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This Song Will Save Your Life
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Leila Sales has created an enjoyable story based on a not so enjoyable topic by carefully constructing the plot to tell the story of a troubled teenager.
Elise is a typical teenager however her issues of school and friends go deeper into a dark side of emotions. Sales has cleverly planned out chapter 1 because by the end of it we already have a good idea of what type of character Elise is. We follow her through the book as she tackles problems of school and being alone but most importantly as a person she feels like she can not be herself which i feel the target audience is suitable because as teenagers they can relate to her.
Although it is an enjoyable book, i did have a few problems. Firstly, i found that a few situations within the book aren't very believable, whether that was just my opinion or not i found this kind of put the book down in way of it's realistic views. Secondly, Elise's sister, Alex, who is 7 years-old speaks more maturely for her age as she seems to have a very mature personality. This didn't ruin the book though as it's only a small thing.
The most entertaining event throughout the book was the DJ part because i absolutely loved reading into the technical side and being able to learn at the same time as the character.
Overall an easy read novel, more suited to teenagers.
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Another imaginative story from a wonderfully imaginative author!
Briar Rose is a girl who mimics Aurora from the tale Sleeping Beauty through falling asleep on her 16th birthday although most of the coincidences stop there as Jana Oliver has created her own take on the tale. There is an array of villains and alliances throughout the novel that keeps the reader entertained and the story alive. My particular favourite being Ruric, whom Briar meets after falling asleep, because Oliver has created him to be a loyal character as well as funny, unique and a proper prince charming to someones princess Aurora.
Oliver has beautifully written her own fairy tale in Briar Rose with detailed descriptions to give a sharp image in the readers mind to make the story come alive. However i have to admit that in some scenarios you can tell what is going to happen before it does, but thats a typical fairy tale for you!
An enjoyable read in a new fairy tale world!
The Soul Seekers: Mystic
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The third book in the Soul Seekers series in my opinion could have been better. I feel that while useful information has been revealed to the reader to carry on to the fourth book, i think that Mystic could have been much improved. I say this because it was quite slow and not as adventurous as I had hoped it to be, with the overall plot being plain and not needed.
However, as always Alyson Noel has created a gripping world, starting with Fated in which i was hooked straight away. I really enjoy the use of the spirit animals within the books, however i feel they lacked appearance in Mystic. I also missed the descriptions of the Lowerworld, Middleworld and Upperworld as Noel seems to have dialed it down after the first two books.
Overall the series so far is intriguing and i will read the fourth book, Horizon, but hopefully Noel will bring more description and adventure to the story to keep readers entertained.
Goddess (Starcrossed 3)
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Helen is back in her final battle against the Gods. The ending to the trilogy doesnt disappoint with romance, family, friendship, war, mystery and betrayal. Full of detailed scenes, Josephine Angelini has brought a great trilogy into the world of books.
We follow Helen in her journey and with input from other characters the reader is able to gain detailed description of peoples actions and thoughts, bringing us into the story full of lies and truths. It kept me on edge at times with the need to read more, I fully enjoyed this book and the trilogy overall is one worth reading because Angelini has successfully communicated Greek mythology clearly to bring this world of to life.
Read it, read it, READ IT!
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A gentle read about the devastation of losing, finding and understanding.
We follow Kite as she tries to come to terms with the suicide of her best friend Dawn. Going through the stages of grieving, there is plenty of what if and why for Kite to think about.
I was first introduce to Sita Brahmachari with Artichoke Hearts, however I didnt actually finish the book because I wasnt fond of her way of writing as it was quite childish and I couldnt engage well with the story. Having said that in this book Brahmachari guides the reader through the delicate process of losing someone, using delicate wording to convey different meanings effectively. I really enjoyed the meaning of the owls, along with many hidden meanings that are there to help keep Dawn alive in spirit and for Kite to cling on to some kind of reality.
A gentle, delicate and easy read. Covering such a sad subject is hard to understand but Brahmachari has tackled it well. Not the best book in the world, but good in its own way.
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Such a fascinating story, I couldnt put it down!
Amanda Hocking has introduced us into a world of fantasy and mystery and keeps the reader engaged throughout the book by the use of descriptive events and energetic characters. One thing I liked about the novel is how Hocking has written the book in a way to introduce both Gemma and Harpers side to the story, which makes the plot more descriptive and realistic.
Harper is the older sister who looks after Gemma and likes to take responsibility for her that we read about through her protectiveness over her. Gemma is the younger sister who is fit through her swimming and at the start of the book Hocking has given a good description of her love for the water. As the story grows so do the characters. We follow Gemma and Harper learning about them as people, their lives, and futures.
The plot is definitely one to read that can keep you guessing and engaged. I really enjoyed reading this novel and the characters bring excitement, humour and interest to the story to bring it together. A definite must read and have the sequel at the ready!
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A very exciting, energetic novel that kept me engaged throughout.
A definite must read for fans of action, adventure, mystery and secrets, Jessica Brody has captured all these aspects cleverly and expertly to present an unforgettable story that leaves you wanting more and more. The main Character, Sera, is portrayed like a newborn, not knowing much about anything in the modern world, but we soon learn that shes not as fragile as she may seem as we see a strong and confident side to her.
Throughout the book we follow Sera through her difficulties with being an amnesiac and the revelation of secrets that we are as keen to find out as Sera. I admire the way Brody has wrote the book because I found myself asking questions to different revelations, which are then question in the book through Sera. For me this says that Brody has thought about the types of questions readers will be asking, therefore relating to her readers and making the story more realistic.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, as the story is realistic making it bearable and readable. Just wish the next book was out already!
Tempest 2: vortex
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Definitely an engaging book that will have you wanting more.
We follow Jackson in his new life as a CIA, meeting new characters therefore new personalities that add twists and emotion to the story. Julie Cross has captured the idea of time travel descriptively and I think she is effective in creating a real world. However, I did come across parts in the book that had me a little confused as to what was going on. Whether that was because the story itself was complicated, which maybe Cross intended for it to be this way, or because I just didnt understand properly. Either way, the plot of the story is a fascinating one and this confusion did not ruin it for me at all.
In Vortex we learn a lot of information at the same time as Jackson, so this makes the reader feel involved. It also allows the reader to learn this information and start questioning and guessing what things mean.
One of the main focuses in the book is Jacksons love for Holly. In Tempest we read a bout the start of their relationship and all the struggles that came with being a time traveler. In Vortex, Cross has kept the reader reminded of this throughout the book, making us feel emotions towards Jackson as we feel his hurt. I like how Cross has done this because she was not afraid to create a male character that truthfully describes his emotions, making the reader feel the love he has.
The second book in the series doesnt fail to impress. A definite must read for all time travel, action, adventure, and romance fans.
The Soul Seekers: Echo
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Wow is the only word I can think of to describe this book. Alyson Noel has done it yet again!
The second book in the series doesnt fail to impress - it is a stunning story line that can capture anyones attention. By reading the blurb of the book and the line, but first she must make an unthinkable sacrifice, that had me engaged straight away and I had no doubt that whatever this sacrifice was, it was going to be one to remember, and I was right.
Throughout the book we begin to read about Daire growing as a person into whom she is suppose to be, the Seeker. At the end she shows courage and strength which I really admired in her. But also Dace grows and we read from his point of view, which I feel is effective in revealing him as a person by his thoughts, weaknesses and strengths.
When reading this book youll notice there is talk about snow, and with it being on the cover of the book it soon becomes clear that it is important to the story. Without revealing too much Ill just say that it becomes iconic and plays a big part in the story.
However the only thing I feel that could have been included is that the character Cade could have been involved a bit more because I feel that I havent really got to know him that well, only through what we read from the other characters. So personally I think it would be effective in looking at things from his point of view to understand him better.
Overall I can not criticize this book at all, has everything youd want, the ending itself I absolutely loved - it blew me away! Very much looking forward to Mystic!
Forget Me Never
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A book which makes you eager to know more and wanting to find out the truth!
We follow Sophie through many adventure as she prepares to face reality in a quest to find out what really happened to her Cousin, Danielle, because she couldnt really have committed suicide, could she? As I read the many ordeals she had to face, I myself felt her hunger for the truth and wanted to finish the book quickly because I had no patience in waiting! Sophie also has to deal with friend Reece and her feelings for him, and throughout the book as I read about them together I started to understand their relationship and begin to feel how the characters were feeling themselves.
Now, if Im honest I did think the Gina Blaxills portrayal of 15/16 year olds was a bit wrong in my opinion because I found them to be immature in the way they thought and spoke. However this didnt ruin the book for me, so hopefully wont for other people!
The plot itself is realistic and clever and I enjoyed Blaxills portrayal of it. However I didnt get hooked to the book straight away like I usually do and found it took a good few chapters until I was really engaged with the story. Overall it is a quick gentle read that is worth reading!