Every now and again I come across a book that grips me and won't let me go in such a way that I start finding work an inconvenience that interrupts myEvery now and again I come across a book that grips me and won't let me go in such a way that I start finding work an inconvenience that interrupts my reading time. This is one of those books.
The authors writing is so beautiful, honest and real and the main character doesn't half say what she's thinking. Maggie is not a saint. At times she is whiny, sarcastic, irritating and she has some pretty brutally honest thoughts; but i really liked that about her.
She is a very complex character with some pretty good positive attributes though she was honest in a refreshing way (with her thoughts), caring (if a little careless at times with things she says) and a brave young woman who throughout the course of the book does embrace new things and does change how she sees things. The conflict with Maggie was mainly that though she spoke her mind and was sarcastic, somethings she just couldn't face saying allowed.
A lot of people I'm sure will bemoan her attitude but I for one think that her reaction is just one of many that someone could have to losing their sight. Not everyone can be well adjusted and adapt to every situation, that's just not human to be the same as each other. I have a friend who is registered blind and though he is happy and has always lived with it, he has been through some horrible ups and downs. My point being is we can't be happy go lucky all the time.
Maggie's friendship with Ben is so deep and compelling and I loved it and I also loved her budding relationship with Mason as the book progresses. If I'm honest? The Ben/Maggie friendship stole the show for me and if I had that kid to teach me a few lessons on life I'd probably be a lot happier.
The only part of the book that I was a bit disappointed with was the fact I guessed very early on why she could only see Ben. I won't spoil it though because it still is a genius idea!
Ultimately I have taken a lot from this book and it touched me on a deeply emotional level and tugged at my heart. It is a story to learn from with beautiful lessons within it. If I were to pick one element of this story and apply it to my life it would be this: Never give up or be afraid to try new things....more
I found this book a little odd at first. I hate being kept completely in the dark with only little teasers as to what happened in the past. Normally iI found this book a little odd at first. I hate being kept completely in the dark with only little teasers as to what happened in the past. Normally it frustrates me to no end, but in the case of this book it really worked.
Savannah was a brave character and though she had a bit of an attitude (which teen doesn't?) I didn't get irritated by her. I found that she was unfairly treated by several people even after she started to change.
I hated Becca and by the end it seemed that everyone else had a selfish streak apart from Savannah. The back story of her fathers death was sensitively told, though rather shocking when I finally discovered the means of his death (then it becomes clear why Savannah is so messed up)
All in all, I liked the romance and I liked the ending. Don't let the blurb mislead you, when it says that Dallas betrays her its not what you're imagining. I spent the whole book looking for it because of the blurb and it ended up being a bit of an anti-climax.
As it is, take the book as what it is. A well- written and emotional work of realistic fiction and you will like it. I now also have a desire to ride roller coasters!...more
Words cannot describe how amazing this book is. Not only does it deal with racism, it also deals with attitudes towards Gay/Lesbian relationships in tWords cannot describe how amazing this book is. Not only does it deal with racism, it also deals with attitudes towards Gay/Lesbian relationships in the 1950's.
Integration to me sounds like something from a far out place because I work with black people, I went to school with black people and I have friends from different races and religions, so the idea of being racist or seeing black people as different is weird to me. Having said that I am very aware that this sort of segregation still exsists today. I mean how many people do you here say: 'bloody foreigners need to go back to their own contry'? Everyday usually.
This book not only highlights how extreme people were in 1959 but the ways in which things were dealt with. On several Occasions I wanted to scream at the characters in the book for how unfairly Sarah was treated. Everytime Ruth was spat on or Paulie had something flung off him I was disgusted to my core. The scary thing? 1959 was only a few years before my mother was born so it wasn't that long ago. Horrifying.
Sarah was a brilliant characters, she was strong and brave and beautiful and I can only wish to be as strong as her in the face of adversity. Linda, though her opinions grated on me initially, really grew on me, and in some ways her bravery stood out even more because of the radical way she opened up her heart and mind.
The budding relationship between Sarah and Linda was beautiful. The weird thing in this book is there wasn't a lot of 'gay people are unnatural' coming from others (Judy being the exception), most of it came from within the two girls themselves as they struggled to figure out whether their love was a sin. These days we take for granted the Lesbian and Gay movements that support those having crises with their sexuality. In 1959 the idea was so 'unnatural' you couldn't talk to anyone so I found it amazing how these two girls find the strength to make it through together.
This is such a beautiful and inspiring story, one that I believe should be read in schools. Racism, Homophobia and other forms of hate really need to stop and remember this when considering where you stand on these matters: no one is born racist. So where did the stupid idea come from?! ...more
I got this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have kept this free of spoilers, especially since the book isn't released until 2015.
I wI got this from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have kept this free of spoilers, especially since the book isn't released until 2015.
I was really surprised by this book. It was moving and yet oddly thrilling with the mystery of the disappearance of Edie's mother. For the most part though it was more about her journey and about her battle against her past. There are plenty of lessons to be learned from this book, not least about facing things, doing the right thing and relationships.
The ending shocked me to the core in the sense i felt my eyes well up, I honestly wasn't expecting the outcome that I got but nevertheless I was satisfied with it. To be honest, I think the author did an amazing job with a sensitive and difficult subject matter.
This isn't as in-depth and as gritty as some books about this subject and to be honest it doesn't need to be. I was drawn in to Edie's tour-de-London and I went along with the ride (including all the difficult bumps). This is an incredible read which tackles multiple difficult subjects, but does so with simplicity and sensitivity so as not to over-complicate things for readers. Sometimes, simple and to the point is best.
This book is hilarious. In some chapters I was laughing out loud and in others I was cringing because I’d been through similar scenarios myself.
The oThis book is hilarious. In some chapters I was laughing out loud and in others I was cringing because I’d been through similar scenarios myself.
The only reason this book lost a star was due to some clashing issues I had with the characters. Mainly Ellie. For the most part she was nice but I found her a complete cow at times, and I sometimes found it hard to feel sorry for her or relate to her, but that was the limit of my gripes. This was only partly because I wanted to scream at her how daft she was being. I was still a Virgin at 21 (yeh I don’t care who knows) and so what? I wasn’t the only one.
The story itself was one of the funniest things I have ever read. I laughed out loud on several occasions, my favourite being a close run between the blow job learning scene and the bathtub incident near the beginning of the book. I also absolutely loved Paul and Emma and the Vlog idea, it was pure genius. On a more serious note, I wish this had been around when I was a teen. I mean I learned a few bits from this and I’m now 27. For example, I did not know that there were different types of Brazilian Wax. So least I know what to ask for if I ever get the bizarre urge to do it.
The main message in this book is to accept who you are though, and if you don’t want to do certain things it’s fine. Just because everyone else is out popping there cherry with every Tom, Dick and Harry, it doesn't mean you have to. I think this could be a good book for teens to read as part of Sex Ed because at least then if some of them make the choice to have sex they will do so more informed. Overall, though this is a light funny read, there are some serious issues dealt with in a fun, humorous way that I feel will appeal to teens and adults alike. ...more
This is so much more than a zombie book. Yes it has the living dead and the blood thirsty biting going on. We also have the tough decisions and peopleThis is so much more than a zombie book. Yes it has the living dead and the blood thirsty biting going on. We also have the tough decisions and people behaving like complete tossers because they're panicking (i say this without judgement, I'm sure I'd be a complete tosser in this situation) but mainly this is a book about finding the will and meaning to live.
Sloane has been through a lot and before the end of the world was intent on ending her own world, yet out of all of them she finds the will to fight. I'm not going to lie, some of the characters really grated on me, Trace especially and what happens to him really doesn't surprise me at all.
The whole story of Sloan's' past abuse seemed a lot more central to me than the apocalypse story. To Sloan her world was over before the world actually ended and so for her it was a struggle to survive in a very different way than it was to the others. The conclusion about her relationship with Lily and their father was pretty ironic in my eyes as well as being in some way some twisted sense of justice.
The end was cleverly thought out and though it ends in a way that I'm sure will not provide enough closure for some people, I think it ended the way it needed too; with a revelation about life and why it is so important to keep living even if you think there's nothing to live for....more
Big thanks to net galley for allowing me to read this ahead of release. This book struck a cord for me because I have a friend who is transgender, butBig thanks to net galley for allowing me to read this ahead of release. This book struck a cord for me because I have a friend who is transgender, but unlike Grayson is female wanting to be male. I've known a long time and accepted it, a lot of people didn't (her boyfriend was one of those people and was awful to her) and that is what happens in this book.
Grayson is a great character and I could fully understand his frustration. Most people, though not in this way, will go through a phase where they feel they can't be themselves and a lot of people decide to pretend. Grayson is brave though and though he goes through some tough times he really keeps fighting to be seen (however much it would be easier to be invisible)
I loved Meghan, paige, Finn and Uncle Evan. I wasn't so keen on Jack, Aunt Sally and Amelia. The situation with Greyson's teacher Finn was a sad one and it highlights how often people who do brave and nobel things suffer for it. I have massive respect for teachers like Finn and people like paige and Uncle Evan who give support despite what others think.
Also, this book speaks out to so many audiences. It may be aimed at pre-teens/teens but I know some pretty bigot adults who could do with reading this. What is wrong with just accepting people for who they are? We are not clones or dolls, we are people. And to quote a Delain song (Army of Dolls); 'How do you look into a mirror, when you're too tired to fake a smile?' Pretending is exhausting. Be yourself. Dress how you want. Be comfortable and happy. Also, I really really want that sequinned heart t-shirt!...more
I cried at the end....what more can I say really? I mean I haven't read anything Jacqueline Wilson in a while but I remember several of them making meI cried at the end....what more can I say really? I mean I haven't read anything Jacqueline Wilson in a while but I remember several of them making me cry and this one was no exception. This one however had a severe shock factor that hit me at the very core.
This is a beautiful novel about family, friendship, bullying and ultimately about the bond between two very different sisters and how it can never be destroyed. I haven't been so moved in a long time and I still shiver when I think about the story.
Amazing lessons to be learned from this story about the consequences of a persons actions, how we treat people and about finding yourself. I loved this, but truly truly heartbreaking....more
You think I'd learn after reading Beautiful Malice that I would be thoroughly creeped out by one of Miss James' books, but nope, I can't resist the luYou think I'd learn after reading Beautiful Malice that I would be thoroughly creeped out by one of Miss James' books, but nope, I can't resist the lure of what I will know will be a good read.
Having said that, it wasn't as devastating as Beautiful Malice, which I was actually thankful for. I don't think I could have stood the trauma. That said, on a scale of one to ten on the creep factor it still hit a nine and I was horrified by the twists and turns even if (view spoiler)[it had rather a happy ever after ending kind of thing going on (hide spoiler)] and all the loose ends were wrapped up.
This was an amazing and absorbing read and has left me once again stunned by the depths to which people will sink. And boy can they be calculating and evil. I mean. really? Why?
I can't say much more without posting severe spoilers that will ruin the book. If your looking for a thriller, mystery and romance all rolled into one then this is definitely the book for you. Don't get too comfy though, you'll be on the edge of your seat!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This couldn't have ended the series more perfectly if Sarah had tried. Though I feel like I've been through the emotional wringer and like someones shThis couldn't have ended the series more perfectly if Sarah had tried. Though I feel like I've been through the emotional wringer and like someones shot my soul to pieces with a magical shotgun. But hey, it was worth it.
I swear I cried myself dry at one part in particular, and I mean full on sobbing, not just a few tears escaping. I sounded like I was having a breakdown! On the flip side of this I was laughing out loud for a lot of the book too, because the dialogue between Kami, Jared, Ash and Co was so bloody funny! I can't write too much for fear of posting spoilers but it was an amazing ending and I wasn't disappointed.
Miss Brennan has an amazing talent for writing funny, dramatic, heart-wrenching and beautiful stories that stay with you long after the final page has been turned. I can't wait to discover what she brings out next....more
The main problem with writing this review will be doing so without spoiling the main secret within Pantomime, but I have to do so because I won't spoiThe main problem with writing this review will be doing so without spoiling the main secret within Pantomime, but I have to do so because I won't spoil this book for anyone. This is so much more than a fantasy and it deals with issues that a lot of people won't even consider in there lives, let alone seriously think on or debate.
Having said that this book also struck a personal cord with me because I know someone who is pretty alike to Gene in more ways than one and this perhaps led me to think more deeply of the issues in this book than I more normally would have. Gene and Micah's journey is both harrowing, emotional and truly incredible. The magic of the circus comes to life in all it's beautiful brilliance, making the dark side seem even more shadowy in comparison.
Micah and Gene's story was beautiful told and I have been left longing for another book so I'm hoping to God that there's a sequel. There were so many twists, turns and unexpected events that I was left breathless and I wanted so much to be in that Circus swinging from the trapeze I've been left with so many questions. But most forward in my mind is this: What is inside those Penglass domes? I really want to know. It's killing me not knowing. Maybe that's the curious child in me :)
And what will become of Micah and Gene?! Ah why must I be tortured so? Maybe I'm being a bit dramatic. But go read this when it's out. Totally amazing. I am in awe of the author and her writing talent. She hasn't just written a book, she has a created a magical world, fascinating characters and broached subjects in this book that few have dared and she totally nailed it. Brilliant. ...more
I can't give this book more praise then this: It's short and yet leaves an impact like a meteor and is the most cleverly written book I've read in a lI can't give this book more praise then this: It's short and yet leaves an impact like a meteor and is the most cleverly written book I've read in a long time. Those final couple of notes had me crying my eyes out. Very emotive and powerful, and some important lessons to be learned in the couple of hours it will take you to read it....more
I'd like to thank Mr Lane for asking me to review his book and for being patient with my very busy work schedule and insane amount of books on my to-rI'd like to thank Mr Lane for asking me to review his book and for being patient with my very busy work schedule and insane amount of books on my to-read list :) Well, where to start! I really liked this collection of shorts and they will stick in my mind for a long time to come.
Mr Lane focuses on some sensitive topics including Racism, Drug addiction, Child abuse and Mental Illness and considering each story is limited to around 10 pages(ish) they have a certain depth to them, similar to that of a longer novel. One story that particularly made me gasp was the story of the girl who runs away from home to live her life as much as she can as she's in fear of becoming mentally ill like her mother. The last paragraph stopped me cold with it's conclusion because despite my over-thinking brain, I simply never saw it coming and believe me, you probably won't either.
Each story was poignant in it's own way and I took something from each one. I think I'll definitely be looking out for more books by Jeremy Lane because there is no doubting that he is a skilled writer with the ability to write engaging and thoughtful stories without the need to babble. Genius....more