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Top Ten Books I Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet :’(

As always Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by various bloggers at The Broke and The Bookish.

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The Book of Broken Heart by Sarah Ockler + Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins

Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) said this was good after reading If I Stay! It looks romancey and cutesy, something I’m really in the mood for. I’ve been wanting to read it for ages but it got bumped off the list in favour in ‘more important’ books.

I have been wanting to read this since January, ever since I read the first two and fell in love with this series. I thought I ordered it as soon as it came out, and then it never came! I swear I ordered it! But then I had no money and still don’t really.

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Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour + Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Dat cover. Right there. Pretty font, pretty background. I’m interested in the story and interested that the MC is a lesbian, yet that’s not a major part of the book.

I love Peter Pan and I want that cover because it is gorgeous!!! It’s different and chalky.

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Open Road Summer by Emery Lord + Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

I WANTS THIS BOOK SO BAD. I’ve heard amazing things and I would love to read it but I lack the funds and, I guess, the time. But it looks amazing and as soon as I can get my hands on it I will devour it.

I have really enjoyed Matson’s books, especially Since You’ve Been Gone! My review of that will be up veeery soon and I will tell you why I loved it. Anyway, I’m sure I will love this one just as much, or I hope so. Not too keen on the above cover but I wouldn’t mind if I could actually read it.

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The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson + White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

That cover is SO PRETTY. ZOMG. Idk, it’s kind of weird but I love it. This is also a book Jamie recommended to everyone because of If I Stay. (Btw I adore her blog and take her recs to heart). After re-reading If I Stay I am in a weird hangover slump thing, but this book might be a good thing to pull me out. I think it deals with grief and romance–something I will probably love!!

So it’s about Gargoyles so obviously this means I want it. I’ve read Armentrout/Lynn’s romance and adult books before and they’re good/okay. I enjoy them but found none mindblowing. (I do love her YA series though!) I’m hoping I might really take to this one because it’s so interesting.

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Golden by Jessi Kirby + Wanderlove by Kristen Hubbard

Okay, another book Jamie rec’d to everyone. I want all the ones she rec’d if I’m honest. Hahaa. Ha ha. ha. *Sobs* I just can’t deal with being in this hangover over If I Stay. I JUST CAN’T. IDEK what it’s about, but the cover’s pretty and I want it.

I have been wanting to read Wanderlove for about a year. But, it always got pushed on the back-burner and I don’t know why! It’s definitely my kinda book and I wants it. I hope it’s like Just One Day/Year.

These are my top 10, what are yours? Man, this list could go on forever…

Thoughts on Tease by Amanda Maciel

Thoughts on Tease by Amanda MacielTease by Amanda Maciel
Published by Hatchette Children's on April 29th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 394
Source: Given From Publisher

*This isn’t really a review, it kind of is, and not. I might write a review afterwards discussing other aspects of the book. It’s more my thoughts on the book and my thoughts on the themes in general. For when I want to go beyond the review into my own personal views and experiences. Thinking of making it into a feature…?*

I was given this book a while ago Hatchette Children’s books, but have only gotten around to discussing it now.

I recently read Tease by Amanda McKiel and it frustrated me in so many ways, but also made me think deeper about suicide and the help given to suicidal people. When I recently went to San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge, they had to stop the tour bus momentarily because someone was busy jumping off of it. The tour guide then proceeded to tell us that SF is going to spend thousands on building a net below it to stop this. The stupidity of this annoyed me–people will simply find other ways to kill themselves, like jumping off of the Bay Bridge, which just so happens to be opposite. As my older brother said, why don’t they just use that money for charities to support suicidal people?

Tease was a very eye-opening read for me in a couple of ways. A girl commits suicide after being bullied horrendously for months. The main themes are bullying, slut-shaming and suicide, with a dash of friendship and romance. The book follows Sara, one of the many people who bullied Emma before she killed herself. The book is supposed to ask whether this is Emma’s fault, society’s fault, or Sara and the other bullies fault. With the amount of suicide’s on the rise in general, I can’t help but think it’s beginning to be more of an option in society, especially to young people. Teenagers are known to think that their life is over at things that would ultimately be tiny later in life, and many kill themselves over test results, or an unfortunate topless photo of them being passed around. I don’t ever think it’s the victim’s fault, especially to someone like Emma, who obviously had some self-esteem issues before some utterly horrible girls harassed her. I felt like Sara and her best friend Brielle had absolutely no excuse to bully Emma to the point that they did. They had amazing lives that could have grown into so much more. Even afterwards, Emma barely even resembled an emotion such as regret. She blamed Emma a lot at the beginning, and even though I think this was part of her development as a character, it didn’t make me like her much.

One thing that majorly surprised me in the book is slut-shaming. Constantly Sara and Brielle, are calling Emma a ‘slut’, ‘whore’ etc. Emma doesn’t seem like a very nice person I grant you, she steals people’s boyfriends and sleeps with a lot of boys. I understand this isn’t something everyone respects. However no one comments on the guys that sleep with her, they get nary a mention. At all. The fact that girls are judged for sleeping with boys in high school is almost twice as worse because everyone knows about it two seconds after as well.

I think the worst thing about the events in this book – not the book itself – was the fact that the people doing the slut-shaming were girls. That stuns me. Constantly everyday, girls and women are trying to achieve equality and it’s being broken down by that very same gender. Has no one ever heard the phrase ‘us girls have to stick together’? Slut-shaming our own gender is undoing everything we’re trying to achieve and it’s based on such a double standard.

I’m obviously a huge feminist here, I honestly don’t know how you couldn’t be. Who doesn’t want equality? Has anyone else read this book, and what do y’all think? 

[Lifestyle] This Week

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The other day I went out with my friends for some much needed sun and Ben and Jerry’s. Everyone has been going on holiday and having family stuff, so it was nice catching up, even if it was only part of our group. I’ve been wanting to improve my photography, but these were mainly for fun! Hope you enjoy them, and if you’ve had a bad week, I hope they make you smile. (Can we allappreciate Soph’s awesome Taylor Swift top).
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Now for the books!
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I received the manga version of Clockwork Princess from Piatkus. Thank you Clara! I’ve not read the next two in the series, I’ve only read Clockwork Angel, but hopefully I can speed through those and then read it! I have got a load of school books and general review books though, so this will go more on the backburner.

I have been wanting to read The Bone Season since before it was released, but I didn’t want to pay for the first released hardback and then it went to the back of my mind. However, I saw that and Days of Blood and Starlight for £2.20 together at my local charity shop. There’s no way I’m not buying that. I also received some books from Guardian, but I’ll save that for the haul coming your way next week ;)
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Above is my nails in Seventeen Colour Clash. I really love this, it’s kind of funky and interesting; not my usual pick, but Imma go with it. On the right is some Corn Silk powder. I am not a huge user of foundation, I just imagine it sinking into my pores and urgh. I use it sometimes, but when I do it’s fairly light and nothing too thick. I especially hate wearing it in the Summer, as it’s so hot, I sweat it off and it sinks into my skin, urgh, right? However, Summer also brings greasy face and the sweaty look. Corn Silk is making a comeback from the sixties and is a simple powder that mattes up your face and hopefully won’t block your pores as much. It is said to give the glow people are trying to achieve when taking selfies. IDK. If it isn’t too heavy and stops my face looking greasy, I’ll be grateful. My thoughts on those two will be coming up in a post later next week.

That’s some things I wanted to show you about my week, how was yours? I want to know, and I want to know what you’re reading as well!

Credits // Photos: taken by myself on timer // Corn Silk Powder + Seventeen Colour Clash: Available from Boots

[Fashion] What’s in my Bag

*Thanks so much for the support about my blog guys! I decided to start with this kind of fun, silly post first, hope you enjoy! Feel free to tell me your thoughts below or on Twitter. Or, just chat to me. Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead came out yesterday! Need to read that, man.*

I got a new bag the other day from Primark and thought it was an awesome bargain. My previous one was a simple small bag that I could barely fit anything in, so I decided to go for something slightly bigger, and I tell you, it fits in more than you think! Below is my new bag, and what’s in my new bag! I love the pwetty blue pastel colour perfect for Summer.

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From left to right:

Blue pastel bag | Primark £8

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh: I didn’t realise this was a book until I saw my friend reading it the other day. We’ve had the film for a while, but I’ve never watched it. My friend said he was really enjoying it, so I grabbed it for £3 at HMV–bargain. It’s about 4 heroin addicts in Scotland, I’m finding it incredibly eye-opening and completely different to everything I’ve ever read. I was pretty surprised it actually fit in the bag considering the size, but it fits rather perfectly.

My phone and earphones: I’m constantly listening to music on Spotify, so I always carry earphones. My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, never wanted to shell out for an iphone and the normal S4 seemed a little big for me. There is no way I would bring my bag without my phone!

My keys: An obvious one. Including my gym key and little key rings on it.

Impulse Body Spray: Just a little pick me up, especially needed in the Summer, and it’s mini size is really convenient.

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer: That and mascara is practially the only make-up I wear daily and sometimes I carry it around if I sweat it off or I’m going out for reapplying.

Gucci Guilty Perfume: This little perfume sampler was given to me for free, as you get when you walk around Debenhams and they’re flogging their perfume. It’s such a great thing to carry around, because it’s the perfect size to dab a little on, especially if you’re going from a work/school environment straight to a social environment and want something a little extra.

Vasaline: Self-explanatory, and needed on the occasion. I either carry that or some sort of lipstick/lipsalve.

Owl Purse | Next £15: I paid out for this, but it’s real leather and I love it. It’s useful, everything fits where it’s supposed to and I always carry it around with me.

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Sunglasses: Got these free from Cosmopolitan Mag, and they’re just a standard pair to carry around in the Summer and pop on when needed.

Ibuprofen: When my Paracetamol runs out, this is my second choice and it works just as well. I’ve been using it more recently because my nose piercing that I just got can get a little painful. I always find myself handing them out to my friends ;) .

Origins Lip Gloss | £11: Bought this years and years ago and still love it. It’s got a nice minty feeling and it looks great.

Pen: To easily jot things down etc.

Hair Bun Flowers| River Island: Love how these can make a bun look much more glamorous and stylish, when all you’re doing it whacking it on the top of your head.

Kitty Cat Ring and Bracelets | H&M + Primark: Things that get thrown into my bag when I can’t be bothered to wear them any more that day. I also put them in there if I’m rushing out the door so I can put them on later.

Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara | £8: Usually only top-up my mascara if I’m getting wet because it’s the Summer, and feel like reapplying it.

Tissues: Useful especially when there’s no toilet paper in public toilets! You won’t be laughing when you’re in there with no tissues. We’ve all been there.

Spare Change: Just chuck it in there.

Hair Band and Clip: Needed sometimes if I want to clip up my hair or it’s annoyingly in my face.

 credits // photography: Tilly Currer (myself) // outfit: top h&m // shorts: monsoon // jean jacket: thrift shop // written and edited my myself.

Ch-ch-ch-changes

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Okay so you might notice (if you’re a regular) the changes on this blog. Imma talking ’bout the design, for those clueless, but also the gradual changes you will see in this blog as a whole concerning the name, posts etc. I have been specifically a book blog for nearly 2 years now (since September 2012) and I’ve loved every minute of it–seriously. Discussing with other people that are also passionate about books has been so much fun and will always be awesome. The continual support is amazing and lovely. I adore writing about books, fangirling, tweeting and the overall craziness of book blogging. The fact that this blog is my very own space that is all mine and that I can change it on my whim inspires me.

However, my life does not revolve around books, nor do I want it to. I love reading and I do it daily, talking to people about books is so much fun. I feel like I’ve been blogging for so long now, I have made many a mistake concerning other bloggers, blog design, posts, publishers, you name it. I have grown and spent hours and hours on the blog tweaking, utterly changing and writing post after post. Blogging is hard and the amount of enthusiasm and effort needed to with-keep a blog has to be a lot. You have to be passionate about what you’re talking about.

I have become comfortable in this bloggy environment, and I am working to expand this blog’s overall purpose. Books are not my entire life. I am passionate about many things, and I would like to share them with you! This does not mean I expect you to read a post about beauty etc if you’re not interested. However, you might be interested in some of the things I post, and I will certainly continue to post book reviews, book hauls and all that jazz. I will just post more outside of books–because why shouldn’t I be able to? I’m a 16 year old girl, so of course I have a lot of interests that I would love to discuss with you. There must be other book bloggers out there also interested in: beauty, fashion, lifestyle posts, school posts, diy, tv shows, pets…anyone? ;)

I could have created a separate site, granted. But apart from the palava of 2 blogs, I wanted my passions in one place, and I didn’t want my book blog to be left and hours of posts made redundant.

I may hate writing outside of books, I may love it. The point is that I will never know until I give it a go. So please support me in this endeavor and know that I’m not abandoning the book blogging community. Love y’all <3.

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[Rant] Unprofessional Authors

When I first started blogging I got some requests to review some indie authors books and I excitedly obliged as I was new to the whole book blogging business. However, some of these were published by small publishing companies and/or were indie authors. Let me just say I have nothing against indie authors, I just have never found an indie book I have LOVED, but I guess I haven’t been looking hard enough. Anyway, I quickly found out that I hated writing the negative reviews and then emailing the authors personally. They had worked so hard on something they love, I know that. But I would never destroy the integrity of my blog by lying or being too nice in a review.

However, what annoyed me the most was when I specifically told them the review was going to honest, and when I didn’t like their book they raged at me! Some in private messaging, some via email, and frankly, it was disgusting. I get it, you think I’m totally wrong and I completely missed something or I didn’t pay enough attention. Didn’t I understand that this will be explored later?? Well this pissed me off. I am a book blogger and I have a right to express my views. It is unprofessional and rude to message me telling me why I’m wrong. I never understood what this was meant to achieve. Was I supposed to say, ‘oh sorry, no you’re right, I’ll just go change all of my opinions and my review’. No. It just makes you come across badly and will guarantee whenever I hear your name I will shake my head in disgust and not go near any of your other books.

It makes me sad because it gives authors a bad name, when so many are the nicest. I know it’s so hard taking criticism, but I don’t have to like your book and I will not be bullied into it.

I don’t often write scathing reviews–the only reason I do is because it probably has something like misogyny, rape done badly, or tough issues that I have to be completely honest in my opinion. I don’t think I have ever given a review without some good points in and tried to be as nice as I could–most authors were accepting.

However, there was this one book, where I hated it. So freaking much. I don’t want to link to it and out the author, but if you go right to the beginning of my reviews, you will most certainly find it. I will say that to this day it is the worst book I have ever read. Most readers will agree that that is an impressive feat. When I emailed the author my review he messaged me guilt tripping me and saying his wife helped him write it and she cried reading the review. Feeling awful, I replied saying not to worry, there will be good reviews, and I was only one! Then he replied and told me how all my opinions were wrong and why. He proceeded to patronise me because I was 15 when I read and reviewed it! How dare he imply that my views aren’t as valid because I happen to be under the age of 18. I’m a teenager–not an idiot. I guess I just shouldn’t have replied and that’s not something I will be doing in the future.

However, some authors have been great, like Aurelia B Rowl author of Popping the Cherry, Shannon Eckrich author of Other Side of Forever, Kelly Van Hull author of Tent City (actually asked if I could beta read her next book, really took my opinions in). It’s not like I didn’t enjoy their books, but I had some problems with all of those and they were incredibly nice about it.

They were so professional and lovely–it’s not like I enjoy giving out bad reviews!

Sorry about the rant! Tried to keep this short…haha. Have any of you guys had this experience before, or something similar? Are you an author who regrets doing this or does it for a particular reason?

Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Review: Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish DollerWhere the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
Published by Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Children's on September 24th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
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Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.

Trish Doller writes incredibly real teens, and this searing story of love, betrayal, and how not to lose your mind will resonate with readers who want their stories gritty and utterly true.

I did enjoy Where the Stars Still Shine, but didn’t think it lived up to expectations. Everyone I’ve heard reviews from loved it–where as I was a bit disappointed. Callie was kidnapped by her mother as child and has been on the run for as long as she can remember. She only has distant, snapshot memories of her past life, but she knows she was kidnapped. Callie’s mother has a mental disability, and has not taken her prescribed tablets in years. Something happens that causes Callie to be re-united with her father and she has to dramatically change her lifestyle quickly and is expected to abide by a certain set of rules that weren’t in place before. This of course, causes issues.

Callie’s father, Greg, was such a sweet guy and I really loved him for it. They’re strangers to each other, Callie is 17 and grew up without a father figure. Callie has also grown up with abuse from her mother’s boyfriend/s. This is really the heart and trauma of the book. It affects Callie’s perception of men, and herself involving men. Callie adapted to this new lifestyle really well, but obviously she makes a lot of mistakes and has the tenancy  to run when things get hard.

Callie annoyed me in a lot of ways, because I felt she never tried to help herself. I could never, ever, understand the torrent of emotions and what she’s going through. However, sometimes she made things harder for herself and that frustrated me. Also, I never got a strong impression of her personality. She felt quite two-dimentional to me, because a lot of the book is obviously focused on her reaction to her situation, she felt a bit plastic. I’m not sure if this is intended though, because Callie’s never really had the opportunity to have a personality. Anyway, the whirlwind of emotions that tore through her was written beautifully and felt spot on–despite never having been in this situation myself. Callie’s torn between her wanting to love Greg, but wanting to be loyal to her mother; and even though she kind of hates her mother, her mother’s all she’s ever known.

There is romance, which I think added to the growth of Callie, because it caused her to overcome a lot of issues. Alex was a lot more sweeter than I thought he would be, but at the same time their relationship annoyed me. I thought they should have taken it slower, right from the beginning to contrast to her other relationships and show that it was different. I felt like she never really learnt anything, even though Alex helped change her perception of men.

Overall, I’ve never read anything like this before and enjoyed it originality the set-up. Even though I didn’t think it was outstanding, it was still a pretty amazing book and I would recommend it!

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Enclave by Ann Aguirre (Razorland #1)

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Series: Razorland
Published by Macmillan, Square Fish on April 11th 2011
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult
Pages: 259
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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Enclave was a really awesome read about ZOMBIES. I’m pretty obsessed with zombies at the moment, so this was facilitating my zombie love because they were a significant part of the novel. However it wasn’t like most zombie apocalypse books, where the entire book is about surviving the zombies. Zombies, or “Freaks”, were a big part of the plot, but there were a lot of other obstacles the characters had to overcome.

Deuce is part of an enclave underground and has been training her whole life to become a Huntress. They patrol the grounds, learn to fight and keep the Freaks away from the enclave. No one in the enclave has been aboveground because if they do, they believe they will die.

Deuce reminded me of Katniss, because of her slight unfeeling nature toward some things. She’s slightly ignorant towards people and doesn’t have a lot of emotional intelligence. However, I did like her, and simply felt sorry for her in some instances. She’s been living underground her whole life, and random things would crop up sometimes that seem obvious to us, but a revelation to her. Things she never knew about, like what chocolate was. C’mon. NOT KNOWING WHAT CHOCOLATE IS. I have to admit, that stood out to me more than some of the other instances.

The entire community of the enclave is corrupt and downright awful. Understandably though. None of the people brought up there were taught differently. Still, I did wonder why none of them actually though for themselves! Their whole community was a bunch of sheep, not questioning anything. The fact that they were underground, meant they had no idea of what was surreal. They could have been told marshmallows fell from the sky and believed it.

This is a book I’ve not heard much about but really recommend. The world is completely different and interesting. I read a whole book on it, yet I could read two more and still be fascinated. The characters have room for growth, and even developed in this instalment. I’m really interested to read about how Deuce changes, but also the more minor characters. There’s even enough romance to satisfy me, but again, there was this reminder of The Hunger Games and similarities between the two. I’m not going to delve into that now though, it’s complicated to explain, but if you’ve read it, comment and tell me if you understand! The only thing that was really lacking throughout Enclave was humour. The lack of humour gave this novel a brittle edge, and was hard to read at times because it’s so bleak.

Rating: 4 stars.

 

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MY FIRST VIDEO (cue hyperventilating)

I finally, FINALLY filmed, edited and uploaded my first video. I’m so nervous, because I am a fail at editing and lighting and everything to do with this. Plus, it’s really hard putting your face out there for the first time. It’s all very well putting up a post, but a video is with you actually speaking and saying stuff…! I tried to be as natural as I could, but ultimately, I was talking to a camera and that’s not something I’m used to. My hands were itching to write up a post!

I hope you like it, hopefully I will get better at editing (I know it’s not the best it could be and I’m sorry!) Also, the lighting at the end was really bad because I was desperately trying to film it at dusk, which I know is an awful thing to do and all the video people will be mocking me and wincing. Oh well.

I won’t be posting any more of my videos on here, as this is my blog and it doesn’t involve vlogging. I know some bloggers hate watching vlogs, but I wanted to post it to show the people who might be interested.

You can watch it HERE.

Thanks guys! :)

(I’m now going to read to get my mind of this whole nervous debacle. I’m reading Enclave, has anyone read it? It’s GOOD.)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Popular Authors I’ve Never Read

Charles Dickens:

I really want to read A Christmas Carol, but every time Christmas comes round, I’m always so busy and have never taken the time to.

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Sarah Dessen: Honestly, I’m not sure why I haven’t read any of her books, because they look like my thing, but I’ve never gotten the great urge to buy them.

 

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David Levithan: I now have Two Boys Kissing by him, so I will have read him soon. I think I’ll love it as well, as everyone’s reviews are beaming!

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Dan Brown: Apparently The DaVinci Code is amazing. I would have no idea.

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Libba Bray: I own Beauty Queens, and hopefully will read it soon. I also hear A Great and Terrible Beauty is awesome! So hopefully I will read that soon as well.

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Stephen King: I saw the trailer for Carrie and thought it looked really good but generally, this kind of horror isn’t my thing.

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George R. R. Martin: I have the first! I will get to it soon! Honest.

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Ransom Riggs: I have the first and can’t wait to read it!

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Rick Riordan: I simply haven’t gotten round to these, but they look amazing.

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J. R. R. Tolkien: They’re just so big, and everyone says getting through The Lord of the Rings is so much effort!

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Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Review: Fangirl by Rainbow RowellFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published by My Kinda Book on September 10th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 445
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love. 

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

This book is all kinds of adorable and I loved it. Cath is a fangirl–if you hadn’t worked that out–and this is something many readers can relate to. Cath has a twin and does pretty much everything with Wren, because why wouldn’t she? However, when it comes to university, Wren doesn’t want to be roommates with Cath in a bid to be more independent. I really liked Cath’s character, because she was bookish and shy. She does not want to be rooming with some random person and make eye contact with them…and stuff. Therefore, she’s a little hurt, and turns into a slight recluse in her room.

I related to Cath in a lot of ways, particularly how much she loves books and in this case, a particular series. Except, I’m not her kind of fangirl. I don’t write or read fanfic, however, I do have posters and T-shirts like her. I loved that Cath was a really popular fanfiction writer, and loved writing about those characters.

Cath is a really shy person, and doesn’t really go out of her room at the beginning. She hates the idea of going to the cafeteria for the first time and having nobody to sit with. I get that, but everyone’s in the same boat at this point, so you might as well get it over with. Personally, I would make friends with my roommate or the people in halls, then go sit with them. But Cath just sits in her room and lives on protein bars for a couple of months! Oh my! By the time she makes her way down there, everyone’s already got their groups. So Reagan helps her out, and practically forces her down there to eat. Her roommate Reagan was so awesome. She’s my kind of person 100%. She says what she feels and doesn’t skirt around on bullshit. You know what to expect from her. Some think she’s rude, but really she’s just being real with you. I was more like Reagan personality-wise than Cath, because I’m not as shy as Cath. She’s really good to Cath, she helps her a lot, and without Reagan, Cath would have been a complete hermit. We all need friends that help us in ways we can’t help ourselves.

Then there’s Levi. Levi. Levi. I love Levi. So different from a lot of guy characters currently in YA books. He’s just so happy and smiley and genuine. He supported Cath in a lot of ways, and didn’t push her. He also has a very weird way of learning. He’s a dependant on auditory learning, and listens to lectures instead of reading. But he wasn’t stupid, he just learns in a different way and struggles with how things are taught, so he works harder. I could relate so much to this, except I’m a visual learner, and sometimes I find things harder to process–but I’m not stupid. I’m generally an A/B student, but I identified with Levi a lot in that respect. Cath is naturally a genius, and she gets a little lazy at times. It was so great how Levi just didn’t allow her to be lazy, because he works so hard for his grades and would kill to get amazing grades as easily as her. You go Levi.

Fangirl’s Cath has an obsession with Simon Snow, a character from their world’s Harry Potter. I didn’t grow up with Harry Potter, I’m a bit young and kind of missed the party on that. Therefore, I didn’t entirely relate to that aspect, but the overall Fangirl parts I did relate to.

I really, really loved this book. It was sweet, funny, interesting and something I could completely relate to. I’ve not read anything quite like it, and will re-read this again and again. This will definitely be added to my Contemporary Romance recommendations, and if you haven’t read it, you really need to!

Rating: 5 STARS!!

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The TMI Tag

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I was tagged by Stephanie, from Love, August to do the TMI tag. It looks pretty cool, so here goes! This is about to get deep.

1.What are you wearing? Jeans, a Christina Perri tour shirt and comfy knit socks.

2. Ever been in love? Lol, no.

3. Ever had a terrible break-up? Once in year one, a boy broke up with me for one of the popular girls.

4. How tall are you? About 5’6″.

5. How much do you weight? Pffft, none of your business.

6. Any tattoos? No, and I don’t think I ever will have, unless for a very good reason.

7. Any piercings? One on each ear, and trying to persuade my mum to let me get a nose piercing…so far unsuccessfully.

8. OTP? I’m gonna go with Romitri.

9. Favourite Show? THE WALKING DEAD. And Friends…because it always will be a favourite.

10. Favourite Bands? This is hard, because at the moment I’m listening to playlists with so many artists where I’ve only heard a couple of their songs, but I love them. Imagine Dragons, American Authors, They Might be Giants, Florence and the Machine, Of Monsters and Men, Arctic Monkeys, The Civil Wars.

11. Something you miss? My dad <3

12. Favourite song? I don’t ever have a favourite song, but I’m currently digging Believer by American Authors.

13. How old are you? Sweet 16.

14. Zodiac Sign? Aquarius!

15. Quality you look for in a partner? Someone who’s not intimidated by my bluntness and sarcasm. I’ve had conversations with people where I’m being 100% sarcastic and they thought I was being serious! Also, someone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously.

16. Favourite Quote? ”I fell in love the way you fall asleep, slowly, and then all at once”–John Green.  I just…siiighh.

17. Favourite Actor? Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lawrence.

18. Favourite Colour? Red…and I love indigo.

19. Loud or soft music? Soft music usually, to chill and relax.

20. Where do you go when you’re sad? I either swim it out at the pool, or go to bed and read.

21. How long does it take you to shower? Without washing my hair, around 15 minutes. When I wash my hair it takes about 35 minutes. You have no idea what it takes to tame my hair.

22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Generally, about 10 minutes. As much as I love make-up, I stick to the basics before school, because who can be dealing with that at 7 in the morning??

23. Ever been in a physical fight? I’ve hit one of my older brothers, but it never ends well so I don’t do that anymore!

24. Turn on? Someone who’s really good with kids. I’m the younger sister in the family, and with two older brothers, I got a bit left out at times. But, mostly my brothers were really sweet to me, so seeing a guy playing with their little siblings is just so cute.

25. Turn off? Someone who doesn’t understand reading, or loving fictional characters.

26. The reason you started blogging? I saw other people doing it and wanted to join in the fun by talking to others about something I’m really passionate about.

27. Fears? Being alone, failing, cancer.

28. Last thing that made you cry? Oh jeez…erm, I think it was when I had an emotional, hormonal day and cried at practically anything. Does anyone know what I’m talking about here?

29. Last time you said you loved someone? Well, I say it to my family a lot soo…

30. Meaning behind your blog name? I was reading Urban Fantasy and really loved kickass heroines. Still do. But yes, I really hate the name now.

31. Last book you read? Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell <3 <3.

32. The book you’re currently reading? Harley Quinn comic and The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas.

33. Last show you watched? Modern Family.

34. Last person you were talking to? One of my older brothers.

35. The relationship between you and the last person you texted? School friend.

36. Favourite food? Profiteroles and spaghetti…preferably not together.

37. Places you want to visit? EVERYWHERE. America, Paris, Italy, Netherlands, Syndey, Hong Kong, India, Russia.

38. Last place you were? At the swimming pool.

39. Do you have a crush? Not even a little bit.

40. Last time you kissed someone? I kissed my nan on the cheek earlier. That so counts.

41. Last time you were insulted? My dog ditched me earlier for my brother. That still stings a little.

42. Favourite flavour of sweet? Raspberry. NOMNOMNOM. Who doesn’t like raspberries?

43. What instruments do you play? Acoustic guitar and voice. (I’ve got grade 5 singing next month and I’m FREAKING OUT.)

44. Favourite piece of jewellery? My dad got me one of those sphere necklaces and I wear it all the time.

45. Last sport you played? Dodgeball?

46. Last song you sang? 22 by Taylor Swift.

47. Favourite chat up line? Do you have a library card, ’cause I wanna check you out!

48.Have you ever used it? Lol, no.

49. Last time you hung out with someone? My friends and I went to a local restaurant the other day as a get-together in the half-term.

50. Who should answer these questions next? Francoise from My Crazy Bookish World, Debbie from Snuggling on the Sofa, Sunny from A Sunny Spot and LUCY from Queen of Contemporary (because I love you Lucy)!! Considering you guys are book bloggers, you can do the book blogger tmi tag if you want, which Hawwa did HERE.

Of course, anyone who wants a go, can also do the tag as well! Link your posts in the comments and I’ll take a look.

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Mini Reviews: Wallbanger by Alice Clayton and Slammed by Colleen Hoover

by Alice Clayton, Colleen Hoover
Published by Omnific, Self-Published Genres: New Adult
Source: Bought

The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed dating hiatus, and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly…

In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight…

Wallbanger, now this was interesting concept. It was pretty refreshing to read a more adult romance-y book. I’ve heard lots of recommendations about this, but was put off by the blurb. I simply don’t think it’s as witty as it wants to be. Sorry. However, I was pretty busy when reading this, and wanted something easy to read that I didn’t have to commit to and this was pretty perfect. The romance builds from the main characters hating each other, to friendship, to love. I really enjoyed all of the stages and how they grew to be the perfect couple. Simon and Caroline seemed to fit really well and I just loved reading about them.

I thought Wallbanger was funny (if a bit hit and miss at times), romantic and I thought Simon was pretty awesome and funny. It was great to read two people who didn’t take things too seriously, as some books are so melodramatic at times.

Rating: 4 Stars

 

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

Poetry is very prominent in Slammed, and although I wasn’t the biggest fan of poetry before, this book has made me realise that I haven’t read the kind of poetry I like yet. It blended really well into the romance and sad storyline. There’s an element of forbidden love here, not something I was massively keen on, but it ended up working out pretty well.

There’s a student-teacher relationship, something I don’t tolerate and think is creepy (with exception to Vampire Academy), but Will is only 21, and working as a teacher to pay the bills. His parents died and he’s had to take care of his younger brother since he was 18. I felt for his situation, which was ultimately awful, but Will’s utter love for Caulder was so nice to read.

These were some great New Adult novels, it was fun to explore this genre a bit more, and I will carry on looking for more great NA  novels.

Rating: 4 Stars

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Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie WestThe Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Published by HarperCollins, HarperTeen on July 2nd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

Caymen and her mother live in an apartment behind their doll shop. Caymen’s mother (Susan) has issues with rich people. When Susan was young, she became pregnant and was given hush money from her boyfriends parents to keep quiet about it and disappear. Her boyfriend left without a backwards glance and her parents disowned her–this caused her hate for rich people. Susan believes that they have short attention spans and only care about appearance. I always thought this premise was kind of naive, because it’s such a massive generalisation and doesn’t make much sense. However, this affects how Caymen perceives people and when an attractive, rich guy walks into her mother’s doll shop, she knows not to get too interested.

Caymen’s sarasm and dry humour is practically identical to mine–except she’s way more witty than me! She’s so deadpan that sometimes people can’t figure out if she’s being sarcastic. Her reaction to Xander was actually really funny, and the book continues in this amusing fashion, with funny remarks on every page. Xander is not my favourite book boyfriend but he was really sweet and he got Caymen and her character. They were both a little lost and didn’t know what they wanted to do with their lives. Caymen is really poor and trying to keep the doll shop afloat with her mother, and Xander is R.I.C.H. (seriously rich) and his dad expects him to take over his hotel business–something he doesn’t want to do.

The romance was full of miscommunication, doubt and insecurities. It was really interesting to see how the amount of money someone earns divides social groups in such a huge way. Caymen lives in a fairly small town and she hadn’t even met Xander before, because he obviously hangs around in completely different social circles and goes to private school. Caymen only really has one friend, but a sweet, genuine friend at that. The romance isn’t sizzling, which is what disappointed me the most. It didn’t make me want to fan myself or want to dive in the book and marry Xander because he’s so amazing. However, I felt like Caymen and Xander had a really great connection, in that they understood what the other needed, and got each other like no one else. That’s what made the romance special to me, but no, I will not be adding Xander to the top of my book boyfriends list, despite how awesome his name is.

The Distance Between Us was a really great read but I didn’t enjoy it as much as Pivot Point (something Kasie West has also written).  I would recommend it, because the premise was different and entertaining, with a hilarious MC and fairly intense storyline.

Rating: 4 Stars.

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Things I Covet

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heeeart1 Double happiness necklace: I was reading Just One Day and Just One Year by Gayle Forman, and the double happiness story and symbol comes up, I love the idea behind it and think this necklace from Etsy is really cute.

heeeart2Beauty Queens by Libba Bray: I’ve seen Beauty Queens around for a while and I haven’t read any books by Libba Bray, so this is something I’d love to read!

heeeart3The Head and the Heart–Let’s Be Still: I now have a Spotify account and I’m loving it. I found the track 10,000 Weight in Gold by The Head and the Heart and it’s been my jam for the past week or so.

heeeart4Asos Headband: I love wearing hats but knitted headbands aren’t something I’ve tried, I found this on Asos and really liked it.

heeeart5Barry M in Ice Cream Pink: I can’t paint my nails often because of school, but this colour from Barry M is pretty.

heeeart6Topshop cutout boots: I adore the cutout boots trend and recently asked for a pair for my birthday!

heeeart7Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson: After I heard Tiger lily was based on Peter Pan, I’ve wanted to read it! Peter Pan was one of my favourite stories as a child and I want to see how this version pans out.

heeeart8Topshop Badger socks: Who wouldn’t want badger socks?

These are the things I’ve seen this week and thought were cute. What books/beauty/clothes/music have you been lusting after this week?

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Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Published by Usborne on December 2nd 2010
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 372
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Anna and the French Kiss is such a fluffy, warm book that cuddles you when you read it. It’s about an American girl who gets sent to a boarding school in Paris for her last year of school. The boarding school is for Americans, and I loved the Paris aspect of the book. They say Paris is the city of romance, and that added to the magic of the book.

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Anna was such a joy to read. Her voice was hilarious, witty and something I entirely identified with. I just wanted to reach into the book and be her best friend. I read the first page, laughed and knew, just knew  this was going to be a 5 star read. Anna never annoyed me throughout the whole book–which is quite a feat! Her passion for films is like my passion for books, and she has a dream of becoming a film critic and writes on her blog. I could really identify with it, the way she would escape off to different cinema’s in Paris and watch old films. She jumps out of her comfort zone and into an entirely different country with, actually, not much complaining. Which is good, because no one wants to read about a big whiner. She embraces Paris a little later in the book and starts to learn French and grow up a little.

St Clair is so awesome and dreamy, he was the perfect mix of humour and sweet personality. He was also frustrating though! I wanted to hit him on the head sometimes because he didn’t know what he wanted! I loved the way they interacted and how genuine St Clair was…I just…dreamy sigh. Together, St Clair and Anna become close friends and explore Paris together, while the tension crackles between them. They didn’t just explore the usual tourist-y places, but also their secret places that made this book different.

Anna and the French Kiss is hilarious, gut-wrenching and amazing. It’s one of the most perfect YA Romances I’ve ever read. I can’t wait to read the next instalment of Lola and the Boy Next Door.

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The 2014 ABC Challenge

abc challengeMy awesome book blogger friend Kayla from The Bookish Owl and I, come together to bring you: The 2014 ABC Challenge!

The concept is rather simple; you read the entire alphabet of books beginning with A, B, C and so on. For example, for A you could read Anna and the French Kiss and for B you could read Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. You don’t need to read the alphabet in order, so long as you read a book for every letter. As you get to the lesser used letters such as: X, Y, Z, you can read any book if the authors name contains that letter. For example, for the letter X, you could read The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.

When reading something beginning with “The”, it does not count for the letter T. Instead, if you’re reading The House of Hades by Rick Riordon, it will count for the letter H. However, if you happen to know a book beginning with X, Y, Z anyway (Zombies vs. Unicorns) we encourage you to read that instead!

I have confirmed that there WILL be a prize for the first person to complete the alphabet!

Kayla and I are so excited to be bringing this to you. If you want to join, click HERE to sign up, and you can also join the Goodreads group made specifically for this challenge! There we will be discussions on the books we are reading and you can take part in the general bookish fun! Sign-up up closes on February 10th–after that you can still sign up, but you cannot join the Goodreads group or win the prize.  It officially starts on the 10th, so don’t go adding your books to the lists until that date.

After finishing the book, we would appreciate you talking about the book in a couple of sentences, whether you liked it or disliked it etc. This makes the discussions more fun! You can also do buddy reads, track which letters you’ve completed and shamelessly promote your blog/vlog!

You can sign up HERE

You can join the Goodreads group HERE (make sure you’ve signed up first!)

You can read Kayla’a post and awesome vlog HERE

If you have any more questions, comment below or tweet me via @hardcoreheroine and Kayla @levenin. We hope to see you doing the ABC Book Challenge!

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2014 Blogging Goals

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That’s not to say I’ll review every book I read, because there’s still a lot of reviews I need to post from 2013. That’s roughly 8/9 reviews a month! This may mean lots more posts in my less busy months and when it gets to exam season, things will calm down a bit.  I’m pretty sure I’ve read 100 books this year, but I haven’t recorded all of them, sadly. Hopefully I will this year!

 

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I do last minute posts way too often. Sometimes it’s really hard to find the time and be motivated. Sometimes I’d love to write out a post but have to do revision and it gets very annoying. I’m hoping to be more organised and not have those panicky moments when I haven’t written a post out. I also want to spend more time learning to format posts (because I just can’t) to make my posts layouts looks more aesthetically pleasing and pretty.

 

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Sometimes I’m scouring for forever trying to find a book that I’ll love and can request from a UK publisher. I really don’t want to request a book I’m not entirely sure I’ll like. At the same time, I’ll find a book that would be perfect to request but can’t find who the UK publisher is! I make it more complicated than it is. Also, I’ve never been to a book launch party or publishing event and it’s something I would love to do.

 

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It’s kind of embarrassing when you say you’re a book blogger and someone asks ‘what would you recommend?’ I freeze, because the only genre I know extensively is Young Adult. I call myself a major book lover, yet I only really know a couple of genres. I need to read more classics and widen the range of books I love, instead of reading them because I feel obligated to.

 

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I love talking to other bloggers, but sometimes feel a bit out of the group. There are a lot of bloggy groups and I’m not really involved with any. This year I’m going to try and connect with others on Twitter and so on. I read a lot of posts by bloggers, but don’t always comment and that’s kind of bad. I love it when people share their opinions of books with me and comment, so I’m going to make more of an effort for other people too.

 

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I love blogging and sometimes that’s hard to remember. Life sprouts it’s ugly head and then motivation goes out the window. I need to remind myself sometimes that I adore blogging and speaking to people about what I’m so incredibly passionate about. That may mean taking a breather sometimes, but I’m okay with that as long as I always come back and enjoy myself. I have enough horrible and boring things in my life without blogging turning into a chore.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my blogging resolutions. There are a lot, but I’m going to try and keep a list in my room and remind myself of them and how to accomplish them. It’s all very well saying that I want to do these things, but I also need to figure out how I’m going to accomplish them! What are your blogging goals in 2014?

I wish everyone a brilliant 2014, with happiness, health and laughter.

 

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Review: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky #2)

Review: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky #2)Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Series: Under the Never Sky #2
Published by Atom on January 8th 2013
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 341
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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It's been months since Aria learned of her mother's death. 

Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It's a moment they've been longing for with countless expectations. And it's a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first.

Then it slips away. The Tides don't take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry's control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure-and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.(

I loved Through the Ever Night so much, I felt like everything was ratcheted up a notch and the stakes were higher. Even though I adored Under the Never Sky, it’s no secret that I found the beginning confusing, but enjoyed it when it picked up. However Through the Ever Night was a fantastic read all the way through, and one of my favourites of the year. I’m incredibly invested in the main characters, and there are some great minor characters. It annoys me when the world I’m reading revolves around the main characters, and the more minor characters aren’t explored. Through the Ever Night was not like that, a lot of the characters had many layers. Not only that but it has an extensive world, and a thrilling plot. It’s the kind of book that will lure you in and not allow you to process the outer world until you are finished.

Aria has developed so much, and she’s learnt a lot since the last book. She’s adapted to the world really well–she doesn’t whine, and she’s not annoying. She’s a fighter, and I love her for it. I think the dual POV between her and Perry is brilliant, because Peregrine’s POV is so interesting and I adore Aria and Perry’s Romance. Both of them have separate things to deal with, which keeps things fresh and interesting, and means we aren’t following the same boring problems.

As Peregrine introduces Aria to his tribe, his people are wary of a person from the Realms. Peregrine faces a lot of trouble because he’s young and inexperienced–soon the tribe are finding it hard to eat because of the Aether storms. In addition, Talon is still being kept by the Dweller’s and Perry is faced with the awful decision of choosing between the ones he loves and his entire tribe who are relying on him. Perry is so awesome. Together, him and Aria make such an amazing team, with inevitable bumps along the road in their relationship.

Roar is also present and I love him so much! Not only is he hilarious, but it’s great to see a male character who’s friends with the main heroine and isn’t pitifully in love with her. Roar has his own problems, and I wish Rossi would write an entire book about him and Liv. I know there’s a novella (and I can’t wait to read it) but an entire novel would be so much better! I just wish Rossi would gather all of the minor characters and write separate stories about them! When that happens, I know the book must be good.

Rossi has made me love Sci-Fi,  I love this world and I love the characters. Rossi has carried on this captivating world admirably, and I am clutching my keyboard counting down the days until the conclusion to this series releases. If you haven’t read this series, start at Under the Never Sky– the series is so gashdang awesome and a must-read.

Rating: 5 Stars

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You Can’t Force the Love

When a new book comes out, for example Allegiant by Veronica Roth, people go crazy and everyone has read it in three days. As for myself, it’s sitting on my bookshelf and I haven’t picked it up yet. I’m excited that it’s released but I’m simply not in the mood to read it. I can’t enjoy a book if I feel obligated to read it, and it can ruin the experience for me.

For example, in September, I was going through a slight book slump and was reading Crown of Midnight at the time. I read about 200 pages until I realized I wasn’t getting immersed into the world. I genuinely thought that the second book in the series was not very good. I’m so glad I stopped reading it though, because I picked it up again and I’m loving it.

I have a fair few books that I’ve bought because I know I’ll want to read them–at some point. However right now, I know I won’t enjoy it if I force myself to read it. I need to be in the mood. That’s why I also have an issue with library books, because ideally, I could leave the book and wait until I wanted to read it, but you can’t do that with library books. Cue massive fines…ooops.

I have a lot of books I’ve been meaning to read by the end of the year and I will. I just can’t pick up any book and dive in.. We all have our moods, sometimes we need something fluffy, sometimes something hard-hitting. But when moods stop you from enjoying a particular book, they can become annoying.

Do you have this problem?

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Review: Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #2)

Review: Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #2)Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince #2
Published by Avon on 26th March 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 326
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
Goodreads
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Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold shoulder treatment forever–especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.

Like choosing between eternal love and a loveless eternity...

Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes. And when she finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who may be closer than she realizes, Leila must decide who to trust– the fiery vampire who arouses her passions like no other or the tortured knight who longs to be more than a friend? With danger stalking her every step of the way, all it takes is one wrong move to damn her for eternity.
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YAY! Love this series! I was a little apprehensive about reading a spin-off with Vlad, and although I really enjoyed Once Burned, Twice Tempted was that much more enjoyable for me.

I love character development and Frost writes it incredibly well. Both Leila and Vlad grew as a couple and did what they needed to make the relationship work. Like adults. Which is why I adore their relationship so much. Vlad isn’t used to having someone so close to him, and although he has had lovers, he’s not been in an equal partnership in a long time. Not just because Vlad is a commitment-phobe either. Rather, because the one woman he did love killed herself, because she was so afraid of him. You can see why Vlad is a little reluctant to fall in love after that, so he simply refuses. I love Vlad’s character so much more now, before he was mysterious (and he still is), but his character has been given much more depth and reason for his actions. I really fell in love with him in this one.

That’s not to say Vlad wasn’t infuriating at times, because he seriously is. However, it worked because Vlad never changed who he was completely. He’s still brutal Vlad, and although he bends much more than he has before, for Leila. He doesn’t change. I find in some relationships in these books, the ruthless Vampire falls in love with the woman and becomes a bit soppy. Which I find unrealistic, because it’s almost like their entire character changes.

Leila also has character development, and together, you have two evolving characters that don’t annoy you. Leila is hilarious at times, her sarcastic inner-commentary and witty remarks are exactly what I look for in a character. She’s someone people underestimate, with an awesome power of electricity and ability to read emotional imprints on people. Frost has given her truly compelling and intriguing powers. Leila is the kind of character you

I really adore this world, the characters and the world-building. There is a fair bit of romance, but it doesn’t dominate the book, and it was just the right amount for me. I’m very sad that there’s only going to be one more book, however, at least this series will end strongly and is unlikely to fizz out. Twice Tempted is not a book to miss, and is the kind of book where two hours will go by and the pages are flipping themselves, because you are so into the story and characters. Frost has done an excellent job with this world and I highly recommend it if you enjoy Paranormal Romance, because, trust me, it’s the good stuff.

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Review: Popping the Cherry by Aurelia B Rowl

Review: Popping the Cherry by Aurelia B RowlPopping the Cherry by Aurelia B Rowl
Published by Carina on September 19th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 250
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
Goodreads
two-half-stars
From driving tests to relationships, Valentina Bell thinks she’s a failure, with a big fat capital F. At this rate, she’s certain she’ll be a virgin for ever. So Lena’s friends plan Operation: Popping the Cherry to help her find the perfect man first time.

Yet somehow disastrous dates with bad-boy musicians and fabulous evenings with secretly in-the-closet guys aren’t quite working out how Lena planned.

Soon Lena’s avoiding Operation: Popping the Cherry to spend time with comforting, aloof Jake, her best friend’s older brother, who doesn’t make her feel self-conscious about still clinging to her V card. But could Jake show Lena that sometimes what you’re looking for most is right by your side?

A FOREVER for the twenty-first century
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I enjoyed Popping the Cherry as a cute romance, but it frustrated me in so many ways. Our main character, Lena (or Tink, as the romantic interest calls her) is at school one day when her friends stage an Intervention to get her cherry popped. Or in other words, to lose her virginity. I wasn’t entirely comfortable with how this happened, as Lena then spent most of the novel on the quest to lose her virginity–or rather as I saw it–to fit in with her friends. Suddenly the premise didn’t look nearly as amusing, but kind of sad for Lena, who’s friends wrote a list titled Operation: Popping the Cherry.

Another thing that annoyed me was her best friend, Gemma. Said best friend does not approve of the actual person she is falling in love with, which is her older brother, Jake. She makes every snide comment and gives no support to Lena but instead pushes her toward disgusting guys who take advantage of her. Gemma came across as superficial and selfish, not once did she even have a reason for Lena and Jake not to be together, and was effectively stopping them both from being happy. The reason I feel so strongly over this is, because of Gemma (and admittedly other reasons), it takes them the entire novel to get together. Which unfortunately, is not my thing.  I like it when the characters realise they like each other and, you know, act like adults and just ask the other out. Then maybe have some complications in the relationship later. Sometimes it felt like they were in primary school playground, writing notes and thinking: does he like me? I won’t bother asking, I will sit on my hands and wait for something to happen for the ENTIRE novel.

Honestly, I have never known anyone so inept at reading signals. Sorry for that slight rant there, it was the main annoying aspect of the book, and otherwise it was an enjoyable romance. It wasn’t particularly complicated, but at times it was adorable, and I really liked the way Lena handled some of the situations maturely, unlike other books I’ve read with characters in the same situation. I love forbidden love, and that’s kind of what was in Popping the Cherry, except, I feel like I should’ve been given more reason as to why Jake and Lena couldn’t be together.

Also, there was a huge cliché with the main antagonist, Alice (or Malice, as Lena and her friends call her), was so predictable and boring. She was the Queen Bee that wasn’t satisfied until everyone is bowing before her. Yada-yada-yada. I just find this plot line to be so uninteresting and average. Rowl could have done so much better in that aspect.

I really liked Jake and Lena, it’s a shame everyone around them was so annoying. They should’ve just ignored everyone from the start and done what they wanted. Together, they had a really sweet romance–that may have dragged on slightly–but was adorable all the same.

Rating: 2.5 Stars

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October Monthly Wrap-Up

I have had a really productive reading month, which is a major step-up from last month. The books I read consists of these:

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 Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout (The Covenant #3)–Some characters unrealistically took a turn for the worst in this one. Romance development was good though.

The Selection by Kiera Cass (The Selection #1)–Quite a light Dystopia read, which was interesting to read, as most Dystopia’s are IN.YOUR.FACE.

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 Reviewed: Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins–such a cute romance, I adored it.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman–Very emotional, in a good way! Also becoming a film, I rec it massively!

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Crash into You by Katie McGarry (Pushing the Limits #3)–finally we get to see Isiah’s POV, and it was glorious! Review to come next month.

Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout (The Covenant #2)–I enjoyed this a ton more than the first one, it definitely went down an original route, unlike the previous book which was exactly like Vampire Academy.

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 Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #2)–I wasn’t 100% sure about Vlad in Once Burned, but boy, am I sure about him now. Emotional walls are broken down, and I love him a lot more than I did before. He still frustrates me, but what can you expect from Vlad The Impaler?

Where She Went by Gayle Forman (the sequel to If I Stay)–Although not as hard-hitting as If I Stay, the emotional angst and complex characters were truly amazing.

Overall, October was a really good reading month for me, I’ve mostly scheduled these reviews for November…wait what? I’ve scheduled some posts? Now that’s just cray-cray, I deserve a round of applause.

But anyway, how was October for you? Did you read a lot of awesomesauce books? Hit me with your best recs!

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Interview: AJ Salem Discusses Her Upcoming Debut ‘Almost Demon’

I’m very excited to welcome AJ Salem, author of the upcoming title–Almost Demon. Releasing October 31st (how very appropriate), Almost Demon is a Paranormal Young Adult book following protagonist Gemma Pope.

 

almost demonHi AJ! So glad to have you on Hardcore Heroines! Tell us a little bit about your upcoming novel Almost Demon.
Almost Demon is the first novel in The Sigil Cycle series following Gemma Pope, a high school senior struggling to get her life back to normal after a horrible car accident stole the lives of her twin brother and best friends. Everyone blames her for the crash and to make matters worse she starts seeing dark shadows around town unsure whether they are real or an indication that she is slowly losing her mind. Gemma soon learns that there is more at play than her imagination and must find her inner strength to move past her mistakes and save everyone around her.

 

You told me that Almost Demon would appeal to fans of The Morganville Vampires and Vampire Academy. Did you pull inspiration from these books and various other Young Adult Paranormal books?
As a reader, I find that Rachel Caine and Richelle Mead are able to create complex heroines that have a host of problems both supernatural and personal but are able to overcome the obstacles thrown at them. I worked hard at creating a strong character in Gemma who, despite her faults, won’t give up when things get tough. I think that is an important message to get out in a YA novel.

 

I completely agree, strong characters are incredibly important. What was the hardest aspect of writing Almost Demon? (You know, the hair-pulling-I-don’t-want-to-carry-on-I-want-to-break-down-and-cry moment) Or did you not have one?
The hardest part for me is always the first three chapters. The whole set up for the plot starts there and until I get it perfect the ball won’t start rolling.

 

Why is this book different compared to all of the other Young Adult Paranormal books out there? What makes yours stand out?
I think my take on demons and angels is pretty unique. They don’t behave the way you think they would and the line between good and evil isn’t so clear-cut. Also, their world isn’t all fire and brimstone but the decisions made here, in this dimension, can very well lead to hell on Earth.

 

What one song do you think perfectly incorporates the storyline/characters?
Hearing Damage by Thom Yorke

 

What one character of your book would you bring to life if you could?
Gemma, so that I can give her a hug and tell her everything will work out. Maybe not the way she thinks it should but she’ll find what she’s looking for.

 

Aww, that’s really sweet. Sometimes I want to give characters hugs and tell them it’ll work out.
Fun Round:
Cheese or chocolate?
Cheese! The smellier the better.

 

Interesting, I’m a chocolate person myself ;)
Favourite hunk from the Young Adult genre?
Dmitri. *Sigh*

 

Why, yes *fans oneself*
Last book you bought?
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas and Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

 

Current favourite TV show?
Being Human. Also, I’m terrified of zombies but I torture myself with The Walking Dead because the character development is so good. And I am patiently awaiting more Sherlock and Dr. Who.
I LOVE The Walking Dead! I’m behind because I’m watching it with my brother but I agree that the character development is awesome. Being Human is something my friends rage at me to watch, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. They adore Aidan Turner!

 

 Synopsis of Almost Demon:

The last thing Gemma Pope expects to study in the after-school book club is demon etiquette but that is exactly what she has to do to succeed as a summoner and save her hometown.

Since taking the blame for the car accident that claimed the lives of her twin brother and two of her best friends, she s been seeing things. Dark shadows, opaque, menacing, multiplying.

The clock starts ticking when the local mild-mannered librarian suffers a psychotic break and pulls a gun on her reading circle. People are dying in disasters and wars all over the world. Gemma s dad is getting weird, her classmates are becoming violent, and the darkness surrounding Harrisport is getting thicker.

ajsalemDoes she trust hot English Lit teacher Mr. Flynn or Ian, the mysterious new kid in town, who has knowledge beyond his years and 

access to other dimensions?

It is only when the gates to hell are opened, that Gemma learns who her real friends are.Discover what lies just beyond the veil of humanity in the sleepy town of Harrisport.

 

About AJ Salem
AJ Salem grew up in New York City with her nose in a book. She graduated the Fashion Institute of Technology with a B.F.A. in Illustration. When she is not writing, she can be found juggling four small children, crocheting, and watching too much British television. Almost Demon is her first novel.

 

Thank you AJ for being on the blog today, and guys, be sure to add Almost Demon to your TBR this Autumn!
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Tag: 50 Random Facts About Me

Thanks so much @secretlyzuzana from It Was Lovely Reading You who tagged me!! I feel loved, but this tag is hard. 50 facts is a lot!

1. My room is covered in magazine papers and posters of all my favourite actors and places.

2. I only started reading at age 11.

3. And it was Twilight that got me into reading (don’t kill me, at least Twilight is useful for something, right?)

4. I skip 60 Minute Makeover to the end and the beginning.

5. I like the TV show Smash

6. Unicorns are cute, I wish I owned one. Then we could ride around while rainbows danced around us.

7. I love tea, it tastes so good (I’m English, what do you expect?).

8. I’m in my GCSE year at school and dying from exam revision. lokism

9. I love Christmas, is it too soon to start counting the days?

10. I really like fitness and sports.

11. Swimming is my favourite. CHLORINE IS NOT.

12. I feel kind of awkward writing so much about myself.

13. I have a chocolate Labradoodle called Coco.

14. I’ve had her since I was 7.

15. My bookshelf is currently overflowing and I need new shelves.

16. I like watching 90210, it’s my guilty pleasure.

17.  I love all my bloggy friends.

18. But I don’t get enough time to blog and talk to them :(

19. I am the worst at French and Maths, so so bad.

20. I’m going to San Diego Comic Con next year!!!

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Dogs can cosplay too

21. Any cosplay suggestions would be helpful :) but I don’t think I can beat the dog.

22. Allegiant is soon. FOURFOURFOURFOUR.

23. And I haven’t even read Insurgent!! AH

24. I’m now watching Strictly Come Dancing.

25. Dave the Hairy Biker is obviously going to win.

26. Butter and jam on bread is delicious.

27. I’ve recently discovered Gayle Forman’s books.

28. Now I plan to read everyone of them.

29. I love it when you discover a new author, then you get to read all of their books!

30. Brace Face Alert. For TWO years. *cries*

31. Soon to be Perfect Teeth Alert….hopefully soon.

32. Anything with chocolate in I will eat.

33. Coco is looking at me now with sad eyes.

34. ‘FEED ME’ they say.

35. Red is my favourite colour.

36. I don’t have a lucky number.

37. I take advice from Adrian Ivashkov and make my own luck.

38. I’m very into music.

39. I mainly sing but also play guitar.

40. I’m seeing Imagine Dragons live in November! MOSHPIT HERE I COME.

41. Who made this tag? 50 facts is a lot.

42. I like to sleep.

43. I wish I owned a sloth.

44. Except that would be animal cruelty.

45. Sometimes when I’m sad I google funny cat gifs.

46. Robert Sheehan is one of my favourite actors.

47. I don’t like Lemongrass.

48. Walking into door frames is a daily occurrence.

49. I’m blunt.

50. This took me way too long to write.

I did it!! 50 facts. This was a lot of fun :D

I tag Jack from The Book Stop, Stephanie from The Novlist and Georgia from Books and Writers JNR. I don’t think you guys have done it, and if you’ve already been tagged, then this is just more reason to do it! Also, anyone who hasn’t done it, go do it and send me the link!

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Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha #1)

Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha #1)Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #1
Published by Indigo, Orion on May 17th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
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The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.

Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom’s magical elite—the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free?

The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfill her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.

But what of Mal, Alina’s childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can’t she ever quite forget him?

Glorious. Epic. Irresistible. Romance.
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Alina is just a mapmaker, nothing special. Until one day her power is revealed and she discovers that she has the power to bring light and save lives. Alina is not just a mapmaker any more, she is Grisha. Soon, Alina is sleeping in a soft bed and eating delicious meals. Everyday she is training hard physically and mastering her powers to fight The Shadow Fold, because she is everyone’s only hope.

I’ve heard a lot about this series, and I wasn’t sure whether I was ever going to pick it up. I was reading Stephanie from Stepping out of  the Page’s review of this book and she was saying how words like ‘The Shadow Fold’, ‘Ravka’ and ‘Grisha’ intimidate her, and I 100% agree. What with that and the cover, I thought this book was going to be a major Fantasy book–and not one that I’d like. God know’s why, because the only reviews I see of this book are positive.

Shadow and Bone captured my attention like Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, with similar Fantasy/Historical elements. I’m not sure how I feel about Fantasy, I used to think I didn’t like it but Maas’ and Bardugo’s writing have roped me in and I’m beginning to love the genre.

There are quite a few plot threads, all linking and some that I know are unresolved and are going to hit me in the next book when I least expect it. This world was magical and I adore the premise. Although, I am quite bored of there being a ‘better species’, you know, the one everyone is protecting, with the other species working as slaves. I am so sick to death of that trope. Is there ever a book where both species live in peace or are at least equal? Apparently not.

Still, I liked Alina’s character and I adored her relationship with Mal. They are childhood friends that grew up together, Alina harbours a secret love for Mal ever since they were teenagers. But of course Mal is desirable and not in want of attention from women.

There were many things I could’ve hated about Shadow and Bone, because despite it’s amazing originality, it has a hundred or so cliche’s. For example:

  • Unrequited love for Alina’s childhood best friend
  • An (albeit questionable) love triangle
  • The MC’s life changes over-night
  • Alina is fated to save everyone with her recently discovered power of ‘sunshine’ *snorts* (No really, this was a good plot line, despite how it sounds)

I could go on. But, please don’t let this silly list put you off, because it’s a fantastic book and if you haven’t read it, I dare say it’s a must-read. The Fantasy is really extensive and I loved the world, it was one of the very different elements in the book. It was beautiful and Bardego gave me a clear imagery of every amazing thing in it.

Rating: 5 Stars– I really loved this one, when I least expected it. If you haven’t read it, I urge you to, even if Fantasy is not your thing! You’d be surprised.

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September Monthly Wrap-Up

Last month was not the best for reading, as well as going back to school and being thrown into mock exams, I got into a reading slump. I’m out of it now though, so I’m having fun reading!

What I read last month:

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I think that’s it–a sad number of three :(

Despite the small number of books I’ve read, they were all amazing! Hopefully though, this month I will read more.

What I reviewed:

Legend by Marie Lu–ooh recommend this Dystopia!

Geek Girl by Holly Smale–I can’t wait to read Model Misfit.

Acid by Emma Pass–One Hardcore Heroine right there!

 

What I’m planning on reading this month:

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The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Insurgent by Veronica Roth


New Releases I’m looking forward to reading:

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee–look at the pwetty cover!

 

 

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October Book Releases (YA, Rom, NA, UF, PNR)

Seriously guys, this took me hours to figure out and put together, so I hope it’s useful to see the releases of this month! Tell me what you’re looking forward to–Allegiant anyone? Click on the photo to take you to the Goodreads site.

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BZRK Reloaded by Michael Grant (BZRK #2)  releasing October 8th

Hereafter by Kate Brian (Shadowlands #2) releasing October 1st

Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone (Time Between Us #2) releasing October 8th

Waterfell by Amamlie Howard (The Aquarathi #1) releasing October 29th 

The Delphi Deception  by Chris Everheart (The Delphi Trilogy #2) releasing October 1st

(All available on NetGalley)

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Undertow by K.R. Conway (Undertow #1) releasing 4/18th October

Goodbye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell releasing October 1st

Red by Alison Cherry releasing October 8th

Fractured by Sarah Fine (Guards of the Shadowland #2) releasing October 29th

 The Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima (The Heir Chronicles #4) releasing October 1st

(All available on NetGalley)

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Tandem by Anna Jarzab (Man-Worlds Trilogy #1) releasing October 8th

Parasite by Mira Grant (Parasitology #1) releasing October 29th

Sick by Tom Leveen releasing October 1st

 

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Horde by Ann Aguirre (Razorland #3) releasing October 29th

Shadowlark by Meagan Spooner (Skylark #2) releasing October 1st

Unbreakable by Kami Garcia (Legion #1)  releasing October 1st

Wild Cards by Simone Elkles (Wild Cards #1) releasing October 1st

Resist by Sarah Crossan (Breathe #2) releasing Octboer 8th

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Divergent #3) releasing October 22nd

Altered by Gennifer Albin (Crewel World #2) releasing October 29th

Copperhead by Tina Connolly (Ironskin #2) releasing October 15th

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds #2) releasing October 15th

The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2) releasing October 29th

 

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Unchosen by Michele Vail (The Reaper Diaries #2) releasing October 29th

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano (The Interment Chronicles #1) releasing October 1st

Premeditated by Josin L. McQuein releasing October 8th

Revealed by P.C. Cast (House of Night #11) releasing October 15th 2013

Sorrow’s Knot by Erin Bow releasing October 29th

 

New Adult/Romance

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 Finding Home by Lauren K.McKellar releasing October 1st

Beautiful Illusion by Jacquie Underdown releasing October 1st

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins (Blue Heron #2) re-releasing October 29th 

Meeting Chance by Jennifer Lavoie releasing October 15th

Deadly Game by Cara Lockwood (Follow Me #1) releasing October 1st

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Sweet by Erin McCarthy (True #2) releasing October 9th

Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones #3) releasing October 15th

 

Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

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Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter #6) releasing October 29th

 Endless Knight by Kresley Cole (The Arcana Chronicles #2) releasing October 1st

Tempt the Stars by Karen Chance (Cassandra Palmer #6) releasing October 1st

Cold Blooded by Amanda Carlson (Jessica McClain #3) releasing October 8th

 

What are you looking forward to this month?

 

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One Year Blogoversary! Shadowhunter Pack International Giveaway

I can’t believe that it’s been one year since I started blogging, I’ve met amazing people and read amazing books! Lately, it’s been hard to find the time to write, what with back to school and mock exam mania. However, even though this next year is going to be super busy, I’m going to try and keep up with comments and reviews. Which is going to be so hard.

There are some new secret features and posts I’d like to implement, and I’ll hopefully be scheduling a lot more and have a rhythm instead of random posts. Which is what it feels like at the moment. I can’t promise that with every week comes a barrage of new posts, but I can make the promise that without the quantity of posts, comes quality. I would rather post twice a week with good, quality posts than five times with just  ’filler’ posts. I don’t want to write them and no one wants to read them. I am guilty of writing filler posts in the past and I feel like some of my posts of late have been quite boring. Well, I’m working my way  to changing that!

My monthly newsletter should be launching soon, I was just waiting for enough people to sign up to make it worthwhile. If you want to get my monthly newsletter with exclusive interviews, giveaways and useful information about books coming out that month, type your email address in the sidebar. It’s only once a month and I obviously will not spam anyone.

So onto the giveaway!

The City of Bones film released more than a month ago now, and my review for that should be up soon! I’m slowly but surely catching up. Up for grabs I have City of Bones: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion, Shadowhunter’s Guide and a HUGE thanks to Sari at Walker Books, for sending me this: The Little Book of Quotes. 

This is an international giveaway, you can enter every day, and you can either enter with the Rafflecopter below, or alternatively, if you don’t like Rafflecopters simply leave a comment at the bottom of the post. Good luck!

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Who wouldn’t want to lick see the face below in book form?

 

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Thank you so much guys, I couldn’t have done it without you <3.
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