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I eat books vivaciously.

But, like brussel sprouts darn the cursed little objects I don't always like the books I eat. Sometimes I think they've got plot holes so large I could fall into Wonderland. Other times I'm just uncomfortable with the subject. And still other times I haven't got the faintest idea what they're talking about.

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their incredibly awesome meme: Top Ten Tuesday. This is a meme involving lists, peoples. LISTS! I love lists.

This week's prompt is: Top 10 Books I Found Hard To Read (for various or any reasons)

1. This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl

Why was it hard? It's about a dead girl! I'm not being disrespectful...it's just the plain honest and simple truth. It's a memoir about a girl who died of cancer (she inspired John Green's TFIOS too, by the way) and I just found it incredibly hard to swallow. It was sad.

And there were also some dubious statements and incomplete tellings that made me frown. Like Esther's parents being mad at her for being tired all the time (um...she has cancer?) and all the medical details were left out of her death AND everyone in the book had an inability to grieve. If anyone was sad for too long they were being "ungrateful". Gosh. It's okay to cry, peoples.

2. Brotherband: The Outcasts by John Flanagan

Why was it hard? Because I'm an absolute die-hard FAN of Ranger's Apprentice, and Brotherband was a woeful companion story. It was absolutely stuffed with mistakes! Contradictions! Illogical events!

I pretty much sobbed because I wanted to like it and it flopped.

3. Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

Why was it hard? Do you remember me whining incessantly about this book? "I can't read it," I wailed, "it'll be too painful and I might hate it." I'm such a pathetic antelope.

In other news, it was completely painful and I did love it, but only because it broke my brain and all other emotions died. My ship basically sank. Nothing went right. People were mean. The usual, but still, in case you're wondering? I AM STILL UNOKAY. (Don't get me wrong, I loved this book a lot, but it was still incredibly hard to read.)


4. A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty 

Why was it hard? Despite the author having an infamously cool last name...this book was ridiculous. I usually LIKE ridiculous! (Hello! Lemony Snicket fan sitting right here, still complaining about not knowing what VFD stands for.) But A Corner of White just was so far from making sense that I choked.

5. Breaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais

Why was it hard? BECAUSE IT WAS FREAKY. Not in a "horror" way...in a this-kid-is-a-sociopath-but-they're-letting-him-hurt-his-a-teenage-girl-if-only-it-might-make-him-feel-something. So, so, so wrong. It was a very luring tale (I couldn't put it down) but it was more like watching a kid with a very tall glass of juice and realising you'll be moping the floor in 2.4 seconds.


6. Say What You Will by Cammie

Why was it hard? Because it was supposedly about two teens with illnesses (mental and physical) who develop an unlikely friendship. NO. It's actually about a girl with cerebral palsy who bullies a boy with anxiety into being "fixed" so he's in the appropriate frame of mind for a relationship with her. So so wrong. I have zero tolerance for bullies.

7. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Why was it hard? I realise I'm a Hater in a 99.9% crowd of Huge Fans. I APOLOGISE. But I was appalled at this book. I felt physically sick because this was about a girl bullying bullies in an attempt to guilt them into remorse. She (while being dead) affectively destroyed lives. And her "bullies"? Half of them didn't even WRONG her.


8. The Seventh Miss Hatfield by Anna

Why was it hard? Because I was too busy sleeping. I'm sorry...I truly am. I suspect this book would appeal more to people who a) like books that don't make sense, b) like period dramas, c) like romances with no emotion because "that wouldn't be proper, sir".

9. Abberant by Ruth Silver

Why was it hard? Look I try my darndest to be a NICE person...but when books blatantly copy famous novels? I HAVE A LITTLE PROBLEM. Abberant actually ripped off Divergent, The Hunger Games and Matched, so badly at one stage I though, "This is a parody, isn't it? It has to be...or so many people could be suing right now."

10. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Why was it hard? I read this about 3 years ago, so be nice. But I was scared witless. Sure I was new to reading YA and dystopian but the whole unwinding children's insides. MY BUNNY SLIPPERS HAVE RUN FOR COVER. Especially the ending and...the arm. If I read it now I'd probably be a lot more logical, but back then, I crawled into Mime's arms and sobbed for the fake and fictional children who died even though they never existed. Trauma has never been so real.


Just because a book is hard to read does NOT mean I hate it! 

But (I see your point) a lot of these I found unnaturally cringe-worthy as just all-round dud books. In my opinion. Yours is no doubt completely different. I will refrain from throwing small hazelnuts at you, because I am fair.


i totally want to hear which books you've had trouble reading! were they too good? like me and heir of fire? or where they too awful? like me and aberrant? do you agree/disagree with any on my list? thoughts? link me up to your TTT posts if you like!


Cait (as you know) is trying to think up blog names and failing. It's a sad state of affairs, to be honest, and let's hope she never has to name a child...imagine the stress. ALSO: she just finished Sherlock. She is now on hiatus with all the sobbing fangirls and is mourning the agonies of her life. It is UNFAIR how she must wait until 2016. The cliff-hanger was cruel. THE PLOT WAS BRILLIANT.

Because this pretty much sounded like an episode of Supernatural, I knew I needed this book in my life.

And I actually got approved to read it on NetGalley! YAY! Sorry, this is cause for great celebrations, because although my NetGalley ration is about 80%...I still get denied everything because I'm an Aussie not American and that's not really fair, don't you think? Okay! Okay! I'm done!

Thank you Sourcebooks Fire on Netgalley for the eARC. The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco came out in August, 2014.

You may think me biased, being murdered myself. But my state of being has nothing to do with the curiosity toward my own species, if we can be called such. We do not go gentle, as your poet encourages, into that good night. 
A dead girl walks the streets.
She hunts murderers. Child killers, much like the man who threw her body down a well three hundred years ago.
And when a strange boy bearing stranger tattoos moves into the neighborhood so, she discovers, does something else. And soon both will be drawn into the world of eerie doll rituals and dark Shinto exorcisms that will take them from American suburbia to the remote valleys and shrines of Aomori, Japan.
Because the boy has a terrifying secret - one that would just kill to get out. 
The Girl from the Well is A YA Horror novel pitched as "Dexter" meets "The Grudge", based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.
add it on Goodreads



I have to shout one thing first, okay? Okay. Keep calm, just let me get this off my chest:

THIS WAS AMAZING AND SCARY AND FREAKISHLY FANTASTIC. IF YOU HAVE NOT READ IT YET, YOU'RE MISSING OUT.

Aaaand...I'm done. I am! I could end the review here, to be honest. But, I'm not positive you're convinced. (Although, in all honesty? Everyone knows I'm trustworthy and that if I like a book you ought to drop everything and rush out and read it.) But for the SKEPTICS, I will explain.


Warning: YES THERE WILL BE SUPERNATURAL GIFS. You're not even surprised.

The Girl From The Well is part Japanese ghost stories, part mythology, part scariness.

Not that I was actually scared. Pfft. I don't scare easily. (Unless I lose my library card, then and only then do I admit to freaking out irrationally and perhaps breaking down in heartfelt sobs. But I digress.) I was pleasantly (that sounds wrong, but keep with me) surprised at how chilling this book was. Plus I hadn't heard anything good about it. The reviews I'd read verdicted it with "meh".

But Japanese ghost stories?!! What could possibly be more awesome?!

It's also got a unique narration style. 

For starters, it's narrated by a dead girl. Don't judge. Just because you're dead doesn't mean you can't write a book. Okiku is a ghost who pops around the world avenging murdered children. Which is very nice of her...I guess? She likes to count so her narration is full of interruptions of numbers.
I count the condiments hanging from racks that line the walls. (Eight.) In the time it takes them to finish I have counted the flower patterns on their wallpaper, the lights overhead, the knots in the ceiling, the kitchen tiles. (8% kindle ebook)
I like it. I am a huge fan of books that don't follow the typical styles or rules. BREAK THE RULES, I say. I like Okiku's styles (with the counting) and also her view point which was unreliable to say the least. You, the reader, have to piece together the story from what she says and what she hears. Love that.

While Okiku the ghost is narrating, the book is also about Tark. 

He's a 15-year-old kid with weird tattoos on his arms from some Unnamed Thing From His Past. I was desperate to know the WHYS behind his tattoos. Basically, the book flings all these WHYS at you and you can't stop until you understand it all. Like "why-is-Tark's-mother-insane?" and "why-did-him-and-his-father-just-move?" and "why-does-Okiku-hate-the-number-nine?" It was flipping pages late into the night, just eating it all.

Then there's Callie. She's Tark's cousin. She plays a huge part in the book and in Tark's life and actually...there's no love-interest. The book is about surviving creepy ghosts and Japan and supernatural events. There's possibly noodles involved. Thank goodness. Food saves lives.

These are not Japanese noodles, but whatever.

Then creepy stuff happens. Lots of it.

From ghosts to murderers to weird children (they're the worst) to Tark's freaky mother to travelling to Japan...oh. That's right, I didn't mention that! THIS BOOK ACTUALLY MOVES OUTSIDE OF AMERICA AND GOES TO JAPAN! I'm sorry! I have nothing against Americans, it's just that 90% of American books don't even mention the rest of the world. But we actually journeyed to Japan and saw ancient mountains and temples and noodles (important) and Okiku went along and creepy stuff went down.

Like really creepy. I'm not saying more.

Trust me. You're supernatural senses will be tingling.

Anything I wasn't impressed about?

Well, the Parental-Disappearing-Act happens. Tark's dad doesn't believe in ghosts so we throw him off on a very convenient business trip. Ah-huh. The plot isn't particularly fast. The ending is too tidy and didn't quite throw the -- BAM OMG WHAT JUST HAPPENED -- that I was hoping for. Up till then I was stoked on the noir feel. But the end? A little meh.

But in all honesty? I just couldn't get enough of this book. I am so, so happy with it.



For someone who's (okay, I admit it!) a little hard to impress when it comes to paranormal activity, I was really happy with how much I adored this one! I love mythology AND ghost stores AND Japan AND noodles and this book delivered. It's like a 4.5 in the star rating category.



how do YOU feel about scary books? scarier the better or...wait, are you hiding under the bed right now? GET UP. BE BRAVE! face your fears. and (of course) i want your thoughts on The Girl From The Well if you've read it! do you like it when books hop around different countries? noodles, anyone?


Cait's most read genre is urban-fantasy/paranormal. She doesn't necessarily intend to base her bookish diet off them...but it happens. She likes to read books about the impossible, things that don't exist, and delicious food. Currently she's reading ROSE UNDER FIRE, which is actually Historical Fiction (not her norm) and she's crying a lot because it's about WWII and it's sad.

The internet absolutely loves classifying things, particularly: personalities. 

Hey, it's cool! No glares from me. It's very interesting actually. (Though I pretty much blame my mother for this since she analyses personalities all the time...I think it's fascinating, Mum, don't worry.) I'm pretty sure, though, there's an internet quiz for everything.

You've probably heard of the Meyer-Briggs personality tests. With all the letters? WELL. When I was on Engie's blog the other day (because, let's face it, I'm always over there) I read her post on finding which literary characters have the same personality as yourself.

TOO. COOL.

I've always wanted to be in a book.

And now I can see just what kind of person I would be if I was a bookish (or movie) character.

Here's is a neat site where you can take the personality test, and here is the TV Tropes page where you find your literary alter-egos.

I'm an INTJ.

This stands for: Intensely Nice Terrific Jabberwocky. Sums me up quite nicely. 

OKAY! For real now! (But pity about the jabberwocky bit, because, honestly? I would love to be a jabberwock.)  INTJs are the rarest personality type of the world, making up just 2%. And only 0.8% are women.

The TV Topes site sums it up like this:
INTJs are clever, analytical, pragmatic and logical, and are not scared to tell someone (or themselves) when they're being stupid. They emphasize efficiency, making them simultaneously loners and excellent leaders. Their natural talent for planning and system-building often makes them the perfect villains.

I'm a genius, see? Although the villain part is unfortunate.

I definitely relate to a lot of these, particularly the logical and (obviously clever). Ha, I'm joking okay?! And apparently INTJs are very good with dark humour and also very awkward around humans. I am, however, a follower and I've never done anything really villainous! I PROMISE. Except for, you know, killing characters, but these things happen.

Now there is a whole list of literary-characters who are supposedly INTJs too, but I'm picking out ones I recognise.


1. Jafar from Aladdin

Okay, that's a little unfair. Apart from world domination, I would definitely say I hold NOTHING in common with Jafar. Do I look like I have an evil lair and malicious intentions? Don't answer that.

Arthur...what have you done.

2. Arthur from Inception

Although the dude has about as much personality as a fridge, he still manages to be one of the coolest and most loyal dudes in the movie. Which is saying something since NO ONE in that movie tells all the truth. They've got university degrees in omission.

3. Smaug from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

This amuses me. I AM FIRE. I AM DEATH. Being a dragon would actually be a great life career, plus all that wealth and no need to ever buy matches again. I'll take this one.

4. Four (Tobias) Eaton from Divergent

Hmm....not so much. Although I really do like cake.

5. Batman AND Scarecrow 

This is a magnanimous pairing and I feel quite accomplished to be two fearsome Gotham scary people AT ONCE. I fit Batman quite fine because I a) am terrified of bats, and b) yell to Mime, "Come up here, Alfred!" ALL the time. No, her name isn't actually Alfred. But. It's a good quote. It is my favourite phrase. I'm nothing like Scarecrow of course.

6. Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol

I OBJECT! Okay, I suck at giving presents. I am the most horrible gift giver in the world and, to be honest, any sort of celebration or fuss is more easily skipped in my mind....but...but I'm not Scroogey! Well. Maybe I am. Just a little.

7. Shere Kahn from The Jungle Book & Scar from The Lion King

What is with all the villains? Does intelligence have to mean evil mastermind? What about just average-nice-mastermind? I AM NOT A VILLAINOUS CAT. I don't even like cats. (I'm allergic.)

8. Captain Hook from Peter Pan

To be honest, you've got to feel sorry for this guy. He spent his whole life driven crazy (and losing appendages) because of a little boy. And Peter Pan was never very old, I might add, since in the original fairy tale he still had his baby-teeth.

9. Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice  

I haven't actually read this book because I'm slightly opposed to period dramas and romantic classics. But from what I know of Darcy? I would say yes. Awkward introvert? That is me.
You and me both, Darcy.

10. Chief Vick from Psych

I object! Chief Vick is so snappy and short tempered, which I am actually not. I have quiet simmering temper and am quite able to hold dark grudges.

Although she is tough and doesn't take nonsense from people. I get that. But, personally, I think I'm more like Shawn. Minus the detective abilities, but spot-on with the random name-calling and weird invites to share pineapple.

11. Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird

Look! I am GOOD people as well! Atticus is one of my favourite names as well as a character I honestly admire. I like this one.

12. Khan from Star Trek Into Darkness

Well. Yikes. Just let me sleep, okay? Just let me sleep.

13. Snape and Voldemort from Harry Potter

I FEEL ABSOLUTELY DEVASTATED BY THIS. You know hating on Snape is my #1 life goal and I rant about it at ever opportunity. I don't care if he has a tragic backstory, bullying is wrong. I AM NOT A BULLY. I am a gentle mover of people in the direction I want them to go. ("Gentle" is used loosely.)

Voldemort is just low. The dude has no nose.

14. Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes

I was going to protest to this mightily until I saw this gif...

Well, maybe. After all if there's only one person who can live up to the brains of Sherlock: it's Mister Moriarty. I won't deny insane intelligence, an interest in mind games, oh and a high pitched voice. I sometimes squeak very, very high when I'm nervous.


What can we learn from this post?

Many, many things, my dear blogglings. Mostly a) this explains why I'm a writer, b) I may steal the moon one day and not put it back c) I have the ability to be an evil genius mastermind I'm in training so far, and d) I think INTJs are very easily squashed into a bucket of intense evil.

After all: there's me.

I'm nice.

Mwhaha haha ha. 


did you take the test? what is your letter-type-thingy combination? and did you look up what characters you're like? i want to know!! and, answer me honestly now, does any of this post surprise you?


Cait is actually usually a very nice person. Perhaps, during 4% of the year, she is jovial and light and dances with dandelions. The other 96%? Well. Let's talk about that later. She's still very wounded that she's being compared to Snape (urgh) but quite pleased at all the genius references. Currently, she's reading THE SKY SO HEAVY and eating evil chocolate. 

This post terrifies me in ginormous quantities. 

Believe me, I'm shaking in my socks as I write. I am an over-thinker, so I have stewed over these things (which I have not yet mentioned, but you're seriously curious about now) for copious amounts of time. I SAY NONE OF THIS LIGHTLY.

But what is "it", you ask? Oh, oh blogglings, I need to talk to you seriously.

You may pause here, collect coffee, perhaps fudge or cake and prepare yourselves.

I propose great changes to come to Notebook Sisters.

Don't freak out! NOT JUST YET. I know change sucks, and I (for one) am usually entirely opposed. And I'm not saying I will change anything. I actually just want your opinions first because I'm not good at making decisions and to be honest, stewing over these Terrifying Ideas Of Change is stressing me out.

I need input.

That is your job.

I have been thinking about three things:

1. If I should launch into wattpad.
2. If I should move from blogger to wordpress.
3. If I should change my blog name.


I am a writer.

Most of you probably already know I have an agent and we're editing a book ready to go onto submissions to major publishing houses (cue screaming and flailing here because this is my dream). But. I also write a lot. I mean A LOT. And I also write books that won't necessarily sell. (Like Peter Pan retellings and lengthy fantasy series.)

I'm considering cautiously venturing onto Wattpad to a) meet and chat with other writers something I don't get to do very much b) get feedback and input into my writing, c) share a few pages or chapters of stories that tentatively won't be going anywhere otherwise. I don't feel like I'd post whole books there at this stage. Just bits and pieces.

But of course: risks. I don't want my writing to be stolen (which is why I wouldn't put whole books on there) and I'm terrified of showing anyone my ideas. IT IS SCARY A BUSINESS.

If any of you have experiences (good or bad) with Wattpad, I wish to hear your voices. Like, now.



I would like to blog, probably, forever.

I know lots of established, large, and awesome bloggers are on wordpress. It seems the more "professional" way to go. And I have a brother-in-law who a) does web-designing, b) would do all the change over things for me, c) would launch me into self-hosted-wordpress. I babysit his kids a lot, so he owes me.

(I would also have a url direct.)

Things I Would (Awesomely) Achieve By Moving:
- Standard, easy and awesome commenting platform. That should not freak anyone out.
- I would take all my old posts with me, no worries.
- I would be able to style the posts better (spoiler tags, drop menus inside the actual post, cleaner look with less glitches).
- Professional and sleeker looking site not owned by ANYONE. Just owned by me!


Things I Am (Currently) Freaking About At The Prospect Of Moving:
- Losing my email followers and GFC followers (I would keep the bloglovin' ones)
- The difficulties of a new blogging interface behind-the-scenes.
- Possible drop in page-views, comments, followers, FABULOUSNESS. Moving would risk everything.

I'm sure there's more good (and bad) reasons.

Which is why I would dearly love your advice, especially if you a) have moved from blogger to wordpress and you're experience, and b) if you have sage wisdom about wordpress I should know.



LOWER YOUR PITCHFORKS, MY FRIENDS.

Let me explain, okay? Obviously no I do not hate our current name of "Notebook Sisters". People know us for this name! (We're even in the back of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, in a list of blogs being thanked. Yes! It's awesome! Fame!) I have successfully branded myself as "Notebook Sisters" literally everywhere.

But.

You might have noticed...there is pretty much no Mime anymore. Things change! She's very fabulous with school and music exams and socialisation. Ugh. Her life is only going to get more busy, as she goes to university and gets rich and very famous. She doesn't have time to read. She doesn't have time to blog. We have discussed it and...look, it's kind of obvious, but it's the Notebook Sister these days.

I can't blog under "sisters" when there's just me. And let's face it: you aren't losing me anytime soon. This is my platform for being a published bestselling, duh, author! Blogging is my favourite.

Name changing will suck. I'll url redirect so you won't be going to a new blog...but...BUT IT WILL SUCK. Thinking up a new name? Even harder. Although this is why I have proposed a move to Wordpress at the same time. To me, it's marginally logical. But still doesn't mean I HAVE to do both.

I also can't think up a new name.

Here is what I've come up with so far:

- Oh Cleverness (as in the Peter Pan who I greatly admire because he never grows up...a life goal of mine quote "Oh the cleverness of me!" I'm dryly sarcastic. This title would be a small joke.)
- Jabberwock (I've always loved Alice in Wonderland)
- Lemony (as in Lemony Snicket, perhaps my favourite author of all time, and also a nod in the direction of all things obscure, odd, bitter, and a little bit tangy)
- Muchness (again with an Alice in Wonderland direction)




I'm not sold on any in particular (I like them equally but not overly). But all this deliberation? IT IS WORRYING ME.

Like I said, I too am not fond of change. Getting a new name is the only thing I am 87% positive I will do.

I am 92% worried that changing things will destroy my blog and make me lose you fabulous readers. What? I'm a mild worrier and also dramatic. Writer. Duh. I am 99.84% sure I can't blog under "sisters" WHEN IT'S JUST ME!

I will not being doing anything too soon (but probably before the end of the year). I have made no definite decisions and I really truly honestly want your input in the comments. Talk to me, peoples. I am ready to collapse with worrisome decisions and curl into a ball and ignore reality for a while. I do not do stress. I do fun. So I would like to get this sorted.

Cait has always struggled naming things. For instance, her first book was titled "The Book" (unfortunately not joking) and she has a book titled "Six" (how's that for generic?). Naming things like blogs is impossibly harder. She would refer to herself as "Hey you" but it's already taken. Currently she's reading STATE OF GRACE and drawing zentangle patterns in her new notebook.

I have been internetly absent for a few days. But I have reasons. A quandary, if you will. And tomorrow (if I feel brave) I will fling it upon you and you will help me.

Until then: mini reviews!

They are mini because a) I read too much, b) I was mildly underwhelmed by both books, c) they're both from the same publisher so therefore THEY ARE BROTHERS. They are family. They won't mind sharing a post.

Thank you Simon & Schuster for these review copies!

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

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Release Date: October, 2014
If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing him in the library stacks.
She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.
But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.
Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.

I got quite a shock with this one because I was not expecting it to have a magical side. 

I thought it was a straight forward contemporary. BUT NO. Then I had trouble connecting to it because the Big Reveal gave me a small frown and zero feels. Only a small frown. Pretty much like this:

BUT LET ME EXPLAIN! It is not all doom and gloom here! I did sort of sometimes mildly enjoy it.

First of all, the writing was quite excellent. I enjoyed Jam's narrative. I even quite liked her name. Jam! Delicious! (I will never say no to delicious food.) Also she was a quiet shy person with long hair, which is nice and different. Jam was just all round nice. Deluded. But whatever. 

Magicality? It's similar to the movie Inception. If you're desperately curious about the magical side (though I warn you it's a mild spoiler) you can highlight this and know all: their journals give them magical dreams of their past, like replying memories very very vividly. It's nearly paranormal.
So we're waiting the WHOLE time to get to Jam's Big Reveal. Why and how did her boyfriend die? Not a spoiler! It's in the blurb! It's THE THING you want to know. But when it came? I just say there saying, "Wutwutwut." I didn't find it powerful compared to everyone else's stories. It felt petty. And if you're dying to know, again, you can highlight this: Jam's boyfriend dumped her. Suck it up, child. She is in a school with kids who have lost family members, been involved in murders, kidnappings, accidents that crippled them for life...and Jam is there whining, "My boyfriend dumped me and my heart broke." BOOHOO. I felt so disgusted at her and it just cascaded the entire book for me.


But I think me personally (being a pretty logical and straight-forward person) found Jam's secret too incomprehensible. If you have feelings and a heart (I do not obviously) you probably won't be annoyed with this. BUT I WAS.

I appreciated the story, but I struggled to care. 



Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Release Date: October, 2014
Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.
Now he’s alive again.
Simple as that.
The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.
Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.

I'm mildly underwhelmed. 

I expected this book to be amazingly fresh because -- HELLO -- the dude's head has been cryonically preserved and I have never ever read that in a YA book before. But that part of the book only took up (I am not even kidding) the first 20 pages. JUST TWENTY PAGES. Then it launched into your Typical As Anything contemporary full of lost love and teenage misfits.
But, aside from that, it's still a fairly decent read. (You know, if you're not looking for anything out of the ordinary.) It's all about friendship and learning to move on and grow up. Travis was frozen for 5-years, so basically, he took a nap and woke up and bam: his friends are all in their twenties. The love of his life is engaged not to him. He has to go back to highschool. Make new friends. Get used to his new appendages. 

I had just little problems with it here and there, like:


- the 21 year old friends sure didn't act 21. They could've been in their teens still. 
- stereotypes EVERYWHERE. Travis was judging kids off their hair at school.
- totally cliche bubbly new BFF
- money. His parents didn't appear to be loaded, but yet they gave lavish presents, had paid for all Travis' leukemia medication before he "died", and then went through the whole reanimation process. You'd think that might cost them a bit, right?
- a sort of creepy romance, with the 16-year-old Travis chasing his former girlfriend (who's now engaged and in her 20s and CLEARLY telling him to back off)

The writing was good, though a bit wordy. It was an interesting story, honest, it was. I just felt so tired of the typical plot it was following. The emotional part of learning to live again was hugely poignant though. I mean, THE DUDE WAS DEAD! No one thought he was coming back! His head got cut off! 


So basically? Look, it was good but not even flirting with the vicinity of great. It was incredibly fair from unique (apart from the headless-ness thing...I seriously wish it had been more focused on THAT) but had a definite sweet message about friendship and don't-be-selfish-you-moron. Nice themes.




unfortunately these were two books i was excited about that...didn't make me smile. but still! they provoke discuss and that is fabulous. question #1: how do you feel when a good book has an abominable ending? question #2: would you like to be frozen/cryonically-preserved and then reanimated for a second life? honest question there.

Cait has been plotting Alice in Wonderland gifs since she even SAW the title of "Noggin". It's an obvious connection, don't you think? Also Cait has been stewing over huge life decisions regarding the blog (which you will hear about soon) and editing. Again. But since this is the LAST edit of her fantasy before it goes on submissions...she is freakishly excited.