There is not much to say. We Need to talk about Kevin is depressing, horrifying, the characters are unlikeable, the story line is sickening...but it iThere is not much to say. We Need to talk about Kevin is depressing, horrifying, the characters are unlikeable, the story line is sickening...but it is an utter masterpiece.
This book will stay with me for a long time, I will want to forget it, to move on. I will not be able to. I applaud Shriver for having the courage to write a book like this. A small part of me has been effected forever because of this book. I don't think I will ever read it again but it will stay on my bookshelf until the day I die.
It takes a lot to make me cry and I mean a lot. Some people might say I am cold hearted, this is not true, I fee For this review and more visit my blog
It takes a lot to make me cry and I mean a lot. Some people might say I am cold hearted, this is not true, I feel a great deal about a great many things but I don’t often cry. I have read books that people have sobbed over but not even suffered a lip wobble. For an author to make me cry they have to do a great number of things right, it’s not just about the storyline but the characters and the writing. It has to be super good because I have to lose myself in it so much that it hurts enough to make me feel that amount of emotion.
Maybe One Day made me cry and not just a little bit, a lot. I sniffled most of the way through it and at the end when I put this book down I sat on my sofa and I had a good old cry. Even now as I am writing this review a week after reading this book I have tears in my eyes.
I found Maybe One Day to be deeply moving, profoundly effecting and in parts extremely beautiful. It is not just the subject matter, there are plenty of books out there that are like this one and have affected me less. It is Melissa Kantor’s writing and the way she chose to tell this story that made this book so emotional.
I have to seriously commend her for the way she approached this novel. It all felt so real and that is probably why I found it so deeply touching. The characters are not black and white and sometimes they do stupid things but you understand why.
What I think was great about this book was that it wasn’t told from the point of view of the character with cancer but her best friend. You got to see up close the emotions she went though, how she was not only dealing with school and hormones but the illness of someone she loved. It was at times a painful read but also a beautiful one.
Another reason this book worked was the friendship between Zoe and Olivia. It was really beautiful and written so well. They loved each other so much and it was amazing to see the strength they managed to build up not for themselves but for each other. Zoe is an amazing character, I felt like she was on the edge of losing it throughout this book but she managed to keep it together. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for Olivia, nothing and that was why I liked her so much. Her best friend having cancer scared her but she didn’t let it show and she was a constant pillar of support not just for Olivia but for her family as well.
Maybe One Day is an amazing coming of age story that was realistic and beautifully written. It made me laugh and cry and it was seriously moving it parts. I highly recommend that you go out and get this book when it becomes available in the New Year. ...more
It is very rare to come across a book that is completely new, especially in YA and the paranormal/fantasy genre but I can honestly say I have never read anything like Another Little Piece before. It was explosively original and completely impossible it put down.
This book had me hooked from the first page until the last. It was complex, difficult and twisty. Half the time I had no idea what was going on and when I finally figured something out another twist appeared to grip me. It was gory, sexy and dark and I absolutely revelled in it. There were themes that some will find disturbing I think I was probably disturbed for most of the book but in the best possible way. Did everything make sense in the end? No, and maybe things could have been explained in a little bit more detail (it was a little rushed at the end) but I liked the mystery this book retains at the finish.
The writing was absolutely beautiful. I loved Quinn’s tone and her world building was superb, I lost myself in this book and didn’t come up for air until I had finished. Every single character, including the parents was full of character and personality. Kate Karyus Quinn clearly has an amazing imaginations and an ability to get all that creativity on paper, without going over the top.
I really liked Annaliese/Anna. She was morbid, morose and dark but I liked it. She was so obviously lost and confused and that endeared her to me. Her relationship with the parents was beautiful, so often I moan about the atrocious parenting in YA but in Another Little Piece they were amazing, especially the mum. I often found myself getting emotional over the strength of the mothers love and affection for a daughter she barely recognised she loved her without question and fiercely tried to protect her.
Annaliese is not the only complex character the nerdy and disturbed Dex also has issues, I was never quite sure what Dex was but I really loved him. He was the perfect love interest for me. His vulnerability was at times heart breaking and although he knew exactly who he was and where he came from he was as lost as Anna.
The romance was great, it was not the main storyline so wasn’t overdone yet it still managed to get my heart racing. They were perfectly suited and I really liked them together.
I could talk about all the other aspects of this book, like the flashbacks, or other characters like the evil Eric and the mysterious Physician but I do not want to give anything away.
If I had to compare this book to something I would say it was Jennifer’s Body meets The Craft with a dash of Dexter but really Another Little Piece is in a world of its own. It is smart and compelling, it is one of the best YA thrillers I have ever read and in my opinion it is an absolute must read.
The publisher provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review...more
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I am sad because I know that whatever I putFor this review and more visit my blog
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I am sad because I know that whatever I put in this review will not do Code Name Verity justice. I just cannot tell you in words how amazing I think this book is. It is hard for me to write about this book, if I say too much I will give stuff away and it will ruin the book for others. (Careless talk costs lives) It is that kind of book. It manages to keep surprising you and shocking you. You think you know what is happening but the truth is that you know nothing at all.
I had my doubts when I received Code Name Verity for review. I thought a World War two, YA book about spies would be boring, unbelievable and a waste of time. But I had heard so much about it that I just had to give it a go.
I started it and thought it was pretty good, better than I thought it would be then somewhere along the way I found myself falling in love with it. Because somehow this book just seemed to do everything right.
It was written beautifully and was more accomplished than a lot of Young Adult books. Every character is fleshed out and real. I think I loved every one of them, to some extent even the villains just because they were so…human. This isn’t a story of good versus evil, this is a story of life during war and it manages to show both sides of the story.
The main characters Maddy and Queenie are just so amazing. I loved their strength and their frailty, I loved their stiff upper lip and their personality, but most of all I loved their friendship. It is just the best and most beautiful friendship ever. I hope that if it ever came to it I would have the courage they showed. At the end of the day these are girls that you wish you could be like. They are funny, brave, smart and they do the right thing no matter what. Yet they never come across as perfect, or arrogant, or as Mary Sues.
The story itself was engaging and nail-biting. It twisted in directions I could have never imagined and it manages to keep you on your toes. The research that must have gone into this is mind-boggling; it was just so informative and rich with facts. It was smarter than it had any right to be.
I should warn you that you may need tissues (I certainly did).
There is not much else I can say about the book without spoiling it. So, I will just say that even if you are unsure, even if you do not read YA give this book a shot. There is no real reason why this book is for Young Adults. In fact it is incredibly adult so please, please, please do not be put off by the YA label.
I honestly just cannot tell you how wonderful this book is, and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Run and buy this book when it comes out, you will not regret it.
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I do not know what I was expecting when I bought this book. It had a pretty cover
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I do not know what I was expecting when I bought this book. It had a pretty cover and was going cheap so I thought I would give it ago. I had heard good things about it, I thought I might like it but I wasn’t expecting to be blown away…but I was. Consider me officially blown.
I could talk about what this book does wrong. There are wrong things in it. It is not a writing masterpiece; it is not going to win any major awards but to be quite blunt I simply do not care.
A good book is not only entertaining but it finds a way to get inside you, you feel it in your chest, that urgency to keep reading, the shock and disbelief about something that happens. It plants a seed inside you and refuses to go away. I could not put this book down. I started reading it the night before starting a new job but I still stayed up until 2am to finish it because the thought of not knowing what happens next was unbearable.
Another thing a good book has is the ability to stay with you after you have finished it and stay this book did. I thought about it often in the days after I had finished.
The characters are amazing. The relationship between Pen and Raffe is a slow burner that gets under your skin without being too romantic. The story itself is compelling. And it has you within the first few pages, as soon as that feather falls from the sky you are in and there is no way of getting back out again.
It was brutal and violent and pushed the boundaries of how brutal, gory and violent a YA should be. In my mind it was all justified and was there for the benefit of the story but those with a weaker stomach might find parts of this book disturbing and sickening. This is no walk in the park this is a world full of tragedy and darkness. It holds nothing back and shows you a place that is ripped apart and dyeing.
I could not recommend this book more highly. It is one of the best books I have read this year and is in my top three YA books of all time. I loved it, loved it, loved it and I literally cannot wait for the next book in the series, if it is anything like this then I know I am in for one hell of a ride. ...more
Before I started reviewing I always thought writing about books I hated would be harder than writing about bookFor this review and more visit my blog
Before I started reviewing I always thought writing about books I hated would be harder than writing about books I loved. But to my surprise I found that it was the other way round. Writing about why I disliked something turned out to be relatively easy. I can rant and rage and write down exactly why I didn’t like it. But putting into words how I feel about a book I really loved is difficult because I know that no matter what I write it will never do the book or the feelings that book invoked in me justice.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of those books; it moved me, engaged me and threw me head first into a world full of magic. I do not stand a chance of conveying to you how much I loved and adored this book, but I am going to try.
The storyline was original and interesting, it was set in the modern day but there was a dark gothicness to it that made if fell more like historical fiction then modern fiction, but that worked really well. What helps is Lani Taylors writing, which does have its faults but I found it mostly rich and creative. The atmosphere this book creates is one of its highlights and I loved that it took a darker route instead of the lightness most YA books take. The world building is impeccable and I could envision everything in perfect detail.
Taylor also managed to create characters that were diverse, interesting and individual. I was able to identify with Karou immediately. She was different and likeable. I also loved Akiva, he wears his heart on his sleeve and does the right thing even though he knows it will cause him unbearable heartache. The romance between them was spellbinding; I loved them together even if it was angsty, which normally I hate.
The only fault I have is that the last quarter is not as free flowing and interesting as the rest, with exception to the last chapter/few pages which made me want to throw the book at a wall and sob into my pillow, somehow I resisted, instead I just sat there once I was finished in awe.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone is frankly one of the richest and most exciting YA books I have ever read, it was outstanding and if you have not read it yet, please do, I hope you love it as much as I did. ...more
WOW, just WOW. Oh my goodness this book! I have to be careful what I say here because one wrong word will give away the secrets of one of the best thrWOW, just WOW. Oh my goodness this book! I have to be careful what I say here because one wrong word will give away the secrets of one of the best thrillers I have ever read.
So often lack of originality is an issue where books are concerned. Not this time. Gone Girl is fresh and new. It is also dark and dirty and vulgar and I absolutely loved it.
My feelings were and still are conflicted. I truly hated the characters. They are manipulative, nasty and selfish yet I loved them. The ending was wrong and anger inducing yet I was so pleased with it and would have probably been more livid had it ended any other way.
Gillian Flynn has created a book that is dark, smart and impossible to put down. It is full of twists and turns, riddles and surprises. I really loved it. ...more
This book turned me into a bit of a mess, I have not cried this much since I first saw Atonement, which is sayiFor this review and more visit my blog
This book turned me into a bit of a mess, I have not cried this much since I first saw Atonement, which is saying a lot because that movie made me literally sob for about an hour. For a few days after reading this book (and if I am honest as I am writing this review) just thinking about it made me misty eyed.
It feels almost wrong to say that I loved this book given what it is about, but I did, I loved it. It is a beautiful book that has been stunningly written. It is instantly gripping, utterly heart-breaking and extremely powerful.
It is easy to go overboard with books about this subject and go too far, it is also easy to tread too lightly and not write what really happened for fear of offending and upsetting people. Sepetys gets it just right for her target audience in this, she has treated this subject with the respect it deserves whilst managing to write characters that make me laugh and cry and who you hate and love.
I loved Lina, I loved how she grew, how she found her strength and resolve. She was not always likable, she was not perfect, she sometimes said and did the wrong thing, but in her situation who wouldn’t.
All of the characters were wonderfully developed with individual personalities and ticks, but none really compared to Lina’s mother, who was a triumph. I adored her and have no idea how she handled herself with such dignity, courage and grace during this book. Her compassion and care not just for her children but for all those around her was inspiring and genuinely touching. She is the best YA parent I think I have ever come across.
Even now I have tears in my eyes, why? I think it is because I am angry. I am a 27 year old Englishwoman, who had to sit through hour after hour of history classes as I was growing up, and not once in all those hours was this subject bought up. Hundreds and hundreds of not only Lithuanians but other former soviet citizens died and suffered for years at the hands of Stalin and I never knew, and my mother never new, or my father, my best friend or my boss. Somehow these people’s stories have gone missing from the pages of history, so please, please read this book and make your mother read it, and your father, your best friend and your boss.
Between Shades of Gray is a book I will never forget, it was deeply moving and majestically written. It wasn’t perfect I didn’t like the ending and felt it was rushed, but it doesn’t matter to me. Anything that can have this kind of effect on me deserves 5 stars. ...more
These books drive me mad. They make me laugh, make me cry, make me sad, happy, nervous and angry. I have no idea who is true and who is false. I can oThese books drive me mad. They make me laugh, make me cry, make me sad, happy, nervous and angry. I have no idea who is true and who is false. I can only guess what is going to happen next.
I love these books so, so, so much. They are complex and written well. It has been a long time since I have read books that draw me in so completely. I feel like I know the characters. I hate them and love then and grieve for them.
These books are a work of art and some of the best books I have ever read....more
Sometimes you come across a book that manages to just utterly charm you, that is what The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl did to me. It was far fromSometimes you come across a book that manages to just utterly charm you, that is what The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl did to me. It was far from perfect but I really, really enjoyed it. Firstly I just loved the idea. A geek girl falling through time and landing in a handsome and surly earl’s bedroom is exactly my kind of thing and I thought it was executed really well.
I loved the characters, Jamie was so much fun. I loved her feisty attitude and her determination where her relationship with Mike was concerned. My one complaint about her was that she had a tendency to do silly things which got a little annoying at times but then she sacrificed everything for the sake of a dog which being a dog lover I couldn’t complain about.
Mike or Micah was amazing. He was completely swoon worthy and at times rather devastating. His demeanour was not always exactly friendly but there was just something about him that I just couldn’t help but love. He could be so nice and sweet but there was a tough side to him to, I liked both equally.
The romance between them was full of chemistry, I just loved them together and the love scenes were really, really great.
There were times where this didn’t quite make sense and I thought that it was maybe a tad too long but these things didn’t bother me at all. At the end of the day this is just a very charming, very sweet romance that I would recommend. ...more
I read a lot of books but rarely do I come across something completely new and original. Eyes Like Stars is like nothing I have ever read before, it wI read a lot of books but rarely do I come across something completely new and original. Eyes Like Stars is like nothing I have ever read before, it was so different, so fresh and so bizarre and to be completely honest it blew me away.
I just don’t really know how to describe this book. Its style was odd and very different most of it was written normally but some was written like a play, both styles were interesting and full of Manchev’s unique and bizarre prose. It is a story full of wonder, full of magic and it completely captured my imagination. Reading it was like visiting a different world full of bright characters we all know and love from other works and seeing them in a way we never had before.
The big personalities in this book is what made it work so well, and there was not one person I didn’t like or held no personality of appeal. Bertie is a lovable lead whose innocent naivety and fiery nature was impossible to dislike. The two boys she found herself between were equally likeable. Nate is a handsome and rugged pirate, who could shiver me timbers any day of the week. He was lovable and loyal and I guess represents the good boy. Ariel is the bad boy (although not really) I think my heart lies with him, there was just something about him I loved.
But by far the best character were Cobweb, Moth, Mustard Seed and Peaseblosom, the mischievous fairies. They were sweet, silly and made me laugh until I cried. All the other characters were brilliant like the broody, tortured artist Hamlet who also made me giggle.
Despite how much I loved and adored Eyes Like Stars I cannot give it 5 stars. There are times were Mantchev gets a little carried away and the writing become frantic and hard to follow. I had to re-read several pages in order to understand what was going on and even then I wasn’t 100% sure.
Apart from that I thought this book was perfection. I loved the idea, it was bold and creative. I loved the characters, it made me laugh, It touched me and it transported me to a place full of mystery and magic. I adored this and I highly recommend it. ...more