Me before you by Jojo Moyes Review

Publisher: Michael Joseph (5 Jan. 2012)

Format: Paperback (512 pages)

Source: Brought

Synopsis:

Lou Clark has never been anywhere and she has never done anything exiting before. When she meets Will a surprising friendship forms and the both of them transform for the better. 

Review:

Before I read this book I was pretty anxious mainly because I had never branched out of the YA/children`s genre, therefore this book was quite a large step for me. Surprisingly, when I read this book I thought it was going to be very adult like and the tone of the book would be very hard and serious, however as I actually read the book I found it very easy to read and I immediately clicked with Lou.

This romantic book follows a 26 year old called Lou who has just lost her job and she goes out of her comfort zone to be a carer for a man who has quadriplegic. She has to try to get close to Will Traynor before it’s too late and she also has to face the fact that the world if greater than she thinks.

One of the main things I love about this book is the characters. Lou is such a relatable character and the reader will immediately fall in love with her. The fact that she can be a little bit dopy at times added a little bit of humour. She comes from a family who are struggling economically and so her job as a carrier if vital for her family. Moyes makes her a sympathetic character at first, but as the book goes on the reader starts to relate with her and ultimately understand her.

Moreover I was captured by Moyes ability to make you believe in the characters like they are real people. Every emotion the characters has it sinks in with you; for example, when they feel pain you also feel pain. I think this was mainly due to Moyes writing, which persuades the reader to keep on reading. In addition, whilst British wit gave a humorous effect, Moyes hit you when you won`t expect it and you will be left with tears of sadness. There I warn you to carry a massive box of tissues.Read More »

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Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan Review

Publisher: Puffin books (2013)

Format: Paperback (375 pages)

Source: Brought

Synopsis:

Percy Jackson had never heard of the work Half blood before he entered Camp Half Blood. However to him being a Half Blood doesn`t bring all joy or lightness, but it brings a prophecy that doesn`t look like it will end well.  On the other hand, before Percy has time to settle, he must find his mum and the real thief of Zeus` master bolt.

Review:

I have been meaning for a long time to read this popular series by Rick Riordan, however I`ve been putting off reading it until now. When I started the book the thing that shocked me the most was the humour of Percy (our protagonist). Riordan had cleverly added humour straight away and this intrigued the reader and made the book more assessable. 

Furthermore I think that Percy is quite a universal character because everyone will somehow be able to relate to him and children and adult alike will be able to understand him. Moreover I think it’s because Percy is aimed at children which makes him easy to like. Riordan makes sure that Percy doesn`t lack any emotions and so readers are able to feel emotionally what Percy is feeling the in book.

Similarly I really like Annabeth`s character. In my opinion she was like Hermione, from the Harry Potter series but, more strong and more like a fearsome character. I can see why Riordan chose to write a character like her as she inspires young people to not follow the stereotypes and to be the person you want to be. Annabeth is loyal and smart and I hope to see more of her further on in the series.Read More »

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen Review

Publisher: Bantam Press (16 July 2015)

Format: Hardcover (528 pages)

Source: Library copy 

Synopsis:

The Red Queen is coming and Kelsea has to think of a plan quick to save the Tearling. However Kelsea keeps on going into a trace to the time before the Tearling, during the time of the Crossing, and she might find that someone who lived in the past may be the solution to stopping the Red Queen. Whatever she has to do, she has to do it fast because the Mort army is coming and everyone is depending on her.

Review:                     

The Invasion of the Tearling is the second book in the Queen of the Tearling series and so I (obviously) had high expectations for this book because the first book is one of my favourite books. In this book we continue Kelsea`s journey on being queen of the Tearling and as hard as it may sound, there are greater threats like the Mort army who will do anything their Queen tells them to.

When I first started reading the book I was immediately thrown into the world. This was something I liked because most of the time the second book in a series normally starts with a summary of what happened in the first book. Johansen went to business immediately.

One of the things I forgot about the first book was the writing style and the pace of the book. The book is quite slow paced because there is a lot of world building. At times I found this quite unnecessary because I just wanted to “action” to happen, although as I got into the book I started to appreciate the slow pace, you could say it was quite refreshing. I enjoyed Johnasen`s writing style because I felt it fitted the book and it was easy to read, it also fitted the fantasy theme. In addition this book is written in the third person and there are a lot of points of views. This expanded my reading experience as I was able to read the plot from different points and I was able to understand the different characters.Read More »

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson Review

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK (5 May 2016)

Format: Paper back (528 pages)

Source: This book was sent to me

Synopsis:

Andie has a thing for being organised and planning everything that is about to come. However when her long awaited plan is destroyed she doesn`t know what to do and she definitely wouldn`t think that she would be walking dogs or spending time with her dad during the summer.

Review:

I have been waiting a long time to read a Morgan Matson book and I can tell you this book did not disappoint. This book was everything I expected from a contemporary book although the size wasn`t what I expected.

One of the main aspect of the book that I loved was the characters. Andie is such a relatable character and even if you can relate to her you`ll love her because all of her actions and thoughts are universal. She grows up a lot in this book and you get to see her find out what she wants and who she is. She also has a lot of aspirations and her background if losing her family makes the reader sympathises with her but it also gives a chance for the reader to get to know more about here. Most of the decisions she makes in this book I would make as well.

In addition this books made me remember how much I loved reading contemporary books that are based in the US because life there seems so free and I was able to understand what life was like there.

I loved how there were little extra added plots like a scavenger hunt and friendship. Even though growing up was a main theme in this book there were also other important themes like: family, friendship and romance. I thought it was very clever of Matson to embed all of the themes into one book because it was as if the book itself was a representative of YA.Read More »

The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury Review

Publisher: Scholastic Press (4 Feb. 2016)

Format: Paperback (336 pages)

Source: This book was sent to me 

The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury continues the plot from the first book The Sin Eater`s Daughter. However this book isn`t told from Twylla`s point but it is told from Errin`s point of view (who is Lief`s sister). There is a war going on and most people have fled but Errin hasn`t and can`t because of her mother who has changed so much that she can`t be out in public. However as the Sleeping Prince approaches Errin`s village Errin is distracted by the mysterious Silas.

After waiting a whole year for this book to come out I had very high expectations and I was desperate to continue the story that left me on a reading slump.

Overall I found this book very enjoyable to read because of the constant tension of the Sleeping Prince whom will destroy everything that comes in his way. Sometimes I couldn`t stop reading because I wanted to know what was going to happen and how the choices that Errin made would affect her. I think that Salisbury was very clever to add an element of Errin`s dreams and the plot twist was just breath taking. Although I could see it coming but I refused to believe it.

One of the main things I enjoyed about this book was the simplicity of the writing. This meant that I didn`t have any trouble getting into the book and instead I could focus on the story itself. However since I was drawn into the book and I wanted to keep reading I found myself missing parts sometimes because there wasn`t enough detail.

At some points I found the character Errin really annoying because some of the choices she made didn`t make sense and it wasn`t rational. In addition I couldn`t connect with the character Silas and I felt as though he was quite distant from me. To improve the book I think the characters should be more relatable, so that I would be able to understand the characters as if they were people.Read More »

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson Review

Publisher: David Fickling Books (7 Jan. 2016)

Format: Paperback (360 pages)

Source: This book was sent to me

Synopsis:

This book is a story about a boy who feels like a girl and a boy who has had a troubled past. Together they meet and their lives have changed before they know it. For good or for the better only they will know.

 

Review:

This book was such a lovely book to read because it explore a controversial topic that doesn`t appear in YA as much as it should. When I began the book I was sure that this book would be very much heavy on the LGBT topic, but I was surprised when it wasn`t. Williamson writes in a way that the theme is the main topic of the book but it doesn`t take all the plot away. The book itself read like a contemporary book.

When I read the book I felt as though the characters were so real because of the way Williamson portrayed them. The author writes in a way that the teenage voice is the main aspect of the book. I enjoyed David`s character, although at times I was a bit confused because I didn`t know his choices for his actions. However I did like Leo because he is like a book, you see him but you don`t know who he truly is. The fact that this book is based on the transgender topic many people won`t be able to relate to the characters personally but Williamson makes sure that it is able to relate to the characters by writing them so that they resemble actual teenagers.

The plot of this book was just like a normal contemporary book (at first glance) then during somewhat in the middle of the book there was a plot twist. Now being a good book reviewer I won`t spoil you but what I can say is the plot twist was much unexpected for me. I didn`t expect what was going to happen, in a good way, and I enjoyed the plot twist as it gave another element to the book that was a bit drowsy. Overall the plot had a great purpose and it makes you read another side of this genre and it definitely makes you think but also you gain another insight that may affect you actions in the future.Read More »

Harry Potter and the Philosopher`s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (1 Sept. 2014)

Format: Paperback (352 pages)

Source: Brought

Synopsis:

Harry Potter has never known his parents and he has lived with his Uncle and Auntie for as long as he remembers. However what happened to his parents is a mystery. Living with his only relatives is not such a privilege as they despise him. Even his cousin Dudley tried to do everything to make his life as miserable as possible.

Review:

I have been meaning to read the Harry Potter series for a long time but I had only ever read up the 4th book (The Goblet of Fire). Therefore I thought it was the right time to finish the whole series and see and experience why this series is so well loved.

Harry Potter is a young boy at 11 when we first meet him and he has to go through living with his horrible family until Hagrid shows up. I admire Harry because I know that I wouldn`t be able to cope. What was significant about Harry is that, although he has to go through a lot of hatred, Harry isn`t a bad boy that wants his parents back and wants revenge for all the bad actions that his family did. In addition Harry has a sense of courage and he will do everything he can to makes things right. This is quite inspirational for younger readers and people will find themselves looking up at him.

Similarly I enjoyed Hermione`s character.

“Books! And cleverness! There are more important things-friendship and bravery.”

Hermione is a clever witch who finds out that she a witch when she firsts gets her Hogwarts letter. She is book smart and tries very hard at school to try to get the top grade. Growing up, watching the films, I found her very inspirational and she encourages me to study try hard at school. I think that this is a good thing, like Harry, as she will inspire younger readers to try harder in their education.Read More »

YA Fantasy Recommendations

Happy Saturday everyone!

As you can see from the title I am going to make another recommendation post because I feel like you guys enjoy this the most. Today I am going to be recommending YA fantasy, which is my favourite genre. The books I`m going to be recommending are for YA lovers who want to get started with fantasy but they don`t know where to start or readers who have started reading fantasy and want more to read. There is one adult book but all of them are YA books.

So lets get to the books…


The Queen of The Tearling by Erika Johansan 

For people who have read so many fantasy books that they feel like they`re all the same, this book is for you. It`s a really different book compare to any other book and although this book may not be strictly YA, it reads like YA and overs themes that YA book covers. This book is about a Princess who was brought up in isolation and now since she is nineteen she is needed to go back to her home and to rule as Queen. However she may be dead within a week.

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The Throne of Glass series.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I feel like I always talk about this series and Sarah J. Maas and I`m always posting pictures of these magnificent books on tumblr. But I just can`t help it. I read this series this summer and I just can`t stop sharing my love for these books and I can`t believe that I have to wait another year for the next book to come out!

Throne of Glass (the first book) evolves around Celaena Sordothian who is an assassin. When we first see her she is offered to become the King`s Champion or stay imprisoned in the salt mines in Endovie. She takes the choice that guarantees her freedom but weeks into the competition other competitor are being found dead by something unknown…

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ARCs of An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thrones and Roses.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Speaking about the Queen of YA fantasy I can`t help but mention this book. The book isn`t part of the Throne of Glass series but it is a new, well not so new now, trilogy. A Court of Thorns ans Roses is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast and I found this quite interesting and it is written by Sarah J. Maas so of course I immediately wanted to read it. ACOTAR is amazing so please pick it up! You will not be disappointed.

Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini

This was one of my most favourite read of 2014 and the reason for this was because of how thrilling and captiviating the book was. It`s about alternate worlds where in one world Lily is a normal teenager but in the next she is the complete opposite. The characters are just so wonderful and I really can`t say anymore otherwise I`ll spoil the book.

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Contemporary recommendations

Today I have an exiting post today and hopefully you`ll end up with some books you want to read, as the purpose of today`s post is to recommend some contemporary books! Whether you want to start reading some YA contemporary or you are looking for some more contemporaries to read, I`m sure there`s a book for you.

Now the genre contemporary is a genre that is typically set in today`s modern day world. This means that it is realistic and there isn`t no made up element, such as magical creautre, and of course it is still fiction.


To the books:

The impossible knife of memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

This book hasn`t received as much representation as I would have liked because this book deserves to be talked about. It follows Hayley who has never stopped moving and her father who came back from war and know has PTSD. The book goes through the family`s struggle and how much Hayley wants to have a normal life and live like a normal teen but the horrors of war has become a barrier for that. This is definitely a tearjerker so carry some tissues.

If you found me by Emily Murdoch

This book is none like any other YA because it deals with themes that most writers don`t talk about and most readers don`t read. Carey is abandoned by her mother many times with her sister and there are times when she doesn`t come back for weeks. Although this isn`t all the story, where she is abandoned isn`t near civilization but it is in the woods. When her long lost father finds her it seems as though she can start all over again and live the normal life, but she encounters the past and relives to all the horrors of her past.

Infinite sky by C.J Flood

Despite the cover of my copy slightly putting me off when I picked this book up I was happy that I did. This isn`t such a known contemporary but it does deserve a little shout out. The reason for this is because it took me by surprised and I didn`t know what to expect when I first started. I think that you should go into this book blind because it just make the whole reading experience much more better and I wished I went into the book knowing completely nothing.

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5 books you should be reading this summer

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Summer is here and during the summer there is more light, the air feels lighter and it is just the right season to read as many books as you can; so I have complied a list of books that you should definitely read. All these books are contemporary books because they have the amazing summer feels and contemporary books just define summer.

1) Morgan Matson is just the best contemporary writer and all of her books are enlightening and leaves the summer buzzes. This book especially is amazing and who doesn`t like a road trip book? The book itself looks like a cutesy romance book, it is, but it does hold the element of family.

2) Next we have “The summer I turned pretty” by Jenny Han. Jenny Han is my go to contemporary writer because all of her books draws you in immediately and the way she sets out all of the events in her books is perfect-there aren`t any flaws.

The whole Summer series takes place between a few years on Belly who has always been in love with the Fisher brothers: Conrad and Jeremiah. She could have never chosen between them at the start but growing up she realises that she can`t keep both of them, she can only keep one.

I would recommend any of Jenny Han`s books because they are all perfect and they contain the element of family as well as romance, which makes they books more realistic. Her loves triangle are also to die for.

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