The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – Book Review

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Oh my, where to start.  When I first started reading this book I nearly stopped when I realised immediately that the story revolves around cancer.  Only 18 months after going to war with cancer myself, not my idea of happy reading, no matter how good the story is.  But I was captivated, from the very beginning, even with a topic I actively avoid in books and films, I couldn’t put it down.

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Even in a book which seems so predictable, it surprises you.  Although cancer is the thread that holds it all together it is a book about love, family and optimism in the face of tragedy.  It is also very funny and gives a fantastic insight into the dark-humour side and dare I say ‘perks’ of cancer and into the mind of someone with cancer.  John Green captures it so well.

There is a line in the novel, “it would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you” and that sums up the book for me.  It is a privilege to cry over this book because its wrapped up in some much wonderfulness, warmth and love.

In short, I highly recommend you read this book!

4.5 out of 5

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher – Book Review

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I have been wanted to read this book for a while so it was great to finally get there.

I know that mind of a teenage girl is sporadic at best but in trying to imitate that, I felt there was to much jumping around in the protagonists thoughts and unnecessary information.  I found myself more than once thinking, get on with it, this isn’t relevant.  To be fair this book is Young Adult so I’m not the intended audience but then again so was Twilight and Harry Potter is for kids… I’m a fan of both?!

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The annoying thing is that the actual story itself is really good.  I love the way it unravelled, cleverly showing the plot unravelling as you see the characters unravelling. I enjoyed the narrative being letters written to a man on death-row.  It was a shame that it got lost in all the random thoughts she was having.

I wanted to like this book more than I truly did – sorry!

I’m rating this book 2.5 out of 5 xxx

Precious Thing by Colette McBeth – Book Review

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I am not sure how to start when reviewing Precious Thing.  To say I loved it, is far to bland.  I love coffee but that feeling is no where near close to how much I was totally enthralled by this book.

For me this book has everything.  A storyline that keeps you guessing all the way along.  Some parts I started to see coming, then they were inevitably delivered in a way or with a twist that I wasn’t expecting.  The characters were imperfect in a way that made them totally relatable and from the off you were completely caught in the most gripping story.  The writing was unquestionably some of the best I have read.  There were so many layers to this book which were delicately dissected but at a really good pace that kept the story ploughing forward page after page.  And you feel just about every emotion reading this book, at one point my heart was physically thumping in my chest when suspicion was building in a chapter.

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I adored the way it was written in the first person with the protagonist talking directly to her friend.  It’s like you have found a secret letter between the two of them, making the story, lies and truth even more compounding.  This narrative made the story not only more believable but like you really were experiencing it first hand.

Even though it was in the first person, the author Colette McBeth had an incredible way of still showing you other people’s sides of the story, just enough to let you realise that the story may not be everything that is being told to you.  It really was so clever.

I read the other day the test of a true book is the feeling that it leaves you with afterwards.  You may not remember every word but you remember how it made you feel and it keeps ticking over in your head.  This is that book.  I can all but guarantee, you won’t be disappointed!

A hands down, fantastic 5 out of 5! x

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer – Book Review

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If Carelsberg made books…

This is the most wonderful book, you can see straight away why it won the coveted Costa Book Awards.  I actually tweeted when I was about 30 pages into the book; ‘Ever found a book so amazing you want to stop reading cause you don’t want to finish it?  This is that book’.  Only the opposite happened, I read faster because I just couldn’t put it down.

I was constantly amazed at the author ability to make what could have been a sad story and make it warm, full of love and very funny.  I also loved how just when you thought the book was about one thing, it would change to be about something else but move seamlessly between the story lines.

 

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It’s not just the wonderful story lines, it is the way it is written, with beautiful language and in the first person in a way that makes you feel like the protagonist is talking directly to you.  It was very clever of the author.

I read this book as mother to two small children which gave me a certain perspective, amazingly I think this is a book that would read differently for different people and at different times in life; if you were a 18 year old man you would see a very different story, the same for a man, grandparent, you would all draw different things and perspectives from the story.

When I finished the book I had something that I have not had since I don’t know when… I wanted to immediately start again because I knew that I would love the book even more the second time.

I really hope that you enjoy this book as much as I did, please leave a comment to let me know, or let me know if you have any suggestions of what I can read next!

This book gets a fabulous 5 out of 5, enjoy!

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – Book Review

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After seeing so much about this book – EVERYWHERE and after two semesters of reading Victorian literature, I was keen to get reading and it was a great first book to get me out of my literature degree head space.

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It’s a really fun easy read with wonderful characters, you are rooting from right from the beginning. It is unashamably predictable, right from the word go so not for you if you love a mystery, but there is still enough happening that you want to keep reading to see what happens next. This book also made me laugh out loud a couple of times – always a good thing.

If you are looking for a wonderful, easy read but in a way that doesn’t just follow the standard format, especially with regards to the characters, then this book is for you!

This book gets 3.5 out of 5.

Happy reading x