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ALMOST MIDNIGHT REVIEW|LAUREN

These two story stories were so cute!! Personally I loved Kindred Spirits more than Midnights, but both amazed me!

Midnights

I loved how Rainbow Rowell began with a short snippet of the present midnight, enough to leave a cliffhanger, and then travels through all the previous New Year midnights with Noel and Mags. Some parts were slow for me, or not completely mind-blowing so I gave this short story a four out of five stars in rating. I thought it was suspenseful, and even a little frustrating, every time Noel would look at Mags right before midnight but then a different girl would kiss him. It was clear he wanted to kiss Mags but didn’t know how she would feel about it. Real need did not arise in Noel until they had been separated because of college, and I loved how he could not stand being without his other half.

Kindred Spirits

This is one of my most favorite pieces by Rainbow Rowell! I love it when I get to read about a true fan of something and experience my life in theirs. I love how Gabe is closed off from Elena in the beginning and she has to earn his friendship. When she realizes that they go to school together, and Gabe gets embarrassed I thought the drama was so juicy and I loved how Elena went out of her way to make sure she was kind to him and have him forgive whatever she had done wrong in the past. AND Star Wars!! This short story was just amazing.

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THE SILENT FOUNTAIN BY VICTORIA FOX + BOOKISH GIVEAWAY | LISA

The Silent FountainThe Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The fountain looks back, that horrid unseeing eye, its lens stagnant and its belly full.”

My Synopsis:

In The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox, two woman with dark pasts find their lives intertwined in an Italian villa that used to be a sanatorium. Vivien is a former Hollywood movie star trying to navigate a rocky relationship between her husband, her sister-in-law, and herself while hiding from an abusive past. Lucy has come to work for Vivien has a means to escape a scandal back home in England. Their parallel lives start to unravel as the truth of what happened at the fountain is exposed.

Lucy’s Description of the Fountain:

“There is one thing I’m omitting from this view, the thing I came past earlier and that I’m reluctant even now to acknowledge. The fountain by the entrance, set amid a dozen cypress trees, appears gloomier now the sun has fallen. I don’t know why it’s such a horrible thing. The protruding shape I detected earlier is an ugly stone fish, eyes bloated, scales crusted, its open mouth gasping air, fossilised mid-leap as if cast under a terrible spell. The trees don’t help either, standing guard, their spears raised– and perhaps that’s all it is, the notion that there is something cosseted within that requires protection, something beyond the decaying stone and stagnant water…”

The Character You Love to Hate:

Professor Umbridge, Lord Voldemort, and Amarantha- there are so many villains we love to hate. Vivien’s sister-in-law, Isabella, is evil, maniacal, and manipulative all wrapped up with a shiny bow. The things she would do to Vivien had me in a fury! She’s that one character you want to punch in the face. Fox’s good writing incites emotions.

Salvatore’s (the butler) description of the fountain: “The water will get you,” he says. “The water gets everyone.”

Transitions, flashbacks, and cliffhangers- oh my!

The chapters go back and forth between present day and Vivien’s life in the 1970’s. The chapters blend together so smoothly that Vivien and Lucy’s lives seem parallel. Each chapter leaves off with a cliffhanger and had me demanding more details, but then the author would which storylines, and I would have to wait a chapter or two to find out more. Every chapter left me wanting more.
My Recommendations:

I recommend this book for fans of V. C. Andrews because the writing is so spectacularly creepy. There is even a spooky west wing like in Beauty and the Beast. This story combines a lot of genres so fans of historical fiction, mystery, and young adult fiction will all enjoy this novel.

Lucy’s description of the fire: “The fountain glares at me, seeming to pulse with an answer.”

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How a Witch Hunt Could Happen Again | LISA

The Fifth PetalThe Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My synopsis:
The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry takes place in current day Salem, Massachusetts with a few flashbacks to Salem in 1989. Descents have the accused witches have been murdered and the new chief of police, John Rafferty, is trying to find the murderer. In order to do so, he needs to find the fifth petal- the missing descendant.
What was not to like?
My teacher heart loves the strong vocabulary used by the author. It was a nice refresher of words I do not hear on a regular basis- like consecrate and unnuanced. YA fantasy is my first love, but it does not often help me grow my vocabulary. The Fifth Petal also had strong foreshadowing that led to the climax of the story. I was definitely surprised when the murderer was discovered, and I found the plot gripping and interesting. If you are looking for a spooky read for Halloween, I think this one is perfect without being horrifying.
How is a book about the Salem witch trials relevant to today?
I am a firm believer that it is important for us to learn from our past instead of erasing it and pretending it did not happen. Like George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Unfortunately there are dark moments in America’s history, but I think our time would be better spent making sure we do not repeat past mistakes instead of hiding them. I’m obviously not talking about witchcraft here, but there are two points related to the Salem trials that I see playing out today: hysteria and an attack on our freedom of religion.
It is no longer bored girls and jealous housewives accusing each other of witchcraft; instead, today we have a biased mass media picking a choosing what we should care about instead of just presenting the facts and letting us formulate our own opinions. This is resulting in an misinformed public jumping to conclusions about issues and causing hysteria. You may say, “Now wait a second I thought the constitution guarantees us freedom of religion under the First Amendment?” That is true. On paper that sounds nice, but if I express my religion it could offend someone and result in me being called a bigot- among other nasty terms, or land me in jail, and have my business taken away from me. It is important to be update to on current events and to make sure we are not seeing the same hysteria and persecution of religion that was happening in Salem between 1692 and 1693. We cannot let the media distract us from the real issues.

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THE CHAOS OF LONGING REVIEW | NAJA

Hello and welcome back to Nocturnal Book Club blog! 🙂

Today I would like to share with you my thoughts on a poetry book The Chaos Of Longing by K. Y. Robinson. I got this book for free on NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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As the trigger warning on the beginning of the book says, the book contains descriptions of sexual trauma, suicidal ideation, racism and sexism. The book was sometimes very hard to read, there were poems that I could not connect or relate with and some of them so nicely written that they made my heart beat a bit faster!

Here are some of my favourite poems or quotes from this book:

“It will not be love at first sight when you look at me. Your eyes and heart must adjust to me. Darkness lives here.”

“I would eat all the stars just for you to see light in my eyes.”

“If you told me to come to you right now I would drop everything, watch it shatter like glass, and crawl on the broken pieces to show you how much love hurts.”

“Sometimes I wonder if I’m too much rainfall and not enought sun.”

“They never tell you that the heat of waiting will burn you if you linger too long.”

“Darling, you must be tired of feeling your way out of the dark long after they’ve left. It’s time to find the light.”

“You are a natural phenomenon – not a natural disaster.”

 

Goodreads rating: 3.7/5 🌟

My rating of the book: 4/5 🌟

My rating of the book cover: 5/5 🌟

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THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS REVIEW | LAUREN

Flora, Be Brave!

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No Spoilers 🙂

Honestly, nothing resembles this book. I’ve never met a character like Flora before and have definitely never read about the troubles Flora faces. The problems Flora face constantly are not the main reason to love this book: it’s the way Flora faces them. The tattoo “Flora be brave” is the main reminder Flora receives every time she has short-term memory loss, and bravery is obviously something that comes natural to her. My only disagreement about this book was the extent of the repetition. I know it was necessary on some level, considering Flora’s position, but I found my mind wandering on those parts. For the majority I was entertained and ended up finishing the novel quickly! I highly recommend this to fans of “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart, or fans of “Everything, Everything” by Nicola Yoon.

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THE RULES OF PERSUASION BY AMITY HOPE | ALISON

4 persuading stars

Meg and Luke were never on each others radar, until one night he catches her doing something bad and realizes he can use that to get her to be his fake girlfriend, easy right? With some rules set what could possible go wrong.

I felt for Meg and Luke. Both were dealing with major stuff, both completely different problems, but nonetheless they needed someone. I felt they were good together and I loved his caring side, always wanting to do nice things for her.

My only complaint is, I wish we had more development with the characters, meaning, I felt we didn’t get as much time with them, when it jumps days or even a month, I just wish there was more.

Over all a good story.

(I reviewed this book for my blog Lovely Alison Reads)

ALISON

4 stars!

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Synopsis:
1) Take things slow (her rule)
2) Make it believable (his rule)

After tragedy hit her family, Meg Matthews officially crossed the line from “good girl” to “bad girl.” Motorcycle? Check. Graffiti? Check. The only thing Meg hadn’t planned on was blackmail. Too bad now a certain infuriating boy holds Meg’s future in his hands…

When Luke Prescott—star pitcher and town golden boy—catches Meg vandalizing the school, she’s given two choices: face the consequences or enter into a fake relationship with him to get his parents and his ex off his back.

But as Meg and Luke grow closer, they both realize they’ve been keeping secrets from each other. Their fake relationship might be doomed from the start—if they can’t learn to open up to the one person they never thought they’d trust.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains late-night graffiti sessions, flirty baseball lessons, and a never-ending list of relationship rules just made to be broken.

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DESPERATION ROAD BY MICHAEL FARRIS SMITH REVIEW | NAJA

This book was sent to me by Little, Brown and Company in exchange for an honest review.

I must admit that it took me quite some time to read it, since I had a lot of exams and things to do for University and besides all I was in a huge reading slump for a month or so.

This book was published by Little, Brown and Company in February this year and it has 289 pages.

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Story is set around Russell Gaines who has just finished serving his sentence for the crime he committed eleven years ago. He believes his debt has been payed off, but is it really? No matter how hard he tries to start a new chapter in his life there are still people who can not let go of what he did.
As if this is not enough he meets a troubled woman wondering around by foot with her small daughter.

At the end he has a decision to make, will he save himself or selflessly decide to save them?

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This book was a delighted read. At the beginning it took me a few more pages than usual to really get into the story but overall the story was enjoyable and at times very suspenseful.

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I would definitely recommend it. You can get your own copy here*.

Goodreads rating: 4.11/5🌟
My rating: 4/5🌟

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KISSING MAX HOLDEN BY KATY UPPERMAN REVIEW | ALISON

Teenage angst at its finest

Jillian and Max went from best friends to almost nothing. Life for them was heading in different paths, not to mention Max’s not so nice girlfriend Becky in the picture. It seems as though Jillian and Max have been drifting apart, until a kiss changes it all.

I felt as if poor Jillian just could not catch a break, with her family life slowly falling apart and her hot and cold relationship with Max. Things just seem so bleak for her.

I was rooting for her and Max from the get go and at times I was getting frustrated with the both of them. One minute it was him I wanted to shake some sense into and the next minute it was Jillian I wanted to shake.

All in all I felt this was a cute teenage love story, about best friends becoming more.

4 stars!
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Synopsis:
Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea…

After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn’t himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn’t know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn’t let him kiss her. But she can’t resist, and when they’re caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it’ll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.

With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?