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WWW Wednesday (July 26th 2017)

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post. Then, put a link to that post in the comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions include:

1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?24798503

Currently Reading –

We started ‘Charlie, Presumed Dead’ by Anne Heltzel a couple of days ago! We received this novel from Black Inc Australia ❤️.

This novel follows the two leading characters: Lena Whitney and Aubrey Boroughs. The two girls discover a shocking betrayal, they have both been dating the same guy named Charlie. Coincidentally, they both meet in Paris on the day of his funeral as he has been presumed dead after an explosion. They realize that Charlie kept a lot of secrets of which they plan to uncover! They both have reason to believe that he is still alive. 

We just think the synopsis of this novel sounds so interesting! So we can’t wait to uncover all the secrets of which it hides!34848140

We are also started reading ‘The Impossible Vastness of Us’ by Samantha Young yesterday! We received this novel via Netgalley to review.

We don’t know a lot about this novel as we only briefly started reading it however, the synopsis of this novel seems really interesting so we can’t wait to get into it!

Recently Finished –

We finished reading ‘The Ones That Disappeared’ by Zana Fraillon last night. We were actually really surprised with how much we enjoyed this novel. It was just so poetic and moving! 20401081_673498316176900_796942956_n

It explored themes of child slavery and child trafficking. The novel is about stories of survival and courage and what one must do to hold on to hope. The novel definietly gives a voice to those which have personally experienced child slavery.

We will leave a link to our review here ‘The Ones that Disappeared’ by Zana Fraillon.

Reading Next –20427916_673943842799014_224458495_n

Our next read that we are hoping to pick up soon is ‘Recruits’ by Thomas Locke. We don’t know a lot about this novel. Apparently it follows seventeen-year-old twins Sean and Dillon Kirrell who are drawn to the mysterious alternate world that’s translated within the images that cover their bedroom walls.

We find this synopsis really intriguing so we can’t wait to see what the novels all about!

What are you reading this week?

~ Georgia & Morgan.

 

 

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‘The Ones that Disappeared’ by Zana Fraillon.

‘The Ones that Disappeared’ by Zana Fraillon.

Publisher: Hachette Australia.

Published: July 13th 2017.

Page Count: 320 Pages.

Genre: YA, Contemporary.20401081_673498316176900_796942956_n.png

ISBN: 9781510101586.

RRP: $19.99 AUD.

Synopsis:

Kept by a ruthless gang, three children manage to escape from slavery. But freedom isn’t just waiting on the outside.

Separated, scared and looking after a small child, Esra will do whatever she can to reunite with her friend Miran, who was captured by the police – the police who she mustn’t trust.

Hiding in the shadows of the forest, Esra is found by a local boy, a boy with his own story. Together they will create a man out of mud. A man who will come to life and lead them through a dark labyrinth of tunnels until they finally have the courage the step above ground. Until they finally have the courage to speak their story. Until they finally have the courage to be free

Review:

“I understand then, more than ever, that free is free from fear and I’ve been running too long. I haven’t let myself remember so my heart wouldn’t burn. But I’m ready now. I am the speaker for the dead, and I will find my home”.

Thank you to Hachette Australia for sending us this novel to review ❤️

‘The Ones that Disappeared’ is a recent YA novel written by the very powerful and influential author Zana Fraillon. This is actually the first novel we have read by this author. We were actually really surprised with the concept of this novel, we really just loved how well her writing flowed! So we will definitely pick up ‘The Bone Sparrow’ by this author in the near future!

The plot follows three trafficked young and frightened Syrian children who are searching for both freedom and hope whilst finding the means to survive each day. All across the world, you may already know that children trafficking is an issue that continues to rapidly increase in numbers. Zana has done an incredible job in bringing forth an issue into our own personal radars so we can all understand more about this heartbreaking global issue.

With the novel being set in Australia, we just knew we had to read this novel to be part of this powerful and surprisingly beautiful journey.

The novel portrays three trafficked children: Esra, Miran and Isa. They have all had the roles of different jobs since leaving their families, homes, culture and identities behind.

The three children are instructed with a role to care for a room full of opium plants however, something goes completely wrong, a fire starts from an unknown source. When the chance to escape from beatings, starvation and this job arises, the children jump at the chance to take charge of the situation and break free of the caged room of which they have been kept in. However, just after this happens, the police turn up just in time and Miran is taken into custody, not knowing what to do as Esra and Isa run to find refuge.

We have to say we actually really loved Zana’s writing style throughout this novel. It was just so poetic and it followed and linked beautifully! It was an incredibly short read despite the major topic that was explored. We really loved how the author was able to go above and beyond with this novel whilst including magical realism! Esra and Isa meet a young boy, Skeet who also finds that he is ignored. The three of them design and construct a figure of which they call the Riverman with materials they find along a bank to a flowing river. The following day the children find that the Riverman has come to life and helps lead them to Rescue Miran.20403602_673498296176902_832242541_n.png

This novel is about stories of survival and courage and what one must do to find and hold onto hope. Zana shows us that human rights and decency are worth fighting for! This novel gives everyone a voice especially those which have personally experienced child slavery.

The novel highlights a heartbreaking and emotional issue that truly needs to be eliminated. With the help of this novel, we caught a brief look at what dangerous situations these children are constantly placed in and let us tell you, it’s definitely not okay!!!

“I’ll soar their souls from my tongue, and build back all they cared for and tell of all they loved”.

Have you had the chance to read ‘The Bone Sparrow’? If so, what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!😊

Book Rating 4/5 Stars ⭐️

 

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Siobhan Curham – Q&A

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  1. Where did the inspiration for Moonlight Dreamers and Tell it to the Moon come from?

I feel really passionately about encouraging other people to dare to believe in themselves and their dreams – especially young people. I know all too well how hard it can be to pursue a dream and how easy it can be to give up. I gave up on my writing dream when I was twenty and dropped out of university. Coming from a poor background, I didn’t think I had what it took to make it in the middle class world of writing and publishing. I ended up in the worst job ever, working for the complaints department of a frozen food company – where all I got to write were grovelling letters of apology! Thankfully, I managed to overcome my self-doubt and fear and make it as a writer in the end. I wrote The Moonlight Dreamers and Tell it to the Moon to try and encourage the reader to chase their own dreams and not give up, like I did. It’s so lovely when I receive emails from readers telling me that it’s worked and reading about the Moonlight Dreamers and their adventures has given them the confidence to dare to dream.

2. Did you always dream of becoming a writer?

Pretty much – and it’s all down to my evil parents! When I was little my mum and dad had the crazy notion that TV was bad for a kid’s imagination so my siblings and I weren’t allowed to watch any TV – we didn’t even have a television in the house, and this was back in the day before the internet and mobile phones. So I had a choice – I could either learn to love to read, or die of boredom. So, I learned to love to read and out of that came a love for writing. I dreamed of one day having a shelf full of books that I had written. I’m grateful every day that that dream finally came true.

3. What were the first steps you took to pursue becoming a writer?

Well, first I went to university to study English Literature and Script-writing but sadly I dropped out after my second year. When I started pursuing my dream again a few years later, I decided to approach it like any other business and start small. So I started writing short stories and articles, which felt a lot less intimidating than writing an entire novel. Once I’d had a few of them published it gave me the confidence to go after the bigger dream of writing a book.

4. How has working as a motivational speaker and life coach influenced your writing?

It’s influenced it greatly as pretty much every book I write has the same theme as the work I do as a speaker and coach ie; overcoming fear or adversity and creating a life based around the pursuit of your dreams. I feel very lucky to do this work as it’s so rewarding to help other people achieve their goals.

5.What do you think are the main challenges that teenage girls face?

Oh, where to begin? I think there are so many challenges facing teenage girls today, way more than when I was a teenager. I think a lot of this is down to the internet – there’s a pressure for teens to attain perfection, both in their lives and physically that’s far greater today. And I think this is combined with the current obsession with celebrity – and their perfectly edited lives. The saddest thing about it is that most of the time the ‘perfection’ teen girls are encouraged to achieve isn’t even possible. The images and celebrity lifestyles are all airbrushed, photo-shopped and highly edited, as are most people’s social media accounts. I think there’s way too much pressure at school too – a topic that I highlight in Tell it to the Moon and Sky’s poem Free to Be. Young adults just aren’t free to be their true selves and I think this is a tragedy.

6. How important are strong friendships in help over these issues?

I think strong friendships are very important as they can help to counteract the pressure. There’s nothing better than having a friend who loves and accepts you for who you are; someone you can be completely authentic with. This is what I try to celebrate in The Moonlight Dreamers and Tell it to the Moon – the empowering nature of female friendship and creating a sisterhood of your own.

7. Do you think social media is making things like bullying and body image issues worse?

Yes, most definitely, because there’s no escape from it. Bullying has always happened and people have always had body image issues but it’s magnified by social media and this can be so toxic. What is encouraging is that there seems to be a growing trend towards going on an internet detox – taking yourself offline for certain days of the week or hours of the day. I think this can really help, mental health wise. It’s so healthy to take a break from it all.

8. Did you have a friendship group like the Moonlight Dreamer when you were growing up?

I didn’t have such a close-knit group when I was growing up but I did have a very best friend, who I met when I was eight and we’re still best friends to this day. We’ve been through thick and thin together – growing up on a council estate, dating trials and tribulations, career hiccups, marriages, divorces and single-parenthood – and she’s like a sister to me. I’m lucky to have many very close female friends now. I call them my soul sisters, and they mean everything to me.

9. Tell us about your best friends.

My life-long best friend is called Tina. She’s the person I can tell anything to and she gives the best advice – even if I don’t always want to hear it! Another amazing friend of mine is called Sara – I also think of her as my writing guardian angel. She was my editor for my very first book deal and she’s been my main cheer-leader ever since. Writing can be a tough business with a lot of ups and downs and she’s always been there for me. My other best friend is my dad. He’s been my rock throughout my life, always encouraging me to chase my dreams and providing me with his own unique brand of gruff, Irish wisdom.

10. What is your favourite book?

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. She writes so beautifully. It’s like one long poem in novel form and the characters are so colourful and likeable too. She made me want to live in the world of the book.

11. What authors have influenced your writing?

When I was starting out, and basically teaching myself to write, I was inspired by a writer called Lisa Jewell. I loved the way she made her characters so real – and the settings for her books. They were so rich it was almost as if the location was a character in its own right. This is definitely something I’ve tried to emulate, especially with the settings for The Moonlight Dreamers and Tell it to the Moon. I really wanted the reader to feel as if they were in London or Paris.

12. Which Moonlight Dreamer is most similar to you

I think I’m probably a mash-up of Sky and Maali. I’m a writer and a bit of a hippy like Sky, and a hopeless romantic just like Maali! Writing some of her tongue-tied scenes with Ash was like therapy!

13.Are any of your characters based on real people?

Not really. It’s more like I take interesting elements of real people and mix them up with some fictional traits to create a unique character.

14.Will there be more books in The Moonlight Dreamers series?20270006_672566742936724_1645932775_n

I hope so. I’d love to do one more. But before that, I have another book coming out with Walker next year called Friends Like Us, which tells the story of music-loving teenage carer, Grace, and talented footballer and Syrian refugee, Hafiz. The refugee crisis is something I feel passionately about, ditto the number of young people who are having to care for members of their family. It felt great writing a book which throws a spotlight on these issues – and celebrates the power of friendship, this time between a teen boy and girl.

Don’t forget to check out our giveaway here! 😊.

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‘Tell It to the Moon’ by Siobhan Curham

‘Tell It to the Moon’ by Siobhan Curham.

Publisher: Walker Books.tell it to the moon

Published: August 3rd 2017.

Page Count: 304 Pages.

Genre: YA, Contemporary.

ISBN: 9781406366150.

RRP: $16.99 AUD.

Synopsis:

To make a dream come true, tell it to the moon! Tell It to the Moon continues the story of Moonlight Dreamers Amber, Maali, Sky and Rose, who are not like everyone else and don’t want to be: becoming friends gives them the courage to be themselves.

After failing to find her surrogate mother, Amber is left unsure of who she is and what she wants to do; Maali’s spiritual faith is tested when her father becomes ill; Sky, previously home-schooled, struggles to adapt to the pressures of the school system; and after having found the courage to come out, Rose begins to pursue her dream of becoming a patissier. Once again the four girls band together to help one another overcome their individual challenges and fulfill their dreams in this fabulous and heart-warming celebration of friendship.

Review:

“With freedom, books, flowers and the moon, who could not be happy? – Oscar Wilde.

Firstly, we would love to say a huge thank you to Walker Books Australia for sending us this beautiful book to review. You have definitely helped us fall in love with this stunning series!😊.

We finished ‘Tell It to the Moon’ a couple of days ago and we are more than happy to say that we really loved this amazing and inspirational novel!

‘Tell It to the Moon’ is actually the sequel to ‘The Moonlight Dreamers’ novel which we reviewed a couple of months ago. We will leave our review here.

This novel takes place around Brick Lane, London with a couple of chapters in New York and Paris! The leading characters, Amber, Rose, Sky and Maalie are all beautiful and headstrong young ladies that look out for each other and encourage dreams to be followed. They all stand up for what they believe in and set individual goals to share throughout their secret meetings by moonlight with their fellow dreamers.

Moonlight Dreamers – The Rules:

  1. The Moonlight Dreamers is a secret society – members must never speak a word of it’s existence or what happens at the meetings to others.
  2. Meetings will begin with members reciting the ‘moonlight’ quote from Oscar Wilde.
  3. This quote is the Moonlight Dreamers motto and must be memorized by all members and never forgotten.
  4. All members must vow to support the other Moonlight Dreamers in the pursuit of their dreams – always.
  5. Moonlight Dreamers are proud of being different. Being the same as everyone else is a crime against originality; the human equivalent of magnolia plant.
  6. Moonlight Dreamers tell one another everything – especially the bad stuff.
  7. Moonlight Dreamers never give up.

Without giving too much away, we will try and describe the novel without giving spoilers in case you haven’t read either book in the series.

Siobhan Curham once again surprised us! The characters are back, wiser and more stronger than ever. Since the first novel, the girls have grown together through thick and thin. Their frienship is just so inspirational and fierce. They have definitely created bonds that will last a life time.

Like the first novel, the author portrayed each girl to be working through issues that are absolutely relevant to every teenager today. Many of these issues described include bullying, anxiety, pressures of school and society, coming out and overcoming personal fears. Once again, all four girls band together to help one another to overcome their individual struggles to work towards their hopes and dreams for the future.

With her stunning novel, we were just caught off guard once again by the author’s ability to incorporated inspirational and positive messages that encourage everyone to follow their dreams and to find their own confidence within themselves. We also really loved how the author included links to Oscar Wilde as his words are just so relevant and wise!20270006_672566742936724_1645932775_n

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

Do yourselves a favor and pick up this series as it is honestly just so beautiful and relevant to our everyday lives! It’s inspirational wisdom will lead you to follow your own dreams.

Book Rating: 4/5 Stars⭐️.

Make sure to check out our giveaway here 😊.

 

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WWW Wednesday (July 19th 2017)

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post. Then, put a link to that post in the comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions include:

1. What are you currently reading?34700495

2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –

We started ‘The Ones That Disappeared’ by Zana Fraillon today! We received this novel from Hachette Australia last month❤️. Link to book synopsis here.

This novel follows three children who try to escape from slavery. We don’t know much about this novel besides the main focus. We just can’t wait to get further into this read.

Recently Finished –

We recently finished reading ‘Godblind’ by Anna Stephens.19988932_667264940133571_74011269_n

We were just completely caught off guard by this novel! We were originally drawn to this novel by the cover alone as it is just truly amazing! We found ourselves interested in so many things throughout this novel. Check out our review ‘Godblind’ by Anna Stephens😊.

We also recently finished ‘Tell It to the Moon’ by Siobhan Curham. This was such an amazing read and sequel to ‘The Moonlight Dreamers’. This novel will definitely relate to so many teenagers, so we definitely recommend this novel!tell it to the moon

We will have our review posted next week with a small giveaway as well. So stay tuned!

Reading Next –

Our next read that we are hoping to pick up soon is ‘Charlie, Presumed Dead’ by Anne Heltzel.22749846

We received this novel from the lovely Black Inc Australia. We just can’t wait to read this, it just sounds so interesting! Link to book synopsis here.

How has your reading week been? What are you hoping to read soon? Let us know in the comments! 😊.

~Georgia & Morgan

 

 

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‘Godblind’ by Anna Stephens

‘Godblind’ by Anna Stephens.

Publisher: Harper Collins.19988932_667264940133571_74011269_n

Published: 17th June, 2017.

Page Count: 488 Pages.

Genre: Adult, Fantasy.

ISBN: 0008215901.

RRP: $29.99 AUD.

Synopsis:

There was a time when the Red Gods ruled the land. The Dark Lady and her horde dealt in death and blood and fire.

That time has long since passed and the neighbouring kingdoms of Mireces and Rilpor hold an uneasy truce. The only blood spilled is confined to the border where vigilantes known as Wolves protect their kin and territory at any cost.

But after the death of his wife, King Rastoth is plagued by grief, leaving the kingdom of Rilpor vulnerable.

Vulnerable to the blood-thirsty greed of the Warrior-King Liris and the Mireces army waiting in the mountains…

GODBLIND is an incredible debut from a dazzling new voice of the genre.

Review:

“Rilpor will belong to blood again and, after it has fallen, all the world will know my wrath”.

Firstly, we would just like to say a huge thank you to Harper Collins Australia for sending us this amazing novel to review! ❤️.

With having heard not much about this novel, we were originally drawn to the novel by the cover art alone! The cover art is just truly amazing. However, we found ourselves interested for many more reasons as well! The synopsis was just so intriguing and left us just so enthusiastic to start reading this novel!

Before getting into our thoughts about this novel, we would just like to mention that this is a grimdark fantasy. This means that it’s more of an adult novel as darker and more ruthless things occur throughout the story line.

This is actually our first ever grimdark fantasy novel that we have read. We originally found the novel a little hard to get into at first as we felt as though we were just bombarded with so many characters all at once. However, once the plot progressed we began to really enjoy the novel.

The novel is focused in the world of Gilgoras where people either worship Dancer, the Goddesses of Light and her Fox Godson or the Red Gods which consists of the evil Dark Lady and the God of Blood. The people who follow the Dancer thrive in Rilpor whilst the people who believe in a darker path follow the Red Gods where they are exiled to miserable places.35386112

We were really surprised with the Mireces people who not only worship the Red Gods but they make huge sacrifices as well like to feel tremendous pain and death! They eventually became strong enough to try and overthrow Rilpor and leave their shadow lives behind.

The story is told in many different character’s points of view. We were really confused with all the characters as they were all introduced at once however, all the different points of view linked really well together.

It was truly just an amazingly written dark fantasy tale and we just couldn’t put the novel down!

The author included betrayals, dark rituals, strong friendships and even a little romance. This novel was just so gripping and really interesting!

We just loved all of the characters and strong friendships. The author is just a truly incredible writer! She portrayed each female character with such strength, power and intelligence! We loved the growth and strength that was shown throughout each friendship!

The message that we took from this novel would be that you are never the bad mistakes that you make. Each day is a brand-new day so live in the present and look forward to each new day as it comes!

Overall, we definitely recommend this novel, keeping in mind that it is a dark fantasy. This novel is just something new, unique and exciting!

Book Rating: 4/5 Stars⭐️.

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WWW Wednesday (July 12th 2017)

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post. Then, put a link to that post in the comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions include:

1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –19988932_667264940133571_74011269_n

We started ‘Godblind’ by Anna Stephens yesterday! We didn’t get the chance to read much of it yesterday. This is not the kind of book that we normally read however, after reading the reviews from fellow bloggers we are just so excited to get into it!

We actually haven’t really had the chance to read many novels that have Gods as characters so we are hoping that we really enjoy it! We will leave a link to the book’s synopsis here.

Recently Finished –

We recently finished reading ‘Fallen Flame’ by J.M. Miller, which was an ebook from Netgalley. We were honestly just so caught off guard by this novel as it was just filled with so much action and plenty of surprises! 19987287_666854980174567_433749384_n

We weren’t quite sure about this novel going into it as we thought it was going to be very similar to many YA fantasy novels that we have read before. We are just so glad we picked it up! The plot and characters were just so unique and intriguing. We would definitely recommend this novel by J.M. Miller.

Here is a link to our review! ‘Fallen Flame’ by J.M. Miller.😊

We also read ‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness. We have recently published our review of this novel so we won’t go into much detail about our thoughts. However, the idea of this novel was just such a beautiful idea!19866649_664034950456570_985522053_n

Although it was simple, it was also very powerful and surreal at the same time! We really enjoyed the hints of magical realism throughout the novel! This novel definitely taught us a lot!

Link to our review ‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness.34700495

Reading Next –

Our next read that we are hoping to pick up soon is ‘The Ones That Disappeared’ by Zana Fraillon. We received this novel from Hachette Australia last month so we just can’t wait to start this novel! ❤️ Link to book synopsis here.

 

How has your reading week been?

~ Georgia & Morgan.

 

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‘Fallen Flame’ by J.M. Miller.

‘Fallen Flame’ by J.M. Miller.

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Published: June 19th 2017.

Genre: YA, Fantasy.

Synopsis:

Nineteen years ago, on the island kingdom of Garlin, a girl was born. With charred skin as rough as rock, Vala was instantly feared. For how could one be scorched by magic when it had perished ages before?Recognizing an asset, the royal family welcomed her on their Guard. Her detail: the prince.

To watch. To protect. She has grown with him, lives her life for him.
When the high kingdom’s princess comes to assess the prince, assassins of rival courtiers come to claim his life. One nearly succeeds in his mission. But with shadowy movements and charred skin like her own, Vala knows he is not like the rest. As threats to the prince continue and questions about Vala’s life begin to rise, she faces a fear worse than fire or water, worse even than losing him.
She fears finding out who she truly is

Review:

“My thoughts, my dreams, they had been nothing in comparison. They were a single drop of water, and this, the whole sea”.

We would just like to say a special thank you to J.M. Miller and Netgalley for this opportunity to review a digital copy of this novel in exchange for our honest opinions.

Okay, firstly we have to say that this novel was just filled with lots of action and shocking surprises! We weren’t quite sure about this novel going into it as we hadn’t previously read books written by this author. We can happily say that we were really caught off guard by this novel, we are still just so pleasantly surprised by it!

This novel follows the leading character Vala, a girl who is feared by many due to her appearance as it is believed that she has been scorched and perhaps cursed by magic. Her scorched, rough skin burns anything with just a single touch. She was soon recognised as an asset to the royal family, as part of the prince’s guard.34209180

Whilst reading this really intriguing novel, we found that we really enjoyed the characters and how they grew within themselves in each situation throughout the plot. If we are being completely honest, we did find it hard at first to get into the novel as we found the beginning a little rushed however. Over the course of this novel, there was definitely an improvement in pace.

This novel was just so action packed! We were sitting on the edge of our seats right to the very end. The characters relationships and plot development were really planned out and developed, even though the plot seemed very fast paced. We really enjoyed the romance in this novel. Without giving anything away, we just really loved how the characters noticed each other’s differences in appearances and personalities. They didn’t discriminate each other. Although appearing very different, they welcomed each other with their traits and abilities.

The writing of this novel was just so exciting and really creative. We couldn’t put this novel down, we just had to keep reading to see what was going to happen next! This is meant to be a first book to a trilogy which we will definitely be on the lookout for. We will be waiting quite eagerly to see where the author will take the series next!

Although we really enjoyed this novel, we just wish we had more background information on the character Vala and the history of the kingdom. However, this information might be introduced in the second novel. We do feel as though this novel was similar to some books that we have read before in regards to the plot. However, the book was just so unique and exciting to read!

There was just so many situations in this novel that left us in shock. The writing in the novel really just gripped us from the beginning! We felt so many mixed emotions whilst reading this novel. In different stages of the book, our emotions were a mixture of being excited, intrigued, being thrilled and heart-broken.

Overall, we really enjoyed this novel. We recommend this novel for those of you who enjoy quick fantasy reads!

Book Rating: 3.5/5 Stars ⭐️.

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‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness

‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness.

Publisher: Walker Books.19866649_664034950456570_985522053_n.png

Published: August 2016.

Page Count: 225 Pages.

Genre: YA, Fantasy.

ISBN: 9781406365856.

RRP: $19.99 AUS.

Synopsis:

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments.

The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

Review:

“Stories are important, the monster said. They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth”.

Firstly, we would love to say a huge thank you to Walker Books Australia for sending us this beautiful book to review ❤️.28588061.jpg

A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness has been a book on our wish lists for a while now! We have been looking forward to it as we continue to hear fantastic things about the book from everyone. With it’s release in Australian cinemas coming soon, we knew we just had to start reading it!

We really loved how respectfully Patrick Ness acknowledged Siobhan Dowd who originally began transforming and writing this unique tale.

If we are being completely honest, we really enjoyed this read however, there were some parts of the novel that we found really confusing. For example, the magical realism side to the novel.

The messages that were constantly portrayed in this novel are incredibly powerful and will definitely remain with all readers.

The idea of this novel was such a beautiful idea! It was very simple yet very powerful and surreal at the same time! There were hints of magical realism however, what we really took from this novel would be the stories that the monster shared as they are just so wise, important and relevant. They definitely taught us a lot!

We loved how grief was explored and how you have to learn to process and work through it. There were many times when we found ourselves just tearing up.

Ness really does keep all readers on the edge of their seats. Whether you like or don’t like his writing style, Ness never fails to amaze us. His writing style is just so unique that you never know what’s going to happen next!

We also liked how the author managed to allow the novel to appeal to both adults and children which is often really hard to come by. Ness presented it just amazingly.

Unfortunately, we found that we couldn’t really connect with Conor, the main character. We have been in similar situations before however, it may have been his age and school life that prevented us to really connect to him and find other similarities.

We really did feel so much for Conor. If we could communicate with him through this book, we would just reach in and give him a hug. If we could, we would! Although, this read didn’t live up to the big hype for us, it was just to heartbreaking!

We took away so many life lessons from this novel so we just can’t wait to watch the film! We would definitely recommend this amazing read!

Book Rating: 4/5 Stars ⭐️.

Have you read this book? If so, what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!😊

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‘The Disappearances’ by Emily Bain Murphy.

‘The Disappearances’ by Emily Bain Murphy. (non-spoiler review)

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.19512534_659952610864804_1400763575_n

Published: July 4th 2017.

Page Count: 400 Pages.

Genre: YA, Mystery.

ISBN: 0544879368.

Review:

Firstly, we would just like to say a huge thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for sending us this gorgeous book to review! ❤️.

“Maybe there is still something of her here for me to find, like sunlight catching a handprint on glass”.

How do we find the words to emphasize just how much we loved and enjoyed this novel? ‘The Disappearances’ had us captivated within it’s spell from the very first page!

Short Summary: 

The novel focuses on the leading character, Aila Quinn after her mother’s recent death and her father’s deployment in World War two. Following these recent events, Aila and her brother, Miles are sent to live with there mothers close childhood friend, in a quite unusual town named Sterling. Within their first couple of days upon arriving in the town, they soon realize that not everything is as peaceful and normal as the town folk would like it to seem. There is a dark secret blowing throughout the breeze, one that unwittingly visits every 7 years. They call it ‘The Disappearances’

By now, you may have guessed that not only is this debuting YA novel a mystery but, it also has a historical concept within it’s pages.

It’s very difficult to properly explain the powerful magic behind this mystery without including a wide range of spoilers however, we will say that the suspense had us on the edge of our seats! We were left in disbelief and awe by this inspiring and beautiful novel!

The mystery itself was just so intriguing! It kept us up very late at night thinking over the words we read whilst trying to solve the mystery ourselves. We absolutely loved the clues that Aila was left to follow! We will give you a clue, they may include literacy clues for example, Shakespeare.19866557_664507313742667_2004600959_n.png

Hence our immediate love for this novel!

We also really loved the historical feel this novel gave us as it was set in the 1940s. The plot just worked extremely well with this time period. The author’s beautiful writing style definitively brought the characters and plot to life!

The way the characters were described was brilliant! We were very suspicious of all the characters and we began trying to crack the mystery ourselves! The author really did make this novel just so extraordinary and a really engaging. Not to mention, she even included a cute and strong romance!

This novel was just beautiful, heartbreaking and irresistible! This novel has absolutely encouraged us to branch out and pick up more mysteries! We definitely recommend this read and we are warning you, remember the name ‘Emily Bain Murphy’ as she is a rising author who will just leave you in awe, page after page!

Book Rating: 4.5/5 Stars⭐️.

~Georgia & Morgan ❤️.