The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Here and Nowebook, 288 pages
Expected publication: April 8th 2014

I’ve never read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; the most I’ve been exposed to it was seeing the previews to the movies, which I also didn’t see. So The Here and Now is my first experience to Ann Brashares. Was it a good one? Kind of, yea, kind of is a good word to use here.

When I first started the book, I was pretty into it. I like time traveling stories and seeing what the authors do with them. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it isn’t, but the journey is usually what I’m after so I was excited to read this.

Prenna comes from the future where the world has gone out of wack and people are dying in huge numbers. In order to save some of the remaining humans, someone created a time machine and POOF they popped up in our time period. They’re saved from their disaster, but that doesn’t mean that they’re free. Since they’re in our world, Prenna and her fellow time jumpers have to live a strict life filled with not exposing their way of life. You can’t change what’s to come, you can’t have relations with anyone other than those who jumped with you, and you are definitely not allowed to tell people the truth about you.

Sounds interesting, right? Kind of like a dystopian like world set in our world. But here lies the problems.

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Contributor by Nicole Ciacchella

19540832Published January 2nd 2014 (first published January 1st 2012)

I feel bad for not liking Contributors. I think the author had some good ideas, but the problem is that this isn’t a dystopia and Dara has no reason to go against the government. She kind of does, I guess, but it felt more like the only reason why she went against Magnum was because she was finding her apprenticeship hard and that her mom was sick.

Considering she grew up as a straight A student, suffering her first set of hardships made her go from sad to GET VENGEANCE NOW! The transition didn’t make much sense and made me feel like she was a very entitled and spoiled. She thought the apprenticeship was hard and didn’t like the competition, so she starts to dislike the system. Her mom gets into an accident and doesn’t get better so she starts to hate the system. This is normal behaviour, kind of…but I think, but if you grew up in a ‘dystopian’ world where you’re constantly told that the government is the best and that you shouldn’t think differently, you wouldn’t see a change like this happen so quickly. They might doubt the world, but it would take awhile for them to fully understand why it is so bad. I think Ciacchella did try to show that, but it didn’t work here.

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Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington

liv, forever
Hardcover, 280 pages
Expected publication: March 11th 2014

Liv, Forever has a beautiful cover, a synopsis that has you itching for more, and the added bonus of having the main character be dead near the beginning of the novel. But do all of these things, with the added bonus of secret societies and ghosts make Liv, Forever a great novel?

In some ways, yes. I liked reading Liv, Forever and I thought it was a pretty good debut novel for Amy Takington. Was it perfect and mind blowing? Unfortunately, no. The main problem I had with the novel was Liv Bloom, who incidentally is also the main character for this story.

While Liv is alive, which doesn’t last long by the by, she seems awkward and loveable. There’s a scene in the beginning of the novel where the new students at Wickham Hall go through a scary prank of some sort. While the old students laugh about their prank and the new students get excited, Liv just questions the whole thing and makes the entire room go silent. I love that. That aloof awkward combo made me want to read more about her.

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