You guys must know by now that I LOVE going to book events and I wasn’t going to miss this one. (Well… I almost did because of a flat tyre and I was 30 minutes late.)
Me with the lovely Sarah Rees Brennan, Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson (It looks like i’m photo bombing this picture but I swear i’m not)
(Please ignore my squinty eyes, my eyes can’t handle bright flashes )
Here’s Maureen creeping on me after she signed my books.She’s probably trying to kill me; you know, like she does. (I will explain that in a cut to avoid spoilers for those of you who haven’t read City of Lost Souls yet.)*
I had a bunch of books signed by Maureen and City of Lost Souls signed by Cassie. Unfortunately I forgot to bring Clockwork Prince with me to have signed but hopefully Cassie comes back when Clockwork Princess is published and I can have it signed then.
I love Cassie, Maureen and Sarah, they seem like great friends, they’re brilliant writers and they’re hilarious. What more can you want?! Definitely check out their books and if they ever have an event near you go see them!
The hunger games and the twilight saga (I’m not a twilight fan but I have read the books/seen the movies and they do stick to the books well)
Agreed but I don’t think New Moon really captured the heartbreak Bella went through for me… though it was great at portraying the depression lol. :D But hey, some emotions can only truly be told with words!
“Bloomsbury, the publisher of the “Harry Potter” series by author JK Rowling, also said it was counting on a new Rowling three-book box set tied into the Potter series, and a non-fiction account of spies in World War II to support sales in the coming year.”
“Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens.”—Carols Ruiz Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind (via how-novelistic)
We’ll be posting Letterbox Love posts from now on to show what books we’ve bought received etc.
Farhana, Radiya and I went to the Nicholas Sparks event at Foyles in London. I bought The Last Song, The Lucky One, Safe Haven and The Best of Me. I got all these signed as well as my old copies of The Notebook and The Wedding.
The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell was sent to us to review from Random House. Thank you so much for this Najma Finlay.
I think I already posted that I bought City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare a few days before publication. I also bought a ticket to the Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson Stratford event this month.
I won Die for Me and Until I Die by Amy Plum in a giveaway from Vivienne @ Serendipity Reviews. I was sent the books from Atom a few days ago, so thank you Vivienne and Atom :)
I bought Wonder by R J Palacio and this Hunger Games Mockingjay Pin from Waterstones. I was so excited to buy the Mockingjay Pin because I’ve been looking for it everywhere!
Now that I have more time on my hands I’m excited to start reading more, since I’ve fallen behind on my 100 Book challenge :S
I received this book for reviewing purposes from Random House last month. It was released recently in the UK (on May 10th) but I’ve just discovered on Goodreads that it was also released last year in the US. It didn’t take me long to finish it at just over 400 pages (including additional author content which I also decided to read) but I wouldn’t call it a book that I “couldn’t-put-down”.
This book is the epitome of my thoughts in this blog post. I loved reading the book (most of the time) and I’d happily read it again, yet I don’t think it was written amazingly. Readers on Goodreads have listed The Making of Us as Chick Lit but I think it fits in better as Contemporary literature considering the “chick lit” aspects are less important in the book.
Overall, the story was something I hadn’t read before so I was more than happy to read something so different. On the other hand, I found the beginning of the book difficult to get into. I didn’t really enjoy reading the beginning few chapters until we got to adult Lydia and Dean. I felt like a lot of time was spent on Lydia’s history where it could have been distributed more evenly between the siblings. After reading the additional author content, I’m assuming that Lydia is supposed to be the main character however this isn’t completely evident in the actual book until much later. As with all books with multiple narrators, there was also a lot going on in the beginning so it became a bit confusing to keep up with the various different characters. To deal with this, I found myself regularly returning to earlier chapters to identify characters.
My favourite characters by far were Lydia and Dean; I loved them almost immediately! Their growing sibling relationships had me squealing from happiness non-stop. I loved the similarities between the two of them and the fact that their personalities mirrored each other (and the fact that they both noticed it!). In contrast, I disliked Robyn’s character when we were first introduced to her. I didn’t like her controlling ways and frankly I feel as though she was presented as the perfect teenager and was unnecessarily placed into the book simply to highlight all of the imperfections of the other two characters. Additionally, Robyn’s story seemed independent to Lydia and Dean’s and didn’t seem to fit in with them until the very end.
Speaking of things that didn’t fit in, I really really didn’t like reading the chapters from Maggie and Daniel’s perspectives. I get that they’re both crucial characters in the overall story, but in a book which already has multiple narrators I wanted to see more from the siblings and less from everyone else. I especially disliked Daniel’s chapter as the whole book progressed without much focus on his feelings and then all of a sudden we were given his thoughts. I feel like the sudden chapter describing Daniel’s thoughts was very unnecessary and could have easily been excluded. I get that Daniel is important as the sperm donor father, but much like the siblings themselves I found myself feeling indifferent towards him.
Something I found interesting was that all of the siblings somehow looked alike: I loved the scene in which Dean and Lydia compared their noses! But at the same time I felt like it was a bit unrealistic for them all to somehow look alike. Similarly, it seemed like a lot of the problems within the book were resolved very easily. Although, most of this happened in the last few chapters by which time the momentum had already built up so it was pretty easy to just go with the flow.
In conclusion, despite my complaints I’d still happily recommend this book to any of my friends! If you enjoy romance and family stories this is the book for you!
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