A review: The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

I don’t know if I can adequately express how much I adored this book. But this is me giving it a try.

Synopsis

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HERE IS A SMALL FACT:
YOU ARE GOING TO DIE.
1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.

Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with her foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

SOME MORE IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.

It’s a small story, about:
a girl
an accordionist
some fanatical Germans
a Jewish fist fighter
and quite a lot of thievery.

ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW:
DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES.

This review will contain no spoilers.

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From Page to Screen: Love, Simon

Also known to YA fans as Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Which is what I knew it as before I discovered it was being adapted for the big screen.

For those who don’t know about the popular Young Adult book:

SVTHSA-BA.jpgSixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

I adored this book. It is a wonderful, endearing, emotional, inspiring book. I could easily continue that list of positive adjectives but I think you get the gist. Just pop over to YA Twitter and you’ll see just how widely adored this novel truly is.

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A review: Godsgrave – Jay Kristoff

One of the best things about book subscription boxes, along with the truly beautiful swag, is of course, the surprise book you get with it.
So when I ordered a ‘Game of Thrones’ themed box from The Best Damn Book Box, back in July ’16, I would never have expected discovering one of my favourite reads of that year, let alone a book that became one of my all-time favourites.
Godsgrave is the sequel to that fateful book; Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.

GG-JKAssassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Set in the world of Nevernight, which Publishers Weekly called “absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness,” Godsgrave will continue to thrill and satisfy fantasy fans everywhere.

This review is spoiler free!

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