Why You Should Check Out 'Bone Gap' By Laura Ruby

Why You Should Check Out 'Bone Gap' By Laura Ruby

If you're looking for a new novel, this is the one.

Recently I finished the book "Bone Gap" by Laura Ruby. I picked up the novel a few months ago, but it took me a few months to finish just due to classes and a backed up reading list. When I did have time to read, I flew through the pages.The writing style was easy to get into, despite the actual book and setting being really weird. "Bone Gap" is classified as a young adult novel between fantasy and magical realism; at first, it appears to be set in a small town called Bone Gap, but broadens to a strange alternate dimension.

The story is mostly told from the perspective of Finn O' Sullivan; a strange boy who lives with his older brother. He has nicknames, such as "moonface," describing his odd personality and tendencies to zone out. The small town is very close to each other, so when a beautiful woman named Roza disappears, suspicion lands on him. Yet Finn insists he saw her get kidnapped in the cornfields by a man whose face he couldn't remember.

During this novel, I found it really difficult to tell what was real and what was just part of a metaphor. I almost liked having so much freedom to interpret things. At some points, it's hard to decide if something is actually happening or if it's just the author's way of describing things. The side characters living in Bone Gap are full of life and quirks that border on unreal, but at the same time, it's just weird enough that I can picture it clearly. I can imagine what all of these people act like and live like.

"Bone Gap" captures the atmosphere of magical realism perfectly. It teeters on the edge of fantasy, but keeps the story grounded that it feels real. There are a few places I would like to have a bit more detail that solidifies the exact details, but the ambiguity adds to the atmosphere Ruby created. I gave this book 5/5 stars on Goodreads, so needless to say, I recommend picking it up!

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Dear Shondaland, You Made A Mistake Because April Kepner Deserves Better

"April Kepner... you're not average"

I'll admit from the first time we were introduced to April in Season 6, I didn't like her so much. I mean we hated the "Mercy Westers" in the first place, so how could we see the potential in the annoying, know-it-all resident that was trying to compete with our beloved Lexie Grey.

But then, we saw her come face-to-face with a killer and thought maybe she had potential.

We then saw her surprise everyone when she proved to be the next trauma surgeon in the making and we were intrigued.

Notice how none of these stories had anything to do with Jackson Avery. Not that we didn't love her with Jackson, but for whatever reason you've chosen to end their very popular relationship. Suddenly, you think that April is not worth further exploration but you've forgotten one simple thing. We fell in love with her before "Japril" was ever in the picture.

We love her because her story was unlike the others and she had one of the best character developments on the show. She wasn't damaged like Meredith Grey or Alex Karev who have been on their journey to become all whole and healed, but she still had to fight hard to be taken seriously. Her story has so much potential for future development, but you've decided to throw it all away for "creative reasons."

I'm sorry, but there's nothing creative about doing the exact same thing you've done to all the other characters who have left the show. We've endured the loss of many beloved characters when you chose to write off George, Henry, Mark, and Lexie. We even took it when you did the unthinkable and wrote McDreamy out of the show - killing off one half of the leading couple. (WHO DOES THAT???)

But April Kepner? Are you kidding me?

She may no longer be with Jackson, but she was so much more than half of Japril. While most of us hate that Jackson and April are over, we probably could have dealt with it if April was still on the show. Now they're done and you think there aren't any more stories to tell about her character. Why? Because she'll just get in the way of Jackson and Maggie?

How could you not see that she was way more than Jackson's love interest?

She's so much more than you imagined her to be. April is the headstrong, talented trauma surgeon no one saw coming. The farmer's daughter started off an ugly duckling who became a soldier because she needed to be one and turned into one big beautiful swan who constantly has to fight for her coworkers and family to see her as such.

She's proven to be a soldier and swan on many occasions. Just take giving birth to her daughter in a storm on a kitchen table during an emergency c-section without any numbing or pain medication as an example. If she wasn't a soldier or a swan before, how could she not be after that?

Yet, you - the ones who created her - still see her as the ugly duckling of a character because she always had to take the backseat to everyone else's story and was never allowed to really be seen.

But we see her.

She's the youngest of her sisters who still think of her as the embarrassing little Ducky no matter how much she's grown.

This swan of a resident got fired for one mistake but came back fighting to prove she belongs. Not only did April Kepner belong there, but it was her talent, her kindness, her strength that made her Chief Resident. This simply wasn't enough for Dr. Bailey or her other residents so she fought harder.

She endured the pressure but always ended up being a joke to the others. When she was fired yet again, your girl came back a little shaken. She doubted herself, but how could she not when everyone was against her.

Despite everyone telling her she couldn't, she did rise and no one saw her coming because she remained in the background. She went off to Jordan broken and came back a pretty risky trauma surgeon.

We've watched for years as she was handed promising stories that we never got to see fully develop because she was in the background. We never got to see her rise. We get the beginning and the end, but hardly ever the middle.

I thought we were finally going to have an amazing story arc in season 11 when she loses Samuel, but what did we really get? Two or three episodes of her coming to terms with the loss of her baby and then April's disappearance from the show while she's grieving off screen so that Dr. Amelia Shepherd can shine her first season on the show. Where is April's life-changing surgeries? What does April get? She's background music.

Now what?

It's season 14 and we finally get the story we've been waiting 9 years for! We get Dark April and her crisis of faith. A story arc all Christians can appreciate. Here's the chance for real character development in the foreground, but wait...

Before her story is even wrapped up, you announce that this season will be her last. So we're forced to realize that the only reason we're getting this story now is that you're writing her off.

No matter how you end it, it's not going to do her story justice. If you kill her off to end her crisis of faith story, you're not reaching the many Christians who watch the show. If you have her leaving Seattle and taking Harriet with her, you didn't know April. If you have her leaving Seattle and abandoning Harriet, you really didn't know April. So anyway you choose to end her story, you lost out on one great character.

You messed up.

Both April Kepner and Sarah Drew deserved better.

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7 New Artist Albums 2018 Has Blessed Us With

If you’ve been in a music rut lately, see what new music is out there. There’s a lot of new music waiting to be heard.

It might only be April, but this year has already blessed us with so many new songs and albums from our favorite artists. For a music geek like myself, I am constantly looking forward to new music I can get my hands on.

2018 has definitely not disappointed me in the music department! Here are some especially notable new albums I’ve been enjoying.

1. Børns - "Blue Madonna"

Børns pleased his fans with the release of his second album this year. "Blue Madonna", similar to his first album "Dopamine", uses electronic sounds to create a more synth pop/rock genre, becoming more and more popular with new generations. Not to mention that he collaborated with the infamous Lana Del Rey on his first track of the album, "God Save Our Young Blood".

2. Camila Cabello - "Camila"

If you’ve listened to any pop station on the radio this year, I’m sure you’ve heard Camilia’s hit single “Havana". Not being a personal fan of the pop sound, it took me a while to listen to other songs by Camila. But when I did, I was impressed by the sound she has created after separating from her former girl band, Fifth Harmony.

3. The Wombats - "Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life"

The Wombats dropped their album in February of this year and did not disappoint their fans with the usual indie-rock sound.

4. Vance Joy - "Nation of Two"

Since the release of Vance Joy’s new album in February, my Spotify search history has consisted of nothing but. His new album, similarly to his last, consists of an indie-folk sound that’s perfect to relax to, whether you’re chilling in your room or you're at the beach with friends.

5. George Ezra - "Staying At Tamara's"

George Ezra finally gifted us and dropped his new album "Staying At Tamara's" this month. He has his fun songs that make you want to dance along, as well as some ballads like "Only A Human".

6. The Vaccines - "Combat Sports"

One of my favorite bands, The Vaccines, dropped a new album this year, and it’s just as great as their previous ones. Every song is a bop you’ll want to move to and sing along to every lyric. It’s an album I’ll have a repeat for a long time.

7. The Weeknd - "My Dear Melancholy"

The Weeknd surprised everyone with his breakup album that is sadly too relatable. Every song seems to hit people just as hard as the last and has us listening on a loop.

If you’ve been in a music rut lately, see what new music is out there. There’s a lot of new music waiting to be heard.

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