Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige: Blog Tour and Review

Series: Dorothy Must Die, Book Three
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Hardback
Published7th April 2016
Number of Pages: 288
Book: For Review*
Genre: Fantasy, Action-Adventure, Fairy Tale Retelling, Romance, Paranormal, YA
Recommended Age: 13+
Contains: Violence, Death, Swearing
No Alcohol, Drug References
Author's Site: Danielle Paige
Author's Twitter: @daniellempaige

Once upon a time, there was a girl from Kansas named Dorothy.
You might know her as the Girl Who Rode the Cyclone.  She ended up in Oz, where she became friends with the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion.  But the temptation of magic was too much for her.  She let it change her.  Her friends became twisted versions of their former selves.
The magical land on Oz is now a dark and menacing place.
My name is Amy Gumm.  Tornadoes must have a thing about girls from Kansas, because I got swept away on one too.  I also landed in Oz, where Good is Wicked, Wicked is good, and the Wicked Witches clued me in to my true calling.
The only way to stop Dorothy from destroying Oz – and Kansas – is to kill her.  And I’m the only one who can do it.
But I failed.  Others died for my mistakes.  Because of me, the portal between the worlds has been opened and Kansas and Oz are both in danger.  And if I don’t find a way to close it?
Dorothy will make sure I never get to go home again.

I've loved this series for so long that when I was offered a chance to read Yellow Brick War and take part in the blog tour, I jumped with joy!  I’m so excited to be taking part – and hope I can convince everyone to read this awesome series ASAP! 
'There was no rest for the Wicked, I thought ruefully.'
Amy Gumm had one mission after she got whisked from her trailer-park home in Kansas to Oz.  To kill Dorothy Gale, who has stolen Oz's magic and is turning the place dead and dark. 
Amy failed.
And now she and the four Witches of Oz are stuck.  In Kansas.  
You see, things are brewing – bad bad things.  Oz and Kansas are linked together with magic – and Dorothy wants to blow both of them off the map.
Can Amy help the Wicked Witches (including the boy she loves, Nox, who has lied to her and can never be hers) to stop Dorothy from destroying both places?  Preferably without letting Oz's magic turn her as twisted as Dorothy – without letting herself become the monster she's so afraid to be…? 
I have loved this series so so much – I was so upset this is the end!  I even put off reading Yellow Brick War for a few days because I so badly didn't want it all to be over!  But then I found out at least one more book is coming my way (I'm still not ready to let go of Oz!), cheered, and snatched Yellow Brick War right on up and got stuck in.  Before I even blinked, I was like one hundred pages in – and I did not want to stop!  I even took the book to the bathroom with me!  If only it was waterproof – but reading in the shower doesn't work quite as weak as reading in a bath, does it?
I feel I've gone off topic…
Moving on to Amy.  Amy, Amy, Amy...  She was kind of back and forth in this book; at the beginning there were times when she wasn't the badass, snarky, pink-haired awesome gal she was in Dorothy Must Die.  Oz really had changed her.  But by the end...oh, Amy!  I'd never loved her more – I can't wait to see where she goes next.
Nox!  Oh, how I adore you!  I already loved Nox but after Yellow Brick War...  My oh my, I have a new beloved book boyfriend.  The way he was here – torn between duty and love, trying so hard to keep Amy safe, being so sweet and Nox-y (he was moody at times, but that's just Nox)...  Loved him!
I really do love the other characters in this book – I loved seeing some familiar old faces from Kansas, loved the Wicked Witches and Lulu the monkey queen…
And then there are our Big Bads.  Dorothy is just the most fascinating character and I loved that we go to understand her more in this book.  Every scene she’s in is brilliant – she’s such a perfect villain; sickly sweet on the surface and rotten to the core, but with the kind of background that makes you almost empathise with her.  As for our other Big Bad, well…  He is terrifying.  I can’t wait to see what our villains do in the next book…
The plot was, a lot like The Wicked Will Rise, a little uneven.  There was a fair bit of build up at the start (which I like at the beginning of a series, not halfway through it) set in Kansas – and there were bits of this that I really loved.  But I just wanted back in with Dorothy, my favourite villain I love to hate!  Things did really kick off after yet another Big Bad showed up – and the plot was brilliant from there, although far too short for my liking!
Paige's writing was amazing - I just love all the brilliant fighting scenes, the sweet romantic moments, the humour and the suspense.  But, most of all, I love how she writes Oz.
This Oz is nothing like the original book's, but damn if I don't want to go anyway!  Even with Dorothy's maniacal rule, I'd love to go to Oz just to see the spots of beauty.  Paige's descriptive language is just spot on amazing and I want to see this world so much!  Maybe not stay, because I'd rather not become Dorothy – but I'd love to visit.  Preferably in a pre or post Dorothy Oz – I'd rather enjoy it sans tyrannical dictators, ta very much.
Ok, I've talked your ears off enough!  This is meant to be a review and not an essay!  My point is Yellow Brick War was awesome and exciting and as addictive as ever and I cannot wait to go back to Oz and oh-my-God how am I going to make it until Book Four comes out?  It doesn't even have a name yet, people!  
I might not make it, my friends.  I may go as crazy as an Other-Worlder in Oz.  Which is pretty damn crazy.
Seriously, though - if you haven't read this series, I just can't recommend it enough.  It is the ultimate escape with the most fantastic world building and one of the coolest classical twists ever written.  Which, for a fairy-tale-twist lover like myself, is sayin' something.  Yellow Brick War kept me hooked from the word go and has left me absolutely desperate for more.
I'm going to go dream of the nice Ozma-ruled, pre-Dorothy Oz.  Wake me up when Book Four is out and not a moment before.
Happy reading, everyone!  And stop by The Book Corner tomorrow for an extract from the awesome Yellow Brick Road!

Star Rating:
4¼ Out of 5 

Read this book if you liked:
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
Splintered by A.G. Howard
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Happy Reading
* This book was received from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Publisher: Doubleday Children’s
Format: ARC**
Published: 4th June 2015
Number of Pages: 288
Book: For Review*
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Mental-Health Issues, Comedy, YA
Recommended Age: 11+
Contains: Swearing, Alcohol References
Author's Blog: Sophie Kinsella

Audrey can’t leave the house.  She can’t even take off her dark glasses inside the house – a house that her totally chaotic but well-meaning family fill to the brim with their (pig) personalities and (loud) voices.
Then her brother’s friend Linus stumbles into her life.  With his friendly orange-slice smile and his funny notes, he starts to entice Audrey out again – well, Starbucks is a start.  And with Linus at her side, Audrey suddenly feels she can do things she’d thought were too scary.
Even when it’s two steps forward and one step back, suddenly finding her way back to the real world seems achievable.
Be prepared to laugh, dram and hope with Audrey as she learns that even when you think you have lost yourself, love can still find you…

Ever since the... thing happened, Audrey Turner has worn her dark glasses, stayed inside and only had contact with her family and her psychiatrist, Dr Sarah.  You see, Audrey has Social Anxiety Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder and Depressive Episodes.  So, yeah.  Things most people wouldn't blink an eye at have Audrey running to hide.
And then her older brother, Frank's friend, Linus, comes into her house.  To start with, Audrey freaks - after all, the house seems small enough with her loud, boisterous family; add in a stranger and it becomes almost overwhelming.
But Linus... Linus is nice.  When he smiles, it looks like an orange slice and he calls her Rhubarb and talks to her in a soft, friendly voice.  He makes her feel brave, makes her able to do things that terrify her.
But when the world itself terrifies you so much you feel allergic it, can you even find your way again?
I'm really not good when it comes to reading contemp books.  But when my mother handed me the first Shopaholic book years ago, I fell in love.  So when I found out that Sophie Kinsella was branching out into YA, I cheered.  I was so excited for Finding Audrey and did a little happy dance when it landed on my doormat.  From that first, bonkers chapter, I fell in love – with Audrey, with Sophie all over again, and mostly with Audrey's nutty family!  Just a few sentences in and I was already in stitches!  I kept reading snippets out to my mum, who cracked up with me – she'll probably be borrowing this one from me when I'm done, something I shall fully recommend.  Y'know.  After rereading it a couple of times...  But the brilliant thing about Finding Audrey is that it's not just hilarious; it's so real too, so sad and poignant and deep.
Audrey was such an amazing character – she was so strong, even though she thought she was weak.  She was dealing with this awful, all-consuming illness and yet she still kept her wit and sense of humour.  She made me laugh, even when my heart ached for her.  I also totally related to her – I've not got any mental health issues, but I've been stuck at home, I've felt friendless, I've felt bad because I thought I was making my family miserable.  Audrey – I just totally got her and I absolutely loved her.
And Linus was the sweetest and the funniest.  That scene in Starbucks... God, I died laughing!   "Could I be like your shadow?"  OMG, hilarious!  But I loved how understanding and sweet he was!
I have a pretty bizarre and bonkers family who often make me laugh.  But even we aren't as brilliantly hilariously hectic as Audrey's family.  I mean, they were just... brilliant.  The Mum was addicted to the Daily Mail and always on the oldest son about his computer addiction.  The Dad was powerless against the Mum's Daily Mail-inspired schemes and routine changes.  The oldest son, Frank, was always on his computer – snarky, moody and occasionally crude (and always funny).  He actually reminds me of one of my younger brothers – annoying at times and hilarious at the other times, but always there if you need him.  And the littlest of the family, Felix, was adorable!  Seriously though, this is a family I'd love to know! 
The writing was brilliant – it felt totally authentic as a teenager's voice and described the troubles of living with depression perfectly.  It was also, of course, totally hilarious a lot of the time – I adore the Turner family – they're so mad and brilliant!  And I totally loved the film transcripts – how we saw what Audrey saw through these scripts.  It was brilliant and so original!
The plot was awesome – sweet and touching and funny and, at the end, a little worrying.  I was hooked as I watched Audrey's struggles, hooked as I saw her fall in love with Linus "Orange Slice".  The love story was just too adorable, by the way, as was the natural way the family evolved.  I just loved all of it!
I found Kinsella's balance between hilarity (via the brilliance of Audrey's family) and severity (because of Audrey's illness and struggle to cope, because of the bullying and depression – both serious problems amongst teens today) absolutely perfect and spot on.  Sophie never made light of what Audrey was going through, never, not once.  She handled everything – Audrey's 'episodes' and doctor appointments and difficulties – with care, so much care, that it was impossible not to empathise totally with Audrey, not to totally understand how utterly serious her condition was.  And yet there were also the most hilarious moments in the book too, bits that had me crying with laughter followed by bits about bullying and depression that were so serious I felt like crying for a whole other reason.  I just think so many teenagers will empathise with what Audrey was going through, and will appreciate the brilliant moments of comic relief.  Kinsella proves once and for all that you can tackle an issue as serious as mental health amongst teenagers with the care and respect it deserves, but without making the book as serious and grim as so many other books of a similar genre.  Because yes, this is a serious book about a serious topic, but it's also a funny book about a funny family.  It's a blend that could have gone wrong under any other author's care, but a blend that feels so right and perfect when put together by Sophie Kinsella.
I don't have mental health issues.  But I was teased when I was younger.  And I have a condition that people often don't understand.  I know what it's like to be judged because people can't see what's wrong; I know what it's like to be told to just get over it.  I think everyone will be able to empathise and relate with Audrey.  I mean, who hasn't been picked on?  Who doesn't know someone with mental health issues – or have them themselves?  This is a serious book dealing with real issues that still lets you have fun.  And I love that.
Oh, jeez, I've just talked your ear off about this!  Sorry.  I just can't get over the perfection of this blend and over the awesomeness that is Finding Audrey.  I adore Sophie Kinsella – she's amazing! – and her first YA book just further cements how awesome she is in my mind.  I can't wait for her next YA book!

Star Rating:
4 Out of 5

Read this book if you liked:
Shopaholic Series by Sophie Kinsella
One by Sarah Crossan

Happy Reading
* This book was received from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review

** Quotes used are from a proof copy and may have been changed in the finished book

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Series: Wolf By Wolf, Book One
Publisher: Orion
Format: ARC**
Published: 5th November 2015
Number of Pages: 400
Book: For Review*
Genre:  Historical, Science Fiction, Alternate History, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller-Suspense, Action-Adventure, YA
Recommended Age: 13+
Contains: Violence, Death, Swearing, Smoking References
Author's Site: Ryan Graudin

Over ten years since the Nazis won the war, 18 yr old Yael has one mission: to kill Hitler - a captivating second novel from Walled City author, Ryan Graudin.
Once upon a different time, there was a girl who lived in a kingdom of death. Wolves howled up her arm. A whole pack of them-made of tattoo ink and pain, memory and loss. It was the only thing about her that ever stayed the same. Her story begins on a train. 
Germania, 1956. Over ten years since the Nazis won the war. 18-year-old Yael is part of the resistance, and she has just one mission: to kill Hitler.
But first she's got to get close enough to him to do it. 
Experimented on during her time at Auschwitz, Yael has the unique ability to change her appearance at will. The only part of her which always remains are the five tattooed wolves on her arm; one for each of the people she's lost. Using her abilities, she must transform into Adele Wolfe, Germany's most famous female rider and winner of the legendary Axis Tour; an epic long distance motorcycle race from Berlin to Tokyo, where only the strongest (and wiliest) riders survive. If she can win this, she will be able to get close enough to kill the Fuhrer and change history forever.
But with other riders sabotaging her chances at every turn, Yael's mission won't be easy... 

“Tomorrow the end began.  She was going to race from Germania to Tokyo.  She was going to win the Axis Tour and earn an invitation to the Victor's Ball.  She was going to kill the Führer and spark the death of the Third Reich. 
She was going to cross the world and change it.
Or die trying…”
What if Hitler and the Nazis hadn't lost WW2?  What would become of the world?  Where – or if – would Hitler stop?  What would become of his brutal, dreadful experiments?
The Nazis won – with the help of Emperor Hirohito from Japan – and have spread their control over Europe, bringing death and pain and destruction in their wake...
Taken to a concentration camp as a little girl, Yael is experimented on by an Angel of Death – a Nazi doctor.  The experiments change her and turn her into the ultimate weapon for the Resistance.  Using her unique ability, Yael goes undercover as Adele Wolfe, the poster-girl for the Nazi regime, who won the Axis Tour – a motorcycle race that goes from Germany to Japan, in honour of the Axis' victory: the winner receives an audience with the reclusive Hitler.
Yael must win the race.  She must meet with Hitler.
She must kill him for all he has done.
But when she meets the real Adele's brother and former boyfriend, Yael realises that reaching the Fuhrer and finishing the race might be more difficult than she first thought...  
I absolutely adored The Walled City and so I was deliriously excited for Wolf By Wolf – especially when Nina from Orion described it as 'The Book Thief meets X-Men'.  I mean, come on!  How's a girl meant to resist that pitch?  She just can't!  And when I heard Ryan talk about it, when she read us a bit of the first chapter, I just knew I would love Wolf By Wolf.  And when I started it on the train home, I was just swept up – completely hooked by this alternate world.  It was just... whoa.  I didn't think Ryan could top The Walled City and yet she managed to totally outdo herself.  Wolf By Wolf... amazing.  Incredible.  Breath-taking.  I have no words for how much I loved this book.
One of my favourite parts of this book was Yael: she was such a badass!  Clever, brave, smart, damaged and just... brilliant.  She didn't know her own face, but she knew she was strong and she had such strong morals, such strong values.  She still saw beauty and hope, just as much as she saw corruption and loss.  I was instantly rooting for Yael, right from the word go, and I adored her – and can't wait to see her grow and kick butt in the next book!  Why must it be so far away...?
Luka...  He was the real Adele's love interest (although their shared past was pretty unknown).  I wasn't sure what to make of Luka to begin with, but then... I started to love him.  All he wanted was to be with Adele, he risked himself to help others, he was snarky and prickly and funny.  And then he’d do something and I'd hate him all over again... I'm so conflicted!
Felix was just such an amazing brother – the best.  If I had a twin or older brother, I would want one exactly like Felix.  He was protective and brave and clever and always looking out for his sister (well, who he thought was his sister), no matter what she did.  I loved him so much!
The relationships were so brilliant – as brilliant as the characters themselves.  I know that Yael wasn't Adele, that she wasn't who the boys thought she was, but their relationships... they felt real.  They started off shaky, weak, and they grew and grew into something real and believable.  Felix was so protective of Yael, and she grew to trust him – care about him.  And Luka... yum.  The two really had some chemistry, despite whatever went on between him and the real Adele.
There were various supporting characters in the book, none as badass as Yael, confusing (and hot) as Luka or as wonderful as Felix.  But I did really like Ryoko, Henryka, Vlad and the Babushka.  I really did not like the doctor or other riders in the Axis Tour, though all of them were very well created.
Holy Scheisse, this world...  It scared the crap out of me.  Seriously, the research and world building was just phenomenal and so terrifying.  I mean, if just a few things were different during the Second World War, think what could have happened – all the Scheisse that could have gone down.  It's freaking scary as hell – and makes for such an amazing, brutal backdrop of a story.  
And the idea of what Yael could do was fascinating – the dreadful causes of the 'gift' even more so.  I mean, you're experimented on.  Changed.  Something – your identity, yourself – is taken away for ever.  And now Yael can't even remember her own face, what she really looked like.  It was heart-breaking!  And then there was her relationship with Luka and Felix: she truly cared about them, but she wasn't the girl they knew and loved.  
Though I'm not going to lie.  The Mystique quality of Yael's abilities was so cool.
Ryan wrote Wolf By Wolf in the third person, which can sometimes feel more impersonal.  In this case, however, I think the distance was a good thing: everything Yael had been through...  It would have been too much.  To hear what she went through as a child, growing up, how much pain her world put her through...  But, as always, Ryan's writing was phenomenal – exciting, action-packed, beautiful, sharp, gritty, bloody brilliant.  I loved this book so much! *jumps up and down hugging the book*
As for the storyline?  Just wow.  Thrills, spills, danger, spying, fighting, racing, trying to bring down a vicious fascist...  It was all just nonstop and so utterly addictive.  I read the book in one go (utterly shattering myself in the process, thanks to lack of sleep) and was left so hungry, so desperate, so needing for more more more!  The plot of Wolf By Wolf is utterly amazing and unpredictable and brilliant and exciting: there was just never a dull moment!
I adored and gushed about The Walled City.  It is a phenomenal book.  But Wolf By Wolf was, somehow, impossibly, even better.  It took uniqueness and magic and excitement and amazingness and brought it all up to a whole new level.  It was amazing, breath-taking and... I really just don't have the words to do it justice.  But I really believe that Ryan Graudin is the goddess of words, of creating unique and incredible books that I fall in love with so quickly, so desperately and so deeply.  Wolf By Wolf was just pure magic.  It was a book so good I was hooked from start to finish.  It was a book so good I slowed right down when I reached the last few chapters, because I just did not want the story to be over.  It was a book I began raving about when I was only a few chapters in and a book I will never stop recommending to everyone, everywhere.  It was a book I will never forget.  It was a book that left me absolutely desperate for the sequel (and a book that will drive me insane until I get my hands on said sequel).  It was a book so damn good that even with all of this rambling, I simply do not have to words to truly do it justice.  It was a book that was unique and magic and beautiful and horrible and exciting and terrifying and addictive and pure magic.
Please, just go and go now.  Buy it.  Read it.  Love it.  And then you will understand why I am so very desperately in love with Wolf By Wolf.
Because, yes, Wolf By Wolf's lead girl was a Mystique-like character, undercover and with special powers – it is a race, a battle, a supernatural-esque thrill ride.  But Wolf By Wolf is also about fear and pain and hope and survival.  About fighting against all the odds.  About making the world right after it went oh-so very wrong.  About fighting for what you believe in.  About how terrible the world could have been, if just a few things had gone differently during WW2.  And that is why everyone, everywhere simply has to read it.  Wolf By Wolf was beyond phenomenal and I honestly just cannot recommend it enough – to every single person who reads this review, who sees this book in Waterstones and who lives on this planet.  Read it.  Read it now.
I, meanwhile, will be going insane waiting for the sequel...  I just need it so badly.  Ryan Graudin is amazing and all powerful and I am well and truly hooked. 

Star Rating:
5 Out of 5

Read this book if you liked:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Grisha by Leigh Bardugo

Happy Reading
* This book was received from Indigo-Orion in exchange for an honest review
** Quotes used are from a proof copy and may have been changed in the finished book

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Boo by Neil Smith

Publisher: William Heinemann
Format: ARC**
Published21st  May 2015
Number of Pages: 320
Book: For Review*
Genre:  Mystery, Murder-Mystery, Fantasy, Coming-Of-Age, YA
Recommended Age: 12+
Contains: Violence, Swearing, Drug and Smoking References
Author's Facebook: Neil Smith

Blurb From Goodreads:
From Neil Smith, author of the award-winning, internationally acclaimed story collection Bang Crunch, comes a dark but whimsical debut novel about starting over in the afterlife in the vein of Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones.
When Oliver 'Boo' Dalrymple wakes up in heaven, the eighth-grade science geek thinks he died of a heart defect at his school. But soon after arriving in this hereafter reserved for dead thirteen-year-olds, Boo discovers he’s a 'gommer', a kid who was murdered. What’s more, his killer may also be in heaven. With help from his volatile classmate Johnny, Boo sets out to track down the mysterious Gunboy who cut short both their lives.
In a heart-rending story written to his beloved parents, the odd but endearing Boo relates his astonishing heavenly adventures as he tests the limits of friendship, learns about forgiveness and, finally, makes peace with the boy he once was and the boy he can now be.

“I miss you, Mother and Father.  Given my holey heart, you must have braced yourself for my early death, but surely you did not expect my life to be snuffed out by a boy with a gun…”
Oliver, or Boo, Dalrymple wakes up in heaven.  He thinks he died from his heart defect.  But he's wrong.
There's a lot to learn about heaven.  Like why it's populated solely by thirteen-year-old Americans.  What happens to the rubbish they throw down the trash cute.  Where they go after they've been there for a few decades.
But soon Boo has something even more important to think about.  When a former classmate of his named Johnny appears in heaven too and reveals they were, in fact, murdered, Boo and Johnny deduce that their killer, Gunboy, might just be up in heaven with them.
And they need to find him.  Before he finds them...
I've read a couple of books sent in heaven, seen a few variations of the afterlife on TV.  None are anything like Boo.  None have... affected me like Boo did.  None were as unique, intriguing or addictive either.  It's really hard to write this review...  I went into Boo expecting one thing – a cutesy little MG kind of book that was like middle school.  But what I got... it was something else entirely.  Dark, but funny, deep and easy to read, Boo was more like a murder mystery novel than anything about school (or, at least, unlike any school I've gone to).  
The characters Smith created were brilliant and so realistic – so alive (pun intended).  Boo was the best – so brilliantly odd.  Most certainly on the autistic spectrum, he was worryingly clever and not overly fond of people – he was bullied in life.  Up in heaven, he felt more sociable, however, and it was really sweet seeing him connect with people.  Boo was an endearing character, staggeringly clever and often naive all at the same time.
His friends were brilliant too – all three of them.  Johnny was such an intriguing character – one I loved trying to figure out.  Esther was really brilliant – and yay to diversity!  A little angel!  I adored Esther, with her fiery attitude and snark and bite.  Oh, and Thelma was the sweetest!  Like a mother – even though she looked like a child and could never be a mother (it’s enough to break my heart).
I must say, one of the most amazing things about Boo was the relationship between these four characters: it was so complex and sweet and unique and intriguing.
The writing was incredible – so very Boo.  The tone was very sophisticated for a teenager (but totally plausible as Boo) and was deep and dark and beautiful.  There were lots of nice little funny moments that lightened the intensity of everything and made me smile.  It was all written in first person, to Boo's parents, which was heart-breaking.  He was writing to them, knowing they'd probably never get the book, and you could really feel how young he was, despite his intellect – he just wanted his parents.
As for the plot... I'm really not going to lie: I absolutely saw the almost-half-way twist coming.  But I adored that more and more twists came – that the consequences and turns didn't stop until the very end.  I was just so hooked – and so absorbed.
I'm not a religious person.  I've never been to church.  I have read bits of the bible, but I feel my true religion is more along the lines of the Ancient Greek gods.  So I guess I'm more spiritual...  My point, despite this rambling, is not to muse my inner beliefs.  It is to say that as a person who doesn't really believe in heaven, I found Boo intriguing and incredible.  The take on heaven, God (or Zig) and the afterlife... it was unique and brilliant. 
Boo itself was an utterly unique and beautiful book – one that had me hooked from start to finish.  I've truly never read anything like it and I know it won't leave my mind for quite a while yet.  I'm finding it so very hard to find the words in this review – the words to do Boo justice without giving away major spoilers, without ruining the mystery and plot.  
Boo was beautiful – and it hurt.  The characters were odd, but so real.  The plot was utterly addictive – and so painful.  The writing was so gorgeous and lyrical and Boo.  It also hurt like hell – it's an emotional rollercoaster.  It is a story that will stay with you, a story unlike anything you've read before.  And I really do recommend it.  Boo is brilliant and unexpected and so damn good.  If you're looking for something beautiful, thought-provoking and addictive, pick Boo up now.  
Don't make me come haunt you.

Star Rating:
4 Out of 5

Read this book if you liked:
Wells & Wong by Robin Stevens
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Happy Reading
* This book was received from Penguin in exchange for an honest review

** Quotes used are from a proof copy and may have been changed in the finished book