chick-lit · Young adult

Apple and Rain – Sarah Crossan ★★★★

Blurb; When Apple’s mother returns after eleven years away, Apple feels whole again. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother’s homecoming is bittersweet. It’s only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is that she begins to see things as they really are.

A story about sad endings.
A story about happy beginnings.
A story to make you realise who is special.

My Review; I am loving this authors work and making my way through them all. They’re all so good. Perfect for young adult readers each story tackles an important message or concern.

Apple is the main character in this story, she has a happy life living with her nan until everything changes… She loses her bestfriend and her mother returns. Not all great news. However, she gives her mother a chance and it doesn’t go to plan after being introduced to a little sister called Rain. I loved little Rain bless her heart, kids hear and see more than we think. They’re clever. Anyway…

Apple soon realises she made a huge mistake and her mother is not what she thought at all. Personally I didn’t like her mother at all in this story. But happy ending and all that… Another story to make you think! Absolutely loved Apple and Rains characters and they’re adorable nan!

A nice read. Enjoyed it. Well written. An easy read. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Dystopian · thriller · Young adult

The Fall Of Crazy House – James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet ★★★★★

Blurb; Escape is just the beginning.

Twin sisters Becca and Cassie barely got out of the Crazy House alive. Now they’re trained, skilled fighters who fear nothing–not even the all-powerful United regime.

Together, the sisters hold the key to defeating the despotic government and freeing the people of the former United States. But to win this war, will the girls have to become the very thing they hate?

My Review; I absolutely loved book one of this (Crazy House) so this was a must read for me I needed to see what lay ahead! I was not disappointed. Absolutely loved it. Even better than the first one. More action. More death dodging. More fight. More skill. A brilliant story. A worthy ending. But is this the end? I would love to read more or see a third book.

Short chapters, devoured it. Brilliantly written. There’s just something that drew me to these two books that I absolutely loved. Something different. Set in the future. Loved the sisters Becca and Cassie both different yet oddly the same. Can’t be one without the other.

Highly recommend both books. Enjoyed them both. Miss them. A well deserved five stars from me.

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Emotional · Prison story · Young adult

Moonrise – Sarah Crossan ★★★★★

Blurb; Seventeen-year-old Joe hasn’t seen his brother in ten years. Ed didn’t walk out on the family, not exactly. It’s something more brutal.

Ed’s locked up — on death row.

Now his execution date has been set, and the clock is ticking. Joe is determined to spend those last weeks with his brother, no matter what other people think … and no matter whether Ed committed the crime. But did he? And does it matter, in the end?

This poignant, timely, heartbreaking novel asks big questions: What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

My Review; This book didn’t just break my heart it tore it out and stomped all over it. Utterly heartbreaking. This one made me shed a tear. How cruel laws, lies and life can be. I would recommend this book to each and everyone of you. We can all take something away from reading this.

There are some big questions within this story which really make you think. Also the fact that what actually happened in this book still happens today around the world and how it doesn’t just affect one life, it creates a ripple and affects those around them. You really feel for each and every character in this story all experiencing the same thing but in different ways.

I don’t think I will ever be able to forget this story? It really is hard hitting and emotional. Highly recommend! A well deserved five stars and a place in my top twenty reads of the year.

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