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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Book Review - Shatter Me

This week we have the new YA novel By author Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me. 

This book is a descriptive wonderland. Everything is so fantastically described you could almost visualize yourself walking through this post apocalyptic dystopia. The story follows Juliette, a confused teen with unusual powers lost in an abyss of loneliness.
Juliette has it rough. Locked up in an institution indefinitely, she suffers from what can only be described as a genetic mutation that causes excruciating pain and eventual death upon the slightest touch of her skin. She almost immediately becomes reacquainted with Adam, her perfect man and silent defender from the past as he is paired as her cellmate for good behavior. 
An intensely graphic and thrilling romance, the characters are electric and passionate. A pure representation of a first-time love, raw and powerful feelings erupt through the seams of a world turned upside down.
My favorite part about this novel is that it feels like you just picked up somebody's notebook and started reading. Tahereh Mafi gives such an impressive display of realism that you feel as though you can follow Juliette's train of thought. The clashes in her mind are just as exciting as her fight for acceptance in reality. You're not only limited to what she thinks, but you also get to see what she doesn't want to think. It is her thoughts and feelings written down on a page and a constant battle within her of what she wants and what she thinks is right.  
An incredible representation of what a YA novel should be, Shatter Me should find it's way on to your bookshelf and into your mind.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Book Review - Before I Go to Sleep

So over the last few weeks, I kept hearing people talking about this new book Before I Go to Sleep. Finally, after a recommendation from Harper Collins, I went straight down to to Indigo and picked up a copy.

First, let me say that this is not the typical book that I like to read. That being said, this one one of the most captivating books I have ever set my eyes on. I read it all in one sitting, I just could not put it down!

The book starts off in a total state of confusion for both the reader and the main character, Christine. Everything is described as unfamiliar and frightening and we start to feel her confusion. After a few pages we find out that she is seeing a doctor and she has started keeping a journal. She has a rare disease that causes her to lose all her memories of the day when she goes to sleep and this journal is a tool to try an help her restore them.
I thought this was a brilliant ploy by author S.J. Watson to pull you into Christine's world and makes you see the world through her eyes. You find yourself relying on her journal for information just as much as she does and as the novel progresses you begin to feel just how important it is to her and what would happen to her life if it were to disappear.As you read on, Christine starts to collect fragments of her past and slowly pieces them together. But at the same time, you are following along with her trying to piece it together on your own.
This book is full of surprises and just when you think you've got it figured out, everything gets turned around on you! This is S.J. Watson's debut novel and it is phenomenal! I strongly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It's a great read for both men and women and it will keep you guessing right up to the end.