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review 2016-02-01 15:12
Simply: Beautiful
The Secret to Letting Go - Katherine Fleet

SO I just need to first mention this: Please have a look at the cover. Isn't it very pretty?
The coverslut in me was very happy indeed, when I got this novel.

And while one shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, this one, well just go ahead and do.
Because if I had to describe The Secret to Letting Go in one word? My choice would be beautiful.

I love Fleet's prose. And I am definitely going to look out for more books by her. Her writing style is descriptive, thoughtful and subtle.

The plot was well paced. I liked the back and forth in time. And Fleet chose the right moments to expose more details of the mystery. It kept you in the exact right amount of suspense, to eagerly read on but not be distracted from the subtle changes and small events. There were some nice twists, bits that I didn't exactly anticipate.
But I also have to say that some events were kinda unbelievable and a tad too convenient. Especially how Clover's situation got solved.

I was however too wrapped up in the characters to care. I connect with both Daniel and Clover quite quickly. While I wasn't a fan of their insta-connection/love or whatever. I did love both POV and I routed for them. I loved Clover's inexperience and her wonderment. I love how Daniel found himself as her protector but also how they helped each other deal with their past. They both change over the run of the story- and it is believable. Fleet it an amazing job at showing their heartbreak, their insecurity without being melodramatic- but rather it's subtle yet raw and real. Heartbreakingly beautiful.

Last but not least: a word to the epilogue. I would have been ok with the end- before the epilogue. The epilogue made me grin- the perfect cute & fluffy to a heartbreaking & heartwarming story.

So even if the romance was rather insta, the story line rather unbelievable at times - it is still overall a unique cute & fluffy- that has actually some serious depths. And there lies my favorite part of the book. The depth. The unexpected dealing with loss and overcoming the past. It's beautifully done, incredibly moving and yet wonderfully uplifting.

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text 2016-01-31 22:46
My January 2016
High Witch (High Witch Book 1) - Mona Hanna
Girl Online On Tour - Zoe Sugg
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3: Crushed - G. Willow Wilson,Adrian Alphona
The Secret to Letting Go - Katherine Fleet
Blood Bound - K. Carter
Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban - J.K. Rowling,Klaus Fritz
All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr
High Witch (High Witch Book 1) - 3 stars
Girl Online On Tour - 4 stars
A Clockwork Orange - 3 1/2 stars
Ms. Marvel Vol. 3: Crushed - 5 stars
The Secret to Letting Go - 5 stars
Blood Bound - 2 stars
Harry Potter und der Gefangene von Askaban - 5 stars
All the Light We Cannot See - 5 stars

 

Favorite book(s) of the month:The Secret to Letting Go, Harry Potter (duh!!!), All The Light We Cannot See

 

Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Scintillate (how many months am I dragging this book with me now. UGH), Scardust, Throne of Glass

 

8 BOOKS. Yess. I think that's a really good start into the new reading year.

4 of these books were review copys, 3 were on my normal tbr pile and 1 was a reread.

If I would have finished Throne of Glass, I would have actually read the whole tbr pile I made for January. But oh well, I'm still really proud of myself.

Content wise it was a really up and down, there were some books that I absolutely loved and then there were books that I didn't even really enjoy at all.

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review 2016-01-19 16:34
The Secret to Letting Go!!!
The Secret to Letting Go - Katherine Fleet

First things first: I received this ARC through NetGalley.

The book comes out on February 1st and you should definitely check it out!!!

 

The year has only just now begun but I feel like this is a top candidat for my favorite book of the year.

 

The book is about Daniel, who can't wait to get out of town, and Clover, who showed up in town out of nowhere, looking for someone. They both have secrets and they both had something bad happen to them in their past. Both have huge walls build around them. I love these two characters, there were so many layers to them.

 

I loved the journey they made in the book, how they both changed each other in a really natural way without the whole 'they make each other better because they are in LOVE'.

 

When talking about characters, I just loved the side characters. There were so many of them but they all had their own place in the story. Amelia, who is Daniel's sister and quickly becomes a best friend to Clover. Sam, Daniel's friend, who has a thing for Amelia. Daniel's grandmother, who is just so lovely in her own kind of way. Sam's father. Mr. Alexander. There is even homeless Pete, who was just mentioned twice, I think, but who I kind of feel attached too?!

 

The relationships were wonderful. Especially the family ones. They are just the most important to me.

 

The story was wonderfully written (even the sad moments where just so beautiful!!!). The story is told from Daniel's and Clover's POV. It doesn't switch every chapter, something that I really enjoyed. The switch was made clear on top of the page but other than that, I feel even without that I could tell after a while who was who.

 

i think the pace was really good. Daniel talked about his secret, the thing that happened in his life that changed him, a bit earlier than Clover. Which I thought was the right thing to happen. When we finally found out what happened to Clover, I loved how that was written. The flashbacks were really well written and something that I always look for, that they were cleary marked/visible as flashbacks. Amazing twists that happened around the time that Clover's secret got out. I really needed a breather after that, cause it felt just so intense.

 

I won't go into details, cause I seriously had no idea what the heck I was getting into, at the same time I expected a lot from it. I just had a feeling. And I didn't get disappointed at all. The book was everything I wanted, and so much more.

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text 2016-01-17 14:58
Reading progress update: I've read 56%.
The Secret to Letting Go - Katherine Fleet

This is just such a wonderful read. I just really really love Clover. She is such a damaged character and at the same time she's really innocent. I just want to keep her save from all the bad stuff in the world (she clearly had enough of that already).

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text 2016-01-16 22:53
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
The Secret to Letting Go - Katherine Fleet

I got interested in the book because I thought the cover looked absolutely beautiful (yes I'm that person). But then the description sounded really intriguing and just great.

Now I'm in the middle of chapter 8 and so far I didn't feel disappointed. Hopefully it stays that way. I really like the characters and just the story overall. Can't wait to learn more about the two main characters, Clover and Daniel, cause they both have some tragic past and I want to know what happened.

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