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

 

 

What Type Of Reader Are You? …with GIF’s

So, once again, I am suffering from a severe case of writer’s block. This is especially since I have had to write a history paper AND a letter for application I had to fill out. With those two combined, I’m honestly sick of writing. But, fortunately for you wonderful book nerds, I’ve decided to tough it out, grab a bowl of ice cream (with tons of caramel syrup. Thank God it’s a snow day tomorrow.), and write.

I’ve realized that there is a huge variety of readers out there in the world. Some of us are strictly one type of reader, and sometimes we all fit several categories. So, I did some research, and have discovered several different types. I then proceeded to make a list of ones that seem most common. Here, I matched the type of reader with a specific GIF that would most likely match that type. Enjoy!

 

#1- The Impassioned Reader:

tumblr_inline_mlbxw70bSk1rnvwt1  This is the type of reader that gets way too involved in what they read. I’m talking, whether their favorite character dies, or the capitol is overthrown by the rebels, this reader is hanging on for dear life, and is overdramatic about EVERYTHING. I guess we’re all kind of like this one.

 

#2- The Binge Reader:

Big-Bang-Theory-I-need-help The Binge Reader loves to read. Absolutely loves to read. This person reads for hours at a time, consuming book after book. They are the readers that stay up until 4 o’clock in the morning so they can “just get finished with this chapter.” This reader goes through 5 or six books in a week, and spends all the free time they have just finishing the next book.

 

#3- The Over-Emotional Reader:

anigif_enhanced-buzz-30992-1365390009-11 Ahh… you gotta love the over-emotional reader. They’re the type of reader that will call you up in the middle of the night. Why? Because they just need to talk about that book they just read. This is the type of reader that really only needs a good cry, so they probably pick some of the most heartbreaking books and then sob for hours.

 

#4- The “Know It All” Reader:

200_s This type of reader is probably the most annoying. They go through book after book and then flaunt every bit of knowledge they have. Most of the books they read are non-fiction. This is because knowledge is power to them.

 

#5- The Compulsive Buyer Reader:

rapunzel-books Bookstores love these readers. They go from store to store, taking books off of shelves, only reading the synopsis of one or two, and buying them. At the end of the day, they probably spend a hundred bucks on books. They’ll also known for judging books by their covers. If the book looks awesome enough, of course they’re going to buy it!

 

#6- The Hard To Please Reader:

tumblr_m7eq4t1nb31rziwwco1_1280 This is the reader that almost everyone hates. Why? Because all they do is complain. Don’t get me wrong. They love reading. Books are they’re life. But, when it comes to picking out a book, the bar is set extremely high. The books they read are never good enough. If, however, they finally find a book that reaches their standards, they turn into reader #3.

 

Now that I’ve gone over the list, maybe you should comment, below and let me know what type you are. I’ll have to confess, I’m a combination of  the first five. So, let me know what you think.

 

Happy reading!!

 

Gone Girl

Hey everyone! So, apparently school has taken over my life. Literally. Almost everyday I have an assignment to do that takes all day, or, if I don’t, I basically spend my evening doing nothing because sitting and doing nothing is rare in the life of  the nerdy book girl. So, it was amazing to actually get a full week off due to the weather, which means that I actually got a week to catch up on assignments, finish my history project, and finally return to reading books and writing book reviews.

Before I begin this review, I just want to say one thing: Gillian Flynn is a genius. The fact that someone could come up with a plot so intricate and full of crazy surprises actually thrills me. We need more authors like her.

This novel begins with Nick Dunne waking up on his fifth year anniversary. He’s dreading it, not just the day as a whole, but mostly one thing in particular: his wife’s annual treasure hunt. In these treasure hunts, she usually quizzes him on useless stuff about her that he has obviously failed to pay attention to throughout their relationship. So, typically, the day ends with both husband and wife getting frustrated. In order to avoid this catastrophe, he goes to the bar he owns, downs a few drinks, converses with his twin sister, then heads home. Where is his wife? Gone.

I’m going to have to stop there with the description because if I went any further, I’d have to spoil the book. Still, if you know how it ends, congratulations. I just hope you didn’t feel the pain that I did because I seriously did not expect the turn of events. (Yes, I do live under a rock, if that’s what you’re asking.) Despite the ending, however, and the enormous amount of pain that I had endured throughout the whole thing, I seriously loved this book. It was amazing, and if you’re a book nerd like me, those are hard to come by after you’ve read plenty of good books. Once your standards have been risen by other great books, it’s hard to find novels that actually fit the requirements of an actual good book. The awesome thing is: Gone Girl does that.

I can’t even find anything wrong with this book. That’s the problem I have. It was fast-paced, witty, and full of surprises. Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

If you have read this book, I’d love for you to comment below and tell me if you liked it. If you haven’t read it, DO. It definitely is NOT a waste of time.

 

Happy reading! 😉

“Genie, you’re free.”

(Taken from a Tweet posted by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.)

As always, I’m a little late posting about this, but, I decided: now or never.

I’m only thirteen, so I know you, my dear readers, are going to say that I’m “too young” and I “don’t know” who Robin Williams really was. That’s not true.

Having older parents gives me wonderful benefits. Including seeing several films starring the late Robin Williams. Three of my favorites include: “Aladdin”, “Mrs. Doubtfire”, and “Good Morning, Vietnam.”

Williams’ passing has really struck America hard. He was an amazing actor, comedian, and person and it’s so awful that it had to happen. But because his passing has not only left us grieving, some people also believe that suicide wasn’t the way out. I couldn’t agree more. However, I know what it feels like to want to escape from that little bottle.

Again, I know what you’re saying: “you’re too young.” No. I’m not. Teens all over America are suffering from depression right now. According to save.org, there were 811,000 suicide attempts in the year 2004.

Robin William’s passing should be a wake-up-call for us all. We may not be able to fully help those who are considering the “easy” way out, but we can certainly know we’re here to help.

I hope you guys had a great weekend. Please take this small amount of information and turn it into something bigger. We all can make a difference even with the smallest of actions. Take care guys! And God bless!