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All the Bright Places


ATBP coverHey Guys,

So today I will be reviewing All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. This book was one that I saw on the shelves at Waterstones and thought that it looked like a fun read! Also, according to Goodreads and numerous news sites, it is set to become a film in 2017! Such an amazing book so let’s hope the movie reflects that. Now let’s get on with the review!

Book Title: All The Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Date Published: January 6th 2015
Publisher: Knopf
Overall Rating:

4.5 star

Blurb:

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.

My Review:

All The Bright Places is a captivating novel written by an up-and-coming author and describes how a simple rally of events can drastically alter the future of anyone. This story in particular follows the tale of Theodore (Theo) Finch and Violet Markey. Due to unfortunate circumstances, they meet at the top of the school bell tower. Both helping to save the lives of the other, they form an unlikely friendship and eventually love. Their bond only growing stronger with a school project, this relationship is… well… complicated…

There is so much that I loved about this story. I loved the diversity of the characters and how some who you thought had perfect lives, were actually rather complex and abstract. Finch was an amazing character to witness. The diversity in his personality and how rapidly it changed made you realize that he was scared of who he could be and what he could do. In his life, it is clear to see how the factors and decisions of his family and friends made him the person he was. Violet also was a unique character. Her life being changed after the untimely death of her older sister, pulling out of clubs and isolating herself from her friends, her character and Finch really merge well together and create an almost perfect pair. The other character I would like to mention is Amanda Monk. She plays the classic “popular high school queen” role with her own posy and her crude nicknames for anyone not inline with the status quo. However underneath all that status and popularity is an uncertain, insecure girl with no idea how to save herself. We find this out when she and Finch meet in an unusual situation which shall remain unnamed in the view of no spoilers.

As well as the depth of the characters, the plot line was also extraordinary. I felt that everything Finch did throughout the story (all the wondering and visiting unique places) told us a lot more about his personality than just meeting the character. Towards the end of the book, Finch leaves a trail for Violet to follow. This leads her to all the places he wanted her to visit and each with a little memento left by him to show he was there. Each place he led her to was somewhere that few kids their age would have been interested in visiting. Yet throughout the story of the wandering and arriving in unexpected places, Finch told the deepest parts of his personality to Violet on that final wandering through every gift he left her. This made us realize just how in-depth his character was and how much he had grown to trust Violet in the short time he knew her.

There was honestly very little that I disliked in this novel. The one thing would probably be that I felt we didn’t get to know the real reason for decisions that Finch made and I found that to be almost unfinished in a way. I knew how it was going to end after Finch sent the emails to his close friends and family, however I found them to be very abstract and without a clear reason (however this did perfectly fit his character). I feel like right at the end of the book, there should have been a way to clearly understand what happened as I found it to be confusing.

Other than that one thing though, this book was perfect. Complex, interesting characters coupled with a perfectly deep and twisting plot line made this an enticing and gripping read all the way through. I would recommend this to anyone over the age of 13 and likes romance, occasional serious issues and hidden humour. It is a great addition to the world of YA and perfect for fans of John Green (TFIOS, Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska etc.), Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor and Park, Fangirl etc.), Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why etc.) and Gayle Foreman (If I Stay, Where She Went etc.). I look forward to seeing what else this new writer has up her sleeve.

Thanks for reading and I’ll post again soon!

~Spike

Anna and the French Kiss Review


Anna and the French KissHey Guys,
So today I will be reviewing Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I read this book last week and it just was so much more than I expected! Let’s get on with the review!

Book Title: Anna and the French Kiss
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Date Published: December 2nd 2010
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Overall Rating:
4.0 star

Blurb:

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

My Review:

This book follows the tale of Anna Oliphant, a privileged senior sent away to a boarding school in Paris where, kind of ironically, most of the kids speak in English and there isn’t much French said throughout the whole novel. Add in some not so loyal friends and a guy with looks to die for and this basically becomes the perfect teen novel. I’ve heard mixed things about this book. Some of my favourite authors such as (John Green or Cassandra Clare) have had nothing but praise for this book, though many members of online communities (like Goodreads for example) have been rather different.
***
There were a lot of things I loved about this book. I have always been an honest romantic and love reading about romances because, let’s face it, we all know how it’s going to end. For me, it’s more reading their story. In this book, the story follows a strange twisting pathway that brings us close and then far continuously until you almost hope the ending is different. Stephanie Perkins also has the amazing ability to bring humour to her writing. By around page 6 I was already laughing and the way she described many tragic novels and seeing the humour within them. This book is also extremely quotable. For example: “For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home”.
***
The characters also developed, some more than others. I feel at times, Anna became very rebellious and quite emotional. At the age they are, you would expect them to have extreme emotion and this is perfectly captured by Stephanie. St. Clair also developed. He became a lot more aware of how his actions affected others around him. Meredith became more absorbed into herself part way through the novel before becoming closer to Anna than ever. Even though there were some slight character developments, none were really very dramatic.
***
However much I loved this novel, I found the thing that stopped this being 5 stars was that right at the beginning, Anna hated the opportunity to go to Paris. Don’t get me wrong, if my parents forced me to attend a school over 4000 miles away, I would be pretty annoyed. But the fact still remains, it’s a brilliant opportunity and, what does Anna spend her first days doing? Lying in her room watching TV and acting like she lost everything. In my opinion, I felt like she should’ve been a bit more courageous and asked her new friends if they could show her Paris as she’s never been before. However, as the book progresses, she does start to enjoy it more and started taking advantage of the opportunity she had been given.
***
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves classic romance novels, humour and some drama as well. I feel like the ideal age for this would be 13+ as there are occasional conversations of more serious matters that, to avoid spoilers, I will not get into now. Overall, I loved this book and hope anyone else who reads it will love it too.

Thanks for reading!

~Spike

New Book Quotes


Hey Everyone,

I have just updated my Book Quotes page so if you want, you can go check it out! It has a couple quotes from John Green, a couple classic quotes about reading and books as well as one that I created which is a quote from Harry Potter. I would love it if you check it out!

Thanks for reading

Spike

PS I am behind on my reading this year as I have been very interested in the Pretty Little Liars series. Now that I am up-to-date with that, my reading should be back to normal so expect a review in a week on Sunday 🙂

An Abundance of Katherines


Hey Everyone,
Time for another Review Wednesday! This time I will be reviewing one of the earliest John Green Book, An Abundance of Katherines. Let’s get on with it!
An Abundance of Katherines

Book title: An Abundance of Katherines
Authors name: John Green
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Date Published: September 21st 2006
Number of pages: 229 pages
Overall rating:
3.5 star

Blurb:
Katherine V thought boys were gross
Katherine X just wanted to be friends
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail
K-19 broke his heart
When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.
On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun–but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

My Review:
This book tells the story of Colin and his very weird habits. To start with, the only girls that he has ever dating all were named Katherine. Not with a C. It had to be a K. On his hunt to take a break and enjoy life while he still can, Colin discovers a theorem. One that should solve his problems for good.
I liked this book. I did like the ideas supporting the story and I liked the idea of the theorem and the road trip. I like those types of stories because I find them exciting because you never know what could happen yet it is a nice simple read. I definitely recommend this as a summer read because it is nice and relaxing and simple.
One thing that I didn’t like about this book is that it is definitely for the more mathematical minded. I like the theorem and I am going to try and test it to see if it actually did work when I get home from holiday to where my book is.
Overall I would recommend this book to ages 13+ because it does contain some swearing but other than that, a great book and a wonderful starting point into the world and books of John Green.
Thanks for reading and DFTBA
Spike

Paper Towns Book Review


Hey Guys,

So today is another Review Wednesday and I will be reviewing John Green’s 3rd book, Paper Towns. Let’s get to it!

Paper Towns

Book title: Paper Towns

Authors name: John Green

Publisher: Speak

Date Published: September 22nd 2009

Number of pages: 305 pages

Overall rating:

4.0 star

Blurb:

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life — dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge — he follows.
After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues — and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.

My Review:

This story is about a boy called Quentin Jacobsen. He lives in an area in Florida. This story follows Q as he journeys across all parts of America to find his runaway friend, Margo both physically and metaphorically.

Before I go any further in this review, I must say it has been about 8 weeks since I read this book so it may not be very detailed. I am trying to tie up reviews that I need to do. I loved the way this story flowed through each scene and how the pieces of the puzzle fitted together perfectly. It almost appeared like John wrote it backwards to figure out how it would all slot together.

The one thing that I didn’t like was some of the references in the book. I also think that it could’ve delved a bit deeper into the other characters lives so you felt a deeper connection. I have kind of mixed feelings about the ending because… well I would tell you but that would involve spoilers and I am not a spoiler type of person.

I would recommend this book to anyone age 13 and up who loves mystery novels and most of all, loves John Green’s books!

Thanks for reading and see you next week!

Spike

PS The release date has been announced! Look for this movie on July 31st 2015. For more information about this movie… read the book 🙂 😛 😉

Reading Quote 4th August 2014


Hey guys,
Sorry for the lack of posts regarding Monday and Friday’s. I should be back on track when I get home from holiday in about 9 days, so in just over a week. Anyway this is today’s book quote!
You say you're not...
This quote is from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post. I shall be seeing you on Wednesday with my Selection Series overview 🙂
Spike

TFIOS Movie Review ~ SPOILER WARNING


Hey Guys,
So yesterday I went on a half day shopping trip with my best friend and one of the things we did to top of the day was to watch the TFIOS movie which came out last Thursday. This review may contain spoilers so if you have not watched the movie or read the book yet, do not read the review.
TFIOS Movie POster
This isn’t so much a review as a massive discussion about how AWESOME this movie was! So you started off with a brief about 5 minute overview of Hazel’s life without certain details. All the details come into play later on in the movie however. As a lot of you who have read the book will know, there is a lot of texting that goes on between Hazel and Augustus. In the film, the texts were shown in little speech bubbles in the spare space. I found this amazingly clever as it added a personal touch to the film. As in all book based films, some of the parts were missed out. This was barely noticeable unless you had read the book numerous amounts of times and knew it almost by heart. However there was one particular scene that was missed out which contained a quote. This quote was My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations, yet even with this scene skipped, it didn’t make too much of a difference. The gas station scene was so touching and as soon as it started I knew exactly where we were in the story. Well done to Ansel for perfectly performing this scene. From this point onward for the rest of the film, I could hear the whole cinema sobbing. To counter that point, from the beginning the whole audience was laughing at the funny bits and crying at the sad bits. A final note just to say thank you to the staff at the cinema for handing out tissues at the end of the film. #TFIOS
A great film for a great book. Well done John Green!
DFTBA and thanks for reading!
~Spike

Reading Quote


Hey Guys,
Sorry this is a bit late but I have exams coming up next week and I spent a lot of last night revising. Anyway, it’s morning now on Tuesday but I’m still posting this up! Here is our reading quote for this week:
John Green Quote
I have recently discovered the vlogbrothers and the great, amazing world of Nerdfighteria. I would be lying to say that I am not currently addicted to watching these videos. High five to all those other Nerd Fighters everywhere!
Thanks for reading
~Spike