Friday, July 28, 2017

Book Review #694 - Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

My Rating: 3.5/5

I had heard nothing but good things about this book and so I decided to finally read it before I watch the movie adaptation.

It had been a while since I read a YA contemporary especially one with as much hype as this one. 

The book tells the story of a teenage girl called Maddy who has a condition which makes her allergic to the outside world. 

The book commences with Maddy's 17th birthday and we are shown what a limited, lonely existence she lives. Other than her house nurse, her mother is the only person Maddy has regular daily contact with. I loved their mother/daughter relationship and how close they were. 

I found the book really fast paced especially the romance between Maddy and her new neighbour Olly. 

I loved the writing style. It was very unique and creative and I loved the added element of the illustrations throughout. 

The only negative thing I can say about this book is that I predicted the plot twist very early on in the book which I completely hate myself for. Also my mum on only reading the synopsis guessed the ending as well. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Book Review #693 - Obernewtyn (The Obernewtyn Chronicles #1) by Isobelle Carmody

In a world struggling back from the brink of apocalypse, life is harsh. And for Elspeth Gordie, it is also dangerous. That's because Elspeth has a secret: she is a Misfit, born with mysterious mental abilities that she must keep hidden under threat of death. And her worries only multiply when she is exiled to the mountain compound known as Obernewtyn, where—for all her talents—Elspeth may finally and truly be out of her depth. Then she learns she’s not the only one concealing secrets at Obernewtyn.

My Rating: 3/5

This is the first book in 7 book long high fantasy series that I have heard so many good things about. 

The first book in a series is usually where the author introduces the characters, setting, plot etc. This book was no different except that I felt like I was being told rather than shown all this which left me disengaged at times. 

Elspeth, the narrator was an unique character. She was rather unpredictable in her behaviour and she contradicted herself through her behaviour numerous times throughout the book.

I loved the setting of the mountains and the bush land even though I think it could have been described better. 

As I mentioned before, the story is mainly told rather than shown which made the book feel incredibly slow. The author did write this book when she was still in high school so I am definitely going to continue on with the series to see if the story gets better as the author matures and develops. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Book Review #692 - The Crown (The Selection #5) by Kiera Cass


In The Heir, a new era dawned in the world of The Selection. Twenty years have passed since America Singer and Prince Maxon fell in love, and their daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own.

Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected.

My Rating: 3/5

The cliffhanger from The Heir is quickly dealt with in the first few pages, enabling the story to continue it is usual fast manner. 

I loved that America and Maxon had a larger role in this book especially being able to see how their relationship has evolved. 

Due to circumstances, Eadlyn doesn't interact very much with any of the Selection boys in this book. There are other events in her life that make the Selection less important.

This causes her to have another mass elimination of the Selection. It was during this moment that I realised that I didn't really prefer any of them over the others. 

The guy Eadlyn ends up choosing at the end was no real surprise to me as I felt like he was the only one she even had remotely any chemistry with even though that chemistry was skimmed over or downplayed. 

The ending felt rather rushed and I was disappointed with the amount of unanswered questions I was left with, particularly to do with Eadlyn's decision about the monarchy.