Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman + more

Love Hurts

Title: Love Hurts
Author: Malorie Blackman, Patrick Ness, Lauren Myracle, Gayle Foreman, Susie Day, Jenny Downham, Maureen Johnson, Laura Dockrill, David Levithan, Markus Zusak, Lauren Kate, Catherine Johnson, James Dawson, Philip Pullman, E. Lockhart, Non Pratt, Bali Rai, Melvin Burgess, Phil Earle, Andrew Smith, Matt haig, Tabitha Suzuma and Marcus Sedgwick
Series: N/A
Publication: 29th January 2015 by Corgi Children’s
Genre: YA, Love and Romance, Fiction.

Around the World in 52 Books Challenge – A book written by at least two authors.

This book counts towards my ARC August 2017

Advanced Reading Copy provided, in exchanged for an honest review, from the publishers.

My Thoughts (2)

Have you ever fallen for someone the rest of the world thought you shouldn’t have? Malorie Blackman brings together the very best young adult authors writing today in a stunningly romantic collection of love against the odds.

Featuring stories and extracts about modern star-crossed lovers, Love Hurts looks at every kind of relationship, from first kiss to final heartbreak. This is a collection for anyone who has ever loved and lost – and loved again…

My Thoughts

This is an anthology combining a mixture of clippings from books and novellas, all about love, by some very famous and talented authors.

It contains clippings from:

  • More Than This by Patrick Ness
  • The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
  • If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
  • Trouble by Non Pratt
  • Rani and Dukh by Bali Rai
  • You Against Me by Jenny Downham
  • 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  • Junk by Melvin Burgess
  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • Heroic by Phil Earle
  • I Am Messenger by Markus Zusak
  • Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  • Echo Boyu by Matt Haig
  • Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
  • Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
  • Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  • We Were Liars by E Lockhart

And short stories by:

  • Malorie Blackman
  • Susie Day
  • Laura Dockrill
  • David Levithan
  • Lauren Kate
  • Catherine Johnson
  • James Dawson

This book is a complete mix, containing something for everyone. It has stories about blindness, transgender, coming out and incest. It has all different stories all with the main theme of love. And best of all, it’s not all straight love and not all from the girl’s perspective.

I had already read some of the clippings in here, like: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, Northern Lights by Philip Pullman and Troubled by Non Pratt, so I just skipped these. I’m not going to lie, there were some stories that didn’t grab me, but the best thing is that I could skip that clip and go onto the next bit. I didn’t have to drag myself through tonnes of pages just to complete the story. There were a lot of clipping that did grab my attention, and I know I’ll be adding to my every growing TBR list.

My favourite short story was definitely the first one by Malorie Blackman Humming through my fingers. It was just so interesting and beautiful – I would happily read an entire book about this. I didn’t want it to end.

If you’re expecting a novel by Malorie Blackman then you will be thoroughly disappointed. But if you’re looking for some short stories and new books, this is the book for you.

My Thoughts (1)

4-stars

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Title: Big Little Lies
Author: Liane Moriarty
Series: N/A
Publication: 9th February 2017 by Penguin (Originally published in 2014)
Genre: Fiction, humour

Around the World in 52 Books Challenge – A book set in or by an author from the Southern Hemisphere

Advanced Reading Copy provided, in exchanged for an honest review, from the publishers.

My Thoughts (2)

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

My Thoughts

I went into this with no expectations or knowledge of the book (or TV series) at all, and was just blown away!

So much happens! I feel like either I can’t talk about any of it otherwise I’ll have to talk about all of it. The three women are all at different crossroads in their lives but the one thing the all have in common is that their children are all starting the same kindergarten. The book flicks between the three different mothers; Madeline, Celest and Jane. It also flicks between their stories and the present, where members of the school community are being interviewed about a murder, except we don’t know who has been murdered or who is involved.

It was one of those books that you pick up and before you know it, you’re over half way though and it’s dark outside. It’s full of mystery, drama and hilarity. Definitely worth picking up!

My Thoughts (1)

4-stars

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

Title: The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Series: N/A
Publication: April 1925
Genre: Modernist, Jazz Age.

Around the World in 52 Books Challenge–  A book with an unreliable narrator

Synopsis (Goodreads)

He was in love with the golden girl of a gilded era. He was Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire who gave wild and lavish parties attended by strangers.

“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.”

She was Daisy Buchanan, a young rich beauty with bright eyes and a passionate mouth.

“High in a white palace, the King’s daughter, the Golden Girl.” Even her voice was “full of money.”

A great novel of a glittering era, of amazing richness and scope, this is the most dazzling fiction we possess of the Jazz Age’s reckless revels.

A fable of the Roaring Twenties that will survive as a legend.

My Thoughts

Great Gatsby is one of those books that has been read and studied time and time again, so I have little, if anything, new to add to the conversation. So I will keep this brief.

 I find with classics that I generally love them if I study them, or read them whilst talking to someone who is enthusiastic about them, but less impressed if I read them on my own. This was definitely the case with The Great Gatsby. I’ve heard from many people that this is their favourite book,. My boyfriend studied it for A-Level and enjoyed it. As I was reading it I was incredibly confused. I didn’t understand people’s enjoyment of it – nothing happened! Until the end. Even then I was so tired I missed the actual scene, even when I re-read it.

So, confused as to what I had evidently missed I did a good old Google search. From reading things like Spark notes, I picked up on some of the things while reading – like the motif of the car and the green light but missed subtitles like the weather and the eyes looking over them.

I’m not going to lie, when reading over people’s analysis’ of the book, like most well-read classics, I couldn’t help but think “where did they get this stuff”.  I’m pretty sure people have read into these things deeper than the author intended.

Anyway, if anyone would like to explain their love of the book to me, I would love to hear it. Otherwise, it is an easy and enjoyable read but I feel I would have enjoyed it more if I had studied it.

My Rating

3-stars

A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

A Book of Spirits and Thieves (Spirits and Thieves, #1)

Title: A Book of Spirits and Thieves
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series: Spirits and Thieves #1
Publication: 23rd June 2015 by Razorbill
Genre: YA, Fantasy.

Around the Year in 52 Book Challenge – A book with an animal on the cover or in the title.

Synopsis (Goodreads)

Modern-day sisters discover deadly ancient magic in book 1 of this Falling Kingdoms spin-off series!

Worlds collide in this suspenseful, page-turning Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, which explores a whole new side of Mytica—and an even darker version of its magic.

Crystal Hatcher, Modern-day Toronto: It’s a normal afternoon in her mother’s antique bookshop when Crys witnesses the unthinkable: her little sister Becca collapses into a coma after becoming mesmerized by a mysterious book written in an unrecognizable language.

Maddox Corso, Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso doesn’t think much of it when he spots an unfamiliar girl in his small village. Until, that is, he realizes that she is a spirit, and he is the only one who can see or hear her. Her name is Becca Hatcher, and she needs Maddox to help get her home.

Farrell Grayson, Modern-day Toronto: Rich and aimless Farrell Grayson is thrilled when the mysterious leader of the ultra-secret Hawkspear Society invites him into the fold. But when he learns exactly what he has to do to prove himself, Farrell starts to question everything he thought he knew about family, loyalty, and himself….

Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart.

My Thoughts

Morgan Rhodes is one of those magical word weavers who just hooks you in.

I bought this book a while ago and then never picked it up. Then I bought the sequel, despite the fact that I still hadn’t picked it up. Some may think that was stupid but after reading her first series, Falling Kingdoms (my reviews of 3, 4 +5), I knew I would love this one. Oh boy was I right! I’m really glad I left it so long because now I can pick book two up straight away! Although both of Rhodes’ series have Mystica, you don’t need to have read any of the Falling Kingdoms series to understand this. There are some nice nods to the series but Spirit of Thieves can be read as a stand alone series.

Rhodes writes in the style I love. There are multiple perspectives that all begin to intertwine. This book is written from three different perspectives and based in two places. Crystal Hatcher is from Modern-day Toronto. She lives with her mother and sister, Becca, in an antique bookshop. Everything seems normal until one day her Aunt sends a package to her mother, which they open, and Becca collapses into a coma. Unknowingly to Crys, Becca’s spirit has been sent through the book to another land, Ancient Mytica. There she can only be seen by Maddox Corso, a boy who can communicate with spirits. Finally, we have Farrell, a party boy from a rich family who is getting dragged deeper and deeper into a magical cult which seems to be changing him.

I went into the book not really knowing much about it. I loved the cult idea, it was so much more sinister than I was expecting. I especially love how everything links together throughout the book.

The book started off a little slow but once you’ve been introduced to the main three characters the pace picks up and things are constantly happening. I have high hopes for book two!

My Rating

4-stars