Discussion: Plot Twists|Being Surprised or Being Right?

Okay so I love twists: but I can’t decide when I love twists better. (Also Spoilers are in white ink so your eyes don’t betray you and accidentally don’t read them)

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There are twists I can see coming and in my head I’m like “This is totally going to happen” and then it does happen and I’m happy because I was so right. This type happens a lot in mystery novels because you are expecting a twist to happen so my brain goes into overdrive trying to guess what it will be.  I love to have multiple theories.

These ones don’t go down in history as great twists but in the moment they are happening I love them. (Maybe they are memorable, but I just don’t remember them? Or I didn’t have good theories and wasn’t right about them so I don’t think they fall under this category?)

For Example *SPOILERS FOR GAME OF THRONES SEASON SEVEN FINALE* When Sansa, Arya and Bran all teamed up to finally out Littlefinger littlefinger, it was THE BEST. I had been calling that for almost three episodes and my Dad didn’t believe me. I was so excited when I realized what was going on that I literally jumped out of my couch and clapped.

Then there are twists that I don’t see coming at ALL and my jaw drops and WHAT??? Those types of twists are great too. I feel like those only happen when I’m not expecting a twist at all and I’m so relaxed and then it just me with a giant plot twist out of NOWHERE.

This category includes the classic Plot twists like the star wars ones (Luke, I am your father) and the death of a major character at the end of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. ( I won’t say who just in case someone hasn’t read it yet, in which case, get on that.)

For Example *MORE GAME OF THRONES SPOILERS BECAUSE THAT SHOW IS THE KING OF TWISTS, THIS ONE IS FROM AN EARLY SEASON THOUGH* The Red Wedding anyone? I wasn’t even watching it live, I was probably three years later than live. I KNEW there was a wedding where all your favs died…but I didn’t even think for a second “hey, Hannah, all your favs are headed to a wedding you should maybe be a little bit concerned..” Nope. I was entirely oblivious. You can imagine my surprised when this wedding, was in fact, the notorious RED (red because of ALL THE BLOOD) Wedding. (The Season 7 opening scene made my day, that’s all I’m going to say.) 

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What type of twists do you prefer? Do you like to be (jaw dropping, screaming at your book/TV) surprised or to be (all my theories came true, I am a genius detective) right?

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Illuminae

★★★★★ Five Stars

Kady broke up with her boyfriend, Ezra that morning. And then her planet was invaded and they were forced to evacuate her entire home, everywhere she’s ever know. The two are separated on the two different evacuation ships and communication is limited, but there’s something command isn’t telling them.

Let’s talk about AIDAN. At first, I didn’t like his style of writing (typing?) his story. But as I got used to it I started to appreciate the irony of it. He’s a computer that is essentially thinking in poetry which I think of as something uniquely human. Also, with his intentions always being to help the humans and help the most humans survive with the highest rate of probability was so interesting to me. My Dad told me this  analogy: imagine you have been locked in a prison by a world full of five-year-olds. You are so much smarter than them and just want to help them but they’re afraid of you so they keep you locked up. That’s what computers feel like. So I thought the whole AI was interesting and how he/it was demonized but it was just trying to save as many human lives as possible.

And the format. It’s told through entirely primary sources: IMs, memos, emails, security footage.  I wasn’t a fan at the beginning/ middle. It was hard to get to know the characters and keep the supporting cast straight in my head. But when the action started happening I managed to remember who all the important characters were well enough.

A picture made me tear up. I can say with near certainty that I haven’t cried at a picture book in many many years.

My jaw dropped at that twist. At least it would if my mouth wasn’t already good open on account of this cold and my current inability to breathe through my nose. And why didn’t I see it coming?

The only thing that was lacking here were the sci-fi aspects. Nothing was that original, AI taking over, spaceships, bio warfare ( this seemed a lot like the Reevers from the TV show Firefly). But the characters and unique format made up for it.

The one thing I want to know is the motives behind the big scary attacking corp… though I have a feeling all will be revealed in book two or three.

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How did you guys feel about the sci-fi elements? What did you think of AIDAN?

A Darker Shade of Magic- V.E. Schwab

★★★★★ 5 Stars

There are four Londons all existing simultaneously separate: grey (dull) London, Red (fun magic) London, White ( scary magic) London and Black( so scary we don’t talk about it) London. Kell is one of the last people who can travel between the various Londons. Lila Bard is an aspiring pirate seeking adventure. Adventure ensues.

Things I Loved:

  • Lila the aspiring pirate. And her costume.
  • Kell and his coat.
  • Rhy. Just Rhy.
  • (Characters were definitely on point, if you couldn’t tell).
  • London, but not only one London but FOUR. AND MAGIC.
  • No insta-love!! Or mushy romance in general!
  • The writing in general. There could be a scene where nothing was really happening and I was still enraptured.
  • Can we talk about Kell’s coat because that would be so nice to have. “Oh look it’s raining, let me just go to the raincoat setting…”

Things I liked, not loved:

  • I wish there was a more prominent villain early on. I want to know who to blame. (But the second half 100% made up for it.
  • I can’t think of any thing else. Why did I even make a section for parts I didn’t love?

 

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What did you think about A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC? Do you want Kell’s coat as much as I do?

The Wood-Chelsea Bobulski

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✭✭✫✫✫ 2 Stars

For generations Winter’s family has had the all important task of guardian to the Wood. The Wood acts as a portal from different times and places with all sorts of people wandering in and need to return to their home place/time as to not disturb the space time continuum. But Winter’s Dad has gone missing and the Wood is getting sick, so she teams up with ye old Englishmen (who is a swoon worthy teenage boy), Henry to figure out what happened to her Dad and the Wood.

It’s a great premise: dark and creepy woods, time travel, chronologically challenged romance, mystery, immortal beings, and creepy shadow monsters. But it all falls a little short.

The woods get creepy but they never seem to pose a real threat. The time travel is not explained or used enough in the plot to make it interesting. It serves for Henry to gawk at the newfangled tech of her shower, but other than that doesn’t drive the plot.  The romance is nonexistent, until they are sucking face and proclaiming their love.  The mystery lacked clues that were intriguing or difficult to see or figure out.

The fantasy elements weren’t fleshed out and felt as if they were just a template taken from other stories. The shadow monsters resemble a watered down version of the corsai from This Savage Song.  Actually, the non-fantasy elements weren’t fleshed out either. The characters seemed like shells, with all the necessary parts to perform their plot function but nothing beyond that. Also, THEY DIDN’T HAVE ANY FLAWS. She was good at her job guarding the wood and he literally said “I will do exactly what you tell me too” and then he did.

The plot was too straight forward. There’s some minor inconveniences, but they don’t have any negative consequences and the biggest one gives them their biggest clue into what’s going on. The whole thing wraps up so quickly, too. There’s all this build up and they figure it out and deal with it in 40 pages. It feels too easy, so easy that I wasn’t impressed or moved.

It could have been really good but nothing made this book stand out at all. There were some nice fall vibes toward the beginning though.

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If you have any thoughts on this book, or any other book, or anything, please let me know in the comments!

-Hannah

Wicked Like a Wildfire-Lana Popović

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✭✭✫✫✫ 2 stars

Iris and Malina are born to be beautiful. Well, they are born with a gleam, the ability to manipulate beauty through magic. Iris turns flowers into fractals, Malina sings emotion, and their mother can bake memories. But, their mother is attacked and left somewhere between life and death and it is up to the girls to discover the secrets about their family their mother tried to keep them from.

This book is SLOW. For 300/400 pages barely anything happens: their mother gets attacked and exotic mystery boy shows up and seduces our narrator Iris. They have a picnic date on the beach and he pushes her to use her magic which drains her energy immensely. Then things get sexual and nonconsensual. She tells him to stop, but he’s still kissing her and then she passes out. It’s insinuated that he “did something to her” but unclear if it’s in reference to her magic use or something more along the lines of sexual harassment/rape. Then, it’s never really mentioned again or effects her in any large way. The whole situation made me feel icky and confused, since none of the characters seemed to feel the same way. *Spoilers in white ink*

There was an attempt at romance, but I didn’t really feel it. It didn’t matter to me if they got together or not. Overall, that was my general feeling. I didn’t care what happened to these characters.

The magic was cool and I wish it would have focused more on that since they don’t really start to use it until the last quarter of the books and less on the buildup. Though the buildup did contain good development of mother-daughter and sister relationships.

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What did you think of WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE? What are you currently reading?

-Hannah

Fall TBR

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Here’s what I’m planning to read this fall. But we all know, I’ll end up reading entirely different books. Anyway, if you click on the picture they should take you to the Goodreads page for that book.

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I have heard so much about this series, and I can’t wait to read them all. The London setting really excites me because this semester I will be studying abroad in London so that’s really all I can think about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’ve also heard a lot of love for this book. I just got it from the library and while flipping through noticed the unconventional writing style. It’s all other documents and such with no typical narration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I mean, it’s Marie Lu how could I not want to read this as soon as I can get my hands on it! I have literally heard zero bad things about this book and it’s been hyped for so long by Penguin’s social media.

 

 

 

 

Release Date: September 12, 2017

 

 

First of all, I will read anything that includes a Shakespeare reference.

Second of all, gene hacking and a plague, and mysterious organizations, and a a mysterious organization solider boy, and who can we trust?

Count me intrigued.

 

 

Release Date: November 7th, 2017

 

I love Mindy McGinnis and unreliable narrators so this is a match made in heaven.

Sasha Stone absorbed her twin sister in the womb (when in doubt start at the beginning) and now she has gaps of missing time in her memory and memories that she knows aren’t hers.

“A dark and gripping psychological thriller about a girl at war with herself, and what it really means to be good or bad.”

Release Date: October 10, 2017

 

 

 

Let’s take a second to appreciate the gorgeousness that is this cover.

Four teenagers and entangled in each others lives and in the Goblin curse. It’s up to one, the one that’s untainted by the goblins, of course, to save the others before they become goblins and disappear into the forest for eternity.

 

Release Date: October 1st, 2017

 

 

 

Her family has been cursed to all have extreme fears that they are then destined to die from. She has done everything thus far to avoid discovering her fear by avoiding all common fears: spiders, small spaces, etc. Until she teams up with resident bad boy to face a fear a week in hopes of breaking the curse.

 

 

Release Date: September 5th, 2017

 

 

 

At least this book lets you know that it’s going to be soul crushing.

The two boys get a call letting them know that today will be their last so they head out to live an entire lifetime in a single day.

I love ‘one day’ books where everything happens in a short period of time

 

Release date: September 5th, 2017
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What’s on your Fall TBR list? Are any of these books on it?