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MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN By Ransom Riggs

Posted by Ideja B. on October 21, 2018 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)
If you're a person much in need of a skilfully-crafted book that will, undoubtedly, transport you to an alien world that begins to emerge as familiar as the novel develops, you're in luck! Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is the ideal book for anyone looking to quench their thirst for reading. The characters are incredibly imaginative, allowing the reader to immerse themselves out of the current world they're living in, and into the world Ransom Riggs has delightfully introduced. The text allows for the easy transportation of the reader from their own bodies into the lives of their favourite characters, or characters they feel that understand them personally. One factor that made me love this book is the deeper meaning of the portrayal of each individual character throughout the novel. They are all seen to be regarded as 'outsiders' as they have been pushed away by the members of the public just because of their unique abilities, and are constantly on the run and in hiding in order to prevent the extinction of their kind. This aspect of the book is different to many other fantasy novels because it is breaking the boundaries on what novels in the fantasy genre 'should look like', as instead of producing characters that have minimal or no link to their readers or to society, Riggs has produced phenomenal characters that could allow for the section of the society today that feel lonely or have also been pushed away by society to empathise with the figures introduced to us by Riggs, but also shows that there is always hope for those people, as they can reach out to other who feel the same way, and maybe make new friends to combat that lonliness! I hope that many more titles will join this series of books, and did you know, a film version of this very book was made in 2016, for the sole purpose of you to watch it, so go do that now if you haven't already! :) I rate this book 4 Stars (click the '4 Stars Books' under the 'Books' tab to find out the book image, blurb and where to buy the book - click the photo). Thank you so much for reading! Hope to hear from you soon :)

JUNIPER LEMON'S HAPPINESS INDEX By Julie Israel

Posted by Ideja B. on May 18, 2018 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)
If this book isn't awe-inspiring and utterly motivational, then what is? At spontaneous moments, I was laughing out loud, shedding a tear or gasping in shock. This novel truly is a memorable one, and has changed the way I look at unfortunate deaths and people who deal with them. Throughout this book, I gained an interesting perspective of how integrating a lost loved one into the way we go about our daily lives is the most important important thing we can do to move on, and it was truly reflected in Juniper's daily searches, thought processes and schoolwork. I particularly enjoyed the way she was always holding her sister close, and seemed to get even closer to her through the memories she left behind, and people she knew. The characters were a fantastic variety that allowed me to build up an image of them in real life. Throughout the novel, I swiftly managed to imagine each person and what type of personality they would acquire based on the words on the page. Not only could I visualise the people involved, but I was also struck with an envision of this book turning into a hit film! Unfortunately, I don't have the power to do so, or I definitely would have converted many creative and inspiring books into movies by now. Instead, that idea is one for the author and film producers to bear in mind! Im so glad books like this exist in the world, because for people like me, we can absorb the heart and sould put into each book and imagine as if we're leaving in these realms while reading along. I rate this book 4 STARS (Check out the '4 Star Books' page under 'Books' to get an image on the book, the blurb and where to buy the book - click on the image!)

SPARK By Alice Broadway (#2 SKIN BOOKS)

Posted by Ideja B. on May 2, 2018 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)
This is one of the few books that made it on the list of all-time favourites for me. There are simply no words to describe how beautifully created this book is, and how carefully put together - with the cover and literary content. I don't often usually enjoy sequels to books, but this was an exception. I noticed myself bonding more with this book than the first one, and wondered if it was down to the exclusive look we get to the other side of the story, or another factor. I was so immersed in the novel that I refused to put it down, and finished it in 2 days! It is evident that a huge amount of effort has been put into this, and therefore, has changed the way Young Adult Fiction is read (by the readers) and the way its written (by the authors), as people like Broadway are breaking the boundaries of classic YA Fiction to be simply portrayed as romantic. Instead, we see the flare of action, yet a softer build up, and aren't thrown straight into the 'deep end' as some refer to it. The characters are also extremely original. Often, the same popular name is used for the characters across all books, but 'Leora' isn't a commonly used name, which intrigues the readers, more so than if a name has been repeated more than once. Giving different names to people in the book also shows dedication, as coming with names and remembering them isn't always easy! I rate this book FIVE STARS! (Check the '5 Star Books' page under the 'Books' tab to find the book's appearance, blurb and where to buy the book - click the image!)

FINDING AUDREY By Sophie Kinsella

Posted by Ideja B. on April 6, 2018 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)
This book took me on a journey of emotion, guilt, sadness and happiness. There were random moments for me where I would just burst out with laughter, and others where I would feel the tears arriving. However, I feel like this similar story has already been told in previous books I have read, therefore found it difficult to connect with Audrey. I enjoyed the fact that Kinsella was promoting the awareness of mental health, and how she portrayed the main character's struggles, but I personally felt like the idea could've been more original. I also understand that Audrey's mother has strong beliefs and has a personality that allows her to express those, but she seemed to have an over-exaggerated character. I often found some of the characters hard to imagine, as they seemed unrealistic. Nevertheless, I really admired Kinsella's writing style, as it contained movie scripts and personal notes that allowed the story to develop at a perfect pace. At some points of the book, I seemed to get a better understanding of Audrey, as her little comments and thoughts portrayed the novel as a diary, and that encouraged the idea of how how she was really feeling, and not how family or friends were imagining her to feel. I rate this book THREE STARS (visit the '3 Star Books' in the Books section to find out the image of the book, the blurb and where to buy the book - click the photo)

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY By Jay Asher

Posted by Ideja B. on March 25, 2018 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)
Asher's technique in making this book helped to make it one of the books with the most interesting story structure I have ever read. Hannah's tapes was an enticing way to develop the storyline while addressing a relevant situation that happens in the real world; suicide. Reading this book seemed to highlight the importance of raising awareness about mental illnesses, but also about bullying and harassment - many things that young people are ashamed about. Hannah's character is portrayed as a girl with great pain in her life, but many see her as an attention seeker, as she threatens to expose everyone if they don't listen to the tapes. I found that I felt sorry for Clay especially, as he's forced to relive the worst moments of his life, and re-experience the immense feeling of guilt that he carries with him throughout the book. The use of description within the novel allows the readers to connect with their characters, and pick and choose their favourites. However, the ending made the story the most enthralling, and made me embrace the unpredictability of the book. I rate this book FOUR STARS (Check out the '4 Star Books' section in the Books section for the book image, blurb and where to buy the book - click the image!)

LIFE IN A FISHBOWL By Len Vlahos

Posted by Ideja B. on March 18, 2018 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)
Life In A Fishbowl was one of the most unrealistic yet realistic novels *if that makes sense* I have ever read. This book broke the boundaries for what I thought was legal enough to occur! Naming the brain tumour 'Glio' was one genius idea, but selling a life on eBay to the highest bidder opened up another whole world of new possibilities. Despite the sombre nature, Vlahos still finds a way to incorporate some sort of feel-good humour, that allows the reader to connect with each character on a deeper level. The idea that even a nun could bid for a life over-stepped the idea of normality, for us as humans, but portrays a futuristic element; anything could happen. The description of every relevant detail in the book made it easy to picture what each person looked like, but also what they were going through. However, the unpredictability of the storyline was my favourite component. I found myself unable to guess what was going to happen next, and whatever I thought would happen, the quite opposite occurred! I also enjoyed the steady development of each of the characters, and how relatable they were, all in their own ways. I rate this book FOUR AND A HALF STARS (Check out the 'Four Star Books' Books page for the image, blurb and where to buy - click the image!)

INK By Alice Broadway (#1 SKIN BOOKS)

Posted by Ideja B. on March 13, 2018 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)
Although judging a book by its cover isn't always a good idea, it can't be helped when you experience the front cover of this book. It matches the theme of the story ENTIRELY, which allows for the visual progression of the novel. The gold and orange glossy surface is a sight of awe whenever the book is held. It's clear that the cover was thought about carefully. In terms of the contents of the book, it was as fulfilling as the illustrations. Each issue, resolution and character was described to such depth that I could, effortlessly, picture each scene. I especially enjoyed the idea of people's lives being represented as books, with each skin binding each book. The tattooists who regularly mark the townspeople's actions onto their skins are portrayed as hidden people who deserve a lot more recognition then they are getting. However, Leora's admiration towards the inking side of things conveys a secret sense of attachment, and while she broke the boundaries for who could choose what future career, she managed to find herself, and discover who she really was. After researching, I came across Skin Book #2 - Spark, which I EXTREMELY looking forward to reading! There is no doubt that this book will be in my reread section, so I rate this book FOUR STARS (Visit the 'Four Star Books' section under Books, to see the cover of the book, and where to buy it!)

ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES By Jennifer Niven

Posted by Ideja B. on March 10, 2018 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)
This is one of the most heart-warming yet heart-breaking stories I have ever read. Imagine meeting someone, learning everything there is to know about them, but have to live through the pain of their world ending. It was impossible to read without powerful emotions slowly creeping their way onto my face. This is definitely not a book to read for the light-hearted! Each and every character immersed me into their own worlds, first Finch's then Violet's. As the story began to developing, we were lucky enough to gain a new perspective into Violet's world, and how she met Finch on top of the bell tower. It was enthralling to experience the ghastly world of Violet's and how people wouldn't expect her to encounter so much pain, even though her sister had passed away. Niven also gave us a pass into the world of high school, and how everybody judged everybody. Even the people I regarded as 'perfect' or 'popular' had secrets to hide, and surprised me when out found them out. I genuinely adored the way everything was described to perfection, and how the Post-it notes and the alignment of the planets had such a huge relevance to the story. This is 100% a reread worthy fictional novel, and I will be picking up the book soon! I rate this book FIVE STARS! (Check out the 'Five Star Books' Book page for the book cover and where to buy it - click on the image!)

ONE OF US IS LYING By Karen M. McManus

Posted by Ideja B. on March 6, 2018 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)
'One Of Us Is Lying' was an astonishingly brilliant novel. The mystery elements of the book gripped the reader at the right time, but made sure to let the grip of emotions loose whenever a moment of strong tension was underway. It wasn't difficult to convey passion towards your favourite characters, as the description allowed for defined figures to appear whilst reading. I admired how the reader had the option to speculate who they thought was the murderer. Personally, that is one of the reasons why I adore books with mystery background, because you can suppose who did what, and then to your shock, identify who the true murderer is. The book is so delicately constructed that every sentence affects the way an entity is portrayed, which is inspiring to younger or beginner authors. McManus thoroughly ensures that not a single point was missed, approving the different perspective of each character. Discovering the most fortuitous secrets from the geek, jock, criminal and the princess was truly amazing, as it taught a life lesson; never judge a person by their appearances, as you never know what may lie beneath. Due to the carefully-mastered detail, I rate this book FOUR AND A HALF stars! (Check out the 'Four Star Books' Book page for the cover of the book and where to buy it - click on the image!)

THE WRONG TRAIN By Jeremy de Quidt

Posted by Ideja B. on March 1, 2018 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)
Wow. Every page I turned dug me deeper into the realm of the old man and his little dog. The horror short stories spilling out of him made the old man a suspicious and strange character - almost portraying the stereotype of 'stranger danger'. Being alone, the boy had no choice but to listen to every aggravating tale, getting more scared each minute. After reading each short narration, the powerful language used supported my imaginations and questions - what if it was true? Each horror story was galloping through my brain, but as I reached the end, there was nothing that could prepare me for the outcome. I don't want to spoil it for you if you haven't read it, but if you have, let me know what you thought about the ending! Throughout the book, I was frustrated at each unaware character, that slowly ended up in trouble after each of the horror events, but I was also pulled in further whenever each new fable appeared. The most devastating factor was how each innocent person got wound up, unwillingly, in each tale. The marvellous descriptions grabbed me into each world as the pages kept turning. This eerie book is a must-read for any fans of an enticing yet chilling horror story. I rate this book FOUR AND A HALF STARS! (Check out the '4 Star Books' Book page to see the book's cover and where to buy it - click the image!)

THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR By Katharine McGee

Posted by Ideja B. on February 28, 2018 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)
Addictive is the perfect word to describe this book. The Thousandth Floor gives an imaginative yet potential idea for what the future could turn out to be. Simply closing my eyes allowed me to envision the looming tower, along with its unique and gorgeous inhabitants, but each of their secrets are intelligently hidden underneath the surface. Turning each page allowed for the scratching of the surface, slowly but surely revealing different mysteries that intertwined unpredictably. With this book, even the most innocent-looking characters had something that they attempted to bury... The shocking and ruining scandals encouraged the evolution of the story, while gripping the reader at the same time! The genetically-engineered Avery crossed the boundaries for story writing, as the inventive idea set up a storm of jealousy, guilt and lies. It wasn't difficult to depict what the setting would look like, because everything was written to a precise and immaculate standard. This book definitely contains a reread worthy story, which I will be coming back to soon! I rate this book FOUR AND A HALF STARS. (Check out the '4 Star Books' Book page for the cover of the book and where to buy it - click the image!)

FACELESS By Alyssa Sheinmel

Posted by Ideja B. on February 27, 2018 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)
Emotions were uncontrollable while I was reading this book. Reading along through Maisie's terrible accident broke my heart in two because it was another case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Visualising the excruciating pain she went through makes me shudder, as nothing becomes impossible in these situations. I also managed to learn something new. I never knew that a face transplant could occur, let alone use another person's face to plaster a patient's. I also grasped how important looks really are to relationships, no matter what people say, as demonstrated with Maisie's boyfriend, best friend and parents. The plot had a clever twist at the very beginning, where Maisie was aware of the danger ahead, but wasn't aware she got caught up in it. In artistically described moments, (such as the one above) special attachments are caused, especially to the main character, where sympathy spews out of you like a volcano! Personally, I wanted to scream at Maisie and tell her to stop tangling herself further but shout for help. Sections like these is where the engagement is at its peak, allowing for you to explore through the story, rather than simply reading it. I adore the language used, as it helps to, chronologically, develop the story, while still pulling the reader in. I rate this book FOUR STARS! (Check out the '4 Star Books' Book page for the cover of the book and where to buy it - click the image!)

LOCK AND KEY By Sarah Dessen

Posted by Ideja B. on February 25, 2018 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)
Lock and Key was one of the rare genre of books that I felt connected with. The imaginative descriptions of the characters allowed me to immerse into their worlds; agreeing with one, laughing with the next. Every developing second that the story took was portrayed in an admirable way, and I was able to fully visualise the scene, appearances and emotions of Ruby, Nate, Cora and Jamie. I was simply incapable of removing the book from my hand, which made me hungry for a sequel. Ruby's and Cora's personal struggles raised a sense of sympathy towards them, as they did the unimaginable; they dealt with an abusive, alcoholic parent, who later went on to abandon them. Ruby's character made me realise what a lucky position I'm in, with a secured roof over my head, daily food and water and able to attend education, and I know that many readers will agree. I always believe that the books that make us compare and realise are always the best books because they're unique but carefully crafted (while ensuring the correct language is used). It's safe to say that this will always stay a favourite of mine, and I will guarantee to keep sharing this book about, since it has a special place in my heart. I rate this book FIVE STARS! (Check out the 'Five Star' Book page for book cover and where to buy it - click the image!)

THE MINIATURIST By Jessie Burton

Posted by Ideja B. on February 19, 2018 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (0)
Burton showcases her talent throughout the Miniaturist. Her use of language truly strikes the reader, as she allows for imagination to continue the story. The inventive idea that Nella Oortman receives a cabinet as a wedding gift, that turns out to be a mini replica of their home, entices the reader further, as such a concept seems bizarre, especially to readers of the modern age. After every page, it's effortlessly easy to lose yourself in the world of Petronella's and discover what her new 'family' have to offer. Fortunately, you get a real flavour for what life was like for women at the time, and Jessie Burton doesn't dare miss out a single detail. You also experience the young marriages, along with certain vexatious characters that Nella has to learn to deal with. Sympathy begins to climb out of you while reading on, as the adolescent Nella has to negotiate with many, twice her age. The disriminatory nature of people in this book is shocking, yet legitimate, which, personally, was one of the most interesting things to absorb while reading this novel. Due to The Miniaturist being one of my favourite Historical Fiction books, I therefore rate it FIVE STARS! (Check out the '5 Star Books' Book page for the book cover and where to buy it - click the image!)

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