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Review “Popular” – Gareth Russell

September 10, 2013 Book Review, Initial Reaction 0

Review “Popular” – Gareth RussellPopular by Gareth Russell
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Published on: July 7th 2011
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 320
Genre: Teen Fiction
Format: eBook

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

On the first day of September, 16 year-old Meredith Harper rules over the teen it-crowd of Belfast, Northern Ireland. But beneath the surface, Meredith’s complicated web of manipulative lies and self-serving intrigue are slowly beginning to threaten her social position and she finds herself being challenged by handsome Mark Kingston, the only guy in the school who’s always hated her.

In a world where nothing stays secret for very long, Meredith and her friends will need all their skills to guess who’s in, out, coming out, going up, going down, dating, cheating, lying and trying to cope….

Let the games begin!

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Sunday Funday: Dictionary Heart Garland

September 8, 2013 Sunday Funday 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!

My weekend has been amazing, and I’m really not ready for work again tomorrow. But as I am still in Northern Ireland with my friends I have a carvery and playing on the beach to make my end of the weekend transition a little bit easier!

But for the rest of you who are stuck with your ordinary Sundays I have a bookish craft for you. This is a really cute one which I will definitely be trying out once I get back.


You are going to need a dictionary to cut up. I know for a fact I have about 10 around my house that I never use, but if you are lacking then maybe just use another book which you haven’t read in forever and are pretty sure you are not going to read again!

So here is the link for the tutorial, they are pretty easy to make and look really cool once complete … Dictionary Heart Garland

What do you think of these? Do you have tons of dictionaries in your house too?

Enjoy your Sunday and have a great week!


Challenge: Around the World in 245 books

September 6, 2013 Around the World, Challenge 1

Hi all,

So, it’s time for me to finally introduce my first challenge. It’s a big one, a very very big one! But it’s something that I have wanted to do for so long that I thought now I have Broc’s Bookcase it would be the perfect time to start it. So, as you probably read from the post title my challenge is:
Around the World Challenge

Around the World in 245 books!
I love reading, and I love travelling. So I thought why not combine the two and go on my own Bookish Adventure? To be clear, I will not be travelling to all these places (as much as I would love to), but if I have an actual trip planned somewhere then I will aim to read the books for that place whilst I’m there!
So, why 245? There are a lot of challenges about which are a bit like this, but challenge you to read around the States of America, or the Countries of the world. Mine does both!

193 countries (193 books)
The 194th country is the United States of America, so this turns into the states (50 books)
Then not forgetting the North & South Poles (2 books)
And so we reach our Grand Total: 245 books
So, where am I going first on my bookish adventure?
flag n.ireland

I chose today to start this challenge as I am actually travelling to Northern Ireland tonight for a weekend break with some of my friends from uni. I’m so excited as I haven’t seen them since graduation in July, which is only just over a month ago but seems like forever when you have lived with them and seen them nearly everyday for 3 years!

So yes, the first book… (drumroll please)
On the first day of September, 16 year-old Meredith Harper rules over the teen it-crowd of Belfast, Northern Ireland. But beneath the surface, Meredith’s complicated web of manipulative lies and self-serving intrigue are slowly beginning to threaten her social position and she finds herself being challenged by handsome Mark Kingston, the only guy in the school who’s always hated her.
In a world where nothing stays secret for very long, Meredith and her friends will need all their skills to guess who’s in, out, coming out, going up, going down, dating, cheating, lying and trying to cope….
You don’t know how hard it is to find a Young Adult book set in Northern Ireland. Every time I searched online I kept getting loads of books coming up for Ireland, but hardly any for Northern Ireland. But then after a few hours of searching I was finally rewarded with Popular by Gareth Russell. 
The summary of this book reminded me a little of Gossip Girl, which I used to watch and loved, so I am excited to get stuck into this one on my flight tonight!


Review “Divergent” – Veronica Roth

September 5, 2013 Book Review, Initial Reaction 5

Review “Divergent” – Veronica RothDivergent by Veronica Roth
Published on: May 3rd 2011
Published by: HarperCollins
Pages: 576
Series: Divergent #1
Genre: YA Dystopian
Format: eBook

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 This book is part of the Divergent Series. Check out my reviews for other books in the series below:
Divergent (Divergent #1)
Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Allegiant (Divergent #3)
Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent #0.1-0.4)
.The Story(summary from Goodreads)

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent).

On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences.

As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death.

And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.


Initial Reaction

I apologise for the very crazy hair, I had been rolling round in my bed for like 3 hours reading previous to filming this. I also noticed how big my forehead looks in this. I will try to get a little less of it on the screen next time!

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Most Wanted: September 2013

September 3, 2013 Most Wanted 0

Most Wanted

There are some amazing books being released this month. This is my list of what I am most looking forward to…

(click on the book cover to be taken to the book on Goodreads)

All Our Yesterdays

September 3rd (TODAY!)

“You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.
Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside. 
Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was. 
All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.
I have been excited for this one for AGES! Time machines, a rebellion, romance. Everything you need for a good book, and it’s released today!

Fan Girl

September 10th
Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .
But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.
Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.
Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.
For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?
Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?
And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?
This is not my normal type of book, but the reviews for it have been really really good, and it seams like a nice coming-of-age type story, so I thought I would give it a chance.

The Chaos of Stars

September 10th
Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.
Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.
Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.
I have read a lot of books about Greek Gods and absolutely loved them, so when I saw this one I was really excited about it. Plus the cover looks so good. I think I would have wanted this one even before I had read the description!

This Song Will Save Your Life

September 17th
Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.
Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.
I feel like I have been reading reviews for this book for the past year, and I am really excited that it is FINALLY being released. I’ve never read a book about DJ’ing and I am quite intrigued to see how it turns out.


September 24th
A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and
superpowers, set in a near-future world.
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. 
Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?
Superpowers and Old friends who are now kind of enemies. Feels very x-men-ish. And I loved X-Men. This one went right to the top of my list when I found it!
So, that’s what I’m looking forward to this month, how about you?



Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wish Were Taught in Schools

September 3, 2013 Top Ten Tuesday 1

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke & The Bookish.
Each week they release a Top Ten List and invite everyone to join in and make their own Top Ten List.

I really enjoyed this list as there were loads of books I really wished I had been able to read in school rather then the snore-fest books that we were given. My list shows that a good enjoyable book can also be educational, as a lot of them are based on specific points in history but from different peoples points of view.

1.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon

2. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne

3. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

4. The Help – Kathryn Stockett

5. Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman (my review)

6. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green (my review)

7. What I Didn’t Say – Keary Taylor (my review)

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

9.Unbreakable – Rebecca Shea (my review)

10. Skin Deep – Laura Jarret

What’s your top ten list?

Leave me a comment and let me know!


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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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!