The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon Book Review

The Sun is also a Star is the second novel by New York Times Best-Selling author Nicola Yoon.


About The Author

Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason.

Follow Nicola Yoon on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr.

@nicolayoon

http://www.nicolayoon.com

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The Blurb

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


My Review

After Reading Everything, Everything (See Review) I knew that I  was going to fall in love with this book and I was not wrong! Nicola Yoon has most defiantly become one of my go to authors in the sense I will gladly and gratefully read anything that she writes. SHE SLAYS MY SOUL. But I never realised just how quickly I would fall in love with The Sun is also a Star as its quick pace and immediately loveable characters Natasha and Daniel made the story extremely engaging.

I loved Nicola’s format and style of writing in this book and the chapters of information on subjects from ‘the universe’ were honestly one of my favourite things about the book. They provided extra insight and in some places deepened the plot of the story as well as giving a backstory.

I have never personally been affected by immigration, deportation or anything of the sort so I was not able to relate to Natasha in that sense which did worry me when entering the book but Natasha’s love for Nirvana and Kurt Cobain immediately resonated with me as I LOVE Nirvana- in particular the album Nevermind which I own on vinyl. I also fell in love with Daniel in the sense I found him very much like myself as he is a dreamer, and wears his heart openly on his sleeve which despite having its perks can also be a bad thing.

However most importantly can we talk about how this book is set in freaking NEW YORK CITY which has become one of my favourite places EVER since I visited for a month exactly a year ago today (how apt). I love how Nicola used the city to explore the grand difference in-between the lives of the two characters. I also loved the terminology like ‘blocks’ to describe distance which is very different from that which I use in England but maybe thats just the brit in me geeking out.

If you have read Everything, Everything – READ THIS BOOK.

If you have not read Everything, Everything – 1. Why?!   2. READ IT.  3. THEN READ THIS BOOK.


My Rating 

for a story fit for the stars 5/5⭐️

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Book Review: Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook

Heyyyyyyy….

This is another poetry book review because this book is literally the most amazing collection of art in the form of words I’ve come across. LIKE SIRIUS. All the feels.


About the Author & Book 

This is Alicia Cook’s second poetic book, designed in the style of an old mixtape. There is no Table of Contents. Instead, there is a “Track List,” making it easy to refer to them to your friends with a, “Hey did you read track seven?!” There are no chapters. Instead, the book is divided into two parts, or as one would say in the 90’s, two “sides.” Side A holds poetry that touches on all aspects of the human condition like life, death, love, moving on, evolving, growing up, hometowns, family dynamic, life after trauma, and make-ups and breakups. Side B holds the “remixes” of these poems, in the form of blackout poetry, also known as “found poetry.” Side B gives the material a fresh twist by creating new poetry out of Side A. There is also a very special surprise at the end of each track. Alicia decided to self publish this effort after leaving her publishing house. She views this book as her “independence” and official separation from that venture. She also drew the front and back cover herself. Alicia is a contributing writer for many blogs and news outlets, including the Huffington Post and multiple Gannett Publications. She writes regularly on drug addiction and how it directly affects families. Because of this, she has chosen to donate 100% of royalties to the Willow Tree Center in New Jersey. www.willowtree.org.

Follow Alicia on Instagram @thealiciacook or check out her website www.thealiciacook.com.

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My Review

I came across this book on amazon after buying ‘Milk and Honey’ by Rupi Kaur and ‘Hummingbird’ by Sophia Elaine Hanson and decided to buy it because recently I’ve become obsessed with poetry. (I think this is mainly due to my university course as I do Drama & Creative Writing and have been studying poets). But honestly I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with this book as much as I have.

Alicia’s poetry is absolutely BEAUTIFUL and resonated SO WELL with my current feelings and seen as the book is called ‘Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately’ that is pretty damn epic.

The book is split in half, the first half containing 50 poems an the second half containing 50 ‘Remixes’ of the original poems which are transformed into blackout poetry. So not only did it have 50 absolutely OUTSTANDING poems, the remixes gave 50 more blackout poems with deeper meanings which were incredible.

some of my absolute favourites are….

The Poems

2, 5, 6, 8, 11, 15, 17, 27, 29, 34, 41, 45.

The Remixes

1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 17, 21, 34, 38.

I honestly love this book SO MUCH and to make it even better in April the book is being re-published twice the size it is now!!! But yes… PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE (!!!) go buy this book and allow yourself to fall in love with it because you will not regret it.


My Rating

because it gave me hope, 5/5 stars.

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Book Review: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Heyyyyyyyyyyy I’m back!!!

From now onwards I am going to post twice a week in order to keep to a schedule and be able to post more frequently alongside my university work! I am planning on choosing certain days to post but for now I’m not sure which days it will be.

(If you have any ideas or preferences please comment and let me know!!)

Anyways….so this is pretty weird to review as I usually only review narrative books however I recently read the collection of poems by Rupi Kaur in the poetry book ‘Milk and Honey’ and I just couldn’t not review it and share with you some of my favourite poems from the collection. I may also be doing a few more poetry book reviews as I’ve recently read and found poems from some pretty epic poets.


About the Author

Rupi Kaur is a writer and artist based in Toronto, Canada. With a focus in poetry, she released her first book of prose and poems in November 2014. Throughout her poetry, photography, illustrations, and creative direction she engages with themes of femininity, love, loss, trauma, and healing. When she is not writing or creating art, she is travelling internationally to perform her spoken word poetry, as well as hosting writing workshops. You can find more of her work at www.rupikaur.com

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The Blurb

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.


My Review

OKAY….. so I know there is a lot of controversy around this book as there are some (me included) who absolutely LOVE the book and some who do like it but don’t however understand the ‘hype’ around it. All I will say is that you may like the book you may not, it honestly depends on you as a person and how you interpret Kaur’s work.

*Trigger Warning: the book does contain extreme themes e.g rape and abuse*.

The book is split into four chapters… The Hurting, The Loving, The Breaking and The Healing. I found myself personally drawn more to ‘The Hurting’ and ‘The Breaking’ but thoroughly enjoyed every single chapter. Kaur’s poetry is accompanied by sketches which correspond to the image created through the poem and its message which was really cool. I loved how the poems we also split into the chapters so that each chapter carried a theme and message throughout.

As there are too many poems I like in this book to share on one post I will simply list the page numbers and the chapter they come from. However, if you do want to read more of these you can check out my Bookstagram as I have posted a few pictures of poems from this book.

sooooo…. my favourites…..

The Hurting:

21, 27, 28.

The Loving:

67

The Breaking:

87, 96, 97, 100, 102, 103, 106, 108, 109, 120, 126, 132, 136, 138, 139.

The Healing:

148, 149, 152, 156, 158, 166, 167, 168, 172, 174, 178, 179, 182, 196.

As you can see I related most to the breaking and the healing poems. PLEASE give this book a go!!! If you are on the fence about buying and reading it your best bet is to google image search the book as some poems from it do come up so you can read a few which may help you decide if to buy it or not.


My Rating

simply because the last two chapters resonated so well with me 5/5 stars.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Book Review

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the first novel in a three-part series by best selling author Ransom Riggs. The series follows a tale of young children with Peculiar abilities who live under the care of ymbryne Alba LeFey Peregrine. The book was originally intended to be a children’s picture book but it was Riggs’ editor who inspired him to come up with a story to go with the images making them work alongside the narrative.

About The Author 

Ransom Riggs is an American writer and filmmaker. He grew up in Florida and studied at Kenyon College and the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema. His first novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, was a #1 New York times best seller. Riggs currently lives in California and is married to fellow author Tahereh Mafi.

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The Blurb

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desert island for a good reason. And somehow – impossible though –  they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

My Review

Okay so I’m going to be honest, I had this book on my shelf along with ‘Hollow city’ the second novel for almost a year and despite how much I wanted to read it I just hadn’t had the burning desire to pick it up from my TBR. It was not until recently with the excitement of the movie (which is out 30th Sept 16) that I felt the desire to pick it up.

NOW let me tell you, I am SO angry with myself for not picking up this book sooner!!! This book is literally INCREDIBLE! I devoured the book in just under 24 hours and was completely thankful that I had already picked up the second novel ‘Hollow City’. The book was a fun, quick and easy read that was extremely engaging and most defiantly allowed me to be easily emerged in the world to which it is set in.

The thing I loved most about this book was how well the vintage photographs worked along side the narrative to create the story. The images, although some seemed to be photoshopped, did indeed look real and sparked an interest for me in particular for exploring things that appear to be peculiar as well as allowing me to gain a appreciation for things that are out of the norm.

I found the book to be an addictive read and literally could not put it down!!!! Literally… as sleep deprived me at 2am still determined to read eventually feel asleep, head in book, at 3am😂 Obviously though I awoke the next day and marathoned through till the end.

I seriously recommend this book to EVERYONE!!!! If you have this book on your self but have not picked it up / even haven’t picked it top yet… GO PICK IT UP & READ IT, thank me later. Honestly read it before the movie because the movie looks very different from trailers (it still looks amazing though and I’m defiantly going to watch it tomorrow).

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My Rating

For a book crammed to the brim with excitement and appreciation for difference I give this book …

5/5 stars ★★★★★

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Book Review

Everything, Everything is the debut YA novel from American author Nicola Yoon, published in 2015. The novel is about 18-year-old Madeline Whittier, who has severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), also known as ‘bubble baby disease’. Due to her condition, Madeline cannot leave the house in Los Angeles where she lives with her mother, a physician.

About The Author

Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). she currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.

Follow Nicola Yoon on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr.

@nicolayoon

#everythingeverythingbook

http://www.nicolayoon.com

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The Blurb

LIVE LIFE IN A BUBBLE?

OR RISK EVERYTHING FOR LOVE?

Maddy is allergic to the world.

She hasn’t left her house in seventeen years.

Olly is the boy next door.

He’s determined to find a way to reach her.

Everything, Everything is about the crazy risks we take for love.

My Review

This book follows the story of Madeline Whitter who is allergic to the world – in other words she cannot leave her home and go outside due to the very rare disease she has (SCID). I

I found this book such an easy read and actually ended up staying up till 2am (on a college night) to finish this book…

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But honestly the use of graphology such as the handwritten notes, drawings and doodles, all courtesy of Nicola’s husband the incredible David Yoon, in this book and the structure of chapters made it such an intriguing and exciting read and it truly is a book you can not put down.

What I loved most about this book was how unique it was. Despite the fact it is a book with the main story-line being about a terminally-ill teenager who falls in love it really was not what I expected it to be – literally – plot twists asffff!!!

I LOVED HOW DIVERSE THIS BOOK WAS. I seriously am a huge believer of diverse books and I loveeeee reading things that explore everyone’s individuality’s. I feel we need more diverse books in today’s society as it allows us to celebrate and appreciate the differences between us all.

I cant really say much more without giving too much away and I don’t want to do that soooo     GO   READ   IT  ! ! ! ! !

My Rating

No Words.     5/5 stars

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Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira Book Review

Love Letters to the Dead is the first novel by American author Ava Dellaria, published in 2014. This YA novel is told through a series of letters written to dead people by a 15-year-old girl named Laurel who is grieving the recent mysterious death of her sister May.

About The Author

Ava Dellaria was born in California and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and also graduated from Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. She currently lives in Santa Monica.

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The Blurb

Sometimes the best letters go unanswered.

It begins as an assignment for English class: write a letter to a dead person.

Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain – he died young, and so did Laurel’s sister May – so maybe he’ll understand what Laurel is going through.

Soon Laurel is writing letters to lots of dead people – Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, River Pheonix, Amelia Earhart, Amy Winehouse…It’s like she can’t stop. She writes about her new high school, her new friends, her first love – and her shattered life.

But the ghosts of Laurel’s past can’t be contained between the lines of a page forever. She must face up to them – before they consume her.

My Review

Set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this mature, coming-of-age, epistolary novel follows the point of view of  its main antagonist Laurel. The story begins with Laurel as she starts writing letters to famous dead celebrities as part of an assignment for English but she continues to write them until it seems like she cannot stop.

I honestly found this book such an easy read and it literally took me two sittings to read this as I could not stop! I think the main reason as to why I found it such an enjoyable quick read was because of the unique structure of the book. Rather than being split into chapters, the book was split into letters and each letter told us a little bit more about Laurel and her life. I felt that this made it only more immersive as it made me want to keep reading to find out what would happen next. It may take a while for some readers to get immersed if the framing device of the letters doesn’t grab you, but please stick with it as I promise you you will not regret it.

As expected from a novel about Grief, there are some heavy themes including: death, suicide, abuse, sex and sexuality, and identity issues. I felt this book looked at these themes and how people deal with grief in an extraordinary way. Having personally felt grief through the loss of a loved one I felt Dellaria carefully explored the emotions, feelings and thoughts that come along with grief and affect one physically and mentally. Through Laurel’s character it clearly showed how deeply it affects everyone around us.

I can honestly and truly say I have no negatives for this book as it is absolutely outstanding. If you can handle tear-jerking books I highly recommend you read this book.

Seriously.   Just.   Read.   It.

My Rating

for an absolutely outstanding and unique story I give this book 5/5 stars

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Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton Book Review

Unspeakable is the debut novel of author Abbie Rushton which published in March 2015.

About The Author

Abbie Rushton grew up in a small village near Newmarket, Suffolk. She has a degree in English Literature with Creative Writing from the Univeristy of East Anglia, and is an editor at a leading educational publisher. Whilst working as a part-time bookseller during her studies, Abbie rediscovered a love of children’s and young adult books.  In 2010 she was a winner of Undiscovered Voices, a writing competition run by the Society of Children’s Book a Writers and Illustrators. Abbie  lives near Newbury, Berkshire. She is a keen traveller and is never happier than when she is planning her next adventure.

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The Blurb

Megan doesn’t speak. She hasn’t spoken in months.

Pushing away the people she cares about is just a small price to pay. Because there are things locked inside Megan’s head – things that are screaming to be heard – that she cannot, must not, let out.

Then Jasmine starts at school: bubbly, beautiful, talkative Jasmine. And for reasons Megan can’t quite understand, life starts to look a bit brighter.

Megan would love to speak again, and it’s seems like Jasmine might be the answer. But if she finds her voice, will she lose everything else?

My Review

Firstly I want to question why there has not been a huge hype over this book in the bibliophile world since its release because OMG. This is one of the most raw and relatable books I have read.

The story focuses around the main character Megan who is a mute through grief from the loss of her bestfriend Hana. The story explores how difficult it is for Megan to communicate without being able to use her voice and beautifully explores her feelings without her ever saying a word. I think the simple fact that this book is written from the point of view of a mute and is still able to give the correct impact without seeming over exagreated is incredible. The ability to be able to allow a reader to understand what it’s like to be a mute and how Megan deals with it is extraordinary.

This book was also my second time reading a LGBT story (my first was Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan) and I think it’s super important to have these stories out in the world because ‘LOVE is LOVE’.  I found this book SOOOO easy to get into and after starting it spent several hours reading it as I could not stop reading and wanted to finish it straight away!!

I also LOVE how Abbie presents Megan’s grief in a way that is not melodramatic but more pure and raw and real and I found this to be extremely relatable to my own personal experiences of grief. Now reading this you are aware that this book revolves around grief but PLEASE do not let this put you off as this book made me cry tears of happiness not sadness!!!

I cannot express enough how amazing this book is and how empowering it makes you feel!!! Megan’s character is written so beautifully!!! The only thing I wish I had more of with this book was more about Jasmines character as I felt her character could have had a little more of a background story. But I LOVED this book so much it hardly even bothered me!!!

I recommend this book to EVERYONE. Go buy & read it NOW!!!!

My Rating

For a book that I found extremely relatable and left me in awe I give this book 5/5 stars ⭐️

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard Book Review

Red Queen is the first book in the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard. Despite only being released February 2015 this fantasy/dystopian novel with just the right amount of romantic tension has become one of the most anticipated reads by bibliophiles worldwide this year!

About The Author

Victoria Aveyard is a screenwriter/YA author who likes books and lists. Her genres include YA, Fantasy, Historical, Adventure and Apocalyptic.

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The Blurb

This world is divided by blood- Red or Silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by the Silver elite in possession of God-like superpowers. And to seventeen-year-old Mare, a Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

But Mare possesses a deadly power of her own.

One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of her deadly potential, the Silvers hide Mare in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess. Knowing that one false move will mean her death, Mare must use her new position to bring down the regime – from the inside.

Now Mare has entered a game of betrayal and lies.

This is Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…

My Review

So.. I read this book as part of the read along with my friends Katrine and Hailee !!

We read this book over the period of four weeks reading 7 chapters a week and discussing those chapters in our good reads group #RedQueenReadAlong. THIS BOOK WAS JUST…WOWWWWWWWWWWW. THAT PLOT TWIST.

*this review will be spoiler free just like all my others so please don’t worry you can read on hahaha*

For me in the first few chapters I found it a little hard to get into but thankfully by chapter 4 I was hooked in!!! Although a lot of people have compared this book to Suzanne Collin’s best-selling trilogy ‘The Hunger Games’ which I myself am a HUGE fan of, as its what got me into the world of book blogs and bookstagram, I found this book to be very different and extraordinary in its own right.

The story revolves around the main character Mare Barrow and explores the world around her divided between Reds and Silvers. Silvers are the hierarchic of society and hold all power over the Reds as they have powers the Reds do not – think X Men powers. The Reds are forced to serve the Silvers which they hate and either work for them or face conscription and a life at war. However the Reds are sick of being treated like filth and a group named the Scarlet Guard start a rebellion that changes everything.

I loved Mare’s character and how despite she is a thief , she’s doing it to protect her family so they can be happy. I also loved just how much of an overall bad ass she was. And the silvers… wow okay think President snow and the X Men all rolled up together- pretty something. But honestly I could not recommend this book highly enough IT WAS AMAZING arghhhh!!! I NEED GLASS SWORD LIKE RIGHT NOW ASAP.

I recommend this book to anyone who LOVES a good fantasy read that will totally blow your socks off!! 🙂

My Rating

For a book that is packed with Mystery, suspense and a KILLER plot twist I give this book 5/5 stars ⭐️

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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven Book Review

Heyguys!!

Sorry that this post is very delayed I recently went away for the weekend & didn’t have internet which meant I couldn’t post & i’ve been holding off so I could finish ‘All The Bright Places’ and review it. I finally finished it yesterday & OMG.

The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor & Park. All The Bright Places is a book about how a girl learns to live from a boy who wants to die.

About The Author

All The Bright Places is Jennifer Niven’s first book for young adult readers, but she has written four novels for adults – American Blonde, Becoming Clementine, Velva Jean Learns to Fly, and Velva Jean Learns to Drive – as well as three nonfiction books – The Ice Master, Ada Blackjackand The Aqua Net Diaries, a memoir about her high school experiences. Although she grew up in Indiana, she now lives with her fiance and three literary cats in Los Angeles, which remains her favorite place to wander. For more info visit JenniferNiven.com and GermMagazine.com .

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The Blurb

Theodore Finch wants to take his own life.

Violet Markey is devastated by her sister’s death.

They meet on the ledge of the school bell tower, and so their story begins. It’s only together they can be themselves…

But, as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. How far will Violet go to save the boy she has come to love?

My Review

I decided to read this book after seeing it in the bookstore and after my internet bestfriend Katrine (@bookish.insta on Instagram <- check her out) recommended it to me.

At first I found this book to be a bit of a slow read ~ this was mainly because of stop-starting and because of not a lot of time to read ~ however when I did get into this book I could not put it down. I LOVED THIS BOOK. However I felt that I didn’t cry as much as I expected to ~ maybe its because I’ve read so many sad books a.k.a TFIOS, Eleanor & park, Clockwork Princess ~ but omg did I cry at a certain point 😥

When they say ‘The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor & Park’ I could clearly see what they were going on about as I found this book to be a merge of these two books with a slightly different theme (so if you haven’t checked those out I advise you also check those out).

What I did love about this book was the way Niven set out the chapters by showing different perspectives from the characters Violet and Finch. However I felt that when the chapters were set like… Finch, Violet, Finch, Finch I felt that maybe those chapters coud have been merged together ~ I know this was done to indicate a change in days ~ but I felt that it slowed down the pace of the book a little.

Despite all I absolutely loved this book!! I especially loved how Niven includend a Authors note to the end of the book that directly addressed the reader by saying that if you are/ have experinced things that were mentioned in the book e.g Suicidal thoughts, Anxiety, Mental illness, Bullying, Abuse “You are not alone. It is not your fault. Help is out there.” and also included links to places that can help. I found this incredible.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves books that change your opinons of EVERYTHING 🙂

My Rating

I give this book 4.5 / 5 stars ⭐️ and not 5 only because I found it slow at first!!

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Alienated by Melissa Landers Book Review

Hey guys!!!

So the first thing you will notice when you read this post is my blog looks different!! Today I decided to give my blog a makeover and make it a lot easier for you guys to navigate around it and see what sort of stuff I’ve been posting (Book Reviews & Book Recomendations tabs at the top will navigate you to my post related to these titles). I’ve also added tabs that link you directly to my other forms of social media (I.e my book Instagram, my book Twitter & my book YouTube – I’ll be posting new videos on that ASAP). Today’s post will be a review so here we go…

Alienated is the first instalment in a two part light, romantic sci-fi series by Melissa Landers.

About The Author

Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to peruse other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia cosume in public – just ask her husband and three kids. She lives just outside Cincinnati and writes adult contemporary romance as Macy Beckett. She also writes light, romantic sci-fi for young adult and the young at heart. Alienated and Invaded are availible from Disney Hyperion and the stand alone novel Starlight will release Feburary 2, 2016.

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The Blurb

Two years ago, the aliens made contact.

Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student,  Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket. Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing through; no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, midtown high school suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Theretening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort Cara and Aelyx to class. Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard to find him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and it’s potentially deadly concequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life – no just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

My Review

THIS BOOK. AHHHHHH!!! I read this book in just under two days…(that’s really quick for me because depending on the book I can be a slow reader). I’ve never read a sci-fi kinda book before It was so much fun reading a style I hadn’t before and I loved the sci-fi elements. This book mainly surrounds the storyline of the two characters Cara and Aelyx. Cara is a normal human teenage girl who strives to achieve. Aelyx is a born clone, wannabe scientist, teenage boy from the planet L’eihr. The two come together in the L’eihr student exchange program and that is where the story begins. I’m not gonna mention much more because I don’t want to ruin the book for anyone but I couldn’t recommend this book highly enough. What I loved most about this book was the unsuspected plot-twists (I know that sounds so weird!) I actually really enjoyed when everything I thought I knew and understood changed as it made me even more eager to continue the book. I’m so sad at the moment that I’m unable to get the second book yet because in my country it isn’t out in paperback yet so I’m going to keep looking online in hopes of finding it because I’m absoloutely dying to read it!!! Thankyou Melissa for such an amazing first experience at a sci-fi themed novel and I cannot wait to read more books like this!! I am most definitely a L’annabe!!

I reccomend this book for anyone!!! I feel it’s a style everyone could enjoy especially sci-fi / alien lovers 🙂

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My Rating

For an action filled sci-fi romantic contemporary that I couldn’t get enough of I give this book 5/5 Stars ⭐️