Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi | *Spoiler Free Review*

Title: Shatter Me
Series: Shatter Me Trilogy
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Publishing Date: 16 October 2012
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
So many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war. Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

 Shatter Me is incredibly fast paced, and you could easily read this within a couple of days, if not a day. Mafi's writing style is beautiful, easy to get in to and quick to read. There are so many poetic quotes that you can pull from this book that are not only beautiful but relevant to the world we live  in today.

The book is driven more by characters than plot but there are some plot developments that move the book along. Also, the book seems to focus more on the romance (which was a little insta-love-y if you ask me) rather than the struggles of the dystopian world. 

Juliette could get a little annoying, but I did love the narrative style she had and I found her powers and personality intriguing. 

I really liked Adam from the start. He is just a likable character with seemingly good intentions. He didn't annoy me in the slightest, and I found myself #TeamAdam. 

Warner was an interesting character. I hated him at first, as you are supposed to but I did begin to find him intriguing as the book went on. I want to know more about him, which is one of the reasons I want to pick up the next books so quickly. 

Kenji, the last character I talk about today, is hilarious. I has heard that he was a brilliant side character from various reviews, and they were not lying. From the second he made his book debut I was sold. I think he adds necessary humor and lightness to the novel and he helps move everything along plot wise.

While I did love Shatter Me, I can see the next two books and accompanying novella's being even better. I've managed to avoid spoilers for them all but I think now we have a world to be invested in and characters that we know a little, the other books could be amazing! 

Let me know if you want a spoiler/discussion type post for this book, and if you've read it what did you think?

Monday, 12 May 2014

May Book Haul Take #1: New & Used

It is book haul time. I am finally free of uni for the summer and I want to focus more on my blogs and more on reading for fun. I'm putting down the textbooks and grabbing some fiction books to lose myself in. In celebration of being free, I treated myself to some books and here they are! 
The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines
Genre: New Adult Contemporary 
New | £2.99 | The Works
The Vincent Boys follows Ashton during the summer that her 'perfect' boyfriend, Sawyer,  is away. She rekindles her friendship with Sawyers cousin Beau, the town bad boy. 

The Vincent Brothers follows Sawyer, after he returns from his summer trip away, and after the ending of The Vincent Boys.  

The books are both short and sweet reads, and the New Adult genre means you do get a bit of sexy times so if you don't like that you won't want to pick these up.  I grabbed this, and the first book in this series at the Works as part of their 3 for £5 deal, but they both can be found online or £2.99 each or as part of their 6 for £10 book deal.  
Genre: Adult High Fantasy 
Used | £2.99 | Ebay
I'm sure I don't need to say anything about this book. Even if you don't know what it is really about I'm sure you've heard of it. The TV show is a hit and with it's popularity rising more and more people are reading the books. 

They are scarily long and apparently quite confusing because there are so many characters and you are in a whole new world/setting but I thought I would give the first one a go to see if I can get into reading high fantasy novels. 
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal 
New | £4.00 | Asda
Half bad follows a guy called Nathan, who comes from a family of witches. He is considered Half Black and Half White and is waiting for this 17th birthday when he can be given a power and land on the white or black side. The rest of his family, as I understand it, are pure white witches and treat him differently because his father is the most notourious black witch ever. 

I grabbed this because it has been crazy popular on BookTube. I've heard so many people talk about this, and it everything was positive. I have started this, but I can't get into it. I think I'll try and pick it up again in the summer when I don't have uni stress but so far I'm not in love.
Genre: Adult Memoir 
New | £1.00 | Waterstones
In The Blink of an Eye is a memoir of a just before middle aged man who suffers a stroke unexpectedly and ends up suffering from Locked In Syndrome. It follows his thoughts of his condition and life, written through blinks, and also complementing chapters from his wife. 

I was really intrigued by the book, and the bargain price persuaded me to buy it. I haven't read anything like this before and am a little hesitant to pick it up at the moment because I don't handle sad to well but I will get to this and I'll report back when I do pick it up.
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
New | £0.99 | Ebay
This book is a series of 5 short stories all based around paranormal romance. I read Prom Nights from Hell ages ago, and it was a nice light read. It was something that broke up longer books and I figured I would grab this and see if it is as good. 

I only really know of one author here, Scott Westerfeld, so maybe the book will help introduce me to other authors I would not have heard from before. I will do a review once I've read the book so check back semi-soon (maybe) for that. 
Genre: Adult Romance 
Used | £0.99 | Ebay 
The Time Travelers Wife was one of the first adult books I read. I grabbed it before the movie came out and I fell in love with it. I read it from the library, so decided it was time to purchase the book and re-read it.  The movie is alright, but no where near as good as the book so if you liked the movie you'll love the book and if you were okay with the movie then please give the book a chance because it is 100x better. 

The story follows Henry, a time traveler and his partner Clare. They meet when she was 6 and his was 36 because of his abilities. They married when she was 22 and he was 30. It's heartbreaking, heartwarming and a brilliant book, and the uncontrollability of Henry's ability keeps you guessing through the book.  
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary/Thriller
New | £2.99 | The Works
The Sound follows 18 year old Ren Kingston on her summer in America. Originally from England, the young lady starts nannying for a wealthy family and befriends the local rich private school kids and the bad boy of the Island. The book is a mixture of romance with some of mystery thrown in because someone on the island has been murdering foreign nannies, and Ren might just be next. 

I picked this up because it sounded intriguing. I was in the mood for something contemporary, with a bit of fluff but something that wasn't just average romance. The mystery aspect of the book intrigued me so I grabbed it at the worked as part of their 3 for £5 deal.
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian 
Used | £0.99 | Ebay
The Glimpse is the first in a dystopian series that follows Ana and Jasper. In the new world people are divided into Pures and Crazies according to DNA test. It turns out that Ana was wrongly categories, and trouble ensues after that. It seems intrigueding so I'll get to it at some point. If it's good, I'll look into the rest of the series. 
I picked this up on a whim. I did the unforgivable, and judged the book by its cover. It might have been a mistake because the cover is nothing like the book topic but we will see. 

Thursday, 13 March 2014

The Happy Bookaholic Tag

1. What do you love about buying new books?
I love buying new books because it gives you a new world to dive into or a chance to dive into a world you loved. Books are my escape from the world, so I love buying a new book because they give you another place to get away.
2. How often do you buy new books?
I go through strange book buying spells. I can go months and months without buying anything but then I go a bit extreme every now and then and buy too many books. I've been trying to keep out of the more expensive shops recently because I'm going through the extreme spell. I've been sticking to charity shops and places like the Works to find new books.
3. Bookstore or online book shopping - which do you prefer?
I like both. Shopping online is great because you often get things cheaper and there is an endless selection. I love shopping in store because you get instant gratification and you can find books you might not be searching for online.
4. Do you have a favourite bookstore?
I don't have a particular favourite. I love The Works for bargain books. I got the Maze Runner trilogy for just £2.99 recently *BARGAIN*. I also love charity shops for grabbing books. I have an Oxfam book shop in my town and you can get some right bargains in there. I got two first edition Harry Potter hardback books and a Blue Bloods novel for just £6.
5. Do you preorder books?
I think I've only ever pre-ordered one book and that was "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner". I was in my Twilight phase and couldn't wait for the novella to come out in print even though you could have gotten it for free online. I am going to pre-order the last Mortal Instruments book. 
6. Do you have a monthly book buying limit?
Not really. I just buy what I want if I can and save if I can't afford it at the time. 
7. Book buying bans - are they something for you? Not really. I don't consistently buy huge amounts of books. I have tried to limit my spending on books until my TBR is down a bit but I'm not going to ban myself completely.
8. How big is your wishlist?
It's kind of endless. I don't have anything written down or on Goodreads but I have an large mental list of books I need to pick up at some point because I like the sound of them or because they have been raved about on book blogs or on booktube.
9. Which three books (from you wish list or pre-orders, or ... ) would you like to own NOW?
Walking Disaster. 
Throne of Glass. 
10. Whom do you tag?
Anyone who wants to do it. I'm sure this is a pretty old tag so most people have probably seen it or done it. If you have done it or are going to do it then leave me a link in the comments. I'd love to see/hear/watch your version of this tag. 

Thanks for reading!   

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Top 10 Influential Books

This tag has been hitting the youtubes a lot recently and after watching Megan Oliver's video I thought I would go ahead and do this on my little blog. 

The tag is essentially just a list of 10 books that have influenced your life after you have read them. There isn't meant to be any explanations given as to why you have chosen them but Christine from PolandBananaBooks explained why she chose them and I really liked hearing a reason why the books influenced her.  I think I'm going just give you the list but if you want to know the reasons leave me a comment and I'll let you know.
  1. Twilight (and the rest of the series) by Stephenie Meyer
  2. The Hunger Games (and the rest of the trilogy) by Suzanne  Collins
  3. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  4. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  5. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  6. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  7. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
  8.  Love Story by Erich Segal
  9.  Vampire Academy (the series and the spin off) by Richelle Mead
  10.  Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

    Have you do this tag? Let me know in the comments and link me up to your post/video. If you haven't, go ahead and let me know in the comments which books influenced you.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

The Book Cake Tag

1) Flour - A book that was a little bit slow to start off but that really picked up as it went along. 
I thought Wither from Lauren Destofano was really slow to start and it took me so long to get though this book but the last few chapters really picked up and now I want to carry on with the series.
2) Margarine - A book that had a really rich and great plot. 
I think the host had a brilliant plot. It was original (at least to me) it didn't feel slow at any point and I felt that it was actually going somewhere. I loved the idea and the execution and would recommend people read it!
3) Eggs - A book that you thought was going to be bad but actually turned out quite enjoyable. 
Vampire Academy. This applies more to the series than the book itself.  The name isn't the best and the first book isn't AMAZING. I kept going and am so happy I did. It gets better and better and I didn't think it would.
4) Sugar - A sugary/sweet book. 
Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella is a crazy sweet books. It's total chick lit and I LOVE it. It was the first "adult" book I read and I love it. I would highly recommend check it out.
5) Icing - A book that covered every single element that you enjoy about a book (funny moments, action moments, sad moments, etc.). 
The Fault in Our Stars. This books has everything I love in a book. It might not be jam packed by action or have some things I love in paranormal or fantasy books but THE FEELS! It is funny, moving, sad, happy and everything else in between. It's a book that will always stick with me.
6) Sprinkles - A book series that you can kind of turn to for a little pick me up when you're feeling down. 
Twilight, especially eclipse. That was the first series I ever really loved and I know it's not the best thing ever but I like it. It's cute and fluffy with just enough "drama" to be a nice read when I'm feeling down or sorry for myself.
7) The cherry on top - Your favorite book this year so far. 
My favourite book so far this year is Beautiful Disater by Jamie McGuire. It was a really nice contemporary book that I flew through. It was intense, different from the usual fluff and addicting. 

Thursday, 27 February 2014

This or That Tag

1.audio or book in hand?
Book in Hand. I cannot concentrate enough to listen to the audio books.
2.soft cover or hardback?
I prefer softcover books because I read on the go more than I do at home and hard cover books are just to much trouble to lug around with me. They are bigger and heavier.
3.fiction or non-fiction?
Fiction. I've read a few non fiction books but it is just something I'm not all that interested in reading for fun.
4.fantasy world or real life issues
Fantasy world. I don't read contemporary all that much and because I like to use books to try and escape the real world and real life issues it's good to dive into a fantasy world. I don't mind the fantasy books containing some real life issues though.
5.harry potter or twilight?
Sorry but it's Twilight. I haven't read Harry Potter but I am working on it so don't freak out so much.
6.kindle, I-pad or other?
Kindle. I adore my kindle but I don't think anything will replace the feeling of finishing a physical book. 
7.borrow or buy?
Buy. I don't take the best care of things because books are kind of slung into my bag and I tend to throw crap all in my bag. I don't want to ruin any borrowed books so I just grab my own.
8.bookstore on online
Online for pre-orders and new books. Bookstores for deals and browsing and finding new books.
9.tell me onetime or total trilogy
I prefer stand alone books. I think some books work brilliantly as Trilogies but some just need to be one book. There are so many trilogies that are okay that would have been AMAZING as one stand alone book.
10.moster read or short and sweet
short and sweet.
11.stary eyed romance or full of action
Starry eyed romance with a little action. I like a romance in a book.
12.curl up in your snuggie or bathe in the sun
Curl up in you snuggie. I HATE the sun or any kind of heat so a nice snuggle day in the winter is my perfect reading day.
13.hot chocolate or latte
Hot chocolate.
14.read the review or decide for yourself
I like to decide for myself. 

If you have done this tag, video or blog post, please leave it as a link in the comments. I'd love to hear/read/see your response. 

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

The Goodreads Tag

1. What was the last book you marked as 'read'?
Carrie by Stephen King. I didn't really enjoy this book to be honest. I thought I would love it but maybe I'm not ready to leave YA behind yet. The broken up style or writing swapping between articles and the actual characters perspective made it feel too choppy for me.
2. What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading The Tempest by Julie Cross. I'm about 1/4 of the way through and I like it. It's a nice, easy read and something I needed after getting through Carrie.
3. What was the last book you marked as 'TBR'?

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire. I recently finished Beautiful Disaster and loved it so I can't wait to pick up the next one.
4. What book do you plan to read next?

Harry Potter. I haven't read it and I'm ashamed. I am going to remedy it, I promise. 
5. Do you use the star rating system?

I do but I wish you could do half stars.
6. Are you doing a 2014 Reading Challenge?

I am doing a reading challenge. I only set it at 30 books, but I'm already at 14 read and it's only February so I might change it to 50 and see if I can go it.
7. Do you have a wishlist?

I do have a mental wishlist.
8. What book do you plan to buy next?

I think I'm going to get the second book in the Tempest series by Julie Cross or Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire.
9. Do you have any favorite quotes, would you like to share a few?

I don't have any specific favourite quotes. I don't tend to mark down quotes I like from books and I haven't used that feature on Goodreads.
10. Who are your favorite authors?

I have a few favourite authors. I love Richelle Mead and Cassandra Clare. Jay Asher is also great and while Stephenie Meyer might not be the best author ever I like all her books and her Twilight series got me into reading.
11. Have you joined any groups?

I am but I don't really participate in them. I need to start doing that but for now I'm getting used to using it to review books.
12. Are there any questions you would like to add?  

I don't think so. If I had to I would love to know if people use more than the traditional three shelves. I only really use three shelves because if I started categorizing them it would probably be to extreme. 

Thanks for reading, and please link me to your Goodreads Tag, whether that be a blog post or a video.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Blood Brothers by Willy Russell *Review + Semi Analysis*

Blood Brothers is a musical play written by Willy Russell in 1981. It was first preformed in 1982 on stage, and is set somewhere between the 1950s and 1970s. 

It's been a West End hit for years and years,and I'm not ashamed to say I've seen it 4 times, and would go to see it time and time again. The written play translate immaculately to the stage, and throughout the play (on stage or reading) you experience just about every emotion in extremes.

The plot follows a young mother with many children, but more specifically it follows two of her youngest children and the dreaded fate that becomes the two boys. Mickey and Edward come from 'different sides of the track' but once shared a womb. One is surrounded by poverty while the other never wants for a thing. The play, which is constantly overseen by the Narrator, follows the boys from birth and explores their differeing stories. 

I've come to see the Narrator as the conscience of the two mothers. Things said by this particular character can be applied to both mothers, and it seems he constantly reminds the mothers of their wrong doings.  There are moments in the play, particularly the first speech from the Narrator, the reminds me of Romeo and Juliet. The first speech from the Narrator, who is a vital character in the play, is very reminiscent of the prologue from Romeo and Juliet. It basically tells us the story of the ill-fated brothers before the play truly begins.

You can't help but feel for Mrs Johnston, the true mother. Sure, she makes mistakes and wrong decisions but she doesn't have much choice. Throughout the play you can feel her agony and that further fuels my dislike for the Jennifer. 

Mickey is my favourite character. He is the most complex of the bunch, and because of his promient position in the play and almost all scenes you really feel what he is feeling. You experience his extreme happiness and extreme depression.  

Many themes can be seen running through the play, but I think fate or maybe even superstition is the first and most common we see. From practically the first page, the idea of superstition is brought to our attention and it crops up time and time again, and ultimately the superstitions are proven right.  The idea of certain superstitions is first used to scare Mrs Johnston into allowing Jennifer to keep the baby, but it ends up terrifying the latter even more than Mrs J.

If you have seen the play, you will know that the actors play the characters of the Johnston family as Liverpudlians so as I read the book I couldn't help but read the text in a Scouse accent. The dialect in which Russell wrote the Johnston and other poorer family speech helps you determine which accent the character holds.  

If you haven't seen Blood Brothers yet on stage, then I suggest you run as fast as your little legs will carry you and find out if there is a showing around you. I've only touched upon a few things here, and I could go on and on but I think I've rambled enough for now.

Monday, 27 January 2014

The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare *Spoiler Free*

Clockwork Angel

Cassandra Clare
The Infernal Devices 
Book Number: 

Magic is dangerous - but love is more dangerous still... When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray arrives in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Friendless and hunted, Tessa seeks refuge with the Shadowhunters, a band of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Drawn ever deeper into their world, she finds herself fascinated by - and torn between - two best friends, and quickly realizes that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

While a little slow to start, I did enjoy the book. The first half was a slow read, but I found that with the first two of the Mortal Instruments as well. The first half, for me, was more about getting to know the characters which isn't nearly as fast paced or grabbing as the latter half in which you see some action. Had the entire book had the pacing of the last half, this would easily be 5 stars but because it was a little slow to start I've knocked off a point. 

There are characters that I both loved and loathed, but I like that. While the book is set in a place that is not only in the past but in a world that obviously doesn't exist it is the human characters and characteristics that make this relatable. There are just the right amount connections to a world people know, and some great connection to the shadow world we learnt about during the Mortal Instruments.

The writing is great, and the pacing is good. Even the slow section of this book is fast compared to others I have read. I managed this in about a week, which for a 400+ page book is good for me. I tend to be a slow reader, and my spare time is few and far between. 

If you haven't read this book,  I would suggest it. If you have check out my spoiler review and discussion. It will be up on Wednesday, so be sure to check back or here.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare *Spoiler Review and Discussion*

So, today I have a review and discussion of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. The first book in The Infernal Devices series, with it being followed by Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess. If you haven't read this book check out my spoiler free review here and go have a read. It's a great book and world to dive into.

I found myself liking Will at the beginning, but from pages 200 onwards I am wondering why people seem to love him so much. While witty at points, and funny at first his harsh manner is something I really didn't like reading.

Jem was a favourite of mine in this book. I liked that we saw more of him as the book developed, and I feel like Clare really gives you a chance to believe that Tessa could end up falling for both boys. She seems drawn to Will, even if he isn't the nicest of people, and Jem's calm and friendly manner also seem to capture her attention. 

Henry is a favourite of mine. It's nice to see someone that isn't perfect, that might not fit into the world like the other shadow hunters. He has such a good nature about him, he really cares but sometimes always his plans don't work out so well. I hope he plays a role in the future books because I really feel like he might just save the day at one point.

I really liked that we got to see Camille. I thought I would hate the vampire, much like I did in the Mortal Instruments but he bitter nature is given reason in this book. She is a woman scorned and that never fairs well when the woman is a bitchy vampire. 

Magnus! Need I say more than that? If you have read the Mortal Instruments I don't think you can hate Magnus. He might be a downworlder, but he is fabulous. He is one of my favourite character in TMI, and I'm glad he is in this series. I can't wait to learn some more of him, and from the way the Epilogue finished he will be in the next two books.  

The only character that I could do without was Jessie. I was annoyed with her from the moment she was introduced and while that is probably the idea I still could see the books being just fine without her snotty attitude. 

 My only complaint about this book is the fact that it doesn't contain quite as much romance as I thought. The blurb has you already thinking they are all going to fall madly in love, but there are no declarations and only one or two kissing incidents with Will. You get a chance to really know the characters that form the love triangle. I thought I would love Will, but for this book I'm Team Jem. I hope Clockwork Prince and Princess contains some more romance/love because I've heard this series has one of the best YA love triangles about. 

So, let me know what you think of the book. Did you love it? hate it?

Slide by Jill Hathaway

 Slide follows Vee Bell and friends through a heartbreaking time. A friend of her sister has supposedly committed suicide but because of a unique gift that Vee possess she actually knows that Sophie was murdered. The novel follows the "who done it" thing that you would expect but it does keep you guessing and really does keep you gripped.

I loved this book, and it's sequel (reviewed here). The idea was intriguing, the writing was clear, concise and compelling.The characters were relateable, except the narcolepsy/sliding thing and the plot was well developed. 

I loved how Hathaway kept me guessing through out the novel, and I love that there wasn't any time wasted on repetition or unnecessary verbatim. I couldn't put this book down, and read it in only 2 days. It would have been one had I not had to go to work. 

The mystery elements of this novel was something I loved. It kept me guessing until the end and actually gave me a satisfying conclusion. If you don't like reading duos or series, then this book is great. It worked well on it's own but  I found myself wanted to read more to get more of the fast paced writing and to see the author explore the gifts of the main character more.

I would 100% recommend this book. It's a quick read, keeps you guessing, has great elements of both things from the real world and aspects of the paranormal. It has romance, friendship, family. It's also creepy and thrilling and is worth the 5 stars I've given it! 

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Books I Have Re-Read!

I am not usually one for re-reading novels. Once I'm done with it, I'm done. I sometimes find re reading to be boring even if the book is fantastic. The ones I've mentioned here are the few that I can re-read and enjoy. I won't stop at the count I have now because no matter how many times I read them I still can't stop turning the page. 

The Twilight Series is an easy read for me. It's nice to get lost in something familiar that it cute, unangsty and loveable. It was the first book I even really feel in love with and I'll keep going back. I will admit that the first and final books aren't my favourite but New Moon and Eclipse and pretty good (minus the editing errors and sometimes strange, verbose or overly simply writing). 

The Host is my favourite book of all time. I have a few pages here and there marked out that I sometimes read but in full I've only read it 2 and 1/2 times. It's a great read, and if you ignore the idea that it's about aliens and by the author of Twilight I think you will enjoy it. It's nothing like Twilight and the writing is a lot better and the story more mature. 

The Fault in Our Stars is a book I go to when I want to feel  all of the feels. I sometimes skip to specific sections but in full I've read it twice. It's a great book to laugh and cry. It's written well and a quick read too. 

The Hunger Games series are amazing books. I love to re-read these before going to see the movies so I can't wait for the re reading of Mockingjay. They are well written with a good story/plot and characters. I find them to have a range of emotions and even though they are dystopian novels you can really imagine the world they are set in.


Thursday, 16 January 2014

Giveaway: 4 Books For 4 Winners

It's giveaway time. Today, I just wanted to say thank you to those who are following this little journey into book blogging. If you have found me through this blog, or have some over from Some Sparkle and Shine, thank you for following and I hope you have enjoyed reading this so far. 

So, for this little giveaway I have four books. I think I managed to grab a selection of different kinds for people who prefer different types of books. There will be four winners for this giveaway. All you need to do to select which book you want to win is leave a note in the rafflecopter widget. 

To try and help you choose, here is just a brief summary about what the four books are about along with goodreads links if you want to see how they are rated. 

 Room by Emma Donoghue
 Room is the story of a five-year-old called Jack, who lives in a single room with his Ma and has never been outside. When he turns five, he starts to ask questions, and his mother reveals to him that there is a world beyond the walls. Told entirely in Jack’s voice, Room is no horror story or tearjerker, but a celebration of resilience and the love between parent and child.

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
For two centuries Jacob Marlowe has wandered the world, enslaved by his lunatic appetites and tormented by the memory of his first and most monstrous crime. Now, the last of his kind, he knows he can't go on...

Good at Games by Jill Mansell

Suzy fell for Harry the moment she showed him her husband's sperm sample. It didn't really belong to her husband though because she wasn't married, and the sperm sample was really just the dregs from her milk carton, but when you're trying to get off a speeding charge, you have to improvise, right? 

Welcome To My World by Miranda Dickinson 
A travel agent who longs to travel. An intrepid explorer who just wants to find a place to call home. And a Big Idea that changes everything!. Close your eyes and imagine the world is your oyster! And now imagine never seeing it. Welcome to Harriet Langton's world. All her life she's dreamt of traveling the globe - fate always got in the way. Working as a travel agent, the closest Harri comes to her dream destination of Venice is booking the trip for someone else. But everything changes when travel fanatic Alex drops in. With her boyfriend Rob tied up with work, Harri is persuaded to help Alex in his quest for love. But in her attempts to help, Harri soon discovers that she's alienating those around her. Desperate to leave her life behind, will her dreams finally come true?

All you have to do to enter is follow this blog via bloglovin and leave a note in the comment box in the widget saying which book you want to win.  After that, all entries are optional but give you more a chance to win. all extra entries are listed in the Rafflecopter widget below. 

Good Luck! 

This is a UK only giveaway. 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Kindle Book Wishlist #2

Hey guys! Today I have another book wishlist for you! I am going to need to make a start on these reads soon so I'll keep this short and head off to do some reading! 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell did the rounds on youtube a few months ago and after hearing the plot I knew I would have to read it eventually. I think I'm going to try and plow through Eleanor and Park first but this is the second contrempary novel I will be getting some time soon! 

Do I need to say anything for the reasons Paper Towns  is on this list? If I do "John Green" should be enough. I love his novels and can't wait to finish my current reads so I can dive into this one. 

I am so intrigued by the The Evolution of Mara Dyer book that I know eventually I will get it. I think I'll wait until the third one is out because I hate waiting for sequels to books but I will definitely read it. It sounds mysterious, creepy and thrilling which make for fantastic reads. 

I honestly don't know much about Altered. I saw that Christine had read it and thought it looked interesting. I am totally judging a book by it's cover but sometimes that works in my favor. 

PolandBananasBOOKS is to blame for me needing the Legend trilogy. I love that it's a finished trilogy and I think just about everyone is on the dystopian kick at the moment!  After I've finished the Mortal Instruments series, I'll be starting this one. 

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Most Anticipated Movies of 2014

Beautysets - movies 2014  

There are 4 movies I know I will see when they hit the cinema. I have a long time to wait for them because I think the earliest release is June but when they do hit the theaters I'm sure they will be great.

November brings the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. I am in a little hunger games obsession at the moment so this is what I am most looking forward too. I think these last two might be the best of the four that will come out and I cannot wait to see how Josh plays crazy Peeta. 

The Maze Runner (  a book on my TBR) is something I am looking forward too. I've read mixed reviews on the book but the plot sounds interesting so I thing the movie will be good to watch. I'll give the books a try before going to see the film, but really am looking forward to its release.

The Fault in our Stars is battling Mockingjay for the top spot of most exciting releases of 2014. I read the heartbreaking book in just 1 day and have re read it since. It's an amazing book and I hope the film can capture all of the feels the book does. With John Green on set, and seemingly happy, I think we can expect an amazing film. 

Divergent is something I will see but I'm not sure if I will go the movies. I have thought about reading the books but after hearing some spoilers for the last book I'm not sure I want to now. I'm a happy ending kinda girl and I'm not sure this will give me that, if I've read things correctly. The film does seem like it will be good and many people love the books so I think it would be good to go and see. 

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Kindle Book Wishlist #1

So, it's been a while. Sorry but I am back now with a book wishlist for you all. I've been majorly getting into watching booktubers recently, and because of that my book wishlist is longer than, well, me! Here are just 4 of the beautiful books I've been craving and will soon be getting my little mitts on! 

I want  The Coldest Girl in Coldtown because of Katytastic. She raved about this novel and it sounds really good. I love that it's a stand alone novel, meaning no waiting for sequels and I love the supernatural edge to it. I've heard Holly Black is a fantastic writer so I'll look forward to the day I purchase this bad boy! 

Next up is The Lunar Chronicles: Cinder. I think I can blame just about any of the booktubers I watch for this one. I most recently heard Bookables talking about this and it's follow ups so I can't wait to snap this up. Fairytales seems to be really popular at the moment, both on TV and in books and I've heard this is a good interpretation of Cinderella. 

I really like the sound of  The Selection, and heard about this from PolandBananasBOOKS on youtube. I'm not a fan of the cover so this will be a Kindle purchase of mine but I can't wait to dig into it. 

Eleanor & Park is a contemporary novel by Rainbow Rowell. After seeing many reviews on Fangirl, I went back and found some reviews of this. It sounds amazing, and it's not to often that I really want to read contemporary novels. I hope this is as good as everyone made it out to be. 

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Imposter by Jill Hathaway

Imposter  is the second novel by Jill Hathaway that takes place in the Slide world. It followers Slider Vee Bell, her best friend Rollins and other friends and family about 6 months after the events of Slide. 

I finished this book in 2 days. It usually takes me at least a week to finish a book. I hope that gives your some idea of how gripping this was and how quick it was to read. The quickness of the read doesn't mean the writing is lacking or the story isn't really there.

The story is great. It isn't as thrilling as the first novel, Slide but it does keep you guessing. It offers new characters as well as introducing and developing characters from before.

I would say it is more plot driven than character driven but I did find myself getting attached and really detesting some characters.

This one loses a star simply because it wasn't as gripping or as creepy as the first novel. It was very interesting, and I found myself routing for the romance in this novel more than I did in the first novel. It just lacked the creepy, thrilling vibe Slide had but it was amazing all the same. 

After the star rating there will be some *SPOILERS* so if you haven't read the book run of and do so and come back. Maybe we can discuss in the comments!

 Jill Hathaway really wrote the book well. I was constantly guessing about who was sliding into Vee and who was the murderer  but I never once guessed the right person, much like I did with Slide. Lydia was an interesting character, and one the I think everyone would be suspicious of. She turned up out of the blew for no reason right before Vee (who always suspected she inherited her "gift") is taken over by somebody else. She has also been using a fake name in California. Everything about her was a little bit off but it just seems like she wanted to repair her relationship with her family. 

Diane was a strange character. I thought from the moment she picked Vee up that she as a slider but there were moments of doubt. I really enjoyed that Hathaway never really confirms anything until the last few chapters. She throws things in the book that make you second guess any conclusions you come to and she always makes you suspect someone else. 

I never suspected Samantha. I thought it might have been Regina but never Sam. I know she was angry and scary of Scott but I never saw her as a murderer. the scene with Rollins and the gun freaked me out that I literally couldn't put my kindle down. The tension had me reading faster, and I was so worried Rollins wasn't going to make it. I'm glad he did and it was great to see a romance in a YA novel that isn't insta-love like it was in Slide and it was nice that it wasn't disgustingly smoochy and lovey-dovey. 

Overall, this book is fantastic. If you haven't read this I would try out Slide and then Imposter. They are fast, fantastic reads and have a little bit of everything for everyone. 

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Free Classic Books/Literature #1

Books can be expensive, but with technology just about every where now you can get some for free! If you have a computer, smartphone, tablet or e-reader you can pick up many books for nothing! 
You can download the Kindle  e-reader apps here which allows you access to free books! 
The top classics, according to me are as follows:  
Beautysets - classic books
Emma (link)
The Jungle Book (link)
Great Expectations  (link)
Jane Eyre  (link)
Wuthering Heights (link)
Dracula  (link)

A Christmas Carol  (link)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (link)
The War of the Worlds (link)
Les Miserables (link)
The Great Gatsby (link)
Pride and Prejudice (link)