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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Kook by Chris Vick Review

Publisher: Harper Collins (7 April 2016)

Format: Paperback (400 pages)

Format: Brought

Synopsis:

Sam has just moved back to where his father grew up and he met Jade. Jade is a girl who seems to be reckless and daring and some who loves to surf. Both of them meet and a relationship evolves from there.

Review:

Now I don`t really have any negative reviews on this blog and the main reason for this is I don`t want to be negative and offend people. However sometimes it’s good to be out of your own comfort zone, therefore I thought I`d right up a review about Kook.

One of the main aspects that made me dislike the book was the characters. I couldn`t connect with any of the characters and I found them really hard to relate with. For some reason I found it really hard to understand the male point of view of Sam and this didn`t add anything positive to my reading experience. I think that if I could connect with the characters I would have enjoyed and understood the plot a lot more.

In addition I felt Sam`s crush with Jade was a crush at all, but it was more like obsession. This made the book very cringe worthy to read and it ruined my reading experience. Sam had this thing of always noticing what Jade was doing and for me it was too much. I don`t think normal teenage boys stare at someone they like for 24 hours upon end. To improve this book I would have liked to read from Jade`s point of view, because it could give a different perspective to Sam`s crush.Read More »

Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan Review

Publisher: Penguin Group (Aug 2013)

Format: Paperback (342 pages)

Source: Brought

Synopsis:

This time the stakes are higher. Percy, who is the son of Poseidon, now has to watch his back everywhere he goes because Kronos is rising.  Although there is a minor problem that is a little bit closer to home- Luke is planning to invade Camp Blood by using a Labyrinth. It is now Percy and his companions` job to find a way to stop Luke and his evil team.

Review:

This book was a thrilling read that kept me caught the whole way though. I had enjoyed the entire book so far in this series and I couldn`t wait to read this book.

I really enjoyed the narrative of Percy in this series. For some reason Riordan present Percy in a way that makes me immediately like him. Normally I would be able to understand the male point of view, however with Percy I was able to understand him. Additionally it could also be due the humour of Percy. Percy has a universal humour that makes him very accessible and so I was able to enjoy his character.

Although, in this book I didn`t enjoy Annabeth`s character. Before one of my favourite characters was Annabeth because she was strong, clever and very inspirational. However in this book she wasn`t very open and I know it was because she upset, but to me she seemed very angsty. I also thought Percy and Annabeth` relationship would improve, but I was a little disappointed.Read More »

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 »

Rebel of the Sands by Alwym Hamilton Review

Publisher: Faber & Faber (4 Feb. 2016)

Format: Paperback (368 pages)

Source: Won in a giveaway

Synopsis:

Amani is tired of living in Dustwalk where nothing ever happens and she now wants to escape to Izman where anything was supposed to be possible. However when she became the Blue-eyed-bandit she lost her chances. Meanwhile there is a rebellion going on of the Rebel Prince causing tensions to rise and Amnai meeting the foreigner once again.

Review:                

One of the main reasons why I wanted to read this book is because of stunning cover and I`ve heard a lot about the strong female character. Rebel of the Sands is about Amani who wants to go to a city called Izman because she is tired of Dustwalk and the ways of Dustwalk. She goes and tries to get enough money to escape but she fails and she meets a foreigner who is hiding more than he is showing.

I was little confused at the start because of all the terms, such as Djinni, and the stories that were told in the book. This meant that I had to flip back pages a few times so I could get my head around the new terms. I think to improve this book there should be a glossary at the back so I would have the trouble of finding the right page, it could also improve my ability to understand what was going in the book.

However I enjoyed the book overall because I understood the main character Amani and her decisions. In a way I think she was a universal character because I didn`t have a lot in common with her but Hamilton portrays her in a way where I would be able to understand her. Another thing I loved about her was the fact that she was a strong female character. I know that there are a lot of strong female characters out there in YA, like Katniss Everdeen and Celaena Sardothien, but Amani wasn`t the reckless kind that didn`t have a heart, in a way she grew in the book and she was motivated by what was the right thing to do and not by what she wanted. She was also stubborn at times and I found these parts amusing and it shows Amani was a real person, not just a character in a book.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 »

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare Spoiler Review

Publisher: Simone and Schuster (8 Mar. 2016)

Format: Paperback (688 pages)

Source: Library copy

Synopsis:

It`s been five years since the Dark War and Emma`s parents’ death. The Clave told her that Sebastian Morgenstern killed her parents but Emma believes someone else did and she is going to find out. However, as she gets closer to the truth, she finds herself in a difficult situation with her parabatai. No matter what parabatai must not fall in love: “the Law is hard, but it is the Law”.

*Warning* Before I get into this review any further I would like to remind you that this is a spoiler review so if you haven`t read the book or you don`t want to get spoiled then stop reading. Here is a link to my spoiler free review and part one.

Since finishing reading Lady Midnight I have been in a little reading slump so I think writing another review will get this pain and heart break of my chest. In many ways Lady Midnight was an amazing book that left me staying up until 11am! No book has made me stay up that late and I think this is a great achievement, this is because I have been reading YA fiction for a long time now so I can spot the cliches, but Lady Midnight kept me reading through these parts.

On a more critical note, there were some parts that made me cringe , for example, when Emma asked Julian if she could stay with him and she explained what staying meant: “Stay and chase the bad dreams away”. This was a little too much for me and I felt like I couldn`t connect with the characters at this point because I wouldn`t say this to my supposed parabatai.

Although there were many parts that made my heart warm, like when Julian was making pancakes for his siblings. This made me realise how much Julian had to sacrifice and how strong he is, he had to go through the death of his father and he as to look after his siblings and run the institute! I felt so much sympathy for him and this was when I feel in love with his character.Read More »

Half lost by Sally Green Review

Publisher: Penguin (31 Mar. 2016)

Format: Paperback (352 pages)

Source: This book was sent to me

Synopsis:

There is a war going on and Nathan has to find a way to defeat Soul and Wallend altogether so that black witches and white witches and half codes can live together in peace. However Nathan has to find something that will make him untouchable so he can get close to Soul and defeat evil. Meanwhile Nathan is finding out about himself and the gifts he got from his father.

Review:

Half Lost is the third book in this phenomenal Half Bad trilogy and I was really excited to read this book to finish this series. Half Bad (the first book in this trilogy) was one of my favourite book in 2014 so I had a lot of hope for this book and boy did this book exceed my expectations.

I went through a whirl wind of emotions when I was reading this book. I was happy, angry and tears left my eyes. I have not read a book yet that have made me go through every emotions you can think of. I was angry when Nathan was under Soul`s influence and I just felt like throwing the book because the anger look over. However I didn`t and I`m glad I didn`t because I would have ruined the book. Tears left my eyes during the end of the book and I couldn`t contain myself.

In this book there is a war going on between white witches and the Alliance. Nathan has it in his mind to take revenge for his father`s death but to also stop the war by killing Soul, however to do this he needs a weapon that could make him invincible.

One of the greatest thing I love about this book is the amount of characters. In “Half Lost” there aren`t that many characters. This is a good thing because if gives the reader a chance to get to know the characters and so the character development if very great in this book. In addition the minimal amount of characters means that I won`t have the problem of trying to remember the characters. In addition the characters in this book are very diverse so this brings a change to traditional Young Adult literature (YA). The themes of this book mainly evolves around coming-of-age, magic, witches and GLBT. Read More »

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s UK (12th March 2015)

Format: Paperback ( 272 pages)

Source: Library copy 

Synopsis:

Cullen`s brother Gabriel had always been different to the other people that lived in the little town named Lily. However when he goes missing Cullen finds it hard to cope with the loss of his brother and he tries to find him. On the way he starts realising the way things work and he loses the people he loves and he also starts questioning the simple things that happens in his life.

Review:             

A while ago I come across this book whilst watching someone`s video and I saw it was compared with Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and I thought I might give it ago. However I came into this book not knowing anything about it because I was quite surprised when there were religious references.

This book takes places in a small town called Lily, Arkansas and it follows Cullen who is bored of his town and he finds the “discovery” of an extinct bird pointless, however when his brother goes missing he will do anything to get his brother back. At the same time there is a young man who is on a missionary in Africa and both of these stories intertwine with each other in this book. The two stories coming together was written really well as I could easily understand what was happening.

On reflection I didn`t like the characters in this book because I couldn`t connect with them and they were very distance. One of the major aspect of a book is the characters but in this book the characters weren`t portrayed as real people and they were just characters in a book for me. Cullen`s reactions in this book were reactions that I wouldn`t have expected or hoped and somehow I felt this book had a heavy tone and this made it hard to get into the book. Furthermore the writing was quite dense the first time around so I had to push myself to read and finish the book.Read More »