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Book Thoughts: Break (Clare Littlemore)

Littlemore, Clare - Break

★★★★★☆☆

Title: Break (Flow #2)
Author:  Clare Littlemore
Genre: Fiction / Young Adult / Dystopian
First published: 2018
Edition: E-book, provided by author (self-published)

I absolutely loved Flow, the first book in the series, and I was excited to read the second installment.

Whereas in the first book our main character Quin makes a lot of discoveries about The Beck, this one is more focused on how she and her friends try and find a way to fight back with the Resistance. Of course there are more secrets to be discovered and the only way to do that is to keep your head down and your eyes open.

While Break did not quite live up to my (high) expectations, in the over-arching story you really feel Break is gearing up to a pretty epic climax in the next book.

I really like Littlemore’s writing style. It is simple and engaging. Overall Break was a little less exciting than Flow, but it ended on a fantastic cliffhanger and I absolutely want to know how this story continues. I am looking forward to reading the next book when it comes out.

5 out of 7 stars

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Book Thoughts: By a Charm and a Curse (Jaime Questell)

Questell, Jaime - By A Charm And A Curse

★★★★★★☆

Title: By a Charm and a Curse
Author: Jaime Questell
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / Young Adult
First published: 6 February 2018 by Entangled Publishing LLC
Edition: ARC e-book, courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher

I had no expectations going into this young adult novel. I thought the blurp sounded interesting and that was enough for me. I have to say it exceeded my expectations. The circus part reminded me of The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern), which is a book I loved, but the story is simpler, the characters less complicated. However, that does not mean it is any less charming.

I felt for Emma as she is lured into a kiss on a Ferris wheel with dire consequences. I liked the idea of the curse that also acts as a charm. The story pulled me in pretty quickly and I connected with Emma quite easily. There were a few times where I questioned Emma’s thoughts, considering what she was going though, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed both Emma and Benjamin’s POVs.

I would thoroughly recommend Jaime Questell’s novel to any YA reader. It is a little gem.

6 out of 7 stars

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Book Thoughts: Chasing Eveline (Leslie Hauser)

Hauser, Leslie - Chasing Eveline

★★★★★☆☆

Title: Chasing Eveline
Author: Leslie Hauser
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
First published: July 2017 by Pen Name Publishing
Edition: E-book courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

Chasing Eveline is the story about Ivy, a teenage girl who still feels connected to her AWOL mother through the music of her mother’s favourite band, Chasing Eveline. This is what drew me into the story, as music is very important to me personally and I too have a favourite band, whose songs mean the world to me.

The present tense is not my favourite, but I do like the author’s writing style, simple and effective, and quite lyrical in places. Ivy is a very likable and well-explored narrator and though I found her a bit of a headcase at times and she was full of the worst ideas, I could relate to her quite easily.  The relationships between her and the other characters were very realistic.

Maybe the storyline was a bit too simple, but it did make me smile and even cry a little bit. I liked the ending too.

A quick enjoyable read!

5 out of 7 stars

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Book Thoughts: Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell)

Rowell, Rainbow - Fangirl

★★★★★☆☆

Title: Fangirl
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
First published: 2013
Edition: Kindle e-book

I had heard so much about this book, mostly positive, and I felt like reading some contemporary fiction, so decided to give this one a go. I have to say, I enjoyed it so much more than I expected. It’s YA, and it reads as such, but that is what I expected. Of course there were times I rolled my eyes and shouted, ‘Oh, come on!” at the book, but the characters were well developed and likeable. Whether guys like Levi actually exist, especially in that age group, is up for debate, but that’s neither here nor there.

I did wonder whether Rowell wrote the Carry On story to flex her Harry Potter muscle, to give her own inner Fangirl an excuse to write some magic school story. I kind of liked that. I have never been much really into fan fiction, but I can see the appeal and it was kind of nice to see such a big phenomenon woven into a story about modern young people. I thought it was cute. And that’s what this whole book is. Cute. And sometimes that’s what you need to warm the heart.

Sure, I felt too old for the story, but that’s kind of cool, as it turns into a sort of guilty pleasure and who does not need a guilty pleasure every now and then? I am sure that, had I been eighteen years old, I would have absolutely loved this book. As it is, though I enjoyed it a lot, I won’t go out of my way to read another book by the author any time soon.

5 out of 7 stars