Review: The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

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The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK Children’s

Published December 12th 2016 by Penguin

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Fiction

Pages: 311

Format: e-book

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* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life.

With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home.

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ARC Review: Room Empty by Sarah Mussi (Spoiler Free)

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Room Empty by Sarah Mussi

Series: standalone

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

Expected publication: April 6th, 2017

Genres: YA, Contemporary

Pages: 304

Format: ARC

Buy: Book Depository | Amazon

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

Fletcher and Dani are fighting their own inner demons just to stay alive. Dani is ravaged by anorexia and hasn’t eaten for days. Fletcher is fighting to stay off the streets and to stay off drugs. Will their attraction to each other save or destroy them?

Both patients at the Daisy Bank Rehab Centre, Fletcher wants to help Dani find out about the Room Empty at the heart of her pain: What happened to Dani in that room when she was four? Whose is the dead body that lies across the door? Why won’t her mind let her remember?
As Dani and Fletcher begin to learn how to love, Sarah Mussi weaves an intoxicating story of pain, fear and redemption.

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Review: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (no spoilers)

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The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Corgi Childrens

November 1st 2016

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, YA

Pages: 348

Format: Paperback

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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Review: The Killing Game by J.S. Carol (no spoilers)

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The Killing Game by J.S. Carol

Series: Standalone

Published by Bookouture

October 13th 2016

Genres: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Pages: 380

Format: E-book

Buy: Amazon

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions, are as always, my own.*

Publicist JJ Johnson is having lunch when a masked, armed gunman walks in and takes everyone hostage – including Hollywood’s hottest stars. JJ can make any problem disappear and turn ordinary people into global superstars. But this is one situation way out of her control.

As word spreads of the siege, the hostage victims are bargaining for their lives against a twisted individual who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

With the bomb designed to detonate if the gunman’s heart rate changes, killing him is not an option. But with only four hours to stop him, JJ will have to think fast to stop a terrifying nightmare becoming reality.

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Review: All That Remains by Al Barrera

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All That Remains by Al Barrera

Series: Standalone

Published by Al Barrera

Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Fantasy

Pages: 353

Format: E-book

Buy: Amazon

* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions, are as always, my own.*

The old world is dead, and humanity struggles to survive in the shadows of the new one. Kyle, Sara, and Tim are scavengers, hiding in the remains of human civilization from the hungry things that destroyed it. Living on the few items that haven’t rotted in the thirteen years since civilization was wiped out.

But something has shown itself: A terrible creature that betrays an intelligence in the madness of the creatures that rule the planet.

When the group finds Kaylee, a little girl who claims to know of a safe haven somewhere in Tennessee, they embark on a desperate journey to find it. Memory and loss, depravity and salvation— their last run will put them face to face with horrors of both man and monsters the likes of which they’ve never seen.

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Review: The Story Traveler by Max Candee

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The Story Traveler by Max Candee

Series: Standalone

Published by Helvetic House

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Middle Grade

Pages: 239

Format: E-book

Buy: Amazon

  • Received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review

Stories aren’t real … or are they?

Fifteen-year-old Haley Spade is enrolled in an exclusive boarding school in Connecticut. This school has a grim mythology: Everyone believes that the angry ghosts of six students who committed suicide decades ago still haunt its halls.

On a dare, Haley spends a night wandering through the “haunted” building. But she takes a wrong turn into a dizzying adventure of stories made real, stories within stories, worlds within worlds. She encounters magical creatures like the King of the Cats, a shapeshifting crow, elves—and a menace far more terrifying than any ghost.

Suspenseful, fast and rooted in several fairy tales, The Story Traveler captures our yearning to be more than what we are. Haley’s bizarre journey will leave her and the reader wondering: What is reality?

Genre: Middle Grade / Young Adult adventure.

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Review: Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell (no spoilers)

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Melody’s Key by Dallas Coryell

Series: Standalone

Genres: New Adult, Romantic

Pages: 305

Format: Ebook

Buy: Amazon 

 

  • Received from the Author in exchange for a honest review, thank you!

“His eyes settled on her…piercing green embers of flame that revealed the ferocity of his pain and passion, yet still shrouded him under veils of ever deepening mystery that made every ounce of her ache to unravel him.”

Tegan Lockwood’s dreams were dead, sacrificed on the noble altar of duty before they ever had a chance to live. Her entire existence was disappearing into the abyss of apathy as she labored her days away keeping her family’s struggling business alive. There would be no emotion, no color, no beauty in her life. That is, until a mysterious visitor begins to draw her out of the darkness of her past towards something that will challenge the boundaries of her world, and unlock the most deeply held secrets of her heart.

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This book talks about a girl named Tegan Lockwood that lives in Lymington –  I’m amazed to see that when I checked it to do my review I actually had the feeling that I already know this town just by the descriptions in the book and it looks so beautiful and peaceful! – with her family that runs a business, Lockwood Holiday.

She is a very closed person that finds refugee in making music, writing what is in her heart  based on all the letters she has from her ancestors tragic love story. She never let anyone see her lyrics, not even her only friend – Simon. But that is about to end when Mason Keane, a pop star from America appears in her life. She sees herself actually falling for him and sharing more than she ever could with anyone. But not everything is that easy.  Their path has just began and not everyone is has nice as Tegan.

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I love this book’s feeling! It mixes old and modern elements and it’s just the perfect combination!

He made the connection between an old-school romance through letters that made Tegan be who she is and that’s what I love the most. The book is passed in the modern days but the romance going on is an old-school type of romance which made it a lot special to me! Because normally a new adult book tends to be more modern if you know what I mean.

When I first started this book I wasn’t sure where this was going. I knew it was a romance but there where many parts in the book that actually surprised me because I couldn’t figure out what was going to happen. Even tho it has cliché moments it also has surprising ones!

This was such a sweet story! It contained letters, lyrics and amazing characters!

I loved Tegan! She is such a talented girl, a bit naive sure but I really liked her as a person, although she is a teenager with some teenage issues, I actually managed to relate a tiny bit with her! And Mason… ah he is a bit troubled but he as a good heart! I really liked him, especially with Tegan. Simon seemed like a very great guy but I have to say that I am dying to know a bit more about Simon… 

But one of the things I totally loved was Tegan’s family. They have such a wonderful relation! And such a big family! Ah I would love to enter in this book and meet them! I was a really big fan of them! Especially the parents!

To conclude I thought that this book’s title was really good! I loved the meaning and how it was brought up!

 


I don’t really read many new adult books but I was glad that I read this one! It was wonderful and I am really happy that I had the pleasure to read this book thanks to the author! I can say that I never read a book in my computer so this was my first – and I have to say that my eye almost died and that way it took me longer than it should have to read it – and I would love to see this book published because I would totally buy it  – yes I am that big of a fan of paper! – and read it again!

Also there is a lot of lyrics in the book that makes it so much more by playing them! So…

 

MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT THE MUSICS:

If you want to check out the others click here.

 

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Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Walker Books

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Pages: 215

Format: Paperback

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The monster showed up just after midnight. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild.

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First of all I will start by saying that this book is marked as horror and as middle grade in Goodreads and in my opinion that is a bit wrong. It’s not a horror story like you are going to be scared… What happens is the type of realistic horror, the horrors that happen in life; and not because it has a monster. That takes me to my next point; I TOTALLY do NOT agree with this book being a middle grade book. I wouldn’t give this book to every kid, sure some may be okay reading it but I bet there’s a lot of kids that wouldn’t. It’s too powerful of a story, it’s extremely sad and I think what is most great about kids is their naiveness and positiveness and this book takes that away exposing the reality of life.

With this said, let’s start with the review guys!

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.

For a book this short, this book sure has a lot of things to say! I would say my ultimate feeling about this book is just WOW. Yeah, that pretty much sums it up 😛

This book took me totally by surprise in the best way….  And for me this is for sure a 5 stars book. It as everything it needs and although it’s a painful sad story, it’s beautiful. Maybe this book affected me more because I can partially relate to Conor but still I think this book could put anyone crying rivers.

!WARNING: SPOILERS ahead!!

Ahhh how can I even begin to express my feelings after reading this book?? I was definitely  so sooooo choked. That was NOT how I imagined it happening; that was NOT how it was suppose to happen and still, SINCE THE BEGINNING HE KNEW SHE WAS GOING TO DIE AND SO DID I BUT IT STILL FELT LIKE A BOMB… I cried cried cried…

This book teaches a lot about life in a certain creepy way. It’s a tale that draws on elements of classic horror stories to express loss… It shows Conor’s horrifying emotional ride as his mother’s inevitable death approaches.

The monster appears walking takin the form of a yew tree that has healing properties.

He says that he is going to tell Conor 3 tales and that he as to tell him his tale in the end. With them he teaches and prepares Conor to face is fears for him to be able to heal, and that’s what the forth tale is all about. These tales are simple and complex at the same time and have a huge moral to them.

But even tho the end is obvious you don’t want to believe it! You start being just like Conor… I was SO NOT prepared for this end! But now I am super excited in seeing how will the movie be in October!! >.<

This book is for sure the book that touched me most until today. And I would for sure recommend it to “EVERYBODY”, but remember that it is a powerful book, it breaks your heart and your soul in half and still you will love it immensely .

***I found it also funny that is published by WALKER books 😛 get it? LOL***

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Have you read this book?

How did it impact you??

Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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The Girl on the Train 

Author: Paula Hawkins

Publisher: Black Swan

Genres: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Adult

Pages: 409

Format: Paperback

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THE RUNAWAY SUNDAY TIMES NO.1 BESTSELLER AND THRILLER OF THE YEAR

‘Really great suspense novel. Kept me up most of the night. The alcoholic narrator is dead perfect’ STEPHEN KING

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.

Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…

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People compare this book a lot with Gone Girl. Sure it’s an adult mystery/thriller in which a woman goes missing, but it’s way different!

This book is amazing! I kept holding my breath several times and I couldn’t put it down!

It’s an incredibly fast-paced and engrossing psychological thriller.

Rachel is lonely, drowning the sorrows of her failed marriage with grim determination and canned gin and tonics and endless bottles of wine. She lost her job because of her drunkenness, but rather than tell her flatmate, she keeps taking the train into London EVERY DAY, pretending to go to work, but actually she is just drinking over and over while fantasizing about the young couple she watches every day from her train window; a couple who live a few doors down from her old house, where her ex-husband Tom still resides with his new wife and baby.

Still reeling from Tom’s infidelity to her, she dreams of what could have been. In this couple she observes from the train, calling them “Jess and Jason,” she sees a perfect life, the one she could have had with Tom.

One day, while commuting, she witnesses “Jess” on her front lawn with another man, in what appears to be a romantic moment. Her life gets again upside down. She is outraged at this display, as personally offended as if the infidelity were being committed against herself. Shortly after this episode, she learns that “Jess,” actually named Megan, has disappeared, and feeling connected to this couple she has never actually met, she insinuates herself into the investigation, meeting with both the police and Megan’s husband, Scott.

This story is told from 3 perspectives:Rachel’s, Megan’s, and Anna (Tom’s new wife). And none of them is actually sane. It kinda seems Desperate Housewives.

This book is just full of secrets. Everyone has them. What happens on behind closed doors? How much can you ever really know/trust a person? What horrors exist in that black spot of your memory from Saturday night?

For the mystery of Megan’s disappearance itself, it has a lot of going back and forward. Full of twists. You start out about everyone. In some moment the character you thought you trusted, you doubt. This mystery keeps you in the dark long enough to let you come up with your own theories, which made it awesome.

It’s fantastic, and the mystery elements and the character development are amazing; great attention to detail and fully established backstories and motivations.

It’s terribly addictive, fascinating, gripping and oh so very creepy.

The Things I liked:

  •  I loved the perspectives of past and present mixed from the 3 point os view.
  • The mystery was terribly well done, you just can’t stop reading but you sure can stop breathing!
  • The fact that the characters are very difficult to like or dislike you just can’t feel the same about them all the time.

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Also this book will became a movie pretty soon in October 7, which I am dying to see!! *.*

here is the trailer:

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Have you read this book?

If so, did you see that end coming? >.<