Monday, 20 October 2014

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi Review


    
I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I'm more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
 
I bought this book with the cover above because this was in my opinion the prettier cover.
I finished this book in just a few sittings and once I got into the story (which did take a few chapters more than it usually does) I began to really enjoy the book. The plot to this book had a surprising twist right from the start I enjoyed trying to decide if Juliette was crazy or not. I got completely lost in the silence in Juliette's cell.
There are many many negative reviews for this book and it made me unsure whether to even bother reading as I was already in a negative place with Shatter me but I feel it has been reviewed unfairly. Yes Juliette is annoying, she is weepy, winey and faints all the time but if she wasn't would you have the same feelings throughout the book? I don't think so. Juliette is a character that that needs protecting and that is what Adam is there for.
At the moment paranormal romance and dystopian books are my favourite and Shatter Me combines all of this and more. The writing style was unique, I have never seen another author use strike through like Mafi did to express Juliette's emotions.
 
The one character I wasn't keen on was the villain which is a surprise because I normally love the bad guy but this villain reminded me of the little blond annoying king from games of thrones. I felt a little bit like someone should just push him over and it was hard to understand why everyone was doing what he is saying. I think that this is maybe part of his "Charm" though and obviously people are not supposed to like him.
 
I enjoyed how this book ended it makes me want to continue to see Adam and Juliette grow as character.
 
The physical book was very floppy even for a paperback and this I didn't like.
 
Tahereh Mafi is a young author and applaud her for success of this series of books.
 
Thanks For Reading
 
Em x

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin Reveiw

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Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can. 

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. 
There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. 
She's wrong.


Firstly the cover of this book is absolutely stunning.Its intriguing and really makes you want to pick up this book and give it a go just for the artwork. I got through this book quickly, mostly in one long car journey and I really enjoyed the style in which the book was written. I really enjoyed the romance between Mara and Noah and found much of the plot between them to be funny. I found myself having a little giggle  on a couple of occasions. I got so wrapped up in the love story that I would have been happy with that so to have an extra element to the plot was a bonus really.

I liked that Noah wasn't immaculately dressed I thought this made him a little less typical. He was such a bad ass when sticking up for Mara that it was a little cringey but completely lovable. He has completely changed for Mara and stopped sleeping with the entire school population (don't all of us girls want to tame that bad boy?). I love the development of Noah throughout the book.

I liked Daniel as the perfect older brother. I liked that he was so perfect because this is how he looks from Mara's point of view and anyone with a sibling would recognise the feeling that they would get away with actual murder.

Now Mara, I liked her as a main character even if she was a bit of a train wreck. Mara makes bad decisions throughout the story but we all make bad decisions so this just made her more believable. She falls head over heels for Noah quickly and a lot of the plot is based around the romance the two share.Noah admits to being horrible to Mara's best friend Jamie in the past and it is brushed under the carpet, she knows he is an ass hole but she cant help how she feels. Mara is sassy and you see more of this as her confidence grows within her new surroundings. Mara's attraction to Noah builds slowly and to be honest I don't think she particularly likes him to start off with. The attraction was intense and often left me thinking oooh Noah.      

The story ends with a cliff hanger (quite a shocking one at that) which means I will 100% be picking up the second book in the series very soon.

Thanks For Reading

Em x


Monday, 6 October 2014

Stone Faced Angel by Marie McKean Review


There are some things I know for sure:
1. I died . . . a long time ago
2. Even in death I was always aware of him.
3. Love has a way of making even angels choose to leave their heaven above.
 

I am going to do this review a little bit differently than I normally do. I did completely enjoy the book but there are a few niggly bits that I didn't like so much but rather than dwell on them I am going to start with what I did liked


I loved both of the main characters in this book and I really enjoyed how Maura's and Brandon's relationship developed over time rather than immediately. The character development was great, I really felt connected to all of the characters. For the first half of the story nothing much happens other than the budding romance but I though that was great I was really invested in their love by the end of the book. When the action kicked in it really got going, It was exciting and thrilling I enjoyed the scary storyline towards the end. There was a fantastic mix between good characters and baddies who are not what you would expect. Marie McKean is amazing at describing the people and the places so much so that you can almost feel like you are there with the characters. 
I loved that the ending was a surprise I don't think anybody reading would guess what will happen in the end.

I wish there was a little more talk about Maura's past, I found the concept so interesting and we did get exciting glimpses here and there but i think for me that would of taken this book up a level. I hated every single time one of them said the words "Babe" or "Boo" I get that this a way to show their affection for one another but Marie McKean has amazing descriptive skills that these words do not need to be used.

I did really enjoy reading Stone Faced Angels and would be excited to read the second in the series. 


Thanks for reading 

Em x

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Small book haul and exciting Giveaway


This week I have purchased

Shatter Me by

The Shock of The Fall by Nathan Filer
 
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
 
I plan on reading at least a couple of these books during my break next month.
 
I have also received a couple of books free for review in the last couple of weeks the first of which I have already finished and loved.
 
True Calling by Siobhan Davis
 
Shimmer by Elena Dillon
 
Breathe by Elena Dillon 

Stone Faced Angel by Marie McKean

Finally I was sent Heroes of Olympus - The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. The Lovely people at penguin were kind enough to send me a couple of copies and so I am now holding a giveaway. If you would like to Win this book then click on the link below and follow the instructions.



 


Good luck and thanks for reading
 
Em x

Monday, 29 September 2014

Bad Neighbors - Movie Review

Bad Neighbours

Seth Rogan and Rose Byrne star as Mac and Kelly who are new parents when a fraternity move into the house next door. Teddy who is played by Zac Efron is president of the frat, Teddy doesnt want to keep the baby awake but the urge to party is too strong. 

I wanted to really like this movie and I really wanted a laugh but I am sad to say I was left disappointed. Parts of the movie were a little funny but mostly it was predictable and boring. I enjoyed the relationship between Efron and Rogan and liked the story line. Usually I am a huge fan of Seth Rogan and find him hilarious, Zac Efron is not bad on the eye so putting the two together should of worked but for me it just didn't.

Here is a little Zac Efron to look at anyway

Thanks For Reading

EM xx

Saturday, 27 September 2014

True Calling - Siobhan Davis

 






I wonder which situation is hardest.
Mine, because I remember everything, or hers because she can't.
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Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17 year old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.
As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.
Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant,‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.
 
Firstly I want to start by saying that the characters in this book are some of the most interesting I have read about. Ariana is your typical 17 year old girl to begin with, getting on at school and with her friends but the growth in her character is what had me hooked on this book from the get go. Ariana is strong and sassy but also clever and caring, I found her easy to relate to and enjoyed her plot lines. Cal who is Ariana's love interest is a strong male lead character also. I loved his protectiveness over the heroine and how we get she the depth of his personality while he is dealing with Lilly.
I enjoyed the sort of love triangle within this book and constantly flitted between team Cal and team Zane.
 
I am not usually a fan of books told from duel perspectives and in this book we get a little from Zane's point of view too. I didn't hate it actually and although there was a lot extra to take in during this section of the book I thought it helped to move the book along smoothly.
 
I thought this book was action packed and there was not a single boring page which is amazing considering I do get bored quite easily with boring story lines. I think this book reaches out to the girly girl inside of me slightly with the dresses and the make up talk but then drags me right back into the action.
 
The Calling does have a hunger games feel to it so if you liked the hunger games you would probably enjoy this book but the story and premise is unlike anything I have read before.
 
I am excited to read more from Siobhan Davies and more in this series.
 
Thanks for reading
 
Em x

Picking the dress for your biggest day

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On Tuesday I picked and paid for my wedding dress!! I was not excited to go wedding dress shopping before hand in fact I hated the idea of trying on tons of dresses and picking one that is supposed to be THE one. So here is a list of tips to help you through wedding dress shopping.

Book several appointments

Stupidly, I booked one appointment in the hope that it would be an in and out affair but this was not the case. for me it took three shops to find what I was looking for. I would also add to this point to do your research on the shop. I did not do any research and I wish I had. not only can you check out if they have many of the styles that you like in stock but you can possibly read reviews and checkout what the customer service skills are like.

Try different styles

If you have never tried wedding dresses on before then there is no way on earth for you to know what you like best and also what suits you best. my advice would be to try on lots of different styles. some might not work for you but some will make you feel amazing. use the process of elimination to decide what things are important in a dress this will help when you are asked what your likes and dislikes are.

Be yourself

no matter what you decide make sure that the dress you choose is 100% you. your friends and family can help you along the way to choosing your dress but one thing that I struggled with was the final decision. I love the dress that I have chosen but at first my friends and Family were very quiet. I wondered if they liked it, it turns out they love my dress. The point is nobody does you like you do and it is your smile that will make people love your dress. If you are happy then it will show.Don’t worry about the size. Wedding dress sizing can be totally different to what you’d expect. It’s about the FIT and your normal high street size can differ from gown size.

There are a few things to be aware of when heading out dress shopping. Firstly it takes a long time for shops to order a dress in for you  (up to 6 months). if you don't have that amount of time then you can usually order sample dresses but the choice is then limited to what they have in front of you. Secondly, alterations will cost extra so try to consider this when you are creating a budget for your dress. 

I hope this was helpful to some of you

Thanks for reading 

Em x