After the Flood Book Review

Friday, October 25, 2019

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BOOK REVIEW

BOOK REVIEW: After The Flood by Kassandra Montag 

Release Date:  September 3rd, 2019
Genre: Fiction / Dystopia 
Published by William Morrow
5 ⭐️rated and reviewed by guest blogger, Suzanne (Instagram: @thebookblondie


BOOK BLURB:
A little more than a century from now, our world has been utterly transformed. After years of slowly overtaking the continent, rising floodwaters have obliterated America’s great coastal cities and then its heartland, leaving nothing but an archipelago of mountaintop colonies surrounded by a deep expanse of open water.

Stubbornly independent Myra and her precocious seven-year-old daughter, Pearl, fish from their small boat, the Bird, visiting dry land only to trade for supplies and information in the few remaining outposts of civilization. For seven years, Myra has grieved the loss of her oldest daughter, Row, who was stolen by her father after a monstrous deluge overtook their home in Nebraska. Then, in a violent confrontation with a stranger, Myra suddenly discovers that Row was last seen in a far-off encampment near the Artic Circle. Throwing aside her usual caution, Myra and Pearl embark on a perilous voyage into the icy northern seas, hoping against hope that Row will still be there.

On their journey, Myra and Pearl join forces with a larger ship and Myra finds herself bonding with her fellow seekers who hope to build a safe haven together in this dangerous new world. But secrets, lust, and betrayals threaten their dream, and after their fortunes take a shocking—and bloody—turn, Myra can no longer ignore the question of whether saving Row is worth endangering Pearl and her fellow travelers.


SUZANNE'S THOUGHTS:
A century in the future, America has been overcome by rising floodwaters. Our country is nothing more than a few colonies atop the mountain peaks that poke out of the surface of the water. Myra and her young daughter, Pearl, are surviving on their small boat and trade fish on the dry land to sustain life. Myra has been torn apart for 7 years after her husband stole their other daughter and left her pregnant and lonesome. When Myra hears that her other daughter, Row, was seen in a colony near the Arctic Circle, she pours all of her faith into a voyage to rescue the child that was taken from her.

This book has potential to be THE best book of 2019. There, I said it. The plot is simply captivating and the language paints such a stunning portrait of this futuristic earth that is hard to conceive. Some stories read like a movie. And while this one is vivid, I can only express that it reads like a song. It’s lyrical and each sentence flows into the next. Montag invented such dynamic and well-rounded characters- each with their own secrets, but the storyline never gets muddled with unnecessary dialogue or detail. You know an author has talent when they're able to develop a protagonist who lives in a world entirely different from your own and still make that character relatable. Myra has so many qualities and desires that we all can relate to. She's a woman who is accustomed to being fiercely independent and she constantly fights her desire for companionship despite her urge to be part of a team. She wades through a dense present while she is tethered to her past, and I think that’s something we can all relate to. Myra holds out this desperate hope that she'll be able to find her estranged daughter, Row, and rebuild her life with both girls by her side proving that hope is such a strong driving force in this story. Of course, Myra and Pearl are not the only characters as the mother-daughter duo encounters other travelers amidst their quest. Every single chapter ends with the reader wanting more, which only encouraged me to binge-read like I’ve never binged before. As the plot shifts between the present and Myra’s memories of the past, your heart breaks and is mended and then breaks again.

“I knew it was sometimes easier to love ghosts more than the people who were around you. Ghosts could be perfect, frozen beyond time, beyond reality, the crystal form they’d never been before, the person you needed them to be. Sometimes I wanted only the good moments to surface in my memory.”

Doesn’t that quote just tug at something deep within your soul? 

I promise you that I was not AT ALL disappointed or bored while reading this masterpiece. Please pick this one up and tell me your thoughts! This book undoubtedly gets 5 stars from me ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️




A HUGE thanks to Suzanne for the great review and for being a guest blogger/book reviewer! 
Please pay a visit to her Instagram account @thebookblondie and let her know you read this review❤️

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14 Reasons why the AUDIOBOOK was better

Monday, October 7, 2019

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Was the book better? 

14 Reasons why the AUDIOBOOK was better than the book!


I lost count of how many movies I have watched and discussed with my friends and in the end we all agreed that the book was better.  Except, lately, I have noticed a new trend, one that involves audiobooks, when the Audiobook happens to be BETTER!

How is that even possible?

It's still the same book...you might be thinking.

Well, as it turns out, a narrator can really make all the difference, therefore, I do believe some books are made to be listened to.  To prove my point, I put together a list of 14 audiobooks where the narrators completely made the stories come alive, but don't just take my word for it, try it for yourself and let me know what you think!


🎧 A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult,  Narrated by Bahni Turpin
   A normal day at a women’s reproductive health services clinic turned into a hostage situation.  A police negotiator trying to do his job even when he finds out his 15 year-old daughter is inside the clinic.   The story is told in a reverse chronological order, so the first chapter is the end of the hostage negotiation with a cliffhanger, which then develops into the paths each character took that brought them to that specific situation. Brilliant!


🎧 Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Narrated by Kim Mai Guest, Johnathan McClain, Candice Moll, Lincoln Hoppe, Steve West, Erin Spencer, Jonathan Todd Ross and Donabella Mortel.
   A squad of misfits. A girl frozen in space over 200 years.  An ordinary mission turned into an intergalactic heist, filled with action, sarcasm, and the possibility of inter-species love…
If you ever wished you could combine Star Trek with a sparkle of Guardians of the Galaxy, look no further.
  Multiple narrators give each character a distinct voice easy for the listener to catch up with the different POVs.


🎧 Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, Narrated by Bahni Turpin
     A phenomenal plot. A mission to bring back magic.  Adeyemi delivered a well-crafted, action-packed story, which combined by the talented narrator, keeps you wanting more.


🎧 Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce, Narrated by Anna Popplewell
    By combining humor with the voice of the young Emmy, Pearce's novel showed us how people had to carry on with their lives and find hope in the midst of war. A perfect bookclub read and a delightful audiobook.


🎧 Frankly in Love by David Yoon, Narrated by Raymond J. Lee
    Frankly in Love was such a memorable audiobook! I fell in love with it.  I laughed out loud with it.
It deserves a place on my TOP 10 YA books of all time shelf!!!


🎧 A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Narrated by George Newbern
    Different people had recommended this audiobook to me but I didn't think I would like a book about a grumpy old man that no longer wants to live because his wife passed away.
I'm not ashamed to admit that I was WRONG!
I adored this book ! I laughed out loud while driving to work and I also cried one night in my kitchen while cooking dinner...


🎧 One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, Narrated Kim Mai Guest, MacLeod Andrews, Shannon McManus and Robbie Daymond.
    If you like thrillers, mystery and teen drama, get this one. You won't be disappointed.
You get into the detective mode from the start, and throughout the book I had different opinions about who killed Simon. The author did a great job at throwing clues and lots of secrets that could turn any one of them into a possible murder.  Excellent job with multiple narrators!


🎧 Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, Narrated by the author
   I'm a big fan of Neil Gaiman's books.  Neverwhere is the old tale of an outsider who becomes an unlikely hero, meets the heroine who has very little chance to succeed, and makes the reader root for both of them!  Narrated by none other than Gaiman himself, it's a treasure!


🎧 Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, Narrated by Shvorne Marks
   I loved Queenie!  It was funny and quirky, while also touching trauma, family drama and the stigma that comes with mental health.  The narrator did such an incredible job with the different accents 🖤


🎧 Recursion by Blake Crouch , Narrated by Jon Lindstrom and Abby Craden
   I’m a sci-fi fan and even though the whole concept of time-travel has been explored in a lot of books and movies, Crouch was able to explore a new angle, one that merged actual scientific advances into a fictitious reality that might not be too far from the near future.
The narrative is fast-paced, leaving the reader with no time to think twice going thru chapters.  To make it even more interesting, there’s also a love story.


🎧 Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson, Narrated by the author
   "Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society's failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #metoo and #timesup, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. Shout speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice-- and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore." (from Goodreads). 

🎧 The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty, Narrated by Caroline Lee
    Liane Moriarty's writing is exceptional and the audiobook narrator, Caroline Lee, did an incredible job bringing the characters to life!
This novel is full of "what ifs" situations and it really makes us think about all the possibilities and consequences of the choices we make. How far would you go to protect a loved one? Can you forgive a mistake from over 20 years ago?


🎧 The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce, Narrated by Steven Hartley
   The Music Shop is a nostalgic homage not just to vinyl lovers in general, but to a time when record stores were a place where one could go and talk about their love of music…it deserves to be heard.

🎧 The Outsider by Stephen King, narrated by Will Patton
    A gruesome crime. Witnesses and evidence that pointed out to a specific suspect. But could the suspect be in two places at the same time? Could anyone? It was a crime story and it was SO good.

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