Tuesday, 29 December 2015

You Killed me by Keith Gray

17172432Len Grimsby is dead and he blames Toby. When Len's ghost appears at the end of his bed, Toby is taken back in time to see the repercussions of his actions and unravel the series of events that led to Len's death. Can he save Len from being killed? And can he manage not to screw everything else up in the process?

You all know how much I like a book with a moral to the story and this short story has a moral but surprisingly I did not love this story. I picked it up because i was in a bit of a slump and I wanted something easy to read and I suppose it filled both of those needs at only 72 pages I whizzed through it in about ten minutes but I wanted a bit more from it. 

Basically a butterfly effect is set off when Toby drops his cricket bat over a wall.  The story plays out the things that happen as a direct effect of this and some of this is good an some of it is bad.

The story has a sort of Christmas Carol feel when the Marley ghost visits Scrooge which was an interesting way to tell the story.

I am clearly not the target demographic for this story and so I only gave it a 2 star but I do think it wouold be ideal when teaching young children a lesson.

Thanks for Reading

EM xx


The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

12958103In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

The Pledge is set in a dytopian future where your class is defined by the language you speak. The concept is interesting and unlike anything I have previously read.

I didn't feel much of a romantic connection between Charlie and Max, in fact I found Charlie quite dull. Max seemed infatuated with her instantly but I'm not sure why.
Charlie is different, she has a special secret. A secret that could get her into an awful lot of trouble if anybody found out. She understands other languages which is not only unheard of but against the law and punishable by death.

Charlie did have a very believable relationship with her little sister, I liked how the two communicated and looked after each other when things got tough. Unlike other YA stories Charlie did have parents who were present for half of the book at least. 

The story wasn't as action packed as i would have liked but there was enough to keep the book going at a decent speed. The queen could have been much scarier and the ending didn't leave me wanting to read on into the next book (The Essence) if the queen ha been much scarier then i think i would have jumped on the second book.

The story definitely had promise and I am not put off from reading other books by Derting but this series is not really my cup of tea.

Thanks for reading

Em xx


Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Frozen Dreams by Cori Williams

25019648My life was perfect. I had everything I wanted, including the love of a man that intended to make all of my dreams come true. 
“…the night my life as I knew it ended.” 

In the blink of an eye, all I'd once known was ripped away. Suffering in limbo, full of fear and regret, I had only memories and dreams to comfort me, urging me to fight. 

"...marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled..." 
But they stole it all. 
Awakened to betrayal and pain, I struggle to find a new beginning. Yet the past seeps in, pulling me under. No matter how hard I try to keep my head above water, it threatens to ruin me. 

How can I really live with my hopes for the future still frozen? And if the ice thaws, will I have the courage to build new dreams? 
Contains mature content, suitable for 17+ 
This is a standalone

The beginning of this story is gripping!! its absolutely terrifying thinking that the main character had been kidnapped to teach her a lesson. Grasping my interest so early on in the story made me interested for the entire story. 

Emmy is a very likeable character. She is the right kind of vulnerable before she grows stronger and she isn't dependant on a boy, she doesn't stick with Austin because he is her first love but instead kicks him to the kerb to  better herself. This girl spend very little time moping around and actually does things that will help her improve as a person. I like that.

Gannon is a perfect companion for Emmy and the romance isn't instant which makes it more believable. She actually doesn't like him very much to begin with but he gets under her skin and he listens. Gannon takes that time to understand what Emmy needs and eventually she begins to fall for him. 

There are a few twists and turns in the plot which keep it fresh and lots of characters to keep things exciting. It didn't take long to read at all and was very enjoyable. I expected a soppy romance but I got a well thought out story about two people who fall in love. The plot is part past part present, A little bit Austin, A little bit Gannon a lot Emmy, sound confusing? it actually is not!! the multiple perspectives help to create a well rounded story.

this is the only book by Cori Williams that I have read and I cannot wait to grab another.  

I received this story in exchange for an honest review.

Thanks For Reading
Em x

Friday, 6 November 2015

As I Am by Annalisa Grant


“You’re not invisible. You’re invaluable.”

When Kinley Carmichael looks in the mirror, she doesn’t see her blonde-haired, blue-eyed, size 4 twin sister. She sees her dark-haired, brown-eyed, size 12 self. 
Kinley and her twin sister Addison are excited to start their second summer as counselors at The Camp at Lake Hollis. All Kinley wants is to earn enough money to meet up with her mother so they travel the world as professional photographers. All Addison wants is to work on her tan, seduce a boy, and build her fashion budget. And while Kinley and Addison couldn’t be more opposite, nothing has ever stopped them from being the best of friends. 
It’s an especially great summer for Kinley as the official camp photographer and Notre Dame Quarterback Cal Harper showing interest in her. But when poet Miller Conrad arrives and rejects Addison’s advances, showing more interest in Kinley, true colors will shine and the sisters’ bond will be tested.
As Kinley and Miller’s connection deepens, Kinley feels like she can truly be herself without the internal scrutiny she’s developed in the shadow of her sister. But when Kinley inadvertently uncovers a terrible secret at the camp, Miller is left facing the demons of his own reasons for coming to Lake Hollis.
What was supposed to be the greatest summer of Kinley’s life turns out to be more life-changing than she ever imagined.

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

First off I am not really keen on the cover for this book but I don't think it would put me off reading it. 

So Kinley and Addison go to camp to be counsellors and earn some cash while having a fun summer. They are twins but they don't really look alike and they are different people so they have different personalities. 

Kinley was a really cute and sweet character, she helped other people out and forgave things that I consider unforgivable but she is not really into arguing so it makes sense. She is curvier than Addy and Addy makes sure that she knows about it. She has quite low self esteem but is working on it. Kinley has a great group of friends at camp and they all love and support her which is clear in the book, it helps her get through her problems.

I love books that have a moral and this one does. As I Am is teaching us to love ourselves for who we are not what we look like. Miller doesn't judge Kinley by what she looks like but instead he gets to know her and that is what we all should do. 
As I Am also tells us to take control of our own lives and do things that you want to do because you want to do it not because somebody else has told you to. 

In general the story is a feel good story. I loved that the characters all seemed to act the ages that they are not older or younger.I think it might have been interesting to have dual perspectives and read a bit from Addison's point of view.

I gave it a 3 star on Goodreads

Thanks for Reading

Em x


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins


These are the two cover styles that I have come across for the first book in this series, personally I much prefer the second one. 

This book was lots of fun to read. There are tons of different characters with different powers and abilities to read about. Hex Hall is kind of Harry Potter meets Wild Child meets Saint Trinians.

Sophie was easy to relate to because she was a bit of a wally. She isn't a very good witch and she is just on the wrong side of awkward. Sophie certainly is not a popular kid. Sophie has sarcasm which I love a heroine to have, basically she just seems like a normal teenage girl with magical powers. I like that she is a bit naughty and doesn't really care about being in trouble.

Archer was a bit dull. he was the same as every other male character until he turned out to be the baddie. Obviously something fishy is going on there and I will need to read the next book to find out what it is but it made him that little bit more interesting. It was Cal that was described as sexy and lumber jacky which makes me think that we will get to see more of him as the sequel continues. 
Jenna was my favourite because she was funny, sad and confused all at the same time. I loved her spirit.

It did take me a few goes to get into this book but once I did I sped through it.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Right where you are by L.E. Bross

23202655Avery Melrose is used to having it all. So when her boyfriend cheats on her, she reacts like any spoiled rich girl-she freaks out and vandalizes his new truck, Carrie Underwood style. Now she's stuck with 300 hours of community service doing road-side garbage duty.
Seth Hunter just got out of prison, and after a few hundred hours picking up litter on the side of the highway, he can finally put his mistakes behind him. If he can string together some kind of existence, maybe it'll be enough to get his sister away from their stepfather, the man who sent Seth to prison in the first place.
A romance between these two is doomed from the start. Girls like Avery want castles and white horses, and Seth is no prince charming.
But sometimes, being around Avery makes Seth think he could make something of himself. Maybe even be worthy of a girl like her. It's just too bad real life gets in the way first, tearing these two apart before they have any chance of getting to Happily Ever After.

I was expecting the story to be a bit cheesy but it wasn't it was lovely. It is kind of your average rich girl meets poor bad boy story but its a lot better than normal as well. There was obviously the romance that ran through the book and this was the main focus, it didn't need anything else to make it exciting it just was.

The relationship between Seth and Avery develops so nicely that it is hard to not care for them. Avery is wealthy and has everything that she would ever need at the drop of a hat. I quite liked the little princess routine at the beginning because I thought she was interesting if not a little arrogant but it made her different to the nicey nicey average lead girls you normally find in new adult books. Avery went psycho when she found her boyfriend cheating on her and ended up doing community service. For me Avery grew a lot during the story, she went from a little daddies girl to an adult who knew what she wanted for herself and that she was just going to go out and grab what she wanted instead of waiting for her parents plan for her to come together. 

Seth was a convict, a bad boy but not really. I like that he was a bit of a player before prison. He was a little irritating about half way through the story Seth got extremely soppy with Avery. He began to call her Babe a lot and we know how I hate reading that. Personally this lovely dovey behaviour didn't strike me as how Seth would have acted, possessive maybe yes, protective definitely after everything that has happened in his life but mushy not really but hey that's just my opinion. 

I think Bross did an excellent job at creating two characters that complement each other so perfectly that it seems crazy that they would not be together. Avery is the calm to Seth's crazy and he helps her discover herself. 

I really enjoyed Right Where You Are. I was kindly sent this book in return for an honest review.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Friday, 23 October 2015

Ugly by Margaret McHeyzer

25987654If I were dead, I wouldn't be able to see.
If I were dead, I wouldn't be able to feel.
If I were dead, he'd never raise his hand to me again.
If I were dead, his words wouldn't cut as deep as they do.
If I were dead, I'd be beautiful and I wouldn't be so...ugly.
I'm not dead...but I wish I was.

*This is a dark YA/NA stand-alone, full-length novel. Contains violence.

First off I think it is very brave for Margaret McHeyzer to attempt such an upsetting topic and also to just get straight into it from page one but I really appreciated her for it. The whole story is not only terrifying but also thought provoking and extremely powerful. It could teach a lot of people a lesson, myself included. Ugly did not feel like fiction to me, it could have been the story of any girl that has ever been mistreated and I think that is what made it such a heart wrenching read. 

How an adult can treat a child the was that Lily is treated is beyond me and this happens in real life not just in stories The book starts with a little Lily hiding from her dad in the closet because he beats her when he has had a drink, he also starves her and calls her horrid names. It is obviously not the ideal start to Lily's life but she gets on with it and survives however she can. 

Lily meets a boy named Trent and I got excited because he was wonderful...... to begin with. He shows her what she has been missing out on and helps her when she needs it. Turns out Trent was the Devil in a teen boy's body. He was wicked and vile. 

Lily doesn't really understand kindness until she starts to work in a local supermarket and meets Shayne. Who I love by the way. She cares for Lily like a sister and pushes her just enough for Lily to realise that she can do whatever she wants.  

Lily is such a likeable character that it is hard to imagine all of these horrid things happening to her but then I suppose that the point isn't it? That you don't really know what is going on behind closed doors or sometimes even right in front of your face.

What I enjoyed the most about this story is that because it is a standalone I got to read about Lilly at several different stages of her life from childhood (If you can call it that).

I like a book that has a message and this one has a strong one. Never give up. Be strong. You're worth it. pick any of those and it will be true. 

I Love Love Loved this story.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Die for me by Amy Plum

9462812In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.

When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again.

Amy Plum takes Paranormal somewhere different. It was refreshing to read about something other than vampires and werewolves. The Revenants were really something special, they were lively and full of character. 

Kate is a shadow of herself when she arrives in Paris due to her parents death and her grandparents are worried about her. Until she meets a boy and she seems to brighten up a little. 
I don't think I have read a book set in Paris before but I have been to Paris so I found it interesting to read about the streets and the destinations.

I liked all of the characters except Georgia, there was just something about her that annoyed me. She went out to bars and clubs all the time and still maintained school. She was the one that got the Revenants into trouble in the story because of her stupid antics. I found Charlotte bouncy and fun and in a dark story sometimes you need a little bit of that. 

It was quite dark for a YA with the main characters focusing on death quite a lot, Its kind of what they do. There was also the romance going on between Kate and Vincent which was quick but still nice. I liked that Kate still went to school because it really annoys me when a character manages to spend every second with a new boyfriend like nothing else exists. 

Obviously Vincent is gorgeous, mysterious, powerful and romantic as are the majority of boys in YA books. I thought that he was interesting in the way that he explained everything to Kate. 

I enjoyed the read and it was very well paced. I read it quite quickly and wanted to continue reading the story. I gave it a 4/5 on Goodreads. I am not sure if this has a series but if it does then I will be picking it up. 

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

This is the second book in the darkest minds series so if you have not read this book and you plan on reading it I would suggest giving this review a miss.

If I remember correctly I enjoyed the Darkest Minds quite a lot more than I enjoyed this instalment.

16150830I found the first half of the book quite boring and things started to pick up just as I was about to put it down. Ruby was boring, probably because she was sad and scared but she could be those things and interesting at the same time. There was no Liam until near the end of the book but we did have his less exciting older brother to read about. No Zu at all!! instead we had a whole new lot of characters who were fun but they were not the characters I wanted. 

The plot in Never Fade dragged on quite a lot and we didn't really get anywhere. Parts of the story are great and then it is ruined by a completely stupid or irrelevant scene. I just wanted so much more from the book and from Ruby because there was all of this action and romance and amazing relationships between the characters but there you go. 

The story still has an interesting concept and I do still like Chubbs and Liam so maybe that will win it for me but we will have to wait and see. 

I can't decide if I will continue on with the series but I am interested in what has become of Zu so maybe if I pick it up somewhere then I will read it but it is not at the top of my list. 

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

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

The Beast Within by Serena Valentino


I bought this book while I was in Disney world on my hooneymoon. I found this one and the snow white on in with the villains collection so obviously I had to pick it up. The cover is stunning and under the duck jacket is a picture of the prince himself. 
When I got back and looked them up on goodreads I was disappointed, the reviews are not very good. 

Personally I loved this book. I liked the idea of reading about beasts life before Belle and finding out what really happened with this curse. This story was darker than the Beauty and the Beast we all know and that suits me just fine I liked the darker undertones to the plot. 

A lot of the complaints with this book for other readers (not myself) revolve around character development but come on people if you don't already know who Gaston is or Belle then what are you reading the book for in the first place?

The story brought in Ursula from the little mermaid which was a fun little twist in the story. I liked the too and fro between the witchy sisters i thought that was a fun little addition to the plot.

Gaston is by far one of my favourite Disney characters and this book just confirmed why I love him. He isn't as wicked or as bad as the disney movie made him he was attacked by his former best friend in beast form and was manipulated by the witches. 

I really really liked this story. If you get the chance to read it I would say definitely do it just adds a little bit more to the story I am already so much in love with.

Thanks For Reading 

Em xx