Monday, 18 December 2017

Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton

Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road. She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful. and very beautiful. It is only when the police car, and then the ambulance arrive, and she sees her own body, that she realises that she is in fact... dead. But what is she supposed do now? Lily has no option but to follow her body and see her family – her parents and her twin brother start falling apart. And then her twin brother Ben gives her a once in a death time opportunity - to use his own body for a while. But will Lily give Ben his body back? She is beginning to have a rather good time..

I went on a ride with this book. I knew this book was going to be emotional when we realised that Lily is dead. I spent a good portion of this book crying because of all of the emotions. I wouldn't recommend this book for someone who is dealing with loosing someone. 

Lily was your typical teenager, pretty self centred and I didn't really like her that much. We got to see the real Lily when she was living for the second time. Lily discovered what the meaning of life and death meant in the pages of this book and we get to go along for the ride with her. 

I have not had the opportunity to read a book of this nature before and I must admit I was a little nervous that it would be too much of a touchy subject for me to handle. The book was beautifully handled, I found it interesting to see how the family deal with Lily's death and it was nice to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Seeing the family separate and then come back together afterwards to deal with the grief together. 

I really enjoyed reading this story and I would love to read more from Phyllida Shrimpton. 

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Em x

Friday, 24 November 2017

If There's No Tomorrow - Jennifer L. Armentrout


Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She's ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances. 
Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything. 
Now Lena isn't looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened. 
For what she let happen. 
With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends' entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn't even guaranteed?
So the second that i got the opportunity to read another book by Jennifer Armentrout through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review i jumped at the chance. I loved the Pure series and knew that I was going to love this book. 
We start off the book by meeting Lena, a normal teenage girl who like all of us loves reading, we learn that she is a little nerdy but she is really relate-able. I loved the subtle nods to A Court of Thorns and Roses and The Walking Dead. We learn a little about Lena's friends and her best friend Sebastian who seems like an all round good guy but this isn't just your regular romance story! 
Without ruining the book too much, some bad stuff happens and Lena finds herself in a really bad place. I found myself in tears several times during this story. The struggles that Lena faces could very easily be our own if we happen to make a decision that we will later on regret. 
I think this book would be a great thing for anyone to read but especially for those who are of the age to be making similar decisions to the one Lena has faced. If There's No Tomorrow is titled perfectly as this is exactly what we think about during this reading experience. 
The love story is secondary to the main theme however it is still very important and i think that is something that JLA does so well. Both Characters are so realistic but more importantly than that the relationship progresses at a rate that I can believe rather than insta love that we so often see now. 
So far i have had a 100% success rate with Jennifer L Armentrout's books which is great.
I would recommend this beautifully sad story to everyone!
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Saturday, 18 November 2017

As you Wish - Chelsea Sedoti

This book is set in a small town with a secret. Everyone from the town gets to make a wish on their 18th birthday. The Wishes can be an amazing thing but they can also ruin your life.

This was a really fun and interesting idea that I was interested to get my teeth stuck into. The first chapter had me thinking about the things that I would wish for if I had the opportunity.

The characters are obviously in a unique situation and that instantly makes them interesting. Through out the story we got to meet so many people from the town as we learnt about their wishes and the consequences of those wishes.

The book spends time looking at the things that other people had wished for.

The book is a little slow and quite long (400 pages) but there were a few important points that we touched upon and that I really appreciated.

Overall it was a good attempt and an interesting concept.

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Em x 

Friday, 17 November 2017

147 Things - Jim Chapman

I have watched Jim Chapman on his YouTube channel for years and he is funny and relate-able. 
I liked this book for the same reason that I like his videos. 

The things in the book seemed to be things that Jim was genuinely excited of interested in and when someone is excited themselves it makes the reader excited or interested. The 147 things are made up of a whole bunch of random things but included in all of this are personal bits about him and his life. 
We find out how Jim met Tanya and some bits about his family and stuff.

The book style is so relaxed that I think it would appeal to a whole range of people. I wouldn't say that this is the usual book style that I go for but I did really enjoy this read as a change. Reading the book felt like talking to a friend and I think that is something that Jim is an absolute pro at, he makes everyone feel like his best friend. 

I have never read a YouTuber book before and I have never really been interested in it but I think it is a credit to Jim that the book feels and reads as though he wrote it. Great job Jim!!

Thanks For Reading
Em x
I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me an ARC of this book.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas


We should just assume by now that I will love anything that Sarah J. Maas has written because I do, I love everything she writes. The third book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series is no exception. Its amazing!

We start off this book with Feyre acting as a spy in the Spring Court after she faced the cauldron and her sisters were turned. This book is pretty raunchy more so than the other two in the series so I wouldn't recommend the book for younger readers but I am not a younger reader and so I don't mind.  The plot is not all sunshine and butterflies and some of the book might be a little upsetting but again I loved it. 

If you have not yet read the book I think you should avoid any reviews, not just for the spoilers but so that you can go into this book without any idea of what is going on. 

We meet so many new characters in this part of the series that it is impossible to keep track of them all but be sure that each one had a completely different attitude and back story. We also got to learn the back stories of some of our old favourites. 

I have always Loved Rysand but this book made me like Cassian and Azriel so much more than I ever had before. I liked the protective nature of Cassian over Nesta and Azriels dark adn brooding personality.

I really dont want to give anything away and I am finding it rather difficult to review in my excitement so I will leave you with the knowledge that you need to read this book and this series. 
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Monday, 1 May 2017

Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield

When I saw that Lisa Heathfield had written another book I jumped on the chance to read the ARC copy because I loved Seed and I loved Paper Butterflies. I knew I was going to love flight of a starling.

The characters are completely engaging from the beginning. The story revolves around a circus family focusing on two sisters Rita and Lo. The circus moved to a new town and the girls go off and explore. Both girls are the stars of the circus show, doing dangerous acrobatics and creating a beautiful story. They both love their life in the circus until Lo discovers a non circus boy.

I have never read a story quite like this one. I found it really original and loved reading about the different circus tricks. The plot brought around challenges that I had not previously considered and it definitely was good for thought on a few topics. 

Like the other two Lisa Heathfield books I have read this book is very emotional, there are several highs and lows but it is written so beautifully that I was completely wrapped up in Rita and Lo's little world. I think I read this book in two sittings and all of a sudden I was in tears and it was 3am.

I would recommend this book to everyone I loved it so much. 

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas


For some reason i didnt think that i would enjoy this series at all and so i have been avoiding them in favour for safer reads but I picked the first one up in Waterstones because it was included in a deal and I have really enjoyed the Court of Mist and Fury series.

As soon as i started this book I was completely hooked.
I love that Celaena is a mixture between girly  heroine and bad ass assassin. When she needs to be tough she completely turns it on but then when she is just chilling out she is a regular girl. There are a lot of elements to Celaena that I think should be celebrated such as her efforts to save herself but also her loyalty to her friends. During the competition she is a strong competitor and gives the men a good run for their money even though I believe she is the only female there. Celeana knows how to put her game face on and get the job done.

I wasn't particularly fond of the prince, i found him dull and predictable but I did really like Choal who wasn't always very nice to Celeana. When this relationship seemed to blossom it peaked my interest a little because I think they will make a really strong pairing. The prince might become more interesting as the series goes on and I really hope this is the case. 

Just like the court of mist and fury series I found the writing style really suited my tastes. I think Sarah J Maas has yet again managed to create a not only believable but also likeable bunch of characters. This is the basis for a good book obviously because if I hate the characters then I am not very likely to be picking up the next book in the series but I don't have any doubts that this series will make it to the top of my tbr list very soon. 

A throne of glass feels like we are at the very beginning of something extra special and I hope that the rest of the series continues on the way that it started. I would 100% recommend this book to anyone. Please pick it up!!! 

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Saturday, 25 February 2017

The Last Star by Rick Yancey


This is the third and final book in the 5th wave series.

The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.
They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.
But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.
In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.

I loved the first book in this series and also the second book was great. I really like this book too but it didn't have the same feel to it as the first two, i don't know if it is because the book is a lot more serious  or if i was just not in the mood for it when i started reading.

All three of these books have provided the tension that you find in Hunger Games or Twilight and i found the plot quite original in parts and overall it has been enjoyable. I didn't find the ending a surprise however I quite like how it played out for the group.

I can't be sure what happened but in the first two books i quite like Cassie, I thought she was strong and fun but still realistic but for some reason I just couldn't connect with her in this book. All Cassie really thought about in this instalment was Evan and his eyes or arms which was frustrating.
Ben however was brilliant in this book. He was fun to read about and he kept the story going for me. 

Overall the story had a clear plot which was exciting and that was obviously the main objective which is great. The characters were pretty interesting for the most part and the whole series kept me interested enough to get to the end so i am pretty happy with the books.

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