18/10/2018

REVIEW: Vengeful - V.E. Schwab

Title: Vengeful (Villains #2) 
Author: V.E. Shwab
Publisher: Titan Books  
Date Published: 25th September 2018  
Pages: 480 
Format: Physical ARC 

This book is the sequel to Vicious. For protective purposes, and because I’m nice and don’t want to spoil anyone - I have included a synopsis of Vicious. If you haven’t read Vicious, you SHOULD because it’s incredible. Come back here when you’re ready to read/have already read Vengeful so we can squeal together! 

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. 
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?” 

In my eyes, Victoria Schwab can do absolutely no wrong. I’m never a fan of sequels, they never seem to match up to the greatness of the first book but this was one hell of a masterpiece. I absolutely loved every second of this book, from beginning to end. It was written beautifully, it had just the right amount of drama and craziness and the new characters were honestly, SO much more likeable than the original ones. This is honestly my favourite book of the year. I actually prefer it to Vicious, which is highly highly unusual for me to say. Well, I said it. It was great. 10/10. Now, for the juicy bits. 

13/10/2018

REVIEW: Dry - Neal Shusterman

Title: Dry  
Author: Neal Shusterman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Date Published: 2nd October 2018 
Pages: 352 
Format: Physical ARC 


“The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it—has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.Until the taps run dry.Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbours and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life—and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she’s going to survive.” 

I thoroughly, thoroughly, thoroughly, enjoyed this book. It was captivating, it was honestly terrifying. Not terrifying in a horror story, it’s so creepy way but terrifying in an ‘OH SHIT THIS COULD REALLY HAPPEN’ kind of way. The characters were a little average at times, but they each had their redeeming features. Although I ended up really disliking Alyssa, she still had her good bits. Anyway, let’s get deeper into this! 


15/09/2018

REVIEW: When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon

Title: When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 380
Source: Audiobook

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.
 


02/06/2018

REVIEW: The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater

Title: The Raven Boys
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Date Published: 18/09/2012
Pages: 409
Format: Audiobook/eBook

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.
His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
This book was so damn hyped up, that when it showed up on my library's page as an audiobook, I thought now was as good a time as any to give it a try. The synopsis was intriguing, the book was... okay but it wasn't great and doesn't make me want to continue with the series. I enjoyed it, but I didn't really understand its point.

REVIEW: To Kill A Kingdom - Alexandra Christo

Title: To Kill A Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Publisher: Feiwel Friends
Date Published: 06/03/2018
Pages: 342
Format: eBook

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.
The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?
I looooooooooooved this book. I can't even write a coherent sentence and it's been at least a month since I've read it. I love anything to do with sirens/mermaids/underwater worlds. The Little Mermaid was my favourite story as a child, and this retelling is honestly perfect.

REVIEW: Good Me Bad Me - Ali Land

Title: Good Me Bad Me
Author: Ali Land
Publisher: Penguin
Date Published: 12/01/2017
Pages: 338
Format: eBook

Good Me Bad Me is dark, compelling, voice-driven psychological suspense by debut author Ali Land.
How far does the apple really fall from the tree?

Milly's mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school.

But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother's trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.

When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother's daughter.
Serial killer books are my thing. Anyone who knows me knows this. Although this wasn't a direct serial killer book, it had some after-effects of it, it showed how it affected the family and the victims and the fallout and it was fascinating. This book wasn't as dark as I liked it to be, but it was okay.

I really enjoyed the entire premise, but it fell flat. It felt like it was rushed, the events in the book were odd... to say the least. It was just eh. It was a typical YA book that I needed to be darker, more disturbing, more emotional you know? I wanted it to draw me in, I wanted to FEEL something. But I didn't.

I rated this book 2* on Goodreads.

REVIEW: Moonrise - Sarah Crossan

Title: Moonrise
Author: Sarah Crossan
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Date Published: 07/09/2017
Pages: 400
Format: eBook

'They think I hurt someone.
But I didn't. You hear?
Coz people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.
I need you to know the truth.'
From one-time winner and two-time Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

I have to admit, I really don't remember anything about this book and I honestly feel like that says it all. I expected so much from it but it didn't deliver. The fact that I didn't even remember what this book was about until I scoured Goodreads for reviews, just shows that it was completely and utterly forgettable.

There was so much promise, it had so much potential but it fell so flat. It really didn't deliver. I wasn't invested in the story, I didn't care all that much for the main character, and I just really didn't give a ****.

Eh. I rated this 2* on Goodreads, but in hindsight, I might drop that to 1* (and that's being generous!)

16/05/2018

REVIEW: Holding Up The Universe - Jennifer Niven

Title: Holding Up The Universe
Author: Jennifer Niven
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Date Published: 04/10/2016
Pages/Length:  9h3mins
Format: Audiobook

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.
Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.
Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours
This book was honestly nothing like I was expecting. I really really enjoyed it and I absolutely loved Libby as a character.


15/05/2018

Without Merit - Colleen Hoover

Title: Without Merit
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Date Published: 3rd October 2017
Pages: 385
Source: Bought

Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.
The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.
Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.
Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

I am a fairly big fan of Colleen Hoover, so I know what to expect with her books... and it's usually something that will stab me in the heart and make me cry for hours. I love going into her books blind, which is exactly what I did with this book. I knew absolutely nothing about the premise when I went in and I'm glad that I didn't. I enjoyed this book to an extent, but it wasn't my favourite book that Colleen has written.

01/05/2018

Update.

Hi guys! I'm so sorry I haven't been posting. I've been absolutely swamped with work and uni! I doubt anyone's noticed, but thought I'd make a short little post just to have a quick update with you all!

I've been in the world's longest reading slump for what seems like a century, but it's finally over and I'm making my way through my TBR.

I have about 2 weeks left of university forever so that's exciting and it means I'll have loads more time to read without feeling guilty.

I feel so out of the loop when it comes to books, I have no idea what's popular, what's recently come out or what's due to come out, I have no idea who's reading what and what the latest gossip is so I'm trying to get back into the groove of things, slowly but surely.

Anyway, I've read a few books in the past week or so, so I'll be writing up those reviews and hopefully get a steady stream of posts up and running on the blog!

If there's anything you wanna see me review, leave your suggestions in the comment, or tweet me @anthblogs :)

Also, I would love to hear what you've been reading these past 6-8months, and what you'd recommend for me to read! I'm in a fantasy/dystopian mood at the moment so hit me up!

20/08/2017

Book Blogger Memory Challenge!!

Anyone who knows me knows that I have the memory of a fish (I can't even remember where I found this tag). Even my new driving instructor asked me if I had rubbish memory because I kept forgetting to do things. So why, do you ask, are you doing a tag that relies on memory? I like challenges! (And I thought this one would be kind of easy because I came up with a book for each question as soon as I read it!)

So without further ado, let's see how great my memory is!

1. Name a book written by an author called Michael


Kensuke's Kingdom - Michael Morpurgo

Remember that book? We had to read it in primary school and I absolutely loved it. I believe it's about a boy who gets stuck on an island, he meets Kensuke and it just goes on from there!

I'm gonna be really extra and give you another book, Gone - Michael Grant. Which I believe is something to do with all the adults in the town disappearing and the kids having to take control of things. I have read it, but years and years ago so the details aren't clear anymore! 




2. Name a book with a dragon on the cover


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 

I have no idea if there's actually a dragon on the cover, but there's dragons in the book so it's an educated guess.
*checks to see if I'm right*
So it depends which edition you've got, but the one I was thinking about was the original Bloomsbury one!





3. Name a book about a character called George

George - Alex Gino

That was easy, it's in the title! I believe this is about a transgender girl? Or a boy who wants to become a transgender girl. And he wants to do things other girls do, but he can't because he's a boy - so I think he moves away and starts a new life as a girl? (I might have made that bit up...) Anyway, it's a really good MG book!

*In editing, and just realise this works for Q9 too!




4. Name a book written by an author with the surname Smith 

Winger - Andrew Smith

*Thought process* Andrew Smith wrote a book beginning with W that I cannot remember right now... Wicked? Withered? Winged? Winger! I think it's Winger? How embarrassing if I'm wrong. Now I'm doubting if the author is even called Andrew Smith? *End thought process*
< Obviously I was right!

I don't know what this book is about - I think a boy in boarding school? I've tried to read it but I just couldn't get into it...



5. Name a book set in Australia


Risk - Fleur Ferris

Ok, so I sort of cheated for this one. I knew that I had read a book set in Australia before, I just couldn't remember the title. I knew it was about some friends and one was killed/missing(?) and the police were investigating or something!? It was a really good book! So I had to Google the name of the book, but I found it eventually!





6. Name a book with the name of the month in the title


November 9 - Colleen Hoover

So I haven't read this book, I've just heard about it a lot around the bookish community! As with most Colleen Hoover books, this is on my TBR and I know next to nothing about it but going into her books blind is the way forward!






7. Name a book with a knife on the cover


Graceling - Kristin Cashore

So my first thought was Knife of Never Letting Go but I knew that was wrong and it only popped into my head because it had 'knife' in the title! So Graceling was the second option, but I'm almost 100% sure that it's a sword and not a knife? It still counts though right?!

I really enjoyed Graceling but I can't for the life of me tell you what it's about. It's one of those books that you just forget about as soon as you finish it.



8. Name a book with the word 'one' in the title


One - Sarah Crossan


I absolutely loved this book, I cried my eyes out at the end, like genuinely cried like a baby. HIGHLY recommend it. It's short so if you don't like it, it's not a big waste of time (you will love it though).






9. Name a book with an eponymous title


Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens


Took me a long long long time to even understand what the word 'eponymous' meant, anyone else had that problem? And now it's taking me an even longer time to come up with a title... But of course this is a classic and I love it.






10. Name a book turned into a movie


Twilight - Stephenie Meyer


This one was easy, there are SO many and whilst I usually hate all the movie adaptations, I still watch them all. It's weird to see the books I've loved being played out and interpreted differently to how I imagined things. But Twilight was the first one that popped into my head. It's the one book/movie, I hate to love and I love to hate.

If there are any GREAT movie adaptations then definitely let me know, because I'm up for watching some good things for once!


So there we go, I went a bit crazy with all of my explanations but I hope you enjoyed this little tag! I haven't done any for ages but I'm going to try and be a bit more regular with my posting! If you've done this tag, I'd love to give it a read, so link it below! 

01/08/2017

The Circle - Dave Eggers

Title: The Circle
Author: Dave Eggers
Publisher: Knopf
Date Published: 8th October 2013
Pages: 493
Source: Bought


When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.

As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO.

Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in America - even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

I really have no idea where to start... All I know is that I have 2 full A4 pages of notes about this book and that I'm really not sure if I enjoyed it or not. So that's a great start. I did like this, I mean I liked it to the point where I found it entertaining enough to finish the entire thing... but there were just so many issues with this book that I really couldn't overlook. Briefly, the characters were flat, the plot was lacking and the writing was odd. That being said, the concept was still very intriguing and there was a lot of potential that just unfortunately, went unfulfilled.

17/06/2017

Last Semester - Corine Mekaouche

Title: Last Semester
Author: Corine Mekaouche
Publisher: Corine Mekaouche
Date Published: 21st April 2017
Pages: 360
Source: NetGalley

Buy It Here: Last Semester

When Johanna ‘Jo’ Gold, witty college life blogger and senior at Rutan University, decides to move in with three male strangers her last semester of school, her life unexpectedly turns upside down. While dealing with her new roommates, A.J., the pompous rich kid who feels trapped in following his father’s footsteps; Rob, the prematurely engaged former womanizer who tries to force Jo out of the house at all costs; and Drew, the 21-year-old virgin genius whose encounters with women have been more than limited, Jo learns that change isn't always easy and it's up to her to learn how to survive the remainder of her time at Rutan the best that she can. Along with searching for her missing mother, figuring out a clever way to pay for school tuition on her own, and dealing with the childish pranks brought on by a certain roommate, Jo’s issues seem more complicated than the average 21-year-old. Can Jo endure the dramatic perils of college while planning for life after graduation?

I wasn't expecting to like this book, I'll be completely honest with you. When I requested it on NetGalley I was knee-deep in contemporary books but right now I'm just really not feeling them... or so I thought. I surprisingly really enjoyed this book and finished it in near-record time! It's a lighthearted, cute and generally a pretty realistic read. This book is very character-driven, which I think is a major reason why I enjoyed it so much, I just loved the characters. Jo was funny and not your typical girly girl. I typically hate to read about girly-girls because I just can't relate to that. I loved Jo because she reminded me of myself. Obviously, like any book, I did have my issues with it but they're really only minor. I would still 100% recommend this book to anyone who loves character driven contemporaries with no romance. Yes, you heard it, no romance. 

10/06/2017

BOOK HAUL!

Good morning! I am currently sitting on the sofa with a cup of peppermint tea, listening to the raining hit and roll down the window and thought you know what? This would be a great time to write up a post. So here I am with a little book haul, full of books I'm planning on reading in the near future! Most of these books have been sent to me by the Publisher (so thanks pubs!) and all of them sound amazing! 


06/06/2017

It Ends With Us - Colleen Hoover

Title: It Ends With Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Date Published: 2nd August 2016
Pages: 367
Source: Bought


SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST
Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He's also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle's complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan - her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.
This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.
I really don't know where to start with this review. I feel like I've been betrayed, I wasn't expecting the book to go in the direction it went in. I started it knowing pretty much nothing about it, I hadn't read anything about it. The only reason I picked this book up was because of recommendations and dear GOD I am so happy that I did. This book will take you on the emotional ride of your life and you will be a changed person after reading it. 

05/06/2017

Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion

Title: Warm Bodies
Author: Isaac Marion
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Date Published: 28th October 2010 
Pages: 256
Source: Bought 


Buy It Here: Warm Bodies
R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.
And then he meets a girl.
First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn't want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.
I have a huge fascination with 'end of the world, zombie apocalypse' entertainment. I love The Walking Dead TV show but I've never read a book involving zombies, so I practically squealed when I heard of this book and had to get it immediately! I'm really happy that I did because it was a really enjoyable, quick read. Like with any book, I did have my issues with it but that's a given! 

I really liked the main character/zombie, R. He was so so so cute! Sometimes it was easy to forget that he was a zombie, whether that's a good thing or a bad thing though is another story. He seemed so pure and innocent, just a really gentle soul. I would love to know what kind of a person he was when he was alive. 

I wasn't a massive fan of the back story between Julie and Perry though, it was a little (a lottle) irrelevant and didn't really add much to the story. I loved Julie's attitude though, she reminded me of... well, me... and that's always a good thing to be able to find in books. 

I thought aspects of the story were weird, i.e. the talking/not talking/sort of talking(?) to Perry part. The novel could have gone in the same direction without that, so I don't think it added much to the story. 

The book was written amazingly, I really enjoyed the writing style and the pace. It wasn't too fast, not too slow, it was just pretty perfect in that sense! 

The ending was a little hit and miss for me, I thought a certain something that happened was too convenient and didn't really make sense, although I suspect it'll become clearer in following books. 

There were parts that I just had to skip because they didn't add much to the story for me, I would have preferred it to be a bit darker and more graphic. Everything that happened (and really, honestly, now that I think about it, not much did happen..) was resolved easily without any tension or suspense so that was disappointing. 

I'm aware this review is pretty all over the place, but my typing is flowing as my thoughts come in! Overall I really did enjoy this book, but I thought there were aspects that could be improved on and I don't know if I'm interested in it enough to pick up the rest of the series... the ending did knock a few stars off for me, it was pretty anti-climactic. I'm excited to watch the film though to see what I thought of that! Maybe I'll do a little review of that! I rated this 3* on Goodreads! What did you think of this book?!

06/05/2017

Release - Patrick Ness

Title: Release
Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher: Walker Books
Date Published: 4th May 2017
Pages:  287
Source: Publisher ARC

Buy It Here: Release - Patrick Ness*


Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume's Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It's a big day. Things go wrong. It's intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches...
Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It's a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won't come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.
I was asked by the publisher if I wanted to review this book and honestly JUMPED at the chance. Patrick Ness is a hit and miss author for me, but when it's a hit, it's a MAJOR hit. I really liked the main themes of this book, I liked the main character (even if I did have some problems with him) and I liked the raw truthfulness of it all, it's something that you don't really see much in YA books. There were a few moments when I was like... okay is this going anywhere or? Because it really was just a story about a boy having a bad day. There was a little fantasy element to the novel, but I don't think it added much to it, I mean this book would have been just as great without it. I feel like if the fantasy element HAD to be there then it should have been more prominent in the book- but maybe it was only me that didn't get it.

02/05/2017

Mini-Haul / May TBR!

Well hello again! I know, I know it's been a while since I've done a haul.. actually it's been a while since I've blogged at all, but life just got in the way! I should be revising right now, but I had a sudden urge to show you the very few books I got in the post today! I just couldn't wait. Since I've got these new books that I'm super excited to read, I thought I'd just turn this into a little May TBR and hopefully get them read before the month is over.

So without further ado, here are the two books that I am planning to read this month!

18/03/2017

See How They Lie - Sue Wallman

Title: See How They Lie 
Author: Sue Wallman 
Publisher: Scholastic
Date Published: March 2nd 2017 
Pages: 320 
Source: Publisher ARC 

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All’s not well at the Hummingbird Creek wellness resort. No one can see in. No one can get out…
New from the talented author who brought you Lying About Last Summer: a psycho-chiller to wake up your darkest phobias. If you got to live in a luxury hotel with world-class cuisine, a state-of-the-art sports centre and the latest spa treatments, would you say ‘yes please’?
Well, that’s kind of what Hummingbird Creek is like. No wonder Mae feels lucky to be there. It’s meant as a rich-kid’s sanatorium, but she isn’t sick. Her dad is the top psychiatrist there. But one day Mae breaks a rule. NOT a good idea. This place is all about rules – and breaking them can hurt you…
I was so excited to see this book fly through the letter flap in my door. I'm a lover of all things psychological so I had the highest of hopes for this book. I have to say, I was a little disappointed with it, for various reasons- but the concept is incredible.

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publisher: Walker Books
Date Published: February 28th 2017
Pages: 464
Source: Publisher ARC 

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.
 
This book has been one of the most anticipated books of the year by pretty much everyone in the book community, and for a very very good reason. I've only just finished this book earlier today so my thoughts are fresh in my mind, I just hope I can articulate them well. I want to start off by saying I loved this book and could only find small faults with it. I thought it was written beautifully, I thought it was heartbreaking at times, and I thought it was incredibly eye opening to the current situation in the US.