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.
My Review; I’m going to start by saying I awarded a fair three stars. I must admit I would not have personally chosen this book for myself based on the cover, as I do judge a book by its cover and I don’t think this was my usual genre. Nevertheless I finished the book even though it took me a while. Absolution is written well and very thought provoking. It will make you think. You can tell it is a well thought out story and researched into. Its a very different story from what I usually read. I must also mention all the many characters within this story all individual and vital to the story in their own way.
P.A. Davies is a new author to myself and I would like to read more by this author in the future. I must warn you that parts of this book are hard hitting for the reader especially the prologue but not enough to put the reader off… If this sounds like a story you would be interested in reading get over to Amazon to buy it now!
Blurb; When the Militia entered the peaceful village of Nyanyar Ngun, South Sudan in 1992 – amidst the backdrop of a bitter civil war – it wasn’t in peace.
Soldiers of the SFL committed untold atrocities in that small farming village, before finally razing it to the ground. From a line of terrified children, boys were chosen to become recruits of the Militia, whilst girls were taken for selling within a market of odious buyers. Those who weren’t selected were either left to perish or murdered where they stood.
In a field of high maize next to the village, sixteen-year old Jada lay hidden and afraid, witnessing the merciless slaughter of his parents and the capture of his sister Kiden; powerless to stop it, too frightened to try.
But now – tortured by grief, consumed with shame and driven by guilt – Jada must embark on a long & arduous journey to rescue his sister from a sinister world and earn his absolution… or die trying!
Since Kat made her decision, everything around her seems to be falling apart. Not only is she dealing with family’s secrets, lies and deceit but the salon, which is opening around the corner, threatens her livelihood.
To make matters worse her relationship with Max is on the rocks. Although her relationships with Max’s mother, her step-mother and her sister have grown stronger, are they strong enough?
Working tirelessly to save her salon and save her relationship with Max, she is battling everyday to stay focused on her future. But what will the future bring?
Losing myself is book number two in the chaos series and follows on from Holding Myself, I would recommend you read them in order. It was lovely to read another genre amid all the thriller and mystery books lately, very refreshing. It was nice to get back into a familiar town and see familiar characters again.
Losing myself is an emotional (in parts) and uplifting story for readers to enjoy. It is written well, easy to read and will have you imerged until the end. Beautiful story. I have awarded another five stars for the book as I enjoyed reading this one. I would highly recommend this series to you all if you havent read it already and yet again another gorgeous cover!