Journal Review Series: No Exit

Happy Pub Day to Taylor Adam’s, No Exit!

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39938177Synopsis: On her way to Utah to visit her dying mother, Darby Hall encounters a blizzard that leaves her stranded at a highway rest stop.

On less than half a tank of gas, and a dying cell phone with no reception, she essentially finds herself stranded. Not only that, but Darby discovers that one of the four other travelers she encounters has a dark secret.

By chance, she glimpses a child locked away in an animal crate in the backseat of a van. And so the horror starts to unfold as the questions race through her mind. Who is the owner of this van? And why do they have a little girl locked inside?

Darby is determined to set this girl free, but in order to do so she needs to hatch a plan otherwise she risks endangering herself, the trapped girl, and possibly the lives of three other strangers.

Journal Review: 

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Quote:

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Final Thoughts/Recommendation: This book is stressful! Be prepared to dedicate an afternoon to reading because you will not be able to put it down. Taylor Adams creates a twisty-turny thriller that will have you holding your breath and gripping the pages until your knuckles turn white. If you’re in the mood for a proper thriller then definitely check this one out!

What is everyone else reading this week? Now that I got some male authors out of the way, it is time for a new perspective on things. I’m going to be picking up I Am Malala next (while low key trying to finish The Wartime Sisters before its pub date next Tuesday). 🙂

Until next time bookworms!

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Journal Review Series: The Dreamers

As you might have guessed from the title, I am starting a new series of posts on this blog. Right now, I am lacking in creativity, so the title of these types of posts might change when I feel more inspired. But for now voilà!

So one of the things I decided to do with my journal this year, was to include more bookish content. I wanted to not only track the books I read, but also the author (to check if I was reading diversely), pub dates for my Netgalley reads, and to include some individualized spreads for the notable books I read.

With these goals and ideas in mind, three bookish journal spreads/sections were born. In order to maintain my focus within this post, I am only going to share with you a couple of pages from one section in particular.

I guess I’m calling this section my book review spreads? I know it is extremely creative. Truthfully I haven’t titled it anything, the section just kind of grew into what it was as the ideas for it bounced around in my head.

But there are two basic components to these sections. A quotes page and a review page. The first page or cover page will list either one quote or, in the case of The Dreamers, several. And page two will be a brief, handwritten review of the book. Any overflow of thoughts will be accounted for here on my blog. And I will also include the synopsis’ here.

Ok well, I have rambled on long enough about what it is I’m doing. Let’s dive into this and talk about The Dreamers. 🙂

The Dreamers

I was graciously given an ARC of The Dreamers through NetGalley. So first and foremost, many thanks to Random House and to the author’s reps for that. This book will be published on January 15th, so if it sounds intriguing, you won’t have to wait much longer to read it! 🙂

Synopsis: In a college town located in the hills of Southern California, a freshman girl stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep, and doesn’t wake up. She falls into a deep sleep that no one is able to wake her up from. Then another girl in the same dorm room falls asleep, and then another. And then panic begins to erupt throughout the college campus. Pretty soon, it becomes clear that this mysterious sleeping sickness isn’t just infecting college students, but spreading into the town around it.

A quarantine is established and the National Guard is summoned to take control of the whole town. Several stories of those who live in the town unfold as they try to come to understand what the illness is, how it spreads, and how they can stop it.

Journal Review:

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Quotes Page:

the dreamers quotes

Final Thoughts & Recommendation: As you can see from the review page, I gave this one a 3.5 star rating. I would recommend it as it does offer a lot of beautiful insights to human nature. There is a lot of plausibility in what occurs and there are many nods to how our current society operates. You believe in the probability of something like this happening, which makes the story even more compelling. There are also a lot of abstract concepts (like the idea of dreams) tied into this one. The reason this rating fell in the middle of the road for me was because I feel like it builds up so much that you expect there to be a tangible explanation of the sleeping disease. But I didn’t get that. If you have that as your expectation, I am sure you will be bound to love it. So yes, in short, I do recommend this one!

What is everyone reading this weekend? I hope whatever it is, its a good one! 

Until next time bookworms!

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