Geekerella: Ashley Poston (some spoilers)

Adorable book.

Definitely one to put on the ‘in-case of book slump’ list. Thought reading this adorable novel I was not bored once and was completely charmed by the story, the characters and the relationships developed.

Adorable book.

Definitely one to put on the ‘in-case of book slump’ list. Thought reading this adorable novel I was not bored once and was completely charmed by the story, the characters and the relationships developed.

Geekerella was a beautifully charming story; it follows the two separate lives of Darien Freedman and Elle Wittimer. Darien Freedman is an actor who was best known for his soap-opera role and is about to embark upon the renewal of an old sci-fi TV show known as Starfield.  He is hired to play the main male role known as The Carmindor, and has been a fan of the series since he was a child. However, he finds himself stuck between who he thinks he is and how he is forced to act around others, almost as if he has to act all the time. Never free to be himself; Darien feels like he has no allies or friends to call his own except for his assistant who he considers one of his best friends. His father sees him as a way to gain money and he has previously lost a friend due to his fame. So, when he messages a phone number he believes to be the number for Excelsicon and ends up messaging another fan of Starfield instead, he sees his chance to make a friendship that is real and based on who he is as a person rather than how famous he is.

Elle, on the other side of the phone isn’t experiencing the dream life either. Elle is someone who has recently lost her father and when she was little has lost her mother. Now she lives with a shallow step-mother and two twin step-sisters, both of whom are given everything they could ever want in life, whilst Ella is let with nothing. Ella often finds herself at the butt of her step-mothers and stepsisters cruelty and criticism. there have been cases where the twins have gone out o their way to make her life miserable, even at one point fabricating a false relationship with a boy they’re friends with to hurt Ella’s feelings. She is forced every morning to wake each of them up and cook a ‘healthy’ breakfast for them, while the girls go off the the ‘club’ to have tennis lessons and Ella goes to work in a food truck known as the ‘Magic Pumpkin. The Cinderella pun is strong in this one. Her life seems to be a never ending ritual of sadness and oil stains. Until one day she receives a text on her hand-me-down phone that used to be her father’s. The man who made the convention ‘Excelsicon’. From this point onwards Elle and Darien are in each others lives, even if they don’t know each others names. This sense of anonymity when talking to each other envelops them in a feeling of safety which makes them feel like they can really express themselves for the first time in a long time. Especially about all things Starfield.

From this point onward almost all characters go through a lot of personal growth and change. One of the twins Calliope learns that she can have an identity separate from her much crueler sister and grows in confidence to finally become who she wants to be; hell she evens gets a girlfriend. Elle ends up learning to overcome the suffering she has endured at her step-family’s hands and open up to another human being (her co-worker Sage) and find connections with other that she wasn’t expecting, she also learn that who she is, and her family (her real mum and dad) are not isolated to a single place but are within her forever. Sage, the ever confident hopeful fashion designer, is someone who becomes Elle’s best friend who Elle converts to Starfield. Together they come together to take the old costumes that once belonged to her parents to make a wonderful cosplay, and Sage learns what it feels like to be unconditionally accepted by a friend.

The development of the relationship between Darien and Elle is a really well explored story line.  There relationship is one that is admittedly rushed a little, but under the circumstances it seems appropriate, as their relationship is one that mimics an online one, so essentially there are no hold barred in what they reveal to reach other. So being completely honest and open helps them to fall for each other as quick as they do. And having a relationship this way help them to explore who they are themselves as you can truly be whoever you want to be through anonymous text, even an unencumbered version of yourself. Still its a really cute and sweet romance that makes me squeal overtime something cute happens. You’ll know what I mean when you read the book yourself…

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to read a nice contemporary to get themselves out of a slump or even to just enjoy a sweet story that isn’t harboured with political mumbo-jumbo and something to just enjoy and love.

 

Til Next Time,

L.K.

p.s. i wrote this with the sun in my eyes, so please excuse any spelling errors.

The Help – Kathryn Stockett vs. Beloved – Toni Morrison (Spoiler Free)

So, I’ve recently read both of these books. One (The Help) voluntarily and the other (Beloved) as a part of my university course. I started off reading Beloved and to be honest, not quite liking it. Trying to find an exact reason why I pondered if it could be because the novel is a historical piece, and I frankly, have little to no experience reading historical fiction. In order to prove or disprove this theory I began reading The Help. Having now finished both novels, I couldn’t help but compare the two novels and thought… why not write about it?

So, I’ve recently read both of these books. One (The Help) voluntarily and the other (Beloved) as a part of my university course. I started off reading Beloved and to be honest, not quite liking it. Trying to find an exact reason why I pondered if it could be because the novel is a historical piece, and I frankly, have little to no experience reading historical fiction. In order to prove or disprove this theory I began reading The Help. Having now finished both novels, I couldn’t help but compare the two novels and thought… why not write about it? So, here it goes..

BELOVED:

So Beloved if you didn’t know is an Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winning novel written by Toni Morrison. It is based off a real story about a woman who was an escaped slave. For some historical context, this was in a time where in America being one either side of a river (Whose name i unfortunately don’t know) dictated whether or not you were considered free if you were of African descent. However, this freedom was at a constant risk as if you were “owned” by someone across the river they could come and “retrieve there property” essentially dragging you back. For this woman she was living in America essentially free from her “master’s” ensalvement, with her family; until one day she saw her “master” coming up the drive. Reacting quickly she herded her whole family into the shed and killed them all. She was in the process of killing herself and her infant child when she was captured and jailed. A horrific story which to this day astounds me. This true story spoke to Morrison and is what she based her novel off of. The fictional piece follows he life of Sethe and her daughter Denver. Seth is a woman who was a slave on a plantation who was abused, beaten and raped and who despite being injured and about 9 months pregnant trekked across state lines to ensure her baby’s and her family’s future. We are introduced to Sethe when she is living with her youngest daughter (now 18) Denver in a place called simply “124”. This home of of their happens to be haunted by the ghost of the baby whom Sethe killed. Her two other sons had left her already having had enough of the Ghost’s presence and her Mother-in-law Baby Suggs had just passed away. Denver and Sethe live a seemingly quite life, except their house is plagued by secrets, insecurities, and obviously a ghost that doesn’t know when to blood quit.

Admittedly it starts off as a really hard read. You’re picked up and thrown into the story, like Alice falling in to Wonderland. Only unlike Alice instead of saying “oh dear!” i personally was utterly a little more rude expletives. It’s a confusing ride at first, with incomplete stories and a language that while seemingly English is harder to understand, and there is absolutely no context at all. Somehow i feel like that’s the point of everything. To make the reader completely and utterly confused. However, after… quite a long while into the book. Some more context is unveiled and somehow, though I’m not sure how exactly you fall into the “rhythm” of the language of the book and all the things that completely sent you for a loop starts to make sense. Just in time for the climax of the book to leave you utterly confused, elated and sad. It’s not the world’s happiest book. Actually, there is nothing all that happy about it. Still, it’s a good read. Something I would suggest picking up if you want the unbridled and haunting truth of the Slave Trade in America. Just make sure you’re watching a lot of romantic comedies while reading this book, because it made me yearn for a really big hug and an even bigger carton of ice-cream.

THE HELP:

The Help on the other hand is almost the complete opposite of Beloved. The Help for one thing occurs in a later time period than Beloved. It is set in a time when slavery is abolished, and those of African descent are paid for work, although they are still treated as less than human and paid little to nothing, there is also a worrying amount of segregation and racism that makes me very sad. However, unlike Beloved this story while told seriously also has some light hearted elements which make it a much less depressing story. It is also a story that is easy to follow and while it does contain slang, it is slang that I didn’t find difficult to understand. It truly was a fun read and i really enjoyed the story it told and the clever way it was told in. The movie that was based off this book was also extremely good and was fantastically acted and beautifully told. Definitely highly recommended by yours truly.

The story follows three main characters. Skeeter Phelan, Minny and Aibileen all of whom live in Jackson Mississippi . Aibileen and Minny are maids who have been in the business of looking after white-people’s babies and houses since around the time they were fourteen and are long time friends. Minny is a short tempered and sassy maid whose sharp wit and tongue often get her in trouble with her employers and Aibileen is a calm and sad woman who has spent her years raising and loosing other people’s children and after having lost her own son to a tragic accident has just about given up on life. Eugena “Skeeter” Phelan is a white 22-year-old woman who never quite fits in with the crowd in Mississippi as instead of going to college to find a husband like most of the women her age, she actually went to college to get an education. A revelation I know. This decision is constantly looked down upon by just about everybody in her life, including her mother. It is because of her outsider tendencies and her college educated mind that she sees the world in a way that is unique of that time. That is, she doesn’t look down upon “the help” like everybody else does.

Together these three find an unlikely and heartwarming friendship and band together to write a book about how the world really works. By doing so they risk everything, Aibileen and Minny more than most; as while it is not predominant in the book, the violence that African American suffer is touched on and alluded to as a possible consequence. This book does not solely place the victim role upon “the help” as the book also goes into how people who are of the same race but not considered the same class are also treated. altogether the book splendidly highlights people’s ability to be cruel for cruelty’s sake. But, it does not solely focus on the negative like Beloved, instead Stockett choose to include some redeeming themes such as: discovering friendship and strength in difficult times, the kindness of others and sometime Kindness found in unusual places. Stocked even touches on domestic abuse and finding the self-empowerment to put and end to it, as well as definitions of community and how they can make or break a person.

I would seriously recommend this book to anyone who asks. It is a fantastic and beautiful read. Both of these books are.

 

Til next time,

L.K.

A Small Rant About Life and Expectations.

Just a little ramble

Have you ever felt like your life just isn’t that way it should be? Like you have this image in your head of who you are and who you want to become and those two things just feel like their never going to meet? I personally have multiple goals that i want to achieve in my lifetime; I want to publish my own book, travel the world, move into my own home, have dogs (so, so, so, so many dogs) and achieve my own independence as a human being; and of I’m ever feeling particularly confident in myself and self-esteem maybe even make a Youtube channel one day. Yet, I find myself in a place that is seemingly going nowhere, yes; I am in university going towards achieving a bachelor’s degree and possibly even a masters; and yes, I have started writing something (which is far from anywhere near being ready to be read) and yes, I have this blog here where i can express my passions to people who are like minded. But i feel as if I’m stuck forever int his situation without any capability of moving forward. I see people going to different continents and finding love, moving out and starting off in their dream careers whereas my life remains stagnant and the most exciting thing I experience is getting a good mark back on an assignment.

Am I just in this stagnant state of living which needs to remain unchanging until i have finished my degree and then I can successfully start living my life? Or am I missing all the important things that people are experiencing and that I am going to one day regret not doing? I do have these moments of bright possibility in which i start planing what I am going to do once I graduate; but these are all infringing on the decisions and judgements of others. Is that any way to live? should I be out there gripping life by the horns and living every moment to the fullest at the possible suffering of my grades (which believe me would happen) or is the safest route to just bide my time until I am academically free and then live in a state of permanent Carpe Diem? At least until my feet need to touch the ground again.

Maybe some things are meant to be waited for so that when I do eventually experience them I can do so would without the stress of academia sitting on my back like an unfortunate squatter. Or perhaps its not a case of either/or. Maybe I can do little bits of both, I can take whatever free time I have to follow my stationary passions and when i am free from Academic expectations I can take flight around the globe and take some career risks? Is that the way to go?

This stereotype of the ‘golden age’ of living is really an atrocious expectation to live up to. Shows need to stop perpetuating this culture of partying and stupidity experienced at a peak young age, do they writers ever stop to consider that not everyone like that kind of thing? Personally, the idea of dancing like a moron in a hot, sweaty, claustrophobic space with drunk idiots feeling me up like I am a prized pig… holds no pull on me, I’d personally rather sit on a beach, in a hammock, in the sun with a really good book. I don’t find anything appealing about getting drunk, having one-night-stands and wearing shoes that I am going to regret. And according to popular culture and media this makes me a freak? Why? Does youth really need to be immature, stupid and crazy to really be properly experienced? Can’t you live a quiet life and not regret it? Sure, some crazy could be cathartic. But is it necessary to be done through crazy and dangerous actions? Couldn’t someone just get culturally and spiritually lost in a city and be experiencing youth? Or even following their own passions that are more of an academic value? Is it really necessary to have crazy stories about stupidity to be considered as having “lived your life to the fullest”.

I hope not, as otherwise I might seriously consider becoming a hermit.

Thanks for listening/ reading to my small rant.

Til Next Time,

L.K.

Thoughts on Relationships and Dating.

Had a late night thought and figured I’d share it.

I’m not really like ordinary people; yes I realise most people say that needing to feel unique and individual and all; when in reality we’re all just a flock of sheep; bit all the same flock mind you but the metaphor is still true. But in this case I was really a part of the minority. See way back when I was in high school I had something about me that was different from everyone else; I didn’t spend half my time worrying about the concept of dating, having a boyfriend/girlfriend etc. I was more than content to sit back and enjoy my HS experience without all that relationship drama. Even up until the point where I got my first boyfriend, which I now point out wasn’t really idea.

I was peer pressured into it so to speak; by two of my friends. Why they did that I can only theorise; and the only explanation that I can come up with is that, my friends who were a group of people constantly changing relationship combinations were people who subconsciously sought these relationships as a way to feel good about themselves, to have self-esteem and confidence boosts; and me as someone who was comfortable in their own skin without any help was a huge contrast to this making them feel (again I stress the word subconsciously) self-conscious about their way of life, so they tried to bring me into the fold to survive essentially. See, there was this guy who was really sweet and incredibly shy and because of this two of my friends thought we were perfect for each other, when in reality I don’t think either of us liked each other in that way; but with some huge amount of meddling on my friends part he asked me out and incredibly uncomfortable but absolutely terrified of hitting the poor kid (who seemed as fragile as spun glass to me) I said yes. Oh boy.

Anyway it was incredibly awkward, especially when he tried to kiss me; it was in the quadrangle and it was absolutely busy with other people when he started to lean in; feeling like people were staring and gawking at me I freaked out and ducked my head (later I found out that a group of my friends were in fact staring raptly). To this day I’m still made fun of for it. But do I regret it? No. I wasn’t ready, nor was I comfortable so it was the right decision. Anyway we later mutually broke up, and instead of feeling sad about loosing my first BF I felt hugely relieved (so much so that I later licked a guys face; another story for another time). From then on I left dating to the people who liked having a relationship.

Until yet again peer pressure struck, and I ended up being convinced somehow that a man I had been friends with for 8 years and saw as an annoying brother at times; was someone I had a crush on and had to ask out, the convincing was done by the same people might I add, and like the first time this one went just as well. I had five seconds of “he actually said yes?!?” Which then came crashing down to “I don’t actually like this guy, %^*+” naturally we broke up and the bloke took it fairly well. Nice man.

But I find myself thinking about relationship number 2 now and… instead of thinking about those dates; sighing dramatically and thinking “that’d be amazing doing all that with someone I love” I just shrug, cringe a little and move on with my thoughts. Even now I think about my future if I didn’t force myself to waste my time with some guy in order to fulfil society’s expectations until “Mr. Right” comes around; I see being in a apartment by myself, surrounded by all my favourite colours, kinds of furniture, my books, having the music up on any song I like while I walk around with no Bra, a loose top and my underwear… I’m not worried, I actually look forward to it. Am I just one of those women who are okay being by themselves, because if so.. okay! To hell with societies expectations!!

People, from one lone wolf to another; if you don’t want a boyfriend/girlfriend etc. that’s fine! Live by yourselves, love yourself without the validation with others, howl at the moon!

Be whoever you want to be! And if that involves being with someone else, then okay! But no matter who you are don’t force your way of life on others, as someone who was on that end of the shit stick; it’s really not that fun.

As for me, if I ever god forbid get lonely and I want someone to love and spoil and who I want to love me unconditionally and go for long walks on the beach; I’ll get a dog.

Til next time,

L.K

Stranger Things: Review. (Spoilers Ahead)

What an incredible TV show!

I went into this show with admittedly some hesitation; as I am a gigantic chicken when it comes to all things Horror and Thriller. Sill I continued forwards, motivated entirely by the sheer amount of popularity this show had received, it had to all be for something didn’t it? So I strived forward, only to be extraordinarily surprised. It was a brilliant show filled with so much drama, unpredictability, hope and a serious amount of confusion and mystery.

In a way that is similar to a show like Neighbours, Teen Wolf and Katie Mcgarry books, the Story follows three to four different groups of people all, (except one) working towards a single truth that has been hidden from the world for a long time now. It all starts with four boys, who are essentially outsiders who have formed a formidable friendship are playing Dungeons and Dragons in one of the boys basement. The boys, Will, Mike, Dustin and Lucas are in the middle of a campaign when a creature (in this case a tiny little figurine) called the Demigorgon stomps onto the board, and their game has to come to a close. That night when the boys separate and go to their own homes, Will finds himself stalked by a mysterious creature that trails hi to his house and snatches him. Vanishing without a trace.

From there on the story splits into many perspectives; one of Will’s mother as she try desperately to find Will, in sometimes unusual ways. The second perspective is of the three remaining boys trying to figure out how they’re going to try and find Will without their parents knowing their out and about. During their first night trying to find Will they stumble across a mysterious girl with a shaved head who’s name is Eleven. Eleven or Elle for short seems to have a serious mental mojo going on; she has Telekinetic and Telepathic abilities that are beyond comprehensible. Together the four kids grow closer as friends they also get closer to uncovering the mystery behind Will’s disappearance and Eleven’s abilities and how they’re all connected. The third and fourth perspective follows two of the siblings of the four boys. Nancy who is Mike’s older sister and Jonathan who is Will’s older brother. These two perspectives merge together when Nancy’s friend Barbara goes missing in the same way that Will did and Jonathan manages to get a picture of the creature that did it.

From there Will’s mum Joyce teams up with Sheriff Jim Hopper who discover in their own way secrets of their own, Joyce finds a way to communicate with Will where he is and a way to be able to tell when the monster who took him is close.  Jim Hopper discovers those who are behind all these supernatural occurrences. Together all three stories come together like puzzle pieces to reveal the whole picture; revealing everything, from the location of Will, to how it came to be, the creature that took will to the people who created Elle and summoned the creature. The season ends in a dramatic series of action packed events that leave the audience begin for more. Personally, I’m not entirely happy with the ending myself; don’t get me wrong I’m very satisfied with Will’s return and Hopper getting together with Joyce. I’m a little unsatisfied with Nancy ending back together with Steve (Her boyfriend in the beginning of the season) rather than Jonathan, and what makes me more upset was the fate of Elle, just after Mike admits his feelings. I mean come on!

Hopefully everything turns out better for Season 2. Which I will definitely be dying to watch this coming year, believe it! Trust me, this show is a must watch.

Til next time,

L.K.

 

 

A Monster Calls: Patrick Ness (Spoilers Ahead)

This book was a surprisingly beautiful tale with so much heart..

NON-SPOILER SECTION:

I went into this book admittedly with a completely different idea of what it would be about, but going into it i found myself more and more intrigued with this new and creative story that had me enraptured from the very beginning curious to see how it would all tie up in the end.

The story follows the life of a young man named Connor, but his age remains unspoken. this is particularly clever because he never does anything that could hint to a particular age grouping, this disassociation means that connor’s story is one that someone of any age group can relate to and feel and empathy for. His story unlike many others doesn’t start at the beginning of all his troubles but when they seem to be coming to a climax which is rare in my experience for stories, it all begins for us when Connor sees the Yew tree in the graveyard beside his house turn into a gigantic monster who tells Connor that he is a strong force of nature and time, who only comes walking in very few points in history; and he plans to tell Connor the stories of the three times previous in which he went walking. He then demands that when he has told Connor these three tales, that Connor must reciprocate telling the monster his tale and his truth. This is where our story truly begins. It is a beautiful heartwarming and sad tale that I couldn’t put down and is a must read.

SPOILER SECTION:

Connor’s has an extraordinary talethat expresses itself in the most ordinary of ways. He is a child with a mother who raised him on her own all the while battling cancer, his father left when he was six and now lives in America with a wife and child, and his Grandmother is someone who seems a malignant presence in his life. In his own way he is entirely fearless and yet frail, constantly seeking punishment, the reason for we don’t learn until the end. Everything about him speak of a quiet courage and strength, his life is filled with sickness and his childhood is scarce but it isn’t something he is resentful towards his mother for.

If anything in everything he does, even down to the way he interacts with the monster speaks of his love for her. When he came to the monster begging for him to use his yew tree branches to save her life, it brought me to tears. Here is a child who through his mothers illness looks into the reality of death and faces it with a strength that most adults can’t do; through this strength he is able to admit to himself his own truth, saving himself from the nightmares that threaten to destroy him. that he just wants his mother to die so that she can no longer suffer, but that he also doesn’t want her to die with every fibre of his being.

Coming to his won truth required a lot of personal growth for this character, and Ness tells it brilliantly. He uses the Monster’s tales to reflect the obstacles that are currently distracting Connor from the situation allowing him to overcome them, through living and thinking about these stories and allowing them to reflect in and defines actions. Its like watching the Hobbit and feeling a sense of accomplishment in every movie when they face an obstacle only to overcome it and bring them closer to their goal. Only in this case a part of you never wants them to reach it because you know how it will end. This is something I love about this book, its obvious from the very beginning that Connor’s mother isn’t going to make it, its shown so clearly through the actions of Connor’s family members and yet the mystery of Connor’s nightmare and Connor’s truth keeps you enraptured.

We end feeling for Connor and growing as people along with him in so many subtle ways. The stories themselves are particularly clever as they challenge modern day ideals of how stories should be structured as well as enduring ideals of right vs. wrong and good vs. bad. These tales always manage to ensnare as well as surprise, leaving me questioning my perspective on every previous argument or obstacle i’ve ever had in my life. So not only is it an emotional and beautifully written book but its the kind of book that can make someone really look at their life and find their own truth.

Sword Art Online – Aincrad: Reki Kawahara (Spoilers Ahead)

Book to Anime? That’s different…

To be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect when I first cracked this book open. Manga? The exact same as the anime? It was the anime all over again, but in a good way; there’s a lot of things that happen in the anime that isn’t in the book, but is approached in another version. It was a new experience to reading, one I’m not 100% sure about at this current time, but it would be a genre I’m willing to pursue. Here is the general gist of the book/anime. Its the year 2020 and a new  online game has been released called ‘Sword Art Online’ and it is accompanied by technology that allows the user to completely  delve into the game, having complete mental control over their virtual bodies, like they are living in the world itself.

We follow the story/ perspective of a gamer named Kirito, who is part of the first group of gamers to enter into the world of Sword Art Online as well as the group of beta testers who first tested the gaming experience. He is introduced to us as a shy, conservative, die-hard gamer who isn’t very good with people. nonetheless he makes friends with one of the gamers an helps him to get used to the platforming. It is truly a unique gaming experience for the users that is until they discover that there is no log out button. As it turns out the developer Ahkihiba Kyaba has designed the game so that it simulates real life, if you die in the game, you die in real life the user cannot log out, they cannot be forced out and disconnecting or trying to be forced out from the outside will ill them. In order to escape, they have to beat the game and shut it down from the inside. This is where the book and the anime differentiate… where the anime follows them in their first few days of their journey through the game the book straight away skips to two years later, in which gamers have conquered the first 70 odd floors and groups have formed of fighters called ‘Guilds’ who spend their lives in the game on the front lines, working their way through the levels and defeating the ‘Boss’ monsters who defend the gates the the next level. Kirito is one of those gamers, however, he is not apart of a Guild choosing to go it alone, rather than being with people he could risk loosing. The first day we follow his journey her comes across a type of rabbit that’s extremely rare and apparently tastes delicious. He captures it, but he doesn’t have the experience points to cook the meat properly so he has to enlist the help of a fellow gamer… this is where we meet his love interest Asuna.

Asuna is apart of the Knights of Blood guild, and has the nickname ‘The Flash’ because she is wicked fast with her sword and is one of the highest ranked players within the game, as well as one of the prettiest. Since it is in a game, Kawahara wrote the gender statistics to be stereotypically more male populated than female. So Asuna, with her looks and ranking as well as being in one of the most famous guilds is quite famous herself, and garners a lot of attention. Sauna, is fierce, loyal and strong, who has no problem giving Kirito hell..

From here we follow these two gamers as their virtual lives intertwine over and over again and as the slowly fall in love and venture to defeat the game, no longer for themselves but for each other, so that they can meet in the outside world and fall in love all over again. We are with these two as the battle demons, both inner and physical and get married, move to a quiet level by a lake and bring something to fulfilling to each others lives. All the while we explore more and more of the virtual world and all it involves. We are with them through every part of their lives until they finally beat the game.

This novel is… hard to really define in terms of genre; fantasy, adventure, sci-fi, romance, comedy, action. It falls under many categories and as such is a really good read for a wide range of people. It explores multiple ascots of the human condition with the backdrop of an amazing sub-plotiline that makes you want to keep reading even past the end. If i had to say one negative thing, it would be that i wished the writing style were less choppy, and maybe that the time was taken to really go into depth with the story of both the defeat of the game and the romance between Kirito and Asuna. As it is, i feel like she popped out of nowhere and all of a sudden their in love and are getting married. This rush is understandable as the author was writing for a contest and was only allotted a certain number of pages -which he went over- but it certainly wasn’t enough to explore this story with all the love it deserves. Maybe his other books that continue the series, will fill in the blanks. Nonetheless, i would recommend this book any day, or at least the anime which is an addictive watch.

 

Til next time,

L.K.