Stacking The Shelves (February 17th)

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The rules of Stacking The Shelves

  • Participants are to create their own Stacking the Shelves post and link back to Tynga’s Reviews so more people can join the fun!
  • Posts can be laid out any way you want.
  • The host site posts updates on a Saturday but bloggers taking part can post any day they choose.
  • Visit Tynga’s Reviews on a Saturday and add your link.
  • Visit other participants sites to find out what they have added!

It’s been a month since I’ve taken part and they’ve gone and stacked up again without me noticing. Here’s mine for this week!  (Click the covers to go to Goodreads).
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Hold Back The Stars, Katie Khan – Book Review

I received Hold Back The Stars in exchange for an honest review.

Hold Back The Stars was a beautiful, unusual book. It blends multiple themes and genres – science fiction, a utopian future and a romance – split between earth and space. But the heart of this story is definitely romance – a story of first love and two people whose relationship is strong enough to challenge the status quo.

Hold Back The Stars

We meet Carys and Max as they’re floating in space with ninety minutes of oxygen left in their tanks and no way back to their ship. As the minutes tick away, the star-crossed lovers try everything they can think of to get back to safety. It’s tense, edge-of-your-seat stuff from the very first page. Continue reading

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Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell – Book Review

I’ve heard nothing but good things about Rainbow Rowell but I tried her adult novel Landline a few years ago and couldn’t see what the fuss was about. I’m so glad to say I finally get it. Eleanor and Park was such a touching tale of love between two high school misfits, it was impossible not to enjoy and I whizzed through it in just a couple of days.

Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell

A modern day high school Romeo and Juliet, Eleanor and Park meet on the bus to school. They’re both from very different backgrounds; Park lives in a nice house with his parents who are still very much in love, whilst in Eleanor’s house there is never quite enough to go around – she doesn’t even have a toothbrush. But her financial problems pale in comparison with her abusive stepdad.

Park struggles being a half Korean kid in a predominantly white neighbourhood, but he grew up in town and he gets by just fine with his friends on the edge of the ‘cool’ crowd. When Eleanor turns up on the schoolbus, with her wild red hair and bizarre clothes, he thinks she’s a disaster waiting to happen. He can’t understand why anyone would draw attention to themselves that way, when he’s spent so much of his life keeping his head down and trying to fit in. Continue reading

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The Book of Mirrors, E.O. Chirovici – Book Review

I received The Book of Mirrors in exchange for an honest review

“I remembered the title of Flynn’s book and the maze of distorting mirrors you used to find at carnivals when I was a kid – everything you saw when you went inside was both true and false at the same time.”

This book left me with mixed feelings. The writing style felt slightly unnatural to me, almost devoid of emotion and more just a relaying of various facts about the characters’ lives. Each of the main narrators had their own romantic entanglements but I really struggled to care about them, and, to some extent, all of their voices felt very similar.

The Book of Mirrors, E.O. Chirovici

But, on the other hand, this psychological thriller has an intelligent, strong, multi-layered plot which, despite some issues with the narrative,  was enough to carry it through and keep me avidly reading. Continue reading

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The Bear And The Nightingale, Katherine Arden – Book Review

I received The Bear And The Nightingale in exchange for an honest review.

This book took me a little out of my comfort zone; set in another time and place, with a strong undercurrent of fantasy. It left me in a strange situation, where I didn’t really get along with the story – but I can’t quite put my finger on why. The writing was beautiful, the author weaves elements of religion, mythology and fantasy amongst a story of a very likeable young girl. And yet it wasn’t quite for me.

The Bear And The Nightingale, Katherine Arden

Set in the historic wilderness of Russia where winter stretches most of the year and the country is ruled by Grand Princes, this story follows a family in a small village as they forage for food and share fairytales together around the fire to keep warm at night. The protagonist is Vasya, a headstrong young girl who has a touch of magic in her genes. Vasya is almost at one with the Russian wilderness; she understands every nook and cranny of the forest from a young age, and she can see things which others can’t. Continue reading

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Stacking The Shelves (February 4th)

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The rules of Stacking The Shelves

  • Participants are to create their own Stacking the Shelves post and link back to Tynga’s Reviews so more people can join the fun!
  • Posts can be laid out any way you want.
  • The host site posts updates on a Saturday but bloggers taking part can post any day they choose.
  • Visit Tynga’s Reviews on a Saturday and add your link.
  • Visit other participants sites to find out what they have added!

It’s been a month since I’ve taken part and they’ve gone and stacked up again without me noticing. Here’s mine for this week!  (Click the covers to go to Goodreads).
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Caraval, Stephanie Garber – Book Review

I received Caraval in exchange for an honest review

I was drawn to this book due to its inevitable comparisons to The Night Circus and – while the similarities with my favourite book are only slight – I’m so glad I gave this young adult fantasy novel a try. I don’t read much YA and, as I started Caraval I wasn’t sure how I was going to get on with it – there are some cliches and there’s a very strong romance angle right from from the off which was a little too much at times – but it’s also incredibly fast-paced, engrossing and addictive.

Caraval, Stephanie Carber

“Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest things you’ll ever find to magic in this world.” Continue reading

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Relativity, Antonia Hayes – Book Review

I received Relativity from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

So far, 2017 seems to be shaping up to be a great year for Australian authors! This stunning debut follows single mother Claire, her gifted son Ethan, and Ethan’s estranged father, Mark. Combining themes of physics, medicine and the intimate relationships between a husband and wife and a parent and child, all against the vibrant backdrop of city life in Sydney, Antonia Hayes has produced a gem of a novel which took me completely by surprise.

Relativity, Antonia Hayes

I received this book as part of the blog tour and, while I was grateful to have been sent a copy, I have to admit I took a while to get around to reading it. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect – I think with a story like this you have to connect with the characters. If you don’t, an engaging plot could be wasted. I’m happy to say that wasn’t the case here – this book has it all, but it’s the characters that truly set it apart. Continue reading

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The Dry, Jane Harper – Book Review

I received The Dry in exchange for an honest review.

I love a good psychological thriller. And The Dry, I’m happy to say, is a perfect example of the genre at its best. I saw another reviewer ask ‘What’s debut-ish about this debut novel?’ The answer has to be nothing. Australian debut author Jane Harper has given us a book which is tense, atmospheric and truly difficult to put down.

Let’s first talk about the setting. The Australian outback, a quiet farm town suffering an inordinately long drought “Officially the worst conditions in a century”. It’s so well-written the tension is palpable, the scene visceral. Add to this a family murder-suicide and things start to get interesting. Continue reading

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Good Me, Bad Me, Ali Land – Book Review

I received Good Me, Bad Me in exchange for an honest review

This was a great start for 2017, a little depressing but great. Good Me, Bad Me is powerful debut which packs an emotional punch, offering a glimpse into the psyche of a damaged girl

Annie is starting life anew. She’s been given a new name and a new foster family and she’s ready to try to move on from the ghosts of her past. But before that, she must give evidence in a court case, where her mother stands trial for 12 counts of child murder. She’s the daughter of a serial killer, and it takes more than new surroundings to erase the ghosts of her past. Continue reading

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