So I don’t know how many of these I’m going to do, but for now, I’m really enjoying putting together these posts to share some books that I’ve really enjoyed, having made it into my list of favourites, or just really made an impact on me. So here we go! Part 3! Bring it!
So, this book is something that I would never have picked up on my own. I’d put it as contemporary, I won’t say adult because the main character is a fifteen year old boy, but the themes that it deals with I’d say, could be seen as being adult. I actually won this book in a giveaway hosted by A Close Encounter of the Paper Kind, you can find her blog here. It was this book that actually inspired me to do something I’d been pondering for a VEERRRRYYY LOOONNGG TIIMMEE which was find a way to share my thoughts on the books that I read. I loved it THAT much, that I had to tell anyone and everyone who would listen, even some of those that probably didn’t want to listen, I told them about it.
This book centers on Beck, a fifteen year old pianist, his mother was once a revered piano player in Germany, until she had a stroke and could no longer play. She now pushes her son to be the best there ever was, so he can carry on her legacy and her name. She doesn’t care about school, friends, family, anything but the piano, not even really about her young daughter – Beck’s little sister. One day at school, Beck is placed with a partner for an English essay, it was because of this girl that he began to realise that there is more to life and that life isn’t always bad. This book deals heavily with mental and physical abuse in a family setting, so it’s not a pretty book, but it is a fantastic read. I read it in one sitting across three hours, that’s how good it is. By the end of it, I didn’t know what to think and had trouble forming words to describe this book. Now, I recommend it to EVERYONE.
Once again, I never would have picked this book up if it hadn’t been insisted upon and subsequently lent to me by a fellow book nerd friend. This is SO not something I would have EVER picked up and read by myself.
Matthew Reilly is an Australian thriller/action author. Ice Station is the first in the Shane Schofield series, call sign – Scarecrow. This book is set in Antarctica where a U.S dive team send out and SOS signal and Scarecrow’s crack team of marines are sent in. This book, along with all of Matthew Reilly’s others, are straight up action, action, non-stop action. Reading it is like watching a movie, complete with illustrations, diagrams and sound effects. Once you can get past the military jargon, you will fall straight into this book and have trouble getting out. You’ll find yourself rooting for the well written characters and gasping at their near misses.
I’ve read all of the Scarecrow series, and am working my way through Reilly’s other series which centers around Jack West Jr. He also has some stand alone books, one of with is called Contest, which I also highly recommend, along with Temple, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I tend to enjoy anything with an archaeological theme to it.
I had been looking at Daughter of Smoke and Bone for so long before I finally gave in and bought it. I am shattered that it took me THAT long to get it. As soon as I started reading it I knew that I needed the other two, and stat.
DOSAB follows Karou, and orphaned girl who was taken in by creatures not of this world, Chimera. By day she attends art school and draws her family of chimera, sharing her ‘imaginary’ world with her best friend, and at night, she runs errands all over the world for Brimstone, her father figure, where she collects teeth, though she doesn’t know why. Her world is thrown into turmoil when black hand prints start appearing on doorways all around the world, and she is thrown into a centuries old war that has to do with the family she knows, loves and who raised her, and Akiva, an winged boy who has Karou in his sights.
The world that Taylor created in this series is just so full of detail, beautiful imagery and so much depth that you literally fall into it and can get lost for hours. The way that she describes the chimera is just breath taking, and talking about it makes me want to re-read the series right now. As the story unfolds you find yourself completely immersed and it gets hard to breathe. There’s very few authors who can have this effect on me, but Taylor is one of them. This is definitely a star-crossed lovers’ story that rivals that of Juliet and Romeo. It’s difficult for me to find the words to describe this series, so I’ll leave you with READ THE DAMN BOOK! You won’t regret it.
And that wraps up my part 3. Have the most amazing day xoxo