Ignite Me, by Tahereh Mafi

[Warning: spoilers ahead if you haven’t read book one and two]

Publisher: HarperCollins

Release Date: February 4, 2014

Genre: Young Adult – Dystopian

Type: Series (Shatter Me #3)

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The fate of Omega Point is unknown.
Everyone Juliette has ever cared about could be dead. Juliette may be the only one standing in The Reestablishment’s way. But to take them down, Juliette will need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together to defeat their mutual enemy, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew — about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam — was wrong.

Why Am I Here:
In the aftermath of Omega Point’s first (and failed) attack on The Reestablishment, Juliette is left alone, disorientated, and separated from her friends. When she wakes up from the nearly-fatal wound caused by The Reestablishment’s supreme leader, Anderson, she wakes up to Warner — who Juliette learns is keeping her hidden and safe in his private rooms until he figures out the next plan of action. Presuming that all she’s ever cared about has been destroyed, Juliette’s out for revenge – no matter the consequences. Even if it means working with Warner.

Plot and Pacing: Hot and Cold (and Warner)
I had so many feelings and expectations upon reading Ignite Me, and right now it’s all cluttered into an incoherent mess of… I don’t knows. Okay, let me start off with the bad: the plot and world-building in this final book was quite unsatisfying. Mafi’s writing is a mix of effortless poetry and prose, which is absolutely beautiful; however, much of this dystopian world is underdeveloped. Granted, this story is told strictly from Juliette’s perspective, but there wasn’t enough detail to firmly plant the reader into Juliette’s chaotic world.

By the end of the book, I felt unsatisfied with the lack of plot; the action sequences, especially the much-anticipated ‘face-off’, were rushed. I know, I know — I hate myself for feeling this way, because I am a huge fan of Mafi’s writing and the Shatter Me series; I just expected Ignite Me to end big, to take more risks, to finish strong in the same way the series started.

With all that said, this novel was more of a character book than a plot one. And let me tell you, the character development made up for it in so many delightful ways warnerwarnerwarner.

Character Thoughts: On Fire
Can Mafi write a more perfect character? I mean, I’ve been a fan of Warner from the start — there was always something about being a super-crazy psycho at the surface that really stood out to me. Seriously, it was a pleasure to see Warner’s character unraveled in Ignite Me. As he spends more time with Juliette, you see his true nature, why he is the way he is, and you can’t help but love him (or love to hate him) for it.

I’ve discussed this in the previous two novels of the series, so I’d have to say I was pretty scared for Juliette in this instalment. I was afraid she’d remain the passive, broody girl from when we first met her, but oh, was I wrong. Juliette really branches out in this book — with thoughts of vengeance and freedom to spark her flame, Juliette was indeed a force to be reckoned with. And I am so glad she was finally able to live up to her abilities.

Addictive Factor: Mr. Bad Boy
This one’s a no-brainer because Warner stole the heart of every page. Being part bad boy/ part badass makes for a damn addictive storyline, and yes, I could not put this book down. Put aside all the Team Adam/Team Warner debates… actually, who am I kidding; Warner wins all the gold. And chapter fifty-five?! Man. Mafi knows how to tug at our hearts, guys.

Despite lacking in some aspects, Ignite Me was a story about character — about a hopeless girl living in a more hopeless world, and her story of finding that one spark that gives her a purpose to live. The Shatter Me series was quite an emotional journey, not only for Juliette, but for readers as well. So here’s to Mafi — for shattering, unraveling, igniting all our reader-hearts.

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Bookaholic Verdict: shattered, unraveled, and a spark away from ignition

Quotaholic: “Words, I think, are such unpredictable creatures. No gun, no sword, no army or king will ever be more powerful than a sentence. Swords may cut and kill, but words will stab and stay, burying themselves in our bones to become corpses we carry into the future, all the time digging and failing to rip their skeletons from our flesh.

Jamie’s totally-relevant reading playlist:
“Torch Song” by Shady Bard
“100 Suns” by 30 Seconds to Mars

Click here for my review of Shatter Me (book #1)
Click here for my review of Unravel Me (book #2)

musings of a bookaholic: for the love of Camelot & the idea of hope…

merlin & arthur’s bromance of epic proportions.

For the past couple of days I’ve been meaning to write a post about finishing the BBC television series, Merlin. I never intended to, but it’s been bothering me. A ton have people have recommended the show to me, not to mention the hundreds of posts and discussions on the Internet about this beloved series. Finally — finally I’ve decided to hit up Netflix and watch it. And while this show certainly isn’t Game of Thrones-epic, it’s incredibly fun, evocative, and hopeful.

Oh, so hopeful.

If you’re aware of the Arthurian legend (I know the basics, but I’d like to thank Wikipedia for the rest), then you pretty much know what happens to most of the characters: Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere, Morgana, Lancelot and co., etc., etc. BBC’s Merlin has a unique way of retelling the legend, with twists and turns and endless amounts of laughs and tears to keep things fresh for the viewers. And that’s why I loved it so much (well, aside from the incredibly talented cast and crew) — you get to see each character’s journey, brought alongside to experience, even for a moment, the magical world, the fantastical stories that have lived so long in people’s hearts.

Throughout the series, Merlin is faced with the opportunity to see into the future, and for the most part, a lot of what he sees isn’t quite to his liking. Just like most heroes in Greek tragedies, Merlin does everything he can to prevent fate/ destiny/ whatever higher powers intend from happening; but like most of those dang tragedies, you can’t fight fate.

I’ve known this saying for ages, watched it, read it, studied it in countless stories and plays, but for some inexplicable reason, I can’t help but hope otherwise. And that’s why I still feel so emotionally affected by Merlin — all the characters I’ve grown so attached to, especially Merlin and Arthur, fall victim to their fates [Click here for a spoiler].

Am I just stupid for believing in hope, for hoping against all odds? Or do I just enjoy being beyond cruel to myself?

Whatever the reason is, I know that I’ll probably fall victim to this ‘hope’ thing in the future, and will most likely never learn from it; it’s a human trait that is so obviously, ridiculously stupid, and yet we still do it. Half the time, our blind ambitions lead to something extraordinary, while the other half leads to a terrible loss somewhere in our hearts. And even still, we hope regardless of the powers against us because it’s in our stupid nature to do so. Merlin and the whole lot of Camelot are stupid, stupid hopers and I can’t help but admire – relate – to them.

Anyways, I just wanted to thank Merlin for teaching me nothing and everything about everything. (Especially Merlin and Arthur’s bromance; that stuff’s one of an epic kind.) It goes without saying that Merlin was and is a show for the likes of anyone who basically has a heart. Watch it, if you haven’t; cry with me if you have. (Ha. Just kidding. Mostly.)

– xo, Jamie

Three Little Words, by Jessica Thompson

Publisher: Coronet

Release Date: January 1, 2013

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Type: Stand-Alone

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As a dark evening draws in, the lives of three women are changed forever.
The worlds they have been living in, the people they thought they knew — in an instant it all changes.
But when everything seems to shatter around them, could three little words be enough to help put the pieces back together again?

Why Am I here:
In one disastrous night, numerous lives are unexpectedly changed forever. The loss of love, the loss of life, the loss of someone they thought they had known — everything is turned upside down. As time passes and the burden of moving on proves unbearable, will these characters find the courage deep in their hearts – the three little words – to help them move past this tragedy?

Plot and Pacing: I Think That Possibly, Maybe I’m Falling For You
There is something about Thompson’s work that fills me with the utmost bliss. Sometimes, I need a break from the grand fantastical worlds, from the emotional, complex and heart-wrenching stories; sometimes I just need a simple story that makes me feel good inside. Not that this story was in any way simple or emotionless, but Three Little Words, stripped to its core, is a story of love and forgiveness — the simplicity of the words, and yet the complexity of just saying them aloud.

Admittedly, it was difficult to really get into the story in the beginning; Thompson jumps from past to present, from the perspectives of several different characters — it was a slow build up trying to develop each of our main characters through mere glimpses in chapters. However, as the story progresses you grow quite attached to their stories, and just how they are affected by such an ordeal. 

Character Thoughts: Forever Intertwined
As you delve deeper into the story, you find out that everyone’s lives are not only shattered by that one terrible night, but they are intertwined. Thompson is clever with how she constructs the relations, but I’d have to say it felt too perfectly fit (but then again, that’s how coincidences work, I guess).

Out of all the characters, Bryony’s story really won my heart. Without giving anything away, I felt most affected with her situation, and found myself wishing for more chapters with her. Unlike the majority of the other characters, Bryony was unpredictable, genuine, alive — the rest seemed to fall under a clichéd storyline or personality.

Addictive Factor: Sweet, Sweet, Words
With all that’s been said, Three Little Words was sweet. Not only was it sweet, but the story was certainly compelling. Often, people don’t realize just how much words could mean to someone; sometimes, words are enough to change a person’s life — whether for the best or not, they mean so much. Three Little Words is simple story, an obvious one, if you think about it; but the truth is, not many really think about it. It’s why this story is so needed — it shows readers the simple impact of words.

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Bookaholic Verdict: simple, sweet and everything essential

Quotaholic: “They asked who she was, the one who sat on table ten, every few days for hours at a time, watching the world go by, with the sadness they couldn’t fathom.

Jamie’s totally-relevant reading playlist:
“Falling In Love In A Coffee Shop” by Landon Pigg
“All I Want” by Kodaline

Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas

[Warning: spoilers ahead if you haven’t read book one]

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Release Date: August 27, 2013

Genre: Young Adult – High Fantasy

Type: Series (Throne of Glass #2)

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“A LINE THAT SHOULD NEVER BE CROSSED IS ABOUT TO BE BREACHED.
IT PUTS THIS ENTIRE CASTLE IN JEOPARDY — AND THE LIFE OF YOUR FRIEND.”
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiance — not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then, one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Why Am I Here:
After intense training and tests to prove her worth, Celaena Sardothien has been crowned the King’s Champion. Celaena should be ecstatic — using her expertise as an assassin to carry out hits for the king — but she is far from it. The vicious king has been keeping a deep secret, one that Celaena believes could be the destruction of the entire kingdom. As she treads lightly behind the king’s back, Celaena must conceal her vigilance from her closest friends as well; no one is safe — not the rebels who seek justice by any means, not her friends, not even Adarlan’s Assassin herself.

Plot and Pacing: Real (Fantasy) Talk
Oh boy. Man. Maas doesn’t play around, guys. This book was THE book. I’ve found stories I hold close to my heart most difficult to review, so excuse me if I sound incoherent; but Crown of Midnight was a freakin’ masterpiece and then some. Maas raises the stakes to a whole other world — it’s incredibly entertaining and compelling in all the right (and frustrating) ways. Like Throne of Glass, it’s damn near impossible to close the book during the middle of a scene, I mean, not like you’d want to, but this one’s an all-nighter. I commend Maas for writing such a series so… needed. This book is primarily why fantasy is such a beloved genre for me, why fantasy will probably always be my number one; it’s fun, it’s magical, and it’s real in so many ways.

Character Thoughts: Queen of Assassins
I have no idea where this odd fascination I have with assassins originated from, but they’re following me everywhere. Celaena Sardothien isn’t helping. And frankly, I really don’t mind. Though, there’s something about Celaena that puts her above the rest. Not only has she skillfully, gracefully, mastered the art of killing, but she has a killer smile as well. A killer face. Men fall at her feet, people cower in her presence, and it’s just so wickedly entertaining. On top of all that, Celaena has a heart — even the readers fall victim to her charms.

There’s a love triangle in this instalment, and it’s as strong as ever. Normally, I don’t care much for the clichéd romance, but because Chaol and Dorian are brilliantly written characters who are just as interesting individually (if not, more), I am torn. Chaol and Dorian are both right and wrong and I don’t know why I. Am. Torn. At the end of the day, however, Celaena trumps all.

Addictive Factor: Pure Heroin(e)
Crown of Midnight grips you to the bones. I’ve been a major fan since Throne of Glass, but this sequel just made sure I wasn’t ever going to be okay ever, ever again. Maas has graced readers with such a vibrant world, with a heroine to-die for, with a story so unbelievably developed, it’s hard to believe it doesn’t exist. (Because it does. It does.)

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Bookaholic Verdict: i am never, ever, (ever) going to be okay

Quotaholic: “An icy, endless rage swept through her, wiping away everything except the plan that she could see with brutal clarity. The killing calm, Arobynn Hamel had once called it. Even he had never realized just how calm she could get when she went over the edge. If they wanted Adarlan’s Assassin, they’d get her. And Wyrd help them when she arrived.

Jamie’s totally-relevant reading playlist:
“Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Cover)” by Lorde
“Lady Day” by Lifehouse
“Seven Devils” by Florence + The Machine

Click here for my review of Throne of Glass (book #1)

Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Release Date: September 10, 2013

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary

Type: Stand-Alone

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Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…. But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend; a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world; a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… and she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Why Am I here:
For as long as she could remember, Cath has always had her twin sister, Wren, by her side. Holding her hand. Even when their mother left — Cath and Wren were inseparable… especially when it came to the Simon Snow books. But college is an entirely different atmosphere, and Wren is ready to grow up. Cath, however, isn’t so willing to give up Simon Snow. As a devoted member of the Simon Snow fandom and a notable fanfiction writer on the Internet, Cath is just as dedicated to Simon Snow’s world as she is with pleasing her fans; but what does that mean for Cath’s real life?

Plot and Pacing: Write From the Heart
Holy shit. I know, ohmygod, I’m sorry. But. Shit. Cue the fangirl in me, because this book was e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. From page one, Fangirl was truly a piece to behold. I actually have no idea what to say, because Fangirl says it all; this book doesn’t even cover half of what it’s like for readers, for fans whose minds are latched onto fictional worlds more often than not… and yet, it somehow encompasses everything that’s certainly felt. Rowell’s story is one that hits close to home — for all who are proud to call themselves book nerds, fangirls, fanboys, fans — Fangirl is a modern classic, written genuinely, exquisitely, entirely from the heart. From all our hearts.

Character Thoughts: Number One Fan
Magicath. Cather. Cath. Whoever she was, she was it. She was us. Me, you, every bookaholic — we all have a version of Cath inside us all. Sounds incredibly cheesy, but true. Cath’s quirky, witty, introverted personality is easily admirable and hard not to relate to. She’s a Simon Snow fanatic (think Harry Potter-big), not to mention one of the most renowned Simon Snow fanfiction writers online, which doesn’t really translate into her real life — the life that includes college, boys, family, and, of course, her future.

(Although it was Cath who stole my heart, her slightly-scary, completely badass roommate, Reagan, wins all the awards ever.)

Addictive Factor: Bookaholic-Certified
Having to balance fiction and reality makes for quite an interesting story; with Cath, her struggle is real and frustrating, but charming, geeky, and absolutely heartfelt as well. You follow Cath through her first year of college, and like most angst-ridden freshmen, it’s a hell of a journey. Rowell expertly teases the world of Simon Snow, divides the chapters between Cath, Magicath, even the original Simon Snow author. The reader quickly becomes tangled, engrossed in all of Cath’s worlds — to be able to understand, experience, cherish what it’s like to be a Fangirl. And indeed, I was. Still am. Definitely one for the bookaholics.

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Bookaholic VerdictFangirl-ing to the moon and back

Quotaholic: “Seriously. Look at you. You’ve got your shit together, you’re not scared of anything. I’m scared of everything. And I’m crazy. Like maybe you think I’m a little crazy, but I only ever let people see the tip of my crazy iceberg. Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy and socially inept, I’m a complete disaster.

Jamie’s totally-relevant reading playlist:
“Fall” by Ed Sheeran
“Lego House” by Ed Sheeran

Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: September 24, 2013

Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction

Type: Series (Reckoners #1)

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Ten years ago, Calamity came.
It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary people extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.
Epics are no friends of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man, you must crush his will.
Now, in what was once Chicago, an astonishingly powerful Epic named Steelheart has installed himself as emperor. Steelheart possesses the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said that no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, and no fire can burn him. He is invincible. Nobody fights back…nobody but the Reckoners.
A shadowy group of ordinary humans, the Reckoners spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in.
When Steelheart came to Chicago, he killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David has been studying, and planning, and he has something they need. No an object, but an experience.
He has seen Steelheart bleed.
And he wants revenge.

Why Am I here:
Since the rise of Steelheart’s totalitarian rule over Newcago, David has spent years secretly studying Epics and quietly planning for his revenge. David’s father died the day Steelheart came into power, killed by the very Epic who calls him self the ruler. Having lost his only family, David dedicates his life to orchestrating Steelheart’s death — even if it means having to join the Reckoners, a mysterious group of Epic-assassinators hell bent on ridding the world of the superhuman-kind. David knows the Reckoners are his only chance of facing Steelheart, and he holds a secret weapon that may just prove his place in the group.

Plot and Pacing: Twisted Fun, Brilliantly Done
Is it okay to come out now? Am I alive? Was this for real? Steelheart was an epic mess of a story, and Sanderson is sharp as ever with his ability to construct such a vivid, fun and entertaining world. In the days after Calamity’s arrival, it is super-humans that corrupt and reign the world. Of course, we’ve seen countless plots — in comics, in movies, in stories throughout generations — the character of the Superhero. It’s been done before. Some have been good, some have failed, and in Sanderson’s take, it’s been brilliantly told. The amount of twists and turns Steelheart takes is risky; but, as his previous works have proven, Sanderson is a master of risks.

Character Thoughts: Superheroes & Supervillains
Our protagonist, David, is easily the number one character to empathize with. You can’t help but root for him — his nerdy talk, poor use of metaphors, incredible intelligence, and admirable quest for vengeance — it’s hard not to.

But what really stood out were the Epics and Reckoners. It’s interesting to see Sanderson’s take on people with superhuman abilities, and what was most curious to me was how exactly the Epics came into power. Whether powerful or not, each had their own distinct abilities, their own single weakness that, in the end, made them just as human.

The Reckoners, however, were an entirely different story. Their resilience and skill in planning and taking down Epics were almost inhuman and, for the lack of a better word, pretty damn cool. I totally get why David wants to be part of such an elite group of master assassinators (–look, there’s that word again). The Reckoners as a group almost had that X-Men-like feel to it, minus the powers.

Addictive Factor: Epic Action
Once again, Sanderson never fails to withhold the action. With Steelheart, weapons (grenades, explosives, bazookas, guns — you name it) and superpowers are a thing. An everyday thing. It’s epic in scale and in writing, and as much as it is unbelievable in our world, the short experience this novel brings is truthfully, believably extraordinary.

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Bookaholic Verdict: a Sanderson Epic.

Quotaholic: “I know, better than anyone else, that there are no heroes coming to save us. There are no good Epics. None of them protect us. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. We live with them. We try to exist despite them.

Jamie’s totally-relevant reading playlist:
“Bravado” by Lorde
“Tiptoe” by Imagine Dragons

Killing Sarai, by J.A. Redmerski

Killing Sarai

Publisher: CreateSpace

Release Date: August 31, 2013 (first published June 18, 2013)

Genre: Adult – Thriller / Romantic Suspense

Type: Series (In the Company of Killers #1)

Purchase: Amazon | Chapters | B & N | Book Depository

Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years.
Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape. But things don’t go as planned and instead of finding transport back to Tucson, she finds herself free from one dangerous man and caught in the clutches of another.
While on the run, Victor strays from his primal nature as he succumbs to his conscience and resolves to help Sarai. As they grow closer, he finds himself willing to risk everything to keep her alive; even his relationship with his devoted brother and liaison, Niklas, who now like everyone else wants Sarai dead.
As Victor and Sarai slowly build a trust, the differences between them seem to lessen, and an unlikely attraction intensifies. But Victor’s brutal skills and experience may not be enough in the end to save her, as the power she unknowingly holds over him may ultimately be what gets her killed.
This is their story…

Why Am I here:
Sarai has been around death, sex, and drugs for as long as she can remember — ever since her crack-addicted mother gave her away to one of the biggest drug lords in Mexico. Normal to her is her life in the compound, but despite everything she’s seen and endured, Sarai holds hope. When an American assassin steps foot into the compound for business, Sarai jumps at the chance to escape, to return to America, to home. What she doesn’t expect is falling into the hands of another killer, Victor, who may be even more dangerous than her previous owner. Despite all odds, Sarai’s stubbornness to stay alive brings out Victor’s human side as well — before they know it, Sarai and Victor form an unlikely bond that may or may not prove to be fatal on both sides.

Plot and Pacing: Killing Expectations
The new year has just begun, and I think I’ve already found a favourite. GuysKilling Sarai blew my mind. Having read Redmerski’s The Edge of Never, I became an instant fan, but I did not expect this at all. This story is entirely different and equally (perhaps a little more) phenomenal. There are only a few books in my reading experience that literally and figuratively take my breath away — Killing Sarai is one of them. Action upon action, Sarai’s story blossomed into a life of its own. I could not avert my eyes, I could not stop reading until I absorbed every word; Redmerski’s pacing and writing is crisp and suspenseful, the story played like a movie in my mind.

Character Thoughts: Cold Killers & Broken Hearts
The novel alternates between two perspectives, mainly focusing on Sarai and her emotional roller coaster of a life. I don’t know what it is about broken characters, but after reading an article about unlikeable characters recently, I wholly agree that it is indeed exhilarating for writers who are not afraid to hold back, not afraid to write characters who are deemed as socially unacceptable. Sarai and Victor are messed up, but it’s because they are survivors. And it’s what makes them human. Redmerski writes these characters in a way that is so honest and so human, that you can’t help but succumb to the fascination of it all.

Victor is a cold-hearted killer and yes, of course, an assassin as well. I have no idea why I am so attached to the idea of assassins, why it makes for such a damn good story; but it does. Evidently, assassins are more than just killers, and I’m glad Redmerski is able to explore another side of Victor whilst still maintaing the fact that he is brutally skilled in the art of killing.

Addictive Factor: No Cure For the Common Gold
Truthfully, Killing Sarai couldn’t have been this addictive if it weren’t for Redmerski (obviously). The plot, the characters, the writing — the story in its entirety was gold. A bookaholic’s dream. I’m a big fan of action and thrillers, but I’m also a sucker for a little romance; Killing Sarai contained all the contents for an addictive story and upped it to a whole new level.

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Bookaholic Verdict: killed all my expectations

Quotaholic: “I let my head fall to the side, feeling the pang of defeat. I can’t look at him anymore. Not out of anger or hatred or revenge, but out of shame. I can’t look a murderer in the eye because not only am I no better than he is, it’s possible that I’m worse.

Jamie’s totally-relevant reading playlist:
“Black” by Kari Kimmel*
“Hurricane” by 30 Seconds to Mars

*J.A. Redmerski used this as part of her playlist, and I must say it is perfect. (Ps, love the TWD love.)