Even Angels Fall; F L Darbyshire

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Even Angels Fall by F L Darbyshire isn’t the type of book I would typically pick up, however, when Fay contacted me offering to send me the book in exchange of an honest review, I took to Goodreads to see if it was something I would be interested in.  After reading the blurb and a couple of reviews, it had definitely sparked an interest.

[The Plot]: After suffering an unthinkable loss, Abbey Miller and her family move to Leeds to rebuild their lives and start again, but the pain and grief that Abbey carries with her is impossible to escape. As she finds herself becoming increasingly isolated from her family, she develops a firm friendship with Lucy, Nathan and Liam, who introduce her to a brand new and exciting world, far removed from all of her problems. But will her new friends bring her the light hearted relief she has longed for? Or will she find herself getting drawn deep into their dangerous and intoxicating world?

I want to start with saying, straight away, that this book isn’t for the faint hearted.  There are some really serious issues that are dealt with throughout this book and it really takes you on an emotional roller coaster.

At the very beginning of the book, we learn about Abbey’s traumatic year and how she has had to deal with not only the loss of her twin brother, but also the fact that her family is falling apart.  I don’t think I’ve felt this passionate whilst reading in a long time, and as we learn more about Abbey and her family, the more angry I was with both her mother and her brother.  I had to keep telling myself that they are not real people, they are just characters.  However, Fay’s writing made me feel like they were genuine people who were treating Abbey in this way and I couldn’t help myself but hate them, and just feel so angry that I had to put the book down for the afternoon.

As the story progresses, things get worse and worse with Abbey and her family.  However, she finds solitude in her new friends and takes on a whole new lifestyle.  In order to breakaway from the family who dismiss her when she needs them most, Abbey takes to skipping class and partying with her new friends.  Slowly but surely Abbey becomes a part of their ‘group’, eventually taking recreational drugs and moving in with her new boyfriend.  While Abbey’s choices go against everything I have ever believed in, I couldn’t help but be happy for her.  She has a new supportive structure surrounding her, new friends who would do anything for her.  A boyfriend who loves her.  And most importantly she is dealing with her grief instead of burying it away like her family had been doing for the last year.

I don’t want to give away too many spoilers as I really think this is a book you should all read, and get the full impact as the story twist and turns.  But I will say that things slowly start to spiral out of control and Abbey has to face some big and serious decisions.

Even Angels Fall is Fay’s debut novel and I think she has done an incredible job.  It was so emotional and captivating that after taking a small break after getting angry at Abbey’s family, I couldn’t put the book back down.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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City of Bones; Cassandra Clare

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For years I have had people tell me I need to read this book, and I have no idea why I didn’t listen to them sooner.

[The Plot]: Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan.  Irresistibly drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City- and the dangers of forbidden love.

As I’ve already said, I put off reading this book for a long long time, and I have no idea why.  By just reading the blurb it sounds like a book I would love, and with recommendations from people I know have good taste in books, I really had no reason to put it off for so long.

Clary Fray is living a 100% normal teenage life.  Her mom is strict and over protective, she goes out and spends time with her friends.  She has no idea she could be something completely different until she sees something no one else can see in a club in New York City.  Clary sees two guys with a knife, and after alerting her friend Simon and stupidly going after them, she realises it’s a completely different story.  The guys with the know turn out to be shadow hunters, and invisible everyone else there.

From here on in, Clary’s life changes dramatically.  With her mom missing and demons hiding around every corner, Clary has to rely on the group of beautiful strangers to help her fix this new world she had no idea existed.

Simon and Clary’s relationship is so close, and even though Clary is pretty naive to not see how Simon really feels about her, they overcome a lot and Simon accepts this new world with her without any hesitation.  He makes it very clear that he doesn’t like Clary’s new friends, except Isabelle of course, but instead of causing a huge amount of tension or leaving Clary to fix everything alone, he does his best to help.

I love the way the story progressed and didn’t want to put it down at all, finishing it in just two or three sittings. The story id fast paced and so much happens in such a short amount of time, I’m itching to read City of Glass.   Are there any other books out there I’m missing out on, that I should definitely read? Let me know in the comments below.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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Red Queen: Victoria Aveyard

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I have to be honest, it has taken me a while to write this review.  I feel like I read a lot of mixed reviews before reading it myself, and I felt I was being influenced slightly by those I had read.  I feel like I have now got my thoughts together and tell you my own thoughts on the book.

[The Plot]: The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.
To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.
Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.
But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

I just want to start off buy saying I think this book is really well written. Throughout the story I felt like I was surrounded by the story, and I was fully immersed in their world.  I absolutely flew through the book and never wanted to put it down.  I couldn’t get enough of the book and constantly wanted to know what will happen next.

There have been a lot of mixed reviews for this book, and after taking a little time to gather my thoughts I have decided that I do not agree with a large chunk of them.  Some people have said they thought the plot to be very similar in structure to other YA books that have come out in the past. I didn’t really find this to be true.  I can see where they may be coming from to a certain extent, but I personally found the story to be engaging and full of unexpected plot twists.

The plot twist at the very end of the book, I won’t say too much as I don’t want to spoil the story for any future readers, was a complete surprise to me.  I mean, I don’t really pride myself on being able to see a plot twist from the beginning of a book, but I can usually see a general path a story can take.  But this took me by complete surprise, and I was truly shocked by what happened.  This is just an extreme example of how Victoria Aveyard kept me intrigued and immersed in the story.

This story is full of deceit and betrayal and leaves you on a mighty cliffhanger.  It is said to be a part of a trilogy and I can’t wait for the next instalment.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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Book Haul: May 2015

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Over the past month or so I’ve slowly but surely built up my TBR list with new purchases.    Many of which I have been meaning to read for a while, but there are a few new finds in the mix.  I’ve already made a considerable dent in my newest additions to my bookshelf so will be keeping you updated with reviews over the next coming week.

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John Green: Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns & An Abundance of Katherines.

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Scott Westerfeld: Uglies, Pretties & Specials.

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J.K. Rowling: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

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Gillian Flynn: Sharp Objects & Dark Places.

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Julie Kagawa: Talon.

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Gena Showalter: Alice in Zombieland, Alice through the Zombie glass & The Queen of Zombie Hearts.

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Beth Thomas: His Other Life.

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Victoria Scott: Salt & Stone.

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Fangirl; Rainbow Rowell

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Fangirl seems to be the book that every teen and young adult can relate to on some level. Whether it’s because we are fully blown socially awkward or we like the occasional fan fiction indulgence, we can al relate to Cath’s story and struggles.

[The Plot]: Cath is a Simon Snow fan.
Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…
But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Once I had finally gotten around to picking up this book, I absolutely flew through it.  the story has a great tempo that keeps it flowing, through the ups and downs in the book.  It’s a hard read to put down and it’s also hard not to become fully engrossed in Rowell’s world.

Cath deals with many struggles throughout the book that many teenagers and young adults will relate to and understand.  Many of us, especially those in the bookish community and those of us that spend live a lot of our lives on the internet, will find the way Cath handles change and the thought of social interaction to be all too familiar.  The fear of meeting new people, and avoiding it at all costs, the eating in her rooms due to the fear of asking for directions, the ups and downs with her extrovert twin.  Cath is clearly an introvert in the most concentrated sense of the word, along side having social anxiety, and although her reality is the most extreme of the case, it’s something we can all relate to on one level or another.

Throughout the book I found myself in the same shoes as Cath when it came to Levi.  It did seem like he was flirting with her a lot throughout the book, but he was Reagan’s boyfriend so surely he was just being nice, right?  However, as their relationship develops, you find yourself thinking ‘does he/doesn’t he?’ right along with Cath.  She finds it completely ridiculous that someone like Levi could be interested in a girl like her and I feel that this is something most girls in their teens often find themselves feeling.  It’s the same with her relationship with Reagan really.  She just assumes that Reagan doesn’t like her, because she hasn’t gotten to know her but when she slowly opens up to Reagan they actually turn out to be pretty good friends.

Before reading this, I had heard of Rainbow Rowell in passing but not really thought to pick up any of her books.  However, Fangirl has set a pretty high bar for any further reads.  I really think so many young girls need to give this a read.

I rate this book four out of five stars.

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