Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Winter TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish, every week there is a different topic in which you answer back to! The feature was created as a way to share their top tens with everyone. Anyone can join in so come along and share your top ten lists with us all!

So it’s been a long time since I participated in a meme. Actually that’s a lie; it’s been a long time since I did anything regarding my blog. I know I'm terrible. But seriously, having a job really takes away my love for blogging. I never feel like doing anything I used to enjoy. I've gone slightly off topic there, sorry guys. I haven’t been reading as much in the last few months so some of these you probably will have seen on my TBR lists before.  Nonetheless I will try to read them this winter!

1. The Fellowship of The Ring by JRR Tolkien
I did start this yesterday but I feel that it’s going to take a while for me to read it. The old English text is one you have to appreciate and read in great detail rather than speeding through like a young adult contemporary!

2. Prodigy by Marie Lu
 This was featured on my last TBR list and I still haven’t gotten round to reading it!

3. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith
Another book that I'm currently reading, though I did put it down to start LOTR. Must finish this one or I'll be very disappointed with myself.

4. Slated by Teri Terry
I bought this on my Kindle because it was cheap and now I kind of feel like actually reading it.

5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
This has been sat by the side of my bed for a year now. Will I ever pick it up? I do not know.

6. The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
My friend recommended this one to me so I'd like to give it a go.

7. Angelfall by Susan Ee
Will it live up to the hype surrounding it?

8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Is there any chance that she's related to Valentine? Harhar I make myself laugh.

9. The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
I hate to admit it but I'm really enjoying the TV series and I've had the book for quite some time now so maybe I'll pick it up. Or not. We'll see!

10. Dark Lover by JR Ward
I'm needing a bit of a steamy read. And maybe some kick ass vampires will give me that or so I hope.

So that’s my list, along with these I also have an abundance of eArcs I need to get through as my Kindle is jam packed! What’s on your list this winter?

Friday, 29 November 2013

[Review] Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published September 10th 2013 by St. Martins Griffin
Hardcover, 438 Pages
Synopsis:
In Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate 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.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
My Thoughts:
After the week I’ve been having I needed a pick me up, this came in the form of a contemporary novel. As you may have guessed from the title of this post I finally read Fangirl and it should come as no surprise that I loved this book. Just like everyone else.

I hadn’t read anything by Rainbow before and thought I’d go for her new book as it has been getting some wonderful reviews online. It was also cheap on Amazon so why not aye?! I was a bit precarious as to whether I liked this book at first. It took some time getting used to Rowell’s writing style but once Id settled into the flow of it I couldn’t get enough.

She has created a loveable bunch of characters that will stay with you even after you’ve finished reading. However, I did feel like pulling my hair out at some points, whether it being from one of the characters making a wrong choice or just the plain obviousness of things that were going on around them that they hadn’t noticed. The character that stood out most to me has to be Reagan. I felt that she was easy to relate to and her sarcastic sense of humour is right up my street.

Oh boy, Levi and his infectious grin. Where can I find myself one of him? I don’t think I can carry on talking about him without majorly swooning. I’m a Levi fangirl and that’s a fact. 

But lets not forget this book doesn’t just focus on boys, sex and other naughty naughtiness ;) It’s much deeper than that. We’re taken on a journey of self-discovery, first love and independence as our main protagonist struggles to come to grips with starting university. There’s also a few family issues thrown in there because what is a contemporary without family feuds?

This book made my terrible week seem not so bad anymore. It was thoroughly enjoyable and I’d love to read some more of Rainbow Rowells work!

Monday, 25 November 2013

[Review] Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Published October 2nd 2012 by HarperCollins
Paperback, 340 Pages
Synopsis:
No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever.
My Thoughts:
Okay so this review is coming in a bit late considering I read the book nearly a month ago. Oh how the time flies. But hey, at least I'm making the effort to actually write it! 

Thought evoking. Fast paced. Sexy. Incredible. Magical. Unique. These are just a few of the things that this book is. I cannot praise it enough.

Shatter Me was released in 2011 and I've only just read it. What was I thinking? This book, wow, I must've been crazy to put it off for so long. How could I even think that it wouldn't live up to the hype? Because believe me it does. Tahereh Mafi’s writing is so utterly enchanting I was caught under her spell by the time I had finished the book. 

Everything in this book works. No doubt about it. Tahereh Mafi, you’re doing it right! Oh and I love the new covers, they’re simply stunning. 

Adam or Warner? Warner or Adam? The ever impending question which boggles the brains of many fangirls (and fanboys) alike. For me personally Warner is the one. This poisonous fa├žade of his is all an act, I know it is. There are moments in which Warner shows sincerity through his cool exterior but I'm waiting for the day it all comes crashing down and we get to see the real boy that has been trapped for so long. 

Okay so Adam is a total sweetheart and would do anything for Juliette but no one likes a suck up. They’re joined together through their history they've had. But let’s be honest it’s nothing more than a childhood crush and a simple helping hand in times of need. It won’t work. I hope.

I know I'm swooning right now but I can’t help but love the villain! He’s not a villain though, it’s just a perception crafted to grant him the power and approval he needs from his father. 

Although it took some time to get used to, I thought that Taherehs writing style was unique and a breath of fresh air. Definitely an enjoyable read. I was particularly impressed with how she voiced Juliette, it was disturbing at times but still completely fascinating. I urge everyone to pick this book up.

Monday, 28 October 2013

[Review] The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
Published May 21st 2013 by Simon Pulse
Hardcover, 352 Pages
Synopsis:
Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.
Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?
Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?
Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.
My Thoughts:
This book was exactly what I needed after a stressful month. Since starting my new job I haven’t had much time to read and I didn’t feel like getting into another series. A contemporary was what I’d been searching for. I’m so glad that I chose this book as it has bought me out of my anti-reading funk. I finally feel excited to read again.

After reading Sarah Ocklers ‘Twenty Boy Summer’ last year I was a bit skeptical towards this book, as I didn’t enjoy that one as much as I thought I would. But I pushed the doubts to the back of my mind and powered on through this. Boy oh boy did I read this quickly. I thought that id take a while to read it but nope. I spent the day ignoring everyone to read this. It was so fab! Any previous doubts towards Ockler and her writing style have disappeared. Damn, that woman can write a good contemporary.

What I liked most about this novel may you ask? Well, the first thing that comes to mind was the fact that it wasn’t built on “instalove” It was like we had to work for it! Each and every one of the characters was likeable, something that is a rare find for me. I always end up disliking at least one of them. And above all, it was tasteful in terms of the plotline; it had style and substance, which made the book an enjoyable read. 

If I had to point out one thing that this book was lacking it would have to be the severely poor amounts of shirtless scenes with Emilio. Just saying.

In classic contemporary style, I was taken on an emotional journey that left me feeling slightly perplexed. As a reader we are shown the struggles of Alzheimer's and how it not only affects the person its taken hold of but the people around them as well. I feel that this is quite a touchy topic and if written wrong it can turn out to be a big old mess. But Sarah Ockler got it completely right and for that I praise her!

I was captivated from the start and found myself refusing to put the book down. Sarah Ockler has crafted the perfect contemporary for someone that’s looking to relax with a cute and compelling novel.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Update: On My New Job!

So I did it, I joined the real world and got a job! After many hard months of searching I finally got the phone call I had been waiting for. Needless to say it did wake me up at ridiculous o’clock. The phone call changed everything though, well, maybe not everything but you get the point. I was offered a job at Debenhams and I'm now working on the fragrance department. 

You’re probably wondering why I'm telling you guys this, don’t worry I’ll get there. As you may have noticed I haven’t been blogging lately. This is because I haven’t really had the time. I haven’t been reading either and it sucks. I've still been buying books though so I haven’t completely given up on my passion. I'm just finding it difficult to adjust to my new daily routine. I didn't realise how much I’d have to give up just for the sake of staying sane while working under pressure. And believe me; my job isn't as glamorous as it sounds.

What I’d really like to say is that I'm sorry for my lack of effort with the blog lately. I'm sure I’ll get back into it once I settle into my job! Retail isn't my first choice of work but at the end of the day it’s a job and the people I work with are really nice. The perks aren't too bad either so that’s a bonus!!

Happy reading everyone and remember to check back soon. I promise I’ll keep at the blogging but I wouldn't expect a lot from me at the minute. Sorry guys!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Autumn 2013 TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish, every week there is a different topic in which you answer back to! The feature was created as a way to share their top tens with everyone. Anyone can join in so come along and share your top ten lists with us all!

So my list isn't going to be full of new releases like others may be. There are so many books I’d like to read this autumn that have been out for a while. A lot of these books already have devoted fans and I’d like to see what the hype is all about! I know that I probably won’t end up reading most of these books as I have a job now and it will cut down my free time dramatically. I know that it’s going to be tough trying to keep on top but I promise that I will try my hardest. I usually just list my answers to this meme but I thought it’d be a nice touch if I put the covers of the books as well. And let me tell you one thing, most of these covers are stunning. Enjoy!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

[Review] City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Published July 7th 2008 by Walker Books
Paperback, 411 Pages
Synopsis:
Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go -- especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil -- and also her father.
To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings -- and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?
My Thoughts:
First things first, I enjoyed City of Ashes a hell of a lot more than the first book. I did like CoB but I felt that I was able to connect with the characters in this instalment whereas I didn't in the first book. So that’s a win on its own! City of Ashes is a brilliant follow-up to the first book and had me craving more of the Shadowhunter world. 

So I've spent the past 5 days reading this book, yes 5 days is quite a long time to read a book but hey, I don’t like to rush something I'm enjoying! What I liked most about this book was the fact that it carried on right from where the last one finished off. I was desperate to see what happens next so I was glad to see that the author didn't skip too far ahead. Not much had changed since the last book, but let me just get one thing out of the way; I wasn't too happy when Simon and Clary became “official”. I mean come on, Clary was blatantly pining over Jace and it wasn't fair on Simon. He deserves to be treated better and that’s shocking for me to say considering I wasn't keen on him in the first book. To those of you that haven’t read the book yet; I'm sorry for the spoiler! 

I'm Hauling Some Epic Reads!

So, I bought some more books. Well I didn't really buy them, one of them I got for free as the sales advisor was being a bit dozy that day and didn't realise how much change she’d given me. And the other I bought with a gift card that my Nan didn't want. So it was happy days all round for me! I've also bought some new books on my Kindle. I hadn't bought any Kindle books before but when I found awesome deals on some of the books I wanted I couldn't really say no. NetGalley has also been kind to me, with so many great titles on the site at the minute I found myself requesting loads. Now my Kindle is fully stocked with so many exciting titles I don’t know where to start!

Physical Copies:
Prodigy by Marie Lu- I recently finished Legend and immediately knew that I had to get this ASAP!
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Kindle Books:
The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Transfer: A Divergent Story by Veronica Roth
Mr Penumbras 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

NetGalley Books:
Fields of Elysium by A.B. Whelan
Finding Home by Lauren K. McKellar
SIA by Josh Grayson
Resist by Sarah Crossan
Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles

As you can see I have gotten some really exciting new books. I cant wait to read them but there's so many that I don't know which one to read first! I'd love to see what you've gotten recently as well so don't hesitate to leave a comment below.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

[Review] Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Published September 29th 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton
Hardback UK, 418 Pages
Synopsis:
"Errand requiring immediate attention. Come. The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. 'He never says please', she sighed, but she gathered up her things.
When Brimstone called, she always came."
In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she's a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in 'Elsewhere', she has never understood Brimstone's dark work - buying teeth from hunters and murderers - nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn't whole.
Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.
My Thoughts:
It’s been a long time since I read this book but a review is better late than never! I'm planning on reading the second book soon so I thought it’d be the perfect time to write this. So, first things first, this book was fricken epic. And when I say epic I mean EPIC. Yeah I do realise how many times I've said the word epic in the last few sentences but it really is the perfect word to describe this book.

My review probably won’t do this book any justice. I mean I can’t even put my thoughts coherently together at this point and it’s been a year since I read it! It just goes to show how much this book blew my mind. If you haven’t read it yet then please just go and buy it. Read it, Live it and Love it. 

This book is a rare find, it’s not very often you come across a book which is so utterly perfect. Laini Taylor has created something to be proud of. Her words are ones of fine craftsmanship. She isn't just good at writing; she’s a master of writing. With the flow of a smooth symphony, this book may seem slow but it enables the reader to appreciate it a lot more. 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #8

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves. This blog hop was created by the wonderful Dani over at Pen to Paper so make sure you check out hers as well!

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Published November 15th 2011
Synopsis:
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
I feel like the only person in the blogosphere who hasn't started this series yet. I've had it on my Amazon wish list for a while now and I always end up adding it to my basket but I never buy it! Something else ends up grabbing my attention and this gets re-added to my wish list for another couple of months. Maybe one day I will cave. But I really do want to find out what all of the hype is about. I love the new cover designs as well, the colours on them are so beautiful and the image itself is quite attention grabbing. I’d like to see if it has anything to do with the book itself. 

Monday, 9 September 2013

[Review] The Transfer: A Divergent Story by Veronica Roth

The Transfer: A Divergent Story by Veronica Roth
Published September 3rd by Katherine Tegen Books
eBook, 50 Pages
Synopsis:
More Four! Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by "The Transfer," the first of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory, and relationships.
My Thoughts:
As a fan of Four, I was ecstatic when I found out that Veronica Roth would be releasing four more mini stories from his POV. I didn't quite realise how short these stories would be. So when I read The Transfer I was slightly disappointed with the length especially as it’s quite pricey on Amazon. In the UK its £1.99 which I think is absolutely atrocious considering that it’s actually on 30 pages long. If it was the same price in the US it would be over $3. So in affect we British fans have to pay even more for this short snippet of a story! 

Price aside I did end up buying the eBook as I feel bad for authors when the file gets uploaded to the internet for free. It’s not right as they've spent so much time working on perfecting their writing for us and then someone ruins it! Sorry about the little rant, I just feel so passionate about this issue.

I feel like this review has turned into me going off on one so I’ll get back to the point. I was so excited to read The Transfer, I think at one point I shouted at my Kindle as it was taking forever to charge. Poor thing, it doesn't understand my need to read. We didn't really get to know Four in Divergent until his relationship with Tris progressed from trainer to love interest. So you can imagine my undying need to find out more about his delicious self.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

[Review] Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu 
Published February 3nd 2012 by Penguin
Paperback, 295 Pages
Synopsis:
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
My Thoughts: 
A fast Paced, action packed, all round entertaining read that deserves all of the attention it can get. A definite must read if you haven’t already read it! As you might be able to tell by now, I really enjoyed this book. 

I'm going to be honest here and say that it did take me two weeks to read this book. For those of you that haven’t read my previous post I've been in a bit of a reading slump. The dreaded thing that all book lovers loathe! Up until today I had only read 100 hundred pages but when I picked it up earlier this afternoon I found myself powering through it. I was hooked. I needed to know how it ended and wouldn't put it down until I knew. And now here I am, gushing over how wonderful it was.

Everything about this book was perfect from the writing, to the characters and most importantly the plot. It’s everything I want from a dystopian and more. I can’t stress enough how much I loved it. Everyone in the world needs to read it just so they can understand where I'm coming from.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Update: On Life, My Reading Slump & Free Books!

Hello all! Yes, I do still exist and I know it’s been a week and a bit since my last post, I'm sorry about that. But, life has thrown opportunities at me that have kept me busy. I've had three job interviews, a phone one and two group interviews which both had one-to-ones as well! So they've definitely occupied a lot of my time, they've had me stressed, nervous and even feeling a little sick. I know that I didn't get one of the jobs but they've put me on file to be a Christmas temp rather than a permanent member of staff. This is good but I am looking for something that’s slightly more permanent as I've got nothing else to do right now having left college.

Jobs aside, I've gone into a reading slump. I got into one at the same time last year so maybe it’s just one of those things. I really do hope that I will be able to pull myself out of it soon but I just feel uninterested when I pick up a book. I am still looking at ones to buy but I just can’t bring myself to read them. I think I just need to read something that blows me away and has me gripped from page one. If you have any recommendations then please let me know, I'm desperate people!

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Book Haul

Over the past month I have accumulated a nice stack of books and I've been meaning to show them to you guys for quite some time now. I have already read four of these books which you can find the reviews for on this blog. However, I thought I’d show them to you anyway. I wasn't planning on buying some of these books but when I saw them in my local discount store I had to buy them! The Works is my weakness; it has some great books for even greater prices. I've gotten slightly off track so on with the book haul!

The Books:
Legend by Marie Lu
Angelfall by Susan EE
The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

I've gotten a good stack of books if I don’t say so myself. I did already own Insurgent but I had the ugly UK edition which didn't match my copy of Divergent. So I thought I’d splurge a little and buy the US one, my other copy has since been given to charity. I'm so excited to read The Lover’s Dictionary, I wasn't planning on buying this book but when I saw the hardback edition in The Works for £1.99 I couldn't resist. I can’t wait to read the rest of these books; I hope they’re as good as they sound!

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

[Review] Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky Published May 23rd 2011 by HMH Books for Young Reader
Hardcover, 309 pages
Synopsis:

Maddie lives in a world where everything is done on the computer. Whether it’s to go to school or on a date, people don’t venture out of their home. There’s really no need. For the most part, Maddie’s okay with the solitary, digital life—until she meets Justin. Justin likes being with people. He enjoys the physical closeness of face-to-face interactions. People aren't meant to be alone, he tells her. 
Suddenly, Maddie feels something awakening inside her—a feeling that maybe there is a different, better way to live. But with society and her parents telling her otherwise, Maddie is going to have to learn to stand up for herself if she wants to change the path her life is taking. 
In this not-so-brave new world, two young people struggle to carve out their own space.
My Thoughts: 
I'm going to be straight up honest with you guys; I picked this book up mostly because of the cover. I was intrigued to see if it matched the synopsis and to my surprise it actually did! This book is a majestic new take on the dystopian genre. I know the book has been out for two years now but it’s new to me and I haven’t seen many reviews for it either. 

The dystopian genre has become increasingly popular over the last few years and even more so with the release of The Hunger Games trilogy. It is one of my favourite genres but lately I have felt that some of the books have gone a bit too far in terms of being realistic. So it was refreshing to read a book that was so utterly unique and one that I could actually see happening. I felt drawn to the idea of living a “digital life” as its happening already in everyday life. We use computers for everything and people are becoming confined hermits! Anyway, back to the review before I start ranting. I found it so easy to sink right into this book, a lot of the time it takes me a while to get into a book but with this one I didn't have any trouble at all. Katie Kacvinskys writing is so easy to read and flows perfectly as the story progresses. It managed to keep my attention and had me itching with anticipation!

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Memorable Secondary Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish, every week there is a different topic in which you answer back to! The feature was created as a way to share their top tens with everyone. Anyone can join in so come along and share your top ten lists with us all!

When I saw this topic I felt a bit perplexed. Yeah I know, it’s nothing too mind boggling but I didn't know who to pick. I'm going to be honest with you guys; I ended up googling what it meant to be a secondary character. Here’s what I got from Yahoo answers, yeah I love that site but here it is: 

Minor or secondary characters are ones that are necessary to populate the story believably. They play a supporting role rather than a central role in the story.

So with that little English lesson I think I know what I'm doing now! Forgive me; I didn't pay attention when it came to writing at school as I was far more interested in the actual reading part. My knowledge is also a little rusty with the lack of compulsory education dominating my life for the last two years. Anyway, on with the top ten!
  1. Jamie Roth from The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin- He's not in the books as much as I'd like him to be but I love him and his sarcasm.
  2. Patti from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
  3. Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor- I've only read 100 pages of the second book so far but I do know that she has a biggish role in it.
  4. Wendy Avery from the Unearthly Trilogy by Cynthia Hand
  5. Hana from Delirium by Lauren Oliver- I would've liked to have seen a bit more of her in the first book rather than the last!
  6. Harley from Across the Universe by Beth Revis- Two books later and I still cant get over this character. Oh the Harley feels! 
  7. Mason (AKA Tic) from The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
  8. Josh from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  9. Hagrid from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling- How could I not include Hagrid?
  10. George Garrett from My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
So, it took me a while to put this list together but the characters I have chosen each bring a certain uniqueness to the books they’re in.  I think that some of them would make wonderful main characters and it’s a shame that they’re not featured a lot in the books. I was going to pick multiple characters from some of the books but I wanted a variety with my choices! Have you read any of the books mentioned above? If so, were there any other secondary characters that you liked?

Book Blitz+Excerpt: Aberrant by Ruth Silver


Aberrant (Aberrant )
Release Date: 04/17/13

Summary from Goodreads:
In the future Dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government's match in marriage and "The Day of the Chosen", a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn't existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she's arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from "The Day of the Chosen." The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system.

With Joshua's help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.

Excerpt:
 Joshua came into my room, ignoring all rules as he helped push the dresser further from the wall, knocking it to the floor allowing me more than enough room to grab the journal and go. I tossed it inside the pack and Joshua put the map inside before we stepped out of my bedroom. I glanced down the hall, not sure what I expected to see. To the right the dormitory had been hit, and a roar of smoke and fire filled the confined space. Jacqueline was gone. Hand-in-hand we ran in the opposite direction toward the staircase. 

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Divergent Teaser Trailer

So we've been so graciously given a teaser trailer for Divergent. Yes, a whole 13 seconds! I know that there’s going to be a longer trailer at the VMA’s but living in the UK means that I and other fellow die hard, British fans won’t be able to see it until its shown on MTV or up on Youtube. I'm jealous of everyone in the US right now! Anyway, back to the teaser trailer. How exciting is this? Considering it’s only a brief snippet I think that they've actually shown a decent amount of footage. I wasn't too keen on the casting at first but I'm excited to see Theo James as Four. I think that he’ll make a wonderful four even if he is slightly older than he should be. It’s great how a lot of “unknown” British actors are being cast for big roles in current and upcoming movies. Call me sad but I'm being nostalgic for the country I was born and bred in! I'm far too excited for this film considering how long there is till it comes out. But, Allegiant comes out in just under two months so that will keep me occupied until it does. I really can’t wait!

Friday, 23 August 2013

Movie Review: The Mortal Instruments - City of Bones

The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Film running length: 130 min
UK Release Date: 21/8/2013
Directed by: Harald Zwart
Country: United States
Language: English
Distributor: Entertainment One
Who's in it?
Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan
Plotline: 
Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Based on the worldwide best-selling book series.

My Thoughts:
So, I got home from the cinema about an hour ago. Yeah, I finally got to see City of Bones! I know it only came out on Wednesday but I've been so excited all week and I'm satisfied that I've seen it. I really liked the film but I didn't love it. I'm not sure what it was but I didn't feel too grabbed by it? I think I went in with my expectations a bit too high. 

I know I shouldn't expect too much with book to movie adaptations but there’s no harm in hoping, right? Okay, so there were parts that I thoroughly enjoyed however there were a few scenes that made me cringe. It wasn't the acting that made me cringe, I just felt like there were some parts that should’ve been left out. One thing that got to me though was the persistent use of music. Now, I'm not one to normally complain about the use of music in a film but I think that there was no need to have a song every two minutes. I do actually want to hear the talking! Yes, it did fit at times but at other points I really didn't think that it was needed. 

I don’t want this review to be filled with spoilers so I'm trying my hardest to keep it short and sweet. Like with all adaptations there were some changes to the plot, this didn't bother me too much as it’s something you should expect. But there were some scenes which had some major changes that I felt took away the essence of the book. Despite that I did find the movie enjoyable and the fight scenes were very entertaining. And don’t get me started on the special effects! They were so cool and that’s all I'm going to say before I blab on about them. The movie is 2 hours long which for me is great as I love long movies and it meant that they could fit more. However you may start to feel your bum going numb after a while. Saying that though, it didn't feel like I was in the cinema for that long! I guess I must've been really enjoying it.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Teaser Tuesday #5

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

So I'm currently reading a wonderful book, I'm sure most of you have read it already. But I couldn't help myself! I just had to share a piece of this magnificent thing with you guys. If you haven't read it yet then I seriously recommend it, you wont regret it. As you can see from the picture, I'm currently reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I hope you enjoy the teaser!

Teaser:
'I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn't already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.'

Have you got a teaser? I'd love to hear from you guys!

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Giveaway: Win A Copy Of The Fault In Our Stars by John Green! [UK]

I've been blogging for just over six months now and I feel that it’s time to hold a giveaway! This is a giveaway to thank you guys for sticking with me through these past six months, I know I got off to a rocky start but I can’t thank you all enough. I didn't expect to love blogging so much but it’s become a hobby, it’s something I enjoy doing and hope to carry on with.  It’s always refreshing when I get to talk to you all about books especially as none of my friends read so I don’t really have anyone to talk about books with.  The power of the internet changes that though, oh how I love this beautiful creation! Not only am I celebrating the blog, but I am overjoyed with my college results and feel the need to make someone's day with this giveaway.

I could rattle on forever but I'm sure you’re more interested in the giveaway! As you can see from the title I'm going to be giving away a hardback copy of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.  I've chosen this book as its one of my favourites, yeah I know, the whole world has probably read it by now. But for those of you who haven’t, you could be in with the chance of winning it. I must warn you though; the feels in this book are indescribably heart-breaking. Nonetheless, its a wonderful book and I hope the lucky winner enjoys it as much as I did.

On with the giveaway!
Terms and Conditions:
  • You must be 13 years or older to enter
  • Unfortunately this giveaway is for United Kingdom residents only. Postage is hard on the funds, so I'd like to apologise to those who are unable to enter. 
  • The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email. If you fail to do so then I will be choosing another winner at random.
  • Please be aware that I will need contact details, for some piece of mind, I wont be revealing these anywhere on the internet. They're simply for my use only!
You can enter the giveaway below using the rafflecopter. It will be running for 1 week from today, so don't forget to enter. Good luck to all of you and happy reading!

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #7

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves. This blog hop was created by the wonderful Dani over at Pen to Paper so make sure you check out hers as well!

The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Published January 22nd 2013 by Hyperion
Synopsis:
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often—violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

I've seen this book a lot around the blogosphere and booktuber community this year. I admit, I knew I wanted this book as soon as I saw the cover! I mean, look how beautiful it is. How could I not want that? But then I found out what it was about and wanted it even more. It's been on my wishlist for quite some time now but I cant bring myself to buying it. Hardcovers are just so damn expensive and I know it'll be worth it, but being jobless means I have to budget my money. As painful as it is, I must refrain myself from buying books at the minute. It really is a hard thing to do though :( 

I'm sorry about my lack of posts this week, I have a good reason for it though, I promise! I'm currently reading The Book Thief and its taking some time to get through. However, I don't want to ruin the reading experience by picking up something else at the same time. I've also had bloggers block, yeah, I don't know what to post right now. Memes are taking over my blog which I didn't want to happen, so hopefully once I've finished reading this I can commit to jazzing the blog up a bit more. Happy reading everyone!

What's on your wishlist this week? I'd love to know!

Saturday, 10 August 2013

My Thoughts On: Leaving College and "Growing Up"

I know that this isn't a book related discussion, but it’s one that has plagued my mind lately. Ever since finishing college people have been asking me life related questions. Telling me it’s time to grow up and making me genuinely scared about where I'm going. I'm only 18, is it really time for me to grow up? Should I have to give up my “wild” youth because I've left college?

Unlike so many of my peers I'm not going to university. What does this mean for me you may ask, well, to be quite honest I don’t really know! I took photography at college, it’s not exactly academic but I'm certain that I want to become a photographer. College was a complete waste of time though, yes I got the qualification but they can’t teach you your own style. So I'm adamant that I'm not going to study it at uni. But now I need to find something to fill in the gaps when I'm not shooting images. This is proving to be a hard task! 

I've had jobs and technically I do have one, I work for my dad but that’s not what I want to do. I would like a job that interests me but that’s a lot to ask for when there are so little jobs going at the minute. I know I shouldn't be picky but I don’t want to be stuck in a 9-5 job that I hate. 

So, where does growing up come into this? Well everyone is telling me to grow up lately. We may get older and more “mature” but I don’t think I should have to change in order to grow up. Old habits never die right? I guess I have to look at things differently now I'm on the journey of self-discovery. But like I said I'm only young, so should I have to abandon my youthfulness and get serious all of a sudden in order to figure myself out? I don’t think so.

And that leads me to question whether we ever grow up. My parents and grandparents say they feel no different to what they did when they were my age. Yes they've got their act together, got a job and started a family. But heck, they’re all so silly and immature still! I understand that physically they’re ageing but they seem no different to yesterday or 10 years ago. 

I'm envious towards those people who know what they want to do in life as I have no clue. Everyday seems like an adventure and although it may be hard at times I'm sure I’ll get to the point when I know what I want. But right now I'm content with what I'm doing which isn't a lot other than reading! So what I'm really trying to say is that I’d like to figure it out in my own time rather than feeling pressured by family and friends all of the time.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #12

Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by AlisonCanRead and Parajunkee, its a simple way to gain some appreciated exposure to bloggers and to make friends while doing so. The two hosts feature a blog for the week, so you never know it could be you one day! If you'd like to follow me then you can do so using Bloglovin or GFC, leave a comment below to say Hey and I'll be sure to follow you back :) Be sure to check out the hosts sites as well as they're awesome.

Q: Back to school. Create a reading list for the imaginary English Lit class you’ll be teaching this semester.
This is a good task, I think I'll have a mix of some of stuff I had to read at school and some of my favourite books! Not all of them will be seen as "academic" but what the heck, this is my class after all. I hope you enjoy them...

An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestly
Yeah, I really didn't like this book when I had to read it at school. Everyone else can suffer through it as well!

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
How could I not put this on the list? 

A Midsummers Nights Dream by William Shakespeare
I actually really liked this one, its so magical and lets be honest, Romeo and Juliet is done way too much these days. I want you to appreciate something else by Shakespeare.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins
 I think that every teenager should be made aware of drugs and I think this would be a different way to do so. The verse layout would definitely be a good discussion point as well!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Her writing is beautiful and definitely shows us the importance of world building!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Just because I can!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Had to throw a bit of Austen in there.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I'm reading this at the minute, everyone in the world should read it.

Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
It's thought provoking and looks at racism in a tasteful way. Great book for discussion.

What would be on your reading list? Would it be a mix of books or classic literature? Leave a comment below as I'd love to know.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

[Review] The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Published July 2nd 2013 by Harper Teen
Paperback, 320 Pages
Synopsis:
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.
So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.
She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn't approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn't been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn't a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

My Thoughts: 
Well done Kasie West, you have managed to capture me under your spell with your magical writing. I admit I was a bit sceptic to read this book as there are so many mixed reviews but they didn't stop me from falling in love with everything about it! 

I hadn't read anything by Kasie before but now I'm considering Pivot Point, it’s another that sounds right up my street. I'm going to be brutally honest with you guys, I was drawn to this book because of the cover alone. I mean, look how beautiful it is! Everything works well on it but what particularly stood out to me was the typography. I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to typography and when it doesn't work it can bring a cover down. It really works with everything on cover from the image to the colours and even the theme of the book. It’s a contemporary book and I think that the cover is perfect for this particular genre.

When I was finally finished swooning over the cover I took a deep breath and started reading. I was sure that I wouldn't like this book but as I got further into it I found myself still awake at 7am wanting to know what would happen next. Yes I had fallen completely head over heels in love with this book and couldn't stop reading it. It took all my strength to finally put it down and go to sleep. I don’t know what it is with Kasie’s writing but I was devoted to it and like I said, it managed keep me up till all hours. I don’t often find a book that has a hold on me like that.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish, every week there is a different topic in which you answer back to! The feature was created as a way to share their top tens with everyone. Anyone can join in so come along and share your top ten lists with us all!

I'm a sucker for standalone novels, especially contemporaries. In my eyes a companion book is not a sequel! They have different characters and we don’t see much of the ones from the previous book written by the author. A sequel follows the same characters and a certain plot so that’s what I like to see. It always frustrates me when a book is left at a point in which the author could carry on but doesn't plan to. I want to know what happens to my favourite characters! I make up different scenarios for the characters but it’d be nice to see how the author would carry on with the story. I'm not sure if I’ll find 10 books as I am satisfied most of the time and a lot of the books I read already have sequels. I have reviews for a few of these books so if you want to check them out then all you need to do is click the book titles!

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green: Okay, so this one’s kind of obvious. I just really want to know what happened to Hazel! There were so many unanswered questions that I’d die to know the answers to.

2. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West: I know this book only came out a few weeks ago but I would like to see if Caymens mum pulled through in the end. Did she get the happily ever after with Xander?

3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: This book is so perfect, I want to see more of Anna and Etienne. In fact, I crave their story as it’s wonderful. Yes they make an appearance in Lola but it simply wasn't enough.

4. Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver: I know what you’re thinking; this is a series so there are already sequels. But I felt that the last book didn't give me the fix that I needed! I want to know if they did enough to stop the government from issuing the cure.

5. The Way We Were by Elizabeth Noble: This isn't normally the type of book that I read as its chick lit but the ending was so sad and I wanted everything to turn out well for the main character. It was also a lovely book that I could read more of!

6. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles: Alex Fuentes, need I say any more? We saw he and Brittany grow up together in the companion novels but they weren't the main characters.

7. A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger: I could read about Whitley forever, her cynical humour is great!

So that’s my top seven, it was a hard task to pick these but there will probably be more books that I want sequels to in the future! Have you got a top ten that you’d like to share? If so leave a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out. Happy reading everyone!

Monday, 5 August 2013

Book Blitz+Excerpt: Camp Boyfriend by J.K. Rock



Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend #1)
Release Date: 07/02/13
From Spencer Hill Press

Summary from Goodreads:
The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.

They said it couldn't be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren's nerves and she can't wait to return to summer camp where she's valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she's broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn't even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

But Matt isn't giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn't really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she's more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren's friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she's changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?
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Excerpt:
“Who needs a cabin, when we can be alone like this?” 
He cradled my face and lowered his mouth. His lips began to move incrementally along my jawbone. We were very alone out here, more so than we’d ever been before. Back at Turtle Creek, there’d always been friends nearby and a curfew hanging over our heads. Now? The possibility of being together was all too real. 
“Matt,” I breathed around the catch in my throat, knowing we shouldn’t complicate things between us. Especially when I’d only promised him four weeks. 
Tough to remember when his hungry lips met mine. His arms tightened around me and his fingertips ran through my hair. My lips parted under his, my hands trapped between his chest and mine. Underneath my palms his heart drummed. 
His hands moved forward until he cupped my face then pulled away. He made a soft, ragged sound as he gazed down at me. 
“God, you’re beautiful,” he murmured, eyes more intense than I’d ever seen them. My pulse raced when his lips drifted down to my clavicle and along the neckline of my shirt. His hands skimmed across my back, making me shudder in a way that had little to do with the water temperature. When his strong fingers circled to the front and rubbed my ribcage, my body tingled in pleasure. 
And yeah, I was sending out the wrong message. Trying to shake off the feelings, I grabbed his hands and nudged him away. I treaded water and tried to slow my breathing. Matt looked like he’d run wind sprints. 
“Too much?” he asked, still the southern gentleman despite the wicked gleam in his eye. 
I nodded, wanting to say more but needing time to puzzle things out. We stayed out as long as we dared, and we needed to be in our beds before our counselors got back from their meeting. 
Back at my cabin, I just barely beat Emily when I slipped inside. My friends might have given me the third degree except that our counselor was right behind me and we all had to fake sleep since it was well past curfew. Grateful this once for the early bedtime, I dried off, put on sleep shorts and a tank, and snuggled under the covers. I turned over and pounded my pillow, Matt’s face intruding every time I tried imagining Seth’s. 
Who knew I’d have a First Kiss of Camp with two boys? Or that they’d both confuse me so much. I’d thought my feelings about them were clear before I came here. But Seth surprised me by letting me go so easily that it hurt. And Matt had given me a few surprises too, forgiving me when I didn't necessarily deserve it and fighting for me like I was more than a nerd masquerading in designer clothes. 
As my eyes drifted closed, Seth’s sun-tipped curls and lightly freckled face finally came into focus. He’d want to know what I decided when he came back and wouldn't like my answer. I’d done nothing wrong tonight, but I couldn't stop feeling like I’d betrayed him—us. 
I might have had a FKOC with both guys. Now I needed to figure out which one would have the last.

"Fun, romantic and giddy, Camp Boyfriend brings real romance to summer camp with grace, humor and passion." - Carrie Jones, New York Times Best-selling Author of the NEED series

About the Authors:
J. K. Rock is the writing partnership of sisters-in-law Joanne & Karen Rock. Separately, they write adult romance. Together, they dream up Young Adult books like CAMP BOYFRIEND, the first in a three-book series. The summer camp stories continue with CAMP PAYBACK (4/14) and CAMP FORGET-ME-NOT (8/14), plus bonus free novellas in between stories. Visit http://campboyfriend.net to learn more about the series and the free prequel novella, CAMP KISS, which you can download here.

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Grand prize - Signed copies Amanda Ink's SUN, Jennifer Armentrout writing as J. Lynn's FRIGID and JK Rock's CAMP BOYFRIEND. Also included, advance sneak peek copy Laurie Halse Anderson's THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY and Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian's FIRE WITH FIRE, plus an "I <3 my Camp Boyfriend" tee shirt, friendship bracelets, 'I <3 Camp' temporary tattoos, and a bookmark with the download code for CAMP KISS.

Three other winners will receive $10 Amazon gift cards

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