Monday, February 8, 2016

Mark These Books Monday: I'll Give You The Sun & Carry On!!!

Hey there guys!

For this week's Mark These Books Monday I have two books that count both towards my Diverse Reads Book Challenge as well as the Rock My TBR Challenge!

Carry On was my buddy read with Melanie from One Less Lonely Blog for #RockMyTBR and the other one, I'll Give You The Sun, I finally decided to read because of Mel too! It is one of her fave books, and I decided to read it while I waited for her to catch up with me on our buddy read!







I'll Give You the SunI'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I cannot decide if I should give this one 4 or 5 stars. My gut feeling after finishing was 5 stars but this morning I was thinking of a few issues I might have with it...

I really enjoyed this one, it grabbed me and wouldn't let me go! I kept reading and reading and I really needed to know what would happen, what was going on, what happened in the past, simply everything!

The book is told in dual POV from Jude and Noah, the twins, but one is present time (Jude) and the other one is 3 years in the past (Noah). I loved both their voices, even if Noah's was the more bright and emotional, at least at first. He's the artist and he's falling in love with a guy and also has all his hopes up to join the arts school that's his dream. We meet a different Jude there that the one we spend time with as a 16 year old on her pages and Noah is also different in her pages, not just because we see him from his sister's eyes, but because of events that happened 3 years ago.

Changing from one POV to the other was quite a bit jarring because how different things and characters were in each of the narratives, but I really liked the character development and the complex family dynamics and relationships. I really loved also how important art was for both Noah and Jude, but how differently they both felt and lived it and expressed it.

After a bit of thought, I'm giving this one 4.5 stars but will leave the rating as a 4 stars here. The changing POVs sometimes interrupted the flow for me, even if sometimes they complimented each other very well, I was left a bit unsure about how I felt about the family complex dynamic and how it was resolved in the end. Also a bit unsure about the age differences in the relationships and how it was presented. I'm still not sure if I feel like they can be problematic or not, so those small bits are nagging me from giving it a full 5 stars.

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Carry OnCarry On by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I absolutely loved this one! It has not dethroned Fangirl as my Rainbow Rowell favourite book, but it was close! I loved her take on the Chosen One story and the magical school, and I simply loved Baz and Simon and Penny and Agatha! I'm also extremely glad to have buddy read it with Melanie from One Less Lonely Blog because we've had a lot of fun chatting about the book as we progressed!

I know not everyone loved the Baz & Simon snippets on Fangirl, but I loved them as much as the story itself, so I was super excited to read their full book story when I was announced, but for some reason once it published... I was wary of starting it, I guess? I dunno, but since October last year it had been sitting in my Kindle. And boy, why did I doubt Rainbow Rowell? I was hooked probably since page 1!

The vaguely Hogwarts-y feeling was there but in such a way that it was different enough to be its own story but some winks that simply made me want to re-read the Harry Potter books! This magical world is different, and so is our Chosen One. But I must say, that my favourite part and what I think the strongest of the book is not exactly the magical world of Chosen One plot, although it is very well done and wrapped up in a single book. No, the strongest part of this book is the characters, their dynamics, relationships and their development.

The book is told on multiple POVs, the main ones being Simon, Penny, Baz and Agatha, althought we also get Lucy's which at first we aren't sure who she is, and the Mague. I really enjoyed all the main 4 POVs but I must confess my favourite has to be Baz! I really liked his voice, his self-deprecanting voice and how he accepted who he was, and how he made himself the villain if need be. I couldn't stop shipping him and Simon like mad since his POV chapters started! Simon seemed well obsessed enough with him too, even if he seemed to be think it was just concern for whatever Baz could be plotting against him (yeah right... denial is not just a river in Egypt, indeed).

As I say, I adored all the main characters, Penny was a delight, outspoken, loyal and not letting Simon be self sacrificing in stupid ways and Agatha? Agatha was trying to find her place in a world where magick is everything and she couldn't care enough about it, and I loved how she ended up being true to herself and her true feelings, not to family pressure. And I loved how Baz & Simon's relationship progressed in the midst of a murder investigation and the onset of a massive war.

The conflict was explained and solved in a rather more satisfactory way than I expected and I was happy to see what happened after, even if it was just the immediate aftermath. A bit unusual for a fantasy but pretty much in line with how unusual a fantasy story this one. After all, it was all about the characters and who they are/were.

Very well deserved 5 stars for this one!

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16 comments:

  1. I'll Give You the Sun was such a unique and beautifully written read wasn't it? Their povs were also quite jarring for me, but I was able to appreciate it once I got into it.

    I'm so glad you loved Carry On, it's one of my favourite books of 2015! I absolutely LOVED Baz's point of view as well and how Simon was constantly obsessing over him. Lovely reviews Pili!

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    1. I absolutely ADORED Carry On and loved I'll Give You The Sun, so glad we agree on both!!

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  2. I NEED TO READ CARRY ON PILI!!!! I loved the little snippets of Simon and Baz we got in fangirl, so I can't wait to read this one. I don't love that both books have multiple POVs, I always struggle with that, but it seems like it was more successful in Carry On than in I'll Give You the Sun, so that's good:) Fabulous reviews my friend!

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    1. YESSSS YOU NEED TO READ CARRY ON!! And be assured that the multiple POV WILL work for you! You know it doesn't always work for it, and it was fantastic here, Jenny!

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  3. I ADORED I'll Give You Sun! So happy you enjoyed it! I want to read Carry On so badly! I loved Fangirl and I've read a few chapters of this one, so I know it's great. You're review just reminded me how much I want to read it. Maybe I'll do it soon!

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    1. You ought to read it ASAP, Lis! Carry On is AWESOME!

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  4. I wasn't sure if I would read I'll Give You the Sun, but I have to admit I'm pretty interested in it after your review! Carry On is also one I want to read, but I think I'd like to read Fangirl first. :)

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    1. Reading Fangirl first would be a good choice Jess!

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  5. Loved I'll Give You the Sun! I haven't read Carry On and am not sure about it... I'm fine with the m/m romance aspect but the whole fanfic/book within a book is what has me unsure. But... if you loved it that much, I think I will have to try it.
    Jen @ YA Romantics

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    1. I was a bit worried about the fantasy aspect too but it worked very well Jen!!

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  6. Cait has been shouting the glories of I'll Give You the Sun for a while now. I think your review may have just cinched the deal for me! I have been looking for it as a sale ebook, but I have never caught one. Maybe I will get it from the library. I have never had the urge to read any Rowell because as you know Contemp is not my thing and I only read strictly issues based, but Carry On sounds different and I might give it a try. Thanks for these reviews, Pili. :)

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    1. Carry On is not contemporary, it's fantasy!! =D I hope you'll give these two a try, LaLa!

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  7. Eeeep! Two very popular YA contemporary novels! I liked the other cover of the first one, predominately white with tons of colored streaks, you know which I'm talking about? So gorgeous! I don't think these two are for me but I am SO happy to see that you loved these books so much! 4.5 and 5 stars is fantastic. Lovely reviews, Pili!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Carry On is fantasy, not contemporary!! ;)

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  8. Yaaay :D Awesome reviews Pili. <3 Thank you for sharing your thoughts about these books :) The first one seems interesting, but probably not for me ;p And ahhhh! CARRY ON :D I'm SO glad you finally read it. <3 I loved this book THE MOST. And I'm thrilled you loved it too :D YAY. Wasn't Simon and Baz just the best? <3 Sigh. Now I wish to re-read it. I have waited long enough already, yes? Yeah. I think so. Must re-read it soonish :D

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    1. YES! Re-read it soon Carina! Baz & Simon are just perfect together!!

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