Caraval - Stephanie Garber

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: 31st January 2017

Started Reading: 19/02/2018
Finished Reading: 27/02/2018

'Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.'
I must be starting to enjoy fantasy and YA because in my past few reviews I've put my normal "I don't usually read..." in front of my review because they're not my genres. But... something must have changed because I'm finally starting to like them.

Caraval is the fantasy I never knew I needed in my life. It's fast-paced, magical and gripping, and nothing like I expected. I got my copy for Christmas in a Book Matchmaker package. I don't think if I'd have seen this on a shelf that I would have gone for it because as I've said, it's not my usual type. But I was nicely surprised.

The novel opens with letters from Scarlett to Legend about Caraval as she's always wanted to see it because of the storie…

Echo Boy - Matt Haig

Genre: YA Dystopia
Release Date: 27th March 2014

Started Reading: 17/02/2018
Finished Reading: 19/02/2018

'The price of imagination is pain.'
I think I'm starting to become a fan of dystopia thanks to Matt Haig. Echo Boy was an exciting read and full of surprises.

Set in 2115, Echos are a normal household item. They look like humans, act like humans, but are robots created to help with human tasks. Audrey's father hates new technology, despite his own brother, Alex, owning Castle Industries - one of the largest technology companies.

Echos are definitely not all they seem though, especially when Alissa, the Echo who teaches Audrey at home, kills both of her parents.

Echo Boy isn't like anything I've read before. It's young adult dystopia (which I usually avoid) but it's actually quite adult in the ways it deals with grief and uncovering the truth. It was exactly what I expected from Matt Haig though because even though it's a dystopia it still takes a ser…

The Dead Fathers Club - Matt Haig

Genre: General Fiction
Release Date: 1st February 2007

Started Reading: 09/02/2018
Finished Reading: 12/02/2018

'I don't know why people say sorry when they havent done the thing they are saying sorry for. It is like everyone in the world is a little bit to blame for everything.'
Philip's father has just died in a car crash, but he doesn't think it was an accident. His father's ghost comes back and tells him that he must have been murdered because he is part of the Dead Fathers Club - just for murdered fathers. He tells Philip that it must have been his Uncle Alan who murdered him, and tells him that he must get revenge.

In an odd take on Hamlet, The Dead Fathers Club follows Philips hunt for revenge for the death of his father.

It's definitely a disturbing read. Philip is a young boy whose father has just died unexpectantly, and now he sees his father's ghost, telling him to do awful things, to the point where he is listing ways he could kill his uncle.


All That She Can See - Carrie Hope Fletcher

Genre: Fantasy/Romance
Release Date: 13th July 2017

Started Reading: 04/02/2018
Finished Reading: 09/02/2018

'You can't have rainbows without rain.'
Cherry has a bakery. She knows exactly what people need and serves them something to cheer them up. What her customers don't understand is that she bakes magic into everything to defeat their problems.

Cherry sees Meddlums - creatures that personify people's problems. They are everywhere, following people around and never leaving them alone. That is until people go into her bakery, and Meddlums are stuck outside, slowly disappearing as Cherry solves everyone's problems through food.

All That She Can See reminded me a lot of a Disney story, which isn't surprising coming from Carrie. Lots of the reviews over on Goodreads slate this for being too Disney and pink and fluffy but I loved it. It makes a great change from the books I've been reading lately and it's nice to read something that's soft and an easy …

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman

Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: 9th May 2017

Started Reading: 30/01/2018
Finished Reading: 04/02/2018
'In the end, what matters is this: I survived.' Eleanor Oliphant is odd. She speaks like an 80-year-old woman even though she's only 30, leads a monotonous life and keeps herself to herself. No friends, no family (other than her mother), and no fun.

I got this book because it's one of those ones that almost everyone is talking about. A lot of the time, I don't actually like the really popular books, but this one was definitely worth it. It's funny, mysterious and weird, and such a great read.

The novel follows the changes in Eleanor as she makes her first friend - Raymond, an IT Crowd worthy hilarious character who warms her heart and completely changes her personality.

I loved this because it was so different. I've got to admit, I couldn't stand Eleanor when I first started reading it because I felt she was stuck up and found the whole 'mummy…

The Bad Beginning (Unfortunate Events #1) - Lemony Sniket

Genre: Children's Fiction
Release Date: 30th September 1999

Started Reading: 20/01/2018
Finished Reading: 22/01/2018

'I don't know if you've ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong.' I had watched the Unfortunate Events film, and now I'm addicted to the Netflix series. I've lost count of the times I've rewatched the series, so I had been wanting to start reading the series for ages. It's another one of those books that I haven't gotten around to reading because I always found something I wanted to read more.

I'm glad I finally got The Bad Beginning though. It's hilarious and some of the best children's fiction I've read in ages. I've got a feeling I read it once when I was younger but I was never that into it. I definitely feel that some of the jokes are aimed more towards the readers my sort of age than kids, which is what makes it even better.

I absolutely love Justice Strauss and her library - it remi…

Attachments - Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Contemporary Romance Release Date: 4th April 2011

Started Reading: 16/01/2018
Finished Reading: 29/01/2018

'Every woman wants a man who'll fall in love with her soul as well as her body.'
I've wanted to read Attachments for the past few years, but I've always managed to find a book I wanted to read more, and it got forgotten about until I was looking to see what books I wanted for Christmas. I'm so glad I did finally get around to reading it.

Attachments follows the life of Lincoln, a man who works in IT at a newspaper office in 1999.  Lincoln is a loner who works night shifts mainly monitoring 'WebFence', checking that employees emails aren't inappropriate. This is where he discovers Beth and Jennifer - two best friends whose emails are constantly being flagged up. Lincoln finds himself reading these emails and falling for one of them.

I never expected this novel to be very deep, after all, it's about a man who stalks the emails of two women.…