Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Tiger Lily

Written by: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Published by: Orchard
Pages: 301
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This is a love story unlike any you've ever heard...
Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings...until she meets Peter Pan in the forbidding woods of Neverland. Immediately, she falls under his spell - holding him like a secret in her heart.
Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Reckless and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. She will risk everything - her family, her future - to be with him.
But Tiger Lily soon discovers that the most dangerous enemy can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

My Rating: 5/5

I have been wanting to read this book for so long! It was always just staring at me on my Amazon wishlist wanting me to pick it. Because, come on! just look at the cover. But as soon as I  read the synopsis, I was committed and added it straight to my shopping cart. Which was why I was so happy that this book did not let me down and it lived up to the really high expectations that I had put upon it.
After realising that the books perspective is with Tinkerbell I fell in love with it a little bit more. How could you not?! It's Tinkerbell! But it wasn't only this that drew me into the book. It was also the writing style of Jodi Lynn Anderson. It is so descriptive, unique and heartbreakingly touching that it helps you get a really clear idea of Tiger Lily's personality as well as the place and world of Neverland. It allows you to create a definitive picture in your mind of what you are reading and helps you to get lost in the pages. 
You fall in love with all of the characters through it so much that you can be conflicted and confused on whether you should be angry, sad or happy with one over the other. But it is the characters of Tiger Lily and Tinkerbell that I felt and connected with more. Tiger Lily with her strength and confidence yet struggles to fit in and feel loved in her tribe. And Tinkerbell with her constant protectiveness and loyalty that she gives to the people that mostly ignore her. 
Not one could of guessed the way her heart pounded. "I've saved the Englander," she said. Everyone scattered. 
Throughout the book you are kept being reminded that you are reading from Tinkerbell's perspective, which is a such cute and sensitive touch by Anderson, with phrases that are have a childlike naivety but also with an adult like protectiveness and wisdom that is so contrasting it adds huge depth to Tinkerbell as a character. So much so, I couldn't help but get a little angry when she was ignored and swatted away. Especially when she was trying to help! But ultimately it allows the readers to view it from a unique outsiders perspective rather than the normal feeling as though it is happening to you. Giving the advantage of getting a clearer understanding and insight of the characters.
To love someone was not what she expected. It was like falling from somewhere high up and breaking in half, and only one person having the secret puzzle of putting her together.
But it wasn't just Tinkerbell that made this book special, it was subtle and stunning ways in which Anderson weaved in dark and slightly disturbing scenes that made you just gasp out loud with the surprise. As well as effectively weaving in the parts of the original storyline and mixing it with her original story. Creating a beautiful and endearing contrast and giving a whole new take on the beloved Peter Pan story. 
I for one know that I will never be able to watch Peter Pan without looking at the relationships and characters in a new light. As well as feeling an undeniable urge to buy every Jodi Lynn Anderson book. 
It is just that she was fifteen once for the first time, and Peter walked across her heart, and left his footprints here.
Overall this story constantly makes you feel happy and sad all at the same time. It stays with you long after you have read it and enchants you with the amazing characters of Tiger Lily and Tinkerbell. I recommended this book with all the levels of amazingness that it needs and encourage that you won't be disappointed.

Tiger Lily
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Friday, 23 May 2014

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour

Written By: Morgan Matson
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 352
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It wouldn't be a road trip without some detours...
Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it's Amy's responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn't ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip - and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar - especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory - but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way. 

My Rating: 5/5

First off I have to say this book is just epic. The characters, the plot, the pace and the relationships within this book are just so lovely that, once I started, I just couldn't put this book down! I love how the main relationship of Amy and Roger gradually grew, it wasn't just thrown in your face straight away. You could see, as a reader, how it was changing, even when the characters weren't really seeing it. Plus both characters were written so brilliantly that you couldn't help but fall in love with them and their self-journeys that both were undertaking. Ah, it was just so cute! Even the side characters were cute, Bronwyn made me laugh and smile constantly.

          "This is just a detour" I clarified.
           "Just a detour," Roger agreed, nodding.

What I also loved about this book was the illustrations and pictures that are slotted within the story. The playlists pages were particularly cute. It gave the book much more depth as it is if you are seeing actual evidence of their road trip. You really feel as though you are a part of the trip and witnessing Amy's life. Also I loved the fact that the author actually took the road trip that Amy and Roger do as it makes it feel as though their journey is more lifelike and real, not just something fictional, with made up towns and places.

         "I'm back," I said softly, "you glorious old pile of rocks. Did you miss me?"

Honestly, I can't get enough of this book, and I know that it will always be one that I would have to read and read and read again. Ultimately what was so special about this book was the character growth and depth that was key in the progression of this book. Both Amy and Roger needed closure and resolution of the difficulties they had, but it wasn't dealt with suddenly. It was subtle and prolonging which fit with the pace within the story. Seriously epic book.

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
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Monday, 19 May 2014

Half Bad

Written by: Sally Green
Published by: Puffin Books (UK)
Pages: 380
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You can't read, can't write but you heal fast, even for a witch.
You get sick if you stay indoors after dark.
You hate White Witches but love Annalise, who is one.
You've been kept in a cage since you were fourteen.
All you've got to do is escape and find Mercury,the Black Witch who eats boys. And do that before your seventeenth birthday.
Easy.

My Rating: 4/5 

I am very conflicted about this book because while I love the writing style and world of this book I have different views on the pacing and some of the romance aspects within it. The book follows Nathan a half white and half black witch born in a world of white and bad witches being at war with each other. White witches hate black witches and are tasked with the extermination of them. 

     That's the mantra I repeat to myself. There are millions, billions, of possible futures.
     And I won't kill him. I know that. He's my father.
     I won't kill him.

What I found most interesting about this book was how it was written in second person narrative. It was unique and is extremely effective in drawing you into the book and making you connect with the main character Nathan. Having said this, I felt the pace of the book let it down a little, which is why I personally gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I felt that the first half of the book you were just waiting for it to pick up and it got slightly boring when it didn't. However the second half of the book felt rushed as in the major conflict just happened. It didn't feel like it was important, when it was meant to be. 

    A whistle sounds: a Hunter's call to her partner. Now I run. 

Although I felt the pace of the book let it down a little, I fell in love with the character of Nathan. His naivety and strong willed personality made him shine in my eyes, as he sounded like a child but acted like an adult which I thought was very unique and strangely comforting. Which is why I had a little trouble connecting with his love interest as I felt she was not good enough for him and something seemed a little off with her. But all in all the characters within the book added to the intrigue and you couldn't help but fall in love with some of them. 

Honestly I was stuck when trying to rate this book, because I absolutely adore the character of Nathan but I wasn't too thrilled with how the book was paced, which I talked about before. So 
If you are looking for a book that has some dark and disturbing aspects but with characters that set the books tone and intrigue then I would say that this book would be perfect. The writing style and characters allow you to immerse yourself in their world and be down right shocked and scared,when reading about Nathan's exploits,makes this book a fantastic read.  Yet just be warned that the pace of the book starts off a little slow but it is worth it to keep reading to find out the twists and turns that Sally Green effectively produces. 

Half Bad (Half Life, #1)
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