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Broken Sky by L.A Weatherly

Broken Sky by L.A Weatherly

I love the dystopian genre. I love all of the “what ifs” that it lays out for the reader to think about: ‘what if our government did this?’, ‘what if our world decided to do that?’ I find it very intriguing, it’s one of the reasons why I enjoyed Divergent (not so much Insurgent or Allegiant).

L.A Weatherly had previously written the Angel trilogy. I had read the first two books and then given up because they were so big. I saw Broken Sky, realised that it was a dystopian and decided to get it. I love a good book about government secrets!


Welcome to a “perfect” world. Where war is illegal, where harmony rules. And where your date of birth marks your destiny.

But nothing is perfect.

And in a world this broken, who can Amity trust?

Amity is a Peacefighter, just like her father was and she lives in the Western Seaboard. The country is divided into two sections: the Western Seaboard and the Central States. The Central States is run by a man called Gunnison who believes that the stars and star signs marks your destiny and decides
whether you’re a threat to his twelve-year-plan or not (if you are labelled a threat, you’re ‘Discordant’ and are thrown into camps)

War is illegal in the world that Amity lives in and any political issues and debates are solved through Peacefights where the two countries concerned put forward a pilot each. That pilot has to fight the other pilot (without any killing) and the pilot who wins, wins the debate.

It sounds confusing when I put it like that, I know, but at least it gives you a tiny bit of background to the story.

The blurb also states that Broken Sky is a distorted echo of 1940s America… Now, when I was reading this book it seemed to be set more in the future – maybe in about 1000 years time – but there were shadows of the 1940s that cropped up. There are a lot of comparisons to World War II, for example the camps, if you were found Discordant, you were made to wear a ‘D’, a country being split into two, dictatorship… The list goes on. I found this very very interesting how Weatherly had used aspects of the war to make the book seem like it was set in 40s, but then also made it feel like it was set in the distant future.

“No one can judge your actions unless they’ve been there.”
– L.A Weatherly, Broken Sky
 
 

Broken Sky was tremendous. I absolutely loved every second of it. The prologue had me hooked but what I loved the most about this book was the dual perspectives, the point of view of Amity, and then the point of view of Kay. I found Kay to be such an interesting character and I absolutely loved reading from her perspective, it was so tense and exciting.

The writing was fantastic, the build ups were brilliant and the way that secrets were revealed was amazing. Beware of the ending. You will get major major feels. I literally threw the book across my living room and stared at the wall for half an hour before going over to pick the book back up. I also tweeted L.A Weatherly saying that the book had ruined my life. Because it really did…

 

But it was such an amazing book and I definitely cannot wait til Darkness Follows comes out. As soon as it’s 1st October, I’m going to my nearest Waterstones, buying it and then reading it straight away. I need to find out what happens next because THAT ENDING WAS JUST… AGGGHHHHHH!

I THOROUGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU READ THIS BOOK. RIGHT NOW. GO. GO AND GET IT. ANYWHERE. I’LL JUST WAIT HERE…
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

If you’re expecting a scary or spooky book, you’re going to be disappointed. This book is not scary so go into the book knowing that it isn’t. I’ve heard that a lot of people thought it was going to be really creepy and got let down.

Luckily for me, I went into this trilogy knowing that it was an adventure/fantasy book so I got a lot more out of it than others. After marathoning all three books, I can officially tell you this: Ransom Riggs is a genius.

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins odd Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its decaying bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s Children were more than just peculiar. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for a good reason. And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive.

As aforementioned, this book is not a creepy book, it is an adventurous one. I tried to explain it to my Dad and I said ‘it’s got the plot line of a children’s book but it’s written in an adult way.’ And it’s true. A young boy goes on an adventure and makes new friends along the way who have powers. That’s pretty much the premise of the book but it’s so much more than that!

 

This is Riggs’ first novel and it’s such a brilliant debut. The idea is magnificent and the way the story is told with the pictures is also amazing. I loved the pictures. Some people said that the pictures weren’t scary at all and that they were boring – I didn’t think they were. They added a sense of realness to the story. There were pictures of people that looked like they could actually be the characters of the peculiar children, there was a picture of a boat, of a child, sat on a pavement in a bunny costume, of an old woman dressed all in black… They weren’t creepy (ok, maybe a couple was) they were just normal photos that had been taken and they had collected altogether and turned into a story which I think is so clever of Riggs. You would read a page, look at the picture and get a sense of how the setting looked like, how it might have felt, the way the characters may have looked. Sure, Riggs also included a lot of written descriptions about all of these but the pictures just added more.

“Stars too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realise we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries – but not until now had I realised how full of them the earth was.”
– Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
 
 

The world that Riggs had created was also very intriguing. I loved the concept of the ‘loop day’, of peculiar children, of monsters and of a boy who thinks he’s got nothing to do with all of it until one day, he finds out he does.

The only downfall that I can say about Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is the romance between Emma and Jacob. It was just weird. Emma had dated Jacob’s Grandfather. Jacob’s Grandfather and Emma were in love, and now Jacob comes along, Emma hasn’t aged a day and then the two of them fell in love. It just felt so weird and there was even a time in the book where Jacob says that himself. it was just strange and I didn’t get why Riggs had to throw that weird type of romance in.

Overall, this was an incredible book. It was incredibly written, there were incredible characters and the use of photographs alongside the story was fantastic. This is a spectacular debut novel from Ransom Riggs and I look forward to reading other books by him!

 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I don’t know where to start with this review. I had seen everyone on Goodreads, BookTube, Twitter, Bookstagram… Basically, everywhere there was hype about this book and say how amazing it was and that it was perfection.

A few weeks ago, I popped down to my local library and I saw this book on the shelf. I picked it up and I realised it was about time that I read it. I had high expectations: I wanted to love it and I wanted to take a big breath and scream to the world about how amazing it is.


In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Réves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire.

Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers, and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. some tents contain clouds, some ice. The circus seems to almost cast a spell over its aficionados, who call themselves the rêveurs – the dreamers. At the heart of the story is the tangled relationship between two young magicians, Celia, the enchanter’s daughter, and Marco, the sorcerer’s apprentice. at the behest of their shadowy masters, they find themselves locked in a deadly contest, forced to test the very limits of their imagination and of their love…

The Night Circus jumps to different timelines. One chapter you could be in 1894 and the next chapter, you’re in either 1900 or 1890. I don’t know. I got very very confused by it, I can understand why Morgenstern did it: there were characters who’s lived intertwined with the circus and their point of view had to be told so that all of the loose ends could be tied up at the end. So I get why she did it; it just wasn’t an easy read so if that’s what you’re looking for, this book isn’t for you.

I also found the blurb on the book very misleading. It states there’s a deep romance between the two main characters. There really isn’t. One minute they’re just going about their typical Night Circus days and the next, they’re professing their love for each other. What? Where in the world did that come from? The romance was just so sudden and there was hardly any build up to it.

The blurb also states that there is a battle. Again. No there isn’t. There is a thirty-something year battle and for half of those years, they don’t even know who they’re “battling” against. And it’s a magic match. To see which one of the two competitors is the best at using magic because two very old guys are bored and just want to use kids for fun.

“I am tired of trying to hold things together that cannot be held. Trying to control what cannot be controlled. I am tired of denying myself what I want for fear of breaking things I cannot fix. They will break no matter what we do.”
– Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
 
 

BUT! ENOUGH OF ME MOANING! MOANING IS BORING! LET’S GET ON TO THE GOOD STUFF!

The plot idea was fascinating. A circus that only comes at night and includes actual magic? A circus that is actually a stage for a life-long battle? It sounds amazing and the plot really was. I loved the characters of Herr Thiessen and the twins. And I also loved to hate the teachers: Hector and Alexander. They just didn’t have a care in the world about the consequences of their games. I also really didn’t like Marco. I found him to be very arrogant and selfish. But I loved Celia, so again, I loved to dislike Marco.

This is a slow book to read but when all of the characters come together and the timelines become consistent, the book gets rather exciting because all of the individual storylines come together and become one.

The Night Circus is a very good read. If you’re looking for something different then I recommend this. There’s beautiful writing, a beautiful, magical world has been created. There are elements of this book that are just brilliantly thought out and proves how much of an excellent writer Morgenstern is. I actually do understand the hype that surrounds this book and although I wasn’t that captivated to scream how much I love it from the rooftops, I did thoroughly enjoy reading it.

 

All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry

All The Truth That’s In Me is not a modern day, young adult contemporary novel. It’s a young adult, historical fiction novel that’s set in the 1800s and is an exceptionally written book. When I was reading the blurb, the thing that captured my attention was how the main character has had her tongue cut out, so she can’t talk. I thought that was horrifying. But it still made me want to read the book!

Judith can’t speak. Ever since the horrifying trauma that left her best friend dead and Judith without her tongue, she’s been a pariah in her close-knit community of Roswell Station; even her own mother won’t look her in the eye. All Judith can do is silently pour out her thoughts and feelings to the love of her life, the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember – even if he doesn’t know it – her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked by enemies, long-buried secrets come to light and Judith’s world starts to shift on its axis. 
 
This book was magnificent. It was just UGGGHHHHH THE FEELS! IT WAS SO GOOD AND IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE MY WHOLE BODY WAS BEING RIPPED APART BY THOSE FEELS!
 
I don’t even know where to start with this review. At first, I thought it was a bit odd. I didn’t know that it was a historical fiction book, so when I started reading descriptions of the town that didn’t sound modern day, I checked out the ever-so-handy Goodreads and realised it was set in the 1800s. Now everything made sense. 
 
All The Truth That’s In Me is written in letter form. The whole story is written like Judith is writing letters containing her story to her childhood crush – Lucas. For example: “I saw you look over to where I was standing and smile at me.” I think it’s a beautiful way for the story to be told. 
 
There was only one issue that I had with this book but it wasn’t a big enough issue to knock the star rating down to four. My issue was where Judith goes back to her kidnapper to get his help when her town is attacked… I know she’s getting his help because the town needs it, but still. There is no way I would be brave enough to go back to the place where I was held captive for two years and where my tongue was cut out. No way.
The rest of the book was just brilliant. It was a bit slow at first (maybe for the first 20 pages?) but after you get the attack by the enemies out of the way, the story starts to unravel and you start learning more and more about the characters and their secrets. 
 
 
 
“There is a curious comfort in letting go. After the agony, letting go brings numbness, and after the numbness, clarity. As if I can see the world for the first time, and my place in it, independent of you, a whole vista of what may be. Even if it is not grand or inspiring, it is real and solid, unlike the fantasy I’ve built around you. I will do this. I will triumph over you.”
– Julie Berry, All The Truth That’s In Me
 
 
 
There are a lot of shock moments in this book, there are a few disturbing moments and a few moments where I even had to put down the book and take everything that I had just read in. I literally had to put the book down and stare at my wall because the feels from the part I had just read were too much for me. 
 
All of the characters were written superbly that I genuinely felt I was part of their world, that I was going on this crazy ride with them. 
 
The ending of this book was just… ARRRGGGHHH IT WAS MAGNIFICENT. IT WAS A HUGE PLOT TWIST THAT I DIDN’T SEE COMING! IT WAS ALL SORTS OF MESSED UP! IT WAS CRAZY! BUT IT WAS AMAZING!
 
All The Truth That’s In Me gave me a massive book hangover and it left me wanting to read every single word that Julie Berry has ever wrote because her writing style is just so addictive and beautiful.
 
Go. Go and read this book now. Get it from the library, order it off Amazon, I don’t care. Just read this book. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
 
Warning: contains references to physical abuse
 
Pokemon Go Book Tag

Pokemon Go Book Tag

 

This awesome book tag was created by Aentee at readatmidnight.com so definitely go and check it out! Her whole blog is awesome and has a huge variety of bookish things for you to check out!

I’m a massive Pokemon fan, have been since I was six-years-old so when I heard that Pokemon Go was coming out in the UK – FINALLY! – I was like my little self again, jumping around like crazy. When I heard that this book tag was around the book blogosphere, I just knew that I had to take part. So here we go… Welcome to my Pokemon Go Book Tag!

Now this one is a very hard one to answer because I have owned books ever since I was born, when I was a baby, my Mom and Dad would read books to me every day. So really, I thank my parents for being the reason why I love books so much. I can’t really pinpoint the exact moment in time where I finished a book and thought ‘yup, I’m going to be an obsessive reader when I’m older and spend all my money on them.‘ So thanks Mom and Dad, you’re the reason why I’m broke.

I could have said Harry Potter but no… As much as I love Harry Potter and the world that J.K Rowling created, the Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black were magical to me when I first read them. I loved the whole premise of a magical, faerie realm with ogres and goblins. I loved everything about these stories and they will always contain a place in my heart. (I even bought a copy of the field guide that the characters own because I found the creatures in the books so fascinating!)

 

Don’t hurt me guys… But for this one, it’s going to have to be Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I haven’t even started them yet because I got so bored of hearing about how good they were and hearing about all of the hype for the film. I will read them eventually, but maybe once all of the attention surrounding this series dies down a bit. It’s a shame though because they do look like really good books!

 

I could have kept to the Pokemon theme, but this gif was too brilliant to pass up

 

I’m not exactly sure what to put for this one. I mean, the whole YA genre as a whole is pretty similar (but different… if you get what I mean?) I’ve never read a book – luckily – that I’ve read and then thought ‘wow…this book is similar to _______” If I find a book is very similar to a couple of others that I’ve read like Thirteen Reasons Why, then I end up disliking it anyway.

 

 

 

Sorry George R.R Martin but your books are intimidating! I absolutely love the TV series and I HAVE read the first book in the series and really enjoyed it, but to read the rest of the series is just scary. I also love to marathon series so can you imagine how long it would take me to read all of the GOT books back-to-back?! I do want to read the rest of the series, I really do but I just need to find the motivation – and the time! – to read them.

 

Now I don’t know if this one means it kept you up at night in a scary sense or in an it-was-too-good-to-put-down sense because Gengar is a ghost Pokemon…
So I’m going to go with the too good one. For me, this was definitely Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. This story was just absolutely fantastic and I couldn’t go to sleep knowing that I still had some of the book left to read. So I stayed away til 3am and finally finished it!
Oh, this one is easy! Jace and Clary, I’m calling you! The Mortal Instruments is one of my favourite series of all time and the chemistry between Jace and Clary is just…. YOU CAN’T MISS IT! IT’S AMAZING AND I LOVE THEM TOGETHER AND NOW LOOK WHAT YOU’VE MADE ME DO! I’M NOW IN FANGIRL MODE!! ARRRGGGHHHH!
Kindred Spirits is one but that’s probably because it’s 62 pages long… BUT IT IS REALLY REALLY GOOD!
For this one though, I would have to say Soulmates by Holly Bourne. I think the concept of this book was absolutely amazing as true Holly Bourne style, the writing was perfect. Bourne is one of my favourite authors and she never lets me down. Considering Soulmates is a 544-page book, I read it in a day. I was so captivated by it!
Ermmm… Hello? Harry Potter?!!!! This series could have so many spin-offs it’s crazy. Obviously, we’ve just had The Cursed Child released and then there’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them coming out soon… But what about Dumbledore? James, Lily, and Snape? Voldemort? All these characters would have such amazing spin-offs and I need them in my life.
For those of you who are regular readers of my blog and follow me on Twitter, you’re probably sick of me talking about this book. To Kill A Mockingbird was one of the books that I had to study for my English GCSE. I thought it was going to be rubbish since it’s a book we have to study in school and it’s considered a ‘classic’. Once I had finished the book, I was absolutely amazed. So I read it about a billion more times. It’s my favourite book ever and I will never stop loving it.
I’ve got loads for this one. I’m still yet to read The Grisha Trilogy, the Throne of Glass trilogy and The Raven Cycle. Yes, I know. You’re probably thinking what the hell I’m doing with my life. I own all of these series but I just haven’t gotten round to reading them. I WILL, DON’T WORRY! I’m still very very excited to start reading them.
Ummmm.. Hello? Look how pretty this edition of To Kill A Mockingbird is. I know it just looks like any other classic edition of a book but this is my favourite book ok? And I need this in my life. Like, right now… Because it’s pretty… and has a golden bookmark in it… ENOUGH SAID
It’s not a debut novel but this is a book from a very very new author and that is The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. I read her debut novel: Everything Everything, and loved it to pieces! So I can’t wait to see what her second book is like!
Anything Holly Bourne, Rainbow Rowell, Cassandra Clare and Jandy Nelson… All of their books have been fantastic and I can’t wait to read more from them.

 

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven, the second book in the Lady Midnight series by Cassandra Clare, The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon and Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Well guys, that’s the Pokemon Go Book Tag done! To be honest, that was quite a lot of fun, but some questions were quite tricky to answer! I tag absolutely anyone who wants to do this! What do you think? Do you agree with some of the answers I gave? What would you say differently? Drop me a comment below!
xoxo
Kirsty