Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

11112619Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ring mistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion...by any means necessary.
In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.

Poor Rhine has no luck. Her and Gabriel manage to escape but end up dancing for strangers and full of the flu. The poor things have to go through hell just to find a place to survive and then they end up at the circus. There is no instant love between the two although they do clearly care for one another. This is refreshing when you think of how often we are asked to accept that characters are madly in love after a single meeting. 

I think Rhine and Gabriel are really sweet together. I like how gentle and caring he is because it compliments Rhines confident personality. They look after one another as much as they can which is sweet and Gabriel tries to comprehend why Rhine wanted to escape so badly.

Maddie was introduced to us at the circus. She is bright for her age but doesn't speak. She is well behaved and clings to Gabriel always. I liked her as a character and she was adorable to read about and even though she was an extra person to worry about for Rhine and Gabe they took it all in their stride.

Fever gives us more questions than it does answers but I think that is fine as long as they are answered in the next book. I still don't enjoy the sciencey stuff but that is neither here nor there. 

I like the writing style for both of the books so far and I have found the series easy to read. I am hoping for a happy ending but the way things are going it wouldn't be very believable. 

To be honest I just dont know where I am with this series at the moment but I think I am enjoying it

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Monday, 12 October 2015

Deviation by M C Cerny

Deviation: an action, behavior, or condition that is different from what is usual or expected; an act or instance of deviating; a noticeable or marked departure from accepted norms of behavior.
Edith Willows has escaped the drugs, abuse, and poverty of her early years, but the scars remain. She is imperfect and damaged. Eager to complete her college degree and leave the past behind, Edith doesn’t anticipate the return of a forbidden crush, threatening to destroy her carefully crafted peace…
Jack Hamilton has the perfect life…a woman who fulfills his needs, a successful business, and an adjunct position at his former school. However, a past indiscretion has haunted him for years and, now, the beautiful dark-haired girl he had no business getting involved with sits just rows away from his podium, all grown-up…
Edith and Jack deviate from the acceptable student/teacher relationship.

I was kindly sent a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I did not find Edith very likeable at all and that probably didn't help with my overall review. Edith worked hard to get to where she is because she has alcoholic parents, I would have liked that to be focused on a little bit more because its admirable. Edith first met Jack at high school when he was her student teacher. They shared a sneaky kiss and she thought nothing more of it until he turns up in a class that she isn't doing so well in. 

They start a forbidden romance which I exciting and if this was the main focus of the story then I think that my review would have been top end but the story has so many different elements that there is just soo much going on. 
Here is a list of all of the different subjects touched upon in this one short story:
* Teacher student forbidden love. 
* Depression
* Sexual assault
*Alcohol abuse
*Mental Illness
and Cutting
These subjects are only ever mentioned briefly so you are not given enough time or information to process what is happening before the next thing is thrown at you.

Overall I gave this story two stars on Goodreads but it did have lots of potential. 

Thanks For Reading 
Em x  

Sunday, 11 October 2015

My life next door by Huntley Fitzpatrick


"One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time."

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha - even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another

This book started with a forbidden love, Samantha wasn't supposed to have anything to do with the noisy, messy Garret family but she had been dreamily watching them from her rooftop for years. When she final met Jase she was not only in love with him but also with his crazy family. 

There wasn't the usual teenage drama in this book which helped to focus on the story rather than reading about the characters moaning. Both Jase and Samantha had jobs over the summer and were not able to see each other every second of everyday which made the story more believable because normal people have to work. 

The people that made up the Garrett family were dysfunctional but lovely and every character in this book had their own life with its own story. Most of these characters could have their own book especially Tim but it was nice that they were not all focused on Sam and Jase. 

Sam was wealthy but not princessy or spoilt like you would expect. Her moral compass was pointing in the right direction and although it took her a little while to do the right thing she did it eventually.
Each character in the story has their own stuff going on they are not just focused on Sam and Jase which is interesting. We could of had this story from many different points of view, Tim's, Nannys, Jase's but the fact that we stuck with Sam from the beginning to the end made connecting with her really easy. 

Fitzpatrick touches on drug and alcohol abuse and how it is not easy to get back off of these things but Tim manages to begin this process during this story but it isn't brushed over. 

I enjoyed this story a lot. It was a nice speedy read and I got through it in a couple of sittings. 

Give this one a go!!

Thanks for reading

Em x

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Wither (The chemical garden Series) by Lauren DeStefano


By age sixteen, Rhine Ellery has four years left to live. She can thank modern science for this genetic time bomb. A botched effort to create a perfect race has left all males with a lifespan of 25 years, and females with a lifespan of 20 years. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have sky rocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children. 
When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape. Her husband, Linden, is hopelessly in love with her, and Rhine can't bring herself to hate him as much as she'd like to. He opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed, and it almost makes it possible to ignore the clock ticking away her short life. But Rhine quickly learns that not everything in her new husband's strange world is what it seems. Her father-in-law, an eccentric doctor bent on finding the antidote, is hoarding corpses in the basement. Her fellow sister wives are to be trusted one day and feared the next, and Rhine is desperate to communicate to her twin brother that she is safe and alive. Will Rhine be able to escape--before her time runs out?
Together with one of Linden's servants, Gabriel, Rhine attempts to escape just before her seventeenth birthday. But in a world that continues to spiral into anarchy, is there any hope for freedom?

I loved this idea and it was unlike any thing I have ever read before. its a grim concept and not a very nice world to be born into but the girls have to keep on having babies to keep the human race alive. 
The story starts with Rhine and her Twin brother who both have one blue eye and one brown eye. They look after one another because their parents died trying to create a cure for the horrible virus. 
Girls in this book are not treated nicely. they are sold, killed or married off at any age. Rhine doesn't feel lucky that she was sold as a bride but she is terrified of the alternative. 

Becoming a bride happens quickly and Rhine has two sister brides. One older than her and one younger. I liked that  through the three girls you got to read about a variety of reactions to their situation. Rhine just wanted to escape nothing else. That was her plan from day one and she stuck to it. 
I found it scary to imagine being locked in a van, not knowing where you are going and then watching the terror unfold around you as you get kidnapped and gassed. 

A lot of the negative comments relate to the child bride aspect of this story and yes its disturbing but that's the point!! Its not normal to have a bride aged 13 but then this book isn't talking about normal things. It's just the world that the story is set in.

I liked the characters, I found them all interesting because they all had their own back story and as each story unfolded you were able to understand the character a little bit more.
I am hoping that we learn more about this mysterious virus and I hope they manage to find a cure. Maybe I will find out in the next instalments. I will be picking them up shortly because it was a quick fun read. 
I read this book in two sittings and it was a really easy read. 

Thanks for reading

Em x

Sunday, 20 September 2015

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

First off I have been AWOL a lot recently but there are several reasons. First off I am reading the mortal instruments series and these books are chunks. Secondly I have started driving lessons (better late than never) and this is taking up a lot of my time and thirdly I am in a bit of a reading slump at the moment so I am considering changing what I am reading if I continue to fail at getting into the 4th book in this series. Anyway lets get on with it shall we?

I liked it. This instalment reminded me of Harry potter. I'm not sure why but I liked that element to it. The first two books in the series had a lot of characters that we were not already familiar with which kept it exciting and although there were a few additions to the cast in this book, we didn't spend much time getting to know them and that meant I could neither love nor hate them. For instance evil Sebastian, other than what he did in Alicante I don't really think he was that evil. If I had to compare it to anything Sebastian was Draco Malfoy evil (so not really that bad at all just mislead). 
This is the same for Max he was never really mentioned until a few snippets in this book so why should I feel bad that he died?

On a more positive note I felt like I knew what the city of Alicante looked like because it was built so well in the story. It was nice for the plot for this book to be based somewhere new and exciting.
Some of the fighting scenes were exciting as well i like how involved Luke was and how we learnt so much more about his character. Part of me was hoping that he was the dad to either Clary or Jace. 

I like Clary and Jace as a couple but she is turning a bit mopey and needy in my opinion, I hope she pulls it together. The relationship so far has been very repetitive and the whole sibling thing is disgusting. Even when they find out the truth Clary has still got it on with her brother and doesn't even seem too stressed out about it. 
I am really glad about the Simon and Isabelle relationship going on I like these two together a lot and I hope that this sticks.

When you get a trilogy the second book is sometimes the worst one so maybe this book is like that. At least I am hoping the next book is much better. 

Thursday, 27 August 2015

The Girl with All the Gifts by M R Carey

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Firstly if you have not read this book yet do not read this review!! Go in Blind.

I picked this book up thinking that it was going to be a YA paranormal book, I thought that all of the gifts that the girl has were going to be magic but nope!! 

Most people in this apocalyptic earth have been infected by a fungus, The people infected turn into hungries. They loose the ability to think fr themselves and behave much like zombies I suppose, feeding on the flesh of anything that is alive and uninfected. The few people who are uninfected either live on a military style camp or are roaming around outside the camp living off the land and keeping their fingers crossed. 
Melanie lives on the military camp with her teachers and her classmates. She is very smart and quite likes where she lives even if she is caged up all the time. Then some stuff happens which means that Melanie, one of her teachers,the lady that is trying to kill her and two army men leave the camp. 

This book reminded me a little of the Host by Stephanie Meyer because everything is new to Melanie like it is to Wanderer in Host. This story is beautiful in its description of a broken down world. Each of the characters are individual characters not copies from other stories which is refreshing and bold. 
I have very little experience with Zombie books and so once I figured out thats what this was I was expecting more Walking Dead kind of action but The Girl With All the Girfts isnt like that all. The characters are trying to get on there way with as little damage to themselves as possible. Its a story of love mostly but we also get to read as trust grows and a bond is formed.

This book is intense like a thriller but not as jumpy in your face. It is creepy and scary but not enough to give you nightmares. Melanie is an amazing character, she shows bravery, will power and strength all throughout this book. You can see how her education has shaped the way that she sees the world as she references Winnie the Pooh books and Greek Mythology using these things to make sense of the newness around her.

The plot uses several perspectives to help with the world building and I thought this helped keep the pace up and the story interesting but the voice I liked the most was Melanie. There was something about  

I would put this book up there with my favourite books this year so far and its a stand alone!! I loved everything about it.

Thanks For Reading 
Em x

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare


I read the first book in the mortal instruments series a little while ago (maybe a year ago?) and only just got around to picking up the next part in the series. This is partly because of the relationship between Jace and Clary, It grossed me out and I didn't want to read any more about it but still I went ahead and picked it up.

Clary's mum is still in coma from the last book so Luke is now looking after Clary. Clary doesn't seem all that bothered that her mum is in hospital and in a matter of fact only visits her around 3 times in the book until the end when it all gets very serious. This for me is unrealistic. I think that Clary should of spent a lot more time at the hospital and a lot less time moping around after Jace or Simon. 
At the beginning of the book Clary and Simon were trying out a boyfriend/ Girlfriend relationship which didn't work for me personally because Simon was just too nice and it was a bit sickening but the there was the whole Jace thing.
Clary and Jace as much as declare there love for one another in front of everyone but nobody bats an eyelid. they are just all cool about it. NO. its not cool!! now i assume at some point along in the series we are going to find out that Clary and Jace are in actual fact not siblings (at least that's what I hope for) but still!!.

So far the series is reminding me of a PG version of True Blood which is fine because True Blood was one of my favourite series to read and to watch. There are faeries and werewolves and vampires and all sorts of crazy demons to contend with and just like in the True Blood series this can become a little bit too much but I liked the variety and I think this helped keep the book speedy to read.

I thought Simon was great in this book. He was angry when he should be and kind when he should be and he dealt with all the changes like you would expect him too. His relationship with Clary was a little off for me as i said. I think they are obviously not going to be the romance in this series so they need to just be friends. I do enjoy the relationship between Simon and Jace though. I like that they kind of don't like each other but then Jace doesn't seem to really like anyone except for Clary. 

Luke is my favourite character at the moment by far. He is grown up but not boring and his background is really interesting. The love he expresses for Clary's mum seems real. In my head he is a kind of Alcied (True Blood obviously) character and we all love a bit of Alcied.

I think the first book was miles better than the second book and for that reason and that I have purchased the entire series, I will continue on with hope that it will get better. The pacing was a lot better in this book than the first but that could be due to the required world building in the first book.

All Moaning aside I am going to read the next book and see how I feel after that.

Thanks For Reading 

Em x