A World Without You by Beth Revis (ARC)

a world without youA World Without You by Beth Revis
Publication Date: July 19th 2016 by Razorbill Books
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating★★★
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Synopsis

What if finding her means losing himself?

Seventeen-year-old Bo has always had delusions that he can travel through time. When he was ten, Bo claimed to have witnessed the Titanic hit an iceberg, and at fifteen, he found himself on a Civil War battlefield, horrified by the bodies surrounding him. So when his worried parents send him to a school for troubled youth, Bo assumes he knows the truth: that he’s actually attending Berkshire Academy, a school for kids who, like Bo, have “superpowers.”

At Berkshire, Bo falls in love with Sofía, a quiet girl with a tragic past and the superpower of invisibility. Soíia helps Bo open up in a way he never has before. In turn, Bo provides comfort to Sofía, who lost her mother and two sisters at a very young age.

But even the strength of their love isn’t enough to help Sofia escape her deep depression. After she commits suicide, Bo is convinced that she’s not actually dead. He believes that she’s stuck somewhere in time—that he somehow left her in the past, and that now it’s his job to save her. And as Bo becomes more and more determined to save Sofía, he must decide whether to face his demons head-on or succumb to a psychosis that will let him be with the girl he loves.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

This book is one of my most anticipated releases for 2016. Having been read Beth Revis’ recent novel, The Body Electric, which I really enjoyed, I wanted to check out her other works as well.

This book reminded me of Neal Shusterman’s Challenger Deep. Honestly, I did expect a lot from this book, but it started really slow for me. I had trouble relating to Bo and I felt like things were just going on and on and I wasn’t getting any of it. Amidst that trouble, I pushed through and I’m glad that the story became better, especially during the time where Bo realized the truth about him.

“You never know all of a person; you only know them in a specific moment of time.”

It’s also a great thing that the book was told in dual POVs (Bo and his sister Phoebe), at first I really didn’t get why it’s supposed to be dual, but then as the story progressed, I’ve realized that one of the narrators was actually an unrealiable one, which was really interesting. Bo and Phoebe doesn’t exactly have a perfect sibling relationship but I’m really happy to see their relationship develop and get better.

The portrayal of mental health and mental illnesses in the book is spot on. Clearly, the author knows what she’s doing. It’s also a poignant and touching story of love, friendship, family, and more importantly self-discovery and acceptance.

Overall, it was a good read. I had trouble getting into it because of the slow start, to the point that I almost decided to not finish it but I’m glad I kept on reading because it got better the message of the book is really important.

inah

5 Harry Potter Treats I want to try!

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Hey everyone! Welcome to my Potterhead July feature! I’m super ecstatic to share my post for today! July is a very special month for me because not only it is my birthmonth, it’s basically Harry Potter month! Harry Potter is very important to me because it’s one of the first book series I’ve read.

When Pottermore was launched, I was really eager to join. I was sorted into Hufflepuff, which was a bit of a bummer for me because I’ve always wanted to be a Gryffindor, but now I’ve realized that I’m actually a perfect fit for Hufflepuff! And I am proud to be a Hufflepuff! Remember last month when J.K. Rowling and Pottermore launched the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry aka the American Hogwarts, where you can also be sorted into the four houses. I took the quiz immediately and got Thunderbird, the same house as Jo!

I’ve always wanted to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and try out different snacks from Honeydukes, especially Butterbeer, Chocolate Frogs, and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. We all do! But today, I’m going to list down 5 other Harry Potter food I want to try!

Cauldron Cakes

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Cauldron cakes made its first appearance in the first book, when Harry bought a whole lot of treats on the train to share it with Ron. I’ve always imagined it as a cupcake or a muffin like treat. I might just try baking my own version of it at home!

Fizzing Whizbees

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A candy that will make you levitate? Come on, sign me up! I’ve always thought of it as a sweet soft candy, kind of like the sugar coated gummy candies, which are my favorite by the way!

Glacial Snow Flakes

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Imagine this, a candy that melts right into your mouth once you pop ’em. I’m glad this treat is available at WWoHP so I can try it in real life!

Sugar Quills

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Or just feather-shaped lollipops! It’s just sad you can’t put all of it inside your mouth. Hahaha! And I do hope they come in different flavors!

Pumpkin Pasties

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I love pies and I think pumpkin pasties are just small pumpkin pies and it’s really one that I want to try! Good thing recipes are all over the internet because YUM!

So there you go! My 5 Harry Potter treats that I want to try! Have you got a list of your own? Tell me in the comments! I would love to know which snacks you want to try!

inah

#ThrillerThursday: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

the darkest cornersThe Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas
Publication Date: April 19th 2016 by Delacorte Press
Source: Finished copy from Publisher
Rating: ★★★
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Synopsis

The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.

There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.

Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.

Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.

But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.

Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.

I received a finished copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review, as part of the #ThrillerThursday campaign. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

Ever read one of those books where you feel like you’re watching a cool movie as everything plays out in your head? The Darkest Corners is exactly that book. It’s gripping from the start and definitely a page-turner.

The story starts with Tessa boarding a flight to Pennsylvania to visit his father, which brought back memories of everything that happened surrounding the death of her friend’s cousin Lori.

This is pretty much one of the best and solid YA thrillers I’ve read in a while. It actually left my heart pounding as I finished reading it. I’m not the best fan of suspense/thrillers but I know one when I see one. The book is so enjoyable and creepy at the same time, especially when everything starts to unfold. I had a bit of a problem with the pacing because it seems a bit slow at first.

“I figure there’s only so much we can beat ourselves up about, things we wish we’d done differently, before we’re broken beyond repair.”

I love how the book remained unpredictable until the end. Kara Thomas’s writing style is on point, I think she’s written for TV before and I’m glad she translated that skill into the novel. It’s like the book is build to be seen on screen. I’d definitely watch the hell out of this book if they make a movie from it.

The emotional growth of the characters is also one of the best things about this one. Tessa and her best friend Callie, were distant when the story started. However, as the story progressed, they eventually made up. The two were linked as primary witnesses in Lori’s death, which sent Wyatt Stokes to prison. But there’s more to the story, which of course I’m not going to discuss, but I loved how the whole thing panned out. Each crazy twist and turn added the fear factor in the book, especially towards the end. Events were too climactic, it left me speechless and out of breath.

“The smallest things could mean the difference between a man’s life and death.”

Romance isn’t a big thing in the book but I adored Decker, Tessa’s friend. There’s a big potential between the two and the chemistry is great but I’m actually glad with the way how they remained just friends. The book focuses more on friendships and family relationships which I really appreciate.

The book has a dark tone overall, it seems like I was watching an episode of Twin Peaks, or those kinds of crime investigation shows, or even listening to an episode of Serial. It’s just too gripping and haunting, I bet it’ll bug your head for a long while. The ending is pretty solid too. Plus the epilogue is fantastic, it feels like it’s a post-credit scene in a movie. I definitely recommend this book if you’re out looking for a good thriller.

inah

2016 Reading Challenge Update

So I was having a boring afternoon when I received an email from Goodreads, saying that we’re halfway through the year and the message showed my reading progress. Well, I’m pretty much happy with it since I’m way ahead of my reading challenge.

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I am kicking ass in this! Also, if things go as planned, I might end up adding it up to maybe 60 or 70 books.

I’m also participating in three other reading challenges for this year. The 2016 Debut Author Challenge, 2016 Contemporary Challenge, and 2016 Netgalley-Edelweiss Challenge.

2016 Debut Author Reading Challenge (Goal: 12 books)

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11/12 books

2016 Netgalley-Edelweiss Reading Challenge (Goal: 25 books)

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18/25 books

2016 Contemporary Reading Challenge (Goal: 20 books)

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21/20 books

 

Contemporary Mini-Challenges

  1. Read a contemporary from an author you’ve never heard of  (The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet)
  2. Read one that features mental illness – (Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes)
  3. Read a contemporary book with only one (1) word as its title – (Dreamology by Lucy Keating)
  4. Read one with watercolors on its cover – (The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord)
  5. Read one that you borrowed from the library
  6. Read a contemporary novel with more than 400 pages
  7. Read a contemporary book with a cover that features your favorite color – (Arrows by Melissa Gorzelancyzck)
  8. Read a contemporary by a 2016 debut author – (The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin)
  9. Read a contemporary that’s been on your TBR for 1+ year – (Open Road Summer by Emery Lord)
  10. Read a contemporary that starts with the same letter of your first name
  11. Read a contemporary that’s a standalone – (The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder)
  12. Read a contemporary recommended to you by someone else (friend, family member, blogger, etc.)

So there goes my reading challenge! For this August, I’m also planning on joining ARC August (by Read Sleep Repeat), like I did last year because I seriously need to work up on my Netgalley ratio. I’ve yet to decide which books I’m going to read but I bet it’s going to be more than 5 books… I hope.

How about you? How’s your reading challenge(s) so far? Any plans on joining ARC August as well?

inah