chick-lit · Emotional · romance · Young adult

All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven ★★★★★

Blurb; Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

My Review; I was recommend to read this book by a friend and boy I wasn’t disappointed. It literally is like the next The Fault In Our Stars. The ending broke me. What a brilliant, eye opening story.

The friendship that emerges between Violet and Finch is beautiful, unique and rare. They embark on a beautiful sight seeing journey together which ends with Violet doing it alone… But is she really alone? I had tears in my eyes reading this. There are some gorgeous moments shared between these two.

It’s a story with a hidden message… Thought provoking. It’s still relevant today. Outstanding. Beautifully written. Highly recommend, perfect for fans of The Fault In Our Stars and young adult. I’ve heard it’s being turned into a film? I really hope so. A well deserved five stars from me.

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Young adult

The Weight of Water – Sarah Crossan ★★★★

Blurb; Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother’s heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.”The Weight of Water” is a startlingly original piece of fiction; most simply a brilliant coming of age story, it also tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Moving, unsentimental and utterly page-turning, we meet and share the experiences of a remarkable girl who shows us how quiet courage prevails.

My Review; After enjoying Toffee by this author I decided I was going to read all her other books starting with this one. Yet again I was not disappointed! Sarah has a unique way of setting of her stories and telling them, she sets them out in a poetry format, but it’s not poetry its the actual story. Making them easy, quick and effortless reads. Which sometimes is just what I need. I know not everyone would enjoy this writing style but for me it works and I love it.

I read this in just over an hour. After her dad moves to England, UK, Kasienka and her mother set off to go and find him. What they find is not what they expected! It’s an honest story for many immigrants that enter the UK. Living in a studio, sharing a bed and being bullied at school is just the start of it all. But Kasienka finds something she can lose herself in – swimming. And boy is she good at swimming. She find a few friends and tries to get back on track, but is it ever that easy?

Brilliant. Loved it. An eye opening read about what many young immigrants face. A well deserved four stars. Aimed at young adult readers. Highly recommend.

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fantasy · Young adult

The Girl in the Tower – Katherine Arden ★★★★

Blurb; The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her horse into the woods. When a battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow, she must carefully guard the secret of her gender to remain in his good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

My Review; The Girl in the Tower is book two in the Winternight trilogy, best read in order. I loved the first one so had high expectations for book two. However, I must say I prefered book one. This one dragged a little for me personally and it was going to be a three star review until the last 100 pages. Boy did it pick up then and get me excited and flicking the pages.

We see most of the characters in book one in this story with the main character Vasya yet again causing more trouble while trying to be a hero. But the end was worth it all. I can’t wait to see what happens in the final book of the trilogy. I need answers. Because of the end it deserves the four stars. I have seen from other reviews that other readers didn’t enjoy this quite as much as the first too, so I am not alone. Is there anything Vasya can’t do?

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