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Review “Unbreakable” – Rebecca Shea

September 2, 2013 Book Review, Initial Reaction 7

Review “Unbreakable” – Rebecca SheaUnbreakable by Rebecca Shea
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Published on: July 23rd 2013
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 339
Genre: YA Romance
Format: eBook

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Jessica Harper is the epitome of perfection. She’s a good daughter, makes excellent grades, and always strays on the safe side of life. The last thing she thought would ever happen was falling in love with her best friend’s brother. But sometimes fate just has a way of bringing two people together.

Wide receiver for the University of Arizona, Gabe Garcia, seems to have it all. When his feelings for Jessica come to surface, Gabe will give up everything to be with her.

But what happens when a tragedy abruptly changes the course of your life? For Jessica and Gabe, everything they thought they knew about each other will be questioned. Sometimes, there are scars in life that are cut too deep to completely heal.

Will their love prove to be unbreakable, or will it shatter and prove fate is just another lie?

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Initial Reaction

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Sunday Funday: A-Z Bookish Survey 2013

September 1, 2013 Sunday Funday, Survey 0

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The weekend is almost over, which means back to work tomorrow for most of us. So to cheer you up (and myself) I am going to be giving you a little bit of bookish fun every Sunday, to make the end of the weekend that little bit easier!

This weeks Sunday Funday comes from Jamie at Perpetual Page Turner.
So this is my A-Z bookish survey, why not have a go at your own? Or if not you can just learn more about me by reading through mine!

Author you’ve read the most books from:
At this present time it’s probably going to be Meg Cabot. She has so many amazing series, both Young Adult and Adult, that I have been reading for years!

Best Sequel Ever:
This is a hard one as I am absolutely series nerd! But one of my ultimate top series is The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. For anyone who loves a good fantasy series, this one is a must. It’s at this point I also warn people to not judge this series by the movie Eragon (named after the first book), as the books are sooooo much better!

Currently Reading:
Divergent by Veronica Roth. Would you believe that I have had this book for nearly a year, but have only just got round to reading it! Excited to review this one!

Drink of Choice whilst reading:
I’m quite a fussy drinker, so only really drink one thing: Summer Fruits Juice. My favourite thing by far, I must go through a bottle every few days!

E-reader or Physical book?
I love the convenience of my kindle app on my iPad & iPhone, I take it EVERYWHERE with me! I will read whilst walking the dog, whilst walking round Tesco, people often look at me like I’m a little strange, but some books are just too good to put down!!! But, in saying that, nothing can beat a physical book, even if you do end up with hundreds of piles of them all over the house!!!

Fictional Character you probably would have dated in high school:
I don’t know about character I probably would have dated, but the character I would most like to have dated in high school would probably have been Yves from Joss Stirling’s Benedict series.  I really love all of the Benedict brothers, but Yves has this whole dorky-cute thing going on and I totally would have loved having him around during my high school years!

Glad you gave this book a chance:
Abducted – T.R.Ragan
Not my normal choice of book, but it was only 99p on amazon, so I thought I would give it a try and absolutely loved it!

Hidden Gem Book:
The Disappearing Girl – Heather Topham Wood
And incredible book which definately deserves more recognition, such a powerful story

Important Moment in your Reading life:
Probably when I discovered Goodreads. Before Goodreads I was very much stuck in a reading rut, always reading the same kind of story or the exactly same book over and over again! Goodreads had allowed me to find different books that I love, and introduced me to a community just as nerdy as me!

Just finished:
Unbreakable – Rebecca Shea
Review will be up next week, another must read!

Kind of Books you Wont Read:
Erotica. That is my big No-No! Anything else, I am up for trying, so please send me any suggestions!

Longest Book you’ve Read:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. (870 pages)

Major Book Hangover because of:
Inheritance – Christopher Paolini
This book, the ending of the entire series, was amazing but also heartbreaking and it took me about a week to become emotionally stable again!

Number of Bookcases you own:
The really sad thing, is that I don’t actually own a bookcase! Which is kind of ironic really as my blog is named Broc’s Bookcase! (wishful thinking I guess) My books are currently stacked in piles around my room, it can get quite dangerous in my room, as you never know if you are going to have a pile of hardbacks collapse on top of you!

One Book you have read Multiple times:
Nought’s and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
This book always ends with me crying, but its still one of those books that I always go back to. I just can’t help myself!

Prefered Place to read:
Would you think I am strange if I said that I LOVED to read whilst walking the dog down the canal?

Quote that inspires you/gives you the feels from a book you have read:
“It was perfect moments like that that made all the bad ones worth living through.”  – What I Didn’t Say
This one always helps me through the bad days!

Reading Regret:
Watching the film before I have read the book.
I always try to read the book before I watch the movie, as I like to imagine things myself first, instead of the movie telling me how things should look, and then when I read the book that’s all I see.

Series you Started and Need to FInish:
The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare
I feel like I have been wating for the 6th book FOREVER! Plus all this hype at the moment, because of the film, is just reminding me how amazing the series is and how much I need to finish it!!!!

 Three of your all time Favourite Books:
Noughts & Crosses – Malorie Blackman, Safe Haven – Nicholas Sparks, The Fault in Our Stars – John Green.

Unapologetic Fangirl for:
Twilight Series – Stephanie Meyer.
You can’t help but love it! (Another Guilty Pleasure!)

Very Excited for this Release more then Others
City of Heavenly Fire – Cassandra Clare
I need this book NOW!!!

Worst Bookish Habit
Once I have started reading a good book I HAVE to finish it. This often leads to me staying up until 3/4am and being absolutely knackered in work the next day!

X Marks the Spot: (Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book):
Scorpia Rising – Anthony Horowitz

Your Latest Book Purchase:
This is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer Smith

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up really late)
What I Didn’t Say – Keary Taylor
It was one of those, “I’ll stop after the next chapter”. I kept saying this until 2am when I finished the last chapter.

Pick any letter (or a few) from above and let me know about your A-Z bookish-ness!

Enjoy your Sunday and have an excellent week!

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Monthly Review – August

August 31, 2013 Montly Review 0

Monthly Review August 2013

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So, I know I’ve only been around a few days and it seems a bit strange to review the month when you guys have not been around so see it. But August has been an amazing month for me, and I really wanted to share it with you all!

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Broc’s Bookcase (I’m counting that as 1 word!), Festivals, Family.

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best things this month

1. FINALLY getting Broc’s Bookcase online has been my best thing this month. I have had an overwhelming response from my friends, family and other people around the world, so thank you all!

2. V Festival: this year we got tickets for the full weekend and it was AMAZING. Beyonce, Jesse J, The Script, McFly, Calvin Harris are just a few of the acts that we saw and they were all FANTASTIC. Plus I got to go with my big sister, and because we didn’t get camping tickets we stayed with my Auntie & Uncle, who we don’t get to see very often, so that was really nice too.

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3. Cake Pops! I finally made cake pops, which taste absolutely amazing. The tops got slightly squashed, but they tasted amazing all the same!

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4. I made a bed, from scratch (well IKEA flat pack, but that’s basically the same thing, all by myself (nearly, kind of, not really!). Feel so grown up now with my own big double bed, only downside is it takes up most of my room. But not really the biggest problem as I sleep A LOT!

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5. As I am writing this I am surround by 7 extra members of my family who have invaded our house for the night for our big family reunion for my uncles’s (2 of them, they’re twins) 60th birthday meal. There is going to be over 20 of us at the restaurant tonight, so we are most definitely taking over the place. So excited though, I love family reunions!

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best read books this month

What I Didn't Say2

Review is available here

unbreakable

Literally just finished this today. Review will be available this week!!!

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top songs this month

1. Counting Stars – One Republic

2. Wake Me Up – Avici

3. Best Song Ever – One Direction (guilty pleasure!)

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fav book quote this month

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“It was perfect moments like that that made all the bad ones worth living through.”  – What I Didn’t Say

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looking forward to next month

NORTHERN IRELAND!

Since graduation in July I have only seen 1 of my friends from university. In September I’m off to N.Ireland to meet up with a group of my friends and I am SOOOOO EXCITED!!!!! This trip is also going to correspond with the start of my first challenge here on Broc’s Bookcase, so keep checking in for that one!

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Cover Stories: “Shatter Me” Series

August 29, 2013 Cover Stories 2

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As much as I try not to I have to confess that I do judge books by their covers. I will always grab the books with the prettiest cover first, I can’t help it! I LOVE book covers!  Cover Stories is a place for me to share some of my favorite covers of all time, so you may judge them too!

So, today whilst flicking around the internet on my lunch hour (and maybe for a bit after that) I was looking at upcoming books and came across the third book in the Shatter Me series. The cover was mesmerizing, and after a bit of Goodread’s research I found the rest of the series, whose covers were just as amazing! I’m seriously considering putting them in frames and sticking them on my wall!
.As well as the beautiful covers, this series has a pretty awesome story line:

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Book 1 Summary (from Goodreads)
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

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WOW WOW WOW, a crumbling world, superpowers and hints of romance and rebellion in the 2nd book. This series is going to the top of my list to be read before the final book gets released in February!

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(Clicking on the cover will take you to each books Goodreads page)

Shatter Me

Book 1: Released November 2011

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Unravel Me

Book 2: Released February 2013

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Ignite Me

Book 3: Coming February 2014!!!!

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Review “What I Didn’t Say” – Keary Taylor

August 26, 2013 Book Review 4

 Review “What I Didn’t Say” – Keary TaylorWhat I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor
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Published on: April 30th 2012
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 310
Genre: YA Romance
Format: eBook

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The Story

(summary from Goodreads)

Getting drunk homecoming night your senior year is never a good idea, but Jake Hayes never expected it all to end with a car crash and a t-post embedded in his throat.

His biggest regret about it all? What he never said to Samantha Shay. He’s been in love with her for years and never had the guts to tell her. Now it’s too late. Because after that night, Jake will never be able to talk again.

When Jake returns to his small island home, population 5,000, he’ll have to learn how to deal with being mute. He also finds that his family isn’t limited to his six brothers and sisters, that sometimes an entire island is watching out for you.

And when he gets the chance to spend more time with Samantha, she’ll help him learn that not being able to talk isn’t the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Maybe, if she’ll let him, Jake will finally tell her what he didn’t say before, even if he can’t actually say it.

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Initial Reaction

So, here it is, as promised: my first ever initial reaction video. I’m going to warn you now, there is a little bit of crying involved! I probably should have chose a happier book for my first initial reaction video. But this one deserved the honour, in a big way.

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