Monday 29 June 2015

My review of Because You'll Never Meet Me

Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Release Date:
July 2, 2015

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Because You'll Never Meet MeOllie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie is allergic to electricity. Contact with it causes debilitating seizures. Moritz’s weak heart is kept pumping by an electronic pacemaker. If they ever did meet, Ollie would seize. But Moritz would die without his pacemaker. Both hermits from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times—as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him.

Because You'll Never Meet Me is a touching story of two boys who bond over their exceptional conditions that mean they are unable to fit into society. The book is told from two points of view: Ollie and Moritz. Ollie lives deep in the woods, isolated from the modern world of technology because he is allergic to electricity. He can't live a normal life but he tries his best to remain upbeat and optimistic. I really enjoyed his voice in the story because despite having such a sad and life altering condition, he is able to see the bright side in any situation. As for Moritz, he is a little bit older than Ollie and lives in Germany. He was born without eyes and depends on his incredible sense of hearing to get by his daily life. Moritz is quite proper and refuses to try and confront his fears. Both of the boys learn to confide in each other and what it really means to have a friend. 

I was really touched by the letters sent between the boys all through out the book. Aside from the two telling each other their stories and day-to-day lives, we are also presented with the mystery of how on earth Ollie and Moritz ended up with their conditions. I felt that this spurred on the plot and added a interesting twist on the boys' relationship. You'll no doubt want to make it to the very end of the novel in one sitting to see how both Ollie and Mortiz turn out because throughout the book you are really left wondering what can be done to help these two poor souls?

Overall, I would definitely recommend this novel if you're looking for a contemporary that is a bit different and has unique characters that you will get to know better through the form of letters. Some people may not find the characters that gripping or exciting to start off with and occasionally their personal stories may not seem that captivating, but you the two boys really grow on you and before you know it, you're in love with both of them.


A review copy was provided by the publisher

Sunday 28 June 2015

Book Haul (#103)


I'm back! I hope you guys have all been enjoying the summer weather. I finished my exams and I've had a short holiday to relax so I'm really going to try and get some good posts up because I think I have missed doing this whole blogging business. ;)

This week I borrowed:
Echo BoyI Was Here
Echo Boy by Matt Haig - Borrowed -
This reminds me of that new TV show on Channel 4 called Humans, which is amazing if you haven't started watching it yet! I've heard only good things about the author's writing style so I wanted to give it a go.
I Was Here by Gayle Forman - Borrowed -
I do love Gayle Forman and the way she builds up a story. If I Stay and Where She Went were absolute amazing while Just One Day didn't fall too far behind, but I wasn't too big of a fan of Just One Year. I can't wait to read this purely because I know it's gonna be a good emotional story to pluck at my heart strings.

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Enjoy all your books,
Sam :)

Wednesday 10 June 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (159)


This week I'm waiting for...
Made for You
Release Date: March 25, 2015
Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital to discover an attempt has been made on her life. But who in her sleepy town could have hit her with their car? And why? Before she can consider the question, she finds that she's awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her.

While she is recovering from the hit-and-run, Nate, an old friend, reappears, and the two must traverse their rocky past as they figure out how to use Eva's power to keep her friends - and themselves – alive. But the killer is obsessed and will stop at nothing to get to Eva… 

I love a mystery! And I have to say I've missed Melissa Marr. It's been a long time since Wicked Lovely and I did adore those books.

Leave a link to your WoW post in the comments below so I can check it out!

Have a good week,
Sam :D

Wednesday 3 June 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (158)


This week I'm waiting for...
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject's body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.

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Have a good week,
Sam :D