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Feminist library assistant. Music enthusiast, tea & coffee addict. Sherlockian & casual gamer.

 

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The Last One: A Novel

The Last One: A Novel - Alexandra Oliva Conceptually this book could have been especially intriguing, playing with the boundaries and intermingling of the perception of reality through media and our own interaction with the world. The behind the scenes of a reality television show feels realistic (I say this being of limited exposure to the genre.). The game is contrived and masterfully edited to influence and dictate viewer opinions of the participants. The internet article comments section chapter breaks are fun (with a cult TV reference or two) but don't really add much but to redirect the reader between Past Zoo and Present Zoo. Zoo's survival instincts and drive - challenged by both a Survivor-like TV show and an actual plague - naturally encourage the reader to question their own abilities to survive in those circumstances.

The pacing dropped as Zoo plodded along mid-story. The blurring of her reality through the loss of the (glasses) lenses she wore was a bit tiring of a prolonged metaphor. It wasn't terrible, but the casual reader may not want to continue the story. The ending of the book felt open enough in case Alexandra Oliva wanted to continue the story as a series, but would be fine as a a standalone book.

All in all, it was a decent read. However, I had actually forgotten about it in the couple of months between reading it and now leaving a review.

Need May Very Well Be the YA Psychological Thriller of the Year

— feeling shocked
NEED - Joelle Charbonneau

I received an advanced reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.

The premise behind this was utterly fascinating in the age of ever-present social media and online access, and I was immediately gripped by the story. I tore through the pages just so I could find out how far these kids would go to have their needs (read: wants) fulfilled. It grew very dark, very quickly. If someone is looking for a psychological thriller, this would definitely be a title I would consider recommending for that reader.

Some of the plot points did seem a little sensational, occasionally far-fetched, and sometimes overly convoluted than it needed to be. But it did feel very real during other moments. I was less enamored with the ending and had correctly predicted the primary instigator behind it all. It feels like a standalone book, but I wouldn't be surprised if a sequel or series may be squeezed out of the concept.

The set-up is gripping; I didn't want to put it down. However, the ending was less than impressive. I give NEED an average of 4 stars on a 5 star scale.

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1367416118?book_show_action=false

N.E.E.D.

N.E.E.D. - Joelle Charbonneau Need May Very Well Be the YA Psychological Thriller of the Year I received an advanced reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.The premise behind this was utterly fascinating in the age of ever-present social media and online access, and I was immediately gripped by the story. I tore through the pages just so I could find out how far these kids would go to have their needs (read: wants) fulfilled. It grew very dark, very quickly. If someone is looking for a psychological thriller, this would definitely be a title I would consider recommending for that reader.Some of the plot points did seem a little sensational, occasionally far-fetched, and sometimes overly convoluted than it needed to be. But it did feel very real during other moments. I was less enamored with the ending and had correctly predicted the primary instigator behind it all. It feels like a standalone book, but I wouldn't be surprised if a sequel or series may be squeezed out of the concept.The set-up is gripping; I didn't want to put it down. However, the ending was less than impressive. I give NEED an average of 4 stars on a 5 star scale.

The Girl on the Train: A Novel

The Girl on the Train: A Novel - Paula Hawkins 2.5 rating.

Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity

Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity - Carter Sickels Gay marriage has been one of the defining fights of the gay rights movement, and this book brings honest, insightful commentary about that topic from the people whose opinions on this subject matter the most: The LGBTQ community. It's not so cut and dry, and the opinions are diverse - you may not expect them to be regarding the topic - and each of these writings gives the reader a lot to think about life, marriage, culture, domestic partnership, and what it means to be queer today. This book is an important read, especially in today's political climate, and is a valuable addition to any collection.

Five

Five - Ursula Poznanski Originally reviewed: Five - Book Review

What an original concept - geocaching murder mystery. Definitely grabbed my attention when I first heard of it, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to read a copy before it was released here in the States.

Beatrice Kaspary is a detective I wouldn't mind knowing more about. Ursula Archer gives us plenty to chew on as we follow her on her hunt for The Owner. This feels like the first of a series, and I will be keeping an eye out for more by her.

TFTH

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America - Barbara Ehrenreich Despite the fact that I've been very lucky in a lot of ways, I could write about my experiences as a waitress, a barista, and an overnight worker in a large corporation like Wal-Mart, and it would sound like I plagiarized every bit of Ehrenreich's book. This is perhaps why I am so frustrated when I engage in conversations with others about this social, economic, and moral problem; the willing ignorance of the affluent and the sheer invisibility of the working poor aren't being addressed. This predates the Occupy Wall Street movement, and it's as if you're watching the dominoes set up and getting ready to start their fall.