Review: Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

wpid-51s4wprxe4l._sy344_bo1204203200_.jpg.jpegPublisher: Quercus
Publication date: 2nd July 2015
Buy Links: Amazon UK
Source: I have received this book via The Ninja Book Swap

Synopsis

frieda and isabel have been best friends their whole lives.

Now, aged sixteen and in their final year at the School, they expect to be selected as companions – wives to wealthy and powerful men. The alternative – life as a concubine – is too horrible to contemplate.

But as the intensity of the final year takes hold, the pressure to remain perfect becomes almost unbearable. isabel starts to self-destruct, putting her beauty – her only asset – in peril.

And then, the boy arrive, eager to choose a bride.

frieda must fight for her future – even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known…

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My thoughts

Wow – I don’t know where to start with writing my review on this… I found this a heavy book to read and finish, it took me longer than normal as I needed breaks in between to let the story sink in. It is a Dystopian, but most of it fits in the society we have right now when it comes to ‘beauty’.

The girls are bred to serve men in three different purposes, to be either a Companion, a Concubine or a Chastity. From the age of 4 they are put in a school, although sounds more like a prison, and they are being bred and have to follow rules to get them ready for their ceremony day when they turn 17. There are daily fights and struggles with food, calories, beauty and of course weight. They rank each other and always picks out each other flaws on a day to day basis and there are even special classes for it.
They don’t see any boys till a couple of months before their ceremony – these boys will choose an eve (the girls) for their liking and those women who are companions will bear as many sons as their womb can take them and then they get cast away when they are 40. When the boys are here you will have the weird ranking but then also done by the boys and you will have the ‘Heavenly Seventy’ where the girl is put in a closet with a boy who has chosen her.

It took me a little while to get into the story, because I wasn’t prepared for the shock of how it started. The situation for the girls starts of bad and gradually gets worse. And when you think it can’t get worse…. it will!

I loved reading about Isabel and Freida – note that all women names are written in lower case and not in capital because they don’t mean anything in life – they are worthless.
Such a shockingly honest book – one that will stay with me for a long time. I can definitely recommend this book to people, but there is a lot of worrying stuff in it about weight, food and vomiting…

Definitely go read this book and I can’t wait for Louise O’Neill’s next book which is coming out in September called: ‘Asking for it’. Another quite controversial read I think.

May New Release Hop ‚Äď giveaway!

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Welcome at the March 2015 New Release Giveaway Hop, hosted by Librarian Lavender & It Starts At Midnight.

I will be giving away a new release book from March, and the giveaway will be International too! Woohoo! I will send the book via Book Depository as it will be much easier and free to send international ūüôā

I am quite looking forward to A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J Maas!

What releases are you looking forward too? And don’t forget to enter the giveaway! Good luck!

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Review: Silent Scream by Angela Marsons

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Silent Scream by Angela Marsons

Publisher: Bookouture

Publication date: 20th February 2015

Genre: Crime Thriller

Blurb

When a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the death marks the beginning of a spate of gruesome murders that shock the Black Country.

But as human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.

As the body count rises, Kim needs to stop¬†the murderer before they strike again. But¬†to catch the killer, can Kim confront the¬†demons of her own past ‚Äď before it‚Äôs too¬†late?

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February New Release Hop – giveaway!

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I am so excited to be part of the February New Release Hop Giveaway hosted by Librarian Lavender!

This hop is International for a book released in February 2015 for up to £13 (approx $20) as long as The Book Depository posts to your country.
I was most excited about The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead – I loved the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series and was excited to read the last book in this awesome series. So which book have you been waiting for?
Let me know in the comments below ^_^
Entering is easy, fill in the Rafflecopter giveaway which you can find by following/clicking this link!

Promo Post: No Turning Back by Christina Niedekker

Welcome at the Promo post of No Turning Back by Christina Niedekker. I have got this book ready to review and I can’t wait to start this story! I love Romance books especially if they are combined with adventure and this book has got it all. Previously released as a Dutch Book in April 2012 with the title: Geen Weg Terug, I was excited to know it is now published in English so I can share it with all you guys.

Well enjoy the promo post and let me know in the comments what you think!

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No Turning Back by Christina Niedekker

Publisher: America Star Books

Release Date: 29th January 2015

Buy Links: Amazon UK РAmazon US 

Blurb

This is a book full of excitement, adventure, intrigue, and romance. Diane is forced to smuggle diamonds into France. The reason is that her brother passed away after an accident and left behind a dubious debt with Barend Nijman, a prominent figure in the underworld. Threatened by him, she tries hard to keep her mother away from prison. Hired by Nijman, the attractive gypsy Antonio helps Diane in undertaking the dangerous journey to France. The plan is to make it as unobtrusive as possible. However, they cannot count on Russella who firmly intends to bring them down.

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