Book Review | Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

 

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publishing date: 26th February, 2013
Pages: 328

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 


Summary:

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-oldsβ€”smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


My take:

I read this book because of the hype surrounding it. I don’t know what I feel. I kind of have mixed feelings for this book. It was a good read actually, it went smooth and I liked the switching narration of Eleanor and Park. πŸ™‚

It’s been a while since I read this book so I had to search a lot and find out if people quoted something that even I liked and quoted in my copy because I lost all of my highlights. Reading those quotes made me connect to the book again on a personal level.

There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…

If you’ve ever been in love, true love, your first love, you will get what I am saying. It’s so nerve-wrecking and comforting at the same time. All those feelings leave you scared but that person drives all your fears away. First love is really a very pure experience and people who have experienced it are lucky. These quotes that I picked out are a mass acceptance because everyone seems to have loved these lines. I think it really connects with people. You go through these feelings when you are in love and it’s quite frightening until you know it is mutual, even then you need some time to digest the fact that you have such a wonderful person with you to hold and be held forever. ❀ πŸ˜€ ❀

This book had all those feelings, the words had feelings and lots of them to be honest. Just read these lines if you haven’t and you will understand… πŸ™‚

β€œI don’t like you, Park,” she said, sounding for a second like she actually meant it. “I…” – her voice nearly disappeared – “think I live for you.”
He closed his eyes and pressed his head back into his pillow.
“I don’t think I even breathe when we’re not together,” she whispered. “Which means, when I see you on Monday morning, it’s been like sixty hours since I’ve taken a breath. That’s probably why I’m so crabby, and why I snap at you. All I do when we’re apart is think about you, and all I do when we’re together is panic. Because every second feels so important. And because I’m so out of control, I can’t help myself. I’m not even mine anymore, I’m yours, and what if you decide that you don’t want me? How could you want me like I want you?”
He was quiet. He wanted everything she’d just said to be the last thing he heard. He wanted to fall asleep with ‘I want you’ in his ears.”

These words. ❀ Now that I read it again I know exactly what Eleanor meant. This fear of the person, that is giving you all these feels, not wanting you like you want them and leaving you is real. It’s only them that can drive that fear away and that’s what Park does. I love it how Eleanor opens up to Park and how Park tries to solve all her problems and wants her to experience the beauty of little things. May it be reading comics to her pace or making her a tape of the songs he thinks she might like or thinking about asking for batteries as Christmas present so that Eleanor could listen to songs… really, it’s the little things that matter in the long run. Park wins with flying colours in that aspect. Him kicking his friend’s ass for bullying Eleanor is an added bonus. I was impressed with that kick. ❀

β€œNothing was dirty. With Park.
Nothing could be shameful.
Because Park was the sun, and that was the only way Eleanor could think to explain it.”

These lines by Eleanor are something that every person in love feels. How you get comfortable with things you were uncomfortable with and how you start liking them. Love does get you to a new level of comfort with a person. πŸ™‚

β€œMy girlfriend is sad and quiet and keeps me up all night worrying about her.”

This reminds me of something. πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚

β€œEleanor was right. She never looked nice.She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

Park really has a way with words. I don’t think he could have found better words as to describe the way Eleanor dresses. To be honest, her style is too loud for someone who doesn’t want to get noticed. The same goes for Park. The guy who was focused on not being noticed starts wearing eyeliner which will surely get him noticed, I felt like he did it to piss his dad off. I don’t know I just felt like the scene was forced.

The ending, when Eleanor realizes who the person was behind all those little mean notes she got and the night she goes to bed and finds it out had me on edge. The book made me nervous from that point. I was scared for everyone involved and the actual ending seemed bland in comparison to the climax. Eleanor spends considerable time with her dysfunctional family so at this point they were all an important aspect of the story, forgetting them completely once Eleanor is out of the mess wasn’t exactly a good idea. I wanted to know what became of her mother and siblings, how they were, and what about her stepdad? Through Park we do know that they left but that seemed like lazy writing. Instead of delving into their story, the characters just disappeared with a vague explanation.

All in all I loved the love they share and the bond they have but the story… I need more. I need to know what happened to Eleanor’s family and what became of Eleanor and Park. I felt it was kind of wrong on Eleanor’s part to not reply even once and then start the interaction after months. I know she had problems but you don’t leave the only person helping you miserable. I am not sure how I feel about the ending. I felt like there’s always hope for love and felt sorry for Park.


Why would I pick it up?

Because… Love! ❀

Blog Tour | Book Review | Better in the Morning by Fern Ronay

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book β€œBetter in the Morning” by Fern Ronay , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

Let’s get on with the review, shall we?:)


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Title: Better in the Morning
Author: Fern Ronay
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing

Publishing date: 26th April, 2016
Pages: 280

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 


Summary:

Veronica Buccino has a plan: marry John DelMonico and quit her soul-sucking job as a lawyer.And when he tells her he has big news, she’s certain he’ll pop the question. But instead of
proposing, John informs her that he’s moving to London.

Heartbroken, Veronica feels lost. Salvatore and Antoinette, her dead grandparents, begin to visit her dreams in an attempt to steer her in the right direction. At their suggestion, Veronica takes a news reporting class, which leads to a challenging freelance assignment covering a conspiracy trial. She also begins dating an unlikely suitor: creative Syd Blackman.

Just when her love life and career are looking up, Veronica is tossed back to square one by an event that makes her question all her new choices.


My Take:

I had mixed feelings in the middle of the book but other than that this was a very enjoyable book for me. πŸ˜‰

When I started this book, I couldn’t keep this drama-packed story down. As the book reached the middle I started doubting the potential of the book because of the story going nowhere and giving no exact hints to what the book was exactly about. It kind of felt that the story was dragging with no exact goals. Veronica kept on messing up things back to back. I actually put it down, read another book and picked this back up. Good decision, I must say. πŸ˜€

She was kind of pathetic in the start.

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I like, how her character development takes place through and through. πŸ™‚

I am glad that I took a break instead of reading it in one sitting. Because when I came back to this book it did not disappoint me at all. It was like meeting a friend after a long time and realizing that you missed them more than you thought.

The message this book puts across is about happiness, about finding your true calling, and about working for it. I love fictions with such positive messages. πŸ˜€ You know what would have been bold for this book, bold and unconventional, if Syd didn’t realize he couldn’t stay without Veronica and he loved her and she moved on with her life. I guess, women’s fiction needs to always have some or the other cliche. I am not complaining, no!

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By the time I reached the end of the book, I kind of felt that this was going to have that bomb unconventional ending that leaves the readers gaping because of how unfocused that part of her life was. It was a simple mention like, it’s been a month since she last talked to him. Nothing too filled with emotions to make me think that he was important at that point in the book. But we all need a happy ending, so the author gives you that. πŸ˜‰

This book would’ve been something else if only Veronica spoke her mind. I swear, I would’ve loved her for saying the things she thought. πŸ˜€ Here are some examples-

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Now, this start of the explanation that Veronica’s grandpa gives her for them giving her signs without knowing the future kind of made me scratch my head. Like, you can’t see the future but six months ago you knew that Veronica would be here and she would need to see your sign. How exactly does that work?

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I loved this line…

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…and this was just ❀ A perfect way to sum up the plotline and the title accuracy. ❀

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All in all, this was a good book, that kept challenging how I felt about the book. It’s a good read on how a person develops and learns from their mistakes and wrong decisions and moves forward. No matter what, the future is always bright for those who learn to trust it’s ability to make everything alright. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰


Why would I pick it up?

For the drama and the lessons and ofcourse, for Hurricane Veronica! πŸ˜› πŸ˜›


Author’s Bio:

Fern Ronay was born and raised in Belleville, New Jersey. She is a lawyer and CPA as well as a writer, reporter, and blogger. After six years in Manhattan and six years in Chicago, she now lives in sunny Los Angeles with her husband.

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In addition to writing novels, Fern authors the blog Stop and Blog the Roses and is a co-host on AfterBuzzTV. When she is not writing, reporting, or blogging, Fern can be found eating something, reading something, or running.

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Blog Tour | Review | Gracie, Dead or Alive by Sofia Diana Gabel

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book β€œGracie, Dead or Alive” by Sofia Diana Gabel , hosted by Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours.

Let’s get on with the review, shall we? πŸ™‚Β 


 

Gracie, Dead or Alive

 

Title: Gracie, Dead or Alive
Author: Sofia Diana Gabel
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publishing date: 16th September, 2015
Published by: Escargot Books and Music
Pages: 284

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

 

 


Summary:

A story of the living, the undead, magic, betrayal, love, more betrayal, and blueberry pancakes. Gracie Daniels has it all. She’s young, pretty, in love and about to graduate from the University of Southern California, but her world is turned upside down when she wakes up, dead, in the morgue. But that’s only the beginning of Gracie’s new undead life. She has to learn to survive impending decomposition from a Wiccan spell that went wrong and numerous betrayals, all while searching for a mysterious alchemical spell book. Then along comes handsome Troy Scott. How can Gracie balance being dead and falling in love? It would be easier to give up, but that’s not Gracie. She’s no quitter, although if she doesn’t find a solution soon, nothing will matter.


 

My Take:

A story of the living, the undead, magic, betrayal, love, more betrayal, and blueberry pancakes.

I enjoyed this story. It flew by for me. A fun story always makes you forget to look at the clock. πŸ˜€

This is a light hearted story where you don’t have to apply logic much because, well, that will make the story lose it’s charm. Come on, blueberries work on the dead and other’s don’t? Why? πŸ˜› Better not to get into logic and just enjoy the story. πŸ˜›

With a novice Wiccan witch, Terra, experimenting with the reanimating spell, Gracie is brought back to life, well, the undead life? πŸ˜›

Terra tells Gracie that she should not be seen by anyone as she is dead to everyone after being struck by a lightening and then leaves the undead Gracie alone in the morgue. Who does that? πŸ˜›

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Gracie sometimes seemed borderline stupid. Her priorities were all messed up. After coming back from the dead, instead of figuring out stuff she goes to her boyfriend’s place only to find him cheating on her merely after 6 hours of her death, she jumpscares the girl he was cheating on her with, which was very funny. πŸ˜›

She goes home and thinks about what she was going to do now. Then what she does? She cleans the house so that her parents won’t have to. So, was cleaning the house more important than trying harder to find answers? She was trying to take her mind off the situation but HELLO? Dead mind? That’s a problem.

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One thing she does well is, hitting every damn person who is mindless enough to call her a bitch. I loved all of those little action sequences. I am against violence. Humans shouldn’t hurt other living beings but she isn’t exactly alive, is she? πŸ˜›

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Screenshot_2016-01-09-09-34-54-1Terra is your typical bimbo. She is the fun element of the book. Gracie had these thoughts about her every time they met and that made me laugh. πŸ˜›

She is dead, a dwarf named alchaemical man steals the book that can save her, instead of worrying about her situation she is more worried about the hot police officer, Troy she meets. Get your priorities straight, girl. You aren’t exactly alive. Can you please focus on that instead of fantasizing Troy?

Her ignorance and vague priorities get Troy killed in the end which was an accident. So, what does she do? She reanimates Troy because well, she was so happy being reanimated herself, right? All this while she kept blaming Terra for reanimating her without her permission and then she goes ahead and does the same to Troy.

The segments where she had to keep on gluing back all of her decomposing self back together was chilling and a nice touch to the story.

Even after Gracie being not so smart, I really enjoyed this book. πŸ™‚


 

Why would I pick this book up?

A light and funny read? Here, you have it. πŸ˜‰


 

Author’s Bio:

Sofia Diana Gabel is a multi-genre fiction writer who was born in Sydney, Australia, but is now living in the United States with her family. With degrees in environmental science and archaeology, she enjoys being out in nature when she’s not glued to her desk writing or researching a new story idea. Writing is a true passion of hers, born from a love of the written word that can transport the reader to different places or worlds and deliver them back to reality, safe and sound.

 

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Review | Miss Goody Two-Shoes by Charlotte Hughes

Miss Goody Two-Shoes

 

Title: Miss Goody Two-Shoes
Author: Charlotte Hughes
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit
Publishing date: 10th August, 2015
Pages: 216

My Rating: 4/5 stars

 

 

*ARC received from StoryCartel in exchange for an honest review*


Synopsis:

A Fresh Start . . .

Imprisoned for a crime he did not commit, Kane Stoddard was an angry, bitter man, until the sweet uplifting letters from Melanie Abercrombie painted a picture of a life he longed for. Now that his name has been cleared, he wants to start a new life and meet the woman who gave him hope when his situation seemed hopeless.

Fighting Her Impulses . . .

Mel doesn’t know what to make of the scruffy bearded Kane who rides up on his motorcycle. Her first thought is he escaped from prison and is dangerous. Stunned by their rapid and sizzling attraction, she tries to fight her impulses and hang on to her prim and proper lifestyle. Mel worries that Kane will leave her once he grows tired of a small town life where he is still treated as an outcast.


My Take:

This is a very sweet love story. Not those extremely cheesy types. This book also proves how lending an ear to listen and speaking a few kind words can give immense hope to someone in hopeless times, can be their light in darkness and can help them fight the evil off. πŸ˜‰

Kane is convicted for a crime he didn’t commit. Mel is a prim and proper girl. She is a member of the church, through the church’s program she starts writing letters to Kane. Kane never replies but Mel never stops writing. Although Kane doesn’t reply to Mel’s letters, her letters keep him going. When he is released from the jail because the real convict is arrested he decides to meet and thank the woman who wrote him letters.

He drops unannounced at Mel’s place. First she mistakes him for a workman, when she realizes who he actually is, the first thing that comes to her mind is that Kane ran off. After all those misunderstandings being cleared, Kane is invited to stay with Mel and her dad. Mel’s little sister doesn’t like Kane and often passes snide remarks.

Mel has a boyfriend, who has a little girl. She loves the girl and they share a good bond. Mel helps street animals and has many of them in the backyard including a pig.

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With the turn of events, Kane and Mel start growing close. They get to know each other and start falling for each other.

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When everything is going right, there is supposed to be a fight like in every love story. After the big fight, towards the end of the book, Kane proposes and well, we get a happy ending! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

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The characters, the setting, the language was all very simple and engaging. It was a easy and fast-paced read. I really enjoyed Kane’s character. πŸ˜€


 

Why would I pick it up?

For the sweet, easy read and fast paced love story. πŸ˜€

 

September, October, November Wrap-Up & December Plans!

These months have been crazy. I have tried to keep up with my blog as much as possible but tags, awards and wrap ups have suffered more than reviews. Although I couldn’t get all the reviews up either but posted a decent amount. Here are the books I read in these three months-

September Wrap-Up

I read 24 books in September. Out of which I reviewed 17 books and 7 are yet to be reviewed. You can click on the titles of the reviewed books to check out the reviews. πŸ™‚

Reviewed:

  1. Uneasy in New OrleansΒ by Carol Carson
  2. Untouchable Things by Tara Guha
  3. Inconceivable (Little Black Box #1)Β by Cherrie Mack
  4. Welcome to Foxyland: Great Adventures of Little FoxycatΒ by Wald Peterson
  5. Ino’s LoveΒ by Marianne Sciucco
  6. Never The SameΒ by Bess Richards
  7. Higgs & Soap: Galaxy DeliveryΒ by Tony Cooper
  8. White Horse in WinterΒ by Franci McMahon
  9. Dear HeartsΒ by Ericka Clay
  10. Die Again TomorrowΒ by Kira Peikoff
  11. Shizzle, Inc (Isa Maxwell #1)Β by Ana Spoke
  12. The Wilson DeceptionΒ by David O. Stewart
  13. Scrapbook of the DeadΒ by Mollie Cox Bryan
  14. Pane and Suffering (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery #1) by Cheryl Hollon
  15. Nostromo The DwarfΒ by Sam Carr
  16. His New JamΒ by Shannyn Schroeder
  17. His Work of Art by Shannyn Schroeder

Not Reviewed:

  1. Nirvana (Nirvana Series #1) by J.R.Stewart
  2. Love in the Details: A November Wedding Story by Becky Wade
  3. Planes, Canes, and Automobiles by Valerie M. Grubb
  4. A Bone to Pick by Gina McMurchy-Barber
  5. Crystal (Follow That Dress #1) by Cherrie Mack
  6. Bubbles: Big Stink in Frog Pond by Ben Woodard
  7. A Party For Pepper by Sarah Hartsig

October Wrap-Up

I read 13 books in October. About half of what I read in September. Out of which I reviewed 5 books and 8 books are yet to be reviewed. Click on the links to see the reviews. πŸ™‚

Reviewed:

  1. The House on SunsetΒ by Lindsay Fischer
  2. The Cypress TrapΒ by JC Gatlin
  3. Uncharted TerritoryΒ by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
  4. MathieuΒ by Irene Ferris
  5. Welcome Back, JackΒ by Liam Sweeny

Not Reviewed:

  1. Miss. Goody-Two Shoes by Charlotte Hughes
  2. Eden Green by Fiona Van Dahl
  3. Nine Lives by Stephanie Barr
  4. Awakening by Jeremy Laszlo
  5. Insincere by Joanne Clancy
  6. The Screaming by David Graham
  7. The Summer I turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  8. The Accidental Engagement by Maggie Dallen

November Wrap-Up

I read 34 books in November. 7 Reviewed and 27 not reviewed. Click on the links for reviews. As you can see in the ‘Not reviewed’ section that I read a lot of Children’s books this month. My exams started this month and on a random day I wanted to read something light so I ended up reading all the Children’s books that I had. πŸ˜›

Reviewed:

  1. Asylum IIΒ by Matt Drabble
  2. Blood MasterΒ by Kirsten Campbell
  3. Seeking the Star by Traci Borum
  4. Thompson RoadΒ by Scott Wyatt
  5. In Light of the Blood GiantΒ by A.D.Fosse
  6. A Wedding at the Paragraph RanchΒ by Kay Ellington and Barbara Brannon
  7. Pale HighwayΒ by Nicholas Conley

Not Reviewed:

  1. Via Roma by Mary Melfie
  2. Word Game by Steena Holmes
  3. QuickDraw by John Weeks
  4. Agatha Raisin: Hells’ Bells by M.C.Beaton
  5. Dino is Bored by S Jessen
  6. Tania’s Costume Party by Kanika G
  7. When Cows Fly by Tom Watson
  8. I Love to eat Fruits and Vegetables by Shelley Admont
  9. Garbage! Monster! Burp! by Tom Watson
  10. Bunny and a Plane. Dream of the Sky. by Roman Grachev
  11. My Birdy and My Wormy Adventures: Introduction by Brian Boland
  12. Bart, and the Disappearing Mountain by Lars Due- Christensen
  13. Billberry by Charles C. Martin
  14. The Awkward Owl by Shawnda Blake
  15. Fever Dreme by Jay Stuck
  16. Brianna, Rachel, and the Mermaid: Volume I by Audrey Ballard
  17. Making Room at Christmas by Olivia Stowe
  18. Rainy Days by Grant Hudson
  19. What’s for Thanksgiving Dinner? by Sally Huss
  20. Happy Birthday, Chris P. Bacon by Len Lucero
  21. Medieval Diggers and Dump Trucks by Riley Weber
  22. All I want for Christmas by Claudia Carol
  23. The Night before Christmas by Clement C Moore
  24. Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble by M. C. Beaton
  25. A Cowboy for Christmas by Jennie Marts
  26. Being Lovers by Rachel Carrington
  27. Lonesome Town by Tom Mendicino

December Plans

There’s no TBR this month because I have exams stretched till 21st of December but that won’t stop me from reading. Today is 2nd December and I already read a book yesterday. πŸ˜›

My plan this month is to get the reviews of all the books that I have read this year up. I plan to do that after 21st, that is, after my exams end. Get ready for lots of reviews. πŸ˜› I have been lagging with tags and awards since September. I will try to do some of them as well.

And obviously, my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2015 is 150 books which I set up in May, so I got a little late start. Although the Children’s books that I read in November did a good job for filling up my challenge but I am still on 133 books. That means I will have to read 17 books this month.

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Dimple has
read 133 books toward her goal of 150 books.
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Seems like a lot, what with all the juggling with exams, blog, and reading. But when I will be done, this packed schedule is going to be worth it. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€


This is it! πŸ˜€ My Wrap-Ups and Plans. What are your plans and how far along are you in your challenge if you did set up one that is. πŸ˜›

 

Blog Tour | Review | Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley

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Welcome to my stop of the blog tour for the book β€œPale Highway” by Nicholas Conley Β , hosted by Sage’s Blog Tours.

Let’s get on with the review, shall we? πŸ™‚Β 


Pale Highway

 

Title: Pale Highway
Author: Nicholas Conley
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publishing date: 20th October , 2015
Published by: Β Red Adept Publishing
Pages: 400

My Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 

 


Summary:

Gabriel Schist is spending his remaining years at Bright New Day, a nursing home. He once won the Nobel Prize for inventing a vaccine for AIDS. But now, he has Alzheimer’s, and his mind is slowly slipping away.

When one of the residents comes down with a horrific virus, Gabriel realizes that he is the only one who can find a cure. Encouraged by Victor, an odd stranger, he convinces the administrator to allow him to study the virus.Β  Soon, reality begins to shift, and Gabriel’s hallucinations interfere with his work.

As the death count mounts, Gabriel is in a race against the clock and his own mind. Can he find a cure before his brain deteriorates past the point of no return?


My Take:

What a book this is! ❀ Everything was so well presented: The story, setting, characters, twists, mystery, and even the dialogs that I couldn’t find anything that would stop me from giving it 5 stars. πŸ˜€

By now, you guys know how I love to share quotes that drew my attention but, well, you are going to get a lot of examples here. Some 15-16 sets of lines- that I wanted to include. After finishing the book did I realize that I have highlighted so much. You’ll see. πŸ˜›

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The explanation of immune system in this book is tremendous. Seeing Gabriel’s enthusiasm when he talked about the immune system was something that could boost people around him. But as that never happens in reality the same happened in the book. Apart from Father Gareth and Yvonne, no one appreciated him or even believed him for a long time. But then after facing a whole lot of problems he created a vaccine for AIDS- The Schist Vaccine but when he neared 70 years of age he suffered a stroke and was hit with Alzheimer’s which had him admitted in the Bright New Day nursing home. There he sees slugs who inform him that a new epidemic outbreak is on the brink but Gabriel shrugs the event as a result of his degenerating brain disease.

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Then, when the slug’s warning turns out to be the reality. Gabriel starts his investigation of the new Black Virus and then agrees to meet the slugs’ leader, Michael.

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Victor, who is the death, motivates Gabriel when he starts losing faith in himself. I think, what he says applies to all the situations in real life.Screenshot_2015-11-30-21-26-49-1

He figures out what the Black Virus is, what causes it and creates a vaccine which is more of a poison for it.Β Screenshot_2015-11-30-21-28-25-1
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In the end, the climax actually, Gabriel makes a deal with the Schistling, the Black Virus. Every line in the book was worth reading. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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This book is Gabriel’s race against time. He has to find a cure for the virus before all his faculties leave him entirely. The novel switches swiftly from the flashbacks from the past to the situations in the present, giving more insight in Gabriel’s life.

The main concept of the immune system rebelling against the human intervention in making it stronger is interesting enough but the book covered a lot of real life aspects. I love a book that doesn’t ignore these little things in our life that hold a lot of significance in the pretense of telling a story. Here are the examples of problems that usually a human faces-

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Gabriel explaining his reason for drinking

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Gabriel explaining how him being an alcoholic helped him fit in

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Yvonne and Gabriel trying to save their marriage for the last timeΒ 

 

 

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The inner turmoil Gabriel faced while Yvonne threatened to leave

 

 

 

 

 

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Gabriel’s anger with God

 

 

 

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“Childless parents of parentless children” People living in nursing homes

 

 

 

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…on getting old

 

 

 

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Some of us might relate to this!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gabriel claims this in the start but in the end all he wants is to die

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Why would I pick it up?

The writing style is engaging at its best and the story itself is too good to pass. πŸ˜€


Author’s Bio:

Nicholas ConleyOriginally from California, Nicholas Conley has currently made his home in the colder temperatures of New Hampshire. He considers himself to be a uniquely alien creature with mysterious literary ambitions, a passion for fiction, and a whole slew of terrific stories he’d like to share with others.

When not busy writing, Nicholas is an obsessive reader, a truth seeker, a sarcastic idealist, a traveler, and β€” like many writers β€” a coffee addict.

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