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Book Review – Holding Up The Universe

Title: Holding Up The Universe

Author: Jennifer Niven

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 388

Rating: 4 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed ‘America’s Fattest Teen’. But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to see who she really is. Since her mum’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the art of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his own brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game which lands them in group counseling, Libby and Jack are both angry, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world – theirs and yours.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I would like to thank Penguin for sending me this book for review!

Now before I get into the actual review I sort of feel like I need to put a disclaimer on this review. I look on goodreads and I see so many people raging about this book, which seems ridiculous to me, but here we are. These are my opinions from the perspective of someone who is not seriously overweight, has not been home schooled, has no physical issues, and has NO RESEARCH on any of the issues that were discussed in this book to compare and see if they are in fact accurately portrayed.

Now that we have that rubbish out of the way, lets move on.

Much like her other book I really enjoyed Holding Up The Universe. I really enjoy Niven’s writing style and I think that she covered the topics within the book very respectfully in terms of how serious they are.

I really liked the overall theme of the story which was basically to just love yourself, and to improve yourself if you feel you need improvement and not because of what others may think would be the better you. Not only that, it also has great message that I think we as humans tend to forget a lot of the time and that is to not judge or torment or follow along with the wrongful treatment of another human being because they are different to us.

I enjoyed our main characters Libby and Jack. and thought they were very well developed and flushed out. However these were really the only characters where I thought this. All the other characters were just sort of floating around them, coming in and out of the story when something needed to be said or something needed to happen then they would fade back out again. They were not bad exactly, just not really important to the story as individuals.

Libby was a very strong characters and I loved how she was okay with herself most of the time. She was able to see how far she had come as a person and then be able to love what she had and flaunt the hell out of it despite the comments of others. Jack I liked but a lot of his issues I think could of been solved if he had of just opened his mouth about his condition at any point in time. The things he has to deal with are hard, and I cannot really related to it on that kind of level, but I feel as though he was just making it so much harder on himself by at least not telling his family. In this regards though I did like how he referred to his mum as “mum with hair up” or “mum with hair down.” Even he and Libby’s falling out at a certain part in the book would have been avoided if he would have just gone oh yeah Libby I remember who you are from before! There, so many problems solved.

This was another book I picked up as an audio book because I needed to just get it done. I didn’t mind the actors and the only real issue I had with it was that the lady who was doing Libby put on a soothing voice for her and she just sort of took it way too far. It was so ‘soothing’ that she sounded like she was heavily medicated for the whole book, but I did get used to this by the end it was a good listen.

So I think this is where I am going to leave you today. For those of you who read ATBP and enjoyed it I think you will also like this one and pick it up! For those of you who haven’t read her other book yet I think you should probably pick that one up first before this one. That one was a bit more interesting with more things happening and its probably a better place to start to get used to the topics and writing style, where this one is much more mellow.

 

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Book Review – The Sun Is Also A Star

Title: The Sun is Also a Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 344

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I would like to thank the Penguin for sending me a copy of this book for review!

I am of two minds about this book. On one hand I didn’t mind the story and don’t regret reading/listening to it, but on the other if I had of known prior to going into the book that it was just about a day filled with insta love I probably would have given it a miss.

We only really have two characters worth mentioning because all the rest barely mean anything to the plot of the story and they are our main characters Natasha and Daniel. Two very different people that are both on the verge of life altering events and through a collection of random events end up spending the day together in the city and pretty much instantly fall in love. Specially on Dan’s part. In saying that though I think I liked Daniel more as a character because I felt he was more honest and a upfront and generally happy character.

While the insta love plot annoyed me greatly, i did really like the way this book was written. We get perspectives from a few different people other than just our main characters throughout the story. In these perspectives you get little tid bits about the random people Nat and Dan encounter in their day of travels and how each of them are connected and how each one of their days is potentially going to affect Nat and Dan’s and why. I found this really interesting because if it had not of been for these moments I would not have given any of the other characters any thought, and it made the story much more interesting to get these random bits of knowledge.

Now because this book was given to me by publishers and I had taken so long to pick it up i decided to get myself an audiobook of it so I could listen to the story while I drive, which is a lot of time. For the most part I liked the audiobook, the actors did a good job of distinguishing between characters. However it took me quite awhile to get used to the characters that were heavily accented. I just don’t find them easy to listen too and it was so sort of forced that it kept getting me out of the rhythm of the story. This was something I got over by the end though.

The ending of the book is really what made the plot for me though. I won’t go into in detail, but for a moment there I didn’t think it was going to end up where it did and I was internally (and a little externally) screaming because of it, but it got there thank goodness.

I think that is where I am going to leave you for this one. For those who are not yet totally sick of insta love, I think you will enjoy this book. For everyone else though I think you will be alright just picking up a different book.

 

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Book Review – Tell The Truth, Shame The Devil

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Title: Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil

Author: Melina Marchetta

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Length: 405

Rating: 4 Star

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Bashir “Bish” Ortley is a London desk cop. Almost over it. Still not dealing with the death of his son years ago, as well as the break-up of his marriage.

Across the channel, a summer bus tour, carrying a group of English teenagers is subject to a deadly bomb attack, killing four of the passengers and injuring a handful of others. Bish’s daughter is one of those on board.

The suspect is 17 year old Violette LeBrac whose grandfather was responsible for a bombing that claimed the lives of dozens of people fourteen years ago; and whose mother, Noor, has been serving a life sentence for the part she was supposed to have played in the attack.

As Bish is dragged into the search for the missing Violette, he finds himself reluctantly working with Noor LeBrac and her younger brother, Jimmy Sarraf.

And the more he delves into the lives of the family he helped put away, the more Bish realizes that they may have got it wrong all those years ago, and that truth wears many colours. Especially when it comes to the teenagers on board the recent bus bombing. Including his daughter.

Tell the truth. Shame the devil. Bish can’t get Violette LeBrac’s words out of his head. But what he may get is some sort of peace with his own past as the worlds of those involved in two bombings, years apart, collide into the journey of his life.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I would like to thank Penguin Australia for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. Sorry it took so long to publish!

I am going to apologise straight off the bat if anyone finds this review lacking depth. I am reviewing this a while after I read it and I find thriller books hard enough to review the day after I have read them. I held off writing a review for this book because I found it hard to come up with words for it and its not any easier for me now.

This book is very different from everything Marchetta has written before, but you can still feel that it is her writing the words. She is there in the way that the story unfolds, that she is more interested in the way terrorism or racial profiling affects certain families more than people on a grand scale (even though she does touch on this).

I really enjoyed the plot of this story despite the fact it is not something I am normally interested in reading, there is enough of this kind of thing just happening in our world for me to read about. I liked the different perspectives that we were given and the way we are made to question just about everything, In saying all that though I do feel like a few things were shoved down my throat more than what I would have expected from Marchetta’s writing style.

I also really liked the characters. I liked Bish the most even though I think he was a little bit hopeless at times. Marchetta is great at crafting just real characters who you can relate to and like despite how flawed they are. One small thing that I found annoying with the characters in this book though was just how many of them there were. There were a lot and each of them basically had there own plot/backstory being weaved into the main plot line and at times it became a little confusing or hard to keep up with them all.

And I think that is where I will leave the review for today. If you like Marchetta and thriller books or political stories then you would like this book and I suggest you read it. If you have not read Marchetta before and are just looking for another thriller then you may want to read some more reviews before picking it up. She has a certain style about her and if it had not been her writing it I don’t think I would have liked this book as much.

 

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Book Review – Soundless

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Title: Soundless

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Length: 266

Rating: 3 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

In a village without sound…

For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.

One girl hears a call to action…

Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.

She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…

And unlocks a power that will save her people.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

First I would like to thank Penguin Australia for sending me a copy of this book for review and I am sorry it has taken me this long to post it despite the fact I read it ages ago.

This book… I so wanted to enjoy this book despite all the bad things I had hear about it. I was still hoping that people just didn’t like a story outside of Vampire Academy. But I was really rather disappointed. It had so much potential. I mean just think about a small isolated town that can’t hear a thing and take great pride in their visual works because its their only medium and suddenly someone wakes up and they can hear things! Sounds pretty damn good doesn’t it? So much potential. . .

I will say this positive for the book though. Its still Mead’s writing. She has a way of writing things in a very simple yet still interesting way and lets you fly through her books. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the sounds.

One of the main things that I agree with everyone else about is the world building. There could have been more world building and this probably would have made the story more interesting. However, if I had to pick between what we did get and fixing something else that deeply annoyed me in this book I would leave the world building as it was.

The art aspect of the story was also a bit ruined for me. In this town everyone is divided into three classes, Artists, Suppliers, and Miners. Artists are the highest ranking and Miners are the lowest and thusly in this land with limited food the Miners are given the least amount of food. I can see why they Artists rank the highest since they create and document their history in a visually appealing way, but I don’t get why the food isn’t given out evenly or you know based on each individual. Miners have the hardest job, and supply the Suppliers with the things they need to get them all food so wouldn’t you want to keep them in the best health possible? By like… giving them more food?

Then we have our characters, which I am not even going to go into individually because I don’t remember much about them by themselves. There were not really flushed out, even the main characters. I wasn’t too invested in them and I didn’t care too much about the love that was happening either. It was a bit forced.

Now for the bit that annoyed me the most. The ending, and really the only fantasy part in this whole book. Oh my gods I hated it. I won’t go into it encase there are still some who want to get into this book who hasn’t yet, but it was so random. We had basically no fantasy up until then and it was so disorientating to suddenly have have some. The book could probably have been better had it just accepted the fact that it wasn’t a fantasy rather than panicking about the lack of it at the end and throwing some in.

I think this is where I will leave this review for now. Guys, it sounds bad, and in the grand scheme of things it was, but I really did enjoy at least the first half of the book and it was after than point that it started to go downhill for me. There are others who have really enjoyed it, so if it sounds like you would like it pick it up for cheap and give it a go. Its short, its not like you will be wasting loads of your time. If it sounds a bit iffy for you though just stay away. You wont get anything from it.

 

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Book Review – The Sword Of Summer

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Title: The Sword of Summer [Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard 1]

Author: Rick Riordan

Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Mythology

Length: 497

Rating: 3.5 rounded up to 4 Star

Series Review: 1

Related Series: Percy Jackson and the Olympians

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Description/Synopsis:

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I would like to say a big thank you to Penguin for sending me an ARC copy of this book! Now that we are a day after the books release, who else has already read the book? For those of you have liked previous books by Riordan I don’t think you will be disappointed.

If you have read my review of The Lightening Thief you will see that much of the issues I had in that book remain the same with this one. I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I wanted to, and while this plot seemed to flow more organically than TLT, I still found lots of things happened just a tad too perfectly.

There was also my conflicting emotions with the actual theme for the story. While  TLT ran close to home when it came to my beliefs, this one struck the target. For the most I didn’t have much of an issue, I loved Frey, Loki and mostly loved every other God that made an appearance, but they all had those parts where for me personally I think were just a bit disrespectful. Just because Thor was supposed to represent the more human side doesn’t mean he had to be disgusting and constantly be farting lightening… I liked how he snored and was a deep sleeper though. I really liked the way Freya was portrayed as a crazy cat lady, but she was also portrayed as pretty much totally stupid and slutty in the way she would get in bed with anyone who was offering her jewellery. Odin was odd but I can accept that. Freya was probably my biggest issue. Thats my Goddess you are demeaning.

All of those things aside though I did enjoy the book. The humour in Riordan’s writing is amazing and I was laughing out loud at a number of points. There was also really good set up for the rest of the books and I can tell that just like the other series I will probably enjoy each book more than the last because I think Riordan’s writing builds on itself.

I recommend this book to anyone who has liked Rick Riordan’s other works, and anyone who likes fantasy, and those who have kids they want to read to. These works are awesome things to read allowed.

 

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Book Review – Saint Anything

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Title: Saint Anything

Author: Sarah Dessen

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 417

Rating: 3 Star rounded down from 3.5

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Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I was sent this book from by the wonderful people over at Penguin. Thank you so so much! This is another book I probably would not have picked up if not for you guys. You are always making me expand my reading base and I love you for it.

Contemporary books are a huge thing right now and each of them seem to be taking on their own little twist in telling their stories. This books little twist is that is is on the more normal side of lifes drama. Yes, it has a character in there that goes to jail, but each family has its own drama that is just as much an issue as something else is to another family. You cannot compare dramas if you haven’t experienced it. But its more the after effect, how the little things function from there on out.

I really liked this book. I did. I found the writing style to be super easy and quick to get through, and I the characters to me were all really well developed. I connected with Sydney and her conflicted emotions on all the situations she was going through. I completely understood all her feelings and every action she did. I also completely agreed with everyone else in their thoughts and actions too except her parents. I can understand her mother, and think her dad was a bit useless right up until the end, but I still think her mum was just crazy. An understandable crazy and a needed drive for the overall plot but still. I loved every member of the Chathams family. Layla is an awesome friend.

The plot though nice was where this story lost me a bit. It was slow and for me, just too mellow. Remember that comment I made about not being able to compare situations unless you have had them yourself? I am in that wonderful situation where I can. A member of my family, one in the inner circle, went to jail for six months for use, making and selling of drugs. The before, during and after of my life were greatly affected by this as well as for people outside my family. This person took someone who was pretty much a stable clean person, put them onto drugs which then destroyed their life, which they then ended. Something they had to do twice because the first time just left them in a wheelchair. Unlike Sydney though, this wasn’t something I felt much guilt over.

So as you can see, the plot for me was just a tame reflection of some of the things I have gone through so to me the plot just wasn’t gripping enough. I can fully see this book being more interesting to others though so I suggest it to anyone who likes a bit of contemporary.

 

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Book Review – Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

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Title: Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Glbt

Length: 303

Rating: 4 Star

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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received an advance readers copy of this book by Penguin and I want to thank them so very much! This is not the kind of book I would normally pick up at all since the content generally doesn’t interest me all the much. I don’t mean that in a hateful kind of way or anything, its just when it comes to romance I like to be able to relate or place myself in the story in some way and since I am not interested in the same sex, nor a male, I would never have picked this book up if they had not sent it to me, and I would have missed out on what a gem of a book it really is!

I found this book and the story line to be exceptionally cute and adorable. At many points I was laughing out loud and smiling so much that my face hurt with the extra workout it was getting despite the fact it is a story about a boy who gets blackmailed and is then exposed to be gay despite the fact that it should have been his thing to decide when to come out and did everything the blackmailer wanted. I thought Simon was a very realistic character and everything that was happening to him struggle wise was relatable in some way or another. I undertsood why he made all his choices and I felt all his pains. I actually really liked him as a character and found him to be just so incredibly funny. The line about the socks just absolutely killed me.

Leah’s also into slash fanfiction, which got me curious enough to poke around the internet and find some last summer. I couldn’t believe how much there was to choose from: Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy hooking up in thousands of ways in every broom closet at Hogwarts. I found the ones with decent grammar and stayed up all night reading. It was weird couple of weeks. That was the summer I taught myself how to do laundry. There are some socks that shouldn’t be washed by your mother.

Just so damn funny.

I like pretty much all the characters. They all had their moments of enjoyments. I did think that a lot of them were seriously flawed though. I mean Nick and Leah are supposed to be his best friends but when the thing with the tumblre issue they knew about it but didn’t say anything to him about it all and they had all the opportunity to do so. I also think Leah was just very selfish about how the whole thing played out. Marty is the biggest jerk that ever did live.

I liked Blue most the time and while I cannot related to what he was going through I could still kind of understand what he was feeling. Despite that though I thought he was pretty weak. Poor Simon is going through hell and he chooses to avoid him for awhile because he was afraid of what might happen. I did really like him though and and I was really happy to see that he was who I thought he was all along.

I down point for the story I think was that it was trying to be more meaningful than it actually was. Trying to teach us things that don’t really need to be taught in this day and age. I know I cannot understand the struggles that a guy person may be going through, so I might be completely wrong and I don’t want to offend anyone, but with each generation we are becoming more and more accepting of everyone and the generation this book is aimed at is just generally pro equality. The blackmail thing is sucky and coming out is a thing that is personal to everyone who has to go through it even if they really shouldn’t anymore, but lots of people in the book make it as though being gay is still a big deal, when I think in general it isn’t. Its just more people, just like all the other people in the world. We are all different, and thats not anything bad for the most part. Specially who we choose to love.

Anyway, thats enough of my rant. I really liked this book and I am so glad that I read and I am forever thankful to Penguin who like to send me books outside of my comfort zone. Its one of my favourite things I have read this year I think.

 

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Book Review – Kissing In America

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Title: Kissing In America

Author: Margo Rabb

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Length: 390

Rating: 3 Star

Publication: 26/05/2015

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Description/Synopsis:

In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss that’s still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who seems to truly understand Eva’s grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head-over-heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness—and, perhaps, her shot at real love—Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the west coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love.

In this honest and emotional journey that National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr calls “gorgeous, funny, and joyous,” readers will experience the highs of infatuation and the lows of heartache as Eva contends with love in all of its forms.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I went into this book with pretty low expectations. I wasn’t even planning on reading it because I thought it would be silly but since the people at Penguin (THANK YOU!) were lovely enough to send me an advance copy I decided I might as well pick it up.

It was about as silly as I thought it would be though. At no point was I surprised by any of the actions or events that took place.

This book is about a girl called Eva who shares a kiss with a boy and now thinks they are both madly in love. Then the boy must move across the country. How will Eva survive without him when they were so madly in love? Well she will go visit him of course! But how will she do that? She has a mother that doesn’t public transport or the world in general and neither of them ever plan on getting on a plane again. I know! She will see some competition where said boy lives and then drags her best friend into it, making her join up so that Eva may get a kiss again. Will the boy still be there by the time they arrive? The answer: Nope.

I didn’t really like any characters of the characters. They were all just so one sided, had horrible personalities and have no development whats so ever. Eva is annoying and stupid and oozes teen angst the entire book. Its pretty much about Eva crying about loss, obsessing on the couple of kisses she had with this guy and how in love they are, and drama she creates herself. She is also just a terrible friend. Her mother is just a horrible mother, forever thinking about herself. She does one thing I liked in the book and it didn’t happen till the end. So I will give her one point of growth. Eva’s aunt Janet is just plain wrong. The only reason she is in this book is for shock value. Annie (best friend) and LuLu (stupid name) and Eva’s father are the only ones I liked two of which you don’t really focus on because Eva is too busy with herself and the other is dead.

I read in a review that this book is just filled with strong female characters. WHERE. Yes there are lots of female characters but they are in no way strong besides being strongly annoying.

I feel like this book was trying to be way more deep and meaningful than it actually turned out to be. At the moment the bookworld is filled with books about loss and love and the struggles of just being a teenager, and being written in a time when there are so many other and better ones this book fails to stand out in the crowd.

After all my b****ing and moaning I did enjoy some parts of this book I enjoyed or I would not have rated it 3 star. It did have some laugh out loud moments and some very cute moments here and there. These fluffy moments were enough to bump it up from a 2 star, but in no way good enough to carry it higher.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy the self destructive drama of teenagers. Anyone else I would suggest giving this book a miss because there are much better ones of this nature out there and there is not enough time in our lives for all the books we must read.

 

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Book Haul – April

Book Haul

I have a HUGE book haul for you this week. So big really that I decided that I actually have a problem, and I am not to buy any more books for a couple of months cause its actually crazy how much money I spent. Learn to save woman!

Books I Bought:

half badWanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

daughteroftheforestLovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives, they are determined that she know only contentment.

But Sorcha’s joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift-by staying silent. If she speaks before she completes the quest set to her by the Fair Folk and their queen, the Lady of the Forest, she will lose her brothers

When Sorcha is kidnapped by the enemies of Sevenwaters and taken to a foreign land, she is torn between the desire to save her beloved brothers, and a love that comes only once. Sorcha despairs at ever being able to complete her task, but the magic of the Fair Folk knows no boundaries, and love is the strongest magic of them all…

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harry potter box setOrphan Harry Potter is miserable in an under-stairs closet. Dursleys – his witch mother’s sister, husband, Dudley – held no birthday party for Harry in 11 years. Owls fly notices to attend Hogwarts School. Giant Hagrid brings birthday cake. Wizard Harry flies on broom, hides under Cloak of Invisibility, sneaks past 3-headed dog with friends Hermione and Ron. A great destiny awaits if Harry can survive.

 

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casual-vacancy-cover-art-hi-res__121203151543When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils … Pagford is not what it first seems.pty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

the maze runnerIf you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.

 

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black beautyA horse is a horse of course unless of course the horse is Black Beauty. Animal-loving children have been devoted to Black Beauty throughout this century, and no doubt will continue through the next.
Although Anna Sewell’s classic paints a clear picture of turn-of-the-century London, its message is universal and timeless: animals will serve humans well if they are treated with consideration and kindness.
Black Beauty tells the story of the horse’s own long and varied life, from a well-born colt in a pleasant meadow to an elegant carriage horse for a gentleman to a painfully overworked cab horse.
Throughout, Sewell rails – in a gentle, 19th-century way – against animal maltreatment. Young readers will follow Black Beauty’s fortunes, good and bad, with gentle masters as well as cruel. Children can easily make the leap from horse-human relationships to human-human relationships, and begin to understand how their own consideration of others may be a benefit to all.

peter panPeter Pan, the book based on J.M. Barrie’s famous play, is filled with unforgettable characters: Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up; the fairy, Tinker Bell; the evil pirate, Captain Hook; and the three children–Wendy, John, and Michael–who fly off with Peter Pan to Neverland, where they meet Indians and pirates and a crocodile that ticks. Renowned children’s-book artist Michael Hague has brought the amazing adventures of Peter Pan to life. His beautiful illustrations capture the wild, seductive power of this classic book. This newly designed edition will be enjoyed by fans young and old alike.

call of the wildBuck, a sturdy crossbreed canine (half St. Bernard, half Shepard), is a dog born to luxury and raised in a sheltered Californian home. But then he is kidnapped and sold to be a sled dog in the harsh and frozen Yukon Territory. Passed from master to master, Buck embarks on an extraordinary journey, proving his unbreakable spirit…

First published in 1903, The Call of the Wild is regarded as Jack London’s masterpiece. Based on London’s experiences as a gold prospector in the Canadian wilderness and his ideas about nature and the struggle for existence, The Call of the Wild is a tale about unbreakable spirit and the fight for survival in the frozen Alaskan Klondike.

wind in the willowsMeet little Mole, willful Ratty, Badger the perennial bachelor, and petulant Toad. Over one hundred years since their first appearance in 1908, they’ve become emblematic archetypes of eccentricity, folly, and friendship. And their misadventures-in gypsy caravans, stolen sports cars, and their Wild Wood-continue to capture readers’ imaginations and warm their hearts long after they grow up. Begun as a series of letters from Kenneth Grahame to his son, The Wind in the Willows is a timeless tale of animal cunning and human camaraderie. This Penguin Classics edition features an appendix of the letters in which Grahame first related the exploits of Toad.

robin hoodRobin Hood is champion of the poor and oppressed against the cruel power of Prince John and the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham. He takes refuge with his Merrie Men in the vast Sherwood Forest, emerging time and again to outwit his enemies with daring and panache. This classic version brings sense and clarity as well as excitement to the varied myths, ballads and legends about Robin’s adventures.

 

the secret gardenWhat secrets lie behind the doors at Misselthwaite Manor? Recently arrived at her uncle’s estate, orphaned Mary Lennox is spoiled, sickly, and certain she won’t enjoy living there. Then she discovers the arched doorway into an overgrown garden, shut up since the death of her aunt ten years earlier. Mary soon begins transforming it into a thing of beauty–unaware that she is changing too. But Misselthwaite hides another secret, as Mary discovers one night. High in a dark room, away from the rest of the house, lies her young cousin, Colin, who believes he is an incurable invalid, destined to die young. His tantrums are so frightful, no one can reason with him. If only, Mary hopes, she can get Colin to love the secret garden as much as she does, its magic will work wonders on him.

huckleberry finnOf all the contenders for the title of The Great American Novel, none has a better claim than The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Intended at first as a simple story of a boy’s adventures in the Mississippi Valley – a sequel toThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer – the book grew and matured under Twain’s hand into a work of immeasurable richness and complexity. More than a century after its publication, the critical debate over the symbolic significance of Huck’s and Jim’s voyage is still fresh, and it remains a major work that can be enjoyed at many levels: as an incomparable adventure story and as a classic of American humor.

anne of green gablesEveryone’s favourite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.Puffin classics

 

 

Publisher Gifts:

half_wild_1st_cvrThank you Penguin Publishing for sending this to me!

“You will have a powerful Gift, but it’s how you use it that will show you to be good or bad.”

In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, seventeen-year-old Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most powerful and violent witch. Nathan is hunted from all sides: nowhere is safe and no one can be trusted. Now, Nathan has come into his own unique magical Gift, and he’s on the run–but the Hunters are close behind, and they will stop at nothing until they have captured Nathan and destroyed his father.

 

dangerous deceptionThank you Penguin Publishing for sending this to me!

Love is ten kinds a crazy, right?
Let me put it to you this way: If you can get away, run. Don’t walk.
Because once you’re exposed, you’ll never get a Siren outta your head.

Some loves are cursed. Others are…dangerous. Especially the love between wannabe rocker and quarter Incubus, Wesley “Link” Lincoln, and Dark Caster, Siren, and bonafide bad girl, Ridley Duchannes.

But now Ridley is missing, and Link was with her-right up until she vanished. Determined to find her, Link reunites with his New York bandmates and the mysterious Lennox Gates, who wants Rid for himself. Together they travel to the deep south, find the crossroads where blues guitarist Robert Johnson made his deal with the devil, discover a menagerie of Casters locked in cages, and uncover an evil in New Orleans that threatens to destroy them all.

This time, love might not be enough.

 

ashes of lifeThank you Red Adept Publishing for including me in the books tour for this book. I shall be doing July 11th. 

Married for just three months, Alex Barrett is stunned when her husband, David, dies in a tragic accident. And the absolute last thing the pregnant young widow wants is to take on responsibility for his teenage daughter, Maddie. Reeling from loss, Alex struggles to deal with her grief and her troubled stepdaughter, but one question haunts her: why was David with his ex-wife when he died?
All Maddie Barrett wanted was for her parents to get back together, but an icy road took that dream away. Afterward, Maddie is riddled with guilt that she can’t share with anyone. Feeling angry and alone, she lays all the blame on Alex.
Alex and Maddie must find a way to move past their pain—shared, yet separate. Thrown together in an untenable arrangement, they fight through a frozen landscape of sorrow and redemption while redefining love, forgiveness, and family.

 

Now I think thats everything I have to show you this month. I hope you enjoyed seeing how much money I spent haha

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Book Review – Unwanted

Unwanted

Title: Unwanted

Author: Amanda Holohan

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian

Length: 318

Rating: 3.5 Star rounded down to 3

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Description/Synopsis:

All her life, eighteen-year-old Bea has wanted nothing more than to become a sniper on the wall and earn the coveted ink of a Dread warrior – a mark of distinction among her people.

She knows that one day the terrifying Erebii might break through the city’s outer defences, and if her people aren’t prepared and the wall is breached then the last human city will fall.

But everything Bea thinks she knows is about to be challenged…

What does the ink really do as it flows underneath their skin and who is the mysterious Unwanted boy that keeps appearing in her life?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I received this book from Penguin Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I feel like most the books I have been reading lately has been on the same kind of level, ok. Not horrible, but not great either. I think this streak of reading might have added to my hard time actually getting into this book. It started off slow, but I can see the potential for the rest of the series.

Structure wise I there was a few things I found interesting. One of them was the spelling. At first I thought it was because I might have received an ARC and it was just a glitch that had yet to be fixed where the word earth was always spelt wrong. Then later on the book a bunch of city names where also spelt wrong and I realised that it was intentional. I thought it was pretty cool that because it is a dystopian that the language had gotten skewed in the change, but then I thought about how nothing but the city names (that Im aware of) is spelt wrong and I began to think that the idea had not been thought all the way through.

Plot wise the story was a bit lacking. There was action throughout most the book, but in terms of actually moving very far in plot the book was pretty much just build up for things to come. From what I was given I am very excited to see where they take some of these things in the books that are to come. But for this one I saw a lot of the things coming and it wasn’t all that surprising. The Ink idea is very very cool. Moving tattoos that take on part of your personality? Awesome.

The characters in the book were fine I guess, as well done as anything else within the book. I didn’t mind Bea, I liked Red and I hated Gus. If at any point I was actually supposed to like Gus that was a huge fail to the writing. I hated him from the start. He is just a jealous and delusional dickhead. Not at any point did Bea show anything other than friendship, and pretty much every move he made throughout the book stuffed things up and was just him acting out in a petty jealous way to punish Bea for ‘betraying him’ or ‘being with other people.’ I am very interested in seeing how things turn out with her mother, and I Vaugn’s character had gone in a different direction.

That’s it for this review. If I was you, I would read this book to fill in some time. I am really holding judgement on the whole… trilogy until I read the next one and find out where all this build up goes to.

 

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