The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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5stars

“The Noise is a man unfiltered, and without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.”

Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Author: Patrick Ness
Series: Chaos Walking #1
Number of pages: 512 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The story was great and so very captivating.
Bad things about this book: Todd started being whiny but then he redeemed himself.
Do I recommend it? Always trust a Ness book!
Rate: 5/5

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I’ve had this book since forever because I fell in love with Patrick Ness so I bought everything of his I could find. So why didn’t I read it sooner? That’s a question impossible to answer. Impossible because I really don’t know, I just let it gather dust with no reason.

I have to start saying that I wasn’t really sold at the beginning. I found Todd pretty annoying and I was having a hard time with how the words were purposely grammatically incorrect; it bothered me UNTIL I got sucked into the story.

I didn’t know what to expect but it wasn’t certainly what I got! I felt all the feelings! All of them!!! I lost hope along Todd and Viola, I found it again, then lost it, the found it again, then lost it. It was a rollercoaster of a book, let me tell you!

I can’t wait to see how the movie turns out!

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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

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2stars

Title: Mortal Engines
Author: Philip Reeve
Series: The Hungry City Chronicles #1
Number of pages: 320 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The plot was interesting and promising.
Bad things about this book: The characters are flat and the mc is obnoxious.
Do I recommend it? Give it a chance if you want.
Rate: 2/5

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This book surprised me, and not in a good way. If I skipped the Tom and Hester’s parts, this book would have gotten maybe 3 stars from me. I found Tom obnoxious and annoying since page one and Hester wasn’t just likable at first. She became a bit better almost at the end of the book but it still didn’t save the book from the wreckage it was.

The characters just lacked depth; they lacked emotion. I couldn’t relate to any of them and I just wasn’t involved in their lives. I didn’t care much if they got hurt or things didn’t went their way.

A lot happened, like A LOT, and the characters went along with their lives almost as nothing happened. They just didn’t feel anything, and I was mad at them, I was like “FEEL SOMETHING, DO SOMETHING”, but nope, nothing.

At some point, I was almost giggling with how random things were. I thought things couldn’t get worse, but guess what?? They got more random and kinda worse. I sighed, relieved, when the book ended. I’ll read the sequel but not anytime soon. I just have to cleanse myself from Tom.

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Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

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5stars

“I wonder- if nobody is listening to my voice, am I making any sound at all?”

Title: Radio Silence
Author: Alice Oseman
Number of pages: 403 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Sort of podcast, fandom, life giving a hard time.
Bad things about this book: Nothing. Characters will make you mad but that’s how it is.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course I do, it’s an Alice Oseman book.
Rate: 5/5

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The perfect mix of heart-breaking and uplifting and I loved it. I was afraid of starting it, thought it was going to be super sad, and while it was sad, it was also so much more. I’m glad I finally picked it up.

The characters were flawed, likeable and authentic. Just how I like them. I was frustrated at times, wanted the book to be over just to see how everything was going to turn out. I was not disappointed by it, not a bit.

Aled and Frances struggled with school, with life, and I was with them every step of the way. They needed to be protected: Aled and his creation, Universe City, was so interesting and at the same time so sad, I wish I could hug him forever.

Side-characters so detailed and full of fulfilled potential; can we talk about Daniel? Surprising how I found myself in love with him just as much as I loved Aled. I can’t seem to stop thinking about every message this book communicated, all the things that made me think of. Radio Silence is a quiet jewel that needs more people paying attention to it.

“Everyone’s different inside their head.”

Ah, don’t I know it. Luckily there’s no mind reading yet.

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A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

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5stars

“If it’s going to be a world with no time for sentiment, it’s not a world that I want to live in.”

Title: A Single Man
Author: Christopher Isherwood
Number of pages: 152 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: Raw and true, extremely well written.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, as long as it should’ve been.
Do I recommend it? Yes, and then watch the movie.
Rate: 5/5

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A Single Man may look like a simple book. Well, it isn’t. It’s short, yes, it takes place during one whole day in the life of George, it analyses his struggles, his routine, his suffering. It may look simple, because it’s written simply, but it really isn’t. It’s a deep dive into George’s life as a gay man, grieving for a lost lover, not really living his life, just going with the tide until you can’t go anymore, and everything ends.

I love books that in just a few pages manage to transmit me so much feelings, either of joy or sadness. Relatable and raw. George’s inner thoughts are hard to process because he isn’t really living anymore after the loss of his lover. Each day is a struggle he just lives just because he has to. But he is determined to keep going.

The ending surprised me. I haven’t seen the movie yet, I didn’t know what to expect, and this was an ending I didn’t see coming. Throughout the book I thought what I was going to get, I was convinced I was going to be right, and I was wrong almost every time, right through the ending. Little book surprised me quite a lot. Highly recommended.

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The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

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5stars

“But your best is not good enough sometimes.”
“Sometimes… you have to stop trying and just let someone else try their best. In order to survive.”

Title: The Wicker King
Author: K. Ancrum
Number of pages: 305 (hardcover edition) + 40 pages (novella in ebook)
Good things about this book: Heart-wrecking, emotional, complex, raw.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, I had also a novella and the ending was perfect.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 5/5

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Yesterday after lunch I wrote a couple of reviews and then went to bed with the intention of reading a few chapters of The Wicker King. I couldn’t put it down: didn’t eat, didn’t go to the bathroom, didn’t blink. Long story short: the book was over before dinner time.

It wrecked me, this descent into madness of these two boys: one seeing the other losing grip of reality, and being overwhelmed by the weight of it all, the other seeing a different world he needs to defend and can’t do it alone. Jack living in both the real world and the fantasy world was portrayed in a way that kept me glued to the pages. I needed to know more, I needed to know he was going to be okay That they were going to be okay in the end. It was a freaking rollercoaster. I exhaled a long sigh of relief after I finished it.

August’s heart seized.
He didn’t … know he could have this.

I knew it was a queer book from all the Instagram posts, but it wasn’t immediately obvious, and I found myself both curious as to how they were going to face their not so subtle feelings, and bothered by the miscommunication that brought our August to not know he could wish for more, risk asking for more, so he fooled around a lot. It broke my heart, because the feelings were there, as twisted and complex, but they were there!

“If you drop the weight you are carrying, it is okay. You can build yourself back up out of the pieces.”

It wasn’t the easiest of books to read, their friendship was unhealthy, super codependent and the negligence of the adults was absurd and irritating, but it was surely a book that I’ll keep with me forever.

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The novella that was a sort of companion of the book, gave us Jack’s pov and a sneak peek into the fantasy world his mind was creating; I loved the way both the book and the novella ended. I’m so happy now. Five glorious stars for Jack and August, The Wicker King and his Champion.

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Alan Cole Doesn’t Dance by Eric Bell

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5stars

“You know what a good friend said to me once?”
“What?”
“He said, I’d rather have a hard time being myself than an easy time being somebody else.”
“Whoah.”
“Yeah. You’re being yourself, and that’s what matters.”

Title: Alan Cole Doesn’t Dance
Author: Eric Bell
Series: Alan Cole #2
Number of pages: 288 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: Fantastic, important, emotional.
Bad things about this book: I want more books now but I’m happy how this ended.
Do I recommend it? Of course. You need to meet Alan.
Rate: 5/5

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Alan made me cry. He did it again with his innocence and good nature and his courage to be himself without having to endure bullism. Standing for himself and for all the people that don’t have the strength to do it. Defeating evil with kindness, with his art, one step at a time. To see the difference you want to see in the world, you have to start somewhere, right? If you don’t do anything, nothing will change, and that’s exactly what Alan thinks and why I love him so much. I adored this little book so much. I couldn’t put it down, finished it in one afternoon.

Alan is the sweetest of boys and Odin was a great addition to the narration. Odin and Alan were the cutest together; from “rivals” to art buddies. Smiles and laughter they didn’t share with anybody else, a past and present not so easy. Innocent and sweet. My heart couldn’t take all the adorableness. Alan’s friends, his family, things aren’t always great; they fight, because for things to get better, a little confrontation is necessary.

Having more queer books out in the world is the most amazing thing in the world and having more and more queer books for middle graders is even greater; this is the kind of book kids nowadays need, a book that normalizes their feelings because they aren’t wrong, they aren’t disgusting, their love is as much true as the ones of other people. They should never feel ashamed of who they are and books like this one give me so much hope they will have a safer world to live and be themselves.

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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5stars

“Never Flinch.’ A cold whisper in her ear. ‘Never fear. And never, ever forget.”

Title: Nevernight
Author: Jay Kristoff
Series: The Nevernight Chronicle, #1
Number of pages: 448 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: Written greatly, never boring, never predictable.
Bad things about this book: You never know what to expect and you’re in edge, but it’s a bad thing only if you’re extremely anxious like me.
Do I recommend it? A 100% yes.
Rate: 5/5

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There are books you more or less know what’s going to happen; you can see where the story it’s headed and what to expect. Well, this book certainly didn’t go where I thought it was going. It was one twist after the other. Nobody safe. I forgot to be on guard; I knew how sneaky Jay Kristoff could be, I’ve seen hearts broken because of him, so I should’ve been ready, right? I was not ready at all!! Help!

It took me a long time to finish the book because, as weird as it may seem, I was busy. I didn’t have time to read much. This gave me the rare opportunity to really get into the story and to have those moments you have with non-streaming tv shows, during which you can imagine where the story is taking you. My mind didn’t take where the book actually led. I was surprised, in a good and in a bad way.

“You’ve got the look of a girl who’s no stranger to the page. I can tell. You’ve got words in your soul.”

This is not a spoilery review, the summary says it all. The book is about a girl, Mia Corvere, whose family was murdered, so she makes it her sole goal to become a deadly assassin and avenge them. She enrolls into the Red Church, an assassins’ group where she can study and train to be deadly and fearless. Killers aren’t teddy bears, things aren’t all rainbows and snuggles. How could it be when you are there to murder people?

The book is written in a very interesting way, with lots of little annotations explaining things beyond the book’s narration. I loved them. They gave me more insight of how this weird world with three suns actually worked.

“The brighter the light, the deeper the shadow.”

And the award for the most surprising sidekick goes to Mr. Kindly. What a cute little dark entity. The non-cat was an amazing companion to Mia; he (?) is a shadow creature, lives in Mia’s shadows and eats her fears, her nightmares so Mia is more fearless and can keep at bay everything that scares her and drags her down.

This book was highly recommended and it’s a sentiment I certainly share. The sequel will have to wait a bit but I’m not waiting years like I did for this book!

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