Time travel! I love time travel books. And this is a great easy read. It focuses on Michele Windsor and her family. She is forced to move from LA to NYC when her mother dies suddenly. They are super wealthy and live in a lavish mansion that holds a centurys worth of secrets. She discovers a diary that when she reads it she travels back in time!
Oh my! If that doesn’t spell a great novel then I do not know what does. There are 2 and a short e-book story to this series. Super easy read. Plus, you can’t really do time travel right if you don’t have romance.
The second book is Timekeeper. And I remember as soon as I finished the first one going out and getting the second one. I am pretty sure I found this at my local used bookstore and Its one of the best ones I have found. Its pretty short so I don’t want to talk to much about the plot but… If I could time travel through a diary I know I would jump on that.
Favorite Character: Michele
Favorite Book: Timeless
Quote: “ I just… I can’t believe I’m here with you. I want to remember every detail of tonight. So I can relive it whenever I want.” -Michele
When read: 2015ish
Total Pages: 280
I had my eye on these books for about a year before I bought them. Because of course I had to buy them all, all at once. So I got my $60ish dollars and just couldn’t wait to read this dystopian.
As the title says it is a trilogy. It is set in the not-so-distant future where genetic engineering has gone awry. No new generations will live past the age of 25 for men and 20 for women. But there are no diseases. While searching for a miracle the world has gone crazy trying to keep the human race alive. Women are being kidnapped as early as 10. And if they don’t fit what the kidnapper is looking for most are shot dead on site. (No there isn’t a ton of violence past the first few chapters.) Rhine is the main character and this exact thing happens to her. She is going to pick up a paycheck when she is kidnapped coming out of a store. She then survives to meet her captors who are super wealthy. But she is also 16 and time is running out.
Now, I got most of that off of the back of the first book. It sounds a ton better than the synopsis I usually do. Lol. But I try to recommend this series as much as I can. It is amazing. So much so that when I was at work I would go in early and copy a bunch of the pages so I could read and look like I was working! HAHA. I ran through this whole trilogy in just a couple of weeks. The first book in the series is Wither, then Fever, and finally Sever. So much happens. I don’t want to put out any spoilers but ugh! So great! This is a series I would re-read. And I do not re-read very often if at all (excluding Of Mice & Men, I read that about once a year).
Now I actually haven’t read A Handmaid’s Tale but I feel like if you like that then you would like this. Females are being oppressed and kidnapped just to make babies and the men of the world do not care one bit. Some don’t even understand what is happening because of how high and mighty they have lived their entire lives. So, before I say too much PICK UP THIS SERIES! Ugh! So great!
Wither – Fever – Sever
Favorite Character: Rose
Favorite Book: Fever (book 2)
Quote: “Love is natural. Even the human race can’t claim to be natural anymore. We are fake, dying things.” -Wither, book 1
When Read: 2015?
Total pages: 364-book 1
The kids are locked in an attic for 3 years and 5 months. There are 4 kids. And Cory dies. They are hiding from their grandfather so their mother can inherit a fortune so she can live without the need of a man by here side. She and the kids lost everything when her husband died. Oh and her husband was her half-uncle. So… her dads half-brother. He was only a couple of years older than here. But.. the kids are her fathers grand..nieces/nephews? anyways, The plan is for the kids to be in lockup until the grandfather dies but he dies and no one tells the children. They are stuck to play in a dirty attic where they get sick and have no mother to help them through anything. Just a nasty grandmother who is so freakishly religious its her fault anything happens in the first place. The kids aren’t supposed to speak to her unless spoken to. And she gives them a list that’s like 2 pages long the very first day they are there. And by those rules which were basically telling the kids they were going to do what their mother had done (incest) and pretty much set my mind on the edge from the beginning. Every new chapter I was wondering when the bad thing was going to come. And it did, here and there and then all at once. But… I just cannot get over the end… things happen- not a lot because they are in an attic the entire time, basically- but they found out their grandfather died almost a whole year ago and they are still locked up. And then they find out why. The grandfather put a stipulation into his will stating if the mother was ever to have been found to have mothered children in her first marriage his fortune to her would be no more. And she also couldn’t have children by her second husband(whom she married around the halfway point of the book). Well… she started sending up poisoned donuts to the kids! And they only find out after Cory has died. The dr claimed it was pneumonia but after over hearing servants gossip they found out the stipulation and do some digging. Their mother was poising them so they all died and she could have the money and her new husband and a new life. Now I havent read the second book… And I don’t know if I will… But… the kids escape the attic and get bus tickets down to florida at the end….
It was such a hard read with so many feelings. So many emotions. I just don’t know if I can do that again. I know the second one will be better because they are free but just the acts that were committed in the attic and everything that has happened is of course going to affect these children. No matter if they are now 18, 16, 9. Ugh. Feels.
I finished this book around 830 on 9/26… and sat at my computer around 920 to write. I knew I had to write about this now with all the feelings still so fresh else I wouldn’t write about it ever. I tried to talk to my bf about it but he isn’t a book person and doesn’t understand the feelings that come when reading something this serious.
Flowers in the Attic was originally published somewhere around 1979. I have had the book on my shelf… for awhile. And that is the exact reason I picked it up. Its been there awhile. This is about 4 kids who lose their father in a car accident and their mother (momma) takes them to live with their grandparents. But catch- their grandfather cannot know they are even alive. So their mother and grandmother (the grandmother) hatch up a plan to keep them in the attic until he dies so nothing bad comes of it. There is some untangling why the grandfather can’t know and I don’t want to spoil it. So that’s what you get for now. These 4 kids are Chris- 14, Cathy- 12, Cory and Carrie, twins, are 4. And they are to be locked in an attic.
I think this might be the one post I spoil the book just because I need to get it out of my own head and into someone else who gets all the book feels and understands how real they can become in just 300-400 pages. This is written like a journal, in a way. Cathy is the writer and she is writing from the future. So there are certain parts where she is like “it’s okay for me to write this now when so many years have gone by…” Maybe that is what makes it so real? But it doesn’t matter what matters is **** these kids are locked in an attic for almost 4 years! And then … ugh! No matter how much I want to spoil it I just can’t. So… maybe.. I’ll link here to some spoilers. But just let me say it was a good book. But packed with so many emotions I just sat there and couldn’t stop thinking about it. I still can’t.
Favorite Character: Cory
Quote: Honestly.. I just don’t think I have a quote.
When I read: Sept 2018
Total Page Count: 412
Flowers in the Attic
The first graphic novel! I got this book on my birthday last year. I picked it up and almost read the entire thing in the store aisle. It’s about an alien who was sent to earth to learn about humans. And as you can tell there are going to be a lot of misspellings in it because an alien is writing it. It really is just the cutest little book. There is an activity log right on the front/back pages. I can’t actually say much about this because saying almost anything will give the book away. But the alien goes around Earth visiting with the Trees, Birds, Frogs, Dogs, etc.
It is a great read and a great way to get into graphic novels and comics if you wanted to. It took me all of 10 minutes to read and a bit longer the second time around because I was really looking at the pictures.
I am waiting for Jomney Sun to write another one because I am going to be all over it.
Quote: “You are not alone I am here.”
When read: August 14, 2017
Page count: 304
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