Saturday, 17 March 2018

Paper Towns by John Green


Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew...

I was going into this book really excited because it has millions of good reviews and I had not really heard anything bad about this book. All John Green's books seem to have brilliant reviews so I chose Paper Towns and got reading. 

This book was pretty boring. It didn't make too much sense and the ending was really disappointing. 
I did like Margo and Quentin but all of the characters could be plucked out of any other YA book anywhere in the world. Parts of the book were amusing but the majority of the book was dull. 

I stuck with the book because like everyone else I wanted to know where Margo went. When we finally found Margo it all kind of flip flopped and died. 

It has definitely put me off reading another John Green book. 

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Saturday, 10 February 2018

Heir of Fire - Sarah J Mass


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This is the third book in the Throne of Glass Novels and if you have read my previous reviews for this series you know that I have absolutely loved them. This one not so much, I have given it 4 out of 5 stars because I feel like every series has one book that is a let down and I am hoping that for this series its this one. 
There are lots of good points about this book (turn away if you don't want spoilers). 

* We learn so much more about Celaena and her as a fae, we already knew that she was strong and exciting but we got to understand tons more about her back story. 

* I know that a lot of people are crazy for Rowan but I am not one of them. Well that isn't fair actually I do like him as an individual character but I don't like the blossoming romance that is happening because i really really liked Choal. 

* We meet so many witches and other new characters that add a lot to this book and keep the chapters speeding along. 

Now the not so good bits.

I don't like the Rowan and Celaena dynamic. There is a lot of flitting between different stories in this book that it can be a little difficult to follow. There doesn't seem to be as much sadness for the deaths of animals and characters as I would have thought there would be. I could go on but I did overall enjoy this book and as I said earlier I am hoping that this is the flop book in the series and that the next few get much better like the first two. 

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Monday, 18 December 2017

Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton

Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road. She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful. and very beautiful. It is only when the police car, and then the ambulance arrive, and she sees her own body, that she realises that she is in fact... dead. But what is she supposed do now? Lily has no option but to follow her body and see her family – her parents and her twin brother start falling apart. And then her twin brother Ben gives her a once in a death time opportunity - to use his own body for a while. But will Lily give Ben his body back? She is beginning to have a rather good time..

I went on a ride with this book. I knew this book was going to be emotional when we realised that Lily is dead. I spent a good portion of this book crying because of all of the emotions. I wouldn't recommend this book for someone who is dealing with loosing someone. 

Lily was your typical teenager, pretty self centred and I didn't really like her that much. We got to see the real Lily when she was living for the second time. Lily discovered what the meaning of life and death meant in the pages of this book and we get to go along for the ride with her. 

I have not had the opportunity to read a book of this nature before and I must admit I was a little nervous that it would be too much of a touchy subject for me to handle. The book was beautifully handled, I found it interesting to see how the family deal with Lily's death and it was nice to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Seeing the family separate and then come back together afterwards to deal with the grief together. 

I really enjoyed reading this story and I would love to read more from Phyllida Shrimpton. 

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Em x

Friday, 24 November 2017

If There's No Tomorrow - Jennifer L. Armentrout


Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances. 
Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. 
Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened. 
For what she let happen. 
With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends' entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?
So the second that i got the opportunity to read another book by Jennifer Armentrout through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review i jumped at the chance. I loved the Pure series and knew that I was going to love this book. 
We start off the book by meeting Lena, a normal teenage girl who like all of us loves reading, we learn that she is a little nerdy but she is really relate-able. I loved the subtle nods to A Court of Thorns and Roses and The Walking Dead. We learn a little about Lena's friends and her best friend Sebastian who seems like an all round good guy but this isn't just your regular romance story! 
Without ruining the book too much, some bad stuff happens and Lena finds herself in a really bad place. I found myself in tears several times during this story. The struggles that Lena faces could very easily be our own if we happen to make a decision that we will later on regret. 
I think this book would be a great thing for anyone to read but especially for those who are of the age to be making similar decisions to the one Lena has faced. If There's No Tomorrow is titled perfectly as this is exactly what we think about during this reading experience. 
The love story is secondary to the main theme however it is still very important and i think that is something that JLA does so well. Both Characters are so realistic but more importantly than that the relationship progresses at a rate that I can believe rather than insta love that we so often see now. 
So far i have had a 100% success rate with Jennifer L Armentrout's books which is great.
I would recommend this beautifully sad story to everyone!
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Saturday, 18 November 2017

As you Wish - Chelsea Sedoti

This book is set in a small town with a secret. Everyone from the town gets to make a wish on their 18th birthday. The Wishes can be an amazing thing but they can also ruin your life.

This was a really fun and interesting idea that I was interested to get my teeth stuck into. The first chapter had me thinking about the things that I would wish for if I had the opportunity.

The characters are obviously in a unique situation and that instantly makes them interesting. Through out the story we got to meet so many people from the town as we learnt about their wishes and the consequences of those wishes.

The book spends time looking at the things that other people had wished for.

The book is a little slow and quite long (400 pages) but there were a few important points that we touched upon and that I really appreciated.

Overall it was a good attempt and an interesting concept.

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Em x 

Friday, 17 November 2017

147 Things - Jim Chapman

I have watched Jim Chapman on his YouTube channel for years and he is funny and relate-able. 
I liked this book for the same reason that I like his videos. 

The things in the book seemed to be things that Jim was genuinely excited of interested in and when someone is excited themselves it makes the reader excited or interested. The 147 things are made up of a whole bunch of random things but included in all of this are personal bits about him and his life. 
We find out how Jim met Tanya and some bits about his family and stuff.

The book style is so relaxed that I think it would appeal to a whole range of people. I wouldn't say that this is the usual book style that I go for but I did really enjoy this read as a change. Reading the book felt like talking to a friend and I think that is something that Jim is an absolute pro at, he makes everyone feel like his best friend. 

I have never read a YouTuber book before and I have never really been interested in it but I think it is a credit to Jim that the book feels and reads as though he wrote it. Great job Jim!!

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Em x
I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an ARC of this book.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas


We should just assume by now that I will love anything that Sarah J. Maas has written because I do, I love everything she writes. The third book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series is no exception. Its amazing!

We start off this book with Feyre acting as a spy in the Spring Court after she faced the cauldron and her sisters were turned. This book is pretty raunchy more so than the other two in the series so I wouldn't recommend the book for younger readers but I am not a younger reader and so I don't mind.  The plot is not all sunshine and butterflies and some of the book might be a little upsetting but again I loved it. 

If you have not yet read the book I think you should avoid any reviews, not just for the spoilers but so that you can go into this book without any idea of what is going on. 

We meet so many new characters in this part of the series that it is impossible to keep track of them all but be sure that each one had a completely different attitude and back story. We also got to learn the back stories of some of our old favourites. 

I have always Loved Rysand but this book made me like Cassian and Azriel so much more than I ever had before. I liked the protective nature of Cassian over Nesta and Azriels dark adn brooding personality.

I really dont want to give anything away and I am finding it rather difficult to review in my excitement so I will leave you with the knowledge that you need to read this book and this series. 
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