Wednesday, 10 August 2016

The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury


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.

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Em x
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Monday, 8 August 2016

My Heart and other black holes by Jasmine Wanga


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. 

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Em x
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 

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Em x
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Asking For It by Louise O'Neill


It's the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O'Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there's a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma. 

The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can't remember what happened, she doesn't know how she got there. She doesn't know why she's in pain. But everyone else does. 

Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don't want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town's heroes...

Obviously this book is very controversial and at parts it was very uncomfortable to read. 
I have never read anything by Louise O'Neill before so I didn't know what to expect from her writing but I was completely happy with her writing style. 

Once you have read what the story is about you understand that it will be very difficult to read. It most certainly was not a happy read at all.

Asking for it made me very angry because some of the characters brush what has happened to Emma under the carpet and try to forget about it as though its just one of those things. I was angry because even Emma's parents wanted the situation to just go away, the only support Emma had was her brother but he was very angry too. 

The book made me sad because it seems unlikely that Emma will ever get over the incident and she herself felt that she should just drop the case so that her parents can get on with life as it was even though life will never be the same again for Emma. 
At first I was angry at the ending 

Sunday, 12 June 2016

The Crown (Selection #5) by Kiera Cass


This is the 5th book in the Selection series by Kiera Cass and up until now I think I have mostly enjoyed this series. This book is actually the second half of this story as the first half came out earlier.

The cover of this book is stunning and I think that the dresses are just getting more beautiful. I still like Eady and most of the boys in the competition. I'm really happy that Eadlyn still has her own mind and her own morals and she stays strong to herself throughout this book.

Personally I would have made a different decision but I wasn't mad about the final decision. The story is obviously very similar to the previous selection stories but I don't think that means it was worse or better it was a nice easy read. I would have liked a little more at the end of the story but maybe more is coming in the future. 

The book has many problems but I think for the most part it was fairly enjoyable. I liked the girl power feel and the strong women doing it for themselves. 

I wouldn't recommend this book based on this book alone however it does go quite nicely with the rest of the series and it didn't leave me too disappointed.

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Em x

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the Forest

This book is based in a quaint town called Fairfold which is like your regular town except that deep in the forest the Fairies who are controlled by the Alder King live. The people that live in the town are protected from the fairies by paying tributes or completing special rituals to protect themselves. It is usually tourists that fall prey to the Fair folk as they don't know how to protect themselves from the Fairies. The Tourists come to the town to see the horned boy who sleeps in a glass coffin in a clearing in the forest. Nothing has been able to wake the Horned boy.
Hazel and her brother are fascinated boy and he features in many of their childhood games. When the Horned boy wakes up things go from strange to scary for the people of Fairfold and Hazel and her friends are on hand to try and sort things out.

I liked a good half of the characters in this book. There was a character for everyone to connect with and I think that the relationships that are formed are not only adorable but also quite surprising.  The relationship that is formed between Hazel and Jack is may favourite because they support each others weirdness and make each other stronger. I like that Holly Black has not relied on a mushy romance in this book and has instead made each character an individual who may or may not be in love rather than the other way round. I was also impressed with the way the story expressed the relationship between Ben and Hazel, as kids they had been through a lot and it was clearly tough so they were a tough pair and they loved each other but there was also a bit of jealousy and rivalry mixed in with the nicer emotions which for me made this relationship much more realistic and believable.

Well they were not your Tinkerbell kind of fairy I will tell you that. The Folk in this book were gruesome and pretty ugly. They are not just mischievous but down right wicked. I think Holly Black was very creative with her descriptions and her characters. 

I liked this book quite a bit but it isn't my favourite fairy book. I think that the plot is new and interesting, there are many aspects of this book that I have not come across in YA books before so I would recommend this to anyone who has quite a good imagination.

You can find the first 7 chapters of this book on goodreads at the moment.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins


Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.

Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him—and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y'all beg for more.
At the begining of this book I was really enjoying myself. I really liked Harper and David. but then things took a turn for the less exciting.
The love triangle had a lot of promise but it didnt manage to keep up the frustration and excitement that a love triangle usually has.
I wanted a funny and light hearted story and I guess I got that because parts of it were funny but overall it was just a little dull.
There was little to no character development throughout the whole book. I dont feel like i really was able to envelope myself in the world because it wasnt really very well described.
It was a very quick read and did get me out of a little reading slump so i am greatful for that. I gave this book a generous 3 out of 5 on Goodreads.
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