You've Got Snail Mail: Tabitha of Life by Committee

May 27, 2014

Inspired primarily by Pooja at On Books! and similar to Sincerely, Cee at The Novel Hermit.
Remember the times when you're reading a book and you realise how similar you are to a character? Or how aspects of their lives resemble yours? Well, You've Got Snail Mail is where I write letters to bookish characters sharing all those things and more!

Dear Tabby,

While I was reading your story, there were a lot of occasions when I didn't couldn't agree with what you were doing. But while that was happening, there was also this other side of me, that kept going, "I totally get you, girl." or "Haha! I remember when that happened to me!". I know from my review it doesn't appear like the story left me with a positive impression, but you now, are a completely different matter.

Review: Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu

May 22, 2014

Title: Life by Committee
Author: Corey Ann Haydu
Publication date: May 13, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads TBD
Some secrets are too good to keep.

Tabitha might be the only girl in the history of the world who actually gets less popular when she gets hot. But her so-called friends say she’s changed, and they’ve dropped her flat.

Now Tab has no one to tell about the best and worst thing that has ever happened to her: Joe, who spills his most intimate secrets to her in their nightly online chats. Joe, whose touch is so electric, it makes Tab wonder if she could survive an actual kiss. Joe, who has Tabitha brimming with the restless energy of falling in love. Joe, who is someone else’s boyfriend.

Just when Tab is afraid she’ll burst from keeping the secret of Joe inside, she finds Life by Committee. The rules of LBC are simple: tell a secret, receive an assignment. Complete the assignment to keep your secret safe.

Tab likes it that the assignments push her to her limits, empowering her to live boldly and go further than she’d ever go on her own.

But in the name of truth and bravery, how far is too far to go?
I went into Life by Committee really, really enthusiastically. I mean, c'mon, a secret society of secrets, bullying, cheating, a social pariah, and not to mention the really high ratings I kept seeing everywhere (I dont usually read reviews for a book I know I'm going to review in the interest of being 'uninfluenced'), of course I was excited about this one!
And yeah, I know you can all hear the 'but' that's about to come

Review: After The End by Amy Plum

May 12, 2014

Title: After The End (After The End #1)
Author: Amy Plum
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)
Genre: YA, Sci-fi
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Amazon Goodreads | TBD
She’s searching for answers to her past. They’re hunting her to save their future.

World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.

At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.

When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.

Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.
How is it that even when a book has everything going for it, it still goes wrong?