The Rules Of Survival By Nancy Werlin

4.6/5-I never knew how interesting reading a story told like a letter could be until I read this book.

(Summary)

When, amazingly, Murdoch begins dating Matt’s mother, it seems as if life may become peaceful for the first time. Matt and his sisters have never before known a moment of peace in a household ruled by their unpredictable, vicious mother. And so, after Murdoch inevitably breaks up with her and the short period of family calm is over, Matt sees that he needs to take action. He refuses to let his family remain at risk. Can he call upon his hero, Murdoch? And if not, what might his desperation lead him to do?

(My Opinion)

There wasn’t a time when I thought this book was boring. It was fast paced and original. The chapters were very short and easy to read. A great book for reluctant readers.  The Rules Of Survival was written as if it were a letter that was in a book format. The book follows Matt, the life he’s forced to live with his abusive, insane mother. Even though he hates living with her, he has to protect his sister. This means that he’s willing to take the blame whenever his mother is in a furious mood. The characters in the book were beautifully written and the relationship between the three siblings is very strong and protective. Nancy Werlin truly did take her time and made sure that these characters were perfect and well thought out.

The bad thing about fast paced books are that sometimes they are a bit too fast. The Rules Of Survival was like that. There were some parts in the book where I felt like Nancy Werlin was just skimming through it without really explaining what happened. I wished she hadn’t done that.

Most books that are about abuse only show one side of the abuser. This book showed many sides of Nikki as a good mother and as the monster her children were scared of. I loved that I got to read the different sides she had as well as the way the children reacted to her constantly changing moods. The writing style for this book was amazing, I loved how she could write a scene in the book and make me feel like I was actually right there with the characters.  This is a great book for anyone in a situation just like Mat and his little sisters while still being short enough for reluctant readers to read.

Sinners Never Sleep By You Me At Six

4.6/5 You Me AT Six have done it again! I can’t believe they can make amazing music, be an actual band, be British, and not be all about their image!

You Me At Six  is a British rock band from Weybridge, Surrey. They formed in 2004 and have been playing music for over 6 years now. They have 3 albums-Take off your colours, hold me down, and sinners never sleep. They also have won many awards and have a lot of EPs out for sale. The band members are-Josh Franceschi  (lead vocals), Max Helyer (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Chris Miller (lead guitar), Matt Barnes (bass guitar) ,Dan Flint (drums, percussion).

What I don’t like about this album is (even though I still love it) that all of the songs sort of sound…the same. Same beat, and same strings and chords with only different lyrics.

What I like about this is that they focused more on the music than on their image like other ‘bands’. I like how ‘When We Were Younger’ is smooth and soothing unlike the rest of the album and I can play it on repeat without even realizing it. The best part about this album in my opinion, is the lyrics. The lyrics are original, they speak the truth, and they are shockingly easy for their audience to relate to. I would also recommend this to music lovers who love british bands that are all about the music and and all about the different types of relationships that are out there. To me, this album is about growing up and dealing with the tough shit that sucks. And believing that if you ‘save someone’ that they can ‘save you too’.