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The Boundless Sublime & My Boundless Thoughts

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Ruby Jane Galbraith is empty. Her family has been torn apart and it's all her fault.

The only thing that makes sense to her is Fox - a gentle new friend who is wise, soulful and clever, yet oddly naive about the ways of the world. He understands what she's going through and he offers her a chance to feel peace. Fox belongs to a group called the Institute of the Sublime - and Ruby can't stay away from him. So she is also drawn in to what she too late discovers is a terrifying secretive community that is far from the ideal world she expected.

Can Ruby find the courage to escape? Is there any way she can save Fox too? And is there ever really an escape from the far-reaching influence of the Institute of the Sublime?

A gripping YA novel about an ordinary girl who is unsuspectingly inducted into a secretive modern-day cult.
Have you ever finished a book that made you feel numb? Your head toyed with so much that you don't even know if your own mind is your own? You physically have to tell yourself that you haven't been brainwashed? (or have you?) All valid questions after finishing The Boundless Sublime. Cults, brainwashing and twists. This is what you get, when you open up The Boundless Sublime by Lili Wilkinson.

I read 'With Malice' the week before and it wasn't that amazing, just an average thriller book that didn't execute the "thriller" component. However, The Boundless Sublime hit the mark for me. We are first introduced to Ruby, who was a character I had mixed feelings about, mostly because I felt no connection to her, but that all changed gradually. I felt for her, for her loss. Ruby grew on me, even though at the beginning I wished she saw the big warning signs, like when the Cult leader said "We're not a cult"... I'm pretty sure that means, "Yeah, we're a cult, what you gonna do about it?". Ruby changed throughout the book and as she did, I grew to like her even more. Another character that's in the mix is Furicius AKA Fox, who's an actual fox - I mean not an actual fox, but... you know what I mean. He was like a baby experiencing the world for the first time in the body of a 17 year old boy, who I must admit, had pretty dreamy hair. The interactions the two characters first had were bizarre, but I guess it was because Fox had never experienced the real world before and didn't really know social cues, which made it weird.

In the middle of the book, I wasn't really interested in the story, because I didn't feel a connection with the story anymore. Ruby was pretty ignorant about the big "HEY THIS IS A CULT" signs but then again, she was trying to deal with her grief. The second half of the book though, was absolutely amazing. Sometimes I wonder what good we did in the world to deserve someone like Lili because her writing is just amazing and lovely to read. As I was getting closer to the ending my mind was literally blown. I felt everything Ruby felt. Everything she said was reasonable, that I was even scared for Ruby, scared that she'd never be free of the Cult, of Zosimon. In reference to Zosimon, Daddy has literally become a dirty word in my mouth now. (You'll understand when you read the book) I don't think I can ever read, say or hear that word without associating it with the most creepiest fictional character I've read (so far). I can't even look at bottled water the same again. I liked the 'fantasy' element Zosimon brought to the table. It was really fascinating and I was hoping that he really was a all powerful being.

The plot twist/s were startling, I felt ill to my stomach. I wanted Ruby to run, but she couldn't run anywhere because no one could be trusted. The process of her being brain washed too was frightening and I was on edge. The way her mind worked after being brain washed was so interesting to read about, but also so terrifyingly realistic, that I don't even think I could come back from it. After realising how delusional she was and seeing how much 'Ruby' was coming back to the surface, I was rooting for her to save herself.

A character I wish we had more of was Minah. She was a great character, one that I'd immediately gravitate towards (if she were real). Her passion and thoughts about art are pretty gruesome, but it's Minah and she rocks it. Ruby and Minah were Peanut Butter and Jelly. They really complimented each other. Minah with her art and Ruby with her piano. I really enjoyed Ruby's musical talents being mentioned throughout The Boundless Sublime. Also something to note, Lili mentions periods and I THANK HER FOR THAT. I was really happy that she explained Ruby's period situation in the book. I wrote a discussion about periods in books a while ago, so this really made me happy. (You can check the post out here)

The last pages of The Boundless Sublime were devastating, terrifying, twisted and sickening. The epilogue also leaves the reader with a really realistic ending. I really adored this novel, it shook me to my core. I couldn't even sleep after finishing it, my mind was racing with endless thoughts on how I would have dealt with complications and problems Ruby had to deal with. Lili has written a marvellous novel, one I'd recommend to all my readers.

The Boundless Sublime was brilliant. I hope it one day becomes a movie because the way the plot plays out would be exceptional for mass consumption on the big screen. I have given The Boundless Sublime the benefit of the doubt and rated it 3.5 stars out of 5, pushing aside the facts that I was uninterested in the middle of the book because the second half of the book really blew me away.

Thanks Allen & Unwin for the review copy, I really enjoyed this book.

With Malice Review

Tuesday, 16 August 2016


It was the perfect trip…until it wasn’t.

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last six weeks should be. She discovers she was involved in a fatal car accident while on a school trip in Italy. A trip she doesn’t even remember taking. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident.

As the accident makes national headlines, Jill finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. It doesn’t help that the media is portraying her as a sociopath who killed her bubbly best friend, Simone, in a jealous rage. With the evidence mounting against her, there’s only one thing Jill knows for sure: She would never hurt Simone. But what really happened? Questioning who she can trust and what she’s capable of, Jill desperately tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life. With Malice a book I bear Malice towards? Let’s find out.

received a review copy from Allen & Unwin for an honest review.

I don’t read thrillers and when I do, they’re really good. In the sense that they really mess with me. I second guess my second guesses. I even take ‘breaks’ to think about how sane I really am when I find out that I may have been rooting for the guilty party the whole time. These are the kind of thrillers I’ve read. With Malice however, was, mediocre. It was like the plain vanilla ice cream amongst the various other ice creams. But vanilla ice cream is good and so was With Malice.

I finished it quicker than expected. With Malice was a light read. I went in with no expectations because I’ve seen the title floating around. I didn’t really want to read reviews of With Malice because it’d probably deny me the chance to form my own opinion and I’m glad I did. After finishing the book, I was really disappointed in the ending. With Malice had so much potential to really mess with my head like thrillers I’ve read before have done. I was really hoping for a sick revolting twist but it never came. The plot in my opinion was predictable. I already knew who Eileen was going to use as a “Shepard”* in the story.

However, the writing it great. I was drawn into the story, invested in how Jill’s story would end. I loved the layout of the book. The interviews, the blog posts, the comments and the tv scripts were exciting to read. It was a great way to slowly uncover the truth or shall I say, the ‘truth’ we’re made to believe.

With Malice’s protagonist, Jill, is just an average character, I didn’t feel a connection with her. I assumed what Simone was really like whilst reading the book and discovering that I was right wasn’t that fulfilling. The predictability was annoying. I really expected something out of the box, but it never happened.

Anna was a character I really enjoyed even though she’s briefly in the book with the Dr, who I also really enjoyed. These two characters were probably the number one reason why I wanted to finish the book. I needed to know what happened to them. Nico, Jill’s love interest, wasn’t that interesting. I didn’t care much for his story.

Overall, With Malice was an average book. Nothing special. But worth the read. After collecting my thoughts on how to rate With Malice, I’ve just decided to give it a 3 stars out of five. I originally rated it 4, then 3.75 but thinking about it now, It was an okay book. I’d recommend the book to those interested in reading light thrillers.

Thanks so much Allen & Unwin for the review copy of With Malice

* Using someone as scape goat of a murder to get the attention off the real killer.

SST: Guest Post from Author of Girl in Pieces Kathleen Glasgow

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Writing Girl in Pieces

Girl in Pieces was a difficult novel to write in many ways. It took eight years and thirteen drafts to find the version that landed me a book deal. I had two kids along the way, which necessarily influenced how I portray the adults in the book (and their interactions with their children). And it deals with some pretty tough topics: homelessness, addiction, depression.

I told myself when I started writing this story that if I was really going to write this story, I was going to write the hell out of it. (I hope it worked. Did it? LMK.)

And that was hard, but it was also necessary, because I wanted to respect what it’s like to feel hopeless and alone. And YES, after writing certain scenes, I most definitely needed a few days of Veep, Game of Thrones, and um, well, sometimes Octonauts, I admit it.

But you know the hardest part about writing this book and building Charlie’s story? It was writing her relationship with Riley West. Because I knew before she did what was really going on and what was going to happen. And that hurt. Sometimes I think readers imagine that authors are just giant puppeteers, pulling the strings of our characters, and sometimes we are, for sure, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t care when awful things happen to them. You might be yelling at Charlie, “Don’t open that door!” But there I am, at my desk, fingers poised above the keyboard, tears running down my face, taking Charlie’s hand and putting it on the doorknob.

Now, go enjoy this book that I tried to write the hell out of, okay?

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

About the Author:

Kathleen Glasgow lives in Tucson, Arizona. She writes for the radio show The Writer's Almanac and can probably provide you with some interesting anecdotes about historical literary figures if you asked nicely. You can find out more about Kathleen by following her on Twitter: @kathglasgow, Instagram, @misskathleenglasgow (where she posts about sunsets, depression, spirit circles, and books) or her website:

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Was "Suicide Squad" a Suicide Mission? - Spoiler Free Review

Monday, 8 August 2016


Suicide Squad was a movie I was extremely excited about – we have Harley Quinn, Deadshot and Killer Croc, just to name a few, that are a part of the squad. The trailer for Suicide Squad was epic, it lured me in and those who’ve never heard of the DC characters who feature in the film. However, the actual movie was a hot mess. Plot holes are everywhere, unnecessary scenes are included, relationships within the movie don’t even seem real and so much more.

When the movie starts we only get detailed backstories of 2 characters who are a part of the squad – Deadshot and Harley Quinn and that’s about it. We get a short story on the Enchantress but we still know little about her. I love Cara Delevingne, I loved her performance in Paper Towns but her performance in this movie
was poor. Maybe it was the script. I wasn’t sold on her ‘relationship’ or her character June Moon. But when she was Enchantress, her performance was somewhat better.

Jared Leto as The Joker started out great but then went downhill. I just didn’t like the whole ‘Next Generation’ look. Heath Ledger will always have a memorising Joker, he was just thrilling to watch and his performance is one yet to be lived up to. I wish the Suicide Squad didn’t change The Joker’s mannerisms, it was just very out of the box from the previous Joker. The Joker in the movie is also ‘detached’ from the main storyline, he’s just there and doesn’t really affect the plot greatly. He has his own agenda and that’s trying to get Harley Quinn back. I do think that if Jared Leto were to have more scenes in the movie he would have grown on me. He just didn’t ‘fit’ in the ‘look’ of the film. I hope in the future we see more of the Joker and witness how insane he is and how he plays with peoples minds.

Amanda Waller played by the queen, Viola Davis from How to Get Away with Murder, was interesting to watch. As this version of my Suicide Squad review is spoiler free, I’ll just say that I didn’t like Amanda or the way she worked. This character basically told the audience that women in power are not good.

Captain Boomerang played by Jai Courtney was unusual. The character had some fun parts but overall his back story wasn’t that long, we learn about his fetish but not how he became ‘Captain Boomerang’. His movement and dialogue in the movie felt weird, he’d do one thing and do the opposite the next. Killer Croc didn’t even have that much dialogue in the film and when he did all his lines felt forced and when they were meant to be funny the delivery was sloppy or really slow. Also the ‘racial stereotyping’ was ridiculous, to the way he talks and dresses. At one point he even mentions BET. Katana also didn’t have a big introduction, she just rocks up late when the squad deploys to the city where they'll have to fight 'evil'. I wish they had epic fighting scenes with Katana. Actually I wish they had better fight scenes overall. One of my favourite characters from watching the movie was El Diablo. He literally had so much potential in the movie though but Suicide Squad doesn’t really explore this character until the near end of the movie. His true form was also really cool and I was pretty much fascinated by him and the way he was fighting.

I personally feel like Suicide Squad should have been released next year to improve on the CGI, the storyline, the cuts & transitions, the dialogue and so much more. The storyline was full of plot holes and unanswered questions. The movie heavily relied on the audience to have previous knowledge of the characters and the DC universe. The dialogue in most scenes felt unnatural. Also the placement of music in the film was unquestionably not thought out well. We literally just have random music, which are great hits, that are just thrown in throughout the film, not even bothering to set the right mood in the scenes. Like WHAT DO YOU MEAN? WHY IS THIS MUSIC ON? HOW DO WE TURN IT OFF? We had Eminem on at one point WHICH DIDN’T SUIT THE SCENE and it was very awkward. I was so confused. The only time the music ever suit a scene, or ever felt ‘natural’ was at the very end, when the credits came on.

Suicide Squad was basically Deadshot and Harley Quinn’s movie. They owned the whole thing. Harley Quinn is however sexually objectified in the movie and we even have a scene when she’s dressing herself and everyone around her stops to watch. Like, okay? At one point in the movie it’s raining (and stops immediately in the next scene?) and she’s sitting on a car all drenched her shirt somewhat see through.

I really want to love DC Extended Universe movies, I want to say, yeah, this movie is awesome, it’s epic, worth your money. But I can’t, I haven’t yet. Suicide Squad was okay and fun, but it wasn’t amazing, it just didn’t live up to its trailer. It failed to deliver, I was basically robbed, that’s how poorly the movie was put together. It had so much potential to really introduce these characters and to provide a detailed back story and how they came to be but this didn’t happen. I would watch Suicide Squad again though because of the nostalgia but that’s about it. If I were to rate the movie, I’d give it 2.5 stars out of 5. Don’t get me wrong, Suicide Squad had its moments which were great to watch but overall, it missed the mark. So I guess this is where I’ll end my spoiler free review.

Have you watched Suicide Squad? Want to read a spoiler review of Suicide Squad? Comment below! 

All the Feels really have me feeling All the Feels ? Let's find out

Monday, 1 August 2016

Title: All the Feels

Author: Danika Stone

Source: ARC Tour: Sunday Street Team

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Release Date: June the 7th 2016

From Goodreads:

College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.

First of all, thanks so much to Nori for letting me review this book for the Sunday Street Team! Everything below is my honest opinion of the book “All the Feels”

All the feels was a nostalgic kind of book. The first pages you’re sucked into the book believing it to be a kick ass sci-fi BUT IT WAS JUST A DECOY. This sci-fi scene only lasts a couple of pages (I read this as a ebook, it could also be just a couple of paragraphs), and we basically witness the killing of our protagonists favourite character ever. This scene is the root to the whole book, the base to the story line and what the whole book was really about. which was mediocre.

For this review I’d like to write my review as a series of likes and dislikes, or in other words pros and cons (for the first time ever).

  • The very opening scene. It was written well, and I was so sucked in, I was devastated that Spartan died
  •  Liv is a fangirl – I related to her (sometimes) and it made the book a lot more enjoyable
  • Her fellow fangirls. When she interacts with the whole fandom, I was sitting back and thinking “THIS IS ME”, “I DO THAT TOO”, “ALL MY TWITTER FRIENDS ARE EXACTLY LIKE THEM”
  • The format of the book. We have texts, tweets and pictures galore. It made me feel like this book was just a collection of real tweets and texts as the people were so realistic.
  • The different types of fandoms that Danika fleshes out in the book is EPIC!
  •   The book is split into ‘two parts’. Before and After Dragon Con. The whole process and events leading up to the Con was very interesting to read about
  •  Xander is proud of his sexuality !!!
  • That romance was cute
  • The Dragon Con ‘vibe’ was perfectly depicted. I’ve only ever been to one official Con but I’ve been to several fandom & book related events and they’re all spectacular. The ‘vibe’ and writing of when Liv was at Dragon Con was perfect and brought up so many memories.

  • Okay… I like Liv and all, but the drama between her and her mother felt kind of unnecessary
  • Not much of a dislike, but sometimes the dialogue felt ‘forced’ & ‘unreal’ but it always quickly recovered
  • I had a bunch of questions at the end, like how did ‘this’ work out and should we have just left the actor for Spartan alone, because this is what he wanted.

In the end, I rated “All the Feels” 3 and a half stars. It was just an okay book. Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and John Green