Monday, 24 October 2011

Room by Emma Donoghue

Title: Room
Author: Emma Donoghue
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Pages: 321


'Today I'm five'
This book did literally break my heart; I didn’t want to finish it because when I did then I knew there would be no more. I think this book is absolutely beautiful and I guarantee it will never let me go. There are 2 points when I cried, most when they were happysad moments about the unbreakably strong bond between a mother and her son.  
I first got this out from my school library recommended by a friend who didn’t finish it because it was too confusing but because I have seen the reviews before, I always try and read them books to the end and I’m so glad I did.  
This book is about a boy named Jack who narrates the story and he is five-years-old. He has lived with his Ma in a single, locked room for all his life and he doesn’t understand anything about the world outside. It shows you the amazing bond between a Child and his Ma and how they coped together. Jack sleeps in Wardrobe for some of the night to avoid Old Nick, who is his Ma’s captor and Jack believes that all the objects in Room are important to his life. But then his Ma tells him that there is a world out there, one that he’s been missing. And she wants to get out. Ma’s been stuck in Room for seven years and now her only hope is to trust Jack, whatever it takes...   
The characters are made so real they I’m expecting them to get up and walk right off the page. I believed every emotion, every piece of conversation. It all flowed, and even the new characters that came in, I believed them as well. The ending, I think, of books are the best parts to see if the author has put in a big ending and Room had the most brilliant, heart-breaking ending that you could ever imagine.
The plot is so unique and such a delicate area of knowledge. Most people don’t know what it’s like to be a five year old but I think Emma Donoghue does. To write a story like that, you’ve just got to be so focused and she done it alright.
Some people, maybe young-adult readers, could find this book confusing but until you get past, at least, page 40, then you’re hooked. I think the writing is beautiful and so moving, great effort from Emma Donoghue (whom now is my favourite author). This book has no chapters, only five different parts, which all adds to the effect of a five-year-old, writing the story.
I would recommend this book to people who like...
Before I go to Sleep by S.J. Watson  

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Creature of the Night by Kate Thompson

Title: Creature of the Night
Author: Kate Thompson
Genre: Horror, Urban fantasy
Pages: 250

My rating: 4 stars of 5
'I'm not staying here. There's nothing to do. No way to get out of your head.'
My friend recommended this book to me so I decided to give it a go. This book is nothing like I expected it to be. Also I found this was well written and very gripping so the author made sure I kept reading because I really wanted to know what happened in the end. And the ending was really touching and it made me want to cry. I get that feeling at the end of books of sadness because I've finished it and I know everything, there's no more.

Bobby is a ganster, in a group with the lads. He steals stuff, he drinks illegally, he smokes underage and he argues with his ma 24/7. He lives in Dublin with his family who are his ma and Dennis, his little half-Brother but his ma decides to up sticks and move to the country and Bobby's not happy. This means he has to leave the lads behind and the streets and the alleys he used to hang out in to go and live somewhere where there's nothing to do. He hates it, and so many times he tries to escape back to Dublin, by stealing a car but he runs into trouble instead and has to pay off the car to their landlord, P.J. Dooley, so he goes to work on their farm. Meanwhile Dennis claims he is seeing ghosts and a little woman at night and it turns out that Bobby's half-brother is as stupid as he seems...

There are parts during the story where it goes on about him in his job but on the whole it
is thoroughly enjoyable and gripping right until the end. I loved it :)  


Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Red Tears by Joanna Kenrick

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Title: Red Tears
Author: Joanna Kenrick
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Pages: 272

My rating: 4.5 out of 5

                'I open the box Inside it is softness and steel. Tissues and blades.'
To complete this book, Joanna Kenrick researched into self-harmers and spoke to them on forums so she knew, from first hand account, how them people feel. This is a moving book all about pain and the metal pain that Emily, the main character, feels about her life. This book is beautifully written, and there was probably alot of pressure on the author, Joanna Kenrick, to get it right because some people have different reasons and opinions on these realistic fiction books.  

Emily Bowyer is a normal teenager but from when her studying starts her life begins to creep downhill, her friends start to dislike her and her parents are to busy noticing her brother and don't seem to bother about anything except her exams. In her house, she has to be the perfect student, like she always has been but she just can't seem to focus because there's something else on her mind. Her secret. The one she's been keeping for so long. The one she's secretly ashamed of when it comes to hiding the evidence. But she can't help it.
   And no-one must never, ever find out...   

I reccomend this book to people who have read and enjoyed Entangled by Cat Clarke.

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Saturday, 8 October 2011

Day of the Dead Ceramic Tiles with skeleton figures

Day of the Dead Ceramic Tiles with skeleton figures

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Title: Unearthly
Author: Cynthia Hand
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 435

My rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

'Angel-bloods are a fairly attractive bunch. I have good skin and my lips are naturally rosy so I never have to wear anything but gloss.' 
This book is now my all-time favourite. It is just so beautifully written and perfect. I thought, at first, that I wasn't going to like the story but now I can't wait to read the sequal. It one of them story's where you have to stay up in the middle of the night to read it because it is so effortlessly written.

The story is about Clara, who is a Quartarius (Quarter angel) and she lives with her mother who is a Dimidius (Part angel) and she needs to find out what her purpose her on earth is, which comes to her in visions but she ends up falling in love with the wrong person. Which could affect her fate all along.

I recommend this book to fantasy lovers and who like a bit of romance too.

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Sunday, 2 October 2011

Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes

Title: Unhooking the Moon
Author: Gregory Hughes
Genre: Young-Adult
Pages: 240

My rating: 5 stars out of 5

When I first decided to read this book I didn't think much of it. I was about to give it back to the library without reading it even though it had won an award but instead I did read it; I'm so glad I did. This book is GENIUS!! And Gregory Hughes is amazing. It made me cry my heart out when I had finished it. It's a heart-warming tale full of love and life.

It's about the Rat, a girl of 10 and her brother, Bob (who is the narrator of the story), who is 12 but when their Father dies they go to the Big Apple in search for their uncle. From the beginning to the end it is a journey that follows them to the biggest city in the world, lighting them up every step of the way.

I reccomend this book to EVERYBODY! Even adults will enjoy this book as much as teens will.

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