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Fellside by M.R. Carey – BOOK REVIEW

I listened to Fellside on Audible

Genre: Thriller

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

Published: April 7th, 2016

Pages: 496 (hardback)

Audiobook length: 15 hrs and 35 mins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis by the publisher: 

Jess Moulson is convicted of murder. But it’s a murder she can’t remember committing. Nothing is quite clear from the drug-fuelled night when a blaze set in Jess’ apartment killed the little boy upstairs. But when the media brands her a child killer, she starts to believe it herself.

Now she’s on her way to Fellside, the biggest, most formidable women’s prison in Europe, standing in the bleak Yorkshire moors.

But Jess won’t be alone in her prison cell. Lurking in the shadows is an unexpected visitor…the ghost of the 10-year-old boy she killed. He says he needs her help – and he won’t take no for an answer.

M.R. Carey

The Review

"This ghost story is one that stands out from a lot of other ghost stories I've 
read, just like The Girl with All the Gifts stands out from a lot of other 
zombie stories. It's a thrilling ride that had me curious and wondering." 

Back in 2015 I read The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey and I fell in love with the story and the writing style. So when I heard about Fellside coming out, I knew I had to pick that up as well. And even though I had it on my radar way before it was actually published, it took me way longer to get to it than planned. Better late than never, right?

Going into this novel I wasn’t really sure what to expect. It’s listed as a thriller, but the synopsis mentioned the ghost of a boy, so the appearance of something paranormal was very likely. Just the way I like it!

The writing style of Fellside was every bit as good as The Girl with All the Gifts. It’s a completely different kind of story, but the way that M.R. Carey gives insight into the minds of his characters really makes them come alive. And even though there were quite a lot of characters throughout the story, I never found myself confused as it shifted between them.

One of the things that I thought was brilliant about this story, was the fact that there were no saints here. This is a story set in a prison, and even though you have characters you like and ones that you’ll find outright horrendous, none of them are completely innocent. All the drama and corruption inside the Fellside prison adds another layer of depth to the story.

Jess was a character it took me a while to really feel connected to, but once the reader gets under her skin, she’s quite an interesting character indeed.

I thought the paranormal elements in Fellside were executed very well and made it easy to visualise what was going on. It’s not just a paranormal thriller, there’s  a bit of mystery in there as well!

Fellside held quite a steady pace for most of the story, and after a while it really did escalate. The ending as well was very satisfying and not what I expected.

This ghost story is one that stands out from a lot of other ghost stories I’ve read, just like The Girl with All the Gifts stands out from a lot of other zombie stories. It’s a thrilling ride that had me curious and wondering.

A really enjoyable read, and I can’t wait to see what M.R. Carey comes up with next!

 

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You by Caroline Kepnes – BOOK REVIEW

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Genre: Thriller

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd.

Published: October 9th, 2014

Pages: 432 (hardback edition)

Audiobook length: 11 hrs and 6 mins

 

 

 

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Synopsis by the publisher:

When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

Caroline Kepnes

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The Review

"You mesmerised me and scared me at the same time. One of the scariest things
about this novel, is how it points out just how easily accessible all of our 
private information really is to anyone who's looking for it."


I was intrigued by the premise of this novel from the time it started to frequently appear on BookTube, a little over a year ago. I had it on my to-read list for a long time, and sort of forgot about it. Then I was asked by a fellow BookTuber if I wanted to buddy read it with him, and it had once again sparked my interest. I didn’t get my hands on a copy before my buddy had already finished his, so I was a bit late to the party once again. Better late than never though, and this is one party you don’t want to miss out on!

The story is written in a first person narrative through the character Joe. What was interesting about reading from the perspective of a stalker like Joe, is to see just how easily he justifies every move he makes. It’s such a wonderful and horrendous experience to be inside the mind of the bad guy!

Both Joe and Beck made for very interesting and relatable characters. None were too polished or unrealistic, and the friends that surrounded Beck (and made things difficult for Joe) made it all even more interesting.

You mesmerised me and scared me at the same time. One of the scariest things
about this novel, is how it points out just how easily accessible all of our
private information really is to anyone who’s looking for it. Makes you think about what it is that you actually want to share on today’s social media.

It was a very suspenseful ride, and one that I will not forget. Going into this, I was certain that this was a stand alone novel, but I’ve come to know that it is actually the first part of a series. The second book (Hidden Bodies) was published February 2016. I will be picking this one up sometime in 2017. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

That being said, You can easily be read as if it was a stand alone novel. It is just bloody brilliant in my opinion!

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On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher – REVIEW

9780751563146I read On The Other Side in a hardback edition. 

Genre: Magical Realism

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

Published: July 14th, 2016

Pages: 352

Audiobook length: Not yet published as an audiobook.

 

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Synopsis by the publisher:

Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open.

Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow , some way, she may also find her way back to her long lost love . . .

Carrie Hope Fletcher

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The Review

“This story is one of romance and life choices, combined with beautiful and charming magic!”

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Funny enough, I had never heard of Carrie Hope Fletcher until this book started make it’s round around BookTube. It started with just being a cover I was constantly seeing on my feed, and then BookTubers that I subscribe to started to review it and they all had wonderful things to say about it. So I was intrigued and ended up ordering the novel of Bookdepository. And BOY am I glad I did!

There are some books that I wish I’d gone into blindly and others that I’m glad I was prepared for before diving in. On the Other Side is one that I got to be prepared for and I think that was the best way to go about it. I knew that this was magical realism. I was prepared for the magic when it showed up and if I hadn’t been it might have put me off a bit. But because I was prepared for it, it made for such a wonderful experience.

This story is one of romance and life choices, combined with beautiful and charming magic!

I loved the characters and how they evolved throughout the story. They were so relatable and cute, but not in a cheesy way. I fell in love with their story and was very much invested in the whole story.

Did it make me cry? No, I wan’t that invested, but the story had me smiling and shamelessly giggling on the subway while reading it. It left me warm and fuzzy when I was done reading and I already miss spending time with the characters.

A truly wonderful read if you’re looking for something lighthearted, thoughtful, cute and romantic literature. Fletcher writes about life choices in a very charming and witty way that I absolutely got a major crush on. I can’t wait to see whatever she publishes next!

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I’m doing it!!

For many years I’ve been intrigued by the concept of NaNoWriMo, but haven’t dared to participate. Well, 2015 is the year that’s going to change!

For the very first time I’m going to do National Novel Writing Month and I’m beyond excited about it!

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I’ve been working on a novel for quite some time, as many of you do know. It’s getting there, but I needed to get some distance from it to let it process a little, so for NaNoWriMo I’m going to write on my recent Horror project.

It’s something that came to me late one night and for some reason I just can’t get the idea out of my mind. And when an idea as strong as that shows up, I just have to roll with it. So in a way the timing was just perfect!

I’ve started some notes and plot planning already just to keep the fire blazing and when November 1st comes around then I’m all in and there will be no turning back.

I’m hoping to document as much as I can throughout the month of November so that I can share my NaNoWriMo experience with you guys when it’s all over and my story will have hit over 50,000 words.

There’s no if here. I’m going to do this and I’m going to win!

Are you participating this year?? Let me know so we can cheer on each other 🙂

Let’s do this!

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5 Most Anticipated Releases of 2015

Soon summer will be over and gone for 2015, but don’t be sad! New books are about to be released!!

And today I thought I would share five of my most anticipated releases to come this year. If you find any of them interesting you can click on the cover photo and you will be taken to their Bookdepository page.

Let’s start with the first of the lot:

The Rest of Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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Publication date: August 27th, 2015

Pages: 352 (hardback)

Synopsis by the Publisher: 

What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

Why I look forward to it:

I’m not very familiar with Ness’s writing except for his book A Monster Calls (which I loved) but I’ve heard many great things about his work and this one sounded like a different and fun read.

Who doesn’t love an anti-hero story from time to time?

I’m hoping for an original and witty story.

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

9781619636040The fourth book in the Throne of Glass series.

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication date: September 1st, 2015

Pages: 656 (hardback)

Synopsis by the publisher:

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire-for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Why I look forward to it:

The Throne of Glass series captured me from the very beginning and the wait for this fourth book has been a long one. I listened to the first three (and the novella collection) on Audible and will do the same with this one. I can’t wait to dive back into this world and see what’s in stall for Celaena Sardothion this time around!

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The Marvels by Brian Selznick

9780545448680Publisher: Scholastic US

Publication date: September 15th, 2015 (October 1st for some regions)

Pages: 672 (hardback)

Synopsis by the publisher:

In this magnificent reimagining of the form he originated, two stand-alone stories — the first in nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, the second in prose — together create a beguiling narrative puzzle.

The journey begins on a ship at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage.

Nearly a century later, Joseph Jervis runs away from school and seeks refuge with an uncle in London. Albert Nightingale’s strange, beautiful house, with its mysterious portraits and ghostly presences, captivates Joseph and leads him on a search for clues about the house, his family, and the past.

Why I look forward to it:

I’ve never read anything quite like this before. First half graphic novel and second half written novel. This is truly something new for me and I’ve heard great things about Selznick’s writing as well. People who’ve received ARC’s of this one is saying amazing things and I’m curious more than anything.

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Illuminae bu Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

9780553499124This is the first book in The Illuminae Files series.

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Publication date: October 20th, 2015

Pages: 608 (hardback)

Synopsis by the publisher:

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she sworeshe’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Why I look forward to this:

I love the concept of combining the written story with snippets of documents and pictures so that it feels like you’re a more involved part of the story.

The ARC’s of this one showed up on BookTube a while ago and I was instantly intrigued by this series. I’ve also enjoyed Amie Kaufman’s writing in the Starbound series so far (third book is out December 1st!) and can’t wait how this collaboration goes.

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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen KingPublisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd.

Publication date: November 3rd, 2015

Pages: 496 (hardback)

Synopsis by the publisher:

Since his first collection, Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.

There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. “Afterlife” is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers—the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in “Obits;” the old judge in “The Dune” who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In “Morality,” King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil’s pact they can win.

Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King’s finest gifts to his constant reader—“I made them especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”

Why I look forward to it:

Stephen King is my auto-buy author. I love his writing and every time he releases a new book I’m instantly excited! I love short fiction and especially King’s collections and this will be an interesting read and a great addition to my Stephen King collection! Can’t wait!

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Now all I have to do is wait…….

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What are your most anticipated releases of 2015?

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman- REVIEW

The Graveygraveyard-bookard Book is a middle grade fantasy novel. The story starts with Jack (Also known as “the man Jack”) has murdered an entire family except for a toddler. When Jack goes upstairs to finish his mission he finds the toddler gone. The toddler has crawled out of his crib and outside to explore. He finds himself at the nearby graveyard and surrounded by ghosts.

The ghosts of the graveyard are uncertain of what to do when they realize that the child is alone and hunted, but when the Lady on the Grey appears and tells the ghosts that “the dead should have charity” and the baby be kept in the protection of the graveyard. Mr. and Mrs. Owens take him in as their own son and he grows up in the graveyard, protected by the dead.

This boys name is Nobody, but his dead friends call him Bod. He’s under the protection of Silas, a man that is neither dead nor living. Bod is a normal boy, but the protection of the graveyard makes him different. There are adventures both inside and outside of the graveyard for Bod to discover, but he has to be careful. The man Jack is still looking for him. He wants to finish what he started so many years ago.

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The Writing

Neil Gaiman is a master of captivating and magical writing. His words formed into beautiful pictures in my mind. They grabbed me and held me tight from beginning till the end. This is one of those books that I wish I’d discovered sooner. Gaiman has a playful way of writing about the dark and scary that just turns it into something extraordinary. This is my second Neil Gaiman book to read and I really look forward to reading more of his work.

The Characters

Bod was such a funny and different character. I loved that we got to be along for the ride as he grew up in this very unusual place. He felt very relatable in spite of his very different lifestyle. One could easily recognize the curiosity and wonder of growing up and into ones teens. The frustration of feeling left out and wanting to belong and explore.

My two favorite characters in this book (except for Bod) was Silas (Bod’s protector) and Elizabeth Hempstock (un-justly executed witch). Both of them brought something very special and unique to the story. Silas wrapped in mystery and Elizabeth being the sassy sidekick.

The first time I met his tutor Miss Lupesco in the book she annoyed me a whole lot, but she grew on me and by the end of the book I wanted to be a part of the graveyard family myself.

The Plot

This story starts with a bang and as I read about the murder that was committed I had my thoughts about this being a book for children. But then again, children’s literature today isn’t the same as it was when I was a child. And when the story progressed I found it to be very intriguing, exciting and beautiful.

The man Jack’s hunt made for a thrilling story, but the most wonderful part of this story is Bod and the way he grows and develops throughout the story. And all of those wonderful characters blend into one collection of delightful personalities that made this a fantastic read.

It took a hold of me from the beginning and I loved every part of it. Had me curious and anxiously waiting from beginning to the end.

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There are so many things that I loved about this book! And I really do look forward to reading this for my son when he’s a little older. It’s different and wonderful! And the artwork by Chris Riddell is gorgeous!!

Highly recommend!

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Until next time, Toodles 🙂

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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – REVIEW

All The Bright Places is a YA contemporary novel. We meet Finch who is obsessed about death and suicide. He constantly think about suicides and how he should go through with his own but something good always comes up when he’s about to finally do it.

Violet counts the daall_the_bright_placesys until graduation and the time when she can finally get out of the town and away from all the memories. Her older sister died in a car accident and Violet no longer knows what to do with her life without her sister there. All of the things she used to love suddenly no longer matters.

Finch and Violet meet each other on the ledge of the school bell tower and it is uncertain who rescues who from taking the leap.

Then they pair up to work together on a school project where they are supposed to discover the wonders of their home state they both learn so much more from each other.

But no matter how lovely a time they’re having, Finch can’t shake off that dark monster that lurks in his brain.

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Wow.. Where do I start here? This book was an amazing read and one that got me warm and fuzzy and sad at the same time. I haven’t felt that way about a book since I read The Fault in Our Stars. Gosh I bawled my eyes out and I giggled.

A great story about an important subject of depression and feeling different.

I enjoyed both Violet and Finch as characters and I loved the dynamic between them and how that grew and changed throughout the book.

Warm, beautiful, heartbreaking, lovely, funny and so sad. All at once, neatly wrapped in a gorgeous little package!

If you want something to read that gives you all kinds of feels then this is the way to go!

Highly recommend!

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“He says, “ ‘Lovely’ is a lovely word that should be used more often.”

                                   – All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – REVIEW

In this book we meet Jacob, a sixteen year old boy with a grandfather that has told him unbelievable stories51xgGEKd6oL about the orphanage he grew up in. He showed Jacob pictures of peculiar looking children that possessed different sort of gifts and he also talked about monsters as though they were real. As Jacob grows up he is told that there is nothing true to his grandfather’s stories, it is only a coping mechanism for what he experienced as a child during the war. Naturally Jacob is very disappointed and when his grandfather gets older and more and more paranoid he sees him not as the magical person he was in his upbringing but more as a delusional old man who needs to get into a home.

One day his grandfather calls him up and ask about the keys to his weapons cabinet (which the family has hidden so that he won’t hurt himself or someone else) and when Jacob tells him he doesn’t have it he gets angry and sounds even more paranoid. Jacob decides to go over to his house and finds his father missing. They go searching for him and find his body in the forest behind his house. He’s body looks mangled as from an animal, but suddenly Jacob sees a creature in the woods that looks anything but human.

After experiencing this (and having to tell the police and his parents what he saw) they believe him to be suffering from post traumatic stress and making it all up. He’s even told so by so many that he starts to believe it himself even though his nightmares about the creature comes back to haunt him every night.

After going through his grandfathers house and belongings he decides to go to Wales to see the orphanage that his grandfather lived in. He tells his psychiatrist that it is a trip to cope with all that has happened, but there is more to it than that. And what he finds will change everything.

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I found this book to be much more than what I expected. All of the pictures and illustrations throughout the book is absolutely amazing and I was even more thrilled about the whole thing when I read that the pictures are real and only a few of them has had some minor editing to fit into the story.

Riggs writes in a captivating and fast paced way that gripped me from the very first page. The mystery and creepiness of it all made for a very different and interesting read. I felt like I was right there, next to Jacob, experiencing all of it with him.

There are lots of interesting characters in this book and a story very unlike anything I’ve ever read before. I really liked Jacob as a character and could definitely relate to that feeling of so strongly believing in something magical as a child and then one day having it torn away.

A fantastic story and an absolute beauty of a book! Highly recommend it!

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One of my favorite quotes from the book:

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”

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Toodles!

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – REVIEW

The_Bone_Season_(cover)The Bone Season is the debut novel from British author Samantha Shannon. It is a dystopian fantasy novel set in England in the year 2059. The mane character is Paige Mahoney, an Irish clairvoyant with a rare gift. She is what they call a dreamwalker. A dreamwalker has the ability to walk in and out of the minds of other people. She works for a the Seven Seals a secret organization of clairvoyants. Clairvoyance is highly illegal in the year 2059 and when Paige uses her powers by accident out in the open she finds herself hunted down and captured. She is later taken to Oxford, a 200 year old well kept secret where clairvoyants are being held captive and used. 

The Warden Arcturus takes her into his household as his human. Paige hates him but is drawn in by the big mystery surrounding him and the world she thought she knew but gradually finds out is nothing but a lie.

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The Bone Season is the first book in a seven book series and  book two (The Mime Order) is scheduled to be released on January 27th.

I was captivated by this story from beginning to end! I found Paige to be a strong and very relatable character with depth and an interesting story. I feared that this universe would be hard to keep track of but Samantha’s writing is excellent. The story flows so easily and even though it has a whole lot of characters, places and histories it just drew me in and held me throughout the whole story. Warden was another character that I found amazing. I started out loathing him just as much as Paige did and as the story progressed and the mystery unfolded I found myself more and more intrigued and curious. It is quite a dark story but such an amazing one at that!

The Bone Season is exciting and different. It is a story unlike any I have ever read before and I found it mind blowing to know that Samantha Shannon is no more than 21 years old. Her writing and her story is unique and I’m looking forward to knowing what happens next in this epic fantasy adventure.

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One of my absolute favorite books of 2014!!!

A few of my favorite quotes from The Bone Season:

“Knowledge is dangerous. Once you know something, you can’t get rid of it. You have to carry it. Always.”

“Then there was that awful slogan: no safer place. More like no safe place. Not for us.”

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Smile, read and be awesome!

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Review – Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Eleanor & Park is a love story following two lovestruck sixteen year old misfits. 

Park is half Korean, half white, dresses in dark clothes, listens to punk and loves comic books.

Eleanor is the new girl at school. She’s a bit bigger than all the other girls, her style is weird, she has red hair (with a life of its own) and has a secret.

 

The year is 1986.

While Park comes from a family where his parents love each other very much and even still make out after so many years, Eleanor’s family is a whole other kind of story. She lives with her mother, a violent stepdad and four siblings. All five children are crammed up together in one tiny bedroom, huddling together whenever they are woken up by their mothers screams or their stepfathers yelling.

When Eleanor and Park falls in love with each other, Eleanor knows that her stepdad will never let her have that joy in her life, but she can’t picture a life without Park and Park can’t picture a life without Eleanor either. What are they to do?

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I’ve heard so many great things about this book and finally found the time to read it. This was a quick read for me. I enjoyed the story and could much relate to the weirdness and gingerness of Eleanor. I went into this believing it would be just another cutesy high school romance novel, but Eleanor & Park touches on so many other subjects than that of first love. Bullying, abuse, domestic violence and body image are some of the main themes throughout this book and even though this is a fictional story it hurts to know that the life of Eleanor is ever so real to so many others in this real world.

I’m not one to read a lot of young adult romance novels, but I did enjoy this one quite a lot. I thought it was funny, cute and also shook my heart from time to time (didn’t make me cry though) and I’m giving it a 4 out of 5 stars.

Recommend this if you want a lighter but not too mooshy kind of read 🙂

4star

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from Eleanor & Park:

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

“Holding Eleanor’s hand was like holding a butterfly. Or a heartbeat. Like holding something complete, and completely alive.”

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Till next time, Toodles!

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