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Railhead and The Bone Sparrow .- Emily Conway
So far, I have read three books from the shortlist. Railhead was the first. A SiFi adventure, following a young thief, this book was an extremely interesting read. At first glance, this book looked dull and generic, however, once I started reading I was hooked. The book tricked you into settling in for one genre and then changing suddenly. Not only an interesting story, but this book also has undertones of questioning what it means to be human, and alive, featuring many non-human characters, such as multiple robots, trains, "hive monks" and sentient AI. I find the main character to be believable, and like how he isn't a hero, but someone who picks the winning side for his own gain. This book is, in my opinion, amazing, only partially because it got me to cry over how cute the trains in love were. Then, I read Bone Sparrow. This was an interesting, and horrifying insight into refugee camps. the main character, a young boy born in the camp, lives his whole life hoping his father will arrive, and that some day he'll be free. I enjoyed the plot, and the stories within it, however i felt some parts, such as the link between the families, were slightly unoriginal.
Posted on: 03 May 2017



Emily Conway's review on Five children on the Western Front, and The Ghosts Of Heven
I did not enjoy FCOTWF much. Whilst the plot was alright, the whole thing felt artificial. The author was trying too hard to replicate the style of the time period, resulting in it being an awkward read. However, I did enjoy the ending and the emotion it portrayed. The final book I read was"The Ghosts of Heaven". This book was very confusing at first, but very intriguing. I loved the details continued through each story, and the spiral that connects them all. The second story was especially upsetting, and stirred strong emotions in me. I also loved the last story, as I love things about multiple universes, and deep space travel. However, I found at times it was incredibly hard to understand what was happening, particularly at the start. I have now finished all the books that have been shortlisted, and my personal favorite is The Lie Tree, as I felt it had a great plot.
Posted on: 25 May 2016



Emily Conway's review on -There will be lies- and then there will be the truth
This book is one of my favorites so far. I loved the characters and the plot. I liked the way they didn't make a bigger deal than needed about her disability, and I like how it took a while before you know about it. The formating for the speech was confusing at first, but it makes sense when you get to know Shelby. This book was full of plot twists, and things to think about. However, I found what was supposed to be a massive plot twist blatantly obvious, and knew it from the start. Overall, it was an amazing book, that really makes you think.
Posted on: 13 May 2016



Books I've read so far- Emily Conway
So Far I have read 4 of the books. First I read "Fire colour One". I loved the colour of the cover, the plot and the twist at the end. However, it took a while to properly introduce the characters, and slightly assumed we knew the characters relationships and names. Next, I read "One". I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I loved the strange formating, and I feel the author managed to get across the emotions very well. I loved the climax, and if it wasn't for the fact that I had a french lesson between the climatic chapters, I would have cried. However, some parts of the book could have been elaborated on more. It felt like there was something happening with Dragon, but that was just dropped. The third book I read was "The lie tree." This is my favorite one so far. I love books about that time and girls who want to be scientists. this stirred up my emotions a lot, and I loved the end. However, I feel like some of it didn't make sense, like the folly, which was mentioned a lot, but had no relevance to the plot. The latest book I've read was "The rest of us just live here." I found this one quite humorous and enjoyed it a lot. It took a while to understand it, but once I did, I really enjoyed it.
Posted on: 04 May 2016



My Review of 'One' by Sarah Crossman - By Olivia
This book is absolutely amazing. There are so many plot twists and it makes it very unpredictable, but I loved that. The storyline is brilliant. It's about two conjoined twins that have been home-schooled all their lives using money that has been donated by well-wishers, but near the beginning that money dried up and they had to go to school. The book follows not only what they physically went through, but their mental journey too - their lives are emotional rollercoasters. In my opinion, Sarah Crossman did a really great job of writing this book. It's so realistic and empathetic. I got very attached to the characters in it. I'm definitely going to buy a copy of this book, as it's the first book I've ever cried at and I want to read it and cry all over again! ☺
Posted on: 27 Apr 2016



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