Author: Lucy Keating
Published: April 11, 2017
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine. It turns out that Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her. But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word?
So, it takes about 14ish hours to get from Jacksonville, NC to Honolulu, HI, and I read this book completely during that travel time. I’m a pretty bad flyer, I’ll admit it! I have to pee every 20 minutes, I get distracted, I’m too tall for the seats, I let my boredom overwhelm me . . . I’d really just rather not be flying! But this book did help a lot.
Literally is not my favorite of Keating’s books, but it was a unique story and kept my attention. There was some teenage drama that got really annoying and that’s why I’m giving it 3 stars. It ended up overwhelming the rest of the story. Annabelle acts like she knows enough to make all these important decisions and that she knows more than her parents, and it just got obnoxious real quick!
Other than that, I like what it brought out about Keating and some of the problems in the life of an author. It almost seems like this is a rant that Keating had to get off her chest, so she turned it into a story. Overall, I found it to be a fun and unusual book. As stereotypical as I’m going to sound, I would recommend this book to teenage girls. It’s not one to be taken too seriously so anyone wanting a light read would also like it.
Author: Katherine McGee
Published: August 30, 2016
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
New York City as you’ve never seen it before. A thousand-story tower stretching into the sky. A glittering vision of the future, where anything is possible—if you want it enough.
Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.
A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.
Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.
Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.
Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?
Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.
And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.
I really, really disliked this book! I don’t want to say hate, because I didn’t necessarily hate the story, but I will admit that I hated the characters! Honestly, if the future holds such stupid, immature, whiny, spoiled teenagers, then I want no part in it. I tried reading this book 2 years ago, and after about 75 pages, I had to put it down. I couldn’t take the drama anymore! When I ended up finding it on Audible for really cheap, I thought I’d give it another chance. Usually I do better with audiobooks than I do with physical books, with the ones that I tried reading but lost interest. I barely made it through the audiobook! All the rich kids, who honestly have very few problems, have to create problems because they’re bored. The poor kids blame rich people for all their problems, instead of taking personal responsibility.
I couldn’t stand Avery at all! I guess if my parents genetically engineered me and I was the most beautiful girl on planet earth, then I’d at least try to use my brain more often. Oh no! the one guy that she “can’t have” (spare me, he’s adopted, you nitwit!!) is of course the one she wants. She’s spoiled and manipulative and selfishly puts her own wants (there are very few needs in this story) above the good of her friends. Leda is just evil and vindictive. Rylin, who does actually have a brain, is so stinkin immature that she sabotages herself at every turn. And the one person that I actually kinda sorta liked/tolerated was Eris. She started out as a spoiled party girl, but ends up changing and sorta maturing quite a bit. Overall, this is just an exhausting book. The only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 2, is because the story was at times interesting. I really wouldn’t recommend this book to anybody.[Top]
Author: James Patterson
Published: April 10, 2017
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 2-11, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars
Book Description from Amazon:
Anne McWilliams has lost everything. After her marriage falls apart and a hurricane destroys her home she realizes that her life has fallen out of focus. So she takes to the road to ask long lost friends and strangers a simple question: “What’s your best story?” Can the funny, tragic, inspirational tales she hears on her journey help Anne see what she’s been missing?
Tyler Bron seemingly has it all-a successful company and more money than he knows how to spend. But he has no life. So he hires a struggling novelist to write one for him. There are no limits to the fictional world that Bron’s money can transform into a reality, and he soon becomes the protagonist of a love story beyond his wildest imagination. But will Tyler Bron be able to write the happy ending himself?
Two From the Heart is made up two novellas: Tell Me Your Best Story and Write Me a Life. They were both decent stories but for me something was missing. It was a quick read at just five discs for the audiobook. There is a theme explored for both novellas: How stories can shape our life in one form or another.
Tell Me Your Best Story:
Anne McWilliams is our protagonist and she has dealt with two life changing events in a very short time. The first event was her failed marriage. The second event is what changes her life forever. Her home and darkroom (which is her livelihood) is destroyed by a hurricane. She is anti-technology so she loses everything with her photography. Instead of dealing with this devastating loss she decides to go on an adventure all over the country. She sees old friends and also meets new people along the way asking “What is your best story?” During this adventure she decides to turn this into a book with these people’s stories and a picture of them. As with all road trip adventures, it becomes life changing — for the better — for Anne.
I did not like Anne dropping everything with her home. She all but forgets about it and just moves on. No clean up, nothing! What a way to ignore your responsibilities. I would be devastated if this happened to me, but I can’t see myself just dropping everything else and becoming carefree. Now, I did like the premise of the book she decides to write and photograph. In fact it would be one I would most likely buy. Everyone has a ‘best story’, what is yours?
Write Me A Life:
We meet Damian Crane, a struggling author who is approached by Tyler Bron, an extremely wealthy man, who happens to have no life. Tyler Bron tells Damian to write him a life and whatever he writes WILL happen, with no limitations. So begins a “create your own adventure” type story. Both Crane and Bron wonder what they got themselves into and you wonder how the story will end. Will Crane continue the story or will Bron be able to create his ending on his own?
I liked the premise of this novella better. Audio may not be the format for this story as the narration goes between Crane and Bron and I had difficulties keeping them straight. Reading it in print may be clearer as to who the narrator is for each chapter. It did not help that the narrator did not distinguish the two character’s voices in any way. I had to go back several times; I was getting confused as to who each narrator was. I lost some interest in the middle of the story. The ending is satisfying.
Though not the best, Two from the Heart is not the worst either. If you want a quick read in between books, I would recommend it.[Top]