In Five Years - Book Review

BOOK SYNOPSIS
Where do you see yourself in five years?

Dannie Kohan lives her life by the numbers.

She is nothing like her lifelong best friend—the wild, whimsical, believes-in-fate Bella. Her meticulous planning seems to have paid off after she nails the most important job interview of her career and accepts her boyfriend’s marriage proposal in one fell swoop, falling asleep completely content.

But when she awakens, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. Dannie spends one hour exactly five years in the future before she wakes again in her own home on the brink of midnight—but it is one hour she cannot shake. In Five Years is an unforgettable love story, but it is not the one you’re expecting.

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In Rebecca Serle's In Five Years, Dannie Kohan has a vision that she's in bed with a different man from her long-time boyfriend. Five years later, that vision begins to play out right before her and eventually becomes a reality - but not quite, and it all plays out in weird and unexpected ways. Without going into much details, the book speaks on the beautiful bond of friendship, loss, and the concept that not all relationships are meant to be, no matter how inevitable it may appear. 

I had a love-hate relationship with this book. I started out loving it and wanting to find out how everything plays out, but midway when I figured something majorly tragic was about to happen, I got disheartened and let the book sit for a long while before I picked it back up. I also thought the ending wasn't too great - not that I was looking for a happy ending, but I didn't expect one as dissatisfactory / underwhelming as this one.

Nevertheless, I certainly can't refute the brilliance of the writing. It was a decent read overall!


Rating: 3.5 / 5
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Maturity rating: 14+
Material Connection: Bought for reading pleasure






The Uglies Series - A Quick Review

 

UGLIES SERIES SUMMARY

In Tally Youngblood’s world, looks matter. She lives in a society created to function with perfect-looking people who never have a chance to think for themselves. And she’s tired of it. First as an ugly, then a pretty, and finally a special, Tally takes down the social infrastructure. And then, a generation later, a world obsessed with fame and instant celebrity—and filled with extras—will reap the consequences.

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The Uglies, Pretties, and Specials are different sets of people with distinctively different looks and ways of thinking. Everyone in the new world are naturally born as Uglies, and when they turn 16, they undergo a surgical transformation and are turned into Pretties, with gorgeous skin and eyes and endowed with everything else that makes them look pretty on the outside. The Specials are, well, special. They're like the FBIs and CIAs of the new city, but with more enhanced physical and mental abilities.

Ofcourse, as with most dystopian plots, we find out down the line that the new world system is majorly flawed with hidden and dangerous agendas, and thus begins the fight towards a revolution.

I'll say one of the many things I loved about the books were how the words 'bogus', 'bubbly' and 'icy' all had significant meanings as they kept being used repeatedly by the characters and the narrator.

One thing that stood out for me was the lack of character development or, should I say ‘follow-up’ for Tally’s parents. Her parents only show up in one scene in Book 1, and we never hear about them ever again. Not in Book 2 or Book 3. I found that quite odd, especially with everything that ended up happening to Tally, from running away to being captured, and other crazy adventures that followed. Where were her parents all the while? I couldn’t help but notice the big omission.

Although, as of this post, I'm yet to read the last book in the series, The Extras (which has a slightly different plot), it's been quite an enjoyable and 'bubbly' series so far. Glad I finally got to reading them🔥


Rating: 4.5 / 5
GENRE: Dystopian/Science Fiction
COARSE LANGUAGE/GRAPHIC CONTENT: Mild
MATERIAL CONNECTION: Bought for reading pleasure



Interview with Paula Dombrowiak, Author of 'Blood and Bone'

Dec. 14, 2020


I was privileged to invite Author Paula Dombrowiak for an interview to discuss her latest book Blood and Bone and the inspiration behind it. Enjoy!


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What's your book about, and what inspired you to write it?

Blood and Bone is about deep bonds between flawed people whose only outlet was their music. It is a heartbreaking journey through love, friendship, family, and fame. I wanted to combine my love for music and imperfect relationships. I had an idea about a bond between two people that was so deep yet flawed, that inspired them to write the most prolific songs of their generation.

Who is your target audience, and why do you think this book will appeal to them?
My target audience is 18+ because the book is told in alternating time periods, from present day where the characters are middle aged, back to the '90s when they were teenagers, and the times in between. It encompasses elements of struggles with family, complicated love, and friendships that are tested so it can appeal to all readers.

What message do you wish to pass across to your readers with this book?
The message I wish to pass on to readers is that people are complicated, but if you dig deep enough, you can find the beauty within.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?
The hardest thing about writing Blood and Bone was taking this perfect idea I had in my head and transferring that into words. There were some characters I had a hard time connecting with but they were necessary to the story. One of those characters was Amber because she is meant to provide conflict in Jack's, the main protagonist, life. I didn't like her, but I came to realize that it's okay to not like her.

As a writer, is there anything you've learned about yourself while writing this book?
I learned to persevere because writing can be frustrating and hard, but when you push past those difficult moments, there is something so beautiful on the other side.

For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books, and why?  
I have learned to love eBooks because I can just download whatever I want, whenever I want and take them all with me in one little neat package. I do still love the feel and smell of paperbacks, and occasionally I will buy hardbacks of books that have a special place in my heart.

What is your niche genre, and if you were to write in a different genre, what would it be?
My niche genre is romance with a musical element, but if I was to write a different genre, it would be young adult fantasy.

What books and authors have most influenced you?
I love Olivia Cunning and her rockstar series because they are fun and she is a master at writing sex scenes. I also love Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter series because she has a poetic way of writing with intricate plots and rich characters. Madeline Sheehan and her Undeniable series really taught me that it's ok to write a gritty romance with flawed characters.

Is there anything you'd like readers to know about you?
Animals are my homies, and I don't eat my homies. One day, I would love to foster senior dogs that no one wants so they can live out the rest of their lives in a comfortable home with a warm soft bed.

Do you have any more books in the works?
Yes, I am currently working on the sequel to Blood and Bone, which focuses on the main characters' daughter and what it is like to live in a famous father’s shadow while trying to navigate her own music career.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Absolutely! I love to hear what people think of the book. If a reader connected with the story, then I've done my job. On the other hand, bad reviews are sometimes hard to take, but I think of them as a learning experience.

How can readers get in touch with or follow you (website, personal blog, social media handle, Goodreads)?

Website: https://www.pauladombrowiak.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PDombrowiak

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PDombrowiak

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/paula_dombrowiak/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20529493.Paula_Dombrowiak

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Dombrowiak


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Paula Dombrowiak grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois but currently lives in Arizona. She is the author of Blood and Bone, her first adult romance novel which combines her love of music and imperfect relationships. Paula is a lifelong music junkie, whose wardrobe consists of band T-shirts and leggings which are perpetually covered in pet hair. Music is what inspires her storytelling.