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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Blogmas Day 9: Holiday Book Reviews!

Hey Girls,

Welcome to Blogmas Day 9!

If you didn't know already, reading is one of my favourite past-times. I absolutely love to read and I often get through multiple books in only a few weeks. I love everything about books, from the story line, to the characters, to even the front cover. I love arranging them on my bookshelf - they look so pretty! I also ften find myself purchasing a whole heap of books and having them sit on my bookshelf for months on end while I get through the heap that I had purchased before. It is kind of like an endless cycle, but I do get to them all eventually.


I have found myself with a lot of time on my hands these past few weeks, which has meant that I have been able to read a few books on my TBR (to be read) shelf. Of these books, I read To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han (my favourite author! She wrote my favourite book series ever - The Summer I Turned Pretty), We Were Liars by E.Lockhart, Cruel Beauty by Rossamund Hodge, and I started reading My True Love Gave to Me, written by 12 different authors and edited by Stephanie Perkins. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of these books, so I thought, why not put together a few mini reviews for these novels?! Here is what I have to say about each of them:

1. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han





I literally just finished this book (like seriously 5 minutes ago), before I sat down to write this review. OMG!! Let me just say that I absolutely LOVED this book. Jenny Han has done it again, she's written yet another novel which has pulled at my heartstrings and left me hanging for more. I am so happy that there is going to be a sequel, but it is being released some time next year and I can't wait that long, I need to read it NOW!


Anyway, I'll get on to the review. 
So basically, there is this girl named Lara Jean who writes a letter to all the boys she has ever loved before, well pretty much all the boys she has ever had an intense crush on, that gives her closure when she realises that she can never be with them. 

"They're not love letters in the strictest sense of the word. My letters are for when I don't want to be in love any more. They're for goodbye. Because after I write my love letter, I'm no longer consumed by my all-consuming love."

She addresses these letters and keeps them in a teal hatbox that her mother gave to her when she was young. She never intends to send them as they contain her inner-most thoughts. However, when these letters somehow do get sent out to all the boys she has loved before, her life turns upside down. 

I won't reveal any more because you'll just have to read it for yourself to understand its amazing-ness,  but if you're a fan of young adult romantic novels, you'll love it! It is so relatable:

"I can sing along to love songs and not be singing them to him"

 and it really melts your heart. Following Lara Jean as she navigates the teenage world of love is so cute! The ending will also leave you begging for more!  


2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart



This book has now earned a space in my all time favourites book list. It is one of the best books I have ever, ever read! I was left reeling from it for days afterwards, and ended up recommending it to all of my friends, and even forced my mum to read it, she loved it by the way. 

"Haunting, sophisticated . . . a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents."--Wall Street Journal

As the back of the book says "Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE", so I can't really tell you much about this book, and also the less you know the better. I went into reading it knowing next to nothing about the storyline, but that is the best way to do it. It'll make it even better, take my word on it. Also, to show how good it was, it was awarded the Number 1 Young Adult Fiction Book of 2014 by Goodreads! So, I'll give you the blurb and nothing else, because I really want all of you to read it without knowing too much! I 100% recommend this book to all of my blog readers because I loved it so much, and if you read it and love it as much I do, then leave me a comment down below telling me your thoughts! 

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends - the Liars - whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The Truth.


See, even the blurb doesn't give much away.


3. Cruel Beauty by Rossamund Hodge




This genre of book isn't what I typically go for. It contained a few aspects of the supernatural, and this was something that I hadn't read about before. However, the storyline in this novel was really beautiful and I ended up loving it! I had first heard about this novel in a video by Elle Fowler (one of my fave YouTubers) where she had reviewed it, and every book that she has raved about and that I have bought has always been a hit (The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, and Divergent, all way before they became super popular). So, I decided to give this book a try, and picked it up from a bookstore in the USA when I had gone on there on a holiday in May this year. However, I didn't manage to get to it until 2 weeks ago, and I ended up reading it within about 4 days. It was such a sweet tale. In English class this term at school also, we learnt a lot about appropriations of fairytales, and this novel as well as We Were Liars which mentions quite a number of tales, shows how large of an influence they have had on modern literature. I don't mean to get all educational, but I think that it is a good point to bring forward - education and reading is so important, and also it pays to listen in class - the benefits are awesome!

Cruel Beauty is an appropriation of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, with an aspect of the supernatural intertwined. This novel is set in a world that is ruled by demons, and in a past time, as the people worship ancient greco-roman Gods. However, the people also have access to some sort of magic also known as Hermetic Arts, which acts in a way, like a form of technology and electricity, which makes it seem that their society could be quite progressive.  The story follows a 17 year old girl named Nyx who has been told all her life that she will marry the King demon, known as the Gentle Lord, as the price paid for a deal made by her father before she was born. Nyx's mother was unable to have any children, so her husband (Nyx's father) made a bargain with the Gentle Lord that if his wife would have twin daughters, when one of them reached the age of 17 they would become his wife. Nyx's father is also part of this council which has a sole purpose of defeating the Gentle Lord and the demons, as they have ruled the land for 900 years, and have brought cruelty and danger amongst the city. Therefore, Nyx has been trained her whole life to defeat the Gentle Lord through the use of this magic power, and she is not happy about it, she is quite bitter actually. So she marries the Gentle Lord, and lives in his tower. This tower is not as it seems and has many secrets, and her mission as taught to her for many years by her father and the council is to use the Hermetic Arts to unlock the four elements in the house - fire, air, water, and earth - to defeat the Gentle Lord and essentially destroy demon rule. So she goes in there with a duty to her people, but ends up falling in love with the Gentle Lord. Conflicted by her duty and her love, Nyx encounters many hardships. Cruel Beauty is an explosive novel with a passionate love story which endures the test of time.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and really loved the characters and storyline. It was a really great novel.


4. My True Love Gave to Me - edited by Stephanie Perkins



Ahh this book is so pretty! That is what I firstly have to say about this novel. The picture of this book right at the top of the post is different to the one that I purchased, it is still quite nice, however I think that the copy I own is much more beautiful. The copy of My True Love Gave to Me that I own is shown just above. It is has a gorgeous blue hardback cover with gold detailing and writing, and a pretty gold ribbon page marker. The most amazing thing however, is the hot pink colour on the outside of all of the pages. It is so gorgeous!!! It is the prettiest and most special book I own.

My True Love Gave to Me is a collection of 12 winter holiday romances written by 12 different amazing authors and edited by Stephanie Perkins! The authors include:  Ally Carter, Holly Black, Laini Taylor, Rainbow Rowell, Matt de la Pena, David Levithan, Stephanie Perkins, Kiersten White, Kelly Link, Jenny Han (yay!!), Gayle Forman, Myra McEntire. 

I have only completely read one short story of the 12 and have only started on a second. The first I read was Midnights by Rainbow Rowell and I loved it! It was so sweet and romantic. I have started reading a second, and it is Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link. I have only gotten about halfway through the story but it isn't my favourite so far. I'll have to read the rest and see what I think of it afterwards. 

If you are a fan of sweet, romantic, fluffy, heart-warming stories, then you'll love this book. It is perfect for the holiday season and really gets you into a festive mood. 




I hope you have enjoyed my mini book reviews for each of these novels that I have read these past few weeks. They have all been really great and I recommend all of these books to you, especially if you love to read.

Let me know if you have read any of these books, or if you have been loving any books lately, by leaving a comment below :)


Thanks for Reading,

Carissa

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