Monthly Archives: October 2014

Friday Finds #7

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Friday Finds is a weekly book meme hosted by Should be Reading.

  • Torn by Amanda Hocking

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Blurb:

Acknowledging that she was different from everyone else wasn’t difficult for Wendy, she’d always felt like an outsider. But a new world and family is a little hard for any girl to accept. Leaving behind the country of her birth, she is determined to fit back into normal life. But the world she’s left won’t let her go that easily.

Kidnapped and imprisoned by her true family’s enemies, Wendy soon learns that the lines between good and evil aren’t as defined as she thought. And those things she’d taken for granted may have been lies all along. With the help of the dangerously attractive Loki, she escapes back to the safety of Förening – only to be confronted by a new threat.

It’s time to make a choice – can she put aside her personal feelings for the sake of her country? Torn between duty and love she must make a choice that could destroy her one chance at true happiness.

Second in a trilogy… Trust me to start in the middle! o.o

  • Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani

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Blurb:

Big Stone Gap, Virginia is the sort of sleepy hamlet where kids get married and start families at eighteen, and stay for ever. So thirty-five-year old Ave Maria Mulligan is something of an oddity. A self-proclaimed spinster, as the local pharmacist she’s been keeping the townsfolk’s secrets for years.

Now Ave Maria is about to discover a scandal in her own family’s past that will blow the lid right off her quiet, uneventful life. Soon she’s juggling two unexpected marriage proposals and conducting a no-holds-barred family feud.

With an unforgettable cast of characters and a heroine with an extraordinary story to tell, BIG STONE GAP is a wonderfully vibrant, unashamedly feel-good debut.

Popped into a charity shop and snagged these two beauties for 58 pence! WIN.

Friday Finds #6

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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

Super late post… The day kinda got away from me a bit. But it’s technically still Friday right?!

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Blurb:

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth. This extraordinary first novel has captured the imaginations of teenagers and adults across the country.

Wasn’t a huge fan of Catalyst, but I’m hoping this will be better! It’s prize-winning…

Book Review: Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson

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This was a book featured in my 1st ever Friday Finds. You can go HERE if you’d like to have a wee look at the other finds.

Page count: 232 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Drama

Type: eBook

Source: My local library

BlurbMeet 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

My Thoughts:

***2 stars***

Overall I thought this was a little less than OK. It wasn’t particularly special. Most of it centered around a girl silly enough to apply to just one college (university). I mean, unless your parents owned the damn university that was just plain stupid. Straight A’s are great, but competition is stiff. If you’re silly enough to assume you’ll definitely get in you need to retake Life. I’ve had the experience of being rejected by a University, and you Move On! You don’t spend days acting like its the end of the world, especially when others around you have bigger fish in the fire.

I was actually about to say nothing that bad happened to Kate. And then I remembered her mother died. But somehow this is taken out of focus. She throws it into her internal monologue sometimes. But I just didn’t really feel it. Everyone deals with grief differently so I guess burying it might have been hers.

Kate’s character hadn’t really grown much by the end of the book in my opinion. She was still a little self centred. She accepted the rejection from MIT, but well, what choice did she have?

Kinda saw the twist involving Teri and her little brother earlier on, but shrugged it off…I read the tragedy on the train and struggled to keep cool. It was genuinely sad. As was the reality of Teri’s family life. Although, to me it felt like we barely touched on those things. I would have preferred to get to know Teri better. See things through her eyes, as opposed to Kate’s narration. Not sure I would have liked her anyway… From what we do get to know she is a bully and a thief. Yes, she had a troubled past, but still. Hardship isn’t an excuse to be horrible to other people.

Maybe that was my problem with the book? Perhaps I just couldn’t find a character that I could fall for. Or even tolerate. I don’t know what happened, because the first couple of chapters seemed really promising.

Someone had described this book as ‘Powerful and life changing’ I genuinely don’t know what I’ve missed o.o

Friday Finds #5

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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

 

Blurb:

Readers have been falling in love with this extraordinary novel for its compassionate storytelling, wonderful characters and fearless honesty.

This is the story of a family as they struggle to survive in present-day Syria, seen through the eyes of a boy with a remarkable mind. Adam describes with unflinching accuracy the disintegrating world around him. Yasmine, his beautiful sister, tries to protect him, even as her own life is put in danger.

When the war between government and rebel forces tears their lives apart, Adam and Yasmine become refugees, escaping Aleppo and heading out into the ruined country towards sanctuary. Along the way, they encounter ever-present danger and temptation on this shattered road to Damascus.

 

 

I got this in the post to honestly review for Buzz Magazine. Review coming soon…

 

Movie Chat: Gone Girl

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Went to see this movie on Wednesday (Orange wednesdays Yaay). It was packed, we were all in for a treat! As soon as the movie was over, I had one major thought.

I soooo wish I had read the book!

I probably will still read it. The writing was absolutely amazing. There was so much Sh*t you just didn’t see coming. If you haven’t seen the film or read the book, Leave Now.. its so much nicer to have your mind blown mid film/book.

On the surface its just an amazingly well written plot, that will grip you and leave you dumbfounded afterwards.

On a deeper level, I can’t decide whether its an extremely dangerous idea to put out there in terms of how women are viewed in society. She lied about being raped. She stole sperm?! falsely accused her husband of domestic violence, faked a pregnancy! I mean yikes. I saw the film with a male friend, and  these are like the biggest crazy A** bitch fears men have. It’d be a shame if this film gave them a reference point.

On the other hand, the ridiculously smart, calculating criminal mastermind that essentially gets away with it… is a woman. The part of the super villain often goes to men. Yes, its evil. But both men and women can be evil. Whilst watching the film, I commented that ‘Amazing’ Amy Dunne would be a good scientist. Her attention to detail was simply well… amazing. So perhaps its a one up for equal rights? Equal rights, equally innocent, equally evil.

Either way, thanks for the mindf*ck Gillian Flynn.

Friday Finds #4

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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

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Goodreads Description:

“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.”

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.

Colin’s job was to abduct Mia as part of a wild extortion plot and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota, evading the police and his deadly superiors. Mia’s mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family’s world to shatter.

An addictively suspenseful and tautly written thriller, The Good Girl is a compulsive debut that reveals how even in the perfect family, nothing is as it seems…

 

I’m gonna have to read this on a day when I have no plans. Sounds like a page turner!