Book Review: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

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As most of you know, I tend to read more fantasy than contemporary YA, but I was blown away by this book! I picked this up for a read-a-thon that I didn’t complete back in the summer, but I did managed to read this book, and boy!, it delivered. This is by far one of the best books I’ve read this year. It is fresh, exhilarating and diverse – no wonder is the #1 New York Times Bestselling debut. 👏

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The characters: Madeline, a young woman of half-Asian, half-black heritage is allergic to the world (rare disease called SID), confined into her house since she was a baby. Ollie, the new boy next door is charming, rebellious and full of life. What I really like about the characters is that they don’t whine, they don’t mope around.They each have their difficulties: Ollie’s father is abusive to their family, whilst Maddie is confined to her house, unable to leave and has only known the company of her nurse and her mother’s frequent visits. Both their stories are heart wrenching, however they have the ability to pull themselves together and work with what they’ve got. I really liked her nurse as well, she was a kind, warm character who understood Maddie a lot more than her own mother did at times.

The only way to describe the relationship between Ollie and Maddie is magnetic. When reading the story, it feel like they are pulled together by an unseen force, gravitating towards each other naturally, like the world is finally righting itself. I felt nothing forced about their relationship, it all falls into place the more they interact and their stories are revealed like puzzle pieces.

The characters in this book are Everything because their relationships, their hardships and sorrows is what makes you connect with each and every single one of them and to care about their lives. I will not be able to forget any time soon how angry and sad I felt after all the puzzle pieces fell together. It all does resume to the human condition, doesn’t it?

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The plot is pretty simple: girl meets boy, they fall in love, the world wants to tear them apart. Nothing I’ve not seen so far. What makes this book great, is the writing of Nicola Yoon, the way in which she is forcing these characters to act or react to show what they really made of (and that’s good stuff!). This is not groundbreaking stuff, but the characters, plot and writing complement each other so much it is hard to put down. It is the kind of book that stays with you after you finish reading it. You’re angry, happy and sad with the characters and it works great. I also thought that I might have problems with the format of the book as the characters communicate online a lot, however I found that in this instance it worked well.

I loved, hated and wept with this book, and I highly recommend it. The movie was out recently as well, however I did not had a chance to see it yet, so I will have to wait until it comes out on DVD.

Have you seen the movie or read the book yet? What did you think? Please comment down below with your thoughts and recommendations for some more diverse reads. I recently bought The hate u give by Angie Thomas and I am really looking forward to read it.

Love always,

Jane

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August 2017 Wrap-up & Mini-reviews

This beginning of August caught me in a right reading slump and I barely read anything. I hoped that once WWReadathon will begin in the last week of August, I will be once again cured, and thank Heavens that I was actually right! Only the sight of a book would induce me into a right panic and I am betting my money to fault is the huge pile of Books To Be Read next to me. It is literally huge!

So this month I only managed to read… four books! FOUR books!!!!! Like what’s that?! 😞At least, with the exception of one book, all my reads have ticked at least 4 stars, although I am gutted that I did not manage to complete the WWReadathon. I went quite strong until I was coming home from work too tired to read. I am quite upset as this is the second one that I am unable to complete, however I am still going to finish my TBR for it. I have three books left to read in the pile, and this are thankfully smaller in size than Feed (had a lot of pages!).

                  What I read:
  1. Two Cabins, One Lake (Alaskan Romance #1) by  Shaye Marlow. I actually started this book in July, but didn’t finish it until August. I really struggled to get to the end as after the first few chapters, the book was fuelled only by sexual desire and and incredible amount of stupidity. I ended up skipping through pages just to see how it would end, and omg! I do not know where that ending came from. I really tried, but unfortunately it wasn’t for me. ⭐
  2. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. I was waiting for quite some time to read this book and I was so not disappointed. It pulled me right out of my reading slump and hooked me in. I will do a full review on it soon. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  3. Feed by Mira Grant. This is another book that I’ve been dying to read and it was amazing! A little slow paced for my taste, however it was very well executed, so another ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  4. His Viking bride by Olivia Norem. Last, but not least, this romance novel was actually well written, with interesting characters, and a spunky female protagonist. I really enjoyed reading this, so ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

 

I also went halfway through I am number 4 by Pittacus Lore, but I am struggling to finish it. For some reason I cannot get to care that much for the main character so had to more or less force myself to continue reading and I have 100+ more pages to read! I know this is a really hyped up book, and that a lot of people love it, however it did not work for me. Have you read any hyped-up book and you ended up not liking it?

Xoxo 💋

Jane

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Wonder Week Read-a-thon is finally here!

Hello my lovelies!

It is Friday here in England and I am happy to say that our first day of the Read-a-thon just started!

The funny thing is that I have completely forgot today it was the 25th and I kept on referring that WWReadathon will be starting next week until I (somehow) realised what date it was! Duh! 🤦🤦🤦🤦

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At least I did realise it was the 25th and that I do have prepped a perfectly good TBR list that I have shared with you guys in a previous post where you can also find the Bingo Board to select what you want to read.

I am super excited to start reading Everything Everything as the movie is now out in cinemas and I want to go to see it only after reading the book. Have you read Everything Everything yet? Did you like it?

As you already know, I am also hosting two days I think the 26 and 27 of August and I came up with a challenge that I have decided that I will reveal tomorrow for all Book Bloggers. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WWReadathon on both Twitter and Instragram. I will probably be posting some short games on Instagram as well on my two hosting days, so follow me there @ Jane_Kelsey and on Twitter @ Jane_Writes13.

If you are participating please comment down below as I am really curious on what you chose as your bingo board and your TBR!

Xoxo

Jane 💋

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Finally, my Booktube-a-thon update!

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I’ve had such a crazy time last week trying to juggle working full time, doing the Book-tube-a-thon, and going away Friday to Sunday for a Hen party, and just now I found the time to sit down and write this. I am so behind schedule with a lot of things, so I am hoping that this weekend I can spend it in a more productive manner!

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From my Booktube-a-Thon list there were some challenges that I managed to do, some I didn’t. I did read 7 books, however I didn’t get the chance to read outside as the weather was horrendous in the UK. I also went away for the weekend for a hen party with only my kindle, so I managed to read 3 books during that time (Don’t know how, I swear!).

The 2017 Reading Challenges & my choices:
1/ Read a book with a person on the cover – The Secret Circle by L.J.Smith✅
2/ Read a hyped book – Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon ❌
3/ Finish a book in one day – Vampire Academy graphic novel by Richelle Mead and Emma Vieceli ✅
4/ Read about a character that is very different from you – I am number four by Pitacus Lore ❌
5/ Finish a book completely outdoors – Realm of Mindweavers- Book One: Tales of Golmeira by Marianne Ratcliffe ❌
6/ Read a book you bought because of the cover – Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick ✅
7/ Read seven books – The summoning by Kelley Armstrong ✅

  • Instead of the three books that I did not get a chance to read, I read the King trilogy by  Mimi Jean Pamfiloff.

I wish I would’ve managed to do it all, do the Instagram challenges and all of that, but I am quite pleased that I have managed to read 7 books in 7 days against all odds! I suppose that at the end of the day I must be happy that I have accomplished that.

How did your Booktub-a-thon go? How many books did you manage to read?

XOXO 💋

Jane.

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Booktube-a-thon TRB list! Finally! ;)

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7 days of intense reading? Sign me up for the Booktube–a-thon!

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For those who don’t know, the Booktube-a-thon is a weak long readathon involving competitions, twitter sprints, instagram and video challenges and it runs from the 24 of July to the 30th of July, and the rules are simple: follow the challenges and read 7 books until time’s up!

The 2017 Reading Challenges & my choices:
1/ Read a book with a person on the cover – The Secret Circle by L.J.Smith
2/ Read a hyped book – Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
3/ Finish a book in one day – Vampire Academy graphic novel by Richelle Mead and Emma Vieceli
4/ Read about a character that is very different from you – I am number four by Pitacus Lore
5/ Finish a book completely outdoors – Realm of Mindweavers- Book One: Tales of Golmeira by Marianne Ratcliffe
6/ Read a book you bought because of the cover – Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
7/ Read seven books – The summoning by Kelley Armstrong

In the meantime, as I was late posting this up, I have already finished reading Hush Hush and I will soon tell you what I thought about it! *Wink*

In the meantime don’t forget to interact on my Social Media, you know how much I like it!

Goodnight,

XOXO 💋

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