Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Poetry
Main themes: Family, Loss, Love
Rating: 5 stars
And we are living.
Isn’t that amazing?
How we manage
One follows the lives of conjoined twins Grace and Tippi. At 16, it’s amazing that both have survived for so long but now that their family has run into financial difficulties, they must now survive the new challenge of what state school will bring them. As the year progresses, they soon have to face a decision which will turn their world upside down. A very emotional, lyrical, and beautiful read which magnificently depicts the love of two brave sisters.
Genres: Young Adult, Romance
Main themes: Loss, Love
Rating: 3 stars
Lennie’s world will never be the same after her older sister Bailey has passed away unexpectedly, leaving poor Lennie at a complete loss. However, a grieving Lennie’s life becomes a lot more complicated with the arrival of charismatic new guy, Joe Fontaine, in addition to some strange and undeniably crazy feelings towards Toby, her sister’s boyfriend. This story shows us how Lennie adjusts to a world without her vibrant and shining sister in it. Read more
Genres: Cultural, Historical Fiction
Main themes: Family, Love, Loss, Society
Rating: 4 stars
“‘Promise me you’ll always love each other,’ she’d say, as she drew her children to her. ‘Promise,’ Estha and Rahel would say. Not finding words with which to tell her that for them there was no Each, no Other.”
Jumping between 1969, and 1993, we see how a series of tragic events impacts an entire family. A prejudiced and blind grandmother, a bitter and poisonous great aunt, an elitist ‘Marxist’ uncle, an oppressed and loving mother, and a set of dizygotic twins for who “there was no Each, no Other”. Read more
In order to celebrate 1 year of Full of Bookish Wonder, I will be holding a giveaway! The winner will receive copies of:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
In order to enter, all you have to do is comment below with the best book(s) you’ve read so far this year!
Please read the terms and conditions below before entering, and good luck!
Terms and conditions
- This competition ends on 30th June 2017 at 11:59pm (GMT).
- One winner will be picked at random, and notified on 1st July 2017.
- The winner will receive a copy of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews.
- The winner’s contact information will be kept confidential, and discarded once the giveaway prize has been posted to them.
- This giveaway is available internationally.
I couldn’t let today pass by without mentioning that 12th June marks the 1 year anniversary of Full of Bookish Wonder! 🎉 So in this post I thought it would be nice to reflect on the past 12 months, highlighting some of my favourite moments from my book blogging journey.
Series: Red Queen #3
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy
Main themes: Personal Growth, Society, War, Power
Rating: 4 stars
Mare Barrow has been captured and imprisoned by newly appointed Silver king, Maven Calore. As the months stretch by, Mare’s strong will is truly challenged as she spends most of her days in solitary confinement, is plagued by some of her most unbearable memories, and tortured in the worst way possible. And without her lightning, suppressed by the constant presence of Silent Stone and her Arven guards, Mare is suffocating. But Maven has no intention of letting Mare go. As one of the notable members of the Red Guard, Maven uses her as a pawn to help advance his political stance in fighting the rebel group. And then there’s his own hidden agenda; which sees Mare fall deeper and deeper into the dark labyrinth that is the catastrophic King’s mind. This is a deep one!
Genres: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Main themes: Family, Coming of Age, Racism, Empowering Women
Rating: 5 stars
The Secret Life of Bees follows the journey of 14 year old Lily Owens, a girl who’s always been troubled by the hazy memory of a fatal accident that killed her mother when she was just 4 years old. Her upbringing hasn’t been the best thanks to her mean-spirited father, and she’s wanted nothing more than to just get up and leave. One afternoon, Lily does find herself running away, but with Rosaleen, her housemaid and only friend after a racially motivated arrest and attack. Travelling to Tiburon, South Carolina, they’re led to a house painted Caribbean Pink, home to sisters and beekeepers August, May and June Boatwright…
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Main themes: Identity, Personal Growth, Power, Society
Rating: 5 stars
This book! It’s been a long time since I’ve experienced an overwhelming excitement about picking up my kindle to continue reading a story, or felt a buzz of anticipation knowing I’ll be seeing my favourite character again. This Savage Song has genuinely impressed me and become one of my favourite reads.
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy,
Main themes: Personal Growth, Magic
Rating: 3 stars (3.5 is more accurate!)
Note: I was sent a copy of this story by the author in exchange for an honest review.
After a devastating incident, Adelaide ‘Addie’ Auctor’s comfortable life back in Salem, Massachusetts becomes a thing of the past. In order to stay safe, she must pass an initiation test to get into a secret but prestigious university called The Wicked Cabal. This is no normal university though as it’s specifically for those who perform magic. Off to a jarring start, Initiation proves to be one of the hardest challenges Addie has had to face. It doesn’t help that she’s separated from her brother, Augustus- someone who’s always been her rock and protector. And so with such little experience, and with painful memories so fresh, is passing initiation something Addie can do? Read more
I’m hoping that these habits aren’t as unconventional as I fear they might be… It would be great to know if there are a few of you out there who also do the same (sometimes silly) things as me when it comes to books!
#1 Looking up every unfamiliar word
Whenever I read, I like to have my phone handy so that I can Google any words I don’t understand. Sometimes I’ll ask whoever’s around but if I don’t find out the meaning then I find it really hard to progress with the book. Even if it’s easy to guess what the word means, I like to know it’s proper definition because it stops me from worrying about whether I’ve misinterpreted something, or whether I’ve missed out on what the author was trying to say.