The Walls Around Us

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Algonquin Books!

Synopsis:

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

Thoughts:

I have heard such mixed things about Nova Ren Suma’s writing. So, me being me (always wanting to form my own opinion) had to check out one of her books. I decided to go for The Walls Around Us which is a paranormal young adult read. Nova Ren Suma’s writing is different. It’s memorable. Even though I didn’t like the story as much as I wanted to,  I was incredibly impressed by the writing.

I don’t want to spoil the story, so I’m going to be really careful reviewing this book. It’s definitely a disturbing read. I always worry that I’m going to find ghost stories too much (I have a very vivid imagination), but what was creepy about this book was its characters. The plot itself doesn’t really go far, which is why I have given this book three stars. The characters though. Woah.

The story is narrated by Violet and Amber. Violet is a dancer and is destined for big things, but there’s something that stands in her way. Amber is locked up in a detention centre with a story to tell… It’s a strange tale, like nothing I’ve ever read before. It took me a while to connect with it, but when I did there was something about it that made me not put it down, despite the fact that I didn’t think it was a brilliant plotline. I can only recommend that you let the writing take hold of you. Enjoy it, because I haven’t read many authors like Nova Ren Suma before!

I’m definitely intrigued to see what the rest of her work is like.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A strange, yet appealing pyschological story!

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Stacking The Shelves #84: The Birthday Edition!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

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!

As ever, click on the book Image to get to the Goodread’s page!

This week I celebrated my birthday, so you’ll see quite a few books this week! 😉 First up though.. review copies.

NetGalley

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 Ooh the covers of these two books go together quite nicely! I really liked the sound of these two books, so I decided to request them. I haven’t read a book by Nova Ren Suma yet so I’m very intrigued…

Hot Key Books: 

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The second book in the Vivian Apple series has just been released, but I somehow missed reading Vivian Versus The Apocalypse, so Hot Key Books kindly sent me the first book. I’m also so excited about This Book Is Gay by the wonderful Queen of Teen James Dawson. I’m actually thinking of reading this book very, very soon as I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it.

And now for the birthday gifts I received this week!

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Stolen- Lucy Christopher– I’ve heard so much about this book that I just HAVE to read it!

Infinite SkyC.J Flood– Another book that I’ve heard amazing things about, so what better time to pick up a copy!

AwakenKatie Kacvinsky– This book sounds so intriguing. It’s about living in a world where everything is done by computers. Is it just my thinking or could this totally become possible?!

Anna Dressed In BloodKendare Blake– I’ve been avoiding this book as I thought it might be a bit too scary for me, but I’m assured it’s creepy not too scary?

Throne of GlassSarah J Maas– I do have a copy of this book on my Kindle, but I figured if I’m ever going to get around to it and ignore the hype I needed a physical copy. Then it’ll stare at me until I read it!

The GiverLois Lowry– Is it some sort of blogger crime to admit that I haven’t read this book? I’m very much looking forward to it though. I like to read a book before I watch the movie.

Isla and The Happily Ever AfterStephanie Perkins– Yep, I’m admitting another crime, I haven’t read Lola yet. It’s on my radar to read soon though, so obviously I need Isla in my life!

EnchantedAlethea Kontis– I’m actually surprised that my friend Luna hasn’t pushed this book on me before, but now she knows I have it, perhaps it’ll be a Luna’s Picks choice soon! Whenever I get to read it, I’m excited. It sounds fantastic. I love me a fairy tale!

What I Didn’t SayKeary Taylor–  I saw this book recently on a Hannah’s Top Ten list about books including mental illnesses/disabilities etc and immediately added it to my wishlist!

The Disappearing GirlHeather Topham Wood- This was another recommendation from Hannah’s list!

Ugly LoveColleen Hoover– I still need to read Maybe Someday, but I was happy to have this for my birthday!

Evertrue- Brodi Ashton– My sister was a sneaky one and heard me saying how much I wanted this final book in the Everneath trilogy after I finished Everbound during her recent visit. She ordered it to arrive on my birthday to add to her lovely gift of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and some beautiful pamper stuff!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to link me to your hauls. Also, if there’s anything in my haul that you think I should read ASAP let me know!

 

Top Ten Popular Authors I’ve Never Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Top Ten Popular Authors I’ve Never Read.

I feel like I should apologise before I even start this list! So.. sorry! If you’ve read and loved these authors tell me why and which one of their books you’ve read that you’d recommend!

In no particular order… (Images taken from Amazon/Goodreads)

5 authors I’ve heard LOADS about but have never checked out:

Stephen King

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Yep. I’ve never read any Stephen King books before. My sister is a huge fan… but I’m just put off for some reason. I do have two of his books to try soon, so maybe I’ll challenge myself to actually read one.

Terry Pratchett

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Oh yes, Terry Pratchett is another author that I’ve avoided. Why? No idea!

Jo Nesbo

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My sister really seems to enjoy Jo Nesbo’s books. I’m certainly intrigued… I’m yet to check his books out though.

Nora Roberts

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I swear I hear about Nora Roberts all the time. I haven’t read any of her books though!

Jessica Sorenson

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I swear I hear/read this lady’s name everywhere! I’m yet to read one of her books though. Should I?

5 authors that seem to be popular in the blogosphere that I haven’t read:

I may be committing some blogger’s crime by admitting I haven’t read any of these authors… but here goes!

Jennifer L.Armentrout

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I’ve heard great things about her books, but haven’t got around to them yet!

Sarah J. Maas

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Again… I’ve heard great things about her books, but I’m yet to pick one up. There’s just not enough time!

Maggie Stiefvater

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I do fully intend to pick up one of Maggie’s books soon, but I haven’t just yet!

Nova Ren Suma

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Another author that I’ve heard great things about…and some not so great things. I’m intrigued enough to want to read her work SOON.

Julie Kagawa

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I do intend to start some of Julie Kagawa’s books very soon! I’m intrigued. Loads of blogging friends seem to really love her!

Which authors should I definitely check out? What books of theirs do you recommend? Please leave your links to your Top Ten posts and I’ll check them out!