REVIEW: SOLITAIRE – ALICE OSEMAN

REVIEW: SOLITAIRE – ALICE OSEMAN

SolitaireTitle: Solitaire

Author: Alice Oseman

Genre: Young Adult

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: Alice Oseman is an author I’ve been hearing about for quite a while now and I’ve been putting off reading Solitaire, since its release in 2014. I honestly don’t quite know why but when I came across the Heartstopper comic a few days ago and was introduced to Nick and Charlie then I felt like it was a sign I should start this book and boy, I was not a single bit disappointed!

Solitaire tells the story of Tori Spring, a teenage blogger, pessimist and  in her last year of high school. When mysterious blog “SOLITAIRE” appears, random pranks start happening in Tori’s school. Reuniting old friends and meeting new ones, Tori’s life takes an unexpected turn and now she has to learn to cope with a whole bunch of new feelings.

Well, where do I start with this review? First of all, I don’t think I’ve ever came across a more relatable character than Tori. There was a lot of myself that I could see in her and this is one of the things I loved about Alice Oseman’s writing, in each one of her characters, I could see small parts of myself in them.

Tori is bit of an introvert, she doesn’t really get involved with anything, doesn’t really talk much and usually keeps herself to herself (never related to someone more) and then Michael Holden comes along and eventually changes things. The relationship between both Tori and Michael was one I really enjoyed following because watching them grow as friends was just nice and you could see how much they both related to each other and in a way needed each other.
I honestly loved Michael’s character as well. He was sweet, caring, funny and also another troubled character but he hid it from everyone else because all he wanted was for everyone else to be happy.

As I said at the start of this review, I started reading Solitaire because I came across the Heartstopper comic on tumblr and was introduced to Nick and Charlie. These are two characters I would’ve loved to see more of in the book and the fact they have their own comic series makes me happy!

In all, Solitaire was a strong, well written and fantastic debut novel from Alice Oseman and I honestly can’t put into words how much I enjoyed this story. I’m just sorry it took me so long to finally get round to reading it but I’m so glad I have now and I’ll be recommending it to everyone!

If you’re a fan of young adult, contemporary and a little bit of mystery then I fully recommend you give this a go, you will not be disappointed!

 

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REVIEW: EVERLESS – SARA HOLLAND

REVIEW: EVERLESS – SARA HOLLAND

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Title: Everless

Author: Sara Holland

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Format: eBook/Hardback

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon 

Review: Wow. Wow. Wow. I’m honestly so surprised by this book in a really good way. When I seen the cover and read a bit about it I had a feeling it was just going to be something similar to Red Queen or Throne of Glass and I was slightly dreading it (don’t shoot me, I actually love both these series’) but boy was I wrong! Sara Holland created such a unique story and world and I was drawn in straight away.

In a world where time is used as currency, allowing the rich to live longer as they bleed the poor of their time leaving them to struggle, Jule Embers and her father are left in a desperate situation after having to flee from their comfortable home at Everless, home of the Gerling family. When Jules finds out her father is running out of time and is behind on the rent and bills, she realises she doesn’t have a choice but to return to Everless as a servant to earn more time for her father so she doesn’t lose him forever. During her time here she discovers secrets and is reunited with two people she never thought she’d see again all in the while meeting new friends. As things start to twist, Jules realises her actions are more powerful than she ever thought and only she has the ability to change the world as she knows it.

I was honestly blown away with this novel. The whole plot was just captivating and interesting and that alone makes you want to pick up the book and see for yourself what kind of world Holland has created. Sempera is the main kingdom (if that’s the right word) that the novel is set in with Jules coming from a small village called Crofton. Pretty much straight away we’re told about bleeders, the people who steal/take time from others. The way it works is that people bleed people of their time and then turn that blood into a coin which is consumable. It’s all about the rich taxing the poor leaving them struggling to survive whilst they add centuries on to their own lives and have all the time they could want.

The characters in this book were all so well written and I fell in love with just about all of them. One of my favourite characters has to be Hinton and it honestly makes me so sad that he was only a minor character as he was just the sweetest wee thing and I instantly adored him when he was introduced.
Ina was another character I really, really liked. As the daughter of the queen she was the complete polar opposite and was kind, caring and a really sweet friend to Caro and Jules, even if it was their job to look after her.
I found Jules to be a really lovable main character. You could tell how much her father meant to her and it was clear she would go to whatever lengths she could to save him. I just really can’t wait for the next book to find out more about her and her background!

Like I said at the beginning, I was expecting it to be similar to Red Queen and when I seen there were two brothers, one good, one evil I was a bit sceptical about how it was going to turn out but I was actually pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t similar at all and I actually enjoyed both the brother characters in this novel.

‘Everless’ truly is a masterpiece and if this is only Holland’s debut novel then I honestly can’t wait to read more of her writing. She’s definitely someone that is going to be huge within the YA community! With so many twists and turns and misleading characters, you’ll really struggle to put Everless down, everything about the story captivates you whether it be the characters, the world or the story building. I also forgot to mention there’s some slight mythology throughout the novel as well so if you’re into this type of thing as well as Fantasy and strong, brave, female characters then this is definitely the book for you!

Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an ebook copy in exchange of an honest review and also thank you to Fairyloot for including a hardback copy in their December box!

If you guys have read the book then please let me know in the comments below!


In the coming days/weeks I’ll be posting some more reviews, tbr lists as well as a kind of welcome back type of post as it’s been so long since I last blogged properly on here and I miss you guys!

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March Wrap-Up

March Wrap-Up

Hey guys, so it’s been a few weeks since I was last active due to work so I apologise for this post being so late. Although I’ve been working, the travel has given me a lot of time to read so I read most of the books I wanted to read last month!


Personal Recap

As I was saying last month, I got a new job and although I’ve only been in it for a few weeks I absolutely love it! I never realised how rewarding it could be working with kids and how good it feels to help them with things. Also, I know this didn’t happen in March but last Tuesday I PASSED MY DRIVING TEST!! I’m actually so happy that it’s over and done with and now I can go anywhere I want without having to worry about travel. I passed first time too!


Bookish Recap

I mentioned at the start of the post I had read most of the books I wanted to read in March so I’m happy about that. The only ones I didn’t get to start was The Shadowhunters series,’ so that is going to take up all of April (I’m not going to make an April TBR post because of this reason).

Books I Read

  • The Show – John A Heldt
  • Burning Bright – Chanda Stafford
  • Dead House – Dawn Kurtagich
  • Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Bernard

Books I Recieved

  • Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Barnard x2 (one signed)

Books I Bought

  • Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare
  • Carry On – Rainbow Rowell
  • Flawed – Cecelia Ahern
  • Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Barnard

Reviews Posted

So there we have it, my March wrap-up! Hopefully this month I’ll be able to finish all my Shadowhunter series books!

How did you guys do in March? Let me know in the comments or link me to your post! 🙂

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Review: Burning Bright – Chanda Stafford

Review: Burning Bright – Chanda Stafford

Burning BrightTitle: Burning Bright

Author: Chanda Stafford

Genre: Young Adult

Format: E-book

Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: This book surprised me in a good way. I wasn’t sure what to expect but after reading two of Stafford’s other books I knew it was going to be good either way.

Burning Bright’ tells the story of Sam Grey, a teenage girl who comes from a broken home with abusive foster parents who only took her in for the money. When Ben Ramirez’s family move to her town and open a cat sanctuary, she meets Solomon, the Bengal Tiger and soon finds out they have a lot more in common than people would think.

When I started this book I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to carry on reading as I wasn’t really gripped with the story but the more I read, the more I got attached to the characters and wanted to find out what the future held for them. Sam story is a heartbreaking one and the more you find out about her, the more you feel for her. Ben was a character I was very unsure of at the beginning but the more we get to know him the more likeable he becomes and it’s clear how much he cares for Sam.

Chanda Stafford did a fantastic job of developing the characters throughout the story and there wasn’t any time where it got too much. The only thing I didn’t really like was Emily, I felt she was pointless in the story because we didn’t get much background on her or how her and Sam became friends. Other than that I did enjoy the book.

I received an e-copy of this book from Chanda in exchange of an honest review. Thank you again for allowing me to read your book.

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Review: Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Barnard

Review: Beautiful Broken Things – Sara Barnard

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Title: Beautiful Broken Things

Author: Sara Barnard

Genre: Young Adult, Mental Health, Realistic Fiction

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: This book captures female friendships absolutely perfectly. You have the confident, outgoing one, the sensible one and finally the quiet, shy one. Now I know not all friendships have someone that fits these descriptions but for me and my friends, we did (I’m the quiet, shy one unfortunately).

I honestly can’t describe how much I loved this book. With what I had heard about it, I knew I was going to enjoy it but I just didn’t realise how much I actually would fall in love with the story and characters. Sara Barnard did such a fantastic job of creating such a realistic story about three teenage girls who struggle with new relationships and the strain it can have on lifelong friendships. One of the reasons I loved this book so much is because there was no cliché romances that you’d normally expect in a YA novel and it made me happy because I’m starting to get tired of reading the same kind of thing over and over again. Caddy was such a relatable character for me and I seen so much of myself in her. Although she was unsure about Suzanne at first she soon became the one Suzanne would turn to when she needed someone and when things were getting tough which is similar to something that’s happened to me in the past. At first I was unsure about Suzanne because like Caddy, I didn’t want the relationship between Rosie and Caddy to change but like any friendship you have, it does change as you grow up and meet new people plus the more we got to know Suzanne the more I got to love her and sometimes I could see part of myself in her too.

I loved how realistic this book was, especially when dealing with Mental Health. Suzanne comes from a troubled background and I felt that Miss Barnard did an amazing job of showing how a mental health illness can affect not only the person suffering but the people around them who love and care for them which is not often shown in a lot of YA books that do focus on Mental Health. As someone who suffers from mental health issues myself, it made me realise just what I put my friends and family through when I was at my lowest point and I know now that any time I feel like that again, I can think of this book and know that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and I’ll always have people around me who love me.

Beautiful Broken Things’ is such a heartbreaking but stunning story about the complications and struggles all friendships go through. It will stay in my heart for a long time and I’m so glad I had the chance to read it. If you get the chance then PLEASE get this book whether it be from a library or you buy it because I can promise you won’t regret it.

After buying this book, I came home to find a copy waiting for me that I had surprisingly won so thank you to Maximum Pop for sending me a copy to review! 

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Review: The Dead House – Dawn Kurtagich

Review: The Dead House – Dawn Kurtagich

22396591Title: The Dead House

Author: Dawn Kurtagich

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: Goodreads

Buy Book: Amazon

Review: I’m so happy I finally got round to reading this book! It was much better than I thought it was going to be.

The Dead House’ is different from every other book I’ve read as it is told through, interviews, diary entries and camera footage. At the start I was slightly confused by everything but the more you get used to the format of the book, the more it all begins to make sense. All evidence in the book was used to work out who was responsible for the fire in Elmbridge High School, 20 years ago that claimed the lives of 3 students and injured many others and most of it is taken from Kaitlyn Johnson’s diary.

One of the unique things about this book is it is about two girls, Carly and Kaitlyn who share the same body. I was slightly unsure about how the story would go with the double character thing and would it ruin the book but Kurtagich went about it brilliantly. You could see just how much went into creating the characters in the book and each one had so much depth and helped to create something more real. I really did like the fact that we got to know each and every character in the book without it being too much.

This book keeps you guessing right until the very end who is responsible for everything that is happening which was exciting because it made me want to continue reading on. I think the biggest thing I loved about this book (in a weird way) was the fact you never know who to believe. So much is raised and you’re left with many questions about who done it? Is she possessed? Is it all magic?? WHO KNOWS??? You’re constantly questioning things making you become a detective for a while.

All in this book was creepy, frightening but also heartbreaking as you see Kaitlyn fighting with her demons and with how the story is told, it’s almost like you’re experiencing the exact same feelings she does. If you like creepy, psychological thrillers then I highly recommend this book to you.

I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange of a review. 

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March TBR

March TBR

MARCH TBR

Hey guys! So after giving myself a week to decide on what books I’m going to read this month I’ve settled on re-reading a series since the new book has just been released! As well as this I have two books I was asked to review two months ago and one from Netgalley so I’ll be reading them too and then that will be the end of my review request books.

The books I’m planning on reading this month are:

  • The Infernal Devices – Cassandra Clare
  • The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare
  • The Show – John A Heldt
  • Burning Bright – Chanda Stafford
  • The Dead House – Dawn Kurtagich
  • Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare
  • Bane Chronicles – Cassandra Clare

So obviously there’s a lot of books there and I know there’s no chance I’ll read them all so this will probably go on until April too but we’ll see when we come to the recap at the end of the month!

I’ve also just finished reading ‘Not If I See You First’  and oh my god. I can’t remember the last time I was this invested in a character! Parker was just so loveable and it had just about everything you could want in a book in it! I don’t know if I’ll review it yet as I only have the uncorrected proof and I also want to read the finished copy so I’ll have a think about that.

What are you guys planning on reading this month? Let me know in the comments below or link me to your post!

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