Book Review

Fiction Expresss Monday : Falling Backwards by Jenny Ryan – Chapter 5.

Voting has closed over at Fiction Express for this week, so here’s what I thought about the latest chapter of Falling Backwards. Please be aware there are spoilers ahead for the chapter.

I thought that with there being just two choices on the last vote I had quite a good chance of having voted for the winning option, but no the winning vote was that April/Leah and Efrain should hitch-hike back. I found this chapter quite a tense read, there’s so much that could go wrong for Leah and so much danger in the environment. This level of tension certainly makes for a gripping read, I was willing the chapter to be longer – I didn’t want to stop reading. I can’t decide whether Leah is making things better for April or not, I hope if she isn’t then Rosa will step in and help her!

For this week’s vote I chose that Leah should remain cooperative and go with the rebels. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens next.

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Fiction Expresss Monday : Falling Backwards by Jenny Ryan – Chapter 4.

Voting has closed over at Fiction Express for this week, so here’s what I thought about the latest chapter of Falling Backwards. Please be aware there are spoilers ahead for the chapter.

The vote this week saw Leah choosing to go with Efrain, and lying to Elena in the process. I really enjoyed seeing Leah trying to adjust to April’s 1990s wardrobe, I could picture the styles so clearly. Leah’s new found confidence and willingness to accept her situation and the opportunities it could give her is interesting, I hope that she continues to remember the mission that she’s on! I’m intrigued by the suggestion that Zaira and Efrain have a past together, I really hope we get to find out more about that in the weeks to come.

I was pleased when I saw there were only two options for the vote this week, thinking that would make it easier to choose. I’m not sure that it was actually any easier, but in the end I voted for Efrain to take April swimming whilst they waited for Jorge.

Chapter 5 will be going live this Friday, but the vote is open right over the festive period until 2nd January so my review of Chapter 5 will appear then once the voting is closed.

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Fiction Expresss Monday : Falling Backwards by Jenny Ryan – Chapter 3

Voting has closed over at Fiction Express for this week, so here’s what I thought about the latest chapter of Falling Backwards. Please be aware there are spoilers ahead for the chapter.

Pleasingly this week the vote went the way I’d voted, and Leah went to make amends with the Flores family and spent some time reading April’s diary. I thought it was interesting that Leah managed to persuade herself that it was okay to read the diary by considering it like a blog, and it was certainly good to get some of the back story to April and to begin to imagine how she might have made the mistakes that she mentioned to Leah on the plane. I also liked the way that actual events that took place in Mexico are being woven into the plot – I don’t know much about these events but I know I’ll be reading up about them at some point in the near future, I always like fiction throwing up new areas of fact for me to learn about. We met some more new characters this week, I particularly liked Dulce and hope we get to see more of her in future chapters.

This week’s vote was a bit tricky again, I really wanted to vote for them all! In the end I settled for voting that Leah should go with Elena and Raymundo.

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Fiction Expresss Monday : Falling Backwards by Jenny Ryan – Chapter 2

Voting has closed over at Fiction Express for this week, so here’s what I thought about the latest chapter of Falling Backwards. Please be aware there are spoilers ahead for the chapter.

The result of the first vote for Falling Backwards saw Leah choose to go with the old lady, Rosa. I was pretty happy to see that this option won, it was the other one that I was very tempted to vote for. It quickly turns out that Rosa is going to be an important character in the book – she is responsible for Leah being in April’s body back in 1994. I liked that we got to understand a little more about why Rosa has done this, and what she wants Leah to do. This chapter also introduced us briefly to a few more characters, I’m not entirely sure I like Jane or Zaira but then I think that’s probably intentional! I’m certainly intrigued by Efrain – I’m looking forward to getting to know him a little better over the coming chapters.

The vote was a tricky one this week, I thought there were pros and cons to each of the options. In the end I voted for Leah to stay at the Flores house and read April’s diary. I wonder which one will win the vote?

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Fiction Expresss Monday : Falling Backwards by Jenny Ryan

Voting has closed over at Fiction Express for this week, so here’s what I thought about the latest chapter of Falling Backwards. Please be aware there are spoilers ahead for the chapter.

The chapter starts by introducing us to Leah, she’s midway through a flight to Oaxaca, Mexico where she’s going to be spending the next four months as part of an exchange from school. A series of events leads her to talk to April who made the same exchange trip 18 years previously. April’s returning to Oaxaca to try and work out where her life went wrong, her descriptions of her time in Oaxaca do nothing to reassure Leah who’s feeling nervous about her trip. Up to this point I was really looking forward to reading about the two trips to Mexico when wham the plot takes a huge twist and Leah finds herself the victim of both a time slip and body swap! So Leah is now in April’s body back at the time April is about to go on her very own exchange, how on earth is this going to work?

Straight away I loved the nostalic touches, as an almost teen myself in 1994 I know I’m going to enjoy the mentions of things such as VCRs and personal CD players. I also like the inclusion of the old Mexican lady, her presence straight away puts me in mind of Mike’s attempts to find his spirit guide in 17 Again, a film which I love.

I was really torn between two of the options when it came to the vote. In the end I settled for Leah going on the bus with the rest of the students. I can’t wait to see which option wins this week.

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Fiction Expresss Monday : Introducing… Falling Backwards.

It’s been a few weeks since my last Fiction Express Monday post so I’m really excited to be back with one today, to talk about the new book being launched this week.

Falling Backwards is written by Jenny Ryan (you can read a great introduction to her here), and sounds absolutely brilliant:

When a stranger takes the seat next to Leah on the plane to Mexico and unburdens her unhappy story, Leah finds herself involved in someone else’s life in a way she’d never thought possible. Can Leah help April correct the mistakes of her past and find peace at last? Will she risk losing herself in the process?

The first chapter goes live on Friday (18th November) and you have until Monday 28th November to vote on where you think the second chapter should go.

Fiction Express have reduced the price of the credits you buy to read the book:

  • 1 credit costs 49p
  • 5 credits cost £2.25 (works out at 45p each)
  • 10 credits cost £3.90 (works out at 39p each)

The first chapter will be free like normal, so if you buy the ten credits outright at the beginning that means you’ll get the whole book for £3.90 – brilliant value I think.

I’ve had a sneaky peak at chapter 1, and I can tell you it’s brilliant. Make sure you come back on Monday 28th November once the voting is closed to find out exactly what I thought.

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Fiction Express Monday : Rémy Brunel and the Ocean Of Light Chapter 11.

There’s no voting over at Fiction Express this week as it’s the final chapter of Sharon Gosling’s Rémy Brunel and the Ocean of Light. Here are my thoughts about it, please be aware there are spoilers ahead for the chapter.

At the end of chapter 10 we were faced with choosing between Thaddeus staying with Rémy or her making him go and save himself. I was really pleased to see him stay with her, I didn’t like the idea of him leaving her behind. The opening part of the chapter was certainly filled with plenty of tension, I realised I was holding my breath as I read at one point – always a sign of a gripping read for me! I did get really worried when it became clear that whilst both Rémy and Thaddeus had survived they each thought the other had perished, I was very glad that Desai and J intervened! The way Rémy and Thaddeus were both so willing to sacrifice themselves was really heart warming, I was so pleased with the way it all played out with neither of them ending up locked away for stealing the jewel. I loved the epilogue, it was so nice to see what had become of the characters and the open ending means the reader can imagine what happens next. I’m going to imagine Rémy and Thaddeus living a long and happy, if slightly complicated, life together.

I can’t believe that we’ve already reached the end of Rémy Brunel and the Ocean Of Light. It’s been another brilliant book from Fiction Express, I’m looking forward to whatever comes next from them!