Book Review: The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

13624688Goodreads Synopsis

In this fable, the first man on earth to count the hours becomes Father Time.

The inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more days, more years. Eventually, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a magical hourglass and a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

He returns to our world – now dominated by the hour-counting he so innocently began – and commences a journey with two unlikely partners: one a teenage girl who is about to give up on life, the other a wealthy old businessman who wants to live forever. To save himself, he must save them both. And stop the world to do so.

Trigger Warnings: Underage drinking, suicide attempt.

I’d never read a book about Father Time before this so I was really looking forward to seeing how Mitch Albom executed the tale of the personification of time itself.

‘”There is a reason God limits our days.”
“To make each one precious.”‘

When I started the book, I thought that it’d be an easy one. I’d finish it quickly and then write out a review and all would be said and done. While the book wasn’t a difficult read or heavy on the heart, I had no idea how I was going to review it. The only thing I was absolutely certain of was that I was loving it.

Father Time, Dor as he was known before he became the inventor of the thing that weighs a lot of us down, is described to be an old man with a beard that’s so long it reaches his knees. I laughed at this description and thought that we’d found a man whose beard was longer than Dumbledore’s. Because Dor can’t resist counting; the moments, the cycles of the moon, breaths…he is ‘punished’ to live in a cave and listen to the consequences of wanting this power caused. How long? Till when Heaven meets Earth.

“Sitting high above the city, Father Time realized that knowing something and understanding it were not the same thing.”

In our current time we meet Sarah Lemon, a seventeen year old girl who doesn’t want more time, she just wants it to stop. And Victor Delemonte, an eighty-six year old man who wants nothing but time. He wants all the time he could possibly get. When Dor’s ‘sentence’ ends, he’s tasked with the job to find these two people and bring them together. He doesn’t know for what yet, but as the book goes on, the plan unfolds and it’s all pieced together.

I can’t really say what emotions I felt while reading this book. Opinions were formed sure, but those didn’t directly relate to what I was feeling at the moment. I had a lot of questions and a lot of them was me wanting to know why? One man wanted to live forever and one girl thought that one guy was the be all and end all of her entire existence.

“Ends are for yesterdays, not tomorrow.”

I really liked this book and thought it was really great. I don’t typically read books that talk about life, the universe, and everything but something about the synopsis drew me in and it was a spur of the moment buy for me. I’ve owned The First Phone Call From Heaven for a while now, but after reading this, I want to read that as soon as possible.

What I liked especially about this book was that to explain the situation, Father Time put things in perspective for Sarah and Victor and he didn’t make the choice for them. He showed them how they got here and what happened after they were gone. The rest was up to them.

I think that Mitch Albom wrote a very beautiful piece. This was inspiring, amazing, and everything in between.

‘”Time is not something you give back. The very next moment may be an answer to your prayer. To deny that is to deny the most important part of the future.”
“What’s that?”

**Not apologising for all the quotes used. They were just too good to pass up.

Read: 22 May 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 1 May 2013
Publisher: Sphere
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Mitch Albom

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Book Review: Sex Criminals Vol.2: Two Worlds, One Cop by Matt Fraction

Sex Criminals, Vol. 2: Two Worlds, One CopGoodreads Synopsis

The second storyline from the Eisner Award winning Sex Criminals finds the honeymoon to be over for Jon and Suzie. Once the thrill of new lust fades, where do you go? Come along and laff and love with Matt and Chip as they brimp back ceaselessly against the past.

Collecting: Sex Criminals 6-10

Recap: Back in Volume 1, Suzie discovered that time stops whenever she orgasms. She thought she was alone until she met Jon. Turns out she wasn’t so alone after all. Because Suzie wanted to save the library, she and Jon concocted this scheme that wasn’t exactly legal- not legal at all actually- and that’s how they became literal sex criminals. See my review for Sex Criminals Vol. 1 here.

All caught up? Good. In Volume 2, Suzie and Jon have given up their illegal activities and work on finding ways to save the library without risking too much. Of course Kegelface won’t let them live their lives.

What’s different about this volume is that we look more into Jon’s life and see things from his perspective. He’s talked about his life a little in the first volume but seeing it from his POV…dude’s got a lot going on. We touch upon his mental illnesses and see how troubled he actually is. It’s actually kind of sad, all the things he has to go through and still seem like the one who brings the humour to the comic. It just goes to show how we don’t know what goes on in other people’s heads. We see what we choose to see.

The honeymoon phase is over and it’s time for Jon and Suzie to pull up their socks and face reality. With the Sex Police alway at the back of their minds, it seems that they can’t get a moment’s peace. Drastic measures have to be taken so that they don’t end up drawing the short straw.

As the story winds on, the POVs in the issues mold together and become one. Although I did like Jon’s POV more than I did Suzie’s. I liked this volume a lot more than the first one and I have no doubt in Matt Fraction’s writing so I definitely enjoyed the story as a whole.

Series were revealed and a new can of worms has been opened. We were left on a major cliffhanger at the end of this book and I need to know what happens next. Too much happened in this volume and I was at the edge of my seat the entire time. I’m itching to start Volume 3 as soon as possible.

Read: 27 April 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 25 February 2015
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Matt Fraction
Illustrator: Chip Zdarsky

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Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

Goodreads Synopsis

Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.

If you haven’t read A Court of Thorns and Roses it’s best not to read this review.

A Court of Mist and Fury takes place about 3 months after the events of ACOTAR. In this time, not too much has happened but it seems that the major situations were saved for the rest of this book. From the first page, we’re thrown into this world and now that Feyre is a High Fae, we see the world the way she sees it. She’s no longer a ‘mere human’ that doesn’t understand. She’s learning and we’re right there along with her.

I’m trying my utmost not to make this review a rant about how I feel about Tamlin but easier said than done. I didn’t really like him in ACOTAR and I was cool with that but the way that changed for me in the second book is like zero to a hundred real quick. I don’t want to say ‘hate’ because it’s a really strong word but what I feel for Tamlin is not a nice feeling. I can’t describe it and the worst [possibly the best] thing about all this is that I probably despise him so much because he was so well written. SJM allowed that darkness I felt to settle in and build throughout the book. We along with Feyre were ignorant to who and what Tamlin really was. Remember, in ACOTAR he was this sweet-ish character that was drool-worthy and SJM’s made a total 180 where he is concerned.

Feyre on the other hand…my opinion of her between ACOTAR and ACOMAF has changed so drastically. She was never weak- come on, she hunted alone in the woods- but at the same time she wasn’t someone I could look up to as a role model. She had her strong points and by the time this book started almost all of them were made null and void. She didn’t have the freedom to express and explore this new version of her. She was pushed down and made to be this weak thing that needed to be looked after. She didn’t know and that’s the thing. Love made her so blind that she was willing to suffer, albeit involuntarily, because she was convinced that this was where she belonged. The moment she broke free though…

“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

The amount of character development that took place in this book, not just with my dear Feyre, but with Rhysand as well. I can’t imagine how difficult it is to trust anyone after you’ve given someone everything. Feyre rose like a phoenix and come out being this strong character, not just physical but mentally and emotionally as well.

My darling Rhysand. My amazing, dark, mysterious, charming love, Rhys. I loved him in ACOTAR of course, but the contrast between the two books was so phenomenal I’m still grinning like the dang cheshire cat. He already was this great character that I loved, with how well he was written and the way he was portrayed but the way he grew in ACOMAF makes me feel so proud because I believed in him. I knew there was something more to him than this facade he put up for everyone. Most of the time I just wanted to give him a hug.

The supporting characters that were introduced in this book were a lot more involved and I loved that. They were featured and talked about so often that it felt like they were part of the main cast, which in a way, I think they were. You couldn’t have one without the other. I appreciate that SJM gave them backstories because I think that it helped with knowing who those characters really were. It definitely helped me decided who and who not to trust…you know, since SJM just loves ripping my heart out.

“No one was my master— but I might be master of everything, if I wished. If I dared.”

I’d been told before I even started ACOTAR that this book was way better and I thought it was an exaggeration because I loved the first one so much. Let me tell you that I can’t begin to explain how much better this book was. SJM’s writing has never been a problem for me so I went in having high expectations and I was not disappointed. Is it bad that my trust in her writing is so high? I think that so much emotion was put in this book and the roller coaster of feelings I went through definitely proves that. I felt real anger, love, sadness, betrayal and sometimes disgust and I think those made for an even greater read.

I am so eager for ACOWAR that it’s not even funny. I have this book hangover and I don’t know what to do with my life now that I’m in this in between of finishing one book and still waiting for another book to come out. This is why I wait to read books. Thank you SJM for killing me with your amazing writing. And now…I wait. Send help!

Read: 31 March 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 3 May 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Sarah J. Maas

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Book Review: Sex Criminals Vol.1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction

Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick

Goodreads Synopsis

Suzie’s just a regular gal with an irregular gift: when she has sex, she stops time. One day she meets Jon and it turns out he has the same ability. And sooner or later they get around to using their gifts to do what we’d ALL do: rob a couple banks. A bawdy and brazen sex comedy for comics begins here!

By Matt Fraction (Satellite Sam, Hawkeye) and Chip Zdarsky (Prison Funnies, Monster Cops).

Named one of Time Magazine’s top 10 graphic novels for 2013.

Collects SEX CRIMINALS #1-5

Orgasm charged criminals anyone? Well, alrighty then.

After she experiences her first orgasm, Suzie discovers that time stops and is freaked out because what? And then finds out that yes, that is weird and no, that certainly doesn’t happen to everyone. She experiments further with this new ability of hers and uses ‘The Quiet’ to get away from the world’s problems.

Years later, she meets Jon and after a night together, she discovers that he has the same ability as her. He calls it ‘Cumworld’- I had to laugh at this- and uses that time to get away with things you wouldn’t usually be able to.

Together these two team up and plan to save the library. Did I mention that Suzie is a book lover? She doesn’t always read the books, she just can’t see them being destroyed. So we have the ‘Save Our Library’ campaign and we see Jon and Suzie being hunted down by the Time Police in the process. A great adventure, really.

Characters: I really liked Suzie’s characters. She was funny and witty and had an amazing ‘I don’t care’ attitude about her.

Jon was carefree, which was great but he was also a bit of a bad influence.

Likes: I loved the concept of this comic, as weird as it was. I liked that this had a fast and addicting pace.

Overall Thoughts: I’m in love with this comic! I loved the writing, some fourth wall breaking going on there and the art was amazing. Especially the light shows while they’re in The Quiet. I can’t wait to start the next one.

eARC Book Review: What Remains by Garrett Leigh

What RemainsGoodreads Synopsis

Web designer Jodi Peters is a solitary creature. Lunch twice a week with his ex-girlfriend-turned-BFF and the occasional messy venture to a dodgy gay bar is all the company he needs, right?

Then one night he stumbles across newly divorced firefighter Rupert O’Neil. Rupert is lost and lonely, but just about the sweetest bloke Jodi has ever known. Add in the heady current between them, and Jodi can’t help falling hard in love. He offers Rupert a home within the walls of his cosy Tottenham flat—a sanctuary to nurture their own brand of family—and for four blissful years, life is never sweeter.

Until a cruel twist of fate snatches it all away. A moment of distraction leaves Jodi fighting for a life he can’t remember and shatters Rupert’s heart. Jodi doesn’t know him—or want to. With little left of the man he adores, Rupert must cling to what remains of his shaky faith and pray that Jodi can learn to love him again.

I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What Remains is about Rupert O’Neil and Jodi Peters and how love conquers all. Sounds cheesy, I know but this is honestly a beautiful story and I was hoping and praying for a happy ending because these characters deserved it.

The book starts with time jumps from the present back to when Jodi and Rupert first met and then it all molds into one and the story continues on.

After being hit by a stolen car and basically catapulted into the air, Jodi ends up in a coma for months and when he finally wakes up, he’s missing five years of his life. He has no idea who Rupert is and has a major sexual identity crisis.

Characters: Rupert was an adorable sweetheart. Also, are all firefighters automatically hot? I mean, he had the looks- Jodi described his skin as being beautiful- and he made Nutella on toast as a cheer up snack. He was an amazing dad, a great boyfriend…not such a good cook though. His constant vigilance gave me life.

Jodi was a bit of an a-hole but he was adorable. He could be mean but that made the moments when he tried to be nice even more obvious. I loved this pairing and everything they did made me smile. Seriously, two grown men shouldn’t be as cute as this. My heart almost leapt out of my chest.

Thank God for Sophie. If it weren’t for her, both Jodi and Rupert would’ve called it quits ages ago. She was the perfect addition to this book. She’s also not such a great cook but that’s okay.


Dislikes: Not. A. Thing.

Overall Thoughts: I loved every moment of this book. Garrett Leigh gave me what I never thought I need in my life. I’m am definitely going to check out the rest of her work.

Read this people! This book is a treasure.

Read: 18 May 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 4 July 2016
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Garrett Leigh

Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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It’s 1999 and the internet is still a novelty. At a newspaper office, two colleagues, Beth and Jennifer, e-mail back and forth, discussing their lives in hilarious details, from love troubles to family dramas. And Lincoln, a shy IT guy responsible for monitoring e-mails, spends his hours reading every exchange.

At first their e-mails offer a welcome diversion, but the more he reads, the more he finds himself falling for one of them. By the time Lincoln realises just how head-over-heels he is, it’s too late to introduce himself.

After a series of close encounters, Lincoln eventually decides he must follow his heart… and find out if there is such a thing as love before first sight.

Let me start by saying that this was the one Rainbow Rowell book I didn’t want to read. I love her writing and her stories are extremely captivating but the concept that was the basis for this book was creepy. Against my better judgement I decided to read the book anyway because my 2016 is filled with weird decisions and risks.

Attachments is a story about Lincoln who works in Systems Security- the IT guy, if you will and he’s tasked with the job of checking out any red flags that pop up in work emails. Here we meet Beth and Jennifer who have a habit of discussing their personal lives using their work emails. Lincoln finds the conversations that appear between these two women so interesting and intriguing that he can’t find it in his heart to actually do anything about it.

Characters: Lincoln became my favourite character pretty early on in the book. To be honest, I was picturing this boy-man who was totally geeky and I mean he still lives with his mom! This was one of the reasons why I liked him. He wasn’t cocky or rude and he was a genuine nice guy. He had morals! He hated his job because who wants to read other peoples’ emails?

I liked Beth a lot better than I did Jennifer but I think that’s because she seemed to express herself more as the story went on. She was a strong female character who ended up being so BAMF, I wanted to applaud her. I loved the way you could just sense her rolling her eyes through her emails. Sassiness overload!

Jennifer was the perfect best friend to Beth. The character development she went through was amazing! I kind of felt sorry for her in the middle and really wished for a happy ending for her.

Lincoln’s mom and Doris- the dynamic duo. Mom at home and mom(friend) at work. Lincoln’s mom was a bit clingy at times but I think her lesson was learning to let go. She was a gem though! Her jokes, the things she’d say. I laughed out loud because of her. Doris was amazing! She was a sweetheart that I just wanted to hug and tell me stories of her life and her dogs. At first I thought that Lincoln befriended her because he felt sorry for her but that was not the case. As I said, he’s a nice guy. A gentleman.

For the other supporting characters: They really helped bring the story together. Each one played their own part…even Sam. I did not like Sam.

“There’s no air in space.”

When I saw the buddy read for this I jumped at the opportunity to read this book as it’s been on my shelves for a year. I went in with eyes narrowed but I trusted in the writing power of Rainbow Rowell because she hasn’t disappointed me so far and I hope for the best. Suffice it to say that I am glad I made the jump. Attachments is now my favourite book by Rainbow. I plan to read it again come year end. The characters, the plot, the writing, the development of said characters, it was amazing. It was like watching a flower bloom. From thinking that I’d despise this book to loving it completely and totally took me by surprise as well. I thought ‘A book about a guy who falls in love with a girl after he reads her personal emails…come on Rainbow Rowell, do your worst.’

Right now all I want to do is pick this book up again and wish that it was my first time reading it so that I could fall in love with it again.

Read: 4 April 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: February 2012
Publisher: Orion
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Rainbow Rowell

eARC Book Review: Knit Tight by Annabeth Albert

25937705Goodreads Synopsis

It’s no secret that Portland, Oregon, has some of best restaurants, shops, and cafés in the country. But it’s the hard-working men who serve it all up that keep us coming back for more…

One of Portland’s hottest young baristas, Brady is famous for his java-topping flair, turning a regular cup of joe into a work of art. Every Wednesday—aka “Knit Night”—hordes of women and their needles descend on the coffeehouse, and Brady’s feeling the heat. Into the fray walks a tall, dark, and distractingly handsome stranger from New York. His name is Evren, and he’s the sexy nephew of Brady’s sweetest customer, the owner of the yarn shop down the street. He’s also got a killer smile, confident air, and masculine charm that’s tying Brady’s stomach in knots. The smitten barista can’t wait to see him at the next week’s gathering. But when he tries to ask Evren out, his plans unravel faster than an unfinished edge. If Brady hopes to warm up more than Evren’s coffee, he’ll have to find a way to untangle their feelings, get out of the friend zone, and form a close-knit bond that’s bound to last a lifetime…

I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Before I requested this book I did a bit of research -as we do- and found out that Knit Tight is Part 4 in the Portland Heat series but while it’d be better to read them from the beginning, it reads just as well as a stand alone. Okay, so the basis are covered.

Knit Tight focuses on Brady, world’s best barista, or so his customers think. Brady was an extremely likeable character and I fell in love with him immediately. The way he describes things, fawns over Evren and takes care of his family was so believable. Sometimes I forgot I was reading a fictional book and not going through someone’s real life. All the problems faced in this book, the situations the characters are placed in were totally realistic. This is what I want in a story like this. I have to be clear that this was romance and you all know I feel about that particular genre but this is what I mean when I say, ‘yes, let me continue turning pages’. There were your cliche moments, and I was babysitting while reading this (please do not babysit while reading this book. There’s some major adult content involved and it’s kind of inappropriate), there were your sexy times that was through the roof because of how amazing it was. My point is, and I cannot say this enough; this book was REAL!

Brady being openly bisexual has no problem admitting this and speaking his mind if he feels the other person is being unfair. There is some stigma that Bi people are untrustworthy and indecisive and boy am I glad the issue was addressed in this book.

“I’d choose the one I was in love with and wanted to spend the rest of my life with. I’m not picking an ice cream flavor. Not that it’s going to happen any time soon, but I’d pick a partner. Not a gender.”

And I think this quote right here deserves all the awards. I usually read LGBT stories where the character is either Gay or Lesbian, so seeing a Bisexual character was a welcome change for me.

The emotions I felt while reading this book ranged from ‘Oh no, you didn’t!’ to ‘Girl, grow a pair and face your problems’ with a little bit of ‘OMG I love you two!’. I was major fangirling and I’m not ashamed at all. I laughed a lot throughout this book, I ‘awwed’, I shed a tear or two and I just loved it so much.

When Brady would look at Evren and see perfection, I would think that yes, Evren is a pretty amazing character…of course everyone has flaws and this was dealt with as the story progressed. The author didn’t skirt around it and if a problem/obstacle was placed in front of a character, it didn’t go away. Once again, thank the book gods for realistic fiction!

At the beginning of each chapter after Evren is introduced, we get little snippets from Evren’s blog. I found these refreshing. They weren’t much but they made me smile. Knitter Evren who’s a totally family guy and cares is just perfect! What more could a person ask for?

The supporting characters were pretty great too. They had small roles but were pretty helpful to people in the neighbourhood and I liked seeing this.

This book was amazing and I’m proud to say I did not blush (much) when it came to those *ahem* scenes. I can’t wait to read more of Annabeth Albert’s books.

Read: 8 March 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 12 April 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Shine
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Annabeth Albert