Originally posted on www.serendipityreviews.co.uk After reading this book, I can see why Katie Dale’s writing came so highly recommended to me. This bo...moreOriginally posted on www.serendipityreviews.co.uk After reading this book, I can see why Katie Dale’s writing came so highly recommended to me. This book the tightest plot I’ve ever read. Nothing is wasted – every conversation, every action and every expression used are essential to the plot of the book. It’s one of those books that on finishing reading it, you find yourself wanting to pick to pieces to work out how the author made it so utterly brilliant.
The characters have interesting twists to them. No one is what they seem. Everyone has hidden secrets and excellent masks to hide behind. The author shows that nothing in life can be categorised as black or white. Society has been created from a kaleidoscope of colour. The author has displayed clearly that the human race are far from perfect. Yet these characters are accepting of the flaws of others. They love each other at their best, but are also accepting of each other at their worse.
I loved the friendship between Christian and Lou.They had so much stacked up against them. There is a line in the final chapter that really broke me and had me tears. It was a simple sentence made up of just four words and yet it just summed up the relationship between these two characters and really moved me.
As the story unfolds little by little, you find out snippets about each character that you are surprised to discover. The author keeps you on your toes right till the last page. I couldn’t put this book down. I had to find out the truth and searched through the pages for the answers I so desperately needed.
The subject matter of this book is extremely topical and shows intriguing glimpses of issues that have hit the headlines in recent years. Due to the well hidden nature of the plot, I can’t divulge any of them in this review.
This is a strong, compelling tale that makes you think. A fast paced, thrilling rollercoaster of emotions. A book I will be shouting about from the rooftops. (less)
Originally posted on www.serendipityreviews.co.uk After hearing the author, Candy Harper, read a few passages from this book, I knew I had to read it....moreOriginally posted on www.serendipityreviews.co.uk After hearing the author, Candy Harper, read a few passages from this book, I knew I had to read it. In fact, I have visions of her reading the whole book aloud to me. If there are plans afoot to develop an audio version of the book, then Candy Harper must read it – because in my eyes she is an older version of Faith.
I loved Faith! As soon as I was introduced to her, I knew I was going to want to know her better. If I was at high school, Faith would’ve been the girl I’d have befriended. She is so full of herself, yet adorable with it. She pushes her friends to the limit before reeling them back in. She can’t keep a secret, but feels she is doing her duty as a member of society by getting the information out there. She’s just wild and daring, extremely selfish at times, yet caring at others and I love her. Her sarcastic views of the world had me in stitches.
The book is a sort of diary format and follows Faith’s first four months back at school. She’s been split up from her best friend Megs, and it’s interesting to watch how they deal with the changes and cope with the new additions to their little friendship group. On top of that the girls are now spending time with the lads from the local boys school, which adds yet another layer to their group as they navigate their way through the minefield of blossoming romance.
This book will really appeal to fans of Louise Rennison’s books. In fact I think Faith is about to give Georgia Nicholson a run for her money when it comes down to who might be the funniest. This book is hilarious from start to finish – Faith is one of the funniest characters I‘ve come across in years. I’m looking forward to spending time with her again. (less)
Laure Eve writes beautifully. Her descriptive voice is rich with detail – to the point I could almost be in the scenes presented. The world building i...moreLaure Eve writes beautifully. Her descriptive voice is rich with detail – to the point I could almost be in the scenes presented. The world building is immense in detail, fascinating and in parts scarily, premonitory. The echoes of our present need for constant Internet access are mirrored here with a futuristic, full on dependency on Life, by most humans. France is the big fat cat in charge of its poor relation, little old England. Just imagine how different life would be if that happened; how would we fair as a nation?
Originally published on www.serendipityreviews.co.uk This book is an unusual book as it has a little bit of everything, beautifully blended together to create an intriguing plot, which is told from varying view points and we are shown the contrasting lifestyles of the World and Angletar. I did struggle at first to get my head around the differences, as Angletar had a historical feel to it, almost reminding me of the Middle Ages. I do think now on a second read, I will understand it a lot clearer than my first interpretation.
Rue and White were interesting and extremely well written characters – I would’ve liked them to meet earlier in the book, but I can see how that wasn’t possible with so much world building to be created. When the characters do meet, the attraction can only mean trouble.
I would advise reading the blurb on this book before reading it, as it does set you up for the plot. I only say this because this book is completely different to anything I’ve ever read before. The blurb actually prepares you extremely well for what is to come.
Definitely an original. Beautifully written and well paced. Laure Eve has created her very own genre! (less)