3.5/5-If only this book was as good as the summary, it would have been a better read. The cover really drew me in because of her glowing blue eyes and the beautiful leaves that draped over her. It’s so beautiful.

(Summary from Goodreads )

Sabrina, an artist, is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and her parents check her into the Wellness Center. There she meets Alec, who is convinced it’s the world that’s crazy, not the two of them. They are meant to be together; they are special. But when Alec starts to convince Sabrina that her treatment will wipe out everything that makes her creative, she worries that she’ll lose hold of her dreams and herself. Should she listen to her doctor? her decision may have fatal consequences.

(My Opinion)

Told from Sabrina’s perspective, a story about loss, love, and freedom. James Brian could have done a much better job with this. The idea behind this story isn’t very original and it showed because there wasn’t anything special about the book. The characters were a bit confusing and weren’t clear about the way they were supposed to be presented. Sabrina was very confusing since she saw things differently than others which made it hard for me to understand some of the things.

What annoyed me the most was the writing style because it was smooth and easy to read, instead it was choppy, confusing, and annoying. Brian James didn’t use quotation marks for when a character was speaking which I thought wouldn’t make any difference to me, but it did because when I thought a character was talking, they really weren’t. Life Is But A Dream is not a book full of action and intense moments you’d think would be in a story about escaping a mental hospital. Not at all. I was really let down that there wasn’t any chase scene, fights, and adults looking like fools. I was expecting at least something, even when they were trying to escape the hospital, it let me down. The relationship between Sabrina and Alec is a bit boring and typical, I wished Alec was different and didn’t stand up for Sabrina as much, then it would have been different.

Even though I didn’t like the constant details of everything Sabrina saw, I liked having a vague picture of it. When she explained about the clouds and the static that was controlling people, I thought that was cool because in a way, its true. People are being brainwashed to believe in things that are broken instead of opening their eyes and seeing how awful the world is. I also liked the ending because Sabrina was forced to look inside herself and a very hard decision about whether she actually needed help or if the doctors were playing  a cruel joke on her to keep her to stay.

I would recommend this book to people who don’t really care about action in books, but more about the message. The message in this book is an easy one but with a different way of saying it since Sabrina is a bit different from other people.

Song Of The Day#31-Happily Ever After By He Is We

I know this song is pretty cheesy but its good and its better than some Taylor Swift songs.

He Is We is an indie pop band from Tacoma, Washington. This duo started playing music in 2008. As of september 2012, lead vocalist, Rachel Taylor was forced to resign because she was diagnosed with ankylosis spondylitis. This disease is when your joints and bones in your spine join together (extremely painful). Stevie Scott is now the lead singer of He Is We. currently, they have one album and one EP. Happily Ever AFter is off of their album, My Forever.

Happily Ever After is a song about finally finding love after a lifetime of waiting for it. About hoping that your prince loves your flaws instead of hates them. This catchy tune is so cute. Even its a bit cheesy, it’s still good.

My favourite part is:

We all have a story to tell.
Whether we whisper or yell.
We all have a story, of adolescence and all it’s glory.
We all have a story to tell.
Oh, happily ever after, wouldn’t you know, wouldn’t you know.
Oh, skip to the ending, who’d like to know, I’d like to know.
Author of the moment, can you tell me, do I end up, do I end up happy?

You can listen to Happily Ever After by He Is We here.

Lyrics are here.

Song Of The Day#30-Running To The Moon By We Are One

Now a days, I’ve been piling free downloads that bands have been giving out without actually listening to the band onto my Ipod. I usually just hope for the best and that I will hopefully like at least one of their songs. Sadly, sometimes I don’t. We Are One is weird because there are just so many instruments in the band and the songs are sometimes too fast to actually keep up with. But, I like We Are One, let’s just leave it at that.

We Are One is a female fronted band from Miami, Florida. They formed in July of 2010. Their eclectic sound is best described as Indie Pop Rock with a jazz influence. They are a seven person band with two members playing sax and keyboards.

Running To The Moon is a song about running away from a life you don’t want anymore. Running away as far as you can to put as much space between you and that person. I love that its insanely fast with the sax just rocking out while still fitting in perfectly with this song. I think the jazzy part of this song was what made me not skip this song. It makes this band different from most.

My favourite part is:

Why don’t you just shut up and reject me?
I’m not as fragile as you think
But still your game is never ending
That’s why I’m running

You can listen to Running To The Moon  here. (as well as a free download)

Lyrics are here.

Everybody Sees The Ants By A.S. King

4/5-Told from Lucky’s perspective, a story about hating your life, helping others, and figuring out what you have to do to make the pain go away. Everyone said this book was really funny. I only found the way he thought about his parents was funny and that was it. I was pretty let down by that but, I could hardly put this book down because I was constantly wondering what weird things were happening to Lucky.

(Summary From Goodreads)

Lucky Linderman didn’t ask for his life. He didn’t ask his grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didn’t ask for a father who never got over it. He didn’t ask for a mother who keeps pretending their dysfunctional family is fine. And he didn’t ask to be the target of Nader McMillan’s relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far.

But Lucky has a secret–one that helps him wade through the daily mundane torture of his life. In his dreams, Lucky escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos–the prison his grandfather couldn’t escape–where Lucky can be a real man, an adventurer, and a hero. It’s dangerous and wild, and it’s a place where his life just might be worth living. But how long can Lucky keep hiding in his dreams before reality forces its way inside?

(My Opinion)

The idea behind this story was clever, I loved the way Lucky thought as well as reacted to things. The jungle was interesting while confusing since it would change so easily. The characters were original and clear most of the times but near the ending, they starts to slide together. Lucky Linderman is different from most people.

I kept waiting for A.S. King to give me more details on Lucky’s appearance other than that he was short and skinny. Before I saw the paperback cover for this story, I had no clue what he was supposed to look like which kind of irritated me. I love picturing what the author sees but here, Lucky was walking around faceless. I also didn’t like that I didn’t find this funny. I was expecting  agreat laugh, something that would make me feel the way, Suicide Notes made me feel. But what I got wasn’t anything like that.

One of the best things about this story had to be the ants because they were different and I loved reading about how they reacted to whatever Lucky was thinking. The writing style is always a hit or miss situation with me, but luckily, A.S. King wrote a well written novel that didn’t make my skin crawl because I knew what was happening (most of the time). Lucky Linderman is just an unusual character. I liked that A.S. King did a twist with this character and made him go from something boring to something that made me think about the way I see the world. The way that I see people too, Lucky compares people to other mammals and creatures like his mom is a squid while his dad is a turtle. I found that one of the best things about this book.

The message in this book to me, is that you should stand up for what you want because no one is going to fight your battles for you. You have to remember that, if you think your life sucks or that you’re all alone, you’re not. Everyone around you sees the ants (have problems they have to deal with) as well. I would totally recommend this book to everyone who needs an eye opener to realize how hard other people have it and to re-shape the way you see the people around you.

Song Of The Day#29-Black Cat By Mayday Parade

I swear, I’ve heard this song somewhere….Maybe a movie or a TV show? I’m not exactly sure but it makes me want to dance. Especially when Derek Saunders (now lead vocalist of Mayday Parade) screams, “OH MY GOD!” I feel like screaming right along with him. I miss the old Mayday Parade but I love the new MP and Go Radio as well. I think they should do a song together to make the fans super happy.

Mayday Parade  is an American rock band from Tallahassee, Florida. They came out with their first EP back in 2006 without the help of a label which sold around 20, 000 copies. Since then, they have released three albums and two EPs. Black Cat is off of their first Album, A Lessons In Romantics.

Black Cat is a song about How messed up life is because the boy gets the girl of his dreams just to find out that she tricked him and now he’s in love with someone who’s fake. It’s about how sometimes, girls can be really sneaky just to get what they want, no matter what the cost is.

My favourite part is:

she said get your hands off of my star
it’s not your part but all your fault
and this jealous actress has a habit of making things sound way too tragic
get your hands off of my star
it’s not your part but all your fault
and this jealous actress has a habit of making things sound way too tragic

You can listen to Black Cat here.

Lyrics are here.

4/5-Told from Lucky’s perspective, a story about hating your life, helping others, and figuring out what you have to do to make the pain go away. Everyone said this book was really funny. I only found the way he thought about his parents was funny and that was it. I was pretty let down by that but, I could hardly put this book down because I was constantly wondering what weird things were happening to Lucky. 

(Summary From Goodreads)

Lucky Linderman didn’t ask for his life. He didn’t ask his grandfather not to come home from the Vietnam War. He didn’t ask for a father who never got over it. He didn’t ask for a mother who keeps pretending their dysfunctional family is fine. And he didn’t ask to be the target of Nader McMillan’s relentless bullying, which has finally gone too far.

But Lucky has a secret—one that helps him wade through the daily mundane torture of his life. In his dreams, Lucky escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos—the prison his grandfather couldn’t escape—where Lucky can be a real man, an adventurer, and a hero. It’s dangerous and wild, and it’s a place where his life just might be worth living. But how long can Lucky keep hiding in his dreams before reality forces its way inside?

(My Opinion)

 The idea behind this story was clever, I loved the way Lucky thought as well as reacted to things. The jungle was interesting while confusing since it would change so easily. The characters were original and clear most of the times but near the ending, they starts to slide together. Lucky Linderman is different from most people.  

I kept waiting for A.S. King to give me more details on Lucky’s appearance other than that he was short and skinny. Before I saw the paperback cover for this story, I had no clue what he was supposed to look like which kind of irritated me. I love picturing what the author sees but here, Lucky was walking around faceless. I also didn’t like that I didn’t find this funny. I was expecting  agreat laugh, something that would make me feel the way, Suicide Notes made me feel. But what I got wasn’t anything like that. 

One of the best things about this story had to be the ants because they were different and I loved reading about how they reacted to whatever Lucky was thinking. The writing style is always a hit or miss situation with me, but luckily, A.S. King wrote a well written novel that didn’t make my skin crawl because I knew what was happening (most of the time). Lucky Linderman is just an unusual character. I liked that A.S. King did a twist with this character and made him go from something boring to something that made me think about the way I see the world. The way that I see people too, Lucky compares people to other mammals and creatures like his mom is a squid while his dad is a turtle. I found that one of the best things about this book. 

The message in this book to me, is that you should stand up for what you want because no one is going to fight your battles for you. You have to remember that, if you think your life sucks or that you’re all alone, you’re not. Everyone around you sees the ants (have problems they have to deal with) as well. I would totally recommend this book to everyone who needs an eye opener to realize how hard other people have it and to re-shape the way you see the people around you.

Song Of The Day#28-Make A Beast Of Myself By Twin Atlantic

I first listened to Twin Atlantic while playing their song Human After All on Tap Tap revenge 3. I liked that song so much that I bought it the next day on Itunes. When I went to see You Me At Six and The Swellers live, We Are The Ocean and Twin Atlantic were opening for them. Sam was just funny and got the crowd really hyped. I instantly fell in love with Make A Beast Of Myself and Free. This version of Make A Beast Of Myself is a live one.

Twin Atlantic is a rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. They are a four-man band that have been playing music since 2007. They have two albums-Vivarium and Free and three EPs- Where IS Light? Where Is Laughter?, Human After All, and Time For You To Stand Up. Make A Beast Of Myself is off of their second album, Free.

Make A Beast Of Myself is a song about being embarrassed in front of a crowed and trying to laugh it off but failing miserably.

My favourite part is:

I wanted to laugh it off
And I want to forget that I got caught
And I wanted to laugh it off
Make a beast of myself just to kill them all

You can listen to Make A Beast Of Myself here.

 

You can get a FREE and  LEGAL download Here.

Lyrics are here.