Science fiction has been creeping into mainstream media a lot more lately. Dystopian stories seem to be all the rage in books and movies, however there’s a newer trend I’ve been enjoying immensely: Aliens. If you’re a fan of the show Doctor Who or the video game series Assassin’s Creed, then you’ll be in for a treat with Megan Crewe’s novel Earth & Sky. It has time-traveling aliens, and the characters explore ancient civilizations and significant moments in history.
Seventeen-year-old Skylar suffers from anxiety episodes whenever something doesn’t feel right. When she crosses paths with an alien boy named Win, she learns two things: aliens are real and her anxiety attacks are actually a gift of heightened awareness, allowing her to sense when a moment in time has been altered. Earth has been a part of an alien species’ experiment, and now the consequences threaten Earth and its people. Together, Skylar and Win travel through time to save Earth before it’s too late. Continue reading →
From both friends and bloggers, I’ve heard nothing but good things about Scott Westerfled and his novels. I’ve never read any of his books, so I was thrilled when I got a copy of his newest book Afterworlds to try the author out. However, sometimes high expectations can lead to great disappoint. This novel felt like a letdown to me and I wish I probably started out with one of his earlier books to fully understand why readers love this author so much.
Afterworlds weaves together two stories: one of Darcy, a young YA author about to publish her first book, and the other of Lizzie, a fictional character living and reacting to the world Darcy has built in her novel. Darcy puts her life on hold, focusing on her novel. She moves to New York, learning how to be independent and make new friends. A lot of these friends are writers too, teaching her what it is like to be a published writer. Meanwhile, Lizzie discovers the Afterworld, something a lot like limbo and the Underworld, and starts seeing ghosts after she survives a terrorist attack in an airport. She meets a Death god, learns about her new special gifts, and must find a way to defeat a dangerous entity. Continue reading →
The air is getting a little chillier. Green leaves are transforming into vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds. Apples are ripe and ready to be picked to snack on, make pies and apple crisp with. And slowly, pumpkins are making an appearance too, waiting for the right family to turn them into handsome or haunting jack-o-lanterns.
This time of year is my absolute favourite. Not only is October time for autumn weather, but it is also spook season. The people who know me best know that I love Halloween. It’s my favourite holiday. I can’t seem to get enough of the folklore and traditions. I always make an efforts to watch my favourite Halloween movies every year too.
This month I’m hoping to read as many Halloween themed books as I can. They’ll be spooky, mysterious, suspenseful, or scary. Continue reading →