Day 12 – A Review of the Last Book I Read

The last book I read was ‘Little Face’ by Sophie Hannah. I had to read this book for my University book club. ‘Little Face’ is basically about a woman called Alice who has a baby and believes that one day when she went out and came back it had been swapped with another one who is nicknamed ‘Little Face’. Her twisted husband, David and controlling mother in law, Vivienne do not believe her, thinking she is insane. Meanwhile the police who are in charage of the case deal with their own relationships. Eventually we find out that Alice has been an unreliable narrator and she lied about the whole thing to escape her husband and Vivienne and start a new life with baby Florence. The chapters in this novel alternate between the police’s investigation and Alice’s point of view. Each chapter is headed with a different time and date and goes backwards and forwards (which I found really confusing). All in all I didn’t see much point to this book. The whole novel was about a kidnapped/swapped baby and in the end this has been a lie. The chapters with the police were overdone in the fact that swearing was randomly used where it didn’t need to be and didn’t give any effect whatsoever because it was used that often. The ending in my opinion was very rushed as it explained everything in the last few chapters in a rash manner. Also the last sentence felt like it was plucked out of nowhere in order to finish the book. It didn’t leave me thinking what would happen to the characters. The characters weren’t described in much depth so I didn’t really have any sympathy for any of them, especially Alice the protagonist. The first chapter intrigued me, however as I got further and further into the novel it began to bore me. Overall this novel had potential to be really good but it was a disappointment.

Day 6 – My Favourite Novel as a Child

 

Welcome to Day 6 of my 30 Day Blog Challenge! Today’s post will be about what my favourite novel was as a child. It was (drum roll…..)

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Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay is about the protagonist Saffron who is adopted by her Auntie and Uncle after her parents were killed in a car accident. Their grandfather visits them and soon after dies. He leaves something to each of his grandchildren. For Cadmium he leaves a property in Wales, for Indigo he leaves his car, for Rose he leaves his money and to Saffron he leaves his angel in the garden. She believes the stone angel is in Siena. Her friend Sarah persuades her mother to take them to Siena. They however discover a locked door. A neighbour tells them that Saffron’s grandfather took it when he brought Saffron. Indigo, Rose and Cadmium find the angel in a box in the property in Wales and it is in pieces. So Bill her adopted father/ uncle puts it back together for her.

I loved the adventure of this story when I was younger. The characters were also so unique and really stood out from one another. Saffron, the main character is a very likeable character. It is a family orientated novel and made me laugh as a child. This novel is really heartwarming and teaches children some valuable lessons.

 

A Book Review of ‘Staying Strong 365 Days a Year’ by Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato is a famous singer and actress as well as being a judge on the X Factor USA. In November 2010 she entered a treatment centre for Bulimia, Anorexia, self-harm and bipolar disorder. This book is a result of her exceptional road to recovery.

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This book is set out like a diary, there is one page per date. On each page there is a meaningful quote from Demi, be it a lyric, a life lesson or one of her favourite quotations. She goes onto explain why this quote is of significance to her, relating to her own experiences. She then sets a goal underneath her explanation. Even though Demi is still a young person, this book is full of wisdom and advice for anybody from any walk of life.

This book is incredible. It is so uplifting, so touching and so personal to Demi. I would really recommend this to anybody – whether you are going through something or not you can completely relate to it. There are different ways to read it. Some people read it all at once, but I am reading the day corresponding to the date in the book. So I can start my day with a different quote and goal. It really is thought provoking and full of positive thoughts.

Would definitely recommend!

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A Book Review of ‘Safe Haven’ by Nicholas Sparks

Today I finished the book ‘Safe Haven’ by Nicholas Sparks. I have read novels by Sparks before and this one is somehow different. It is slightly darker as it deals with the issue of domestic abuse and death, however this is balanced with the finding of new love, overcoming tragic heartbreak, the importance of family and new beginnings that you never thought were possible. This book proves that there is a silver lining to every cloud. It gives readers hope that new beginnings are possible and that everything will work out in the end no matter how difficult it is in the beginning. The ‘Safe Haven’ in the novel could be Southport, the town Katie escapes to, or possibly it could be Alex and his family, however I think the true ‘Safe Haven’ Sparks is implying is love itself.

The plot itself kept me on edge right from start to finish with an unexpected twist at the end. In a nutshell it is about a courageous woman named Katie who has started a new life in Southport, North Carolina to escape her ‘secret past’. She works as a waitress at the restaurant, ‘Ivan’s’ and lives a simple life with only her neighbour Jo for company. However she meets Alex, who owns the main store in the town. Alex is widowed and is an excellent father to his two children. However we soon realise that brown-haired ‘Katie’ is really ‘Erin’ a blonde-haired woman married to Kevin who has abused her for four years. Alex and Katie (although both apprehensive about starting new relationships) fall in love with each other. The more Katie lets her guard down with Alex, the closer Kevin is to finding her. The end of the novel really is gripping and I could not put it down!

I find it amazing how Sparks can produce such believable and realistic characters. The way women in the novel talk to each other is as accurate as if a woman wrote it! To me, Nicholas Sparks is such a talented author and this is in my opinion one of his best novels yet. I really enjoyed this book and it was really interesting as it tackled issues I had never read about before. It is written in a style that flows easily making it effortless to read.

It is definitely a must read!

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