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By Jessica Collins
“There sat his beauty, trying not to cry as tears pooled in her lower lids, still looking radiant.”
Jessica Collins recreates Beauty and the Beast in this thrilling and sensual twisted tale, ‘Stealing Beauty.’
‘Stealing Beauty’ centres around ANABELLE LEHALA, a beautiful law student who wants to spend time with her best friend, and provide a good life for her and her father. ANABELLE is constantly sought after by GABRIEL AVENANT, a man who believes she is his and his alone. That is until ANABELLE finds that her life has been turned upside down.
THE NAME OF THE WIND
By Patrick Rothfuss
“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
Patrick Rothfuss’s words most certainly light a fire in the hearts of his readers in this incredible Fantasy novel.
‘The Name of the Wind’ is the first book in the fantasy series ‘The Kingkiller Chronicles.’ Rothfuss’s protagonist centres around a lonely innkeeper named Kote, but when dark forces begin to arise around his town, and folk stories about the Chandrian come true, a Chronicler tracks him down and suspects he is the legendary hero, Kvothe, and demands to know his history.
ME BEFORE YOU
By Jojo Moyes
“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”
Jojo Moyes novel ‘Me Before You’ left me weeping on the edge of my bed with a box of tissues in hand.
The novel centres on 26-year-old Louisa (Lou) Clarke in the year 2009. She lands a position as a ‘care-assistant’ for an intelligent, wealthy and very angry 35-year-old Will Traynor, who has spent the last two years as a quadriplegic after being hit by a motorbike.
By Laura Hillenbrand
‘Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man’s soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.’
Laura Hillenbrand’s novel ‘Unbroken’ is a powerful war story unlike any seen before.
In late May 1943, during World War ll, a bomber carrying 26-year-old Zamperini went down over the Pacific. Against all odds, he survived.For nearly seven weeks, Zamperini and his pilot managed to survive on a fragile raft. They travelled 2,000 miles, only to land in a series of Japanese prison camps, where, for the next two years, Zamperini underwent a whole new set of tortures.
HARRY POTTER & THE CURSED CHILD
By J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
‘Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.’
Though there is much debate whether or not J.K. Rowling’s latest novel in the Harry Potter world is canon, I am going to give it the benefit of the doubt and review it as though it is.
‘Cursed Child’ begins, most fittingly, at King’s Cross Station. Harry, now 37, and wife, Ginny Weasley, are waiting with their sons Albus Severus and James.
LORD OF SHADOWS
By Cassandra Clare
“There is truth in stories,” said Arthur. “There is truth in one of your paintings, boy or in a sunset or a couplet from Homer. Fiction is truth, even if it is not a fact. If you believe only in facts and forget stories, your brain will live, but your heart will die.”
Nothing could be truer than the words of Cassandra Clare above in her beautiful representation of stories and the truth they hold about our world and ourselves.
Cassandra Clare’s new novel, ‘Lord of Shadows’ the second book in the ‘The Dark Artifices’ series, centres on the Shadow hunting family, the Blackthorns, and their friends, Emma Carstairs, Christina Rosales, Kit Herondale, Kieran Hunter, and Diana Wrayburn.
THE BOOK THIEF
By Marcus Zusak
“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.”
Marcus Zusak is one of those rare writers that has a beautiful technique to telling his stories.
‘The Book Thief’ centres on the protagonist Liesel, set in 1939 Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath at war as the story begins with Liesel standing at the grave of her brother. Her life is changed when she picks up The Gravedigger’s Handbook, her first act as a book thief.