Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick Review


Nora was happy, a normal teenager until her biology teacher decides its time for a change by mixing up the seating plan and sitting Nora next to Patch. Nora leaves normal behind when she feels like the dangerous looking Patch is not only stalking her but causing crazy things to happen to her.

The cover is just stunning however it didn't get me excited to read the book and it did sit on my shelf for a little while before I picked it up. This was one of the first books about angels that I have read.

Patch was very screwed up. Dangerous and Safe, Evil and Kind, Capable of both Murder and Love. That is why I liked him as a character. He is sexy and unpredictable. I liked how the little moments were described in the plot, a big deal is made out of looks and brushes of touches and I know as a teenage girl these moments were most certainly reviewed several times.

The only problem I really had with this book is that Patch out right says he wants to kill Nora but she is OK with that. Who would be OK with that? When Nora was being attacked in here home rather than use a downstairs window she runs up the stairs. What is wrong with you Nora??? I really hate weak female characters that rely on a boy whether he is good for them or not. Nora made some really dumb decisions.

Villains are always my favourites in stories and this story had a whole collection of them to choose from. Patch, Elliot, Jules and the therapist.  

I read this book in just over one sitting and I really enjoyed it. There was nothing to not like really. I would recommend it for an easy read.

Thanks for reading

Em x

Sunday, 15 February 2015

The Selection by Kiera Cass Review


There are some really negative reviews about this book but my review is an extremely positive one. 
Its a good, bad, simple and complicated world that America Singer lives in. In a dystopian world where castes exist with ones being royalty and then eight being the homeless. America is a five. 
Entering a competition to become the princess and marry the prince America is one of 35 Girls who get accepted and take up residence in the palace. 

All of the 34 other girls either want the prince, the money or the power and they are fighting for their place but America is different. America is not interested in prince Maxon she does not want to be a princess, she just wants to look after her family. 

In a cute twist to the plot America finds friendship for almost the first time in here life and I for one am excited to watch these friendships develop. The book has a sort of TV programme feel to it which I really liked, I found the structure interesting.

I enjoyed reading a Dystopian story that didn't involve magical powers or Vampires or Zombies. I got through this book in one sitting and I will be picking up the next two books.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Beyond Reach (True Calling #2)by Siobhan Davis Review

Beyond Reach (True Calling #2)
There was not a single page in this book that was not full of excitement and adventure.Beyond Reach has the cliff hanger of all cliff hangers, leaving me in desperate need for any other piece that gives me a few more details into the lives of Ari, Zane and Cal.

I loved True Calling but Beyond Reach has taken the story to a whole new level. I was instantly drawn back in to the plot and it was like I never stopped reading. One moment I was happy and then the next moment the book was heart breakingly sad. Thank god for Siobhan Davis who is releasing the next instalment this year!

I was crazy for Cal in True Calling however Beyond Reach gave us a better understanding of what Zane is all about. I really feel for Zane because unlike Ari and Cal he has his memories, He remembers everything. He remembers his feelings for Ari and the way she used to feel for him. Zane is fighting for the girl he lives and that made me switch sides and back Zane.

Look at the beautiful cover, I don't even have words to describe how amazing this book is and how amazing Siobhan is so i am going to leave it there before I spoil any parts of this book.

I was lucky enough to be sent an advance copy of this book to read and review and I am so grateful. So far this is the best book I have read in 2015.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Sunday, 1 February 2015

January Wrap Up

I wanted to begin to create a series of monthly wrap ups and this month I finished six books. I am very happy with this number as I balanced the reading with a full time job and wedding planning. So the Six books I read are: 

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin    Love Edy by Shewanda Pugh Broken Skies by Theresa Kay
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig  Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

The highest rating this month goes to Ignite Me its wonderful and you can read my review for it here.
its tricky to pick a worst book however i do want to put them in order so:
6. Broken Skies - Theresa Kay
5. Love Edy
4. The fire Sermon 
3.Shadow and Bone 
2. The retribution of Mara Dyer
1. Ignite Me

Let me know what your wrap up looks like

Thanks for reading

Em x

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi Review


Where do I even begin with the third book in the Shatter me series? I guess with the physical book itself. It is beautiful!! The cover feels nice, the colour of not just this book individually but the three together is nice and the eyes are a wonderful design. I love the bird in there which is written in books one and two. 

I guess from there we move on to the story! I love the new attitude that Juliette has developed since book two. She sort of went from a wimpy crying girl to a strong woman and I like her much better this way. We also see a change in a few of the other characters. Kent goes from the sexy military man to a moody grumpy person ( I guess the mood is understandable). 
The most shocking change for me was Warner, I made a complete turn around with my feelings towards Warner because we got to see a completely different side to him. Yes he is stiff and hard, Yes he says exactly what he feels and controls an entire army but does he love Juliette?absolutely and does he he ever lie to her? No he never does.  

I would like a little bit of Warner for myself. I found myself smiling whenever he called Juliette 'Love'. Other books use terms of endearment like love and I usually hate it as its too cheesy but when Warner does it I believe him and that it is something that he would say.

I love how the characters interact in this section of the trilogy maybe even more than any of the other two books. I feel like I completely know Juliette and Warner. 

I would have loved to have more but that doesn't mean there wasn't enough it only means that I cant get enough of the story I want to know what happens next to this gang. Do they ever manage to do the things they say they are going to? Do they change the world? 
I was completely captivated. 

If there was more I would read it all!! I cannot think of any more ways to tell you how much I love this book and the entire series. I will read everything Tahereh Mafi has ever and is ever going to write!! 

Do yourselves a favour read this series NOW

Thanks for reading

Em x

The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig Review

The Hunger Games meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road in this richly imagined first novel in a new post-apocalyptic trilogy by award-winning poet Francesca Haig.

Four hundred years in the future, the Earth has turned primitive following a nuclear fire that has laid waste to civilization and nature. Though the radiation fallout has ended, for some unknowable reason every person is born with a twin. Of each pair, one is an Alpha—physically perfect in every way; and the other an Omega—burdened with deformity, small or large. With the Council ruling an apartheid-like society, Omegas are branded and ostracized while the Alphas have gathered the world’s sparse resources for themselves. Though proclaiming their superiority, for all their effort Alphas cannot escape one harsh fact: Whenever one twin dies, so does the other.

Cass is a rare Omega, one burdened with psychic foresight. While her twin, Zach, gains power on the Alpha Council, she dares to dream the most dangerous dream of all: equality. For daring to envision a world in which Alphas and Omegas live side-by-side as equals, both the Council and the Resistance have her in their sights
This story was told really really well, I knew every place that Cass and Kip visited along their journey. The story kept my interest throughout the entire book with the twists and turns in the plot.

Cass and Kip spend a lot of the plot on the run from Cass's twin brother and his gang of baddies. While travelling they suffered hard, hunger was a constant problem for the unlikely duo but somehow they managed to carry on through every problem

Cass is one of the only girls in this world that believes it can get better and that Omega's and Alphas can live side by side. She is opinionated and a heroine. Cass saves Kip at the start of this story but the love story between them is not the highlight in the plot although it is suggested upon. I was very excited to learn about Cass.

Kip is not your typical leading male. With one arm and a scrawny body he isn't making all of the girls swoon but he is my favourite character in the entire story. He doesn't remember a thing about himself and everyday is a discovery for him. 

I liked that the story didn't have the ending I have come to expect from YA dystopia novels, it wasn't happy or sweet or nice it was just plain sad and upsetting. Cass still has that hope for the future though.

I really enjoyed how the story progressed and would 100% be interested in continuing if the story continues into a series.

The Fire Sermon is released in February 2015 and I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley.