Friday, October 31

Review: Stitching Snow

Stitching Snow
R.C Lewis

Published By: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Date Read: October 22, 2014
Genre: YA - Sci-Fi / Fairytale Retelling
Source: eARC from Disney Hyperion / Netgalley
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back—but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid. With the galaxy’s future—and her own—in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

Stitching Snow was one of those books that I was dying to read ever since I first heard about it. The cover is gorgeous and the blurb sounds amazing. I am a huge fan of fairytale retellings and sci-fi novels and this one sounded like a mixture of the two. Stitching Snow ended up being absolutely amazing but the start was just a bit of a let down.

At one point I almost DNF'd the book. I was really bored with the beginning and I didn't really connect with the characters at the start. It wasn't until about chapter 8 that I started going okay actually this is something that I might like. The more I read the more I liked and it does get increasingly more addictive and awesome. I ended up really liking this one.

Stitching Snow is a sci-fi take on the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs fairytale. At first, due to the very slow start you can't really see it. I'll be honest and say that for those first 8 chapters I really thought this book was just trying way too hard to be like Marissa Meyer's Cinder series. A fairytale retelling with sci-fi elements but as you get further and further into this book then you start seeing the hints of the original fairytale and it really comes into its own.

Stitching Snow is filled with sci-fi awesomeness, some wonderful alien fighting and a slow-burning romance. I loved all of those elements. Each of them alone is good to me but mixing them all up together and adding the dash of fairytale retelling just made this book wonderful. I really enjoyed it and I will definitely be picking up any more books by R.C Lewis in the future. I am so glad I gave this book a chance and continued reading.

Wednesday, October 29

Waiting on Wednesday

Burning Kingdoms (Internment Chronicles #2)
Lauren DeStefano

Published By: Simon and Schuster
To Be Released: March 10, 2015
Genre: YA - Dystopia
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From Goodreads:
After escaping through the bottom of Internment, Morgan and her fellow fugitives aboard the great mechanical bird land on the ground to finally learn what has lived beneath their floating island home all these eons.

The ground is a strange place where water falls from the sky as snow, and customers watch moving pictures and visit speakeasies. A place where families can have as many children as they want, their dead are buried in vast gardens of bodies, and Internment is the feature of an amusement park.

It is also a land at war.

Everyone who fled Internment had their own reasons to escape their corrupt haven. But caught under the watchful eye of another king that wants to dominate his world, they wonder if coming to the ground will drag Internment down with them.

The first installment of The Internment Chronicles was absolutely amazing. I read it back in 2013 and I am DYING for the second book. I need to find out what happens next like right now! I love Lauren DeStefano. She is such a fantastic author and I cannot wait to see what is going to happen in this book.

Monday, October 27

I Still Haven't Read...

This weeks pick...

Between Us by Jen McLaughlin

Have you read this book?

Friday, October 24

Review: Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbit Chronicles #3)

The Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbit Chronicles #3)
Gena Showalter

Published By: MiraINK
Publication Date: October 3, 2014
Date Read: October 12, 2014
Genre: YA - Paranormal Romance / Zombies
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 464
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From Goodreads:
In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice "Ali" Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She's ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers…until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters…and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies…and she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsible for killing—and turning—Cole's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima—even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

"Roses are red
Violets are blue
Be very afraid
We're coming for you"

The Queen of Zombie Hearts is possibly the one book from this year that I was dying to get my hands on the most. I absolutely could not wait for it. I had read and devoured the first two installments of the White Rabbit Chronicles as they came out and fell utterly in love with this zombiefied world, the characters and Gena's writing. Even though I absolutely did not want this series to end I still couldn't wait to get the third and final book in my hands. It 100% did not disappoint. Queen of Zombie Hearts was thrilling and utterly phenomenal.

Ali has a war on her hands... but this time it's not from the invisible zombies that only the slayers can see it's from a human organisation who is bent on capturing the slayers. She must come to terms with a few home truths that she never knew about and all the while protecting those she loves. But not everybody can survive this final war. It's give up and die... or die trying to win.

The Queen of Zombie Hearts was utterly phenomenal. I could not put this book down. It was so amazing. This is the first series by Gena Showalter that I have read and I have to say I will definitely be picking up some more of her work in the future as she has just blown me away with this series. Her narration and writing is just breathtakingly good. I absolutely adored her characterisations and everything in this series.

Ali, Cole, Kat and everyone else in this series are characters that just obsess you. You care about them so much and can't stand seeing anything happen to them. I couldn't read this book fast enough just because I needed to know what was going to happen to them. And I'll be honest and say that this book, and these characters utterly broke my heart throughout this series, including in this book. I cried my eyes out so many times but this book still remains to be one of the best I have ever read.

The Queen of Zombie Hearts was everything I wanted and more for the final book in the series. It had everything. I loved that it switched the 'bad guys' from the zombies to a more humane evil. It really shows that humans can be way more evil than monsters. I am so happy and heartbroken with the ending of this series. Yes, I feel them both at the exact same time. This book was perfect and it is definitely one series I will read again and again and again. If you haven't read this series yet I urge you to do so. You won't be disappointed.

"You're my girl, Ali. That's never going to change. There's no one else I've ever wanted more - no one else I ever will. You're it for me, and if it takes the rest of my life, I'm going to prove it to you."

Thursday, October 23

Review: Picture Perfect (Geek Girl #3)

Picture Perfect (Geek Girl #3)
Holly Smale

Published By: Harper Collins Childrens
Publication Date: June 5, 2014
Date Read: October 1, 2014
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: Bought
Format: Audiobook
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From Goodreads:
"My name is Harriet Manners, and I'll always be a geek."

It's the hilarious third book in the No.1 bestselling, award winning GEEK GIRL series!

Harriet Manners knows more facts that most. She knows that New York is the most populous city in the United States. She knows that its official motto is "Ever Upward". She knows that 28% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon.

But she knows nothing about modelling in the Big Apple, and how her family will cope with life stateside. Or how to "become a brand", as the models in New York put it. And, even more importantly, what to do when the big romantic gestures aren't coming from your boyfriend...

Does geek girl go too far this time?

The laugh out loud follow-up to award winning GEEK GIRL and MODEL MISFIT will have you in stitches

Having read and devoured the first two book in this series I couldn't wait to get my hands on the third book. Prior to reading this book I didn't know if there were any more in the series to come. Now I am so thrilled to know that there will be another three as this is one of my favourite series ever.

Picture Perfect was the first book in this series that I listened to on Audio and I would really recommend the audio editions of this series if they are the same narrator as this one. The narrator really did a fantastic job in representing Harriet. She really gave voice to her and I absolutely loved hearing her bring not only her, but all of the other characters to life as well. She was fantastic.

Picture Perfect was just what it says in the title... Perfect. I absolutely adore this series and this installment was utterly phenomenal. We saw Harriet grow more as a person in this one and we see her trying to morph into an adult. She's a little bit more rebellious but deep down she is still our loveable Geek Girl.

I cannot recommend this series enough. I absolutely adore this series. It has everything that you could possibly want. Adventure, humour and romance to name but a few. I cannot wait for the release of Book 4 so I can dive back into Harriet's life of geekiness and modelling.

Wednesday, October 22

Waiting On Wednesday

Red Queen
Victoria Aveyard

Published By: Orion
To Be Released: March 26, 2015
Genre: YA - Epic Fantasy
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From Goodreads:
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

I am so beyond excited for this book and the fact that I have an ARC of this one waiting on my kindle and I am soooo excited for it. It sounds absolutely amazing and I cannot wait to read it.

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*