Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass
Rating: 2.5/5 Stars
Genres: Contemporary (?)
Release Date: October 2nd, 2012
What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?
Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn't be more different--except for one thing. They share a secret that they can't tell a soul. At night, they dream that they're each other.
The deeper they're pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever.
My intense disappointment with this book boils down to one thing: the ending.
The ending of this one was supposed to be the redeeming factor for the terrible and ridiculously boring beginning. I kept reading, knowing that there would be some awesome twist at the end to make up for the blandness of the beginning. But as the book progressed, my dislike did the same, and I found myself starting to skim. Perhaps this is why I didn’t get the ending, because when that inevitable plot twist came, my response was “meh”. I couldn’t grasp it all the way, because I had been skimming. But then I realized: I didn’t care about the ending, because I didn’t care about the characters. Sure, I was mildly intrigued, but it had gotten to the point where I just wanted to be done with this book. I did finish, and however disappointed, put my head down and took a nap.
It wasn’t the best of experiences for me, if you couldn’t tell. Although that nap? It was pretty awesome. Nothing like a boring book to really lull you to sleep.
Brother, Brother by Clay Carmichael
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Release Date: July 31st, 2013
Source: Review (For Teenreads.com)
After his grandmother's death, seventeen-year-old Brother sets out, with the abandoned son of a friend, on a 200-mile trip to North Carolina's Outer Banks to find his twin brother, of whose existence he just learned.
Part coming-of-age story, part love story, this is a book about finding out that who you are and where you come from aren't necessarily the same thing.
Meh books are very hard to review, simply because they don’t spark any sort of emotion in me- good or bad. I’m definitely not saying this was a bad book in any way, because it wasn’t. I actually quite enjoyed the male POV that this book had, it was a refreshing breather from the wealth of female POVs in the YA genre. Brother (aka Billy) was a nice character with a good heart, even though he had his own struggles. It was typical. I found myself invested in his story, it was interesting to see how things would play out. I saw some things coming, others not so much, and this was an easy read for me to finish in a few hours.
The only problem was the fact that I didn’t give this one a second thought after finishing it. I expected this to change my view of thinking, really, to make me ponder the world, or to at least make me stop and think. But I didn’t find a message to take out of this book that affected me in any way, and that’s where I lay disappointed with this one.
Overall, this was a good book with a good concept, but it just didn’t have the depth I was looking for.