We Were Liars | E.Lockhart

I have not written a book review in a such a long time that it almost feels alien to me. In advance I apologise that the following review may be all over the place and make no logical sense. The reading slump I have been in was so bad that I didn’t finish a single book in October until the 7th. There we so many good books in front of me but I could focus and enjoy any of them. For that reason I have also run short of blog posts but very quickly I have managed to write a few poems! Now the reading momentum has kicked in again, I think the motivation to write again will too.

Blurb:

We are liars.

We are beautiful and privileged.

We are cracked and broken.

A tale of love and romance.

A tale of tragedy.

Which are lies?

Which are truth?

You decide.

We Were Liars is an astonishing book full of very deep themes and dark metaphors. It completely surprised me, for when I saw reviews on bookstagram I very much expected it to be a soppy romance. I suppose that was an element, but the incredible writing overshadowed it. My favourite quote from the novel is “Silence is a protective coating over pain”. I am quite a silent person and I notice that a main reason for my silence is because so much goes on inside my brain. Sometimes this chronic overthinking becomes so painful that we can’t handle it anymore.

The family drama in this book made it stand out from the normal YA contemporary. Through the perspective of Cady we can see what a large effect strong family bonds can have on people. In this book it was hugely negative. Relationships were broken and never mended, abused and never apologised for. 

My rating: 3.5/5 stars

I have deducted one star because I think the plot too quickly jumps to the dilemma. There is no time to feel attached to the characters before disaster strikes. The character’s problems in this book are incredibly serious but I could not cry at any point because I had no time to resonate with them. On Goodreads I have rated it a 4 star but really it was only 3.5. I think that this book was amazing but something about it did not make me feel that emotional! 

An amazing feature of this book was the short stories Cady wrote. They cleverly reflected what was going on in her life but retold as a fairytale (although they weren’t that magical). A quote I can clearly remember is this: “If you want to live in a world where people are not afraid of mice, then you must give up living in palaces”. Obviously this demands context but I would not like to spoil it for you! As the book is only 225 pages long, it wouldn’t be a burden to go and read it for yourself. I 100% recommend you read it, even though it wasn’t 5/5 stars for me!

Have a great day,

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Saga Volume One | Graphic Novel Book Review

Saga is the first independent graphic novel I’ve ever read. As a young child I did read some Doctor Who comics but they were heavily based on the images we get in the TV programme. Saga is completely different and a solid five out of five stars for me!

I picked up this book because my favourite booktuber @clockwork_reads recommended it. This book really surprised me because I thought that I wouldn’t really like the graphic novel format. It was a quick read with some deep themes and emotional rollercoasters! I love how the family theme was prominent and that it was told from the perspective of the child.

I’m very impatient to read the next one because we were left on a weird cliffhanger! It wasn’t a bad ending but also not ‘happily ever after’. I think that it will be interesting the learn more about these worlds and the politics of them! For me, it had a few Star Wars vibes with the morals being similar and technology being on the same levels. I can’t say much about Saga without going into spoilers and I wouldn’t like to do that.

I’m not a big sci-fi fanatic so this really exceeded my expectations. I can’t recommend this book enough! It has some sexual themes so please be careful if that’s not your cup of tea. I hope that this series continues to be amazing because I hate to be disappointed by sequels. I’ll definitely be getting the next few soon!

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The Knife Of Never Letting Go | Patrick Ness | Book Review

My first time reading Patrick Ness was when I picked up A Monster Calls a few years ago. The author’s name did ring a bell but I couldn’t quite place it. After reading TKONLG, I realised that the same author wrote Release and A Monster Calls (both books that I adore). It’s funny that I could forget his name! I would call him unforgettable because he wrote an amazing Doctor Who spin-off called Class (if you didn’t know, I’m a massive Whovian).

Enough about the author; on to the good stuff. This book was such a good one to pluck me from a reading slump. The whole reason I was in the slump was because I couldn’t find a good book. The Knife Of Never Letting Go was so amazing! The writing style takes a few chapters to get used to. It is written in first person by the main protaganist, Todd. It was really interesting to see his character develop, because his spelling mistakes become fewer as the book progresses. The spelling mistakes did trigger me at first and sometimes that throws me off a book. However, the action started from word one and I was really intrigued.

This book takes many twists and turns. Like in every good book, the ending is always too abrupt (not in a bad way, but things took a turn in the last few pages and you are not prepared!). I’m very excited to read the next book in this series but I just can’t bear what will happen. I know it will be heart-breaking.

I do not want to spoil you so the cause of my tears will be remain unsaid. But there were a lot. 

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I really enjoyed the part that Noise played in the book. There were various fonts to convey it’s persistence and volume. It made every villain more evil and everything was on a new emotional level. Todd could hear what everyone was thinking (what an Edward Cullen moment) except for all of the women (anymore Twilight vibes people?) because his town, Prentisstown, was home to only males. Todd was the only male that hadn’t grown into a man yet. He was still considered a boy and he was the last one in his town.

The men believed that Noise was a disease that killed all of the women. There are lots of sexist themes throughout this book (not from the author’s standpoint, but the politcal opinion in Prentisstown). This was a really interesting combination of science-fiction/dystopia/poetry. I know that sounds a bit crazy, but the Noise element of this book felt like a was reading a poem.

I’m sorry that this book review is all over the place. The point is that I really recommend that you read it! Once you have, or if you have, please discuss your thoughts in the comments below. I am always up for a book driven conversation!

Have you ever read this book? What did you think about the Noise element?

Have a lovely day,

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“Then, just one month away from the birthday that will make Todd Hewitt a man, he unexpectedly stumbles on a spot of complete silence. Which is impossible. And now he’s going to have to run.”

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A Court Of Thorns And Roses | Sarah J Mass | Book Review

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This book was my first delve into high fantasy. Now, I love this genre so much. I don’t know why Sarah J Mass is unpopular because I absolutely loved this book. Hopefully the next two books in this trilogy will be just as good: I strongly dislike when the prequels are a let down! (Divergent, for example).

This book was a bit slow moving because of all the adjectives and detailed description. Yet I loved ACOTAR for that reason. It was so beautifully written and the characters were interesting too. I thought, at first, that Elian and Nesta were going to be like the ugly stepsisters – especially with Feyre doing so much work for the family. I was glad to find out that they were better than that. Sarah J Mass is great at character development – at least in some areas (I don’t think Wilan had much complexity but I still liked him).

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I didn’t know what to expect from this novel and the corny cover threw me off slightly: “She stole a life. Now she must pay, with her heart” It sounded a bit cheesy but I was thrilled! I cannot recommend this book enough to any new fantasy lovers. After Six Of Crows, I didn’t know what to read next. I really want to get into the fantasy genre and book tuber A Clockwork Reader always has plenty to recommend, though I do not want my TBR to get too overwhelming.

Are there any fantasy novels I should read? What is your favourite genre?

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Dystopian Fiction & Under-Developed Characters

Have you ever read any dystopian novels?

My most recent delves into Dystopia were 1984 (George Orwell) and Flawed (Cecelia Ahern). I read them both on the same day and they were so different to each other!

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Flawed is Ahern’s debut novel. It was a good retelling of persecution in 50s America. The problem here is that I don’t think that was what the novel was meant to come across as. The idea is that everyone is pure until they do something against the morals of the government. Things like playing music or reading old English literature (similar to the delirium trilogy, if you have read those). If you are caught doing something like that, you will be taken away by the ‘police’. There’s a small, unfair trial before you go through a branding process. If you crime is bad, your brand will be more noticeable to the public. If it is less so, it will be somewhere you can hide it. I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but the synopsis sums up the book anyways (I hate blurbs like that).

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The branding is like wearing St David’s star or a white feather. It’s something people look at immediately recognise you as ‘inferior’. These Flawed people have separate seats on buses and different schools. It’s exactly like segregation.

The main protagonist is arrested for helping a Flawed person. You follow her story as she struggles with being imperfect. The characters are not well developed which is what lets me down. If the characters were more interesting, I think this would be a great book. The plot is very good if you separate it from the protagonists!

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I also read 1984, but is there really much to say? It’s an amazing example of literature.

Have you read either of these books? What are you thoughts?

I hope you have a really good day,

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