Hihi! How are we all today? Today I’m going to start a new segment on my blog called Snippet Reviews. I only started book blogging in October 2015, and before that, I read tons of books. I really want to review them all, but with some of them, I read them so long ago. How am I meant to remember enough about them to write a whole review?! I wanted a way to review them and tell you my thoughts without having to go into too much depth. There’s no way I can re-read books either just to review them. Ain’t nobody got time for that!
So, I’m going to start writing Snippet Reviews! They’re going to be very short reviews of only a couple of hundred words, briefly explaining why I liked/disliked the book and why I recommend it (or don’t). In this post, I’m going to snippet review Flawed by Cecelia Ahern, One by Sarah Crossan, and The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.
But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.
In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.
Before this, I hadn’t read a YA book in a pretty long time so I was exciting to get into it. The premise sounded really interesting, and I’d heard about the book for a while. I listened to it as an audiobook, and the narrator was great! She had a really engaging voice and it made the story really good to listen to.
I really loved the story. I’m not a fan of the word ‘gripping’ but this really was! I couldn’t stop listening to it, and I finished it in only a couple of sittings. The characters developed constantly, and my opinions of them were always changing. A lot of people complained that the story was typical YA and it didn’t offer anything different, but I disagreed. Okay, it was written in a similar style to other YA books, but I haven’t read anything like the story. I loved it from start to finish!
The second book in the series comes out very soon and I can’t wait to read it. I have a review copy from NetGalley and AAAAH I’m so excited!!!
My Rating: 5 stars
One by Sarah Crossan
Grace and Tippi. Tippi and Grace. Two sisters. Two hearts. Two dreams. Two lives. But one body.
Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins, joined at the waist, defying the odds of survival for sixteen years. They share everything, and they are everything to each other. They would never imagine being apart. For them, that would be the real tragedy.
But something is happening to them. Something they hoped would never happen. And Grace doesn’t want to admit it. Not even to Tippi.
How long can they hide from the truth—how long before they must face the most impossible choice of their lives?
I didn’t know what to expect from this book when I started reading. It’s written in free-verse and almost reads like poetry, which is something I’ve never come across before. I really liked it though! It was refreshing to read something completely different to the norm, even if it did take some getting used to.
The story was a mix of energising, uplifting and downright heartbreaking. There were twists and turns, parts that made me laugh out loud, and others that made me want to weep. I’m a twin myself, and although I could never even imagine what it’s like to be conjoined, I could relate to the way the girls felt about each other and how much of a connection they had.
I read the whole book in a few hours, and I liked it a lot. Get the tissues ready, because you’re gonna need them.
Rating: 4 stars
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart–he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm, she crumbling from loneliness and despair.
In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning, the snow child is gone–but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness.
As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.
The Snow Child was the first book I read when I got my new Kindle Fire in December 2012! I remember it was on sale for 99p and the synopsis drew me towards it straight away. It sounded magical and mysterious, and I couldn’t wait to read it. It turned out to be one of my favourite books!
One thing I really like about this book is the reality of it, as well as the magic. Jack and Mabel are childless, and it becomes clear that Mabel is sad about this. She visits friends and family who have children and really wishes she had her own. The sadness of this matches the brutal weather of Alaska. However, the descriptions of Alaska made me really want to visit! I could tell that the author is from Alaska herself, and it passionate about it.
The magical element of the story was done really well. It wasn’t so magical that it turned ridiculous; it had just the right amount of magic not to spoil the realistic feel of the story. I really loved when Faina, the magical snow girl, came into the story. I couldn’t stop reading! This is the perfect book to read around winter time, and if you want a book so magical and uplifting! You can also read my interview with the author herself here.
My Rating: 5 stars
That’s it for this time! What do you think of this format? Do you like it? Please let me know, because I’m looking forward to writing more of them! Also, if you’ve read any of these books, let me know what you thought of them!