Update on Reader’s Boulevard

Hey there. It’s been a while hasn’t it? If you’re reading this and happen to follow my blog, you’re probably wondering why my next review hasn’t come out yet. Well, I’ve decided to make some changes on my review deadlines.

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Review: “More Happy Than Not” by Adam Silvera

Note to future self: make another Top 10 LGBT Young Adult Novels I Recommend List in the future.

The idea of implanting memories and forgetting our sins is a concept of science fiction that’s been debated to death, from popular movies such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Total Recall and 50 First Dates to video games that embrace the idea such as Remember Me. But what if you were an uncertain, confused teenage boy who wanted to forget his sexuality? That is what debut author Adam Silvera has us discover in his first book, “More Happy Than Not”.

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Review: “Carve the Mark” by Veronica Roth

Riding off the success of the “Divergent” trilogy (and sadly not so much from the film adaptations), Veronica Roth returns to young adult literature with a duology that begins with “Carve the Mark”. Before I begin, I should mention that I have read the “Divergent” trilogy (save for “Allegiant” because by “Insurgent” I felt meh), even most of the film series. I find them entertaining for the most part and felt Veronica Roth did a…decent job. The characters were okay, the world was unique and is an average read.

Then “Carve the Mark” came out, and then came this controversy visible on parts of Twitter. Some are calling the book wonderful, others are calling it racist, some are calling it cluttered, and some are trying to either defend Veronica Roth, pan her or both. I’d only just heard about this controversy after beginning to read the book and…yeah there are some things I have to agree with and many things I do not.

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Want to read a short story?

Want to read a new story of mine that includes conflicting doubt, confidence in one’s work and a giant space elevator in the future? Read “Ascendance” on DeviantArt right now! 🙂

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Review: “Guardian” (Proxy #2) by Alex London

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Let’s revisit a world I’ve grown fond of since finishing “Proxy” over a month ago, and that is Alex London’s sequel called “Guardian”. Before I begin, I should warn readers that despite everything I could, there is no way I can explain my thoughts on “Guardian” with bringing up significant plot details that occurred in the last book. It may not seem like a big deal to you guys if you haven’t read it, but believe me: I cannot talk about this novel without bringing up “Proxy” and the ending. With that said, what are my thoughts on the sequel of a young adult book I’ve grown to love?

SPOILERS IN THREE…

SPOILERS IN TWO…

SPOILERS IN ONE…

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Review: “The Thousandth Floor” (The Thousandth Floor #1) by Katherine McGee

A part of me really wants to praise the hell out of this book for so many reasons, many of which are legit and other reviewers agree with. It has an incredible setting you can’t get enough of, a beautifully poignant writing niche, lovable romances and charismatic characters (who are ethnically diverse) as well as a brilliant build-up to a shocking ending. However, there are a couple of things that keep it from being a masterpiece, and one character that really irks me the more I think about him.

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Review: “I Hunt Killers” (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga

Serial killers: they’re pinnacles of murder mysteries and most of the time becoming icons in both literature and film such as Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs. When it comes to young adult fiction however, serial killer characters themselves can usually be hit or miss. it’s not that the book may be bad, but the big reveal can either be disappointing or the idea not clever enough for its own good.  Continue reading

Top 15 Worst Fictional Worlds to Live In

            Great storytelling often involves creating a fictional world for the character(s) to live in. Whether it be a simple story about life or a grand, epic adventure, fictional worlds are what can define a story and help it stand out on its own among the hundreds of millions of good stories out there. And in many instances, as I’ve pointed out in the past, fictional worlds can become so popular that they all seem too good to be in just mere pages. Continue reading