“WHEREVER I AM, IF I’VE GOT A BOOK WITH ME, I HAVE A PLACE I CAN GO AND BE HAPPY” – J.K. ROWLING
Introducing the AOTR Book Club! Rather than publishing my top 10 books twice a year, I’ve decided to take on the challenge and review 4 books every month. I’ll give each book a short summary (without spoilers), my personal star rating, and will finish each post with a list of the books I plan to review the following month. I hope you can read along with me!
GIRLS ON FIRE
If you enjoy a good quality thriller, particularly dark and gritty with destructive/obsessive friendships, then this is a book you need to read. This book is pretty messed up, but it’s so addicting I just couldn’t put it down. Wasserman has done an incredible job in creating and executing this dazzling story. It takes a fascinating journey into the psychology of dangerous co-dependent relationships that can quickly form between teenage girls – the desire to fit in and have a best-friend. It’s enough to make you worry about what teenagers get up to and thankful for no longer being one. I highly recommend this enthralling novel.
Look, you can kind of tell where this book is going from the get go, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the journey. Everything Everything was a cute and easy read following some emotionally intense books – I needed the break. I loved how the format/illustrations made this book unique and a bit of fun. I liked the characters, their cute little romance and that final scene? Can I get a NAAAWWWW! I liked the balance between light-heartedness and seriousness and would definitely recommend for a quality quick read!
TWISTED TALES: AS OLD AS TIME
Beauty and the Beast is my all time favourite Disney film, so I was excited to hear that Braswell’s third novel in the Twisted Tales series was based on a story I have loved for as long as I can remember. Similar to the other two books in the series, it follows the movie plot up until one crucial moment and then completely contorts. This magical twist on a much-loved Disney movie will dazzle you as it delves so much deeper than the Beauty and Beast film and has answers to a lot of questions critics had about the original movie. This was my favourite book of the three in the series. Once Upon a Dream follows as a close second but A Whole New World was a bit disappointing – though I still recommend having a read of them to decide for yourself!
I AM THE MESSENGER
Zusak had my heart after reading ‘The Book Thief’ so I felt it necessary to read ‘I am the Messenger’ and hoped that I would enjoy it just as much; and I did! It was a fantastic! Though you can not compare the two, they are completely different to each other. ‘I am the Messenger’ is unlike anything I’ve read before. The story, the setting, the journey – all of it was so unexpected and unique. Essentially, 19-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy foils a bank robbery and soon finds himself receiving cryptic messages in the mail written on playing cards. I found Ed to be a really likeable character and I love the way the story was written. The ending wasn’t what I was expecting, but it ended well. I definitely recommend this to YA fans and I look forward to reading more from Markus Zusak in the future.
I’ll be reviewing:
- Perks of Being a Wallflower: Stephen Chbosky
- The Dazzling Heights: Katharine McGee
- All the Light We Cannot See: Anthony Doerr
- Memoirs of a Geisha: Arthur Golden
If you happen to have read or are planning to read one or more of these, please link me if you’ve reviewed them, and I will share your link in my post next month!
As always, would love recommendations!