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Writerly Wisdom

When I think about characters, I like to think of them in their relationships to each other. In the same way, I think that’s how humans are ultimately defined. We are our relationships to one another. And a lot of what’s interesting about us happens in the context of other people.”

– John Green


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July Reads Round Up

MONTHLY READS ROUNDUP

A quick summary of my July reads with a link to the full reviews:

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

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I gave this book 5/5. Fast paced, action packed, and a perfect follow on from book one, Ink and Bone. Wonderful world building and character development. Caine has an effortless skill for constructing raw, unique relationships.

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough

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I gave this book 4/5. Well thought out narrative, and suspense created with multiple POVs. One well crafted, complex character, and a character I couldn’t warm to. An ending to blow your socks off.

 

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

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I gave this book 4/5. Important narrative about refugees in detention centres in Australia. Fraillon captures the voice of 9 year old Subhi perfectly. Slow progressing read, but powerful message, and well developed characters.

 

Demon Seed by Dean Koontz

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I gave this book 3.5/5. Not one of Koontz’s best. A great concept that freaked me out more than a little, but not enough. Koontz captured the narcissitic, psychotic voice of ‘Proteus’, an highly intelligent AI system. Quick, easy read.

 

A Strange Little Place by Brennan Storr

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I gave this book 3/5. Some stories gave me goosebumps, others were not so believable. A documentary style book, covering a plethora of goings on in Revelstoke. The author’s research and time spent on this novel is commendable. Probably more interesting for those who live in Revelstoke, or who know of the area

Dancing in the Rain by Lynn Joseph

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I gave this book 4/5. Narrative about loss, grief, and healing is handled sensitively and with love. An important read for older children and teens, highlighting the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks through the eyes of two children. A book for the next generation.

Looking For Alaska by John Green

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I gave this book 3.5/5. Slow starter and the main conflict was over fairly quickly. The before and after design for the narrative was interesting and worked. Alaska’s character was refreshing in context with other more introverted characters. A YA read that can transcend age, but took a little getting in to.

 


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Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green

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Looking for Alaska by John Green 3.5/5

13866835_1234389263279155_920167611_nMiles has a quirky interest in famous people’s last words, especially François Rabelais’s final statement, “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” Determined not to wait for death to begin a similar quest, Miles convinces his parents to let him leave home. Once settled at Culver Creek Preparatory School, he befriends a couple of equally gifted outcasts: his roommate Chip―commonly known as the Colonel—who has a predilection for memorizing long, alphabetical lists for fun; and the beautiful and unpredictable Alaska, whom Miles comes to adore.

The kids grow closer as they make their way through a school year filled with contraband, tests, pranks, breakups, and revelations about family and life. But as the story hurtles toward its shattering climax, chapter headings like “forty-six days before” and “the last day” portend a tragic event―one that will change Miles forever and lead him to new conclusions about the value of his cherished “Great Perhaps.”

Review:

From the rave reviews my friends gave me on this book, I feel like I going against the grain. Don’t get me wrong, I did like the book, I just didn’t fall in love. This book was a slow starter for me. There was a lot of relationship building within the group of friends, but there was a lack of conflict/action for a good portion of the book. However, this was rectified the further in I read.

The characters were well rounded, and I was surprised to actually like Alaska’s character. I have struggled to relate to similar characters in other books, yet I found Alaska refreshing in context with the other personalities in the book. Miles was a bit of a sheep following the flock- not my cup of tea.

The countdown (x amount of days before) was intriguing. Before what? I liked the not knowing- I knew it was something to do with Alaska, but that hint of mystery kept the pages turning. The after involved decoding the before and the ‘event’ (no spoilers).

A teen read with a valuable message, but slow to get started.


 

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Weekly Quotes

Quotes of the Week, September 28th 2015

I’m doing this week’s quotes of the week a little differently today. Usually, I choose a theme or topic and choose two quotes that inspire or motivate me in relation to that theme or topic. Today, however, I am choosing two quotes from the author John Green. Both quotes comes from his ‘The Fault in our Stars’ novel, and I am in love with them.

‘I fell in the love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.’  ~ Hazel Grace, The Fault in our Stars by John Green.

In my humble opinion, this is the perfect surmise of falling in love. I wanted so badly to be able to capture love in a sentence just like Green, and I have had this quote written in my inspiration notebook for a long, long time.

‘You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.’ ~ Augustus Waters, The Fault in our Stars by John Green.

A true quote if ever there was one. Love is about jumping in head first. It’s about placing your trust and heart into someone else’s hand, hoping they treat it kindly.