Friday, 9 November 2012
"Accidents ambush the unsuspecting, often violently, just like love."
I am 160 pages into this novel so far and I'm really loving it. It is twisted and beautiful all at once. I am hoping it doesn't go south like some promising books have for me recently.
Friday, 26 October 2012
Monday, 27 August 2012
Thursday, 23 August 2012
In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.
Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted? - From Goodreads
When people talk about this book, and Celaena they mention that she is beautiful, arrogant and girly. Not usually traits I particularly like my female protagonists to have, yet Celaena pulled it off incredibly well. I was terrified that this girl would end up like whatshername from Paranormalcy, girly and arrogant to the point of stupidity, but no. Celaena has her reasons to be arrogant. She's good at what she does and she is deadly beautiful.
Thursday, 9 August 2012
This summer NPR hosted a Best-Ever Teen Fiction poll. More than 75000 votes were cast and 235 finalists nominated. Here are the results with all the books I have read in bold
1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
2. The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins
3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
4. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
5. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
6. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
7. The Lord of the Rings (series), by J.R.R. Tolkien
8. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
9. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
10. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
Sunday, 5 August 2012
Ok so I would be ecstatic if I thought they were making 3 The Hobbit films for the sake of being true to the book. Any book to movie adaptation is always going to have things missing. It's just a guarantee. Even a two parter. But that's not the reason for the trilogy. Oh no. Jackson has decided to take world of middle earth and try and make it his own. He's adding things in that are not in the books, and even though some of it is from Tolkien himself a lot of it will be up to Jackson's interpretation and don't get me wrong, he did an amazing job on The Lord of the Rings, but the ONLY FUCKING REASON they are creating a trilogy out of 1 book is so that they can pump it for all the money it's worth. Now instead of having to spend £5-£7 for a cinema ticket to see two films I will have to spend it to see three. That's £15- £24 one films alone, then with all 3 DVD/Blu-rays and then later probably extended editions or limited edition box sets that's a whole fucking lot of money they're trying to get out of something that isn't Jackson's idea. AND, the original creator, Tolkien won't see a penny of that. His family might, but he won't, he's dead and he can't complain. I bet they'll just make more fucking movies out of his other books as well. Can you tell I'm mad?
Sigh. I really wish Del Toro had been able to direct this movie.
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Thursday, 26 July 2012
This story is about a girl named Yukiko, her special gift and her broken family. Ordered by their Shogun (their emperor/king basically) the hunters of the imperial court, led by Yukiko’s own father, set off on the impossible task to find a thunder tiger, knowing that the beast is extinct and the mad Shogun’s order is basically a death sentence. If they refuse, they die. If they fail, they die. The only thing they can do is set off on a sky ship, the Thunder Child, and pray that their God grants them fortune but fortune always comes about in a way no one expects. Set in a Japan inspired land with lots of steampunk elements this really is an epic fantasy.
Friday, 20 July 2012
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien's own children, The Hobbit is the classic children's story about Bilbo Baggins, the reluctant burglar for a group of dwarves intent on taking their treasure and home back from the terrible dragon Smaug. This is a re-read. I first read this book when I was about 8.
The Hobbit has been held as a classic for a long time and it deserves that status. The story follows this unlikely group of creatures as the set off towards the misty mountains. Tolkien's writing style is incredible, it flows beautifully and describes this wonderful cast of characters and their predicaments perfectly. I love how songs and riddles are incorporated through out the story, which is something modern fantasy doesn't tend to do much of.
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
Do you guys ever get into reading ruts and if you do how do you get out of them? I'd really like some advice.
Sunday, 15 July 2012
Friday, 13 July 2012
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Monday, 9 July 2012
I browse through many other bloggers, book tubers and friends ratings on there and they happily give 5 stars to a book they liked. Most books I really enjoy I only give 4 stars to. My reasoning behind this is because I believe that a 5 star book is something that changes your life. That makes you smarter or creates elicits an extreme emotional response. Books I really enjoy don't necessarily do that.
Friday, 6 July 2012
Anna lives in Grange Hall, the one refuge place for people like her, people who shouldn't exist. She has lived there since she can remember and there she learns how to be useful. How to payback what she owes to the world for using up valuable resources just by living. But then a strange boy named Peter arrives, a boy who has lived outside Grange Hall all his life, and she starts to question things. Like, should she really be sorry for living?
What I liked?
Anna. Anna's progression through the book is very interesting. She changes quite a bit through out but she never looses her tough, stubborn edge. She can be a bit of a bitch sometimes but she has been given the worst out of life and is just trying to get by as best she can, living by the rules and expectancies of Grange Hall. When you read her diary it's really interesting to see initially how much she loathes her existence.
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
For the girls we have:
Books and Quills
Just Kiss My Frog
The Book Chronicles
Reading Rhino Press
Ren Kelly M
And the boys:
Pure Dragon 100
I would give you guys explanations but I just want to use "amazing" and "quirky" in almost everyone one of them so I won't try and describe them but you really should check them out.
Do you guys watch book tubers and are there any you'd like to suggest to me?
Sunday, 1 July 2012
Onto the review...
Dark Matter: A Ghost Story by Michelle Paver
1937, London. Jack is poor, lonely and desperate for a change so when he is offered a chance to join an arctic expedition he jumps at the offer. But the arctic summer is brief. As night returns back to the land and the dark creeps in Jack begins to realise something else walks the frozen land outside their little cabin...
Friday, 8 June 2012
Friday, 1 June 2012
So what books do you guys feel you need in your life and have any of you read the ones I'm desperate to get?
Friday, 25 May 2012
Sunday, 20 May 2012
This book is really interesting and different to anything I have ever read before. It's an adult books with very adult themes so I wouldn't suggest it for any of my younger followers, but It is definitely a good fun read.In fact the humor and the characters are the best thing about this book.
Friday, 18 May 2012
Physical. I have a Kindle, which I do still enjoy reading, but I always prefer tangible books and now that most kindle books are almost the same price as their corporeal counterparts I will buy the physical books more often because they contribute to my long-term dream of having a library in my house.
Paperback. I find hardcovers harder to read. They usually look a whole lot nicer but I don't want to pick them up in case I damage them, which I usually do.
I'll read either but I usually prefer YA. I'm in my last teenage year and I find I just prefer stories about people of a similar age to me.
I am such a terrible bookworm but I dog ear my books. I don't like when people completely trash books but I like my books to look like they've had a little loving and not just sat untouched on my shelf.
If you open a book you're likely to break the spine, but I'm assuming this question means opening it so wide that it will never close properly again and the spine folds perfectly in half? I could never do that to a book. My mum does. That's not loving a book, that's abusing it.
Tea. I'm British. I like my tea like my men. Dark, Strong and Sweet.
Bed. Reading is something I always do in the quiet of my room
Either. Sometimes people make series just to make money or for the sake of writing a series which can spoil and drag out a story, but some stories can't be told in just one book, so it just depends.
I like both. I'm a media girl, I am doing a course in film (and its applicable to television) so I love to see how people can transform and change the written word into something beautiful visually. That being said sometimes an adaptation is better, sometimes it's worse, sometimes it's bang on. As with everything, it just depends.
I cannot read a book in a moving vehicle. I tried many times as a child and would have to sit with my mum for an hour eating and drinking something in a nice quiet still place to get over the feeling of wanting to violently throw up. However I don't listen to many audio books either, I'm much more of a music girl when it comes to long journeys
I admire, but don't crush on authors
Either is good
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
I am participating in a blog tour for the Lilith Straight series with Dani from Pen to Paper next week which shall be so much fun. I am reviewing both the first two books and having the author here for an interview. Goodie!
I also wanted to thank every one who participated in the giveaway, if you weren't following closely the winners were already announced but seeing as how all their prizes have now gone out I'd like to congratulate Linda and Robin for winning. I hope they like the books they receive. I am currently reading and enjoying I Capture the Castle and I will do a review on it when I'm finished as well as Insurgent when I get round to reading that.
Today I found an extract from a book that sounds pretty amazing and I really want to just go out and buy it even though I know I shouldn't because I am a poor student who should be saving my money for food, but here is the book extract. The book is The Gathering Dark by Leigh Bardugo and is released tomorrow.
Hope you're all having a great week.
Sunday, 6 May 2012
Monday, 23 April 2012
I will be giving away two copies of I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith and the first place winner will get a copy of Insurgent by Veronica Roth as well which I will be buying out of my own pocket.
You must be a follower to participate in the giveaway as well as be able to have a book shipped from the book depository and of course either be old enough to give me your address (of legal age in your country) or have your parents permission to do so.
If you have all of that just fill out the Rafflecopter form below and of course there are ways to get extra entries. If you win you will have 48 hours to respond before I pick another winner.
Hope you are having a great World Book Night.
Saturday, 21 April 2012
Sunday, 8 April 2012
“Jackson Godspeed is the hottest young Angel in a city filled with them. He's days away from becoming a full Guardian, and people around the world are already competing for the chance to be watched over by him. Everyone's obsessed with the Angels and the lucky people they protect--everyone except for Madison Montgomery.
Maddy's the one girl in Angel City who doesn't breathlessly follow the Angels on TV and gossip blogs. When she meets Jackson, she doesn't recognize him. But Jackson is instantly captivated by her, and against all odds the two fall in love” From Goodreads.
Friday, 6 April 2012
So… I’ll whole heartedly admit that this is another case of the book cover being too good to walk away from; seriously this book has haunted me for months because of how pretty the book cover is. And when I found it in a charity shop for £2.50 and it looked like it had never even been read I couldn’t resist. Wendy Everly is 17 years old and a bit of an outcast. She’s never really fit in anywhere, not even her own family. And let me tell you before I write this review that I actually liked the book. I liked it even though I know I shouldn’t, but this review is mainly going to air my bad opinions of it.
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
“Once upon a time, Hudson knew exactly what her future looked like. Then a betrayal changed her life, and knocked her dreams to the ground. Now she’s a girl who doesn’t believe in second chances... a girl who stays under the radar by baking cupcakes at her mom’s diner and obsessing over what might have been.” – From Goodreads.
Sunday, 11 March 2012
"In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future..." - From Goodreads
It’s been a while since I read this book. I think originally I quite liked it but since then and thinking about it I have changed my opinion a little. It’s a good book. It’s quite unusual in the sense that it has taken the idea of ‘The Village’ (the film) and placed it in a zombie novel.
It was quite well written, from what I remember, and it’s got a very interesting storyline with a GREAT twist at the end, even though I was kind of expecting it in the first half of the book the second half made me change my mind so completely that by the time it came I didn’t believe it would come at all.
My only problem with the book was the characters.
Friday, 2 March 2012
Description from Goodreads "1913, Salem, Massachusetts – Sarah Engelmann’s life is full of friends, books, and avoiding the pressure to choose a husband, until an ominous vision and the haunting call of an otherworldly trumpet shake her. When she stumbles across a gruesome corpse, she fears that her vision was more of a premonition. And when she sees the murdered boy moving through the crowd at an amusement park, Sarah is thrust into a dark battle she does not understand. "
Book with bookmarks & signature. Click to enlarge
I'm really looking forward to reading this book, and I'm really excited that it's a signed copy. I'm not even a huge game fan but who wouldn't want something signed by the creator of Crash Bandicoot?
I'd like to thank Mascherato Publishing for sending me the book and Andy Gavin and Goodreads for hosting the competition. When I'm done reading this I will review it for sure.
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
1. The Compulsive Spike Milligan by Spike Milligan
2. Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler
3. The Forest of Hands & Teeth by Carrie Ryan
4. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
5. Across the Universe by Beth Revis.
I'm a little disappointed with how many books I've read but I'm still ahead of the other people reading 70 books on Goodreads so I'm ok with that.
Out of all the books I'd have to say Unearthly has been the best read of this month. I still need to write a review for it and a few more books but they'll get on here eventually.
Thursday, 23 February 2012
Although the publisher has not yet revealed the title or publication date (further details about the novel will be announced later in the year) they did reveal the novel will be published in print and eBook formats; a thing that many of us are still impatiently waiting to happen to the Harry Potter books.
Little, Brown Book Group publisher David Shelley will edit and publish for UK readers and Michael Pietsch will publish in the United States.
Rowling released this statement: “Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”
David Shelley said: "For me, quite simply, it is a personal and professional dream come true to be working with J.K. Rowling. She is one of the best storytellers in the world, and I am looking forward enormously to helping bring her new novel for adults to her fans and admirers, and to introducing her writing to new readers the world over."Will you be reading Rowling's new book? I probably will be regardless of the storyline because I love her writing style but I'd like to see what she writes about and how much of a change it is from Harry Potter before I say 100% if I will.
1st of March:
The Witch of Turlington Academy by Ellie Boswell. Published by: Atom. Genre: YA
Here's an extract
Bunheads by Sophie Flack. Published by: Atom. Genre: YA
Slide by Jill Hathaway. Published by: HarperCollins Children's Books. Genre: YA