Review: The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin


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It’s a novel with a haunting cover and equally entrancing premise; The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin explores the life of a young artist and investigates her tragic death.

The first thing you’ll notice about this book is one of two things; the art and the way it is written. The book is told in snippets of interviews, recordings, and other written mediums from each of the characters, all retelling Addison’s life leading up to her death. But what especially makes this book unique is the artwork. The novel is fully illustrated in color, so the text is accompanied by Addison’s paintings, photos taken of her, magazine pages she was in, her sketches… It really completes this book and ties it into an experience. That’s what reading this is; an immersive experience into Addy’s life.

However, I did find that a lot of the characters kind of seemed the same. They didn’t all have the most unique voices. But this was okay simply because the point of this book is nobody’s character development except Addison. Just as Addy painted things, Adele Griffin tries to paint Addison’s life story with words and graphics, and she succeeded.

Be warned this book certainly has no shortage of drug and some sexual references, along with some cursing. I’d recommend it to those ages 16-17+.

As this is a spoiler-free review, I won’t tell you what I thought of the ending. You’ll have to read and decide whether you liked the ending for yourself or not!

Best book you’ll ever read? That’s subjective. It isn’t my favorite book of all time, but this book certainly sets the tone for a new generation of more interactive and immersive novels. I hope to read more YA novels like this in the future!

For fans of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart and The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno.

– Reviewed by Christina, January 25th, 2015.

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Biggest Let Downs of 2014?

As you know, there are two big categories of books; overhyped and underhyped. And then, there are the books that somehow fall into the radar. With all these hyped and not hyped it’s hard to tell what you are really going to think of a book to you actually read it. This means there’s likely to be at least a few let downs along your reading journey. As much as I loved a lot of what I read this past year, I was disappointed a few times.

My first disappointment was In Real Life by Cory Doctorow. You can read my full review here. Why was I so disappointed? This graphic novel had so much potential; an awesome writer and illustrator team, a unique premise of RPG gaming mixed with real life, but that didn’t really come through. At some point in the middle it became like a train changing tracks; it was on one really cool track, then decided it would rather teach me things than entertain me. I felt like screaming at the book, honestly, because I really wanted to love it. It’s nice to get something out of what you read, but this felt too forceful.

Next was John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines. Now, I love the Greens. Crash course has gotten me through biology, US history, you name it. But I felt this book lacked the amount of entertainment I was expecting from a so-called hilarious and amazing book. The main thing that was funny here was the fact that Colin managed to find 19 girls named Katherine, all of whom had interest in him, within a reasonable mileage radius. For more of my thoughts on the book, click here.

Lastly, there was Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas. Now, I feel bad putting this one down at all since it is a little out of my element. I generally don’t read the fluffy contemporary romances and what not. I have read a few, and there are a couple I really loved (this and this.) but TTCYC just didn’t make my list. But since it might make yours, you should read about it here: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless

What were your loves and let downs of 2014? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

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Official B.O.B 12 Recap

In some ways, Bout if Books 12 was kind of a fail for me. I didn’t finish a single book start to finish, although I did finish books I’d already started. However, that’s when I realized I missed the point of bout of books. Bout of Books is supposed to get you reading and excited about reading. It isn’t your fault if life decides to get in your way and  give you little time to read. What matters is you TRIED, and you read, and you had fun. And that’s why I love readathons.

Now for the actual readathon recap, I finished Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, and am still reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

If you’ve never read Jane Eyre for any sort of school assignment, you should. Usually, I’ll be honest, I dread reading books for school. They mean I can’t read what I actually want to read. But I was pretty darn excited to hear I could read Jane Eyre for our feminism unit. So, I took my time reading it, for my self and, of course, for my essay. Six pages of essay writing later, I felt pretty darn accomplished, even though I didn’t actually meet my “goal.”

So how did you guys do? Did you get some good reading in?

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Bout of Books Days 2-4

So while this post is a recap of the past few days, I will say that there wasn’t much to recap. Because I had to finish Jane Eyre for an essay due today, my readathon reading was put aside a bit. However, I think I’ll rescue my readathon goals by marathoning my reading tomorrow night!

But in case you are curious, I read about 30-40 pages of Throne of Glass and about 59 pages of Jane Eyre. Go me?

No matter what your goals are and how you are accomplishing them, be proud of your accomplishments! It’s pretty difficult to balance reading with your everyday life, and many people don’t even attempt it! 🙂

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Bout of Books 12 Day 1 Recap

So Day 1 of Bout of Books 12 is already over. Ah! As with what I think happened last year, I’m off to a bit of a slow start.

Pages read: 100
Books read/started/continued: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

I’m liking Throne of Glass, as expected. We will see just how much ai like it.

How did you do on your first day of the readathon, if you participated?

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Bout of Books 12!!

I realized I mentioned this on Twitter and not on my actual blog so just so you know, I AM doing bout of books 12 (and I’m hella excited!) Bout of Books 11 was a blast and even though I have school this week I hope I can succeed! Here’s my pile for the week:


Some of these I have already started and my goal is to finish them. I really, however, cannot wait to start Throne of Glass!!! I’ve waited far too long to just start reading it but hey, better late than never right?

It’s going to be a great week! If you’re participating, comment or tweet at me so I can cheer you on too!!

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