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review 2017-06-24 11:00
#43 - Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - Cheryl Strayed

I read this book for "Main Street Station". It was recommended by BrokenTune, and it was such a great recommendation!

 

I had heard a lot about this book and about the movie (that I have to watch now that I finished the book). There is an episode of Gilmore Girls were Lorelai attempt to do "Wild". I did not know a lot about it when I watched this episode, so it was great to finally understand what it was about.

 

I love hiking and I always have. With the girls scouts (the equivalent of it in my country) we used to go hiking during our summer camp and it was always the best part of it. I enjoyed a lot walking with my huge bag pack, trying to find food and trying not to get lost. I have so many great memories and this book reminded me of them. Ok, it was often for 2 or 3 days and I was not alone, Cheryl’s experience was really different but still. I have always wanted to do something like that, but I’m way too scared to do it alone. I’m really impressed by what she did and I admire her a lot for that.

 

What I love the most about Cheryl is her honesty. She does not try to be someone perfect, she just tries to find herself and discover who she is. She made mistakes, but she doesn’t seem to regret it, because they are part of who she is. She is also really, really funny. I love learning about her experience.

 

The writing was also so good. I mean, it is just Cheryl walking for 300 pages, you would think it was going to be boring… but it never gets boring! It is always so dynamic and you are anxious about what is going to happen and excited as well. I really did not want to stop reading and I often thought about the book while I was not reading it. My boyfriend was getting crazy because I was always like “yeah, you know that Cheryl lost her toenails?”, “oh, it reminds me when Cheryl lost her boot, it must have been awful”. And I was going on and on; All. The. Time.

 

The day after I finished this book, we went to a festival. I had to carry my bag for like a mile and I thought I was going to die (ok, the bag was full of beer, beers are heavy. But I don’t think my bag was as heavy as Cheryl’s). And every time I was like “can you imagine how hard it must have been for Cheryl?”. My boyfriend just did not answered… (I can be really annoying).

 

Anyway, this ramling review to say that this book was amazing and I really recommend it to everyone. You won’t be disappointed!!

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review 2017-06-12 22:05
#42 - Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver

First thing I liked about this book: the main character is not perfect. She is actually part of the “mean girls”. Sam, Lindsay, Ally and Elody really reminded me of Cady and her friends in Mean Girls, something I really enjoyed (I’ve always been a huge fan of this movie; every time I see my friend from primary school, we watch it together. We even used to do the choreography.) Perfect MCs are really something I’m getting tired of, so it was great to have those characters. It reminded me of high school (this part was not that great actually), of what I had done to people and of what people had done to me. Being a teenager is hard. And teenagers can be really stupid. You don’t always think about how your acts can affect other people’s lives. I think this book is important in that way.

 

I loved the Delirium series and Panic was great too, so I was excited to read another Lauren Oliver book (especially as this one was her debut novel). And I was not disappointed. The writing was fantastic. I loved how things escalated, how it was going faster and how Sam was falling into darkness. 

 

The book was different from what I expected. Every day is different; I was expecting it to be exactly the same, the main character being trapped in it. She managed to change it and it was also great to see how a small thing could have such an effect on the day’s events; butterfly effect. It was well done.

 

This book has some strong themes: underage drinking (which is not such a big deal where I live, you can drink beer when you’re 16 and strong alcohol when you turn 18, so that part was not that big a deal for me, but I still think it should not be that way), driving under the influence of alcohol (which is something really hard for me to understand. People do it every day, my friends do it, my dad does it… And it is driving me crazy. They just don’t understand, it’s insane), sex, suicide, bullying… It is done in a non moralistic way, but at the end of the book you still think these things are bad. Without someone having to tell you: drinking is bad. I don’t know how to explain that, but I think it was great.

 

It was also really emotional. Can you imagine living the same day again, and again, going to sleep without know if you will wake up? Knowing you died the day before, without being sure of it, not being able to tell anybody… It is creepy as hell. Sam got lost along the way, she went crazy; she totally lost herself. Only to be found again. The story with Kent was everything to me, it was so good and beautiful!

 

I really, really recommend this book. It is short and fast-paced. It is also kind of easy to read despite the content that can be really hard.

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review 2017-06-06 22:00
41 - Warcross by Marie Lu
Warcross - Marie Lu

** I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review**

 

A sci-fi book about a game that is part of everyday life AND written by Marie Lu, sign me in!

 

I was way too excited about this book and I almost broke my phone when I get the e-mail saying I got the galley.

 

Warcross is more than just a game, it is a way of live and is part of everyone's daily life. Emika Chen is an orphan with rainbow hair (that detail was too cool not to be mentioned) who is trying to earn some money by tracking down illegal players. But her life is about to change completely.

 

The idea of Warcross is amazing, not that it has never been done before, but I liked how it was handled. I am almost sure that this kind of game will happen someday and we may be closer to it than we think. 

 

Emika is a lovable character, I actually admire her. She manages to follow her heart without rushing into decisions, and thus making bad ones. She knows what she wants and what she had to do to get it. She sometimes also wants to give up, because life can be hard, but she never does. Emika is rational but she is not afraid of her feelings either. She was the perfect MC for me! The other characters were not developed enough to be able to say anything about them. It was not a bad thing, it actually was a plus for me. Most of the books I read try to focus on multiple characters at once and it can get messy. Warcross is told through Emika, all the focus is on her and I really liked that fact.

 

The plot was neither too fast, nor too slow; the flow of events was coherent. I thought it was a standalone at first, so when I reach the middle of the book I was skeptical about how it was going to end, then I understand it was part of a series and I was really happy and really angry at the same time. I just need the second book right now!!

 

I love discovering this new sci-fi world, full of gadgets and stuff I would love to have. Marie Lu is great at creating this kind of things.

 

I enjoyed every single page of this book, it will probably be the best new series of the year!

 

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review 2017-06-04 08:30
#40 - Feed by Mira Grant
Feed - Mira Grant

Feed is the story of Georgia and Shaun Mason, two bloggers living in a post apocalyptic world full of zombies. They are working on the biggest story of their lives; that could also end it.

 

Feed is not your typical zombie story. It is actually really different from the post apocalyptic stories I’ve read. The people on earth managed to rebuild a society, really different from the one we live in, but it still is a functioning one. Gatherings of many people are not common and for young people, born after The Rising, this is something they are not familiar with. They live in fear, but still, they live.

 

Shaun and Georgia are great characters. They are both funny and sassy and they will do anything for the truth. I did not really connect with any of them, but I still like them. I also really enjoyed Rick and Steve, even if they are not that present in the book, they were great side characters.

 

I sometimes struggled with reading; some parts were a bit too long where nothing was really happening and I found myself not wanting to read. Nonetheless, it was a great story and the ending was fabulous. I could not believe what was happening.

 

Some events were actually really tragic and sad, but it never made me cry. Reading a book set in a post apocalyptic world where zombies are part of the scenery; you know it will not end well for everybody. You expect it. So, not really cry worthy, but still really tragic.

 

I definitely recommend this book if you enjoy post apocalyptic stories but are not there for the survival aspect of it. If you like scandals, politics and geeky stuff, with a lot of humor, this is for you.

 

I read this book for New Orleans Square 19 and I earned 5$ for it (571 pages).

Bank: 64$

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review 2017-06-03 13:10
# 39 - The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

I’ve seen this book everywhere in the last couple of weeks; I’ve seen the many praises for it and decided to get the audiobook with my Audible credit of the month. I was not disappointed.

 

Let me start by telling how great the performance was. Just the performance in itself was enough to make it a nice read. All the rest made it amazing and unforgettable. This book will stay with me for a long, long time.

 

Living in a country where multiculturalism is not that present (well, it is, but it is not the US) and where guns are not allowed, all these news about black kids getting shot, shootings in schools etc. are disturbing, but seem far away. It does not happen here. The Hate U Give really made me understand a lot more about the struggle of minorities in the US. I’m not saying, minorities do not struggle here in Europe, because I know they do. But this story takes place in the US, so let’s not compare this, it is not the point.

 

First thing that shocked me: people are scared of the police. The police is supposed to protect you. When I see cops in the street, I feel safer (still not safe, I don’t often feel safe in the city, but I do not fear for my life everyday I’m out). I just can’t imagine living in a world where you fear cops when you have done nothing wrong. Maybe it is naïve of me; but it is totally crazy and not right at all.

 

Second: Starr and her friends are kids. KIDS for god’s sake. Kids are suppose to be careless, go to school and enjoy going out with their friends. Not grieving for their best friends who got shot for nothing. I had shivers every time I was listening to this book.

 

I know what happened it this book is not 100% fiction. It happened to real people in real life. It happened before, it still happens today and it will continue in the future. That sucks. It should not be okay. I cannot put it into words.

 

The story in itself was great, the characters all seem real and it was impossible not to feel sad, scared, happy, hurt and joyful alongside them. I could not not feel for them.

The last lines of this book were too much for me. I was driving to work and I had to stop. I felt empty and I felt angry. I felt disgusted and betrayed by the world we live in. It was too much.

 

It was not easy to read, it was actually really hard. I definitely recommend this book to everybody.

 

I did not edit this review. I just wrote whatever I was feeling and I think it is better this way. Sorry if it does not make sense.

 

On a happier note, I was actually switching between listening to this book and listening to Bloodlust by Body Count (if you don't know them, it is Ice-T's band). This songs was particularly relevant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_0xYamFYYI

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