28 September 2014

Book Review: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

21248666Title- She Is Not Invisible
Author- Marcus Sedgwick
Genre- Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
Format- Paperback
UK Publisher- Indigo
Publication Date- July 3rd 2014

*I was sent this finished copy from the publisher for review, thank you Indigo. This does not affect my thoughts shared in this review.*

Sorry I've been absent recently! There really are no excuses, I've just needed a little break from the internet. Fingers crossed I can get back into things, I've been doubting my blog but now I'm putting in lots of effort to hopefully make some great posts for you!

Laureth Peak's father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers--a skill at which she's remarkably talented. Her secret: She is blind. But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness. She Is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other.

Ever since this book was first released in hardback last year, I've been intrigued. The reason why? It featured a blind protagonist. I'm honestly quite ashamed at my lack of diversity when it comes to making reading choices, the only novel I remember having read with a disabled main character is The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Nightime and the only reason I picked that up is because it was cheap. I've already branched out of my reading comfort zone this year, venturing into the world of Adult with Rainbow Rowell's Landline a few months back, but I need to explore the world further through literature. More cultures. Wider issues. Greater differences.

This cover is incredibly alluring. The colours of the two images blend perfectly together, creating a gorgeous piece of art, yes art. The beautiful, hipster-ish (it honestly killed me to write that) font just ties everything together, purple was such a great choice! Some of my favourite covers have come out of this year and this is definitely up there!

From the first sentence I was hooked. Why would a young girl need to 'abduct' her younger brother? It was hard to understand just how much Laureth had to depend on other people but it soon became apparent that, while she may wish otherwise, she must rely on the support of those closest to her. The mystery element is great, what did happen to her dad? No spoilers here! But what I loved the most was the adventurous feeling which comes with travelling. Exploring a new place for the first time is so fun and even though it wasn't the main focus of our little explorers, they still experienced the culture of America without even realizing. Visiting the library, travelling to the Edgar Allen Poe museum, even just visiting the small-time comic store!

One thing that is apparent when you start reading is that this is on the lower end of the young adult genre. Which is not a bad thing, books like this are a great escape from the often dark themes and intense writing that comes along sometimes. I think this would be a perfect genre-transitioning read! Even though the writing is simplistic and the plot easy enough to follow, I really enjoyed She Is Not Invisible. It meant that I could rush through the book and I had it finished in half the time a book of the same length would usually take.

Overall, I really did enjoy She Is Not Invisible. Even though it is less complicated than I am used to, I never found myself bored and was still hooked. I just could not wait to find out how the book would be resolved! The writing style was a welcome break from the intensity of some young adult novels and it took just over a day to get through which, for a slow reader like me, was a huge achievement!


19 September 2014

New Books! #7

Can you tell that it's just been my birthday? I went a little wild, oops! Thankfully, most of these I bought myself secondhand, something I'm really into at the minute. I love trying to find the best price for the best quality, weird I know! Also, I now own a full set of Harry Potters, more on that later.
Georgia at The Bibliomaniac also calls her hauls by this name so be sure to check hers out as well!
*Quick disclaimer, I am not bragging about these, hauls are my personal favorites to read and I am very grateful for each of these!*

This Star Won't Go Out by Esther, Lori & Wayne Earl (Paperback)
I've waited so long for this book, I didn't want to buy myself because the £10 price tag for a paperback was rather steep! After dropping a fair few hints, I unwrapped this on my birthday and couldn't have been happier. DFTBA!

Looking For Alaska by John Green (Paperback)
One of my favorite books and the best thing John has ever written, it was a given that I would eventually own a physical copy. After two reads of the library copy and one of my ebook, it was time. The website claimed that the book was used but the condition was immaculate, such a nice surprise!

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (Paperback)
I seem to be collecting contemporaries and I couldn't resist this on my post-birthday spree. Plus, the £1.80 price was unbeatable and even though it's not in the greatest condition, I don't mind and it's definitely still readable!

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She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick (Paperback)
This has been read and reviewed already so definitely look out for that! A lovely, light read for anyone after something to fly through. The cover, I am in love with because of all the pretty colours, eek! Thanks to Fierce Fiction for this review copy!

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (Paperback)
I read this maybe three years ago after borrowing a copy from a friend and this was my YA transition book! I never continued on with the series then but decided now would probably be as good of a time as any! 

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (Paperback)
To complete my Wolves of Mercy Falls collection, I bought Forever online. This is actually the second copy I received, as the first was send back! It was supposed to the in Very Good condition but did not live up to those guidelines, thankfully they supplied a refund!

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
by JK Rowling

Gaaaah! I have a complete Harry Potter set now, four of which are first editions! And for 6 of them, I paid less than £3.50, isn't that amazing? I am such a bargain hunter so I'm just very, very happy that I could have all of these without having to part with too much money!

Huge thanks to each of the publishes who have send me books in this haul, I can't wait to read them! What have you picked up recently? Leave a comment letting me know!