chick-lit · Short Stories

The Existence Of Amy – Lana Grace Riva ★★★★

Blurb; Amy has a normal life. That is, if you were to go by a definition of ‘no immediate obvious indicators of peculiarity’, and you didn’t know her very well. She has good friends, a good job, a nice enough home. This normality, however, is precariously plastered on top of a different life. A life that is Amy’s real life. The only one her brain will let her lead.

My Review; I was gifted a copy of this book by the author all reviews are my own thoughts and are not influenced in anyway. I actually read this from start to finish today. It is an honest, eye opening read that delves into the life of Amy. Amy has OCD and depression, we get a glimpse into how this effects her daily life.

Some day are worse than others. I must say Amy has brilliant work mates and friends surrounding her and helping her even if at times she doesn’t notice that. I think everyone who reads this can take something away from it or learn from, or help someone they know or just to be aware. It’s not always like what the tv shows us. I loved her character and was with her throughout the highs and low. A happyish ending which was needed and perfect!

A well deserved four stars from me. 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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chick-lit · Young adult

Toffee – Sarah Crossan ★★★★

Blurb; I am not who I say I am,
and Marla isn’t who she thinks she is.

I am a girl trying to forget.
She is a woman trying to remember.

Allison has run away from home, and with nowhere to live, finds herself hiding out in the shed of what she thinks is an abandoned house. But the house isn’t empty. An elderly woman named Marla, with dementia, lives there – and she mistakes Allison for an old friend from her past called Toffee.

Allison is used to hiding who she really is, and trying to be what other people want her to be. And so, Toffee is who she becomes. After all, it means she has a place to stay. There are worse places she could be.

But as their bond grows, and Allison discovers how much Marla needs a real friend, she begins to ask herself – where is home? What is a family? And most importantly, who am I, really?

My Review; I picked this one up in the library purely for it’s cover. It’s a young adult story but I am so glad I picked it up. Sarah has a unique writing skill in the way the story is told. It is very easy to read and could easily be read in one sitting. Different. But I absolutely loved how it was set out and told, it worked for me but wouldn’t work for everyone I guess. Had me flicking through the pages for fun.

A little breakdown of the story… Alison leaves home, finds a house to stay in but there’s a woman living there Marla with dementia and they spark the most beautiful relationship together even through the dementia. Sometimes are tricky, others beautiful. I personally felt that in the end they both needed each other and the company, that fate brought them together especially towards the end of the book.

Absolutely loved it. I enjoyed it that much I’ve ordered all the other stories the author has written to binge. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.

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