Sunday, October 22, 2017

Review: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Hello readers,

I am back at regular Sunday reviews. For my Wednesday posts I still need to take a little break until I have found my way into my new weekly schedule. But I will throw in some posts here and there when time allows. Now onto todays review.

I usually do not read hyped books while the hype is still going on, but something inside me told me to pick this one up and I was absolutely right. I had been in a major reading slump when I picked this one up and it slowly and steadily got me out of this.

The young single mother, Jane, moves with her little son Ziggy to a new town. On the pre-school orientation day she meets Madeleine, who is a fellow mother and who knows her way around Pirriwee. They become friends and Madeleine introduces Jane to Celeste. A true beauty with an extremely handsome and successful husband and twin boys. All there children go in the same class. Rumors spread, secrets are kept. And what happened on Trivia night?

This is a contemporary novel with a mystery that we get fed a little bit of in every chapter. It is told through different perspectives (which we all know I highly enjoy). It is humorous, while still dealing with a very dark secret, which makes it very intriguing. The writing style was great. It was so easy and so quick to read. And every time I put it down I couldn't wait to pick it up again but at the same time I knew I would be right back into it even after taking a two day break. I honestly do not have anything to complain about. The plot was amazing, the characters were all well developed, I liked the writing style, I liked the combination of the heavy topics being presented the way they were (I do not want to say humorous here but some parts were just hilarious).

I gave this book another 5 out of 5 stars (been on the run with 5 star reads the last couple of books). It is great at the beach, it is great to get you out of a slump and it was definitely a book that got me to want to read more contemporaries.

That's it for today, I hope you enjoyed this review and I will be back soon with another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Review: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Hello readers,

I am back. And this time I mean really back. Back at reading. Back at regular blogging. It is fall which is my favorite season of the year and it calls for creepy reads. Which makes today's review your perfect read for fall, especially for October.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman is a highly disturbing dystopian novel.
In this dystopian setting abortion is forbidden. Instead parents have the option to Unwind their children between the age of 13 and 18 which means they are free to give their children away as organ donors. They are transplanted into different donors and by that they theoretically do not die but continue to live in them.
Now children can get unwound for different reasons. We meet Connor, Risa and Lev. All three running from being unwound but all three have different stories. Whereas Connor was simply too difficult for his parents to be controlled, Risa is a ward of the state, not worth enough to be kept alive. Lev is a tithe, a child who was simply conceived to be unwound.
Will they make it?

Now just the synopsis of this book sounded incredible dark, but it only gave me half of the chills the actual book gave me. This is really highly disturbing, but also incredible philosophical and as I find something that should really be discussed and taken into consideration. Reflecting on how our own societies deal with the topic of organ donation.
Besides that I must honestly say that I struggled a bit with the books pacing. The end was fine but the rest of it was for me a bit weird. It didn't make it less enjoyable to read I just felt that it slowed me down.
Otherwise I can just say that I loved this and highly recommend it.
I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. And I hope to pick up the second book next year (as this years TBR is full).

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

See you again soon for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja