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Review: “Glass Sword” – Victoria Aveyard

March 4, 2016 Book Review 2

Review: “Glass Sword” – Victoria AveyardGlass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
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Published on: February 9th 2016
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 444
Series: Red Queen #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of the Red Queen series. You can find my reviews for the rest of the series below:
Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Kings Cage (Red Queen #3)

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The Story(Summary from Goodreads)

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

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My Thoughts

After finishing the first book in this series my very first thought was “Thank goodness I waited so long to read ths book that I can just start the second book straight away!” Upon finishing this book my thoughts were not so happy and were ore of a “WHHHHHHHHHY?! Why must I wait SO LONG for the next one?! I NEED it NOOOOOOOOW!”

Yeah, it was that good.

“If I am a sword, I am a sword made of glass, and I feel myself beginning to shatter.”

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Review: “Red Queen” – Victoria Aveyard

February 26, 2016 Book Review 2

 Review: “Red Queen” – Victoria AveyardRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard
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Published on: February 10th 2015
Published by: HarperTeen
Pages: 383
Series: Red Queen #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Paperback

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This book is part of the Red Queen series. You can find my reviews for the rest of the series below:
Red Queen (Red Queen #1)
Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)
Kings Cage (Red Queen #3)

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The Story(Summary from Goodreads)

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

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My Thoughts

This is a book that I was ridiculously excited to get my hands on last year and as soon as it was released it was in my hands. Then I put it on my bookshelf and totally forgot all about it until recently when I heard about the second book being released and remembered I hadn’t read the first! And now that I have I can’t believe I waited so long!

This is EXACTLY my type of book! Dystopian world, people with powers, love between people of different…in this case blood types I guess and a whole big rebellion/war type thing going on. Plus, how gorgeous is that cover!

“If you know someone’s fear, you know them.”

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I Read Non-Fiction… and I Liked it!

February 25, 2016 Book Review 4

So as I mentioned in this weeks TTT post, I really don’t read around much. I know what I like (YA, NA, Fantasy, Dystopian) and I stick with it. Mostly out of fear I guess, because the few times I have venture away from my typical genres it hasn’t gone so well.

But this year when deciding on my challenges I decided to throw a ‘Non Fiction’ one in there to read 12 Non Fiction books this year.

I’ve found in the past that non fiction books can, at times, be a little more expensive then the usual books that I read. So I have been looking on Netgalley at the Non Fiction on there and have found some really good ones which I have really enjoyed reading. (I’m sure they must have thought that someone must have hacked my account when I started requesting non fiction after 2 years of only requesting YA!)

The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts

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Release Date: 29th March 2016
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This is the perfect little book for an animal lover, or just anyone who loves amazing their friends and family with their knowledge of random facts! I, myself, have already amazed my sister with some fascinating facts about polar bears actually being black and bees never sleeping!

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I haven’t read an illustrated book since I was in school but I loved the illustrations in this one. Such a unique style of drawing, Säfström managed to show off the animals personalities with just a pencil.

A gem of a book, I highly recommend the paper version though, as the eBook was a little hard to read and be able to fully appreciate the illustrations.

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Simple Calligraphy: The Beginners Guide to Elegant Lettering

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Release Date: 19th April 2016
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I have always found calligraphy to be such a beautiful and useful skill to have and so when I saw this book I immediately wanted it with hopes that by the end of it I would be writing super beautiful calligraphy everywhere. Well I’m not going to lie to you, unfortunately you wont be a brilliant calligraphist after reading this book, but you will know how to do what you are meant to be doing (even if, like me, you still can’t do it!)

The book is divided into various sections for the various things you will be wanting to write such as small letters, capitals, numerals, flourishes etc. It gives loads of information on the tools and materials you need to be using, plus some great ideas for the type of things you can create with your new (or non-existent in my case) calligraphy skills.

Just like with the animal facts book I would definitely recommend you getting this one as a paper book, as the eBook was slightly hard to use when looking at the images. Even so, I feel like this book gave me a great basic knowledge of what I’m meant to be doing and after some (a lot!) of practice I should be able to write something half decent.

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Frientimacy

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Release Date: 22nd March 2016
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I don’t know about you but I often have moments when I feel a little insecure about the friendships in my life. I can go and meet up with some of my friends and have a catch up and a really great time, and then sat on the train home I seem to analyse the evening and how my friends reacted to me or the things that I said or did. Maybe it’s just me?

I went into this book not really knowing what I was expecting from it or what I wanted from it. If anything I feel like it made me feel even more insecure about my friendships! There were a lot of rating questions for example, on a scale of 1-10 how satisfied are you with your current level of frientimacy? I’ve never rated my friendships before and it wasn’t something I found easy to do here, plus what even is ‘Frientimacy’?! I read most of the book and still have no idea what this word really means!

On reflection I don’t think this book is for me. With chapter titles like ‘Owning Our Intimacy Gaps’, ‘The Frientimacy Triangle’ and ‘Identifying Frientimacy Imbalance’ it seemed a bit , I don’t know the right word… cheesy (?) patronising (?) at times. Nelson talks about how she sits with her friends and they go round the circle and each say something they like about their friendship group and something more they want from their friendship group. I think if I suggested that to my friends they would all laugh.

A lot of people will find this useful, no doubt about that, but for me I think I’ll stick to weekly cocktail catch ups with the girls, as they seem to be working out fine for me so far!

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So, Non-Fiction…

So far I’m really liking what I’ve read. I think I’m better with the books that I actually learn facts or a skill from rather than the discussion books like Frientimacy which I found a lot harder to follow and much of the information a little useless. I’ve started to look round at some more books to try out which no-doubt I will be telling you all about soon!

Do you read much Non-Fiction?

What sort of non-fiction books do you like reading?

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Review “Honesty” – Seth King

February 18, 2016 Book Review 0

 Review “Honesty” – Seth KingHonesty by Seth King
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Published on: March 1st 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 302
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eARC

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The Story

In it’s most basic form this book is about the story of a first love and all the pain that comes with it when it involves two people of the same sex. The struggles, the shame, the ignorance and fear that comes with wanting to love someone whom society dictates you should not be in love with.

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My Thoughts

I read this book nearly two weeks ago but it has taken me so long to be able to put pen to paper (or more like fingers to keyboard) and explain how incredible this book is.

“What’s braver than honesty.”

Once again Seth picks a not so easy but very relevant topic for the world today. His message is honest and powerful and you get the feeling that his stories are written, not to change the world, but so that maybe just one person might not have to go through what these characters went through and have the chance at something a little better.

“Fate is an artist, and every human body contains two souls intertwined like brush strokes on an artists canvas: your, and the soul of the person you were born to meet.”

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Review: “Beautiful Burn” – Jamie McGuire

February 11, 2016 Book Review 2

Review: “Beautiful Burn” – Jamie McGuireBeautiful Burn by Jamie McGuire
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Published on: January 31st 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 300
Series: The Maddox Brothers #4
Genre: NA Romance
Format: eBook

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This book is part of the Beautiful/Maddox Brothers Series. You can find more of my reviews via the links below:

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1)
Walking Disaster (Beautiful #2)
Beautiful Oblivion (Maddox Brothers #1)
Beautiful Redemption (Maddox Brothers #2)
Beautiful Sacrifice (Maddox Brothers #3)
Beautiful Burn (Maddox Brothers #4)
Beautiful Funeral (Beautiful #3, Maddox Brothers #5)

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(summary from Goodreads)

Fresh out of college, Ellison Edson has fallen through the cracks of rock bottom. While staying in her family’s vacation home in Colorado, her behavior has finally gained the attention of her parents—but not in the way she hoped. Cut off from the millions she’s always taken for granted, and left alone to fend for herself, Ellie spirals further out of control, making a mistake she can’t take back.

Like his twin brother Taylor, Tyler Maddox is a member of the Alpine Hotshots, fighting wildland fires on the frontline. As arrogant as he is charming, Tyler’s nomadic lifestyle makes it easy to contain his relationships to one night. When he meets Ellie at a local party during off-season, her extreme personality and dismissive attitude fascinates him at first, but as his feelings deepen, Tyler realizes that the crippling inner demons of the woman he loves might be the strongest enemy any Maddox has ever faced.

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My Thoughts

I have to admit that I didn’t find this book as easy to get into as I have the previous ones. Ellison at the beginning of this book was not my type of character. She was the kind of character that makes me put a book down. But having read every single book in this series and loving them all I put my trust in Jamie McGuire and carried on reading…and I am very glad that I did so.

I realised whilst getting further into this book that Ellison is a character that we are not meant to like when we first start reading this book. We meet her when she is at her worst and have to watch her hit rock bottom before she starts to become a character that we can actually like. And when she did become a more bearable character I did really like her. She is such a strong character, and for someone who has grown up with people opening doors for her and pulling back her chair she is really good at getting stuck in and taking care of herself.

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Review: “Before We Were Strangers” – Renee Carlino

February 4, 2016 Book Review 2

Review: “Before We Were Strangers” – Renee CarlinoBefore We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino
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Published on: August 18th 2015
Published by: Atria Books
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Romance
Format: Paperback

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The Story
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From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a love story about a Craigslist “missed connection” post that gives two people a second chance at love fifteen years after they were separated in New York City.

To the Green-eyed Lovebird:

We met fifteen years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm room next to yours at Senior House.

You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more.

We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money. I learned more about myself that year than any other.

Yet, somehow, it all fell apart. We lost touch the summer after graduation when I went to South America to work for National Geographic. When I came back, you were gone. A part of me still wonders if I pushed you too hard after the wedding…

I didn’t see you again until a month ago. It was a Wednesday. You were rocking back on your heels, balancing on that thick yellow line that runs along the subway platform, waiting for the F train. I didn’t know it was you until it was too late, and then you were gone. Again. You said my name; I saw it on your lips. I tried to will the train to stop, just so I could say hello.

After seeing you, all of the youthful feelings and memories came flooding back to me, and now I’ve spent the better part of a month wondering what your life is like. I might be totally out of my mind, but would you like to get a drink with me and catch up on the last decade and a half?

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My Thoughts

This was one of my most anticipated books of 2015 … which I forgot to read *hangs head in shame* but FINALLY picked up this year. I’m a BIG fan of second chance romances and the fact that this book was set in both present day and 15 years earlier made me VERY interested in reading it!

I really liked the sound of this one when I saw it on Goodreads, as I said above I am a MASSIVE fan of second chance romances. The initial romance was slow to build (maybe a little too slow) but there were some really sweet moments in there and I did like that it was based on a really strong friendship. I found the second chance romance a little disappointing and not as emotional as I had hoped it would be.

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Review: “Firsts” – Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

January 27, 2016 Book Review 1

Review: “Firsts” – Laurie Elizabeth FlynnFirsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
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Published on: January 5th 2016
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: eARC

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The Story
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Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn. Or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, FIRSTS is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.

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My Thoughts

Such a relevant topic to everyone I did quite enjoy this one. I spent a lot of time totally frustrated at teenagers and their bad decisions, but I couldn’t put it down, so I guess that was a good thing!

Ok, so firstly, teenagers are idiots! I spent so much of this book in total shock that any of these characters thought this was actually a good idea. Sure, lets cheat on our girlfriends so we can give them better sex. I mean, who ACTUALLY thinks that would be a good idea…teenagers of course! And that is what is so great about this book, it’s so real because it’s exactly the kind of thing that teenagers would do! (Except me, I was a much smarter teenager) Flynn does a great job at capturing the teenage voice even if I did spend the majority of the book angry at them for their stupid ideas!

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Review “Never Never Part 3” – Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

January 20, 2016 Book Review 4

Review “Never Never Part 3” – Colleen Hoover & Tarryn FisherNever Never Part 3 by Colleen Hoover
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Published on: January 19th 2016
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 92
Series: Never Never #3
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: eBook

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This book is part of the Never Never Series. Check out my reviews for other books in the series below:
Never Never Part 1
Never Never Part 2
Never Never Part 3

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

New York Times bestselling authors Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are back with the much-anticipated final installment in the Never Never novella series.

Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything.

Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?

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My Thoughts

So a little bit of a shock last night when I had a quick flick around facebook before going to bed and found out that this book had been released! The first two books in this trilogy were incredible and this final installment is a phenomenal ending to a story we have been dedicated to for the last year!

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