25 May, 2011

Review: Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Title: Life As We Knew It
Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Published: 2006
Length: 337 pages
Genre: Science Fiction, Apocalyptic/Dystopia, Young Adult, Adventure 
Found where: The amazing BookDepository 

Why did I read it? 
Loved the premise and had heard great things about this one. 

Counts towards: 

Life As We Knew It

Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

My Rambles: 

This book really got to me. The more I read, the more I HAD to read. I HAD to find out how this haunting story ended. At the same time I was almost reluctant to keep turning the pages, terrified of what awaited Miranda and her family. Books like this always get my thinking.. What if? What if it were me who this was happening to? What if this world we know so well was pulled out from underneath us? What would you do to survive? To make sure that your family lived? How would you survive? Would you fight to survive? Or just give up? What would you do about water, heating and cooling? About food?

Life As We Knew It started out a little slowly. We are introduced to Miranda and her family from Miranda's point of view, writing in her diary. I was just letting it plod along waiting for the story to really start, when it did. There was a certain scene in the book that when I got to it.. I knew that this would be a sensational read. And it was. Although is was not an action packed thriller, it was a psychological one. It gets under your skin and won't let you move on. 

I could go on and analyse and explain what happens and say my dislikes and likes.. but really, that would spoil this book. If you are at all interesting in reading Life As We Knew It, STOP reading reviews. Go and get the actual book!!

24 May, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (6)

I've been a little AWOL lately, but am now trying to get back into my blog. I have about 20 reviews that will come VERY soon.

Teaser Tuesdays are a meme hosted by Mizb of Should be Reading. Here are the rules if you wish to participate. 

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser
Here is my weeks teaser:

For one brief moment, the great black dog reared on to it's hind legs and placed it's front paws on Harry's shoulders, but Mrs Weasley shoved Harry away towards the train door, hissing, 'For heaven's sake, act more like a dog, Sirius!'

'See you!', Harry called out of the open window as the train began to move, while Ron, Hermione and Ginny waved beside him.

Page 166 of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (which I am re-reading)