Above by Isla Morley: A Review

UGH THERE IS SO MUCH TO SAY ABOUT THIS BOOK WITHOUT GIVING SPOILERS SO BARE WITH ME, K?

 

Okay, so this book was crazy. Really crazy. So, apparently a sixteen-year-old girl named Blythe Hallowell is kidnapped by a survivalist and is hidden in an abandoned missile silo. Seventeen years later, she escapes, and has to learn to survive Above.

 

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At first, I really enjoyed this book. It was action-packed and had a great writing style. The first part was just really great and I enjoyed it immensely.

Then she reaches Above and things went downhill from there.

Granted, I enjoyed this book, to a point. It was fun and interesting and it was very action-packed… In the beginning. As soon as Blythe reaches Above, it just wasn’t fun anymore. In fact, it was a total let-down.

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The idea of this book was there, but the execution fell flat.¬†Personally, I feel like this book could have been cut in half. That so the first part wasn’t so underdeveloped and the reader had more time to get adjusted. I think that there was way too much that happened in this book.
Towards the end, it was hard for me to keep up with it because I had to remember minor details that was at the beginning of the book. In my opinion, this was because of the amount of events that occurred between the beginning and the end. There was just way too much.

Nerds, this book had so much potential! It’s so frustrating how this book is. I wanted to love this book so bad, but I just couldn’t.

My rating:

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I debated rating this a four, but there’s so much that kept me from doing so. This book was just such a let-down and I wanted this book to be so much better. Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend this book. If it had reached its full potential, then yes, I would. Still, this book still had more to work on.

 


 

 

Announcement: 

Okay, so before I go, I decided to let you nerds know that I’m changing the URL of the site on December 4th. I’ve found that the current URL is actually quite difficult for people (even me) to remember. I haven’t quite decided to what yet, I have a few contenders but I though maybe I could get a few suggestions from you lovely nerds. Thanks, guys!

 

Happy reading!! xoxo

 

 

Everything, Everything

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In this novel, Madeline Whittier is allergic to everything. So allergic, she never leaves her house. After  she gets a glimpse of a moving truck outside her window, and a boy named Olly, her life drastically changes.

Everything, Everything is just plain beautiful. The writing style is beautiful. Madeline Whittier is beautiful. Olly is beautiful. The plot is beautiful. I think you get the idea.

While this book was highly predictable (though I’m not so sure actually considering the fact that a friend kind of spoiled it by giving me a hint about the ending), it was an exceptional read. I loved every bit of it. This book actually reminds me a little of The Fault In Our Stars except for the fact that it’s not about cancer and they don’t travel to Holland. Still, it’s fantastic.

The romance for me actually wasn’t that excessive and actually added to the beauty of the book. Nicola didn’t seem to romanticize anything and made the story seem realistic, which is really important to me because I don’t like romanticizing illnesses in any sort of media.

With that being said, I’m in love with this book and most likely you nerds will be, too. It’s a wonderful read and hopefully you guys will read it and agree.

My rating:

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If you’ve already read this, feel free to leave some thoughts in the comments. I’d love to read them.

Happy reading!! xoxo

9:9

If you nerds have been wondering where I have been as of late, here is an update.

Over the weekend I did a photoshoot with a friend of mine to hopefully spread mental health awareness. The title, 9:9, corresponds with the Bible verse Psalm 9:9. I thought today I would show you guys some photos from the series. I hope you guys enjoy!

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

This novel is set in France during World War II. It begins in Carriveau, where Vianne’s husband is sent to war. At the same time, her sister, Isabelle, is sent to Carriveau to live with Vianne to avoid trouble. Although, trouble is exactly what both Vianne and Isabelle find. 

I honestly had mixed feelings about this novel in the beginning. I enjoyed it, but at the same time, something was lacking. I wasn’t as connected to the characters, and I definitely wasn’t sucked into the story as I would have liked to be. At first, it was kind of a letdown. 

However, as the story went along, all the pieces of the puzzle came together. 

 

 This book is fabulous, and although I didn’t get exactly what I felt like I should, it was still a delight to read. It’s a tear-jerking story of the strength of women and perseverance. It shows how people hold on to other people to get through life. 

I kind of regret telling my English teacher that I didn’t enjoy reading it. (Yes, I said that. Sorry!!) To be honest, the whole novel made perfect sense one I reached the end. (And yes, I cried.) I also thoroughly enjoyed that it wasn’t too heavy on the romance. I mean, I love romance, but I need a break every once in a while.

Would I recommend this book? Absolutely. It’s definitely a story that needs to be shared. Although it was a tiny but slow, it’s so worth it!

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If you nerds have already read this book or want to, let me know what you think of it in the comments

Happy reading!! xoxo