Friday, 27 September 2013

Book Review; City Of Ashes!

I'm way way way behind in my reviews so this might be rubbish as it's been a while since I read this one :P
Well City of ashes! here's the cover
So just to warn you this book review will contain spoilers for the first book so don't read it if you haven't read book number 1! So Valentine has gotten away with the motal cup. Jace and Clary and trying to cope with the fact that they're brother and sister. and their mother is still in a sort of coma. It includes all the same people from the first book and I can't really say much about the plot (because I hardly remember it ) but I remember a lot of twists and turns (and two that were royally ruined by watching the movie). But most of it was very shocking and I found myself always hating Cassandra clare because she's one mean woman!
I loved Simon in this book and my opinion on which boy I liked best was constantly changing and I had no idea who I liked more for Clary and my head was a confusing place to be in :P We got glimpses of other downworlders I especially loved the Faeries because what girl doesn't? 
But the werewolves and vampires were sort of cool too. There's a sort of relationship between Simon and Clary for a bit which really made me feel sorry for him because she really doesn't love him but she really wants to and it's just not fair on him.. :(
So.... Nothing else I can remember, I really did love this book though and I can't wait to continue on with this series soon ish :P

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Promo and Guest Post; Secrets of the moon.

I'm here with a promo for a book and also a guest post from said book's author. so the book is Secrets of the moon by Kristy Centeno Here's the (really pretty) cover;
Teenager Marjorie Emery eluded death. As she struggles to get her life back on track, she believes her efforts are paying off. Yet, when a black dressing, unfriendly, and incredibly handsome hottie walks into her classroom, she’s forced into a tailspin. Marjorie has no idea how much his presence is going to shatter what little tranquility she’s achieved.

 Kyran Rousseau’s gloomy nature has a name, one that is potentially fatal under the right circumstances. His family harbors secrets and does everything to protect Kyran. While, he doesn’t want to ruin Marjorie’s normal life, love has a way of changing his plans.

 Falling for Kyran is the least of Marjorie’s worries. With a faceless threat hunting her and a boyfriend who's as dangerous as he is good looking—how can Marjorie and Kyran keep all hell from breaking loose before it’s too late?

and here is the lovely guest post. time for me to sign off :) ;

The Werewolf - Myth and Fascination
The werewolf has been a source of fascination for hundreds of years. The legend of a half-animal, half-human being is one of the longest myths I have come across. During the time I was writing Secrets of the Moon, I researched hundreds of websites and came to the staggering conclusion that the werewolf legend is far older than I originally thought. Though it became extremely popular during later years, the first reports date back to somewhere in 600 B.C.
By the 1500’s it became a source of sheer, unadulterated terror. Hundreds of people were executed because they were either presumed to be werewolves, were accused by others of being this mythological creature, or they confessed to have the ability to shift from human to wolf. The eyewitness account seemed to consist with recent disappearances from the area. This alone was enough to set the town (village) into a frenzied mode. And thus, the accused became suspects.
Although the werewolf legend had spread terror to those who believed in the myth, during more recent times the way this mythological creature is seen has changed drastically. The werewolf now has a very unique appeal, which draws the general public to the point of obsession. Not that I can blame anyone. I’m probably just as obsessed as any other avid reader, or movie lover.
I do have to say though, as much as I am fascinated by the werewolf and what it supposedly represents, I have no doubt in my mind that, although incredible and downright irresistible, it is nothing but a myth. However, it was on these basic historical facts that I based Secrets of the Moon. I began to ponder the ‘what if’s’. What if the werewolf existed? What if the myth was real? What if the legend were not just legends, but actual events that involved real werewolves? What kind of lives did they live when they were being hunted down by humans? How would they live in modern times? What if they hid among us? What would we do?
The more I read about the legend and how it affected people, I began to really contemplate writing my own werewolf saga, taking into consideration all these questions. I wanted to play a bit with the legend and twist it around to a dramatic point where readers would not be able to guess in what direction I wanted to take the story until they finished the actual book.
My longtime fascination with this myth is what ultimately led me to venture into the werewolf world. With Secrets of the Moon I hope to achieve a new version to this myth plus transform the legend in some way. Or at very least give it a brand new twist.
After all, if the interest for these creatures has only increased over the years, one can only imagine how much more captivating it can get in the future?


Sunday, 15 September 2013

Blog Tour; Darwin's Children

so another review! this book is another one I got from a blog tour and I really liked it. Here's the cover;
It is a paranormal fantasy book that follows a teenage girl called Jaycie Lerner who is a telepath, empath, and telekinetic and her family who also all have similar powers too. Her father has forced her into private school since up to this point she's been home schooled and her father wants her to gain some normalcy. She gets pysically trained by her 'mother figure' Allison. She very much tries to stay on the outside of social stuff until a strange woman tells her to get a job at a local bookshop and befriend Haley.
There is also a side plot of her romance with best friend Matt but it's not a massive part of the story which I did like because it wasn't a very interesting side plot but it added something to Jaycie's character.
Haley adds a lot to the story and is really my favorite character in this book. She has a lot going on that you get dealt to you in bursts and her dealing with this supernatural world that she's a part of but has never even realised is there before is the best part because mostly I hate it when in all supernatural books when a character finds out about it they don't freak out like most people would or completely deny it exists. This is where I think Haley was extremely realistic and I liked her for this. 
I loved Jaycie's whole family. Epecially her godfather who even though he is a brief visitor his power is super cool and he really cares about Jaycie. 
Allison was really cool too and I liked how she wasn't your typical adult character, she is Jaycie's trainer and has a hell of a lot of power within her. She's really over 90 years old but her power keeps her looking twenty as well as being able to heal quickly, run fast and be super-strong. really she has it all. Plus she goes on dates with a lot of different men which is another thing that is rarely seen in books. Promiscuous men yes. but women no.
I really loved the idea of evalution in this, that evalution isn't finished with humans and is still giving us abilities that aid our survival. I think it's really interesting to think about what that could mean!
So that's that.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Blog Tour; The Dream Metropolis


Time for a blog tour!! So I got the book for review for this blog tour and I really liked it. I didn't love it as much as some other books I've read Lately but I did really like it. Here's the cover;

My explanation of this book might be rubbish but let's go with it. It's a novel set in a dream. Everyone's dream. A company have created this city where people can dream basically it's set in a world where everyone in the city is really asleep and it is all a dream and while they all think they are just dreaming but being given a chance to dream forever they are actually dreaming of real people who are also dreaming along with them. They get kind of skips in dreams and most of them do kind of control the dreams with their thoughts.
It follows quite a lot of characters which at first I thought was It's downfall but as the book went along and you figured out who people really were and their relationships with one another in the dreams and in reality it really became one of the most interesting parts. All the characters that it followed were completely different and very interesting and some of their stories did make me cry a little, especially Abele and Caine :-\ .
I did feel like sometimes we didn't really get to know enough about the world or the characters until the last second. there are still some people that I have no idea what their meaning was in the grand scheme of things. I do have to give this book and author major props for the fact that while inception boggles my mind even after seeing it three or four times I understood all the ins and outs of this dream world as it doesn't try to explain the ins and outs of dreaming and stuff. It gives you the world as it is and doesn't try to make you understand why it is the way it is. 
I loved the reasons why all these people decided that they wanted to dream forever. Like all their reasons for wanting to escape reality ranged from petty reasons that they could get over to big horrible issues that you can understand a person wanting to leave reality behind for. There were stories of people's dreams in the dream city that made me laugh and feel sad at the same time and they were basically really interesting. 
Overall I gave this book 3 Stars because while I wasn't fully engaged in all the characters there were some that I really loved and with as many POVs as there was in this book, I can't blame myself for disliking some of them. but the city itself and all the world building was excellent and I would definitely recommend it!


Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Book Review; Anomaly

So another book review.. I feel like my blog is becoming just book reviews, but I'm in a writing slump so... sorry. I got this book for the blog tour but that does not affect my feelings about this book or anything I say in this review. Here's the cover (which is pretty cool )

This is a christian fiction dystopian which really intrigued me as I haven't actually heard of any christian dystopians before but since I love dystopians I was thrilled to read this. The basic premise is that Thalli lives underground, a nuclear war made the whole earth inhabitable so a group of 10 scientists went under group and started rebuilding the society called The State. They live in pods and at this point in time there are only three generations who were all born out of test tubes and were designed for particular purposes. When the scientists started this society they ruled that it would be without the members of it having many feelings that weren't necessary to their jobs. Which means that Thalli is an anomaly since she does have feelings and is curious about this which she shouldn't question.
I really loved this book, It was the perfect mix of the Christian fiction and the dytopian. The world was really well built and I could picture it all in my head perfectly. The characters were well developed, I loved that Thalli was really trying to hide her feelings from her guardians and I hated how she failed since she'd done it for sixteen years but she was destined to fail at some point. This is really a story of how God will reach the people who let Him in whatever the circumstance. Even in a world where all feelings and religions have been abolished He still finds a way to show himself. 
One thing that really annoyed me about this book was the attempt at a love triangle, it was really disappointing. Since I am a sucker for love I normally relish in a good love triangle but this one seemed forced. It only lasted about 5 chapters before it was resolved and ultimately her choice wasn't surprising and I really felt like it was a worthless effort in the way that ended up. 
I really loved seeing Thalli's friend Rhen who is in charge of the Logic for their pod and doesn't feel things like Thalli does. She really highlighted how different Thailli is from everyone else in her pod. While Thalli is always hiding her feelings out of fear of the scientists, as soon as Rhen gets a common cold she wants to report herself to the monitors who will eventually decide to kill her. She is completely ignorant to the fact that handing herself in will result in her death as even though she knows this will happen she believes that logically it is the safest thing for the rest of the pod.
I liked that instead of Thalli believing in God as soon as she was told about him and just accepting John's word for it she really had to see it for herself. He showed himself to her in little bursts until she felt his presence on her own and couldn't deny Him. 
It's such a different thing to a lot of the Christian fiction I read and to me it is a welcome change to accept popular genres and give them a little twist to make them belong in this genre. I would definitely recommend this book to any one really. As it is a really interesting read that will have you thinking about it after you've finished reading.


Monday, 19 August 2013

Book Review; Percy Jackson and the sea of monsters

I LOVE PERCY! God this world is just amazing. here's the cover;
So Percy is thrown into another adventure along with Annabeth. Groover has been kidnapped and Thalia's tree is dying. the only way to save them both is for Percy and Annabeth to retrieve the golden fleece from the sea of monsters. As with the first book they go through a lot of dramatic battles with monsters which all make me think how scared I'd be if I was a 9 year old reading these books.
I love this world. I love all the gods and half bloods and everything about camp half blood. and I love Rick Riordan's style. Percy has such a distinct and funny voice that the whole book even in tense parts he had me laughing at the things he'd think of. I loved Annabeth's curiosity in this book and I really think she developed well but my favorite character has to be Tyson. He is a cyclops who at the beguinning of the book is just a huge guy who Percy goes to school with but later in Camp half blood Percy discovers he is a cyclops and is also a son of poseidon. but because he is young but looks older as he is a cyclops. he is very touchy and cute but he's so protective and loving of Percy even though through the entire first half Percy hates having Tyson as his brother and thinks Poseidon is trying to make him feel bad. I loved how absent Poseidon was because I think even though he did send things for Percy and Tyson he didn't really do much, like Hermes helped Percy out the most and that was just in order to help out his son Luke. I really loved Hermes and his snakes as well they were the coolest. Anyway read this book


Thursday, 15 August 2013

Book Review; City of Bones

Right this might be a short review because I  can't think of things that I can say that won't be spoliers so here's the cover;

So this book is a goldmine for any paranormal type book fan. It includes lots of different creatures from vampires and werewolves to Fairies and warlocks. Also the main creatures of the book, shadow hunters. They all live in Idris normally which is a country that's between France and Germany. but they live in cities and stuff in the mundane (human) world, to fight of demons from different worlds. Clary isn't aware of this world until the beginning of this book when she is plunged into it head first when she meets Jace, Alec and Isabelle in a club and witnesses them fighting off a demon.
I loved loved loved this book. So much that I went off today and bought the next two books in this series. I didn't think this book could live up to all the hype but it totally did. and lots of people say the infernal devices is even better and I can't possibly fathom how Cassandra Clare can beat herself... How are you doing this woman? 
There is a slight love triangle in this book but It's not one that you should worry about if you're starting this series because if the ending is anything to go by it's not going to be a problem in the rest of the series. Gosh the falcon story had me crying for days. then I told my friend and she cried... that story is heart breaking. Anyway enough of this because I'm going to spoil it. let's just say I loved it and you should read it. like now.


Monday, 5 August 2013

Book Review; Specials

Another book review! Technically this means I've finished the Uglies series, apart from the companion novel which I will read soon. Yay for finishing series! So onto Specials, WARNING first though this will contain spoilers for both Pretties and Uglies but will be kept spoiler free for Specials.
Here's the cover I have;
So this book is probally my favorite in the series I think. It's so action packed and I loved Tally in this one. you learnt so much more about the world as a whole in this book.
So Tally has been turned into what she had always feared most ; a special. or more specifically, a part of the special circumstances called the cutters. They are different from other specials and they get their name from the fact that they cut themselves in order to feel 'icy' which is in theory the same thing as Pretties getting 'bubbly' but a little bit more intense. All the specials have like crematic bones and razer sharp teeth and a ring that can render people uncouncious and they are really bad ass agents. 
Thank you Scott Westerfeld for giving me the ending that I desired. Not giving anything away though.
I did hate that neither Zane nor David was really present in the book until they needed to be. and Tally never thinks of David EVER. I hate that about her because I Loved David the most and I really didn't like Zane. He just annoyed me. I think Tally really came to terms with the fact that she is the reason all of this is happening. for a comparison in the hunger games Katniss is aware all the time that she is the symbol of the rebellion, as soon as she starts to be it. she's the mockingjay and the girl on fire and she's very aware of what she needs to do as that symbol. Tally however is the reason all of this is happening and she didn't realise it until David spells it out for her. so she does stuff that is completely against what she should be doing for the smoke. I love how strong she is and that throughout this series she has just grown and grown and pushed herself out of whatever she's been put into. Like in Uglies she gets away from being an Ugly and becomes a Smokie. Then once she is turned into a Pretty she fights against being a bubblehead on her own and again gets back to the smoke and being a smokie for a little while. I won't reveal what happens in this book but she breaks out again. I really felt sorry for her though because I as a reader started to realise how much she has been put though at the hands of other people. She was turned into a pretty almost against her will, then she was again turned into a special against her will. She has a right to have an identity crisis when everytime she finds herself. herself is taken away and changed again. and although she always struggles to get back to it, she shouldn't have to do it. I loved the new city ( not sure if it's a spoiler); Diego. It really opened your eyes to the whole of the world rather than just Tally's town. Like how Tally's town is really the strictest and has the most rules against pretties and Uglies and how before I'd assumed every town has Specials but it's shown that Tally's town is the only that has them. I think the world building in this book was the best and Diego was very capitol esque, with crazy people getting surgury to look like they want with no restrictions. Tally got herself into a lot of trouble but I was really happy with the ending and I thought it'd be an ending I hated so Well Done Westerfeld. Video review will be recorded and edited and posted soon!;


Thursday, 1 August 2013

Book Review; Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief.

I finally understand all the hype. I loved this book. Here's the cover I have;

Yes it's the movie cover but it was 50p so I really don't care. So for those of you who don't know what the Percy Jackson and the olympians series is then you really should read it. It follows Percy Jackson a twelve year old boy who has been kicked out of 6 schools in 6 years, has been diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD. Then he gets attacked by his maths teacher/ a fury and boom! He finds out he's the son of a greek god. One of the big three; Poseidon to be precise. So to keep him safe he has to be shipped off to Camp Half-blood for the summer in order to make sure that monsters don't try and kill him. Which they do anyway but ah well. There are lots of other Demi-gods and it's really complicated like all the children of one greek god like in the same cabin at the camp and fight competitions together as a team. Since Percy is the only living son of Poseidon he's all alone. but everyone there is kind of his cousins. Told you it's complicated. 
I loved how all the green myths were weaved seamlessly into the mortal reality. The explanation of the mist causing humans to see events that were really work of the gods as terrorist attacks or wars against one country with another (it explains that the world wars were basically demi-gods against demi-gods) and all the feuds against the different gods like Annabeth who is one of Percy's best friends and the daughter of Athena, feels like she is supposed to hate Percy because Poseidon and Athena have a bit of a feud is really funny.
I loved how all the Demi-gods had parts of their parents in them. Like they would do things and Percy would say that he could see why they were the god of wars children for example. I kind of hated the gods. I know they have a lot to do but they are real jerks. They use the Demi-gods for quests because the only explanation I can see is that they're too lazy to do the jobs themselves and they feel the quests are beneath them. Poseidon claims Percy as his son only because he wants this quest doing by Percy otherwise he wouldn't have even bothered. so all the Demi-gods are a little bitter and don't really care much for their god parents. and I don't blame them. I loved that you don't really have to know much about greek mythology to get it. You need to know some of the gods maybe and that's it. otherwise we learn it along with Percy (from mostly Annabeth and Grover) or Percy teaches us it. which for a middle grade book I loved because If i was nine I would have loved learning about the greeks with Percy rather than from boring teachers at school. This is an excellent book for fans of harry potter I think. From what I can tell the series runs like harry potter does. each book starts at the beginning of Summer at camp half blood with Percy a year older and the themes in the book also being suitable for kids who are a year older. and You have to learn about the world of the olympians along with Percy just like with the wizarding world with harry. But by the end of the series I hope to be an expert! I will buy all the other book in this series! but I did not like the film I would have liked it if it wasn't tied to the book but it was extremely loosely based on this book and I hate adaptations that are loosely based, it irritates me. So video review to be posted here soon;


Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Book Review; All Our Yesterdays.

So here's another book review. It's another one I got from NetGalley for an honest review. Here's the cover and some information about it;

Release date; 1st August 2013 | Author ; Cristin Terrill | Pages; 379 Pages. | 

Right. I can't explain this myself without spoliers so have the blurb because that does an excellent job at doing just that; 
"You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside. Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.  
It's kind of like Doctor who, they talk about paradoxes and Time not being Liner (Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey) and I love that stuff and I've never read a time travel book. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Doctor who because I completely got that vibe from it. 
I got into this book right away and I loved going on the journey with Em and Finn, they grabbed my heart from the very beguinning and at every toss and turn I was worrying that they weren't going to survive the chapter. I loved their relationship with each other even though there was kind of a weird love triangle that I won't go into. I thought Cristin Terrill got the time travel aspect just right. There was enough time travel talk so that you understand everything that's going on but not too much so that it's confusing. Also when they actually traveled and were in the past it could have gotten confusing with which person was which but it never did. She did a brilliant job and keeping the reader informed. I loved all the plot twists as there were enough clues for them that I was annoyed at not seeing them but there weren't enough clues for me to have seen everything coming. There's a lot more that I loved about this book that I just can't tell you in order to avoid spoilers. but I will just say this book is one of the best I've read this year and is another book from NetGalley that gives me confidence about their quality.
I normally hate Sci-fi books but this one blew me away so just read it!! Video Review to be up soon;


Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Book Review; An Abundance Of Katherines

So this is a book review of my third John Green book which is An Abundance of Katherines. and I still love John Green! Here's the cover I have;

So in short this book is about Colin ; a child prodigy who believes he will never be a genius, who suffered through bullies, memorised languages, and dated 19 girls named Katherine. Oh and also highly enjoys anagraming. The book starts when he has just been dumped by Katherine-19. He's moping around and his best friend Hassan can't deal with it anymore so he suggests they go on a road trip, and so that's exactly what they do. and they end up in Gutshot Texas, living with a woman named Hollis and her daughter Lindsey (Who is dating TOC - the other Colin-). and it's basically about him getting over K-19 and also coming up with this theorem to predict everything about the relationship between two people. for example he thinks he can predict how long the relationship will last and who will be the dumper and dumpee.
I think it was really intereting reading this after I've been watching John Green's vlogs for a while, because with the other two books if John's voice was there I couldn't hear it. but with this one I really got a sense of him on every page. Colin says things that John's said in his videos and he has little footnotes where he shares little facts that come up in the story and stuff. I loved Colin's intelligence, and how he thinks that other people won't find him interesting. I loved the secondary characters too, Lindsey was a strong woman who actually has a lot of problems inside. I loved Hassan and his battle with his religion and being chubby. and I hated TOC! He wasn't nice.
I also liked learning about the Katherines that Colin has dated and how his 'type' started off.
Anyway I can't think of much more to say :P Video review will be posted below once it's up.


Monday, 22 July 2013

Book Review; Crossed.

So since this review is of a sequel there will be spoilers for Matched! I was really excited to get this book in the post after I finished Matched and it finally came a couple of days ago. Here's the cover;

Crossed starts a few months after Matched finished, Cassia is in a work camp and Ky is in the outer provinces to fight. It is told from both points of view with one chapter from Cassia then the next from Ky. I thought at first it was really interesting to have both points of view but once they reunited (Not sure if that's a spoiler) it was annoying because it was hard to tell sometimes which one was speaking and I had to think about it for a second. I think Ally Condie could have done a better job and making Ky's voice apparent and different to Cassia's because if that had been better this book would have been amazing. I did really enjoy it but I think like most sequels I prefer the first book and this was a little bit of a let down for me. I loved that you got to see more of the world because in Matched the rest of the world outside of Oria isn't really explained. but this time there were side characters from different provinces which really helped the understanding of the whole world.You see the Outer Provinces with both Ky and Cassia's point of view which was interesting as it is all new for Cassia and it's home and full of bad memories for Ky. Xander also intrigued me in this book although he wasn't actually there all that much a lot of secrets about him were revealed that made me question his character all together. I loved that there were new side characters although some of them I was weary of (INDIE!!). Indie is with Cassia as she tries to find Ky and has tried to find the Rising which is the rebellion. Eli and Vick travel with Ky, you learn about Vick's love with an anomaly and Eli is young and sweet and has seen a lot more than he should have had to. Cassia is really shocked by things in this book because I think if Ky hadn't come along she never would have any interest in a rebellion. She would have done what the society wanted so she comes to terms with the choice she has really made for herself while running from the society. There were a lot of things that I didn't get and questions I wanted answered that didn't get answered in this book. They kept talking about a warming event before the society and they all just said it in passing and didn't explain it like Hunter said 'they're trying to avoid another warming event' and everyone apart from any reader just knew what that meant and so it wasn't explained which kind of bummed me out. I did like all the sweet parts with Cassia and Ky and learning more about Ky's childhood and his father because in the first book even with all the pictures he gave Cassia I was never really sure of anything other than the fact that his parents died and he lived in the outer provinces so his drawings kind of sucked as an information giving device. I really hope all these questions are answered in the last book which I am going to read but I will not be happy if they are left blank... that will annoy me. so yeah... video review to come once I've recorded and edited it. Will be linked below!.


Friday, 19 July 2013

Book Review; Life in Outer Space

So I recently joined NetGalley which is a service where publishers offer reviewers free ebooks in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book I have read from it. and I must say that I was a little sceptical about what the quality of these books would be. but I really shouldn't have been and I can tell that I started with the right one to boost my confidence about them. This book is by Melissa Keil and here's the cover!

I love that cover, if only I had it on my bookshelf! This book is the debut YA novel of  Melissa Keil and It is amazing. It follows a movie geek called Sam and is set in Australia (Wahoo for British spelling ) he and his friends are the lowest in the school and give in to the A-group's authority which leaves them avoiding the dinner hall and eating in the IT office and lunch. When Camilla starts at the school her father's minor celebrity attracts the A-group, so Sam wants nothing to do with her. But she worms her way into his life with world of Warcraft and 80s movies. I loved Sam's narration so much, I think that made this book what it is. He's such a sweet guy, and he's hilariously funny through the whole thing, some of his remarks about things had me laughing out loud, for example 'Has anyone ever made a movie about homework? Probably. I bet it was in French.' He's an aspiring screenwriter and for me as a teen writer when he was saying about having bad ideas and unfinished works I completely relate to him. Camilla is described as being anti demon (or something like that) by Sam as as soon as she decides that she wants Sam and his friends to be her friends suddenly they are not the bottom of the school's barrel anymore. I loved Camilla and Sam!! I love that even though it's a YA book and that makes it seem like all cutesy (Take Eleanor and Park for example) Sam and Camilla spend the whole book almost getting to it but annoying me at the last minute by not getting together... and that four word line... if you've read this you might understand. I seriously sat squeeking at my kindle for ten minutes and refusing to read anymore for twenty minutes. I hated Sam for that. Both Camilla and Sam and the other three main characters are very realistically flawed and I love that none of them are perfect they all have their own problems and it all comes out in the end. Sam's realisation of his love for Camilla was the funniest part because it's so so so obvious to everyone apart from him and Camilla. but he's so shocked that he likes her and he doesn't actually like the idea of liking her. Their friendship is the cutest especially when she's sick... I love that bit!! They bounce off each other and annoy each other. Like Sam doesn't like being called Sammy (So much that it's mentioned in the first chapter) and Camilla hates because called Millie so to annoy each other they adopt talking to each other using these names. GOD I just love this book so so so so much!!  I finished this so quickly I started it thusday night and finished it at half one last night which was good for me as I was out all day too. but I couldn't put it down! I felt like if I left Sam alone for too long that he'd do something he'd regret or I'd miss his move with Camilla :P I love when books makes me feel like I'm there and with this one I really did. I didn't feel like I was Sam. I felt like I was like Allison or Mike or Adrian. Shouting advice at him and begging him to kiss Camilla. 
 I will be posting a video review that I am going to record right now!! It will be linked below once it's up! 

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Thursday, 18 July 2013


So I recently became aware of the awsomeness that is booktube and decided to join the fun off all the booktubers. So you guys can not only read my excitement but hear it in my voice as I gush over books I love and get annoyed at books I hate. I hope that I'll upload a video review of every book I read and will post it below the written review and obviously on youtube. Please check out my booktube and maybe subscribe if you feel like it's something that you'd like to watch!
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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Book Review; The Host.

It took me a while to finish this book but I've done now! I think you really have to go into this book forgetting who the author is and remind yourself that authors can have books you hate and books you love. and while I'm not a big fan of Twilight I wouldn't say I hate it, but I would say that the host is a huge improvement from Twilight. Here's the cover;

Before you read this book apart from not judging Stephenie Meyer, I would also warn you to power through. It took me  almost 400 pages to be really passionate about this book because the world building is quite slow and for a while there's nothing really going on. I think Meyer's character development has really improved from Twilight to the host, I could relate to them all even wanderer who is an alien. Even the villain type people had clear objectives and I really felt sorry for them. Basically this book takes place in the future where aliens have taken over the earth but not in the way you would think they insert themselves into human brains with the objective of not only taking over the planet but of making it a better place to live in. Wanderer gets inserted into Melanie who was a rebel and unlike other human minds she refuses to fade away from her own mind and she stays around and talks to wanderer through her mind filling her head with memories of her boyfriend Jared and her brother Jamie until wanderer  loves them as much as Melanie does. They set out to find them both and make sure they're okay. At first when they find the rebels they don't trust Wanderer but as they get to know her they realise how peaceful she is and how compassionate she is for the humans.
I loved the complete contrast of personality from Melanie to Wanderer, as Melanie is a very aggressive person and wanderer is very peaceful. The love triangle/square was the weirdest ever. and I love Ian and Wanda because they are adorable. Jared was a douche to Wanda through it all but I loved his love for Melanie. I did love the world and how self-sacrificing Wanda was and the ending... for the last 100 pages I was on the brink of tears all through it. I had to message Harry's mum (who's read this book) to have her assure me whether or not it has a happy ending and I am so glad what I thought was going to happen didn't happen. although my second guess was exactly what happened. I loved all the characters and Wanda especially, but I also cannot think of anything else to say although I will edit this post if I think of other things I should have said. Anyway that's the host Bye!

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Friday, 12 July 2013

Book Review; Eleanor and Park...

.... That's all I can start with. Because my mind's all foggy right now because of this book. I think I found a new favorite book... Here's the cover that I have.

This book is the sweetest book ever. I've heard such amazing things about it that I didn't think It could possibly live up to it. but it did. When you read this as long as you've had your first love you can't help but think about it and wish it was as amazing as Eleanor and Park.. I want to be Eleanor.
Basically I should describe the outline. Eleanor is the new girl at school, she's chubby and dresses weird and has the reddest hair you've ever seen. Park keeps himself to himself. He sits at the back of the bus and ignores everyone while he listens to his walkman. Until Eleanor gets on the bus and no one wants to sit with her, Park gets annoyed and tells her to sit next to him although he's much less than happy about it. They don't speak on the bus at first but Eleanor reads his comics over his shoulder when we doesn't notice (talk about a cute way to start.) so when he realises he starts bringing them for her to borrow so she doesn't have to read over his shoulder on the bus. Isn't he the cutest.. I love Park. I loved that this book was from both points of view and that there wasn't any of the stuff I don't want to read about in YA books. It was sweet when they did do stuff like that and not much detail was gone into about it. I didn't expect the ending at all!! I hated it!! I won't spoil it more than saying I cried my eyes out. Park is just so chivalrous when it comes to people bulling Eleanor which I love. But then he wasn't shown to be perfect, he had his flaws that became apparent but they were worked through. They were both the most real and normal and flawed characters I have ever read about and I felt myself rooting for them the whole way through because I got so emotionally invested in the two of them that I couldn't help but swoon and cry all the way through. Also the way Park's parents are is exactly how I want to be with my husband when I'm a parent. They're adorable and they really shape Park's outlook on love in general just as Eleanor's parents shape her outlook. I love that Rainbow Rowell played with their ethnicites and their characterization was amazing, I could picture these characters completely in my head and all the places they were and what they were doing. It was just so clear! Plus I finished this book really quickly, like as soon as I read the first chapter I didn't want to not read it anymore. I even read it while Harry watched Doctor who and since I love Doctor who that tells you how much I love this book! Definitely going to be a re-read in the future and I'm so glad I picked this book up! Everyone needs this book in their life!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Book Review; Pretties

Hey Guys! First do you like the new banner!! I love it, It's up here ^^^. This is a review of Pretties, the second book in the uglies series. if you want to read my review of uglies the first book then click here. Here's the cover that I've got. (It doesn't match my uglies copy but ah well!) 

I actually love this cover, and how it looks next to Specials and Extras on my shelf which match :P So onto the review; (Just a quick reminder that since this book is the 2nd if you haven't read Uglies I will have to spoil it to explain this book's plot)
So this book was amazing in most ways. Half the time I spent shouting at my book because I want David back... I missed him until the end. So this book starts a few weeks after the other left off, Tally is a pretty and is trying to become a 'Crim' short for Criminals clique. She meets the leader called Zane (for the first part of his appearance I thought he was a girl named Suzanne who just shortened her name :P) She doesn't remember her life in the smoke or really much of what happened in the first book but she goes on a search to 'get bubbly' which basically is when you escape being pretty-minded and feel like an ugly again. She finds the note she wrote to herself in the end of the last book and things start be get clearer for her about the smoke as she tries to get her memories back and escape the grasps of the specials.
I loved Zane... at some points. I liked that their relationship was quite homey and comfortable and stuff but I hated them a little too because they aren't real, their relationship was as the pretties would say Bogus. They only really became something when Tally had something to offer Zane and I don't think they would have gotten together if it wasn't for the thing she had to offer. 
I think most people didn't like Tally in the first book but I liked her in the other book and I hated her for most of this book. The pretty slang was annoying, when they were all saying things were pretty-making and bogus and they were all off to get new 'Surge' all the bloody time. The surge really interested me, they got flash tattoos that moved to the beat of their hearts and Shay got eye jewels that tell the time. Which was creepy but it seems to me that people in our time would do all that if the opportunity arouse. 
I know last time I said I liked Shay but my opinon has changed, I really really dislike shay. and their names for each other Tally-Wa and Shay-La eugh!! but the book was infuriating but amazing. I was so sad at the ending although I saw it coming because of the title of the books.. If you don't see it coming think about it more. 
The only thing I really hated about this book was that David was gone like all the time, until right at the end. and I love David. I ship David and Tally until the end of my days!! but I loved how Scott Westerfeld did this. For one I liked that we got almost a whole book of Tally and David and almost a whole book of Tally and Zane, I think it makes it easier to make a choice on who you like better when it's not a love triangle all the time. and I choose David. Also Westerfeld made you think so many times that David was there and it turned out to be someone else. Then when it was David I had lost faith and didn't think it was him. But he's still lovely and my favorite character!!


Monday, 8 July 2013


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Sunday, 7 July 2013

Novella review ; As they slip away.

Hey! so since I read Across the universe and finished it straight afterwards I started on the free Novella prequel as they slip away. here's the ebook cover (It's only 48 pages so not available in paperback)

Which I hate because it's the stupid cover redesign! here's the bluby thing;
Taking place on the spaceship Godspeed before Amy Martin wakes up and Elder takes leadership, this novella describes life at the Hospital during Eldest's reign. Focusing primarily on background characters, readers will see fan-favorite characters Harley, Orion, Victria, and more.

Selene is a singer on a spaceship that only values people who can provide important skills that enhance survival. As her friends--fellow "loons" in the Hospital--start to join apprenticeships to turn their skills into valuable labor, Selene is sent with a handful of other students to learn about the importance of art from the Recorder, Orion. The assignment pairs her with a young sculptor, Luthor, and their dangerous romance proves just how terrifying living trapped on a spaceship under the rule of a heartless dictator could be. 

This tragic tale explores the background of a previously unknown character, linking the history of the ship and its residents to Amy and Elder, giving depth to the world of Godspeed

So I loved that this Novella followed a very very minor character as the POV character, Selene was literally some woman who inoculates rabbits who talks to Amy for like five minutes and that is the only time she is featured in Across the Universe, but her background is so easy to understand and link in with Amy. It starts with the scene that has Amy in it talking to Selene about the rabbits but then flashes back to i think 6 years ago before Elder has moved to the hospital and before Amy is woken up. It features more about other characters such as Harley and lets you see into mentioned characters who were not around for Across the Universe like Kayleigh. It also taught you more about Luthe who is horrible to both Amy and Selene. The ending was so horrible and I saw how it linked in with Amy which made it even sadder.