I mainly bought this book because I knew I was going to be meeting Leigh Bardugo soon (which I did, yesterday). But I also had wanted to read it for a while, especially considering the hype surrounding it.
However, when I finished it, I felt like I was left sourly disappointed. I think I must've set the bar too high before reading it because I didn't think it was amazing or anything similar to all the reviews I'd been hearing.
I thought it was a pretty decent read, the plot was interesting and very unique and I absolutely loved all of the diverse characters (especially Nina and Inej).
Overall, I'm giving this read 3.5 stars out of 5. I will definitely read the sequel but as of now, I'm in no hurry to get my hands on it.
I thought this book was very touching, romantic and simply beautiful. The plot of the book itself is very unique and Rowell's writing style is flawless.
Her characters are extremely witty, especially the e-mails between Beth and Jennifer. Rowell made me feel for the characters too. I didn't quite like Lincoln at the start, and I usually found his chapters quite boring. But looking back on it now, he's meant to be a boring person so it makes sense. I quite like Lincoln now, anyways.
The start was a bit difficult to get into, but I loved it nonetheless. And the best part is I get to meet the author in 4 days!!
Let me just start this review by saying that I fell in love with Holly Bourne as an author ever since I read Manifesto. Since then, I've read all of her books and this was my most recent. It's easy to say that Holly Bourne has quickly climbed her way to becoming one of my favourite authors. Here's why:
Her characters in this book, and its 3 predecessors, are utterly love-able. Without Lottie's intelligence, Amber's hilarity or Evie's wisdom, I don't know where I'd be without them. I'm pretty sure these three lovely FEMINIST girls have shaped my life in one way or another.
And as their stories came to an end in this epic novella conclusion, I'll admit I shed a tear. This was so well-written, so funny, so fast-pacing that I gobbled it up in one night! Thank you to DeptCon 2 for allowing me to purchase an early copy! I don't think I would've been able to survive until November for it.
This was marvellous and beautiful and immensely touching but now I'm SO SAD it's over.
To be perfectly honest, I wasn't the biggest fan of this book. To put it brutally, I didn't like it so much that I DNF'd it.
Unfortunately, I felt the characters were so flat and uninteresting and the plot seemed to be an amalgamation of The Hunger Games, The 100 and The Maze Runner. Throw a little bit of Divergent in there, too and, WABAM, you've got this book.
I'm all for teen writers, as I am one myself, and I definitely think they're should be more published ones out there in the world. I think Barrett's writing is up to par with any adult writer, it's just unfortunate that the plot of this book was so overdone and boring.
I won't be reading Catching Fire, cough, I mean Genesis, anytime soon.
1.5/5 stars, purely for Barrett's enjoyable writing style.
The Art of Being Normal is Lisa Williamson's first novel. For this author who is involved so much in acting, I was pleasantly surprised how well-written this book was.
This, and I'm saying it without a doubt, was one of my favourite reads of this year. Upon meeting the author herself at a convention where she discussed how she worked for two years with young people who struggled with their gender identity. As she listened to their stories, she was inspired to write a novel regarding the elements of gender and the like.
Williamson's main character, David, is a young cheerful teenager who hides a secret: he wants to be a girl. Sharing only this wish with two of his closest friends, he's not prepared for when Leo Denton walks into his life, grumpy and wanting to be invisible. The novel tells the story of how Leo and David meet, and how they bond with each other and learn more about one another.
In the middle of the book as it reaches its climax, David finds out a shocking secret of Leo's; the real reason he left his old school and moved to David's school. A plot twist that I did not see coming, nor one that I will be forgetting anytime soon.
I easily fell in love with these characters, as Williamson writes them oh so marvellously well. The lot was quite engrossing throughout the entire book that I simply couldn't put it down. And bravo to Williamson, who unlike many other YA authors, for showing some representation of the trans community in her books and not making them so miserable.