Burn Our Bodies Down Review

Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along. But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.

I can’t say I was immediately drawn into this book because that was not the case. Margot’s living conditions at the start and her relationship with her mother didn’t really impress on me a need to continue on. The mystery surrounding her family in my opinion didn’t warrant Margot’s actions and running away after speaking to her grandmother for two minutes wasn’t really good enough for me. I did stick it out though and once we get to Phalene things definitely pick up.

Margot’s perspective is a little erratic. Her thoughts spiral a lot and every time she is given new information she doesn’t really let things sink in she just jumps to conclusions that are never correct, because at every turn in this book there was something unexpected popping up. Being on the cusp of knowledge that people are withholding is very frustrating and I could sympathise with Margot on that. It seemed that every person she met knew something about her family that she didn’t but no one would tell her anything, I would probably react in the same way if I was in that situation.

I really liked Tess and Eli, I could see why Tess was integral to the book but Eli’s presence wasn’t really necessary and he didn’t really add anything to the plotline. I wish we could of spent more time with both of them and seen from their perspective what it would of been like living in Phalene under the shadow of Fairfield.

I honestly didn’t predict anything that happened. The plot veered in a very different direction than what I was expecting and those factors definitely brought up my reading experience. I was just starting to get a little bored and then things started to get weird and we started to get answers and I was just left reeling. The premise was highly original and unlike anything I’ve ever read before and the shock factor ending alone was enough to leave me satisfied.

⭐️3/5 stars shocking, twisted, strange!

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue Review

*DEFINITE SPOILERS BELOW*

In case you didn’t know what this book is about essentially we have a young women in the 1700’s who desperately doesn’t want to be married and forced to stay in her small French town for the rest of her life. So on the night of her wedding she makes a deal with the devil to basically be free and live forever but she is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she ever meets. Until one day 300 years later when she walks into a book store in New York and a man named Henry remembers her.

I have to admit the start of this book was very slow in my opinion and a little hard to get into which did mar my reading experience a little. I wasn’t immediately enthralled like I initally thought I would be which was a touch disappointing but I did overcome it and around the halfway mark I was very much invested and wanted to see how this plays out.

I do love Addie as our main protagonist. We see her growth over the course of the three hundred years she lives and I liked that we get to see her at her lowest points and how she manages to overcome them and reject Luc when he tries to proposition her to give up. She is definitely stubborn and manages to quietly insert herself into history in spite of her curse. I can’t imagine what she would of had to deal with over those three centuries and I can sympathise with her for making that decision at the end.

Henry really didn’t do anything for me the majority of the book to be honest, he was almost too angsty and tortured. As the book progressed and we learnt more about his situation and exactly how long he had I did become a little more attached to him but he just wasn’t my favourite. The relationship between him and Addie was very endearing and I loved how they communicated with each other.

Luc was my favourite character overall for sure. I loved the way he would sweep in and save Addie when she was in the worst situations but would also interrupt her when it was the most inconvenient as well. His relationship with Addie was complicated and the power structure was definitely one sided for a long time but we see Addie step up and take control a few times making the banter between them so entertaining.

Even though this was super hyped I was still surprised with how the story progressed. I was picturing something a little more fluffier but this was anything but. It was a lot darker and tortured than what I expected and I was pleasantly surprised! The structure and prose was beautifully done, the pacing was consistent and the dual timelines kept me invested and eager to find out what was going to happen next.

⭐️4/5 stars worth the hype, highly recommend!

5 books I want to read in 2021

These are the five books from varying genres that I would really like to prioritise and read this year! They have all been on my radar now for a while and I figured it was time I bit the bullet and gave them all a read!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Jade City by Fonda Lee

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Recursion by Blake Crouch

The Deck of Omens Review

*Beware Spoilers Below*

The Deck of Omens continues pretty much straight off where The Devouring Gray ends. Though the Beast is seemingly subdued for now, a new threat looms in Four Paths: a corruption seeping from the Gray into the forest. And with the other Founders preoccupied by their tangled alliances and fraying relationships, only May Hawthorne seems to realize the danger. But saving the town she loves means seeking aid from the person her family despises most–her and Justin’s father.

I really liked that we got more perspectives from May and we learnt a lot more about the Hawthorne families dynamics and how she fits in. Her relationship with her mother is pretty toxic and I found in this book that I really can’t stand Augusta. She doesn’t really have any redeeming qualities and doesn’t do a good job explaining any of the reasons why she has run the town the way she has. May definitely had the towns’ best interests at heart but she kind of went about things in a way that wasn’t ideal. Secretly inviting her father back and welcoming him with open arms and exposing him to everything without any thought as to why he chose to stay away for so long. I just had a feeling about him and the amount of information May was sharing with him and how invested he was in this town even though he married into it. Which I guess was validated in the end.

Once again I loved the friendships between all of the characters and how much they have grown over the past couple of months, Harper and Violet especially. We see their bonds really strengthen as they try to figure out how to overcome the corruption and save Four Paths. The romances I felt weren’t really necessary per se. I feel like YA books especially like to pair up all of their main protagonists, though I appreciated that they weren’t all fairy tale endings.

There were times when they were just going back and forth throughout the novel and doing all of their investigations about what the corruption is and their theories regarding their ancestors that got a little tedious and boring. Though they made several plans and attempts to kill the beast and fix the corruption I wasn’t as invested in this story as the previous book. There weren’t as many twists action wise that kept me entertained it was more so about the past and coming to realisations about their powers and how the founders came to be. Which was interesting but again wasn’t as captivating.

I thought it was a solid duology, other than predicting who was behind it in the end every other plot point was a surprise. This was definitely original and unlike anything I have read before which was refreshing. We see growth from most of the characters and I was invested in most of their arcs, some more than others for sure.

⭐️3/5 stars A good continuation and conclusion of everything set up in the first book.