Book Reviews, Mental Health

Letting Ana Go by Anonymous

Letting Ana Go is a story about a teenage girl who develops an eating disorder. The story is told through a series of journal entries from the main character.

This book does a great job of highlighting how easy it could be to develop anorexia without even realizing it; as well as how difficult recovery can be. The story is very well done and intriguing.

I do advise caution when deciding to read Letting Ana Go or recommending it to someone else; this book could be very triggering.

My Rating: 4/5

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This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends is follows four high school students as one of their classmates takes their school hostage in a deadly shooting. 

This is such an emotional story; following these characters as they experience something so harrowing. Nijkamp does an incredible job of bringing these characters to life. It’s a great book with diverse characters and a compelling storyline.

My Rating: 4/5

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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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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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All the Rage by Courtney Summers

All the Rage is about a girl named Romy who was raped by the Sheriff’s son. Everyone in Romy’s little town decides to believe she is lying. When a girl with ties to both Romy and the boy who raped her goes missing, things get worse for Romy. 

This story wasn’t what I initially expected, however, it is a great book. Romy is an interesting and complex character. I enjoyed trying to dissect her feelings and attempting to truly understand her.

All the Rage is a tragic story that’s beautifully written.

My Rating: 3/5

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Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Don’t Even Think About It is about a class of 15 year olds who develop telepathy after getting the flu shot. 

I really liked the premise of this story, the idea of telepathy is fascinating. It was interesting to see the different reactions the characters had to developing the ability to hear others’ thoughts.

As much as I liked this book it could have been better. There isn’t a lot of character depth or development in this story. I think the story could have been better if it focused on a smaller group. But as it is, there’s about twenty individuals with telepathy that the book references, it got a bit confusing at times keeping track of all of the characters.

My Rating: 3/5

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Book Recommendation: Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

img_2490-copyIf you’ve read last Tuesday’s post then you already know I’m in love with Adrian Ivashkov who plays a big part in Bloodlines. Bloodlines is a spinoff of the Vampire Academy series. Reading Vampire Academy isn’t necessary for understanding the Bloodlines books, however Bloodlines does include spoilers to the Vampire Academy series.

I love pretty much everything about the Bloodlines series. The characters are amazing and the plot is fascinating.

Bloodlines is about an alchemist, Sydney, who is sent to a human boarding school with a royal vampire, Jill, in an attempt to keep Jill safe as her life is being threatened. While at this boarding school they are faced with distractions, romances, and threats. 

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The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

The You I’ve Never Knownimg_2432 follows the story of 17 year-old Ariel. Ariel and her dad have never stayed in one place for long. Now they’ve finally stayed put long enough for Ariel to form some real relationships, friendships and more. Life gets complicated when Ariel’s mother shows up claiming her dad had abducted her a a toddler. 

I enjoyed this book. The characters are good, and the plot is intriguing.

I only wish we would have gotten to see a deeper side to Ariel’s relationships. We never get to truly know any of the characters other than Ariel and her dad.

My Rating: 3.5/5

 

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And I Darken by Kiersten White

img_3957And I Darken is the story of two aristocrat siblings, Lada and Radu. Their father abandons them to strengthen political ties. Alone in an unfamiliar land the siblings befriend Mehmed -the Sultan’s son- and the three of them form a triangle that challenges the bonds of love and loyalty.  

The pace of this book is very slow. I found it difficult to truly care about the story for basically the entire first half of the book. In fact, the first half of the book seemed almost unnecessary, all of the information that was essential for the story probably could have been covered in 2 or 4 chapters.

The last 50 or so pages are the best part of the book, the pace pick up a bit and plot finally gets a bit more interesting. The characters are also good. Lada and Radu are interesting and complex characters, their roles are quite fascinating. Mehmed is a good character as well, although by the end of the book I found that I didn’t care for him. He’s well written, just not someone I would want in my life.

My Rating: 2.5/5

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Book Recommendation: Precious Stone Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

img_3914The Precious Stone trilogy has an interesting plot and some great characters. The writing has some minor flaws that I believe are mostly due to translating. Despite the books being a bit sluggish it still has a great plot that keeps you interested.

I personally found everyone’s lack of trust in Gwen annoying, and how they expect her to be all for their cause when no one will tell her what the cause is, or even just tell her the rules of time travel.

This series is good for people who like historical fiction and sci-fi, or those looking to expand their comfort zone.

The trilogy opens with Ruby Red. Gwen’s family carries a gene for time travel. There are only 12 people who inherit the time travel gene. It’s believed that Gwen’s cousin, Charlotte inherited it. That is until Gwen is the one that travels back in time. Lacking the typical upbringing and training of those believed to be the time travelers Gwen has trouble navigating the secret world of time travel. It doesn’t help that no one will answer any of Gwen’s question and her own mum tells her not to trust anyone, not even her own feelings.

 Sapphire Blue picks up where Ruby Red left off.  Time traveler Gideon’s younger brother is introduced, he helps the girls continue to unravel the mystery. Both the romance and fighting deepens between Gwen and Gideon.

Emerald Green closes the precious stone trilogy. All of the pieces of the mystery are finally revealed, and there are some good twists.