Sunday, 30 June 2013

Summer Lovin' Read-a-Thon

Well it’s that time of year. The sun is out, the kids are running around, your grill is always going, and the fun never truly stops. It’s summer! For us book lovers this equates to reading on the beach, at the park, on the deck, and occasionally, on our vacation cruise. And what better way to enjoy those reads than with a read-a-thon?!

The Summer Lovin’ Readathon is a week-long readathon event hosted by seven independent bloggers! (Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland)

Spend the week reading at your own pace, when and how you want too. There will be daily challenges for awesome prizes and opportunities to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

As if that weren’t enough – the week will end with a 24-hr marathon readathon! Twitter parties, mini-challenges, games, prizes given EVERY HOUR, and more chances to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.

Sign-ups will be open through July 6th. I’m in, are you?!

Au Revoir Google Reader, Hello Bloglovin!

A lot of you might be aware by now that tomorrow we will be saying goodbye to the beloved Google Reader. So, what does this mean for GFC? To be honest I don't know. I think that this will also be the downfall of GFC as a lot of people use it to connect blogs to their Google Reader account but I'm pretty sure that it will still be available to use on Blogger and various other blogging sites. 

However, if it isn’t then I’d like to talk to you about the other platforms that are available for you to use on my blog. Over the past five months I have accumulated a nice number of followers on GFC and it’d be lovely to still see you guys! But it’s entirely up to you whether you carry on following me. 

I have a variety of ways that you can follow me, my main one being Bloglovin. Bloglovin is a simple way to keep up to date with all your favourite blogs and it’s easy to transfer the blogs you already follow across using Google Reader. But you will want to do this soon as we’re saying Au Revoir to Google Reader Tomorrow! You can find out more about Bloglovin here: 

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There are also various other ways that you can stay connected with my blog such as; Networked Blogs, this is similar to Bloglovin in how it keeps all the blogs you follow in one area. It’s also really simple to use! I have a Facebook page in which my posts go directly to, this is great as a nearly everyone uses Facebook. Finally, you can also follow my blog by Email, Google+ and RSS Feed burner. 

If you have any questions then don’t hesitate to ask! I hope the rest of your weekend is lovely.

Stacking The Shelves #2

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and anyone can get involved!

Again I haven't bought any books this week as I'm trying to get through my TBR pile, even though it seems never ending! However I did get two books on Netgalley and a free novella on Amazon for my Kindle which I couldn't say no to. 


Netgalley Books:
The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh T. Moore
The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell

Amazon:
Crossing The Line by Katie McGarry

What books did you get this week?

Amy & Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy & Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Published May 4th 2010 by Simon and Schuster
Paperback, 343 Pages
Synopsis: 
Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road--diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards--this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.

My Thoughts:
After reading many great reviews about this book I wanted to know what all the hype was about. So when I saw a copy of it in The Works for £2 I decided to pick it up. I started reading this book back in April but I didn't get a chance to finish it as life got in the way. Since I finished college a couple of weeks ago I haven’t had much to do so I finally got around to reading the rest. I can’t say that I agree with the reviews that say it’s amazing; however it did keep me somewhat entertained. 

If you’re looking for a super sweet, fun read then look no further! The book focuses around Amy Curry, a young teenage girl who’s tormented by the death of her father and now she must drive across country to get to her new home. Since the traumatic accident she hasn't been able to drive, enter Roger, he’s your typical YA male character with a few of his own demons. The pair is sent on a road trip to get Amy to her new home in Connecticut but rather than sticking to Amy’s mothers strict itinerary they decide to take an “epic” detour which takes them all over the place. This book is a story of self-discovery, adventure and there’s even a bit of romance thrown in there! 

Now, when I saw the words “epic” and “detour” I thought that we was going to see the two characters have a real adventure in which they’d do things you wouldn't expect. But by about half way through, the book had gotten predictable and I didn't see any room for improvement. However I did like how we met new characters along the way and in their own special way they each helped Amy come to terms with what had happened. They also resurrected her from the dead and showed her what it meant to be alive again. This was nice as I felt sorry for her character and I wanted for her to feel happy again.

I felt that the plot line was slow burning and I had a hard time getting through some of the chapters. I really enjoyed the formatting of the book and how a few of the pages were laid out like a scrapbook with photos, receipts and information about the places that they visited. This enabled me to visualise their surroundings a bit better which was nice as I'm from the UK so I don’t have a clue what some of these places are like! However I didn't like how these pages were randomly placed as at some points they interrupted the story and made me forget what was going on.

There’s an instant chemistry between Amy and Roger and throughout the book I felt myself wanting them to realise that they’re perfect for each other. It was nice to see their friendship develop though, as I feel that authors push their two main characters into relationships too quickly. I would've liked for there to have been a few more juicy scenes between Amy and Roger. However I do realise that this is YA so it’s probably best that the author kept it sweet.

All in all this was a light hearted read which kept me thoroughly entertained and I would recommend it to anyone who’s looking for something that will get them in the mood for summer.

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Guest Post: Why I Think Reading Is Important

Haiiii whales xD 

That’s how I used to greet my readers, and it’s my pleasure to have you guys as my readers today :”) I’m Lou de Whaliee *fancy much? ;)* or you can just call me Lucy :P And I’m from Life of Whaleh :3 I’m a new book blogger ♥ because I love books xP so obvious *HOHOHO =] *

Okayyy, let’s talk turkey, shall we ? :”) 

*in case you’re thinking I’m weird, talk turkey means let’s talk serious :D :D *


Why I think reading is important ? 

I think reading is an essential thing in our lives.

Like whales need water, umm..actually everything needs water. LOGIC! 

You're actually reading something right now, and you will read more later.

Reading helps you to understand ideas and conflicts in the history so you can learn from it, or approach some
new knowledge for the preparation of the future. 

That’s really important, without learning from the history, there won’t be any experience, and without experience, we will keep making mistakes :< which is time consuming and inefficient. :\

Without apply new knowledge, there won’t be any improvement or changes to make the future better! :( Like new method to eat McDonald without getting fat .___. Hmmm...worth thinking :? 

You actually read more than you thought everyday, but you just didn’t realize, you read your school name, the board names of the shops on the street, the newspapers, your textbook, etc.

Personally, I think without being able to read, my life would be just meaningless. There're so many good things and good people you will see when you start reading. The characters or the events could be fiction, but you wouldn’t lose anything if you let those incredible things make your life better!

I love books, I read for fun, to have some hope for myself as well as empathy. *And just to make sure ONE DIRECTION is still single .____.*

I think I would miss a lot of things if I can't read, it's just something amazing when you look at an abundance of weird symbols and they make sense, that feeling is fantastic. Also I'm really crazy about poetry so I think people did a great job of playing with words and I feel thankful that I had a chance to learn how to read, also enjoy these significant arts.

My life would be a lot different if I can’t read. I can’t read the book I love, study will be a lot more difficult to me as well as for my work when I grow up, I cannot enjoy music completely since I cannot read the lyrics *and I have a goldfish brain in a whale body, which mean I’m bad at memorizing :\*. I can even cause dangers to myself because I cannot read the instruction or the label on the products. 

And if you’re reading this right now :) I hope you will spend 21 seconds of your life to feel grateful for being able to read ♥

*just so you know, I just made up that 21 second .____. totally random .___. * 

If you like this post and you want more, ‘cause baby I know you do tadadada *justkidding :D no but serious, do you?* check out my blog here Life of Whaleh ( http://loulou-thewhaleh.blogspot.com/) for more posts :) Book reviews, random stuff ;) 

Have a nice and safe summer ♥

Friday, 28 June 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #6

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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.
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Got Fiction

Q. What is your preferred reading format? Hardcover, eBooks, paperback etc?

I'm not really too bothered about the format of a book but I do love a good hardcover. Alas in the UK most books are released in paperback so its always nice to find a hardcover. A lot of the time we only seem to get hardcover books when there is a lot of hype surrounding them or if they're part of a popular series. However I also enjoy reading eBooks on my Kindle as it enables you to download a new book in seconds and is a lot lighter to hold. But you don't get the same feeling that you get when you own a physical copy of a book!

Do you have a preferred reading format?

I would prefer for people to follow me through Bloglovin' as there's a chance that GFC will be leaving along with Google Reader. However its entirely up to you! Also check out my new Facebook page, an easy way to stay connected.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #4

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 Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
Published May 21st 2013
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.

While reading Twenty Boy Summer last year I automatically fell in love with Sarah Ocklers writing style. I know she's got a couple of other books but when I found out about this one I knew that I would love it. It sounds like the perfect contemporary read for a lazy summers day! I'm dying to get my hands on this book but my TBR pile is a mile high so I'll have to wait for that to go down before I buy this.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Published January 10th 2012 by Dutton Books
Hardcover, 318 Pages
Synopsis:
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. 

My Thoughts:
Even though its been a while since I last read this book I haven't been able to forget it. Most bloggers have already written their reviews for it by now but since I only started blogging this year I thought I'd write my own review!

This was the first book that I read by John Green so I didn't know how I would settle into his writing style. But what do you know it, he had stolen my heart from the first line. He had me laughing, sobbing to my heart’s content and I was even a little bit angry at some points, this was the first time that an author had made me feel so many emotions in just one book.

John Green has created a loveable array of characters which you definitely won’t forget about any time soon. By the end of the book I felt like I knew each and every one of them and I was adamant to give them up. I believe that this is John’s first book in which it is narrated and lead by a female character; this surprised me thoroughly as I felt that he’d captured her perfectly. The author has not only created an incredible character but he’s bought her to life! Hazel is a very witty and humorous teenage girl with a less than ordinary life. As a reader you are able to empathise with her as she goes about her every day struggles. 

Augustus Waters, where do I start? First of all I’d like to know where I can get one of him! Despite his disability he is hot and I don’t just mean hot, I mean smoking. He had me hanging onto every single one of his words and I found myself craving more. He’s the type of guy you wouldn't want to introduce to anyone as they would automatically want him to. I really liked his optimism as it made Hazel a lot stronger in her moments of weakness. He’s sweet, caring and hilarious even through the rough times; I wish I knew someone as strong as Augustus as they’d definitely make me a happier person. 

Even though the majority of the book was the Hazel and Gus show—not that I'm complaining as they bought the book to life!—I still loved the other characters. I would've liked to have seen a lot more of Isaac though as he was quite interesting. Again he was optimistic like Gus and didn't let his disability get him down. This was refreshing as it made such a deep subject seem quite happy, it also reminds us that we shouldn't let something drag us down no matter how bad things get. Each and every character had their own personality which I really appreciated as far too often authors write books with unoriginal and boring characters.

The book was fast paced which for once was quite annoying as I didn't want it to end so soon! I adored the plot line especially when Hazel and Gus got the opportunity to go to Amsterdam. It was nice seeing them explore another country and you could tell that the author had done his research about Amsterdam in preparation for this. The only thing that I didn't like about this book was the last 60 odd pages. Now this wasn't because the writing was bad or that it was boring. No, it is simply because I wish that they didn't have to happen! Why would you rip our hearts out like that John? WHY?! I understand that sometimes bad things happen but why does it have to be to good people? It was hard trying to pull through them last few chapters as I couldn't stop blubbering like a baby. 

People say that this book is amazing, but no, it’s a lot more than that. It was like it was written by God himself. I'm actually pretty sure that John Green is God, with his beautiful words that could only be created by the heavens. If you’re one of the few people that hasn't read TFiOS yet then I highly suggest that you jump on the bandwagon and get stuck into this beauty.

 Have you read The Fault in Our Stars? I'd love to know what you thought of it too!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've Read So Far In 2013

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!

This week is pretty tough in terms of picking my top ten; I haven't read as many books as I would’ve liked to so far this year. So rather than my top ten I have decided to stick with five to make the task a lot easier. Under the titles I have also included a quote which I like from that particular book, these aren't necessarily my favourite quotes but they're ones that made me think, laugh and just ones that I agree with. I hope you like them too!

1. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

“The beauty of poetry is that it can mean different things to different people at different times.”

2. Wither by Lauren DeStefano

“I'll tell you something about true love. There's no science to it. It's as natural as the sky.”

3. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

“There will come a time when man is no longer concerned only with survival, when he will once more be curious as to who came before him, what life was like a thousand years ago, and he will seek out answers for a hundred years or so, but humans' curiosity has always driven them to find answers.”

4. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

“Wesley Rush was the most disgusting womanizing playboy to ever darken the doorstep of Hamilton High… but he was kind of hot. Maybe if you could put him on mute… and cut off his hands… maybe—just maybe—he’d be tolerable then. Otherwise, he was a real piece of shit. Horn dog shit.”

5. Divergent by Veronica Roth

“Becoming fearless isn't the point. That's impossible. It's learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”

Have you got a top ten too? I'd love to read your lists as well!

Monday, 24 June 2013

Boundless (Unearthly, #3) by Cynthia Hand

Boundless by Cynthia Hand
Released January 22nd 2013
Published by Harper Teen
Hardback, 432 Pages 
Synopsis:
The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.
Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.
As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.
In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

My Thoughts:
After waiting almost a year since Hallowed I was eager to delve into the world of Clara Gardner for one more time. I didn't know what to expect of this finale especially as I have been disappointed with quite a few series endings in the past. However I had my hopes set high that Cynthia Hand wouldn't let me down and my oh my she hasn't. 

What a wondrous finale to an amazing series, it had everything I hoped for and more. Claras character had to overcome a lot of challenges throughout this book, she made decisions which would effectively change her future but in the end she got the main thing that she’s wanted right from the start. I was rooting for an alternative ending but hey you can’t always get what you want! A girl can dream though… 

I don’t want to say too much in this review without giving away a lot to the people who haven’t read the series yet so I’ll try to summarise my feelings briefly. 

In this book we see Clara, Christian and Angela head to Stanford University. I thought that this was going to be great and we’d see the gang have a lot of epic adventures however it was apparent that we wouldn’t get this right from the offset. I understand that angel-bloods don’t get to live a “normal” human life but it would’ve been nice to see them let their hair down and have a little fun every now and then. With Clara and Christian trying to figure out their visions and Angela off getting herself into a whole other kind of trouble we don’t really get to see much of their university life. However it was nice to see Clara settle down into this new life without letting the events of the previous book take over her.

We are greeted by familiar faces throughout the book, some of which more welcome than others but it was nice to see them regardless of who they are. However what I liked the most was the development of Clara’s relationship with Samjeeza. I’ve found myself thoroughly disliking him in the previous books but with this one we get to see him in a different light. With the death of Claras mother, the love of his life looming over his shoulders we learn that all he wants from Clara is a story about his love. There’s another side to his character we didn’t know about until now and we see this shine through as he helps Clara through some tough times. Seeing this new side of his character really helped me understand why he’s as sinister as he is. It also made reading the scenes with him in quite enjoyable, as at times they were amusing. 

I really liked the development of both Clara and Christian’s characters throughout this final book as it was nice to see them grow stronger as a pair. However I did feel sorry for Christian as you could see that he loved Clara deeply and it pained him to see her still hung up on someone else. Regardless I feel that they made an awesome team and I loved every minute that they were together!

The book was fast paced with something always going on, this is great as it meant that I was sat on the edge of my seat for the majority of it. There was never a dull moment in this book and everything that happens throughout the story all builds up to the main event. I really enjoyed the world building in this book as a lot of the time I felt like I was in the scene with the characters. I was able to imagine what everything would look like and how I would feel if I was there too.

Like the books before this it was beautifully written, Cynthia Hand has the ability to write such a dark plot-line and make it seem lovely. You can tell that the author has carefully researched the subject that the book is focused around as she goes into a lot of depth when it comes to the plot-line and world development. I feel that the book ended abruptly which was a shame as I would’ve liked to have known what happened to a few of the characters once they got a little bit of freedom. But with it already being 432 pages long I can see that she didn’t want to drag it out  much longer. This series has kept me thoroughly entertained and I can’t wait to see more from this author in the future.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Stacking The Shelves #1

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and anyone can get involved!

I haven't really bought any books this week, however I did receive some on Netgalley so I'll share them with you guys. I'm not sure what all of these are about but there's one that I'm particularly excited to read, as soon as you see it you'll know why!

Netgalley Books:
Dare You To by Katie McGarry (This makes me very happy!)
Deceived by Julie Anne Lindsey
Double Clutch by Liz Reinhardt
Ink by Amanda Sun
Saving Wishes by G.J. Walker-Smith


What books did you get this week?

Friday, 21 June 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #5

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 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.
Features of the Week- Tsukis Books
Rotten Apple Reads

Q. Share your favourite literary quote!

I'm finding it quite difficult to choose my favourite literary quote. There are so many that I'd like to put for this but then my list would be infinite and I'm pretty sure you'll get bored of reading! So here are two of my favourites.

"Thinking something does not make it true. 
Wanting something does not make it real"
-The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

"What a slut time is.
She screws everybody"
-The Fault in Our Stars

Whats your favourite literary quote? I'd love to know!

I would prefer that you follow my blog through Bloglovin rather than GFC as there's a chance that it might be going away with Google Reader. However its entirely up to you!
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Guest Post: Five Lesser-Known Books I Suggest Checking Out

Hi there! I’m Kaitlin from Reading is My Treasure, and this is my first ever guest blog post. I’m really happy to write this post and to recommend some books I really liked. 

I’m new to blogging, but I’m definitely not new to the world that is YA fiction. I've read a ton of great books, and I feel that some of them should really get more attention than they do now. So, here is a few suggestions for those of you looking for another great read. All of the following books have less the 3,000 ratings on Goodreads (the first one has the least amount and the last one has the highest number of ratings).

Five Lesser-Known Books I Suggest Checking Out


Justice (Deck of Lies #1) by Jade Varden 
It’s a YA contemporary with a focus on crime and family. The cover doesn't look like much, but the inside is full of twists and turns that just spells disaster for the main character. 

Goodreads description: 
A House of Cards...
When you build an entire life on a foundation of lies, it only takes one truth for the whole thing to come crashing down. I never invited the truth in. I never went searching for it. I never had any reason to suspect that the two people I loved most were dishonest with me every second of every day. 

I made one bad decision, and in a single day my entire world changed. If I'm ever going to discover the truth about myself and my parents, I have to trace all the lies back to their source. I have to try to find the truth that they're hiding.

The more I discover about myself, and my past, the more I realize that lies really are better than the truth. But now that I know the lies are all around me, I can't stop until I've discovered them all. I'll pull each lie away, one by one, and examine it to see what's underneath…until this house of cards crumbles into dust at my feet. 

I just hope I can survive the crash.


What Kills Me by Wynne Channing 
This is a pretty awesome book, and I don’t think many people know about it. It’s one of the many, many YA vampire books out there, but I felt like this one had some unique twists.


Goodreads description: 
The fight for survival begins.

An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.

So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive. 

How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?

Being by Kevin Brooks 
This is a YA sci-fi thriller/adventure that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading both times I've read it. I'm really into weird books—the types of books that make me go, "what the heck just happened?" Do you like those kinds of books, too? Do you like thrilling chases and action? This is the book for you. 

Goodreads description: 
"The Fugitive" meets "Blade Runner" with a Kevin Brooks kick in this heart-stopper about a boy who discovers he's not one hundred percent human.

It was just supposed to be a routine exam. But when the doctors snake the fiber-optic tube down Robert Smith's throat, what they discover doesn't make medical sense. Plastic casings. Silver filaments. Moving metal parts. In his naked, anesthetized state on the operating table, Robert hears the surgeons' shocked comments: "What the hell is that?"

"It's me," Robert thinks, "and I've got to get out of here." Armed with a stolen automatic and the videotape of his strange organs, he manages to escape, and to embark on an orphan's violent odyssey to find out exactly who--exactly what--he is.

From What I Remember . . . by Stacy Kramer & Valerie Thomas 
Looking for a light, fun contemporary read? This one is great and practically had my eyes glued to my Kindle while I was reading. 

Goodreads description: 
KYLIE: Mexico? What a nightmare! I should be putting the finishing touches on my valedictorian speech. Graduation is TODAY! Wait! Is this a wedding band on my finger??

MAX: It started with Kylie's laptop and a truck full of stolen electronics and it ended in Ensenada. It was hot, the way she broke us out like some chick in an action movie. But now we're stranded here, with less than twenty-four hours before graduation.

WILL: Saving Kylie Flores from herself is kind of a full-time occupation. Luckily, I, Will Bixby, was born for the job. And when I found out she was stuck in Mexico with dreamy Max Langston, sure, I agreed to bring their passports across the border but there's no reason to rush back home right away. This party is just getting started.

LILY: This cannot be happening. It's like some cruel joke. Or a bad dream. I close my eyes and when I reopen them, they're still there. Max and Kylie Flores, freak of the century. In bed together. If Kylie thinks I'm giving him up without a fight, she's dead wrong. 

Croak by Gina Damico 

This book is a barrel of laughs, yet has a really sad piece to it (but I can’t say why because that would be spoiling the entire book). I don’t know many people who have given this book a try, but I really recommend it if you like funny books. 

Goodreads description: 
Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex's parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. 

But Uncle Mort's true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He's a Grim Reaper. And he's going to teach Lex the family business. 

She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But Lex can't stop her desire for justice - or is it vengeance? - whenever she encounters a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. 

Will she ditch Croak and go rogue with her reaper skills? 

I really hope that I helped someone add a new book to their to-read list. Each of the above books are different from one another, but I enjoyed reading each one of them.

I hope you enjoyed the post! To close, I'll leave you a funny quote from Croak:

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins

Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins
Released April 30th 2013
Published by Harper Teen
Paperback, 371 Pages

Synopsis:
Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things. 

Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.

When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

My Thoughts:
WARNING! DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVENT READ SWEET EVIL!

I fell in love with Sweet Evil as soon as I read it so when I found out that there would be a sequel I was ecstatic. Angel books are always a bit iffy; the minorities of them are completely terrible but every now and then a miracle happens bringing something amazing into our lives! The way I feel about this series is indescribable but I’ll try putting it into words for you guys.

So I had some trouble getting hold of this book in the UK, which happens a lot! Make note publishers that we do like to read too. Amazon kept changing the date of which it would be released so after a rage cancellation I ordered it on the Book Depository, oh how I love that site.

There’s not much that I can say about this book other than it was everything I had hoped it to be! The book picks up a few months on from where the previous had ended, we jump straight back into the world of Anna Whitt. I was thoroughly surprised that she had changed from a total wet blanket to a hardcore badass in such little time.

I really enjoyed Anna and Kopanos journey around the world as I felt that it gave us a chance to not only learn more about Kopano but the other characters we met in the first book and some new ones on the way! However I was most excited when Kaidan made his return to the story. He brings heat to the book and I mean the good kind, with those stormy blue eyes and delicious good looks what more could we want? Oh! Well the fact that he’s a total sweetheart deep down really adds to his wow factor.

In the first book Anna discovered what she was and worked towards getting some answers. I feel that this book is the build up for bigger things to come and with that the author has gotten the pacing completely right. I admit I was a bit letdown when I realised that this was a lot shorter than Sweet Evil but I guess we cant have everything given to us at once.

This sequel is a perfect middle book for a trilogy as it doesn't give away too much of whats to come, this allows us to open our minds to dream about what may happen in the last leg of the journey. If you haven't picked up this series yet then what are you playing at? Get yourself a copy and give it a chance!

Also check out my review of Sweet Evil here!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Waiting On Wednesday #1

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week I'm waiting on...

Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Divergent 3)

One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

My Thoughts:
Now I know that this was probably an obvious choice for most people but I simply cannot wait for this book! I only got into this series at the start of the year after having the first two books on my shelf for a year prior to that. I'm so glad that I've gotten into them though as they're freaking amazing. The anticipation is rising and I just want this book to hit the shelves now, I wish October would come sooner.

Wishlist Wednesday #3

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!

Alices Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Illustrated by Camilla Rosa Garcia
Published February 15th 2010

Synopsis: One of the most beloved children's classics of all time, Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is boldly reinterpreted by Camille Rose Garcia, whose dark yet whimsical style has won her resounding praise and an international cult following. The story of a young girls' strange adventures in a fantasy world comes to life in this stunning, affordably priced edition that will delight the many millions of confirmed Alice fans everywhere and captivate a new generation.

Ever since seeing this edition of Alices Adventures in Wonderland on a Youtube book haul I have had it waiting on my wish list. I've only ever watched the films rather than reading the books so I think that this would be a nice way to get into Lewis Carroll's writing style. Just from looking at the cover you know that this is going to be beautifully illustrated book. The beautiful cover is what attracted me to the book however whenever I'm on Amazon I always bypass it on my wish list!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Bloglovin as Google Friend Connect Alternative

As some of you may know already the lovely people at Google have decided to axe Google Reader. So you may be thinking what does this mean for us bloggers? With Google Reader going, there won’t be much point for Google Friend Connect (as the only thing it really does is adding the newly subbed blog to the Blogger Dashboard & Google Reader) So you will still be able use GFC to follow me on Blogger but I have another alternative for you! 

I have decided to sign up and connect my blog to Bloglovin as another way for you guys to follow me. 

Bloglovin has an app for both iOS and Android so you are able to read the blogs you follow on the go! the user interface is super sleek and very neat making it easy to keep up to date with your favourite blogs. You're also able to import the blogs that you are already following using Google Reader, this is great as it saves you the trouble of finding the blogs you love again!

Its easy to sign up, so why not get Bloglovin today!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books At The Top Of My Summer 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!

1. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
I fell in with The Immortal Rules and cannot wait to get stuck into this sequel especially since I finally have my own copy!

2. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
With the movie coming out towards the end of summer I would love to get into this series so I know whats going on in the film. Its always nice to see how the movies turns out in comparison to the book as well.

3. Boundless by Cynthia Hand
I'm always a bit wary of angel books but this series is one that I really enjoy. I was waiting for the UK edition to come out but it turns out that its not being published here, I caved and bought the US edition which is absolutely stunning but it doesn't match my copies of the previous books in the series.

4. Dare You To by Katie McGarry
Does this one need an explanation? 

5. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy
With all the hype surrounding this book I decided to pick it up when I saw it on offer in Asda for £3.85. How could I refuse when it was that cheap?

6. The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
After reading the synopsis of this book I think that it sounds absolutely perfect for the summer season and the cover is absolutely stunning.

7. Isla and The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
I know that this doesn't come out till mid September so its not exactly in my summer TBR list but hey it goes really sunny here in September! I'm a big fan of Stephanie Perkins books so I'm excited to read Isla's story.

8. Fever by Lauren DeStefano
After reading Wither in February I think that its time to carry on with the series.

9. A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Kepplinger
Again this sounds like another perfect read for the summer, I hope its as good as The DUFF!

10. The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R Tolkien
This one is a bit daunting for me as I've never read anything like this series before. The movies are my favourites and I thought that it'd only be right if I read the books as well. I'm not sure how well I will adapt to the writing style though.

What will you be reading this summer? Let me know in the comments below.

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Released August 3rd 2012
Published by Mira Ink
Paperback, 416 Pages

Synopsis:
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

My Thoughts:
After putting off this book for the past year I have finally given into the hype and picked it up! I didn't know what to expect from this book as I hadn't read any reviews for it so I went into it totally unaware of what was going to happen. I'm so glad that I decided to read this as it blew my mind away!

The book is written from two perspectives, Echo’s and Noah’s. I loved this format when I read the Perfect Chemistry series so I enjoyed seeing it in this book. This format really helps you connect with both characters as you get to see them grow as the novel progresses I think that it’s also nice to read from a male POV as you get to learn what really goes on inside Noah’s head, this really helped me understand his character and his demons. 

The pacing of the book was perfect as we didn't find everything out in the first couple of minutes instead the author decided to build up to the main event. I liked this as it meant that we are kept in suspense throughout the book and it made me want to read on until I knew everything. I'm glad that the author chose to keep things slow between Echo and Noah as it makes their friendship/relationship more realistic and doesn't give young teens this idea that they need to jump straight into things as soon as they meet each other! 

Good, strong characters are the main thing that I look for in a book with Pushing the Limits we meet an array of characters which all have their own personality. Noah was your typical YA male lead, he was sexy, dangerous and had his demons but under the surface there’s a total sweetheart in him and that really shines through when he’s around Echo. I particularly enjoyed learning about his past life as it was interesting to find out that he wasn't always the “bad boy” that we know him as. I genuinely felt sorry for Echo’s character, reading what she was going through pained me as I wanted to help her and show her that she could pull through in the end. I enjoyed seeing her grow and develop as a person through the book, unlike most YA females I felt that despite what had happened to her she wasn't too whiny. It was nice to read scenes with different characters in as they all played a big part in the book; I especially liked Noah’s two best friends Isaiah and Beth as it was nice to see how much of a big role they played in his life and how they helped him get by on a day to day basis. 

The writing and dialog throughout this book was well written and you could see that Katie McGarry had put a lot of time and dedication into getting this right. I was forever on the edge of my seat throughout the scenes between Echo and Noah, the heat between them was immense and at one point I felt like I needed to fan myself off! 

Bearing in mind that this book focuses on some intense issues I think that anyone who loves YA romance will really like this book. You may lose out on a night’s sleep but it’s worth it as the pros definitely outweigh the cons (not that there is any!) I can’t wait to read more from Katie McGarry! 

Monday, 17 June 2013

The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles


The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles
Released December 13th 2012
Published by RHCP Digital
Kindle Edition, 448 Pages

Synopsis:
Meet Rochelle Evans: pretty, popular--and never been kissed. Meet Noah Flynn: badass, volatile--and a total player. And also Elle's best friend's older brother... 

When Elle decides to run a kissing booth for the school's Spring Carnival, she locks lips with Noah and her life is turned upside down. Her head says to keep away, but her heart wants to draw closer--this romance seems far from fairy tale and headed for heartbreak. 

But will Elle get her happily ever after?

My Thoughts:
I've had this book on Netgalley waiting to be read since the start of the year so when I got my Kindle I decided to give it ago. I wanted to sink into something light and easy before going into full speed ahead reading mode. This was absolutely perfect for what I wanted but it wasn't near enough as good as I hoped it to be. However I wasn't expecting anything too amazing as the authors seventeen and from Wales’s writing about an American teenager. This is slightly prejudiced of me but I didn't see how she could write about American school life without much knowledge of the lifestyle and slang.

Now is it just me or does every young adult book have a character called Noah in it these days? Don’t get me wrong I love the name but it is so overused in the world of YA.

This book had a promising plot line which failed to expand into something great I was thoroughly disappointed with this as I felt that the book got slightly too repetitive. There wasn't much character development which made it harder to relate to them, I would've liked to learn more about Noah other than the fact that he was a hunk with an attitude. It would've been better if he actually had a reason for being an obsessive psycho! He was controlling and at some points a bully, I hope that girls don’t want a guy like him in there life or I would be slightly worried about their well-being.

One thing I did like though was Elle’s friendship with Lee as it somewhat reminded me of my best friend and I so it was nice to be able to relate to them both. There was some one liners which amused me but the writing and dialog was tragic throughout the book which hopefully has been neatened up for the final print copy.

Elle’s relationship with her dad was particularly unrealistic, if my dad knew that I was spending the night with a “bad boy” he’d drag me home kicking and screaming rather than letting me come home the next morning without so much a peep of disappointment.

Overall this book had great potential but come up short, I would recommend this book to anyone who’s looking for a bit of romance to get into the summer mood but I wouldn't go into it with high expectations. This book is YA but its tipping slightly over to the new adult side with some of the issues that are faced in the plot.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Happy Is An Understatement

So I've finally finished college and I'm extremely pleased with how my exhibition looks but you guys have no idea how much I've missed reading. This week I decided to treat myself and bought a kindle! I can read all of the e-Arcs I get sent now :) I'm so excited to get back into blogging especially since I haven't got much else to do other than reading.

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