It's clear that I've found my new favourite author. This is the third book I've read by Yoko Ogawa and I've enjoyed everyone. Ogawa is a beautifully simplistic story teller and these three short stories are dark but certainly worth a read - 4 stars.
"The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas" is a powerful story that needs telling, even if the story of Bruno and his new friend is not realistic. The true events that lie in the plot are terrible and should not be forgotten so books like this are always worth a read. For me the book didn't pack as much emotion as the film, but I feel that if I had read this as a child, it would have spoken to me a lot more than it has now. It's 4 stars from me.
Parts of this book are decent chick-lit that I enjoyed, however the rest of the book was too unbelievable for me. I wasn't a fan of the characters or the main plot points and felt that some of the book was still stuck in the past with the original. I'd give "The Rise & Fall of Becky Sharp" two stars.
I'm giving "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" 1 star, but not because it's bad or poorly written but mostly because I just didn't understand it.
Rose and Rosie have put together an honest look at their lives and how they have become the people they are today. As YouTube stars with around 750,000 followers, these girls are entertaining and it felt like I was having a chat with two of my close friends. I'm sure their long term fans will love it even more than I did, it's 4 stars from me.
One thing subscription boxes certainly do is make you realise how quickly time flies! I haven't even got round to reading September's book yet and here's October's box reminding me to get a move on!
"I Let You Go" seemed a promising read when I picked it up but this really wasn't for me. While it started well I started to lose interest somewhere in the middle and didn't care for any of the characters or what happened to them. I like thrillers to grip me throughout and keep me on my toes, but this one sadly couldn't, therefore it's 2 stars from me.
I'd recommended these short stories for someone looking to read something a little dark. Yōko Ogawa writes simply without over-complicating things to tell 11 stories of revenge. They may be odd or strange to some but I have really enjoyed spending a few days engrossed in these little stories and give "Revenge" 5 stars.