The Vast Fields Of Ordinary By Nick Burd

4.8/5-This book was amazing. It hit so close to home for me and I loved the humour.

(Summary)

It’s Dade’s last summer at home. He has a crappy job at Food World, a “boyfriend” who won’t publicly acknowledge his existence (maybe because Pablo also has a girlfriend), and parents on the verge of a divorce. College is Dade’s shining beacon of possibility, a horizon to keep him from floating away. Then he meets the mysterious Alex Kincaid. Falling in real love finally lets Dade come out of the closet – and, ironically, ignites a ruthless passion in Pablo. But when tragedy struck, will Dade be able to let go of his past and start fresh?

(My Opinion)

The plot of this story is similar to other books about gay teens but there were so many twists and surprises that set this book apart from the rest. The best character had to be Alex Kincaid himself! He was mysterious, loved sex, did drugs, and knew how to party. What I learned from this book was that, if you pushed the one you love away for long enough, they won’t be waiting for you and they will move on. Also that having to watch as they become happy with someone else could lead to drastic things.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the ending. I truly don’t know whether I liked it or not, it seemed like something was missing about the ending.

There were so many things that I loved about this book. Like other gay books, I loved the struggle Dade had to go through to figure out if he truly wanted to be with Pablo or move on. The way Nick Burd wrote this book was beautiful, I could follow it like I was watching a movie. Nick Burd did a great job with forming the relationship between not only Dade and Alex, Dade and Lucy, but as well as Dade and Pablo. What made me cry was near the end, the tragedy was shocking. I wasn’t expecting it yet I was expecting something at that level. The Vast Fields Of Ordinary is an amazing book for anyone who is going through a struggle with their sexuality and with friends.  I want Nick Dade to come out with another book so that I can read it and hopefully fall in love with it. 

Mutt ( book #1 in Rittenhouse saga) by Evan Fuller

4/5- When I first started reading I was thinking it was going to be a story similar to other dystopians that I’ve read. Luckily, the only thing they had in common were there had different kinds of people.

(Summary from Amazon)

Centuries after most of humanity died out, a new civilization is slowly constructed upon the remnants of the old. 

Emery, a young man living in the walled city of Rittenhouse, has taken it upon himself to rescue “mutts,” as the citizens of Rittenhouse call the impoverished masses outside. When Timothy, a boy afflicted with a fatal illness, seeks Emery’s help, the two embark on a deadly errand to secure the medicine Timothy needs. This mission takes them from the safety of Rittenhouse into the wasteland outside it, where ancient superstitions are reborn and humanity struggles to survive amidst the ruins of a fallen American metropolis.

(My Opinion)

First of all, I would like to thank Evan Fuller for giving me a copy of his book to review!

The plot for Mutt was well thought out and the characters were original and creative with a hint of good humour. Even though I didn’t like some things in this book, I still really enjoyed it. This book made me laugh at the awkward jokes and pulled at my heartstrings at the end. The ending was beautifully written.

The different kinds of purebloods in Rittenhouse were interesting and I liked that Evan Fuller put it in. What I wished he had done was added more description about the different types. I am still curious about the people who are Vorteil . The relationship between Emery and Lydia was a weird one. It wasn’t weird because they had a few obstacles but it was weird because to me, the relationship felt odd and unnatural. It felt like Evan Fuller put it in just for the sake of having it there. Sometimes a story needs romance, but other times, stories don’t. I think that this story would have been just as good without it.

What I loved about the book was the writing style, the way that most of the words flowed together and how Evan Fuller easily put words that were difficult into the text instead of just using ‘easy’ words. My favourite character throughout the book was Timothy because to me, he showed the most courage. Timothy was so ready to do things that he didn’t want to do and things that he was willing to do. Even though  Timothy was my favourite, I still loved the other characters as well. Evan Fuller really got his message across with this tale about how kindness will always help you when you truly need someone or something. Evan Fuller gave a lot of examples of kindness shared between the characters and how it benefitted them somehow in the end. Mutt by Evan Fuller is a great read for anyone who enjoys dystopian stories with adventure, danger, and being forced to trust people who you despise. I can only wonder when his next book will be coming out. 

The Vast Fields Of Ordinary By Nick Burd

4.8/5-This book was amazing. It hit so close to home for me and I loved the humour.

(Summary)

It’s Dade’s last summer at home. He has a crappy job at Food World, a “boyfriend” who won’t publicly acknowledge his existence (maybe because Pablo also has a girlfriend), and parents on the verge of a divorce. College is Dade’s shining beacon of possibility, a horizon to keep him from floating away. Then he meets the mysterious Alex Kincaid. Falling in real love finally lets Dade come out of the closet – and, ironically, ignites a ruthless passion in Pablo. But when tragedy struck, will Dade be able to let go of his past and start fresh?

(My Opinion)

The plot of this story is similar to other books about gay teens but there were so many twists and surprises that set this book apart from the rest. The best character had to be Alex Kincaid himself! He was mysterious, loved sex, did drugs, and knew how to party. What I learned from this book was that, if you pushed the one you love away for long enough, they won’t be waiting for you and they will move on. Also that having to watch as they become happy with someone else could lead to drastic things.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the ending. I truly don’t know whether I liked it or not, it seemed like something was missing about the ending.

There were so many things that I loved about this book. Like other gay books, I loved the struggle Dade had to go through to figure out if he truly wanted to be with Pablo or move on. The way Nick Burd wrote this book was beautiful, I could follow it like I was watching a movie. Nick Burd did a great job with forming the relationship between not only Dade and Alex, Dade and Lucy, but as well as Dade and Pablo. What made me cry was near the end, the tragedy was shocking. I wasn’t expecting it yet I was expecting something at that level. The Vast Fields Of Ordinary is an amazing book for anyone who is going through a struggle with their sexuality and with friends.  I want Nick Dade to come out with another book so that I can read it and hopefully fall in love with it.

Fracture By Megan Miranda

4.3/5-The idea behind this is really clever, I loved the plot. I was so excited for it because it sounded so cool. And the book was, but to an extent.

(Summary)

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she’s reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy’s motives aren’t quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

(My Opinion)

The idea for Fracture was amazing and I loved it a lot. It was really well written and a few surprising things happens in this book. Although the plot was good, the characters’ weren’t the best and seemed as if Megan Miranda didn’t know what to do with one or two of them. The most interesting character to me, was Carson because of his story and everything that had happened to him.

The relationship between Delaney and Decker is very complicated and yet it’s still typical. I wished Megan Miranda could have stayed away from their friendship and focused more on the weird sensations Delaney got.  Also I didn’t like how easily Delaney got pushed around by everyone in her life. I hated how Troy bossed her around even though they barely knew each other. The ending was so typical and plain that I almost threw the book out the window. I understand that authors’ have to end the book but it was so plain it bored me.

What I loved about this book was that, even though the ending was boring I was hooked since the very first page. I really couldn`t put it down. Megan Miranda didn`t waste any time writing unimportant things. One of my favourite parts about this book was how much pressure was on Delaney to help Carson out and to make sure that he was okay. It was interesting reading the way Megan Miranda wrote the scene and described what was happening while still making it interesting. Another part that I liked was the last scene between Troy and Delaney. I knew something was going to happen but I flipped out not only when she showed him but also when he chose to accept it. I actually loved that part and flipped out. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves stories about near death experiences and how it effects people’s lives. It’s also a great read for anyone who loves books with friendships that might turn into something more. Megan Miranda did a good job with her debut novel, I will be waiting to read her next novel, Hysteria which is coming out in 2013.

Fracture By Megan Miranda

4.3/5-The idea behind this is really clever, I loved the plot. I was so excited for it because it sounded so cool. And the book was, but to an extent.

(Summary)

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?

Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she’s reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy’s motives aren’t quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

(My Opinion)

The idea for Fracture was amazing and I loved it a lot. It was really well written and a few surprising things happens in this book. Although the plot was good, the characters’ weren’t the best and seemed as if Megan Miranda didn’t know what to do with one or two of them. The most interesting character to me, was Carson because of his story and everything that had happened to him.

The relationship between Delaney and Decker is very complicated and yet it’s still typical. I wished Megan Miranda could have stayed away from their friendship and focused more on the weird sensations Delaney got.  Also I didn’t like how easily Delaney got pushed around by everyone in her life. I hated how Troy bossed her around even though they barely knew each other. The ending was so typical and plain that I almost threw the book out the window. I understand that authors’ have to end the book but it was so plain it bored me.

What I loved about this book was that, even though the ending was boring I was hooked since the very first page. I really couldn`t put it down. Megan Miranda didn`t waste any time writing unimportant things. One of my favourite parts about this book was how much pressure was on Delaney to help Carson out and to make sure that he was okay. It was interesting reading the way Megan Miranda wrote the scene and described what was happening while still making it interesting. Another part that I liked was the last scene between Troy and Delaney. I knew something was going to happen but I flipped out not only when she showed him but also when he chose to accept it. I actually loved that part and flipped out. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves stories about near death experiences and how it effects people’s lives. It’s also a great read for anyone who loves books with friendships that might turn into something more. Megan Miranda did a good job with her debut novel, I will be waiting to read her next novel, Hysteria which is coming out in 2013.