Title: Final Girls
Author: Riley Sager
Start date: July 18, 2017
Finish date: N/A…Abandoned
Warning! Some spoilers ahead.
I’M SO SAD AND DISAPPOINTED. I was really excited for Final Girls because not only did the premise sound interesting, but I also have not read a really good thriller/horror this year yet.
To simply put it, I couldn’t care enough about the story or the characters; especially not pill-popping heroine Quincy. When you find yourself not giving a single fuck about the “tragic” protagonist, then there’s something clearly wrong, and unfortunately, throwing the book out the window and jumping ship is the quickest solution.
Final Girls is about the aftermath of a massacre similar to that of Friday the 13th slasher films. We follow Quincy Carpenter who is struggling hard with trying to live a “normal life” with her boyfriend. Everything is fine and dandy until a fellow final girl Lisa randomly commits suicide which triggers a series of events that cause Quincy to revisit her own trauma.
What a hot mess of a book.
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Title: Stay with Me
Author: Ayobami Adebayo
Start date: July 17, 2017
Finish date: July 20, 2017
Note: I won a copy of Stay with Me from a Goodreads giveaway.
✧ ✧ ✧ ✧/ 5
Wow. Just wow. What a powerful story about patience and endurance.
You’ll know when you have a great book in your hands when the author is capable of making you feel a series of intense emotions. The amount of detail and thought that went into carefully plotting the story is apparent; Adebayo successfully planted hints throughout the novel to ultimately explain what drove the characters’ actions.
Stay with Me is set in Nigeria about a couple who’s having trouble conceiving. The idea of a polygamous marriage enters their once peaceful relationship, and Yejide is forced to accept Akin’s second wife.
I thought this story would be more about the trials of accepting polygamy; however, there is so much more to the tale than that. There are betrayals, tragedies (multiple ones might I add that left me teary-eyed), and so much heartache that in the end, the book isn’t so much about the ménage à trois, it is more about the determination one is willing to go through to make a marriage work.
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Author: Cindy Pon
Start date: July 11, 2017
Finish date: July 18, 2017
✧ ✧ ✧ ✧/ 5
Do you want to live in a smog-ridden world where the longevity of your life is dictated by a corrupt corporation? This is the reality for Jason Zhou where the rich lead comfortable lifestyles while the poor struggle to survive on the streets. The rich are protected from diseases by special suits that are made by the all powerful Jin Corporation, and Jason has had enough. In order to infiltrate Jin Corp, he must pose as one of the elites he despises and befriend the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO.
When I initially learned of a YA novel set in Taipei, my thoughts were as follows:
This is one of the first YA stories I’ve read that is set in my home country. Being Taiwanese myself, I couldn’t believe that there was FINALLY something like this! So THANK YOU to Simon Pulse for publishing an amazing book like this, and for allowing a Taiwanese author to shine in the wonderful world of YA works. My teenage self would have loved to read something like this back in the day.
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