Friday, 23 May 2014

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart | Review

Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Published: 15/05/2014

This is going to be one of those reviews where I really skirt around what happens in this book. I’m not going to tell you about the plot. I’m not going to tell you what happens. I’m not going to tell you how it ends. It is honestly better if you go into this book knowing as little as possible.

That’s what I did. I knew nothing about this book before I sat down to read it as part of the #LiarsLiveRead on twitter, except that everyone who had read it LOVED it. That was it. Those I follow who had got ARCs had kept quiet about the plot, while loudly telling everybody that would listen to read it as soon as it was available. And I’m afraid I’m going to echo them. I will tell you that the narrator is 17 year old Cadence, the oldest grandchild of the wealthy Sinclair family. This is the story of her Summer(s).

Moreover, I can tell you is that the captivating, twisting fiction that Lockhart has crafted is housed in one of the most beautifully written books I think I’ve ever read. The descriptive language used is truly stunning, and there are metaphors that are so cleverly done that you re-read the same page a few times before moving on, soaking it all in. I was transported from my sofa to Beechwood Island with Cadence, living the story alongside her.

We Were Liars is a story that was desperately needed in the YA genre. Beautifully written, captivating and an emotional roller coaster, I honestly believe that I will struggle to find many people that don’t like this book. I finished it a couple of hours ago of sitting down to write this review and am already ready to reread it!

5/5 Stars.

*I received a copy of this book from Hot Key Books to participate in #LiarsLiveRead

Monday, 5 May 2014

Library Haul | May

Now I've moved again and am back to using a library with free reservations, I've gone on a little reservations spree! The books I've got out from the library to read in May are:
  • The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick
  • Anime: A History - Jonathan Clements
  • The Bone Season - Samantha Shannon
  • Ketchup Clouds - Annabel Pitcher
  • More Than This - Patrick Ness
  • A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness
  • The Weight of Water - Sarah Crosnan
  • She Is Not Invisible - Marcus Sedgewick
  • Sisterland - Curtis Sittenfield
  • All the Truth That's in Me - Julie Berry
This is a significant chunk of my to read list, thankfully. Sometimes it seems like that thing is never ending. I'm already through Ketchup Clouds, which lived up to it's hype even if it was a bit hard on an emotional level for me, and She Is Not Invisible, which I loved!

Which of these have you read?

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