Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Teaser Tuesday #2

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!

I'm currently reading Me and Earl and The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, I'm loving this book so far! the format of it is so unique which is great as it makes the book a whole lot more interesting. How cool is the cover aswell, all of the bright colours look great together.

Teaser 1:
'If she hadn't had cancer, would I be spending any time with her at all?'

Teaser 2:
'When I was at the hospital, most of the time I felt as ineffective and useless as a friend. So either way, my life was deeply fucked up.' (pardon the french, I'm just repeating what the book says)


Saturday, 23 February 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #2

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

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 GFC or Linky, 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.
Feature of the Week- Reading...Dreaming

Q: We always talk about books that WE want. Let's turn it on its head. What books have you given other people lately?

I feel guilty because I never really give people books and I definitely wont lend them out as I've learnt on several occasions that they will come back looking like they've been through a war zone. I like to keep my books neat and perfect, its a problem. But I did get my dad a book for Christmas, it was 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die. Yeah, my dad loves his beer so as soon as I saw it I had to get it for him! Books are always a great gift to receive but hardly anyone I know reads so there's no point in getting a book for someone when you know for a fact they will never pick it up. I know its the thought that counts but its the fact that I could've given it to someone else that would appreciate it more!

Have you given anyone a book lately? I'd love to know so leave a comment below and I hope you all have a great weekend!

Friday, 22 February 2013

Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake
Released July 5th 2012(UK)
Published by Orchard Books
Paperback, 373 Pages
Amazon(UK)
Amazon(US)

Synopsis:
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

What I thought:
Well that was certainly different, I'm still trying to process what exactly has gone on. After many months of having this book on my TBR pile collecting dust I finally thought that I would give the book a chance and I am so glad that I have. I didn't quite understand what was going on at first but Kendare Blake slowly lures you into this interesting yet horrific world. The synopsis given for the book sounded promising and I automatically wanted to find out what is so special about Cas that Anna feels the need to spare his life.

As soon as the books starts we are thrown into the wonderfully strange world of Cas, wow I've never read a book so descriptive. I felt like I was a part of this world my self, I found it easy to visualise everything that was being described in the book which believe me isn't always the best thing with this book, if you've read it you'll probably understand what I mean. I love how this book doesn't really have that many characters in it, this made it easy for me to remember who was who and not get confused. Which is something that happens a lot when a book introduces loads of different characters but not this one! I feel that each character was so different in this book and I loved how all of their personalities clashed yet somehow worked well together. Anna's character in particular stood out to me, even though she was gruesome in some parts I think that she's so easy to love, this is probably because something so bad happened to her yet she seems like she pulled through it and didn't let it take over her. Well maybe she did but that wasn't exactly her fault!

One thing I didn't like about this book was the romance, one minute Cas is saying how he's going to kill Anna and then the next minute he loves her! Okay so I get that feelings develop when you learn more about a person. But Anna is a ghost and he is a human which somehow doesn't work, they're doomed from the start so its not exactly going to work for them. It was cute how Cas was the only person she could truly be calm around before she got set free and I did like seeing how he always made sure that she was alright.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, the pacing of it was great as there was never a dull moment that dragged on. The plot line was clever and kept me on the edge throughout the whole of the book, I felt nervous for the characters a lot of the time. I actually liked the horror aspect to the book especially as Kendare Blake hasn't held back in some parts which you'd expect a YA author to do. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in paranormal YA or if your someone who is looking for something thats slightly gruesome in some parts, this is the book for you!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #1

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!


Every Day by David Levithan
Released August 28th 2012

Synopsis:
Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

I've been wanting this book for so long now, its been in my saved for later bag and on my wishlist on Amazon for so long now. I always look at it when ordering books but never seem to buy it, I don't know why but maybe I'm just waiting for the right time? Anyway I think that the premise of this book sounds really interesting as it is definitely different to what I've read before so I would love to give it a try. Also John Green recommended this book and well... he is an absolute genius when it comes to writing so I trust what he has to say. Just look at that cover as well! it is absolutely stunning, I love how fresh it looks with the use of the plain colours. I think I will have to give in to this book and purchase it sometime in the near future! 

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Ten Favourite Characters in YA

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 rather than choosing a specific category I decided to do my top ten favourite characters in YA, I feel like I never read a specific genre enough to focus on characters from one so now the world is my oyster! I hope you enjoy my top ten and I'd love to see what yours are.

1. Noah Shaw from Michelle Hodkins Mara Dyer Series: He's a sexy male character that will definitely make your spine shiver with his presence alone, yet he's so caring and would do anything for Maras happiness. I love a male character with a big heart and he certainly has that!

2. Four/Tobias from Veronica Roths Divergent Series: A strong male lead that will definitely make you feel intimidated whenever he appears in the book. He also has a softer side to him that we only really get to see when he's around Tris, he's the kind of guy you'd be proud to introduce to your parents. I also think its quite cute how he's afraid of heights even though he seems like a machine that can handle anything.

3. Hazel Grace from John Greens The Fault in Our Stars: I really admire Hazel Grace, even though she is battling cancer she never really complains about it instead she makes jokes about it which is quite heart warming, definitely a lot better than a sob story. I also love how witty and mature she is for a sixteen year old, the intellectual but humorous comments she makes always bring a smile to my face whenever I read this book.

4. Finnick Odair from Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games Trilogy: Enter the biggest sweetheart you will probably ever read about in a YA book! When he first came into the books I thought he was going to be a bit of a fool but oh my I was wrong... he's again a strong male character but something cracks him and then we see the real boy behind the mask and he really is wonderful.

5. Kaiden Rowe from Wendy Higgins Sweet Evil Series: He's a total stud, a drummer and the son of the Duke of Lust need I say anymore?... Oh wait he has bedroom eyes if you know what I mean ladies ;)

6. Karou from Laini Taylors Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series: I love how badass Karou is, she is such a complex character and I love how we got to learn more about her previous life and the impact of choices she made. She has blue hair and can fly which is just awesome! also she's a human girl that grew up in a world of supernatural creatures, such an interesting character.

7. Travis Maddox from Jamie McGuires Beautiful Disaster: What girl doesn't love a bad boy every now and then? Motor cycle riding, tattoo covered, foul mouthed Travis Maddox certainly fits the bill! I loved how his character developed throughout the book and I cant wait to get into his head in Walking Disaster. I know he's not a YA character but I really wanted to include him in the list!

8. Bianca Piper from Kody Keplingers The Duff: I really like how cynical and bitter this character is probably because people have called me that before, in some ways I feel like I can relate to her especially as some of the problems she's faced I have to in my life. 

9. Etienne St Clair from Stephanie Perkins Anna and the French Kiss: All throughout this book I was thinking "You don't want Anna or your girlfriend! YOU WANT ME" what I would do for a guy like this in my life. He's sweet, caring and totally hot but thats not the only reasons why I liked him, he's intellectual and quite an amusing drunk... how wonderful.

10. Augustus Waters from John Greens The Fault in Our Stars: How could I not include Gus in this list, he really is a fine specimen of a male even if he has only got one and a half real legs and walks with a limp. Just like Hazel Grace he is a very witty character with an intellectual sense of humour, I love how he is always trying to make her happy. Even through the lowest points in his life he cracks jokes and uses his Gus magic to bring a smile to everyones faces. I love him.

So I just noticed that most of the characters I have listed above are total hunks, yes I have many book boyfriends. But shhh don't tell them!

Teaser Tuesday #1


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!

My current read is Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, I'm really enjoying this book so far! It's a bit creepy in some parts which is actually great as I've never read a book that makes me get goosebumps before. Here are my teaser sentences:

Teaser 1:
"The air around us loses colour and I feel our limbs beginning to unravel. We're separating, breaking the circle."

Teaser 2:
"I look at Anna, still clothed in blood and veins. Her dark-tinged tears have dried on her face; shes too exhausted to cry anymore."

Monday, 18 February 2013

Books I'm Looking Forward to Reading in 2013

Although we're coming to the end of February and most people have already done a post like this I thought I would do it anyway. Some of the books in this post may have been out ages but you should all know, I'm behind on a few of the series I have started reading! I think this year is going to be a good reading year for me as when I finish college in June I will have a lot of free time to do what I want. Basically that means I will be ignoring everyone and just reading for months on end, only occasionally leaving the house to get food! By the way this post will probably be huge so I apologise in advance and it wont have every book Im looking forward to reading cause well it will go on forever, especially with new books being released all of the time.

Boundless By Cynthia Hand 
Released January 22nd 2013
So this is the final book in the Unearthly trilogy, it has been out for about a month now but I'm waiting for the UK paperback to be released so all of the books match. I cant wait to see the fate that Clara chooses and how it will effect the rest of the characters in the book. I'm totally team Christian if anyone was wondering, he's such a dreamboat and a little bit of a sweetheart as well, I love it! 

Requiem By Lauren Oliver
Due to be Released March 21st 2013 (This is the UK release date in the US it will be March 5th, you lucky buggers!) 
Again this is another final book in an explosive trilogy, I have been waiting for this book since the day I finished Pandemonium last year. The cliffhanger we was left on definitely made me eager to get my hands on the final book, I honestly don't know how I've survived waiting this long time. But soon the wait will be over and hopefully all of the questions I have been asking myself will be answered in this epic finale! If Lena is whiny and indecisive in this book I may have to scream at it, but I'm sure I'll end up loving it.

Walking Disaster By Jamie McGuire
Due to be Released April 2nd 2013
I'm so excited for this book, no one understands how much I loved Beautiful Disaster! I didn't think I'd enjoy the book as I found it in the "If you loved 50 Shades of Grey" section at my local supermarket, but I gave it a chance and I have honestly never felt so surprised by a book. My expectations were low but after reading it I now understand the saying "Never judge a book by its cover" or maybe its status. This sequel is written from Tavis Maddox's point of view so we'll get to see his side of the story, I cant wait to get inside his head and be able to understand how he actually felt about Abby right from the start. I also cant wait to read the conversations that Shepley and Tavis had about he whole situation! eek major fan girl moment.

Sweet Peril By Wendy Higgins
Due to be Released May 1st 2013
I only finished reading Sweet Evil about two weeks ago but oh my it was wonderful, one of my favourites so far this year without a doubt! I cannot contain my love for Kaiden Rowe, just look how perfect he is and he's a drummer- oh man I love drummers. I cant wait to see a bit more of Anna's dark side in this book as she embraces what she is and what she has to do. But I do hope everything works out for her and Kaiden because when they're together it is smoking hot and I mean the heat between them is so intense they're on fire.  I'm hoping that we will get to learn more about the other characters to as I feel like I didn't get to know them that much in the first book, also I cant wait to see some badass action from Anna! This book is definitely one to look out for in the coming months.

The Eternity Cure By Julie Kagawa
Due to be Released April 23rd 2013
This is the second book in the Blood Of Eden series, I'm not sure how many books are going to be in this series but I'm hoping that it will be a trilogy as two books definitely wouldn't be enough but I think anything more than three may be too much. But that depends on what happens in this book of course! The end of the first book sees Allison leaving Zeke so she can go to rescue Kanin, her creator. I have high hopes for this book as I really enjoyed the first book in the series, I cant wait to see how this story pans out as there is definitely many things that could happen to her while she's on the search for Kanin. It would be great if we could get introduced to some new characters along the way as the majority of the ones we met in the first book are either dead or on their way to freedom and a happy life in Eden (Sorry for the spoiler!).

Divergent 3 By Veronica Roth
Due to be Released October 22nd 2013
It's weird having this on here because there is no title or cover yet so it doesn't look right in this post, but that doesn't matter because I'm so happy that there is definitely going to be a third book. I think that this book will probably be the best in the series, especially after what happened during the ending of Insurgent. I hope to see Tris and Tobias being a bit more loving towards each other because Insurgent nearly broke my heart and killed me with their constant arguing and hostility towards each other. I cant wait for more information to start coming out for this book as I'm on the edge of my seat here wanting to know stuff!

The Retribution of Mara Dyer By Michelle Hodkin
Due to be Released October 22nd 2013
So the 22nd of October looks like its going to be a good day with this due to come out and the third Divergent book! Oh my I will probably cry that day. The cover for this book is just a beautiful as the first two and I'm so glad that the publishers haven't changed it like they have done with most of the books I own. I still don't quite know how to feel about the cliffhanger we're left on in the second book, it cant be true... I mean look the cover of this one says "Deep, Dark, Passionate and Funny" there is only one male that can make this book deep and passionate, Noah!. I hope that we get answers in this book, or I will be going crazy and I don't want to have to do that. If Jude is still alive I will probably momentarily die and then go back to reading, my hate for Jude is unreal!

Fever By Lauren DeStefano
Released February 21st 2012
I told you there would be some old books in here that I need to catch up with! so I finished reading Wither at the start of February and I absolutely adored it, now the third book is out I feel like I need to catch up and soon. I haven't got a copy of this book yet so I will have to get my hands on that quickly if I want to catch up without seeing any spoilers for Sever. I cant wait to see what happens next with Rhine and Gabriel, I'm still gutted that she left Linden because he actually seemed like a decent guy it was just his scary, unpleasant dad that was a monster of a human being. His dad actually reminded me of President Snow from The Hunger Games, not a nice man at all. I'm not going to post Sever on this list as I don't know if I'm excited for it or not, we'll have to see how I like this book.

The Book Thief By Marcus Zusak
Released March 14th 2006
I finally bought a copy of this book a couple of weeks back as you may have seen in my youtube video, the UK has this new cover which I quite like. I'm not sure how it relates to the book but I'm sure that all will be revealed when I get round to reading it. After watching and reading so many reviews about this book I thought I would give it a try especially as most of the time the feedback it receives is great. I'm not sure how I feel about reading a book thats narrated by death but I bet it will be an interesting concept, I cant wait to see how this turns out.

The Fellowship of The Ring By J.R.R Tolkien
Released December 1st 1954
The Lord of The Rings Trilogy have always been my favourite films so I thought that I would go back to the beginning and read the books! I cant to see how the movies differ from the books or whether they're true to them. I haven't really read an epic fantasy novel before so I'm really looking forward to this and I hope that I will enjoy Tolkiens style of writing as it isn't something I'm used to. I will keep you all updated while I read this book!


Days of Blood and Starlight By Laini Taylor
Released November 6th 2012
I started reading this book the day that I got it in the post, I'm about 100 pages in but I stopped reading it for some reason so when I went to pick it up again the other day ago I couldn't really remember what had happened! I definitely need to reread the book from the start as from what I remember it seemed like a pretty good sequel. Laini Taylors writing is flawless, so poetic and beautiful so I cant wait to carry on with this book as Karou seems like she's got her work cut out for her in this sequel. I still love Akiva even though he knew what had happened and didn't tell Karou, he's a good guy that loves her and if no one else can see that then my oh my I must be reading a different book.

If you have made it this far into the post then well done! I'm proud that you have actually managed to read all of this. Below I'm just going to put the covers of other books that I'm going to try to read this year, I haven't got many contemporary books in this list so if you know of any good ones that you think I might like then please leave a recommendation in the comments box. Thanks for reading!



                             

Sunday, 17 February 2013

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Released June 14th 2012
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 394 Pages
Amazon(UK)
Amazon(US)

Synopsis:
"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over

What I thought:
First things first, this is a summer book so I probably would of liked it more if I actually read it in the summer rather than the winter. It made me feel sad that its freezing cold in the UK and so far away from "summer' thats if we actually get a proper one this year but I highly doubt that we will. Oh well a girl can dream! When I heard about this book I felt like I must read it right away as contemporary YA books are my weak spot, I love them so much.

The synopsis doesn't give much away other than the fact it will have a bit of romance in it, I really enjoyed the plot of this book as it was well thought and it definitely had a lot of charm to it. I love the Garrett family, they may seem like the dreaded neighbours from hell with a lot of kids but you really do end up liking them as you get to know each individual member of the family. Their personalities are all so different from each others but I think thats what makes the family work, especially as they come together during distressing times and help one and other through it. I wasn't too keen on Samantha's family however, her mum was a definite snob so it was painful to read about her and her judgemental ways- not cool Miss Reed!. We didn't get to know Samantha's sister that much which was a shame as she didn't seem to bad when she was actually in the book. What was with Clay as well, Clay is the politics crazy boyfriend of Samantha's mother. I don't like the way he treated Sam, blackmailing her and making her feel guilty because she knew something that could potentially ruin her mum but if she kept it quiet it would also ruin other peoples lives!

Although the romance in this book was cute I was hoping to get more from it? there was definitely chemistry between Samantha and Jase but I was secretly hoping that she would end up with Tim! Ah Tim the screwed up older brother of Samantha's best friend Nan. I wasn't mad about Nan either as I felt that she gave Samantha a hard time about petty things, I don't like petty people at all. I think that Tim and Samantha might have been an interesting match and I would've loved to read about them.

All in all it was an enjoyable read with a wonderful bunch of characters that I definitely wont be forgetting anytime soon! a perfect debut novel from Huntley Fitzpatrick, I look forward to reading more of her stuff in the future. I recommend that you read this book in the summer though as it is a perfect read for a lazy session in the sun.

Friday, 15 February 2013

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

Heres what I thought about The Duff by Kody Keplinger, if you want I can do a written review as well so I can go into more detail about the book and my opinions. But for now I hope you enjoy the video and check out this book sometime if you haven't read it yet as it is such a good contemporary read for a rainy day!

Buy it here:
Amazon(UK)
Amazon(US)

Mini Book Haul of One Book

So I recorded a book haul video for my Youtube account a couple of days ago and I completely forgot about one of the books I have bought, I don't know how I did because its probably one of my most prized books. If you saw my book haul you will know that I wrote under it that I forgot to include my new edition of An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, wait let me rephrase... my SIGNED EDITION!. Holy cow I was so excited when I saw this in Waterstones I had to buy it, I have taken some photos of it which you'll find below :)

I'm not sure how I feel about this new cover, I think they've made it to match TFiOS as its such a successful book that they think if this one looks similar to it then people will buy it? I don't know but... OMG JOHN GREEN HAS TOUCHED MY BOOK. This is my first signed book I have ever gotten so its special to me and the fact that its by John Green makes me so happy.

Weekend Reads

This weekend I'm going to continue reading Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake, I feel like I'm lagging behind on this series as it came out ages ago but it actually hasn't been out that long in the UK I mean we haven't even got the second book available in store yet. I don't like how we don't have some books here that are in every other country, it makes me sad to think that us British folk haven't got the good stuff. Anyway, I've decided to read this as its been sitting on my to be read pile for a number of months now and I feel sad looking at it waiting for me so hopefully it'll be a good read, I'm in the mood for some hot ghost hunting action. Let the hunting commence! 

If you are like me and don't know what the book is about I have left the synopsis and information about the book below. I hope you all have a great reading weekend and if you aren't reading anything then have a lovely time with whatever you are doing :) 


Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake
Released 5th July 2012(UK)
Published by Orchard Books
Paperback, 373 Pages
Amazon(UK)
Amazon(US)

Synopsis:
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story...

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.

Feature and Follow Friday #1


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 GFC or Linky, 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.
Feature of the Week- The LUV'NV


Q: Write a letter to your favorite character. Rant, rave or gush…just pretend like they are real and you just want to let them know a "few things". - Activity courtesy of author, Kelly Walker

I finished reading Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins last week and I have a few things I want to say to Kaiden.

Dear Kaiden,

I know you love Anna, please stop hiding it and actually tell her! even if it causes trouble just do it because you two are perfect and man the heat between you is so hot ;) I think Kopano wants her as well so you better get in there quick before he does.

Never stop playing the drums, every girl loves a drummer and by the way you can use your bedroom eyes on me any day... I secretly think you're delicious.

From,
Annoushka

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent By Veronica Roth
Released May 3rd 2011
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
Paperback, 487 Pages
Synopsis:
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

What I Thought:
I had been putting off reading this book for about a year now despite the great reviews I'd read about it, why I ever put it off I do not know! First things first, if you haven't read this book please stop everything you are doing and go read it even if you are climbing a mountain just stop and read :)

Dystopian books are slowly becoming my favourites, I love reading about these worlds that are so different from ours but relate in some shape or form. I've found that a lot of books are quite similar to The Hunger Games trilogy now but I don't really mind that as I love them books so I crave more of them. So Divergent starts off with main character Beatrice Prior preparing for her aptitude test, in the first chapter alone we find out quite a lot about the faction she's lived in since birth so immediately we learn how these factions live and what its like to be in Abnegation. I thought this was a great start as it gave me an idea of whats to come in the book and it helped me understood a bit more about this society. I wont say too much about the aptitude test and the choosing ceremony but while I was reading the book I didn't see why it was so important for her to keep her results quiet, but now it is definitely clear. 

I was so happy with the faction that Beatrice decided to go for as I think that Dauntless seem like the most interesting and fun faction to read about, right after the choosing ceremony we are thrown right into the world of Dauntless and heck it is a tough yet exciting one! during the course of the initiation we see Tris overcome her biggest fears and watch her grow into a strong, independent Dauntless girl which I really enjoyed reading about as the character development in this book was truly phenomenal. Along with Tris we meet new characters throughout the book, one of my favourites being Four. I always thought that there was something peculiar about him and the way he treats Tris, one minute he's the tough instructor that will throw knives at you to prove a point and then in the next minute he's the lovely boy that will do anything to save you. There is definitely more to his character than meets the eye. I love all of the other initiates as well, even though some of them aren't that nice they're interesting to read about especially Peter because he really is a nasty piece of work. 

The amount of effort that Veronica Roth has put into building this world is amazing, it was so easy to visualise all of the places that she had described in the book which is great as I felt like I was one of the initiates and seeing everything through their eyes at some points. I didn't really think that the plot was going very far at first but all becomes clear towards the end of the book, I definitely didn't see that coming! I think its definitely a great starting point to what seems like is going to be a very exciting series. The pacing of this book is perfect, it isn't slow but I don't think that it was full speed ahead instead every scene was well thought out which made it easier to understand what was going on and why. There was always something going on which grips your attention which I really liked as I don't think that there was any unnecessary scenes like you find in some books. 

The book is a nice size for a first book as it builds up to something bigger to come but also has a fantastic storyline which is sure to interest anyone, All in all I recommend this book to anyone who's interested in Dystopian novels, especially if you're a fan of The Hunger Games. 

Happy Valentines Day!

I hope everyones having a good day so far, I'm spending mine with my one true love...books! yes I am tragically alone but thats alright because I don't need anyone when I have something to read. For some reason I cant stop listening to classic Enrique songs, I haven't listened to him in years and this particular song reminds me of my childhood as it always used to be on in the bars abroad so now I just want to go on holiday! 


It also made me think about my favourite books when I was younger, I always used to read Jacqueline Wilson books they really were the best thing when I was growing up. Its amazing to think that "The Story of Tracy Beaker" was first published on the 14th of February 1991 I didn't think that it was that old and its even older than me which is crazy, So happy 22nd Birthday to "The Story of Tracy Beaker". My favourite books though were definitely The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis, I used to have the most beautiful box set of them and I cant remember for the life of me what happened to them which is quite upsetting. I feel like a letdown to society though because I never really got into the Harry Potter books like everyone else in the world, I used to start them but got bored about half way through them which is a shame because I love the films and I've still only read the first two books so hopefully this year I may continue with them.

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Released October 26th 2010
Published by Mira Ink
Paperback, 260 Pages

Synopsis:
I've left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don't, put the book back on the shelf, please.

Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favourite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions? Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

What I thought:
I first acquired this book through Netgalley and got quite a bit into the book but I found it quite hard to read off of my computer screen so I ended up buying the book. At first I thought "How is anything decent going to happen in a book this small" but I stand corrected, while reading this book I felt compelled to keep reading the book even if it was 4 in the morning and I had college the next day. All throughout the book I felt frustrated at the fact that they could easily meet each other but they didn't and then Dash had to bump into her at the worst possible time!

So the book has two main protagonists and as you can guess from the title their names are Dash and Lily. Dash is a well off teenager who has convinced both of his parents to go on holiday for the Christmas season without them knowing that the other parent is on holiday as well  so he is completely alone over the festive period. Lily is a teenage girl which I can only describe as childish, yes she seems so much younger than her age once again her parents have left for holiday leaving her and her brother to fend for themselves. The two main characters worlds collide when Lily's older brother convinces her to leave a notebook in the strand(her favourite bookstore) with a list of tasks for whoever picks it up to complete, enter Dash. This is where the book takes off and they have each other running around NYC completing tasks and leaving the notebook in unusual places. I really like the plot of the story as its such a cute story that will leave you wanting to leave a notebook in your favourite shop for someone to pick up. I love how the book is set in New York/Manhattan especially as the two authors have gone into detail when describing the surroundings and shear business of the city at that time of year, I think that the plot line and the time of year makes the city seem so much more magical. The book is narrated by the two protagonists and switches between their perspective throughout the book, I thought that this is a great idea as it gives you a chance to learn about each character and what they're really like.

Overall I really enjoyed this book as I think that the authors have done a great job at building the characters and they've made a cute story that you can read on a cold winters afternoon, I definitely recommend this book to anyone that's looking for a short winter read. I will definitely be checking out their other book which is called Nick and Norahs Infinite Playlist which is also a fantastic film! 

Collective Book Haul February 2013

This is my first book haul of the year and I've started off with quite a lot as you can see, I've forgotten to include my signed copy of An Abundance of Katherines by John Green which I also bought in January so I will probably post photos of it later today!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins



Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
Released May 1st 2012
Published by HarperTeen
Paperback, 453 Pages
Synopsis:
Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

What I thought:
I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I bought the book, its not available to buy in UK stores so I had to order it on Amazon but that's all right because its quite cheap on there anyway, hooray for Amazon. I never thought that I would fall hard for this book like I have ended up doing, especially as I'm not really big on the whole angel thing but now I feel like I must read more angel books!

It's Alivee!

Hello all of you beautiful people that probably wont be reading this! This is my new blog hopefully it will be a bit more successful than my previous one, I just wanted to say welcome and tell you all what I will be writing about on here. 

So as you might of guessed it is a book blog here I will be writing reviews of books I have read recently, I will talk about books I'm excited for and also I may include book hauls. I did used to have a Youtube channel but I never had the time to record videos and edit them so hopefully I will keep on track with this. It might be a slow start at first as I'm coming up to my last 4 months of college but when I'm finished there I will be free to do what I want to do whenever! 

When you read my reviews you'll probably think that I sound immature or maybe crazy but that's only because I want my reviews to be fun rather than serious and boring, maybe because I am slightly loopy as well but we'll just pretend that I'm "Normal". I mainly read YA fiction as I'm only 18 and I find that I can relate to most of it but from time to time I will read an adult book. So stick around and watch this space!

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