Hello! How are you? I hope you’re having a good week! After many months I am finally here to bring you 3 mini-reviews of the books I have read over the last couple of months.
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Number in series: #2
Publisher: Orion Books (2016)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopian, Romance
If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.
Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the colour of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.
The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.
But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.
Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?
The electrifying next instalment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.
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I’m going to try and keep this short and sweet but I really enjoyed Glass Sword, it wasn’t as engaging as Red Queen but the exciting parts were in the right spots; just as I was getting a bit bored it would pick up with some action.
It was really interesting to learn about the different abilities of the other people like Mare and to learn about the magic system more. Speaking of, the magic system is really simple and easy to follow which is actually really good, it’s not too complicated which doesn’t leave it open for plot holes.
The ending was just as nail-biting and shocking, which left me SHOOK and rather sad.
Glass Sword is the ‘filler book’ of the Red Queen series but is just as good as the first, and I’m really excited to get to Kings Cage!
THE BOOK THIEF
Author: Markus Zusak
Number in series: Standalone
Publisher: Pan Macmillan (2005)
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult/Adult, War (WWII)
A story about, among other things: A girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meagre existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbours during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.
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The Book Thief killed me. It’s honestly probably my favourite read of the year. It’s poetic, honest, moving, heartbreaking, and beautifully written. There were many tears and lots of ugly sobbing.
The characters are so complex yet simple and it’s so clever how they are all connected to each other without even realising it.
As soon as I finished it, I wanted to start again. As soon as I closed the book, I missed the characters already. I can’t really say much without spoiling it but I just loved it so much and can’t recommend it enough, everyone needs to read it. It will change you.
HISTORY IS ALL YOU LEFT ME
Author: Adam Silvera
Number in series: Standalone
Publisher: Simon and Schuster (2017)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, LGBTQ+
From the New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not comes an explosive examination of grief, mental illness, and the devastating consequences of refusing to let go of the past.
When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.
To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.
If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.
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History is All You Left Me was just as heartbreaking as The Book Thief. Even though it took me FOREVER to finish this one, I really enjoyed it. As the main character, Griffin is grieving it is very heavy and very sad, respectively.
There was some very unexpected plot turns which took me by surprise and basically all happen in the last 50 pages. Some characters I grew to love and others I grew to dislike. I cried happy tears at the end which is very satisfying.
I personally don’t have OCD but I have anxiety so, I could relate to Griffin to a certain degree. I can’t speak for the representation but I think it was done well. Same goes for the LGBTQ+ representation, I can’t really speak for it but I think it was done so well. There were 4 characters who were either Gay or Bisexual which was so good!! REPRESENTATION AND DIVERSITY IS SO IMPORTANT!!!
That’s it! Thank you for reading if you made it this far! Let me know you’re thoughts if you have read these books, did you like them or dislike them? Thanks again, bye!