Monthly Archives: September 2014

Friday Finds #2

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether discovered online, in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). It is hosted by Should be Reading

So, come on — share your FRIDAY FINDS

Just as I began tucking into Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson (Friday finds #1), my tablet went kapooot. It won’t turn on! So off I went to the Samsung ‘experience centre’. And its gonna be two weeks before I get my baby back!! *Sigh*

This weeks finds are real life books…

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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Blurb:

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life. Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She’s got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words …And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone. Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible …

 

 

This should be a fun read…

 

 

  • Lover Awakened by J.R Ward

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Blurb:

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

 

Genuinely not sure if this will be my kinda thing, but I’m open to it… I guess I’ll find out!

Book Review: We Were Liars

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We Were Liars By E. Lockhart

Goodreads Description:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

My Thoughts:

***3 stars***

OK, so l did like the book. I enjoyed it, but it was VERY annoying at times. Lots of people have commented on the writing style, and I thought it wouldn’t be that bad… But it is! It made me re-read sentences that I didn’t need to, simply because they were so disjointed I couldn’t understand them. Its ok for the blurb, but its unnecessary in the actual book :/ Its not just the short sentences, which wouldn’t be so bad. Its the sentences that are literally broken up. That’s one.

The blurb tells you there are secrets, Its emphasized. They are called ‘the Liars’ So obviously I’m gonna keep trying to guess the secrets all the way through the book 😦  I didn’t guess right. But I was definitely too focused on trying to figure out the big huge secrets. There was only one big secret, and they didn’t all actually lie about it. They couldn’t? But anyway, That’s two.

The characters didn’t necessarily learn anything, or change for the better in my opinion. They are the same people, they are just a bit sadder. They are still rich, snobby, racist, self centered people by the end. That’s three.

The book was also quite confusing at times. There was a point I thought the main character self harmed. But no, she was actually describing a feeling? But then she was bandaged up? So was she hurt? or whaaaaat? That’s four.

Having said that, Its still a book I’m glad I read. The pacing is really good. It quickens a lot in the later chapters as the secret starts to unravel. I didn’t see the twist coming… 😮 😮 😮 I was dry eyed though.

Is this book worth reading? Yes, but its quite flawed. Don’t get too hyped.

Friday Finds #1

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether discovered online, in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). It is hosted by Should be Reading

So, come on — share your FRIDAY FINDS

This week I signed up to borrow eBooks from my local library, perfect timing for my Friday finds debut! So of course I’ve been browsing, and I focused mainly on their YA section (surprised? No…). So, here’s what I’ve got on my (e)Bookshelf

  • Cursed By Jennifer Armentrout

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Blurb:

Dying sucks
…and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand.

After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.

Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things–including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden’s adopted father, a man she’s sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister’s hand again. And hell, she’d also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn’t?

But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not’ve been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life.

For real this time.

I love the cover of this book! reminds me of the show ‘Once Upon A Time’

  • We were liars by E. Lockhart

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Blurb:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

 

 

 

 

I must admit, this one is less of a ‘find’ and more of a “I hunted it down because I’ve heard a lot about it and I really want to read it. I can’t even believe it’s taken me this long”.

  • Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Blurb:

 

Meet Kate Malone-straight-A science and math geek, minister’s daughter, ace long-distance runner, new girlfriend (to Mitchell “Early Decision Harvard” Pangborn III), unwilling family caretaker, and emotional avoidance champion. Kate manages her life by organizing it as logically as the periodic table. She can handle it all-or so she thinks. Then, things change as suddenly as a string of chemical reactions; first, the Malones’ neighbors get burned out of their own home and move in. Kate has to share her room with her nemesis, Teri Litch, and Teri’s little brother. The days are ticking down and she’s still waiting to hear from the only college she applied to: MIT. Kate feels that her life is spinning out of her control-and then, something happens that truly blows it all apart. Set in the same community as the remarkable Speak, Catalyst is a novel that will change the way you look at the world.

 

 

 I like science too!

Book Review: Solitaire by Alice Oseman

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Goodreads Description:

In case you’re wondering, this is not a love story.

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.

Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.

I really don’t.

This incredible debut novel by outstanding young author Alice Oseman is perfect for fans of John Green, Rainbow Rowell and all unflinchingly honest writers.

 

Goodreads link

My Thoughts:

***4 stars***

First of all the cover tells you its not a love story….Well, it isn’t. Thought its worth mentioning, because I still thought it would be.

An anorexic girl reading the hunger games, and the irony is too cruel to laugh at.

I just really like that sentence. So… there you go 🙂

The author was 17 or so when she wrote the book, I like that. You can really tell from the references she makes and I could really relate to them (although I’m not 17 waaaaah).  The book is about a teenager called Tori, and I’m not really sure what the overall plot/storyline is. Its kinda just about a period of time from Tori’s life. The theme to me seems to be around how we can miss things that are often right in front of us. Tori couldn’t see that she was depressed.

Alice touches on some very real issues like depression, eating disorders and homophobia. I particularly respect how she wrote about a guys battle with an eating disorder. Males struggle with this too and it is often underestimated. There were just so many harsh realities that she was not afraid to talk about. For example, the fact that hatred of certain groups of people sometimes stems from self hatred, And the idea that mainstream education can often leave people feeling unnecessarily unintelligent.

The adults in the book didn’t seem very good at dealing with situations that arose. I mean, Tori’s teacher essentially tells her to snap out of it (her depression)… But perhaps the author wanted the book to focus solely on friendships, and their importance in pulling people out of darkness.

So, I can’t comment too much on the writing style or anything like that (It’s not my forte for now). I think it was a good read, the ideas in the book were fresh and touched on many societal issues. I didn’t give it 5 stars because I didn’t feel giddy after I finished the book. I don’t mean giddy in the sense of being ridiculously happy, because I know that’s not the kind of book it is. But I mean, I finished the book and that’s it. I won’t be thinking about it for days to come. I’m pretty much just gonna jump right into the next book. For me what makes a 5 star book is one that makes me live the book past the last page. I hope someone gets what I mean…

 

Up Next: Solitaire by Alice Oseman

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I’m currently reading solitaire by Alice Oseman… and will be reviewing it soon.

 

The overall review on Goodreads is 4.19. I haven’t read the reviews properly but people are VERY excited about this book. I’m looking forward to it!! Looks like its in 2 parts. If it seems appropriate I might review it in two halves. If not then, well… I won’t! ha. 

 

Book Review: The Game by Amanda Prowse

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The Game by Amanda Prowse

It’s every mother’s worst nightmare…

Gemma Peters has everything a sixteen year old could want. Two loving parents, a good school, and close friends. Maybe sometimes her parents are a little overbearing, a little too adoring. But that’s the same for all teenagers, right?

Then, on the night of the school play, happy-go-lucky Gemma disappears without a trace. Where has she gone? Why has she been lying to her family? And, most importantly, will she ever come home?

A short story exclusive from bestselling author Amanda Prowse.

Goodreads link

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

***2 Stars***

This is a novella. The start of the story is really good and we get into the main crux of things pretty quickly. The author explored the feelings of the mum and dad very well. It would have been good to get to know the sister a bit too. There was no proper back story covering why the main character (Gemma) left home. She really only told one lie as far as we know, and we aren’t told why. The author does not properly explore the feelings of the main character. 

The end. <<<< That’s literally what just happened. The book ended. I know it was a short story but yeeesh!! Reads a bit like someone had a deadline. Once again it would have been good to explore Gemma’s feelings and understand how her mind processed her environments and the thoughts that lead to her decisions. 

If I hadn’t read other Novellas that felt a bit more complete, I’d potentially be put off them after reading this one. Novellas tend to leave me wanting more, but this one left way too much to be desired.