Snow Like Ashes – Sara Raasch

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Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Year: 2014
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Format: Hardback, 422 pages
ISBN: 9780062286925

Want to know how I would sum this book up in one word? Fantastic. Everything about this book is just awesome, and I am in love with this world, these characters, and that writing style. Hello to a new favourite author, and a new favourite book series that I am assuming will only get better with each release. If you’ve been planning on reading this or buying it since it came out and still haven’t got around to it, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU? Guys, this book is fabulous.

Normally I always try and type up my own summary on what the book is about, but every time I try it sounds super confusing and ends up rambling and long. Even when I tried to tell someone what this book was about in person they told me I confused them, so I’m just going to share the blurb from the dust jacket.

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The Museum of Intangible Things – Wendy Wunder

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Author: Wendy Wunder
Year: 2014
Publisher: Razorbill
Format: Hardback, 292 Pages
ISBN: 9781595145147

This is a book that has left me with very mixed feelings. On the one hand, I loved this book, but on the other hand, I didn’t love this book. It was most definitely not what I was expecting. When I look at this cover, I would think this book is about two hipster girls (hipster because they like flower crowns obviously). The colours, the hipsterish vibe, and basically everything on this cover led me to believe that I was picking up a book that was going to be a cute and light contemporary about friendship that would leave me feeling warm and fuzzy. If this is what you are expecting with this book, I’ll let you know now that this is not the case. As this book deals with some darker themes, and it most definitely left me a little surprised.

The Museum of Intangible Things follows best friends Zoe and Hannah. Neither has had an easy life, nor a life with much in it. But they have always had each other. Zoe’s younger brother Noah, has Asperger’s syndrome, and struggles to process anything irrational or intangible. To aid in his development, Zoe created the museum of intangible things, where every once and awhile Zoe picks an emotion and teaches him all about that emotion through an exhibition she holds in a room in her house. On one summer day when Zoe decides she needs to get away from everything, her and Hannah head out on a road-trip leaving behind their small town and everything/everyone in it. Whilst on the road, Zoe believes Hannah is destined for greater things, and begins educating Hannah on the intangible things that she’s missing in her life.

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin

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Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Year Published: 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback, 452 pages
ISBN: 9780857073631

 I always love stumbling across books that no matter how many times you read can still leave you feeling the same emotions that you felt the first time you read them. Shock, surprise, confusion, and humour that you think would be gone once you’ve read it, only to discover that the book can still send you on an emotional rollercoaster. Well done to Michelle Hodkin for writing not one, but two books that can make me feel this way, as it is not only the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer that had this effect on me, but its sequel the Evolution of Mara Dyer too (expect a review for that one shortly!).

I’m going to state this nice and early for you so there is no confusion. I LOVE this book, and I’ve been in love with this book since I first read it shortly after it’s release in 2011. This review if you haven’t picked up on it, is based on a reread, which for this book is probably about the fourth time I’ve read it. Continue reading