Dollhouse by Anya Allyn

Dollhouse by Anya AllynKindle Edition, 205 pages
Published May 20th 201

I’ve been trying to figure out how to review this. It did have things that I enjoyed, but things that I didn’t as well. And I’m not even sure if I liked it all that much to begin with. Hopefully, by the time I finish writing this it will make sense.

One day Cassie, along with her friends Ethan, the boy she loves, Aisha, the girl he’s dating, and Lacey, Aisha’s bff, go out in the wilderness to take pictures for class. Things start off peaceful enough; until Aisha starts to see Cassie overstepping her friend zone and getting a little too close to Ethan. Aisha gets annoyed and the next thing you know Aisha goes missing.

No one knows where she is and everyone suspects Ethan as the potential murderer. Ethan, wanting to clear his name, decides to find Aisha himself only Cassie and Lacey decide to join too. They stumble upon a house, break in, go on a merry-go-round type thing, and then get trapped in a Dollhouse. Yay!

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Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

50 Shades of GreyPaperback, 514 pages
Published April 3rd 2012

“Well, if you were mine, you wouldn’t be able to sit down for a week after the stunt you pulled yesterday.”

I don’t normally read these kinds of books. Erotica isn’t my forte and I admit it, I’m a bit of prude. I don’t particularly like reading sex scenes, because I find them awkward and kind of mechanical. In any case, 50 Shades of Grey was super popular when it came out in bookstores. Mom’s bought them, teens bought them, SNL did a spoof on it, and the amount of articles written about it was crazy.

So I was curious. I knew that this was a Twilight fan fiction turned novel, which isn’t really that big of a deal for me because I liked the first Twilight novel. It was a cute teen love story where a vapid, shallow, live and die for my man, type of girl falls in love with a guy who considers her to be food. It was good, not amazing, not earth shattering, but it was good. Fluffy, but good.

Knowing this, a grown up Twilight didn’t seem all that bad. Only, it kind of was. It wasn’t so much the erotica that bothered me, mainly because I didn’t get that far. And the writing was bad, while bad, wasn’t the worse thing I’ve read. That honour belongs to Sleeping Roses.

The problem I had was that Christian Grey sounded like a psycho. This didn’t make me side eye all the people who love this book, and are eagerly anticipating the movie, but it did make me annoyed and kind of angry. It wasn’t the book, but just what Christian represents. Seeing all of these women saying how they want him and desire him made me question why. Why would someone want someone so controlling, so overbearing, and so threatening in their lives?

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The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl with All the GiftsPaperback, 416 pages
Published June 10th 2014

Once upon a time, I was watching a BBC’s Planet Earth, which is fantastic, and it was talking about insects. During my time watching it, I realized two things.

1. Even though I don’t want them near me, insects are very cool, resilient, and amazing little creatures. I gained a new found respect for them. A respect that will remain, as long as they don’t come near me.

2. I learned about Cordyceps for the first time and it was freaking amazing. Cordyceps is a parasitic fungus that is specialization in almost zombie like behaviour. When a host, let’s say an ant, is affected by this fungi (sorry I couldn’t resist) it makes the ant start behaving in a weird manner. Then the cordyceps breaks through the ant’s head and erupts, sending its little spores out in the open world where they can find their next victim. Ah, nature is amazing, especially when it’s narrated by David Attenborough. – (the link shows the cordyceps in action, if you’re interested)

What does this have to do with “The Girl with All the Gifts?” Well, it’s simple really, this book deals with an evolved form of the cordyceps that now likes to have a fun time in humans.

It creates zombies, basically.

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