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I don’t know about anyone else, but i personally find that it’s harder to make myself read a book now i have easy access to the internet, whether on my laptop or my phone.

I always loved reading since i was little, and even though i’ve gone through stages of reading lots and reading very little at all over the years, i always come back to  reading a book eventually.

However, since the Internet invaded my life and became a fact of everyday life, i find it harder to open a book and read. There are so many distractions online, from social networks and instant messaging, to addictive online games and blogs. I am easily distracted these days, as proved by my frequent bouts of procrastination when i was at university for 4 years. There were days when i knew i should have been studying, but found myself playing games into the small hours of the morning. Oops.

These days, i am working 5 days a week during the day, and as i finish about 3pm, i have a lot of free time leftover. I try to read and i try to write blog posts here, but lately i find myself playing Tetris instead, determined to beat my best time and beat other people to a higher level of skill. It’s a little bit sad!

I have a large pile of books on my shelf waiting to be read, yet sometimes i find myself scrolling through the book pages of Amazon looking for ebooks to download onto my Kindle instead of picking up a physical book! And this is the girl who said she would never accept the Kindle as book replacement!

I still like physical books, but my Kindle means i can take a dozen books on long train journeys and switch between them if i get bored of one. That said, i still find myself listening to music on trains or playing on the internet on my phone. There it is again: the Internet!

Sometimes i wonder what would happen if i got rid of my phone and my laptop (and my Kindle!), and forced myself to find other forms of entertainment. I guess i would pick up a paper book! I will always return to the physical book!

I have just finished reading “Replica” by Lexi Revellian. I found this ebook for free on Amazon and thought it sounded interesting.

Replica - Lexi Revellian

Replica – Lexi Revellian (via Amazon)

The blurb reads:

“Beth Chandler, bright, attractive but unassertive, is accidentally replicated in a flawed experiment at the government research institute where she works. A second Beth comes into being, complete with all her memories. To Sir Peter Ellis, MI5 chief, the replica is an embarrassment that must be hushed up and disposed of. Overhearing him, Beth Two goes on the run. With no official existence, homeless, penniless and pursued by Sir Peter’s agents, she has to find the inner strength and aggression to survive on icy London streets. 

Meanwhile the original Beth, unaware of what has happened, becomes romantically involved with Nick Cavanagh, the spec op she believes is there to protect her. In fact, he’s hunting her double. Nick refuses to face his moral doubts about Beth Two – as far as he’s concerned, it’s not his problem. As events unfold, and the situation grows more complicated, he has to decide whose side he is on.”

The story is a fast-paced thriller with romantic elements which is really gripping! The idea of human clones is rather controversial and i wasn’t sure how i felt about it when i started reading. At first i thought Beth was a bit pathetic with a loser boyfriend who isn’t right for her but she keeps him in her life for reasons i can’t fathom! When she gets replicated, it gets interesting because we have her clone and we get to see what Beth is like when forced to go on the run to save herself. Beth Two is gradually shown to be different to the original Beth, although they share the same memories, knowledge and looks, their temperaments seem to be a bit different: Beth Two is more angry and has a strong sense of self-preservation, especially when she manages to outwit her would-be-captors.

Talking of captors, we meet Nick, the agent tasked with protecting the original Beth and tracking down her double. He develops a closer relationship with Beth while working out how to catch Beth Two.  It gets a little confusing: you wonder how he manages to differentiate between Beth who he has feelings for, and Beth Two who he wants to capture. Nick is an interesting character who seems very attractive from the way he is portrayed!

It gets complicated when the two Beths finally end up face to face and go public with their story, as we don’t get all the information about what really happened when they were received by the world. There is a rather sad element to this, but i won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t read it yet!

I give “Replica” a big 9/10 because it had me gripped from the beginning, and i got really annoyed when things happened which i didn’t want to happen (i guess they were inevitable!), which always makes for interesting reading! It is such a great plot, and it makes you question how far you can go with the ethics of human cloning. I really recommend it if you like something a bit different or controversial.

NOTE: I read this on my Kindle, and had no problems with the ebook at all. At the time of publishing this review, the ebook was still free on Amazon!

Although i am still in love with print books, i am growing increasingly fond of my little Kindle, with its amazing capacity for holding many, many ebooks! I am harbouring a slight addiction to downloading paid for and free ebooks and the fact that it is instantaneous!

Here is a little sneak peek at some of the books sitting on my Kindle reading list:

My Kindle reading list

My Kindle reading list

I have read all of the titles shown, except for “H10N1″ and most of the plays by Shakespeare!