Eve and Adam by Michael Grant

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Young Adult Fiction/Science Fiction

304 Pages

Published September 10th 2013 by Square Fish


An interesting, different book that lacked the creative potential it could have possessed.

The concept of this book interested me to no end, and I thought to myself, wow, I need a book like this in my life. But then, with all the point of view switches, lack of character and world development, I was left deeply unsatisfied and disappointed.

The summary of the book, Eve and Adam by Michael Grant, was really compelling and it appealed to me in so many ways.

And girl created boy…

In the beginning, there was an apple–

And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.

Just when Eve thinks she will die–not from her injuries, but from boredom–her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.

Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect . . . won’t he?

With that synopsis, anyone would feel the need to pick up this book and read it. But honestly, it was the worst book I have read all year.

The book starts out with a car accident, so leading into the book with a BANG! seemed like a good idea, but there was no character development. The reader was left with this overall selfish girl who was left with a broken leg. But, of course she just has no relationship with her mother after her father passes away, so she never found out what her mother’s career was. Kind of a red flag, right? What kind of child doesn’t know their parent’s job? This one, obviously.

Anyways, we soon find out her mother basically owns this huge medical company that performs inhumane experiments on humans. Evening, or Eve, is put into her mother’s institution, where she is trying to get better, and of course there’s a boy who’s involved.

And guess what? That boy is not Adam. Plot twist! Not. They kind of fall in love.

For about half the book, Eve complains about being bored constantly, even though her best friend and her drug-induced boyfriend are constantly visiting her, Eve wants more. She’s of course an artist of some sort, and wants to draw, but her mother wants her to create. And so, Eve creates Adam, basically a dream boy. All hell breaks loose, and Adam comes to life. He’s in love with her, yada yada yada.

Now, for the problems I had with this book.

  1. Literally all of it was telling instead of showing. Right from the beginning, we were given Eve’s accident, which lacked detail and made it hard for the reader to connect with her.
  2. All the characters were robots, no joke. They had no depth, all I knew was their names and that Eve was an artist. That’s it.
  3. The beginning was so slow. There was no action, the only thing that happened was Eve getting into a car accident, which was the only time I kind of smiled for the whole book.
  4. And the beginning was so rushed and boring. The end sped up, and I barely recall what happened in the last 75 pages. All I remember was explosions and Adam coming to life.

Overall, this book was not too bad, especially if you’re in the mood to read something quick and easy!


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September Book Haul

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I recently went to Savers, which is an awesome thrift shop that sells books for cheap prices! I got these 9 books for 23 dollars! That’s pretty amazing, especially for such well-known and high quality books.

  1. The Vile Village (A Series of Unfortunate Events #7) by Lemony Snicket

I have been looking to complete this series for the longest time. I have the first six books, now the first seven, and I really am looking forward to marathon this series when I have all 13 (or is it 12?) books in this series.

This book is obviously a continuation to the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire. They are 3 siblings who (I think) hop around to different houses and families because their parents died. 

Hopefully I’ll be able to find the rest of the books at Savers.

I only purchased this book because I hate having incomplete books on my shelf! I have the first and last books in this series, and I just needed the second one. I don’t think I’ll be reading this series anytime soon.

Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven, and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront her anger and envy of the women who came before her and make the most important decision of her life.

Although it’s such a popular series, I won’t be reading these until I’m out of my house because I’m pretty sure my mom would kill me she caught me reading these books.

I have been on the lookout for this book for such a long time because of how hyped up it is on BookTube. Of course, I won’t be reading this until I have the rest of the books.

This book takes place during the Holocaust. Tatiana and her sister Dasher share a room with their brother and parents, but when Hitler’s armies attack Russia, their whole world is turned upside down.

However, the situation is not all bas, because Tatiana meets Alexander who is an officer in the Red Army. They are drawn to one another, but Alexander carries a secret that can tear Tatiana’s family apart.

This book seems action-packed but still ha that romance element that I completely love.

Call my bias, but I will buy any book that is a New York Times Bestseller or has a huge award plastered on the front cover. But, this book did sound interesting so I just had to buy it.

On October 11th, 1943, a British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.

When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy?

This book not only sound interesting, but I feel like an important lesson is going to be taught by the end of the book. And I’m a sucker for lesson learning.

I am a huge Chuck Palahniuk fan because of his book, Fight Club. I had to pic this book up after seeing that he wrote it and because the cover is literally perfection. But, the summary also makes the book sound amazing.

This is about a fashion model who has everything anyone could want in life. But when a sudden “accident” leaves her disfigured and unable to speak, she goes from being the center of attention to an Invisible Monster. 

Next, enter in Brandy Alexander, who teaches her that reinventing yourself means erasing your past and making up something even better than before. And that salvation hides in the last places you’ll ever want to look.

This sounds like such an inspiring book and I’m so excited to read it!

I was so surprised to find this book on a shelf at Savers because it’s wildly popular all over BookTube. I know about it from JesseTheReader, and since he loves it, I know I’ll love it.

This is about a boy, named Cullen Witter, who thinks he knows everything about his small town in Arkansas. But that all changes when his cousin overdoses, his town becomes absurdly obsessed with the alleged reappearance of an extinct woodpecker, and his sensitive, gifted fifteen-year-old brother, Gabriel, suddenly and inexplicably disappears.

As Cullen navigates a summer of finding and losing love, holding his fragile family together, and muddling his way into adulthood, a young, disillusioned missionary in Africa searches for meaning wherever he can find it. And when those two stories collide, a surprising and harrowing climax emerges that is tinged with melancholy and regret, comedy and absurdity, and above all, hope.

This sounds like such an inspiring book that the summary gives me goosebumps. I really hope the book lives up to my expectations.

I was so, so surprised to find this books at Savers. It’s very slim to find such popular books, and the same books within a series! Now, I’ll have to hunt for the second book because these are the first and third.

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland–known as The Death Shop–are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild–a savage–and her only hope of staying alive.

A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile–everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

I’m not giving a summary to the third book because I don’t want to spoil myself! I’ll be reading these once I find the second book, Through the Ever Night.

I am in love with this man’s writing. It is so beautiful and it really draws you in. I got this simply because I am in love with The Kite Runner.

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them—in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul—they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

I’ll be reading this book next month for sure!


September TBR

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Although school is starting, I thought I would keep my To Be Read (TBR) books for the month high. I’m still 9 books behind on my reading challenge of 70 books, but hopefully I’ll cut down on that!

  1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

I have never read a Rainbow Rowell book, shockingly, but after I saw this book for such a cheap price on Book Outlet, I knew it was time to banish my Rainbow Rowell virginity.

This book is about a women whose marriage is in trouble, and after her husband and children leave for a family Christmas reunion, she finds a way to communicate with her husband in the past. She feels like this is an opportunity to fix her marriage before it’s started. 

But will she be able to fix the broken marriage, or remain in unhappiness?

It’s an interesting plot line to a 3.55 rated book on GoodReads, but who knows, maybe it’ll make me fall in love with Rainbow Rowell.

  1. Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews
  2. Petals on the Wind by V.C. Andrews
  3. If There be Thorns by V.C. Andrews
  4. Seeds of Yesterday by V.C. Andrews
  5. Garden of Shadows by V.C. Andrews

This series is pretty old, but I’ve read the first two books and fell in love with the story. It’s very interesting and unlike anything I’ve read before. I had to stop reading because I didn’t have books three, four and five. But, now I have to reread the first two books because I forget what happened, sadly.

The Dollanganger series is about a really messed up family basically. This book does have an incest theme in it, but don’t judge a book by what you hear. In the first two books, when the children are locked away in an attic, they don’t know any better. The first two books are told by one daughter, the next by a son, and the last by the daughter again. The fifth book is a prequel of the whole series.

I’m so excited to reread and finish a series that is so very compelling.

  1. The Best of Me by Nicolas Sparks

I have never read a Nicolas Sparks book. Ever. Wow, this month I’m losing two author virginities. I saw this movie and I knew I had to get my hands on the book.

This is about a high school love, but the love is torn completely when one of them goes to jail and loses contact completely. They are brought back together many years later after a friend of theirs passes away. But, they are living completely different lives than what they were in high school.

Could they possibly love each other again?

I can’t wait to read this book!

  1. Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

This is the prequel to the Lux series. I really love this series, but I am so scared to finish the prequel because I am not ready for this journey to be over.

This book is about Daemon’s brother and his life. And how all the problems began.

I’m so nervous to read this, but so excited!

  1. Eve and Adam by Michael Grant

Okay, so this is the last book I have, but I am actually almost done reading this, so expect a review soon!

This is about a girl whose mom works in a secret science place and performs scary experiments and genetic mutations on other things and people. The girl is put to create a person, any person, by her mother. So, Evening creates a boy named Adam.

I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s a very interesting read so far!

I hope to read all of these books this month!


August Wrap Up

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Hey guys! This month I managed to read 9 books! I enjoyed all of them. August was a very busy month, since school was right around the corner, and I took a vacation to St. Thomas, but I did manage to read a lot!

  1. Legend by Marie Lu ✮✮✮✮☆
  2. Prodigy by Marie Lu ✮✮✮✮☆
  3. Champion by Marie Lu ✮✮✮✮✮

This series is about a boy who is basically a threat to society. And there’s a girl who is part of the military. So what happens when they cross paths?

I loved this series! I’ll probably end up writing a review for each both because I have so much to talk about!

  1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart ✮✮✮✮☆

This is about a girl and her family who go to their private island each summer, until something life changing happens, but the girl can’t remember what happened.

I wrote a full review for this book! Just click the title.

  1. Lux: Beginnings (Includes Obsidian and Onyx) by Jennifer L. Armentrout ✮✮✮✮✮
  2. Lux: Consequences (Includes Opal and Origin) by Jennifer L. Armentrout ✮✮✮✮✮
  3. Lux: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout ✮✮✮✮✮

I have so much to say about this series. It is by far one of my favorites, ever! It was perfectly crafted, with world-building and action, adventure and romance, and just tears and smiles all around.

This series is about a girl who moves next door to a hot alien and his sister. Obviously something is bound to happen, especially when he heals her and they become bonded.

I’ll be posting the reviews to this series soon!


Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

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Adult Fiction (Chick Lit)

357 Pages

Published on March 23rd 2004 by The Dial Press


An extremely humorous, lighthearted chick lit romance novel about a girl who just can’t keep her secrets to herself.

First of all, I have to say that after reading this, I fell in love with Sophia Kinsella. Literally, I never thought in a million years that I would like her books, they always seemed overly clichéd and farfetched to me.

But that is not the case.

If you ever felt iffy about picking up one of her books, I strongly urge you to pick this one up, it made me laugh and cry all in one sitting.

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella is about a women named Emma is your overly average protagonist with a big heart, a fear of airplanes and many secrets, like;

Secrets from her mother:
I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur.
Sammy the goldfish in my parents’ kitchen is not the same goldfish that Mum gave me to look after when she and Dad were in Egypt.

Secrets from her boyfriend:
I weigh one hundred and twenty-eight pounds. Not one eighteen, like Connor thinks.
I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.

She is such an easy character to relate to, with secrets that anyone in the world could have. Except, most of us would keep our secrets to ourselves, instead of spilling all of them to a handsome stranger on an airplane.

Jack Harper is the elusive CEO to the company Emma works at, and what’s worse is that he was the stranger from the plane whom she told all her secrets to.

Yikes.

You could only imagine the sexual tension and the budding romance that comes between the two. And lemme tell you, I shipped it from the moment I found out he was a CEO. I have a soft spot for guys in high position jobs, and suits. Yes, suits.

I’m a complete sucker for quick, light-hearted reads like this one. But, I did have a problem with the ‘tragic’ part. I did feel that the book would have been a lot better if it were longer. The plot felt rushed at times and I felt that the ending could have been a lot better.

Now for the tragic part. Let’s just say that Jack turned into a complete douche bag, which I didn’t expect, and spilled all of Emma’s secrets to the world. I was so disappointed, mostly because once you start the book, you know where it’s heading. I predicted what was going to happen, even though I thought Jack was different.

After Jack spilled all of Emma’s secrets to the world via television, the way she reacted made me feel so awkward for her. I often felt like cringing just because of how ridiculous she made it seem.

I get it, having your secrets shown to the world is awkward and heart-breaking in itself, but if you were really that upset, you wouldn’t have went back to the jerk, even if his apology was reasonable. I guess now that I have read one of Kinsella’s books, I know to expect a picture-perfect ending.

I do highly recommend this book, mostly if you’re looking for something that’ll definitely make you laugh out loud and get you out of any reading slump you may be in.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Young Adult Fiction

227 Pages

Published May 13th 2014 by Delacorte Press


A compelling, suspenseful and thought-provoking novel of a girl trying to find her way through a tragedy she can’t even remember

After picking up this novel, I was immediately drawn into the lives of the Sinclairs. The summary of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is brief, leaving the reader guessing what this book could possibly be about.

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

After reading that, I was like holy sugar honey iced tea, this sounds amazing! But then I started reading the book and I was like where is this heading? Is there even a plot?

The story is centered around a girl, her cousins and a friend who call themselves the ‘liars’. This book is literally what the description reads.

There is a beautiful and distinguished family, but they’re a bunch of racist and pretentious assholes who don’t care about anyone who isn’t remotely related to them.

There is a private island belonging to the Sinclair family. Sure, it’s a small island, but there are people dying around the world and they have this huge island for about 15 people? C’mon. Every summer, the whole Sinclair gathers here, even though most of them hate each other. All the aunts are fighting over who will inherit the house that their parents own after they pass away. Let’s just say the fighting really provoked the group of ‘liars’ to act. But, I did love the map in the beginning of the novel, along with the family tree. Those two add-ons definitely made the novel a lot more easy to follow.

There is a brilliant, damaged girl, but she’s very… fake. At least that’s just the vibe I got from her. But by the end of the book, I grew out of my hate and I started to have a different respect for her. And then of course, what kind of story would this be without a boy? Lockhart throws in a boy who spends his summers with the Sinclair family because his uncle is ‘kind of’ dating one of the aunties. But, the largest plot twist was that he wasn’t some hot, white boy who comes from a well-to-do family, but instead, he’s an Indian boy! We’ll talk about this later.

Now, this group of friends, consisting of Cadence, her two cousins Johnny and Mirren, and the Indian boy Gat, are always together. And then of course, Cadence and Gat had a little moment and then boom! Insta-love.

I really, really hated that Cadence and Gat fell for each other. Like, I’m glad that it was a little more diverse, but it was so fast. They had one little conversation and then they just end up together? No. That’s not how it works, especially when you’re only 15. However, the book is not a love story. So if you’re looking for a cute and contemporary love story, look the other way.

Side note, the book takes place within a span of a few years. The ‘liars’ grow through a few summers together. Until the tragedy happens. The accident. It happened during one of the summers, and is revealed at the end of the book, which makes everything fall into place.

Besides the insta-love, this novel was different than most of the others I read. Instead of revealing the accident in the beginning of the book, the author takes time to reveal it, leaving the reader constantly guessing. Lockhart has a poetic way of telling the story, and I was drawn in from the moment I started reading. I think I finished this book in about two days because of how interesting it was.

However, it was a bit confusing. Candence experienced multiple hallucinations after one summer when something bad happened to her, and everyone basically lies to her about it. But, when they do tell her what happened that one summer, she would forget the next day. It was hard to tell what was real and what was fake throughout the novel because I could never tell if she was truly experiencing something or just imagining it.

I do really recommend the book, even though you’ll find yourself confused as to what the plot is because sometimes it feels like there is no plot. But, towards the end, like the last 50 pages, the book speeds up and all your questions are answered.

Be warned though! If you’re use to crying during books, this one will most likely break your heart and cause you to cry like a baby.


Hi, Everyone!


It’s safe to say that I have no idea what I’m doing.

First off, my name is Natalya. Most people call me Tal or Nathy. Books and reading have taken over my life, literally. I find myself not doing anything except going to school, reading and sleeping.

I currently have over 350 beautiful books on my shelfs, and half of them still need to be read. I have a book-buying problem, but I’m not complaining about that. I love all my books, which urged me to create a blog dedicated to all of my books and my love for reading.

Since last year, I’ve always wanted to share my feelings on the books I’m reading but I never had the guts to do so until now.

I have big plans for this blog, such as:

  • Reviews
  • Book Hauls (I really have a book-buying problem, you’ll see!)
  • TBR’s for the month
  • Reading Wrap Up’s
  • Top 5 (or 10) Wednesday’s
  • Challenges

… and so much more!

I hope you stay tuned for what is to come!

Ciao!