The Shoe on the Roof by Will Ferguson Review

The Shoe on the RoofThe Shoe on the Roof by Will Ferguson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
From the Giller Prize–winning novelist of 419 comes the startling, funny, and heartbreaking story of a psychological experiment gone wrong.

Ever since his girlfriend ended their relationship, Thomas Rosanoff’s life has been on a downward spiral. A gifted med student, he has spent his entire adulthood struggling to escape the legacy of his father, an esteemed psychiatrist who used him as a test subject when he was a boy. Thomas lived his entire young life as the “Boy in the Box,” watched by researchers behind two-way glass.

But now the tables have turned. Thomas is the researcher, and his subjects are three homeless men, all of whom claim to be messiahs—but no three people can be the one and only saviour of the world. Thomas is determined to “cure” the three men of their delusions, and in so doing save his career—and maybe even his love life. But when Thomas’s father intervenes in the experiment, events spin out of control, and Thomas must confront the voices he hears in the labyrinth of his own mind.

The Shoe on the Roof is an explosively imaginative tour de force, a novel that questions our definitions of sanity and madness, while exploring the magical reality that lies just beyond the world of scientific fact.

My Review:
Received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

This book begins with Thomas being forced to go to church by his girlfriend, Amy, and then immediately after she takes a pregnancy test that comes up positive. Of course they can’t have a baby, and Thomas tells her straight out he knows someone who can get rid of it, and she kicks him to the curb with nothing more than the toothbrush she uses to scrub between the tiles.

A lot of the beginning of the book is spent explaining how brains work. Thomas doing social experiments on his own, then later trying to figure out how the brain perceives god, wondering why that can’t be recreated in a lab, and then creating a sort of “God helmet” and doing more experiments to simulate the feelings of religion. He’s determined to figure out how it works. His father wants him to make something of himself, lie he did, and he’s not going to let everyone watch him fail.

Thomas is curious about those people who think they’re Jesus. He’s met three of them out of nowhere and it goes along well with his study of religion on the brain. He wants to fix these people, and find out what makes them the way they are while he’s doing it. He’s found his break. At first he only wants to do it because of the girlfriend he lost, thinks it will win her back. For selfish reasons. But then his scientific curiosities kick in and this story is just so refreshing and different than all the other books I’ve read lately.

I absolutely loved every bit of this. The ending took a turn I never expected. The characters changed so much throughout the book. It took me a little bit to actually get into it, but once I was I couldn’t put it down. The characters are realistic, the story is interesting and I found myself laughing out loud at some of the things I was reading. I’m so glad I read this book. I definitely recommend checking it out if you get the chance.

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Plague Land by Alex Scarrow Review

Plague LandPlague Land by Alex Scarrow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
Leon and his younger sister Grace have just moved to London from New York when news of an unidentified plague begins to fill the news.

Within a week the virus hits London. People in the streets turn to liquid before their eyes, and what follows is a frantic hunt for a safety which may no longer exist.

A new gripping series from Alex Scarrow.

My Review:
I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

How do you escape an airborne virus? Leon and Grace are trying their best. This specific virus has taken over the world in a matter of days. No one knows what it is or where it came from, even if it’s natural or man made, but whatever it is, it completely turns all soft tissue into liquid. Little do they know, the piles of jelly left behind aren’t just evaporating, they’re crawling off on their own. It’s a hive mind.

Honestly while I was reading this book I kind of thought this was just like any other apocalypse book that has a virus in it, nothing really exciting or special happened and the characters seemed kind of average until about sixty percent of the way through the book. I’m glad I pushed through the first half. It’s changed into something else. The virus wasn’t just mindlessly killing everything in its path. It was learning. It was collecting. It was rebuilding.

Overall I really liked the book when I was finished with it, and if you read it you have to give it a chance, because the first half is a little slow. The characters really learn to adapt throughout the book. The cover is interesting and the story line was exciting once the actual action started. Definitely check it out!

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Nirvana (Nirvana #1) by J.R. Stewart Review

Nirvana (Nirvana #1)Nirvana by J.R. Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
When the real world is emptied of all that you love, how can you keep yourself from dependence on the virtual?

Animal activist and punk rock star Larissa Kenders lives in a dystopian world where the real and the virtual intermingle. After the disappearance of her soulmate, Andrew, Kenders finds solace by escaping to Nirvana, a virtual world controlled by Hexagon. In Nirvana, anyone’s deepest desires may be realized – even visits with Andrew.

Although Kenders knows that this version of Andrew is virtual, when he asks for her assistance revealing Hexagon’s dark secret, she cannot help but comply. Soon after, Kenders and her closest allies find themselves in a battle with Hexagon, the very institution they have been taught to trust. After uncovering much more than she expected, Kenders’ biggest challenge is determining what is real – and what is virtual.

Nirvana is a fast-paced, page-turning young adult novel combining elements of science fiction, mystery, and romance. Part of a trilogy, this book introduces readers to a young woman who refuses to give up on the man she loves, even if it means taking on an entire government to do so.

My Review:
I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

The year is 2086. The world is crumbling. The bees are extinct, there’s almost no water, and food is dwindling. Everyone either lives in bunkers, or the bubble, but only the rich live in the bubble. The air is thick and polluted and stings when you breathe. Virtual reality is taking over the world in the form of Nirvana, here you can sit in a completely immersive room and do literally whatever you want. It’s addicting, and that’s exactly what the company Hexagon wants. To some Nirvana is the best anti anxiety, anti depression medication. You just plug in and you’re weightless, everything making you tense just dissolving as you can do literally anything in the virtual reality. People spend all their hard earned money for Nirvana sessions.

Larissa Kenders, seventeen, is in an animal rights activist band called Sixty Sextet that plays mostly in bars by night, and by day she works at Hexagon recording peoples Nirvana sessions. Her fiancee, Andrew, is the head programmer for Nirvana. People only live to be about forty or fifty these days, and Kenders and Andrew are convinced Hexagon spying on everyone and everything is not for the greater good. Everyone who lives in the bubble uploads their consciousness to the server, making them essentially immortal.

I was sucked into this story from the moment I started reading it. Although I’m not usually a big fan of viewpoint changes, I really liked getting to see both sides of the story like in this book. I loved the characters, they seemed so cool. The story is exciting and I didn’t expect what was happening next. It’s so unlike any of the other dystopia books I’ve read lately. I want to read the next book but it’s not out yet! Definitely check it out if you get the chance.

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The Siren Chronicles, Book 1 by Douglas J. Sloan Review

The Siren Chronicles, Book 1The Siren Chronicles, Book 1 by Douglas J. Sloan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
While leading the clean up of the worst oil spill in California history, Marine Biologist Elias Courtney stumbles upon the unthinkable. The beautiful young woman, washed up on the desecrated beach, tangled in the black seaweed, is still alive, but barely. What would possess someone to enter these black poisonous waters, the cause of so many innocent creatures’ demise?!! For that matter, how IS she still alive? How long has she been under the water? As Courtney would soon find out — her entire life. In fact, this was the young mermaid’s first time on land.

Lorelei with companions, Seanne and Millisine, has travelled a long way to walk these scarred shores. Now separated by the horrific oily mess that only humans could have caused, the three sirens must struggle to stay alive as they attempt to navigate this strange new world. They must reunite and begin the “Earthquest” that is their reason for being on land. Their underwater home is sick, dying off at an alarming rate. And whatever is causing the near extinction of the last remaining mermaid colony, clearly originated from exactly where they find themselves.

Edward Titan had waited decades for this moment. All three have arrived, hopeful and innocent, completely unsuspecting. Soon the ocean’s strongest, smartest and most intuitive sirens will find themselves up against years of festering anger and hatred. Titan’s retribution will be swift and brutal. And it will mean the end of an entire civilization. The Sirens’ Song will soon be no more.

THE SIREN CHRONICLES: BOOK ONE, is the exciting first installment in a series of SIRENS books that will follow these miraculous young heroines across the globe, both above and beneath the ocean. As they try desperately to stave off a psychotic creature bent on destroying the planet, they discover new species, battle old enemies and face challenges they never could have imagined.

My Review:
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

Sirens are intelligent, strong, and beautiful beyond human comprehension. Seanne, the most beautiful of the three, has a fin that changes colour with her moods, and is a fierce warrior. She’s also very passionate about her homeland. Lorelei, although plain looking in comparison of Seanne, has a beautiful singing voice and writes captivating songs she’s a perfectly pitched soprano. Millisine, the youngest of the three by almost a year, but also the most brilliant.

The story follows the three mermaids as the world around them crumbles due to an oil spill among other things. It also follows Dr. Elias Courtney, an environmentalist cleaning up the spill. His life has been pretty normal up until the day he came home from university one day and found that his father had shot his mother six times.

The thing is, the mermaids got separated on their way to the surface to start their quest on dry land. Lorelie finding refuge with a mother and daughter duo who live with an abusive husband, Seanne getting first picked up by a frat house and then arrested by the cops, finding herself in a mental hospital, and Millisine living with Dr. Elias Courtney in his home. They don’t actually get to start their journey together until about 70% of the way through the book.

I really enjoyed reading it, and from the beginning I was hooked. Not many books are about mermaids lately, and the few I have read seemed childish but not this one, I’ve never read anything like this. Although just the beginning of their quest, I definitely want to check out part two. The characters are all different but they seem realistic personality wise, despite them being mythical creatures of the sea. The story is exciting and the world although like our own is a nice change of pace. Definitely check it out if you get the chance!

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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds Review

Long Way DownLong Way Down by Jason Reynolds
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator? Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.

And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.

My Review:
I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

This book tells the story of a boy who loses his brother. Determined to get revenge, fifteen year old Will sets out to use his brothers gun on the person who killed him, only following the rules. On the way to do the deed he’s stopped in the elevator by his dead family. Is he hallucinating? Doesn’t matter, they have important things to say. Most of them died following the same rules that Will is, the most important one being if someone shoots your family, you shoot them. Just hopefully they don’t also follow the rules.

The story mostly takes place in the elevator, going floor by floor with the characters chatting and smoking the whole time. It’s dramatic but in the quiet cold and calculated way, written entirely in poetry.

I enjoyed reading this book, though it’s super short, the characters are pretty realistic despite most of them being dead, and the situation is completely unique to anything I’ve read lately. Maybe not my new favourite, but I still liked it. Definitely check it out if you get the chance.

Here’s a link to buy the book on amazon, and another link to the authors twitter in case you have any questions.

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https://twitter.com/JasonReynolds83

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Unearthly (Unearthly #1) by Cynthia Hand Review

Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees…
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

My Review:
There’s a war brewing between good and bad, fallen angels and angels alike. Angel-blooded are either being killed or recruited, depending on what sure they’re caught on.

Clara has received her purpose. In the form of many visions, she sees a forest fire and a boy standing in front of her, back towards her. She can feel the heat and smell the smoke. She sees the trees burn she sees it again every couple days, while her and mother and brother prepare to go wherever it takes her.

Clara the angel-blooded, Clara the supernatural. She and her family have powers such as incredibly fast healing, speed, the ability to understand all languages even if they’re not human, and incredible stamina, due to their angels blood. Her mother is over one hundred and ten years old, and has fulfilled her purpose, although she won’t talk about it. Her younger brother is waiting for his purpose.

I had this book on my to read shelf forever, and only just got around to reading it. There are different kinds of angel bloods, they now of three so far. Intangere, full blooded, Dimidius, half blooded, and Quartarius, quarter blooded. I really enjoyed reading it, it’s not like any of the other books I’ve read about angels. The story kept me sucked in from the beginning of the book, and I didn’t feel too old reading this, even though the main characters were in high school. I definitely recommend checking it out if you haven’t already, and I can’t wait to read the second book in the series.

Here’s a link for where you can buy the book on amazon, and also a link to the authors twitter in case you have any questions.

https://www.amazon.ca/Unearthly-Cynth…

https://twitter.com/CynthiaHand

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Ugly by Margaret McHeyzer Review

UglyUgly by Margaret McHeyzer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
New York Times Bestselling YA Book

If I were dead, I wouldn’t be able to see.
If I were dead, I wouldn’t be able to feel.
If I were dead, he’d never raise his hand to me again.
If I were dead, his words wouldn’t cut as deep as they do.
If I were dead, I’d be beautiful and I wouldn’t be so…ugly.
I’m not dead…but I wish I was.

*This is a dark YA/NA standalone, full-length novel. Contains violence and some explicit language.

My Review:
I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

This was a hard book to read, but in a good way. It was so good and so unlike anything I’ve read lately, but it was all about abuse and that’s hard to read. Lilly starts the book as a seventeen year old girl who lives with her dad. She makes up, goes to school, doesn’t get to eat hardly ever, and hen she comes home her dad more often than not is already drunk and beats her. She’s been convinced it’s all her fault. This is her life.

Finally she thinks she’s caught a break. After eleven horrible years with her dad, she meets a boy named Trent who seems like he really cares about her and wants what’s best for her. One night after being beaten black and blue by her dad, she calls him and escapes to his house away from the danger. Little does she know Trent and his family are not what they seem. She’s just dragged from one abuse to another and never seems to get a moment to breathe.

This book deals with a lot of hard issues and I really feel bad for Lilly, for the stuff she’s put through. She’s grown up with this for all her life and it continues to happen. By the end of the book she’s twenty seven. I wish I could help her. She really grows and develops as a character as she’s pulled away from all the bad things and replaces them with good things. She shines. I absolutely loved this book and although I see it getting a lot of low rates and reviews for the trigger warnings, I think they make the book better. I did cry reading this a couple times. It’s a real issue and these things actually happen to people. It’s definitely one of my new favourites, despite the low points in the book. Definitely check it out if you get the chance! Push through the parts that scare you because the end is worth it.

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Kaboom

Brought some paper books back with me and ill start on them as soon as possible. So many books, so little time. Can’t wait to read them, they’ve been on my shelf forever. Have you read any of these? Let me know what you thought about them!