alice's adventures in wonderland penguin classics

A couple of months ago I bought a gorgeous Penguin edition of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass. Admittedly, I’ve never read either of these stories but the original Disney film of Alice in Wonderland has always been one that I’ve loved watching. Sixth Form got really busy and after buying the book I didn’t get the chance to read it. With the holiday finally here, I’ve picked it up and I am in love with it. View Full Post

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I’m going to be honest, since January, I haven’t read half as much as I’ve wanted to. However, that hasn’t meant that I’ve read some amazing books! So, in no particular order, here are my top five book of the year so far.

1) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

the hate u give thug angie thomas ya young adult book

 

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Title: Things I Should Have Known
Author: Claire LaZebnik
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 27th 2017
Pages: 320
Format: E-book

“Meet Chloe Mitchell, a popular Los Angeles girl who’s decided that her older sister, Ivy, who’s on the autism spectrum, could use a boyfriend. Chloe already has someone in mind: Ethan Fields, a sweet, movie-obsessed boy from Ivy’s special needs class.

Chloe would like to ignore Ethan’s brother, David, but she can’t—Ivy and Ethan aren’t comfortable going out on their own, so Chloe and David have to tag along. Soon Chloe, Ivy, David, and Ethan form a quirky and wholly lovable circle. And as the group bonds over frozen-yogurt dates and movie nights, Chloe is forced to confront her own romantic choices—and the realization that it’s okay to be a different kind of normal.”

Things I Should Have Known explores the relationship between younger sister Chloe and her Ivy, her older, autistic sister and shows how Chloe, her mum and step dad all find way to try and connect with Ivy and look after her. I was so excited to read this book once I got it from Netgalley and devoured it within two days!

I absolutely loved the way that LaZebnik explored the relationship between both sisters. It showed the way that Chloe loved her sister aby thea  nd wanted to do the best by her but at the same time, it showed how she sometimes struggled with trying to gain an emotional connection with her sister and how she got frustrated with the things that Ivy would do. Chloe was a character that I wasn’t a massive fan of right at the start of the story but as I learnt more about her, I did begin to like her that little bit more.

The book didn’t focus on a lot of romance which was refreshing to read. We got to find out more about Ivy and Ethan and how they were trying to break out of this box that they’re family was trying to put them in. On a whole, the book was extremely well written and there were so many thing that I loved about it.

There were one or two small issues that I did experience with the book. I thought the relationship that did develop happened a little too fast and with very, very little explanation. As much as I loved not having the entire plot revolve around it, I feel that there could have been a little more time taken on it. As well as that, I felt that there were a few things at the end of the book that could have been wrapped up a little better as I did think that the ending was a little rushed.

All in all though, this was an incredible book and I loved every moment of reading it.Rating: 4 stars 
Netgalley has given me this book in exchange for an honest review

 

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Title: All The Forever Things
Author: Jolene Perry
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Release Date: 01/04/2017
Pages: 288
Format: E-Book‘Nothing is forever. Gabe knows that more than most girls. After all, she lives in a funeral home (it’s the family business), and she gets that everything in the world dies eventually – people, rumors, fashion trends, the nickname “Graveyard Gabe.” But her best friend, Bree, has been a constant in her life; it’s always been the two of them together. Until Bree starts seeing a guy who stands for everything Gabe thought they were against. How could Bree change her mind and go for someone like Bryce Johnson?


Now Gabe doesn’t know who her friend is anymore. And the only person who seems to have time for her is Hartman, the new guy, who is somehow not weirded out by the funeral home stuff (well, a little). Still, Gabe doesn’t want to lose her mind over a guy the way Bree has, so she holds back.


But a very strange prom night (driving the family hearse instead of a limo) will change what Gabe knows about friendship, love, life, and everything that comes after – forever and otherwise.’

 

Jolene Parry, thank you so much for making me have so much book love. I’ve been waiting for this book without realising that this was a book that I need in my life.

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Title: Zenn Diagram 

Author: Wendy Brant 
Publisher: Kids Can Press 
Release Date: 04/04/2017
Format: Ebook 
“Eva Walker is a seventeen-year-old math genius. And if that doesn’t do wonders for her popularity, there’s another thing that makes it even worse: when she touches another person or anything that belongs to them — from clothes to textbooks to cell phones — she sees a vision of their emotions. She can read a person’s fears and anxieties, their secrets and loves … and what they have yet to learn about calculus. This is helpful for her work as a math tutor, but it means she can never get close to people. Eva avoids touching anyone and everyone. People think it’s because she’s a clean freak — with the emphasis on freak — but it’s all she can do to protect herself from other people’s issues. Then one day a new student walks into Eva’s life. His jacket gives off so much emotional trauma that she falls to the floor. Eva is instantly drawn to Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist who also has a troubled home life, and her feelings only grow when she realizes that she can touch Zenn’s skin without having visions. But when she discovers the history that links them, the truth threatens to tear the two apart. Zenn Diagram,”

Zenn Diagram follows the story of a mathematically gifted, teenager called Eva who is unable to touch people or certain objects without seeing “fractals”, colours and feelings that she gets that help her to understand people and their past. Being honest with you, my love of maths was immediately caught my attention and drew me towards this book. Between my love for reading and maths, I could not wait to read this. 

For the majority of the first part of the book was something that I really enjoyed. I loved being able to get to know a bit more about Eva and her family. Wendy Brant gave an insight into Eva’s life which really helped me when I was reading the rest of the book. Given that it was written in first person, there were times in the book where everything just seemed a little too stereotypical teenager for me, especially given how intelligent Eva was meant to be. 

I feel like there was something missing when I was reading this and definitely once I had finished it but I think that was because I was expecting a lot more from it than what I got. The last part of the book, I feel like there was a massively drastic change in Eva that I wasn’t expecting but it wasn’t something that I thought was a good change either.
There was a lot of potential for this book; whilst having it as a romance story, there was a lot more movement that could have been made. I think it would have given both Eva and Zenn a lot more depth. Their back stories were quite interesting, if not predictable at times, so I would have hoped for there to be a little more attention on that. 

Overall, this wasn’t a bad book, especially if you’re just looking for slightly light read. I did have a few problems with it but it was still quite enjoyable. 

Rating: Three Stars 

I was given this ARC copy from Kids Can Press via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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