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Stacking the Shelves (15)

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Here it’s chance to share the books you’ve acquired this week and what you’re excited about. So it will be a weekly Sunday occurrence to see what we’re ‘Stacking the Shelves’ with!

Books Bought:

The Casual Vacancy

Anybody who dares to disrespect this book, moan about swearing/sex or adult please leave now. This is most definitely not Harry Potter, but I applaud Rowling for branching out in diversity and showing us what an amazing author she is. The Casual Vacancy is a different read so far, but it’s still my baby.

E-Books Bought:

Samantha Young

After really enjoying On Dublin Street by Samantha Young, I thought I’d check out one of her young-adult books, so I’m trying Smokeless Fire which sounds awesome!

For Review:

EntangledEverKnife Sworn

I actually requested Knife Sworn by accident because I want to read the first book whilst this is the second, but I clicked request and got approved before I could decline the request. Still, I’ll give it a read and hope I understand. Then I got Ever and Entangled, we’ll see how these go. I wasn’t going to request Entangled, but I heard great things from someone, so they convinced me to request.

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On Dublin Street

On Dublin Street

On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Adult

Publication: Published August 31st 2012

Four years ago, Jocelyn Butler left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Edinburgh. Burying the grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without any real attachments has worked well for her so far but when Joss moves into a fantastic apartment on Dublin Street, her carefully guarded world is shaken to its core by her new roommate’s sexy older brother.
Braden Carmichael is a man who always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Jocelyn in his bed. Knowing how skittish Joss is concerning any kind of relationship, Braden proposes a sexual arrangement that should satisfy the intense attraction between them without it developing into anything ‘more’. An intrigued Jocelyn agrees, completely unprepared for the Scotsman and his single-minded determination to strip the stubborn young woman bare… to the very soul.

My Review:

I was enthralled from the very first moment. I’m not usually a plain romance girl, in fact, I’m probably never a plain romance girl. There are the odd exceptions, generally in young-adult, but I much prefer to read about vampires swooping in, or some sword wielding hero in a land long forgotten, or petticoats and top hats. Modern day romance is far from being my thing. However, I turned a corner with this book that has certainly made me think that I need to make more exceptions for good romances. Although, this book had a lot more depth than just a hot man and a swoony romance. It had heart-breaking sentiment and a truly stunning twist of emotion and friendship that really kept me reading and had a few tears flowing. Still, I’d label it romance despite the depth of the back story.

I think that’s what really drew me in to label this a “good” romance the fact that we had a well developed back story with some really heart felt issues. There could have been so many problems with this story, but I think Young always managed to reign the plot in at the right moment and whilst it wasn’t perfect the storyline was plausible and really just unfortunate for poor Joss. Her harsh life seemed to only get worse, even when she was escaping, but she did mature as a character and flourish. The problems she faced were dealt with in a proper manner and not just brushed aside. I felt Young didn’t just try and fix the problems with short term solutions that wouldn’t work and she made it more believable which made this contemporary work.

Because reality has no authority there. My imagination controls everything.

Joss was a girl with a lot of issues that she wasn’t dealing with at the start, but then her “hero” swoops in and he’s not perfect. He’s cliché, predictable, but he’s oh so sexy. He wins points every time on how hot he is. I really couldn’t get enough of this man and I would clearly read this book again to just swaddle myself with his presence. He was strong and commanding and he never become overly obsessive and Christian Grey on Joss’s ass, but he was firm and he didn’t allow her to shy away from her problems. He learned to understand her and push her in a healthy way. For me, it was what made his character so likeable the fact that he worked for the benefit of Joss and he never gave up. He happened to be crude and crass at times, but I still managed to fall for this man.

“Asshole.” “Just for that, I expect you to wrap that dirty mouth of yours around my cock tonight.” He narrowed his eyes on me.
I couldn’t believe he’d just said that to me in a fancy restaurant where anyone might overhear. “Are you kidding?” “Babe,” he gave me a look that suggested I was missing the obvious, “I never kid about blowjobs.”

Then we have Joss’s friendship. I think these were what really sold the whole package deal of this novel to me. She pushes everybody away, but slowly across the novel we notice the cracks and how people seep into her life and she forms these friendships that are so abhorrent to her because she’s scared. She’s so scared and it’s endearing. I found connecting with her character to be so flawless. The friendships she created reminded me slightly of my own dysfunctional but entirely normal and I think Young’s novel is so effective because she touches on society and the heart breaking realisms that we deal with. She doesn’t shy away from the problems but storms ahead and deals with them effortlessly.

“Rhian, we’ve talked about this. Normal people don’t like to be called names. For some reason, they tend to take is personally. And you are a tad bitchy, by the way.
“Normal people are so sensitive.”

On another note, this was my very first e-book and after having a few problems assimilating to using my new kindle, I eagerly devoured this novel and I think I can only say that goes in its favour. I’ll be keeping this book as a rainy day read. Definitely check this one out, because I think Young has some real potential and Braden is just hot with a capital ‘H’!

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Semi-Charmed Life

Semi-Charmed Life

Semi-Charmed Life by Nora Zelevansky

Genre: Chick-lit, Romance, Young-Adult, DNF

Published: July 3rd 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin

In Nora Zelevansky’s hilarious debut, Semi-Charmed Life, an Upper West Side naïf, Beatrice Bernstein, gets swept up in the seemingly magical life of socialite Veruca Pfeffernoose, while ghost writing her blog. Veruca’s glitteringly opulent world soon seduces Beatrice away from her own insular, arty family with a promise of fancy parties, travel outside Manhattan (for once) and one desperately cute guy. But when her new glitzy lifestyle starts to take on dark undertones, Beatrice has to decide who she is—once and for all. With her own magical touch, Zelevansky deftly explores the world of rarified Manhattan in this sparkling modern fairy tale of first love, finding one’s voice and growing up

My Review:

I was stepping out of my comfort zone in picking up another ‘Chick-Lit’ novel particularly because my experiences with them have never been very good and they are not books I like. Generally I really ABHOR ‘Chick-Lit’. However, I felt that Zelevanksy’s novel deserved a chance and it could be one to make me fall in love with a genre that I do not like. I think that feat was a little too much to expect.

I want to emphasise now this book was NOT BAD at ALL. It just really wasn’t for me. It was well-written, it contained humour, even some that I could appreciate, but ultimately I found myself thinking ‘why am I reading this?’ when Beatrice started getting involved in Veruca’s high-fashion life, I couldn’t cope with the next reference to a party or a new outfit.

The start had enthralled me, when poor Beatrice had been stuffed into a basement room under the housing association at college and there were horrible, beastly bugs and a knight in shining armour to save the bugs who Beatrice thought was coming to kill her. It was all rather amusing, sadly, this novel didn’t take a direction that would gather my personal interest.

There was an element of romance developing between Beatrice and her “knight in shining armour” although I’m not sure about the direction of the romance since I didn’t finish the book, but I think it would certainly make for an interesting read. The romance wasn’t overpowering the story-line, but in this novel, I think with me I would have read more if I had seen a stronger thread of that romance. However it is there and I think a lot of people could enjoy it.

The writing style flowed well, it was really easy to read and get into and I actually read the first 20% really quickly, but the further in I got with this novel, the more I realised it wasn’t my kind of style. I’ve been putting off writing this review for a few weeks now, thinking I’d be able to try again and get into the novel since I enjoyed the writing style, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to and I’m giving it up as a bad job.

I didn’t understand the modern “fairy tale” element, however I think this will become clearer further into the book. Don’t underestimate this book, because I think Zelevanksy could have a real gem for her debut novel here. She’s also really lovely, since she contacted me and was really friendly about everything and we discussed my lack of enjoyment for the novel and she talked about how the fashion elements was meant to be humorous and whilst I saw this it wasn’t my kind of humour. I thought it was really diplomatic and nice of her and I encourage you all to give this book a chance.

This really wasn’t my cup of tea and I think I’ll be staying far away from ‘Chick-Lit’ to stop any more good authors having me hate their books because of the genre.

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Waiting on Wednesday (13)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This meme highlights some of the books whose releases bloggers are most anticipating this year.

This week I’m hotly anticipating…

Then You Were Gone

Then You Were Gone by Lauren Strasnick

Expected Publication: January 8th 2013 by Simon Pulse

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Two years ago, Adrienne’s best friend walked out of her life. One week ago, she left Adrienne a desperate, muffled voicemail. Adrienne never called back.

Now Dakota is missing. She left behind a string of broken hearts, a flurry of rumours, and a suicide note.

Adrienne can’t stop obsessing over what might have happened if she’d answered Dakota’s call.

And she’s increasingly convinced that Dakota must still be alive.

Maybe finding and saving Dakota is the only way Adrienne can save herself.

Or maybe it’s too late for them both.

I was drawn in when this was compared to Thirteen Reasons Why which I absolutely adored, so I hope this one will turn out to just as heart-wrenching!

What are you waiting for?

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Top Ten Tuesday (6)

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an weekly meme created and hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Series I haven’t finished:

In Death Series1. In Death by J.D. Robb

I adore this series, but it’s soooooo long and I’m only on book 17, so I’m slowly slogging my way through it to try and catch up to it. I believe we are in the high thirties now with the amount of books there are. Still, definitely one to watch out for.

dark-hunters2. Dark-Hunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I borrow these books from my library along and read them intermittingly when I feel in the mood since and I don’t have enough time to read them all one after the other and I like to read different things. Another excellent paranormal-romance series.

dark carpathian3. Dark-Carpathians by Christine Feehan

I also adore these books, but they are very similar styles and I find it hard to read them all one after the other. Another very sexy paranormal-romance series that I have picked up.

 

wolves of mercy falls4. The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater

I read the first book and wasn’t completely enamoured with it, so it didn’t prompt me to rush onto the next two. I know I will at some point since I’m interested by the direction, but just not engaged enough yet with the story to read the next two.

BlackDaggerBrotherhoodSeries5. Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is one of my “sure thing” authors and I really love her, so I haven’t read all of these books purely because I’m savouring them and I need to buy the latest one and I don’t want to read any more without having another book to follow.

mortal instruments6. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

I’ve read the first one City of Bones and really loved it, but once again I read so many different books and series that I get distracted.

morganville7. The Morganville Vampires books by Rachel Caine

Getting a feeling of reoccurring paranormal series that I read? This is why I have soooo many unfinished ones because I just read so many I never stick to finishing one? These are another series with a very sassy protagonist and a super hot, fan girl moment love interest who I would want to be my boyfriend and I say this without any doubt.

psy-changeling8. Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh

Again another series I borrow from the library. I slowed with this one because the last couple of books I didn’t like so much, so it put me off reading the next few. However, I feel like those ones will be better so I intend to get back into reading them shortly!

Skulduggery-Pleasant9. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

I adored the first two books in this series and found them quirky and humorous and I just keep meaning to read the next few books and never do. I have no reason, except again time.

alex-rider10. Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

I first started these when I was younger and I’ve lost count of which ones I’ve read so I need to re-read most of them and finally finish the series, but I do remember quite enjoying the different genre for me that follows a male protagonist involved in lots of action. I was a little bit more of a tom-boy when I was younger so this kind of thing really appealled to me.

It is safe to say, those ten are only the tip of the iceberg with series I read, I could name several more just to be a few, the House of Night series, Nightwalker series, Blood of Eden…

What about you this week?

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Stacking the Shelves (14)

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

Here it’s chance to share the books you’ve acquired this week and what you’re excited about. So it will be a weekly Saturday occurrence to see what we’re ‘Stacking the Shelves’ with! Here is a combination of my past two weeks of books since I didn’t post a StS last week.

And BIG news this week, I bought myself a kindle with a pretty blue case!

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This is my new kindle. I haven’t really had much time to read on it since I bought it and I’ve only read a few pages of one book. I’m not sure if I like it at the moment and I’m finding it hard to adjust, but here it is in its pretty blue case.

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Books Bought:

Under the Never Sky

I saw somebody mention this as being cheap on The Book Depository and I’ve never bought a book on there before, so I snapped up Under the Never Sky when I saw it and I’m excited to read after all the good news I heard!

E-Books Bought:

AngelfallThe Night Circus

Half-BloodBeautiful Disaster

Anna KareninaOn Dublin Street

I got lots of random e-books too for free, but I’m not adding all those, they could be rubbish for all I know and there are tonnes. Still, the books I have here are Angelfall, Half-blood and The Night Circus all that I’ve heard lots about! So I’m excited to try out these on my new kindle! Then I have Beautiful Disaster which I’ve already read and you can find my review here. I also bought Anna Karenina since I wanted to see the film, but unfortunately my local cinema aren’t showing it and On Dublin Street after hearing some great things about it from friends!

Received for Review:

A Thousand BayonetsCaptured HeartFade

I’ll see where I head with Fade since I’m not sure how I’ll feel about this yet. I also got Captured Heart which I’d like to thank Entangled Publishing for. Finally, I have A Thousand Bayonets from the author after getting invited by my friend Matt at Genius Book Reviews to host a joint giveaway of a A Thousand Bayonets which you should look out for in the near future!

Gifted by a Friend:

Seraphina

My friend sent me a e-version of Seraphina which is also on my kindle, so I’m excited to start this since it’s yet another book I’ve heard tonnes of good things about!

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Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful Disaster

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Published: May 26th 2011 by Simon & Schuster UK

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

My Review:

Despite some of the negative reviews this book has got, and despite all of the problems there are with this book, when I first started reading I really thought I was going to fall in love and find this book a guilty pleasure. I devoured the first 40% and I could put aside the little issues and the character behaviour, but from about 60% this book became painful to read. I didn’t want it to be and I really tried to get back into in, but unfortunately it lost all of my attention and all the “good” things I saw in it vanished. Nevertheless I can understand why this book has so many raving reviews, but on the other hand I can see why it is surrounded by so many negative perceptions. However, something I will say is the character behaviour, the unhealthy state of Abby and Travis’ relationship and the sex in this book really should push it out of the young-adult bracket. Seriously, why you you class such a book as young-adult when it reminds me of Fifty Shades of Grey without the bondage lifestyle.

Let’s just start with what I didn’t like. I was a few chapters in and I saw this..

I looked down to my plate, letting the long strands of my caramel hair create a curtain between us.

Oh dear. These were my thoughts “TWILIGHT REPEATED”. Thankfully, McGuire steers us away from a recreation of Twilight with Abby’s behaviour and at moments I found myself really liking Abby. Those moments were few and far between and mostly occurred at the start where she wore her cardigans and seemed nice. Later into the novel she allowed herself to be trampled upon my Travis and her father and as a female protagonist I did not appreciate the male domination that presided over her. Abby seemed to be struggling to define herself as a character and she never seemed to stay true to herself. Particularly her love for cardigans. I thought “oooh this sounds interesting” and then she seemed to forget all about her cardigans throughout the main section of the novel. Surely if McGuire puts the effort in to make it stand out in her synopsis, she should continue the theme? This was only one of the things that frustrated me about Abby. Along with her freak outs about her past and her father. It seemed overly emphasised into something really sinister and dark and when it was revealed, it was a huge let down in my eyes. Everything was a little simplistic and with these type of novels, I tend to enjoy something more complex to engage my attention and really drive the novel forwards.

Now there is Travis who I didn’t find any real redeeming point at all. He seems smart, but he doesn’t behave like it. He pushes Abby past tonnes of boundaries, forcing her to move into his apartment by a bet, moving into personal space and controlling her. Then he also lashes out with girls, drinking and fighting becoming more than a “bad boy” but somebody with an unhealthy state of mind. For me, there was no progression in Travis’ character and he had an extreme emotional balance scale that quite often left me on edge to which end he’d be at next. His possession over Abby bordered on crazed and disturbing and it really didn’t send Abby in the opposite direction when I think it should have.

Then say that you belong to me.

The relationship between Travis and Abby really annoyed me. There were forever on and off and not being able to work and being able to work and there was no real need. It became too repetitive and Abby kept pushing Travis away all the time and I wish she’d just settled down then I think I would have been able to get along with this novel more.

Another problem I had with this novel is that the scene changes were very jumpy and everything seemed very thrown together. I felt like not enough time had been spent editing and making the flow of the story seamless because I felt like I was blinking across time-frames and destinations. The trip to Vegas back and forth they were in their apartment and then there. It was really hard to adjust to.

On the other hand, this novel did grip me from the first moment. I really wanted to read on and I found myself staying up to keep reading and I felt that we had a lot to offer from the first moment with an intriguing mystery and a good direction. The plot faults were there, but with the cat and mouse act and the real energy that was delivered into the first half, I thought this book could have been a four star book with a few minor faults, but unfortunately McGuire seemed incapable of upholding the standard of the first half of this novel and I feel like much less attention had been devoted to the second.

There is very little description to the surroundings and the environment that the characters originate in, so whilst it may be set in a college, sometimes I think from describing a college room or the smells really draws you more into the novel and I think Beautiful Disaster could have really been boosted from such additions.

The novel is very much driven by it’s characters that lack real foundations and had some very big plot holes that you could jump through if you were a 30stone sumo. I wouldn’t dismiss this novel because it has so many people in love with it, but I’d say there are so many far better guilty pleasures out there to appreciate and you don’t need a book like this to use. I’d say that if you want a book like this, that’s young-adult and really could, pick up Pushing the Limits because it has been one of my favourite books of the year!

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Waiting on Wednesday (12)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This meme highlights some of the books whose releases bloggers are most anticipating this year.

This week I’m hotly anticipating…

The 13th Sign

The 13th Sign by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb

Expected publication: January 8th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends

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What if there was a 13th zodiac sign?

You’re no longer Sagittarius, but Ophiuchus, the healer, the 13th sign.

Your personality has changed. So has your mom’s and your best friend’s.

What about the rest of the world?

What if you were the one who accidentally unlocked the 13th sign, causing this world-altering change—and infuriating the other 12 signs?

Jalen did it, and now she must use every ounce of her strength and cunning to send the signs back where they belong. Lives, including her own, depend on it.

How cool does this sound? I picked it because it sounds really different and unique and I think a lot of people have felt that things have become very repetitive in books as of late! I can’t believe this isn’t out until January 2013 though. Still, we have good things to look forward to, I hope!

What are you waiting on?

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Small Island

Small Island

Small Island by Andrea Levy

Genre: Historical-fiction, Adult

Published: September 17th 2009 by Headline Review

Hortense Joseph arrives in London from Jamaica in 1948 with her life in her suitcase, her heart broken, her resolve intact. Her husband, Gilbert Joseph, returns from the war expecting to be received as a hero, but finds his status as a black man in Britain to be second class. His white landlady, Queenie, raised as a farmer’s daughter, befriends Gilbert, and later Hortense, with innocence and courage, until the unexpected arrival of her husband, Bernard, who returns from combat with issues of his own to resolve.

Told in these four voices, Small Island is a courageous novel of tender emotion and sparkling wit, of crossings taken and passages lost, of shattering compassion and of reckless optimism in the face of insurmountable barriers—in short, an encapsulation of that most American of experiences: the immigrant’s life.

My Review:

This book is one of those rare cases where I watched the TV drama and that prompted me to go out and buy this book. Buying this book in my view was a good decision because despite my dislike for war-time historical novels because they usually make me weep, this novel takes on a very different tone and I think the TV series really reflected it well. Splitting the narration into four perspectives and then switching from present to past slowly unravels the history and life of the characters whilst building up their characters and really develop the story and the morals of racism and change at the heart of this novel. It actually really touched me and I found myself wanting to rattle some of the characters who reflect the citizens of 1948 and their behaviour towards black people. Levy really creates a wonderful, heartfelt tale of the troubles the black men faced in England and during the war with white Americans!

First we gain a little background on Queenie as a young girl before being thrown into the present of 1948. During the year 1948 the four characters share narration, although Bernard doesn’t really come into the book until later. They couldn’t be more different in how everything is narrated and I literally loved seeing everything from their different perspectives. They all saw the world through different eyes and they were all treated differently. The split narration in Small Island undoubtedly gives the racial and sexual segregation and stigma a real platform to jump out at you. Not only do we have the present of 1948, but we jump back to ‘Before’ where each time the narration for one of the four characters reveals the background to how they got to where they are. It really adds to the mystery and serves to build up a complex plot with lots of interweaving narrations.

I have to say Hortense was by far my favourite character, purely for the way she spoke. She was incredibly popular and her “Just this” expression managed to crack numerous laughs from me. This book might cover a really controversial topic, but it manages to come across in a light-heartened, entertaining fashion with the innocence and naivety of Hortense who doesn’t understand 1948 Britain and her exasperated husband Gilbert.

‘Me caan believe what me ear is hearing. You a man. She just come off the boat – you mus’ show who boss. And straight way so no bad habit start. A wife must do as her husband say. You ask a judge. You ask a policeman. They will tell you. Everyt’ing in that trunk belong to you. What is hers is yours and if she no like it a little licking will make her obey.’

By far the dynamic between Hortense and Gilbert developed across the whole novel and really served as a base for the novel to return to. For me, they were the main focus of the novel with Queenie and Bernard’s character and background building all to add into their plots and deepen the twists and complexity. Not only that, but the progression between Hortense and Gilbert was really clear to see and the changing dynamic of their relationship really made me smile.

I may have said, Queenie and Bernard take a back seat, but they really have a history, a story and a lot of intricate twists and turns and a beautiful surprise that draws and connects them to Hortense and Gilbert. With that Levy really manages to show that the immigrating Jamaicans really weren’t that far away from the British. I found Queenie and Bernard’s tale to be much more heavy and saddening, it wasn’t that they had worse problems that those challenging Hortense and Gilbert, I just thought they both had a more sombre tone to their characters and this really brought the severity of their situation. However, Hortense and Gilbert balanced this by bringing a more light-heartened, optimistic view to things and this managed to lighten the problems of the story and brought a balance to a tale that could have been a overly woeful war tale, to a beautifully crafted novel!

“And the funny thing was I felt so peaceful being embraced by him and gently whispering, ‘There there, Bernard, there there.’”

Another integral part of this novel is the Jamaican feel and the style of speak. Levy really manages to bring the tone of voice and the style into everything she writes because you can really hear the voice in your head and the Jamaican accent. Even Hortense who has such ‘proper’ English manages to stand out for the way she speaks and it really serves to add to the enjoyment. Although, I think it takes a while to get used to, but moving with the flow of the story really makes it easier to accept. Don’t discard the novel because of it because it adds to the reality of the novel and immerses you in the tale.

‘I have not seen Gilbert,’ I told her, then went on to ask, ‘but this is perchance where he is aboding?’

Something to be warned of when reading is the racial slurs and if they are something you aren’t comfortable with, then I’d probably avoid this novel or at least try it and place the slurs in context to the time where people were slowing coming around from the idea of black people as second class citizens from their slave heritage particularly to the Americans or invaders for the British who felt them to be alien.

Despite these points, the characterisation is absolutely flawless and I don’t think Levy could have done a better job. She should be applauded for taking on four perspectives and really carrying them off. To add to this, the background details and descriptions were equally brilliant and it all brought the novel together as a really fantastic piece of literature that should definitely be remembered as literature!

“Then he ran through the door, saying, ‘Hortense, what you have in that trunk – your mother?’

As the Englishwoman was still looking at us I smiled instead of cussing and said, ‘I have everything I will need in that trunk, thank you Gilbert.’

‘So you bring your mother, then,’ Gilbert said.

This novel is called a “courageous novel of tender emotion and sparkling wit” and I can safely say, for me it really did achieve that. War novels might not always be my favourites since they are so saddening, but I think this really served to bring a different perspective and open my eyes to all sides of a tale that you really might not see!

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Waiting on Wednesday (11)

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Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This meme highlights some of the books whose releases bloggers are most anticipating this year.

This week I’m hotly anticipating…

Unravel Me

Unravel Me by Kendall Ryan

Expected Publication: October 1st 2012

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Psychology student Ashlyn Drake’s neat, orderly life takes a turn for the crazy when she finds the perfect subject for her amnesia thesis – a young man without any memory of his previous life, including the murder he’s accused of committing.

Against all common sense, Ashlyn’s drawn to him like a moth to a flame. Perhaps it’s that he’s so incredibly male, and even handcuffed to his hospital bed he could pass for a cologne ad – Scent de Insanity. Or perhaps it’s because she’s spent too many lonely nights studying. Either way, she’s determined to help him solve the mystery of his past. She begins to unravel who he was before, using his cryptic tattoos, and his paintings that scream of a dark past as her only clues. When she finally learns his secret there’s no telling which one is the real him, the gentle lover she’s fallen for or the troubled man with a dark past.

Contemporary is not usually my thing, but when I saw this featured on a Waiting on Wednesday, I could not help but get excited and add it to my wishlist. I’m always drawn to the darker contemporary novels and those that play on the mind strings, so this one is a book I am definitely awaiting soon!

What are you waiting on?

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