When a Book Meets It’s Song-Mate

New week, new list thanks to The Broke and Bookish! We’ve paired some songs that immediately bring a certain book in mind. Some are more literal that others… While others are much more emotional…

OLIVIA

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff X Gasoline by Halsey23395680

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler X Love Yourself by Justin Beiber17899354

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey X Radioactive by Imagine Dragons16101128

The Rose Society by Marie Lu X Bad Reputation by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts23846013


RISABELLA

Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo X Hello by Adele14061955

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo X American Money by BØRNS23437156


What are some theme songs you have for a favourite book?

Which songs made you 200

and which ones made you 200-1

Did we do these ones justice? Let us know!

 

The Last Place On Earth and the Last Thing I Expected

imageBook: The Last Place On Earth

Author: Carol Snow

Published: February 23 2016

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co (Macmillan)

Genre: Contemporary Young Adult


What’s It About?

When Daisy’s best friend Henry, who is basically a 16 year old genius, goes missing one day without a trace her life is turned upside down. Only after breaking into his house to find a note from him: “Save Me” are Daisy’s suspicions of alien abduction or a witness protection program less and less far fetched. In a desperate search for her friend, Daisy traverses into the Californian wilderness following a trail of clues seemingly left by her friend and stumbles upon a discovery that may change her friendship with Henry for ever.


 

What I Liked:

  • Likeable characters
  • appocalypse feel
  • surprising plot twists
  • NO INSTA-LOVE (for the most part)

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The fact that there were no aliens, I was convinced this was going to end up as an alien sci-fi but I was wrong
  • Characters felt somewhat underdeveloped to me
  • pacing was a little off at times
  • all parental figures were complete idiots

Overview:

I truly enjoyed this book, I give it a solid 3.5/5. With a strong protagonist I sped right through this book. The best parts were the surprise twists, they really had me going. My favourite part is a little spoilery so stop reading here if you don’t want to be spoiled !!!

“Is this some kind of cult?” I Asked Henry. His father answered. “Of course not. People in cults are crazy.”

Big thanks to Raincoast Books for the ARC! You are the best!

 

Deadly Doppelgängers: The Unquiet

The Unquiet by Mikaela Everett

22595271 3/5 I received an ARC from Harper Collins in the fall of 2015. I hadn’t heard anything about this book previously but once I got the breakdown of doppelgängers, alternate Earths and trained children assassins I was sold.

This book gave me some major Orphan Black vibes with the layers and layers of conspiracy and moral ambiguities.

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I felt very conflicted about this book; there were elements that I loved and parts that just didn’t do it for me. For example I both like and dislike the cover, it both makes perfect sense but at the same time doesn’t.


Things I Liked:

  • Amazingly unique premise
  • Dark undertones in the novel with war, murder and deception
  • Female led story (YAY)
  • Haunting look into main characters tormented and contradictory thoughts and feelings
  • Killer ending

Things I Didn’t Like:

  • inconsistent narrator
  • choppy timeline and sequence of events
  • all the confusion I felt while reading this book

 

Overall this was an enjoyable read and I think that the often confusing and choppy narration was a device to illustrate how damaged and messed up the main character was by her upbringing. While I can appreciate that, for me it was too much and I was left with many questions and frequently confused as to what was even going on in this story. So mixed feelings for this one but still worth a read if you get the chance.

 

Guns and Gold

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman            4.5/5

The best of the west including murder, horse chases, shootouts, a treasure map, gold mines and epic quests for justice.23719270

Basically it’s a jacked up Little House on the Prairie with lots of guns and gold. 


WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Kate is a 18 year old girl living with her father in a very pioneer feeling town in Arizona in the 1900’s. When her father is hung and murdered by a gang known as the Rose Riders, Kate swears revenge. Disguised as a boy she follows the Rose Riders across the hostile countryside intent to kill them all and get her vengeance.


WHAT I LOVED

  • a rough around the edges protagonist who feels little to no remorse
  • prospector vibe
  • AMAZING COVER ART
  • realistic storytelling (they mention how hot it is all the time, how sweaty they get, even sunburnt!)
  • interesting myths and legends are woven into the story
  • some romance that was not the whole point of the story
  • a great twist at the end (*spoilers)

Let me just leave you with the one and only Clint Eastwood to show my approval of this book

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READ ON!

Top Ten Tuesday: Dream Duos

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Another glorious Tuesday and thanks to those babes at the Broke and the Bookish TTT is upon us. Join us on a daydream of epic proportions where we imagine our top mashups of authors who should write a book together.


BRAYDUGO (Libba Bray X Leigh Bardugo)

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Not only do these wonderful ladies share the same initials but they are each very talented writers. I think that if they wrote a book together it could CHANGE THE WORLD! But seriously both have a wicked sense of humour and aren’t afraid to write about darker themes and characters. Bardugo and Bray are both sensational world builders in my opinion so just imagine what they could create if they were to combine their unique minds.  Also they both write diverse characters so HOORAY!


GAIMPEL (Neil Gaiman X Kenneth Oppel)

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I will read anything either of these men write, doesn’t matter who, what, where, why or how…I WILL READ IT. Gaiman is an accomplished author of both children’s and adult novels with dark twisted fantasy. Oppel writes almost exclusively for tween and teens but both authors write with such substance. Their books have such depth and meaning to them that people of any and every age enjoy their books. I feel like they would compliment each others writing style perfectly.


LEVITHEYER (David Levithan X Stephenie Meyer)

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I know crazy right? But with the 10th anniversary of Twilight, and a gender swapped version just released it got me thinking… what if David Levithan master LGBTQ+ contemporary author and Stephenie Meyer wrote a book together. Basically what I am picturing is Twilight but with all LGBTQ characters, maybe its Bella and Esther, or maybe it will be Bob and Edward…regardless I WANT IT!


CARAASCHORE (Kristin Cashore X Sara Raasch)

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If you have read either of these ladies books then you know they are chock full of butt-kicking heroines in fantastical worlds with swords and fighting and magic. I would be happy with a whole new story and world, but also I not so secretly want Meira and Katsa to be BFFs and kick butt together. Just imagine them, taking names and kicking arse. *happy place found*


ROLU (Veronica Roth X Marie Lu)

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With gritty realistic dystopian trilogies under their belts I feel now is the perfect time for these SUPER AUTHORS to unite to write a dystopian novel the world has never seen. Also, my personal request is that it be a duology or a full blown series…just not a trilogy. Whats so special about 3? Give some other numbers a chance. Roth and Lu could write a world occupied by cats and cupcakes and it would still be a thrilling book that would have me on the edge of my seat.


I can’t think of any more at this point because imagining the above mentioned collaborations is blowing my mind…the world might not be able to handle any more…

what are some of your dream duos?

ps please forget my ship names…I did the best I could do

Illuminae: Lights Up My Life

Illuminae (Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

out October 20th

23395680Illuminae is like FIREWORKS someone morphed into book form; explosive and awe-inspiring. 

I was lucky enough to get an ARC from Random House for review and I shall forever be eternally grateful.


WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Kady and Ezra have just broken up, then their planet gets blown up and they barely escape. Sounds bad right? It gets worse. They are being pursued by the enemy who will eventually catch up to them, plus there’s a potentially infectious pathogen permeating throughout the crew and refugees…and I haven’t even mentioned the crazy Artificial Intelligence system that gets a few wires crossed to say the least.

A visual delight told in reports, IMs, diary logs, electronic code and communications. Illuminae will sweep you away with all of it’s twists, turns and never ending OMG moments.giphy

^me the whole time while reading Illuminae


WHAT I LOVED:

  • action packed suspenseful sci-fi
  • spaceships
  • crazy mind altering disease
  • computer hacking parkour
  • SO MANY PLOT TWISTS
  • “Am I Not Merciful catchphrase12080893_10154233202319606_341562884_n
  • visually stunning page formats and art
  • the fact that Leigh Bardugo’s name is somewhere in the book (you will have to keep an eye out for it)

WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE: 

nothing.

At the beginning of the novel you are thrown straight into the thick of things without much backstory. I was personally confused at first and didn’t really understand what was going on, but as you read on you fill in the holes and have lots of ‘AHA’ moments. So just a different style of writing and storytelling that took a little getting used to for my part.


So, another aggressive recommendation from me..JUST DO IT!!!

READ ON!