The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

the-girl-you-left-behindFirst, I love the way the point of view was given. First person for Sophie and third person omniscience for Liv and her crew. It made the story feel fresh again every time it switched over.

Now, for the actual story: I LOVE SOPHIE SO MUCH. She’s bold, vibrant, and sure of everything she does. She doesn’t back down – even if she probably should – and it continually works in her favor, even if it may not seem like it will at times. Liv has some of the same qualities, though she’s not as fierce with them as Sophie is. Throughout the book, in fact, Liv struck me as the subdued version of Sophie. It was interesting because Liv’s story was basically Sophie’s story – just on a smaller scale. MUCH smaller. They have similar traits, they both fraternize with the enemy (albeit with different goals), they both have a sister or female confidant to help them, they’ve both lost their husbands, and are determined to hold on to what they love.

I did enjoy Sophie more than Liv, but I still love Liv because of how much she cared for Sophie. Also, although I like Liv and Mo’s relationship, I felt like I was just reading about Louisa and Lily again from After You. More “responsible” person takes in “less” responsible person and they become best friends. But I loved Mo much more than I ever liked Lily. So that’s something.

Overall, this is a beautiful story. I love that it’s during WWI because I haven’t gotten to read much that takes place in that time. It seems like usually, when dealing with a German enemy, authors will run to the obvious choice of WWII, so this was extremely welcome. TGYLB gives an interesting sense of “who dunnit?” as far as the trial is concerned. Personally, I love that. I was guessing the entire time what the full story could be. Thankfully, the outcome was not underwhelming. I think it fit perfectly.

 

About the Author:jojo-moyes

Jojo Moyes was born in 1969 and grew up in London. After a varied career including stints as a minicab controller, typer of braille statements for blind people for NatWest, and brochure writer for Club 18-30, she did a degree at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London University. In 1992, she won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to attend the postgraduate newspaper journalism course at City University.

Jojo worked as a journalist for ten years, including a year at South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, and nine at The Independent where she worked variously as News Reporter, Assistant News Editor and Arts and Media Correspondent.

Jojo has been a full time novelist since 2002, when her first book, Sheltering Rain was published. Since then she has written a further eleven novels, all of which have been widely critically acclaimed.

Jojo has won the Romantic Novelist’s Award twice, and Me Before You has been nominated for Book of the Year at the UK Galaxy Book Awards. Me Before You has since gone on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide.

The film adaptation of Me Before You starring Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) was released in June 2016 and was a huge box-office success. The screenplay was written by Jojo.

For more information about all of Jojo’s novels, please visit the books page here.

Jojo lives (and writes!) on a farm in Essex, England with her husband, journalist Charles Arthur, and their three children.

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The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige

the-wicked-will-riseI have a feeling this will end up being my least favorite out of all of the books. Just because I’ve found that the second book in a series like this is usually just filler. In a way, this book meets that assumption. That’s just because by the time it ends, nothing has truly been accomplished. That doesn’t mean it isn’t good! It’s great!!

I did love this book because it answered almost all of my questions from the first book. Forty pages in and I was bragging to my friends how I was, “finally getting answers!!” Of course, after finishing, I have more questions that will – HOPEFULLY – by answered in book three. Also, *possible spoiler alert* but Pete is a friggin’ punk and a half. Never trust a man with big, beautiful, green eyes. -_-

I so desperately wanted Amy to be able to help him. I was trying to think of ways myself! And although I understand his feelings behind what he did, that doesn’t make it okay. Part of me is saying screw him, save Ozma, sayonara Pete . . . but more of me is still saying save both of them, then just never talk to Pete again – that will probably be the better option for Amy. I could have called her “battle with the darkness” from a hundred billion miles away, blindfolded, but I am enjoying how it’s playing out. Every time you think, “Oh. She’s done with it. She knows better now, she’s fine.” Then she’s turning into a – literal – monster right in front of you! These books are great! I’m enjoying them so much. Pick up The Wicked Will Rise by clicking this link!

 

About the Author:danielle-paige

Danielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dorothy Must Die seriesand the upcoming  Stealing Snow series (Bloomsbury, 2016). In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she’s received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominate d for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City. You can find her on twitter and instagram.

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

girl-in-piecesI received this book for free as an advanced reader’s copy.

When I started it, I figured it was going to be just another book about a teenage girl who’s suicidal and is stuck in a hospital the entire story, but I was sorely mistaken. Each character in this book is written so beautifully. Even if we only meet someone for a second, there is so much detail put into who that person is, we feel like we’re really meeting them in person. Charlie is so relatable as a main character, it was easy to read as if I was her, to put myself in her shoes. Her relationships with other characters are extremely real. The people she meets and befriends aren’t perfect. Each one has a unique personality with problems of their own. As far as “romantic” relationships go, there’s no studly man who saves the day. Charlie makes her life her own, but she learns to accept help when necessary. The story doesn’t move slowly or too fast.

Girl in Pieces is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. It shows that no matter how bad things get, people can always change or redeem themselves, but it also shows the other side of that, what happens when someone can’t fix what’s broken inside them. That may be why I love it so much. Not to mention the countless references to Van Morrison and Bob Dylan and the two paragraphs near the end that I will never be able to get out of my mind. This book spoke to me and pulled me into a book hangover. “Fucking angelic,” as Ellis would say. 😉

 

About the Author:kathleen-glasgow1

Kathleen Glasgow is the author of the New York Times best-selling novel, Girl in Pieces.

She lives in Tucson, Arizona and is a researcher for The Writer’s Almanac. Girl in Pieces has been named to “best of lists by Goop, TeenVogue, BN Teen, Refinery29, EW.com, TeenReads, and more.

Fox Forever by Mary E. Pearson

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In the conclusion to the Jenna Fox Chronicles, Locke is returning to Boston in order to make good on his favor. It’s a top secret mission that only Locke can accomplish. To succeed, he must get into the inner circle of a government official and his daughter – Raine. As Locke completes this task, he will meet new friends and enemies, learn new secrets, and fall deeper into the resistance.

This final book of the Jenna Fox Chronicles is well worth the wait. You finally get to see how and where everyone ends up. All of the questions (some stemming from the very first book) are finally answered. Of course, like any good series, it leaves you wishing it wouldn’t end and wanting more. Which is exactly what we look for, right? 😀 It definitely has the most action out of all three novels and it’s got a good bit of romance as well. It did take me a while to read because I was just not ready for it to end. Lol!

The one complaint I have is that there were so many other things I wanted to know about Jenna. Yes, the first book was entirely her, but I just don’t feel like she was around enough for the last bit.

How about you guys? If you read, comment and let me know what questions you had that didn’t get answered. Let’s chat! 🙂

The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

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For 260 years, Locke and Kara have been trapped in total darkness. Alone, except for each other, with no one to hear their screams. Now they’ve finally been let out and put into new bodies. Treated as scientific discoveries rather than people, they find a way to escape. They’re searching for answers, and the only one who can help is Jenna. But have they been trapped for too long? Can they handle this new world without the people they knew and loved before? Has the darkness taken over?

I can’t believe I went seven years never knowing there was a second book in the Jenna Fox Chronicles! I didn’t even realize they were chronicles! But boy, am I glad they are! The Fox Inheritance answers a lot of questions about what really went on the night of Jenna, Kara, and Locke’s accident. It also gives the reader insight on what happened to Kara and Locke after. Mary E. Pearson creates an incredible world in The Fox Inheritance. Obviously it’s set (at least if not more than) 260 years into the future. There are new places to discover, robot servants and cab drivers, new ways of communication, and a ton of new (and surprising) characters. Super thrilled with this book in the series. There’s one more and that review will definitely be up next week!

In the meantime, take a look at the short story surrounding Allys’s operation called THE ROTTEN BEAST. Free to read here. 

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

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Jenna Fox is a seventeen year old coma patient/car accident survivor who has just woken up….without her memories. As Jenna works to remember who she is, she realizes that her family is keeping secrets from her. Secrets about Jenna’s accident, her recovery, and what these things may mean for her future. Can Jenna depend on her new friends and her suddenly distant Grandmother for the truth? Even if she can, will it be too much to take? 

This was my third time reading this book and it was just as good as the times before. Mary E. Pearson has created a story that will draw you in and keep you there. You just have to figure out what is going on with Jenna! Why are her parents acting so strange? Where are her friends who were in the accident with her? Was she responsible? This book is amazing that it brings up so many questions and answers them all by the end. And the characters all have their own life that shines through. Even though you’re constantly on Jenna’s side, it’s easy to see what other characters are thinking and feeling and why certain ones made the decisions they did. A great book for any aged reader. Absolutely amazing.

Make sure you pick up THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX today! Also, I recently found out it is the first of a series! Review on the second book to come! 🙂

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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Hey everyone! So this week I read Allegiant by Veronica Roth. It’s the third and final book in the Divergent Series. BIG BIG things happened and overall it was a great book. I’m going to attempt to write a spoiler free review, so here we go. 🙂

In Allegiant, Tris and the gang embark to the outside world after watching the video of Edith Prior at the end of Insurgent. They enter a place that is completely different from what they know and are used to. They soon meet with the people responsible for their lifestyles and, once there, find connections to the past as well as loved ones who were believed to be dead. As with the last book in every series, relationships are tested, betrayals are made, the amazing conflict we’ve been waiting for since the first book happens, and – of course – people die. I can’t say too much about the plot without giving things away, but let me tell you….IT GETS GOOD. haha.

I have to say, my feelings are slightly conflicted. I wanted to leave a review as soon as I finished, but I felt that would be irresponsible considering I was slightly upset with the ending. **SPOILER: There are people who die and you absolutely do not see it coming. And honestly I did not realize how attached I was to these characters. Like I said, overall it’s a great book and I understand why the people (person) died and what the author’s intent was, but I feel like it could have been written better. END SPOILER**

If you have read the book and you would like to discuss it with me further, don’t be afraid to email me! That goes for any book I post about. I love talking about books I’ve read and I’ll happily discuss one with you! Just email me at nikiflowers@rocketmail.com and we’ll chat! Talk to you soon, loves!! ❤