Book Review: Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas

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Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: March 11, 2014

Pages: 336 (Paperback)

good good

Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there’s only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother’s best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek…with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart’s interests–even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart’s simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all…

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, HarperTeen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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Talk about a half-assed book! I found myself shaking my head a lot for both good and bad reasons. But despite Ask Again Later being half-assed, it’s still a fun novel. There’s a lot of memories and events that go on in the story that held my attention, not to mention the awesome alternate reality.

I’m saying this story could have been a lot better because everything about it is just so….Half assed. I’m sorry that I can’t another word to explain it but that’s how I felt towards the whole the. Starting with the characters, every single one of them feels very shoved into the book with barely any back story. Readers will get just about a brief summary of how Heart knows a character and then that’s it. The relationships between all of the characters felt contrived and pathetic, leaving

Ask Again Later is written with two alternative realities. One where she goes to prom with her brother’s friend, Troy and one where she goes with her friend, Ryan. Pretty much right off the bat, you can tell which one is the better way to go with and I loved reading this, it solves the ‘what if’ factor that many people would be thinking about.

Liz Czukas’s debut will reside well with many young adult readers–it’s fun, light, and full of fun moments. Unfortunately, for people who might be looking for something fun and light-hearted yet properly executed, this novel isn’t it. It’s sloppily done with the characters being flimsy, forced relationships, and a setting that feels kind of shoved in there. But it’s a fun ride so that makes up for some of it.

2.5 Mess Up Clouds
2.5 Mess Up Clouds

 

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Book Review: Tandem (Many-Worlds Trilogy#1) by Anna Jarzab

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Tandem (Many-Worlds Trilogy#1) by Anna Jarzab

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Genre: Science Fiction and Young Adult

Release Date: October 8, 2013

Pages: 428 (Hardcover)

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Everything repeats.
You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
Many worlds. Many lives–infinite possibilities.
Welcome to the multiverse.

Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather’s stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real–until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will.

To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she’ll be trapped in another girl’s life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young men vying for her love–one who knows her secret, and one who thinks she’s someone she’s not.

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Delacorte Books for Young Readers for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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Science fiction really isn’t a genre I like reading about and I’m not sure why that is, but my lack of comfort for this genre runs very deep (since I was a wee little thing) and most, if not all sci-fi books leave me with a ‘meh’ feeling and rarely get anything higher than an average rating from me. So I wasn’t surprised that by the end of Tandem that I was left with a bored feeling and nothing more. The novel starts off pretty well and then falls miserably down to boring and ends on a ‘meh’ note.

The worst part of Tandem is the middle where the story is pretty much formed. I had such a huge problem with it because it’s the same story as any other that has a princess. She either wants the prince and the guard or they both want her and it’s just so annoying and typical and I couldn’t take it. Another thing that I disliked is the world of Aurora since it only felt half done and 2-dimensional to me. I would have also liked the characters to be a lot less choppy and contrived. Many things about Thomas, especially his feelings towards Sasha feel very forced and odd.

Tandem does have a few good qualities that I found interesting like the idea of different worlds. This isn’t my first alternate universe novel so I’m a bit used to this idea but I love how Anna Jarzab adds a unique spin to this by making every person their own so that they’re not the exact same in two universes. That’s a very cool thing that I liked thinking about! The writing style for all three characters are fairly different, especially Thomas and Sasha and I found that I didn’t really mind the third person writing for Thomas because it fits well with the story.

For me, I feel really conflicted about how to rate this and how accurate I am about it. I did like the story, it’s entertaining as well as a little thought-provoking yet it’s also very bumpy and typical. However I still recommend this to anyone who enjoys novels about alternate universe and princesses that are stuck in the middle of things. Hopefully the second book in this trilogy will help me enjoy this genre more than I have in the past but that’s unlikely. Maybe I like them better in another universe?

3 Clouds
3 Clouds

 

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Weekly Update#4

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What have I been up to? What have you missed on my blog? This is a weekly update of the new posts and books/album I’ve read/listened to.

Monday

Book review: Mind Games (Mind Games#1) by Kiersten White

Tuesday

Album review: If You Leave by Daughter

Wednesday

Book review: Beyond Parallel by Matthew Turner

Song of the Week#1-Say Hello by Alexander (The Bonus Edition)

Thursday

Album review: Collapsible Lung by Relient K

Friday

Book review: Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

Saturday

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#32

Books Read This Week

Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

Albums Listened To This Week

Collapsible Lung by Relient K

Burnout by Anarbor

Currently Reading

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Prep School Confidential (Prep School Confidential #1) by Kara Taylor

Hopeless (Hopeless#1) by Colleen Hoover

Currently Listening To

Sunflower by Never Shout Never

Legendary by The Summer Set

Book Review: Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

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Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Genre: Contemporary and young adult

Release Date: July 23, 2013

Pages: 320 (Hardcover)

Undercurrent

In Undercurrent, Paul Blackwell’s fast-paced YA thriller, sixteen-year-old Callum Harris survives a plummet over a waterfall, but wakes to find himself in a life that’s totally different from the one he knew.

His parents were separated. Now they’re together. His brother Cole was a sports star. Now he’s paralyzed. And Callum, who used to be quiet and sort of unpopular, is suddenly a jock with two hot girls after him.

But there’s one difference that matters more than all the others combined: His former best friend wants Callum dead. And he isn’t the only one.

First of all, I would like to thank the Publisher, Random House Canada  for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

opinion

Confusing, exciting, and fun, Undercurrent is a novel that readers will enjoy! The story isn’t perfect, it has some problems with the secondary characters that makes it a bit tough to like them. But it’s a fun story about alternate realities and how one choice can make or break you. Literally. 

While we’re learning more and more about Cal, the writing for the story is more telling instead of showing during the first half. In the second half, the writing gets better, with more things being showed rather than told and it’s smoother. It takes Cal longer than it should to figure things out and come up with a plan. The secondary characters in Undercurrent feel quite stiff and boring, they don’t stand out or grabbed my attention. Also I wish that some characters had a much bigger role than they had, like the teacher and what makes him so special.

Even though Cal does take some time to figure things out, I love his character. He’s very sweet and caring and persistent, especially when it comes to his friend, Willow. Somewhere during the middle of the story, things start to pick up and start to happen, people get hurt and tension is thick in the air. And by the end of the novel, everything is so intense it’s crazy! Paul Blackwell does an amazing job describing the ending of the story. He gives readers a well-developed back flash and explanation as to why Cal’s life has been turned upside down and a killer cliffhanger to end everything off.

Undercurrent is a fun ride. The ending is left open and it’s exciting, the idea of alternate realities is a creative idea that I really enjoyed. I recommend this to anyone looking for a new science fiction novel or something different in the YA genre. I can’t wait to read the next book!

3.5 Dreamy Clouds
3.5 Dreamy Clouds