I am the Messenger – Markus Zusak

I am the Messenger will probably not make it to my favorite books that I’ve read, but regardless of that it was an enjoyable novel. It starts quite abruptly, with a bank robbery, and thus follows the protagonist Ed Kennedy through his Australian town on different adventures.
(I only learned about the setting being Australia after I finished it, and spent some parts of the book confused as to why it was over 30 degrees Celsius in the winter.)
His ‘adventures’ are not typical teenage things either. Each activity has some kind of a purpose to make him a better Ed.

The read is not tedious, there are significant moments where the book becomes a clear page turner as we get closer to the climax of the piece. As it is a book written in the first person, at times, it is easy to relate to the character and his struggle. This also makes the text quite easy to read and follow along, which I find always to be a plus. Despite giving the book 4 out of 5 stars, my honest score would be closer to 3.5 stars as there were parts that I felt where slightly repetitive and others where slow paced and wouldn’t be one that I would reach for anytime soon. Despite this, it is a book that I would recommend. Not necessarily as a summer time book, but more of a fall or winter text.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

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Quotes from the text;
The gun feels warm and sticky, like melting chocolate in my hand. (14)
… it would have been nice to be making love instead of attempting murder. (122)
Even his voice sounds like a hangover. (193)
… and taste the joy that leaks from inside him. (426)

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The Watcher in the Shadows – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

the-watcher-in-the-shadowsI will never pass up an opportunity to read or buy a book by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, which is exactly how I came by The Watcher in the Shadows. Not going to lie, I have read this before but in Polish, and as this editions clearly did not have the same translation of the title, I assumed it was a different book. From what I assume, the title varies between “The Watcher in the Shadows” and “September Lights”, none the less, it’s the same beautiful book.

This book was fantastic from start to finish. There was not a single page worth skim reading, which everyone does ever so often. It starts out with a sad story which introduces three out of five of the main characters, Simone, Irene, and Dorian, which leads them to meeting Ismael, a love interest of Irene, and Lazarus Jann, the toymaker. The whole group embark on a common journey in very different ways facing struggles and joyous moments of their own.

It’s very hard to put this book down. Each of the 13 chapters is captivating, leaving you wanting more with each page turn. The tension grows to such a climactic chapter that hangs on with the reader for a while after the book is done. However, the ending is slightly abrupt, and may not exactly be rewarding to some readers. Finding quotes to note down for this text was slightly challenging, as the way the whole text is written is quite metaphorical with vivid descriptions of characters, action, and setting. This book is labeled to be a young-adult fiction, but it is quite a generic text that would be pleasing to adult also. Younger kids may find this book slightly scary however.

Overall, a very recreational and quick read. It’s one of those books which can be read over the course of a weekend in the autumn time as it starts getting gloomier, hence matching the atmosphere of the text.

I gave this good 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Picked out quotes:
The image of reality we perceive with our eyes is only an illusion, an optical effect. (25)
…chocolate had all of the chemical benefits of love and none of its noxious side effects. (165)

Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan

FullSizeRenderMy first question once I discovered that the two characters in Will Grayson, Will Grayson lived with their single mothers was “they must have the same father” but whether this is explained, one had to discover themselves. I received the answer not too long after, one of the Graysons does in fact have a father, the other is just with his mother. This same father idea was, however a false assumption. As the blurb truly describes, the meeting if the two is very much unusual and in a very unlikely location. It is truly two different people, different back stories and a different path for their future. Naturally

After some time, you even begin to feel emotional. It is as if the readers are a part of their lives. It is a book that will make you think and have sudden realizations as the characters continue fabricating their lives, that really, you too make these mistakes and despite thinking that nothing will move on, it all does. There is a set message somewhere in this book, but it will be different to each reader as each individual will relate to each individual character in the text. It is not a tiresome read that takes a long time. It is lighthearted, quick, relatable, engaging, emotional, and among other things, a lesson. I believe that mixing done by the two authors put this book into perspective and thus making it so rounded and different.

I rated this book 4 out of 5 on Goodreads.

Quotations worth remembering:
“love is such a drug.” (65)
“it’s like a parade coming out of his mouth.” (142)
“it’s like he’s being tickled by life” (144)
“need is never a good basis for any relationship.” (247)
“Being in a relationship, that’s something you choose. Being friends, that’s just something you are.” (258)

Wonder – R.J. Palacio

I read Wonder quite a while ago, but I thought it was a good time to review it now. It really is however a very fascinating novel. It makes the readers realize different values that thy may have, especially regarding friendships and family. Readers may also realize that there are far worse things that could happen to anyone, and the protagonist, Auggie, teaches you that.

It’s one of those eye opening books that leaves you feeling a little better about yourself, that can really be read by any age group as it can touch everyone.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.


Quotes that I noted
You purchase a ticket when you’re born. And it’s all just random whether you get a good ticket or a bad ticket. It’s all just luck. (204)
Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcome the world.