The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

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Book: The Piper’s Son

Author: Melina Marchetta

Blurb:

The award-winning author of Finnikin of the Rock and Jellicoe Road pens a raw, compelling novel about a family’s hard-won healing on the other side of trauma. 

Award-winning author Melina Marchetta reopens the story of the group of friends from her acclaimed novel Saving Francesca – but five years have passed, and now it’s Thomas Mackee who needs saving. After his favorite uncle was blown to bits on his way to work in a foreign city, Tom watched his family implode. He quit school and turned his back on his music and everyone that mattered, including the girl he can’t forget. Shooting for oblivion, he’s hit rock bottom, forced to live with his single, pregnant aunt, work at the Union pub with his former friends, and reckon with his grieving, alcoholic father. Tom’s in no shape to mend what’s broken. But what if no one else is either? An unflinching look at family, forgiveness, and the fierce inner workings of love and friendship, The Piper’s Son redefines what it means to go home again.

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SPOILER ALERT!!!

awwww….this book is so beautiful and just perfect like any other melina marchetta books.

i’ve always been impressed by her flair for making everything become so real, for making me love any of her characters even with their flaws. it’s just so…touching, you know?

i think i honestly preferred this to jellicoe road, but i’m not so sure. finnikin of the rock will always be the best one haha.

Rating: 10 stars

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

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Book: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Author: Jesse Andrews

Blurb:

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

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SPOILER ALERT!!!

Oh my gosh, this novel. That skip in your heart when you realised that Rachel was really, truly dead. Just like that. Honestly I was like the narrator, not really realising that she was dying until the last moment.

I love the reality of this book. There is no love story. He was forced to spend time with Rachel by his mom, and if he was honest: he does not like it. Rachel wasn’t saying wise last words; she was just pale and sickly in her last few weeks. This is real. This is how life is.

And I don’t know how the author incorporated humour in such a book so sad. This book was seriously laugh-out-loud funny. I was seriously snorting like Rachel the whole time.

And the character Earl is so touching. His determination, his sensitivity.

In all, this book is a touching yet super funny book, and it will take you on a up and down roller coaster.

Rating: 10 stars

Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Book: Opal (Lux #3)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Blurb:

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

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SPOILER ALERT!!!

WHY MUST EVERY FREAKING BOOK END THIS WAY WHYYYYY WHYYYYY MY LIFE IS NOW NOT COMPLETE UNTIL I CAN GET THE NEXT BOOK WHAT’S UP WITH THOSE CLIFFHANGERS NOOOOOOOOO.

Rating: 10 stars

Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins

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Book: Demonglass (Hex Hall #2)

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Blurb:

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch. That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (a.k.a. witches, shape-shifters, and faeries). But then she discovered the family secret, and the fact that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world-the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will either destroy her powers for good-or kill her. 

But once Sophie arrives, she makes a shocking discovery. Her new housemates? They’re demons too. Meaning, someone is raising demons in secret, with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

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SPOILER ALERT!!!

OMG WHAT THE SHIT WAS THAT ENDING!!! DON’T LEAVE ME HANGING LIKE THAT, BY A THREAD!! WHAT THE SHIT CAL!!! AND ARCHER!!! AND HER DAD!!! AHHHHH I NEED THE NEXT BOOK!!!!

Urgh I dont really like love triangles because one person will always get hurt in the end. and i’m quite sure it’s going to be cal :(.

Lol, haha this book was a really addicting and funny book. idk, i just found myself going through it at the pace of light. i loved the humour haha.

Rating: 10 stars

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) by Melina Marchetta

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Book: Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1)

Author: Melina Marchetta

Blurb:

Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.

Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside. He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.

But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin’s faith in her . . . but in himself.

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SPOILER ALERT!!!!

This book is just…perfection. I’m crying now as I read it. From grief, and from happiness. The suffering the people had gone through, their love for their country, their hope against all odds. They make up this book. The book was filled with twists and feels and everything that make it heart wrenching and beautiful.

I love this book. I cannot express my love for it. It was addictive and mesmerising and I spent almost all my time thinking about it. Isaboe and Finnkin are such strong, resilient people. And I have a feeling they are going to be my next OTP.

In my honest opinion, Melina Marchetta is one of the most amazing writers I have come across and all her books are just…perfect.

Rating: 10 stars

More Than This by Patrick Ness

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Book: More Than This

Author: Patrick Ness

Blurb:

From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life — or perhaps afterlife — of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this. . . .

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SPOILER ALERT!!!!

Ok. woah. Another Patrick Ness book. Well, what can I say? It is moving and thought provoking and a little more creepy than necessary. And it talks about many things, including suicide, the future, friendships etc.

I actually find the whole idea very interesting, like you’re living in a dream all this while.but I was still a little confused over how it all actually worked, like is the people you’re interacting with even real? Or are they just your imagination? And who da hell was the Driver? Was he even a human? No he isn’t, but what is he?

You can see that I’m not very happy with the ending. I think it was a little more vague than necessary, although,well, I LIKE vague endings. But still.

I actually really liked the relationship between the four friends and how it got from the close way it was to the ignoring each other way it was. And that maybe everyone was just so wrapped up around themselves that they just forgot about other people.forgot that other people have feelings too.

Another great book by a great author that I really recommend reading.

Rating: 10 stars

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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Book: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour

Author: Morgan Matson

Blurb:

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew–just in time for Amy’s senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she’s always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy’s mother’s old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she’s surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road–diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards–this is the story of one girl’s journey to find herself.

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SPOILER ALERT!!!

This heartbreaking yet heartwarming, poignant, moving book will take you on a journey you’ll never forget. Amy has just lost her father, a father she was very close to. And she believes that it is her fault. Shutting herself out of everyone’s life until she goes on an epic detour around America with Roger. A road trip that will change her life.

The book was about dealing with loss, and that some unexpected things just happen, in a blink of an eye, leaving you reeling with the aftershock. So, cherish your loved ones. Anything can happen.

The best part about this book was the people that changed Amy’s life along her road trip. There’s of course the hot and caring Roger, but other than that, there were many. The unexpected people that you meet on a trip. I loved all the characters.

The main character’s relationship with her mom and brother is also very touching. And the ending—it was perfect. Although Roger and Amy had to go their separate ways, but there was a lot of hope. And I never love an ending that was too definite anyway.

The romance was just right. The book wasn’t really about the romance, not like the title suggests. It actually takes a back seat. And it was just right, enough but not too much. And, btw, I really want to know more about the character Hadley. She has more depth than everything suggests. Lol should I write a fanfic on her?

And the whole layout of the book was beautiful. The scrapbooking, the drawings, the pictures, it gave me a really great feel of what they were going through. Buy a paperback or hardcover, and skip the kindle.

This book had it’s flaws, which are not very big anyway so I’m not going to talk about them, but in whole, a perfect book about the struggles of loss. Truly, to the stars through adversity.

Rating: 10 stars

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