ARC Review: Soulprint by Megan Miranda

soulprint by megan miranda

Alina Chase has been contained on an island for the last 17 years—whether that’s for the crimes of her past life, or for her own protection, well, that depends on whom you ask. With soul-fingerprinting a reality, science can now screen for the soul, and everyone knows that Alina’s soul had once belonged to notorious criminal, June Calahan, though that information is supposed to be private. June had accomplished the impossible: hacking into the soul-database, ruining countless lives in the process.

Now, there are whispers that June has left something behind for her next life—something that would allow Alina to access the information in the soul-database again. A way to finish the crimes she started.

Aided by three people with their own secret motivations, Alina escapes, only to discover that she may have just traded one prison for another. And there are clues. Clues only Alina can see and decipher, clues that make it apparent that June is leading her to something. While everyone believes Alina is trying to continue in June’s footsteps, Alina believes June is trying to show her something more. Something bigger. Something that gets at the heart of who they all are—about the past and the present. Something about the nature of their souls.

Alina doesn’t know who to trust, or what June intends for her to know, and the closer she gets to the answers, the more she wonders who June was, who she is, whether she’s destined to repeat the past, whether there are truths best kept hidden—and what one life is really worth.

Description taken from Goodreads. I received an advance copy of this book, to be published February 3rd, 2015, via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own. 


This book was incredibly surprising to me because I, in no way, thought I would like this book as much as I did. Sure, it has an interesting plot, but it carries that plot all the way out until the end–and doesn’t release until it’s done.

There are so many great themes to SOULPRINT, and I felt like every single one of them was unique in it’s own way. I loved the idea of soul printing, and the world-building behind this book is entirely real. I can quite literally see Alina’s world through the United States, or even the Canada, of today. For those people who feel like dystopian/future-based novels just aren’t plausible enough, I urge to try SOULPRINT.

It wasn’t even the setting in SOULPRINT that really stuck out of me in the beginning. It was Alina, and the characters around her. The very first thing I thought when I heard her name was Marie Lu’s Alina, and I expected this (somewhat) to end up being a villain’s story.

But’s it’s not, in a weird way, and that’s a lot of the beauty of SOULPRINT.

She’s flawed. She longs for revenge, even when revenge is probably not the smartest thing to be thinking about at the moment. She’s smart but can make stupid decisions. She wants to be free, and she doesn’t want to be judged by people. She even fears that June really is her, at the core.

There were so many things I loved about Alina that were really just nuances of her, and that was why I felt like she was perfect for this story. I did feel like the other characters were solid as well, but I didn’t love them as much as her.

SOULPRINT was a great, really fun read for me. I would definitely recommend it, even though I was slow to like it in the beginning, and will be rereading. 4.3 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 368

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Giveaway + ARC Review: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

all the bright places by jennifer niven

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this compelling, exhilarating, and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

Description taken from Goodreads. This review copy was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own. Thanks to Lydia Finn and Knopf for giving me the chance to read this book! It will be coming out on January 6th, 2015.


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It’s hard to explain exactly why ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES is so beautiful, but let me start off by saying that this story is not your typical story about death or loss or bullying.

This story can’t really be compared to anything else. I wouldn’t say it’s TFIOS, and I definitely would not say it’s Eleanor & Park, but I would say that this book has an entirely different feeling to it, just like TFIOS. Finch, in particular, is someone who is entirely his own. While Violet struggles with suicide and loss in this book, Finch deals with mental illness and bullying. These two people meet on top of a bell tower, which I’m sure is a great way for them to tell their future children and grandchildren that they met.

The thing is, I’m not sure it’s so much about the bell tower and more about finding someone–not even someone who you think you’ll somehow come to love someday–but just someone, in your darkest moment. (excuse for that horrendously cheesy and deep line: I read too much YA).

The thing is, and I love that in this story: Finch and Violet are just people. Some of you reading this might hate me for this, but Finch is the same as Augustus Waters. I think that if they ever met, they would either become the worst of enemies or the best of friends. What I mean by saying that they’re the same is not that they’re similarly clever or cool or disabled or frustrated, but they’re similarly real and normal and here. Beneath the sum of their parts, they’re still just human, and Jennifer Niven portrays that brilliantly and heartbreakingly. (Okay, I’m using up all my this-is-my-YA-life chips today).

That’s the thing, really. Please, go into this story and read it and love it and be surprised by it and DON’T PUT OUT ANY SPOILERS. Or else… I’ll maybe start feeling something such as…

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And I already have feeling overload from ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES.

I’m probably reading too much into it, but what I appreciated about the way Niven set this book up was how little I knew at the beginning. I didn’t know what mental illness Finch had, for one thing, and for the sake of spoilers I’m not going to mention it here. I think that goes along with the idea that Finch and Violet are just people. Things like the things that are happening to Violet and Finch happen to everyday people, not aliens or monsters or something faraway and distant.

This book hurts. It’s sad, shocking, crazy, heartbreaking and beautiful–but ultimately hopeful. It’s well-written, well-paced, hilarious at times, and well built up. I loved the way the POV switched between Violet and Finch and how they, in the end, come to gradually fall for each other. Niven writes this story in a way that is different from any other author I’ve read before, and it’s not sad in the traditional, cry-your-eyes-out sense. It’s sad in a way that makes this feel less like a movie and more like real life. Great story. 4.5 stars.

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pg count for the hardback: 384

Review: The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

the madman's daughter by megan shepherd

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.

Description taken from Goodreads.


People told me this book was disturbing. They didn’t tell me how disturbing.

There’s a quote from Paula Stokes that goes, “When you care about someone, you can’t just turn that off because you learn that they betrayed you.” That is exactly the feeling I get when I read this book. I can’t even begin to explain the madness that is this story and the goodness in the evil of the characters, especially in the villains. Shepherd created this story with some pretty amazing and complex characters, and that is just the first of the things she should be commended for.

One of the biggest conflicts in this story is the self-conflict that Juliet feels as well as the conflict she feels with the people around her. This book has a fairly small cast (bordering on medium) that Juliet is constantly questioning at one point or another. That makes it sound like a bad thing, but I didn’t think it was. None of the characters of THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER, including Juliet, are goody-goodies who are completely for or completely against what Dr. Moreau and Juliet started.

All of the characters in THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER are strong in one way or another. (Speaking of characters, I would’ve loved to see more of Lucy and Adam). Juliet is bold and brave, a very strong heroine without having to prove anything about herself–refreshing after books that point out time and time again how the heroine doesn’t need anyone and is strong all on her own. She’s not someone who is really cute in any sense. She’s not busy focusing on herself, but more of others, in her own way. She has her own insecurities as well as strengths. And she’s got a brain, by the way, and she uses it. It’s not one she just talks about. Like I said, refreshing.

I won’t say I was entirely okay with Montgomery or Juliet’s father or even Edward. They all have their own flaws, just like Juliet does. Montgomery is trapped in this eternal cycle of worshipping Juliet’s father while still knowing at heart that what he’s doing is wrong. Juliet’s father is delusional and utterly insane, but he’s still Juliet’s father. Edward… I don’t even know where to begin with Edward. For most of the story, I was set against him, but Shepherd completely messed that up too (in the last 50 pages of the book, no less). I was just as confused as Juliet about each of these characters, which I’ll say was a pretty impressive move. I hated some of Juliet’s reactions to how the people around her acted, but I could understand her at the same time.

There are lots of questions about morality, abnormality, madness, and how far is too far to go under the pretenses of science. Shepherd addresses all of these taboo topics skillfully, in a way that the reader can see just how multi-dimensional these ideas are. It’s not hard to understand the different dissection parts and there’s not a lot of vocabulary to learn over the course of the story.

For those of you who are wondering which book the quote is from, that’s from her upcoming book (that I read and think is fantastic) Liars, Inc. Add it to your TBR! 

Let’s talk characters. Juliet. Edward. Cymbeline. I can blame school Shakespeare studies for my recognition of these names. The very first thing I think of when I hear the name Juliet is Romeo & Juliet, a story that I think is massively overrated–but that’s for another time.

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As soon as I saw the groupings of names, I figured something was up. I can understand slipping in a few references, but there was way too many characters for it to be just a simple admiration of Shakespeare.

This book and the gruesome secrets behind what Dr. Moreau has done–closer to the main characters of THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER than I ever thought in the beginning–were something I never saw coming. Fans of THE MONSTUMOLOGIST by Rick Yancey or anyone who thinks Virals by Kathy Reichs meets the “pursuit of science” would be interesting to see, this book is for you. I would strongly caution animal lovers or animal (even human) rights activists against reading this book.

THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER…. I really would not agree with everything that is in this book. I don’t mean that I disliked parts of it (I actually did dislike the romance. All of it.) but what I mean to say is that there are so many controversial topics in this book that it’s hard for me to have a strong opinion. One thing I can say–I do believe this book is one of those truly fearless books. I do think it’s very well-written. There’s amazing descriptions and prose. The horror is horrifying without being too scary. The topics are covered in a way that doesn’t cover up anything, but instead shows all the complexity to these issues.

All in all, I would recommend this book. 9 out of 10 times, I most likely would not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 15/16. Of course, there are exceptions to that–but this book is graphic at times and kind of creepy at others. For the right person, this book is brilliant in many aspects. I totally did not expect the ending and I can’t wait for the next book. 4.3 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 420

Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

snow like ashes by sara raasch

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Description taken from Goodreads.


SNOW. LIKE. ASHES.

I had been waiting for this book so long and when I finally got the chance to read it, it didn’t disappoint. Right off the bat, two things I loved: characters and world-building. Descriptions of both the people as well as the scene was amazing and I felt like it gave me a perfect picture of what I was looking at. The season-settings were amazing and I loved the tensions between all the different kingdoms. Think of it as a cross between Game of Thrones and Julie Kagawa’s THE IRON FEY.

Their hair hung in tendrils as dark as the night sky, swaying in the dust kicked up from the roads that wove through Autumn’s tent cities. Their skin glistened the same coppery brown as the leaves on some of their trees, only where the leaves were crinkled and dry, the Autumnians’ faces were perfectly creamy.

I touched my own skin, as pale as the clouds drifting over us, and ran my fingers across the cap covering my blindingly white hair.

I enjoyed every word of the world-building and getting to know these kingdoms, becoming lost in the words.

It isn’t even the world-building that impressed me the most though. It was the characters. Admittedly, sometimes I was exasperated because of the LOVE TRIANGLE in this story and the way that it feels like Meira tries too hard sometimes. I almost feel like certain character points are trying to be pushed when I can already tell things through her actions. Even so, I loved the relationships between people and the multi-dimensionalism in each character.

And, I do have to say that the love triangle isn’t that bad. Both have bad sides and good sides. Both are flawed. Both are believable, so I guess it works in this story, but I didn’t love both of them. I was strongly for one side, so even though I can see why this love triangle works, I don’t agree with it.

Do you see what you’ve done to me, Sara? DO YOU SEE? I HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I UNDERSTAND BUT I WANT TO HATE ONE GUY BUT I CAN’T.

-.-

Moving on. Overall, there were so many things I LOVED about this story, and there was nothing I especially disliked. I did think it was slow at parts and a little repetitive, but overall the story was brilliant and the world-building/characters were amazing. I love this debut, even though it was incredibly long, and I can’t wait to see what else happens in this world. I NEED THE SEQUEL. Amazing debut that I would recommend for high fantasy fans and Sarah J. Maas fans. (not kidding here). 4.5 stars.

Read my Would You Rather with Sara Raasch.

pg count for the hardback: 422

Review: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

forgive me leonard peacock by matthew quick

Leonard Peacock is turning 18.
And he wants to say goodbye.

Not to his former best friend, whose torments have driven him to consider committing something tragic and horrific.

Nor to his mum who’s moved out and left him to fend form himself. But to his four friends.
A Humphrey-Bogart-obsessed neighbour
A teenage violin virtuoso
A pastor’s daughter
A teacher

Most of the time, Leonard believes he’s weird and sad but these friends have made him think that maybe he’s not.

He wants to thank them, and bid them farewell.

Description taken from Goodreads.


What is this book even?

I don’t know what I was expecting or what I was thinking or what exactly was going on when I decided to read this. It’s all just a blur now. I’ve disliked all the Matthew Quick books I’ve ever read before. I mean–this… this… I READ IT BECAUSE IT’S GOING TO BE MADE INTO A MOVIE. Go ahead and judge me, but I am a classic example of why I try to appreciate all book-to-movie-renditions. For better or worse, it may drive one or two more (or even thousands more) people to the better other version of the story. And, of course, it will help the writer to keep on writing their magic.

Well–for whatever reason I read this book–I’m glad I did.

There’s really one gif that sums up this whole review, and that is this:

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Ironic that it’s a SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK gif. (For those of you who don’t know, SLP was written by Matthew Quick). I actually love SLP, and for those of you who read SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR and hated it, then you should try both SLP (the adult crowd) and this book (YA crowd). I actually really disliked SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR, but I think that I’ll reread it after this story.

Getting to the actual, nitty gritty of this story. Well, I’m pretty sure if you go into it you’ll be going into it thinking Leonard is some crazy maniac.

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I know that impression because I got that impression too. In fact, it made me really really really not want to read this book–but the thing of it is that Leonard is what makes this story. He is real and powerful and hateful and I can’t help but love him all at the same time. With this story, Matthew Quick has taken a very real phenomenon in the lives of everyday people and turned it into something that is gritty, emotional, understandable and even relatable at times to today’s teens and people across the world.

FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK is heartbreaking and beautiful and ugly in every sense of each of those words. From the very beginning, it’s easy to stand there (or sit) and judge him. It’s also easy to very quickly see just how hard his life is, and the bright spots in his life. Memories are recounted realistically and brutally, things that he shouldn’t have to remember but does. People who other people think don’t matter, but do. Everyone is precious for sometimes the simplest reasons to someone else, and in seeing the people that matter to Leonard that is clear throughout this story.

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It is the littlest things that end up making up Leonard’s destiny, and that is what is amazing about this book. Pacing is stable, writing is intense, plot is a little slow but definitely entertaining and well worth every word. While I can’t say I didn’t agree with everything (which shall remain unnamed because most of my issue with this book lies with the later plot elements), I do certainly hope that they don’t mess up the FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK movie. For those of you wondering, this is an entirely non-cliche, unusual, out-of-whack, tears-worthy story. The things that lead Leonard to do the things that he does and the people and/or decisions he makes along the way are all stories that have been told, but not told in the right way, and not as intense as that. Props to Matthew Quick, because this is one fearless book. Definitely recommended for the young-adult crowd and up, not suitable for younger audiences. 4.5 stars.

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Review: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

stitching snow by r.c. lewis

Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

Description taken from Goodreads.


STITCHING SNOW was my second choice. Occasionally, I become overwhelmed by book happiness and become excited to read everything currently on my shelf when before I hadn’t been so excited about some. I picked up STITCHING SNOW on one of these spur-of-the-moment boosts and then impulsively decided to read it first having known or heard absolutely nothing about it.

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Or the dumbest one, really. Because honestly R.C. Lewis, DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO ME?

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STITCHING SNOW is everything that I needed at the time that I read it. It was beautifully written, with characters that are genuine, a romance that is (amazingly) actually thought out, a plot that is GENIUS and a story, that, quite frankly, left me wallowing in a book hangover hours after I read it.

The only things I can say about this book was that sometimes the pacing was a little off and I didn’t love certain parts of the story just because they were slow or confusing. I also really disliked Dane’s name, but that’s just nitpicking.

But OTHERWISE, YES. YES YES YES. I’ve been a slump of meh books recently, and STITCHING SNOW is (I hope) the beginning of a brand new book start for me.

One of the things I was truly amazed by in this story is the part that is lovable, understandable and heartwarming without having to actually say those things. R.C. Lewis captures life in all it’s beauty and betrayal and heartbreak in the dramatic way that a writer sees everything and yet it utterly real and everyday, in the best possible way. What do I mean by this? The best example is probably the characters.

I loved them. I didn’t love all of them, but I loved many of them–and the development and relationships between them all were very well-written. I really appreciated the way that the romance developed instead of INSTALOVE, which has plagued me for weeks now, and that Essie truly fell in love with Dane. More so than that though, Essie is all about duty before love and swooning–even if she does have those moments. In the beginning, before doing anything else to admire him, she thinks about duty, protecting herself and her village. THAT IS THE WAY IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE. So many books put the romance before everything else without realizing it, and it is so tiring. STITCHING SNOW breaks away from those stories, and it is utterly refreshing.

I also really enjoyed and appreciated that Essie was written as a coder and programmer. As someone trying to get into those things, this was really special to me and I feel like not enough stories have these possibilities in them. I really felt like Essie truly was a programmer, instead of just being told about it and having no actual proof. I felt all her passion for what she does and honestly, it was a lot of fun to hear about her skills and the way that she grows over the course of the story.

More so than any of the human characters though, my favorites were probably the robots (drones) that Essie changed into little robots that help out in the mines and eventually come with her on her journey. Cusser and Dimwit were both heartfelt, amazing little characters in their different ways and I throughly enjoyed their roles in the story.

Overall, I loved STITCHING SNOW SO much. The characters go through many hardships and face the prospect of war at every turn. The characters have skills, flaws, priorities and logic–all things that are less common than you would think. R.C. Lewis did an amazing job with this story and THANK YOU FOR THIS BOOK (AND THE FACT THAT IT IS A STAND-ALONE). 4.5 stars.

pg count for the ebook: 338

Review: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

afterworlds by scott westerfeld

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

Description taken from Goodreads.


Before I say anything, I need to say that even starting from the dedication, AFTERWORLDS meant something to me.

I’ve respected Scott Westerfeld as an author for a long time, starting from the very first time I read LEVIATHAN to the UGLIES series to here, AFTERWORLDS, but none of this books have truly struck a personal note with me until this book. The dedication reads:

To all you wordsmiths, you scribblers, you wrimos in your vast numbers, for making writing a part of your reading.

Yes. YES. A millions yesses and thank yous to Scott Westerfeld for this ^^.

As if that wasn’t enough, Scott Westerfeld made this book relatable to anyone, especially any kid, who has ever aspired to be something and legitimately thought through and worked for that something. Not only that, but this book is about writing. YA writing. About agents, blurbs, publication, queries, the beautiful, uncertain mess that both publishing and writing are.

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There are so many arguments against this book, but really–especially if it interests you–please do read it. If you are an aspiring writer or one of those teenagers who dare to dream about getting a book deal at age 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, this is a book for you.  It’s rare, and writing is never easy (in any form), but it does happen, and it happens to Darcy in this book. Paula Stokes and Veronica Roth are just two of the authors this has happened to, and numerous authors have been traditionally published after being found on Nanowrimo.

AFTERWORLDS is definitely long, longer than it needs to be at parts, but the way that this book is constructed and the two stories within this book mesh together is beautiful and truly shows just how much of a writer’s actual life and experiences are embedded into a story. AFTERWORLDS is constantly making fun of the publishing industry as a whole, bringing in the ups and downs and the way that young writers and old writers alike think. I loved so much of this book because of the numerous things that I could relate to. This book is one big book about writing that is so true in it’s entirety and so masterfully crafted that I can’t even begin to explain how much this story stands out from other fiction works that talk about writing.

There are things that I disliked, and certainly things that will draw the average reader away from this  book. For one thing, it is long. For another, at certain parts, it feels long. Then not everyone will agree with the LGBT aspects of this story. Then there’s the matter that not everyone will understand the sheer amount of satire in this story. Overall, I think this book and how a reader will understand it will differ each time depending on the person. If you’re interested in reading this book, I would recommend reading the first 50 pages and see how things pan out from there. If you’re someone who loves to read and/or write, I would definitely recommend this book for you.

And Scott Westerfeld…

Thank you.

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For a better understanding of all the humor and the arguments for/against this book, I would recommend taking a look at this great review. 4.3 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 600