the night circus

Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Published By: Vintage Books, Random House
Publication Date: September 13th 2011
Pages: 502
Format: Paperback“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. The black sign, painted in white letters that hangs upon the gates, reads:
Opens at Nightfall
Closes at Dawn 
As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparking against the night sky, the sign appears:
Le Cirque des Reves
The Circus of Dreams
Now the circus is open.
Now you may enter.”

The Night Circus has been sat on my bookshelf for such a long time now. I’ve been wanting to start it for ages but it’s a thick book and it wasn’t something that I wanted to start in the middle of school. I wanted to make sure that I had the time to really appreciate the writing since I had heard so many good things. I’m so, so glad that I waited to read this.

There were parts of this book that felt poetic to me in the way that it was written. Everything just seemed to flow so well and I didn’t get bored of the writing.  The Night Circus doesn’t contain a lot of speech which I can sometimes find a little dull. When I read books like that, I get put off by the chunks of text. The Night Circus didn’t have that effect on me though and I really did appreciate all of the description that was put into the book.

To be completely honest, for a good part of the book, I wasn’t entirely sure where the plot was going to lead. To some extent, I did like that. It gave the book more of a sense of mystery. I thought it was really smart how everything eventually wove together to bring into the last chapter.

It was book that had me hooked for start to finish and I wish that it hadn’t of ended. I was drawn into the magic of The Night Circus and I would love for it to be a real place I could go to!

Rating: 5 Stars

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if there's no tomorrow young adult book review harlequin ya book net galley Title: If There’s No Tomorrow
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Published By: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: December 14th 2017
Pages: 384
Format: Ebook

“Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances. 

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. 

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened. 

For what she let happen. 

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?”

 

If There’s No Tomorrow follows Lena in the days before, during and after an accident that was set to change her life forever. I was kindly sent this book through Netgalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. View Full Post

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blackbird
Title: Blackbird
Author: N.D. Gomes
Published By: Vintage Books, Random House
Publication Date: November 16th 2017
Pages: 287
Format: Ebook

“My name is Alex. I am fifteen years old, and I don’t know where my sister is. Or if she will ever come back.

On New Year’s Eve 5,000 blackbirds dropped dead. The same day Olivia McCarthy went missing from a small coastal village in Orkney.

Now Her younger sister Alex is on a mission to find out just what happened to Olivia. But does she really want to know all the answers?”

The blurb of Blackbird was the first thing that made me want to pick it up. I love a good mystery book but I sometimes find the blurb or the first chapter can be a little too corny and it immediately puts me off of it. Thankfully, after reading the first chapter of the book I wasn’t put off at all. It pulled me in straight away. Blackbird was such an easy book to read simply because you wanted to know what was going to happen. View Full Post

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paper towns john green book review ya young adult Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green
Published By: Speak
Publication Date: October 16th 2008
Pages: 305
Format: Paperback

“Who is the real Margo? 

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs 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 the girl he thought he knew…”

This is the third John Green novel that I have read after reading Looking for Alaska and The Fault In Our Stars. I had actually started Paper Towns around this time last year and for some reason when I had put it down, I never picked it up again. I’ve been working through my TBR pile through the Summer and this was one of the books that was on the list. View Full Post

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Summer time is always a great time for reading for me. I’m done with the school year. There are no exams for me to worry about. All my revision is packed away. I have ample amounts of time to dedicate to reading and I make the most of it. So, here are my summer reads of 2017!

summer reads a quiet kind of thunder caraval fantasy ya

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard

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