The Nine Lives of Chloe King: The Fallen – Liz Braswell
Young adult, fantasy, fiction.
Chloe King is an average sixteen-year-old turning seventeen. Her life is alright and considerably normal until she has a near death experience that should’ve killed her. Then she develops some new traits that are alarming as well as someone tried to assassinate her. She learns that there is a group called The Order of the Tenth Blade wants to eradicate her species. She must learn who she is.
I had read this when I was in middle school and liked the novel. I tried to retrieve my copy, but it was unfortunately destroyed due to horrible packing styles. Either way, I hunted down a new copy to read. I went down nostalgia lane and remembered why I loved this book so much. The writing was thorough and was never predictable. That is my opinion though. I was so happy to reread this novel for sure. And I would recommend reading all three books. I only read the first book for now. Might pick up the book once more soon. Or let me know to read and give it a review.
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird – Josie Silver
Romance, loss, death, mourning, soul search, healing, fiction.
Lydia loved Freddie and longed to be his wife and mother of their children. On his way to her place to pick her up for her surprise dinner, he had to make a detour to pick up their mutual friend, Jonah. When he was on his way to her place, their last conversation on the phone will forever be ingrained in her memories. The police come knocking on her door telling her that Freddie died, and Jonah survived. For a couple weeks she mourns for Freddie and her family tries to soothe her. Only in her dreams, Freddie is very much alive and prefers to dream than face reality. A whole year goes by and Lydia realizes that she can’t be mourning his death no more as well for the dreams that offer her an alternative reality. Lydia decides to live her life to the fullest.
I was forever wanting to read this book because of the bittersweet reviews I have read. Also, to see why this book was popular and trending everywhere on the internet. After finishing the book, I sort of predicted the ending prior to finishing, but decided to read through just because I loved how the author describes the different stages of losing someone. Not everyone goes through the same processes as others would. This novel really had me in tears until the end. Most happy tears though.