Sunday, October 15, 2017

Review: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Hello readers,

I am back. And this time I mean really back. Back at reading. Back at regular blogging. It is fall which is my favorite season of the year and it calls for creepy reads. Which makes today's review your perfect read for fall, especially for October.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman is a highly disturbing dystopian novel.
In this dystopian setting abortion is forbidden. Instead parents have the option to Unwind their children between the age of 13 and 18 which means they are free to give their children away as organ donors. They are transplanted into different donors and by that they theoretically do not die but continue to live in them.
Now children can get unwound for different reasons. We meet Connor, Risa and Lev. All three running from being unwound but all three have different stories. Whereas Connor was simply too difficult for his parents to be controlled, Risa is a ward of the state, not worth enough to be kept alive. Lev is a tithe, a child who was simply conceived to be unwound.
Will they make it?

Now just the synopsis of this book sounded incredible dark, but it only gave me half of the chills the actual book gave me. This is really highly disturbing, but also incredible philosophical and as I find something that should really be discussed and taken into consideration. Reflecting on how our own societies deal with the topic of organ donation.
Besides that I must honestly say that I struggled a bit with the books pacing. The end was fine but the rest of it was for me a bit weird. It didn't make it less enjoyable to read I just felt that it slowed me down.
Otherwise I can just say that I loved this and highly recommend it.
I rated it 5 out of 5 stars. And I hope to pick up the second book next year (as this years TBR is full).

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

See you again soon for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Review: The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

Hello readers,

If you have read my recent post (I will link to it here) you know I have gotten myself into reading more books out of my usual comfort zone. One genre that belongs to those group is historical fiction.
So to not being pushed into a too big reading slump by picking the wrong book I decided to go with a story I have already seen on TV to bring more life to it. Which is why I chose The White Queen by Philippa Gregory.

It is a historical fiction told from the perspective of a woman, Elizabeth Woodville, who later becomes The White Queen after marrying King Edward of the House of York secretly. Elizabeth is ambitious and makes early on enemies at court. Rumors of her being a witch are there from the start. But that is not the only problem. It is a time where cousin fights cousin, where brothers turn against each other, while everything Elizabeth tries is keeping the throne to Edward and her sons.
During all this her two boys become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing Princes in the Tower of London, who's fate is still unknown.

Now this is really as intriguing as it sounded. You could really see the historian background of Philippa Gregory in the writing which made it move a bit slow, but it didn't made me want to put the book away. At times I felt I hated the ambitious main character which made it a bit less enjoyable, but  overall this book was really a great historical read for me. And with the added mystery and witchcraft it really had more elements than just political strategies to it.
I rated it 4 out of 5 stars and hope to pick up another book by Philippa Gregory sometime soon.

If you have any historical fiction that you enjoyed and would recommend please let me know and I will check them out.

I see you again soon for another bookish post.

Take care,
📚 Nadja