Review: Hold Still

◆ Hold Still by Nina LaCour
◆ Read July 2014
◆ English Edition
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❝ I am a girl ready to explode into nothing.

That night Ingrid told Caitlin, I'll go wherever you go. But by dawn, Ingrid was dead and Caitlin was alone. Suddenly Caitlin has to deal with a completely unfamiliar life—a life without the art, the laughter, the music, and the joy she shared with her best friend. When she finds the journal Ingrid left behind, Caitlin gets a chance to learn about another side of her friend; and the journal becomes her guide as she deals with forging new friendships, finding a first love, and learning to live without the one person who knew her best.
Every once in a while I come across a book that touches me greatly. This was the case with Hold Still, because it hit close to home. I think part of this is because I could very easily imagine myself in Caitlin's place. Someone incredibly dear to me has battled with depression for as long as I can remember so it was easy to identify with the most basic questions that this book features: Why? Why is someone always so sad? Why is someone not able to go on with their daily life? Even, in the case of this novel, why does someone commit suicide?

Review: The Silence of the Lambs

◆ The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
◆ Read July 2014
◆ English Edition
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❝ There's a killer on the loose who knows that beauty is only skin deep, and a trainee investigator who's trying to save her own hide. The only man that can help is locked in an asylum. But he's willing to put a brave face on - if it will help him escape.
The Silence of the Lambs is special, in the sense that it is one of the few cases in which  a sequel is better than the first book in a series. In fact, I believe this book series has gained the most popularity because of the movie adaption of this book which was a groundbreaking success. After it's release, everyone suddenly knew about Hannibal Lecter, more so than with Red Dragon. The plot is simply superb and captivating, the characterization still really good, and the writing improved compared to the first book.

Review: Fifty Shames of Earl Grey

◆ Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin
◆ Read July 2014
◆ English Edition
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❝ Young, arrogant, tycoon Earl Grey seduces the na├»ve coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames, including shopping at Walmart on Saturdays, bondage with handcuffs, and his love of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick)? Or will his dark secrets and constant smirking drive her over the edge?
Fifty Shames of Earl Grey is a parody on Fifty Shades of Grey, a book that I wrote a not-so-positive review for some time ago [read it here]. Long story short: I hated Fifty Shades of Grey and a parody seemed like a good way to forget about E.L. James. This parody is a clever adaption of the original, but it was unfortunately not nearly as funny as I had hoped.

Harry Potter Is Not Dead: The Miraculous Short Story Release

Copyright:  Caroline Hadilaksono
That's right, you've read it right, J.K. Rowling has released a short story about Harry today. Shocker! It's not like Harry Potter was dead in the first place, because he wizarding world has lived on all these years in our minds, but it's different without access to new information.

Years ago, J.K. Rowling claimed in an interview that she would not be writing any other books about the golden trio. And it's been true so far. Ever since the release of the Deathly Hallow's Rowling has released books for adults, among which The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo's Calling. For seven years there have been no new releases about the Harry Potter-world we love so dearly. Until today.

Review: My Sister's Keeper

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
◆ Read July 2014
◆ English Edition
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❝ Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister -- and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.
My Sister's Keeper mainly interested me because of the difficult moral dilemma it portrays. Kate Fitzgerald is a teenage girl who has struggled her entire life with leukemia. Her sister, Anna Fitzgerald, was initially conceived to donate blood from her umbilical cord in order for Kate to live. However, Kate falls into relapse and over the course of the years Anna donates blood and bone marrow, up until the point where she is asked to donate a kidney to her sister. Anna then sues her parents and requests medical emancipation so that she can decide herself whether she wants to donate or not. The moral dilemma in this is whether Anna, who loves her sister dearly, feels like she should donate because it is her 'duty', but doesn't really want to because it could endanger her own live, and because she feels like her family only cares about the wellbeing of her sister. The parents of the Fitzgerald girls are also in a dilemma, because every decision they make is solely for Kate's wellbeing, and much less for their two other children Anna and Jesse. 

Scrivener: A Writer's Best Friend

Do you know that annoying feeling when you're writing a possible novel and all your different ideas, headcanons, characters, settings etc. are jumbled into a chaos of word documents? Every writer has probably experienced this at least. The thing is though, writing doesn't have to be like that. 

About a year ago I made a Masterlist for Writers with convenient websites for writing.  I also mentioned the computer tool/program Scrivener, but never really elaborated much on it. Scrivener is an amazing tool for writers (aspiring novelists and students who have to write papers alike) that will make the whole process so much more organized, so it's about time I make a post about it! 

Freedom is almost upon me!

Hello readers!

Posts on my blog have been far and few between the last months, despite my  promise that I would be more active. Why? It might not seem like it but I have an actual life outside the internet (le gasp) and it has figuratively swallowed me up.

BUT! (there's always a but following my pointless excuses). I'm handing in my final paper tomorrow and then I'm free of any and all university studying until September. And that's not all. I still haven't found myself a job which means I'll be reading and chilling for more than a month, enough time to post about books again, I should think.

So that's it for now, expect to see some new posts very soon (perhaps even one tonight, wow!)

Sifra
 

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