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This Week In Books (April 27th 2016)

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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

Blurb:
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

Blurb:
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

Blurb:
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? 🙂

42 thoughts on “This Week In Books (April 27th 2016)

    1. Exactly my thoughts! I had low expectations because many people kept telling me it was not good but I’m really enjoying it and can’t wait to finish it today! 🙂 I have read much worse than that. Thank you for the link 🙂

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  1. I look forward to reading your thoughts about The Maze Runner once you are done. I watched the movie and liked it though yet to read the book.Sad to hear that the death of Lila Jane didn’t quite work out for you. I was intrigued by the blurb last time that you shared so I thought it would be a fascinating read. Happy reading though and all the best with uni and last week at work 🙂

    I am currently reading Where I Lost Her by T.Greenwood. I have been reading psychological thrillers non-stop for a while now.

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    1. I will watch the movie sometimes this week, I am so happy to be enjoying The Maze despite the bad reviews I’ve seen. The blurb for Lila Jane is much better than the story itself in my opinion, I was totally deceived by it and the title. If you happen to read it one day, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thank you so much, I can’t wait for the week to be over, I need some time off! 🙂 I’ve dropped a few recommendations for psychological thrillers on your post, I love them.

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    1. The blurb for The Death of Lila Jane is very good, better than the story in my opinion. That is why I feel I was deceived by this and the title, I was expecting something very different. Fortunately, my disappointment was dissolved by The Maze Runner and my enthusiasm about The Reflections of Queen Snow White. Thank you for visiting and for the link 🙂 Happy reading!

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      1. That’s such a a shame, I’ll maybe give the book a miss then. I’m glad your next book made up for it – I’ve yet to read The Maze Runner but it’s on my TBR. I hope the Queen Snow White book is as good as it sounds – I’ll be looking out for your review of that one. 🙂

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        1. I can only recommend The Maze Runner, I finished it just before work and the ending was great. The reviews should be up soon as tomorrow is my last day of work (for the time being!) 🙂

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    1. I had high expectations, but this is an example of how a blurb can attract you, and the story be a let down. I will post the review as soon as I have free time 🙂

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        1. I don’t read much in French but I can try 🙂 I know I always enjoy Maxime Chattam’s books. Goodreads shows them as thrillers. I still have trouble putting books into genres, what kind would you like to read? I remember I used to pick the books I’d read in French from my favorite authors and reread them in English or find their newest in English only to spice things up. Maybe it could work the other way for you. I’ll think and ask around to come up with a little list.

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            1. Okay, I realized I should read more in French xD I found Le Magasin des Suicides. I haven’t read it but my friends loved it. There’s Maxim Chattam but I already told you about him, and Anna Gavalda. I read 35 kilos d’espoir years ago and I had liked it. I think the best option would be to check something you want to read and find the French version. 2084 by Boualem Sansal was supposed to be the heir of 1984 but I really did not like it. Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt is studied in high school, I have good memories of those classes so it might be nice to try it. One of my favorite books when I was a child was Silverwing (yep, they kept the English name, it happens a lot), by Kenneth Oppel, you could try the French version. There’s also Elsewhere, which is Une Vie Ailleurs, from Gabrielle Zevin. I adored this book. These two last should be easier than the others as they are for kids/teenagers. I’ll keep asking for more recommendation 🙂

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