Sunday, 22 March 2015

Review - Everything, Everything By Nicola Yoon

Expected Publication: 1st September 2015

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world.I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black--black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

A unique storyline with loveable characters and a beautiful cover, Everything, Everything sure has everything!

I requested the book purely on the blurb and cover and I am so happy I had the chance to read this one!

Madeline suffers from SCID. Basically she is allergic to everything and has been housebound pretty much her whole life with her only contact from her mum and nurse Carla, that is until new neighbours arrive and Olly walks into Madeline's life. Madeline doesn't want to just survive any more she wants to live and experience life to the fullest even if it means risking her life.

I had an instant connection to Madeline, how can I not, she is a fellow book addict! She is sheltered from the real world, not getting the chance to experience a normal life like an eighteen year old girl should and I really felt for her. I loved the relationship Madeline and mum shared, if felt really authentic and was a nice change to see the dynamic as a lot of books I have read lately haven't tended to develop the child/parent relationship.

Olly is such a loveable character, he's not fazed by Madeline's illness and treats her like a normal person. I like the fact he wasn't a 2 dimensional character, we find out about his home life and his difficulties as well. The relationship between Madeline and Olly is really sweet and I thoroughly enjoyed watching it blossom.

Everything, Everything is about a girl trying to overcome the difficult situation life has handed her and live her life to the fullest and experience love for  the first time. There is also a plot twist that I didn't expect which was really refreshing and added so much more to the whole book.

I adored Everything, Everything, I couldn't put it down and I can't wait to see what Nicola Yoon has in store for us next. An exciting new author who is going to take the Young Adult genre by storm!

Rating: 5/5


Monday, 9 March 2015

Review - Vanishing Girls By Lauren Oliver

Expected Publication: 10th March 2015

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

I received this book via edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

As a huge fan Of Lauren Oliver I was so excited to get the chance to read Vanishing Girls and boy I was not disappointed! Beautiful writing, a mystery that draws you in and a big plot twist... I expected nothing less than from Lauren Oliver.

Vanishing Girls gives us Nick and Dara, sisters who have been torn apart by a devastating  car accident. Once best friends, they are now strangers living under the same roof.

Nick and Dara are complete opposites, in behaviour and their opinions but I found myself relating to both of them at different points within the book.  Nick is the reliable, sensible sister and Dara is the more reckless, outgoing of the two. The book focuses on the dynamic between the sisters and how they cope in the aftermath of the accident and their tattered relationship.  They are both going through the same thing but facing it in different ways, and I wanted to just shout at them you could handle it better together! That's when I know I'm hooked on a book, when I'm telling fictional characters off!

The characters are well developed and I felt like I was experiencing everything they were going through which brought out a mixture of emotions in me, which every good book should do!

There is also a missing girl leaving the reader wondering how is this relevant to the story, but when Dara disappears too, it all comes together and the suspense takes over. Throw in some romance, a strained relationship between two sisters and huge plot twist that left me speechless and you have another wonderfully written story from Lauren Oliver.

I wish the romance aspect of the story was developed a little bit more but it isn't the main focus of the book and doesn't affect the book, I'm just a sucker for the romance!

Another hit from Lauren Oliver, Vanishing Girls has lived up to my expectations and has become a new favourite!

Rating: 4/5