Wednesday, 21 January 2015

I was expecting an easy YA read and if I'm honest I knew I would enjoy it but thought the plot might be a little bit samey ( i am aware this is not a real word). I was right and i was wrong. I DID enjoy the book and it was not samey at all!
I will admit to struggling to get into the first few chapters and I put it down on one occasion but I was glad when I managed to get into the plot because it was really different and interesting.

The base of the story is power and a huge struggle for it. What are you supposed to do with power once you have it? Good of course.
I loved the little love triangle but I would have loved to have read a little bit more of the nice darkling but I also like him a little bit bad!!

I was sooo rooting for the Darkling. His character has so much going for it that I was excited to read every page that included him. I liked the connection between him and Alina from the get go. Like all real bad boys the Dafkling knows he is powerful and uses it all to his advantage. I did like Mal but there was nothing really special about him until he turned into a hero. 

I really really liked this book.

Thanks for reading

Em x

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Broken Skies by Theresa Kay Review

Thirty years ago, civilization collapsed. Few survived.
Ten years ago, the aliens arrived…and stayed.
One year ago, I killed two men and went a little crazy.
Today, the aliens took my brother and I will do anything to get him back.

In seventeen-year-old Jax Mitchell's world, humans are nearly extinct and alien settlers have arrived.

Until recently, the E’rikon have remained segregated in their city and ignored the few humans who have tried to engage them… but now they have taken Jax’s brother. To rescue him, she forms an uneasy alliance with a teenage E’rikon left stranded in the woods. She agrees to guide him to the city if he sneaks her past the human-proof barrier. Too bad it’s not that simple.

Jax, who cannot stand to be touched, finds that she’s drawn to the alien boy with bright green hair and jewel-like scales down his back. And he’s equally affected by her, the courageous redhead with haunted eyes. But she doesn’t know the alien’s true motives and he has no idea that she is much more than she seems.

In this world where alien and human are at odds, the connection forming between the two has consequences. What started off as a rescue mission sets a chain of events in motion which threatens not only the remaining humans and the growing alien society, but Earth itself

This story is based around a fiery, red headed tomboy named Jasmine or Jax for short. After the collapse of human civilisation Jax lived with her twin brother in a secluded cabin in the woods.
Girls are used as currency to be sold and bred in special breeding camps. Men protect the  camp and oh yeah fight the war against the aliens.

I loved the mix of dystopia and science fiction. I never put this story down.

When Jax twin brother is kidnapped by the aliens she turns to the only available person for help. Lir - an alien who has been abandoned by his group and left in the woods. 
Jax was a wonderfully courageous character, fighting for her life as well as her  brother and at some points Lir. She fought through an internal battle with her emotions towards Lir. Loving Jax was not hard she appealed to the stubborn side of me. Lir was a great and extremely likeable character if not a little bit of a mystery, I would have enjoyed a few chapter from Lir's point of view but maybe that will be coming in the next book.

I loved the dynamic of this story. The characters were interesting, Three dimensional and realistic. There many twists and turns throughout the plot that kept things interesting.  

I loved everything in this story from the relationships especially the complex feelings going on between Jax and Lir, the fight that continues throughout the plot and the cliff hanger ending that has me 100% waiting for the next instalment of the story.

Thanks for reading

Em x

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Love Edy: Shewanda Pugh Review

When Edy Phelps falls hard for her best friend, she knows nothing can come from it. Forget actual chemistry, or the fact that she cherishes his mother more than her own; centuries of tradition say that Hassan will grow up, marry the girl his parents pick, and forget his best friend: the dancer with the bursting smile. Except he can't. In a world erupting with possibilities for the boy with a body of steel and dreams of the NFL, everything seems promised while nothing at all is; when he's denied the girl he wants most. 
Two hearts. Two families devoted through generations of friendship. Could Edy and Hassan really risk all that? And yet ... how could they not?

Love Edy is not the kind of book that I would normally lean towards or even pick up to read to be honest however I am glad that I was given the chance to give this book a go. 

I found Edy to be an interesting character, Growing up surrounded by boy who want to look after her has made her unpopular with other girls and although I too disliked Edy as a character I found her quite believable. We all know that girl who only hangs around with the guys and behaves like a bit of spoilt bitch. I liked that Edy wanted to be included but she still wanted to be herself just like any other teenager. 

Hassan however was likeable and made me want the unlikely couple to be happy together. He was everything a leading male character needs to be, Strong, interesting, good looking but there was also the softer side that you would expect.

What really got me excited about the plot was the ending. how can you not want to read the next book (which is out now by the way) when there is an amazing cliff hanger like that? 

Good job Shewanda Pugh 

Thanks for reading

Em x

The retribution of Mara Dyer: Michelle Hodkin Review


I read the first book in this trilogy in October of last year and have been unable to control myself when it comes to the next instalments. I could not wait to find out what happened to poor Mara Dyer.
The retribution of Mara Dyer is in my opinion the best book in this trilogy. 

The start of this book is terrifying, set in the scary hospital. Mara has a really bad time of things. Not only is this book amazing but it is also a bit of a horror and I love that!!

Every spare second that I had I spent reading this amazing piece of work. Completely gripped and intent on finding the conclusion to this sad and scary love story. The plot was easy to read and had no nonsense so it was extremely fast paced. I loved how quickly I could understand what was going on. The book was jam packed with huge twists and turns from start to finish.

Unlike other stories with a mystery too them I caught on when Mara did and not several chapters before which helped keep me interested and wanting to read on. In the first book I will admit I was not a fan of teh supporting characters and although my feelings towards them grew in the second book it wasn't until this third book I felt like I really got to know them. I did miss Noah quite a lot at  the beginning of the book.

The last line in the book was my absolute favourite ending of any that I have ever read before. I don't want to spoil it by quoting but I will say that it had me questioning everything I read in the entire series.

I love, love, loved this entire series!!!

Thanks for reading

Em x

Friday, 26 December 2014

Barbados: The Flight Review

Where have I been you might not need to ask as the title gives this away but I have been preparing for and enjoying the lovely country of Barbados. I thought I would put together a little series of things I loved and maybe some that I didn't love quite so much.

First off: The flight and the airport

Now many of you will have been to Gatwick airport many times but for me it was a first. I have always caught my planes at Bristol Airport in the past and so in comparison it was huge. Stepping into the airport and seeing everything all at once made me panic a little bit. I am not afraid of flying but there is something about travelling that makes me anxious. I tried Kalms this trip and they worked a treat!!

Check in was extremely easy and getting through security was a breeze. We then headed to the Vroom (Virgins very own departure lounge) We were greeted and checked in swiftly and made our way to the complimentary breakfast. There was so much on offer here from Cereal and Cupcakes to Juices, Tea and Coffee and everything in-between. We were shown to some comfortable seating where we could see the aeroplanes taking off and landing. 

The plane itself was huge and we had chosen to sit right at the back. The air hostess was funny and polite before take off and was telling us about the weather in Barbados. After take off we were all served drinks and given a bag of pretzels which were yummy. 

The Food

We were given a little menu at the start of our flight so that we knew what we were going to receive during the trip and we got to choose our main course, I thought that was a nice touch. I chose lasagne and as far as plane food goes it was nice. We also received an afternoon tea a couple of hours before landing which was delicious. 


Virgin use Veto on their flights and each seat has their own personal screen in the seat in front of them. I wasn't expecting too much as far as entertainment goes but I was proved wrong within the first five minutes of getting on the aircraft. There were an endless amount of films and TV series, Music and Documentaries to watch. I watched several films on the way there and on the way back including The Fault in Our Stars, Lucy and 22 Jump Street.
The music choices were also extensive with a bit of something for everyone.


I don't think travelling is ever comfortable and my anxiety certainly doesn't help me relax however on the flight to Barbados there was lots to distract me and that made the flight more comfortable. I would say that Virgins flight was more comfortable than other planes i have been on.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Monday, 27 October 2014

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. 

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. 

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves. 

This book is about Time Travellers from the future coming back to 2010 to live. In the future people are dying from something called a blood plague and the aim is for this group of travellers to escape it.
I liked reading about how grim the future is and how technology advances through time. The future in this story was realistic and the horror that Prenna had faced was genuinely scary. I thought the plot was clever and imaginative. I enjoyed reading the book as a whole and it was quite a quick read for me.

Prenna is a great character in my opinion, She is feisty and inquisitive I feel like she knows who she is and unlike the other travellers she is not brainwashed. The plague is easily transferred from person to person and so it is against the rules to touch. Prenna was often unsure of the time and her surroundings as you would expect. Throughout the book there were letters from Prenna to her brother Julian and i really enjoyed this addition to the book they show Prenna is feeling about the new things she is encountering and the hope she feels about her new home. 

Ethan is the perfect boy who is cool and popular but takes pitty on people less fortunate or not as 'with it'. For me Ethan was a little bit too predictable and weak as far as lead characters go. I could have forgiven the weak character if he had been swoon worthy but for me he wasn't. Saying that, Ethan's plot was still enjoyable and I liked the interaction between him and Preena. 

I don't want to give anything away but I will say that I liked the ending and I do want to read the next in the series (by the ending I assume there will be a next book). I don't think this book deserves the negative reviews it has received and although its not my favourite book of the year I would recommend it to a friend.

Thanks For Reading
Em x

Friday, 24 October 2014

11 Sleeps

You are 100% going to get bored of me going on about my trips but guess what............... I am going to do it anyway. That's right in 11 days I will be leaving for my trip to Barbados and i have not been more excited. This Blog is however going to be about the things i am a little bit anxious for.

The Car Journey

I am not the worst traveller in the world but I am certainly not the best. On the plus side I don't get car sick and I can be quite a quiet passenger because I like to sit there with my book and read until we get there. The problem is as soon as I know we will not be stopping the car for a while I begin to desperately need a wee, it doesn't matter if I have only just been to the loo or not. 

The night before

I find sleeping the night before anything exciting or worrying virtually impossible. I lie awake tossing and turning waiting for the moment I can finally get up for breakfast and get going. The morning we are going I will be a mess of pointless chatter in an attempt to release all of my excitement.

The one thing that freaks me out the most is..

The Plane

I am not terrified like I know some people can be and I will get on the plane as a means to an end but I hate how uncomfortable they are. I always have a headache when I am flying, I feel claustrophobic and cramped. There is always a crying child to help with my headache and the toilets are gross!! 

But with all of that said I am very excited to visit Barbados even if I have to suffer to get there.

Thanks For reading

Em xx