Book review: Thief of Time

And another Discworld book, yay! I can’t get enough of them, and I’m very enthusiastically buying them all (secondhand though, I don’t have that much money, and even if I did… I like the older published covers way better). So far, I have about 18 books, so there’s a lot more to buy. Good thing that my boyfriend does have all of them, making it quite easily to borrow and read them. Besides, he’s the one who got me into this series so he’ll have to suffer through having me constantly asking for them 😉

However, enough rambling, on with my review!

The Discworld is a world, as you could probably predict, on a disc. The Disc is carried by 4 elephants who stand on the back of a giant turtle, the Great A’Tuin. It’s a world where everyone, from humans to trolls, dwarves, wizards, werewolves, vampires, and whatnot can live peacefully among each other. Although.. not as peacefully as one would hope at times. It’s a world where everything seems possible, and nothing is too odd. It’s a world to get lost in, to explore and to keep discovering.

Title: Thief of Time (Discworld #26, Death #5)

Author: Terry Pratchett

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Summary: Time is a resource and it can be managed. It’s the job of the Monks of History, who pump it from unneeded places (like the bottom of the ocean) to the big cities, where it’s needed a lot. All is going well, until a certain Jeremy starts the construction of the world’s first every truly accurate clock. Ordered by one of the Auditors – except Jeremy doesn’t know that. He just builds a clock, and a damn accurate at it too. Accurate to the tiniest second. Lu-Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd are starting a race against time to prevent the clock from ticking the first tick, since that would stop time. And while all that seems bad enough already, it’ll only be the start of everyone’s problems. In the meantime, Death and Susan Sto-Helit are on their way too. Susan to prevent the worst from happening, and Death is just tagging along to deliver a message to the other three horsemen.

Okay, first things first, I love Death. I love his entire character and everything else. In this book he didn’t get a lot of page-time, but I loved it nonetheless. Susan is a very interesting character, and in every novel, she has another job, in this one being an elementary schoolteacher. It really only makes it more amazing to me.

A character I’d like to point out is Mrs. War. She didn’t appear a lot of times, but the times she did was absolutely hilarious, and I’ve laughed way too hard at her.

Now, as for the storyline, Lu-Tze and Lobsang are amazing too. I found it a bit difficult to follow their storyline in the beginning, but as with a lot of other novels in this series, I’ve found that it works that I shouldn’t think about the other subseries, and completely freeing the mental image I have of the world in those subseries. A lot of things are the same, since everything happens on the Discworld, but on the other hand, the Discworld has a huge variety of places and things happening so there’s that. I loved the way I found out what these two were going to do.

As for Jeremy, he is just a clock maker. You can’t blame him for anything, especially not when he doesn’t know the effect his clock will have. He might be a bit oblivious at times, but I’ll excuse him for that. He also understands clocks so well, he needs to take medication for it (which, of course, he doesn’t and that’s usually where things go wrong)

Another thing I’d like to point out is this conversation between Death and Susan, which is hilariously, but also sadly accurate:

“They’re going to do something to time? I thought they weren’t allowed to do things like that.”

NO. BUT HUMANS CAN. IT HAS BEEN DONE ONCE BEFORE.

“No one would be that stu—“

Susan stopped. Of course someone would be that stupid. Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying “End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH,” the paint wouldn’t even have time to dry.

So, on that note, I’ll stop. I look forward to reading a lot more in this universe!

-Luci


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Book review: All The Bright Places

Hey there! Back with another review for ya. I read this book during my vacation last October. (See, I’m catching up well! xD) It was quite heavy at some points -hence the trigger warnings, but I loved it.

Trigger warning: mental illnesses/suicide mention

Title: All The Bright Places

Author: Jennifer Niven

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Summary: The story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die. While Theodore Finch is constantly obsessed with ways to kill himself, Violet Markey is counting the days till she can escape from her hometown, escape the death of her sister. Theodore and Violet meet at the ledge of the bell tower at school, and in some way, they save each other. They pair up on a school project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, and together, they find themselves more and more, whether that’s a good thing or not.

I really loved this book, and it did make me a bit emotional. Of course, stories about suicidal people always get me a bit emotional at least because it’s.. well, close to home, so to say.

I thought the story was quite beautiful, I loved the way it was told. The way Theodore and Violet met was a bit cliche perhaps, but nonetheless very fitting. I heard a few people say that it was all a bit too much as they expected, and while I do agree, I didn’t hate it. I knew those two would end up together, whether it would be in one way or another.

Theodore Finch is very obsessed with his suicide mission, but every time, something stops him. Sometimes it’s something small, sometimes it’s something quite big, such as someone else standing next to him on the ledge. Strangely enough, I do like his view on the world. I like the way he thinks, how he.. lives. It sounds weird, but really, you’d have to read the book to understand. He is at the same time very energetic, wanting to go everywhere and do everything, but also quite depressed, which shows. I think those two sides of him are connected, but that might just be me.

Violet Markey is a whole other side of the spectrum (of course). She basically suffers from PTSD after losing her sister, and is now trying to find a way to live without her. Her parents are trying to help her, get her through these hard times, but it’s not exactly working as they hope it would. Violet’s life is different than before, as expected, and Finch is really helping her to explore the best of the world.

The good thing about this book is that it covers several mental illnesses really well. I won’t name all of them, but I thought that they were quite accurate. I, of course, am not an expert so I can’t know for sure but to me, it all felt very real. Both Theodore and Violet were hesitant to ask for help, like a lot of people are. The way they talked, they way they thought, I just wanted to help them. I think this book also really shows how difficult it is to live with such a mental illness.

This is a book I will reread sometime for sure. The writing was beautiful and it meant a lot to me. I really hope I will like Holding Up The Universe as much as this one 🙂

Have you read this book? Did you like it as much as I did? Or did you read Holding Up The Universe? Let me know your thoughts!

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Book review: Hogfather

Another Discworld (of course), yay! I read this book around New Year’s, which is only a week after Christmas so that’s quite okay. There’s a big chance I’ll want to reread this next Christmas too, because this book is just.. jolly good (excuse the pun).

The Discworld is a world, as you could probably predict, on a disc. The Disc is carried by 4 elephants who stand on the back of a giant turtle, the Great A’Tuin. It’s a world where everyone, from humans to trolls, dwarves, wizards, werewolves, vampires, and whatnot can live peacefully among each other. Although.. not as peacefully as one would hope at times. It’s a world where everything seems possible, and nothing is too odd. It’s a world to get lost in, to explore and to keep discovering.

Title: Hogfather (Discworld #20, Death #4)

Author: Terry Pratchett

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Summary: The Auditors don’t like the way humans behave.. or rather, they don’t like humanity at all. They come up with a plan that involves removing humanity, and starts with removing the Hogfather from existence. They hire Mister Teatime (pronounced “Te-ah-tim-eh”, thank you very much), who’s got a brain bad enough for it. While Mr Teatime and his group of criminals break into the Tooth Fairy’s castle and try to “inhum” the Hogfather (which is impossible, since the Hogfather isn’t human), Death decides to take the duty of playing Hogfather. He puts on a false beard, a cushion under a shiny red robe and with Albert as pixie by his side, he spends his time delivering gifts to children, taking their wishes quite literal, and practicing his jolly HO. HO. HO. Susan Sto-Helit, the duchess-turned-governess and granddaughter of Death has taken on bringing kids to bed and watching over them. She’s found out that they can’t not believe in monsters, but on the other hand, they can firmly believe in a fireplace poker. She wants to know why the Hogfather is missing, why Death is suddenly turning jolly and handing out gifts, finds the god of hangovers exists, and in the meantime tries very hard to stay normal, which is quite difficult since she’s getting pulled into her grandfather’s job again. In the meantime, the wizards are suddenly believing in all kinds of things that suddenly exist (like the Eater of Socks), and the Hex, a thinking machine that does a better job at thinking than Archanchellor Ridcully does.

I know I say this with every Discworld review I write, but I so loved this book (it’s gotten me so far that I was almost done and just let my boyfriend fall asleep next to me while I finished reading because it just was so good). This will definitely be on my shelf with favorite books ever. We’ve got Death, who’s playing the Hogfather and doing quite a terrible job at it sometimes. But he’s trying. We’ve got Susan, who’s being her generally badass self as usually. We’ve got the wizards being idiots.. not too much has changed there too. We’ve got a bunch of creepy criminals, and Mister Teatime being the creepiest of all. We’ve even got a tiny part of Nobby Nobbs, which basically filled my heart with delight. And to top it all off, there’s a god of hangovers, which is actually pretty logical.

So, off to the details.. Death being the Hogfather is the most hilarious thing in existence of anything ever. There’s been a lot of times where I laughed too hard to continue reading, most of the times were Death not understanding humanity. He does try, let’s give him that. He needs to be reminded by Albert that sometimes, taking children’s wishes literally is not the thing he should do. And that he doesn’t have to say HO. HO. HO. at the end of every sentence. And that, maybe, the Hogswatch spirit is not exactly what Death thinks it is about.

Susan will always be a favorite of mine. She’s currently bringing kids to bed and beating up monsters with a fireplace poker, and tries to stay normal, for once. Which, of course, goes wrong since she automatically gets pulled on Death-duties as soon as Death decides to do something else (which is quite often). She travels to the castle of the Hogfather, only to find the god of hangovers there. He gets all the hangovers that everyone else doesn’t get after a night of heavy drinking, which makes him quite miserable.

After dropping off the god of hangovers at the Unseen University, where the wizards cure the biggest hangover of the world in a way only wizards could think of, they travel on to the Tooth Fairy’s castle, only to find Teatime there.

Teatime, being hired to remove the Hogfather from existence is the scariest of all, and he knows so too. His group of criminals are so scared of him, they’d do anything he tells them to, which makes things very easy. The only thing he’ll have to work around are the rules of Ma Lilywhite, who’s gone, but certainly not forgotten, and neither is her upbringing.

The wizards of the Unseen Academy do a lot of thinking, or rather, let the Hex machine do the thinking for them. Ridcully is sure of opening the very securely locked door revealing a bathroom designed by Bloody Stupid Johnson, and finds the answers to a lot of daily questions like where the socks would go if they’re getting washed, but gone as soon as the washing machine is done. Next to curing the biggest hangover ever, the wizards play stupid games to cheer up the Cheerful Fairy and try to keep the Hex machine working.

I could go on and on, but honestly, you should just read this book. It’s about belief, and the twisted way it works on the Discworld, and it’s amazing. It’s hilarious, as expected of Sir Terry Pratchett, and features a lot of awesome main characters. Generally, I get a bit confused with a lot of main characters, but in this series, I just feel like I know every one of them a bit better with each book and I’m loving it.

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Book review: The Hidden Oracle

Hey there! I’m back with another review for you, another book I read on my vacation haha. Now, this was also a book I actually bought in London, at Waterstones Picadilly (and damn if that isn’t the most beautiful bookstore I’ve ever seen in my entire life <3)

I’ve always been a big fan of Rick Riordan, in fact, the Percy Jackson series was the first thing I ever read in English (besides stuff for class of course). I borrowed it from my teacher, who said it should be easy enough for me to read. He was right, and they soon got on the list of favorite series.

This book is one I bought because it was the first one of a new series, and it was among the “buy one, get the second one half price” stack. Yay for having excuses to buy two books instead of one at the time! 😉

 

Title: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials Of Apollo #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

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Summary: How do you punish an immortal god? By making him human, and mortal. And that’s how Apollo, former God, finds himself cast down from Olympus and, if it hadn’t been bad enough already, straight into a dumpster. He is now a regular teenage boy, without any of his powers from when he was a God, and close to having no friends at all. Too bad that there are enough monsters and other Gods who would love to destroy him, so Apollo must find a safe place and someone to help him survive. Which is how he ends up in Camp Half-Blood, together with the demigods who regularly spend their time there. He is determined to find a way to get back to being a God again, but first, he will need to learn how to survive in the modern world.

Oh I loved this book. I was planning on rereading the Percy Jackson series first, and then reading the Heroes of Olympus series, and then starting this one, but I read the first few pages in the bookstore and honestly couldn’t stop already.

Apollo is by far one of the most hilarious characters, ever, although a lot of rick Riordan’s characters are. He is very flawed, extremely arrogant and self-centered.. but that’s what makes it fun. His way of seeing humans, for instance, is what you’d expect of him. except that he isn’t a god any more and has to find a way to survive, which won’t work with the way he’s thinking.

he soon enough finds Meg McCaffrey, a girl who’s almost as sarcastic as he is, which should either go very well together.. or not at all. In this case, it’s a bit of both, and she’s the only one who seems to be able to help her. I liked reading about her throughout the book.

I also really loved the appearance of Percy and Sally Jackson. Those two will always have a special place in my heart ❤

Along the way, Apollo makes some friends, some more enemies (like he didn’t have enough already…), and overall, this book was absolutely fantastic. I’m looking forward to the next ones! (and maybe I’ll even read the Heroes of Olympus series first ^^;)

Have you read this book? Or any other books set in the Percy Jackson universe? What did you think?

-Luci


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T5W: Books you disliked but love to discuss

The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

Some books we disliked or they were just okay, but they still have a lot of discussion points to sink your teeth into. 

I actually had to check my whole Goodreads shelf for this instead of easily coming up with some titles.

1. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

I absolutely loved the first three books in the series, and liked the last two fairly enough as far as I remember (and as always, yes I do plan on rereading ^^; ), but this one… nope. I remember talking to quite a few people after reading this book, and we all agreed that this one was just the downfall of the series. It wasn’t particularly too bad (I think. I gave it one star, but that might change after my reread), but I just really didn’t like this one.

2. The Selection by Kiera Cass

Would you believe me if I said I actually read the first three whole books to see if maybe it was just the first book that I didn’t like? I stopped reading when I got to the fourth one and everything happened again, just with the daughter. I really didn’t like anything in these books, they were too predictable and boring to me.

3. Waterfall by Lauren Kate

Excuse me, but what the hell. I liked Teardrop, and besides the weird things that happened, I thought there was some good potential for the next book, then I read it and I just.. didn’t read any further. Every time I tried to pick it up, I either read without actually reading a word, or I fell asleep, and it almost got me into an actual reading slump. The story went a completely different way, and for some reason, I really couldn’t concentrate on it any more. I don’t plan on rereading it, since I didn’t love the first book that much already.

4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I’ve actually written out a review for this one, over here. I liked the book, the story itself was quite nice, I just didn’t like so many other things about it. The whole point of the book (to me, at least) got ruined, and it was too predictable (hint: I hate it when books get too predictable, which might have shown so far).

That’s all I could think of, I’m actually quite glad I’ve read mostly awesome books 🙂 What are your thoughts on this list? Do you agree with me, or not at all? Let me know!

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Book review: Norse Mythology

Another book I took with me during my vacation, and read within one or two nights. But that’s only because at some point I just straight up fell asleep while reading because we had walked all day and I was so damn tired XD

 

Title: Norse Mythology

Author: Neil Gaiman

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Summary: Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again

(summary from Goodreads)

Okay so I took the summary from Goodreads since this book is basically a lot of short stories in one. I have been interested in the Norse Mythology (okay and the Greek and Roman, and basically anything, I’ll admit), so this was a great opportunity for me to read some more about it.

Neil Gaiman wrote about them in a hilarious way, the characters were very on point, I laughed a lot while reading. I loved that the stories were so detailed, it made me imagine them easily.

I read some reviews on Goodreads and saw people say that this is a children’s book, because the stories were so.. childlike explained. Now, I’ll admit, in the beginning I thought so too. The way it’s written makes it seem like it’s written for kids to understand, but if you read a bit further, there are some things explained that’s absolutely not for kids. Besides, it’s not a bad thing, it makes the reading more fun and easy, since not everyone can as easily read long dreaded sentences that some other mythology books use.

I definitely plan on reading more that Neil Gaiman wrote, if you have anything to recommend me to start with, please let me know!

-Luci


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T5W: Forgettable books

Back again with a T5W! The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

Whether you loved or hated them at the time, these are books that you just don’t really remember…

Well, this should be easy enough for me since I don’t remember half of the books I read 😉

1. House of Night by P.C. Cast

I used to be such a big fan of this series, now all I remember is that the girl (Zoey?) becomes a vampire? And a lot of stuff happens. Cool stuff, I guess xD

2. Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Ahhh I absolutely loved this series, and I actually kinda want to read it again. I do remember the first book quite clearly (I’ll admit, I’ve seen the movie a year ago so that helps too ^^; ) but the others… No idea. I’d love to go back to them, honestly

3. The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater

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Maggie Stiefvater ❤ I sadly don’t remember a lot of this series (the 4th part has come out and I’ve never read it??), but I do want to read it again since this started my Stiefvater obsession 😉

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth

A series I have on my shelves purely for rereading purposes xD I’ll be honest, I have read the entire series a few years ago.. and everyone I know is still all like “oh no but the ending of Allegiant was the worst!” etc and… I literally don’t remember what happened at the ending. So, yeah, there’s that XD

5. Angel by L.A. Weatherly

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Another series where the 3rd part has come out, and I’ve never read it. But, let’s be honest, those covers already make me want to read it again, so I just might do that sometime.

 

Alright, it’s just halfway through January and I’ve already added so many books to my TBR and we all know I am never gonna read them all xD Ohwell

I could literally add so many more books to this list, since I just scrolled through my goodreads Read-list and picked out a few, but there are SO MANY books I didn’t remember.. even books where I just sat here thinking “I’ve read this?? When did I read this? What is this book even about?”. I might even make a new post for it *adds it to list of post ideas that never get written because.. I don’t even have a legit reason*

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Book review: Soul Music

Hey there all! I’m back with another review 🙂 Technically, this is the first Discworld book I’ve reviewed, but definitely not the first one I’ve read. However, the first 6 ones I read were like A LONG TIME AGO (okay okay, 2 years. But I don’t remember a lot of them. So, I’ll reread those and review them later but it miiight just take a while because so far I’m at book 14 of 41 so.. xD).

 

The Discworld is a world, as you could probably predict, on a disc. The Disc is carried by 4 elephants who stand on the back of a giant turtle, the Great A’Tuin. It’s a world where everyone, from humans to trolls, dwarves, wizards, werewolves, vampires, and whatnot can live peacefully among each other. Although.. not as peacefully as one would hope at times. It’s a world where everything seems possible, and nothing is too odd. It’s a world to get lost in, to explore and to keep discovering.

Title: Soul Music (Discworld #16, Death #3)

Author: Terry Pratchett

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Summary: There’s a new kind of music, called Music With Rocks In, performed by the Band With Rocks In. It all starts when Imp Y Celyn (who goes by Buddy) finds a guitar in a mysterious music shop. As soon as the guitar gets played, there is a beat, there is a song, there is music. Music to become obsessed with. Together with Glod, and the troll drummer Cliff, Buddy tours around, and they get popular in no time. In the meantime, Death goes away for a while and leaves his work for his Granddaughter Susan Sto-Helit to do.

Ahhh this book was honestly amazing. I brought it with me on my vacation to London and read it within 3 days (it was a good distraction from the train ride.. I’m terrified of trains, and this train had to go under the sea and… well yeah. Terrified, as I said xD).

This book had a few characters I read about before, and a few new ones. Death, a reappearing character is one of my favorites ever. His granddaughter Susan is also a favorite, and in this book she gets reminded of the family history which she did not remember. That is, until the Death of rats came looking for her to do Death’s work.

The Band With Rocks In is absolutely hilarious, the three of them being as weird as they sound like, performing on stage and coming across more difficult things, like getting paid. And of course, wondering how they got so popular, at times.

The music references really made this book complete and I laughed out loud on multiple occasions.

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Have you read any Discworld novels? Do you like them? 

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T5W: Books you didn’t get to in 2017

Hey there! As promised, another T5W. The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

These are books you didn’t end up getting to in 2017, but really want to prioritize in 2018

1. The Hate U Give
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I’ve heard so many good things about this book and I already have it at home, but I just haven’t read it. Which I do feel bad about, since I’ve been wanting to read it ever since it came out xD

2. The Raven Cycle

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Technically not a book, but hey, let’s be real.. when am I ever holding back when it comes to books I want to read… I do finally have the whole series complete though, so I’m ready to be swallowed up in the whole world of the Raven Cycle!

3. Renegades by Marissa Meyer
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Ahhh I was so enthusiastic about this book when I heard about it! And I’m a huge Marissa Meyer fan in general so that works too. I picked it up at the bookstore late December so that’s quite a good excuse as for why I haven’t read it yet.

4. Wayfarers by Becky Chambers
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I’ve heard so many good things about this duology and I’m so excited to start it… I just haven’t yet xD shame on me

5. The Talon Saga by Julie Kagawa
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Last but not least… Another favorite author. I secretly already wanted the books before I even knew what they were about, because let’s be real, those covers look amazing on any bookshelf. There’s a 4th part that’s not on the picture, and a 5th part coming soon<3
Have you read any of these books? Or do you want to? Let me know!

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Book review: Everything, Everything

First review of the year!! etc etc etc, excuse the sarcasm please. This is a book I’ve read 6 months ago and I’ve only written the review now because well… *earlier post with all my excuses for not posting*. However, I have a few reviews written and scheduled and I think I could keep this up 🙂

(spoiler-free review over here at Goodreads, spoiler is marked if you still want to read it here)

Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

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Summary: Madeline is allergic, to the whole world. If she goes outside, she will probably die because of her allergies. She lives inside her room and her best friends are her mom and Carla, her nurse. One day, there are people moving into the house next door, a family with a boy. He is called Olly and Madeline is falling for him, hard. They keep contact by texting, since Madeline can’t ever meet him in person. Or can she…?

Since I loved The Sun Is Also A Star  so much, I expected a lot of this book. I heard a lot of good things about it, and was damn excited to start it. But, I’ll be honest…. I was a bit disappointed ._. I felt like this book was too predictable and didn’t feel a lot while reading it.

Madeline is sick, that’s been clear since the beginning. I loved how the set up of the book was partly text, but also partly her diary and things like that in the beginning. I felt as frustrated as she did about her allergies, and I don’t know how I would’ve handled it (okay, obviously by reading all day, probably like any of us would).

Her mom is a bit overprotective, but honestly, I can imagine why. If I would have a daughter with allergies like that, I would never leave her out of my sight, worrying about her all day and night. On the other hand, I would probably give her a bit more freedom too.

Carla is the one character I really liked, she seemed sympathetic but also really cool and I was so sad when she had to leave. I loved that Madeline did get to see her for a bit later during the story.

Olly.. I understand him. But I also don’t. I wouldn’t ever dare to do take her out like that, I would be way too afraid anything would happen. And sure, everything went well, but what if it wouldn’t have? What if anything would’ve happened? That would be on him, and I wouldn’t ever risk that for the world. And with the situation going on along him, I know he feels the need to protect Madeline, but… that’s not the way to do it. 

Overall, I thought this book was nice, I didn’t hate it, but I did expect a few things to happen and they happened exactly like I thought they would. Now, it could be just me, but I hate it when I think “oh what if [insert thing here] would happen” and it does exactly that. Multiple times.

Another thing I don’t really like is the “instalove” thing that happens here. Sure, love me some super-cheesy love that’s bound to fail, like All The Bright Places, or even The Sun Is Also A Star, but I just don’t like it when two characters fall in love as soon as their eyes meet each other. To me, that’s just unrealistic.


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And then, there’s the ultimate plot-twist.. IT WAS ALL A LIE. Which is what I did expect. There are no records found anywhere, and even though her mom is a doctor, that should not be enough reason. It was a good plot-twist, sure, but I just didn’t like the reason at all.

I think I’m mostly disappointed that this book wasn’t a realistic story about such an illness. Life doesn’t work that way, and I know that not every book has to be exactly true to the real world, but I hoped for it with this one, because it started off quite strong.

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I think I was just way too overhyped by everyone that it turned out to be so disappointing. It’s not that I particularly hated it, it was an enjoyable read. I most probably will read anything new from Nicola Yoon, since I loved her other book and her writing style is something I enjoyed too.

The good thing is, the cover is still damn beautiful so I’m just gonna keep it on my shelves for that purpose :p

Did you read this one, or The Sun Is Also A Star? Did you like them?

-Luci


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