#BookReview: Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis

39939417Can you love someone who you cannot touch? Can you love someone when their touch can be death to you? Five feet apart explores the teenage romance when the odds are deadly.

“Stella Grant likes to be in control – even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.” [Goodreads blurb]

Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
Year Of Publication: 20.11.2018
Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK
Pages: 228
My rating: 4 stars

Five feet apart was a sweet contemporary romance between two teens with terminal Cystic Fibrosis and their struggles, both physical and psychological, in dealing with their illness, but also the disease that literally keeps them 5 feet apart. Stella loves being in control, whilst Will is the typical bad boy and I could not stop loving him. Both their characters have a lot to learn and understand about themselves, but Will is my favourite. Will is sassy and challenging, and I really liked the influence he had on Stella.

I listened to this as an audiobook and I really enjoyed it, however it could not stop comparing it in my head with The fault in our stars by John Green and Everything, everything by Nicola Yoon even if this one stands on its own two feet (or five), but something in me did not connect the full way. I struggled to feel the emotions that I knew that I should feel, but I didn’t; perhaps it’s because the plot was quite predictable and the ending we got was the only one that made sense and I knew it.

I would definitely recommend you to read this novel; I have learned so much about CF and I am interested to read some more about it now that I’ve read this.

Have you read it? What did you think?

xoxo
Jane

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Night school by C.J.Daughterty (this review contains spoilers)

12576579“Allie Sheridan’s world is falling apart. Her brother’s run away from home. Her parents ignore her. And she’s just been arrested. Again. This time her parents have had enough. They cut her off from her friends and send her away to boarding school, far from her London friends. But at Cimmeria Academy, Allie is soon caught up in the strange activities of a secret group of elite students.” (Goodreads blurb)

I am a massive fan of novels that take place in boarding schools so I was really excited to tenor.gifread this book! However, I’m happy I learned how to cope with disappointment because I wanted to hurl this book at the wall. It gripped me from the beginning, taunting me with sweet promises and whispers of mystery to betray me in the end. I’m still steaming about it two weeks after I finished reading it.

This review contains spoilers!

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The plot follows the classic triangle formula of girl out of her comfort zone meeting the strange boy and the charming boy. Insta-attraction is a given and protagonist has a hard time choosing between them two. Some mystery and danger sprinkled on the top and voila!… the YA cake. The plot worked, but the writing and characterisation didn’t work with it, making it flop like a fish on dry land. And what kind of ending is that? Everything made me believe that there was a fantasy element to this book and… it wasn’t! IT WASN’T! It’s like somebody decided it was a good idea to throw a plot twist on the reader; I’m sorry but I didn’t enjoy the joke. The Night School was literally an after school class sort of thing where they trained to become… world influencers? I am still stunned about that twist.

the characters

The characters lacked depth, felt uni-dimensional and generally pissed me off. I really liked Allie before she went to Chimera Academy. I didn’t understand what happened to her once she got there she had some sort of personality transplant as she suddenly became docile in 2 seconds flat. I really do not understand how a troubled young person suddenly is able to abide by the rules and behave like the past doesn’t matter; made no sense.

The males providing the angles for the love triangles are sponsored by the brooding Cliche Love TriangleCarter, and the charming and awfully rich Sylvain (I see what you did there!). I quite liked Carter, he was always telling her straight, although the miscommunication between them for three-quarters of the book was borderline stupid. I knew they were “it”, but somehow the plot kept maneuvering Allie between Carter and Sylvain; the latter I never liked.

To begin with Sylvain was merely conceited, however he was soon elevated to the statue of almost-rapist. Yup, you read that right. At the whatever ball, Sylvain got Allie drunk, although I strongly believe that he spiked her drink even though he denied it and cornered her into a quiet space. “He kissed her so hard her head hit the wall and she bit her tongue. Tears filler her eyes from the blow. She struggled to get away, her fists pounding at his chest, but it was all a bit hazy and she couldn’t quite remember why she was fighting.” And this goes on and on for two pages until Carter intervenes. What the F*ck?! I didn’t understand why Allie didn’t report him to the headmistress, and why she Wtf-Did-I-Just-Read-Wtf-Meme-Imageaccepted his apology for almost raping her. She was still not convinced she wasn’t into him. What the flying f**k was that? Why? Attempting rape is not ok! Shall I repeat that? Attempting rape is NOT ok! Just because someone likes you, doesn’t give you the right to touch them against their will, and someone under the influence is not able to consent. Also, writing about a character not reporting rape is also not ok! What kind of message is that? It get even27981106 worse as Allie briefly talks with Carter about it and her thoughts are that Carter might believe that she is a slapper (British slang for slut) for almost getting raped, and he just lets her believe that it was her fault when it wasn’t! Worse thing was that Carter knew that Sylvain did this kind of thing in the past to other girls. It pissed me off the way it was dealt with and I cannot forgive it!

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the writing

The writing wasn’t particularly bad, but the book was incredibly long for no good reason. Nothing really happens for almost two thirds of the book and when something happens it makes me want to hurl the book at the wall, so there you go. Why I continued to read it? Because I really wanted to know what was happening.

would i recomment it

No, however if you still want to read it after reading the review, please do so and let me know of your opinion. A lot of people liked this book, I didn’t, but that’s ok because we can have our different opinions, can’t we?

Xoxo 💋

Jane

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The Last Shadow Gate by M.W.Garza – Review

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As soon as I received The last Shadow Gate which was published on the 7th of March 2017 I almost screamed! You guys know how much I love Michael’s writing and for me this was his first book not zombie infested (Ha!) so I was really excited to read it.

Like always, Michael delivers a beautiful story about two half-siblings who suddenly find that they have to spend the summer together at their great-grandmother in upstate New York. Following the mystery of their great-grandfather disappearance through a mystical shadow gate located into the woods, they find themselves into a realm populated by strange creatures. Gavin and Naomi must learn to work together and trust each other in order to find their way back home, back to safety.  

The story starts slow, introducing the main characters, Gavin and Naomi, and building on their relationship whilst the promise of adventure is at every step, luring you in, tantalising the reader with each page. Although the beginning is much slower than what I normally prefer, it is well paced, with good writing and characters that vibrate.

I really liked the plot and how it all started because it was all so simple, the pieces of the puzzle all falling into place, whilst staying true to its characters. Gavin is twelve so as soon as his father mentions the mystery of Papa Walker and his quest for the Shadow Gate, he is hooked. Naomi, being the older sister, is reluctant to take the story of Papathe-word-adventure-500x330 Walker finding these mystical Shadow Gates at face value, so Gavin has a bit of a hard time to her her to run along with him. But now since they are both having to spend the summer together at Mama Walker’s home, why now explore and give into the spirit of adventure? Who wouldn’t? That’s the genius of it.

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The plot and the characters help propel the story forward in a way that is natural and easy to read. The two main characters are quite different in ages, but also personalities. Gavin is more on the nerdy side, enjoying computer games, whilst Naomi is more outgoing with an extended social circle of friends, although we do see glimpses of the little girl that misses her father. These characters develop from the minute they hit the page, and the writing really shows the different facets of their personalities. However, not only out main characters are enchanting, but also those which you’ll meet along the way travelling with the children past the point of no return.

Would I recommend this book? Hell’s yeah! Michael is not only a gifted wielder of words, but also a master in creating spectacular worlds with vivid characters to pull you in along for the ride. This beginning of series is very much promising and I am looking forward for the next one!

You can get The last Shadow Gate here!!

4-5-star

Michael W. Garza often finds himself wondering where his inspiration will come 411H8-2iXoL._UX250_from next and in what form his imagination will bring it to life. The outcomes regularly surprise him and it’s always his ambition to amaze those curious enough to follow him and take in those results. He hopes that everyone will find something that frightens, surprises, or simply astonishes them.

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Die for me – Amy Plum (Revenant 1)

9462812“Would you risk your life for me?” The book follows Kate who suddenly becomes an orphan.  Kate and her sister move to Paris to leave with their grandparents. Unlike her sister, Kate is deeply consumed by grief and prefers to hide herself in novels and museums. That is until she meets gorgeous boy Vincent, clouded in mystery and darkness to lure her in. From now on things should become more interesting.

***The following may contain spoilers and nuts! Proceed with caution!*** 

I loved the beginning of the story, the way her grief was portrayed and how she was struggling to adjust to her new life. After she meets Vincent , the tone somehow changes and as their relationship develops and we get the big reveal, I was somehow disappointed. My disappointment has nothing to do with the fact that this is not a vampire novel, but everything to do with the fact that it tried so hard not to be a vampire novel. On the same note, I am super-super confused about the lore. It was never explained to me how some people die and “just” become immortal. Some theories were thrown around, but not fully developed so I was still left unsatisfied. This story left me hanging.

The relationship between the two main characters as lovers was originally based on the same old instant-crush which imagealmost made me gag. When is this thing ever going to end in YA novels?! Can’t we just have people meeting and falling in love the normal way without any instant-crush? It’s getting old already!  When I started reading this novel I thought that I found a gem, however I was quickly disappointed by the direction the story took. The characters were not properly defined and too many cliche characters and scenes where thrown around. Also, the guy is so gorgeous makes my stomach flip! Do we actually have to have every single cliche? Why can’t he be just normal? Why does he have to be abnormally hot when he is already immortal? I just can’t deal with this shit anymore. I am FED UP with BEAUTIFUL characters on the outside which we don’t get to know much. I want to give a fucking shit about them, not assess their physical appearance. Is it more “love” if characters are beautiful? Is this saying that if you’re less than than you don’t get to experience love?

3005_jackie-chan-meme-whyIn addition to this, the story lacked any real action. There was a constant “I want you – I don’t want you” which gave me a whiplash. Nothing much happened after the “big” reveal, but these awkward scenes and lines that I could quote from other YA novels that I’ve read in this life. I will strongly encourage writers to read before writing, it can do wonders! 

I am very annoyed with this story because it had potential and the writing didn’t suck! Yeah, the writing didn’t suck, but the plot did! I can understand that it is not an action novel, however I cannot stand too much moping in one sitting; what I’ll do, is skip through irrelevant passages directly to the dialog if you do not keep me hooked in and be adamant on trying to explain me shit. I have a brain and I can think for myself and figure out what and why it happened. Writers lately have this idea what readers are dumb people who only read beer bottles. Dear writer, thank you for involuntarily making a negative statement on my intellect! Duck you all!

I will give this one 2.5 stars because the writing didn’t suck, however the plot did. Oh, I also loved the cover! 😉 I’am a sucker for good covers as you all know.

2.5-star