A World Without Color – Bernard Jan

Synopsis

One story. Two endings. Genuine and fictional. Which ending is yours?

What do you say to someone who is dying? And what do you say when that someone A World Without Color: A True Story Of the Last Three Days With My Catcan’t understand a word you are saying? How do you comfort each other throughout… and beyond?

My love, if you go away in a few days, the world will lose its colors and darken like the land of Mordor. If you go away and leave me to wander aimlessly, alone in this sea become wild, like a ship with a broken rudder and drowned sailors, and if I don’t find comfort in the warmth of your body, clutched in my embrace at the end of the day, I’m afraid I won’t survive.

“I don’t regret anything. Marcel was not only my cat, he was my everything. My brother, my friend, my world shrank in a soft gray-striped furry ball.”—Bernard Jan

Powerful. Emotional. Honest.

A heartfelt and moving novella.

Review

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Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Now this is a book I had no expectations going into, what had initially interested me in the memoir, was finding out how the author was able to share the highly intimate journey of a family pet passing away into a story.

What I found immediately was the raw emotion that the author is feeling is perfectly described on the page, they hold nothing back as they describe not only the situation, but the importance of Marcel to them. You really do feel as if your right alongside them as they go through their final three days.

Now this is probably not a novel to start reading if you are already feeling a tad down that down, when reading it’s so hard no not get caught up in emotion and at times it did feel quite a struggle to get through, not due to bad writing or anything like that but because it puts into sharp focus whats important and that you should really be hugging your pets right now!

At the same time it probably would provide some comfort to those that may of experienced a loss like this, their is a definite feeling that your not alone, as well as perhaps sharing some of your grief. The author does make the story deeply personal and perhaps just that little bit too emotional if anything. However it is a beautiful touching read.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

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Book Review: The Perfectly Imperfect Women by Milly Johnson

Synopsis

Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on 36351949the right track. But when she ‘meets’ an old lady on a baking chatroom and begins confiding in her, little does she know how her life will change.

Arranging to see each other for lunch, Marnie finds discovers that Lilian is every bit as mad and delightful as she’d hoped – and that she owns a whole village in the Yorkshire Dales, which has been passed down through generations. And when Marnie needs a refuge after a crisis, she ups sticks and heads for Wychwell – a temporary measure, so she thinks.

But soon Marnie finds that Wychwell has claimed her as its own and she is duty bound not to leave. Even if what she has to do makes her as unpopular as a force 12 gale in a confetti factory! But everyone has imperfections, as Marnie comes to realise, and that is not such a bad thing – after all, your flaws are perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman is the heart-warming and hilarious new novel from the queen of feel-good fiction – a novel of family, secrets, love and redemption … and broken hearts mended and made all the stronger for it.

Review

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Thank You to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was more than a little bit excited going into this book, the last book I had read from 20171228_145957.jpgMilly Johnson I had continued reading until the early hours of the morning just to find out what happened so when I saw this on NetGalley I couldn’t help but request it!

So did I spend the rest of the night reading after I downloaded it? No I didn’t, but I still had a great time reading it over a few days! The story follow Marnie as she tries to navigate through her life while admittedly making more than one mistake. One of the things that first struck me about this book was the fact that although I didn’t have what I would call an instant connection to Marnie, the mistakes while obvious and avoidable didn’t annoy me as much as they usually do. I do tend to rage a lot at characters thought processes and decisions so it was nice to just lose myself in the story.

The story itself was nothing how I imagined it to be, the first few chapters sort of trundled a long how you would imagine and then suddenly it twists the entire story into a whole other direction, which was great, I love surprises. While the story is fast paced there is definitely enough going on to keep you sucked in. What was the most surprising about the story however was the amount of mystery and the little bit of supernatural that was involved. To be honest going into the book I had just sort of assumed it was going to all be mostly romance but I think the slight branching out into different genres gave it that little bit of an edge.

In regards to the characters Marnie definitely grew on me and I absolutely adored Lilian and a few other members of the village. I also like that there were a variety of different characters within the village just to make it all the more interesting. The character development was really well written and it was great to see Marnie except the good with the bad. I probably would of liked it better if a few ‘events’ or ‘issues’ had been completely resolved e.g. with her sister but let’s be fair there was probably no saving that ever. The ending was both a surprise and satisfying which is always hard to do and something that really topped of the book for me. If you are looking for a feel good summer read, full of intrigue, romance and a little bit of mystery then this is the book for you!

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Book Review: Almost Forever by Laura Danks

Almost Forever

Synopsis

Can love truly conquer all?

When a vicious attack leaves Paul in a coma on his wedding day, the doctors fear he will never wake up. But his fiancée Fran will never give up hope.

Fran has always known Paul is the only man for her, from the first moment they locked eyes as children to the day he finally told her he loved her. Paul can’t leave her, not now their lives are just about to begin.

Love will always find a way… won’t it?

 

Review

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Going into this I was not to sure what to expect, given the blurb I really wasn’t sure 20171228_150133.jpgwhich direction the story would take and by that I mean would it be a focus on the accident, the aftermath, the recovery, how individuals deal with tragedy, I really wasn’t sure, turns out more then anything this book is a love story. A really gooey romantic coming of age kinda love story.

Now the story itself is really well written as I got to know both Paul and Fran and how their lives entwined. Definitely a romance novel the type of love and connection that the author was describing was one that seemed to literally come straight off the page and hit you in the face. However it still managed to remain for the most part believable with the actions, choices and emotions from both of the characters. I also really enjoyed the depth of the story and the characters and hadn’t really been expecting it when I started the book.

The book is relatively fast paced, though given the nature of the story-line it is one that focuses heavily on emotion so if that isn’t really your thing I wouldn’t recommend, however if your one that really relishes exploring romance, emotion and most things gushy I’m sure this is one you will enjoy. I will admit that it definitely had me crying at points and I did think that it did have a fairly satisfying if not a bit predictable ending.

Thank You to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Probably not. 

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

The Book Theif – Markus Zusak

“I am haunted by humans.”

Goodreads Synopsis:The Book Thief

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbours during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

Review:

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This is a book I have been meaning to read for such a long time and that was with only a vague sense of what the book was about! As soon as I researched a bit more into I pretty much bought the book immediately.

First things first I loved that the book was narrated by death, especially a book which revolves around the second world war, death really gives a unique insight. Secondly it’s about a girl who loves books, pretty easy to relate to! The story itself is both beautiful and horrifying, moments which would be easy to hold on to forever and a lot more which would be better if forgotten. It shows so many different aspects of the human psyche from those whose voices were tainted by the hate that surrounded them and those that were still able to find compassion and love in the small things.

The characters themselves were well thought out and as much as I tried not to love them, (I was pretty sure it wasn’t going to end well) I couldn’t help myself which led to a whole bunch of tears but still no regrets! I definitely want to go see the movie now but I think I may leave it awhile while I regroup a bit haha.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Guilty Reader Book Tag

Okay so I have seen this tag floating around and it looked like so much fun so I decided why not, this seems to be one of the few rare tags that I’m not sure who started it, so if anyone knows, send me a message and I will update it.

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1. Have You Ever Re-gifted A Book That You’ve Been Given?

I am definitely not guilty of this one, while I’m fine letting people borrow my books once their mine their mine!

2. Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

Nope! I’m not sure why someone would but I would be way to afraid that someone would ask me something and I would make a complete idiot of myself!

3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

Guilty! Twice I think, neither of them intentional and both times from a library. The first from primary school with a book I still have never read, my bad. The second was from Uni when I completely forgot I had got out some books on plants for my biology test, many regrets were made when I realized I had forgot to take them back and was left with the fine.

4. Have you ever read a series out of order?

Yes! Once again not intentionally as I had just grabbed a heap of books from the library but I had somehow managed to get out the fourth Vampire Diaries book. Once I did realize it was part of a series though I immediately went out and bought the books and read them in order.

5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

I hope not!

6. Have you ever doggy eared a book?

Okay don’t hate me but yes! Most of my books our what I would call a ‘well loved’ condition, mainly because I buy them second hand and it’s not something that has ever bothered me. I would never do it to a newer book or anybody else’s but to my own I if I don’t have a bookmark I don’t have a problem. Saying that I feel I might have a lower standard then everyone else as to what bothers me with books, I may of once accidentally dropped a book in the bath and then proceeded to hair dry it and still managed to reread a few more times after that haha.

7. Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?

Nope, same as above not sure why you would and I would be way to awkward if I was questioned about it.

8. Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?

Nope again, I’m pretty honest when it comes to my books!

9. Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

Sometimes I may skim read if the book is getting really repetitive or I’m struggling to get through, but never a whole chapter, a page at most.

10. Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually like?

Nope haha I pretty much own up to all my books I like, no matter if it might be a bit cringe worthy lol I love my guilty pleasures and quite happy to try and get others to secretly like them too!

Okay so I’m gonna cheat and tag anyone who would answer yes to number 6. Mostly cos I’m lazy but also cos it would be nice to know that there is someone else out there who this isn’t a major pet peeve for haha.

 

The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty

“None of us ever know all the possible courses our lives could have and maybe should have taken. It’s probably just as well. Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever. Just ask Pandora.”

Goodreads Synopsis:

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that’s not meant to be readThe Husband's Secret

My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Review:

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This was one of those books that I found I was completely sucked in from the first page, it was interesting, easy to read and while it took a bit to introduce all three characters, I didn’t find myself bored or my attention wavering. In regards to the plot not gonna lie the beginning did start of a bit slow however I found that I did enjoy the pace as I liked getting to know the characters, this might be a bit of a turn of for others though as it kind of drip feeds you the information and once I knew the backgrounds and what not I could guess what ‘secret’ was in the letter. What I couldn’t guess was the reactions and repercussions of those reactions throughout the rest of the book. The ending is not something that I remotely saw coming and it showed the author was willing to not let things go to a happy ending just cos.

As I mentioned above the pace isn’t the fastest so there is quite a bit of character development, I wasn’t sure how I felt about Cecilia at first she was a bit too perfect and above the others, which was shown more clearly through the others reactions to her. I did feel a little bit mean at the satisfaction I got when things started to full apart for her. The other two I felt where stronger characters but they did have their moments where they annoyed me, but hey we’re all flawed I guess. One of the most unique aspects of the book though (and probably the reason I enjoyed it so much) was it’s exploration of the ‘what if’ concept. It’s the only book I have read which has gone into what would of happened it things had just gone another path, how everyone’s lives would be different. More to the point I’m really nosy so having that laid out as opposed to using my imagination was a nice change haha. Overall a great immersive read.

Rating: 5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

Books that leave you in Tears take Two

Okay so I really wasn’t feeling the discussion post I had originally scheduled to write today, but as I was still in the mood to write something I thought I would revisit on of my favourite previous posts which you may have gleamed from the title was ‘Books that leave you in tears’. Now one of the reasons this was my favourite post was one, cause I got to think back about all the gut wrenching, tear inducing, hot mess kinda reads (a lot of which I remembered the moment I posted the post) and two because I got to hear so many suggestions of more awesome books that would most likely leave me in an unapproachable state. (I will post some of these at the bottom). Now I definitely haven’t got round to all of the ones I wanted to, as is life, but I have read a few more recently which I would like to include now, so without further ado I present Books that leave you in tears take two!

Number 5

Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman

The first time I set eyes on this book was when I had just started high school and it was aNoughts & Crosses (Noughts & Crosses, #1) prescribed reading book for English. I vaguely remember hearing about it before than but in all honesty I had no idea what it was about. It was only after I had finished amid a pile of tissues that I really started to contemplate all of the messages within the book (and their are a few). I have read it multiple times since as well as the rest of the books in the series and it never fails to make me cry! For those who have not read this it follows the story of Sephy and Callum as they try to navigate a world in which skin colour is the deciding factor in just how well your life is going to turn out. They face prejudice, distrust and terrorist activity when all they really want to be is together. It’s a hard hitting story and if you haven’t read it it’s one I would highly recommend.

Number 4

Handle with Care – Jodi Picoult

Handle with CareOkay so a books that make you cry list for me will probably always include at least one Jodi Picoult book. A few years back I went through a big Jodi Picoult phase and read most if not all of her books. Although she is not an author I can read all the times and her books aren’t actually ones I can read multiple times they do always seemed to end in tears. Handle with Care is a story that follows Willow, a five year old girl born with a sever case brittle bone disease and her family as they embark on a law suit that will change their lives. Now without giving too much away, I don’t actually like this book all that much, and the simple reason for that was the ending. If you have read the book you will know what I’m talking about, but in my opinion it was unnecessary.  But it is still definitely one that will leave you teary eyed when you do get to the end.

Number 3

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

So this I hadn’t read when I wrote my first post, it was one I was pretty sure that would Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)make me cry (I had heard already basically what it was about and what happened) but I had never got around to actually reading it. After I posted the first Leave you in tears, it didn’t take me long to get around to it and if your interested you can read the review here. Me Before you follows the story of Will and Louisa as they face impossible choices in adverse conditions. It is in essence a love story after life doesn’t go as planned and the choices that we face after that. Even knowing the ending to this it had me bawling just as much as if I didn’t. I was hoping it would soften the blow but no such luck, now I just need to work myself up to seeing the movie!

Number 2

Something Beautiful – Amanda Gernentz Hanson

Something BeautifulThis is another I have since posing the first post and if I had would of definitely been included on the initial list! From memory this is one I got accepted for on NetGalley and I’m so glad I did. The story follows the lives of Cordelia and Declan as they navigate from children to adults. It’s told from both past and present perspective as well as from the differing POV. Now what makes this story unique is that it deals with a myriad of different issues while still keeping the story believable. These include depression, self harm, teen pregnancy and the main theme of the book which revolves around fluid sexuality. Now this book left me with both happy and sad tears and an ending which I just didn’t see coming. If you want to check out the review you can read it here.

Number 1

P.S I love you – Cecelia Ahern

Now at number one it had to be P.S I love you, I was actually kicking myself for not including this last time as it’s another book that left me with both happy and sad tears, okay mostly sad but still. Not only that it left me a wreck pretty much the entire book! If you don’t already know it follows the story of Holly as she deals with the grief and aftermath of her husband Gerry’s death, unknown to her however Gerry has provided a little extra assistance in the form of 12 letters which are to be opened each month. Each of the letters ends in P.S I love you hence the title. So theoretically when you read the blurb of this book it basically tells you she is going to be left alone pretty much immediately but I just was not prepared as to how much it would hit me. Although I do love this book from memory I have only read it twice, the second years after the first so I had forgotten a lot of the finer detail. I also still haven’t manage to bring myself to watch the film haha. Either way I’m going to leave it here as my number 1.

So as promised I’m going to leave some of the suggestions from last post down below of more tear inducing novels, but if you have anymore let me know! (Happy tears count too!)

A Monster Calls19063The Light Between OceansWe Were LiarsSuzanne's Diary for NicholasEleanorMagonia (Magonia, #1)The Buddha in the AtticLily and the OctopusA Thousand Boy Kisses