Review

Lobsters – Tom Ellen

LobstersTitle: Lobsters
Author: Tom Ellen, Lucy Ivison
Publisher: Chicken House
Format: Paperback
Pages: 307
My rating★★★★✫

I have heard a lot about this book in 2015 and decided to put it on my wishlist. So when Liz was selling her copy, I had to buy it. I just love buying books, but it’s an expensive hobby… Maybe I should consider a library membership, but I don’t think I will find everything I’d like to read there. Anyways, I got myself a copy of Lobsters last week and it has been staring at me ever since. I had to read it right away.

What the book is about

Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find ‘The One’. Their lobster. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love.

What I think about the book

I don’t know what I expected, but Lobsters wasn’t as ‘cute’ as the title make me think it would be. Or maybe it was, but in a different way. For a young adult novel, it has quite a lot of references to sex in it. No one is actually having sex, but there are many words related to sex in this novel. I don’t care about that, and after a few chapters it seemed normal, because it was fitting the characters, but it was something that caught my attention.

Lobsters is full of parties, holidays, festivals and awkward dates. There is a ton of boy/girl talk going on. It is written from both Hannah’s and Sam’s point of view, so from the beginning it is very clear how they actually feel about each other and you can see all the misunderstandings that they have. The end of the story is definitely not a surprise, so as a reader I was like “Oh come one! Tell her/him already and get this over with!” Because we all know where it will end.

I gave the book four stars, because even though the story is a bit of a cliche, I found Hannah and Sam really cute and I have definitely enjoyed reading this story.

Working Stiff – Rachel Caine

Working StiffTitle: Working Stiff (Revivalist #1)
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: Roc
Format: Paperback
Pages: 306
My rating★★★★✫

I found the second Revivalist novel, Two Weeks’ Notice’ on a book fair in 2015. I had to buy it, because it was a novel by Rachel Caine. So I did and then I ordered the first and third novel of this trilogy online. It has been a while since I have read a fantasy series, so that’s why I thought I’d read the first novel now.

What the book is about

Bryn Davis knows working at Fairview Mortuary isn’t the most glamorous career choice, but at least it offers stable employment–until she discovers her bosses using a drug that resurrects the clientele as part of an extortion racket. Now, Bryn faces being terminated–literally, and with extreme prejudice.

Wit the help of corporate double-agent Patrick McCallister, Bryn has a chance to take down the bigger problem–pharmaceutical company Pharmadene, which treats death as the ultimate corporate loyalty program. She’d better do it fast, before she becomes a zombie slave–a real working stiff. She’d be better off dead…

What I think about the book

I have bought these series because of Rachel Caine so I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. Zombies and undead people were not on my list when I picked up this book, but the title (Working Stiff) could have given me a clue of course. Getting a job at a mortuary would never be my first choice, but someone needs to do it… Bryn simply seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. So before she knows it, she is in way over her head and there’s no going back to where she came from. Lucky for Bryn she knows how to handle herself, and a gun.That’s what I liked about her for sure. She was not just a helpless girl, even though she had to move fast and was depending on others to keep her ‘alive’.

The topic was slightly weird. How does one ‘cure’ death? That sounds a bit like horror and science fiction to me, not just fantasy. I certainly hated the pharmaceutical company Pharmadene and their crazy employee Irene Harte. At first she seems to be protecting the company she works for with her corporate bullshit and her secrets, but there is much more there. Not a very likable woman for sure.

In the end the topic did not really matter. Rachel Caine knows how to make being undead sexy, attractive and at times even romantic. In the beginning Patrick McCallister seems distant and a bit arrogant, but after a while he becomes sweet and caring. He just needs this distance in order to get his job done without being distracted by Bryn. I do however love how their relationship evolves. There isn’t much time for them to be together, but when they are, Patrick shows her how much he cares. Even when he is not there. I would most certainly love a guy who would pull the plug on me if there was no more hope. It takes guts to do so. Glad it wasn’t necessary though, as it is of course better for Bryn to stay alive, or undead in her case.

Life and Death – Stephenie Meyer

life and deathTitle: Life and Death (Twilight #5)
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Publisher: Little, Brown Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 389
My rating★★★★✫

When I heard about this tenth anniversary edition of Twilight, I didn’t know for sure if I wanted to read it. Back in 2008 I have read the whole Twilight saga in a couple of days and I really loved it back then. Twilight is still the novel that got me to read young adult and fantasy novels again. I am really happy about that. After reading the (Dutch) review that Emmy wrote, I decided that I wanted to give it a try.

What the book is about

When Beaufort Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edythe Cullen, his life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With her porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edythe is both irresistible and enigmatic.

What Beau doesn’t realize is the closer he gets to her, the more he is putting himself and those around him at risk. And, it might be too late to turn back…

What I think about the book

Yeah, most of us already know the story of the original story of Twilight. I must admit that I had forgotten many of the details though and I also had some of the parts mixed up with the movie. Only therefore it was already nice to re-read the story. The gender switch definitely changed a lot to the story for me. Beau and Edythe can say the same things in Life and Death that Bella and Edward did in Twilight, but I do think that makes a difference. While I thought Edward was quite interesting and mysterious when I read Twilight for the first time (and yeah, until I read New Moon, because later on I was definitely on board of Team Jacob), I thought that Edythe was mostly arrogant and strange. It was as if Beau simply fell for her because she was pretty. In my head I still saw Bella and Edward, even though the names had changed.

Still the story is not completely the same. Stephenie Meyer took the chance to make it better. She has done a new round of editing, with all the knowledge she has today, and changed some words and scenes for the better. The ending was new as well. Suddenly the story took another turn. Didn’t we all wonder what would have happened if…? Well, I always did. Yes, then there wouldn’t have been a complete Twilight Saga. Or maybe there would have been a completely different story with new adventures. I did like the alternative ending, because that meant I was reading a new story instead of the same old and it kept me reading.

I must say that from the moment the book arrived at my house I just wanted to read it. I started that same evening and from the first page I was back in Forks, just like the very first time. Like I said, it has been almost eight years since I have read Twilight for the first time. I am older now and yet I am still in love with the world that Stephenie Meyer has created in her novels. Could Twilight have been better? Maybe. That doesn’t mean that I still like it a lot and I was glad that I have read this book.

Do you have to read it? Well, let’s say that if you enjoyed the Twilight Saga the first time you’ve read it, you should give this re-imagined version a try. If you have never liked Twilight, you are probably not going to this time. I’d suggest you find yourself a book you do like then and move on.

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