Book Review

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniThe Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Genre: Historical
Release Date: 29th May 2003
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Source: Bought
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Rating: five-stars

Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir's choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

I read the graphic novel of The Kite Runner about seven years ago when I first started blogging and I absolutely loved it. I immediately bought the novel, but I put off reading it for the longest time (seven years…) because I felt like the story was still too fresh in my mind and I remembered absolutely bawling over the graphic novel.

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The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren JamesThe Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 7th September 2017
Publisher: Walker Books
Source: Gift
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Rating: three-stars

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

I’ve got mixed feelings about The Loneliest Girl in the Universe because on the one hand, I read it in a single sitting and I did enjoy it. On the other, I think the book could have been improved in a few different ways. It’s a real mixed bag for me.

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This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnisThis Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 10th November 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Publisher
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Rating: one-half-stars

Sasha Stone knows her place—first-chair clarinet, top of her class, and at the side of her oxford-wearing boyfriend. She’s worked her entire life to ensure that her path to Oberlin Conservatory as a star musician is perfectly paved.

But suddenly there’s a fork in the road, in the shape of Isaac Harver. Her body shifts toward him when he walks by, her skin misses his touch even though she’s never known it, and she relishes the smell of him—smoke, beer, and trouble—all the things she’s avoided to get where she is. Even worse, every time he’s near Sasha, her heart stops, literally. Why does he know her so well—too well—and she doesn’t know him at all?

Sasha discovers that her by-the-book life began by ending another’s: the twin sister she absorbed in the womb. But that doesn’t explain the gaps of missing time in her practice schedule or the memories she has of things she certainly never did with Isaac. As Sasha loses her much-cherished control, her life—and heart—become more entangled with Isaac. Armed with the knowledge that her heart might not be hers alone, Sasha must decide what she’s willing to do—and who she’s willing to hurt—to take it back.

I loved McGinnis’ debut duology, Not A Drop to Drink, but I hadn’t read anything by her since. Obviously, when I saw this one was available to review, I snapped it up. Unfortunately, it was more than a little disappointing.

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Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Speechless by Hannah HarringtonSpeechless by Hannah Harrington
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 28th August 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she's ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there's strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she's done. If only she can forgive herself.

Speechless wasn’t a bad book, to be honest, but it was a little underwhelming. It was such a short book, and a lot happened in those 200 or so pages, that I felt almost disconnected from the story. It did make for a really quick read, though, which is what I was after.

I liked Chelsea, the main character, well enough. There was a lot of character growth there, which is always a sign of a decent book. She acknowledges that she stays silent for far too long, and she also learnt from her mistakes. The protest itself was silly, really, so I’m glad that it played out the way it did in terms of Chelsea’s character growth. Also, Chelsea was attractive and she knew it. It was really nice to read about a main character who knew she was good looking. I love that confidence.

I am probably going to remember the beginning with the assault more than anything. This isn’t the most memorable book but it definitely had bits that will stick with me.

Six Little Secrets by Katlyn Duncan

Six Little Secrets by Katlyn DuncanSix Little Secrets by Katlyn Duncan
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 24th November 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
Source: Publisher
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Rating: one-star

Some secrets can never stay hidden for long…

Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl.

But someone is watching. Someone has made sure that they are all in the same room at the same time. Someone knows that each of them is hiding a terrible secret…

…and by the end of detention, everyone will know the truth.

Six Little Secrets started off interesting. The first couple of chapters were decent when it came to setting up the book and intriguing me, but after that it all fell apart. I felt like the novella was too short (I realise there’s a reason it’s called a NOVELLA, but whatever) for this kind of story. There wasn’t enough time to set up each of the characters, and I really didn’t care about any of them. When the reveal came, I wasn’t shocked, because I didn’t really care.

I was pretty bored after the first two or three chapters, to be honest. Also, this book is pretty much One of Us is Lying all over again, except OOUIL does everything better.