13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher ★★★★★

Blurb; Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. 

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever. 

My Review; I decided to read this story as I have heard a lot about it, both good and bad! Many mixed reviews, also because of the series on Netflix which I have not yet watched so cannot compare to the book. 

13 Reasons Why is easy to read, contains short chapters and is extremely fast paced you have to keep up with it. The story is told over one long night and I must admit it kept me going too, I didnt want to put it down. Another story I have recently finished within a day.

I did however find it hard to keep up with how it kept switching from Clay’s character to Hannahs character throughout, but it is a well thoughtout story which would appeal to young adult readers. 

The message within this story is a strong one and does lead to suicide being involved which may make those younger readers realise how just how important actions and words towards others are even to this day. I enjoyed reading this and can now watch the series to compare. I awarded 5 stars and would highly recommend to all of you if you haven’t read the book already. 

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Assassin’s Creed (The Official Film Tie-in) – Christie Golden ★★★★

Blurb:
We work in the dark to serve the light. We are assassins.
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.

My Review:
Now I must start by saying I am a big fan of anything Assassin Creed and was delighted it was being turned into a film, so I just had to read the book before I watched the film. However, I didn’t find this one as good as the series of Assassin Creed I have previously read. It is a brilliant story line but I wasn’t as hooked as I was with the series and I think that’s because they’ve turned it into a more 21st century story rather than the old series. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this one even though it took me a while to finish which is why I awarded four stars. This book is written well and contains short chapters but i wouldn’t class it as similar to the whole series. I can’t wait to watch the film now and compare the two. I must admit I do love the cover though showing the two personalities of an assassin. This is written by a different author than those written in the series which is also why it felt a bit different.  Enjoy!

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Lion – Saroo Brierley ✶✶✶✶✶

Blurb:
At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.

Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

My Review:
This is a brilliant five star read and I will highly recommend it to you ALL! I actually fell in love with this story and was beside Saroo the whole time supporting him. What a story to tell the world! How amazing is it to survive at just five years old on your own. This is a real eye opener that other parts of the world are nothing like ours and we shouldn’t take advantage of what we have. I think with this story being a real life, non fiction story made it that little more intense and believable. It is a relatively short short at (288 pages), which I managed to complete within 24 hours. I didn’t want to put it down. This story will stick with me for a long time and I cannot wait to see the film adaption. Lion is brilliantly written, easy to read and fast paced. I loved how it included photos of them all, making it that little bit more personal. A lovely heart warming story. Well deserved five stars. Go check it out below. You will not be disappointed I promise you. LOVED IT!

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