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review 2018-02-13 16:35
Purge by Sofi Oksanen
Purge - Lola Rogers,Sofi Oksanen

Part psychological thriller, part historical fiction, this book was not at all what I expected. You should avoid reading reviews if possible because too many give away too much, but to give a general idea, the novel begins in Estonia in 1992, where an old woman, Aliide Truu, lives alone in the countryside in an atmosphere of fear and decay. She finds a young woman, Zara, lying crumpled in her yard, and the story follows the relationship between these women and the explosive secrets they carry, tracing the history of Estonia back to the 1930s.

It’s an ugly time period: from invasions by the Nazis and Russians, to decades as a repressive Soviet satellite, to lawlessness following the fall of Communism. And I wasn’t expecting the amount of horrific sexual trauma in it. It’s an intense, visceral book that draws the reader into the characters’ world, one where they don’t ever feel safe. The plot is gripping, full of secrets to be unraveled; the characters are morally complex, with believable inner worlds; the settings are vivid and the writing strong.

Actually, my biggest complaint is not about the content, but the deckle edge pages, which publishers continue to inflict upon readers despite the fact that, if we still aren’t using e-readers, one reason is that we like to be able to easily turn pages and flip around, especially in a book like this, where readers will be inclined to re-read earlier sections in light of new information.

I’m glad I read this book. It is an intense, compelling read, and allowed me a window into a place I knew little about, though it isn't a history book and the focus remains tightly on the experiences of the protagonists. It is dark and brutal and so isn’t for everyone, but fans of psychological thrillers will find it well worth their time.

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review 2018-01-16 13:55
#4 - Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins

My theme for this month was second book in a series. I received this book for Christmas and I desperately needed a contemporary romance to take my mind off things. It totally worked and I ended up loving the book.

 

This is the second book in the Anna and the French kiss series, but you can totally read it even if you have not read the first one, as this book focuses on other characters. Nonetheless, you get a bit of Anna and St. Clair from the first book which was totally amazing, but you could read it without knowing them first.

 

Lola’s parents do not approve of her older rock star boyfriend Max (who is totally badass but kind of a jerk) and she is determined to show them he is the one until she starts wondering if he really is.

 

I loved everything about Lola, she is funny and has a strong personality, she knows what she wants (or at least she thinks she knows what she wants) and she wants to make the most out of everything. I also loved the fact that her family was really present in the story, something (you all know) seems to be missing in most YA books.

 

It was in all a cute coming-of-age story and I recommend it!

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review 2017-05-09 08:00
Lola
Lola: A Novel - Melissa Love

Lola is at times an uncomfortable read. The main character, Lola, shadow-leader of the Crenshaw Six, is extremely ruthless and this makes that you're immediately hooked. And as things start to spin out of control, Lola will take even more cruel decisions.

But, back to the start. Lola, secretly the leader of a small gang in Los Angeles, makes a bad decision that put her and hers right in the middle of two battling cartels. While now her life is in immediate danger she to a level likes it because this is the moment for her to step out of the shadows and stop being underestimated.

It was a surprisingly good book. I'm usually not really into books about gang/drug wars, but Lola's story was very good. I liked her connection to Lucy, but her conflicted relationship with her brother didn't feel real to me. If you do not like to read about violence, mutilation, rape, murder and the like, this probably isn't the book for you. Otherwise, it's a very compelling read.

Thanks to the publisher and Blogging for Books for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-04-12 00:00
Quanta Rewind
Quanta Rewind - Lola Dodge Quanta Rewind - Lola Dodge Quanta and Tair are back! YAY!

Tair's number one priority is to keep Quanta safe no matter what the cost to himself. He will always put her life ahead of his own but so will all of their friends because if Quanta dies so do they.

Quanta can see the future or possible futures and she not only sees one future she sees many futures for the same event. But Quanta can also rewind time as long as she is alive of course. If someone dies; Quanta just rewinds time.

But poor Tair has more to worry about right now than just Quanta. Dr. Nagi has kidnapped his sister Cass and has made certain demands and if they don’t care out these demands of his in a certain amount of time then… well let me just say it could be bad for Cass and Tair as well.

So now the whole team; Quanta, Cipher, Knight among others have teamed up to help Tair save his sister from the clutches of Dr. Nagi.

Can they save Cass in time? Will they all die this time? Can Quanta save them all? Can they save Quanta? Can they stop Dr. Nagi? Want to know pick up your copy of Quanta Rewind today and find out.

I have really and truly loved reading this trilogy and can’t wait to read more of this series. I hope to read more about Quanta, Tair, Cipher, Knight, Cass, the Reds and all their other friends too. I would like to know more about their powers and their world. I would also like to know more about Dr. Nagi’s research and how all the Reds came to be. What about Lady Eva and Dr. Nagi’s relationship? How did they meet? Who is Lady Eva? We know that she is the head of the Shadow Ravens but who is she really? How did she become the head of the Shadow Ravens? I would also like to know more about Lady Eva and Quanta’s life together before Dr. Nagi took Quanta.

If you love a good dystopian, science fiction book then you are going to love Quanta Rewind and all of the Shadow Ravens novels. I can’t wait to see what the authors has on the menu for the Shadow Ravens next.
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review 2017-04-11 04:15
Lola
Lola: A Novel - Melissa Love

The idea of a story about a female gang leader in a world still completely male dominated is intriguing. Lola's story is set in the world of the LA gangs and drug cartels. Ultimately, this is book about a strong woman in extreme circumstances who manages not just to survive but thrive and carve a life out for herself in a man's world. Considering this is Melissa Love's debut novel, I look forward to her next character. Lola certainly leaves an impression!

 

Reviewed for the Penguin First to Read program.

 

Source: www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/04/lola.html
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