In 27 Days by Alison Gervais {Book Review}

 

It's time for another book review!! YAY!! I actually only finished this book barely a week ago, which is a record because I barely read anything in March. XD I managed to finish it in 1.5 days, which is also a record as of recent, so let's see what boggled my mind so.

Today's book on review is In 27 Days by Alison Gervais. Here are the details:


Genre: YA romance
Page count: 248 (ebook)
Publisher: Blink by HarperCollins
Publishing year: 2017 (Wattpad 2012)
Backcover synopsis:

Hadley Jamison is shocked when she hears that her classmate, Archer Morales, has committed suicide. She didn’t know the quiet, reserved guy very well, but that doesn’t stop her from feeling there was something she could have done to help him. Hoping to find some sense of closure, Hadley attends Archer’s funeral. There, Hadley is approached by a man who calls himself Death and offers her a deal. If Hadley accepts, she will be sent back 27 days in time to prevent Archer from killing himself. But when Hadley agrees to Death’s terms and goes back to right the past, she quickly learns her mission is harder than she ever could have known.



Why I picked this book up:

I've heard A LOT of good stuff about this book, so naturally I wanted to give it a try. The premise totally intrigued me, plus I wanted a taste of what Wattpad books are like. Last reason, I've never read a book that tackled the sensitive topic of suicide, and I was curious to see how this author handled it.


Cleanliness:

This book was surprisingly, and pleasantly, mostly clean! There wasn't a whole bunch of language, not that I can really remember any, and no explicit content. They did take the Lord's name in vain several times, which was a bit of a downer, but other than that, thumbs up for content-conscious readers!! Some passionate kissing that was somewhat detailed, but that didn't bother me too much since it only happened twice. (Or was it once? My brain isn't working too well today, guys. Sorry 'bout that. *grabs a wrench and hammer*)

4.5 stars



Characters:

So Hadley—let's talk about her first. She is one of the very few female main characters that I hard-core rooted for. She's just so sincere and caring, and basically she's obsessed with Archer, but in a good way that's sweet and over-protective. I COULD RELATE TO HER SO MUCH. Love that girl. Plus I'm pretty sure her personality is mine wrapped in a tortilla drizzled with honey mustard instead of vinegar, so ALMOST TWINSIES!! YAY!!

And now...Archer. The way Hadley tells the story, you can't help but be super concerned for him, but honestly he would have seriously ticked me off if it hadn't been for Hadley. He's sooooo rude. But I guess that's part of his personality?? Then again, he is a super contrasted character, because later you see his soft, fuzzy personality that's like, adorable, but then he goes back to being super rude and IT'S SO FRUSTRATING ARGHHHHH.

*SPOILERS*

DEATH—that dude is so cool and creepy I love him so much. XD Just the way he was portrayed, he's kind of like, "Dude, you failed. Wanna try again?" and then he's like, "LOL guess what, the contract actually had lots of loopholes so there's NO WAY you could have broken it." HAHAHAHA IT'S HILARIOUS. Basically, this is my Slytherin coming out and psst I'm actually not a death eater. So blunt, and he's not exactly bad, but he just does his job. I totally get that. *applauds*

*END OF SPOILERS*

All the other characters were wither amusing or lovable, so A+ for likable character development.

5 stars



Story:

So this was NOT how I thought it would go, because, well, I thought maybe it would handle the suicide aspect a little more heavily. BUT despite my failed expectations, it was still good. I think I actually liked how it wasn't too deep that it scarred you but it wasn't so light that it didn't make an impression. I also love how it got straight to the roots—why Archer committed suicide, instead of focusing on the suicide itself. Of course, I still have questions, but I think it was handled well.

*SPOILERS*

I enjoyed how Hadley, in her efforts to stop him from committing suicide, actually stops him by just being his friend, and showing she cares, which is exactly the opposite of how she expected to stop him. I'm pretty sure she was thinking that just keeping her eye on him and finding out why he committed suicide would be the first step, and after that she would figure out a plan, but while doing that she just kind of accidentally fixed everything. *shrugs*

*END OF SPOILERS*

Overall, I found the story engaging, captivating, and suspenseful. Also tense. The tension was nice, more of like a fear-driven tense because I was always wondering if Archer would still commit suicide or not, and honestly I HAD TO PUT SO MUCH EFFORT INTO NOT READING THE END FIRST. I read it on a five-hour bus trip, and so basically the whole time I was like,

Me: *squeals quietly*
Passengers: *glares*
Me: *giggles hysterically and sounds like choking because trying to be quiet*
Passengers: *glares*
Me: *sobs quietly*
Passengers: *curious, concerned glares*
Me: *gawks and gasps and has a mini heart attack*
Passengers: *ignoring me at this point*
Me: GUYS SOMEONE READ THIS BOOK OR IMA LOSE IT HALP *makes weird bookwormy sound that my sister says sounds like a dying goat*
Passengers: *groans*

And then that plot twist at the end, and I was like, "well... x_________x okay. Didn't see that coming

4 stars



Style/Writing Quality:

There wasn't anything about the style that really stood out from the crowd, but it wasn't bad, either. I enjoyed it as much as the next person, but for the most part, I was more interested in the story. However, in regards to quality, there were a noticeable amount of typos in the ebook I checked out. Don't know if this is just ebooks?? Maybe the hardback copies are seamless. :/

3 stars


Romance:

So, contrary to me loving Hadley and not liking Archer much, I shipped them until my heart broke. Almost literally. They're soooooo stinkin' cute!! And I liked the way the romance was written too. It wasn't all, "Oh look, BOY ME LUVS" and then Hadley is obsessed with Archer for no reason other than he's good-looking. It was more of Hadley pushing aside her feelings and then focusing on how to save his life, and the first one to act is Archer. And weirdly she is so surprised. I found that funny. Maybe it's because she's hyper-focused on whether or not he's going to die or not. Idk, but when she finally admitted she liked him, it was cute because he freaked out a little bit and then at the end PENGUINS because he melts in a puddle of chocolate for her. *thumbs up* And Hadley is like "LOL I KNEW YOU LIKED ME!!"

However, I was so confused on whether he liked her or not but that's just Archer being Archer because he can be a jerk. I thought it was funny when Hadley yelled at him. And when she fell down the stairs. That was ironic because my friends and I had just been talking about falling down staircases, so lol. XD

4 stars



Overall rating:

4.2 stars!

★★★★☆

A great, quick read for anyone who likes a clean YA books that tackle internal struggle and sensitive subjects with a side of balsamic vinegar romance. ;)



So have you guys read In 27 Days?? What are your opinions? Let's talk about this book (because my sister hasn't read it yet and I'm crippling internally with need to flail)!!

Smiles!
Nicole




10 comments:

  1. AHHHHHH I LOVE IN 27 DAYS!!!! I read it in two days, and I was having lots of reactions too. Squealing/screeching/mixed emotions/etc. I got the book in hardcover format and I noticed some typos too, sadly. It was a such a great story, and I found the personification of Death and Havoc to be interesting. AND THE PENGUIN THING AAAAAHHHH SO CUTE. Also, I want to visit Mama Rosa's. Also, I am totally fangirling. xD Great review!

    Micaiah @ Notebooks and Novels

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    1. IT WAS SOOO GOOD!!! I don't think I can ever say that enough. XD Feel free to come rant and fangirl anytime. That's why this blog exists. XD
      Awww, that makes me kind of disappointed that there were typos in the hardcover, but oh well. It doesn't do anything to affect the story, i guess. :/
      Yeeeeeeeeeeees Death and Havoc were sooo interesting, although it was a little difficult for me to imagine them. But their mannerisms were spot on, and that's why I love them so much. 👌
      THE PENGUINS!!!! *dies* I loved Mama Rosa's, too!! I could probably spend hours in there if it were real. XD And somone should totally start a book café?? Like, there are so many foods that people will never get to eat because #fictional. XD
      Thank you so much for stopping by, and I'm so glad you enjoyed!

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  2. OMW OMW I LOVE THIS REVIEW SO MUCH AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH EEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHH *screams* I mean THANK YOU for reviewing my favorite book of all time (*ahem* one of them) so so well. I LOVE YOU. I LOVE THE BOOK. ACK.

    Yeah unfortunately even my hardcover copy is riddled in typos. LIKE WHAT. This is a TRADITIONAL PUBULICATION FOR GOIDNESS SAKE. But it's forgivable ;) I've read this book three or four times in the past half year IT WAS THAT AWESOME.

    AND YES I relate so so hard to Hadley and I adore Archer and his family. THE CHARACTERS WERE AMAZING. INCLUDING DEATH. And about those kissing scenes? *cough* my favorite one was the one where the Grandma -- *spoiler spoiler* -- I SHOULD REREAD IT AGAIN. EEP!!

    Funny story about me:

    Me: *is at lunch break at work*
    Me: *reads your post and proceeds to type a very long three paragraph comment*
    Me: *accidentally hits "sign out" instead of preview*
    Me: *slaps face with a resounding smack*
    Colleagues: OH NO. LISA. WHAT HAPPENED.
    Me: *explains*
    Colleagues: *start laughing so hard*

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    1. You're welcome!!! I loved loved LOVED reading it, so of course I had to review it. ;) *squeals over book with you*

      WHAT. NOOOOOO I WANTED TO BUY IT BUT NOW I'M HAVING SECOND THOUGHTS—naw, Ima still buy it. XD Eventually. Ugh, but that's seriously disappointing that they didn't copyedit it. :/ I looked up the sequel on Wattpad, and I was like NOOOOOOOOOO Archer is such a pottymouth. D'X *cries for an eternity* But I am definitely going to re-read it because Archer and Hadley are SO DARN CUTE I CAn't haNdLe IT!

      Yeeeeeeeeeeees the grandma one—I was dying when I read that. It was so hilarious, but the funniest part was that no one understood what I was laughing at when I read it. XD XD

      Omgoodness, that's hilarious. XD XD That happens to me almost every single time I comment on a post I'm so hyped about. Except it's just me groaning about life and problems and why the Internet is so dang complicated. XD Glad your comment came through, though!

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  3. My friend keeps bugging me to read this! It looks SO GOOD!!!

    Awesome review. xD

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    1. You should totally read it!!! It's so good!!! :D

      Thanks! <3 XD

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  4. Lisa ^^ keeps telling me to read this and I WANT TO SO BAD!!!

    I will make a book budget soon. And this is near the top of the list. I love the concept and just the vibe from it. It sounds like a nice, clean book, which is rare for Wattpad books, honestly. And the cover is beautiful. I love when covers are more aesthetic than focused so much on being something representing the book because the aesthetic ones usually have something that are minor details that you notice once you've read the book...does that make sense? (Probably not, lol, my bad. XD)

    Great review. I didn't look at the spoilers for obvious reasons, but once I finally read this book, I will be coming back to see what you said. XD

    <3

    ~Ivie| Ivie Writes

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    1. She kept talking about it on her blog, and eventually I was like, I need to read this too. XD IT'S TOTALLY WORTH IT!!

      I need a book budget, too, but uuuuugh the struggle of getting money is real. XD I love the concept too, although the vibe was a little different than I expected. It thought it would come off with more raw emotion, but that didn't really happen until the end. It was gripping, though, which was a plus.

      Yeeeeeeeeees aesthetic covers are absolutely the best ones. It's really hard to make it so it actually relates to the book, but I guess that also depends on the story and the concepts it deals with. I've noticed that most books with aesthetic covers are either contemporary or fantasy and play a lot with emotions. But the details, yes, I completely understand!! After you left your comment, I was glancing back at the cover and I was like, "She's right!!" XD XD

      Thank you!! Yes, do come back to read the spoilers. They weren't anything major, but I try to keep my reviews as spoiler free as possible. :)

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  5. This sounds so interesting! And that cover is STUNNING!!

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    1. It is!! I absolutely adore the cover, too!! XD

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