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‘No Ordinary Star’ by M.C. Frank

‘No Ordinary Star’ by M.C. Frank.

Publisher: Createspace.no ordinary star

Published: November 25th 2015 .

Page Count: 150 Pages.

Genre: YA Science-Fiction, Dystopian.

ISBN:1518681093 .

Synopsis:

A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix a the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do.
A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive.
A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack.
The world hasn’t known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty.
The year is 2525.

Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace.

Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time.

Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.

Review:

Firstly, we would love to say a huge thank you to M.C. Frank for sending us this stunning book to review!❤️

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As soon as we saw this book, we were just drawn to the series as the covers are just completely and utterly gorgeous! We loved how the author managed to portray such deep meaning throughout such a small book!

The story follows the adventure of both Felix and Astra within the year 2524. A journey of self-discovery of finding ones identity and own capabilities. Throughout this unique dystopian world, children are bred within laboratories. We were completely fascinated by the idea and concept of both food and sleep not being needed for a human being to survive even in the most roughest conditions! Instead, advanced pills are taken in their place to eliminate human suffering. However, this new advancement (although good) destroys all human traits like thinking for yourself, having your own opinion and basically doing what you want to do. Can you imagine being under strict orders like a metallic toy soldier?

Felix is a soldier designed with the purpose to follow all Government orders and needs. The story commences with a rather mysterious abrupt message from the ‘Clockmaster’ requiring Felix to visit the North Pole. The ‘Clockmaster’ is known for constructing and designing special clocks for New Year celebrations. However, instead of meeting with the master, Felix is situated in a rather unplanned situation. You are probably all asking what did he find and that’s probably what Felix was asking himself.

Astra, is a girl who was tracked and punished for the crimes of her father’s doing. Together, both Felix and Astra uncover the mystery surrounding the ‘Clockmaster’ and the brutal truth about the world they have been brought up to know.

The author’s writing style throughout this novel was just stunning, engaging and adventurous. We loved all her use of imagery surrounding the characters and the plot location. We would have loved for the book to have been longer however, that’s only because we found ourselves absolutely loving this book and just wanting more!

We are definitely looking forward to continuing on with this incredible series! We just loved how both the main characters Felix and Astra complemented each other so well.

We would definitely recommend ‘No Ordinary Star’. It is such a beautifully written novel which shares so many deeper meanings that are hidden under the surface. This novel was really unique and had a storyline that we haven’t seen before which was really enjoyable! M.C. Frank is such a lovely author! Do yourselves a favour and pick up this gorgeous beauty!

Book Rating: 4/5 Stars🌟.

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‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas

‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas.

Publisher: Walker Books.THUG

Published: April 6th 2017.

Page Count: 438 Pages.

Genre: YA Contemporary.

ISBN: 1406372153.

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

Review:

“Khalil, I’ll never forget. I’ll never give up. I’ll never be quiet. I promise.”

We are going to be honest, we were both a little hesitant going into this book as we have always been a bit cautious when reading books with a lot of hype. We normally just hate how you can be let down and have high expectations. However, ‘The Hate U Give’ definitely deserves all the hype it is receiving and more!

It has taken us some time to compose our thoughts for this book review as we were just left in awe after reading this stunning novel! There are so many outstanding messages throughout this book! Our favourite part of this book would be that the characters showed so much courage and boldness! The book itself was beautifully honest in the way that the author’s words fought for justice. This book will definitely be relatable to so many teenagers regardless of colour. This is a powerful novel that everyone should read!

We really struggled expressing our love for this book. It’s one of our favourites for this year by far!

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The Hate U Give, was inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement. The story focuses on the main character, Starr and the required Justice for Khalil (Starr’s childhood best friend). With Khalil’s tragic death, many riots arise fighting for the majority of black lives that have been lost due to prejudice acts. This is one of the many reasons why this story is incredibly important for everyone to read!

We have to say that we absolutely loved this author with her powerful and unique writing style!

Throughout this novel, the author has also focused on positive relationships between both family and friends, keeping a balance which is definitely refreshing!

Starr’s relationship with her parents, uncle and brothers is so precious and true. They are a true family that sticks up for each other through thick and thin. Yes, they did have their disagreements. However, at the end of the day, their love for each other won through.

We found that we were angry and heartbroken throughout this book *many tears were shed!*. The novel broke our hearts although it did make us smile. As we read through these gut wrenching pages, we were definitely behind Starr and all the brave people in the world that stand up for Justice! This book will allow you to truly understand what prejudice is and it make you think how can we make this world better?

‘The Hate U Give’ is such an important and powerful written novel that will be remembered for years to come! We urge everyone to go out and pick this book up whether that be from the shops or a library! This story needs to be shared and heard by everyone all over the world!

Book Rating: 5/5 Stars.

Have you had a chance to read this gorgeous beauty? What are your thoughts?

Is it true that there is going to be a movie adaptation? Let us know in the comments!😊

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‘The One’ by Kiera Cass

‘The One’ by Kiera Cass.

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Publisher: Harper Collins.

Published: June 5th 2014.

Page Count: 323 Pages.

Genre: YA Romance, Dystopian.

ISBN: 0007466714.

Synopsis:

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants

Review:

“Break my heart, break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway”.

As we continue on with our re-read of ‘The Selection’ series, we can once again say that we have absolutely fallen in love with this gorgeous series! The storyline, plot and characters are just really entertaining!

So, our thoughts haven’t really changed even though this is our second time rereading19198642_654612694732129_1766633237_n.jpg ‘The One’ by Kiera Cass. This book just wrecked us! Our heart’s just broke. This series was so captivating! ‘The One’ was like a roller coaster ride, it was definitely our favourite book by far within this series! 😊.

Charming Maxon just made our hearts flutter! He will honestly stay in our hearts and minds forever! (Sorry! Fangirling moment!) ❤️.

Kiera Cass never manages to refrain from amazing us! Rereading this mesmerizing series obviously increased our love and praise for ‘The Selection’. This amazing plot was just so exciting and packed with action! We loved the new character developments and we loved reading about America’s growth in how she managed to believe in herself more. At first, as a character, she seemed annoying but as she finally chose a side in an irritating love triangle, we learned to really appreciate her more. It was very refreshing!

Despite her many flaws, we really enjoyed America as a character. She never ceased to surprise us! We can honestly say that we will always be a fan of Kiera’s writing style. Her writing is so full of depth and emotion. This left us devouring the words within the pages of her books 📚.

When the series was originally a trilogy, we thought that ‘The One’ was the perfect ending to the characters story. Even though we knew we would always be hungry for more! We were so happy with the overall winner of The Selection, we just love the incredibly lucky woman who stole the heart of the prince! It was a long and exciting ride however, it was so worth it!

We can barely manage to express just how much we loved this series! Towards the end of the book, there were a couple of scenes where we just couldn’t control our emotions!

*We just died towards the end, if you’ve read this series you will know exactly what we mean!*

We recommend this series as it is just so addicting. We can’t wait to continue our re-read with ‘The Heir’ and ‘The Crown’ next month! Our hearts broke the first time we finished this series so we just knew that we would need to have a re-read.

If you haven’t read this series, what are you waiting for!

Book Rating: 5/5 Stars ⭐️.

What were your thoughts on ‘The One’ or ‘The Selection’ as a series?

What emotional reads have you loved? We would love to know your thoughts in the comments! 😊.

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‘Pointe, Claw’ by Amber J. Keyser

‘Pointe, Claw’ by Amber J. Keyser.

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Publisher: Walker Books.

Published: April 1st 2017.

Page Count: 280 Pages.

Genre: YA Contemporary, Realistic Fiction.

ISBN: 9781467775915

Synopsis:

This book follows a pair of childhood friends who are both running out of time. Jessie is a dancer in an elite Ballet program that requires her full attention and 100% perfection to land a spot in a professional company. However, as she begins to experiment throughout her dance, nothing has felt more dangerous. She has one shot at her dream.

Meanwhile, her friend Dawn’s life is just shattering around her. She constantly awakes in unusual places after black outs; bruised, battered and unable to speak, the doctors are out of ideas.

Review:

Firstly, a huge thank you to Walker Books Australia for sending us a gorgeous copy of ‘Pointe, Claw’ to review 😊.

We are honestly so surprised with this book! We don’t normally buy and read these types of books so we had no idea what to expect. We are very pleased that we took the time to read this novel! It was a little weird but at the same time, we found it really interesting. Not to mention, the plot was just so intense between the relationship of the two main characters, Jessie and Dawn.

There was a certain wildness and untamed side to the author’s writing style and ability that completely reeled us in! This intense and truly surreal story really outlines certain struggles that both girls face. Both of their points of view are completely unique whilst still portraying a deep connection towards each other as they try and piece together their complicated past, where childhood best friends were ripped away from each other.

Whilst reading this unique novel, we found that both girls had a certain honesty and rawness about them when they faced different situations.

In Dawn’s case, the author allows us to clearly see fragments of what she is dealing with as the story progresses. This is partly the reason why we were so intrigued with this novel! As we slowly grasped what was happening to Dawn, we were constantly left wondering if we should believe something serious was going on with her health or if it was just all in her head? The lead up and suspense in this novel was really entertaining. The author would start to describe different accounts of what was happening then she would just leave us on the edge of our seats!

Don’t even get us started on Dawn’s mother. She is just so frustrating! She rarely cared about Dawn and what she truly wanted out of life. She only cared about finding a cure for an unknown medical condition and about her daughter’s body image to try and help her dress and act differently.

The other character, Jessie is a lot easier to understand. Jessie is a dancer in an elite Ballet program which requires her absolute full attention and 100% perfection. As Jessie begins to experiment throughout her dancing style and technique, the author does an incredible job at portraying the ultimate stakes!

She describes the brutality of being a ballerina with the constant pain, blood and strain that each performer learns to overcome. The drive that the dancers had left us in awe. Their determination in the way they connect to the music and themselves was truly inspiring.

We have always loved reading books about Ballet. ‘Pointe, Claw’ is all about mental pain, physical pain, determination and the ability to follow your own advice and dreams.

This book didn’t give us all the answers however, it left us thinking about how strange and extraordinary this book is with its unique characters. We do wish this book had a greater resolution however, it let us fill in the gaps ourselves.

We just loved how both girls created their own idea of feminism and how they embraced each other, including their distinctive wildness.

This is the first book that we have read by Amber J. Keyser and it won’t be the last! We definitely recommend this novel. It’s something completely different! You will either love its uniqueness or hate it entirely, but we can honestly say we loved it!

What have you recently finished reading? Let us know in the comments! 😊📚.

Book Rating: 4/5 Stars⭐️

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‘The Elite’ by Kiera Cass

‘The Elite’ by Kiera Cass.

Publisher: HarperTeen.

Published date: April 23rd 2013.

Page Length: 336 Pages.

Genre: Young Adult, Romance.

“It wasn’t like I made his world better. It was like I was his world. It wasn’t some explosion, it wasn’t fireworks. It was a fire burning slowly from the inside out”. 

Synopsis:

The Selection began with thirty-five girls.
Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away

Review:

This is our second time re-reading this and our thoughts remain exactly the same as the first time we read this gorgeous novel!

After beginning our re-read of ‘The Selection’ series last month, we were just so excited and enthusiastic to continue our re-read for the rest of the series.

We just couldn’t put this book down! So many crazy events took place! Through the journey throughout this book, our emotions were like a rollercoaster and our hearts pumped with excitement. We giggled within romantic encounters and when we cried, our hearts just broke.

‘The Elite’ did the same thing to us as ‘The Selection’ did. It’s clutch on us was just so tight we just couldn’t let go! Even though we found that we really enjoyed reading this book, we continue to feel as though it was incredibly frustrating and annoying at times. We found that we were really not enjoying the way America acted within her relationships between Maxon and Aspen.

It was a confusing cycle that continuously went back and forth between America’s critical, distant and judgemental actions towards Maxon. We are also left wondering why Aspen is still situated within this addicting love-triangle? Their connection seems to be more like a friendship, we don’t see a passion described like we do between America and Maxon.

However, we just loved how the outside of the castle was described, we learned and gained a greater understanding of how the society and caste system was formed.

Now on another note, we are needing to say that we were a little disappointed with how Maxon was continuously portrayed. Both Maxon and America were really distant within some parts of this novel. They can’t basically make huge commitments and express their feelings to then turn around and ignore each other. However, they are both only human so it is normal within any relationship to have disagreements.

Everyone we have spoked to has either loved or hated this book series and the main character America Singer. Everyone mentions how they personally believe that America is annoying. Although, we didn’t love how she dealt with this intriguing love triangle, America is just so spirited, stubborn, beautiful and bold. She stands up for what she believes is right.

Not to mention we just love the description of her fiery, flowing red hair and the covers on these beautiful books are just gorgeous!

Overall, we absolutely loved ‘The Elite’ by Kiera Cass. This series has such as intriguing and addicting plot! There was so much action in this book. It definitely kept us flicking through the pages! We definitely recommend this fast read!

Book Rating: 4/5 Stars.

What were your thoughts on ‘The Elite’ by Kiera Cass? Let us know in the comments! 😊

 

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‘The Sun Is Also a Star’ by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star’ by Nicola Yoon.

Publisher: Delacorte Press.

Published: November 1st 2016.

Page Count: 348 pages.

Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance.

We are capable of big lives. A big history. Why settle? Why choose the practical thing, the mundane thing? We are born to dream and make the things we dream about” ~Nicola Yoon ~’The Sun Is Also a Star

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Review:

If you know us well, then you’ll know just how much we adore Nicola Yoon after reading her extraordinary debuting novel ‘Everything Everything’. We rated Everything Everything 4.5/5 Stars! You can find our review here 😊.

We were so ecstatic when we realized Yoon had written another book. We just had to add this novel with it’s gorgeous cover to our bookshelves!

We absolutely love Nicola Yoon and her amazing and enjoyable writing style! Her books are so enjoyable and entertaining to read. She always adds something special and unique to her books creating her own unique trademark.

Whilst reading ‘The Sun Is Also a Star’, we realized that the author had incorporated alternating chapters, with in between chapters portraying different characters’ perspectives throughout the plot. This is yet another unique feature that adds to the story. Yoon included a lot of accurate information with the intended purpose of giving the reader more insight about the cultures mentioned throughout the novel. These cultures include Korean and African American. We found this information to be insightful and entertaining. This helped us to understand the characters more.

‘The Sun Is Also a Star’ is such an incredible and important book! It has definitely helped us with our goal to read more diverse related books. Yoon has really portrayed real life issues that people are constantly struggling with like race, gender, stereotypes and not feeling like you fit in. We definitely gained a greater understanding about deportation and stereotyping!

We really adored how the main character’s thoughts always came back to fate, destiny and true love. Natasha and Daniel’s day was just so hectic! Natasha and Daniel first met as strangers in New York City and went on adventures all throughout the period of a day. We found that this was so unique and exciting! Throughout the period of the day, Natasha tries to find the solution to being deported back to Jamaica that night while Daniel is hesitant to going to an interview as he doesn’t want to be a doctor. It’s amazingly crazy how much Nicola Yoon can fit into such a small book!

The characters were definitely our favourite part of the story! Natasha is such a focused, headstrong teenage girl who likes to predict ahead and plan out her future. Whereas, Daniel is the complete opposite. He’s dreamy, poetic, quiet and lost. We loved how the characters worked around their differences. This was without a doubt one of the best romances that we have ever read!

We highly recommend this gorgeous, creative and heart-wrenching read!

Book Rating: 4/5 Stars

Did you enjoy ‘The Sun Is Also a Star’ by Nicola Yoon? What were your thoughts? Let us know in the comments! 😊

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‘Nona & Me’ by Clare Atkins

‘Nona & Me’ by Clare Atkins.

Publisher: Black Inc

Published: September 24th 2014.

Page Count: 288 pages.

Genre: YA Contemporary.

Synopsis:

Rosie and Nona are sisters. Yapas.
They are also best friends. It doesn’t matter that Rosie is white and Nona is Aboriginal: their family connections tie them together for life.

Born just five days apart in a remote corner of the Northern Territory, the girls are inseparable, until Nona moves away at the age of nine. By the time she returns, they’re in Year 10 and things have changed. Rosie has lost interest in the community, preferring to hang out in the nearby mining town, where she goes to school with the glamorous Selena, and Selena’s gorgeous older brother Nick.

When a political announcement highlights divisions between the Aboriginal community and the mining town, Rosie is put in a difficult position: will she be forced to choose between her first love and her oldest friend?

Review:

Firstly, a huge thank you to Black Inc Australia for sending us a gorgeous copy of ‘Nona & Me’ to review.

Nona and Me is based on the lives of Nona and Rosie who grew up together as Yapas (sisters) in Yirrkala, a remote community located in the Northern Territory of Australia. A series of events pull the girls apart, until now. Nona after leaving the town returns to attend Rosie’s school. In a time when racial barriers are raised Rosie believes that she has finally found her niche, whom just happen to appear as the popular girls at the school, and the guy she’s been crushing on finally starts to notice her. The last thing she accounts for is to be reminded of her past including her ties with her aboriginal family and Yolnu people.

This book takes place in chapters bouncing back and forth between the past and present. We see how close Rosie and Nona’s relationship was and how far apart they have become. Being portrayed from Rosie’s perspective readers recognize common teen struggles such as embarrassment over family connections, struggling to follow parenting rules, peer pressure and trying to become someone you’re not. Meaning Rosie constantly ignores Nona at school.

We found that Rosie was extremely easy to relate to. She’s a normal teenager that struggles to find her own identity. She is so overcome with fear and peer pressure to fit in and not feel like outcast. Her insecurities are often very overwhelming which makes her really difficult to like, particularly when she tries to ignore Nona and her aboriginal family when they have lovingly and willingly opened their arms to her. We loved how Clare Atkins showed Rosie evolving and learning throughout the novel to appreciate her mother, family, her community and to recognize what kinds of people she is truly associating with in her friendship group.

Even though we don’t often see much of Nona in the present chapters there is no doubt that she plays a crucial importance in the storyline. There is a certain beauty of reading the chapters from the past. They are delicate and striking retellings of the strong childhood friendship between the two girls. The author has done a beautiful and magnificent job of finding a balance between intricacy and tension, so that when you read from the past to the present you will remain anxious waiting for the moment of when Nona has to leave Rosie.

Nona and Rosie are the centre of this stunning story. As we turned each page we were devoured with the love and heartbreak of their intriguing relationship. We just adored these main characters and gave into our never-ending emotions after this gorgeous read! We loved that we learned about aboriginal communities and cultures throughout this plot!

We absolutely recommend this beautifully told story which is fascinating and rich in insight to YA Contemporary readers.

Book Rating: 4/5 Stars.

Have you read ‘Nona & Me’? What were your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!!

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‘The Moonlight Dreamers’ by Siobhan Curham

‘The Moonlight Dreamers’ by Siobhan Curham .

Publisher: Walker Books.

Published: July 7th 2016.

Page Count: 352 pages.

Genre: YA Contemporary.

“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

Synopsis:

Amber, Rose, Sky, and Maali may be very different, but they all have one thing in common: they’re fed up with being told how to look, what to think and how to act.

They’re not like everyone else and they don’t want to be.

Becoming friends gives them the courage to be themselves.

Review:

Firstly, a huge thank you to Walker Books Australia for sending us a gorgeous copy of ‘The Moonlight Dreamers’ to review.

The Moonlight Dreamers takes place around Brick Lane which is located in London. The four main characters; Amber, Rose, Sky, and Maali are all unique, different and find it extremely hard to be themselves. This helps add to this beautiful and heart-warming story. Amber struggles with a dreadful school experience due to the bullies at her school as well as feeling conflicted whilst trying to connect to one of her two dads. Rose, is sick and tired of her mom forcing her into a life she doesn’t want to live. She also has the problem of her boyfriend pressuring her into something she isn’t ready for; she feels helpless and alone. Sky, misses her mom dearly who passed away five years ago. She tries to find her confidence to perform her intriguing poems in a poetry slam. Sweet and quiet, Maali is trying to work towards building the courage to communicate with boys or in particular a boy called Ash.

We loved how the author created characters with different struggles. Siobhan Curham really shows us that opposites are drawn to each other, and that diversity is definitely important in friendships. We should absolutely be seeing more of the same diversity in more Young Adult fiction.

The story was focused on the main themes of friendship, family relationships, finding our own identities and looking for the smaller things in life that truly make us happy. It was definitely a surprise that we loved how the plot wasn’t related around romance. We loved how the author didn’t focus on this aspect as the love for friendship brightly shone through as we constantly flipped through the pages. We would have loved for there to have been a greater and more dramatic complication. However, Curham did a truly magnificent job at portraying each of the girls stories without making the story really bizarre and complicated!! We also absolutely adored the characters and the storyline, it was definitely entertaining.

We loved the author’s writing style!! Her immediate perspective revealed a determined sensitivity to many key issues that young men and woman face today such as body image, peer pressure, social media, friendships and working towards the things that truly make you the happiest. Portrayed in her beautifully written words are positive messages that encourage a resistance to social media and a love to find our confidence within ourselves.

The four young characters all come from diverse and cultural backgrounds. They discover sisterhood when the secret ‘Moonlight Dreamers’ club is formed. Guided by the inspiring wisdom of Oscar Wilde, the sisterhood provides each girl with a supportive and secret environment where they can be themselves and confront their issues. Guided by each other, inspiration and dreams are created.

Now encouraged to be ourselves, this book is beautiful and heart-warming!! You would never expect the power of friendship to form so strongly! We loved the ending and all the characters found the closure that they needed. We were definitely left with smiles on our faces.

We recommend this gorgeous and inspirational read to all YA readers! Especially those who are struggling with any issues in their lives.

Book Rating: 4.5/5 Stars.

Have you read ‘The Moonlight Dreamers’ What were your thoughts?

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‘Strange the Dreamer’, by Laini Taylor.

‘Strange the Dreamer’ by Laini Taylor.

Publisher: Hodder and Stougan.

Published: March 28th, 2017.

Page Count: 544 pages.

Genre: YA Fantasy.

“It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming”-Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer.

Synopsis:

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Review:

Laini Taylor is without a doubt a fantastic and eye-catching writer! She has an extraordinary power with words. Everything that she writes manages to sound true and poetic as if her words are a rare piece of art on display. Her writing catches you with surprise, leaving you to fall into a magical and supernatural world. This novel was sensational to read. It was breath taking and mixed with a fanciful plot and turn of events.

We loved the whole idea of ‘Strange the Dreamer’. It was truly amazing! Laini Taylor has a gift with her unique imagination in how she can create the most bizarre and extraordinary ideas. This book was out of this world! It’s imaginative, stunning, thrilling and heart stopping!!

We loved the link that the author incorporated from the title ‘Strange the Dreamer’. She referenced dreaming in itself. Many authors struggle to do this but Laini Taylor is the exception.

However, whilst reading this book in particular, we really struggled to grasp the imagery and description of the setting. We couldn’t imagine the place where the story was set. We would have loved to have learned more about ‘Weep’ and it’s tremendous past. We did however love how the author described the characters. Their personalities were very original and magnificent.

Going into this book, the blurb couldn’t tell us anything about the actual content of the novel. It was very unclear. The plot is quite complex to explain and it’s definitely something you need to read to understand. It was impossible to foretell the outcome of this story!!

We also found that the book had some unpredictable twists and turns. Some parts confused us and other parts overly excited us! We definitely struggled with the pace throughout this book. The start was very long and the ending which was our favourite aspect of the whole book, was really rushed.

We adored all of the characters! They were enjoyable and lovable.

Lazlo Strange is so sweet, generous and down to earth. He is definitely the best, cute and awkward soulmate. He loves books! He also likes telling memorable stories just as much as we do! Throughout every scene, he was such a gentleman!! More characters need to be portrayed like him! We just adored him. He was described to have a crooked nose, long hair and generous eyes. We cherished this as this made him even more relatable.

We also really enjoyed the character Sarai, as we loved her passionate and powerful personality. She is also very kind hearted and headstrong. She was both a mixture of confident and shy.

We honestly loved the romance. It suited the novel exceedingly well.

Overall, we really enjoyed ‘Strange the Dreamer’ by Laini Taylor. It was incredibly written and had such lovable and passionate characters. Although the plot was confusing in parts, the story just left us wanting more! We can’t wait for the sequel!!

Book Rating: 4/5 Stars.

Have you read ‘Strange the Dreamer’? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!!

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‘Letters to the Lost’, by Brigid Kemmerer

‘Letters to the Lost’ by Brigid Kemmerer.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Published: April 6th 2017.

Page Length: 393 pages.

Genre: YA Mature, Contemporary.

“I don’t even know you, but I feel like I understand you. I feel like you understand me. And that’s what I like so much about it”.

Synopsis:

Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads, a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither of them knows that they’re not actually strangers. When real life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart. This emotional, compulsively-readable romance will sweep everyone off their feet.

Review:

After reading some of Brigid Kemmerer’s previous novels, we enjoyed everything we’ve read so far! Brigid Kemmerer has a beautiful way of portraying broken teens who try and find their own way in life. However, she is at her absolute best with her recent release Letters to the Lost. This book intrigued us from the moment we read the blurb! This beautiful and raw book stripped us bare!

We were captivated by this story. After reading the first two pages, we literally couldn’t put the book down! We loved the idea of how young adult contemporary, brings two characters together. However, in Letters to the Lost, both main characters Juliet Young and Declan Murphy became close without ever having met! Without ever knowing each other’s identities when they shared their darkest secrets and feelings to each other.

Over the course of the novel, Juliet Young and Dylan Murphy’s story entwine to become one. Juliet’s mother died in a hit-and-run car crash, and she’s been struggling with her grief ever since. Juliet would always write letters to her mother as she was often overseas for her career as a photographer. She would capture the pain and suffering of war zones in just one shot. Juliet continues to write letters to her mother. Even after her passing. Juliet has been leaving these letters at her gravestone.

Declan Murphy has the signed penance of community service. This involves mowing the lawn around the cemetery. He finds a letter one afternoon by a gravestone, reads it and writes back as he believed that no one would notice that he had. As an exchange between letters surprisingly starts, they soon become emails between the anonymous accounts of ‘Cemetery Girl’ and ‘The Dark’. Juliet and Declan have no idea who they are reaching out to and they have no idea that sharing their intense and withheld grief will subside their pain. However, in real life, they both misjudge each other. Neither are each other’s biggest fans.

What will happen when they find out each other’s identify?

Will their identities ruin the connection that they share between their secret messages?

We loved the striking imagery and the way the author conveyed emotion. This novel was perfect in every way and form. All the letters they wrote to each other were thought-provoking, honest and confronting. They gave us shivers! There is definitely an unrefined beauty to opening up to someone you don’t particularly know but you feel you can trust. Each letter conveyed so much, they were sinking in grief and acceptance.

The story addresses many important themes such as friendship, loyalty, betrayal, loss, bullying, judgement, personal struggles and acceptance. Amid the character’s pain comes moments of hope that gifts them with the realization that they can both try and help each other get through each day.

We definitely recommend Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. It’s meaningful, breathtaking and a thought-provoking read! An excellent story is portrayed about two teens who meet in multiple ways!

We recommend this book to those who love YA Contemporary. Keep in mind that it’s more of a mature read.

Book Rating: 5/5 Stars.