Book Review: All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

Right. One month.

I’ll try to document the two week trip to America, and then the other missing two weeks? School. HELL.

WHO’S SCHOOL HAS THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF SCHOOL MORE STRESSFUL THAN EXAMS?

MINE.

MMMIINNNNEEEEE


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Name: All The Bright Places
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Ember / Knopf (1st ed)
Release Date: September 6, 2016 / Jan 6, 2015 (1st ed)

Synopsis

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death. Every day he thinks of ways he might kill himself, but every day he also searches for—and manages to find—something to keep him here, and alive, and awake.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her small Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school—six stories above the ground— it’s unclear who saves whom. Soon it’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. . . .


Book Cover Comments

It’s cute.

A very contemporary message-bringing book book cover.


The Actual Review

I had a lot of high expectations because of goodreads choice awards and what everyone said.. but… no.

I just didn’t really click with ATBP. I think the greatest problem that caused all of this was because the perspectives really confused me. I dunno, just felt like at the beginning there was so much going on, I lose track of the characters.

And thats the reason why I never read Harry Potter. Firstly I can’t pull up so many character faces in my mind. And secondly, I watched the movies. And thirdly, too much going on. Ok I sidetracked.

Also, at certain points, we lose Violet’s perspective completely, and that part just confused the heck outta me. I had absolutely no idea what was going on.

 

Tbh half of the time I had no idea what was going on in this book. It was somewhat really hard for me to catch up onto what was going on. There are parts where it gets really interesting, but because of my low-hype throughout the book, it became awkward. I think in general, the build up of Violet and Finch was just really mellow, and I get why, because this is kind of Jennifer Niven’s biography in a sense, since she’s sharing a personal experience of hers but in this form.

Also, I think I never understood what the story surrounds until I got to the ending. I always thought it of (mild spoilers btw) “There’s a reason to live on, you might still suicide but hold on” instead of what the book is, which is “the survivor of the incident, as in the sidewatcher”. I think this stumped me up. Also I just have to say, the ending felt rushed to me, everything just happened. And because of that misunderstanding, it didn’t leave me a good impression.

Like ok I get this is for a good cause, at occasional times its really sweet, the message its giving readers I understood because I can associate with it, but I just didn’t really dig into it. Also I personally like to know everything, I’m nosey, so when there are one or two things that the author left out on purpose, it itches. I’m sorry but I’m a real pandora right here.

 

So overall, this is just my opinion and my reading experience, you might like it you might not, it really depends on how the book hits you and if you understand whats going on.

Book Review: My Not So Perfect Life – Sophie Kinsella

New review here we go.

yes I’m doing this in English class because I’m not bothered to work on my World Literature essay, and I have no notes on me to come up with a proper topic!


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Name: My Not So Perfect Life
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Bantam Press
Release Date: February 7, 2017

Synopsis

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?


Book Cover Comments

I kinda wanted the other cover, but some how it was this one!

Aesthetically very pleasing. I totally love the fonts used, and the little illustration of Katie was adorable. I can’t stop noticing how the placement of everything is just amazing. Gods.


The Actual Review

I didn’t realise it at first until I started reading this book.
That I purchased an Adult Fiction.
I usually go for YA, and I’ve actually never tried adult fiction before, so this is a totally new thing to me. It started off a bit slow, but it caught up really well later on, and it was super interesting and fun.

So this book would be more reflecting on real life situations and not so much beautiful falling in love whatsoever contemporary YA books, and the real life situations are on point.

Katie and Demeter both have troubles going through their lives, how their family affects their job, vice versa, relationship issues, as well as their love for their families. You’ll see how it all plays out when you read the book.

The unravelling of these two’s lives and their troubles, and how their relationship changed throughout the book was really interesting to see. While reading this book, I kept getting The Intern feels. Yes, the one featuring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. And then I rewatched The Intern after I finished the book.

I super love that the company this entire job surrounds is a brand logo/illustration company, and how Katie’s skills tie in with what she does back in the countryside when she goes there. And that’s the first domino tile that kickstarts everything.

The description of the countryside farmhouse seems pretty luxurious, honestly. I kind of want to go there and experience nature, because I’m a 100% nature person. And the elements and activities provided in the program of the hotel-camp business that her dad set up seems really fun as well. There were also a lot of humor inserted into the events that happened during the visiting of different guests.

Btw, there’s a heck ton of gossip and shade going on, and this is a really key point to the plot in the book. Why, I won’t tell you, but it’s how every bad turn on either Katie or Demeter, not spoiling you, started to happen, and what I like is that the book ended in a “solving mystery” way, which just makes things more interesting.

Last but not least, the cute sweet love involved in this book. Geez whenever Katie and her crush has interactions, my heart flutters like hell, and these two takes intimacy up a level. Totally love it. And the ending totally broke my heart :)


My Not So Perfect Life is a perfect chill read on a hot summer day or a cool autumn afternoon, suitable for anyone looking for a bit of the real world out there, a little bit of The Intern and a little bit of love.

Book Review: Twisted Palace – Erin Watt

 

My memory of this book is starting to get a little stiff here… I’ve read like 3 e-novels and 2-novellas between Twisted Palace and writing this.

Why did I read those e-books? Because I can’t get enough of the Royals feels, I needed some *cough cough* genre to brighten my mood :) (lmao)

Btw the synopsis is 500% spoilers if you haven’t read the first 2 books… so yea. Read at your own risk :D


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Name: Twisted Palace
Author: Erin Watt
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Release Date: July 25, 2016

Synopsis

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.


Book Cover Comments

This is a really different color scheme from the previous two books, with the grey dominance compared to the color dominance in the previous two books. But to a certain extent, I guess it signifies something :) events :) This shitty reviewer is spoiling you right now :)

Btw did I mention I love the constant line that appears on all three books:

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU.

Tbh they did.


The Review

 

Once again, each book is really different from the others. Paper Princess focuses on Ella Environment, Broken Prince on Reed Redemption, Twisted Palace on Event Ecstasy. Yes for the sake of alliteration. #ReviewsBLiek

Twisted Palace has A LOT of twists (rOLL CReDiTs) and turns with the events, revelations, and there’s just a whole lot on your plate. What’s different in this book compared to the others is that there’s a mystery constantly going on through the book, and things get real complicated because of what happened. But anyone loves a little bit of mystery and crime ;) You would keep guessing the suspect, in which I guessed correctly even though I doubted that person a billion times because there were so many more options… ooo la la.

Revelations here and there, from the beginning to end, it’s just filled with surprises that you would never expect. The last few revelations were especially shocking. And because this book focuses more on events, I wouldn’t say I was as hyped during reading this book compared to the initial ruin when I read Paper Princess, as the feel is indeed really different, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

What I enjoy the most?
Warning that there might be spoilers. Predictable spoilers. So uh if you don’t wanna know, skip the words in pink.
ELLA AND REED FINALLY GOT TO GOD DAMN FOURTH BASE. HOLY. FUDGING HELL, IT MELTED MY INSIDES AND I DIED. OK? IT’S THAT BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING, WHEN THEY BECAME ONE AND ASDFGJKL I’M DYING RIGHT HERE, LIKE ERIN DECIDED TO TORMENT US WITH TWO BOOKS OF DILEMA AND WAITING AND FINALLY WE HAVE IT

We all know the rest of the Royals are legit trouble and insane to a certain extent (We’re all Mad here. -Louis Carroll lmao), and I’m glad to see their troubles resolving bit by bit in this book. And oh can I talk about how Ella is starting to stand up for people in school and knowing how to keep things in order? And despite how bad some friends can be, they can be of assistance sometimes, and I find that friend-hate relationship of a certain few people pretty fun.

This book also terribly reminds me of overprotective a.k.a. helicopter parents. Love it. Aaaand hate it. But the advice people give Ella regarding parents are pretty true. All parents are overprotective and annoying, so you’re not the only one. Though I’d like to get rid of annoying parents like this lmao. I mean, who doesn’t?

So I won’t say too much in this review, since it’ll probably be repetitive with the past two ones, but despite the less hype for romance here, i extremely love the mystery woven into this wonderful tale, and it is definitely unforgettable, extremely well written, a series that is based on reality to a point that it is so true.

All I can say is? love love love.

Sadly I couldn’t find much quotes on goodreads, so let’s end with the only and only:

She got under my skin the moment I met her, and she’s still there, in my blood, in my heart.

Book Review: Broken Prince – Erin Watt

And I couldn’t read anything after Windwitch because I got Twisted Palace and Broken Prince. Spent one day finishing each cus its crazily addictive, romantic and amazing.

Also just note that with each of the Royals’ series, the synopsis pretty much spoils what happens next. So if you want to 100% avoid spoilers because I’ll probably include a little bit, don’t read it lol.


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Name: Broken Prince
Author: Erin Watt
Publisher(s): Everafter Romance
Release Date: July 25, 2016

Synopsis

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU…

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.


Book Cover Comments

Honestly let’s just talk about how the synopsis formatting and paragraph wording mirrors each book. It’s kinda cute. And the blue on the cover? So beautiful. Watercolor effects are just asdfghjkl, and the crystals that compose of the crown :)


The Review

 

My friend told me how she preferred Paper Princess compared to Broken Prince, but I think each book and what it’s surrounding is so different in it’s own way, that its not something that I would really like to compare.

“I’m done playing games, Ella. No other girls exist in the world for me. If you see me talking to one, know that I’m talking about you. If you see me walking next to someone, I’m wishing it was you … You’re the only one for me.”

Paper Princess is where Ella discovers her new world, and the First Love. Broken Prince is where Reed redeems himself and opens up, the Blossoming Love. Twisted Palace, which is the next review I’ll be writing, the Eternal Love.

“She’s mine and always has been. From before we even met, she was mine and I was hers. I fought it too long, but I’m giving in now. I’m all in now.”

There’s a little bit of a dilly dally push and pull relationship between Ella and Reed when they have to deal with each other again. Some people might find it a bit cliche, but hey, what romance is NOT cliche?
And no one cares when each time Reed and Ella kisses or makes out or whatever, it burns you like hell because it is hot and steamy, and just the stupid wait till they get to fourth base is just frickin agonising. I wanted to see my Royal ship get to fourth base. And do you, current review reader, think it’ll happen? I probably gave it away but I won’t give it away. lol me.

“I’m willing to do almost anything for you. I’d go back in time to change things if I could.” He gazes down at me with determination. “But I’m not leaving you alone.”

We go through a lot of different stuff in Broken Prince as we go deeper down into the Royals, and not necessarily everyone, but the secrets and pasts go on and on and on, and the entwined web of lies and complications just gets more crazy and crazy. To a point where its so complicated that it’s probably getting away from reality, but that’s what makes the book so interesting. It literally gets you thinking: why? what? huh? jesus fml wtf?
But it just kind of makes you like each Royal boy more and more. You want to understand them and feel them until you reach their very soul.

*sobs*

“I missed you every second you were gone. I thought about you every goddamn second. You want to hate me for what I did? Don’t bother – I was hating myself for it long before you showed up.”

*sobs again*

One of the things I see from Broken Prince that I really like would be what happened to the school the Royals attend. Since Gideon the eldest brother was in school, he was the enforcer who regulated the student body and kept them in shape. Reed kind of slacked, but power was still pushed in. And ever since Ella left, we get to see more of how the school is pretty much messed up (lol) and what happens when it’s not regulated. (wait oh shit i think the plot between broken prince and twisted palace is fusing tgt i mean i read them one after the other in 2 days)

We all do, because that girl flew into our house like a whirlwind and made everything come alive again. She brought steel and fire. She made us laugh again. She gave us a purpose—at first, it was us uniting against her. Then it turned into us standing beside her. Protecting her. Loving her.

And Broken Prince really doesn’t only refer to the mistake that Reed made, but also deep down into his past, and this just booms and harmonises even more of why Ella and Reed are the perfect perfect couple to compliment each other, how they help each other up because they truly see each other.

*Sobs*

And getting to the ending, Erin Watt decides to drop another cliffhanger bomb on us. Jks no. DOUBLE CLIFFHANGER BOMB ON US. TWO EVENTS THAT IS THE KEY PLOT POINT OF WHAT BOOK 3 WILL BE SURROUNDING! SHOCKING! OMG! NOW YOU, READER, MUST GO READ THE ENTIRE SERIES!

“I do. You said it yourself—I see you. I see your hurt and your loneliness. I see your pride, and the way it stops you from leaning on anyone. I see your big heart, and how you want to save the world, including an ass like me.”

As long as you don’t mind really really really messed up societies, families, relationships, human beings and excessive swearing (i excessively swear everyday lol), as well as some sweetheart aching smut and third bases, go read Broken Prince so you’d be broken as well, and then die all over again.

He told me to stay away. He told me I didn’t belong. If only I’d listened to him.

 

Book Review: Paper Princess – Erin Watt

Finished this book under 24 hours spanning two days on the calendar, a.k.a. from 11pm to 6pm because it was so God damn amazing, it burned through me.


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Name: Paper Princess
Author: Erin Watt
Publisher(s): Everafter Romance (self published!! woah!)
Release Date: April 4, 2016

Synopsis

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

HE MIGHT BE RIGHT.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees. 


Book Cover Comments

I love the golden lines of the crown, and even though the physical book doesn’t shine or anything, the texture and the gradient color gives the illusion that it does. The watercolors at the back are really pretty, but I think it contributed to the mysterious “cheddar cheese” blots on my copy of Eleanor & Park 😂


The Review

Oh.
My.
Effing.
God.

This book is so insane, I can’t even describe it. It’s just… asdfghjkl
Pure Romance ffs, kills me, swept me off the charts and INTO THE UNIVERSE!

I just wanna talk a little bit about the target audience of this book. It’s more of a new adult than a young adult book in my opinion, and I recommend this for anyone who is around 16 and above, since the book uses sophisticated, sexy and luring language and scenes to intoxicate readers’ minds, and I was oh dear. #@$&@*#^%#@&^$*!^@&$# (hidden msg)

Also, the review will be slightly spoilery in terms of the relationship status, but hey, that’s the entire point of romance ;)

OK before we dig in into the main stuff of this to be spectacular book review, it’s time for another round of Joanne compares a book to an anime.

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I mean, of course it’s Diabolik Lovers. Duh. A girl going into a house of 6 brothers, each attractive as hell, except that the girl here is the complete opposite of Ella.

Somewhere along the line, I started thinking that if I just got through this bad experience, this bad day, that tomorrow I’d have something better, brighter, newer.
I still believe that. I still believe that there’s something good out there for me. I just have to keep going until my time comes.

Ella comes from the gutter, and living among legit “royalty” (pun!) is not easy for her. She needs to grow accustomed to the luxuries in the Royal’s life. Yes you might think it’s easy to switch from poor to rich, but there are so many different behaviours between these two social levels (i’m sorry if i’m being discriminant), she has a lot to take in.
But what I love so much about Ella, is that all her qualities in life and her character that was born in her remained unchanged. She faced challenges and problems without ever thinking of running away, and she was never a coward. She even stood out in the sense that she does things that no other rich person or Royal would ever think about doing, such as working in the bakery.
She’s able to try to ignore most of the bad things that are happening around her, and her optimism is just really inspiring.
And the fact that she’s so brave because the next quote…

“You want me to say it?” he whispers. “Fine, I’ll say it. I want you. I fucking want you.”

I mean, there’s only one reason why our wonderful Reed would say that. Oops spoilers. Well it’s not really spoilers, since the entire point of a contemporary romance is so that the girl and the boy mentioned in the blurb has a 99% of falling in love.

Reed, I’d have to say, is a bit of an idiot. How do I describe him, kind of holding back. RIGHT THE BEST DESSERT TO DESCRIBE HIM: Lava Cake. Yes yes a whole ton of boys have Lava Cake personalities, but who frickin cares? It’s the clichés that make things more interesting. Reed is pretty tough to Ella sometimes, and somewhat overprotective of the ones that he cares about, but that’s what I like about him, for the fact that he really cares about his brothers (and maybe Ella HMMM HMMM) And when you cut open that cake and all that chocolate fondue flows out, oh my goodness this boy is fudging (pun!) insane. And some of us all know that there is a part of Reed that belongs to destruction and insanity, a.k.a. messed up. But that wouldn’t stop anyone of us from loving him, eih? :)

 

“I was having the best dream,” I mumble as he curls his body around my back.
“What was it?” he says roughly.
“That you showed up in my bedroom and held me all night long.”
“I like that dream,” he whispers in my ear and then he does just that—holds me until I fall asleep.

The interactions between Reed and Ella will keep you tumbling in a whirlpool of love and hotness, literally giving you sweet-heart-aches over and over again as you read it. The two’s relationship is really interesting throughout the book, with their ups and downs and ups and downs, and of course, it is for you, potential reader, to see what it is cus I AIN’T GONNA SPOIL ZE DETAILS.

(and while I’m typing this up, it’s Thursday morning near noon at school during break time in Hong Kong, and I’m wondering when Book Depository is going to ship Broken Prince and Twisted Palace, because I’m craving it.)

“You should know whatever game you’re playing, you can’t win. Not against all of us. If you leave now, you won’t be hurt. If you stay, we’ll break you so bad that you’ll be crawling away.”

The toughest situation in Ella’s life is her origin, as well as the fact that gossips exist in high schools where she and the Royals go to. All those Queen Bees b like ASDFGHJKL and you just wanna punch them in the face because they’re such jerks. But that didn’t keep Ella away. She didn’t shed a single tear for them, and went over the barriers that were put up in front of her over and over again.

This house is an illusion. It’s polished and pretty, but the dream Callum is trying to sell is as flimsy as paper. Nothing stays shiny forever in this world.

And to talk a little bit about the rest of the Royal family, yes, every single Royal is as messed up as each other. Each has their own addiction and blindness to something in their life, but excluding Father Royal, every other Royal boy is as captivating and as charming as the other. Much love much love. You’ll be introduced to some of the “Queen Jerks” at school, as well as a good friend that Ella will make. Aaaand a few other characters that will make an important appearance.
Speaking of the person who pretty much has the antagonist role, it reminds me of Scum’s Wish. I think Joanne needs to stop with all the anime related references.

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This book is absolutely captivating and absolutely amazing. To so many different levels. I’ve never read a pure YA/NA romance like this, and I am enthralled and entranced.

And to give you one last present, feel free to skip this line if you want to avoid slight spoilers: the very last line of this book that will make you want to know what happens afterwards in Broken Prince.


I’ve fallen from the sky and I’m not sure I can get up. Not this time.

Book Review: Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

It’s true that a contemporary book can make any day feel even more sweeter and better. ooo i hear my dog bark.


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Name: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: November 8, 2016

Synopsis

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.


Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.


Book Cover Comments

Simple, cute, straight to the point, perfect for a contemporary book ;) Also credits to my friend Jonathan (not that you’ll ever read this) for introducing this book to me, because I died.


The Actual Review

After a roller coaster of fantasy and depressing life, it’s really true that a sweet star-crossed contemporary romance can cheer your day up.

Eleanor & Park is such a sweet contemporary romance filled with mini arguments and interruptions through out their relationship, I thought it really reflects RL when every couple is only trying out and beginning to get used to a new person in their life. The book must also be praised for it’s diversity and the fact that it addresses some social standard stereotypes, and one of those that was in the book somewhat, in a way, applies to me? No shame here. That’s what I really love about this book, the fact that it’s expressing some issues that people are feeling nowadays, why they are uncomfortable around other people.

It was also interesting to see how Eleanor & Park started off, how they first interacted and talked to each other, as well as how they learnt to accept each other’s flaws, which is of course, a really important aspect that we need in our daily lives, even with family and friends. (and animals, too.)

But seriously, the ending was really heartbreaking, and here’s my reaction.

*flips page. Acknowledgements*

“Wait What”
*flips back and forth*
“What the hell r u srs”
“Shit”
“WHAT THE”
“NO WHAT THE HELL WHAT IS THIS ENDING YOU CAN’T JUST LEAVE IT HERE”
“SMVKJBAKMOIVMASLDI”

Yep that was my wonderful verbal reaction which I actually said out loud. Then I went to my friends for therapy because I didn’t know how to deal with the ending. A nice thing about the ending is that instead of being a close ended future if you get what I mean, it is an open ended future that can lead to so many paths because the final ending and how it will turn out is blurred. That gives the reader a wild imagination of what will happen to Eleanor and Park in their far future. Though I personally prefer closed endings just because I want to draw a “full stop” to a story.

I’d also like to talk about the school life of Eleanor and Park, and as I said, there are some stereotypes going around at school and terrible behaviours going on. I really like how it’s addressed in the book, because, of course, it increases the book’s diversity and just really shows how flawed humans are (sorry if this might be controversial) and how much more we can be improving.

Both Eleanor and Park’s family separately are also really interesting to learn about. The power in the family, how the family runs, their fears and their lives, accepting and not accepting, rules, regulations, all these things you will be seeing in this book.

*yes i know this is a fairly repetitive book review but i’m sorry i dunno wat 2 talk abt*


 

Spark up your day with this fluttering romance and stay stunned from the beautiful ending, as well as smile at the diversity of Eleanor & Park.

Book Review: Under Rose Tainted Skies – Louise Gornall

Oh wow. It’s not Fantasy!

Contemporary!

The 2nd Contemporary in my history of book blogging! (not that I started for long.)

The next book I’m going to review is my Insider’s Guide to Disneyland Hong Kong, exclusive for cast members, NOT FOR SALE. It’s not even fictional! Factual and documentative!


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Name: Under Rose Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Publisher: Chicken House
Release Date: July 7, 2016
(ooo Lucky 7)

Synopsis

Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother.

For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a ‘normal’ girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths …

An important and uplifting debut from a British author, which tackles mental health issues such as agoraphobia and OCD.


Book Cover Comments

So I saw on Google about how this book has three colors: Persian Pink, Persian Rose and Lavender Magenta. Now, when I was at Waterstones this summer, they pretty much only had Persian Rose so I got that, and its not neon blasting colors like the other ones, so that’s my fav 😂

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Also, the golden birdcage that shimmers on the physical book with the heart is cute, and it’s also really deep and metaphorical.


The Actual Review

This book is the absolute sweetheart of my week.

And it’s something really meaningful as well.

So as we know from the premise, Norah is a girl who has agoraphobia and OCD, and in this book, Gornall really goes through all the details and gives the readers a full experience of what a person with these two mental health issues are, so that we can understand these people another step better and it’s also a way for us to not freak out if we ever encounter these type of people.

Norah has many stereotypical questions and thoughts and concepts that is shared not only by those who have mindsets like her, but any teenage girl would go through these type of questions, and from there, I feel a connection with Norah, and sometimes I just go: “Seriously Norah, of course that’s not what they think.” or, “Norah dear, *sobs*.” Her character is extremely well written, and it is really meaningful for any girl to read if they have self confidence issues (me) and doubts with society & relationships (me). Anyone would see the world in a whole new way after reading it.

In this book, we are also introduced to Norah’s new neighbour, Luke. And OMG Luke is such a cute guy, you will actually fawn over his sweet and cuteness in this book. Luke is basically the dream guy. Now, I don’t know much about his appearances whatsoever (when I read, there’s no such thing as hot or not. Because I have a set cast for every single book, it’s just about if I’m using them or not XD The main characters pretty much stay the same face XD), but this boy is super caring for Norah whenever they have their interactions, and he is sweet on many levels (I’m getting repetitive), and he is an extremely thoughtful person, aware of what he should do or not around Norah, though sometimes Love does not get held back by that control. Luke is also really accepting with who Norah is, and finds ways to associate himself with Norah so that they might have better connection. (which they did)

The ending was a tad bit confusing and all? Like, I didn’t quite catch some details and where it happened, but there’s one thing I know for sure, is that Norah is improving by the minute, and the fact that she was able to reach Luke in time was really brave of her.

And I was also saying how this book has a great understanding of what life is, and the obstacles and challenges that come at it. So I must quote something from the epilogue of this book that is really really really true, and thank you Louise for reminding me about it:

“Your mind adapts to what worse is. Suddenly, that thing that seemed so terrifying at first is dwarfed by the next challenge that comes your way. But you adapt again and again and again, until you find yourself fearless.”

Under Rose-Tainted Skies is a beautiful book about a girl who locked herself in a birdcage, and the one with the key that will bring her out of it and filling her heart with love.