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Book Review: As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

Published in 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

417 pages

2 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

What if you could ask for anything- and get it? 

In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true.

Some people wish for money, some people wish for love, but Eldon has seen how wishes have broken the people around him. And with the lives of his family and friends in chaos, he’s left with more questions than answers. Can he make their lives better? How can he be happy if the people around him aren’t? And what hope is there for any of them if happiness isn’t an achievable dream? Doubts build, leading Eldon to a more outlandish and scary thought: maybe you can’t wish for happiness…maybe, just maybe, you have to make it for yourself. 

Let’s talk about the plot:

I received a copy of this book from Harriet McInerney at NewSouth Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my thoughts on the book.

Okay, so I admit that initially I was intrigued by the premise of this book. It instantly made me think ‘what would I wish for’ if granted a wish on my 18th birthday? So I was intrigued to learn more about the whole concept of the wish granting town of Madison. Unfortunately for me, that didn’t last long for me, and I’ll tell you why below.

Let’s talk about the characters:

Eldon, our narrator  – we see everything in this book through his eyes, well aside from the flashback chapters, but as much as I wanted to like him, I really couldn’t! I felt like he was at times so shallow and he didnt think before he spoke! He was snarky to Eleanor, saying how she clearly didn’t wish to lose weight, and he was blaming himself for his sister’s brain dead situation, and as much as I wanted to feel bad for him I couldn’t! Because he should have been there! 

I feel like the rest of the characters ardent really given a great deal of page time, aside from when we learnt about what they wished for and why. But even then, I feel like a lot of that wasn’t fully thought out, and as the story went along all these characters felt the same to me, and I really struggled to connect with any of them.

Let’s talk about the writing:

I didn’t enjoy the writing, only a little bit because it made me think about my own wish. The writing was so long winded, I felt like a lot of it was filler and the whole story just seemed a bit contradictory at the end; Eldon’s goals kind of took a turn – and I was a puddle of annoyed confusion by the end. The writing was split into the present, counting down to Eldon’s wish day, and then when he interacts with certain characters, it flashes back to their early life and why they wished for what they did. All in all, I feel like this had he potential to be a really interesting story, but between the jerky character and mundane writing, it didn’t do much for me at all.

I’ll leave it there. Thanks again to Harriet McInerney for the review copy. 

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Book Review: Wonder by R.J Palacio

Published in 2012

310 pages 

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances? 

Let’s talk about the plot:

This was such an exquisite read! It was so heartwarming and I was moved from page one and I knew this would be a memorable read! The story follows August, as he ventures into 5th grade school after being home schooled for all this time: we learn about his condition, which makes others perceive him differently, and through not only August, but those around him, we learn about how other people perceive he who looks different. 

Let’s talk about the characters:

August is so precious! My heart was with him all the way, I thought, how can someone have so much sadness thrown in his face but still be so loving and fun? I wanted to hug him so much! The book took us right into his emotions, I felt everything that he felt and honestly I was so proud of how much he grew throughout the book! I loved his interactions with every character, especially Daisy! And I loved his perception of everything and how wise he is. 

August’s parents were so lovely! They honestly loved their son and daughter so much, I love how much love their is in the family, and how they weren’t afraid to admit it. August’s parents and sister supported him constantly, and only had positive things to say to him! And the whole family’s interactions with Daisy, the aging family dog, melted my heart constantly and at times had me so teary! 

August’s friends at school were all really interesting! I loved reading about their backstories and seeing them interact! I was glad to see characters like Miranda grow too, although I shall refrain from saying why, because I truly think this book needs to be read by everyone! No matter what the age, everyone will get something out of this book! August makes me want to be better! This book impacted me THAT much! 

Via, or Olivia, is August’s elder sister, I loved her chapters so much!! I had a lot of questions whilst reading her parts, and so it was great to learn all about her, and I loved her bond with August; though I felt sad at times when Via was admitting some things, and I was all “but why?!” – but alas, Via is another who had great character growth.

Let’s talk about the writing:

I couldn’t get enough of the writing, the characters had me emotionally invested and the writing was amazing in itself. The story was broken up into short chapters, which were contained within a specific characters’ narration. One of the many reasons I loved this was because it allowed for lots of character perception, interaction and of course development! I can wait to read the ‘Wonder’ short stories; and I would happily read infinite stories on Auggie! 

Book Review: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan 

Book 5 in The Heroes of Olympus series

Published in 2014 by Disney Hyperion Books

502 pages

5 out of 5 stars 

Goodreads Sypnosis:

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen-all of them-and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood-the blood of Olympus-in order to wake. 

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over. 

Let’s talk about the plot:

Throughout 5 books we have come to know 7 demigods, some old, some new. We and they have been through literal hell and back, and then some. So much was leading up into this final installment, and as this series had fast become an all time favourite, you can presume I didn’t want to let these characters go. This was such a nail biting finale! I was on the edge of my seat throughout and I felt like everything was heightened: the prophecies were reinforced and some characters knew what they had to do! Rick’s writing remains flawless and exciting as ever: and so emotional too! There were times in this book that I was cheering, laughing and crying: but seeing everyone come so far, and our heroes” friendships develop and seeing them lean on one another, and how much they all appreciate each other, was perfect! I couldn’t predict what way the final battle was going to go, and even though I feel like it wasn’t the big epic finale that was foreshadowed, seeing our demigods step up to the battle was so nerve wracking and exciting!

I’ll miss these characters but I know it never ends, really.

Let’s talk about the characters:

Annabeth, Percy, Piper, Jason, Frank, Hazel, Leo, Nico and Reyna have all been through it all! Through these 5 books I felt like I got to know these characters so well! I’m talking about them as a collective because a) squad goals and b) otherwise I’ll be here ranting endlessly about them! Throughout the book, which is told in the perspectives of Reyna, Nico, Piper, Leo and Jason, we get a taste for their fear and worries about the last battle. They all know what has been leading up to this, and they have their own choices to make: and even though we don’t get narration from Percy and Annabeth, they definitely feature prominently throughout the book, and we read about them and see their scenes through other characters’ eyes, which is amazing! I love reading about them all: they hold one another in such high esteem! I’m so proud of how far everyone has come; I was cheering them every step! 

Let’s talk talk about the writing:

Rick Riordan’s writing was every bit as delightful as this book’s predecessors, although I do question why Gaea’s entrance and subsequent exit was so brief; which made the book semi anticlimactic, but either way I am amazed how he can take on the personalities of each character and switch perspective so effortlessly. As always, I loved how each character mostly had a narrative that lasted 3 chapters at a time, and each one was packed full of emotion and fun. It was Leo’s chapters that had me cracking up so much, he’s definitley the comic relief of the book, and Piper and Reyna’s narratives had me feeling the most! I just adore all of them though and I definitley want more!! 

And that concludes my review! Until next time, happy reading! 

Brooklyn 🙂

Book Review: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Book 1 in The Wrath and The Dawn duology

Published in 2015

344 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Let’s talk about the plot:

I’ll keep this brief, and spoiler free. Oh my goodness this book! Where do I start? It was utterly insane, from the word go I was instantly obsessed and with Shazi all the way! I wanted answers and I wanted revenge on her part! What followed is a twisted tale of betrayal, heartbreak, sacrifice, deciet and love! And it was honestly wicked and wild every step of the way! 

Let’s talk about the characters:

Shazi was easily my favourite character, I couldn’t get enough of her! She is so wild and witty and loving and brave above all! I definitely think she’s one of the bravest characters! And I loved how loyal she was with Shiva, the flashback scenes were so emotional and I definitely felt Shazi’s grief, as well as her thirst for revenge; but of course not every thing is as simple as that, as Shazi found answers to questions that she’s long been seeking, what follows is conflict, torment, acceptance and love. I admire Shazi for many things, one being her undying love for her family, the other being her quench for answers, period; and I loved her friendly banter with Despina, although there were times when I was weary of Shazi’s handmaiden, too. 

Khalid honestly was a character that had me furious at the start and then by the end I was floored. I was furious because I didn’t understand how he could constantly do what he’d be doing but with zero remorse? And as the writing progressed, I was shocked and devastated by what came about, not to mention speechless; I never could’ve seen any of the revelations coming! 

Let’s talk about the writing:

The writing was so vivid, beautiful and emotional! All this and more was packed into Shazi and Khalid’s story, and honestly I cannot even anticipate what will come in book 2! The fact that this series is only a duology scares me, because I already love these characters so much! The book had some sure fire funny moments, and at other times I was terrified for what could happen next, and this increased as the story went on. 

What concluded was such a unique, horrific and emotional story if there ever was one! Can’t wait to read The Rose and the Dagger.

And that concludes my review, until next time, Happy Reading 🙂

Brooklyn xx

Book Review: Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Published in 2016

271 pages

5 out of 5 stars 

Goodreads Sypnosis:

At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knowsthat fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?

Let’s talk about the plot;

For me, this was all about character. Norah was one of the most brilliantly written characters ever, Gornall has captured mental health so perfectly, I was definitely awed.  Norah’s agoraphobia and anxiety were both captured vividly, and real. I could sympathise and relate, I felt things that she had.

Now, I know what you might think, the Goodreads Synopsis almost reads like a potential insta love story, but honestly it was so much more than that. I think rather than love at first sight, Norah had finally realised that in Luke, there is someone that accepts her for who she is, I mean, her friends, from the gist of it, didn’t attempt to visit her at home, and it seems that they just didn’t want to understand what she was going through. Enter Luke, and also enter a journey of grief, illness and love.

Let’s talk about the characters:

Norah is definitely relatable with her thoughts. I was with her every step of the way, and their were so many times that my heart just broke for her. She was so brave, even when she felt most scared, I admired scenes when she tried to be rational, yet I couldn’t help but ache for her when things became tough. I definitely feel like she’s one of the most real characters in YA Lit, and this book is definitely one of the best contemporaries I’ve read in some time. Actually since Turtles all the Way Down! I  felt every emotion that Norah did, I wanted to hug her so much and tell her every thing would be okay.

Luke was so precious too! He was an utterly unique and not at all what I was expecting. His character definitely contrasted to Norah but at times they had slight similarities and I loved every minute of seeing their interactions develop! In a friend and confidante; and vice versa too, it was amazing seeing these characters open up so vastly and deeply. 

I really loved how supportive Norah’s mum was of her, I feel like that’s semi rare sometimes. But I could feel how much love their was between Norah and her mum, it was just amazing, lovely and touching to see how much her mum had sacrificed for her daughter’s wellbeing: and she wasn’t one of the suffocating mum types, she just wanted Norah to be happy and well.

Let’s talk about the writing:

The writing was so addictive, I couldn’t stop once I started, and I wouldn’t put it down. The writing was done so well, not only could I see everything played out in my mind, but I felt suspense when Norah was scared, uncertain when she was, and so much more, and when Luke admitted something to Norah, I honestly had to chuckle because of how the events of the book played out. Utter brilliance, and there was a scene at the near end that actually terrified me, I was so nervous and proud. 

An utterly beautifully put together book, I know I’ll definitely revisit it.

Happy reading 🙂

Book Review: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Published in 2017 by Hodder and Staughton

532 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

Strange the Dreamer is the story of: 

the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Let’s talk about the plot:

For me, this plot had me constantly guessing, I was loving every minute and was amazed with what Laini Taylor has created, and what a unique story! I feel like it was more character orientated than plot, even though I was constantly kept guessing, I didn’t know what would happen next!

I’m going to keep this review exceptionally short, because everyone needs to read the living daylights out of this Book! I cannot express my love for this story and the characters!! 

So, author further ado…

Let’s talk about the characters:

Lazlo and Sarai – it only feels rignt to discuss them together, they are honestly for me what this book is all about! The book followed their journey and so much more, what a journey that was! Looking back to the start, Lazlo had come so far, he has so many amazing traits, he has got to be one of my favourite fictional characters ever! I love his dreamer nature and his love for stories, and his thirst for knowledge! I could definitely relate to all this and it was fun reading this book with one of my closest friends, I loved fangirling over it all with him 😊.

Sarai, such a precious character. My heart constantly ached for her, and I love how much she grew and what she went through. Her interactions with Lazlo are precious and gave me life. I couldn’t get enough, and there’s nothing about either of them I could fault. For so many reasons this book made me feel so much, it was so unique and I daresay it’s become a fast favourite. 

Let’s talk about the writing:

Laini Taylor has one of the most visual and magical I’ve ever read, she definitely awes me! Her world of Weep is endless and the magic is real! There was times when the writing stalled a bit, but honestly then things would get crazy and mysterious! Every emotion was coaptured here, I laughed, I cried (still not over what happened), and I was on the edge of my seat. 

Book 2 now please – this is something that’ll stay with me, and everyone, for time to come. 

Happy reading 🙂 

Book Review: Molly and the Cat Cafe by Melissa Daley 

Book one in The Cat Cafe series

Published in 2015 by Macmillan

300 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

When two-year-old tabby, Molly, loses her beloved owner, her world falls apart. Re-homed with three cat-hating dogs, she decides to take matters into her own paws and embarks on a gruelling journey to the nearest town. As Molly walks the cobbled streets of Stourton, she begins to lose all hope of finding a home . . .
Until one day she is welcomed into the warmth by caring café owner, Debbie. Like Molly, Debbie is also an outsider and, with a daughter to care for, she is desperate to turn around the struggling café.
But a local battleaxe is on the warpath and she is determined to keep out newcomers, especially four-legged ones. It looks as if Debbie will have to choose between the café and Molly. Yet maybe the solution to their problems may not be as far away as they think.
Will Debbie and Molly be able to turn their fortunes around to launch the Cotswolds’ first Cat Café?
Let’s talk about the plot:

Okay, so I kind of knew what was going to happen in this book, having read its sequel first, but nonetheless I was so excited to read this! And it made me so emotional, seeing all these characters again, especially Molly. She’s definitely become one of my favourite fictional felines! It’s such a great read, easily something I would read over and over again. I can definitely say its more character orientated than plot, having been told from Molly’s perspective, but even as the story unfolded and I knew what would happen, I was still on the edge of my seat throughout: and there was never a dull moment! 

Let’s talk about the characters:

Molly, our narrator, is a tabby cat who goesthrough it all! I was feeling so much for her thtoughout, I loved reading about her life before she met Debbie, and how much she grew through the book, as well as her observations on everything. She was written so well! I wish the book was more than a duology, I need more Molly in my life 😂. Honestly, I can’t rave enough, Molly was just the perfect narrator, and I really love her character! I don’t want to spoil it, because I think everyone should read it, but Molly goes through so much and develops of course not only as a cat but as a character too! I definitely was left wanting more, but I know I’ll re read the sequel at Christmas 😂 I loved especially Molly’s intereactions with Debbie, I love how much Molly loved and cared and understood her! I felt like the loyalty of Molly really shone through the book, I could picture her every movements and hear all her purrs. There was one scene towards the end, she made me laugh so much, I could just picture her expression, it was brilliant! And at the very end I definitely felt so proud of her and how far she’s come, and nostslgic too, having come full circle with Molly. I definitely think there’s plenty of potential though for more books with these characters, and they’re definitely among my favourites for that reason. I haven’t read anything like this before and doubt I will again!

Debbie, I practially squealed when I saw her in this book for the first time, I loved her character in book 2, but even more so in book 1, it shows us how far she’s come! I was with her every step and cheering her on, she had been through so much in the past, we definitely learn to the extent of what, but despite all this she’s such a treasure! She’s kind and caring and only wants what’s best for her daughter and Molly. I loved Debbie’s interactions with Molly, and loved the awkward scenes with potential partner John. Molly intervened here for the better, and it was fabulous! I also loved how accepting Debbie is of Molly’s previous owner, something happens towards the end of this book which leaves a catalyst for the events of book 2. 

There’s plenty of other colourful characters, both human and feline: Sophie, Debbie’s teenage daughter, I loved her growth through the book, and also Jo, Debbie’s closest friend, she named one of Molly’s kittens, and knowing what happens in book 2 that is definitely such a precious moment!! And I loved meeting John again, he’s so lovely! I only lamented lack of Jasper, a tom cat of significant proportions to Molly, but again, I couldn’t worry too much because of what happens in book 2.

Let’s talk about the writing:

The writing was so addictive, I couldn’t put this book down. I already know I’m going to hopefully get my own copy of the book, it’s something I know I’ll revisit again and again! Melissa Daley combines laughs, love, feels and sometimes suspense in this beauty and it’s something I’ll always recommend to everyone!

Happy reading 😊

Book Review: Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp (Spoilers)

Published by SouceFire Books in 2018

348 pages 

1 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.

Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter.

Let’s talk about the plot:

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my thoughts on this book whatsoever.

I confess, I was intrigued by the plot, I was expecting to be haunted and chilled, and I felt this would be a good mystery, I mean don’t get me wrong, it had potential, but in its entirety, the plot felt like it was a never ending cycle of repetition.

It started with Cory finding out about her best friend’s death, and trying to get justice for her friend and have her remembered as she should be, not as the ridiculous town of Lost would remember her.

I say ridiculous, because it felt like Lost was a cult town, they all believed Kyra’s death had been something she prophesied through her art, and rather than help her, they accepted it. So we then have Cory being angry at the town, which is fair enough, but honestly…nothing came of it? And what did happen made no sense 🤔 like, when Kyra’s dad tried to kill Cory, because she took her best friend’s possessions that Kyra would’ve wanted her to have? 

Lets talk about the characters:

Kyra: I felt like she was misunderstood by the people of Lost, it was sad getting to read exceprts of unsent letters to Cory and their flashback scenes honestly had me feeling annoyed and pitiful, I wanted to knock some sense into the people of Lost for not seeing Kyra as she is, for glossing over her illness – I mean, her parents wouldn’t even let her take her medication! Both her mother and father angered me to the core, I mean they were so blind and clearly they didn’t care about Kyra, even if they claimed to love her. 

Cory was the main narrator of the story, I felt sad for her, having lost her dearest friend’s, but honestly her narration was so repetitive! The whole book felt like it was her fury at Lost, which I could understand, but honestly. 

Let’s talk about the writing:

I wasn’t a fan of the writing at all, it was so choppy, the sentences were short and there was no realism. It just felt like things were there and happening, and aside from Kyra’s bipolar, which I felt was hardly conveyed, and Cory describing herself as asexual, I felt like I couldn’t get attatched to the characters.

I’ll leave it there. Thanks again to Harriet McInerney for the review copy.

Happy reading 😀

Book Review: Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Published in 2017

286 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

Let’s Talk about the Plot:

I actually really enjoyed this book, which frankly, sounds odd, because there were some parts that I found completely agonising (like when Aza constantly fed herself hand sanitizer, because she thought it was helping her). But honestly, the plot constantly kept me intrigued. There was quite a bit of mystery to it, and I honestly didn’t know what would happen next, and the writing didn’t feel too forced, everything flowed perfectly and the characters felt really real and relatable. Definitely my new favourite John Green, I didn’t actually think I’d enjoy this, the only book of his I wholly enjoyed was The Fault in Our Stars, but this one had me wholly invested in Aza and her journey. I really liked the mystery aspect too, I had no idea what might’ve happened to Davis’s dad, but I knew I needed to find out.

Let’s talk about the characters:

Aza definitely was a character I related to; I admit, when I was younger I used to be a hypochondriac, forever obsessing about germs and illness. To this day, part of me still thinks about this and once that switch is triggered, it’s hard to turn off. Now, although Aza wasn’t exactly that, she definitely, I would say, was worried about germs in her body and for that, I could definitely relate. Even to the extent where she wouldn’t kiss someone, I have been there. I was once (and perhaps still am) terrified of too many germs entering my system. Anyway, I know I’m stalling, but I will say Aza was a loving daughter and a loyal friend, even though she wasn’t always mentally there for Daisy. I actually enjoyed, in fact I found it refreshing, because she was written so human. Her thoughts summed up how I’ve felt about things in the past, and honestly my heart ached for her mental pain. I just wanted her to realise that she is an amazing human that’s doing her best.

I’ll also never not think of her when I see or use hand sanitizer again, truthfully. The parts where she drank it chilled me, honestly I ached that she had to go to that extreme and how she thought she was so insufficient. Even though I couldn’t exactly relate to these aspects of her personality, I definitely found Aza to be one of the most relatable characters, and it’s a total surprise that this book is a new favourite. I need more characters like Aza in my life.

I loved Daisy too! I absolutely adored her friendship with Aza, and I’m glad Daisy sort of pushed Aza in to realising certain things, even if it lead to a nail biting scene. Both characters complimented each other perfectly, to be honest: and Daisy really loved Aza; they were always there for one another, just in different ways. And I thought Daisy’s Star Wars obsession was fun, definitely a quirky aspect to the story, with her passion for Chewbacca and Rey and writing Star Wars fic. Some of the scenes mentioning this really made me laugh, and actually the same can be said for Daisy. At times she was a really funny character, and at times she was definitely what Aza needed, I think.

Davis was great too, he was constantly going through his own grief, his father’s disappearance being the context of the mystery in the book, and I definitely felt for him. I loved reading his blog entries, with quotes from people such as Shakespeare and Terry Pratchett, which echoed Davis’s thoughts. I really liked his scenes with Aza too, I feel like both characters went really well together, and he was really understanding of her nature. Their scenes were written so simply, it was utterly wonderful and refreshing; and I love how much he cared for Noah, his younger brother. It was so precious reading the parts where Davis was talking about Noah, I really felt for those two.

Let’s Talk About the Writing:

I was addicted. This book has reawakened my faith in John Green. The Fault in Our Stars has always been a long time favourite book of mine, and this beauty is definitely standing proud next to it. I’ll read this again, easily. It was such a unique story and the writing was packed full of everything, it made me laugh, cry and flail with sad frustration at times, and Aza has definitely helped how I see things in life, so I’m definitely grateful for this book.

Until next time, happy reading.

Brooklyn 🙂

December 2017 reading wrap up

Hi bookworms!

It’s been a while since I posted a wrap up blog post, but I really want to get back into doing them! So what better time to start!

I read 17 books last month, and they are as follows:

– An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – 5 out of 5 stars

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – 4 out of 5 stars

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo – 5 out of 5 stars

Christmas at the Cat Cafe by Melissa Daley – 5 out of 5 stars

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken – 5 out of 5 stars

The Loneliest Girl in The Universe – by Lauren James – 4 out of 5 stars

A Familiar Tale by Delia James – 4 out of 5 stars

Phoenix Rising – by Hunter S Jones – 5 out of 5 stars

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – by CS Lewis – 5 out of 5 stars

Sputnik Sweetheart – by Haruki Murakami- 2 out of 5 stars

– Hexes for the Modern Age – by Val Brains – 3 out of 5 stars

– Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – 5 out of 5 stars

– Toby by Margaret Wild – 4 out of 5 stars

– You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan- 5 out of 5 stars

– The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George – 5 out of 5 stars

– Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – 5 out of 5 stars

– Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan- 4 out of 5 stars.

So there you have it, an eclectic selection of books, I enjoyed most of them, as you can see, and reviews for all of them except Language of Thorns (it’ll come), can be found on my blog too. Comment below if you’ve read any of these, and your thoughts?

See you soon and happy reading 🙂

Brooklyn 🙂