Top Five… Alice in Wonderland Quotes

One of my favourite ever stories turns 150 years old this year, and to celebrate, I am sharing my Top Five favourite quotes from the book (any excuse to give it another read!) alongside some pictures from one of my (many) copies of the book.

5.


It was all very well to say “Drink me,” but the wise little Alice was not going to do that in a hurry. “No, I’ll look first,” she said, “and see whether it’s marked ‘poison‘ or not.”

– Alice 

4.

(The quote is also the picture. This is one of my favourite poems.)

3.

“I can’t explain myself, I am afraid, sir, because I’m not myself, you see.”

– Alice 

2.

“No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise” […] “why, if a fish came to me, and told me he was going on a journey, I should say, ‘With what porpoise?'”

– The Mock Turtle  




1.

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” 

– King of Hearts
I hope people are still reading this book in another 150 years.


Book Review: The Sky is Everywhere (Jandy Nelson)

Publisher: Walker Books

Pages: 320

Release Date: February 5th 2015

Summary (From Goodreads):

Lennie Walker spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to centre stage of her own life – and suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two boys. One boy takes Lennie out of her sorrow; the other comforts her in it. But the two can’t collide without Lennie’s world exploding…

Review:

Ugh this book hurt my heart so much.

I had no idea what it was about when I picked it up, and after glancing at the back and realising a love triangle was about to happen, I wasn’t too keen (anyone who’s read any of my reviews will realise by now I have a bit of a problem with the love triangle trend). I wasn’t going to let that stop me having a go though.

While the love triangle does play a big part in the story, it’s not like one I’ve ever read before. Not only is it completely organic – you can see why the attraction to both boy’s has started, and the different appeal of both of them – but it also doesn’t feel like one of them has just been shoved in there to create some tension. This is a love triangle that works.

The book is full of kooky characters who are all a bit larger than life: Gram, Big, and the ever present Bailey, who is a character alive as any of the others, even though her death is announced in the first paragraph. It’s this that makes the pain of losing her so real: she’s not just an unknown character who’s dead before the story starts. She’s real and it hurts.

This is a love story, but it’s also about grief, and how to cope when the worst thing happens. It’s not full of answers on what to do in that situation – because there is, unfortunately, no magic answer – but it does end feeling more positive. Lennie’s attempts to deal with her grief may not seem natural to her but everyone deals with things in different ways, whatever you can to feel better and start moving on, even if moving on feels like betrayal.

That’s what gripped me emotionally with the book: it was Lennie’s guilt whenever she didn’t think about her dead sister, whenever she did something that might have upset Bailey, whenever she enjoyed herself without her. It’s so easy to get lost in grief and feel as if you should wear it around you at all times, when in reality you should just take those periods where it isn’t clouding you as relief, not as proof you’re a terrible person and forgetting you’re bereaved too quickly.

The ending almost had me in tears, which is very rare for me. When Lennie, finally has it out with Gram and realises she’s not the only person hurting: I felt so choked up and just wanted to hug them both. I thought it was brave of Lennie to stay and apologise, because I could feel the urge to run and just keep running, and that’s always so hard to resist.

Scattered throughout the book are little poems that Lennie writes, and these really add to the grief and help to characterise her and Bailey’s relationship. There’s something infinitely romantic about writing down your feelings and scattering them to the wind, and I loved that it was her love for Bailey that was expressed in them. To me, the best love stories aren’t the typical ones, but those between family and friends.

This is a spectacularly emotional read, an unflinching look at grief that will really tug at your heartstrings, but also make you smile as well.  

My Verdict:

4
If you enjoyed this, you may also like The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell

The Bookblogger TMI Tag

The lovely Priya tagged me to do this a while back (check out her post here) and so here it is. The Bookblogger TMI Tag is an adapted version of Carrie Hope Fletcher’s (who I saw in December and is AMAZING) TMI tag on YouTube. So here is mine.

1)Which clothes style from a book character do you like?

I can’t think of a clothes style but I always wanted to have super long blue hair like Rialle from Song Quest.

2)Your book boyfriend/ fictional crush?

I actually don’t think I have one. Romances are often my least favourite part of books (probably because I’m old and jaded)

3)Ever loved a character but than started hating him/her?

Kaede in The Harsh Cry of the Heron. I love her in the first three books and then in this one she doesn’t act as strong and intelligent as she usually does, and her actions cause a whole world of pain for everyone else.

4)Biggest/Longest book on your shelf?

The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George at 1139 pages (it took me a while to get through that one – it’s tiny writing as well!)

5)Heaviest book on your shelf?

Either the one above or my copy of The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll. It’s hardback and pretty big.

6)Do you have any book posters?

I don’t have any posters but I do have a few postcards and little bits like that.

7)Do you have any book themed jewellery?
I didn’t until recently. I got a lovely necklace from Melinda Salisbury with my copy of The Sin Eater’s Daughter which I’ve been wearing all week 🙂

8)Book OTP?

I’ll admit I had to look up what that meant…I’m going to leave this one unanswered…

9)Favourite book series?

It’s a hard one but right now I’d go with the Chaos Walking Trilogy or the Animorphs series.

10)Favourite Book-to-movie soundtrack?

Have to agree with Priya here and say Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit. My friends used to put the music from the end of The Fellowship on the jukebox in the pub and annoy everyone by speaking all the lines. Yeah, we were cool.

11)A book story you miss/ wish would continue?

I think I’d say Animorphs again here. Those books meant a lot to me, plus, while I did enjoy the ending, I would also love to find out what happened next.

12)Favourite stand-alone?

The Night Circus. I love it but also I can’t see many books without sequels on my shelves!

13)Since when did you read books?

Since forever. My parents were great with bedtime stories every night and when I could read for myself, I did at every opportunity. I used to sit in the bath at night to read (I couldn’t be told off for being up too late if they thought I was in the toilet!)

14)Which Hogwarts house are you in?

I found out recently I was in Slytherin. Mwahahahaha.

15)Quality you look for in a book?

Just engaging. Which is like the X-factor for books I guess: you can’t saw what it is, but you know when a book had got it.

16)Favourite book quote?

Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?” 
― Patrick NessA Monster Calls
And any number of other Patrick Ness quotes

17)Favourite author?

Ah that is pretty hard to choose. I’d say Michael de Larrabeiti because he wrote one of my favourite books (The Borrible Trilogy)

18)Favourite book cover?

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury. The colours are just beautiful.

19)Action or Romance?

I’d probably lean more towards action. Romance isn’t as important to me as other kinds of relationships.

20) Where do you go when a sad moment happens?

I go to bed in my onesie (and hopefully a bf there for cuddles/massages).

21) How long do you take to finish a book?

Silly question, it depends on the length. But not too long, as a rule. I travel for work 3 hours a day and that packs in some good reading time.

22)How long is your mourning period?

Usually pretty short. It has to be a pretty fierce book hangover to have me mourn more than a day.

23)Least favourite book?

The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean. I haven’t read it for a long time but I think it’s one of the few books I’ve not finished.

24)Turn on in a character?

Honesty

25)Turn off in a character?

Whining.

26)Reason I started my book blog?

I just had a massive urge to do it last year. I’m not really sure of my reasons, but now I have I love it. It’s so great to be connected to lots of people who also love books.

27)Name a scary book?

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl which I read recently and loved. I’ve been really into scary books lately.

28)Last book that made you cry?

I don’t really cry at book but the last one to make me feel like crying was probably The Harsh Cry of the Heron The ending is just brutal.

29)Last book that you gave 5 stars?

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill. Go read it!

30)Any favourite book titles?

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making
What’s not to love about that? I bought it for the title alone.

31)Last book you read?

Me & Mr J by Rachel McIntyre. Really interesting read, would definitely recommend it.

32)Book you’re currently reading?

You Against Me by Jenny Downham I got it in Waterstones yesterday for £1 😮 Really enjoying it (and also The Complete Grimm Tales, which I got for Valentine’s Day and am slowly crawling my way through).

33)Last book adaptation you watched?

Hmmm… I don’t know. Probably an episode of Pretty Little Liars (which is amazing and I can’t wait for next season!)

34)A book character you always wanted to talk to?

Lyra from His Dark Materials. But she probably wouldn’t like me…

35)An author you always wanted to talk to?

Again, Michael de Larrabeiti, but sadly he is now dead 🙁

36)Favourite book snack?

I don’t have a usual one but right now it’s Mini Eggs.

37)Book world you want to live in?

I’d love to live in Rivendell. But after all the crazy stuff with the Ring has gone down.

38)Least world you want to live in?

Hell, in Damned. It’s a pretty nasty place.

39)Last time you smelled a book?

Yesterday. I was opening birthday presents and smelt them wrapped and then unwrapped. You have to smell new books.

40)Weird insults used in books?

Your virginity breeds mites, much like a cheese.


Shakespeare is the king of weird insults.

41)Favourite romance book?

Mmm again not much of a romance fan… Fault in Our Stars maybe? 

42)Do you write?

Yes, I write a lot. I’ve always wanted to be an author, and I’m being more disciplined about it now! I’d like to get published soon, once my manuscript is finished (that’s the dream anyway)

43)Favourite magical item?

The one Ring to rule them all, of course.

44)Your quidditch position?

I don’t know… probably Keeper.

45)Name a song you connect to a book

Eyes Open by Taylor Swift makes me think of The Hunger Games. Mostly because it’s in the soundtrack, but it just feels so perfect for it.

46)Favourite book related chat up line?

Are you a library book? Because I can’t stop checking you out.

47)Have you ever used it?

No, I just googled it…Maybe I’ll try it on the boyfriend later.

48)Favourite book fandom?

Probably the Harry Potter one. I’m not that into fandoms but that’s a very welcoming, tolerant and diverse one.

49)How many books do you own?

Probably around 300-400 but they’re scattered in so many places I can’t count. I want to move out and buy a load of bookcases to display them properly.

50)Who do you tag?

I’ll just tag anyone who fancies doing it 🙂

Book Review: Me & Mr J (Rachel McIntyre)

Publisher: Electric Monkey

Pages: 320

Release Date: January 29th 2015

Summary (From Goodreads):

Fifteen-year-old Lara finds her soulmate. There’s just one problem – he’s her teacher.

Lara’s life has changed radically since her father lost his job. As the eldest, Lara tries to keep upbeat, and the one outlet for all her problems is her diary where she can be open about how dire everything is at home, and worse, the fact that she’s being horrifically bullied at school.

And then a shining light comes out of the darkness – the new young and MALE teacher, Mr Jagger. The one person who takes Lara seriously and notices her potential. The one person who is kind to her. The one person who she falls madly and hopelessly in love with. The one person who cannot reciprocate her feelings … can he?

Review:

Argh where to start with this book?!

It’s not the sort of thing I’d usually pick up and when I read what it was about I wasn’t really convinced. But when Debbie from Snuggling on the Sofa said she was giving away a proof copy I decided I’d be open minded and give it a try.

OMG I am so glad I did. The first thing that drew me in was the narrative voice: it was so realistic I was surprised the author wasn’t a teenager herself. It’s not often you find a voice that authentic. Even some of the best ones I’ve read before, there’s always been a little giveaway that tells me it’s not really a teenager talking, but this one had it down to a T (tee?) The slang was perfect, there was a good amount of swearing (maybe off putting to some put I know I swore a lot when I was that age so it feels natural). I spent most of the first few pages just enjoying the voice.

Into the plot then… it is an awkward one. You know that, whatever the situation, it’s wrong. I went in with that mindset and I came out with it, but the in-between was not so black and white. It felt natural for Lara to turn to him, the one person who didn’t constantly bully and belittle her. I even kind of wanted them to get together, because Lara deserved a break. Everything she went through was horrible, from the awkward home situation to the horrific bullying. It really was vicious stuff and I felt for her at every bad turn.

I think that was how the book made you normalise their relationship. After taking every beating with Lara, you craved Mr. J’s niceness just as much as she did. And when the lies began to unravel and I knew they were about to get caught I was praying to have them stay together, even though I knew it was wrong.

I felt the ending was appropriate as the only way things could really end. Even with the wonderful story behind it and a touching relationship, Mr J was always going to be in the wrong in his position and, whatever Lara wanted, however much she needed it, nothing should ever happen between a teacher and a student.

In short, this book will break your heart a little, but you should read it anyway because it’s beautiful and real and I loved it.

My Verdict:

4
If you enjoyed this, you might like Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton.

Stacie and Maia's Random Reads

So, today marks something new on the blog.
I’m excited to announce that I am teaming up with Stacie from The Confessions of a Reader to start a Buddy Read!

Each month, we’ll be randomly picking a theme/genre of book and then nominating a book for the other to read. We’ll both be posting reviews of each book, and then have a kind of discussional post to see what we both thought of each other’s books.

This is the first time I’ve collaborated with anyone (my blog is still very young!) and I’m really looking forward to be doing something a little different. I love reading books and writing reviews, but this will add another dimension to it, possibly reading something I wouldn’t normal go for and being able to discuss and compare our choices and opinions will be really interesting.

So without further ado, the theme for April is…
(drum roll)
A book that has been made into a film
Interesting one to start with as I recently did a post on my Top Five Film Adaptations. For some reason though, I’ve decided to steer clear of all of them and my book for Stacie to read is…
(another drum roll)
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
I’ve chosen Stardust because it’s actually one of the first that sprang to mind. I haven’t seen the film in its entirety (I fell asleep part way through – not because it was bad, I was just tired!) but there have been adverts on the TV for it a lot lately, and I was bought the book for my birthday last year (which is almost exactly a year ago) and still haven’t read it.

If you’d like to see what Stacie has nominated me to read then hop on over and see her post.

We’ll be posting our reviews of each book in two week’s time, and then the following week we’ll have our discussions. We’d love for people to join in if they’re interested: feel free to join in reading with us, post your reviews in the comments or hold your own discussional post. Follow along using the hashtag #RandomReads

See you in two week’s time for our reviews!

Book Review: Flesh and Blood (Simon Cheshire)

 

Publisher: Stripes

Pages: 336

Release Date: March 2nd 2015

Summary (From Goodreads):

I must record the facts that have led me to where I am now. So that, when someone reads this, they understand. Sam Hunter’s neighbours are pillars of the community, the most influential people in town. But they’re liars too. The Greenhills are hiding something and Sam’s determined to find out what it is. As his investigation unfolds, he realizes the lies reach further than he ever imagined – is there anyone he can trust? Uncovering the horror is one thing …escaping is another.

Review:

I am just adoring all the books in the Red Eye series. I’ve read two so far and gave them 4 and 5 stars, and this book did not disappoint. I’ve wanted to read it for a while, and finally received it as an early birthday/cheering up present from my partner. It got bumped straight to the top of my TBR pile.

I’d say it started a little slow for me, with more of a mystery feel to it than a horror at first. I had no idea where it was going to go, and was guessing constantly – vampires? zombies? insane murderers? – but never guessed right!

The story is told in first person through Sam’s eyes, almost like a report of events, and he occasionally foreshadows events with comments along the lines of “If only we’d known…perhaps I could have stopped it…” etc. While I did enjoy his perspective of events and the honesty with which it was told, there was a part of me that thought, “well, things can’t be that bad if he’s been able to survive everything and write it all down.” How wrong I was.

The story really turns into horror when Sam and his friends enter Bierce Priory and discover the secret the Greenhills are hiding. I won’t ruin it here, but some of it was truly horrific and I think I read faster so I didn’t have to dwell on some of the awful things. It was truly grim.

I really felt a sense of hopelessness towards the end: every time I thought of something Sam could do to get out of the mess, that path was blocked and it became more and more obvious that the Greenhill’s influence was too wide to escape. The ending (again, trying not to spoil anything) was oddly numbing. When I finally realised why Sam was able to write down his account of events, and what was in store for him, it was his calm acceptance of it that creeped me out more than anything else. He was resigned to his fate, his senses dulled a little by drugs, but he knew there was no chance now of escape. This felt more awful than if the author had gone on to describe what the Greenhill’s had in store for him.

This is another horror hit from the Red Eye series and I really can’t wait to read another from them. Anyone looking for a creepy, spine chilling read should check out this book and the others in the series.

 

My Verdict:

 
 
Ahaha I love this book, you should totally read it!




If you enjoyed this, check out the other books in the Red Eye series:
Frozen Charlotte and Sleepless

 

Top Five… Books I've Received as Gifts

My birthday is coming up this week (hooray for getting another bit older) and it’s got me thinking about books I’ve received before as gifts, so here they are for my Top Five this week.

5.

Simon Cheshire
I got this book just last week as an early birthday present from my partner. I’d had a really awful day and he gave it to me as a cheering up present. It certainly made me happier (and also creeped out as well).
4.

The 100: Homecoming (Kass Morgan)
Only Ever Yours (Louise O’Neill)

Sneaking two in here. I wanted to read both of these books but was being good and not letting myself buy anything. My partner (him again!) bought them without telling and sneakily put them in my TBR pile and didn’t tell me (I didn’t notice til a day later) Surprise books!

3.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
J. K. Rowling
I got this on the day it came out from my step-grandmother. I think it was a New Year’s present, which is probably a bit weird because that’s her birthday and I got the present…But I glued it to my hand and finished it that day and enjoyed every second of it. And it’s obviously had lots of re-reads.
2.

The Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien
I did a post about this near the beginning of the year, when I first started blogging. What made it special was the thought put behind it and the lovely message from my partner inside, and the fact that I’d never owned my own copy before.
And the winner is…


1.



The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll

I found my beautiful copy lurking on one of the lower shelves in the mess that is my bedroom. The picture doesn’t even do it justice; it’s a seriously beautiful book. I love Alice and it’s a pleasure to dip into Wonderland in this gorgeous book.
I wish you all wonderful book gifts for the rest of your lives!

Book Review: The Yellow Wallpaper (Charlotte Perkins Gilman)


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Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages: 64
Release Date: First published in 1892
Summary (From Goodreads):

‘The color is hideous enough, and unreliable enough, and infuriating enough, but the pattern is torturing.’

Written with barely controlled fury after she was confined to her room for ‘nerves’ and forbidden to write, Gilman’s pioneering feminist horror story scandalized nineteenth-century readers with its portrayal of a woman who loses her mind because she has literally nothing to do. 


Review:
My partner picked me up this for me from the Penguin Little Black Classics range. We both performed in a stage adaptation of The Yellow Wallpaper a few years ago – it wasn’t a brilliant adaptation and we both kind of hated it in the end, but it the story does hold a lot of fun memories (the best for me being playing a crazy woman and rolling around on stage smothering myself in wallpaper).
I wasn’t really sure how I’d find reading the story, especially as our adaptation was pretty much word for word the story (actually, on reading I found it was word for word – lazy adapting there). A lot of people I’d spoken to about it said they’d studied it at school or university and found it boring.
I actually really enjoyed but, but I’m not sure if I was really enjoying the story, or the memories I had from performing it. It made me wonder about the effect nostalgia has on reading. I couldn’t tell if I was enjoying the actually story or just enjoying reliving some good memories. It interested me, as  there’s a few other books I’ve re-read and wondered if I’ve actually enjoyed it or just enjoyed the feelings of nostalgia.
Anyway, all of that aside, I do think this is still a powerful feminist short story. The attitudes towards women are appalling, so much so that it’s hard to believe people used to think like that. It’s in the way the woman’s husband talks to her, so patronising it could be a child he’s talking to; it’s in the fact that the woman stays unnamed through the whole story, even though it’s her story she’s narrating; and it’s in her treatment, the way she is told what to do and how to think and is eventually driven insane through inactivity, but which is attributed to her over active imagination.
The story moves a little slowly at first as we see snapshots of the woman’s life as she is mostly left alone in the small attic room with the hideous yellow wallpaper, but it whips up into a frenzy towards the end as she sees a woman trying to escape from the confines of the wallpaper and vows to get her out. The woman’s almost calm madness is quite unsettling as she locks herself in the room and doesn’t seem to recognise her husband at the end.
This book is disturbing, unsettling and I’d recommend it as a quick read to anyone, though I’m aware it might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

My Verdict:



Ahaha I love this book, you should totally read it!

Return to my New Year’s Resolutions

We’re almost in month four of 2015 now (where has the time gone?!) and I thought it’d be a good time to see how I’m getting on with my New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t usually make them, but I decided this was the year to make some commitments and stick to them (for once).

So, here we go…


1. Start a blog

Well obviously I have done that (and technically had done when I made the resolution) but part of that was to keep going with it, which I have done really well (if I do say so myself!) I’ve managed to post regularly with reviews and other posts, and I’ve enjoyed the effect it’s had on my life. I’ve made a lot of online friends, even met some of them at the wonderful UKYA Extravaganza event. I’ve done my first author interview and have another coming up soon, and I’ve widened my reading and read some amazing books as a result.

2. Complete the British Books Challenge

It’s month three of the challenge and 21 of the books I’ve read this year have been by British authors, which I think is pretty good going. I want to make it to the end of the year and read at least 5 books by British authors each month.

3. Finish my second draft


After finishing the first draft of my first novel last year, I wanted to finish polishing it off this year. Have to say I’m stood still a little on this one at the moment. But I have taken a first step: my partner is now reading it (and is about half way through) which is a big step for me and massively scary, but also great to be able to share it with someone and discuss it (as if it’s a real book!) But while the editing isn’t happening at the moment, I am over half way through the sequel, which is progressing nicely.

4. Get fit


The classic New Year’s Resolution which I imagine a ton of people make every year. I’m not sure how to measure this one, but one of the main goals was to complete the NHS Couch to 5K running challenge, which I successfully completed this week. It did take me a little longer than the 9 weeks it should have, due to illness and other things (like going away for a few weeks and not taking trainers with me), but I can now run for at least 30 minutes without dying, which I think is pretty good work. I just need to try and keep it up now the programme is over!

So those are my resolutions, which I think are all progressing quite nicely. It does feel good to have some long term goals for the year, and I think writing them down and sharing them has made want to stick to them even more!

I hope anyone else who made resolutions is managing to stick to/make progress with them 🙂

Book Review: More Than This (Patrick Ness)

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Publisher: Walker Books
Pages: 480
Release Date: September 10th 2013
Summary (From Goodreads):

A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.
Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.
How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?
As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

Review:

I’ve been a big Patrick Ness fan since the Chaos Walking trilogy: I loved them as a teenager and still do today. I decided to read more of his work this year and started with A Monster Calls which just reminded me how brilliant he is. 

I went into this book with both high expectations and a worry that it wouldn’t live up to those expectations. I needn’t have worried, Ness is a master story teller and I was sucked into this world almost as much as I was in The Knife of Never Letting Go.

The book has a mystery element to it that I really enjoyed: you’re constantly wondering where he is, what’s happened, what’s the deal with Owen, what’s real and what’s not? And, the thing that I found most interesting (and weirdly satisfying) is that not all of them are answered. This may annoy some people and the ending might not feel satisfying, but I felt that it would have been spoiled if everything was wrapped up and explained nicely. I enjoyed the open-ended-ness.

The theory I enjoyed most was that Seth had made everything up: some things happened that seemed too convenient to him, and he begins to suspect that he’s actually controlling events around him, as though he’s in a story. It made me question coincidences in other stories and think about patterns of events that seem to convenient. But, even when he think he’s in control, nothing goes to plan. There are so many surprises and twists – in true Patrick Ness style – that makes it almost hard to keep up.

The emotional storyline is tense and honest and oh so painful. I really felt for the way Seth had grown up with the secret of his choice weighing heavily on him, while his parents could barely look at him. Whether that was from their own pain or underlying anger at him, it doesn’t matter, it’s still terrible to grow up with that burden.

Seth really grows throughout the book, and, aided by Tomasz and Regine, the friends he makes (who he may or may not have made up) he becomes less self-centred. My one problem with him was the way/reason he died. Compared to Tomasz and Regine, his reasons seem poor. I understand there’s different kinds of pain and that he felt lost, but it angered me that he gave up for something that I didn’t see as a good enough reason. Either that’s me being harsh, or I just didn’t connect well enough with relationships…

Ness once again proves that YA novels are about substance and can be as thought provoking and important as any adult novel. He creates characters that are so real you can feel their pain, and he delivers a story that will make you question everything long after you’ve finished reading. I can’t wait to read more from him.

My Verdict:



Ahaha I love this book, you should totally read it!