Saturday, July 12, 2014 19:49

Let it go #3. Seven Waters and bullies.

Let it go is my new feature, where I will spotlight all the books I DNF and the ones I read, but don’t want to review. And yes, the name is based on the wonderful song from the movie Frozen, hence the snowflake and the reindeer. This feature is based on several other DNF features. 

Today I share two  little reviews for books I’ve read in the beginning of this year. The first book is part of a series from one of my favourite authors. It's a magical book filled with strong female characters and healthy relationships.  I also review an anthology that personally touched me.

17451331Juliet Marillier – Flame of Sevenwaters. Seven Waters #6. Published November 6th 2012 by Roc Hardcover.

My summary:Maeve was injured in a fire 10 years ago and now, for the first time, she is going home. She feels reluctant to leave her uncle and aunt (Bran & Liadan), especially because she can’t use her hands. She grew up in a house where people are used to her wounds and it’s scary to leave that safe place. Meave has to return home, because she has to escort a horse for her father and she is the only one who can deal with the animal; it’s her gift. There are tensions at home after the disappearance from two sons of a neighbour on their ground. It appears MacDara is back and he is not done with her family. Together with Ciaran and her guide Luachan, she has to defeat MacDara for good, especially if she wants her two beloved dogs back.

FINISHED: 3 stars.I love Marilliers world-building, which is woven through with Celtic elements. Her use of magic is incredibly subtle and makes it feel so real. She is a genius when it comes to writing characters, even when Maeve wasn’t my favorite character in the series. She has her flaws and I could understand how hard it must be for her to return home after so many years. Her parents are strangers and people look strange at her and how she has to adjust her daily life with her unusable hands. There is also something for everyone. There is action, mystery and a hint of romance. I highly recommend this series from one of my favorite authors, even when this book isn't as impressive as the first three.

10428981Megan Kelley Hall – Dear Bully: 60 authors tell their stories. Published September 6th 2011 by HarperTeen.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Discover how Lauren Kate transformed the feeling of that one mean girl getting under her skin into her first novel, how Lauren Oliver learned to celebrate ambiguity in her classmates and in herself, and how R.L. Stine turned being the "funny guy" into the best defense against the bullies in his class. Today's top authors for teens come together to share their stories about bullying—as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators—in a collection at turns moving and self-effacing, but always deeply personal.
FINISHED: 3.5 stars.Very touching and emotional. I wish I had a book like this when I was younger. One of the worst thing with bullying is how lonely it makes you feel. It's a good thing when you find out that you are not alone: that it isn't about YOU. This book should be a required reading at school. I hope it would make people realize what an effect bullying can have on someone.

What I really liked about this book, were the different ways authors shared their story. Some wrote a letter, some wrote poetry or would share their past with the alphabet. It made the book even more interesting to read. I think it was good that some stories were even told by bullies - or at least people who weren't brave enough to stand up for bullied friends.

33 comments:

  1. Love the idea of this feature :)

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  2. That last book looks really intriguing! It's like a memoir of sorts, then? I'm totally curious about it now.

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    1. Yes, an anthology filled with stories about their bullies.

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  3. I love the new feature and how it was inspired by Frozen, now every time I see it I will think of the song lol! Dear Bully sounds like such an amazing and relevant book. I love the way you talked about it. I haven't read a Juliet Marillier book yet but have a few on my shelf to read, it does truly sound amazing.

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  4. Dear Bully is definitely something I'm going to be avoiding. I am still a little sensitive about it and it just always breaks my heart to hear other people's stories :( I like knowing I am not alone but at the same time I wish that so many people wouldn't have to go through it. Do you know what I mean? .-.

    I am glad that you enjoyed Flame of Sevenwaters even though it wasn't as great as the first couple of books and hey a 3 star rating is still good right??

    Fabulous mini-reviews, Mel! :)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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    1. I know exactly what you mean. It took me some time to evaluate it after I was done.

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  5. This is an awesome feature! I've been DNF-ing books over the last year and finished a lot of books that I've neglected to review. Anyway, it's sad that the 6th Sevenwaters book didn't live up to the greatness of the first three. Daughter of the Forest was one of my favorites and the rest of the series is on my wishlist.

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  6. Thanks for putting that song in my head again Mel. xD That second book sounds good, but I think it hits a bit close to home for me. =)

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    1. You are very welcome ;) I must admit that the last book was difficult to read, but still very good.

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  7. I love this feature idea!

    I really need to read more of the Sevenwaters series, I read the first three when they first came out and loved them, but never seemed to finish the rest of the series. Alas.

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    1. Well, the first three are the best books if you ask me :)

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  8. Great idea!!! I will keep a good eye on this!

    www.lite-rate-ture.com

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  9. Awesome post Mel. <3 Thank you for sharing. Not read any of these; but Dear Bully sounds interesting. I'm glad you mostly enjoyed it :)

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  10. I haven't heard of these two, tbh with you. I love the fact that Flame of Sevenwaters has Celtic elements. The fact that romance is very small in this novel makes me glad since it seems like these novels in this series are more about the story than the romance and even though I love my romance, I don't like it on the forefront unless it's a contemporary about romance. As for Dear Bully, I love issue books and I'm glad it touched you. Great reviews, Melanie! <3

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  11. Marilliers is an author I haven't read yet unfortunately but she's been on my tbr shelf for quite some time though. I especially remember your reviews for her books so I look forward to experiencing her word-building and characters. I especially like Celtic elements so that's exciting! Her use of mystery here and action sound wonderful :)

    As for Dear Bully, well I'm quite surprised I hadn't heard about it till seeing it here! It sounds like a very moving and important read. I'll be sure to pick it up! Wonderful reviews Mel!! xxxx

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    1. I really hope you have time soon to pick up her work. She is amazing.

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  12. Dear Bully sounds very emotional and I can imagine it might be a good book for people being bullied. I hadn't heard of it before, but I may have to check it out :) It sounds quite powerful and like you said, it might be a great book for required reading. I really wish they would make it compulsory at schools to read at least one book on the effects of bullying - I wonder if that would decrease the amount of bullying.

    Lovely reviews, Mel! <3

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  13. Love Juliet Marillier! I read Daughter of the Forest, but I never got around to reading the other books in the series. I need to do that asap, but I'm just worried I won't like them as much. And this anthology looks really good! Thanks for putting it on my radar, as it includes some wonderful authors! Lovely post, Mel! :D

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    1. The first three books are amazing. The others after that.. only for the hardcore fans :)

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  14. I agree that Dear Bully should be a required reading in school. I think it help alleviate bullying. It's fantastic that a lot of authors contributed their stories for that book.

    ~ Dre @ Sporadic Reads

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  15. I am planning to read the Seven Waters series sometime soon, so I'm sad that the 6th book wasn't excellent, but at least you are a fan of the series. It sounds like an excellent read!

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  16. Great feature -- I've been doing a lot more mini-reviews and shelving books as "setting aside for now." Letting stuff go is a good idea sometimes!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

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  17. I read Dear Bully and LOVED IT. It was absolutely heartbreaking and just wonderfulllllll. Also I adore your meme name ;)

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  18. Dear Bully sounds like a really intriguing and emotional story, and I'm glad you enjoyed it Mel! <3

    The Flame of Sevenwaters sounds wonderful! :D I always love books with strong characterization and a Celtic setting (what can I say? I'm Irish! xD), so this sounds absolutely wonderful! Plus well-developed magic? YEAH!

    Thanks for sharing Mel! I absolutely love this meme! (Especially the title - hehe!)

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

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    1. You should totally check out her series :D

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  19. I haven't read any Juliet Marrilier but I have seen the name often enough now that I think I should scope her out.

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  20. I have to say the original trilogy for Sevenwaters will always stand out to me from the rest of that series. Have you read her other series? ...I pretty much just love everything she does haha

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    1. I have read Heart's blood, Wildwood dancing + Cybele's secret, but I have yet to read her other work. I do have two other series on the shelves and I hope to get to them soon!

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  21. Shame you didn't love Flame of Sevenwaters! I still haven't read it, and I guess I'm losing my excitement for the books in the series. I agree they're just not as good as the first three, though even the third was kind of lackluster to me. I probably need to go back and reread them, since it's been a long time. I just adore the first two, though. I'd read anything from Juliet Marillier, her writing is just so beautiful.

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  22. Yikes, I forgot how many books were in the Sevenwaters series! I do plan on starting this one at some point... (among others) ^^

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