Young Adult Fiction

May Read 2017

Annike: Hey guys! I know, I know Zoe and I have had a pretty bad month this month when it came to putting up regular posts and reviews. We’ve been really busy and unless we start scheduling more reviews and finding more time it might take a couple weeks for things to wind down. Anyways, sorry about that I hope you guys are still happy to stick around! Even though we didn’t get around to reviewing many books this month we did read a number so here they are and what we thought of them: (more…)

Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey

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…)

The Things I Didn’t Say by Kylie Fornasier

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.

26891896.jpgI 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!

April Read ~ 2017

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…)

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

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…)

Trusting You and Other Lies by Nicole Williams

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…)

Switching Gears by Chantelle Sedgwick

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…)

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Annike: Hey guys, sorry it’s been a little while since we were on here, we’re not really sticking to our usual plan. However, I’m here with a review on Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner, a book I read a little while ago and really really loved. Here we go! (more…)

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass

Annike: Hey guys! As of like 4 days ago I finally finished A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I actually began reading it towards the beginning of February but similarly to A Torch Against the Night that I reviewed last week, I ended up putting it down after 150 pages or so and coming back to it like a month later. Point is, I finally finished it and it was a book I really enjoyed so here’s my review… (more…)

New York Times ‘By The Book’ Tag and The Book Fests Award!!

Annike: Hey guys, so today we are doing a dual tag so will be dividing and conquering to complete both in the one post! The first tag will be the New York Times by the Book Tag and then The Book Fests Award. Thank you so much to BookFandom1001 and My Shelf and Myself for the tags, let’s go! (more…)