Books #41 – 45

Letters to the Lost
Brigid Kemmerer

letters to the lost

Summary:

Juliet always writes letters to her mother and leaves them at the graveside. It’s the only way she can cope with her loss. Declan is tough and intimidating. He’s in the middle of his court-ordered community service at the local graveyard, trying to escape the demons of his past (and present). Declan reads a letter by the graveyard and can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a complete stranger and their connection is instant. When their life at school interveres with their letters, sparks fly as Juliet and Declan discover secrets that may tear their relationship apart.

Review:

Honestly? I really don’t think this one is for me. Their relationship was so angry, it was like that Eminem song where he sang about a tornado hitting a volcano and that’s pretty much all I could think about throughout this entire book. Their relationship was far too toxic to be cute.

The Quakers: A Very Short Introduction
Pink Dandelion

quakers

Summary

This is an introduction guide to the history and the ideas behind the Quakers, a religious group.

Review

I haven’t spoken about this on my blog before and, although I might in the future, I don’t intend to soon. I want to become a Quaker, and I want to learn and know as much as possible before attending one of their meetings – the problem is I can’t go alone due to social anxiety, so I’m waiting until someone can come with me. This was really informative and useful. The information was accessible to me, so I mostly understood what they were talking about.

Guilt
Joan Ellis

guilt

Summary

You died April 1965, a month before your fifth birthday. You were probably dead before mum downed her third gin Porky Rawlings. Seven year old Susan is alone with her younger brother when he dies of an overdose. The guilt informs the rest of her life. When is threatens to destroy not only her but her relationship with her new baby, she must revisit the past to discover the truth. What she discovers is as horrifying as it is magical.

Review

I liked the writing style and I liked how real the charecters felt and how much depth they were given. I didn’t really like how the whole book was addressed to a not-yet-five year old boy, though, because I believe they stay the age they died in your head and everything Susan spoke about was absolutely not age appropriate but I guess addressing it to him made it easier to cope with. It also has some flaws like saying OCD is liking things neat.

A Skinful of Shadows
Frances Hardinge

skinful of shadows

Summary

This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . .Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide. Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding. Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard. And now there’s a spirit inside her. The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father’s rich and powerful ancestors. There is talk of civil war, and they need people like her to protect their dark and terrible family secret. But as she plans her escape and heads out into a country torn apart by war, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death.”

Review

Honestly, I didn’t like this. It’s a shame, because I usually really like this author, but it was like walking through mud. It might be that I’m just choosing books that I don’t want to read, because I’ve read a lot of books I don’t really like lately. I’m going to try and improve that soon.

 

So that’s what I read recently! I want to improve what I’m reading soon, so I’m reading something I actually like.

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