, the resolution was a bit abrupt.  And I did feel like there were lots of loose ends to this book.

 

 

So, while I liked it I didn’t love it like I did the first one.

 

 

Overall Rating: A solid B.

 

Source: howdyyal.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/come-on-and-rub-the-bookthe-art-of-wishing-duo-logy-by-lindsay-ribar
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