Book Review: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes (soon to be a movie on June 3rd!!)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This is one of the most amazing stories that I have ever read. I can’t even begin to fathom how the author came up with this idea and the narration was flawless too. The story contains very few characters and all of them were very well-developed, giving the reader further insight into the characters.

Truly a heartwarming read…

Me Before You

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Louisa has just been fired from the only job she knows. Her family is surviving on her wages in the middle of a recession, so she needs to get another job, and fast. When applying for jobs, she immediately turns down all jobs that require intimate human interaction, which significantly narrows down her options.

However, she manages to secure a job as a caregiver for a quadriplegic man named Will. He was injured in a car accident, and has driven away all of his caretakers with his sarcastic comments and mean attitude. But Louisa walks in with her bubbly mood and manages to get through her days.

One day, Louisa overhears a conversation between Will’s mother and another person who are discussing Will’s desire to end his life. They have, per his request, scheduled an appointment for assisted suicide in six months, which is how long Louisa was hired for.

Upon hearing this, Louisa makes it her mission to change Will’s mind by talking her heart out, having fun, and maybe falling in love along the way…

Me Before You: A Novel

Book Review: Blueprint by Charlotte Kerner

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Science Fiction

Age Recommended: 15 and up

A lot of the themes in this book were really disturbing and there were clear scenes of self-harm and thoughts of suicide. Would not recommend if you aren’t comfortable with those type of books.

“I don’t like the word clone. I prefer to call myself…”

Blueprint

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Iris is a famous pianist and when she plays, notes flow from the piano like water in a river. However, she mas multiple sclerosis. And it’s progressing quite rapidly. Being a single, middle-aged woman, Iris has no children of her own. So she makes the decision to have one.

Except she wants the child to be exactly like her.

And so the first genetically engineered identical child, named Siri, is born.

However, there is a flaw in Iris’ plan that she did not consider. Her daughter’s independent emotions. As Siri grows up, she becomes exactly like her mother, but she also begins to detest her mother, so much so that she says that her mother has created a monster.

Being her mother’s copy and having nothing unique of her own, Siri is slowly driven to the breaking point. She takes on her mother’s persona and sleeps with her associates. She hurts herself, just so that her scars will make her different from her mother.

Will Siri ever come to terms with who she really is?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Blueprint (Young Adult Fiction)

Book Review: Girl Jacked by Christopher Greyson (A Detective Jack Stratton Novel)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Thriller

Age Recommended: 15 and up

This book chilled me to the bone. I would definitely not recommend this to the faint-hearted because there were a few scenes with torture and gore. Moreover, the entire idea behind the book was quite disturbing, as I realized near the climax, and this definitely made me rethink any assumptions I had made earlier on.

Also, the author referred to one character as “Replacement” for most of the book because the main character could not “remember” her name, and I found this incredibly distracting (and annoying at times).

Girl Jacked

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Jack Stratton is a detective. He spends his days looking for criminals, hunting them down, and bringing them to justice. However, one day, his adoptive sister, Alice, whom he has not seen for ten years, shows up at his house claiming that their other sister has gone missing.

Jack isn’t supposed to meddle in missing cases given to other officers, but when he sees how distraught Alice is, and realizes that there is no way that their sister would have just left their family, he agrees to go help Alice look for their missing sister.

When they find her body, and the mortician reports that she died of drug abuse, the case is closed for everyone. Except Jack and Alice, who claim that their sister would never have done drugs, let alone meth.

When they go digging deeper for clues, they find something that may destroy them all…

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Girl Jacked

Book Review: First Shot by Walter Sorrells

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

This book was from my school library and was definitely one of the best books I’ve read from there. The author did a really good job of gradually weaving new characters into the story.

First Shot

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David Crandall goes to a private school. One where students are punished with push-ups and skipped meals. A school that fosters one of the most competitive environments in the area. However, things are a little different for David, whose dad is the principal of the school. One would think that a father favors his own son, but in David’s position, it’s quite the opposite.

David’s mother was murdered in cold blood and his father has been even more distant since the incident. Having a father for a headmaster only means higher expectations and harsher punishments. David is a mediocre student; not extraordinary at anything, and not the captain of any elite club.

Besides shooting.

David is the best shooter in his school and every year he’s been working up to this final competition where representatives of the school go to compete and win a grand title. David is guaranteed a spot, until a new transfer student, a girl, happens to get his spot instead.

Moreover, David is learning more about his mother’s murder, and realizes that all may not be as it seems…

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: First Shot

Book Review: Hushabye by Celina Grace (A Kate Redman Mystery)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 14 and up

Great book!! The main character  was especially intriguing because of her personal connections to the rest of the story.

Hushabye

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Kate Redman is a woman who has recently transferred into another police station. Upon arrival, she is briefed about a case involving a missing child and a murdered nanny.

Kate struggles to investigate the distraught mother and the distant father, before realizing that neither was really involved in the child’s life. The mother is a struggling actress and the father is a workaholic.

After learning more about the two characters, Kate learns that they were both romantically involved with people they were working with or had unrequited feelings for them.

But what happens when those people are murdered too?

If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Hushabye (A Kate Redman Mystery: Book 1) (The Kate Redman Mysteries)

Book Review: Genius- The Game by Leopoldo Gout (Book one)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Genre: Fiction

Age Recommended: 13 and up

I liked this book because it was different from everything I had been reading for a while and the characters were really interesting. I received an advance copy of this book thanks to NetGalley – it is now available on Amazon (Genius: The Game)

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Rex is a coder. He loves writing code to hack into programs that are part of large corporations. However, he hasn’t had peace of mind ever since his brother left him and his family for an organization that would “change the world.” Rex hasn’t stopped looking for his brother, but he just might have created the code to find him.

Painted Wolf is a revolutionary. She doesn’t reveal her true identity to people, because the government is sure to come arrest her. Painted Wolf is a young girl who goes to major corporations to try and expose corruption. However, when a person who runs one of the biggest tech companies visits her house, she knows that something is up.

Tunde is a brilliant engineer. He has built a solar panel to provide electricity for his village. However, the solar panel has attracted the attention of a famous General who plans to exploit Tunde’s abilities to build a military-grade weapon.

These three people are connected by the internet, and by the Lodge, a blog where each of them share advice and post about current events. When an invitation for The Game, one of the most prestigious events for young geniuses, is sent to each of them, they make the choice to go because it may be the only way to discover the truth behind their respective situations.

But what happens when they uncover a lie bigger than any of them?

This book was just published on May 3rd, 2016! If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Genius: The Game