Bula, Chums! Saturday morning has arrived after a week that sort of flew on by quickly. This was also a terrible week for the world as there were tragedies and travesties everywhere. Because of that, I spent most of my week in a depressed stupor. My goal for the weekend is to allow myself to get lost in books and anime-related projects so that I can veer away from the negativity and find my centre of joy again, which will be difficult. I know that already. But I’m still going to try to my damndest to do it!
I’m currently only reading one book, a young adult science-fiction horror. After DNF’ing two books solely because of the reading slumps that I had been experiencing, choosing one book and sticking to it seemed like the best tactic at easing my feet back into the reading pool. While my current book isn’t quite wow-tastic, I do appreciate the universe that the narrative is set in, as it’s one I’m quite fanatical about, and hope that things shall get much better before I hit that final page.
After finishing this one, I will be picking up a suspense thriller that has been on my to-be-read from my library stack since I finished another one of the author’s novels last month! This one isn’t as nearly loved as the one I’ve read, yet I’m still going to try and stay cautiously optimistic about it. My reading tastes tend to differ quite a bit from the norm as it is, so I’m not too terribly concerned.
Check out these books down below and please let me know in the comments if you’ve read them or are interested in trying them out for yourselves! Please note that the synopsis for one of the books mentioned does make references to suicide.
Alien Echo by Mira Grant
Alien Echo is a YA sci-fi horror novel set in the Alien universe and follows twin sisters named Olivia and Viola. The latter is always sick and stuck on bedrest, unable to have a normal life, which is further complicated by their xeno-scientist parents constantly changing planetary colonies for their work. Their current colony seems like a great place for Olivia, the healthy twin, as she finds youthful romance with a local girl. However, terrifying aliens make an appearance and thrust the colony into chaos, which is further exasperated when a devastating family secret is revealed.
I’m about one-third of the way through this. I only have two major complaints so far. Firstly, the words “prime” and “subprime” are used way too damn much. It legitimately makes an appearance five or six time before each page flip and it’s beyond irritating. Secondly, the romance that Olivia feels is one-hundred-percent superficial as fuck and I just can’t relate to that at all. Yes, I feel attraction to people for their physical appearance, but only to a small degree. I’m all about the personality, and this girl whom Olivia is crushing on is so shallow and an idiot. It’s like… girl, no. You can do better.
Apart from those things, the book has been a fast read that’s also intelligent with scientific information and it also manages to avoid being super technical heavy. I’ve never found the authors’ works to be a match for me, so I began this book with great carefulness. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that I can at least finish it, even if I don’t like it much. I’m tired of DNF’ing things.
Final Girls by Riley Sager
Final Girls is a mystery suspense thriller about a woman named Quincy Carpenter who went on vacation with her five friends while she was in college but ended up being the only person to return from that trip alive. In that one traumatic event of her life, she became marked as member of the group that no one wants anything to do with: the Final Girls, or survivors of similar incidents. All of the girls of this club are trying to stuff their pasts into the back of the closet in order to move on with some form of normalcy. Then one evening one of the Final Girls is found in her bathtub with her wrists slit, Quincy’s life begins to tornado out of control, slapping her past into her face in shocking new ways.
I loved The Last Time I Lied, which came as a huge surprise because I didn’t think I’d care for it much. Final Girls is the predecessor to that book (checked it out from the library after reading Lied) and I also recently obtained a copy of the author’s latest work, Lock Every Door, from Book of the Month, and it sounds just as creepy and fucked-up as the others.
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