Adapted to film · chick-lit · Emotional · Short Stories

If I Stay – Gayle Forman ★★★★

Blurb; Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

My Review; This is one I borrowed from a friend it is a short read at just over 200 pages which spans over a long two days. Mia experienced something a young girl should never have to experience… It’s an eye opening, heart-breaking and emotional read in parts. You really feel for Mia.

It’s a different story as Mia can see everything thats happening around her even when she’s in a coma, having surgery and at deaths door. Like a ghost… She realises some truths along the way and some devastating facts. I was with her the whole time… The ending is like a woah, what happens next? Which is why I really need to dive into book two to see what happens. A cliffhanger.

A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend. I can’t wait to see what happens in book two… and to watch the film.

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Adapted to film · Bestsellers · contemporary · Emotional · suspense · Young adult

13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher ★★★★★

Blurb; Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. 

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever. 

My Review; I decided to read this story as I have heard a lot about it, both good and bad! Many mixed reviews, also because of the series on Netflix which I have not yet watched so cannot compare to the book. 

13 Reasons Why is easy to read, contains short chapters and is extremely fast paced you have to keep up with it. The story is told over one long night and I must admit it kept me going too, I didnt want to put it down. Another story I have recently finished within a day.

I did however find it hard to keep up with how it kept switching from Clay’s character to Hannahs character throughout, but it is a well thoughtout story which would appeal to young adult readers. 

The message within this story is a strong one and does lead to suicide being involved which may make those younger readers realise how just how important actions and words towards others are even to this day. I enjoyed reading this and can now watch the series to compare. I awarded 5 stars and would highly recommend to all of you if you haven’t read the book already. 

action · Adapted to film · Adventure · Historical fiction · Young adult

Assassin’s Creed (The Official Film Tie-in) – Christie Golden ★★★★

Blurb:
We work in the dark to serve the light. We are assassins.
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

My Review:
Now I must start by saying I am a big fan of anything Assassin Creed and was delighted it was being turned into a film, so I just had to read the book before I watched the film. However, I didn’t find this one as good as the series of Assassin Creed I have previously read. It is a brilliant story line but I wasn’t as hooked as I was with the series and I think that’s because they’ve turned it into a more 21st century story rather than the old series. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this one even though it took me a while to finish which is why I awarded four stars. This book is written well and contains short chapters but i wouldn’t class it as similar to the whole series. I can’t wait to watch the film now and compare the two. I must admit I do love the cover though showing the two personalities of an assassin. This is written by a different author than those written in the series which is also why it felt a bit different.  Enjoy!

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