Book Review | The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

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Rating |

5-stars

Pages| 320 pages

Genre| YA, Contemporary, Coming of Age, Mental Health

Publisher| Penguin

Publication| 12 January, 2017

Format| eARC

You always remember your first kiss.

Flora remembers nothing else…

“I look at my hands. One of them says ‘Flora, be brave’. I am Flora.”

Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can’t remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is.

Then she kisses someone she shouldn’t have kissed – and the next day she remembers it. The first time she’s remembered anything since she was ten.

But the boy is gone.

Desperate to hold onto the memory, she sets off to the Arctic to find him.

Why can she remember Drake? Could he be the key to everything else she’s forgotten?

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review – I would also like to thank Net Galley and Penguin Group for providing me this eARC

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Book Review | What Light by Jay Asher

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Genre| YA, Contemporary,

Publisher| Pan Macmillan

Publication| 20 October 2016

My Format | eARC

 

 

 

 

 

Rating

3-5-stars

Thank you to Net Galley and Pan Macmillan for providing me a review copy of What Light by Jay Asher in exchange for an honest review.

From Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, comes a romance that will break your heart, buy soon have you believing again…

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon – it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives to lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other. By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover one thing that transcends all else: true love. What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

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Book Review | No Virgin by Anne Cassidy

Title | No Virgin
Author | Anne Cassidy
Genre | Teens & YA, Contemporary
Publisher | Hot Key Books (November, 2016)
Edition | eARC

Rating4-stars

I would like to thank Net Galley and the publisher, Hot Key Books, for providing me an eARC of the novel, No Virgin by Anne Cassidy.

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Film Review | Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

 

I was so very excited when I heard that Ransom Riggs’ novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was going to be made into a film, and to top it all of it was going to be directed by one of my favourite directors of all time – Tim Burton.

We can all agree that Tim Burton is an amazing director and has a knack for creating gothic films, such as: Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Corpse Bride, etc…

When I finally got the chance to watch the film last week, I am sad to say that I was disappointed. I had such high expectations for the film adaptation, and was hoping that Tim Burton will bring to life the Trilogy I have come to adore. I was expecting to be blown out of my mind, and to be creeped out by the Hollowgasts and be afraid of the Wights… But I was not.

Everything about the film was different from the books – Emma Bloom and Olive’s powers has been switched – the age of the children have changed… The characters are all different. I was so frustrated while watching the film and had to hold my tongue from saying anything at all whilst I was in the cinema. I was disappointed. The whole film deviates so much from the books – and it all felt too rushed! The whole Trilogy was cramped into one single film.

Book Review | Improbables by Jonathan Charles Bruce

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Publisher: Scarlet River Press, June 2016

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, New Adult, Supernatural

Pages: 334 pages

LinksAmazon || Goodreads

4-5-stars

Synopsis:

Abigail Wren’s life fresh out of college is dull, even with her (almost) dream job at the local newspaper. The only real excitement she can get is found between the pages of an endless stream of paranormal romance novels she can’t help but love.

Then, on a snowy night in December, Abigail catches a glimpse of what could only be described as a werewolf. Enamored with the possibility, her investigation leads her to discover a paranormal population—improbables—living harmoniously in the midst of humanity. Between making eyes at a perpetually grumpy werewolf and hanging out with a vampire with a lust for life (and liquor), Abigail’s life takes a shaky step out of the ordinary and into the fantastic.

Just outside of the sleepy town of Whitewater, however, a force of rage is building. Born of hate and delusion, a living cataclysm threatens to devour everyone in its path—human or improbable.

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Book Review | The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

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Title: The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Author: Patrick Ness
Published by: Walker Books
Publication date: 2015
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Fantasy
Format: Paperback

NOT everyone HAS TO BE THE chosen ONE

What if you’re not an indie kid, fighting zombies or whatever this new thing is with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate before someone blows up the high school. Again.

Sometimes you just have to discover how even an ordinary life can be extraordinary.

I think this is an appropriate time to do a book review on The Rest of Us Just Live Here!

The main highlight of this novel is the fact that it looks at the lives of people who are not the chosen ones – it is brilliant to see how different people have different experiences all at the same time. While the chosen ones were out saving the world from The Immortals, the rest of the world is clueless about what’s happening (apart from teenagers).

Overall, I think it’s a brilliant book in the sense that it shows us the other side of the story – how not everyone gets to live the life of a chosen one. How everything may be going wrong for the ‘main protagonists’ in this case the indie kids – the rest of the world just keeps on going like it normally does. But this story also higlights the different experiences of different groups of people – it shows you teenage problems that are relatable, about your identity as an individual, sexuality and even mental health issues and how it can affect you relationship with those around you.

I also liked how the book also included in every chapter what was going on with the chosen ones, and how their decisions affect the wider society and not just themselves.

There are a lot of things that I really liked about this novel, and I couldn’t recommend it enough! 


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Book Review | Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine

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Title: Fire Colour One
Author: Jenny Valentine
Published by: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Publication date: July 2015
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Format: Paperback

Iris’ father, Ernest, is at the end of his life and she hasn’t even met him. Her best friend, Thurston, is somewhere on the other side of the world.

Everything she thought she knew is up in flames.
Now her mother has declared war and means to get her hands on Ernest’s priceless art collection. But Ernest has other ideas.

There are things he wants Iris t know after he’s gone. And the truth has more than one way of coming to light…

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