Saturday, November 18, 2017

Dear Charlie by N.D. Gomes

Dear Charlie by N.D. Gomes
Release Date: October 20, 2016
Pages: 222
Rating: 💜💜💜💜💜
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository

At sixteen, Sam Macmillan is supposed to be thinking about girls, homework and his upcoming application to music college, not picking up the pieces after the school shooting that his brother Charlie committed.
Yet as Sam desperately tries to hang on to the memories he has of his brother, the media storm surrounding their family threatens to destroy everything. 

This book has the potential to become massive if only the right people picked this book up and read it. People like Cait, Jesse, Kat and Christine who have the power to make people read books (I know there are other people but these were the only people I could think of). Because oh. my. God. This book was incredible.

There have been several books that have focused on school shootings, but this is the first one I've read about the family of a shooter. This story really displayed the trauma that the families of shooters have to go afterwards, the way the media twists stories and the mess that shooters leave. It was incredible to read this different perspective and see how everyone else is affected.

I loved the fact that none of the characters in this book were perfect. Usually writers make the characters too perfect and forgiven but N.D Gomes did not shy away from making his characters normal human beings. He made you feel sorry for Sam from the first chapter, before you were even connected to him. Sam was trying to hold everything together for his family, without having anyone to help, which obviously meant that he was bottling up all his very negative thoughts which is not healthy! Izzy, the main girl,  was always changing her personality to fit in with her current friend group and so no one ever knew what she is actually like. However, the best character in this book was Charlie because nobody knew why he decided to commit this shooting and honestly that is such a true message about school shooters. No one ever finds out why they did it, they can only speculate.

The writing style was a little simplistic but it worked for the story. Everything that was written was chosen carefully that you felt so wrapped up in the story and Sam's life. Every little thing that happened in the book felt like it was happening to you which made this story that little bit harder to read. And this ending was the best ending I've read all year. Without spoiling too much it showed the growth of every single character in this universe and the changes that they just had to accept. Seriously, it was just such an incredible ending.

I would highly recommend everyone picks up this book and gives it a try. The best thing about this book is that is quite short so you should be able to fly through it without much troubles. And trust me this book will fly by as soon as you start reading it.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Five characters who should be leads

Top Ten Tuesdays are run by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish!

My interpretation of this week's topic was a little more inventive than usual. I decided to pick five characters which I think would be good as the lead roles in a film.

The biggest challenge with this topic was not only picking extroverted, confident characters, but also some of the characters who are bit quiet and withdrawn. I'm quite happy with my pick though, even if it is going to be a TFT (Top Five Tuesday)!

1- Julie from Code Name Verity: She is literally paid to act everyday, so she already has the training for it. I think she would be perfect in a film because not only is she confident, but she also has a dramatic flair that all actors should have.

2- Will Herondale from The Infernal Devices: It might just be me who gets this vibe from him  but I think Will could be the main male part in a film/ the annoying guy who reads a lot. (Although that is basically what he is in TID so maybe not..) He is also very cute so that's a plus!

3- Hamlet from...Hamlet: I'm picking Hamlet purely because he is one of the most dramatic characters I have ever read about and I think he would be a drama queen in whichever film he is placed in.

4- Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles: She would obviously have to be put in an action movie because she is so bad-ass and would be able to do all her own stunts. She isn't necessarily the most confident character out there but she doesn't have to be to be awesome.

5- Magnus Bane from The Shadowhunter World: Magnus has that cool fashion sense that most actors seem to have. He is also a very dramatic person, and is very good at acting (seriously, that guy deserves a medal)!

Do you agree with my list? Which characters do you think would be good actors?
And leave a link to your TTT down below so I can check it out!

And until next time, keep reading!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

November TBR

November is always a strange month because nothing seriously exciting happens this month. It is basically the month filled with anticipation for the start of the Christmas season. In England there is Bonfire Night (my favourite holiday of the year) but apart from that there isn't anything massive that happens.

My theme for reading this month is... Shadowhunters. Guess what I'm reading!

1- City of Lost Souls
2- Clockwork Princess
3- The Bane Chronicles
4- City of Heavenly Fire

As you can see I'm only planning on reading the Shadowhunters series this month as I realised most of my unread books are from this series. Hopefully they're all excellent reads!

What are you reading this month? Have you read any of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments below!

And until next time, keep reading!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Release Date: April 14, 2011
Pages: 357
Rating: 💜💜💜💜
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository

When Lincoln comes across Beth and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained and captivated by their stories.
By time Lincoln realises he's falling for one of them, it's too late to introduce himself. What will he do?

I think this might be my favourite Rainbow Rowell book so far. As much as I loved Fangirl and Eleanor + Park, Attachments spoke to me in a different way.

At first I found it a little strange that Lincoln was reading their emails and not  doing anything about them; he was basically cyber-stalking them. He even began enjoying reading their emails and fantasising a life for them, at which point I was thinking "Okay Lincoln, you've had your fun, stop reading the emails now". However I was strangely captivated by the girls' lives and there were times throughout the story where I wanted to find out more about their lives, just like Lincoln.

Both the girls were hilarious, gossipy characters who seemed as obsessed with the internet as people are today. I loved reading their exchanges because they always seemed to make the best out of a bad situation. They added an extra bit of humour to this book which helped lighten some more serious times in Lincoln's life.

The writing style was slightly older that young adult I felt and was definitely more suited for new adult readers. All the characters were adults and talked about typical adult topics, which could get a little dull for me as a teenage reader. However the writing is light-hearted enough that I was rarely bored  and constantly laughing.

This was a funny, romantic book; it definitely falls under the category 'romantic-comedy'. If you love Rainbow Rowell or romantic comedies definitely give this book a chance!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Halloween Book Tag

Halloween is next week! (Just think about that for a minute)
I adore Halloween purely because I get to dress up in whatever outfit I want and see everyone dressing up as their favourite characters.

This tag was created by Naomi the Book Lover so please go check out her video.

Carving pumpkins
Which book would you like to carve up and light on fire?

I'm usually very careful with my books but if I had to burn any book it  would have to be Champion by Marie Lu. (If you know me you know my anger about this book)

Trick or Treat:
Which character is a treat and which character is a trick?

Treat: Peter Kavinsky from TATBILB. He is the sweetest boyfriend ever and Lara Jean is lucky to have him.
Trick: So she isn't really a trickster but Bellatrix Lestrange is the best villain I have ever read about and honestly I adore her.

Candy Corn:
Which book is always sweet?

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell.
This book is tiny (96 pages!) but it is the sweetest story ever. I wish it had been a little longer because I loved all the characters she created!

Which character would you like to visit you as a ghost?

Tessa from The Infernal Devices. I don't know if she does die in the book series but she would definitely be dead by now.

Dressing up in costume:
What character would you like to be for a day?

I think I'm going to say Luna because I would love to be able to life through her eyes.

Wizards and Witches:
What is your favourite Harry Potter moment?

One of my favourite moments is when Mrs Weasley sends Harry a Christmas jumper in the first book because it shows that she immediately considered Harry to be one of the Weasleys.

Blood and Gore:
What was a book that was so creepy that you had to take a break from it for a little while?

I'm not a very squeamish person and it takes a lot to make me have to take a break from a gory book. I had to take several breaks whilst reading Asylum by Madeline Roux because I was so scared, but it wasn't very gory.

Do you like Halloween? What are you dressing up as this year? Have you done this tag?
Let me know in the comments below!

And until next time, keep reading!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Countless by Karen Gregory

Countless by Karen Gregory
Release Date: May 4, 2017
Pages: 384
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository

 17 weeks, 119 days, 357 meals.
When Hedda discovers she is pregnant, she doesn’t believe it. The numbers just don’t add up. She is young, and still in the grip of an eating disorder that controls every aspect of how she goes about her daily life. Hedda comes to a decision: she and Nia will call a truce, just until the baby is born.

This should be pretty obvious, but trigger warning for people who have or are suffering from an eating disorder. I didn't realise how bad this book was until I started reading it, but Hedda is still deep in the eating disorder and has a lot of triggering thoughts.

This book is a YA contemporary with a difference. There is little romance, few happily ever afters, and more tears than smiles. After all the other contemporaries I've read, this one was like a breath of fresh air. The premise was so different, so unlike anything I'd ever read before. It had that unique spark.

Karen Gregory is very good at making you feel sorry for people. Every single new character she introduced me to immediately had me rooting for them. There wasn't a single character I didn't love in this book, no matter how hard I tried. I loved Hedda, and really wanted everything to work out for her. I loved and his crazy baking skills, as well as his ways of making Hedda smile. I sympathised with Hedda's parents and desperately wanted them to reconnect with her. All of the characters were just perfect.

The writing style in this book was what blew me away. Slow-paced as it was, it really got into Hedda's eating disorder. It was so dark and twisted that I could feel Nia's voice in my head as I was reading. There were points where it got pretty intense, and I actually had to put the book down which is why I would recommend avoiding this book if you have ever suffered from an eating disorder.

I would recommend this book to people who love Sarah Crossan books as they definitely have a similar vibe. It was also a very educational insight in to an eating disorder, so if you want to learn a little more about what that is like I would highly recommend this book!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Release Date: April 3, 2012
Pages: 484
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository

Trained as an assassin by the god of death, Ismae is sent to the court of Brittany, where she finds herself underprepared- not only for the games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death's vengeance upon a target who, against her will has stolen her heart?

I feel like recently I've read a lot of amazing books that have become my favourites. First 'Lola and the Boy Next Door', then 'The Night Circus', and now this. So today I've decided to share with you the top five reasons why I loved this book. And begin!

  1. Killer Nuns: Need I say more? This book literally revolves around a group of nuns who train young girls to become deadly assassins, trained in almost any skill you could think of.
  2. Actual Assassinations: So I've been disappointed by assassin books before because there was barely any assassinating, but this book was full of assassination. Okay, Ismae was a little crazy and wanted to kill every man who disrespected her, but after the childhood she had can you blame her?
  3. The political aspect: This book focuses quite heavily on the politics that are occurring throughout the story, but you can expect that when Ismae is placed into the heart of the court. As a history lover the details of the court and the way it ran was a major turn-on for me, but I can understand that some people might not want to sit through long explains of current politics.
  4. The characters: I could talk forever about how much I loved each and everyone of the characters, but I'm not going to bore you like that. Each character had the chance to grow and improve, each character had a time to fight, and each character stood up for what they believed in. Even the side characters felt important and developed, instead of hidden away.
  5. The ending: Naturally I'm not going to spoil the ending, but holy cheeseballs was it intense. When I finished this book I just had to stop everything for a few minutes to think about it, because it was so well written.
There you have it: my five reasons why people should read this book. Of course I could go on into the finer details but I'll that for you to discover. My only recommendation is that you don't read this book if you don't like reading about historical politics as that is the main focus of this book!