Thalia @ Pictures in the Words

I'm Thalia! I run a book blog called Pictures in the Words and I hope to be an editor for YA fiction. I'm a GoodReads refugee!



Currently Reading

The Martian
Andy Weir
Progress: 31/369 pages
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter
Progress: 193/432 pages
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
Progress: 43/766 pages
The Children of Húrin
J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien
Progress: 313/313 pages
Escape from Eden - Elisa Nader This is a book the publisher sent to me by surprise, with no requests or pitches beforehand. I had no idea if that would make it bad (that they were so desperate that they didn’t even ask me to review it) or maybe they were just feeling generous (since it was already in my TBR). Either way, I buckled down and plowed right in not long after receiving it, in hopes of reviewing it before the publication date.I was wary at first, as I usually am of “cult” books. Oftentimes, authors go down the same route with books like this, and throw claims that all religion is tainted and the main character needs to break free of religion entirely in order to escape the cult they’ve been sucked into. As most of you probably know by now, I’m very active in my religion, so that wasn’t necessarily the message I was particularly looking for. But I was pleasantly surprised–for a book about a cult, religion itself is mentioned very little and God only in passing. The writing was decent enough, but that’s all this book really was–decent. There wasn’t anything that really swayed me towards like or dislike; it was just…average. The romance was your typical “bad-boy-who-is-sexy-pretends-to-like-you-but-doesn’t-but-really-does” sort of thing and the instalove was almost overpowering. But the plot was interesting and the writing was good, so I stayed fairly engaged in the story.Overall, I’d call it a solid debut from Nader, and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.I don’t expect this to be a long review–my “meh” books don’t usually generate many thoughts on my part. An ARC of this book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Read more?