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Book Review | Afterworlds

Title: Afterworlds

Author: Scott Westerfield

Genre: YA Fantasy

Page Count: 599

Synopsis 
Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…
Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most

This book was unlike anything I’ve ever read. I mean it’s a book inside a book , how can you not expect queerly brilliant things already?

Scott Westerfield just manages to make it so easy for the reader to transition from Darcy into Lizzie chapters and I feel like he’s one of the few authors that can pull this book-ception off.

Since they’re essentially two separate stories I have two separate things to say about them so to avoid confusion let’s begin with

Darcy

Darcy’s PoV told in third person is a brilliant inside scoop into the world of novel-making and publishing. We follow the business side of writing, the editing and the marketing but we also see the social side of it, from parties to lunches.

One thing I realized is that when your novel is actually going out into the world there is so much you have to consider, I mean people’s opinions and politics and gah I thought writing was just about pouring your heart out and not caring what anyone else thought.

Darcy’s chapters also provided a backstory to some of the decisions Lizzie makes in her story and I quite like that.

As a character, Darcy is flawed, she doesn’t handle things in the most mature way, she feels like a child who’s been handed a basket of responsibility and she doesn’t know what to do with it. But the best thing is, I feel like she’s meant to be flawed you know, people are meant to be flawed and Darcy was a very good representation of a person. (as in she was realistic)

I believe Afterworlds is one of the first novels if not the first novel I’ve read where the protagonist is involved in a same sex relationship and I love it cuz huzzah for diversity in YA. Imogen, Darcy’s girlfriend is just as flawed and beautiful and I like how their relationship was…like a real life relationship. (I’m SO GREAT at describing things!)

Lizzie

While Darcy’s PoV is systematic Lizzie’s is chaos, it is dark, oh so dark. I know many people have and will already say this but that first chapter when the terrorist attack happen? Brilliant.

At the beginning of the book curiosity had me hooked to the Lizzie chapters. Finding out about the Afterworld and Lizzie having freaky experiences.  But towards the end I preferred Darcy’s chapters more and more, I don’t know Lizzie’s so inconclusive, I mean you never really find out everything about the Afterworld and the ending is a bit out the blue I believe.  There’s just room for more detail is all I’m saying.

Afterworlds was a unique novel which definitely left an impression upon me so you should totally check it out

Rating

4

 

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Top 5 Wednesday | Books I Wanted To Start Yesterday

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In which I manage to do a Wednesday post on an actual Wednesday.

This week’s topic asks me to confront my doomingly large TBR pile in which every book happens to be one I wanted to start yesterday.

But for simplicity’s sake here are my top five books I wanted to start yesterday.

Half Wild by Sally Green

Alright this one just released this week so it’s not so bad. But I’ve been dying to read the sequel to Half Bad since mid last year so finally ah I need to get to this very soon.

Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

On the other hand this one I’ve been meaning to read since 2012. The covers did it for me, so abstract and edgy. My friend’s reading it and she says it’s slow going so tell me, should I bother?

The unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Another one I’ve been meaning to read for AGES

I see people rave about this series all the time and I’m like “oh i need to read that”

BUT I NEVER DO

 

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Currently reading Afterworlds and loving it so I have no idea why I haven’t read his most popular series ever. Trusts me you’re not the only one annoyed with me right now.

Well this post definitely encouraged me to go out and read these books RIGHT NOW

What are some books YOU wanted to started YESTERDAY?

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March Book Haul

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I have acquired some pretties over the past couple of weeks so I decided to show ’em off to you!

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Excuse the bookmark but yeah new books ahh!

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Assassins Blade by Sarah.J.Maas 

Little Women by Louisa May Ascott 

I recently finished Heir of Fire and loved it so it’s a no-brainer that I got the novella collection.

Ever since the Youtube web series of Little Women started I’ve wanted to read the book so I finally got it and it may well be the longest classic I’m going to read but can’t wait!

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Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield 

The Handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood 

I have wanted to read Afterworlds since the beginning of time, well since it came out anyway so I decided right about bloody time I at least bought the book.

The Handmaid’s Tale has been catching my eye cuz two words “feminist literature”, the cover is freaky because of what the book symbolizes (fertility) but i like freaky!

And last but not least in all its glory we have…..

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The 10th Anniversary version of Looking for Alaska!!!!!!!!

The pages are black edged and there is a heap of never before seen content at the back and just gah I love John Green

That was my little book haul for March so far!

What new books have ye acquired?

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5 Books I Regret Buying

Ello Everybody!

School has been so hectic these past few weeks I’ve barely had time to read so filing out reviews seems a little eh at the moment. Bare with me.

But I decided hey I’ll make a list of the books I regret spending money on cuz who doesn’t like lists?

This list is based on my reading experience and the fact that I could have bought a better book with the same amount of money. Also there’s more than 5 books here since some of them are entire series (uh-oh)

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

For a more detailed justification you can read my reviews of The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials. But yeah, this series in my opinion had major issues with character depth and it just wasn’t executed well despite having a great plot line!

Omygod I just realized my friend gave me the first book as a present (sorry!) but I did buy the other two so I regret buying the other two yep. I didn’t even end up finishing the third book and I NEVER not finish a book.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

I read this quite a while ago but I remember being annoyed by how sappy the protagonist was in the first book. I did enjoy a second book a lot actually but the third book was quite a let down.

Leviathan series by Scott Westerfield

I have heard a lot of praise for Scott Westerfield but I believe this series is kind of responsible for me not having read Uglies and Afterworlds yet. I expected this to be so good I bought it in Hard Cover. I am normally a saver and buy cheap paperbacks but I bought it in hardcover and it wasn’t that good! Part of the reason was because it was so middle-school (no hate but middle-school)

The Summer I turned Pretty by Jenny Han

I had such a bad reading experience with this one and it was partly my fault. After reading the first book I read the third book instead of the second and it just messed everything up. Even then I hated how the protagonist just couldn’t make her mind up and was essentially a player. I hate those kinds of books.

So now I’m hesitant to read To All the Boys I’ve Loved before. Is it worth the buy?

The infinite moment of us by Lauren Myracle

This was my post TFIOS phase where everything with the word infinite and stars had me charmed. I thought this would be one of those philosophical love story’s that would make you look into the deeper end of things. Nope it’s just sex and more sex…yeah. I kinda didn’t bother to check Goodreads before reading this so turns out it’s New Adult and I was 14/15. when i read it so….

So on that note let’s wrap up this post! I hope you liked seeing books I regret buying.

Do you have any books that you seriously regret buying?

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