Wednesday, 31 July 2013

[Review] The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Published 22nd March 2011 by Speak
Paperback, 277 Pages
Synopsis: 
Lennie plays second clarinet in the school orchestra and has always happily been second fiddle to her charismatic older sister, Bailey. Then Bailey dies suddenly, and Lennie is left at sea without her anchor. Overcome by emotion, Lennie soon finds herself torn between two boys: Bailey's boyfriend, Toby, and Joe, the charming and musically gifted new boy in town. While Toby can't see her without seeing Bailey and Joe sees her only for herself, each offers Lennie something she desperately needs. But ultimately, it's up to Lennie to find her own way toward what she really needs-without Bailey.

My Thoughts:
Over the past few weeks I've been reading quite a few paranormal books so I was in need of a change. As its summer I decided that a contemporary would be the best choice. I wanted a light-hearted, cute read and I thought that The Sky Is Everywhere would be perfect. But oh no, this is an emotional book! It should come with a warning on the cover or something. Warning, this book will make you feel things. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but ever since reading John Greens TFiOS books manage to pull on my heart strings a whole lot more.

There’s so much I want to write in this review but it’d give too much away. So, I'm going to try to keep it short and sweet! 

This book is undoubtedly beautifully written and considering grief is such a big role in the book there’s a lot of humour. Lennie made me laugh like a loon at times, I'm pretty sure my mum thought there was something wrong with me. I really enjoyed the characters in this book as they each had their own personality and dealt with grief in different ways to each other. Everyone has a role to play in the plot line and I think that this helped progress the novel forward. 

Now, there is a love triangle and I know what you’re all thinking “Oh no, one of them damn things”. I thought that too at first but I actually ended up liking it as I think that it worked for this particular novel. Toby understood Lennie’s grief and revelled in it with her; he was also Bailey’s boyfriend so she felt closer to her sister when he was around. However, Joe helped her feel alive again and showed her what it truly means to be alive, to just exist. After reading this book I want a boy like Joe, he’s so compassionate towards Lennie which melted my heart. Oh yeah, he’s also practically a musical genius, boys with a talent are a giant YES in my book!

Throughout the book we see Lennie go on a journey of loss, grief, first love and self-discovery. I felt myself sympathise for her time and time again, especially when things got too much. I really enjoyed the formatting of this book; it reminded me of Amy and Rogers Epic Detour as there are photocopies of notes throughout the story. These notes are ones that Lennie has written on random scraps and places around the town. She has left these in hope that maybe someone will find them and understand her. The notes contain poems, discussions between her and Bailey and memories of times before her sister’s death. I thought that this was a nice touch as it made me feel closer to her character and it meant we were able to get to know what her sister was like. 

I'm glad that I read this book as it definitely bought a smile to my face on more than one occasion. It’s a great contemporary for the summer and would make a nice beach read as its quite short so you could read it in one day while soaking up the rays.

Friday, 26 July 2013

[Review] Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Published October 1st 2004 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Paperback, 537 Pages
Synopsis:
In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the "monster," the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or "crank." Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne'er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: "there is no perfect daughter, / no gifted high school junior, / no Kristina Georgia Snow. / There is only Bree." Bree will do all the things good girl Kristina won't, including attracting the attention of dangerous boys who can provide her with a steady flow of crank.

My Thoughts: 
“Wow” was my initial reaction after reading this book/poem. Ellen Hopkins has created poetry for the modern mind; I was hooked from the first page and read it within hours. I knew what I was getting myself into but I didn't expect to love Hopkins style as much as I did.

I hadn't read any of Ellen Hopkins books before so I thought that Crank would be the best place to start as it was her first. Just like the rest of her books, Crank is written in verse. I really enjoyed how the verses were placed differently on each page as it added to the uniqueness (is that even a word?) of the book. Hopkins is able to bring out a lot of raw emotion in so little words, this helped me understand what the main character was feeling throughout different stages in the plot.

In a way this book reminded me of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde as we see two sides to our main character. There’s Kristina, a good girl who would never do anything remotely bad and then there’s Bree. Bree’s a thrill seeking, adrenaline junkie who welcomes danger with loving arms and a warm smile. On a summer trip to her dads we say goodbye to Kristina and soak up in the essence of Bree, for the first time in her life we see Kristina exposing herself to drugs, alcohol and love. I don’t think I've ever read a book based around addiction so not only was it interesting but also insightful. Kristina’s character is based on Ellen Hopkins own daughter and her dealings with the monster, this makes the book a lot more personal to the author herself. I respect her for sharing this story with us as I think that it shows us readers how drugs not only effect a person but also the others around them. 

It was intriguing to see the hold the monster has on Kristina and how it affects her wherever she goes. We get to see its destructive nature and how it gradually changes her as a person. I would've liked to have read a book like this while I was at school as I think it’s a great way to show young people the effects of drugs and how they ruin lives.

I cannot put into words how wonderful this book is and the impact it’s had on me. I feel that my words do not do it justice; it is definitely one of the hardest books I've ever reviewed. This book is sculpted to perfection, eerie and haunting but one I definitely won’t forget soon. I plead that everyone gives it a chance, even if you don’t like it you’ll still come out with something, an important, powerful knowledge of addiction and the downward spiral that comes with drugs.

Feature and Follow #10

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Paradays

Q. What do you do with your books after your done reading them?

Well, I haven't got a shelf at the minute, so I just add them to the ever-growing piles that are strategically placed around my room. However, I will probably spend about twenty minutes gathering up my feels towards that book. Whether they're good or bad I need my time! I couldn't ever get rid of a book, not even if I hated it. Maybe I'd give it to charity but I really don't understand how some people can so carelessly throw them away. 

Do you do something different to me? I'd love to know!

Monday, 22 July 2013

Book Blitz + Excerpt: Spirit by Shauna Granger (Elemental #5)



Release Date: 04/30/13

Summary from Goodreads:
Not even a guardian angel is more powerful than Death.

Always careful to watch out for others, Shayna put too much trust her abilities to keep herself safe and has been cut down by crazed man. Now she is trapped in the land of the dead, watching as her two best friends suffer the consequences of her death; their powers are fading and soon they will too. Shayna is desperate to return to the land of the living to save them from a similar, cold fate. To save her friends Shayna must turn away from the Light and, in doing so, sacrifice her wings.

But the longer Shayna stays among the dead, the further she slips from sanity. If Shayna cannot find her way back she will be condemned and lost forever among the restless souls of the dead. With nothing left to lose, she will do whatever it takes to fight her way back, with or without her wings.

Available from:

Excerpt #1:
More than two hundred homes and two thousand square acres were destroyed in the fire. Two people were severely burned, but they survived. Amazingly, no one died. At least, that’s what the papers reported. They never found my body, and they looked for days. I know; I watched them search for me. I had always said I wanted to be cremated when I died, asking to have my ashes scattered at the roots of an old tree, but being burned alive was not what I had in mind.

My parents held my memorial outdoors, on the beach. Search and rescue told my parents it was too soon to be completely conclusive about my whereabouts, but after seeing the site where Jodi and Steven said I’d died, my parents came to the hard decision that I was, more than likely, gone.

A pack of surfers I had known since childhood paddled out to sea, each bearing a flower wreath. Once they were past the last break of waves, they cast the flowers into the ocean, letting the ebb and flow of Earth and sea take them. The beach was covered in black from mourners milling around, huddled against the winter bite in the breeze.

Deb had brought her entire coven to show their respects. Little Trisity clung to Deb’s hand while tears streamed down her face, her aura a pale gray obscuring her sweet face. Deb lifted her up and held her on her hip, letting Trisity cry into her shoulder as she made her way to my parents. Half the senior class had turned out in a wash of black, white, and gray; even a few teachers were in attendance. I had no idea so many people had known me. A huge, obnoxious picture of me stood on an easel, flowers littering the ground around it. Beside it, my surfboard stood, jammed in the sand.

Jodi and Steven received just as many hugs and whispered condolences as my parents. Their faces were dry of tears. Jodi looked hard and determined, as though an idea had taken root in her mind and she was unaware of her surroundings, whereas Steven looked distant, the fire in his eyes banked to cold embers. They accepted the hugs and nodded at the words, but otherwise they weren’t truly present. I felt Jodi’s uncontrolled magic, the sudden gusts of wind whipping her signature around, making the mourners cling to their coats and inch closer to each other.

Jensen was there, wrapped in a black peacoat and wearing a grey beanie pulled low over his ears. His hands were jammed into his coat pockets, and his tiny mother was next to him, her arm linked through the crook of Jensen’s elbow. I traced the line of his profile with my eyes, remembering the heat of his full, red lips and the sharp lines of his cheekbones under my fingers. An ache blossomed in my chest as I waited for him to turn toward me, let me see the stormy ocean of his eyes, but he never did.

I stood alone on the rocks, watching from a distance. I found when I came too close to those who had loved me in life, I stole what little peace they’d carved out for themselves. Any calm or happiness they had found would seep away, the color of their aura draining to gray. I was a wraith, bound to the shadows, trying to find my way home.

I had spent my time in the Ether, somewhere between the living and the dead, hiding and running from that which would take me from this plane. I’d seen the bright Light, the tunnel, felt the inexplicable compulsion drawing me toward it. I felt the peace it offered. It felt like home. And I turned away from it.

It was strange, watching those people, so close to them but totally apart. Even at this distance, I saw Death’s next victims. Everyone was marked for death, but the closer they came to it, the darker the mark grew over their bodies. It was a cancer that made the soul rip away from the body. I saw lung cancer creeping up on my English teacher. In another year’s time, he would know about his diminishing chances of beating it. One of Deb’s sisters stood with the shadow of Death looming over her shoulder, ready to snatch her away in a few weeks when she stepped off that curb just fifteen seconds too soon because she was digging through her purse with her phone braced between her cheek and shoulder. I was so close and yet so far away. I couldn’t warn them though the words screamed in my mind. I felt the phantom weight of my wings on my back, but I knew they weren’t there. When I died and turned away from the Light, they were ripped violently away from me.

Thankfully, when I looked at my parents they were crystal clear, no shadow looming over them. In time, the grey of their auras would clear and resonate in the rainbow spectrum as they should. But when I looked at Jodi and Steven I saw the merest whisper of a shadow. It blurred against their gray auras, but when they moved I saw it and panic nearly strangled me. But what could I do?

I turned to Jodi and watched her face, seeing the peaches and cream complexion drained to pale anger. My fingers twitched with the desire to wave to her, get her attention, make her see me even though I knew it was futile. Steven had turned his back on the congregation, looking out to the sea that usually terrified him, but today nothing scared him, nothing moved him. I sighed even though I no longer breathed, and when I pulled my gaze off of the back of Steven’s head, remembering how soft the curl of his hair felt under my fingers, I looked into Jodi’s eyes.

For one heart stopping moment, she stared right back at me.

Her pale blue eyes didn’t blink, the line of her mouth pressed hard and angry. I started to open my mouth to call out to her, but before I could, I heard the crunch of rocks behind me, making me break our eye contact. I spun around and saw the angel terrifyingly close to me.

“Shayna,” he whispered, his voice carried on Jodi’s wind, gusting now in frantic confusion.

“No!” I yelled, jumping from the rocks. I took off running, faster than I ever could in life. I prayed for my wings, willed them into existence, but the pain never came and my back remained whole and unmarred. I heard the thunder clap behind me, reverberating as his wings erupted just before he took flight, chasing me.

Fear ripped through me, threatening to trip me up. I felt the Heavens opening behind me, the warm light pressing against my back, growing warmer the closer the angel’s outstretched hand got to me. I closed my eyes and drew in the shadows of the rocks around me, turned on the spot, and let my body fall. The shadows wrapped around me and pulled me through the cosmos just as the tips of the angel’s fingers touched my sweater.

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Rest of the books in the Elemental series:
(link to Goodreads)

 

About the Author:
Like so many other writers, Shauna grew up as an avid reader, but it was in high school that she realized she wanted to be a writer. Five years ago, Shauna started work on her Elemental Series. She released the first installment, Earth, on May 1, 2011 and has since released four sequels, with the series coming to an end with Spirit. She is currently hard at work on a new Urban Fantasy series, staring a spunky witch with a smush-faced cat named Artemis.


Author Links:


***GIVEAWAY***
1 – Signed Paperback of winner’s choice of books 1-5 in the Elemental series. (US only)
1 – e-book of winner’s choice of books 1-5 in the Elemental series. (INT)

Sunday, 21 July 2013

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Trailer #2

Holy cow! This trailer has made me even more excited for November, I'm glad that we actually got to see a little bit of the arena in this one. I want the movie to come out now, I so desperately want to watch it. I'm looking forward to see how well Sam Claflin plays Finnick. God I love Finnick Odair, he is absolutely fabulous. I cannot contain my excitement for this film, its been such a long wait and we've still got to wait four months!

Are you excited as well?

Friday, 19 July 2013

[Review] Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly
Published May 24th 2011 by Candlewick
Hardcover, 449 Pages
Synopsis:
They're out for your soul.
And they don't have heaven in mind...
Willow knows she's different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people's dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. she has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself does. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces and that he's one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil.

My Thoughts:
Angel Burn isn't like any angel themed book I've read before. I admit I was a bit wary of this book when I bought it as there is a wide variety of reviews. But I gave it a chance and I'm glad I did as it was an entertaining read. 

Like a lot of books it was slow burning at the beginning and took some will power to carry on but once you get into it you won’t regret it! The synopsis had promise of an interesting read which it lived up to. I'm used to reading books in which the angels are good (except for fallen ones) so it was nice to see a different take on them. 

I was slightly taken back by the switching of POV and first/third person tense at first as it wasn't clearly stated whose point of view we was reading from. However, once I’d gotten used to it I thought that it worked really well as we were able to learn about each individual character and the roles they played in plot. 

The angels were downright evil, they feed on humans. Yes, you heard me right; they drain the life out of humans leaving them with Angel Burn. Angel Burn can lead to diseases, cancer and mental health problems. No human gets off lucky; instead they are left delusional and face many problems later in life but believe that the angel saved them. I really enjoyed the idea of angels being bad and I think that the author executed it well throughout the book. 

Of course we can’t have angels going around draining the life out of everyone! Enter Alex, a member of the AK which stands for Angel Killers. I was hoping they would have a slightly more bad ass name for this group of elite people. Alas, it’s simple and to the point so I can’t really complain. Anyway, Alex is another typical YA guy, killer looks and stormy blue eyes! What is with authors and blue eyes? I know they’re nice but heck I would like to see something different every now and then. Alex has a cool demeanour and is haunted from the memories of his brother’s death. He doesn't trust anyone and is completely alone. That is until he meets Willow, a half angel he’s supposed to kill… 

Ah, where do I start with Alex and Willow? First of all it was so refreshing to read a book in which the two main characters didn't fall in love straight away. In fact, they didn't particularly like each other at first but as they grow closer while on the run you could see sparks flying. Some parts did make me cringe, but it’s a YA book so you can’t exactly expect anything hot and steamy! Instead we get some gag worthy one liners with a hint of cheese but I really do like this couple as they seem to complete each other. 

I think that the build-up to the main event was slightly dramatic; I wasn't expecting anything too epic being as though it’s the first book in a trilogy. But I would say that this is a solid opening book to what I expect will be an action packed series. I just hope that the editors pick out the mistakes in the next ones, as it was slightly annoying trying to decipher what the author actually meant! I think that I will carry on with this trilogy as it was an interesting read and I would like to see if they take down the angels. But, I will probably wait until the final book is released later this year so I don’t have to wait around.

Cover Reveal: Behind Closed Doors by Ashelyn Drake

Behind Closed Doors (Campus Crush #2)
Release Date: 08/06/13

Summary from Goodreads:
Julia Monroe is through wishing she had an older guy like her best friend Noelle does. It’s time for her to act on her desires. So when she sees sexy, twenty-three-year-old Darren McEntire eating dinner alone at the pub, she decides to make her move. The attraction between them is undeniable, and even through Julia isn’t looking for a one-night stand, she winds up back at Darren’s place the same night she meets him. Only being with him makes her realize what she’s been missing dating other guys. All she wants is Darren.

But Julia allows Darren to think she’s his age and a grad student at the nearby college. She knows she has to confess the truth, but she’s afraid to shatter what they have. Not knowing what to do, she starts the semester only to discover that her new teaching assistant is none other than Darren. With the lies out in the open and campus policy against them, Julia and Darren know the relationship should be over before it even begins. But the chemistry between them is too strong to deny.

Can they find a way to be together or are they doomed to only see each other behind closed doors?

About the Author
New Adult and Young Adult romance author represented by Lauren Hammond of ADA Management Group. Look for her upcoming N.A. title, Romancing the R.A. (S.B. Addison Books, 2013).

Where to find Ashelyn Drake:

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Feature and Follow Friday #9

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-

Q. Book Vacay: Where is the best destination reading spot for you? (Where do you like to go to read other then your home)

I honestly don't really go anywhere else besides the house to read. If I had my way I would live by the sea so I could read on the beach all the time! But that will probably never happen, I can dream though. I also love reading by the pool when I'm on holiday. There's nothing quite like lounging back on a sun bed under an umbrella with a good book and a nice can of Fanta icy lemon. You all probably think I'm crazy but icy lemon is the ultimate holiday drink!

On a side note, I'm sorry for being dead to the blogging world this week. I've been trying to catch up on reading (2 books so far this week, yay!) but the heat in England at the minute is unbearable. Its too hot to use the computer or any electrical appliance for that matter as they make my bedroom go from greenhouse status to the fiery depths of the sun! I will try my hardest to catch up with reviews and replying to you guys in the next week. Have a lovely weekend and happy reading!

Have you got a reading spot outside of the house? Comment below, I'd love to hear about it!

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Stacking the Shelves #4

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 couldn't resist buying some books this week. I went into The Works thinking there would be nothing that I want but once again I was proved wrong. Guys I seriously love that shop! 2 books for £5, books for 99p and with my student discount how could I ever say no? The selection they have sometimes is fantastic, if you live in the UK then I recommend you visit The Works. I also won a book in a give away over at Winged Reviews so that came in the post. As usual I got a couple of books on NetGalley that look pretty good.

NetGalley:
Deeper We Fall by Chelsea M. Cameron
Grasping At Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

Bought:
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

I already owned a copy of City of Bones but none of the other books. So when I saw them on offer in The Works I knew I had to buy them! All I need now is City of Lost Souls and then I'll have the series so far, I cant wait to get stuck into them but I'll have to do it soon as the movie is out in August.

Won:
The Dead Girls Detective Agency by Suzy Cox

I cant wait to get stuck into my new books, did you get anything exciting this week? I'd love to know!

Friday, 12 July 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #8

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- Girl In The Woods

Q. Activity: PHOTOBOMB!!!! Photobomb a picture with your favorite book. Share it of course.


I couldn't choose just one book! This time last year I probably would've picked John Greens TFiOS but as of this year I have two new favourites. They aren't 2013 releases, they're just two of the books I have read so far this year and really enjoyed. If you haven't noticed them in the picture yet then they are Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I love these books so much and I must say they both feature a dreamy male. I highly recommend both of these books to anyone, they're completely different to each other but are both equally as gripping. I look as rough as I feel by the way so no hating please! It looks like I only have one arm as well :')

Have you read any of these books or got a photobomb too?

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #6

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!

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
Expected Publication: August 1st 2013 by Bloomsbury Childrens(UK)
Synopsis: 
Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn't happened yet. 
Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture - being kept apart, overhearing each other's anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There's no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It's from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that's about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future.

I know that this one isn't out yet but when I saw it on NetGalley I knew I wanted to get it. Obviously I have requested it so there's a high chance I will get it, but its still on my wishlist. I haven't heard much about this book yet, however, I think the synopsis sounds quite unique which is what I'm looking for at the minute. What grabbed my attention most though has to be the cover. I mean, look at it! It is definitely something I'd pick up in a book store as its very bold and the yellow really pops against the grey and white. I know I shouldn't judge a book by its cover but sometimes I cant help myself.

Whats on your wishlist this week?

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

[Review] The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa (Blood of Eden, #2)

The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
Published April 30th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Hardcover, 434 Pages
Synopsis:
Allison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.
Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

My Thoughts: 
Oh Julie, where do I start? Once again you have amazed me. Julie you incredible woman, I think I may love you. 

It’s been half an hour since I finished the book and I'm not sure whether I can continue with life until The Forever Song is in my hands. Kagawa has done it again, I put my trust in her and she showed me paradise before shattering the world around me to leave me damaged and drained. The Eternity Cure is the epitome of heartbreak. Nonetheless, I cannot wait for the next instalment regardless of what may happen, who knows? Maybe everything will turn out dandy fine but with the evil genius Julie Kagawa being the master behind this I highly doubt it.

I honestly don’t know where to begin. This book was epic and when I say epic I mean EPIC! I think capitals are the only way to make it clear just how much I loved this book. In The Eternity Cure Allie is no longer a badass vamp, no, she is THE ULTIMATE BADASS. She evolves into the heroine I’d like to see in every book and definitely brings excitement to the story.

The characters in this series are seriously awesome, I'm glad to have seen the return of many from the previous book. However there is one who stole the show for me that I certainly won’t forget about any time soon, Jackal. Ah yes, Jackal, the raider king who stole the lives of so many loved characters in The Immortal Rules. I didn't think that I’d be able to tolerate him but I have gone on to love him. He has a certain bitterness which envelopes him, but with his wit he comes out on top with hilarious one liners. I feel that Jackals character helped move the story along during the duller moments and I definitely appreciated his presence in the book. The relationship between Allie and Jackal probably has to be my all-time favourite from any book, It was nice to see them bond with each other as brother and sister especially when they were going on at each other. In a way it reminded me of my older brother and I, we always used to bicker and make sarcastic comments but now we’re older we tolerate each other and get on a great deal more. Below is my favourite Jackal quote, I'm not sure why it amused me but I found myself giggling hysterically at it!

“This is the most I have ever been in the sewers in one place. If someone had said to me a month ago, 'Hey, Jackal, guess where you'll be spending most of your time in New Covington? Ankle-deep in shit!' I would've ripped their lips off.”

The pacing of the book was well executed and even through the dull moments I found myself wanting to read on. However what won me over the most was the plot itself. There was always something happening in this book and even though the characters got into some sticky situations which left me reeling, I felt that it was always within reason. Everything that has happened throughout The Eternity Cure has come down to one thing which will unveil itself in The Forever Song next year. I will try to be patient for my sanity’s sake but it will be hard going until then! 

The Eternity Cure bought some nasty surprises and the villain himself is diabolical. But with all of the ups and downs, I think what we have here is a fine example of an excellent sequel. I thoroughly enjoyed every step of the journey especially when all of my favourite characters were thrown together on a mission. Allison, Zeke, Kanin and Jackal are an entertaining bunch which made it an amusing read, I feel that Kagawa has written them as realistically as possible; this was nice as it made it easier to relate to each and every one of them. I must warn you though; you won’t know what’s hit you when you get to the final chapter! I can’t begin to explain how it made me feel.

If you loved The Immortal Rules but are wary of reading this, I can assure you it’s definitely worth carrying on with the series. I bet you’ll like it just as much as I did! If you haven’t started the series yet then what are you waiting for?!

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Summer Lovin' Read-a-Thon: Alma Mater

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)

Todays Participation topic is…
Graduation Day!

List your accomplishments, big and small.
Did you make some new friends? Call them out.
Then hop around and congratulate the other participants on their successes.

Well, its been a long week and I'm going to be honest with you guys, I didn't even manage to finish one book! I'm so close to finishing The Eternity Cure though, only 90 pages left but with the tennis on I'm not sure if I'll be finished by midnight, you never know though. But I am disappointed with myself, I went into this week raring to go but I've been so caught up in life and Wimbledon that I haven't made time for reading. I cant help myself when the tennis is on, I love it so much. Hopefully I'll be able to get my head in the game with reading though as I'm finding it hard to get stuck in at the minute. 

How did you do this week?

Stacking the Shelves #3

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!

So for the first time in a while I actually bought some books this week. I wasn't planning on buying any but when I saw one of the books in Tesco for £5 I had to get it and then I got the urge to buy more! However one of the books hasn't arrived yet but I can show you two of them. As usual I have gotten some awesome books on Netgalley that I cant wait to read.

Netgalley Books:
Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman
Come Back To Me by Coleen Patrick
Wait For You by J. Lynn

Physical Books:
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

I haven't read any of the books from the Infernal Devices trilogy, but how could I not buy Clockwork Princess when it was only £5! I think its £11 in the book stores so I couldn't pass up on it when it was that cheap. I'll definitely have to read this series now, I hope its as good as everyone says.

What books did you get this week?

Friday, 5 July 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #7

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- The Reading Realm
The Attic

Q. Today’s is the US’ Independence Day. Share your favourite book with a war in it, or an overthrow of the government.

I've never read a book that's solely based on war, but I have read ones which kind of include war and government overthrow. I'm not particularly keen on books that contain a lot of violence in but it can be exhilarating if written well. My favourite book(s) which includes these particular topics has to be The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Colin’s. Obvious choice I know and its more than one book. But, I think that this is a superbly written series which faces both of these issues. Unpopular opinion time! Mockingjay was probably my favourite book in the trilogy as I really liked the action and how Katniss matured throughout it. It had its flaws but it definitely concluded the series well.

I hope everyone in the US had a wonderful independence day and I'd love to hear your responses to the question above!

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Summer Lovin' Read-a-Thon: Tears On My Pillow

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)

Today’s Participation discussion is…
Share the Feels!

Share a quote from your current read or share a book that really pulled on your heart strings

There are a lot of great books out there but only a few manage to make me cry. However, many do pull at my heart strings and make me feel like an emotional wreck. I was going to choose the obvious and go with The Fault in Our Stars by John Green but I think that made everyone emotional! If it didn't make you feel like your life is ending then what is wrong with you? 

I recently read Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, I didn't think that this book would make me feel the emotions that I did. I went into it thinking it'll be a cute contemporary with struggling teenagers. I was wrong. Throughout the book I felt myself feeling sorry for Echo and Noah, heck I even felt sorry for Beth at some points. I wanted so much for these characters to be happy and it pained me to see them-Echo in particular - go through some downright shitty times (excuse my language!) Saying that though, it all turned out lovely jubbly in the end. Below is a quote from the book that really stood out to me.

“The worst type of crying wasn't the kind everyone could see--the wailing on street corners, the tearing at clothes. No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it. A section withered and became a scar on the part of your soul that survived. For people like me and Echo, our souls contained more scar tissue than life.” 

Have you read a book that's turned you into an emotional wreck recently?

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Summer Lovin' Read-a-Thon: Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee

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)

Today’s Participation discussion is…
Favourite Fictional Females

Who is your absolute favourite fictional female? What makes her so awesome? You could introduce us through a character interview or give us a picture – whatever you want. Be creative!

Hm, this is quite a tough one! I've read so many books over the past year which had some pretty bad ass female characters. But I’ve never really had a favourite, just loads that I like. 

Hazel Grace from John Greens TFiOS was a pretty memorable character. I felt like I was able to connect with her as her sense of humour was right on par with mine! I enjoyed reading through her eyes as although it was a bit tough going at times, I felt that her wittiness and dry sense of humour really bought the book to life. I really liked how John Greens lead character was a female for once as it shows that he’s able to write from both a male and females POV. He also made her so realistic and easy to relate to. So for that, well done John! 

Another notable character for me also has to be Allie from The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa. She’s such a strong female lead and definitely kicks ass! At first I didn’t think that Allie would adapt to her new life very well but I was proved wrong. Her character made the book for me and is being just as amazing in the second book, which I’m currently reading. 

Who’s your favourite female character?

Wishlist Wednesday #5

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!

Zombies Vs. Unicorns by Various Authors Published September 21st 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Synopsis:
It's a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths--for good and evil--of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?

I've wanted this book for a while now as who doesn't love an anthology every now and then! Especially one that's based around zombies and unicorns. I love how simple yet colourful the cover is as it definitely manages to grab my attention. I think that this book would be a beautiful addition to anyone's shelf.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Summer Lovin' Read-a-Thon: You're the One That I Want

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)

Its day two of the read-a-thon and for today's participant post I have chosen a few of my favourite summer reads that I think you should check out. Most of these books are light-hearted, fun reads that would be perfect for lazing around on the beach while on holiday and even if you're not going on holiday this year you can still enjoy them at home. If you have any recommendations for me then don't hesitate to comment below. Happy reading everyone!

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

I hope that you're all having a lovely week so far and if you're participating in the read-a-thon then I'd love to read your posts too!

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