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27 Days to Midnight by Kristine Kruppa

Friday, June 24, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments



The Breakdown


General Info:
     Title: 27 Days to Midnight
     Author: Kristine Kruppa
     Genre: Sci-Fi, Steampunk, YA
     Publisher: Giant Squid Books
     Publishing Date: May 3rd, 2016

Thoughts:
     Excellent:
          -  The concept - so original, I've never read anything like it before 
          - Characters - Dahlia especially stood out to me - I didn't love her, but unique character

    Things that could have been better:

         - Characters - the interactions fell a bit flat to me 

Rating: 3.5 stars
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Initial Thoughts

I decided to hop onto this blog tour after reading the synopsis! It sounded so fresh, so original! Plus that cover...it's gorgeous! 

Everyone in Dahlia's world knows when they're going to die. Except her.

Her father has never shown her the pocket watch counting down the days she has left to live. When he sacrifices himself to save her from her scheduled death, Dahlia abandons her comfortable home and sets off after his murderer to uncover the secrets her father died to protect…and the time research that could bring him back to life.

Then she meets Farren Reed. She should hate him. He’s an enemy soldier, a cowardly deserter, and the most insufferable man Dahlia’s ever met. Still, she needs all the help she can get, and Farren is the only chance she has to find the man who murdered her father. But Farren has only twenty-seven days left on his watch.

In that time, Dahlia must recover her father’s time research, foil a psychotic general’s plot, and learn to survive in a world that will never be the same. But the research holds secrets more dangerous than she had ever imagined. She will have to choose what is most important: revenge, Farren's life, or her own. And time is running out. 

Characters

My first introduction to the characters was pretty awesome. I was hooked to the book because of how interesting the characters were. Although I didn't necessarily like Dahlia from her actions, she was a character that I haven't seen too often in books, so it was refreshing to read such a new character. 
Farren drew me in the same way that Dahlia drew me in. In fact, I think the reason why I found them both so refreshing was just how brash they were. I dunno, but in YA books, I feel like I always read about these people sidestepping and miscommunicating - but Dahlia and Farren were just so blunt - it was such a nice change. 

However, whilst I enjoyed reading and being introduced to them - I didn't quite like reading their interactions. To me, it somehow felt a bit fake, and unrealistic? The romance particularly, didn't draw me in, because it just didn't feel real to me. But then again...who am I to judge, with my measly love experiences? :') 

Plot

The concept would definitely get a "Most Original" award from me! 27 Days to Midnight didn't cling on to many cliches, which (and I feel like I'm repeating myself here) was refreshing. 

Kruppa crafts an interesting mythology, about the watches and how they determine when you die - and I have to say, it was pretty well thought out! 

Writing Style

Kruppa's writing style was a bit hit or miss in some parts of the book for me. At some parts - and I'll highlight the first few pages - she wrote flawlessly, in my opinion. The start hooked me in, and made me keep reading! She was able to suck me into this alternate world, and keep me engaged! 
But at other parts of the book, the writing did seem a bit simplistic to me? You know that adage, "Show, not tell"? Sometimes, it felt like Kruppa was telling, not showing me - and that made it harder for me to enjoy the novel. 
I felt like there was an equal balance of "OOH AMAZING WRITING" and telling going on in the novel - which is why I feel a bit mixed about Kruppa's writing style. 

Entertainment Value

I found 27 Days to Midnight a fairly engaging read. For me though, my interest kept fading in and out - and I feel like this is mostly because of the writing style, which fluctuated a bit, along with my interest. 

Final Thoughts

In the end, I'll give 27 Days to Midnight a 3.5 stars. It was a really good read, with so much originality, and easy to get into - but ultimately, the characters' just didn't do it for me. 
All in all - a refreshing read! Definitely give this one a try if you want to 

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About the Author
Kristine Kruppa is a mechanical engineer, writer, and world traveler. Her days are spent
designing cool new car parts, but her evenings are filled with writing and cats. She has traveled solo to seventeen countries on five continents. Her other hobbies include hunting for the perfect cup of coffee, exploring used book stores, and accidentally climbing mountains. To keep up with her adventures, follow Kristine on Twitter @kskruppa.







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Conversations: Real life friendships vs. online friendships

Friday, June 17, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments


Hello everyone! 
So sorry about missing out on Conversations last fortnight- the lovely Annika at Hiding Books helped me out and held Conversations there - check her out, add your link - she was awesome! Funnily enough - the topic was about how you juggle blogging and life...HAHAHA I guess I don't. 

Anyway, the topic for this week is...
Are real life friendships different from the ones you have online?

I'm actually so glad to be talking about this topic, and so curious as to what you guys think! Friendship is such an important part of my life - I honestly don't know how I'd live without some of my best mates! 

For me, real life friendships and online friendships are the same, but different. 

They're both the same because they are friendships, and for me, all my friendships have the same elements. For one, I share information with my friends - I tell them what's going on in my life! I tell you guys a bit about myself - like how stressed I am sometimes, the cute guy in my course (WHO LIKES ANOTHER GIRL -cries-), the books I'm reading...so much! 
I think I'm pretty open - so yeah, I think that my online and real-life friendship are pretty much the same because I'm so open. Then, there's how I usually keep in touch with my friends - if you're a good friend of mine, I've probably talked to you at least in the last month or so. Maybe the last three months (I've been distracted and busy - sorry!!). 
But then, at the same time, real life friendships and online ones are a tiny bit different. And I think that comes down to the individual friendships themselves. I have friends that I've known for most of my life - I tell them a bit more than I tell you guys online, because they have the context of my life, and they understand. 

I'll give you an example. 
To you guys, I'll tell you about how there's a super cute guy in my course, and maybe tell you guys why he's so cute (if you were curious - HAIR, BRITISH ACCENT, FUNNY, NICE, SMART - the list is endless) 
But to my real-life friends, I'll tell them about how Rob English (that's not his real name sorry :') ) from primary school is in my new course and he's gotten 10000x hotter - just because they know Rob, and they know what he looked like previously etc. 
I guess the nuance is - with my real-life friends, they know most of my life already. They know what I'm talking about immediately - I don't need to be awkward and longwinded and give context - it flows a lot smoother. It's also just easier to share more with my real-life friends, just because we have the same background/culture.
With my online friends - I haven't known you guys for as long. I haven't shared my life as much as I have with my real-life friends. I reckon that should change with time, as I grow and mature, and share the crazy things that happen in my life!

Another interesting element that I'd like to look at is if my online friendships are as strong as my real life friendships. To be honest, I'd say I have some really close online friendships - as strong as some of my real-life ones. I recently started uni, and I haven't had the chance to see my friends face-to-face for a while now (work keeps getting in the way + different unis!). We've drifted apart a bit - but we still message about once a week to keep in touch, you know? Meanwhile, with some of you online friends here... I message you guys so often! Like on Twitter, I know that I'll be messaging a couple of you non stop for the large part of like a month. I'd say we're pretty strong friends, because I know that we check up on each other, like I would with my close friends in real life~!

All in all, I'm so honoured to just have friends in general. I know I'm a disorganised mess half the time, and it's awesome to have you all around, who make the effort to keep in contact with me, and just share your life with me as well. I love hearing about your lives, and I hope you guys are fine with me sharing stuff about my life! 

What do you all think? Are your real-life friendships and online friendships different? If so, how? Are your real-life friendships stronger than your online ones? Have I misread anything with our friendships - do I think we're closer than you think we are? Let me know in the comments! :) As always, link up is below, and I can't wait to check out all your links when I can!! <3 


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Geraldine


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