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text 2017-12-27 06:51
Favorite books of 2017 part 1
Shameless - Gina L. Maxwell
If I Was Your Girl - Meredith Russo
The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon
Checkmate: This is War - Kennedy Fox
The Art of Being Normal: A Novel - Lisa Williamson
History Is All You Left Me - Adam Silvera
Strong Signal - Megan Erickson,Santino Hassell
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle, Book 4) - Maggie Stiefvater
A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas

Part  2 will be on the  31    what were some of your  favorites  this  year   :)

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review 2017-11-26 04:15
When Death Predicts, What Will You Do?
They Both Die at the End - Adam Silvera

It's my first time reading Adam Silvera's book. When I picked up this book, it was the title, not the synopsis that drew my attention - They Both Die At The End. That's a title that I felt so bold and daring that gave me a reason to picked it up. I managed to finished it after my book discussion. To my relief, its a good book. Nothing glorifying and nothing horribly written.

 

In the near future, Mateo receives a call from Death-Cast (a company that predicts death) that he is going to die today. On the same morning itself, Rufus receives a call as well that he is going to die today too. Both are total strangers in their own way. Both have no idea how they would die but only they know, that they want to reach out to someone... and they found each other through an app. As they start their journey together in one day before their demise, they do what they can to start living and make the best of it.

 

Yes, there is no doubt as the title says, they really did die at the end. There is no twist, there is no sneaky trick that will make you believe one of them will survive but indeed, they both die at the end. But why read a book when I know the ending? For one, its the writing. Its good and nicely done and although the execution is similar to Nicola Yoon's The Sun is Also a Star, its the characters that work. Sadly, the world building background is rather vague that we need to accept that this is how it is in our alternate reality of our future. Much like a Twilight Zone episode for me. Still, with short chapters, easy to read and yes, it can be a sad ending... I did not feel emotionally attached to the book. In other words, I did not shed a tear. Don't get me wrong - I do enjoy reading it. Its just not enough to pull me under the covers and think about what would I do if someone I loved knows I am going to die today and what will be my parting words? I felt it was not that strong enough to pull me there at the end but overall, its just good writing that I enjoy. One thing I know, there are some aspects that Adam Silvera explore about death but since this is a YA book, its theme is light and good enough to accept in any other way. Although I did not read his two previous books, I would say They Both Die At The End is a good book to read in one sitting.

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review 2017-10-24 16:50
History is All You Left Me Book Review
History Is All You Left Me - Adam Silvera

I'll be honest, I struggled to finish this. I didn't like the whole second person point of view. I get that this is a book about mourning and loss which is fine, it just bored me. I couldn't care less about Theo (the one who died) and Griffin, our main character that is struggling. I'm sure many loved this as it is a popular author. Its just one of those books that is not my thing. 

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review 2017-10-21 10:36
#68 - They both die at the end by Adam Silvera (audiobook)
They Both Die at the End - Adam Silvera

I decided to get this book with my September audible credit. I had heard so many great things about Adam Silvera’s work, I wanted to see for myself what the hype was all about. I definitely am impressed and I totally understand why so many people love his writing.

 

This book was interesting and enjoyable on so many levels. I was expecting something sad and depressing (I mean, look at the title) but it was so not the case. I admit some moments made me tear up, but it was such a beautiful story.

 

This book made me think a lot about life, how important and how short it is. About friendship and love and family. I was also trying to imagine what I would do if I knew when my last day was. I think I would not want to live in a world where death cast exist. Too stressful, I would definitely be more like Mateo than like Rufus, I think.

 

Mateo and Rufus relationship is developing fast (of course) but in a realistic way, it did not feel forced and I liked that. I feel it was really natural. I was a bit skeptic about the ending though, it felt a bit rushed to me but I kind of felt like it was the point, so definitely not a bad thing.I really enjoy the plot and the pacing. The events take place during one day so it made it really fast but really detailed at the same time. I totally recommend this book!

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review 2017-09-29 14:53
They Both Die at the End
They Both Die at the End - Adam Silvera
What a fantastic story line! I enjoyed reading this one. I enjoyed reading about all about the different opportunities the Deckers had as they tried to make the best of their situation. These possibilities were not all doom and gloom but they were rather a celebration, to take advantage of what life had to offer them. I thought the relationships in the novel were amazing, I loved their commitment to each other and the struggles that they wrestled with.
 
They had found one another by chance or was it destiny? They had both received the phone call and today was their End Day. One last day before their life is cut short. They took a chance and decided to spend their day together. They were Last Friends, who ended up embracing life on their final day on Earth. I liked Mateo’s and Rufus’ relationship. They met as strangers but by the end of the day, their relationship was tight and rewarding. It was emotional as they moved about their day, each of them sharing themselves openly with a stranger, a stranger who fulfilled their final day. I enjoyed the challenges they faced and the opportunities they undertook, they were honest and open with each other as they had nothing to lose for being themselves around each other. They didn’t seek out extreme opportunities to tempt fate, most of their final activities were natural, daily events. I really enjoyed the notion that they were not trying to prove themselves to each other, they were being themselves. I thought their day was extremely long as I read through it, they crammed enough activities into this day that I was tired just reading it. I really enjoyed this novel and highly recommend it.

 

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