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! 


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.


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. 



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! 


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

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. 


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?!


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.


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!


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 

Buy It Here: See How They Lie *

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 

Buy It Here: The Hate U Give *
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.


A Conjuring of Light - V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic #3)

Title: A Conjuring of Light
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publisher: Titan Books
Date Published: February 21st 2017
Pages: 624
Series: Shades of Magic #3
Source: Publisher ARC

Buy It Here: A Conjuring of Light (A Darker Shade of Magic 3) *
The synopsis has been hidden from this review due to possible spoilers for the previous two books in the series. Click the button to read if you wish!

Witness the fate of beloved heroes - and enemies.

The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

Kell - once assumed to be the last surviving Antari - begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

Lila Bard, once a commonplace - but never common - thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

I have a love-hate relationship with the final book of trilogies. I am usually so excited to conclude a series but I sometimes feel that three books just aren't long enough to wrap everything up nicely. Honestly? I'm sort of upset that this is a trilogy and only has 3 books because I absolutely loved each and every one of these books. This one especially was incredible. I really enjoyed reading it, I have so much to say about it - it's taken me a good few days to even attempt to write this because my head is all over the place thinking about it! Obviously, as with any book, there were a few issues for me but nothing that would ever stop me recommending this entire series to everyone I will ever meet. Too much? Probably. Anyway, without further ado... let me go into detail about a few things!

* I will try my best to hide spoilers, but please forgive me if I accidentally miss something!*


The Sun is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

Title: The Sun is Also a Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date Published: November 1st 2016
Pages: 384
Source: NetGalley

Buy It Here: The Sun is Also a Star *
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? - Goodreads
Where do I start... I was really looking forward to this book. I read Everything Everything by Nicola and absolutely loved it, I thought it was great. I had such high expectations for this book, but unfortunately it all just completely fell apart. I thought the writing was great, I loved the diversity in this book and the incredibly difficult themes that it tried to cover but I wish it focused more on those things and less on the romance. It was literally insta-love x100000. It was the most cringeworthy and unrealistic book that I've probably ever read. I really wish that I loved it, I really wish that I felt what everyone else feels about this book but I honestly cannot. I have so many issues with it. I'm so sorry if I offend anyone with what I'm about to say, I'm sorry if this was your favourite book of all time and I'm about to criticise it to no end, but it has to be done! Ready?...


Pretty Wicked - Kelly Charron

Title: Pretty Wicked
Author: Kelly Charron
Publisher: Dark Arts Publishing
Date Published: 30th September 2016
Pages: 288
Source: NetGalley

Buy It Here: Pretty Wicked
The daughter of a local police detective, fifteen-year-old Ryann has spent most of her life studying how to pull off the most gruesome murders her small Colorado town has ever seen.

But killing is only part of it. Ryann enjoys being the reason the cops are frenzied. The one who makes the neighbors lock their doors and windows on a hot summer’s day. The one everyone fears but no one suspects.

Carving out her own murderous legacy proves harder than she predicted. Mistakes start adding up. And with the police getting closer, and her own father becoming suspicious, Ryann has to prove once and for all that she’s smarter than anyone else—or she’ll pay the ultimate price. " - Goodreads
This book was sent to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really really enjoyed this book. Anyone who knows me will know that I love reading about serial killers. I don't know what it is about these kinds of books, but it's unbelievably fascinating to be in the mind of a killer. It's crazy.

I'm going to try and keep this review short, I have a habit of going on and on and I'm sure no one cares about half of what I say!


The Winner's Curse - Marie Rutkoski

Title: The Winner's Curse
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Series: The Winner's Trilogy #1
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Date Published: 4th March 2014
Pages: 388
Source: Bought

Buy It Here: The Winner's Curse
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love...
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.
One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.
But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart. - Goodreads
If you like a smart heroine, a sexy love interest, and a fucked up world then this is the book for you. I have to say, I knew I would enjoy this book as soon as I heard it focussed on the politics rather than a romance or 'fantastical' plot. I absolutely loved every word of this book and immediately started the second in the series (The Winner's Crime) because I literally could not wait to find out what was going to happen.


Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton

Title: Rebel of the Sands
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands #1
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Date Published: 8th March 2016
Pages: 314

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands Trilogy)
She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him... or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is. - Goodreads

This is one book that I really thought I wouldn't enjoy, but gosh how wrong was I! I really thoroughly enjoyed reading this, it was so different to anything I've read before (which, if you ask me, is a bloody good achievement as I've read hundreds of books!). The concept, the setting, it was just incredible and really entertaining. 

I always struggle writing reviews for books that I really loved, not because I don't have a lot to say, but because I will literally just praise all of it and it'll look like I've been told to say it's great, when in actual fact, I just loved it all. So I promise, these are all my own thoughts, no one held a gun to my head to write good things about it, it's just great. Go pick it up, give it a read & come back so we can fangirl/boy together! 

I enjoyed everything about this, all the characters, the betrayal (I secretly liked that, oops), the twists and turns, everything was just done really well! 

I literally have nothing else to say, I just loved it so you should go and read it. That's all. I rated this 5* on Goodreads!


Heartless - Marissa Meyer

Title: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Date Published: 8th November 2016
Pages: 449
Source: ARC

Buy It Here: Heartless
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.
Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans." - Goodreads

This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review! It will be released on the 8th November 2016!

"You are more beautiful than a birthday cake... your eyes are like ripe green apples sprinkled with cinnamon." 

I was so excited to get my hands on this book, I've been waiting for it since I first heard it was going to be written! I absolutely loved Meyer's The Lunar Chronicles trilogy so I had such high hopes for this book! Although I was a little bit disappointed by it, the end sure as hell made up for the parts that fell a little flat for me! I still really enjoyed reading this, and would definitely recommend it to any fairytale retelling lovers!


An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

Title: b
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1
Publisher: Razorbill
Date Published: 9th February 2016
Source: Bought

Buy It Here: An Ember in the Ashes
Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself." - Goodreads

I can't even begin to tell you why it took me so long to read this book. If this book were human, it'd be royalty. I absolutely loved it. It was most definitely one of my favourite reads this year! The story was original, the characters were likeable (and those that were meant to be hated, were definitely hated!) I spotted some similarities between this book and parts of The Winner's Trilogy, but as you'll soon read, I absolutely loved that trilogy too so I was ecstatic to read a book that had a similar vibe.


Genius: The Game - Leopoldo Gout

Title: Genius: The Game
Author: Leopoldo Gout 
Series: Genius #1
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Date Published: 3rd May 2016
Pages: 304
Source: NetGalley
Trust no one. Every camera is an eye. Every microphone an ear. Find me and we can stop him together.
The Game: Get ready for Zero Hour as 200 geniuses from around the world go head to head in a competition hand-devised by India's youngest CEO and visionary.
The Players:Rex- One of the best programmers/hackers in the world, this 16-year-old Mexican-American is determined to find his missing brother.
Tunde- This 14-year-old self-taught engineering genius has drawn the attention of a ruthless military warlord by single-handedly bringing electricity and internet to his small Nigerian village.
Painted Wolf- One of China's most respected activist bloggers, this mysterious 16-year-old is being pulled into the spotlight by her father's new deal with a corrupt Chinese official.
The Stakes: Are higher than you can imagine. Like life and death. Welcome to the revolution. And get ready to run. - Goodreads

The concept of this book pulled me in and just didn't let me go. I thought it was so interesting, I loved the diverse characters from different parts of the world, I loved the whole idea. It was unique and exciting, I had such high hopes for this book. But it just wasn't executed like I thought it would be. I think the author had an incredible idea, but just couldn't pull it off, which is such a massive shame!


Dear Charlie - N.D. Gomes

Title: Dear Charlie
Author: N.D. Gomes
Publisher: Harlequin Mira Ink: Harper Collins
Date Published: 20th October 2016
Pages: 222
Source: ARC
Death should never meet the young. But it did. Thanks to my brother, death made fourteen new friends that day. Maybe even fifteen, if you count Charlie.
At sixteen, Sam Macmillan is supposed to be thinking about girls, homework and his upcoming application to music college, not picking up the pieces after the school shooting that his brother Charlie committed.
Yet as Sam desperately tries to hang on to the memories he has of his brother, the media storm surrounding their family threatens to destroy everything. And Sam has to question all he thought he knew about life, death, right and wrong. - Goodreads
This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book is due to be released on the 20th October 2016 by Harlequin Mira Ink - Harper Collins! 

When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was mildly intrigued. If you read my blog often, you'll know that I have a weird fascination with killers, books that involve murder and death, and definitely taboo subjects, such as school shootings. I don't know why, they just fascinate me to no end. So I immediately jumped at the chance to read this unusual take on a school shooting. You never hear about what happens after the shooting, you rarely read about the family of the shooter so I was intrigued to hear their side, to see what happens to them in the aftermath, how they cope etc. Honestly, I was surprised. I really enjoyed reading this book, it was heart wrenching. I felt so sad for Sam (our main character!) I wanted to hug him and tell him it'll be okay. 


The Dead Boyfriend - R.L.Stine

Title: The Dead Boyfriend 
Author: R.L. Stine
Series: Fear Street Relaunch #5
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Date Published: September 27th 2016
Pages: 276
Source: NetGalley
Caitlin has never had a real boyfriend before. When she starts seeing Colin, she throws herself into the relationship with fervor. She ignores her friends who warn her that Colin may be a phony and that she is taking the whole thing too seriously. Caitlin is smitten. She doesn't care if she loses her friends. All she wants is Colin. When Caitlin approaches Colin with another girl, she completely loses it. She snaps. Everything goes red. When she comes back to her senses, she realizes that Colin is dead - and she has killed him.

But if Colin is dead, how is he staring at her across a crowded party?

Terrifying from the first page to the last, The Dead Boyfriend is a heart-racing young adult novel from the master of teen screams himself. - Goodreads
This book was sent to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I'm not going to lie to you, there were some parts of this book that completely freaked me out. I've only just discovered Stine's Fear Street series and although it's not exactly my cup of tea, they do keep pulling me in. They're good.