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 

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