Book Review | We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

We Come Apart

We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan couldn’t have been published in a better time than now. This book touches on so many social issues that is very much relevant and parallel to what is happening in our society today, and I cannot express how much this book captures the reality that is our society today – no matter how we say it isn’t. From domestic abuse to racism – this book covers it all. Continue reading

Book Review | The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich

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Rating
5-stars

Pages | 400 pages

Genre | YA, Horror, Psychological Thriller, Contemporary

Publisher | Orion Children’s Book

Publication | July 2016

Format | Paperback

There’s a man in the trees,
a man with no eyes, but still he watches,
that’s the surprise. Stay away from the woods,
it couldn’t be clearer, but the trees are creeping
nearer and nearer…

Beware the creeper man.

When sisters Silla and Nori escape London and their abusive father, Aunt Cath’s country house feels like a safe haven. But slowly, ever so slowly, things begin to unravel. Aunt Cath locks herself in the attic and spends day and night pacing. Every day the forbidden surrounding forest inches slowly towards the house. A mysterious boy appears, offering friendship. And Nori claims that a man watches them from the dark forest – a man with no eyes, who creeps ever closer…

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Book Review | A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara


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When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel painter pursuing fame in the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity.

Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented lawyer yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by a degree of trauma that he fears he will not only be unable to overcome – but that will define his life forever.

  • Pages: 720
  • Published: August 2015
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Adult

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Bookish Ramblings|Books I Should Have Already Read

Hello my lovelies,

Do you know the feeling that you should have read a book already, and that that book has been on your TBR pile and bookcase for far too long, and yet you keep putting off reading it?

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The Book Love Tag

I am back with another post, this time a Tag – courtesy of Inês. It’s Valentine’s Day related, mind you, I think this is going to be fun – and don’t forget to check out Inês’ post as well!

I think I made myself clear what my thoughts are this Valentine’s Day with my previous post – but nevertheless, I still have a little bit of romantic bone in my body.

So, this is sort of romance related tag, and thank you Ines (a.k.a. MsCarrowl) for the tag.


1. Your favourite book couple

For me, it has to be Eleanor and Park – their relationship is so simple, yet it isn’t. I don’t know, I just adored their relationship with each other. I’ve read my fair share of YA romance and of course I have made ships and what not. But I think my OTP has to be Eleanor and Park.

2. Your top 3 book boyfriends

Oh my, it’s kind of hard to think about all this kind of stuff when I’m practically the least concerned human being when it comes to their own romance.

I’m not gonna lie, I did have to check all of my books to see which one has romance on it and which ones are not – but anyway…

  • Fred Weasley, because I have had a crush on this guy for as long I remember.
  • Matthew Galloway, I found him such a sweet character in The Next Together, and I just love how much he’s so dedicated to Katy/Kate/Katherine and gah! I would definitely want a boyfriend like him
  • Day from the Legend Trilogy – because you gotta have a bad boy on the list.

3. Imagine your favourite book couple. Who would propose, and how? (If there’s already been a proposal: who would be more into organizing the wedding?)

Again, Eleanor and Park – I think it’s going to take these two to propose to each other. But if I really think about it, I would say park will be the one to propose, and he will do it through comic books and playlists – I don’t know I’m imagining this whole ordeal where it takes him a while to actually propose slowly hinting to Eleanor that he wants to get married to her, through giving her comic books that maybe with little notes or crease pages or circled words and letters. Like a code of some sort, or through giving her a playlist to listen to and in the end he asks her to marry him.

Or something like that.

4. Unpopular opinions time! Name a popular pairing you can’t stand

As much as I love Peeta and Katniss as individual characters, I don’t think that they should have ended up together. I don’t know, it felt like Katniss was forcing herself to love Peeta, and I liked their romantic relationship, but when you really look at their relationship, it feels like only Peeta was invested in it. Granted Katniss was busy saving Panem and such, but still.

5. What’s your favourite and least favourite romance trope?

In terms of novel romance tropes I feel like I tend to really enjoy tragic romantic stories, where the ending doesn’t really end in a “and they all lived happily ever after” kind of thing. For instance, the Legend Trilogy, you will know what I mean if you’ve read the books. Then, there’s also The Fault In Our Stars, Eleanor and Park (didn’t necessarily end the way I wanted it too, but I loved the ending nevertheless).

But, what I really dislike is the predictable kind of love stories – i.e. Anna and the French Kiss, where the girls acts like “Oh, I can’t/won’t fall-in-love with him he has a girl/boyfriend” or “(s)he’s my friend” and falls in love with the guy/girl anyway. And when they confess their love for each other, the guy/girl suddenly pronounces “I have loved you the moment I met you” and I’m just like… asdfghjkl – and I want to throw the book across the room and just asdfghjkl;

6. Do you ship non-canon couples often? Name some if you do

On some occasions, I do. For instance, Neville and Luna or Harry and Hermione.

I really did want Harry and Hermione to end up together, I was a little heartbroken to find out that Hermione actually likes Ron romantically – but nevertheless they’re cute together.

7. Your opinion on love triangles. Go!

Why?! Just… Why?! If you really did love the first person in the first place, you wouldn’t go falling/wanting a relationship with a different person. I can not stand love triangles! I can’t even begin to understand the concept of it… just why?!

8. Favourite and least favourite love triangle?

None and all of them!

9. Sometimes romance just isn’t the way to go. Favourite friendship?

As much as I shipped Hermione and Harry as a couple, they are also my favourite male-female platonic friendship there ever was. I just love seeing them together be it as a couple or as just friends.

beautiful-cute-friendship-harry-and-hermione-favim-com-381065110. What’s your favourite scene with your bookish OTP?

I’d say when Park stood up to Steve because of how much Eleanor is being bullied and he couldn’t take it anymore. I really liked that scene, and how he explained later on, how Steve could have easily beaten him up, but nevertheless, he earned my full respect and admiration.

11. Imagine your favourite book couple again. Who’s most excited about Valentine’s Day (either ironically or genuinely)?

I have no idea… like, they are so different from what you would normally think of a couple would be – they’re awkward (but cute) together, and it’s just hard to tell who would be more excited. But, I think it would be Eleanor.


Now, for the people I’m tagging,

And to anyone who wants to participate, play along!

See ya later,

Nielle xx

 

eARC Review: Risuko: a Kunoichi Tale by David Kudler

  • Author: David Kudler
  • Title: Risuko: a Kunoichi tale
  • Series: Seasons of the Sword
  • Format: eARC
  • Publisher: Stillpoint Digital Press
  • Publication date: 15 June 2016
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Historical

Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads Synopsis:

Can one girl win a war?

My name is Kano Murasaki, but most people call me Risuko. Squirrel.

I am from Serenity Province, though I was not born there.

My nation has been at war for a hundred years, Serenity is under attack, my family is in disgrace, but some people think that I can bring victory. That I can be a very special kind of woman.

All I want to do is climb.

My name is Kano Murasaki, but everyone calls me Squirrel.

Risuko.

Though Japan has been devastated by a century of civil war, Risuko just wants to climb trees. Growing up far from the battlefields and court intrigues, the fatherless girl finds herself pulled into a plot that may reunite Japan — or may destroy it. She is torn from her home and what is left of her family, but finds new friends at a school that may not be what it seems.

Magical but historical, Risuko follows her along the first dangerous steps to discovering who she truly is.

Kano Murasaki, called Risuko (Squirrel) is a young, fatherless girl, more comfortable climbing trees than down on the ground. Yet she finds herself enmeshed in a game where the board is the whole nation of Japan, where the pieces are armies, moved by scheming lords, and a single girl couldn’t possibly have the power to change the outcome. Or could she?

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The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu – Book Reviews

“He is Day, the boy who walks in the light.”

“She is June, the girl who seeks her brother’s killer.”

On the run and undercover, they meet by chance.

Irresistibly drawn together neither knows the other’s past.

But Day murdered June’s Brother and she has sworn to avenge his death…

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Where do I start…? This book series is something that I have enjoyed reading, although it has been quite a while since I’ve read them. But what I do know is that they have been an amazing read.

My initial though when I received these books for Christmas was that… “It’s going to be like Hunger Games, and I wouldn’t like it at all because it will be too similar” But how wrong I was. Although they are both based in a fictional dystopian future, they are two completely different books! Legend has its own amazing plot, some parts may seem similar, but that’s okay because it’s only minimal in my opinion.

The characters are unique in their own way, and once you start reading you just can’t stop. Well, I couldn’t, some people may have other opinions on that, but that’s okay.

The book basically has two stories, Day’s and June’s.

June is from the better end of the social spectrum, she’s the Republic’s prodigy ever since she scored a perfect score on the trials, her parents died in a car crash and her brother Metias’ is left to take care of her.

While Day is on the completely opposite side of the spectrum, he is an outcast, the #1 most wanted criminal and terrorist of the republic. He was unstoppable, but he also had his weakness -the family he left behind, the family who thought he was dead, except for his older brother, he would do anything and everything for them and this was seen especially when their door was marked with a red X which indicates that they are infected by the plague, and will eventually all die. Day goes on the hunt for the cure, and nothing will get in his way – even Metias.

Day has become the prime suspect for the death of Metias when he broke into the hospital to get the cure, and when Metias was on duty guarding the medicine. This incident is what brought the two together, Day and June that is. As you read the books, you become immersed in their lives and you start to want to learn more about their pasts and what really is going on. Along with June and Day, you learn more about the truth, and who really is the enemy. You experience the pain they experience, you fall in love with them, and so on.

I really like all of the characters, well how they were written anyway since I thought they were written quite realistically and were believable individuals. The emotions were conveyed perfectly, and you can just feel what the characters are feeling (for me anyway).

In most books, secondary characters do not play much of an important role, sometimes they seem to be just there to fill in a gap. But on this book, that is not the case… Characters like John, at first seem to only provide a small connection with Day, since he is the only one in their family to know he is really alive, but later on in the book he becomes so much more than that, and he really is an amazing character in his own rights. Tess will also play a much more important role later on in the series, and even Kaede. All these characters are essential part o the story in order for there to be a story.

As you read the books, you become attached to characters! I enjoyed reading this book series so much and will be reading them again in the future. 🙂

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I highly recommend this book to anyone who are into the dystopian genre, and for fans of the Hunger Games and Divergent (this is on my reading list… I know, I know How come I haven’t read them yet!!!?) 

If you’ve already read it, please leave a comment below and tell me what you thought about it?