Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Salt House: By Lisa Duffy

Hey readers! I hope your new year is off to a good start!

After the death of their young baby, the Kelly family are stricken with grief and have had a hell of a year. This heartbreaking novel depicts how, a year later, each of the members of the family are coping. In the aftermath of such a heart wrenching tragedy Hope and Jack, the parents of the young baby, are having trouble with their once blissful marriage. Jess, the eldest daughter, experiencing a teen romance and Kat, the 8 year old lives in an ignorantly blissful state because she doesn't know what really happened to her sister.

After a full range of emotions, grief, guilt, love, anger and despair, I would say that this novel was captivating and painful to imagine.The novel did a great job of switching perspectives in order to get a full picture of each character's emotions.

I would say it is a good book to read when you are in between books. Not a page turner but wouldn't turn it away completely.

Your Friend,
Rae Sparks

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Where Rainbows End: By Cecelia Ahern

Hey readers! Just read an amazing book-Where Rainbows End  by Cecelia Ahern. Wow. Super sweet and definitely had me smiling while also banging my head against the wall. This novel is for my older tweens, teens and even adults!

Set in Ireland this book is filled with European humor which remind me of Me Before You.

The friendship between Rosie and Alex-a complete rollercoaster ride of emotions.

The two have been friends since kindergarten and they have stuck together through everything. They are used to sharing everything about everything with each other and have their own dreams of the future-Rosie wants to manage her own hotel and Alex longs to be a doctor.

They dream of a future together, however,-as friends (urggg). But their desires are constantly interrupted. Their lives together are right in front of them just waiting for the opportunity to be grabbed. "Like two ships passing in the night".

I do not want to give away too much so all I can say is that this friendship is anything but platonic-or at least shouldn't be.

Told through only letters, emails and texts this novel does a fantastic job of still setting the scene and truly evoking a sense of place in the reader. I was pleasantly surprised at Ahern's ability to keep the flow of the storyline.

I felt as though I was Rosie and even got a little teary eyed towards the end and I also felt frustrated at parts to the extent of wanting to break the book. So yes, I would say despite the style of writing there is still a ton of emotional and relatable content. The style of writing also enables the reader to follow a few characters storylines while still keeping it mainly from the perspective of Rosie.

I loved loved loved this book and I really hope you guys give it a try! Amazing book to take on vacation, or even just keep at the bedside. I may even give this book another go because it was just too cute/sweet/heart-wrenching.

Enjoy and happy New Year!

Your Friend,
Rae Sparks

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Fahrenheit 451: By Ray Bradbury

Hey readers, happy thanksgiving! I can't wait to share with you the latest book I have read. I started and finished this one in one night, so I suggest you see what it is about and pick it up yourself!

This dystopian novel is appropriate and should be read by those of all ages. I do not want to give too much away, so I will make this short and sweet.

The protagonist: a firefighter.

Now I know what you are thinking, firefighters put out fires and save lives. However, in this backwards world set in the distant future they instigate fires in order to burn books, and even end up killing people occasionally along the way. Montag, the firefighter, has little concept of the wrongs he is committing, and has little to no knowledge of what a book even is.  All he knows is that books are illegal in this dystopian society.

Montag lives in a society where thinking is something no one does and people walk around like zombies without feeling. They watch TV and go on "joy rides" in their cars in order to feel anything at all. When Montag meets a 17 year old girl names Clarisse, his eyes are opened to the world around him and the events to follow are that of a thriller (to me at least).

In today's society where people are constantly absorbed in their screens, this book is more than applicable. We go about our lives in our screens with little thought to the world around us, turning into zombies without emotions or original thought, just like in the novel. This cautionary tale about the loss of knowledge and human curiosity is one that is just as applicable as it was when Bradbury wrote it.

I suggest this quick read to those of all ages. Even if someone young does not have the deeper understanding of the book yet, I think that it is a book one can reread (I know I will).

Enjoy and happy holidays :)

Your Friend,
Rae Sparks