| BOOK REVIEW | MORTAL HEART BY ROBIN LAFEVERS

Mortal HeartMortal Heart
Author : Robin LaFevers
Series : His Fair Assassin
Genres : Historical, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : February 2nd 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published November 4th 2014)

Synopsis : In the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever’s New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy, Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own. She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind, doesn’t mean she has.

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I really enjoyed this book ! I was hooked which wasn’t the case with the two previous books !

We are all of us, gods and mortals, made up of many pieces, some of them broken, some of them scarred, but none of them the total sum of who we are.

Plot

This time we follow Annith who doesn’t want to become a seeress.  She has always trained in order to become the best trained killer and achieve Mortain’s will outside the convent.

She decides to leave the convent and find out what’s hiding behind the Reverend Mother’s decision.

It is rarely a lack of love that forces two hearts apart, but other obstacles.

On her journey she crosses path with the Hellequins, and more specifically with Balthazaar.
The hellequins are a really interesting bunch of characters ! I was so happy to learn more about each of them ! They all seek redemption and are very touching !
Balthazaar is also very interesting though more secretive. He sometimes acts very strangely but we get to know why.

Annith wasn’t a character I was very eager to follow to be honest. I found her too smooth and without a real personality in the previous books. Oh, how wrong I was ! She is fierce and really knows what she wants ! In fact, she is the most relatable one. Her story is unique. I wasn’t expecting this at all and neither was our main character when she decided to investigate about the reverend Mother.

I really enjoyed this installment ! We get back to the historic side of the story and I was really glad about it !

The plot is really good and there were some plot twists I didn’t see coming at all !! I also really enjoyed the romance. Once again, it’s relatable ! She fell in love slowly, despite her apprehension for him. It’s such a cute and touching romance !

I think this book wrapped things nicely ! I was hooked, much much more than for the two previous books !

Don’t you see? Your mortal heart shines like a candle flame and I, like one of those hapless black moths you used to leave as an offering, am helpless before its lure.

Characters

  • Annith, the ever perfect student decides to rebel. She doesn’t want to become a seeress and is sure that’s not Mortain’s will.
    She is more determined to find out why the reverend mother is doing this to her.
  • Balthazaar is full of secrets ! He truly cares about Annith and really wants to protect her and be here whenever she needs him !
    The plot twist about him left me speechless hahaha !
  • The reverend Mother always seemed cunning throughout this trilogy. I thought she was plotting something huge. She did bad things in her past. But once we get to know why, we understand why she decided to act like this.

 

Overall I really enjoyed this book !

4 stars

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About the author

Robin LaFeversR.L. LaFevers (Robin Lorraine when she’s in really big trouble) grew up surrounded by shelves of old dusty books and a passel of brothers. She has also spent a large portion of her life being told she was making up things that weren’t there, which only proves she was destined to write fiction. She is the author of over fourteen books for young readers, including THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS, (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) which received starred reviews and was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Booksense Summer Pick, and nominated for the Malice Domestic’s Agatha Award, and the NATHANIEL FLUDD, BEASTOLOGIST series. Her first young adult novel, GRAVE MERCY, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Spring of 2012. She currently lives with her husband and a demonic cat in Southern California and spends her days gazing longingly at ancient artifacts or wallowing in old forgotten texts.

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| BOOK REVIEW | HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD BY JOHN TIFFANY, JACK THORNE AND J.K. ROWLING

Harry Potter ANd The Cursed ChildHarry Potter And The Cursed Child
Author : John Tiffany, Jack Thorne & J.K. Rowling
Series : Harry Potter
Genres : Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publication : July 31st 2016 by Little, Brown

Synopsis : Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

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I enjoyed that book but I can’t compare it to the rest of the series. Nonetheless it was a fast read and I liked it !

They were great men, with huge flaws, and you know what – those flaws almost made them greater.

Plot

We follow Albus, Harry’s son throughout his years at Hogwarts. Being Harry’s son is far from being an easy thing for him.He could become everyone he wants. He chooses to become friend with Malfoy’s son, Scorpius.

On the other side, we’ve got an older Harry’s POV. Older, and having difficulties to connect with his son.

It was an okay read. As I said before, I can’t compare it to the Harry Potter’s series, it’s very different. It’s darker and more mature in a certain way. Neverthelesse, we also can see that J.K. Rowling has not written this book. Because it’s no a book, it’s a play. And I kept that in mind while reading it. It was a whole different reading experience !

Moreover, the plot is much more simplistic in my opinion. Since it’s a play, it hadn’t bothered me at all. I wasn’t expecting more than that to be honest.

From the beginning you can sense that something is off key with one of the characters. I think it’s because it’s a play.

It’s  like a little gift to us, Potterheads. As one, I know I wil read everything  related to Harry Potter.

The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.

Characters

  • Albus is struggling with his father’s fame. It’s even more bothering him when he learns he’s a Slytherin. He wants to prove his own value. Even thoughhe is fed up with Harry, his father, he still loves him and seeks his approval. He is kind, soft-heartedand very loyal.
  • Scorpius is badly treated because he is a Malfoy.  Albus is his only friend. I was really touched by Scorpius ! It’s difficult to get attached to characters while reading a play but Scorpius is such a cutie !
  • Delphi is a pretty complex character.
  • Harry is as lost with his role of father as he was as The Chosen One. In a certain way, nothing has changed hahaha !

Despite some bothering points, I really enjoyed it  !

4 stars

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| BOOK REVIEW | DARK TRIUMPH BY ROBIN LAFEVERS

Dark TriumphDark Triumph
Author : Robin LaFevers
Series : His Fair Assassin
Genres : Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Publication : April 2nd 2013 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

Synopsis : I lean forward, pushing my body out past the battlements. The wind plucks at my cloak, buffets against me, as if it would carry me off in flight, just like the birds or the knight’s soul. Let go, it cries, I will take you far, far away. I want to laugh at the exhilarating feeling, I will catch you, it whistles seductively.

The convent has returned Sybella to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

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This is the second book in a trilogy called His Fair Assassin. I enjoyed this book but I was expecting more to be honest.

Hate cannot be fought with hate. Evil cannot be conquered by darkness. Only love has the power to conquer them both.

Plot

In this book we follow Sybella, Ismae’s sister from the convent. She has been sent back into her family on a suicidal mission. Her father is Comte d’Albret, the unfamous one. He is plotting against his duchess and is well known for his barbaric methods.

I didn’t appreciate this book as much as the previous one, Grave Mercy. Somehow we lost a big part of the historical aspect and focused more on the romance between Sybella and Beast.
it was a nice read though. I just wished we got more details about Brittany’s struggle to stay independent.
Now, on a more positive note, I found it a little more action-packed than the first book. Maybe it was because Sybella was already on her mission when the book started.

It’s also much more darker than Grave Mercy. Ismae’s story was sad and awful but Sybella’s way worse ! She suffered a lot because of her family and that’s also why she is tougher.

He flashes a grin that is two parts death and one part humor.

There’s something I want to talk a little more : the change of main character. I already made a whole post about it, you can read it here. I was afraid of the MC’s change in a fantasy book to be honest. I still think the story could have been told with Ismae’s POV for the whole series but I think I get why the author decided to change her main character. It’s a wise choice when it comes to the story around Mortain’s will and the reverend Mother’s schemes.

Some days, like today, my aim and timing is so true it takes my breath away and I feel certain Mortain’s hand guides my own.

Characters

  • Sybella is a strange mix between the badass well trained killer and a frightened young girl. She is strong but going back into her family is slowly driving her mad. it reminds her how much she suffered during her childhood. But she overcomes it and it has a lot to do with Beast.
  • Beast is the stereotypical example of raw force. But beneath his muscles there’s a soft heart. He too suffered a lot. I really enjoyed his character. He is a forced to be reckoned with.

Overall I enjoyed it but I was expecting much more !

3 stars

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About the author

Robin LaFeversR.L. LaFevers (Robin Lorraine when she’s in really big trouble) grew up surrounded by shelves of old dusty books and a passel of brothers. She has also spent a large portion of her life being told she was making up things that weren’t there, which only proves she was destined to write fiction. She is the author of over fourteen books for young readers, including THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS, (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) which received starred reviews and was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Booksense Summer Pick, and nominated for the Malice Domestic’s Agatha Award, and the NATHANIEL FLUDD, BEASTOLOGIST series. Her first young adult novel, GRAVE MERCY, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Spring of 2012. She currently lives with her husband and a demonic cat in Southern California and spends her days gazing longingly at ancient artifacts or wallowing in old forgotten texts.

| BOOK REVIEW | LORD OF SHADOWS BY CASSANDRA CLARE

lord-of-shadowsLord Of Shadows
Author : Cassandra Clare
Series : The Dark Artifices
Genres : Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : May 23rd 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Synopsis : Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

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Back into the Shadowhunters universe ! I was SO SO SO happy ! I really loved this book !

Everyone is afraid of something. We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them. We fear dying because we value being alive. Don’t wish you didn’t fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn’t feel anything.

Plot

It follows Emma, Jules and their little family, weeks after Lady Midnight’s ending.  Gwyn, comes and asks Mark for help : Kieran is about to be killed by his father, the Unseelie King.
When in Faerie, the Queen bargains with Julian. I’m not gonna say more because I don’t want to spoil you !

I was kind of fearing this book to be honest ! I didn’t want it to suffer from the “second book syndrome”, you know ? Slow, without a real plot. Well, let me tell you, this book is far from it !!! But how could I doubt ? It never happened with any Cassandra books but who knows, right ?!

Anyway, it’s the sequel I was waiting for ! We can compare it to Lady Midnight, when it comes to intensity, pace and content.
We dive into a dark shadowhunter’s time. The Cold Peace’s aftermaths are more than present in this installment. Downworlders are very aggressive towards Shadowhunters and, with the rise of extremists, the alliance is more endangered than ever. The Cohort wants to take power to put an end to this precarious peace.

There’s something about a place you’ve been with someone you love. It takes on a meaning in your mind. It becomes more than a place. It becomes a distillation of what you felt for each other. The moments you spend in a place with someone… they become part of its bricks and mortar. Part of its soul.

I love to witness how Clare’s writing is evolving, “growing” somehow. Her stories get more intricate with each book.
I also particularly appreciate how she threads the characters from her previous books to this already intricate net. It was just perfect.
Another thing I like is the diversity. It’s nothing new with her characters but Ty is such a sweet character and I think autism should be treated more often in books.

Now let’s talk about that goddamn cliffhanger ! It broke my heart and I can’t believe we have to wait that long for the final book !

Characters

  • Emma is the definition of badass. She doesn’t allow her feelings to matter when it comes to saving her dear Jules and his lovely family. She is so strong. I also enjoyed how it wasn’t solely focused on Emma/Jules relationship.
  • Julian is getting more and more cunning. He is entirely focused on his family’s safety and at times, even Emma couldn’t compete with it !
  • Mark is so precious. He is somehow torn between Kieran and Cristina. He kind of misses his life in the Wild Hunt but is also happy to be back in the Shadowshunter’s world.
  • Kieran is a character you can’t just hate, really.
  • Kit is going to be the next Jace Herondale, I’m sure of it !
  • Ty is so cute. He sees things differently but he is stronger than we think.
  • Zara and Perfect Diego can go to hell for all I care !
  • Arthur is such a complex character, I wish we got to learn even more from his past.
  • Diana, I LOVED finding out her big secret, her backstory. It was so interesting and seriously I didn’t see it coming at all  !

 

That’s it ! As always, I totally recommend this book !

There’s something about a place you’ve been with someone you love. It takes on a meaning in your mind. It becomes more than a place. It becomes a distillation of what you felt for each other. The moments you spend in a place with someone… they become part of its bricks and mortar. Part of its soul.

5 stars

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About the author

Cassandra clareCassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

| BOOK REVIEW | GRAVE MERCY BY ROBIN LAFEVERS

Grave MercyGrave Mercy
Author : Robin LaFevers
Series : His Fair Assassin
Genres : Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Publication : April 3rd 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Synopsis : Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
     Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

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I really enjoyed this book ! There’s a slight fantasy aspect perfectly mixed with historical fiction !

Plot

It takes place in Brittany, before it was won by France, right during the war for their independence ! I found it highly interesting !

The main character, Ismae has been trained by her convent to become a skilled assassin, in order to achieve Mortain’s will. On her first important mission, she is sent to get an eye on Duval, and finds out whether is truly is a traitor to the Duchess.

Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?

It’s not solely centered on the romance, far from it. The historical aspect is the most important part, in my opinion. And it is perfectly mixed with action scenes and romance.
I learned so much while reading it ! The romance is quite nice, too. It’s not forced on us as it can sometimes be, you know ? It’s very cute and feels very natural !

Another thing I really enjoyed was the fantasy aspect added to this book. Mortain, an old God siring young girls so they can become his weapons, his hands !

Good intentions are only lies the weak tell themselves.

It’s pretty slow paced at the beginning but it’s only so the back story and history can be explained to us. This book is also about politics games so you can’t expect a fast pace with these scenes haha !

It’s beautifully written and the characters are really convincing !

Characters

  • Ismae is a very interesting characters. She has such a character’s development. At the beginning she is very obedient to her reverend mother but she quickly learns to think by herself and to trust her own instinct. Highly skilled in poisons, she is lso very talented when it comes to killing.
  • Duval is such a gentleman. He doesn’t trust Ismae but will protect her at all costs ! Once he realizes she is worthy of his trust, that she isn’t blinded by the what the convent taught her, he treats her as his equal.

 

Overall I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it ! If you’re not used to reading fantasy, that can be a perfectly good pick to start !

4 stars

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About the author

 

Robin LaFeversR.L. LaFevers (Robin Lorraine when she’s in really big trouble) grew up surrounded by shelves of old dusty books and a passel of brothers. She has also spent a large portion of her life being told she was making up things that weren’t there, which only proves she was destined to write fiction. She is the author of over fourteen books for young readers, including THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS, (Houghton Mifflin, 2007) which received starred reviews and was a Junior Library Guild selection, a Booksense Summer Pick, and nominated for the Malice Domestic’s Agatha Award, and the NATHANIEL FLUDD, BEASTOLOGIST series. Her first young adult novel, GRAVE MERCY, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Spring of 2012. She currently lives with her husband and a demonic cat in Southern California and spends her days gazing longingly at ancient artifacts or wallowing in old forgotten texts.

 

 

| BOOK REVIEW | THE WINNER’S KISS BY MARIE RUTKOSKI

The Winner's KissThe Winner’s Kiss
Author : Marie Rutkoski
Series : The Winner’s trilogy
Genres : Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : March 24th 2016 by Bloomsbury Children’s

Synopsis : War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?

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It’s the final book in The Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski ! I really enjoyed this trilogy and this installment ends perfectly this incredible story ! This review will spoil you if you haven’t read the two previous books.

Plot

It starts with Kestrel imprisoned. A lot of awful things happen to her during her captivity. Arin is told the truth and decides to go and save her.

You don’t need to be gifted with a blade. You are your own best weapon.

This book was a roller coaster for my little heart ! Deception, betrayal, friendship, romance, cunning strategies etc… You can find all of these and even more into this book !
I enjoyed everything in this story : how Kestrel came back stronger than ever, the war strategies, the cultural melting pot, the writing style… Really, this book is amazing !

It’s an epic story, and I got surprised more than once while reading it ! Although I really liked the plot, I LOVED how the characters were written ! And not just Kestrel and Arin, but also the side characters !

This book was everything I could have asked for ! It was mostly action-packed, surprising and so beautifully written ! Sometimes, the last book can be a little disappointing compared to the rest of a series, but I can assure you that it wasn’t the case at all with that one ! It was an amazing read and it ended perfectly this awesome and stunning trilogy !

The reason you enjoy my company is because I look like how you feel.

Characters

  • Kestrel is such an amazing character ! She is so strong despite everything that happened to her. She is fierce, and so smart, and follows her heart, no matter the consequences.
  • Arin is such a babe, a swoon-worthy character ! He wears his heart on his sleeve ! Kind, honest and so desperately in love with Kestrel !
  • Risha is another fierce female character ! I wish we got to read more about her !
  • Roshar is such an interesting and complex character ! He is eaten alive by his guilt about his sister’s condition ! He holds Arin in high esteem but is too proud to show it.
  • Verex changed so much through this trilogy. Now he fights with his weapons to protect and save the people he cares about.
  • The Emperor is another interesting character. Complex and cunning, I wanted to know more about him !

If I die, you’ll survive. If you die, it will destroy me.

5 stars

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About the author

Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society and the children’s fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial

Globe and The Jewel of the Kalderash. Her next project is a YA trilogy that begins with The Winner’s Curse, which is scheduled to be published in March 2014.

Marie grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Harvard University. Marie is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and fiction writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

| BOOK REVIEW | I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN BY JANDY NELSON

I'll give you the sunI’ll Give You The Sun
Author : Jandy Nelson
Genres : Contemporary, Romance, LGBT, Young Adult
Publication : April 2nd 2015 by Walker Books (first published September 16th 2014)

Synopsis : From the author of The Sky Is Every­where, a radiant novel that will leave you laughing and crying – all at once. For fans of John Green, Gayle Forman and Lauren Oliver. Jude and her twin Noah were incredibly close – until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. Then Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as a captivating new mentor, both of whom may just need her as much as she needs them. What the twins don’t realize is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world.

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There are books that stay with you for a long time. I’ll Give You The Sun is one of them, as far as I’m concerned.

Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.

Plot

I’ll Give You The Sun is narrated from two points of view : Noah and Jude. They’re twins. Noah’s POV is from is 13 years old self while Jude’s is from her 16 years old self. It allows us to see the schism that appeared between them. They were inseparable and now they’re like total strangers.
Another thing that changed drastically is their character. It’s like they exchanged their bodies ! Something really awful happened when they were 13 and it changed everything ! Since then, they’ve been keeping big and important secrets from one another.

Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you’ve been in before – you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: You could find your way around in the dark if you had to.

At first, I had a hard time getting into the story ! I think it took me a hundred pages to finally appreciate this book ! And oh God, I loved it so freakin’ much ! The writing style is exquisite, the characters so reliable ! The plot was a bit slow to actually begin but once you’re suck into the story, it’s such a page turner !

Characters

  • Noah is such a complex character. We only get his 13 Yo POV. He is very close to his twin sister, Jude. That’s the only person with his mom that he lets in. Because he is hiding something big, even from them.
    He is seeing the world through his artist eyes and it’s so wonderful ! He wants to study in a prestigious art school, and wants to dedicate his life to art.
    His older self, on the other hand, is reckless, partying too much, and quit drawing.
  • Jude was like a sunshine, bright and so colorful ! She also likes art but keeps comparing herself to her brother. Character-wise, she is Noah’s opposite. At the age of sixteen, we get a Jude uncomfortable in her own skin. She’s studying at art school but feels like she is a total fraud.

Maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people,” I say. “Maybe we’re accumulating these new selves all the time.

I’m so not gonna talk about the other characters because I don’t want the story and the characters ARE the story !

5 stars

Overall I highly recommend this book !! It’s a must read and it won’t leave you unaffected by this deep and meaningful story !

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About the author

Jandy NelsonJandy Nelson, like her characters in I’ll Give You the Sun and The Sky is Everywhere, comes from a superstitious lot. She was tutored from a young age in the art of the four-leaf clover hunt; she knocks wood, throws salt, and carries charms in her pockets. Her critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling second novel, I’ll Give You the Sun, received the prestigious Printz Award, Bank Street’s Josette Frank Award, and is a Stonewall Book Award honor. Both Sun and her debut, The Sky Is Everywhere, have been YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults picks (Sun, a Top Ten on Both YALSA and Rainbow Lists) and on multiple best of the year lists including the New York Times, Time Magazine, NPR, have earned many starred reviews, and continue to enjoy great international success, collectively published in over 47 countries. I’ll Give You the Sun has been sold to Warner Brothers and screenwriter Natalie Krinsky is currently writing the adaptation. Jandy, a literary agent for many years, received a BA from Cornell University and MFAs in Poetry and Children’s Writing from Brown University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. Currently a full-time writer, she lives and writes in San Francisco, California—not far from the settings of her novels.