Before I Let Go

Before I Let Go

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
This Is Where It Ends

Synopsis:

Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.

Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated―and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town’s lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she’s a stranger.

Corey knows something is wrong. With every hour, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets―chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter…

Thoughts:

I really enjoyed Marieke’s debut novel, so I was excited to give Before I Let Go a try. I had heard very mixed reviews about this book- so I’ve somewhat taken my time with getting around to it. However, like always, I always give a book a good go and that’s what I did with this one. There were things that I absolutely loved about it, however, I did get confused at points which is why this book wasn’t rated a 4 star read for me.

Before I Let Go is centred in Lost Creek, which is an isolated community in Alaska. The story follows Corey and Kyra’s friendship. Corey and Kyra used to be really close until Corey moved away. Corey goes back to Lost Creek and finds herself an outcast. Kyra had some troubles and died a tragic death. Corey feels like she’s the only one that remembers what Kyra was like. Despite the community being cold towards her, Corey is determined to find out answers.

There’s no denying that Marieke Nijkamp is a fantastic writer. There’s something about her writing that completely pulls me in and keeps me captivated. Lost Creek is certainly a well written, creepy setting and I was desperate to find out more about it. I also really enjoyed the friendship between Corey and Kyra. It was clear that they really did care for one another. I am all for the representation of mental health as well. I don’t have much knowledge of bipolar disorder but I feel, from what I know, it was an accurate representation.

The reason why I dropped this book half a star is because I felt the plot didn’t immerse me enough. I kept on reading because the writing was simply beautiful. However, I didn’t care for what was going on and I kept searching for something to really grip me or shock me. Perhaps, the beauty of this book lies in the fact that it doesn’t have a complex plot.

I would definitely read more from Marieke. She’s a super talented writer, this plot just didn’t work entirely for me, however, I can imagine many would love it!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A decent read. Marieke is a great writer, I just wasn’t blown away by the story itself!

This Week In Books #138

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!

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NOW-

Friend Request

I have literally just added this book to my currently reading on Goodreads. I’ve heard really good things about it, so I’m intrigued to see what it’s like! I love my psychological thrillers!

THEN-

Before I Let Go

I finished this book this morning. It was a quick read! It’s short, snappy chapter really help the pace. It centres around a character’s struggle with bipolar disorder.

NEXT-

The Foster Child: 'a sleep-with-the-lights-on thriller'

I have had this book on my radar for quite some time now. I was determined to whack it out this holiday… so it’s coming up next!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Winter TBR 2018

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is our Winter TBR. I’ve decided to read more Christmas/Winter-y themed books this year. I’ve picked 5 winter themed books and then 5 I just want to get to. So here are my picks for December!

The Christmasaurus

After really enjoying The Creakers I wanted to read this book by Tom Fletcher!

A Boy Called Christmas

The Girl Who Saved Christmas

Father Christmas and Me

The Truth Pixie

I am trying to find some perfect Christmas reads to use in class. I can’t this year as I have a Jehovah’s Witness, but it’s always nice to search for some Christmas reads for the future.

I’ve read these 4 already this December! Go me… 🙂 

Before I Let Go

This does have a winter-y vibe but it has been on my TBR forever. I need to finally get around to it.

Friend Request

The Foster Child: 'a sleep-with-the-lights-on thriller'

The Fear

Mine

The last 5 books are books carried over from my Autumn/Fall TBR that I never got around to. Oops! Hopefully this winter! 🙂

I read Mine recently too! 5 crossed off already…. Will this be the Winter that I complete my TBR?

What have you got on your Winter TBR? Let me know!

10 Books On My Autumn TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about books we want to get to this Autumn (Fall). I’ve decided to go for some books on my Kindle that I really do need to get around to!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!

Missing Pieces

This is a book that I got after reading many reviews, as is the case for most of the books on this list!

Mine

This book has mixed reviews, but I’m still intrigued!

Only Child: An Incredibly Powerful Novel You Won't Be Able to Put Down

I am intrigued by this book which centres around the aftermath of a school shooting.

The Fear

I’m up to date with C.L Taylor’s books after this one!

The Foster Child: 'a sleep-with-the-lights-on thriller'

I remember reading wonderful reviews about this book! 🙂 Looking forward to it!

Where the Missing Go

Ooh I’ve been looking forward to this one!

The Visitor

I’m a big fan of a psychological thriller!

The Innocent Wife

I love that question of the cover. I’m intrigued. Why so scared?

Before I Let Go

I’m so nervous about reading this book because I’ve heard such mixed things.

Friend Request

I have this book waiting to be read for a while, but haven’t yet got around to it! Hopefully in Autumn.

I realise that my list is quite thriller heavy. So I don’t get a reading slump, I’ll be slipping other genres in-between these books. Fingers crossed that I get around to them!

What are you reading this Autumn/Fall? Let me know! Leave me a link and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #180

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!

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Bought

Sky Chasers

I love Emma Carroll’s writing, so I’m super excited to read this book. I’ll try to get to it as soon as I can. Too many books, too little time!

How to Stop Time

I do love Matt Haig’s writing. I am looking forward to reading this book for Beth and I’s feature ‘Talking About.’

Before I Let Go

I’m intrigued to see where Marieke goes with this book after thoroughly enjoying her debut, This Is Where It Ends. 

A small haul for me this week, but I’m okay with that! What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the top ten books that we’re looking forward to in 2018. These could be debuts or just releases.

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

Love, Hate and Other Filters- Samira Ahmed

Love, Hate & Other Filters

I am so intrigued by this book! I’m hoping to read it before its release as I have an ARC! It sounds like a really important read.

Before I Go- Marieke Nijkamp

Before I Let Go

I’m super excited about this book. I loved Marieke’s debut and I’m intrigued to see where her writing goes next.

The Dangerous Art Of Blending- Angelo Surmelis

The Dangerous Art of Blending In

I’m all about representation in YA literature and this one looks particularly intriguing. It does involve abuse though so it looks like it’ll be hard-hitting.

The Upside Of Falling Down-Rebekah Crane

The Upside of Falling Down

This book sounds like it could be super intriguing about a girl with amnesia.

This Is Not A Love Letter- Kim Purcell

This Is Not A Love Letter

Another book that sounds incredibly gripping about a girl’s boyfriend that goes missing but there’s more to it than first meets the eye… I love the simple cover.

More Than We Can Tell- Brigid Kemmerer

More Than We Can Tell

I enjoyed Letters To The Lost so I’m excited to read this one!

Restore Me- Tahereh Mafi

Restore Me (Shatter Me, #4)

I can’t wait to read more from Juliette’s point of view!

12 Steps To Normal-Farrah Penn

12 Steps to Normal

Another book that instantly caught my eye. I’m intrigued about how this story will tackle alcoholism.

Leah On The Offbeat- Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat

I adore Becky Albertalli, so this book had to make it on here!

Love Songs & Other Lies- Jessica Pennington

Love Songs & Other Lies

I have to include a YA romance-type book! I think this one looks like it could be a fabulous.

What are you looking forward to in 2018? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

 

Top Ten 2016 Releases So Far

toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are my Top Ten 2016 releases so far! Most of the books I’ve read this year have been previous releases, so this list was somewhat tricky for me.

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Highly Illogical Behaviour- John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior

I read this book in early June and absolutely fell in love. It is one of my favourite books of 2016 so far. I highly recommend it, if you are interested in reading books about mental illness.

Orangeboy- Patrice Lawrence

Orangeboy

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I really loved the story. It involves drugs, gangs and drama. Not my usual sort of read, but I’m glad that I read it!

This Where It Ends- Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends

I had been anticipating this book for a while now. Marieke is an old friend of mine and I was so ever so proud of her after reading this book.

When We Collided- Emery Lord

When We Collided

Even though this isn’t my favourite read by Emery Lord, I really enjoy her writing style, so it earns itself a place on my list!

Flawed- Cecelia Ahern

Flawed (Flawed, #1)

I have loved Cecelia’s adult books, so was excited to see what her YA book brought. I have to admit to being very impressed! I didn’t think I would be.

Radio Silence- Alice Oseman

Radio Silence

I preferred this book to Alice’s debut novel. I was really impressed by this story!

When I Was Invisible- Dorothy Koomson

When I Was Invisible

Again, not my favourite from the author, but it’s still a fantastic piece of women’s fiction!

Walk The Edge- Katie McGarry

Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2)

I always enjoy reading about the characters in a Katie McGarry story! This book was no exception.

You Know Me Well- Nina LaCour and David Levithan

You Know Me Well

I thought this was cute and easy to read. Just what you need sometimes!

The Unexpected Everything- Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

Again, not my favourite Morgan Matson book ever, but still a good contemporary YA release for 2016!

As you can see, a lot of my favourites haven’t been 2016 releases. Nevertheless, these 10 books have been decent reads! What are your favourite 2016 releases so far? Feel free to leave a link to your post!