Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Review for Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne

Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne
Publisher: Headline
Release Date: 10th May 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller, Contemporary, Mental Health, Fiction, Debut
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Source: Received from the publisher for review

Amazon Summary:
"They say I'm evil. The police. The newspapers. The girls from school who sigh on the six o'clock news and say they always knew there was something not quite right about me. And everyone believes it. Including you. But you don't know. You don't know who I used to be. Who I could have been. Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever shake off my mistakes or if I'll just carry them around with me forever like a bunch of red balloons Awaiting trial at Archway Young Offenders Institution, Emily Koll is going to tell her side of the story for the first time. Heart-Shaped Bruise is a compulsive and moving novel about infamy, identity and how far a person might go to seek revenge."

Review
I adore teen thrillers particularly those that deal with mental health, a subject that is close to my heart, so I was really eager to read Heart-Shaped Bruise and had high expectations from the beginning. I was only a few pages in when I actually said out loud to myself “THIS is going to be a good book.” And I’m pleased to say that my early judgement was spot on.

Tanya Byrne, wow, I cannot believe that this is her debut novel. This is one of the most well written books that I’ve read this year. From the first page I was totally swept into this story because DAMN can this lady write! Serious born writer here folks! This book is chock full of such gorgeous lyrical prose. Tanya’s writing, from a troubled young girl’s perspective, was so truthful and raw that my heart would skip a beat at the beauty of a sentence or my gut would clench at the brutal honesty of a phrase. I love when an author connects with me in such a powerful way with their writing and I found myself jotting down meaningful quotes and reading moving sections aloud to my family I was that touched by Emily Koll’s voice and from this debut alone I already know that I will continue to read anything that Tanya Byrne writes in the future without hesitation, I loved her writing that much.

Despite all of the terrible things that Emily did that slowly get revealed throughout the book I couldn’t not like her. Although I didn’t agree with her actions I understood them, I understood how she came to be the way that she was and I was surprised that I came to feel that way about someone who could have easily been unlikeable. I also felt so many things towards the antagonist in this book, at least through Emily’s eyes, Juliet. From an outsiders perspective I felt sympathy for Juliet but when I was reading through Emily’s point of view I felt Em’s anger and hatred towards her too. Heart-Shaped Bruise is ultimately a role reversal story where the bad guy is our heroine and the victim is our villain. This book fills in all those shades of grey in what makes a person like Emily the way they are and do the things that she does, and makes you understand what leads a normal person to make bad choices.

Heart-Shaped Bruise is the kind of book that will have you up to the early hours racing to the end. I read this book in two sittings and was constantly thinking about it in between and after reading it. If you’re a fan of teen thrillers, gritty and hard-hitting storylines, or simply just well written thought provoking books then Heart-Shaped Bruise is a must read.

14 comments :

  1. Great review. This looks llike a fab read.

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  2. This sounds like my kind of read! :) I actually just started it last night (just 30 pages in) and I'm hoping I love it as much as you do!! :)

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    1. I hope so too hun! I'll be looking out for your review :)

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  3. This sounds exactly like the sort of book I will adore. I love thrillers, I love beautiful lyrical prose and mental health is really close to my heart too. Can't wait for this to be released

    The Cait Files

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    1. Then you should definitely enjoy this one I know I did!

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  4. I am really looking forward to this one!

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  5. Okay, now it's DEFINITELY my next read, I swear! After such a rave review, how could I NOT push it up to the top of Mount TBR? It'll be a good change of pace after 'King Solomon's Mines' too. Fantastic review, as always! :D

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    1. Better be! I will be watching! o_O ;)

      Thanks hun, hopefully you'll enjoy this one as much as I did!

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  6. I love this review! I cant wait for Heart Shaped Bruise, I keep hearing so many good things about it, but I pre-ordered it yesterday so hopefully it'll be here soon!

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    1. Today's the 10th release day!! So hopefully that means you have your copy now *happy dances* Hope you love it too!

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  7. Oh I absolutely LOVED this book. So much.

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    1. Yay! Another person who loved it too! :)

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