The Fandom – Anna Day | Review — October 19, 2018

The Fandom – Anna Day | Review

Capture3Goodreads Synopsis

Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con. They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands…

My Thoughts

The book had a really interesting plot to it – I’m sure many people have imagined what it would be like if they were in the world of their favourite book, which is exactly what happens in this book. The book had a slow pace at times, but at other times it was a really fast pace, especially the last 200 or so pages. This meant at the start I did put the book down for a few days as I just wasn’t feeling picking it up again and carrying on reading. But I’m glad I did! I quite liked the authors writing style, apart from the pace changing. The book flowed well, and events were well structured and made sense, there wasn’t any jumping around from different times and events, and all events linked to each other. Although it was a really interesting plot, I just didn’t find the ending satisfying – I don’t think the ending is what the book needed. The last few hundred pages were really tense and exciting and the ending just didn’t fit in with that. I’m not sure what I wanted to happen, but it just wasn’t how I thought it would end.

I loved the world building in the book, you could really imagine where they were and how everything looked, which really helped when reading the book, as it was a dystopian setting. Whilst reading I could imagine exactly how everything looked and could imagine the smells that the characters were experiencing. It was such an interesting world, set in London, but in the future where life is very different to now, which makes it some what relatable as it is a city we know, but in a very different time.

There was a real mix of characters in the book, there were the good guys and bad guys as any book has, but there were also the good guys who turned bad, who then turned good again and vice versa. It made for some really good twists in the book, and meant you just couldn’t predict what was going to happen. The character building was really effective, you really felt for the characters, especially Nate and Violet. My heart sunk in places and leapt for joy in others. The book was written in a way that made you feel how the characters were feeling during the story. There was a real mix of relationships too, siblings, friendships and relationships, which meant most readers will have at least one relationship type to connect with, which I think may make the book more relatable for readers.

There was a lot of hype around this book, which made me have really high expectations for this book. I thought I was going to love it, and it was going to blow me away, and maybe that’s part of the reason the ending wasn’t satisfying. I must admit, I was slightly disappointed with the book at times, and maybe the hype helped with that. Although I have some negative feelings towards the book, I also have lots of positive feelings. I would love to see it as a film, I think it would be really interesting to see how it played out in movie form as well. I would also love to read or watch the book/film that the book was based on – The Gallows Dance – I think it would offer some real insight into the world.

I would recommend this book, as I know so many people have loved it and I did enjoy a lot of the book, even if it was a little slow at times. What are your thoughts on the fandom?

The secret lives of royals – Shalini Dua |Book Review — August 16, 2018

The secret lives of royals – Shalini Dua |Book Review

*Goodreads synopsis – Olivia can’t take it anymore. She’s had enough of the big city and it’s lack of fulfilling her dreams. Then, just when she’s about to give up and move home, out of the blue, she is offered her dream job. Olivia is suspicious but that could just be the New York in her. She decides not to pull at threads. Despite her best efforts to remain blissfully oblivious, the secret to her life upgrade is soon uncovered when she finds herself to be part of a secret society. Olivia learns that there is a thin curtain separating our world from theirs. Just beneath the surface, an entirely different one exists. One that is controlled by those of Royal lineage. The chosen ones, the Royals, hold the fate of the world in their hands. Will Olivia be able to bear the weight of the crown? Confessions of a shopaholic meets the Adjustment Bureau, this contemporary fairytale is both relatable,e and aspirational. Taking a look at the current balance of media and power with a healthy dose of humour, fashion, food and wanderlust.

My thoughts – At times the plot was a little slow, and had me wondering where it would go. Overall it was a fairly enjoyable book, it wasn’t one of my favourites though. Something about the book just didn’t excite me like others do.

I didn’t really connect with the characters too much. I don’t think there was enough character development throughout the book, and I just didn’t emphasise with them like I think it was intended.

I feel like it’s intended for a young audience, as it’s quite a simple book, so early teens and slightly younger would probably enjoy this book more than I did. But it got me back into reading, so it wasn’t all bad. The plot was a good plot, I just don’t think it was executed quite as well as it could have been.

Have you read this book yet? What are your thoughts on it?

The loneliest girl in the universe – Lauren James | Book Review — June 12, 2018

The loneliest girl in the universe – Lauren James | Book Review

Goodreads Synopsis – Can you ever fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away? Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J. Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them , their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love. But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started to arriving from Earth really mean? Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone….

My thoughts – The fact that this book got me out of my never ending reading slump tells you everything! This book has been sat on my shelves for months, I’d heard so many good things about this book and I so desperately wanted it to live up to expectations that I just didn’t pick it up.

I really liked Romy, who is the main character in the book. She’s really strong and independent, and has had a troubled life. She is the only person to have been born in space and has never experienced anything other than the ship. You find yourself rooting for her throughout the book, wanting her to succeed and survive the mission.

I really liked the plot, I liked the massive plot twist in the story, it was something you just didn’t expect to happen. The book has a really good pace to it, taking you through everything at different paces, through months, weeks, days and hours according to the event taking place. The pace matches the events really well, and gives you an indication of time by the start of the chapter starting with a days since or days until to help you recognise where in the timeline events are occurring.

I think overall it’s a really good stand alone book that captured my imagination from the start and made me want to read on to find out what happens next. I was hooked from the first line, rooting for Romy. I’d quite like another book following this one to find out what life on Earth II is like and if Romy made it to Earth II.

Moxie – Jennifer Mathieu — May 3, 2018

Moxie – Jennifer Mathieu

Goodreads synopsis – Moxie girls fight back! Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, viv carter is fed in with always following the rules. Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mothers past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realises that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

My thoughts – whilst I enjoyed this book, I don’t think it lived up to the hype it’s had, in my opinion. It took me a while to get into it, and at one point I nearly stopped reading it, but it picked up a little and I got into it. I don’t know why but the ending didn’t satisfy me, I’m not sure what was wrong with it.

I quite liked the writing style of the book, it flowed well and you were given more information than most of the other characters, which was a good technique to use for some conversations during the book.

I think it’s the perfect book at the moment, as feminism is a big thing currently, and this book focuses on feminism and women having power and not being ruled by men. I also liked how it wasn’t completely focused on females for feminism and had some male characters who also stood up for feminism.

What are your opinions on Moxie?

One of us is lying – Karen McManus — March 27, 2018

One of us is lying – Karen McManus

Synopsis – Five students. One teacher. One murder. During detention Simon suddenly dies and police suspect it’s a murder. A full blown murder investigation is launched and four students are stuck in the middle. Who did it? Who’s lying?

My thoughts – I really enjoyed this book. It’s the book that finally got me out of my reading slump!! I loved how complicated it was, and even as a reader you had no idea who had killed Simon, until the characters did. You picked up on clues in a similar way to the characters, and made assumptions, but you could never be sure until the end when it was finally revealed.

I really liked the characters and how they were all portrayed. It was a subtle reminder that everyone has something going on in their lives, and not everyone is perfect. Whilst some make bigger mistakes than others, we all make them! Each character had their own struggles and battles and many of them will be very relatable for readers and will help the, realise that they are not alone in their struggles, which sometimes, is a nice reassurance.

I would highly recommend this book. The plot is well written, and whilst at the beginning it’s a little hard to get used t all the characters and their individual storylines, after a little bit you get used to it and feel like you know the characters really well by the end of the book.

Rules of Rain – Leah Scheier — November 30, 2017

Rules of Rain – Leah Scheier

*synopsis – Rain leads a life centred around her autistic brother, Ethan. When her crush, Liam, notices Rain, her life begins to change. Her brother begins to take steps to a more independent life and Rain is left feeling jealous of her best friends involvement in his life. And Liam changes Rain’s life forever, will their relationship last? And how will Ethan’s changes affect him?

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My thoughts – I really enjoyed reading this book, I loved that the main theme throughout the book was Rain’s relationship with her brother, as this is rare in a YA book. I really liked how they both relied on each other and they had their own set routine. I have some knowledge of autism, and I found it to be quite realistic, with the set routines and the sensory overload. I liked that it opened my eyes to how it might feel to have autism, and it’s something that not many people will understand.

I think it would be nice to have a sequel to this book, to see how the relationships progress and where they all go in their lives. Or maybe to tell parts of the story in a different perspective. Maybe a sequel in 5 or 10 years time to see how they achieved emir dreams and how their lives are progressing.

*spoilers*

The book dealt with a really difficult topic of an ectopic pregnancy. I think it did this quite well, but my knowledge is limited. I think that Leah could have wrote a bit more about the emotions involved and it might have been nice to have seen how Liam felt about the pregnancy.

The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr — November 21, 2017

The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr

Synopsis – When Floras life changes forever and she is diagnosed with amnesia. She can remember her life before – all 10 years of it, but can’t remember anything since her diagnosis. This is until she meets Drake. The hope of a romance takes Flora on an adventure to the North Pole. But will she make it there? Will she make it home safely? Will true love prevail?

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My thoughts – I really enjoyed this book, it’s not my usual book, but I had heard so much about this book and I just had to read it/listen to it. I struggled to get into it – but I think this is possibly because I was listening to it rather than reading it. The characters in this book all fit the story perfectly, and you become easily invested in the storyline. You find yourself really rooting for Flora and her dream of reuniting with Drake. I found that I became quite invested in the plot, and wanted Flora to find Drake and for it to be successful and for her and Paige.

*spoilers*

I wasn’t expecting the twist of the car accident rather than Flora having the tumour we had been told throughout. I was a.so glad that Paige forgave Flora, and their friendship developed, and she helped Flora to come off her meds, and to speak to Dr Epstein.

They both die at the end – Adam Silvera — November 2, 2017

They both die at the end – Adam Silvera

Synopsis – Rufus and Mateo have both received the call. The call from death cast. They are both going to die within the next 24 hours. They both download the last friend app and discover each other. How will they choose to spend their last day together?

My thoughts – I loved this book, I loved the way it was written, and how it goes between different characters points of view throughout the day. It meant that you could really get to know both characters well, as well as their friends (and enemies). The main story line is pretty simple – but there’s a lot that happens in the 24 hours that you follow the characters.

I loved both characters and how their relationship develops from strangers to something else throughout the day. Its really lovely to see how their relationship changes and to see the points that they recognise that they are no longer strangers. You also got to see how much they liked each other at key points in the book, seeing how much they cared for each other, and didn’t want the other to die.

It is definitely a tear-jerking book, especially towards the end as the inevitable happens, but after becoming somewhat invested in them and the story line, you definitely don’t want it to happen – but at least your warned about it!!

Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Banard — September 15, 2017

Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Banard

synopsis – Caddy and Rosie have been best friends for years. Caddy wishes she was more reckless and had more stories to tell, when Rosie introduces her to Suzanne, reckless and mysterious what lengths will she go to to have a significant event happen in her life?

My thoughts – I really enjoyed this book, it was nice to read a book about friendships rather than relationships for a change. There are some difficult topics covered in the book (self-harm, suicide, drugs, abuse) which may make it difficult to read for some, but for others, it is an insight into these difficult subjects that feature so heavily in some people’s lives. I think it was written really well, and these difficult topics were handled well. This book will be very relatable for some and for others, it is something very difficult to imagine. It gives subtle hints of how to help and support someone who is going through similar situations to Suzanne, which could help so many people provide vital support to friends and family which could be life-saving.

I really liked the characters and the relationships formed throughout the books. Caddy and Rosie had very different ways of dealing with situations that arise throughout the book, and it was good to see the different sides to each situation. The characters were so well written, by the end of the book I was able to predict how they may react from their previous behaviours in the book (not something everyone will like) but it was also nice to be wrong at times with these predictions, as no-one is ever really truly predictable!

Minor Spoilers —I feel like it would have been nice for it to have an epilogue to see how it all turned out in the end for Suzanne and if the friendships continued.

The thing with feathers – McCall Hoyle — September 5, 2017

The thing with feathers – McCall Hoyle

* Synopsis – Emilie Day enrols in high school after playing it safe and being homeschooled. She’s struggled with seizures for many years now, but that’s been kept between her and those closest to her, but all that will change as she goes to school. Will she tell her friends and peers, or will she bottle it all up?

My thoughts – I really enjoyed reading this book about hope and perseverance. It reiterated that everyone has their own struggles that they may be hiding from the world, but sometimes they are best shared so others can support us and ensure our safety.
I really liked the characters in the book and I feel like they will be relatable for so many people. Emilie has epilepsy and has lost her dad which are both very difficult things to deal with. This is the first YA book that I’ve come across where the main character has epilepsy, it made me think about how she may be feeling and dealing with her epilepsy. I liked that Chatham and Ayla were supportive and reassuring about her epilepsy and I feel that they dealt with it all very well.
The book was really well written and dealt with difficult topics in a graceful and sensitive way, whilst shedding a light on how it may feel to be dealing with the difficult situations.
I really recommend this swoon worthy YA romance to everyone who loves YA. It was a beautifully written book dealing with difficult topics in a great way!