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!

Amazon Link UK <<< Currently £4.99
Amazon Link US <<< Currently $1.49

A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness. ✶✶✶✶✶

Blurb:
The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

My Review:
WOW! WOW! WOW! Where to start? I fell in love with this story. A MUST READ! I decided to read this story as I saw there was a film of this story and many readers have been reading it! It took me a good ten minutes after finishing this book to stop crying and calm down, so tissues will be needed! Not many books make me cry but this one hit me right in the feelings department. I can already say this will be in my top 20 books of 2017. I can happily go and watch the film now. A Monster Calls is a beautiful, well written and easy to read story for all. You may even learn something yourself from this story I know I did. But WOW… What a powerful and emotional story. I read this within a day easily for it isn’t a long read but one I would urge you all to read or bump up to the top of your reading piles. Loved every minute of it.

Just a little fact about this book: The award winning author Siobhan Dowd died of cancer before she could write this book but the lovely Patrick Ness took her idea and created this heartbreaking story for her behalf. AWWH. 😦

Amazon Link (UK):
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Monster-Calls-Patrick-Ness/dp/1406361801/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484685563&sr=8-1&keywords=a+monster+calls