Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Review: A Thousand Pieces of You - Claudia Grey

Written by: Claudia Grey
Published by: Harper Teen
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 360
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Marguerite Caine grew up surrounded by cutting-edge scientific theories, thanks to her brilliant physicist parents. Yet nothing is more astounding than her mother's latest invention, a device called the Firebird that allows people to leap into alternate dimensions. 
When Marguerite's father is murdered, all the evidence points to one person - Paul, her parent's enigmatic star student. Before the law can touch him, Paul slips into another dimension, having committed what seems like the perfect crime. But he didn't count on Marguerite.
With the help of another physics student, Theo, Marguerite chases Paul through various dimensions. In each new world Marguerite leaps into, she meets another version of Paul that has her doubting his guilt and questioning her heart. Soon, she is swept into an epic love affair as dangerous as it is irresistible. 

This story has me highly confused, after finishing A Thousand Pieces of You I am split in two ways. On the one hand, I loved the theory behind it, it was so unique and was extremely intriguing. Yet on the other, I felt that it took a lull in the middle and was slightly predictable. This is why I was battling two sides when I was reading this novel because while I found it intriguing I also found it annoying, I loved it but I also got hugely infuriated by it. 
"It takes time to really, truly fall for someone. Yet I believe in a moment. A moment when you glimpse the truth within someone, and they glimpse the truth within you. In that moment, you don’t belong to yourself any longer, not completely."
I was originally interested in this book because it was blurbed by Jennifer L. Armentrout (who I absolutely love) and then the actual premise just pulled me right in. The idea of reading a book that takes places throughout alternate dimensions? just sign me up! But after the first couple of paragraphs I found myself loosing a little interest. I was getting increasingly annoyed with the main character. She was so up and down and couldn't really get it together, I thought it was blaringly obvious who was the real culprit was behind the crime, but to her everything was just so upside down and that just didn't sit right with me.
“I would love you in any shape, in any world, with any past. Never doubt that."
Then it came to the middle of the story and bearing in mind I was already annoyed with the main character I got even more irked when what started off with a really fast paced super gripping story started to lull when they got stuck in an alternate dimension that was supposed to add a few speed bumps in the romance department but all it really did was confuse me more with the situation. The story was telling me one thing yet the main character conflicted it all and that has never really happened before. for obvious reasons because how can a story conflict with the characters but really it was clear to see that the alternate versions of themselves are basically the same as their true selves but the Marguerite wanted to believe differently, that she had fallen in love with a different Paul but who was practically the same Paul. I don't know it just got really confusing from there on out and I couldn't love the story because of how it was giving off two different vibes. Not to mention it was becoming extremely predictable and slow paced, which is defiantly one of my pet peeves.
“Now I know that grief is a whetstone that sharpens all your love, all your happiest memories, into blades that tear you apart from within.”
However the most annoying thing about ATPOY was how stunningly addictive the writing was. No matter how irate I got over the predictability of the story or the main character I was still gripped by the writing. I had to finish the story, I had to know how it all unravelled, and mainly I had to know what happened to Paul because even though Marguerite was vexing, Paul was all kinds of cute and moreish. I put all this down to the actual writing because however expected I found the twists the way the writing revolved around them made me keep reading, made me want to go on. I was being pulled in two different opinions on this novel but nevertheless I was just as addicted. 
“I fell in love with his unchanging soul.”
All in all, A Thousand Pieces of You needed a little more focus on the romance and a little less predictability within the narrative to make it perfect. While a got frustrated with many things within the novel I did get thoroughly gripped by the dramatic occurrences within. What it lacked in mystery it made up for in uniqueness. So while the first book fell a little flat for me, I will undoubtedly follow on with the series as I just can't get quite enough of it.

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)
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Thursday, 24 March 2016

Review: Calamity - Brandon Sanderson

Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Published by: Gollancz
Edition: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Purchase from:  Amazon  |  Book Depository

When Calamity lit up the sky, the epics were born. David's fate has been tied to their villainy ever since that historic night. And now Regalia has turned his closest ally into a dangerous enemy.
David knew Prof's secret, and kept it even when the onetime leader of the Reckoners struggled to control the effects of his Epic powers.
But facing Obliteration in Babilar was too much. Prof has now embraced his Epic destiny. And everyone knows there's no turning back...
But everyone is wrong. Redemption is possible for Epics. They're not lost. Not completely. And David is just about crazy enough to face down the most powerful High Epic of all to get his friend back. Or die trying.

When it comes to Brandon Sanderson's books, I find it hard to not have huge expectations. This is the first full series of books that I have read from him and I fell harder and harder with each passing word. He is just a fantastic author. Yet, there were some things left within the novel that I do feel as though they were a little short, a little brief, but I cannot deny that Calamity left me breathtakingly speechless just like the other two books (Steelheart and Firefight). So in short any grievances I had with the story were swept away with how much I love the genius of Sanderson's writing. 
"My Megan is a sunrise, always changing, but beautiful the entire time."
Calamity picks up soon after Firefight left off, at the very start of a new mission, so straight away you are propelled back into the action, back into the story and back into the brilliant mind of David Charleston. As Firefight left you on the edge of your seat wondering if the Reckoners will be able to get out from under Prof's nose without harm, Calamity is pulling you into how this team is going to bring back their friend from the darkness, something no one has managed to do. It literally hits the ground running and unlike some books where you have to scramble to pick up the pieces, Sanderson does a really good job of catching you up on the events that have transpired between the two novels in a really easy and quick way. 
“Damn, I miss the internet. You could always find people doing stupid stuff on the internet.
There have been some mixed reviews on the end fight but honestly I didn't have a problem with it, in many ways it made it seem more human and I actually liked that about it. Yes it wasn't as epic and huge as I hoped but it still got your adrenaline pumping, still made me devour the words. All that was missing for me was a slightly larger resolution. That's not to say that there wasn't a resolution, it was just kind of abrupt and didn't really answer all of the questions instead it added more to the mix. 
"There will be heroes. Just wait."
All in all, Calamity is just like the other books in the series. Exquisite writing, amazing story and brilliant characters. Everything just works. Yes, the ending was minutely disappointing but, on the other hand, it left it open with the possibility of more stories from this world, which would just be amazing, so I can't really fault it. This series is something I would always seriously recommend, and this writing is something I will always love because, honestly, it's hard not to fall for a Brandon Sanderson novel.  
Calamity (Reckoners, #3)
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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Whatcha Reading Wednesday: A Thousand Pieces of You - Claudia Grey

Wednesday 23rd March

It's been a while since I've posted a Whatcha Reading Wednesday, that reading slump really defeated me, so I think it's time I gave myself a kick and bring it back! This Wednesday my focus has been on A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Grey. 

Everyone can agree that this cover is just stunning, but the story within it is also extremely intriguing. I am currently on page 82 and loving it!! While there is some massive predictable plot points, it makes up for it by making you doubt whether it is actually that predictable by throwing a spanner in the works. You begin doubting yourself at every turn. 

I might only be at the very beginning of this novel, but I am literally jumping with anticipation on what is going to happen next (I need some Paul action desperately!). Seriously I can already tell that this series is going to be one of my all time favourites, if it carries on like this, and we are only on book one!

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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Review: The Boy Most Likely To - Huntley Fitzpatrick

Written by: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published by: Egmont Publishing
Format: Kindle
Edition: NetGalley Review Copy
Pages: 432
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Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house
Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.
For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

It is an undeniable fact that I am a huge fan of Huntley Fitzpatrick's writing, she is defiantly an auto-buy author for me, so when I heard that The Boy Most Likely To would be a companion novel that follows My Life Next Door and is all about Tim I was completely on board. Pre-ordered and waiting. So when the opportunity came for me to request a review copy through NetGalley there was literally no hesitation, I requested and waited with my fingers crossed. Some one must of heard my prayers because my request was accepted and I immediately hunkered down and got to reading. All in all, I think its safe to say that my expectations of this novel was astronomically big. Which is why when it comes to my review, there are a few small and minor faults I had with the story. 
“God, I hate it when people even say there are types, like people come in flavours.” 
The Boy Most Likely To picks up where My Life Next Door stops, Tim is needing a place to stay and what better place than with his best friend, Jase Garrett's, home. While Alice is still coming to terms with her dad's accident and her handling the responsibility it has placed on her.
Okay so I've said it once and I will say it again, Huntley Fitzpatrick, knows how to write an amazing family dynamic. The Garrett's are always the shining star, they are literally written perfectly, a strong family that shows the realistic problems a big family can face. Such as money issues, sibling responsibilities, growing up too fast etc. But that never seems to bring them down for long, they keep powering through the tough times and I love that. I love reading about it, I love picturing it, I love everything about it, so you can imagine my slight disappointment when I felt that there wasn't enough of it. I needed more of the family, more of Jase and Sam, to just tip the scales and make this book perfect. 
“It’s not rocket science, Nan. You show someone they matter to you—do whatever it takes to show that.” 
Now I did just bring up Jase and Sam, and they were in this novel, so I might have to explain that I found it hard to let go of the romance in My life Next Door with the romance in The Boy Most Likely To. As much as I was reading about Tim and Alice, all I wanted to know was more about Jase and Sam. I literally was craving them. So much so that it made me realise, that while I really enjoyed this book I was still desperately involved and wanting more Sam and Jase in it, without them it gave me a incomplete and lacking feeling. 
"She stops, and I can hear the gears turning as she tries to figure out how to put it. Because you - Are the boy most likely to. Fail. Everyone and Everything."
However, let's just get this straight, this novel is a companion novel to My Life Next Door, meaning that you don't have to read the first one to understand this one. It can stand on it's own, and if that was how I read it, it would of been a full 5 stars instead of 4. But seeing as I read them both, I can't help but compare them and feel that the romance in this one felt slightly rushed, slightly pushed. It felt as though everything happened within the last couple of chapters, that even though there were suggestions here and there, it sort of exploded in your face.

"People's strengths can take their turn. There can be more of us than there is trouble."
All in all, as a standalone novel The Boy Most Likely To is superb. It has everything you need, emotional drama (and let me tell you that drama packs quite the punch), realistic problems and amazingly developed characters. Seriously the characters were brilliant, every single one of them. The only thing letting it down for me was the romance, I did enjoy it, I just didn't love it. It felt a little too pushed in my opinion. You never really understood Alice's side of it until the very end and by that point everything just had this air of rushed anticipation, not the sort of realistic romance you were meant to feel. It set the book a little off in my opinion but it did not effect the overall fantastic feeling I got when reading this novel. It will go down as one of my favourites, just like all the other Huntley Fitzpatrick novels, and I can't wait to see what she writes next. 
The Boy Most Likely To
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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Mini Review Series: Altered, Erased and Reborn - Jennifer Rush

 Written by: Jennifer Rush
Series: Altered, Book One
Published by: Little Brown Books
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 336
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

They were made to forget. But they'll never forgive.
Everything about Anna's life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch, at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There's Nick, solemn and brooding; Cas, light-hearted and playful; Trev, smart and caring; and Sam . . . who's stolen Anna's heart.
When the Branch decides it's time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape. Anna's father pushes her to go with them, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs.
On the run, with her father's warning in her head, Anna begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about herself. She soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they're both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

The levels of excitement I had before I started reading this, were astronomical. The blurb sounded fantastic, the cover drew me in and, to me, it just ticked all the boxes of a sci-fi romance. Honestly after devouring all three books in the series, I was left feeling emotionally confused and spent. So you can probably guess how disappointed I was when it just didn't reach those expectations I had put upon it. 
“Hope is a waking dream.' I let the words echo in my head. The quote reminded me of that feeling you get when you start to wake from a dream you don't want to leave."
Now there's nothing that is really wrong about it, I mean I got completely gripped from the start, but it was just blah story-wise. Nothing really happened, I think the main reason why I couldn't put the book down was because I was hoping the story would get going so I kept reading to find out if it would. One of the most annoying qualities this book has to offer is the romance. There isn't much development to it so that when it happens it's just suddenly there. Its an addicting read, but it leaves you feeling unsatisfied and lacking.

Altered (Altered, #1)


Written by: Jennifer Rush
Series: Altered, Book Two
Published: Little Brown Books
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 288
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.
After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam's rules: Don't draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.
When memories from Anna's old life begin to resurface--and a figure from her childhood reappears--Anna's loyalties are tested. Is it a Branch set-up, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased in the first place?
Jennifer Rush delivers a thrilling sequel to Altered in a novel packed with mysteries, lies, and surprises that are sure to keep readers guessing until the last page is turned

As I finished the first book in the series and felt that something was missing, I hoped and prayed that this book would have all the things the first book was lacking in. Again just like Altered, Erased has the annoying addictiveness that keeps you glued to the pages even if your not really emotionally invested in it.
"It was like my nerve endings weren't truly functioning until they were beneath Sam's fingertips."
Having said this, the romance of the story wasn't my main problem this time, in fact I enjoyed the scenes between Sam and Anna the most. Yet the thing that annoyed me this time was the predictability of the story. Every twist that was meant to shock me, I could see coming from a mile away, so again it just left me feeling emotionally depleted and bored. 

Erased (Altered, #2)


Written by: Jennifer Rush
Series: Altered, Book Three
Published by: Little Brown Books
Edition: Kindle
Pages: 336
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

The Branch is in shambles, but Anna, Sam, Cas, and Nick can't rest easy. Remnants of the organization lurk unseen and the flashbacks to their old lives are only getting stronger--especially Nick's.
Following scattered memories and clues from his Branch file, Nick sets off alone in search of answers and in search of the girl who haunts his dreams. But the sleepy town where she lives in full of secrets and Nick soon learns that uncovering their shared past may have deadly consequences.

Reborn is the third book in the altered series, and just like the previous two it had all the ideas to make it a brilliant novel but it was still lacking in cohesiveness to make it so. The addictive feel that ran throughout the first two, was also still present, keeping me turning the pages. But unlike the first two the books perspective is shifted onto Nick, instead of Anna, giving it a slight breath of fresh air.
“Oceans are vast and almost bottomless. You dance in the rain Elizabeth. You drown in the sea.”
However just like the other two, there were many problems that niggled me throughout the story. This time the main one being how even though you are reading in a different perspective, the story is basically the same as the others. Making it so predictable, so easy to see what will happen next that you don't really have to read the story to know what will happen at the end. 

Reborn (Altered, #3)

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