All That is Solid Melts into Air

All That is Solid Melts into Air by Darragh McKeon

☆☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Just Because Book
Genre: Fiction

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My heart is still pounding and I kinda want to curl up in a corner and cry.

This is a book of fiction. Which takes place in 1986. Russia. And the fallout of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. And the government coverup. It follows after a few people, all interconnected, and grows more horrifying with each passing page. A doctor forced to care for those effected by radiation, his pleas falling on deaf ears. A young woman, tossed from society and forced to work in a factory. A young boy prodigy, who can hear the music but has troubles playing. And how Chernobyl effected their lives.

This book was horrifying. Chernobyl is still a no go zone and will likely be for the next 20,000 years due to the radiation fall out. So much was covered up, and not disclosed and even today, 30 years later, people are still suffering from the fallout.

Fictional characters to a true event. It made my skin crawl. It made me cry. Because it could have happened. It did happen.

I recommend this book but you have been warned.

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The Last Days of Newgate

The Last Days of Newgate by Andrew Pepper

☆☆☆/5 (2.5 stars)
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: Mystery

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This book was pretty depolrable. For a mystery, it was so interwoven that you couldn’t pull the threads apart. The plot didn’t follow course and the main character, a rouge-ish beast named Pyke, was dislikable, violent, and overall a pretty terrible person all around.

It takes places in 1829 London, and the last days of the Runners which were police men back before an actual police force. Torn up with greed, murder, profit gain, and just generally nasty people, they were doomed from the start. Pyke is trying to solve a murder when he is charged with the murder of his girlfriend and he tries to flee. He is arrested and tired and manages to escape prision. He leaves a trail of murder behind him as he tries to uncover the plot.

I didn’t care for this much. It was longwinded, political, and just not my kind of story.

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Beastkeeper

Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen

☆☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Just Because Book
Genre: YA Fiction/Fantasy

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You can’t make someone fall in love with you. I should know. And this is where the storytellers write their own sugary versions of the truth. A pack of lies until they reach ‘The End’. But no story ever comes to an end, at least not one so neat. There are voices silenced, characters erased at the storytellers whim…They do not tell you what happens when the children have eaten their way through the witches treasures and face another starveling winter, when the glass slipper no longer fits the crone’s swollen foot. When the beauty doesn’t fall in love with her beastly prince.

Oh this was a good. A rare random grab and an odd spin on fairy tales and curses. This one is a strange retelling of beauty and the Beast but the beast isn’t who you’d expect. And the curse is well explained as is the magic. A young girl named Sarah is faced with family truths after her mother suddenly disappears and her father drops her off at her grandparents castle. Mystery unfolds in the forest as she looks for answers.

This book was beautifully written without being bogged down. And it was a fairly quick read. I recommend it to lovers of fairy tales. 🙂

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Unmade

Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan  (#3)

☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Just Because Book
Genre: YA Fiction/Fantasy

But only because I truly believe in us, the utter depths of our incompetence, and that it must inevitably lead to our epic failures.

This is the third, and last book, of the series. And thank god because I don’t think I would have read another one. This was a series that, like the Divergent trilogy, got successfully worse with each book. It was nice in theory but alas.

In this one…the town is under seige by the evil Rob who has captured Jared and locked him in a priest hole and is starving him. Kami and Co. go and rescue him and try to solve the mystery of the town, and trying to save it in the process. Lots of people die, things go kaboom, people get turned into statues and the climax of the book was….unimpressive. *poof* Done. The End.

My biggest issue with this book was the inconsistencies with the characters and lack of character progression and growth. Jared is like Jace and is the only one to improve. Ash (his ‘cousin’ *cough spoiler cough*) was mainly put in to be a plot point  (love triangle, magical third wheel sorcerer) and Kami was just….it’s hard to explain. She’s supposed to be this amazing kick ass heroine but spent the entire book not really doing anything other than trying to make Jared love her. And making out with Ash. And nobody accomplished much of anything.

For instance: Rob just sacrificed *edited for spoilers* and they weep over his body and go back home. That’s it.

In other words, interesting idea, but really bad/inconsistent writing. It was funny but I’d have liked a little more plot filler.

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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

☆☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
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Genre: Memior

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This book was absolutely hilarious. In a fucked up, morbid kind of way. But she turns her anxiety and depression into something to laugh at.

Jenny recounts the highlights of her childhood from her father being a taxidermist, a dead puppet squirrel, racoons in the bathtub, and delves into adulthood with her husband Victor, multiple miscarriages, and finally having her daughter. This book was filled to the brim with morbid panic stricken recounts and how her cats are serial killers and rapists. Jenny is also a blogger and blogs about her life.

I would highly recommend this book to people in need of a good laugh.

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Untold

Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan (#2)

☆☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: YA Fiction/Fantasy

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This one picks up after the last one let’s off where Kami willingly cut her mental ties with her once imaginary friend turned real, Jared. Rob is the baddie and he is intent on purging Sorry-in-the-Vale of sorcerers and wants to be the man in charge. Standing in his way are Kami and Co. as they try to figure out how to deal with him. And Kami and Jared are trying to figure out each other and what they mean to each other.

Not a whole lot happened in this one. It was alot of scrambling around, yelling, and not accomplishing much. More history of the town cropped up as they search for answers and it’s left on a cliffhanger.

I’ll keep reading because I want to know what happens. Recommend to fans of Beautiful Creatures.

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Blackout : The Things I Drank to Forget

Blackout: The Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola

☆☆☆☆/5
THE GREAT READING BINGE OF 2016
Genre: Memior

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Drinking had saved me. When I was a child, trapped in lonliness, it gave me escape. When I was a teenager crippled by self conciousness, it gave me power. When I was a young woman unsure of her worth, it gave me courage. When I was lost, it gave me the path, that way towards the next drink and everywhere it leads you. When I triumphed, it celebrated with me. When I cried, it comforted me. And even in the end, when I was tormented by all that it had done to me, it gave me oblivian.

This is a powerful, raw and moving account of one woman’s journey through alcoholism. And how much it is a disease of the mind, and how one does not have any control over its power. She finds redemption and sobriety, but fumbles along the way as most of do through life. I rooted along with her and cried through the last part of the book when she had to put her 17 year old cat, Bubba, down. He was with her through thick and thin and never judged her and she always cared for him and I related to that. Among many other feelings.

I like hearing people’s stories of triumphs. I like knowing I’m not wholly alone in this universe. I like feeling somehow connected to the lost and broken people of the world. Because if you are lost and broken, I am lost and broken too. I will be there to glue you back together.

As a memior, this one was very good. It’s an eye opening look into the mind of an alcoholic. And it’s chilling with its detail and it’s rawness. I recommend it. 🙂

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