Book reviews

Book Review | Sweet Damage

Title: Sweet Damage

Author: Rebecca James

Genre: YA Thriller

Source: Allen & Unwin

Page Count: 336 pages

Synopsis 

I still dream about Anna London’s house. In my dreams it’s as if the house itself has sinister intentions. But in real life it wasn’t the house that was responsible for what happened. It was the people who did the damage …’

When Tim Ellison finds a cheap room to rent in the perfect location in Sydney it looks like a huge stroke of luck. In fact the room comes with a condition, and the owner of the house, the mysterious Anna London, is unfriendly and withdrawn. When strange and terrifying things start happening in the house at night, Tim wonders if taking the room is a mistake. But then his feelings for Anna start to change, and when her past comes back with a vengeance, Tim is caught right in the middle of it.

A thrilling rollercoaster of a story – read it with the lights on!

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Plot

This was majorly a plot driven book. I like how the author manages to keep you interested ALL the way throughout the book. In the beginning there is this intrigue about who Anna is and what happened to her, but even by the very end there are still elements of interest that make you want to keep reading. Oh and don’t even get me started about the plot twists. Some of them are a bit far fetched but they work well in the context of the book

Characters

Anna is a very well constructed character. The book does a very good job of portraying mental illness and really explaining what it’s like for people going through those things. And I like Anna’s character development of how she is determined to get better by the end.

A majority of the book is told by Tim’s perspective but I feel like Tim was mostly the observer, it’s hard to explain but it just felt like he was a plot device to basically just introduce readers to Anna’s story. But he does play a major role in Anna’s character development and driving the plot so…(awkward contradiction much)

The rest of the characters in the books are also developed well in the sense that the book explains their actions and how their past has made them into the person they are today

Writing

The book is told in dual perspective by Anna and Tim (mostly Tim though). Anna’s pov is in italics and Tim is just normal font but if it weren’t for the font difference I don’t believe I would be able to distinguish their voices.Writing isn’t the forte of this book as it is quite simplistic but the plot more than makes up for it

Rating

4

 

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Book reviews

10 Reasons Why You Should Read Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly RIGHT NOW

Title: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

Author: Stephanie Oakes

Genre: YA Contemporary

Page Count: 400 pages

Source: Harper Collins YA

Release Date: June 22nd 2015

Synopsis: The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, and her ability to trust.

And when Minnow rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now the Kevinian Prophet has been murdered and the camp set aflame and it’s clear Minnow knows something. But she’s not talking. As she adjusts to a life behind bars in juvenile detention, Minnow struggles to make sense of all she has been taught to believe, particularly as she dwells on the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of; if she is willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

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The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is easily one of my favourite books of the year and here are ten reasons why:

10. It has depth

This book is a psychological thriller and a crime novel but it’s also so much more. It explores blind faith and poses questions such as:

How do we know what we know? Why do we choose to believe in certain things? What extreme measures are people willing to take in order to grasp onto that one bit of sanity?

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The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is unique in the sense that it is very raw. The story is gory and it evokes raw emotions within you which I didn’t know a book was capable of doing. I’ve never read anything like it

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The story travels between Minnow’s present which is in Juvie and Minnow’s past in the Community with her Cult. The plot was assembled very well. In the beginning I just wanted to read all about her past but later on you realize the writing in the present is also very important  to observe Minnow’s self-development.

7. You’re going to want to read about Minnow Bly

Minnow has one of the most distinct voices in YA fiction. As soon as the story began I was like “woah I can already hear her voice in my head”. HOW IS SOMEONE ABLE TO DO THAT. But seriously I love observant she is and honest too

6. The Feels 

If you’re a fan of YA (you probably are since you’re on the blog and reading this post) then you definitely go for the feels in a book.

Minnow’s character has gone through so much, I mean her father cut her hands off on orders from a strange man! and the author does a really good job of showing that through Minnow’s defiance in the Community, her journey towards redemption and coming to terms with her past. And you’re able to empathise really well with all her emotions.

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The writing in this book is very straight to the point. I love it because it paints a clear picture of the Community and even Juvie. I also felt like I didn’t have to work very hard to understand what Minnow was feeling

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I read a post recently on YA Midnight Reads (my favourite book blog) about how The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly came about and you should definitely check it out.

But I am so grateful that the author decided to set this story in the modern world and not in a dystopian future. It just makes the whole idea of religious cults that much more possible to imagine and be freaked out by (we all love that don’t we?)

3. Religion in YA

This is possibly the first time religion has been so exclusively discussed in YA. It adds to the awesome diversity thing we have going and I love the fact that this books voices questions that literally all of us have asked sometime in our lives.

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I have nothing bad to say about this book. Trust me when I say I am a very picky reader in the sense that I nit-pick the smallest things in a book but I just cannot find anything wrong with The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly.

If the above nine reasons weren’t convincing enough then I hope this final tenth reason convinces you to go out of your houses on June 22nd to buy this book

1. BECAUSE IT’S JUST SO GOOD

But seriously guys. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly. Get on it.

Rating

5

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Review: Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynndownload

Genre: Mystery

Pages: 422

summary:

Who are you?

What have we done to each other?

These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren’t made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

So what did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?

 

Holy bagels and cream cheese I just finished this book and I cannot even.

First of all, sorry for the long absence, just busy with life. second of all, I hit 100 likes on this blog. I know it doesn’t seem like a lot but yayyy partay

Back to Gone Girl. Reading the blurb and the initial chapters of the book I thought this would be the typical, psycho husband kills wife, but let me tell you I was so wrong. This book defies all cliches and it is literally the definition of a thriller and brain-messer.

Flnnn has managed to create these characters with so much depth and reality. I feel like writing about messed up people and relationships is way more complicated than writing about the euphoric characters and Flynn has mastered the skill of creating the most messiest, psychotic characters out there.

The story is told from the two perspectives of husband and wife Nick and Amy because “there are two sides to every story”.  Both of these characters have such distinct voices which is crucial when reading from more than one perspective, I feel like even without the chapter titles identifying the pov I would’ve been able to distinguish between the two because they are such different personalities.

The plot is.AMAZING. I literally realized the actual meaning of engrossed in a book while reading Gone Girl. It’s like nothing else mattered except finding out what happened to Amy. I was so engrossed it was unbearable to put this book down.  With its numerous twists Gone Girl is an ultimately unpredictable page turner that will have you going WTF throughout the whole book.  Each twists will change your perspective and emotions, its scary how the author can manipulate your feelings like that. The story is so realistic I felt like i was reading a memoir, I mean I’m still struggling with the fact that this is a work of fiction.

I would like to read Gone Girl again to see if I can pick up any clues or foreshadowing but I highly doubt it, this book was just structured well that way. Highly interested to see how this book will be executed into a movie which is coming out soon! ahh!.

You reading this right now. Go pick up Gone Girl and read it so it can suck your soul and leave you with: I dunno what to do with my life anymore.

Rating

5