Title: When Michael Met Mina
Author: Randa Abdel-Fattah
Release Date: June 2016
Retail Price: $18.99
Overall Rating: 7/10
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Reading the first few chapters of Randa Abdel-Fattah’s When Michael Met Mina, brought a wave of familiarity. I soon began to beileve that this book would be a cute contemporary simillar to Tale of Two Cities. However, as I progressed through the novel I realised that this book isn’t a simple young adult romance- no. In fact, it dove deeper than that and together the novel brought a parcel of cuteness, reality and depth. If you ever need a quality contemporary novel this book is definitely for you. Mina, one of the main characters in the story, is a refugee from Afghanistan but Michael’s family has always wanted to stop the refugee boats from coming into Australia. When Mina moves into town, Michael is torn between supporting his family and Mina. This novel tells the story of how these completely two different people fall in love and discover what they really stand for.
Before reading this novel, I was slightly hesitant. I had read Abdel-Fattah’s previous novel, Does My Head Look Big In This and I didn’t really enjoy the book at all. However, I read When Michael Met Mina in two days. It was a fresh and unique novel that dealt with what feels like an untouched topic in books: Refugees. It was really interesting to see both sides of the story and I loved how this was in two perspectives. After reading this, I have developed a more personal understanding of the issue and it was really enjoyable to read how Abdel-Fattah has woven this story and issue together. Furthermore, the overall main message of the story was very apparent and I liked how it was dealt with because the novel didn’t seem overly educational and political but rather it felt heart-warming and overall really enjoyable.
Michael and Mina’s character development was perfect. Due to the little amount of characters and the main focus on the two main characters, you can really see how well executed the development of the two characters were in the novel, especially Michael. Michael grew from a passive follower and a boy who wouldn’t fight for what he stood for to a more mature and strong-willed boy. It was interesting to see how he dealt with going against his father’s point of view about the refugees, as well as how he broke the news that he no longer wanted to be an architect. Mina’s character was admirable and not annoying at all, in fact at times her voice was easy to click with and I enjoyed reading from her point of view.
The little motifs throughout the novel, such as the slam poetry definitely help tie the knots together in the novel. I really enjoyed the analogies throughout the book because they all felt weirdly correct. Overall, the important issues and themes were discussed so so well in this novel, which is one of my reasons for why I enjoyed this book. Might I add, the romance was adorably cute! 🙂 What brought down this novel for me was the fact that it didn’t exactly suit my cup of tea but I definitely enjoyed reading this and I will be recommending it to many people!
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That’s all for my review! I hope you guys enjoyed it and now I am off to read! I have some good posts coming up so stay tuned. P.S: Sorry for not posting last week, I was away and I didn’t have internet connection.
Title: A Court Of Mist and Fury Author: Sarah J. Maas Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy Release Date: May 2016 Retail Price: $17.99 Overall Rating: 8.5/10 Genre: Romance, High-Fantasy
I recently read Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Mist and Fury and here are two words to describe my feelings: incredibly amazing. It was so good and I know that this book beats the first book by far. This sequel was page-turning and spine chilling. It had the perfect mix of high-fantasy and romance. This book weaved the romance and the fantasy so well together that I think this book falls under a whole new category that is an intense mix of fantasy and romance. Throughout the novel, my heart and feels were literally playing a game of tug-o-war.
There is just something so wonderfully unique about Sarah J. Maas’ writing and story plots. Just when you think that Maas can’t add any more fuel to the exciting and mesmerising fire that’s already raging, she adds more fuel and just like a piano it gets louder and louder until the final ending. The ending actually killed me but I don’t think that it’s just the ending that killed me. There are so many twists and turns and I honestly couldn’t stop. Although it did take me a few days to read the novel, I just wanted to take the time to savour and understand everything the world had to offer.
“i am broken and healing but every piece of my heart belongs with you,”
Maas’ writing is so wonderfully unique. She has just the right balance between descriptive and easy to read. Not only that but her style has something distinct about it. It honestly feels like there is fantasy and magic oozing out of every sentence but there is always a hint of darkness. I think that’s what takes this book to a whole new level. It feels like her writing has sucked me into a different world and I can feel like I have transported to a different dimension.
Feyre was an interesting character, as I can see the strong person Maas’ want to depict but at times, she really didn’t click well with me. I loved following her stories but some of her decisions got on my nerves. However, I did admire her bravery throughout the novel. Let’s not forget Rhys. Before I started this novel, I was a hard-core #teamtamlin person but by the fifth chapter, Tamlin got on my nerves. When Rhys came into the picture, I literally imagined Patch as Rhys and I knew from that moment that I would be on Team Rhys! Rhys and Feyre’s relationship was one roller coaster. The romance in this novel was the one that got my heart-wrenching, I swear that without the romance in this novel, the storyline wouldn’t have been good at all. It plays a main part in the story and I honestly can’t wait to see more about it in the next novel.
*SPOILERS* 🙂 The ending was so intense and I can’t believe Feyre is now in the hands of Tamlin! When she said that the bond between her and Rhys was broken I believed her and it honestly blew my mind. When she said it was fake, I actually was so relieved. The drama is too much! I need to know what happens next. Do you guys have any theories? I wonder if Tamlin will be nice again to her and less restricting. I just want the next novel now!
That’s all for my review for A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas! I was trying to make it spoiler free and I think I did a pretty good job! 🙂 Have you read A Court of Mist and Fury yet? What did you think of it? Here is a song that reminded me of the book: It’s Halsey’s Castle but I can only find a cover!
Title: Flawed Author: Cecelia Ahern Release Date: April 2016 Rating: 8/10 Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Drama
When I first saw that Flawed was Cecelia Ahern’s new novel, I admit, I was skeptical because I had only ever heard of Cecelia Ahern’s contemporary such as Love, Rosie. Hearing that she was writing a dystopian seemed very foreign to me but I was pretty excited to dive into it because the cover was gorgeous and the summary dragged me in. Flawed pulled me out of my reading slump and I honestly couldn’t put it down. If I were to recommend a good contemporary, this would be it. It’s perfect for fans of Delirium and Matched.
Cecelia Ahern’s Flawed follows the story of Celestine who has lived her life unflawed. Every day she passes those who are flawed and in her society, doing a bad deed and being branded as flawed is the worse crime. However, often those who are labeled flawed have done trivial things but Celestine doesn’t question things because, at the moment, her life is perfect. She is a straight-a student, she is popular and she has the perfect boyfriend. One day, Celestine decides to help a Flawed man which causes her glamorous life to crash down.
Flawed definitely got me out of my reading slump, which I had at the time! After reading so many dystopian before, I had a looming thought at the back of mind which said that I probably would think that Flawed was just like any other Young-Adult Dystopian but I was proven wrong because Flawed has been one of the best dystopians I’ve read in a while. Okay, but enough with all the praise, I’ll actually get into the specifics.
For once, the main character is actually not annoying. (I know it’s a breakthrough 🙂 ) Seriously, though, if you know anything about me, you would know that I find many main characters get on my nerves easily. What I loved about Celestine, was how relatable she was. Although I have never been in a position like hers, I know that if I was ever in her shoes I would do the exact same thing. She wasn’t reckless, which definitely made the book less frustrating and I really enjoyed watching her character develop throughout the story, from what was a naive girl to a teenager who was more understanding of the politics and people in her society.
Now onto the boys: Art and Carrick. I honestly don’t know who to choose but at the moment, I am leaning more towards Art. From the start, Art seemed like such a perfect boyfriend, that it was pretty hard to hate him. Carrick on the other hand, is like the dark side we have still yet to see in the novel. I haven’t read much about his character to make my final thoughts about him but I have a feeling that I will really love his character!
The world building was really well thought out. It wasn’t hard to understand what was going on and I never found myself confused. Cecelia Ahern really did a good job of describing and developing the world in Flawed. For me, quality world building is a must in novels as the different worlds are what pulls my thoughts from the present world into an imaginary world. Flawed, did a good job of it but I would have loved to see a more in-depth description of the society. However, I think Cecelia will explain more about the Flawed world in the second book, which I am pretty excited about.
I feel like this book zoomed by so quickly, I can’t wait for Perfect to come out. Flawed shows what it means to have a society which is too perfect, a society with too many boundaries and a society dictated by useless rules. I’ve always imagined what it’s like to have a perfect society and I think Cecelia perfectly encapsulate in this series that being perfect isn’t always correct. The consequences of a perfect society are clearly apparent in this novel and I have loved reading every flaw in the world.
Cecelia Ahern’s Flawed is definitely not flawed. It has a sprinkle of everything I enjoy inside a dystopian. For any dystopian lover out there: you will fall in love with this novel!
Thank you so much to Harper Collins Publishing. I received Cecelia Ahern’s Flawed from Harper Collins, in exchange for a review. Please note that this does not alter, influence or change my opinions on the novel, in this post.
I recently read Nick Lake’s latest novel Whisper To Me and I absolutely loved it. I think it’s one of my favorite contemporaries I read this year! There was just something so emotionally gripping about this novel that left me perpetually page-turning til the end. Nick Lake is truly talented and Whisper To Me left me breathless, touched and awed. I don’t want to give away too much about this book but here are five reasons you should pick this book up right now.
love letters + nick’s writing
One of the many things I loved about this novel, was its format. Whisper To Me is a long, drawn-out love letter written by Cassie, who is the main character of the novel, to a boy she meets during a dark period of her life. Whisper To Me follows the story of Cassie’s previous summer in which, she went through multiple horrific events, which scared her mentally. Throughout the course of summer, Cassie hears voices, which causes her to do irreversible things and it leads Cassie to a downward, mental spiral. This story is a love letter and apology to the boy she meets. What I love about the format, is how genuine the book feels. It honestly felt like I was reading a private love letter. From the start, the novel jumps straight into an apology and the reader is left questioning what happens and throughout the story, we see the unfolding of all the events that happened to Cassie that summer. I literally felt like I was the boy reading the novel, it felt so personal and deep at the same time.
There is something so intriguing about reading a book that tugs multiple emotions all at once, which I why I love books such as All The Bright Places and The Infernal Devices. All these books, unleash a whirlwind and roller coaster of emotions, whilst you are reading it. Whisper To Me did just that. About three-quarters through the novel, I knew I was going to be left emotionally unstable by the end of the book. Throughout the novel, I got attached to the characters. I really don’t want to spoil it but I can safely say that I had a gaping hole when I finished it. I shed a few tears and at the same time, I was so happy and proud of the main character. I felt every possible emotion whilst reading this book and it was one of the many reasons why I loved it.
mental illness from a deeper perspective
This book dealt with a lot of mental illness but from a very personal perspective. We never really get a proper diagnosis for the illness Cassie has throughout the novel but it definitely felt like PTSD and Schizophrenia. Not many books deal with this kind of mental illness, especially one from a personal point of view. It was really interesting to see how Cassie dealt with and how it really came to be. I’ve never really had a proper understand about how people deal with PTSD and Schizophrenia and how much it effects the people around them, although Cassie didn’t have full on Schizophrenia I really enjoyed understanding what she dealt with and it was so interesting to read about it.
the thought-provoking ending + book hangovers
You have probably heard a lot from other posts, that I adore thought-provoking novels. Especially the ones that leave you with an intense book hangover. I haven’t had a book hangover in ages and when I finally got one with this novel, my heart and emotions were not okay. I literally devoured this novel and my head was spinning by the end. I loved the ending and how realistic it was . Whisper To Me is so unique that you can’t help but feel attached to the events and characters in the book. I was left thinking about what happened in this novel, over and over again. If you are craving a book that will leave you with a book hangover, this book will definitely be for you.
whisper to me is unique in so many different ways
Yes, I am using one of the most cliche things in book reviewing but I’m not joking this book is so unique, fresh and different. I have never read a story like this and I honestly can not search or rack my brain to find one to compare to this one. It’s so wonderfully unique that you can’t help but love it. The themes dealt with in this novel are hardly touched on by other authors. The main character, Cassie is so different to a normal YA contemporary protagonist and the plot of this novel is unlike anything I have read before. Like I said before, this novel is an apology and love letter to a boy Cassie had harmed but loved during that horrible summer and throughout the novel, I was gripped.
Each element to this story is like an ingredient to a perfect concoction. There are obviously little flaws in the story which got my annoyed or frustrated but overall the positives outweigh the benefits and I discovered that this book was amazing by the end of it. Anyway, I really hope you pick this novel up. I honestly can’t recommend this book enough. I was definitely not disappointed!
have you guys read this novel before? what were your thoughts?
If you haven’t read it yet, don’t forget to pre-order this novel! It comes out in June and trust me on this, it will not disappoint you!
Thank you so much to Bloomsbury publishing. I received Nick Lake’s Whisper To Me from Bloomsbury Publishing, in exchange for a review. Please note that this does not alter, influence or change my opinions on the novel, in this post.
Title: This Is Where The World Ends
Author: Amy Zhang
Release Date: March 2016
Retail Price: $17.99
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Genre: Romance, Drama, Contemporary and Coming of Age
I recently read Amy Zhang’s This Is Where The World Ends and I don’t really have proper words to describe how I felt about it. Unique and exciting would be two words to sum this book up. I haven’t read a book quite like This Is Where The World Ends in while. It reminded me of Looking For Alaska in many different aspects. If you enjoyed Looking For Alaska you would definitely like This Is Where The World Ends.
This Is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang follows the story of two best friends Janie and Micah, who have grown up together but have become distant since high school started. Janie becomes the popular girl, whilst Micah becomes the lonely boy in the back. One day Micah wakes up at a hospital and discovers that Janie has vanished and disappeared from his life. No one is giving him the real truth about Janie and as he searches deeper he discovers what truly happened on the night Janie disappeared. The truth he discovers changes him forever.
spoiler review: (there will be spoilers in the following section)
Thank you so much to HarperCollins publishing. I received Amy Zhang’s This Is Where The World Ends from Harper Collins, in exchange for a review. Please note that this does not alter, influence or change my opinions on the novel, in the following review.
I haven’t read Amy Zhang’s books before, I’ve heard lots about her other novel, Falling into Pieces but it never caught my eye. It wasn’t until I read This Is Where The World Ends, that I discovered Amy Zhang has a very distinctive voice in her novels. Her writing is very colloquial but that doesn’t mean it is necessarily bad. Amy Zhang’s voice is easy to read but underneath it there is so much emotion from every character, that is reflected into each sentence. Like I mentioned earlier, her writing style and the story line really reminds me of John Green’s books.
What I really enjoyed about this novel is the switching of perspectives as well as time. I thought I would end up getting really confused but since Janie and Micah’s voices are so individual, I actually appreciated the flashbacks. I didn’t want to get confused with what was happening and reading this book felt like one giant puzzle. Each chapter reflected the thoughts of Janie and Micah and stringing their stories together to figure out what really happened was so much fun. Through Janie’s point of view we get to see her side of the story and how she made the decisions she did. Her final few chapters were quite powerful. There was so many thoughts in each chapter, that it felt like I was really swimming around in her mind. The only problems with Janie’s character was that we got very caught up in her story that I didn’t get a chance to find out more about who she truly is and who she used to be.
Micah’s character was distinctively different to Janie and I enjoyed reading from his perspective.I felt so much sympathy for him. Reading from his point of view, really toyed with the reader. It would give you a break from Janie’s story but at the same time it would keep you anticipated for what happened on the night Janie disappeared. I thin Micah’s personality got a bit lost along the way. I could clearly picture his thoughts in my mind but his character felt a little bland.
The ending was action filled. Finding out what happened to Janie made you really empathize with her character. I loved the idea of using matches and apocalypses as a motif, it was a very fitting metaphor for the two. Janie’s fire dwindled and ended, whilst Micah’s fire was ignited by Janie’s diminishing match. I have to say,
though, the ending felt abrupt. I would love to see an epilogue to see what happened to Micah in the future and it felt like there was no proper closure on Janie.
Overall, I highly enjoyed the novel. It was a short, edgy and intriguing read, for all John Green fans. Both characters, Micah and Janie are two teenagers that you will grow to understand throughout the novel. This novel is such a unique and different read. If you are looking for a book similar to Looking For Alaska or We Were Liars, you will love this one.
Title: Lady Midnight
Series: The Dark Artifices
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 2016
Retail Price: $30.00
Overall Rating: 8.75/10
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Drama, Angels and Growing-up
Okay before we start, let me establish this. If you haven’t read Lady Midnight, you need to stop what you are doing right now and pick up Lady Midnight. I feel like a balloon that is about to pop because I have so many emotions and thoughts about Lady Midnight! I loved it so much!
Thank you so much to Simon and Schuster publishing. I received Cassandra Clare’s novel, Lady Midnight from Simon and Schuster, in exchange for a review. Please note that this does not alter, influence or change my opinions on the novel, in the following review.
When I heard Cassandra Clare was writing The Dark Artifices, I literally had a little heart attack because the Cassandra Clare was writing another book in the Shadow. Hunter. World! I couldn’t believe it but then it wasn’t long before I became disheartened. Many people would come up to me and say, “Cassandra Clare is just milking off her series. You probably shouldn’t get your hopes up,” However, I was determined to get an all out amazing debut novel for The Dark Artifices. March 9th came in a blink of an eye and soon, I was standing in the middle of the bookshelf holding Lady Midnight in my hands, extremely fangirling with some of my closest book friends. Lady Midnight had arrived and it sure did not disappoint. If there is one gif to describe how I felt when reading Lady Midnight this would be it:
Cassandra Clare’s Lady Midnight follows the story of Emma and Julian who have been best friends and Parabatai from when they were young. Nothing could ever get in their way of their friendship. Emma has lived her whole life with the Blackthorns since the death of her parents who she is determined to avenge. When Julian returns back from his trip to Idris, new problems arise. Mark, Julian’s brother, has come back after several years of being held by the Faerie court and the Blackthorns will do anything to get their brother back from the Faeries. The faeries create a deal with Julian if he can solve the murders which have been mysteriously taking place, his brother will get the chance to choose to stay. However, problems arise and secrets are being kept. Emma and Julian are being torn apart and pulled together by the events and that doesn’t even begin to cover the story.
I literally have an irrecoverable book hangover for this book! I have so many thoughts and emotions for this book. Reading Lady Midnight, made me realise how much I truly loved The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. There is something about these books that remind me of a fairytale. In my opinion, Cassandra Clare’s novels are really unique every story, every book, every paragraph and every sentence have woven this sense of fairytale, fantasy and magic into it, which is what I absolutely love about these novels. I love how every story is interlocking, the only way to truly enjoy this series is to read it from the very start to the very end and don’t forget, you have to read every series in the chronicles. One of my main reasons for why I love reading books is the fact that whenever you read a good story it will drag you into this world where layers upon layers of imaginary characters, storylines and settings are built up in your head and every single thing you read is being played in your head. It pulls you from the real world and act like an anchor to this imaginary world where you can forget about everything that is worrying you and its just you and the characters. (Okay, that sounded really intense but I truly mean it) Undoubtedly, Cassandra Clare’s novel always have that affect on me and Lady Midnight really did.
Lady Midnight’s plot blew me away. Like I mentioned in the beginning, I was kind of skeptical and I was really scared that Lady Midnight was going to bring my whole perfect perspective of the Shadowhunter chronicles, crashing down. I was nervous that Lady Midnight was going to have a really cliche, overused, “Cassandra Clare” plot but I was proven wrong. Just like all of her other perfect novels, Clare devised a plotline that contained the perfect balance of romance, contemporary, coming of age, fantasy, action and adventure! I do not know how she does it but it was literally the pinnacle of perfection. Okay, well maybe I’m exaggerating that a bit because it wasn’t a perfect novel but it was pretty good! I loved the idea of having a forbidden love with Parabatais. It’s so rare to see authors take the “forbidden love” plot device and twist it in their own way to make it so much more enjoyable and personal for the reader. I love it because it may sound weird but I love expanding my knowledge in the whole Shadowhunter world and I loved finding out about the Parabatais. When Cassandra Clare left the whole Parabatai falling in love thing ambiguously, I was like, “Oh no,” something big is going to happen.
When I discovered that they had solved the murder it ended on a really happy note and I’m excited to see what they’ll do in the next book! I loved how most of the characters from the other book got one or multiple cameos because that meant that we all got a chance to see our favourite characters come together again. That’s what I love about these books. You don’t have to miss characters from her other series because she always finds a way to incorporate them. Oh, I almost forgot can we mention the fact that Mark and Emma made that deal! In my mind, I was like, “NOOOOO!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING???” I could feel my heart breaking in its chest. I actually can’t even. It’s like Simon, Clary and Jace all over again. It’s going to be really intense.
Now onto the characters, I really liked Emma’s character and I think she is my favourite out of the three main protagonists in her three series. I love how strong Emma is and she really is one of those characters you can look up too. She is only a little bit older than me so that adds an extra bonus! But seriously, I loved Emma’s character she is so strong and I absolutely love how relatable she is. One of my favourite scenes is the one where she is talking with Christina about the fact that she feels like she has nothing special to give because she is just a normal shadow hunter with no special powers and in a metaphorical way, I could relate to that. Sometimes we all feel like we have nothing special to us but realistically we all do. However, I didn’t really like the way Emma was presented in the first few chapters. The whole time she was swooning over Julian. “Julian this, Julian that.” I kind of got sick of it and I was worried that she would be like that throughout the book but it definitely got better.
When Julian came into the story, I was like yes! Like all of Cassandra Clare’s boys, Julian was perfect in his own unique way! He kind of reminded me of a mix between a less-clumsy Percy and a really hot California boy! 🙂 No seriously, I really liked Julian. However, I have to admit his character was so over talked by Emma that it kind of influenced Julian’s perspective. His personality got lost within the story and I found that his character was really two dimensional and hopefully we get to see more of who he is in the later stories. I love his relationship with Emma, whenever I saw them together I was literally like:
I can’t wait to see their relationship grow! I’m so excited for the next book! I also really liked Christina! I’m so glad Cassandra Clare introduced her because I absolutely love her character! I’m excited to see her story and who she relly is. She wasn’t presented in much detail and so I really want to see more of her character! Despite the many characters, I actually found myself remembering their names! (I’m very proud of myself because I always get mixed up with names!) Anyway, I also really liked Mark’s character. However, I didn’t really see much of a proper personality in his character but that makes sense considering he lived a lot of his life as a faerie! I really like his relationship with Kieren and I hope to see more of that in the later books! I’m so excited for this new Herondale because Herondales are always the definition of perfection (*cough* Will and Jace *cough*)! Hopefully, Kit or Christopher (whatever you want to call him) will just be as lovable as the other Herondales!
I love the way Cassandra Clare include Edgar Allen Poe’s poem Annabel Lee! It’s actually one of my favourite poems and the fact that she represented the poem in the story really surprised me! I remember doing a project on him in Grade 6 or 7 and I absolutely loved this poem because in my head it was like a dark, edgy Little Mermaid story! I’m so excited to see more of her stories because I know that they’ll always be based on some literary classic! I absolutely adored this book and I’m sure many of you guys did too!
what did you think of the novel? i loved it so much!!
Title: The Yearbook Committee
Author: Sarah Ayoub
Release Date: February 2016
Retail Price: $16.00
Overall Rating: 7/10
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Drama and Growing-up
I received Sarah Ayoub’s The Yearbook Committee from Harper Collins Publishing Press, in exchange for a review. Please note that this does not alter, influence or change my opinions on the novel, in the following review.
“Everything seemed uncertain, different, damaged. Just like the promise of our youth, now irreversibly changed due to a night whose sinister warning had been brewing steadily beneath the surface of our teenage dreams,”
– The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub
I don’t really know how to label this book- The Yearbook Committee. It definitely was a different book to what I normally read and I foundmyself liking many parts but I didn’t like other parts, as well. However, I have to admit, the book was well written for a contemporary and I couldn’t help loving all of the characters in the book. There is just something so cute when five teenagers with five completely different lives come together to create a yearbook, in their final year of school. There is a little bit of romance, great characters and a lot of drama and I found myself enjoying the book. I recommend this book if you are looking for a not-so-cliche, cute and a drama-filled contemporary.
The Yearbook Committee follows the story of five completely different teenagers who all get dragged and pulled together to form- The Yearbook Committee. As they continue to catch up to complete the yearbook, new romances and friendships begin to form. As the five teenagers try to survive the last year of highschool, problems arises, friendships are broken and irreversable mistakes are made.
What I really enjoyed about the book was the concept behind it. I love the start of each chapter and how we get this Facebook Status for each character, it was so cute and it’s a very contemporary way to write the novel. I also love how throughout the story there are multiple dilemas with each character, due to the many perspectives. At times when I felt bored or didn’t really enjoy what was happening I knew I could look forward to reading the lives of other characters in their own perspectives. Normally, I would hate multiple points of views because I hate trying to workout which chapter is which character’s but Sarah Ayoub made it really clear which character was which and each individual character had their own distinct voices. For this novel, multiple points of views seemed to work really well, it felt like I was getting insight to the lives of each and every character. I also really enjoyed the prologue, I wanted to know what happened. The prologue was kind of a view of the future and it really keeped me questioning throughout the novel.
As for the characters, I loved the cliché nature of each of the five characters. However, each character as you dug deeper you discover that they are actually totally difficult to their labels as- “the new girl,”; “the popular girl” and “the loner”. I loved how she took the stereotypical characters and gave them each a new found depth. The only issue I had was the fact that I found it difficult to relate to the characters. Charlie was a girl I really wanted to like, I tried yet I kind of failed, she grew on me by the end of the novel but whilst reading the book, I didn’t really like her personality. I understand how she was the type of girl who fought for rights of many minorities. However, there was this edge to her that got on my nerves. I didn’t like how she acted as if the world owed her this huge favour and then she fell in love with the school captain. I couldn’t really stand it. Matty was a character that added a sense of darkness and reality to the story because his story was one of the more sorrowful stories. Anyway, I did love Tammi’s story because I enjoyed reading about how she was starting to drift away from being the cruel popular person she was. Her character developed so well and I found myself relating to Tammi the most. What really annoyed me was the fact that she took the drugs from Mike. I wanted to see how their relationship would develop, yet it backfired. This brings me to my next point- the ending.
The ending threw me off, because I never expected the book to end like it did. It was abrupt and I was in a few ways disappointed. I wanted to see what would happen to all of the characters. I felt like we never really get to see how the characters dealt with the after math. I can’t believe Gillian dies- I was literally like, “What is happening?” I couldn’t belive Tammi took the drugs because you would think that by the time they were in the last year of high school they would know what to do when a stranger gives you unknown pills. (#areyoukidingme) I wanted to see the Yearbook, I thought that there was so much talk about the Yearbook yet we never really get to see glipses of the finish product. The yearbook idea kind of was lost within the plot.
Overall the book was definitely really enjoying to read and I found myself cracking a smile once or twice. I really enjoyed the storyline and I loved reading about the lives of each characters! I highly recommend it if you are looking for a unique and special contemporary.
Title: The Young Elites & The Rose Society
Author: Marie Lu
Release Date: 2014 & 2015
Retail Price: $16.00
Overall Rating: 8 /10
Genre: Dystopian, Dark, Adventure, Fantasy
“Be true to yourself. But that’s something everyone says and no one means. No one wants you to be yourself. They want you to be the version of yourself that they like.”
– Marie Lu, The Young Elites
After, my major book-hangover of Marie Lu’s debut series, Legend Trilogy, I knew that I had to read The Young Elites. However, when the release did come, it slipped out of my reach and I never ended up reading it. I picked it up straightaway when I saw it on display at my local library, I dived straight into it! I was hooked til the end, I think I can crown this one of my top five favourite reads this year! (Well, it’s only February- oh well!) There is just something so magically unique that is woven in to her storyline that kept me intrigued. Have you ever read a book so dark and so well-written that you just have to stop and step back to say that this feels too real? This is exactly what happened to me on multiple occasion whilst reading this. In my opinion, this could be one of the darkest fantasy series I have ever read. I highly recommend it, if you haven’t checked it out because trust me, it won’t disappoint your tingle for a fantasy.
The Young Elites and Rose Society, follows the story of Adelina Amouteru who has been hit with the plague at a young age. However, that is not the only horrifying time of her life- her father treats her inhumanely and her sister is always doted by her father. Adelina, is forced to please her father but then she discovers that her plague has cause something deep inside her. After being called a malfetto are her life because of her plague which has scarred her both physically and mentally, Adelina figures our that she has a super power due to the plague but unlike other malfettos her super-ability is much darker and more powerful.
Spoiler Review!- Spoilers For The Young Elites and The Rose Society Ahead!
Do you ever just read something- a line, a quote or a paragraph; in a book that makes you have this great epiphany and relisation that makes you go- What just happened? I absolutely had such a joy reading this book! I loved so many different elements in the story which all were interlocked together to create this great read!
When I first jumped into the novel, I was captivated by Adelina’s story, which very much reminded me of Cinderella. She has such a devastating child-hood that it made me understand every thought she had. What I loved about this book are the unique characters- never have I ever read a character quite like Adelina. It was backward (in a good way), Adelina’s character development turned from what was a somewhat positively characterisation to a negative, power-thirsty character. Every thought she had was so carefully thought out by Marie Lu and each line and thought in her perspective was dripping with a slight darkness. I love how complex her character is, as a reader it was hard for me to descern whether she was a protagonist or an antagonist, that it was blowing my mind. She has both the ying and the yang in her personality that is hard to find in other characters from other novels I’ve read.
In the Young Elites, I was trying my hardest to click with her character but at times she would annoy me. For example, when she was desparate to be a part of the Young Elites, I was cringing (There is nothing more I hate than cringing). Until I disocovered by the second book, The Rose Society, that the reader, rather than relating to the character, is influenced to see her character from a witness’ point of view. Marie Lu’s writing is honestly too good, the fact that she portrayed Adelina’s character through such a manipulative light, was so different. I never would have related to Adelina in any way, whatsoever yet, I felt like I was in her shoes. Her dark personality felt so realistic. At the end of the book, you can clearly see her character development, when she casts out her sister. I was literally stunned- it felt so much like I was her and that to me felt like magic.
Teren, is the antagonist in the first novel but to be honest, I don’t think his character was developed as well. I mean yeah we got to discover his hatred for the malfettos, as well as discovering his deep passion for the queen. However, his character was very shallow- how could you possibly love the queen like a blood-thirsty fan? It wasn’t really making much sense in my brain. Notonly that but his personality differed so much from when he was talking to Adelina vs. talking to the queen. You can clearly see this in the ending scenes of The Rose Society when Adelina changed from herself to the queen and Teren instantly changed from a soldier to a lost puppy. Enzo, was a bit like Teren’s it wasn’t developed as well but I think we’ll see more of his character and personality in the next book. A lot of his life history and backstory was very mysterious and he was portrayed a bit more stereotypically, he was a dark character, who was the ringmaster of the group. Oh and of course, Adelina falls in love with him (#predictable) but I hope to discover more about him in the next book.
Now, onto the captivating storyline. I loved the plot line in the first book- there were so many different elements. Adelina was taken in by this new society and through it she developed her power. I loved the fact that, Marie Lu threw in this other problem that caused Adelina to be twisted and pulled. I love how she had to bargain with her sister with Teren. I was constantly reading and page-turning to find out what happends to her in the end. What surprised me was- I thought this would be a predictable book but the ending just surprised me. I couldn’t believe that everyone casted her out and Enzo DIES!! I couldn’t belive that Raffaelle was actually a backstaber to Adelina because I honestly didn’t notive since the start. I was definitely not expecting that and I wasn’t really expecting Adelina to turn so cruel and heartless in the second book. There are so many parts in this book that I thought I would predict correctly but then it turns out I was wrong. That is why I had such a fun time reading this book!
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I’m highly anticipating the next book! The characters are just sooo unique and the storyline blew me away!
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“And what she found in that soft, warm darkness had no beggining and no end, for this time was their own, and it created it’s own eternity”
– Alexandra Bracken, Passenger
You must all be thinking at this point, ” This is just another review on that Alexandra Bracken book, *skip*” Seriously though just stay around for a few more sentences because I’m going to try to convince you that it’s worth the read. Passenger was different in so many ways to my recent reads: it transports you to a whole new dimension and drags you along as a passenger on this riveting journey. There is everything you ever wanted in this novel: a cute couple, a gripping storyline and an unforgettable setting. However, I’ll admit I wish there was something more, just something that would stun me to edge that I could give this book a full 8-8.5! Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I highly recommend it if you love a good adventure, beautiful writing or a not-over-depressing story!
Passenger follows the story of two vastly different characters: Etta and Nicholas. Both are completely different people, who would never have imagined meeting each other. Etta is a violinist and Nicholas is a time travel, who travels through life on a ship. One day, Etta’s life is completely switched around. Following the events of a shooting of one of her closest people, Etta gets thrown into another dimension of Earth, where she meets Nicholas and what she discovers changes her life forever. Together with Nicholas, Etta has to throw herself into this unknown world to save her mother, her closest people and Nicholas. Along the way, they discover that things don’t look quite like they seem!
I had so much fun reading this novel! Passenger begin with a prologue, which set me on my feet! As I read about this mysterious Nicholas and Julian, I was constantly questioning myself: What is happening? To be honest, despite the ambiguous start, I actually love prologues like these because they always stick to the back of my mind and it truly made the story a lot easier to understand. Often we get prologues like these but they never end up making sense as the story progresses. Meeting Etta was interesting. At first, I was expecting her to be super annoying and frustrating due to the fact that she was such a goody-two-shoes at the start of the novel. However, her character was definitely more enjoyable as the story continued. Etta character had seemed complex right from the beginning. As a reader, I began to understand her history and how her whole life was plagued by her violin career (I actually felt so bad for her! )
After we got through a few chapters of the story, I got somewhat bored, as they explained the whole world and began to set the scene. Not only that but there was an overload of characters, which made it a bit hard for me to remember who was who. However, as soon as we got to the adventure, everything was turned around and I was constantly page turning. Nicholas’ character originally seemed very shut off. We didn’t get to know much about him, even though, I desperately wanted too. As the story progressed, Nicholas began to show cracks and we got to know more about him. I really wanted to know more about his history and past and I want to see him bump into Julian again!
The romance between Etta and Nicholas was slightly rushed. As soon as Etta washed aboard it was literally love at first sight (Who else isn’t a big fan of instant love?) but I’ve got to admit, they were cute. Towards the end of the book, they had some really cute moments that made me smile and fall in love with this new ship (Ahaha! Like a passenger! Get it?). I loved how Nicholas called her pirate because I mean, what reader doesn’t love it when a male character has a nickname for their love! ❤ Overall, though Nicholas and Etta were so cute and the fact that they were saving each other by risking their lives was something that was really commendable.
If you have read this novel, you can not dodge the fact that Bracken’s writing is amazing and I think we all aspire, to have a writing style as beautiful as her’s. Her writing has hit that point where it’s not too verbose and not too colloquial and undescriptive. It’s just right as at times her writing really makes you feel a certain way through so many words, yet, you aren’t constantly getting bored by too many descriptions! I love the fact that they incorporated time travel in this novel. It’s so hard to find a good book which takes Time Travel and transforms it into something worth reading. I think Passenger did this perfectly and for that reason, it made this book something really special!
The ending left me in tatters! I wanted to know what happened? After getting my heart attacked, when I nearly thought that Nicholas was going to die (Oh this better not be another Allegiant), Etta nearly dies and I was like, “Oh no! Save me!” I actually still can’t believe it ended like that! I want to know if Nicholas and Etta were ever going to perfectly stay together and I couldn’t believe her mother, either. Even though she supposedly tried to help Etta, she was really not that great of a mother. Please let there be another book because honestly I need it!
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, was special and unique in its own way. Bracken’s writing is something truly unforgettable and I loved following the adventure of Etta and Nicholas!
Title: Never Never: Part One
Author: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Release Date: January 2015
Retail Price: $15.00
Overall Rating: 7.75 🙂 /10
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Drama, Mystery
” I want to feel that again. I want to remember what it feels like to love someone like that. And not just anyone. I want to know what it feels like to love Charlie,”
I just finished this novel last night and despite the fact that the novel is quite short, it sure did pack a punch. Throughout the novel I “never, never” 🙂 wanted to put down the book. I absolutely loved reading this novel and trust me, if you are a fan of Colleen Hoover you will love this. It’s writing is captivating and your eyes are peeled to the book, page after page. It’s best to go into the novel without knowing anything because it’s what makes this novel so much fun to read! It’s like a puzzle within a book that will keep you desperate to find the pieces to figure out this book.
Never, Never tells the story of two normal teenagers, Silas and Charlie, who wake up one day, to find out that they have no recollection of who they are. Silas and Charlie have been in love since they were young and they have always been in love. Now, they don’t remember each other or themselves and together they must piece to clues together to uncover the truth about who they were but as they dig deeper they discover that their lives weren’t as shallow as they imagined.
I can’t tell you how stunned I was to finish the novel and reading this novel was so riveting. Never, Never really is like one big jigsaw puzzle, which was one of the reasons why I enjoyed it so much. From the start of the novel, we jump straight into the action. There is no background, no description of who they are and usually, this would annoy me but for this novel, it made it so much more intriguing. Both characters had lost their memories and as a reader, I felt like I had lost my memory too. I wanted to know who these characters were and page after page we were discovering more, adding piece after piece together until the big crescendo.
The writing was beautiful. It felt like a contemporary but it wasn’t that girly, cutesy kind of writing it was a more mature writing, that made your eyes glued to every word. It felt like every paragraph and every chapter served a purpose and not words were wasted, it all added to the story. The thoughts of all the characters really felt like it was the true thoughts of someone with amnesias like Silas and Charlie. Even though something like this will clearly not happen in real life, it felt realistic. Every single time I was sucked into this book when I read it and when I came out of it, I felt like I had lost my memory. That’s how well this book was written.
Silas’ character was really interesting. His father seemed so enraged at him when he discovered he was out with Charlie and that really made me curious. I wanted to dive deeper into who he was. He truly seemed like a nice boy, as shown in the homeless person scene but at the same time it felt like he was a bit of a rebel since he was regarded as a popular boy, who was a football player. His character developed very slowly and hopefully, in the next few books we find out more about him.
Charlie’s character annoyed me at times. She was the popular mean girl but I liked how she was trying to mend her ways. I really want to find out what caused her and Silas’ family to go into this big feud. Charlie’s character developed a lot more than Silas’ and throughout the novel you can see the changes.
The only problem, unfortunately, was that sometimes it was hard to discern who’s point of view it was. Maybe it was because I read this book too fast, but at times, I had to flick back a few pages to check whose perspective it was in. The romance also was very fast. Silas and Charlie barely knew each other during the book, yet Silas was in love with her. That felt a bit unrealistic but I still ship them. 🙂
The ending blew me away, I can’t believe Charlie is missing because now it gets so much more complicated and just when it feels like we discovered why they both lost their memories, Silas discovers that it’s going to happen again! The ending chapter, was so fast pace and then bam it ends with a “to be continued…” What??? I need the next book!
Overall, I had so much fun reading this book! I can’t wait for the next book! What I really like about these novels is the fact that they are so short, it’s so much easier for me to squeeze in time to read! Have you read this book? Did you like it?