Emily Read…Ill Wind by Rachel Caine

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Overall Rating: 4/5

I’ve read two books in one day, I think that may be a record! Anyway on with the review. I picked up Ill Wind thinking it was a Young Adult book because the author wrote my beloved Morganville series. I was mistaken. I really need to start checking books out, I think this has been the third I’ve picked up and found it was adult. I didn’t mind too much though.
Ill wind is about Jo Baldwin, she’s a Weather Warden… on the run. A Weather Warden’s job is to keep people by delivering the world of dangerous weather but that’s easier said than done. Joanne is searching for Lewis, the only person she knows that can help her avoid the certain death that is approaching. One problem, he’s also on the run after having stolen three Djinn’s. So not only is he on the run but he is the most wanted man in the world – things couldn’t get much better for Joanna – but if she’s going to survive then she has to find Lewis. And fast.

“Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, she’s trying to outrun another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder. So, she’s resorting to the very human tactic of running for her life…  Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Unfortunately, he’s stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn-making him the most wanted man on earth. Still, she’s racing hard to find him-before the bad weather closes in fast…”

I enjoyed this book mostly because I love Rachel Caine’s writing style, I don’t know what it is but I always love anything written by her. This was a good book, not as good as Morganville, but good. As it’s the first book I didn’t really get to know any of the characters well but I quite liked Jo and David. Lewis, to say he’s the main part of the book, is hardly in it so I don’t know how I feel about him just yet. Some parts of Ill Wind confused me slightly but by the end I got it. I am really looking forward to book two. I wouldn’t reccomend this to younger readers but its a good read. I would give it 4/5 stars.

My Favorite Quote
“People talk about nature as a mother, but to me she’s always been Medea, ready and willing to slaughter her children.”  

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Emily Read…Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

 Emily is our Goodreads pal and all-round lovely lady! 🙂 And, as you’ll know from our side-bar, her blog Confessions of a Bookaholic is one of our favourites. Throughout August and September, we will be featuring some of her book reviews on Aside from Writing so you can get to know her too!

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Cover Rating: 3/5   Overall Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: “Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush – who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face. Thirteen Reasons Why is the gripping, addictive international bestseller that has changed lives the
world over. It’s an unrelenting modern classic.”

The Review

WOW! I have no idea why I picked this up, I saw the synopsis and thought that looks really depressing. My next thought? I have to read it! I wasn’t expecting to like it I just had the urge to read it. Well I started it at 12 am thinking that I would just read a few pages. I couldn’t stop though until I had finished it. At 4am. Even after that I was kept up thinking about it. The whole book was so
real. At first I was thinking why did they keep passing on the tapes knowing all their secrets were being revealed to the other twelve people but then I realized they were doing it out of fear. They knew what would happen if they didn’t. I really liked Clay and personally I don’t think he deserved to be on the tapes.

I got very annoyed with myself halfway through because I couldn’t help hating Hannah. No this time it’s not just for the sake of it. Hannah making these tapes be passed around was cruel, she was blaming her death on these people who would have to live with it for the rest of their lives. Some of them may have deserved it but not all of them. Some of the people on the tapes had been trying to help her but she had taken the help the wrong way. Those kind people are given this guilt to carry. I hated myself for it but I began to think Hannah was being very selfish in what she did but if you think about it she needed her story told and this was the only way she could think of to do it. Apparently there is going to be a film of this book staring Selena Gomez, personally I probably wont go to see it – I don’t like seeing books I love Disney-fied.  I would recommend this book to people who like a serious book that will play on their minds long after being read. I would give this book 5/5 stars.

My Favorite Quote
“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life
but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not
messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and
selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with
their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.” 

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meme…Friday Finds – 3

Another weekly meme from http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com

This week I found:

Shades of Greyby Michael Cargill – it was kind of a re-find for me as I’d bought it a while ago and just sat down this week and started it. It’s a collection of short stories – first one was great, very quick and punchy, drawing you quickly in to an intense moment in someone’s life. Looking forward to reading the rest this week.

I received a copy of Fall for You from the author Celia Gray. Though I don’t often do typical romance stuff, this sounded cute and I couldn’t ignore the Jane Austen connection, so hopefully this should be a fun light-hearted read.

Finding Sky I picked up randomly from Amazon – I saw it on one of their charts and it caught my eye, possibly a bit of cover-love going on here, so I hope it’s doesn’t let me down! Reviews are decent (bought before I checked) so it’s in the TBR pile…not sure when I’ll get to it though!

Angelfall – I bought this after seeing it on several WWW Wednesday posts this week. Looks good and will fit with my ‘Heavenly Challenge’ so I’m happy with this. I think the cover is lovely – more cover-love – I do like the simple ones.

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That’s it for this week – I’m committing myself to not buying any more books for the next few weeks as my to read pile is growing way faster than I could hope to keep up with and I like to read the books I get gifted from authors first – once I’ve done all those, then I’ll allow myself some new ones as a treat 😉

What did you find this week? Mel x

meme…Friday Finds – 2

Another weekly meme from http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com

This week I found:

The cover – I admit – I find uncomfortable, but it sounds great and the reviews have been good (including one where they said the cover put them off, but then enjoyed the book) – so I’m not judging by the cover and have this on my kindle now 🙂

This has been around for a long while, but I’d not come across it before. Recommended to me this week by the lovely Emily from Confessions of a Bookaholic – will be adding to my tbr list.

Although it’s a ‘classic’ I’ve never actually read The Outsiders, just seen the film! Inspired to read this by one of the Goodreads groups who have it as their April read. My copy came through the post this week.