The Surface Breaks

The Surface Breaks

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice? Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans. A book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbinding.

Thoughts:

Don’t go into this book thinking that you’re going to get the Disney The Little Mermaid. Oh no. This is definitely the Hans Christian Andersen version reimagined by the ever fierce Louise O’Neill. When I pick up a book by Louise O’Neill, I know I’m going to get a raw story. Louise never holds back. I can certainly see why some people have issues with this book. It is incredibly dark and certainly has feminist elements within its pages.

It starts with the youngest daughter of the Sea King turning fifteen years old. The reader is introduced to Gaia and her sisters. We find out that the monarchy under the sea is corrupt. The Sea King’s daughters are not treated well. They’re expected to look pretty for their men. They are only seen as objects to be sold to men. Urgh.

Gaia, the youngest, is the prettiest and she has a wonderful singing voice. Her future has been decided for her by her father. She is to be married to an older merman (She’s 15 and he’s around 60ish!) Gaia is always told that she is fortunate because she’s been blessed with looks and a beautiful voice. Gaia dreams of swimming up to the surface even though her father is very against it. During her first swim, Gaia sets her eyes on a man up there. She saves him from a shipwreck and from then on, can’t stop thinking of him. Gaia starts to question life under the sea.

Gaia can be a bit of a frustrating character to read about. She’s so naive but I totally forgave that quality because it was clear that she was searching for someone to love her because of who she was. I loved following her story both under the sea and on the surface. I absolutely adored the sea witch. A very strong female character.

This story is so dark and sinister. It really is so far from the Disney version. It’s so close to the original Hans Christian Andersen tale which I absolutely love despite how brutal it is!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

Don’t expect Disney. This reimagining is very close to Hans Christian Andersen’s story. 

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This Week In Books #128

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Surface Breaks I Believe in a Thing Called Love Sadie

NOWThe Surface BreaksLouise O’Neill– I have been waiting to get to this book for SO long and it’s really worth the wait. It’s a reimagining of the Hans Christian Andersen The Little Mermaid. I mean Hans Christian Andersen’s version as well… it’s no Disney!

THENI Believe In A Thing Called LoveMaurene Goo– I did enjoy this contemporary. It didn’t take me long to whizz through.

NEXTSadieCourtney Summers- It’s time for a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while. I’m super excited to get to this one.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

5 Potential 5 Star Reads On My TBR #3

This is the third post of this kind here on Chrissi Reads. The original post was inspired by my sister, Beth over at Bibliobeth. She was inspired by one of her favourite book-tubers Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings .

Mercedes posted a video trying to predict which five books would get the five star treatment in her TBR. She then wrapped up with a video to see if her predictions were correct. Like Beth, I’m not going to subject you to a video. No-one wants to see me on a video!

Last time I got 3 5 stars out of my predictions! Check out my wrap up post HERE.

Here are the books that I think have potential to get 5 stars from me…

Click on the book image to learn more about the book on Goodreads!

Notes On A Nervous Planet- Matt Haig

Notes on a Nervous Planet

I have high hopes for this book. I absolutely loved Reasons To Stay Alive. Can’t wait to read this one.

The Surface Breaks- Louise O’Neill

The Surface Breaks

Surely a book this pretty has to be just as good inside? Here’s hoping!

Open Your Eyes- Paula Daly

Open Your Eyes

Love Paula Daly. The Trophy Child featured on this challenge before, but it didn’t quite make 5 stars. I’ve heard great things about this one though!

The Breakdown- B.A Paris

The Breakdown

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book! Looking forward to reading it.

The Dangerous Art Of Blending In- Angelo Surmelis

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

Might be a quite bold claim to think that this might get 5 stars from me considering that it is the author’s debut…but I have high hopes!

Have you read any of these books? Did you rate them 5 stars? Let me know!

 

Almost Love

Almost Love

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

When Sarah falls for Matthew, she falls hard.

So it doesn’t matter that he’s twenty years older. That he sees her only in secret. That, slowly but surely, she’s sacrificing everything else in her life to be with him.

Sarah’s friends are worried. Her father can’t understand how she could allow herself to be used like this. And she’s on the verge of losing her job.

But Sarah can’t help it. She is addicted to being desired by Matthew.

And love is supposed to hurt.

Isn’t it?

Thoughts:

I really like Louise O’Neill’s writing, because she pushes some very controversial subjects. Her stories are known for not being the most light and fluffy books that you could read. I’m always expecting a lot when I pick up a book by Louise, whilst I enjoyed this book. I didn’t think it was as good as her other books. Before you go into this book, be aware that you’ll possibly really dislike the main character. She’s awful.

Almost Love centres around Sarah who falls in love with an older man. He is a parent of a child that Sarah teaches. Even though he doesn’t treat Sarah well, Sarah is still drawn to him. Her friends and family try to get her to stay away from him, but there’s just something about him that keeps pulling her in.

I wasn’t a fan of Sarah, if I’m totally honest. I don’t often ‘like’ characters in Louise O’Neill’s books, but that doesn’t usually affect my enjoyment of the book. It did with this one. I just thought Sarah made idiotic decisions. The man that she is obsessed with completely uses her. She knows he will never love her but keeps going back to him to be used awfully. I think I could have felt some compassion for Sarah if she was nice to others in her life. She treats her friends, her father and her boyfriend awfully. I really didn’t like her attitude towards others.

What I do think that Louise O’Neill did well, is to show how easy it is to make the same mistakes over and over again. It’s easy to ignore advice even if the people mean well and are thinking of you. I can imagine that many people can relate to this relationship. This book is raw and I expect true to life for many.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

I thought this book was going to be a 5 star read for me, but it didn’t move or affect me as much as I usually expect with a Louise O’Neill book.

This Week In Books #117

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

NOW

Almost Love

I usually really lap up Louise O’Neill’s books. They push the boundaries and intrigue me. I’m enjoying this book, but it’s not the 5 star that I thought it might be.

THEN

The Killing Type: A short story from the bestselling author of My Husband’s Wife

I read this short story before I started Almost Love. I enjoyed it and wished it was longer! My review is up already as it was an ARC from May. Oops. See my review HERE.

NEXT

The Last Piece of My Heart

After reading two heavy going books, I’m in need of some light fiction!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Stacking The Shelves #193

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Bought:

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

I am SO excited to read this book which I’m going to read before my other books that I’m ‘meant’ to be reading. It’s Becky Albertalli! It seems silly not to…

I Was Born For This

I didn’t like Alice’s debut as much as her second novel, but her second novel gave me high hopes for this one!

The Surface Breaks

This picture does not give the stunning cover justice It is seriously one of the most beautiful covers I’ve seen in a while. I am so excited to read Louise’s reimagining of The Little Mermaid. 

Seven Days of You

I meant to read this book last year but never got around to it, due to some less favourable reviews. I want to give it a chance though.

What did you add to your shelves this week? Feel free to let me know or leave a link to your posts!

Stacking The Shelves #188

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

This week it’s been my biggest book haul for a while! Oops. I was approved for quite a few books on NetGalley and I bought some books on pay day! 😉 Naughty me!

NetGalley

A Thousand Perfect Notes

I have had this book pre-ordered for quite some time now. When I was approved to read it, I was a very happy Chrissi. I have heard great things about this book already!

We Are Young

I absolutely adore Cat Clarke’s writing. I love how dark it is and how it covers important issues. Looking forward to this one!

Little Liar

I was intrigued by this book’s synopsis. It sounded like it might have a Pretty Little Liars vibe. I do see it’s rated low on Goodreads, but I’m happy to give it a go and make my own mind up! After all, it’s only got 2 ratings so far.

The Liar's Room

I really enjoyed The House by Simon Lelic. This book sounds like a fabulous thriller.

The List of Real Things

I have read Sarah Moore Fitzgerald before. I thought this book sounded like a fantastic middle grade read.

Bought

The Visitor

I have heard so many blogging friends talking about this book. I couldn’t resist!

RoseBlood

I absolutely love the covers that A.G Howard is blessed with. This is influenced by The Phantom Of The Opera, as you may guess by the cover!

Almost Love

Louise O’Neill’s writing is bloomin’ brilliant. Can’t wait to read this one.

The Girl of Ink and Stars

I have high hopes for this book which I’m reading at the end of the month as part of my kid lit challenge with my sister, Beth!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! 🙂