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Black Heart Blue Kindle ↠ Black Heart  eBook ¾ HephzibahYou ve no idea what it s like having a freak for a sister RebeccaBorn first, prettier, Hephzi s always been the popular one The FatherWhen he was busy with his bottle we were usually safe Usually The MotherHer specialist subject was misery and lessons of painful silence Hephzibah and Rebecca are twinsOne beautiful, one disfigured Trapped with their loveless parents, they dream of a normal life But when one twin tragically dies, the other must find a way to escape Because if she doesn t, she ll end up like her sister Loved this book as it was a proper turn pager, and one I did not want to put down Depicting the saddening tale of two sisters, abused at the hands of their parents, and their escape I loved how the chapters alternated from the sisters perspectives, showing personal thoughts and feelings as well as events from both of their perspectives and their journeys Great read, definitely recommend Cross over fiction is a genre that I ve thought a lot about.Well, OK not really, I just said that so I sounded like I was in the know about all things publishing Before I read this book, a cross over fiction kinda book, I d never really thought about it But for reviewing purposes I have decided to do just that.I ve narrowed all my thoughts, highly highly intellectual thoughts, down to one question that I will attempt to answer in this review.Is a book that is classed as cross over fiction Cross over fiction is a genre that I ve thought a lot about.Well, OK not really, I just said that so I sounded like I was in the know about all things publishing Before I read this book, a cross over fiction kinda book, I d never really thought about it But for reviewing purposes I have decided to do just that.I ve narrowed all my thoughts, highly highly intellectual thoughts, down to one question that I will attempt to answer in this review.Is a book that is classed as cross over fiction a YA book that wants to be an adult book or is it an adult book who wants to be a YA book Now, you know that yours truly is a YA book blog so going off that fact alone we can establish that adult books are definitely cooler.Nah, I m completely kidding YA books are all the rage right now and rightly so Real people are reading YA books and they re not ashamed because SURPRISE there are actually some great YA books out there But adult books will always be the ones that top the bestselling charts and the ones that people talk about over canap s and champagne at high brow dinner parties.So are cross over books, books that straddle the genre and appeal to all readers the way forward Anyway, let s talk about this particular cross over book I have decided to create a scoring system to see if I can determine whether this book is a YA book asking an older book to buy it some Strongbow or whether it s actually an adult book going through a mid life crisis and pretending it s in its late teens and is um probably going to get something pierced or, I dunno, buy a motorbike.Jo plays a snappily titled game of Adult Book or YA book 1 I loved this book from the first page That may sound completely cheesy and clich but I literally did love it from the first page Literally, Jo LITERALLY DO YOU KNOW THE MEANING OF LITERALLY I hear you bellow Yes, I do and if you d let me finish I ll tell you why.This book has a Sylvia Plath quote as its epigraph You do not do, you do not doAny , black shoeIn which I have lived like a footFor thirty years, poor and white,Barely daring to breathe or Achoo Daddy, Sylvia PlathIf you re starting with a Sylvia Plath epigraph you have to have guts because, I mean, it s Sylvia Plath If you write a pithy, awful book after starting with Plath then you ll always be known as the author who thinks they re good enough to follow Plath and no one wants to be that author Luckily, Ms Reid did not write a pithy, awful book.And while I m not saying that young adults can t read and love Plath I actually read The Bell Jar when I was 16 , the mere act of quoting a dark and uncomfortable poem perfectly sets up the reader for a dark and uncomfortable read Black Heart Blue is difficult to read, it s harrowing and it s dark.I don t want to go into the plot points because of spoilers but wooosha.And you can quote me on that though you probably wouldn t want to.So, re Dark tone of the book Adult book or YA book Adult book.2 It seems every YA heroine has a tortured sister nowadays Not that it s a bad thing and I m not saying that this book is about a heroine with a tortured sister.It s about two heroines with a tortured sister.That s right We have twins I m always wary of books about twins because even though in theory, they are a great way to explore sister or brother, though I haven t actually read any books with male twins relationships they always just fall flat for me The jealously The angst The bitchiness Yawn.But what I liked about Rebecca and Hephzibah were that they were completely different from each other They didn t really like each other at all Hephzibah was a bitch to Rebecca but Rebecca wasn t all sunshine and kittens either I loved how they had two separate personalities but there was always that bond that they shared, both from what they had gone through but also just because they have the almost supernatural bond that they have Like I said, normally I m reluctant to read twin books but in this case, the sisters and their relationship added lots to the overall feel of the book.Re Twins and tortured sisterly bonds Adult book or YA book YA book.3 OK, this next bit is a bit of a quibble I had with the book I wasn t entirely convinced about the setting When I started reading this book I thought it was going to be set in the 50s or something but then there was talk of A Levels, Glee and Cheryl Cole It s obvious that Ms Reid knows how to deal the twisty, dark human emotions but when it came to writing general teenager stuff it didn t always ring true for me.And I don t think I ve ever met a seventeen year old boy who would want to ride a moped I think most of them would be happy to settle with a Megarider or a lift from their parents Maybe that s just me To me, anyway, this book sometimes read like a historical book but I like historical books, so I was fine with that but I don t think that s what Ms Reid intended.Re Adults thinking that teenagers care about if Cheryl Cole rides a moped Adult book or YA book Adult book.4 Tiptoeing delicately here but the adults in this book bar one were absolutely horrible Despicable Terrible Seriously, I was so angry and scowly Really well done though.Re Horrible adults Adult book or YA book Seeing as adults aren t allowed in a YA book Adult book.5 Insert bad boy love interest Adult book or YA book YA book 6 Hopeful ending Well Ms Reid took us for a ridiculous sad ride through this book but there was a hopeful ending All the nastiness is still there but all was not lost Thankfully I seem to talk about hopeful endings an awful lot on my blog but I think, as a whole, YA books like to have hopeful endings I think adult fiction is a lot happier at slashing your hopes and dreams and leaving you to sob and what have you.Re Everything s going to be alright Eventually Adult book or YA book YA book.So, is it a YA book that wants to be an adult book or is it an adult book that wants to be YA It s neither.And it s both.It s a cross over book wink Um Sorry, I felt like I needed a wink at the end of that Like I was starring in an advert for a book genre and that was the tagline Do book genres have taglines They should.Whatever Black Heart Blue is, it s good and you should read it.I received a copy of this book from the publishers.You can read this review and lots of other exciting things on my blog, Wear the Old Coat They tried to make me go to my sister s funeral today In the end I d had to give in I d been walking in her shadow for sixteen years and I liked its cool darkness It was a good place to hide Such a beautifully written yet extremely sad book It follows the lives of 16 year old twin sisters, Hephzibah and Rebecca Told in split narrative format, Hephzibah narrates the past before her death and Rebecca the present after her sister s death Hephzibah is the beautiful, outgoing and popula They tried to make me go to my sister s funeral today In the end I d had to give in I d been walking in her shadow for sixteen years and I liked its cool darkness It was a good place to hide Such a beautifully written yet extremely sad book It follows the lives of 16 year old twin sisters, Hephzibah and Rebecca Told in split narrative format, Hephzibah narrates the past before her death and Rebecca the present after her sister s death Hephzibah is the beautiful, outgoing and popular twin, while Rebecca is silent, disfigured and lacking in self confidence Both girls struggle to cope with life, living with their fundamentalist Christian parents the father is a vicar , who abuse the children, particularly Rebecca, in ways beyond imaginable But when the girls start college, they get a taste of freedom only a taste however, for the sisters father is determined to prevent his daughters from leading any sort of life outside of the vicarage.Reid s writing style is captivating the two opposite sisters are narrated so well that you understand them both intimately, as sisters and individuals, and the coping mechanisms both employ to deal with their situation My heart sank with every revelation and development and I simply couldn t tear myself away until I turned the last page This is the most perfect thing about this book once you re in, you can t escapemirroring so well the twins entrapment.Black Heart Blue deals with some complex issues such as child abuse, rape, love and death It is horrifying, chillingly real, heartbreaking and unforgettable A great read for teens and adults alike I ve actually waited a couple of days before reviewing this book and I think that I made the right decision to do that Black Heart Blue is definitely a haunting book and I think that I appreciate itnow that I ve had eventime to reflect on it I think that this will be a book that lingers in my mind for quite a long time.On the very first page of this story is a verse from Sylvia Plath s poem, Daddy I absolutely adore Sylvia Plath, so when I read the verse, I was so excited that I w I ve actually waited a couple of days before reviewing this book and I think that I made the right decision to do that Black Heart Blue is definitely a haunting book and I think that I appreciate itnow that I ve had eventime to reflect on it I think that this will be a book that lingers in my mind for quite a long time.On the very first page of this story is a verse from Sylvia Plath s poem, Daddy I absolutely adore Sylvia Plath, so when I read the verse, I was so excited that I was maybe going to read something that was so marvellously interlinked, but I was also scared that the story was going to be a disappointment in my eyes, it s quite a big thing to try and follow on after a Plath verse Thankfully, I think that using the poem was the right thing to do Reid definitely did it justice with the story that followed.Black Heart Blue follows the life of two twins the well rounded and beautiful Hepzibah Hepzhi and her disfigured sister, Rebecca We learn right from the start that Hepzhi has died and we discover exactly how and why as we progress through the book I thought that the format of the book was really well done Hepzhi narrates chapters before her death so that we get a clear picture of what life was like for the twins On the other hand, Rebecca narrates the time after Hepzhi s death and what it meant not just for her, but her family and the community around them Writing this way meant that we learnt so much about both twins and they were so well developed The twins had a very troubled past and present and we can see this in so many ways their behaviour, their emotions and through other people s actions towards them Everything that was explored felt so realistic and had a lot of depth, despite the shortness of the book We were introduced to several characters including the granny of the twins, Hephzi s boyfriend, her friends, members in the community such as a church assistant and people who Rebecca worked with, as well as non immediate family members Every single person in this story seemed to matter and they each contributed something to the story I was absolutely fascinated with how everyone interacted It seems wrong to say that I enjoyed this book due to the subject matter I didn t really enjoy it as such there wasn t anything that made me feel very happy, but instead, I appreciated it I really appreciated how well Reid had portrayed the lives of Hephzi and Rebecca there were no holds barred on the content this is a story that involves abuse and a whole lotWhilst the events weren t overly graphic or descriptive, they were unbelievably powerful As aforementioned, the words were haunting There was a seriously sinister undertone and it worked seriously well.This is a book that I will recommend to others who are looking for a different read to your usual YA I m glad that there s something different to the usual boy meets girl or paranormal subjects This is definitely not a book for younger teens but for older teens and I know a lot of adults that would appreciate the work that s been put into this too I look forward toof Reid s work in the future

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