Liquidator by Andy Mulligan Review (No Spoilers)

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Thank you so much to David Fickling Press for sending me a press release copy of this book in exchange for and honest review. This does not affect my opinion, all opinions are mine only.

Title: Liquidator

Author: Andy Mulligan

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Comedy, Thriller

Pages: 416

My Rating: 4.5/5

LIQUIDATOR! The brand-new, delicious and wildly popular energy drink. “For those who wanna win!” The company that makes it is set to earn a fortune, with its global launch climaxing at an international rock concert that will SHAKE the planet. The only problem?An innocent child is dying. Meet Vicky and her class-mates – their work experience is about to spin totally out of control as they uncover a secret that could change the world. And put them all in mortal danger …From the award-winning author of TRASH comes an action-packed thriller full of danger, hilarity and – above all – friendship.

When I first got my hands on this book, my first impression was how intriguing the book looked as a whole. That sounds weird but honestly this book has the full package. Spread throughout this book are emails, posters, text conversations … Everything that is mentioned in the book is visually given and that is one of my favourite things ever. I love when a book has visual elements- it really adds to the whole experience! Also, I really liked the ‘spillages’ on every page. Seeing as this book is about a drink that may not be what it seems it was really fitting to have spillages of the drink everywhere. I found it so clever how the number of spillages on each character’s pages corresponded to their traits. That sounds confusing but you’ll understand when I talk about the characters.

Okay, plot. The whole pacing of the book was so, so fast because the story was just so fluid and easy to fly through. It made me feel really great that I managed to get through a 400 page book in three or four days. I loved the whole idea of setting the story around work experience, especially as I have already don’t some work experience and I will be doing it again next year. So I really related to the feelings that the characters, especially Vicky, felt- all the stress and the tiredness and just the general teenage feels. One of the really amazing things about this book is the speed at which we got into the action. Literally, there was action 50 pages in and it was actually crucial to the story line rather than early action that doesn’t mean much… I can’t really say too much more about the plot without giving away spoilers but just know it was such a fun, fast-paced read. A hell of a ride.

Yay! Let’s move on to my favourite part of the story which was the characters! When I first saw that this book was going to be written from no less than 10 perspectives, I was a little nervous because I sometimes find it really difficult to distinguish between different character voices- sometimes they just seem a little bit too similar to me. But here, it was as if every character was a real friend of mine and I was reading about a story they’d all been on together. Also, every single character was different. Take Vicky for example. I knew from the moment i started reading about her that she was the dominant one, the leader of the group. It was the fact that she had so many more chapters than anybody else that told me that. Edgar. I could tell that he was gay and that he had a crush on….. someone, I’m not going to say who- read it to find out! He was my favourite character because he gave me all the feels and he was just so adorable. I won’t comment on all ten characters but there are two more that deserve honourable mentions. First is Michael. Remember earlier when I said that the spillages on the pages represented each characters traits? Well Michael’s pages were completely clean if that tells you anything. I sussed him out to be the OCD, scared of everything child who wanted to be somebody but was brought up in such a way that he didn’t know how. And I was right, hopefully. Lastly is KatKat, wow she was a character. I think she was a little full of herself but didn’t exactly know it. She just had little touches. Like the way she named all her chapters dramatic things and no one else did. She made me giggle.

As you can probably grasp by now, there is a hugely eclectic mix of characters and character traits which I absolutely loved and gave the story a whole new dimension. Each character went on a completely different work experience but the way in which Andy Mulligan weaves it all together is practically ingenious. I loved his writing style and the way everything flowed so fluidly, it was just perfect. There was never a moment where I felt confused or as if the story was lacking in some sort of edge or plot twist. This book covers every genre and I had such a good time reading this.

Highly, highly recommended and I wouldn’t mind giving this a re-read some time in the future!

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27223936-liquidator

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, Review (No Spoilers)

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This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…

I’m sure most of you will know about this book and there have definitely been some incredibly mixed things going around about it. I mean, some people really hate this book and they just cannot see and differences between this and any other YA books and then there are some who absolutely love this book and have it as one of their favourite books of 2015.

I have to say that I really enjoyed this and I really don’t see how people could hate it as much as they do. but I’m also not obsessed with it like some people. That does not mean it’s a bad book, honestly I really enjoyed it and I read it so fast and trust me, the betrayal was on point!

Okay, let’s back up a bit and talk about plot. The initial plot of this, I felt, was a dead end and I couldn’t see anywhere it could go. I also thought the separate elements didn’t fit together and I was so so confused… But when I persevered and pressed on and everything began to unravel I was so surprised! There were actually times when I was reading the book and something happened that was so unexpected, I had to put the book down and go for a walk and generally catch my breathe. No joke.

The idea of separate societies is definitely not unique, but the idea of division by blood is something that I really enjoyed and was really unique to me. I really like how Victoria Aveyard made you question something that should be so obvious- who was Silver and who was Red and then once you think you’ve finally sussed it out, everything just flips around and confuses you! I think I yelled multiple times whilst reading this book. Honestly, if you want all the fangirl feels then you should really check out this book!

I think my favourite character in the whole book was… Cal. Or Mare… I can’t tell. But let me tell you, I ship those two so much! I can’t tell whether there was a purposeful love triangle going on… I don’t think I ever hated Cal who I think we were pushed to try and hate for a while. The only thing I could possibly question about Mare is that she doesn’t like any other female character and I think that’s really sad and maybe she’d be happier if she had just one girl she could connect with… that’s all I can say…

I absolutely loved Victoria Aveyard’s writing style. I found it to be so fluid and I just whizzed through the book so fast because her writing was so suspenseful and mysterious and I just needed to know what happened because every chapter ended on a cliffhanger which resulted in me reading 100s of pages in one sitting.

I would highly recommend this book to anybody who is looking for a suspenseful dystopian with all the fangirl feels and a fast pace. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I recommend it to anybody who just likes books!

Red Queen Goodreads link- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17878931-red-queen?from_search=true&search_version=service

An Interview With Lisa Williamson

Hey everybody!

Today, I have the great pleasure of interviewing the lovely Lisa Williamson, author of The Art of Being Normal.

Hi Lisa, welcome to my blog it is a pleasure having you here!

Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I was born in Nottingham in 1980. My mum worked in a shop and my dad was a plumber. I have big sister who is now a nurse. I was a really shy kid and loved to draw and make up stories. When I got a bit older, I became a little less shy and got really into drama and through my teens I did loads of school plays and amateur dramatic productions. When I was 19 I moved down to London and did a degree in drama. I’ve worked as an actor ever since, appearing in plays, musicals and TV commercials. About eight years ago I realised I was craving an creative outlet I had a bit more control over and started writing again and rediscovering my passion for telling stories.
Funny, that is just like me! I am also really interested in my drama and have shows on the go all the time but I still crave to explore my creative writing side a bit more too! The trouble is, I never know what to write about…What is your inspiration for writing?
It could be anything – an article online, a snippet of conversation I overhear in the street, a memory that pops into my head – inspiration is everywhere (I try to carry a notebook with me at all times). I usually start out with a character and then try to put them into as many tricky situations as possible. I like to throw rocks at my characters!
That’s always the best way to write, I find! Sometimes I love to feel just as stuck as my character to before I find a way out of the situation I’ve created for them!What inspired you to write The Art of Being Normal?
 
In 2010, I got a job working as an administrator at The Gender Identity Development Service (an NHS service offering talking therapies for under-18s struggling with their gender identity). It was just meant to be a temporary thing between acting jobs but I ended up staying for two years! As part of the role I typed up notes from all the individual therapy sessions and heard all these incredible stories – happy, sad, painful, triumphant. I was writing something else at the time and it took a while for it to dawn on me that I had some incredibly rich source material at my finger tips and should perhaps be writing about that instead! I set about looking for fiction featuring trans protagonists and found very little. It quickly became very clear young trans people were massively under-represented in the arts and media, and I became very committed to doing something about it if I possibly could. I observed several group therapy sessions for trans teens, all of whom were as engaging and complicated and individual as any great YA hero or heroine. Collectively they inspired me to create a character who was struggling with their gender identity but not defined by it. They also inspired the tone of the book. Although several of the young people were having a really tough time, there was always so much joy and positivity and energy in the room at these sessions. I didn’t want TAOBN to feel like an ‘issue’ book or heavy or gloomy in any way. Although there are painful moments, there are also moments of magic. I wanted the book to have light and shade, and for the downs to be balanced with real ups, just like real life. 
 
That’s such a fantastic inspiration to get! Just shows that it can come from anywhere. That must have been so interesting to learn about! You are completely right with the tone of the book. I really enjoyed reading about such a taboo subject in such a normal sounding way, if that makes sense… The amount of joy in the book made it stand out against most of the other YA contemporaries out there that tend to opt for the sadder route. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
To keep writing, take risks and touch as many as people as possible through my books. I’d also LOVE to see a film version of TAOBN. That would be awesome!
A film would be so fantastic! It would really bring the book up and give it a whole new meaning as well as bringing a generally taboo subject out into the open and into the light. It could really teach us all and I think it would be a great laugh as well! Your characters are by far the most hilarious they can be and I really appreciate that. Give us an insight into your main characters. What do they do that is so special?
TAOBN is told from the point of view of two main characters – David and Leo, and I love them both! David is 14 and is starting to realise the desire to be female he’s had since a small child is not going away (if anything it’s getting worse). Despite his distress at his changing body, David is upbeat, kind and brave. Leo is 15, a grumpy loner, and the new kid at school. Having transferred from his old school under mysterious circumstances, he’s keen to keep his head down and avoid getting close to any of his new classmates. He certainly doesn’t bargain on falling for the most gorgeous girl in year 11. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms and they impact on one another’s lives in ways neither of them anticipate.
I loved all of the different situations you chuck your characters into, I think it gives them a real depth which you don’t normally see in YA contemporaries. How do you write? Full-time or part-time? Every day or three times a week? Do you have a structured plan for your writing?
I’m lucky enough to write more-or-less full-time. I continue to act in TV commercials but as the shoots tend to be quite short, the work fits round my writing really well. I work at home but occasionally venture out to work in a cafe or library for a change of scenery. I try to write every day if I can and have no set finish time. If it’s going well, I’ll work until my boyfriend makes me stop and eat something! I always intend to plan but invariably the plan falls apart the moment I sit down to write (my characters tend to be pretty bossy about what they want to happen and I regularly sit down to write one scene and it turns into something entirely different).
I should probably create a schedule for my writing too! I usually use my writing as a procrastination tool for when I have GCSE’s to work on! Tell us about your book covers. They represent the book in such a strong way.
I absolutely love the cover for TAOBN. The illustration is by Alice Todd, a young graphic illustrator based in Brighton. When my publishers sent me over her initial ideas, I was so chuffed! I love that she’s created such an iconic image and am thrilled we’re sticking with it for the paperback edition (out in January).
I love how deep a meaning they give to the book without you even realising- I didn’t realise how powerful the image was until I’d finished the book. What is the hardest thing about writing?
The days when it doesn’t come naturally and you start to feel like a fraud! Writing can be a very lonely profession and self doubt can creep in. That’s where the amazing UK YA community comes in. Over the past year I’ve connected with loads of fellow authors and taken advantage of their wisdom and experience, as well as made some great new friends.
Did you ever get Writer’s Block? If so, do you have any tips?
Yes! Sometimes you just need to get away from your desk – go for a walk, go to the gym, watch a film – just do something different and let your thoughts untangle themselves in their own way and at their own speed. Other times though, you need to battle through and just get words down on the page. I suffer from perfectionism and often feel I can’t move forwards until what I’ve already written feels polished, which incidentally is a really silly way to write! I’m trying to get better at being brave and not caring about writing badly. As someone very wise once said, you can’t edit an empty page. Free writes are a great way of getting into the right mindset to write.
Do you have any advice for inspired authors out there?
Write as much as you can (even if it’s just a few lines per day). Writing is a muscle and like any skill, you need to put the practice in to get better. I kept a diary growing up and it was a great way of getting used to expressing myself on the page. If you’re worried about it being found, set up a dedicated email address and email yourself instead (this is what I do). I would also recommend reading as widely as possible. I learn so much about plotting and characters from reading other books. Occasionally it’s intimidating when you read something amazing, but mostly I just find it really inspiring to read wonderful books. Another great advice I was recently given was to create tension but taking things away from your main character. I’ve tried it on my latest protagonist and it completely works. As I said earlier, I like to throw rocks at my characters! Finally, be true to yourself and the story to have to tell and follow your instincts.
How can readers find out more about you and your books?
Follow me on twitter (@lisa_letters) or visit my website – www.lisawilliamsonauthor.com. You can also find out more info via my publishers – http://www.davidficklingbooks.com
Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview with me, it was lovely to speak to you!

A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnston Review (No Spoilers)

Thank you very much Pan Macmillan Publishers for sending me a proof copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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Title: A Thousand Nights

Author: E.K Johnston

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 259

Release Date: 22nd October 2015

My Rating: 4/5 Stars 

The Most Dangerous Love Story Ever Told. 

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to my village, looking for a wife. 

When Lo-Melkhiin- a formidable king- arrives at her desert home, she knows he will take her beautiful sister for a wife. Desperate to save her sister from certain death, she makes the ultimate sacrifice- leaving home and family behind to live with a fearful man. 

But it seems strange magic flows between her and Lo-Melkhiin, and night after night, she survives. Finding power in storytelling, the words she speaks are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. But she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic, powerful enough to save a king… If only she can stop her heart from falling for a monster. 

Set against a harsh desert backdrop, A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnston is an evocative tale of love, mystery and magic that would not feel out of place if Scheherazade herself were telling it. 

And perhaps she is…

Okay, overall I absolutely loved this story. I thought the plot was detailed and imaginative and at times, really unpredictable. I think the plot was one of my favourite parts about the book as a whole. 

When I first picked up this book, I was initially afraid that’s there wasn’t much room to roam around in in terms of storyline- but E.K Johnston took the story in a direction that I did not even think was possible and that opened up the potential for so much more. As the story progressed, I discovered more and more about the characters and was able to piece together certain parts of the story without being blatantly told. This gave me a sense of accomplishment and made the story all the more enjoyable. 

In terms of pacing, I found that, at the beginning at least, the story was a bit slow and dragged on a little. This meant that I had to re-read previous paragraphs or even whole chapters to gain a better insight to the story until the 100-page mark. As soon as I reached the 100-page mark, I was flying through the story so fast simply because I then understood what was going on and found the turn of events to be so gripping- I needed to know what was going on!!!

E.K Johnston has been so clever with her characters that it adds an element of mystery to the whole book. There is only one named character in the whole book- Lo-Melkhiin. Others may have names that were given to them by the king, but we never find out their true names- letting us think that Lo-Melkhiin scarred them so much, they simply forgot. The lead figure herself had no name, she is supposedly meant to be a Scheherazade figure or perhaps even Scheherazade herself. This was such a clever thing to do because it has given me a whole new view on One Thousand and One Nights. The Scheherazade figure was so relatable in that she was only doing what was right to protect the people she loved- not so she could die a small God, which is so often seen in young adult fiction now. Her motives and actions were exactly what I, myself, would have done and, to me, that just made the story all the more interesting. 

I loved the elements of magic and demons in this book. I loved the way the demons were portrayed and the way that they had their own narration so that we really understood what reasoning they had for doing what they do. The magic the main narrator herself possesses is described so clearly that it made me want to have that magic too and those amazing abilities. I really appreciated the difficulty it took her to come into her power and the speed at which it developed made it seem all the more powerful. 

In a nutshell, I really, really enjoyed this book- I found the plot line to be unpredictable and gripping, the characters to be relatable and loveable and the world to be detailed and beautiful (particularly the qasr) and this is why it deserved the 4 stars that it got. The only thing that let it down for me was the pacing although it definitely picked up as the story progressed. 

Just before I read this book, I went on a week long orchestra course (explaining my absence) where I fittingly played the music Scheherazade, based on the book One Thousand and One Nights. This really got me into the mood to read this book so I really recommend giving it a listen before diving into this book or any other based off One Thousand and One Nights. 

An Interview with Sarah Govett. 

Hey guys!

Today, I am doing another interview with the amazing author Sarah Govett who I have had the chance to meet twice! Honestly guys, she’s lovely and her new book is incredible, I’ve already reviewed it so the link to that will be down below!

I am so lucky to have Sarah to talk to today! Thank you and welcome!
Hi Sarah! Tell me a bit about your childhood.
Hmmm. I’d say it was pretty innocent. I spent loads of time outside. I was into Robin Hood. I loved books. I was lucky in that I found school pretty easy.

 

And then boys, I started liking boys and life got way more complicated.

 

-That is so relatable, honestly boys just mess up everything! No, stay away from them! When was it that you first decided that you wanted to become an author?

I’ve always loved writing. As a child I was obsessed with Limericks, weird I know (!) and wrote many a terrible book ranging from the Adventures of Mr Kettle to a truly awful romance about a girl called Natalie who falls in love with a good but dangerous life guard called Sean (modeled heavily on a young Sean Bean). Then life and work took over. I was a solicitor for a while and then ran my own tutoring agency. There simply wasn’t any time to write. It was only after my first daughter was born and I was working less that I thought I’d have a go at doing this properly.  

 

-That doesn’t sound too bad! They sound like very exciting reads! I think that’s great that you still decided to follow your passion while dealing with the stress of a child and your old job. Did this influence your book? What is your inspiration for The Territory? Any authors or situations that inspire you?

I think the real inspiration has come from my experience as a tutor. I wanted the book to serve as a metaphor for today’s results-obsessed and unfair education system, where outcome is as much determined by quality of school as by natural intelligence and where logical subjects are elevated above more creative ones. I think teens today, well in Britain anyway, are under such enormous pressure. They have to work so hard to sit exams in 9 or more subjects, often then to have their results denigrated by newspaper headlines declaring this year’s exams to be ‘the easiest ever’. The Territory is supposed to be a greatly heightened version of real life.
As far as other authors are concerned, I’ve probably been most influenced by John Wyndham, John Christopher and Margaret Atwood. I also love Gemma Malley’s books.

 
 

-Can I just say that I am so grateful that you understand what us teenagers are going through now and it is hard to live up to what society wants us to be. Thank you for putting that out there in your book in such a great way.The main character in your book, Noa, she’s so fantastic- what is your favourite thing about her? Where did she come from?

I like the fact that, as well as being sparky and determined, she’s also prone to doubt and selfishness. I wanted her to be a more relatable heroine. I love dystopian novels, but have often found the heroines to be slightly too self-assured and ready to sacrifice their lives for the cause. Maybe it’s just me, but I think in that situation I’d also really, really want to survive. 

-That sounds just like my kind of attitude! I wouldn’t give a thought to the cause over survival! I think Noa captures that very well in the society you have created. What genre would you classify The Territory under? Does anything draw you to this genre?

Probably either dystopia or sci-fi. I love dystopia as when a society collapses, conventional morality also breaks down and everything gets a lot more primal. I’ve also always loved sci-fi (the non-space based kind). What’s so exciting is that so many of the seemingly crazy technologies or advances are so often later nearly within our reach. Just the other month the Director of Engineering at Google was suggesting that by 2030 our brains maybe able to connect to the internet through nanotubes. I find that terrifying!

 

– That certainly does sound terrifying and the way you moulded that idea to suit The Territory was very well done. It definitely had the desired effect of chilling everyone to the bone about how fast we are developing in society. Moving on to writing, what is the hardest thing about writing? Do you have any tips you can give to inspired young writers?

I’ve found the hardest thing is just finding the time to do it, particularly as you’re not going to get paid anything until the whole book is finished and even then there’s very little money in writing. So you have to fit writing round other stuff. As far as tips, I’d just say go for it. You have no idea if you can write a book until you try. And if you’re finding yourself just sitting there and nothing’s coming then maybe you’re writing the wrong book so try something else!

 

-That sounds like great advice! I will certainly be testing that out! But you have already proved to us that it can be done as you started off as a solicitor! In terms of marketing, what do you think about covers? Do you think they are important?

I think they’re really important. Obviously you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, blah blah blah, but you do. It’s got to try and give a flavour of what the book’s about.

 

-That is definitely true! We all try not to judge a book by its cover but honestly, if a book has a bad cover, we’re not going to pick it up are we?How can your readers discover more about you and your work?

I’ve got a website http://www.sarahgovett.com, a facebook page and I’m on twitter @sarahgovett

Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview with me! It was lovely to meet you and your books are so fantastic! Honestly everyone, if you haven’t read them yet- just read them!

Thank you so much to all you guys for reading this! I will have another post up super super soon so keep an eye out for that! All my social media links are down below as well as the Goodreads link for Sarah’s book and my review of it’
Talk to y’all soon!

My review-https://yourbestbookpal.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/the-territory-by-sarah-govett-review-no-spoilers/

The Territory Goodreads-https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24644285-the-territory#bookDetails

My Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/38362004-caitlin

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The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean Review (No Spoilers)

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When her mother dies from a snakebite, Comity’s life in the Australian outback changes forever. As her father retreats into his work, Comity turns to Fred, the Aboriginal yard boy, who becomes her only friend. But then a new assistant arrives who delights in playing cruel games. As Fred becomes his target, events spiral dangerously out of control.

This is the third Carnegie book I have read so far and although I’m not allowed to say which book I think should win the award but I think eventually you’ll be able to figure out which one I like best.

On the whole, I really enjoyed this book! It really had its highs and its lows but the lows really made the highs worthwhile. I will go into a lot more detail now don’t you worry.

Contradicting myself above, there isn’t really a lot I can say about this book. It took me a long time to read. A lot longer than it should’ve done in comparison with another book the exact same size. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. However, I think half of the plot was a bit irrelevant and we could’ve done without it. Also, that would’ve left so much room for stretching out the end scenes which I really enjoyed.

One thing I’d really like to point out is, at the beginning of the book, there is a picture of a grave and I really liked that (not that there was a grave, the fact that there was a picture.) However, that seemed to be the only picture in the book and I found that to be such a shame as that would’ve been a really great addition to the book. That might have just been my school’s copy of the book because I’ve heard there are too editions. I was disappointed with the lack of pictures but let’s focus on the writing now shall we?

I can definitely understand why Geraldine McCaughrean was chosen to write the sequel to Peter Pan as they way in which she writes is very fluid and descriptive. The descriptions she wrote in The Middle of Nowhere were really true to the Australian terrain and I think she did a really good job of making a book that is set in a deserted place seem really interesting!

I am generally not such a big fan of books that are set in Australian or African communities as I find them really hard to visualise and unfortunately I had that problem again, perhaps that’s just me but I really tried this time! I think I found the sheer number of characters the hardest thing to visualise as none of these side characters had any traits about them, they were simply just names that the reader was expected to remember. I didn’t find myself attached to any of the characters which is a shame as I think if more time was spent evolving the scenes instead of constantly referring back to the same old thing.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book was the amount of history and culture that was encased in this book. At the beginning of this book was a whole other language that was really real and was woven seamlessly into the stories. I really enjoyed flicking back and forth between the language translator and the actual story. It really added another layer to the story.

I think this story was really good for a lesson about morals for children but personally, for me, this wasn’t my cup of tea. I gave this a 3/5 stars because I really loved and appreciated all of the effort that went into researching this book. Thank you so much for reading this! All of my social media links are down below, including the Goodreads link for The Middle of Nowhere so go and check those out!

I will have another post up really soon! Talk to y’all later!

The Middle of Nowhere Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18684394-the-middle-of-nowhere

My Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/38362004-caitlin

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Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan Review (No Spoilers)

Apple and Rain

When Apple’s mother returns after eleven years of absence, Apple feels whole again. She will have an answer to her burning question – why did you go? And she will have someone who understands what it means to be a teenager – unlike Nana. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother’s homecoming is bitter sweet, and Apple wonders who is really looking after whom. It’s only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is, that she begins to see things as they really are.

Like a brilliant hybrid of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson, Sarah Crossan entices you into her world, then tells a moving, perceptive and beautifully crafted story which has the power to make you laugh and cry.

This is another book on this year’s Carnegie shortlist.

This is probably one of the hardest reviews I’ve ever had to write, because despite the fact that this book blew me away, there is not much that I can really say without giving too much away. I will try to explain this a bit better but just take my word for it. This book is amazing.

Okay, where do I start? Let’s start with writing style. The way in which Sarah Crossan writes is so beautiful, especially when she incorporates poetry so fluidly into the plot line. Argh, see I’m already mentioning plot line in the first sentence and it’s so difficult to talk about one aspect because all of these sections come together so beautifully and they create such an enthralling storyline.

Either I’m really stupid or the plot of this story was not too predictable. I mean, I wasn’t outwardly gasping at any small plot reveals but I wasn’t predicting the story in my head. I enjoyed just enjoying the story. Also, I found the plot to be incredibly gripping and I could not put it down and I managed to read the majority of this book in one sitting and then the rest the same day. I absolutely loved the settings of the book and how they contrasted with each other (obviously I can’t go into detail because of spoilery reasons). Another thing I loved about the plot was how it wasn’t repetitive in the slightest despite the fact the we know the life that the characters lead is sometimes very repetitive.

The characters were probably my favourite thing ever about this book. I mean, I close the cover after I’d finished it and immediately I wanted to start the whole thing again and jump back into the world and be with the characters again. I think my favourite of the characters would definitely have to be Del, honestly if he was real we’d be best friends because I just love him so much. His personality is so kooky and weird that he’s not your typical boy but he is certainly special. He has such a kind heart and his attitude towards Apple is so adorable. His character makes me so happy and he is so unpredictable. Another character I really loved was Apple’s English teacher, he was so inspiring and he really gave this book a new dimension.

All in all, I found this book a really enjoyable read which didn’t take anything out of me but gave me a lot to think about. Highly enjoyable, I definitely recommend it. I gave it a 5/5 stars.

Thank you so much for reading this I will have another blog post up very soon so keep an eye out for it! All of my social media links are down below, including the Goodreads link so go and check those out! Thank you so much!

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Apple and Rain Goodreads-https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22171851-apple-and-rain

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