Review: A Step Toward Falling

A Step Toward FallingA Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sometimes one mistake can change everything.

Emily doesn’t know why she froze. Or why Lucas did too. Afterward, she thought of different ways to rationalize it. But the truth is, they could have helped Belinda, and they didn’t. It’s a mistake they’ll both have to live with.

Sometimes doing nothing is the only way to cope.

Belinda doesn’t want to talk about what happened. Because when she does, it feels like it’s happening all over again.

Sometimes good can come from bad.

Emily and Lucas’s punishment is community service at a center for people with disabilities. People like Belinda. Soon they feel like maybe they’re starting to make a real difference. Like they would be able to do the right thing if they could do that night all over again. Like they could help not only those at the center but also each other.

But when Belinda returns to school, Emily and Lucas have to figure out if they can do anything that will actually help the one person they hurt most.

Beware spoilers ahead!

“Choose carefully the people whose approval you seek.”

I’d first heard of this book through twitter. I follow the publishers and found all these beautiful quotes taken from the book. After reading several of them I added it to my shelf. I then proceeded to put it on hold from my local library.

This book is written in first person. The story narrates with Emily and Belinda’s point of view. The book starts off with Emily’s point of view as she explains that she and Lucas are both told by their school to do some community service at a center with people with disabilities. Emily and Lucas were given two options. They could do some office work or work in a classroom in which the adults with disabilities learn how to interact. They both choose the class.

For several months Belinda has not left her home. She spends her days watching Pride and Prejudice and other classics. She lives with her grandmother and mother. Her grandmother is perfectly fine with the fact that Belinda has not gone anywhere for months. Her grandmother prefers Belinda to stay home where she knows that she is safe.

Prior to the events of the book Lucas, Belinda and Emily were at a football game. While Emily was trying to cool off she saw Belinda with a guy who had her pinned against the fence. She froze and left. She tried telling a teacher but the teacher didn’t hear her. Then she sees that Lucas has come from the same area she just saw Belinda and she assumes that Lucas handled it. When Emily leaves the game she sees some police cars.

A few weeks after this Emily has not seen Belinda. One day she decides to ask Belinda’s friends if she was in school. They reply that they haven’t seen her for awhile. For weeks she is guilty over the fact that she didn’t do anything and is worried because Belinda has been absent. Eventually the guidance councilor calls Emily and reveals that she knows that Emily saw Belinda and did nothing. Emily also finds out that Lucas also did nothing. Belinda saved herself.

During the first class Emily and Lucas are introduced to the adults and do an interview exercise. Lucas does not make eye contact with Emily let alone talk to her. This angers her quite a bit. And at first she is unnecessarily rude to him. This is partly because he doesn’t acknowledge her and he’s a football player most of whom are jerks with giant egos. They do get along but after some time.

Belinda has an obsession with Colin Firth an actor who plays Mr. Darcy in the version of Pride and Prejudice that she loves. She thinks that sometimes while she’s watching the movie he looks at her specifically. She doesn’t like to bring this up to other people because they will think she is crazy. Her disability is not labeled in the book. The only thing you know is that she has some problems reading, writing and with math.

This story is about not being to quick to judge, get all sides of the story and about life. Throughout this book Emily, Lucas, Belinda and Anthony grow beautifully. They form a beautiful relationships with each other.

Lets talk about some of the things that I did not like in this book. At first I didn’t like Emily nor Belinda. Emily was a bit rude and Belinda was stuck up. I grew to like them as the book went on.

The guidance counselor was so stupid! It was obvious that the reason Emily and Lucas did nothing was because they were scared. But for some reason she didn’t realize that. Also when Emily went to tell that teacher, said teacher should’ve called Emily back and asked to repeat what she said. But she didn’t. Their punishment didn’t even make sense! That idiotic guidance counselor seemed to think that the reason Emily and Lucas didn’t help Belinda was because they don’t like people with disabilities.

The guy that attempted to assault Belinda is known for having a bad reputation. He was rumored to be involved in drugs and possibly went to jail. Yet the police did not keep a better eye on him.

I felt that the book kind of dragged at some points. And some of the plot conflicts should’ve been resolved earlier. Specifically with Belinda’s mother standing up to Belinda’s grandmother. And when Emily revealed to her friends what really happened that night I thought that their reactions should’ve been different.

I really enjoyed reading about the classes! They were so much fun and well thought it by the author. I liked how the author didn’t name Belinda’s disability. So that readers wouldn’t label her. Emily’s conviction to help Belinda and her ambition to change some things about their school so awesome! I love reading about advocates. Lucas and Anthony were awesome! I liked how Belinda, Emily and Lucas come to terms with what happened that night and work on their relationships with one-another. I liked how the author was able to add a distinct difference between reading Emily and Belinda’s chapters. The play was also awesome!

Overall this was a good book! I would recommend it to everybody because we can all relate to some of the themes, situations, and characters.

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Review: Dreamstrider

DreamstriderDreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject’s body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.

A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.

Beware spoilers ahead!

This book was recommended to me by my GR friend Alyssa ! Click on her name to read her review.

DNF

After reading the synopsis and Alyssa’s review I knew that I must read it! I love heist and espionage novels and have always been fascinated by the dream world. You can imagine my excitement when this came in the mail. Unfortunately it wasn’t what I thought it would be.

Livia is poor and for a living she works under some gang leaders. Her job is to clean the home of whoever she is assigned to. She is assigned to Professor Hesse. Hesse is very nice to her and they bound over her ability to dreamstride. Due to Livia’s interest and her desire to create a better life for herself Hesse agrees to teach Livia how to dreamstride.

She falls in love with what she learns and spends as much time as possible in the dream world. One day she comes back a little late from the dream world. She quickly sets about cleaning when she overhears a conversation between Hesse and a man whose voice she does not recognize. Soon she realizes that they are discussing her. Specifically about her ability to dreamstride.

As she listens in on the conversation a boy who is sitting on the desk informs her that there is nothing to fear. She jumps and tries to avoid a conversation with said boy. Hesse and the unknown man greet her. They explain her that they would like her to work with the secret police and use her ability to do some spy work. The boy whose name is Brandt is the spy in training that she will be paired up with. She agrees.

The first chapter starts off with Livia explaining that while she has an incredible gift she isn’t that good at using it. Sometimes she messes up and gets her and Brandt into trouble. But because the secret police value her gift so much she hasn’t been killed.

She and Brandt are on another mission. They have been informed that someone is planning to wage war with the country they live in. For this mission Livia has used her dreamstriding abilities to take over General Sun. Brandt fakes to General Sun’s valet. ‘General Sun’ has an appointment with the commandment of the army. During the meeting they have to extract information that will either prove that there is indeed a war or that their information was wrong.

As the meeting commences they confirm that there is indeed a war coming. While Livia speaks with the commandment Brandt looks around the room for clues. Livia has to physically extract information from the General’s memory and in doing so this wakes the General. This allows the General to return to his body while Livia remains lost in the Nightmare Waste. Brandt covers for Livia and the two quickly leave. Before the General can do anything to Brandt he punches him. And Livia returns to her body.

While I was reading this I was completely confused about the dream world. At first I’d assumed that I got the jest of it. But as I continued reading I was completely dumbfounded. I had no idea what was going on and had to re-read some parts. Then it occurred to me that if I didn’t understand what I was reading in the beginning how was I supposed to understand it for the rest of the book? The dream world was sure to play a big part in the book. So I dropped it.

I did enjoy reading about the characters. Livia was realistic with fears and she wasn’t a special snowflake. She admits that she isn’t that experienced in using her powers and is truly terrified of messing up. Brandt was sweet as was Hesse. The writing was good and engaging! Unfortunately these aspects were not enough.

Overall this was not a bad book. I simply had no patience when reading this. I would recommend it to fans of the dream world and heist novels. I would also recommend it to readers who have lots of patience.

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Review: The Curvy Tree: A Tale from the Land of Stories

The Curvy Tree: A Tale from the Land of StoriesThe Curvy Tree: A Tale from the Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The debut picture book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer 

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who didn’t quite fit in. When she runs away, she happens upon a curvy tree who helps her understand the importance of being different! This picture book stands alone, but also plays an important role in the Land of Stories series–making this a must-have book for fans and new readers alike!

Beware spoilers ahead!

Edit: There are some errors in this review. Apparently the girl in this story is not Goldilocks but an unnamed character. Please ignore my rant about Goldilocks. Thanks to Alex on GR for pointing it out to me!

This is going to be a short review because there isn’t a lot I can about a picture book. When I first saw the title announced a year back I was so excited! I was hoping to read about The Enchantress/Ezmia or John Bailey the twins father with the curvy tree. Once the cover was released I was surprised to see Goldilocks with the curvy tree. Nonetheless I decided to read it.

The book starts off with Goldilocks crying and running away. She is not paying attention to her surroundings and eventually stops to cry on a tree. When she hears a voice she looks up to see the curvy tree. To her surprise the curvy tree starts speaking to her. She explains that some children were making fun of her and her glasses. The curvy tree then proceeds to explain her that he to was picked on when he was younger. Then one day some woodsmen came into the forest and cut down every tree but him. This was because they didn’t know what they could possibly make with a curvy tree. The fact that he was different actually saved him. Goldilocks then finds inspiration from this and becomes the character we know her as.

While I have never liked Goldilocks her character didn’t seem right in this story. For starters I’m pretty sure that she has never needed glasses. It wouldn’t really be easy to go on the run with glasses. I know that she is a kid in this book but she still doesn’t seem the type of person to be bothered with what people say about her. And she learnt to be brave from Hagetta not the curvy tree.

The pictures were lovely! While the characters weren’t drawn that well their surroundings were! I liked the curvy tree story of course. Overall this was a good book! I recommend it to fans of the series and fans of picture books.

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Review: The Forgotten Sisters

The Forgotten SistersThe Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

After a year at the king’s palace, Miri has learned all about being a proper princess. But the tables turn when the student must become the teacher!

Instead of returning to her beloved Mount Eskel, Miri is ordered to journey to a distant swamp and start a princess academy for three sisters, cousins of the royal family. Unfortunately, Astrid, Felissa, and Sus are more interested in hunting and fishing than becoming princesses.

As Miri spends more time with the sisters, she realizes the king and queen’s interest in them hides a long-buried secret. She must rely on her own strength and intelligence to unravel the mystery, protect the girls, complete her assignment, and finally make her way home.

Fans of Shannon Hale won’t want to miss this gorgeously woven return to this best-selling, award-winning series.

Beware spoilers ahead!

I’m disappointed in this book. I was so excited to see that there would be another Princess Academy book! I couldn’t wait to read it. Unfortunately this book was not as good as the previous books.

The book starts off the girls leaving to go back home. Miri stayed for another year in order to study at the Queen’s Castle. As Miri is saying good-bye to Britta and Steffan a guard comes and informs Miri that the King wants to see her right away. She tells Peder to go without her saying she’ll arrive shortly.

When she, Britta and Steffan see the King they find out that there will be a war coming soon. In order to stop the war the King wants to have one of his cousins married off to King Fader. The King tells Miri that he wants her to train these girls in the things she was thought at Princess Academy. Miri tries agruing that she has only studied for one year at the Queens Castle and you have to have three more years in order to teach someone. But the Queen really wants Miri to teach the girls. The Kings lets her think it over some more.

Katar meets Miri and explains that she must do this as to avoid the war. Katar reveals to Miri that the Kings delegate is trying to convince the King to sell their home Mount Eskel. If their home gets sold they will not working under some merchants who will not pay them what they deserve. After hearing all this Miri makes up her mind and decides to agree with the King.

When she is summoned to meet the King she explains that she will only do so if Mount Eskel is not sold and instead given to the graduates of the Princess Academy as they are now the Britta’s ladies. The delegate is absolutely livid about Miri’s proposal whereas the King agrees so long as she does a good job.

Miri reaches the girls home and they get off on the wrong foot. The girls do not like Miri because she barged into their house and they consider her some ‘City girl’. The girls are rude and barbaric. Miri does teach them despite the fact that they don’t like her. A few hours everyday she manages to tutor them.

Throughout her stay, Miri discovers that despite the fact that they are royals they did not receive any money from the King nor do they live in better conditions. The girls mother is dead and everyone in the town avoids them like a plague.

They eventually warm up to Miri and even consider her one of them. Peder arrives to inform Miri that the King’s castle is under siege and that they must leave with the girls. They leave and manage to reach the castle safely. In order to stop the war Miri, Britta and the girls set off to go meet with King Fader and arrange the marriage.

When they the girls get into a bit of situation with King Fader’s guards how they got out of the situation wasn’t even realistic and didn’t make any sense. It felt too good to be true. Also when Miri was confronted by Dogface earlier in this book that was also not realistic. This aspects really killed the book for me and lowered the rating.

The ending was sweet! I liked how everything was tied up nicely. As usual this book had a phenomenal friendship between the female characters. Peder was such a doll and the girls were nice as well! The epilogue hints at a possible spin-off but I think I’ll pass.

Overall this was an okay book. It could’ve been better. I would recommend it to fans of the series.

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Review: Since You’ve Been Gone

Since You've Been GoneSince You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Emily is about to take some risks and have the most unexpected summer ever in this new novel from the bestselling author of Second Chance Summer and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour.

Before Sloane, Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—someone who yanks you out of your shell.

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Wait…what?

Getting through Sloane’s list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her—and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter—who knows what she’ll find.

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

Beware spoilers ahead!

DNF

I had my doubts about this book. I didn’t really like the sound of the synopsis it sounded really silly especially all that stuff about the list. But some of my friends read this and were able to enjoy this so I added it. Last night I read the sample from iBooks because I was still a bit doubtful. And the end result was I didn’t like it at all.

The sample starts off with Emily as she explains that she is worried about Sloane. Emily has just returned from a vacation and was desperate to talk to Sloane. She texted her and waited with her car keys in hand for Sloane to reply. She didn’t get a reply. After a week she started to panic. Sloane is the type of person who gets back after receiving a bunch of text messages. At this point she has called her, and texted her. She decides that the only thing to do now is to go to Sloane’s house.

When she reaches the house the windows are dark, there are leaves everywhere, and Sloane’s parents cars are nowhere to be seen. Still desperate she goes to front door and knocks. No one answers. After realizing that Sloane’s family is not home she gives herself a minute and sits on the front steps. She leaves once some workers come to clean up the driveway. At another desperate attempt she goes to one of the places they used to hang out.

After yet again not finding Sloane, Emily decides that she should tell her parents thinking that they may be able to help. When she reaches home she finds out that her parents are working on a play. Her parents usually go into some crazy work mode when they find a new idea for a play. She realizes that even if she told her parents they would say something reassuring then forget all about it while they work on their play. Her mother then reveals to her that she got a letter.

Readers are then taken to a flashback which takes place a year ago. Sloane and Emily are doing some shopping at a flee market. Apparently despite Emily being very shy, she happens to be good at bargaining. The two leave happy that they yet again got away with bargaining. Emily is going on a vacation to Germany and got a letter from Sloane with a list of all the things she should do when she gets there. After this it became some joke between the two of them. The one thing that Sloane never understood was why Emily didn’t complete all the tasks.

We are taken to the present again in which Emily has received the letter from Sloane. There’s no return address and on top of the stamp Sloane drew a Palm Tree. She opens the letter to find a list of 13 things. Some of which include skinny dipping, kiss a stranger, Penelope, steal something, dance until dawn, etc. Emily assumes that if she completes the list Sloane will return. She sets off to do so. And that is where the sample ends.

Despite what the synopsis says Sloane did not get Emily out of her shell. Sloane was just there to make things easier. If she was around Sloane she didn’t have to talk to strangers, and Sloane would ask the questions that Emily wanted to ask. Sloane’s disappearance forces her to do the things she wouldn’t normally do regardless of the list.

Now for the reason I didn’t continue this book. I thought that there was a better way to get Emily to do things she wasn’t comfortable with. The two could’ve devised some other plan, but no Sloane forces her to complete this list, and Emily does so in order to see Sloane again. Sloane should’ve instead encourage Emily. ‘Penelope’ is apparently code for get a fake id and got to a club. And seriously steal something? Skinny dipping? There had to have been a better way. I’m surprised that Emily even considered Sloane a friend. This is not how friends should treat each other.

Overall this was not a well executed book. i cannot recommend this to anybody.

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Review: A Curious Tale of the In-Between

A Curious Tale of the In-BetweenA Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Pram Bellamy is special–she can talk to ghosts. She doesn’t have too many friends amongst the living, but that’s all right. She has her books, she has her aunts, and she has her best friend, the ghostly Felix.

Then Pram meets Clarence, a boy from school who has also lost a parent and is looking for answers. Together they arrive at the door of the mysterious Lady Savant, who promises to help. But this spiritualist knows the true nature of Pram’s power, and what she has planned is more terrifying than any ghost.

Beware spoilers ahead!

This was recommend to me by my dear GR friend Lola ! Click on her name to see her review.

I knew that after reading Lola’s review and the synposis I knew that I had to read it! I love ghost stories and middle grade. It was the perfect mix.

When Pram was born she was dead. But because the doctors didn’t believe that they were able to save her. Her mother died shortly after. Due to her near death experience Pram has been able to see ghosts since she was 5 years old. Her best friend Felix is a ghost who is always by the pond near her house. Her aunts (her mothers older sisters) do not believe that she can see ghosts. They assumed that Felix was an imaginary friend.

Pram is a very strange child. Her aunts fear that no one will like her so they do their best to keep her with them. Until one day the teacher at the public school in her town insists that Pram go to school like a normal girl instead of being home schooled. While her aunts don’t agree with this they don’t have a choice and let Pram go.

Upon her first day she meets a boy whose name is Clarence. The two quickly become friends after realizing that both of their mothers are dead. They seem to find comfort in each other.

After a week of being friends Clarence reveals that his mother passed away last November. He believes that his house is being haunted by her. Objects are moved and every morning he wakes up to his curtains open. Which his mother used to do every morning to wake him up. He suggests that the two of them go to see a spiritualist Lady Savant. Pram believes that Lady Savant is a fake but goes long with it for Clarence.

When they reach there Lady Savant pointedly asks Pram whether her mother died on purpose and whether or not her mother regrets anything. Pram replies no. After the show Clarence is upset because he thought Lady Savant was talking about his mother. He decides to look for more spiritualist’s in hopes of finding his mothers ghost.

It is revealed that Pram really wants to find her father. She has all these letters from him to her mother and she truly believes that because her mother passed away he doesn’t know of her existence. Pram, Felix, and Clarence set off to find him.

This was a really sweet story! I loved how their was a large emphasis on friendship and family. The authors writing style suited the story. It gave it that eerie atmosphere. It was slightly creepy but not to the point that I was scared out of my mind. There was a hint of romance between Pram and Clarence but it didn’t take away from the plot.

Pram was such a delight to read about. While she is a bit strange she was also intelligent, sweet, and would do anything to help her friends and family. I found it surprising that she was able to empathize with Lady Savant. I don’t think I would’ve been able to do so. The spirit world and the ghosts were interesting to read about. Felix can create illusions with the clouds and unlike most ghosts I have read about he doesn’t remember his life before. The plot is original and I have never read anything like it!

Overall this was a wonderful book! If anybody is looking for something light, and slightly creepy to read for halloween I would highly recommend this book! Also if you enjoy ghost stories and like middle grade this book is for you.

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Review: Vicious

ViciousVicious by V.E. Schwab

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

Beware spoilers ahead!

DNF

Let me start off by saying that this isn’t a bad book. It’s just not for me. I already knew that going into this book that there was going to be resurrection and near death experience. A couple of years ago when I was reading Beautiful Chaos I found out the hard way that resurrection didn’t sit well with me. Despite this I decided to try and read this book anyways. I assumed that I would like it. But sadly I was mistaken.

This book is divided into two parts. The first part is shorter than the second and tells the readers about Victor and Eli’s past with a few moments from the present. I didn’t read many chapters that showed us the present. On the other hand I read several chapters that consisted of Victor and Eli’s past. Which will be discussed in this review.

Ten years ago before they were foes Eli and Victor were best friends. The two of them had a passion for science and were hoping to become doctors. They both attended Lockland University. One day their professor gave them the option of choosing topic’s to write about in their thesis. Victor chose Adrenaline whereas Eli chose a rather strange topic EO’s. Nonetheless he was still given permission to write about EO’s. EO stands for ExtraOrdinary and they are people with strange powers that cannot be explained by science.

As Eli looks into this he continues to keep Victor up to date about his research. Partly because Victor is intrigued and because he is excited. After returning from the break doing research Eli reveals to Victor that the EO’s come into their powers by surviving near death experiences. Victor then suggests that they test this theory on themselves and he volunteers to go first.

At first Eli is reluctant but after some convincing he agrees. Victor decides to overdoes on painkillers and drugs. They devise that they will call 911 if necessary. After blacking out Victor wakes up in the nurses office. Eli thought that he was dying and called 911.

Once Victor is released Eli tells him that it is now his turn. The two fill a bathtub with freezing water and some ice cubes. Eli explains Victor that once is he taken out of the bathtub Victor must do compression’s (he knows CPR) and if necessary inject him with all three EpiPens. Victor does all of this and when he is ready to call 911 Eli comes back.

To celebrate the fact that they are both alive Victor and Eli decide to go to a bar. On the way back to their dorm Eli slips and gets some glass in his hand. He asks Victor to inspect it and right before his eyes the cut heals. Eli has now officially become an EO.

Victor feeling left out asks Eli about going through the near death experience again. Eli says no because Victor has just gotten out of the hospital and needs more time to recover. Victor disagrees and decides to try it on his own.

He attends a party and buys enough cocaine that should do the trick. Eli gets word of this and stops Victor. He promises yet again that once Victor is better than they’ll come up with something. On the way out of the bathroom Victor notices that the socket is bad and comes up with an another idea. Rather than calling Eli Victor calls Angie Eli’s girlfriend and his crush to help him.

At this point I just started skimming because I was really wanted to know what exactly happened between the two of them. Why is it that Eli gets to play hero while Victor has been in jail for the last ten years? They were both EO’s yet the world sees Victor as the villain? These were the questions going through my head.

From what I got it didn’t go very well. I think Victor tried to electrocute himself and had Angie call 911 if he died. In the midst of all this Angie wound up getting electrocuted as well. Victor survived but Angie didn’t. Throughout this whole experience Victor discovered that he had the power to turn on and off pain. He managed to turn off the pain he was feeling by just thinking about it.

Eli called and asked where Victor was and Victor told him that Angie was dead. His pain started up again and because of this he couldn’t explain Eli what exactly happened. Eli tells him to stay where he is and he hears him calling 911. Apparently Eli told the police that Victor was an EO that murdered Angie.

I was excepting the fight between the two of them to be something else. I didn’t think it would be over a girl. Yes I know that she was Eli’s girlfriend and he cared for her very much but I still found it stupid. Eli didn’t even bother to wait and hear Victor’s side of the story he just assumed and then called the police. Then Eli goes on about how Victor has changed and whatnot. I’m sure had Victor screamed during the phone call then Eli would’ve understood but instead he stifled his scream. I couldn’t get over how stupid it was that a girl tore them apart and just couldn’t bring myself to continue.

I didn’t really understand why exactly they called themselves best friends. Their friendship didn’t feel real to me. It actually reminded me of Blair and Serena’s friendship in Gossip Girl. Victor spends a lot of time explaining why exactly he is jealous of Eli and then says that despite this he cares for Eli.

To be honest I did find the whole EO thing weird to begin with. But I liked the idea of whether Victor was the hero or the villain. And what exactly was Eli then? Some delusional mad man or in the right? And the writing was very good! Hence the two star. But unfortunately it wasn’t enough.

Overall this wasn’t a bad book but I just didn’t like it. If you like the graying idea and the EO’s then I would recommend it to you. If you don’t then I wouldn’t recommend it to you.

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