I’m back today to end Danielle’s blog tour for her new novel, What The Flower Says of Death! It’s such an honour to not only be featured twice on her tour, but also to have the final post!
Release: 14th November 2017
Synopsis: After a failed suicide attempt, she finds herself dumped by her callous mother on the doorstep of her family’s desolate oceanside estate. With only the company of her estranged grandmother, comatose grandfather, and the monsters in her head, at least there was no one to interfere with her plans to try again on her eighteenth birthday.
No one, except maybe Jack: a skeleton of a boy who says he’s there to rake her grandmother’s leaves, yet seems more experienced at stalking than grounds-keeping. She knows he’s keeping a secret behind his gentle smiles and aloofness, but it’s difficult for Violet to be put off by his untimely thin-air appearances when figuring out the mystery of his true identity makes for such a good distraction.
Violet’s trauma is deeper than the wound on her wrist though, and it cannot be simply whisked away in a whirlwind of guessing games and pleasant gestures. She struggles to reconnect with her grandmother, find forgiveness for her mother, and closure with her grandfather’s dire condition, all while battling the strain of it all on her family. Even with a flicker of something hopeful blossoming within herself, Violet knows her birthday plans must be inevitable. Death wouldn’t be there for her if it wasn’t.Review:
A beautiful and powerful book focusing on mental health, grief and the truly life-changing hardships of learning to live again.
This book is everything. This is truly one of the best books I have read this year, and honestly I am sorry for the length this review will probably be because I have MANY feelings over this beauty.
Right from the start I fell in love with Violet as a character. She was not only so believable, and I felt on a personal level I could relate with her. She was so real to me, and Danielle really did her character justice. I loved as well that unlike a lot of YA characters, Violet was flawed. I loved how we could see the dark depths of her thoughts, and it allowed me to get such an insight into her character.
I also particularly loved Jack and his character development. He worked so well with Violet and their characters were the perfect contrast of each other. The romance was written perfectly and left me in floods of tears multiple times because I loved them so much.
There were so many metaphors within the book about truly having to understand death to overcome it, and showing Violet how to truly embrace life to try and persuade her to finally live. It was such a beautiful message within, and completely hit me and resonated with me.
Another stand out aspect of the novel for me was the relationship Violet had with her family, especially the difference between how she was treated by her grandmother and her mother. I thought that the way they started off not understanding but tried to begin to understand why she was feeling how she was, was so important and something that many people in the world would love their parents to do for them. It was so important to mention and Danielle really expressed this perfectly.
I truly wish there was about 900 more books focusing on Violet and Jack – I think their relationship is one of my favourite romances in any book. It was so cute, and so emotional throughout, and seeing how it helped Violet to develop was beautiful.
The ending had me crying for about an hour. From the start of the book I knew this was how it would end, Danielle made that pretty clear, but it still had me wishing and praying for another outcome. There were a few twists that I never expected, and all of them were so cleverly intertwined in the book, I was completely blown away.
A perfect novel focusing on some extremely difficult topics, but really doing them the justice they deserve. I wish I could read this book 100 times over, and I would give it five stars or more every single time. I’ve never related to a character as much as Violet and the portrayal of mental health and the hardships of wanting to live again is beautifully done.
If you haven’t heard of Danielle Koste yet, then please read this book. I can guarantee that as soon as you’ve finished it, her name will never leave your mind again.
You can pre-order What The Flower Says of Death on Amazon UK here!
Thank you so much to the lovely Danielle for having me on the our! Don’t forget to go check everyone else’s posts out too that have been on the tour including my interview with Danielle here – WTFSOD BLOG TOUR: Q&A with Danielle Koste and a Giveaway!!
About the Author:
Danielle Koste is a born and raised Canadian, but currently lives with her significant other in the equally snowy and cold Stockholm, Sweden. While working a day job and learning the language of the locals, she spends her free time honing the craft she’s always had a passion for.
When procrastinating, Danielle likes to enjoy other forms of rich story-telling, besides the obvious abundance of novels filling up her apartment and Kindle. Movies, music, and video games are among her favorite time-wasters.
Where to Find Her:
WtFSoD on goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28873663-what-the-flower-says-of-death
Danielle on goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/daniellekoste
Author page: https://www.daniellekoste.com
WTFSOD Pre-Order Locations
Amazon UK: https://goo.gl/WmA6wh
Barnes and Noble: https://goo.gl/WaZKhU
Google Play: https://goo.gl/7ThJt1
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- A signed copy of WTFSOD
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Until next time,