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! 

Video ;


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!

Booktube Video!;


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. 


Saturday, 6 July 2013

Book Review; Across the universe

This review would have taken me a much shorter time to do but I've been at summer school at a local university and haven't had much time to read! This review is on Across the universe by Beth Revis! Here's the beautiful cover!

God I'm happy to have that cover on my shelf! Anyway to the review of the book and not the cover! So this was my first ever sifi book! I've never had any intention of reading si-fi because the blurbs have never appealed to me before but this one. As soon as I read the blurb I knew I had to buy the book. Plus I got it second hand for £2. It is about a girl named Amy who gets cryogenically frozen to go along with her parents to go on a ship for 300 years to a new planet called Centauri Earth. She and the other frozens will be woken up when they get to the new planet, so when Amy is woken she assumes this is what has happened but really someone has woken her 50 years before landing in an attempt to kill her. There the first person she meets (and the only person who is her age) is Elder, the ship has a system that means there is always an Elder and an Eldest, the Eldest is the oldest person on the ship and was an Elder before he became leader of the ship, and the Elder is supposed to be taught by Eldest to one day rule the ship as Eldest and he is the youngest person on the ship (which confused me how that worked to begin with but it later makes it clear) So obviously when Elder sees Amy for the first time it's amazing for him that there's a girl who's his age who he thinks can teach him about sol-earth which is our world. She sticks out though with her red hair and green eyes and really light skin because all the people on Godspeed (the ship) have become monoethnectic so they all have similar qualities none of which Amy processes. With the help of Elder Amy tries to figure out the attempted murders on the ship to ensure her parent's safe arrival on Cantauri- Earth even if she personally may never see them again.
I loved the Sifi in this book, I loved hearing our society from the point of view of Elder who thinks it's all bad, because he's been taught that monothenicity is the best way for any world to be, but he also doesn't really understand when Amy's screaming at him about how wrong things are compared to Sol-Earth on the ship. There's a little bit of dystopian in it and I loved the mix of the two genres, I liked that while trying to figure out the murders both Amy and Elder figured out more and more about the ship than they ever had before forcing you and them to question it's authority entirely. I liked the first chapter as a getting into it thing because sometimes I find first chapters a little dull. but this one describes the process of getting frozen from Amy's POV, and it gets quite scary when she's watching her mum and dad be frozen and is actually going through it herself. There are also quite a few random crazy chapters from her POV when she is still frozen in which you hear her fears and nightmares and she's a little scatty. It's set out with two POVs with one chapter from Amy's POV and another from Elders, which is good because sometimes when they find out things about the ship they don't always find them out together and one sometimes learns more originally than the other one. So you get both their reactions to whatever revelation has happened next and also some extra information from one of them. The only thing that I didn't like was the ending, and that's just because It's part of a series. It didn't leave me wanting to read the next book at all. Because seemingly I assume that it's just another story with Elder and Amy, but I'm not sure. I still really want to read the next book but it didn't leave me wanting to as Matched and Uglies have this month.