Friday, 28 August 2015

Mini Reviews: Thirteen Days of Night by Leo Hunt & The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

Thirteen Days of Midnight (Thirteen Days #1)
Behind 384 Pages
Released: 30 June 2015
Genre: Paranormal, Horror
Publisher: Hachette Australia
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At the Other End:
Luke's just inherited 6 million... And eight ghosts who want him dead.

When Luke Manchett's estranged father dies suddenly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance. Luke has been left in charge of his father's ghost collection: eight restless spirits. They want revenge for their long enslavement, and in the absence of the father, they're more than happy to take his son. It isn't fair, but you try and reason with the vengeful dead.

Halloween, the night when the ghosts reach the height of their power, is fast approaching. With the help of school witchlet Elza Moss, and his cowardly dog Ham, Luke has just thirteen days to uncover the closely guarded secrets of black magic, and send the unquiet spirits to their eternal rest. The alternative doesn't bear thinking about.

I was surprised with this book. I didn't know what to expect exactly, but I did like it more than I expected. I really enjoyed reading about Luke's newfound troubles and the style of writing really suited his character and made the book a lot more enjoyable. It was surprisingly unexpected and I'm really happy that I read this book. To be honest, I don't know why I didn't like some parts of this book to give it a 4. It just felt 'meh' at times and I could easily put it down. I don't know, to me it felt like there is more to it than that but I just can't put my finger on what exactly it is. It might just be me (here's hoping).

A great book that is witty throughout as well as shocking and isn't as predictable as what you may think. In fact, it wasn't predictable at all. It was funny and an intriguing ghostly tale that is suitable for anyone wanting a dark yet hilarious paranormal book.

Leo Hunt is 22 years old and has just graduated from the University of East Anglia, having received a 1st in Creative Writing with American Literature. He has always loved children's books, having been brought up around the best in children's literature by his mother who works at Seven Stories. He lives in Northumberland with his family.

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The Last Time We Say Goodbye
Behind 400 Pages
Released: 27 January 2015
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
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At the Other End:
The last time Lex was happy was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn't look at her like she might break down at any moment. 

Now she's the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that's all she'll ever be. As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. 

But there's a secret she hasn't told anyone - a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything. Lex's brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that the past doesn't have to define the present.

I don't know what to write for this review. I'm still crying here. Yes, sitting in bed staring blankly at my screen typing up absolutely nothing. 

*hours later*

Ok, I'm going to say a few things. I loved this entire book. The characters, the mystery behind Ty's death, and the background story. I wasn't expecting to love this book, I was actually really hesitant to read it. This is only because of the fact that all my TBR books that I've been reading have been Fantasy or Paranormal, which is a gigantic step from this Contemporary "cry-fest-that-i-cant-get-over". 

Lex was a great main character and I really liked her voice and I really connected with her. Ty's death hit hard even more after getting to know him in her chapters when she is journaling her memories with Ty. I still can't believe how much I cried from those last few chapters alone, it was heartbreaking, but you know that things are going to get better from here. I liked how throughout the book, her normal life carried on and there were lots of complications that did make everything seem to be worse. Then seeing how she grew from everything, the past and the present to really shape her future was great to see happening.

Even though it started out a bit slow, it definitely picks up and I couldn't seem to out it down. 
This is a amazing book and even for people like me who aren't very big into Contemporaries will really love this one and be moved by the story that is being told. A definite recommend.

Cynthia Hand divides her time between Southern California, where she lives with her husband and two children, and southeast Idaho near the Teton Mountains. She teaches writing at Pepperdine University.

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These novels were received for review via HarperCollins Australia and Hachette Australia. These reviews are entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway these reviews or change my personal opinion of the novels.

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