Hello everyone, today I will be taking part in the I am Still Alive blog tour! I am Still Alive was my first book in awhile that made me stay up all night reading as it was filled with vivid imagery and high stakes. I hope you check it out and for now, enjoy my stop!
About the Book:
Cheryl Strayed's Wild meets The Revenant in this heart-pounding story of survival and revenge in the unforgiving wilderness.
Jess is stranded in the woods. She has few supplies and only her dog for company. Her survival skills are limited, and she has disabilities that make physical labor a challenge. And winter is on its way. How did she get here?
Alternating between the past and the present, this tightly-paced novel tells the story of a girl who survived a car crash that killed her mother, then was pulled from foster care and sent to live with her estranged survivalist father in the remote Canadian wilderness. Jess was just beginning to get to know her dad when a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving their cabin burned to the ground and Jess's father dead. Now, Jess must fight with everything she has to forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. But she will survive. She has to survive. Because she wants revenge.
About the Author:
Kate Marshall lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. She works in the gaming industry as a writer and designer, most recently focusing on educational games for kids of all ages. She spends her winters cheerfully avoiding the rain, and during the summer ventures out to kayak and camp along Puget Sound. As Kate Marshall, her short fiction has appeared in venues such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Crossed Genres.
Interested to hear more? Check out my review:
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. All the thoughts below are my own*
I Am Still Alive tells the story of Jess, a teenage girl whose mother recently died in the car crash that injured her leg, making it hard for her too walk. So when she’s sent off into the Canadian wilderness to live with her survivalist father, she knows she will hate it. But just as she starts getting to know him, men from her father’s past come and kill him, leaving her stranded and left to fend for herself. With only her father’s dog to keep her company, Jess begins to feel like she will become yet another victim of starvation in the forest. But, one thought keeps her from letting it take her. She knows her father’s killer, and she won’t let him go without giving him a taste of his own medicine.
This was the perfect example of a book I didn’t expect to love, but absolutely did. The author was able to weave the perfect novel that would keep fantasy lovers like me entertained, while also making sure nothing was to crazy and unbelievable that the usual reader of contemporary would not be put off, with a thriller twist. She accomplished this through both her accelerating plot and unique writing style that made readers not only engaged in her words, but taking notes. I am Still Alive was written in a series of ‘before’ and ‘after’ chapters, both of which revolving around when her father was killed. This made is so whenever the reader was at one part of the narrative, they would wonder about how it might connect to the other, seeking connections and pulling on strings the author masterfully put in order to trick readers. Several times while reading, I remember thinking that this was when Jess will be saved, or that will be the death of her. But the author continued to prove that nothing is what it seems when you are out alone in the wilderness.
Another thing the author did to engage the reader, was that she added in real survival tricks the main character used throughout the book. As someone who could never imagine themselves camping, I was surprised about how much I was interested in these tidbits of information. But the author did not add these on accident. She did so to make her readers connect with Jess on a deeper level that most characters don’t often reach. When Jess was dragged out to the wilderness, she wasn’t an outdoorsy person. In fact, she immediately knew that she wanted to leave. This makes her relatable to the readers as she dodges the stereotype of the protagonist-who-already-knows-how-to-do-awesome-things, making her more lifelike.
This was the next thing that made this book so good: the characters. Jess for one, is a character who was forced into a terrible situation and tested again and again to see if she would survive. Often times, characters like hers are given few, if any, hurdles to dodge, and go through the wilderness like it was their home. And while it technically was Jess’s home, she hated it the whole time and barely left her father’s cabin when it was still there. I found this to make her character so much more relatable then others I’ve seen. She isn’t your typical adventure loving girl who reveled in the knowledge that she was surviving on her own, but she was someone who wished she could be anywhere but there and wanted something most survival/thriller novel protagonists don’t: safety.
But the author made sure to not only make Jess a well-rounded character, but also her father, his friend Griff, and the other side characters like that too. Each of them were unique in their own ways, having character traits that made them seem real and tangible. Griff, for example, was your typical scruffy quiet mountain guy who was awkward yet cuddly. But the author also made sure to add dimension to him, making him have thoughts and desires unlike other characters like him. For example, he had a daughter who he didn’t see often but wished he could. A daughter who was in another city, but he would fly there to be with her anyway, even if it meant not being there for his friend. I mention this because characters like him are usually extremely loyal and stagnant, while he was willing to risk going after his daughter and leaving his comfortable lifestyle to get a job. Marshall also put great effort into her antagonists. Though it is hard to learn much about them because we only see them a few times throughout the book, she still wrote characters that will give the readers goosebumps. Whenever they appeared, I instantly got nervous for Jess, wondering if this would finally be the end of her.
Finally, this book contained some of the best writing I have read in a while. I was drawn to her words as she described the forest and its depths, making me stay up all night just to finish the book. Marshall’s descriptions of the nearby lake and the cabin felt so real to me, painting vivid pictures in my head as the story progressed. This added to the suspense the readers experience while reading this book because her writing just made everything feel so real, sticking with readers as they go through the plot and its twists. This also made the plot feel much more alive than it might have otherwise, especially since much of it is Jess’s own thoughts as she survives in the wilderness
I would recommend this book for anyone who loves suspense, no matter what genre you typically read. This might also be a good book to give to someone who doesn’t usually read because of how vivid and entertaining it is. I for one know I would be recommending it to my brother who loves all things physical and adventurous. If you love a protagonist who shows you that in times of trouble, anyone could succeed, I am Still Alive is the book for you.
I am Still Alive is out July 24th, 2018!
I hope that you enjoyed my stop on this tour! I would like to say a special thank you to Penguin for including me! If you would like to preorder a copy of I am Still Alive, check out one of the links below.
Until next time,
Hello everyone, today I will be taking part in the Nerd Blast for Heart of Mist which is Helen Scheuerer's bestselling debut! I hope you enjoy this post!
Hello everyone, today I will be review the Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James. This book was originally published only in the UK but it is no being published in the United States. Hopefully you can seen why once you read my review because, damn was this book amazing!
US Release Date: July 3rd, 2018
Hardcover page count: 320
My rating: 4/5
The only life that Romy Silvers has ever known is the inside of a massive spaceship tasked with colonizing a new Earth-like planet. Still, when her two astronaut parents are killed, leaving her by herself on the Infinity, she feels utterly alone besides the brief messages from her therapist on Earth as she continues her journey. But that all changes when NASA alerts her that another ship, the Eternity, will be joining the Infinity. When Romy begins to exchange messages with it charismatic captain, she thinks nothing could go wrong now that she has this newfound friendship. But as the two of them get closer to meeting, Romy realizes that J’s mission might be one she could never have imagined.
For a book as short as this, it was amazing. The author included so many cool aspects that you would never expect to see in a sci-fi. For one, the plot was full of constant twists despite the fact that Romy is living alone in a giant spaceship. The author was able to accomplish this through email-like messages as well as notifications from the ship itself. It would be revealing too much to say exactly what was transpiring through the messages, but it would not be an understatement to say they added to the overall eerie feeling of the book. This was also assisted by the setting itself, which made the whole book feel mysterious as the ship was riddled with strange malfunctions and breakdowns.
The plot also featured heavy reference to a supernatural TV series that Romy really likes called Loch and Ness. When I first began reading this book, I was surprised with the heavy references to this series as the main character often fangirled about it and even wrote heavy fanfiction! I was shocked because I never believed this sort of aspect can be included in a sci-fi book. And not only was it included, but it was an important plot device that was used throughout the book. But this was not the first part of this book that left me shocked.
In terms of characters, Romy was one that I found to be pretty unique in YA. For one, despite the fact that she has lived her entire life in space, she is pretty much like any other teenage girl. She fangirls, she gets lazy, she has homework sent to her, etc. But she also gets anxiety. This was one of the surprise aspects that I mentioned earlier. Who would expect to read about a character that suffers from panic attacks in a sci-fi book? And not only was it written about, but it was written about well. I loved how authentic the author made Romy’s experience feel. And the author didn’t make it feel like a plot device, nor did she use it like a fun little thing to add. The author wrote about Romy’s anxiety as just another part of her life. Readers who relate to her will be very surprised by the author’s honest portrayal as they gain representation in a genre that doesn’t typically deal with issues like this.
The only negative thing that I have to say about this book it that the antagonist seemed too much like a cookie-cutter type of villain. Despite this, he still provided for great plot advancements and twists that the readers will never see coming.
I recommended this book for sci-fi lovers looking for a new twist on the genre. The author is truly innovative with this book and even readers who don’t typically read sci-fi will enjoy it greatly. This book is great for fans of Honor Among Thieves or Brightly Burning because of the space-ship setting.
I hope you enjoyed my review! I usually don't enjoy books that are this short but I was totally blow away once I read it. I even finished it in a day!
Until next time,
Hello everyone, today I will be participating in the blog tour for Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky. Stay tuned for the giveaway at the end of this post!
Hello everyone! Today I will be participating in the cover reveal for Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye! I’ve been waiting for a new book from Evelyn Skye so I am so happy that I am able to help with the cover reveal! If you don’t already know, Evelyn Skye is the author of the breathtaking Crown’s Game duology which follows the story of Vika and Nikolai as the compete for the chance to become the new Imperial Enchanter. But things don’t always go to plan when magic’s involved. This is one of my favorite duologies because of Skye's amazing ability to write immersive and entertaining stories with plots that will leave you begging for more. If you haven't checked out her debut duology yet, DO!
Now without further ado, here is the cover of Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye!
Hello everyone! Today I will be participating in the blog tour for Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky! If you love book inspired playlists, stay tuned for the list below!
Hello everyone, today I will be review Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. I hope you enjoy this review!
Hardcover release date: March 6th, 2018
Hardcover page count: 544
My rating: 5/5 stars
The soil of Orïsha used to hum with magic but since the ruthless king killed the maji of the land, Zélie and her people have been oppressed and treated like little more than trash. With her mother dead and her people suffering, Zélie tries her best to go through life without being harassed by the local guards. One day the chance of a lifetime to bring back magic falls into her lap. Now with the help of a rouge princess and Zélie’s brother, she must escape the crown prince hell-bent on eradicating magic and navigate her newly awakened powers and her growing feelings for the enemy.
Fantasy lovers won’t be disappointed with this book. From the start, the author establishes an extensive fantasy world filled with enough lore and magic to keep readers obsessed for ages. This sort of world building sucks the readers in, as it shows the great cities and luscious forests of Orïsha all the while contrasting it with the blatant racism towards the maji who are dubbed ‘maggots’ for their white hair. This setting went great with the plot because it shows the complete disrespect towards the maji and adds to the urgency of Zélie’s mission. Their darker skin, for example, is avoided as people try their best to lighten their skin to not appear like them. The lighter-skinned people also enslave the maji and push them into a position where they are treated like dirt. Themes of racism like this are common throughout the book, something uncommon in fantasy which will interest readers in seeing how everything plays out.
The characters in Children of Blood and Bone were also excellent. Though it would spoil the plot to say exactly how, the characters each had great character arcs throughout the story, growing with every event that happened. But what was most amazing about these characters were the moral arguments in their head, most specifically: Should we really bring magic back? Throughout the story the author argues this through each of the characters’ perspective, something which includes readers in wondering if the cost of one peoples’ suffering is more than the probability of all peoples’ suffering.
Children of Blood and Bone is an amazing take on the fantasy genre as it discusses issues such as racism, a theme uncommon in YA. If you are a fantasy lover or just interested in seeing contemporary issues come to life in a YA fantasy setting, Children of Blood and Bone is the book for you.
I hope you enjoyed that review! CBB is such an amazing book and I hope that everyone gets a chance to read it. Once I finished reading it, I was wondering 'why is it so short' despite the fact that its super long. Hopefully you will feel the same way once you finish this book!
Until next time!
Hello everyone, today I'm taking part in the Nerd Blast for As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti! As You Wish is Chelsea Sedoti's third book. I hope you enjoy and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of my post!
Hello everyone, today I will be taking part in the blog tour for The Enigma Dragon by Charles V. Breakfield and Roxanne E. Burkey. The Enigma Dragon is the 9th book in the Enigma Series. I hope that you enjoy my spot on the tour and pick up a copy!
Hello everyone! Today I will be participating in the nerd blast for Tell Me No Lies by A.V Geiger. If you did not already know, A.V Geiger debuted last year with Follow Me Back, a massively popular Wattpad novel that was later turned into a full-fledged book. Follow Me Back is a suspenseful thriller told in direct messages and prose between a girl and her idol. It is definitely not a book that want to miss. Tell Me No Lies is the sequel to Follow Me Back.
Welcome to the Book Enigma! We will be reviewing different genres of books from young adult fiction to sci-fi. Enjoy!
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