The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius | A Review

A charming book, I knew ‘The Murderer’s Ape’ was going to be a thrilling read as soon as I turned the cover and saw the beautiful map outlining the journey the reader will follow. From the beginning, it was certain that Sally Jones was not a usual narrator – the fact that the gorilla lives among humans, completely understanding but does not speak any of their language makes for an interesting perspective on the story line. Her human qualities, like being able to help sail the ship and use a typewriter, is intriguing, and as soon as I read the first chapter I wanted to know more about how the Chief and Jones ended up unemployed and looking for day-to-day work. I love when books begin in the future because it leaves a framework for the story to follow, and it means that I am able to restrain myself to not flick to the last page straight away! It’s not often that I read adventure books because sometimes they tend to become quite hard to follow, but this novel seemed to flow with ease and I found myself turning the pages, eager to find out the next piece in the puzzle. A joy for anyone who loves Philip Pullman, I’m sure.

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The Dollmaker of Krakow by R. M. Romero – A Review

Krakow, Poland, 1939. A small doll named Karolina is brought to life at the will of a doll maker’s fingertips. War is approaching Poland, and Karolina must choose whether to help her kind friend or to return to The Land of The Dolls. Neither choice is easy, but she must make a decision soon before her little heart flutters to a stop.

Written seamlessly, The Dollmaker of Krakow is a truly magical book, one that will leave you breathless every time you fold the page. I found myself devouring the chapters, admiring the beautiful designs on each page which just add to the intricacy of Romero’s storytelling. A truly unique idea that effectively stops time for the reader, and welcomes the belief that dolls are real, and have the potential o be real. I can only imagine what little girls and boys must feel like when reading this, big smiles touching their ears when their parents finish the chapter. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Rena and the Dollmaker, and especially Karolina, so I do think young adults will love this too.

It puts across such an important message that is still relevant to our society despite being set over 50 years ago; that everyone is equal, and no one has the right invade someone else’s privacy. However, through the Dollmaker’s magic and Karolina’s continuous positivity, Romero implies that hope can always be found even in the darkest of times. A fairy tale for men and women, girls and boys alike, this stunning novel is the perfect autumn read at home. I would recommend this novel to all who believe magic exists in the world (in other words, 10+) and who enjoyed The Boy in Striped Pyjamas.

Thank you to Walker Books for allowing me to review this gorgeous book! It will be published on October 5 2017.

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith

A simple concept that not many people take the time to think about: what would you do if you won the lottery? And I’m not talking about the standard lottery winnings- I’m thinking of the jackpot. Millions upon millions of pounds are won across the world by few lucky individuals. But what many don’t consider is if it is luck or if it’s something else entirely? Smith explores this in her new book, Windfall, when Alice buys a lottery ticket as a one-off for her best friend’s birthday. The events that unravel are so spectacular that I found myself thinking that fate isn’t such a weird idea any more. I read this book (bearing in mind it was over 400 pages) in less than a day- it was so easy to read but funny and engaging at the same time. I recommend any young adult to pick it up as it’s the type of book you could leave on the side and would still be loved months later.Β I found myself laughing out loud and pining for the characters as if they were my friends. Loved it!

*this review was for lovereading (link on the side)*

We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

I received We Come Apart, a novel narrated in poetry from LoveReading (their link is on the side) that I have been excited to read for a while now. The cover is effective and stylish, but as I’m sure you’re all aware it’s what inside that counts! Fortunately the content matches the cover and exceeds all my expectations of Crossan and her amazing writing. The introduction of Conaghan and a very different writing style brings the two characters to life on the page. With Sarah’s being quite brutal and honest, Conaghan depicts Nicu as sweet and loved-up. Two very different personalities ending up in quite similar circumstances proves that we can all do wrong, but can also find love within ourselves. We are all capable of loving, and being loved, however hard it may be. I loved Jess’ and Nicu’s relationship; young love is displayed here as raw as it can get and I love that. I love reading about things that can relate to me and I think this book can relate to all of us- whether that be children or adults trapped in our society where there is nowhere to run when it’s all too much. We Come Apart is a refreshing read that brings to mind the hardships people face everyday and the fact that we do NOT have to face them alone. Brilliant.

I’ve returned from under my rock…

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Hello all!

It has been a while since I last uploaded – I am now well underway with revision for some important exams. My first ones start tomorrow, which is slightly terrifying, but hey ho! I’ve been working hard and that’s all you can do for exams, as well as not get stressed. And surprisingly I’m not that nervous; which is unusual, but I think its because I’ve prepared for these exams quite well.

Another reason for being quite inactive, is because I’ve been planning a lot. Brainstorming ideas, getting inspiration, all for the summer holidays.

Let’s just say big things are coming for thesweetreview.

And I think its time to tell you what I’ve been planning for.

I have decided to make a YouTube channel for The Sweet Review! How exciting is that! The idea of YouTube has been in my mind for a little while now, and I’ve come to the conclusion that – along with a bad quality camera and absolutely no experience in editing videos – it could, possibly happen!

I will be creating my channel in the summer holidays, but because I know how long good videos take to make, the videos will be uploaded once a week (starting in September onwards). The videos will obviously be based on books, and I will try to vary the content between the channel and my blog.

My reasons for doing this and turning the ideas into reality, is firstly and mainly, for fun. It will be a bore sometimes to edit videos, but I feel like I really could get into it. It would give me another platform to connect with other bookworms, and I’m hoping it will mean more people can check out my blog!

I think I’ve said all that needs to be said for now, but other updates will be given nearer the time.

Ahhh I’m so excited!!

I hope you’ve all had a great day so far,

~ The Sweet Review
PS. If you have any questions that I haven’t covered, please comment below!

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