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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Booking Through Thursday Post #1!

The Booking Through Thursday meme was created by this lovely blog: http://btt2.wordpress.com

How it works is each week a question is posted. You copy the question onto your blog and answer it, then leave a link on their post so others can read your response!

This week’s question is: Do your reading habits change in the summer?

Definitely, absolutely, yes. Over the summer, school is traded for more work hours, yet also for a boatload of reading time. By the time June comes, I’m usually doubtful I’ll be able to complete the number of books I originally challenge myself to read for the year. But I generally complete the entire rest of the years’ reading in the summer alone. Sometimes, I complete a book at least every other day. That definitely does not happen during the other seasons!

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Review: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My memories were dangerous but they were also the key to the truth.

Sam and Cassie both disappeared together, but only one of them returns. But although Sam has returned, there is not much of a celebration. Because while she is there, her memories are not. All she has is the evidence of her trauma; she is covered in bruises and blood and has suffered a complex concussion that has given her temporary amnesia. She tries to reconnect with who she is told were her friends, her boyfriend, and her parents, but she comes to realize that nobody can really be trusted. To make matters worse, threatening notes begin finding their way into her room and her locker. Everyone starts to think she is the murderer; but is she? Can she even trust herself?

And, excuse my language, but holy mother of plot twists. Get ready for an unexpected ending. I cannot even tell you guys how much I adored this book! I need more Jennifer L. Armentrout books in my life.

My rating system, as you will see below, is out of 10 stars. However, I reserve a half star in case I think a book deserves it due to losing a star or so in another category. As always, my reviews are 100% honest and spoiler- free. For more reviews, check my Goodreads page, where everything is rated on a traditional 5/5 star basis.

10 out of 10 Stars

Finishing the book: 2/2 stars.
Originality: 1.5/2 stars

Entertainment: 2/2 stars

Connecting with the characters: 2/2 stars

Writing quality: 2/2 stars.

I’m going to use my extra .5 of a star because I truly believe this book deserves all 10 stars. This is my first Jennifer Armentrout novel but I’m certain it won’t be my last. (The Dead List comes out in 2015 and I will get my paws on that book as soon as I can!!)