Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

Living Dead GirlTitle: Living Dead Girl
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publishing Date: September 8th, 2009
Pages: 170 
Genre: Young Adult Realistic Fiction
Series: Standalone
Source: Book
 

The thing is, you can get used to anything. You think you can't, you want to die, but you don't. You won't. You just are.
This is Alice.
She was taken by Ray five years ago.
She thought she knew how her story would end.
She was wrong.
Little Alice was taken from a aquarium when she was 10 years old. 5 years later and she is still being abused by the same man. This man now wants her to find a replacement little girl for Alice.

What made me pick this book up: 
I originally read it almost 10 years ago. So I can't say what made me pick it up then, but I know I had read a few Elizabeth Scott books prior to that, so maybe that's why.

What did I like about the cover: 
I don't care much for the edition I have, but I love the other cover. The dress on the front symbolizes an innocence lost, so perfectly. It's sad and beautiful.

What made me read this book: 
This time around I decided to read it because it was a quick read, and I might as well re-read it and review it. I also remembered how much I liked it the first time around...

What did I like the most: 
Okay so this is where it gets a little confusing. This section and the next are going to sound a bit.. contradictory. But just stay with me...
I loved the writing. It was done in such a way that you can feel everything that the author put into this book, everything that this book was supposed to make you feel. It just makes you so sick to think about what this little girl, and what many other little girls actually have to go through. I think the world needs more books that show the issues the world has. So for me, my favorite part was the writing.
What didn't I like: 
And now comes the contradictory part. I didn't like this book the second time around. It took me a total of an hour and four minutes to read it. But I just... this time around I almost felt nothing reading it. I remember how immersed I was the first time reading it. Now granted, I was much younger then. 
This time reading it I felt like the characters were flat. I understand that Alice went through something traumatizing, but at the same time, I didn't feel any connection to her. Maybe this was done on purpose? Who knows. 
The ending is just kind of blah too. So disappointing. 
I feel like there was so much more that could have gone with this story, and it needed to be more than a simple 170 page book. 
Would I read the rest of the series/more from this author?
I've read a few books by Elizabeth Scott, and I loved them when I was 16. I feel like I've kind of out grown them at this point.

Overall I feel like I shouldn't have read it again. I was so disappointed. 




A Little Snippet:


“I have been smashed and put back together so many times nothing works right. Nothing is where it should be, heavy thumping in my shoulder where my heart now beats.”  Elizabeth Scott, Living Dead Girl
Stolen: A Letter to My CaptorSuch a Pretty GirlThe Face on the Milk Carton (Janie Johnson, #1)Baby DollPretty Girl-13




Hey there, I'm Elizabeth. I write young adult novels. I live just outside Washington DC with my husband and dog, and am unable to pass a bookstore without stopping and going inside.

All right, and I can't leave without buying at least one book.
Usually two. (Or more!)
My website and blog are at elizabethwrites.com





Wee Reads: The Book With no Pictures by B.J.Novak

Ever since Finn was born, and even before then, we would read to him. We wanted to show him reading from an early age. Now he loves us to read the same books, over, and over, and over. But it is the sweetest thing, when he likes to pick out a book and climb into our laps. 


What Finn Reads....  
The Book with No Pictures
The Book With no Pictures by B.J.Novak

  

A book with no pictures?
What could be fun about that?
After all, if a book has no pictures, there's nothing to look at but the words on the page.
Words that might make you say silly sounds... In ridiculous voices...
Hey, what kind of book is this, anyway?
At once disarmingly simple and ingeniously imaginative, The Book With No Pictures inspires laughter every time it is opened, creating a warm and joyous experience to share--and introducing young children to the powerful idea that the written word can be an unending source of mischief and delight.


What Finn Thinks...

Do you like this book?
Yeah! Because it has no pictures and it's funny!

What's your favorite part of the book?
The words you have to say! And they are so funny! I like the hippo named Booboobutt and I like his booboobutt name, and you being a robot monkey too! (He says this in a robot voice) I really like hippos
What do you think of the cover?

No, because I just like it to have pictures. It just has words.

Do you want me to read it again?

Yeah! And to be silly

What Momma Thinks... 
Finn was rolling on the ground, because he was laughing so hard. The first time I pulled this book out, he, of course, had zero interest in the book. But we made him sit down and listen, and I'm pretty sure he made everyone in the house read it to him, twice. This book is just fun. The words it makes you say, and the noises, are hilarious. It's just as much fun, reading it to him, as it is listening to it. 
Other books like this...
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B.J. NOVAK is a writer and actor widely known for his work on the acclaimed comedy series "The Office" as an actor, writer, and executive producer. He is also known for his performances as a standup comedian and for his roles in films such as "Inglourious Basterds" and "Saving Mr. Banks." His writing has been published in The New Yorker, Playboy, Zoetrope, and other publications. "One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories" is his first book.

Review: S.T.A.G.S by M.A. Bennett


S.T.A.G.S.Title: S.T.A.G.S
Author:  M.A. Bennett
Publisher: Delcorte Press 
Publishing Date: January 30th 2018
Pages: 304
Genre: YA Mystery-Supsense
Series:  Stand Alone
Source: Audio
 
There's no point hunting if there's no kill.

At St. Aidan the Great School, or S.T.A.G.S., new things--and new people--are to be avoided. Unfortunately, Greer MacDonald, token scholarship student, is very much a new person. She has just transferred to S.T.A.G.S., and finds herself ignored at best and mocked at worst by the school's most admired circle of friends, the Medievals.

So imagine Greer's surprise when this very group invites her to an exclusive weekend retreat at the private estate of the parents of their unofficial leader, Henry de Warlencourt. It's billed as a weekend of "huntin' shootin' fishin'," and rumor has it that the invitee who most impresses the group will be given the privilege of becoming a Medieval themselves.

As the weekend begins to take shape, however, it becomes apparent that beyond the luxurious trappings--the fancy clothes the maid lays out on Greer's bed, the elaborate multicourse dinners held in the Great Hall--there are predators lurking, and they're out for blood. . . .

I was hesitant for this book. At first I passed it up. There seems be a lot of these type of mysteries out there right now and I have enjoyed a couple of them. However, I am not one to enjoy boarding school books and that is the main reason I passed this one up. Then I started to hear a few positive things going around and figured I should give it a try. It was an okay read for me. I did enjoy it but it wasn't a book I loved. The story was pretty good. It was interesting and different, but it lacked in character development and the ending didn't really thrill me.  
At the elite boarding school of St. Aiden The Great School, there is a group of students everyone wants to be a part of. They are the elite of the elite, the Medievals. Once a year an invitation goes out for Hunting, Shooting, Fishing. This year 3 students were invited, Greer was one of them. The weekend does not go as planned and is not what Greer had in mind. In fact it went all so wrong. 

So where to start with this review... Well first off the cover is pretty awesome. I would love to have this book simply on the fact its so pretty. It for sure is an attention grabber. Of course I can't judge the book on cover alone... So what I liked about the book. 

I liked the story. It was unique in a way that most boarding schools are not. It didn't feel so much like a boarding school book. The mystery was good, the suspense was great at times. I enjoyed the writing. 

The beginning the story starts off with the knowledge something bad has happened, someone has died, and someone had killed them. We don't know who or how or why or who did it. Well we kind of know who did it but not really any other details. I love mysteries that tells some what of the ending first and then slowly fills it in along the way. Absolutely love this style and this story had that. The pacing was good. I was totally into the read. So on the story side... interesting, unique, and written beautifully. 

Now what I didn't particularly like. I had some issues with some of the character development. The main character, Greer, was pretty okay. I liked her enough. She was interesting and easy to get along with... she did make some bad choices where I was literally wanting to slap her... but for the most part tolerable. I loved the two characters Chanel and Shafeen. These were the other two invites to the weekend stay. I really liked Shafeen. He was the star of the show for me. Unfortunately I feel there wasn't enough time with him. 

The characters I had an issue with were the Medievals. They were cliche and obnoxious. Supposedly everyone wanted to be part of their group. I couldn't understand why. They were shallow and just like every other mean teen in stories. I didn't they any of the characters were really unique.... except for Shafeen. Really loved him. 

The pacing was good for the most part. I stayed interested in the story.. but I felt it was rushed in the end. It was over too soon and I didn't feel like it should of been over. Which this brings me to the ending. I just didn't like the ending... at all. I can't think of one thing I liked about the ending. It was just well. I can't really give it away but it was like really that is what happened and really that is how it's going to end. If there was a second book coming... it would be okay for me, but it's a stand alone so it's not okay with me. 

So to wrap it up, I enjoyed the story, the execution I think lacked some. The characters were tolerable for the most part, well most of them... but the ending stunk. I did enjoy it for the most part up until the ending. 

I enjoyed it enough to say if there was a second novel I would for sure read it but I was hoping for more. 









M.A.  Bennett
M. A. Bennett is half Venetian and was born in Manchester, England, and raised in the Yorkshire Dales. She is a history graduate of Oxford University and the University of Venice, where she specialized in the study of Shakespeare’s plays as a historical source. After university she studied art and has since worked as an illustrator, an actress, and a film reviewer. She also designed tour visuals for rock bands, including U2 and the Rolling Stones. She was married on the Grand Canal in Venice and lives in north London with her husband, son, and daughter.



Bookish Banter: Book Vs. Audio Vs. Kindle

A little Bookish Banter to get us through.  Bookish Banter is a little bit of banter about our bookish thoughts as we have a friendly discussion over a nice cup of tea. 

Do you prefer book, audio, or kindle when reading books?

Ash-


It really just depends. I like to read really short books on my kindle, and the reason for that is most of them show how long I have until I finish a book, in the bottom left of the screen. I like see how fast I can read, while still retaining the book. And so when it's like 6+ hours it almost feels discouraging.

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Which is funny, because I like to listen to long books on audio, because I can listen to them at 2x speed and still retain it. The longest book I've listened to was Ready Player One at almost 16 hours. I think the longest we have on audio currently is Winter by Marissa Meyer, at almost 24 hours. Which is insane and incredibly intimidating.

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I do also really like having physical books though, and the reason for that is A) I like to collect them. I love the way books look on my shelf, especially if it's a book I really loved, or if it's in a series. Or if the cover is pretty. I refuse to buy books on my kindle, if the cover is pretty. Because I want the physical book. And B) because I like to physically hold and smell the books. Yes, smell. Ask Jenn about that one. 

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Jenn: 

This is such a hard question. I do all three. I love physical book! I love them so much. I love the way they look on my booshelf. I love the weight of them in my hands (or my purse) I love love love the way they smell...


 They all around make my heart pitter patter quickly... The issue I have is that my eyes are getting bad (need readers now) and physical books are just too hard for me to read without my glasses, and I really hate wearing my glasses and I lose them... often... this leads me to kindle books. 

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On the Kindle I can make the screen bright and make the font bigger. After this I have no issues reading at all. I can read my kindle for hours.... except when I need to charge it. The issue with kindle books, the room. I have an older kindle fire and I need more space. 

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Audio... Oh I love audio. I can listen to them while I do other things, including my job. I prefer them for long books or for books with lots of info dumping like fantasy. The problem with audio... they are more expensive than books. 

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So really I have no preference. I love them all and I use whatever fits my purpose at the moment. 



So do you have a preference or are you all in and take the read whichever way you can?




 
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