Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Stay With Me

Written by: Jennifer L. Armentrout/J Lynn
Published by: Harper Collins
Format: Kindle
Pages: 480
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

Not all scars are visible on the surface

Calla Fritz is used to hiding. Hiding the scar that she believes mars her beautiful face. Hiding the burns that cover so much of the rest of her body. Hiding her past and her family secrets from her new college friends.

But when her mother clears out her bank account and disappears, Calla is forced to return home and face up to a life she’d rather forget about. What she didn’t count on was meeting the one guy who seems to be able to see past her defences. Jackson James, known as Jax, is beyond smokin’ hot – and Calla can’t quite hide her feelings for a man who knows that beauty isn’t only skin deep.
But with some dangerous characters looking for her mother – men who are perfectly happy to punish Calla for her mother’s sins if she doesn’t turn up soon – Calla and Jax have more troubling things to think about than the searing heat between them…

My Rating 5/5

Stay with Me is the third book in the Wait for You series and this time we follow Calla and her deepest scars when she has to return to her home town and deal with the troubles her mother has left her. Oh wow did I love this book. I have been a serious fan of the Wait for You series, Wait for You being one of my all time favourite books and I really enjoyed Be with Me so I cannot begin to describe how much I was excited for this book and let me tell you it did not let me down. 
He read? Oh my God, guys that read were like unicorns. They only existed in fairy tales.
Now I have mentioned before that I am a super fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout's writing and it is because of this. Her characters are so well thought out that you instantly fall in love with them and want every good little thing to happen to them. So I was not surprised when this happened with the characters in Stay with Me. I adored Jax, he is a serious contender on my top favourite male characters, Damon and Cam being the top two. Wow he was so gorgeous and protective and just all round perfect. I was instantly gripped by him the moment he was introduced, I just knew he would be perfect for Calla. Speaking of Calla, she was so gosh darn cute and shy and I immediately felt protective of her. I even loved Calla's mother. 
"In case I need to clarify what I just said, I'm wanting to know if you're free to do something with me."
The story was also amazingly well written, I got carried away and lost with it and before I knew it was the end. Just like the other two books in the series, Stay with Me deals with quite serious issues, these being self-doubt and image issues, that grinds Calla's confidence to a halt making her believe that no-one will ever love her. Making you really feel for the characters and give a sense of realism to the world it was set in. Not to mention the dangerous and scary situation her mum has put her in. So I was constantly being thrown from cute and adorable scenes to scary and nerve-wracking scenes making it extremely difficult for me to put the book down. 
"Bitch, are you on the crack? Because I'm pretty sure that hot boy named Jax was just all winking at Calla over here and didn't even see you sitting there. Just FYI."
All in all, Stay with Me was just so good and I loved every minute of it. It was so cute and funny but also covers serious issues and scary situations so I was constantly going up and down and back and forth from giddy to nerve-wracked. Be warned that there were some seriously...steamy scenes making it known that it was definitely a New Adult novel. But I really loved every minute of this book and it definitely up there with my all time favourites, narrowly being beaten by Wait for You because that book was just epic. I would recommend this book without a moments hesitation to anyone who loves to read new adult, in fact I would probably recommend the whole Wait for You series, and I am so excited for the next installment Fall with Me. 

Stay With Me (Wait For You, #3)
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The Distance Between Us

Written by: Kasie West
Published by: HarperTeen
Format: Kindle
Pages: 312
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

Money can't buy a good first impression.
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom's porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise.
Enter Xander Spence—he's tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be 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. 

My Rating: 2.5/5

The distance between us follows Caymen Meyers and her observations of people, in particular rich people and their arrogant ways. This book was okay, I just wasn't completely thrilled with it. There were moments when I thought that it was cute and funny but mostly I was just underwhelmed by it.
"Is that your subtle way of saying you missed me last week?"
To start with I didn't really click with the characters, Caymen seemed really rude and in her own way arrogant to me by the way she looked down on the rich people without giving them a proper chance.  While Xander to me didn't really seem very loveable in the beginning but he did grow on me more towards the end. Out of the two of them I definitely preferred Xander because at least he was a little bit more mysterious, like I couldn't really get a clear idea on his intentions so I was more interested in him. When it came to their relationship I just wasn't thrilled by it and was not cheering for them to get together. It  seemed very rushed and under developed for a contemporary read, so I felt like there was not a lot of thought behind the characters. 
Sometimes it's the little things that bring that special someone back to us in some small way.
Overall I liked the sarcasm and wit that the story had and there were times when I did think the characters were cute, but I thought that the story in itself needed more development. Plus I really loved the cover. It just felt as though it all conveniently worked out for the better, there was no real purpose to the story it was just done and then happily ever after. 

The Distance Between Us
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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Between The Lives

Written by: Jessica Shirvington
Published by: Orchard Books
Format: Kindle
Pages: 339
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she Shifts to her 'other' life - a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she's a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she's considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.

With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments that bring her dangerously close to the life she's always wanted. But if she can only have one life, which is the one she'll choose?

My Rating: 4/5

Between the Lives is a extremely powerful book that really encompasses you as readers to see the heartbreaking pull of love and heartwarming support of family. In one you have the seemingly perfect life, with the perfect family and the perfect friends and in the other you have the perfect man. Which would you choose? I for one was completely lost in her dilemmas and I couldn't help but feel pulled between the two on which one I thought was better. The plot was so unique and something I had never read before so I was literally loving every minute of it. It felt so heartbreaking but so refreshing just because it was so new and unique.
Hovering somewhere in between. Safe. That's where I stayed, all the time. Safe. Prepared. Alone. I have two lives and yet I'm a ghost.
The romance in this book was absolutely beautiful. They just seemed to fit and be made for each other. Yes there were times when I was completely frustrated with them, when I wanted Ethan to be a bit more open and I wanted Sabine to just wake up and listen. But it didn't stop me for literally falling and praying that these characters would be with each other in the end.
"I'm ready, Ethan. You were right. I was lost. But you found me, between the lives."
There were a few flaws I had with the book, things that just didn't seem to click with me. For one, I felt as though the book dragged a little in the beginning and slightly in the middle when Sabine was debating and planning between her two lives. It just seemed to go back and forth without any big reason. As well as this I did feel as though it was slightly predictable in some aspects, mainly the romance, and some of the main big twists I did see coming. But these flaws did not lessen the enjoyment I got out of this novel because I always seemed to be second guessing myself on what Sabine will do, I could never quite figure it out until the last minute. 
"P.S. Buy her a pair of jeans."
Overall what I think really made the book special was the fantastic plot and the well developed characters. I felt myself struggling right along with Sabine, when she was in one world I could not wait for her to be back in the other and vise verse, it just see sawed like that throughout the entire book. The abrupt way she shifted from one world to the other always kept me hanging on waiting until she returned. It was all just so mentally gripping and unique that I feel in love with the writing from the beginning. The only big thing that let it down for me was how fast I predicted the ending, I could see it coming so I was let down when this massive twist was something I had predicted halfway through the book. Apart from that I was blown away by this book, it was beautiful in so many ways and heart wrenching in so many others.

Between the Lives
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Friday, 26 September 2014

The Heroes of Olympus Series

Book series: Heroes of Olympus 
Written by: Rick Riordan
Published by: Puffin Books
Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, 
To storm or fire, the world must fall,
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Book One: The Lost Hero
Pages: 551
Purchase from:  Amazon  |   Book Depository

Three new Heroes.
One Missing Demigod.
A curse that threatens to destroy them all...

My Rating: 4.5/5

Basically this book is the start to the amazing heroes of Olympus series and is completely and totally brilliant. It is absolutely action-packed and fast paced from the very first pages. I was sucked into the mystery of where is Percy and I was gripped by the quest that the three new heroes set upon. 
“Can we just call them storm spirits?” Leo asked. “Venti makes them sound like evil espresso drinks.” 
I have to admit though I did miss the old characters and I was totally not satisfied on the absence of Percy. It was always in the back of my mind so much so that I couldn't completely give it my full attention. Even though I get the genius of starting the series with new characters,  I just missed the old ones a little bit. Having said that I did instantly like the new characters and I even fell in love with Leo and his unhelpful sarcasm and humor (it reminded me of Percy).  He definitely joined my top favourite characters. 
“You must forge your own path for it to mean anything.” 
All in all The Lost Hero was an amazing start that literally left you wanting more and reminded you of the brilliance and genius of Rick Riordan's writing. The characters were great but the story is where the book really shined. It kept you gripped and bouncing in anticipation of where the events will go in the future, literally leaving you in the edge of your seat and awaiting for The Son of Neptune.

Book Two: The Son of Neptune
Pages: 521
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

One cursed demigod.
Two new heroes.
A Quest to unleash the God of Death...

My Rating: 5/5

Finally Percy is back, along with two new demigods, on a quest to once again help save the world. Again, I loved this book! Everything about it just screamed brilliant. The characters, story and world were still so perfect I could not get enough of it. 
“Reyna sent me to get Percy," Frank said. "Did Octavian accept you?"
"Yeah," Percy said. "He slaughtered my panda.” 
I felt that there was a lot more background information in this one compared to The Lost Hero. Camp Jupiter, the Roman camp, was finally revealed and it was so different to its Greek counterpart but it was still just as brilliant. It was clear where the differences in the two sets of demigods lie. The Romans were organised and structured, which was reflected in its camp, whereas the Greeks were a lot more free and wild. I loved this because it gave us much more information on how the Romans acted and lived.
“Life is only precious because it ends, kid. Take it from a god. You mortals don't know how lucky you are” 
Overall this book gave so much more information than the first book and I felt the connection with the characters a lot more, I don't know if this is because we got to read from Percy's perspective again and are familiar with it a lot more than the new perspectives we had in The Lost Hero. Not to mention it was still as action-packed and fast-paced and immediately gripping as any Rick Riordan Book so it gave you a lot more freedom to enjoy it.

Book Three: The Mark of Athena
Pages: 572
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

One fatal prophecy.
Seven brave demigods.
A quest to find - and close - the Doors of Death.

My Rating: 5/5

Just when you think that the series can't get any better The Mark of Athena runs in. The whole book is just like the others, adventure after adventure, action after action but this one has an underlining quality of seriousness that brings the book to a whole new level. Not saying that the other two weren't serious but with this one you feel it more. It is the middle book, the middle of the big quest and you can really feel the danger that is about to happen.
“We're staying together," he promised. "You're not getting away from me. Never again.” 
I loved the fact that Annabeth and Percy were reunited, in fact I kept re-reading that scene over and over again because it was just too perfect. Plus the whole group of demigods finally meeting and starting the quest was also perfect. I simply just loved it.
“On the bright side," Percy said, "both Jason and I outrank you, Octavian. So we can both tell you to shut up.” 
All in all this book screamed intense action and perfect characters. It seemed to me that everything just clicked into place and we were finally seeing the dangers of what this quest and prophecy actually holds. It was just a brilliant book in a fantastic series.  

Book four: The House of Hades
Pages: 583
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

A thousand deadly monsters.
Three battling demigods.
One fatal decision.

My Rating: 5/5

This is the last book before The Blood of Olympus and it is a stunner. Oh wow there were so many things that happened in this book that I just didn't expect. After the Mark of Athena ended I was thinking that things could not get worse than that ending but they did...and it was great. I was shocked and stunned and gripped and wanting more from the very start to the very end of this book.
“Tell the sun and stars hello for me.”
I loved that there were characters that appeared in the previous books briefly mentioned, in some cases like Grover, but also sort of a main character like Bob. I loved Bob he was so cute. I also loved how we got more information from Nico and eveything made much more sense when his secret came out. It was brilliant. 
Annabeth pressed her lips to Percy’s ear. “I love you.”
She wasn't sure he could hear her—but if they died, she wanted those to be her last words.
Just like the rest of the series this book was completely and totally brilliant. It grabbed you from the first page and did not let you go until the very end. It was fantastic with its twists that I just did not see coming and it really makes you excited and impatient for the last book in the series because you just cannot wait to find out what will happen with these heroes.  
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Fickle Friday Post

This week I thought it would be a fun idea to do a review with a slight twist. Meaning that instead of doing a normal review on a book I would do a film review that was based on a book. 
So for this weeks fickle friday post, I give you The Fault in Our Stars film review!

The Fault in Our Stars
Directed by: Josh Boone
Released on: June 6th 2014
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Shailene Woodley, Nat Wolff
Run Time: 126 Mins

My Rating: 5/5

To start with, I cannot tell you how excited I was to see this movie. I loved the book and I really wanted to find how it would be transferred onto the big screen. I was slightly worried because sometimes when a book gets adapted into a movie it can loose a itself in the process and what you love about the book can get lost. But I was pretty sure that that wouldn't be the case with this book to movie adaptation. 

The film's beginning was perfect to me because I loved the film poster so when it started with Hazel lying on the grass looking up to the stars I was just like 'Yep, this is going to be great'. I was literally hooked from the very first minutes. The actors chosen were pretty darn perfect, I adored Ansel Elgort as Augustus, and I felt that they were perfectly translated from the book to screen. It was like they had taken my exact imagination and put them on screen. So basically I could find no fault with the any of the actors and was constantly surprised by just how perfectly similar they actually were. Not to mention I loved that the most recognisable quotes, the ones that really definied the book, were kept in the movie. Plus the metaphors that make a john green book were also slid in there so fans of the book would smile with delight because they were not lost in the adaptation.

One thing that I was not expecting and it is slightly random was how much I loved the soundtrack. I loved how the song chosen matched the scene perfectly, when there was an emotional scene and nothing was heard apart from instrumental/background music it really affected the audience in a stunning way. At one point I was literally crying and all that was happening was Hazel driving off and that was all down to the soundtrack and the way it affected the atmosphere of the whole scene without you knowing it. It has definitely made me what to buy the film's soundtrack because all the songs were just too good and will indefinably remind me of the films scene in which it was played in.

As I expected the movie was definitely as emotional as the book and even though I knew what was coming I couldn't stop myself from hysterically crying over scenes being played out. I still smiled at the same points and I still laughed at the cuteness that was Hazel and Gus' relationship. It made me all kind of giddy inside to actually physically see it. I loved how Hazels back story was Incorporated into the film with the use of flashbacks and Hazel's voice over explaining. It really left nothing out, literally having everything it needed to have to get across the brilliant and heartbreaking story found in the book. 
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Friday, 19 September 2014

Itch Rocks

Written by: Simon Mayo
Published by: Corgi Books
Pages: 434
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

Element 126

The whole world is searching for it. One boy knows where it is. 

If your hiding the biggest secret in history, nothing can keep you safe...

My Rating: 3.5/5

Itch Rocks is the second book in the Itch Series by Simon Mayo. I won this book in a goodreads giveaway and even though it was the second book in the series I thought I would give it a go. After reading 5 pages it is pretty clear that you don't have to read the first book in order to understand this one, as it recaps the events in the first book pretty quickly, but you do get a better sense of the characters. This books picks up where the first one left off and you are joining Itch and his cousins, when they are once again in danger due to his knowledge of where Element 126 is. I was originally interested in the Itch series because I loved the Alex Rider series and it sounded like they followed a similar genre. But Itch Rocks is a very different and still a great action packed read.
The most protected boy in the world was in his bedroom making chlorine gas.
Having never read the first book I wasn't entirely sure if I would like the characters and not get on with the plot. But I really enjoyed this book, it was action-packed from the very beginning never slowing down always racing on. The characters were interesting and in some cases well developed. Although I kept having to remind myself that the characters were young because there was a few cases where I thought that they were a bit over-dramatic and immature. But after I reminded myself I got on a lot better with it. The one thing that I really adored was Itch sprouting chemisty/elements knowledge and getting lost in the elements when he was presented/found a new one. It was just so cute and while Itch seems really young in some cases when it comes to his chemistry knowledge you really get to see his 'hero' side. 
The value of the rocks was so high, the potential for a new energy source was so great, he could imagine that the government, MI5 - whoever was making the decisions - would think they were a price worth paying.
Overall, I did really enjoy this book. It was fast paced from the get go and really drew me in with the characters. But there were some points that I didn't get on with. These mainly being that in some cases the books felt disjointed, that it would just jump from one bit to another, not really flowing throughout. Other than that I did get sucked into the story and I was every bit interested in the events that were happening. But even though you don't necessarily have to, I would definitely suggest reading the first book first as you would get a better sense of the characters and how they were in the first compared how they were in this one. Not to mention you would know more on the story than just the quick recap you get in this one. All in all Itch Rocks was very enjoyable and entertaining. Plus Itch was very interesting in his science knowledge, you just can't beat reading from a genius' perspective. 

Itch Rocks (Itch, #2)
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Fickle Friday Post!

Last week I thought it would be fun do a random post. Then I thought why not try and do a random post every single Friday...but then I started reading The Son of Sorbek by Rick Riordan and got completely lost in the pages and forgot what I was doing before hand...whoops. 
Which is why, starting today (instead of last week) I will be posting a new post that will be something completely random, but still relating to books, and will be part of a new theme called 'Fickle Friday', because you know...alliteration. 

This weeks post is all about my Top 5 most owned authors. 

I have so many books by the same author it is unreal. So to narrow it down I have eliminated the obvious, like J.K Rowling because pretty much everyone has a lot of books by the genius that is J.K Rowling, to make room for the unobvious...if that's a word.
I did have a list of 10 but if I wrote all of them down along with why I love them I would be rambling on for a very long time, which would make this post massively long and who really would want that?

Okay that's pretty much it, so on with the post!

First up, in the number one place, with a massive 14 owned books is the brilliant Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Not only do I own these ones but I have pre-ordered her new books Wicked, the first in a new saga and Stay With Me, the third in the Wait for You series. Plus I am very much looking forward to her new adult spin off series Titan and I am currently building up my collection of her Covenant series and extremely wanting to get my hands on her standalone book Don't Look Back. So I think it is pretty obvious that she is definitely an author that I really love. 
Whenever she releases a book I automatically buy it, or add it to my wish list, because I just love her characters (she creates really hot bad boy/swoon worthy guys) and everything she writes, in my opinion, is golden and I cannot get enough of it. I would seriously recommend her books to anybody because they cover a wide range of genres and would, I think, be liked by many.

In second place with a big 13 is the genius that is Rick Riordan.

Plus I have, of course, pre-ordered The Blood of Olympus, mainly due to it being my most anticipated release of this autumn and I cannot wait to get stuck back into the heroes of Olympus world. I am also getting around to buying the rest of the Kane Chronicles, but as you can see I mainly have the Percy Jackson series and the Heroes of Olympus series so it is not quite as impressive as my Jennifer L. Armentrout collection. 
However that does not change the fact that I love Rick Riordan's writing. I grew up reading his books and even now I still love every single one of them. They are hilarious, action-packed and extremely fast paced that you literally get gripped from the first paragraph of each book. Also I cannot begin to explain how much I love his character Percy, he is one of my all-time favourites and...geez I just love him. 

Thirdly we have the amazing John Green with an impressive 5 books.

I made it my mission to get every single John Green book ever since I fell in love with The Fault in Our Stars and I have all of them but one, which is Let it Snow, so I feel pretty proud of myself. I did feel that the more John Green books I read the more I loved his writing. Yet, unfortunately I have only read two of these (The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns) so I can't really comment about it. My next mission, if I choose to accept it...which I totally do, is to read all of them. 

Next to last in fourth place with a good 4 books is the fantastic Patrick Ness

Like John Green, after I read A Monster Calls I immediately wanted to get every single book of his...I haven't accomplished that yet, but I totally will. What I have read from Patrick Ness I absolutely adored. His writing was stunning, heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time so I am seriously looking forward to reading more of his books and expanding my collection.

Finally we have the stunning Dorothy Koomson with again a total of 4 books.

Dorothy Koomson is one of my all time favourite adult contemporary writers. Every Book I have owned of hers I has absolutely left me in tears and then happiness. I did own 5 books of hers, once upon a time, but I lent The Chocolate Run to a friend and never got it back, which I was not happy about to say the least especially since the chocolate run was one of my favorites of hers. 
Dorothy Koomson is one of those writers that if your having a bit of a reading slump she can bring you straight out of it. Her writing just drew me in and I fell every bit in love with all her characters (especially Tegan). I haven't brought any of her newer novels in a while but these four books will forever stay on my bookshelf and I shall forever love every single one of them. 

So there you have it my Top 5 Most owned authors. I tried to use the authors I have more than one series from. I hoped you like it, and I look forward to next week with another Fickle Friday post. 
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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Geek Girl: Model Misfit

Written by: Holly Smale
Published by: Harper Collins
Format: Kindle
Pages: 356
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.”
Harriet knows that modelling won’t transform you. She knows that being as uniquely odd as a polar bear isn’t necessarily a bad thing (even in a rainforest). And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.
What Harriet doesn’t know is where she’s going to fit in once the new baby arrives.
With summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get as far away from home as possible. But nothing can prepare Harriet for the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother’s ‘chaperoning’. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes.
Because, this time, Harriet knows what a broken heart feels like.

My Rating: 3.5/5

Harriet is back in this really entertaining sequel to Geek Girl. There are more model mishaps and relationship problems and so many random facts that still spill from her mouth when she is nervous. All around Model Misfit is just as funny and just as good as it predecessor. Once again I breezed through this book because it was just as fast to read and still so light and entertaining. I loved it. 
She wrinkles her nose and I wrinkle mine back, and I suddenly realise that it doesn't matter how far I go, or how lost I am, or how lonely I feel. I fit in here. I always will.
Just like the first book the characters were amazing and cute and I couldn't get enough of them. Even the 'villians' of the book were cute in their own way and once again we are drawn in by the misadventures of Harriet and her unluckiness that always seem to appear when she is on set. But there were a few times when I felt as though the book was a little too over-dramatic for my taste, when Harriet acts out on her parents and acts a little immature over the events that lead to her to Japan. However I still loved that there were still meaningful sections that happens throughout the book because it really gave you the ability to connect with the characters. 
It's 4:40am and i'm standing in the middle of a Quentin Tarantino version of Finding Nemo
The writing was just as witty and loveable as the first and again it draws you in and keeps you entertained throughout everything. Even when things get a little deep the writing still strangely keeps the atmosphere light. It was so contrasting yet so refreshing. I loved it and it is one of the main reasons this book was able to keep me gripped. Because while I love the writing, I felt the story was a little immature and overdramatic, which I felt is reflected in the characters personalities as well. But it was still highly entertaining and I couldn't put it down for a second.
That's the truth about people with obsessively organised plans: we're not trying to control everything in our lives. We're trying to block out the things we can't.
All in all, Geek Girl: Model Misfit is just as brilliant as the first book. It was sweet, cute and extremely witty. Not to mention the characters were just as adorable and I couldn't help but fall a little bit in love with every single one of them and their immature tendencies. All of it left me laughing and smiling, and in some small cases weeping, until the very end.
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Friday, 12 September 2014

Geek Girl

Written by: Holly Smale
Published by: Harper Collins
Format: Kindle
Pages: 356
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek.”

Harriet Manners knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. She knows that bats always turn left when exiting a cave and that peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
But she doesn’t know why nobody at school seems to like her.

So when Harriet is spotted by a top model agent, she grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her best friend's dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of impossibly handsome model Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.
Veering from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, Harriet begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn't seem to like her any more than the real world did.

As her old life starts to fall apart, will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

My Rating: 3.5/5

Geek Girl follows the misadventures of Harriet Manners, a super smart girl that gets scouted by one of the most famous modelling agencies and as a result steals her best friends dream. I found this book highly entertaining and incredibly fluffy, with adorable characters and in some cases meaningful story lines. There were some times in this book that I didn't exactly love but I still found this a really cute and fast read that really helped lift me out of my reading slump. 
"My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek. I know I'm a geek because I've just looked it up in the Oxford English Dictionary."
I loved the characters in the book. Harriet was extremely adorable in her self-doubts and quirky facts. I loved the loyalty of Nat and the weirdness of Toby plus the supportive-ness of her stepmother and the childish personality of her dad. I literally loved every single character, even Alexa, they all just worked in the book. But not only that I also really liked that the story had certain parts that were really meaningful, like how it dealt with bullying and self consciousness. It added a lot more depth to the story that is mainly comedic and light. 
It's the first and only rule. Magic comes when you're not looking for it.
Overall, Geek girl ticks all the boxes for a quick and funny read that has brilliant characters. Yes at times I did find the story a little unrealistic and slightly childish, but that didn't make the it any less entertaining. It was a fast read that literally had me laughing out loud at some points. I just couldn't contain my smiles and I came away learning some new things too all down to the geekiness of Harriet and the facts that sprout from her mouth. All in all, if your looking for a story that doesn't take a lot of effort to read and still has hidden depths and fantastic characters I would definitely recommend Geek Girl. It was a brilliant start to a fun series that will broaden you knowledge of random things and leave you thoroughly entertained.

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Monday, 8 September 2014

The 100 Society

Written by: Carla Spradbery
Published by: Hodder's Children's Books
Format: Kindle
Pages: 320
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For sixth-form student Grace Becker, The 100 Society is more than just a game; it's an obsession. Having convinced her five friends at Clifton Academy to see it through to the end, Grace will stop at nothing to carry out the rules of the game: tagging 100 locations around the city. With each step closer to the 100-mark they get, the higher the stakes become. But when the group catches the attention of a menacing stalker - the Reaper - he seems intent on exposing their illegal game, tormenting Grace with anonymous threats and branding their dormitory doors with his ominous tag.
As the once tight-knit group slowly unravels, torn apart by doubt and the death of a student, they no longer know who to trust.
With time running out, Grace must unmask the Reaper before he destroys everything she cares about for ever...

My Rating: 3.5/5

The 100 society follows Grace and her group of friends as they find their world be torn down and threatened in horrific ways. I was sent the book in return for an honest review through NetGalley and I was extremely excited by it because the whole premise of the book sounds terrifying, and something I have never really read about. So I went into this book really excited for what was to come but unfortunately it didn't really live up to my expectations. 
From behind them, a gust of summer wind had shaken loose a cloud of dandelion seed and carried it across the churchyard, each seen picking up the early evening sun until it looked like a thousand droplets of golden light were falling around them 
Don't get me wrong there are many things I did like this book, the writing being one of them. It was so descriptive and creates such a peaceful atmosphere that switches, at the drop of a hat, to a terrifying atmosphere. So I was really thrown back and forth from one atmosphere to the other, never knowing what was going to happen and never given time to relax before something else would start to go wrong and I was thrown into the horror aspect again. Which I thought was brilliant because it keeps you on your toes and really gives you a brilliant idea on how the characters are feeling, as it feels as though you are right there with them. 
Trick groaned, resting his forehead against Grace's. 'I think the world is conspiring against this ever happening.'
There was only thing that really niggled at me and that was how, in my opinion, the story dragged a bit. I felt as though it took a really long time to get into it. So when the happenings started to unfold I wasn't as invested in it as I should of been. Having said this, when creepy things started to appear and the group started to get targeted I was surprised and I was intrigued. I never once got the feeling of predictability from the book as I had no clue what would happen next and who was behind everything. 
Three people where there should have been four.
Overall I did really like this book, I just didn't love it. It did keep me gripped and wanting to read more and the ending I thought was absolutely brilliant. I did not see it coming and I loved how after everything there was still a little happiness. The only thing that I did not like was how it felt slow, like it dragged before things really started to happen, and even when things were beginning to go wrong it still felt slow paced to me. Having said this, I did love the premise and writing, I thought, was beautiful. So all in all, The 100 Society was a good read that kept me gripped and surprised me constantly with every little twist and turn. 

The 100 Society
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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Because She Loves Me

Written by: Mark Edwards
Published by: Thomas & Mercer
Format: Kindle
Pages: 348
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

When Andrew Sumner meets beautiful, edgy Charlie, he is certain his run of bad luck has finally come to an end.
But as the two of them embark on an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the frightening truth...
Is Charlie really the girl of his dreams – or the woman of his nightmares?

My Rating: 5/5

I cannot tell you how excited I was to get this book, which I received this copy in return for an honest review through NetGalley, because I had previously read The Magpies and absolutely loved it. The Magpies was my first time reading thriller as a genre, so when I found this book on NetGalley I requested it straight away. Because She Loves Me is another thriller that revolves around Andrew Sumner finally believing his run of bad luck has ended when events lead him to Charlie, but as all thrillers go things are not as good as they seem and when things start to go wrong who else is there to blame but Charlie. 
In this alternative future, I wouldn't be sitting here among the smoking wreckage of my life, wondering about what might have been.
I'm not lying when I say that I was gripped from page one. Edwards has a way of just grabbing you attention and keeping it throughout the entire book. Not once did I get bored, I was entirely enthralled by the events that were unfolding and I could not stop reading. I loved how there were little intricacies that connected to The Magpies, that readers wouldn't notice unless they had read the book, it just gave a clearer idea of the timeline when this book was set as well as adding quality of realism. I loved it and I was only a couple of pages in.  Another thing I also loved was how the book was written in kind of a flashback, the main character narrates and he lets you know early on that things do not go as he imagined. So you as readers are informed that everything is not quite as peachy as they are set out to be, but you are not quite sure why, creating an air of mystery and suspense that surrounds you practically throughout the entire novel. I felt as though I was one step ahead of the characters but I really wasn't so I was constantly surprised and intrigued by where the story was taking me. 
'We're perfect together,' she said in a whisper, her eyes wide like she was telling me she'd just discovered that aliens really existed or that she found God.
I found the book really creepy in an entralling kind of way. The little things that stuck with you and the obsessive atmosphere that encases you were so prominent but so subtle that they really produced an intense chilling feeling, which I found hard to escape from. I spent half of my time trying to guess what was really going on while the other half was spent giving my brain little pep talks to stop being scared. 
There she was. She was as beautiful as ever, her red hair catching the spring sunshine that flooded the room. 
I really do not know where to start to sum up this review. It was an absolutely brilliant book. It kept me completely gripped from page one, unwilling to put down for one second because I just had to keep on reading. I loved practically everything about it, the characters were well drawn out because it was clear to see how everything was affecting them. The atmosphere throughout the entire story was thrilling and creepy and left me completely enthralled with everything that was happening. Not to mention how I never even saw that ending coming, it was a complete surprise that I am still trying to figure out how I missed it. It was brilliant. But what I loved most, if I narrow it down, was the subtle connections to The Magpies and the hint that there could be more to come. I seriously recommend this book if you are looking for an intense psychological thriller that will stay with you days after you finish reading it. 
Because She Loves Me
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Thursday, 4 September 2014

Isla and the Happily Ever After

Written by: Stephanie Perkins
Published by: Usborne Publishing
Pages: 375
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

The café is boiling. The atmosphere is clouded with bittersweet coffee. Three years of desire rip through my body and burst from my lips: "Josh!" His head jolts up. For a long time, a very long time, he just stares at me. And then...he blinks. "Isla?"
Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

My Rating: 5/5

For this book, we are brought back to the School of America in Paris to follow Isla along with her long term crush Josh and the twists and turns in their relationship. I would be lying if I didn't admit that, out of the three books in the Anna and the French Kiss standalone series, Isla is definitely my favourite. It was once again adorable and heart-warming but also devastatingly heartbreaking. It literally broke me in half when I had finished reading because I was so caught up and begging for more. It was completely beautiful.
Josh grins. It's wide and relieved and reveals a rarely seen pair of dimples. I could live inside those dimples for the rest of my life.
The story was just as fantastic as the other two and still had the hidden depths that lay in between the fluffy and romantic moments. But I felt as though Isla was a lot more heart-wrenching and I literally broke and wept along with the characters when things didn't go to planned. It was because of the heightened emotion between the story that made me fall in love with the book so much. The last part of the book had me hoping and crying buckets because I just got swept along and pulled into the brilliant story and I couldn't be released until I had read every last word.
It’s midnight, it’s sweltering, and I might be high on Vicodin, but that guy - that guy right over there - that’s him.
The him.
Once again the characters were amazingly written, Perkins has a knack for creating the best characters to capture you heart and make you root for the happily ever after. Isla was so realistic that I instantly clicked with her from the very beginning. Not to mention Josh and all his artistic brilliance that added romance to every part. I loved how every piece of art that Josh created was described so realistically that it felt as though I was able to view them through my own eyes. Like I was actually there, seeing it in real life. Like all of Perkins other characters both Isla and Josh were opposites but completely perfect for one and other. 
A blank canvas...has unlimited possibilities.
To sum it up, Isla and the Happily Ever After was fantastic. It was devastating but also heartwarming, cute but sad and you as readers can't help but be swept along with every little twist and bump that happens on Isla and Josh's happily ever after. The characters were just as you come to expect with a Stephanie Perkin's novel, they were perfect soulmates and perfect opposites. I loved how the characters from the other books are mentioned as it allows you to remember their stories and compare and love them all over again. So all in all everything about this book was simply stunning and became a definite favourite of mine from the very beginning. 

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)
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