As usual, I have been pretty rubbish at blogging recently, however the arrival of half term means I have some free time to share the highs (and lows) of what I have been reading. In the New Year I set myself some reading goals and decided to keep a list of everything I want to read this year. So far I am not doing too badly. I also decided that 2016 is the year of ‘rereads’ and added some of my favourite books of all time to the list including, The Book Thief, The Kite Runner and The Lord of The Flies. The latter I went to see at Regent’s Park outdoor theatre in the summer which was utterly amazing and definitely contributed to my motivation to reread the book.
Being one year off 30 (eek!) I still have no shame in admitting that YA is, and will forever be, my favourite reading genre. Explained here. I have read three YA books so far this year. Two were amazing, one not so much!
Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh
Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn’t pay much – Alex Holliday’s stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers – but it helps him and his mum make the rent. No one knows where the brilliant-coloured spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at maths, better looking. The rarer the sphere, the greater the improvement – and the more expensive the sphere.
When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. What they will find will change more than just their lives… Because the entire world fights over spheres, but no one knows why they are here or what their powers are…until now.
The premise of this book is very good and it started off brilliantly. I really enjoyed the sci-fi element which is often lacking in YA fiction. The idea of the spheres being ‘collectible’ was very relatable and brought back fond 90s memories of collecting Pogs, Pokemon cards and Crazy Bone figures. The idea of the spheres having special abilities to enhance human features added a slight dystopic/futuristic slant to the story. HOWEVER, about three quarters of the way through, the plot took a ridiculous turn for the worse and became an incongruous alien invasion. If anyone has seen the film ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ you will know what I’m talking about when I say this was an absurd twist in events that made me feel as if I was coming down from a major drug binge. Unfortunately, the ending made me wish I had never started the book in the first place. A real shame as the first half was really quite promising.
Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
This one gets a high rating for it’s front cover alone… pure beauty! I had heard great things about this one via Instagram and Twitter so decided to pick it up from my local library. Ultimately this is a typical YA romance. With it’s easy-to-read short chapters and likeable characters you will fly through it. Yes the story is predicatable. Yes you will guess the ending. But sometimes in life you need a bit of cutesy YA slush to keep you out of a reading slump. Fans of Colleen Hoover will adore this one.
Flawed by Celia Ahern
Rating 5/5 : Review Here