Soulmates Book Review

Soulmates by Holly Bourne

Synopsis

Poppy Lawson is sceptical when it comes to love, but upon meeting Noah, her viewpoint changes and she becomes infatuated by him. However, their love threatens to cause destruction on a global scale. Can their relationship survive, or will it crumble under the pressure?

First Impressions

The premise had me intrigued. What would happen to Poppy when she met her soulmate? The build up to the reveal was brilliant, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Poppy and Noah’s story arc. Some characters and scenes were a unnecessary, but it was good overall.

Writing Element Thoughts

It was so interesting to have read one of Holly Bourne’s later novels first and then read her debut novel. By comparison, you can see how much she’s improved since this debut novel. For example, she includes scenes that felt unnecessary and slowed the pace at times, whereas in her later novel, she only incorporated the most important scenes.

The overall story arc was consistent and good, and the steady build to the climax did keep me gripped and wanting to read on. The characterisation was interesting in that some of the characters were very well developed, but others felt like they didn’t really serve a purpose. Although Ruth had one redeeming moment, she was only there to undermine Poppy, and Amanda was just there. Lizzie, on the other hand, was a good friend, and the growth between Poppy and Noah was excellent.

But hey, not every first novel can be perfect. It takes those first novels to realise what it is about your writing that needs improving, and what worked really well.

What I Like

  • Poppy and Noah’s character growth – going from distain towards Noah to liking him to dating him was such a wonderful experience. I loved watching the pair getting intimate with one another and allowing their guards to drop.
  • How they used science to explain why this whole experience was happening – despite my basic knowledge of science, I still understood they put a twist on basic human biology and explained it in a way that actually made sense (even if it’s implausible).

What I Don’t Like

  • The melodrama could be too much at times, even for a YA novel – I understand that teenagers are angsty and dramatic, but sometimes it ruined the scene and pulled you out of the story.
  • A few too many scenes – some of the scenes felt irrelevant and unnecessary, which slowed the pace of the story.

Overall Thoughts

I enjoyed the overall premise and watching Poppy and Noah’s relationship grow. I wasn’t as hooked as It Only Happens In The Movies, but I did still enjoy picking it up and reading it.

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Books vs. E-Books vs. Audiobooks

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There has long been a debate over which is better since e-books existence. But with the rise of audiobooks, I figured they deserved a place in this debate.

Books

Pros

There’s something nice about holding a physical book and what comes with it. Flipping pages, new/old book smell, folded corners. You can’t beat the physical sensation of a book. Bonus: if you drop your book in the water, it won’t do anything but maybe crease the pages.

Cons

Carrying around a physical book is heavy, especially when you only bring a small bag around with you. Additionally, if you care about the physical appearance of your book, carrying around a book could potentially scratch the cover and make it more battered.

E-books

Pros

You can have a lot of books stored in your library, and even if there’s not enough storage space on your device, you can store it in the cloud. Plus, they’re usually quite light so carrying them around is easy.

Cons

While they’re becoming more waterproof now, they generally won’t survive long periods of time in water. Not to mention you have to charge the device and remembering to do so can be easily forgotten.

Audiobooks

Pros

You can listen to any book you want anywhere you go. Just pop on an audiobook and away you go. They’re easy to use and convenient if you don’t have a lot of time to sit down and read.

Cons

You might not concentrate when listening to them and you might then miss a crucial part of the story, or just get totally lost. Additionally, like the e-books, you’ll need to charge it on whichever device you use.

Which do you prefer to use and why?