This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found .
∧ Then ∧ The Death of Lila Jane, Teresa Mummert
Lila Jane is spending her summer vacation preparing for high school. She does everything asked of her, but her parents rarely give her credit for her efforts. She decides to sneak out with a friend to attend a local party and shed her little girl image, to become a woman once and for all. What starts out as a fun escape soon escalates into a life on the run with a boy she barely knows.
I am trying to write a kind of flash review on this one. Overall, I did not connect to the characters or the story, despite the elements that should have worked for me.
≈ Now ≈ The Maze Runner, James Dashner
If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.
It is my last week of work at the mall as well as the last days of enrollment woes at university, so things are going crazy and I haven’t finished The Maze Runner yet. Against all odds (and comments!), I actually like the story. It’s too early to judge the book but so far, so good.
∨ Next ∨ The Reflections of Queen Snow White, David Meredith
What happens when “happily ever after” has come and gone?
On the eve of her only daughter, Princess Raven’s wedding, an aging Snow White finds it impossible to share in the joyous spirit of the occasion. Prince Edel, Raven’s fiancé, is a fine man from a neighboring kingdom and Snow White’s own domain is prosperous and at peace. Things could not be better, in fact, except for one thing:
The king is dead.
The queen has been in a moribund state of hopeless depression for over a year with no end in sight. It is only when, in a fit of bitter despair, she seeks solitude in the vastness of her own sprawling castle and climbs a long disused and forgotten tower stair that she comes face to face with herself in the very same magic mirror used by her stepmother of old.
It promises her respite in its shimmering depths, but can Snow White trust a device that was so precious to a woman who sought to cause her such irreparable harm? Can she confront the demons of her own difficult past to discover a better future for herself and her family? And finally, can she release her soul-crushing grief and suffocating loneliness to once again discover what “happily ever after” really means?
Only time will tell as she wrestles with her past and is forced to confront The Reflections of Queen Snow White.
The blurb sounds so promising I can’t wait to read this. I would not have picked it myself, as I am not a big fan of fairytales, so I’m really surprised by my enthusiasm about it.
What are you reading this week? 🙂