I've decided to do a short series of "mini reviews" to round them up. If anyone want's to see my thoughts of any of them in the usual format leave a comment and I'll see if there's any popular ones!
My first mini-review post featured If I Stay, The Rosie Project and The List.
This time round; All The Truth That's In Me, The Queen's Fool and The Cure For Dreaming.
In a nutshell: Girl with no tongue struggles with love, trauma and secrets.
Condensed thoughts: This was a really surprising book. I didn't know it was set in an historic time period, and the short chapters and sharp scene shifts were new and interesting. It was also written in the second person which I had never read before. All in all ATTTIM was very intriguing, exciting and very different to your usual YA mystery - definitely recommended!
In a nutshell: Girl who sees angels and predicts the future pretends to be a boy in the queen's court.
Condensed thoughts: I felt that The Queen's Fool was very different to previous books I have read by Philippa Gregory. The melodrama lacked in place of superstitious paranormal... It was a bit weird. Once I had surrendered to it, though, I liked the story, and Hannah's character was really likeable.
In a nutshell: Olivia is hypnotized to see where evil lies, and fights for women's rights.
Condensed thoughts: I really enjoyed The Cure For Dreaming for it's hypnotic themes and quirky characters. The descriptions of Olivia's "true sight" were brilliant and the whole book felt really well placed in it's time frame. I loved the not-so-subtext was of women's rights - and Olivia was the perfect character to play with these ideas and situations; strong willed and determined, but also young and quite innocent. This book has so many things going on, delivered in a fun and entertaining package!