Thursday, 31 July 2014

Agent 21: Deadfall

Written by: Chris Ryan
Published by: Random House Children's Publishers
Format: Kindle
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Zak Darke is sent on what seems like a straightforward surveillance op in South Africa but it soon turns into the toughest, most dangerous mission he has ever faced. An old enemy has teamed up with a terrifying gang of child soldiers and Zak is caught in the middle. Having travelled to the heart of the African jungle, will he make it out alive . . . ?

My Rating: 4/5

I received this book in turn for an honest review from RHCP Digital through NetGalley. Let me start out by saying that I have really enjoyed the first 3 books in the Agent 21 series (read all the reviews of them here). It really grew on me the longer I stayed with them because I think the books have just gotten better and better as Zak has grown. So I was really excited to get into and start reading Deadfall, the fourth book in the series, which follows teenage secret agent Zak Darke as he goes on another mission to save the world and further his training. 
It was a horrible, low moan, like the hum of insects somewhere on the edge of Zak's hearing. The sound of terror.
Deadfall has everything the other Zak Darke stories had. Constant action, mind-blowing atmospheres and edge of your seat twists and turns. So it lived up to it's expectations in my eyes because it is still a gripping and panic inducing novel that is needed for the spy genre. Yet it mixed in the good role models and strong heroes needed for the young audience. Which is one of the many things I love about the Agent 21 series because even though they thrive in non-stop action, they also always weave in lessons and relationships that really stay with you throughout the entire story. 
Zak thought about that for a second. 'Oh, I have a family all right,' he said finally. He pointed at Raf and Gabs. 'They're right here.'
Overall, I thought this book was a really good addition to the Agent 21 series as once again it adds to the growth of the main character Zak so you really feel that he is maturing and developing over a short length of time. Not to mention the story itself is completely nail biting and thrilling so once you start reading it is difficult to stop. Having said this, it was not my favourite out of the whole series as I felt that even though it lived up to it's expectations, it lacked a little something that I found in Agent 21: Codebreaker (the third book) as I wasn't as engaged with it as I was with the previous book. I think that's mainly because I loved the premise in the third book, but in this one I felt as though I knew what was coming and in some cases it was a little predictable. Especially in terms of the ending, I guessed that a mile away. So all in all I felt that it was missing the mystery that I had come to love in the rest of the series, but it was still a fantastic and gripping read. 

Deadfall (Agent 21, #4)
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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Top 5 Wednesday

July 30th

Top 5 Books That Made You Cry

This weeks Top 5 is books that made you cry. 

  1. My Best Friend's Girl - Dorothy Koomson
    • This book had me balling. I literally couldn't not get through it without crying every other chapter. It is so sweet and heartbreaking and just has way too many emotional feels. 
  2. My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
    • I saw the movie before I read the book. I didn't really cry in the movie so I thought I would be able to handle it...I couldn't. The book, for me, is really more emotional and I couldn't stop myself from loosing it with that ending.
  3. P.S I Love You - Cecelia Ahern
    • Oh geez, this book had me crying constantly. Sometimes with happiness, as weird as it sounds, but most of the time it was sobbing. It was so breathtakingly sad and loving all at the same time. 
  4. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green 
    • This one probably isn't a shocker but I don't know how you could not get emotionally from this book. 
  5. The Last Song - Nicholas Sparks
    • This is the first book I probably read that had me emotionally balling like a baby. With this one, it sneaks up on you so you had no idea and then BAM! like being hit with an emotional steamroller. 

Well there you have it the Top 5 Books that made me cry. As you can see they follow similar storylines but they all individually effected me in some way or another. 

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Agent 21: Codebreaker

Written by: Chris Ryan
Published by: RHCB Digital
Format: Kindle
Pages: 321
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

Special agent Zak Darke is back for his third mission - and the stakes have never been higher.
An unknown bomber is conducting a terror campaign in London. After an explosion on the tube leaves someone dead, Zak and his team are brought in to try and work out how his terror cell operates - but clues are scarce and they have no idea where, or when, the bomber will strike next. A teenage boy, currently detained in a young offender's institute, claims he has the answer - but before Zak can question him, the boy is shot and falls into a coma. Will Zak be able to break the cipher before the bomber strikes again?

My Rating: 4.5/5

This is the third book in the Agent 21 series, you can read my reviews on the first and second books here, and it follows secret teenage spy Zak Darke on his third mission. After reading this book, I can honestly say that this one is by my favourite in the series so far. It was so action-packed and completely nail-biting that I could not put it down, no matter how I tried, I kept coming back to it every 5 minutes to pick up where I left off. Which is why I finished it within a day!
And then there was silence once more. Simply the rain on the cobblestones and the frenzied beating of his heart.
By now you get all the things that you have come to expect from the series, suspense, mystery, thrilling adventures that lead you to an intense action-packed atmosphere. Yet this one feels that much more intense as the characters seem a little more developed and as a result older than the last two books, especially in terms of Zak. While Zak is only a year older than the previous book, he seems to have grown a lot more in his training. Not to mention you as a reader are learning tricks along with Zak as he learns them, which I thought made it more exciting and interesting because who wouldn't wanna learn about secret spy stuff?
"No, it is the duty of our agency to do something a little cleverer, even if we are doing so behind the back of a blundering government."
In this book, the missions follows a series of bombings and terrorist threats so it was easy to see how this book was full of action. When one big thing ends another one starts so I was constantly thrown from one action, suspense filled scene to another. Never given enough time to recover before something else was happening, which I thought was just amazing! However I did find it pretty obvious who the 'villain' was, which is why I couldn't give it a full five rating because I was slightly disappointed that it was so easy to figure out.
Agent 21 gripped the handgun a little harder. The safety was off. The weapon was loaded. He'd had no idea when he'd woken up that morning that this was how his day would turn out.
All in all, there was not a lot I could find wrong with this book. It held up to it's expectations of the series, with it being completely gripping and unable to put down from the get go. It really excelled in it's genre because not only are you reading about espionage tricks you get the chance to learn them yourself. The characters were still strong and constantly developing, which makes it exciting to find out what they will be like in the fourth book. Once again encouraging you to continue with the series as they other books have always excelled in. 

Agent 21: Codebreaker (Agent 21, #3)
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Agent 21: Reloaded

Written by: Chris Ryan
Published by: Red Fox
Format: Kindle
Pages: 333
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

Sneak on board an enemy ship. Gather information. And then destroy it...
A year ago Zak Darke became Agent 21, working undercover for a shadowy government agency. But for now, training is over. Zak is in seriously deep water.

My Rating: 4/5

This is the second book in the Agent 21 series, a series that revolves around teenage spy, Zak Darke, following his training and the missions he goes on. I read the first book in the series (read the review here) recently and after finishing it I was really excited to continue the series as it was a really enjoyable start to the series. However I don't think you need to read the first book before you read this one as the premise and story are quite self explanatory. So you are never lost as to what is going on or to what has happened to the characters before this, because the book itself touches on the previous story and what happened in it. After reading the second I can admit that I liked this one a little more as I felt the characters were a lot more developed and the story was slightly more gripping. 
There are good times and bad times to do almost everything in life. Everything, that is, except visit a grave.
What I liked most about this book is that it is split into two separate missions, one that follows Zak and the other that follows his 'guardian angels'. So you get two read about two different missions at the same time, which I thought made the book that more interesting and engrossing, because it gave us a break from reading just about Zak. Don't get me wrong I love Zak, but it was refreshing reading from a different perspective from time to time. Also because the missions were different, both gave off different atmospheres. While reading one I was really creeped out because it gave off the feeling of being stalked and that people are watching you, as that was what was happening with the character in the middle of this mission. But on the other, Zak's mission, it was more an action atmosphere as stuff was constantly happening, there wasn't a break between anything. When one big action-packed thing ended another one began. It was constantly moving, making it really intense and fast paced. So it was easy to see a contrast between the two missions and I loved that.
Thousands of miles away, in the darkness of 63 Acacia Drive, a mechanical cuckoo burst from the clock in the dining room. It cheeped twice.
Another thing I liked about the book was it was clear to see the character growth between the first and second book. The relationships became more pronounced and I was really able to fall in love with the characters as you were able to see their different personalities more. Even though only a little time has passed from the first book, the characters were a lot stronger and, Zak especially, were more efficient. So it was clear to the progression of the characters from the first to second book, they felt more like a family rather than a team. 
When your enemy is clever, be cleverer.
Overall, this book adds to a increasingly enjoyable series that used a cunning twist to keep it's readers engaged. It used tons of suspense and action to grip its readers and make a thrilling atmosphere from chapter to chapter. I personally enjoyed this book a little more than the first book as I felt that it was a lot more developed in many different ways and I loved the unique point of switching between two different missions. Making it a lot more enjoyable espionage read for me and encouraging me to carry on with the series even more. 

Agent 21: Reloaded (Agent 21, #2)
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Friday, 25 July 2014

Agent 21

Written by: Chris Ryan
Published by: Red Fox
Format: Kindle
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

'I work for a government agency. You don't need to know which one...The people we are looking for are of a very particular type...You fit a profile, Zak. A very precise one.'
Tragically orphaned in an unexplained mass murder, Zak Darke becomes AGENT 21.
What happened to the twenty young adents before him he doesn't know. What he does know is that his life is about to change forever. 
He's going undercover...

My Rating: 3.5/5

I originally purchased this book because I received the fourth book, Deadfall, for free in return for an honest review through NetGalley. And seeing as it was the fourth in a series I might as well read the first book first to get a clearer idea on the characters and what it would all be about. I'm glad I did because while it wasn't my favourite read ever, it was really good in so many aspects. Agent 21 follows Zak Darke, who has just recently lost his parents, as he gets recruited and goes on his first ever mission for a secret government agency.
It didn't take them long to die. It never does. Not if you do it right.
For starters, I was really excited for the genre of the book because I was a really big fan of the Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz, so the books genre really appealed to me because it sounded so similar in a lot of ways. Which is why in the In the beginning I was really gripped and excited for what was to come. The prologue was so amazing! Yet I felt that the book dragged a little after that, so it took me a while to get into it and to really enjoy the writing. Having said this, I did find the story highly enjoyable and I loved how it ended like everything tied up and connected in a neat little bow. Another thing that really made this book for me was the realistic detail that it had when it came to the mission and the training. I really felt that I was learning along with Zak and it was really believable spy/espionage skills, like the Morse code and navigation lessons that were integrated into Zak's training. I just absolutely loved those parts of it! 
"Fear is an important emotion, Zak. You can't stop it, but if you can admit you're scared, that's the first step to controlling it."
The characters in the book were strong and relate-able, so they felt more realistic and believable to me. Which helped me to like them and cheer them on from the sidelines because you just wanted them to survive. But then I felt that in some cases they were a little underdeveloped to me. However I think that was more down to the fact that it was the first book so I just wasn't used to the writing yet.
"That's the art of deception. The best Lies are the ones that have an element of truth in them."
Overall, Agent 21 is a really enjoyable read that does encourage you to buy the rest of the series because you do get carried away with the characters and the missions that they go on. There were not a lot of things that I didn't like about the book, but in some cases there were times that I did feel slightly bored. Yet it was a quick and easy read that does meet all of it's requirements for a young adult spy novel. There was action, adventure, mystery as well as lovable characters that have a lot of room for growth. So while I didn't love it, I am really excited to carry on with the series and find out what the rest of the adventure is like for Zak Darke.

Agent 21 (Agent 21, #1)
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Thursday, 24 July 2014

If I Stay

Written by: Gayle Forman
Published by: Black Swan
Pages: 250
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

The last thing Mia remembers is the music.
After the accident, she can still hear it. And she can see her damaged body being taken from the wreck of her parents' car - even though she can't feel a thing.

All she can do is watch as doctors rush to save her life, as her friends and relatives gather outside her room, as the boy she loves struggles to be near her.

As the next twenty-four hours unfold, Mia must come to terms with what came before the crash - and what could come after. And she knows she must make the most difficult choice of all.
If she stays...

My Rating: 5/5

If I Stay is a gorgeous book that deals with death, family, love, and grief so as you can tell it is quite a complex novel that deals with complex issues that all happen between a really short time period. There are a lot of things that really move me about this story. It had me crying and smiling and then crying and then smiling over and over again. I didn't know what was coming next and it kept me on the edge of my toes the entire way through. 
I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.
The story in this novel is utterly heartrendingly beautiful. The way it is told as well is quite unique, I certainly haven't read anything where it skips from present time to random but relevant flashbacks as you read more about the characters. Yet even with the flashbacks the pace and the flow of the book was never interrupted, never slow and plodding along through the story. Which is something that I loved about the book because it helped keep me gripped from page one. So gripped in fact that I read the book in a only one whole day!
I'm not sure this is a world I belong in anymore. I'm not sure that I want to wake up.
And if for any reason you did not particularly like the story there is not a shadow of a doubt that you won't love the characters. The family dynamic in the book is amazingly sweet and adoring. The romantic relationship is so strong and loving that even though you don't get to be there at the beginning of it I got a real feel of how caring and in love they were and felt for each other. But another loving part is the friendships and how real they sounded. It was beautiful.
Love, it never dies. It never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it. Love can make you immortal 
All in all there is not a thing that I found wrong or did not like about this book. Everything about it was heart-breakingly and breathlessly beautiful. I could not put it down and I can not wait to read the sequel and find out if love really is strong enough to survive their grief and troubles. Not to mention I cannot wait to see how the book is depicted and made into the film. It was a touchingly gorgeous read that had me switching from crying rivers to cheshire cat smiling throughout. 

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
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Monday, 21 July 2014


Written by: Marie Lu
Published by: Penguin
Pages: 354
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

June Iparis, Agent, Los Angeles City Patrol, 15, Female, 5FT 4IN. 350,000 Republic Notes Reward
If seen, report immediately to your local official
That's what the republic wants their people to think. 
That I'm missing.
What they don't say is they want me Dead.
I helped Day, the country's most notorious criminal, escape his execution, aided the rebel patriots in a staged uprising and turned my back on the republic.
But I won't turn my back on Day...

My Rating: 5/5

I went into this book straight after I read Legend because I just couldn't wait to see what happens next. What I didn't expect was the sequel to be as good as the first book maybe even better. Because I have read so many series when the second book lags a bit in comparison to the first. So I was nervous but excited to carry on the story from Legend. We left June and Day in Legend when they were on the run from the Republic, and we pick up a couple of days after in Prodigy. So its fair to say that Prodigy remains as action packed from the very beginning, similar to Legend, and in turn a really amazing and gripping read. 
Love is illogical, love had consequences--I did this to myself, and I should be able to take it.
The only draw back I found in Legend was that, for me, there wasn't enough backstory to the world that Legend was sent in. I wanted to know why there were trials, what divided American society, what were the differences between the Republic and the Colonies etc. And it is safe to say that Prodigy definitely delves into the back story a lot more. You find out so much more history about the world they are set in, like what happened in the beginning that set the two sides against each other. Learning more about what the republic was first like in the beginning and comparing them to the colonies and the 'old' United States of America. So really the only thing I didn't like in Legend was swept away in Prodigy, which I think is pretty fantastic and makes it a much more enjoyable read.
Yeah, something was wrong. That was the understatement of the year.
The mystery that was present in Legend is even more pronounced in Prodigy. There were so many surprises that jumped out at you when you were least expecting them. So many things that you were just not expecting when the mystery was being unraveled. Which in turn made it that much more gripping because I did not know what was about to be revealed and what would happen next. It left me on the edge of my seat, figuratively speaking.
All it takes is one generation to brainwash a population and convince them that reality doesn't exist
Overall, I found that what lacked in Legend was fixed in Prodigy and seeing that Legend was an absolutely fantastic read, Prodigy was just a stunning action-packed and amazingly gripping read that sits with you even after reading and urges you to carry on with the final book in the series  as soon as possible. Because seriously, after that ending how can you not want to find out what happens to the characters. Prodigy has opened me up to the possibilities that dystopian novels exude and really encouraged to try more in the future. It is a seriously beautiful and engrossing read. 

Prodigy (Legend, #2)
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Sunday, 20 July 2014


Written by: Marie Lu
Published by: Penguin
Pages: 295
Purchase from: Amazon | Book Depository

Los Angeles, California, Republic of America
He is Day, The boy who walks in the light.
She is June, The girl who seeks her brother's killer.
On the run and undercover, they meet by chance.
Irresistibly drawn together.
Neither knows the other's past.
But Day murdered June's brother 
And she has sworn to avenge his death...

My Rating: 4.5/5

Let me start by saying that I loved this book, I really did.  Legend follows the most wanted criminal in the republic of America, an agile boy named Day, and a prodigy of the trials named June, the girl that is desperate to avenge her brothers death. That's as simple as I can put it without giving any spoilers. I'm not really a huge fan of dystopians, mainly because I can get really confused about the worlds that they are written in. So when I started this book I was really unsure on how I would find it. So I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book and how much I couldn't put it down for a second.
The memory fades, and I’m left hanging on to the ghosts of his words.
The way legend was written with two narrators instead of just using one character's narration was a welcome surprise for me. I love how you are allowed to look into both the character's minds instead of just one. All of this helped me figure out that in the beginning I really did not like June. I found her stuck up and selfish and was not able to find a hint of respect for her that would make me like her. Which is why I instantly was cheering for Day from the very beginning, his is the first narration you read so I feel as though you are encouraged to like him. However as the story went on I really loved how June's character grew and developed, the subtle little things that made you see that her mission changed and affected her. So I in turn grew to love her just as much as I did Day.
“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time."
Another thing that I loved about this book was the level of mystery that was enveloped within it. It made it all the more interesting and engrossing. Plus it made the twists and turns so much more special because you were not expecting it. But then again in some ways you were expecting something. As confusing as that sounds. Not to mention it packs in the action at every possibility. You are never waiting for something big to happen as it seems as though something big is constantly happening.
“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That's much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.”
Overall I found this book an action packed novel, laced with mystery and encompassing a sweet and defining romance. The characters are well developed and amazingly written, the story is completely gripping and fun to read. It's not all doom and gloom, which is something I find a lot in dystopian novels. The only thing that stopped me from giving it a full 5 rating was the fact that I didn't really understand the world it was written in. There was hints of some back story hidden throughout the book but it didn't really go into a lot of detail as to why the War started, what caused the society to change and who the colonies and the patriots really were. Having said that, Legend engrossing read full of adventure and after finishing you will be desperate to read the sequels to find out what happens next.

Legend (Legend, #1)
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Top 5 Wednesday

July 16th 

Top 5 Cover Buys

For this weeks Top 5 it is the Top 5 Cover Buys, books you brought solely for the cover. 

  1. Across the Universe - Beth Revis
    • This cover is just so pretty. I mean look at it! So many gorgeous colours, and it fits with the story too so thats just a plus. When I saw it I had to get it and then I heard it was a popular series, so I was like bonus.
  2. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - Jennifer E. Smith
    • I love all Jennifer E. Smith covers. Her other books 'This is What Happy Feels Like' and 'A Geography of Me and You' also have really cute covers, which is why I am planning to buy them. But I love how it's like a photograph with the couple being the centre and everything else being smudged. And the typography for the title works for it to. I love it.
  3. Tiger Lily - Jodi Lynn Anderson
    • This one I love because of how it stands out with a black background and red and orange contrasting colours. I also like how the dress is fanned out to like slightly like a flower. 
  4. A Hundred Pieces of Me - Lucy Dillion
    • I brought this one mainly because of the simplictity of it. It has really soft tones and I just thought it looked really pretty and natural. Plus I really liked the changing font on the title. So simple but so pretty.
  5. The Shock of the Fall - Nathan Filer
    • There are so many things I love about this cover. When I saw it I immediately grabbed it just to get a closer look. I love the colours, the fonts and also the tree and person and how they are made to look like a silhouette. It just looks pretty. Plus it turned out to be a gorgeous book too, really catching and unique. I loved it.

So there you have it, books I brought solely because of the covers...then I found out that they were really quite good books so you know... bonus!

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Written by: Jennifer E. Smith
Published by: Headline
Pages: 215
Purchase from: Amazon | Book Depository

Who would of guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Today should be one of the worst days of Hadley's life...
Her father is getting married in London to a woman she's never met, and she's just missed her flight.
Hadley has never believed in destiny or fate before...
But, stuck at the airport in New York, today is also the day she meets Oliver. He's British. He's cute. And he's on her new flight.

My Rating: 4/5

There is a lot more to this book than meets the eye. After reading many reviews on this book I was expecting it to be a cutesy and romantic love story, and while it is this, it is also so much more. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight follows Hadley and her travels to London to attend her Dad's wedding. When she misses her flight she meets Oliver and que the cutesy cheesy love story. But what I didn't expect was that the book deals with much more than just purely romance. Instead readers delve into a world where the characters are dealing with much more complex issues than just missing a flight by four minutes.
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Hadley starts this book as being a love skeptic as she has been hurt by her parents seperation and in turn does not feel that marriage holds any value and love is not as true and final as people are lead to believe. So when Hadley was first introduced I could not help but feel a little sorry for her. But by the end of the book the character growth Hadley goes through is astronomical. After a long flight with ultimately a friendly stranger she goes from being closed off and skeptical to the Hadley that you are being shown before her parent's divorce. Which is just brilliant because how she gets there is so romantic and sweet that it just brought a smile to my face, as all fluffy contemporary stories do. 
'Lost you in there,' he says, and she manages a nod, happy to be found again.
I have to admit that even the book was short in length I did have trouble getting into it because I did feel slightly that it dragged a little in the beginning, but that might just be because I am impatient when it comes to these stories and I just want the romance to begin. However I am glad that it sped up a little after the first third of the book because by then you really get to enjoy the characters and see that they surprisingly have a lot of depth and are dealing with slightly depressing issues, such as heartbreak, anger and pure hurt. But both Hadley and Oliver overcome and deal with these issues in their own ways with a little surprises thrown in along the way.
“People who meet in airports are seventy-two percent more likely to fall for each other than people who meet anywhere else.”
Overall, The Statistical Probability of Love at First sight is a quick, fun and cutesy read that tugs at your heartstrings and warms your heart with the littlest things. Making the characters go through amazing character growths that leads to you loving every little thing about them and wanting the best for them, even though you know they are not real. Seriously I would give this book a chance because it is surprising how easy it is to read and how quick the little things can effect you. 
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Saturday, 12 July 2014

A Monster Calls

Written by: Patrick Ness
Published by: Walker Books
Pages: 237
Purchase from: Amazon | Book Depository

Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don't quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there's a visitor at his window. It's ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. 
It want's the truth. 

My Rating: 5/5

Patrick Ness explains in the beginning of this idea was originally by Siobhan Dowd which he carried on and evolved after she had died. A Monster Calls follows the troubles of Conor and his troubles with his nightmares. It sounds simple enough and it was, but it had the extra qualities that made this book simply stunning. 
“Stories are important...They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.” 
I don't even know where to start with this book, it is that good. The writing was gorgeous and different because it was strangely realistic whilst also paranormal as it dealt with something that was not clear if it was there or if it was in the character's head. But it was an added something that just made this book shine. It didn't matter if you didn't know what was going on because the story made up for it. It is like a fairy tale has been brought forward into the modern world.
'I wish I had a hundred years,' she said, very quietly. 'A hundred years I could give to you.'
It takes a really difficult storyline, that literally makes you want to cry every three seconds, and mixes it with a beautifully written realistic characters that you can't help but feel for. The way it is written allows the story to flow throughout the book without and slow and dawdling pauses, which makes you unable to put it down. (I read it in a day because I just couldn't not know) And it is such a human and moving story that you literally want to take Conor out of the book and cuddle and squeeze him to make feel better. You feel his pain as he is feeling it. 
'You were merely wishing for the end of pain,' the monster said. 'Your own pain. An end to how it isolated you. It is the most human wish of all.' 
Overall, this book is utterly moving, beautifully brave and a all around gorgeous read. It will have you crying buckets and hugging everything around you just to help take the feelings away. You will not be able to stop getting emotionally involved in this story because they way it is written will pull you in and make you stay until the very end, while you are being assaulted by Conor's pain and wanting to make everything better. It is just that kind of book. 

A Monster Calls
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Friday, 11 July 2014

We Were Liars

Written by: E. Lockhart
Published by: Hot Key Books
Pages: 225
Purchase from: Amazon | Book Depository

We are liars
We are beautiful and privileged
We are cracked and broken
A tale of love and romance
A tale of tragedy
Which are lies?
Which is truth?
You decide

My Rating: 4/5

Like a lot of readers, I didn't know a lot about this book before reading it. It was surrounded by mystery and I couldn't wait to get stuck into it and find out what they hype was all about. The book revolves around the rich Sinclair family and the dark secrets that one of them upholds and it is thoroughly engrossing book that maintains a riveting storyline. I don't wanna give to much away because I think it is better if you go into it not knowing a lot about it. That way you can still be surprised by the shocking twist ending.
I wanted to touch him like he was a bunny, a kitten, something so special and soft your fingertips can't leave it alone.
I couldn't put this book down, every time I did I would find myself going back to it 5 minutes later, so I think its safe to say that once started you will not be able to stop reading. Having said this, there were times when I was just wanting it to get on with it, to stop beating around the bush. But then that might be because I'm really impatient when it comes to reading, so much so that I had to literally argue with myself not to skip to the end and find out what's going on. But I think that is the beauty of this book, you are constantly asking yourself what is going on, something doesn't feel right, what the fudge is happening. 
“There is not even a Scrabble word for how bad I feel.” 
Out of everything there is only one little thing that annoyed me about this book, and that was that sometimes the writing style just annoyed me. But that only in some parts, in other parts I loved it. It is a thrilling, gripping, intricate read that has a stunning surprise ending that will stay with you for weeks. 

We Were Liars
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Thursday, 10 July 2014

How We Deal With Gravity

Written by: Ginger Scott
Published by: Ginger Scott
Pages: 244
Purchase from: Amazon

When her son Max was diagnosed with autism, Avery Abbot’s life changed forever. Her husband left, and her own dreams became a distant fantasy—always second to fighting never-ending battles to make sure Max was given opportunity, love and respect. Finding someone to fight along her side wasn’t even on her list, and she’d come to terms with the fact that she could never be her own priority again. 
But a familiar face walking into her life in the form of 25-year-old Mason Street had Avery’s heart waging a war within. Mason was a failure. When he left his hometown five years ago, he was never coming back—it was only a matter of time before his records hit the billboard charts. Women, booze and rock-n-roll—that was it for him. But it seemed fate had a different plan in mind, and with a dropped record contract, little money and nowhere to go, Mason turned to the only family that ever made him feel home—the Abbots. 
Avery loved Mason silently for years—until he broke her heart…completely. But time and life have a funny way of changing people, and sometimes second chances are there for a reason. Could this one save them both?

My Rating: 5/5

I received this book in return for an honest review through NetGalley. My first thought about this book was 'oooo look at that cover'. I mean seriously?! Its just so bright and lovely. After that, I was immediately drawn in by the synospsis. I love reading books that deal with mental illness in some way or another (The Shock of the Fall, by Nathan Filer,and A Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon, are some of my favourites) so when I read that the book deals with autism, in some way, but from the perspective of the mother I just had to request it. It is not something I have ever read before, as normally the book deals with mental illness from the perspective of the person who suffers from it, so I wanted to see how different the book was from what I was used to. 
Max is always telling me about gravity, and how it pulls two masses together. Gravity.
How We Deal With Gravity follows single mother Avery Abbot and her struggles with her autistic son Max along with her struggles with everyday life and the complication that is Mason Street. From the very beginning, I was completely enraptured by this book. It was just so good. It's split into the two perspectives of the two main characters, Avery and Mason, so you get a clearer idea on what the two characters are like. At the beginning I felt as though Mason was a bit self centered and selfish, so I didn't really like him, but that changes throughout the book and with him entering Avery's world he becomes more lovable and sweet. I also loved how you could see Avery's struggles more clearly and how strong, protective and selfless of a mum she is. It makes her feel more real and gives us as readers a clearer outlook on what it is like to deal with Autism in the viewpoint of a mother. But then I got the contrast of her as vulnerable and shy in terms of her relationships and her feelings towards Mason. She didn't know how to act on it and she didn't see herself in a positive light. That's what made me love her because it was like she was two different people and only you, as readers, were able to see it. 
I feel like I shouldn't know the things I know, and I feel like knowing about Max has made me look at things differently.
The story itself is so heartwarming, passionate and lovely I couldn't help but get swept along with the ride because it's one of those stories that make you seriously love and respect the characters, each in their own individual way. It has so many sweet and gooey parts mixed in that I was literally love-struck at points. While the book depicts autism it doesn't focus on it. Instead it focuses on the relationship of Avery and Mason, which I find really refreshing because it shows the strength of the characters and the courage it takes for a mother with an autistic child to rely and lean on someone that is new in their lives. It had me crying and smiling at so many things, it was just beautifully written and magically told. I basically just love it. Seriously, it is a fantastic and beautiful read.

How We Deal with Gravity
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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Top 5 Wednesday

July 9th

Top 5 Books BookTube Made Me Read

For this weeks Top 5 Wednesday, it is the Top 5 Books That BookTube Made Me Read.

  1. The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
    • This book went all around BookTube, with everyone raving about it. Not to mention that the author is a YouTuber with himself and his brother Hank Green on the channel vlogbrothers. So it's pretty easy for me to have this one as one of my Top 5.
  2. My Life Next Door - Huntley Fitzpatrick 
    • Heather from Bookables, Blogger and BookTuber, got me interested in reading this book after I watched her review. She Loved it so I thought I would give it ago.
  3. The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Braken
    • This circled around BookTube for a while and I am so glad that I was encouraged to read it because it is simply fantastic. It has everything! Romance, Action, Fantasy/Supernatural Powers! Just everything that makes a book amazing, it had!
  4. Amy and Roger's Epic Detour - Morgan Matson
    • Again Heather from Bookables was the one that introduced me to this book as it was mentioned in one of her videos. I Loved it, it was light and fluffy romance and just so sweet and adorable that I couldn't help but love every word of it.
  5. Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas
    • Another book that was popular around BookTube. I just finished reading this book, and I was so suprised by how much I did actually love it. Its a high fantasy novel and that is something that I don't normally read but I just loved everything about it.
So there you have it, my Top 5 Books That BookTube Made Me Read.

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Paper Towns

Written by: John Green
Published by: Bloomsbury
Pages: 305
Amazon UK: Paper Towns
Book Depository: Paper Towns

Who is the real Margo?
Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificent, adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she opens his bedroom window late one night and summons him to join her on an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to find that Margo has not. Always an enigma, she now becomes a mystery and Q soon learns that there are clues to be followed in his search for Margo.

My Rating: 5/5

This is the second John Green book that I have read, the first being The Fault in Our Stars, and I can tell you that I loved this one as much as the first. I was gripped as soon as I had finished the prologue. Paper Towns follows Quentin and his obsession/love for his old childhood friend Margo, which leads him on several 'missions' with Margo after she shows up unannounced and unexpected one night, outside his window, asking for his help. And just like that the funny and brilliant writing of John Green is unleashed. Allowing you to be completely drawn in from beginning to end without even wondering that it can't possibly get any better than this. 
Margo Roth Spiegelman, whose six-syllable name was often spoken in its entirety with a kind of quiet reverence.
The book is split into three parts. I absolutely adored the first part, it ticked every box for amazing introductions to the characters. I loved Q, Ben, Radar, the relationship the three had was so fun and wholesome you really got the impression that they were best friends. Not to mention Q was so sweet in his devotion to Margo, that I felt slightly bad for him but I was just swept along with the adventure that she took him on. It was constantly fun to read and I couldn't put it down for a minute. 
'She kind of hates Orlando; she called it a paper town. Like you know, everything so fake and flimsy.'
Part two was completely different from part one of the book, it felt slowed down yet so many things were happening at the same time. It might be my least enjoyed part but it is still fantastic in it's entirety. It still keeps you gripped and interested. But then things definitely picked up in Part 3 and we, as readers are once again thrown into the action in a thrilling race. It literally picked the book up and it was like it started again. 
She wanted me to play out the string, to find the place where she had stopped and was waiting for me, to follow the bread crumb trail until it dead-ended into her
As characters go, John Green has once again written them beautifully. They felt real and genuine. Every single one you can't help but love and cheer them on. It was a continuous race and game and I was literally smiling and shouting at them with my ideas on the clues. And that is the beauty of John Green's writing, you get so drawn in that you can't help but participate in the action, can't help but get caught up in it. 
'A paper town for a paper girl,'
So once again, my love for this book has achieved it a 5/5 rating. It is just simply stunning, well thought out and really well told, which just adds to the beauty of it. The characters, the plot, the writing is spectacular and I love how the book ended. It may not be what everyone wants but its what had to happen because to change it would be to change his characters and that would just be completely wrong. All in all, it is another John Green book that is a fantastic read and I highly recommend it to everyone. 

Paper Towns
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