Tuesday, October 21

Review: Lobsters

Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Published By: Chicken House
Publication Date: June 5, 2014
Date Read: September 27, 2014
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
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From Goodreads:
Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find 'The One'. Their lobster. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love.

I've been trying to read a lot more UKYA books lately, after not only discovering that the majority of YA novels I read are from American authors but also after attending YALC and being inspired by UKYA authors and readers alike. Lobsters was one book that kept cropping up every time I was looking for a UKYA Contemporary novel to read. Everyone seems to absolutely adore this book. I heard it was funny, cute, romantic and awkward. The four things I love in romance books. It sounded absolutely perfect for me. Unfortunately this one just fell a little bit flat for me.

Sam and Hannah are off on the summer of a lifetime. After a number of awkward encounters together they are determined to set off for the summer to find "The One" and love their virginity. But when Sam and Hannah are thrown back together they discover that the other one may just be their "lobster"

Lobsters seemed like the perfect book for me but I was actually pretty disappinted. I love YA contemporary novels and I love a whole lot of awkward but this one was just a bit too awkward for me. I think this book does have moments when it is hilarious. There were a few times when I couldn't help but laugh out loud. However I was so disappointed. I didn't like the characters all that much and if you know me you should know that if I don't like the characters me and the book just don't get on. I found Sam cute but a bit bland and Hannah was just really annoying. I couldn't stand her.

This book definitely does what it says on the label. It gives you a "socially awkward love story" however I'm afraid I just found it a bit too awkward. It was so awkward that it just didn't feel real. It felt a bit fake and at time so stupid I wanted to hit my head off the desk. I really wasn't a fan of this one *sad face*

Monday, October 20

I Still Haven't Read...

This weeks pick...

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Have you read this book?

Saturday, October 18

Non-Review: Illusions of Fate

Illusions of Fate
Kiersten White

Published By: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Date Read: DNF
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: eARC from Edelweiss
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.

“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray

This was one book that I was really looking forward to reading. I absolutely adored Kiersten White's Paranormalcy series and so when I heard about this and saw the cover I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I was so excited when I got approved for this through Edelweiss. However it really fell flat for me and I ended up DNF'ing it.

I still absolutely love Kiersten's writing style. She truly has a talent. I put my not liking this book down to my own fault. I didn't research this book well enough and had I done my research into this book a little bit more I doubt I'd have even picked it up.

This book is very much more on the historical side of things than the fantasy sides of things and I really don't like historical books. They bore me so much and as intrigued as I was by the fantasy side of the book I was just not interested enough. I didn't invest in the characters enough to see this through.

Illusions of Fate has the potential to be amazing for those who enjoy historical fantasy book but for me it just wasn't my kind of book.

Netgalley November Is Back

Hey guys,
So I'm running Netgalley November again next month.

The Origin of Netgalley November:

Netgalley November was created last year after discussing with a few other bloggers and reviewers that we had way too many Netgalley books to read. If you are a Blogger/Reviewer I'm sure you're familiar with Netgalley and Edelweiss... two wonderful sites where publishers can allow us access to e-book editions of ARCs for review.

Last year Netgalley November was hosted by myself, Laura @ Bookish Treasures and Faye @ A Daydreamer's Thoughts. This year it's just me.

So what do you need to do?

This is completely a personal challenge so if you want to join in with Netgalley November just sign-up below.
On the first of November, write a blog post/twitter or Facebook status saying you are joining #NetgalleyNovember and how many books you plan to do and then keep us updated on how many you manage to read.

Challenge Categories:

Easy: 1-4
Medium: 5-10
Hard: 11-15
Difficult: 16-20
Netgalley Superstar: 21+
This year I'm finding it so hard to find time to read so I am going for Medium 5-10 and for me lately that really is a challenge!
The proper banner is still waiting to be made so this will be updated as soon as that is done.

Sign Up



Friday, October 17

Review: Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)
Sarah J Maas

Published By: Bloomsbury Childrens
Publication Date: September 11, 2014
Date Read: September 7, 2014
Genre: YA - Epic Fantasy
Source: ARC from Bloomsbury Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pages: 562
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From Goodreads:
Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

There are absolutely no words to describe the excitement that ensued when I finally held a copy of this book in my hands. Considering a year or two ago I wasn't really a big fan of epic fantasy this series is without a doubt one of my favourites. It was Throne of Glass, the first installment in this epic series, that made me love fantasy. So thank you Sarah J Maas. You are a queen!

Celaena has been forced to leave Erilia on a mission that could save not only herself but her dearest friends as well. Seperated from the one person she has grown to love and trust and knowing that when she returns nothing will be the same Celaena embarks on the next step of her journey alone. Alone in the land of Wendlyn all eyes are on her. But will she change who she is to succeed and survive?

Heir of Fire is without a doubt the best installment of this six-part-series to date. It is absolutely phenomenal and I could barely put it down. Saying that it did take me quite a while to read this book. It's a huuuuge book. But I wouldn't have it any other way because it is pure genius and perfection. Heir of Fire is one of those books that you have got to take your time with. Otherwise it could be information overload. This is definitely a game changer in this series and you are faced with so much stuff that you have to go slow and savour every last moment of it.

Celaena, Chaol and Dorian, our favourite three characters from the first two installments of the series are not our only lead characters anymore. I still adore all three of these characters and they remain to be my favourites but we have some new main characters and I love, love, love them. First let's start with our three main ones from the beginning. Celaena is going through a tough time. She not only faces an upcoming battle for real she really has an internal battle going on in this book and she grows so much as a character. I love her. I really think she is one of the strongest female YA heroines we have right now. Even when she is vulnerable and shows her weaker side she is still totally kick-ass! Dorian and Chaol have their own little struggle going on... with their friendship. They are not the same and I really wish they would go back to their brotherly bond because I love these two. They need to work it all out and go back to the bromance!

Enter our new characters. We have the insanely evil and fabulous Manon. Manon is a witch with Iron Claws and Teeth and she is most definitely going to be out antagonist in coming books and stir up some trouble. I love her! She is fantastic! I just love the extra layer she gives this story. It's utterly fantastic. Then we have the amazing Fae Prince Rowan. I FREAKING LOVE ROWAN! He is Celaena's new companion/trainer. He is hard and cruel with a softer side undearneath just waiting to show. I love him. I love his and Celaena's relationship and how it grows. It's one of the things I loved most about this book. Still Team Chaol guys.

Heir of Fire was without a doubt the most epically amazing book I have read so far this year. It was utterly phenomenal, heart-stopping and heart-breaking all at the same time. I couldn't put it down and it just took me on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. This book has really shown me that Sarah J Maas is not only a great author she is a phenomenal author. She is absolutely fantastic and she really knows how to build not only a great fantasy world but a storyline with lots of layers that keeps you guessing and guessing about how it will all work out in the end. I can't wait to ride out this storyline until the end.

The Throne of Glass series, is definitely one of my favourites of all time and is definitely my favourite Epic Fantasy series. It's just utterly phenomenal. We are officially half way through the series and I am dying to get my hands on the next installment of the series. I am both excited and terrified for the next 3 books and to see what will happen in this amazing series. I loved Heir of Fire and I can't wait for book 4.

Thursday, October 16

Early Review: Miles from Kara (Charlston Haven #2)

Miles from Kara (Charlston Haven #2)
Melissa West

Published By: Penguin / InterMix
Publication Date: December 2, 2014
Date Read: August 10, 2014
Genre: NA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Beta Copy from Author
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Kara Marcus is desperate to forget the past and move on. But she can’t escape her choices—especially when she finds herself falling in love…

Since the first day she stepped into her childhood Southern Baptist church, two truths have been engrained in Kara Marcus’s head: sex before marriage is bad and murder is a sin. And that’s why Kara can never forgive herself for what she did at the age of sixteen.

Now, as second semester of freshman year comes to a close, Kara has stood by her high school boyfriend, Ethan. But as they seem to grow further and further apart every day, Kara realizes that she has feelings for someone else: Ethan’s roommate Colt.

Suddenly, Kara’s clear-cut world shifts out of focus, and she’s torn between what her head tells her is right and what her heart is desperately pushing her to do—even if it means committing another undeniable sin...

Miles from Kara is one of those books that I literally could not wait to read. Ever since reading Melissa West's YA Sci-Fi series, The Taking, I have fallen absolutely head over heels in love with her books. I absolutely adored Pieces of Olivia and when I heard she was writing Kara's story I was so freaking excited. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and it 100% did not disappoint. Melissa met all of my expectations and more.

Kara has been trying to forget her past for a long time. Living in a different place helps, but it also means she is apart from her Highschool Sweetheart Ethan. But as she and Ethan grow further and further apart, she and his housemate, Colt grow closer. As sparks continue to fly between Kara and Colt, can she put all of her past behind her and look to her future? And just which boy will be a part of that future?

Miles from Kara is absolutely phenomenal. Once again Melissa West drew me in with her absolutely stunning narratives and I couldn't put the book down. One think Melissa is amazing at is her characterisation. She writes this amazing characters that you completely identify with and fall absolutely head over heels in love with. The characters in this book were no different. I cared about them so much I genuinelly read this book in one sitting as I just needed to know what was going to happen to them. I adored them so much.

Kara is one of those characters that you just love. She is quirky and fun and just so identifiable. I really believe that every person who reads this book will identify with her, sympathise with her and really just want her to be their best friend. She is really that awesome!

The boys of this book are what makes it absolutely great. We had already met Ethan very briefly in Pieces of Olivia and even then I wasn't the biggest fan of his. He came off really douchy. Well that doesn't change and the more I read of him the more I just didn't really like him and thought he just needed to do one. Colt on the other hand is everything any girl could possibly want. He is sweet, caring, protective and smexy! I absolutely loved Colt. He is officially my favourite Melissa West boy. He is just utter perfection!

Miles from Kara was just utterly phenomenal. I could not put the book down from the moment I started it to the moment I finished it. I fell in love with Melissa's NA Contemporary novels from the moment I read Pieces of Olivia and let me just tell you the more she writes them the better she gets at writing them. Miles from Kara completely blew the others out of the water. It was perfect! It had everything you could possibly want in a NA novel. Smart and funny heroine, smexy guy, romance, drama and steaming hot chemistry between the characters.

Melissa West is definitely one of my favourite authors of all time and no matter what she writes, what it is about I will buy it and read it purely because it has her name on the cover. She is absolutely phenomenal. If you haven't read anything by her I highly suggest that you do. Everything she writes is just amazing. Miles from Kara was no different. If you are looking for a book that is smart, funny, emotional and sexy then this series is for you. Go read it now!

Wednesday, October 15

Waiting on Wednesday

The Orphan Queen
Jodi Meadows

Published By: Katherine Tegan Books
To Be Released: March 10, 2015
Genre: YA - Fantasy
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From Goodreads:
Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

I haven't read any of Jodi's books yet but this one sounds absolutely phenomenal. The cover is gorgeous and I genuinely cannot wait to read this one. It sounds absolutely amazing.