Annike: Hey guys! Hope your week has been really great so far. Today I am here with a book review on Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. This is actually the second book I have read this month with this same title haha 🙂 But this one is definitely a very different story that was great in its own way so definitely check out the review below! (more…)
Hi guys, I’m sorry I haven’t posted a review in SO long (its literally been 2 months), but I’m back today reviewing a book I loved which I read earlier this month! So without further ado lets get into it:
Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier…
Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.
In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through… and who she can’t live without.
From the very first chapter I read of this book I knew I was going to enjoy it. It is such a captivating books and really draws you in straight away. Annike recommend this book to me and what I loved the most was getting to read the different sides of the future which she was looking into and having the two sides overlapping in some parts was so interesting. Whenever I finished a chapter I had to keep reading as they were always left on a cliff hanger which meant I had to read the different perspective before getting back to the first one. I really liked getting to swap between Addie living two different lives and seeing which one I would choose and I think it is really cool getting to see which path she eventually went with and why. I do think that I preferred the chapters she had when she moved outside of the compound as it was so different to what she had experienced and therefore we were immersed into a whole new life and got to watch her navigate through a new world rather than one she already knew.
“I don’t care when people think I’m an antisocial, controlling bookworm because that’s what I am. It’s when they interpret me wrong that I have a problem.”
In regards to the characters, I loved most of them, especially Trevor. He was a boy who lived in the ‘Norm world’ which I thought was lovely and the relation he had with the compound is really cool to navigate as we know things which the characters don’t. I liked most of the characters in the Norm world, however we weren’t introduced too much to some of the minor characters so I didn’t get to know them as much. In regards to the compound I didn’t really like Addie’s best friend, and we weren’t introduced too much to many other characters apart from from Duke (quarter back) in her compound life. I didn’t connect as much to Laila (Addie’s BFF) as I would have hoped and I think that if she was developed a bit better it would have made me wanted Addie to stay in the compound more as she would have someone to stay for. I feel like I was more positioned toward the ‘Norm world’ as she seemed to have better personality in this version.
I really enjoyed reading about all the different “superpowers” which they had in the compound as it was fun to see how they differed and added a bit more of a change from the classic contemporary book. In regards to the ending, I know why she chose what she did but I didn’t necessarily agree with it because there could have been ways to change either path. I was so conflicted into which path she was going to choose until the ‘drastic measure’ occurs and not being critical but I do think some of it was over exaggerated and the ending got a bit confusing and complicated. Despite this it was clever and the whole plot fit together really well and was all resolved.
I would definitely recommend everyone pick up this book as it is a really engaging book and I guarantee you will want to keep reading if you do start it. I think merely the choice she has it really captivating as you are waiting to see which future she chooses and thankfully she does pick a path, it’s not like one of those books where something totally different happens which is good.
Let me know if you have read this or want to read this in the comments below as I would love to hear from you all. Hope you are having a lovely week and I will be back hopefully soon with another post (possibly the second book!). Thank you so much for reading! x
Star Rating: 4.5/5
Annike: Hey guys, sorry it’s been a little while since our last post went up! It’s really busy a lot of the time now but I’m trying my best to get reviews up from books I’m enjoying and hopefully Zoe will be back soon 🙂 Today I’m here with a review on another book I had on my TBR this month. it is part of the historical fiction genre and is called Letters to the Lost. I absolutely adored this book so give the review a look and I hope it appeals to you too. (more…)
Annike: Hey guys, as promised in this months TBR I read and am now ready to review The Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornasier. I actually hadn’t seen this book until I found it in my library and I thought it looked like a really interesting topic so I decided to give it a go.
I hate the label Selective Mutism – as if I choose not to speak, like a child who refuses to eat broccoli. I’ve used up every dandelion wish since I was ten wishing for the power to speak whenever I want to. I’m starting to wonder if there are enough dandelions.
After losing her best friend that night, Piper Rhodes changes schools, determined that her final year will be different. She will be different. Then she meets West: school captain, star soccer player, the boy everyone talks about. Despite her fear of losing everything all over again, Piper falls in love – and West with her – without Piper ever speaking one word to him. But will it last?
The Things I Didn’t say focused on a young girl named Piper Rhodes who had previously been diagnosed with Selective Mutism and was starting at a new school. Selective Mutism was not something I had been previously aware of or had any knowledge of before this book so one of the standout things was all the new information that came with the read. It was a really well explained illness that meant Piper found it impossible to communicate with people she wasn’t really close with like those outside of her family and friends.
The premise of the story was mainly Piper’s challenge in moving to a new school and having to start somewhere where no one knew about her or her illness. While her parents thought she could reinvent herself at the new school and she didn’t have to be the girl who didn’t talk – Piper knew it wasn’t just that easy.
I found that the book was a bit predictable at times. There were the girls that bullied Piper for her mutism and then there was the popular boy that befriended her and eventually became the love interest. West was a character that I liked but I never really found any connection between Piper and West. It might have been because of the lack of dialogue or simply the lack of actual time together but it might have been more of a memorable read if it had better developed relationships and characters.
Overall, it was a cute book that had some good ideas and was quite sweet. However, despite the interesting blurb and unique topic I couldn’t find anything in particular that stood out. There was more of a climax towards the end that had me on the edge of my seat at times but all in all not one of my all time favourites. I would recommend it as a unique read and very informative because I wasn’t aware of Selective Mutism beforehand. Definitely give it a go if you think it sounds interesting and we’ll be back later in the new week for another review!
Annike: Hey guys! So we are officially 3 days into May now and Zoe and I wanted to give you guys a bit of a look into some of the books we want to read this month. You guys can look out for some of the reviews of these ones in the next month – assuming we actually get onto them, but fingers crossed! Now let’s get onto it: (more…)
Annike: Hey guys! So I refuse to believe that we are already at the end of April. This month has been super hectic and we got pretty busy towards the end of the month – hence the lack of activity here on Twin Tales. Anyways, I did manage to read a LOT of books this month cause we were on school holidays. However, Zoe only managed to get to one – which was A Torch Against the Night – so won’t be joining me today for the April Wrap Up/Read. Anyways, so even though it is just me this month let’s get onto it! (more…)
Annike: Hey guys! Sorry it’s been a little while since we put up a review however I have been reading a lot of books lately but just haven’t gotten around to reviewing them all. On that note, today I want to give you my review on None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio which is a book I hadn’t really had on my TBR or seen very much before I picked it up but it ended up being just a really educational and enjoyable read. (more…)
Annike: Hey guys, I’m here today with another review of a book that I got off Netgalley which I was really grateful for. This book is called Trusting You and Other Lies and I really loved it. I thought it was super cute but also really deep underneath so let’s get onto the review! (more…)
Annike: Hey guys, I’m here today with a review on a book called Switching Gears by Chantelle Sedgwick. I received this book off Netgalley, however I’m pretty sure it’s already out and available for anyone so you should definitely go and check it out! Now let’s get onto the review… (more…)