TTT | People I’d like to Freaky Friday with

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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Characters I’d Like To Switch Places With

I feel like this list is pretty similar to last week’s list, because if I switch places with these people, then I can go where they go!

Alina from the Grishaverse – I just want to trade places with her so I can make all the better decisions that she should have made.

Hermione Granger – MY DREAM. If I was Hermione, I would have been sorted into Ravenclaw and I would still get a time turner and be able to apparate and all those coo things.

Rachel Chu from Crazy Rich Asians¬†– She gets to eat all that yummy food and she’s marrying into an exorbitant amount of money? Yes, please.

Macy from The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen – As I’ve said before, Wes was my first true bookish crush. I feel like Macy and I are already somewhat similar so it would be a natural switch. And I think it’d be a blast to work at Wish Catering.

Any of the ladies in Blue’s house from The Raven Cycle – What a family! What a house! They just seem really close and like it would be a fun place to live.

Anyone on the Invictus crew – Time travel! Heists!

Sophronia from The Finishing School series – I love her group of girlfriends and they learn so many cool things!

Abigail Rook from the Jackaby series – This one would probably be scariest, but also very exciting. Just trying to get around Jackaby’s house sounds like an adventure.

Richard Mayhew from Neverwhere – London Below is definitely somewhere I’d like to visit. Hanging with Door and the Marquis is just a bonus.

Bailey from the Night Circus РI WOULD RUN AWAY TO THIS CIRCUS TOO, BAILEY.

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

PassengerOn the night of Etta’s most important violin recital, she learns a secret about her family that promises to change everything. Her mother has been kidnapped and it’s up to Etta¬†to find the one thing that can save her life. As it turns out, Etta has the ability to time travel and the thing she’s been sent to find could be hidden anywhere, anytime. As she races against the clock, she tries to ignore her growing attraction to her traveling companion, Nicholas, a freed slave turned (legal) pirate.

I’ve heard some really mixed reviews about this book. I’ll just start off by saying this concept is¬†very confusing. I’ve started to realize (through reading¬†Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray and¬†The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry) that this whole time travel/alternate reality travel is very confusing to me. I don’t really get all of the repercussions that they talk about by changing things and meeting yourself and all of that…it all goes over my head. I tried so hard to understand things, but that last chapter or two was very, very hard for me to comprehend. Just…what? What happened? How did it happen? Why did it happen? Anyway…I don’t want to give any spoilers but just know that I’m very confused.

The characters themselves were fine. I didn’t feel any particular affinity towards either Etta or Nicholas. They weren’t particularly unlikable, but they weren’t particularly likable either. Maybe I just felt like they were both a little too self-sacrificing? Or maybe that I didn’t feel like they’d thought through their motivations all the way. I don’t know. Something like that.

That being said, I felt like the author did a fantastic job with each of the different settings and time periods. I mean, it’s hard enough for an author to do a good job describing one setting and one time, but I felt like Bracken did a great job putting the reader in each new time period and each new location.

Overall, the writing was good (nothing stellar, but good) and the characters and plot were fine. I liked it and plan to continue with the series but I could see myself souring on it depending on how the second book goes.

Overall Rating: 4
Language: Mild
Violence: Heavy
Smoking/Drinking: Mild
Sexual Content: Moderate. One scene in particular, not explicit.

Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs [ARC]

Elena has big plans for when she gets out of the foster system–she just doesn’t have any money to accomplish them. When she’s recruited for a secret mission she’s a little suspicious, but they’re offering such a big payday that she can’t NOT take it. The mission isn’t all that it seems however and Elena will find herself doubting everything that she ever thought was possible.

23536973This book had a really interesting premise. It sounded like wewere going to follow a group of kids who each have a special ability to the future and we kind of did, but it’s a whole lot less X-Men and a lot more angsty teenagers questioning their identity. Sure each of the teens have an ability, but I was actually thinking they’d have like…powers. Not so. Elena has an eidetic memory which is basically the coolest ability of the group. Basically she can remember everything she’s ever seen or heard. Then there’s a guy who’s good with electronics, one who is a really good cook, one who is just super smart in general, and then a girl who is an amazing artist. So…basically just normal stuff that makes the book a little less exciting than I thought it was going to be.

I had a really hard time getting into it myself. I didn’t really feel like the plot was driving the story forward–I didn’t find myself caring all that much how it ended. Usually when there’s like a time limit or a sense that time’s running out, that drives the story forward, but for some reason that didn’t happen for me in this case. I saw a physical copy of this book at Barnes & Noble and noticed that the chapter headings all had a time stamp–my ARC copy didn’t have that, but it may help make¬†the story feel more urgent. I’m not really sure. The characters were fine. Sometimes Elena would annoy me, but I could still handle it. I liked how different each of the characters were from each other. They all had very distinct personalities and it was nice to be following such a tough female protagonist.

The setting was interesting…I don’t want to give anything away but there were interesting descriptions and I feel like the world was adequately described if a little unbelievable to me. Overall, I thought this book was just okay. There were some things that were kind of confusing and the whole Adam and Elena relationship just felt weird and forced to me. The ending doesn’t exactly seem believable to me but…whatever.

Overall Rating: 3
Language: Moderate
Violence: Heavy
Smoking/Drinking: Moderate
Sexual Content: Moderate

Note: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

Natalie was adopted by a nice white family when she was just days old. For years she’s been communicating with an otherworldly¬†being who would appear in her bedroom at night called Grandmother. Grandmother tells her stories the Natalie rarely understands. But three years ago Grandmother stopped coming and Natalie has felt lost ever since. The week of graduation, Natalie starts seeing things that she shouldn’t. One minute she’s in the hallway at school, but the next she’s seeing rolling hills and grazing buffalo. What’s happening to her and who is the boy that she sometimes sees during her episodes?25467698

This book was kind of interesting…I thought the premise was very unique and I was excited to see where the book would go. Right away I rejoiced that our main character was half Native American. Hooray for diversity in YA! I also really liked that actual Native American legends were woven into this story. In the back of the book I think there was an author’s note listing each of the stories told and what tribes they’re attributed too. I don’t know very much about Native American culture, so I was happy to get a glimpse into some of their stories and the way they might think about things.

The beginning of the book was very slow for me. I had a hard time really getting into it. And then as the story progresses, it doesn’t¬†feel like the pace ever really picks up. We’re in Natalie’s head a lot so even though there’s a time constraint and Natalie is technically “battling against the clock”, the story still progresses at this really unhurried pace. There’s insta-love involved which I usually hate, but it wasn’t the worst in this book. Of all of the insta-love stories that I’ve read, I feel like this one was on the more realistic end of things. Beau seemed like a fairly interesting character (even if we’re not really clear on any of his motivations) but I kept imagining him as being Native American also…which, I don’t think he actually was.

Honestly, I kind of feel like a lot of this book went over my head. Like I said earlier, we’re in Natalie’s head A LOT and there’s quite a bit of internal struggle going on in there. In the end, I’m not really sure if she really did develop as a character. What did she learn about herself? I feel like she definitely learned something, but I’m not picking up on what it was. Then there was the resolution of the plot. It’s like…I kind of get it, but the last couple of chapters seemed¬†super info-dumpy and I don’t think I got all of it. And then there was the ending…which was just okay for me. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it either.

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I feel like this book is really different from a lot of books that are popular right now. It definitely has a darker overall tone to it. The alternate realities/time travel element was interesting even if it wasn’t necessarily explained that well. There are some religious elements to the story as well that I thought were interestingly tied in. Overall, I don’t think most readers will necessarily hate this book, but I also don’t think you’ll regret passing on it.

Overall Rating: 3
Language: Moderate. Some brief, strong language.
Violence: Moderate. Some mention of domestic abuse.
Smoking/Drinking: Heavy. A lot of underage drinking.
Sexual Content: Moderate

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Everyone thought Charlotte would be the time traveler in the family. Turns out everyone was wrong–Gwyneth included. Gwyneth thought seeing ghosts would be her only weird skill, but it looks like she’ll have one more to add to the list. Most of her family is unhappy about it and some of them even have the nerve to blame Gwyneth! Like Gwyneth wanted this to happen to her! Charlotte’s the one who’s had a lifetime of training–Gwyneth would gladly¬†give her the time travelling gene even if she is starting to enjoy all of the time she’s spending with her companion, Gideon.
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I’ve gotten a little tired of the “my family has a generations old secret, but no one will tell me¬†what it is because I’m not involved/not of age yet” trope. Luckily, this book isn’t exactly like that! Gwyneth had received some training/information about the family secret because she’s supposed to help Charlotte if she starts time travelling at school. So it’s not like this is completely new for Gwyneth even if she doesn’t know everything. I was annoyed that people seemed so resistant to give her additional information though. I mean, she’s obviously the one who can time travel–I feel that it would behoove everyone to get her up to speed as soon as possible.

The characters in general were just alright. Gwyneth seemed a little too…weak, frivolous, immature, etc. Not in an unbearable way, but more in a “come on, is this really how teenage girls act?” way. Aunt Glenda seemed pretty ridiculous to me and Charlotte seemed one-note and flat in comparison. I’m not sure how I feel about Gideon and his family yet, but I do like Gwyneth’s mom and appreciated that Lady Arista seemed to be taking things in stride. I almost expected her to freak out like Glenda did, but she’s actually taking things very calmly. Lastly, I think Lesley is awesome. Basically the best friend a character could ever have.

As far as the plot goes, time travelling is enough for me and I don’t like that there are some other magical elements to it. I’m also not sure what to think about the Gideon/Gwyneth relationship especially since Gideon seemed pretty in to Charlotte at first. Overall, I didn’t feel like much happened in this book. It almost seems like it exists solely to set up the rest of the series. That being said, I thought the book was enjoyable, and I couldn’t even tell that it was originally written in another language.

Overall Rating: 4
Language: None
Violence: Moderate
Sexual Content: None
Smoking/Drinking: None

The Locket by Stacey Jay

Katie cheated on her boyfriend with their mutual best friend. It was an accident. Katie was drunk and Mitch was there for her when Isaac wasn’t. Two weeks later when Isaac finds out, everything Katie has worked for falls apart. He leaves her on the side of the road with a rainstorm brewing. As Katie wonders what to do next, she feels the locket that she’d taken earlier from her grandmothers jewelry pile start to heat up. Next thing she knows, she’s been taken back two weeks to the night of her biggest mistake. Katie’s been given a chance to redo the whole evening and keep Isaac from ever finding out what happened simply by making sure it never does.51v+nZ4ZSUL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_

I cannot tell you how much I wanted to like this book. I liked Princess of Thorns quite a bit and I absolutely loved Ms. Jay’s¬†two book series Juliet Immortal and Romeo Redeemed. These three books are the reason why I finished “The Locket” but I honestly wish I hadn’t. There were so many times when I almost stopped reading, but decided to give the book just one more chance to redeem itself–it never did.

Katie is possibly the most annoying main character that I’ve ever read. She’s so whiny the whole time. All she can think about is getting back with Isaac when he doesn’t even seem like the best guy. He’s not very considerate of her and it doesn’t seem like they have very much chemistry. It’s so obvious that she should just get with Mitch and have that be it, but for some reason she’s completely focused on being with Isaac. I don’t see it. There were also a lot of times when Katie’s inner dialogue would turn to self-loathing. Just…not attractive and not fun to read.

Another thing was that every time Katie would go back in time, there would be random things different about her town or her backyard or the people she goes to school with. These changes would upset Katie so much that she’d get nauseous and throw up. I don’t get it. THIS DETAIL WAS COMPLETELY RANDOM and not necessary to the book. At all. There was no explanation as to why things would be different by her traveling back in time. If there had been an explanation then this would have been a different book and possibly a different review.

I’m sorry if this review comes off as a rant…I was just so disappointed! Her other books were so good and this was a complete dud. Don’t read unless you like poking yourself in the eyes. The¬†other books that I mentioned, though, I would wholeheartedly recommend.

Overall Rating: 1
Violence: Moderate. Some gore, not explicit.
Sexual Content: Moderate. Mentioned but not explicit.
Language: Moderate. A couple of scenes with brief, strong language.
Smoking/Drinking: Moderate. Some scenes with teenage drinking.