Monday, 17 October 2016

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira


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There is a lot going on in this book, a lot of emotions and a few mini story lines within one main story but it was a beautiful read. The story was easy to get into and is written in the form of letters to celebrities that have died so it didn't have specific chapters which I enjoyed because I hate putting a book down half way through a chapter.

The main character Laurel is struggling with the loss of her big sister May. When she begins her school assignment and writes a letter to Kurt Cobain she decides not to hand in the assignment and carry on writing letters instead. Laurel is trying to hide the fact that her sister died and is trying to get along in a new school. 

It is a very sad story really but the letters a written in a more upbeat manner. The letters don't dwell on the sad bits for very long before another problem or drama is pushed in the way instead. The story reminded me of all the bright places a little bit. 

Laurel has had to live through an awful lot and she hasn't managed to find a support network that will help her through it but with her friendship to Hannah and Natalie she manages to gain some strength to begin to talk about what happened to May and also what happened to her. 

Sky and Laurel's relationship was difficult but also it was refreshing that rather than being there all the time and the romance being the focus Sky decided that he wasn't equip to deal with the problems that Laurel was facing.

I enjoyed this book and finished it quite quickly.

Thanks for Reading

Emx
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Thursday, 13 October 2016

The Reader by M.K. Harkins


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Hunted, shot, and without her memory, eighteen-year-old Ann Baker wakes in shallow water on a deserted Pacific Northwest island. She is soon approached by two young men claiming to be her friends. Something isn’t right, but when gunshots sound, Ann is left with little choice but to allow Devon and Archer to help her escape. Soon she finds herself in their North Bend mountain compound, where the higher evolved humans claim to be mind-readers. While Ann heals, she realises they believe her to be one of the last and most powerful of all – The Lost One.

She’s welcomed by most with opened arms, but not everyone is happy about her arrival. A jealous adversary has plans for Ann, which spirals the entire Reader community into chaos.

As lies, murder, and betrayal threaten to rip apart the once harmonious mountain dwellers, Ann is thrust into making a decision that could save or devastate not only The Readers, but all of mankind. But there’s just one glitch: by doing so it may require her to make the ultimate sacrifice.Hunted, shot, and without her memory, eighteen-year-old Ann Baker wakes in shallow water on a deserted Pacific Northwest island. She is soon approached by two young men claiming to be her friends. Something isn’t right, but when gunshots sound, Ann is left with little choice but to allow Devon and Archer to help her escape. Soon she finds herself in their North Bend mountain compound, where the higher evolved humans claim to be mind-readers. While Ann heals, she realizes they believe her to be one of the last and most powerful of all – The Lost One.

She’s welcomed by most with opened arms, but not everyone is happy about her arrival. A jealous adversary has plans for Ann, which spirals the entire Reader community into chaos.

As lies, murder, and betrayal threaten to rip apart the once harmonious mountain dwellers, Ann is thrust into making a decision that could save or devastate not only The Readers, but all of mankind. But there’s just one glitch: by doing so it may require her to make the ultimate sacrifice.


This book came just when I needed it too. I have been struggling to finish a book I have been reading and so I took a quick break and read this beauty. At 231 pages it was a lovely quick fun read. The cover is so stunning, the model is beautiful and Blue of the eyes pop making the cover more interesting (considering I usually hate covers with faces).

I liked the premise and the idea of humans that can read minds was fun and different. Ann wakes up on a beach with no idea who she is. Devon who is not so nice and Archer who is nice turn up just in the nick of time to save her from gun shots. 

The mystery of the story was cleverly continued and I didn't get bored with not knowing what was going on because there were other things going on. Such as the Ann/Devon/Archer romance.
Each character had a reason for being included in the story and they were represented with the correct amount of page time. There were some fairly predictable plot twists but also a couple of huge twists that I did not see coming.

I fully enjoyed this book and would love to read another book in this world even though the book was finished so nicely. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for other books by M.K. Harkins as I would like to thank him or her for getting me out of this particular slump.

Thanks For Reading

Emx
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Friday, 23 September 2016

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever...


This book has so much hype already and it isn't released until January 31st! Now that I have read it I can see why.
The Caraval is many different things all rolled into one. It's a game, a mystery, a romance and much more than that. The reader is completely immersed in the story from the second the book is opened. The plot is uncovered in perfect stages so I felt as though I was playing along with Scarlett. I have found that some mystery books allow the reader to figure out what is going on before the characters in the book but that can be very frustrating because you end up wanting to shout at the characters but this doesn't happen in Caraval. We find the clues the second that Scarlett does which means that we can experience the same twists and turns. 

For the whole of the book I couldn't help myself and I was trying to figure out who Legend is and who the other characters are. I found most of the characters interesting even the baddies were a lot more than baddies. I loved Scarlett a lot more than Tella because she seemed to stay truer to herself but with that said both sisters loved each other and they were both trying to protect each other. 

This book was so much fun I wish it would go on a little bit longer. I couldn't find anything wrong with this book. I enjoyed it so much. I don't want to give anything away because half of the fun is figuring the Caraval out.

Thanks for Reading
Emx
emmacoxy88@gmail.com

I received this book in exchange for an honest review and I am so grateful that I was able to read this before release. 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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I have been gone for a while. I had a slump, I couldn't get through books but I am back now Woo!! SO lets get down to it.

This is about a super cool girl named Karou who is an amazing artist and draws all of these strange creatures. Her hair is Blue! Karou disappears on strange errands all the time and doesn't tell anyone anything about them, not even her best friend.

The story is set in Prague and the description of the city is stunning. It has made me want to visit Prague in the winter.
Karou is a cool character, there is a lot going on with her but she handles things with a little help from Brimstone. I liked the relationship between Karou and Brimstone because it was something crazy that I have never read before.

Lets talk about the good things first. 
The story is interesting and mostly imaginative. There were a few parts of the plot that were pretty predictable but there was enough creativity for me to let it slide. The characters are very different and new so that keeps you drawn into the story. There is a lot for you to learn about Karou and the rest of the gang.

The bad bits were not really terrible. I felt that we were given a lot of information in the last third of the book and I think I would have preferred if the information could have been interwoven into the story maybe as another point of view.

I am grateful to the book for helping me out of the slump but I don't think I will carry on with the series.

Thanks for reading 

Emx
emmacoxy88@gmail.com 

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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This is a story of Twylla who was destined to be a sin eater just like her mother until the Queen came and changed her life forever. A single touch from Twylla and you will die as her skin is poisonous to everyone except the royal family.

This story was much more fantasy based than I am used to reading and I assume that is the reason it took me a little longer than normal to get into the plot but I found the second half of the book much quicker than the beginning. The book itself is lovely to look at and the cover expresses the story really well. I love the girl in the glass bottle i think its stunning.

I found the characters a little young for their supposed age and the est of the story was quite complex so the scenes with Lief and Twylla let the book down a little for me. The romance between the two didn't feel real and their interactions were more of an annoying interruption to the story. I do wonder if this book would have benefited from having a duel perspective rather than us just reading from Twylla's POV because there were parts of the story that would have made more sense had we of heard about them before hand from another character. 

I expected a sort of Shatter Me kind of story which i didn't get but the story was something interesting and a little different if not predictable at times. I thought the plot twists at the end were brilliant. They just kept coming at you until I was left not trusting anything or anyone.

I thought this was a pretty good book and definitely a fun interesting read so I would recommend it.

Thanks For Reading

Em x
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Monday, 8 August 2016

My Heart and other black holes by Jasmine Wanga

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This is a story about 16 year old Aysel who is set out to end her own life. Aysel decides that she might not be brave enough to do it alone and so she goes in search of a partner, she finds that in Roman who goes by the name of FrozenRobot on the chatroom that they meet on and the suicide pact begins to take shape.

This isn't an easy read its pretty dark at times and also quite emotional. 
The story is addictive and once you start you are captivated with the relationship between Aysel and Roman because its so unconventional and it isn't a story that we get to read very often it feels like you are reading a secret.

I found the story really similar to All the Bright Places which I did enjoy but I just wish there were a few things that were different but the book is enjoyable. I thought that the characters specifically Aysel and Roman were very realistic. 

Thanks For Reading

Em x
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instagram: @emmadreamchild 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

Sarah J Mass did it again with the second instalment of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I loved the first book in this series so much that A court of Mist and Fury was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016 but I was really worried that it would suffer from the dreaded second book syndrome because that would have ruined the whole thing for me but luckily this book was great maybe even better than the first book. 

I loved the romance in this book because it was so different from in the first book. In the first book the romance was always there and it was one of the main focuses to the story, in this book the romance feels less fairy tale and more realistic. There is tension and flirting that grows throughout the plot until you are so invested in this relationship that it consumes your everyday life. I like a love story but it can get pretty boring when the relationship is the focus of a book but this story has so much to offer and the romance is so much more than a typical romance. 

The new characters that are introduced in this book are pretty intense. Each and every one of the characters introduced are memorable and important to the plot so we have not wasted anytime getting to know a character that we just don't need. 

Fayre is so much better in this book than in the previous one. She has gotten much stronger and I don't feel like she is going to burst into tears and cry every second of the book. Fayre is much more independent now than she was and she is discovering herself again after all of the huge changes she has had to go through.

I don't want to spoil anything but I love Rysand LOVE LOVE LOVE. He is the ultimate bad boy and who doesn't love a bad boy? Without giving to much away he is in this story much more than the previous one and his character development has been exceptional. He is full of surprises and has a lot more depth than I originally expected from him.  

Maas has ensured that her readers come back for more next year by laving us full of wonder and anxiety regarding the amazing ending of A Court of Mist and Fury I am happy to announce that book 3 is the book I am most looking forward to in 2017.

Give this series a read you wont be dissapointed 

Thanks For Reading

Em x
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