Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Whisper by Lynette Noni


“Lengard is a secret government facility for extraordinary people,” they told me. 

I believed them. That was my mistake.

There isn’t anyone else in the world like me.

I’m different. I’m an anomaly. I’m a monster. 

For two years, six months, fourteen days, eleven hours and sixteen minutes, Subject Six-Eight-Four — ‘Jane Doe’ — has been locked away and experimented on, without uttering a single word.

As Jane’s resolve begins to crack under the influence of her new — and unexpectedly kind — evaluator, she uncovers the truth about Lengard’s mysterious ‘program’, discovering that her own secret is at the heart of a sinister plot … and one wrong move, one wrong word, could change the world.

This book is a hybrid of the Darkest Minds Series by Alexander Bracken and the Shatter Me series by Thahereh Mafi both of which I absolutely loved and so it is pretty safe to say that I loved this book too. 

You see Jane grow in both strength and confidence throughout this book as she discovers who she really is and what she is capable of. The transition from weak mute girl to strong Bad ass is gradual and so you don't really realise everything has clicked until you are shocked into it.

I loved the differences between Ward and Kael. Ward was a favourite for me from the beginning, I found him interesting and a little mysterious. I didn't think he seemed like a bad guy and then he was horrid and I felt like oh yeah he is an ass.  I'm still a little unsure on whether Ward, Kael and Jane are going to be a love triangle, If i am being honest I really hope that this will be the one series where she picks a guy and sticks with him but I think we are leaning towards a love triangle. 

I don't think I have ever read a book that was set in Australia so that was a new element which I found quite exciting. I really really enjoyed this book and look forward to the series. Its definitely up there with one of my favourites this year so far.

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Thank you to NetGalley for a free copy of this book.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

The Universe is expanding and So am I by Carolyn Mackler

Virginia Shreves’ world implodes again in this long-awaited follow-up to Printz Honoree The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things.

Sixteen-year-old Virginia Shreves’ life is finally back on course: she’s accepted who she is inside and out and is rebuilding her relationship with brother Byron, whose date-rape charge shattered everything.

But just as she adjusts to her new normal, her world turns upside down again. Sparks with boyfriend Froggy fade, her best friend bombshells bad news, and then the police arrest Byron. As Virginia struggles to cope, she meets Nate, an artist with his own baggage. The pair vow not to share personal drama. But secrets have a way of coming out, and theirs could ruin everything.

Just in time for The Earth, My Butt, and Other BIg Round Things’ 15th anniversary, Virginia’s hope-filled story of love, friendship, and the beauty in imperfection continues, by acclaimed author Carolyn Mackler.

I just want to start off quickly by saying that I was not aware that this book is a follow up until I finished reading it. I must have missed that bit of the blurb however I completely enjoyed this book on its own so I think it does just as well as a stand alone. I didn't feel at all like I was missing anything and the story made complete sense. 

I liked the body positivity that is a Struggle for Virginia through out this book because it manages to make you feel like you should love yourself and any curves or lumps or bumps you have but it doesn't speak negatively of  people who do not have any curves. That is something that I hate about the body positive movement that is everywhere at the moment. You shouldn't have to hate somebody else to love yourself and I think this story has found the right balance. 

I like that Virginia isn't just a super confident  sexy curvy girl but that she has the same moments of doubting herself that we all have (and we all have them big or skinny).  I think it helped me relate to her because like I said we all have those moments. 

The story is so relevant to current society and how we are all learning to embrace peoples differences and how sometimes that is a little harder for some people. For example Virginia's mum struggled a little when Anais came back from London with a girlfriend. It was unexpected and clearly a shock but the book showed how some family members accepted this straight away without a blink but it took Virginia's mum a second. The best thing is the "Love is Love is Love" line. I think it just says everything. 

I felt sad for Byron and Annie, we obviously dont know for sure what happened that night but I found myself hating him and then feeling extremely sad for him. It just shows how one mistake can affect the rest of your life. 

I think we have a lot to learn from this story and it wouldnt be bad if we all learnt to be a little more accepting of each other. 

Thank You NetGalley and Bloomsbury for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for my review. I Feel enlightened. 

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Friday, 22 June 2018

The Pageant by Leigh Walker

Young women from every settlement in the land are being handpicked to enter The Pageant, a contest reminiscent of Miss Universe from the old days. Gwyneth West's social-climbing mother wants her to compete, but Gwyn isn't so sure...

The Pageant is government-sponsored. If you're lucky enough to be chosen, participation is mandatory. Aggressive competition is allowed, even encouraged. And then there's the prize... Dallas Black, otherwise known as The Dark Prince, will propose to the winner.
Dallas is the son of King Black, who won the last world war and governs the new settlements. The Royal Family is mysterious. Rumor has it they don't sleep. Rumor has it they eschew the sun. Rumor has it they're immortal.
When Gwyn is thrust into The Pageant, she fights to survive the competitive nature of the other contestants. But even if she wins...can she survive a vampire fiancĂ©?

This book has a lot of similarities to the Selection Series by Kiera Cass. I loved The Selection series and so obviously i loved this series. 

Its a sort of hybrid between the Selection Series by Kiera Cass and The Dark Heroine series by Abigail Gibbs. I loved both of these books so I think I am the perfect target audience for this series. 

I enjoyed getting to know all of the characters especially Dallas and Gwyneth I thought they were very interesting and likable as characters. I love that Gwyn is brave and a bit of a rule breaker and that Dallas still finds her interesting anyway. 
I thought that maybe the Vampires would be a bit much however they definitely give the story an exciting twist.  

I liked the writing style and thought it was super easy to read. I started this mistakenly before bed and then didn't get any sleep because i was reading.

I loved this original take on a story I love and I can see that the series will go somewhere really exciting. I cant wait to read the whole series. I honestly will be keeping my eye out for the next installment. 

I gave this book a 5* on GoodReads because I was in love with it. Do yourself a favour and pick this up. 

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Thursday, 21 June 2018

The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Berube

Something is wrong with Marianne. It’s not just that her parents have split up or that life hasn’t’ been the same since she quit dancing. It’s not even that her mother has checked herself into the hospital.

Marianne is losing time. Doing things she would never do. And objects around her seem to break whenever she comes close. Something is after her.
But a first attempt at an exorcism calls down the full force of the thing’s rage. It demands Marianne give back what she stole. And Marianne must uncover the truth that lies beneath it all before the nightmare can take what it thinks it’s owed, leaving Marianne trapped in the darkness of the other side.

I read this book in nearly no time at all. Its a little darker than my normal reads and I was captivated almost instantly. The story was really well paced and that was really good for this kind of book especially as the suspense was still built really nicely. Its been a long time since I last read a horror and so this book was creepy enough for me to be spooked but not so scary that I couldn't sleep at night which I appreciate.

The story manages to keep its tension through out the story which is nice and the characters felt real enough for me, I do wish there was a little more of a build up on the characters as I didn't feel like I knew them very well. 

I think that Amelinda could have made much more of the ending. Once Marianne had fought her demons or whatever I felt like that was kind of it everything after that was a bit of a dud. It was a nice ending and there was nothing really wrong but I thought there should maybe some view of the aftermath because surely after all of that life didn't just go back to normal. 

I liked the book and would be interested to read something by this Author in the future. 

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This book is scheduled to be released August 1st 2018

I received an early copy of this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This is no way influenced my opinion of the book

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood


One summer will challenge everything the Garrett sisters thought they knew about themselves—and each other.
Kat lands the lead in the community theater’s summer play, but the drama spills offstage when her ex and his new girlfriend are cast too. Can she get revenge by staging a new romance of her own?
Bea and her boyfriend are heading off to college together in the fall, just like they planned when they started dating. But Bea isn’t sure she wants the same things as when she was thirteen…
Vi has a crush on the girl next door. It makes her happy and nervous, but Cece has a boyfriend…so it’s not like her feelings could ever be reciprocated, right?
As the oldest, Des shoulders a lot of responsibility for her family and their independent bookstore. Except it’s hard to dream big when she’s so busy taking care of everyone else.

This book would be a great little summer read on a beach somewhere while you are lazing around the pool. I enjoyed the pace of the book and it wasn't too long or too short so it didn't intimidate me. Initially I thought it might be a little bit much having four POV's but it was easy to follow and each girl was so different that you knew who you were reading. 

I feel like there is somebody for everyone to relate to and each person will have a favourite story line or sister. I personally liked Bea, I found her sweet and her struggle with wanting to be the best that she can be is something that I can understand. 

Its a lovely story about each girl finding herself and it shows how different that can be for everyone. It was nice to have the variety of ages for the girls as I think this added depth. I enjoyed that the characters were diverse but that the things that make people different were celebrated, I found this really refreshing. 

If I had just one wish for this book it would be the cover. I wish the girls in the cover had redder hair. 

It would be really nice to have a little series which explores where the girls go in the future. 

I think it was a great little summer read.

Thanks For Reading

Em x

Friday, 1 June 2018

The weight of a thousand feathers by Brian Conaghan


`Child experts will tell you that I'm way too young to carry such a burden of responsibility on my tender shoulders. But really, what do they know?' Who is Bobby Seed? He's just your average sixteen-year-old - same wants, same fears, same hang-ups. Dull, dull, dull. But then there's the Bobby Seed who's a world away from average. The Bobby Seed who has to wipe his mum's backside, sponge her clean three times a week, try to soothe her pain. The Bobby Seed whose job it is to provide for his younger brother, Danny, to rub his back when he's stressed and can only groan and rock instead of speak. That's Bobby Seed. Same, same, same, yet different, different, different ..

Do not read this book without tissues.!!

I chose to try this book because I have been trying to push myself into new genres of reading and this is something I felt uncomfortable with so obviously my initial instinct was to not like the book because it wasn't what I am used to. I am lucky enough to have not had and experiences involving MS or any experience that closely relates to end of life situations such as the one expressed in this book and at first I was very uncomfortable knowing what I was getting myself into. I didn't think I would be able to relate to any of the characters or the situation and I thought I would be left a little bit lost. I was wrong

This story is so beautifully written that I was well and truly drawn in almost instantly. The story felt real like it could be a true representation of Bobby Seed and his Family and I suppose for many families this is a reality. 
The writing style was fairly simple and I think that there is so much weight on every word in this book that it doesn't need to be over complicated. We are only really introduced to characters that are relevant to the story which for me is great because it helps me focus on the characters that are important. 

The story is told from the POV of Bobby Seed, he has watched his mum deteriorate due to her MS and is left to make a difficult decision. I think it is important that we were able to see Bobby figuring out what his opinions were regarding the decision. Bobby isn't alone however he had his little brother Danny and his Best friend Bel to confide in and try to keep his life as normal as possible. Bobby is 17 and is beginning to find out who he is as well as deal with everything that is going on emotionally. 

The only thing that confused me was the very last sentence of the book. I can't figure out if it was a joke or if after all this time Bobby's mum had a huge secret. I think I am going to assume it was Bobby's mum's humor until I am informed further.  

I definitely had a cry during the last 100 pages or so and was shocked by how emotional i felt when as I said earlier I wasn't expecting to connect with this book. The story could be read in one sitting I think if you had the whole day to do it and this might be the best way to read it so you can truly take everything in. 

Please read this book and tell your friends to read this book! 
It was so good. 

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Sunday, 27 May 2018

Shearwater by D.S. Murphy

They found the dead girl on my birthday.
And I'm not entirely sure that her killer isn't the boy I just tried to kiss.

The longer I spend in Ireland, the deeper my life seems to unravel. Whisperings of a dark secret that caused my mother to flee from her homeland. Run-ins with a pair of undeniably handsome and strangely mysterious guys. A sleep-walking adventure that nearly got me killed. The nearness of the moon and the ocean would be almost romantic, if I wasn't being hunted for powers I didn't know I possessed.

 Not everything in mythology is just a story.
♆ Not every fairy-tale is harmless.
♆ Magic is very, very real... but so are the monsters from your worst nightmares.

Now I'm being chased by immortals, hunted by wizards, and forced to pick sides in a supernatural war I want no part of.

I might be the only one who can stop it.
But it will mean giving up the one thing my heart can't bear to lose.

If any book can be described as Twilight meets the Little Mermaid then it is this one. I think this read came at the perfect time for me as I have just started to watch the TV series Siren so I went into mermaid overload for the last week. 

Clara has had a pretty tough time of it when she has to move to Ireland she has to learn about herself, her new friends and her family. It is a lot for he to take on but some how she manages it. 

I particularly liked the new take on folk tales and stories that exist in Ireland and the writing style certainly gives us a whole ton of information which allows us to keep up with what is going on. Even going back to Greek mythology which is my favourite. 

I liked most of the character. Sebastian was interesting, I enjoyed that he never pretended to be something he wasn't. I liked Clara I thought she was relate-able but I wish she was a bit more of something. I'm not sure what but she was a little but lacking for me.
I didn't like the mean Girls and even Clara's friend I thought they were quite 2 Dimensional but then again maybe they will develop as the series continues. 

Unlike other reviewers I found that the more I stuck with the book the better it got. I really wasn't that bothered by the book at the beginning and I did really have to stick with it but as I got maybe 80/100 pages in I was enjoying the story. 

I did also think that the twists were a little predictable but I did still enjoy the story and It is always exciting to find a new author that I enjoy. I would recommend this book as there are not tons of mermaid tales (Pardon the pun) around. 

Thanks For Reading
Em x

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book for a fair and honest review

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon


Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

I loved the writing style for this book. (although I listened to the audio book version so it seems silly to say). I felt the flow of the story and the different stories merged together really nicely. 
Like Natasha I am not usually a romantic but this book got me! I loved the clash of personalities and how Daniel and Natasha got on so great despite their differences. 

I love the idea that our lives effect everyone around us even if it is in a really small way and it makes the world feel a lot less lonely knowing that everyone else is going through stuff too.

I liked the main story line I thought it was cute and it gave me a little insight into different cultures and how coming from Jamaica or Korea or anywhere really can make you feel lost or different when like Daniel and Natasha discover it doesn't really mean anything.

I really loved the epilogue. I would have been happy with the book if it ended at the end but the epilogue tied everything all together nicely and sort of make sense of the world and helps me to believe in fate. 

I thought this was a nice positive book to have if your feeling a bit glum or you just want to take a break from the world and realise that everything will all work out!. 

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Em x

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey

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Jen' s daughter Lana went missing for 4 long days from a art trip with her mum in the peak district. When Lana is found she is mostly unharmed apart from a few bumps and bruising but she seems different. The police can't get Lana to talk about what happened to her while she was missing and this is driving Jen crazy (Literally). Jen then works on trying to figure out what happened by herself by asking Lana questions to which Lana refuses to answer, searching through phones and quizzing Lana's friends. 

So to start Lana was a troubled teen so to spend time with her Jen takes her to a painting week in the Peak District. They meet some strange people and seem to be getting on much better and then Lana goes missing. While Jen is trying to figure out what happened we read about how her paranoid behavior grows and grows. The paranoia helps to keep the mystery going in the book. 

The story is well written and I don't want to say this is a bad book because I did enjoy parts of it. I enjoyed the relationships between the families and the differences between Lana and Meg. 

I requested this book because I felt captured by the synopsis but the story was very slow. The speed of the story helped to build the intrigue and when Jen found a new clue i found myself trying to figure out what happened. I felt like I was being built up for this WOW ending but that never arrived.  

I think if the ending was different then the slow burning read would have been worth it but the ending was lack luster. I do wonder though if this story is just not my cup of tea and it might be something that others enjoy much more. 

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Em x


Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Olympian Challenger by Astrid Arditi


A hero’s tournament. A defiant contender. Does one girl have the courage to take on Mount Olympus?
Hope’s world doesn’t have room for heroes. She barely has time for schoolwork, swim team, and taking care of her ailing mother. But when she’s invited to a mysterious tournament, the all-powerful hosts won’t take no for an answer.
Transported to Mount Olympus, Hope comes face to face with her new trainers—the pantheon of Greek gods. While other contenders train hard to gain a fighting edge, Hope searches for a way out. Instead, she finds a gorgeous shadow god who may just convince her to stay…
As each round unfolds, the ultimate prize draws closer—the granting of her heart’s deepest desire. If she survives the final challenge, her mother’s cure would be within reach…but only if Hope can ignore the tournament’s dark purpose.Olympian Challenger is the first book in a bold YA urban fantasy trilogy. If you like Greek mythology, forbidden romance, and feats of courage, then you’ll love Astrid Arditi’s heroic coming-of-age tale.
I was so excited with the description of this book. Ever since i read the Covenant series by Jennifer L Armentrout I have been needing another Greek god book and this book by Astrid Arditi has really satisfied my need for a little while at least. I was not let down with this book. 
There was so many characters and so much going on but it was never overwhelming. The characters were so diverse that it was almost impossible to not relate to at least one of the characters. I really loved the descriptions of the Gods the most. They were all so funny and they felt non human and human at the same time. 
I like the romances in this book because the plot is so exciting that the romance story line is sort of secondary to the main plot which is great because that makes romances more enjoyable to me. Without spoiling anything for anyone I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed one romance in particular, I found it very amusing. 
The only negative I have is that some of the chapters jump around a little bit too much for my liking but I think that is a personal preference thing. 
Olympian challenger has definitely made me want to read more mythology books and more by Astrid Arditi. 
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 
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Thursday, 26 April 2018

Kiss Me First A Novel by Lottie Moggach


A chilling and intense first novel, the story of a solitary young woman drawn into an online world run by a charismatic web guru who entices her into impersonating a glamorous but desperate woman.

When Leila discovers the Web site Red Pill, she feels she has finally found people who understand her. A sheltered young woman raised by her mother, Leila has often struggled to connect with the girls at school; but on Red Pill, a chat forum for ethical debate, Leila comes into her own, impressing the Web site's founder, a brilliant and elusive man named Adrian. Leila is thrilled when Adrian asks to meet her, flattered when he invites her to be part of "Project Tess." Tess is a woman Leila might never have met in real life. She is beautiful, urbane, witty, and damaged. As they e-mail, chat, and Skype, Leila becomes enveloped in the world of Tess, learning every single thing she can about this other woman—because soon, Leila will have to become her. An ingeniously plotted novel of stolen identity, Kiss Me First is brilliantly frightening about the lies we tell—to ourselves, to others, for good, and for ill.

I must admit that this book is not one that I would usually pick up but something about it called out to me last week when I was wandering through the library. 
First of all the narrator is not a likeable character at all, She has very few social skills and she isn't a very interesting person however her story is very interesting. This book could be three separate stories so there is a lot going on all at once.

Mainly Leila is asked by Adrian (who is creepy from the beginning) to help Tess. Tess wants to kill herself and Leila is going to keep her alive after the deep is done by keeping her online.  I liked this story line because it felt brave and creepy and scary. While reading this, From what I read about Tess she didn't feel like Tess behaved how I would expect but then that is what makes the story line creepy. 

I liked the growing relationship between Leila and her room mate because it showed how terrible Leila was at talking to people. 

This book could have been something amazing and don't get me wrong it was good but it did have one big downfall. the worst part about this novel is the ending. the stories in this book and the ending could have been magnificent but instead it was just nothing. It was a nothing ending.

That being said I would still recommend this book and think it was overall an enjoyable read.

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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Paper Towns by John Green


Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew...

I was going into this book really excited because it has millions of good reviews and I had not really heard anything bad about this book. All John Green's books seem to have brilliant reviews so I chose Paper Towns and got reading. 

This book was pretty boring. It didn't make too much sense and the ending was really disappointing. 
I did like Margo and Quentin but all of the characters could be plucked out of any other YA book anywhere in the world. Parts of the book were amusing but the majority of the book was dull. 

I stuck with the book because like everyone else I wanted to know where Margo went. When we finally found Margo it all kind of flip flopped and died. 

It has definitely put me off reading another John Green book. 

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Saturday, 10 February 2018

Heir of Fire - Sarah J Mass


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This is the third book in the Throne of Glass Novels and if you have read my previous reviews for this series you know that I have absolutely loved them. This one not so much, I have given it 4 out of 5 stars because I feel like every series has one book that is a let down and I am hoping that for this series its this one. 
There are lots of good points about this book (turn away if you don't want spoilers). 

* We learn so much more about Celaena and her as a fae, we already knew that she was strong and exciting but we got to understand tons more about her back story. 

* I know that a lot of people are crazy for Rowan but I am not one of them. Well that isn't fair actually I do like him as an individual character but I don't like the blossoming romance that is happening because i really really liked Choal. 

* We meet so many witches and other new characters that add a lot to this book and keep the chapters speeding along. 

Now the not so good bits.

I don't like the Rowan and Celaena dynamic. There is a lot of flitting between different stories in this book that it can be a little difficult to follow. There doesn't seem to be as much sadness for the deaths of animals and characters as I would have thought there would be. I could go on but I did overall enjoy this book and as I said earlier I am hoping that this is the flop book in the series and that the next few get much better like the first two. 

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