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Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. LaskinRonit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
Published by HarperCollins on February 21st 2017
Source: edelweiss
two-stars
Pamela L. Laskin’s beautiful and lyrical novel in verse delivers a fresh and captivating retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that transports the star-crossed lovers to the modern-day Israel-Palestine conflict.

Ronit, an Israeli girl, lives on one side of the fence. Jamil, a Palestinian boy, lives on the other side. Only miles apart but separated by generations of conflict—much more than just the concrete blockade between them. Their fathers, however, work in a distrusting but mutually beneficial business arrangement, a relationship that brings Ronit and Jamil together. And lightning strikes. The kind of lightning that transcends barrier fences, war, and hatred.

The teenage lovers fall desperately into the throes of forbidden love, one that would create an irreparable rift between their families if it were discovered. But a love this big can only be kept secret for so long. Ronit and Jamil must face the fateful choice to save their lives or their loves, as it may not be possible to save both.

I received this book for free from edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I will be the first to admit that poetry and I are not necessarily friends. I have never really read a book that is entirely in verse (except for like the Odyssey and a couple others for school). It’s something that I’ve been curious to try and something that always intrigued me. That said, I’m not sure this was the right book to start with.

There were some really good moments. There were a few passages that I really enjoyed and thought were pretty beautiful. They were what I would expect poetry to be. They invoked feelings and a sense of something other than what you were living (if that made any sense).

Beyond the good moments, there were a lot of issues for me. For one, it was REALLY hard to follow the story. It seemed like the poems/chapters alternated POV between Ronit & Jamil, but you never really knew whose poem was whose. The later parts had their names associated with the poems, so I’m not quite sure why that hadn’t happened in the earlier parts.

Another issue I had was that I had no clue about what was going on. It was supposed to be a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. There were times where you could pick up on the families not wanting them together, but that was it. I never really connected with the characters or even the characters connection with each other. It just never fell into place for me. It was hard to know what was going on and what the plot was. It just felt really basic and didn’t really hold much substance for me. Having read what I have in terms of a story being told with verse, I know it’s doable to have more substance and plot and connections.

I was also really curious to see a classic story told in a modern time area that I haven’t really read about (the Middle East). For me, this could have taken place really anywhere. The location could have been another character (in a sense) and it just never really happened.

Overall, this book did let me down. Had it not been such a quick read I probably would not have finished it. I can’t really say I would recommend it, but poetry is very much interpretive so if you enjoy poetry, then give it a try! You never know!

priority 10(ish) for 2017

priority 10(ish) for 2017

I have been in a bit of a blogging slump. I’ve been reading the same couple of books for a bit now so I haven’t been able to really read any review books. I want to continue to push myself with writing and posting at least once a week so I’ve had to get pretty random. My last post was about starting a bullet journal and that inspired me to share the top 10(ish) books I want to read in 2017!

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin → This is one of the books I am currently reading and it feels like it is taking forever! I think the fourth book in the series (A Feast for Crows) really killed it for me. That book was such a pain to get through that I’m definitely dragging my feet with this one.

East of Eden by John SteinbeckI love Steinbeck (yes, even Grapes of Wrath) and I’ve never read this one so I really want to give it a try!

Columbine by Dave CullenI’ve been wanting to branch out and read more nonfiction and this topic is one I’m interested in. I never really knew about Columbine until I was in high school over 5 years after this happened.

Once and For All by Sarah DessenI really feel like this needs no explanation. I love Sarah Dessen and have read all of her previous books so I’m just pumped for a new one!

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson MandelaI got about half way through this probably 5 years ago or so and had to return it to the library and just never finished it. I now have a copy and really want to give it another go! I love Nelson Mandela and I think it would be interesting to see how things went down from his point of view.

The Sword of Shannara by Terry BrooksThis series is one that my husband grew up reading. We watched the show together and it peaked my interest so I decided I wanted to read the series as well! This first installment is one of the books I’m currently reading that has been fairly slow going so far.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater → I loved the first three books in this series and was so excited to get my hands on the final installment. That said, I still haven’t picked it up! I’m torn between rereading the whole series or just picking up this last book. I’m a little reluctant only because I don’t want the series to be over!

Paris by Edward Rutherfurd → I am obsessed with Paris and one of my personal goals is to travel there (technically for the second time). I of course picked this book up because it’s about Paris and there’s history (which I love). I just haven’t picked it up yet! I hope to change that this year.

So there you go! My top choices to read this year! (minus 2 that I already read – go me) I’ve definitely noticed my reading preferences change as I used to primarily read young adult, but I’ve been picking up more and more adult fiction. I like it! (I still love my young adult though.)

bullet journaling

bullet journaling

I feel pretty bad that I haven’t really reviewed any books here for a couple weeks. I haven’t really read any review books recently and the books I HAVE read aren’t really any that I have thoughts to share. So I decided to talk about something pretty random – bullet journaling! (if you couldn’t tell by the title… lol)

I dabbled a bit last year with a bullet journal and used a grid composition notebook. I wasn’t really fancy with it or anything. I liked the concept of it, but I just… didn’t like the work you would need to put into it to make it pretty like the journals/spreads you see on Pinterest and Instagram. As a result, I basically stopped using it!

I’ve always been a notebook person and I enjoy writing things down, but I never succeed in finishing notebooks or anything. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and have a hard time having a bunch of errors in my notebooks/planners as well. It’s something I’m working on and I think I’m making improvements!

I started using a planner at the beginning of the year and I’ve actually kept up with it! I’ve been using it for over a month pretty much everyday and I’m hoping that continues. I also started a notebook to use as a way to be more detailed in my days and thoughts and lists and I’ve been using that for the last month as well!

With my recent foray into Youtube, I’ve discovered (rediscovered) bullet journal videos. I’ve really enjoyed watching them because you can see a wide variety of styles and you can see that other people may make mistakes and they just roll with it. That has really helped me to embrace the fact that a bullet journal DOESN’T NEED TO BE PERFECT. Those videos have really helped me overcome that hurdle in my brain.

I’ve also discovered a whole community of ‘minimalist’ bullet journals. They don’t really get very creative, but they keep it very functional. I like it! It’s the style I would probably end up doing since I’m not good at doodling or writing in specific fonts or anything. I like simple and clean lines. I already know I would include pops of color, but that doesn’t distract from the minimalist style.

So… yeah. I’ve decided to give bullet journaling a try again! This time, I’m pretty dedicated to things and I ordered an actual dotted page notebook (the Leuchtturm 1917) and I will be setting up and starting it for March! I’m pretty excited. I’ve already figured out what collections I’m going to start with and what kind of layout I’m going to start with.

I hope to make it a combination of my planner and my journal that I’m currently using so I’m not having to switch between two notebooks. I do want to use it for actual journaling – not just planning and tasks and stuff. It’s been helpful to have a place where I can get my thoughts out and work through things on paper. I’ll probably incorporate work a little bit, but I’m not sure yet. We’ll see!

 

Sorry for the randomness of this post. I haven’t posted in awhile and this was a topic I’ve been wanting to talk about for awhile, so here we are! lol

challenge check in

challenge check in

So… I have a challenge problem. At the start of this year, I said that I was going to cut down on my challenges and goals and what not so as not to overwhelm myself. That didn’t really happen! Like at all… lol. I’m here to kind of check in and see where I’m at on my goals and kind of reevaluate where I stand and what not.

Blogging Goals

My first goal for 2017 was to post at least once a week. I’ve been pretty consistent with that, but I haven’t really been reviewing many books (due to the fact I haven’t been reading many review books). I’m okay with that, but I hope I can get back on track. I haven’t really been ensuring each post being over 500 words anymore. I do aim for a decent length and definitely a substantial post, but I’m not really paying attention to word count as much as I started out the year. So far I seem to be right on track with my blogging goals so that’s nice to see! Most times people fall off the wagon or slack off or what not by the end of the January so I’m happy I’m keeping up with things.

Reading Goals

This is definitely where things get interesting for me. I read WAY more than I thought I would in January so my main instinct is to raise my goal. However, if the end of the year is anything like the end of last year, I’m right on target.

overall goals

17 | 120 books → Like I siaid, I am WAY ahead, but I always have a slow down in the end of the year.
6,706 | 36,000 pages → I’ve read more pages than anticipated as well. I have been averaging about 394 pages a book.
12 | 60 female authors → I kind of figured that this goal would be an easy one to knock out, so I’m not really surprised where I’m at for the year.
03 | 48 male authors → I’m pretty okay with my progress here! I don’t read near as many male authors as I do female authors so it’s good to see progress. I just need to keep it up!
03 | 48 new to me authors → I want to say this one shocks me a little, but when I look at what I’ve read so far, I realize how much rereading and series installments I’ve read so that definitely takes away from this goal.
03 | 36 standalones → I am right on target for this one so I just need to keep it up! I’ve realized just how many series I read/start though.
03 | 36 review books → This is another goal that I need to keep my focus on. I go through phases of reading review books and I am currently in an off phase. I just need to make sure to not fall behind.
06 | 36 physical books → I’m a bit ahead here, but I’ve been focusing more on ebooks in the last couple weeks so I think everything will even out.
00% | 50% of what’s added to TBR in 2017 → Yeah… I need to get on this one. I’ve added like 20 books to my TBR and haven’t picked up a single one! Including review books was probably a not so good idea. 
01 | 08 completed series → I’ve been able to complete one series already and I have another one about to wrap up also! I think this is certainly achievable this year.
0 | 4 classics → I’m not necessarily behind, but I need to read one soon.
0 | 4 nonfiction books → As with the classics, I’m not behind, but I need to make sure I don’t fall behind.

reading challenges

I’m making good progress (like really good progress) on all my reading challenges. It’s nice to get ahead so I know that if life gets in the way, I could possibly still finish all my million reading challenges! (more like 25) lol

 

Overall I think I’m in a good place! I do need to slow down on my buddy reads and the fantasy before I get burned out. I think once we get a bit more into the new year things will lighten up as people kind of slow down and get back to the real world (myself included).

all the buddy reads

all the buddy reads

Buddy reading books is one of the things that interested me about the blogosphere and Goodreads. Where I live, there aren’t really any book clubs that I’ve been able to participate in or anything. There are some of course at the libraries, but they tend to be geared towards an older crowd and on days that I’m not available. I’ve always wanted to discuss books with other people and just never really have had the chance. Even on Goodreads, the groups I used to be in didn’t really provide a lot of discussion. Thankfully, that has COMPLETELY changed in 2017.

January is almost over and I’ve been able to participate in like 3 buddy read/book discussions! I also have like another 3 set up! It’s been so nice reading all these books with people and discussing them! I’ve been able to expand my understanding of these books and get more out of what I’ve been reading and it’s been so nice. My one concern with all these buddy reads is the amount. I worry that I will burn myself out on them and will fall back into a wicked reading slump. It took so long to get out of one last year that I don’t want it to happen again! How do you balance buddy reads with your own personal reads and not overwhelming your schedule?

One issue I also have is that I am a mood reader so what may sound good 2 weeks ago may not necessarily be what I want to read NOW. It’s a hard balance! So far I’ve been able to balance it pretty well. For every buddy read book, I’m trying to read like two or three in between. There are also books I’m signed up to buddy read that I kind of don’t want to wait. I just want to read them now! I just have to keep that momentum up so that I don’t lose interest in particular books. I’m also trying to limit myself to no more than three buddy reads a month and I hope that it works out.

Overall, I’m glad I’m taking more of an active approach to my reading. I feel like I’m getting more out of it and I’m able to better understand what I’m reading. As a result, I’ve definitely been reading a lot more adult fiction. That’s been nice as well. I’m such a big young adult reader that sometimes it’s nice to challenge myself a little bit with the slightly more difficult books. I like the variety I’ve been getting and all that. I’ve also been able to knock off some harder challenge topics as a result as well! Gotta love when it all comes together and what not!

By Your Side by Kasie West

By Your Side by Kasie West

By Your Side by Kasie WestBy Your Side by Kasie West
Published by HarperCollins on January 31st 2017
Source: edelweiss
three-stars
When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

I received this book for free from edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I have always seen so many amazing things about Kasie West books, but haven’t read one yet. Well, that finally changed! By Your Side is about this girl, Autumn, and how she gets locked into the library with Dax, the bad boy no one knows much about.

Let me start with the obvious. This book is not a serious book. It is a fluffy, feel good book that does touch on certain topics, but it does not go deep. It was super adorable, but pretty cliche for me. It is a great book to read in between harder/longer novels. That said, I did like it. I thought it was fun and I didn’t really struggle getting through it. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending though. It felt a bit flat and abrupt and didn’t quite flow with the rest of the story. I’ve read other novels where there is an open ending, but it still flows with the rest of the story. That’s not quite what happened here.

I really appreciated the nod to mental illness and self care. As someone who suffers from anxiety myself, anytime there is a fairly realistic view of it in literature (especially young adult books), I can’t help but to love that book a little more. I liked that it showed kind of two sides of it. It showed how Autumn was dealing with it (which was not always the smartest) and how Dax really noticed what she was doing and tried to help her. He really cared for her and really tried to make sure she was taking care of her mental health.

Dax was definitely my favorite character. I liked how he approached things and his choices made sense and you really did get the feeling that he cared for Autumn. I also really liked Dallin, which is not a very popular opinion. He really cared for his friend Jeff and it shows. It’s very much like a guy in high school. Jeff bugged me though. One of the things I didn’t like was the whole almost love triangle thing. Jeff was annoying and I really didn’t see why there was such a struggle for her to realize who was better for her.

Another thing I just wasn’t entirely a fan of was how she got locked in the library and how she ended up getting out. I’m sorry, but how can people claim to be such good friends and not realize someone was missing? Also, how could it have taken them almost 3 days to finally see the news about what happened? How did the library staff not thoroughly check to see that everyone is gone? How are there not motion sensor alarms that would have noticed people moving around the locked/closed building? The whole concept was a bit far fetched.

Overall, I enjoyed the story. It was nice and easy and fun and fluffy. I’ll definitely seek more out by Kasie West, but I hope this wouldn’t be considered her best. I feel like there’s so much potential for her as an author so I’m hoping I enjoy her other novels even more!

the YouTube black hole

the YouTube black hole

So this isn’t quite book related, but it’s something I want to talk about so here I am! I used to always hear about people who would watch all the YouTube and I never really understood it. How can someone waste so much time watching silly videos online?! Well, I get it guys. There is so much content on that site that it is so easy to just fall into the black hole that is YouTube. I am now OBSESSED. I watch quite a few videos everyday now! (sorry mobile data & wifi)

I am a pretty random person. I also have a weird habit with picking. It’s definitely an OCD behavior for me and it’s been a struggle to keep it under control. One thing I discovered that helped is popping videos (sorry if this is TMI). Thus, my foray into YouTube began! Then I started watching dog rescue videos and things just kind of spiraled from there. Thanks to YouTube, I discovered blind bag figurines (like Funko Mystery Minis) and I am now obsessed with those as well! There is just something so exciting about seeing what figurines people are getting and the excitement from when they get a rare one.

From there, I started watching vlogs and the such. Then I discovered peel-off masks! Those videos transitioned into beauty videos in general. From there I discovered my lifestyle channels which turned into bullet journals and now budgeting. Basically, if there is something I’m curious about or want to learn more about or anything really I go to YouTube.

Oddly, the one thing I haven’t quite ventured into is BookTube. I am not really a fan of reading reviews before I read a book so I don’t even really read reviews online or blogs. I don’t want someone else’s opinion affect what I may think going into a book. I am curious about BookTubers, but I don’t really want to watch channels that are heavy on reviews since that’s not really content that I would enjoy.

Do you guys have any good recommendations on channels? (book related or not) What are your favorite kinds of videos to watch?

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen KlagesThe Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages
Published by Penguin on October 19th 2006
four-stars
It is 1943, and 11-year-old Dewey Kerrigan is traveling west on a train to live with her scientist father—but no one, not her father nor the military guardians who accompany her, will tell her exactly where he is. When she reaches Los Alamos, New Mexico, she learns why: he's working on a top secret government program. Over the next few years, Dewey gets to know eminent scientists, starts tinkering with her own mechanical projects, becomes friends with a budding artist who is as much of a misfit as she is—and, all the while, has no idea how the Manhattan Project is about to change the world. This book's fresh prose and fascinating subject are like nothing you've read before.

This is one of those books that I purely picked up because of where it takes place. I am born and raised in New Mexico and anytime I come across a book that features New Mexico, I of course have to pick it up. I’m actually really glad that I did with this one! This book takes place in Los Alamos at the time of them building the atomic bombs. While that is the setting and the time frame, the focus was definitely on Suze and Dewey growing up.

Dewey is a little girl genius and I loved her. She was pretty unique and definitely true to herself. She embraced the things that she enjoyed and didn’t entirely care about what others thought of her. She had a strong relationship with her dad and he really seemed to support her in her adventures of building all these things and learning and what not. I did feel really bad for her though. She had to go through some tough situations, but I’m glad that she was able to really overcome them.

Suze was a little bit of a bad egg when we first meet her. I think that once she starts spending more time with Dewey she really comes into her own and grows as a person. She starts to open up a bit more and that was nice to see. I liked that her intelligence was in a different form than Dewey. It shows that there is more than just one kind of intelligence. I really liked her mom as well. She was super nice and smart and was really there for both Suze and Dewey. Yay for smart women! I also liked that she played a bit of a moral role in the things that were happening amidst the adults (with building ‘The Gadget’).

I can’t help but wonder how accurate this is. I can only imagine being in this military encampment where no one can really talk about what’s going on. I feel like some of the adults probably had an idea of what was going on, but certainly none of the kids did. Even the adults though didn’t quite understand the ramifications of their actions. Suze’s mom tried to be that voice of reason, but no one really paid much attention to her in regards to that. I also don’t think they understood the impact this type of bomb could have. A few days later they decide to go the bomb site! I wonder how many of the workers and what not dealt with the side effects of radiation years later. This is definitely a topic I will try to read more about. My interest is piqued!

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. I’m happy that there is a sequel (which I already own) since I do want to see more of Dewey and Suze and their family. I definitely recommend this to anyone interested in historical fiction and smart women and this time frame.

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

Falling Into Place by Amy ZhangFalling into Place by Amy Zhang
Published by Harper Collins on September 9th 2014
Source: edelweiss
three-stars
On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.

Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.

I received this book for free from edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I had seen this pop up on numerous lists of really good books to read, especially in regards to its subject matter (suicide). For some reason, I just never picked it up to read! I’m glad I finally decided to do so! I liked this book and it was definitely a unique read. It’s format was different than anything I’ve read and the story line was definitely nonlinear.

Liz is hard person to like when we first meet her. Throughout the novel we see all these bad things she’s done and how they’ve affected her (not just the victims). I could see her struggles, but I never really understood why she decided to commit suicide. It never really connected for me. I did enjoy seeing her kind of realize what she had done and actually feeling guilty over them. I wish there was just more of a connection between her actions and how she’s portrayed in the novel. Having her be somewhat disconnected didn’t really help the story.

It was interesting seeing her two best friends as well, Kenny and Julia. They definitely reacted differently than each other in regards to what was happening. It was sad to see how Liz affected them and basically helped them on their paths of destruction. I’m hoping that if there were to be a sequel that they would all be on a path of recovery after all this. I’m also super curious about Liam and how he’ll fit into Liz’s life in the future. I actually really liked him.

One of the things that I’m still not sure about is who was the narrator. I think it was like an imaginary friend or a young/innocent version of Liz. At times the story flowed, but there were times where the narrator made things just seem off. The story didn’t quite flow the way the rest of the story did in those moments. I did enjoy the nonlinear aspect of the plot, but I wish it didn’t jump around quite as much. I also enjoyed the physics parts, but I wish it was more of a focus. When it was included, I feel like it really worked.

Overall, I enjoyed this. For being a book about such an emotional topic, I expected to have a more emotional response. I didn’t find it spectacular, but I am definitely intrigued to read more by this author.

The Prey by Tom Isbell

The Prey by Tom Isbell

The Prey by Tom IsbellThe Prey by Tom Isbell
Published by Harper Collins on January 20th 2015
Source: edelweiss
three-stars
The Maze Runner meets The Hunger Games in this heart-pounding trilogy. Orphaned teens, soon to be hunted for sport, must flee their resettlement camps in their fight for survival and a better life. For in the Republic of the True America, it's always hunting season. Riveting action, intense romance, and gripping emotion make this fast-paced adventure a standout debut.

After a radiation blast burned most of the Earth to a crisp, the new government established settlement camps for the survivors. At the camp, these sixteen-year-old "LTs," are eager to graduate as part of the Rite. Until they learn the dark truth: "LTs" doesn't stand for lieutenants but for Less Thans, feared by society and raised to be hunted for sport. They escape and join forces with the Sisters, twin girls who've suffered their own haunting fate. Together they seek the fabled New Territory, with sadistic hunters hot on their trail. Secrets are revealed, allegiances are made, and lives are at stake. As unlikely Book and fearless Hope lead their quest for freedom, these teens must find the best in themselves to fight the worst in their enemies.

I received this book for free from edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I’m honestly not sure what it was about this book that made me want to read it. Something must have grabbed my attention since I requested it for review! Well, it is now over a year later and I finally read it! I enjoyed this book, but I wouldn’t say that I loved it. I also don’t think I’ll read the rest of the series. That said, I can see this appealing to a lot of people so definitely give it a shot!

So first off, there was a lot that happened in this. There were times where it felt like one thing too many. There were times when I thought things were wrapping up and the end was near only for something else to happen. With the type of story it did make sense for things to just happen a lot, but it would’ve been nice for there to be a bit of a breather (not so much for the characters since that wouldn’t have made sense for their story, but definitely for the reader). A lot of the moments were really sad as well. I can only imagine what kind of mental head space these kids are in after everything they’ve gone through. I wish the book would touch on that a bit more.

The romance was probably the main issue I had with this story. I think it was pretty unnecessary. Anytime the romance would kind of become the focus, I would definitely lose interest and want to start skimming. The almost love triangle did not help either. I wish the focus was more on the characters and their backstory and how they are handling it all and getting along and all that jazz.

I did like Cat and his backstory. He would be an interesting character to learn more about. Dozer really bugged. I liked how they were all able to really group together and be a team to get where they needed to. As far as why they didn’t see if it was a place worth bringing everyone else to even gathering supplies before going back, I have no idea. That was a really weird decision for them to all make. It was a quick read at least.

Overall, it was an alright book. I can see some people really loving it and others not liking it at all. Definitely give it a try if you like survival stories with romance and a dystopian landscape!