Monday, 30 June 2014

The Broken Heart Diet

Written by: Tom Formaro
Published by: Tramonto Press
Pages: 296
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San Francisco chef Dante Palermo is on the broken heart diet: he's lost the love of his life and twenty-five pounds. Can a visit from the ghost of his Sicilian nonna change all that? Not if Dante can't master his melancholy. In the midst of his emotional free fall, Dante opens a restaurant in North Beach, San Francisco's famed Italian neighborhood. As he clashes with his ill-tempered business partner, he begins a journey to career success beyond his imagination. With his heart, however, the struggles endure. On an enchanted odyssey that takes him from San Francisco to Des Moines to Rome, Dante tries to overcome his heartache and win the heart of his inamorata. Full of magic, lighthearted fun, and romance, The Broken Heart Diet tells the story of one lovelorn man's attempt to find true love.

My Rating: 4/5

The Broken Heart Diet is the debut novel from Tom Formaro and revolves around a brokenhearted chef (hence the title) who uses the energy from his heartbreak to focus on his career and his idea of finding true love. I received this book in return for an honest review and to be honest the thing that intrigued me the most before I read it was the fact that the story revolved around a chef. I had never read anything that uses the food industry before so I was intrigued to see how it would turn out on paper. After reading the first three chapters I had decided that I was definitely in love with Dante Palermo. You can't help but have a little sweet spot for him in your heart after reading about him loosing the love of his life. What I love most about the book is the real sense of vulnerability that Dante exudes when on a mission to get his dream back on track and find his one true love. Because who hasn't come out a breakup feeling like they might break any second. And the wisdom and advice his 'Nonna' constantly gave him throughout the (in weird ways) was always so loving and helpful that you couldn't but get caught up in it.
"Broken heart diet? Doesn't look like there's any food on that diet." Dante chuckled. "Not a lot, no." Martin Held up his glass of Maker's Mark. "Well, here's to getting fat and happy."
Tom Formaro uses a simple and charming narrative to show his readers how someone can loose their heart and find it again. His funny and endearing writing style allows you to fall in love with the characters and cheer with happiness when things start to work out for them. The honest and descriptive way the food is used and described in the book just sings to you, especially the reasons why Dante loves cooking and how he cooks. Not to mention the way it makes you really hungry for Italian food. He writes perfectly on how a break up can mess with your whole head and takes a while for everything to be right again.
"So when she broke up with me, my truth, my reality dropped out from under me. And I feel like I've been in free fall ever since."
Overall I did like this book but I didn't love it as much as I thought I would. While the writing style was a gorgeous mix of depressing narrative and contrasting witty one liners. I felt that the plot was a bit a predictable on who his true love was and it took a long time to get into the recovery of a broken heart. Just as Dante would start to feel happier, he would constantly take a step back into the depressed desperate phase. So it was just a little bit repetitive to me. Having said this I did love the characters and I felt the book was spectacular in showing what it takes to mend a broken heart.

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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Blackbird

Written by: Tom Wright
Published by: Canongate
Pages: 353
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The day after a terrible storm, electricity still crackling in the air, a woman is found dead on the outskirts of a Texan town. She has been brutally attacked and nailed to a cross.
The victim is Dr Deborah Gold, a psychologist who has taken a lot of people's secrets to her grave. 
Which means a lot of suspects for Detective Jim Beaudry Bonham to investigate. And lately he could use some psychological help himself.


My Rating: 5/5

The first sentence of this book immediately captures your attention! So it's fair to say that I was gripped for the first sentence of Blackbird. I mean, this book is scary good! I believe the book is the second in the John Bonham series but can be read as a standalone.The book itself is a Mystery Thriller that revolves around the murder case of Dr Deborah Gold. Along with the twists and turns that come with it and some slight hints of supernatural aspects with the main character having clairvoyant tendencies and feelings.
But intense as it was, the image had no staying power, dissolving almost immediately to leave me staring at the chess board behind it.
There were times when I got a little lost in the book due to the very descriptive writing style, not to mention some of the dialogue with the character Mouncey, but it is very easy to pick back up and start again. Plus it gave an insight and realness to where the book was set due to her accent being very texan. The writing style, whilst very descriptive, draws you in and encourages you to keep on reading due to the feeling that you are actually inside the book and witnessing these events first hand. I also loved that the flashbacks that were woven into the story because it made it feel like there was a story within a story. Like there was two stories in one. One following the murder case and one showing the life of the main character, adding more depth to story and the main character.
Pointing to the cupped brown nest in the dry cattail stalks fringing the shallow end of the pond, she said, 'Did blackbirds build those?'
The themes in the book are pretty dark, but that's what to expect with a thriller genre, and the pace and flow of the book is surprisingly fast. Wright is really good in giving background detail whilst also focusing on the case so the pace isn't stunted in any way. Making it a really easy read as you get drawn in and mesmerised by the events that are happening within it, producing a hard to put down effect.
Finally she stood back and said, 'I love the sound of your heart.' She kissed the tip of her finger and touched it to my nose.
Overall, I can't tell you how much I just love this book. It's a dark book that explores really dark themes. But it lightens with characters and their wholesome personalities. They're not perfect but they don't try to be. The relationships between Jim Bonham, LA and his collegues are so strong and loyal that the book doesn't feel so depressing and scary with them in it.  I love how Tom Wright ended the book by tying everything, that needed to be explained, up in the last couple of chapters. It felt right as a reader to know that nothing was left unexplained and the characters can move on from it. I for one am amazed and gobsmacked by Wright's writing and I am definitely going to get my hands on more of his books. Because, seriously, his writing is beautiful.
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Friday, 27 June 2014

Coin Heist

Written by: Elisa Ludwig
Published by: Adaptive Studios
Format: Kindle Edition
Pages: 304
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The last place you'd expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint - which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes - an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore. United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies - the nerd, the slacker, the athlete, and the perfect student - band together to attempt the impossible: rob the U.S. Mint. This diverse crew is forced to confront their true beliefs about each other and themselves as they do the wrong thing for the right reasons.

My Rating: 3.5/5

This book has me really conflicted because there are lots of things I like about this book and a lot of things I'm not really sure about. The story itself follows 4 different prep school kids planning a heist to try and save their school. For starters, I really liked how the perspectives switch and change from one character to another as you get a really clear idea of the character's personality and reason as to why they agreed to do this heist. Plus you feel how the school scandal affected each of the characters. You also got a look into all their secrets that they try to hide and it makes you sympathise and connect with them even more. 
Dakota had even given our mission a name: Operation EagleFly, after the mint mascot.
But then I didn't really like how it took a long time to get into the main story. I understand why you needed a backstory as a reader to understand the events that will take place but I just felt that it was a little too dragged out for my liking. I was just wanting the book to get on with it, so I can read a little action. Although I did like how you were subtly introduced to the idea of the group becoming friends. It wasn't suddenly but it was drawn out in a realistic way so you as the reader could tell that they were becoming closer, even if the characters hadn't realised it yet. But then I felt the relationships that formed between them was a little predictable so I wasn't really surprised when they happened. You see what I mean by conflicted feelings?
No one said we all had to best friends. We just had to get this done.
When the heist actually started the books pace started to get faster, which I liked because it started to grip you and make you want to read on to find out if they would actually pull it off and how they would do it. Because even though all the planning was slightly explained in the book, you weren't told what they would actually do. So it made it a little more surprising and interesting when it actually happened in the book. I was surprised by how easy it sounded to be honest. 
It was, of course, a little dangerous - evidence of our crime. But it was more than that. It was a reminder of what we could do, and who we could be, given the chance
Overall, I liked this book. I didn't love it, but I liked it. The characters were good but a little self centered and petty at times. I liked the plot but not the pace of the story. And I liked how the book was written in different perspectives, so you got to see all the characters not just one. So, like I said, I'm really in two minds about the book because it's good but it's not really something that I really enjoy. Having said this, I would recommend it to Young Adult readers because it does have an interesting plot and storyline and a good writing style. So if you looking for something that's quite quick to read and not too mind consuming this book would be good for you.

Coin Heist
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Thursday, 26 June 2014

Book Haul #3 (Kindle Edition)

In my previous Book Haul post (read here) I mentioned that I had gone a little crazy and would have to split up the post into two parts. Part one was physical copies of books and part two being the Kindle edition/ebook copies of books. So here it is...the final part to my Book Haul for June. After this you will see just how crazy I went this month!
So let's begin...

First up is Coin heist by Elisa Ludwig



I cannot tell you how excited I am for this book. I have been waiting for the release for a while now so as soon as I was able to get it, I did. From what I have heard, it is about a heist performed by a group of school kids, who don't normally get along. And that's about all I know. I have started reading this book and I can tell you that I am enjoying it so far so I can't wait to finish it and find out what happens and why. 



Next is I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

At the moment, I am going through a really big crime/thriller kick. So if I come across a book that is within this genre, chances are I will give it a go because I just want more! Not to mention this book has gotten a lot of good reviews and is fairly new so I just couldn't not buy it. As far as I know it is about a retired secret agent who wrote the book on murder but is now being hunted down by an FBI agent. I don't know what exactly he is being hunted down for, but I am intrigued and interested to find out. 

Following this is The Distance Between Us by Kasie West


Again like 'I Am Pilgrim' I brought this because I was in a really big mood for a young adult contemporary books as well as crime and thriller and this seemed like a cute and fluffly read. The reviews were good, not great, but good so I thought why not? see if it was something that I liked. The book itself, I think, is about two teenagers who fall in love when they come from different worlds. So like I said, it sounded like a cute and light contemporary read that would be perfect for summer.


After this we have The Magpies by Mark Edwards


I have read and reviewed this book, which you can read here, and it was a seriously good book. There were parts that didn't quite live up to the rest of it but it was mostly very gripping and thrilling. The book is about a couple that move into their dream apartment and everything is going great, but then little things start to happen that disrupt their happiness and mess with their minds. Like I said before it is a very gripping read so I would seriously recommend this book if you are into the psychological thriller kind of books. Because this book can really mess with your mind.

Next up is Pushing the Limits by Katie McGary


I have been wanting to start this series for a very long time but I'm not so keen on the covers (I know a really bad excuse to not buy it). So when I came across the kindle edition for quite a good price I thought it was fate.  Again I thought this book would be perfect for the summer as it is another contemporary young adult read about a romance between two people who think they have nothing in common and no chemisty but then realise they do. And then things start to heat up. And then you know how it goes. 



I did receive a lot of ebooks to review by publishers through NetGallery so I will go through them in a minute. But to be perfectly honest I don't know quite a lot about them. All I know is that I requested to review them because they all seemed interesting to me and all seem to be really engrossing reads. 
Also, not all of them are out to buy yet so some of them won't be available right now. But they will be avaliable soon and my reviews of them also shall follow in the near distant future. 

First up is The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery


The cover of this book is the first thing that intrigued me. I mean look at it! It just screams scary thriller. The when I read the synospsis I was like, Yes! It's a book about a group of students particpating in a game and then I believe the scariness happens when they catch the attention of a stalker. This books seems scary and gripping and thrilling and just like a good book that draws you attention and keeps you wanting more. So I just can't wait to read this to see what I think and if it lives up to the high expectations I have given it. Let's hope so!



Secondly is The Moment Collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson


Now, to be honest I have had my eye on this book for a while because ever since I read Tiger Lily (read the review here) by Jodi Lynn Anderson, I have wanted to read more and more of her books. I absolutely adored her unique writing style in Tiger Lily, so I am hoping that the same uniqueness I saw in Tiger Lily is continued in this book. As well as this the synospsis and cover of this book looked haunting and fantastic so I really couldn't not ask to review it.  


Next is The Broken Heart Diet by Tom Formaro


This book first caught my attention because of the cover and then when I read that it was a comedy I was immediately set. I believe the book is about a chef with a broken heart and it follows his journey of overcoming and mending his broken heart with a lot of food related going ons. As you can tell I am not entirely sure what this book is about but I am really excited to read it. It seems to be another book that is perfect for the summer so I'm looking forward to getting stuck into it.



Also there is Waterfire Saga: Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly

This another book that has been on my 'Want to Read' list and is the first book in the Waterfire saga. I believe it was released in May this year. As far as I know the book revolves around mermaids, which is quite obvious from the cover, and has a quest centered within it. I haven't really read any mermaid centered books before so I am really interested to see if I enjoy it. The synopsis sounds exciting and the reviews so far have been pretty good so I'm sure I will enjoy it too.


Another book is Stupid Girl by Cindy Miles


Again this book seems like a light and fluffy contemporary read so it will probably be something that I enjoy just from that. The cover is gorgeous, the plot sounds like it has the makings of a good contemporary and the reviews have been quite good for it. So all in all this book seems to be something right up my street. 






Next is How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott 

Books that deal with mental illness has always interested me. Books like The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon and The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer, are some of my favourite books because they are so interesting and mesmerizing that when I saw that this book slightly dealt with Autism I thought that I would give it a go. Plus seeing as this book deals with a mother's point of view of having a child with autism it sounded quite unique in that respect. 

Along with this is Between the Lines by Jessica Shirvington


I was really intrigued by this book because I had never read anything like it before so I'm interested to see whether it will turn out to be something that is enjoyable. As far as I know it is about a girl who is living two lives, when something goes wrong in one and not the other it lead to a series of risks and experiments that lead to the ultimate life she wanted. Everything about this book sounds interesting to me so I can't wait to get started on it.




Finally is Feuds by Avery Hastings

Ever since reading The Maze Runner, (full review can be read here) I have been reluctant to read any dystopian books/series because I don't know whether I enjoy them anymore. However when I read the synopsis of this book I was immediately interested. Not to mention the cover is really pretty.




And that is all the ebooks I brought and received this month. As I said there is a lot of them so my to be read pile is very big right now. So be expectant of the reviews to follow! And make sure you check the Goodreads links for the full descriptions of each book.

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Book Haul #2


So I went a little crazy this month. I brought a lot of books. Like, a lot. But seeing as its coming to the end of June I thought I would do another Book Haul post for the books that I brought in June! Also for the full synopsis of all the books I mention, to make it easier, their Goodreads page has been linked to each book title. 
So far I have not managed to start reading any of these books (my TBR shelf is a little huge right now) but I shall be making a start to them soon! I promise! 
But for now... on with the Book Haul!

Here are all the physical copies of books I brought in June:



Paper Towns by John Green - Since finishing The Fault in Our Stars (full review here) I have been a little obsessed with John Green. Honestly, how can you not?! I adore his writing and his characters are just so well thought out that I have made it my mission to read every single John Green book there is, starting with Paper Towns. Plus this book has very high Goodreads ratings and you can't go wrong with that.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart - A fairly new release and I honestly don't really know what the book is about. But I think it's better that way because no one really likes to get spoiled do they? I have heard quite mixed reviews on this book, so I'm excited to give it a go and see if it's my cup of tea.

Legend and Prodigy by Marie Lu - This is a series that I have been wanting to read for so long! I literally cannot wait to get stuck into these and finally have an idea on what people are talking about. I have no doubt in my mind as to whether I will like these because not only are the reviews been very high, it seems like it is right up my street. Not to mention by buying the two I now have an excuse to buy the last and final book in the series Champion and have a complete set.

Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas - Another series that I have been waiting to get stuck into. Again the series have such high ratings and the third book in the series is apparently released in September, so I am planning on finishing these two in time for the third and possibly (if I can't wait that long) buying and reading the novella bind up An Assassin's Blade before then too. Plus its a book with Assassins and Romance! How can I not love it?!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey - This book is again one of those books that come with a lot of hype, and I wasn't completely sure of the premise of the book but I thought why not give it a try because it must have something right with all the hype that is attached with it, right? Not to mention it was really good value for money, so I took it as a sign that I was fated to read it and brought it.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - Now I wasn't really sure about this book, but I had heard such good tings about the author that I couldn't just give up the opportunity to get my hands on it. As a book I think it is more of a children's book but aimed at the older part of the audience range. So it's not quite young adult but its not really a children's book either. All in all the premise of the book interested me and the reviews of the author were good, so I thought why not?

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith - This is an author that I have been dying to read because I have heard nothing but good things about her. Her stories always seem interesting and are always just begging me to buy them that I gave in to see if they are actually something I like or not. Plus her covers of the books are always so gorgeous that I was just waiting for an excuse to get it, which came in the form of a sale on The Book People website. 

The Burning Soul by John Connolly - I think this book is the 10th book in a big series known as The Charlie Parker Series, a series about a private detective called Charlie Parker and the investigations he goes on. To be honest, I haven't read any of the other books in the series, and the book itself was brought on a whim, so I don't know whether the series is popular or not. However I am really looking forward to this book and the mystery and crime that Charlie Parker is pulled into.

Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French - I got this book mainly because I am a huge fan of Dawn French. I just love her. So when I saw her book I didn't even need to read the synopsis, I just picked it straight up and went to the till to buy it. 

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare - Now I have read the mortal Instruments series (I mean who hasn't?) but all of the copies I own are on my kindle so I thought it was about time that I got physical copies of the books because I love the series and want to be able to show how much I love it by displaying them with my other books. 

Fevre Dream by George R. Martin - Really excited to read something by this author. I am a huge fan of the Game of Thrones Television series but I don't know whether I can read about all the explict and gruesome things that happen in the series from the point of view of children. So instead I brought another book from George R. Martin to ease myself into his writing style and work up to the courage of reading the Song of fire and Ice series. Plus the synopsis and concept of this book, while very confusing, is extremely interesting. 

A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillion - Seriously cannot wait to get into this book. The concept and synopsis were extremply interesting to me and it still hints at the light feeling that reading contemporary books gives you. Not to mention the ratings and reviews that it has gotten are very good. All in all a fairly new release that is just waiting to get read.

Both Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult and Love Lies by Adele Parks were impulse buys because of how cheap I could get the books for. I am a fan of Jodi Picoult's writing (My Sister's Keeper and Songs of the Humpback Whale are two of my favourite books) but I hadn't read any Adele Parks before so I gave in to temptation and brought the two books as soon as I saw them. 

And these are only the physical copies! I also brought a lot of ebooks for my Kindle too but if I included them, this post will just be too long! so stay tuned because the Kindle part of this book haul will follow shortly! 
The next book haul post will be posted at the end of July...that's if I can afford to buy any more...which probably won't be for a little while. Whoops! :)


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Monday, 23 June 2014

The Magpies

Written by: Mark Edwards
Published by: Thomas & Mercer
Format: Kindle
Pages: 329
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Fear lives next door...
When Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together, they are full of optimism. The future, in which they plan to get married and start a family, is bright. The other residents of their building seem friendly too, including the Newtons, a married couple who welcome them to the building with open arms. 
But then strange things start to happen. Dead rats are left on their doorstep. They hear disturbing noises, and much worse, in the night. After Jamie's best friend is injured in a horrific accident, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves targeted by a campaign of terror.
As they are driven to the edge of despair, Jamie vows to fight back - But he has no idea of what he is really up against...

My Rating: 4.5/5

This is Mark Edwards first solo novel, and I have to say that I was intrigued and super engrossed from page one. I am not really a massive fan of thrillers, as I get scared easily, but The Magpies has a way of keeping me completely gripped no matter how scared I was getting, I just couldn't put the book down. I think it was because I was more curious as too how the book would end and had to find out, even if I will be forever scared of potential future neighbours!
As the music played she would see herself walking down the hall to meet her enemies, the architects of her living hell.
From the get go, I was pulled into the book due to feeling of total helplessness and frailty of the character and her experiences of the place that she was leaving. So I was consumed by curiosity as to what had happened to drive this women to want to live in place far from people and erase all traces of herself. And I was not let down in believing that whatever had caused this had been terrifying. But what mostly kept me reading was that the book was more psychological than physically terrifying. So you are constantly kept wondering whether all the things happening is actually happening or if the characters are only going mad and imaging these things. Making it so that you are always questioning what the heck is going on!
Recently, he'd started to picture her with a baby bump. It was like watching an advert of their future life.
When Kirsty and Jamie are introduced in the book, I was overwhelmed by the love they showed to one and other. Along with the excitement that they had towards having a their own place. It was all just so cute and realistic, which is a compliment to the writing style of Mark Edwards because I felt myself getting carried along with the character's excitement. Forgetting about the scared feeling I was getting when I had started this book. Making it more real and gripping when small things started to happen that disrupted the characters happiness.
He sat beside the phone, every muscle in his body tense. The phone rang. Once, twice. Went dead.
I also loved the style of Edward's writing, the different atmospheres that he created I felt were fantastic. As they constantly contrasted, especially at the beginning when you were feeling terror at one point and then love and excitement at another. I also loved how he drew in the little things that made you start to wonder that something wasn't quite right. It makes you feel as though not everything is quite so safe as it appeared to be, yet it doesn't go straight into the thriller side of it either. It allows you to constantly be aware that something isn't quite right, even if it is telling you otherwise. The descriptive nature that is present within his writing was so beautifully done that you are constantly made to feel what the characters are feeling. Be it excitement or wonderment, terror or desperation, everything is being felt as though you are experiencing everything for yourself. Just simply brilliant.
It was Lucy. She had found him. His heart yo-yoed into his stomach. 
This book is a fantastic terrifying read that will have you gripped from the get go! Not to mention that it will stay with you long after you have finished reading it. The way in which Edwards drew in all the weird unexplained things that happened in the book and bound them together in the conclusion of the book really ended it beautifully. I couldn't imagine how it could of ended any other way. Overall, it is this book that has started my love for thrillers and I cannot wait to get my hands on more of Mark Edwards novels.
The Magpies
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Saturday, 14 June 2014

The Maze Runner

Written by: James Dashner
Published by: The Chicken House (UK, 2011 Edition)
Pages: 371
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository


When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas can remember is his first name. But he's not alone. He's surrounded by boys who welcome him to the Glade, an encampment at the centre of a bizarre and terrible maze.
Like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they came to be there, or what's happened to the world outside. All they know is that every morning when the walls slide back, they will risk everything to find out.


My Rating: 3.5/5


When I started this book, I was extremely excited because I had heard good things about it and was told that if I was a fan of the hunger games then this book would be right up my street. I was imagining it to be an amazing dystopian book that would have me gripped from page one. But after the first 100 pages I realised that I had too high expectations and unfortunately it was not looking up to it. Which is why this book has me so conflicted on what to rate it because at some points I love it and at others I don't. 
"If you ain't scared...you ain't human"
Yet there are still many things that I did like about this book. I liked the mystery and the concept that surrounds the series. You are constantly wondering why the Gladers were there, what was the purpose of the maze, and this lasted throughout the book and kept you reading. But then I didn't like how drawn out it was in the first part. I felt that there wasn't any important action happening until the middle-end of the book, so I was constantly urging myself to keep at it. It will get better. And I'm glad I did because it did indeed get better. 
"You get lazy, you get sad. Start givin' up. Plain and Simple."
The second half of the book is when I started to really enjoy it. I started to get the gripped feeling, where you cannot put the book down because you just had to know what happens. The pace became fast moving and the mystery and action started to get bigger and better, which was not seen in the first part. I just loved the twist at the end. I did not expect it and it is all this that making me what to continue on with the series. Because really? how can you not be curious as to what happens next with that ending epilogue!
"You are the shuckiest shuck-faced shuck there ever was." 
Another thing I did like was some of the characters, not all of them but some. Some characters I absolutely adored (Chuck and Newt) but others I was just so uninterested in. The main character Thomas had me so confused because his brain was just so all over the place I couldn't quite decide if I wanted to hug him or hit him. But I spose that was the point of the plot, to have characters so confused and jumbled that they didn't know what was going on so in turn neither did you. I just felt that I had no clue as to what was happening so I couldn't connect with the characters like I wanted to. Yet I loved the subtle loyalty and friendship Newt offered and the vulnerability of Chuck, that just made me what to kiss them and cheer at the little things they did. Having said this, I did warm to Thomas and Theresa near the end of the book and I am curious as to how they will be like in the second book, which is another reason as to why I want to continue the series.
All the same, Thomas now had a plan. As bad as it was, he had a plan. They needed more clues about the code. They needed MEMORIES.
Overall, as a book there were so many things that had me going back and forth on whether I loved it or hated it. I loved the plot, the pacing of the second half of the book and some of the characters. But then I hated the pacing at the beginning of the book and was completely confused as to what was going on due to the writing style and confusion the characters themselves were going through. It made it very muddled and hard to understand, which in turn made it quite boring and hard to keep going. This is ultimately why the rating is 3.5, because what I loved about the book happened in the second half. While at the beginning I was constantly urging myself to just stick with it and not give up, at the end I just couldn't put it down and was thoroughly gripped. All in all making me want to continue with the series because I am curious and looking forward as to what happens next. 

The Maze Runner
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Thursday, 5 June 2014

Angelfall

Written by: Susan Ee
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton (UK)
Pages: 325
Purchase from: Amazon  |  Book Depository

It has been six weeks since the angels returned to Earth and destroyed the world as we know it.
When they fly away with a helpless little girl. Her sister Penryn will do anything to get her back...




My Rating: 3/5

To be honest I am not a massive fan of angel books but I felt I should give this book a try, because of the amount of people that did really like it, and after reading this book I am really conflicted about it because I do really like it. Yet for some reason, I just felt unfulfilled throughout the book and nothing really sprang out to me to make me love it. I do like the concept of the book and the idea of the lengths someone would go to save someone they love. This part, to me, felt like it was the main strength of the book and was the one of the only reason why I did in fact like the book. 

We now play a permanent game of I-am-crazier-and-scarier-than-you. And in that game, my mother is our secret weapon
Having said this, at the beginning of this book I was completely gripped and just could not put it down. I don't know if this was because I had heard so many amazing and good things about this book and it got me excited about what I was about to read. Although I did really like how action packed the book was, from the very beginning the atmosphere was amped up and I had the edge of my seat type feeling when reading through the beginning. Because I was constantly worried and asking myself on what the hell was going on. But this gripped feeling tapered of towards the middle of the book and I found myself slightly pushing myself to finish it. Like I said before, I did really like the character Penryn's sense of urgency to find and protect her sister. Along with the lengths she would go to did make me like this book a little bit more because I felt the desperation Penryn was feeling and it made me sympathise and warm towards her. But then I didn't really get that if she felt this with her sister how could she feel differently about her mother and not feel the same urgency and desperation over the idea she would never see her again. 
"Why were the other angels attacking you?"
"It is impolite to ask a victim of violence what they did to be attacked."
A shining light in this book was Raffe. He made me smile with his sarcastic remarks and brilliant fighting scenes. I liked that there was a slight mystery to him, how you weren't quite sure if there is something else going on that he hides through his set-in-stone facial expressions. But then I felt let down by how the romance with him and Penryn seemed to happen all of a sudden. You could tell that there was some care towards each other with them, throughout the book, but then your just pushed towards the idea that it is actually something more and it all just seems to happen all at once. It felt rushed and unrealistic in terms of romance, so even though I liked both of the characters I felt let down in the fact that whatever it was between them was not really anything and then just happening all at once. Which to me just didn't work.
Your sense of judgement could use a dash of common sense.
I'm not sure whether its because I am not a massive fan of angel books or whether its because I just didn't click with the book completely. But as a book on its own, I don't think that it will be one of my all time favourites. Yet in terms of the series overall, I will continue with it because although I had some problems there were some great qualities that I did really like. Not to mention I have to find out what happens to satisfy my own curiosity. Because the surprising twist at the end was quite brilliant.

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)
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The Fault in Our Stars

Written by: John Green
Published by: The Penguin Group
Pages: 313
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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kind Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.





My Rating 5/5

Amazing! just simply amazing! I feel as though i'm a little late to the party by only having read this now but I seriously can't contain my love for this book. The characters were phenomenal, the writing gorgeous and not to mention the story, which was simply breathtaking. I don't even know where to begin with this. It is way too hard to narrow down all the good things about this book and push it into one review. I mean, what amazing things can you say about this book that hasn't already been said?
As he read, I fell in love with the way you fall asleep: slowly and then all at once
Firstly it is clear to see how this book has won so many awards. The story is just heartbreakingly exquisite. It has me crying rivers but feeling proud all at the same time. Because even though it revolves around a story that falls into the serious and anguished category,but it has characters that are so strong and epic that you feel drawn in and proud in their outlook of things, especially Augustus. You cannot help but fall in love with Augustus. It makes you take a different outlook on your life by reading about theirs.
Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.
Plus it isn't only the main characters that I love. The main characters Hazel and Augustus are undoubtedly sublime. They made me smile with their relationship, they made me cry with their heartbreak and their love for one and other and they made me proud with their levelheadedness and acceptance. But the other characters are also amazingly written. So it is not just Hazel and Augustus that made me love this book. It is all of them. Their parents and Issac, even Peter Van Houten and his rude rambling at times. All of the characters made the book for me. If one of them was to disappear and be unwritten it would be devastating.
My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.
Overall I did guess what would happen with the story but that was mainly due to the subtle hints that are brought in throughout the book, and it did not make me love it any less, It always had me expecting something major was going to happen. But I cannot stress how much I love this book and its devastating but beautiful story. And I am very much looking forward to see how the book is adapted into a film.

The Fault in Our Stars
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Monday, 2 June 2014

Book Haul #1

This is something slightly different than my normal reviews, but I thought it would be fun to show all the books I brought in May, including ones that I have already reviewed, and which ones I am most looking forward to read. 
So let's begin! 

Here are all the books I brought in May:



Including The Safe Word by Karen Long, which is on my Kindle:


The Books that I haven't read yet are:

Angelfall by Susan EE - I have heard nothing but good things with this book and the cover was pretty and the synopsis was interesting. So after all these things I honestly couldn't stop myself from buying it. 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - There is so much hype behind this book and I have heard nothing but good things! So I can't wait to get stuck into this book and hopefully fall in love with it like a lot of other people. Plus I have always wanted to read a John Green book, so I thought why not start with this one! 

The Maze Runner by James Dashner - Honestly I wanted this book because I heard they are making it into a movie, and that one of my favourite actors (Dylan O'Brien) is involved in it! So I thought that I would pick up the book and read it before I went to see the movie. Plus the synopsis intrigued me so I'm excited to see what it's all about.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi - Again this is a book that has a lot of hype behind it so I thought why not! Plus the cover is gorgeous!

The ones I have read are:

Amy and Rodger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson - I have already reviewed this book, which can be read hereso to summarise, I Loved the book, Loved the cover! Seriously cute read! 

A Million Suns by Beth Revis - This one I brought because I had the first book in the series, which I liked but didn't love, and wanted to continue it. Which is why I brought a used copy for like £2.00. After reading it, I still like the series and would probably continue onto the third book but It wouldn't be something I need to get straight away. 

Burn for Burn By Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivan - This book was okay but it didn't really thrill me or excite me. I really only brought the book because I liked the cover and had heard good things about it. I don't really know why I didn't like it because it seems right up my street but unfortunately something just didn't click with me and I was just 'eh' after reading it. 

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson - Another book that I have already reviewed, which you can read here. Again loved the premise, loved the cover, had to get it. After reading it, it has become one of my all time favourite books and Jodi Lynn Anderson has become one of my all time favourite authors. A must read!

The Safe Word by Karen Long - I have just finished reviewing this book, which you can read here, and again it is another book I recommend completely! It is totally gripping and also not very expensive (especially for your kindle) so it just ticks all the boxes. It's a little different than what I normally read so there were parts that I didn't like about it. Other than that, I seriously love this book and I definitely shall be waiting for the next installment!

And that's it for my first ever book haul post! Hope you enjoyed it and there maybe another one...probably...hopefully...if I have the money :) 

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The Safe Word

Written By: Karen Long
Format: Kindle Edition
Pages: 317
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There are rules that every player of every game must abide by, no matter how dangerous the sport.
Toronto has become the backdrop to a macabre set of artistic illustrations: women kidnapped, tortured and horrifically displayed by a killer with a vision. Only someone capable of understanding the killer's creative desire will be able to stop the murders and DI Eleanor Raven is uniquely qualified. Driven by a complex personality, she pursues only the facts, only the things she can see, but never casts judgement.
But she also has a dark and dangerous secret - one that will threaten her very survival

My Rating: 4/5

To start with, Wow!, this is a dark but thrilling serial killer tale. Normally I tend to stick to the more young adult/new adult genre, but when I read the description of this book I thought I would give it a go. Personally I am quite fond of the crime and mystery genre when it comes to television, so I think I connected this book with an idea of the television series Criminal Minds and Hannibal, which is ultimately why I was interested and gave it a go. And let me tell you I am so glad that I did because this book, while dark and slightly terrifying, is a very good read. 
Once inside, Eleanor didn't rush because the victim had all the time in the world and she needed to gather her first impression.
What I found most interesting about the book was how the point of view switches between different characters. It allows you to get a clearer idea on what the characters are like, but it was slightly confusing at times. Just when you getting used to reading from one characters point of view it switches to another briefly and then goes back to the other character. Making it sometimes really hard to keep up with. 
"Here's my card Mr Stollar,"  she handed over the small piece of paper, watching with interest as he hesitated slightly before taking it.
It was clear from the beginning how organised and factual Eleanor's mind was, it felt as though she was constantly analysing, always watching for the little things. But as a character I personally found her really hard to connect with. Don't get me wrong, she seems like she has some endearing qualities but personally I found her to be quite rude and bitchy and it just made me annoyed at her constantly. But what made up for it was the other characters, like Mo and Wadesky, that always made me smile. 
She tried again "Ca-leb" Laurence cradled her tightly, feeling his throat tighten as he recognised the word and its meaning.
Overall, I give this book a 4 out of 5 because even though at first I found this book hard to get into. (I think that was more because it was a new genre for me to read.) I stuck with it and after I got past the halfway point I was completely and totally gripped. I could not put it down! Every little twist and turn completely surprised me and I just had to know what happened! The only downside and reason I didn't give this book the full 5 was the fact that I could not connect with main character. Yet I still think this book is a fantastic read and I am really looking forward to the rest of the series, because that ending?! It left me wanting more!

The Safe Word
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