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4 stars to This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers

Published June 19, 2014 by katheryn13

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review

Well this was different to what I usually read, but I think that was part of the appeal. I had heard about This Is Not A Test for so long, but when I first opened the book, I had no idea zombies were involved.
Many on reviews say this is not strictly a zombie apocalyptic story, because while they are apart of the plot, they are not CENTRAL. The story is about the teenagers and their survival. They don’t know how long they’ll be alive for before the zombies fight their way through. It was definitely gruesome in parts, but I have read some pretty gruel stories and this was tame in comparison. The characters were intriguing and tough. Some were more central than others, and Sloane was the main character. Since her twin left her to her abusive father, Sloane has just wanted to end her life. But then she runs away when the dead come to life and start attacking, and her reasons to die become less coherent. It’s quite a powerful story, and at times I thought: this is it. She’s going to kill herself. But you gradually see she’s getting stronger and finding a reason to live, even if it takes time.

I’m really glad I picked this up from the library and will look out for more books by this author.

–Kat

5 Stars to Perks Of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Published December 17, 2012 by katheryn13

Charlie is a freshman.
And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his year yet socially awkward,he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

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So this week I decided to let one of my good friends, Christy Lyn, have the chance to review a book. Here’s what she had to say. – Kat x

Wow. What can I say about this book? (Incidentally the reason behind this blog name)

I read it in one night! I was addicted from the moment I started until I finished it late at night. It reminded me of a book we would be required to read for school in high school, so it definitely brought back memories for me.

It was very life like and relatable in so many ways and I loved that it was like a diary, but in letter form. I hadn’t been expecting that, but it was a pleasant surprise and I felt as though it made the book more personal and private.

Perks Of Being A Wallflower was definitely different from the types of books I normally would read (paranormal, contemporary romance, mystery, etc.). But I loved it nonetheless.

I fell in love with Charlie and everything about him; he was the type of friend I believe everyone deserves and more so. It’s such a sweet and touching story, and I would recommend it to anyone who wishes for a trip down memory lane and a warming to the heart.

I loved reading his freshman year experience and I cannot wait to see the movie and relive the story once again.

Again, another top favorite of the year.

-a review by Christy Lyn

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