Thursday, 29 August 2013

Book Haul

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

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

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

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

[Review] Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky

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

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

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

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Memorable Secondary Characters

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

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

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

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

Book Blitz+Excerpt: Aberrant by Ruth Silver


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

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

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

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

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Divergent Teaser Trailer

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

Friday, 23 August 2013

Movie Review: The Mortal Instruments - City of Bones

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Teaser Tuesday #5

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, 17 August 2013

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #7

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, 10 August 2013

My Thoughts On: Leaving College and "Growing Up"

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, 9 August 2013

Feature & Follow Friday #12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

[Review] The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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

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

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

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish Could Have Had Sequels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 5 August 2013

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



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

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

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

But Matt isn't giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn't really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she's more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren's friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she's changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?
Available from:

Excerpt:
“Who needs a cabin, when we can be alone like this?” 
He cradled my face and lowered his mouth. His lips began to move incrementally along my jawbone. We were very alone out here, more so than we’d ever been before. Back at Turtle Creek, there’d always been friends nearby and a curfew hanging over our heads. Now? The possibility of being together was all too real. 
“Matt,” I breathed around the catch in my throat, knowing we shouldn’t complicate things between us. Especially when I’d only promised him four weeks. 
Tough to remember when his hungry lips met mine. His arms tightened around me and his fingertips ran through my hair. My lips parted under his, my hands trapped between his chest and mine. Underneath my palms his heart drummed. 
His hands moved forward until he cupped my face then pulled away. He made a soft, ragged sound as he gazed down at me. 
“God, you’re beautiful,” he murmured, eyes more intense than I’d ever seen them. My pulse raced when his lips drifted down to my clavicle and along the neckline of my shirt. His hands skimmed across my back, making me shudder in a way that had little to do with the water temperature. When his strong fingers circled to the front and rubbed my ribcage, my body tingled in pleasure. 
And yeah, I was sending out the wrong message. Trying to shake off the feelings, I grabbed his hands and nudged him away. I treaded water and tried to slow my breathing. Matt looked like he’d run wind sprints. 
“Too much?” he asked, still the southern gentleman despite the wicked gleam in his eye. 
I nodded, wanting to say more but needing time to puzzle things out. We stayed out as long as we dared, and we needed to be in our beds before our counselors got back from their meeting. 
Back at my cabin, I just barely beat Emily when I slipped inside. My friends might have given me the third degree except that our counselor was right behind me and we all had to fake sleep since it was well past curfew. Grateful this once for the early bedtime, I dried off, put on sleep shorts and a tank, and snuggled under the covers. I turned over and pounded my pillow, Matt’s face intruding every time I tried imagining Seth’s. 
Who knew I’d have a First Kiss of Camp with two boys? Or that they’d both confuse me so much. I’d thought my feelings about them were clear before I came here. But Seth surprised me by letting me go so easily that it hurt. And Matt had given me a few surprises too, forgiving me when I didn't necessarily deserve it and fighting for me like I was more than a nerd masquerading in designer clothes. 
As my eyes drifted closed, Seth’s sun-tipped curls and lightly freckled face finally came into focus. He’d want to know what I decided when he came back and wouldn't like my answer. I’d done nothing wrong tonight, but I couldn't stop feeling like I’d betrayed him—us. 
I might have had a FKOC with both guys. Now I needed to figure out which one would have the last.

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

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

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

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Saturday, 3 August 2013

[Review] A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
Published June 4th 2013 by Poppy
Paperback, 291 Pages
Synopsis:
Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great.
Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her stepbrother...at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

My Thoughts: 
After a month of reading mostly paranormal books I wanted to read something light-hearted and fun. I’d previously read The DUFF by Kody Keplinger and I absolutely loved it, so when I found out that this one had been released in paperback I had to get it. As soon as it came in the post yesterday I started reading it and ended up finishing it in the same night. Yeah, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down and when I did it was to either eat or go to the toilet. 

This book is laugh out loud hilarious and not for the faint hearted. Why, you might ask. Well, like The DUFF, the characters in this book have the tendency to swear a lot. There are also a lot of sexual references throughout it and the book covers some gritty subjects. I know that some people don’t like books with a certain crudeness to them but I don’t mind it so much as I'm a big girl now and hey, I quite like it when a book includes these things! I'm a growing girl, what more could you expect?

A lot of people who've read this book didn't like Whitleys character, I don’t know why though as I thought she was awesome. I didn't always agree with some of the things she did but in a way she reminded me of myself. Like Whitley, I too can be cynical a lot of the time so I found her easy to relate to. I really enjoyed seeing her transform into a more mature and caring person by the end of the book. It was a realistic process and it shows how hard it can be to change your ways when you’re so used to them.

I really enjoyed the other characters in this book; we are also greeted by some familiar faces from The Duff. Harrison was a particular favourite of mine; he was first introduced to us in The Duff but wasn't focused on. However, in this book we get to see more of his sassy self as he befriends Whitley and helps her through some rough times. The Caulfield family made up a big part of the book; they are Whitleys soon to be step-family. Sylvia, the woman who has captured Whitleys fathers heart. I felt that Whitley was unappreciative to how hard Sylvia was trying to make sure that she fit in there and was happy. I really liked how caring she was towards Whitley and I thought that she made a nice addition to the book. Bailey is a little bundle of joy; I wish I could have a younger stepsister like her! She’s always so bubbly and alive; it was nice to see how her energy bought out the sisterly, caring side in Whitley. And then there’s Nathan, the dreaded one night stand from graduation. Not only is he going to be her stepbrother, but it turns out that they’re going to the same university as each other! So why is Whitley developing feelings for him? Because he’s wonderful of course. Yes, I have a crush on a fictional character. I don’t know what it is about Nathan, maybe it’s his smooth talking and gorgeous looks. Nathan bought out the good in Whitley; he made her want to be a better person. It was also great to see an appearance from Bianca and Wesley in this book; I’d forgotten how much I loved them two!

In typical young adult contemporary style, Whitley had family issues. This is an overdone subject but I felt that paired with Keplingers fantastic writing it worked. It seemed so realistic, like something that could actually happen. With all the drama I expected Whitley to crack sooner than what she did. But when she did it was nice to see everyone pull together and bring her back from the dead, it goes to show that family and friends still care no matter what you do. Unless its something really serious that is! A Midsummer's Nightmare is a wonderful contemporary that's perfect for the summer. Kody Keplinger has mastered the art of not holding back when it comes to writing and her books are so authentically teenagerish. They show the challenges that girls face today in a light and humorous way. Once you read one book by her you'll want to read more, so what are you waiting for? Check them out already!

Book Boyfriend of the Week #1

This is a meme hosted by Reading and Things for bloggers to talk about their boyfriends and tease the readers with things they've said. Because every girl loves talking about her book boyfriend!
Want to participate?


All you have to do is:

1) Pick a book boyfriend, it can be from the book your currently reading or from one you've already read.
2) Write what kind of boyfriend he is, and if you want, say why you think that.
3) Pick a quote from his book, it could be long or short, that proves he is the kind of boyfriend you said he is
4) Make sure the quote, and the explanation, DO NOT give away anything from the book (we want all of the twists and plot surprises to remain surprises)
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My boyfriend of the week is...
Joe Fontaine
From Under The Never Sky by Jandy Nelson

He is definitely a mix of sweet and romantic, you'd be mad not to like him! He's the kind of boy you'd want your parents to meet, with his musical talent he'll play you a sweet melody that'll capture your heart. Joe's a sensitive guy that's loyal to one girl, he'd do anything to make you happy. He also has a wicked smile which could break even the hardest of hearts. I'm not going to lie, he's also a little bit saucy if you know what I mean ;)

It was hard to choose a quote, so I have picked two that I really like. One of them is from my favourite scene in the book and the other is a description of Joe Fontaine himself. Enjoy!

“Oh, God,’ he whispers, reaching his hand behind my neck and bringing my lips to his. ‘Let’s let the whole fucking world explode this time.’
And we do.” 

And...

Even in the stun of my grief, my eyes roam from the black boots, up the miles of legs covered in denim, over the endless torso, and finally settle on a face so animated I wonder if I’ve interrupted a conversation between him and my music stand.
”Hi,” he says, and jumps up. He’s treetop tall.
This guy looks unabashedly jack-o-lantern happy, which couldn’t be more foreign to the sullen demeanor most of us strove to perfect. He has scores of messy brown curls that flop every which way and eyelashes so spider-leg long and thick that when he blinks he looks like he’s batting his bright green eyes right at you.

Who's your current book boyfriend?

Friday, 2 August 2013

[Review] City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Published July 2nd 2007 by Walker Books
Paperback, 442 Pages
Synopsis:
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

My Thoughts:
After months of putting it off I finally decided to read City of Bones. With the movie coming out in August I had to see what all the hype was about. I was a bit unsure of it at first but as the story progressed I found myself loving every moment. I needed to know what happened next and I wouldn't stop until I had my answers. Cassandra Clare manages to grab the reader’s attention with nail biting action and a spellbinding attention to detail. I felt like I was a part of the Shadowhunter world, but I didn't mind this as it seemed so epic.

As most of you may know by now, City of Bones is the first book in a soon to be six book series. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love big series but I was a bit wary of this one as I wasn't sure whether I was going to like it or not. Alas, my previous worries were diminished as soon as I got into the book and I now know that I will definitely be carrying on with the series no matter how long it takes me to read them all!

I didn't really know much about the book when I picked it up as although there are so many reviews out there I haven’t really read any. I went into it with an open mind and ended up really enjoying it. I admit, the first 100 pages were slow for me and I didn't think that it would get any better. But as we started to learn more about this other world I found it to get quite interesting. I wasn't too keen on Cassandra Clare's writing style as I felt that it could get confusing at times, but you do get used to it as you get further into the book. I would've liked the book to have been written in first person as it would've been nice to have known what Clary was thinking and feeling during certain points and events.

I found it quite enjoyable to learn about the Shadowhunter world and the different demons which come with it. As readers we are in the same position as Clary, we don’t know anything about Runes or the histories surrounding these worlds. It was nice to find these things out with her as it made me feel like I was part of the story too. 

Throughout the book we meet an array of characters. Some are friendly whereas others are downright ghastly. At times I found it hard to keep up with all the different names as there was so many of them! My least favourite character has to be Simon, I'm sorry to those who love him but Christ he was annoying. I didn't like how jealous he was of Jace, I didn't like how he always had to get involved with things that he shouldn't and lastly I didn't like how much of a cock block he is. Simon is quite whiny and if I was Clary I probably would've ditched him a long time ago. Harsh, but it’s true. I know he’s just trying to look out for Clary because he’s her friend (secretly loves her as well) but man, give the girl a break! She doesn't always need you Simon. Apart from Simon, I can’t think of anyone else I didn't like. 

I didn't think that I’d like Magnus Bane that much but I ended up loving his character. Even though he wasn't in the book as much as I would've liked I'm hoping to see him in the rest of the series. Isabelle and Alec were both a nice addition to the book, I really liked how Isabelle can seem bitchy but as we get to know her she loosens up slightly and we see a more caring, softer side to her. Alec can be temperamental and nasty at times but it’s within reason, one which we learn later in the book. 

Clary and Jace took center stage throughout the book. With their consistent knit picking towards each other we see a blossoming friendship which could lead to more. I enjoyed the scenes between these two as their personalities really do clash; Jace has a cold, sarcastic demeanour with a drive to kill demons. Whereas Clary is a weak, “little” girl that doesn't know how to fend for herself, especially as she hasn't been exposed to this world before. I got giddy inside when things took a bit of a romantic turn in their relationship but towards the end of the book something truly shocking is revealed. You’ll have to read the book to find out what though!

Overall, I found the book very enjoyable and I rated it 4 out 5 stars on Goodreads. I would've given it 5 stars but I was a bit let down with the writing as like I said before it was confusing at times. I really liked the world building in this book as it definitely welcomed us into the Shadowhunter world and has set the scene for the next few books. If you plan on watching the movie then I recommend that you read the book first if you haven’t already. This is because you’ll be able to go into the movie with an understanding of what’s going on and the characters involved in it. I'm also a firm believer that books are always better than the movie regardless of it being well made.

Feature and Follow Friday #11

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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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Q. How do you handle a book you don’t like? Do you DNF or do you power through?

When I'm reading a book that I'm not enjoying I try to give it a chance and read it all. I have ended up loving about 90% of these books as they've gotten better as the story progressed. Take Across The Universe for example, I really didn't like the book at the start but as more stuff started happening I wanted to carry on reading. Man, I love that book. However, there are times when I come across a book that I cannot stand and have to stop reading immediately. If I'm not hooked by 100 or so pages I know I will not like it. Sadly there are books that this has happened with. Uglies by Scott Westerfield is one of those books, so many people loved it and yet here I was hating the characters. It didn't grab me. It didn't appeal to me. Quite frankly, it bored me! So to answer the question, I do try to pull through and read the whole book but sometimes I just don't have the strength to carry on.

What do you do when you're not enjoying a book?

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