The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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*THIS WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS BECAUSE THERE IS A PART THAT I ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THAT WILL RUIN PART OF THE BOOK! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED*

I bought this book because I was involved in a book club on goodreads and they did a villain contest. The villain in this book won and I was so intrigued I had to read it. I was not disappointed. I actually read it in less than 24 hours. When I was halfway done I jumped on my amazon mobile app and ordered the next two and have spent the last day and a half compulsively tracking my shipment because I cannot wait to get them.

What is so intriguing about these books for me, is the idea of mind reading. Ness did such an amazing job painting a picture of a society in which people can hear each others thoughts. They can even hear the thoughts of animals, which brings me to my favorite character in this whole book.

*SPOILER BELOW*

Manchee. I love dogs. Manchee is the main character’s dog and best friend. The things that Todd (main character) hears in Manchee’s head are exactly what I would expect to hear from a dog. If my dogs could talk, they would sound just like Manchee. My heart literally broke when Todd had to leave Manchee to die. I had to put the book down, hug and kiss my dogs and take a moment before I could continue.

This book made me laugh and cry and I really loved the interesting way it was written. Definitely recommend it and am anxiously waiting for the next two installments to arrive in my mailbox!

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The book Thief by Markus Zusak

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Wow. Words I would use to describe this book: Clever, funny, intriguing, heartbreaking, emotionally charged, interesting, inspiring.

This book made me want to eliminate all bad things from my life. It made me want to appreciate what I have. It gave me the realest insight I have ever had into what it would have been like to be a German child during World War Two. It made me remember what it felt like the first time I ever learned about the mass genocide of the Jewish people. It made me feel ill during some parts. But it wasn’t a bad experience, because meeting Liesel was a wonderful experience. Her love for books made me incredibly happy. Her relationship with the mayors wife was brilliant. Her love/disdain for Rudy made me remember some of my childhood friends that were boys. She made the book have a shred of happiness in an otherwise dismal subject matter.

Death being the narrator was absolutely brilliant. I hope that if there really is a “grim reaper”, he has the attitude and characteristics that Zusak gave his version of death.

I loved this book. Read this book.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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I finally got my hands on “The Night Circus” after hearing about it for a long time. It took me longer to read than most books usually do. (This could have something to do with the fact that I also got a new iPad game the same day I started the book). As I started reading, I was intrigued. It was a very interesting concept and I was sucked in. After a few chapters, I found myself enjoying the book, but not the way I usually do. Usually when I read, I am addicted. I can’t put the book down. This was not the case. I liked this book, I just wasn’t captivated by it. I read some other reviews and people complained that the time changes were confusing and they didn’t like that about it. That was actually one of the things I liked most about this book. It made it feel like a countdown to one pivotal moment and I liked that. I think everyone should read this book because it is worth reading. Just don’t be surprised if you find yourself less eager than usual to pick it up off the night table.