Review: The Sky Is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson

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Lennie Walker loves books and plays second clarinet. When her sister Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is shoved to center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, she suddenly finds herself having to try and balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, just moved in from Paris, with an amazing musical talent.

I really loved this book. Lennie is a wonderful character. I liked how the grief and sadness of the book was interspersed with the joyful moments that Lennie spends with Joe.

I also really liked the poetry element of this novel, and the way that the poetry Lennie writes brings her and Joe closer together.

I would definitely recommend this book to young adult readers.

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Review: I’ll Give You The Sun – Jandy Nelson

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Twins Jude and Noah come from an artistic family, Noah draws and Jude makes sculptures. The two are inseparable until their mother starts to favors one child’s art over the others, a rivalry grows between them. Then a tragedy in the family drives them even further apart.

I really enjoyed this book. It was one that I couldn’t put down. I loved how the book was told from the perspectives of the twins in alternating chapters, and that each twins point of view was set at a different time.

I really liked the characters in this novel, especially Noah. I enjoyed reading about how he saw the world through his art.

The design of the book was fantastic as well. It really conveyed the importance of art throughout the novel.

I adored this novel and I would recommend this fantastic book to lovers of John Green and Rainbow Rowell.

Review: All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

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Theodore Finch constantly considers killing himself but is always put off by small things. Violet Markey counts down until graduation, trying to get over the death of her sister. The two meet on the ledge of a bell tower at school, where they save each other. When they pair up for a project, they learn more than information about their state.

All The Bright Places is an emotional and honest novel about teenagers who do their best to save each other from the problems in their lives.

I really enjoyed this novel. The characters were original and unpredictable, even background characters are not always as they seem. I loved the manner in which the relationship between Finch and Violet grew.

This novel is perfect for lovers of John Green and Rainbow Rowell.

Review: It’s About Love – Steven Camden

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It’s About Love is the second novel from London base author Steven Camden. This novel follows the story of Luke, a teenager from the rough part of the city who goes to college at the other site. Here he meets Leia, a girl who’s in the same film studies course as him. It’s About Love follows the growth of their relationship.

However, romantic love is not the only love that this novel is about. It’s about familial love and loyalty, both to family and friends. The novel is more than a romance, it hits at issues that are very topical and real.

This novel far exceeded my expectations, as I had expected a simple romance plot. I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the characters of Luke and Leia, how they were so different and from different backgrounds, yet their common love of film partnered with their creativity and motivation brings them together.

The plotline following Luke’s brother, Marc, is teased out throughout the novel, not giving the complete details of the story until near the end of the novel. I loved this, as it gave a sense of mystery and suspense.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. I would recommend this novel to teen readers who enjoy deeply moving and honest novels.

Review: The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black

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Ever since she was younger, Hazel just wanted to be a knight. She would play in the forest with her brother, Ben, hunting out the creatures that lived there. And then there was the horned boy in the glass coffin, their prince. The siblings fantasized about waking him up.

And then one day it happens.

The waking of the horned boy in the glass coffin causes the town of Fairfold to be in danger. It’s up to Hazel and her friends to save the town and get rid of the monster plaguing the town.

This novel is a perfect combination of fairy magic and modern technology. The two elements work perfectly alongside each other, making this an unforgettable novel.

I loved the characters in this novel. I liked that they were flawed but strong. Hazel was a brave knight, but also had problems with kissing boys and breaking hearts. Ben was loyal to his friends, but idealized the idea of romance, and was in love with the horned boy. Jack and Carter were also interesting characters who I enjoyed reading about.

I would recommend this novel to young adults who enjoy novels with magic, romance and action.

Review: Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero – Rick Riordan

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When Jason wakes up on the bus to a school trip, he has no recollection of how he got there, or any of his past. His friends Piper and Leo both try to help jog his memories, but Jason has the feeling that something isn’t quite right.

The Lost Hero is the first book in the second series in the world of Percy Jackson. Rick Riordan is well known for his modernization of Greek myths. In this new series, Riordan shows his skill at adapting Roman myth in the same way as Greek. I think his combination of both Greek and Roman mythology in this novel works really well.

I really enjoyed this novel. When I picked it up, I was incredibly excited to be reading a new book by Rick Riordan. Being a fan of the Percy Jackson series, I had high expectations for The Lost Hero. Thankfully I wasn’t disappointed.

As a continuation of the previous series, it could have been difficult to catch up and follow what was going on. However there was no confusion when reading this novel. It was clear that it was a new story, with the introduction of three new characters, Piper, Leo and Jason, but the novel still had very familiar elements, such as the appearance of old characters Annabeth and Thalia.

I would recommend this book for any lovers of mythology, as well as teen readers who enjoyed books such as the Harry Potter series.

Review: A Little Something Different – Sandy Hall

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Everyone thinks Gabe and Lea should be together. Their friends, their professor, even the barista in their local Starbucks. The only problem is that Gabe and Lea are too shy to talk to each other.

When they meet in a Creative Writing class, both Gabe and Lea develop crushes on the other. From the encouragement of their friends, each tries to let the other know, but it doesn’t work.

A Little Something Different is a sweet story of college romance told from the perspective of everyone but the two main protagonists. The novel features the perspectives of Gabe and Lea’s friends and family, along with a barista, a waitress, a squirrel and even a bench.

I really enjoyed this approach. It was very fun to see how everyone around them viewed their relationship. I found it interesting to see how the author could tell the story and show the emotions of Gabe and Lea without having a chapter from their perspective.

I really enjoyed the novel because it was sweet and meaningful as well as being silly and humourous. I liked how it dealt with serious issues alongside jokes and cuteness.

I would recommend this book to people looking for a cute read about a sweet romance.