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Penguin Turning Pages Unboxing + Invisibly Breathing Review

Thursday, 11 April 2019
Unboxed package from Penguin including two books, bookmarks, tote bag and bookmarks.

A couple of weeks ago I received a wee package* from Penguin NZ, if you follow me on Instagram you may know this was all about the launch of their Goodreads Community Turning Pages (and if you don't, you do now). Turning Pages is a new community for all things books; a space for discussion, recommendations and reviews. I've joined and if you'd like to join me in this new destination aimed at NZ YA fans then go here. They'll be exclusive proofs to send out of upcoming titles, final copy giveaways and the occasional read-a-thon or reading challenge!

Anjali and I actually did a live (but technically not live) unboxing over on our Rants and Reviews podcast so if you'd rather hear about what's in the box have a listen to the audio above, but if not let's get stuck into the box! After the info sheet we have the books, a final copy of Invisibly Breathing by Eileen Merriman (full review further down, stick around) and a 'Super proof' home to 10 mini snippets of books coming out this year. When Penguin contacted us about the box, the talk of the super proof really excited me! It kind of reminds me of a selection of short stories but, in order to get the endings, you have to wait for the final books to come out later in the year. I have yet to read the super proof but it's on my TBR (along with everythinggg).

In addition to those two books, we also got some sweet swag! A Penguin book tote, Turning Pages pencils (that was one thing I could tell from holding the box, I can tell stationery sounds from a mile away), many a bookmark, a poster, and a few other little bits and bobs related to the books in the Superproof!

Let's Talk Invisibly Breathing

A moving story about unconventional love, bullying and being true to yourself. Felix would love to have been a number. Numbers have superpowers and they’re safe – any problem they might throw up can be solved. People are so much harder to cope with. At least that’s how it seems until Bailey Hunter arrives at school. Bailey has a stutter, but he can make friends and he’s good at judo. And Bailey seems to have noticed Felix. Both boys find they’re living in a world where they can’t trust anyone, but might they be able to trust each other, with their secrets, their differences, themselves?

I don't think I've read a book that's based in Wellington, at least that I can remember, so while I'm in the central city and not out in the Hutt I'm so taking this as a book about where I live. I think that may have been why I questioned it so much, studying the scene setting and visual and verbal cues to see if it actually sounded like it could happen in Wellington. There were moments where I didn't think something they said or did sounded like 16-year-old kids from the Hutt, or I got a little confused about a scenic description (how did Felix's dad own/rent an apartment in Oriental Bay he's not that rich...).

Besides that, and the fact it was a little slow to pick up, I really enjoyed the story and I can't deal with the ending. I've read one of Eileen's previous novels Pieces of You back in 2017 and if I remember correctly she did a similar thing in that - a twist of an end that you can't quite believe is going to happen. I don't want to talk about it too much as I don't want to spoil the story for anyone who wants to read it but I will say I finished and immediately yelled at Anjali over Facebook Chat 'OMG WHY DID THEY DO THAT TO ME' and having already read it she agreed in shouty caps. 🤣

If you'd like to join in with the Turning Pages community you can join the Goodreads group here!


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