Sleep, Merel, Sleep

sleepmerelsleep_cover-animatedSleep, Merel, Sleep by Silke Stein (Released on June 7th!)

Synopsis: Who wants to be awake forever?

Life has changed for eight-year-old Merel. Since the birth of her sick baby brother, her parents seem to have forgotten she exists. But when she finds a tiny silver violin in her bedroom rug, things take a turn for the worse.

Merel learns that her sleep has abandoned her and that she must embark on a perilous journey to recover it or stay awake forever. Together with her devoted toy sheep Roger, tired Merel sets out in search of Lullaby Grove. Before long, she finds herself haunted by a scary stranger.

Follow Merel into a surreal world. Meet a sleepy king with an obsession for feathers and a transparent old man on a night train going nowhere. Discover why the moonfish cry, why you should never walk across the Great Yawns ― and if poor Merel can escape her pursuer, win back her sleep, and realize what matters most in her life.

3.5 stars. This book was very abstract and weird, but quite interesting. It would be a great pick for middle-grade children who are about to become big brothers or sisters. Merel’s brother was just born, and Merel isn’t too pleased with him. Because he is sick, Merel’s parents never have time for her. One night, Merel’s sleep abandons her and she must go on a whimsical journey to find her “Sleep” and return his violin to him so that she can go to bed. Along the way, she meets friends and enemies and learns about what truly matters in her life.

I do wish that some things were explained a little more and that the transitions weren’t so odd and quick. It was a little like Alice in Wonderland, where the story is one nonsensical adventure after another, but it was still fun. Also, I wished that the ending wasn’t so abrupt, and didn’t leave so many loose ends untied. The last chapter or so confused me at first, because Merel went from one situation to another without explanation.

I liked how Silke Stein incorporated the issues of death of a loved one and the sickness of a premature sibling. It explains it in a way that children could understand, but adults can relate to.

The various characters were imaginative and interesting, and were one of the best parts of this book. Merel is relatable and brave. Though a bit unlikable at first (I mean, she threw enough tantrums that even her sleep abandoned her), she grew into a strong and smart little girl.

ARC provided by the author, Silke Stein, in exchange for my honest review.

 

 

 

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The Electrical Menagerie & Giveaway!

39719906The Electrical Menagerie by Mollie E. Reader (Releases on June 9th!)

Synopsis: The Electrical Menagerie, one-of-a-kind robotic roadshow, is bankrupt.

Sylvester Carthage, illusionist, and engineer has the eccentric imagination the Menagerie needs to succeed creatively — but none of the people skills. Fast-talking Arbrook Huxley, meanwhile, has all the savvy the Menagerie needs to succeed commercially — but none of the scruples.

To save their show, Carthage & Huxley stake everything in a royal talent competition, vying for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform for the Future Celestial Queen. In this stardust-and-spark-powered empire of floating islands and flying trains, the Menagerie’s bid at fame and fortune means weathering the glamorous and cutthroat world of critics, high society, and rival magicians — but with real conspiracy lurking beneath tabloid controversy, there’s more at stake in this contest than the prize.

Behind the glittery haze of flash paper and mirrors, every competitor has something to hide… and it’s the lies Carthage & Huxley tell each other that may cost them everything.

4 stars. The Electrical Menagerie was a fantastical adventure reminiscent of The Greatest Showman and Caraval. It was a whimsical journey through the fame, danger, and magic of the show business on the Celestial Isles. I haven’t really been a fan of the steampunk genre in the past, but this book really changed my views on it. It was a fun, fast-paced read that got my attention right from the Prologue. I really love the writing style- it’s descriptive, it’s imaginative, and it makes you feel like you are right in the action. All of the plot twists caught me by surprise and the murder mystery side of the story had me interested and guessing, and the conclusion was thrilling and satisfying, leaving room for future stories but not a cliffhanger.

The book is filled with well-developed characters that you can easily relate to. They are well-thought out and have seemingly real emotions and thoughts. Carthage and Huxley, the main characters, are so different, yet their friendship is very real.

The world was also extremely well developed. I could imagine everything so well, but it wasn’t too wordy or dense. Floating islands, stars that orbit the planet, space trains, holopapers, and magical electricals.

I don’t really have much to complain about with this book. Perhaps some of the tricks and shows could have been explained just a little better, and the backstories of some of the minor characters could have been elaborated on just a little more, but other than that, there isn’t anything to complain about.

Amazing storytelling, fleshed-out characters, and a mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat- it makes for a fascinating tale and a series that I am looking forward to seeing more in the future!

Note: I was provided with a free advanced review copy of this book. This does not affect the content of my review.

Giveaway!

Until June 13, you can enter to win a Celestial Isles Prize Pack from the author. This includes: “High Victorian” luxury playing cards, a handmade galaxy mug, a Science and Engineering themed notebook set, and a tin of Electrical Menagerie themed tea! (US only.) Click on this link and enter to win!

Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge

June starts tomorrow, which means it’s officially the start of Summer Reading season (at least, for me), even if it’s not really Summer, yet. This year I’m going to share my TBR according to the Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge. It features 23 challenges, either summer related or designed to stretch your reading comfort zone.

 

coverInto the Great Wide Open: Read a book that takes place in the great wide open.

The Gracekeepers tells the story of Callanish and North. Callanish is a “gracekeeper” who lays the dead to rest deep in the sea, alone on an island. North is a performer in a traveling circus that sails from one archipelago to the next in a world that’s covered in water. This sounds like a beautiful story of friendship and adventure on the vast sea.

 

Get Your Grill On: Read a book that features outdoor summer activities.

This memoir by Cameron Powell tells the tale of his 500-mile journey across Spain with his mother, who has cancer (hiking is a summery enough, right?). This book comes out on June 5th, and I’m excited to start reading it.

 

9780316341684_zoomThe Colors of Summer: Read a book that features a yellow, green, or sandy cover.

Yellow enough, yes? I’ve been excited to read Strange the Dreamer for a long time, and all of my friends who have read it have spoken highly of it. I’m not too clear on what the plot is, but I believe it centers around a boy who wants to find a lost city.

 

51bgoe2bi2ul-_sx351_bo1204203200_Beach Bum: Read a book that could be considered a “beach read.”

According to PureWow, this is a beach read. I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while, but never really got to it. Anyways, it’s a high school murder mystery that combines The Breakfast Club with Pretty Little Liars.

 

91tgqva-1tlSand Between My Toes: Read a book that takes place in or around a beach or ocean.

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is the story of Elyse, a singer who lost her voice in a boating accident. She accepts a friends invitation to stay in a seaside town in Oregon, and I’m sure some romance ensues.

 

22926200Ocean Blue: Read a book that takes place on the water.

Denver sneaks into a beach party in Malibu, but things turn from bad to worse when a tsunami strikes California and Denver is swept out to sea on a small boat with the most popular kids at her high school.

 

the-little-beach-street-bakeryHook ‘Em: Read a book that features fishing or fishermen.

According to the Goodreads List “Fisherman Novels”, this book features a fisherman. In Little Beach Street Bakery, Polly Waterford moves to the seaside resort of Polbearne, where she opens a bakery.

 

31450960Sports-A-Holic: Read a book that features a popular summer sport.

Caroline is destined to be a wherryman (sailing = sport), but it might be too late. When her father is arrested, Caroline volunteers to transport mysterious cargo in exchange for his release, hoping the river will select her for the position of wherryman.

 

33958366Campfire Story: Read a book that scares the bejesus out of you.

I just selected a horror novel for this one, This Darkness Mine, about Sasha, a girl who absorbed her twin in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time and memories of things she definitely didn’t do.

 

 

41lowc1t-kl-_sx332_bo1204203200_One and Done: Read a book that you can finish in one day.

The shortest book on my TBR pile, Get Well Soon features Anna, a girl who suffers from depression. Her parents have her sent to a mental hospital, where she meets a cute boy and a secretive roommate. One of my friends recommended this book, and I’m excited to see if it is good.

 

 

25844635Let’s Get it On: Read a book that features falling in or out of love.

Dylan is the younger sister of Dusty, the former Miss Mississippi and who is now marrying the prince of  Scotland. Dylan is thrust into the spotlight of reality TV, where she meets a cute bookish groomsman.

 

 

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Take Pride: Read a book by an LGBT author or that features an LGBT character.

This book sounds really interesting and features two love stories centered around attending a convention, which sounds super cool. The author, Jen Wilde is bisexual, and I believe there is at least one LGBT character in the book.

 

17316589Read the World: Read a book that takes place in a country different from your own.

In The Kingdom of Little Wounds, Princess Sophia is preparing for her wedding in the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn. However, a mysterious illness plagues the royal family and the courtier sets a devious plot into motion, hoping to win the king’s favor.

 

51xhz1hcall-_sx331_bo1204203200_Diversify Yourself: Read a book by an author of color.

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In Orléans, the people are born gray and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace

 

51npba2ybalYou Have A Lovely Accent: Read a book that was translated from another language.

Ruby Red was translated from German and tells the tale of Gwyneth, whose cousin Charlotte had prepared to be a time traveler her whole life. Unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who takes a trip through time to 18th century London, where she must solve mysteries about herself and her family.

 

13253994Won’t Be Long: Read a collection of short stories or essays.

Straying husbands lured into the sea can be fetched back, for a fee. Magpies whisper to lonely drivers late at night. Trees can make wishes come true – provided you know how to wish properly first. Houses creak, fill with water and keep a fretful watch on their inhabitants, straightening shower curtains and worrying about frayed carpets. A teenager’s growing pains are sometimes even bigger than him. And, on a windy beach, a small boy and his grandmother keep despair at bay with an old white door. In these stories, Cornish folklore slips into everyday life. Hopes, regrets and memories are entangled with catfish, wrecker’s lamps, standing stones and baying hounds, and relationships wax and wane in the glow of a moonlit sea.

 

41izl0igvjl-_sx328_bo1204203200_Poet at Heart: Read a book of poetry.

I’ve been seeing this book everywhere. It’s a poetry collection about growth, healing, ancestry, honoring one’s roots, and rising up to find a home within yourself. All of the people I know who’ve read this have spoken very highly of it, and I’m sure it will be an interesting read.

 

975076My, What Big Teeth You Have: Read a book that puts a spin on a fairy-tale.

The Night Dance is a retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, as you can probably tell. I don’t really know what spin is put on the tale, but I hope that it will be an interesting take on one of my favorite fairy tales.

 

 

23719270High Noon: Read a classic or contemporary Western.

When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow.

 

bookcover_replicaTBRing It: Read a book from the bottom of your TBR pile.

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while. Replica features a research institute off the coast of Florida, where thousands of replicas, or human models are made. Lyra is a Replica, while Gemma is a girl who gets abducted by a stranger claiming to know her. They must both unravel the mysteries of Haven, and learn the terrible truth about themselves.

 

51zb1ggd5vl-_sx328_bo1204203200_Unshelve It: Read a book that’s been sitting on your Goodreads shelves for a while.

I’ve had this book on my Want to Read shelf for a little over a year, and I’ve heard it’s really good. Blue meets Gansey on St. Mark’s Eve, when the soon-to-be dead walk past. For long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, she isn’t so sure anymore.

 

PrintChildhood Reboot: Read a choose-your-own-adventure novel.

I just saw this being announced, and it looks really cool. I believe it is a historical romance, and it is also choose-your-own-adventure that allows you to pick between several romantic interests and situations.

 

 

c786e0a2e300f9fc1d65b5bf5b7fc886Listen to Me: Listen to an audiobook.

I’ve been making my way through The Mortal Instruments the past month or so, and I’ve really been enjoying it. I’m sure most of you know about the plot of this series, but if not it is about a group of Shadowhunters, who rid the world of demons.

 

 

Quite a long TBR post, but it is for three months. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to get to all of these books, though I may not stick strictly to this TBR. Stay tuned for Wrap-Ups throughout the summer.

Have a lovely day!

xoxo, Adeline

 

 

Stories from the Witch Store

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Stories from the Witch Store by Olga Gutsol (114 pages, Published 8/20/2017)

Summary: Funny and imaginative chronicles from the life of a hereditary witch Arelia who, along with her loyal companions Cat and house-ghost Puck, moved to the small town of Burnaville to open the Magic Potions store. Here she falls into a lifetime of boredom. How have her magical powers resulted in this? What is missing from the charming life she has built?

Review: I rated this book 3.5 stars. It’s quite a cute book (I mean, look at that cover!) with beautiful illustrations and lots of fun adventures for a witch and her best friends. Arelia is witty and interesting, although she can be a bit annoying sometimes, complaining a lot and thinking that she is above everything and everyone because she’s a witch. Cat and Puck (the house spirit) are quite funny. I also wish that there was more backstory. We don’t get to find out much about Arelia before she moves to Burnaville or any of the other characters before the story. And although there are a lot of interesting day-to-day experiences, there isn’t a whole lot of a plot, so if you’re interested in something with a clear story arc, character development, and some sort of overarching goal, this might not be the book for you. Still, it was a very compelling premise. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything where a witch is just jotting down her everyday adventures, and it was very interesting to read about Arelia’s type of witchcraft. Stories from the Witch Store was an interesting, fast, and beautiful read.


Note: I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

 

What I’m Reading Before Summer

My school year ends on June 19th, and before that happens I’d like to read a few books. Here’s the list:

thefates The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

This is the second book in its series, after Carve the Mark. I read this last Summer and liked it quite a lot, so I’m excited to dive back into this world. Some of my friends have like this and some haven’t, so I want to figure out my opinion.

 

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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

I know I’m super late to reading this series. I read the first book several years ago, but I read the first two books a couple weeks ago and want to finish the series this time, and at least 1 or 2 before school ends.

 

Image result for the girl with the red balloonThe Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke

I don’t know much about this book, except that it is about a girl who goes back in time to post-World War II Germany. This time period really fascinates me, so hopefully, it will be an interesting read.

 

Image result for strange the dreamerStrange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

I’ve heard so much about this book from my friends and online. It sounds like a really interesting concept.

 

 

I’ll be posting updates throughout the month as it goes along. I have much more time for reading because my AP tests are over, but finals are coming up and I really need to study for those.

Bookish Get to Know Me Tag

Hey guys! I thought this post would be nice to do as this blog is rather new and it’s a nice way to get to know me. I got this tag from Tomes with Tea, so go check out the post on there. Happy reading!

Can you stop reading at any time, or does it have to be a certain page or chapter?   Sometimes I can stop reading at any time (I love using Post-Its as bookmarks so that helps), but if I’m really enjoying the book it has to be at the end of the chapter. Or the next one… or the next one.

Do you eat or drink while reading?                                                                                                Occasionally, I’ll drink some tea or hot chocolate or have some sort of snack.

Can you listen to music or watch TV while reading?                                                              I can, but I prefer it to be quiet when I do. My eighth grade English teacher loved playing Christmas songs (at all times of the year) while we were reading, and it got pretty annoying.

One book at a time or several at once?                                                                                        Several. I generally have 3 to 5 books that I’m currently reading.

Reading at home or everywhere?
My favorite reading spot is my bed or the couch in my family room. I’ll read anywhere and everywhere though; at school, in the car, on the plane, etc.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?
I definitely prefer reading silently.

Do you read ahead or skip pages?
I don’t usually read ahead or skip pages, but if the book gets a bit boring, I might (or I’ll look up the ending on the internet).

Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
I never break the spine- I like keeping my books nice, so I never fold corners or write in them, or anything like that.

Do you write books or just read them?
Once I did write a book for a girl in Pennsylvania through a children’s literacy program, but it wasn’t officially published (does that count?), and I have lots of unfinished books in notebooks or on my computer. I’d love to publish a book one day.

If you do this tag, please comment your blog address down below. I’d love to read it!

Hope you all have a fantastic week!

-Adeline

 

#readathonbyzoe: December 2017

Hey all.

I very much enjoy 24 Hour Readathons because I tend to read more during the day of the event than I do in week long readathons and I think I’ll be able to squeeze in a lot of reading during this one.

This particular readathon was started by Zoe Herdt, who is one of my favorite BookTubers. Here is a link to the video she posted detailing this readathon: Video. I think that this is fourth 24 Hour Readathon Zoe has held this year.

As you can probably guess from the name 24 Hour Readathon, the goal is to read as many books as you can in one 24 hour period. In this case that will be this Saturday, December 9th. You start reading as the clock strikes midnight wherever you are, and read as much as you can before the clock strikes midnight again.

Okay, now for my TBR for this event. I’m not sure I’ll be able to read all day, so I’ve only picked up a couple, and these may change when I actually start reading.

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Winter by Marissa Meyer

This is the fourth book in the Lunar Chronicles series. I just finished the third book, Cress, and LOVED it, so I’m so excited to read this one. It is quite long (832 pages), so I probably won’t get to read much else.

 

 

 

 

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

I’ve never read this book, but lots of my friends have recommended it to me, so I thought I’d give it a try. It’s on the shorter side, so I may be able to finish it.

Turtles All the Way Down

turtlesallthewaydowntransparentTurtles All the Way Down by John Green

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Review: Five out of five stars. This book was absolutely fantastic- one of my best reads of the year. I’ve been excited for this to come out for months, and I was so happy to finally get to read it. As a reader of all of the John Green books, I’d say it was his second best novel (after The Fault in Our Stars).

The plot was unique and fun and the characters were awesome. As a teenager myself, I felt like John Green was able to capture this stage of life well. The characters are so relatable. Aza, the main character has OCD, which I found was really interesting to read about. It was nice that Aza’s OCD didn’t let up and she didn’t get better, but that she was still a wonderful character.

Overall, Turtles All the Way Down was a fun, riveting, and very memorable read.

September 2017 Wrap-Up

It’s finally fall! I love curling up with a book and a warm drink during this season, but before I do that I need to sum up what happened this month.

What I Read (stay tuned for reviews):
meganwhalenturner_thethiefThe Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (3/5 stars)

Synopsis: The king’s scholar, the magus, believes he knows the site of an ancient treasure. To attain it for his king, he needs a skillful thief, and he selects Gen from the king’s prison. The magus is interested only in the thief’s abilities.

What Gen is interested in is anyone’s guess. Their journey toward the treasure is both dangerous and difficult, lightened only imperceptibly by the tales they tell of the old gods and goddesses.

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The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati (4/5 stars)

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Cath knows Zero is coming for her. Zero, the devastating depression born of Catherine’s bipolar disease, has almost triumphed once, propelling Catherine to her first suicide attempt. With Zero only temporarily restrained by the latest med du jour, time is running out. In an old ballet shoebox, Catherine stockpiles meds, preparing to take her own life when Zero next arrives.

But Zero’s return is delayed. Unexpected relationships along with the care of a new psychiatrist start to alter Catherine’s perception of her diagnosis. But will this be enough? This is a story of loss and grief and hope and how the many shapes of love – maternal, romantic and platonic – impact a young woman’s struggle with mental illness.

24529123This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (3/5 stars)

Synopsis: 10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.

Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

32731231Once and For All by Sarah Dessen (3/5 stars)

Synopsis: Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

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What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard (4/5 stars)

Synopsis: What sixteen-year-old Elizabeth has lost so far: forty pounds, four jean sizes, a boyfriend, and her peace of mind. As a result, she’s finally a size zero. She’s also the newest resident at Wallingfield, a treatment center for girls like her—girls with eating disorders. Elizabeth is determined to endure the program so she can go back home, where she plans to start restricting her food intake again. She’s pretty sure her mom, who has her own size 0 obsession, needs treatment as much as she does. Maybe even more. Then Elizabeth begins receiving mysterious packages. Are they from her ex-boyfriend, a secret admirer, or someone playing a cruel trick?

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Beast by Brie Spangler (3/5 stars)

Synopsis: Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers.

Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy—until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart, and so stunning, even his womanizing best friend, JP, would be jealous. She’s also the first person to ever call Dylan out on his self-pitying and superficiality. As Jamie’s humanity and wisdom begin to rub off on Dylan, they become more than just friends. But there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something she shared with the group the day he wasn’t listening. Something that shouldn’t change a thing. She is who she’s always been—an amazing photographer and devoted friend, who also happens to be transgender. But will Dylan see it that way?

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando (4/5 stars)

Synopsis: Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back–with no idea of where they’ve been.

Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.

Until today. Today five of those kids return. They’re sixteen, and they are . . . fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn’t really recognize the person she’s supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they’re entirely unable to recall where they’ve been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn’t come back. Everyone wants answers. Most of all Max’s sister Avery, who needs to find her brother–dead or alive–and isn’t buying this whole memory-loss story.

What I’m Currently Reading:

Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Wanton

Synopsis: Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can’t.

Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.

 

All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Pages: 378

Synopsis: The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!
 
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

My Review:

“For what it’s worth, you showed me something– there is such a thing as a perfect day.”

Four out of five stars.

This was a great book. It was sad an beautiful and very emotional.

But anyways… I decided to read this book because it was associated with The Fault in Our Stars, which I loved, so I had high expectations for this book.

This book clearly represents what it’s like to be bullied and to have a mental illness.

I loved Finch’s character and I have to admit that I’ve grown attached to him. I also adored his and Violet’s interactions and their unique ideas. And their relationship was really cute.

No matter how devastating this book was, it was still a fun and incredible read. The author had a brilliant writing style. I also loved how the author made tackled a lot of delicate issues in this book. It was a story that entertains while teaching you something deep that changes you.

-Adeline