Friday, 21 February 2014

Feature & Follow Friday #14

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Q. What was the last book that made you cry?

Now this is a tough question! I can’t remember the last time I wept while reading a book. I do have the odd moment where I shed a single tear but the last time I truly sobbed at a book was when I read The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, which is completely understandable. That was a while back now though so I don’t think it counts considering I’ve had my moments. It was only just the other day ago when I found myself welling up. I was reading Wait For You by J. Lynn and I'm still not sure what possessed me to cry. I think it may have something to do with what had happened to our main character in the past. I just wanted to give Avery a big hug and tell her that everything would be okay. That she couldn’t let the haunting memories of her past keep her from enjoying the present. I was also uncontrollably happy when Avery and Cam finally got their happy ever after. 

I always find myself crying over contemporary novels rather than any other genre. They seem to be a lot more emotive and this isn’t necessarily a good thing all the time but it does manage to work for what the author is trying to portray. Right now I’m on a bit of a contemporary hype and would love some recommendations. I don’t mind what age range its for but I am particularly enjoying New Adult  at the minute which is strange for me!

Book Review: Wait For You by J. Lynn

Wait For You by J. Lynn
Published February 26th 2013 by Avon
Kindle Edition, 323 pages
Synopsis:
Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

My Thoughts:
I have recently discovered the wonderful Jennifer L Armentrout and have been continuously questioning myself as to why I haven’t read any of her books sooner. I’m a fool, that’s the only explanation I can think of. After reading the first two books in her the Lux series—which is very good by the way—I needed a bit of a break but didn’t want to stray away from her writing. With this in mind I decided to pick up Wait For You, which she has written under her pseudonym of J. Lynn. I’ve had the eArc of this book on my Kindle for nearly a year now and thought it was about time I finally read it. I can’t believe I put it off for this long. What was I thinking? Slightly off topic, but do you ever find yourself craving a certain kind of book? I sure as hell do and this book was the answer to all of my needs.

Admittedly, I haven’t always been a fan of New Adult novels as I’ve found with a lot of them they are quite predictable and unbelievably cheesy. Most of them seem to follow this girl meets boy; they both have a “dark” secret and then fall madly in love plotline. In all honestly this never really appealed to me especially as I like unique story lines rather than the same old generic shit. However as the genre has become increasingly popular since the release of Jamie McGuires “Beautiful Disaster” I’ve wanted to push this notion aside and dive right into a few of these beloved books. And now after reading Wait For You, I can say with confidence that I can’t wait to read more from this genre. I don’t know if that’s because Jennifer is an amazing writer or maybe my reading preferences are changing. I guess we’ll find out as I explore NA further.

We are introduced to Avery as this nervous 19-year-old girl that wants nothing more than to escape her traumatic past. A university that’s 1000 miles away from home will do just that, right? Wrong. Everyday tasks can become plagued by the harrowing memories of the Halloween party that changed everything. I couldn’t help but root for Avery as her story is so sad realistic. It happens to many people but you can never imagine what its like for them. The transformation that Avery went through from beginning to end was astonishing. I did have my moments where I thought she’d go back into her shell but she proved me wrong. By the end of the book her character was confident and sassy as hell but who wouldn’t be with that hunk we know as Cam by her side.

Avery and Cam are such a fiery duo to read about. As soon as she had bumped into him in the hallway you just knew there was an undeniable attraction towards each other. It was as if fate had bought them together. Well, maybe not, Avery was on red alert and knew boys like him were a no go zone.  Much to her dismay we see a friendship start to blossom and its not long till there’s sexual tension. What I liked most about this relationship was that they bought out the best in each other. Cam lured Avery away from the comfort of her home and challenged her to just live. She encourages Cam to open up and see himself for the good guy he really is. Oh, the feels are strong with these two. I almost forgot to mention that Cam goes commando. Yes you did read that right and for the record, this book is steamy.

Overall, this book is a rollercoaster ride that has something for everyone. There’s an endless supply of romance that will bring a tingle to your spine, humour you’re sure to love, emotion and awesome secondary characters. From what I’ve heard Jennifer has recently released a new book that follows Teresa and Jase’s story. I cannot wait to read this as I thought they were both wonderful additions to the cast in Wait For You. And if that isn’t enough to tickle your fancy then you can also read Trust in Me, which is written entirely from Cams point of view. Now that is definitely one I’d love to pick up!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Book Review: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Published February 4th 2014 by HarperCollins
Hardback, 416 pages
Synopsis:
Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she'll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew - about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam - was wrong.
My Thoughts:
Let me apologise in advance if this review is slightly confusing, I’m still feeling an overwhelming sense of sadness towards this series. Not because I didn’t enjoy it or the ending disappointed me, believe me it didn’t. But I’m just unhappy that it’s over. What am I supposed to read now? I need my fix. Mafi has created something extraordinary and now its finished. Just like that it’s done. I may have to start reading fan fiction just to satisfy my need for Warner.

Waiting for Ignite Me to arrive in the post was the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced. Seeing so many people on Goodreads enjoying the book while I was still waiting for my copy killed me. I was jealous. The buildup to this book was like Christmas, New Years and my birthday all rolled up into one majestic event. The happiness I felt upon reading this book was incredible. I can imagine that it was like what people feel when they complete a marathon. The satisfaction and joy is out of this world. Okay so maybe I’m slightly over-exaggerating but oh my, this book, it was awesome. It did have its faults but at this point I don’t really care. I could read anything Tahereh writes and absolutely love it. Why can’t she adopt me?

As always the writing in Ignite Me was absolutely flawless, I wasn’t surprised at the pure beauty of Mafi’s writing, as I’ve learnt to expect it. It’s always so lyrical and flows effortlessly throughout the book. That’s the thing about Tahereh, everything she writes manages to have a meaning and purpose within the plot.

“And we are quotation marks, inverted and upside down, clinging to one another at the end of this life sentence. Trapped by lives we did not choose.”

In this installment we see unlikely alliances form and past relationships crumble into nothingness. But one thing’s for sure; Juliette will stop at nothing until she has what she wants. Finally Juliette is no longer the scared little girl we saw in Shatter Me, she has grown into a powerhouse heroine that I cant help but admire. Mafi’s character development skills have wowed me. Never have I read a series where I’ve loved most of the characters and the choices they have made to grow into stronger people. What surprised me the most was how they all embraced the changes with such open arms. Except for one that is, Adams still pretty much a dick throughout the whole of the book. I know his heart is broken but there are much bigger things that are happening in the world. GROW A PAIR AND GET OVER IT.

Why is his heartbroken? Well I think it might have something to do with chapter 55. Holy mother of God, damn Tahereh knows how to tastefully write steamy scenes. I may sound like a pervert but boy oh boy was I biting my lip while reading this. I think I went back and read it quite a few times actually. And just when I didn’t think it could get any better chapter 58 came along! 

If you’ve made it this far into the review I applaud you. I can’t help the swooning. It’s inevitable that you’ll swoon during this series unless you’re devoid of emotion. Okay that was harsh, I’m sorry! Anyway, I’d like to get one little complaint out of the way. I felt that the final battle scene in Ignite Me was too quick. After such a dramatic build up the battle was a bit of a bore. It was almost too easy for Juliette and the gang to overthrow Anderson. Unlike most YA series there wasn’t any major deaths which some of you may welcome after the shit storm that was Allegiant. But realistically someone of importance would’ve died if this actually happened, maybe many people for that matter. 

Other than my slight complaint I thoroughly enjoyed this book. All of the main components were perfectly balanced however I wouldn’t of minded some more intimate scenes, if you know what I mean *wink wink*. I’m just going to throw this out there, Aaron Warner is deliciously divine, and there is no competition when it comes to this guy because he is fab. Although there was another character who stole the show in this book and the rest of the series if I’m being honest.  Kenji. Oh our darling Kenji is once again nothing but a bag of laughs throughout Ignite Me.  If I had a friend like him I would probably pee myself on a daily basis because he’s that funny. Yet he’s also so caring and understanding when it comes to Juliette and the choices she has made. He’s the kind of friend that everyone wants really.

Although it’s been a week since I finished this book I’m still hung up on it and I think I will be for a while. It’s always sad when one of your favourite series comes to an end (well it is for me anyway) But I think that with this we were given the perfect ending, yes there were so many more things that could’ve happened. However, I really do think that Tahereh did justice to the characters and gave them the ending they deserved, as a reader I cant be anymore happy with that than I already am.

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