Review: Girlhood by Cat Clarke

Note: We received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Within the last six months, I’ve read two Cat Clarke books. Entangled and A Kiss in the Dark. Both were chilling in some way, with plot twists that had me throwing the book to the other side of the room and hugging a pillow to my chest. She knows how to write a thriller, and with a tagline like ‘Sugar and spice and scars for life’, you know when you’re getting in, you’re getting in deep. Unfortunately, Cat’s reputation for writing YA thrillers ultimately led to both of us being like ‘Wait….was that it?’ With that said, Girlhood is my favourite of her books so far because of the different, less mysterious tone. And it takes place in a boarding school, so that’s a guaranteed win.

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Review: The Opposite of You by Lou Morgan

Note: We received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Whenever we hear about a book with twin protagonists, we’re desperate to get our hands on it. Everyone loves to see themselves reflected in the books they read, and it’s just fascinating to see how authors think of the relationship between twins and if it measures up to our experiences. The Opposite of You was a really great read if you’re looking for a book that understands the strong connection between sisters…but only fuels the fire that twins have been trying to extinguish for all eternity that we can’t literally read each other’s minds. Still, if magical realism is the best way to communicate extreme closeness, we’ll accept it this once! 😉  Continue reading “Review: The Opposite of You by Lou Morgan”

Review: Book Of Lies by Teri Terry

25370363Book Of Lies by Teri Terry
Published by: Orchard Books
Pages: 352
Format: ARC e-book
Rating: ★★★.5
Note: We received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I really love Teri Terry’s writing. The Slated Trilogy was such a standout read for me in 2013, and the whole series brings a new voice to the dystopian genre. Then, last year, I read Mind Gameswhich had the same techno-fantasy vibe as my favourite book of all time, Fearsome Dreamer.  So, I had expectations when it came to Book Of Lies and they were definitely met! It was a great reading experience, and really made me appreciate the previous books of Terry’s I’ve read.  Continue reading “Review: Book Of Lies by Teri Terry”

Review: I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

23573418I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson 
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Walker Books
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Author | Amazon

Apart from the horrific mustard coloured cover, I was really intrigued by ‘I’ll Give You The Sun’. The title was ambiguous enough to not give any of the story away, and it’s about twins, which is always a bonus for me. So, I dived straight in and was not disappointed! I was a little scared, seeing as one page of the book is just ‘In a set of twins, there is one angel and one devil’ in really big font, but after reading the book in its entirety, I realised I’d taken that out of context, and all was going to be A-OK.

Seeing as the book is told from both Noah and Jude’s perspective, I’m going to split up my review as such:
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Review: One by Sarah Crossan

OneOne by Sarah Crossan
Genre: Contemporary, Twin Fiction
Published by: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Pages: 448
Format: ARC E-Book
Rating: ?
Where to Find: Goodreads | Amazon | Author

‘One’ was definitely an interesting and enlightening read. It’s about conjoined twins, Tippi and Grace and their lives. Being a twin myself, I love reading about twins, to see how authors deal with the relationship, as it’s definitely different from older-younger sibling relationships. Crossan did a great job in portraying the emotional closeness of the pair, and the strength they found in each other really shone through the novel. Before I get on with the review, I think anyone and everyone should read this, whether it’s their type of book or not, just because it’s different and eye-opening, regardless of ratings others give it!

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Twins in Literature

chamberMy first experience of twins in any sort of children’s/teen lit, was Fred and George Weasley, from ‘Harry Potter’. These brothers were confident, outgoing, and loved practical jokes – everything my twin sister and I…weren’t at the age of eleven. It was interesting to read about twins that were so different from us, but as Fred and George were only minor characters throughout the seven book series, their relationship wasn’t explored in the greatest depth.

revampedI adored Olivia and Ivy from ‘My Sister the Vampire’, but their twin relationship was bypassed by the fact that Ivy had supernatural abilities.

Next, there was Skye and Summer, protagonists in Cathy Cassidy’s ‘Chocolate Box Girls’ series. This offered a very cliched relationship between twin sisters; where one is marshmallow skyeovershadowed by the other and wants to break free to become a different person. Although the emotions were well executed, and the strong bond between the pair brought a tear to my eye when something bad happened to Skye, I couldn’t  relate well to the dynamic.

FangirlThe best representation of twins can be found, in my opinion, in ‘Fangirl’ by Rainbow Rowell. Cath and Wren care about each other, and wouldn’t let anything bad happen to their sister. (Again, a lot of scenes made me cry with the sheer accuracy of feeling.) Although Wren is definitely the more confident of the pair, Cath is not overshadowed by her. They have different strengths, and they’re both aware of that. Sure, Wren might have grown out of things that Cath still enjoys, but she didn’t make Cath feel bad or juvenile for loving Simon Snow. It also helped that Cath was one of the most relatable characters ever written, and I really found myself bonding with her over the majority of things.

The most cliched twin plot line is that one of the twins dies. Obviously, the death is devastating for the other twin, but I just find books like this depressing, because to me, the pain of losing my sister would be unfathomable.

There’s a lot of focus on what’s ‘bad’ about being twins, and the side effects of having such a close relationship. This is why I think ‘Fangirl’ was so brilliant. Rainbow Rowell also focuses on the good, which is really important in order for people to truly understand twins.