Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Review: Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen

Both of Me 

By: Jonathan Friesen
Published: December 23rd 2014 by Blink

It was supposed to be just another flight, another escape into a foreign place where she could forget her past, forget her attachments. Until Clara found herself seated next to an alluring boy named Elias Phinn—a boy who seems to know secrets she has barely been able to admit to herself for years.

When her carry-on bag is accidentally switched with Elias’s identical pack, Clara uses the luggage tag to track down her things. At that address she discovers there is not one Elias Phinn, but two: the odd, paranoid, artistic, and often angry Elias she met on the plane, who lives in an imaginary world of his own making called Salem; and the kind, sweet, and soon irresistible Elias who greets her at the door, and who has no recollection of ever meeting Clara at all. As she learns of Elias’s dissociative identity disorder, and finds herself quickly entangled in both of Elias’s lives, Clara makes a decision that could change all of them forever. She is going to find out what the Salem Elias knows about her past, and how, even if it means playing along with his otherworldly quest. And she is going to find a way to keep the gentle Elias she’s beginning to love from ever disappearing again.

Both of Me is about a girl named Clara and a boy named Elias. Their bags are switched on the plane and now Clara must find her bag. They both are looking for something, but they don’t know what exactly—at least not yet. Clara finds out that Elias has two personalities—one who lives in this imaginary world, Salem, and one who’s just trying to be a normal guy. The one who lives in Salem is looking for something in the real world, and Clara is going to help him, if only to find herself out of this mess.
Overall, this novel was fantastic! I found that this book grabbed my attention from the very beginning, and the ending just made my rating for this book go up a notch. I ended up loving both characters, and was quite entertained by this novel. Although the plot was unique, I wish the story elaborated more on Salem, because I felt like it just sort of disappeared in the end. Nonetheless, it dealt with real life situations, while leaving the reader with feelings of love, anguish, and hope till the very end. I recommend this book to everyone who has not read it yet:)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)

By: April Genevieve Tucholke
Published: August 15th 2013 by Dial

You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. 

Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?

Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery... who makes you want to kiss back. 

Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

My initial thoughts on this book was that it had a twilight sort of vibe to it. The reason is that the main character Violet White, meets this complete and total hottie stranger named River West. And he's done more lying about his identity than Edward Cullen I believe (lol just kidding:P). Anywho, Vi falls for River--hard. Without questioning him whatsoever about who he is exactly and where he came from from who knows where, she slips under his spell. When she finally fits the puzzle pieces together of the current strange events that's been happening in her not-so-exciting town with River, and his secret, she gets mixed emotions. She loves him, she hates him. That right there, that kind of dilemma just sounds so cliche in the now so overly popular YA theme novels, that I didn't think that I'd continue liking this book, to keep on reading. But--I kept on with my new years resolution of actually finishing a book without book hopping, and I finally did. I'd have to say, the last few pages of the novel made up my mind of my rating for this book.

The ending had such a twist that I didn't see coming, that the book started to look up a bit from its dreary beginning. I can say I am definitely tempted to read the second one--maybe-- just to see where the story will go. I mean, there's the second lead syndrome, what with River's younger brother, Neely, looking almost like him, and has bit of a temper, but just the right amount of "right" that River does not have, that I think is perfect for Vi. I don't usually fall for the second lead, unless it's Jacob (swoon~ I'd choose him over Edward any day lol), but Neely got me to smile a bit more than River did.

Anywho...this book got on to my "interested to continue" series list. I'll be back with my next post. Until then, happy reading!

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