Book Review ♡ Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz

title ♡ jane anonymous
author ♡ laurie faria stolarz
genre ♡ young adult; contemporary; mysery; thriller
pages ♡ 310
publisher ♡ wednesday books
series ♡ none
release date ♡ 7 january, 2020
goodreads ♡ amazon UK

Seven months.

That’s how long I was kept captive.

Locked in a room with a bed, refrigerator, and adjoining bathroom, I was instructed to eat, bathe, and behave. I received meals, laundered clothes, and toiletries through a cat door, never knowing if it was day or night. The last time I saw the face of my abductor was when he dragged me fighting from the trunk of his car. My only solace was Mason—one of the other kidnapped teens—and our pact to one day escape together. But when that day finally came, I had to leave him behind.

Now that I’m home, my parents and friends want everything to be like it was before I left. But they don’t understand that dining out and shopping trips can’t heal what’s broken inside me. I barely leave my bedroom. Therapists are clueless and condescending. So I start my own form of therapy—but writing about my experience awakens uncomfortable memories, ones that should’ve stayed buried.

When I ask the detectives assigned to my case about Mason, I get an answer I don’t believe—that there were no traces of any other kidnapped kids. But I distinctly remember the screams, holding hands with Mason through a hole in my wall, and sharing a chocolate bar. I don’t believe he wasn’t really there and I’m determined to find him. How far will I have to go to uncover the truth of what happened—and will it break me forever?

Possibly my favourite book of the year so far, Jane Anonymous is a harrowing account of one girl’s life when she returns to society after being held captive for seven months. The author’s flawless writing and realistic portrayal of Jane make this an absolute must-read novel.

As a character, I really liked Jane. I could feel her emotions and understood her thoughts. Her determination and perseverance was inspirational, and I really loved how when all felt lost, she clung to the memories of those she held dear to keep some sort of sanity. Understandably, she is struggling to readjust to the outside world following what she went through. Her behaviour felt honest – you could understand completely why she felt the way she did and why certain things no longer held an appeal to her. I’ve read many books where the protagonist forces themselves back into the world and acts as if nothing ever happened. Jane didn’t do this: Jane felt like a very real person.

Life isn’t a race. You go at your own pace, okay?

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I did not however, care very much for her mother or best-friend Shelley. I understood they too had been through a lot, given that Jane meant the world to them both. Yet I could not fathom their attitude towards her recovery in the story. I understood there are some people who expect those suffering from PTSD to recover at the snap of a finger, but it did really irritate me when they showed little sympathy towards Jane for what she was going through. They failed to realise that though Jane was no longer physically suffering, she was mentally.

Sometimes, you can just put yourself in protagonist’s shoes. The beauty of this book is that you understand the fear and terror Jane experience in the book, and you live it. You’re there holding her hand as she sits in the locked room. You’re there willing her to move a bit faster when she’s trying to get away. You’re there when she deals with the prying eyes of the everyone who wants to know just what had happened during her ordeal. My emotions were all over the place as I lived Jane’s terror alongside her, desperately hoping for any form of light in the darkness. I was moved; I was hooked – I had to get to the end of the story to find out what was going to happen. It was incredibly gripping and realistic.

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You are sucked into the story pretty early on and as the book is written so well, it makes it a very quick, very easy read. At no point did I want to take a break from the story line – I felt like I needed to know exactly what was going to happen. Told in alternating perspectives between Jane’s present and past; the book flows very well and lays down the story incredibly. No part of the story felt rushed or unnecessary – it seemed to be well thought out.

Healing stars the moment we feel heard.

As a thriller, this was a fantastic read. The mystery side of the story was pretty disappointing though, as I felt like there wasn’t as much intrigue as initially promised. Around halfway through the story, I had worked out the key twist of the story and while this didn’t bother me in the slightest, I’m aware there will be people out there who would have preferred the mystery to be well hidden until the end. Saying that though, even if a little predictable, it was an interesting twist and I enjoyed it.

Jane Anonymous is the perfect story any teen that feels they are suffering. It handles PTSD in a very honest way and enforces that it is not a bad thing to have PTSD or be suffering in any way. The idea behind the book is that Jane herself is writing it as a form of therapy – an important idea to put out to anybody who may be reading and in need of support. Either way, I will be recommending this book until I’m blue in face and I’m so excited to read more work from Laurie Faria Stolarz!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

But don’t just take my word for it! Every one on the internet has an opinion, so please remember to check out a few others before you decide to buy or discard this book!

Taylor @ Nerd Narration says “This page-turning contemporary kept me up well past my bedtime.”

Mandy @ Book Princess Reviews says “The only thing that I really wasn’t a fan of was the ending.”

Sarah @ Sarah Ames-Foley says “There were so many frustrating pieces of this that I felt went beyond my suspension of disbelief.”

Laurie Faria Stolarz grew up in Salem, MA, attended Merrimack College, and received an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston.

Laurie Faria Stolarz is an American author of young adult fiction novels, best known for her Blue is for Nightmares series. Her works, which feature teenage protagonists, blend elements found in mystery and romance novels.

Stolarz found sales success with her first novel, Blue is for Nightmares, and followed it up with three more titles in the series, White is for Magic, Silver is for Secrets, and Red is for Remembrance, as well as a companion graphic novel, Black is for Beginnings. Stolarz is also the author of the Touch series (Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games, Deadly Little Voices, and Deadly Little Lessons), as well as Bleed and Project 17. With more than two million books sold worldwide, Stolarz’s titles have been named on various awards list.

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Book Spotlight ♡ January 2020 Releases

It’s a new year and a new decade and I am so excited for all the new stories to hit the shelves! 2019 was such a hectic year that I can’t wait to just spend all of this year focusing on fiction. Luckily there are some absolutely fantastic books hitting the shelves this year, with over fifty Young Adult books being released this month alone!

Funnily enough, there aren’t any books (that I am aware of) being released within the first month of January!

A Heart So Fierce + Broken
Cursebreakers #2
Brigid Kemmerer
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Scavenge the Stars
Scavenge the Stars #1
Tara Sim
[ add to goodreads ]

Nameless Queen

Rebecca McLaughlin
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One of Us Is Next
One of Us Is Lying #1
Karen M. McManus
[ add to goodreads ]

Loveboat, Taipei
Loveboat, Taipei #1
Abigail Hing Wen
[ add to goodreads ]

Women in Moonlight

Isabel Ibanez
[ add to goodreads ]

Chosen
Slayer #2
Kiersten White
[ add to goodreads ]

Jane Anonymous

Laurie Faria Stolarz
[ add to goodreads ]

Come Tumbling Down
Wayward Children #5
Seanan McGuire
[ add to goodreads ]

We Used to Be Friends

Amy Spalding
[ add to goodreads ]

The Map from Here to There
The Start of Me + You #1
Emery Lord
[ add to goodreads ]

When Stars Are Bright

Amber R. Duell
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Just Breathe

Cammie McGovern
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Throw Like a Girl

Sarah Henning
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The Storm of Life
The Brilliant Death #2
Amy Rose Capetta
[ add to goodreads ]

Oasis

Katya de Becerra
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Lie to Me

Kaitlin Ward
[ add to goodreads ]

This Light Between Us

Andrew Fukuda
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A Love Hate Thing

Whitney D. Grandison
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Every Other Weekend

Abigail Johnson
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Shadowshaper Legacy
Shadowshaper #3
Daniel Jose Older
[ add to goodreads ]

How to Speak Boy

Tiana Smith
[ add to goodreads ]

Dark and Deepest Red

Anna-Marie McLemore
[ add to goodreads ]

Infinity Son
Infinity Cycle #1
Adam Silvera
[ add to goodreads ]

Lucky Caller

Emma Mills
[ add to goodreads ]

The Conference of the BIrds
Ms Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #5
Ransom Riggs
[ add to goodreads ]

Black Girl Unlimited

Echo Brown
[ add to goodreads ]

Beyond the Shadowed Earth
Beneath the Haunting Sea #2
Joanna Ruth Meyer
[ add to goodreads ]

Finding Mr Better-Than-You

Shani Petroff
[ add to goodreads ]

Echoes Between Us

Katie McGarry
[ add to goodreads ]

The King’s Questioner

Nikki Katz
[ add to goodreads ]

Saving Savannah

Tonya Bolden
[ add to goodreads ]

When the Saint Falls

A.D. McCammon
[ add to goodreads ]

The Hand on the Wall
Truly Devious #3
Maureen Johnson
[ add to goodreads]

Spellhacker

M. K. England
[ add to goodreads ]

The Circus Rose

Betsy Cornwell
[ add to goodreads ]

This Vicious Cure
This Mortal Coil #3
Emily Suvada
[ add to goodreads ]

Tweet Cute

Emma Lord
[ add to goodreads ]

Layoverland

Gabby Noone
[ add to goodreads]

What I Carry

Jennifer Longo
[ add to goodreads ]

Not So Pure and Simple

Lamar Giles
[ add to goodreads ]

Ashlords

Scott Reintgen
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Gone by Nightfall

Dee Garretson
[ add to goodreads ]

The Iron Will of Genie Lo
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo #2
F.C. Yee
[ add to goodreads ]

Ink & Arrows

Shruthi Viswanathan
[ add to goodreads ]

Hungry Hearts

Julie Hoag
[ add to goodreads ]

Devil Darling Spy
Orphan Monster Spy #2
Matt Killeen
[ add to goodreads ]

Rogue Princess

B.R. Myers
[ add to goodreads ]

Seven Deadly Shadows
Courtney Alameda
Valynne E Maetani
[ add to goodreads ]

Blood Countess

Lana Popovic
[ add to goodreads ]

Diamond City
Diamond City #1
Francesca Flores
[ add to goodreads ]

Don’t Read the Comments

Eric Smith
[ add to goodreads ]

The Frost Eater
The Magic Eaters #1
Carol Beth Anderson
[ add to goodreads ]

Tragedy of Me
Legend of Me #2
Rebekah L. Purdy
[ add to goodreads ]

Found

Joseph Bruchac
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So as you all can see, there are a lot of fabulous books hitting the shelves this month – and keeping us with them all is going to be very hard. As usual there are a lot of fantasy releases, and though fantasy isn’t my typical genre, I’m going to give it a go. Who know, 2020 might just be the year my reading library diversifies.

It’s becoming very apparent that there are a LOT of book series I have missed, and so I’m also going to have to spend some time catching up on a few of the interesting ones. If anybody has suggestions on the best, please let me know in the comments.

Until next time guys x

Cover Reveal 🐝 Feather by Olivia Wildenstein

Today I am so pleased to be showing you the brand new cover for Olivia Widenstein’s Feather. I don’t tend to look forward to books coming out so far in the future, but when I read the synopsis of this story, I was pretty much in love. It’s fair to say that this book is most definitely on my to-be-read list.

Before we get to see the amazing cover, below is the wonderful synopsis for the story.

title ♡ feather
author ♡ olivia wildenstein
genre ♡ new adult; paranormal; romance
pages to be confirmed
publisher to be confirmed
series ♡ none
release date ♡ january 16, 2020

It was supposed to be a quick mission. The only thing quick about it was how rapidly I failed.

With only a month left to earn her missing feathers, nineteen-year-old Leigh embarks on a trip to Paris to meet her newest project, twenty-five-year-old Jarod Adler, leader of the Parisian Mafia and the worst kind of sinner . . . a Triple.

If Leigh can get Jarod to accomplish a single act of kindness, she stands to win 100 feathers, more than enough to complete her wings and ascend to Elysium, the land of angels.

What she doesn’t count on is Jarod’s dark charm costing her feathers.

She’s dead set on saving him, and he’s dead set on destroying her.

Until he realizes destroying her wings is also destroying her heart.

A heart he longs to hear beat only for him.

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Without further ado, I present to you the book cover for Feather. I love, love, love the simplicity and the decorative style of the story. There’s so much going on, but still the book gives away little. It’s a fine example of the impact great typography can make!

I’ve added this book to my to-be-read, and you can too! Simply click the cover to be taken to the affiliate goodreads page.

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So you want to know more about the author? Well, here you go!

USA TODAY bestselling author Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father with a great sense of humor, and a Swedish mother whom she speaks to at least three times a day. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor’s in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a laptop computer and a very comfortable chair. This line of work made more sense, considering her college degree.

When she’s not writing, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, baking up a storm (that she actually eats), going to the gym (because she eats), and attempting not to be late at her children’s school (like she is 4 out of 5 mornings, on good weeks).

Olivia Wildenstein


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