History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Here is the synopsis from the back cover-

Griffin has lost his first love in a drowning accident. Theo was his best friend, his ex-boyfriend and the one he believed he would end up with. Now, reeling from grief and worsening OCD, Griffin turns to an unexpected person for help. Theo’s new boyfriend. 

But as their relationship becomes increasingly complicated, dangerous truths begin to surface. Griffin must make a choice: confront the past, or miss out on his future.

‘Time doesn’t heal all wounds. We both know that’s bullshit; it comes from people who have nothing comforting or original to say.’

I’m finding it really hard to write a coherent review of my thoughts on this book (I’ve only been trying for a week!) So incoherent is what I’m delivering. Not because I didn’t enjoy it. I LOVED it! This story had me laughing, and then a paragraph later ready to full-blown ugly cry into my pillow. Adam Silvera has conjured up a narrative that I can only describe as an emotional rollercoaster. I was drowning in feels from the very beginning of this book and they continued to the very last page.

Admittedly I was late to the party with this one. I’ve read so many fabulous reviews for this book that I went into it with very high expectations. I’m so relieved that not only were these expectations met, they were surpassed. History Is All You Left Me really is as moving and powerful as advertised.

The story follows Griffin through his past (history) and the present (today), as he tries to deal with the untimely death of his ex and first love Theo. The relationship between Griffin and Theo was one I adored. They were perhaps the most adorable pair of nerds I have ever encountered within the pages of a book. Which was a major highlight for me, I do love a harry potter or star wars reference. Yer a wizard, Griffin! I didn’t want to switch from history to today when reading because I knew that Theo was dead, which suuuuccckkkked. I must say that Adam wrote Griffin’s grief over the loss of Theo beautifully, it was so raw and undeniably human that no person on this planet could read it and not relate in some manner. Grief is a big theme in this novel, so if you’re picking this up (You’d be crazy not to!) have some tissues at the ready for the tears, and prepare to feel like you’ve been punched in the esophagus at certain points.

Jackson is Theo’s new boyfriend, Griffin meets him for the first time at Theo’s funeral. From the very beginning I wanted to hate Jackson, but that was an impossible task. It’s very easy to see why Theo was so taken with Jackson and he quickly became an obstacle in their remaining relationship.

I don’t want to say anymore in fear that I  may spoil it for anyone who hasn’t yet read this wee gem of a book. I absolutely adored this, and talked about it so much that my 67 year old grandmother is now reading her first book with LGBT characters. I can’t wait to pick up another Adam Silvera book, any recommendations on which one I should read next?

5/5 stars
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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

***Warning- This review contains spoilers so if you haven’t read this novel and don’t wish to be spoiled please just read the synopsis***

synopsis taken from goodreads.com
**”You can’t touch me,” I whisper.

I’m lying, is what I don’t tell him.

He can touch me, is what I’ll never tell him.

But things happen when people touch me.

Strange things.

Bad things.

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.

But Juliette has plans of her own.

After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.**

 

This novel is finally being published in the UK!! Thank you to Netgalley and Egmont Publishing for a review copy of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

I’ve heard so many positive things about this book & I was really excited to finally read it. Even with all these glowing reviews online I went into this narrative blind, only knowing it was classed as a dystopian YA novel.

This story follows 17-year old Juliette who cannot touch or be touched by other people, When others do come into contact with her skin they are overcome with extreme pain, its pretty much torture for some and fatal for others. (This gave me major rogue from x-men vibes).

Then we are introduced to Adam, he joins Juliette in her cell at the asylum and at the beginning of the story is very much an enigma. We gradually learn that the pair know each other from childhood and before the reestablishment took over power. I quite enjoyed Adam’s character but found him a little predictable at times.

I’m not the biggest romance fan, and often find the love story lines in YA to be unrealistic and unbelievable. This was no exception. I found the connection between Juliette and Adam very insta-love, even when Mafi filled in the history between the two. How can you be in love with someone you’ve never had a conversation with??

Tahereh’s writing in this novel was a breath of fresh air! I found her descriptions captivating, and especially loved the way she gave us a sense of how fragmented Juliette’s mind had become in the asylum with her repetition.

The figurehead for the representation of the reestablishment in sector 45 that we meet so far in this first instalment was fascinating, I am a fan of a good villain with a little psychopathy on show and Warner provided this for me. The story progressed at a quick pace and this was a quick read for me. I inhaled this novel and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the read.  4/5 star rating from me! Definitely recommend picking this one up. 4stars-e1406551722909

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

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“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

 

I devoured this book in a day & I’m writing this review about 15 minutes after finishing the novel….. I feel like I was brought on an incredible journey for miles through the land of Faerie. Holly Black truly is the queen of fae and I would sell my soul to her if she would only tell me what happens next. I NEED THIS SEQUEL!!!!

I love love LOVE how dark and sinister this world is, so if you’re after a read featuring helpful and friendly fair folk then this isn’t the book for you. These characters are dark and  at times malevolent.

Here is a quick run down of our main characters – spoiler-ish so proceed at your own risk.

Jude is our main protagonist, who is stolen away to the land of Faerie when she is 7 years old with her twin sister Taryn, and her older sister Vivienne. Vivi is half fae, her biological father Madoc is the one who murders their parents and takes them away. While there Jude faces a hoard of issues, some of them she handles well……others not so much.

The three sisters are raised by Madoc, who is a general for the high king. As mortals Jude and Taryn are afforded the luxury of being raised with the rest of the entitled and powerful fae children.Considering how most humans are treated in this world these girls live a very comfortable life in comparison. Jude has mixed feelings about Madoc, she views him as a father figure and admittedly loves him but this leaves her very conflicted. She admires and fears the vicious warrior with equal measure. I have to admit, I enjoyed his character!

Jude is extremely flawed, and that’s what I love so much about her character. She doesn’t pretend to be making all her decisions with best intentions, she can be petty and vindictive at times, just like the dangerous fae she is surrounded by. Her determination and brass neck is something I adored.

The relationship between Jude and her twin sister, Taryn, is at times very turbulent and Taryn’s character is one I didn’t jel with at all. Quite frankly I thought she was a terrible sister and I hold little hope for her redemption in my eyes.

Then we have Cardan, who in the simplest of terms is a little shit. At many points throughout this book if I could’ve got my hands around his neck I would have wrung it. He is the youngest of the faerie princes with a definite superiority complex. Cardan doesn’t make life easy for Jude, our lowly mortal.  As much as I hated him at times, I enjoyed the repartee between Cardan and Jude.

One of the things I enjoyed most about this story is the way it made me question my own morality with every turn of the page. I was turning into a blood thirsty fae, shouting at Jude in my head for not murdering half the court when she had the chance. In my defence, some of them really do deserve it!

I thought I would enjoy this book, but I adored it! If you’re interested in dark stories with villainous faeries, political manoeuvring, strategies and a strong female lead character then this it the book for you.

5/5 stars totally recommend this fab book!
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