Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Secret for a Song by S.K. Falls

Saylor Grayson makes herself sick. Literally.

She ate her first needle when she was seven. Now, at nineteen, she’s been kicked out of college for poisoning herself with laxatives. The shrinks call it Munchausen Syndrome. All Saylor knows is that when she’s ill, her normally distant mother pays attention and the doctors and nurses make her feel special.

Then she meets Drew Dean, the leader of a local support group for those with terminal diseases. When he mistakes her for a new member, Saylor knows she should correct him. But she can’t bring herself to, not after she’s welcomed into a new circle of friends. Friends who, like Drew, all have illnesses ready to claim their independence or their lives. 

For the first time, Saylor finds out what it feels like to be in love, to have friends who genuinely care about her. But secrets have a way of revealing themselves. What will happen when Saylor’s is out?

(Synopsis from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
There was a time a few years ago when I was obsessed with new adult books. When the genre first came out, it was all I wanted to read. As the genre became over-saturated, I lost interest in it. I was browsing through my Kindle the other day when I was organizing the books in it, and I came across Secret for a Song. I decided to give it a try. I'm glad that I did. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it.

At first, due to the intense subject matter, I wasn't sure how I would feel about Secret for a Song. However, I ended up loving it. It became one of my favorite books that I've read this year. My only regret is that I didn't read it sooner. It was one of the most moving, earth-shattering, heartbreaking books I have read recently. In fact, I think it might be one of the most thought-provoking books I've ever read. 

I thought that the subject matter of Munchausen syndrome was dealt with really well. Before reading Secret for a Song, I knew next to nothing about Munchausen syndrome. However, this book taught me quite a bit. I always thought that the people who had Munchausen syndrome were just selfish, and seeking attention. Now I know that it's a disease and an addiction. Like any other disease or addiction, the people that have it can't help their actions. I also thought that the delicate subject of terminal illness was handled well, It was handled in a respectful, yet informative manner.

I loved Secret for a Song so much. The ending was absolutely heartbreaking and made me ugly cry. I thought that this book was beautiful. It's a book that I think everyone should read. I wish the book was more well known. I will definitely be reading the author's other books, and future releases, as soon as I can get my hands on them.

I give Secret for a Song: 4/5.

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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Geronimo Stilton: The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid by Elisabetta Dami

The Curse Of The Cheese Pyramid is the second book in the Geronimo Stilton Series. This book introduces some of the members of the Stilton family who are also the main characters in the series: Trap Stilton - Geronimo's cousin, Thea Stilton - Geronimo's lovely and adventurous sister, and Benjamin - Geronimo's favorite nephew. In The Curse of The Cheese Pyramid, Geronimo's Grandfather William suddenly turns up and threatens to take over The Rodent's Gazette. He starts off by firing everyone who works at the paper. He then asks Geronimo to go on a trip to Egypt and meet Professor Alrat Spitfur and learn the secret of generating energy from camel dung. Geronimo is forced to make the trip on the rickety and patched up plane of Dirt Cheap Airlines by his miserly grandfather. In Egypt, he learns the history of the pyramids. He journeys across Egypt on camels to learn the secrets of the Seven Wonders of The Ancient Mouse World. When he returns, Geronimo and his colleagues at the newspaper hatch a plan to avoid Grandfather William.
(Synopsis from Goodreads). 

My Thoughts:
Geronimo Stilton was one of my favorite series when I was a kid. I loved seeing all of Geronimo's adventures with his family, both in and out of New Mouse City. Recently, I had discovered that the series was still being published today. I wanted to give the newer books a chance to see if I got the wonderful feeling of nostalgia from it, and if I enjoyed it as much as I did when I was a kid. Therefore, I picked up Geronimo Stilton: Curse of the Cheese Pyramid. Unfortunately, I was incredibly disappointed. 

It had been about 15 years since I had picked up a Geronimo Stilton book. I remember how much the books used to make me laugh. However, I found The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid to be incredibly boring. It didn't have much of a storyline at all. The book's plot was building up to one specific thing happening. When that thing "happened" it was very anti-climatic. I said "happened" because nothing actually happened at all. Nothing was resolved or advanced. It was just a waste of time to read. The only reason why I'm giving the book two stars is that the adorable illustrations did kind of bring back that nostalgic feeling that I loved. However, it wasn't enough to save the book.

The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid didn't meet my expectations at all. In fact, it might be one of the most disappointing books I've read this year. As much as I loved the original books when I was a child, the good memories I have of them might be better left in the past. Needless to say, I won't be continuing with this series.

I give Geronimo Stilton: The Curse of the Cheese Pyramid: 2/5.

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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.