I can't do it. It turns out even Katie McGarry can't make a motorcycle club into anything other than skeezy and gross. I tried my very best with thisI can't do it. It turns out even Katie McGarry can't make a motorcycle club into anything other than skeezy and gross. I tried my very best with this one but I decided to DNF at 45% By this time I'm already annoyed at many things.
1. The whole set up of 'good girl' meets 'bad boy' - The good girl here is kind of boring and judgmental and the bad boy isn't winning any points for his behaviour. Also, hate the bias towards the MC being THE BEST. Like, everyone is ready to laugh and make fun of Emily because of her reaction to a dead body, but whatever, folks. Hers would be a normal reaction to something unusual. Also? She's not going to have the reactions you want her to have if you keep 'protecting' her from the truth. And I didn't get to the bottom of the whole mystery and secrets Emily's mom is holding but I don't think I'd want my child to grow up in the community of a motorcycle club either so you're not going to win me over with whatever 'traitor' stuff is going on.
2. The slut shaming is atrocious. Oz is all about one-time hook ups with girls he could care less about because gross, they gave it up. Whereas Emily is pure and good and I might just throw up. It all feels very much like girls and women who have sex are not worthy of respect and I don't agree with that.
3. All the macho bullshit. It's all guns and knives and violence and muscles and holy crap, I nearly rolled my eyes out of my head. Especially as everyone is taking it all so seriously.
4. The mention of the term 'old lady' which gives me the creeps. I actually shuddered at the mention of it.
5. A club house that has walls decorated entirely in bras. Because that's not disgusting. This is where I decided enough was enough. At 42%
Katie McGarry's previous books in the Pushing the Limits series were great, I loved them. I requested this book on Netgalley because of Katie McGarry's name and also the cover which looked summery and romantic. And I did not find that this book was either summery or romantic. I won't be continuing this book or with this series. ...more
The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent was so action-packed and fast-paced that in some ways I find it a little difficult toFast-paced and exciting!
The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent was so action-packed and fast-paced that in some ways I find it a little difficult to talk about in any kind of meaningful way. I was reading this book and it felt like this mad dash towards the end in which I was furiously clicking for the next page on my Kindle and everything kind of whizzed by me. It was an exciting read, that's for sure!
Without Rachel Vincent's name attached to this book, I'm not sure how excited I would have been. But it is Rachel Vincent and I loved her Soul Screamers series. They were emotional and surprising and every bit as fast-paced. So these were my expectations coming into this first book in a new series. And The Stars Never Rise really managed to do everything I wanted it to do including set up this new story and world and populating it with interesting characters and relationships.
All right, so this new series. It's set in a future America in which there have been a plague of demons that have consumed many souls. And it was only with the help of an exorcist and a war waged by the Church that the war has won and the demons defeated. Now the Church rules everything and there are few souls to go around.
Living in this world is our main character, Nina Kane. She is seriously struggling to keep afloat with bills and school and taking care of her younger sister, Melanie. The two girls live with her mostly absent mother, and are quite happy to do their own thing. Only doing her own thing has meant that 15 year old, Mellie, announces she is pregnant and it sets off this shocking turn of events that changes everything.
I don't want to tell you too much more of the story because that is really where everything switches gear into this fast-paced action-packed story in which Nina teams up with this band of bad-ass exorcists and wage their own battles against demons and the Church in order to protect both Nina and Mellie. There is a rather unconventional romance between Nina and one of the exorcists in this group who call themselves Anathema and I could not be more intrigued by how things will work out!
Speaking of the romance, ahhhhh! I loved Nina and Finn. But there is so much standing in the way of them being together. And the anticipation of all that drama coming our way in future books feels like delicious anticipation for me right now!
One of the very surprising elements of the story actually happens before Nina meets up with Finn and has all of these earth-shattering realisations about her family situation and the Church and everything she's ever known about demons and exorcists and the state of the media and the world in general. And the element of the story in which shows how far Nina will go to protect and feed her little sister was one of the things that surprised me about this book. Not the level of concern or love between the two sister but the lengths Nina went to. This book goes to some dark places, as witnessed towards the end of the story in the final show-down!
I thought The Stars Never Rise was a fantastic, gripping and addictive story. Sort of like a demon, this book swept into my life and consumed me until I was finished and I loved every second of it. I love Nina's determination and her bond with Mellie. I loved all the members of Anathema from snarky Devi with an attitude to loyal Maddock. I can't wait to read more in this series. ...more
What a great book! Finished it with tears in my eyes and I was completely invested in Maddy and Olly as characters and as a couple.
It was on a whim thWhat a great book! Finished it with tears in my eyes and I was completely invested in Maddy and Olly as characters and as a couple.
It was on a whim that I requested Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon from Netgalley. I hadn't heard anything about the book before I saw it listed there and I believe Nicola Yoon is a debut author. But for whatever reason, I did request it and it wasn't long before I decided to read it. And boy am I glad that I did.
Right from the start this book grabbed my interest and didn't let go right up until that very emotional ending. I loved the two main characters and getting to know them both. Just everything from the characters to their relationships to each other to this whole situation had me feeling all the feels. All of them. And it's been awhile since I felt so incredibly absorbed into a story like I did with Everything, Everything. It was a really amazing experience reading this book.
Everything, Everything is the story of teenage girl Madeline who has a very rare and unusual condition in which she is allergic to practically everything. In order to survive, she hasn't left her house in 17 years and is cared for by her mother (who is a doctor) and a nurse, Carla, who comes in daily. To be honest, Madeline has no real issues or complaints about her life, she studies online and she feels happy to spend time with her mom watching films and playing made up board games. And she gets on great with Carla (and their friendship is so adorable!).
That is until Olly and his family move in next door. And Olly and Madeline unexpectedly start up this friendship online that progresses into more. And with the arrival of Olly, Maddy starts having all these other thoughts about wanting more of her life than what she has. She starts to question what it means to live and what's important to her and she starts to realise everything that she's been missing and what things mean so much to her that she'd risk her health for.
One of the things that I absolutely loved about this book is the diversity in it. Obviously Maddy has this unusual condition but she's also mixed race and everyone (the two people in her life) are people of colour and that is what's normal for her. So much so that the fact that Olly is white is pointed out for being odd person out. I loved that. And more mixed race main characters, please.
Another thing I really loved about Everything, Everything are all of the relationships. Carla and Maddy's friendship was really sweet. It's quite clear that Carla is more than just a nurse to Maddy. There's friendship there but she's also sort of a mother figure as well, someone who is really trying to look out for Maddy and someone who does stuff like bring Olly into the house so that Maddy can experience new things. I loved Carla.
I also really enjoyed this complicated relationship between Maddy and her mother. You can see a lot of the cracks appearing in this mother-daughter relationship as this story progresses and as Maddy pulls away from her mother. She's growing up and becoming her own person which makes less room in her life for her mother's opinions and protection. It all really made sense.
But at the heart of this story is this incredibly sweet new friendship that turns into more between Maddy and Olly. I actually really love that theirs is a relationship that starts mostly with them talking online, sending messages and emails back and forth. They are impossibly cute together. And then when they start meeting in person? My heart almost burst at that exciting/nervous stage of new relationships. ARGH, the feels.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is definitely a book to keep an eye out for. It's emotional and romantic and diverse. It has a wonderful cast of characters and relationships that are fascinating and complicated. I'm definitely excited by this book! ...more
It was an interesting read and a very different story than I'd normally read.
She Wore Red Trainers by Na'ima B. Robert is not like any other book I'veIt was an interesting read and a very different story than I'd normally read.
She Wore Red Trainers by Na'ima B. Robert is not like any other book I've read before and I really like it for that very reason. It's always a good thing, I think, reading books very different to our own personal beliefs. It's good to read a story with a very different perspective and to see things differently. And that's what my enjoyment of She Wore Red Trainers was about for the most part.
She Wore Red Trainers has the subtitle 'A Muslim Love Story' and it is a dual-perspective novel telling the story of two teenagers, Amirah and Ali, and how they came to meet each other and fall in love and how their relationship conforms to the ideals and customs of the Muslim religion.
It was a very different experience witnessing Ali and Amirah's feelings for the other develop over the course of this novel. A lot of that connection was subtle: there wasn't very much direct interaction with each other and I felt like the two characters found out about each other more from other people, through friends and family etc, than they did through actual conversations and spending time with each other. And while as a reader seeing the events unfold from both perspectives and seeing how both Ali and Amirah feels about the other, I think it's more apparent that these two characters potentially have a lot in common and that there might be the possibility of more, I still wanted to see them talk a bit more and to see some of their shared ideas and hopes and dreams verbalised.
I really enjoyed getting to know both Ali and Amirah throughout this book. I felt like the romantic elements of this story are kind of on a back burner and at the forefront of this novel is the character development of both of our main characters as they struggle in their friendships and families and their futures. And I really enjoyed seeing how their religion shapes a lot of their thoughts and decisions and how it both helps and guides them through.
We have Ali, who has moved to London with his dad and two brothers after the death of Ali's mother and the decline in his father's business. Everyone is handling their grief in different ways and I really liked seeing Ali's brother, Umar, struggle with Ali and their dad's return to Islam and we can see that, for Umar at least, it isn't quite that easy and that there's still plenty of anger and helplessness in the face of loss.
And then there is Amirah, who is pretty resistant to the idea of boys and marriage especially in light of her mother's disastrous love life as her mother is, at the beginning of the novel, grappling with her fourth divorce. And at the same time Amirah is also questioning what she wants to do with her life and what she sees for her future. She loves art but other more practical subjects are more encouraged and pushed.
It was great to see people using their religious beliefs to do good things, like setting up a youth group and raising money for charity. It was great to explore the Muslim faith more. I found it really interesting to see the pressures that both Ali and Amirah were under - from themselves, their families, their friends, their community and within their religion. It was a very interesting experience. ...more
So many people raved about Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell when it first came out that I did two things immediately. The first is that I bouCute. Very cute!
So many people raved about Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell when it first came out that I did two things immediately. The first is that I bought the book and the second is that I avoided reading the book until I felt like the hype had died down a little. There's nothing worse, I feel, than reading a book when the pressure is high to LOVE a book.
And now that I have read it, I think I'll always been wondering if my feelings towards the book have been affected in some way by all of the hype surrounding it? I don't know. What I do know is that I enjoyed Fangirl. I did, quite a bit. I didn't love it. I still prefer Eleanor and Park. But I liked a lot of the concepts to this story. I enjoyed the fact that the main character writes fan fiction and we see her experiences of adjusting to university life and having a roommate and her uni courses more clearly than most 'new adult' books. I liked seeing her explore new relationships and friendships. I didn't particularly feel emotionally invested in her relationships with her sister or with Levi but the other aspects of Cath's story kept me interested. Especially her writing journey.
And while I didn't fall for Levi in the same way I fell for Park, I loved that the main romantic scene in the book is the two characters falling for each other whilst reading aloud from The Outsiders by SE Hinton! I'm really glad that I finally read this book, even if it didn't wow me in the same way it has for other readers....more
Finished this with tears in my eyes. Loved Zeba's relationship with Nannyma!
Secrets of the Henna Girl by Sufiya Ahmed is a very different book to whaFinished this with tears in my eyes. Loved Zeba's relationship with Nannyma!
Secrets of the Henna Girl by Sufiya Ahmed is a very different book to what I'd normally read. It is very much an 'issues book' as the main thrust of the story involves forced marriage. While I found some parts of the book felt like a learning exercise and therefore didn't feel like natural to the story, other parts were very emotional. This book tells the story of 16 year old Zeba and how her and family went on holiday back to Pakistan and while there, her parents force her into remaining there for the purpose of marrying a wealthy cousin.
It's a pretty heart-breaking turn of events. Whilst in Pakistan, Zeba does have allies though. She stays with her grandmother, Nannyma, and becomes friends with another British girl, Sehar, who has also been forced into marriage amongst the family. I think one of the most interesting aspects aside from the forced marriage, is how much Zeba learns about gender roles and about power throughout her struggles in Pakistan. Overall, an interesting and thought-provoking read, one that I'm very happy to have read! ...more
Really very interesting. Quite tense and very dark!
Looking For JJ by Anne Cassidy was first published in 2004. But for a book more than 10 years old,Really very interesting. Quite tense and very dark!
Looking For JJ by Anne Cassidy was first published in 2004. But for a book more than 10 years old, I felt like Looking For JJ felt very much important and relevant to the events today. It was thought-provoking and gripping and I felt like it had some very interesting things to say about the media and about guilt.
This book is told in several parts about one girl. A girl who at the age of 10 went out into the woods with two of her friends. And on that day, only two of the three girls came back. Since that day, our main character has spent six years in prison because of her involvement in the death of her friend and now, she has been released, has changed her name to Alice Tully and is living in secret with her social worker trying to lead a normal life. Only she has been written about constantly in the papers and feels constantly uncertain about her freedom and privacy based on how much interest the public and media has taken in her.
I think the portrayal of the media representation is one of the most interesting aspects of this book. The main character of Looking For JJ was once known as Jennifer Jones and has been written about in the papers for years. Everyone thinks they know everything about JJ, the child murderer, and everyone has an opinion on whether or not she should be free and about what she should be doing and it feels as though through the media portrayal of this crime, the public feel they have this right to know every detail about JJ and what has become of her while at the same time assuming they know the true story when they really don't. I think that aspect of the story is the most interesting.
The other part of this story is getting into the head of Alice Tully and seeing how she reacts to her freedom and everything on the outside. How she struggles with her relationship with her mother after all these years. How she's found a boyfriend and a job and a place to belong but also feels like she doesn't deserve happiness or the right to go on living after having taken the life of her friend. There's also this awful feeling of having a new life and this new identity and the prospect of happy times ahead at university but also knowing that if the media find out about her new name all of that could be taken from her again.
Looking For JJ goes to a very dark place. Which shouldn't have been surprising at all considering it is the story of a child murderer. But I was very surprised to see the darkness and intense turns in JJ's childhood story. JJ, as a child, has a very unstable relationship with her mother. A relationship that involves neglect and throughout the story goes increasingly to places that felt very disturbing and uncomfortable. And at the same time, JJ's friendship mirrored some of these complicated feelings as with JJ and her mother. It was all a mess.
I found Looking For JJ to be a really fascinating and surprising read. It really made me think and feel and I highly recommend that you pick this book up soon if you too have not yet read it. ...more
Deception by CJ Redwine is the second book in the Courier Daughter's trilogy. The first book, Defiance, was a book that I absolLove Logan and Rachel!
Deception by CJ Redwine is the second book in the Courier Daughter's trilogy. The first book, Defiance, was a book that I absolutely LOVED when I read it maybe two years ago? And I was always going to be excited to carry on the trilogy. ...It's just taken me a little longer than I expected to do so.
Despite the length of time between reading the first book in the trilogy and the sequel, I didn't find that I'd forgotten that much when I started reading Deception. I felt like CJ Redwine did a great job of creating a memorable world, memorable characters and definitely a memorable scenario that we find ourselves reading about. And right from the first page of Deception, I found it very easy to fall back into this world. And it felt exciting and emotional right from the start.
This book will contain spoilers for the first book in the trilogy, Defiance, but will not contain any spoilers for Deception. If you haven't yet read Defiance but are interested in reading this trilogy at some point, I suggest that you stop reading now.
Deception takes place right after the ending of Defiance. Rachel and Logan are in the battered remains of Baalboden and it's up to Logan to organise everyone and shift all of the survivors of Baalboden out into the Wasteland and kept safely away from the Commander's army that is chasing them down. He has a plan to ally himself with one of the other city-states but must face new challenges, the pressures of leadership as well as a mole within his straggling band of survivors.
At the same time, Rachel is really dealing with the grief over her father and Oliver and also her conflicted feelings over killing a man. These losses weigh heavily on her and at the same time she feels so much rage against the Commander and wants him to pay for what he's done and what he's taken from her and everyone around her.
Most of this book is like a road trip story as Rachel and Logan and the others are trying to get from one place to another but with Cursed Ones ready to pop up and destroy everything in sight, an army chasing them from one side, a tracker picking people off from another, dissension in the ranks as well as some hot tempers.
What I really loved about this second book in the trilogy is that we see more development of all the main characters, the action is moved along without that much unnecessary drama and we get a bunch more information about the world, the Commander, our main characters and the Cursed Ones. I especially love the elements of technology and of fighting and the ways in which the community of Baalboden change their opinions of both gender and outsiders.
Willow and Quinn, the two Tree People that we meet in the first book play a huge part in Deception. Quinn faces a lot of criticism and name-calling from some of the Baalbodens and I loved the way in which she went out about winning them over. And I loved the way in which Quinn's relationship with Rachel unfolded and hearing more about his upbringing and why he has the no weapon policy. I found it all very interesting and I wanted more. This entire book is filled with fascinating people and relationships and I read this whole book wanting more of everything!
At the heart of this book, though, is Rachel and Logan. And I thought they were both adorable in this book. Obviously dealing with a lot, but they end up dealing with things together. I love how they both let each other stand on their own and they fight all of the co-dependency issues that most couples in YA succumb to.
I absolutely loved this book and this trilogy so far! If you haven't yet discovered this trilogy I really highly recommend them....more
Ooh. What a fab sequel, the story really came along as well as having intriguing characters and relationships. Arin and Kestrel are fantastic and thisOoh. What a fab sequel, the story really came along as well as having intriguing characters and relationships. Arin and Kestrel are fantastic and this whole book was so emotional.
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski is the sequel to The Winner's Curse which I read last year and loved! There's something incredibly emotional and heart-breaking in the relationship between Arin and Kestrel and I am absolutely desperate to know more and I live in hope that these two star-crossed lovers can find a way to bridge their differences.
The Winner's Crime is the second book in the Winner's trilogy and this review will spoil some of the events of the first book in the trilogy, The Winner's Curse, though will not spoil anything in The Winner's Crime. If you have an interest in reading this trilogy but have not yet started it, I would suggest you stop reading now.
The Winner's Crime follows on pretty quickly after the events of The Winner's Curse. Kestrel has struck a bargain and traded her life for one of balls and celebrations as she is now engaged to the Crown Prince of Valoria and feels very isolated and restricted in things she can say and do. She combats giving away military advice that destroys the East with spying for Herran and Kestrel really walks a dangerous line in this book.
There's also Arin, who is now the governor of Herran and he's under so much pressure to keep his country's freedom and has no idea of the sacrifices Kestrel has made in his honour. Instead he feel bitter and angry about the games he feel that Kestrel is playing.
What I love so much about this trilogy so far is that it has been very surprising in how vicious it is. There are so many twists and turns in the story line. Nobody is safe, anybody could die and most do. I love that Kestrel and Arin are both characters who are good people who do bad things for supposedly the right reasons. I love that that line is crossed on so many different instances. I also love that there are so many complicated relationships. Parents and siblings, friendships, and, of course, this undeniably scorching hot relationship between Kestrel and Arin. Theirs is a relationship that has so many obstacles for them to overcome.
I love Kestrel and Arin incredibly but I also loved the new characters that are introduced in this book and how the story has expanded to included the East and new allies and weaponry and world-building. This book is a real page-turner. It's exciting and addictive and I thought it had a real subtle build-up of angst and heart-break. I finished this book absolutely desperate for the next installment of this story! ...more
I found The Blood List by Sarah Naughton to be hugely interesting. I don't read a lot of historical sOoh. I loved this. So close to crying at the end.
I found The Blood List by Sarah Naughton to be hugely interesting. I don't read a lot of historical stories and certainly none like The Blood List in which it felt like there was this dark combination of historical elements with the paranormal. I really wasn't sure where this story would go but I found it absolutely fascinating to be taken on this weird journey.
The main character of The Blood List is Barnaby Nightingale, a somewhat spoiled and privileged teenage boy in 1646. He spends a lot of his days napping and and generally having no responsibilities or obligations. But things begin to change after Barnaby meets Naomi and his perspective and attitude towards life and everything changes.
1646 is a time where superstition is rife and throughout this story, Barnaby and this community are just on the edge of a dark time in which darkness takes hold. It was really interesting to read of the practices and ideas surrounding fussy babies and 'proving' how a baby's behaviour means that he might actually be a changeling amongst other superstitions. What I loved about The Blood List is that Sarah Naughton provides both sides to the story - the superstions as well as science and logic.
I also really loved the family dynamic in the Nightingale family. Because of events surrounding Barnaby's birth, Barnaby's parents have very different attitudes towards their eldest son and it causes a major rift between Barnaby and his younger brother that really propel the events of the story. I thought everything between brothers and parent and son were done really well.
One of my favourite aspects of this book though is witnessing Barnaby's development from spoiled and slightly bratty at the beginning into somebody very different, somebody who Naomi would be proud of. Another aspect of the novel that really appealed to me was Naomi constantly putting Barnaby in his place which is both amusing and also highlights some gender and economic differences of the time.
All in all, The Blood List was a hugely fascinating story. It had great historical detail, great characters and particularly great relationships. It made me think of things in different ways. I was horrified by so many different practices that happened at the time and there were bits of the ending that had me very close to tears! I was so surprised by this book and I will definitely be on the lookout for Sarah Naughton's previous book. I really recommend this book! ...more
Really loved this one! Funny, with great characters. Wonderful message about friendship and being okay with who you are. Loved Dog.
I recently read andReally loved this one! Funny, with great characters. Wonderful message about friendship and being okay with who you are. Loved Dog.
I recently read and really enjoyed The It Girl by Katy Birchall. I was lucky enough to hear a little bit about this book from the author at a recent book event and it was really interesting to listen to Katy talk about her own personal experiences that went into writing this story and how she went about it. She also read aloud an excerpt and it was absolutely hilarious. So I was always going to be excited to read it.
And The It Girl didn't disappoint when I read the full story. It was funny and sweet and had a really great message about friendship and being okay with you are and how there are more important things that popularity or fame.
The It Girl tells this story together with emails and voice mails about a 14 year old girl called Anna and her life in London with her father and her dog, called Dog. It sort of starts out as Anna has started a list of her aims in life. And these goals include training Dog to high five but also to figure out stuff so that she isn't such a social outcast in the things that she does. This is sort of eclipsed half way through the novel when she finds out that her father is currently dating a rather famous actress and the media dub Anna an 'it girl' and Anna really struggles with this new fame and attention that she is receiving.
I love stories like The It Girl. It's been done before, with The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot and Geek Girl by Holly Smale. This fairy tale story of a normal girl thrust into the spotlight is an interesting and always fun story line annd Katy Birchall's story is just as entertaining. Anna's story is filled with hilarious and embarrassing moments. It starts off with Anna coming home from school after accidentally burning the most popular girl at school's hair and some rather frantic interactions between her and her best friend.
And some of the real strong points in the novel were Anna's friendships and her relationships with the people in her life. Particularly that of her relationship with best friends, Jess and Danny. But also her relationships with boy her mother and father. And also this burgeoning relationship with her future step-sister and actual It Girl, Marianne. I thought this relationship between Anna's mum and dad was wonderful and very unusual.
I really loved Anna as a character. She's awkward and nerdy and she's still figuring stuff out. She has an idea at the start of the book of what she wants out of life and friendships and relationships and because of this she makes some mistakes and bad choices along the way. I liked that about her and I liked how she developed over the course of this book.
The It Girl was all kinds of funny. I recommend that you pick it up for that reason alone but hopefully you'll also take away from this book some amazing characters and friendships and a rather lovely message. Really looking forward to book 2 now! ...more
Interesting collection of stories! Loved the different religions and different perspectives. Definitely would have preferred all contemporary storiesInteresting collection of stories! Loved the different religions and different perspectives. Definitely would have preferred all contemporary stories as some of the fantasy elements threw me out of my reading groove.
I had really good intentions of reading My True Love Gave To Me, an anthology of winter themed short stories edited by Stephanie Perkins in the lead-up to Christmas .... however, life got in the way and that didn't quite happen. It's okay though because this collection of lovely, romantic stories brightened up my days during the dark and miserable January days instead. And I'm happy to report that this collection of stories can be read and enjoyed at any time of the year.
I won't say the collection of stories is a perfect fit though. I think that would be nearly impossible with such a range of authors. I had high expectation for some of my favourite authors included, such as Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, Gayle Forman and David Levithan. And I had almost no expectations of the authors I'd never come across before like Matt de la Pena, Myra McIntyre and Kelly Link.
There were definite favourites for me and there were one or two stories that I just didn't quite get along with but overall I really enjoyed my experience of reading these stories. In particular, I really loved that this collection focuses on many different holidays and religions and celebrations over the winter period. From Christmas and New Year and Hannukah and the Winter Solstice and other pagan-based celebrations.
I also liked that some of the stories focused more on family with just a dash of romance and I loved discovering new to me authors and that there's more diversity than I'd probably expected and it's always nice to see diversity. I think my only complaint about the book is that some of the stories veer into the paranormal and that felt a little odd to me next to so many other contemporary stories.
My favourite stories from My True Love Gave To Me included Rainbow Rowell's Midnights about the build-up of a relationship between two friends and how they keep missing out on a New Year's Eve Kiss. I also loved Matt de la Pena's Angels in the Snow, about two neighbours who fall in love in the lead-up to Christmas. But I think my favourite story was Kiersten White's Welcome to Christmas, CA. This story was so cute about a little diner and all of the people who come in. It's the story of a girl who falls in love with the new chef but what I loved about it the most is the girl's relationship with both her mother and step-father.
This book is just so utterly sweet. It really made me happy with the amount of cuteness. It is such good fun and I really do recommend it! ...more
Oh my god, this book. I felt everything reading All the Rage. Heart-broken, hopeful, sad but most of all rage. Rage at this situation, at this communiOh my god, this book. I felt everything reading All the Rage. Heart-broken, hopeful, sad but most of all rage. Rage at this situation, at this community. Rage that this story is so very believable. But I have to believe that things can change and be different.
All the Rage by Courtney Summers was such a powerful, emotional novel. I knew that it would be based on the author and based on the subject matter. Everything that I've read by Courtney Summers previous to this has felt very brutally honest and I think Courtney Summers has an amazing talent of writing emotion into every word of her stories and All the Rage is no exception.
I went through such a gamut of emotions reading All the Rage ... sadness, anger, heaviness, hope, but most of all I felt rage. Rage at the situations in this book and rage that there are still communities in which the events of All the Rage would be all too familiar. All the Rage is an amazing story, one that shines a light on rape culture and its consequences and I feel like this is a very important novel.
All the Rage tells the story not only of our main character, Romy Grey, but also the story of a community and the importance of gender, privilege and reputation are and the way in which these differences mean that young women like Romy who don't have family connections or a respectable reputation are subject to abuse and shame and struggle amongst a community that will not protect or support them.
This book plunges the reader into a very dark place right at the start of the novel and at times throughout the book this book gets darker and bleaker. Because Romy is a girl who speaks a difficult truth about the sheriff's son and it is overlooked by people in a position to help her. Her truth is overlooked and that causes so many other consequences in this community especially when another girl goes missing after a party.
This book can be so difficult to read at times as the reader witnesses all of the injustices big and small that Romy faces from other students, from adults, from the sheriff. This whole book made my stomach clench at the horrible things Romy faces and absolute fury that things like this can and do happen but I also felt hope, especially in relation to Romy's friendship with someone she works with at the diner at the edge of town.
All the Rage by Courtney Summers is an honest, unflinching, emotional story and it reinforces Courtney Summers' place on my list of all-time favourite authors. ...more