– Matched – Allie Condie – Book Review

I am a huge fan of YA Dystopian Book Series’ such as Divergent, and Hunger Games (Just to name a few) When I discovered there was yet another book series I got very excited!

Matched is the first book in a three book series. I am here to give you my honest opinion of the book.

 

In the Society, officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s hardly any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one…until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

 

I quite enjoyed Matched, it isn’t my favourite book of all time nonetheless it is quite high on the list. The plot itself I found interesting and clever, the very beginning of the story was confusing and the Author seemed to be putting to much in short amount of time.

The main thing I didn’t like about the book was the constant back and forth of ‘I love this guy but really I love this guy’ It dives into the two guys and one girl scenario which I just find plain stressful.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Age Recommendation: 14+

– H. G. Reilly

 

Being Jazmine by Cecily Paterson – Book Review!

Cecily Paterson’s new book ‘Being Jazmine’ is released today! ‘Being Jazmine’ is #3 in the Invisible novels after ‘Invisible’ and ‘Invincible’.

I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review, so I am going to do just that.

To be completely truthful I didn’t like ‘Invincible’ (#2). I found It a bit boring and cliche, so originally I had decided that ‘Invisible’ (#1) was better as a stand alone novel. Then I received ‘Being Jazmine’ as an ARC and I got excited when I read the blurb. I will give you guys a little synopsis now;

Jazmine has never been ‘normal’, and now her life is changing too, it’s becoming anything but normal. Her mum is getting married and they are moving to a bigger, suburban house. But then while her mum is on her honeymoon, Jazmine sees a group of teenagers on a beach, not being ‘normal’ but being themselves and comfortable, speaking Auslan. She decides she needs to go on a camp, an Auslan speaking camp, to see if she can fit into a different kind of ‘normal’. Yet how will she keep balance in her life, between her new friends, old friends and her family?

I loved this book, It was interesting in the way it explored the Auslan speaking community. In some ways, I didn’t expect the perspectives some of the Auslan speaking characters held although I did understand the more I read. ‘Being Jazmine’ delve into common teenage issues like friendships and family relationships, except it was unique in the way that Jazmine’s ‘problem’, her hard of hearing, influenced these relationships.

This book was very clean and it didn’t really have as much a romantic aspect as the other two books, which I thought was refreshing because it allowed the reader to reflect on the bigger themes, which I talked about above.

I would seriously recommend this book to anyone, it was a gorgeous story.

rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Age recommendation: 12+

I did another book review on one of Cecily’s Books read it here.

Visit Cecily’s website here.

Happy Reading,

– Tamsyn

“Commit your way to the lord, trust in him and he will do this, he will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.

Psalm 37:5-6

‘Smart Girls Don’t Wear Mascara’ : A Book Review (Spoiler Free)

“Smart Girls Don’t Wear Mascara” is a book written by an author in my local area, Cecily Paterson. It is aimed at younger girls 12-14 in age.

‘SMDWM’ is about a girl called Abby Smart who is just starting yr 6 at her local school. With her best friends and their Smart Girls Club, Abby knows that it will be the best year ever. That is until the new girl arrives…

Cecily was so kind and gave me her book after I finished doing work experience with her last year. I read ‘Smart Girls Don’t Wear Mascara’ in my summer break.

I thought ‘SGDWM’ good, but I found the main character quite naive. I think this is because this book aimed at younger people and the fact that the main character Abby is a 12 yr old girl.

So besides that, I didn’t have any other problems with the book and thought that it is well written.

I think if I was younger I would’ve appreciated ‘SGDWM’ a lot more so I do recommend it to younger girls, tweens and young teens.

Cecily’s Website

Happy reading!

– Tamsyn