Showing posts with label the next together. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the next together. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

9 Must-Read Books with Less Than 2,000 Goodreads Ratings | Top Ten Tuesday





There are a lot books to choose from and so many to recommend, but today I'll shine some spotlight on the underrated gems I've encountered so far! 

I tried to mix it up and include both Adult and YA recs, there should be something for everybody!





THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James 
| Genre: YA / Time Travel
If you like time travel, internet humor, and epic love stories, you have to read this.

THE SOUND OF US by Julie Hammerle
| Genre: YA / Contemporary
One of my favorite contemporaries of the year and so quirky and lovely that you just can't resist. If you like college settings, artsy characters, and music, this is a must-read

LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida Córdova 
| Genre: YA / Wizards and Witches
A matriarchy of badass Latina witches. That pretty much sells it, right? It doesn't come out til later this year, but it's already one of my absolute favorites.




THE OTHER CHILD by Charlotte Link 
| Genre: Adult / Crime
I love her books! I don't read crime mysteries often, but when I do, it's only Charlotte Link. This is one of my favorites that was translated in English, it freaked me the hell out.

LOVING by Katrin Bongard 
| Genre: YA / Romance
The cutest romance ever with a book blogging protagonist.

COULD IT BE MAGIC? by Melanie Rose 
| Genre: Adult / Chick-Lit
This is one of my favorite books ever, about a woman that lives the lives of two different people by day and night respectively, after she gets struck by lightning.




THE DEVIL'S INTERN by Donna Hosie 
| Genre: YA /  Time Travel
The afterlife, fantastic girl friendships, time travel, and sass. A must-read.

LIFE'S THAT WAY: A Memoir by Jim Beaver 
| Genre: Non-Fiction / Biographies and Memoirs
Gosh, this book. It's a nonfiction memoir in which a man tells about his last months with his dying wife in epistolary form. This is heartbreaking.

YESTERDAY'S CHILD by Barbara Wood 
| Genre: Adult / Paranormal
A super creepy, almost surrealist story about a romance from beyond the grave.


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Thursday, September 3, 2015

[Interview] Lauren James On Her Debut YA Novel "The Next Together"





I had the pleasure to interview Lauren James, the author of "The Next Together", a clever reincarnation time travel romance. The novel is released today!

Quick Synopsis from my review:
"In "The Next Together" by Lauren James teenagers Katherine and Matthew are reborn again throughout different centuries. They always find each other and they always end up falling in love.

When the Katherine of 2039 stumbles upon a news article from 2019 which shows an exact doppelgänger couple of her and her lab partner Matthew who even have their exact names, she starts investigating."

Interview



The main characters Katherine and Matthew have quite the unusual job. What made you want to write about scientists? 

Lauren James: "I studied Chemistry and Physics at university, and it always really annoyed me to see scientists portrayed as multi-talented anti-social geniuses in films and TV shows - because we definitely are not! 
I thought this portrayal was really damaging, because it would make teenagers think they weren't clever enough to go into science - when they are. 

You don't have to be a genius to study science, and you don't need to be amazing at every area of science. I wanted to write characters who showed that - that scientists are just normal people, who maybe happen to study biology too." 


Do you have a fan cast for your characters?

Lauren James: "I do! Here are my mental images of the characters. Matt is a mix of Ben Whishaw and Hugh Dancy, and Kate is Jessica Chastain." 

The plot of "The Next Together" is spread out through different time lines. What time line is your favorite and why?

Lauren James: "I love them all a lot, but I do have a soft spot for the 1745 time landscape. I really love my regency romances and I think this storyline has the most of that! 

I do love the boat journey at the start of the 1854 storyline too. And everyone says the 2019 extracts are their favourite. Oh, it's too hard to choose! I love all of them!" 

How long did it take you to write TNT?

Lauren James: "The first draft of TNT was the first novel I ever wrote, and it took me four or five months to write. I finished it when I was nineteen, and I got a book deal when I was twenty-one. The editing took a lot longer than the writing!" 

Will some characters from TNT return in the sequel?

Lauren James: "Almost all of the characters will be in the sequel "The Last Beginning". You'll get to see more of Kate and Matt's story, but I'm also very excited about introducing you to some newbies too!"


                                     
The Next Together


Release Date: 3rd September

Publisher: Walker Books
Pages: 356
ISBN: 9781406358056



Lauren James 

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Monday, August 31, 2015

[ARC Review] The Next Together - Lauren James

In "The Next Together" by Lauren James teenagers Katherine and Matthew are reborn again throughout different centuries. They always find each other and they always end up falling in love.

When the Katherine of 2039 stumbles upon a news article from 2019 which shows an exact doppelgänger couple of her and her lab partner Matthew who even have their exact names, she starts investigating. 

Three Love Stories .... -ish.

The story sucks you in within the first two hundred pages.

The story begins from the point of view of 2039 Katherine and I was really hoping to at least have an anchor for the story. There is no real main love story and to me, the story in 2039 feels simply poorly executed. Even though it all comes together in the end, it doesn't feel like one big love story. It feels like reading about several different couples. 2039!Matthew and Katherine hardly talk, but from one second to the next end up in bed together. I didn't feel the epicness of their love story, everything felt too forced and too constructed. 

I don't like crossover novels, but for "The Next Together" the concept of a romance/historical/sci-fi story works. It feel like three separate love stories . However, I'd rather have read three stand-alone romance books than one big time travel-ish one. The novel really needs a pair of main characters, each reincarnation of the two feels like two entirely different people.

Exceptionally funny- but a little too much lingo

I feel like there is too much in-depth knowledge needed to understand what is actually going on. I'm not particularly a fan of history and I have never studied the Crimean War at school. When writing about topics like this in novels that aren't just about that, you definitely have to make sure that even the uneducated reader will understand. Or as one of my writing professors once said: "Always write for the idiot reader".

The same applies to the science talk. Whenever 2019 Katherine started talking about bacteria, I was pretty much clueless. So it's a deadly fertilizer? For bacteria? I still don't get it after at least a dozen repetitions.

Talk about lingo - I love that James decided to base the 2019 couple on tumblr humor, and I loved it even more that she decided to keep that sense of humor in Katherine's character throughout the time lines. Some dialogues are flat-out hilarious and I had to pause for a minute to catch my breath.

Rating:

★★★

 

Overall: Do I Recommend?

 I liked the overall idea and the concept and the writing is nice. It's always great to have a well-written time travel novel. It's most likely a book that I will reread in the future so I'll get all the little foreshadowing hints.

I'm definitely going to pick up the sequel when it comes out. 


Additional Info



Pages: 356
Publisher: Walker
Cover: Walker, 2015
Genre: YA / Sci-Fi / Time Travel
ISBN: 9781406358056

Synopsis:
"How many times can you lose the person you love? 

Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated. 

Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace? 

Maybe the next together will be different...(Source: Goodreads)


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Sunday, July 5, 2015

A-Z Bookish TAG

I saw this tag on The Perpetual Page Turner and thought it could be fun. 

Make sure to check out the original post on Jamie's Blog



Author you’ve read the most books from:
According to Goodreads it's L.J. Smith and it's not a surprise to me. 
I hardly stick with a series until the end or commit to an author for more than five or six books. Unless it's L.J. Smith. Whenever I'm sure that I've finally found the best book she's written I encounter another series by her that takes my by storm.  The Forbidden Game series is my latest obsession and I was baffled at how fast I read it. You should definitely check one of her books out. Guaranteed for a creepy read mixed with a swoon-worthy villain love interest.

Best Sequel Ever: 
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini really redeemed her for me. I absolutely hated the first, but the second one was pretty alright.

Currently Reading:
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

Drink of Choice While Reading: 
Tap water. Always stay hydrated, kids.


E-reader or Physical Book? 
Physical book. I don't own an e-reader.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: 
Dimitri Belikov from the Vampire Academy series. Oops.


Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Don't be intimidated by the size, seriously, it's really good. I wasn't a fan of the sequel A Clash of Kings though, but the first one is really a gem.


Hidden Gem Book: 
Starters by Lissa Price. So, so, sooo good.

Important Moment in your Reading Life: 
Probably every time I read the last page of a book. So satisfying.

Just Finished: 
Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:

I'm not a fan of religious books in general. Books about religious topics on the other hand are fine with me. I just don't like patronizing stuff.

Longest Book You’ve Read:
If you don't count three-in-one books, I guess it would be the first Game of Thrones book. I think it's about 850-ish pages.


Major book hangover because of: 
Great world building

Number of Bookcases You Own: 
1 1/2


One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: 
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. I have no idea how often I read this, I think I already broke the spine in like 2007.

Preferred Place To Read: 
Couch, Bed, Balcony. Preferably in that order. I like to change places a lot.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“If there's one thing I've learned, it's this: We all want everything to be okay. We don't even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.” 

Damn you, David Levithan. This is from Every Day. If I haven't tried to harass you into reading this, regard this as a gentle nudge.

Reading Regret: 
Trying Jenny Han novels. I'm too old for this.

Series You Started And Need To Finish
Ahahahaha. I'll only list the ones that I would actually bother to finish for the sake of our sanity.
  • Stefan's Diaries Series by L.J. Smith (2/6)
  • The Princess Diaires Series by Meg Cabot (2/15)
  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (2/5)
  • Hourglass Trilogy by Myra McEntire (1/3)
  • Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead (5/6)
Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

  • Something Missing by Matthew Dicks
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Life's That Way by Jim Beaver
Unapologetic Fangirl For: 
Vampire Academy. Dear God, please hit me with a shovel. When will this obsession ever die?

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

  • Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • The Next Together by Lauren E. James!!!!!!!!
"Finding Audrey" is actually already out in English, but I'm still waiting for the German copy to be released by the end of july. I absolutely love Kinsella and can't wait.

Worst Bookish Habit: 
DNF-ing books is the worst. I like to do that.

X Marks The Spot: 
Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Beautiful Creatures by Kami García and Margaret Stohl.

Your latest book purchase: 
Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor.


ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): 
Hourglass by Myra McEntire. Too good writing. I'm angry.



Thanks for reading and I TAG YOU to do this if you want to. 

Leave your link in the comments if you decide to do the tag, please!

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