Monday, 18 April 2016

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black :: hand me a spoon and i'll eat the writing

20875019
Publisher: Hachette
Release Date: January 12th 2016
Source: From the Publisher!
Purchase: Mighty Ape | Book Depository | Amazon
Read it in: 3 hours
Word Rating: MAGNIFICENT
Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?


REVIEW

"Once, there was a girl who vowed she would save everyone in the world, but forgot herself."


Oh, how I love this book! From the first page in, I was completely and utterly sucked into the excitement of the adventure that THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST holds. And I was terribly, terribly sad to leave when the book finished!

Holly Black's writing is so gorgeous it reads like honey dripping off a spoon. It's dreamlike and tranquil but manages to keep you on your toes at the same time and just AHHHH! I could've eaten it, it was so delicious.


"Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill monsters and feel quite proud of themselves."


The characters are so full of soul and feeling and by the end of the book I felt like the characters were FAMILY. I wanted to give all the characters a squishy hug throughout TDPOTF but also a smack sometimes because GRRRR some of the decisions they made, while they were selfless and were meant for good but were so stupid and frustrating at the same time!

I loved how on edge I felt the whole time! The twists and turns in here, as well as the action-packed adventure made for an absolutely nail biting read although the tranquil writing soothed the pace down a little which was something I really enjoyed. It was an excellent mix!




Basically this book is absolutely full to the brim with magnificence. From the stunning writing that pours through the book like witty honey, to the characters that grab your heart and don't let go, to the story, the adventure, that stays in your mind long after you've finished it.


"We love until we do not. For us, love doesn't fade gradually. It snaps like a branch bent too far."


::Thank you Hachette for for the review copy!::



WHAT BOOKS HAVE YOU READ WHERE THE WRITING IS SO BEAUTIFUL YOU WANT TO EAT IT?? I WOULD LOVE RECOMMENDATIONS! AND HAVE YOU READ THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST? WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT?!

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin :: HELLO BOOK THAT BROKE MY HEART INTO A MILLION PIECES

26092473 Publisher: Hachette
Release Date: November 5th 2015
Source: From the Publisher!
Purchase: Mighty Ape | Book Depository | Amazon
Read it in: 5-6 hours
Word Rating:MY HEARRRRRT.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor's ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year's only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin's brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael's every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

 REVIEW


Do you know what one of favourite things of the bookish world is? It's discovering an author that can pull of a great book in one genre and then jump to another genre and pull of that book even more so. Meet Ryan Graudin: an author who will give you just that and MORE.

WOLF BY WOLF is one of those rare books that from page one you just know that you're never going to have read anything like this before. That it's a read that is going to have to be read slowly, carefully, treasuring the moments that you do spend time with it for the first time because you know it reading it will never be the same again once you've finished it.

I'm a historical nut. I think I've told you this before but I'll tell you again: History is one of my great loves, right up there with reading itself and I hate nothing more then when people try to rewrite history and it goes wrong. So even though Historical fiction is my favourite genre, it's the genre I'm  the most pickiest about and it is so rare for me to find a historical fiction book - like WOLF BY WOLF - where I don't have one problem or complaint with it.

I couldn't find one fault with WOLF BY WOLF. The writing is so exquisite and weaves a story so strong that you literally can't tear yourself away from it's pages. The characters are so real they feel like they're sitting right beside you, breathing over your shoulder, waiting for you to finish and then asking, "What did you think?"

I felt like I had left friends behind upon finishing this book. Enemies too! It was like waving an incredibly reluctant bittersweet goodbye when I closed WOLF BY WOLF'S pages, I knew that my friends story wasn't over yet but the fact that I had to wait so long till I got to see / visit them again left a very bitter taste in my mouth.

So please: read this book if not for me, for the utterly horrific, entwiningly beautiful story that lies like a secret inside this book. You won't regret it, I promise.

::Thank you Hachette for the review copy!!!::




AHEM. SO OBVIOUSLY YOU'RE GOING TO GO READ WOLF BY WOLF RIIIIIIIGHT NOW, YES?! BUT TELL ME: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE HISTORICAL FICTION BOOK???! I WANT TO KNOW!
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