Mini Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Monday, 4 September 2017


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine | Gail Honeyman | Published May 18th, 2017
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Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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This book really took me by surprise. I don't know what I was expecting, really, but it's a story, and a main character, who is going to stick with me for a long time.

I really connected with Eleanor and could empathise a lot with her. She went through a terrible ordeal as a child and has never fully recovered. She is socially inept and doesn't have any close relationships. She is written in such a wonderful way that even though you feel her sadness, her mishaps and interactions are also very funny. The balance of warmth and humour whilst tackling more sad and horrific aspects was just right.

One of the highlights for me is the lack of romance. I don't think it would have felt right in Eleanor's story. It was nice to see her develop meaningful relationships without there having to be a romantic aspect to them. Whilst there is a potential romance in the future which is hinted at, I appreciated that it wasn't used as a way of pushing Eleanor towards healing. I also loved the inclusion of a human-pet relationship! Eleanor interacting with a cat provided some laugh out loud moments for me.

Sad, funny, warm, emotional and heartbreaking. Absolutely deserved of the hype it is receiving and definitely in my top 5 books this year.


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Mini Review: The Dire King by William Ritter

Monday, 28 August 2017


The Dire King | William Ritter | Published August 22nd, 2017
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"The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times best-selling series the Chicago Tribune called “Sherlock Holmes crossed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer” sends the eccentric detective and his indispensible assistant into the heart of a war between magical worlds."


This was the perfect end to an amazing series! I've loved Jacaby and Abigail since the beginning and thoroughly enjoyed going on their quirky adventures with them. The Dire King was no exception and I loved everything from the humour to the new creatures to the epic battle that concludes their story. This might be the fourth book of the series but William Ritter still very much knows how to surprise us. There are unexpected twists and shocks and I had no idea how things were going to end. I'm sad that this series is over but I'm really excited to read whatever Ritter writes next.


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Blog Tour | Dare to Fall by Estelle Maskame (Review)

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Dare to Fall | Estelle Maskame | Published July 27th, 2017
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Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Blurb

Death.
She was afraid of it.
He was used to it.

There's not much that MacKenzie Rivers is afraid of. In the small town of Windsor, Colorado, she is known for her easygoing, strong personality, some would even say she isn't afraid of anything. But MacKenzie knows that's not true. She's afraid of losing those closest to her. Recovering from a family tragedy, Kenzie is fully aware of just how big an impact death can have on those it leaves behind. Seeing its effects on other people is something she just can't quite handle. From now on, Kenzie is her own priority.

There are not many things that Jaden Hunter can make sense of. He doesn't understand why it was his parents who lost their lives last year. He doesn't understand why his friends don't crack jokes around him any more. He doesn't understand why his teachers still insist on letting him skip assignments. He doesn't understand why MacKenzie, the girl he was falling for last year, has suddenly distanced herself from him.

Too afraid to get wrapped up in Jaden's world as he deals with the tragic death of his parents, Kenzie has stayed away from him as best she can, until one night when they unexpectedly come face-to-face for the first time in months. As old feelings resurface and new memories are made, both MacKenzie and Jaden show each other how to appreciate the little things in life, the moments that are taken for granted. But will MacKenzie dare to fall for the one person she's so afraid of growing close to?


Review

Dare to Fall is one of those perfect YA romance contemporaries that you find yourself becoming completely engrossed in. From the romance, to the drama, the twists and the more serious aspects, it was completely addictive.

Whilst this is a romance novel, serious topics aren't shied away from and are dealt with realistically and delicately. There is an overall theme of grief and how people cope with that in different ways. Each character dealing with grief has their own way of dealing with it. Some cope better than others and some heal more slowly than others. I appreciated that emphasis on how there is no "right" way and that the healing process can be very unpredictable and change a person. There are also lots of lighter, cute moments scattered throughout though. I liked the romance and the slow-burn nature to it and also the interactions between friends and family members which weren't forgotten about in favour of the romance.

Overall, a perfect balance of heartwarming and heartbreaking moments!

This is the first of Estelle's books that I've read but I'm definitely getting my hands on the DIMILY trilogy now. I have a feeling I'll be just as gripped as I was this time around!

P.S. How gorgeous is the cover?!


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Review: Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Sunday, 2 July 2017


Now I Rise | Kiersten White | Published July 6th, 2017
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I loved this SO MUCH. Whilst And I Darken was a little slow going at the beginning as we were introduced to the world, this was the complete opposite. I was completely drawn in from the beginning.

Everything that I loved about And I Darken is even more prevalent in this sequel: the twists and surprises, Lada's fierceness that other YA characters struggle to rival, the complexity of Radu's character, the politics and the overall darkness.

Now I Rise focuses on the fall of Constantinople and Lada's pursuit of reclaiming the throne to Wallachia. Mehmed (horrible, horrible, Mehmed) sends Radu into Constantinople as a spy but he struggles throughout between his loyalty and what the right thing to do is. It would be easy for such a sensitive character - who doesn't necessarily always do the right thing thanks to being blinded by love - to be branded as weak but that isn't the case here. He elicits sympathy and his complexities make him that much more interesting to read. Lada is on a journey with her men to get back to Wallachia. She has to deal with people who don't think she can do the job because she's female. She's harsh and brutal but she knows what she wants and isn't going to let anything or anyone get in the way. If she wants to win she has to do things differently - her way. She is one of the best written YA female characters and I love her.

And I Darken is such a strong sequel that doesn't drop pace throughout. With an ending that promises there is much more to come in this story, I think we're in for an even more exciting installment to this saga.


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Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Monday, 29 May 2017


  When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon | Published June 1st, 2017
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This was so cute! It takes a lot for a contemporary to become one of my favourite stories but this one does just that.

Dimple and Rishi are both American-Indian but feel very different about their heritage and traditions. Dimple is heading to university and has plans to conquer the technology world. Coding is her life and she's thrilled when her parents allow her to go to a coding convention in the summer before university starts. Rishi wants nothing more than to make his parents proud and find the perfect woman to really begin his life with. Their parents think that they make a great match, and Rishi thinks they could too, but Dimple doesn't know a thing about it..

What I loved most about this book is that it's totally believable. The romance wasn't over the top or unrealistic. Dimple and Rishi are both nerdy and not "cool". Dimple is into tech, particularly coding, and Rishi is a really great artist who creates comic book characters. I like that they are both pretty much evenly matched that way but are both also so unique.

This is the first Indian YA contemporary romance that I have read (I want more!) and I love the way the culture was represented. We get to see two different perspectives as Rishi very much wants to follow in his parent's footsteps and settle down early, whereas Dimple wants to go against that and focus on her education and career first. It was a really positive representation of arranged marriage. I loved the cultural references and the inclusion of Hindi and I feel like I learned some things about the culture along the way. My only small complaint is that I would have loved even more focus on the actual coding aspect of the story. Dimple is developing an app and I think it would have been fun to get more of an insight into what goes into that.

Utterly cute, funny, geeky and with completely lovable characters. You need this book in your life!


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