Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
The premise of this book had so much potential, the storyline sounded like it captured the adventure and wonder of Japanese folklore and mythology but in my opinion it sadly missed the mark, resulting in a long and underwhelming read. I tried to remain hopeful but things became entirely predictable and cliche and I don’t it helped that I read ‘A Torch Against the Night’ before, as I kept comparing the two and wanting more from Kagawa. We the readers are left to explore the world with our naive protagonist Yumako, and I hoped to witness some great character development and maturity but again this wasn’t the case. And then there was the broody and mysterious Tatsumi who’s attitude didn’t nothing but annoy me with his typical and unoriginal YA characteristics. Nevertheless, this book kept me somewhat entertained on a long journey home and for that I am thankful.
Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott
A heartwarming yet heartbreaking story that opened my eyes to the world of cystic fibrosis and the struggles that face the brave individuals that carry this disorder. The story is handled with care and is delicately crafted to take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. The characters are mature, making their narratives honest and heartbreaking. Make sure you have your tissues at the ready, as you’re definitely going to need them!
If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon
I’ve never read anything by Paige Toon but I do know that she’s a master at creating heartwarming and fluffy contemporary storylines that are the perfect read. Having just got back from a trip to Rome, it was unexpectedly wonderful to revisit all of the touristy destinations and to be transported back to one of my favourite places in the world through Toon’s intricate and detailed descriptions all of which helped me feel like I was truly apart of the story. I instantly fell in love with Angie, she was vulnerable, inspiring, and loveable character who I enjoyed following on her journey of self discovery, love and meaning. Toon successfully displays and focuses on different types of relationships whether it be between lovers, family and friends, all of which display warm and tender moments that pull at our heartstrings. If You Could Go Anywhere is the perfect laid-back and inspirational read that will encourages it’s readers to step outside their comfort zones and to follow their dreams.