Book Reviews

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Song of Achilles follows the story of exiled prince Patroclus and hero Achilles. We see how their friendship develops over years and the trials they face from family and war. 

It’s a good story, although I did find it rather slow paced. The ending is so emotional, it had me bawling, despite that by then I quite disliked Achilles, pride is not a good look.

My Rating: 2/5

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Starr is a black girl from a poor neighbourhood who attends a mostly white private school. She has different personas for her school life and her home life, the line between these personas blurs after Starr witness her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer. 

The Hate U Give is a phenomenal book. This is such an important story; and extremely well written. I have so many feeling about this book and no words for them.

This book will make you angry, and it will make you cry. I lost track of how many times I had to put this book down in order to get my crying under control.

My Rating: 5/5

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale is about Offred, a woman living in a newly formed social order. Offred can remember what life was like before, now she struggles to find her place in a society where her only purpose is to bred. 

This is the first Margaret Atwood book I’ve ever read. I don’t love her writing style, I found there was a little too much attention to unnecessary details. However, the premise of The Handmaid’s Tale is so phenomenal that the writing almost doesn’t matter.

The best and worst thing about this book is how easy it is to picture Offred’s world becoming our world.The Handmaid’s world is composed of events that have actually happened.

My Rating: 4/5

Book Recs

Book Recommendation: The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare

The Infernal Devices trilogy was my first introduction to Cassandra Clare’s writing. I’m glad I picked up this series before The Mortal Instruments series. I found the characters in The Infernal Devices to be a lot more interesting and way less annoying. Also, the Clare’s writing seemed to be less tedious in this series.

The only bad thing about this series is the ending is a little neat, it didn’t feel genuine. However, the series is still well worth a read.

The Infernal Devices trilogy follows Tessa as she gets swept into the supernatural underworld. With the help of her new demon hunter friends, Will and Jem, Tessa faces a battle against evil forces that want to take over the UK. 

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is about two boys who meet at the pool and form the unlikeliest of bonds. Ari and Dante are very different, yet somehow their friendship just works, despite all of the hardships they go through.

This novel is very emotional. They story will have you crying and laughing, sometimes at the same time. I believe most people will relate to either Ari or Dante. So much about this story is relatable that there is something in it for everyone.

Personally I found a lot of myself in Ari, which is a little sad. However, it’s nice to know there is someone who could relate to me, even if they are a fictional character.

My Rating: 5/5

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The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

Wren is the quiet good girl, one day she saves Greyson from choking. They feel an instant connection that feels like it could become something amazing. 

The Promise of Amazing is a great book. It has a lot of great humour.

Being a quiet girl myself, there were a lot of parts that I could relate to and completely agree with. Everyone’s idea of what quiet means, and it’s view of being a bad thing. That being quiet is something you need to change about yourself if you want to be successful.

My Rating: 4/5

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Cocktails for Three by Madeleine Wickham

Cocktails for Three is about three friends who work at the same magazine and meet for cocktails on the first of every month.

The premise of this book is good, however, it is poorly written. About every second or third page the focus switches characters; it made it difficult to really get into the plot lines. The whole story felt rather blah. The novel lacks a hook to make you want to keep reading, and the plot is fairly predictable. None of the characters were particularly likeable.

My Rating: 1/5

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Why We Love Books

That title is a lie. I can’t tell you why we love books. However, I can tell you why love books. Maybe some of my reasons for loving books will overlap with yours, and maybe not.

I wasn’t very fond of books until I was eleven years old, when I was introduced to The Tripods series by John Christopher. They were the first books that I wanted to read on my own, I really loved the story. After that I started picking up book after book, developing a love for the written word.

Books are a great – and cheap – way to explore this world, and others, without ever having to leave the comfort of your home. They provide a sense of comfort, finding stories that show you aren’t alone in they way you think, or what you’re going through. You can explore an endless amount of possibilities between the pages of a book.

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Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

Love Anthony is a heartwarming story about two women on Nantucket. As Beth, a mother of three, struggles with finding out her husband has been cheating, she rediscovers her passion for writing. Olivia, grieving the death of her autistic son and going through a divorce, runs away to Nantucket. The two women help each other through their struggles.

Throughout the novel we get to read bits of Beth’s story, a story told in the voice of an autistic child who can’t talk.

Love Anthony is a heart-touching story, and a definite tear-jerker. This has quickly become one of my favourite books.

My Rating: 5/5

Book Recs

Book Recommendation: The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

I can’t remember exactly how I came across this book, but I’m glad I did. I have a fondness for anything that evokes feelings of coziness. The Little Book of Hygge is all about finding ways to incorporate hygge – which is a feeling of coziness but also way more than just that – into your life. This book features some gorgeous artwork and has a great way of explaining what hygge is to a non-Dane.

The Little Book of Hygge explains the Danish concept hygge, a term that can’t fully be translated into English but is similar to the feelings of coziness and homeliness