Monday, 31 August 2015

Blog Tour: The A-Z of You and Me


Hello and welcome to my stop in the blog tour for The A-Z of You and Me!

We are celebrating the release of the very gorgeous paperback of this wonderful book, and I feel very honoured to be taking part in the tour - especially after reading it. It hit me right in the feels. So anyway, today I shall be expressing my thoughts on this book and have written a little review for you guys.

Also, this was the glorious edition I was sent by Penguin Random House - beautiful no?


Onwards to the review!

Note: I received a copy of this book from Penguin Random House for free, in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect the content of my review in any form.


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Author: James Hannah
Published by: Transworld Books on 27th August 2015
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher

Summary:

Ivo fell for her.
He fell for a girl he can’t get back.
Now he’s hoping for something.
While he waits he plays a game: 
He chooses a body part and tells us its link to the past he threw away.
He tells us the story of how she found him, and how he lost her.
But he doesn't have long.
And he still has one thing left to do ...




Wow. Seriously, wow. It's the kind of wow where I just have no idea what to think, a kind where I'm sat here here thinking what the hell did I just read? And not in a bad way, no. It was more along the lines of 'I have never read anything like this before... have I?' - and the answer it no. No I haven't.


I'll be straight. it took a little time to get used to the writing style and the narrative as we switch back and forth between past and present, but oddly it worked. I was able to keep track of the switches and keep up with the story. The story itself? Tragic. It was extraordinary, heartbreaking and yet eccentric all at the same time. You wouldn't be able to resist releasing a few giggles here and there!

I wasn't sure what I was expecting. Perhaps a cliche contemporary romance about a break up? A depressing tale about a dying man? It was nothing of the sort. James Hannah has written a true masterpiece, one that will capture the hearts and souls of many readers - like it did mine. In brief words, this is not your average novel where the reader witnesses the protagonist's death that we know is coming. That wasn't even the main plot of the story. It was much more than that. Fitting in with the somewhat poetic prose, in brief words, the story is about Ivo who is dying from kidney failure, about the bad choices he made during his childhood and about the girl he loved and lost and the mystery of how it all happened. There are many more characters that all play a role, each a piece of a jigsaw that complete the puzzle, for without them the story would have felt incomplete.

I was left feeling as if there were some gaps, fillers that I felt were needed for closure. But maybe that was how Hannah wanted it to be. Maybe not. But this story is truly memorable and equally beautiful, much like it's cover! The story is bold enough to shatter hearts and feelings with an ending that I took me by surprise despite predicting what may happen. It was wonderful and I can see James Hannah becoming one of the top contemporary fiction writers. 

The A-Z of You and Me packs a punch. Powerful and emotional, it's something that everyone should read.

Rating:
Silver Wreath

Beautiful.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Blog Tour: A Malmont Summer

Welcome. Welcome. Welcome.
 
 
 Just kidding.

What we're really celebrating is the release of my good friend's latest novel - A MALMONT SUMMER
 
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Pretty, isn't it? 

I was granted the opportunity to take part in the blog tour so today I bring you a review and my thoughts about this book!
 
Note: I was provided with an eARC from the author for reviewing purposes. This does not affect the content of my review in any way. 
 
 


I'll start off by mentioning that I am not a huge Contemporary reader, and I admit that it's not my preferred genre. I strongly prefer Fantasy, but hey, that's just me! A Malmont Summer had me intrigued. I wanted to read something fresh, something that steered away from some of the hard-hitting and serious stuff coming out these days. Have I mentioned that I am also not a fan of Summer? Yeah. I prefer Winter.
 
 
 AMS is the type of book that could make any Summer hating grinch, such as myself, feel quite the opposite! There's lots of travelling, exotic locations where it's bright and sunny and there's lots of drama. We follow four teenage girls who are all daughters of richly acclaimed families and attend a boarding school in Santa Monica. When disagreements and differences cause rifts in their friendship, they decide to take a trip in hopes it would resolve their problems.

This book was fun, in terms of the different locations the story takes place in. I love how the four main characters Lottie, Danielle, Hannah and Heidi go on this trip with a bucket list to follow. This is something I yearn to do myself! So it was pretty fun to read, in that aspect. Character-wise, I'd have to say that my favourite was perhaps Lottie. She was like the ice during the fiery arguments between Danielle and Heidi. I haven't really connected much with any of the other characters and this may change in future books in this series. I felt as if their ages didn't really fit their characters due to the reasons behind the arguments. I couldn't believe in them enough to think it was worth having huge disagreements over.

The ending really took me by surprise though! At one point, I really thought something huge was about to happen which I won't spoil but it really got my heart racing for a few minutes! Really unexpected but a great end and I look forward to seeing what becomes of the girls. It'll take me a little time to get used to the writing style though there is something about it that keeps me reading! But I can see this series as being fun and enjoyable, especially when there's lots of travelling involved! I love visiting new places through books!

If you're looking for something a little exciting, fun with a side order of drama and Summery themes, I would recommend A Malmont Summer!

Rating:
Bronze Wreath
 
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
Joshua J. Johnson currently lives in England with a serious case of wanderlust and a wardrobe full of books.

He started writing as soon as he discovered that book didn't randomly appear, and that they were actually written by people. After growing up writing short stories by hand for his brother and his family-- including a weekly family newspaper-- he created a blog where his writing has been captivated, treasured, and enjoyed by thousands of people in nearly eighty countries around the world.

He is the author of several books, including BONES ON THE SURFACE, SOULLESS, THE
SWEET LIFE, THEIR TIME TO GO, THE DIAMOND HOTEL, and TO BE AN UNKNOWN, as well the upcoming middle-grade novel, CHARLIE'S CHRISTMAS CONUNDRUM.

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