Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Asking For It by Louise O'Neill


It's the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O'Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there's a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma. 

The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can't remember what happened, she doesn't know how she got there. She doesn't know why she's in pain. But everyone else does. 

Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don't want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town's heroes...

Obviously this book is very controversial and at parts it was very uncomfortable to read. 
I have never read anything by Louise O'Neill before so I didn't know what to expect from her writing but I was completely happy with her writing style. 

Once you have read what the story is about you understand that it will be very difficult to read. It most certainly was not a happy read at all.

Asking for it made me very angry because some of the characters brush what has happened to Emma under the carpet and try to forget about it as though its just one of those things. I was angry because even Emma's parents wanted the situation to just go away, the only support Emma had was her brother but he was very angry too. 

The book made me sad because it seems unlikely that Emma will ever get over the incident and she herself felt that she should just drop the case so that her parents can get on with life as it was even though life will never be the same again for Emma. 
At first I was angry at the ending 

Sunday, 12 June 2016

The Crown (Selection #5) by Kiera Cass


This is the 5th book in the Selection series by Kiera Cass and up until now I think I have mostly enjoyed this series. This book is actually the second half of this story as the first half came out earlier.

The cover of this book is stunning and I think that the dresses are just getting more beautiful. I still like Eady and most of the boys in the competition. I'm really happy that Eadlyn still has her own mind and her own morals and she stays strong to herself throughout this book.

Personally I would have made a different decision but I wasn't mad about the final decision. The story is obviously very similar to the previous selection stories but I don't think that means it was worse or better it was a nice easy read. I would have liked a little more at the end of the story but maybe more is coming in the future. 

The book has many problems but I think for the most part it was fairly enjoyable. I liked the girl power feel and the strong women doing it for themselves. 

I wouldn't recommend this book based on this book alone however it does go quite nicely with the rest of the series and it didn't leave me too disappointed.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the Forest

This book is based in a quaint town called Fairfold which is like your regular town except that deep in the forest the Fairies who are controlled by the Alder King live. The people that live in the town are protected from the fairies by paying tributes or completing special rituals to protect themselves. It is usually tourists that fall prey to the Fair folk as they don't know how to protect themselves from the Fairies. The Tourists come to the town to see the horned boy who sleeps in a glass coffin in a clearing in the forest. Nothing has been able to wake the Horned boy.
Hazel and her brother are fascinated boy and he features in many of their childhood games. When the Horned boy wakes up things go from strange to scary for the people of Fairfold and Hazel and her friends are on hand to try and sort things out.

I liked a good half of the characters in this book. There was a character for everyone to connect with and I think that the relationships that are formed are not only adorable but also quite surprising.  The relationship that is formed between Hazel and Jack is may favourite because they support each others weirdness and make each other stronger. I like that Holly Black has not relied on a mushy romance in this book and has instead made each character an individual who may or may not be in love rather than the other way round. I was also impressed with the way the story expressed the relationship between Ben and Hazel, as kids they had been through a lot and it was clearly tough so they were a tough pair and they loved each other but there was also a bit of jealousy and rivalry mixed in with the nicer emotions which for me made this relationship much more realistic and believable.

Well they were not your Tinkerbell kind of fairy I will tell you that. The Folk in this book were gruesome and pretty ugly. They are not just mischievous but down right wicked. I think Holly Black was very creative with her descriptions and her characters. 

I liked this book quite a bit but it isn't my favourite fairy book. I think that the plot is new and interesting, there are many aspects of this book that I have not come across in YA books before so I would recommend this to anyone who has quite a good imagination.

You can find the first 7 chapters of this book on goodreads at the moment.

Thanks For Reading

Em x