I’m Sorry

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I’m writing this quick post to basically apologise for being so absent over the last month and a half. In the middle of September, my life has taken a dramatic turn and to say my blog has gone on the back burner is an understatement.

But, I’m back now. I can’t let my personal issues and anxieties get in the way of doing what I love. Which has made me realise I need to do more with this blog and talk about my passions, particularly diversity in literature. That’s what I hope to start doing and I really hope you all love it!

So thank you if you’ve stuck around during my absence and I can’t wait to post some new content and be more active on here.

A x

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The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

 

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Lennon (a.k.a Lennie) the main character of Jandy Nelson’s ‘The Sky Is Everywhere” is many things. She’s a clarinet player, a radical poetry writer and a lover of Wuthering Heights. She’s also grieving the death of her sister Bailey. Although Lennie and Bailey have grown up without a Mother figure in their life, that was ok. Their mum was off on an adventure, and besides, they had their eccentric Gram, their charismatic Uncle Big… and most importantly, they had each other. That is until Bailey suddenly dies while rehearsing for the role of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. How can you begin to understand the loss of your sister, your best friend, your roommate and confidant?

Lennie is a broken person without her sister. She always thought she was the sidekick to her sisters superhero, and was complacent walking in her shadow. Her and Bailey faced the world together and now she feels like she has nothing. This is reflected in her poetry –

grief is a house where no one can protect you

where the younger sister

will grow older than the older one”

She finds comfort in Bailey’s boyfriend Toby because she feels like he’s the only one who could possibly understand what she’s going through.

This is until the vibrant Joe Fontaine shows up. He’s a multi-talented musician who has joined Lennie’s music group and has a smile that could light up the entirety of New York City. Joe is the rainbow on a rainy day. Now I must say that what Joe and Lennie have is the definition of insta-love, which was kind of confusing but Joe was just so cute, I couldn’t be that mad. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say they fall madly for each other. But Lennie’s emotions are also ridiculously skewed because of what she’s going through. I love Lennie and Joe’s relationship nonetheless. I’d love to hear the beautiful music they would make together.

Now, onto the topic of grief. Damn, I need to stop reading books about grief for a while because I think it’s making me depressed and causing me to have an existential crisis. Now, as a nurse, I deal with grief everyday. I see people take their last breaths, I see families torn apart by death. Hell, sometimes I cry for days on end in secret when my patient’s have died. But mostly, I’m a professional and I can’t let myself dwell on people’s deaths or I’d drive myself mad with the misery. But when I read books like this… it brings it all back and hits me like a truck. Why do you do this to yourself Aurora!?

I really liked this book, though admittedly it wasn’t as good as Jandy Nelson’s other book “I’ll Give You The Sun” which I conveniently never wrote a review for. But for now, it’s time for myself and books about grief to take a break. I give this book 4/5.

A x

If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

if there's no tomorrowI’d like to say a big thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The release date for this book was the 21/08/2017.
This just wasn’t very… good. I don’t know… It just felt so “I’m gonna write a YA novel about *spins wheel* GRIEF and teens who *picks note out of hat* DRINK DRIVE while the love interest is *rock, paper, scissors* THE BOY NEXT DOOR”. It just really felt like no effort went into it.

Our main character Lena has to make it clear to you that she’s NOT like other girls because she READS ALL THE TIME (very intellectual books like ACOTAR mind you). And also she’s SO AVERAGE. Lena’s best friend Sebastian lives next door to her, they’ve been friends since they were 8. Conveniently, he’s also the most attractive and popular guy in school and of course Lena is secretly in love with him but they’re just friends and he’d never be interested in her (because she’s average).

Basically the first half of this book is Lena pining over Sebastian while pretending she doesn’t love him, even though everyone else is like GIIIRL this is more obvious than Trump being a racist misogynistic orange. This is until the big thing happens which I won’t spoil but basically something bad happens which changes Lena’s life and leaves her with a LOT of guilt. The rest of the book is her coming to terms with the guilt, trying to rebuild her friendships and try and find herself again. Basically, this is a less well done version of Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner.

If you’ve read Armentrout’s other book ‘The Problem With Forever’ then don’t bother with this. The writing is exactly the same, the characters are THE SAME… it’s just a slightly different plot. Seriously, Sebastian is literally just Rider. Nothing happens in this book, it isn’t well executed and I don’t know how it got dragged out to 384 pages. I give it 2/5 stars.

A x

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

 

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What can I say about this book that hasn’t been said before. It is mesmerising, beautiful and so unbelievably heartbreaking.

Lazlo Strange, junior librarian and fairytale lover from the city of Zosma dreams of a different place; a different life. He dreams of Weep, the unseen city. A place of greatness, magic, gods and monsters. Lazlo is awkward, quiet, and always has his head in a book (hello self!)… and above all, he’s a dreamer. He is ‘Strange the Dreamer‘. When an opportunity arises to go to the city of Weep, Lazlo jumps at the chance. He comes to find that the stories he’s heard, aren’t all they seem.

Okay everyone, the way Laini Taylor writes is actually magic… I don’t understand how she strings sentences together that are so incredible. It’s a 530 page book, but it just goes so quickly! The characters are all unique and agh, just SOO good. Lazlo is the cutest little cinnamon roll who I want to hug forever and make him a big mug of hot chocolate and just talk to. He’s so imaginative and glorious. Now there are going to be some spoilers from now on, yee have been warned!

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July 2017 Wrap Up

Well, well, well… July was another crappy reading month for me! I don’t know what’s happening to me lately but I really need to pick up my game! I read 5 books which is less than last month. Maybe I need to start setting TBR’s for a little while even though I don’t really like them. I think I’ll see how I go in August and if I’m still not reading much, I will do a TBR for September.

What I read in July:

  • Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
  • The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I’d love to know what you read in July, let me know below!

A x

 

The Liebster Award

Wow, thank you so much to my talented, intelligent and amazing bi-furious unicorn Romie @ romiewedeservelove for nominating me for the Liebster award. Everyone, please check her out. Her blog posts are so insightful.

What is the Liebster Award?

“Liebster” is a German word meaning beloved, dearest, sweetheart, or darling.

For bloggers, the Liebster Award is an online recognition given by other bloggers to new bloggers for enjoying or appreciating their work. It highlights up and coming blogs.

Once nominated, a blogger is asked to answer 11 questions provided by the nominating blogger.  They are then expected to nominate 11 other favorite new bloggers and come up with a list of 11 new questions for those nominees.

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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

I’d like to say a big thank you to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster (Australia) for providing me with an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Australian publication date for this book is the 1st of October, 2017.

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They Both Die at the End is set in our world, with one tiny difference. The difference being that on the day that someone is going to die, they get a call from “Death-Cast”, (known as the alert) informing them they will die. Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio are both ‘Deckers’ (someone who has gotten the alert). Mateo is a shy eighteen year old, who wants to use his last day doing something he’s never done before – live without hesitation! Rufus on the other hand is a confident but lost seventeen year old. His parents and sister have recently died, and he receives his alert as he’s beating up his ex-girlfriends new boyfriend. By chance, Mateo and Rufus both download and friend each other on the Last Friend app – an app to find someone to spend your Death Day with, and spend the day together is exactly what they do.

“The only thing I can confidently rule out is dying of old age.” – Mateo Torrez

This book is absolutely unique and beautiful. It explores so many themes with such subtlety and grace, such as friendship, love, grief, isolation and death. The book is mostly told from alternating perspectives of Mateo and Rufus, but we also get the third person tales of different people throughout the city – some have relations to Mateo and Rufus, whilst others are seemingly random. What you’ll come to find as you progress through the book is that nothing is random within it. Every characters life intertwines so majestically, I feel privileged to have been able to read it. The concept itself is so intriguing and really got me thinking, if you knew today was the day you would die, would you live it differently? Should we live every day as if it was our last? I know for me, sometimes I let my own apathy and inverted-ness tie me down. I’ll sit at home watching Netflix when I could be making memories. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but this book definitely made me think about how to live my life to the fullest. But, I digress…

Reading a book like this is a strange experience. You know what’s going to happen in the end – it’s right there in the title. It makes you want to guard yourself against falling in love with these characters… BUT I FELL. I FELL HARD. The boys are just so wonderfully written that you can’t help it. They are so beautiful and pure and they don’t bloody deserve to get the call!!! I’m so mad, I’m so sad and I’m so heartbroken. But I also feel happy to have read about Mateo and Rufus, to have learned about their lives and their friends and families. To watch them both grow within the span of one day. This book is one of a kind and gets 5/5 from MOI!

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A x