A Monster Calls Review

A Monster Calls is beautiful and heartbreaking. We follow Connor who is tormented by a reoccurring nightmare that he is forced to face when a Monster appears at his window one night. The monster wants the truth which is something Connor doesn’t want to admit. As we follow this young boy and how he tries to stay strong even though his mother is dying, you can’t stop your heart strings from being tugged. 

Along with this story are wonderful illustrations that I couldn’t get enough of! The story was well paced and the illustrations came just when you wanted them too! The whole thing flowed so smoothly it was over before I was ready for it to end. 

It’s hard to review this book without spoilers, so I will keep this short. A Monster Calls is a beautiful journey of a young boy facing his greatest fear and an unlikely “monster” helping him along the way. 5/5 stars and a mist read for everyone! 

Thanks for listening to my babbles and until next time,

Tiffany 💕

Dark Matter Review

***spoilers*** I will try to leave out the more mind boggling things so I don’t spoil as much of the story. If you haven’t read this book please do so before reading this! 

I would like to start by say holy shit. 

I love a good story about time travel, inter dimensions and multiverses. This book deals with multiverses and it was so indescribable and perfect. 

The main character Jason doesn’t have the most spectacular life, but a life he is happy with. A loving wife, a son, a job he is content with. Things that we can relate to. Until one night after meeting an old friend he gets kidnapped and wakes up in a world that isn’t his. All through the process of his kid napping the author keeps you thinking about who is the kidnapped and why they want to take Jason. I went into this book knowing nothing so I kept assuming it was a coworker or a friend who had a grudge, but when he wakes up in a different version of his world I was completely mind blown! After finding out who did kidnapped him and why Things got crazier! 

Let’s talk about the box. What I love about the box in this book is that the author took the time to think about how this device should work and then took more time to explain it. The box is the device that is essentially the door to the other multiverse and when paired with a certain drug it allows the user to travel between versions of his or her life. It works/chooses worlds based on who ever consumes the drugs emotions, it was created by Jason2. While inside this box we see several different versions of Jason’s original world all based on what he is thinking and feeling but it doesn’t actually occur to you until they try to figure out how to work the box, which isn’t just explained in a couple of paragraphs when the box is first introduced, but as the characters are inside. You learn about the box along with them. All the tests done in Jason2 world have sent someone in and they haven’t returned so no one outside has any real understanding of it. 

The Jasons. Jason2, let’s get him out of the way because frankly just the fact that he caused this makes me angry. He built this crazy, ground breaking machine, is rich and brilliant but he is unhappy because he is starting to regret decisions that he has made in his life. Somewhere along the lines he decides it’s a great idea to steal another version of his life from another version of himself (original Jason) using this box. No one will know right? Wrong, Jason knows. The original Jason, I adore. He has this profound love for his family and no matter what happens or all of the stupid crazy things he thinks about doing to get his life back, that love and desire to return to his wife and son keeps him grounded. Seeing things that could break anyone in a situation even remotely similar (like watching your wife die not only once but twice or a world were your child never existed) he knows that’s not his world and that they are home safe and unaware of the stranger in their home. 

The feels. Once his family finds out what is going on, it pulled on my heart strings until they wanted to snap! Even though he sounds deranged, they believe him and after going through certain events and seeing what he is talking about, they go in the box with him!!! Into the box!! To find a new world and start a new life together!! That is love and strong family ties and the highest level. 

The book was intense, entertaining, took a crazy concept and made it somewhat normal, promoted a strong family and love. I loved the concept, the world building, how the writing flowed and the fact that we do get to see glimpses of how his wife sees changes in her husband once the switch happens. Solid 5/5 stars hand down. I was extremely satisfied with all the surprises this book held. I really don’t want to spoil it too much so I will say no more. Thank you for stopping by, reading my rambles and until next time,

Tiffany. 

Carve The Mark Review!

***Spoilers***

I recently picked up Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth. I absolutely love her Divergent trilogy, it’s one of my favorite dystopian reads. I went into Carve The Mark knowing two things: 1. Its takes place in space. 2. There is a controversy over whether or not this book promotes racism and slavery. I will talk about that towards the end but for now here are my thoughts! 

Veronica Roth has this ‘thing’ with killing characters, I fully support this because it gives the story that much more depth and suspense to keep you on alert. So lots of people die in this book and that’s just fine. Her characters were well developed and strong and didn’t instantaneously fall in love. We follow Cyra and Akos along a journey with feuding colonies. It’s told in dual perspective which is one of my favorite styles to read in. Akos is from Thuvhe, a frozen area of this planet full of gentle and duffle people. While Cyra is from a more brutal and forceful colony across The Divide, Shotet. Their paths cross when Akos is kidnapped and forced to serve Cyra’s family. They develope a friendship and later in the book a romance. 

The setting is in space and on the planet that both Thuvhe and Shotet are trying to dominate. This is where I was slightly disappointed because I had very high expectations for the setting. I love space and stories that take place up in the great unknown and I love to see how the authors interpret this setting differently. The author didn’t give as much detail when it came to the setting, the descriptions of The Current (their power source) were wonderful but other than that I felt like it was very basic. The author did put a lot of work into the political aspect of this book and how the societies function so that help soften some of the disappointments from the setting. 

Now on to the big kicker, does this book promote racism? In my opinion, no. I can see how some people may get that idea but you have to understand, these are two completely different civilizations fighting to control a planet. They are at war. Did we all sleep through history when we talked about World War One? They are not going to be polite with one another, there is going to be name calling and property being destroyed because again they are essentially at war with each other, they are fighting for their home with societies that have never come to an agreement about anything. One of these colonies Shotet isn’t even recognized by the Assembly as a legal society because they just showed up one day! They are accommodating to Shotet religious and cultural customs until that can be established but that doesn’t mean they are being racist. I’m not saying racism is a good thing because it’s not but it doesn’t happen in the book. People are over interpreting things. The next thing: does it promote slavery? Yes, there is slavery in the book. I don’t believe it promotes slavery as the book takes place in a futuristic setting but the customs and ways of the societies are very old worldly. The people have traditions as if they live in the early 1800’s. And the only reason about Akos being kidnapped and forced to work for the Noavak family (Cyra’s family) is because his fate (predetermined by the Oracle and as far as we know unchangable) said that he was going to die in service to the Noavak family. If his fate was different I don’t believe he would be in the situation he was in. So yes there is slavery in the book but the author follows the plot of the story, they didn’t just desire to enslave the main character. 

Overall, I gave this book a 4/5 stars because the story was well deveoped and for going into it knowing very little I was surprised and will definitely be picking up the next one. Thank you for reading my rambles and until next time! 

-Tiffany