"...Rowell writes the enemies to lovers trope as if she isn't striving for perfection but authenticity. It's tastefully done with the romance far outweighing the indifference in emotional intensity as though the romance was hanging by an anvil. I also love how Baz doesn't necessarily stop being such a tool to Simon after their love is realised and they're attempting their happily ever after."
"...I was so emotionally invested in each character, they really came alive for me. Cather's character development is so relatable, all her teen angst and agonising introspection was the perfect reflection of many teenage girls and provoked feelings of intoxicating nostalgia for myself. I've never read a work of fiction where I relate to the main character so immensely. She is painfully socially inept, insightful, and would rather live in the fictional worlds in her head than participate in real life."
"...This novel is a dark fairy tale, a retelling of Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti. It contains immense elements of fantasy versus the appalling truth of our world's history and antisemitism. I have never read anything quite like it before. The entertainment and appeal was there wholly; yet the nasty, honest undertone of anti-semites that was ripe in the 1900s was there in its raw, uncovered discriminatory form. Rena Rossner was knowledgable, picking upon true events to give the story an extra edge; a texture that proved necessary. When I read the Author's Note, I genuinely cried."
"...My main fault with this book is the main character. Each component of this book reflects her flat personality; the prose, the dialogue, the introspection. Although the situations she found herself in were shocking, I kept waiting for her to kick it up a notch rather than constantly reverting into the submissive vessel that the author uses to showcase naivety against foreign politics."
"...I read the synopsis of this book and thought, 'hey, this sounds right up my street' and I had a little flutter in my stomach that happens whenever I see a book I will probably love - sometimes the fluttering doesn't pan out and the butterflies die a gruesome death of disappointment, thankfully this wasn't one of those times - and then I found out The Enchanted Sonata was actually written by a Disney story artist... Well, there was no need to tell me twice! I began reading the book with my hopes and expectations high, and finished the book with my hopes and expectations well fed."
"...This is one of those books that sounds better than it ends up being. I'm not saying nobody will enjoy it, obviously, but it was underwhelming for me. Maybe if the characters were nicer and worth saving I would have rooted for them a bit more, but as it was I wasn't particularly fussed whether any of them lived, died, or turned out to be the murderer."
"...Everything in this book was described with this dark beauty that enthralled me, I found that the narrative flirts with the real thread of the plot, making it hard for me to figure out who killed Summer. The story is so substantial, with heaps of depth, it was so well done I actually thought The Way Into Lovelorne was a real book. These kinds of stories make the best books, I bought what Lauren Oliver was selling wholeheartedly."
"...So, in the interest of full disclosure, I saw the film - twice - before I read the book. I loved both, each of them for different reasons. But the wholesome, nerdy tone was alive in both mediums and it bought me smiles and energy and the power to fall into this novel with no reserve."
"...Sophie Kinsella moves away from romcom and tries her hand at contemporary young adult. In this book, we are introduced to Audrey, who is suffering from extreme anxiety and is finding it difficult to navigate the everyday things in life like eye contact or leaving the house. I thought that It started off really well and I found my hopes lifting really high, but what should have been an immensely relatable piece, slumped into an average piece that dismisses anxiety as something that can be found entertaining and 'fixed by love'."
"...The best way I can think of to describe this book is that it's a little The Fault In Our Stars meets Me Before You. Although; the narrative is more contemporary than romance compared to these two books. Not a bad thing. I repeat; not. a. bad. thing. The star-crossed lovers theme is a little tired at the moment with so many great releases dedicated to it over the years."