Book Review | THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James

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Title: The Next Together

Author: Lauren James

Pages: 356

Publication: September 3rd 2015 by Walker

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Mystery, Romance, Contemporary


I won this book from a giveaway hosted by NerdyTalksBookBlog over on Instagram. Ever since I heard of this book and read the synopsis, I was so sure I’m going to love this, like this is exactly my cup of tea.

How many times can you lose the person you love?

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?

Maybe the next together will be different…

I thought it was going to be a cheesy romantic emotional read, turned out it’s more of a sci-fi mysterious read and that’s not exactly my cup of tea, not to mention a bit boring.

The Next Together follows Katy and Mathew and their love story in four different timelines as mentioned above. We have 1700s when Katy is Lady Kady and Mathew is her servant, this one the most boring for me. Then we have 1800s when Katy disguised herself as a boy and worked for Matt, there weren’t much written about this timeline but I still skipped some. In 2019, they were already married and in this timeline we get to see how they communicated via notes and emails which were meant to be funny but it made me roll my eyes because it’s sometimes overdone. The last one is 2039 which was my favorite until the instal love happened. 

This book was told from third person, and it wasn’t all texts as I mentioned. There were files, notes, maps, emails and such attached too. At the end of each timelines, before we get to the other ones, there were these error code things that intrigued me the most in this whole book. It’s like someone is behind all this, someone who arranged for them to meet. As I mentioned, the scifi thing is not my type but I do like this concept, though in my opinion I really prefer it to be like fate or STH, like they ARE destined to be together.

Anyways, I really like that this book was a combination of all genres that exist except erotica maybe. There were mystery, romance, sci-fi, dystopia, war and more. I mean it could have gone so much worse.

I did find it a bit boring still and also just tired with all the tropes such as insta-love, overdone comedy scenes, and such which is so annoying. To be honest, I skipped a few scenes even because this book kinda slowed me down and I just wanted it to end so…-.-

And the ending! I didn’t get it. Questions not answered and just, i don’t get it at all. 

I heard this is going to be a series or duology which I don’t think I’m going to pick up, I’m not that interested :////

I wouldn’t say I recommend this book, it was not bad, just not that good I guess. But if you are intrigued and want to give it a try, tell me what you think when you finished it. I hope you like it better than I did. 😀

I gave this book three stars.

And that’s it for today! I hope you enjoy reading this! Thanks for reading 😀

Happy Reading,

Kimsiang @TheSpinesBreaker

Book Review | THE LOVER’S DICTIONARY by David Levithan

Hi friends!

I know this is completely out of the bookish topic but I went to Jessie J’s concert yesterday! Finally crossing out one thing from my bucket list (going to a concert). Well, actually I crossed it out a few months ago when Demi Lovato came to Cambodia. Getting back to Jessie J, I’m still so pumped about everything even though it’s over since last night. I wasn’t that close to the stage (Actually pretty far) but that didn’t stop me from having fun! I screamed and sang along and danced (can you believe that? me? the most introvert and shy and nerdy person ever). I came home when it was almost midnight and got a full session with mom and dad and there was no voice came out when i spoke and now that my voice is still hoarse, I regret nothing of it! I was and am so cheerful that my friend thought I was drunk. 🙂



Now let’s get on with the business deal (woah that sounds like I’m selling drugs wtf), I read The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan a few days ago in an ebook form. I have read another book by David Levithan, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, which I loved the first half and only like the second half (mini review here).

At first, I was very intrigued that it’s written like a dictionary but I have heard mixed things so I couldn’t bring myself to buy a physical copy because I was afraid it won’t be that good.


And now that I’ve read it, I think it was decent but still lack something. 

I don’t think it’s the fact that I wasn’t given the name of the protagonists, or that I wasn’t even sure if the narrator’s gender was a male or female, or that there was no ending or anything of that sort. Well the last one was a bit of a problem; I enjoyed reading it, I kept scrolling down for more, it was entertaining and it ended. So when it ended like that, I found myself thinking back to the reading experience and thought ‘well, that was pretty good’, but also looking back to the story, I felt like I don’t even know the characters or their story.

In this book, the main focus was on the relationship of the couple therefore there wasn’t much family time or friends time, it was mentioned just a couple of times. But I don’t mind that since it’s only about 200 e-pages, and I only want the relationship to be great but the story of the couple even wasn’t enough.

I felt like I was reading quotes after quotes and not a connected story (some were tho). Some words got the whole page and some got just a line, some were good memories, and some were arguments. I kinda like this aspect of the book, that it was unpredictable. I also like the voice of the narrator (I think he is a he-not 100% sure tho because the first half I considered he/she a she :///)

I feel like I’m repeating myself that the story wasn’t enough, so here’s my final rating:

3.5/5

And these are a few of my favorite words and explanations:

 





 

And this is the end of my review! I’ll hopefully see you in my next one ❤

Happy reading and Merry Christmas,

Kimsiang

ARC Review | THE FOLD by Peter Clines

Hi peeps! What’s up?
I apologize for not making much appearances these days, it’s just that I havent had much access to my laptop. But now I’m back and hopefully not disappearing again! Lol.
So today I’m gonna review a book by Peter Clines called ‘The Fold’.
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Title: The Fold
Author: Peter Clines
Pages: 384
Publication: June 2nd 2015 by Crown
Genre: Sci-fi, Mystery, Fantasy

In this book, we follow our MC, Mike who is a teacher in a small town, but he has a superpower of sort. He has amazing memory, it means he can remember everything he has seen or heard, his memory skills are super charged. The guy is a walking computer. He sees it in his head as ants moving information around. But he doesn’t want to be famous, he has been lie down low for all his life until his best friend called and asked if he was interested in a project.
The project was called the Albuquerque door, a “Fold” that lets you transport/teleport to another place, it shrinks distances so that a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step.

The thing is the team that was working for MIKE’S friend have secrets, they claimed that the door was working (and it was) perfectly safe (not so sure, eh?) but they need more research and funding but they wouldn’t tell others anything else. So Mike’s friend was suspicious and asked Mike for help.

Yet evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn’t quite what it seems—and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret.

As his investigations draw him deeper into the puzzle, Mike begins to fear there’s only one answer that makes sense. And if he’s right, it may only be a matter of time before the project destroys…everything.

I love the sci-fi feels of this book, and because I don’t like to read ebooks, most books usually put me off, but this one even though it was from a 30-year-old man eidetic-memory man perspective, it was super interesting and hilarious, I was hooked right away.
I was shocked and loved every mystery that was revealed, I was like “What am I even reading? I’ve got goosebumps.)

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but then the quality and awesomeness plummeted down from the 200 pages sth onward, and it was very disappointing since it started out  so strong and captivating.

The first 200 pages of this book got me shaking and gasping. I was traumatized at the idea of what the door can do, but after that-the last 100 pages or so- was so boring, I couldn’t even go on, and even though there was action it was the kind that didn’t interest me.

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*I received a e-ARC copy from Blogging for book and Netgalley.

Book Review | DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige

Hello peeps!

September is not starting really good as a reading month, because I’ve just finished my first book of the month :///

And here is my review of it 🙂

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Title: Dorothy Must Die

Author: Danielle Paige

Pages: 452

Publication: April 1st 2014 by HarperCollins

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Source: Bought

First of all, I actually liked this book much more than I expected! I had put this book down several times before I set a goal for myself to just finish it. I think the reason why I dropped it many times was because the first few chapters was a bit boring.
We have Amy Gumm, a teenage girl from our world who has a drunk mom and were bullied by the meanie at school. Amy got swept up by a tornado to Oz (the world from Wizard of Oz). In Oz, things were a bit different than the story she grew up reading and watching, actually quite a lot were different. The first thing was that Dorothy wasn’t the hero anymore. In this Oz, Dorothy was an evil princess who was drunk in magic , we had the wicked witches who seemed to be good, and the good witch who worked with Dorothy and was destroying Oz.

“Simple. You’re going to kill her.” She looked right at me and said, “Dorothy must die.”

For me, I haven’t watched or read Wizard of Oz, and it was quiet a problem at first because I didn’t know a thing about yellow brick roads, winged-monkeys or any other creatures in Oz, and what the original Oz story was like. But I got a whole lot of information about the original Oz throughout the book, so I would recommend this to people who don’t know a thing about Wizard of Oz too.

As because I don’t know what the real Oz is like, I can’t say if this book is original or not, but I think the concept is great, a fiction in fiction of sort.

As for the characters, I liked Amy, and other people well enough just that they were all a bit flat. I love the humor tho.

“I couldn’t make up my mind which part I was more curious about: the fact that she was levitating or the fact that she was doing it above a field of dirt, dressed like she was on her way to the prom.”

The characters were realistic with how they act in situations but still not descriptive enough. The same applies to the world building. Oz was described to be a magical land, rich with magic and strange creatures, or used to be, but still it was all words, there weren’t much examples so I couldn’t imagine the world as clearly. However , I love the magic system in the book, and how Amy is not a super woman that is oh so special even though she was still special because she was winded up to Oz by a tornado. lol

Moreover, from what I’ve seen, Dorothy wasn’t even that evil, she was more like just a spoiled girl who threw tantrums all the time and didn’t know what she was even doing. Although I did find what the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman did were cruel.

Overall, the best thing in the book is that it introduced me to Oz, and now I really want to pick up The Wizard of Oz book or watch the movie. However, I do like the concept of this book and I enjoyed it a good amount but obviously it’s not my favourite. I will definitely continue this series tho, even though I didn’t like the ending of book one that much too.

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