Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach

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Synopsis:

“I’ve got some questions for you. Was this story written about me?”

I shrugged.

“Yes or no?”

I shrugged again, finally earning a little scowl, which somehow made the girl even more pretty. It brought a bloom to her pale cheeks and made sharp shelves of her cheekbones.

“It’s very rude not to answer simple questions,” she said.

I gestured for my journal, but she still wouldn’t give it to me. So I took out my pen and wrote I can’t on my palm.

Then, in tiny letters below it, I finished the thought: Now don’t you feel like a jerk?

Parker Santé hasn’t spoken a word in five years. While his classmates plan for bright futures, he skips school to hang out in hotels, killing time by watching the guests. But when he meets a silver-haired girl named Zelda Toth, a girl who claims to be quite a bit older than she looks, he’ll discover there just might be a few things left worth living for.

Review: 
A very long time ago I read We all Looked Up and I loved it, in fact I think that the review for it is buried in the archives of this long forgotten blog. When I saw this at my library I was shocked that I hadn’t even known that Mr. Wallach had written another back.
This book was so interesting and the first book I’ve read in many many months. The premise is very interesting and really intrigued me. Zelda and Parker were great characters. They both had a lot of depth and unresolved issues. I mean we readers all know that when people have deep unresolved issues it makes them better characters.
The writing was darkly satirical and humorous whilst still evoking a heck ton of emotion which is an A* for Mr. Tommy Wallach. I enjoyed watching the story s it evolved and both of the characters fell more and more in love.
The only bad point was that I felt it took too long to get to the end even though I didn’t want it to end. I felt that the problem which the whole story was about wasn’t coming fast enough. This book is really just a fairy tale and I guess that’s why everything seemed to beautifully finished but I really wanted a cliffhanger.
I give this beauty of a book 4/5 stars and highly recommend you  read it!
Thanks for stopping by!

The Hour of The Bees by Lindsay Eager

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How did I get this book? It was sent to me by the lovely people at Walker. Thank you 🙂 🙂

Synopsis:

Things are only impossible if you stop to think about them. . . .

While her friends are spending their summers having pool parties and sleepovers, twelve-year-old Carolina — Carol — is spending hers in the middle of the New Mexico desert, helping her parents move the grandfather she’s never met into a home for people with dementia. At first, Carol avoids prickly Grandpa Serge. But as the summer wears on and the heat bears down, Carol finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by the crazy stories he tells her about a healing tree, a green-glass lake, and the bees that will bring back the rain and end a hundred years of drought. As the thin line between magic and reality starts to blur, Carol must decide for herself what is possible — and what it means to be true to her roots. Readers who dream that there’s something more out there will be enchanted by this captivating novel of family, renewal, and discovering the wonder of the world.

Review:

I loved this book! It was really hard to get into at first but after about a hundred pages or so I was so deeply invested.
This story has great running themes. The meaning of family. The importance of staying true to your roots. Letting your imagination pursue whatever it wants.
I loved all the characters, especially Serge who was by far one of the funniest. Every character was well developed. They all had unique elements that they brought to the story making it an interesting read.
It was written really well. The writing was beautiful and lyrical with subtle humourous undertones. Which was really great to read.
I loved the stories that Serge tells Carolina, and partially I think that’s what kept me so interested.

I rate this book 4/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ . I highly recommend you pick this book up when it comes out in March.

MARTians by Blythe Woolston

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Synopsis:

Last girl Zoë Zindleman, numerical ID 009-99-9999, has just been graduated. Early. Her options: wait for her home to be foreclosed and stripped of anything valuable now that AnnaMom has moved away, or move to the Warren, an abandoned strip-mall-turned-refuge for other left-behinds—a safe place, and close to AllMART, Zoë’s new employer, where “your smile is AllMART’s welcome mat.” Zoë may be the last girl, but her name means “life,” and Zoë isn’t ready to disappear into the AllMART abyss. Zoë wants to live.

MARTians is set in a world of exurban decay studded with big-box stores, where its inhabitants are numbed by shopping and the six o’clock “news.” MARTians may be the future, but it is frighteningly familiar.

Review:

This book was interesting to read. It felt sort of surreal to read it which I thought drove me onto read it further. Elements of the book surprised me and some confused me. Like why are there only two places to work? What if you wanted to work in a library, obviously not. This made the reading experience sort of trippy as it was hard to relate.

The characters were a little bland and the only character I think was developed and had a back story was Timmer. Zoë felt annoying and always seemed to have something to complain about or was completely naïve.

The story plot was developed quite quick and everything progressed rapidly. It was interesting to see the day to day workplace action and all the sort of stuff that went on there.

The writing was good. I enjoyed the subtle humours as it was such dark fiction.

I liked this book but something just stopped me loving this book. I rate this book 3/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. I recommend you read this if you enjoy futuristic fiction.