Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid

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                                                                                   Pages: 266 pages
                                                               Genre: Young Adult, General Fiction
                                                                           Goodreads Rating: 3.98
                                                                                   My Rating: 4.2

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Hephzibah and Rebecca are twins. One beautiful, one disfigured. Trapped with their loveless parents, they dream of a normal life. But when one twin tragically dies, the other must find a way to escape. Because if she doesn’t, she’ll end up like her sister (Source: Goodreads)

Black Heart Blue is a gripping tale of twin sisters, Hephzi and Rebecca, who have been subjected to abuse and religious extremism in their own family. I like how distinctive the main characters are: Hephzi, the extroverted one, bold at the outside but most fragile at heart and then Rebecca, her twin sister, who suffered Treacher Collins Syndrome, who seemed fragile but actually was a strong-willed child in protecting her sister. They are glaringly different but they complemented each other well.

I loved how the chapters perfectly interlaced between the ‘before’ which was told from Hephzi’s perspective and the ‘after’, which was told from Rebecca’s. I loved how every chapter of this book explores every range of emotions suffered by the twin sisters. I didnt weep as I read this but I did feel suffocated at times – the cruelty and the sufferings are just too much. The author’s style of writing is SO simple, it doesn’t beautify the story but it certainly matched the atmosphere of the book which was real and horrifying.

The story is medium-paced, it sometimes got too fast but thank God the author didnt jumble up things, unrealistically. The only issue I have with this book is the lack in depth but the shifting of the plot swifted so seamlessly, it managed to conceal the flaw. Last but not least, I loved this book and I’m certain, this is the kind of book that will stay with me for a long time. Highly recommended!

Out of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys

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Pages: 346 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Goodreads Rating: 4.06
My Rating: 4.3

screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-11-09-45-pmOut of The Easy tells us the story of Josie Moraine, the daughter of a prostitute in New Orleans in the 1950s. Josie felt that everything is going against her – ultimately, her mother who never gave a damn about her. However, Jo is blessed by having Willie, the bad ass yet the loving madame of the brothel and her great and wonderful friends. Each of the characters was vibrantly unique and it felt so alive – My favourite character is, of course Josie and the uh, ice queen, Willie.

Josie is a great character, and we can learn a lot from her – she is bold, strong and very loyal. Even when she was being tormented by her fate, she is always trying to do the right thing. Josie is by far one of the strongest female characters I have read. In this book, in order to support herself, Josie worked at a book store owned by Charlie and became acquainted with Patrick. The first quarter of the book kept on making literary references and it made me REALLY REALLY REALLY excited!!! Among the literary references were Keats’ poems, Little Women, Pride & Prejudice, Whats Eating Gilbert Grape and so many more! They even made bookish guesses and oh my, they were so relatable! 

The pacing is perfect and all the events come together so seamlessly but I didnt really like the ending, the beginning of the book was fun and intriguing but at the end, it kind of spluttered out and the flames died – I mean it ended *poof* just like that, it felt like there were too many things unresolved. Plus, I felt like the closure of the big “mystery” was a bit disappointing. But nah, despite the oh-kay-ending, I absolutely LOVED this book. Wont be my last of Sepetys. Highly recommended!