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YALC books review!

Hi guys,

I thought I would do something a little different today. I’ve been reading a lot lately, thanks to the big haul that I got from YALC 2018, and it made me want to write reviews. I’ve finished 3 of them so far, and they were all great so they all deserve a shout out!

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, by Lauren James

Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

What attracted me to this book first was its cover. Very attractive and enigmatic at the same time. I’m a sucker for science fiction and spaceships stories, so this was right up my alley. No surprise: I devoured the book in two days.

One of the main reasons I enjoyed this book is because it completely surprised me! I thought I had it figured out, but it turns out that I was wrong and I liked that very much! The main character is endearing and resourceful, and the writing style is light and easy to read. The addition of fanfictions in the text spoke to me a lot, as I have written fanfictions for 12 years. Altogether, I recommend this book!

Lauren James on Twitter

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The Fandom, by Anna Day

Violet and her friends love being part of the fandom for The Gallows Dance. But at Comic-Con, they’re somehow catapulted into the story itself – for real. Trapped in a twisted world where they’ve accidentally killed the original hero, Rose, there’s only one way to survive: Violet must fill Rose’s shoes and put the plot back on track. No story is worth dying for … is it?

I saw this author at the dystopian panel at YALC, and I happened to be sitting next to people who had cosplayed characters from the book. Their passion was contagious and I bought the book. I’m not a big fan of the cover, but as an ex-cosplayer and fanfiction writer the title really attracted me. If speed of reading is any indication, it took me less than a week of commutes to finish the book.

I thought that it was going to be cheesy, and probably full of clichés. To be fair, there are some cheesy elements, and some clichés, but this book is so much more than that! I admire the author for creating not only the world of the Gallows Dance, but also superimposing two versions of it so cleverly: the romanticised story and the “real” story. Both interesting. I was not a great fan of Violet at first, but I warmed up to her along the story. A good read for fans of Hunger Games who love a meta twist.

Anna Day on Twitter

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The Survival Game, by Nicky Singer

Mhairi Anne Bain owns only two things: a gun with no bullets and her identity papers. The world is a shell of what it once was. Now, you must prove yourself worthy of existence at every turn, at every border checkpoint. And if you are going to survive, your instincts will become your most valuable weapon. Mhairi has learnt the importance of living her own story, of speaking to no one. But then she meets a young boy with no voice at all, and finds herself risking everything to take him to safety.

Another author from the dystopian panel at YALC, and I was very lucky to get this book signed after the panel. The cover is BEAUTIFUL, it shines and makes you want to open it immediately. It is however the book that I took me the longest to read. I had a hard time to get into it, because the style is very peculiar. I have never read anything similar, and at first it really put me off…

… until I got used to it! From the second half of the book, I was completely hooked. The world created by Nicky Singer is so dark and grim, and so realistic! I was lucky to have a discussion with her about Brexit, how it made me feel as a foreigner and how it inspired my writing. Reading this book, it’s like she captured exactly my deepest fears! I was really touched by this book, and (without spoiling anything) it did make me cry. This book is important, you should read it!

Nicky Singer on Twitter

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By | 2019-02-15T21:05:21+00:00 October 7th, 2018|Books, Journal|0 Comments

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