Book Review | The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Blvald

brokenwheelAuthour:
Katarina Blvald
Format:
Trade paperback, 376 pages
Publication date:
August 25th 2015
Publisher:
Bond Street Books
Source:
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review:

“Books had been a defensive wall, yes, though that wasn’t all. They had protected Sara from the world around her, but they had also turned it into a fuzzy backdrop for the real adventures in her life.” (p. 17)

Back in February during the Random House Spring Preview, I first learned about The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald, and I knew then and there that it was definitely a book for me. The premise of the book follows Sara a young woman from Sweden who comes to visit the small town of Broken Wheel after she is invited there by her pen pal/fellow book lover, Amy. Once she arrives, however, she is hit with a major shock and the rest of the book is shows how Sara comes to find her place in this small town. In addition, we become acquainted with a few of the other people who reside in Broken Wheel each of whom has secrets of their own. As, the story progressed, I found that I was growing fond of such characters as George and Caroline.

My favourite element of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is how each chapter starts with a letter from Amy addressed to Sara. It is through these letters that we become familiar with the bond that developed between Amy and Sara. Furthermore, it is through these letters, that Amy is still able to remain a major figure in the story even if she can no longer directly influence what goes on in Broken Wheel.

Although there is a bit of romance in the book, it doesn’t overwhelm the central story of how a small town comes together partly as a result of a young woman and her books. Overall, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend has an extremely fairy tale like charm to it which makes it all the more heartwarming. Sure, there are numerous events in the book that may require you to suspend your disbelief, but that’s what makes it such an excellent book to escape into. Besides who doesn’t love a happy ending, even if it’s a bit too neatly tied up?

If you like this book, you’ll love: A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

Book Review | A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install

a-robot-in-the-garden-by-deborah-install-book-coverAuthour:
Deborah Install
Format:
Trade Paperback, 284 pages
Publication date:
June 30th 2015
Publisher:
Random House Canada
Source:
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review:

“Why would there be a robot in the garden? Have you left that bloody gate open again, Amy?” (p. 7)

Although I had lukewarm feelings towards The Rosie Project, a book which A Robot in the Garden has been compared to, I did fall in love A Robot in the Garden. The premise of A Robot in the Garden is basically what’s stated in the title; however it contains a greater amount of substance. The story takes place in a world and time when androids not uncommon and we get to travel to different countries as Ben and Tang embark on their journey to find out more concerning Tang right around the time when Ben’s life starts to fall apart.

Surprisingly, enough while I was not fond of Ben or Tang as individuals, I adored them together. The bond that forms between the two is incredibly endearing to witness, as is the mental and physical journey the two embark on together, which takes to places far from Ben’s home like Japan and the USA. And while I found the transformation Ben undergoes to be slightly difficult to believe, I did appreciate how as a result of his new found maturity he doesn’t rush into anything when he returns home from his journey with Tang. I also love the various characters that Ben and Tang encounter on their journey, and I found it hilarious when Ben and Tang were mistaken as lovers.

A Robot in the Garden is a truly lovely story that warmed my heart and gave me hope simultaneously. Additionally, it’s also a story concerning family, marriage, loss, and love with a slightly surprising reveal regarding Tang’s origins that shows that ultimately it is up to you to decide how you will live your life. Deborah Install has written a simple yet highly enjoyable and amusing adventure story that is a wonderful summer pick and should be on everyone’s reading list for the beach or a summer vacation.

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

Waiting On Wednesday #16 – Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights upcoming titles that we’re looking forward to/dying to read.
It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
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Synposis:

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Authour:
Rainbow Rowell

Publication date:
July 8th 2014

Publisher:
St. Martin’s Press

Okay, I know I already have like two books by Rainbow Rowell that I still need to get to but this one sounds really good so I couldn’t help myself. I’m not just a fan of contemporary young adult fiction, I also love contemporary adult fiction too!