Tuesday, 12 July 2016

REVIEW OF YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT

Title: You're the One that I Want
Author: Giovanna Fletcher

Blurb: 

Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob - the man she's about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben - best man and the best friend any two people ever had.

And that's the problem.

Because if it wasn't Rob waiting for her at the altar, there's a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he turned round and told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right?

Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it...

(Blurb taken from Goodreads)

MY REVIEW: 

Giovanna Fletcher is an author that has always been on my radar, though I had never actually read any of her books, I am glad that I have finally read one!

The book follows Ben, Richard and Maddy who have been friends for as long as they can remember. They are like the 3 musketeers and they have always lived in each other’s pockets. I enjoyed the fact that the book started from when they first met and followed them up until ‘present day’ as you really got a good grasp of how each character was feeling and it made the book more personal.

However, there is a love triangle. Ben has been in love with Maddy since they met, yet Maddy likes Richard and eventually they get together on a trip to Paris. I really felt for Ben, he was always slightly too late or he was never able to express how he truly felt – I really did feel sorry for him and throughout the book I willed him to change things.

After a certain incident I really did think things were going to go right for Ben, however, things do not work out and again, I found myself feeling sorry for his character. The book definitely has a ‘will they, won’t they’ storyline which kept me guessing throughout.

The story illustrates unrequited love and how friendships can be difficult when other feelings are involved. I really did root for Ben as a character and wanted him to be happy. I liked the fact that chapters were told from alternating viewpoints as I find them more interesting and enjoyable to read. I also really liked Giovanna’s writing style and found it flowed really well and the book was an easy, light summer read. I’d definitely recommend if you’re looking for something light and enjoyable but will still keep you guessing till the end.

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

REVIEW OF BEAUTIFUL BROKEN THINGS

Title: Beautiful Broken Things
Author: Sara Barnard 

Blurb: 
Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

(Taken from Goodreads)

MY REVIEW: 

The book follows 3 girls through their friendship together. Before it had always been Caddy and Rosie but then Suzanne comes along and changes the dynamics of the friendship. Suzanne is a ‘troubled’ teenager who has had to go and start a new life with her aunt. There she becomes friends with the 2 girls, initially she is just Caddy’s friend of a friend however, they become a lot closer.

Suzanne almost seems to have this power over Caddy and makes her step out of her comfort zone and do things that are not normally what she would do; she begins to go to parties, to go on adventures and even to sneak out. This unlikely friendship causes friction between both Caddy’s best friend and her parents – they believe that Suzanne is a bad influence on Caddy, though that does not stop her from following her lead.

The friendship culminates in an incident which, if I’m honest, I was not expecting would happen until they reach where they’re going (apologies that doesn’t make much sense, but if you read the book you will understand what I mean).

The book basically explores how far people will go for friendship and that sometimes there is nothing quite like the bond you have with friends.

I liked the characters and I felt sorry for Suzanne, she’s had a difficult life and it did genuinely seem like she didn’t want to be the way she was. Caddy, I felt, really did try to help and I did find her character endearing, relatable and likeable.


Overall, I did really enjoy the book and I liked the fact that the ‘love’ in the book was not between boy and girl. It made a change from the typical teen/YA novels where, generally, the plot line is centered around a girl meeting a boy. I would recommend this book if you’re looking for a relatively quick summer read, although it does touch on some serious issues it is not a heavy read.

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Thursday, 7 April 2016

Review of The List

Title: The List
Author: Siobhan Vivian

Blurb:

An intense look at the rules of high school attraction - and the price that's paid for them.

It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn't matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.

This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, "pretty" and "ugly." And it's also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.

(Blurb taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

The List follows the story of 8 girls who have either been named the ugliest or the prettiest. The list has been a school tradition for many years and the story covers 8 different points of view.

Each of the girls has their own problems to deal with, for example, an eating disorder and romance troubles. There is certainly a lot of different points of view and as there are so many different stories it makes the book quite relatable as you are almost guaranteed to have experienced something similar to one of the girls.

However, although these issues are interesting, I did find that, for some, they remained unresolved and you didn’t quite know what was going to happen next for the girls.

I really enjoyed having such a variety of points of view and it made the book more exciting as there was a lot of different scenarios running alongside at the same time. The girls each had different personalities and different ideas which again made the book more interesting to read.

Overall, I really enjoyed the list. It deals with some more complex issues whilst also being relatively light-hearted and fun. I’d really recommend it as I thoroughly enjoyed the varying narrative.  

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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Review of All the Bright Places

Title: All the Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven

Blurb:

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

 
(Blurb taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

All the Bright Places is about a girl, Violent, and a boy, Finch, who are dealing with their own personal problems.Violent is a quiet girl on the edge of the popular group, whilst Finch has always been an outsider and is seen as a weirdo. At first, it appears to be a typical YA love story yet it was so much more than that. 

They meet at the top of a bell tower, with Violent contemplating jumping off. Finch saves her and in that moment, they influence each other more than the other knows. Following that, the two work together on a school project where they have to discover wonders of Indiana. 

Whilst completing the project they get closer and soon become involved romantically. Finch pushes Violent out of her comfort zone whilst Violent gives Finch a reason to live. They both believe that they can save each other, however it's never that simple. They have had to deal with complicated things in their lives.

As you read the book, you find yourself really longing for the characters to find their 'happy ever after'. I found myself becoming incredibly attached to both Finch and Violent and I hoped that they would find a way through their problems.

I have never cried fully at a book before but this one really did touch my heart and I spent the evening balling my eyes out. The story is beautifully told and the characters are ones that stick with you long after you close the final page.

The plot touches some sensitive issues such as life, death and love. This book will stay with me for many years and I could re-read it over and over again. I truly fell in love with the plot and characters and the story is beautifully written. It is definitely in my top three books; and is possibly even my number one.

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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Small Book Haul

Apologies for the destitute looking blog I seem to have at the moment. Today I thought I would show some of the books I have received recently. I apologize again for the short post but I just don't have enough time.







Firstly, I got 'All the Bright Places' by Jennifer Niven. I have heard countless rave reviews of this and the blurb intrigued me. It's about a boy and a girl who save each other I believe.















Secondly, I got 'Everything, Everything' by Nicola Yoon. This is about a girl who is protected from the outside world and how she gets out. 

















Lastly, I got 'Night Owls' by Jenn Bennett. This is about a girl who falls in love with a notorious street artist.











Those are the books I have received recently, have you read any?

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Review of To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Title: To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han

Blurb:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. 

(Blurb taken from Goodreads)


My Review:

To All the Boys I've Loved Before follows the story of Lara Jean, a girl who has written love letters to all the boys she's ever had feelings for. She keeps these letters tucked away and a secret to the world, until one day when they are sent out.

Again, I found this book didn't follow the usual cliché of a love story and had a bit of suspense throughout the novel. I liked how not only did the book explore love as a theme but also family relationships. 

Lara Jean as a character I liked, she was a normal teenage girl experiencing normal feelings. One thing that did annoy me throughout the book was the fact that the father was referred to as 'Daddy' throughout the novel - this wasn't a deal breaker but it did annoy me quite a lot as I felt at 16 you wouldn't call your father 'Daddy'? Maybe that's just me,

The ending does leave you wanting more and I would like to pick up the second book in the series. The book is a nice simple read that I did enjoy. I would recommend it, the characters and plot was interesting and I would like to read the next book in the series as I would like to know what happens next.

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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Review // Girl Online On Tour

Title: Girl Online On Tour
Author: Zoe Sugg

Blurb:

Penny joins her rock-star boyfriend, Noah, on his European music tour.

Penny's bags are packed.

When Noah invites Penny on his European music tour, she can't wait to spend time with her rock-god-tastic boyfriend.

But, between Noah's jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming bandmates and threatening messages from jealous fans, Penny wonders whether she's really cut out for life on tour. She can't help but miss her family, her best friend Elliot . . . and her blog, Girl Online.

Can Penny learn to balance life and love on the road, or will she lose everything in pursuit of the perfect summer?
(Blurb taken from Goodreads)


My Review:

As a fan of Zoe and seeing as I enjoyed her first book I was keen to read the second book in the series. Following the controversy of the last book I was also interested to discover Zoe's writing style. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised - I did enjoy the book.

The book follows Noah and Penny's relationship as they go on tour together with The Sketch. The story follows the trials and tribulations and the ups and downs throughout the tour. I enjoyed being in each country and I did like Zoe's writing style.

The plot is easy to follow and the book has a nice ending. One thing I did find throughout is that it could be a bit too everything's amazing one minute and then everything's awful the next. Regardless of that I would definitely recommend the book if you're after something easy to read.

It's not going to win any literary prizes for writing or most inventive plot but I still enjoyed the book and devoured each page. I would definitely recommend it if you're after something quick and easy to read.

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