Monday, 31 March 2014

NetGalley: A book bloggers weakness!

I’m just going to jump right into this post, no introduction, no small talk, nothing. I have come to the conclusion that my Kindle is crammed with books. I have over 70 titles to read. Where do I start? I can’t even begin to imagine how long it’ll take me to read all of these and then there’s the fact that I have my ever-growing pile of physical books! How did I let it get so bad? I need to tame this beast.

Once upon a time, not so long a go, there was a young girl named Annoushka. She loved to wander aimlessly around bookstores and one day found herself in the Kindle section. Now, Annoushka had no intentions of buying a Kindle but she left the shop with one in her possession. She thought, “What harm could it do? Its just another reason to read” Little did she know her NetGalley obsession would spiral out of control and her poor Kindle would be overflowing with unread books.

I need to address the issue at hand and go right to the source, NetGalley. Recently they’ve had so many exciting titles that I couldn’t say no to. Requesting books has become quite the addiction; I request books quicker than I read them. I know that I’ll get around to reading each one eventually but I need the motivation to start!


There’s nothing better than the feeling of a book in your hand so it’s took me quite a while to get used to my Kindle. However I have started reading a lot more on it lately, which is a big step for me! All I need to do now is sort out my requesting habits. Have you got any tips for me? I'm open to change so I will take all ideas into consideration.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Book Review: The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa (Blood of Eden, #3)

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Expected Publication April 15th 2014 by Harlequin Teen
Hardcover, 416 Pages
Thank you Netgalley and Harlequin Teen 
Synopsis:
VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS. Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer. MONSTER.

Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.
My Thoughts:

The Forever Song is the eagerly awaited finale to Julie Kagawa’s riveting Blood of Eden series. Your pulse will be pounding, your heart will be cracking and at the end of it you’ll be left with one serious book hangover. You might have thought the worst had happened in The Eternity Cure, but trust me, you haven’t seen nothing yet. So sit back and please do try to relax as you are in for one hell of a ride!

As we have seen in its predecessors The Forever Song is full of life. Which is kind of ironic, wouldn’t you agree? True to form, Julie Kagawa cleverly provides us with laugh out loud moments to mask the true pain you should be feeling. Don’t worry though; it will hit you hard like a 10 tonne truck. This woman is the master of trickery; even in the darkest of times we are lead to believe that there is hope only for it to then be smashed when things go to shit two minutes later. I wouldn’t give up hoping though as there is always a silver lining.

Kagawa is in a class of her own, one thing that I enjoy about her writing is her ability to sculpt a terrifying yet believable world. She has an incredible attention to detail and with that I was able to picture everything from minute abandoned houses to the vast vampire cities. I particularly like how we took a trip down memory lane and returned to Old Chicago, the raider city in which we first met the loveable—maybe that’s an overstatement, so shall I say… barely tolerable? —Jackal.

I’m just kidding with you guys by the way; Jackal is hands down my favourite character of the series. He didn’t start off in my good books but as the series progressed we have seen him blossom into a hero like figure. Of course his personality hasn’t changed though. Which I’m more than happy about because he just wouldn’t be the same if he became… nice? Jackal brings a certain twinge of humour during the most inappropriate of times. They could be in the goriest of fights and he would still find away to lighten up the mood. Albeit his sadistic sense of humour does go unappreciated by his travelling companions (Allie and Kanin)

This final installment is an example to all authors of how a series should be wrapped up. However I can’t help but feel that Julie has purposefully left it quite open ended, maybe she has something in the works? I hope she does as I cant imagine a life without my favourite characters. 

This book has twists and turns at all points and you’ll sure as hell be shocked with the choices that the characters make along the way. I know for a fact that this series will be at the top of my favourites for a long time and I cannot wait for the rest of you to experience the epic journey that is The Forever Song.

One last thing before I go, if you’re anything like me then you may need some tissues as this is definitely full of heart shattering moments. Cue ugly crying.

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Published April 14th 2011 by Plume Books
ebook, 314 Pages
Synopsis:
"Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . "
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now- reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.
By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say . . . ?
My Thoughts:
First and foremost, I’d like to say thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book. I squealed with delight when I saw that my request had been accepted within half an hour. After reading Fangirl in November I was itching to read something else by Rainbow Rowell so you cannot imagine my excitement when I found out that this was available to request. I was slightly nervous as to whether I’d enjoy this or not as it is an adult book. I rarely venture into the realm of adult fiction but this year I’ve made it my personal goal to read more of it. And it turns out I’m actually quite liking it!

What I love most about Rainbow Rowell is that she manages to turn even the coldest of people—also known as me—to complete mush. She takes the most cliché of romances and turns them into something good, something that even I enjoy reading. 

I was skeptical when I first started reading Attachments, as Lincoln didn’t stand out to me as the most interesting of guys. We’re introduced to this 29 year old who has a plethora of university degrees under his belt, a run of the mill job that he absolutely hates and he also enjoys spending his Saturday evenings playing Dungeons & Dragons. I nearly forgot to mention that he still lives at home with his mother and that’s the way he likes it. And to top all of that off he seemed reluctant to change. I really wasn’t looking to 300 odd pages of his crap. But boy oh boy I was proved wrong! Lincoln turned out to be an absolute sweetheart; I was rooting for him to get his happy ending.

I really enjoyed the email aspect of the book; I thought that this was a unique way to get to know Jennifer and Beth without having to meet them so early on in the story. As much as I loved Lincoln I think that the two girls were my favourite characters. Beth has an incredibly dry sense of humor and her love for movies is inspiring. I need a friend like her! Jennifer is slightly more grounded than Beth but that doesn’t mean she isn’t quirky. They both seemed so down to earth and you could see why they were best friends. As the story progresses we start to see more depth to their emails but through all the crap they still managed to stay amusing.

Attachments is unlike any romance novel I’ve ever read before. I liked how it didn’t revolve entirely around one character. Instead we get to see the lives of multiple people and how they inevitably come together at some point or another. This was a highly enjoyable book and I urge everyone to pick it up. It might not end up being your favourite book by Rainbow but I'm certain it'll entertain you.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Book Review: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Published May 27th 2010 by Definitions
Paperback, 432 pages
Synopsis:
She is pretty and talented - sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But... they are brother and sister.
Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.
My Thoughts:
Well, that was…interesting to say the least and awkward in so many ways. How many of you have ever thought, “Damn, they are fineeee” about a family member? * Tumbleweed * Yup, I didn’t think there’d be anyone. Incest isn’t a topic to take lightly, in fact, its illegal in most countries. In Forbidden the author hasn’t tried to gloss over the topic and make it seem like a wonderful love story. It’s far from wonderful and is pretty much doomed from the offset.

 At times I found myself inwardly cringing when things got a bit too graphic for my liking. I tried to stay open minded rather than judging the characters and the choices they made. But having an older brother myself made it hard to understand how anyone could fall for his or her siblings or even be slightly attracted to them. In most people’s minds and mine it just isn’t right. Okay, so maybe Lochan and Maya weren’t physically or even emotionally hurting anyone with their relationship but in the end it did have its consequences. These lead to a heartbreaking conclusion that not even I saw coming.

 This book is told from alternate perspectives switching between Maya and Lochan. As we got to know these characters I did find myself sympathising with them as they were in a pretty dire situation. No child should have to go through the crap that these two and their younger siblings had to experience. With a father that abandoned them at a young age they’ve had to rely on their alcoholic mother. Not much use doing that though as by halfway through the book she might as well be non-existent too. I liked the characterswith the exception of mum, she was shitbut I didn’t connect with them. I felt that a lot of the time they made a mountain out of a mole hole especially when there wasn’t anything to worry about. How Lochan handled his relationship with Maya was slightly annoying, he thought that it was sick, he saw the wrongs in it and yet he still went ahead with it and risked everything.

 I had a love hate relationship with the writing in this book. It was up and down. One minute I’d be enjoying it and then the next I could barely scrape through a paragraph. The author is a bit too descriptive for my liking, be warned, she goes into detail about EVERYTHING. You can imagine my horror when the relationship started getting incestual and the author was writing evocative “sex” scenes. The author of this book is British and the book is set in London. So what I don’t get is why she was writing things like “4 blocks away” We don’t say stuff like that in England. Well I don’t know anyone who does anyway…

 If you’re thinking of picking up this book I’d like to point out that although its classed as young adult fiction it does contain a lot of mature content. Do try to be open-minded while reading, as it can get a little bit heavy at times. However, you shouldn’t let my warnings put you off, as it is a good read though it might not be for everyone (I don’t think incest is for most people but you know what I mean!)

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