[Review] Minders – Michele Jaffe

Book Title:                      Minders (Standalone)
Author:                             
Michele Jaffe
Number of pages:    
400

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Synopsis:

Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?

Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She’s been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she’ll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There’s just one problem: Sadie’s fallen in love with him.

Q: What if the crime is murder?

Ford Winters is haunted by the murder of his older brother, James. As Sadie falls deeper into his world, dazzled by the shimmering pinpricks of color that form images in his mind, she begins to think she knows him. Then Ford does something unthinkable.

Q: What if you saw it happen from inside his mind?

Back in her own body, Sadie is faced with the ultimate dilemma. With Ford’s life in her hands, she must decide what is right and what is wrong. And how well she can really ever know someone, even someone she loves.

 (re: Goodreads @ Minders by Michele Jaffe)

Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr spoiler-less review:
  • Enjoy looking through kaleidoscopes? Well, thoughts and emotions are seen in Technicolor. That’s pretty neat.
  • World building takes on contemporary realism with subtle science-fiction elements that aren’t overwhelming for non sci-fi fanatics.
  • The narrative is not anchored by romance in pacing (although I’d imagine you could still ship them); I mean, she’s pretty normal and he exudes the troubled bad boy.

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Initial Thoughts:

Hmm, neat cover and premise but even neater opening prologue to the story. That’s really all I got for initial thoughts. Ha.

Lettuce explore my mind.

Disclaimer: Potential spoilers inherent to this review from here onward.

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[Review] The Runner – J.M. Johnson

Book Title:                     The Runner (Avi Bloom Series #01)
Author:                            
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Number of pages:    
199

Synopsis:

Ten years ago the president of the United States declared that global warming had reached a tipping point from which it would not recover. In answer to this dilemma, modern technology was shut down. The elderly and other volunteers could opt to live out the rest of their lives in a virtual world, but all others were left to fend for themselves.

Seventeen-year-old Avi Bloom lives in a world in which each family must contribute one child as a runner. A runner risks life and limb to travel from village to village delivering news and other small items. Avi is one run shy of retiring when she discovers that whole villages are disappearing, leaving only a few dead bodies and the youngest children behind. Now, Avi must find out who or what is responsible for these missing people as she goes on a journey and discovers friendship, love, and betrayal. She also discovers that the forces behind these disappearances are much larger and more frightening than she could ever have imagined.

 (re: Goodreads @ The Runner by J.M. Johnson)

Should this book be picked up? the tl;dr spoiler-less review:
  • Elements of intrigue include Amish concepts and computer programming language.
  • Heroine is underwhelming in development. Love triangle exhibited through underdeveloped relationships.
  • Action sequences are fast-paced.
  • There’s a degree of wishful thinking and lacking urgency in plotting.
Initial Thoughts:

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest critique.

The premise is intriguing and certainly made me want to read this. The unfortunate thing is that while it does start off with a bang, there are avenues which lack substance in allowing this narrative to thrive in this genre.

Let me run these thoughts by you:

Disclaimer: Potential spoilers inherent to this review from here onward.

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[Top Ten Tuesday] – #6 – Top Ten Books That Made Me Cry (with FEELS)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.

This week’s theme:
Top Ten Books That Made Me Cry
(with FEELS)

Initial Thoughts:

I don’t read many books that prompt the water works so I’m adapting this week’s theme to involve crying…but with feels; loosely redefined as an emotional (happy or sad) response. My equivalent. These are done retrospectively from just thinking of the book title and the events I can conjure up on face value. But I’ll be extremely vague on certain fronts so I don’t spoil anything.

This list is adapted from books I’ve read during or were published in 2013 specifically.

1. Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Suzanne Collins)

Full disclosure: I decided to read the books as the movies came out so I’ve yet to read Mockingjay.

Feelsy moments: The death of certain individuals and the realization of the games design during the 75th hunger games. Although I must say that the book had a bigger impact for me than the movie. This isn’t even due to knowing what happens, it’s more about the build-up in the book that was more feels.

degree of feels: sad feels.

2. Allegiant (Veronica Roth)

Feelsy moments: Brain injury incurred from the explosion (WHY?!!!?!?!?) and the last scene of the book. Also, the Room B13 scene in Divergent is an honourable mention.

degree of feels: super sad feels.

3. Backward Glass (David Lomax)

Feelsy moments: When Kenny is introduced to Star wars and Mario (of Nintendo fame), the scene in the Silverlands, and the Prince Harming rhyme finally making sense.

degree of feels: gleeful and awestruck feels.

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