romance · Young adult

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow – Gabrielle Zevin ★★★★★

Blurb; In this exhilarating novel by the best-selling author of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry two friends–often in love, but never lovers–come together as creative partners in the world of video game design, where success brings them fame, joy, tragedy, duplicity, and, ultimately, a kind of immortality.

On a bitter-cold day, in the December of his junior year at Harvard, Sam Masur exits a subway car and sees, amid the hordes of people waiting on the platform, Sadie Green. He calls her name. For a moment, she pretends she hasn’t heard him, but then, she turns, and a game begins: a legendary collaboration that will launch them to stardom. These friends, intimates since childhood, borrow money, beg favors, and, before even graduating college, they have created their first blockbuster, Ichigo. Overnight, the world is theirs. Not even twenty-five years old, Sam and Sadie are brilliant, successful, and rich, but these qualities won’t protect them from their own creative ambitions or the betrayals of their hearts.

Spanning thirty years, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Venice Beach, California, and lands in between and far beyond, Gabrielle Zevin’s Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow is a dazzling and intricately imagined novel that examines the multifarious nature of identity, disability, failure, the redemptive possibilities in play, and above all, our need to connect: to be loved and to love. Yes, it is a love story, but it is not one you have read before.

My Review; Meet my first five-star read of 2023. I have seen this book everywhere recently, and lots of praise/hype. I get it. I really do. I loved everything about this book, except for one part (no spoilers, if you know, you know). I was hooked. I loved Sadie, Sam & Marx. The world gaming world! Some amazing games were made, and as my partner is a PC gamer, I understood a lot of what was mentioned. A story that will be hard to forget. A gorgeous cover. It was an amazing ending that ended everything perfectly. Loved it. Highly recommend. A strong contender into my top books of the year. A well-deserved five stars from me.

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mystery · suspense · thriller · Young adult

Cell 7 – Kerry Drewery ★★★★★

Blurb; Should she live or die? You decide

An adored celebrity has been killed. Sixteen-year-old Martha Honeydew was found holding a gun, standing over the body.

Now Justice must prevail.

The general public will decide whether Martha is innocent or guilty by viewing daily episodes of the hugely popular TV show Death is Justice, the only TV show that gives the power of life and death decisions – all for the price of a phone call.

Martha has admitted to the crime. But is she guilty? Or is reality sometimes more complicated than the images we are shown on TV?

My Review; This is book one in a young adult trilogy and it was brilliant. I devoured at least 70% of this in one go. It focuses on a new justice system where the viewers and innocent get to decide if the criminals are guilty or not guilty for their crimes by voting for the criminals to be put to death, making it into a game show. A deadly, fun game show. The prisoners have 7 days until their execution and when the votes are in there’s no going back? But what if someone is innocent but still voted guilty you say? Then that’s where it gets tricky but in this story we see exactly that happen. A reversal. A case that makes the viewers rethink the whole new system. I cannot wait to see what happens in book two already. Its an addictive, fast paced read. I really enjoyed it. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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suspense · thriller · Young adult

Five Survive – Holly Jackson ★★★★★

Blurb; The brand new unmissable crime thriller from Holly Jackson, best-selling, award-winning author of the Good Girl’s Guide to Murder trilogy.

Eight hours.
Six friends.
One sniper . . .

Eighteen year old Red and her friends are on a road trip in an RV, heading to the beach for Spring Break. It’s a long drive but spirits are high. Until the RV breaks down in the middle of nowhere. There’s no mobile phone reception and nobody around to help. And as the wheels are shot out, one by one, the friends realise that this is no accident. There’s a sniper out there in the dark watching them and he knows exactly who they are. One of the group has a secret that the sniper is willing to kill for.

A game of cat-and-mouse plays out as the group desperately tries to get help and to work out which member of the group is the target. Buried secrets are forced to light in the cramped, claustrophobic setting of the RV, and tensions within the group will reach deadly levels. Not everyone will survive the night.

My Review; This was AMAZING. It deserves all the stars & more. I was hooked from the first page to the last. It is a young adult story told over eight hours. Gripping, thrilling & with many secrets to be uncovered with a perfect finish. I wanted more though obviously. I absolutely hated one character in this book and that is Oliver. Grr. He made me mad. Highly recommend. A must buy. A must read. I devoured this and this is going to be one of my top reads of the year. A well deserved five stars. Loved all of Holly’s book so far, she hasn’t let me down yet.

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