The Unexpected Inlander Book Review

This book was giving to me by the Author, Kellyn Thompson, in exchange for an honest review. I’m so glad she did because I really enjoyed this book.

The Unexpected Inlander is filled with drama, action and romance. However, it’s not over the top. Instead, it’s a perfect blend of all three genres. It’s not too graphic or too forced, it’s woven excellently into the story being told.

The story is set in a fascinating dystopia where the world has been split into sectors and people are judged purely on their genetic and geography. In this new world, people are modified by their parents to make sure they contain traits and genetics that will be useful to society rather than harm it. There’s also a division between the upper class people who live on the Coast and those who live Inland. These divisions seemed to reflect our modern world filled with divisions and prejudice. I found this whole idea original and thoroughly interesting.

The narrative often changed between the two main characters; Chris Rockford, an assassin for the Government, and Jenna Macklemore, a purebred with a hidden history. However, I loved these switches in perspective because it felt like I was listening to someone tell me an oral story. Also, it was entertaining to read Chris and Jenna having similar thoughts about each other but not realising the other was thinking the same. I found this really amusing because you’re not dating someone don’t we all feel like this? Unsure but the other one is feeling the same. Even though, it’s set in a futuristic world the story related to the contemporary world.

Thompson manages to create two main characters that had me completely hooked. It was interesting to read about Chris and how he had been learned to profile people since he was a teenager. It was fascinating to read about Jenna’s undiscovered and hidden past when it came to light. Thompson really created rich and engaging characters that I couldn’t help but root for.

Thompson not only creates fascinating characters but managed to use their history, their beliefs and careers as way to build this world. She doesn’t overload the information to the reader. Her writing is concise and clear therefore this future world becomes far more understandable. The world was detailed. It was also very thought provoking as I found myself asking what would my opinion be if I lived in this setting? The book wonderfully demonstrated how we all need our flaws and how we are all different, that’s the way it should be.

Kellyn Thompson created a complex novel filled with action, a forbidden romance and exciting twists that kept me hooked.

I definitely recommend it.

Thanks for reading!

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Heart of Glass Book Review

I was incredibly lucky to have been given this book by Ivy Ngeow before the initial release on June 30. After reading, Cry of the Flying Rhino, I was eagerly anticipating this second novel. I loved Ngeow’s unique and informative style of writing. So, I eagerly jumped at the opportunity to read and review Heart of Glass.

First of all I want to mention the cover of the book. I wasn’t expecting the cover of this book but I absolutely love it. It’s bright and colourful and mirrors the time and setting of the novel. It’s a wonderful cover.

This novel is another compelling read with an original and fast paced writing style. It keeps the story flowing and keeps you hooked on all the action. The twists and turns in the novel leave you shocked and desperately wanting to continue reading.

We follow the heroine, Li-An, as she begins her journey in Chicago during the 1980s. Li-An is a musician and finds herself playing the piano in Macau. However, this escape from her past leads Li-An down a dark spiral that leads to suffering, gambling, injuries and maybe even death?

Ngeow writes in such a talented way that you are completely immersed in the time and setting of her book. Once again I found myself learning about a time and place that I wouldn’t have learned about before. Its one of the many aspects of Ngeow’s writing that I adore. Her writing is incredibly informative but in a subtle way, it’s not over bearing on the reader.

The characters are incredibly flawed and are ultimately bad people, yet it makes such a fascinating read because you have to see what will happen. The heroine, Li-An, is an interesting character. She has a mixed heritage which makes her reading about her past enlightening. She is also incredible naive yet I found myself rooting for her, wanting her to be stronger and make the hard choices. I love reading about flawless characters because it’s more relatable to human life. No one is perfect. It made the book far more endearing to read.

This story is a fascinating literary thriller and incredibly original. I have never read anything quite like it before.

Ultimately, the story is about greed, desire and power.

You should read this book and find yourself back in the drama of the disco 80’s.

Here’s the link for the book trailer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRDowKLhuW0

Thanks for reading!

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Cry of the Flying Rhino Book Review

This book was brought to my attention by the fantastic author, Ivy Ngeow. She contacted me to see if I would write a review for the novel. I’m so glad she did. This book was captivating! I couldn’t stop reading.

I read the ebook, which I usually struggle to read, but found myself flying through the text. It was based upon a Malaysian Chinese doctor, Benjie Lee, who has a one night stand with the mysterious Talisa. It was refreshing to learn about a different culture and find out about their norms, values and how they approach this situation.

In Cry of the Flying Rhino, Ivy Ngeow captivates the reader entirely. I was enthralled from the first page and curious about the setting of the Borneo. The novel is rich with details on cultural backgrounds and references, so much so, that you find yourself learning whilst reading. This was an aspect that I found fascinating and only compelled me to love the book further.

The novel is told through three different and very diverse characters. It was extremely intriguing to see how all these narratives joined together. It’s told through the Doctor Benjie, Minos, a criminal from Talisa’s hidden past, and Bernard, a priest who has a relationship with Minos. Ngeow’s use of character is creative and engaging, each one is terribly flawed but also has redemptive qualities. She portrays humanity accurately. This novel has the qualities of a thriller but yet it is something far greater! It’s embedded with a mixed cultures that I’ve never seen explored in this way.

This fast paced novel is incredible and had me hooked from start to finish. It’s no surprise that it is a Proverse Prize winner. I definitely recommend that you pick up this novel and read. It’s truly compelling fiction!

I’m also eagerly anticipating her second novel Heart of Glass which, I believe, is due for release next month.

Please get reading this book!

Thank you!

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A Court of Thorn and Roses Book Review

I’ve seen this series everywhere. It’s been all over my Twitter, a force in fiction. It was talked about even more during the release of A Court of Frost and Starlight. So, like I always am, I was intrigued to find out more about it and read it.

I’ve been looking for a fantasy series to lose myself in for a while now but I haven’t found anything that really gripped me. I was enchanted by the notion of a fantasy series built on the legendary Faerie and their relationship with humans. Honestly, the title also pulled me in. There’s something enticing and medieval about it which I love. Also, the cover is beautiful.

The blurb drew me in completely and I knew that I wanted to read the book. I was enthralled by Feyre, beautiful name, and the idea of her being this slaughtering huntress. When I read the second paragraph about her fierce and deadly captor, the scars on his body and his masked face, I wanted to learn more. The idea reminded me of Beauty and the Beast. I couldn’t wait to read.

Somehow I went into this book without any spoilers considering I see people talk about it all the time. Also, I haven’t come across any spoilers for the rest of the series either which I’m exceptionally thankful for. It’s exciting and rare to read a popular book without knowing any background information on it.

Sarah J Maas does such an exceptional work of creating this world. Immediately, I was involved in the politics and how the humans lived, the threat of the dangerous Faerie looming. The world is incredibly detailed and original. It wasn’t rushed or thrown at you, it was done with a slow refreshing pace. I liked it. It allowed me to get to know the world rather than me feeling like I was playing catch up.

One of the concepts that I loved about this world was the different Faerie courts. I love how they’re we’re separated into seasons, day, night and dawn. It made me think of the stories I heard about the Snow Queen when I was a child. Maas’ descriptions of the courts, especially, the Spring Court was enchanting. The beauty of the landscape and the danger of the creatures that lurked in the darkness was completely compelling.

As the main character of the novel, I was completely taken with Feyre. I loved her fierceness, the loyalty and kindness that she had. It made her endearing and fascinating to read. She also had her flaws and issues that made her a relatable character. I found myself wanting her to break free from the Court because that’s what she desired but I also wanted her to stay to uncover the secrets. I loved the character, I admired her strength and resilience but also was annoyed by her recklessness. However, this only engaged me in the book. I love admiring a character yet seeing them have flaws. It makes them more relatable.

Tamlin is an incredibly interesting character. I love how the relationship between him and Feyre develops. He is a strong warrior and one of the most powerful Faeries. This makes for a good dynamic between Feyre and Tamlin. Also, I loved Lucien’s character. He’s mean, sarcastic but with a soft side. Sarah J Maas does create wonderful captivating characters.

Towards the end of the book my heart was racing. It was filled with action and heart ache that it kept me on edge until the very end. I loved the arrival of some of the new characters, especially Rhysand, and hope to see their stories explored more thoroughly in the later books. I’ve enjoyed the first book in the series and I can’t wait to read the rest. Hopefully, I will have no spoilers.

I’m so disappointed that I have not come across this series earlier. It’s the perfect read. It’s a wonderful combination fantasy and adult fiction. I definitely would recommend this series.

Thanks for reading!

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Emergency Contact Book Review

There was so much hype and love for this book all over Twitter that I had to see what it was about. People kept recommending it and I knew it was something I would love. It was described as fun and flirty.

The first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover. I loved the colours and the illustrations. It’s beautiful. I think it really sets the tone for the book as well.

The blurb had me hooked. The small section from the book highlighted the quirks of Penny’s character. I found myself relating to her even in this extract. It demonstrated the beginning of Sam and Penny’s relationship as emergency contacts. It was incredibly cute and I couldn’t wait to read more.

I enjoyed this book so much. It was a cute relationship between two characters, Penny and Sam. These two meet, surrounded in their own problems, and decide to become each other’s emergency contacts. I loved the concept. It felt so modern but also reminded me of one of my favourite movies; You’ve Got Mail.

Choi manages to create a fun contemporary novel that centres around Penny moving to college. I haven’t read many books with the protagonist moving away to college and it’s something that I really enjoyed. Also, I related to Penny so much and I loved her quirkiness. All the characters were written brilliantly that I found myself thinking of people I know that are similar. It brought me that much closer to the book.

There’s an unexpected twist in the book that I didn’t know about or hadn’t seen anyone writing about. It left me surprised. It knocked me back, all I wanted to do was protect Penny. It was truly heart breaking the way she spoke about a traumatic past event and how she had never shared the information.

I loved this book. I loved Penny and how she wasn’t a traditional protagonist. Penny was fresh, interesting and Korean. The novel was different and wonderfully engaging. I found myself smiling at Sam and Penny throughout the book. I was completely involved in their relationship and how it developed. I could have read so much more of them. I didn’t want it to end.

Emergency Contact is the perfect summer read. I couldn’t stop smiling when I finished this book! It was beautiful.

Add it to your summer reads!

Thank you!

@LaurenKnapper

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The Silver Linings Playbook Book Review

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick is one of the most honest books I’ve read in awhile. It’s hard to describe the feelings I’ve had whilst reading the book. I’ve definitely gone on the emotional journey with Pat Peoples since his departure from the ‘bad place’.

I watched the film after it’s immediate release, which was years ago now, and loved it. However, I tried to read the book after and didn’t finish it. I think it was due to not fully understanding the book, being too young to understand its concept.

The only reason I reread it is because I have so many books that I’ve decided not to buy anymore until I’ve read the ones I have. I can’t help myself, I’m constantly buying books and then forgetting to read others. So, I’m currently working on each section of my book collection and reading through them.

I’m so glad that I reread this book! The NFL football mentioned throughout the story confused me as there was a lot of it. But, that’s just because I’m not much of a sports fan.

Matthew Quick manages to create such a realistic picture of people, of life and relationships. Quick approaches mental illness so truthfully and the characters are suffering from it due to human emotions. It demonstrates how anyone can suffer with mental illness and how life can be just too hard sometimes. I’ve loved following Pat’s determination and I’m so glad by the ending. It was beautiful.

Please go read it if you haven’t already. I need to read more of Matthew Quick’s writing. Let me know if anyone has any recommendations. I’m in awe!