Book Review: “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon

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Goodreads Synopsis

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.

Bookworm1102’s Review

Madeline Whittier is a seventeen year old girl who has a rare disease, which means she is unable to leave the safety of her house, as anything could potentially kill her. She is content with her life, being home-schooled via the internet and reading books. One day, a family move in next door, and Maddy meets Olly. After talking to him for a while, she realises that she is falling in love with him, and has to decide whether meeting him and being with him is worth the risk of becoming seriously ill.

This book has quickly become one of my favourite reads of 2017. The chapters, if they can be called that, are short and sweet, which is something that I personally really like in a book. The story was built up from the beginning so you got to know the characters quickly, and straight away, I felt really sorry for Maddy (although that is something she does not like!).

The romance between Maddy and Olly was adorable, and I enjoyed reading their IM conversations. It really allowed me to understand the full interactions between them, and to see exactly when they started to fall for each other.

I was completely shocked by a revelation toward the end of the book, but I felt so much empathy toward Maddy’s mother, and I was glad to read that she eventually seeked out some professional help. As it is a light-hearted book, there was always going to be a happy ending of sorts, and I am happy with how the book ended.

I rate this book 5/5 stars!

If you like the sound of this book, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here.

You can find my film review for the film version of Everything, Everything here.

Book Review: “The Land of Stories: Worlds Collide” by Chris Colfer

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Goodreads Synopsis

In the highly anticipated conclusion to the Land of Stories series, Conner and Alex must brave the impossible. All of the Land of Stories fairy tale characters–heroes and villains–are no longer confined within their world!

With mayhem brewing in the Big Apple, Conner and Alex will have to win their biggest battle yet. Can the twins restore order between the human and fairy tale world?

Breathtaking action mixed with laugh out loud moments and lots of heart will make this a gripping conclusion for many fans!

Bookworm1102’s Review

In the final book of The Land of Stories series, we follow Alex and Conner as they deal with the real world and the fairy-tale world coming together. The witches and the Literary Army have invaded the real world, with the intent of taking it for themselves. Conner is trying to save the world and save his sister, who has been cursed by a powerful curse, so she is completely under the witches control. With help looking unlikely from his sister, Conner has to rely on himself and his friends to help save both worlds.

I really enjoyed the finale to this series. It is no secret that this has become one of my favourite series of all time. This book started off with Conner as an elderly man, having become a much loved published author, doing a question evening at a bookstore. He suddenly realises that he cannot remember what happened to Alex, and delves into his books to find a clue as to what happened to his twin sister.

The characters were just as lively and interesting as expected, and Red really comes into her own in this book and she has grown up so much since the first book. I have quite enjoyed reading about her development and relationships with everyone more so than any of the other characters.

I am sad that this series is over but they will forever hold a place in my heart, and I will be reading (and listening) to them again in the future!

I rate this book 5/5 stars!

If you like the sound of this book, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here.

Guest Post: Fat Jimmy and the Blind Ballerina by Eddie Owens

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Goodreads Synopsis

This is the story of one young man’s desire for comedy fame: a tale of ambition and humiliation on the way to the top.

Fat Jimmy is a cynical, young comedian and writer, who desperately wants to make it to the big time. He wants it all and he wants it now.

Fat Jimmy loves women; he loves booze and he loves comedy. He is sweary and controversial, but always funny and always memorable.

If you like the sound of this book, you can find it on Goodreads here, Amazon UK here and Amazon US here.