Insomnia

A horror book with a male protagonist that was released in June this year. We meet Parker who has not been able to sleep for years. How he is still alive is a mystery but he keeps getting weaker and it’s only a matter of time before he dies. Then he finds a way to sleep, but this leads to obsession on his part that is almost similar to a drug addiction. His thoughts blur his memory is failing him and soon enough he don’t know anything at all, or does he?

Confusing ,yes? Well there was a lot going on in the book so many twists and turns that before you could make your mind up on whether you liked or disliked the event a new one came up. The main character is really good and even though the others were okay too, none of them really stood out to me. There is so much going on in the book that it becomes overwhelming at times but in the end I liked the weirdness and how strange everything was. It stood out to me in mostly a positive way.

I found that the setting was really good as well. With so many things happening it was nice to have a solid realistic place that everything happened in. This book is really strange tan extremely unbelievable so I really liked that R.J Johansson kept a normal setting and didn’t throw in some even weirder things.  Tough this is an author I will keep my eyes on and I will be picking up the sequel when it comes out because Insomnia was a really unique book. 8 / 10

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Elegy

Finally the last book of the Watersong series landed in my mailbox. It took quite a while considering that I ordered the book before the release date (6th of August.) I have no idea how Amanda Hocking’s last book in the series ended up being about 200 pages thicker than the other book but it was awesome. I will not consider the plot summary to be a spoiler since the biggest spoiler is already on the backpage of the first book and that is the fact that Gemma is a siren (mermaid) and she does not like it.

So Elegy is all about the final showdown. Gemma and her sister Harper think that they might have the answer to break the siren curse. But Penn (the siren leader) is as evil as it gets and her plans to have power over everything leads to the ultimate showdown.

The first book was just okay and after it all the books have kept improving and Elegy left the series at its peak. Even though I still don’t like Harper she was out shadowed by all the awesomeness. The plot is the best one so far and I really think the fact that the book was longer than the other ones helped a lot. There were time for so many things to happen but with enough space in between so it did not feel rushed.

Aside from me disliking not liking Harper the rest of the characters were the best they have been so far. We also got to meet a new character who is interesting to say the least… To sum up the amazing showdown Elegy was the best book in the series, greatly written, with a perfect exciting plot and wonderful characters and some of them I will really miss now that it’s all over. 10 / 10

Other reviews in the series:
0.5  Forgotten Lyrics
1. Wake
2. Lullaby
3. Tidal
4. Elegy

A Dance of Shadows

Three books in a row, tough I will give you a game review sometime this week and I think I will watch the Wolverine and perhaps even Elysium this week as well. Until then this is a paranormal book that was released this year and it is almost like Black Swan but a book instead of a movie.

Vanessa get’s accepted into the elite ballet school that her sister went to before she mysteriously disappeared. Vanessa never thinks she can be as good as her sister in ballet, but is she wrong? And will she solve her sister’s disappearance while training at the school seems to do mysterious things to her mind?

This really was Black Swan the book version, well at least towards the ending.  The book did not make a particularly big impression on me. The plot seemed interesting in the beginning, to then blend out and become plain in the middle and to break out in a huge twist towards the end.  I liked the end but it was a bit too strange and a bit too much.

The main character was good, not great but good. All the other characters did not make any impression on me. In the end this book was just average and as interesting as I had originally thought the book would be it turned out to be anything but special and I really doubt I will be picking up the sequel. 5 / 10

Openly Straight

It’s late and I’m tired so I’ll be really brief today. This ya book was released in March and I thought Bill Konigsberg really thought out of the box with this book. It’s also a humorous book and since I seldom read funny books I thought I would have a blast. The main character is also a guy and it’s extremely rare that I read a book with a guy as the main character.

Rafe is the pretty much in the position every gay kid wants to have. He is accepted, not teased, he has been out for years and he is a role model to many. But Rafe is tired of all this so when he movies across the country Rafe decides to keep his sexuality a secret and not be the gay guy anymore.

This seemed like a fun book with a cool perspective, it had a few ups and it gave me some chuckles. Other than that the book did not impress me. I disliked the characters, it was no way near as funny as I had hoped and the plot sounded a thousand times better than it actually was. In the end the novel has a really great idea and I did not think that the book did that idea any justice. 5 / 10

Burning Blue

For the past couple of days I have been feeling kind of blue and even if I have updates it’s mainly negative reviews so I haven’t felt like posting them. It has just been one of those weeks where many things fail. I started five books that I stopped reading because they were so bad and the book I really want to read has yet to show up in the mail box. Not to mention that the weather has been just as blue as my mood so this has not been the best week for me.

But now it’s Sunday and it’s time to be positive again. Unfortunately Burning Blue did not leave me feeling cheerful at all. This YA book came out last year and it is kind of a mix between mystery, contemporary and romance. It seemed like an interesting story but in the end the book I wanted and the book Paul Griffin had written were two entirely different things.

The story is that the most stunning girl in the school gets splashed with acid on the left side of her face and then the loner in the school tries to find out who did this to her. It seemed like a good realistic story but it just turned out to be messy. There was something about the writing style that didn’t capture me and the perspective shifts were not something I liked either. The ending twist was pretty good, but it did not save the boring plot and the story we have all heard before about the loner boy coming out of his shell to help the previously popular girl. 3 / 10

Speechless

It’s time to raise your glasses for this awesome book that came out last year. Ever thought a little about how much people actually say? Well I certainly do after fishing this book. Chelsea is the popular girl who likes gossiping; one day her flaw to keep her mouth shut causes something horrible. She thereby takes an oath to be silent and she will therefore remain Speechless (could I have a round of applause for my extremely intended title pun please?)

A book where the main character does not have any direct dialogue?! I am flabbergasted! This is so awesome that even I almost became speechless when I heard about it. Just as you can imagine this opens up for a lot of character development and I was not disappointed there. The in tire idea of the the oath to silence is marvelous and I even liked where Chelsea got her idea from in the book.

Hanna Harrington is a genius for writing this. It was so fun to read, the background characters, the character development, the all around reaction to Chelsea oath and what it meant for her, the consequence of her previous gossiping and how you just sat around and wounded when she was actually going to speak again.

That last part was actually the only bad thing about the book. After remaining silent I would have hoped for something slightly better the first time she opened her mouth. But The book was almost too good for me to even notice that. So I would say that Speechless is a must read, so pick up the book to read about the oath to silence. 10 / 10

Keeping You a Secret

In Sweden it is currently Stockholm Pride and therefore I figured that I would match the theme book wise. So here we have it, the LGTB book that most seem to be reading and therefore I thought it might be good… Wrong! Oh well. Keeping You a Secret came out in 2003 and it’s written by Julie Anne Peters. The popular girl Holland and her boyfriend is trying to decide where to go for college. But then CeCe shows up and the romance begins.

Stupid, typical and bad characters sums it all up. The only thing I like about the book is that it is not the typical happy and bubbly story. Tough I have never really liked the “let’s forget about the boyfriend and go for a girl instead” so I was not impressed. Sure it does happened in real life so it is believable, but I did not like how the main character justified everything.

I pretty much disliked all characters except for the two most evil ones, namely the mother and the friend just because they make sure that the typical happy story never happens. The plot was just bland, I did not really care about it and I was not too fond of the author’s way of describing things. The ending was just like the book, it did not work out for me at all even though the later parts of the book were a bit better.  If the word “meh” would be described by a book, it would definitely be this one. 4 / 10