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July 2016

Book Review: ‘Flawed’ By Cecelia Ahern

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Hi book lovers.

So this is my review of one of the very few books that kept me up all night reading. This book kept me hooked from the beginning to the end, and I will definitely recommend that you read it if you enjoy young adult fiction, particularly a good dystopian novel.

The novel focuses on a girl called Celestine, in a world where the imperfect are branded as ‘Flawed’, cast out as different from the rest of society with different bodily markings, relating to which ever error of judgement they may have made. This is a world where in jobs, you are expected to do your best at all times, and if you make bad decisions, or decisions that may go against the government’s rules, you will be Flawed. You are seen not as a criminal, but someone who should not be trusted. This is what Celestine discovers, one day when she sticks up for a branded man on a bus, in front of her boyfriend and her sister, merely by trying to persuade the others on the bus to offer the coughing, and dying, old man a seat. She doesn’t expect the banishment that will come as consequences of her actions, of only trying to do what was right.

Celestine herself was always seen as perfect, with a fair popularity, a perfect boyfriend and perfect to her family, but her actions on this day spiral into a sequence of events that change the rest of her life forever.

This was the author’s first young adult debut. It was wonderfully written, with Celestine’s voice and character coming through effectively. The plot is well paced, keeping you as a reader drawn into what will happen next, as she starts to discover more secrets about her society, and also becomes the reason why those around her start to question what is really good for their world, and that their actions are just not right, fair or appropriate, for anyone.

It’s a typical young adult novel, in many ways, with the main character beginning a revolution against the world enclosing her into this unfair situation, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. If you enjoy plot twists, captivating characters and original worlds, this book would be perfect for you.

If not, should you brand it as Flawed?

Happy reading,

April

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Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Hey, book lovers.

So it’s been a long time since I’ve sat down and written a book review on here. I’ve been using my Youtube channel more to post reviews, but tonight I felt like posting my thoughts on one of  my now favourite books by one of my now favourite authors, Sarah J. Maas. Being a hopeful author of a young adult fantasy, fairytale-retelling series myself, I could completely see what was so likeable about this novel before I even picked it up. I’ve always loved Sarah J. Maas’s writing anyway, from reading her ‘Throne of Glass’ series, which follows into ‘Crown of Midnight,’ ‘Heir of Fire’ and ‘Queen of Shadows’, a retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella, with focus on Celaena Sardothien, an orphaned slave and assassin who is forced into a huge competition, a fight to be the king’s champion, and for her own promised freedom. I was hooked on that series, the first book being my very favourite, with Celaena beginning her epic battles against the king.

This book, ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’, was clearly a retelling of the classic fairytale, Beauty and The Beast- and not just judging by the cover. I felt that this book was far more focused on the romance between Feyre and Tamlin, however there were of course the undertones of the tension of their changing world, as a result of the will of the vicious queen, Amarantha. I thought this suited the novel perfectly, despite the inevitable comparisons I was compelled to make to her debut series as mentioned above, which looks in more depth into the damaged world around Celaena, however there are also many romantic scenes and different settings that contribute towards Celaena’s love for others, and herself, in these books. This is not a general comment, but this is just my opinion. I loved the development of the romance between Feyre and Tamlin, the Fae and the human, the beauty and, of course, the beast. Feyre was not dependent on Tamlin so much and she wanted to be freed, but she was more drawn to Tamlin, unlike Celaena, who tended to go off and make her own decisions. These two characters were very different, and I felt it interesting to wonder what it would be like if they were to meet one day. I thought this romance was important, however, because of course it lead Amarantha (and the conflict) to Feyre. Their relationship was tested when Tamlin was taken away and this huge plan to trick a human into loving the high-fae lord and vice versa, or else Tamlin would be forced to remain with Amarantha forever. I might add that there were some very raunchy scenes in this book, more so than I’d seen in any other YA series before.

This book had me laughing out loud so many times. I couldn’t stop reading, and at the time, while I was writing the beginning of a fairytale retelling myself, it was very inspirational. I also thought the description of the novel was very well done, much like that of the ‘Throne of Glass’ series.

The imagery used of the characters and the world reminded me so much of the classic film. The garden and the roses made me think of the tiny rose in the glass case, and the traits of the story were manifested so well.

I’ve never gotten through a book quite so quickly- and I’m not a fast reader at all. Definitely recommend this one, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series!

Happy reading,

April,

 

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Brief Updates

Hey, book lovers.

So, as always, I’ve been pretty busy! There is sooo much to be updated on that I can’t even tell you, but I’ll try, anyway. Here goes:

  1. I’ve very recently finished university at the University of Bedfordshire, and if you didn’t already know, I studied Creative Writing! Graduating next week with a 2: 2.
  2. I’ve been working with a bookshop company called The Works for two years now (last Sunday, actually), a year and eleven months or so in the Luton store. Then, very recently, I handed my notice in there because I really wanted to move back home to MK (homesick, I guess?) and my store’s area manager came in, saw me working, asked what I was doing when I left and got me a job in the MK store! I was buzzing, and it was such a lovely day! I’ve been working there for a couple of weeks now. Going well and everyone is lovely!
  3. I’ve started editing my YA novel, Silver, again. There is soooo much to be done on it, as this rewrite is mostly in notebook form for now, but it’s gone sooo much better since I started changing it. Yay! That makes me so happy, I can’t even describe to you.
  4. My other novel-series, a retelling of different classic fairytales, is kind of on a pause but I still have so many ideas for that.
  5. I’ve been buying and buying lots of books. I have no self-control. Judge me all you like.
  6. I’ve been reading, loads. I have way too many reviews to post at some point. I’ve been using my Youtube channel to post reviews lately but even those are slacking. I’m becoming a faster reader and my reviewing-mind can’t keep up. Oops. You can find that here, if you wanna browse, AprilGraceReads. Please feel free to subscribe!
  7. The other day, the 12th of July, marks four years since I went to Mozambique and Swaziland with World Challenge with my secondary school. Time flies, huh!
  8. There may be updates on the love life front, but I’m not going to go into that for now. Tehehe. Sorry!
  9. I’ll be attending a hen do and a wedding over the next couple of weeks. That’s gonna be weird.
  10. Life is good.

Thanks for reading,

I need to be more frequent with writing on here.

Happy reading folks!

April 😀

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