The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Posted on 2 February, 2017 by Faye - 1 Comment

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Title: The Breakdown
Author: B. A. Paris
Publisher: HQ
Published: 9th Feb 2017
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…


Initial Thoughts

After reading and falling head over heels in love with B. A. Paris’ first book, Behind Closed Doors (Review Here), I had high expectations for The Breakdown. However there was also a little bit of trepidation too – what if this book was a let down? Fortunately I needed not to have worried. I flicked through The Breakdown quickly because I was addicted and simply had to know what was actually going on. Needless to say this book is one of the best books that I read last year.

Plot

One of the absolutely brilliant things about this book is the narrative. The main character is forgetting things but they’re also not in the narrative which leads you to a unreliable narrator as you try to piece together everything that is going on. The plot is incredible clever and well-written and I was quite literally blown away with it. I thought the ending was absolutely fantastic as well. B. A. Paris has written yet another strong and intense book that is sure to become very popular.

Characters

I’m not going to lie, I really liked Cass. I was worried about her and for her and wanted to make everything okay for her. She was a strong but fragile character and I could feel her conflicting emotions so well. B. A. Paris has created some very strong and powerful characters in this novel and they’re all very interesting to read about. I am actually a little in awe of how well she creates such believable characters that you feel so much empathy for.

Summary

Aside from yelling: READ THIS BOOK, I’m hoping this review dictates how wonderful and brilliant this book is. It’s a rollarcoaster of a read as you feel your way through the storyline and try to work out what is happening and how it will all end. It is addictive, fast paced, and very intense too. If you loved Behind Closed Doors or are just a thriller fan, definitely make sure that you do not miss out on this next stunning book by B. A. Paris!

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 2 February, 2017 by Faye - 1 Comment


Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

Posted on 1 January, 2017 by Faye - No Comments

Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

wing-jonesTitle: Wing Jones
Author: Katherine Webber
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: 5th January 2017
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, Wing Jones

Summary:
Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.


Sometimes You

If you’ve been following this blog for a while then you may know that I really like running. I’m not any good at it, not by a long shot but I like it and have really missed being able to run this year due to my physical limitations so, when I heard about Wing Jones, I knew it was a book that I simply had to read. It was about running! Thus, I picked up the book after hearing many high recommendations for it and am happy to inform you that I really, really enjoyed the book. It was so much more than I was expecting and I just loved it from start to finish.

Just Have To

Katherine Webber takes you on a very inspirational and emotional journey in this book. She doesn’t shy away from the dark and scary topics that arise and she doesn’t sweep everything under the carpet as though it is nothing. She has created a marvelous book that really makes you think while also making your heart swell with pride and happiness by the end of it all. Which is basically everything I love in stories all wrapped up in one neat little bow. (I am trying really hard not to just gush about this book, is it working yet?)

Open Your Wings

One of the biggest things I love about this book is that it is truly character-driven. This story is about Wing Jones and how she learns who she is and grows into someone she loves. It’s a truly wonderful journey that really filled my heart with hope, happiness and pride. I felt so much for Wing Jones and was so glad when things ended the way they did. I also really loved Aaron and Eliza. I thought they were wonderfully strong characters too who helped to shape Wing and mold her journey. But the biggest thing I loved about the cast of this book was how diverse all of the characters are. Katherine Webber has not shied away from creating a realistic society in this book and I truly loved that. This is the kind of book we need in YA right now.

And Fly

In case you’re not entirely sure yet, I completely and utterly loved this book. I devoured it quickly and greedily because I wanted to stay with Wing. I felt so many emotions while reading this book from sadness, to pain, to hope, to happiness. I swung in so many directions and I felt this really made the book that much more exciting and entertaining. I felt like I was in the story and more than anything else I just wanted to make Wing feel happy and safe. I wanted her to be okay more than anything else. Ultimately, I am surprised that this is Katherine’s debut novel and I will definitely be keeping an eye on her from now on!

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Posted on 7 November, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Last WordTitle: Every Last Word
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Published: 16th June 2015
Pages: 368
Format: Hardback
Source:: Netgalley Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK

Summary:
If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.


Often All

Sometimes when you start reading a book, it captures your soul in a way that no other book has done before. This is what happened to me when I started reading Every Last Word. It spoke to me in ways that very few books have done in recent months. There was just something so wonderful about this book that I truly related to and found exceptional. I could fully connect and appreciate the main character of the story and the journey that she finds herself on. I also feel this book would be brilliant for anyone wanting to understand just a little more about OCD and how it can affect a person’s life.

You Need

This book follows Sam as she deals with slipping away from her friends. It’s a brilliant, addictive, and stunning book that really pulls the reader in. I became enamored with the secret poet society that she stumbles across, love the way she slowly opens herself up and was absolutely floored by the ending. Tamara Ireland Stone has written a very hard-hitting and intense book that really gets down in to the dark crevices of mental health, being a teenager and learning to deal with the world, one step at a time.

Is To Believe

I cannot describe enough how much I absolutely adored all of the characters in this book but I really, really loved Sam. She was portrayed so well, written beautifully and was wonderfully flawed to boot. I loved how her confidence grew and how she learnt to open her world to other people. I admired her strength as she battled her OCD many times over and how she learnt to deal with overcoming the boundaries that her mind gives her every single day. She is a strong, inspiring and heartfelt character that I will look up to for many years to come.

In Yourself

Every Last Word was a spellbinding read that stole my heart – in case you didn’t quite get that yet. It was hard-hitting, realistic and just brilliant. I’m really trying hard not to gush too much but this book well and truly stuck in my heart like glue. It is a powerful, emotional, lovely read that just really puts forth a strong message of hope, strength, love, friendships and relationships. It is a book that I will definitely be reading again and one that I would highly recommend others read!

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Blog Tour: My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

Posted on 26 October, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

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Hey All!
Today is my stop on the My Sister’s Bones blog tour and I am here today with a review, which will hopefully be more than just READ THIS BOOK, but we’ll see. First, here’s some information about the book!


About the Book

my-sisters-bones Kate Rafter is a high-flying war reporter. She’s the strong one. The one who escaped their father. Her younger sister Sally didn’t. Instead, she drinks.

But when their mother dies, Kate is forced to return home. And on her first night she is woken by a terrifying scream.

At first Kate tells herself it’s just a nightmare. But then she hears it again. And this time she knows she’s not imagining it.

What secret is lurking in the old family home?
And is she strong enough to uncover it…and make it out alive?

Amazon UK. Goodreads.


My Review

In the Dark

When I first heard about this book, I was instantly intrigued. A fish hook had landed and I was curious to see where it was going to take me. Now that I have finished the book, I am struggling to find the words to explain just how immaculate, powerful and intense this book was. From the very first sentence to the very last, I was absorbed by the words on the page. It took me on an exceptional journey that I may never forget.

In The Light

The problem about reviewing is that I don’t want to gush too much and put you off or put too much pressure on you to read this book but it also the worry that you will give too much away. And in the case of this book, I do not want to give anything away. A large part of what made this book so gripping and thrilling was not knowing what would happen or where the book was leading me. Thus all I want to say here is that this book was intense, thrilling and an emotional rollercoaster that leaves you breathless.

How Do You

What really captured my attention was how intricate and detailed all of the characters were. I was pulled into the story by Kate whose story tugged at my heartstrings. And I swayed along with Sally as life plodded along. All the characters were dark, deep and full of life. You could see where things fitted and fell apart, could understand the feelings and thoughts from all sides and it just made the book that much more intense and powerful.

Know The Truth

In case you missed it, I have fallen head over heels in love with this book. I devoured it from beginning to end and really struggled to put it down. It was an emotional book that struck my heart when I least expected it. With an absorbing narrative, this book is sure to pull you out of this world and into an entirely new one where things aren’t quite what they seem…


About the Author

nuala-ellwood-credit-justine-stoddartNuala Ellwood is the daughter of an award-winning journalist. She was inspired by his experiences and those of foreign correspondents such as Marie Colvin and Martha Gellhorn to secure Arts Council funding for her research into PTSD for her debut psychological thriller MY SISTER’S BONES.

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Posted on 26 October, 2016 by Faye - No Comments


Book Review: The Puppet Master by Abigail Osborne

Posted on 30 September, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

The Puppet Master by Abigail Osborne

puppet-masterTitle: The Puppet Master
Author: Abigail Osborne
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: 30th August 2016
Pages: 228
Format: Ebook
Source:: Complimentary Copy from Author
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK

Summary:
Manipulated by fear and love…could you cut the strings and take back control?

Billie’s hiding from the world, believing it to be the only way to take control of her life as she lives in fear of the man who nearly destroyed her. But what she doesn’t realise is that she’s exactly where he wants her; isolated and afraid. A chance meeting with budding journalist Adam sparks a relationship that could free her from the terror that controls her. But will Adam be able to see the real Billie buried under her terror and pain?

Adam knows exactly who Billie is and is determined to expose her and get justice for the lives she ruined. But first, he needs to convince her to open up to him but as unwanted attraction and feelings blossom between them, Adam is forced to realise that all is not as it seems.

Most of their lives have been unknowingly governed by the desires and needs of someone who considers himself their master. He has influenced and shaped them for years, meticulously weaving a web of lies and control around them. Can Billie and Adam survive the betrayals in store and cut the strings that bind them?

One thing is for sure. The master wants his puppets back – and he’ll do anything to keep them.


My Review

This is one of those books that even when I was only partway through it, I already wanted to recommend it to people. I was already enamoured with the book that I was thinking of the best ways to push it on people. Abigail has written a very sensitive topic with incredible skill. She’s captured the essence of all the emotions people can go through in a truly magnificent way. Her main protagonist Billie has been through a lot and it shows how talented Abigail is that she has created such a believable and truthful character in Billie. I was awed by how realistic everything was and how Abigail really got to the bottom of every single emotion.

One of the things that I am well aware can make or break a novel is how well a sensitive topic is handled and Abigail has shown that she can handle it perfectly. Repulsion flew off me in waves as I read the story as well as anger and sadness but also jubilance and hope. Abigail has not romanticized or trivalised anything but left it raw and open, like it should be represented. The bare and disturbing truth of it all.

I cannot express how much I loved this book. It was intense, powerful and full of raw emotions. It showed the world as it can be both dark and light, showing that the world isn’t just black and white too. It was just a wonderfully brilliant book and I cannot urge you enough to pick it up and read it. I am 100% sure that you will not regret it.

*please note* There are triggers in this book as it contains violence, manipulation, sexual, domestic and emotional abuse. It also contains PTSD, anxiety and depression.

five stars

** I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 30 September, 2016 by Faye - No Comments


Film Review: Hell or High Water (2016)

Posted on 9 September, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

hell-or-high-waterTitle: Hell or High Water
Director: David Mackenzie
Screenwriter: Taylor Sheridan
Published: 9th September 2016
Main Cast: Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham
Format: Cinema Screening
Source:: Unlimited Viewing at Cineworld
Add It: IMDB

Summary:
Chris Pine and Ben Foster play two brothers on the run from the law in this gripping drama.

Toby (Chris Pine, Star Trek) is a divorced father who only wants a better life for his kids. With both him and his ex-convict brother, Tanner (Ben Foster, 3:10 to Yuma) facing the foreclosure of their mother’s West Texas farm, they decide to take justice into their own hands by robbing the bank they believe robbed them. But after the robbery they find they have two West Texas rangers (Gil Birmingham and Jeff Bridges) on their trail…

This modern Western is directed by British director David Mackenzie (Starred Up) and has been lovebombed by American critics. Variety called it “a thrillingly good movie – a crackerjack drama of crime, fear, and brotherly love set in a sun-roasted, deceptively sleepy West Texas that feels completely exotic for being so authentic,” while The Playlist described it as “if No Country for Old Men were remade as a heist movie.”


At What Point

I didn’t know much about this film before I decided to go and see it which is more or less how I prefer it. Thus I walked in with no expectations and no theories on how the film was going to play out. Whether this increased my enjoyment or not, I don’t know but I do know that I thoroughly enjoyed this film. From the beginning until the end, I was fully enraptured by this story.

Do You Bend

This drama was packed with emotion and I felt so much watching it. Every single character stole my heart and I was at a loss for who to support which was such a fascinating experience. This was due to the wonderful acting but also because the incredibly strong screenplay with witty and brilliant dialogue. I just loved it all.

The Rules For

Along with vibrant characters, the cinematography and plot were also very well done too. The plot was gripping and tense and the cinematography really pulled that atmosphere out of the screen too. From dusty, secluded and empty Texan towns to funny moments in diners and banks. This film was just full of amazing moments and just worked so well. It is the kind of film that I love to watch.

A Better Life

A film that makes you laugh one minute, feel tense the next and finally has you near to tears, this is nothing but an emotional rollarcoaster. I was fully transfixed on the screen and couldn’t wait to find out how it all came to an end. I was blown away by the film as a whole and will definitely be re-watching this film at some point in the future. I would highly recommend giving this film a watch.

five stars

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DVD Review; Huntsman: Winter’s War

Posted on 14 August, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

The_Huntsman_–_Winter's_War_posterTitle: Huntsman: Winter’s War
Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Main Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Charlize Theron & Emily Blunt
Release Date: 15th August 2016
Format: DVD & Blu-Ray
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: IMDB, Amazon UK, Rakuten.co.uk

Summary:
Freya the Ice Queen (Emily Blunt) brings her sister Ravenna (Charlize Theron) back to life, and the powerful evil siblings plan to conquer the Enchanted Forest. Only the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and his secret lover Sara (Jessica Chastain) can stop them in this sequel continuing the inventive twist on the Snow White fable.


When You

When I first watched this film in the cinema, I was a bit unsure what to expect. Having seen Snow White and the Huntsman previously, I knew that it would be a magnificent film but there were parts of that film that film that I disliked. Fortunately, this film was a lot better and I ended up liking it a lot. So when I was given the chance to receive the DVD and review it early, I jumped on the chance. Watching the film for a second time just made me realise how much I really enjoyed this film and I am certain that I will continue to watch this film over and over again. The exact thing you want when purchasing a DVD or Blu-Ray!

Lose Everything

I’ve always been enamoured with the Snow White story and I love that in this film they dive deeper into the background of the story. This is different to the normal story that we all know and love. This is the prequel story, how the Huntsman became the Huntsman. It was thrilling, addictive and intense. I thought it was full of brilliant twists and turns and I found myself riveted in my seat both times that I watched the film. My favourite characters of the film, aside from the Huntsman himself, were the dwarves. They were the perfect characters to bring comic relief to such a dark film and I just thought they were absolutely brilliant.

Do You

The one thing about this film that cannot be missed out of this review is the stunning cinematography. This film is absolutely beautiful. Every colour has been carefully planned and plotted to bring out the right essence of this film. From the cold, snowy scenery to the vibrant colours of the forest. It has all made this film a masterpiece to watch. It made the atmosphere just right and just makes me want to re-watch it over and over again to witness the beauty all over again. It is absolutely stunning and I am in awe of everyone who worked on this film to make it what it is.

Give Up?

Overall this film is a spectacular movie that will keep you entertained from start to finish. It is interesting and fascinating and you will become engrossed in the storyline as the film progresses. It is full of charming characters that you can’t help but love and villains that you will want to destroy. It’s storytelling and filmmaking at its finest and it is easily re-watchable too. I absolutely adored this film and I know that I will be re-watching it myself too. This film is intense, emotional, and has comic relief moments too. The perfect film to watch with the family. So, if you haven’t yet seen this yet, I highly recommend you go out and buy it tomorrow!

five stars

** I received this copy in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Book Review; Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Posted on 18 July, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Behind Closed DoorsTitle: Behind Closed Doors
Author: B. A. Paris
Publisher: Mira
Published: 11th February 2016
Pages: 351
Format: ebook
Source:: Netgalley Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace.

He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. Though, you’d like to get to know Grace better.

But it’s difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart.

Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.

Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.


Sometimes There

This book has been siting on my kindle for far too long. I kept looking at the title and then choosing something else to read and when I finally got around to reading the book, I felt like kicking myself in the head because the book was incredible. I read it over two days because I physically could not put the book down. It was addictive, dark, intense and edgy. I needed to know how it was going to end. I had to know that it would all work out in the end and I just absolutely loved every single thing about this book and the way that it made me feel. This is the kind of book that makes me absolutely love reading thriller books.

Is More

Right from the very beginning of this book I got a bad vibe about the main couple in this story. Something wasn’t quite right but I wasn’t sure exactly what was going on. As the book continued, I had my heart pulled this way and that as I fell in love with the characters and wanted to help them. The plot jumped from the past to the present, keeping the reader hooked on the book and on the edge of their seats. It was a fantastic way of building tension and really helped to make this book even more intense. I love where this book finally went and how it finally ended. I think how it ended actually just made me love the book more.

Underneath The

One of the most wonderful things about this book was the characters. I instantly connected with Grace and wanted her to live the best possible life she could. She loves her sister so much and it is clear that she would do absolutely anything for her and I absolutely loved that about her. I loved Millie as well. She was really sweet, logical, amazing and kind-hearted. I wanted the best for her as well. I also thought Jack was incredibly well written. A very believable character who made this story so very interesting in the first place. B. A. Paris certainly does not shy away from creating vibrant and unique characters.

Shinning Surface

Sometimes you open a book and it reminds you why you love to read. This book did that for me. It was intense, addictive, emotional and gut-wrenching. It was a true page-turner that I thought about constantly when I wasn’t reading. It was dark, gruesome and hopeful all at the same time. I don’t want to say too much so as to spoil the book for you but you should really just heed my advice and make sure that you read this book, especially if you’re a thriller book lover. I guarantee that you won’t regret it.

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 18 July, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Review; Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Posted on 24 June, 2016 by Faye - 3 Comments

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Publisher: Chicken House
Published: 7th July 2016
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother.

For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a ‘normal’ girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths …

An important and uplifting debut from a British author, which tackles mental health issues such as agoraphobia and OCD.


When You’re

Every now and again you pick up a book and everything suddenly changes. This is a book that completes you. A book that makes you feel less alone. That makes you feel understood. These is what happened when I picked up Under the Rose Tainted Skies. I thought it might because the description sounded brilliant. It sounded like, if done correctly, it was going to change things. And then it did. It was clear to me from the very first page that this book was going straight onto my favourite shelf. It was obvious after only one sentence that this book was going to speak to me. There were a few small things about this book that irked me but overall, it was a stunning read that I absolutely loved from start to finish.

Confined to Your

There were many ways in which this book could have flopped, many ways in which this book could have been a disaster, but instead Louise Gornall has written a brilliant book that is full of realistic and interesting descriptions of someone dealing with Agoraphobia. Everyone will handle their mental illnesses differently, they’ll have different thoughts and different reactions but I feel this was a very good representation of how some people react. Which makes this book the perfect fiction novel to make people feel understood, but also to educate others on empathy, to make others learn more about what it is like when the world scares you. It’s a wonderful depiction of this mental illness and a good picture of what having OCD or anxiety can be like and how best to treat someone with it.

House, How Do

Louise has done a fantastic job of writing believable and interesting characters. Norah was the most detailed and well thought out and I found her story to be a wonderful read. You could really understand her troubles and wanted nothing more than to help her deal with them. I also really liked her mum, even though she’s not seen that much. I really loved that she was so supportive and caring and kind throughout Norah’s illness. While I liked Luke and thought he was a very interesting character, I wasn’t overly fond of him. There were just a few things that happened that made me a little suspicious of him. But overall I thought he was an okay character and was good for Norah.

You Survive

In case you’re not sure, I absolutely one hundred percent loved this book. Like, loved it so much I am willing to stand on top of a rooftop and declare my love for it. It’s a powerful, hard-hitting, emotional read that is incredibly important and also wonderfully written. It is a real page-turner. With a brilliant, brilliant, description of mental illness and the way it can really effect more than just the person suffering. It’s a strong story that should be read by many and read over and over again too. Add this book to your wishlist immediately and read it as soon as possible. You won’t be disappointed.

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 24 June, 2016 by Faye - 3 Comments


Book Review; This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab

Posted on 2 June, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

Title: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)
Author: V. E. Schwab
Publisher: Titan Books
Published: 7th June 2016
Pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.


Are We All

Being a large fan of V. E. Schwab, there was absolutely no way I was going to miss the chance to read This Savage Song. And when I finally had it in my hands, I wasn’t going to waste any time! Which in a way, I’m glad I didn’t but also cursing myself that I didn’t wait a little while because I am now desperate to get my hands on the second book in this duology! Once again, V. E. Schwab has written a spectacular story that is sure to blow you away. I got pulled straight in to the story and was able to just imagine everything so vividly. I loved all the characters and the whole idea of the world was simply stunning. This is definitely not a book to be missed.

Destined For

This is the kind of book that makes me wish I could live in the authors head. I wish I could know where her imagination takes her but I’m also incredibly glad that she’s able to put her imagination into words and create a story that flows so well. I loved the entire world that this book is set in. From the way it turned out the way it is now, to the way the Monsters were created and how the different species worked, I just thought it was all incredible. Add to that a twisting and turning plot that leaves you feeling unsure who to trust, and you might just see why I enjoyed this book so much. I am in so much awe of V. E. Schwab.

A Life We

Alongside a wonderful world, V. E. has also created brilliant and vivid characters that I truly enjoyed reading about. First up is Kate. Kate was such a fantastic character to read about with an indepth and fascinating history too. She was closed off and hard but also had a really vulnerable and sensitive side as well. She was snappy and abusive but also kind and caring. I loved how she was a hard one to get to know until you got under her skin. And then there was August. He was an incredible character whom was very interesting to read about. Conflicted in so many ways, strong, protective, trapped, and caring. He was such a unique character to read about.

Cannot Control?

So, all in all, This Savage Song is an absolutely amazing book that I read quickly and impatiently as I loved being in the world and was fascinated by the characters and I simply had to know what was going to happen next. I needed to know where the book was eventually going to take me as well. It was a vibrant, powerful and energetic read that kept me entertained and hooked from the first page until the very last. And that last page! Boy, that is one way to end a book. I am so excited for the next book in this duology now. It is quite clear that it is going to be an absolute page-turner just like this one! So, if you’re looking for a book that will take your breath away in the best possible way, pick up this stunning book!

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 2 June, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment