Σάλεμς Λοτ – Stephen King

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Σάλεμς Λοτ – Stephen King
Eκδόσεις Κλειδάριθμος
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Ο Μπεν Μίαρς, επιτυχημένος συγγραφέας, επιστρέφει στο Σάλεμς Λοτ για να γράψει ένα μυθιστόρημα που θα βασίζεται στα χρόνια που έζησε εκεί ως παιδί, σε μια προσπάθεια να ξορκίσει τους φόβους που τον στοιχειώνουν απ’ την παιδική του ηλικία. Ήταν μάρτυρας ενός συμβάντος στο παλιό σπίτι στον λόφο, εκεί όπου τώρα μένει ένας άντρας που του προκαλεί μια ανεξήγητη ανησυχία. Την ίδια ώρα, περίεργα γεγονότα συμβαίνουν στην πόλη –ένα παιδί εξαφανίζεται, ένας σκύλος θανατώνεται με βάναυσο τρόπο– και η λίστα ολοένα και μεγαλώνει… Σύντομα, την ανησυχία θα διαδεχθεί ο τρόμος…

 

Ο Ben Mears είναι ένας συγγραφέας που γυρνάει στη πατρική του πόλη Jerusalem Lot για να γράψει ένα βιβλίο. Οι άνθρωποι στην πόλη αυτοί αποφεύγουν το «σπίτι του Μάρστεν», γιατί θεωρούν πως είναι στοιχειωμένο επειδή ένας άνθρωπος σκότωσε τη σύζυγό του εκεί και στη συνέχεια αυτοκτόνησε. Ως παιδί, ο Μπεν είχε μια τρομακτική εμπειρία όταν είχε πάει σε αυτό το σπίτι, γιατί είδε το φάντασμα αυτού του ανθρώπου. Ο Ben πηγαίνει τώρα στο σπίτι του Marsten, αλλά δεν μπαίνει μέσα. Όταν φτάσει εκεί, συναντά τη Σούζαν και αισθάνονται μια άμεση σύνδεση ή τουλάχιστον μια αίσθηση της τύχης. Ο Ben θα ήθελε να νοικιάσει το Marsten House, οπότε ρωτά αν μπορεί, αλλά έχει ήδη πωληθεί. Έτσι, μετακινείται στο οικοτροφείο του Eva Miller. Ο Ben και η Susan αρχίζουν να χρονολογούνται.

Με δυσκόλεψε τόσο πολύ αυτό το βιβλίο, όχι να το τελειώσω αλλά να γράψω την κριτική μου. Υπήρχαν πράγματα που μου άρεσαν τόσο πολύ αλλά ταυτόχρονα το πρώτο μέρος του βιβλίου μου το χάλασε, οπότε για να ήμουν δίκαιη δεν μπορούσα να το βαθμολογήσω όσο ψηλά θα ήθελα.

Αυτό είναι το δεύτερο έργο του Stephen King, που πρωτοδημοσιεύθηκε το 1975 (!) το οποίο είναι εξαιρετικά ενδιαφέρον όχι τόσο όσο για τη πλοκή του, γιατί έχουμε δει πολύ καλύτερα βιβλία απ’αυτόν όπως το Μίσερι -αγαπημένο μου- , όσο για το γεγονός ότι είναι ένα από τα πρώτα του βιβλία. Μέσα απ’αυτή την ιστορία και έχοντας διαβάσει και μεταγενέστερα έργα του, μπορεί κάποιος να παρατηρήσει την εξέλιξη του συγγραφέα και του συγγραφικού του στυλ.

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Ο King χρησιμοποιεί το τρίτο πρόσωπο για να περιγράψει την ιστορία -ή μάλλον τις ιστορίες γιατί υπάρχουν πολλές μέσα σε αυτή τη πλοκή-, αλλά ο τρόπος με τον οποίο διαχειρίζεται  τους χαρακτήρες του ήταν αρκετά περίπλοκος. Ουσιαστικά, πλαισιώνει τους πρωταγωνιστές του γύρω από άλλες προσωπικές ιστορίες με αρκετές λεπτομέρειες που κάποια στιγμή ένιωσα ότι κάποιες απ’ αυτές ήταν άσκοπες. Υπήρχαν αρκετές φορές που γύριζα σελίδες ξανά και ξανά για να καταλάβω για ποιον χαρακτήρα αναφερόταν, γιατί παρουσιάζονταν με τέτοιο φυσικό τρόπο που ένιωθα ότι δεν πρόσεχα αρκετά καθώς το διάβαζα. Στο πρώτο μισό της ιστορίας, δεν συμβαίνει απολύτως τίποτα στην πλοκή για να είμαι απολύτως ειλικρινής αλλά παρόλα αυτά, δεν σημαίνει ότι δεν μου κίνησε το ενδιαφέρον. Αυτό που ουσιαστικά προσπάθησε να επιτύχει είναι να μεταφέρει το κλίμα της πόλης, τους χαρακτήρες και τη μικρή κοινωνία του Lot, μεταφέροντας έτσι το υπόβαθρο της ιστορίας.

Μπορεί η αρχή να ήταν δύσκολη αλλά ο Stephen King δεν με απογοήτευσε στο τέλος. Είναι αρκετά σκοτεινό, με γρήγορες σκηνές δράσεις όπου το κακό προσπαθεί να επικρατήσει, τι άλλο μπορεί να ζητήσει κανείς από ένα μυθιστόρημα τρόμου με βρικόλακες; Αυτό που με συνεπήρε περισσότερο ήταν όλη η ατμόσφαιρα του βιβλίου και οι απότομες σκηνές που δεν μπορείς να τις προβλέψεις, προσπαθώντας αγωνιωδώς να καταλάβεις ποιος θα μείνει ζωντανός  και αν το κακό θα νικήσει.

Ευχαριστώ πολύ τις εκδόσεις Κλειδάριθμος, που μου έστειλαν το βιβλίο ώστε να μπορέσω να το διαβάσω και να μοιραστώ τη γνώμη μου.

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the winner’s curse review

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THE WINNER’S CURSE  BY MARIE RUTKOSKI
#1 THE WINNERS TRILOGY
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As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.
One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.
But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

 

So we have seventeen years old Kestrel, the general’s daughter, who’s pressured on enlisting in his father’s army. Before you think further, you need to know that that’s just the way it goes there. Enlisting or marring. Since she’s more a thinker than a fighter, she wants nothing to do with it. Except, she makes a bargain with his father which basically gives her six months before deciding either enlisting or marrying a Valorian. So the society is composed of the Valorians, and the Herrani which are principally slaves.
Kestrel impulsively buys a slave, a trained as a blacksmith one to be precise. After her purchase, Kestrel tries to forget about him, but she can’t.
Unbeknownst to Kestrel, Arin has his own secrets and plans, and which might cost Kestrel’s life.
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s a t u r d a y r e a d is here.

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If you’re new to this blog, let me welcome you first. I’m Ellie and this is my space, where I obsess over books, write about my life and anything aesthetically pleasing that catches my attention.

I used to have this blog under the name of ‘thebookishuniverse’ back in 2016. Unfortunately, my uni took most of my time and couldn’t write reviews or r e a l l y  read books and discuss them with you.

But, now I’m back and I’m S A T U R D A Y R E A D.  xx


Καλησπέρα.
Είμαι η Έλλη και αυτός είναι ο χώρος όπου γράφω για τα βιβλία, τη ζωή μου και οτιδήποτε άλλο βρίσκω αισθητικά ενδιαφέρον ώστε να μου τραβήξει τη προσοχή.
Πριν από δυο σχεδόν χρόνια είχα αυτό εδώ το blog, κάτω από το όνομα ‘thebookishuniverse’. Δυστυχώς, λόγω της σχολής, η οποία έπερνε το περισσότερο χρόνο μου δεν μπορούσα να γράφω κριτικές ή να ασχοληθώ πραγματικά με τα βιβλία.
Είμαι όμως πίσως και με άλλο όνομα. Είμαι η S A T U R D A Y R E A D τώρα!
Θα τα πούμε!

CHILDREN OF ICARUS: HAD THE POTENTIAL TO BE GREAT

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THIS IS A SPOILER FREE REVIEW!


CnLSg23VIAAwaU5.jpg largeIt is Clara who is desperate to enter the labyrinth and it is Clara who is bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge.
It is no surprise when she is chosen.
But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow.
Together they enter.
Within minutes, they are torn apart forever.
Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a living nightmare, where one false turn with who to trust means a certain dead end.

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I have mixed feelings about this book and still now I haven’t decided if I loved it or not.I’m basically like:

Me: The plot was amazing!
Brain: But the main character was boring. She didn’t even have a name.
Me: Yes, but the ending was against all expectations and assumptions.
Brain: …
Me: RIGHT?
Brain: Okay, this book totally redeemed itself.

So, let’s make a list.

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THE PREMISE

The story is set on a mythical town, where every year children are chosen to enter a maze that surrounds the city. They are promised to be protected by angels and those who survive will have the chance to ascend to paradise. But, what they’re promised are lies. You could say that it’s 85% The Maze Runner and 10% mythology and 5% The Hunger Games, but Children of Icarus is totally its own story . I loved the setting and survival stories are my favorites, not to mention that the maze was one of the things I really liked. It’s dark and mysterious and terrifying.

 THE TWISTS AND TURNS

I can’t say that the pace is consistent; in the beginning it was extremely fast and before I realized it, I was already in the middle of the book and then things went a little slow, but I never lost my interest. Maybe that explains the fact that this book was so damn unpredictable! When things went steady, BUMP something happened and changed everything, EVERY SINGLE TIME!

THE CHARACTERS

(Exception made of the main protagonist, I will explain later) They’re all totally nuts! Some of them tend to become psychopaths and to be honest I liked it (no, don’t get me wrong I’m not a psychopath). I don’t usually find so troubled characters in YA books and I was positively surprised here. Their life in the maze changed them in a bad way, which seemed realistic to me since most of them they were there more than two years.

the ending

aHHHHHHH OKAY. CLIFFHANGER GOT ME.

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THE MAIN CHARACTER

Most of the time she was mute and scared and she was absolutely useless to the team. She annoyed me most of the times and she has no personality. At first, I find it very realistic to be so intimidated and terrified as the maze was new to her, but later I felt like she didn’t do anything and the plot happened to her instead of the other way around. The only time we see her do anything is the last scenes, when she was practically forced to. She didn’t even have a name. No, literally. We don’t get to know her name, even though it’s told from first perspective!

NEEDED MORE

The world building lacked depth. The setting is incredible and the myth it’s based on is really good, but we never get to learn more about it. There are so many questions unanswered and for me this book should be the second of a series or at least longer. I needed to learn more of the laws, the people and the city and the protagonists ( her name of course), her relationship with Clara and most importantly how this city was build.

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OVERALL, I really liked this book,  I’d definitely read the next book and I want it NOW. I cannot overlook the fact that I hated the main character  but despite its flaws I enjoyed Children of Icarus so, so much.  Just because the mc is dull doesn’t mean that the book isn’t interesting.

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I was kindly provided with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to the publisher Curious Fox for allowing me this opportunity. These circumstances have, in no way, affected my review.

6 Reasons I’d be the worst ya heroine

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#1
If I got a superpower, most of the time I’d use it for my own selfish reasons. I’ll help the others and stuff, but I’m saying it’d be pretty awesome to fly and visit other countries.
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If I was a princess
, I’d spend most of the day changing pretty gowns and flirting like I wouldn’t care. Not to mention that I’d keep my hair extremely long so I could flip it, self-consciously
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If I had golden hair
, I’d want them to change into white blond or pastel blue whenever I’d use my power.
#4
If I was the chosen one,
I’d make sure everyone would know.
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If I had a weapon
, that would probably be the bow. Or Thor’s hummer.
#6
If I was in love
, I’d mostly think of him and not mission, which basically is the main reason why I’d suck as a heroine.

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If you were a YA heroine, how would you be?

the orphan queen review

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THE ORPHAN QUEEN BY JODI MEADOWS
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I was kindly provided with a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me this opportunity. These circumstances have, in no way, affected my review.


When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.
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I really had high hopes for this book, because I found the summary to be very interest with a complex magic system and the plot sounded like something I hadn’t read before. I was totally wrong. It was a complete disappointment from start to finish.
First of all, the book starts and we don’t get introduced to the main character -who also is the narrative of the story- until the end of the first chapter. It was so hard for me to get into it and I felt like there was a prequel that I should have read in order to understand what was happening. I had just started reading and it felt like I was already in the middle.
The most exciting and interesting thing in the plot line are the least explored and that is the world building and the magic system. There’s zero world building and the only thing we can get close to that is half a page of Wil teaching to Ospreys what wraith is. I was so annoyed that I wanted to stop reading it, making me thinking ‘Why am I reading this?’. This is for sure the worst introduction to world building I’ve ever read.

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Now, let’s talk about the plot. Ohh God. Everything was unbelievably predictable. By the half of the book you already know who the Black Knife is, which ruins everything. The dialogs between the characters haven’t any real interest and I think they exist because it’d be boring to have only narration in a 300 pages book . I could easily skip pages and still not miss a thing.
The story is as simple as that:
Want to take back your kingdom? Just pretend you’re a princess from another land and go there as a guest. Want to know their secrets? They’ll tell you. “The Indigo Kingdom is so kind to us. Whatever we require for our reclaiming of Aecor will be provided.” Need their secret map? They’ll give it to you. “On my way out, I glanced again at the wall map, and the mysterious scribbles on the western border of Liadia. They read confidential and debated.” Like, seriously?
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And most importantly, what the fuck happened with Wil taking back her kingdom?

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It was so clear to me who the Black Knife was and I’d be surprised to discover that I was wrong. Even though he could easily have tried to kill her, he didn’t. Their whole relationship between the Black Knife and Wil made me cringle, because it wasn’t realistic. They both have feeling for each other or at least they have a connection from the beginning  even though they are strangers. But, the thing that annoyed me the most was that Wil didn’t realize who the BK was, when she talked to him. Seriously? How much can he alter his voice?
To be fair, the ending surprised me and probably it’s the only thing I liked in this book. I didn’t expect Tobiah to put his duty over ‘love’, because he could easily broke off the engagement. But I guess if he wasn’t, there wasn’t going to be another book.

13555517_1059922634092326_71961055_oOverall, this book was irritating beyond my comprehension. It had so much potential to be so good and it failed. I’ll definitely not be reading the next book. I really liked the ending though , even though it was a cliffhanger but everything else doesn’t make sense.

The Dreaded Reading Slump

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I hadn’t read anything for two months and it was sad. I did have excuses though:
1. Finals were approaching
2. Lazy
3. My TBR didn’t look inviting

I wanted to read, but you know, I couldn’t find any books to read. I decided it’s time to read Station Eleven; it was good, I liked the first two chapters and the premise was amazing, but then it died. I don’t know what happened, I was in page 50-something and all of a sudden I wasn’t interested in this anymore. I tried to find something else and I picked up Glass Sword, but again I didn’t care about these people at all.

I had given up on book reviews so long ago that even now I can’t remember when it was the last time I wrote one. I had also stopped writing on my blog and didn’t watch booktube videos anymore. The passion for reading had abandoned me.

Until..a few days ago. I finished the last episode of Reign, I didn’t know what to do and I thought that I should try reading something and see how it goes. And it worked. I picked up Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen and before I knew it I was on page 100-something. I loved it and reminded me why I fell in love with books in the first place. I honestly couldn’t put it down, I had to find out the ending. I stayed awake until 6am just to finish it and reading 471 pages in one sitting felt like reading a novella.
Since then, I read every day. I watch booktube videos every now and then and I even decided to start this blog.

So, for those who have the same problem -I’m now addressing to you- don’t feel guilty or stressed about losing your passion for books, it’ll come back eventually.  Pick a book you loved before or you know that you’re going to like and start slowly. Everything will be as they were before.

your bookish identity

It’s been a while since I first saw this tag on a blog and I found it very interesting. So, here I am doing it now and I’m so excited.

Here are the questions:

  1. What dystopian/fantastical world would you live in?
  2. Who would your partner be?
  3. Who would your godly mother/father be? [Percy Jackson]
  4. Would you be a downworlder or nephilim? [The Mortal Instruments]
  5. What house would you be in? [Harry Potter]
  6. What faction would you be in? [Divergent]
  7. What would be your daemon? [Golden Compass]

Let’s do this!

What dystopian/fantastical world would you live in?

This is definetely the easiest question anyone has evaaaa (haha) asked me. Harry Potter and Howgarts and I don’t think that I should explain why. Magic, wizards and witches..


Who would your partner be?

I guess it means a romantic partner and it’s really difficult to choose. But, I’m going with the easiest one.My immediate answer would be Mr. Darcy -people who know me will probably be laughing hard right now- but if I can’t think of anyone else right now if though there are so many options.

Who would be your godly mother/father? [Percy Jackson]

Either Poseidon or Athena. Since I was little I loved these two gods, not only because I find them the most useful ones, but also they represent something I love. Water and wisdom.

Would you be a downworlder or nephilim? [Shadowhunter world]

Oh, it was so long since I read these books, but I guess I would be a downworlder.

Which house would you be in? [Harry Potter]

I’d done the Pottermore test when it was first created and I was Ravenclaw and I’m sure if I do it now i’ll have the same result. I think it suits me, even though I have characteristics from all houses.

Which faction would you be in? [Divergent]

84584858_350x350Either Candor or Erudite. I’m definitely a divergent though.

What would be your daemon [Northern Lights]

I haven’t read the books, only saw the movie which I loved.But this one is an easy pick. My daemon would definitely be a snow leopard. They are beautiful, strong, and fierce.

People I tag: Thuong, Candy, Xandra and anyone else who wants to do it.
I’d love to see your answers!

Eleanor & Park | Is Eleanor Fat?

based on the books by Rainbow Rowell
‘She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.’ Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

Eleanor is fat.
Eleanor also thinks she’s fat.
She probably isn’t as fat as she thinks she is …
And she definitely isn’t as disgusting as she thinks she is. She isn’t disgusting at all.
This question — Eleanor isn’t really fat, is she? — comes up fairly regularly for me. And sometimes (not always!), I feel like people expect me to reassure them:
“Don’t worry. Eleanor isn’t really fat. You weren’t imagining a fat person making out in the back of a car; that would be gross. She’s actually just curvy. Like Marilyn Monroe. Or Jennifer Love Hewitt.”
I don’t say in the book (Eleanor & Park) with any narrative authority exactly how fat Eleanor is, though many of the characters say what they think …
Eleanor sees herself as huge and repulsive. The kids in the neighborhood call her “Big Red,” which makes Park’s dad expect her to be bigger. Park is embarrassed by Eleanor for all sorts of reasons, and gives us the clearest physical description of her body:
Why hadn’t he expected her to be so beautiful? To have so much negative space? He closed his eyes and saw her again. A stack of freckled heart-shapes, a perfectly made Dairy Queen ice cream cone. Like Betty Boop drawn with a heavy hand.
But none of that answers the how fat question.
And that’s because I don’t think it’s important. I know how I picture Eleanor — but I don’t care how you picture Eleanor. And I think drawing a line between “sort of fat, but only by 21st-Century American standards” and “really, really fat” is depressing.
I mean, who I am to draw that line? Who are you? And where do we start?
Park thinks Eleanor is beautiful. He loves her for who she is on the inside, and he loves her for who she is on the outside. He wants to kiss her. He wants to have sex with her. And it isn’t because he’s brave and deep — it’s because he’s attracted to her.
This is how attraction works.
Is Eleanor fat? Yes.
How fat? That’s up to you.
Does it matter?

The Version Of Us Review

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THE VERSION OF US BY LAURA BARNETT
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What if you had said yes? The moments that change everything… One Day meets Sliding Doors in this outstanding debut that is causing a buzz across the publishing world. Some moments can change your life for ever. Have you ever wondered, what if…?
A man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment, their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their life.Eva and Jim are nineteen and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. And then there is David, Eva’s then-lover, an ambitious actor who loves Eva deeply. The Versions of Us follows the three different courses their lives could take following this first meeting. Lives filled with love, betrayal, ambition but through it all is a deep connection that endures whatever fate might throw at them.
The Versions of Us explores the idea that there are moments when our lives might have turned out differently, the tiny factors or decisions that could determine our fate, and the precarious nature of the foundations upon which we build our lives. It is also a story about the nature of love and how it grows, changes and evolves as we go through the vagaries of life.

Initial thoughts:
1. Even when I first read the summary of the book, I was really intrigued and I wasn’t disappointed. The book doesn’t let you to get bored, because of the strong plot. Every version has different characters and follows a completely different path of the other two. I know some people may find it difficult to keep up with all versions and lose track of what version they are in. That wasn’t a problem for me, because it’s quite obvious and the writer makes it very clear to understand which version you are in.
2. One thing that impressed me most of all -except the plot- is the writing. The writer has an enchanting way with words, the descriptions are amazing and the characters felt so real. Every one of them and believe me, they’re many. I honestly cannot find a fault in Barnett’s writing!
3. I was really curious and tried to read as quickly as I could, because I desperately wanted to find the ending and when I finally made it, I was surprised once more. I expected all the stories to be combined and have the same end, but they didn’t. Instead, each story has its own ending and catharsis. I was really satisfied and when I closed the book, I felt the need to read it all over again, not wanting to let it go just yet.

I really admire Barnett for writing three amazing stories and not just one, especially when they’re so beautifully written. I cannot describe how impressed I am with this book! This story is unique and so heart-warming! Highly recommended!
Waterstones described it as ‘One Day’ meets ‘Sliding Doors’, are you intrigued?

Something to be excited for: ‘Trademark Films’ have already optioned the television rights for The Versions of Us saying it would be a compelling TV drama.

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