Book Review: The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

The leaving review

Title: The Leaving
Author: Tara Altebrando
Release Date: June 2016
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating:  6.5/10
Genre: Romance, Mystery, Thriller

The Leaving literally throws the reader into the midst of a twisting and turning plot, that leaves them on the edge of a thrilling ride. That’s exactly how I felt why I was reading this. The format and the way this book has been written really made it seem like a real story, although it is not actually reality.

One of my favourite features of this novel is its layout. I haven’t read Illuminate yet but the layout of Illuminate is very similar to the leaving. Certain letters are bolded, the words are written in a certain format to convey thoughts and emotions and in addition, words are put into different text boxes to display signs and certain memories. All those things put the book in a three-dimensional edge and it makes it so much more real. In fact, it’s like reading a victim’s diary.  Another feature about this novel is its different point of views. I’m not a huge fan of multiple points of views as I am always confused as to who is who but this was different. Every character had a different story and I love the most point of views were the actual victims.  There are so many unanswered questions from the beginning that you can’t help but turn page after page after page because you just want to find out what has happened.

The plotline was really original and unique. I don’t read thrillers every day and reading one like the Leaving really opened my eyes to this genre. However, the ending was what let me down and this may sound contradicting but the genre also lets me down. Sometimes, I felt like the book was leading to nowhere. Characters went back to their families and they want to know what happened, that is the main story but sometimes I felt like the story really fluffed around the edges and it made it difficult to find out what was really happening. The ending was such a disappointment there are way too many unanswered questions and I think the storyline didn’t really fit the ending. I don’t know if it was just me but I was so confused by the end of the book that I felt like I was reading it just to finish off the book. Perhaps, I need to go  back and read it again but I definitely missed something. I also wished there was something more. I want to know what happens to them in the future.

I think something else that let me down was the emotional attachment. I didn’t feel any emotions in the story, I was just curious about what was going to happen. Reading The Leaving made me felt like I was reading a police report, I want to know what happens so badly and who the culprit is but I never really feel any connection to it. That’s what was lacking in this novel. However, it was a really good read in terms of the thrill and excitement.

if you liked these books you will love the leaving:
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I haven’t written a review in ages! I hoped you enjoyed this one! Will you be reading The Leaving? Have you read this novel? Let me know!

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exciting releases + mysteries Teaser Tuesdays

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I just realised that this week as vanished before my eyes and I completely forgot that today is Thursday! I actually thought it was Tuesday, which is why I have an overdue Teaser Tuesdays! I hope everyone’s week is going well! I am actually kind of reading two books. (Yes, it’s pretty disastrous because I never read two books at once) I am currently reading The Leaving and The Rose and The Dagger. However, since I really want a real copy of The Rose and The Dagger rather than an ebook, I’m also reading The Leaving. I’ve only read a few chapters of The Rose and The Dagger, as well as The Leaving!

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As I mentioned earlier, I only just started reading The Leaving by Tara Altebrando and so I can’t give you my conclusive thoughts on the novel sfd43urj2o
far. However, I can tell you a little bit about what, The Leaving is about. Basically, The Leaving is about six children who were taken away at the age of five. Now at the age of sixteen, only five have been released back into the world without having any recollection of who they were and who their family is. They must now learn about the real world as well as discover what really happened when they were taken and where is the sixth child.

I really like the concept of this! I haven’t read a thriller/mystery in a while and this new release has got me super excited! I also really like the layout of this book which kind of reminds me Illuminae, although I have not read it yet. This novel has cool layouts, fonts and pictures throughout the story. So far, I’m really enjoying it! Anyway, here is a little teaser:

“Like being ripped open, midnightmare. Breathless, in the centre of a scream. Her hands went to the knot on the blindfold at the back of her neck,”
– Tara Altebrando, The Leaving

what are you guys reading this week?

Never, Never: Part One by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

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.

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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?

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Review: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Don’t Look Back
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: April 15th, 2014
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 8/10
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Romance

This is another Jennifer L. Armentrout book… what a surprise! Don’t worry it is going to be one of the last ones for a while. This was different to the normal Jennifer L. Armentrout and it was definitely much more well written than the normal fantasy novels. Don’t Look Back is a unique, stand-alone mystery with a huge twist at the end. It isn’t a novel where you fall in love with the characters and world, it is more of a confronting and haunting novel. I highly recommend it if you loved Paper Towns, Mara Dyer and We Were Liars.

It follows the story of Samantha Franco who one day goes mysteriously missing with her best friend, Cassie. Suddenly, Samantha appears but she has lost all her memories and Cassie isn’t there with her. As she tries desperately to find out what happened that night of her disappearance, she only discovers a note that says, “Don’t look back. You won’t like what you find.”

*WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR DON’T LOOK BACK*

I really liked this novel as it was different from the normal contemporaries and thriller, I have read before. I loved how we saw the story unravel through Samantha’s point of view because I think Jennifer L. Armentrout really captured the thoughts and frustration she would of been going through after the accident.

We start when Samantha Franco mysteriously stumbles in to town after her recent disappearance with her best friend Cassie. It started off with an ambiguous yet catching scene where she is completely blank and from there we meet her family. We discover that she came from a rich background and her parents are not on complete terms with each other and her brother is very protective of her. At this point, I was desperate to discover what happened on the night of the accident.

We then see Samantha going to school where she meets her friendship and her “serious” boyfriend. I love to see how the new Sam reflects on her old self and discovers that she was actually a mean, controlling and arrogant girl. She doesn’t want to be that kind of person again and, as she is offered this “new life”, she can amend her mistakes. This is one of the main themes that is explored in this novel and really makes the novel a lot more enjoying and relatable. It adds a lot of drama. Especially, when she tries to make that sudden change from being mean to nice.

I shipped Carson and Samantha. I loved to see their relationship develop while Samantha had extensive character development. It added a nice extra plot to the storyline. I couldn’t put the book down because I needed to know what happened to Cassie and on the night.

At first when she thought it was Carson, my heart broke. I did not expect it to be Carson and the motive seemed right. I was so shocked! I did not expect that but then it turned out it wasn’t Carson and it was , in fact, her father. It was bombshell after bombshell. I really liked her father because he actually treated her like she was sane. In the end, he was the cold-blooded killer. Originally, I didn’t like her mother because she was so superficial. I really wanted to strangle her but she became more accepting of her completely different daughter and that was really good.

Overall, it was a fun read and I am glad it is a stand-alone book. Jennifer L. Armentrout blew me away, once again. I couldn’t put this book down and I highly recommend it for mystery enthusiasts!

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