Review: Everlost by Neil Shusterman

From Goodreads: Nick and Allie don’t survive the car accident…but their souls don’t exactly get where they’re supposed to get either. Instead, they’re caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places that no longer exist. It’s a magical yet dangerous place where bands of lost children run wild and anyone who stands in the same place too long sinks to the center of the Earth.

When they find Mary, the self-proclaimed queen of lost kids, Nick feels like he’s found a home. But Allie isn’t satisfied spending eternity between worlds. Against all warnings, Allie begins learning the “Criminal Art” of haunting and ventures into dangerous territory, where a monster called the McGill threatens all the souls of Everlost.

In this imaginative novel, Neal Shusterman explores questions of life, death, and what just might lie in between.

Everlost showed up in my mail last week with a note saying to expect the second book in anticipation for Everfound coming out on May 3rd! I have heard a lot about this series and had previously purchased a different Shusterman book Unwind but hadn’t taken the time to read.

Shusterman’s writing style is reminiscent of Gaiman and Bray but wholly his own unique thing. The Everlost is a continually interesting place. Learning how the universe works in this first book is an experience unto itself. Mary Hightower also known as Mary Queen of Snots books are referenced at the beginning of each chapter and you dig a bit deeper into the world and how the Afterlight’s survive day to day.

Nick and Allie are unusual counterparts and their differences of opinion make their partnership even more interesting to the reader. The monsters and finders and other Afterlight children make the experience of the book amazing to read.

If you haven’t picked up this trilogy and have been inclined to do so; there is no time like the present! You will fall in love with this world and the children populating it. There are mysteries to be solved and not of the stale whodunit style. There is so much to appreciate about in the smaller side stories and subtle nuances of Everlost.

I can’t wait to read Everwild! I think I will read Unwind while I wait for book two to come!

Review copy sent by publisher for a review.

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Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Goodreads: What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined.

Have you ever read a book and wanted to review it but had no clue what to say? That there is nothing you can add, or no way to get your point across without revealing the twist or the ending? I am having this problem with Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall. I want to scream from the rooftops read this book, alas how do I say it coherently or professionally?

We follow Sam reliving the same day over and over Groundhog Day style. She is the popular girl, the pretty girl with the perfect boyfriend. She is a bully, and she dies. She dies seven times over and is rewound and gets a new chance at making amends. Can Sam figure out what to change in her life and how important her actions are in time?

This book is written perfectly. You know the characters immediately and even if you dislike their mean-girl attitudes, you cannot put this book down. The ending was shocking and poignant. I had mixed emotions. I was in awe, I was angry, then I was in awe again. I never saw it coming.

I love that Sam learns her actions have consequence and bullying is wrong. There is some drinking, there is some drugs, there is some sex. Trust me people your teens aren’t as impressionable as you think. This book is more about discovery, and learning how to treat others.

If you like Laurie Halse Anderson, or Gayle Forman you will love Lauren Oliver!

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