After reading The Fault in Our Stars and falling in love with it, I had to read more of John Greens work and bought Looking for Alaska. I find this book a little tricky to review because although I enjoyed it and found it very thought provoking some of it was kind of awkward to read and in my opinion the second half fell a little flat. I did however love the first half and also the last chapter. I have to admit that I was very busy while reading the second half and could only read in small bits on occasion so it could just be me. Despite the fact the last half didn't capture me like the beginning it is a very good book. As always John Greens writing and characters are on point, he had me laughing and crying yet again. A profound book about life and death, full of deep and insightful words. Although it's classed as a young adult novel it's definitely not just for teenagers. Not quite as good as TFIOS but I would recommend giving it a read.
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
It only took me a couple of days to read this book, I'm absolutely besotted with it. I'm sure that in my life time I will reread it many times like Hazel with An Imperial Affliction, this book means more to me than I can explain. When I started reading I knew that it would contain the loss of peoples lives, limbs and even dignity, after all it's a book about cancer not miracles. Without any of these things I probably would of called it unrealistic or a cop-out, but I was satisfied with the realism. John Greens writing was wonderful, Its hard to imagine that I laughed out loud at a book about a girl with cancer but the author did a great job of balancing the parts that made me cry my eyes out with humour, altogether a very well told story. Even though I've never met any teenagers who talk like Hazel and Augustus I love them whole heartedly. The are unique, brilliant well formed characters that it is impossible not to feel affection for. The Fault in Our Stars is a poignant, witty and honest book about love, life and death. It's one of my favourite books and it will stay with me forever. One of those reads that hurts you deeply but in the best way possible. After you finish the last page you just sit there for a minute contemplating not just what you have read but life and the world in general. An enlighting and inspiring read that I recommend to EVERYONE.
Saturday, 5 April 2014
Carrie by Stephen King 4/5
I've never seen the film of Carrie so when I decided to read it all my expectations were based on the blurb and my previous experience of Stephen King novels. I was anticipating a scarefest full of horrory delight but actually I found Carrie really sad, don't get me wrong I enjoyed it but it's just not what I was expecting. The writing of course was good and the plot was excellent, overall a great read. I would recommend it to fans of horror, sci fi or generally depressing stories.
Friday, 4 April 2014
I haven't reviewed any books for a while, my blog was hijacked and was redirecting to a spam website and after I eventually sorted that out I realised that I had lost the desire to write reviews for the books I was reading. Some friends and authors I have reviewed for encouraged me too continue but the passion I had for reviewing was gone however my passion for books isn't. Whilst putting a small review on goodreads I saw some negative (almost hateful) reviews for Gone Girl a book I really enjoyed, and potential readers had commented about how they were discouraged from reading it based on the few negative reviews. I felt that having read an authors work and being entertained I owed them at least 5 minutes to write a short review so that potential readers might be encouraged to try it. So I'm going to try and post at least a few sentences about the books I read from now on. I promise. <3
Sunday, 16 February 2014
Just to let you all know that one of my favorite books Eden at the Edge of Midnight is free for download right now at screwpulp.com. Get it here!
About the Book!
The Vara of Yima, the original Garden of Eden, sealed from the rest of the world and populated with the fittest of men and women. A secret paradise that 150 years ago became ravaged by smog that choked out the skies.
Now the Vara exists in a permanent state of darkness and its people need a champion, a chosen one to save them from the smog that threatens to fill the realm and poison its inhabitants.
That’s what they needed. They got Sammy Ellis instead. She isn’t important enough for her dad to stick around for, never mind saving a realm or junk like that. Her only responsibility was to help the chosen one open the gateway into the Vara, but not only has she entered the realm in their place, she’s also locked them out in the process.
Stuck in a twilight land of giant mushrooms, pursued by dark forces and still in her pajamas, being unimportant back in the real world is starting to seem way more attractive.