Review: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Review: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

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Genres: Contemporary, Family

Rating: 4 stars

I’m conflicted about how to write this review! I feel that me knowing so little about the story is what actually enhanced my reading experience, so I don’t want to give anything away. I also think it was what the author intended; Fowler cleverly told the events in a certain way and withheld information because she didn’t want readers to form any prejudgements about the characters and their relationships. Instead she wanted us to view them not only through the eyes of the protagonist, but for who and what they were. So here goes!

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Review: Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard

Review: Steel Scars by Victoria Aveyard

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Series: Red Queen #0.2

Genres: Novella, Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy

Rating: 3 stars

Warning: Contains spoilers for Red Queen and Glass Sword.

This prequel is narrated by Diane Farley, captain of the Scarlet Guard which is the revolutionary group that is currently fighting for change in a world where Silvers reign superior, and for the equality and fair treatment of Reds. This novella takes place prior to and during the events of Red Queen and so not only was it interesting to get to read the story from a different perspective, but it was nice to be able to peer into the world of such a secret organisation. Read more

Review: Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard

Review: Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard

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Series: Red Queen #0.1

Genres: Novella, Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy

Rating: 4 stars 

Queen Song is an insightful and poignant prequel that looks into the short life of Queen Coriane Jacos, first wife to King Tiberius VI and mother to Prince Cal. In Red Queen, little information was revealed about Coriane’s character but what readers did know, was that her death happened under very mysterious circumstances and so naturally, I’ve been eager to find out what really happened to the ‘Singer Queen’. Read more

Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Series: Me Before You #1

Genres: Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 5 stars

Me Before You follows the quirky, creative and warm Louisa Clark who unfortunately, has just lost her job. Accustomed to working in her local café for most of her adult life, Lou struggles to get to grips with her changing circumstances. However, it’s at her new job where she crosses paths with intelligent and once adventurous William Traynor; and this is where the beautiful yet heartbreaking story truly begins. Read more

Review: 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

Review: 12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

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Genres: Memoir, History 

Rating: 5 stars

12 Years a Slave is the deeply moving narrative of how Solomon Northup, born a free man in the state of New York, was kidnapped and sold on as a slave. Following Northup’s journey, readers are able to gain a better understanding of life in 19th century America, particularly for those who were constrained by the cruel and inhumane system of slavery. Read more

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Series: Red Queen #1

Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy

Rating: 5 stars

A society ruled by Silvers because of their superhuman abilities, deemed superior to the ‘ordinary’ and degraded Reds who live in poverty and are treated cruelly- just a brief outline of this dystopian world had managed to grab my attention and spurred me into giving Red Queen a try. I’m glad I did, because it became one of my favourite reads of 2015.  Read more

Start of something new

Start of something new

Hello and welcome to Full of Bookish Wonder! I’m very excited to have started this blog and cannot wait to start sharing my thoughts on what I’ve been reading, as well as interact with other bookworms!

I first joined Goodreads a couple of years ago and it quickly became my new favourite website. It made the experience of reading so much more interesting; being able to log all the books I’ve read and getting to see all the latest stuff my friends were reading- for a bookworm it was the perfect site. It wasn’t long before I found myself making more and more use of the review system they had in place. I was very much guilty of sneaking away from my uni work to scribble down a few ideas about what I’d like to say for my latest book review. Even my mum would sometimes just peer over at me, busily typing away and knowingly ask, “book review?”

So book reviews were kind of starting to be my thing.

My earlier reviews on Goodreads weren’t the best (haha I hope they’ve improved since) but the more I wrote, the more I realised that I loved being able to just talk about books and explore the journey they took me on.

So why not create a book blog?

My friend had long ago suggested this idea to me but the thought of not having anything creative or original to say always prevented me from actually doing anything. But then I realised hey, it’s all about expressing what I adore, and being able to connect with others who too, share the same love for reading. So here I am, to just enjoy what I love. Hopefully this blog is a reflection of that, and that others are able to enjoy it too.

Happy reading!

Gabrielle