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Sep 1, 2014

My Fic Boyfriend #21: James Murphy


 
 My fic boyfriend is a weekly segment or a follow up to "My book boyfriend" that was hosted by Missie at The Unread reader. Sadly, that meme stopped but I loved it enough to follow it here at The reader lines.

I had a lot of "My Fic Boyfriend" posts saved in my computer, but somehow I always forgot to post them. So, I decided today was the day to come back to my book boyfriend obsessions.
My Fictional Boyfriend of this week is James Murphy from The Program and The Treatment by Suzanne Young. 
Sloane always said James was hot and cold, but he also was funny and sweet. And you know, it's really hard for someone to try to be funny when there's depression everywhere, maybe that's why I loved him more.
If you haven't read this amazing duology I hope you do, just because of him.

I introduce you... James.



“He's tender and defenseless, as if every part of him is exposed. He's not the asshole I thought he was, not even close. What I see is someone broken and fierce. Someone loyal and hardened. Someone who could belong to me completely, and me to him.”
“I look back at James one last time, and he gives me his signature smile, wide and cocky. but it's not real. Sometimes I think it's never real. James is the best at hiding his pain, disgusing the feelings. He knows what it takes to stay out of the Program. He'll keep us safe.
He promised.” 
“You know I'm never going to be able to not kiss you again, right?" he said. "For the rest of my life, every time I look at you, I'll have to kiss you.” 
“Don’t ruin it.”

“I’m the one who’s ruined.”

“Shut up, James.”

“I’m like… corrupted”

“You are not”

“I think you have to marry me now”


James put his hand over his heart, anguish on his face that nearly kills me. “Because I can feel it here, and I could have read it in my words. I was protecting you, I would have died to protect you had they not stopped me. We’re fucking mental for each other –but maybe that’s how we survive from here. We just have to be crazier than The Program”





THE BOOK



 

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.
Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.


Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.


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Aug 29, 2014

ARC Review: Made for You by Melissa Marr


Made for you
Author: Melissa Marr
Pages: 368
My Rating: 5 stars
Source: ARC provided by the author. Thank you!
Summary:
Bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely books Melissa Marr’s first contemporary YA novel is a twisted southern gothic tale of obsession, romance, and murder. A killer is obsessed with Eva Tilling. Can she stop him, or will he claim her? 
When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she’s confused—who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her with their car? And why? But before she can consider the question, she finds that she’s awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people’s deaths when they touch her. While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old flame, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva’s power to keep her friends—and themselves—alive. But while Eva and Nate grow closer, the killer grows increasingly frantic in his attempt to get to Eva.
For the first time, New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr has applied her extraordinary talent to contemporary realism. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive this Gothic, racy thriller—a story of small-town oppression and salvation. Melissa’s fans, and every YA reader, will find its wild ride enthralling.



Made for You by Melissa Marr is a dark thriller with amazing characters and an incredible plot.
It’s impossible to put it down. It was an adrenaline roller-coaster, with a phenomenal and heart-stopping plot, full of suspense and a twisted killer that will have you on the edge of your seat.

I was swept away by this story. It’s the best of its kind that I’ve ever read.
Honestly, this book blew my mind.
Made for You is told in three different POVs, one of those is “Judge” the killer. I kid you not. Judge is my favorite character of this book. Yes, the killer.
Eva, the main character is a strong girl, mature and likeable.
Grace, Eva’s best friend, who has the other POV, is also a strong and smart character.
Melissa Marr did an excellent job creating characters so different and complex.
Something I found interesting and refreshing about Made for You is that… this is not that kind of book where the adults seems inexistence while the teenagers die. Eva’s parents are great in their own way. And so is every adult mentioned in the story, even the bad ones.
Made for you has parents action, Police action, and teen action altogether. It looked realistic. It was satisfying.

Also, the world-building of this book is kind of gothic, modern but classic.

What I didn't like:
The romance. Nate, who’s the love interest, was kind of… normal? The relationship between Eva and him was a little fast and open. That wasn’t really bad; I just couldn’t care about their romance, though this book is not about romance.
And there wasn't any explanation about Eva's visions, just like those Final Destination movies, where you simply don't know why.

The ending was surprising but not incredible shocking.
Every single time I read Judge’s POV I couldn’t help trying to guess who the killer was, and when I discovered… well, indeed, it was unexpected. But I was expecting something bloodier and jaw-dropping.
What’s amazing, I have to say it again. Is that Made for You is realistic and rational. And the ending was just like that. Not a killer ending but a perfect one.

Made for You is the best thriller I’ve read this year. 


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Aug 26, 2014

What's new? Earth & Sky by Megan Crewe



From the author of the Fallen World trilogy comes this new sc/fi series!
I've read only one book by her, but I liked it enough to try this one. 
Check it out!

Expected publication: October 28th 2014 by Razorbill Canada

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17285330-the-last-time-we-say-goodbye 

Seventeen-year-old Skylar has been haunted for as long as she can remember by fleeting yet powerful sensations that something is horribly wrong. But despite the panic attacks tormenting her, nothing ever happens, and Sky’s beginning to think she’s crazy. Then she meets a mysterious, otherworldly boy named Win and discovers the shocking truth her premonitions have tapped into: our world no longer belongs to us. 

For thousands of years, Earth has been at the mercy of alien scientists who care nothing for its inhabitants and are using us as the unwitting subjects of their time-manipulating experiments. Win belongs to a rebel faction seeking to put a stop to it, and he needs Skylar’s help--but with each shift in the past, the very fabric of reality is unraveling, and soon there may be no Earth left to save.


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Aug 25, 2014

Fantasy & Reality: The Zombies




In Haitian folklore, a zombie (Haitian Creole: zonbi, Haitian French: zombi) is an animated corpse raised by magical means, such as witchcraft.
The concept has been popularly associated with the Vodou religion, but it plays no part in that faith's formal practices.

To many people, both in Haiti and elsewhere, zombies are very real. They are not a joke; they are something to be taken seriously. Belief in magic and witchcraft is widespread throughout Haiti and the Caribbean, often in the form of religions such as voodoo and santeria.
Haitian zombies were said to be people brought back from the dead (and sometimes controlled) through magical means by voodoo priests called bokors or houngan. Sometimes the zombification was done as punishment (striking fear in those who believed that they could be abused even after death), but often the zombies were said to have been used as slave labor on farms and sugarcane plantations. In 1980, one mentally ill man even claimed to have been held captive as a zombie worker for two decades, though he could not lead investigators to where he had worked, and his story was never verified.



Zombies in Books.



 As a reader, I've found 4 kind of zombies in books. It depends on your choice of the ones you want to read.

The Gross Zombies.

     

The Sweet Zombies 

     
 
The Hot Zombies 

       
   
And the "handmade" zombies. 
I can't decide if the zombies from The Reaper Diaries series are sweet or gross or just shallow. This book mixes zombies and Egyptian Mythology.

 

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Aug 21, 2014

A Joint Review: If I stay & Where She Went by Gayle Forman


Recently, my friend Marden read If I stay by Gayle Forman. And since I just finished re-reading Where she went for the fourth time, I'd like to share this double review about this amazing duology by this amazing author.
I hope that if you haven't read this series you give it a try. These two books are just great!


 


Rating: 5 stars
Summary:
On a day that started like any other, Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she'll ever make. Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.



Marden's Review


Beautiful. Heartfelt. Unpretentious.

This reading was a challenge: I started reading it in Spanish (eBook) and then suddenly I received by mail the paperback in English--as part of a contest/giveaway/gift--so it was kind of difficult to adapt to the author's style when I switched languages. Because, admit it, when a book is translated to "X" language the result is a change on style (and that's something I hate).
So, I'm not gonna review this book by the way it is written, but the way it is composed.

I found beautiful the way flashbacks make deep echoes in Mia's decision. It feels as if you can take part of that decision, too.
I liked the movement between past and present. Just to know if that memory (past) will make Mia stay or leave (present) was heartfelt.
You get to understand Mia's incertitude without asking yourself why it is so hard, why the whole point of the story is about that "simple" decision. And that's because you get so many happy memories turned into thoughtful tears.

Characters are unpretentious. They are not trying to impress you, they are just a family of musicians whose lives have been changing over the years.

The Verdict: A story of sadness and happiness coming in waves, but no pain at all--she's a ghost after all.
When you read it, you live in Mia's mind. The so natural and indecisive mind.


“Love, it never dies. It never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it. Love can make you immortal”


 


Rating: 5 stars
Summary:

It's been three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life. 
And three years he's spent wondering why. 
When their paths cross again in New York City, Adam and Mia are brought back together for one life-changing night. 
Adam finally has the opportunity to ask Mia the questions that have been haunting him. But will a few hours in this magical city be enough to lay their past to rest, for good - or can you really have a second chance at first love?



Lis' Review



The first time I read Where She Went by Gayle Forman was on February 20th, 2012. Two years ago. And I read it because it was the winner of some GoodReads Award. I was curious, and I was so damn intrigued with the reviews. I read If I stay a month before, I gave it 5 stars, but I cannot even compare how much I adore Where She Went when I finally was able to read it.
You know, I don’t do rereads. I can’t do it because I don’t have much time to read and I love to be surprised with the twists and turns of the stories, and I don’t have that with re-reads. However, I read Where She Went twice that year, and the once again every year. So, probably this is the book I’ve read more times in my life.
Now, about Where She Went.
This book is told from Adam’s POV, and let me tell you this: This is probably the best male POV I’ve ever read.
Gayle Forman did an amazing job creating a strong and unforgettable voice for this character. She did an incredible job portraying his loneliness and the deep hurt in his soul.
I honestly hated Mia the first half of this book. Knowing everything she did to him, knowing she broke him and left him, I hated her and I loved Adam. Because he saved her and then he took her place.
This book is unputdownable, it’s fast passed and beautiful. It’s heartbreaking and realistic.
While Adam had everything a boy ever wanted. Fame, money, a beautiful girlfriend, he was lost inside; he was losing himself and everyone around him. He was agonizing, and then when Mia appeared again in his life, we are able to understand how strong and painful a true love is.
This book is about second chances. It breaks you and then fixes you.

If you read If I Stay because of the movie, I seriously recommend you Where She Went. You won’t be disappointing. You’ll love it.
Where She Went is one of the best books out there!


“I look at her there in the shadows of the shut-down city, her hair falling onto her face, and I can see her trying to figure out if I’ve lost it. And I have to fight the urge to take her by the shoulders and slam her against a shuttered building until we feel the vibrations ringing through both of us. Because I suddenly want to hear her bones rattle. I want to feel the softness of her flesh give, to hear her gasp as my hip bone jams into her. I want to yank her head back until her neck is exposed. I want to rip my hands through her hair until her breath is labored. I want to make her cry and then lick up the tears. And then I want to take my mouth to hers, to devour her alive, to transmit all the things she can’t understand.” 


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Aug 19, 2014

What's new? The Remedy by Suzanne Young


 
 I can't believe I didn't know about this book! 
I found it when I read what Suzanne was saying about the cover. 
It sounds so amazing! This is a prequel or a companion novel to The Program, but set before the suicide epidemic started. 
This book still hasn't an expected publication date, and I still haven't found it on GoodReads. But while we wait...
Check out about it!



Quinlan McKee is a closer, a person hired to play the short-term role of a deceased loved one in order to give their family closure. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears the dead person’s clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. Quinn is deft at recreating herself, but sometimes she confuses her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed.
When she’s given her longest assignment yet, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with Isaac, the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death.
And the epidemic it could start.


Also, there's a new matching cover for the paperback of The Treatment...


    


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Aug 18, 2014

Under the cover #3: UnSouled by Neal Shusterman

 
 Is not a secret that I don’t like hardcovers.
But let me tell you why: Most of the time the dust jackets are too fragile, and too hard to take care of.  And If I decide I will carry the book naked, then, it's too plain, and it gets dirty so easily!
But I need hardcovers.
That’s why I copied Tahereh Mafi’s idea, and I scribbled under those covers.
 
 
 You have no idea how much I love the Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman. 
The world-building of this series is (for me) the best I've ever read. It's creepy and dark and thrilling, and absolutely brilliant!
And so are the covers, unique and chilling! 
So, for my "Under the Cover" #3 I scribbled on my copy of UnSouled. Check it out!



The Cover



  


Under the cover



 


About the book.

The story that began with Unwind continues.

Connor and Lev are on the run after the destruction of the Graveyard, the last safe haven for AWOL Unwinds. But for the first time, they’re not just running away from something. This time, they’re running toward answers, in the form of a woman Proactive Citizenry has tried to erase from history itself. If they can find her, and learn why the shadowy figures behind unwinding are so afraid of her, they may discover the key to bringing down unwinding forever.
Cam, the rewound boy, is plotting to take down the organization that created him. Because he knows that if he can bring Proactive Citizenry to its knees, it will show Risa how he truly feels about her. And without Risa, Cam is having trouble remembering what it feels like to be human.

With the Juvenile Authority and vindictive parts pirates hunting them, the paths of Connor, Lev, Cam, and Risa will converge explosively—and everyone will be changed.

Neal Shusterman continues the adventure that VOYA called “poignant, compelling, and ultimately terrifying.”



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