Holy fucking shit. Why are these books so intense?
Don't read this review if you haven't read Chaos Walking #1 yet. (Or do, I'm not the boss of you. I just always avoid them for fear of seeing or not seeing names you did or didn't expect and thus possibly being spoiled.)
I think this book ends with one of the biggest cliffhangers I have ever read. Or it has been a long time, at least.
A very captivating, suspenseful read. A dystopian about a new world, in space, like ours but with the difference that everyone can hear each other's thoughts in a loud, bewildering cacophony called Noise.
Todd will become a man soon, after thirteen years of thirteen months. However, just before his birthday, it becomes clear that in this world where everyone knows every thought, there are a lot more secrets than you'd expect. And the secrets are dark.
This was a strange, weird, whimsical fairy tale-like book. It reminded me a bit of When the Moon Was Ours in terms of writing style (though I liked that one a lot better) and We Were Liars because of the strange mystery.
This is a really cute Cinderella retelling that's a love letter to geeks and nerds at the same time. It has a lot of similarities to the original story, complete with evil step-sister twins, a pumpkin (though that was a food truck, nice twist) and glass slippers. It also has a bit of the star-crossed lovers feel, which, now I think about it, is also like Cinderella.
This book wasn't really it for me.
It's about Meg and Linus, best friends and both gay, smart and nerdy. It was great to read about characters that were genuinely excited about school, did well and were interested in a variety of things. I love that friendship had a strong focus. It was great to see that, even though most people around them were accepting of their sexual orientation, the story didn't pretend other people didn't exist, and I really liked the part in which Meg explains she is lucky she only gets a little harassment, instead of a lot. That's horrible, but that's life, and it's good things like that are acknowledged.
However. There were also things I didn't like.
This is a bi (f/f) retelling of The Little Mermaid with influences of Norse Mythology. It's a short, fast paced book full of surprises. I liked it, the moral ambiguity, the diversity, the fact that you could recognise the original story and that it was unpredictable at the same time. I loved the sexism that got challenged and the plans to overthrow the patriarchy. #girlpower
(This is a placeholder picture since I wanted to take a picture with all my books but some are lent to friends.)
I got all the books in this haul at the same time. Amazon UK had a "3 paperbacks for 10£" sale, so of course, I went for it. My sister and some friends and I pooled together (for shipping costs) and in the end, I placed a massive order with 6 (six) times the UK edition of THUG. I only got to keep one, but still!
Either way, this meant I got seven books!
For some reason, I only read in the first ten days of June, with the exception of Ramona Blue. I did manage to finish six books though, which is not bad, considering the amount of time I didn't read!
If I have reviewed the book on the blog, you can click on the title, and I've bolded my favourites
I absolutely loved this book. It's the story of Ramona, a tall, blue haired girl who lives in a trailer with her father, recently pregnant sister and her sister's boyfriend. She's struggling, with life, with love, with money, with family. She's real, and I love her.