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The Eye Opener: Collection of Short Stories Volume 2

The Eye Opener: Collection of Short Stories Volume 2
Author: Indrajit Garai
Published: December 8, 2017
238 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

In this collection, meet:
Franck, who has to align his desires with his needs;
Nathan, who has to adjust to his constantly changing turf;
and, Cedric, who has to open his eyes to reconstruct himself.

Kim’s Review:

The family of the author offered me this book in exchange for an honest review. Overall, the stories were pretty good. I liked the characters and I looked forward to seeing how each story unfolded. Unfortunately, the writing threw me off. It was very choppy and there were no transition points. I’d be in Cedric’s home and then BAM! next paragraph, he’d be in jail a month later. It was very distracting.

I think if each story was divided into chapters, it would solve the problem. The characters were realistic and I empathized with them easily. I also liked how each story ended on a positive note. Garai did an excellent job of showing how messy life can get, but also how mankind is capable of some good. I would recommend this to people who like emotional stories and even those who like “thinking” stories.

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Literally

Author: Lucy Keating
Published: April 11, 2017
256 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

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?

Kim’s Review:

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.

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The Thousandth Floor


Author: Katherine McGee
Published: August 30, 2016
496 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

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.

Kim’s Review:

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.

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