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Review: 12

This book, I had wanted since I had heard it came out, but couldn’t find it in any bookstores.
It’s written by the author of Before I Die, which is a beautiful book, had tears streaming down my face at several points, but I digress.
Book 12 is You Against Me, by Jenny Downham.

The Good: Excellent storyline. Hard-hitting issue, the rape of a young girl, but approached from a different angle, that it’s the brother and sister of the two parties involved who tell the story. They can’t help being drawn to one another even though both feels compelled to support their sibling and therefore they should be mortal enemies or whatever.
Obviously over the course of the book it becomes apparent that one of the two parties in the rape case is lying, and the reveal is dealt with using sensitivity but not shying away from the issue at hand.
A touching, thought-provoking novel with an unusual approach, an effective split narrative and a bittersweet ending which lingers after the last page has been turned

The bad: It was easy to tell, within a few pages, which party was lying. Sometimes the actions of the two main characters, Micky and Ellie, seemed a little unbelievable. But they’re two minor quibbles, especially as the veracity of the rape claims was of secondary importance – you always knew that one of them had to be lying

The ugly: 9 out of 10. Definitely worth reading, a beautiful, lyrical book and every bit as strong as Before I Die.

Similar: Before I Die by Jenny Downham, If I Stay by Gayle Foreman, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Review: 11

This time we’re reviewing… Um, have I reviewed Torment already? Well the third in the quadrilogy came out, and it’s called PASSION.

The Good: It’s easy to read and engrossing. It’s a good, solid book, and provides a few hours of entertainment, the characters are simple and easy to understand and there’s a good splash of historical settings throughout the book

The Bad: It reads very disjointedly. Our heroine, Lucinda, is hopping around her past lives like a mad yolk, trying to figure out whether she really loves Daniel or if she’s being forced into it by his overwhelming obsession, so she hops around a few different lives trying to figure out herself. So this means that there are several Lucindas running around the same time period. At the same time, Daniel is trying to save present-day Lucinda from, well, we’re not entirely sure what, so he’s also hopping through her past lives, and confusing everybody.
So the book is disjointed and a little confusing at times. It’s also, well, dull. I never had any sympathy for the main couples, any of them, which makes it hard to really feel anything for the drama of the starcrossed lovers hopping through time and space.
If you enjoyed Fallen and Torment, you’ll probably enjoy Passion – it continues in much the same vein.

The Ugly: Five out of Ten. Not a terrible book, and probably one of the better examples of the teen supernatural fiction genre
Similar: My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

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