Review: A Temporary Matter – Jhumpa Lahiri


A Temporary Matter – Jhumpa Lahiri

A Temporary Matter

Title: A Temporary Matter

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri

Release Date: April 20, 1998

Publisher: Mariner

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 22

Source: Anthology

4 out of 5 stars


This is a short story in the anthology called Interpreter of Maladies. My boyfriend read this book for one of his classes, and said that I would enjoy the stories, so here I am.

This story follows a couple who suffer from communication issues because of their grief over their miscarriage. The two were in love at one point, but have fallen out of love and find themselves ignoring each other, and seeking out solitude. They get a message saying that in order to fix some power lines, everyone in the neighborhood will have to turn off their lights from 8 pm until 9 pm for a week. At first they dread the conversations they’ll have to have without electricity, but start having meals by candlelight. They play a “game” where they each tell one thing that they’ve never told the other while sitting in the dark. They listen and don’t judge one another. The man thinks that it might be possible to rekindle the love they once had, but it might not be able to happen under certain circumstances.

This was such an amazingly written story and I would recommend it! It took me by surprise, because with three pages left of the story, EVERYTHING was going so well, then the ending was just so sad. Reading this short story made me question why I don’t read short stories more often. I honestly think the reason is because I only ever read them for class, so when I do outside of class they feel a little forced, but I’m giving these a chance :)

The ending was so sad, and it just hurt my heart. I thought everything would work out, but not all things have happy endings. I thought it was a beautiful story, and can’t wait to continue on with the rest in this anthology!

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Review: Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10) – Agatha Christie


Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10) – Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express (A Hercule Poirot Mystery)

Title: Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot #10)

Author: Agatha Christie

Release Date: March 29, 1934

Publisher: Harper

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 315

Source: Book Club Pick

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again . . .

4 out of 5 stars


This was a strange read because up until about 3/4 of the way through not much had happened, but I was still wanted to keep reading. I read this fairly quickly, and it was refreshing to read something of the mystery genre.

This book followed Hercule Poirot solving a murder case set in a train stuck in the snow. He was to interview all the passengers and solve the murder of Samuel Edward Ratchett. He was stabbed twelve times in the middle of the night, and there are quite a few suspects in the case. Most are linked together by one specific incident. Was this coincidence or on purpose? Follow M. Poirot in the solving of this murder mystery.

I’ve only read one other Agatha Christie novel, and the style was very similar, so I’m assuming that most of her books follow the same path. I don’t understand why people would blatantly lie to the investigators/police because it just makes EVERYTHING so much more complicated. I don’t understand why so many people would lie about their whereabouts when there is no purpose of lying.

I liked the last 1/4 of the book the best because you actually got some information. Poirot had the whole situation understood, and left the reader and all the other characters of the story completely clueless. It was fun to hear how the whole murder played out, because the way the story was written was very secretive. I enjoyed the fact that Poirot actually paid attention and looked into everything. I get that he’s a detective and all, but it’s cool.

Reading this made me want to read more of Christie’s works. I have really enjoyed reading this spooky book during this spooky season :) Can’t wait for my next mystery book!

Series:

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot #4)

Review: They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera


They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End

Title: They Both Die at the End

Author: Adam Silvera

Release Date: September 5, 2017

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 384

Source: Barnes and Noble

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

5 out of 5 stars


Spoiler alert: I LOVED THIS BOOK!

Mateo is shy and has some anxiety. He lives at home, his mother died, his father is in a coma in the hospital. Mateo receives a call from Death-Cast telling him he’ll die in the next 24 hours.

Rufus lives with a foster family and loves his foster brothers more than anything. He is beating the shit out of his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend when he receives a call from Death-Cast.

Mateo and Rufus both sign up for the Last Friend app in hopes of finding someone they connect to to make their last days on Earth more bearable. They match with each other, and spend the best days of their lives living the rest of their lives to the fullest.

I loved this book. I loved every single moment, and I didn’t want it to end.

This was my most anticipated release of the year aside from Lord of Shadows. I am so happy to say that this is one of my favorite books, and will recommend it to anyone and everyone. Quick story. I went to Barnes and Noble on the 4th of September knowing that this book was supposed to come out the next day. I go in with a plan. I’m going to cheat the system with this book because I want to read it now. So, I walk into the store. I go straight to the register and ask for help finding this book. I show the woman at the counter a photo of the cover, and she immediately tells me she’ll look for it for me. She calls some guy over to get help because she sees that it’s supposed to be released the next day, and he tells her that he put the books on the shelf that morning. He leads me over to the YA section, and points out the book to me, and I control myself while he hands me the book. I went in with the plan of cheating the system, and didn’t even have to. Go me.

Anyway, I started this book on the 4th and knew I was going to love it right away. The writing style was so fun and interesting, and also beautiful and poetic. The characters were so beautifully flawed it felt real. I can’t even express how much I loved reading this book.

Mateo and Rufus were so different from each other, but meshed so well together. Their friendship started, and you just knew that they were going to have a real friendship on their last day together. Even though this book took place over one day, the friendship between them felt so organic and real. So real. I loved them together because they helped one another so much.

The concept of this book is what originally sold me. It sold me, because I could see something like this actually happening. I don’t know how it would actually happen, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a way to figure it out. Getting a call on the day you’re going to die seems eerie, but it’s a really cool idea for a book. I think this would be such an amazing movie to watch, and I hope it happens, because damn I’m all for that.

This book was sweet, beautiful, sad, funny, cute, and full of love and heartache and hope. I will recommend this book to anyone. I loved this, and plan on reading more by Adam Silvera because I need more of his writing. He created one of my favorite friendships I’ve read, even though they only had one day together. Please read this book :)

Review: The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) – Samantha Shannon


The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) – Samantha Shannon

The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)

Title: The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2)

Author: Samantha Shannon

Release Date: February 1, 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 501

Source: TBR Pile

Paige Mahoney has escaped the brutal prison camp of Sheol I, but her problems have only just begun: many of the survivors are missing and she is the most wanted person in London…

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on the dreamwalker, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided.

5 out of 5 stars


This book was just as amazing as the first one. Wow wow wow.

The Mime Order follows Paige and her little entourage in the hopes of solving all the issues with the Rephiam and the Syndicate and SciLondon. She decides to enroll into the battle to become Mime-lord with Jaxon. The two are the dream team. Mime-lord and mollisher of I-4.

Paige is the most wanted criminal in all of London, and she has to escape people that want to kill her, while also trying to be helpful to everyone. She’s stuck between a rock and a hard place, here…

Oh my gosh. So no spoilers, but the ending was everything I wanted in life it was so fricking good. If you want an epic fantasy/sci-fi series, read The Bone Season, then read this because it’s amazing.

Samantha Shannon has a way of writing that just draws you in so much, and keeps you hooked until the last sentence. Literally the last sentence of this book omg. So much happened in this book, and the only reason it took me so long to read was because I was buddy-reading this and my buddy didn’t read as fast as me. So I’ve had to take breaks while reading, but it was still so good. If this wasn’t part of a buddy-read I would have easily finished it in a couple of days because I was hooked.

WARDEN IS BACK. Yay!! He’s my favorite character, I think, because he’s so mysterious. He’s just trying to do the best for everyone around him, and his feelings for Paige… I don’t know exactly how he feels yet, but I have a feeling the next book will let me know. I’m so excited to read the next book because I know it will answer so many questions!

I cannot wait to see what happens with the rest of the series. I have no idea at all where it’s going to go because I don’t even know what’s going to happen in the next book! I know Samantha Shannon will take it great places because her writing style is gorgeous.

I actually gasped at the end. The last page gets ya, but don’t spoil yourself and go read it *I see you guilty last-page-before-the-book-starts-readers…*

Please read this series. It’s so well written, and there’s so much action. Seriously so much action the whole entire time. Paige is always getting into something, and she somehow always figures out how to get out of it.

I can’t wait for the rest of this series!!

Series:

The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5)

The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1)

The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3)

 

Review: Nimona – Noelle Stevenson


Nimona – Noelle Stevenson

Nimona

Title: Nimona

Author: Noelle Stevenson

Release Date: May 12, 2015

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 266

Source: Public Library

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

3 out of 5 stars


I’m just on a graphic novel kick, and I’m loving it :)

This book follows a girl named Nimona who is a shapeshifter. She wants to be a villain just like her idol, Ballister Blackheart. She finds him, and convinces him to let her be his sidekick and the story takes off from there.

Nimona is different from a lot of people her age because she’s constantly dealing with issues from her childhood, and finding out who she wants to be. Ballister Blackheart holds a grudge that’s so deep to him that he blocks everything else out. They end up making the perfect team.

I enjoyed this book. I didn’t give it higher than 3 stars just because the writing seemed very childish. I understand that Nimona is a kid, but it was very immature sounding. I liked the idea of the story, that the villain becomes someone he wants to be not what society has been telling him to be. I enjoyed that, and I also really liked the artwork. It was interesting to look at and easy to understand. The colors were beautiful, and I would recommend this book to a younger audience.

There wasn’t much plot, so again, I find it a little hard to review, but I did enjoy it. I liked the little adventures that Nimona and Ballister went on. I liked that Nimona called Ballister, “Boss.” It was cute. They became close friends, and I thought that was an important element to the story.

This hinted at Ballister being gay, and I was all for that. I really liked this because it wasn’t obnoxiously stating that he was gay; it was subtle and I don’t know if a lot of people would have caught that. I really loved the little story at the end with Ballister and Goldenloin. It was so cute. Aww.

Overall, I think this is targeted towards middle grade readers, and I think if I would have been exposed to books like this when I was the right age it would have changed my reading experiences.

Review: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn


Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Alex + Ada, Vol. 1

Title: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1)

Author: Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Release Date: July 16, 2014

Publisher: Image Comics

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 128

Source: Public Library

The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot.

3 out of 5 stars


I went to my new public library in the city I just moved to for college, and they have a HUGE selection of comics and graphic novels. My roommate loves this series, so I decided to give it a try.

I like the idea of this; I love sci-fi, but the art style is very strange and it’s going to take some getting used to. The concept and plot is quite interesting, but there’s just something about it that is strange to me.

Graphic novels have always been hard for me to review because they’re a completely different format than I’m used to, but I’m excited to read the second and third books in this series. I think I’m giving this 3 stars because I’m a little iffy about it right now. I think it could be really good, but I don’t know yet.

This is about a guy named Alex. He talks to his grandma a lot, and she has an android who she loves. She decides to get him one for his birthday so then he can be happy, but Alex feels guilty about getting one. He goes and gets it to be more like a human. He names her Ada, and he starts to have feelings for her. I’m not sure about it yet, but I am anxious to see what happens next…

Kinda confused, but also realizing it’s happily confused.

Series:

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #2)

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #3)

Review: Mistress by Mistake – Kim Lawrence


Mistress by Mistake – Kim Lawrence

Mistress By Mistake

Title: Mistress by Mistake

Author: Kim Lawrence

Release Date: February 2000

Publisher: Harlequin

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 185

Source: Campground Free Library

Did he want a mistress — or a wife?

Drew Cummings more than lived up to his reputation for being incredibly sexy. He’d misjudged Eve, though, believing her to be a calculating gold digger chasing after his wealthy nephew….

So when Drew began seducing Eve himself, was he simply protecting his family fortune? Why else would he be interested in shy little Eve? There was no denying he wanted her…but was he looking for an affair — or something more permanent?

1 out of 5 stars


I know what you’re thinking. Aubrey, this doesn’t seem like the type of book you like to read, and you’re right! I kind of hated it… a lot. Anyway, story time. I picked up this book because I went camping with two of my friends, and FORGOT MY BOOK AT HOME. The tragedy of it all. Neither of them brought a book either, so we went to the little free library thing at the campground lodge and we thought it would be funny to read romance novels. We went camping so that we could relax, go cliff jumping, swimming, and hammocking. So, we all chose Harlequin romance novels, as there was an abundance of them at this small library. I just finished it, and hated it as much as I thought I would.

This story follows Eve and Drew, who mistakenly fall in love. Lots of sexual tension, lots of unnecessary angst.

I knew going into this there wouldn’t be much story, but there was pretty much no plot, and there was no character development at all. They meet in a very strange way that had nothing to do with anything. So she meets this magical Drew, and of course hates him at first. Hates him so much. As in, tells him that he’s pretty much an entitled prick. Umm. Yeah, if you’re attracted to someone just go ahead and tell him that he’s a horrible person before you meet him. She of course first sees him with no shirt and just a towel that “defied gravity” by staying on his slender, sexy hips… vomit.

I knew what I was going into, but damn I can’t explain how horrible the writing was. It switched perspectives literally every two sentences. There were no quotation marks, and the conversations were just in the paragraphs as opposed to how they normally are. There were so many characters introduced with NO backstory whatsoever. So many. It was horribly difficult to follow at the beginning, not going to lie. I feel like I have a decent concept of following characters through stories. I read a lot, but this was just so hard to understand. I think it was partly because the writing was SO BAD.

There were also random plot points that were just thrown in to make the book longer. First off, if you add that many random words and plot suggestions and the book is only 185 pages you’re for sure doing something very wrong. There was a party. An ex-fiance. Gardening. House fire. Saving a cat from a tree. Climbing up the side of a building to get to the girl you love *eww*. Lying. There were just so many random things that shouldn’t have been in this book, but whatever. I do not recommend reading this book at all. I personally do not understand reading a purely romance novel. There is typically no plot. There is a cringey romance that is in no way realistic at all. Trust me here. I’ve been dating the same lovely boy for almost 4 years now, and this is not what it’s like. There’s actual emotion and real feelings, not just being “hopelessly in love at first sight.” Just putting that out there. If romance novels are your thing, go for it. You do you, but I do not plan on reading any more romance novels. Books with some romance. I’m all for it. Anything for me to fangirl over, but there was no… anything to this story.