I can't believe I only have a couple months until my first year of University is over. That is crazy. I thought since being here I would have more time to read and review, but it's been hectic - I have been reading but books which aren't exactly my genre (for my courses). However I will get around to reviewing these books hopefully! I'm struggling to catch some time cause it's just going by so fast, but bare with me - still getting loads of requests and books mailed to me, so I have some good ones waiting.
I watched this video by my idol John Green yesterday.. and felt a little disheartened that I in fact have not read any of them or heard of most... please watch and let me know if you have.
2022 by Kenneth G. Bennett Publication date: May 21,
2014 via Booktrope Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction, Thriller,
Joe Stanton is
in agony. Out of his mind over the death of his young daughter. Or so
Unable to contain his grief, Joe loses control in
public, screaming his daughter’s name and causing a huge scene at a
hotel on San Juan Island in Washington State. Thing is, Joe Stanton
doesn’t have a daughter. Never did. And when the authorities arrive
they blame the 28-year-old’s outburst on drugs.
they don’t yet know is that others up and down the Pacific
coast—from the Bering Sea to the Puget Sound—are suffering
identical, always fatal mental breakdowns.
With the help
of his girlfriend—the woman he loves and dreams of marrying—Joe
struggles to unravel the meaning of the hallucination destroying his
mind. As the couple begins to perceive its significance—and Joe’s
role in a looming global calamity—they must also outwit a
billionaire weapons contractor bent on exploiting Joe’s newfound
understanding of the cosmos, and outlast the time bomb ticking in
G. Bennett is the author of the young adult novels, THE GAIA WARS and
BATTLE FOR CASCADIA, and the new sci-fi thriller, EXODUS 2022. A
wilderness enthusiast who loves backpacking, skiing and kayaking, Ken
enjoys mysteries, science fiction, action adventure stories and, most
especially, novels that explore the relationship between humans and
the wild. He lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with his
wife and son and two hyperactive Australian Shepherds.
GAIA WARS series was optioned for film by Identity Films, LA in 2012,
and both GAIA and BATTLE have been featured as Top 100 Bestsellers in
Teen Literature and Fiction on Amazon. Kirkus Reviews called THE GAIA
WARS “A solid first entry of a promising, imaginative new
young-adult fantasy series featuring a well-crafted character.
Are We There Yetby David Levithan I must first confess that I read this book a fair few months ago, and in the fuss of university and going home for Christmas and coming back again, I completely forgot to review it. Another confession I'm going to make is that I re-read a loved novel The Faults in Our Stars by John Green. So instead of reading one of my many unread books to give you new reviewing material, I read a book you already have a review on. I apologise, but you know, some books are worth rereading, time and love. However, I devote myself to read much, much more! And to actually write the reviews more, so lets start of by writing this one...
Danny isn't used to having something in common with Elijah, however slight. Their last name is the rope that ties them together. Danny and Elijah's lives could not be more different. But a journey together sweeps them up in the romance, wonder and breathtaking beauty of Italy. And falling in love opens their eyes to the distance that's grown between them.
Can one girl remind them of want it means to be brothers? Review Are We There Yet is the first book, for me, in a very long time, that I've sat down and read in one. I picked it up one day - hopelessly out of John Green to read, hoping there would be similarities as they wrote Will Grayson, Will Grayson together. I wouldn't say it is the kind of book that is so packed of action that you have to read it continuously. But it is mysterious, it raises questions for the characters in ways we think they'll show little humanity. The characters however show us the morals behind the book. The novel is based around brothers who lost their connection from when they were young, due to age differences and leaving home. They have been tricked into going on holiday together by their parents (mostly their mother) who wants her children to get along again. For most of the holiday the brothers stick to their ways of shutting each other out and going about their own thing - what they want to do. This is until a girl walks into both their lives and changes their perspectives. This character, I found, is not a particularly likeable character. She is indecisive and seems to use the main characters for what she wants. Her life seems a shambles and she wants to cause destruction in other's lives that she interrupts. However how the brothers deal with this interruption shows the strength of their relationship, whether they realise it is still there or not. She manages to remind one brother of his loyalty, which triggers his memories with his brother as a child. Once the initial walls come down both of the brothers become comfortable and less protective in each others company. This is not my typical type of novel to read, I thought the emphasis on love and relationship between the male and female characters would be more. However, I am glad I read this book as it shows how other types of relationships such as family ones, can be just as important. The moral of this story, to remember how much your family mean to you, and I think everyone needs to be reminded of this sometimes. On another note, isn't the cover simply beautiful? This is the edition I have, but look at this other cover design for the book... even more simple and even more beautiful... wow
4/5 Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me this lovely book to review!
The Costa First Novel Award of 2013 has gone toNathan Filerand his novelThe Shock of the Fall.
I feel slightly privileged and that I have no choice but to blog about this event. As Nathan Filer is also a tutor teaching Creative Writing at Bath Spa university, where I attend and take this course, I heard him read out a section of this amazing novel. Unfortunately I am not one of his students, but I feel privileged none the less to attend the university and to have basically met him. This was around two months ago - and if I had money I would have bought one of his copies right there and then. I still await to purchase a copy and hunt him down on campus to sign it for me.
The Shock of the Fall ‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’
There are books you can’t stop reading, which keep you up all night.
There are books which let us into the hidden parts of life and make them vividly real.
There are books which, because of the sheer skill with which every word is chosen, linger in your mind for days.
The Shock of the Fall is all of these books.
The Shock of the Fall is an extraordinary portrait of one man’s descent into mental illness. It is a brave and groundbreaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in fiction.
Both versions of the cover are beautiful and represent the emotion turmoil and distancing inside the book.
As mentioned earlier, Nathan Filer is a lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University as well as a writer. He is 32 and a qualified mental health nurse. His book caused such a fuss in the publishing world that it became subject to an 11-way auction and was eventually bought by HarperCollins (the sum being six figures!)
The Shock of the Fall has also been selected as BBC Radio 2 bookclub and Specsavers National book award!
I hope to soon purchase this book that has caused amazement in the writing world. So please look out for a review in the near future and if you have read it, let me know what you thought! Do you think it deserved this award?
We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars
I’m a romantic. There, I’ve
said it. And an idealist. People who know me might be surprised at that because
on the surface I’m a very realistic, practical sort of person. But deep down I
passionately wish this was a better world. And I wish everyone could find
happiness, whether with another person or alone.
So the quotation from Oscar
Wilde has always appealed to me. I’m not a big one for poetry, oddly, but I
love the way words can shape and inspire. What the phrase says to me is that no
matter how bad things get, there is always something beautiful to find and
appreciate. Even if you’re in the gutter, sitting in sewage, with nothing but
the clothes you have on, there will still be stars in the sky that you can
breathe in and allow their beauty to fill the empty space inside you.
In Looking at the Stars,
Amina’s family loses almost everything. Through a sequence of events, Amina
finds herself separated from her brother, young sister and parents, and walking
to a refugee camp with her older sister Jenna. She has no idea if she will ever
see any of them again – indeed, she can’t even be sure if they’re still alive.
She could be crushed by grief, but she is an idealist. Amina loves to ask ‘what
if?’ – something that has got her into trouble in the past but now is an
invaluable skill. She looks up at the stars and suddenly stories are spilling
into her head. She tells the stories to Jenna, and later to people in the refugee
camp, and magic happens. For the duration of her story, people forget their
grief and distress and are lost in her imagination. Amina’s stories provide
much-needed balm for wounded souls.
I firmly believe that the
arts – music, drama, dance, art, stories – are vital for people’s inner
strength. I prize imagination above all else, for without imagination how can
we ever improve our situations? And that’s why there’s a large part of me in
Amina, and why I chose the title for the book that I did.
I just got back to uni in Bath last night, after such a lovely three weeks back home in Cornwall for Christmas.
I've just realised I've forgotten to write up a couple reviews of books I've read recently... but on top of that I vow to try and read more books and review them regularly on the blog this year - it's one of my resolutions!
And one of the books I'm very excited about reading is indeed Allegiant by Veronica Roth, I wasn't sent the third book of the series this time, however I unwrapped it on Christmas day from my lovely boyfriend. I got him into the series too so he's just as excited to read it. It feels like so much has happened in my life since summer 2012 when I reviewed the second book in the series, so I may have to read them all again to read the final book!
Hope you've all had a lovely Christmas and got lots of books!