BOOK REVIEW: All The Truth That’s In Me – by Julie Berry

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Title: All The Truth That’s In Me
Author: Julie Berry
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction, Mystery
First published: August 31st 2013
Finished reading: January 6th 2016
Pages: 310
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“I don’t believe in miracles, but if the need is great, a girl might make her own miracle.”

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People have recommended All The Truth That’s In Me to me various times and I finally got a copy of this novel last year. I decided to read it during the Bout Of Books read-a-thon, but I had forgotten what it was about… And I was more than pleasantly surprised to find out that it was actually a historical fiction novel and not a contemporary romance story like I assumed from the cover.  First of all, I take my virtual hat off for Julie Berry, because her prose is both beautiful and highly original. She blew me away with this heartbreaking and very well written story, and I came really close to giving this the highest rating. Why didn’t I? I wasn’t fully convinced by some of the characters and their (lack of) actions. Still, this is only a minimal complaint for an otherwise really strong story. The historical setting is intriguing; the exact date is never mentioned, but it shows the story probably took place before the 20th century. Reading the thoughts of the main character, you slowly find out what really happened to her and only learn the full truth at the very end… Really making you connect with her even though I admit found her annoying at points. If you like historical fiction and appreciate beautiful and original prose, All The Truth That’s In Me is waiting for you to read it.

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Four years ago, Judith and her best friend Lottie disappeared from their small town named Roswell Station. Everybody thought both of them dead, especially after Lottie’s body washed up… But against all odds, Judith returns two years later. She is not the same innocent girl as she was before, as her captor had cut her tong out and she was not longer able to speak… And the inhabitants of Roswell Station treat her like she is no longer worthy to be part of the community. Judith lives as a ghost in her own home, forced to be silent as her own mother forbids her to try to speak. She still craves for her childhood friend Lucas, who she has been in love with ever since she can remember even though he doesn’t know… But now she is mutilated Judith knows Lucas would never want to be with her. One day Roswell Station is attacked, and Judith will have to choose: live in silence and see her town destroyed, or reveal her secrets and use her unsteady voice to save the town that has cast her aside…

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It’s really hard to explain just how beautiful and original the prose of this novel is. I know it will probably not be to everyone’s taste, but I personally thought it was brilliant. The story itself is both heartbreaking, emotional, full of hope and on top of that very well written. All The Truth That’s In Me is a historical fiction novel where you slowly find out what really happened to the main character Judith and see her character evolve. It’s a very interesting story I would definitely recommend if you like the genre!

WWW Wednesdays #73 – January 13th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I finally picked up Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and so far I’m absolutely loving it. I can’t wait to continue reading it later today! Looks like this is one of those books that is actually worth the hype around it…

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* The first book I finished since last week is Serafina And The Black Cloak by Robert Beatty. A very good middle grade story that has a good mix of fantasy and scary elements and I really liked the prose.
* I then finished All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry. I was more than pleasantly surprised by this historical fiction novel. Such an original, beautifully written and emotional story!
* I was in the mood for another crime read so I picked up Confessions Of A Murder Suspect by James Patterson. It’s the first time I read a Patterson YA novel, but I flew through the pages and it was a really entertaining read.
* Afterwards I decided to read Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl since it has become a tradition to reread at least one or two Roald Dahl books a year. He is one of my favorite childhood authors and I always love rereading his work. This is not my favorite, but still good.
* The last book I finished during the read-a-thon was Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid.  I can’t say I was impressed by this one. It wasn’t terrible but there were some parts that really bothered me…
* The last book on this list, Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, was not as great as I would have thought either. It’s definitely a dark, twisted and disturbing read with many crazy plot twists and a somewhat surprising ending, but it took me a long time to actually finish it and I didn’t like the characters…

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I have a new ARC waiting for me: Eternal War Armies Of Saints by Livio Gambarini. This book set in the 13th century is a mix of historical fiction and fantasy and I’m really looking forward to it! I really should read The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings as well, so I can at least start finishing all those poor neglected series… Although I will probably read Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng first. Last but not least, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is still my newest TBR jar pick.

WWW Wednesdays #72 – January 6th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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Bout Of Books 15 is really helping me fly through my books! I have started All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry yesterday evening and I’m really looking forward to continue it today… And Serafina And The Black Cloak by Robert Beatty I will finish for sure today; a very entertaining middle grade read that is definitely living up to expectations!

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* The first book I finished this year is The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury. I actually really enjoyed the first part of the book, but then another freaking love triangle was introduced… And things went downhill from there.
* I then finished Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, a book I absolutely LOVED. I think this is my new Gaiman favorite, although The Ocean At The End Of The Lane comes close…
* I was in the mood for a crime read so I picked up Dead Wood by Dani Amore afterwards. It turned out to be a quick and entertaining read.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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As soon as Bout Of Books 15 is over, I’m going to start Illuminae by Amie Kaufman. I’m so excited about this read that it’s getting really hard to wait any longer! I also want to read both Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng and Dark Places by Gillian Flynn; with a little luck I will be able to finish both before the end of the read-a-thon. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is my newest TBR jar pick, which is kind of funny because I already had that title on my January TBR anyway. 😉

Friday Finds #55 – October 9th

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FRIDAY FINDS is originally featured at A Daily Rhythm and showcases the most interesting books I’ve encountered during the last weeks and have added to my neverending TBR list on Goodreads. Below a selection of my newest additions; click on the book descriptions to go to its Goodreads page! 😀

My finds:

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