Thursday, 3 April 2014

Amazon Wish List

Hello fellow book lovers!

Thank you so much for stopping my blog. This is just a quick post I want to share with you about my newly created Amazon Wish List. There are so many fantastic books that either just released or about to be released and sometimes it can be really hard to keep up with what I'm dying to get my hands on first. Now my Amazon Wish List helps me keep track of what I really need to buy. Feel free to check it out and I hope it will help you spot some great reads that maybe slipped under your radar. It is also a great way to see what books I love to read and who my favourite authors are. You'll find the link in the top right corner under the 'Follow Me...' tab or you can just click this little button right here:
Amazon Wish List
Thanks again bookworms for all your beautiful comments and the wonderful support you provide that keeps me blogging away. Keep your eyes out for some exciting new developments as well. 
As always...Happy Reading! xxx

Review: Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

16058854Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1)
by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Publication Date: February 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback
Rating: 4/5
Buy the Book: Amazon|Book Depository
Postcard-perfect Jar Island is the kind of place where nobody locks their doors at night, where parents can sleep easy, knowing their daughters are tucked away safe and sound in their beds. But bad things can happen, even to good girls . . . and sometimes, the only way to make things right is to do something wrong. Lillia used to trust boys, but not anymore. Not after what happened this summer. And she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her little sister from the same fate. Kat is over the rumors, the insults, the cruel jokes made at her expense. It all goes back to one person--her ex-best friend. Someone needs to teach her a lesson, and, with Lillia and Mary behind her, Kat feels up to the task. Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she’s not the same girl anymore. Now that she’s got friends who have her back, he's going to be in big trouble. Three very different girls who come together to make things right. Will they go too far?

I haven't read either Jenny Han or Siobhan Vivian's work before but after reading Burn for Burn I will definitely be on the search for books by both authors. Burn for Burn puts a great twist on the classic contemporary novel, shifting focus from the cliche'd love story/triangle to that of revenge and backstabbing. It's in a league of its own but the story and characters pull it off brilliantly.

Burn for Burn follows the lives of 3 main characters, all having been scorned by people in their lives. Finding each other in the same predicament they decide to plot revenge and get some well deserved payback for what has been done to them. The story line is great because it doesn't focus on the overworked contemporary romance, but the middle did drag while the characters got the plan together. Once they had plotted their revenge it picked up and I am so thankful that I have book 2 waiting in the wings. A cliffhanger ends book 1 on a rather precarious note and I look forward to finding out how the girls mange to fix the damage they cause, as well as to uncover even more secrets.

The fact the story follows a trilogy is a great way for the authors to expand on characters and it is because of this fact that there wasn't much character development in book 1. I am hoping that book 2 delves deeper into the characters backgrounds and gives us a bit more development of each main character.Apart from 2 minor nitpicks, Burn for Burn is a great series read and book 2, Fire with Fire is not far from my bookmark.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Review: How To Love by Katie Cotugno

18113193How To Love
by Katie Cotugno
Publication Date: October 2013
Publisher: Quercus
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5/5
Buy the Book: Amazon|Book Depository
This is a love story. But it’s not what you think. This is not a first kiss, or a first date. This is not love at first sight. This is a boy and a girl falling in messy, unpredictable, thrilling love. This is the complicated route to happiness that follows. This is real. This is life. This is how to love. BEFORE: Reena has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember. But he’s never noticed her, until one day… he does. They fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town, leaving a devastated – and pregnant – Reena behind. AFTER: Three years later and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter Hannah. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer again? 

I loved this book from start to finish and what a great contemporary read this is. I love Sarah Dessen and this book reminded me very much of her writing style. I was in the mood for a deep and soulful kind of contemporary novel and this book was just what I've been needing to read. After an overload of fantasy and paranormal, this book was just like a breath of fresh air. 

How To Love follows the main character of Reena, a young women whose life has been turned upside down by an epic romance she shared with a guy named Sawyer. The book alternates between her life before she has her daughter and after the return of the mysterious Sawyer. This style of writing has the tendency to go horribly wrong, even in books that have the very best intentions. But in How To Love it just fits perfectly with the story. Not once did I lose the plot of the book and I actually really enjoyed getting a chance to read from different points in Reena's life. I loved the main character and I found it very easy to relate to her. Her thoughts and ways of putting everyone before herself was something I felt made her easily loved. Sawyer...oh my goodness...talk about the irresistible pull of a bad boy! Even though he is totally a bad guy whose more on the wrong side of the law than on the right side of it, I couldn't help but not fall for him as well. Because of my love for these main characters I found myself unable to put this book down.

How To love is a great read and, for it's hard hitting subject matter, I didn't find the book heavy at all. For a contemporary novel I thought it was fantastic and I definitely see myself rereading it again.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Waiting On Wednesday: The One by Keira Cass

The One (The Selection #3)
by Kiera Cass
Publication Date: May 2014
Publisher: HaperTeen
Format: Hardback

The Selection changed the lives of thirty-five girls forever. And now, the time has come for one winner to be chosen. America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the competition approaches its end and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants. From the very first page of The Selection, this #1 New York Times bestselling series has captured readers' hearts and swept them away on a captivating journey... Now, in The One, Kiera Cass delivers a satisfying and unforgettable conclusion that will keep readers sighing over this electrifying fairy-tale long after the final page is turned. 

*Waiting On Wednesday* is weekly event held by Jill at Breaking The Spine and highlights some of the books most anticipated by bloggers.

I loved both The Selection and The Elite and am desperate to find out how this trilogy ends! May can't come fast enough!

Let me know what you're Waiting On in the comments!

Review: More Than This by Patrick Ness

More Than This
by Patrick Ness
Publication Date:September 2013
Publisher: Walker Books
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5/5
Buy the Book: Amazon|Book Depository
A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this. . . .

More Than This by Patrick Ness is a book best appreciated in one epic sitting. It is a book that can only be fully understood by reading it in one go. This book is mindnumbingly brilliant!

More Than This follows a boy named Seth who drowns and wakes up in what seems like a giant world of a waiting room for heaven...or hell. Without divulging any spoilers Seth must try and make sense of events that led to his death and how he make all the wrongs right.

I went into reading More Than this with a total misunderstanding of what I was getting into. It had been hyped to me by fellow bloggers, co-workers and even publishers. So I had to move it up on the to-read pile and I'm so glad that I did. Patrick's writing is astounding beautiful. His world building, amazing and the character development is like none other I've ever come across. Reading More Than This has left me awed and slightly confused, thinking about things in different ways. Some aspects of the story I still grapple with, even though its been a couple of days since I put the book down. But this one of my favourite things about this book. It has stuck with me and will continue to be with me for quite some time.

More Than This sends you on a roller coaster ride of emotion and the characters somehow integrate themselves into your life and stay there. More Than This is a fantastic read and has left me wanting so much more than this (ha-ha...had to put that in there) from Patrick Ness!

Monday, 10 December 2012

Review: Rapture by Lauren Kate

PhotobucketRapture (Fallen #4)
by Lauren Kate
Publication Date: 12 June 2012
Publisher: Doubleday Childrens
Format: Paperback
The sky is dark with wings....Like sand through an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn't know if he can do this — live only to lose Luce again and again. Yet together they face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies...and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen. For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they've borne has always and only been about her — and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now is the only one that truly matters. In the fight for Luce, who will win? Rapture is the astonishing conclusion to the Fallen series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.

Nothing tops an epic love story in the world of Young Adult fiction, and the story of Luce and Daniel is one of epic proportions. So it comes as no surprise that the final installment of the saga is a fast paced, heart-stopping adventure filled with plot twists and an ending that ties up the series perfectly. 

In Rapture Luce's destiny is finally revealed. We get to discover who she was, who's he is and whom she's destined to become. I particularly liked the Luce in Rapture considerably more than her character in the previous books, as she the most determined and headstrong in this final book. I also loved how she becomes one of the biggest key players in the end and how she never knew what potential she processed all along. The character development of Luce has been one of my favorite points of the Fallen series.

Naturally Daniel is amazing in all his swoon worthiness  glory but I liked that he took a step back and that the story was about Luce. Cam, Roland, Arrianne, and all the other side characters were amazing as usual and they each added their own dimension to the story. Whether it was Cam providing some much needed lighthearted humor, or Roland adding some of his deep thought wisdom, all played their roll perfectly and it would be great to see these characters in their own story one day.

The pacing of the book was very good and I always felt like I had to know what the next chapter would hold. I was so anxious to know the  how this series ended and I was not disappointed at all. The ending is amazing and there could be no better way to end this series. 

All in all, Rapture was the perfect conclusion to a heavenly series and,although I sad to say goodbye to these characters, I am excited to see what Lauren Kate has up sleeve for us next! 

Friday, 15 June 2012

Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

PhotobucketThe Fault in Our Stars
by John Green
Publication Date: 10 January 2012
Publisher: Dutton Books
Format: Paperback
Rating: 5/5
Buy the Book: Amazon US/UK|B&N|Book Depo
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now. Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.|Goodreads|
There comes a time in every avid reader’s ‘to-read pile’ when you pick up a book and have absolutely no clue that the book you hold in your hands will change the way you see or think about certain situations, forever. Sometimes that change is small, a minor blip in your day to day life. But, on the rare occasion, that change is like a huge bomb dive into a swimming pool, and it ripples through to the very core of your being. The Fault in Our Stars is one of those rare books that had that very effect on me.

The story centres around Hazel who, at sixteen, is a walking cancer miracle, having been diagnosed with stage 6 Thyroid cancer when she was 13. Thanks to the advancement in medicine and a powerful and effective drug, Hazel is still around, but she has become very disconnected from the world she was so prepared to leave 2 years earlier. Through her cancer support group she meets Augustus Waters, an attractive, smart and very funny guy whose cancer is in remission. Hazel and Augustus are seemingly perfect for each other and a beautiful romance ensues. But, this book wouldn’t be a perfect tear-jerker if there weren’t some heart-breaking twists along the way.

I fell in love with these characters from the moment I picked up this masterpiece of a novel. I found Hazel to be wonderfully charismatic and extremely funny when sharing her views on the world, which had me laughing at all the right moments. Even though she has a terminal illness, she never came across as depressed or self-centred, which made her even more endearing as a character to me. Augustus Waters has to be one of my all-time favourite male characters. He is such a kind, gentle and funny character and he makes the perfect match for Hazel. He is an all-round good guy and the world would be a much better place if we had more men like him around. He is, literally, the perfect boyfriend.

The plot made my heart ache at times and had me laughing out loud at times as well. The pacing was perfect, right down to the final full stop, and the writing was flawless. The Fault in Our Stars is a book I fell in over heels in love with and I cannot fault it in any way. The journey I went on with these characters was a magical rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, but I loved every minute of it. The Fault in Our Stars is a book that will stay with you for a very long time after you’ve turned the last page.